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Police Continue to Seek Leads on Thursday's Playground Fire at Pinon Elementary School

on August 17, 2014 - 12:15pm

This is a photo of the slide on fire in the playground at Pinon Elementary School last week and police are seeking the community's help to find the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 505.662.8222. Photo by Chris Ortega

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over!

on August 17, 2014 - 12:00pm


  • Cops Are On the Lookout for Drunk Drivers And They’ll See You Before You See Them

SANTA FE - With the summer travel season in full swing and Labor Day weekend fast approaching, law enforcement agencies across New Mexico have a simple message for drivers: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Through Sept. 1, local, state and tribal law enforcement will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols across New Mexico, looking for and arresting drunk drivers.

“Over thelastdecade,our state’s alcohol fatality crashratehasdroppedby39 percenttoarecordlow.

Video: DOE Secretary at Special WIPP Town Hall Meeting

on August 17, 2014 - 11:48am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn visited Carlsbad earlier this week, participating in a town hall meeting and an all-employee meeting at the WIPP site. They also toured the above ground portions of the WIPP facility. Photos and a link to a video of the town hall meeting can be viewed at PrintScreen photo/WIPP video

PrintScreen photo/WIPP video

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 18

on August 17, 2014 - 10:22am


Road Construction Week of Aug. 18.

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 scheduled to begin next week on elected streets in White Rock. Streets that will be chip sealed include Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court.

NM Gas Company Performing Maintenance Southwest of Quemazon Tuesday

on August 17, 2014 - 7:54am


NMGC News:

New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) will perform maintenance/system improvement work on the gas transmission line in the Los Alamos area Monday, Aug.18 through Wednesday, Aug. 20.   

The work will require the “blow-down” of the natural gas transmission line near the Forest Service boundary and Solana Road (southwest of the Quemazon subdivision) Tuesday morning, Aug. 19. 

Depending on wind direction, there is a possibility that area residents may be able to smell natural gas and hear the hissing noise from the release of gas.

Portales Father Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-hire Targeting His Wife

on August 17, 2014 - 7:40am

Cody Guss

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Cody Guss, 37, of Portales pleaded guilty Friday to an indictment charging him with using a telephone in interstate commerce to commission a murder-for-hire.

Guss entered his guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement.

Guss was arrested March 27, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with using a cellular telephone in interstate commerce to commission a murder-for-hire.

UPDATE: Missing Girl Has Been Found!

on August 15, 2014 - 7:58pm
UPDATE: A spokesman for the family just announced that Los Alamos High School student Rosalina Betts has been found and is reported to be fine. This is all the information being released at this time.
News Alert:

Los Alamos High School student Rosalina Betts, 16, has gone missing. She was last seen at 11:15 a.m., Thursday at the LAHS Thursday.

Volunteers are helping the Betts family search. Also the local police have been notified and are involved in the search.

Betts was last seen wearing black shoes with green laces, navy blue sweats with white stripes, a long sleeve white t-shirt with pink

Police Seek Information On Pinon Elementary Arson

on August 15, 2014 - 12:26pm

Melted playground equipment. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is seeking information about a recent arson at Pinon Elementary School.

The arson at at the school at 90 Grand Canyon occurred sometime between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. in the back playground area. When police and fire officials arrived, they observed and extinguished a fire in some playground equipment. The blaze caused extensive damage to the playground slide that was recently purchased for this current school year.

“At this time, both LAFD arson investigators and LAPD detectives are actively looking

Arson Did Not Damage Pinon Elementary's Spirit

on August 15, 2014 - 8:56am

Police are searching for the person or persons who set fire to playground equipment at Pinon Elementary School Wednesday night. 'We are all sad here about what happened but did not let it ruin our spirits and the so many positive celebrations in the students' first day of school," teacher Christine Peters told the Los Alamos Daily Post. 'We are a family at Pinon and will overcome this and we will continue to provide our students an outstanding educational experience.' Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact police at 505.662.8222. Photo by Chrstine Peters

Fire set Wednesday

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 7 to Aug. 13, 2014

on August 14, 2014 - 3:28pm

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. 7 at 9:26 a.m. / Police arrested Rachel Parker, 23, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Aug. 7 at 11:34 a.m. / A 42-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on North Mesa Road. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Aug. 7 at 4:20 p.m.

Pinon Elementary School Playground Vandalized

on August 14, 2014 - 3:06pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced moments ago that the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism overnight to the Pinon Elementary School playground on Grand Canyon in White Rock.

Police and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a call of a fire on the Pinon playground that came in at approximately 1:28 a.m., today from a resident who called Fire Station 3 on N.M. 4.

Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, Det.

Los Alamos Detectives Arrest Burglary Suspects

on August 14, 2014 - 2:26pm

Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and Det. Ben Hinrichs process stolen items retrieved Wednesday during the execution of a search warrant. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Unit executed a search warrant Wednesday with assistance from New Mexico State Police at a residence in Ojo Caliente and arrested two suspects associated with a string of Los Alamos residential burglaries that have occurred over the past two months.

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, of Ojo Caliente is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (4th

Killing Killer Asteroids With Nuclear Explosives

on August 14, 2014 - 1:26pm

PrintScreen/LANL YouTube Channel

LANL News:

We’ve all see Armageddon, but just how real is the threat to humanity from asteroids or other near-Earth objects (NEOs)? According to scientists, it’s very real.

