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Work Underway in Rendija Canyon

on May 13, 2013 - 11:06am


The County is taking precautionary steps this week in sending Public Works crews into Rendija Canyon to blade the unimproved road that runs along the bottom of the canyon to make it passable for possible vehicular emergency access.

During the Cerro Grande Fire in May 2000, residents may recall that this road was used to evacuate motor vehicles with homes in northern Los Alamos County to help expedite the evacuation.

The actions are being taken only as a precautionary measure, as part of pro-active steps being taken for safety of the public during this active wildfire season,

Forest & VCNP Enter Stage I Fire Restrictions Tuesday

on May 13, 2013 - 9:33am

Smokey Bear. Courtesy/SFNS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.


The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.


Cone Zone: Week of May 13

on May 10, 2013 - 9:50am

Road Construction Update: Week of May 13, 2013

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:

Canyon Road remains closed with a “rolling” closure between Rim Road and 15th Street; the closure shifts closer to 15th Street as work on the sewer line progresses.

ALERT: Los Alamos County Moves Under Stage I Fire Restrictions

on May 9, 2013 - 10:04am


Effective immediately, and in concert with the New Mexico Forestry Division, 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 below)
  • 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

Column: Right Hooks and Helmets

on May 9, 2013 - 9:42am

"Theirs" ................................ "Ours"

"Do not make a sudden right turn after passing a bicyclist on your right. Instead, slow down and merge behind the bicyclist before turning." -New Mexico Driver Manual, pg. 26.


Right Hooks and Helmets

Almost took one on the chin yesterday morning, of the "ours" variety. While riding into the Conoco Hill intersection headed townbound, a lady in a small car quickly overtook me and made a sharp right onto Arkansas/38th and pulled into the Shell station.

YMCA Holds Babysitter Course

on May 9, 2013 - 8:16am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA will hold an American Red Cross Babysitters Course May 17 and 18.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic childcare, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session is 4-8:30 p.m. May 17 and 1-5:30 p.m. May 18. Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session they register for, in order to receive certification. Pre-register by 3 p.m.

Twists and Turns Emerge in Local Burglary Case

on May 8, 2013 - 11:49pm

Burglary suspect Aaron Nguyen

CORRECTION: Police did not question Aaron Nguyen a week before his May 7 arrest as previously reported. Other individuals were questioned but Nguyen was not one of them.


Los Alamos Daily Post

Aaron Nguyen, the 18-year-old Los Alamos High School student arrested Tuesday is now charged with burglarizing a number of homes throughout Los Alamos this year and likely stretching back into 2012, according to police. He's left a string of victims in his path including Los Alamos resident Allison Majure. She was driving home for lunch Monday, April 29 when

Luján and McMillan Discuss LANL's Cleanup Funding

on May 8, 2013 - 4:05pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. right, and LANL Director Charlie McMillan meet in DC to Discuss Funding for Environmental Cleanup at the Lab. Courtesy photo


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District met today with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director Charles McMillan in Luján's Washington office to discuss a number of issues regarding the lab, including funding for environmental cleanup.

Luján joined with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich earlier this week to write to Congressional committees

Udall Talks LANL Cleanup & Water Conference Report

on May 8, 2013 - 11:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed efforts to secure critical funding for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory through DOE and NNSA reprogramming.
Udall also recapped last week’s water conference report release.
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
0:00 –Udall discusses last week’s release of policy recommendations following July’s 37th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference, entitled “Hard

LAMS Conducting Off-Site Evacuation Drill Thursday

on May 8, 2013 - 10:35am

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School will conduct an off-site evacuation drill from approximately 8:15-9 a.m. Thursday, May 9.

Students and staff will be grouped east of the solar array near the school, 2102 Hawks Dr.

Los Alamos Detectives Charge Aaron Nguyen in Burglaries

on May 8, 2013 - 10:05am

Aaron Nguyen, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested Tuesday at Los Alamos High School.

Nguyen is charged with burglarizing a number of homes throughout Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Police Detectives confiscated a wide variety of items connected to the burglaries from weapons to money to jewelry and more.

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris, who heads up the Los Alamos Detective Division, asks anyone who has been burglarized in 2012 or 2013 to contact his office at 662-8222 to determine whether any of the confiscated items belong to them.

The full story surrounding Nguyen's arrest will be in the Los Alamos Daily

Los Alamos Detectives Capture Suspected Burglar

on May 7, 2013 - 8:37pm
Editor's Note: Video added to report.

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris, right, and Det. Daniel Roberts spoke on video to the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon about the investigation that has led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Los Alamos man suspected of committing a rash of burglaries in the Los Alamos area. See Wednesday's edition of for the full story and identification of the suspect in custody. See exclusive video interview below. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

As part of their investigation and arrest of a local burglary suspect, Los Alamos Police

Rangers, Los Alamos Firefighters Aid Visitor at Bandelier

on May 7, 2013 - 3:44pm
BNM News:
Mid-morning today, May 7, a visitor reported to a park volunteer that another visitor had collapsed along Bandelier's Main Loop Trail. Park rangers and the Los Alamos Fire Department responded, and found him conscious and alert.
They transported him to the Los Alamos Medical Center. At that time, the cause of his collapse had not been determined .The man and his wife were visiting from Florida.

