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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 lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

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

Updates for Fires Burning Near Chimayo

on June 25, 2012 - 3:36pm
 
West Arroyo Alamo Fire
Start Date & Time: 6/24/12 @ 7 p.m.
Start Location: West Arroyo Alamo Road (near MM 6 State Road 76), La Puebla, Santa Fe County
 
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
 
Area Vegetation: Bosque, dense salt cedar undergrowth
Acres Burned: estimated 3.1
Ownership(s): Private
 
Structures Threatened: No
Structures Burned: Unknown
Evacuations (Y or N & #): No
 
Situation: Roads are open at this time, but area residents are asked to use caution due to emergency vehicle traffic in the area.

Police Stand Prepared to Find Missing Persons

on June 22, 2012 - 1:37pm

Investigations Division Supervisor Sgt. Oliver Morris, right, and Det. Daniel Roberts display a tracking antenna during Project Lifesaver training at Los Alamos Police Department Headquarters Wednesday. The antenna is used to track the frequency of transmitting bracelets worn by people who tend to wander off and become lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police Officers took part in an all-day training program at Police Headquarters Wednesday, specifically geared toward adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia

Chief Congratulates County's Newest Police Officer

on June 22, 2012 - 8:45am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos County's newest Police Officer Oliver McCartney is just 18 days away from completing his probationary period with the Los Alamos Police Department and Chief Wayne Torpy let him know Wednesday at Police Headquarters that he is doing a fine job. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy thanks Ofc. Oliver McCartney Wednesday for a job well done following his successful completion of an important assignment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier Rangers and National Guard Rescue Distressed Hikers

on June 20, 2012 - 6:15pm

BANDELIER News:

On Tuesday, June 19 Bandelier Rangers with the assistance of National Guard air support, conducted a successful search and rescue operation in the area between Alamo Canyon and Capulin Canyon.

Sandoval County 911 Center received a cell call
Tuesday morning from a group in distress and requesting aid in the backcountry of Bandelier National Monument.

Sandoval County provided Bandelier personnel with the call's GPS coordinates, and Bandelier Archaeologist/Rangers Heath Bailey and David Shiffler, who were already in the vicinity, immediately responded.

The parties in

Congress Adds 26 Synthetic Chemicals to Controlled Substances Act

on June 20, 2012 - 8:47am
DEA News:
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today commended House and Senate negotiators for agreeing on legislation to control 26 synthetic drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.
 
These drugs include those commonly found in products marketed as “K2” and “Spice.”
 
The addition of these chemicals to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act will be included as part of S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.
 
Schedule I substances are those with a high potential for abuse; have no medical use in treatment in the United States; and lack

Journey Through Indian Country Part 3: Murder on the Zuni Reservation

on June 18, 2012 - 2:52pm

Floyd Yuselew killed his friend in this house on the Zuni Reservation during a confrontation after a night of drinking in 2009. The victim’s body was found months later, still well-preserved by the winter freeze. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 3:

Special Agent John Fortunato walked behind the abandoned house on the Zuni Reservation in western New Mexico and pointed out where Floyd Yuselew dug a grave to bury the friend he had murdered with an ax to the head.

The two had been drinking, and investigators believe the murder was committed because Yuselew thought his buddy had been flirting with

Seeing the Color of Disease

on June 18, 2012 - 2:52pm

Microarrayer machines (A) now can mix colors and deposit them on microscope slides, which can be used to calibrate hyperspectral imagers (HSI) for use in medical applications. The finished slides can be custom-colored (B) to calibrate HSIs to find specific types of tumors or disease tissue. Close up, they resemble dot-matrix printwork (C). Credit: Clarke/NIST

NIST News:

A powerful color-based imaging technique is making the jump from remote sensing to the operating room—and a team of scientists* at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have taken steps to ensure it

DWI Checkpoints Conducted by Los Alamos Police are Underway Throughout the County

on June 17, 2012 - 12:18pm

Throughout the remainder of June, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on local roadways and at DWI Checkpoints within Los Alamos County.

U.S. and Latvia Commission Radiation Detection Equipment

on June 17, 2012 - 8:00am

NNSA News:

Freeport of Riga in Latvia. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State Border Guard of Latvia (SBG) Friday announced the commissioning of specialized radiation detection equipment at the Freeport of Riga, in an effort to prevent the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

Under a 2007 agreement between the U.S. and Latvia, NNSA’s Second Line of Defense (SLD) Program has been working with SBG on projects at seven sites and a training center in Latvia.

CONE ZONE: Road Construction Week of June 18

on June 16, 2012 - 4:18pm

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:
Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic.
Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night. Minor delays may be experienced. Pedestrians must use the provided pedestrian detours. All through traffic must seek alternate routes.

BREAKING NEWS: Search Underway for Black Bear Whose Claws Grazed Juvenile's Neck at Bandelier

on June 13, 2012 - 8:31pm

Photo of a North American Black Bear. Courtesy photo

At approximately 4 a.m. today, a black bear swatted at a tent occupied by a sleeping juvenile who was camping with family at Ponderosa Campground.

The tent was torn, and the bear’s claws grazed the back of the juvenile’s neck, causing a minor abrasive injury.

The family immediately left the campground and National Park Service (NPS) Rangers were informed later this morning.

Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott announced that effective immediately, Ponderosa Group Campground will be closed for up to 10 days, pending

Congressman Lujan Attends Today's Drug Summit

on June 13, 2012 - 1:12pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, left, listens as White House Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske answers questions from the media during today’s drug summit at the convention center in Santa Fe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Director Gil Kerlikowske of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and President Obama’s top drug policy advisor participated in a summit with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District in Santa Fe this morning.

