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Governor Susana Martinez Announces DWI Superblitz Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

on March 16, 2018 - 2:34pm



  • Also Announces Decrease in DWI Fatalities

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement across the state will be out in full force this weekend to crack down on drunk driving during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The Governor also announced that last year DWI fatalities were down about 16 percent compared to 2016.

“If you drink and drive you’re putting every life you come across on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “Driving drunk is unacceptable and dangerous. It’s also 100 percent preventable.

Scenes From St. Baldrick's Fundraiser Wednesday

on March 15, 2018 - 11:08am

Convincing people to buy St. Baldrick's t-shirts at Wednesday evening's fundraiser for the Foundation at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op, from left, Sophia Jones, Olivia Ortega and Isabella Casias. ​St. Baldricks Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Volunteers cooking food at Wednesday evening’s fundraiser for St.

LAPD Recommends Security Options To School Board

on March 15, 2018 - 8:48am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, center, and Sgt. Chris Ross field questions from School Board members, Bill Hargraves, left, and Dr. Steve Boerigter at Tuesday's school board meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/




Los Alamos Daily Post

Perimeter security, access control and key card access are the three biggest needs in Los Alamos Public Schools and also the recommendations of the Los Alamos Police Department, Sgt. Chris Ross told school board members during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Ross, who is head of LAPD’s

LAFD Offers Defensible Space Advice In Anticipation Of Tough Fire Season

on March 15, 2018 - 8:21am

LAFD Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna and Marisol Padilla of the Department's Community Outreach Program are preparing information on defensible space for the public in anticipation of the upcoming fire season. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

With more than 60 percent of the state in severe drought conditions, and fire officials predicting what could possibly be the worst fire season in a decade, Los Alamos Fire Department, particularly the Wildland Fire Division, has been gearing up by implementing fuel

Local Prayer Walk/Gun Turn-In Event Saturday

on March 14, 2018 - 6:04pm

Pastor Steve Trout announces prayer walk/gun turn-in event at 9 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. Courtesy photo


At the special Voices of Los Alamos meeting March 12, Pastor Steve Trout with the First United Methodist Church announced an upcoming prayer walk/gun turn-in event.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at the First United Methodist Church at 715 Diamond Dr.

The guns will be collected by the nonprofit group New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, which will destroy the firearms onsite.

The pieces of the guns will be sent to the

State Auditor Issues Probe Notice To RCLC Officials

on March 14, 2018 - 5:23pm
Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson sent a letter Tuesday to officials with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communites (RCLC) advising them that his office is engaging in a special audit of the orgainzation.

Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne today confirmed receipt of the letter from the state auditor and addressed the upcoming special audit.

“As one of nine entities who belong to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, and as posted yesterday in local news

LAHS Shows Solidarity To Florida High School

on March 14, 2018 - 5:02pm

Students and staff, Los Alamos Public School administrators, community members and organizations such as the League of Women Voters participated in a school walkout this morning at Los Alamos High School. The walkout was to show solidarity to the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and to voice support for ending violence in schools.

County Employees Request Investigation Of Councilor

on March 14, 2018 - 11:36am

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland, left, and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano review construction plans recently. The two men filed a request for an investigation of County Councilor James Chrobocinski Feb. 15 with County Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/



Los Alamos Daily Post

Two Los Alamos County employees have filed a request for an investigation into County Councilor James Chrobocinski alleging harassment and intimidation under Los Alamos Code Ordinance No.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 8 To March 13, 2018

on March 14, 2018 - 10:52am

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.


March 8 at 11:59 a.m. / Police arrested Concha S. Herrera, 39, of Truchas at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




March 8 at 5:04 p.m. / Police arrested Rachel Ann Weiss, 29, of White Rock at the Espanola Probation and Parole Office on an arrest order.




March 9 at 07:08 a.m.

British PM: ‘Highly Likely’ Russia Behind Poisoning

on March 14, 2018 - 9:19am

British Prime Minister Theresa May says it’s ‘highly likely’ Russia is behind nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy and his daughter. Image/video screenshot

Homeland Security News Wire News:

British Prime Minister Theresa May says evidence shows that it is “highly likely” that Russia is behind the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the city of Salisbury despite Kremlin denials that Moscow was involved in the incident.

May said in a speech to parliament March 12 that either the Russian state was responsible for poisoning 66-year-old Sergei Skripal and his

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands In Solidarity With Students Calling For Action On Gun Violence

on March 14, 2018 - 8:36am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this morning in support of students calling for action on gun violence:

“Like so many Americans, I have been deeply moved by the high school students and young people across the nation who have spoken out after losing classmates and friends to gun violence and are demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent future tragedies.

