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Don’t Let a D.W.I. Crash Your Holidays

on December 20, 2012 - 7:49am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The holidays are here and that means celebrations and parties, many of which include punched up eggnog, champagne and even hot toddies. 

While we’re not saying don’t enjoy yourself, we are saying do NOT get behind the wheel of a car after enjoying these or any other alcoholic beverages. Not even one.

Most people assume the standard breath/blood alcohol content for a D.W.I.

Letter to the Editor: Oh, What To Do ...

on December 20, 2012 - 7:39am
By JJ Maier
Los Alamos

This is a mental health crisis brought to the front by an horrific tragedy.

We must undo the damage done by the Reagan and subsequent administrations/congresses when they eliminated the mental health help/care we were providing to people in need.

Because this is such a complex and mea culpa issue, the media and many short-sighted folks will try to make it a gun issue, which is way simpler.

Take away all guns and mentally sick folks will use knives and rocks. Please, let’s get this runaway train on the right track at least. Thank You!


 

 

Twelve Holiday Fire Horrors

on December 20, 2012 - 7:32am
STATE FARM News:
 
The holiday season is the time of year when most people are thinking about shopping for gifts, office parties and spending time with family and friends.
 
Sadly, this is also the time when home fires peak. Approximately one-third of home fires and home fire deaths occur during December, January and February.
 
State Farm® reminds consumers that the potential for a home fire is highest during the winter months.
 
A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that nearly 50 percent of Americans age 23 and over increased their chances of a home fire because

More Snow Hits Local Area

on December 19, 2012 - 7:43am

Snow is falling over the area including this neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 8 to Dec. 12, 2012

on December 17, 2012 - 8:11am

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.

Dec. 8 at 4:45 p.m. / A 71-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 2000 block of 47th Street. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Dec. 10 at 11:25 a.m. / A 76-year-Los Los Alamos man on Los Pueblos reported that he was the victim of fraudulent use of his credit card. The estimated loss is $300.

Dec. 10 at 5:22 p.m.

A Reminder from Los Alamos County’s Snow Control Center…

on December 17, 2012 - 7:56am

Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Winter is here and Los Alamos County officials are asking residents to keep the following safety tips in mind:

Stay informed. Road condition updates, closings and delays will be broadcast on several popular regional TV and radio stations. Tune to the County’s emergency broadcast station (1610AM) or local KRSN 1490AM. You can find information about road conditions for State highways by calling 1-800-432-4269. Whenever possible, the County’s webpage will also list any County-related early closings, cancellations or delays (www.losalamosnm.us).

Be alert. During

County Reminds Motorists of Safety Considerations

on December 16, 2012 - 8:27am

COUNTY News:

Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle. Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

  • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail
  • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout
  • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond Drive
  • At

Obama Delivers Statement on Mass Shooting

on December 15, 2012 - 10:05am

President Obama delivers a statement regarding the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

WHITE HOUSE News:

President Barack Obama made the following statement Dec. 14, from the White House Briefing Room on the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.:

We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would -- as a parent. And that was especially true today.

Many Events Have Been Canceled

on December 14, 2012 - 3:03pm
SCHOOL News:
 
Residents should call ahead before venturing out to any meetings or events today and tomorrow because there have been many cancelations around the community.
 
The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department issued the following cancelations:
  • High school wrestling at Capital canceled on Saturday.
  • Mid school wrestling canceled at Las Vegas on Saturday.
  • Boys varsity basketball will not play today or tomorrow in Academy tournament.
  • Girls spent the night and will play tomorrow.
  • Mid school girls basketball tournament is canceled today and tomorrow.

Also, tonight's performance of

Residents Reminded to Keep Sidewalks Clear

on December 14, 2012 - 12:36pm

COUNTY News:

During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks. The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. 

Sidewalk priorities are listed below:

  1. Safe routes to

NMDOT Update on N.M. 502

on December 14, 2012 - 11:40am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reports that N.M. 502 is open at the present time.

 

Inclement weather forced the closure of N.M. 502 for a short time earlier today.
 
Because the situation can change at anytime, NMDOT is asking motorists to check with nmroads.com before traveling to determine which roads are closed.
 
To learn changes to New Mexico Park and Ride bus schedules, visit nmparkandride@state.nm.us.
 

Motorists Urged to Stay Home Today

on December 14, 2012 - 11:19am

LAPD News:

With this morning's snowstorm creating dangerous conditions on local roadways, Los Alamos Police are urging motorists to stay home if possible.

Police report that so far they have not encountered vehicle accidents but they are inundated with reports of vehicles stuck in the snow.

 

County Clarifies Today's Facility Closure Information

on December 14, 2012 - 10:00am

All County facilities close at noon today including the Administrative Offices, the 311 Center, plus County recreation/community centers such as the Aquatic Center, Los Alamos Golf Course, the Ice Rink and the Los Alamos and White Rock public libraries.

Transit will make its last transit run at noon to White Rock, Barr Mesa, North Mesa, etc., with no additional Transit services after that last noon time run.

Trash trucks will complete trash pick up but not recycle pick up today. The Eco Station closes at noon.

Park and Ride Alert: N.M. 502 Closure Alters Bus Routes

on December 14, 2012 - 9:50am
NMDOT PARK AND RIDE ALERT: BLUE, GREEN, PURPLE ROUTES - ROAD CLOSURE- EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012.
 
