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Scenes From Pajarito Cliffs Crime Site

on February 17, 2018 - 5:47pm

Los Alamos Police Officers and law enforcement officials from neighboring agencies pursued this vehicle to Espanola early Saturday morning. The two tires reportedly came off the rims shortly after the vehicle headed out of Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Department Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero looks on as New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields uses a three dimension camera to map the crime scene this afternoon outside Building 4 at the Pajarito Cliffs Site. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields

New Mexico State Police Investigate Los Alamos Police Department Shooting

on February 17, 2018 - 5:46pm
NMSP News:
 
Early this morning, February 17, 2018, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) were involved in a police shooting. The New Mexico State Police was asked to investigate this shooting.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed that the LAPD has been investigating numerous burglaries at the Pajarito Cliffs Site (PCS) county buildings, located at 1001 Camino Entrada, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. LAPD officers were conducting surveillance outside these buildings due to the burglaries.
 
Around 3:30 a.m.

FBI, Navajo Nation Seek Help Identifying Body Found In Shiprock Fire

on February 17, 2018 - 5:22pm
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are seeking to identify a body found in a burned trailer in Shiprock, New Mexico.
 
The fire on Mesa Farm Road 4th Lane South was reported early Thursday morning, Feb. 8. The body of an unknown male was discovered inside the trailer.
 
The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Anyone with information on the victim’s identity is asked to contact the FBI at 505.889.1300.
 
The San Juan County Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.

Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on February 17, 2018 - 5:08pm

NNSA News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to install a permanent fire break across the canyon bottom, which includes approximately 300 feet of the 100-year floodplain.
 
The proposed work will occur in Portrillo Canyon in Technical Area (TA) 36. The purpose of this work is to further reduce wildfire risk in upper Potrillo Canyon from the Lower Slobbovia firing site operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental

LAPD Releases Details Of Officer-Involved Shooting

on February 17, 2018 - 2:41pm

LAPD News:

 

Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department were involved in an overnight shooting that occurred around 3:45 a.m. Saturday, LAPD Cmdr. Preston announced this afternoon. No officers were injured in the incident.

The officers were investigating suspicious circumstances at a Los Alamos County facility located at the Pajarito Cliffs site, Ballew said.

“During this investigation shots were fired by police and a pursuit ensued out of Los Alamos County and into the Espanola/Rio Arriba County area,” Ballew said.

News Alert: Officer Involved Shooting In Los Alamos

on February 17, 2018 - 10:58am

News Alert:

An officer involved shooting occurred this morning in Los Alamos. No injuries have been reported at this time.

New Mexico State Police have been called in to investigate. Details on what led up to the shooting have not yet been released.

Check back for more on this developing story.

 

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

DEA Creates New Resource To Help Distributors Avoid Oversupplying Opioids

on February 17, 2018 - 7:50am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has launched a new tool to assist drug manufacturers and distributors with their regulatory obligations under the Controlled Substances Act.
 
This new resource is an example of the many ways DEA is working collaboratively with its 1.73 million registrants to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States.
 
DEA added a new feature to its ARCOS Online Reporting System, a comprehensive drug reporting system that monitors the flow of controlled substances from their point of manufacture through commercial

NMED Secretary Tongate And AG Balderas On Lawsuits Against Gold King Mine Contractor Ruling

on February 17, 2018 - 7:43am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Wednesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Butch Tongate released a joint statement regarding a federal judge’s ruling that lawsuits filed by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor will proceed:
 
“We are pleased that our lawsuit against EPA's contractor, Environmental Restoration LLC, will proceed, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navajo Nation to recoup the damages done to our environment, cultural sites, and our economy.”

J & L Storage Units Burglarized

on February 17, 2018 - 6:27am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thieves broke into several storage units sometime overnight Wednesday at the J & L Storage facility behind the old McDonald's on Trinity Drive.

Owner John Courtright said locks were cut on the units but they were not otherwise damaged and that all but one door was closed before the thieves left.

Courtright said two of his own units were struck and that the majority of those broken into were hidden from street view.

Security Tightens At Pajarito Cliffs Site

on February 16, 2018 - 8:19pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Representatives of Los Alamos County Departments housed at the Pajarito Cliffs Site east of the airport met Wednesday with Los Alamos Police Department officials to discuss ways to improve security at County facilities located there.

County Manager Harry Burgess told the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday that new security measures have already been introduced and others are in the works in response to recent burglaries at County facilities and the theft of a truck last week.