“It’s unacceptable that students and teachers are afraid to go to class each morning after the terrifying

Letter To The Editor: A Case Of Legislative Error On Gun Rights

on March 14, 2018 - 8:20am
Los Alamos
Legislators have been known to do ridiculous things and a majority of Florida’s legislators have done so along with their governor.
They have assumed that acts of violence using a firearm are age related or cynically a trick to weaken the Second Amendment is in their sights. They have forbidden sales of firearms to persons ages 18 to 20 purely on the basis of age. This denies them their rights under the Second Amendment placing them with a class of persons forbidden the right to bear arms for cause.

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Burn Near Tres Piedras

on March 14, 2018 - 7:09am
BLM News:
TAOS  The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a 1600-acre prescribed burn in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument on Cerro Montoso, 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras. 
The prescribed burn will be conducted for up to 30 days beginning as early as March 19 depending on weather conditions. Smoke may be visible from highways US 285 and US 64.
The purpose of the project is to improve forest health in ponderosa pine and piñon/juniper, by reducing flammable accumulations of vegetation and reintroducing fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem. 
For further

Heinrich On Gina Haspel Being Named To Lead CIA

on March 13, 2018 - 4:13pm

Gina Haspel nominated to lead CIA. Courtesy/CIA

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2018) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to nominate Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel to serve as CIA Director.

This decision comes after President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and announced he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State. 

“President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA is deeply

DPNM Addresses Resignation Of Richard Ellenberg

on March 13, 2018 - 3:57pm

Richard D. Ellenberg

DPNM News:

Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard D. Ellenberg resigned today after coming under criticism for his response to sexual misconduct allegations levied against state union leader Jon Hendry and former Dona Ana County Commissioner John Vasquez.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement:

“Our country and our state are in an incredible moment in which survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault feel empowered to come forward, and the Democratic Party of New Mexico has taken upon itself to be a leader on this issue.

Hugh Rich Files For County Sheriff

on March 13, 2018 - 12:46pm

Republican Hugh Rich filed this afternoon for sheriff by proxy through Brady Burke. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Chris Luchini Files For Los Alamos County Sheriff

on March 13, 2018 - 12:15pm

Libertarian Chris Luchini files this morning for Los Alamos County Sheriff. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS Hosts Community Forum On School Safety

on March 13, 2018 - 11:30am

LAHS students. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The community is invited to a student-led community forum 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The purpose of this meeting is to give students the chance to be heard and for the community to be involved in the discussion about school safety.

All interested students, parents and community members are invited to join the round table discussions to engage in dialogue about what the district is currently doing and what can be done moving forward to make a difference in the safety of the Los Alamos Public Schools

FBI: Man In Green T-Shirt Robs Albuquerque Credit Union, Flees In Silver Nissan

on March 13, 2018 - 10:52am
FBI News:
A man wearing a long-sleeve green T-shirt and blue jeans robbed a northeast Albuquerque credit union on Friday afternoon, March 9, 2018, and fled in a silver Nissan sedan.
The suspect was described as a white male about 40-50 years old, approximately 5'8” tall, with dark hair. He wore eyeglasses with dark metal frames, a long-sleeve green T-shirt, and blue jeans.
The suspect entered Nusenda Credit Union, 7517 Montgomery Boulevard, NE, and at approximately 2:27 p.m. presented a demand note to a teller.
The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the

James Whitehead Files For County Sheriff

on March 13, 2018 - 10:50am

Republican James Whitehead files this morning for the Office of Los Alamos County Sheriff. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD Hosts Arson Investigators Conference

on March 13, 2018 - 7:30am

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) officials at their conference in Los Alamos Feb. 28- March 2, from right, Los Alamos Fire Department Senior Life & Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi, IAAI Director Jim Kanavy and New Mexico IAAI President Clay Bailey. Rinaldi is also a board member of the New Mexico Chapter. Courtesy photo

IAAI conference members view the results of an explosion inside a small structure for demonstration purposes during IAAI conference activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49 area. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Fire Department

Creepy Man Lurking Outside Smith's In White Rock

on March 12, 2018 - 11:16pm
News Alert:
A citizen who revealed her name to the Los Alamos Daily Post tonight submitted the follow account of an encounter with a man who scared her and she wanted to alert the community:
I was hoping you could let the community know (without using my name) about a creepy guy who was lurking on the side of Smith's along Longview Dr., in White Rock tonight.
I came out of Smith's at about 7:50 p.m.

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