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Petition to Expand Sheriff's Duties Falls Short

on November 28, 2012 - 9:07am
Sheriff Marco Lucero addressing Council earlier this year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report
 
The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night approved the certification that the required 1,327 signatures were not obtained by the due date of Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 to change the County Charter to expand the duties of the Los Alamos County Sheriff.
 
The Sheriff's Office currently is responsible for the service of legal process from various courts and court support services and maintains the County's Sex Offender Registry.
 
Fifteen percent of the registered voters voting

Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Notification

on November 26, 2012 - 3:37pm

Observing a prescribed fire's progress from the top of an amphibious vehicle. Courtesy/USFWS

SFNF News:

Beginning tomorrow through Friday, as conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin the Mesa Camino and Southeast Barbero Prescribed Burns.

Prescribed burns are conducted when specific conditions and criteria align to allow fire managers to safely conduct the burn, while achieving desired objectives.

Conditions include: temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation and conditions for effective smoke dispersion.

Coyote Ranger District, Mesa Camino Prescribed Burn

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Truck Engine Ignites at White Rock Baptist Church

on November 26, 2012 - 10:49am

Los Alamos firefighters snuffed out an engine fire that ignited under the hood of a 1978 GMC K-1500 in the White Rock Baptist Church parking lot on N.M. 4 this morning. Kevin Carpenter of NGC Painting and Decorating lives next door to the church. He had borrowed the truck from his dad and was trying to roll start it because a thief had broken into it and damaged the key device. Carpenter noticed smoke so he raised the hood and discovered the engine covered in flames.

Beware of Door-To-Door Magazine Crews

on November 26, 2012 - 7:14am

Staff Report

It's that time of year when magazine peddlers descend on White Rock and Los Alamos neighborhoods.

While some may represent legitimate companies - many do not.

A local resident contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning to say she had been duped:

"Please post to let residents beware. The shady mag crews are in town again. We had one at our door yesterday. I was not aware of this 'scam' that goes around and I wrote a check for $66 for a magazine subscription.

Wrecked Paint Truck Removed From Mountain

on November 25, 2012 - 4:56am

Crews remove the wrecked paint truck, shown here Nov. 16 near West Jemez Road and N.M. 4, that went off the 'second hair pin' turn at mile marker 49 out of Los Alamos Sept. 18. Photo by Katherine Watson

The truck left the highway Sept. 18 and landed 200-300 yards down a steep rugged cliff into Bandelier National Monument property. The driver of the semi was able to escape the mangled wreck and crawl partially up the cliff, according to a witness at the scene. Los Alamos Fire Department rescue crews used ropes and a pulley to climb down the cliff and rescue the driver.

Young Girl Remains Hospitalized Following Wednesday's Crash

on November 23, 2012 - 10:24am

Staff Report

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 13-year-old girl injured in Wednesday's head-on collision near the White Rock "Y" on N.M. 4 remains hospitalized in Albuquerque.

The two-car accident sent both drivers to the hospital and left a 14-year-old Los Alamos boy dead.

An online report by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office reports that the boy, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday at the scene.

Dennis Bernal, 43, of Santa Fe was driving northbound on N.M.

Sheriff's Office Identifies Drivers in Fatal Crash

on November 21, 2012 - 10:01pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Dawald at the scene of today's fatal crash on N.M. 4. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Capt. Adan Mendoza of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office this evening released the names of the drivers involved in today's fatal head-on collision on N.M. 4.

Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of White Rock was driving a 4-door Honda sedan with a 13-year-old female passenger and a 14-year-old male passenger inside, he said.

The male passenger died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Mendoza explained that his office does not

N.M. 4 at White Rock 'Y' Now Open

on November 21, 2012 - 8:27pm

N.M. 4 near White Rock "y" now open. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Police have reopened N.M. 4 near the White Rock “Y” following today's two-car crash in which a Los Alamos teenage boy died.

Both drivers and a passenger were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with injuries, according to police.

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster told the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon that a small four-door sedan collided head on with a red Toyota pickup near the sweeping turn just west of the White Rock "Y" on N.M. 4.

Foster said the pickup rolled over and it

Breaking News: Accident with Fatality Near White Rock ‘Y’

on November 21, 2012 - 3:08pm

Updated 6:30 p.m.

