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Correctional Officer Treated for Smoke Inhalation

on January 2, 2013 - 9:51am

CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT News:

On Dec. 30, at approximately 4:50 p.m., an inmate housed at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, Alternative Placement Area intentionally set a fire in his cell for the purposes of causing himself harm.

The Special Operations Response Team responded immediately to extinguish the fire and rescue the inmate. After the fire was extinguished and the inmate was rescued, the entire pod was evacuated.

One of the team’s first responders was treated and released from an area hospital for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The inmate was

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 20 to Dec. 24, 2012

on December 31, 2012 - 7:20am

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.

 

CONNIE LEMON‑SANDOVAL

Dec. 20 at 12:03 a.m. / Police arrested Connie Lemon-Sandoval, 67, of Los Alamos near 38th Street and Villa and charged her with driving without a working tail light, driving without insurance and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Dec. 20 at 2:29 p.m.

'Katie's Law' Bill Clears Senate - Goes to President

on December 29, 2012 - 1:42pm
Katie Sepich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded last night's passage of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, a bill named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at the time, her killer Gabriel Avila  was not identified when he was arrested in 2003 for unrelated crimes.
 
It wasn't until three years later, after his conviction for other crimes, that his DNA was taken that identified him as

DWI Planning Council Meets Jan. 10

on December 28, 2012 - 7:52am

DWI PLANNING COUNCIL News:

The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council Meeting is set for 8:30 a.m., Jan. 10 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A.

The meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA:

Call to Order

II. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: 12/11/2012. (Minutes are available upon request by contacting the Los Alamos Police Department Records Division @ Police-Records@lacnm.us or 663-1741)

III. FY14 Allocation of Distribution Funds (Request/grant for LDWI Distribution Funds is due to the State in February 2013)

IV. Coordinator’s Report

V.

Column: New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

on December 28, 2012 - 7:42am
By B. Zerker
Weapons Specialist and Constitutionalist
Los Alamos

New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

For the last few days, I’ve been hearing the endless cries of, “We need more gun-control!” “Ban those evil semi-automatic military assault-weapons! Nobody needs those for hunting!” “Ban all high-capacity magazines,!” etc., all of them now permeating the airwaves in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

I’ve also heard the statement in the past, and I’m paraphrasing, that our Second Amendment’s guarantee that a citizen’s "right to keep and bear arms" is no longer relevant these days

NNSA Conducting Radiation Survey Over Washington

on December 27, 2012 - 9:09am

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be flying a helicopter over portions of Washington, D.C., between Dec. 27, 2012, and Jan. 11, 2013.

The purpose of these flights is to measure naturally occurring radiation in the Washington, D.C., area.

The radiation assessment will cover approximately 70 square miles and NNSA will complete the assessment using a helicopter equipped with remote gamma radiation sensing technology.

The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the areas, 150 feet or higher above the ground surface, at a speed of

Column: Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am
Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II
Or, Yes, Dorothy, We Do Have a Double Standard Here
By Khalil Spencer

Well, the Bushmaster .223 caliber civilian assault rifle (i.e, a military spec rifle designed to deliver high rates of automatic fire in battlefield conditions, slightly modified to only fire semi-automatic but still capable of several rounds per second and often equipped with high capacity magazines) used to execute 20 elementary school students and six of their teachers made the news again this week, and this time much closer to (my) childhood home.

As reported in the NY

‘Tis the Season for Parking Lot Accidents

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am

Parking lot accident. Courtesy/State Farm

STATE FARM News:

  • State Farm Offers Tips for Driving and Parking this Holiday Shopping Season
You've just turned off a traffic-congested street and into the relative calm of a parking lot. Time to relax, right? Not really. During the holidays, parking lots at malls and supermarkets are packed, increasing the possibility of a fender bender.

About 20 percent of all vehicle accidents happen in parking lots, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

DEA Publishes Proposed Regs for Pill Disposal

on December 27, 2012 - 7:35am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Disposal of Controlled Substances in the Federal Register Dec. 21.  

The proposed regulations seek to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. 

That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or

Power Outage Planned Thursday for Part of North Mesa

on December 26, 2012 - 10:25am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced today that weather permitting, a brief power outage is planned for a portion of North Mesa.

The 10 to 20 minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. The area affected is east of the Hawk Drive/San Ildefonso Road intersection, not including the Del Norte and Del Sol areas.

Electric line crews will reconfigure the three phase power in these North Mesa neighborhoods to optimize electric loads and reduce possibility for future power outages in the area. 

 

Customers are reminded to shut down or back up computers and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 13 to Dec. 19, 2012

on December 24, 2012 - 9:57am

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.

Dec. 13 at 12:52 a.m. / Police arrested Jordan Agoyo, 24, of Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant. No photo available.

Dec. 13 at 10:50 a.m., / Police charged a 16-year-old El Rancho boy with possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School. Police referred him to the juvenile probation officer and released him to his parents.

SAMANTHA DUTRA

Dec. 13 at 8:07 p.m.

NM 599 Interchange Now Open

on December 24, 2012 - 9:40am

The new roundabout at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMDOT

The new roundabout at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

NMDOT District Five is proud to announce the opening of a new interchange at the junction of N.M. 599 and County Road 62 in Santa Fe.

The newly constructed bridge, ramps and roundabouts give motorists a new and safer way to cross N.M. 599 to reach neighborhoods and facilities on the west side of the city.