Non Life Threatening Crash on Truck Route Monday

on May 7, 2013 - 10:31am
Non life threatening injuries were sustained by a driver during a two vehicle crash at the bottom of the truck route near N.M. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo by Greg Kendall/

One of two vehicles involved in Monday's crash on the truck route. Photo by Greg Kendall/

One of the two cars involved in Monday's crash. Damage can be seen in the back bumper area. The driver of this car was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center with non life threating injuries. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 25–May 1, 2013

on May 6, 2013 - 4:41pm

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.

April 25 at 7:44 a.m. / A 47-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 900 block of Canyon Road. The estimated loss is under $500. The matter is under investigation.

April 25 at 1:48 p.m. / A 22-year-old Tempe man reported that he was the victim of criminal sexual penetration in the 900 block of Capulin Road. The matter is under investigation.

April 25 at

Arson Awareness Week: Residential Arson

on May 6, 2013 - 10:21am

LAFD News:

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has designated Reducing Residential Arson as the theme for the 2013 Arson Awareness Week, running May 5-11.

USFA is working with federal and private sector partners to arm residents and property managers with tools to reduce the likelihood and effects of arson (PDF, 3 Mb.)

“According to the USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) during 2008-2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occurred annually in the United States.

CONE ZONE: Week of May 6

on May 5, 2013 - 8:54am

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
Canyon Road is closed with a “rolling” closure between Rim Road and 15th Street; the closure shifts closer to 15th Street as work on the sewer line progresses. Residential access in the immediate closure area will be provided; all others should seek alternate routes.

Canyon Road

Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Friday Night

on May 4, 2013 - 8:43am

Los Alamos Police set up a sobriety checkpoint in front of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road Friday night. These checkpoints will continue throughout Los Alamos County as part of the LAPD's campaign to keep drunk drivers off the streets. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Police talk with drivers during Friday night's sobriety checkpoint on Canyon Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Friday night's sobriety checkpoint on Canyon Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Wildfire Danger Faced by Residents of New Mexico and Arizona

on May 2, 2013 - 10:47am
SFI News:
Just released maps regarding the wildfire outlook in New Mexico and Arizona speak loud and clear that this is a dangerous time of the year.
State Farm Insurance has issued the following safety tips and a video showing the impact that mitigation measures can have- from Last year’s Colorado fire.
Safety Tips:

Plan Ahead

Good wildfire planning begins long before a fire occurs. Help ensure your family’s safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home.

Public Response to DEA’S National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Keeps Growing

on May 2, 2013 - 10:11am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past Saturday collected 50 percent more pills than the previous event.

This demonstrates the American public’s continued appreciation and need for the opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

On April 27, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and

County DWI Planning Council Meets May 16

on May 2, 2013 - 9:55am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will hold a meeting at 8:30 a.m., May 16 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A.

The meeting is open to the public and will include topics such as the FY14 grant application status, implementing a new resolution from the County Council and DWI Planning Council By-Law revisions, new member appointments and prevention funding for the Los Alamos Teen Center.

New Guide Details Steps for Preserving Biological Evidence

on May 1, 2013 - 10:59am

A forensic technician collects biological material from a pipe bomb. Courtesy/Forensic Science Program, PSU

NIST News:

A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides forensic laboratories, law enforcement agencies and the judicial system with state-of-the-art guidelines and recommended best practices for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve “cold cases,” confirm the guilt of criminals or exonerate the innocent.

Biological evidence refers to two

Underage Drinking an Epidemic in New Mexico

on May 1, 2013 - 8:00am



Here’s a sobering statistic. New Mexico is first in the nation for children who have their first alcoholic drink before the age of 13. 

And that brings all sorts of consequences, including traffic crashes, brain damage and early alcohol addiction. It’s a tough battle that we face but will continue to fight. 

Monday May 6, Gov. Susana Martinez, the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Transportation will unveil a new media public service campaign and a new website called MYINSTEAD.

Los Alamos Police Collect 332 lbs. of Prescription Drugs At Take-Back Event Saturday

on April 30, 2013 - 10:44am

Ofc. Robert Girmendonk poses next to boxes and bags of collected prescription drugs. Photo by Sgt. Oliver Morris

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department conducted its bi-annual DEA prescription drug take back initiative Saturday, April 27.

LAPD conducted two location sites for the first time this year, one at Los Alamos Medical Center and the second at the public library in White Rock.

The total weight of collected drugs was 332 pounds.

"This is the most we have collected thus far and this continues to be a successful program with community support." Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

Water Main Break on N.M. 4 at Truck Route

on April 29, 2013 - 8:02pm

Water pools at the scene of a water main break on N.M. 4 near the Truck Route early this evening in White Rock. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

Evening commuters to White Rock encountered a fountain of water shooting up over six feet into the air at the intersection of N.M. 4 near the Truck Route.

A Department of Public Utilities crew was on scene and preliminary reports indicate that they will be working through the night to make repairs.

The water main break flooded a portion of the roadway.