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WIPP Update: Underground Ventilation System Worked as Designed

on May 4, 2014 - 7:22am

The WIPP Underground Ventilation System ensures proper air flow is provided during mining and waste handling activities. It also is designed to automatically switch to Filtration Mode if radioactive contamination is detected in the underground. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Since February, there has been considerable coverage about the WIPP Underground Ventilation System. On Feb. 14, the ventilation system worked as designed, protecting human health and the environment.

In normal exhaust mode, the ventilation system provides a continuous flow of fresh air to the underground tunnels and rooms

WIPP Clarifies Reports on Magnesium Oxide Usage

on May 3, 2014 - 8:30am

WIPP personnel place 'super sacks' of magnesium oxide on the top of waste columns during underground waste disposal operations. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Due to some confusion in recent news reports, here is a more detailed explanation of the use of magnesium oxide (MgO) at WIPP. The magnesium oxide, a dry chemical, is not used to weigh down waste containers in the WIPP underground as one news outlet reported. The material is used as an engineered barrier to prevent radioactive material from releasing into the environment over a 10,000-year period, as required by the U.S.

Van Drives Into 18 Wheeler Flatbed Trailer Parked on Bryce Street in White Rock

on May 2, 2014 - 10:50pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters rushed to the scene of an accident around 7:15 p.m. today in which a van ran into the back of a 18 wheeler with flatbed trailer parked on Bryce Street in front of Pinon Park Pool. EMTs checked out the driver and his passenger and released both at the scene. Officers said the driver was going about 20 miles per hour heading west on Bryce when the glaring sun impaired his ability to see the parked rig in front of him. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos firefighters assess the situation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 22 To April 30, 2014

on May 1, 2014 - 11:23am

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.

April 22 at 9:40 a.m. / A 15-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that someone used her telephone on Diamond Drive without permission.


April 24 at 11:31 a.m. / Police arrested Jody Armijo, 44, of Ojo Sarco at 2373 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

April 24 at 3:30 p.m. / A 12-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she is the victim of larceny on Hawk Drive.

EPA Proposes Plan Cutting Harmful Emissions in New Mexico

on May 1, 2014 - 7:28am

EPA News:

 DALLAS –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing an action that will significantly benefit the people of New Mexico. EPA is proposing approval of revisions to the New Mexico Regional Haze plan that addresses nitrogen oxide emissions and improves regional visibility from the San Juan County power plant.

“We are committed to working with our state partners to improve visibility and reduce pollution,” EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said. “Pollution, especially air pollution, has no geographical boundaries.

US 84/285 & North Tesuque Interchange Bridge Work Begins May 2

on April 30, 2014 - 10:44am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will start bridge rehabilitation work on US 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6 Friday, May 2.

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

Starting at 9 a.m., Friday the North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) will be CLOSED, and the US 84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane and be detoured through

WIPP Preparing For Future Entries

on April 29, 2014 - 8:36am

WIPP News:

Last week, Department of Energy and Nuclear Waste Partnership teams evaluated the initial photos from Wednesday’s entry into Room 7 of Panel 7. The entry confirmed that the radiation source was in Room 7, but the cause of the release was not evident.

This week, teams are finalizing safety basis documents and planning future entries to conduct additional investigations in Room 7. During the next entry, teams will have a longer stay-time, and workers are bringing equipment that allows better visibility.

Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade Sells T-Shirts to Fund New Equipment

on April 28, 2014 - 7:47am

Purchase a snazzy t-shirts to help out the Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade. Courtesy/LAAFB


The Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade is selling fire engine red t-shirts with the group’s logo to raise funds for new equipment.

LAAFB has seven members available, at various levels, to participate in search and rescue activities that include ground pounding, 4X4 search and medical response. The group includes a trained ICS section chief.

The LAAFB medical personnel cover local athletic events including football games, foot and bike races, horse shows and rodeos.

Cone Zone: Week of April 28

on April 27, 2014 - 9:53am


Coming Soon 2014 Public Works Projects:
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 in these areas as the construction work zones are established.

NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:
Starting on approximately May 5, construction will begin on Trinity Drive between DP Road and Knecht Street. Work will include trenching in the north side of Trinity to install storm drains and lateral storm water lines.

Snow and Wind Storm Hits Los Alamos

on April 26, 2014 - 9:01pm

A row of street cones in front of the new Smith's Marketplace on Trinity Drive is blown over late today by the wind and snow storm that rocked Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cloudy skies and blowing snow impact visibility at 6:30 p.m. today on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NOAA News:

Winter Weather Advisory


The Science of WIPP

on April 26, 2014 - 11:01am

WIPP News:

In recent weeks, there have been many questions about the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and why southeastern New Mexico was selected as the location for the world’s only repository for transuranic waste disposal.

Government officials and scientists chose the WIPP site through a selection process that started in the 1950s. At that time, the National Academy of Sciences conducted a nationwide search for geological formations stable enough to contain radioactive wastes for thousands of years.

'Race to Nowhere' Follow-up Held at UNM-LA

on April 26, 2014 - 10:28am

A follow up showing of the documentary 'A Race to Nowhere' and discussion on how to initiate community change took place Thursday evening at the Jeannette O. Wallace Lecture Hall on the UNM-Los Alamos campus. Nearly 200 people turned out for the original showing of the film in March. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Potentially Damaging Wind Event This Weekend

on April 25, 2014 - 1:19pm

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued the following wind advisory:


Type – A strong late season cold front will sweep the area from west to east late Saturday through Sunday,  generating strong to potentially damaging winds. Accumulating snow in the northern mountains and below normal temperatures area-wide will also accompany the weekend storm system.

