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Rabies Confirmed in Two Bats from Albuquerque’s South Valley

on June 4, 2014 - 11:17pm

Bat. Courtesy/CDC

NMDOH News:

  • Health Department urges parents to tell children not to handle wild animals and make sure pets are vaccinated

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department announced today two bats from the South Valley of Albuquerque have tested positive for rabies in the last two weeks.

The bats were tested at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division.

The most recent bat tested positive Tuesday and had been found crawling on a woman’s bare foot before she kicked it away.

Heinrich Issues Statement On EPA Proposal To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

on June 3, 2014 - 7:37am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new plan to limit carbon dioxide pollution across the country for existing power plants.

The proposal aims to reduce carbon emissions nationwide by an average of 30 percent over 2005 levels by 2030, with different specific targets for each state.

The rule would require New Mexico to reduce its carbon emissions from

Cone Zone: Road Construction For Week of June 2

on June 1, 2014 - 11:34am

COUNTY News:

Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of June 2

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 full closure of N.M. 502 / Trinity Drive between DP Road and 4th Street will be in place through June 4.

Here’s what to expect:

  • All eastbound N.M.

WIPP: Tests Begin in Preparation for Filter Change Out

on June 1, 2014 - 11:16am

WIPP News:

Workers began Friday the process to test underground ventilation fans to verify that airflow can be safely reduced during the filter replacement process. New filters are required to replace those that have been capturing material since the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event.

Workers are replacing the filters in phases so that exhaust air leaving the underground facility will continue to be filtered during the activity. This is the first filter replacement to be done at WIPP, and workers will be assisted by experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.

Going Away Party Held For Los Alamos Police Detective

on May 31, 2014 - 11:04am

From left, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Det. Paige Early and Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris at Early's going away party Friday at the Police Station. Det. Early has been with the department for 6.5 years and is leaving to join her husband who recently accepted a job out of state. "In the short time I've been here at the department it's become apparent that we're losing not only a very good police officer but a very good person as well," Sgambellone said. Morris is in charge of the LAPD Investigations Division and has worked with Early for several years.

DOE Issues Update On WIPP Repairs

on May 30, 2014 - 8:11am
WIPP personnel conduct visual inspections of the underground facilities at WIPP. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

The Department of Energy Field Office in Carlsbad has announced that on May 28, WIPP workers entered the underground facility to adjust the ventilation system. While underground, they adjusted a regulator on a bulkhead door and closed and taped doors at another underground location to allow more air flow through Panel 7 and better ventilation control in preparation for the planned filter change.

Geotechnical experts also conducted underground inspections at several locations to make sure

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 22 to May 28, 2014

on May 29, 2014 - 1:44pm

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 22 at 7:30 a.m. / A 61-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked on Pajarito Road. The estimated loss is unknown.

May 22 at 9:12 p.m. / A 35-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Joya Loop. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

May 22 at 6 a.m.

Bridge Work Continues U.S. 84/285 & North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) May 30

on May 29, 2014 - 11:59am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – 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. 

This work includes the removal and replacement of the bridge approach slabs, bridge sleeper slabs, transition slabs and roadway improvements at the interchange. 

Starting  at 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, the North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) will be CLOSED, and the U.S.

LAHS Seniors Receive Scholastic Scholarships From New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association

on May 29, 2014 - 11:53am

Sheriff Marco Lucero presents $600 scholastic scholarships to Los Alamos High School graduating seniors Maria McTeigue and Sidney Ellis Wednesday evening. Courtesy photo

LACS News:

The Los Alamos County Sheriffs’ Office has announced the 2014 New Mexico Sheriffs’ Associations Scholarship winners. 

Wednesday evening, Sheriff Marco Lucero presented two scholastic scholarships Los Alamos High School graduating seniors Maria McTeigue and Sidney Ellis. Each student received a $600 scholarship.

The New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association sponsors golf tournaments each year, whereby each County

Annual Los Alamos Police 'Special Olympics Torch Run' Underway to Jemez Springs

on May 29, 2014 - 10:15am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, middle row second from right, and a group of his police officers gather with Special Olympic athletes Shaylene Stephens and Sam Zimmerly, front row, at the station this morning to begin their annual Special Olympics Torch Run. Runners will carry the torch in relays all the way to Jemez Springs. Funds raised from their efforts will benefit the Special Olympics. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Special Olympics athlete Sam Zimmerly runs with the torch. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Special Olympic athletes Shaylene Stephens and Sam

WIPP: Waste Control Specialists Continues Precautionary Measures

on May 28, 2014 - 9:38am

An employee with Waste Control Specialists examines modular concrete casks, similar to those that are being used to overpack waste containers from LANL. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in Andrews, Texas, continues implementing precautionary measures this week to ensure the safety of the public, environment and workers.

WCS is loading standard waste boxes from the suspect waste stream originating from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) into modular concrete casks.

Prior to loading, thermal readings are taken of each  standard waste box container to verify

LAFD/Search and Rescue Help Couple and Child Lost in Canyon Near Red Dot Trail

on May 25, 2014 - 9:34am
The Los Alamos Fire Department/Search and Rescue coordinated an extensive effort to rescue two adults and one child from out-of-state who became lost while rafting down the Rio Grande River Saturday. Care Flight was called in to assist bringing the rafters out of the canyon near Red Dot Trail. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
Care Flight was called in Saturday to assist bringing lost rafters out of the canyon near Red Dot Trail. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Cone Zone: Road Construction For Week of May 26

on May 25, 2014 - 8:32am

COUNTY News:

Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of May 26

For more information about the projects listed below, 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 full closure of NM502 / Trinity Drive between DP Road and 4th Street will be in place through June 6. Here’s what to expect:

  • All eastbound NM502 / Trinity Drive traffic will be able to access Trinity businesses and side streets up to and including DP Road.

