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Cajete Fire Investigation Targets Abandoned Campfire Violator And Unauthorized Drone Operator

on June 22, 2017 - 4:53pm
Trees ravaged in the Cajete Fire caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
Cajete Fire devastation caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEIL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When some 40 residents of Jemez Mountain communities attended their final meeting with Cajete Fire officials Tuesday night in La Cueva, they expressed relief and gratitude for the containment of the fire without loss of human life, animals or damage to homes.

County's Revised Stage II Fire Restrictions

on June 22, 2017 - 4:52pm

COUNTY News:

By order of the Los Alamos Fire Department effective immediately, Los Alamos County is under Stage II Fire Restrictions per the County Fire Prevention Code, Title 22. The Kiwanis Fireworks Show for the 4th of July is still scheduled.

The following acts are prohibited under Stage II Restrictions until further notice:

  • Building or maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, or stove fire on public or private land. Propane grills can be used.
  • Smoking.  Smoking is allowed in vehicles, homes, and on paved/cleared surfaces only.
  • Using fireworks, explosives or other

LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris Expresses Appreciation To New Mexico ICAC Task Force

on June 22, 2017 - 4:47pm
Cmdr. Oliver Morris 
 
By Maire O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

 
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris expressed his appreciation Tuesday for the dedication and determination of members of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
 
Cmdr. Morris’s comments followed the conviction of a Los Alamos man, David Rael, Monday on five counts of sexual exploitation of children resulting from an ICAC investigation.
 
Morris was the law enforcement case lead and testified during the June 15-16 trial as well as former Special Agent Lance Fails, Albuquerque Police Det. C.J.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 18-20, 2017

on June 22, 2017 - 4:32pm

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.​

CARLOS L. TRUJILLO 
 

June 18 / Carlos L. Trujillo, 20, of Santa was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction.

 
 
 
 
 
PAUL F. GEISIK 
 
June 18 / Paul F. Geisik, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

 

 

 

 

COLEMAN SMITH 
 
June 19 / Coleman Smith, 60, of Los Alamos was arrested on a Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

Man With Gun At Smith's: Legal Details Matter

on June 22, 2017 - 4:27pm
By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos 

The other day, the Daily Post carried a short story about a man being reported to the police for having a gun in Smith's (link). Although I'm pretty sure that even hate tatoos are protected by the First Amendment, and it turns out it was a pellet gun, its understandable that this gentleman raised suspicion but the bigger issue here is the law and there is state law that addresses this specific situation.

Thinking only of the supermarket part of the store, I was wondering what actually happened as the Daily Post story was short on details.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Questions Energy Secretary On Safety And Future Of Plutonium Mission At LANL

on June 22, 2017 - 10:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Sawyer Fire On Santa Clara Pueblo Reaches 20 Acres

on June 22, 2017 - 9:52am

FIRE News:

The Sawyer Fire on the Santa Clara Pueblo has burned approximately 20 acres since lightning ignited the blaze late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Three hand crews are onsite this morning cutting a line around the perimeter and hope to have this done by noon today. Then they plan to mop up hotspots.

Crews working to contain the fire include Los Alamos Fire Department, BLM, Forest Service, Santa Clara Pueblo and BIA.

LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Santa Clara Pueblo is taking good care of all of the crews on scene with food,

Community Honors Undersheriff John N. Horne

on June 22, 2017 - 9:12am

A long line of law enforcement vehicles follow the remains of Los Alamos County Undersheriff John N. Horne Wednesday morning to Calvary Chapel on North Mesa Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Law enforcement honor guard salute as the remains of Undersheriff John N. Horne arrive Wednesday morning at Calvary Chapel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Sheriff Marco Lucero at Calvary Chapel Wednesday prior to services for Los Alamos County Undersheriff John N. Horne. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Honor guards stand at attention as the remains of Undersheriff John N.

F-16 Fighting Falcon Crashes At Ellington Airport

on June 22, 2017 - 7:03am

F-16 Fighting Falcon. Nacho Anazawa/18th Wing Public Affairs

NORAD News:

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – An F-16 Fighting Falcon from a detachment of the 138th Fighter Wing, stationed at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas, crashed on take-off at approximately 9:30 MDT Wednesday.

The pilot safely ejected and is being evaluated at a local medical facility. 

The aircraft, under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, was conducting a training flight.

County Provides Bus Services For Friday Concerts

on June 22, 2017 - 6:40am
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

The newly-initiated Summer Concert Bus service was created to fulfill a need in the community.

 

DWI Program Coordinator Kirsten Bell explained the County’s DWI Planning Council presented to County Council a strategic plan last year.

 

The plan looked at the community’s needs and what residents seemed to be saying loud and clear was there wasn’t a way to get around town in the evenings and weekends.

SFNF Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Across Entire Forest Friday

on June 22, 2017 - 5:40am

Help prevent forest fires … make sure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving.’ –Smokey Bear

SFNF News:

  • Violations Punishable Up To $5,000 For Individuals; $10,000 For Organizations; Imprisonment Up To Six Months

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions across the entire forest at 8 a.m. Friday, June 23.

Fire danger on the forest remains high due to continued high temperatures and dry conditions.

