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National Work Zone Awareness Week Begins April 15: 'We're All In This Together'

on April 12, 2013 - 9:51am

NMDOT News:

Work Zone Safety For Drivers and Construction Crews

SANTA FE - The week of April 15 marks the ceremonial start to highway construction season as well as National Work Zone Awareness Week.

This year's campaign's slogan: "We're All In This Together" was designed to bring awareness to worker and driver safety in work zones.

Nationally, more than 700 people are killed and more than 37,000 are injured each year in crashes in highway work zones.

On average, four out of five people killed in work zone crashes are drivers or their passengers.

The New Mexico Department of

Alcove House Unstable, Unsafe and Closed Until Further Notice

on April 12, 2013 - 9:31am

Courtesy/BNM

 

Courtesy/BNM

 

BANDELIER News:

 

The National Park Service has closed the Alcove House Site at Bandelier National monument due to concerns over the structural stability of the archeological site and exhibit.

 

Historic masonry repairs dating to the 1930s have developed a network of cracks. In recent days, masonry at this location has become dislodged, raising concern for visitor safety.

 

The National Park Service is actively engaged in planning repairs for the site.


Wednesday, April 10, staff from Bandelier’s Vanishing Treasures division was conducting an

DEA Administrator's Testimony on FY-2014 Budget Request

on April 12, 2013 - 9:12am

Michele M. Leonhart

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart today testified before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on the FY2014 Budget request.

The text of her testimony can be found at the following link: http://www.justice.gov/dea/pr/speeches-testimony/2013t/DEAHouseCJSWrittenTestimony41213.pdf

'Safe Chemical Act' to Protect Americans Reintroduced

on April 11, 2013 - 8:50am
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), the leader in Congress on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), today reintroduced his “Safe Chemicals Act” to protect Americans from dangerous toxic chemicals that are found in everyday consumer products.
 
Lautenberg has been working since 2005 to reform TSCA and provide the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to protect Americans from harmful chemicals.
 
Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found more than 212

What is the Red Flag Warning Program and What Does It Mean?

on April 11, 2013 - 7:25am

COUNTY News:

WHAT IS A RED FLAG WARNING?

A Red Flag Warning is issued by National Weather Service (NWS) to call attention to critical weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior.

Critical weather conditions include: sustained winds, low relative humidity, high temperatures and high fire danger. A combination of any of these conditions must occur simultaneously for three or more hours across any portion of a fire weather zone.

WHEN AND WHY IS THE RED FLAG FLYING AT CARSON NATIONAL FOREST AND OTHER AGENCIES OFFICES?

A red flag will be flown only when the NWS has issued a

Rocks Fall on Main Hill Road

on April 10, 2013 - 7:31am

Traveling toward Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Traffic is moving smoothly after crews removed rocks that slid onto the Main Hill Road early this morning.

The minor rockslide occurred following Tuesday's rain and snow and the overnight by freezing temperatures.

The rocks were piled on the shoulder ... first responders say the road may have to be closed after today's morning commute to remove the rocks.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 28–April 3, 2013

on April 8, 2013 - 10:01am

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.

March 28 at 11:53 a.m. / A 70-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property in the 100 block of Bonnie View Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

SUZANNE WILCOX

March 30 at 10:27 p.m.

FBI Honors New Mexico Human Rights Projects

on April 8, 2013 - 9:33am

Executive Director Regina Turner accepts the award on behalf of New Mexico Human Rights Projects from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service.

The Albuquerque Division of the FBI honored New Mexico Human Rights Projects (NMHRP), a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on programs

JJAB: 'Opiate Addiction - No Exceptions' April 17

on April 6, 2013 - 5:51am
 
 
 
 
 
JJAB News:
 
This month's Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in Building 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site ... note the change in time.
 
Jennifer Weiss, executive director of the Heroin Awareness Committee (HAC), will present "Opiate Addiction - No Exceptions," a presentation and discussion regarding the current reality of drug addiction in New Mexico and the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among youth.  
 
The public is welcome to attend this discussion.
 

U.S. Removes Last Remaining HEU from Czech Republic, Sets Nonproliferation Milestone

on April 5, 2013 - 9:12am

Casks containing HEU being loaded into shipping containers at the Nuclear Research Institute in Rez, Czech Republic, Friday, March 22, 2013. Courtesy/NNSA

A worker checks for radiation at the Nuclear Research Institute in Rez, Czech Republic, Friday, March 22, 2013. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Arson Investigators Delve into Shed Fire in White Rock

on March 31, 2013 - 8:13am

Los Alamos Firefighters responded to a shed fire at a home on Carlsbad in White Rock Saturday. Arson investigators were called in to determine the cause of the suspicious fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Rotary Club of Los Alamos Dedicates Life Saving AED

on March 31, 2013 - 8:08am

 Local Rotarian/Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and President Linda Hull of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos dedicate an AED (automatic external defibrillator) for Fuller Lodge during a ceremony Wednesday, March 27 at the Lodge. Photo by Katy Korkos  

Rotary Club President Linda Hull, center, and Rotarians Skip and Linda King speak with Karen Nilsson Brandt, left, whose father died of a heart attack at her wedding reception in Fuller Lodge 30 years ago. Photo by Katy Korkos

Staff report

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos dedicated an AED (automatic external defibrillator) for Fuller Lodge during

First Female Selected to Lead U.S. Secret Service

on March 30, 2013 - 7:47am

SECRET SERVICE News:

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson

Julia Pierson was sworn in as U.S. Secret Service Director Wednesday, March 27, in a ceremony in the Oval Office.

