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Local Woman Reports Man Tied Her Up Near College

on January 31, 2013 - 1:08pm

Staff report

Los Alamos police charged a Los Alamos woman overnight with making false claims and they have issued her a summons to appear in court.

Genevieve M. Salas, 20, told police that a tall Hispanic man in a dark hoodie jumped out of nowhere and threw her over his shoulder as she approached her car in the UNM-LA parking lot around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Salas stated that the man told her to be quiet as he carried her over his shoulder to the Western Area Park near the north side of the tennis courts, dropped her on the ground, bound her hands and legs with black electrical

Thank You Los Alamos Fire Department for 'Just Doin' Your Job'

on January 30, 2013 - 6:10am

Courtesy photo

School Bus Service Alert! No Bus Service into Quemazon Today!

on January 29, 2013 - 7:48am

LAPS News!

Bus Service Alert! There will be no bus service into Quemazon today, Jan. 29.

Chamisa Update - Today, Tuesday Jan. 29, classes are again cancelled for Kindergarten through Third Grade at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.

"As you may know, we have had to cancel grades K-3 at Chamisa because of water damage to rooms following the recent wet weather. Because safety of students and staff is important, we felt it best to cancel these grades while we thoroughly investigated the water damage to the classrooms.

Pinon School 'Tagged' by Vandals

on January 28, 2013 - 5:35pm

LAPS News:

By DR. Gene Schmidt
Superintendent of Schools

On Saturday evening, Jan. 25, Pinon Elementary School was “tagged” by vandals. The graffiti consisted of a number of vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases.

As a community, we should not put up with this senseless disregard and marring of our public property. As such, I asked Kevin Honnell, Los Alamos School Board President, to convene a special Board meeting at Pinon Elementary at 5 p.m., Jan. 30 to discuss the district’s response to vandalism.

During the meeting, it is my intent to request the School Board post a $1,000

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 17 to Jan. 23, 2013

on January 28, 2013 - 2:30pm

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.

Jan. 17 at 10:16 a.m. / A 68-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 2800 block of Villa Street. The estimated loss is more than $20,000. The matter is under investigation.

KENDALL CHRISTENSEN

Jan. 17 at 1:25 p.m. / police arrested Kendall Christensen, 35, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on a Municipal Court Warrant for violating his probation.

 

Beware of Clever Scam

on January 28, 2013 - 9:20am

From a local reader

There is a new and clever credit card scam. This scam is very clever so be very careful out there as one could easily fall for this ... beware of people bearing gifts.

 Someone it happened to says it works like this:

Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone who said that he was from some outfit called: "Express Couriers" asking if I was going to be home because there was a package for me, and the caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour.

And sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful

Police Arrest Probation Violator at Ashley Pond Park

on January 27, 2013 - 11:42am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jeff Regenold, left, and Commander Jason Wardlow Herrera question Jesus Velazco at Ashley Pond Park Friday afternoon after the suspect called 911 to report that he had a gun and was headed to the park. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Commander Jason Wardlow Herrera checked the jacket of Jesus Velazco for a gun at Ashley Pond Park Friday after the suspect called 911 to say he had a gun and "no one is going to take me in when I let my dog off leash." Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

Jesus Antonio Velazco

By Carol A. Clark

Threats to

RECALL NOTICE: Hunt's 8 Oz. Tomato Sauce

on January 25, 2013 - 10:50pm

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environmental Department has issued a recall notice for Hunt's Tomato Sauce because the product was packaged in cans containing a defect in the inner lining.

There is no food safety concern associated with the product, but the can defect may cause the can to swell and the product to spurt out when opened.

RECALL NOTICE

TO: ALL New Mexico Environment Department District and Field Offices

FROM: Johnathan Gerhardt, NMED Food Specialist, District 1

DATE: Jan. 25, 2013

SUBJECT: FOOD RECALL – CLASS I, FOOD RECALL – CLASS II and FOOD RECALL – CLASS III

PRODUCTS: 8

Luján Cosponsors Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act, Calls for Swift Passage

on January 23, 2013 - 5:28pm

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján joined as an original cosponsor of legislation introduced today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

Passed 19 years ago, this landmark legislation focused the resources, time, and energy of federal, state, and local law enforcement on the task of preventing and stopping domestic abuse, while providing victims of violence with critical services and assistance.

