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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 17 – Aug. 23, 2016

on August 24, 2016 - 7:53pm

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.

BRENDEN BROWN

Aug. 17 at 12:41 p.m. / Police arrested Brenden Brown, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Aug. 17 at 2:24 p.m. / A 34-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone burglarized his vehicle parked on La Paloma Drive.

The estimated loss is unknown.

Aug. 17 at 6:49 p.m.

FBI: Couple Sentenced For Robbing Española Bank

on August 24, 2016 - 8:18am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Fidel Naranjo, 27, of Santa Fe and Kendra Brophy, 29, of San Pedro were sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque for convictions arising out of the Dec. 2, 2015 robbery of a bank in Española. 

Naranjo was sentenced to a 40-month term of incarceration followed by three years of supervised release. Brophy was sentenced to a year of probation to be served under home confinement with electronic monitoring followed by five years of supervised release.

Cone Zone Extra: LANL Exercise Friday Aug. 26

on August 23, 2016 - 4:35pm

COUNTY News:

Motorists at or near the Diamond/Trinity intersection may see activity in the parking lot of the Los Alamos Medical Center this Friday. This is only a LANL emergency exercise, no cause for alarm.

Read the LANL news release below for details. Traffic should not be impeded, but, curious drivers may be more interested in looking at "what's going on at the Medical Center..." - so be alert if passing through this busy intersection!

LANL News Release:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise Friday, Aug. 26. It is only an exercise.

Governor Activates State Emergency Operations Center In Preparation For Potential Flooding Statewide

on August 23, 2016 - 4:17pm

STATE News:

Today, Gov. Susana Martinez directed the activation of New Mexico Emergency Operations Center to assist in the coordinated response to flooding across the state, including Rio Arriba, Sierra, Dona Ana and Eddy counties.

These counties, including other areas of the state, have been hit with heavy rain, which is expected to continue throughout the week.

“As monsoon season continues to bring heavy rains and flooding throughout the state, I’ve activated the Emergency Operations Center to monitor the situation and assist in response as needed,”  Martinez said.

Estimated $109 Billion Annual Cost Of Drowsy Driving

on August 23, 2016 - 3:05pm
GHSA News:
 
We all know not to drive drunk, drugged or distracted, but what about driving drowsy? The Governors Highway Safety Association issued a new report in collaboration with State Farm titled Wake Up Call!
 
Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, highlights the dangers associated with driving tired. Among them: drowsy driving can closely mimic drunk driving, 10-20 percent of large truck and bus crashes involve fatigued drivers, and society loses $109 billion annually due to drowsy driving crashes.
 
Check out the full report here: 

UNM-LA Cuts Ribbon On Newly Renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility

on August 22, 2016 - 5:50pm
UNM-Los Alamos CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Steve Boerigter cut the ribbon placed in front of the ambulance simulator Aug. 11, officially opening the renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility on campus. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Interior of the simulated ambulance used for training at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By NANCY COOMBS
UNM-Los Alamos

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) hosted an Open House and ribbon cutting event Aug. 11 to celebrate the completed renovation of the Fire & EMS Training Facility.

Letter To The Editor: Black Bear Safety ... The Bear Facts

on August 22, 2016 - 1:51pm
By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos

Fr. Glenn Jones wishes that “…someone catches and transports these bears hanging around town…” (letter). I sympathize with Fr. Jones in looking after the safety of his flock. The problem is that Los Alamos is a rural, mountainous town and is naturally black bear habitat. Removing a bear or three will not remove the fact that we share our county with wildlife, bears and other large animals included.

Thankfully, black bears are rarely aggressive towards humans. The recent attack in the mountains resulted from a runner surprising a mother with cub.

Letter To The Editor: Bears Posing Threat In Los Alamos

on August 22, 2016 - 10:06am
This bear is captured on video prowling around the parking lot on and off all day Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road, and escaping down the canyon when spooked. Photo is a PrintScreen from video footage
 
This bear is standing up at a trash dumpster Sunday on the grounds of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road, where it hung around on and off all day. Photo is a PrintScreen from video footage
 
By Fr. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

I hope someone catches and transports these bears hanging around town soon.

