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Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 11

on August 10, 2014 - 11:32am

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update: Week of Aug. 11:

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.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and the Post Office driveway. Access to the Post Office will be maintained. Vehicles will be detoured to Deacon Street and the Main Street driveway into Central Park Square is also closed.

Heinrich Travels Across State Discussing Economy, Energy, WIPP, Veterans Health Care

on August 9, 2014 - 7:33am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. will travel to Santa Fe, Eddy, and Lea Counties Monday, Aug. 11 and Tuesday, Aug. 12.

He will deliver opening remarks Monday at a public meeting in Santa Fe with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to receive stakeholder input to the Quadrennial Energy Review, an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for transmission, storage and distribution of energy.

The meeting, hosted by the Energy

DOE's Lab Accreditation Program Assesses WIPP

on August 9, 2014 - 7:18am

WIPP News:

The U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory Accreditation Program (DOELAP) recently conducted an assessment of the WIPP external dosimetry program.

The external dosimetry program is responsible for measuring and tracking external dose received from ionizing radiation. The purpose of the assessment was to assure routine practices comply with required criteria set forth by DOELAP. The three main kinds of ionizing radiation are alpha particles (internal hazard), beta particles and gamma rays.

The overall assessment resulted in no deficiencies, three concerns and four observations,

Los Alamos Firefighters Rescue Dehydrated Hiker

on August 7, 2014 - 7:16pm

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider

Staff Report

Los Alamos firefighters rescued a 77-year-old hiker from Pueblo Canyon Wednesday.

"He was out hiking and became dehydrated and couldn’t make it out so our firefighters located him and transported him to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was treated and released," Grider said.

The LAFD Training Division provides for and maintains the department’s preparedness for this type of incident that occurs occasionally in canyons throughout the county.

The department has two full time training officers with fire service, instructional and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 31 to Aug. 6, 2014

on August 7, 2014 - 1:05pm

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.

 

RAYMOND MARTINEZ

July 31 at 3:07 p.m. / Police arrested Raymond Martinez, 29, of Los Alamos at 2064 42nd St., and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

July 31 at 5:23 p.m. / A 52-year-old Espanola woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked at Crossroads Bible Church. The estimated loss is unknown.

DANIEL HOFFMAN

Aug. 1 at 7:20 p.m.

LAPS Superintendent Issues Letter to Community

on August 7, 2014 - 9:53am
By GENE SCHMIDT
Superintendent of Schools

Members of the Community,

We would like to update the community on the progress of the Aspen Elementary School project.

First, thanks to the efforts of Aspen school staff and Jaynes Construction Aspen School will start on time. School will begin Thursday, Aug. 14. We look forward to welcoming students and staff to the start of school. 

In an effort to reduce traffic, we ask parents to have their students ride the bus, or walk to school. Parents should be aware that not all construction issues may be resolved by Aug.

Urban Park Tennis Court Resurfacing Begins Today

on August 7, 2014 - 9:44am

COUNTY News:

Repair work will get underway today at the northeast tennis court in Urban Park. Contractors will be resurfacing a large area of this court to make it safer for play.

Although the tennis court may not be available during the day, contractors plan to leave the court playable in the evenings.

Visitors in the area are asked to use caution around the court, obey closure signs and generally avoid resurfacing activities in progress.

Safety Enhancements Continue at WIPP

on August 7, 2014 - 7:37am

WIPP News:

The Accident Investigation Board report for the underground truck fire was issued in March and the Radiological Release (Phase I) report was issued in May.

Corrective Action Plans have been developed and are currently being reviewed, awaiting final approval from the U.S. Department of Energy. Although these plans are still undergoing formal reviews, a number of organizational and safety related actions have already been implemented.

The site developed an Executive Safety and Quality Review Board to ensure adequate oversight as changes and updates to all safety related programs

DOE Secretary Visits WIPP Aug. 12

on August 6, 2014 - 8:18am
Sec. Moniz. Courtesy/wikipedia.com
 
STATE News:
 
Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz will host several meetings on the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad this month.
 
Friday, Aug. 8, Moniz will join other federal and local officials, including Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx for two public meetings to receive public input on the QER, an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for transmission, storage and distribution of energy.
 
In Chicago, the discussion will focus on rail, truck and barge

County Traffic Crews Testing School Speed Zone Lights

on August 5, 2014 - 11:05am

Los Alamos County traffic crews were at Aspen Elementary School this morning and will be out in the community this week and next testing school speed zone lights in preparation for the new school year, which begins Aug. 14. Motorists are reminded that they must slow down to meet posted speed limits and observe school zones whenever the lights are flashing. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Safety Tips Offered For Flash Flooding

on August 5, 2014 - 10:32am

PUBLIC SAFETY News:

Eighteen to 24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off of the road. In fact, according to the National Weather Service, more than half of all flood-related deaths are people driving through flooded roads.

With the risk of flash flooding in the area over the next few days, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® reminds residents to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” and offers the following flood safety tips to protect your home and family:

Before the Flood

  • Clear yard of any debris, plant material or items (garden décor, foliage, or garbage cans) that can

Senators: WIPP's Missed Inspections 'Unacceptable'

on August 5, 2014 - 8:47am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Monday that the Department of Labor has responded to their March request for an explanation detailing why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) failed to conduct legally required regular safety inspections at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

The senators asked for the information after an investigation into a February truck fire at WIPP revealed that MSHA had done only two inspections during the three years before the accident.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

A

Rodeo Parking Limited on North Mesa this Weekend

on August 4, 2014 - 9:43pm

Rodeo Parking Map for North Mesa. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

In an effort to limit vehicle traffic in the North Mesa Stables area for the safety of stable lot owners and their animals, spectators for the Rodeo this weekend will not be allowed entrance from North Mesa Road.

