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Warrants Issued For Bayless and Schwenk

on November 5, 2017 - 5:57am

Court News:

Two of three women arrested Aug. 29 by Los Alamos Police Sgt. Andrew Goldie on drug-related charges now have warrants from Los Alamos Magistrate Court for their arrest following their failure to appear for hearings before Judge Pat Casados.

Esperanza Bayless, 28, of Grants failed to appear Friday morning on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended or revoked license and failure to use a turn signal.

A warrant was issued for Haley Schwenk, 18, also of Grants, who failed to appear Sept.

Bandelier Reminds Hikers: Beware Of Burned Trees!

on November 5, 2017 - 5:51am

Dead, falling and fallen trees in an area severely burned by the Las Conchas Fire of 2011. Courtesy/NPS


One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument's backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water. She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank. A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead.

Breaking News: Man And Woman Stabbed Overnight

on November 4, 2017 - 1:24pm

Stabbing suspect Andrea Rivera remains in jail. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

At 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department were dispatched to an apartment at 3301 Canyon Road in reference to a stabbing and upon arrival located two stabbing victims.

Los Alamos Fire Department arrived and transported both subjects to the Los Alamos Medical Center. One victim, a 27-year-old female from Los Alamos remains at LAMC with minor injuries, while the other victim, a 28-year-old male resident of Los Alamos was flown to UNM Hospital and is in critical condition.


LAPD Makes Drug Arrest Friday

on November 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Victoria Espinoza arrested Friday. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post

Victoria Espinoza of White Rock was arrested Friday afternoon on an arrest warrant issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Espinoza was charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of heroin; selling, disposing, possessing dangerous drugs; possession of marijuana; and two counts of drug paraphernalia for possessing 53 hypodermic needles and a broken glass methamphetamine pipe.

According to the request for issuance of an arrest filed by Los Alamos

Temporary Lane; Sidewalk Closures On Trinity Drive

on November 4, 2017 - 7:32am


As part of 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be performing paving operations next week on 20th Street at the intersection of Trinity Drive.

This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street, scheduled as follows, weather permitting:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 10, eastbound right lane.

For more information or questions, contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

The County thanks the community for its continued patience and cooperation.

Los Alamos Police Department Announces Newest Academy Graduate: Ofc. David Randleman

on November 3, 2017 - 4:46pm

New LAPD Ofc. David Randleman, center, at his Oct. 27 graduation from the Police Academy with LAPD Cmdr. Oilver Morris, left, and Sgt. Daniel Roberts. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department’s newest Police Academy graduate Ofc. David Randleman graduated Oct. 27 as class Valedictorian.

New LAPD Ofc. David Randleman graduated the Police Academy as class Valedictorian. Courtesy/LAPD

Ofc. Randleman was one of 34 cadets from around the State of New Mexico who became certified police officers last Friday.

During the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy’s 195th class, Ofc.

Driver In Fatal Pojoaque Crash Charged

on November 3, 2017 - 4:43pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Elias Arellano, 18, of Espanola has been charged with homicide by vehicle (reckless driving), great bodily harm by vehicle, great bodily injury by vehicle and abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm (intentional or recklessly) in Santa Fe Magistrate Court.

Arellano was the driver of a Chrysler Sebring that allegedly caused a three-vehicle accident Oct. 13 on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino that resulted in the death of Lucy Fresques, 71, who was transported to St.

AG Balderas Trains Mexican Prosecutors, Forensic Scientists, Investigators In Effort To Stop Crime From Crossing Border

on November 3, 2017 - 10:04am

Attorney General Hector Balderas during a training in Santa Fe with Mexican law enforcement officials on investigative and trial presentation skills to help prevent crime from crossing the border. Courtesy photo

Attorney General Hector Balderas, seated at center, with Mexican law enforcement officials and New Mexico Office of the Attorney General prosecutors and special agents in Santa Fe during a recent training. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas hosted a delegation of 21 prosecutors, forensic scientists and investigators from the states of

SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn On French Mesa

on November 3, 2017 - 8:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct the previously announced French Mesa prescribed burn as early as Monday, Nov. 6.

