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Asphalt Removal Underway on 15th Street

on July 3, 2013 - 12:28pm

A large machine grinds up old asphalt along 15th Street near Central Avenue Tuesday and deposits it into the bed of a nearby truck. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/


Dispennette: Speed Kills

on July 2, 2013 - 7:51am
By Abe Dispennette

Add another concern to the reason learning to drive is so risky: Speed kills.

In fact, speeding is a primary culprit in a third of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The report was funded through a grant from State Farm®.

"Speeding-Related Fatal Crashes Among Teen Drivers and Opportunities for Reducing the Risks," authored by Dr.

New Mexico Implements Expanded Amber Alert and New Silver Alert Program

on July 2, 2013 - 7:42am



SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the implementation of the expanded Amber Alert parameters and the new Silver Alert Program for New Mexico.

The governor stated that both tools will help law enforcement and case workers keep vulnerable children and seniors safer.

“I have long advocated that we do everything we can to protect an endangered child,” Martinez said. “Before now, Amber Alert statutes required law enforcement to sit on the sidelines when a child was taken by a family member, even when that child was though to be in danger.

Thompson Ridge Fire Declared 100 Percent Contained

on July 2, 2013 - 7:14am

BAER Assessment Team sifts through ash from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Thompson Ridge fire was officially declared 100 percent contained last night.

Mop-up and patrol will continue.

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires result in damage that requires special efforts to reduce impacts afterwards. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water run-off may increase and cause flooding.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 20–June 26, 2013

on July 1, 2013 - 4:44pm

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.



June 20 at 8:24 p.m. / Police arrested Johnnie Sanchez, 35, of Los Alamos in Central Park Square and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia. 



June 22 at 10:54 a.m. / Police stopped James Reagan, 48, of Los Alamos near West Road and Trinity Drive for speeding and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license. 

June 23 at 3:50 p.m.

NM Governor Addresses Arizona Firefighter Deaths

on July 1, 2013 - 11:56am



Albuquerque - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez released the following statement this morning about the tragic deaths of Arizona Hotshot Firefighters this weekend in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Central Arizona:


"I was saddened to hear the news about the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona, members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, based in Prescott. They were killed when the wind suddenly shifted as they fought the fast-moving Yarnell Hill Fire, sparked by lightning.


"For New Mexicans, this news hits especially close to home because just a few short weeks ago,

Warnings Issued For Flooding and Mudflows

on June 30, 2013 - 10:50am

Flooding Downstream of Burned Areas Precautions:

NOTE: It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mudflows.

Residents living near or around a recently burned area need to:

Monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, follow local county and city advisories, and act accordingly.

Use a “weather radio” or smart phone “weather apps” that monitors “all hazards” alerts issued by the NOAA-National Weather Service:

Prepare for

Firefighters Respond to Four Lightning Fires

on June 30, 2013 - 8:38am

Current fires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FEFirefighters responded to four lightning caused fires as a result of Friday's massive thunderstorm in the area.

The Rattlesnake, Alameda and San Antonio fires all located on the west side of the Forest within the Jemez Mountains have been contained. The fires ranged in size from .10 to .25 acres.

Firefighters are still working to contain the Aragon Fire, also burning in the Jemez Mountains.

Fire Name: Aragon

Time/Date Reported: 10:02 a.m., June 29, 2013

Location: Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe

The Cone Zone: Week of July 1

on June 30, 2013 - 8:14am


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Verde Ridge & Arroyo Lane Milling:

RMCI will mill Verde Ridge and Arroyo Lane on Monday, July 1. Work will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. and should end by 5 p.m. During this time all vehicles must be off the street in parking stalls or other off-street parking. Residential access will be maintained.

Judge Orders Los Alamos Urologist Pavel Mourachov to Leave Town by Monday

on June 28, 2013 - 1:43pm

Pavel Mourachov
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Urologist Pavel Mourachov was arrested and placed in the local jail again Tuesday for an alleged electronic monitoring device violation.

He's now been ordred by the court to get out of town by Monday.

Mourachov was arrested last month and charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, harassment and extreme cruelty to animals. He was released six days later, at which time Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados ordered him to wear a monitoring bracelet.

Los Alamos Firefighters Douse White Rock Brush Fire

on June 27, 2013 - 10:05pm

A small blaze broke out this afternoon in dry weeds growing near the front of the White Rock Lutheran Church on Meadow Lane in White Rock. Los Alamos Firefighters arrived within minutes and quickly extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Thompson Ridge Fire 95 Percent Contained ... 3 Percent Sustained High Intensity Burn

on June 27, 2013 - 10:15am

Initial Burn Severity Map for Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy/BAER

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Thompson Ridge BAER specialists recently completed their field surveys and are finalizing their analysis and findings.

The hydrologists and soils scientists finished their modeling for predicted post-fire water run-off and erosion levels.

The BAER team identified critical values-at-risk and is finalizing their recommended emergency stabilization actions and treatments for these values that will be included in their BAER assessment report along with their data, analysis, and findings.

US, Japan Develop New Method for Radiological Dose Assessment Around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants

on June 27, 2013 - 9:53am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have developed a novel method for analyzing airborne radiological monitoring data. This new method has been used to perform a detailed study of survey data taken by the NNSA and JAEA in the months following the March 2011 radiological incident in Japan.

Aerial surveys were employed in the region surrounding the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to cover the area impacted by the accident quickly, thoroughly and safely.

