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County Workers Guide Traffic Through N.M. 4 While Crews Repair Water Main Break

on June 30, 2014 - 6:46pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Late this afternoon, County workers guided motorists through a stretch of N.M. 4 northeast of the Rover Boulevard intersection where a water main break occurred at approximately 1 p.m. today.

Water crews were dispatched to excavate the area and make repairs, said officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. 

DPU stated that no customers were without water, but some may have experienced low water pressure.

DPU estimates that repairs to the

Major Water Main Break Near Rover and NM 4

on June 30, 2014 - 3:01pm


Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are reporting a water main break occurred at approximately 1 p.m. on N.M. 4 northeast of the Rover Boulevard intersection. 

Water crews are dispatched and excavating the area to make repairs. 

While DPU states that no customers are without water, some may experience low water pressure.

DPU estimates that repairs to the water line should be complete early this evening. Road repairs may take longer. 

Traffic control devices are in place to protect crews while repairs are underway.

Diego Fire Update: Road Blocks on Forest Road 93/103, 103/116 and 115

on June 30, 2014 - 2:55pm

Photo by Danae Nielsen

Diego Fire Update:

Fire crews continue to fight the 1,000 plus acre Diego Fire, which is burning southeast of Coyote. Currently the Northern New Mexico Type III Incident Management Team is in command of the fire, but they will be transitioning to Nieto's Type II Incident Management Team this evening. 

Dry, hot and windy weather is causing extreme fire behavior and long range spotting, but at this time, no structures are threatened. Heavy fuels and bug-kill also are aiding in the extreme fire behavior.

Significant Shift to Weather Pattern Coming

on June 30, 2014 - 10:39am



NWS News:


The National Weather Service (NWS) in Abluquerque reports that the hot and mostly dry conditions of late will be abruptly altered.


  • Type – Hot and mostly dry period coming to an end with significant increase in showers/storms.
  • Timing – Today through Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Location – All of northern and central New Mexico.

Key Impacts:

  • Hot and mostly dry conditions today with potential for strong downburst winds from dry T-storms this afternoon.
  • Strong back door cold front to bring gusty winds over eastern New Mexico tonight. Strong winds will be channeled

Scientists Say Tall, Wide Walls Will Calm Tornado Alley

on June 30, 2014 - 9:06am

Researchers uncover a surprising way of neutralizing tornado threat. Courtesy/

HSWN News:

In the United States, most devastating tornadoes occur in Tornado Alley, which is a strip of land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains, including most American Midwest states.

In 2013, there were 811 confirmed tornadoes in the United States, 57 in Europe, and 3 in China. Among 811 tornadoes in the United States, most, especially the most devastating ones, occurred in Tornado Alley.

Scientists say that building three 300 meter high and 50 meter wide walls, at the cost

Today Marks Anniversary of Granite Mountain Tragedy

on June 30, 2014 - 7:38am

Staff Report

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, which killed 19 “hotshot” firefighters. This summer, the interagency wildland fire community will mark the one-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire accident and the 20-year anniversary of the South Canyon Fire accident of July 6, 1994.

Although these accidents were separated in time by 19 years, they are bound together by several tragic commonalities.

Los Alamos Skies Are Smokey From Diego Fire

on June 29, 2014 - 5:49pm
Smoke from the Diego Fire near Coyote seen this afternoon from North Mesa. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost
Los Alamos Daily Post
The smoke in the sky looking northwest from Los Alamos is coming from the Diego Fire thought to have been ignited by lightning June 15 off Forest Service Road 93 near Coyote.
Los Alamos County Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the fire has really ramped up today and some 200-300 acres have burned so far.
"They have air tankers and ground crews on it and have ordered a type 3 incident

Community Members Meet Sheriff Lucero Saturday

on June 29, 2014 - 11:41am

At Saturday's 'Meet Sheriff Lucero' event at the Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero speaks to community members and members of his re-election committee. 'Being the first sheriff in Los Alamos County to have graduated from the New Mexico State Law Enforcement Academy, I have raised awareness of the positive benefits of having a sheriff that is an accessible, committed peace officer,' Lucero said.

SSCI’s Cybersecurity Bill Would Chill News Reporting

on June 29, 2014 - 10:44am

NNA News:

By RICK BLUM / The Sunshine in Government Initiative

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA), released as a draft by Chairman Dianne Feinstein June 17 and soon to be considered by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, would threaten the flow of accurate news and information to the public and policymakers.

The bill would allow government agencies to collect, without a warrant or other traditional legal process, journalists’ phone and other records if the government considers the journalists or their sources threats to the security of information stored on

WIPP: Plans Ongoing to Evaluate All Drums in Panel 7, Room 7

on June 29, 2014 - 10:17am

WIPP has created a mock-up of Room 7 to test various 'reach' tools. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

As the investigation into the cause of the Feb. 14 radiological release continues, WIPP teams are working to create a system to examine all containers in Panel 7, Room 7. To date, visual inspection of the room's 24 rows of
waste containers has been limited to rows 15 to 24.

Workers are evaluating several different systems that would allow recovery teams to obtain video imaging, thermography, and sampling data on the waste containers in rows 1-14 – those that are the furthest back in the room.

