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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

Preparing for Rain Storms

on June 18, 2013 - 9:47am

Rain clouds loom as sun beams shower down on the Jemez Mountains Saturday as seen heading west toward Los Alamos from the Pojoaque Valley. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BAER News:

Preparing for Rain Storms

JEMEZ SPRINGS - The recent Thompson Ridge Fire that burned on the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Forest Service, and private lands, changed the watersheds within the burned area.

The wildfire increased the potential for flash flooding and mudflows that could impact several communities, homes, roads, and other infrastructures adjacent to and downstream from the burned area.

Public Invited to Comment on STIP

on June 18, 2013 - 5:54am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s implementation of the 2014-2017 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP.)

The program will serve as the new four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program.

The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required by federal regulation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations.)

The NMDOT has posted the 2014-2017 STIP on the internet asking for public comment until July 18, 2013. In addition, the NMDOT

Breaking News: Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy Announces His Retirement

on June 17, 2013 - 1:48pm

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy announced his retirement today.

"My doctors tell me I'm not going to fully recover from my stroke so I've decided it's time for me to retire," Torpy told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago. "My effective retirement date will be sometime in early fall to allow the County time to conduct a search for a new police chief."

Chief Torpy suffered a stroke several months ago and underwent open heart surgery a few weeks ago.

He arrived in Los Alamos from Florida

Thompson Ridge Fire: Minimal Activity Expected Today as Crews Continue Rehab, Mop Up, Perimeter Patrol

on June 17, 2013 - 9:48am

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline: Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 80 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 7 crews, 12 engines, 12 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 526 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: For the third consecutive day, fire activity was restricted to unburned fuels within the interior where a total of four acres have burned since Friday.

Oh Hail! Friday's Storm Blankets Los Alamos

on June 16, 2013 - 12:10pm
Hail shreaded the garden at Earl Hoffman's home in Los Alamos Friday. Photo by Earl Hoffman
 
Hail covers the sidewalk and street at the Cam and JoAnn Campbell residence on 35th Street Friday afternoon. Courtesy photo
 
Hail covers
Diamond Drive at about 1:45 p.m. Friday near the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Ryn Herrmann
 

NMDOT: Delivery of 910,000 Lb. Transformer to Cause Roadblock Tuesday

on June 16, 2013 - 10:30am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation, State Police and Motor Transportation Police will be working together to coordinate the transport of a 910,000 lb. transformer for Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. 

The transformer will be driven on a 20’ x 290’ trailer from Santo Domingo Pueblo to Chili (north of Espanola) beginning Tuesday, June 18 and arriving at its final destination the next day. The transport trailer will take up two lanes along the route and will travel at speeds varying from 5 to 30 mph.

The transport will begin Tuesday at 9 p.m.

BAER Team Assembled To Assess Fire Damage

on June 16, 2013 - 10:10am

SFNF News:

Rehabilitation of fire damage will be addressed by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.

Specialists of different disciplines will work with the various agencies and pueblos affected by the Thompson Ridge Fire to assess damage and recommend actions to protect the burned area and mitigate hazards.

A BAER team is established for all fires greater than 300 acres. The BAER team leader is typically selected by the Forest Supervisor in late spring, at the start of the fire season. This leader initiates action when the fire is about 60 percent contained.

Isolated Thunderstorms Shower Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight - Now 80 Percent Contained - Allowing Some Crews To Return Home

on June 16, 2013 - 9:42am

Smoldering from the Thompson Ridge Fire remains visible on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 80 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 8 crews, 22 engines, 17 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 602 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Last night interior fuel continued to burn but no new growth or interior runs were observed.

Cone Zone: Week of June 17

on June 16, 2013 - 8:35am

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please 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 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:

RMCI continues to use a 15-passenger van to transport pedestrians through the Canyon Road construction site. The van circulates every 5 to 7 minutes while RMCI is working, typically 7 a.m. to 5-7 p.m.

No New Growth On Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight

on June 15, 2013 - 12:57pm

The sun sets Friday looking west from the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond toward the direction of the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 24,032; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 75 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 13 crews, 29 engines, 29 water tenders, 3 dozers; Total personnel: 763 and Available air support: 5 helicopters.

Summary: Last night fire activity was minimal, and there was no new growth on the fire.

Hail Scenes From Walnut Street

on June 15, 2013 - 12:00pm

Hailstones fill the sidewalk at a Walnut Street residence Thursday following a brief storm. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Hailstones cover the front yard of a Walnut Street residence Thursday. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Rain and Hail Hammer Los Alamos

on June 14, 2013 - 2:05pm

Rain and hail hammer Los Alamos today. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

NWS Report

Doppler radar registered heavy rain at 1 p.m. today from slow moving thunderstorms between Canones and Los Alamos.

These storms are moving slowly southeast. Rainfall amounts of 1/3 to 1/2 inch are possible over portions of the northern extent of the Las Conchas burn scar, including Santa Clara Canyon.

Hail fell across Los Alamos today. Courtesy photo

Current Los Alamos weather:

  • Humidity: 56 percent
  • Wind Speed: NW 9 G 23 mph
  • Barometer: 30.21 in
  • Dewpoint: 45°F (7°C)
  • Visibility: 10 miles

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