Lightning Splinters Tree Near LAHS Golf Team

on August 21, 2016 - 6:43pm
Lightning struck this tree Friday afternoon about 300 feet from the LAHS golf team during a practice session at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Jon Doorn 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A powerful bolt of lightning splintered a tree Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course near 16 Los Alamos High School Golf Team members and four coaches.

The strike occurred at around 4 p.m., about 300 feet away from where the team was practicing.

Sam Crooks, 15, described the experience during an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

“I felt electricity run through me.

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 22, 2016

on August 21, 2016 - 4:38pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has issued the following Road Construction Update for the Week of Aug. 22.

Please slow down and use caution within construction work zones. Please 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:

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. The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; contact the Public Works Department at

Letter to the Editor: Bowman Response To Kosiewicz

on August 21, 2016 - 4:29pm
By Charles D. Bowman
President, ADNA Corporation
Los Alamos

Kosiewicz, apparently from his letter, a key leader in establishing the design basis for WIPP, says he retired from LANL 11 years ago. It would have served readers well if he had not relied on memory before commenting on our analysis of the barrel incident and our “errors and omissions.”

Among his misstatements:

  1. He writes, “In our experiments, the major gases produced from radiolysis of cellulosics were carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide with lesser amounts of hydrogen.” However Fig.

Vandal Ruins Manhattan Project Sign Overnight

on August 19, 2016 - 2:15pm

A vandal has ruined this sign placed near the guard tower at the enntrance to town as part of last month's annual ScienceFest event. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

A vandal ruined the large sign placed near the guard tower at the entrance of town that depicts the flavor of the Manhattan Project. 

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Marketing Manager Ryn Herrmann told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the vandalism occurred overnight and she has reported it to the Los Alamos Police Department. 

Former Los Alamos student Livy Snyder originally painted the sign for the 2015

LAPD Announces Intersection Change On Villa Street

on August 19, 2016 - 8:37am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is issuing notification to all motorists that the Los Alamos County Traffic and Engineering Department has established a new four-way stop sign intersection.

The intersection at Villa and 33rd Street, in front of Aspen Elementary School, has been converted from a two-way stop to a four- way stop. Officers will be out enforcing this new change.

A motorist approaching an all-way stop is always required to come to a full stop before a crosswalk or stop line.

Sheehey: Why Los Alamos Needs A Sheriff

on August 18, 2016 - 10:22pm
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

The County Council recently voted 5-2 to put a proposed change to the County Charter on the November 2016 general election ballot to eliminate the office of Sheriff. I have no objection to the voters deciding on this issue, but I voted against the motion because eliminating the Sheriff is a bad idea. We have a Police Department with a multi-million dollar yearly budget, led by an excellent Chief. Why then should Los Alamos County also have an elected Sheriff with a small budget and staff?

Elected Sheriffs are a very enduring tradition in this

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned For Española Ranger District

on August 18, 2016 - 10:09pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to take advantage of the warm days and cool nights of September to conduct prescribed burns in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed and on Borrego Mesa, both on the Española Ranger District.
 
The September window is intended to take advantage of fall weather but is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
 
The planning area for the Watershed prescribed burn totals 1,800 acres within two to eight miles east of the City of Santa Fe.

NNSA Receives Excellence Award For Radiological Security Enhancements

on August 18, 2016 - 9:17am

NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington - Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

HONOLULU – At an official event this week, the City and County of Honolulu presented the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with the Homeland Security Award for DOE/NNSA’s Office of Radiological Security’s (ORS) efforts to enhance the security of radioactive materials in the State of Hawaii.

The award recognizes DOE/NNSA and Hawaii’s partnership to improve radiological material security across Hawaii in order to prevent the materials from falling into the hands of

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 10 – Aug. 16, 2016

on August 17, 2016 - 9:10pm

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.

Aug. 10 at 11:25 a.m. / A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone damaged her property on Aster Street. The estimated loss is more than $1,000.

