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Central Avenue Now Closed Between Post Office And 15th

on July 30, 2014 - 7:03pm

COUNTY News:

The recent significant rain has caused delays to the Central Avenue Improvements Project. In order to maintain the project schedule and increase safety along the section of Central Avenue currently under construction, a change to the traffic control plan was required.

Therefore, effective at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Central Avenue between the Post Office entrance and 15th Street has been fully closed and will remain closed for the next 4-6 weeks.
 
Access to the Post Office will be maintained and a pedestrian crossing will be located near Starbucks.

Corrections Event Aimed at Ending DWI

on July 30, 2014 - 8:40am

STATE News:

Did you know there are nearly 500 people serving time in a New Mexico prison for a DWI? Of those 98 were convicted for vehicular homicide or causing great bodily harm.

The New Mexico Corrections Department, in an effort to commit ourselves to ending DWI, has reached out to our brothers and sister in law enforcement and partners in private agencies for a statewide initiative.

Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 at Target Uptown, 2120 Louisiana Blvd NE (on the south side of the building, outdoors).

This event is held by New Mexico Corrections Department, along with other

Cutting Edge Breast Cancer Screening Comes to Santa Fe

on July 30, 2014 - 8:03am

MEDICAL News:

According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), more than 40 percent of all U.S. women have dense breast tissue, and women in the highest dense-breast category established by the ACR are four to six times more likely to get breast cancer compared to women with low breast density.

Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to generate a picture of the breast tissue, and no compression is necessary.

Entry to WIPP Underground Facility Resumed

on July 30, 2014 - 8:01am

WIPP News:

Entries into the WIPP underground facility have resumed after being suspended for several weeks while workers changed air filters on the WIPP Ventilation System.

The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has completed their examination in most of the underground facility. However, Room 7 Panel 7 will be inaccessible to recovery workers until the AIB investigation is completed.

Employees entered the underground facility July 18 to conduct radiological surveys and evaluate ground control conditions to ensure the continued safety of future entry teams.

News Alert: Flash Flood Warning For Southern Los Alamos County

on July 29, 2014 - 11:24pm

NWS News:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR SOUTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO AND EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

UNTIL 1:45 AM MDT. BOTH LOCALIZED AND DISTANT HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CREATE SUDDEN AND DANGEROUS FLOWS IN ARROYOS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLASH FLOODS.

AT 1036 PM MDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 11 MILES NORTHWEST OF COCHITI LAKE...OR ABOUT 16 MILES

Rain Pools Up On Quemazon Nature Trail and 46th

on July 29, 2014 - 11:07pm

A community member sent in these photos from today's rains saying, the rains have brought good and bad ... love the temporary stream on the Quemazon Nature Trail but not excited about the delays the weather is bringing to our street redo on 46th off of Trinity. Courtesy photo

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More Lightning Strikes Above Los Alamos

on July 29, 2014 - 10:29am

With rain storms hovering over the area, more lightning strikes were captured on camera from Nickel Street Sunday evening. The National Weather Service puts the chance for more rain today in Los Alamos at 90 percent. Photo by Daniel Seitz
Lightning captured on camera from Nickel Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Daniel Seitz

MSHA Issues 52 Citations At WIPP

on July 29, 2014 - 7:54am

WIPP News:

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently inspected the WIPP facility. Since underground access was not available at the time of the visit, inspectors focused on the surface facilities.

Following their inspection, MSHA issued 52 citations for various conditions including general workplace tidiness, exposed electrical wiring and missing safety guards on equipment.

Currently, 49 of the citations have been addressed and corrective actions completed. A list of citations and dispositions can be found at here.

The three outstanding citations are related to missing

Power Interrupted At UNM-LA And Denver Steels

on July 28, 2014 - 10:08am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials report that a power outage affecting about 100 customers in the Denver Steels neighborhood and portions of the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos began about 6:45 a.m. today.

Power was restored at UNM-LA by 7:30 a.m. and by 8 a.m. to the Denver Steels neighborhood.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water and wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Lightning Creates Quite A Show Over Los Alamos

on July 28, 2014 - 9:10am

Lightning last night created quite a show. These strikes were shot from a house on Nickel Street ... the lights are from Canyon Road. Photo by Daniel Seitz

 

NWS News:

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch for Los Alamos County and the Jemez Mountains through late tonight as well as a weather outlook through Sunday, Aug. 3.

.TODAY...SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...THEN WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60S TO LOWER 80S.

Chikungunya Virus Reaches United States

on July 27, 2014 - 12:37pm

Countries and territories where chikungunya cases have been reported. Courtesy/CDC

Chikungunya virus disease cases reported by state or territory – United States, 2014 (as of July 22, 2014). Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been closely following reports of the mosquito-borne chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus, which is transmitted to people by mosquitoes.

The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.

In late 2013, the chikungunya

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce to Host DOE Secretary in Carlsbad Regarding Recovery at WIPP

on July 27, 2014 - 12:04pm
Courtesy/WIPP
 
NM DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce have announced that U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit Carlsbad Aug. 12 for a discussion about the ongoing recovery at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
Last month, the lawmakers invited Moniz to visit to get an update on cleanup efforts and to talk with workers and local officials about WIPP’s importance to the community and to our national defense, as the only deep geologic repository for Cold War transuranic waste.

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of July 28

on July 27, 2014 - 9:09am

COUNTY News:

Upcoming Road Construction Update:

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.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street.

During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic.

Widespread Heavy Rain, Increasing Flash Flood Threat This Week

on July 27, 2014 - 8:04am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports today that widespread heavy thunderstorm rains are expected this week, with an especially active pattern developing during the Tuesday through Thursday period.

