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Albuquerque FBI Seeks Ricardo Alonzo Perez-Trujillo

on April 4, 2014 - 9:48am

Ricardo Alonzo Perez-Trujillo

FBI News:

The FBI and Valencia County Sheriff's Office are looking for Ricardo Alonzo Perez-Trujillo, 48, who is wanted for his alleged involvement in a major drug-trafficking organization that operated out of New Mexico.

Perez-Trujillo has ties to Phoenix, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Mexico. He is also known to use narcotics, and may possibly travel to Chihuahua, Mexico, where he was born.

Perez-Trujillo, a white Hispanic male, uses several aliases.

Governor Issues Two Child Welfare Executive Orders

on April 4, 2014 - 9:37am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez issued two executive orders to take a more proactive and coherent approach to working with families who have faced multiple Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) investigations, and to improve communication between child welfare caseworkers and law enforcement officers.

 

“This new approach allows us to take a more proactive, deeper interest in families where CYFD has been regularly called to intervene, even when investigations of those incidents were unable to substantiate abuse or neglect of the children in the

Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project Completed $1 Million Under Budget

on April 4, 2014 - 7:45am

 LANL Acting Deputy Director Paul Henry 

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project (NMSSUP) was recently completed approximately $1 million under its original budget of $245 million.

NMSSUP upgrades security at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Technical Area-55, a facility that houses high-security plutonium assets and operations.

NNSA Acting Chief of Defense Nuclear Security Michael Lempke

“The security of our nation’s nuclear material is our most important responsibility,” said

Asbestos Remediation Underway at Former Canyon Bar & Grill in Downtown Los Alamos

on April 3, 2014 - 8:21pm

The former Canyon Bar & Grill at 163 Central Park Square is undergoing asbestos remediation. Specialists from KEERS Remediation out of Albuquerque were working at the building today. Asbestos is often found in older buildings. It was used in spray-applied flame retardant, thermal system insulation, and in a variety of other materials. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The former Canyon Bar & Grill at 163 Central Park Square is undergoing asbestos remediation. Asbestos was sometimes flocked above false ceilings, inside technical ducts, and in many other small spaces where firefighters

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 14 To April 2, 2014

on April 3, 2014 - 11:38am

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.

Feb. 14 at 6:02 a.m. / A 36-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of burglary on Azure Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.

March 14 at 10:12 a.m. / A 48-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being battered on Sherwood Boulevard.

DANIEL MARTINEZ

March 27 at 10:53 a.m.

April 21: Day For Parents To Talk With Their Teens About Not Drinking Until Age 21

on April 3, 2014 - 7:35am

MADD News:

Teens who receive a zero tolerance message from their parents, that underage drinking is completely unacceptable, are more than 80 percent less likely to drink than teens who receive other messages, according to new data from a national survey of high school students.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) New Mexico and national presenting sponsor Nationwide Insurance are highlighting the new survey results with a corresponding infographic as part of Alcohol Awareness Month and in advance of prom and graduation season.

MADD NM is participating in 21 Days in Support of 21 leading

Wildfire 2014 - Coming to Fuller Lodge April 19

on April 2, 2014 - 4:54pm

Sparky the Fire Dog. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2014” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management
  • National Weather Service
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team

Other displays and information include:

  • Sand table demonstration of the 2011 Las Conchas

I-25 Road Rehabilitation Work Begins April 10

on April 2, 2014 - 4:24pm

NMDOT News:

Santa Fe – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will start roadway rehabilitation work the week of April 7 on Interstate 25 north of Santa Fe between Canoncito and Glorieta (mile post 294.5 - 299.5). 

There will be intermittent single lane closures starting on the northbound lanes of I-25 and then moving to the southbound lanes of I-25. Motorists can expect minor delays 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the work week. 

This $4.9 million roadway rehabilitation project is scheduled for completion this summer.

