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FBI Seeks Public's Help Identifying Body Discovered in Shiprock

on May 19, 2014 - 12:07pm

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman whose body was found in Shiprock Sunday night.

The body was discovered in a concrete irrigation ditch near Mesa Farm Road at approximately 7:30 p.m.. and no identification was found on the body, which could have been in the ditch for up to 24 hours.

The woman is described as a Native American in her late teens or early 20s, with long black hair and a tattoo of a star on her neck. She was wearing a black T-shirt.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator will perform

UN Mulling Rules to Govern Autonomous Killer Robots

on May 19, 2014 - 8:21am
A mock 'killer robot' is pictured in central London April 23, 2013 during the launching of against lethal robot weapons. Courtesy. Carl Court/AFP
 
HSNW News:

On Tuesday, delegates from several international organizations and governments around the world began the first of many round of talks dealing with what some call “lethal autonomous weapons systems” (LAWS), and others call “killer robots.”

Supporters of LAWS say the technology offers life-saving potential in warfare, as these robots y are able to get closer than troops to assess threats without letting emotions interfere in their

Absorbent Used in Kitty Litter May Be Cause of Radiation Leaks at WIPP

on May 18, 2014 - 10:48am

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy WIPP

HSNW News:

A wheat-based absorbent often used in kitty litter may be the likely cause of the radiation leak that led to the closure of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the U.S. only underground nuclear waste repository, according to Jim Conca, a former geochemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Conca noted that EnergySolutions, a Salt Lake City-based company hired to package radioactive waste at LANL into containers for shipment to the WIPP, switched from using a clay-based absorbent in the storage drums to a wheat-based mixture.

New Information Provided About Possible Contributor to WIPP Radiological Event

on May 18, 2014 - 10:15am

The May 15 entry into Panel 7, Room 7 produced this photo of a waste container, left, with its lid unsealed and apparent heat discoloration. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

The Department of Energy issued the following statement Friday regarding new information generated during the May 15 entry into WIPP:

Since the Feb. 14 radiological release, the Department and its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have been working deliberately to safely determine the cause of the release.

Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster is a Finalist for Santa Fe's Top Cop Post

on May 17, 2014 - 3:09pm

Former LAPD Acting Chief Randy Foster at his 2010 FBI National Academy graduation. Courtesy photo

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The City of Santa Fe has released the names of the three finalists for the position of Santa Fe police chief, which became vacant following the retirement of Chief Ray Rael in March.

Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster, current Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia and former Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief Joseph Silva rose to the top of a national pool of 48 applicants.

"It would be an awesome challenge and a

Cone Zone: Road Construction For Week of May 19

on May 16, 2014 - 10:19am

Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of May 19

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

Starting Monday, May 19, AUI will change the traffic control for Phase 2. Expect a full closure of NM502 / Trinity Drive between DP Road and 4th Street. Phase 2 work will continue through June 6. Here’s what to expect:

  • All eastbound NM502 / Trinity Drive traffic will be able to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 8 to May 14, 2014

on May 15, 2014 - 4:52pm

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.

May 8 at 10:03 a.m. / A 76-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of a dog bite on West Road.

May 8 at 4:50 p.m. / A 49-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that her home was burglarized on 45th Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

AUSTIN COX

May 9 at 12 a.m.

Bridge Work Continues South Bound U.S. 84/285 & North Tesuque Interchange May 17

on May 15, 2014 - 3:25pm

NMDOT News:

Santa Fe–The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6.

This work includes the removal and replacement of the bridge approach slabs, bridge sleeper slabs, transition slabs and roadway improvements at the interchange.

Starting at 5 a.m. Saturday, May 17, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue bridge rehabilitation work and paving operations on U.S.

Los Alamos County Sheriff Reports Convicted Violent Sex Offender Moving to State

on May 15, 2014 - 2:14pm

William Wright. Courtesy/LACSO

SHERIFF"S OFFICE News:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero received information from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety regarding a convicted violent sex offender moving to New Mexico. 

Sheriff Lucero was advised today that convicted violent sex offender William Wright, who is homeless, reported that he is headed to New Mexico. Wright did not specify where in New Mexico he is going.

Wright is 44 years old, 5’11’’ and weighs 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone spotting Wright in Los Alamos is urged to notify the Los Alamos Police

Los Alamos Police Hold Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony This Morning at the Justice Center

on May 15, 2014 - 10:55am

LAPD Officers from left, Daniel Roberts, David Boe and Paige Early at this morning's Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony outside the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone at this morning's Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony honoring the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. A crowd begins to gather at the Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony this morning outside the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Police Det. Daniel Roberts, left, and Cpl. David Boe prepare to raise the American flag to

Police Dispatch Operator Charged With DUI

on May 15, 2014 - 9:28am

POLICE News:

Los Alamos Police Dispatch Operator Randon Romero was arrested May 2 by Santa Fe police and charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, .16 or above, first offense.

Romero was arraigned May 7 in Santa Fe Magistrate Court at which Judge George Anaya, Jr. set bond at $5,000.

"I am aware of this situation," LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone told the Los Alamos Daily Post, adding that Romero remains on the job pending the outcome of an investigation.

A pre-trial hearing is set for June 17 at the Santa Fe Magistrate Court.

New Mexico court

WIPP Personnel Upgrading Safety Programs

on May 14, 2014 - 4:04pm

WIPP News:

While attention is focused on determining the cause of the February radiological release, WIPP personnel are also upgrading WIPP safety programs and addressing issues identified by federal accident investigators following the fire and radiological event.

Experts from across the DOE complex and nuclear industry are on-site to evaluate and help improve WIPP safety, emergency management and radiological programs.

