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NIST Sharpens 'Charpy' Test To Make A More Precise Impact On Industrial Materials

on March 7, 2018 - 7:33am
Courtesy photo
NIST News:
A decade before an iceberg shattered the hull plates of the Titanic and half a century before a plague of brittle fractures started sinking Liberty ships during World War II, scientists in the United States and France had devised a novel, and strikingly simple, method for measuring the way metal reacts to impact.
Today, that method, with some upgrades and refinements, remains the standard test used worldwide to judge the impact resistance of metals used in bridge construction, high-pressure boilers, ocean ships, armor plate, nuclear pressure vessels and

FBI: Navajo Man From Gallup Sentenced To Prison For Making False Statements To FBI

on March 7, 2018 - 7:30am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Bronson Tony, 45, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gallup, was sentenced Feb. 22 in Santa Fe, Federal Court to a six-month term of imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release for making false statements to the FBI.
Bronson Tony was charged in a felony information filed Aug.

AG Balderas Statement Regarding Supreme Court Ruling On San Juan Generating Station

on March 7, 2018 - 7:17am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement Monday regarding the Supreme Court ruling on the San Juan Generating Station:
"Our agreement was reached to protect the health of New Mexico children and families, our pristine environment and our economy, and we are pleased the Supreme Court upheld the stipulation.
"The Office of the Attorney General will continue to work with PNM and all parties to ensure that New Mexico continues on its path to becoming a leader in the clean energy economy while

State Supreme Court Upholds Convictions Of Albuquerque Man In Death OF Infant Daughter

on March 7, 2018 - 7:14am
SANTA FE  The state Supreme Court on Monday upheld the convictions of an Albuquerque man for the death and sexual assault of his 28-day-old daughter in 2011, and the child abuse of a teenage daughter.
The Court’s unanimous ruling affirmed Juan Galindo’s convictions for child abuse resulting in the death of a child and two counts of aggravated sexual penetration of the infant daughter, and a conviction of child abuse for endangering the emotional health of a daughter who was 13 years old at the time.
A Bernalillo County jury convicted Galindo of additional

Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Participates In Nine Week FBI Citizens Academy In Albuquerque

on March 6, 2018 - 4:18pm

Maire O'Neill

​Staff Report

Los Alamos Daily Post Public Safety Reporter Maire O’Neill is participating in the 14th Annual Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Albuquerque Division Citizens Academy.

The Citizens Academy is a nine-week program designed to promote a more informed community by educating community representatives including media about the mission, resources and jurisdiction of the FBI. Classes meet in the evening at the FBI field office in Albuquerque.

Candidates are nominated by FBI employees, former Citizens Academy graduates, and community leaders.

La Cueva Road Closed For Emergency Repairs

on March 6, 2018 - 2:39pm

Starting immediately, La Cueva will be closed for a period of two days to conduct emergency repairs to a sanitary sewer line. Courtesy/DPU


The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has contracted with Paul Parker Construction to conduct emergency repairs to a sanitary sewer line that crosses La Cueva Street just north of Barranca Road. 

Starting immediately, La Cueva will be closed for a period of two days at the section of road where excavation is underway. Local traffic will be rerouted on Cascabel Street to access La Cueva properties north of the closure.

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn Now March 7

on March 6, 2018 - 11:51am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Due to conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) delayed the start of the East Rowe Mesa area prescribed burn to Wednesday, March 7. 
The treatment is designed to improve wildlife habitat and promote forest health. As weather conditions permit, the East Rowe Mesa prescribed burn could continue into April.
Up to 5,000 acres of the 22,000-acre project area are expected to be treated in the East Rowe Mesa area by hand and aerial

Consumer Protection Week FACTS: 'F' Is For Finances

on March 6, 2018 - 11:49am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  During National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas urges New Mexico consumers to get the FACTS about their finances.
The New Mexico Office of Attorney General receives frequent complaints of finance-related problems—that is, problems with debt collectors, banks and credit unions, and also the payment of loans, including student loans and mortgages.
Attorney General Balderas advises, “Educating yourself on your own financial strengths and weaknesses is the first step to controlling your financial

Kirtland Fire Contained, Crews Mopping Up

on March 6, 2018 - 11:42am
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE  The fire on an eastern range in a remote area of the base has been contained and is under control.
The fire is no longer burning, but crews remain on the scene to monitor potential hotspots to ensure they don’t reignite.
Firefighters were busy clearing brush and assessing the area Monday. The area affected was assessed via aerial surveillance at about 100 acres. 
Fire crews were assisted overnight by winds turning in a favorable direction, helping to contain the fire.
The fire began Sunday just before 4 p.m.

