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Mesa Public Library Open Today ... Closed 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. Friday For Fire Alarm System Testing

on February 22, 2018 - 12:58pm

COUNTY News:

 

Mesa Public Library is open today but will be closed 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. It will be closed during that period of time Friday to do a building-wide testing of the fire alarm system.

 

The entire system was replaced and final testing of all devices is required by Fire Code.

 

The County staff apologizes for the inconvenience. As a reminder, the White Rock Branch Library is open Friday morning at its regular hours.

 

Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email lacpw@lacnm.us.

Car Crashes Into Brick Wall At Trinity And Central

on February 22, 2018 - 12:24am

This vehicle crashed into a brick wall at about 11 p.m. Wednesday where Trinity Drive and Central Avenue split near the former Hilltop House Hotel. First responders were on the scene assisting those involved. It’s not yet known the extent of any injuries, but the impact of the collision was sufficient to deploy this vehicle’s airbag. A silver pick up was stopped toward the right of the vehicle and appeared to have sustained front end damage. County crews were out in force plowing and sanding the roadways but the falling snow was rapidly covering over that work. Photo by Carol A.

Reminder: Mesa Public Library Reopens 1 p.m. Friday

on February 21, 2018 - 5:25pm

COUNTY News:

 

Los Alamos County reminds the community that Mesa Public Library will not be open to the public until 1 p.m. Friday due to building wide testing of the fire alarm system.

 

The entire system was replaced and final testing of all devices is required by Fire Code.

 

The County staff apologizes for the inconvenience. As a reminder, the White Rock Branch Library will be open for regular hours Friday morning.

 

Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email lacpw@lacnm.us.

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Feb. 26

on February 21, 2018 - 3:33pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. Possibly starting Monday, Feb. 26.  
 
The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and McClure Reservoirs.
 
Impacts from the hand and aerial ignitions are expected to be minimal due to this being a second entry prescribed burn into this particular

Santa Fe National Forest Hiring Vets For Fire Duty

on February 21, 2018 - 6:34am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest seeks to hire five Veterans to form a crew in support of wildland fire operations for three or more months beginning in May.
 
Duty location is the Pecos District Ranger Office in Pecos, and work will primarily be in support of the hazardous fuels program. VIWF crew members will earn Federal Civil Service pay and benefits at the GS-3 pay grade, and receive crew housing if needed.
 
The Santa Fe National Forest’s Veterans in Wildland Fire (VIWF) – Hazardous Fuels Program 2018 is an opportunity for

Los Alamos First Responders Assist Motorist

on February 17, 2018 - 10:09am

Los Alamos Firefighters respond to the scene of a car stopped on Central Avenue after smoke began billowing from its engine Tuesday afternoon. The driver lifts the hood. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters assess the situation. A bystander's initial diagnosis is that the vehicle blew a gasket. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police arrive on the scene. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Police begin directing traffic around the vehicle with engine trouble parked on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos

Nature Center Talk: Photographing Wildfires Feb. 20

on February 16, 2018 - 10:11am
Wildland firefighter silhouetted by flames. Photo by Kristen Honig
 
PEEC News:
 
Kristen Honig will discuss her observations, show her photographs, and present a brief, behind the scenes look at what it is like to be a wildfire photographer at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Honig's wildfire photos have been recognized by National Geographic and featured in magazines and publications, including Popular Science, Outside Magazine, High Country News, Wildland Firefighter Magazine, Fire Management Today and in the novel On the Burning Edge.
 
