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Update On Power Outage In Western Area

on March 13, 2019 - 4:48pm

COUNTY News:

Update: Electric linemen indicate that the Western Area should be restored by 5 p.m. today with the exception of 44th and 45th streets. Power will be restored to 44th and 45th streets once crews are able to clear trees from that area.

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is reporting a power outage that is affecting all of the Western Area.

The outage began at around 2:30 p.m. and electric linemen have responded.

The estimated time as to when power will be restored is unknown at the moment.

Power Outage Affects All Of Western Area

on March 13, 2019 - 3:53pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is reporting a power outage that is affecting all of the Western Area.

The outage began at around 2:30 p.m. and electric linemen have responded.

The estimated time as to when power will be restored is unknown at the moment.

County: Wind Advisory, Tree And Power Line Alert

on March 13, 2019 - 3:45pm
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Emergency Management Department has issued a wind advisory, fallen tree and power line alert.
 
Large trees are continuing to fall throughout Los Alamos County. Citizens are cautioned to avoid parking, walking and driving near large trees and power lines.
 
The Emergency Management Department is instructing citizens to report emergencies to the Los Alamos Police Department and avoid non-emergency calls at this time.

Scenes From Fallen Trees At Urban And 45th Street

on March 13, 2019 - 3:09pm

Strong winds today have knocked down large trees all over the area including this tree at Urban and 45th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Wind knocked down this tree today at Urban and 45th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Fallen trees today at Urban and 45th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Traffic Alert Update: NM 4 To Remain Closed Westbound From West Jemez Road At LANL Back Gate

on March 13, 2019 - 3:00pm

Traffic Alert Update:

Due to an extremely high volume of downed trees that continue to fall and pose a severe public safety risk as a result of today’s high winds event, LAPD will continue to keep N.M. 4 CLOSED westbound from West Jemez Road (at the LANL “back gate”) until further notice.

Access eastbound on N.M. 4 at West Jemez Road at the back gate remains open to Bandelier and White Rock.

LAPD successfully extracted several motorists on N.M. 4 earlier today when multiple tree-fall events occurred, clearing a path to trapped cars that were traveling on the highway.

More Scenes From Road Conditions On NM 4

on March 13, 2019 - 2:46pm

Scene of hazardous road conditions this afternoon along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene of fallen tree making for hazardous road conditions this afternoon along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene of hazardous road conditions this afternoon along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene of hazardous road conditions this afternoon along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, Rob Portman Launch Bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Caucus

on March 13, 2019 - 12:59pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced today the formation of the bipartisan Senate Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus.

AI is a transformative technology with implications spanning a number of fields including transportation, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and national security. The AI Caucus will help connect members and staff with AI experts in private industry, academia and the executive branch.

“I am proud to announce the formation of the bipartisan AI Caucus in the Senate with Sen.

Scenes From Hazardous Road Conditions Along NM 4

on March 13, 2019 - 12:38pm

Ice and snow and fallen trees make for hazardous driving conditions today along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Fallen tree blocking roadway today along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Truck stuck in snow today along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Traffic Alert Update: Fifty To 100 Trees Down On N.M. 4 Between Back Gate And Valles Caldera

on March 13, 2019 - 12:02pm

Traffic Alert Update:

The Los Alamos Police Department is asking motorists to avoid driving roadways adjacent to large forested areas because of high winds and the danger of falling trees.

Fifty to 100 trees are down on N.M. 4 between the back gate and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

LAPD and the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) are cutting a path through for stranded motorists. Large snow drifts also are present on areas of the roadway.

Traffic crews are receiving multiple reports of downed trees falling into roadways around Los Alamos County, especially those

Downed Trees Throughout Los Alamos Pose Safety Risk

on March 13, 2019 - 9:54am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is asking motorists to avoid driving roadways adjacent to large forested areas because of high winds and the danger of falling trees.

Traffic crews are receiving multiple reports this morning of downed trees falling into roadways, especially those areas near heavily forested lands with large trees such as West Jemez Road, N.M. 502, N.M. 501 and Camp May Road.

DEA Warns Of Alarming Increase Of Scam Calls

on March 13, 2019 - 9:48am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities.

DEA continues to receive reports from practitioners and the general public, alike, indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not paid immediately over the phone.

Emergency 9-1-1 To Get Improved Technical Backup

on March 13, 2019 - 9:36am
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has passed a bill that moves the E911 services to the Department of Information and Technology (DoIT) from the Department of Finance and Administration.  
 
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Gregg Fulfer said the new department is better suited to support the technical aspects of the E911 services.
 
“The people at 9-1-1 are the first ones  you call in a dire emergency. This bill helps the  9-1-1 service get the best equipment possible to help them provide their emergency help.

Four Santa Fe Museums Close Due To Weather Today

on March 13, 2019 - 9:14am

NMDCA News:

SANTA FE Due to inclement weather, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA) is closing the four Santa Fe Museum’s today, Wednesday March 13, for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Closed are:

  • New Mexico Museum of Art;
  • New Mexico History Museum;
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; and
  • Museum of International Folk Art.

About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs:

 

Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico's dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity

Traffic Alert: N.M. 4 Is Closed Near Back Gate!

on March 13, 2019 - 8:37am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has CLOSED N.M. 4 at the Laboratory “back gate” in both directions because of downed trees in the roadway.

