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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 6-Sept. 18, 2013

on September 23, 2013 - 12:41pm

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.

Sept. 6 at 5:58 p.m. / A 31-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of bribery, intimidation and retaliation against a witness. The matter is under investigation.

Sept. 6 at 9:47 p.m. / A 31-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone took his vehicle parked on Sherwood Boulevard. The estimated loss is more than $2,500.

Sept. 12 at 3:52 a.m.

LDS Hosts Preparedness Fair in White Rock

on September 23, 2013 - 8:19am



LDS News:

About 400 people from northern New Mexico attended a preparedness fair Saturday hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Twenty four booths with activities, demonstrations and information were set up at the White Rock chapel on Grand Canyon Drive. Topics included food and water storage, 72-hour kits, outdoor cooking, finance, ham radio, bread making, how to obtain scholarships, the county’s emergency broadcast system, as well as the emergency communication system for members of the church in northern New Mexico.

LDS church leaders

Potential for Severe T-Storms in North Central/Northwestern NM Today

on September 22, 2013 - 9:54am

NWS News:

This is a brief update from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque on the potential for severe weather over portions of north central and northwestern New Mexico today, Sunday, Sept. 22.


Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to take shape this afternoon over northwestern and north central New Mexico, many of which will be strong to severe. These storms will be capable of producing severe hail (greater than 1" diameter) and/or severe wind gusts (greater than/equal to 58 mph.) 

In addition, breezy to windy conditions will spread over much of New

The Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 23

on September 22, 2013 - 8:00am

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:

15th Street: Due to problems resulting from the recent rain, work on 15th Street will primarily consist of dewatering and sweeping activities. The road closure between Myrtle and Oakwood north will remain in place until Sept.

LANL Briefs Media on Flood Damage

on September 21, 2013 - 12:10pm
LANL's Dave McInroy at Friday's media briefing describes flood damage to area canyons. McInroy stands in front of the LANL weir that he believes saved the 'Y' highway interchange from serious damage. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Although most Los Alamos National Laboratory facilities on mesa tops came through last week's flooding with minimal impact, damage to canyons on and off LANL property has been extensive. During a media briefing Friday, Dave McInroy, director of LANL's environmental correction actions described the damage and provided

Flooding Closes Areas of SFNF Through Dec. 30

on September 21, 2013 - 10:33am


SFNF News:

Recent heavy rainfall in the Pecos/Las Vegas area of the Santa Fe National Forest has required that certain roads and sites be closed for public safety. 

Several forest roads are impassible due to washouts, debris such as trees and branches along roadways, and plugged culverts. There are also a few bridges that were jammed up with debris and sustained damage. 

Forest personnel continue to assess the damage but are unable to reach some areas due to impassable roads.

Prescribed Burns Planned on Santa Fe National Forest

on September 21, 2013 - 10:12am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest is planning a prescribed fire on the Coyote Ranger District within the next seven days.

The Mesa Camino burn may start as early as tomorrow (Sunday.) If conditions don’t allow that burn to be successful, they may burn in the Gallina area instead. Planned benefits from these burns: reduce hazardous fuels, break up continuous fuels, prepare the land for new growth, help plants and trees to grow healthier, improve wildlife habitat.

Smoke will be monitored and the Forest Service will comply with New Mexico air quality regulations.

Udall: $2 Million 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds Coming to New Mexico

on September 21, 2013 - 9:50am

Will work to ensure federal government keeps commitment to provide resources for flood damage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, today welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Transportation will make immediately available $2 million in emergency relief funds to help New Mexico cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by the severe storms this month.

