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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, 2013

on January 14, 2013 - 8:52am

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.

Jan. 3 at 8:36 a.m. / A 63-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property in the 100 block of Mariposa Court. The estimated loss is unknown.

Jan. 3 at 12:20 p.m. / CB FOX Department Store in the 1700 block of Central Avenue reported that someone paid for merchandise with bad checks. The matter is under investigation.

GARY SHAW

Jan. 4 at 3:05 a.m.

Prolonged Frigid Blast Blankets Los Alamos

on January 12, 2013 - 8:07am

Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

A potent cold front that surged across New Mexico Friday with strong gusty winds and areas of light snow will usher in a prolonged blast of well below normal temperatures through early next week.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) explains that a large upper level trough of low pressure taking shape over the western United States will remain nearly stationary over the region through early next week.

Temperatures will average 15 to 20 degrees below normal through at least Wednesday.

While no record breaking low temperatures are expected, this

NNSA Holds Radiation Emergency Consequence Management Training in Israel

on January 11, 2013 - 9:49am

Soreq Nuclear Research Center is an applied R&D Institute affiliated to the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. Courtesy/Soreq.gov

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week conducted a training course on Consequence Management (I-CM) in Israel.

The training was held in the Soreq Nuclear Research Center and was attended by 25 Israeli participants.

“The training is part of an ongoing bilateral cooperation between NNSA and Israel,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol.

High Wind Warning

on January 11, 2013 - 7:43am

Courtesy/NWS
Courtesy/NWS

NWS News: A VIGOROUS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE IMPACTING NEW MEXICO WITH VERY STRONG WINDS ALOFT AND A DEEP AREA OF SURFACE LOW PRESSURE. LOCATION...JEMEZ MOUNTAINS...SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS...ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS...CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN SUMMITS AND ADJACENT EASTERN SLOPES...THE SANTA FE AND ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREAS...AND ALL OF THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO. HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

Burst Pipes Most Common in Mountain Towns

on January 11, 2013 - 6:43am
STATE FARM News:

New Mexico is bracing for colder temperatures during the next few days with the possibility that many areas of the state will experience temperatures in the below the 20 degree mark- during the night time hours. Many areas of the state face a hard freeze.

When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break.

Messy and expensive water losses from burst frozen pipes are more common in mountain towns but all residents have the potential to be caught off guard by a sudden drop in

President Signs Katie Sepich Bill Into Law

on January 10, 2013 - 12:29pm
President Barack Obama. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported that today President Barack Obama signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law.
 
Katie's Law will expand DNA collection efforts from serious criminal offenders in order to save lives, solve crimes and prevent future tragedies from occurring at the hands of repeat offenders.
 
The bill was named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at

LANL 6 Found Guilty on Two of Three Counts

on January 10, 2013 - 8:07am

The self-named LANL 6 protesters outside the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday include Janet Greenwald, Catherine Euler, Pamela Gilchrist, Cathie Sullivan, Benjamin 'Summer' Abbott and Barbara Grothus. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

Six defendants sat in the front of Judge Alan Kirk’s Municipal Courtroom at the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday morning with their defense lawyer, Santa Fe Attorney Jeffery Haas.

The defendants were on trial for charges of trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement as a result of their actions during an

Sig Hecker to Talk on Los Alamos and Kazakhstan

on January 10, 2013 - 7:59am
Sig Hecker
 
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, PhD, is an Austrian-Polish-American nuclear scientist and metallurgist who served as director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 until 1997.

On Jan. 19, Hecker will present a public talk titled, “One of the Greatest Nuclear Stories Never Told - Los Alamos and Kazakhstan.”

Hecker works at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
 
He explains that in 1992, the Russians pulled out of their former huge nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, now in the newly independent Republic of Kazakhstan.
 
Los Alamos

Former Bernalillo County Corrections Officer Sentenced for Civil Rights Violations

on January 10, 2013 - 6:25am

FBI News:

WASHINGTON—Demetrio Juan Gonzales, 40, a former corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for violating the civil rights of an individual in his custody when he struck and choked the victim in the shower room/dress-out area of MDC. Gonzales pleaded guilty in October 2012.

According to court documents, during the early morning hours of December 21, 2011, Gonzales was assigned to the Receiving-Discharge-Transfer (RDT)

NNSA Selects CNS to Manage Consolidated Contract for Nuclear Production Operations

on January 8, 2013 - 9:47am

NNSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • New Partnership Shapes Future of Nuclear Security, Saves Taxpayers more than $3 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In a move that shapes the future of the United States’ nuclear security enterprise and will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) has been selected to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 3, 2013

on January 7, 2013 - 9:38am

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.

 

JOHN DANIELSON

Dec. 30 at 4:37 p.m. / Police arrested John Danielson, 63, of Los Alamos in the 4000 block of University Drive and charged him with failure to stop at a red light, driving on a suspended or revoked license and driving without insurance. 

 

ISAIAS VILLALOBOS‑MARQUEZ

Jan. 1 at 1:45 p.m.

Local Developer Charged in Domestic Dispute

on January 5, 2013 - 11:06am

Stan Primak

Staff Report

Longtime Los Alamos resident Stan Primak was arrested Friday, Jan. 4, at his home in the 1300 block of 44th Street following a domestic dispute with his wife.

According to the criminal complaint, police charged Primak with one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

The statement of probable cause indicates that a couple who were visiting on the other side of the Primak's duplex were having dinner at the Primak's home when there was an argument and Stan Primak became upset.

According to statements made by the visiting friends in the report,

Underground Interference Causes Power Outage

on January 4, 2013 - 10:50am

Courtesy/DPU

DPU News:

Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that power was interrupted to about 12 homes in the Big Rock Loop area of North Mesa beginning at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday due to underground line interference.

