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Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 22 to May 28, 2014

on May 29, 2014 - 1:44pm

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.

May 22 at 7:30 a.m. / A 61-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked on Pajarito Road. The estimated loss is unknown.

May 22 at 9:12 p.m. / A 35-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Joya Loop. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

May 22 at 6 a.m.

Bridge Work Continues U.S. 84/285 & North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) May 30

on May 29, 2014 - 11:59am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6. 

This work includes the removal and replacement of the bridge approach slabs, bridge sleeper slabs, transition slabs and roadway improvements at the interchange. 

Starting  at 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, the North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) will be CLOSED, and the U.S.

LAHS Seniors Receive Scholastic Scholarships From New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association

on May 29, 2014 - 11:53am

Sheriff Marco Lucero presents $600 scholastic scholarships to Los Alamos High School graduating seniors Maria McTeigue and Sidney Ellis Wednesday evening. Courtesy photo

LACS News:

The Los Alamos County Sheriffs’ Office has announced the 2014 New Mexico Sheriffs’ Associations Scholarship winners. 

Wednesday evening, Sheriff Marco Lucero presented two scholastic scholarships Los Alamos High School graduating seniors Maria McTeigue and Sidney Ellis. Each student received a $600 scholarship.

The New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association sponsors golf tournaments each year, whereby each County

Annual Los Alamos Police 'Special Olympics Torch Run' Underway to Jemez Springs

on May 29, 2014 - 10:15am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, middle row second from right, and a group of his police officers gather with Special Olympic athletes Shaylene Stephens and Sam Zimmerly, front row, at the station this morning to begin their annual Special Olympics Torch Run. Runners will carry the torch in relays all the way to Jemez Springs. Funds raised from their efforts will benefit the Special Olympics. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Special Olympics athlete Sam Zimmerly runs with the torch. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Special Olympic athletes Shaylene Stephens and Sam

WIPP: Waste Control Specialists Continues Precautionary Measures

on May 28, 2014 - 9:38am

An employee with Waste Control Specialists examines modular concrete casks, similar to those that are being used to overpack waste containers from LANL. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in Andrews, Texas, continues implementing precautionary measures this week to ensure the safety of the public, environment and workers.

WCS is loading standard waste boxes from the suspect waste stream originating from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) into modular concrete casks.

Prior to loading, thermal readings are taken of each  standard waste box container to verify

LAFD/Search and Rescue Help Couple and Child Lost in Canyon Near Red Dot Trail

on May 25, 2014 - 9:34am
The Los Alamos Fire Department/Search and Rescue coordinated an extensive effort to rescue two adults and one child from out-of-state who became lost while rafting down the Rio Grande River Saturday. Care Flight was called in to assist bringing the rafters out of the canyon near Red Dot Trail. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
Care Flight was called in Saturday to assist bringing lost rafters out of the canyon near Red Dot Trail. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Cone Zone: Road Construction For Week of May 26

on May 25, 2014 - 8:32am

COUNTY News:

Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of May 26

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.

NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

The full closure of NM502 / Trinity Drive between DP Road and 4th Street will be in place through June 6. Here’s what to expect:

  • All eastbound NM502 / Trinity Drive traffic will be able to access Trinity businesses and side streets up to and including DP Road.

Los Alamos Sheriff Attends Memorial Honoring Friends Who Lost Their Lives in the Line of Duty

on May 24, 2014 - 1:44pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero at Wednesday's memorial for best friend Isaac Martinez and other officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Gov. Susana Martinez issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday, May 21 as New Mexico Law Enforcement Memorial Day.

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero represented the County at a special ceremony hosted Wednesday in Santa Fe by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

Courtesy photo

The ceremony honored the memory of the 195 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life in the protection of

Plague Activity Heats Up in Santa Fe County

on May 24, 2014 - 9:24am

NMDOH News:

Latest Activity in a Dog from the West Side of Edgewood 

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting significant plague activity in the East Mountain area, which includes parts of Bernalillo, Torrance and Santa Fe coun

ties.

