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Road Work on N.M. 4 - Bicyclists Beware

on July 18, 2012 - 7:59pm

Courtesy photo

New tar and gravel are being spread on N.M. 4 between the entrance to Bandelier National Monument and N.M. 501 to the Los Alamos turn off.

The New Mexico Transportation Department is requesting that bicyclists using N.M. 4 heed flaggers just as motorized vehicles must do.

There are reports that some bicyclists are ignoring the flaggers and are ending up between heavy equipment where it is not advisable to be located.

Cone Zone Alert: County to Close Portions of Central Avenue on Thursday

on July 18, 2012 - 3:37pm


In order to complete the final stages of utility water line work and installation of curb, gutter, drive pads, ramps and sidewalks associated with the new Municipal Complex, the Contractor will close westbound Central Avenue from 9thStreet to the new construction site entrances near Knecht Street at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19.

Westbound traffic on Central Avenue will be detoured onto 9th Street - north to Iris, then west to 15th Street.

The southbound lane of 9th Street will be intermittently closed between Iris and Central Avenue for curb, paving, utility

Sheriff Conducts Sex Offender Address Verifications

on July 18, 2012 - 9:38am


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero checks his file during Monday's compliance verification operation, which the Sheriff's Office conducted throughout Los Alamos County to ensure that local registered sex offenders continue to reside at the address they have listed with the Sheriff's Office. Lucero said that his office was able to confirm compliance in all cases. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Deputy Sheriff John Horne, left, and Sheriff Marco Lucero at the home of a registered sex offender during the department's address verification operation Monday.

16 Countries Take Part in NNSA Radiation Medical Training in Vienna

on July 17, 2012 - 6:31am

NNSA News:

Emergency responders. Courtesy/NNSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Participants from 16 countries took part in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) international radiation medical (I-MED) training course last week in Vienna, Austria. The training was hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Joseph J. Krol, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired), is the Associate Administrator for NNSA's Office of Emergency Operations. Courtesy/NNSA

“The course instructed medical responders on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation incident,” said

DEA Uncovers Cross-Border Drug Smuggling Tunnel

on July 16, 2012 - 6:56am
Cross-border tunnel discovered in San Luis, Ariz. Courtesy/DEA
Exterior view of entryway to tunnel found in a storage room inside a business in San Luis, Ariz. Courtesy/DEA
DEA News:
  • Passageway Stretches Length of Two Football Fields

Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant July 7 at a business used to conceal the U.S.

Marc Goodman: A Vision of Crimes in the Future

on July 16, 2012 - 6:49am

“We are at the dawn of a technological arms race, an arms race between people who are using technology for good and those who are using it for ill.” -Marc Goodman

Marc Goodman imagines the future crime and terrorism challenges we will all face as a result of advancing technologies.

He thinks deeply about the disruptive security implications of robotics, artificial intelligence, social data, virtual reality and synthetic biology.

Technology, he says, is affording exponentially growing power to non-state actors and rogue players, with significant consequences for our common global

DOT Expects Continuing Deterioration of New Mexico’s Roads

on July 14, 2012 - 1:07pm


By Jim Hall
District 43 State Representative
Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe couties
  • Short Note on Yesterday’s Legislative Finance Committee Meeting

Because of my membership on the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, I was asked to attend the LFC meeting in Rio Rancho Friday as an alternate.

The LFC holds hearings throughout the year on budget issues. Yesterday’s focus was on the condition of the state’s Road Fund.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) reported that because of increasingly gas-efficient cars, diversion of fees and taxes originally designated for the

Traffic Advisory: Bicyclists Urged to Use Caution on N.M. 4 During Road Work

on July 14, 2012 - 12:51pm

Bicyclists riding in the vicinity of N.M. 4 and N.M. 501 are urged to use extra caution during chipseal work being performed by crews with the New Mexico Department of Transportation-District 5.

The chipseal project began July 12 and should be completed in two weeks, weather permitting.

Crew Supervisor Eugene Mario Trujillo said motorists and bicyclists will encounter the road work on N.M. 4 northbound and southbound lanes from White Rock to the Sandoval County line.

There may be delays between 5 a.m.

