Public Safety

Historic Fires Most Likely Occurred in Spring

By Collin Haffey

The Ecology Group at Bandelier National Monument has been monitoring tree growth on a weekly basis for more than 20 years.

Several trees located in Bandelier are ringed with dendrometer bands or dendrobands, for short.

A dendroband is a small ribbon of metal wrapped around the trunk of the tree and connected to a spring slide that moves as the tree grows and is measured by a Vernier scale. It’s basically a fancy ruler.

This scale enables us to measure a tree’s circumference down to a tenth of a millimeter.

The banded trees are located in three clusters that span the elevation range


Los Alamos Infant is in ICU

Police report this morning that the 11-week-old infant whose father admitted injuring him on Wednesday when he wouldn’t stop crying, is in the Intensive Care Unit at UNM Children’s Hospital.

Police also said this morning that the total extent of the infant’s injuries have not yet been determined.

The baby’s father is locked up in the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Below is the story detailing the events involved in the arrest of the infant’s father:

Los Alamos Police have arrested


Condition of 11-Week-Old Infant Remains Stable


June 7, 2012 – 9:56am


Defendant Tyrell Abney during a brief break in court proceedings at the Justice Center Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

During a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Magistrate Court, Judge Pat Casados found probable cause that Tyrell Abney of Los Alamos committed the crime of child abuse in the first degree last month against his infant son.

Abney, 18, faces a mandatory 18 years in prison if convicted.

It came out during the hearing that although originally reported to be 11 weeks old when the alleged abuse


Police and Fire Join Special Olympics Torch Relay Thursday

Los Alamos Police Sgt. DeWayne Williams and Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker (Retired) ran in the 2009 Special Olympics Torch Relay. Local police officers and firefighters participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Relay running from the back gate to Jemez Springs. They will do so again on Thursday as a part of the fund raising efforts that they do for the Special Olympics. Courtesy/LAPD 


Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 4 to May 9, 2012

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.





May 2 at 1:41 p.m. / Police arrested Jonathan Etuk, 31, of Mendanales at the Los Alamos Detention Center on an outstanding felony warrant from another jurisdiction.

May 4 at 4:41 p.m. / A 54-year-old Jemez Springs man reported that someone damaged his property on 41st Street. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

May 4 at 7:52 p.m. / A 59-year-old Los


Espanola Man to Serve 10 Years in Prison

FBI News:

A federal judge in Albuquerque has sentenced James Aley White, 31, of Espanola to a 120-month term of imprisonment for his bank robbery conviction.

White will be on supervised release for three years after he completes his prison sentence. He also was ordered to pay full restitution to the bank that was the victim of his crime.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that on Nov. 15, 2011, White pled guilty to robbing the Bank of America at 8040 Academy Road NE in Albuquerque on Aug. 19, 2011.

According to court filings, the bank was robbed on Aug. 19, 2011 by a man who walked into the bank, handed


Safety & Security Matters Show [Audio]

Safety and Security Matters radio show, hosted by Carol A. Clark and recorded at the KRSN AM 1490 studios in Los Alamos.

April 25, 2012 – FBI Featured on Safety and Security Matters radio show with Carol A. Clark



Feb 29, 2012 –  This month's program focuses on the "Every 15 Minute" program highlighting the dangers of distracted driving. Program guests are Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Los Alamos Fire and Police Chaplain Cheryl Ridlon.



Police Out Score Firefighters Saturday

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster hits a triple against Los Alamos Fire Department “pitcher” Jerry Adair during a softball competition at Overlook Park Saturday, that went down to the wire, before the police team prevailed 26-25 following nine hard fought innings. Photo by Shayna Whitaker

“Catcher” Connie Salazar of the Los Alamos Police Department throws a ball back to the pitcher while “Umpire” Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider contemplates whether it was a ball or a strike. Fire Chief Troy Hughes is at first base. Photo by Shayna Whitaker


Firefighters Promoted During Special Ceremony

During a special ceremony Monday at Fire Administration on East Road, three firefighters were promoted. From left, Battalion Chief Paul Grano will supervise the C Shift, Battalion Chief Kelly Sterna will oversee training and exercises related to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Newly promoted Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Trehern is a second generation firefighter. He worked in LANL’s Fire Protection Division for 13 years and has been with LAFD for 22 years. He will be in charge of operations and will supervise all three fire shifts at LAFD. His father, Jim Trehern, was the last fire chief


SAR Conference Featured High-Angle Rescues

Edit: May 9th, 8 a.m. – three additional photos added.

SAR News:

New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers practice high and low angle rescues during Saturday’s portion of last weekend’s three-day conference at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/
The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) hosted its annual training event – ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event for search and rescue volunteers last weekend at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.

More than 200 volunteers from