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Governor Proposes $450,000 for Water Emergencies

on November 26, 2013 - 10:37am

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

 

Plan Will Help Struggling Communities Ensure Safe and Secure Water Supply

 

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has announced plans to include in her budget recommendation two new state funds that will support local communities dealing with water emergencies, and help struggling communities come up with sound technical plans for projects and upgrades to prevent such emergencies. Martinez’s proposal seeks to establish a Dry Community Water Emergency Fund and a Technical Assistance Planning Fund.

 

The Dry Community Water Emergency Fund will

Man With Gun Robs Santa Fe Credit Union

on November 26, 2013 - 8:16am

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a man who used a handgun to rob Del Norte Credit Union at 510 N. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe on Nov. 25.

The suspect in the robbery of the is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s, approximately 6’0" tall, with a medium build and weighing about 180-200 pounds. He wore a black down jacket with a fur hood, sunglasses, white gloves, and a blue bandana that covered his face.

Witnesses say the man entered the bank at approximately 9:34 a.m., showed a gun to a teller, and demanded money.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, 2013

on November 25, 2013 - 8:43am

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.

 

DANIEL YAMADA

Nov. 14 at 12:01 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Yamada, 31, of Los Alamos at 118 Central Park Square and charged him with child abuse.

Nov. 15 at 3:10 p.m. / A Los Alamos woman, age unknown, reported that someone damaged her property on 45th Street. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

AARON EVEN

Nov. 15 at 4:41 p.m.

NNSA Removes High-Activity Radioactive Materials From Boston

on November 25, 2013 - 6:35am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently successfully recovered a disused, high-activity cesium-137 source from Massachusetts General Hospital in downtown Boston, Mass. and transported it for permanent disposition. Formerly used as a research irradiator for medical studies, the device contained cesium-137, which could be used in a dirty bomb. The removal was part of NNSA’s global campaign to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear and radiological material.

“This operation is a key part of the NNSA’s broad

Trinity Between Knecht and DP Road Closed Nov. 26

on November 24, 2013 - 9:22am

COUNTY News:

Trinity Drive will be closed between Knecht and DP Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. This closure is required to safely tie-in a high pressure gas line near Del Norte Credit Union.

This work may be delayed due to weather conditions.

DP Road and Knecht Street will remain open, with detours to Central Avenue posted. No gas outages are anticipated.

The County thanks motorists in advance for their cooperation and patience. Direct questions about this road closure to the County Public Works Department at 505.662.8150.

Winter Storm Warnings Across New Mexico

on November 24, 2013 - 8:14am

A blanket of snow covers the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow covers the patio of a White Rock home this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports for the Los Alamos area heavy snow at times with a high near 27, south wind around 10 mph and a total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Tonight there is a 50 percent chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 18 and new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Monday there is a 20 percent chance of

DPU Conducting Phone Survey on Gas Safety

on November 23, 2013 - 9:39am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers may receive an automated phone survey on natural gas safety in the next day or so. 

The calls will be launched from the Texas area and will have a (210) area code. Survey duration is approximately five minutes long and assesses customers’ knowledge of gas safety issues. 

“Natural gas is safe, clean and efficient. But like other forms of energy, it is important to respect its potential dangers,” Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill said. “Our job is to communicate natural gas safety.

Trilateral Nuclear Security Workshop Held

on November 23, 2013 - 6:17am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.K.’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), and Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” met Nov. 5-6 in Lisbon, Portugal, for the Eighth Nuclear Security Best Practices Exchange. The workshop focused on overcoming mutual challenges related to securing nuclear material.

The annual workshops were initiated in 2005 as a result of commitments made by President Bush and President Putin in their Joint Statement on Nuclear Security Cooperation, and which were reaffirmed by President Obama

Winter Storm Warning

on November 22, 2013 - 7:03am

NWS News:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
615 AM MST FRI NOV 22 2013

...MAJOR WINTRY STORM TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND...

