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Heavy Rain Potential Persists into Weekend

on September 12, 2013 - 9:18am
Courtesy/NOAA
 
NWS News:
 
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has provided an updated outlook regarding the possibility of additional heavy rain and increasing thunderstorm-related impacts Thursday into Saturday.
 
The break across central and western areas will be short-lived. It is now looking very likely that areas of the central and eastern New Mexico could see event total rainfall amounts in the 6 to 10 inch range with isolated higher amounts.

Overview: Record-setting rainfall that impacted much of central New Mexico late Tuesday shifted into eastern New Mexico very early

Katie's Law Results in New Mexico's 500th DNA Match

on September 11, 2013 - 10:56am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE ─ Jayann Sepich and Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that Katie’s Law has led to the 500th match of DNA data to a criminal case in New Mexico. 

The match came as the DNA  Administrative Center, located in Albuquerque, compiled their final statistics for the month of August.

The Administrative Center notified Jayann Sepich of the milestone Friday, which was also the 10th Anniversary of her daughter Katie Sepich being laid to rest.

New Mexico’s DNA collection law, entitled “Katie’s Law,” is one of the toughest in the country and is named after

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 28–Sept. 3, 2013

on September 9, 2013 - 12:04pm

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 filed against them.

 

GERALD HECK

Aug. 28 at 12:32 a.m. / Police arrested Gerald Heck, 35, of Los Alamos on San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.


Aug. 28 at 9:46 p.m. / A 19-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Canyon Road.

 

DANIEL DESCHAMP

Aug. 30 at 2:10 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Deschamp, 29, of Los Alamos at 39th Street and Trinity

Shallow Communication Line Uncovered on 15th Street

on September 9, 2013 - 7:35am

Due to uncovering a shallow Century Link communication line, the concrete work on the 15th Street road project scheduled for this past week has been delayed. North Sage at 15th Street remains closed through Tuesday, Sept. 10 to allow fresh concrete to cure. North Oakwood Loop at 15th remains closed through Tuesday, Sept. 10 to allow fresh concrete to cure. Nectar Street at 15th Street is closed for the installation of concrete pavement on the east end of Nectar adjacent to 15th Street. The work zone encompasses the easternmost 75 feet of Nectar.

Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 8

on September 8, 2013 - 7:48am

Non-County Projects of Significance:

Smith’s Marketplace: Contractor Utility Work on Trinity between Knecht and DP Road:

The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive will be closed between Knecht and DP Road starting Monday, Sept. 9. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. Alternate routes are recommended. This work will continue through November 2013.

Smith’s Marketplace: Truck Traffic on NM502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac

Construction continues through May 2014 at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza, which means motorists using Main Hill

IRS Warns Tax Scams Can Happen Anytime

on September 8, 2013 - 7:38am

IRS News:

Are you thinking about taxes while you’re enjoying the warm summer months? Not likely ... but the IRS wants you to know that scammers ARE thinking about taxes and ways to dupe you out of your money.

Tax scams can happen anytime of the year, not just during tax season. Three common year-round scams are identity theft, phishing and return preparer fraud. These schemes are on the top of the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” list of scams this year. They’re illegal and can lead to significant penalties and interest, even criminal prosecution.
Here’s more information about these scams that every

Holding Hope: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week

on September 7, 2013 - 8:57am

COMMUNITY News:

Sept. 8-14 is World and National Suicide Prevention Week.

The first local event is "Mental Health and Suicide." This talk is geared for adults and will be held noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 at Family Strengths Network, 1990 Diamond Dr. Join Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) therapists, Steve Koch, MA, LMHC, Amanda Schneider, MA, LMHC, and Mike Wallington, MA, LPCC, in a discussion about substance abuse, mental health, and suicide. The goal is to help community members better understand the importance of de-stigmatizing these issues. A light lunch will be provided. For

Search and Rescue Find Body of Token Adams

on September 6, 2013 - 10:23pm

U.S. FOREST SERVICE News:

Search and Rescue personnel this morning found the body of the firefighter who went missing Aug. 30 while scouting reports of smoke in the Jemez.

