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NMDOT Announces I-25 Lane Closures July 24-Aug. 1

on July 23, 2016 - 10:20pm


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues construction on the  I-25/NM14 (Cerrillos Road) Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) south of Santa Fe.

Motorists can expect various lane closures and delays on I-25 from mile marker 276.00 to mile marker 278.00.

Sunday July 24-28, starting at 7 a.m. the I-25 northbound lanes will be reduced to one lane. The I-25 northbound off ramp (Exit 278) to NM 14 (Cerrillos Road) will be CLOSED. Traffic will be detoured to Exit 276 (NM 599) Interchange to access NM14. Exit 278 will be REOPENED at 6 a.m.

SCAM ALERT: Phishing Scam Targeting New Mexico Businesses; Scammers Claim To Be With AG's Office

on July 23, 2016 - 7:44am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn New Mexico businesses and the public about a new phishing scheme.
The scammers are sending emails to businesses claiming to be with the Office of the Attorney General and claiming that there has been a complaint filed against the business. The business owners are then asked to click a link to see the “complaint” and that they have ten days to respond. The Office of Attorney General will not, and does not, send emails like the ones being used in this scam which hit New Mexico this week.
“We are

DWI Awareness & Prevention In Los Alamos County

on July 23, 2016 - 7:08am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council is seeking the public's input related to DWI in the community.

Residents may have seen banners, posters and coasters from the DWI Planning Council as it steps up to take a more active role in the community. Given that, the DWI Planning Council wants to hear from residents about it should spend State of New Mexico grant funds in Los Alamos.

Would residents participate of the DWI Planning Council offered a designated driver type of incentive (wear a bracelet, get free non-alcoholic drinks at a local bar that evening)? What about a taxi

Cone Zone: Week Of July 25

on July 22, 2016 - 11:52am
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at
Please slow down and use caution within the 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.
The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; please contact the Public Works Department at 662.8150 for meeting information. Children are attracted by activity and heavy equipment.

Learn About Wildland Fire Fighting Wednesday

on July 22, 2016 - 7:38am
Wildland fire truck.Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

What does it take to be a wildland fire fighter? What equipment do they use? What can kids do to prevent wildfires from starting? On Wednesday, July 27, bring the family to find the answer to these and lots of other fire-related questions! Beginning at 6:30 p.m., local wildland firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how to use their firefighting equipment and let families see their fire engine.

Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and

Dabney: Pets Rule, Owners Drool

on July 22, 2016 - 7:07am

Reid Griffith Law Firm

You’ve probably seen a favorite gag scene of mine in the movies.

This one comes from a 1976 flick, The Pink Panther Strikes Again. Inspector Clouseau checks into a Swiss hotel, then sees a dog sitting on the floor. He asks the clerk, “Does your dog bite?” The clerk responds in the negative. Clouseau reaches down to pet the dog, and the dog viciously attacks his gloved hand!

“I thought you said your dog did not bite!”
“That is not my dog…”

Had the scene arisen in Los Alamos, the dog would have been impounded for 10 days by the Los Alamos

Alert: Temporary Glitch In 911 Phone Lines At Los Alamos Police Department’s Dispatch Center

on July 21, 2016 - 9:26pm

UPDATE: LAPD's Dispatch Center 911 phone lines are now working properly again.

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department’s Dispatch Center is reporting that its 911 phone lines are not operating properly.

Phone calls coming in on 911 are forwarding to Santa Fe’s police dispatch center as an interim solution, and Santa Fe dispatch is then working the calls made to 911 back to LAPD dispatch using cell phones to relay information.

Phone technicians are on their way to the Dispatch Center to try and resolve the issue and Century Link is also investigating the phone line.

LANL Sponsors 20th Hazmat Challenge July 25-29

on July 21, 2016 - 9:40am

Emergency responders taking part in exercises during last year's Challenge. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska test their skills in a series of graded, timed exercises at the 20th annual Hazmat Challenge July 25-29 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The Hazmat Challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, share best practices with other response agencies and learn new techniques through realistic hazardous materials release scenarios in a safe, non-hazardous

Road Closures July 30 For 42nd Annual Los Alamos County Triathlon

on July 21, 2016 - 9:16am

Cyclists in previous Los Alamos County Triathlon. Courtesy/LAC

Swimmers in previous Los Alamos County Triathlon. Courtesy/LAC


Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division for the 42nd annual Los Alamos Triathlon July 30.

The race starts with a 20K bike ride that includes challenging climbs and great scenery, then into the pool (feet first) for a 400-meter swim and ends with a 5K run from the Aquatic Center to the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive and back.

The following road closures will be in effect for this race:

  • Canyon Road will be closed 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 14 - July 19, 2016

on July 20, 2016 - 10:50am

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.


July 14 at 11:25 a.m. / Police arrested Kayla Gomez, 29, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.





July 18 at 9:09 p.m. / Police arrested Chantelle Chavez, 26, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

July 13 at 3:14 p.m.

Robbers Ruin Jemez Camping Trip

on July 20, 2016 - 8:23am
Robbers break the window of two cars parked near the highway during a camping trip over the weekend in the Jemez. Courtesy photo
After breaking the windows of two vehicles parked Sunday near the highway in the Jemez, robbers steal a variety of items from inside. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Last Sunday at about 3 p.m., some relatives and I went camping in the Jemez Mountains and after packing up we headed to the San Antonio water springs in the area.

