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Judge Orders Los Alamos Urologist Pavel Mourachov to Leave Town by Monday

on June 28, 2013 - 1:43pm

Pavel Mourachov
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Urologist Pavel Mourachov was arrested and placed in the local jail again Tuesday for an alleged electronic monitoring device violation.

He's now been ordred by the court to get out of town by Monday.

Mourachov was arrested last month and charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, harassment and extreme cruelty to animals. He was released six days later, at which time Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados ordered him to wear a monitoring bracelet.

Los Alamos Firefighters Douse White Rock Brush Fire

on June 27, 2013 - 10:05pm

A small blaze broke out this afternoon in dry weeds growing near the front of the White Rock Lutheran Church on Meadow Lane in White Rock. Los Alamos Firefighters arrived within minutes and quickly extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire 95 Percent Contained ... 3 Percent Sustained High Intensity Burn

on June 27, 2013 - 10:15am

Initial Burn Severity Map for Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy/BAER

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Thompson Ridge BAER specialists recently completed their field surveys and are finalizing their analysis and findings.

The hydrologists and soils scientists finished their modeling for predicted post-fire water run-off and erosion levels.

The BAER team identified critical values-at-risk and is finalizing their recommended emergency stabilization actions and treatments for these values that will be included in their BAER assessment report along with their data, analysis, and findings.

US, Japan Develop New Method for Radiological Dose Assessment Around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants

on June 27, 2013 - 9:53am

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have developed a novel method for analyzing airborne radiological monitoring data. This new method has been used to perform a detailed study of survey data taken by the NNSA and JAEA in the months following the March 2011 radiological incident in Japan.

Aerial surveys were employed in the region surrounding the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to cover the area impacted by the accident quickly, thoroughly and safely.

Council Extends Proclamation on Fireworks Restrictions

on June 26, 2013 - 3:34pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes receives a 30-day extension to a fireworks ban proclamation from Councilor Steve Girrens on behalf of the Council at Tuesday's meeting. The ban relates to members of the public. The County has granted permission to the Kiwanis Club to hold its annual July 4 extravaganza at Overlook Park. Hughes said firefighters will not be pulled for any of the six Los Alamos fire stations for the event. Salaried fire personnel as well as volunteers will stand watch at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark

 

LANL Takes Step Toward Remediating Contaminated Groundwater Plume

on June 26, 2013 - 11:21am

Cheryl Rodriguez of NNSA’s Los Alamos Field Office and Dave McInroy of Los Alamos National Laboratory turn the valve necessary to release treated groundwater into a man-made reservoir. The effort is part of a pump and treat test of chromium-contaminated groundwater. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory environmental program experts are one step closer to determining the best way to remediate a chromium plume in groundwater beneath Mortandad Canyon.

Members of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Laboratory environmental cleanup offices began pumping tests

US-Russia Partnership Reaches Key Milestone in Converting Russian Nuclear Weapons into US Nuclear Fuel

on June 25, 2013 - 10:26am
HEU. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 475 metric tons (MT) of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program, commonly known as Megatons to Megawatts.
 
With today’s 475 MT HEU milestone, deliveries under the U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement of low enriched uranium (LEU) produced from Russian HEU are 95 percent complete, and HEU roughly equivalent to 19,000 nuclear weapons has been permanently eliminated.

“The HEU Purchase

LAFD: Public Safety Highest Priority At Fireworks Display

on June 25, 2013 - 9:25am

Fire Chief Troy Hughes

 

COUNTY News:

 

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes commented this morning on public safety and the upcoming fireworks display sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

 

The County contracts with the Kiwanis to provide the fireworks for the popular, family-friendly annual event held at Overlook Park in White Rock each Independence Day. At this point, the fireworks display is scheduled to go on as planned; however, Hughes stressed that many public safety and fire-wise considerations have been taken into account in the early planning stages.