Los Alamos Sheriff Attends Memorial Honoring Friends Who Lost Their Lives in the Line of Duty

on May 24, 2014 - 1:44pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero at Wednesday's memorial for best friend Isaac Martinez and other officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Gov. Susana Martinez issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday, May 21 as New Mexico Law Enforcement Memorial Day.

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero represented the County at a special ceremony hosted Wednesday in Santa Fe by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

Courtesy photo

The ceremony honored the memory of the 195 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life in the protection of

Plague Activity Heats Up in Santa Fe County

on May 24, 2014 - 9:24am

NMDOH News:

Latest Activity in a Dog from the West Side of Edgewood 

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting significant plague activity in the East Mountain area, which includes parts of Bernalillo, Torrance and Santa Fe coun

ties.

A dog was confirmed positive for plague this week at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division. The dog was from an area just on the west side of the town of Edgewood in southwestern Santa Fe County.

So far this year, there have been three dogs from the Edgewood area and a cat from Torrance County with confirmed plague.

New CASA Volunteers Sworn In to Advocate for Children

on May 24, 2014 - 7:35am

New CASA volunteers from left, Jim Bradbury, George Flores, Rachel Scholz, Lisa Gonzales, Suzan Hall with Judge Ellington and Suzie Leite. Courtesy photo

CASA News:

SANTA FE—The Hon. Judge T. Glen Ellington of the First Judicial District swore in six volunteers May 22 as CASA volunteers—court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. The new volunteers are Jim Bradbury, George Flores, Rachel Scholz, Lisa Gonzales, Suzan Hall and Suzie Leite.

Family and friends gathered in the First District Court House in Santa Fe to watch the volunteers take an oath promising to

FBI Announces Child Safety Tips

on May 23, 2014 - 11:29am

The FBI’s new Child ID app can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes. Download App,, View Gallery, Podcast: About the Child ID App. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

In advance of National Missing Children’s Day May 25, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) San Antonio Field Office is sharing tips on how to keep kids safe and information about how the FBI investigates instances of child abduction and exploitation.

Through the Child Exploitation Task Force, the FBI works to decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation, provide a rapid investigative response to

Sobriety Checkpoints Out in Force this Memorial Day Weekend

on May 23, 2014 - 10:57am
A caravan of six assorted police vehicles with DUI trailers and other vehicles and a police motorcycle were headed north from Albuquerque on I-25 Thursday. Sobriety Checkpoints are active across the state this Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 
Sobriety Checkpoints are being set up across the state this Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Bad Neighbor Behavior Reported on Orange Street

on May 23, 2014 - 9:35am

Reports of bad neighbor behavior reveal a massive mess of recycled items and debris left by the owner of Azazo Recycling. A few days ago the owner reportedly emptied out the premises of two spaces he leased at 3540 Orange St., from Los Alamos Public Schools and placed the mountain of stuff onto the front lawn. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 15 to May 21, 2014

on May 22, 2014 - 3:01pm

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 15 at 3:18 p.m. / A 31-year-old Santa Clara Pueblo man reported that he was battered on Canyon Road by a household member.

May 15 at 4:44 p.m. / Police arrested Lilliana Martinez, 27, of Chimayo at 3301 Canyon Road and charged her with battery on a household member. She was issued a summons to appear in court. Police photo unavailable.

May 15 at 7:03 p.m.

Cracked Lid of Nuclear Waste Container May Be Source of WIPP Radiation Leak

on May 22, 2014 - 7:54am

Waste container photographed earlier this month at WIPP with its lid unsealed and apparent heat discoloration. Courtesy/WIPP

HSNW News:

The radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad has been linked to a waste container shipped from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), raising questions about the safety of other containers stored at the lab’s northern New Mexico facility and at the Waste Control Specialists (WCS) site in Andrews, Texas.

As a precautionary measure, LANL has been ordered to remove thousands of similar containers filled with toxic waste from

Los Alamos Police Report Some 24 Burglaries From Autos During Last Three Days

on May 21, 2014 - 4:17pm

POLICE News:

Over the last three days, approximately 24 Los Alamos residents report being victims of automobile burglary, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.

In all cases, the suspect(s) entered unlocked vehicles, rummaged through the contents and in most cases, took items from the vehicle. 

The Los Alamos Police Department stated in a news release today that it cannot express enough the importance of people removing all items and locking their vehicles.

LAPD is asking for the community's assistance in being vigilant and aware of any suspicious activity.

Cottage Cheese Recall Underway

on May 21, 2014 - 12:31pm

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department has announced that a recall is underway of select Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese, and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese products with code dates of 09 MAY 2014 to 23 JUL 2014, manufactured by Kraft Foods of Northfield, IL.

The product was distributed nationally and in New Mexico at Walmart stores. The products are being recalled due to "out-of-standard" storage temperatures.

 

N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Work Underway

on May 21, 2014 - 12:01pm

N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Work Improvements work is underway and expected to continue through June 6. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Road Work News:

Work is underway this week on the N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Work Improvements project including a full closure of N.M. 502 / Trinity Drive between DP Road and 4th Street. This work will continue through June 6.

Here’s what to expect:

  • All eastbound N.M.

Alert: Thieves are on the Prowl - Lock Your Doors

on May 21, 2014 - 11:22am

Alert:

Readers are reporting a rash of burglaries on North Mesa and as recently as last night on Woodland Drive. Thieves got into cars and stole items.

These thieves reportedly made purchases last night in Santa Fe and Bernallilo with stolen cards acquired from vehicles broken into in Los Alamos last night.

Report suspicious people sighted in the area to the police immediately at 505.662.8222, lock your car doors, and if you must keep valuables in your car, keep them out of plain site.

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