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Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 24 To July 30, 2019

on August 4, 2019 - 1:44pm

LAPD News:

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.

JOHNATHAN NATHANIEL LOPEZ

July 24 at 11:05 p.m. / Police arrested Jonathan Nathaniel Lopez, 19, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and Club Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

TERRANCE H. STECK

July 25 at 5:35 a.m. / Police arrested Terrance H. Steck, 33, of Los Alamos at 505 Oppenheimer Dr. on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

DANIELLE ROHA

July

More Scenes From Diamond Drive Paving Project

on August 4, 2019 - 9:13am

Scene Friday near Diamond Drive and Trinity with Star Paving working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before high school begins Aug. 14. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Friday near Diamond Drive and Trinity with Star Paving working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Friday near Diamond Drive and Trinity with Star Paving working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface. Photo by Carol A.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections

on August 4, 2019 - 6:59am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined House and Senate Democrats in unveiling a resolution that would roll back the “1332 waiver” rule, which is another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans’ health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protections the administration is trying to eliminate. 
 
The Trump administration rule, if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans that don’t fully protect people with

American Red Cross Response To El Paso Tragedy

on August 3, 2019 - 9:50pm

From the American Red Cross:

EL PASO – At this time our team is on the ground, focused on supporting the community, and will not be providing interviews related to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

Our hearts go out to all those who are affected by the tragic shooting in El Paso, Texas. The Red Cross is working in close coordination with emergency officials to provide comfort and support now. The Red Cross is supporting the family assistance center and mobilizing mental health volunteers.

Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to coordinate closely with local officials and

Natural Gas Purging On N.M. 502/East Road Aug. 5-6

on August 3, 2019 - 5:05pm
COUNTY News:
 
Under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, Paul Parker Construction will work on a section of natural gas pipeline as part of the N.M. 502 roundabout project.
 
Work will occur early in the week on the south side of N.M. 502, east of the intersection at Canyon Road.
 
Gas will be purged from the line several times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 and Tuesday, Aug. 6.
 
According to department officials, individuals near the area may small natural gas and hear loud noises during the purging procedure.

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 5

on August 3, 2019 - 9:14am
COUNTY News:
 
Diamond Drive Paving
 
Star Paving is working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before High School begins Aug. 14. 
 
Asphalt milling and paving work continue the Week of Aug. 4. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction; Work will occur Sunday starting at 6 p.m. and continue throughout the night all week.

AGU: US Infrastructure Unprepared For Increasing Frequency Of Extreme Storms

on August 3, 2019 - 6:47am
Hurricane Florence’s unprecedented rainfall caused extensive damage to infrastructure in North and South Carolina after it made landfall in fall of 2018. Courtesy/U.S. Air Forces Central Command
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Current design standards for United States hydrologic infrastructure are unprepared for the increasing frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms, meaning structures like retention ponds and dams will face more frequent and severe flooding, according to a new study.
 
Extreme weather events are on the rise, but U.S.

HSD Encourages Medicaid Presbyterian Health Plan Members To Report Any Suspicious Activity

on August 3, 2019 - 6:43am
HSD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) was notified Friday by Presbyterian that June 6, 2019, Presbyterian discovered anonymous, unauthorized access gained through a deceptive email to some of Presbyterian's workforce members around May 9, 2019.
 
HSD takes the privacy and security of client information seriously. As a steward of our Medicaid members’ information, we are working with leadership at Presbyterian Health Plan to protect any information that may have been compromised.

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 55 Acres

on August 3, 2019 - 6:38am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire crews were able to put some low-intensity fire on the ground late Thursday in spite of recent moisture.
 
Fire managers are planning to continue firing operations on the Conejos Fire as long as weather will allow. 
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: Estimated at 55 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

New Mexico DHSEM Launches Drone Program

on August 2, 2019 - 9:09am
NM DHSEM Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey signs the fuselage of the agency’s new drone representing the ceremonial start of its new drone program. Courtesy photo
 

NM DHSEM News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s (NM DHSEM) Executive Team signed the fuselage of its new drone Wednesday representing the ceremonial start of its drone program.  

DHSEM has acquired two unmanned aircraft systems that will be used throughout New Mexico to support all aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Management including risk emergency mitigation,

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 45 Acres

on August 2, 2019 - 8:57am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE A thunderstorm that dropped significant moisture on the north end of the Conejos Fire Wednesday delayed operations planned for Thursday. Fire managers are monitoring conditions on the ground for a window to begin firing operations.
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: 45 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Events And The Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak

on August 2, 2019 - 8:49am
Per recommendations stated on the New Mexico Livestock Board’s website (https://www.nmlbonline.com/news): ALL participants bringing horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, and goats coming from outside the North Mesa Stables are required to stop at the Veterinarian Inspection Station. Inspections are being provided by a knowledgeable and certified veterinarian, and any animals suspected of having VS will be sent home before entering into the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. Contact the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at 505.662.8170 or lacrec@lacnm.us with any questions. Courtesy photo
 

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 2, 2019 - 8:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms will be most prevalent this afternoon and evening in the north and west portions of the state. Slow and erratic movement will lead to locally heavy rain and potential flooding. Today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely after noon and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

McQuiston: The Monsoons Are Here

on August 1, 2019 - 9:20am
By Allen McQuiston
The Jemez Agency

The storm has passed and the immediate danger is over. Now it’s time to survey the damage and decide on the best course of action. Here are some steps to mitigate further damage and get started with repairs.

