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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 12 to Dec. 17, 2013

on December 23, 2013 - 12:04pm

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. 12 at 12:50 p.m. / A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she is the victim of larceny on Hawk Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Dec. 14 at 9:19 a.m. / Police arrested Christella Cordova, 29 of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with larceny of more than $500 and issued her a summons to appear in court.

Dec. 14 at 10:09 a.m.

Garcia Richard Among MADD Legislative Champions of 2013

on December 23, 2013 - 10:32am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

MADD News:

SANTA FE — Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) today announced its “2013 Legislative Champions” and recognized Los Alamos' Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Speaker W. Ken Martinez, Rep. Liz Thomson and Rep. Tim Lewis for their leadership within the New Mexico Legislature to stop drunk driving and protect the rights of victims.

“MADD thanks Speaker Martinez and Representatives Thomson, Garcia Richard, and Lewis for authoring legislation improving New Mexico’s drunk driving law.

U.S. 84/285 Traffic Switch North of Pojoaque

on December 21, 2013 - 7:03am


SANTA FE - NMDOT continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2. The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting, and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County.

Paving operations have been completed and US 84/285 traffic will now travel on the reconstructed US 84/285 mainlines under the new overpass bridge.

Pecos/Las Vegas District Seasonal Road and Campground Closure

on December 21, 2013 - 7:01am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective Jan. 6, 2014, a number of roads and campgrounds on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will be closed for the winter. 

These locations often become impassable and hazardous during winter months due to significant snowfall which can make the terrain muddy, snow packed, and icy. It is necessary to close these roads and campgrounds for public safety and to protect natural resources and infrastructure. 

Using any type of four-wheel motorized vehicle, two-wheel motorized vehicle, or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the closed

Late Week Storm System Expected

on December 19, 2013 - 8:05pm


NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports a storm system gathering strength over southern California will move into Arizona Friday then shift across New Mexico Saturday. Rain and snow is expected to develop from west to east over the higher terrain of western New Mexico late tonight then spread into the central high terrain late Friday and Saturday.

At this time, light to moderate snow accumulations are expected over the higher terrain of Catron and Lincoln counties, with lighter amounts along the Continental Divide and within the central mountain chain. 

Winter weather

Los Alamos Hydrocarbon Use Essentially Unchanged

on December 19, 2013 - 12:49pm
Annual Primary Energy Use in Los Alamos County, exclusive of LANL, from the report 'Energy Use and Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Los Alamos County: 2000-2012' by Robert Gibson. Image by Robert Gibson

Annual Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Los Alamos County, exclusive of LANL, from combustion of hydrocarbon fuels. Emissions from solid waste add the equivalent of another 20,000 tons per year. Image by Robert Gibson

Los Alamos Daily Post
Energy use and resulting carbon dioxide emissions in Los Alamos have remained essentially unchanged in the past dozen years, in spite of the County’s

Downtown Power Outage Affects Business Customers

on December 19, 2013 - 9:40am

DPU News:

Power was restored within 20 minutes to most Department of Public Utilities’ customers affected by the downtown electric outage that began just after 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

An underground electric line was hit during construction resulting in an outage along Trinity Drive between Levy Lane at the Century Link Building and DP Road; it also included some businesses on Nectar Street and 15th Street. 

Department of Public Utilities electric line crews were able to isolate the damaged line and restore power by 1:20 p.m. to most customers.

New NIST Tests Explore Safety of Nanotubes in Modern Plastics Over Time

on December 19, 2013 - 9:33am

Exposed to intense ultraviolet light and high temperatures, samples of epoxy containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes deteriorated. Exposure tended to destroy the epoxy, but on the surface remained a network of nanotubes, which NIST tests indicated were less damaged than the epoxy over time, ranging from approximately 6 months (A) to 18 months (B) to 4 years (C) in subtropical conditions. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Who cares about old plastic?