"It was with great disappointment that the 112th Congress came to an end without action on a bipartisan reauthorization that addressed domestic

Officers From 1980 NM Penitentiary Riot Honored

on January 23, 2013 - 8:12am
Former Corrections Officer Valentine Martinez, center, was honored Jan 21 and seen here with his wife, Angelina Martinez and far left, Gov. Susana Martinez and NMCD Cabinet Secretary Gregg Marcantel. Courtesy/NMCD
 
NM Corrections Department News
 
SANTA FE – Monday Jan. 21, Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel honored the Corrections Officers involved in the 1980 Penitentiary of New Mexico Prison Riot.
 
“As painful as it is to remember the 1980 riot is a part of this State’s history,” the governor said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2013

on January 21, 2013 - 10:02am

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.

Jan. 10 at 4:17 a.m. / Police received a report from Los Alamos National Bank of criminal damage to property in the 2000 block of Trinity Dr. the estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Jan. 10 at 5:11 p.m. / Police received a report from a 20-year-old Los Alamos man that he was the victim of fraud in the 4900 block of N. Sol. The estimated loss is less than $100.

Jan. 11 at 8:08 a.m.

Survey Reveals Only One in 10 Drivers Keep Essential Emergency Supplies in Vehicle

on January 18, 2013 - 7:34am

STATE FARM News:

Bloomington, Ill., — Finding yourself stranded in your car due to treacherous conditions like snow, ice, poor visibility and slick roads only to discover you have junk in the trunk, rather than the necessary roadside emergency supplies, can place you and your family in jeopardy.

According to a new survey by State Farm® and KRC Research, more than 60 percent of drivers had some sort of “junk” (non-emergency supplies) in their trunk ranging from extra clothes and shoes to used food or drink containers.

While 99 percent of drivers had at least one emergency supply in their

Former New Mexico State University Student Sentenced to Prison for Making False Bomb Threats

on January 18, 2013 - 7:31am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Thursday morning, Jan. 17, a federal judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico sentenced Daud Anwar, 30, of Albuquerque to 24 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his conviction for making false bomb threats.

Anwar’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

SAC Carol K.O. Lee

On March 21, 2012, Anwar was charged with using electronic communication devices on March 3, 2011, to falsely claim that buildings on the New Mexico State

NNSA, Maryland Partner to Improve Radiological/NuclearSecurity, Emergency Preparedness and Response

on January 17, 2013 - 10:36am

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State of Maryland today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to strengthen efforts to prevent, mitigate and respond to radiological/nuclear threats and incidents in Maryland.

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the MOU, providing a strategic framework for areas of ongoing collaboration between NNSA and the State of Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

“This agreement represents the

Luján Writes Napolitano on REAL ID Implementation

on January 17, 2013 - 8:56am

Secretary Janet Napolitano

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS:

WASHINGTON D.C.U.S.Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday urging the department to provide New Mexico with policy options that respect the state's need to ensure that drivers carry insurance and comply with the REAL ID Act.

Below is the text of the letter:

January 16, 2013

Secretary Janet Napolitano
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528


Secretary Napolitano,

I appreciated working with you and your staff in the days and

A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers

on January 16, 2013 - 11:37am

A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers
By Daren Savage

Then-Senator Joe Biden noted during the Democratic primary debate on Apr. 26, 2007, “We have let the country down in the way in which we have not focused on mental illness,” Biden said. “We should know that when you send a kid to college, you're going to be safe on college.”

“My wife is a doctor of education, a teacher at a community college,” Biden said.

Black Carbon Much Larger Cause of Climate Change Than Previously Assessed

on January 15, 2013 - 9:22am

Cutting back on emissions from diesel engines could slow global warming immediately, according to a new study. Courtesy/EPA

Schematic overview of the primary black carbon emission sources and the processes that control the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. Courtesy/ AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—Black carbon is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this pollutant’s climate impact..