Officials said today that Token Adams, 41, apparently crashed his ATV atop a mesa in a remote area.

Adams leaves behind a pregnant wife and young son.

Jonathan Plaue Tapped as LANL Site Representative

on September 5, 2013 - 7:45am

Dr. Jonathan Plaue

DNFSB News:

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) is pleased to announce the assignment of Dr. Jonathan Plaue as a Site Representative at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico.

Dr. Plaue will join Todd Davis and Richard Verhaagen, the Board’s current Site Representatives, starting in November 2013. As a Site Representative, Dr.

U.S. 84/285 Roadwork Continues North of Pojoaque

on September 4, 2013 - 7:53am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2.

The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting, and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County.

On September 3, the northbound traffic on U.S. 84/285 will be detoured onto the newly constructed northbound off ramp and northbound on ramp. The traffic switch will detour travelers off of the main line of U.S.

Workers Keep Lights on Near Airport

on September 4, 2013 - 7:33am

Workers change a light bulb Tuesday in a tall streetlight on East Road near Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Road Work Underway on Central Near Muni Building

on September 4, 2013 - 7:31am

Traffic slowed along Central Avenue Tuesday as road work was underway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Letter to the Editor: Danger on the Main Hill Road

on September 4, 2013 - 7:29am
By JULIE SMITH
Los Alamos

I am writing in serious concern of all the big trucks using the Main Hill Road.

When are we going to put the trucks onto the Truck Route, where they belong?

Despite my frustration at being behind a big truck (or seven) creeping up the Main Hill Road, my main concern is their reckless descent: several times over the last two weeks I’ve been forced to hug the guardrail because of trucks coming down, faster than they should and crossing the center line, coming into my lane. 

One morning I counted seven trucks coming down and five of them were over the center line

County Announces Police Chief Candidate Names, Sets Public Meet/Greet Reception

on September 3, 2013 - 4:29pm

LAPD News:

Members of the public are invited to a reception Thursday, Sept. 12 to meet the top five candidates for Los Alamos County Police Chief.

The reception is 6-7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers inside the new Municipal Building, 1,000 Central Ave. Refreshments will be served. Candidates will be available 6-6:30 p.m. to visit informally with attendees. At approximately 6:30 p.m., each of the candidates will be asked to make brief remarks about their background, experience and why they believe they are the best candidate for the job.

At the close of the reception, members of the public

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 22–Aug. 28, 2013

on September 2, 2013 - 7:34am

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 filed against them.

 

ALISSA WALLINGTON

Aug. 22 at 11:34 a.m. / Police arrested Alissa Wallington, 21, of Santa Cruz at the police station on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Aug. 22 at 11:45 a.m. / Police arrested Urias Valdez, 42, of Velarde at the police station on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Photo unavailable from police.

Aug. 23 at 1:29 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: Concern Over Large Trucks on Main Hill Road

on September 2, 2013 - 7:33am
By PATRICIA MEDINA
Los Alamos

I would like to voice my concerns over the use of the Main Hill Road by large construction trucks. 

Part of my exasperation comes from the delays these trucks are creating by using the road and traveling at 20 miles per hour. I don’t travel the road that much so my concerns center around the safety impacts.

I remember an incident that occurred 24-26 years ago when a large truck jackknifed on the Main Hill, killing a young man who left behind a wife and two small children.

Experienced Volunteer Ground Personnel Invited to Join Search for Firefighter in Jemez

on September 1, 2013 - 11:47pm

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police is heading up a Search and Rescue (SAR) effort in the Santa Fe Nat’l Forest near Jemez Springs to locate a firefighter, Token Adams, who went missing Friday while conducting size up for a new start in the forest. 

Volunteer SAR is proceeding, and experienced volunteer ground personnel are invited to join in this effort. 