ARCTIC AIR WILL OVERSPREAD ALL OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO
TODAY...WHILE BRISK WINDS AND AREAS OF SNOW...RAIN AND SOME MIXED
WINTRY PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT THEN REALLY RAMP
UP FOR THE WEEKEND. A POTENT UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM NEAR
THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST WILL PROVIDE A RIVER OF ABUNDANT
MOISTURE OVER NEW MEXICO.

FBI Seeks Help Finding Whoever Threw Explosive Device at Probation-Parole Office

on November 21, 2013 - 6:24pm

FBI News:

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Albuquerque Police Department are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons who threw an improvised explosive device in front of the New Mexico Probation-Parole Division Office, 3010 Monte Vista Blvd NE, Albuquerque today, Nov. 21, 2013.

The device did not explode, and nobody was injured. The incident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. and the APD Bomb Squad rendered the device safe.

Anybody with information on this incident is asked to contact the Albuquerque FBI at 505.889.1300 (24 hours) or

First Significant Snowfall Heading This Way

on November 21, 2013 - 5:02pm

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

This afternoon's National Weather Service briefing slides indicate Los Alamos should start feeling and seeing the impacts of its first significant snowfall of the year. 

Beginning with drizzle and freezing rain, sleet and snow tonight into Friday morning, and continuing off and on Friday with an expected 1-2 inches. Saturday should demonstrate precipitation mostly in the form of snow with another 5-7 inches as the brunt of this system hits. 

Sunday also will be an off/on day of snow, sleet and drizzle, and the Monday morning commute could prove challenging as

NMDOT Ready For Winter Storm

on November 21, 2013 - 9:16am

State snow plow. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

Santa Fe – New Mexico’s first wave of winter weather is on our doorstep and the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to assure the public that our crews are on standby and ready to go. 

Snowplows and trucks that apply salt and cinder to icy roads are loaded and ready. Crews will work around the clock to clear roads and assist where needed.

“The Department of Transportation is prepared for the storm and asks all motorists to be safe,” said NMDOT Deputy Secretary of Highway Operations Anthony Lujan.

The NMDOT’s Traffic Management Center

Prescribed Burn Planned for Santa Fe Watershed

on November 21, 2013 - 7:14am

USFS News:

SANTA FEBeginning Dec. 2 through Jan. 31, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will look for suitable conditions to conduct a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. 

Through hand ignition firefighters will incrementally burn 115 acres of slash piles located two to six miles east/northeast of Santa Fe, in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels.  

The start date and duration of the burn is subject to change depending on favorable burning conditions. Check nmfireinfo.com or follow the Santa Fe National Forest  on Twitter (SantafeNF) to

Heinrich Challenges Effectiveness of Dragnet Surveillance Program in NSA Court Case

on November 20, 2013 - 9:52am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today challenged the effectiveness of the National Security Agency's bulk phone records collection program.

The senators' amicus curiae brief, filed in the First Unitarian Church vs. National Security Agency U.S. District Court case, questioned a central premise of the government's argument.

I-25 Southbound Lane Closures

on November 19, 2013 - 9:48am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Geotechnical Section will begin sampling material on upper La Bajada Hill off of the I25 southbound shoulders from the Waldo Exit (MP 267) to the Cochiti Exit (MP 265). 

The sampling and testing of material will start Wednesday, Nov. 20 and continue over the next few days. There will be intermittent right lane and left lane closures Wednesday through Friday. The lane closures will be in effect 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the work is anticipated to be completed by Friday, Nov. 22, weather permitting.   

NMDOT urges

Power Outage in Pajarito Acres

on November 19, 2013 - 9:10am

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials reported a power outage affecting 660 customers in the Piedra Loop, Rio Bravo, Monte Rey areas at 1:30 a.m., Saturday morning.

The outage was due to a power pole and overhead cross arm failure. At 3:30 a.m., 650 customers had power restored, and at noon Saturday the remaining 10 customers had their power restored following the installation of a new air break switch.