Heavy rain will lead to at least localized flooding, with a very high flash flood threat for area burn scars. At least two "backdoor" cold fronts will enhance shower and thunderstorm development this week.

Thunderstorm coverage is expected to ramp up today, and then steadily each day as the week progresses.

NWS Conducts Weather Spotter Class At PEEC

on July 26, 2014 - 9:09am

Courtesy/NWS

PEEC News:

Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service (NWS) will a conduct SKYWARNTM Weather Spotter class 5:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 7 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Meteorologists from the NWS will teach the basics of severe local storms, to include thunderstorms, flash floods, downburst winds, tornadoes, and more. They also will talk about NWS operations, important safety information, and how to stay prepared.

During the class, participants will have the chance to talk to NWS representatives about becoming an official SKYWARNTM Weather Spotter.

Luján On Human Trafficking And Humanitarian Crisis At Border

on July 26, 2014 - 8:39am

U.S. Rep Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor Thursday evening during the debate on a number of bills aimed at combating human and sex trafficking.

Luján highlighted the importance of protecting children from violence and the need to do the same for children who are fleeing extreme violence in Central America.

Click here to watch his speech.

Video: Bear Crawls Inside Dumpster And Shuts Lid

on July 25, 2014 - 1:56pm

PrintScreen from video by Terrence Steck

COMMUNITY News:

The bear photographed by several Los Alamos residents last week prowling around Ridge Park Condominiums was captured on video crawling inside a dumpster and closing the lid behind him.

Residents caution their neighbors to be careful when opening dumpster lids this time of year as a bear may be foraging inside for food.

View the video by Terrence Steck here: http://youtu.be/_blPYjk9eKQ.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 17 to July 23, 2014

on July 24, 2014 - 10:23pm

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.

 

NICOLE WHITE‑CHAPMAN

July 17 at 8:24 p.m. / Police arrested Nicole White-Chapman, 31, of Los Alamos at 5 Inca Lane and charged her with filing a false police report.

 

 

NANCY PADILLA

July 18 at 12:36 a.m. / Police arrested Nancy Padilla, 43, of Espanola on East Jemez Road and charged her with aggravated DWI: refusal to submit to chemical testing

July 18 at 1:41 p.m.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Chairs Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting In Los Alamos

on July 24, 2014 - 11:46am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard chairs Wednesday's Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Committee Chair Sen. Peter Wirth, second from left, and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Wednesday's Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee meeting at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

New Mexico senators and representatives traveled to Los Alamos Wednesday to hold a public hearing on the Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee.

Los Alamos' Rep.

LANL Sponsors 18th Annual Hazmat Challenge

on July 24, 2014 - 10:56am

A hazardous materials team from Edmond, Okla., competing in the Hazmat Challenge at LANL. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Competition tests skills of hazardous materials response teams from four states

Fourteen hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma will test their skills at the 18th annual Hazmat Challenge July 29 through Aug. 1 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, share best practices with other response agencies, and learn new techniques through realistic

O’Neill Reintroducing Bill Protecting Homeless From Hate Crimes

on July 24, 2014 - 9:21am

Sen. Bill O’Neill

STATE News:

Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Bernalillo, is planning to once again introduce a bill that was unanimously endorsed by the bi-partisan Courts Corrections and Justice Committee in the 2013 regular legislative session that protects homeless individuals from being targeted for harm.

Senate Bill 124 from our 2013 session enjoyed strong bi-partisan support, and made it to the Senate Floor. But time ran out before it could be moved into the House for further consideration,” O’Neill said.

Udall On Report That U.S. Military’s Burn Pits May Have Broken Federal Law

on July 23, 2014 - 10:27am

Open-Air Burn Pit, Feb. 14, 2014, at Shindand Airbase, with unused Afghan-operated incinerators in background. Courtesy/SIGAR

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to a new report that the U.S. military’s use of open-air burn pits at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan may have violated federal law.

According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), made public today, most of the solid waste at Shindand Air Base was disposed of for years in open burn pits rather than incinerators.

Udall, Heinrich: New Leadership Needed at N.M. VA Medical Center

on July 23, 2014 - 6:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 21, as the acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary visits New Mexico, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the VA to move quickly to hire a qualified permanent director for New Mexico's VA hospital to help it immediately begin the work to regain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling, emergency response, care for rural veterans and other challenges.

Numerous vacancies at the VA, including the New Mexico VA Medical Center (VAMC) director, have made it extremely difficult to make

WIPP to Reduce Transportation Contract Drivers

on July 23, 2014 - 6:44am

WIPP News:

Visionary Solutions, a carrier contracted to transport waste to WIPP, will reduce its driver teams as a result of the February events that suspended waste disposal operations at the facility.

In anticipation of the decline in shipments, the Carlsbad Field Office asked Visionary Solutions to propose cost estimates that reflect the reduced need for transportation services. Visionary Solutions has now reduced its qualified two-person driving teams from 11 to three. The number of dedicated tractors or trucks also will be reduced to three.

WIPP will maintain its transportation

Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee Meets at UNM-LA July 23

on July 22, 2014 - 7:00am

STATE News:

The New Mexico Legislature’s Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meets 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the UNM-LA Student Center Lecture Hall (Room 230), 4000 University Dr.

Committee members will discuss Los Alamos National Laboratory's Waste Drum Characterization Process and LANL's Legacy Waste Cleanup Status.

They also will speak with Ryan C. Flynn, N.M. Secretary of Environment and receive the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Report from Joe Franco, manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office. Chromium Contamination Mitigation also is on the agenda.

Committee Chair Sen.

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