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Public Invited to Comment on STIP

on June 18, 2013 - 5:54am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s implementation of the 2014-2017 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP.)

The program will serve as the new four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program.

The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required by federal regulation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations.)

The NMDOT has posted the 2014-2017 STIP on the internet asking for public comment until July 18, 2013. In addition, the NMDOT

Breaking News: Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy Announces His Retirement

on June 17, 2013 - 1:48pm

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy announced his retirement today.

"My doctors tell me I'm not going to fully recover from my stroke so I've decided it's time for me to retire," Torpy told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago. "My effective retirement date will be sometime in early fall to allow the County time to conduct a search for a new police chief."

Chief Torpy suffered a stroke several months ago and underwent open heart surgery a few weeks ago.

He arrived in Los Alamos from Florida

Thompson Ridge Fire: Minimal Activity Expected Today as Crews Continue Rehab, Mop Up, Perimeter Patrol

on June 17, 2013 - 9:48am

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline: Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 80 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 7 crews, 12 engines, 12 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 526 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: For the third consecutive day, fire activity was restricted to unburned fuels within the interior where a total of four acres have burned since Friday.

Oh Hail! Friday's Storm Blankets Los Alamos

on June 16, 2013 - 12:10pm
Hail shreaded the garden at Earl Hoffman's home in Los Alamos Friday. Photo by Earl Hoffman
 
Hail covers the sidewalk and street at the Cam and JoAnn Campbell residence on 35th Street Friday afternoon. Courtesy photo
 
Hail covers
Diamond Drive at about 1:45 p.m. Friday near the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Ryn Herrmann
 

NMDOT: Delivery of 910,000 Lb. Transformer to Cause Roadblock Tuesday

on June 16, 2013 - 10:30am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation, State Police and Motor Transportation Police will be working together to coordinate the transport of a 910,000 lb. transformer for Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. 

The transformer will be driven on a 20’ x 290’ trailer from Santo Domingo Pueblo to Chili (north of Espanola) beginning Tuesday, June 18 and arriving at its final destination the next day. The transport trailer will take up two lanes along the route and will travel at speeds varying from 5 to 30 mph.

The transport will begin Tuesday at 9 p.m.

BAER Team Assembled To Assess Fire Damage

on June 16, 2013 - 10:10am

SFNF News:

Rehabilitation of fire damage will be addressed by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.

Specialists of different disciplines will work with the various agencies and pueblos affected by the Thompson Ridge Fire to assess damage and recommend actions to protect the burned area and mitigate hazards.

A BAER team is established for all fires greater than 300 acres. The BAER team leader is typically selected by the Forest Supervisor in late spring, at the start of the fire season. This leader initiates action when the fire is about 60 percent contained.

Isolated Thunderstorms Shower Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight - Now 80 Percent Contained - Allowing Some Crews To Return Home

on June 16, 2013 - 9:42am

Smoldering from the Thompson Ridge Fire remains visible on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 80 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 8 crews, 22 engines, 17 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 602 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Last night interior fuel continued to burn but no new growth or interior runs were observed.

Cone Zone: Week of June 17

on June 16, 2013 - 8:35am

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call

662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

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

RMCI continues to use a 15-passenger van to transport pedestrians through the Canyon Road construction site. The van circulates every 5 to 7 minutes while RMCI is working, typically 7 a.m. to 5-7 p.m.

No New Growth On Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight

on June 15, 2013 - 12:57pm

The sun sets Friday looking west from the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond toward the direction of the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 24,032; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 75 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 13 crews, 29 engines, 29 water tenders, 3 dozers; Total personnel: 763 and Available air support: 5 helicopters.

Summary: Last night fire activity was minimal, and there was no new growth on the fire.

Hail Scenes From Walnut Street

on June 15, 2013 - 12:00pm

Hailstones fill the sidewalk at a Walnut Street residence Thursday following a brief storm. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Hailstones cover the front yard of a Walnut Street residence Thursday. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Rain and Hail Hammer Los Alamos

on June 14, 2013 - 2:05pm

Rain and hail hammer Los Alamos today. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

NWS Report

Doppler radar registered heavy rain at 1 p.m. today from slow moving thunderstorms between Canones and Los Alamos.

These storms are moving slowly southeast. Rainfall amounts of 1/3 to 1/2 inch are possible over portions of the northern extent of the Las Conchas burn scar, including Santa Clara Canyon.

Hail fell across Los Alamos today. Courtesy photo

Current Los Alamos weather:

  • Humidity: 56 percent
  • Wind Speed: NW 9 G 23 mph
  • Barometer: 30.21 in
  • Dewpoint: 45°F (7°C)
  • Visibility: 10 miles

Seven Day

Body Found In Local Apartment Sent for Autopsy

on June 14, 2013 - 12:44pm

In the afternoon of Tuesday June 4, Los Alamos Police, OMI Deputy Carlos Gonzales and personnel from DeVargas Funeral Home carry a body from the Los Cerros Apartment Complex, 3000 Trinity Dr., near downtown Los Alamos to an awaiting vehicle. The body was removed from Apartment 95 in Building 9. The cause of death is awaiting autopsy results from the OMI. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Officers wait just outside the apartment door of the deceased for a vehicle to arrive to transport the body to OMI for an autopsy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff

Thompson Ridge, Jaroso, Tres Lagunas Fire Updates

on June 14, 2013 - 11:57am

Storm clouds fill the sky looking west from N.M. 4 toward the Thompson Ridge Fire late Thursday afternoon. The fire is now 75 percent contained. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 24,032; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 75 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 15 crews, 35 engines, 29 water tenders, 5 dozers; Total personnel: 833 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 4 helicopters.