Underground main secondary lines faulted affecting a transformer and its power flow to the homes.

DPU’s on-call electric line men worked to restore power to half of the homes by 1:30 a.m. and repair work continued through the morning and the remaining homes had power by 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

LAMC Laboratory Receives CAP Accreditation

on January 3, 2013 - 6:40am

Feliciaño A. Jiron

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

LAMC CEO Feliciaño A. Jiron was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.

The LAMC Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more

Korea Increases Support of NNSA's Anti-Nuclear Smuggling Efforts

on January 3, 2013 - 6:38am

DOE and Korean officials sign a memorandum of understanding in 2010. Courtesy/NNSA News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Republic of Korea announced Wednesday that the Republic of Korea renewed its partnership to combat nuclear smuggling with a $300,000 contribution to support NNSA’s ongoing nonproliferation work in Azerbaijan.

The funding, provided by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and facilitated by the U.S.

Hazardous Fuels Treatment in Forest Begins Jan. 8

on January 3, 2013 - 6:37am

SNFN News:

The Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management plans a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment on the Forest for January and February.

Santa Fe Watershed, Espanola Ranger District:

  • Approximately 20 acres of piles are to be treated at any point in time in the Santa Fe Watershed from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable;
  • The pile burn location is approximately six miles east of Santa Fe, one mile east of McClure Reservoir;
  • The pile burn is expected to take place while snow is on the ground, which will help keep smoke levels low;
  • Smoke from the burning

Correctional Officer Treated for Smoke Inhalation

on January 2, 2013 - 9:51am

CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT News:

On Dec. 30, at approximately 4:50 p.m., an inmate housed at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, Alternative Placement Area intentionally set a fire in his cell for the purposes of causing himself harm.

The Special Operations Response Team responded immediately to extinguish the fire and rescue the inmate. After the fire was extinguished and the inmate was rescued, the entire pod was evacuated.

One of the team’s first responders was treated and released from an area hospital for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The inmate was

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 20 to Dec. 24, 2012

on December 31, 2012 - 7:20am

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.

 

CONNIE LEMON‑SANDOVAL

Dec. 20 at 12:03 a.m. / Police arrested Connie Lemon-Sandoval, 67, of Los Alamos near 38th Street and Villa and charged her with driving without a working tail light, driving without insurance and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Dec. 20 at 2:29 p.m.

'Katie's Law' Bill Clears Senate - Goes to President

on December 29, 2012 - 1:42pm
Katie Sepich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded last night's passage of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, a bill named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at the time, her killer Gabriel Avila  was not identified when he was arrested in 2003 for unrelated crimes.
 
It wasn't until three years later, after his conviction for other crimes, that his DNA was taken that identified him as

DWI Planning Council Meets Jan. 10

on December 28, 2012 - 7:52am

DWI PLANNING COUNCIL News:

The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council Meeting is set for 8:30 a.m., Jan. 10 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A.

The meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA:

Call to Order

II. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: 12/11/2012. (Minutes are available upon request by contacting the Los Alamos Police Department Records Division @ Police-Records@lacnm.us or 663-1741)

III. FY14 Allocation of Distribution Funds (Request/grant for LDWI Distribution Funds is due to the State in February 2013)

IV. Coordinator’s Report

V.

Column: New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

on December 28, 2012 - 7:42am
By B. Zerker
Weapons Specialist and Constitutionalist
Los Alamos

New Gun-Control ... Just Another Fool's Folly!

For the last few days, I’ve been hearing the endless cries of, “We need more gun-control!” “Ban those evil semi-automatic military assault-weapons! Nobody needs those for hunting!” “Ban all high-capacity magazines,!” etc., all of them now permeating the airwaves in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

I’ve also heard the statement in the past, and I’m paraphrasing, that our Second Amendment’s guarantee that a citizen’s "right to keep and bear arms" is no longer relevant these days

NNSA Conducting Radiation Survey Over Washington

on December 27, 2012 - 9:09am

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be flying a helicopter over portions of Washington, D.C., between Dec. 27, 2012, and Jan. 11, 2013.

The purpose of these flights is to measure naturally occurring radiation in the Washington, D.C., area.

The radiation assessment will cover approximately 70 square miles and NNSA will complete the assessment using a helicopter equipped with remote gamma radiation sensing technology.

The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the areas, 150 feet or higher above the ground surface, at a speed of

Column: Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am
Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II
Or, Yes, Dorothy, We Do Have a Double Standard Here
By Khalil Spencer

Well, the Bushmaster .223 caliber civilian assault rifle (i.e, a military spec rifle designed to deliver high rates of automatic fire in battlefield conditions, slightly modified to only fire semi-automatic but still capable of several rounds per second and often equipped with high capacity magazines) used to execute 20 elementary school students and six of their teachers made the news again this week, and this time much closer to (my) childhood home.

As reported in the NY

‘Tis the Season for Parking Lot Accidents

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am

Parking lot accident. Courtesy/State Farm

STATE FARM News:

  • State Farm Offers Tips for Driving and Parking this Holiday Shopping Season
You've just turned off a traffic-congested street and into the relative calm of a parking lot. Time to relax, right? Not really. During the holidays, parking lots at malls and supermarkets are packed, increasing the possibility of a fender bender.

About 20 percent of all vehicle accidents happen in parking lots, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

DEA Publishes Proposed Regs for Pill Disposal

on December 27, 2012 - 7:35am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Disposal of Controlled Substances in the Federal Register Dec. 21.  

The proposed regulations seek to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. 

That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or

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