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La Sotella Prescribed Burn Near Española April 22-25

on April 17, 2014 - 6:33am

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/

SFNF News:

ESPAÑOLA—April 22-25, fire managers on the Española Ranger District will be conducting a prescribed burn to 1,760 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 10 miles northwest of Española and 8 miles south of Abiquiu.

Smoke from the burn will be visible from Española, Abiquiu, Canones, Medanales, Chama Highway (84/285), and Highway 96. It is expected to settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings, but should lift by mid-morning. After ignitions are complete, smoke will still be visible for a few days.

Letter to the Editor: Details of Personal Experience With Los Alamos Phone Scammer

on April 16, 2014 - 12:14pm
Public Service Alert 
Los Alamos Resident
I got a call yesterday afternoon from a Lt. Carl Lewis stating that I (he gave me my address as well) had failed to report for jury duty, and that I had fines of ~$423 for failure to appear, ~$415 for contempt of court, and a $177 court processing fee (roughly $1,000 dollars). 
He was actually very convincing and talked with a thick southern drawl, and when I mentioned I never got informed of jury duty he had quick authoritative responses, mentioned how he wasn't there to dispute the charges, just inform me of my rights and that this call

NNSA Awards $25 Million Grant to Improve Capabilities for Detecting Nuclear Proliferation

on April 16, 2014 - 11:40am

Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development today announced the award of a $25 million grant to a North Carolina State University-led consortium for research and development (R&D) in enabling capabilities for nonproliferation.

This sizeable, long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years.

Corrections Department Eliminates Overnight Visits

on April 16, 2014 - 10:07am

NMCD News:

SANTA FE—In an effort to continue to provide opportunities for inmates to reconnect with their families, the New Mexico Corrections Department has made changes to its family visit policy.

The department has decided to eliminate overnight family visits effective May 1. Only a small portion of the nearly 7,000 inmates in the Corrections Department qualified for overnight family visits.

Inmates will now have more frequent contact visits with family during special seminar days.

Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center Issues Annual Safety Alert For Walkers

on April 15, 2014 - 9:11am

Pilgrims gather on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

EMO News:

SANTA FE – The annual journey to El Santuario de Chimayó is underway. Dozens of walkers have already begun their trek to the church. The Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center would like to remind pedestrians and motorists to be safe as they make their way along the route. 

The public safety for this event is a joint coordinated effort between the Emergency Management Offices (EMO)  in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties.

Residents Asked to Sign Petition To Ban Trapping

on April 15, 2014 - 7:41am

TFNM News:

Trap Free New Mexico (TFNM) is asking residents to sign a petition here to ban animal trapping in New Mexico. 

TFNM is a coalition of citizens, conservation organizations and animal welfare groups who oppose the cruel, damaging and dangerous practice of trapping in New Mexico. Under-regulated and outdated, traps put citizens, pets and non-target species at risk, including the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

"We seek to ban traps in New Mexico for the sake of public safety and New Mexico's native wildlife," TFNM said.

NMSARC Announces Annual Search and Rescue Conference

on April 14, 2014 - 11:46am



The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) is hosting ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event), its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers April 25-27 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa, and Casino in Pojoaque.

More than 100 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma are attending to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.

The three-day conference also has vendors, featuring the latest in search and rescue gear, communications equipment and performance clothing, a silent auction

Lost Los Alamos Juvenile Hiker Found Safe Near Red Dot Trail in White Rock This Afternoon

on April 13, 2014 - 6:03pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Rescue vehicles line up near the Red Dot Trailhead this afternoon in search of a young hiker who became lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

A 15-year old Los Alamos girl reported lost earlier this afternoon in White Rock Canyon off the Red Dot Trail has been located through the coordinated search and rescue efforts and quick response of Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments.

The girl, whose identity has not been released, sustained a minor injury that is not life-threatening.

NNSA’s Nevada Field Office Transfers ACAVs to FBI

on April 13, 2014 - 9:43am

NNSA's Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles to the local FBI office in Nevada. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • Transfer provides cost avoidance of $474,000

LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles (ACAVs) to The Department of Justice’s local FBI office in Nevada.

