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CONE ZONE: Week of Sept.10

on September 9, 2012 - 2:34pm


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

Pavement Preservation – Fog Sealing Continues in Quemazon and Western Area

Fog sealing operations will continue in Quemazon on Monday finishing with fog sealing the full length of Quemazon Road. Crews will then move to Western Area: Ridgeway, 47th Street – Trinity to Ridgeway, 49th, and the upper Trinity/Sandia loop.

Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of construction beginning in the

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Project Completed

on September 6, 2012 - 12:05pm

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Courtesy/NM Tourism Dept.


NMDOT District Five announced today the completion of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge is 10 miles northwest of Taos.

Work began in July, 2011 and ended Aug. 29, 2012.

NMDOT congratulates all crew members on their great work and also thanks the people of the Taos area for their patience and cooperation.

Glen Baker

The job of restoring and repairing the nearly 50-year-old bridge was a monumental task headed up by Assistant District Engineer Phil A. Gallegos and Taos Project Manager Glen Baker.

North Mesa Loses Gas

on September 5, 2012 - 6:38pm


More than 1,000 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers on North Mesa lost natural gas just before noon today.

Gas construction work in the Kwage Mesa area, specifically a pipeline tie-in, unexpectedly depressurized the gas line feeding the North Mesa neighborhood.

DPU crews began an extensive restoration effort around 12:30 p.m., which includes shutting gas valves to each North Mesa customer, pressurizing the line, and revisiting each customer to turn gas back on and relight appliances.

Crews will be working around the clock

West Nile Virus Cases in New Mexico to Date

on September 5, 2012 - 11:04am

OEM News:

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. Human cases of the disease have been reported every year in New Mexico since 2003. August and September are peak times for West Nile cases in New Mexico.

New Human Cases in New Mexico by County:

Six new cases have been reported since Aug. 29, bringing the total for this year to 14 cases:

  • 78-year-old man from Dona Ana County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 59-year-old man from Lea County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 79-year-old man from Sandoval County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 9-year-old boy from Dona Ana County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 72-year-old man from

Buy a Plane and Help a Good Cause

on September 1, 2012 - 10:13am

The public is invited to bid at an auction Sept. 5 in Midland, Texas on six aircraft seized in drug-related cases by the U.S. Marshals Service. Courtesy/USMS


San Juan, PR – The U.S. Marshals recently conducted a preview of six aircraft in Aguadilla that will be sold at public auction Sept. 5 in Midland, Texas.

The aircraft were part of a seizure conducted in December 2011, shortly after a search warrant was executed by the Drug Enforcement Administration in relation to the investigation of Santo Seda-Rodriguez.

Seda-Rodriguez, owner and pilot of Jeshua Air Services,

CONE ZONE: Traffic Conditions Week of Sept. 3

on August 31, 2012 - 11:00pm


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

Pavement Preservation – Fog Sealing Moves to North Community and Quemazon

Fog sealing operations will occur Tuesday and Wednesday on North Community streets including 45, 46, 47, 48, White, Urban – North Road to 48, and Sycamore.

Crews will then move to Quemazon on Wednesday and Thursday on streets south of Brisa del Bosque: Tranquillo, Hermosura, Sereno, Sonrisa, and Solana.

I-25/St. Francis Drive Ramp Closed Tonight

on August 31, 2012 - 10:55am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation is alerting motorists that there will be a ramp closure at the Interstate 25/St. Francis Drive interchange in Santa Fe tonight.

The northbound off-ramp to St. Francis Drive will be closed from 8 p.m. Aug. 31 until 5 a.m. Sept. 1. The ramp is being closed for safety reasons while work is done on the bridge above it.

Motorists exiting from I-25 to Santa Fe may take the Old Pecos Trail, Cerrillos Road, or N.M. 599 exits. The southbound on-ramp from St. Francis Drive to I-25 will remain open.

Crews will be working at the interchange all

Secret Service Agent Left Loaded Handgun in Bathroom of Romney Plane

on August 30, 2012 - 10:00am


From an NPR Tweet:

A secret service agent accidentally left her gun inside the lavatory of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign plane.

CBS News reports that the loaded gun was found by one of its reporters who was travelling with the Republican presidential nominee from Tampa to Indianapolis, Ind., where Romney was scheduled to deliver a speech.