From the scene of the two car accident. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

N.M. 4 near the White Rock “Y” is closed due to a two car accident. Police report that a teen has died. An adult female driving one vehicle, a passenger and the male driver of the second vehicle have all been transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with injuries, according to police.

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster told the Los Alamos Daily Post that a small four door sedan collided head on with a red Toyota pickup near the sweeping turn just west of the White Rock

Paint Truck Wreckage Removal Underway at Bandelier

on November 21, 2012 - 10:01am

Bandelier begins removing paint truck wreckage. Courtesy/BNM

BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service and a construction company began removing the wreckage materials from a vehicle accident resulting in spilled paint within Bandelier’s boundary.

Crews began work last Friday and are expected to continue into this week. At this time, staff does not anticipate a road closure during removal operations.

The accident occurred on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 18, when a tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on N.M.

Man Who Shot Crop Duster Plane Pleads Guilty

on November 21, 2012 - 8:47am

Crop duster plane. Courtesy photo

FBI News:

Weilding a Ruger Number One 25-06 caliber single shot rifle with a Redfield scope, James R. Cate, 68, shot a crop duster plane as it flew over a field neighboring his land near Talpa, Texas dusting crops last February.

Before he actually shot the aircraft, Cate fired three rounds from the rifle into the air, according to documents filed in the case.

Cate admits that he threatened the aircraft to frighten the pilot away from his crops.

The last round that Cate fired hit the propeller of the aircraft, penetrated the engine cowling traveling

Los Alamos Police Increase Patrols For Holidays

on November 21, 2012 - 7:33am

A local police officer patrols the streets of Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

An increased number of Los Alamos police officers will be out in force patrolling the streets of Los Alamos County beginning today and continuing throughout the holidays.  

Police will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They encourage resident to immediately report drivers suspected of being under the influence to 662-8222.

The officers also will be watching for anyone attempting to burglarize vehicles, businesses or homes in the area.

Additional bike

Letter to the Editor: Driving is Not a Right

on November 18, 2012 - 10:20am

Khalil J Spencer
League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor 1173

The Sunday morning Monitor reminded us of just how close we came to killing some children at the Montessori School on Canyon Road.

Why? Because as County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman tells us, our safety is held hostage by a few "irrational" drivers.

Not only do we not control them, but it seems difficult to even know who the people are who are trying to kill us, including another driver who crashed the same week on Main Hill Road while, according to the Daily Post, driving aggressively and passing another vehicle.

Often, we

LANL's Ward Hawkins to Speak on Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

on November 17, 2012 - 12:05pm
LACACIS News:
 
Ward L. Hawkins, Program Manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will present a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.
 
Hawkins talk, "CTBT On-Site Inspection: The Final Verification Measure” will provide general background information on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and a detailed description of the On-Site Inspection verification regime.
 
The public is invited to attend Hawkin's talk, which will be held in Room 311 in the Education

US, Kazakhstan Commission Radiation Detection Systems Aimed at Preventing Nuclear Smuggling

on November 17, 2012 - 10:11am

Anne Harrington. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Kazakhstan Customs Control Committee (KCCC) recently held a ceremony to commission the specialized radiation detection equipment at Astana International Airport – a significant milestone in the joint effort to prevent the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

The ceremony recognized the effective ongoing cooperation between the U.S.

Los Alamos Canyon Bridge Work Begins Nov. 17

on November 16, 2012 - 8:48am

Omega Bridge in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL

COUNTY News:

 A damaged expansion joint on the south end of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge, known as Omega Bridge, is being replaced beginning Saturday, Nov. 17.

Los Alamos National Laboratory plans to do the work on weekends when vehicle traffic is reduced. Planned workdays include Nov. 17, Nov. 18, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.

One lane of the bridge will be closed in each direction and there may be brief periods when traffic is stopped while material is being moved, said Vince Sing of Project Management.

Signs and other traffic control measures will be

BREAKING NEWS: 11 Local Cars Burglarized Overnight

on November 14, 2012 - 4:37pm

Photo: Illustration

By Carol A. Clark

Eleven vehicle burglaries were committed primarily on North Mesa overnight.

A few cars also were burglarized in Quemazon and the 2500 Circle neighborhoods.

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster explained that most of the vehicles broken into were unlocked and the missing items were left visible on the vehicles front or rear seats.

