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Power Outage Planned Thursday for Part of North Mesa

on December 26, 2012 - 10:25am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced today that weather permitting, a brief power outage is planned for a portion of North Mesa.

The 10 to 20 minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. The area affected is east of the Hawk Drive/San Ildefonso Road intersection, not including the Del Norte and Del Sol areas.

Electric line crews will reconfigure the three phase power in these North Mesa neighborhoods to optimize electric loads and reduce possibility for future power outages in the area. 

 

Customers are reminded to shut down or back up computers and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 13 to Dec. 19, 2012

on December 24, 2012 - 9:57am

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.

Dec. 13 at 12:52 a.m. / Police arrested Jordan Agoyo, 24, of Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant. No photo available.

Dec. 13 at 10:50 a.m., / Police charged a 16-year-old El Rancho boy with possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School. Police referred him to the juvenile probation officer and released him to his parents.

SAMANTHA DUTRA

Dec. 13 at 8:07 p.m.

NM 599 Interchange Now Open

on December 24, 2012 - 9:40am

The new roundabout at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMDOT

The new roundabout at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

NMDOT District Five is proud to announce the opening of a new interchange at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe.

The newly constructed bridge, ramps and roundabouts give motorists a new and safer way to cross N.M. 599 to reach neighborhoods and facilities on the west side of the city.

The roundabouts are located on each side of the overpass on County Road 62, also known

LANL Implements Stricter Security Measures

on December 23, 2012 - 7:31am

Effective immediately, NNSA has directed Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel at its inspection stations at East Jemez Road and West Jemez Road to inspect all vehicles and check every driver for photo IDs such as driver's licenses. Alternative routes for visitors traveling to Bandelier, the Jemez or the Pajarito Ski Area include N.M. 4 through White Rock or West Road past the ice rink and reservoir area. Courtesy/BNM

Hazardous Fuels Treatment Planned in Forest

on December 22, 2012 - 8:37am

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management has announced that a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment is planned on the Forest in January and February.

Santa Fe Watershed, Espanola Ranger District:

  • Approximately 20 acres of piles are to be treated at any point in time in the Santa Fe Watershed from Jan. 7 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable
  • The pile burn location is approximately 6 miles East of the City of Santa Fe, 1 Mile East of McClure Reservoir
  • The pile burn is expected to take place while snow is on the ground, which will help keep smoke levels low
  • Smoke from

NNSA Orders Security Enhancements at LANL

on December 21, 2012 - 3:53pm

LANL News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, has directed Los Alamos National Laboratory to increase its security, effective immediately.

LANL is the only Laboratory in the DOE Complex under this increase in security. Spokesman Kevin Roark responded to an email request from the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon for additional information, saying simply that the Lab cannot elaborate as to what has spurred the order for heightened security.

Because of this government order, until further notice all vehicles entering

Grants Man Arrested for Posting Threats on Internet

on December 21, 2012 - 7:02am

FBI News:

This morning the FBI arrested Paulo Nikko Peral, 20, of Grants, New Mexico, on a criminal complaint charging him with transmitting a threat to injure another in interstate commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 875(c.)

Paulo’s arrest was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

Peral made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon. He remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, which are scheduled for tomorrow morning.

The criminal complaint

Corker Burn Pit Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

on December 20, 2012 - 11:17am
Sen. Udall in June with MSgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria of Albuquerque who detailed Jessey's ailments believed caused by exposure to open burn pits. Courtesy/Tom Udall's Office
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced today that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed the Senate.
 
The Burn Pit Open Registry Act was included as part of an omnibus veterans measure, S.

Column: Looming REAL ID Act Deadline

on December 20, 2012 - 10:36am
Column by Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Representative Elect, District 43

Over the past few weeks several community members have contacted me about the REAL ID Act and a looming Jan. 15 deadline.

The primary concern is that New Mexico is currently not in compliance with the REAL ID Act.

This means New Mexicans may not be able to use their drivers’ licenses to board commercial airlines after Jan. 15.

If this occurs, it could have alarming effects on our state and community. Public concern over this issue has been heightened by recent news stories and statements from public officials.

Local Bus Slides Into Ditch

on December 20, 2012 - 8:22am

An Atomic City Transit bus slid into a ditch at about 10.30 a.m. Wednesday during snowfall as it traveled the first main left turn going up toward the Ski Hill. No injuries were reported. Photo by J. Roberts

Photo by J. Roberts

Photo by J. Roberts

I-25 SB Lanes at Old Pecos Trail Closed Saturday Morning

on December 20, 2012 - 7:57am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will be closing I-25 southbound lanes at Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe early Saturday morning, Dec. 22.

The lanes will be closed at 3 a.m. to allow workers to erect a large overhead sign structure at the St. Francis Drive interchange and by 5 a.m. should be re-opened.
 

During the closure, southbound I-25 traffic will be detoured onto Rabbit Road and then directed back to the Interstate at St. Francis Drive.

Northbound I-25 traffic will not be affected by the closure.

Don’t Let a D.W.I. Crash Your Holidays

on December 20, 2012 - 7:49am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The holidays are here and that means celebrations and parties, many of which include punched up eggnog, champagne and even hot toddies. 

While we’re not saying don’t enjoy yourself, we are saying do NOT get behind the wheel of a car after enjoying these or any other alcoholic beverages. Not even one.

Most people assume the standard breath/blood alcohol content for a D.W.I.