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Los Alamos Plane Crash

on December 19, 2013 - 9:25am

NTSB News:

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its "Preliminary Report" on the Dec. 8 plane crash near Los Alamos County Airport:

NTSB Identification: CEN14FA077
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 08, 2013 in Los Alamos, NM
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1C-200, registration: N80MF
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

Alert: Coyote Capture Operation Commencing Next Week

on December 18, 2013 - 7:26pm

Coyote spotted limping along Grand Canyon near Paige Loop last month. Photo by DeWayne Williams


Los Alamos Daily Post

Owner DeWayne Williams of Wild Animal Control Los Alamos has been hired by Los Alamos Public Schools to trap and remove one or more coyotes spotted lurking around Pinon Elementary School in White Rock.

"I'm going to place a collar snare trap in the woods behind the school next week while students are on winter break," Williams told the Los Alamos Daily Post. "The collar is designed to go over the head and on to the neck without choking the coyote.

Q&A: Answers/Actions to Combat Suicide

on December 18, 2013 - 1:11pm

Dr. Marvel Harrison


Los Alamos Daily Post


Longtime Los Alamos resident and therapist, Dr. Marvel Harrison sat down with the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss suicide and some actions for those who feel compelled to do something to help the community.


"People want to be able to help - their children, each other, coworkers, themselves. An automatic way to move through loss, pain, and trauma is to desperately attempt to make sense and order out of what has happened," she said.

Discuss Difficult Situations 5-7 p.m. Thursday

on December 18, 2013 - 12:05pm

By Bernadette Lauritzen

The community is invited to a free presentation offering adults the opportunity to discuss difficult situations with youth, related to recent tragedies. The presentation is 5-7 p.m., Thursday at UNM-LA, room 203.

As the schools prepare to depart for winter break, adults, especially parents need to realize how important youth are, in the lives of each other. When Marissa Higdon heard of recent local events, she wanted to see how she could help her community. Higdon, LAHS Class of 2012, a sophomore at UNM majoring in communications and journalism, is currently in D.C.

Heinrich: Declassify Report Detailing CIA's Interrogation Program

on December 18, 2013 - 8:55am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is calling for a full and transparent accounting of the CIA's interrogation program and full declassification of the committee's study on the program.

Last year, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt the study, which is a 6,000-page comprehensive review of the Bush administration's CIA interrogation program based on a documentary review of more than 6 million pages of CIA and other records.

During the confirmation hearing

FBI Offering $1,500 for Information on Murder

on December 18, 2013 - 7:14am

Roland A. Cantsee

The FBI is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Roland A. Cantsee.

The body of Cantsee, 45, of Shiprock was found Nov. 27, 2011, in a field approximately eight miles north of the Flowing Water Navajo Casino, in Hogback, N.M. on the Navajo Indian reservation.

The cause of death was determined to be blunt impact trauma to the head. Cantsee had been reported missing by a relative Nov. 26, 2011, after not being seen since Nov. 11, 2011.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public

Udall Statement on NSA Phone Surveillance Program

on December 17, 2013 - 7:55am


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M, responded to the D.C. District Court ruling regarding the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program.

Udall has long pushed for reforms that would balance national security with Americans’ constitutional rights, including the USA FREEDOM Act to end the bulk collection of phone records, and two bills to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts.

He has also led a bipartisan push to ask for an independent investigation of these programs by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Los Alamos Police Blotter Dec. 5 to Dec. 11, 2013

on December 16, 2013 - 10:25am

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. 5 at 6:15 a.m. / Police arrested Jared Hollabaugh, 36, of Los Alamos at 2200 Diamond Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




Dec. 6 at noon / Police arrested Gregory Montoya, 58, of Los Alamos at 1360-A 43rd St., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

Dec. 6 at 3:41 p.m.

Alert: Suspect Sought in Smart House Burglary

on December 16, 2013 - 9:19am

Burglary suspect lurking around Smart House Nov. 17 at 1925 Trinity Dr. Courtesy/LAPD

Burglary suspect with ball cap and hood off of his head. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD Alert:

The investigations unit of the Los Alamos Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred Nov. 17 at the Smart House at 1925 Trinity Dr.

