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LANL Using Neutrons to Stop Nuclear Smugglers

on September 10, 2014 - 1:59pm

ScreenShot/LANL Video

LANL News:

Laser-generated neutrons could one day be enlisted to help fight the War on Terror.

Using the short-pulse laser at Los Alamos's TRIDENT facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers generated a neutron beam with novel characteristics that interrogated a closed container to confirm the presence and quantity of nuclear material inside.

Click here to see how this successful experiment is paving the way for the creation of table-top-sized or truck-mounted neutron generators that could be installed at strategic locations worldwide to thwart smugglers

Prescribed Fires Planned For Jemez Ranger District

on September 10, 2014 - 11:52am

USFS News:

SANTA FE — Prescribed fires will be conducted throughout Santa Fe National Forest Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 as conditions are favorable.

These fires are designed to reduce excess fuels, provide community protection, and improve forest health. The start dates and duration of these burns will be dependent on weather, wind, and fuel moisture conditions.

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe National Forest will host the International Fire Training Program again this year.

Udall Warns Utility Consumers About Scam During Service Outages

on September 10, 2014 - 11:44am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which oversees and funds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), warned New Mexicans about scams directed at utility customers. 
The FTC recently issued a consumer alert about scammers who claim to work for a utility company and seek cash payment for reconnecting service during power outages caused by severe weather or other events. 
The scammer may dress in a uniform, display a fake identification card, and claim that the

Downtown Los Alamos Gas Leak Has Been Repaired

on September 10, 2014 - 11:35am

First responders arrived on the scene this morning after a contractor breached an underground gas line while working on the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Work came to a hault this morning after a contractor breached an underground gas line while working on the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Gas/Water/Sewer crews have repaired the gas leak that occurred this morning outside the Los Alamos Post Office on Central Avenue.

The leak was caused by

Alert: Gas Line Leak on Central Avenue Between 15th and 20th Streets ... Public Advised to Stay Clear

on September 10, 2014 - 10:49am

The County reports that there is a gas line leak on Central Avenue between 20th Street and 15th Street. The public is advised to stay clear of the area until further notice. The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish more details as soon as they become available. Photo by Leland Lehman/

I-25 Northbound Off-Ramp to St. Francis Closed Sept. 11

on September 9, 2014 - 2:58pm


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is alerting motorists that the I-25 northbound off-ramp (Exit 282) to St. Francis Drive will be closed at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 and re-open at 5 a.m., Sept. 12. 

The contractor will be removing paint on the roadway due to vandalism that occurred last week. During this closure, motorists may use the Old Pecos Trail off-ramp (Exit 284) or the Cerrillos Road off-ramp (Exit 278).  

Drivers are urged to proceed through the work zone with caution, observe traffic control signs and obey speed limits.

DEA Releases New Rules Creating Convenient, Safe, Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options

on September 9, 2014 - 8:45am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was made available online Monday for preview by the Federal Register at

The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors

FEMA Region 6 Urges Public To 'Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare'

on September 8, 2014 - 11:15am


FEMA News:

September is National Preparedness Month, so the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office is urging the public to “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.”

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is part of a campaign called America’s PrepareAthon! The theme this year for NPM is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.” Emergency managers are asking individuals, families, friends and co-workers to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around Sept.

Crossing Guards Needed in White Rock

on September 8, 2014 - 8:51am


Getting hit by a car is the third leading cause of death for kids 5 to 9 years old, and kids up to age 15 make up a disproportionate number of pedestrian casualties worldwide, according to a 2011 article in Psychological Science's online magazine.

The Pinon Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PEPTO) requests community assistance. Let's protect our Panthers as they walk to and from school by volunteering to be a crossing guard.

Volunteer 20-25 minutes, once a week, and help our students.

Los Alamos Teens Create Suicide Awareness and Prevention Project 'Reach Toward Not Away'

on September 7, 2014 - 5:30pm

Los Alamos High School students got together Saturday to work on their 'Reach Toward Not Away project' as part of September's Suicide Awareness Month including from left, Jacquie Hargraves, Margaret Wright, Nick Torres, Sopahn Kellogg and Rachel Reynolds. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Sopahn Kellogg is a senior student at Los Alamos High School and has been very busy heading up a project called Reach Toward Not Away for September's Suicide Awareness Month and Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8-12.

"In the last 18 months two classmates

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Sept. 8

on September 7, 2014 - 10:02am


Road Construction Update: Week of Sept. 8

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.

Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:

Chip material has been applied on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. The final sealant will be applied in mid to late September.

Los Alamos Native Seeks Help For His International Battalion

on September 7, 2014 - 7:56am
Jonathan Miller in uniform in Israel. Courtesy photo
Jonathan Miller's IDF Unit contains soldiers from all over the world. Courtesy photo


My name is Jonathan Miller. I grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2008. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2012, I traveled to Israel for the first time on a Taglit Birthright trip.

I had such an incredible experience on my trip and felt drawn to return to Eretz Yisrael.

Body Found in Hotel Room in White Rock Today

on September 6, 2014 - 1:36pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters responded about noon today to the scene of a dead man in his room at the Hampton Inn & Suites on N.M. 4 in White Rock. According to officials, relatives discovered the body of the Springfield, VA man and called 911. The cause of death is unknown and the case is being turned over to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A Los Alamos police officer retrieves paperwork from his patrol car before returning inside the hotel to wait for someone from the Office of the Medical Investigator to arrive.

