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State Police Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols Underway

on July 3, 2014 - 10:24am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of July 2014.

Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.

People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Attends Diego Fire Community Meeting

on July 2, 2014 - 10:18am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with constituents at Tuesday evening's Diego Fire community meeting in Coyote. Garcia Richard explained that the fire is between Coyote and Gallina and several families have ranch land that the fire has burned through or is threatening. The fire is approximately four miles northwest of the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the fire management team is hopeful that tonight's moisture will help get the blaze under control, Garcia Richard said. Courtesy photo


Acres: 3,635 Start Date: First reported June 25, lightning map

Complex DOE Contract for Pantex; Y-12 Completed

on July 2, 2014 - 8:04am

DOE News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office and Consolidated Nuclear Security have completed one of the largest and most complex contract transitions in the history of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) assumed responsibility for the management and operation of the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., July 1.

CNS replaces B&W Y-12, which had operated Y-12 since 2000, and B&W Pantex, which also had operated Pantex since 2000. The contract includes a total annual

FBI Seeks Public’s Help Solving String of Albuquerque Bank Robberies

on July 2, 2014 - 7:40am

FBI News:

The FBI and local law enforcement authorities are asking for the public’s help in solving six bank robberies that occurred in the Albuquerque area in June.

The FBI is investigating whether some of these robberies may be related. Anyone with information about these or other bank robberies is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Field Office at 505.889.1300 (24 hours). Tips also can be submitted online at

The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a bank robber.

Alert: Traffic Reduced to One Lane on N.M. 4

on July 1, 2014 - 3:42pm

DPU News:

Public Works crews were expecting to complete road repairs by 4 p.m. today, however, they are not going to make it.

It now appears that the road work will not be completed until after 6 p.m. today.

Traffic is currently reduced to one lane. Evening commuters who usually use Pajarito Road are advised to select an alternate route such as the truck route (East Jemez Road).

Central Avenue Improvements Project Underway

on July 1, 2014 - 2:49pm

The eastbound lane is closed on Central Avenue as the Central Avenue Improvements Project gets underway with trees removed overnight and roadwork beginning this morning. Courtesy/LAC

Work is underway on the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Central Avenue Improvements Project is underway. The design elements included in this project have been vetted with the public through a public meeting held Feb.

Diego Fire Consumes More Than 3,400 Aces

on July 1, 2014 - 1:57pm

Smoke plume from the Diego Fire photographed from Los Alamos late Monday. Photo by Leland Lehman/


Crews worked overnight to tie in some roads on the eastern edge of the fire, creating buffer for interior pockets of fuel that could experience extreme fire behavior today.

Bulldozers are being used to create containment lines on the southern portion of the fire along Jarosa Canyon to Forest Road 93 and Guardia spring west of FR 103.

Safety is paramount on all divisions today.

DPU: Water in White Rock May Be Cloudy But Is Safe

on July 1, 2014 - 1:56pm

Traffic moves slowly this morning at the site of Tuesday's water main break on N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DPU News:

DPU Water crews worked until 2 a.m. Tuesday to replace a corroded section of water main that blew out Monday afternoon.

Water in White may be cloudy due to entrained air, but is perfectly safe to drink, according to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Department (DPU). 

Public Works crews are bringing N.M. 4 back up to grade before paving the eastbound lane and then moving to pave the westbound lane.  

Traffic control devices remain in place

Texting While Driving In New Mexico Outlawed Today!

on July 1, 2014 - 1:53pm


  • New Mexico Joins 41 Other States in Fighting Distracted Driving

SANTA FE—The New Mexico Department of Transportation reminds New Mexicans that the state’s prohibition of texting while driving goes into effect today.

“Texting while driving is now the leading cause of death for teen drivers,” Gov. Susana Martinez said. “There is no text message, no Facebook post, no tweet, worth a person’s life. All of us can play a role in keeping our roads safe — and that means keeping our eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and our minds on driving safely.”

Martinez signed New Mexico’s

Ash From Diego Fire Falling in Los Alamos

on June 30, 2014 - 7:22pm

This piece of burned debris fell 'like a sad snowflake' right in front of a Los Alamos resident in her backyard. Several residents have reported seeing falling ash as well. Photo by Emily Blumenthal

Additional Evacuations Ordered For Diego Fire Area

on June 30, 2014 - 7:05pm


Smoke from the Diego Fire seen from Los Alamos a short while ago. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The communities of Wetherall Estates and Dunlap Spring are being evacuated along with Jarosa. An evacuation shelter has been established at the Rural Events Center in Abiquiu, located near the junction of High Way 84 and State Road 554.

Fire crews are fighting the 1,000 plus acre Diego Fire, which is burning southeast of Coyote.

County Workers Guide Traffic Through N.M. 4 While Crews Repair Water Main Break

on June 30, 2014 - 6:46pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Late this afternoon, County workers guided motorists through a stretch of N.M. 4 northeast of the Rover Boulevard intersection where a water main break occurred at approximately 1 p.m. today.

Water crews were dispatched to excavate the area and make repairs, said officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. 

DPU stated that no customers were without water, but some may have experienced low water pressure.

DPU estimates that repairs to the

Major Water Main Break Near Rover and NM 4

on June 30, 2014 - 3:01pm


Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are reporting a water main break occurred at approximately 1 p.m. on N.M. 4 northeast of the Rover Boulevard intersection. 

Water crews are dispatched and excavating the area to make repairs. 

While DPU states that no customers are without water, some may experience low water pressure.

