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Los Alamos Man Develops Lessons Learned Presentation Following Best Friend's Death

on April 24, 2014 - 12:43pm

Jaret McDonald of Los Alamos giving a presentation recently in Albuquerque on individual safety and situational awareness. Courtesy photo

By CAROL A. CLARK

Los Alamos Daily Post

Jaret McDonald was on the scene when his best friend David Sturm died in a logging incident Nov. 3, 2012 in the Jemez Mountains. Through his grief he developed an "Injuries Result in Loss of Life - Lessons Learned" presentation, which he has delivered to more than 1,000 people in Los Alamos and earlier this month began sharing with a statewide audience.

David William Sturm July 22, 1957-Nov. 3, 2012

"Dave was an

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 17 To April 22, 2014

on April 24, 2014 - 12:39pm

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.

 

ERIC RICHARDSON

April 17 at 12:03 a.m. / Police arrested Eric Richardson, 28, of Los Alamos on San Ildefonso Road and charged him with possession of marijuana.

April 17 at 6:01 p.m. / A 70-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of larceny on Canyon Glen. The estimated loss is less than $500.

April 17 at 6:58 p.m.

Udall, Heinrich Statement on DOE WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

on April 24, 2014 - 10:39am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management initial accident investigation report related to the Feb. 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. 

The senators urge WIPP and DOE officials to fully implement all necessary corrective actions before restarting operations:

"The report on the response to the radiation release at WIPP includes many of the same deeply troubling findings as the report after the

LAPD Dispatcher Ulises Nieto Graduates Academy's Telecommunication Course

on April 22, 2014 - 9:39am

Los Alamos County Police Dispatch Supervisor Kate Stoddard, Dispatcher Ulises Nieto and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is proud to announce that Dispatcher Ulises Gabriel Nieto graduated April 18 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Telecommunication Course.

Dispatcher Nieto has been employed with the Los Alamos Police Department for one year and continues to be a great asset to the department.

Filter Bank Mock-up Complete; HEPA Filters Arriving at WIPP

on April 21, 2014 - 4:19pm

WIPP News:

Experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site have arrived in Carlsbad to train WIPP employees on replacing the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters – a crucial component of the WIPP Ventilation System.

New filters are required to replace those that captured material following the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event. The Savannah River Site is utilizing their expertise in changing contaminated filters to prepare WIPP site employees for potential levels of contamination on the filters.

Los Alamos Police Host Drug Take-Back Saturday

on April 21, 2014 - 10:25am

Former LAPD Ofc. Robert Girmendonk poses next to 332 pounds of prescription drugs collected April 27, 2013. Photo by Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris

LAPD News:

Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department are hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the following locations:

  • Site 1: Los Alamos Medical Center Parking Lot; and
  •  Site 2: White Rock Visitors Center Parking Lot.

Note: Needles will not be accepted.

LAPD is coordinating its events Saturday to coincide with the 8th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. After collecting more than 1,700 tons of

PowerTalk 21: Talk to Teens About Dangers of Underage Drinking Today

on April 21, 2014 - 8:36am

MADD News:

April 21 is recognized as PowerTalk 21 Day, a day set aside to encourage parents to speak with their teens about the dangers of underage drinking, and to set a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking in their households.

Through both State of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque official proclamations and in partnership with the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Albuquerque Office of the Mayor, Bernalillo County’s Department of Substance Abuse Program, Albuquerque Public Schools, and other stakeholders statewide, MADD NM will conduct Power of Parents workshops, Power of

How to Safeguard Your Home When You're Pregnant

on April 20, 2014 - 10:02am

'Pregnant Warrior' Courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/justbecause/323286270/in/photostream (Flickr Creative Commons)

By KIMBERLY GRIMM

Your home is a haven for you and your family, but once it has been tampered with by burglars, you may feel unsafe and wary of what's going to happen next. Being pregnant can intensify this feeling.

Here are some home security measures to keep you and your home safe from harm:

Install Home Security Devices

Installing home security devices might be the best move you've done for your family.

