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15th Street Striping Work Underway

on November 15, 2013 - 7:01am

COUNTY News:

County traffic crews are finishing up striping operations on Canyon Road between 9th Street and 15th Street.

Striping on 15th Street began Thursday, Nov. 14. Work will include County crews laying out the striping design, followed by roadway paint application. During this work, motorists will see a slow moving striping machine followed by shadow vehicles.

Note that the purpose of the shadow vehicles is to allow enough time for the fresh paint to dry before traffic is allowed on the new paint. Please do not cut in front of the shadow vehicles.

Breaking News: Los Alamos Police Crack Computer Crimes Case!

on November 14, 2013 - 2:23pm

Breaking News: 

Over the past few weeks, Los Alamos police detectives have been working on a computer crimes case involving more than $50,000 that was illegally transferred from a victim at Los Alamos National Bank. Detectives have already made two arrests associated with this case.

FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ JR.

Police charged Fernando Rodriguez Jr., 31 of Los Alamos with five counts of 3rd degree felony, Computer Access with intent to defraud or embezzle and one count of 2nd degree felony Computer Access with intent to defraud or embezzle

Rodriguez is being held without bond in the Los Alamos

Scientists Nearing Forecasts of Long-Lived Wildfires

on November 14, 2013 - 9:17am

Wildfires can be seen in much different detail, depending which satellite instrument is used to observe them. The image at left, produced from data generated by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite, uses 1-kilometer pixels to approximate a fire burning in Brazil from March 26 to 30, 2013. The image at right, produced with data from the new VIIRS instrument, shows the same fire in far greater detail with 375-meter pixels. Images by Wilfrid Schroeder/University of Maryland

AGU News:

Washington, D.C.

Stephen M. Younger Presents Future of Nuclear Arms Control Talk Nov. 20

on November 13, 2013 - 12:24pm

Stephen M. Younger

LACACIS News:

Stephen M. Younger will present the talk, “A Long-Term View of Nuclear Arms Control” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security. 

Younger is a leading weapons-complex manager, author and former Associate Director for Nuclear Weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 
The public is invited to attend Younger’s talk, which will be held in the Lounge at the Education Building of the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
 
Every president since Truman has proposed the elimination of

FBI Asks If Anybody Recognizes 'Jimmy'

on November 12, 2013 - 10:20pm

Clues to the identity of this man believed to call himself 'Jimmy' include a residence with a distinct plaid chair, male pattern baldness on the back of his head, and a ring on his right ring finger. Submit tips to the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov/. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

  • FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Suspected Child Sexual Predator

The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child.

IMPORTANT: There are no specific details linking the suspect to New Mexico, a

Los Alamos Police Blotter Oct. 31 to Nov. 6, 2013

on November 11, 2013 - 10:55am

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.

Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. / A 15-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was battered on Diamond Drive.

Oct. 31 at 2:45 p.m. / A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy reported that he was battered on Diamond Drive.

ELSIE FERNANDEZ

Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. / Police arrested Elsie Fernandez, 34, of Ojo Caliente at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

Nov. 1 at 1:42 p.m.

UPDATE With Photos: Los Alamos Police Bust Drug Traffickers

on November 8, 2013 - 10:53am

Editor's note: It turns out that a serch warrant was executed at 76 Isleta Dr., and police confiscated drugs from the residence. A search warrant also was executed on a vehicle that had parked on Isleta Drive.

Money, drugs and other items confiscated in Wednesday's drug bust at residences in Los Alamos including 4039 D Sycamore, 3790 #2 Gold St., and 3806 #6 Gold St. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Over the past month the Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations unit led by Det. Sgt.

Heinrich Secures Comprehensive Sportsmen's Package

on November 7, 2013 - 7:34am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, cosponsored the Sportsmen's and Public Outdoor Recreation Traditions (SPORT) Act, a comprehensive sportsmen's legislative package that includes two of Senator Heinrich's sponsored bills: the Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act and a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

NMED Announces MRE Recall Notice

on November 6, 2013 - 7:58pm

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department has issued a notice regarding the expanded recall of multiple MREs (meals ready-to-eat) chicken, ham, and beef products, manufactured by Reser's Fine Foods, Topeka, Kan.

The products were distributed nationwide and in New Mexico at Walmart stores. The product is being recalled because of the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Further information is available at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm373511.htm and

Winter Weather Advisory

on November 4, 2013 - 8:47pm

NWS News:

...A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON MST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON MST TUESDAY.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...TRAVEL COULD BECOME DIFFICULT DUE TO WET SNOW AND SLUSHY CONDITIONS ALONG N.M. 4 BETWEEN LA CUEVA TO LOS ALAMOS AND ALONG HIGHWAY 84 BETWEEN TIERRA AMARILLA TO THE COLORADO BORDER.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES BELOW 7,500 FEET AND 3 TO 6  INCHES ABOVE 7,500 FEET.

Handgun Missing From SOC's Inventory

on November 4, 2013 - 8:04pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew has issued a press release related to a handgun missing from SOC's inventory. SOC is the contracted physical security force for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

According to Ballew, an officer from his department took a report at approximately 6:35 p.m., Nov. 1 from SOC. The weapon was discovered missing during an inventory check earlier in the day, Ballew stated in the release. The Los Alamos Police Department is investigating this incident and working closely with LANL, DOE and SOC to locate and identify how this weapon became missing.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 24 to Oct. 30, 2013

on November 4, 2013 - 10:49am

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.

 

ISSAC PEARSON

Oct. 24 at 1:55 p.m. / Police arrested Issac Pearson, 40, of Los Alamos near East Jemez Road and N.M. 4 and charged him with driving on a suspended  or revoked license. 

Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. / A 51-year-old Richland man reported that someone broke into a home on Oppenheimer Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.

Oct. 24 at 7:19 p.m.

Bernalillo County Man Dies of Plague

on November 1, 2013 - 9:00pm

NMDOH News:
  • Fourth New Mexico Plague Case in 2013

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health announced today a fatal case of plague in an 80-year-old Bernalillo County man. Confirmatory testing was performed at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division.

This is the fourth human case of plague in New Mexico and in the United States this year. An environmental investigation by the Urban Biology Division of the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department will take place at the man’s home to look for ongoing risk to others in the surrounding area.  

“The Department of

Car Lands on Planter on Central Avenue

on November 1, 2013 - 1:01pm

Terry Langham, 65, of Los Alamos was driving on Central Avenue Thursday morning and somehow drove up onto the sidewalk and landed on a concrete planter in front of CB FOX. Police report that Langham has not been cited. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

on November 1, 2013 - 9:07am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.

UPDATE on Which Way Do We Go On 15th Street?

on November 1, 2013 - 8:34am

UPDATE: County Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post after learning of these confusing traffic signs through the photo published here Thursday.

Zimmerman reported that he contacted the Eastern Area 2 project contractor’s project superintendent Thursday afternoon, who told him that the sign orientation would be corrected this morning.

The Los Alamos Daily Post thanks the resident who brought this matter to our attention and the County traffic engineer for resolving it so quickly.

Left or right?

Heinrich: FISA Improvements Act Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect American Privacy Rights

on November 1, 2013 - 7:59am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was one of four senators to vote against the FISA Improvements Act citing that the bill did not go far enough in curbing the bulk collection of law-abiding Americans' private records:

"This bill falls short of implementing necessary reforms to balance the government's need to keep our nation safe with protecting our civil liberties.

Have You Heard of Coyote Hazing?

on October 31, 2013 - 7:35am
PEEC News:
 
Coyote Hazing: it sounds like a menacing practice, but actually it's what the experts recommend for handling unexpected coyote encounters.

David Parsons of Project Coyote came to PEEC Oct. 1 to present a program about coexisting with coyotes. Coyotes are extremely adaptable and have learned to live in human-dominated landscapes. Conflicts can be managed through changes to both human and coyote behaviors. Keeping coyotes wild and wary of humans helps avoid conflicts.

The method recommended for changing coyote behavior is "coyote hazing": do whatever you can to scare coyotes away

Breaking News: Los Alamos Police Arrest Suspects in Check Fraud Case

on October 30, 2013 - 12:39pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police have arrested three suspects in a check fraud case and two suspects remain at large.

The LAPD Investigations Unit has been working several cases of mail theft, specifically in the White Rock area. Suspects have been targeting victims who leave checks in their mailboxes for the postman to pick up. The suspects have been altering those checks and attempting to cash them. 

“Det. (Paige) Early has been actively investigating these occurrences when police were alerted of an additional attempt Tuesday afternoon in White Rock,” Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris said. “Due to

Tom Bowles Speaks at Sierra Club Open Meeting Nov. 6

on October 30, 2013 - 10:23am

SIERRA CLUB News:

U.S. Chair Tom Bowles - MUSEIC Technology Commercialization will present the talk: “Creating Clean High-Tech Jobs in the U.S. and Mexico”The Sierra Club will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at UNM-LA in Bldg 2, Room 220.

Mexico City has long had environmental problems due to its location and its 21 million inhabitants. The city is working to resolve its issues and is making progress but still has quite a long way to go. Part of any full solution has to be creating higher wage jobs that can also address the problems the city is facing.

In May, President Barack Obama

Los Alamos Police Blotter Sept. 25 to Oct. 23, 2013

on October 28, 2013 - 4:35pm

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.

Sept. 25 at 8:48 p.m. / A 29-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Alabama Avenue

Oct. 6 at 11:34 a.m. / A 56-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone stole his credit card.

Oct. 16 at 1:51 p.m. / A 15-year-old Espanola boy reported that he was assaulted on Central Avenue.

Oct. 17 at 12:40 p.m.

Unicorn's Head Stolen From Downtown Los Alamos

on October 28, 2013 - 3:51pm

A thief stole the head of this unicorn scarecrow on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos over the weekend. A kindergarten class at Mountain Elementary School created the unicorn for this year's MainStreet contest. The class had chosen the name Unicorns for themselves at the beginning of the school year. Sadly, when a father of one of the students drove by Saturday afternoon, he saw that the unicorn's head was missing. Reports indicate that there are some pretty upset kindergarteners.

Coyote Spotted on Ridgecrest Avenue

on October 27, 2013 - 11:20am

Los Alamos resident Frank Larocque spotted this coyote on Ridgecrest Avenue on a recent afternoon and said that his wife Susan saw him or his buddy following the same route through the neighborhood on a recent morning. Photo by Frank Larocque

Los Alamos Police Collect 353 Pounds of Pills

on October 27, 2013 - 10:59am

Pill image. Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris reported that the Los Alamos Police Department collected 353 pounds of prescription drugs at Saturday's "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day" events in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the United Stated participated in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) seventh national event that gives the American public an opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

The previous event,

Statement from Gov. Susana Martinez

on October 27, 2013 - 7:47am

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez issued a statement Saturday night following the shooting of law enforcement officers in Albuquerque. According to reports, a gunman ordered a citizen to call police and when they arrived - he opened fire - wounding two Albuquerque police officers and a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy. All three law enforcement officers were hospitalized with gunshot wounds. The gunman died at the scene.

Governor's statement:

"I spoke tonight to Chief Banks and Sheriff Houston to offer my unwavering support for their departments and

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