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BREAKING NEWS: LAFD Battalion Chief Placed on Administrative Leave

on August 4, 2012 - 5:09pm

LAFD News:

Battalion Chief Kelly Serna

Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Kelly Sterna has been placed on administrative leave following a report this morning that he had been arrested in Albuquerque Friday night for suspected drunk driving.

Sterna was not on duty at the time, according to the report.

“The Los Alamos Fire Department upholds the highest standards and code of conduct for its officers," Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes said this afternoon. "We understand that the public places their trust in us to behave in a professional, law-abiding manner, both on and off duty.

LANL Protester Tied to ORNL's Y-12 Security Breach

on August 4, 2012 - 4:44pm

Photo: Sister Megan Rice

By Carol A. Clark

Sister Megan Rice, 82, arrested in Los Alamos for criminal trespass during a 2010 protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been arrested again, this time for breaching the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory July 28.

Rice and two accomplices, Michael R. Walli, 63, a member of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, D.C. and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, a member of Veterans for Peace in Duluth, Minn., and a former U.S.

County Issues Advisory to Protect Animals During Fair & Rodeo

on August 4, 2012 - 12:33pm

Photo: Horses with vesicular stomatitis show blanched raised or broken vesicles around the upper surface of the tongue, surface of the lips and around nostrils, corners of the mouth and the gums. Courtesy/Horsetalk



The New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is reporting that New Mexico is currently experiencing a significant outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS.) 

VS is classified as a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD), and, as such, cases are required to be reported nationally and internationally. 

To minimize the spread of the disease and to help avoid

Flash Flood Warning Issued

on August 3, 2012 - 12:57pm

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Los Alamos County until 3 p.m. Aug 3.  Avoid flood areas.

'Scale of Justice' Sculpture Installed at Justice Center

on July 31, 2012 - 2:14pm

"Scale of Justice" sculpture by Troy Williams of Jemez Springs. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

The "Scale of Justice" sculpture created by Jemez Springs artist Troy Williams was installed today in front of the Justice Center at 2500 Trinity Dr. 

The Arts in Public Places Board (APPB) and Los Alamos County plan to hold an official dedication of the sculpture at 3 p.m., Aug. 22.

This sculpture displays 12 jurors from all walks of life, based on actual community members. They are made of steel as is the scale on which they stand.

The APPB distributed a "Call for

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 19 to July 25, 2012

on July 30, 2012 - 9:06am

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.



July 19 at 10:54 p.m. / Police arrested Tanner Barber, 25, of Los Alamos on Arkansas Street and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or revoked.







July 20 at 11:15 p.m. / Police arrested Lawrence Pena, 35, of Los Alamos near Los Alamos High School and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or revoked.




Lunch with a Leader to Feature Local Police Chief

on July 30, 2012 - 9:00am

LWV News:

Los Alamos Chief of Police Wayne Torpy will be the speaker at the upcoming League of Women Voters monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting.


The public is invited to attend Torpy's talk, set for 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. (small building across from the back of the high school.)

Torpy was hired as police chief in Los Alamos in 2005. He serves on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the boards of the Family YMCA and Leadership Los Alamos.

He holds a BA in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, a MS from Nova