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$7 Million Available for Earthquake Research

on March 31, 2012 - 2:25pm

USGS News:

Scientists interested in earthquake research will be pleased to hear that the U.S. Geological Survey is awarding up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research in 2013.

Applications are due May 17 and researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under the funding opportunity number G12AS20013.

There are four National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) agencies that work in close coordination to improve the nation's understanding of earthquake hazards and to mitigate their effects.

U.S. Senate Confirms New Deputy Chief at DEA

on March 31, 2012 - 2:01pm

Thomas Harrigan

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart hailed Senate confirmation of Special Agent Thomas Harrigan as DEA’s Deputy Administrator.

“I cannot think of a better, more qualified, or more honorable person to have at my side than Special Agent Tom Harrigan as we lead the Drug Enforcement Administration through the many challenges we will face and the many successes we will have in the coming years,” Leonhart said. “Tom demonstrated strong leadership and dedication in the field, and his strategic vision as Chief of Operations has been second to none.

NNSA, FBI Conclude Counterterrorism Exercise in Hawaii, Marking the Completion of Radiological Security Enhancements Program

on March 30, 2012 - 9:39am

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have announced the completion of Island Thunder, a table-top counterterrorism exercise in Hawaii.

Local Detectives Participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

on March 29, 2012 - 10:41pm

Police News:

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 7 in the LAMC parking lot, detectives from the Los Alamos Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The event provides a safe way for the general public to deposit expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and also to prevent pill abuse and theft.

"This is a great opportunity for those who missed last year's event, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications," Sgt. Det.

'Every 15 Minutes' Targets Distracted Driving Dangers

on March 29, 2012 - 2:10pm

 

 

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

 Sometime before next month's high school prom, a diverse group of local community members ranging from educators to law enforcement officials to medical personnel to clergy to students and others will conduct an emergency exercise in an effort to draw urgent awareness to the dangers of distracted driving.

The exercise is called, "Every 15 Minutes" and is an educational experience that reminds youth, parents and community members of the dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

NMSU Student Charged with Making False Bomb Threat

on March 28, 2012 - 10:32pm

FBI News:

LAS CRUCES—This morning, Daud Anwar, 29, a resident of Albuquerque who is a student at New Mexico State University (NMSU), made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces on an indictment charging him with making a false bomb threat.

If convicted of the offense charged, Anwar faces up to 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Anwar is temporarily detained pending a detention hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

According to the indictment, on March 3, 2011, Anwar used a telephone and the Internet to maliciously convey false information to the effect

Council Recognizes Los Alamos Police Department

on March 27, 2012 - 9:30pm

Police Chief Wayne Torpy, center, and Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun accept on behalf of the Los Alamos Police Department the Department of Defense recognition as a "Patriotic Employer" award presented by County Councilor Michael Wismer at tonight's County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Sheriff Locates Unregistered Sex Offender

on March 27, 2012 - 8:05am

Eugene Louis Calabaza

By Carol A. Clark

A citizen informed authorities that a convicted sex offender was working on the N.M. 4 state road crew in White Rock, but had not registered with the local Sheriff’s Office.

"A call came in through the Crime Stoppers Tip Line on March 14 of a possible sex offender working in White Rock and we passed the information along to the Sheriff's Office," said Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Sheriff Marco Lucero and Deputy Eric Ringquist drove to White Rock and spotted convicted sex offender Eugene Louis Calabaza driving a grader

Prescribed Burn Begins Today

on March 27, 2012 - 7:08am

Forestry crews use a back torch to ignite a prescribed burn. Courtesy Photo

A 144-acre prescribed burn is planned in the Santa Fe National Forest, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District beginning today if conditions are favorable.

Fire managers plan to treat 50 to 100 acres per day within a two day period.

The name of the project is the Southwest Barbero prescribed burn.

The treatment is expected to take place 12 miles south of the Rowe/Glorieta Mesa near Forest Road 124, and 12 miles south of Pecos.

Treatment will be by hand ignitions.

