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Iowa Radio Station Reports Identity of Los Alamos Plane Crash Victims

on December 10, 2013 - 10:49am
Staff Report:

Burrs and the pilot, Mike Fjetland of Harmony, Minn., left the Algona Airport in Iowa last week on a vacation.

Fjetland also died in the crash, according to news reports.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on scene today looking for evidence.

NTSB Collecting Evidence at Scene of Los Alamos Plane Crash

on December 10, 2013 - 10:35am

Los Alamos Firefighters at crash site Dec. 8. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report:

The Public Information Officer for the National Transportation Safety Board responded to a request for information this morning from the Los Alamos Daily Post about the single engine plane, which crashed early Sunday near the Los Alamos County Airport.

"(An) Investigator is at the scene looking for perishable evidence such as cellphones and GPS devices and collecting facts and evidence," Eric Weiss said. "There will be no finding of probable cause during this early phase of the investigation."

Letter to the Editor: Coyote Forces Campus into Shelter-In-Place Mode

on December 10, 2013 - 10:02am

Tom Hill
Community Rep.
Pinon Advisory Team

Thanks for the picture of the limping coyote in White Rock. He and a more able bodied buddy, have been hanging out in the mornings for some time in the area. They seem pretty unfazed by humans when I've encountered them outside my home on the way to work.

These two guys have also been a nuisance at Pinon Elementary School. Several times the campus has been placed in the Shelter-In-Place mode because of their presence on the playground.

Efforts to have them displaced have met a lot of bureaucratic blind alleys. It's a real problem. 

As cute as

Temperature Hits 4 Degrees at Los Alamos Airport

on December 10, 2013 - 9:40am

The thermometer measured 4 degrees this morning at the Los Alamos County Airport and none of the 71 pilots affiliated with the local airport were flying. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Coyote Spotted Limping Around White Rock

on December 10, 2013 - 9:01am

This coyote has been spotted limping around White Rock for months. It was photographed in front of a home the day of the first snow last month at Grand Canyon and Paige Loop, which happened to be trash day so the coyote was likely on the hunt for a quick and easy snack. Photo by  DeWayne Williams, owner of Wild Animal Control

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, 2013

on December 9, 2013 - 8:15am

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.



Nov. 29 at 10:20 a.m. / Police arrested Gerardo Almanza-Ruiz, 30, of Espanola at 2591 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction. 

Nov. 29 at 5:22 p.m. / A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was harassed on Trinity Drive.

Dec. 1 at 9:22 a.m.

FAA Expected to Arrive at Los Alamos Plane Crash Site Today

on December 9, 2013 - 8:06am


The Canyon Rim Trail, closed for several hours due to its proximity to Sunday's plane crash site re-opened later that afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected arrive today at the site in Los Alamos Canyon and the National Transportation Safety Board relayed to County officials late Sunday that it will assign a Public Information Officer to handle media questions.

Eyewitness Recalls Moments Before Los Alamos Plane Crash

on December 8, 2013 - 1:22pm

Scene of this morning's plane crash in Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Firefighters survey this morning's plane crash site. Photo by Greg Kendall/

UPDATE: The County just released a statement saying The Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) has completed its investigation at the site of the single engine plane crash that occurred at approximately 8:10 a.m. today on Canyon Rim Trail just south of the Los Alamos Airport. The OMI findings have not yet been released.


Los Alamos Daily Post

Driving east past the airport heading for coffee

County: Safety Tips For Winter Driving

on December 8, 2013 - 11:26am


Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle. Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

  • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail
  • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout
  • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond Drive
  • At

Breaking News: Plane Crashes South of Los Alamos Canyon

on December 8, 2013 - 10:10am

Los Alamos County Firefighters examine the remains of a small plane that crashed in lower Los Alamos Canyon this morning. The identification and number of victims is unknown at this time. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Fire units staged along Canyon Rim Trail this morning above the crash site across from Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Breaking News:

Los Alamos Daily Post
A plane crashed this morning in Los Alamos Canyon south of Los Alamos County Airport. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post a

NMCD: Bombs Found

on December 8, 2013 - 9:48am

This suspect on a black sports motorcycle launched two explosive devices at the Albuquerque Probation and Parole office. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

A tip into the Albuquerque bomber task force, created to locate and arrest the suspect in the November Probation and Parole attacks, led investigators from New Mexico Corrections, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and Albuquerque Police Department to a property near 2nd and Rio Bravo in Albuquerque Friday night.

There officers found three explosive devices.

National Weather Service Update

on December 7, 2013 - 7:06pm
NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports the following update:


Type – Upper level disturbance to bring additional snow, strong winds, and a reinforcement of colder air.

Timing – Tonight / Sunday / Monday.

Location – Snow concentrated over northern and northwestern New Mexico. Cold air will impact all of New Mexico, especially northern parts of the state.


An upper level disturbance will move over northern New Mexico, allowing snow to spread over the northern mountains and northwest to west central portions of the state tonight through Sunday.

ALERT: Accident - Traffic at Standstill on Truck Route

on December 7, 2013 - 6:25pm


A 3-vehicle accident on the truck route has brought traffic to a standstill at 6:20 p.m. today. 

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS has transpoted four patients to Los Alamos Medical Center.

Los Alamos police have shut down the truck route - motorists should seek alternate routes to allow emergency responders to attend to their work at the scene.

Deputy Chief Justin Grider urges motorists to drive with extreme caution.