The French Mesa treatment area totals 5,041 acres approximately 10 miles north of the community of Gallina and may take three to four days to complete.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Fentanyl Involved In Over Half Of Opioid Overdose Deaths In 10 States

on November 3, 2017 - 7:25am

CDC News:

More athan half of people in 10 states who died of opioid overdoses during the second half of 2016 tested positive for fentanyl, according to new data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release.

The report found that out of a total of 5,152 opioid overdose deaths, almost 3,000 tested positive for fentanyl, and over 700 tested positive for drugs that have similar chemical structures to fentanyl (fentanyl analogs) – including the extremely potent fentanyl analog, carfentanil, which is used to sedate large animals.

This is the first report on

LAPD: Hunting Season In Full Swing

on November 3, 2017 - 7:24am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department wants to remind residents that the fall hunting season is in full swing and will continue through the spring.

Hunting Safety Tips for Non-Hunters

If you feel uneasy about outdoor recreation during hunting season, follow these common sense rules and (with a few fashionable swaths of hunter blaze orange fabric) you can continue to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Identify hunting seasons and lands open to hunting. Learn about where and when hunting is taking place and plan your recreation activities accordingly.
  • Wear bright clothing (like hunter blaze orange).

Getting Ahead Of Next Pandemic: Is The World Ready?

on November 2, 2017 - 8:29pm
Is the world ready for the next pandemic? Courtesy photo

CDC News:

When a deadly mystery illness was detected in Liberia in April 2017, first responders were on the ground within 24 hours. Through the Ministry of Health’s quick action and collaboration with global partners, the cause of the outbreak was identified as meningococcal disease and contained with only 31 cases and 13 deaths.

In stark contrast, when Ebola struck Liberia just three years ago, it took the country months to mount an effective response; thousands of lives were lost as responders raced to control the growing epidemic.

NMCD: New Operation Captures Fugitive Sex Offenders

on November 2, 2017 - 10:02am
NMCD News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Corrections Department has announced a new operation to capture fugitive sex offenders. Officers will be looking for offenders to continue to ensure New Mexico’s streets are safe for children, especially during Halloween.
Additionally, probation and parole officers in every part of the state will be making contact with registered sex offenders on supervision to ensure they aren’t interacting with children during the holiday.
“It’s not only important to apprehend the sex offender absconders, but to monitor the activities of registered sex

NMSP: Missing Mother And Daughters Found Safe

on November 2, 2017 - 8:46am
NMSP News:
TAOS – The New Mexico State Police found missing mother Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her two daughters.
All three are safe and well, NMSP said. 
See original missing person announcement here.

LAFD Launches ‘Movember’ To Raise Funds To Combat Men’s Health Issues

on November 1, 2017 - 6:18pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department is raising funds and awareness for men's health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health. Throughout  'Movember' LAFD personnel are growing mustaches and collecting donations for The Movember Foundation's goal of stopping men from dying too young. The A Shift at Station 1 took the bold step today of posing for a 'before' photo, saying they are 'The Shift'". Anyone wishing to make a donation can stop by any LAFD station or contribute online at Firefighters participating in this special event, from

Judge Sentences David Rael To Nine Years In Prison

on November 1, 2017 - 4:24pm

​David Rael, right, and his attorney Marc Edwards listen today in court in Los Alamos as Assistant Attorney General Celedonia Muniz asks First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer to sentence Rael to 15 years in prison. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post


David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos was sentenced today in First Judicial District Court to nine years for each of three counts of sexual exploitation of children - manufacture, three years for one count of sexual exploitation of children - possession and 1.5 years

Judge Accepts Bingham Plea: Orders Evaluation

on November 1, 2017 - 4:11pm
Dustin Bingham awaits his plea agreement hearing this morning in Fifth Judicial District Court in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer accepted a plea agreement this morning from Dustin Bingham, 37, of Los Alamos in a case involving five charges of criminal sexual contact with minors.