Concealed Carry Class Offered May 9-10

on April 19, 2014 - 11:33am

LASC News:

The Los Alamos Sportsman's Club (LASC) will be hosting a class that qualifies for the New Mexico Concealed Carry license requirements.

This class is being presented by a volunteer instructor that is donating all proceedes to the Youth Program of the club. The class will start on Friday May 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the LASC Indoor range, and resume the next day, Saturday May 10, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the same location.

This class is open to anyone that will be 21 years of age by July 9, 2014. Students do not need to be a LASC club member.

The class will consist of four hours of lecture

Cone Zone: Upcoming Road Construction For Week of April 21

on April 18, 2014 - 9:49am

COUNTY News:

The Cone Zone is back for the season and here is an overview of upcoming 2014 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. Please slow down and use caution in these areas as the construction work zones are established.

NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

Starting on approximately May 5, construction will begin on Trinity Drive between DP Road and Knecht Street.

LAPS Prevention Office Works With MADD Against Underage Drinking

on April 18, 2014 - 7:00am

LAPS News:

This week, the Los Alamos Public Schools Prevention Office hosted Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for some community education opportunities with more planned for next week.

Selena Hardy, a 2003 Los Alamos High School graduate and a program specialist for MADD-NM was on hand Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations for parents and hands on activities for youth.

Hardy shared her message about the program and trained school staff for an upcoming project to be done with local businesses. Ben Lewinger, the state executive director for MADD has been in the non-profit sector for 14

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 11 To April 17, 2014

on April 17, 2014 - 11:35am

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.

April 11 at 3:53 p.m. / A 92-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the \victim of larceny on El Conejo. The estimated loss is less than $250.

April 11 at 6:08 p.m. / A 56-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Ridgecrest Avenue.

BRIANNE KARADAEMA

April 11 at 7:15 p.m.

La Sotella Prescribed Burn Near Española April 22-25

on April 17, 2014 - 6:33am

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/nmfireinfo.com

SFNF News:

ESPAÑOLA—April 22-25, fire managers on the Española Ranger District will be conducting a prescribed burn to 1,760 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 10 miles northwest of Española and 8 miles south of Abiquiu.

Smoke from the burn will be visible from Española, Abiquiu, Canones, Medanales, Chama Highway (84/285), and Highway 96. It is expected to settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings, but should lift by mid-morning. After ignitions are complete, smoke will still be visible for a few days.

Letter to the Editor: Details of Personal Experience With Los Alamos Phone Scammer

on April 16, 2014 - 12:14pm
Public Service Alert 
Los Alamos Resident
 
I got a call yesterday afternoon from a Lt. Carl Lewis stating that I (he gave me my address as well) had failed to report for jury duty, and that I had fines of ~$423 for failure to appear, ~$415 for contempt of court, and a $177 court processing fee (roughly $1,000 dollars). 
 
He was actually very convincing and talked with a thick southern drawl, and when I mentioned I never got informed of jury duty he had quick authoritative responses, mentioned how he wasn't there to dispute the charges, just inform me of my rights and that this call

NNSA Awards $25 Million Grant to Improve Capabilities for Detecting Nuclear Proliferation

on April 16, 2014 - 11:40am

Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development today announced the award of a $25 million grant to a North Carolina State University-led consortium for research and development (R&D) in enabling capabilities for nonproliferation.

This sizeable, long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years.

Corrections Department Eliminates Overnight Visits

on April 16, 2014 - 10:07am

NMCD News:

SANTA FE—In an effort to continue to provide opportunities for inmates to reconnect with their families, the New Mexico Corrections Department has made changes to its family visit policy.

The department has decided to eliminate overnight family visits effective May 1. Only a small portion of the nearly 7,000 inmates in the Corrections Department qualified for overnight family visits.

Inmates will now have more frequent contact visits with family during special seminar days.

Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center Issues Annual Safety Alert For Walkers

on April 15, 2014 - 9:11am

Pilgrims gather on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

EMO News:

SANTA FE – The annual journey to El Santuario de Chimayó is underway. Dozens of walkers have already begun their trek to the church. The Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center would like to remind pedestrians and motorists to be safe as they make their way along the route. 