“Our contractor just completed an assessment of the entire overhead electric system and we are incorporating that data into our Operation & Maintenance plan in conjunction with

Texting While Driving ... Lethal Distraction

on November 19, 2013 - 7:05am

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez is encouraging New Mexico’s teenagers to prevent fatal motor vehicle accidents by not texting and driving.

Martinez’s announcement comes during “National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 21 percent of teenagers in fatal crashes were killed because of drivers distracted by cell phone use.

“I’m challenging New Mexico’s teenagers to take the lead in setting an example for our fellow drivers not only here in New Mexico, but across the country, by pledging not to text while driving.

Los Alamos Police Blotter Nov. 7 to Nov. 13, 2013

on November 18, 2013 - 1:56pm

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.

KEVIN HERRING

Nov. 7 at 6:23 a.m. / Police arrested Kevin Herring, 36, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

ZACHARY KELLER

Nov. 7 at 6:23 a.m. / Police arrested Zachery Keller, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

MARK HENINS

Nov. 7 at 2:04 p.m.

Los Alamos Family Council Holds DWI School

on November 18, 2013 - 12:56pm

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council will hold DWI School 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. DWI School is for those charged with a DUI offense.
Registration in advance is required. Call 505.662.3264 for information or to schedule the program.

FBI Seeking Matthew Maley on Federal Drug Charges

on November 18, 2013 - 10:42am

Matthew Duke Maley is on the lam and the FBI is asking the public's help in finding him. He is considered armed and dangerous so do not approach him but rather call the Albuquerque FBI at 505.889.1300 (24 hours). Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is asking for the public's help in locating Matthew Duke Maley, 46, of Tucson, Ariz., who is wanted on federal drug charges and has ties to New Mexico, California, Colorado, Texas and Nevada, besides Arizona. 

Maley is a white male, 6'1" tall, approximately 180-190 pounds, bald, with hazel eyes.

Comments Sought on Draft LANL Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan

on November 18, 2013 - 10:23am

LANL News:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council (LANL Trustee Council) announces the release of the Draft LANL Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan (Draft Damage Assessment Plan), the beginning of a 30-day public comment period, and the date and location of a public meeting regarding the LANL Natural Resource Damage Assessment. The LANL Trustee Council is composed of representatives of the State of New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Pueblo of Jemez, the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, Santa Clara Pueblo, and the U.S.

Los Alamos Police Expand Arrests in Drug Trafficking Case

on November 17, 2013 - 11:13am

Police executed a search warrant on a black backpack at this residence at 76 Isleta in White Rock where they encountered Rowena MacDonald, 46, who was arrested Feb. 28 on an outstanding warrant from the State of Missouri for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. The backpack contained 42.7 grams of methamphetamine. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

As part of an ongoing investigation, Los Alamos Police made two more arrests since their Nov.

High-Activity Radioactive Materials Removed From Mexico

on November 17, 2013 - 6:46am

Anne Harrington

NASA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it recovered high-activity radioactive materials from an oncology clinic in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) and the Mexican National Commission for Nuclear Security and Safeguards (CNSNS) jointly supported the removal and the device containing the source was packaged and securely transported to the U.S. for final disposition.

“This operation is part of NNSA’s broad strategy to strengthen both U.S.

IRS Warns of Scams Related to Relief for Typhoon Victims in Philippines

on November 17, 2013 - 6:32am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service today issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan – known as Yolanda in the Philippines – made landfall Nov. 8 in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage.

Following major disasters, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers.

Strong Winds & Mountain Snow on the Way

on November 16, 2013 - 12:34pm

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports that a potent upper level disturbance is bringing accumulating snow to the higher terrain, then jet stream to strengthen and bring strong and potentially damaging winds.

Timing Through Sunday Morning.

Location –  Snow impacts Northern Mountains; Wind impacts area wide, but most significant eastern slopes of the Central Mountain Chain, Adjacent Highlands and East Central Plains.

Key Impacts:

  • West winds 40 to 50 mph with some gusts near 60 mph Saturday through early Sunday east slopes of the Central Mountain

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