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DPU Notes Increase In Gas Leak Reports

on August 20, 2017 - 2:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spike in suspected gas leaks reported to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and Los Alamos Fire Department last week was mostly related to leaking appliances, according to the County’s Deputy Utilities Manager Jack Richardson.

There was a total of six calls Aug. 17 alone but Richardson said his supervisors were not really surprised.

“As we head into fall weather, people are relighting furnaces and using more gas, so we get more calls than we typically do.

LAPS: Solar Eclipse Safety Reminder

on August 20, 2017 - 2:28pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk!

Well … it looks like we may have clouds and maybe even rain during Monday’s Solar Eclipse. In any case, this spectacular event offers a rare teachable moment about science and safety.

In Los Alamos, the Partial Eclipse begins at about 10:22 a.m. when the Moon touches the Sun's edge. The Maximum Eclipse will be at about 11:46 a.m. when the Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Here are some safety reminders for students and staff on Monday: 

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or

Public Safety Degree Offered

on August 20, 2017 - 5:36am

UNM-LA News:

UNM Los Alamos is now offering a two-year pathway for earning an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Public Safety with Concentrations in Police Science, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security.

This program trains specialists to work for local and state governments, hospitals, emergency and other relief organizations in the wake of an increased need of Police departments, Emergency Management groups and Homeland Security departments in Northern New Mexico and beyond.

Instructors in this program include Elizabeth Allen, a local attorney with a JD from Pepperdine

Public Forum Targets Veterans Transportation Issues

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

VETERANS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Veterans, National Guard/Reserve personnel, and their spouses are invited to attend a public forum to address transportation issues facing veterans at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Central New Mexico College (CNM) Workforce Training Center at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE.

This public forum follows a morning Veterans Transportation Summit sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) attended by representatives from public and private transportation agencies throughout the state, who will be discussing how they can improve the transportation

Governor: New TV Ads Fight DWI; Distracted Driving

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

Courtesy/NMDOT

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced powerful TV ads – called “Just a Matter of Time” – to fight drunk and distracted driving. 

Both of the new ads are from the point of view of a driver breaking the law – until ultimately they crash. The ads can be viewed here.

“When you drive drunk or distracted you put your life and the lives of every other person on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “It just isn’t worth it. Make the responsible decision when you get behind the wheel – it will save lives.”

In one ad a man is featured driving distracted over and over

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel & Citizens

on August 19, 2017 - 9:52am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
Yes Mr. Nebel, the free way to know the law is to READ the law for yourself as opposed to having a patronage politician like the AG read it for you (link). Which by the way the AG, a patronage politician (by your definition) does not testify in court and legally only issues guidance for state and local government bodies. I would welcome the county to request such an opinion from the patronage AG since the council, patronage politicians, refuse to believe their own attorney, a patronage position, and the AG's already investigating my criminal complaints anyway.
 

Solar Eclipse Extravaganza At Valles Caldera Monday

on August 19, 2017 - 7:45am

A park ranger uses special solar glasses to safely view the sun at the Valles Calderas. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

The Great American Eclipse is coming, and everyone is invited to the Valles Caldera National Preserve to watch it.

Join rangers to witness and learn more about this spectacular natural event, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at the Valle Grande Entrance Station on N.M. 4. The maximum partial eclipse will be reached at approximately 11:45 a.m. MDT, Monday.

To safely view a solar eclipse, special-purpose solar filters are mandatory!

Letter To The Editor: Worry Over USA-DPRK Conflict

on August 19, 2017 - 7:17am
 
Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
Los Alamos
 
Much is reported regarding the war of words between the leaders of North Korea and the USA. Unfotunately, little is said about the history of North Korea; whose official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). North Korea is often called the Hermit Kingdom, because it is so closed to the outside world.
 
