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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



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

Coyote Roams Around East Gate Road

on October 26, 2013 - 9:14am

This coyote was spotted walking slowly around the area of East Gate Road Friday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

FBI Offers $1,500 Reward for Man Wanted in Shooting of Woman on Navajo Indian Reservation

on October 26, 2013 - 7:05am

Patrick Lynn Benally

FBI News:

The FBI is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a Shiprock, N.M., man wanted for the October 10, 2013, shooting of a woman at a housing complex on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

A federal arrest warrant charges Patrick Lynn Benally, 25, with assault resulting in serious bodily injury; assault with a dangerous weapon; use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of a violence; and offense in Indian Country.

Benally is accused of shooting a woman in the face in Fruitland, N.M. The woman was treated at a hospital,

Santa Fe National Forest Prescribed Burns Next Week

on October 26, 2013 - 6:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Starting Monday, Oct. 28, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct several prescribed fires across the forest to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce overcrowding of vegetation. 

Through hand ignition firefighters will burn slash piles and conduct broadcast burns (burning surface fuels in a mosaic pattern). The start dates and duration of the burns are subject to change depending on favorable burning conditions. Smoke could possibly settle into drainages and valley bottoms at night but should lift by mid-morning. 


15th Street Lane Closures Starting Oct. 28

on October 26, 2013 - 6:27am

The week of Oct. 28, RMCI will be repairing an existing storm drain that has failed under 15th Street near Nectar. This work will require lane closures and flagging operations.

Work is expected to be completed within the week. The County thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding. Direct questions to the Public Works Department office at 662-8150.

Los Alamos Police Conduct October and November DWI/Sobriety Checkpoints

on October 24, 2013 - 9:43am

LAPD News:

Throughout the months of October and November, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting DWI/Sobriety Checkpoints. 

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on the roadways and at checkpoints in the County of Los Alamos. 

U.S. 84/285 Traffic Switch North of Pojoaque

on October 24, 2013 - 7:58am


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.

There will be a switch in traffic on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 24. The northbound U.S. 84/285 traffic will be taken off of the northbound on and off ramps and placed on the newly constructed southbound U.S. 84/285 lanes, travelling in a northbound direction through the project limits.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 28 to Oct. 16, 2013

on October 21, 2013 - 12:55pm

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. 28 at 2:23 p.m. / A Santa Fe woman reported that she was battered on Trinity Drive.

Oct. 6 at 11:34 a.m. / A 56-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone stole his credits card. The estimated loss is unknown.

Oct. 10 at 12:45 p.m. / Police arrested Aaron Gonzales, 42, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with battery. Police are issuing him a summons to appear in court.


Los Alamos Firefighters Rescue Unconcious Man

on October 21, 2013 - 11:54am

Photo by Donnie Torres/LAGC


Los Alamos Daily Post

Sunday marked the third time in the last two weeks that the Los Alamos Fire Department's B Shift Technical Rescue Team (TRT) has rescued people and animals in life threatening situations.

Sunday's incident involved a 62-year-old man who had been riding a motorcycle north of Guaje Pines Cemetery.

"A hiker called 9-1-1 at 2:15 p.m. after coming upon the man laying unconcious on the ground," Acting Fire Chief Glenn Treyhern told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning.

Reminder: Police Accepting Community's Unused Prescriptions at Two Locations Saturday

on October 21, 2013 - 10:19am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is conducting its bi-annual DEA Drug Take Back Day initiative 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at the following collection sites:

Site 1: Los Alamos Medical Center Parking Lot (Trinity Side)

Site 2: White Rock Visitor Center Parking Lot

This event is intended for all who wish to turn in any unused prescriptions for destruction.

Parking Requirements for LAHS Cross Country Invitational and Elementary Mile

on October 21, 2013 - 9:28am


Due to construction/limited parking availability and the safety of everyone involved, those participating in the Los Alamos High School Cross Country Invitational and Elementary Mile event must adhere to the following parking plan:

  • Earliest arrivals will be directed through the golf course parking lot, onto the service road to proceed to parking spots along the perimeter (outer spots will be filled first and cars will be directed to fill in behind in the order that they arrive.)
  • Once the service road is full, vehicles may:

Los Alamos Golf Course Serves as Extraction Site for Injured Biker

on October 21, 2013 - 9:13am
A rescue helicopter landed at the Los Alamos Golf Course Sunday afternoon, as it was the closest extraction site for a man injured in a motorcycle accident north of Gauje Pines Cemetery. The helicopter landed on the driving range and remained for about an hour. Once Los Alamos Firefighters rescued the man, they transported him to the golf course and air lifted him to St. Vincent's in Santa Fe. "This was the first time the golf course has been used as an extraction point in all the years that I've been here ... we were glad to help," golf pro Donnie Torres said.

Police Alert Community of Stolen Checks

on October 19, 2013 - 10:25am


The Los Alamos Police Department has recently become aware of numerous cases where outgoing mail containing checks in residential mailboxes have been stolen. 

The checks are then altered by the suspect, and cashed at local financial institutions. We are aware of mail that has been stolen in White Rock, Espanola and Santa Fe. Although the police department is currently working on leads in these cases, we urge community members to place outgoing mail into large post office mail drops or pay bills online. 

