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Cone Zone: Week Of April 29

on April 26, 2019 - 10:03am


Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Tsikumu Village - Road Improvements:

Albuquerque Asphalt began milling operations last week and will be milling on Saturday, April 27. Paving operations are underway throughout the village, with work estimated to be finished no later than Saturday, May 4, weather permitting. The remaining milling work will be completed Wednesday through Friday. To clear the streets for this work, residents are asked to please remove all vehicles from their street during work activities 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn This Weekend

on April 26, 2019 - 7:32am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may proceed with the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn this weekend if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, are favorable.
Fire managers are looking at Saturday or Sunday to conduct this one-day burn. If conditions over the weekend are not optimal, the prescribed burn may be pushed into next week.
The 500-acre unit is adjacent to Forest Road (FR) 102, approximately six miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and three miles west of Ski Santa Fe.

New Mexico Environment Department Conducts Air Quality Inspection Sweep In Permian Basin

on April 25, 2019 - 7:36am
NMED News:
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) conducted nearly 100 regulatory inspections last week across the Permian Basin in southeastern New Mexico.
The inspections were conducted to determine compliance with air quality regulations and permits and represented an unprecedented and collaborative effort undertaken alongside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Compliance with existing air quality regulations and permits is essential to the regulatory scheme,” Environment Secretary James Kenney said. “Holding the oil and natural gas industry accountable to

EM Update Marks WIPP's 20th Year With Special Issue

on April 24, 2019 - 6:05pm
Sunrise at EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy photo
EM News:
This special issue of the EM Update provides coverage of the 20th anniversary of EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
This issue's articles, photos, employee video testimonials, infographics, and other content illustrate the critical role WIPP has played in the cleanup program’s mission to address the nation’s Cold War environmental legacy.
Toread the special issue, click here: EM Update.

LAPS Joins Drug Take Back Day April 27

on April 24, 2019 - 1:16pm
LAPS News:
Saturday, April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a safe and convenient way to dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs.
LAPS is Part of the Solution
March 6, 2019, 35 LAPS students in grades 6-12 attended the New Mexico Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness in Rio Rancho. The students were chaperoned by nine LAPS staff, one school counselor intern, and two representatives from the Los Alamos Fire Department.

Road Work In White Rock To Begin Monday

on April 24, 2019 - 12:11pm

An overhead view of the construction area along 11 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. Courtesy photo


Beginning Monday, April 29, contractor Cable Com will begin a construction project along 11 Sherwood Blvd. from N.M. 4 in front of the White Rock Branch Library.

The work is estimated to be completed May 3. The work includes an open cut trench and will require asphalt cut and replacement. The project also may involve concrete cut and replacement.

As a result, this section of road will be closed to traffic. Traffic will be re-routed to Bonnie View Drive and Longview Drive.


LAPD: Active Shooter Training Pueblo Complex May 1

on April 24, 2019 - 11:40am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is conducting an active shooter training May 1 at the Pueblo Complex at 1990 Diamond Dr.

This training is 1-4 p.m. and there will be multiple police units, officer and role players on scene.

Police advise people to avoid entering the building during this training exercise. The building will reopen after the training.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 20, 2019

on April 24, 2019 - 11:16am

LAPD News:

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.


April 20 at 2:39 p.m. / Police arrested Leroy Anthony Montoya, 32, of Questa at Diamond Drive and Canyon Road and charged him with driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Trinity/Diamond Eastbound Pothole Repair April 25-26

on April 23, 2019 - 7:20pm

County crews will be potholing on Trinity Drive next to Los Alamos Medical Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. April 25, weather permitting. Photo by John McHale/



Weather permitting, Public Works Traffic and Streets Division will be potholing on Trinity Drive next to Los Alamos Medical Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. April 25. It is expected to take approximately one hour to complete the project.

The left turn lane (eastbound turn lane) on Diamond Drive that takes drivers on to Trinity Drive next to LAMC will be closed for one hour at 9:30 a.m.

Traffic Alert: Multiple Vehicle Crash Bottom Of Main Hill

on April 23, 2019 - 5:44pm

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos Police report a multiple vehicle crash near the twin tanks at the bottom of the Main Hill Road.

Santa Fe County Sheriff's deputies are on the scene along with medical response vehicles.

With only one lane open, traffic is backed up on the Main Hill Road as well as all the way to Pajarito on N.M. 4.

Police report that clearing the scene is going to take awhile and encourage motorists to avoid the area if at all possible.

Date Pending For Full Closure Of East Jemez Road

on April 23, 2019 - 9:26am

NNSA News:

Dates are pending for a weekend closure of East Jemez Road near the entrance of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Plans were to begin construction Friday, April 26. The new start date will be announced prior to construction.

The lane closures are necessary to allow workers to replace a main water line, which requires open trenching across East Jemez Road, between the Omega Bridge and LANL entrance.

Construction activities will include cutting of the roadway, excavation of trench, placement of the waterline pipe steel casings, welding of casings, followed by backfill and

GAO Study Finds Agencies Tribal Consultation Policies For Infrastructure Projects Inconsistent, Inadequate

on April 23, 2019 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), announced the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled “Tribal Consultation: Additional Federal Actions Needed for Infrastructure Projects.”
The report is the first-ever comprehensive review of 21 federal agencies’ Tribal consultation processes for the development and implementation of federal

Daily Postcard: Reservoir Canyon Hiking Trail

on April 23, 2019 - 6:48am

Daily Postcard: The popular Reservoir Canyon Hiking Trail was washed out by recent rains and left with some very difficult sections to navigate. Photo by David Hanson

Traffic Alert: Crash On NM 502 ... Two Lanes Closed

on April 22, 2019 - 9:57pm

Traffic Alert:

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office issued an alert at about 7 p.m. today that a motor vehicle crash has occurred on N.M. 502 near Totavi gas station.

