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Dryer Safety Highlighted During Fire Prevention Month

on October 7, 2015 - 9:20am
CSIA News:
INDIANAPOLIS -- The month of October is Fire Prevention Month when homeowners are encouraged to look around their homes for any potential fire risks.
One risk that homeowners often overlook is having their dryer vents cleaned. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2012 clothes dryers counted for about 5,100 fires, resulting in 10 deaths and 180 injuries. "Failure to clean" is the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.

Threat Closes Espanola Valley High School

on October 7, 2015 - 7:47am

Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez

Staff Report

Due to threats posted Tuesday on social media about a potential shooting at Espanola Valley High School, Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez has cancelled today’s classes.made the decision Tuesday evening

Early Tuesday morning, the school learned of the threat on social media and police were able to determine that the student who made that threat attends a neighboring school. Their investigation continues.

In a briefing Tuesday afternoon with staff, law enforcement advised the district to either institute a lockdown or school closure for today.

Chromium Blotch Grows Slowly Under The Plateau

on October 6, 2015 - 4:57pm

Danny Katzman, LANL water stewardship program manager, discusses proposals for containing the chromium plume in the regional aquifer during a Sept. 29 presentation at Cities of Gold. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

POJOAQUE PUEBLO – Nearly nine years have gone by since Los Alamos National Laboratory formally reported the presence of a potentially carcinogenic chromium contaminant in the regional aquifer under the lab.

The probable source was soon traced to an era in which hexavalent chromium dissolved in various fluids was commonly used

Suspect Pleads Guilty To Theft At Los Alamos Historical Museum

on October 6, 2015 - 10:45am

William Ryan Skelton. File photo


William Ryan Skelton turned himself in over the weekend following a news release issued Oct. 1 by Los Alamos police asking the public's assistance to locate him.

Skelton, 30, was suspected of robbing a cash box at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Sept. 25 and damaging property near Bathtub Row in Los Alamos. He faced Judge Pat Casados Monday in Magistrate Court and pleaded guilty to larceny and criminal damage to property.

Judge Casados sentenced Skelton to 90 days in jail, 45 days for larceny and 45 days for criminal damage to property, to run

LANL EM Support Contract Goes To Sigma Science

on October 5, 2015 - 10:08am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to Sigma Science Inc. (SSI) of Los Alamos.

SSI is a Small Business Administration (SBA) Certified 8(a) Program Participant. The contract will have a maximum value of $4 million with a five year ordering period. Firm-fixed-price and time-and-material task orders may be issued from the basic contract.

SSI has 18 years of experience providing nuclear safety, operations, maintenance, engineering, environmental management, project management and

Wildlife Cam Captures Bear On Barranca Mesa

on October 4, 2015 - 11:16am

A wildlife camera captured a bear sauntering across a lawn just after midnight Saturday at a Venado Street residence on Barranca Mesa. Courtesy/Pam Reynolds

Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 5

on October 4, 2015 - 9:52am


Los Alamos County has announced the road projects underway in the coming week.

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150 or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Public Works Projects:

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Remaining work including sidewalks and small drainage improvements, landscaping, cleanup and punch

Letter To The Editor: Surely Worth It To Save Lives?

on October 3, 2015 - 11:20am
Los Alamos

It's time to drive home from LANL, and time for another round of "dodge the mother with child running across the street."

There is no place for a pedestrian to safely cross the street on Trinity between Diamond and Oppenheimer, and nowhere on Central between Diamond and Ashley Pond.

In this space there are numerous apartment and condo complexes filled with families with children, as well as the swimming pool, library, a children's dentist and orthodontist, a school, several churches, dance, art and music classes, a demonstration garden/park, a teen center,

NNSA Awards Mo-99 Cooperative Agreement To General Atomics

on October 3, 2015 - 8:55am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, DC  Wednesday Sept. 30, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced that it will award a cooperative agreement to General Atomics (GA) to support its project for domestic production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without highly enriched uranium (HEU).  
Mo-99 is the parent isotope of technetium-99m, which is the most widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging and is used in approximately 80 percent of nuclear diagnostic imaging procedures in the United States, equating to about 50,000 medical procedures every day. 

