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Firefighters Spiff Up Fleet In White Rock

on August 18, 2017 - 10:15am

Los Alamos Firefighters wash and shine their emergency response vehicles Saturday morning at Station 3 in White Rock. LAFD maintains one of the top fleets in the nation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD Responds To Gas Leak At Duplex Near Urban

on August 17, 2017 - 7:57pm

Los Alamos Fire Department and County Utilities responded to a suspected gas leak early this evening at a residence at 41st Street and Urban Street. The homeowner reportedly smelled gas when he arrived home from work and called the County. A gas leak was found somewhere underneath the home and gas has been shut off to both sides of the duplex until State inspectors check the system. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos firefighters check for a gas leak early this evening at a residence at 41st Street and Urban Street. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Firefighters leave

Ojitos Fire On SFNF Provides Opportunity To Use Fire For Resource Benefit

on August 17, 2017 - 7:02am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District with a focus on using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The 330-acre Ojitos Fire is on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness where fire managers are using natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to limit the fire’s spread. The fire’s growth has been limited by monsoonal moisture and topography, which includes drainages, cliffs and patches of bare soil. 
 
Over the

No Injuries In West Jemez Road Accident

on August 8, 2017 - 3:59pm

Traffic is delayed Monday afternoon on West Jemez Road as a man and his grandson are rescued from their vehicle after it left the road and ended up in a ravine some 50 feet below. Los Alamos Police Officers Tim Lonz, Jay Eakins and Cmdr. Preston Ballew responded to the scene following a 911 call and rescued the two people from the vehicle. There were no injuries and no citation was issued. At first it proved difficult to locate the vehicle but it was eventually spotted by Eakins. Los Alamos Fire Department also responded. Photo by Josh Smith

Celebrate National S'Mores Day Thursday

on August 8, 2017 - 3:52pm

Santa Fe National Forest Declares Cow Fire Out

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out at noon Monday.

The fire started July 18 in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash Fire. Natural drainages and the rocky landscape helped fire crews contain the small fire to around seven acres. The Cow Fire also received a significant amount of monsoonal moisture.

Smoke should no longer be visible from the Cow Fire, which was about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos.

Fire updates are posted on the New

Federal Charges Filed Against Joseph Gonzales In 2016 Los Alamos Marijuana Wax Lab Explosion Case

on August 4, 2017 - 8:23am
The bathroom where an explosion from a marijuana wax process occurred in May 2016 at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Joseph Gonzales, accused of causing an explosion at an apartment at 3301 Canyon Road in Los Alamos in May 2016 has been indicted on three counts in U. S. District Court and is slated for a jury trial Oct. 2 in Albuquerque.

Gonzales is charged with endangering human life while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled

Scenes From Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive

on August 4, 2017 - 6:07am

Donors wait their turn Thursday at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. The blood drive continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Volunteer Association member Florence Riebe volunteers at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Volunteer Association member Nancy Kurnath makes sandwiches for donors and United Blood Services staff at the blood drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

United Blood Services donor recruiter Monica Herrera checks in donors at

LAFD Responds To Oven Fire At El Viento Home

on August 4, 2017 - 5:49am

The Los Alamos Fire Department responded to an oven fire Thursday evening at 100 El Viento off Barranca Road. There were no injuries and there was only minor damage to the home. The Los Alamos Police Department controls traffic on Barranca Road during the operation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Firefighters at the home where an oven fire occured Thursday on El Viento Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Firefighters clean up after an oven fire Thursday evening at 100 El Viento. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Sgt.

Shari Mills And Granddaughter Maddy Donate For ‘The Blue Side’ In Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive!

on August 3, 2017 - 8:35pm

Maddy Early, who just graduated from Chugiak High School in Eagle River, Alaska accompanied her grandmother Shari Mills of White Rock today to give blood in the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. ‘Of course, we donated for the blue side … law enforcement!’ said Mills, a former police detective. The drive continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and donors can signify their preferance for law enforcement or the fire department in this good-natured competition for an important and worthy cause. Photo by Shari Mills

‘Find the hero in you’ … community members can

Scenes From Final Movie In The Park For 2017

on August 3, 2017 - 11:03am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes presents a prize to 3-year-old Hendricks Deschamp at Wednesday night's final Movie in the Park of this season at Ashley Pond Park, which was sponsored by the Los Alamos Public Safety Association. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Firefighter Kenny Anderson helps Rebecca Jiang operate a fire hose. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Department Dispatchers Seth Martinez and Andrea Garcia hand out free popcorn and other items at Wednesday's Movie in the Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Wednesday night's Movie

Sen. Martin Heinrich Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix In Senate Bill

on August 3, 2017 - 10:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As wildfire season rages across the West, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today urged the Senate to pass a wildfire funding fix included in new legislation to address funding for floods and other natural disasters.

He joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee.

A wildfire funding fix similar to the Wildfire Disaster Funding

Los Alamos Woman Rescued In Second Fall

on August 3, 2017 - 7:56am
Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos resident Jean Jones suggests that all hikers over 60 years of age know the trails they hike and take someone with them. Jones was rescued Monday night after Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz and Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a report that a woman had fallen in an area of the canyon behind the Jewish Center on Canyon Road.

Lonz was first on the scene and found Jones suspended upside down wedged in the rocks.

SFNF: Fire Crews Complete Operations On Peggy Fire

on August 1, 2017 - 9:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest completed operations on the Peggy Fire on the Jemez Ranger District over the weekend, using a lightning strike on July 18 to return beneficial fire to the fire-adapted landscape on Peggy Mesa approximately 2 miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels. 
 