The purpose of the prescribed burn is to reduce the risk

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 15 to March 21, 2012

on March 26, 2012 - 1:14pm

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 15 at 10:45 a.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old Los Alamos boy with possession of a controlled substance at Los Alamos High School and referred him to the juvenile probation officer.

March 15 at 9:59 a.m. / A 54-year-old Arvada man reported that he was the victim of fraud in the 3000 block of Trinity Dr. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

March 15 at 1:56 p.m.

Chimayo Fire Update

on March 25, 2012 - 10:55pm

New Mexico State Forestry Division spokesperson Dan Ware said that while there are no active flames in the Chimayo Fire, an evacuation order remains in place as a precaution for Chimayo and the surrounding communities because flames could flare up overnight.

Should that happen, evacuees are advised to go to the Espanola Stroke and Rehabilitation Center at 735 Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Park Road.

The brush fire began about 6 p.m. today and burned along N.M. 76 near Chimayo. It has consumed 20 acres, Ware said.

One residence and two outhouses burned in the fire, which officials believe is

Fire Burning Near Chimayo is Threatening 100 Homes

on March 25, 2012 - 8:25pm

New Mexico State Forestry Division News:

About 50 firefighters are battling a 20-acre brush fire burning near N.M. 76 close to Chimayo.

"I don't know specifically if the Sancuario is threatened but if it is, we'll have structure protection in place," said spokesman Dan Ware of the New Mexico State Forestry Division. "About 45 minutes ago (7:30 p.m.) crews were getting a handle on the fire - it's not contained by any means - but they are starting to get it under control."

The residents of two mobile homes in the area have been evacuated, Ware said adding that 100 homes are threatened, three

DOD Selects Los Alamos Police Department for Recognition as a 'Patriotic Employer'

on March 25, 2012 - 12:40pm

DOD's Freedom Award

County News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has been selected by the Department of Defense as a “Patriotic Employer.”

The chair of the local Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve will present the award to the local police during Tuesday’s County Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

ESGR is a Department of Defense sponsored program to help guard and reserve members and to honor employers who do the same.

ESGR received 3,236 nominations for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. 

The Freedom Award is the Department of

Jury Convicts One of the World’s Largest Heroin Traffickers

on March 25, 2012 - 7:40am

DEA News: 

 

Haji Bagcho

One of the largest heroin traffickers in the world has been convicted of conspiracy and distribution of heroin for importation into the United States and narco-terrorism charges.  

“One of the world’s most prolific drug traffickers reign has come to an end,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said. “Now Haji Bagcho will serve time behind bars on the same soil he sought to destroy with his drugs, and whose troops he sought to kill through his support to the Taliban...”

An investigation by DEA agents revealed that Haji Bagcho, an Afghan national with ties to the

Suspect on the Loose after Santa Fe Branch of Bank of Albuquerque Robbery

on March 19, 2012 - 10:45am

Bank Robbery Suspect. Photo Courtesy/FBI

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred Friday, March 16, at the Bank of Albuquerque at 706 Saint Michaels Dr., #A in Santa Fe.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, 5’8” tall, with a medium build and black hair.

He wore an olive-green jacket with a hood, jeans, a dark mask, and white gloves.

Witnesses say the suspect walked into the bank at approximately 12:45 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

The suspect displayed a weapon. Photo Courtesy/FBI

He left the bank with an

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 8 to March 14, 2012

on March 19, 2012 - 9:32am

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.

 

BENJAMIN BACA

March 8 at 12:45 p.m. / Police arrested Benjamin Baca, 38, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant for unknown charges.

March 8 at 2:49 p.m. / Los Alamos National Laboratory – Technical Area 50, Building 0001 reported being the victim of larceny at 683 Crossroads. The estimated loss is more than $500.

March 8 at 6:19 a.m.

