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LAPD Holds Drug Take Back Day Sept. 27

on September 11, 2014 - 10:26am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will hold its bi-annual DEA Drug Take Back initiative, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 27 at two locations:

  • Site 1: Los Alamos Medical Center Parking Lot, 3917 West Road in the  specifically the parking lot along Trinity Drive; and
  • Site 2: White Rock Visitors Center Parking Lot, 115 N.M. 4.

Collection sites are registered on the DEA’s website: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov

Residents are encouraged to drop off unused or unwanted prescription medications as well as medications from a lost loved one or other circumstances with no questions asked.

Heinrich Statement on 13th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

on September 11, 2014 - 8:54am

Courtesy photo

 

NATIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

"Today our nation pauses to remember those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. We will never forget them or the brave first responders who risked their lives to help their fellow Americans.

LANL: Learn About Counseling, Referral Services

on September 11, 2014 - 8:41am
LANL News:

The public can learn about services offered by Los Alamos National Laboratory's Employee Assistance Program at three, free informational sessions at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

The one-hour, interactive presentations are scheduled 9-10 a.m. Sept. 16, Sept. 23 and Oct. 21 and open to Laboratory employees and the public. Attendees also will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The presentations cover:

  • assistance offered through EAP;
  • referrals to outside providers;
  • community resources;
  • concerns about confidentiality;
  • impact of counseling on security clearances; and

Espanola Fire District Plans Controlled Burn

on September 11, 2014 - 7:06am

FOREST SERVICE News:

SANTA FE–Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have been working with the support of the City of Santa Fe, the Nature Conservancy, the Santa Fe Watershed Association, and New Mexico State Forestry to develop a long-term plan to improve forest health in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  Several fuel reduction treatments have been completed to date and another prescribed fire will be conducted as soon as weather conditions are favorable, perhaps as early as next week. 

Hand and aerial ignitions will be used to treat 844-acres in an area

WIPP: Additional Areas Cleared in Underground Facility

on September 10, 2014 - 3:56pm

WIPP: personnel continue to work diligently to restore normal access to the WIPP underground facility. The graphic identifies areas that have been surveyed for radiological contamination. The areas highlighted in green have been found to be contamination free. The surveys are conducted on the salt surfaces of the mine, but also include survey and release of any equipment or other structures located in these areas. Individuals conducting radiological surveys are trained on use of radiation detection equipment and the actions that are required should they identify radioactive contamination.

LANL Using Neutrons to Stop Nuclear Smugglers

on September 10, 2014 - 1:59pm

ScreenShot/LANL Video

LANL News:

Laser-generated neutrons could one day be enlisted to help fight the War on Terror.

Using the short-pulse laser at Los Alamos's TRIDENT facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers generated a neutron beam with novel characteristics that interrogated a closed container to confirm the presence and quantity of nuclear material inside.

Click here to see how this successful experiment is paving the way for the creation of table-top-sized or truck-mounted neutron generators that could be installed at strategic locations worldwide to thwart smugglers

Prescribed Fires Planned For Jemez Ranger District

on September 10, 2014 - 11:52am

USFS News:

SANTA FE — Prescribed fires will be conducted throughout Santa Fe National Forest Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 as conditions are favorable.

These fires are designed to reduce excess fuels, provide community protection, and improve forest health. The start dates and duration of these burns will be dependent on weather, wind, and fuel moisture conditions.

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe National Forest will host the International Fire Training Program again this year.

Udall Warns Utility Consumers About Scam During Service Outages

on September 10, 2014 - 11:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which oversees and funds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), warned New Mexicans about scams directed at utility customers. 
 
The FTC recently issued a consumer alert about scammers who claim to work for a utility company and seek cash payment for reconnecting service during power outages caused by severe weather or other events. 
 
The scammer may dress in a uniform, display a fake identification card, and claim that the

Downtown Los Alamos Gas Leak Has Been Repaired

on September 10, 2014 - 11:35am

First responders arrived on the scene this morning after a contractor breached an underground gas line while working on the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Work came to a hault this morning after a contractor breached an underground gas line while working on the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Gas/Water/Sewer crews have repaired the gas leak that occurred this morning outside the Los Alamos Post Office on Central Avenue.

The leak was caused by

Alert: Gas Line Leak on Central Avenue Between 15th and 20th Streets ... Public Advised to Stay Clear

on September 10, 2014 - 10:49am

The County reports that there is a gas line leak on Central Avenue between 20th Street and 15th Street. The public is advised to stay clear of the area until further notice. The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish more details as soon as they become available. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

I-25 Northbound Off-Ramp to St. Francis Closed Sept. 11

on September 9, 2014 - 2:58pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is alerting motorists that the I-25 northbound off-ramp (Exit 282) to St. Francis Drive will be closed at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 and re-open at 5 a.m., Sept. 12. 

The contractor will be removing paint on the roadway due to vandalism that occurred last week. During this closure, motorists may use the Old Pecos Trail off-ramp (Exit 284) or the Cerrillos Road off-ramp (Exit 278).  

Drivers are urged to proceed through the work zone with caution, observe traffic control signs and obey speed limits.

DEA Releases New Rules Creating Convenient, Safe, Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options

on September 9, 2014 - 8:45am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was made available online Monday for preview by the Federal Register at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-20926.pdf

The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors

FEMA Region 6 Urges Public To 'Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare'

on September 8, 2014 - 11:15am

Courtesy/FEMA

FEMA News:

September is National Preparedness Month, so the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office is urging the public to “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.”