LAFD Seeks Citizen Volunteers As ‘Bi-Stander’ Actors For Aug. 20 CPR Training Exercise At Ashley Pond Park

on July 19, 2016 - 9:13pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department will be conducting CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) training Aug. 20 at Ashley Pond Park near the concert stage.

This training will include all aspects of a cardiac arrest event, including a 911 call to the Los Alamos Consolidated Dispatch Center from a witness, over-the-phone CPR instructions from trained dispatchers, the response by LAFD, and treatment by LAFD responders. All treatment and care will be administered to a hi-fidelity CPR mannequin, which measures the effectiveness of the CPR being provided.

Letter To The Editor: Reminder To All To Be Vigilant

on July 19, 2016 - 8:36pm
Los Alamos

Dear Motorists,

This is a facebook entry posted today, July 19, by my daughter who lives in Albuquerque. She and her husband bike to work. Fortunately most of the way is along bike paths but there are still streets to cross and in some places streets to ride. Drivers are incredibly oblivious to what is around them. I think this is a reminder to all of us to be vigilant for cyclists, pedestrians, and motor cycles. We don’t need any more white ghost bikes as a memorial to a killed cyclist. Accept for a second’s difference that could have been our family.



World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2016 Released

on July 19, 2016 - 8:50am

The year 2016, marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe and the 5th year since the Fukushima disaster started unfolding, strangely might go down in history as the period when the notion of risk of nuclear power plants turned into the perception of nuclear power plants at risk. Indeed, an increasing number of reactors is threatened by premature closure due to the unfavorable economic environment. Increasing operating and backfitting costs of aging power plants, decreasing bulk market prices and aggressive competitors.

The development started out in the U.S., when

Governor Directs Agencies To Prepare For Potential Flooding In Aftermath Of Timberon Fire

on July 19, 2016 - 7:56am
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has directed state agencies responding to the Timberon Fire in Otero County to work with local leaders and other local, county, and federal entities on plans and actions required in the aftermath of the Timberon Fire.
In the aftermath of devastating wildfires such as the Timberon Fire, affected areas can often be vulnerable to flooding, excessive debris runoff, and dangerous effects to the local watershed which can be difficult to control and cause further damage.
“Protecting residents and their health and safety is always our first

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone Releases Second Quarter Crime Statistics

on July 18, 2016 - 7:17pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the second quarter of 2016, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category.

White Rock Bear To Be Euthanized

on July 18, 2016 - 12:46pm
A neighbor saw this bear Sunday morning that attacked six baby goats in White Rock. The New Mexico Game & Fish officer at the scene when the bear was captured Sunday night told homeowner Louis Borges that by state law, the bear needs to be put down. It was too aggressive in killing livestock, he said. The officer also said that no one has ever heard of bears being seen in White Rock before, and this kind of behavior was very unusual ... to kill six goats by jumping into the pen six time to haul them away. Borges said he found four of the six carcasses strewn around his property.

U.S. House Democrats Unveil Stronger America: New Security Agenda

on July 18, 2016 - 12:29pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC), Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-NY), U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and members of the House Democratic Caucus unveiled House Democrats' Stronger America: A New American Security Agenda <

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on July 18, 2016 - 11:30am

COUNTY News Alert:

Effective immediately, Los Alamos County is under Stage I Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Stage I Exemptions:

  • Developed campgrounds with metal grills using charcoal or propane are

Community Invited To Coffee With A Cop Tuesday

on July 18, 2016 - 9:09am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department invites the community to participate in Coffee with A Cop.

Meet Los Alamos police officers, ask questions and share concerns, 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, at Morning Glory Bakery Company at 1377 Diamond Dr.

Officers Capture Bear That Killed Baby Goats Sunday

on July 18, 2016 - 8:05am
The bear that killed six baby goats Sunday morning at a residence on Estante Way in White Rock was captured Sunday night. Photo by Louis Borges
Tranquilized bear sleeps inside transport container. Photo by Louis Borges
Photo by Louis Borges
Photo by Louis Borges

Accident At Diamond And Canyon Road Sunday

on July 17, 2016 - 9:58pm
A collision between two pickups overturned one of them Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Canyon Road. The Los Alamos Daily Post will report further details when they become available. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/

LAFD Extinguishes Grass Fire Near Fireman Park

on July 17, 2016 - 2:51pm

Los Alamos Firefighters jumped on a grass fire and extinguished it quickly this afternoon in an arroyo next to Fireman Park in Los Alamos. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters are again cautioning residents and visitors that the area is in very high fire danger status. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Scene from this afternoon's fire suppression operation by LAFD near Fireman Park. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Scene from this afternoon's fire suppression operation by LAFD near Fireman Park. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Scene from this afternoon's fire suppression operation by LAFD near

Los Alamos Firefighters Douse Fire In School Canyon

on July 17, 2016 - 11:16am

Los Alamos Firefighters knocked down a small fire this morning that ignited in School Canyon. The cause of the fire is under investigation and firefighters remind hikers that the area is under high fire conditions. School Canyon is a tributary of Pueblo Canyon that heads near LA Mountain on the Santa Fe National Forest. This trail traverses a bench below 37th Street and connects with the trail network in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Bill Dunn