Letter to the Editor: Oh, What To Do ...

on December 20, 2012 - 7:39am
By JJ Maier
Los Alamos

This is a mental health crisis brought to the front by an horrific tragedy.

We must undo the damage done by the Reagan and subsequent administrations/congresses when they eliminated the mental health help/care we were providing to people in need.

Because this is such a complex and mea culpa issue, the media and many short-sighted folks will try to make it a gun issue, which is way simpler.

Take away all guns and mentally sick folks will use knives and rocks. Please, let’s get this runaway train on the right track at least. Thank You!


 

 

Twelve Holiday Fire Horrors

on December 20, 2012 - 7:32am
STATE FARM News:
 
The holiday season is the time of year when most people are thinking about shopping for gifts, office parties and spending time with family and friends.
 
Sadly, this is also the time when home fires peak. Approximately one-third of home fires and home fire deaths occur during December, January and February.
 
State Farm® reminds consumers that the potential for a home fire is highest during the winter months.
 
A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that nearly 50 percent of Americans age 23 and over increased their chances of a home fire because

More Snow Hits Local Area

on December 19, 2012 - 7:43am

Snow is falling over the area including this neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 8 to Dec. 12, 2012

on December 17, 2012 - 8:11am

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.

Dec. 8 at 4:45 p.m. / A 71-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 2000 block of 47th Street. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Dec. 10 at 11:25 a.m. / A 76-year-Los Los Alamos man on Los Pueblos reported that he was the victim of fraudulent use of his credit card. The estimated loss is $300.

Dec. 10 at 5:22 p.m.

A Reminder from Los Alamos County’s Snow Control Center…

on December 17, 2012 - 7:56am

Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Winter is here and Los Alamos County officials are asking residents to keep the following safety tips in mind:

Stay informed. Road condition updates, closings and delays will be broadcast on several popular regional TV and radio stations. Tune to the County’s emergency broadcast station (1610AM) or local KRSN 1490AM. You can find information about road conditions for State highways by calling 1-800-432-4269. Whenever possible, the County’s webpage will also list any County-related early closings, cancellations or delays (www.losalamosnm.us).

Be alert. During

County Reminds Motorists of Safety Considerations

on December 16, 2012 - 8:27am

COUNTY News:

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

Obama Delivers Statement on Mass Shooting

on December 15, 2012 - 10:05am

President Obama delivers a statement regarding the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

WHITE HOUSE News:

President Barack Obama made the following statement Dec. 14, from the White House Briefing Room on the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.:

We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would -- as a parent. And that was especially true today.

Many Events Have Been Canceled

on December 14, 2012 - 3:03pm
SCHOOL News:
 
Residents should call ahead before venturing out to any meetings or events today and tomorrow because there have been many cancelations around the community.
 
The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department issued the following cancelations:
  • High school wrestling at Capital canceled on Saturday.
  • Mid school wrestling canceled at Las Vegas on Saturday.
  • Boys varsity basketball will not play today or tomorrow in Academy tournament.
  • Girls spent the night and will play tomorrow.
  • Mid school girls basketball tournament is canceled today and tomorrow.

Also, tonight's performance of The

Residents Reminded to Keep Sidewalks Clear

on December 14, 2012 - 12:36pm

COUNTY News:

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. 

Sidewalk priorities are listed below:

  1. Safe routes to

NMDOT Update on N.M. 502

on December 14, 2012 - 11:40am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reports that N.M. 502 is open at the present time.

 

Inclement weather forced the closure of N.M. 502 for a short time earlier today.
 
Because the situation can change at anytime, NMDOT is asking motorists to check with nmroads.com before traveling to determine which roads are closed.
 
To learn changes to New Mexico Park and Ride bus schedules, visit nmparkandride@state.nm.us.
 

Motorists Urged to Stay Home Today

on December 14, 2012 - 11:19am

LAPD News:

With this morning's snowstorm creating dangerous conditions on local roadways, Los Alamos Police are urging motorists to stay home if possible.

Police report that so far they have not encountered vehicle accidents but they are inundated with reports of vehicles stuck in the snow.

 

County Clarifies Today's Facility Closure Information

on December 14, 2012 - 10:00am

All County facilities close at noon today including the Administrative Offices, the 311 Center, plus County recreation/community centers such as the Aquatic Center, Los Alamos Golf Course, the Ice Rink and the Los Alamos and White Rock public libraries.

Transit will make its last transit run at noon to White Rock, Barr Mesa, North Mesa, etc., with no additional Transit services after that last noon time run.

Trash trucks will complete trash pick up but not recycle pick up today. The Eco Station closes at noon.

Park and Ride Alert: N.M. 502 Closure Alters Bus Routes

on December 14, 2012 - 9:50am
NMDOT PARK AND RIDE ALERT: BLUE, GREEN, PURPLE ROUTES - ROAD CLOSURE- EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012.
 
Inclement weather has forced the closure of N.M. 502. As a result, the following buses will not be able to complete their routes.
 
Blue Route:
  • Departing the South Capitol Station at 6:45 a.m.
  • Departing the South Capitol Station at 7:47 a.m.
  • Departing the Mesa Public Library at 8 a.m.
  • Departing Mesa Public Library at 8:52 a.m.
 
Green Route:
  • Departing Espanola at 7:32am
  • Departing Mesa Public Library at 8:12 a.m.
 
Purple Route:
  • Departing NM 599 Station at 7:31a.m.
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