Skip directly to content

Public Safety

Fire Stations and Law Enforcement Sites To Become Safe Havens

on March 15, 2013 - 11:33am

 

STATE News:
  • HB 374 waiting for Governor’s Signature

SANTA FE – Distraught parents who want to give up their unwanted infants now have another place where they can drop them off and keep them safe.

 

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Emily Kane (D-Bernalillo-15) expands Safe Haven sites to include fire stations and law enforcement locations such as police or sheriff’s departments.

 

House Bill 374a “Safe Haven for Infants Site Definition” is now awaiting the Governor’s signature after passing the Senate on Wednesday.

 

“It’s a very compassionate bill,” Kane said.

Free Child Safety Seat Clinic March 20

on March 15, 2013 - 11:19am

NMDOT News:

Hundreds of child passenger safety technicians will meet March 20-21 at Sandia Resort for the NMDOT Traffic Safety Division’s and Safer New Mexico Now’s Annual Buckle Up New Mexico Recertification Training.

The event is designed to bring New Mexico’s child passenger safety technicians and instructors together for two days of intensive classroom and applied activities that address the most current issues in the field of child passenger safety. 

In addition, a child safety seat clinic will be held 8:30-10:30 a.m. March 20 in the Sandia Resort’s parking lot, Section C6-C8. The

Electric Upgrades Underway on Deacon Street

on March 14, 2013 - 9:30am

DPU Work

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric linemen will begin trenching on Deacon Street today, March 14, to install new electric lines to upgrade circuit 14.

This circuit services the eastern portion of the Los Alamos townsite.

Crews will trench 120 feet at the intersection of Deacon Street and 17th Street to install the new lines.

Work will continue for several days. No interruption of power is required at this time. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be attentive to the work zone, as work proceeds.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the

Letter to the Editor: Over-intervention Instills Culture of Fear in Children

on March 13, 2013 - 1:10pm
By REID PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos

I read (Superintendent) Gene Schmidt's recent letter with some concern.
 
On the one hand, of course we should keep our children safe in school.
 
But on the other hand, we must continually ask of our policies: At what cost? And what is the real goal? (It is: help children build themselves into independent, successful adults.)
 
Over-intervention instills a culture of fear in children and can disrupt development and destroy futures.

I myself had two issues at LAHS that today would, it seems, be made into Very Big Deals, but at the time (late 90's)

Letter to the Editor: Student Safety is Non-negotiable

on March 13, 2013 - 12:46pm
By Dr. GENE SCHMIDT
LAPS Superintendent

In the past two weeks, three middle school students were disciplined for bringing knives to school.  

These incidents were reported in the local media as “deadly weapons.” The Los Alamos School Board has established very strict policies regarding weapons on campus to ensure student safety at all times.

By school policy definition, any item or device which may be used as a weapon, including pocket knives (regardless of size) are considered weapons.

By school policy definition, any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm is

Los Alamos Police Set to Host 'Prescription Drug Take Back Day' April 27

on March 12, 2013 - 9:52am

Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris and his team at the Los Alamos Police are set to host a "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., April 27 in the east parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road.

The local event is being conducted as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's national "Prescription Drug Take Back Day."

This is a great opportunity for citizens who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

In the four previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with state, local and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 28 To March 6, 2013

on March 11, 2013 - 10:18am

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.

ROWENA MACDONALD

Feb. 28 at 3:10 p.m. / Police arrested Rowena MacDonald, 46, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from the State of Missouri.

 

 

LARRY BOBO

Feb. 28 at 2:47 p.m. / Police arrested Larry Bobo, 37, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive and charged him with driving without headlights, driving with an obstructed windshield and DUI.

 

 

More Details on Missing Hiker Found in Bandelier

on March 10, 2013 - 11:58am

BNM News:

Search and rescue teams found the missing 34-year-old Texas woman around 12:30 p.m. Saturday in good condition on the Ancho Canyon Trail on Department of Energy land at Bandelier National Monument.

The woman had hiked to the Upper Falls on the Falls Trail Thursday.

Although hiking to the base of the Upper Falls is prohibited, the woman wanted to search for treasure featured in Forrest Fenn’s book “The Thrill of the Chase.”

After realizing she could not hike down to the base, the woman returned to her car. On Friday, she parked at a gate on Department of Energy Land and hiked

Breaking News: Bandelier National Monument Searches for Missing Hiker

on March 9, 2013 - 10:36am

UPDATE: It was just announced that rescuers have found the missing woman and are "walking her out now." The woman spent the night out in the elements, but appears to be okay now.

