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Letter to the Editor: Danger on the Main Hill Road

on September 4, 2013 - 7:29am
Los Alamos

I am writing in serious concern of all the big trucks using the Main Hill Road.

When are we going to put the trucks onto the Truck Route, where they belong?

Despite my frustration at being behind a big truck (or seven) creeping up the Main Hill Road, my main concern is their reckless descent: several times over the last two weeks I’ve been forced to hug the guardrail because of trucks coming down, faster than they should and crossing the center line, coming into my lane. 

One morning I counted seven trucks coming down and five of them were over the center line

County Announces Police Chief Candidate Names, Sets Public Meet/Greet Reception

on September 3, 2013 - 4:29pm

LAPD News:

Members of the public are invited to a reception Thursday, Sept. 12 to meet the top five candidates for Los Alamos County Police Chief.

The reception is 6-7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers inside the new Municipal Building, 1,000 Central Ave. Refreshments will be served. Candidates will be available 6-6:30 p.m. to visit informally with attendees. At approximately 6:30 p.m., each of the candidates will be asked to make brief remarks about their background, experience and why they believe they are the best candidate for the job.

At the close of the reception, members of the public

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 22–Aug. 28, 2013

on September 2, 2013 - 7:34am

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.



Aug. 22 at 11:34 a.m. / Police arrested Alissa Wallington, 21, of Santa Cruz at the police station on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Aug. 22 at 11:45 a.m. / Police arrested Urias Valdez, 42, of Velarde at the police station on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Photo unavailable from police.

Aug. 23 at 1:29 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: Concern Over Large Trucks on Main Hill Road

on September 2, 2013 - 7:33am
Los Alamos

I would like to voice my concerns over the use of the Main Hill Road by large construction trucks. 

Part of my exasperation comes from the delays these trucks are creating by using the road and traveling at 20 miles per hour. I don’t travel the road that much so my concerns center around the safety impacts.

I remember an incident that occurred 24-26 years ago when a large truck jackknifed on the Main Hill, killing a young man who left behind a wife and two small children.

Experienced Volunteer Ground Personnel Invited to Join Search for Firefighter in Jemez

on September 1, 2013 - 11:47pm

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police is heading up a Search and Rescue (SAR) effort in the Santa Fe Nat’l Forest near Jemez Springs to locate a firefighter, Token Adams, who went missing Friday while conducting size up for a new start in the forest. 

Volunteer SAR is proceeding, and experienced volunteer ground personnel are invited to join in this effort. 

Directions to the ICP are:

  • Head west on Rt. 4
  • Turn right onto 126
  • Turn left onto NF-376
  • Turn left onto NF-604
  • Turn right onto School House Mesa/604
  • Turn left onto Cebollita Springs NF-606 Look for a big clearing with emergency vehicles

Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 3

on September 1, 2013 - 7:27am

Non-County Projects of Significance:

Smith’s Marketplace: Contractor Utility Work on Trinity between Knecht and DP Road:

The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive will be closed between Knecht and DP Road starting Tuesday, Sept. 3. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. Alternate routes are recommended. This work will continue through November 2013.

Smith’s Marketplace: Truck Traffic on N.M. 502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac

Construction continues at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza through opening day in May 2014, which means

Locally Heavy Rainfall & Flash Flooding Threat Labor Day Weekend

on August 30, 2013 - 3:48pm
NWS News:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque would like to provide you with an update on the forecast of locally heavy rainfall and the potential for flash flooding this Labor Day Weekend. 
Due to a high pressure center aloft over our area, storms will be moving very slowly. In addition, a backdoor cold front will usher additional moisture into northeast portions of the state on Sunday then continue westward Sunday night into Monday beyond the central mountain chain.
This additional moisture will increase the potential for locally heavy rainfall and resulting flash

Statewide Lockdown of Jails Underway

on August 30, 2013 - 11:28am

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown on all prison facilities as part of the annual accountability and prisons assessment initiative.

This yearly event of locking down all facilities allows NMCD staff to examine our structures, security measures and policies to ensure our we are operating on the highest level of awareness and security.

