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Breaking News: No Injuries as Wind Damages Barranca Elementary Roof

on May 22, 2013 - 2:06pm

BREAKING News:

Early reports indicate that severe wind damaged a portion of the roof in the 200 wing at Barranca Mesa Elementary School a short time ago.

There have been no injuries reported. Emergency responders are on scene as is Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

The Family YMCA After School Program has been canceled for today.

Check back for more details and photos from this developing story.

Roof damaged from wind today at Barranca Mesa Elementary School - no injuries reported. Courtesy/Gene Schmidt

A window was shattered on this car in the parking lot at Barranca Mesa Elementary

One Injury Reported in Three Car Accident on Truck Route

on May 15, 2013 - 4:18pm
Two of the three cars involved in today's truck route accident. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

At approximately 2:45 p.m. today, three cars were involved in a traffic collision on the truck route across from the Los Alamos National Laboratory shooting range. 

Nichole Stafford, driver of a white Altima sedan reported to the Los Alamos Daily Post that she was heading east bound on the truck route when a car in front of her was preparing to turn left into the area of the shooting range.

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County Cautions of Extreme Wildfire Threat

on May 14, 2013 - 7:44pm

COUNTY News:

Extremely dangerous fire conditions exist throughout the area and the Community is urged to take immediate notice!

Monday afternoon Los Alamos County Fire Department responded to reports of a small fire in Pueblo Canyon along North Road. The fire was quickly contained; however, LAFD believes the fire was manmade based on eyewitness reports and evidence at the scene.

A group of teens was seen in the area prior to the start of the fire and LAFD believes they may have been involved.

Several similar incidents that have occurred in the last three months have LAFD greatly

Dozen LAFD Employees Earn AAS Fire Science Degrees From UNM-LA

on May 14, 2013 - 10:58am

Twelve Los Alamos County Fire Department employees recently earned AAS degrees in Fire Science from UNM-LA including Christopher Bartlett, Colorado Cordova, Gerard Coriz, Jaden Eads, Kevin Kamplain, Aaron McNiff, Colin O’Connell, Allen Quintana, Jeff Saiz, Ben Stone, Glenn Trehern (not picture) and Jeffrey Wetteland. Pictured with the graduates is LAFD Capt. Joseph Candelaria who heads the Fire Science program at UNM-LA. Courtesy/LAC

Forest & VCNP Enter Stage I Fire Restrictions Tuesday

on May 13, 2013 - 9:33am

Smokey Bear. Courtesy/SFNS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.

 

The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

 

ALERT: Los Alamos County Moves Under Stage I Fire Restrictions

on May 9, 2013 - 10:04am

COUNTY News:

Effective immediately, and in concert with the New Mexico Forestry Division, Los Alamos County is under Stage I Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1 below)
  • 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.

Stage I Exemptions:

  • Developed

Non Life Threatening Crash on Truck Route Monday

on May 7, 2013 - 10:31am
Non life threatening injuries were sustained by a driver during a two vehicle crash at the bottom of the truck route near N.M. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com


One of two vehicles involved in Monday's crash on the truck route. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com


One of the two cars involved in Monday's crash. Damage can be seen in the back bumper area. The driver of this car was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center with non life threating injuries. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Arson Awareness Week: Residential Arson

on May 6, 2013 - 10:21am

LAFD News:

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has designated Reducing Residential Arson as the theme for the 2013 Arson Awareness Week, running May 5-11.

USFA is working with federal and private sector partners to arm residents and property managers with tools to reduce the likelihood and effects of arson (PDF, 3 Mb.)

“According to the USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) during 2008-2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occurred annually in the United States.

Wildfire Danger Faced by Residents of New Mexico and Arizona

on May 2, 2013 - 10:47am
Courtesy/SFI
 
Courtesy/SFI
 
SFI News:
 
Just released maps regarding the wildfire outlook in New Mexico and Arizona speak loud and clear that this is a dangerous time of the year.
 
State Farm Insurance has issued the following safety tips and a video showing the impact that mitigation measures can have- from Last year’s Colorado fire.
 
Safety Tips:

Plan Ahead

Good wildfire planning begins long before a fire occurs. Help ensure your family’s safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home.

