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Letter To The Editor: Another Trash Day Success Story

on September 21, 2017 - 11:24am
By JASON HAGAN
Los Alamos

The alarm blares … I wake from my slumber. I stagger down into the basement and enter the code into the cipher lock, place my hand into the hand geometry scanner and look into the retinal scanner, which opens our bear proof vault.

Man, it really stinks in here. I’d install a vent to the outside, but the smell would likely attract baby bears that would climb down the duct … and they’d likely start reproducing. Ever seen Gremlins??

I carefully wheel the bin out and onto our freight elevator. It rises up into the high bay. “4:27 a.m.

A Fed Bear Is A Dead Bear...

on September 21, 2017 - 10:42am
The Environmental Sustainability Board will discuss the ordinance that addresses the placement and maintance of roll carts during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Municipal Building. The goal is to prevent what is occurring in this picture: wildlife getting into garbage cans. This picture was taken in October 2016 off Canyon Road. Photo by Robert Cunningham
 
BY KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Garbage cans and bears are a bad combination. When a bear dumpster dives, it raises safety concerns for people and may spell death for the animal.

 

To

Los Alamos Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Driven To Solve Cases

on September 21, 2017 - 10:05am

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez is proud of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Police Department Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez remembers police officers coming to speak as guests at his high school in Loving and says he found what they had to say about the job intriguing. Even when he studied mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., law enforcement was always in the back of his mind.

Rodriguez returned to New Mexico after a

Lightning Strikes Los Alamos Golf Course Trees

on September 21, 2017 - 9:43am

Lightning struck a tree around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Tee 12 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Reports are that a golfer near the strike was knocked off his feet but uninjured and the sound from the strike heard over in Quemazon. The lightning appears to have jumped to a smaller tree a few feet away. Excavated dirt is visible at the base of the tree where the lightning exited at the ground. Photo by Kerry Habiger

Los Alamos County Golf Pro Jim Phillips stands on Tee 12 Monday near where it appears the same lightning bolt that hit the tall tree at left, also struck this smaller tree growing a few

National Institute Of Justice Examines Impact Of Mobile Technology On Public Safety Agencies

on September 21, 2017 - 7:30am
NIOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice announced an article online that discusses how the use of mobile broadband technology improves law enforcement operations.
 
The article provides valuable guidance for agencies considering installing a wireless network.
 
Public safety agencies are moving toward using dedicated wireless networks to improve information sharing with other agencies, decrease paperwork and improve response times.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 14 To Sept. 19, 2017

on September 20, 2017 - 11:08am

LAPD News:

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 against them.

JON M. WEATHERS

Sept. 14 at 6:27 a.m. / Police arrested Jon M. Weathers, 46, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

CHRISTOPHER N. BEGAY

Sept. 19 at 4:52 p.m. / Police arrested Christopher Neil Begay, 23, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

Scenes From LAFD Chief Garcia's Retirement Lunch

on September 20, 2017 - 9:55am

Friends and colleagues honored retiring Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia, here with his wife Kathleen, at a special luncheon Tuesday at Cottonwood on the Greens. Courtesy photo

Scene from Tuesday's retirement lunch for Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia. Courtesy photo

Scene from Tuesday's retirement lunch for LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia.Courtesy photo

Scene from Tuesday retirement lunch for LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia. Courtesy photo

Bear Spotted At Lunchtime Around Local Condos

on September 20, 2017 - 9:40am

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A resident spotted this bear while walking home for lunch at noon Tuesday via Trinity Drive. The bear was rummaging through trash cans and meandering around the condominiums at Oppenheimer and Short Drive. Photo by Cecilia Rivenburgh

Photo by Cecilia Rivenburgh

Deer Creek Fire On Jemez Ranger District To Be Managed For Resource Benefit

on September 20, 2017 - 9:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Deer Creek Fire on Peggy Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Deer Creek Fire started Sept. 15 on Peggy Mesa in the old San Diego prescribed burn area and adjacent to the site of this summer’s lightning-caused Peggy Fire. Objectives for managing the Deer Creek Fire include:
  • mitigating the risk of high-intensity destructive wildfires by reducing excess fuels, including fuelwood slash and bug kill in the piñon/juniper and

NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work Lane Closures Begin 9 a.m. Today

on September 20, 2017 - 7:54am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work at 9 a.m. today on N.M. 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50 from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino.  

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting Today: N.M. 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will be weekend work Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.

Starting Oct. 10: N.M.

NNSA Partners With Kazakhstan Research Institute To Remove All Of Its Highly Enriched Uranium

on September 20, 2017 - 6:50am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in partnership with the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has repatriated the last remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the institute’s VVR-K reactor.
 
“This final removal will make INP HEU-free, ensuring that a bad actor can never acquire material from the site for a nuclear weapon,” said Dave Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

FBI: Man Wearing Wig Robs LANB In Santa Fe

on September 20, 2017 - 6:16am

Suspect in Tuesday bank robbery in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are searching for a young man who wore a goofy looking wig when he robbed a bank Tuesday. 

The suspect is described as a white male about 20 years old, approximately 5'5" to 5'9" tall, with wide shoulders. He wore a blue hat with a flat bill, aviator sunglasses with dark lenses, a gray or light-blue short wig, a dark hooded jacket with a zipper, and dark pants and dark shoes. 

The suspect entered Los Alamos National Bank at approximately 4:57 p.m. at 301 Griffin St., in Santa Fe.

