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Two Die in Early Morning Collision with Flatbed

on July 10, 2013 - 4:34pm


A man and woman died early this morning after their vehicle collided with a flatbed on N.M. 68.

Authorities identified the victims as Marissa Martinez, 19, and her boyfriend Eric Romero, 21, both from Alcalde.

Martinez was driving and according to Española Public Safety Director Eric Garcia, her vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed along N.M. 68 about 8:15 a.m. when the flatbed carrying a backhoe entered the roadway on the north side of Española.

Garcia reported that the vehicle carrying Martinez and Romero may have ricocheted off another car before it slammed into

DWI Planning Council Meeting Moved to Aug. 1

on July 10, 2013 - 9:58am
The upcoming Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting has been rescheduled to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.
The meeting will be held in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A  in Los Alamos.
Meeting topics include:

Coordinator’s Report

  • a. Final Report for FY 13
  • b. Status of Contracts for FY 14
  • c. FY 14 Financials - Budget spreadsheet; allocations of monies by category
  • d. Other Business

Chairperson’s Report

  • a. Update on DWI Planning Council, discussion on meeting with Kim Gabaldon and Charlie Kalogeros-Chatton
  • b.

Thompson Ridge Burn Scar Experiences Monsoon Events

on July 10, 2013 - 8:07am

Sulfur Creek Burned Area. Courtesy/NPS

Thompson Ridge BAER Assessment Update:

JEMEZ SPRINGSFor the past few days, the Thompson Ridge burn scar has experienced some monsoon rain events.

The Forest Services Jemez Springs Ranger Station and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) shared these recent observations:

  • Saturday afternoon, July 6, there was some minor sheet flow flooding along the VC02 road in the lower Redondo Canyon (near the west gate), but no flooding was reported in the upper Redondo watershed (Union building and up-canyon) area.
  • Monday afternoon, July 8, Sulphur Creek

Letter to the Editor: Beware of Considerate Behavior

on July 10, 2013 - 7:36am
Los Alamos

One of the nice things about living in Los Alamos is that we have so many considerate drivers. 

However, this can also cause problems. My understanding is that you yield for pedestrians in crosswalks, but you don't yield for golf carts. Yet I don't know how many times I have seen automobiles stop at the crosswalk at the western end of the golf course and wave golf carts out into the middle of Diamond Drive. 

Sooner or later one of these good Samaritans is going to lure a golf cart out into Diamond Drive where they will be T-boned by a car doing 40 (or more)

Three Hundred Million Reasons to Federate Identity: An IRS Case Study

on July 10, 2013 - 7:24am


  • Study indicates IRS net savings up to $305 million annually by adopting an improved identity management system. By adopting an NSTIC-aligned solution, the IRS could save up to $111 million up-front and $19 million annually relative to deploying a proprietary system.

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) envisions an “Identity Ecosystem” in which organizations and individuals may leverage trusted identities for access to services on the Internet.

Homemade Alcohol Involved in Inmate Melee

on July 9, 2013 - 5:32pm

New Mexico Prison Facility. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

Three Central New Mexico Correctional Facility (CNMCF) officers are recovering after being attacked Monday night during dinner clean up.

Thirteen inmates were assigned to the kitchen area of CNMCF to clean up from dinner service. Sgt. Manuel Romero saw one of the inmates, Andrew Hernandez, break the rules and confronted the inmate about his behavior. That’s when another offender, David Armijo, rushed the officer, kicked him in the stomach and hit him in the face.


Breaking News: Authorities Search Los Alamos Home Regarding Child Pornography Investigation

on July 9, 2013 - 11:50am

Breaking News:

Los Alamos Police in conjunction with agents from the New Mexico Attorney General's Office executed a search warrant this morning on a home in Los Alamos in relation to reported child pornography activities.

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris told the Los Alamos Daily Post a few moments ago that his department is working two cases involving the "sexual exploitation of a child."

The Statute is 30-6A-3 SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN: A. It is unlawful for a person to intentionally possess any obscene visual or print medium depicting any prohibited sexual act or simulation of such an

FBI: Sending Hoax Letter Is Serious Crime

on July 9, 2013 - 9:53am

FBI News:

The FBI, U.S. Postal inspectors and state and local authorities are investigating two suspicious letters that were received at New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office in Santa Fe Monday, July 8.