CBS adds:

"A member of the Secret Service on board the plane was informed and retrieved the gun.

County Responds to LANL's Technetium 99 Incident

on August 29, 2012 - 2:57pm


Los Alamos County officials participated in a briefing this morning with DOE officials regarding last week’s incident involving the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by lab employees and contractors working at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE.

After several days of interviews, measuring, surveying and assessment, the DOE’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) has been able to successfully identify all individuals and report on their whereabouts since the incident occurred.

About a dozen people had been reportedly involved in the incident, many of whom live

Chamisa Gets 'All Clear' Following LANL's Technetium-99 Assessment Conducted Sunday

on August 29, 2012 - 7:32am

Staff report

On short notice Sunday, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy conducted a precautionary assessment of Chamisa Elementary School.

The sweep by DOE's RAP team (Radiological Assistance Program) resulted in an "all clear."

The assessment was the result of the Laboratory's investigation of an inadvertent spread of Technetium-99 by employees and contractors at LANSCE as reported in the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday.

LANL has determined that about a dozen people came into potential contact with this material, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium-99

LANL Emergency Exercise Planned For Wednesday

on August 28, 2012 - 7:47am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Wednesday, Aug. 29. It is an exercise only.

LANL routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.

The majority of the exercise is on LANL property and shouldn't affect the public. Signs will be in place outside the Los Alamos Medical Center, alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

Laboratory employees who work in facilities near the exercise scenario have been notified.

LANL Responds to Radiological Incident at LANSCE

on August 27, 2012 - 10:56pm
  • Multiple tests indicate no health risks to public or employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory is investigating the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by employees and contractors at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a multidisciplinary accelerator facility used for both civilian and national security research.

The Laboratory has determined that about a dozen people came into contact with the material, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium 99 off-site.

The contamination poses no danger to the public.

Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise Statewide

on August 26, 2012 - 11:23am


Staff report

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH.) Anyone can get whooping cough, and in fact, increases in disease are occurring in all age groups. But babies who get pertussis are the group at greatest risk of complications, including pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing, which often makes it hard to breathe.

After fits of many coughs,

Bridge Work Begins Sunday on N.M. 84/285

on August 25, 2012 - 5:29pm

NMDOT Traffic Advisory:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will start work on a bridge maintenance project on N.M. 84/285 north of Santa Fe Sunday, Aug. 26.

The work will take place in the northbound lanes of the highway at mile marker 174.9 near Camel Rock Casino. 

The work will be done at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will be completed in two to three weeks, weather permitting.  

There will be single lane closures as crews work to stabilize the soil under the roadway and lift bridge approach slabs.

Drivers are asked to proceed through the work zone with caution, watch for

Case Study: How Standards Can Make U.S. More Secure

on August 24, 2012 - 7:00am

NIST News:


By Erik Puskar

Before 9/11, most radiation detectors were designed for use in laboratories. After 9/11, the new Office of Homeland Security, which became the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), needed to plan for the possibility that terrorists would try to smuggle "dirty bomb" components into the country.

Consequently the first responder community needs radiation detectors that are accurate, reliable, rugged, and easy to use.

DHS needed to develop and deploy rugged detector equipment that non-specialists and first responders could use easily to scan massive

Luján Announces $600,000 in Drug-Free Communities Grants

on August 23, 2012 - 3:20pm


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that five organizations in Northern New Mexico are receiving more than $600,000 through grants from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. 

The DFC program, which is administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is designed to support community coalitions as they mobilize individuals and organizations to reduce youth substance abuse. 

Coalitions are composed of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care

Potential Weather Impacts to Area Through Friday

on August 23, 2012 - 9:11am


NWS News:

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque has issued an update on an upper level disturbance that will be impacting northern and central New Mexico through Friday.

An unseasonal upper level disturbance is currently tracking eastward through Arizona. This disturbance will advance into western and central New Mexico this afternoon and into the evening.

By Friday this weather system will track toward the northeast corner of New Mexico before exiting.

