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Letter to the Editor: Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner Means So Much

on December 16, 2013 - 9:39am

Los Alamos Police Department

Los Alamos is a great community. To be able to serve as a police officer or firefighter in Los Alamos, for me, is very rewarding. 

This past Saturday, my wife and I attended the annual appreciation dinner held in honor of the Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments. This event is hosted by members of the community every year as a way to show support and appreciation toward public servants.

The event, as always, was very well organized and had great food. There were treats and presents given to family members to show the Christmas Spirit.

Iowa Radio Station Reports Identity of Los Alamos Plane Crash Victims

on December 10, 2013 - 10:49am
Staff Report:

Burrs and the pilot, Mike Fjetland of Harmony, Minn., left the Algona Airport in Iowa last week on a vacation.

Fjetland also died in the crash, according to news reports.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on scene today looking for evidence.

NTSB Collecting Evidence at Scene of Los Alamos Plane Crash

on December 10, 2013 - 10:35am

Los Alamos Firefighters at crash site Dec. 8. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report:

The Public Information Officer for the National Transportation Safety Board responded to a request for information this morning from the Los Alamos Daily Post about the single engine plane, which crashed early Sunday near the Los Alamos County Airport.

"(An) Investigator is at the scene looking for perishable evidence such as cellphones and GPS devices and collecting facts and evidence," Eric Weiss said. "There will be no finding of probable cause during this early phase of the investigation."

Eyewitness Recalls Moments Before Los Alamos Plane Crash

on December 8, 2013 - 1:22pm

Scene of this morning's plane crash in Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Firefighters survey this morning's plane crash site. Photo by Greg Kendall/

UPDATE: The County just released a statement saying The Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) has completed its investigation at the site of the single engine plane crash that occurred at approximately 8:10 a.m. today on Canyon Rim Trail just south of the Los Alamos Airport. The OMI findings have not yet been released.


Los Alamos Daily Post

Driving east past the airport heading for coffee

Breaking News: Plane Crashes South of Los Alamos Canyon

on December 8, 2013 - 10:10am

Los Alamos County Firefighters examine the remains of a small plane that crashed in lower Los Alamos Canyon this morning. The identification and number of victims is unknown at this time. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Fire units staged along Canyon Rim Trail this morning above the crash site across from Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Breaking News:

Los Alamos Daily Post
A plane crashed this morning in Los Alamos Canyon south of Los Alamos County Airport. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post a

ALERT: Accident - Traffic at Standstill on Truck Route

on December 7, 2013 - 6:25pm


A 3-vehicle accident on the truck route has brought traffic to a standstill at 6:20 p.m. today. 

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS has transpoted four patients to Los Alamos Medical Center.

Los Alamos police have shut down the truck route - motorists should seek alternate routes to allow emergency responders to attend to their work at the scene.

Deputy Chief Justin Grider urges motorists to drive with extreme caution.

"The roads are very slick ... please drive carefully and if you don't absolutely need to be out on the roads tonight then please stay home and stay safe,"

Two Car Accident Thursday on Sherwood at N.M 4

on December 6, 2013 - 12:12pm

Los Alamos Firefighters respond to a two-vehicle accident with minor injuries at 5:41 p.m. Thursday on Sherwood Boulevard near N.M 4 in White Rock. Citations are pending investigation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Fire Managers Stop Ignitions on Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn

on December 4, 2013 - 8:37pm


SFNF News:

Fire managers from the Santa Fe National Forest Fire stopped ignitions for today at 1 p.m. on the Santa Fe Watershed pile prescribed burn.

Thirty-five acres of slash piles were completed with prescribed fire. There will be no additional burning in the area for the rest of the week. Residual smoke will be visible for a few days. 

Through the night and tomorrow, fire managers will monitor today’s burning activities. Tonight, flames / fire will be visible from the burn area, which is located one mile east of Hyde Park Estates. This is expected, please don’t be

Prescribed Burn Planned for Santa Fe Watershed

on November 21, 2013 - 7:14am

USFS News:

SANTA FEBeginning Dec. 2 through Jan. 31, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will look for suitable conditions to conduct a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. 

Through hand ignition firefighters will incrementally burn 115 acres of slash piles located two to six miles east/northeast of Santa Fe, in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels.  