First Graders Write Letters To LAPD Officers

on February 16, 2018 - 10:29am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross receives a stack of thank you letters from Barranca Mesa Elementary School first grade teacher Catherine Cloran. Cloran's class was recently taken on a tour of the police station by Ross and Cpl. James Keane. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Cold Versus Flu: Questions & Answers

on February 16, 2018 - 10:27am

CDC News:

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu.

People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

Indoor Safety During Winter Storms

on February 16, 2018 - 10:22am

CDC News:

When using a wood stove, fireplace or space heater during the winter months, be extremely careful.

Heat Homes Safely

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.

Flu Activity Still Rising In New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:13am

NMDOH News:

Seasonal flu activity remains high in both our state and nationwide.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico.

NMDOH reports 28 flu-related deaths and 100 pneumonia related deaths in adults so far in the 2017-2018 flu season.

Flu-related hospitalizations, especially in those aged 65 and older, continue to steadily increase.since October, the department has investigated 27-flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, a number that is already more than the number of outbreaks

Legacy Clean Up Contractor N3B Visits Daily Post

on February 15, 2018 - 12:06pm

Charity Meinhart, right, with public affairs and communications at N3B, the new legacy clean up contractor for the Department of Energy, visited the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning to meet the news team including Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon pictured here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Hugh Rich Enters Los Alamos County Sheriff Race

on February 15, 2018 - 11:39am
Hugh Rich announces bid for sheriff. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Hugh Rich stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post Wednesday to announce that he is running for Los Alamos County Sheriff.

Rich, a registered Republican, works at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has worked in computer security at LANL for eight years and recently moved to the Chief Information Office. He has more than 20 years of experience in system administration and computer security.

Rich served as a police officer for the Los Alamos Police

Traffic Stop Nets Charges For Abiquiu Man

on February 15, 2018 - 8:33am

LAPD News:

Jeremy Lovato, 23, of Abiquiu was charged with possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, driving while license suspended, improper display of registration plate, no insurance and improper display of registration plate following a Feb. 12 traffic stop by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto.

Court documents indicate that Nieto ran the license plate number on a pick-up truck driven by Lovato and discovered that the registration was suspended. Lovato proceeded to turn off the road into a driveway on 38th Street but soon backed out onto the street.

Bipartisan Public Safety Package Clears Another Hurdle

on February 15, 2018 - 12:32am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE The bipartisan public safety package that passed the House with overwhelming support passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support today and will move to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
 
The package includes bills sponsored by Representatives Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), David E.

SFCSO Alert: Area Residents May Hear LANL Tests

on February 14, 2018 - 10:59am

News Alert:

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office just issued an advisory notice that Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting explosive tests 1-3 p.m. today.

Area residents may hear those tests.

United States Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Combatting Violence Against Native Women

on February 14, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, cohosted a listening session on combatting violence against Native women.
 
In the listening session, Udall sought input from Tribes on implementing and improving the landmark legislation that amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to restore Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on Tribal lands.
 
"Thank you for your work and advocacy on these important issues.

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.

BLM: Revision To Methane Waste Prevention Rule

on February 14, 2018 - 7:19am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As part of President Trump’s Executive Order 13783 promoting energy independence [Section 7 (6)(iv)] from March 28, 2017, to review and modify federal regulations that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and energy development, the Bureau of Land Management today announced a proposal to revise the 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the venting and flaring rule).  
 
The proposed rule would eliminate duplicative regulatory requirements and re-establish long-standing requirements that the 2016 final rule sought to replace.

Wilhelm Arrested On Probation Violation, New Charges

on February 14, 2018 - 7:17am

A Los Alamos police detective enters the Orange Street residence of Krista Wilhelm Jan. 24 during the execution of a search warrant. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

The Los Alamos Police Department crime scene unit parked Jan. 24 near the Orange Street residence of Krista Wilhelm. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Krista Wilhelm, 33, of Los Alamos is back in jail on charges in two new cases just weeks after she was given supervised probation in three prior Los Alamos Magistrate Court cases.

Under a plea

Road Rage Case Remains Unsolved

on February 14, 2018 - 7:16am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for a white Jeep Wrangler involved in a Feb. 1 road rage incident in which 40-year-old Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was shot in the head while traveling home from Los Alamos to Santa Fe on N.M. 502 between the N.M. 30 turn off for Espanola and Pojoaque High School.

SFCSO Public Relations Officer Juan Rios said despite extensive publicity on the incident, the driver involved has not been identified.

“We have had some calls but so far nothing has panned out.

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