Kerlikowske discussed how local and regional efforts can sync up with the Administration’s pursuit of

Helicopter Hovering Overhead is Taking Aerial Surveys of Townsite

on June 12, 2012 - 11:01am

In response to concerned calls coming in today to the Los Alamos Daily Post about possible fires in Los Alamos, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider has confirmed that there are no fires burning anywhere in Los Alamos County. The helicopter heard flying overhead is taking aerial photos of the townsite and will continue to do so for the next day or two. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 29 to June 6, 2012

on June 11, 2012 - 10:38am

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.

 

 

KEVIN HERRING

May 29 at 5:21 p.m. / Police charged Kevin Herring, 34, of Los Alamos with shoplifting at Smith's Food & Drug Centers on Central Avenue and issued him a summons to appear in court. The estimated loss is less than $100. 

 

 

 

JAVIER RAMOS

May 31 at 9:27 a.m.

BREAKING NEWS: Los Alamos Fire Department Imposes Local Restrictions Effective this Evening

on June 8, 2012 - 4:55pm

LAFD News:

Effective this evening, the Los Alamos Fire Department will be posting signs and taping off fire rings and grills in locations throughout Los Alamos County.

Some locations in specific parks that are yet to be determined may remain open due to the location of such device in relation to safety distances from combustible and flammable material.

These will be marked accordingly.

State Restriction Notice:

SMOKING, FIREWORK, CAMPFIRE, AND OPEN FIRE RESTRICTIONS FOR NORTHWEST, NORTH CENTRAL, CENTRAL, SOUTHWEST, AND PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO.

Due to abnormally warm

Journey Through Indian Country Part 2: Making an Impact on the Reservation

on June 8, 2012 - 12:10pm

Special Agent Mac McCaskill visits a home on the Tohajiilee Reservation, a satellite reservation of the Navajo Nation where many homes lack electricity and running water. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 2:

Driving along a remote dirt road on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico recently, a rancher crested a ridge and noticed two animals intent on something in a nearby ditch.

Snow swirled in New Mexico’s high plains as Special Agent Mac McCaskill slowed his vehicle at the bottom of a hill on the Tohajiilee Reservation.

He engaged the four-wheel drive before continuing slowly up the steep,

Federal Agencies Demonstrate Response Capabilities for a Radiological Event

on June 8, 2012 - 10:17am

NNSA News:

Courtesy/NNSA

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A joint federal, state and local government workshop and demonstration of the emergency response capabilities that will be deployed in the event of a radiological accident or incident was held this week in Kansas City, Kan.

This technical workshopwas part of a series of events associated with Amber Waves 2012, a radiological dispersaldevice (RDD) exercise series sponsored by the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Personnel from the states of Kansas, Missouri and Iowa, as well as numerous federal agencies

Extreme Fire Danger Conditions Surround Forest

on June 7, 2012 - 11:00am

SFNF News:

The fire danger on the Santa Fe National Forest is currently EXTREME. During times of extreme fire danger, fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

FIRE DANGER DESCRIPTIONS

A fire danger rating is established locally for each public land unit in the Southwest Area. These danger ratings are based on fuel types (i.e. grass, brush, slash, or timber), fuel moisture content (i.e. 10-hour fuel sticks), weather (i.e. precipitation, relative humidity, temperature, cloud cover, etc), station elevation, among others.

Local Boy Confesses to Lighting Stable Fires

on June 5, 2012 - 7:02pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police report that three local boys ranging in age from 10 to 12 are implicated in three small fires started today at the Los Alamos Horse Stables on North Mesa.

One of the boys has confessed and all three boys have been referred to the juvenile probation officer.

Police began investigating the fires that broke out within minutes of each other this afternoon.

"It seems too much of a coincidence in the way the fires broke out and the close proximity to each other," Capt. Randy Foster said earlier today.

Police Probe Suspicious Fires at Horse Stables

on June 5, 2012 - 5:59pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police are investigating three small fires that broke out within minutes of each other this afternoon at the Los Alamos Horse Stables on North Mesa.

"It seems too much of a coincidence in the way the fires broke out and the close proximity to each other," Capt. Randy Foster said. "The largest of the three fires grew to about 10 feet by 10 feet in size."

Foster added that the fires were put out quickly and no animals or property were harmed.

 

DEA Administrator Receives Rare Honor

on June 5, 2012 - 9:32am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart became one of the first foreign officials in history to receive Mexico’s Merit of Honor from President Felipe Calderon for her leadership and commitment in supporting the Mexican Federal Police (SSP) in combating organized crime.

The ceremony took place June 2 in Iztapalapa, Mexico.

SSP holds this event every year to recognize Federal Police sacrifices and achievements as well as new capabilities of this rapidly transforming institution.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 24 to May 31, 2012

on June 4, 2012 - 6:35am

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.

 

ROBERT MOORE

May 24 at 9:12 a.m. / Police arrested Robert Moore, 56, of Los Alamos near Agate Street and Aztec and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or revoked.

May 24 at 7:34 a.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Los Alamos girl on Central Avenue with reckless driving.

 

 

LUIS PONCE‑CHITICA

May 24 at 8:42 a.m. / Police arrested Luis Ponce-Chitica, 26, of

East Park Closed for Paving Through June 20

on June 3, 2012 - 10:40pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:

County Pavement crews will begin paving the East Park parking lot Monday, June 4.

Paving activities will require the park to be closed from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily for approximately two weeks.

Activity at the site on Monday will be limited to equipment staging as crews prepare for paving. Paving operations are scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 5, weather permitting, and should conclude by Wednesday, June 20.

The East Park pavilion cannot be reserved for events on weekdays, but will be available for use on the weekends.

Temporary access will be provided to the

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