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As Many as 75 CDC Scientists Exposed to Anthrax After Violation of Handling Procedure

on June 19, 2014 - 4:33pm

Image of antrax spores. Courtesy photo

SECURITY News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said earlier today that as many as 75 scientists working in CDC laboratories in Atlanta, Ga., may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers deviated from established pathogen handling procedures.

The scientists are now being treated to prevent infection. The New York Times reports that so far none of the scientists has exhibited any symptoms. The exposure occurred after researchers working in a high-level biosecurity laboratory located at the CDC’s Atlanta campus

Los Alamos Police Partner With ICAC Special Agents to Apprehend Man Suspected of Crimes Against Children

on June 19, 2014 - 3:39pm

Christopher W. Davis. Courtesy/LAPD

POLICE Alert:

Los Alamos police officers assisted special agents from the Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) Task Force Tuesday after New Mexico special agents were alerted to a suspect in Los Alamos County who had been sending lewd photographs to a 14-year-old girl in Anoka County in Minnesota.

ICAC Special Agents and Los Alamos Police executed a search warrant Tuesday at a White Rock residence where the suspect, Christopher W. Davis, 21, of Los Alamos was residing.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 12 to June 18, 2014

on June 19, 2014 - 10:35am

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 12 at 12:52 p.m. / A 31-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Sigma. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

June 12 at 2:35 p.m. / Police arrested Antonio Carmona, 25, of Hernandez near Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a summons to appear in court. A police booking photo is not available.

LANL: Probing Fukushima With Cosmic Rays Should Speed Cleanup

on June 18, 2014 - 12:27pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Elena Guardincerri, right, and undergraduate research assistant Shelby Fellows prepare a lead hemisphere inside a muon tomography machine, which can peer inside closed containers and provide detailed images of dense objects such as nuclear materials or other items of interest.

County: Monsoon Season is Here!

on June 17, 2014 - 10:49am

Governor's Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion and False Statement Charges

on June 17, 2014 - 7:51am

Jamie Estrada

FBI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jamie Estrada, 41, of Los Lunas pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to the unlawful interception of electronic communications and false statement charges arising out of the unlawful interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and members of her staff.

In announcing Estrada’s guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Damon P.

Cone Zone: Road Construction For Week of June 16

on June 15, 2014 - 9:38am

COUNTY News:

Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of June 16:

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

NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

The northern 2-1/2 lanes of Trinity Drive are closed, resulting in one-way eastbound traffic on Trinity and a westbound detour to Central Avenue.

Eastbound: One travel lane of eastbound N.M.

Strong Wind Advisory Through 8 p.m. Today

on June 14, 2014 - 7:12am

NWS Alert:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY ... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 P.M. THIS EVENING.

  • LOCATION ... ALL OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO AND MUCH OF CENTRAL NEW MEXICO.
  • WINDS ... SOUTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH. HIGHEST GUSTS ON MOUNTAIN PEAKS AND ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS.
  • TIMING ... WINDS WILL INCREASE THIS MORNING AND PEAK DURING THE AFTERNOON BEFORE DIMINISHING THROUGH THE EVENING.
  • VISIBILITY ... MAY BE REDUCED TO 1 TO 3 MILES IN DUST PRONE AREAS.

Alert: Effective Immediately, Los Alamos County Is Under Stage I Fire Restrictions

on June 13, 2014 - 9:00am

COUNTY News:

Effective immediately,  Los Alamos County is under Stage I Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Stage I Exemptions:

  • Developed campgrounds with metal grills using charcoal or propane are acceptable

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 5 to June 11, 2014

on June 12, 2014 - 12:15pm

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 5 at 11:37 p.m. / A 45-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being battered by a household member in Quemazon. 

SCOTT RANDALL

June 6 at 12:16 a.m. / Police arrested Scott Randall, 58, of Los Alamos and charged him with DUI and domestic battery.

 

 

NICKOLAS MIRAMONTES

June 6 at 10:45 a.m.

Los Alamos Police Charge Santa Fe Man With 38 Counts Relating to 18 Auto Burglaries

on June 11, 2014 - 3:56pm

Skylar B. Smith

Today the Los Alamos Police Department officially charged Skylar B. Smith a 22-year-old male from Santa Fe with 38 separate counts relating to 18 auto burglaries that occurred in May.

Smith has been in the Los Alamos Detention Center since May 27 stemming from a probation violation. 

Los Alamos Police Detectives have been actively investigating the auto burglaries from May and now Smith is being charged with two counts of theft of credit card, 20 counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, and 16 counts of larceny.

Smith is being held in the Los Alamos Jail without bond.

Smith

Council Issues Proclamation Imposing Fireworks Restrictions

on June 10, 2014 - 10:30pm
Staff Report
 
Los Alamos County Council this evening issued a proclamation declaring extreme fire conditions exist in Los Alamos County and imposing restrictions on the use of fireworks: 
 
WHEREAS:      the weather in North Central New Mexico, including Los Alamos County, has been extremely dry, resulting in severe drought conditions in Los Alamos County; and
 
WHEREAS:      the National Weather Service publishes drought indices which indicate that drought conditions are likely to continue and deteriorate for the next 30 days, including Los Alamos County; and
 
WHEREAS:      heavy

Level 1 Fire Restrictions Begin at Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve June 12

on June 10, 2014 - 9:09am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve remain in very high fire danger, despite recent rains.

Grasses and other small fuels have dried out enough to carry fire; larger fuels, such as logs, are exceptionally dry and able to burn. The extended weather forecast calls for continued dry and windy conditions. All of these factors raise the potential for both human and lightning-caused fires.