Only rodeo contestants, stable lot owners and vehicles with handicap placards will be allowed entrance to the stables during the rodeo.  

For additional information, contact the LAC Parks, Recreation & Open Space Administration Office at 505.662.8170.

Heinrich on CIA's Redactions in Interrogation Study

on August 4, 2014 - 9:11am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the CIA's redactions to the executive summary of the Committee's study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.

"I was disappointed to learn of the CIA's extensive use of redactions on the Committee's executive summary. Redactions are supposed to remove names or anything that could compromise sources and methods, not to undermine the source material so that it is impossible to understand.

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Beginning 2 p.m. Today

on August 4, 2014 - 8:05am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of North and Central New Mexico.

Areas included in the watch are the Jemez Mountains, Santa Fe metro area, South Central Highlands, lower Chama River valley, Albuquerque metro area, Estancia Valley, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Northwest Highlands, Sandia/manzano Mountains, Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9,500 feet, Southwest Mountains, West Central Highlands, west central mountains, West Central Plateau and west slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

  • 2 p.m.

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 4

on August 3, 2014 - 8:50am

COUNTY News:

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.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:
Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and the Post Office driveway. Access to the Post Office will be maintained. Vehicles will be detoured to Deacon Street and the Main Street driveway into Central Park Square is also closed.

Active Monsoon Pattern Through At Least Monday

on August 2, 2014 - 10:18am

NWS News:

Significant monsoon burst pattern will gradually transition to a more typical early August regime beginning Monday-Tuesday.

Until then, a very active pattern will continue especially central and western New Mexico. The focus for torrential rainfall will shift more into western areas of the state today through Sunday. However, any slow-moving thunderstorm will be capable of producing locally heavy downpours and at least localized flooding.

Timing Flash flooding will be most likely from Noon MDT to 6 p.m. today and again Sunday.   

Location Clusters of new storms will first

Thursday's Heavy Rainfall Overflows Arroyo Jacona

on August 2, 2014 - 8:40am

Arroyo Jacona overflowed its banks during Thursday's heavy rainfall. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

NMDOT: Crews Clearing Debris & Unplugging Culverts

on August 2, 2014 - 8:31am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has maintenance personnel monitoring roadways and clearing those affected by recent rainfall.

With more monsoon storms in the forecast, the NMDOT wants to assure the public that it is working around the clock to keep the roadways safe. This includes clearing debris on roads and unplugging culverts to prevent water from running onto roadways.

The NMDOT posts traffic updates as they are reported on its road advisory website at www.nmroads.com. That information can also be retrieved by calling the NMDOT road condition hotline at 511 or

NIST: Hazard Lurks Beneath Many Gas Stations

on August 2, 2014 - 8:01am

Optical micrographs of severe corrosion on steel alloy samples exposed to ethanol and acetic acid vapors - conditions typical of underground gas storage tanks - after 355 hours, 643 hours and 932 hours. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A hidden hazard lurks beneath many of the roughly 156,000 gas stations across the United States.

The hazard is corrosion in parts of underground gas storage tanks—corrosion that could result in failures, leaks and contamination of groundwater, a source of drinking water.

Heinrich on Confirmed CIA Spying on Senate Panel

on August 1, 2014 - 11:20am

CIA Director John Brennan apologized today for the actions of some agents. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

U.S. SENATE News:

"The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around." U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S.

NMCD Blood Drive Draws Donors From Across State

on August 1, 2014 - 8:24am

An officer participates in the statewide blood drive. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

The New Mexico Corrections Department, after hearing about a very serious wreck involving a State Police officer, spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness and ENDWI. Wednesday marked the first annual blood drive to ENDWI, with great results.

Thanks to statewide participation from partners in law enforcement, including the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association, New Mexico State Police, Albuquerque Fire Department, 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, United Blood Services and Target, the drive will benefit

Flash Flood Watch Underway Through Late Tonight

on August 1, 2014 - 8:03am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of North and Central New Mexico, including the Santa Fe metro area, Jemez Mountains, Guadalupe County,  lower Chama River valley. Lower Rio Grande Valley, Northeast Highlands, northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9,500 feet/red River, northwest Highlands, Raton Ridge/johnson Mesa, San Francisco River valley, San Juan Mountains, Sandia/manzano Mountains, South Central Highlands, south central mountains.

Also, in the Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9,500 feet,

Significant Monsoon Burst Pattern Through Weekend

on July 31, 2014 - 10:39pm

NOAA News:

Nowcast as of 9:11 PM MDT includes showers and thunderstorms will continue through the evening. A broad area of showers blanketing San Miguel County will move across Interstate 25 from Romeroville to Wagon Mound...and across Trujillo...Trementina...Bell Ranch...Conchas Lake State Park...and N.M. 104.
 
Storms crossing into northern Sandoval County will move toward Fenton Lake State Park...Jemez Springs...and across State Road 4. Expect lightning and downpours along with some hail and gusts to 40 mph as these storms move through.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 24 to July 30, 2014

on July 31, 2014 - 12:09pm

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.

July 24 at 9:16 a.m. / A 30-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone sprayed graffiti on property on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

July 27 at 1:56 p.m. / Police arrested Andrea Herrera, 30 of Chamita at 751 Trinity Dr., and charged her with petty theft and issued her a summons to appear in court. Police booking photo unavailable.

RACHEL PARKER

July 28 at

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