"The public has placed their trust in our ability to serve them in a courageous, responsible, ethical, and dedicated way," Marcantel said. "To ensure we are keeping the public safe we must
turn the

More than 300 Cases of Pertussis Reported in New Mexico

on August 30, 2013 - 10:50am



  • Department of Health Encourages Vaccinations

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that 331 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported in New Mexico in 2013.

“Pertussis is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent pertussis.

CANCELED: AMBER Alert for 2-year-old New Mexico Girl

on August 30, 2013 - 9:05am

Update: AMBER Alert for Elyssia Cavazone-Salas is canceled as the child has been found safe. 

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas, 2, was last seen today, Aug. 29, in Alamogordo. She was taken by her aunt.

The child and the suspect are traveling in a 2008 Ford Escape, Blue/Green with New Mexico license plate #714-RKZ.

She and the suspect may be traveling to Ruidoso or Mescalero Indian Reservation in New Mexico.

The child is in danger due to the suspect's propensity to drink and use drugs.

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas:

  • Age: 2
  • Sex: Female
  • Skin: Native American
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 3'0

FBI, Navajo Police Ask for Public's Help in Gallup Death Investigation

on August 30, 2013 - 7:41am

Vincent Smith Jr.

FBI Alert:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating the death of a Navajo man from Arizona who was found lying in the weeds in a residential area on the Navajo Indian Reservation, in Gallup.

Vincent Smith Jr., 33, of St. Michael's, Ariz., was found with apparent head injuries on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 on Old Zuni Drive.

He was unresponsive and lying on the ground near his blue and tan Ford F-150 truck.

Smith was transported to Gallup Indian Medical Center, where he died later that day.

Anyone with information about the

LANL's Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan Available Year-Round for Comments

on August 29, 2013 - 1:06pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory revises its Hazardous Waste Community Relations Plan annually in compliance with its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515.) 

The website is available year round and LANL revises the plan in August to include necessary changes and comments it has received during the year. LANL welcomes public comments, which can be provided online via the Plan Comments Form

The updated  Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan and responses to comments will be posted Sept. 1. 

The attached form LANL CRP Public Comment Form.pdf

B61-12 Life Extension Program Radar Drop Tests Completed Successfully

on August 29, 2013 - 12:40pm

Pantex production technicians prepare a B61 for a surveillance test. The B61 is a tactical thermonuclear gravity bomb. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the ongoing effort to refurbish the aging B61 nuclear bomb without resorting to underground nuclear testing, two successful B61-12 radar drop tests were successfully completed at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on Aug. 14 and 15, 2013, by engineers from Sandia National Laboratories.

Current B61s use decades-old vacuum tubes as part of their radar system.

FBI Seeks Public's Help Locating Texas Bank Robber

on August 29, 2013 - 10:10am

FBI News:

The Kerrville Police Department and San Antonio FBI are seeking information regarding an unknown male subject wanted for two bank robberies in Kerrville, Texas last week.

Anyone seeing this individual in Los Alamos or the surrounding area or with information that may assist investigators in apprehending him should contact the Kerrville Police CIU at 830-257-8181 or the San Antonio FBI at 210-225-6741. Any and all information received will be kept confidential.

The robberies occurred Aug. 23. The first at approximately 4:07 p.m.

Breaking News Update: Los Alamos Police Responding to Possible Shooting Incident

on August 28, 2013 - 1:34pm

Update: Acting Chief Philmont Taylor told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago that the Office of the Medical Investigator is on the way to a residence on Barranca Mesa. Taylor anticipates releasing an official statement regarding the incident by 4 p.m. today.


Check back with for the contents of that statement.


Los Alamos Police are responding to a report of a possible shooting incident on Barranca Mesa.

Acting Chief Philmont Taylor is advising the public to steer clear of the area while the investigation is underway this afternoon.


Letter to the Editor: Murdered Schoolchildren Killed in 'Gun Free Zones'

on August 27, 2013 - 4:14pm
Parent of three LAHS graduates, and one current student

I must respond to Ms. Nancy Schick's letter complaining about the Los Alamos Schools leasing the old Pueblo gym to the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club for their Gun Show.