If you have been a victim in a similar case, notify Det.

Los Alamos Residents Arrested in Drug Trafficking Case

on October 15, 2013 - 3:41pm



Two Los Alamos residents were arrested late Friday night as part of a several week long drug trafficking case initiated by the Los Alamos Police Investigations Unit.  

Kristy Hernandez, 43, and Jeffrey Aslin, 45, were arrested late Friday evening after a traffic stop was conducted in conjunction with arrest warrants issued on both subjects.


Aslin is charged with Trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hernandez is charged with a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and

Don't Let Animals Feast on Your Trash

on October 15, 2013 - 7:59am

Hungry bear helps himself to leftovers. Courtesy photo

Reminder: As winter approaches, hungry animals are looking for a meal. Don't let them find it in your garbage can.

Keep cans in the garage and put them out for collection on the morning of trash pickup to avoid creating a mess, either for yourself or for your neighbors when the wind blows.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 21 to Oct. 9, 2013

on October 14, 2013 - 12:16pm

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. 29 at 7:19 p.m. / A 66-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of battery by a household member on Yucca Street.


Oct. 3 at 12:04 a.m. / Police arrested Jarrod Romero, 33, of Santa Fe at Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Oct. 3 at 9:09 a.m.

Power Outage on Bryce and Connie Saturday

on October 14, 2013 - 9:58am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials reported a power outage Saturday affecting 32 customers in the neighborhood near Bryce and Canyon in White Rock.

The outage began at approximately 10:49 a.m. and full power was restored by 12:05 p.m., by rerouting power. Permanent repairs are underway today.

Breaking News: Los Alamos Firefighters Rescue Teen From 100-Foot Fall into White Rock Canyon

on October 13, 2013 - 10:13pm

High angle rescue experts from the Los Alamos Fire Department lift a 15-year-old Los Alamos girl up from a 100-foot fall into White Rock Canyon today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rescuers carry the girl to an awaiting ambulance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

A 15-year-old Los Alamos girl was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital with unknown injuries today after falling 100 feet into White Rock Canyon.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes did confirm that the girl was able to communicate with her rescuers.

"She fell in a difficult

Chimney Sweep Spotted in Eastern Area

on October 13, 2013 - 11:16am

A chimney sweep was spotted on a rooftop in the Eastern Area Saturday clearing away a buildup of ash and soot. The chimney uses the pressure difference caused by a hot column of gas to create a draught and draw air over the hot coals or wood in the fire below, enabling continued combustion. During normal operation, a layer of creosote builds up on the inside of the chimney, restricting the flow. The creosote can also catch fire, setting the chimney and the home or building alight. The chimney must be swept to remove the soot to avoid potential disaster. Source: wikipedia. Photo by Bonnie J.

Cone Zone: Week of Oct. 14

on October 13, 2013 - 10:52am


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call

662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:

15th Street: Driveway accesses to business parking areas on 15th Street remain closed; valley gutters and drive pads have been placed. This closure will last for 15 days to allow time to place forms, concrete, and cure time for the fresh concrete.

AMBER Alert Issued For New Mexico Ranch Boys

on October 12, 2013 - 7:09am

Suspect Scott Chandler. Courtesy/

Staff Report

An Amber Alert has been issued for nine boys who went missing overnight from the Tierra Blanca Youth Ranch in Sierra County New Mexico.

It is believed that these boys are in danger due to the circumstances involving this abduction. Reports indicate that this southern New Mexico ranch program for troubled teens is under a state investigation into allegations that ranch residents were shackled and beaten by staff members.

The missing boys include Charlie Lamb, 13, Mayson Myers, 13, Michael Rozell, 15, Ryan Sibbett, 16, Peter

I-25 Northbound Lane Closures

on October 12, 2013 - 7:08am


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation started bridge work on the I-25 northbound bridge (MP 282.5) Oct. 10. 

This bridge work is north of the St. Francis Interchange. The contactor will be completing work that started earlier this year, and they will be back in the spring for final paving when temperatures allow.

There will be left and right lane closures and the one lane closure will remain overnight. The lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and this work is anticipated to be completed in four weeks.

NMDOT urges motorists to proceed

Electrical Short Sparked Barn Blaze

on October 11, 2013 - 1:07pm

The aftermath of the barn that burned down Tuesday night at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Leland Lehman/
An electrical short inside Lisa and Garth Reader's barn at the North Mesa Stables is blamed for a massive fire that destroyed the entire structure late Tuesday night. The fire also killed one of the Reader's beloved horses, which they had owned for nearly 20 years.
"Our investigation concludes that the fire started in the barn from an electrical short," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said. "It occurred somewhere between a small refrigerator

Significant Wind Impacts Today; Northern Mountain Snow

on October 10, 2013 - 8:24am


NWS News:

The National Weather Service anticipates another vigorous early season cold front to usher in strong wind, cooler temperatures and northern mountain snow. The main impact period is mid-morning to mid-evening today. Wind impacts are expected areawide with accumulating snow limited to the highest terrain of north-central and northwest New Mexico and generally above 9,500 feet.

Key Impacts:

  • Windy to very windy conditions to expand across the area Thursday
  • Potentially damaging wind gusts (up to 60 mph) possible higher terrain and areas to the lee of the central mountain