President Trump's words feed directly into the policy and mind of Kim Jong Un. I don't think continental USA is threatened by the North. However, South Korea (Republic of Korea (ROK)), Japan, and other islands are threatened by

FBI: Navajo Man Sentenced To Prison For Killing One Person And Assaulting Another While Driving Drunk

on August 19, 2017 - 7:08am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Travis Arthur Mustache, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced Aug. 14 in Albuquerque, to 37 months in prison for his conviction on federal involuntary manslaughter and assault charges. He will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Mustache was arrested in March 2017, on an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

New Mexico State Police Seeking Public's Assistance On Missing Person Case

on August 18, 2017 - 4:27pm
Henry T. Duran has been on the lam since February. Courtesy/NMSP
 
NMSP News:
 
Henry Thomas Duran was involved in the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle (which was later recovered) Feb. 18, 2017, and has been missing since that date. Duran, 30, is five feet six inches tall, and weighs 157 pounds. He has multiple tattoos. He is currently entered as a missing person.
 
Duran is from the Las Vegas, N.M. area. He has not made contact with his family or friends and his disappearance has concerned law enforcement about his well-being. 
 
Anyone with any information about Henry's

Governor Announces NM Participation In National DWI Crackdown: ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’

on August 18, 2017 - 3:34pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico will participate in the national DWI crackdown: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’. The crackdown begins today and runs through Labor Day weekend.
 
“Getting drunk drivers off our streets is a top priority,” Martinez said. “When you get behind the wheel drunk you’re putting lives in danger – that’s unacceptable. If you do make the reckless decision to drive drunk, you will be caught.”
 
So far this year, preliminary data shows there have been 76 DWI related traffic fatalities on New Mexico roads – that’s down

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Cheryl Bell

on August 18, 2017 - 3:19pm
By JAMES ROBINSON
Chair, Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation
Member, Environmental Sustainability Board
 
I wanted to thank Cheryl Bell for the wonderful letter about bears (link). One point I really want to drive home is thanking Los Alamos for making great strides in becoming a bear friendly community.
 
Earlier this year, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation teamed up to host New Mexico’s first Bear Festival.

Firefighters Spiff Up Fleet In White Rock

on August 18, 2017 - 10:15am

Los Alamos Firefighters wash and shine their emergency response vehicles Saturday morning at Station 3 in White Rock. LAFD maintains one of the top fleets in the nation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Science On Tap Presentation Targets Lightning

on August 18, 2017 - 8:35am

Tess Light discusses what is shocking about lightning during a Science on Tap presentation Thursday at Unquarked. She is with the Lab’s Space and Remote Sensing Group and touched on research that dates back to the 1960s when it was developed in connection with space payloads that monitor the Earth for evidence of nuclear treaty violation. Learning more about lightning is an outgrowth of those sensors. Courtesy photo

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait ... Beware Of Data Breaches And Business Identity Theft

on August 18, 2017 - 7:07am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry have made significant progress in the past two years against tax-related identity theft aimed at individuals but warned business identity theft is on the upswing.
 
Some of the increase in business and partnership return identity theft is fueled by cybercriminals’ increasing focus on breaching tax professionals’ systems and stealing client data. The Security Summit has launched a 10-week awareness campaign called “Don’t Take the Bait,” which encourages tax professionals to step up their security measures.
 
“The IRS,

LAFD Responds To Gas Leak At Duplex Near Urban

on August 17, 2017 - 7:57pm

Los Alamos Fire Department and County Utilities responded to a suspected gas leak early this evening at a residence at 41st Street and Urban Street. The homeowner reportedly smelled gas when he arrived home from work and called the County. A gas leak was found somewhere underneath the home and gas has been shut off to both sides of the duplex until State inspectors check the system. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos firefighters check for a gas leak early this evening at a residence at 41st Street and Urban Street. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Firefighters leave

Los Alamos Family Members Survive Deadly Crash

on August 17, 2017 - 3:05pm

The Honda Pilot driven by Eileen Nielsen that was involved in crash near Santa Rosa Wednesday evening. Nielsen, her daughter Stephanie and son Jacob sustained minor injuries, however four people in another vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. Courtesy photo