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is part of a campaign called America’s PrepareAthon! The theme this year for NPM is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.” Emergency managers are asking individuals, families, friends and co-workers to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around Sept.

Crossing Guards Needed in White Rock

on September 8, 2014 - 8:51am

PEPTO News:

Getting hit by a car is the third leading cause of death for kids 5 to 9 years old, and kids up to age 15 make up a disproportionate number of pedestrian casualties worldwide, according to a 2011 article in Psychological Science's online magazine.

The Pinon Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PEPTO) requests community assistance. Let's protect our Panthers as they walk to and from school by volunteering to be a crossing guard.

Volunteer 20-25 minutes, once a week, and help our students.

Los Alamos Teens Create Suicide Awareness and Prevention Project 'Reach Toward Not Away'

on September 7, 2014 - 5:30pm

Los Alamos High School students got together Saturday to work on their 'Reach Toward Not Away project' as part of September's Suicide Awareness Month including from left, Jacquie Hargraves, Margaret Wright, Nick Torres, Sopahn Kellogg and Rachel Reynolds. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sopahn Kellogg is a senior student at Los Alamos High School and has been very busy heading up a project called Reach Toward Not Away for September's Suicide Awareness Month and Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8-12.

"In the last 18 months two classmates

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Sept. 8

on September 7, 2014 - 10:02am

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update: Week of Sept. 8

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:

Chip material has been applied on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. The final sealant will be applied in mid to late September.

Los Alamos Native Seeks Help For His International Battalion

on September 7, 2014 - 7:56am
Jonathan Miller in uniform in Israel. Courtesy photo
 
Jonathan Miller's IDF Unit contains soldiers from all over the world. Courtesy photo

By JONATHAN MILLER

My name is Jonathan Miller. I grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2008. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2012, I traveled to Israel for the first time on a Taglit Birthright trip.

I had such an incredible experience on my trip and felt drawn to return to Eretz Yisrael.

Body Found in Hotel Room in White Rock Today

on September 6, 2014 - 1:36pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters responded about noon today to the scene of a dead man in his room at the Hampton Inn & Suites on N.M. 4 in White Rock. According to officials, relatives discovered the body of the Springfield, VA man and called 911. The cause of death is unknown and the case is being turned over to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A Los Alamos police officer retrieves paperwork from his patrol car before returning inside the hotel to wait for someone from the Office of the Medical Investigator to arrive.

WIPP Personnel Completing Preparations For Underground Facility Rock Bolting Activities

on September 5, 2014 - 3:31pm

Mining personnel install a rock bolt that helps stabilize the rock formation in the WIPP underground facility. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Personnel at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are completing preparations to resume rock bolting activities maintaining the WIPP underground facility in a safe and stable condition as the recovery process continues.

At WIPP, rock bolts are typically installed in a pattern that optimizes the bolt’s effectiveness to ensure stability of disposal rooms and access tunnels.

State Police Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties Across State Throughout September

on September 5, 2014 - 12:30pm

STATE POLICE News:

State Police will conduct Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September.

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into friends and families.

Bandelier Rangers, Los Alamos Fire Department Assist Lost Hikers

on September 5, 2014 - 8:43am
Present trail conditions in Frijoles Canyon, results of the flooding following the Las Conchas Fire in 2011. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Two Bandelier rangers spent a long night earlier this week searching for six Albuquerque-area hikers, three adults and three children ages 4-7, lost in the park.
 
Tuesday at about 3 a.m. they found the group, exhausted, dehydrated and hungry but otherwise healthy, near Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon.

Pino Fire Appears To Have Met Resource Objectives

on September 4, 2014 - 10:18pm

The Pino Fire is burning five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Screenshot/ladp

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The lightning caused Pino Fire is now estimated at 4,313 acres. The fire is burning on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

This fire has been highly visible for the past few days as it has been managed to improve forest health. Through a combination of hand and aerial ignitions, low-intensity fires have been used to reduce excess fuels.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 28 to Sept. 2, 2014

on September 4, 2014 - 3:21pm

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 filed against them.

Aug. 28 at 7:16 a.m. / A 24-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her home on 39th Street.The estimated loss is unknown.

CANDIDA BORREGO

Aug. 28 at 8:17 a.m. / Police arrested Candida Borrego, 33, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and North Road on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

MARION LOOPE

Aug. 28 at 11 a.m.

NIST: Experts Defend Operational Earthquake Forecasting

on September 4, 2014 - 11:54am

Damage from the August 2014 earthquake in China's Yunnan province. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

After the devastating 2009 L’Aquila earthquake in Italy, critics suggested that operational earthquake forecasting (OEF) is ineffective, distracting, and dangerous.

In an editorial published in the Seismological Research Letters, experts defend OEF, arguing the importance of public communication as part of a suite of activities intended to improve public safety and mitigate damage from earthquakes.

In an editorial published in the Seismological Research Letters, experts defend operational

National Child ID Kits Available Free at Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Saturday

on September 4, 2014 - 8:04am
John Arrowsmith shows off National Child Identification Kits available free at Saturday's Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
. Courtesy/Kiwanis Club
 
KIWANIS News:

Parents: Go to the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center and pick up a free identification kit for each of your children while enjoying a good, inexpensive meal.

Normally, an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Child Identification Program kit costs $7.50, but the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has purchased them in bulk and will be providing them free to

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