A corrective action plan for the salt haul truck fire is in development and improvements to emergency response plans are being implemented.

Latest Underground Entry Reveals More Information About Event

on May 13, 2014 - 6:45am

Photo from a townhall slide show presentation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Workers entered
the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility again Saturday to further investigate Room 7 of Panel 7, the suspected scene for the Feb. 14 radiological event.

Using a portable camera on an extender, workers were able to take pictures over the top of stacked waste containers. The photographs showed evidence of melted plastic and rubber on 55-gallon drums and standard waste boxes, indicating the production of heat likely occurred in the room.

Cone Zone: Road Construction For Week of May 12

on May 12, 2014 - 12:45pm

COUNTY News:

Upcoming Road Construction Update: Week of May 12, 2014

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

Work continues between the Trinity/Central intersection and Knecht Street. The northern 2½ lanes will be closed, reducing Trinity traffic to one eastbound lane. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue.

Left Turns OK Into/Out Of Mari Mac Plaza From Trinity

on May 10, 2014 - 11:31am

The new entrance is open and left turns in and out of Mari Mac Plaza  from and to Trinity Drive are now allowed. The three rows of parking spaces closed during renovations are now open as well. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Learn to Protect Your Home from Fire at PEEC Talk

on May 10, 2014 - 9:54am
Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Learn how to protect your home from wildfires, and take measures to prevent house fires, in a free presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). This event is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.

Fire Prevention and Outreach Program Manager for the N.M. State Forestry Division Dan Ware will talk about how New Mexico residents can prepare themselves for the upcoming wildfire season.

Udall Calls for VA to Broaden Probe into 'Secret' Waiting Lists

on May 9, 2014 - 10:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Udall says VA should investigate NM, entire service network after alleged cover-up scheme at Phoenix VA
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has expressed outrage at the ongoing allegations that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System and possibly others were covering up the extent of their waiting lists while veterans died waiting for appointments.
 
In a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Udall called for VA officials to expand their investigation to facilities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
 
Arizona, New Mexico and part of

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 1 to May 7, 2014

on May 8, 2014 - 9:00pm

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.

May 1 at 3:38 p.m. / A 38-year-old Arroyo Seco woman reported that she is the victim of criminal, sexual contact/force/coercion on West Road. The matter is under investigation.

May 1 at 3:41 p.m. / A 44-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she was harassed on Trinity Drive.

May 2 at 5:40 a.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Jemez Springs girl with possession of marijuana on N.M.

Sign Up For Summer DWI School at Los Alamos Family Council June 6, 13 and 20

on May 8, 2014 - 10:19am

LAFC News:

The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division website provides valuable information about drinking and driving:

  • In New Mexico, it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more if you're 21 or over, or .02 if you're under 21, or .04 if you drive a commercial vehicle.
  • If your breath or blood test is at or above the legal limit, or if you refuse to take the breath or blood test, you will lose your license, in most cases for a year.
  • You can be convicted of DWI even if the breath or blood test is below the legal limit if it is proven that your ability to drive

Impact of Van Bends 18 Wheeler's Axle in White Rock

on May 8, 2014 - 7:27am

The owner, center, of this 18 wheeler with flatbed trailer parked on Bryce Street in front of Pinon Park Pool watches Wednesday morning as workers check out the damage to his rig. The owner told the Los Alamos Daily Post that when a van crashed into the back end of his parked rig Friday, 'even though he was only going 20-25 mph, the impact bent the axle and sheared the shocks.' He explained that the workers were chaining the axle up under the bed where it would lift into place once the tires were inflated.

County PSA: Living with Large Predators

on May 7, 2014 - 8:33pm

File photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County officials would like to remind the public that springtime typically brings with it an increase of large predators roaming throughout the forests and traveling on the trails surrounding the area – and that means some of these animals will likely enter the community’s residential areas, too.

They are seeking food or water, especially during times of drought. In our area, large predators can include mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and coyotes.

Council Proclaims May 'Donate Life Month'

on May 7, 2014 - 7:46pm

County Councilor Rick Reiss presents to Renee Roybal, left, and Kathy Walters, on behalf of the Council a proclamation declaring the Month of May as 'Donate Life Month' in Los Alamos County. Roybal received a heart transplant 11 years ago and Walters received a new heart 11 months ago. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Arnie Sierk was recognized at Tuesday's Council meeting during the proclamation declaring May 'Donate Life Month' as he is the recipient of a new kidney and pancreas. His wife Chris Sierk is seated next to him. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Proclamation

SAN Graduation Event Needs Volunteers

on May 4, 2014 - 11:04am

Courtesy/YMCA

COMMUNITY News:

Volunteers are needed to help with events for the community-sponsored, all-night senior graduation celebration known as SAN (Senior Appreciation Night) for shifts that begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

SAN was created as a fun, safe alternative to dangerous celebrations for graduates. The event is in its 30th year and typically serves 350 students. 

Approximately 50 volunteers are still needed to work a 2 to 3 hour shift at an early evening BBQ and at the Youth Activity Center, to chaperone the middle evening Wild West Photos and Roller Skating, and to run

Cone Zone: Upcoming Road Construction For Week of May 5

on May 4, 2014 - 10:55am

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution in these areas.

NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

Starting Monday, AUI, Inc. will begin construction on Trinity Drive between DP Road and Knecht Street. The northern 2½ lanes will be closed, reducing Trinity traffic to one eastbound lane. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue. This phase of the work should be completed by May 16.

Non-County Projects of

DWI Prevention Opportunity For Teens to Inspire Change Through Film

on May 4, 2014 - 10:27am

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