Upper Falls. Photo by Sally King/BNM

BNM News:

A search is in progress for a missing hiker at Bandelier National Monument.

The monument is working with New Mexico Search and Rescue under unified command.

The search involves dog teams, technical rescue, Los Alamos Police Department, Los Alamos Fire Department and three aircraft.

On Friday, March 8, Los Alamos County dispatch received a call from a man in

Bill Offers Help to Families of the Mentally Ill Who End Up in Jail

on March 8, 2013 - 8:57am

HB 588 Gets “Do Pass”

SANTA FE – Emotional testimony was heard Tuesday in the House Health, Government, and Indian Affairs Committee regarding House Bill 588 “Community Engagement Teams” (CETs.)

HB 588 sponsored by House Majority Leader, Rick Miera (D-Bernalillo-11) establishes methods of intervention for families who are caring for their loved ones who are mentally ill and unable to care for themselves.

In gut wrenching testimony, some people described how their mentally ill family members often cycle in and out of jail or hospitals or end up homeless.

One police officer said the

Las Conchas Fire Area Closures and Hazards

on March 8, 2013 - 8:25am

SFNF News:
  • Before visiting your public lands, “Know Before You Go”. Call ahead and check conditions.

The Santa Fe National Forest reminds the public that even though it is winter and snow is on the ground, the Las Conchas Fire Area restrictions are still in effect on the Jemez Ranger District due to existing safety hazards and risk for resource damage.

Motorized travel is restricted to roads that have been assessed and cleared of major public safety hazards. However, currently the roads are temporarily closed due to snow and road surface protection.

Only FR 289 from N.M.

Los Alamos Fire Department 'Rescues' Trash in Canyon

on March 7, 2013 - 12:27pm
Seizing a training opportunity, the Los Alamos County Fire Department trained cadets to repel over the edge of White Rock Canyon at Overlook Park Wednesday to collect trash dumped into the canyon illegally. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire cadets prepare climbing gear to repel into White Rock Canyon Wednesday. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

While on a recent trek around White Rock, Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess spotted a large amount of trash and debris dumped illegally into White Rock Canyon.

Burgess is an

Underground Cable Short Caused Tuesday Power Outage

on March 7, 2013 - 9:21am

DPU News:

An underground cable termination caused Tuesday afternoon’s power outage that lasted nearly two hours and affected a portion of North Mesa.

Reported at 2:05 p.m., approximately one third of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers were without power on San Ildefonso Road beginning at and including the Del Norte/Del Sol neighborhoods and continuing east out to Big Rock Loop. DPU’s electric line crew repaired the cable and restored electricity by 3:50 p.m. Tuesday.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater

LAPD Seeks Citizen Volunteers

on March 7, 2013 - 8:09am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) is looking for citizens for a variety of tasks, as they seek to expand a successful existing volunteers program into new police administration areas.

The goal of the department is to call upon citizen volunteers to help with daily non-emergency response tasks in order to allow police officers more time in the field concentrating on police enforcement and pro-active community outreach programs or services.

LAPD is seeking volunteers to assist in three areas:

  • Fingerprinting services;
  • Data entry; and
  • Food preparation in the detention

FSN to Offer IMPACT Personal Safety 101

on March 5, 2013 - 9:49am

FSN News:

Family Strengths Network will host IMPACT of Santa Fe for two special events in March.

IMPACT Personal Safety 101 and Healthy Relationships will be offered together on one night for people ages 15 through adult from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Teen Center.

Seventh and eighth graders can benefit from this important workshop with appropriate content from 6-8 .pm. Thursday, March 21 at FSN.

This class empowers participants by teaching them what assailants look for and how to avoid being chosen as a target.

Students practice awareness skills, body language, and using

Public Hearing March 20 on N.M. 502

on March 5, 2013 - 7:08am

NMDOT News:

Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Assessment is March 6 through April 8 for:

  • N.M. 30 Improvement Project
  • N.M. 502 to U.S. 84/285
  • C.N. 5100440 (formerly C.N. 3980)

Hearing Date: Wednesday, March 20
Hearing Time: 4–6 p.m. open house with 4:30 p.m. presentation
Location: Santa Clara Pueblo Senior Center

Project Purpose: The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration is proposing to improve N.M. 30 from the N.M. 502 Interchange in Santa Fe County to the U.S. 84/285 intersection in Española.

purpose of the N.M.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 22– Feb.27, 2013

on March 4, 2013 - 11:55am

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.