Heinrich: President Heeds Call To Rein In N.S.A.'s Bulk Collection Of Phone Records

on April 2, 2014 - 1:14pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on President Obama's proposal to rein in the N.S.A.'s bulk phone records collection program: 

"The President’s proposal to end the mass collection of phone records for millions of innocent Americans is welcome news. I appreciate his willingness to listen to those of us who have considered this policy misguided for some time.

Alert: FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information About Suspected Child Sexual Predator

on April 2, 2014 - 11:31am

FBI News:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. 

Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are attached to this email with the request that media publish and broadcast this information as widely as possible.

The materials also can be found online at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit

LANL Resumes Transuranic Waste Shipments

on April 2, 2014 - 9:47am

Los Alamos sent the first shipment to Waste Control Specialists April 1. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Shipments Keep Lab on Track to Complete 3706 Campaign on Schedule

Los Alamos National Laboratory resumed shipments of transuranic waste Tuesday from Technical Area 54 Area G.

The shipments are part of an accelerated shipping campaign to remove 3,706 cubic meters of transuranic waste stored aboveground at Area G by June 30, 2014. Nearly 3,200 cubic meters of the waste have already been removed since the 3706 campaign began in January 2012.

The waste was received at Waste Control Specialists

Albuquerque Police Dept. and Maslow's Hammer

on April 1, 2014 - 9:11am
Albuquerque Police Dept. and Maslow's Hammer
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

"I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail."  --Abraham Maslow

On Sunday, there were protests in Albuquerque, with police lobbing tear gas and angry and increasingly unruly crowds blocking streets and the Interstate near UNM and the Nob Hill area. All the result of festering anger over some 23 fatal shootings of civilians by APD officers over the last few years, culminating in the death of James Boyd, a mentally disturbed and occasionally violent homeless

Udall, Heinrich Ask for Explanation of Missed Mine Safety Inspections at WIPP

on April 1, 2014 - 7:52am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators ask mine safety administration for assurance that steps will be taken to ensure safety, prevent future accidents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced Thursday that they sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, asking for a written report on why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) had not conducted legally required regular inspections at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

Records in a Department of Energy accident report on the Feb.

This Is New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week 2014

on March 31, 2014 - 11:45am

Campfire. Courtesy/wikipedia

STATE News:

  • Interagency Partners Stress Preparedness and Prevention Ahead of the 2014 Fire Season

 

ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that March 30 through April 5 is New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week, and calls upon residents and visitors to continue doing their part to prevent and be prepared for wildfires. 

 

“Continuing historic drought conditions heighten the risk of what already has the potential to be another active and dangerous wildfire season,” Martinez said.

Heroes Honor Heroes At Los Alamos Public Safety Association's Dinner and Awards Banquet

on March 30, 2014 - 3:42pm
2013 Public Safety First Responder of the Year award recipients Dena Edwards, left, and Debbi Miller. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
DOE's John Mitsunaga, second from left, Los Alamos Public Schools teacher Jodi Hughes, center, with her husband Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes who recently had his hair shaved for charity, sitting with Mike and Lisa Wismer of LANL and UNM-LA respectively. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Saturday was a special night as local public safety and security officials who spend their careers focused

Peaceful Dia de los Muertos Demonstration Planned at Trinity Site Entrance April 5

on March 30, 2014 - 10:32am

CCNS News:

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) has announced an upcoming event at the Trinity Test Site, the location of the first test explosion of a nuclear device July 16, 1945 on the White Sands Missile Range.

The Trinity Site is open to the public one day a year, which this year is Saturday, April 5. The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and Las Mujeres Hablan advocacy groups are organizing a peaceful Dia de los Muertos demonstration at the Stallion Range Station on Highway 380, east of San Antonio, beginning at 9 a.m.

Help LA Walks Develop Ideas to Ensure Pedestrian Safety and Convenience

on March 30, 2014 - 10:13am
Community News:
 
The community is invited to meet with the LA Walks advocacy group to help develop ideas that will ensure pedestrian safety and convenience in Los Alamos County.
 
