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Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office Announces New Software for Tracking Convicted Sex Offenders

on March 27, 2013 - 1:54pm

Sheriff Marco Lucero

LACSO News:

The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce added software capabilities that will help residents of Los Alamos County find updated information regarding convicted sex offenders.

This new site provides viewer tracking capabilities, alert notifications, sharing abilities and school notifications.

"As Sheriff, I would encourage all to review the new web page and take advantage of the services provided at www.sheriffalerts.com/nm/losalamos," Sheriff Marco V. Lucero said.

For more information, contact the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office

Rotarians Present Life Saving AED at Council Meeting

on March 27, 2013 - 9:03am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Linda Hull, center, with Rotarian Alison Walters and Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider at the podium during Tuesday's County Council meeting in the Community Building. The local Rotary Club purchased an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the community from proceeds raised during the annual Crab Fest last month. The AED will be dedicated at 1 p.m. today, March 27, at Fuller Lodge will it will be installed - the community is invited to attend the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013

on March 26, 2013 - 9:39am

Los Alamos National Laboratory during a morning rain and hail storm. Courtesy/LANL

NOAA News:

Monday marked the beginning of New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013, which runs through Friday, March 29.

To bring awareness to the community, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service released the following information:

What Types of Severe Weather Can I Expect in New Mexico?

  • All 33 counties in New Mexico experience severe thunderstorms producing high winds, large hail, deadly lightning, and heavy rains at some time during the year.
  • During

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 14–March 20, 2013

on March 25, 2013 - 10:37am

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.

 

MOSES SALAZAR

March 14 at 3:45 a.m. / Police arrested Moses Salazar, 27, of Los Alamos in the 3900 block of Alabama Avenue and charged him with battery against a household member and criminal damage to property. 

March 15 at 8:45 p.m.

Aerial Survey Finds No Increase in Background or Man-made Radioactivity for Los Alamos Area

on March 20, 2013 - 10:37am

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Measurements from two recent aerial flyovers to determine the presence of background and man-made radioactivity brought good news for Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The radiological surveys, conducted in August 2011 and June 2012, found that radioisotopes and their associated exposure rates are consistent with those expected from normal background radiation.

“These surveys were well worth the effort,” said Juan Griego, Acting Manager for the Los Alamos Field Office.

Emergency Exercise Planned March 21 at LANL

on March 19, 2013 - 7:13am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency-preparedness exercise Thursday, March 21 ... it is only an exercise.

The Lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.

The majority of the exercise is on LANL property and shouldn't affect the public.

Signs will be placed outside the Los Alamos Medical Center alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

LANL employees in affected facilities will be notified before the exercise begins and when it is

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 7–March 13, 2013

on March 18, 2013 - 1:35pm

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.

March 7 at 11:30 a.m. / Police charged a 13-year-old Santa Fe boy with larceny in the 2100 block of Hawk Drive. The boy was referred to the juvenile probation officer and released to his parents.

March 7 at 5:31 p.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old Los Alamos boy at 39th Street and Canyon Road with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Breaking News: Gas Leak at Piedra Loop and Sherwood

on March 18, 2013 - 11:51am

Crews are in the process of repairing a ruptured gas line at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Contractors and Los Alamos County staff were digging at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock when a gas main was ruptured and police and fire department staff were called to the scene.

The situation has been contained. Firefighters with the Los Alamos Fire Department are standing by in case of emergency, but at this time the gas has not ignited.

The intersection is currently closed.

The Los Alamos Police

Wildfire 2013 Event Set for March 30

on March 17, 2013 - 7:31am

COUNTY News:

As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2013” set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service;
  • U.S. Forest Service;
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve;
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory;
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management;
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team; and
  • National Weather Service.

Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand to greet children. Other displays and

Good Samaritans Help Motorcycle Crash Victims on N.M. 4

on March 15, 2013 - 12:14pm

Two Albuquerque residents crashed on N.M. 4 Thursday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

 

By GREG KENDALL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Two Albuquerque residents riding a motorcyle down N.M. 4 toward Los Alamos hit the guardrail and were thrown over the side at approximately 5:20 p.m. Thursday and were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center.

The Los Alamos Daily Post spoke to eyewitnesses who rendered assistance to the accident victims at the scene.

