Public Safety

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 24 to May 31, 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.

 

ROBERT MOORE

May 24 at 9:12 a.m. / Police arrested Robert Moore, 56, of Los Alamos near Agate Street and Aztec and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or revoked.

May 24 at 7:34 a.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Los Alamos girl on Central Avenue with reckless driving.

 

 

LUIS PONCE‑CHITICA

May 24 at 8:42 a.m. / Police arrested Luis Ponce-Chitica, 26, of Medenales


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Fires Burning in the Region

NEW MEXICO FIRE INFORMATION News:

New Mexico Fire Information reports:

Firefighters will be working through the night to contain three small fires started by lightning.

Two of the three fires are near Pecos. The Church fire is one acre and the Cow Creek fire is one-quarter acre. The largest of the three fires is near Jemez Springs.

The Bear Springs fire is two acres. Spread potential for these fires in low to moderate.

“With extreme fire conditions present, it is important that we hit these fires hard and fast to keep them small,” said Lawrence Lujan, Forest Public Information Officer.


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East Park Closed for Paving Through June 20

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:

County Pavement crews will begin paving the East Park parking lot Monday, June 4.

Paving activities will require the park to be closed from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily for approximately two weeks.

Activity at the site on Monday will be limited to equipment staging as crews prepare for paving. Paving operations are scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 5, weather permitting, and should conclude by Wednesday, June 20.

The East Park pavilion cannot be reserved for events on weekdays, but will be available for use on the weekends.

Temporary access will be provided to the dog park and


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Las Conchas Fire Order Closures To Be Lifted

Editors Note: The following update was posted to the Los Alamos Trails Group on Facebook by Lynn Bjorklund, Espanola Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest

The Forest Supervisor will sign the revised Las Conchas Fire order sometime on Monday, June 4th. For those of us in Los Alamos this means that the closure will be entirely lifted for Los Alamos County. For the Jemez District, it will be entirely lifted for non motorized travel. Most of the Jemez District Forest Service roads will still be closed to motorized travel. The roads within the Jemez that will be “exempted” meaning


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CONE ZONE: Week of June 4

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call

662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Canyon Rd between East Road (NM502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic. Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Rd during the day time, and two-way traffic at night.


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Fire Near Redondo Campground Fully Contained – Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Implemented

A half acre, no structure fire was fully contained Thursday. The fire occured one half mile south of the Redondo Campground. The fire was visible from north of Albuquerque, Jemez Springs, Gilman, Jemez Pueblo and from N.M. 4.

Fuels on the ground are dry due to the lack of moisture and are creating a fair amount of smoke. A fire investigator is also on scene. The fire was in the Jemez Ranger District.

From the New Mexico Fire Information website: (http://nmfireinfo.com/2012/05/31/santa-fe-nf-valles-caldera-nm-dept-of-game-fish-lands-enter-stage-1-fire-restrictions/)

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Journey Through Indian Country Part 1: Fighting Crime on Tribal Lands

A special agent overlooks the Shiprock land formation on the Navajo Nation. The reservation, the largest in the country, is one of about 200 federally recognized Indian reservations where the FBI has investigative responsibilities. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 1:

Driving along a remote dirt road on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico recently, a rancher crested a ridge and noticed two animals intent on something in a nearby ditch.

As he approached, one of the scavengers loped away—the other looked up, its mouth glistening with blood.

The rancher guessed one of his sheep had been attacked,


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Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera and Los Alamos County Fire Restrictions

UPDATED FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Los Alamos County Fire and Smoking Restrictions
Effective June 1, 2012

Building, maintaining or using an open fire is prohibited on all Los Alamos County lands except within developed campsites (concrete pad with metal fire ring), metal grills using charcoal or propane are acceptable on North Mesa campgrounds, at Overlook Park and at any park within Los Alamos County.

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.


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College-Educated Officers Comprise Majority at Los Alamos Police Department

The Los Alamos Police Department set up a static display of its vehicles and equipment for inspection by the state accreditation assessment team in 2010, at which time its administration, operations, personnel and training procedures passed compliance with state standards. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The standards required to join the ranks of the Los Alamos County Police Department are stringent when measured against police departments around the country.

“We have such high expectations of our people that applicants who would have been hired elsewhere are not hired


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East Road/NM502 Gas Line Replacement and Reinforcement Begins this Week

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES News:

Gas line replacement and reinforcement work on East Road/NM502, from Tewa Loop to Airport Road, begins this week with most work confined to the shoulder of the roadway.

Drivers in the area are asked to use caution while this work is underway this summer.

In the coming weeks there will be greater traffic impacts as a lane closure will be required in order to safely execute the project.  
 
Notifications of such traffic impacts will be provided in advance.
 

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