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Embezzlement Charge Against Amy Woods Dismissed

on February 24, 2018 - 2:30pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

An embezzlement charge in Los Alamos Magistrate Court against Amy Woods of Los Alamos has been dismissed by Fifth Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

The dismissal, filed Friday, states that Woods has been accepted into the Pre-Prosecution Division Program (PPDP) and notes that the state may refile the charge if she fails to successfully complete the program. The case was on the docket for a status hearing and Woods did not appear in person.

Woods was charged with embezzlement of $3,500 from the Los Alamos Council on

White Rock Woman Arrested On Fraud, Forgery, ID Theft Charges

on February 24, 2018 - 2:26pm



Krysti Hernandez, 47, of White Rock is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 23 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on three charges of fraud, three charges of forgery and two charges of theft of identity.

Hernandez was arrested by Santa Fe Police Department Feb. 15 on an outstanding arrest requested Aug. 8 by Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking. Hernandez also has an outstanding warrant issued July 27 in another Los Alamos Magistrate Court case involving two counts of fraud.

In the current case, court documents indicate that Wolking received an email from the victims

Medinger Under Arrest Warrant For Failure To Appear

on February 24, 2018 - 2:23pm



Los Alamos Magistrate Judge issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of Kevin Medinger, 32, of Los Alamos after he failed to appear in Court for a preliminary hearing on five felony counts in connection with the theft of a firearm and cash from a local residence.


Medinger is charged with aggravated burglary (armed after entering), larceny of a firearm $500 to $2,500, larceny over $500 to $2,500 ($600 cash), receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a felon.


According to court documents, the case was originally opened by Cpl.

Heinrich, Balderas Partner With New Mexicans On Frontlines To Combat Opioid Epidemic

on February 24, 2018 - 6:18am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas at an event Friday to highlight the existing funding gaps and need for resources on the ground to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas at an event Friday to highlight the existing funding gaps to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

SANTA FE – At an event Friday at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, U.S. Sen.

New Mexico Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies Police Requirements In DWI Arrests

on February 24, 2018 - 6:18am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police must advise people arrested for drunken driving of their right to an independent blood-alcohol test but law enforcement has no obligation to help arrange for the test.
The unanimous decision by the state’s highest court overturned a 2015 ruling by the Court of Appeals that concluded state law required police officers to “meaningfully cooperate” with DWI arrestees who want to obtain a test to independently determine their blood alcohol concentration.

SFNF: Cuba Ranger District Chaparral Piles Prescribed Burn To Start

on February 24, 2018 - 6:14am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles.    
The Chaparral piles area is located along Forest Service Road 539, two miles south of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp.

LAPD Dispatcher Mario Pratti Is Valedictorian Of NMLEA Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy Class

on February 24, 2018 - 6:03am

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone congratulates dispatcher Mario Pratti who graduated Friday as valedictorian of his Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy class following the ceremony at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ 

Celebrating Mario Pratti's graduation as valedictorian of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy's Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy, from left, Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone and Pratti's parents, Anja and Jim Hunter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Cmdr.

Luján Asks Senior U.S. Health Officials For Update On Research Into Non-Addictive, Non-Opioid Pain Meds

on February 24, 2018 - 5:57am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) this week sent letters to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to inquire about their progress on research into non-addictive, non-opioid pain medications.

In his letters, Lujan asked both officials a number of questions related to the scope, structure and resources committed to this line of research.

[full text of both letters are below]

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of National Institutes

Los Alamos Fire Dept. EMS Division Chief Ben Stone Receives Master’s Degree, Prepares For PhD Program

on February 24, 2018 - 5:52am

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone has received his Master of Science degree in Fire Service Leadership and Domestic Preparedness from Grand Canyon University and is preparing to pursue a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership. In 2016, Stone received his BS in Emergency Medical Services with a minor in Fire Science from the University of New Mexico. Also, in 2016, he became an EMS Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Spencer: I’ll Retire To Bedlam

on February 23, 2018 - 7:03am
Los Alamos

Ebenezer Scrooge, in Charles Dickens memorable novella, uttered the equally memorable phrase "I'll retire to Bedlam" when he thought everyone he was talking to had gone nuts. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting, I wonder if its time to do the same.

While NRA Exec. Director Wayne LaPierre gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that would have left Bedlam inmates feeling quite sane, Democrats in Ohio wrote a bill that would, if passed, define innocuous, 22 rimfire rifles from the ninteen-sixties such as the Marlin Model 60 or

Jail Incarceration Rate Down Nationwide

on February 23, 2018 - 6:59am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of U.S. residents who were in jail dropped from midyear (the last weekday in June) 2012 to midyear 2016, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today.
Jails include confinement facilities operated under the authority of a sheriff, police chief or city or county administrator.
The jail incarceration rate fell from 237 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents at midyear 2012 to 229 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents at midyear 2016, a decline of 3.4 percent.

Students Should Travel Safely On Spring Break 2018

on February 23, 2018 - 6:58am

Teens on spring break. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

Wherever your travels take you this spring break, stay healthy and safe with these tips from CDC Travelers’ Health.

As March approaches, many spring breakers will be looking forward to sunny destinations and a long week of relaxation. Some may travel to tropical hot spots, like Cancun or islands in the Caribbean, while others may opt for bustling cities, like Amsterdam or Bangkok. Not all spring break destinations are created equal: Some have specific health risks that you should be aware of.