The transfer created $474,000 in savings to the government as the NFO security force no longer had a mission need for the specialized and expensive tactical vehicles.

Udall Bill to Curb False Advertising Claims on Protective Sports Gear Clears Commerce Committee

on April 11, 2014 - 11:48am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that the Youth Sports Concussions Act (S. 1014), a bill he introduced with Commerce Committee Chairman John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., cleared a major hurdle when it passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
The legislation would help protect youth athletes from the dangers of concussions by curbing false advertising claims made by sports equipment manufacturers to increase protective sports gear sales. Action on S.

Morning Power Outage Affects Meadow Lane/Todd Loop Area

on April 11, 2014 - 9:40am


An underground line failure caused a power outage at 2:14 a.m., today in the Meadow Lane/Todd Loop area in White Rock, affecting approximately 75 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers.

Power was restored by 5 a.m. to the majority of those customers and by 6:40 a.m. to all affected customers.

“The line serving this neighborhood has already been prioritized for replacement during this coming fiscal year due to its age and historical performance,” said DPU’s Project Engineer for Electric Distribution Steve Marez.

IRS Aggressively Goes After Tax Crooks

on April 11, 2014 - 7:38am

IRS News:

IRS Criminal Investigation Enforcement Actions Underway Across the Nation

PHOENIXAs the April 15 tax deadline approaches, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Thursday it has started more than 200 new investigations this filing season into identity theft and refund fraud schemes.

IRS Criminal Investigation has started 295 new identity theft investigations since January, pushing the number of active cases to more than 1,800.

The coast-to-coast effort by Criminal Investigation is underway as part of a larger effort at the IRS to combat identity theft and refund fraud by

Rep. Lujan Grisham Urges APD to Accept All DOJ Recommendations

on April 10, 2014 - 10:55pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Albuquerque Police Department.

“The Albuquerque community has waited a long time – too long – for someone to acknowledge and take decisive action against the violence we’re all witnessing. The DOJ has confirmed longstanding allegations that the department has used excessive force and violated civil rights.

“After being briefed by the DOJ, I am confident that we are headed toward a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 3 To April 9, 2014

on April 10, 2014 - 12:13pm

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 3 at 10:30 a.m. / Police arrested Jonathon Klebesadel, 22, of Los Alamos at 1203 9th St., and charged him with possession of marijuana.




April 3 at 10:30 a.m. / Police arrested Jordan Miller, 19, of Los Alamos at 1203 9th St., and charged her with possession of marijuana.

April 4 at 7:48 a.m.

Letter to the Editor: Let's Talk About APD

on April 10, 2014 - 9:31am
Progress Now NM

Let's talk about the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) ... 37 shootings, some justified, some likely not.

Everyone has an opinion and everyone agrees: it’s time for a different approach ... 37 shootings.

NNSA Announces Recipient of $25 Million Grant to Improve Nuclear Arms Control Verification Technology

on April 10, 2014 - 7:46am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development March 31 announced the award of a $25 million grant to a consortium, which includes Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), for research and development (R&D) in nuclear arms control verification technologies, including nuclear safeguards effectiveness.
The long-term investment will support the consortium, led by the University of Michigan, at $5 million per year for five years.

Los Alamos Police Issue Fraud Alert

on April 9, 2014 - 8:49pm


It has come to the attention of the Los Alamos County Police Department that a male using various names is posing as a police officer of Los Alamos County, Santa Fe County and other police agencies. The male is calling residences, usually home phones, using different stories coercing the people he is calling into transferring money to him over the phone or computer.

The common false stories he is using include:

  • "You have missed court or mandatory jury duty and now have a warrant for your arrest."
  • "We have your son/daughter/grandchild/spouse in custody and in order to get

FBI Alert: Man With Gun Robs Santa Fe Bank

on April 9, 2014 - 8:07pm

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a man who robbed First National Bank of Santa Fe today at 516 W. Cordova Road in Santa Fe.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, approximately 6' tall, with a slender to medium build. The man's face was covered by a black bandana with a white pattern. He wore a dark blue or black hoodie with a white logo and writing on the front that included the words "Santa Fe;" maroon sweat pants, white gloves, sunglasses and white tennis shoes.