The roundabouts are located on each side of the overpass on County Road 62, also known

LANL Implements Stricter Security Measures

on December 23, 2012 - 7:31am

Effective immediately, NNSA has directed Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel at its inspection stations at East Jemez Road and West Jemez Road to inspect all vehicles and check every driver for photo IDs such as driver's licenses. Alternative routes for visitors traveling to Bandelier, the Jemez or the Pajarito Ski Area include N.M. 4 through White Rock or West Road past the ice rink and reservoir area. Courtesy/BNM

Hazardous Fuels Treatment Planned in Forest

on December 22, 2012 - 8:37am

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management has announced that a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment is planned on the Forest in January and February.

Santa Fe Watershed, Espanola Ranger District:

  • Approximately 20 acres of piles are to be treated at any point in time in the Santa Fe Watershed from Jan. 7 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable
  • The pile burn location is approximately 6 miles East of the City of Santa Fe, 1 Mile East of McClure Reservoir
  • The pile burn is expected to take place while snow is on the ground, which will help keep smoke levels low
  • Smoke from

NNSA Orders Security Enhancements at LANL

on December 21, 2012 - 3:53pm

LANL News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, has directed Los Alamos National Laboratory to increase its security, effective immediately.

LANL is the only Laboratory in the DOE Complex under this increase in security. Spokesman Kevin Roark responded to an email request from the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon for additional information, saying simply that the Lab cannot elaborate as to what has spurred the order for heightened security.

Because of this government order, until further notice all vehicles entering

Grants Man Arrested for Posting Threats on Internet

on December 21, 2012 - 7:02am

FBI News:

This morning the FBI arrested Paulo Nikko Peral, 20, of Grants, New Mexico, on a criminal complaint charging him with transmitting a threat to injure another in interstate commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 875(c.)

Paulo’s arrest was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

Peral made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon. He remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, which are scheduled for tomorrow morning.

The criminal complaint

Corker Burn Pit Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

on December 20, 2012 - 11:17am
Sen. Udall in June with MSgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria of Albuquerque who detailed Jessey's ailments believed caused by exposure to open burn pits. Courtesy/Tom Udall's Office
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced today that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed the Senate.
 
The Burn Pit Open Registry Act was included as part of an omnibus veterans measure, S.

Column: Looming REAL ID Act Deadline

on December 20, 2012 - 10:36am
Column by Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Representative Elect, District 43

Over the past few weeks several community members have contacted me about the REAL ID Act and a looming Jan. 15 deadline.

The primary concern is that New Mexico is currently not in compliance with the REAL ID Act.

This means New Mexicans may not be able to use their drivers’ licenses to board commercial airlines after Jan. 15.

If this occurs, it could have alarming effects on our state and community. Public concern over this issue has been heightened by recent news stories and statements from public officials.

Local Bus Slides Into Ditch

on December 20, 2012 - 8:22am

An Atomic City Transit bus slid into a ditch at about 10.30 a.m. Wednesday during snowfall as it traveled the first main left turn going up toward the Ski Hill. No injuries were reported. Photo by J. Roberts

Photo by J. Roberts

Photo by J. Roberts

I-25 SB Lanes at Old Pecos Trail Closed Saturday Morning

on December 20, 2012 - 7:57am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will be closing I-25 southbound lanes at Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe early Saturday morning, Dec. 22.

The lanes will be closed at 3 a.m. to allow workers to erect a large overhead sign structure at the St. Francis Drive interchange and by 5 a.m. should be re-opened.
 

During the closure, southbound I-25 traffic will be detoured onto Rabbit Road and then directed back to the Interstate at St. Francis Drive.

Northbound I-25 traffic will not be affected by the closure.

Don’t Let a D.W.I. Crash Your Holidays

on December 20, 2012 - 7:49am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The holidays are here and that means celebrations and parties, many of which include punched up eggnog, champagne and even hot toddies. 

While we’re not saying don’t enjoy yourself, we are saying do NOT get behind the wheel of a car after enjoying these or any other alcoholic beverages. Not even one.

Most people assume the standard breath/blood alcohol content for a D.W.I.

Letter to the Editor: Oh, What To Do ...

on December 20, 2012 - 7:39am
By JJ Maier
Los Alamos

This is a mental health crisis brought to the front by an horrific tragedy.

We must undo the damage done by the Reagan and subsequent administrations/congresses when they eliminated the mental health help/care we were providing to people in need.

Because this is such a complex and mea culpa issue, the media and many short-sighted folks will try to make it a gun issue, which is way simpler.

Take away all guns and mentally sick folks will use knives and rocks. Please, let’s get this runaway train on the right track at least. Thank You!


 

 

Twelve Holiday Fire Horrors

on December 20, 2012 - 7:32am
STATE FARM News:
 
The holiday season is the time of year when most people are thinking about shopping for gifts, office parties and spending time with family and friends.
 
Sadly, this is also the time when home fires peak. Approximately one-third of home fires and home fire deaths occur during December, January and February.
 
State Farm® reminds consumers that the potential for a home fire is highest during the winter months.
 
A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that nearly 50 percent of Americans age 23 and over increased their chances of a home fire because

More Snow Hits Local Area

on December 19, 2012 - 7:43am

Snow is falling over the area including this neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 8 to Dec. 12, 2012

on December 17, 2012 - 8:11am

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.

Dec. 8 at 4:45 p.m. / A 71-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 2000 block of 47th Street. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Dec. 10 at 11:25 a.m. / A 76-year-Los Los Alamos man on Los Pueblos reported that he was the victim of fraudulent use of his credit card. The estimated loss is $300.

Dec. 10 at 5:22 p.m.

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