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Classes Canceled Thursday and Friday at Barranca

on May 22, 2013 - 3:56pm

Today's strong wind bent this light pole and traffic sign in the parking lot at Barranca School. Photo by Janine Morales/YMCA

LAPS News:

Superintendent Gene Schmidt has officially announced that classes are canceled both Thursday and Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School due to damage caused by this afternoon's severe wind.

Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly has announced that the Y After School Program at Barranca is canceled Thursday and Friday as well.

The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish photos taken at the scene of the wind damage later today.

 

LAPS Superintendent: Huge Amount of Wind Energy Peeled Roof Off Barranca Gymnasium

on May 22, 2013 - 3:08pm

An incredibly strong 'wind event' peeled the roof off the gymnasium at Barranca Mesa Elementary School a short while ago today. Photo by Ryn Hermmann

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt, speaking atop the roof area at Barranca Mesa Elementary School just moments ago, confirmed to the Los Alamos Daily Post that no one was hurt despite massive damage from wind at the school today.
 
"This was a wind event that peeled off the gymnasium roof and laid it over on top of the library and playground of the preschool area," Schmidt said.

Breaking News: No Injuries as Wind Damages Barranca Elementary Roof

on May 22, 2013 - 2:06pm

BREAKING News:

Early reports indicate that severe wind damaged a portion of the roof in the 200 wing at Barranca Mesa Elementary School a short time ago.

There have been no injuries reported. Emergency responders are on scene as is Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

The Family YMCA After School Program has been canceled for today.

Check back for more details and photos from this developing story.

Roof damaged from wind today at Barranca Mesa Elementary School - no injuries reported. Courtesy/Gene Schmidt

A window was shattered on this car in the parking lot at Barranca Mesa Elementary

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 9–May 15, 2013

on May 20, 2013 - 9:09am

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.

May 9 at 10:31 a.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man in the 1300 block of San Ildefonso Road reported that he was the victim of larceny. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

May 9 at 12:33 p.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported a case of extreme cruelty to animals/torturing and criminal damage to property in the 300 block of Conejo. The matter is under investigation.

GARY BROWN

Los Alamos 'Ride of Silence' Honors the Fallen

on May 19, 2013 - 8:21am

Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Boe joined other cyclists at Wednesday's 'Ride of Silence' event that began at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Cyclists gather around Lili Cohen, center, local 'Ride of Silence' organizer, as she details the 7-mile ride they are about to take. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Wednesday's Los Alamos "Ride of Silence" drew some 30 cyclists who gathered at 6:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond were they formed a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.

Lili Cohen organized

ALERT: Pedestrian Stop and Ride Through Work Zone Starts Monday

on May 17, 2013 - 9:57am

COUNTY News:

PEDESTRIAN STOP AND RIDE THROUGH WORK ZONE

Contractor RMCI is required to maintain safe vehicular and pedestrian access throughout its Canyon Road construction project. 

The location of existing utilities, placement of new utilities and maintaining vehicular traffic has made it impossible to keep the swing of equipment out of the pedestrian path. This is an unsafe situation.

Beginning Monday, May 20, RMCI will use a 15-passenger van to transport pedestrians through the Canyon Road construction site.

Cone Zone: Week of May 20

on May 17, 2013 - 9:40am

Los Alamos County Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project– Phase 2: Canyon Road remains closed with a “rolling”closure between Rim Road and 15th Street; the closure shifts closer to 15th Street as work on the sewer line progresses.

Resident Pedestrian Access: Beginning on Monday, the Contractor will run a van

State Farm Releases Top 10 States for Dog Bite Claims

on May 17, 2013 - 8:22am
Courtesy/State Farm
 
STATE FARM News:
 
State Farm Insurance just released its annual Top 10 states for dog bite claims for 2012.
 
The company also is partnering with the USPS and AVMA during National Dog Bite Prevention Week® to provide information to prevent dog bites.
 
While not in the Top 10 for 2012, New Mexico reported 25 dog bite incidents that resulted in claims in New Mexico – nearly double the number of claims reported for 2011 – that number was 13. The average claims cost was just under $30,000 per incident - a cost for which the dog’s owner could be responsible if they

NMDOT Seeks Public Comment on STIP

on May 16, 2013 - 9:41am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE—The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 8th amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP.) 

The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program. The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).

The NMDOT has posted the 2012-2015 STIP amendment on the Internet asking for public comment until Thursday, June 20. In addition, NMDOT

County Cautions of Extreme Wildfire Threat

on May 14, 2013 - 7:44pm

COUNTY News:

Extremely dangerous fire conditions exist throughout the area and the Community is urged to take immediate notice!

Monday afternoon Los Alamos County Fire Department responded to reports of a small fire in Pueblo Canyon along North Road. The fire was quickly contained; however, LAFD believes the fire was manmade based on eyewitness reports and evidence at the scene.

A group of teens was seen in the area prior to the start of the fire and LAFD believes they may have been involved.

Several similar incidents that have occurred in the last three months have LAFD greatly

Community Invited to 'Ride of Silence' Wednesday

on May 14, 2013 - 11:34am

Staff Report

Lili Cohen has organized a Los Alamos Ride of Silence and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at Ashley Pond.

The community is invited to participate in the ride, which is a quiet, slow paced requiem for fallen riders. The Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 3–May 8, 2013

on May 13, 2013 - 1:56pm

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.