Witnesses say the suspect walked into the bank at approximately 10 a.m.

Road Work Continues on U.S. 84/285 Traffic Switch North of Pojoaque

on April 9, 2014 - 12:36pm


SANTA FE - NMDOT continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2. The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County. The bridge construction work is anticipated to be completed by summer of 2014.

There will be a switch in traffic on Monday, April 7, 2014.  The northbound U.S. 84/285 traffic will be detoured to the newly constructed U.S. 84/285 southbound lanes, and will return to the existing northbound U.S.

Nuclear Arms Control R&D Consortium Includes Los Alamos

on April 7, 2014 - 11:22am

A neutron detector like this one at LANL is an invaluable national-security technology tool. Researchers at Los Alamos can help train and mentor the next generation of nation-security scientists thanks to formation of consortium led by the University of Michigan that focuses on R&D of arms control verification technologies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Laboratory can help groom next generation of arms-control-technology experts

A consortium led by the University of Michigan that includes Los Alamos National Laboratory as a partner has been awarded a $25 million grant by the National Nuclear

For Resident Safety - SFNF Proposing 10-year Shooting Closure Along Caja del Rio

on April 7, 2014 - 11:12am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest’s Española Ranger District is proposing a 10-year shooting closure along the east boundary of the Caja del Rio, east of Santa Fe, to protect the lives and property of those who live adjacent to the Forest boundary.

Shooting a firearm within the National Forest is allowed; however, in order to protect adjacent property owners, the area has been closed since May 24, 2001. Due to an increase in development on private land near the Forest boundary, there is a greater need to enforce the closure to keep residents safe.

Under the National Environmental

National Work Zone Awareness Week: Watch Out For Workers And Stay Safe

on April 6, 2014 - 9:42am

Arnold Murphy from the NMDOT Moriarty Project Office created this 'orange barrel family' as a safety reminder in the work zone just west of Moriarty on I-40. Courtesy/NMDOT


SANTA FE—The week of April 7 marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, which also is the official start of the roadway construction season across most of the country. 

Each year local, state and federal transportation officials observe National Work Zone Awareness Week by reminding drivers to slow down and drive safely through work zones. 

What many motorists may not realize is that they are more at risk of

Letter to the Editor: Spraying Herbicide Environmental Risk to Every Person, Pet, Wildlife and Beneficial Insect

on April 6, 2014 - 9:28am
Los Alamos

I agree with Diana McPherson of White Rock regarding the county's use of herbicides. Last year the county sprayed herbicide along the sidewalks at Western Area Park, a park well used by families and pet owners, killing not only the minimal amount of weeds that might have existed but all the grass bordering the sidewalk to within six inches.

The irony of this procedure is that it left the borders looking terrible and the weeds survived and came back during the summer sprinkling with a vengeance! 

So not only was it a waste of chemical, time and taxpayer money, it was an

WIPP Conducts Q&A With Public

on April 6, 2014 - 8:39am

WIPP News:

With regard to the Feb. 5 incident, the public has asked a number of questions at recent Town Hall meetings and in an effort to share this information, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has provided some of the questions and corresponding answers:

Q. If the filters were not deployed, how much radiation would have come out of the exhaust?
A. We cannot speculate. The filtration system is in place to minimize the amount released to the environment, and this is what happened.

Q. Wasn’t there some time after the air monitors went off, but before the filters were deployed?

County Hazard Mitigation Plan Gets Underway

on April 5, 2014 - 1:17pm


Los Alamos County is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Update to their 2006 plan. The purpose of this LHMP Update is to assess risk to natural hazards, implement actions to reduce future losses, and maintain eligibility for federal mitigation funds in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

Most people who live or work in Los Alamos County have been affected by natural hazards in one way or another. The County and its residents are vulnerable to a variety of hazards including wildfire, flood, earthquake, dam failure and severe weather events.