So real, in fact, that the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space recently created a special action team dedicated to gathering and analyzing data on NEOs and the danger they pose to our p lanet.

Any NEO greater than a half-mile in diameter can become a deadly threat, and the likelihood is very high that a killer asteroid will eventually find itself on a collision

Pino Fire Underway in Jemez Ranger District

on August 14, 2014 - 1:01pm

SFNF News:

The Pino Fire was reported Wednesday on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District. 

It is approximately one-half acre in size on a spur ridge. The fire is smoldering and no significant growth is anticipated in the next 24 hours. 

No action was taken on the Pino Fire Wednesday because a flash flood warning had been issued for that area and access to the site is limited. As soon as fire managers are able to reach the fire area, they will determine an appropriate course of action.  

The Pino Fire may be managed for resource benefit. 

School is Back in Session!

on August 14, 2014 - 10:18am

Aimee Morrison is Piñon Elementary School's favorite crossing guard. Her smiling face and happy waves have greeted students and parents for several years at the Sherwood/Grand Canyon intersection. She enjoys wearing silly hats for the kids, and today's hat says, 'Welcome Back!' in honor of the first day of classes for the 2014-15 school year. Photo by April Nolan

Alert: Elevated Potential For Flash Flooding

on August 13, 2014 - 12:11pm

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports an upper level disturbance will track slowly eastward over New Mexico today through Thursday. Abundant moisture in place and strong forcing for vertical ascent will result in widespread showers and thunderstorms, many with heavy rain.

Key Impacts:

  • Stronger storms will produce torrential downpours with rain at rates near 2 inches per hour;
  • The potential for flash flooding will be elevated in several urban areas that have experienced flooding, as well as near wildfire burn scar areas;
  • Models forecast a broad cluster of storms to

State Police Launch Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties Across New Mexico

on August 13, 2014 - 11:43am

NMSP News:

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

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities, NMSP said. 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.

IRS Repeats Warning About Phone Scams

on August 13, 2014 - 11:00am

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.

Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.

"There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

DOE Secretary Addresses Employees At WIPP

on August 13, 2014 - 10:12am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz addresses employees Tuesday at WIPP. Also on hand were DOE Deputy Under Secretary David M. Klaus for Management and Performance, second from left, and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

This week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Carlsbad to tour the site and see firsthand the recovery efforts underway at the WIPP facility. In addition to meeting with local officials, Moniz spoke to area residents about WIPP recovery efforts at a town hall meeting, which also included Sen. Tom Udall, Sen.

Small But Extended Power Outage In La Senda

on August 13, 2014 - 9:42am


A small but extended power outage occurred Tuesday along La Senda Road in White Rock because of a failure on an underground line.

At 10:45 a.m., about 30 residents along La Senda Road were without power. About half of these customers (15) had their power restored by noon.

As DPU's electric crews continued working to isolate and reroute power, a second problem was detected along a portion of nearby Piedra Loop, which brought power down from about 1:55 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. at that location. About 30 more customers were affected along Piedra Loop.

At about 3 p.m.

See Update to: Hospital Employees Picket St. Vincent’s Protesting Low Staffing Levels/Stalled Contract Talks

on August 12, 2014 - 5:01pm
Ellen Mills, left, president of the Los Alamos local of the American Federation of Teachers and Karyl Ann Armbruster, right front, Democratic candidate for Public Education Commission Dist. 4, were among those showing support for protesting nurses and techs at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe Monday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Nurses, hospital technical employees and their supporters protest what they say is unsafe staffing levels at St. Vincent Medical Center Monday afternoon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Update: Christus St.

Udall, Heinrich Host Energy Secretary at WIPP

on August 12, 2014 - 4:31pm

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich host Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at WIPP. Courtesy photo
CARLSBAD - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for an "all hands" employee meeting and surface tour of the site. Moniz and the senators also attended a townhall with Carlsbad residents on Monday evening.
WIPP operations have been halted since the radiation release at WIPP earlier this year. Following the release, Udall, Heinrich and U.S. Rep.

Central Avenue Sidewalk Installation Underway

on August 12, 2014 - 3:10pm

More than a dozen workers are installing a wide new sidewalk today on Central Avenue as part of the improvements project underway between 15th Street and 20th Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Toddler May Be Ebola Outbreak’s Patient Zero

on August 12, 2014 - 7:07am

The area of the initial locations of the Ebola virus outbreak is highlighted in red. The main road between the outbreak area and Conakry, the capital of Guinea, also is shown. The map was modified from a United Nations map. Courtesy/NEJM

HSNW News:

A recent report on the Ebola outbreak suggests that a two-year-old boy who died Dec. 6, 2013 in a village in Guéckédou, Guinea might be the virus’s Patient Zero.

Guéckédou borders Sierra Leone and Liberia, where Ebola has infected more than 1,700 people.

According to the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and

FDA Authorizes Use of Unapproved Ebola Virus Test

on August 11, 2014 - 8:24am

2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Courtesy/CDC

HSNW News:

As Ebola continues to spread throughout West Africa, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of an unapproved Ebola virus test developed by the Department of Defense for use in individuals, including U.S. military personnel and responders, who may be at risk of infection because of their work with individuals who might have the virus.

“Specifically, the test is intended for use in individuals with signs and symptoms of infection with Ebola Zaire virus, who are at