Before you go

  • Find out about vaccines needed and

Mesa Library Fire System Upgrade Nearly Complete

on February 22, 2018 - 9:23pm
The project to improve the fire system at Mesa Public Library is nearing completion. The library will close 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday while the new fire system gets tested. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Mesa Public Library’s original, 24-year-old fire alarm system reached the end of its life. As a result, the Los Alamos County is wrapping up a project to replace and update the system.

County Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust said work started on the project Feb.

Two Students At Espanola Valley High School Arrested After Making Shooting Threats

on February 22, 2018 - 3:40pm
Española Valley High School. Courtesy photo
Valley Daily Post
Staff Report

The Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office confirmed today that two Española Valley High School students have been arrested after making the threat: “let’s shoot it”.

At 8:45 a.m. today, deputies working with the School Resource Officer assigned to the school were already on the campus as a preventive measure when the threat was reported to officials.

Mesa Public Library Open Today ... Closed 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. Friday For Fire Alarm System Testing

on February 22, 2018 - 12:58pm



Mesa Public Library is open today but will be closed 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. It will be closed during that period of time Friday to do a building-wide testing of the fire alarm system.


The entire system was replaced and final testing of all devices is required by Fire Code.


The County staff apologizes for the inconvenience. As a reminder, the White Rock Branch Library is open Friday morning at its regular hours.


Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

Los Alamos Ranked #1 Safest City In New Mexico

on February 22, 2018 - 11:04am


The National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) has ranked Los Alamos New Mexico’s safest town in its 2018 report.

Los Alamos’ violent crime rate of just over one reported incident per 1,000 and rate of 7.87 property crimes per 1,000 are excellent, well below both the state and national averages.

Los Alamos:

  • 17,667 Population
  • 18 Violent Crimes
  • 139 Property Crimes


To identify the safest cities in New Mexico, we reviewed the most recent  FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research.

Bandelier And Valles Caldera On 2-Hour Delay Today

on February 22, 2018 - 7:39am


Both Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve are on a 2-hour delayed start time due to winter weather conditions.

UNM-Los Alamos On 2-Hour Delay Today

on February 22, 2018 - 7:35am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is on a 2-hour delayed start time today due to winter weather conditions.

NMSP Continue Probe Of LAPD Shooting Incident

on February 22, 2018 - 6:45am

NMSP detectives brought their Crime Scene Unit to the Pajarito Cliffs Site Saturday to investigate the scene of a local shooting incident. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Police are continuing their investigation of an incident early Saturday morning at the Pajarito Cliffs Site east of the airport during which one or more Los Alamos Police Department officers fired shots. There were no injuries during the incident.

LAPD officers were conducting undercover surveillance at Los Alamos County buildings due to

Alert: Los Alamos Public Schools On 2-Hour Delay

on February 22, 2018 - 6:04am

LAPS News Alert:

All Los Alamos Public Schools will start two hours later this morning due to weather conditions.

Car Crashes Into Brick Wall At Trinity And Central

on February 22, 2018 - 12:24am

This vehicle crashed into a brick wall at about 11 p.m. Wednesday where Trinity Drive and Central Avenue split near the former Hilltop House Hotel. First responders were on the scene assisting those involved. It’s not yet known the extent of any injuries, but the impact of the collision was sufficient to deploy this vehicle’s airbag. A silver pick up was stopped toward the right of the vehicle and appeared to have sustained front end damage. County crews were out in force plowing and sanding the roadways but the falling snow was rapidly covering over that work. Photo by Carol A.

Reminder: Mesa Public Library Reopens 1 p.m. Friday

on February 21, 2018 - 5:25pm



Los Alamos County reminds the community that Mesa Public Library will not be open to the public until 1 p.m. Friday due to building wide testing of the fire alarm system.


The entire system was replaced and final testing of all devices is required by Fire Code.


The County staff apologizes for the inconvenience. As a reminder, the White Rock Branch Library will be open for regular hours Friday morning.


Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

Winter Storm Warning For San Juan Mountains

on February 21, 2018 - 4:49pm

NWS News Alert:

Weather Advisory: Winter Storm Warning until 5 PM Thursday in the Far Northwest Highlands and San Juan Mountains.

A WINTER STORM TO IMPACT NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY... .A vigorous Pacific storm system will eject northeastward across the Four Corners and north central New Mexico tonight and Thursday.

Westerly upslope flow with this storm system will bring a few to over 12 inches of snow to portions of north central and northwest New Mexico tonight through Thursday. ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THURSDAY...


Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Feb. 26

on February 21, 2018 - 3:33pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. Possibly starting Monday, Feb. 26.  
The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and McClure Reservoirs.
Impacts from the hand and aerial ignitions are expected to be minimal due to this being a second entry prescribed burn into this particular

AG Balderas & Bipartisan Coalition Of Attorneys General Urge Congress To Pass The CLOUD Act

on February 21, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE In a bipartisan letter signed by Attorney General Hector Balderas and the attorneys general of 35 other states, the National Association of Attorneys General today urged Congress to pass the Clarify Lawful Overseas Use of Data (“CLOUD”) Act.  
The CLOUD Act would update and amend several provisions of the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”).
“It’s absurd and contrary to the rule of law that global corporations would seek to shield evidence of horrific crimes like child exploitation and murder committed in the United States