The start date and duration of the burn is subject to change depending on favorable burning conditions. Check or follow the Santa Fe National Forest  on Twitter (SantafeNF) to

Scientists Nearing Forecasts of Long-Lived Wildfires

on November 14, 2013 - 9:17am

Wildfires can be seen in much different detail, depending which satellite instrument is used to observe them. The image at left, produced from data generated by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite, uses 1-kilometer pixels to approximate a fire burning in Brazil from March 26 to 30, 2013. The image at right, produced with data from the new VIIRS instrument, shows the same fire in far greater detail with 375-meter pixels. Images by Wilfrid Schroeder/University of Maryland

AGU News:

Washington, D.C.

Living With Fire in NNM Workshop Nov. 16

on November 2, 2013 - 6:43am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE–The Santa Fe National Forest is teaming up with a group of partners to host a free interactive workshop about living with fire in northern New Mexico 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.16 in the Jemez Rooms of Santa Fe Community College.

Participants will learn about the ecology of forests and fire in northern New Mexico; current conditions in our forests and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) communities; as well as how land managers apply science to reduce fire risk and create more resilient forests. 

Community members and homeowners will gain valuable information on how to


Santa Fe National Forest Prescribed Burns Next Week

on October 26, 2013 - 6:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Starting Monday, Oct. 28, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct several prescribed fires across the forest to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce overcrowding of vegetation. 

Through hand ignition firefighters will burn slash piles and conduct broadcast burns (burning surface fuels in a mosaic pattern). The start dates and duration of the burns are subject to change depending on favorable burning conditions. Smoke could possibly settle into drainages and valley bottoms at night but should lift by mid-morning. 


Forest Prescribed Burns Announced

on October 22, 2013 - 7:59am

U.S. Forest Service News:
SANTA FE—Fall provides good prescribed burning conditions—warm days, cool nights and good ventilation for smoke. Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to use this time to conduct several prescribed fires across the forest over the next few weeks to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce overcrowding of vegetation.
The start dates and duration of the burns are subject to change depending on favorable conditions.

Los Alamos Firefighters Rescue Unconcious Man

on October 21, 2013 - 11:54am

Photo by Donnie Torres/LAGC


Los Alamos Daily Post

Sunday marked the third time in the last two weeks that the Los Alamos Fire Department's B Shift Technical Rescue Team (TRT) has rescued people and animals in life threatening situations.

Sunday's incident involved a 62-year-old man who had been riding a motorcycle north of Guaje Pines Cemetery.

"A hiker called 9-1-1 at 2:15 p.m. after coming upon the man laying unconcious on the ground," Acting Fire Chief Glenn Treyhern told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning.

Los Alamos Golf Course Serves as Extraction Site for Injured Biker

on October 21, 2013 - 9:13am
A rescue helicopter landed at the Los Alamos Golf Course Sunday afternoon, as it was the closest extraction site for a man injured in a motorcycle accident north of Gauje Pines Cemetery. The helicopter landed on the driving range and remained for about an hour. Once Los Alamos Firefighters rescued the man, they transported him to the golf course and air lifted him to St. Vincent's in Santa Fe. "This was the first time the golf course has been used as an extraction point in all the years that I've been here ... we were glad to help," golf pro Donnie Torres said.

Help Los Alamos Firefighters Fight for a Cure

on October 18, 2013 - 8:18am

Local firefighters in 'fighting for a cure' t-shirts during last Sunday's rescue operation in White Rock Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD News:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Los Alamos Firefighters are fighting for a cure.

This year, the International Association of Firefighters Local #3279, also known as the Los Alamos Firefighters’ Association, with the support of the Los Alamos County Fire Department will be selling breast cancer awareness t-shirts to donate to the New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque.

IAFF Local #3279 will donate 100 percent of

Letter to the Editor: Los Alamos Firefighters Commended for Skill and Dedication

on October 16, 2013 - 7:33am
By JoAnn Johnson
Los Alamos
I would like to express my appreciation and admiration of our Los Alamos Fire Department.
The fact that our firefighters were able to contain the recent fire at the North Mesa Stables to one barn and not allow it to spread throughout the entire stable area is incredible.
Coming soon after that fire, the firefighters' rescue of the girl who fell into White Rock Canyon is another example of their skill and dedication. This community is very fortunate to have such exceptional firefighters protecting our families and our property.

