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Rainwater Floods Arroyo in Quemazon

on September 13, 2013 - 3:05pm
These shots were taken 8:30-9 a.m. today of the normally dry arroyo that runs beside Brisa del Bosque in Quemazon. Photo by Nina Thayer
Photo by Nina Thayer
Photo by Nina Thayer

Latest Storm Conditions For Los Alamos County–2:25 p.m.

on September 13, 2013 - 2:50pm


West Road in Los Alamos is CLOSED. All other roads in Los Alamos County are open. Los Alamos County crews will continue to deal with all flooding and road issues by priority. NMDOT also has crews on site to clear any rock fall on Main Hill Road. Please be patient as we work through the issues and avoid travel if possible.

N.M. 502 - .25 miles from Totavi is open in both directions.

NMDOT is reporting (11:34 a.m.) N.M. 4 northbound and southbound from mile marker 5 to mile marker 46 to have flooding and debris. (N.M.

Flood Waters Swirl in White Rock Near Sherwood

on September 13, 2013 - 2:20pm

Flood waters swirl today near Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock where the road dips between Grand Canyon and Piedra Loop. Photo by Annie Bard

Photo by Annie Bard

Bandelier Sustains Flooding – Set to Reopen Monday

on September 13, 2013 - 2:10pm

Bandelier flooding. Photo by Sally King


Bandelier National Monument experienced two large flood events, one late afternoon Thursday, Sept. 12 and the other this morning. 

Flooding in Frijoles Canyon prompted Superintendent Jason Lott to close the monument for the safety of visitors due to debris on trails and the potential for flooding throughout the weekend.  Bandelier staff will begin clean-up efforts as soon as rains subside and hope to re-open the monument by Monday, Sept. 16. 

This morning, heavy rains caused flash flooding more severe than any recent flooding the

Latest Radar on Area Weather Pattern

on September 13, 2013 - 1:38pm


Storm Conditions Update For Los Alamos County

on September 13, 2013 - 1:27pm


Many residents have been calling 311 and the Los Alamos Police Department regarding flooding in their homes.

For sandbags and/or assistance review the following:

IF IT IS AN EMERGENCY: Call 911 and LAPD will dispatch the Los Alamos Fire Department to help mitigate the situation.

IF IT IS ONLY PRECAUTIONARY: Los Alamos County is providing sand bags for residents at the Pajarito Cliffs Site, 101 Camino Entrada, just inside the gate at the Sand Barn. Signs are posted to help direct people to the location. Direct questions to 662-8113.

Most roads have significant amounts of

Massive Rainfall Causes Retaining Wall Failure Near Biological Research Laboratory

on September 13, 2013 - 1:11pm
Massive rainfall causes retaining wall failure this morning at the Biological Research Laboratory. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
Due to extraordinary rainfall pounding the local area, the Biological Research Laboratory, adjacent to the Los Alamos Cooperative Market at 95 Entrada Dr., had a dramatic retaining wall failure this morning. There were no injuries reported and normal operations are underway inside the Lab.
New Mexico Consortium Executive Director Katharine Chartrand stated that at about 7:30 a.m., the retention pond southeast of the Biolab between the Lab and the Holiday Inn filled up

Bandelier is Closed Due to Flooding

on September 13, 2013 - 11:30am

Staff Report

Park Superintendent Jason Lott just confirmed that Bandelier National Monument is closed due to flooding. The park will likely be closed Saturday as well, he said.

"Our Flood Protection Plan has been effective ... there has been no damage to our buildings or archeological areas that we are aware of at this time," Lott said.

Lott added that no injuries have been reported as a result of this morning's flooding and that all personnel are accounted for.

