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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

Local Detective Instructs Cyber-Safety Class Thursday

on September 11, 2012 - 8:01am

LAPD News:

Come learn what your children may already know...

Los Alamos Police Det. Daniel Roberts is instructing a Cyber-Safety Class from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

The class is hosted by the Family Strengths Network and will be taught at its facility at 1900 Diamond Dr. in the Pueblo Complex.

The issues covered will be directed for parents about the danger their children can encounter using modern technology:

• Social Networks and peer pressure
• Cyberbullying
• Teens, texting and technology
• Online games
• Chatrooms and predators

Cost is $10 per family, and there is a possibility for

Breaking News: 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Fall Sick Saturday Night Following Roast Pork Dinner

on September 9, 2012 - 5:53pm

Los Alamos Elks Lodge. File photo

By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico Environment Department is investigating the source of an intestinal sickness that struck 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Saturday night.

The firefighters fell ill after eating a roast pork dinner provided to them by the Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 at 1601 Trinity Dr.

"The Elks invited firefighters and police officers as a way to thank us for the work we did during the Las Conchas Fire," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said in an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

CONE ZONE: Week of Sept.10

on September 9, 2012 - 2:34pm

LOS ALAMOS 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.

Pavement Preservation – Fog Sealing Continues in Quemazon and Western Area

Fog sealing operations will continue in Quemazon on Monday finishing with fog sealing the full length of Quemazon Road. Crews will then move to Western Area: Ridgeway, 47th Street – Trinity to Ridgeway, 49th, and the upper Trinity/Sandia loop.

Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of construction beginning in the

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Project Completed

on September 6, 2012 - 12:05pm

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Courtesy/NM Tourism Dept.

NMDOT News:

NMDOT District Five announced today the completion of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge is 10 miles northwest of Taos.

Work began in July, 2011 and ended Aug. 29, 2012.

NMDOT congratulates all crew members on their great work and also thanks the people of the Taos area for their patience and cooperation.

Glen Baker

The job of restoring and repairing the nearly 50-year-old bridge was a monumental task headed up by Assistant District Engineer Phil A. Gallegos and Taos Project Manager Glen Baker.

North Mesa Loses Gas

on September 5, 2012 - 6:38pm

LOS ALAMOS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES News:

More than 1,000 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers on North Mesa lost natural gas just before noon today.

Gas construction work in the Kwage Mesa area, specifically a pipeline tie-in, unexpectedly depressurized the gas line feeding the North Mesa neighborhood.

DPU crews began an extensive restoration effort around 12:30 p.m., which includes shutting gas valves to each North Mesa customer, pressurizing the line, and revisiting each customer to turn gas back on and relight appliances.

Crews will be working around the clock

West Nile Virus Cases in New Mexico to Date

on September 5, 2012 - 11:04am

OEM News:

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. Human cases of the disease have been reported every year in New Mexico since 2003. August and September are peak times for West Nile cases in New Mexico.

New Human Cases in New Mexico by County:

Six new cases have been reported since Aug. 29, bringing the total for this year to 14 cases:

  • 78-year-old man from Dona Ana County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 59-year-old man from Lea County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 79-year-old man from Sandoval County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 9-year-old boy from Dona Ana County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 72-year-old man from

Buy a Plane and Help a Good Cause

on September 1, 2012 - 10:13am

The public is invited to bid at an auction Sept. 5 in Midland, Texas on six aircraft seized in drug-related cases by the U.S. Marshals Service. Courtesy/USMS

U.S. MARSHALS News:

San Juan, PR – The U.S. Marshals recently conducted a preview of six aircraft in Aguadilla that will be sold at public auction Sept. 5 in Midland, Texas.

The aircraft were part of a seizure conducted in December 2011, shortly after a search warrant was executed by the Drug Enforcement Administration in relation to the investigation of Santo Seda-Rodriguez.

Seda-Rodriguez, owner and pilot of Jeshua Air Services,

CONE ZONE: Traffic Conditions Week of Sept. 3

on August 31, 2012 - 11:00pm

LOS ALAMOS 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 www.losalamosnm.us.

Pavement Preservation – Fog Sealing Moves to North Community and Quemazon

Fog sealing operations will occur Tuesday and Wednesday on North Community streets including 45, 46, 47, 48, White, Urban – North Road to 48, and Sycamore.

Crews will then move to Quemazon on Wednesday and Thursday on streets south of Brisa del Bosque: Tranquillo, Hermosura, Sereno, Sonrisa, and Solana.

I-25/St. Francis Drive Ramp Closed Tonight

on August 31, 2012 - 10:55am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is alerting motorists that there will be a ramp closure at the Interstate 25/St. Francis Drive interchange in Santa Fe tonight.

The northbound off-ramp to St. Francis Drive will be closed from 8 p.m. Aug. 31 until 5 a.m. Sept. 1. The ramp is being closed for safety reasons while work is done on the bridge above it.

Motorists exiting from I-25 to Santa Fe may take the Old Pecos Trail, Cerrillos Road, or N.M. 599 exits. The southbound on-ramp from St. Francis Drive to I-25 will remain open.

Crews will be working at the interchange all

Secret Service Agent Left Loaded Handgun in Bathroom of Romney Plane

on August 30, 2012 - 10:00am

   

From an NPR Tweet:

A secret service agent accidentally left her gun inside the lavatory of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign plane.

CBS News reports that the loaded gun was found by one of its reporters who was travelling with the Republican presidential nominee from Tampa to Indianapolis, Ind., where Romney was scheduled to deliver a speech.

CBS adds:

"A member of the Secret Service on board the plane was informed and retrieved the gun.

County Responds to LANL's Technetium 99 Incident

on August 29, 2012 - 2:57pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County officials participated in a briefing this morning with DOE officials regarding last week’s incident involving the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by lab employees and contractors working at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE.

After several days of interviews, measuring, surveying and assessment, the DOE’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) has been able to successfully identify all individuals and report on their whereabouts since the incident occurred.

About a dozen people had been reportedly involved in the incident, many of whom live

Chamisa Gets 'All Clear' Following LANL's Technetium-99 Assessment Conducted Sunday

on August 29, 2012 - 7:32am

Staff report

On short notice Sunday, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy conducted a precautionary assessment of Chamisa Elementary School.

The sweep by DOE's RAP team (Radiological Assistance Program) resulted in an "all clear."

The assessment was the result of the Laboratory's investigation of an inadvertent spread of Technetium-99 by employees and contractors at LANSCE as reported in the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday.

LANL has determined that about a dozen people came into potential contact with this material, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium-99

LANL Emergency Exercise Planned For Wednesday

on August 28, 2012 - 7:47am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Wednesday, Aug. 29. It is an exercise only.

LANL 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 in place outside the Los Alamos Medical Center, alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

Laboratory employees who work in facilities near the exercise scenario have been notified.

LANL Responds to Radiological Incident at LANSCE

on August 27, 2012 - 10:56pm
  • Multiple tests indicate no health risks to public or employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory is investigating the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by employees and contractors at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a multidisciplinary accelerator facility used for both civilian and national security research.

The Laboratory has determined that about a dozen people came into contact with the material, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium 99 off-site.

The contamination poses no danger to the public.

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