First, walk around your property. Inspect your yard, and look at the roof from ground level (your insurer would not ask you to get up on your roof). If you believe you have damage, seek help from a professional to inspect. Keep in mind, damage may not always be visible to the naked eye.

Crews Build Mercury Treatment Facility In Oak Ridge

on August 1, 2019 - 9:14am
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asphalt and concrete on the east end of the Y-12 National Security Complex to prepare the site of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant. Courtesy/ORNL
 
Employees installed fences and barriers to identify the boundaries of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant and headworks facility, ensuring safety and security. Courtesy/ORNL
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Oak Ridge Site crews recently mobilized to begin constructing the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatmen tFacility, vital infrastructure to fulfill Em’s regulatory commitments to reduce

AGU: Old Pollutants Melting Out Of Himalayan Glaciers

on August 1, 2019 - 7:55am
The high mountain glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau feed thousands of alpine lakes that form the headwaters of many of Asia’s major rivers. Courtesy/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center
 
AGU News:
 
“The Earth is a closed system. Everything released on the Earth, stays somewhere on the Earth.” Kimberley Miner         
 
Melting Himalayan glaciers are releasing decades of accumulated pollutants into downstream ecosystems, according to a new study.
 
The new research in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres finds chemicals used in pesticides

Bear Eating Crabapples On Torreon In Quemazon

on July 31, 2019 - 7:58pm

A bear is spotted eating crabapples Monday at a residence on Torreon in Quemazon. Photo by Laura Plunkett 

New Mexico Shares Critical Data With The National Missing And Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

on July 31, 2019 - 7:12pm
NMDPS News:
 
SANTA FE -- New Mexico joined seven other states, which passed legislation mandating the sharing of missing and unidentified persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).
 
“The scope of the Mark Daniel Aguilar Information Sharing Requirement law is simple,” said Mark R. Shea, secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
 
“Within 30 days of receipt of a missing person's report, the Department of Public Safety will share with NamUs all information in the missing persons information clearinghouse and all information the

SFNF: Conejos Fire In Jemez Grows To 24 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 5:33pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District is a good candidate to manage to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

The Conejos Fire was discovered Monday night on Conejos Peak adjacent to Forest Road 266, about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.

Size: 24 acres

Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one Hotshot crew, one Type 2 initial attack crew, Santa Fe County Fire

Los Alamos County Launches MyDrive: New Streaming Service With Real-Time Webcam Traffic Views

on July 31, 2019 - 8:26am
COUNTY News:
 
Beginning today, motorists can view six different camera views featuring major roadways in Los Alamos and White Rock, after the completion of a project requested by the County Council earlier this year.
 
MyDrive was developed and implemented in July by the Traffic & Streets Division within Public Works. Crews mounted web cameras in six locations – five in Los Alamos and one in White Rock – that stream real-time views of major intersections and busy roadways.
 
MyDrive is available with just one click using the Quick Link titled “Road Conditions” on the County’s

Heinrich Calls For McConnell To Protect American Democracy, Act On Election Security Legislation

on July 31, 2019 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Tuesday to call out the legislative graveyard that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created, including blocking legislation to protect American elections from foreign interference.
“We can act now in advance of the 2020 elections.

SFNF: Conejos Fire On Jemez Ranger District 3-5 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 7:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) discovered a lightning-caused ignition Monday night on Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 and about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Estimated at 3-5 acres, the Conejos Fire is creeping and slowly backing in primarily ponderosa pine forest.
 
Given current conditions, including forecasted weather, and the location of the fire, fire managers are considering using the Conejos Fire to bring positive benefits to the landscape, including

NNSA: Finding Of No Significant Impact Issued For LANL Wildland Fire Mitigation And Forest Health Plan

on July 31, 2019 - 7:25am
NNSA News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the implementation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) 2019 Wildland Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Plan (Plan).
 
The FONSI was based on the analysis presented in the Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL that there would be no significant effect on the human environment from Plan implementation.
 
The SEA evaluated

National Association Of Counties Statement On America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act

on July 31, 2019 - 7:10am

NACo News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week unveiled the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), which authorizes $287 billion in funding from the Highway Trust Fund for the nation’s surface transportation programs over the next five years.

 

ATIA represents a 27 percent increase over the highway funding previously authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase issued the following statement:

 

“Counties own and operate the

Business Owner Shoots At Burglars In Velarde

on July 31, 2019 - 6:36am
NMSP News:
 
The New Mexico State Police investigated a shooting Tuesday involving a business owner in Velarde in Rio Arriba County.
 
Initial investigation shows at about 5:30 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress at Mike’s Mini-Mart Gas Station in Velarde.
 
When officers arrived on scene, they encountered the owner of the gas station. Officers learned the business owner, who lives on the property, heard his alarm sounding from his gas station and went to investigate. When the owner arrived at his business, he encountered a male suspect inside the gas station.
 
The

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