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Cheese and Popcorn Recalls Issued

on October 7, 2012 - 8:18am

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department issued press releases for recalls on two products sold in New Mexico.

Dale and Thomas Popcorn products were recalled including:

  • Aged White Cheddar
  • Almond Biscotti
  • American Cheese
  • Apple Crisp
  • Bacon Ranch
  • Black & White Drizzle
  • Caramel
  • Caramel Roasted Peanuts
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Cinnamon Sugar Drizzle
  • Dark Fudge Chocolate Chip Drizzle
  • Kettlecorn
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Wasabi Reserve

The products were distributed to various retailers, vendors, distribution centers and consumers through the Internet on or after Aug.

CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 7

on October 5, 2012 - 7:47pm
NMDOT Mill & Overlay on NM502 Continues
NM502 (Main Hill) to Los Alamos will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, and weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. while the NMDOT completes milling and paving operations.
 
If necessary, work will continue on Saturday, Oct. 13 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Work is occurring from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to De Colores and the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the townsite.

DEA’S Fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Nets Another Big Haul

on October 5, 2012 - 7:08am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– For the fifth time in two years, Americans emptied medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs and took them to collection sites located throughout the United States as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Last Saturday, Sept. 29, DEA’s state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, working at more than 5,263 locations, collected 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription medications from members of the public.
 
When added to the

FBI Volunteer Internship Program Seeks Applicants

on October 5, 2012 - 7:07am

FBI News:

The 2013 FBI Volunteer Internship Program (VIP) is open for students to apply through Oct. 22 at the following link: https://www.fbijobs.gov/239.asp

All applications will be processed through the FBI’s job website and students must meet the required qualifications at the time of submission.

Direct questions to the FBI Albuquerque Applicant/Recruiting Program via the main number, 505-889-1300.

Volunteer Internship Program Overview

The FBI Volunteer Internship Program is an unpaid internship opportunity that offers undergraduates (Junior or Senior), graduates or post-doctorate

Los Alamos Police Score Big Victory Against Local Drug Issues

on October 4, 2012 - 11:59am

Los Alamos Patrol Sgt. Andrew Goldie and Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris examine items confiscated as part of more than a year long investigation in which several drug arrests have been made related to the manufacturing and trafficking of methamphetamine. Courtesy/LAPD

Items confiscated by Los Alamos Police in local drug raids. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff report

The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations Division made two drug arrests Sept. 26 in Los Alamos County. 

This was part of a ongoing investigation that stemmed back more than a year ago in which several drug arrests were made due

Juveniles Ignite Fire Behind Manhattan Loop

on October 4, 2012 - 11:55am

LAPD News:

Two 12-year-old Los Alamos boys started a fire in the canyon behind Manhattan Loop at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Los Alamos Firefighters doused the blaze and identified the two boys. Los Alamos Police met with the boys and referred them to the juvenile probation officer.

The boys apparently set some leaves on fire, which quickly spread to the surrounding ground cover, according to the police report.

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said the fire scorched a 30 foot by foot area of land and that no structures were affected.

Police Nab Fleeing Motorcyclist Near LANL

on October 2, 2012 - 10:15am

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos police officers arrested Tyler Webb of Los Alamos Monday after he was seen heading southbound on Diamond Drive operating his yellow motorcycle at a high rate of speed.

Webb, 36, refused to pull over when Cpl. Monica Salazar-Casias pulled up behind him and flashed her patrol unit emergency lights, according to the statement of probable cause related to the case.

"At that time the motorcycle accelerated at a very high rate of speed," Salazar-Casias said. "I used different siren tones and followed him for 100-150 feet.

CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 1

on October 1, 2012 - 6:24am

NMDOT Mill & Overlay on NM502 Starts Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 2, NM502 (Main Hill Road) to Los Alamos will be closed weekdays and Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. while the NMDOT conducts a milling and overlay pavement rehabilitation project. Work will occur from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the townsite.

On Monday, Oct. 8, the roadway will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by Oct.

Operation Hilltopper: Active Shooter Loose at School

on September 28, 2012 - 8:34am

COUNTY News:

Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have for the past year been training personnel, polishing plans and tweaking equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise – an active shooter loose at a school. 

Operation Hilltopper, scheduled to commence at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to adequately respond to just such an event. 

Toward

Trinity & Oppenheimer Intersection Operating as 4-Way Stop Tuesday Oct. 2

on September 27, 2012 - 10:04am

COUNTY News:

Tuesday Oct. 2, the Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic Division staff will replace the traffic signal control cabinet at the Trinity and Oppenheimer intersection.

Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an expected completion of no later than 1 p.m. the same day.

During the replacement, the traffic signal will be dark and the intersection will operate as a four-way stop. Motorists should expect minor delays.

Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or email lacpw@lacnm.us.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 29

on September 27, 2012 - 9:06am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON As New Mexico continues to battle alarming prescription drug abuse rates, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is encouraging citizens to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, Sept. 29 and turn in unused or expired medication to locations in their communities.
 
The event, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will provide free, anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for safe medication disposal.
 
The Los Alamos Police Department is not participating in this

Council Approves Community Health Action Plan

on September 25, 2012 - 11:21pm

The Los Alamos County Council this evening approved 6-0 the Community Health Action Plan as prepared by the Los Alamos Community Health Council. Councilor David Izraelevitz was absent. From left, CHC Board President Mary Yamada, Contract Coordinator Anne Hays Egan and the County's Libby Carlsten. The Health Council is open to Los Alamos County organizations, groups and individuals. It meets the first Thursday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos in the large conference room on the first floor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lane Shift Today on East Road

on September 25, 2012 - 11:01am

Eastbound traffic on Trinity Drive will be shifted to the center dividing lane at the location where Trinity Drive turns into East Road today.

Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road will excavate into the road to tie the new line into the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities gas distribution system. 

Westbound traffic on East Road and Trinity will be unaffected. The lane shift for eastbound motorists will begin at the Central/Trinity fork until just before Canyon Drive on East Road. 

Work is anticipated to be complete by 6 PM that

Gas Safety-Annual Leak Survey Underway

on September 25, 2012 - 9:52am

DPU News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is conducting its regular annual maintenance survey of the natural gas distribution system.

“Every year, as required by the U.S. Department. of Transportation, we walk the gas lines comprising the county’s distribution network, to detect and repair gas leaks of any size,” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Gas, Water & Sewer, Timothy Glasco.

The DPU’s contractor, Fitzgerald and Associates can be seen beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Los Alamos and White Rock as follows:

the southern part of Los Alamos town site, (Eastern Area,

NNSA Completes Removal of High Security Special Nuclear Material from LLNL

on September 24, 2012 - 7:30am

Research at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory supports the nation's nuclear weapon Stockpile Stewardship Program as well as studies high energy density physics and astrophysical phenomena. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Friday that the last of the Security Category I/II special nuclear material items that required the highest level of security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have been removed.

LLNL’s primary mission will continue to be to ensure the safety,

CONE ZONE: Week of Sept. 24

on September 24, 2012 - 6:57am

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.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1

Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon is closed.

Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.

The work zone on Canyon Road is between NM502 to just south of Nugget.

Cebollita Fire Burning Three Miles West of La Cueva

on September 21, 2012 - 4:20pm

JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT News:

A fire was discovered today on the Jemez Ranger District three miles west of La Cueva.

Smoke from the Cebollita Fire is  visible to residents from La Cueva and Jemez Springs. Fuels on the ground are creating a fair amount of smoke.

The Cebollita Fire is at two acres and holding. An incident commander is on scene and two engines are enroute.

Cebollita Fire, Jemez Ranger District

Fire Name: Cebollita Fire

Time/Date Reported: 2:05 p.m. Sept. 21

Location: Approximately 3 miles west of La Cueva

Legal Description: 19N, 3E, Sec 19

Cause: Human-caused

Mosquito Dunks Available to Local Residents

on September 21, 2012 - 5:18am

COUNTY News:

Worried about mosquitoes and the West Nile virus lurking in the perennial puddles and soggy spots in your yard?

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has “mosquito dunks” available to the public at no cost.

The dunks are effective treatment for the elimination of mosquito larvae in standing water.

The dunks are available at the Parks Division Office located in the Pajarito Cliff Sites Complex, Building 5.

For additional information, call the Parks Division at 662-8159.

Visitors Suffer Heat Related Illness at Bandelier

on September 20, 2012 - 9:51pm

Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Today at approximately 2:45 p.m., Bandelier National Monument rangers responded to a report of two visitors from England suffering from what appeared to be heat exhaustion at the top of Alcove House located on the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon.

Bandelier staff called the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team from Station 5 to assist in evacuating the couple from the top of the steep trail.

The severity of the couple’s heat related illness was lessened by two visitors, one a physician from Taos and the other a nurse, who provided medical

Bandelier Assesses Paint Spill Effects on Park

on September 20, 2012 - 6:42am

A tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on N.M. 4, northwest of the junction of N.M. 4 and 501, missed a sharp curve and fell about 200 feet down a steep slope into Bandelier Tuesday spewing paint in all directions. CourtesyNPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument Park staff is in the process of identifying the toxicity of the paint and assessing its impacts to the environment that was splattered in the forest Tuesday when a tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on New Mexico State Highway 4, northwest of the junction of N.M.

N.M. 4 Semi Crash - Care Flight Landing

on September 18, 2012 - 4:46pm

Video from today's N.M. 4 semi-trailer crash showing Care Flight landing at the back gate of LANL.  This video was taken with a hand-held cell phone camera by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

CONE ZONE: Week of Sept. 17

on September 16, 2012 - 7:01am
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 http://www.losalamosnm.us/.
 
Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon is closed.  Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.
 
The work zone on Canyon Road is between NM502 to just south of Nugget.

Roundabout Under Construction Near Cities of Gold

on September 15, 2012 - 1:18pm

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District Five began construction Friday of a new roundabout at the intersection of West Gutierrez Street and Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque. 

The project includes installation of a new sidewalk with curb and gutter, improved drainage and new lighting.

Universal Constructors, Inc. of Albuquerque is the contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed in December.

The intersection of West Gutierrez Street and Cities of Gold Road will remain closed while work is in progress.

Motorists traveling northbound and

Jemez Ranger District to Start Fall Burning Program

on September 15, 2012 - 6:58am

JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT News:

Santa Fe – The Jemez Ranger District will begin implementing two prescribed burns including the Guacamalla Pile burn located near the Ponderosa Camp Ground and the Vallecitos Broadcast Burn located off N.M. 4 nearer to the Valle Caldera southwest corner.

These projects will be implemented after Sept. 17, conditions permitting. Due to the location and elevation it will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountain area.

The burns are being implemented to manage hazardous fuels, to provide community protection along with maintaining forest and

East Road Lane Closure Changed to Friday

on September 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

DPU News:

Due to weather, officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities have indicated that a lane closure scheduled to occur Thursday, Sept. 13 will now occur Friday, Sept 14. 

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the eastbound traffic lane on East Road near Los Alamos County Fire Station 6 and Tewa Loop will close. 

Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road will excavate into the closed lane to tie the new line into the gas distribution system. 

No interruption of gas services is expected.

A flagging operation will permit traffic to

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