The passenger side of the vehicle. Courtesy photo

The RV that crossed the median in Wednesday night's crash near Santa Rosa. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of a Los Alamos family involved in a multi-vehicle accident early Wednesday evening near Santa Rosa are recovering

The Bear Went Over The Mountain ... To Smell What He Could Smell

on August 17, 2017 - 10:14am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
By CHERYL BELL
Wildlife Chair
Pajarito Chapter Sierra Club

Forgive me for altering the words of this song. Perhaps the author didn't know that bears don't see terribly well, but wow can they smell! Los Alamos residents have been reporting an uptick in bear activity in town. Why? The short answer is “Humans.” That's right. Humans and our smells. I find it ironic that we label bears as “problem” “nuisance” “habituated” when in reality, we have created and perpetuated the problem. And we are the solution to keeping our property safe and bears alive.

We

Los Alamos Municipal Court Briefs

on August 17, 2017 - 6:56am

COURT News:

 

Christian Chavez appeared before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Aug. 3 on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and open container. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to a $100 fine for the paraphernalia charge, $75 for the marijuana charge and $100 for the open container charge plus court fees for all three charges.

Jerome Montoya was pleaded guilty to driving with no license and was fined $100 plus $65 in fees. He pleaded not guilty to a second charge of prohibited acts while driving.

Javier Duarte-Medrano pleaded guilty to battery.

LAPD Investigates Vandalism At Overlook Park

on August 17, 2017 - 6:38am

LAPD News:

 

The Los Alamos Police Department is investigating vandalism at Overlook Park in White Rock, which occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.

LAPD Cpl. Sheldon Simpson discovered the vandalism while on patrol and there also were reports from members of the public. Simpson first noticed damage to the lids of trash cans and then found that two picnic tables were missing, which he later discovered had been thrown over the cliff into the canyon.

​Cmdr. Preston Ballew said Wednesday that anyone with information on this incident should call LAPD Dispatch at 505.662.8222.

Redondo And Stauber Visit Popular Los Alamos History Museum Exhibit Creator Isao Hashimoto

on August 16, 2017 - 5:18pm

Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, left, and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber with Japanese digital artist Isao Hashimoto during their recent visit to Japan on behalf of the Los Alamos/Japan Project. Hashimoto’s time lapse animation of the world’s nuclear explosions is a popular yet sobering Cold War exhibit in the Hans Bethe House in Los Alamos. Flashing lights on a world map indicate the locations of explosions that have occurred while differing sounds reveal the countries that conducted the tests.

LAPSA Presents Local Student With New Mini-Bike

on August 16, 2017 - 4:52pm

LAPSA Vice President/Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, left, and LAPSA President Jeff Dare present fundraising project winner Xavier Chalkley, 13, of Los Alamos with a Coleman mini-bike Tuesday outside the Los Alamos Police Department. Courtesy photo

LAPSA News:

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Vice President and Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and LAPSA President Jeff Dare of LANL Emergency Response presented Xavier Chalkley, 13, of Los Alamos with a Coleman mini-bike. Chalkley is the winner of the LAPSA fundraising project and purchased his winning ticket following the Rodeo Parade Saturday.

Inspection Operation Puts 17 Commercial Vehicles ‘Out Of Service’ Near Waldo

on August 16, 2017 - 2:37pm
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police officers participated in a Weight and Inspection Operation, Aug. 1-3, near Waldo off I-25.
 
During a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors with the New Mexico State Police conducted inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, with an emphasis on infractions that would cause them to be placed Out of Service.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 10 To Aug. 14, 2017

on August 16, 2017 - 1:11pm

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.

JOHNNY LOWANCE

Aug. 10 at 2:14 a.m. / Johnny Lowance, 46, of Los Alamos was arrested in Rio Arriba County on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and an out of state warrant.

 

DANIEL G. ARCHULETA

Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. / Daniel G. Archuleta, 35, of Espanola was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

JACOB ROMERO

Aug. 11 at 12:33 p.m.

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