One letter contained a white powder substance. The other was unopened. At this point, field tests have been negative. Additional testing will be conducted at local laboratories.

Other responding agencies included New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe Fire Department and 64th Civil Support Team.

Even sending a hoax letter is a serious crime. Anyone with information about these letters is

Fire Restrictions Relaxed Across Los Alamos County

on July 9, 2013 - 9:45am


Officials in the Los Alamos Fire Department announced this morning that the County will relax fire restrictions from Stage II to Stage I, effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 10.

The County has been under Stage II restrictions since June 25 due to extreme fire danger. 

 The relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:

  • Local weather improvement, including:

o    Recent regular rainfall

o    The local seven-day forecast, which reflects continued rain and cloud cover

o    Rising humidity values in the weather

  • Fuel condition improvements, including:

o    Reduction in fire

White Powder Sent to New Mexico Governor

on July 8, 2013 - 9:05pm

Illustration photo.


A suspicious envelope with white powder was sent to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office this afternoon.

The envelope was discovered about 3 p.m. while the governor's staff was processing and sorting incoming mail. A white powdery substance spilled out of one of the envelopes, according to reports.

Staff members called the Department of Public Safety and State Homeland Security Department for directions on how to respond. Two staffers who came in contact with the substance were quarantined.

Santa Fe Fire Department Hazmat arrived on scene and tested

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 27–July 2, 2013

on July 8, 2013 - 9:15am

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.

June 27 at 8:28 a.m. / A 34-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny on Alabama Avenue. The estimated loss is $1,410.

June 27 at 9:11 a.m. / A 24-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked on 46th Street. The estimated loss is $240.

June 27 at 1:23 a.m.

New Law: Smuggling Cell Phone Into Jail Now 4th Degree Felony

on July 8, 2013 - 9:12am

Lea County Correctional Facility officers discover cell phone charger stashed in potato chip bag and phone hidden in visitor's pants. Courtesy photo

NMCD News:

The New Mexico Corrections Department reports that a visitor was arrested for bringing a cell phone into a prison and faces charges under the state’s new law.

Security Threat Intelligence Officers were conducting searches of the inmate family visit trailers at the Lea County Correctional Facility Saturday when they discovered a cell phone and phone charger.

Blanca Nevarez, who was visiting her husband inmate Marque Cheeks, was

Alert: Areas Downstream of Recent Wildfires Will Flood!

on July 7, 2013 - 9:37am


SFNF News:

Fire Facts:

Thompson Ridge: 23,965 acres; 100 percent contained

Tres Lagunas: 10,219 acres; 100 percent contained

Jaroso: 11,141 acres; 0 percent contained

Post-fire Flooding:

The rainy season is here. Areas downstream of recent wildfires will flood. Be ready!

It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mudflows. Residents living near or around a recently burned area need to:

  • Monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, follow

Photographer Remembers the 19 Fallen Firefighters

on July 6, 2013 - 12:47pm

Several members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots discuss the fire behavior of a night burnout operation on the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera


Photographer Remembers the 19 Fallen Firefighters
By KRISTEN HONIG, Valles Caldera  

Like many of you, I was in complete shock after hearing initial reports of 19 fatalities on a fire in Arizona last Sunday.

After a little investigating, I realized the fire was near Prescott, home base of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and that they were assigned to the fire. My heart sank.

Fifteen Firefighters Monitor Thompson Ridge Fire

on July 6, 2013 - 9:13am

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire News:

Continued minimal fire behavior at the Thompson Ridge Fire has led to a reduction in the original 47 person Type IV team charged with monitoring the perimeter.

Since fire officials declared 100 percent containment Monday July 1, there has been neither new fire growth nor smoke within 500 feet of the perimeter.

Minimal fire behavior observed during the last week is expected to continue and will be monitored by a team of 15 firefighters until the fire is fully suppressed.

Governor and Albuquerque Mayor Urge New Mexicans to Attend Public Fireworks Displays Tonight

on July 4, 2013 - 8:16am

Gov. Susana Martinez




Santa Fe - Gov. Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard J. Berry urged New Mexicans to not use their own fireworks and instead attend a public display on the 4th of July.