This special

Helicopter Lands At Barranca Mesa Elementary School

on February 14, 2018 - 2:56pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone supervises the landing of a Classic Air Medical helicopter this morning at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. The school hosted Classic Air as part of the 120th Day of School celebration in support of the Los Alamos Public Schools motto, ‘Show Up, It Matters’. Students heard from Los Alamos Police and Fire Department staff on the importance of showing up. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Barranca Mesa Elementary School students watch as a Classic Air helicopter lands on their school field. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAFD Greets Students For ‘Show Up’ Campaign

on February 14, 2018 - 12:03pm

Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department greeted students arriving this morning at area schools including Aspen Elementary on Villa Street as part of the District's ‘Show Up, It Matters’ campaign. Statistics show how important it is for students to be in class every day. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Cebollita Prescribed Burn Starts In March

on February 14, 2018 - 7:40am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin a broadcast prescribed burn in March in the Cebollita area to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
As weather conditions permit, the Cebollita prescribed burn could take place anytime between March 1 and March 17.
 
Up to 1,900 acres of hazardous fuels could be treated in the Cebollita area by hand and aerial ignitions.

Man Succumbs To Injuries In Freak Accident At White Rock Gas Station

on February 10, 2018 - 4:45pm

Ronald B. Swartz, 56, of Las Vegas, N.M. died Wednesday from injuries received when a flying rock struck him in the head Feb. 5 at a White Rock gas station. Courtesy photo

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

A  56-year-old Las Vegas, N.M. man has succumbed to injuries sustained when he was struck in the head by a rock Feb. 5 at a White Rock gas station.

Ronald B. Swartz passed away Wednesday, according to family members.

Los Alamos Police Cmdr.

New HVAC System Trips Alarm At Zia Credit Union

on February 10, 2018 - 11:53am

Los Alamos Firefighters respond to a fire alarm that sounded early Thursday evening at Zia Credit Union at 1001 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald told the Los Alamos Daily Post that it turned out to be a false alarm triggered by a newly installed HVAC system. Photo by R.J. Montaño/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters at the scene of a false alarm early Thursday evening at Zia Credit Union at 1001 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Ortega

Scene of a new HVAC system being installed Wednesday at Zia Credit Union at 1001 Central Ave.,

Mesa Public Library Opens At 1 P.M. Wednesday Feb. 14 Fire System Testing

on February 9, 2018 - 8:45am

COUNTY News:

Mesa Public Library will open at 1 p.m. as opposed to the normal 10 a.m. opening on Wednesday, Feb. 14, due to Fire System Testing.

During this time, the public will not be allowed into the building due to frequent activation of fire alarmsThe County apologizes for any inconvenience.

Great Western Specialties began replacing the fire panel and all smoke, heat sensors and other devices Feb. 5 at Mesa Public Library.

The crew is working the overnight hours 9 p.m. through 9 a.m. today.

La Cueva Teen Released From Hospital

on February 9, 2018 - 8:24am

Wyatt Taylor, 14, is happy to be back in his signature jeans and boots after 52 days in the hospital. Courtesy photo

 

La Cueva teenager Wyatt Taylor lifts a bale of hay to feed his family's animals. He had been concerned that he wouldn't be able to lift bales after being in the hospital for almost two months but was happy to find out he could do it with no trouble at all. Courtesy photo

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

After 52 days in the hospital, 14-year-old Wyatt Taylor of La Cueva is at home in his beloved Jemez Mountains.

House Committee Endorses Bill To Expand Scholarship Benefits For Children Of Firefighters & Police Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty

on February 7, 2018 - 4:36am
Rep. Tim Lewis
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — The House Education Committee unanimously approved Jan. 30 House Bill 55, legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Rio Rancho) to increase scholarship benefits for children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. 
 
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Bill O’Neill (D-Albuquerque). 
 
HB 55 expands the benefits currently available to eligible survivors to include room and board support for students as well as assistance paying for books and supplies.

County Council Reviews Strategic Leadership Plan

on January 25, 2018 - 9:29am

Accreditation Manager and Senior Management Analyst Norma Jean Valdez of the Los Alamos Fire Department leads a discussion on the Strategic Leadership Plan during a special meeting Tuesday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Los Alamos County Council took stock of progress made on the priorities and goals in the Strategic Leadership Plan during a special meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers.