ADDIS FURH

Aug. 10 at 7:59 p.m. / Police arrested Addis Furh, 27, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

 

CESAR VARGAS

Aug. 11 at 6:02 a.m.

DOE Announces Spirit Of Concern For Whistleblowers

on August 17, 2016 - 6:14pm
Department of Energy. Courtesy/DOE
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Department of Energy employees and contractor employees may get a little more help in the future to combat whistleblower retaliation by their employers.

Steven Croley

DOE general counsel Steven Croley announced in a DOE blog Aug. 4 that he was taking two new steps to improve the situation.

First, he has sent an “Acquisition Letter” to senior procurement executives of DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration intended to make clear “if and when the Department will reimburse legal costs in

AG Obtains Restraining Order To Protect Homeowners

on August 17, 2016 - 10:40am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that the Office of the Attorney General obtained a temporary restraining order and injunction against a New Mexico attorney, Joshua R. Simms, and a group of non-attorneys who operate a mortgage assistance relief business which operates under the name "Praedium Preservation."
 
The Attorney General alleged that Praedium Preservation took advantage of and profited from consumers in financial distress who are trying to avoid a foreclosure on their homes. "Praedium Preservation" is headed by Mukthiar S.

NASA Issues Report On New Mexico Methane Hotspot

on August 17, 2016 - 10:39am

NASA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  NASA released a study Monday on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico.
 
The report, based on intensive aerial surveys and ground crews, is a follow-up on the 2014 satellite report that initially found the “hotspot” in the region, and sought to further identify and explain its causes.

The study identified 250 large methane plumes emitted from well pads, storage tanks, pipelines, gas processing plants, and venting from the San Juan coal mine.

Accident At Camel Rock Backs Up Traffic To Pojoaque

on August 16, 2016 - 5:23pm

 TRAFFIC Alert:

A reader just arrived in Los Alamos from Santa Fe and said that an accident on 84/285 south at Camel Rock has traffic backed up to Pojoaque.

Luján And White House Drug Policy Director Hold Conference Call Today; Community Forum Thursday

on August 16, 2016 - 8:59am
National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli will travel to Albuquerque Thursday, Aug. 18, to host a community forum on evidence-based programs to prevent and treat prescription drug misuse and heroin use.
 
This is one of a series of forums across the country that will continue the conversation that President Obama began in West Virginia in October of last year, when he announced new public and private sector efforts to address the opioid overdose epidemic.

Director Botticelli will

Alert: Motorists Can Expect Traffic Delays On Diamond Today

on August 15, 2016 - 3:28pm

COUNTY News: 

Los Alamos County officials announced that utility work on Orange Street and Diamond Drive will create a 10-minute delay for this evening's commuters heading north on Diamond Drive. Supporting the Western Area Phase 4 improvements, construction crews have been replacing waterlines in the Denver Steels area, requiring a lane drop on Diamond Drive. For the past two weeks, construction crews have been removing traffic control devices to eliminate the lane drop on Diamond Drive and accommodate the evening rush hour traffic. However, a water tie-in scheduled for Monday, Aug.

Heinrich Launches Online Zika Resource Center

on August 15, 2016 - 1:24pm

Courtesy image

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen.  Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is providing New Mexicans with critical resources and raising awareness about the health threat posed by the Zika virus. 

Today, he launched a Zika Resource Center on his website to provide information about the virus and tools to help New Mexicans stay healthy.

“While the Zika crisis grows, it’s more important than ever that New Mexicans have access to critical information about how to keep themselves and their families safe during the summer months and while traveling.

Police Advisory: Be Aware That School Begins Thursday

on August 15, 2016 - 9:48am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to take a moment and remind motorists that school is back in session this Thursday and officers will be out in school zones for traffic enforcement to ensure all students, parents and staff return from summer break safely and have an enjoyable school year.

LAPD also would like to remind parents whose children are taking Atomic City Transit to school to ensure they are aware of the bus routes they are supposed to take.

At the start of school last year, several children were reported missing because they were confused about the different

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