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Local Firefighters Train in High Angle Rescue

on August 6, 2013 - 9:30am

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Firefighters with the Los Alamos Fire Department spent several hours Monday training with experts from a private Arizona company in advanced high angle rescue.

The training was conducted in White Rock Canyon. High angle rescue operations involve unique hazards and require special training and equipment to be able to perform them safely. Rope rescue operations are frequently defined in terms of the type and steepness of the terrain they are to be performed in.

The steeper the ground, the more

Massive Rainshower Forms River in White Rock

on August 5, 2013 - 10:20pm

Rain pouring down during today's severe storm formed a river in White Rock now dubbed the 'Rio del Buey.' Photo by Katy Korkos

Photo by Katy Korkos

White Rock's Fierce Rainstorm Topples Tall Tree

on August 5, 2013 - 10:06pm
Amid flash flood warnings from the weather service throughout the day, this evening's fierce rainstorm toppled a large Spruce tree growing at a residence on Garver Lane in White Rock. Photo by Greg Hanson
 
 
 
 

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 24–July 30, 2013

on August 5, 2013 - 9:52am

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.

July 24 at 12:45 a.m. / Police arrested Teresa Rice, 37 of Los Alamos on 42nd Street and charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia. She was issued a summons to appear in court.

HEATHER DOMINGUEZ

July 24 at 1:25 p.m. / Police arrested Heather Dominguez, 30, of Los Alamos on Gold Street on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

July 24 at 5:05 p.m.

Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 5

on August 4, 2013 - 7:18am

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 http://www.losalamosnm.usPlease 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 four-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection.

Governor Issues State of Emergency Due to Storms and Flooding

on August 2, 2013 - 6:58am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE - Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order declaring an emergency throughout New Mexico due to the severe storms and flooding across the state in July. 

Executive Order 2013-029 was signed by the Governor July 30 and the state of emergency will continue until the day the Governor’s authorized representative determines the end of the emergency period.

The Governor has directed the Department of Finance and Administration to make available emergency financial resources in an amount not to exceed $500,000 to the Department of Homeland

Firefighters Douse Blaze Near TA-54

on August 1, 2013 - 4:38pm

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider has confirmed that a fire broke out a short time ago in the area near TA-54 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"We're checking on the cause, which may have been a squirrel because it broke out near the powerlines," Grider said. "The fire is completely out now."

Grider described the fire as burning an area about 5 feet wide by 60 feet long.

TA-54 was not affected.

 

Tyrell Abney of Los Alamos Sentenced in Abuse of Infant Son Case

on August 1, 2013 - 2:00pm
Tyrell Abney in June 2012 at court in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

District Court Judge Sheri A. Raphaelson sentenced Tyrell Abney of Los Alamos to a three year sentence with three years suspended and three years supervised probation Wednesday during a plea hearing at the Justice Center in Los Alamos.

Los Alamos police detectives charged then 18-year-old Abney in May 2012 with child abuse in the first degree against his infant son.

Abney relinquished all parental rights to his son, Riley Bernard Abney, now 17 months old,

Reward Offered for Information on Truck Vandalism

on August 1, 2013 - 8:10am

James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for damaging his truck with graffiti while parked on Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. Contact Chrobocinski at james@ZiaRealtyGroup.com or the Los Alamos Police Department at 505-662-8222. Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Udall: Time to Reform ‘Broken’ Chemical Safety Law

on August 1, 2013 - 7:33am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senate should build on bipartisan agreement and pass law to protect Americans from dangerous chemicals

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a hearing of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udal, D-N.M., urged his colleagues to work together to pass major bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from toxic chemicals.

 

Udall, who chairs the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, has been leading a bipartisan effort with Senator David Vitter (R-La.) to update and replace the federal government's much-criticized

Construction Continues on 15th Street Project

on August 1, 2013 - 6:26am
Construction on 15th Street continues between Oakwood and Myrtle. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
Workers talk over the next step in 15th Street construction project. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Fire Restrictions Relaxed Across Los Alamos County Thursday

on July 31, 2013 - 2:04pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Fire Department will relax its Fire Restrictions in Los Alamos County effective 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.

This relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:

  • Local weather improvement, including:
  • Seasonal Monsoon pattern with recent regular rainfall
  • Rising humidity values in the weather
  • Fuel condition improvements, including:

o    Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to Moderate and Low for several weeks

o    Reduction in Ignition Potential

o    Steady increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit levels

  • Daily fire occurrence situation:

o   

Snake Slithers Into American Legion

on July 30, 2013 - 10:38am
As Diane Swan was closing the Los Alamos American Legion for the night Monday, she discovered this foot-long snake. 'CJ' Chris Carmen, the 'go to' snake guy in Los Alamos, just happened to be at the Legion participating in a pool tournament. He 'wrangled' the year-old snake into a pickle jar for relocation to a more suitable habitat, saying recent rain is likely the cause for the snake's encroachment into human dwellings. At least one other business in the area has been visited by a similarly sized snake this week, he said. Photo by Chris Carmen

Santa Fe Woman Cited In Totavi Rollover

on July 29, 2013 - 11:28am

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that Theresa Ferraro, 54, of Santa Fe was charged with careless driving in Sunday's single car rollover at Totavi. Ferraro struck a center barrier. She hurt her wrist, according to the Sheriff's Office, and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 17–JuLy 24, 2013

on July 29, 2013 - 11:18am

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.

 

DANIEL DESCHAMP

July 17 at 10:47 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Deschamp, 29, of Los Alamos on Questa and charged him with DUI.

July 18 at 11:36 a.m. / A 42-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she was assaulted and the victim of attempted battery on Sherwood Boulevard.

July 18 at 11:36 a.m.

Single Car Rollover In Totavi Sends Person to LAMC

on July 28, 2013 - 10:17pm

Los Alamos Fire Department crews responded to a single car rollover at about 4 p.m. today heading eastbound at Totavi. One person was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center. Details of this traffic accident including the cause of the rollover are unknown at this time. Check back for more details as they become available. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Friday's Record Storm Event - Thoughts, Historical Wind Data

on July 28, 2013 - 10:41am

Courtesy photo
By Kerry Jones, NOAA

ALBUQUERQUE - I was at the office during Friday's severe wind/flash flood event working the aviation/fire weather desk and it was arguably the most surreal moment of my career not related to wildfire.

Given the number of large outdoor events that were underway, it's truly remarkable that there were no fatalities.

Cone Zone: Week of July 28

on July 28, 2013 - 10:27am

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update

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.

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.

Frijoles Canyon Expected to Re-Open After Flood Event

on July 27, 2013 - 11:34am

Bandelier's Entrance Road is covered in mud. Photo by Luke Gommermann/NPS

Mud and debris flow into parking lot. Photo by Luke Gommermann/NPS

BNM News:

Around 11:45 p.m. Thursday, July 25, law enforcement rangers began receiving warnings that heavy rains would soon cause flooding in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. 

“Staff drove down into the canyon to make sure protection was in place including closing a gate that protects Bandelier’s Visitor Center from high water, “Chief Ranger Tom Betts said. 

By 12:30 a.m., staff observed water flowing into the canyon at a height

VA Seeks Feedback For Open Burn Pit Registry

on July 25, 2013 - 8:20am

Marine Lance Corporal Richard Carmichael disposes of trash at the burn pit on Forward Operating Base Zeebrudge in Afghanistan's Helmand province. DOD photo

VA News:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is asking veterans to help create its Open Burn Pit Registry for military service members, civilian personnel and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Udall coauthored the legislation to create the burn pit registry, which the president signed into law

Los Alamos Burglary Suspect Aaron Nguyen Pleads Guilty to 16 Counts

on July 24, 2013 - 3:16pm

Following his sentencing this morning, convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen, center, leaves the courtroom in the Justice Center as his father holds the door for him. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris, left, and Det. Daniel Roberts speak to the father of convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen outside the courtroom at the Justice Center following this morning's plea deal. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Sheri A.

Linemen Inadvertently Cut Phone Lines in Aspen School Area

on July 24, 2013 - 12:09pm

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities linemen inadvertently cut an underground phone line at about 10 a.m. today near Aspen Elementary School.

DPU sopkesperson Julie Williams Hill said phone service to homes in the area remains out.

"CenturyLink has been called and they will be the ones to fix the phone line," she said.

Williams Hill did not know when phone service would be restored to the area.

 

 

Final Update: Thompson Ridge Fire 100 Percent Contained

on July 24, 2013 - 8:17am
Thompson Ridge Fire at its height. Courtesy/VCT
 
FIRE NEWS:
 
Thompson Ridge Fire:
  • Acres: 23,965
  • Start date: May 31, 2013
  • Cause: Downed powerline             
  • Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Containment: 100 percent              
  • Terrain: Steep, rugged                                                        
  • Control: 100 percent                        
  • Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Summary: Since fire officials declared containment Monday, July 1, there has been neither new fire growth nor significant smoke within the perimeter of the Thompson Ridge Fire.

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