May 3 at 2:31 p.m. / A 64-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 100 block of La Vista. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

May 3 at 5:03 p.m. / Police charged a 13-year-old Santa Fe boy near Oppenheimer Drive and Central Avenue with receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Work Underway in Rendija Canyon

on May 13, 2013 - 11:06am

COUNTY News:

The County is taking precautionary steps this week in sending Public Works crews into Rendija Canyon to blade the unimproved road that runs along the bottom of the canyon to make it passable for possible vehicular emergency access.

During the Cerro Grande Fire in May 2000, residents may recall that this road was used to evacuate motor vehicles with homes in northern Los Alamos County to help expedite the evacuation.

The actions are being taken only as a precautionary measure, as part of pro-active steps being taken for safety of the public during this active wildfire season,

Forest & VCNP Enter Stage I Fire Restrictions Tuesday

on May 13, 2013 - 9:33am

Smokey Bear. Courtesy/SFNS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.

 

The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

 

Cone Zone: Week of May 13

on May 10, 2013 - 9:50am

Road Construction Update: Week of May 13, 2013

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

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

Canyon Road remains closed with a “rolling” closure between Rim Road and 15th Street; the closure shifts closer to 15th Street as work on the sewer line progresses.

ALERT: Los Alamos County Moves Under Stage I Fire Restrictions

on May 9, 2013 - 10:04am

COUNTY News:

Effective immediately, and in concert with the New Mexico Forestry Division, Los Alamos County is under Stage I Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1 below)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Stage I Exemptions:

  • Developed

Column: Right Hooks and Helmets

on May 9, 2013 - 9:42am

"Theirs" ................................ "Ours"

"Do not make a sudden right turn after passing a bicyclist on your right. Instead, slow down and merge behind the bicyclist before turning." -New Mexico Driver Manual, pg. 26.

 

Right Hooks and Helmets
Column by KHALIL SPENCER

Almost took one on the chin yesterday morning, of the "ours" variety. While riding into the Conoco Hill intersection headed townbound, a lady in a small car quickly overtook me and made a sharp right onto Arkansas/38th and pulled into the Shell station.

YMCA Holds Babysitter Course

on May 9, 2013 - 8:16am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA will hold an American Red Cross Babysitters Course May 17 and 18.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic childcare, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session is 4-8:30 p.m. May 17 and 1-5:30 p.m. May 18. Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session they register for, in order to receive certification. Pre-register by 3 p.m.

Twists and Turns Emerge in Local Burglary Case

on May 8, 2013 - 11:49pm

Burglary suspect Aaron Nguyen

CORRECTION: Police did not question Aaron Nguyen a week before his May 7 arrest as previously reported. Other individuals were questioned but Nguyen was not one of them.

By GREG KENDALL

Los Alamos Daily Post

Aaron Nguyen, the 18-year-old Los Alamos High School student arrested Tuesday is now charged with burglarizing a number of homes throughout Los Alamos this year and likely stretching back into 2012, according to police. He's left a string of victims in his path including Los Alamos resident Allison Majure. She was driving home for lunch Monday, April 29 when

Luján and McMillan Discuss LANL's Cleanup Funding

on May 8, 2013 - 4:05pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. right, and LANL Director Charlie McMillan meet in DC to Discuss Funding for Environmental Cleanup at the Lab. Courtesy photo

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District met today with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director Charles McMillan in Luján's Washington office to discuss a number of issues regarding the lab, including funding for environmental cleanup.

Luján joined with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich earlier this week to write to Congressional committees

Udall Talks LANL Cleanup & Water Conference Report

on May 8, 2013 - 11:50am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed efforts to secure critical funding for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory through DOE and NNSA reprogramming.
 
Udall also recapped last week’s water conference report release.
 
 
 
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
 
0:00 –Udall discusses last week’s release of policy recommendations following July’s 37th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference, entitled “Hard

LAMS Conducting Off-Site Evacuation Drill Thursday

on May 8, 2013 - 10:35am

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School will conduct an off-site evacuation drill from approximately 8:15-9 a.m. Thursday, May 9.

Students and staff will be grouped east of the solar array near the school, 2102 Hawks Dr.

Los Alamos Detectives Charge Aaron Nguyen in Burglaries

on May 8, 2013 - 10:05am

Aaron Nguyen, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested Tuesday at Los Alamos High School.

Nguyen is charged with burglarizing a number of homes throughout Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Police Detectives confiscated a wide variety of items connected to the burglaries from weapons to money to jewelry and more.

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris, who heads up the Los Alamos Detective Division, asks anyone who has been burglarized in 2012 or 2013 to contact his office at 662-8222 to determine whether any of the confiscated items belong to them.

The full story surrounding Nguyen's arrest will be in the Los Alamos Daily

Los Alamos Detectives Capture Suspected Burglar

on May 7, 2013 - 8:37pm
Editor's Note: Video added to report.

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris, right, and Det. Daniel Roberts spoke on video to the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon about the investigation that has led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Los Alamos man suspected of committing a rash of burglaries in the Los Alamos area. See Wednesday's edition of ladailypost.com for the full story and identification of the suspect in custody. See exclusive video interview below. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

As part of their investigation and arrest of a local burglary suspect, Los Alamos Police

Rangers, Los Alamos Firefighters Aid Visitor at Bandelier

on May 7, 2013 - 3:44pm
BNM News:
 
Mid-morning today, May 7, a visitor reported to a park volunteer that another visitor had collapsed along Bandelier's Main Loop Trail. Park rangers and the Los Alamos Fire Department responded, and found him conscious and alert.
 
They transported him to the Los Alamos Medical Center. At that time, the cause of his collapse had not been determined .The man and his wife were visiting from Florida.
 

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