Wet Conditions Close Los Alamos Golf Course

on September 13, 2013 - 11:16am

Los Alamos Golf Course has closed today due to heavy rain accumulation. Many of the tees, greens and fairways are saturated and water is ponding throughout the course. Contact LAGC Saturday at 662-8139, for updated conditions. Courtesy photo

Alert: All Roads Reopen Around Los Alamos But County Now Under Flash Flood Warning

on September 13, 2013 - 11:07am

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Police Department just announced that all roads around the Los Alamos area have reopened.

Commander Preston Ballew continues to urge motorists to stay off the roadways if at all possible. He asks those drivers who must be on the roads to exercize extreme caution.

The National Weather Service also just issued an alert advising that Los Alamos and the surrounding area is under a flash flood warning until 5 p.m. today.

Map Portrays Rainstorm Over Los Alamos

on September 13, 2013 - 10:55am

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has issued a map portraying this morning's storm activity over the Los Alamos area. The weather forecast includes numerous showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall throughout today, tonight and Saturday. Today's highs are expected to be in the 60s to 70s with tonight's lows in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Saturday's highs are expected to be in the 60s to lower 70s. Courtesy/NOAA

Schools, LANL, County Remain Open Today

on September 13, 2013 - 10:33am

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County remain open today.

Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn told the Los Alamos Daily Post a few moments ago that the schools coordinate their closures with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"We have not heard from the Lab so unless something changes, our schools will remain open today," Washburn said.

LANL's Communications Office told the Los Alamos Daily Post that it has not received notice that the Lab intends to close early today. The County also said this morning that there is no plan at this

White Rock Senior Center Flooded

on September 13, 2013 - 10:03am

WRSC News:

The White Rock Senior Center is flooded.

Their pot luck and birthday party scheduled for today are cancelled.

Breaking News Update: Flooding, Debris Close Roadways - Police Urge Motorists to Take Extreme Caution

on September 13, 2013 - 9:22am

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Police Department just announced the following road closures due to the torrential rainstorm plaguing the area:

  • N.M. 4 toward Bandelier;
  • Truck Route;
  • West Road;
  • East Jemez; and
  • West Jemez.

"N.M. 502 is open but there is debris on the road and while the Main Hill Road is open, there is a danger of falling debris," Commander Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago.

Also, a citizen reported a boulder, debris and river-like conditions along the hairpin curves heading to the Jemez this morning.

"We urge citizens to stay home if at all possible and to

LDS Church Hosts Preparedness Fair Sept. 21

on September 13, 2013 - 8:08am

LDS News:

The Santa Fe Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which includes three wards in Los Alamos County (Los Alamos, Pajarito and White Rock Wards) is sponsoring a Preparedness Fair, titled "Oil in Your Lamp."

The Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the White Rock Building of the LDS Church, 366 Grand Canyon Dr. in White Rock. The event is free and open to everyone.

The Preparedness Fair will include demonstrations, information booths and displays. The Los Alamos Fire Department will be present with a fire engine and LAFD employees demonstrating first

NMED Issues Recall Notice for Chobani Greek Yogurt

on September 12, 2013 - 12:06pm

NMED News:


DATE: Sept. 12, 2013


PRODUCTS: Chobani Greek Yogurt with “Best By” date codes between Sept 11-13 and Oct 07-13 (see list of products and UPC codes below)
RECALLED BY: Chobani, Inc
DISTRIBUTION: Distributed nationwide from its Twin Falls, Idaho facility and delivered to consumers through retail and club stores

REASON: The product containers displayed bloating and swelling, and there have been unconfirmed reports of illness associated with the product.

Heavy Rain Potential Persists into Weekend

on September 12, 2013 - 9:18am
NWS News:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has provided an updated outlook regarding the possibility of additional heavy rain and increasing thunderstorm-related impacts Thursday into Saturday.
The break across central and western areas will be short-lived. It is now looking very likely that areas of the central and eastern New Mexico could see event total rainfall amounts in the 6 to 10 inch range with isolated higher amounts.