Two lanes have been closed and motorists should expect delays in this area.

Debris removal is underway. Use caution driving in area.

U.S. 84/285 Buffalo Thunder Pavement Preservation Remedial Work Southbound Lane Closures April 23

on April 22, 2019 - 9:34pm
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation remedial work on U.S. 84/285 at milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109 just north of Nambe).  
The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.
Starting Tuesday April 23 – U.S. 84/285 southbound lanes will have various lane closures and will be reduced to one lane. Motorists can expect delays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is an 11’ width restriction.
This project is scheduled to be

County Seeks Volunteer ‘Actors’ For Emergency Exercise

on April 22, 2019 - 7:04pm


Los Alamos County will be conducting a County-wide active shooter exercise Saturday, May 18 at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos campus.

The campus will be closed May 18 for the exercise, which is being conducted in order to test and improve the County’s overall preparedness in responding to an active shooter event.

The County is seeking at least 30 volunteers to participate as “actors” in the exercise. Exercise activity will take place over approximately seven hours beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. May 18.

All volunteers will need to arrive by 7 a.m.

Los Alamos Fire Department Wildfire Fuels Reduction Mitigation Project Gets Underway

on April 22, 2019 - 6:43pm

Map of the project area. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department will begin work this week on an important wildfire fuels reduction project that will provide much-needed mitigation in several areas of Los Alamos.

LAFD has received grant funding for the project, which will include the following areas: Ponderosa Estates Range Road, North Horse Stable Bench, Walnut Bench, Villa Bench, Lower Loma Linda, Camino Redondo and Camino Uva.

Starting Tuesday, April 23, LAFD crews will begin mitigation work in the Camino Uva area, which includes marking trees to be thinned, chainsaw work

SFNF Postpones Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn

on April 22, 2019 - 12:28pm

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/NFS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are postponing the prescribed burn on Rowe Mesa originally planned for this week, primarily due to forecasted weather with showers and thunderstorms expected later today through Wednesday.

Fire managers may reschedule the 293-acre East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn when conditions on the ground, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, are more favorable. The Rowe Mesa unit is east of N.M. 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos and south of I-25.

Prescribed fires

Catch Of The Week: Phishing For Donations – How To Avoid The Impersonators

on April 22, 2019 - 11:28am
Los Alamos

If you donate to your church or another institution regularly, you need to use caution due to a new phishing scam making the rounds online- the scammer impersonates your church leader or another leader by email and tries to solicit a “donation.” Many people have given money for apparent good causes that end up going entirely to the impersonator.

Victims of this scam have received emails or text messages claiming to be from their church leader requesting they purchase gift cards for needy parishioners or special projects.

State Auditor: Warning For Vulnerable Populations

on April 22, 2019 - 10:32am
State Auditor Brian Colón
On the heels of a national $1.2 Billion Medicare scheme, State Auditor Brian Colón is calling for vigilance in ensuring New Mexico’s most vulnerable populations are protected.
Health care fraud results in higher health care costs for New Mexicans and takes away from funding intended to support those who need it most. The OSA is committed to identifying fraud, waste, and abuse to save taxpayer money by cracking down on fraudulent schemes and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
“Trust is broken.

FBI Offers Up To $1,000 Reward For Albuquerque Bank Robber Wearing Red T-Shirt Thursday Afternoon

on April 22, 2019 - 9:38am

Do you recognize this man? Call the FBI at 505.889.1300, or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 505.843.STOP. Courtesy/FBI

Do you recognize this man? Call the FBI at 505.889.1300, or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 505.843.STOP. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a man who Thursday robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank.

At approximately 1 p.m., the suspect robbed the Bank of the West at 4221 San Mateo Blvd. NE.

Suicide Prevention Presentation Tuesday April 30

on April 22, 2019 - 9:28am
Champions of Youth Ambitions

As the school year begins to come to an end, stress, anxiety and depression are occasionally on the rise, right in our community.

To provide valuable information and plenty of resources, Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) is hosting a suicide prevention session in collaboration with the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line Tuesday, April 30, starting with a brief gathering time at 5 p.m., with the presentation followed by a question and answer period.

The presentation is at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road and will be

Scenes From 2019 LAFD Wildfire Days At Pond

on April 21, 2019 - 7:50am

Terry Beery, a PEEC volunteer, helps a group of young children 'build' a healthy forest. She explains that trees need to be spaced apart rather than clumped together, which can increase the danger for wildfires. PEEC was among many organizations that participated in Wildfire Day, which the Los Alamos Fire Department held in collaboration with the Elks Lodge #2083 annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

From left, Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighters Shane Grano, Joseph Baca, Jaden Eads and Colorado Cordova host a booth about fire

Barranca Elementary School Participates In Parent Reunification Exercise Drill

on April 21, 2019 - 7:43am
Scene from parent reunification exercise. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Earlier this month, students and staff from Barranca Elementary School particpated in a parent reunification exercise to practice the state-required off-site evacuation drill to evaluate the local school district’s preparedness in the event of an emergency.
More than 350 students were bused from the school to the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive where staff met them and escorted them to the church hall. Parents then checked in with staff as part of the process and were reunited with their students.
In a

Santa Fe National Forest Issues Safety Reminders For Easter Weekend Visitors

on April 20, 2019 - 10:10am

The Santa Fe National Forest issues safety reminders for Easter weekend. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Warmer temperatures and a holiday weekend are expected to draw visitors to trails, campgrounds and other popular sites on the Santa Fe National Forest this weekend. If you decide to celebrate Easter or Passover in the great outdoors ... make safety your top priority.

While this winter brought above-average moisture and snowpack to much of the SFNF, Northern New Mexico is entering the 2019 fire season. Unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.