ROGELIO ANAYA

Feb. 22 at 3:26 a.m. / Police arrested Rogelio Anaya, 20, of Los Alamos at 9th Street and Central Avenue and charged him with speeding, driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license, driving without

Letter to the Editor: Support Fire Arms Transfer Act

on March 2, 2013 - 9:07am

BY MIRANDA VISCOLI

In the next week, our senate will vote on Rep. Miguel Garcia’s House Bill 77, also known as the Fire Arms Transfer Act. 

The bill would require background checks at gun shows. It has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and Gov. Susana Martinez has said she would sign the bill.

In New Mexico today, anyone can sell a gun at a gun show. You are not even required to ask if that person is a felon. 

Whether they have been convicted of domestic violence, are a fugitive from the law or restricted from owning a gun because they are considered

Alert: FBI Seeks Public's Help in Finding Bank Robber

on March 1, 2013 - 1:39pm

Robbery Suspect Jay Patrick Mount. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is looking for Jay Patrick Mount, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for the Feb. 25 robbery of U.S. Bank, 1418 Carlisle Blvd NE, in Albuquerque.

Anyone with information on Mount's whereabouts is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Anyone spotting Mount in Los Alamos may also call local police at 662-8222.

Mount is described as a white male, approximately 5'10" tall with a medium build.

Resident Reveals Pigeon Infestation at Stables

on March 1, 2013 - 7:52am

Courtesy illustration

Staff report:

A local resident has contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post for assistance in solving a situation that has developed at the Los Alamos County Horse Stables.

The resident submitted the following this morning:

"Just wondered if there was anything you could do to help us - someone has been feeding pounds and pounds of birdseed to the pigeons in the Farrier Shed by the stables for more than a year.

That building is full of feces and the pigeons are getting to be a nuisance, getting feces in water troughs and barns throughout the stables.

Animal control put

Beware of Deer Running into Moving Vehicles

on March 1, 2013 - 7:32am

Courtesy/LAPD

Staff report:

Two deer jumped in front of a 2002 red Subaru Wednesday night at the intersection of Diamond Drive and San Ildefonso Road.

The Los Alamos man driving the Subaru told police he was heading east on Diamond Drive at about 8 p.m. Wednesday and unable to stop when the deer jumped in front of his vehecle.

The driver is a Los Alamos man who was not injured, according to the police report. However, one deer was declared dead at the scene and the other was found lying on the ground breathing but not moving.

The collision damaged the front end of the Subaru, including

Comprehensive DWI Prevention Bill Passes House

on February 28, 2013 - 8:09am

STATE News:
  • HB 349, 479 and 31 merge into One

SANTA FE The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a comprehensive DWI Package that will help New Mexico clean up its reputation for being the worst drunk-driving state in the nation.

The vote was 63-0. In a bipartisan move, Democratic Representatives Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Bernalillo-24) and Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, & Santa Fe-43) worked with Republican Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Sandoval-60) and the House Judiciary Committee to consolidate their three separate bills into one comprehensive package.

Local Boys Charged With Aggravated Assault After Incident Appears on Facebook

on February 27, 2013 - 11:56am
Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

Police charged two Los Alamos High School boys at noon, Jan. 16 with aggravated assault and conspiracy.

Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster explained that the charges against the 14-year-old and 15-year-old Los Alamos boys stem from a report by the parents of another local teenager who they say was the victim of an aggravated assault posted on Facebook.

The alleged victim's mother told police that she had viewed a video posting on Facebook that showed a

Udall Gives Sepich Family Signed 'Katie's Law' Legislation

on February 27, 2013 - 6:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in his Washington, D.C. office Tuesday with the family of murdered NMSU student Katie Sepich. Courtesy/Tom Udall's Office
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Sepich family to his Washington office Tuesday to present them with signed copies of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, the federal legislation President Obama recently signed into law.
 
Udall met with Jayann and Dave Sepich and their two children to give them copies of the legislation and praise their efforts to expand "Katie's Law" nationwide.
 

Udall: NM to Receive $7.2 Million Reimbursement for Fire Fighting Efforts

on February 26, 2013 - 3:29pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $7.2 million to New Mexico for the state’s recent fire suppression efforts in the 2011 Track and Donaldson fires.
 
“As New Mexico faces this ongoing drought, we are preparing for another potentially dangerous fire season,” Udall said. “These federal grants are critical in ensuring that our state has the resources it needs to combat the wildfires that threaten our homes and ways of life.”
 
The Forestry Division of the New Mexico

Pages


Advertisements