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Lightning Knocks Out Power to Hundreds of Los Alamos Homes

on August 21, 2013 - 10:34am

DPU News:

Lightning damaged two electric overhead wires at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive late Tuesday afternoon. 

Approximately 700 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers lost power when the two wires blew. 

Boundaries of the outage included the ski hill, Western Area, Denver Steels and neighborhoods around Los Alamos High School. Additionally, several small sporadic outages due to Tuesday’s storm also were reported on Chamisa, Andanada, Barranca and Urban streets.

DPU’s electric linemen responded, made repairs, and restored power by 4:46 p.m.

Consultant to Former New Mexico Secretary of State Gets 10 Years in Prison

on August 21, 2013 - 9:55am

FBI News:

U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson on Tuesday sentenced Armando C. Gutierrez, 65, of Corpus Christi, Texas, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his convictions for conspiracy, theft of government property, obstruction of justice, and money laundering.

Gutierrez was ordered to pay $2,500,483 in restitution to the state of New Mexico, including $746,375, which is to be paid jointly with co-defendant Joseph C. Kupfer, 50, of Rio Rancho.

Kiwanis Hears Talk on Signs of Domestic Violence from Los Alamos Family Council Officials

on August 20, 2013 - 3:56pm

The lunchtime program at today's Kiwanis meeting at Trinity on the Hill Church was presented by Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council and Jim Little who serves on the Family Council board. The topic of their presentation was 'What is Domestic Violence?' They talked about the signs of domestic violence and offered resources and assistance. The Los Alamos Family Council is soon to begin offering a program for domestic violence offenders. Photo by Katy Korkos

Political Signs Prohibited In State Rights-Of-Ways

on August 19, 2013 - 10:01pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - With election season quickly approaching, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) would like to remind political campaigns that department rules prohibit the placement of political signs within NMDOT’s rights-of-ways. 

Signs in these areas are a public safety issue because they can impede a driver’s visibility and distract motorists from existing legal traffic signs.

New Mexico Administrative Code 18.20.5.15 (http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/NMAC/parts/title18/18.020.0005.htm) states, “Signs and political posters are not allowed on highway right-of-way and

Motorcycle Driver Arrested Sunday Following Crash on Diamond Drive

on August 19, 2013 - 1:39pm

David Rael of Los Alamos crashed his motorcycle early Sunday evening on Diamond Drive and was assisted by Los Alamos paramedics and police officers. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

David Rael of Los Alamos crashed his motorcycle at 5 p.m. Sunday on Diamond Drive.

Police arrested Rael, 35, and charged him with aggravated DWI, assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, resisting and evading an officer, concealing his identity, reckless driving, failure to give immediate notification of an accident, driving on a revoked license, driving with no registration and driving with no insurance.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 7–Aug. 13, 2013

on August 19, 2013 - 1:38pm

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. 7 at 2:20 p.m. / Police charged a 17-year-old Los Alamos girl at 535 Central Ave., with forgery. She was referred to the juvenile probation officer and released to her parents.

Aug. 8 at 7:04 a.m. / A 66-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone damaged her property on Lejano Drive. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

Aug. 9 at 2:32 a.m.

DWI/Sobriety Checkpoints Launched in Los Alamos County

on August 18, 2013 - 8:24am

PUBLIC SAFETY News:

Throughout the months of August and September 2013, 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.

Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 19

on August 18, 2013 - 8:09am

COUNTY News:

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.

Reminder: There have been a number of lightning strikes causing traffic signal outages in our region. If you approach a traffic signal with none of the signal lights working, you are required to STOP as if it was a 4-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown Underway

on August 17, 2013 - 10:27am

STATE News:

SANTA FENew Mexico law enforcement agencies are participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2013 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” nationwide drunk driving crackdown Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.

The campaign coincides with the September Labor Day holiday weekend.

Ninety-five individual law enforcement agencies in New Mexico, along with the 12 State Police districts, are participating in the crackdown which includes checkpoints, saturation patrols and sustained enforcement activities.

Los Alamos Police Chief Vacancy Draws 40 Applicants

on August 17, 2013 - 8:56am

COUNTY News:

The search for a new police chief moves forward as Police Chief Wayne Torpy officially retires Friday, Aug. 23.

The position posting closed July 26. The County received 40 applications for the position, of which 26 applicants met the minimum qualifications. County Administrator Harry Burgess will select up to five finalists. The top candidates will travel to Los Alamos for in-person interviews and a special “meet the finalists” reception with the public at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The County will have three

Congressional Delegation Urges Increased Oversite of New Mexico's Behavioral Health Crisis

on August 15, 2013 - 8:13am

STATE News:

New Mexico's Congressional Delegation sent the following letter Wednesday to U.S. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health & Human Services regarding the state's behavioral health crisis:

Dear Secretary Sebelius,

As you are aware, the State of New Mexico is in the process of investigating allegations of fraud against 15 behavioral health providers that offer Medicaid services and has suspended payments to those organizations. We want to thank you for your ongoing involvement to protect the integrity of the process and the needs of beneficiaries.

