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Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Tours Thompson Ridge Fire Area; Meets With Residents

on June 2, 2013 - 12:05pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, visited the Thompson Ridge Fire area Saturday and said that it is predominately burning fuel on the forest floor and except for isolated spots, has not moved into the canopy thus far. Courtesy photo

During a tour Saturday, Sandoval County Deputy Fire Chief Jess Lewis points out to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard the site of the Thompson Ridge Fire back burn area where a containment line is being cut just inside the Valles Caldera property line. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with New Mexico

View of Thompson Ridge Fire From Santa Fe

on June 2, 2013 - 10:17am

The Thompson Ridge Fire at about 7 p.m., Saturday from just south of bypass 599 off Ridgetop Road in Santa Fe. Photo by Jim Gautier

Bandelier Enters Stage II Fire Restriction!

on June 2, 2013 - 9:58am

Ponderosa Campground. Photo by Sally King

BANDELIER News:

Stage II Fire Restrictions will go into effect for Bandelier National Monument at midnight Wednesday, June 5, and will remain in effect until weather conditions change. 

“These restrictions are a result of high fire danger, low fuel moistures, and regional fire preparedness level. We have been experiencing many warm windy days and these restrictions will reduce the threat of human caused fires in the monument,” Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Bandelier National Monument staff remind visitors that under Stage II fire

MODIS Images of Thompson Ridge Fire

on June 2, 2013 - 9:01am
MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) images of the Thompson Ridge Fire as of about 11 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Courtesy/Bill Knight, Los Alamos
 

Air Quality in the Jemez is Sketchy

on June 1, 2013 - 10:43pm

Thompson Ridge Fire at 3:29 p.m. today on N.M. 4 just above La Cueva at the mailboxes alongside Winter Road. Photo by Khal Spencer

Thompson Ridge Fire at 3:29 p.m. today from the heights along N.M. 126. Photo by Khal Spencer 

By KHAL SPENCER

I rode the BMW across the Jemez this afternoon to a point above La Cueva on N.M. 126. The air is a little smoky as you climb up to the Jemez on N.M. 4.

The worst of it right now is in the Caldera itself, which is literally a bowl of smoke and gets bad as you descend into the caldera. You can barely see Redondo.

Cone Zone: Week of June 3

on June 1, 2013 - 9:54am

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update: Week of June 3

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.

SFNF: Tres Lagunas Fire Closure Area

on June 1, 2013 - 9:11am

Thompson Ridge Wildfire Burns Onto Valles Caldera

on June 1, 2013 - 8:54am

Thompson Ridge Wildfire has burned onto Valles Caldera property. Photo by Brian McCool

Thompson Ridge Wildfire smoke billows high in the air as seen coming from North Mesa Friday. Photo by Khal Spencer

Thompson Ridge Wildfire smoke as seen looking west from 20th Street in downtown Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION News:

Thompson Ridge Wildfire

Start Date / Time: May 31 / 2:40 p.m.

Start Location: Jemez Springs, Thompson Ridge area

Latitude: 35 53.399

Longitude: 106 37.365

Cause of Fire: Tree on power line.

Area

Thompson Fire Erupts North of Jemez Springs

on May 31, 2013 - 6:14pm

Photo by Khal Spencer

NMFI News:

Firefighters are battling the Thompson Fire, which erupted at 2:40 p.m. today north of Jemez Springs. 

The fire started on private land and has burned onto some federal forest service property.

Crews report fire is creeping along the ground with occasional tree torching. Sandoval County VFDs, USFS engines on scene. Unknown number of homes in the area have been evacuated. It is not known how many people have been evacuated from these homes.

DETAILS:

Start Date & Time:  5/31/13 @ 2:40 p.m.