FBI: Roswell Fugitive Arrested, Another Added In Multi-Agency Drug Investigation

on October 3, 2015 - 8:48am
FBI News:
Susana Ceballos, 35, of Roswell, who was wanted in connection with a multi-agency drug investigation, has been arrested in Roswell by the FBI.
Javier A. Madrid, 27, of Roswell, has been added as a fugitive in connection with this operation. Madrid is 5’7”, weighs approximately 168 pounds, has brown eyes and brown hair.
This investigation is led by the FBI, DEA, Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force, Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police.
Anyone with information about Madrid’s whereabouts is asked to notify the FBI

WIPP Emergency Response Team Member Earn Advanced Training Certifications

on October 3, 2015 - 8:39am
WIPP News:
Recovery activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant continue to move in a positive direction.
As part of increased emergency response capabilities, the WIPP Fire Department and Emergency Response Team are participating in advanced training, improving overall capabilities and receiving advanced certifications.
Training and validation testing has included written examinations, as well as intense physical and practical testing. All WIPP firefighters are certified at Firefighter Level I/II.

AG Urges Passage Of Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act For Heroin And Opioid Addiction Epidemic

on October 3, 2015 - 8:25am
Attorney General Balderas
SANTA FE   Tuesday Sept. 29, Attorney General Balderas and attorneys general from 36 states plus the District of Columbia sent a letter to the leadership of the Committee on the Judiciary for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (S. 524/HR 953).
This comes as New Mexico and other states continue to address the epidemic of heroin and opioid-based painkiller abuse and addiction and its devastating effect on public health and safety in communities.
The Comprehensive

Letter To The Editor: The Most Dangerous Thing I Do Every Day

on October 2, 2015 - 11:33am
Los Alamos

'I think that the most dangerous thing that I do every day is bike home. In particular, I don't know how I should navigate the combination of the security area, the Omega Bridge, and the lights on Diamond at Trinity and at Canyon.' I wrote that in May of 2010, a little more than five years before I was struck by a truck at the intersection of West Road and Diamond Drive.

As I was being knocked on to the pavement in the middle of Diamond, I realized what was happening and understood that my life depended on the driver stopping immediately.

Udall, Markey, Durbin Announce Agreement On Chemical Safety Reform Bill

on October 2, 2015 - 9:47am
  • Markey, Durbin to cosponsor after Senate vote, bringing total support to 60 senators

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, as the full Senate prepares to begin debate on a historic bill to overhaul the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. and Richard Durbin, D-Ill. announced they have agreed on new improvements to the bill.
With the changes, Markey and Durbin have agreed to support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Lockdown Lifted At Los Alamos High School

on October 1, 2015 - 1:11pm

LAPS News:

A domestic dispute in a neighborhood near Los Alamos High School around noon today led police to place the school in lockdown as a safety precaution.

A Los Alamos Public Schools spokesperson told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the LAHS Principal Brad Parker has been in communication with parents, teachers, staff and students.

LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew explained that the report of the domestic dispute was deemed to be unfounded and has evolved into a medical issue instead.

The lockdown has been lifted, everyone is safe and classes have resumed.

Armed Man Jumps Over Counter, Robs Bank

on October 1, 2015 - 12:18pm

Bank robber suspect. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

A man armed with a handgun robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday after jumping over a counter.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set white male in his mid-20s to early 30s, approximately 5’10” to 5’11” tall, with reddish brown hair and a beard. He wore a black baseball cap with a white Under Armour logo on it, gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and shoes with black soles.

At approximately 3:48 p.m., the suspect entered the Bank of Albuquerque at 4201 Wyoming Blvd. NE.

Los Alamos Police Collect 312 Pounds Of Old Prescriptions During Saturday's Drug Take Back Day

on October 1, 2015 - 11:58am

The Los Alamos Police Department collection site set up Saturday near the patio at Smith’s Maketplace. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero assists a citizen with a drop off. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department collected 312 pounds of unwanted and unused prescriptions during Saturday’s drug take back day.

