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State Auditor Wayne Johnson Designates Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities For Special Audit

on March 12, 2018 - 6:39pm

State Auditor Wayne Johnson

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Wayne Johnson today designated the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) for a special audit.

The designation comes after serious concerns about travel and entertainment reimbursements, including reimbursements for alcoholic beverages, baseball tickets, and first class flights using taxpayer money, possible double reimbursements and procurement issues.

The RCLC is a publicly-funded coalition of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos near the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National

LAHS Graduate Organizes March For Our Lives

on March 12, 2018 - 3:18pm
Los Alamos Daily Post
In the aftermath of a 19-year-old man killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many young people have become active in the discussion and debate of gun violence.
During the March for Our Lives event, an upcoming march and rally in Santa Fe, young people are invited to continue to participate in the discussion. The event begins at noon Saturday, March 24, at the Roundhouse. The march will end with a rally in the Santa Fe Plaza.
Marika Sinnis, an organizer for the event, explained

Letter To The Editor: Community Thanks From Love Shouldn't Hurt Supply drive

on March 12, 2018 - 8:10am
Los Alamos Domestic Violence Supply Drive
On behalf of the Domestic Violence shelters of northern New Mexico, we would like to thank all who supported the Love Shouldn’t Hurt supply drive. 
Thanks to your support, it was a HUGE success! We were able to give each shelter a truckload of items. This drive proved to be an amazing success because of the immense support from individuals in Los Alamos and surrounding areas.
We also would like to acknowledge Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Social Services, the Domestic

Uranium Processing Facility Achieves Key Milestone

on March 12, 2018 - 6:31am
Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy/DOE/NNSA
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project continues to make timely progress with the recent completion of the Site Infrastructure and Services (SIS) subproject.
UPF will replace an early-Cold War plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
“Completing the SIS subproject is an important

Udall On Resignation Of US Ambassador To Mexico

on March 12, 2018 - 6:02am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation:
“With the resignation of Ambassador Jacobson, the State Department is losing an exceptional public servant whose expertise and determination have been critical to sustaining a strong relationship with Mexico, one of our most vital allies.

U.S. Sen. Heinrich Questions Witnesses During Senate Intel Hearing On Security Clearance Reform

on March 12, 2018 - 5:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned witnesses during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on the security clearance process for both government and industry alike.
Heinrich raised concerns about the rules governing interim Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances, an issue that came to light following the departure of White House aide Rob Porter because of his record of domestic abuse against his former wives, and the downgrading of senior adviser Jared Kushner's

Sunshine Week: Open Government Is Good Government

on March 11, 2018 - 10:01am
General Counsel
National Sunshine Week 2018 begins today and runs through March 17.

“The basic purpose of FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed.” ... United States Supreme Court in NLRB v. Robbins Tire Co., 437 U.S. 214, 242 (1978)

July 4, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the first Federal sunshine law in the U.S.

Udall, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Critical School Safety Legislation

on March 11, 2018 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, legislation that invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens — including providing key resources to strengthen school safety in Native communities. 
The STOP School Violence Act authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants to states and Tribal

LAPD Officer Deploys To Middle East

on March 11, 2018 - 1:22am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Natalee Trujillo is deploying to the Middle East next month with the U.S. Army Reserves. A 2006 graduate of Los Alamos High School, she was last deployed in 2014 to Afghanistan. She has been a police officer for four years and plans to return to LAPD following a year of military leave. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

State Auditor Begins Statewide Training Sessions To Stop Corruption And Waste Of Taxpayer Funds

on March 11, 2018 - 1:21am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
SILVER CITY  State Auditor Wayne Johnson hit the road today in his efforts to stop corruption and waste in government spending.
He kicked off a statewide tour to train local officials and CPAs who partner with Johnson’s office to conduct audits of government entities. This annual training teaches new regulations and processes to spot waste, fraud and abuses of public money, like the $12,000 in personal credit card charges recently found in Silver City municipal government.
“These trainings are an important step in our work to stop

LAPD Announces Annual Employee Awards

on March 11, 2018 - 1:15am

Los Alamos Police Department staff at their annual awards banquet, from left, Det. Matt Lyon, Det. Ryan Wolking, Sgt Daniel Roberts, Sgt. Chris Ross, Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez, Cpl. James Keane and Chief Dino Sgambellone. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenze who is the school resource officer for Los Alamos High School receives the Officer of the Year Award from Chief Dino Sgambellone. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Police Department has announced the names of those who received awards during its annual banquet honoring employees for their

Heinrich Presses National Intelligence Director On Russia Sanctions, Cyber Deterrence Strategy

on March 11, 2018 - 1:04am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday on Worldwide Threats.
During the hearing, Heinrich pressed DNI Coats on whether the Intelligence Community had been instructed to provide analysis to support the Treasury Department’s decision not to impose sanctions on Russia despite Congress voting nearly unanimously to pass

NM Environment & Health Bring 200 Free Water Tests To Santa Fe County’s Private Well Owners Saturday

on March 10, 2018 - 11:40am
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) are hosting a free Domestic Well Water Testing event in Eldorado at Santa Fe Saturday March 10 and Saturday March 17.
Well owners are encouraged to periodically test their drinking water even though such tests can cost as much as $150. The state’s free well water testing events help save consumers money while educating on safe drinking water.
“The Environment Department provides the advice and assistance that New Mexicans need to ensure that clean drinking water is

FBI Investigating Homicide Of Navajo Nation Man

on March 10, 2018 - 9:24am

FBI News:

Roger Johnson, 69, of Yah-Ta-Hey, New Mexico, has been positively identified as the victim of a homicide.