President Obama watched as Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to the highly respected veteran of the Secret Service and praised her dedication, professionalism and commitment to her work:

"I have to say that Julia’s reputation within the Service is extraordinary," President Obama said following the ceremony. "She’s come up through the ranks.

UPS Agrees to Forfeit $40 Million

on March 30, 2013 - 6:58am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart

SAN FRANCISCO – The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced that United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (“USAO-NDCA”) entered into a Non-Prosecution Agreement (“NPA”) today in which UPS agreed to forfeit $40 million in payments it has received from illicit online pharmacies and to implement a compliance program designed to ensure that illegal online pharmacies will not be able to use UPS’s services to distribute drugs.

UPS has cooperated fully with the

NMDOT Resuming Work on NM 599 Interchange

on March 28, 2013 - 8:00am

NMDOT news:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation resumes work April 1 on the newly built NM 599 Interchange in Santa Fe.

The interchange facilitates public access to South Meadows Road, West Alameda Street, and County Road 62 and gives the public a safer way to cross NM 599 to reach neighborhoods and facilities on the west side of the city.

There will be flagging operations at the roundabouts and at the bridge. The right-hand lanes of NM 599 northbound and southbound will be closed during the first phase of work.

Later, the left-hand lanes of NM 599 northbound and

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed Until Fall

on March 28, 2013 - 7:59am

 

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest has announced there are no plans to resume treatments in the Santa Fe Watershed project area until this fall when conditions are more favorable.

SFNF would like to thank the public for its continued support for the prescribed fire program.

The Espanola Ranger District was able to safely complete 220 acres this fiscal year on the Santa Fe Watershed prescribed burn project.

The total project is approximately 7,200 acres of which about 5,500 acres have been treated with prescribed fire.

Prescribed fire is an important part of our

Former LANB Employee Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

on March 27, 2013 - 2:00pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Deborah Gayle Wood, 56, currently residing in Grove, Okla., was sentenced Tuesday, March 26, to eight months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for her bank fraud conviction.

Wood also was ordered to pay $4,390.93 in restitution and a $10,000 fine.

Wood pled guilty in December 2011 to a felony information charging her with bank fraud.

Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office Announces New Software for Tracking Convicted Sex Offenders

on March 27, 2013 - 1:54pm

Sheriff Marco Lucero

LACSO News:

The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce added software capabilities that will help residents of Los Alamos County find updated information regarding convicted sex offenders.

This new site provides viewer tracking capabilities, alert notifications, sharing abilities and school notifications.

"As Sheriff, I would encourage all to review the new web page and take advantage of the services provided at www.sheriffalerts.com/nm/losalamos," Sheriff Marco V. Lucero said.

For more information, contact the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office

Rotarians Present Life Saving AED at Council Meeting

on March 27, 2013 - 9:03am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Linda Hull, center, with Rotarian Alison Walters and Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider at the podium during Tuesday's County Council meeting in the Community Building. The local Rotary Club purchased an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the community from proceeds raised during the annual Crab Fest last month. The AED will be dedicated at 1 p.m. today, March 27, at Fuller Lodge will it will be installed - the community is invited to attend the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013

on March 26, 2013 - 9:39am

Los Alamos National Laboratory during a morning rain and hail storm. Courtesy/LANL

NOAA News:

Monday marked the beginning of New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013, which runs through Friday, March 29.

To bring awareness to the community, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service released the following information:

What Types of Severe Weather Can I Expect in New Mexico?

  • All 33 counties in New Mexico experience severe thunderstorms producing high winds, large hail, deadly lightning, and heavy rains at some time during the year.
  • During

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 14–March 20, 2013

on March 25, 2013 - 10:37am

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.

 

MOSES SALAZAR

March 14 at 3:45 a.m. / Police arrested Moses Salazar, 27, of Los Alamos in the 3900 block of Alabama Avenue and charged him with battery against a household member and criminal damage to property. 

March 15 at 8:45 p.m.

Aerial Survey Finds No Increase in Background or Man-made Radioactivity for Los Alamos Area

on March 20, 2013 - 10:37am

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Measurements from two recent aerial flyovers to determine the presence of background and man-made radioactivity brought good news for Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The radiological surveys, conducted in August 2011 and June 2012, found that radioisotopes and their associated exposure rates are consistent with those expected from normal background radiation.

“These surveys were well worth the effort,” said Juan Griego, Acting Manager for the Los Alamos Field Office.

Emergency Exercise Planned March 21 at LANL

on March 19, 2013 - 7:13am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency-preparedness exercise Thursday, March 21 ... it is only an exercise.

The Lab 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 placed outside the Los Alamos Medical Center alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

LANL employees in affected facilities will be notified before the exercise begins and when it is

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 7–March 13, 2013

on March 18, 2013 - 1:35pm

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.

March 7 at 11:30 a.m. / Police charged a 13-year-old Santa Fe boy with larceny in the 2100 block of Hawk Drive. The boy was referred to the juvenile probation officer and released to his parents.

March 7 at 5:31 p.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old Los Alamos boy at 39th Street and Canyon Road with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Breaking News: Gas Leak at Piedra Loop and Sherwood

on March 18, 2013 - 11:51am

Crews are in the process of repairing a ruptured gas line at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Contractors and Los Alamos County staff were digging at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock when a gas main was ruptured and police and fire department staff were called to the scene.

The situation has been contained. Firefighters with the Los Alamos Fire Department are standing by in case of emergency, but at this time the gas has not ignited.

The intersection is currently closed.

The Los Alamos Police

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