FBI Chaplains: Bringing Light To Darkest Hours

on March 6, 2018 - 7:19am
The FBI has deployed chaplains to crime scenes since 1991 to provide support to employees. An FBI special agent, left, speaks to two FBI chaplains at Ground Zero in New York in 2001. Courtesy/FEMA
FBI News:
FBI special agents and other Bureau professionals who respond to the bloody, chaotic scenes of mass casualties do so to help and to find answers: Who did it? How? Why?
And there are times when they can’t help but ask another question, one that does not have an easy answer.
“Sometimes the common question when facing such scenes is, ‘Why, God?’”, said Gary Morefield, pastor

Governor Signs Two Bills To Protect Sick And Vulnerable

on March 6, 2018 - 7:19am
SANTA FE  Feb. 28, two bills with bipartisan support from the House and Senate were signed by Governor Martinez and will now become law.
Senate Bill 11 will improve “step therapy” – the practice used by insurance companies to cut costs by requiring patients to try more affordable treatment options before more expensive ones. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Sen. Gay G. Kernan (R-Hobbs), Sen. Elizabeth "Liz" Stefanics (D-Cerrillos), and Rep.

Jesse Denver Hanes Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Conviction On Federal Firearms And Carjacking Charges Arising Out Of Shooting Of Hatch Police Officer

on March 5, 2018 - 5:00pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division and Chief James Gimler of the Hatch Police Department announced that Jesse Denver Hanes, who shot and killed Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez Aug. 12, 2016, was sentenced today to a lifetime of imprisonment for his conviction on federal firearms and carjacking charges arising out of his efforts to evade arrest following the shooting.  
Hanes was also ordered to pay a total of $38,553.02 in restitution to the victims of his crimes.

Fire Officials Report Status Of Fire On Kirtland

on March 5, 2018 - 2:28pm
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE  Officials have assessed the status of the brush fire burning in a remote area in the eastern training ranges.
Overnight winds turned in a favorable direction, helping to contain the fire. Firefighters were then able to address the fire from the west.
Current estimate is less than 200 acres.
Crews will be augmented today by the U.S. Forest Service, including helicopter support. A well water source is located near the fire’s main staging point.
The fire began just before 4 p.m. Sunday.
No injuries have been reported and no structures

Heinrich, Flake, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill To Ban Bump Stock Devices

on March 5, 2018 - 8:12am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of bump stock devices and other mechanisms which allow semi-automatic firearms to materially increase their rate of fire and effectively operate as fully automatic weapons.
A bump stock was used by the shooter during the Oct. 1, 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting which resulted in the deaths of 59 people, including the gunman.
“There's no possible defense for anyone owning bump stock devices or any other

Scenes From LAFD Wildland Fire Refresher Training Sunday In Bajo Canyon

on March 5, 2018 - 7:45am

Los Alamos Fire Department conducts Wildland Fire Refresher Training Sunday morning in Bajo Canyon. Here firefighters retrieve a hose following progressive hose lay, which is used by firefighters to advance systematically in a wildland fire situation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, second from left, and Deputy Chief Steve Dawald, left, join in the classroom portion of Wildland Fire Refresher Training Sunday morning at LAFD Station 2 on DP Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel retrieve hoses following

Mora Man Arrested For Shooting At Ex-Girlfriend

on March 5, 2018 - 7:29am
Anthony Gabriel Valdez
NMSP News:
GUADALUPITA  Around 4 p.m., Feb. 26, New Mexico State Police officers responded to State Road 434 in Guadalupita, between Mora and Angel Fire, for a reported assault with a deadly weapon call.
The initial investigation determined that Anthony Gabriel Valdez, 28, of Mora, pointed a rifle at his ex-girlfriend while she was in her vehicle. As she drove away from him he fired at least one shot, which struck the back of her vehicle.
State Police officers quickly located Valdez who still had the rifle in his possession.