 

Additionally, council members discussed making possible changes to the priorities and goals outlined in

La Cueva Teen’s Accident Draws Nationwide Response

on January 25, 2018 - 9:24am

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Junior firefighter Wyatt Taylor, 14, working his first wildland fire last November. Wyatt was seriously injured in an ATV accident in December. Courtesy photo

 

Wyatt Taylor with close family friends Danny and Shelley Quartieri during a visit to Wyatt's hospital room. Courtesy photo

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

A 14-year-old La Cueva teen has attracted the attention, affection and support of people from across the nation and the world since a tragic accident Dec. 17, which left him facing multiple surgeries and months of hospitalization.

Cuba Ranger District Chaparral Piles Burn Today

on January 25, 2018 - 7:56am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
The La Jara prescribed burn could start sometime before March 30.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. On a date still to be determined, crews expect to complete up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles. 
 
The Chaparral piles

Fallen Tree Causes Small Fire On West Road

on January 22, 2018 - 5:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a small fire at around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on West Road, which burned about a 10th of an acre. The fire was caused by a tree that fell on a powerline. Pajarito Mountain Ski Area experienced a power outage as a result of the fallen tree and about a dozen skiers were evacuated from a lift. Deputy Chief Steve DeWald said having a grass fire in January is quite unusual but that the area is more susceptible to these types of incidents due to lack of moisture.

Fabian Lepsch Tours Fire Station 4

on January 17, 2018 - 11:24am

Fabian Lepsch, 2, of Los Alamos and his grandmother had a fantastic visit Monday at Firestation 4. After meeting the fire station chief he was lead on a tour through the station by firefighters Allen and Josh. Both firefighters were extremely knowledgeable and helpful in showing Fabian how fire engines work and what they do. They placed Fabian in the driver seat and he seemed amazed. They introduced Fabian to the large firetruck, the grass firetruck and the ambulance. They told Fabian that they were both firefighters and that Allen is a Paramedic and Josh is an EMT.

Cuba Ranger District Plans La Jara & Chaparral Piles Prescribed Burns

on January 17, 2018 - 6:59am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on the La Jara piles and Chaparral piles sometime between Jan. 22 and March 30 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles and up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. 
 
The La Jara piles area is located east of the community of La Jara.

John McHale Receives Spirit Of The West Award

on January 15, 2018 - 11:24am

Los Alamos Daily Post photographer John McHale receives the Spirit of the West Award at the Community Assets Awards Gala Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Daily Post photographer John McHale received the Spirit of the West Award Saturday evening at the Community Assets Awards annual gala at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Thirty eight other people also were recognized for working to make Los Alamos or the state a little better through their efforts.

The Spirit of the

Jemez Ranger District Begins Joaquin Prescribed Burn

on January 8, 2018 - 5:10pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on the Joaquin fuelwood unit Thursday, Jan. 11 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 90-acres of the 115-acre area.

LAFD Responds To Light Fixture Incident At TA-55

on January 4, 2018 - 7:21am

Staff Report

The National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) has confirmed reports that the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a minor incident involving a light fixture at a Los Alamos National Laboratory support building at TA-55.

“At about 10 a.m. Nov. 30, 2017, a light fixture in the PF-314 building – a non-nuclear, non-radiological support warehouse – failed,” an NNSA spokesperson said.  “An employee responded by pulling a fire alarm and turning off the light switch.”

LAFD responded and found a small carbon mark on the light fixture but no other indications of a fire in the

SFNF: Gallinas Rx Monitoring Continues

on January 3, 2018 - 12:44pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn continues at this time through January. Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) crews continue to monitor treated units while engaging residual fires within the burn perimeter of the watershed. 
 
Small pockets within the project area continue to burn at variable intensity with smoke visible from Mineral Hill, Gallinas, Romeroville, El Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas, and I-25.  
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las

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