“Communities across our state are cleaning up from devastating floods, and many are facing expensive

NOAA/NWS Releases Daily Rainfall Spreadsheet

on September 20, 2013 - 9:15am


The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have released a spreadsheet showing Sept. 10-18 rainfall data across the state:

Probationers and Parolees Collect Nearly 1,000 Cases of Water for Flood Victims

on September 20, 2013 - 7:52am
Probationers and parolees in Anthony, N.M. have collected nearly 1,000 cases of water for victims of New Mexico's recent floods. Courtesy photo

NMCD News:

ANTHONY - The New Mexico Corrections Department’s water drive to help flood victims has had residents dropping off hundreds of cases of water for its statewide neighbors. Probationers and Parolees in Anthony, N.M. got together and donated 300 cases of water as part of a creative community service project.

“We say it all the time, change someone’s heart and we can not only better assure they won't hurt others but they will also become

Los Alamos County Issues Disaster Emergency Declaration

on September 19, 2013 - 4:58pm


Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess issued a disaster emergency declaration this afternoon in the wake of last week’s storm events, which delivered over seven inches of rainfall to the County – surpassing storm specifications for 100-year flood events.

“In the week following the major storms that impacted Los Alamos County - especially storms that came through Los Alamos the morning of Friday, Sept. 13 - our crews have had the opportunity to sweep through the community and our surrounding canyons to check for damage to infrastructure.

Breaking News: Los Alamos Police Ask Community's Help Locating Woman on the Lam

on September 19, 2013 - 4:31pm
Irene Quintana. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Detectives are searching for a woman who has been on the lam since Tuesday. 

Chamita resident Irene Quintana is wanted on a warrant with two charges: Distribution of a Controlled Substance (3rd Degree Felony) and Conspiracy (4th Degree Felony.)

Quintana, 49, is suspected earlier this month of attempting to send controlled substances through the mail into the Los Alamos County Jail

“I want to commend the alert jail staff who were able to ascertain the contraband coming into our Jail," Det. Sgt.

County Releases Third Flood Damage Estimates to FEMA, State

on September 19, 2013 - 11:21am

A section of road in Rendija Canyon requiring the installation of a culvert. Courtesy/LAC


Los Alamos County has released its third issuance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of New Mexico of estimated costs from flood damage as a result of the recent barrage of storms in the area. 

Rendija Canyon Road – San Ildefonso Access:

The road to the Guaje Canyon well field has washed out in several locations, and access to Guaje Canyon from the east end of Rendija Canyon Road (San Ildefonso) allows for a more economical means of mobilizing equipment to

Letter to the Editor: Questions and Concerns About Los Alamos Police Department

on September 18, 2013 - 2:31pm
Los Alamos
I attended the recent public session to meet and listen to the five candidates applying for our chief of police position.
I understood prior to the session that the public would be allowed to ask questions of the candidates - which turned out not to be the case. Also, the questionnaire provided by the County at the public session simply allowed citizens to check a box indicating their choice of candidate with a section for comments related to that candidate.
So I decided to ask the two questions of which I believe the public has a right to know the

Trails Throughout Los Alamos Remain Open

on September 17, 2013 - 11:38am


Trails status after Friday's flooding: Open Space Specialist Craig Martin reports that nothing is closed, but there are lots of repairs needed, particularly on the Forest Service trails along West Jemez Road.

By Wednesday evening, volunteers hope to have the hazardous sections of Forest Service trails re-routed. Volunteers will be working on Water Canyon trails starting Wednesday evening and hope to have most of that trail fixed by early next week.

The only major effect on the County network of trails is the road in Pueblo Canyon - for mountain biking fans, be advised that

Electric Pole Safety Inspections Underway

on September 17, 2013 - 10:29am

DPU News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is conducting its scheduled electric pole safety audit with the help of contractor, Osmose, Inc.

“The good condition of each electric pole in the local distribution network is essential to improving reliability and preventing failures,” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Electric Distribution Rafael del La Torre.

The DPU’s contractor, Osmose, Inc., can be seen beginning the week of Sept. 23 in the Barranca Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos.

New Mexico Corrections Organizes Water Drive

on September 17, 2013 - 10:18am

NMCD News:

The New Mexico Corrections Department is collecting bottled water to provide to residents affected by last week's floods. Water donations will be accepted through Friday.