His body was discovered Feb. 27 on the Isleta Pueblo.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anybody with information is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300.

SFCSO Seeks Help Finding Carlos B. Alonso-Villa

on March 10, 2018 - 8:58am

Carlos B. Alonso-Villa wanted by SFCSO


SANTA FE – Carlos B. Alonso-Villa absconded from the scene of an incident Friday in Santa Fe County and has been on the lam ever since.

He is wanted by the Santa Fe County Sheriff for aggravated assault on a Peace Officer and aggravated fleeing of a Peace Officer.

Alonso-Villa has a tattoo on his right forearm with the word “Villa”.

Anyone with information regarding this wanted absconder should call 911 or the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office at 505.428.3720.

Balderas Sues Massive Solar Company For Defrauding New Mexicans, Jeopardizing Their Home Ownership

on March 10, 2018 - 7:37am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday he filed a lawsuit against Vivint Solar, Inc., and related companies (“Vivint”).
Balderas’ lawsuit claims Vivint was engaging in unfair and unconscionable business practices including clouding titles to consumers’ homes, fraud and racketeering in connection with its residential solar power purchase agreements and solar equipment.
Through its investigation, the Office of the Attorney General has learned there are hundreds of clouded titles and thousands of Vivint

Valles Caldera National Preserve Offers Reward For Information On Cow Elk Poacher

on March 9, 2018 - 12:24pm
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Late on the evening of Monday, March 5, or early in the morning hours of Tuesday, March 6, a cow elk was poached in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The incident occurred along N.M. 4 near mile post 41.

Park Rangers are requesting the public’s help in solving this crime. A reward of up to $1500 will be paid for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area or has knowledge of this incident is asked to call or text the Park Crime Tip Line at 505.709.0077. Callers may

FBI: Former Defense Contractor Convicted Of Unlawfully Retaining Classified Information

on March 9, 2018 - 12:22pm
FBI News:
HOUSTON, Texas  A 43-year-old man residing in the Sherman area has entered a plea of guilty to one count of unlawfully retaining national defense information, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.
From the early 2000s, Weldon Marshall unlawfully retained classified items while he served in the U.S. Navy and while working for a military contractor.
Marshall served in the U.S.

FBI Seeks Help Locating Missing Navajo Nation Man

on March 9, 2018 - 10:40am
Roger Johnson
FBI News:
The FBI is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person from Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation.
Roger Johnson, 69, was last seen Feb. 26, 2018.
Shortly before his disappearance, Johnson is believed to have been in the company of an unidentified individual, whom the FBI would like to contact.
Roger Johnson
This unidentified person is not considered a suspect at this time.
The Isleta Police Department is assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300.

State Warns Salon Owners About Phony Inspectors

on March 9, 2018 - 10:33am
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The Regulation and Licensing Department is warning New Mexico salon owners to be on the lookout for imposters posing as state inspectors and asking for payment of hundreds of dollars to supposedly avoid closure.
Scam artists are calling local nail salons and demanding payment of as much as $1,200 while threatening the owners with court action and closure of their shop. The scam often includes fraudulent documents, including letters and settlement agreements that look real, and are copied from genuine state documents.

Los Alamos County Settles Sherman Dog Case

on March 9, 2018 - 8:13am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County has reached a settlement agreement with Leslie Sherman in connection with an incident in March 2017 where a small dog was killed by Sherman’s dogs at an Acoma Lane residence in White Rock.

A petition to adjudicate the two dogs as dangerous was filed in September in First Judicial Court by Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart.

Sherman was charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April with two counts of keeping an animal known to be vicious and likely to attack human beings.

LAPD Active Shooter Training Aims To Empower Participants

on March 8, 2018 - 7:45am

LAPD staff debriefing University of New Mexico-Los Alamos personnel Friday following Active Shooter Training on campus.are, from left, Sgt. Daniel Roberts, Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero, Cpl. Robert Stephens, Det. Joey Robinson, Cpl. James Keane and Cpl. Adele McKenzie. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD Community Liaison Team Sgt. Chris Ross answers questions during a recent Active Shooter Training. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Daily Post

In thinking about the possibility of an active shooter/threat incident occurring in this

Woman Who Backed Into Unattended Vehicle Charged With Aggravated DWI

on March 8, 2018 - 7:30am


A hearing has been set for April 27 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Rebecca Eaton, 66, of Los Alamos on charges of aggravated driving under the influence, failure to stop upon striking an unattended vehicle and driving with an open container of alcohol.

Feb. 28, Los Alamos Police Cpl. Eric Wilhoit observed two vehicles stopped in the slow lane of west bound traffic on Trinity Drive. His incident report says he initiated his emergency equipment and blocked the lane behind them.

LAFD Invites Vendors To Participate In Wildfire Day

on March 8, 2018 - 7:21am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is seeking vendors interested in hosting food or other informational booths at Wildfire Day 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Ashley Pond Park.

Wildfire Day is a fun event for the entire family with an Easter egg hunt, bicycle safety course, LAPD bomb truck, public safety vehicles, Smokey Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog and much more. Wildfire Day is a community event geared towards educating the community on becoming a Fire Adapted Community.  

At 7 a.m.

NMED Releases Draft 2018 Strategic Plan For Kirtland Air Force Base Fuel Cleanup Project

on March 8, 2018 - 7:17am
NMED News:
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) releases its draft 2018 Strategic Plan for the Kirtland Air Force Base aviation fuel cleanup project for public comment.
The draft 2018 Strategic Plan, and Strategic Plans for 2015, 2016 and 2017, can be accessed from the NMED website here:
Written comments on the draft 2018 Strategic Plan will be accepted through April 6, 2018, and should be sent electronically to