Judge Marlowe Sommer ordered Bingham transported to the Mexico Corrections Department Diagnostic Center in Los Lunas prior to sentencing.

A criminal complaint filed by Assistant

FBI: Roswell Woman Gets 63 Months For Methamphetamine Trafficking And Firearms Conviction

on November 1, 2017 - 2:49pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Renee Rodriguez, 33, of Roswell was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces to 63 months in prison for her conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. Rodriguez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.


Rodriguez and co-defendant Joseph Vallejos, 25, also of Roswell, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in September 2015, with conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, and firearms offenses in Chaves County.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 27 To Oct. 31, 2017

on November 1, 2017 - 11:16am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges against them.


Oct. 27 at 11:21 a.m. / Police arrested Pedro Sanchez, 54, of Cordova at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.





Oct. 30 at 3:03 p.m. / Police arrested Michael Anthony Carrillo, 5448, of Albuquerque at the Adult Probation Office on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




Police Share Glow Sticks With Trick-Or-Treaters

on November 1, 2017 - 9:34am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross, left, and Cpl. Mike Weiss keeping a watchful eye on the neighborhood and passing out glow stick bracelets to trick-or-treaters Tuesday night in White Rock. Photo by Kateri Morris

A young firefighter shows his candy collection to Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross during trick-or-treat activities Tuesday night in White Rock. Photo by Kateri Morris

Reporters Without Borders: China Releasing Publisher

on November 1, 2017 - 8:31am
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved by China’s announced release of Chinese-born Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, who had been held incommunicado for two years and one week, but points out that dozens of journalists and bloggers continue to be detained in China.
Gui Minhai has not appeared in public since the announcement of his release Oct. 24 and is said to be staying with relatives in the eastern city of Ningbo while waiting for his passport to be renewed and for the Chinese authorities to let him travel to Germany, where his wife lives.
“We are relieved by this

Udall, Heinrich Press White House To Extend Critical Lifeline Funding In Future Disaster Aid Request

on November 1, 2017 - 8:23am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Western senators today urging the White House and the White House budget office to fulfill the federal government’s promise to rural communities by extending a critical lifeline that funds road repairs, schools and law enforcement in rural communities in any future emergency disaster supplemental funding bill it sends to Congress.
Led by U.S. Sens.

Fifteen New Mexico Hospitals To Receive New Leapfrog Safety Grades

on October 31, 2017 - 7:02pm
SSG News:
When you check into the hospital, are you aware of whether the doctors wash their hands? Do you consider the potential risk for infection and what your hospital’s success rate has been in preventing these?
Chances are no, but having access to this information could be the difference between life and death. In fact, more than 440,000 people die each year from preventable errors, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
Fifteen New Mexico hospitals will receive new Hospital Safety Scores Oct. 31, from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2017 grade.

Judge Orders Consolidation Of Sheriff-Related Cases

on October 31, 2017 - 5:36pm


Judge Francis J. Mathew has granted an unopposed motion to consolidate two ongoing First Judicial Court cases involving Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero. The order was filed Oct. 23 in Court.

The first case was filed against Los Alamos County Council by Lucero Aug. 29 asking the Court for a writ of mandamus directing the Council to fulfill its statutory responsibility to fund the Office of the Sheriff adequately for him to perform what he believes are his statutory duties.

State Police Seek Missing Mother And Daughters

on October 31, 2017 - 2:52pm
Somer Jewel, 7, and Shakti (aka Shanti) Starlight, 4, are missing along with their mother in the Taos area. Courtesy/NMSP
Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her daughters are missing.
NMSP News:
TAOS - The New Mexico State Police is asking the public's assistance in locating Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her daughters Somer Jewel, 7, and Shakti (aka Shanti) Starlight, 4.
Crystal and her daughters were last seen Friday, Oct. 27 near Geronimo Lane in Taos. She was last seen wearing an unknown color jacket and pants.