The Governor and Albuquerque Mayor spoke Wedensday afternoon at Balloon Fiesta Park, where the City of Albuquerque will host its Freedom Fourth Fireworks Display on July 4th as part of the annual Red, White and Balloons celebration.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry


“We have been blessed to have no loss of life or structures burned this season and we want to keep it that

Asphalt Removal Underway on 15th Street

on July 3, 2013 - 12:28pm

A large machine grinds up old asphalt along 15th Street near Central Avenue Tuesday and deposits it into the bed of a nearby truck. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/


Dispennette: Speed Kills

on July 2, 2013 - 7:51am
By Abe Dispennette

Add another concern to the reason learning to drive is so risky: Speed kills.

In fact, speeding is a primary culprit in a third of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The report was funded through a grant from State Farm®.

"Speeding-Related Fatal Crashes Among Teen Drivers and Opportunities for Reducing the Risks," authored by Dr.

New Mexico Implements Expanded Amber Alert and New Silver Alert Program

on July 2, 2013 - 7:42am



SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the implementation of the expanded Amber Alert parameters and the new Silver Alert Program for New Mexico.

The governor stated that both tools will help law enforcement and case workers keep vulnerable children and seniors safer.

“I have long advocated that we do everything we can to protect an endangered child,” Martinez said. “Before now, Amber Alert statutes required law enforcement to sit on the sidelines when a child was taken by a family member, even when that child was though to be in danger.

Thompson Ridge Fire Declared 100 Percent Contained

on July 2, 2013 - 7:14am

BAER Assessment Team sifts through ash from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Thompson Ridge fire was officially declared 100 percent contained last night.

Mop-up and patrol will continue.

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires result in damage that requires special efforts to reduce impacts afterwards. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water run-off may increase and cause flooding.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 20–June 26, 2013

on July 1, 2013 - 4:44pm

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.



June 20 at 8:24 p.m. / Police arrested Johnnie Sanchez, 35, of Los Alamos in Central Park Square and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia. 



June 22 at 10:54 a.m. / Police stopped James Reagan, 48, of Los Alamos near West Road and Trinity Drive for speeding and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license. 

June 23 at 3:50 p.m.

NM Governor Addresses Arizona Firefighter Deaths

on July 1, 2013 - 11:56am



Albuquerque - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez released the following statement this morning about the tragic deaths of Arizona Hotshot Firefighters this weekend in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Central Arizona:


"I was saddened to hear the news about the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona, members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, based in Prescott. They were killed when the wind suddenly shifted as they fought the fast-moving Yarnell Hill Fire, sparked by lightning.


"For New Mexicans, this news hits especially close to home because just a few short weeks ago,

Warnings Issued For Flooding and Mudflows

on June 30, 2013 - 10:50am

Flooding Downstream of Burned Areas Precautions:

NOTE: It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mudflows.

Residents living near or around a recently burned area need to:

Monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, follow local county and city advisories, and act accordingly.

Use a “weather radio” or smart phone “weather apps” that monitors “all hazards” alerts issued by the NOAA-National Weather Service:

Prepare for

Firefighters Respond to Four Lightning Fires

on June 30, 2013 - 8:38am

Current fires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FEFirefighters responded to four lightning caused fires as a result of Friday's massive thunderstorm in the area.

The Rattlesnake, Alameda and San Antonio fires all located on the west side of the Forest within the Jemez Mountains have been contained. The fires ranged in size from .10 to .25 acres.

Firefighters are still working to contain the Aragon Fire, also burning in the Jemez Mountains.

Fire Name: Aragon

Time/Date Reported: 10:02 a.m., June 29, 2013

Location: Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe

The Cone Zone: Week of July 1

on June 30, 2013 - 8:14am


Public Works Projects:

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

Verde Ridge & Arroyo Lane Milling:

RMCI will mill Verde Ridge and Arroyo Lane on Monday, July 1. Work will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. and should end by 5 p.m. During this time all vehicles must be off the street in parking stalls or other off-street parking. Residential access will be maintained.