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Los Alamos Chamber Manager Participates In Avon Walk For Breast Cancer In Charlotte, N.C.

on October 25, 2014 - 3:10pm

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, left, with her sister Valerie Partridge today at mile marker 20 of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event from the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The sisters started at 6:30 a.m. today and have six more miles to go. They will camp overnight and walk another 13 miles Sunday in an effort to bring awareness to breast cancer. Courtesy photo 

MADD New Mexico Announces Hero Awardees

on October 25, 2014 - 10:17am

MADD News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Real heroes walk among us. MADD New Mexico, the state’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ending drunk driving, announces the 2014 Honoring Heroes Awardees at a brunch event Saturday, Nov. 8 in Albuquerque.

Ten winners from law enforcement, the business sector, the courts, as well as regular, everyday citizens, and one very active teenager, were selected among dozens of nominations for their dedication to fulfilling MADD’s mission of ending DWI, supporting victims of this violent crime, and preventing underage drinking.

The community is encouraged show

Heinrich Statement On Molotov Cocktail Thrown At Islamic Center Of New Mexico

on October 25, 2014 - 8:29am

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. released the following statement Friday on the incident at the Islamic Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque: 

"The news that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Islamic Center of New Mexico is deeply troubling. Acts of violence have no place in our society. The members of the ‎Center and the entire Muslim community in New Mexico are in my thoughts."

For details, click here.

UPDATE: No Injuries In N.M. 4 Accident Today

on October 24, 2014 - 5:36pm

Scene of an accident about 1 p.m. today on N.M. 4 near the White Rock Y. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

First responders set up traffic control at today's accident scene. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UPDATE: The accident on N.M. 4 involved two vehicles and a large box truck. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said no one was hurt or transported to the hospital. N.M. 4 has reopened but Grider said it will be closed again for a short time when a wrecker arrives to tow the truck away. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

News Alert:

A significant accident has

Los Alamos Medical Center Hosts Women’s Healthy Life Symposium And Celebration 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. Saturday

on October 24, 2014 - 12:34pm

LAMC News:

The first-ever Women’s Healthy Life Symposium and Celebration is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Bring a friend, a sister, a neighbor, a mother, or a daughter with you! From breastfeeding and belly dancing to menopause management and yoga, the healthcare providers at LAMC have something to offer every woman.

One of the most-exciting aspects of this first-ever event, is the fact that 17 different physicians and healthcare providers are presenting information, live and in-person.

Last Day To Vote For The Band Perry To Play Los Alamos

on October 24, 2014 - 10:56am

The Band Perry. Courtesy photo

STATE FARM News:

State Farm agents Lou Santoro and Abe Dispennette along with Los Alamos High School would like to thank all of you who have been faithful in celebrating safe driving habits with our teenagers. 

Your voting have kept us at the top of the ranks for New Mexico. 

Don’t forget to vote one last time today and help push us just a bit higher in the ranks and possibly be qualified from some huge State Farm grants for our High School students!

Vote at www.CelebrateMyDrive.com.

WIPP Ventilation Fan Restarted

on October 24, 2014 - 7:54am

WIPP News:

Tuesday evening, workers at WIPP successfully restarted the 860A fan that is part of the mine ventilation and filtration system currently operating at the site.

The 860A fan was started Feb. 14, when continuous air monitors (CAM) in the WIPP underground facility detected elevated levels of radioactive contamination and shifted the underground ventilation system into filtration mode, forcing all air exiting the facility through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The WIPP underground facility has remained in filtration mode since the event occurred.

The 860A fan ran

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 16 to Oct. 22, 2014

on October 23, 2014 - 11:12pm

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.

Oct. 16 at 9:38 a.m. / An 18-year-old Espanola woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.  

Oct. 17 at 9:13 a.m. / A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she is the victim of child solicitation by electronic communication device.

Oct. 17 at 8:43 p.m.

Local Voting Puts LAHS In #1 Spot In New Mexico!

on October 22, 2014 - 10:14am

STATE FARM News:

Great news Los Alamos, your voting has shot Los Alamos High School into the #1 position in New Mexico and we are quickly approaching the top 100 in the Nation!

These last few days are the most important in voting because as other communities get complacent in their top spots we can vote Los Alamos to the top. 

Just three more days of committing!

Talk On Medications And Fall Risks Monday

on October 22, 2014 - 9:59am

LARSO News:

Jacqueline Kakos, MS, Health Educator at the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center will give a talk at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on the subject of medications and fall risk.

Prescriptions can be very helpful to seniors, but often they put those who take them at great risk for falls.

This talk will identify risks, drug interactions, side effects and what to know and ask about medications in order to reduce the chance of falls. 

Prescribed Burn 17 Miles Southwest Of Los Alamos

on October 22, 2014 - 9:27am

Prescribed pile burn. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District.

The Los Griegos prescribed pile burn may be conducted Oct. 23 through Oct. 31 only on favorable days as conditions allow.  A total of 300 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers

First Liquid Fueled Vehicle Returned To Service In WIPP Underground

on October 21, 2014 - 8:35pm

WIPP News:

The first piece of diesel-powered equipment has been returned to service in the WIPP underground facility.

Last week, workers inspected the four-ton forklift and performed preventative maintenance so that it could be returned to service. The forklift will support various activities over the next several weeks, including resumption of bolting activities, final waste hoist inspections, and moving equipment associated with project REACH.