WIPP Personnel Completing Preparations For Underground Facility Rock Bolting Activities

on September 5, 2014 - 3:31pm

Mining personnel install a rock bolt that helps stabilize the rock formation in the WIPP underground facility. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Personnel at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are completing preparations to resume rock bolting activities maintaining the WIPP underground facility in a safe and stable condition as the recovery process continues.

At WIPP, rock bolts are typically installed in a pattern that optimizes the bolt’s effectiveness to ensure stability of disposal rooms and access tunnels.

State Police Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties Across State Throughout September

on September 5, 2014 - 12:30pm


State Police will conduct Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September.

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into friends and families.

Bandelier Rangers, Los Alamos Fire Department Assist Lost Hikers

on September 5, 2014 - 8:43am
Present trail conditions in Frijoles Canyon, results of the flooding following the Las Conchas Fire in 2011. Courtesy/NPS
Two Bandelier rangers spent a long night earlier this week searching for six Albuquerque-area hikers, three adults and three children ages 4-7, lost in the park.
Tuesday at about 3 a.m. they found the group, exhausted, dehydrated and hungry but otherwise healthy, near Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon.

Pino Fire Appears To Have Met Resource Objectives

on September 4, 2014 - 10:18pm

The Pino Fire is burning five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Screenshot/ladp

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The lightning caused Pino Fire is now estimated at 4,313 acres. The fire is burning on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

This fire has been highly visible for the past few days as it has been managed to improve forest health. Through a combination of hand and aerial ignitions, low-intensity fires have been used to reduce excess fuels.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 28 to Sept. 2, 2014

on September 4, 2014 - 3:21pm

LAPD News:

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.

Aug. 28 at 7:16 a.m. / A 24-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her home on 39th Street. The estimated loss is unknown.


Aug. 28 at 8:17 a.m. / Police arrested Candida Borrego, 33, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and North Road on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.





Aug. 28 at 11 a.m.

NIST: Experts Defend Operational Earthquake Forecasting

on September 4, 2014 - 11:54am

Damage from the August 2014 earthquake in China's Yunnan province. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

After the devastating 2009 L’Aquila earthquake in Italy, critics suggested that operational earthquake forecasting (OEF) is ineffective, distracting, and dangerous.

In an editorial published in the Seismological Research Letters, experts defend OEF, arguing the importance of public communication as part of a suite of activities intended to improve public safety and mitigate damage from earthquakes.

In an editorial published in the Seismological Research Letters, experts defend operational

National Child ID Kits Available Free at Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Saturday

on September 4, 2014 - 8:04am
John Arrowsmith shows off National Child Identification Kits available free at Saturday's Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
. Courtesy/Kiwanis Club

Parents: Go to the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center and pick up a free identification kit for each of your children while enjoying a good, inexpensive meal.

Normally, an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Child Identification Program kit costs $7.50, but the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has purchased them in bulk and will be providing them free to

SFNF: Managed Pino Fire Proceeds According To Plan

on September 3, 2014 - 7:43pm
Firefighters use hand and aerial ignitions to direct the Pino wildfire to control features, removing hazardous fuels and minimizing the threat of future high intensity wildfires. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski/
Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski/

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers were very pleased with the activity on the Pino Fire Tuesday. Firefighters used hand and aerial ignitions to direct the wildfire to control features, removing hazardous fuels and minimizing the threat of future high intensity wildfires.

The lightning caused Pino wildfire is now

Scenes of Pino Fire Smoke From Santa Fe

on September 3, 2014 - 6:11am

Smoke from the Pino Fire was visible Tuesday evening from a home on the north side of Santa Fe. The Pino Fire was started by lightning within the planned Paliza prescribed fire area. The Pino Fire is burning on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. It is now 164 acres in size. Photo by Jim Gautier

Smoke from the Pino Fire as seen Tuesday evening from the north side of Santa Fe. Photo by Jim Gautier

WIPP: Employees Can Enter Radiological Buffer Areas

on September 3, 2014 - 5:39am

WIPP News:

Work continues to recover areas of the WIPP underground facility and steadily move toward resuming normal operations.

Radiological control technicians and geophysical engineers enter the facility regularly to evaluate the different zones for radioactive contamination and structural integrity. Zones determined to be structurally sound and within release limits for radioactive contamination are reclassified as radiological buffer areas.

Employees can enter radiological buffer areas in the underground facility without respirators and will be able to start restoration activities,

Large Smoke Column From Pino Fire Visible in Los Alamos and White Rock

on September 2, 2014 - 9:40pm

Smoke from the Pino Fire near Jemez Springs was visible throughout the county today and this large column of smoke was spotted around 7 p.m. looking west past the Visitors Center from N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SFNF News:

Conditions were very favorable today for fire managers to ignite areas around the Pino Fire to achieve desired resource objectives. 

The Pino Fire was started by lightning within the planned Paliza prescribed fire area.

Pino Fire Aerial And Hand Ignitions Begin

on September 2, 2014 - 7:27am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 152 acres. The fire is five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

This fire is being managed for resource benefits. Sunday's fire behavior was the most active seen on this fire, and is accomplishing resource objectives, including fuel reduction, nutrient recycling, forest insect and disease regulation, and watershed protection for Ponderosa and other communities. Smoke production is likely to increase, and will be visible over a much wider area.