Abundant atmospheric moisture is in place ahead of this feature, and scattered to numerous

No Arrests During Wednesday's DWI Checkpoint

on August 23, 2012 - 7:23am

Local police officers conducted a DWI checkpoint Wednesday night as part of their ongoing effort to keep drunk drivers off the streets of Los Alamos.

The operation occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., on East Road near the Los Alamos County Airport, during which 175 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. No arrests were made.

Sgt. Jeremy Duran reported that two vehicles were pulled into a secondary location. Field sobriety tests were administered to each driver, they passed and were released at the scene.

Los Alamos police will continue to conduct these checkpoints throughout the

NMDOT Sponsors Statewide Child Safety Seat Clinic

on August 21, 2012 - 7:00am


SANTA FE–The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is pleased to sponsor a statewide child safety seat clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25.

The clinics will take place in four cities and six different locations as part of the “100 Days and Nights of Summer” campaign that was kicked off late last month. 

The clinics are held on a first-come, first-served basis and the service is free and open to the public.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. Whether they’re taking short trips or long vacations, we want New

N.M. 599 Bridge Work Starts Aug. 20

on August 20, 2012 - 11:41pm

NMDOT is alerting motorists to bridge work starting on N.M. 599 on the northwest side of Santa Fe.  

The project, which involves grinding, overlay, and joint replacement work, starts Monday, Aug. 20 and will be completed in two to three weeks, weather permitting.

The N.M. 599 bridges being worked on are over Via Abajo at mile marker 7.4, Camino La Tierra at mile marker 10.1, and Avenida Rincon at mile marker 13.9.

The work is being performed by two NMDOT contractors, Meridian and Villalobos Construction Company.

There will be lane closures in both directions on N.M. 599 between 8 a.m.

BREAKING NEWS: Gas Leak Sparks Middle School Evacuation / Causes 2-Hour Delay Tuesday for LAMS Only!

on August 20, 2012 - 4:41pm

Students and staff are evacuated from Los Alamos Middle School today after a contractor punctured a gas line. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Students and staff were evacuated from Los Alamos Middle School today after a contractor operating a backhoe nicked a gas line.

"The call about the gas leak came in at 1:17 p.m. and LAFD and LAPD were on scene within four minutes," said Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider. "The contractor did shut off the gas prior to our arrival. Everybody was evacuated from the school in a safe and secure manner per protocol."

The gas

FDA Recalls Romaine Lettuce Sold in New Mexico

on August 20, 2012 - 4:27pm

Tanimura & Antle voluntarily recalls single lot of Romaine Lettuce because of possible health risk. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Lettuce Already Pulled From New Mexico Stores But Consumers Should Check Labels At Home

Santa Fe – The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is alerting residents to a nationwide recall that was issued Sunday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involving Romaine Lettuce that was shipped to New Mexico

Tanimura & Antle Inc.

Road Closure Sunday for 19th Annual Kids Triathlon

on August 18, 2012 - 10:22pm


The Los Alamos Recreation Division will be holding the 19th annual Kids Triathlon Sunday, Aug. 19.

The following road closure will be in effect: Canyon Road will be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 15th Street to Central Avenue.

Canyon Road will reopen at 3 p.m. from 15th Street to Central Avenue.



National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning

on August 18, 2012 - 10:06pm


UPDATE 9:33 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 11 p.m. for Los Alamos. Avoid flood areas.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has extended the Flash Flood Warning for:

  • Northwestern Los Alamos County in north central New Mexico
  • Extreme southeastern Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico
  • Northeastern Sandoval County in north central New Mexico
  • Northwestern Santa Fe County in north central New Mexico

At 8:56  p.m. emergency management officials reported an eight foot surge of water at the Junction of Indian

BREAKING NEWS: Police Corner Fleeing Motorist Suspected of Hitting Bicyclist

on August 18, 2012 - 9:50pm

Bicyclist Cindy Lawton was knocked over by a hit and run motorist this morning on N.M. 4. Lawton's husband Jon Bernard, center, was riding behind her and was not hit. The couple's friend, Scott Wilburn, was driving by and stopped to help. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police captured a motorist suspected of knocking over a woman riding her bicycle and then fleeing the scene at about 9:45 a.m. today on N.M. 4.

Suspect Kyle Smith and a passenger are stopped by police on West Jemez Road following a hit and run accident involving a bicyclist.