Timing – Strongest winds expected to develop Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday, with the most critical period expected Saturday afternoon and evening.

Los Alamos Man Develops Lessons Learned Presentation Following Best Friend's Death

on April 24, 2014 - 12:43pm

Jaret McDonald of Los Alamos giving a presentation recently in Albuquerque on individual safety and situational awareness. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

Jaret McDonald was on the scene when his best friend David Sturm died in a logging incident Nov. 3, 2012 in the Jemez Mountains. Through his grief he developed an "Injuries Result in Loss of Life - Lessons Learned" presentation, which he has delivered to more than 1,000 people in Los Alamos and earlier this month began sharing with a statewide audience.

David William Sturm July 22, 1957-Nov. 3, 2012

"Dave was an

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 17 To April 22, 2014

on April 24, 2014 - 12:39pm

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.



April 17 at 12:03 a.m. / Police arrested Eric Richardson, 28, of Los Alamos on San Ildefonso Road and charged him with possession of marijuana.

April 17 at 6:01 p.m. / A 70-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of larceny on Canyon Glen. The estimated loss is less than $500.

April 17 at 6:58 p.m.

Udall, Heinrich Statement on DOE WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

on April 24, 2014 - 10:39am


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management initial accident investigation report related to the Feb. 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. 

The senators urge WIPP and DOE officials to fully implement all necessary corrective actions before restarting operations:

"The report on the response to the radiation release at WIPP includes many of the same deeply troubling findings as the report after the

LAPD Dispatcher Ulises Nieto Graduates Academy's Telecommunication Course

on April 22, 2014 - 9:39am

Los Alamos County Police Dispatch Supervisor Kate Stoddard, Dispatcher Ulises Nieto and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is proud to announce that Dispatcher Ulises Gabriel Nieto graduated April 18 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Telecommunication Course.

Dispatcher Nieto has been employed with the Los Alamos Police Department for one year and continues to be a great asset to the department.

Filter Bank Mock-up Complete; HEPA Filters Arriving at WIPP

on April 21, 2014 - 4:19pm

WIPP News:

Experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site have arrived in Carlsbad to train WIPP employees on replacing the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters – a crucial component of the WIPP Ventilation System.

New filters are required to replace those that captured material following the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event. The Savannah River Site is utilizing their expertise in changing contaminated filters to prepare WIPP site employees for potential levels of contamination on the filters.

Los Alamos Police Host Drug Take-Back Saturday

on April 21, 2014 - 10:25am

Former LAPD Ofc. Robert Girmendonk poses next to 332 pounds of prescription drugs collected April 27, 2013. Photo by Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris

LAPD News:

Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department are hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the following locations:

  • Site 1: Los Alamos Medical Center Parking Lot; and
  •  Site 2: White Rock Visitors Center Parking Lot.

Note: Needles will not be accepted.

LAPD is coordinating its events Saturday to coincide with the 8th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. After collecting more than 1,700 tons of

PowerTalk 21: Talk to Teens About Dangers of Underage Drinking Today

on April 21, 2014 - 8:36am

MADD News:

April 21 is recognized as PowerTalk 21 Day, a day set aside to encourage parents to speak with their teens about the dangers of underage drinking, and to set a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking in their households.

Through both State of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque official proclamations and in partnership with the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Albuquerque Office of the Mayor, Bernalillo County’s Department of Substance Abuse Program, Albuquerque Public Schools, and other stakeholders statewide, MADD NM will conduct Power of Parents workshops, Power of

How to Safeguard Your Home When You're Pregnant

on April 20, 2014 - 10:02am

'Pregnant Warrior' Courtesy of (Flickr Creative Commons)


Your home is a haven for you and your family, but once it has been tampered with by burglars, you may feel unsafe and wary of what's going to happen next. Being pregnant can intensify this feeling.

Here are some home security measures to keep you and your home safe from harm:

Install Home Security Devices

Installing home security devices might be the best move you've done for your family.

Concealed Carry Class Offered May 9-10

on April 19, 2014 - 11:33am

LASC News:

The Los Alamos Sportsman's Club (LASC) will be hosting a class that qualifies for the New Mexico Concealed Carry license requirements.

This class is being presented by a volunteer instructor that is donating all proceedes to the Youth Program of the club. The class will start on Friday May 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the LASC Indoor range, and resume the next day, Saturday May 10, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the same location.

This class is open to anyone that will be 21 years of age by July 9, 2014. Students do not need to be a LASC club member.

The class will consist of four hours of lecture

Cone Zone: Upcoming Road Construction For Week of April 21

on April 18, 2014 - 9:49am


The Cone Zone is back for the season and here is an overview of upcoming 2014 Public Works Projects:

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 in these areas as the construction work zones are established.

NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

Starting on approximately May 5, construction will begin on Trinity Drive between DP Road and Knecht Street.

LAPS Prevention Office Works With MADD Against Underage Drinking

on April 18, 2014 - 7:00am

LAPS News:

This week, the Los Alamos Public Schools Prevention Office hosted Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for some community education opportunities with more planned for next week.

Selena Hardy, a 2003 Los Alamos High School graduate and a program specialist for MADD-NM was on hand Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations for parents and hands on activities for youth.

Hardy shared her message about the program and trained school staff for an upcoming project to be done with local businesses. Ben Lewinger, the state executive director for MADD has been in the non-profit sector for 14

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 11 To April 17, 2014

on April 17, 2014 - 11:35am

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.

April 11 at 3:53 p.m. / A 92-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the \victim of larceny on El Conejo. The estimated loss is less than $250.

April 11 at 6:08 p.m. / A 56-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Ridgecrest Avenue.


April 11 at 7:15 p.m.