Los Alamos Firefighters Cook For Auction Winners

on April 25, 2013 - 12:43pm

Members of the Los Alamos Daily Post news team join Los Alamos Firefighters at Station 3 in White Rock for a lasagna dinner Wednesday. The news team from left, Bonnie Gordon, Greg Kendall, Karen Kendall and Kirsten Laskey together with Zia Realty Group owner James Chrobocinski and his family Jacqueline and JJ, successfully bid on the dinner during the Rotary Club's Crab Fest fundraiser in February. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

JJ Chrobocinski, 6. chats with AFF Local 3279 Vice President Danny Archuleta. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

JJ Chrobocinski, 6, with his mom

What is the Red Flag Warning Program and What Does It Mean?

on April 11, 2013 - 7:25am

COUNTY News:

WHAT IS A RED FLAG WARNING?

A Red Flag Warning is issued by National Weather Service (NWS) to call attention to critical weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior.

Critical weather conditions include: sustained winds, low relative humidity, high temperatures and high fire danger. A combination of any of these conditions must occur simultaneously for three or more hours across any portion of a fire weather zone.

WHEN AND WHY IS THE RED FLAG FLYING AT CARSON NATIONAL FOREST AND OTHER AGENCIES OFFICES?

A red flag will be flown only when the NWS has issued a

LANL: Protecting Lab Land and the Creatures That Inhabit It

on April 3, 2013 - 11:10am

Mexican Spotted Owls live on Lab property. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL Connections from the Community Programs Office:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory must protect areas where threatened and endangered species nest each spring.

As a result, fire mitigation work with heavy equipment stopped March 1, and the ban may not be lifted until May 15.

If wildlife surveys indicate sensitive species in canyons and adjacent areas, restrictions could remain in effect through Aug. 31.

While Lab property is home to the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, of more concern is the Mexican Spotted Owl, which is more

Vote Today to Help Local Couple Win Dream Wedding

on April 3, 2013 - 10:55am
Local couple Chris Rondeau and Jeanette Trujillo are vying to win a New Mexico dream wedding while raising money for UNM Children's Hospital. Courtesy photo
 
Staff report

Go online today to vote for Los Alamos’ contestants in New Mexico Dream Wedding, Jeanette Trujillo and Chris Rondeau, a fund raising event for UNM Children's Hospital. Voting ends at midnight today.

Visit http://www.nmdreamwedding.com/dream-weddings/2013/2013meet-the-five-finalists/2013-couple3 to vote and help the couple win a dream wedding.

The winner of the $50,000 Dream Wedding will be announced at 7 p.m.

Smokey the Bear Visits Wildfire 2013 Event at Fuller Lodge

on March 31, 2013 - 8:28am

Smokey the Bear greets guests at the Wildfire 2013 event at Fuller Lodgen Saturday. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Community members turned out for Saturday's Wildfire 2013 event at Fuller Lodge.

The Los Alamos Fire Department sponsored the annual event in partnership with several local agencies including the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Interagency Wildfire Management Team and National Weather Service.

The purpose of the event was to educate the

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Arson Investigators Delve into Shed Fire in White Rock

on March 31, 2013 - 8:13am

Los Alamos Firefighters responded to a shed fire at a home on Carlsbad in White Rock Saturday. Arson investigators were called in to determine the cause of the suspicious fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Breaking News: Gas Leak at Piedra Loop and Sherwood

on March 18, 2013 - 11:51am

Crews are in the process of repairing a ruptured gas line at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Contractors and Los Alamos County staff were digging at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock when a gas main was ruptured and police and fire department staff were called to the scene.

The situation has been contained. Firefighters with the Los Alamos Fire Department are standing by in case of emergency, but at this time the gas has not ignited.

The intersection is currently closed.

The Los Alamos Police

Los Alamos Firefighters Go Bald For Charity

on March 17, 2013 - 2:00pm

'Mark Prado SalonSpa' Stylist Francesca LaRosa begins the first of what will be 36 head shavings Saturday at Los Alamos Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Local Firefighters, children and a local reporter participated in what will become an annual event to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation to help fight childhood cancers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Charlie Grider, 6, and Luke Johnson, 3, have their heads shaved for the St. Baldrick's event Saturday morning at Station # 3 in White Rock. Luke's father, Capt. Tim Johnson supervises the work to his son's head.
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Wildfire 2013 Event Set for March 30

on March 17, 2013 - 7:31am

COUNTY News:

As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2013” set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service;
  • U.S. Forest Service;
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve;
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory;
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management;
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team; and
  • National Weather Service.

Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand to greet children. Other displays and

County Officials Cook for Winning Firefighters

on March 14, 2013 - 2:27pm

Lunching today on meatballs over polenta in red sauce, from left, Los Alamos County Deputy Administrator Brian Bosshardt, Firefighter Robert Fuselier, Fire Cadet Nick Bever, County Environmental Specialist Tom Nagawiecki, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Capt. James Pepe, Firefighter Sean Henry, Firefighter Michael Lewis and County Administrator Harry Burgess. Bosshardt prepared the meal, assisted by Burgess as a way to reward the firefighters at Station 4 on Diamond Drive near the golf course for being the top energy savers in the County's Energy Conservation Competition over the last six months. 
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Los Alamos County Fire Stations Significantly Reduce Energy Usage as a Result of Energy Conservation Competition

on March 12, 2013 - 9:20am

Los Alamos Fire Department Flyer: An example of one of the fliers posted in the participating fire stations to promote energy conservation. Courtesy/LAC

Fire Energy Competition Scoreboard: The scoreboard that was posted in each fire house, from early in the competition. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

After a six-month fire department energy conservation competition that approached the heat and intensity of a five-alarm fire the winner is ... Fire Station 4!

Fire Station 4 on Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos County Golf Course, reduced its electricity usage an average of 30 percent per month.

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Local Firefighters Shave Heads to Fight Childhood Cancer

on March 8, 2013 - 6:35am

St. Baldrick's head-shaving events have raised more than $11 million so far in 2013. Courtesy photo

Staff report

The Los Alamos Fire Department is hosting a head-shaving event to benefit childhood cancer research through the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

The head-shaving event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at White Rock Fire Station 3 on N.M. 4.

Fifteen firefighters including Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider have signed up to be shaved.

Los Alamos Firefighter and Team LAFD Treasurer James Thwaits told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has not been cutting his hair in

Los Alamos Fire Department 'Rescues' Trash in Canyon

on March 7, 2013 - 12:27pm
Seizing a training opportunity, the Los Alamos County Fire Department trained cadets to repel over the edge of White Rock Canyon at Overlook Park Wednesday to collect trash dumped into the canyon illegally. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire cadets prepare climbing gear to repel into White Rock Canyon Wednesday. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

While on a recent trek around White Rock, Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess spotted a large amount of trash and debris dumped illegally into White Rock Canyon.

Burgess is an

Council Approves Fire Administration Move to 999 Central

on March 5, 2013 - 9:29pm

Fire Chief Troy Hughes answers Council Council questions about the new lease. Print Screen Photo

Staff report

County Council approved a new lease for Los Alamos County Fire Administration at 999 Central Ave. effective May 1.

Councilor Rick Reiss recused himself due to being a party to the lease. The Fire Department has been at its current location in the TRK Building (195 East Road) since 1994.

Reiss is the managing member and has a 25 percent ownership interest in 999 Central Ave.

Both the County Procurement Code and the New Mexico Governmental Conduct Act recognize that conflicts of

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Demolition Underway at New Beginnings Church

on March 3, 2013 - 7:43am
Demolition crews were tearing down the fire damaged New Beginnings Fellowship Chapel at 112 East Road Friday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff report

A morning fire destroyed the chapel of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church at 112 East Road in Los Alamos last July 4. 

The blaze left a burned out shell of a building. One firefighter was injured battling the flames that had traveled up into the building's rafters.

There were unusual circumstances surrounding the fire and a state fire marshal was called in to investigate the cause. 

Last August, the fire was ruled "electrical

Udall: NM to Receive $7.2 Million Reimbursement for Fire Fighting Efforts

on February 26, 2013 - 3:29pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $7.2 million to New Mexico for the state’s recent fire suppression efforts in the 2011 Track and Donaldson fires.
 
“As New Mexico faces this ongoing drought, we are preparing for another potentially dangerous fire season,” Udall said. “These federal grants are critical in ensuring that our state has the resources it needs to combat the wildfires that threaten our homes and ways of life.”
 
The Forestry Division of the New Mexico

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