Crews strategically added fire to the ground over a 12-day period, expanding the low- to moderate-intensity fire to 886 acres. Objectives for managing the Peggy Fire included:
  • mitigating the risk of high-intensity destructive wildfires by reducing excess fuels, including

Chiefs Voice Support For Battle Of Badges Blood Drive

on July 31, 2017 - 5:34pm

 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

In a joint statement today, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Fire Chief Troy Hughes encouraged the community to support the 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges blood drive.

The drive is at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos:

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3; and
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

“Personnel from our two departments will attend the event and donate blood which will be used to save the lives of patients at medical facilities throughout our area,” the statement

Large Boulder Damages Car On Truck Route

on July 30, 2017 - 12:15am

Los Alamos police temporarily closed the Truck Route to traffic Saturday night after a large boulder fell onto the roadway just east of the LANSCE facility. A passing car collided with the boulder, damaging the car, which had to be towed from the scene. The driver was not injured. Los Alamos Police Sgt. Brent Hudspeth explained that LAFD tied a rope around the boulder and towed it off the roadway. The Truck Route reopened at about 10:45 p.m. to traffic. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD sprays water on the Truck Route to clear rubble left when a car colliding with a boulder on the

SFNF: Peggy Fire Update

on July 29, 2017 - 6:33am
SFNF News:
 
Fire crews continue to manage the lightning-caused Peggy Fire as it moves down slope where the vegetation has transitioned from ponderosa pine to thick stands of piñon and juniper. 
 
Thick fuels within the tight canopy of the active fire zone include a heavy load of slash and dead trees that have succumbed to insects and disease. Fire behavior was active throughout most of Wednesday, reflecting increased temperatures and lower humidities.  
 
The Peggy Fire is burning hot, consuming fuels that would be considered hazardous under uncontrolled conditions.

SFNF Issues Temporary Closure For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Due To Ojitos Fire

on July 28, 2017 - 9:31am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE –  The Santa Fe National Forest has closed a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety during operations on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Aug. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at N.M. 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section until the fire is controlled.

The

SFNF Manages Fire On Cuba Ranger District For Resource Benefits

on July 28, 2017 - 6:32am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  A lightning strike just north of Llaves Tuesday started the low-intensity Alameda Fire, giving fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) the opportunity to use a natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Alameda Fire is approximately 9 acres just north of Dead Man Lookout. Fire managers look at the fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and weather, including predicted monsoonal moisture, to assess risks and predict fire behavior.

Peggy Fire Update Jemez Ranger District

on July 27, 2017 - 7:09am
SFNF News:
 
Current Situation: Crews continued blacklining the perimeter of the Peggy Fire over the weekend. Fire activity was low to moderate throughout the day Saturday until about 5:30 p.m. when a storm cell brought much stronger winds out of the north, drastically increasing fire activity and pushing the fire to the south. The winds also helped create the very visible smoke column in the late afternoon. The blacklining that crews had worked on over the past several days held the fire in spite of the dramatic shift in wind direction and speed.

SFNF Update: Peggy Fire On Jemez Ranger District

on July 23, 2017 - 9:15am

SFNF News:

Here is the latest update on the Peggy Fire burning on the Peggy Mesa, approximately two miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

Start Date: July 18, 2017

Cause: Lightning struck a single standing dead tree. The fire subsequently spread into surrounding dead and down timber and brush.

Size: 147 acres

Location: Peggy Mesa, approximately 2 miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Vegetation: Piñon pines, juniper, ponderosa pine and oak scrub brush

Current

Liam Cunningham Is LAFD Firefighter For A Day

on July 22, 2017 - 8:20am

Barranca Mesa Elementary School student Liam Cunningham finds out how heavy Capt. Manny Pacheco's hat really is during his visit Friday morning to Los Alamos Fire Station 2 on DP Road. Cunningham is the lucky winner of the Firefighter For A Day prize in a silent auction at the school during the PTO's Bobcat Bonanza last April. The Los Alamos Fire Department is ready to help other schools with similar fundraising and community awareness programs. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Liam Cunningham poses for a photo with his fire crew after being a firefighter for the day Friday at Station

LAPD Dispatchers Are The Thin Gold Line

on July 20, 2017 - 11:11am

Consolidated Dispatch Center Shift Supervisor Wendy Strain goes through medical instructions Tuesday morning during a 911 call. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Dispatcher Ruben Garcia sends emergency responders to the home of a 911 caller. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • “There’s the thin blue line for police officers and the thin red line for firefighters ... dispatchers are the thin gold line …” –CDC Supervisor Kate Stoddard

 

When visitors stand in front of the small dark window in the foyer of the Los

Cow Fire Ignites On Santa Fe National Forest

on July 19, 2017 - 5:48pm

SFNF News:

The Cow Fire has consumed under an acre since starting Tuesday when lightning hit a single standing dead tree. The tree subsequently fell, and fire started creeping slowly down the slopes.

Although it remains small, the Cow Fire is putting out a lot of smoke due to the concentration of dead and down fuels. A rocky area on the north side of the fire is holding it, and green drainages to the east and west of the fire should help keep it from growing. Fire crews are monitoring the Cow Fire.

  • Start Date: July 18, 2017
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: Less than 1 acre
  • Location: On the Pecos Ranger

Driver In Single-Vehicle Rollover Pleads Not Guilty

on July 19, 2017 - 6:10am

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Hernandez man involved in a July 9 single-vehicle rollover on Diamond Drive pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, speeding and open container Monday before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk.

Bobbyray Sisneros was arrested after Los Alamos Police and Fire Department personnel responded at 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash. Sisneros and his two passengers were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.

Judge Kirk allowed Sisneros to remain free on conditions of release, which included reporting to the

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