Start Location: Jemez Springs, Thompson Ridge area

Cause of Fire: Tree

Driver Cited in Crash with Atomic City Bus

on May 31, 2013 - 1:39pm

Police cited the driver of this Toyota Corolla a short while ago today for pulling out in front of an Atomic City Transit Bus and causing a collision. No injuries were reported at the scene near Trinity Drive and Central Avenue. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Damage sustained to the left front fender area of the Atomic City Transit Bus. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The driver of the Atomic City Transit Bus was not cited in today's crash near Trinity Drive and Central Avenue. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Tres Lagunas Fire Information

on May 30, 2013 - 9:52pm

EMNRD-FORESTRY News:

Incident Name: Tres Lagunas Fire

Start Date: May 30, 2013

Start Location: 10 miles north of Pecos, NM

Cause of Fire: Downed Powerline

Area Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Acres Burned: 500+

Ownership: Private

Structures Threatened: yes (unknown number)

Structures Burned: None

Evacuations (Y or N & #): yes, for structures north of the fire area – unknown number of structures

Situation: The fire is approximately one mile west of the Community of Tres Lagunas

Percent Contained: 0 percent

Temperature: 78

Relative Humidity: 24 percent

Wind Speeds: 24 MPH

Wind

Los Alamos Man Charged with Aerosol Abuse to Face Judge June 17

on May 29, 2013 - 3:15pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has released the booking photo for Matthew Weinman of Los Alamos, charged with aggravated DUI and glue or aerosol abuse or possession.

Several citizens spotted Weinman Sunday afternoon, driving his pickup in an unsafe manner, swerving on Los Alamos streets some five minutes before veering onto the sidewalk along Diamond Drive.

According to police, the 22-year-old drove approximately 100 feet before crashing through a fence and careening more than 50 feet into Pueblo Canyon behind the Los Alamos Baptist Church.

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 16–May 22, 2013

on May 27, 2013 - 12:08pm

Los Alamos Police Blotter:

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.

LINDA MARTINEZ

May 16 at 3:26 a.m. / Police arrested Linda Martinez, 52, of Santa Cruz on Trinity Drive on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

May 17 at 8:51 a.m. / Police charged a 13-year-old Santa Fe girl at Los Alamos Middle School with the unlawful carrying of a weapon on school grounds and referred her to the juvenile probation officer.

May 17 at

Driver Inhaling Fumes Careens Into Canyon

on May 27, 2013 - 12:01pm

The driver of the pickup seen in the middle of this photo was reportedly inhaling fumes from an aerosol can prior to careening into the canyon near the Los Alamos Baptist Church (in background) on Diamond Drive. Photo Courtesy Wayne Hardie

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Four traffic accidents occurred around Los Alamos Sunday

The driver of a pickup was seen swerving on Los Alamos streets some five minutes before he veered onto the sidewalk along Diamond Drive and drove approximately 100 feet before crashing through a fence and careening more than 50 feet into Pueblo Canyon

Cone Zone: Week of May 27

on May 27, 2013 - 12:00pm

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 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.

Vandals Splatter Red Paint at Pajarito Acres Home

on May 26, 2013 - 12:04pm
Homeowners Milt and Kathy Gillespie believe vandals splattered red paint around their property in response to their vocal opposition to the County water well drilling plan. Courtesy photo
 
More than 200 feet of concrete driveway as well as the Gillespie's carport, front porch and two flagstone walks and the hood and a headlight on their vehicle were spalttered with red paint. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Milt and Kathy Gillespie woke up Saturday to discover vandals had splattered red paint on the walkways, carport and vehicle at their Pajarito Acres home.

SFNF; Valles Caldera in Stage I Fire Restrictions

on May 25, 2013 - 7:24am

USFS News:

Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve entered Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m.Tuesday, May 14, due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.

The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

During Stage I fire restrictions,

Police Release Arrest Warrant Affidavits on Los Alamos Urologist Pavel Mourachov

on May 24, 2013 - 8:20am

Pavel V. Mourachov

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Police Department has released the two arrest warrants issued for the apprehension of Los Alamos urologist Pavel V. Mourachov.