County: Be Bear Aware

on September 19, 2017 - 4:14pm

This bear was spotted earlier this month roaming around Andanada Street and El Corto in Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hanson

COUNTY News:

Bears continue to make their way into residential areas due to lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.

If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. However, bears that are accustomed to eating human food are more likely to become habituated and are more prone to have dangerous human encounters. Here are some safe practices for managing trash to minimize encounters with bears:

  • Keep your family, neighbors, pets, and

NMDOT Announces Child Safety Seat Clinics In Coordination With Child Passenger Safety Week

on September 19, 2017 - 8:08am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Yesterday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the sponsorship of annual statewide child safety seat clinics.
 
The clinics will be held 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 23. The clinics will take place in eight cities and nine different locations as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week Seat Check Saturday.
 
“We are pleased to be able to offer these clinics to the parents and caregivers of New Mexico.

DOI Announces $62 Million Construction Contract On Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

on September 19, 2017 - 5:02am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of the Interior announced Friday that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a construction contract of almost $62 million for part of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico to increase the supply of clean drinking water to surrounding communities.
 
“This contract is a big step toward completing the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which is a top priority as it fits into the administration's commitment to improving infrastructure,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.

NMSP Officer Makes 100th DWI Arrest This Year

on September 19, 2017 - 4:59am
NMSP Ofc. Toby LaFave makes 100th DWI arrest Sept. 8. Courtesy/NMSP
 
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police Ofc. Toby LaFave reached a milestone Sept. 8 very few can say, he made his 100th DWI arrest of the year.

For those who know and work with Ofc. LaFave this appeared to be business as usual, given his previous accolades and work ethic. He has been with the New Mexico State Police for six years, with eight years' experience prior, and in that relatively short time frame has amassed numerous awards and recognitions.

He was the NMSP "Officer of the Year" in 2012, along with District 5

Udall, Heinrich Join Effort To Protect Consumers From Equifax's Forced Arbitration Clauses

on September 19, 2017 - 4:38am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators Also Ask Equifax to Clarify if It Supports New Consumer Financial Protection Rule That Would Limit Forced Arbitration

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a broad Democratic effort led by Sens.

NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work ... Totavi Gas Station To Cities Of Gold Casino Begins Wednesday

on September 18, 2017 - 4:46pm

NMDOT News:

Lane Closures To Begin Sept. 20

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work on N.M. 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50, from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino.

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 20, N.M. 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks.

Motorists can expect delays Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be weekend work Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.

Oct.

Lane Closure, Flagging Operation At 33rd & Walnut

on September 18, 2017 - 4:35pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County street crews will be repairing a section of asphalt at 33rd and Walnut Street 9 am. to 3 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 19 and ending Sept. 21.

The lane closure will include a flagging operation to allow for continual traffic flow during this project.

This repair is due to a water main leak repaired earlier this month.

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' For Artesia Municipal System & Morningside Users Cooperative

on September 18, 2017 - 9:03am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming the required “boil water advisory” for the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative.
 
More details about precautions in English and Spanish can be found on the DWB’s webpage at: https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/boil-water-advisories/
 
Artesia Municipal Water System is required to issue the advisory today after bacteriological contamination (E.

Smoke Visible From Three Fires On SFNF

on September 18, 2017 - 8:53am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Three lightning-caused fires on the Santa Fe National Forest put up visible smoke Saturday as crews keep an eye on the Beaver Creek, Deer Creek and Ojitos Fires.
 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District started July 7 in a 90,000-acre block that has been cleared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest restoration. 
 
Fire crews have taken advantage of favorable conditions to add low-intensity fire to the ground on both sides of Forest Road 468 and on the west side of the fire perimeter to remove hazardous fuels and mitigate the risk

Alert: AG Warns Of Equifax Security Breach Scam

on September 18, 2017 - 8:48am

From the Attorney General's Office:

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert warning New Mexicans to protect themselves against callers attempting to use the recent security breach at Equifax to perpetrate a new kind of scam.

The new scam involves callers pretending to represent Equifax and asking for personal and financial information over the phone. Equifax will not be calling anyone asking for their personal or financial information.

“Equifax is not going to call and ask for your information,” Balderas warns, noting that his office has already

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison For Aiding And Abetting Armed Bank Robbery

on September 18, 2017 - 6:02am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Christian Herrera 21, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Sept. 14 in Federal Court to 37 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for aiding and abetting the armed robbery of an Albuquerque-area bank.
 
Herrera was arrested in March 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him and four co-defendants, Greg Miera, 51, Martin Huertta, 43, Christian Herrera, 21, Christopher Gallegos, 33, and Isaiah Gallegos, 22, all of Albuquerque, with robbing March 30, 2016 the US Bank branch at 5620 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
 
According to the complaint, Albuquerque

DOE Announces WIPP Contract Extension

on September 17, 2017 - 7:00am

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo

WIPP News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a three-year extension to the AECOM Management and Operations Contract for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad:

“WIPP is a major contributor to the Carlsbad economy and plays a critical role in our nation’s security.

Fr. Glenn: Acknowledging The Inconceivable

on September 17, 2017 - 6:59am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Many no doubt saw the recent press release in which the Catholic Archbishop of Santa Fe published the names of the members of Catholic clergy who have been accused of past sexual abuse of children. It’s no new news that those things happened, but if you’re like me, your reaction may have been: “Wow … so many.” At least know that they have all been permanently removed from ministry, if not now deceased.

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