Residents can drop off water at any Probation and Parole Office in the state. Inmates in NMCD custody will be utilized to transfer the water from the offices to the affected towns and cities. During this difficult time, NMCD wants to do its part to help these communities rebuild.

"Governor Martinez has stated that we must now move toward recovery and we are going to make sure that the New Mexico Corrections

Bear Cub Separated from Trapped Mother Still at Large

on September 16, 2013 - 11:00am
Panchita and her cub Penelope in happier days. Photo by Elly Edelmann
Penelope attempts to reach her mother who is inside the bear trap in the driveway of Elly and Paul Edelmannn's home on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Elly Edelmann

Staff Report

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10, a large bear reported to be about three years old entered a home on El Nido on Barranca Mesa in Los Alamos.

The home sits on the edge of a canyon near the east end of Barranca Road.

“The bears are the second and third generations of at least three generations living directly below our house in Barranca Canyon,”

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 4–Sept. 11, 2013

on September 16, 2013 - 9:50am

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.

Sept. 4 at 1:46 p.m. / A 39-year-old Espanola man reported that he is the victim of larceny on Central Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $500.


Sept. 4 at 9:33 p.m. / Police arrested Susan Reass, 35, of Los Alamos on Tecolote Street and charged her with DWI and driving with an open container of alcohol.


Entire Rio Grande Basin Remains Focus For Potential Flooding

on September 16, 2013 - 8:52am


NWS News:

National Weather Service: The Rio Grande basin, from northern New Mexico to Brownsville remains the focus of concern for potential flooding this week due to three distinct events ongoing in the region:

  • The ongoing rainfall over New Mexico;
  • Heavy rainfall leading to reservoir releases in the Rio Conchos basin in northern Mexico; and
  • Potential impacts from Hurricane Ingrid in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
  • In New Mexico, widespread heavy rainfall has ended.

LA Walks Fall Start-up Meeting Set For Sept. 25

on September 16, 2013 - 7:52am


LA Walks will hold a Fall Start-up meeting and invites public attendance. The meeting is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in (upstairs) meeting room 1 Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Mesa Public Library.

LA Walks is a citizens’ group whose mission is to support pedestrian safety, accessibility, convenience, and comfort throughout Los Alamos. We are interested in new members and our focus is to start the current fall season by setting new project goals for our walkability advocacy group.

Come and join the group discussion Sept. 25.


Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 16

on September 15, 2013 - 9:09am

Non-County Projects of Significance:
Smith’s Marketplace: Contractor Utility Work on Trinity between Knecht and DP Rd:
The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive is closed between Knecht and DP Road. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. Alternate routes are recommended. This work will continue through November.
Smith’s Marketplace: Truck Traffic on NM502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac
Construction continues through May 2014 at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza, which means motorists using Main Hill Road (N.M.

Students Organize Suicide Awareness Activities

on September 15, 2013 - 8:42am


Two high school students have planned a week of activities on suicide prevention next week at Los Alamos High School.

Faith Glasco and Elizabeth Hjelvik have put together a list of activities.

“After the events of last school year, I decided it was time someone did something to try preventing this tragedy,” Hjelvik said. “I did a lot of research on suicide and discovered that it is 100 percent preventable if the person is reached out to and having this week’s activities will show people that people do care about them.”

Partners in this events include Key Club,

Storm Conditions Update For Los Alamos County-5 p.m.

on September 13, 2013 - 5:16pm


The National Weather Service has extended the FLASH FLOOD WATCH through Saturday evening, Sept. 14.  

Remember the following tips in flood risk areas:

•  Just because it isn’t raining where you are doesn’t mean you aren’t in danger. If you are below the storm in any way, floodwater and debris could be upon you within minutes.

•  Keep pets and children out of canyons and arroyos during and after a storm – warn children of the dangers of playing in or near canyon streams and arroyos when it storms.

•  Never walk or drive through floodwaters of any depth – you don't know if