Changing Signals at Rover and N.M. 4

on March 17, 2012 - 11:20am

Work crews recently changed out traffic signals at the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Drinking and Driving? Nope, Get on the Bus!

on March 16, 2012 - 9:17pm


ATOMIC CITY TRANSIT News

Don't take chances driving on Saturday if you're doing any St. Patrick's Day celebrating - ride the bus instead! Atomic City Transit will provide FREE bus service to and from any location in Los Alamos and White Rock on March 17th from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. - just call 661-RIDE (7433) anytime to request a ride. Don't drink and drive - dial-a-ride!

Visit the Atomic City Transit webpage http://www.losalamosnm.us/transit/Pages/default.aspx

Traffic Control has been Revised on Westbound N.M. 4

on March 15, 2012 - 10:52pm

Traffic control has been revised on westbound N.M. 4 at the Pajarito Road intersection near White Rock.

The white stop bar pavement marking on N.M. 4 will be moved west approximately 30 feet, clearing the intersection approach to provide a free right turn onto Pajarito Road.

Vertical lane markers have been placed along the free right curve to help motorists maintain their lane.

Motorists intending to turn right onto Pajarito Road are asked to slow down and use their turning signals to indicate their intentions to other drivers.

REMINDER: The speed limit through the construction area is 30

Wednesday's HazMat Incident Categorized as 'Non-emergency Significant'

on March 15, 2012 - 7:39am

HazMat and other emergency responders worked near this section of TA-21 at the east end of DP Road Wednesday after a small chemical reaction occurred during cleanup activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL NEWS:

At about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Los Alamos police and firefighters left the scene of a HazMat incident that began just before noon at the east end of DP Road.

A small chemical reaction in a bottle containing liquid drawn from a 60-year-old cylinder at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 21 caused Laboratory officials to call in hazardous material

HazMat Situation Winding Down

on March 14, 2012 - 2:21pm

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun just reported that as of 1:43 p.m. today, the air monitors surrounding the HazMat spill near Enclosure 12 toward the far end of DP Road are registering clean.

"The roadblocks at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive are being removed and placed down around the building involved while cleanup work there continues," Purtymun said. "The roadblocks were placed at the entrance to DP Road as a precautionary measure until the situation was assessed. The public can now come and go nomally along the majority of DP Road."

Anyone in buildings west

DP Road Residents Ordered to Shelter in Place

on March 14, 2012 - 1:11pm

Coordinator Philmont Taylor of the Los Alamos County Emergency Management Department just released a reverse 911 meesage ordering all residents along DP Road to shelter in place.

The cause for this emergency is a hazmat leak in Enclosure 12 at TA-21, Taylor said.

DP Road residents are to stay inside and close off all ventilation to the outside until they hear the "all clear" signal.

Check back for more on this developing story.

 

DP Road Shut Down Due to TA-21 HazMat Issue

on March 14, 2012 - 12:42pm

DP Road is shut down at about noon today because of some type of hazmat issue at Technical Area 21.

Police are directing drivers away from the intersection of DP Road at Trinity Drive.

There is a report of a small brush fire at TA-21 and police and other emergency responders are on scene.

Check back for more details on this developing story.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 1 to March 7, 2012

on March 12, 2012 - 5:28pm

The following information was 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.

 

PEGGY MYERS

March 1 at 8:42 p.m. / Police arrested Peggy Myers, 58, of Los Alamos on Central Avenue near Smith’s and charged her with DWI after a collision with a curb caused a flat tire to her vehicle.

March 1 at 10:08 p.m. / A 35-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered and his property damaged in the 1200 block of 47th Street. The estimated loss is $400.

March 1 at

Violation Forces Central Avenue Grill to Temporarily Suspend Alcohol Sales

on March 11, 2012 - 2:44pm

By Carol A. Clark

Central Avenue Grill Owner Monica Park in front of her Central Avenue restaurant Friday. Courtesy Photo

An alcohol compliance sweep by agents from the Special Investigations Division (SID) of the Department of Public Safety resulted in two local violations.

Servers at Central Avenue Grill in downtown Los Alamos and Phillips 66 in White Rock sold to underage operatives on the evening of Jan. 4.

“Katrina Butler at Central Avenue Grill and Casey Christiansen at Phillips 66 were cited for selling alcohol to minors.

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