FBI Media Alert: Albuquerque FBI Offers $20,000 Reward in 1994 Attempted Robbery, Slaying

on July 14, 2012 - 9:37am

FBI News:

Courtesy/Albuquerque FBI

On Aug. 25, 1994, a young Rio Rancho father of two small children was fatally shot when the Wells Fargo Armored Service Corp. van he was driving was ambushed on a remote stretch of Highway 6.

Jeff Oelcher's killer has not been caught or identified, despite a massive manhunt and FBI investigation.

The Albuquerque FBI Division is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Oelcher's death.

Oelcher, 28, was driving the unarmored rental van at about 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday's Downpour Spurs Back Road Flash Flood

on July 13, 2012 - 9:46am

Looking down from Omega Bridge, a grader and front end loader work on West Road near the Ice Rink to clear debris from the flash flood Wednesday evening. The creek coming down Los Alamos Canyon from the Reservoir becomes a raging torrent that uses the roadway as a streambed in flash-flood conditions. Clean up from that flash flood got underway quickly on N.M. 501 (Back Road) following Wednesday's downpour. Steve Stoddard of Los Alamos reported that he was returning from an excursion in the Jemez about 6 p.m. and found the Back Road closed due to debris.

Local Man Arrested in Montana for Crimes Against Sons in Los Alamos

on July 12, 2012 - 11:23am

Photo: Thomas A. Rahn. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos resident Thomas A. Rahn was arrested at 8:42 p.m., Friday July 6 at a Homewood Suites in Bozeman, Mont., by the Bozeman Montana Police Department as a result of a warrant issued by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Rahn, 54, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years of age.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados approved the warrant for Rahn's arrest at 6:56 a.m., July 6 after police established probable cause to believe that Rahn committed

Forest Reminds Public, Be Mindful of Coyotes

on July 12, 2012 - 7:06am

SFNF News:

Courtesy photo

The Santa Fe National Forest has heard reports of coyote confrontations on some routes located in the Santa Fe area in the past week.

Forest staff reminds residents to be alert to situations for potential wildlife conflicts and learn how to avoid them.

When hiking along trails, be mindful and respectful of the coyote’s habitat by keeping your dog on a leash, which can help keep you and your pet safer.

Per Santa Fe County Ordinance, any dog or other domestic animal within a county park, trail, or open space area shall be restrained by a leash and under the

Flood Waters Rush Through Pajarito Canyon

on July 11, 2012 - 8:43pm

At 5:20 p.m. today, a flood swept through Pajarito Canyon. Photo by Craig Martin

Los Alamos Under Flood Watch

on July 11, 2012 - 7:32pm



Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. today for northern Los Alamos ... extreme southeastern Rio Arriba ... northwestern Santa Fe ... and east central Sandoval counties.

At 5:24 p.m., the National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to indicate a moderate rain continuing over the Las Conchas burn scar ... but intensity was trending down.

However ... very heavy downpours had occurred over the northern half of the burn scar and rapid runoff and flash flooding is expected to continue.

Flash flooding of State

Thursday's DWI Checkpoint Nets Zero Arrests

on July 10, 2012 - 4:14pm

As part of its crackdown on motorists driving in Los Alamos County under the influence of alcohol or drugs, local police officers set up a DWI Checkpoint Thursday evening by the airport near the entrance to town. The Los Alamos Police Department reported that 174 vehicles were checked between 7-11 p.m., during which two field sobriety tests were conducted. Those tests turned out to be negative for substance abuse and the end result of Thursday's checkpoint operation was zero arrests and zero citations. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Sgt.

The Law is Clear for Motorists and Bicyclists

on July 10, 2012 - 9:36am

Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster, left, and bicycling safety expert Khal Spencer at police headquarters talk about roadway safety for motorists and bicyclists. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

In the last few months, there have been two crashes on Diamond Drive that occurred when a right turning motorist crossed the new bike lanes in close proximity to a bicyclist riding in the bike lane.

Some of the law is not exactly clear with regard to sharing roads with bike lanes and turning across bike lanes, but the law on changing lanes is crystal clear.


LANL Public Meeting: Individual Permit for Storm Water

on July 9, 2012 - 12:30pm



The public is invited to attend an Individual Permit for Storm Water meeting Thursday in Pojoaque. 

