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Continued Drought Forces Stage II Fire Restrictions Effective Today

on June 15, 2012 - 7:13am

LAFD News:



  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire.
  • Smoking.
  • Using fireworks, explosives or other incendiary devices.
  • Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, is prohibited.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off roads on federal lands, except

Students Help Peers Through Teen Court

on June 14, 2012 - 9:44am
Preparing for a Teen Court session are from left, Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, "Judge" Toni Batha and "defense attorneys" Rachel Pierce, Maura Taylor and Clohe Henson. Photo by Carol A. Clark
By Carol A. Clark
“The honorable” Toni Batha, her judicial black robe billowing about her, presided over a recent Los Alamos Teen Court hearing.
This is the second year that the Los Alamos High School junior has volunteered her time at the local court.
“It’s really a great learning experience,” Batha said of helping her peers.
LAHS Senior Vanessa Duran also is a second-year volunteer.

Police Probe Jamie Lee Ireland Death

on June 13, 2012 - 10:10pm

Los Alamos Police Department News:

On May 20, the Consolidated Dispatch Center received a call that 28-year-old Jamie Ireland of Los Alamos had sustained injuries after an accidental fall at 802 9th St.

Los Alamos Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and transported Ireland to Los Alamos Medical Center.

Ireland was subsequently transported to St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe.

On May 21, the Los Alamos Police Department was notified by personnel at St. Vincent's that the injuries sustained by Ireland were serious and potentially fatal.

Ireland subsequently died May 31.

Los Alamos police


BREAKING NEWS: Search Underway for Black Bear Whose Claws Grazed Juvenile's Neck at Bandelier

on June 13, 2012 - 8:31pm

Photo of a North American Black Bear. Courtesy photo

At approximately 4 a.m. today, a black bear swatted at a tent occupied by a sleeping juvenile who was camping with family at Ponderosa Campground.

The tent was torn, and the bear’s claws grazed the back of the juvenile’s neck, causing a minor abrasive injury.

The family immediately left the campground and National Park Service (NPS) Rangers were informed later this morning.

Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott announced that effective immediately, Ponderosa Group Campground will be closed for up to 10 days, pending

Deer Collides with Car Near Golf Course

on June 13, 2012 - 7:45pm

A deer jumped out in front of this hatchback sedan this evening on Diamond Drive causing extensive damage. The deer lost his life in the collision. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Carol A. Clark

The driver of a small hatchback sedan collided with a deer at about 6 p.m., today on Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos Golf Course.

"The deer jumped out in front of the car, landed on the hood and smashed into the windshield," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said.

The driver and a passenger are fine, Grider said, but the deer is dead.

Firefighters from Los Alamos Fire Department Engine


Congressman Lujan Attends Today's Drug Summit

on June 13, 2012 - 1:12pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, left, listens as White House Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske answers questions from the media during today’s drug summit at the convention center in Santa Fe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Director Gil Kerlikowske of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and President Obama’s top drug policy advisor participated in a summit with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District in Santa Fe this morning.

Kerlikowske discussed how local and regional efforts can sync up with the Administration’s pursuit of