Breaking News: Los Alamos Firefighters Rescue Teen From 100-Foot Fall into White Rock Canyon

on October 13, 2013 - 10:13pm

High angle rescue experts from the Los Alamos Fire Department lift a 15-year-old Los Alamos girl up from a 100-foot fall into White Rock Canyon today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rescuers carry the girl to an awaiting ambulance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

A 15-year-old Los Alamos girl was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital with unknown injuries today after falling 100 feet into White Rock Canyon.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes did confirm that the girl was able to communicate with her rescuers.

"She fell in a difficult

Chimney Sweep Spotted in Eastern Area

on October 13, 2013 - 11:16am

A chimney sweep was spotted on a rooftop in the Eastern Area Saturday clearing away a buildup of ash and soot. The chimney uses the pressure difference caused by a hot column of gas to create a draught and draw air over the hot coals or wood in the fire below, enabling continued combustion. During normal operation, a layer of creosote builds up on the inside of the chimney, restricting the flow. The creosote can also catch fire, setting the chimney and the home or building alight. The chimney must be swept to remove the soot to avoid potential disaster. Source: wikipedia. Photo by Bonnie J.

Electrical Short Sparked Barn Blaze

on October 11, 2013 - 1:07pm

The aftermath of the barn that burned down Tuesday night at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Leland Lehman/
An electrical short inside Lisa and Garth Reader's barn at the North Mesa Stables is blamed for a massive fire that destroyed the entire structure late Tuesday night. The fire also killed one of the Reader's beloved horses, which they had owned for nearly 20 years.
"Our investigation concludes that the fire started in the barn from an electrical short," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said. "It occurred somewhere between a small refrigerator

Barn Burns Down at North Mesa Stables Overnight

on October 9, 2013 - 11:06am
Lisa and Garth Reader's barn at the North Mesa Stables as it burned late Tuesday night. Photo by Dee McCoy
The aftermath of the barn that burned down overnight at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A large barn burned to the ground Tuesday night at the North Mesa Stables. The blaze killed one of five horses housed at the barn owned by longtime Los Alamos residents Lisa and Garth Reader. 

"We've had Sparky (Sparkling Moonshine) for nearly 20 years," Lisa Reader told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning.

Council Approves Cooperative Fire Services Agreement With NNSA

on September 27, 2013 - 1:24pm

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes brief Council on a 10-year cooperative agreement between LAFD and NNSA for fire services to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Following the briefing, Council approved the agreement and voted 7-0 to authorize County Administrator Harry Burgess to sign acceptance of the 10-year financial assistance award from NNSA for a cooperative agreement to provide fire services for the protection of LANL and Los Alamos County with a County cost share not to exceed $59.3 million for the 10-year period. Photo by Carol A.

Council Proclaims Oct. 6-12 'Fire Prevention Week'

on September 27, 2013 - 12:36pm

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson accepts a proclamation from Councilor Fran Berting on behalf of the Council marking Oct. 6-12 as 'Fire Prevention Week.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson at the podium as Councilor Fran Berting reads the proclamation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Free Guided Trips to Southwest Jemez Mountains

on September 22, 2013 - 7:29am


SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest will be hosting several free field trips for the public to learn about restoration efforts planned for the Southwest Jemez Mountains.

Oct. 11 and 12, three field trips will be scheduled each day. Choose from a full day or a half day trip. The group will travel to various locations in the forest and hear from the specialists who are engaged in managing this intricate and complex landscape.

Each day, there will be one all day trip and two half day trips.

Prescribed Burns Planned on Santa Fe National Forest

on September 21, 2013 - 10:12am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest is planning a prescribed fire on the Coyote Ranger District within the next seven days.

The Mesa Camino burn may start as early as tomorrow (Sunday.) If conditions don’t allow that burn to be successful, they may burn in the Gallina area instead. Planned benefits from these burns: reduce hazardous fuels, break up continuous fuels, prepare the land for new growth, help plants and trees to grow healthier, improve wildlife habitat.

Smoke will be monitored and the Forest Service will comply with New Mexico air quality regulations.