Overview: Record-setting rainfall that impacted much of central New Mexico late Tuesday shifted into eastern New Mexico very early

Katie's Law Results in New Mexico's 500th DNA Match

on September 11, 2013 - 10:56am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE ─ Jayann Sepich and Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that Katie’s Law has led to the 500th match of DNA data to a criminal case in New Mexico. 

The match came as the DNA  Administrative Center, located in Albuquerque, compiled their final statistics for the month of August.

The Administrative Center notified Jayann Sepich of the milestone Friday, which was also the 10th Anniversary of her daughter Katie Sepich being laid to rest.

New Mexico’s DNA collection law, entitled “Katie’s Law,” is one of the toughest in the country and is named after

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 28–Sept. 3, 2013

on September 9, 2013 - 12:04pm

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.



Aug. 28 at 12:32 a.m. / Police arrested Gerald Heck, 35, of Los Alamos on San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Aug. 28 at 9:46 p.m. / A 19-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Canyon Road.



Aug. 30 at 2:10 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Deschamp, 29, of Los Alamos at 39th Street and Trinity

Shallow Communication Line Uncovered on 15th Street

on September 9, 2013 - 7:35am

Due to uncovering a shallow Century Link communication line, the concrete work on the 15th Street road project scheduled for this past week has been delayed. North Sage at 15th Street remains closed through Tuesday, Sept. 10 to allow fresh concrete to cure. North Oakwood Loop at 15th remains closed through Tuesday, Sept. 10 to allow fresh concrete to cure. Nectar Street at 15th Street is closed for the installation of concrete pavement on the east end of Nectar adjacent to 15th Street. The work zone encompasses the easternmost 75 feet of Nectar.

Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 8

on September 8, 2013 - 7:48am

Non-County Projects of Significance:

Smith’s Marketplace: Contractor Utility Work on Trinity between Knecht and DP Road:

The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive will be closed between Knecht and DP Road starting Monday, Sept. 9. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. Alternate routes are recommended. This work will continue through November 2013.

Smith’s Marketplace: Truck Traffic on NM502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac

Construction continues through May 2014 at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza, which means motorists using Main Hill

IRS Warns Tax Scams Can Happen Anytime

on September 8, 2013 - 7:38am

IRS News:

Are you thinking about taxes while you’re enjoying the warm summer months? Not likely ... but the IRS wants you to know that scammers ARE thinking about taxes and ways to dupe you out of your money.

Tax scams can happen anytime of the year, not just during tax season. Three common year-round scams are identity theft, phishing and return preparer fraud. These schemes are on the top of the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” list of scams this year. They’re illegal and can lead to significant penalties and interest, even criminal prosecution.
Here’s more information about these scams that every

Holding Hope: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week

on September 7, 2013 - 8:57am


Sept. 8-14 is World and National Suicide Prevention Week.

The first local event is "Mental Health and Suicide." This talk is geared for adults and will be held noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 at Family Strengths Network, 1990 Diamond Dr. Join Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) therapists, Steve Koch, MA, LMHC, Amanda Schneider, MA, LMHC, and Mike Wallington, MA, LPCC, in a discussion about substance abuse, mental health, and suicide. The goal is to help community members better understand the importance of de-stigmatizing these issues. A light lunch will be provided. For

Search and Rescue Find Body of Token Adams

on September 6, 2013 - 10:23pm


Search and Rescue personnel this morning found the body of the firefighter who went missing Aug. 30 while scouting reports of smoke in the Jemez.

Officials said today that Token Adams, 41, apparently crashed his ATV atop a mesa in a remote area.

Adams leaves behind a pregnant wife and young son.

Jonathan Plaue Tapped as LANL Site Representative

on September 5, 2013 - 7:45am

Dr. Jonathan Plaue


The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) is pleased to announce the assignment of Dr. Jonathan Plaue as a Site Representative at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico.

Dr. Plaue will join Todd Davis and Richard Verhaagen, the Board’s current Site Representatives, starting in November 2013. As a Site Representative, Dr.