To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to forest resources, Level 1 Fire Restrictions will be implemented on all National Forest

NNSA Says Security at Y-12 National Security Complex Has Improved

on June 10, 2014 - 8:00am

SECURITY News:

Retired Air Force lieutenant-general and now National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) chief Frank Klotz asserted last week that security at the Y-12 National Security Complexat Oak Ridge National Laboratory(ORNL) has improved significantly since a July 28, 2012 break-in at the plant when three aging peace activists, led by an 82-year old nun, managed to breach the facility’s supposedly impregnable perimeter security systems.

Before a security guard arrived on the scene, the activists loitered on the grounds of the facility where bomb grade uranium is stored,

LACDC Board Meeting Today to Decide Course of Action Following Scott Randall's Arrest

on June 9, 2014 - 1:37pm

LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall. Courtesy/LAPD

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Members of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Board of Directors are meeting today to decide the course of action they will take with regard to Executive Director Scott Randall.
 
Randall, who turned 59 years old Sunday, was arrested by Los Alamos police early Friday morning and charged with domestic battery and DUI. He has been executive director of the LACDC for about 14 months.
 
"We are holding a special board meeting at 4 p.m.

Firefighter Applicants Put Through Paces at Los Alamos Fire Department’s Pre-Academy

on June 9, 2014 - 9:48am

An LAFD trainer jots down his observations. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

A participant at Saturday's pre-academy completes a confined space exercise. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is a three-time internationally accredited agency – a fact that draws interest from potential firefighters across the nation.

Twenty such individuals have applied to join LAFD and spent 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday immersed in a pre-academy to better understand what they will be getting themselves into if hired.

Monsoon Awareness Week In New Mexico June 8-13

on June 9, 2014 - 9:09am

Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed June 8-13 as “Monsoon Awareness Week” in New Mexico. The National Weather Service (NWS) and New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) will mark Monsoon Awareness Week in New Mexico with a series of informational projects to promote awareness.

New Mexico joins the annual campaign to promote awareness of the life-threatening weather hazards that affect New Mexico during the Summer Monsoon. The keys to avoiding serious injury or death during the Summer Monsoon include:

  • knowing the safety rules

New Mexico State Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting in Espanola

on June 9, 2014 - 7:38am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) report that at about 10 a.m. Sunday, two Espanola police officers responded to the area of Riverside Drive and Corlett Road in Espanola to the report of a suspicious person.

They made contact with the person and the person and during the contact the person produced a weapon and pointed it at the officers. One officer fired his weapon, striking the person.

The person was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead. He is identified as Victor Villalpando, 16, of Espanola.

The incident is under investigation.

High Profile Absconder Arrested

on June 8, 2014 - 10:43am

NMCD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) Security Threat Intelligence Unit detectives, with collaboration with its partners at the U.S. Marshals, have arrested parole absconder Joseph Borja.

Borja was on parole for child abuse resulting in great bodily harm or death.

Borja, after serving a year and a half in prison, was paroled in August. He absconded at the end of November and since then officers have been on his heels. Officers, working on a tip, went to an apartment complex of Borja's current girlfriend.

Cone Zone: Week of June 9

on June 8, 2014 - 7:50am

N.M. 502 / Trinity Drive is closed through June 13 between the Mari-Mac Shopping Center and DP Road while storm drain improvements are uunderway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of June 9

For more information about the projects listed below, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

 N.M. 502 / Trinity Drive Storm Drain Improvements:

Through June 13, N.M.

LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall Charged With Domestic Battery and DUI

on June 6, 2014 - 11:12am

LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police arrested the executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) overnight and charged him with domestic battery and DUI.

Scott Randall, 58, attended a tourism event with his wife at Buffalo Thunder that ran 5-7 p.m. where alcohol was served and left the hotel at about 11 p.m. to return to Los Alamos. He called the police department at 11:37 p.m., to report that his wife would not let him leave their home in Quemazon, according to the police report.

Bridge Work Continues on U.S. 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange

on June 6, 2014 - 9:38am

NMDOT News: 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6. 

6 a.m. Saturday, June 7, the North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) will be closed, and the U.S. 84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane and be detoured through the off ramps and on ramps at this interchange. The cross-road at the North Tesuque Interchange will be closed during this time. There will be an 18’ width restriction.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 29 to June 4, 2014

on June 5, 2014 - 6:44pm

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.

May 29 at 8 a.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Los Alamos girl at 2075 Trinity Dr., with aggravated DWI: Blood alcohol content of .16 or more.

May 29 at 8:07 a.m. / A 23-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of an accident with no injuries on Airport Road.

May 29 at 5:52 p.m.

Barranca Mesa Pool Remains Closed Following Apparent Drowning Incident of 5-Year-Old Boy

on June 5, 2014 - 1:53pm

A sign at right was posted on the door at Barranca Mesa Pool Wednesday saying it was closed due to an accident. A board member said today that the pool will remain closed until further notice. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

A police officer remained on scene Wednesday afternoon at Barranca Mesa Pool following an apparent drowning incident of a 5-year-old boy. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

No further information has been issued on the condition of the 5-year-old boy Life Flighted to the UNM Children’s hospital in Albuquerque Wednesday after an apparent

Udall, Heinrich Urge President to Revise Budget To Address Changes In Design And Operation At WIPP

on June 5, 2014 - 7:51am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urge President Obama to send Congress an amendment to his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget to ensure that the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has the funding it needs to continue implementing the recommendations of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Accident Investigation Boards, including required changes in design and operation.

A fire and radiation release earlier this year have left WIPP closed while the Department of Energy investigates the root cause of the accidents and develops a recovery plan

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