DoD Shuts Down Burn Pits at Camp Leatherneck

on August 14, 2013 - 11:38am

Burn pit in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Senators applaud measure, say more work still needs to be done

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced today that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has ceased burn pit operations at one of two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Its closure follows Udall and Corker’s recent call for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits after findings by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that found the burn pits were utilized without

Gas Leak at Timber Ridge and Trinity Repaired

on August 14, 2013 - 11:06am

DPU News:

A natural gas leak at Timber Ridge and Trinity Drive was repaired Tuesday. The report was made at approximately 3 p.m. to the Department of Public Utilities Gas, Water and Sewer (GWS) division.

Crews were on site in minutes and by 3:45 p.m. had the breach isolated. The repair was completed by approximately 6:15 p.m. with no interruption of natural gas service to area residents.

“Our GWS division trains regularly on safety protocols, and Dept. of Transportation compliance issues, so that all staff are fully capable of handling this type of situation,” said Timothy Glasco, DPU’s

Los Alamos Man Discovers 9-inch Mushroom in Yard

on August 14, 2013 - 10:28am

Chuck Tallman discovered the quintessential toadstool - Amanita muscaria - growing in his yard on La Cueva in Los Alamos. Commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, Amanita muscaria is a poisonous fungus. Tallman said the largest Amanita muscaria growing in his yard measures 9-inches across, adding that the Amanita muscaria is known for its hallucinogenic properties. Photo by Chuck Tallman

Photo by Chuck Tallman

Los Alamos Police Honor Cpl. Alfred Roybal

on August 12, 2013 - 10:31pm
Los Alamos Police Honor Cpl. Alfred Roybal
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

When Los Alamos police officers enter the law enforcement academy, they pledge to put their lives on the line to serve the public good.

When one of their own dies, whether from circumstances in the line of duty or otherwise, their funerals reflect honor and respect for the officer's service and dedication.

From the moment local officers were informed that Cpl. Alfred Roybal, Jr. passed away Friday, Aug. 9, they began to follow the "Line of Duty Death" protocol.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 31–Aug. 2, 2013

on August 12, 2013 - 3:14pm

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. 1 at 8:18 a.m. / A resident reported that a firearm was stolen on North Road. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

Aug. 1 at 12:17 p.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone used his credit card without his consent. The estimated loss is unknown.

MARCY GARCIA

Aug. 2 at 2:33 a.m.

LANL Scientists Show Muon Imaging May Offer Hope of Assessing Damaged Reactor Cores

on August 12, 2013 - 8:45am

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ─ Critical to the recovery efforts following the devastating effects of the 2011 tsunami on Japan’s Fukushima reactor is the ability to assess damage within the reactor’s core.

A study in the journal AIP Advances by a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) shows that muon imaging may offer the best hope of assessing damage to the reactor cores and locating the melted fuel.

Muon imaging, which utilizes naturally occurring muons created in the atmosphere by cosmic rays to image dense objects, should solve the problem of determining the

Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 12

on August 10, 2013 - 7:03am

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please email 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.

Reminder: There have been a number of lightning strikes causing traffic signal outages in our region. If you approach a traffic signal with none of the signal lights working, you are required to STOP as if it was a 4-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection.

Hail Forms 6-Inch Piles in White Rock

on August 8, 2013 - 10:33pm

Hail drifted into 6-inch tall piles today in the courtyard of a home on Meadow Lane in White Rock. Courtesy photo

Another Storm Pounds White Rock

on August 8, 2013 - 10:20pm

Hail and heavy rain pounded White Rock today. Photo by Sue Souza

Following today's downpour, water flowed over the curb at the intersection of Grand Canyon and Meadow Lane in White Rock, but fortunately the storm drains were doing their job. Photo by Sue Souza

Los Alamos Firefighters Train in Elevator Rescue

on August 8, 2013 - 9:52am
The special Los Alamos Fire Department High Angle Rescue Team trains every three months. Wednesday the firefighters received training in elevator rescue at the Municipal Building. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Firefighters prepare to repel down the elevator shaft. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

LANL Set to Remediate Oppenheimer Neighborhood

on August 7, 2013 - 10:30am

Los Alamos National Laboratory is set to remediate an area in an  Oppenheimer neighborhood during August. Fieldwork will involve removing contamination from a former septic tank involved in uranium and plutonium purification and recovery processes. Read details here.

Game Warden Shares Bear Stories Aug. 20 at PEEC

on August 7, 2013 - 7:54am

Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

“Everyone has a bear story or at least has heard a bear story,” said Manny Overby, an instructor at the Advanced Training Bureau of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. “Often times these stories are of a brief sighting in the forest or perhaps a camping trip encounter. More and more these stories consist of bears in our neighborhoods, our backyards or digging through our trash.”

Overby will share his stories of handling hundreds of bears in New Mexico and speak about what to do if encountered by a bear in a presentation at 7 p.m., Aug.

Update To Accident on Main Hill Road

on August 6, 2013 - 3:50pm

Photo by Katy Korkos

UPDATE: This morning's accident near East Gate on the Main Hill Road took about 25 minutes to clear. Minor injuries were reported but no one was transported to the hospital. Citations are pending further investigation.

 

An accident with minor injuries has brought traffic to a standstill on the Main Hill Road this morning.

Check back for more details as they become available.

Funnel Cloud Spotted Over Los Alamos Monday

on August 6, 2013 - 9:45am
This funnel cloud was about twice as long when first spotted but started retracting before the photo could be taken from West Jemez Road across from the entrance to Technical Area 16 Monday evening. Photo by Karl Maness

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