 

“We worked closely for

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 18–June 20, 2013

on June 25, 2013 - 9:22am

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.

DEREK PADILLA

June 18 at 12:57 a.m. / Police arrested Derek Padilla, 22, of Santa Fe on Diamond Drive and charged him with possession of marijuana. He was issued a summons to appear in court. No photo available.

June 18 at 4:33 p.m. / A 79-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone used her credit card without her permission. The estimated loss is $540.42.

ALISSA WALLINGTON

June 19

Governor Launches Summer Safety Blast

on June 25, 2013 - 8:44am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez launches the Summer Safety Blast. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez joined law enforcement officials to launch the Summer Safety Blast.

The season-long initiative focuses on decreasing traffic deaths by enforcing DWI and seat belt laws. The safety blast includes State Police’s new zero tolerance policy on unrestrained drivers and passengers, including children not properly restrained in a child safety seat.

The initiative also includes:

  • National Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaign; and
  • New Mexico’s 100 Days of Summer D.W.I. crackdown.

As

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 25, 2013 - 7:41am

Smoldering Areas of the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,937; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 3 crews, 6 engines, 5 water tenders, 1 dozer; Total personnel: 170 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Acreage on the Thompson Ridge Fire increased by 18 acres according to last night’s infra-red flight.

Current Trail Conditions and Closures

on June 24, 2013 - 9:20am

COUNTY News:

At 8 a.m. today, all trails on the Santa Fe National Forest have closed due to fire danger.

This includes, but is not limited to:

Sections of the Perimeter Trail (visit www.losalamosnm.us and Parks/Open Space & Trails/Trails Network to link to a land ownership map for details)

  • Mitchell Trail above (north of) the Perimeter Trail
  • Rendija Trail, Pajarito Trail, Cabra Loop
  • Guaje Ridge Trail, Guaje Canyon Trail
  • Pipeline Road
  • Quemazon Trail from about 0.6 miles above the trailhead
  • Cañada Bonita Trail (Guaje Canyon Trail)
  • Water, Valle, Pajarito Canyon trails and the Nail Trail

Also,

Cone Zone: Week of June 24

on June 24, 2013 - 8:19am
COUNTY News:
 
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.

Eastern Area 2 Phase 1 Slurry Seal – Night Work:

Night work requiring road closures will occur on Myrtle, 9th between Myrtle and Canyon, 4th north of Central, and Canyon from Nugget to Manhattan Loop east between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Los Alamos Fire Experts Scrutinized Equipment for Kiwanis Club's 4th of July Extravaganza

on June 23, 2013 - 1:34pm

As part of an intense safety evaluation process recently conducted in collaboration with experts at the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Kiwanians Rick Reiss and Pat Soran demonstrate the firing system for the fireworks show set for the 4th of July at Overlook Park in White Rock. From left, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Capt. Kelly Sterna, Reiss, Deputy Chief Glenn Trehern and Soran. Courtesy photo

From left, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Fire Capt. Kelly Sterna, Kiwanian Rick Reiss and Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Trehern. Reiss briefs the fire

Bandelier National Monument Implements Stage III Fire Restriction

on June 22, 2013 - 10:04am
BANDELIER News:

Beginning at 8 a.m. June 24, Stage III Fire Restrictions are in effect for Bandelier National Monument and will remain in effect until further notice.

This restriction is a result of high fire danger, low fuel moistures, and regional fire preparedness level. For Bandelier National Monument, Stage III Fire Restrictions only add a prohibition on camping in the canyon bottom zones in Bandelier’s backcountry.

Other Stage II Restrictions still in effect are: prohibition on the use of campfires or charcoal grills (gas grills may be used), and all outdoor smoking with the exception

Thompson Ridge Fire: Today Marks Entire Week With No Perimeter Growth

on June 21, 2013 - 12:29pm

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 3 crews, 6 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 174 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Today marks an entire week with no new perimeter growth in the fire. Most of the activity continues to be within the interior of the fire where unburned fuels continue to smolder and burn.

