Public Safety

New Mexico Implements Expanded Amber Alert and New Silver Alert Program



SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the implementation of the expanded Amber Alert parameters and the new Silver Alert Program for New Mexico.

The governor stated that both tools will help law enforcement and case workers keep vulnerable children and seniors safer.

“I have long advocated that we do everything we can to protect an endangered child,” Martinez said. “Before now, Amber Alert statutes required law enforcement to sit on the sidelines when a child was taken by a family member, even when that child was though to be in danger. Now, our state and local police

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Thompson Ridge Fire Declared 100 Percent Contained

BAER Assessment Team sifts through ash from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Thompson Ridge fire was officially declared 100 percent contained last night.

Mop-up and patrol will continue.

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires result in damage that requires special efforts to reduce impacts afterwards. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water run-off may increase and cause flooding. Soil and rock may move downstream and damage property or fill reservoirs putting community water

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NM Governor Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff to Honor Arizona’s Fallen Firefighters



Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that all flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff from sunrise July 2 to sundown July 5 in honor and mourning of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Firefighters.


The thoughts and prayers of all New Mexicans go out to the families and friends of these fallen heroes and we honor them for their courageous service, she said.




WHEREAS, nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday, June 30th, 2013, while

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 20–June 26, 2013

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.



June 20 at 8:24 p.m. / Police arrested Johnnie Sanchez, 35, of Los Alamos in Central Park Square and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia. 



June 22 at 10:54 a.m. / Police stopped James Reagan, 48, of Los Alamos near West Road and Trinity Drive for speeding and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license. 

June 23

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Letter to the Editor: Flower Larceny a Shameful Act

Wanton destruction, apparently by someone taking pleasure in defacing a flower garden at Central Park Square Sunday. Courtesy photo

Flower Larceny

By Philip Kunsberg
Owner, Central Park Square

My predecessor, Tom Netuschil, established a custom at Central Park Square of planting Marigolds, thousands of them, every spring. 

We have continued this tradition. It is an expensive and elaborately organized project, with very precise specifications on planting, mulching, irrigation, etc. Our highly capable maintenance crew, Cesar and Howard, cumulatively spend weeks carefully

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