HDA Statement On Review Of Annual Production Quotas For Opioids

on March 5, 2018 - 7:00am
HDA President and CEO John M. Gray
HDA News:
ARLINGTON, VA — HDA (Healthcare Distribution Alliance) President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent memo regarding opioid production quotas:
“We welcome Attorney General Sessions’ call to evaluate potential changes to the annual production quotas for opioids. This critical step reflects the growing recognition of the federal government’s role in addressing this public health crisis.
“During the height of the opioid epidemic, the Drug Enforcement

Los Alamos Switchgear Substation Arrives In Town

on March 4, 2018 - 10:17am

The scene of one of two semi-trucks hauling the Los Alamos Switchgear Substation (LASS) Friday on N.M. 4. The oversize load turned onto the Truck Route, impacting traffic for approximately 20 minutes to allow the west traveling semi-trucks to cross traffic and enter the area behind the Eco Station where they delivered the LASS on a prepared pad. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on March 4, 2018 - 7:32am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 330 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Call to Order
II. Public Comment
III. Approval of minutes from 2/8/18 meeting
IV. Business 

a. Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt Update on DWI Booth
b. Planning Council Membership Reappointment Updates V. Coordinator’s Report
c. County Council approved Resolution for FY19 Grant App on Feb. 13 
d. FY19 Grant App & Budget Submission

House Passes Biggs/Luján Legislation To Ensure Tribal Communities Have Full Access To AMBER Alert System

on March 4, 2018 - 7:27am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, bipartisan legislation that was cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
The bill provides funding and other support for expanding the AMBER Alert system to provide full access for those on Tribal lands. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
U.S. Rep.

Stephen Geisik Jailed On Probation Violation

on March 3, 2018 - 9:04pm

Stephen Geisik



Los Alamos Daily Post


Former Los Alamos resident Stephen Geisik, 27, is incarcerated at the Los Alamos Detention Center after his arrest by New Mexico State Patrol Ofc. Jacob de Leon on two child abuse charges.

The new charges violate the terms of Geisik’s probation in a 2012 Los Alamos case.

Geisik was charged in March 2012 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with five counts of criminal sexual penetration of the first degree of a child under 13 years of age and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

FBI: Man Arrested In Albuquerque Bank Robbery; Driver Sought

on March 3, 2018 - 12:21pm
FBI News:
William Robert Lancaster IV, 36, of Albuquerque, was arrested on a federal bank robbery charge for allegedly robbing a Wells Fargo in northeast Albuquerque Monday, Feb. 26.
The FBI is seeking to talk to a driver who allegedly gave the suspect a ride from a business near the bank to another location about three and a half miles away, where Lancaster was detained by the Albuquerque Police Department.
The driver, who witnesses said was approached by Lancaster after the robbery, is considered a witness and not a suspect at this time.

Scenes From Active Shooter Training At UNM-LA

on March 2, 2018 - 10:12pm

UNM-LA Student Enrollment Director Kathryn Vigil and Los Alamos High School Resource Officer Cpl. Adele McKenzie chat prior to active shooter training today at the college campus. An online active shooter course is required annually for faculty and staff and the campus has an active security and safety committee. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenzie teaches Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald how to use a toy gun before he participated in an activity during today's active shooter training. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Officers

FBI: Two New Mexico Men Face Federal Charges Arising From Social Media School Shooting Threats

on March 2, 2018 - 12:20pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The FBI has filed federal charges against two New Mexico men for using social media platforms to post school shootings threats, announced U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division. 
The criminal charges arise from tips received by the FBI and its law enforcement partners since the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
“The Department of Justice will investigate and prosecute school shooting threats on social media platforms, which have recently spread like wildfire in the District of New

Active Shooter Training Underway At UNM-LA

on March 2, 2018 - 11:08am

UNM-LA News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is conducting an active shooter training until 12:30 p.m. today in Building 2 on the UNM-Los Alamos campus.

Police advise people to avoid entering the building during this training exercise.

The building will reopen at 12:30 p.m. today.