The public safety for this event is a joint coordinated effort between the Emergency Management Offices (EMO)  in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties.

Residents Asked to Sign Petition To Ban Trapping

on April 15, 2014 - 7:41am

TFNM News:

Trap Free New Mexico (TFNM) is asking residents to sign a petition here to ban animal trapping in New Mexico. 

TFNM is a coalition of citizens, conservation organizations and animal welfare groups who oppose the cruel, damaging and dangerous practice of trapping in New Mexico. Under-regulated and outdated, traps put citizens, pets and non-target species at risk, including the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

"We seek to ban traps in New Mexico for the sake of public safety and New Mexico's native wildlife," TFNM said.

NMSARC Announces Annual Search and Rescue Conference

on April 14, 2014 - 11:46am

Courtesy/NMSARC

NMSARC News:

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) is hosting ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event), its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers April 25-27 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa, and Casino in Pojoaque.

More than 100 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma are attending to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.

The three-day conference also has vendors, featuring the latest in search and rescue gear, communications equipment and performance clothing, a silent auction

Lost Los Alamos Juvenile Hiker Found Safe Near Red Dot Trail in White Rock This Afternoon

on April 13, 2014 - 6:03pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Rescue vehicles line up near the Red Dot Trailhead this afternoon in search of a young hiker who became lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A 15-year old Los Alamos girl reported lost earlier this afternoon in White Rock Canyon off the Red Dot Trail has been located through the coordinated search and rescue efforts and quick response of Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments.

The girl, whose identity has not been released, sustained a minor injury that is not life-threatening.

NNSA’s Nevada Field Office Transfers ACAVs to FBI

on April 13, 2014 - 9:43am

NNSA's Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles to the local FBI office in Nevada. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • Transfer provides cost avoidance of $474,000

LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles (ACAVs) to The Department of Justice’s local FBI office in Nevada.

The transfer created $474,000 in savings to the government as the NFO security force no longer had a mission need for the specialized and expensive tactical vehicles.

Udall Bill to Curb False Advertising Claims on Protective Sports Gear Clears Commerce Committee

on April 11, 2014 - 11:48am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that the Youth Sports Concussions Act (S. 1014), a bill he introduced with Commerce Committee Chairman John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., cleared a major hurdle when it passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
 
The legislation would help protect youth athletes from the dangers of concussions by curbing false advertising claims made by sports equipment manufacturers to increase protective sports gear sales. Action on S.

Morning Power Outage Affects Meadow Lane/Todd Loop Area

on April 11, 2014 - 9:40am

COUNTY News:

An underground line failure caused a power outage at 2:14 a.m., today in the Meadow Lane/Todd Loop area in White Rock, affecting approximately 75 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers.

Power was restored by 5 a.m. to the majority of those customers and by 6:40 a.m. to all affected customers.

“The line serving this neighborhood has already been prioritized for replacement during this coming fiscal year due to its age and historical performance,” said DPU’s Project Engineer for Electric Distribution Steve Marez.

IRS Aggressively Goes After Tax Crooks

on April 11, 2014 - 7:38am

IRS News:

IRS Criminal Investigation Enforcement Actions Underway Across the Nation

PHOENIXAs the April 15 tax deadline approaches, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Thursday it has started more than 200 new investigations this filing season into identity theft and refund fraud schemes.

IRS Criminal Investigation has started 295 new identity theft investigations since January, pushing the number of active cases to more than 1,800.

The coast-to-coast effort by Criminal Investigation is underway as part of a larger effort at the IRS to combat identity theft and refund fraud by

Rep. Lujan Grisham Urges APD to Accept All DOJ Recommendations

on April 10, 2014 - 10:55pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Albuquerque Police Department.

“The Albuquerque community has waited a long time – too long – for someone to acknowledge and take decisive action against the violence we’re all witnessing. The DOJ has confirmed longstanding allegations that the department has used excessive force and violated civil rights.

“After being briefed by the DOJ, I am confident that we are headed toward a

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