Directions to the ICP are:

  • Head west on Rt. 4
  • Turn right onto 126
  • Turn left onto NF-376
  • Turn left onto NF-604
  • Turn right onto School House Mesa/604
  • Turn left onto Cebollita Springs NF-606 Look for a big clearing with emergency vehicles

Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 3

on September 1, 2013 - 7:27am

Non-County Projects of Significance:

Smith’s Marketplace: Contractor Utility Work on Trinity between Knecht and DP Road:

The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive will be closed between Knecht and DP Road starting Tuesday, Sept. 3. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. Alternate routes are recommended. This work will continue through November 2013.

Smith’s Marketplace: Truck Traffic on N.M. 502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac

Construction continues at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza through opening day in May 2014, which means

Locally Heavy Rainfall & Flash Flooding Threat Labor Day Weekend

on August 30, 2013 - 3:48pm
 
NWS News:
 
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque would like to provide you with an update on the forecast of locally heavy rainfall and the potential for flash flooding this Labor Day Weekend. 
 
Due to a high pressure center aloft over our area, storms will be moving very slowly. In addition, a backdoor cold front will usher additional moisture into northeast portions of the state on Sunday then continue westward Sunday night into Monday beyond the central mountain chain.
 
This additional moisture will increase the potential for locally heavy rainfall and resulting flash

Statewide Lockdown of Jails Underway

on August 30, 2013 - 11:28am

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown on all prison facilities as part of the annual accountability and prisons assessment initiative.

This yearly event of locking down all facilities allows NMCD staff to examine our structures, security measures and policies to ensure our we are operating on the highest level of awareness and security.

"The public has placed their trust in our ability to serve them in a courageous, responsible, ethical, and dedicated way," Marcantel said. "To ensure we are keeping the public safe we must
turn the

More than 300 Cases of Pertussis Reported in New Mexico

on August 30, 2013 - 10:50am

 

NMDOH News:

  • Department of Health Encourages Vaccinations

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that 331 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported in New Mexico in 2013.

“Pertussis is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent pertussis.

CANCELED: AMBER Alert for 2-year-old New Mexico Girl

on August 30, 2013 - 9:05am

Update: AMBER Alert for Elyssia Cavazone-Salas is canceled as the child has been found safe. 

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas, 2, was last seen today, Aug. 29, in Alamogordo. She was taken by her aunt.

The child and the suspect are traveling in a 2008 Ford Escape, Blue/Green with New Mexico license plate #714-RKZ.

She and the suspect may be traveling to Ruidoso or Mescalero Indian Reservation in New Mexico.

The child is in danger due to the suspect's propensity to drink and use drugs.

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas:

  • Age: 2
  • Sex: Female
  • Skin: Native American
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 3'0

FBI, Navajo Police Ask for Public's Help in Gallup Death Investigation

on August 30, 2013 - 7:41am

Vincent Smith Jr.

FBI Alert:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating the death of a Navajo man from Arizona who was found lying in the weeds in a residential area on the Navajo Indian Reservation, in Gallup.

Vincent Smith Jr., 33, of St. Michael's, Ariz., was found with apparent head injuries on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 on Old Zuni Drive.

He was unresponsive and lying on the ground near his blue and tan Ford F-150 truck.

Smith was transported to Gallup Indian Medical Center, where he died later that day.

Anyone with information about the

LANL's Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan Available Year-Round for Comments

on August 29, 2013 - 1:06pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory revises its Hazardous Waste Community Relations Plan annually in compliance with its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515.) 

The website is available year round and LANL revises the plan in August to include necessary changes and comments it has received during the year. LANL welcomes public comments, which can be provided online via the Plan Comments Form

The updated  Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan and responses to comments will be posted Sept. 1. 

The attached form LANL CRP Public Comment Form.pdf

B61-12 Life Extension Program Radar Drop Tests Completed Successfully

on August 29, 2013 - 12:40pm

Pantex production technicians prepare a B61 for a surveillance test. The B61 is a tactical thermonuclear gravity bomb. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the ongoing effort to refurbish the aging B61 nuclear bomb without resorting to underground nuclear testing, two successful B61-12 radar drop tests were successfully completed at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on Aug. 14 and 15, 2013, by engineers from Sandia National Laboratories.

Current B61s use decades-old vacuum tubes as part of their radar system.

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