A dog was confirmed positive for plague this week at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division. The dog was from an area just on the west side of the town of Edgewood in southwestern Santa Fe County.

So far this year, there have been three dogs from the Edgewood area and a cat from Torrance County with confirmed plague.

New CASA Volunteers Sworn In to Advocate for Children

on May 24, 2014 - 7:35am

New CASA volunteers from left, Jim Bradbury, George Flores, Rachel Scholz, Lisa Gonzales, Suzan Hall with Judge Ellington and Suzie Leite. Courtesy photo

CASA News:

SANTA FE—The Hon. Judge T. Glen Ellington of the First Judicial District swore in six volunteers May 22 as CASA volunteers—court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. The new volunteers are Jim Bradbury, George Flores, Rachel Scholz, Lisa Gonzales, Suzan Hall and Suzie Leite.

Family and friends gathered in the First District Court House in Santa Fe to watch the volunteers take an oath promising to

FBI Announces Child Safety Tips

on May 23, 2014 - 11:29am

The FBI’s new Child ID app can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes. Download App,, View Gallery, Podcast: About the Child ID App. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

In advance of National Missing Children’s Day May 25, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) San Antonio Field Office is sharing tips on how to keep kids safe and information about how the FBI investigates instances of child abduction and exploitation.

Through the Child Exploitation Task Force, the FBI works to decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation, provide a rapid investigative response to

Sobriety Checkpoints Out in Force this Memorial Day Weekend

on May 23, 2014 - 10:57am
A caravan of six assorted police vehicles with DUI trailers and other vehicles and a police motorcycle were headed north from Albuquerque on I-25 Thursday. Sobriety Checkpoints are active across the state this Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 
Sobriety Checkpoints are being set up across the state this Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Bad Neighbor Behavior Reported on Orange Street

on May 23, 2014 - 9:35am

Reports of bad neighbor behavior reveal a massive mess of recycled items and debris left by the owner of Azazo Recycling. A few days ago the owner reportedly emptied out the premises of two spaces he leased at 3540 Orange St., from Los Alamos Public Schools and placed the mountain of stuff onto the front lawn. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 15 to May 21, 2014

on May 22, 2014 - 3:01pm

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.

May 15 at 3:18 p.m. / A 31-year-old Santa Clara Pueblo man reported that he was battered on Canyon Road by a household member.

May 15 at 4:44 p.m. / Police arrested Lilliana Martinez, 27, of Chimayo at 3301 Canyon Road and charged her with battery on a household member. She was issued a summons to appear in court. Police photo unavailable.

May 15 at 7:03 p.m.

Cracked Lid of Nuclear Waste Container May Be Source of WIPP Radiation Leak

on May 22, 2014 - 7:54am

Waste container photographed earlier this month at WIPP with its lid unsealed and apparent heat discoloration. Courtesy/WIPP

HSNW News:

The radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad has been linked to a waste container shipped from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), raising questions about the safety of other containers stored at the lab’s northern New Mexico facility and at the Waste Control Specialists (WCS) site in Andrews, Texas.

As a precautionary measure, LANL has been ordered to remove thousands of similar containers filled with toxic waste from

Los Alamos Police Report Some 24 Burglaries From Autos During Last Three Days

on May 21, 2014 - 4:17pm

POLICE News:

Over the last three days, approximately 24 Los Alamos residents report being victims of automobile burglary, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.

In all cases, the suspect(s) entered unlocked vehicles, rummaged through the contents and in most cases, took items from the vehicle. 

The Los Alamos Police Department stated in a news release today that it cannot express enough the importance of people removing all items and locking their vehicles.

LAPD is asking for the community's assistance in being vigilant and aware of any suspicious activity.

Cottage Cheese Recall Underway

on May 21, 2014 - 12:31pm

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department has announced that a recall is underway of select Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese, and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese products with code dates of 09 MAY 2014 to 23 JUL 2014, manufactured by Kraft Foods of Northfield, IL.