Preventative maintenance activities and inspections are also being performed on the roof bolting machine and the mobile vehicle that supplies

Los Alamos Fire Department Ready For Ebola

on October 21, 2014 - 9:41am

LAFD News:

How have the County’s first responders prepared for a possible Ebola epidemic?

The Los Alamos County Fire Department has been working diligently to unify efforts across Northern New Mexico to prepare for any possible Ebola cases. The Emergency Medical Services Division and the Safety division for the department has sent out the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) interim guidance for first responders and dispatchers to follow in the case of a possible outbreak.

The Fire department has also been in close contact with Los Alamos Emergency Management, Santa Fe County and City Fire

Don't Minimize Seriousness Of Problem Drinking

on October 21, 2014 - 9:21am

AL-ANON News:

Problem drinkers often say that their drinking is not as serious as people think.

Even people who are in close relationships with problem drinkers tend to minimize how seriously the drinker’s behavior has affected them. “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2015” magazine, complimentary from Al-Anon Family Groups, offers ways to evaluate whether Al-Anon can help people cope with the drinking behavior of a family member or a close friend.

 “Often, people think if the drinker cared about you, he or she would stop drinking to please you.

Important Community Talk On Drugs And Drug Abuse In Los Alamos Wednesday

on October 21, 2014 - 8:22am

LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and other community members will present a talk designed to raise awareness of drugs and drug abuse within the local community.

"I would like to see this presentation act as a catalyst for a more open discussion about drugs in Los Alamos County and what we can do as a community about it," Sgambellone said.

The presentation is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Duane Smith Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Nature On Tap Focuses On Prescribed Burning And Wildfire Training Thursday

on October 21, 2014 - 7:34am

Participants in the Spanish-language international Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) were in the Jemez Mountains recently for two weeks learning about and implementing controlled burns. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

No one wants to see another mega fire like Las Conchas tear through New Mexico, and prescribed burning, when done safely and properly, can go a long way toward preventing such fires.

But in order to be safer in fighting wildfires, firefighters need to receive certain qualifications, and there is a growing concern that there will not be enough qualified firefighters within 10

Letter to the Editor: Message To School Board, School Administration And Entire Los Alamos Community

on October 20, 2014 - 3:34pm
By GINA COLUZZI
Los Alamos

A message to the School Board, School Administration and the whole Los Alamos Community:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and other community members will present a talk on drug abuse within our community on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Duane Smith. I urge you to be present and listen and do something about this problem.

For those of you out there who think that Los Alamos doesn’t have a drug problem, especially in our youth, I urge you to open your eyes.

NMCD Secretary Gregg Marcantel Orders Statewide Lockdown

on October 20, 2014 - 12:47pm

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown of all 11 prison facilities as part of a periodic review to ensure safety and security.

During this time, officers and staff will review procedures, search and clear every housing unit, cell and inmate, and take account of the current condition of the facilities. Operations like this are vital to not only ensuring the safety of our staff and other inmates, but also promote the pro-social prison environments necessary for reducing recidivism.

'Celebrate Safe Driving' Enters Final Week!

on October 20, 2014 - 10:45am

The Band Perry. Courtesy photo

STATE FARM News:

Today marks the last week of State Farm’s promotion of safe driving. Please take a minute to support Los Alamos High School by pledging your support for safe driving and voting for our local high school to receive huge prizes from State Farm – ranging from $25,000 all the way to a free concert from The Band Perry. 

Thank you already for your support – as of our last update Los Alamos High School was ranked #2 in New Mexico.

Let’s stay faithful during this marathon of voting and push our students to the top seat in the country!

Vote Now:

Support Effort Encouraging Teens To Drive Safely - Vote Again

on October 19, 2014 - 2:59pm

The Band Perry/Courtesy photo

STATE FARM News:

Please support the effort to encourage our teens to drive safely. This online effort reinforces safe driving and rewards the kids with a possible visit and concert by The Band Perry.

Don't know who the Band Perry is? Watch a few music videos on You tube (sorry, there's a commercial at the start) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NJqUN9TClM

Partnering with our students begins today to bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos and it's very simple:

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Oct. 20

on October 19, 2014 - 11:58am

Road Construction Update: Oct. 20

This will be the last update of the season. Further information regarding traffic control will be distributed through press releases.

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note that the below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

The library driveway was

Call To Action: Drug Misuse Problem, Prevention, And Seeking Help

on October 19, 2014 - 10:33am

By Toshi Shiina, Leslie Hayes, M.D., and Erin Bouquin, M.D.

Drug addiction is widely spread and extremely hard to treat, but many people may think that drug addiction is not an issue in Los Alamos County. According to the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health in 2011, 5.2 percent of the youth (9th-12th grade) in Los Alamos reported using heroin while the New Mexico average was 3.2 percent.

These numbers declined somewhat in 2013 – Los Alamos: 3.1 percent and NM: 2.9 percent.

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

Celebrate Safe Teen Driving - Vote Again Today

on October 18, 2014 - 3:19pm

The Band Perry. Courtesy photo

STATE FARM News:

Don't let the weekend keep you from voting! Let's keep our campaign going in full force to help achieve some great prizes for our high school students and continue to show our support for their safe driving habits.

Vote for Los Alamos High School at www.CelebrateMyDrive.com and help bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos.

Governor Directs DOH To Coordinate New Mexico’s Ebola Preparedness Plan

on October 18, 2014 - 2:38pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the unlikely event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico.

DOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola.

“The risk of New Mexicans

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