N.M. 4 is closed for about a two mile stretch in either direction from the T intersection of W. Jemez Road/N.M. 4 from mile marker 47 to 49. However, the State is highly discouraging any travel along N.M.4 from White Rock to Jemez Springs because of blowing and drifting snow and zero visibility.

Check back to ladailypost.com for updates:

Los Alamos Police Arrest Graffiti Vandal

on March 12, 2019 - 3:29pm

Trenton David Francis Devore

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police have arrested Trenton David Francis Devore of Jemez Pueblo and charged him in the recent rash of graffiti found in various locations around the community.

Devore is being charged at this time with two felony counts of graffiti and three petty misdemeanor counts of graffiti. The total cost of repairs at each location is around $7,500. However, after more case investigation follow-up occurs and the repairs are actually completed, these numbers and criminal counts may need to be adjusted.

In his statement of probable cause Det.

Police Emphasize School Bus Safety

on March 12, 2019 - 3:16pm

Graffiti Sprayed On Masonic Lodge In Los Alamos

on March 11, 2019 - 10:22pm
The Masonic Lodge at 1400 N. Sage Loop was vandalized over the weekend with graffiti. Courtesy/Masonic Lodge
 
More graffiti on a wall at the Masonic Lodge at 1400 N. Sage Loop. Courtesy/Masonic Lodge
 
By the Brethren of Pajarito Masonic Lodge
Los Alamos

The Masonic Lodge at 1400 N. Sage Loop in Los Alamos was vandalized over the weekend with graffiti, as were walls near the Justice Center and Fuller Lodge.

Freemasonry is a fraternity whose purpose is to unite ethical men who have a strong interest in morality, charity, and the welfare of humanity as a whole.

State Police Investigate Two State Employees For Falsely Claiming Hours Worked

on March 11, 2019 - 8:31am

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau opened an investigation Feb. 25 into two State of New Mexico employees for falsely claiming hours on their time cards that they did not work.

Eliasib Ramirez, 41, of Chaparral and Joseph Vielma, 26, of Las Cruces, both transportation inspectors at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, have been charged with several counts of receiving public money for services not rendered after a supervisor noticed they were leaving work early and claiming overtime for hours they were not working.

During the investigation, State Police agents

Police Investigate Graffiti Near Justice Center

on March 10, 2019 - 7:49pm

Sunday afternoon Los Alamos police investigate graffiti sprayed on the wall outside the Justice Center. The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish more details when they are available. Photo by Greg Kendall

More graffiti was spotted Sunday near Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall

LAPS: More CHAAT Sessions March 14 And 21

on March 10, 2019 - 6:41am
LAPS District Site Tech Administrator Salvador Zapien, left, will lead a discussion about the effects technology has on development and behavior in students aged 4 through 12. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is hosting two additional information sessions for families with elementary aged children on creating healthy attitudes around technology (CHAAT) in the home.

These free sessions will be held in the library at Aspen Elementary School:

  • Session 1 is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 14; and
  • Session 2 is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

Note: Families must attend Session 1 to

Rep. Miguel Garcia Measure To Secure Personal Information Advances In Senate Committee

on March 10, 2019 - 6:12am

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The Sensitive Personal Information Protection Act has passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee. House Bill 141, sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque), creates a clear and strong confidentiality policy that keeps certain sensitive personal information from being disclosed by state employees.

The protected information would include social security numbers, Individual Tax ID numbers, a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, immigration status, national

Military Veterans, Active-Duty Personnel To Be Honored At 2019 Military & Veterans Day At Legislature March 11

on March 10, 2019 - 6:12am

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to lead the tributes to military veterans and active-service personnel Monday, March 11 during Military and Veterans Day at the 2019 Legislature at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

This is the annual day during the legislative session presented by the New Mexico National Guard and the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) to honor service members and veterans for their military service.

At a noon ceremony in the Rotunda, the Governor will be joined by DVS Secretary Judy Griego and New Mexico Army National Guard Maj.

Joint Resolution To Ask Voters To Consider Runoff Elections Passes House

on March 10, 2019 - 6:05am

Rep. William Pratt

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – The House of Representatives has passed House Joint Resolution 6. This resolution proposes to amend the state constitution to allow runoff elections in primary and statewide elections.

“Sometimes in an election when there are more than two candidates, the winner does not reach more than 50 percent of the vote,” said Rep. William Pratt (D-Albuquerque). “Majority winners have a stronger mandate, and can therefore govern more effectively, knowing that they count with the support of most of their constituents.”

A runoff election is an

Legislation To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis Passes House Floor

on March 9, 2019 - 10:43am

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – The House Floor passed a bill Friday sponsored by Representatives Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe), Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), Rep. D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock) and Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.

House Bill 278 declares an emergency and creates a task force to outline preventative measures and document these cases.

According to the Urban Indian and Health Institute, New Mexico has the highest number of missing and murdered indigenous women.

Governor Signs Law Expanding Background Checks For Virtually All Firearms Sales

on March 9, 2019 - 8:11am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs legislation Friday requiring background checks for virtually all firearm sales, seated next to Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Española, left, and Rep. Debra Sariñana, D-Albuquerque, at the Capitol. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
 
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Jenn Jevertson, prevention coordinator for the Santa Fe Public Schools Office of Student Wellness, pose for a selfie Friday with students gathered in the Capitol Rotunda for presentations on gun violence.

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