Summary: Fire activity last night was minimal,

Thompson Ridge Fire 75 Percent Contained

on June 13, 2013 - 9:28pm

Valles Caldera. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

The Thompson Ridge Fire is now 75 percent contained. The fire started May 31, 2013.

It is burning on the Valles Caldera National Preserve about two miles northeast of La Cueva.

The fire is in steep rugged terrain and is burning mixed conifer and ponderosa pine. The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Bea Day, assumed management responsibility for the fire Sunday June 2, 2013.

Information

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginFriday May 31, 2013 approx. 2 p.m.

Thompson Ridge Fire Behavior Expected To Be Moderate Today

on June 13, 2013 - 10:02am

The Thompson Ridge Fire at the Valles Caldera. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,946; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 60 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 16 crews, 42 engines, 33 water tenders, 5 dozers; Total personnel: 885 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Firefighters took advantage of favorable conditions to conduct burnout operations along the containment line on the southwest flank of the fire

Udall Calls for Independent Probe Into NSA Data Collection

on June 13, 2013 - 7:58am

U.S. SENATE:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today led a bipartisan call for an independent investigation into the National Security Agency’s (NSA) phone records and data collection programs by a key privacy and civil liberties panel originally recommended by the 9/11 Commission and strengthened through Udall’s efforts in the House of Representatives.
 
Udall sent a bipartisan letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, asking it to “make it an urgent priority to investigate the programs mentioned above and determine whether they (1) are conducted within the

Thompson Ridge Fire: Today's Aerial Operations Success Allows Firefighters To Go Direct Tonight With Hand Ignition

on June 12, 2013 - 9:20pm

Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire Evening Update

Acres: 22,900; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 60 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 16 crews, 42 engines, 33 water tenders, 5 dozers; Total personnel: 885 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Weather so often dictates what we do and how we do it.

New Mexico State EOC Situation Report

on June 12, 2013 - 7:35pm

NMEOC News::

The New Mexico State Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor incidents across the state including multiple wildfires.

Below is a summary of each incident:

Power Outage - City of Albuquerque
Incident: Multiple power outages around the city since approximately 9:30 p.m. June 10. Affected Population: Initially 1,900. Power was restored to all areas by 5 a.m./June 12
. Affected Area: Selected areas of the population base of the City of Albuquerque. Situation Overview: CABQ EOC partially activated at approximately 9:05 a.m.

Thompson Ridge Fire Map Shows 981 Acres Burned Tuesday

on June 12, 2013 - 11:29am

Thompson Ridge Fire progression map showing the 981 acres that burned Tuesday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Jaroso Fire Seen From Santa Fe

on June 12, 2013 - 10:23am

The massive plume from the Jaroso Fire seen Tuesday evening in Santa Fe near 599 and Camino La Tierra. Photo by Danny Gallant

Keep Sidewalks Clear - Summer Campaign!

on June 12, 2013 - 10:07am

COUNTY News:

In 2002, the County instituted a sidewalk obstruction removal program to clear sidewalks adjacent to homes and businesses of overgrown vegetation.

Clearing crews hired by the County removed overgrown vegetation along sidewalks in Los Alamos and White Rock, leaving clear pathways for pedestrian use.

The program proved a success because:

  • The County sidewalks were reclaimed for their intended use;
  • It enhanced the appearance of our community'
  • It was a positive response to a problem brought forth by citizens, groups and a County board; and
  • Through public information, citizens were

Thompson Ridge; Jaroso Fire Updates - Morning of June 12

on June 12, 2013 - 9:46am

Thompson Ridge Fire

Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire late Tuesday afternoon looking west over the ball fields at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

Acres: 22,852; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 50 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 20 crews, 48 engines, 34 water tenders, 6 dozers; Total personnel: 991 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Last night crews experienced minimal fire

Tres Lagunas Fire Update - June 11

on June 11, 2013 - 12:56pm

Courtesy/SFNF

Tres Lagunas Fire Update - June 11

Acres: 10,237 Cause: Human Start Date: May 30, 2013; Containment: 70 percent; Location: 10 miles North of Pecos; Fuels: Timber; Total personnel: 783 and Terrain: steep, rugged.

Summary

Today’s Actions: Mop up, backhauling of equipment, and fire line rehabilitation will be the focus of today’s operations. Mop up includes extinguishing or removing burning material near containment lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned.

Jaroso Fire Update - June 11

on June 11, 2013 - 12:45pm

Courtesy/SFNF

Jaroso Fire Update

Time/Date Reported: June 10, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.; Location: Espanola Ranger District within the Pecos Wilderness, approximately six miles southeast of Borrego Mesa; Legal Description: T19N, R11E, Sec 1; Cause: Lightning; Fuels: Fire is burning in mixed conifer, heavy dead and down fuels with pockets of bug-killed trees.

Note: There is a 1,300-acre area of downed timber caused by a wind event six years ago directly south and east of the fire that is of concern because of additional fuel for fire to consume quickly.

Size: 360 acres, according to infrared

Thompson Ridge Fire Update - June 11

on June 11, 2013 - 9:11am

Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire looking west over Ashley Pond Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

Acres: 21,871; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 50 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 20 crews, 49 engines, 32 water tenders, 5 dozers; Total personnel: 1,003 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Very active fire behavior was observed yesterday within the perimeter and will continue today due to

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