Free Child Safety Seat Clinic Saturday

on June 21, 2013 - 10:54am

Staff Report:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Division, Safer New Mexico Now and Kohl’s will hold a child safety seat clinic 11a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at Kohl’s (4401 Cerrillos Road) in Santa Fe.

The clinic provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive hands-on instruction from certified technicians on the correct use of child safety seats. Technicians educate parents on choosing and installing the appropriate child safety seat for their child and vehicle.  They can also determine if a seat is recalled, expired, or otherwise unsafe.

Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve Closed

on June 20, 2013 - 10:00pm

Courtesy/SFNF

STATE News:

The entire Santa Fe National Forest will be closed to public entry effective at 8 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2013

The only exception to the closure is the Rio Chama Scenic River corridor which will remain open to the public, with Stage II fire restrictions. The accessible area along the Rio Chama includes 100-feet from both sides of the river starting at the north end of the river at the Coyote and Cuba Ranger District Boundary downstream to the southeastern boundary near Forest Service Road 151.

“The weather forecast is calling for dry, hot and windy conditions in

Local Fireworks Restrictions To Be Extended 30 Days

on June 20, 2013 - 11:51am

Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Fire Marshal has recommended that the fireworks restrictions continue in Los Alamos County for another 30 days, due to continued extremely dry conditions throughout the County.

The extension of the proclamation that would extend from June 24 through July 25, 2013 will go to County Council at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 in the new Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

NOTE: Nothing in this Proclamation shall prohibit a County-approved display of fireworks (such as the annual Kiwanis extravaganza at

Today's Weather May Create Smoke Plumes From Thompson Ridge Fire

on June 20, 2013 - 10:59am

Smoke plume from the Thompson Ridge Fire June 8 looking west from Los Alamos toward the Jemez. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 4 crews, 11 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 235 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: There has been no new perimeter growth in several days.

LANL's Physical Security Chief Retires

on June 19, 2013 - 11:27am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Physical Security Division Leader John (Jack) E. Killeen of Los Alamos National Laboratory retires Friday, June 21.

His career in security police forces has taken him on assignments across the globe. Killeen has planned his retirement to be just as hard driving. He'll take a brief break before embarking on a two month mountain bike ride through the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border.

In October, Killeen will launch a consulting firm, JEK Enterprises, LLC, through which he will apply his skills in consultation and program

No Perimeter Growth on Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight

on June 19, 2013 - 11:14am

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Thompson Ridge Fire News:

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 6 crews, 11 engines, 5 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 276 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: There was no new perimeter growth yesterday as unburned fuels within the interior continued to smolder and burn. Today crews will continue mop up, patrol and rehab on all divisions of the fire.

Luján Discusses Need to Address Climate Change and Drought Conditions

on June 19, 2013 - 10:44am

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor this morning about the need to address climate change and the impact it is having on drought conditions in the West.

The Safe Climate Caucus is a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxrC2DzPwYc&feature=youtu.be to watch Luján's speech.

"Mr.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 11–June 17, 2013

on June 18, 2013 - 12:46pm

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.

 

WILLIAM ONEAL RUTLAND

June 11 at 11:35 a.m. / Police arrested William Oneal Rutland, 36, of Concord, N.C., and charged him with larceny. The estimated loss is less than $250.

 

KEN DUNCAN

June 11 at 4:08 p.m. / Police arrested Ken Duncan, 54, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

KATHERINE E. ALLEN

June 12 at 10:30 a.m. / Police arrested Katherine E.

Thompson Ridge Fire 90 Percent Contained as 41 Miles of Hose Reeled In

on June 18, 2013 - 10:36am

Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 2 crews, 5 engines, 6 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 339 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Today at 6 a.m., the Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team completed a seamless transition of the fire to the Albuquerque Zone Type III Incident Management Team.

Central West Team

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