DPU estimates that repairs to the water line should be complete early this evening. Road repairs may take longer. 

Traffic control devices are in place to protect crews while repairs are underway.

Diego Fire Update: Road Blocks on Forest Road 93/103, 103/116 and 115

on June 30, 2014 - 2:55pm

Photo by Danae Nielsen

Diego Fire Update:

Fire crews continue to fight the 1,000 plus acre Diego Fire, which is burning southeast of Coyote. Currently the Northern New Mexico Type III Incident Management Team is in command of the fire, but they will be transitioning to Nieto's Type II Incident Management Team this evening. 

Dry, hot and windy weather is causing extreme fire behavior and long range spotting, but at this time, no structures are threatened. Heavy fuels and bug-kill also are aiding in the extreme fire behavior.

Significant Shift to Weather Pattern Coming

on June 30, 2014 - 10:39am



NWS News:


The National Weather Service (NWS) in Abluquerque reports that the hot and mostly dry conditions of late will be abruptly altered.


  • Type – Hot and mostly dry period coming to an end with significant increase in showers/storms.
  • Timing – Today through Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Location – All of northern and central New Mexico.

Key Impacts:

  • Hot and mostly dry conditions today with potential for strong downburst winds from dry T-storms this afternoon.
  • Strong back door cold front to bring gusty winds over eastern New Mexico tonight. Strong winds will be channeled

Scientists Say Tall, Wide Walls Will Calm Tornado Alley

on June 30, 2014 - 9:06am

Researchers uncover a surprising way of neutralizing tornado threat. Courtesy/

HSWN News:

In the United States, most devastating tornadoes occur in Tornado Alley, which is a strip of land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains, including most American Midwest states.

In 2013, there were 811 confirmed tornadoes in the United States, 57 in Europe, and 3 in China. Among 811 tornadoes in the United States, most, especially the most devastating ones, occurred in Tornado Alley.

Scientists say that building three 300 meter high and 50 meter wide walls, at the cost

Today Marks Anniversary of Granite Mountain Tragedy

on June 30, 2014 - 7:38am

Staff Report

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, which killed 19 “hotshot” firefighters. This summer, the interagency wildland fire community will mark the one-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire accident and the 20-year anniversary of the South Canyon Fire accident of July 6, 1994.

Although these accidents were separated in time by 19 years, they are bound together by several tragic commonalities.

Los Alamos Skies Are Smokey From Diego Fire

on June 29, 2014 - 5:49pm
Smoke from the Diego Fire near Coyote seen this afternoon from North Mesa. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost
Los Alamos Daily Post
The smoke in the sky looking northwest from Los Alamos is coming from the Diego Fire thought to have been ignited by lightning June 15 off Forest Service Road 93 near Coyote.
Los Alamos County Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the fire has really ramped up today and some 200-300 acres have burned so far.
"They have air tankers and ground crews on it and have ordered a type 3 incident

Community Members Meet Sheriff Lucero Saturday

on June 29, 2014 - 11:41am

At Saturday's 'Meet Sheriff Lucero' event at the Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero speaks to community members and members of his re-election committee. 'Being the first sheriff in Los Alamos County to have graduated from the New Mexico State Law Enforcement Academy, I have raised awareness of the positive benefits of having a sheriff that is an accessible, committed peace officer,' Lucero said.

SSCI’s Cybersecurity Bill Would Chill News Reporting

on June 29, 2014 - 10:44am

NNA News:

By RICK BLUM / The Sunshine in Government Initiative

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA), released as a draft by Chairman Dianne Feinstein June 17 and soon to be considered by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, would threaten the flow of accurate news and information to the public and policymakers.

The bill would allow government agencies to collect, without a warrant or other traditional legal process, journalists’ phone and other records if the government considers the journalists or their sources threats to the security of information stored on

WIPP: Plans Ongoing to Evaluate All Drums in Panel 7, Room 7

on June 29, 2014 - 10:17am

WIPP has created a mock-up of Room 7 to test various 'reach' tools. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

As the investigation into the cause of the Feb. 14 radiological release continues, WIPP teams are working to create a system to examine all containers in Panel 7, Room 7. To date, visual inspection of the room's 24 rows of
waste containers has been limited to rows 15 to 24.

Workers are evaluating several different systems that would allow recovery teams to obtain video imaging, thermography, and sampling data on the waste containers in rows 1-14 – those that are the furthest back in the room.

Cone Zone: Week of June 30

on June 29, 2014 - 9:46am


Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of June 30, 2014

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

Starting Monday, June 30, the contractor will begin mobilizing for construction.

Expect Central Avenue to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Starting on Tuesday during the daytime, Central Avenue between

DOE Launches Micro-grid 2014 MVP Challenge

on June 27, 2014 - 8:38am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Micro-grid 2014 MVP Challenge, a competition to support resiliency and adaptation in communities across America.

The Challenge will recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies that are able to continue providing vital public services during power disruptions caused by severe weather and other events. As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the competition advances the President’s commitment to helping the nation prepare for the impacts of climate change. 


Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 19 to June 25, 2014

on June 26, 2014 - 6:37pm

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.


June 19 at 2:15 p.m. / A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone damaged her property on San Ildefonso Road. The estimated loss is more than $1,000.

June 19 at 3:25 p.m. / Police arrested Joseph Gutierrez, 19, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Drive and charged him with tampering with evidence. A police booking photo is not available.


June 20 at 4:40 p.m.