Inclement weather has forced the closure of N.M. 502. As a result, the following buses will not be able to complete their routes.
 
Blue Route:
  • Departing the South Capitol Station at 6:45 a.m.
  • Departing the South Capitol Station at 7:47 a.m.
  • Departing the Mesa Public Library at 8 a.m.
  • Departing Mesa Public Library at 8:52 a.m.
 
Green Route:
  • Departing Espanola at 7:32am
  • Departing Mesa Public Library at 8:12 a.m.
 
Purple Route:
  • Departing NM 599 Station at 7:31a.m.
Additional

County Closing at Noon Today Due to Snowstorm

on December 14, 2012 - 9:21am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has announced that it will close at noon today due to the snowstorm falling on the area.

Snowstorm Forces School Closures

on December 14, 2012 - 9:10am

LAPS News:

Because of the unexpected severity and late arrival of this morning's snow storm, Superintendent Gene Schmidt has announced that at 10 a.m. today he is closing all seven elementary schools and at 10:30 a.m. today he is closing Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School.

Severe Weather Conditions Have Closed Bandelier

on December 14, 2012 - 8:52am

NPS News:

Bandelier National Monument has announced it has closed today due to snowy conditions, Rod Torrez said.

The employee Christmas Party is still on for this evening. In case there are changes, call 505-672-3861, ext 517 before going.

Letter to the Editor: To Catch A Thief

on December 14, 2012 - 7:22am
By Nancy Coombs, Marketing Director
Fuller Lodge Art Center

On behalf of the staff at Fuller Lodge Art Center I'd like to extend a heart-felt "thank you" to our volunteer Deborah Stone-Richard and to the Los Alamos Police Department for their efforts in chasing and apprehending a shoplifter on Nov. 28.

Although our staff was suspicious that the woman was pocketing items as she walked around the gallery/gift shop, there was no direct evidence of theft inside the shop.

Deborah's shift ended just as the woman left the Art Center, and she chose to follow her.

Winter Snow Moves Into Area

on December 14, 2012 - 6:34am

A black raven wall plaque stands out against snow sprinkling down on White Rock early this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS News:

Today: The National Weather Service is forecasting that Los Alamos will experience rain and snow showers, becoming all snow after 11 a.m. today with a high near 37. Breezy conditions will continue with a south wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of snow

Human Rights Organization Receives the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

on December 13, 2012 - 9:39am

FBI Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee presents the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award to Regina Turner, founder and executive director of New Mexico Human Rights project. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

Albuquerque FBI Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee presented the 2012 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award today to New Mexico Human Rights Projects.

Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices annually selects an individual or organization to receive this award, which honors efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in America.

“I am proud and humbled to accept the FBI

Water Main Break on Trinity Drive Repaired

on December 13, 2012 - 9:11am

Illustration.

DPU News:

Eastbound traffic was reduced to one lane Wednesday on Trinity Drive in the vicinity of 37 Street following a water main break.

The break was reported around 8 p.m. Tuesday. In frigid temperatures, gas, water and sewer crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities worked through the night and into the early morning to dig up the 12-inch line and complete repairs by 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, with no loss of water to residents.

Los Alamos County’s Roads and Streets Division assisted in completing backfilling and patching of the road before for the evening rush

NNSA, Los Alamos County Revised Fire Protection Agreement a Win-Win

on December 12, 2012 - 11:02am

Shaking hands recently on a modified Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement are from left, LASO's Kevin Smith, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and County Administrator Harry Burgess. Courtesy/LAC

NNSA/COUNTY News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) recently modified the Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement to ensure world-class emergency response capabilities for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Los Alamos County.

County Administrator Harry Burgess and Manager Kevin Smith of NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office signed the agreement

NNSA Completes Removal of All HEU From Austria

on December 12, 2012 - 8:17am

Anne Harrington

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), the Vienna University of Technology, and the Government of Austria Tuesday announced the successful return of all remaining U.S.-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) nuclear reactor fuel from Austria to the United States.

This makes Austria the 22nd country that has worked with GTRI to remove all HEU from its territory.

“The completion of this project with Austria is another important step in the global effort to minimize the civilian use of HEU

Driver Cited for DUI in Monday's 3-Car Crash

on December 11, 2012 - 9:34am

Police issue charges in this three-vehicle collision Monday on Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police have issued charges against one of the driver's in Monday evening's three-vehicle collision on Trinity Drive near Timber Ridge Road.

Geraldine Quintana of Santa Fe has been charged with one count of aggravated DUI, one count of abandonment or abuse of a child and one count of careless driving.

"Our investigation finds that a 2000 Toyota sedan driven by Alice Gutierrez attempted to make a left turn on Timber Ridge when it was struck from

Three Car Crash Slows Evening Commute on Trinity

on December 10, 2012 - 6:23pm

Three cars involved in a crash this evening on Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

A three car crash occured at Trinity Drive and Timber Ridge Road at approximately 5:25 p.m. today. Two drivers in sedans involved in the wreck were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center for possible treatment. 

Ken Will, was the third driver involved. He was operating a white truck and told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene that he "was in the right lane and the blue Toyota sedan was stopped to turn (on Timber Ridge Road.) The lady in the silver Chevrolet sedan was

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