The product was distributed nationally and in New Mexico at Walmart stores. The products are being recalled due to "out-of-standard" storage temperatures.

 

N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Work Underway

on May 21, 2014 - 12:01pm

N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Work Improvements work is underway and expected to continue through June 6. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Road Work News:

Work is underway this week on the N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Work Improvements project including a full closure of N.M. 502 / Trinity Drive between DP Road and 4th Street. This work will continue through June 6.

Here’s what to expect:

  • All eastbound N.M.

Alert: Thieves are on the Prowl - Lock Your Doors

on May 21, 2014 - 11:22am

Alert:

Readers are reporting a rash of burglaries on North Mesa and as recently as last night on Woodland Drive. Thieves got into cars and stole items.

These thieves reportedly made purchases last night in Santa Fe and Bernallilo with stolen cards acquired from vehicles broken into in Los Alamos last night.

Report suspicious people sighted in the area to the police immediately at 505.662.8222, lock your car doors, and if you must keep valuables in your car, keep them out of plain site.

Los Alamos Police Participating in Click it or Ticket and 100 Days and Nights of Summer Enforcement Programs

on May 21, 2014 - 9:45am

POLICE News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is participating in the statewide, Click it or Ticket (CIOT) and 100 Days and Nights of Summer enforcement programs.

CIOT focuses on driver, passenger and child restraint compliance and 100 Days and Nights focuses on reducing traffic related injuries or fatalities. These programs will run through the end of summer.

LAPD encourages motorists to use their restraint devices, monitor their speeds, pay extra attention to other motorists and pedestrians on the roadways and not get behind the wheel if they are impaired.

New Traffic Signals Installed on Trinity Drive

on May 20, 2014 - 7:38am

New traffic signals have been installed, but are not yet operational on Trinity Drive at the entrance to Smith's Marketplace and Mari-Mac Plaza. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A new traffic signal has been installed on Trinity Drive at the entrance to Mari-Mac Plaza. This new signal is not yet operational. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

FBI Seeks Public's Help Identifying Body Discovered in Shiprock

on May 19, 2014 - 12:07pm

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman whose body was found in Shiprock Sunday night.

The body was discovered in a concrete irrigation ditch near Mesa Farm Road at approximately 7:30 p.m.. and no identification was found on the body, which could have been in the ditch for up to 24 hours.

The woman is described as a Native American in her late teens or early 20s, with long black hair and a tattoo of a star on her neck. She was wearing a black T-shirt.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator will perform

UN Mulling Rules to Govern Autonomous Killer Robots

on May 19, 2014 - 8:21am
A mock 'killer robot' is pictured in central London April 23, 2013 during the launching of against lethal robot weapons. Courtesy. Carl Court/AFP
 
HSNW News:

On Tuesday, delegates from several international organizations and governments around the world began the first of many round of talks dealing with what some call “lethal autonomous weapons systems” (LAWS), and others call “killer robots.”

Supporters of LAWS say the technology offers life-saving potential in warfare, as these robots y are able to get closer than troops to assess threats without letting emotions interfere in their

Absorbent Used in Kitty Litter May Be Cause of Radiation Leaks at WIPP

on May 18, 2014 - 10:48am

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy WIPP

HSNW News:

A wheat-based absorbent often used in kitty litter may be the likely cause of the radiation leak that led to the closure of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the U.S. only underground nuclear waste repository, according to Jim Conca, a former geochemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Conca noted that EnergySolutions, a Salt Lake City-based company hired to package radioactive waste at LANL into containers for shipment to the WIPP, switched from using a clay-based absorbent in the storage drums to a wheat-based mixture.

New Information Provided About Possible Contributor to WIPP Radiological Event

on May 18, 2014 - 10:15am

The May 15 entry into Panel 7, Room 7 produced this photo of a waste container, left, with its lid unsealed and apparent heat discoloration. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

The Department of Energy issued the following statement Friday regarding new information generated during the May 15 entry into WIPP:

Since the Feb. 14 radiological release, the Department and its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have been working deliberately to safely determine the cause of the release.

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