Los Alamos resident, Matt Filer was driving with his three children, Samantha, Bethany and Nathan, toward the Jemez Mountains when they

Fire Stations and Law Enforcement Sites To Become Safe Havens

on March 15, 2013 - 11:33am

 

STATE News:
  • HB 374 waiting for Governor’s Signature

SANTA FE – Distraught parents who want to give up their unwanted infants now have another place where they can drop them off and keep them safe.

 

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Emily Kane (D-Bernalillo-15) expands Safe Haven sites to include fire stations and law enforcement locations such as police or sheriff’s departments.

 

House Bill 374a “Safe Haven for Infants Site Definition” is now awaiting the Governor’s signature after passing the Senate on Wednesday.

 

“It’s a very compassionate bill,” Kane said.

Free Child Safety Seat Clinic March 20

on March 15, 2013 - 11:19am

NMDOT News:

Hundreds of child passenger safety technicians will meet March 20-21 at Sandia Resort for the NMDOT Traffic Safety Division’s and Safer New Mexico Now’s Annual Buckle Up New Mexico Recertification Training.

The event is designed to bring New Mexico’s child passenger safety technicians and instructors together for two days of intensive classroom and applied activities that address the most current issues in the field of child passenger safety. 

In addition, a child safety seat clinic will be held 8:30-10:30 a.m. March 20 in the Sandia Resort’s parking lot, Section C6-C8. The

Electric Upgrades Underway on Deacon Street

on March 14, 2013 - 9:30am

DPU Work

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric linemen will begin trenching on Deacon Street today, March 14, to install new electric lines to upgrade circuit 14.

This circuit services the eastern portion of the Los Alamos townsite.

Crews will trench 120 feet at the intersection of Deacon Street and 17th Street to install the new lines.

Work will continue for several days. No interruption of power is required at this time. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be attentive to the work zone, as work proceeds.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the

Letter to the Editor: Over-intervention Instills Culture of Fear in Children

on March 13, 2013 - 1:10pm
By REID PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos

I read (Superintendent) Gene Schmidt's recent letter with some concern.
 
On the one hand, of course we should keep our children safe in school.
 
But on the other hand, we must continually ask of our policies: At what cost? And what is the real goal? (It is: help children build themselves into independent, successful adults.)
 
Over-intervention instills a culture of fear in children and can disrupt development and destroy futures.

I myself had two issues at LAHS that today would, it seems, be made into Very Big Deals, but at the time (late 90's)

Letter to the Editor: Student Safety is Non-negotiable

on March 13, 2013 - 12:46pm
By Dr. GENE SCHMIDT
LAPS Superintendent

In the past two weeks, three middle school students were disciplined for bringing knives to school.  

These incidents were reported in the local media as “deadly weapons.” The Los Alamos School Board has established very strict policies regarding weapons on campus to ensure student safety at all times.

By school policy definition, any item or device which may be used as a weapon, including pocket knives (regardless of size) are considered weapons.

By school policy definition, any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm is

Los Alamos Police Set to Host 'Prescription Drug Take Back Day' April 27

on March 12, 2013 - 9:52am

Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris and his team at the Los Alamos Police are set to host a "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., April 27 in the east parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road.

The local event is being conducted as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's national "Prescription Drug Take Back Day."

This is a great opportunity for citizens who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

In the four previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with state, local and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 28 To March 6, 2013

on March 11, 2013 - 10:18am

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.

ROWENA MACDONALD

Feb. 28 at 3:10 p.m. / Police arrested Rowena MacDonald, 46, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from the State of Missouri.

 

 

LARRY BOBO

Feb. 28 at 2:47 p.m. / Police arrested Larry Bobo, 37, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive and charged him with driving without headlights, driving with an obstructed windshield and DUI.

 

 

More Details on Missing Hiker Found in Bandelier

on March 10, 2013 - 11:58am

BNM News:

Search and rescue teams found the missing 34-year-old Texas woman around 12:30 p.m. Saturday in good condition on the Ancho Canyon Trail on Department of Energy land at Bandelier National Monument.

The woman had hiked to the Upper Falls on the Falls Trail Thursday.

