Public Safety

DEA Releases 2015 Drug Threat Assessment

DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON  DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced results from the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which finds that drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of motor vehicle deaths and firearms. 
 
In 2013, over 46,000 people in the United States died from drug overdose and more than half of those were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin.
 
“Sadly this report confirms what we’ve known for some time: drug abuse is ending too many lives while destroying families

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Chromium Project Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Action Public Comment Period Closes Nov. 20

DEEM News:
 
The Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Chromium Plume Control Interim Measure and Plume-Center Characterization at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
The proposed action may include well pad and access road installation and maintenance, piezometer placement, and pipeline placement in the 100-year floodplain in Mortandad and Sandia canyons on LANL.
 
The objectives of the proposed actions are to control migration of the chromium plume and to further characterize

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Access To Los Alamos Reservoir And Surrounding Area Closed Nov. 9, 2015 Through June 30, 2016

The access road leading up to the reservoir shows flood damage. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Pedestrian and motor vehicle access to the Los Alamos Reservoir will be restricted Monday, Nov. 9, and continue through June 2016. 

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities awarded a contract to CBKN Dirtworks, Inc. to restore the reservoir after several flood events filled it with sediment and compromised the access road.

Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing the single dirt road leading up to the Los Alamos Canyon Dam and Reservoir


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Letter To The Editor: Trapping Season Has Begun

By TERRY DUBOIS
Los Alamos

Citizens and visitors to Los Alamos County beware! The trapping season for fur bearing animals began Nov. 1 and runs through March 15. 

Law states that traps should be 25 yards from any trail or road but they do not have to be marked with a warning in any sort of way. They can be completely invisible. My dog was caught in one in 2014 in Los Alamos County. The trap was illegally set on a trail. 

Unfortunately New Mexico Department of Game and Fish was unable (or unwilling) to issue a citation. Our county council expeditiously passed an ordinance to ban them in this county.


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Concern Erupts For Explosives Working Dogs

Explosives working dogs are kept in this enclosure in the back yard of a residence on Rim Road where Animal Control issued the owner a citation for incessant barking. Courtesy photo

Jennis Pruett expresses concern to the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening about the living conditions and treatment of the explosives working dogs housed at a residence on Rim Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By JENNIS PRUETT
Los Alamos

There is great respect for dogs who work explosives. They perform an important function, and they do it with loyalty, and from my observations, enthusiasm.


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