The items stolen were mainly small in size such as leathermans and binoculars, he said.

"These burglaries appear to be crimes of opportunity," Foster said.

Last Chance to Sign Up for Red Cross Babysitters Course

on November 14, 2012 - 7:58am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s American Red Cross Babysitters Course will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17. Registration must be received by 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session will be held 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1-5:30 p.m. Nov.

Winter Storm Warning Issued Through Sunday A.M.

on November 9, 2012 - 8:53pm

Courtesy/NOAA

NWS Forecast for: Los Alamos NM
Issued by: National Weather Service Albuquerque, NM
Last Update: 4:11 pm MST Nov 9, 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM MST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM

403 PM MST FRI. NOV. 9, 2012

A VIGOROUS AND VAST UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL SLOWLY WORK ACROSS THE WESTERN U.S. THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY.

THE SYSTEM WILL BRING

Column: Insecurity with LANL Security Project

on November 9, 2012 - 10:20am

ON THE MESA FACING NORTH
By Greg Kendall
 
When news broke out a few months ago that an 80-year-old nun and two retiree peace activist had defeated our nation's highest level security systems at the Y-12 site in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and had spent a leisurely evening throwing blood on the walls of a building that houses nuclear weapon components, I was glad that it had not happened here in Los Alamos. 
 
Los Alamos security had to be better - much better than the apparent joke that is security at Y-12, I thought to myself. I have now had to re-evaluate that thought.
 
Would an octogenarian nun

Fake Online Banking Security Alert Advisory

on November 8, 2012 - 2:14pm

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank DID NOT send out a "security alert" email that arrived in people's In Boxes this morning.

LANB Chief Technology Officer Paul Cook said the email is fake and has a fake address.

"We never send out an email asking customers for their email and password – we would never do that," Cook said.

Cook advises anyone receiving the email to simply ignore it and delete it.

The bogus email sent to local addresses this morning is as follows:

Online Banking Security Alert

Dear Customer,

During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification

Letter to the Editor: Vaccines - Elected Officials Should Not Feed Fear and Misinformation

on November 4, 2012 - 12:35pm
By Dr. Tom Csanadi, MD

As a health care professional who has dedicated my life to the health, well being and safety of children, I am deeply disturbed by a recent story published in the Los Alamos Daily Post and the comments made by (Rep.) Jim Hall concerning childhood vaccinations.

Hall said, “I’m concerned with this intensive business of hitting young children with these medicines in their formative years without fully understanding the consequences.”

As someone who has lived through the devastation of polio, measles, haemophilus, diphtheria, whooping cough and mumps it is stunning that he is

Two Men Die Saturday in Jemez Mountains

on November 4, 2012 - 9:48am

A Black Hawk helicopter on its way to the accident site where a Sierra De Los Pinos man fell to his death Saturday. Courtesy/LAFD

By Carol A. Clark

Tragedy struck the Jemez Mountains Saturday as two men died in separate accidents.

Thomas A. Ilg, 54, a Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory fell to his death while hiking near Forest Road 10 and Forest Road 269.

A Sierra De Los Pinos man in his mid-fifties fell to his death while cutting a tree on a hillside in Cochiti. His name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin. 

"We received a call for

Who Calls the Shots When it Comes to Vaccines?

on November 3, 2012 - 8:04am

Local moms discuss parental rights with Rep. Jim Hall. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

Kristy Mack had concerns about giving her son the chicken pox vaccine when she was eight months pregnant because she didn’t want to risk harming her unborn child.

The doctor agreed to delay the shot. Her son eventually received all of his shots. But if he had been attending preschool, he would have had to file a vaccination exemption with the State Department of Health.

If his waiver had been denied, he wouldn’t be able to go to preschool.

The waiver forms have been changed.

Breaking News: Main Hill Road Closed Due to Accident

on November 2, 2012 - 1:51pm

Accident on Main Hill Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

UPDATE 2:35 p.m. - Main Hill Road is now open for traffic in both directions.

The Main Hill Road is closed due to an accident involving an overturned car.. Early reports indicate there are no serious injuries. The Los Alamos Police Department anticipates reopening the road around 2:30 p.m. today. Police informed the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene that witnesses said the female driver lost control, hit the side wall and rolled her vehicle while driving aggressively and passing a car.

Early reports indicate there are

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