The first Affidavit for Arrest Warrant, issued May 13, 2013 by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados, indicates there is probable cause that in September 2012, Pavel V. Mourachov "did commit the crime of aggravated assault of a household member ... a 4th degree felony." The warrant states that May 17, 2012, a Los Alamos police detective conducted an interview with Mourachov's wife.

Los Alamos Medical Center Issues Statement on Doctor's Arrest

on May 23, 2013 - 3:23pm

Pavel V. Mourachov

Staff Report:

Los Alamos Medical Center has issued the following statement regarding Wednesday's arrest of Los Alamos Urologist Pavel V. Mourachov:

"We share our community’s concerns about Dr. Mourachov’s arrest and the allegations that continue to come to light. Dr. Mourachov is not an employee of Los Alamos Medical Center and has had a limited practice at our hospital for some time. His medical privileges have been suspended. As the claims against Dr.

Living in Los Alamos With Large Predators

on May 23, 2013 - 3:22pm

Black Bear. Courtesy/NMG&F

COUNTY News:

Every spring and summer as the weather warms up, the County begins to receive more calls at the Animal Control Office regarding sightings or encounters with large predators.

What's a large predator? Large predators in Los Alamos County today include mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and coyotes. These large, powerful predators have lived here for eons, feeding on the plentiful prey and playing an important role in the ecosystem. You may live or play in habitats used by these predators. They can at times be dangerous.

Destructive Dirt Funnel Above Barranca School

on May 22, 2013 - 10:17pm

The destructive dirt funnel as it traveled above Barranca Mesa Elementary School today was captured on camera by a local citizen. The fierce wind ripped the roof off the school's gymnasium and dropped it on the library and playground area. Fortunately, the school was on its regular half-day Wednesdays so most children had left the campus. No one was injured in the event. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Today's Wind Event at Barranca

on May 22, 2013 - 5:26pm

Students, staff and teachers are evacuated from Barranca Mesa Elementary School as damage to the school is assessed after a freak wind storm today. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

A teacher's car suffers damage from the wind storm that hit Barranca Mesa Elementary this afternoon. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Barranca Mesa Elementary School Principal Pam Miller, center, informs firefighters that the main school buildings have been cleared. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos firefighters begin a walk of the campus to assess damage after today's freak wind

Classes Canceled Thursday and Friday at Barranca

on May 22, 2013 - 3:56pm

Today's strong wind bent this light pole and traffic sign in the parking lot at Barranca School. Photo by Janine Morales/YMCA

LAPS News:

Superintendent Gene Schmidt has officially announced that classes are canceled both Thursday and Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School due to damage caused by this afternoon's severe wind.

Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly has announced that the Y After School Program at Barranca is canceled Thursday and Friday as well.

The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish photos taken at the scene of the wind damage later today.

 

LAPS Superintendent: Huge Amount of Wind Energy Peeled Roof Off Barranca Gymnasium

on May 22, 2013 - 3:08pm

An incredibly strong 'wind event' peeled the roof off the gymnasium at Barranca Mesa Elementary School a short while ago today. Photo by Ryn Hermmann

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt, speaking atop the roof area at Barranca Mesa Elementary School just moments ago, confirmed to the Los Alamos Daily Post that no one was hurt despite massive damage from wind at the school today.
 
"This was a wind event that peeled off the gymnasium roof and laid it over on top of the library and playground of the preschool area," Schmidt said.

Breaking News: No Injuries as Wind Damages Barranca Elementary Roof

on May 22, 2013 - 2:06pm

BREAKING News:

Early reports indicate that severe wind damaged a portion of the roof in the 200 wing at Barranca Mesa Elementary School a short time ago.

There have been no injuries reported. Emergency responders are on scene as is Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

The Family YMCA After School Program has been canceled for today.

Check back for more details and photos from this developing story.

Roof damaged from wind today at Barranca Mesa Elementary School - no injuries reported. Courtesy/Gene Schmidt

A window was shattered on this car in the parking lot at Barranca Mesa Elementary

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