Council Extends Proclamation on Fireworks Restrictions

on June 26, 2013 - 3:34pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes receives a 30-day extension to a fireworks ban proclamation from Councilor Steve Girrens on behalf of the Council at Tuesday's meeting. The ban relates to members of the public. The County has granted permission to the Kiwanis Club to hold its annual July 4 extravaganza at Overlook Park. Hughes said firefighters will not be pulled for any of the six Los Alamos fire stations for the event. Salaried fire personnel as well as volunteers will stand watch at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark


LANL Takes Step Toward Remediating Contaminated Groundwater Plume

on June 26, 2013 - 11:21am

Cheryl Rodriguez of NNSA’s Los Alamos Field Office and Dave McInroy of Los Alamos National Laboratory turn the valve necessary to release treated groundwater into a man-made reservoir. The effort is part of a pump and treat test of chromium-contaminated groundwater. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory environmental program experts are one step closer to determining the best way to remediate a chromium plume in groundwater beneath Mortandad Canyon.

Members of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Laboratory environmental cleanup offices began pumping tests

US-Russia Partnership Reaches Key Milestone in Converting Russian Nuclear Weapons into US Nuclear Fuel

on June 25, 2013 - 10:26am
HEU. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 475 metric tons (MT) of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program, commonly known as Megatons to Megawatts.
With today’s 475 MT HEU milestone, deliveries under the U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement of low enriched uranium (LEU) produced from Russian HEU are 95 percent complete, and HEU roughly equivalent to 19,000 nuclear weapons has been permanently eliminated.

“The HEU Purchase

LAFD: Public Safety Highest Priority At Fireworks Display

on June 25, 2013 - 9:25am

Fire Chief Troy Hughes




Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes commented this morning on public safety and the upcoming fireworks display sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.


The County contracts with the Kiwanis to provide the fireworks for the popular, family-friendly annual event held at Overlook Park in White Rock each Independence Day. At this point, the fireworks display is scheduled to go on as planned; however, Hughes stressed that many public safety and fire-wise considerations have been taken into account in the early planning stages.


“We worked closely for

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 18–June 20, 2013

on June 25, 2013 - 9:22am

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.


June 18 at 12:57 a.m. / Police arrested Derek Padilla, 22, of Santa Fe on Diamond Drive and charged him with possession of marijuana. He was issued a summons to appear in court. No photo available.

June 18 at 4:33 p.m. / A 79-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone used her credit card without her permission. The estimated loss is $540.42.


June 19

Governor Launches Summer Safety Blast

on June 25, 2013 - 8:44am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez launches the Summer Safety Blast. Courtesy photo


Gov. Susana Martinez joined law enforcement officials to launch the Summer Safety Blast.

The season-long initiative focuses on decreasing traffic deaths by enforcing DWI and seat belt laws. The safety blast includes State Police’s new zero tolerance policy on unrestrained drivers and passengers, including children not properly restrained in a child safety seat.

The initiative also includes:

  • National Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaign; and
  • New Mexico’s 100 Days of Summer D.W.I. crackdown.


Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 25, 2013 - 7:41am

Smoldering Areas of the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,937; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 3 crews, 6 engines, 5 water tenders, 1 dozer; Total personnel: 170 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Acreage on the Thompson Ridge Fire increased by 18 acres according to last night’s infra-red flight.

Current Trail Conditions and Closures

on June 24, 2013 - 9:20am


At 8 a.m. today, all trails on the Santa Fe National Forest have closed due to fire danger.

This includes, but is not limited to:

Sections of the Perimeter Trail (visit and Parks/Open Space & Trails/Trails Network to link to a land ownership map for details)

  • Mitchell Trail above (north of) the Perimeter Trail
  • Rendija Trail, Pajarito Trail, Cabra Loop
  • Guaje Ridge Trail, Guaje Canyon Trail
  • Pipeline Road
  • Quemazon Trail from about 0.6 miles above the trailhead
  • Cañada Bonita Trail (Guaje Canyon Trail)
  • Water, Valle, Pajarito Canyon trails and the Nail Trail

Also, due

Cone Zone: Week of June 24

on June 24, 2013 - 8:19am
Public Works Projects

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Eastern Area 2 Phase 1 Slurry Seal – Night Work:

Night work requiring road closures will occur on Myrtle, 9th between Myrtle and Canyon, 4th north of Central, and Canyon from Nugget to Manhattan Loop east between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Los Alamos Fire Experts Scrutinized Equipment for Kiwanis Club's 4th of July Extravaganza

on June 23, 2013 - 1:34pm

As part of an intense safety evaluation process recently conducted in collaboration with experts at the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Kiwanians Rick Reiss and Pat Soran demonstrate the firing system for the fireworks show set for the 4th of July at Overlook Park in White Rock. From left, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Capt. Kelly Sterna, Reiss, Deputy Chief Glenn Trehern and Soran. Courtesy photo

From left, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Fire Capt. Kelly Sterna, Kiwanian Rick Reiss and Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Trehern. Reiss briefs the fire

Bandelier National Monument Implements Stage III Fire Restriction

on June 22, 2013 - 10:04am

Beginning at 8 a.m. June 24, Stage III Fire Restrictions are in effect for Bandelier National Monument and will remain in effect until further notice.

This restriction is a result of high fire danger, low fuel moistures, and regional fire preparedness level. For Bandelier National Monument, Stage III Fire Restrictions only add a prohibition on camping in the canyon bottom zones in Bandelier’s backcountry.

Other Stage II Restrictions still in effect are: prohibition on the use of campfires or charcoal grills (gas grills may be used), and all outdoor smoking with the exception

Thompson Ridge Fire: Today Marks Entire Week With No Perimeter Growth

on June 21, 2013 - 12:29pm

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 3 crews, 6 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 174 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Today marks an entire week with no new perimeter growth in the fire. Most of the activity continues to be within the interior of the fire where unburned fuels continue to smolder and burn.