I find it appalling that Ms. Schick seems ignorant of the fact that that all of the murdered schoolchildren she alludes to were killed in “gun-free zones.” Perhaps we should re-name those areas “defenseless-victim zones” because that illustrates much more clearly their effect on the safety of our children.

I pray that in future we will have the

Fuller Lodge Work and Some Closures Continue in September

on August 27, 2013 - 3:09pm


As a reminder, the main portion of Fuller Lodge continues to be closed to the general public until Sept. 30 to allow for extensive work to occur in, under and above the Pajarito Room.

The Fuller Lodge office in the lobby of the Lodge, North Wing (Historical Society, Arts Council) and South Wing (Art Center and classes) and the 1st floor of the West Wing remain open. Each of the wings have work on-going throughout this timeframe and may result in some areas being temporarily closed for part of a day or an entire day. 

Entry is allowed into the main lobby of Fuller Lodge and

Letter to the Editor: Gun Show at Pueblo Complex: Irrelevant Battle of Style Rather than Substance

on August 26, 2013 - 11:32am
Los Alamos

Nancy Schick's editorial in Sunday's Los Alamos Daily Post boils down to one issue. She does not like guns, sees them only in the context of school shootings, and does not want the school district to be in any way associated with guns or a gun show. She is certainly entitled to her opinion, but her opinion should not be the basis of the Schools' policy.

First of all, I take issue with the tone of her essay.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 15–Aug. 19, 2013

on August 26, 2013 - 11:25am

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.

Aug. 15 at 8:09 a.m. / A Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of larceny on Canyon Road. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Aug. 16 at 5:58 p.m. / A 94-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone took his vehicle without permission on Monte Rey Drive North. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.


Aug. 16 at 11:07 p.m.

JJAB Co-sponsoring Holding Hope, Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week

on August 26, 2013 - 10:51am

Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 26

on August 25, 2013 - 7:48am


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at 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.

NNSA, China Sign Agreement to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling

on August 22, 2013 - 10:00am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently signed an agreement with the People’s Republic of China’s General Administration of China Customs (GACC) to renew cooperative efforts to deter, detect and interdict the illicit smuggling of special nuclear and other radiological materials.

The agreement was signed by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and China’s Minister of the GACC, YU Guangzhou, during the annual U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington.

“China plays a key role securing both regional and international maritime

Lightning Knocks Out Power to Hundreds of Los Alamos Homes

on August 21, 2013 - 10:34am

DPU News:

Lightning damaged two electric overhead wires at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive late Tuesday afternoon. 

Approximately 700 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers lost power when the two wires blew. 

Boundaries of the outage included the ski hill, Western Area, Denver Steels and neighborhoods around Los Alamos High School. Additionally, several small sporadic outages due to Tuesday’s storm also were reported on Chamisa, Andanada, Barranca and Urban streets.

DPU’s electric linemen responded, made repairs, and restored power by 4:46 p.m.

Consultant to Former New Mexico Secretary of State Gets 10 Years in Prison

on August 21, 2013 - 9:55am

FBI News:

U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson on Tuesday sentenced Armando C. Gutierrez, 65, of Corpus Christi, Texas, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his convictions for conspiracy, theft of government property, obstruction of justice, and money laundering.

Gutierrez was ordered to pay $2,500,483 in restitution to the state of New Mexico, including $746,375, which is to be paid jointly with co-defendant Joseph C. Kupfer, 50, of Rio Rancho.

Kiwanis Hears Talk on Signs of Domestic Violence from Los Alamos Family Council Officials

on August 20, 2013 - 3:56pm

The lunchtime program at today's Kiwanis meeting at Trinity on the Hill Church was presented by Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council and Jim Little who serves on the Family Council board. The topic of their presentation was 'What is Domestic Violence?' They talked about the signs of domestic violence and offered resources and assistance. The Los Alamos Family Council is soon to begin offering a program for domestic violence offenders. Photo by Katy Korkos