Although hiking to the base of the Upper Falls is prohibited, the woman wanted to search for treasure featured in Forrest Fenn’s book “The Thrill of the Chase.”

After realizing she could not hike down to the base, the woman returned to her car. On Friday, she parked at a gate on Department of Energy Land and hiked

Breaking News: Bandelier National Monument Searches for Missing Hiker

on March 9, 2013 - 10:36am

UPDATE: It was just announced that rescuers have found the missing woman and are "walking her out now." The woman spent the night out in the elements, but appears to be okay now.

Upper Falls. Photo by Sally King/BNM

BNM News:

A search is in progress for a missing hiker at Bandelier National Monument.

The monument is working with New Mexico Search and Rescue under unified command.

The search involves dog teams, technical rescue, Los Alamos Police Department, Los Alamos Fire Department and three aircraft.

On Friday, March 8, Los Alamos County dispatch received a call from a man in

Bill Offers Help to Families of the Mentally Ill Who End Up in Jail

on March 8, 2013 - 8:57am

HB 588 Gets “Do Pass”

SANTA FE – Emotional testimony was heard Tuesday in the House Health, Government, and Indian Affairs Committee regarding House Bill 588 “Community Engagement Teams” (CETs.)

HB 588 sponsored by House Majority Leader, Rick Miera (D-Bernalillo-11) establishes methods of intervention for families who are caring for their loved ones who are mentally ill and unable to care for themselves.

In gut wrenching testimony, some people described how their mentally ill family members often cycle in and out of jail or hospitals or end up homeless.

One police officer said the

Las Conchas Fire Area Closures and Hazards

on March 8, 2013 - 8:25am

SFNF News:
  • Before visiting your public lands, “Know Before You Go”. Call ahead and check conditions.

The Santa Fe National Forest reminds the public that even though it is winter and snow is on the ground, the Las Conchas Fire Area restrictions are still in effect on the Jemez Ranger District due to existing safety hazards and risk for resource damage.

Motorized travel is restricted to roads that have been assessed and cleared of major public safety hazards. However, currently the roads are temporarily closed due to snow and road surface protection.

Only FR 289 from N.M.

Los Alamos Fire Department 'Rescues' Trash in Canyon

on March 7, 2013 - 12:27pm
Seizing a training opportunity, the Los Alamos County Fire Department trained cadets to repel over the edge of White Rock Canyon at Overlook Park Wednesday to collect trash dumped into the canyon illegally. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire cadets prepare climbing gear to repel into White Rock Canyon Wednesday. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

While on a recent trek around White Rock, Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess spotted a large amount of trash and debris dumped illegally into White Rock Canyon.

Burgess is an

Underground Cable Short Caused Tuesday Power Outage

on March 7, 2013 - 9:21am

DPU News:

An underground cable termination caused Tuesday afternoon’s power outage that lasted nearly two hours and affected a portion of North Mesa.

Reported at 2:05 p.m., approximately one third of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers were without power on San Ildefonso Road beginning at and including the Del Norte/Del Sol neighborhoods and continuing east out to Big Rock Loop. DPU’s electric line crew repaired the cable and restored electricity by 3:50 p.m. Tuesday.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater

LAPD Seeks Citizen Volunteers

on March 7, 2013 - 8:09am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) is looking for citizens for a variety of tasks, as they seek to expand a successful existing volunteers program into new police administration areas.

The goal of the department is to call upon citizen volunteers to help with daily non-emergency response tasks in order to allow police officers more time in the field concentrating on police enforcement and pro-active community outreach programs or services.

LAPD is seeking volunteers to assist in three areas:

  • Fingerprinting services;
  • Data entry; and
  • Food preparation in the detention

FSN to Offer IMPACT Personal Safety 101

on March 5, 2013 - 9:49am

FSN News:

Family Strengths Network will host IMPACT of Santa Fe for two special events in March.

IMPACT Personal Safety 101 and Healthy Relationships will be offered together on one night for people ages 15 through adult from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Teen Center.

Seventh and eighth graders can benefit from this important workshop with appropriate content from 6-8 .pm. Thursday, March 21 at FSN.

This class empowers participants by teaching them what assailants look for and how to avoid being chosen as a target.

Students practice awareness skills, body language, and using

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