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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 23 to Oct. 28, 2014

on October 30, 2014 - 11:35am

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. 23 at 8:31 a.m. / A 19-year-old Albuquerque woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Trinity Drive.


Oct. 23 at 9:10 a.m. / Police arrested Tashina Bustos, 26, of Chimayo and charged her with battery on a household member at 535 Trinity Dr.

Oct. 23 at 3:53 p.m.

Jonathon Gerson Appointed To Oversee Handling Of Election Fraud And Voting Rights Complaints In New Mexico

on October 30, 2014 - 10:24am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Jonathon M. Gerson will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the Nov. 4 general elections.

AUSA Gerson has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the District of New Mexico and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

“Every citizen must be

Sheriff Urges Parents: Check Sex Offender Registry Before Halloween

on October 28, 2014 - 4:06pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero today issued the following Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips:

Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80 percent of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile? Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under 12, and 75 percent of victims know their attacker. Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home.

WIPP Continues To Restore Activities Underground

on October 28, 2014 - 3:46pm

WIPP News:

WIPP employees recently completed the 100th entry into the WIPP underground facility since the February events that temporarily shut down access.

Radiological control technicians continue to conduct “rollback” surveys and sampling necessary to re‐establish additional areas of the mine as radiological buffer areas. Preventive maintenance activities are underway on various pieces of heavy equipment so they can be safely returned to service.

UNM-LA Parenting Series Begins Second Run

on October 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Cyber Safety and Technology will kick off the six-class series on parenting Oct. 30. Courtesy/Bigstock

UNM-LA News:

The popular parenting class Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents, is returning for it’s second run this Thursday, Oct. 30. The six-class series is a collaboration between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

The series begins with Cyber Safety and Technology and will explore topics related to apps and social media, online safety, cyberbullying, tools and guidelines for using the Internet, and

MADD New Mexico Partners Locally During Red Ribbon Week To Prevent Underage Drinking

on October 28, 2014 - 11:28am

MADD News:

New Pledge Campaign, #ProtectUrSelfie invites teens to say no to alcohol

Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 each year, more than all illegal drugs combined. In connection with Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) New Mexico is launching a new social media pledge campaign that asks teens to #ProtectUrSelfie by staying alcohol-free until 21 and never getting in the car with a drinking driver.

This takes the place of the traditional pen and paper pledge and asks teens to grab a couple of friends and invite other peers to take a “selfie” with their

United Way Series: Carmen

on October 28, 2014 - 6:20am

Carmen escaped from a lifetime of abuse. Courtesy/UWNNM


At 65, Carmen left the only life she had known for 47 years. She walked away one blustery day in February and took with her a light load of only the necessities. The necessities included pictures of her grandchildren that she knew she would not be seeing for a while. Her whole life and lifetime was in a box the size that she could carry quickly to her car.

Carmen was married at 18. Like most young women of her generation she took her vows of marriage seriously and when she said forever, she intended to be with this man for

White Rock Woman Runs In 2014 NYC Marathon

on October 27, 2014 - 3:14pm

Ellen McGehee of White Rock at mile 20 of the Poulsbo, Wash., marathon course - her last major training run before Sunday's NYC Marathon. Courtesy photo


Ellen McGehee of White Rock and her sister Martha Teck are running in Sunday's New York City Marathon to raise awareness of a specific type of cancer.

As Team IBC, they are raising awareness for inflammatory breast cancer, a form of cancer that McGehee's friend has and is difficult to diagnose through mammography because there is generally no lump.

T-shirt designed by Celeste Levy. Courtesy photo

McGehee's daughter

Los Alamos Road Construction Update: Oct. 27

on October 27, 2014 - 12:12pm



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 contractor has closed Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to the Reel Deal Theater and the library will be provided from eastbound Central.

Access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street.

Directions starting from westbound Central:

  • Right at 15th, left at Nectar which turns into Peach Street, then left

St. Francis Drive Concrete Wall Barrier Repair Starts Tuesday

on October 27, 2014 - 11:50am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin construction repairs to the center concrete wall barrier on St. Francis Drive (U.S. 84/285) between Alamo Drive and the N.M. 599 bypass.

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 28, the northbound and southbound left lanes will close 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weather permitting, this project is anticipated to be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Drivers are urged to proceed through the work zones with caution, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the posted speed limit.

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

on October 27, 2014 - 8:07am

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, right, with her sister Valerie Partridge crossing the finish line Sunday at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event in Charlotte, N.C. Courtesy photo 

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, left, with her sister Valerie Partridge making the world a better place Sunday at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event in Charlotte, N.C. Courtesy photo 

Los Alamos Police Officers Recognized At Ceremony

on October 26, 2014 - 7:08am

Six officers were recognized Friday for promotions during a special ceremony in the training room at the Los Alamos Police Station. Front row from left, Sgt. Jordan Redmond, Cpl. J. Cordova, and Cpl. Jude Binion. Back row from left, Adele Girmendonk, Cpl. James Keane, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Sgt. Erica Bustos and Cpl. Ben Irving. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Newly promoted Sgt. Jordan Redmond with his son. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone chats with staff members and Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales at Friday's promotion ceremony.

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/

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

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 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

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


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


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