Cone Zone: Week of June 30

on June 29, 2014 - 9:46am


Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of June 30, 2014

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

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

Starting Monday, June 30, the contractor will begin mobilizing for construction.

Expect Central Avenue to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Starting on Tuesday during the daytime, Central Avenue between

DOE Launches Micro-grid 2014 MVP Challenge

on June 27, 2014 - 8:38am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Micro-grid 2014 MVP Challenge, a competition to support resiliency and adaptation in communities across America.

The Challenge will recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies that are able to continue providing vital public services during power disruptions caused by severe weather and other events. As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the competition advances the President’s commitment to helping the nation prepare for the impacts of climate change. 


Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 19 to June 25, 2014

on June 26, 2014 - 6:37pm

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 19 at 2:15 p.m. / A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone damaged her property on San Ildefonso Road. The estimated loss is more than $1,000.

June 19 at 3:25 p.m. / Police arrested Joseph Gutierrez, 19, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Drive and charged him with tampering with evidence. A police booking photo is not available.


June 20 at 4:40 p.m.

Los Alamos Maintenance Worker Charged With Murder

on June 26, 2014 - 5:19pm

Henry Wilton
Los Alamos Daily Post

Police arrested Henry Wilton June 19 in Los Alamos on an outstanding warrant from Espanola Magistrate Court on an open count of murder in the first degree.

Wilton, 48, is a maintenance worker at Los Alamos Public Schools who lives in Espanola. He was initially charged with aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, false imprisonment and now murder after reportedly beating his 41-year-old girlfriend who lapsed into a coma and died Monday.

"I am knowledgeable of

UPDATE: Endangered Person Alert

on June 24, 2014 - 11:16am

Baron Holloway

Update: The NMDPS just annouced that Baron Holloway and Frances Hidalgo have an ongoing releationship. He is 34, from Belen, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 215 pounds, green eyes and brown hair. He drives a white Dodge Magnum. This was reported as a forcible abduction. A warrant has been or will be obtained for his arrest.



MISSING: Frances Hidalgo, 25, was last seen June 20 in Belen.

Frances Hidalgo

She is believed to have been abducted and may be traveling with a man in a white Dodge Magnum.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hidalgo is urged to contact

Launch of VA Open Burn Pit Registry Helps Veterans Get Needed Care

on June 24, 2014 - 7:28am

Msgt. Jessey Baca


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which he was instrumental in creating through bipartisan legislation.

Similar to the Agent Orange and Gulf War registries, the burn pit registry will enable the VA to track service members and veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Breaking News: Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster To Lead Bloomfield PD

on June 23, 2014 - 5:31pm
New Bloomfield Police Chief Randy Foster
Los Alamos Daily Post
Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster has been hired as chief of the Bloomfield Police Department. He is replacing retired Police Chief Michael R. Kovacs.

Foster, 38, was recently selected out of a national pool of 48 applicants as one of the top three finalists for Santa Fe police chief. Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia got the job and last Friday, Bloomfield City Manager David Fuqua contacted Foster and offered him the police chief position in Bloomfield.

"He was the best - it's

FBI Seeks Public's Help In Finding Driver Involved In Fatal Accident In Shiprock

on June 23, 2014 - 11:33am

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a man near Shiprock Sunday night.

The man’s body was discovered at approximately 9:26 p.m. on Mesa Farm Road, about six miles west of Shiprock, on the Navajo Indian Reservation. The location is known locally as the “second wash before the old end of the pavement.”

No vehicle was found at the scene.

The man’s name is being withheld until positive identification can be made.

Investigators would like to talk to anyone who may have been in the area

Cone Zone: Road Construction For Week of June 23

on June 22, 2014 - 10:59am


Los Alamos County road construction activity for the week of June 23.

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

N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:
The northern lanes of Trinity Drive remain closed, resulting in one-way eastbound traffic on Trinity and a westbound detour to Central Avenue.

U.S. 84/284 Bridge Work Continues June 21-27

on June 20, 2014 - 10:00am

NMDT 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 21: 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.

Vehicle Impact Damages Rim Road Residence

on June 19, 2014 - 9:40pm

This home at 98 Rim Road in Los Alamos was damaged shortly before 5 p.m. today when a car crashed into it. The female driver of the car was not injured and no injuries were reported inside the home, which was unoccupied at the time. Los Alamos Police Department personnel and Los Alamos Fire Department crews had to evacuate the entire cul de de sac at the end of Rim Road because the vehicle ruptured a gas line connected to the house. Department of Public Utilities crews arrived at the scene and shut off the gas line. Residents were allowed back in their homes within a couple of hours. Police

Alert: Car Crashes Into Home Causing Evacuation of Cul De Sac on Rim Road

on June 19, 2014 - 6:12pm


Los Alamos Police Department personnel and Los Alamos Fire Department crews have evacuated a cul de de sac on Rim Road in Los Alamos after a car collided into a house shortly before 5 p.m. today at 98 Rim Road.

The collision was minor with little damage to the house, but the vehicle ruptured a gas line connected to the house and evacuation was necessary as a precautionary measure. Department of Public Utilities crews were dispatched to the scene of the accident shortly after the 911 call and are currently working to shut off the gas line.

The female driver of the car was not

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


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


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.