The total collection amount was from drop offs made to the LAPD drug box located in the police station lobby at the Judicial Complex and the two collection sites in Los Alamos and White Rock. 

“This National Initiative to take controlled

Police Seek Public's Assistance To Locate Suspect In Friday's Theft At Los Alamos Historical Museum

on October 1, 2015 - 11:20am

William Ryan Skelton. File photo

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for the person believed to be responsible for Friday’s incident at the Los Alamos Historical Museum. 

William Ryan Skelton, 30, is wanted on charges of larceny and criminal damage to property near Bathtub Row in Los Alamos.

The suspect was last seen driving a blue 1994 single cab Toyota truck with New Mexico plate NGM286.

Police are asking citizens to call Crimestoppers at 505.662.8282 with information on this case or to report the whereabouts of Skelton. 



Atomic City Transit Bus And Pickup Collide On NM 4

on October 1, 2015 - 8:59am

An Atomic City Transit (ACT) “Dial a Ride” bus was involved in an accident at about 6:40 a.m. today on N.M. 4 near White Rock. The bus was carrying two passengers and no injuries were reported, however the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries. A County spokesperson said that the ACT bus driver took evasive action to avoid a near head on collision with the pickup. The shoulder was soft and the bus rolled onto its side. The road was closed to clear the accident but has re-opened now.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, 2015

on September 30, 2015 - 9:04pm

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.

Sept. 23 at 10:13 a.m. / Police arrested Elsie Fernandez, 36, of Ojo Caliente on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Sept. 23 at 3:40 p.m. / Police arrested Mario Sanchez, 27, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police booking photo is not available.



Sept. 24 at 9:56 a.m.

TSA Agents Find Record Number Of Guns In Carry-on Luggage At Airports

on September 30, 2015 - 9:34am

Loaded gun discovered at airport screening center. Courtesy/TSA

HSNW News:

TSA agents in airports across the United States discovered 67 guns in carry-on luggage during the week ending Sept. 17, which broke an earlier record of 65 firearms found during one week in May 2013.

TSA officers found nearly 1,900 firearms in carry-on luggage between Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 2015. This year is thus on track to see a 28 percent spike in the number of firearms found compared to the 2,212 guns — an average of about 40 a week — discovered by TSA agents in 2014.

TSA notes that of those 67 guns discovered

FBI Seeks Woman With Colorful Backpack Who Attempted To Rob Albuquerque Bank

on September 29, 2015 - 4:02pm
FBI News:
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a woman with a colorful backpack who attempted to rob a Wells Fargo bank inside a Smith’s grocery store in northeast Albuquerque Saturday, Sept. 26.
The suspect is described as an African-American woman in her early 20s, approximately 5’5” to 5’6” tall, with a thin build and long dark hair with blonde highlights. She wore a long-sleeve olive green T-shirt, blue jeans, a camouflage boonie hat, and carried a backpack with letters of the alphabet and yellow, orange, blue and black squares on it.
Witnesses said the

NNSA Partnership Successfully Removes All Remaining HEU From Uzbekistan

on September 29, 2015 - 3:50pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, DC  Today, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced the successful return of the final 5 kilograms (approximately 11 pounds) of highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from the IIN-3M “Foton” research reactor in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Russia.
This is the eighth shipment of HEU from Uzbekistan since 2004 and marks the removal of all HEU from the country.
Since the Russian Research Reactor Fuel Return program began in 2002, DOE/NNSA has collaborated with the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the Federal Center

Maintenance Burn Underway In Pueblo Canyon

on September 28, 2015 - 7:36pm

A maintenance burn is underway in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department, with the assistance of the Santa Fe National Forest, is conducting a prescribed burn on 26 acres of County open space.  The area is in the upper reaches of Pueblo Canyon east of the Aquatic Center.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing wildlife habitat diversity.

The Los Alamos prescribed