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Wet Weather Slows Pino Fire Growth

on August 24, 2014 - 8:00am

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District is now estimated at 91 acres.

The fire, which is being managed for resource benefit, was slowed Friday due to wetting rains in the area most of the day. Some active fire behavior was observed in the heavy fuels. Fire crews continued to monitor behavior and made preparations to step up ignition operations next week if conditions allow.

There are no road closures due to the fire at this time.

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 25

on August 24, 2014 - 7:32am


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:
As part of the pavement preservation effort, chip seal operations are underway on several streets in White Rock. Streets that will be chip sealed include Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court.

Overnight Crash Closes Truck Route All Day

on August 23, 2014 - 7:45pm

The truck route has been closed since 6 a.m. today, according to a guard at the scene. He explained that a woman crashed her vehicle into an electrical pole overnight, which knocked out power all day to the nearby mobile home park, Royal Crest at 2025 E. Jemez Road. He added that the woman was complaining of chest pain and trouble breathing following the crash and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The guard did not know when power would be restored or the truck route reopened. Photo by Carol A.

WIPP: Samples Taken From Materials Surrounding Suspected Waste Drum In Underground Facility

on August 23, 2014 - 11:10am


WIPP News:

Workers entered the underground facility to collect additional samples Aug. 15, in support of the Accident Investigation Board’s (AIB) ongoing investigation into the cause of the February radiological event at WIPP.

The AIB requested additional samples of the materials surrounding the waste drum that is the suspected source of the radiological release in Room 7 of Panel 7. The samples will be sent to offsite laboratories for analysis in an effort to further evaluate what types of material were released from the drum at the time of the event.

Another key component of

Udall Seeks To Protect Service Members From Abusive Loan Contracts

on August 23, 2014 - 4:58am

Courtesy photo


WASHINGTONThursday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced that he and several colleagues sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, urging them to close a loophole in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that leaves service members vulnerable to abusive loan contracts.

The letter follows a ProPublica report on USA Discounters, a business that appears to be using an FDCPA loophole to sue thousands of service members in a venue where they often

Cleanup Project Begins Near Upper Truck Route

on August 22, 2014 - 11:16am
A worker shovels dirt at the TA-61 soil cleanup site. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program has begun a legacy-contaminant soil cleanup project at the former Technical Area 61.

Located on the south side of East Jemez Road adjacent to the county landfill, the project began Aug. 11 and will last until mid-September. Crews will excavate about 120 cubic yards of soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are common in industrial sites, from a utility corridor where a leaking transformer was staged in the past.


DEA Publishing Final Rule Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products

on August 22, 2014 - 9:02am

DEA News:

U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will publish in the Federal Register the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as supported by the DEA’s own evaluation of relevant data Aug. 22.

The Federal Register has made the Final Rule available for preview on its website at This Final Rule imposes the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule II

Positive Progress Made On Pino Fire

on August 22, 2014 - 8:46am

SFNF News:

The Pino Fire, which began as a lightning strike on the Jemez Ranger District is now at 83 acres.

Firing operations were conducted on the southeast and east flanks of the fire Thursday. The consumption of fuels was thorough and favorable. Some smoke lingered over the area due to diminished winds. 

The fire is being managed for resource benefit. The fire is allowed to burn naturally and selectively with site specific hand ignitions to manage the rate and direction of fire spread.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hosts Concert And Car Show

on August 22, 2014 - 6:38am

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 14 to Aug. 20, 2014

on August 21, 2014 - 11:37am

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. 14 at 4:05 a.m. / A 22-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on San Ildefonso Road. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

Aug. 14 at 3:39 p.m. / A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on La Vista Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

Aug. 14 at 5:03 p.m.

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Worker Sentenced for Violating Atomic Energy Act Violations

on August 21, 2014 - 11:35am

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni and Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni. Courtesy photo

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—The Justice Department today announced that a former contract employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was sentenced this morning for conspiring to violate the Atomic Energy Act by communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person believed to be a Venezuelan government official, and making false statements to the FBI.

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, of Los Alamos was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William P.

Governor Directs NMDOT To Initiate Suicide Prevention Measures At Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

on August 21, 2014 - 7:51am

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos. Courtesy/


Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) to initiate suicide prevention measures at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge 10 miles northwest of Taos. 

The NMDOT is designing a plan to install 10 telephones at or on the bridge to be answered by the New Mexico Crisis Access Hotline. The design should be done by the end of August and will then be submitted out to bid for approximately 30 days, with construction to begin as soon as possible.

“Installing crisis prevention phones

Bandelier Bans Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

on August 20, 2014 - 12:15pm

BNM News:

Bandelier National Monument has announced that until further notice, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or other unmanned aircraft is prohibited in the monument.  

The popularity of UAV’s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones.  

Recently there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.

Energy Department Invests $67 Million to Advance Nuclear Technology

on August 20, 2014 - 11:30am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON – Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.