The

Suspect Sought in Robbery of Bank of Albuquerque Branch

on January 15, 2013 - 6:35am

Courtesy/FBI

UPDATE: Anastacio Amador, 39, of Albuquerque, was arrested Monday, Jan. 14 in connection with the robbery of the Bank of Albuquerque at 3301 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Amador is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Tuesday. FBI special agents, with the assistance of Albuquerque Police officers, apprehended Amador during a traffic stop.

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed the Bank of Albuquerque branch at 3301 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque Saturday, Jan. 12.

The suspect is

Caution: Winter Weather Making Travel Dicey

on January 14, 2013 - 3:28pm

Snow was blowing in downtown Los Alamos about four hours ago. Courtesy photo

NMDOT News:

Santa Fe - A winter storm moving across New Mexico is causing dicey travel conditions for parts of the state.  

Snow has hit the Albuquerque metro area as well as much of northeast New Mexico, causing slick roads. 

Due to the low temperatures, the snow is not melting. The National Weather Service is predicting the conditions will worsen between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Santa Rosa and down through Vaughn within the next few hours.

The New Mexico Department Of Transportation is

Bandelier Staff Leave Early Due to Snow

on January 14, 2013 - 3:01pm
Courtesy photo
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier National Monument authorized an early-release for all non-essential staff at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 14.
 
The Monument has been experiencing light to moderate snowfall all day, with some accumulation on the roads.
 
At 1:30 p.m., the conditions on N.M. 4 were still acceptable for safe driving, but snowfall is continuing to intensify.
 
Although the Visitor Center will close early, the Monument will remain open with no fees being collected to allow visitors to continue to access and enjoy the park in the snow.
 
Visitors are advised to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, 2013

on January 14, 2013 - 8:52am

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.

Jan. 3 at 8:36 a.m. / A 63-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property in the 100 block of Mariposa Court. The estimated loss is unknown.

Jan. 3 at 12:20 p.m. / CB FOX Department Store in the 1700 block of Central Avenue reported that someone paid for merchandise with bad checks. The matter is under investigation.

GARY SHAW

Jan. 4 at 3:05 a.m.

Prolonged Frigid Blast Blankets Los Alamos

on January 12, 2013 - 8:07am

Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

A potent cold front that surged across New Mexico Friday with strong gusty winds and areas of light snow will usher in a prolonged blast of well below normal temperatures through early next week.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) explains that a large upper level trough of low pressure taking shape over the western United States will remain nearly stationary over the region through early next week.

Temperatures will average 15 to 20 degrees below normal through at least Wednesday.

While no record breaking low temperatures are expected, this

NNSA Holds Radiation Emergency Consequence Management Training in Israel

on January 11, 2013 - 9:49am

Soreq Nuclear Research Center is an applied R&D Institute affiliated to the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. Courtesy/Soreq.gov

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week conducted a training course on Consequence Management (I-CM) in Israel.

The training was held in the Soreq Nuclear Research Center and was attended by 25 Israeli participants.

“The training is part of an ongoing bilateral cooperation between NNSA and Israel,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol.

High Wind Warning

on January 11, 2013 - 7:43am

Courtesy/NWS
Courtesy/NWS

NWS News: A VIGOROUS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE IMPACTING NEW MEXICO WITH VERY STRONG WINDS ALOFT AND A DEEP AREA OF SURFACE LOW PRESSURE. LOCATION...JEMEZ MOUNTAINS...SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS...ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS...CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN SUMMITS AND ADJACENT EASTERN SLOPES...THE SANTA FE AND ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREAS...AND ALL OF THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO. HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

Burst Pipes Most Common in Mountain Towns

on January 11, 2013 - 6:43am
STATE FARM News:

New Mexico is bracing for colder temperatures during the next few days with the possibility that many areas of the state will experience temperatures in the below the 20 degree mark- during the night time hours. Many areas of the state face a hard freeze.

When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break.

Messy and expensive water losses from burst frozen pipes are more common in mountain towns but all residents have the potential to be caught off guard by a sudden drop in

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