The meeting is 5-6 p.m., April 8 at Mesa Public Library, upstairs in meeting Room 1.

LA Walks is a citizens' group supporting pedestrian safety, accessibility, convenience, and comfort throughout the community.

Alert: Planned Power Outage Thursday April 3

on March 30, 2014 - 9:57am
DPU News:
 
In order to improve electric reliability in the downtown area, the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) plans a 10 a.m. to noon power outage Thursday, April 3 on Oppenheimer, Short, Los Arboles and Loma Vista Drive south of Trinity Drive.
 
Thursday's outage will affect approximately 350 residents and several businesses, according to the DPU.
 
“The planned electric outage is needed so that our crews can safely install a new electric switch for this neighborhood," said DPU’s Associate Engineer for Electric Distribution Steve Marez. "The switch will enable us to

FBI Opens Investigation Into APD Shooting

on March 28, 2014 - 1:18pm

FBI News:

The FBI has opened an investigation into the March 16, 2014, shooting involving the Albuquerque Police Department.

The Albuquerque FBI Division wants to assure the public that a thorough and fair investigation will be conducted to determine if any civil rights were violated.

No time frame or additional details about this investigation will be provided at this time.

Comments Sought on State Transportation Improvement Program

on March 28, 2014 - 7:23am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has posted a 2014-2017 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) amendment on the internet asking for public comment until April 26.

The document is posted on the NMDOT website at http://dot.state.nm.us/. Email comments can be sent to the NMDOT STIP coordinator at Rebecca.Maes@state.nm.us.

The Fourth Amendment is an out-of-cycle amendment to STIP. The program will serve as a four-year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program and, in accordance with federal legislation, contains proposed road and bridge projects.

DOE Initiates Recertification Process for WIPP

on March 28, 2014 - 7:13am

WIPP News:

CARLSBAD – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) submitted its third Compliance Recertification Application (CRA) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday, demonstrating continued compliance with EPA regulations for radioactive waste disposal, as required by Congress.

The recertification process is not related to recovery efforts from the recent events at WIPP, but rather a process to verify that changes at the site in the preceding five-year
period comply with EPA disposal standards for radioactive waste.

EPA first

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 20 To March 25, 2014

on March 27, 2014 - 2:27pm

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.

March 20 at 1:47 p.m. / A 60-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was assaulted on North Mesa Road. The matter is under investigation.

March 20 at 3:12 p.m. / A 69-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Monte Rey Drive South. The estimated loss is more than $1,000.

March 21 at 10:44 a.m.

Water Work Underway at East Jemez and N.M. 4

on March 26, 2014 - 10:37am

DPU News:

Over the next two weeks, motorists may notice Department of Public Utility Water Production crews at work on the water system transmission line near Tsankawi Park at the intersection of N.M. 4 and East Jemez Road.

Crews will be installing a new water system point of entrance meter, new chlorine injection equipment and a vault to house the equipment. Water from two wells merge at this point into the main line feeding White Rock. The point of entrance meter is the site that is used for recording measurements for monthly reporting to the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer.

Animal Traps To Be Banned In Los Alamos County!

on March 25, 2014 - 10:22pm

David Dubois discusses a trap banning petition submitted to the County earlier this month. He explained that he and his wife Terry were hiking along a local trail with friends late last year when an unmarked trap buried next to the trail clamped shut on their dog's leg.

Los Alamos Police Department Adds Trucks to Fleet

on March 24, 2014 - 2:06pm

Officers assigned to new police trucks are Cpl. Jack Casias, left, and Cpl. Albert Rael, right, with LAPD Fleet Manager Cpl. David Boe standing at center. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has added two new Ford F-150 trucks to its fleet of patrol vehicles. The 2013 crew cab trucks are a needed addition to the fleet given the versatility the vehicles provide to patrol officers traveling over rough terrain in the field.

The vehicles also allow for hauling items that would not normally fit in LAPD sport utility vehicles or sedans and have the capability of towing

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