A suspect seen on several videos breaking into the Smart House is described as a white male in his late 20’s to mid 30s, 5’10"-6’0" tall, with a medium build and weighing about 180-200 pounds.

The suspect has a buzzed haircut and light brown colored facial hair. He wore a

FBI: John Charles McCluskey to Receive Life in Prison for Murdering Oklahoma Couple

on December 12, 2013 - 10:58am
Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee
FBI Albuquerque Division

FBI News:

WASHINGTON—John Charles McCluskey, 48, will receive a life prison sentence for a host of crimes arising from the carjacking and murder of a couple from Tecumseh, Oklahoma, after a federal jury today announced that it could not reach a unanimous decision on whether to impose the death penalty.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough of the District of New Mexico, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

Final 70th Anniversary Lecture: LANL's Stockpile Stewardship Role

on December 12, 2013 - 9:25am

A B61 nuclear gravity bomb. Courtesy/DOD

LANL News:

  • Last in year-long series of public talks at Bradbury Science Museum

The role Los Alamos National Laboratory plays in stockpile stewardship is the focus of the final 70th Anniversary Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 18 at the Bradbury Science Museum. Jon Ventura, Los Alamos’s executive staff advisor to the Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs, will give the talk.

“For 70 years the men and women of Los Alamos have explored the frontiers of science and engineering to meet a broad array of national security challenges,” Ventura said.

Alert: Elk Wintering on N.M. 4

on December 12, 2013 - 8:30am

Reader Alert:

A community member has asked the Los Alamos Daily Post to alert motorists to the fact that Tuesday she saw an elk herd on the right side of the road on N.M. 4, north of White Rock and south of the truck route, on Pueblo land.

Today she spotted the herd on the left side of the road on N.M. 4.

"Yesterday one was hit and killed," she said. "Please warn your readers who are driving to and from White Rock ... this was just at sunrise about 7 a.m."

NAACP Leader Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

on December 12, 2013 - 7:14am

FBI News:

Albuquerque FBI Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee presented the 2013 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award today to Dr. Harold Bailey, president of the Albuquerque chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices annually selects an individual or organization to receive this award, which honors efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America.

“It is an honor to receive this prestigious community service award,” Dr. Bailey said.

Iowa Radio Station Reports Identity of Los Alamos Plane Crash Victims

on December 10, 2013 - 10:49am
Staff Report:

Burrs and the pilot, Mike Fjetland of Harmony, Minn., left the Algona Airport in Iowa last week on a vacation.

Fjetland also died in the crash, according to news reports.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on scene today looking for evidence.

NTSB Collecting Evidence at Scene of Los Alamos Plane Crash

on December 10, 2013 - 10:35am

Los Alamos Firefighters at crash site Dec. 8. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report:

The Public Information Officer for the National Transportation Safety Board responded to a request for information this morning from the Los Alamos Daily Post about the single engine plane, which crashed early Sunday near the Los Alamos County Airport.

"(An) Investigator is at the scene looking for perishable evidence such as cellphones and GPS devices and collecting facts and evidence," Eric Weiss said. "There will be no finding of probable cause during this early phase of the investigation."

Letter to the Editor: Coyote Forces Campus into Shelter-In-Place Mode

on December 10, 2013 - 10:02am

Tom Hill
Community Rep.
Pinon Advisory Team

Thanks for the picture of the limping coyote in White Rock. He and a more able bodied buddy, have been hanging out in the mornings for some time in the area. They seem pretty unfazed by humans when I've encountered them outside my home on the way to work.

These two guys have also been a nuisance at Pinon Elementary School. Several times the campus has been placed in the Shelter-In-Place mode because of their presence on the playground.

Efforts to have them displaced have met a lot of bureaucratic blind alleys. It's a real problem. 

As cute as

Temperature Hits 4 Degrees at Los Alamos Airport

on December 10, 2013 - 9:40am

The thermometer measured 4 degrees this morning at the Los Alamos County Airport and none of the 71 pilots affiliated with the local airport were flying. Photo by Carol A. Clark/