The Individual Permit for Storm Water encompasses corrective actions and monitoring for 405 sites across Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Presentations at Thursday's meeting will provide an overview of the plan for the summer season and the results of permit related actions and monitoring to date.

The daily routine of placing storm water controls and monitoring after rain storms will be explained as well as the process for earning site completion status from the

NNSA Announces Elimination of 450 Metric Tons of Russian Weapons Highly Enriched Uranium

on July 9, 2012 - 11:00am

NNSA News:

Photo: Removing fresh nuclear fuel from Rossendorf, Germany. Courtesy/

WASHINGTON, D.C.The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 450 metric tons of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program.

The 1993 U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement is now 90 percent complete and by the end of 2013 a total of 500 MT of Russian nuclear weapons HEU will be eliminated by being converted into low enriched uranium (LEU), which is intended for peaceful uses.

Journey Through Indian Country Part 5: A Zero Tolerance Approach

on July 9, 2012 - 10:45am

“We have zero tolerance for drug trafficking in Indian Country,” said Ken Gonzales, New Mexico’s U.S. Attorney. “We’ve made it a priority ... to lower, if not eliminate, our thresholds to take these cases.” Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 5

The arrest of a 20-year-old Zuni woman for selling two baggies of cocaine that each contained less than one gram of the drug might be considered a minor offense in many jurisdictions—but in Indian Country, federal prosecutors are taking a different approach.

“We have zero tolerance for drug trafficking in Indian Country,” said Ken Gonzales, New Mexico’s

Fire Department Asks Residents for Help

on July 2, 2012 - 1:49pm

LAFD News:

With the current Fire Danger at EXTREME, and the anticipation of the fire danger level elevating to Stage 3 in the coming days, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is asking for the community's help.


LAFD asks people to refrain from using fireworks, campfires or bbq’s on public land. LAFD also asks people to smoking only inside a vehicle or building during these extremely dry conditions, especially during the annual Fourth of July celebration.

Adhering to this request could prove very beneficial, not only to the fire department, but to the citizens in the entire county, by

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of July 2

on July 1, 2012 - 3:01pm
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at
NM4 Improvements Project
Starting Monday, traffic will be switched to one lane of traffic on each side of the road. Work will continue in the middle median area. Speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Expect modifications to the work zone as work progresses Please drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles. The contractor plans to work on Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and 31.

Los Alamos Site Office Takes Fire Prevention Measures

on June 28, 2012 - 9:16pm

NNSA News:

As a result of the region’s high fire potential, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) has imposed fire prevention restrictions on the government-leased Sportsmen’s Club property in Los Alamos to match those for the Forest Service, Park Service, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

“We are very concerned about the severe drought and weather conditions that are affecting the southwest,” LASO Manager Kevin Smith said. “We just can’t afford to take a chance right now on causing a fire that could rapidly spread to other areas.”

In a

U.S. Marshals Selling Works of Art

on June 27, 2012 - 7:36pm


“Le Homme Endormi” by Henri Matisse, Curtesy/U.S. Marshalls

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Marshals Service is conducting online auctions to sell 245 works of art by Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and other old masters as well as pieces by more recent famous artists.

The items are up for auction at until July 2.

The pieces of art were seized from several federal court cases and are now forfeited to the government.

Three of the cases involved Marc Dreier out of the Southern District of New York, Justin French out of the Eastern District of

Journey Through Indian Country Part 4: Teamwork Makes a Difficult Job Easier

on June 26, 2012 - 7:48am

The uninitiated can get lost very quickly on the reservation. “When the sun goes down,” said a Navajo criminal investigator, “in some places on the reservation you can’t see your hand in front of your face.” Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 4:

Louis St. Germaine, a long-time criminal investigator for the Navajo Nation, has worked closely with FBI agents over the years and recalls the surprise many of them express when first coming to Indian Country.

“Sometimes agents expect to see street numbers and paved roads,” said St. Germaine, who was born and raised on the reservation.

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of June 25

on June 25, 2012 - 11:55pm

Public Works Projects:

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

N.M. 4 Improvements Project

Starting Monday, traffic will be switched to one lane of traffic on each side of the road. Work will continue in the middle median area. Speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Expect modifications to the work zone as work progresses. Drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles. The contractor plans to work on Saturday and Sunday, June 30-31.

Pavement Preservation Program