Eighty-three projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Department’s support for cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering across our universities, national

WIPP Modifies Underground Entry Requirements

on August 20, 2014 - 10:08am

WIPP News:

Entries into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility are becoming more frequent, a sign that recovery efforts are progressing.

Recently, radiological control personnel began conducting the surveys and sampling necessary to reclassify areas in the underground facility from areas of potential airborne contamination to radiological buffer areas. A buffer area is an uncontaminated area immediately adjacent to the contaminated area and is usually located at the exit or entrance point of the contamination zone.

The initial areas being surveyed, sampled and

UPDATE: Los Alamos Man Dies In Single Car Crash

on August 19, 2014 - 6:51pm

UPDATE: Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago that Trent Johnson had worked at LANB for 14 years.

"He was a wonderful person ... liked by everyone ... he was part of the fabric that makes LANB what it is - it's the people like him - and he will be sorely missed," Wells said. "Our sympathies go out to Trent's wife and two sons."

Wells said that the Trent Johnson Memorial Fund has been set up at LANB and community members may donate to that fund to help the family.

LAPD News:

At about 10:46 p.m., Monday, officers with the Los Alamos

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Orders $102K Bond For Steven C. Porter With Strict Conditions

on August 19, 2014 - 6:44pm

During an arraignment this morning, Magistrate Judge Pat Casados explains to defendant Steven C. Porter each of the 20 charges he is facing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Steven C. Porter

With 20 drug-related counts filed against him, Steven C. Porter faced Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados this morning during his arraignment at the Justice Center.

Casados read each charge out loud, detailed what each charge meant and asked porter if he understood each charge and the possible sentence and fine.

Public’s Help Sought After Human Remains Identified on Navajo Indian Reservation

on August 19, 2014 - 2:30pm

Jesse Jacob Estrada, Jr.

FBI News:

Skeletal remains found on the Navajo Indian Reservation more than two years ago have been identified as those of a Farmington man, and authorities are asking for the public’s help to determine how he died.

DNA analysis performed by the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., determined the remains were those of Jesse Jacob Estrada, Jr., who was 25 when he was last seen by a family member in Farmington in April 2012.

Jesse Jacob Estrada, Jr.

A human skull and other bone fragments were found near the Nenahnezad Chapter House in Nenahnezad, N.M., May 26, 2012.

Pino Fire Grows To 30 Acres - Being Managed For Resource Benefit

on August 19, 2014 - 1:37pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District south of Forest Road 270BC and six miles east of Jemez Springs, continues to be managed for resource benefit.

Firefighting personnel yesterday reported very little precipitation, which resulted in more fire activity increasing the size to 30 acres. Personnel continued scouting the area and collecting fuels moisture data samples to help in planning.

Weather patterns for the next few days may include more precipitation over the fire area as partly cloudy skies with scattered showers

Emergency Exercise Planned At LANL Thursday

on August 19, 2014 - 9:52am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise Thursday, Aug. 21.

It is only an exercise. The Lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency. 

During the exercise, LANL employees and the public may see emergency response vehicles with their lights running in the area of Technical Area 3. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be placed in affected areas.

NMDOT Seeks Comment On STIP

on August 19, 2014 - 8:51am


SANTA FE - The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 5th amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The program will serve as a four-year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program. The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. 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 amendment on the Internet asking for public comment until Sept.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk Sept. 20

on August 19, 2014 - 8:24am

Los Alamos Police Charge Steven C. Porter With Multiple Drug Related Counts

on August 18, 2014 - 7:21pm

Steven C. Porter


Los Alamos police have charged Steven C. Porter of White Rock with more than a dozen criminal counts including possession of a controlled substance, trafficking of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.

Porter, 46, is a Pajarito Acres homeowner who was handcuffed and removed from the annual meeting of the Pajarito Acres Home Owners Association Sunday evening at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4.

PAHOA President Eldon Linnebur told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene Sunday evening that more than 100 people representing

Pino Fire Grows To 26 Acres Since Aug. 13

on August 18, 2014 - 7:03pm

SFNF News:

The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, was first sighted Aug. 13 when it was approximately ½ acre in size. 

Because the fire was smoldering, no imminent growth was anticipated, a flash flood warning had been issued for the area, and access to the site was limited, no immediate action was taken.

Personnel were able to reach the fire Friday and verified that it was caused by a lightning strike. It is now 26 acres and burning on a spur ridge south of Forest Road 270BC, six miles east of Jemez Springs.

Los Alamos Police Remove Pajarito Acres Man From Home Owners Association Meeting Tonight

on August 17, 2014 - 9:41pm


Pajarito Acres homeowner Steven C. Porter was handcuffed and removed from the annual meeting of the Pajarito Acres Home Owners Association underway this evening at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4.

PAHOA President Eldon Linnebur told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene that more than 100 people representing more than 50 lots attended the meeting in the church conference room. Porter was sitting at the back of the room and there were at least two detectives dressed in plain clothes sitting in the room.