"The roads are very slick ... please drive carefully and if you don't absolutely need to be out on the roads tonight then please stay home and stay safe,"

Los Alamos Police Help Maryland Detectives Apprehend Man on Felony Warrant

on December 6, 2013 - 11:40pm

Gregory Montoya

LAPD News:

Gregory Montoya, 48, was arrested Friday afternoon by Los Alamos police assisting detectives from Montgomery County, Md., on a felony warrant. 

Montoya will be held in the Los Alamos County Jail while extradition procedures are carried out.

Grief Support Available Throughout Weekend

on December 6, 2013 - 3:25pm


Troy Palmer, M.A., will be at the Los Alamos Teen Center 4-8 p.m. Saturday to speak with youth and parents grieving the loss of Tyler Van Anne.

The Los Alamos Teen Center is in the lower level of Trinity on the Hill Church at the corner of Canyon Road and Diamond Drive.

Grief counselor Aimee Schnedler will be available noon to 3 p.m., Sunday in her office in the Small Business Center at 190 Central Park Square to speak with teens and adults. 

Anyone wishing to talk to someone about their grief by telephone may call:

  • Troy Palmer at 505.690-7889;
  • Aimee Schnedler at

Two Car Accident Thursday on Sherwood at N.M 4

on December 6, 2013 - 12:12pm

Los Alamos Firefighters respond to a two-vehicle accident with minor injuries at 5:41 p.m. Thursday on Sherwood Boulevard near N.M 4 in White Rock. Citations are pending investigation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Winter Campaign: Keep Sidewalks Clear

on December 6, 2013 - 11:16am

Remove snow and ice from sidewalks. Courtesy photo


During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks. The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. 

Lawrence Garcia Teaches Fighting Skills at Homeland Security Training

on December 6, 2013 - 7:49am
Lawrence Garcia, right, and Mauri Pierce demonstrating knife techniques at US Army Camp Atterburey. Courtesy photo  

Staff Report

Local Mix Martial Artist and Progressive Fighting Systems (PFS) Full Instructor Lawrence Garcia recently attended an invitation only Military, Law Enforcement, Contractor (MALC) training by a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at U.S. Army Camp Atterbury in Indiana.  

He assisted in instructing the Edge Weapon and Hand to Hand Combat Program portion of this specialized training course.

Helping Coyotes Be Good Neighbors

on December 5, 2013 - 10:41am



Updated Snow Potential

on December 4, 2013 - 9:07pm


NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports the a new model guidance coming in this evening suggests the Thursday morning commute could be even more problematic than previously thought in the Albuquerque Metro, Tijeras Canyon to Moriarty and Clines Corners, and also the I-25 corridor from Albuquerque to Santa Fe.  

This will also be a situation where temperatures for much of central New Mexico will remain steady or slowly fall after daybreak Thursday.          

These snow events are especially tricky since snow to liquid ratios are often 20:1 or higher.

Fire Managers Stop Ignitions on Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn

on December 4, 2013 - 8:37pm


SFNF News:

Fire managers from the Santa Fe National Forest Fire stopped ignitions for today at 1 p.m. on the Santa Fe Watershed pile prescribed burn.

Thirty-five acres of slash piles were completed with prescribed fire. There will be no additional burning in the area for the rest of the week. Residual smoke will be visible for a few days. 

Through the night and tomorrow, fire managers will monitor today’s burning activities. Tonight, flames / fire will be visible from the burn area, which is located one mile east of Hyde Park Estates. This is expected, please don’t be

Beware of Credit Card Scams During Holidays

on December 3, 2013 - 10:52pm

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post has received information that two scams are making the rounds this holiday season. One involved a phone caller claiming to need credit card information to deliver a “medical alert kit."

The other involved a uniformed delivery man with a basket of flowers and wine. The man required a credit card to process a small fee he said was involved with delivery of alcohol with a portable credit card machine. Later, the recipients of the “gift” discovered charges to their card they had not made.

Beware of providing credit card information to unknown persons,

Utility Work on San Ildefonso Road This Week

on December 3, 2013 - 10:08am

DPU News:

Tuit Construction will be working Wednesday through Friday on San Ildefonso South west of the Hawk Drive intersection in North Mesa. 

In support of the middle school construction and to increase fire protection, Tuit will cut-in a new 12-inch water main that will cross San Ildefonso. While no customer water shut-offs are anticipated, motorists can expect some delays.  

Scheduled work includes:

  • From 8 am to 9 pm San Ildefonso will be reduced to a single lane just west of Hawk Drive intersection as crews install and cut-in the 12-inch water line. 
  • The open lane will shift on San

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 17 to Nov. 27, 2013

on December 2, 2013 - 12:20pm

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.

Nov. 17 at 4:45 p.m. / An 18-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered on Meadow Lane.


Nov. 21 at 11:18 a.m. / Police arrested Roweena MacDonald, 47, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Nov. 22 at 3:55 p.m. / A 60-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of arson on Diamond Drive.

Letter to the Editor: Pepper Spray Repels Coyotes

on December 2, 2013 - 10:52am
Los Alamos

Keep yourselves and pets safe. Pepper spray works against coyotes! Get ready to spray, hold your own breath, close your eyes and turn your head away. Give a good blast to the attackers eyes or face if possible.

This works on most wild animals, except snakes or birds. (Your own pet will recover from the spray, but it does hurt for a while. But it beats being bitten or dragged off.)

Maybe we need to sew armor plating into dog sweaters??