The Jemez Ranger District, where the Cajete Fire sparked last week from an abandoned campfire near Sierra de los Pinos,

Smoke Flows Over Los Alamos From Fire Burning On Santa Clara Pueblo This Evening

on June 21, 2017 - 9:09pm
Smoke from the Santa Clara Pueblo fire as seen from Guaje Canyon earlier this evening. The Los Alamos Daily Post is in contact with fire officials as well as people at Santa Clara Pueblo so look for updates as they become available. Photo by Josh Smith
 
A plane dropping slurry on the Santa Clara Pueblo fire earlier this evening as seen from Guaje Canyon. Residents of the Pueblo report seeing the plane from their homes as well as Tribal officials traveling back and forth from the fire area. Photo by Josh Smith
 
The driver of this pickup controls traffic at approximately 7:50 p.m.

Public Addressing: Can Emergency Responders Find You In An Emergency?

on June 21, 2017 - 4:37pm

COUNTY News:

It’s a serious matter facing communities across the country - and Los Alamos is no different: numerous homes and businesses are poorly marked or not marked at all with their street address, making it a real challenge for emergency services to answer a call for assistance.

The Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments are working together to provide the community with education that can help remedy the situation this summer, while the weather is nice and property owners are making outdoor improvements.

Think your home is already marked adequately? Try this simple test:

Stand at

Cajete Fire Update: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions In Effect ... Burned Area Closed

on June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline working the Cajete Fire today anticipate minimal fire activity. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak.

The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire, can fall suddenly. For this reason, firefighters are avoiding particularly hazardous areas.

LANL Internal Memo Addresses Ongoing Safety Improvements At TA-55 Plutonium Facility

on June 21, 2017 - 10:17am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Staff Report

Ongoing safety improvements at the TA-55 Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory are addressed in an internal memo obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post:

To: LANL-All

From: Craig Leasure, PADOPS, A102
Date: June 19, 2017
 
Subject: Ongoing Safety Improvements at the TA-55 Plutonium Facility
 
In light of the recent public discussion and interest in operational issues at TA-55, I thought it was important to set the record straight and update Laboratory employees on the many improvements in the areas of safety,

AGU: Wildfires Pollute Much More Than Previously Thought

on June 21, 2017 - 7:33am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed.
 
Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic specks that form aerosols are a hazard to human health, particularly to the lungs and heart.
 
“Burning biomass produces lots of pollution.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls On New Mexicans To Share Health Care Stories

on June 21, 2017 - 7:21am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #AmericaSpeaksOut to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ health care bill.
 
“President Trump and Republicans in the House rushed through a disastrous plan that would leave New Mexicans paying more for less health coverage and would throw our health care system into chaos,” Heinrich said.

Life, As We Know It, Depends On ... Pollinators

on June 21, 2017 - 6:49am

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. More than 75 percent of the Earth's flowering plants depend on bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators. Yet scientists have noted that these hardworking insects and other animals are in trouble. Our own well-being and the welfare of our planet rests upon their wings. 

Ten years ago the U.S.

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Cajete Fire Burn Area

on June 20, 2017 - 3:30pm

Closure burn area map. Courtesy/nmfireinfonews.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued a closure order for the approximately 1,400 acres on the Jemez Ranger District burned by the Cajete Fire.

The restricted area includes: all lands, roads and trails within the fire perimeter (depicted on the closure map), Trail #137 between the last bridge coming from the Las Conchas Trailhead (before the trail ascends) and the East Fork Trailhead, and segments of Forest Road (FR) 270 south of the fire and FR 4G, 4GA and 4GB on the northwestern point of the burned area.

FBI Investigates Agent-Involved Shooting In Albuquerque

on June 20, 2017 - 3:30pm

FBI News:

The FBI is investigating an agent-involved shooting that occurred June 19 in the Home Depot parking lot near Coors Blvd. and I-40.

The shooting occurred at approximately 5 p.m. during a law enforcement operation.

A suspect vehicle got away after striking a task force officer who was taken to the hospital with non-critical injuries. No other law enforcement officers were injured.

It is unknown if any suspects were injured.

The suspect vehicle has been located. It is described as a 2008—2014 white Dodge Charger with lime green racing stripes from front to back.

Heinrich Provides Online Resources To Help New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season

on June 20, 2017 - 3:07pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With wildfire season underway, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is helping New Mexicans prepare and stay safe with the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center that provides information on how to protect communities from the devastating effects of wildfires.
 
The online resource center includes active wildfire information, prevention and safety tips, resources for businesses, and more.
 
Heinrich also released a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) to help spread the word about how to stay safe

V.B. Price: Can A National Culture Go Insane?

on June 20, 2017 - 10:32am

Image by Christopher Dombres
 
By V.B. PRICE
Albuquerque
vbprice.com

In the wake of last Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia at a Republican workout for the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Charity game, the murder of four UPS workers in San Francisco on the same day, and now a mass killing of five people in Northern New Mexico around Tres Piedras and Abiquiu, many of us are left with the deeply disturbing feeling that we’re experiencing once again another tremor in the spasmodic unraveling of America’s cultural sanity.

According to massshootingtracker.com, over 196 mass shootings have

Cajete Fire Morning Update: 416 Personnel ... 1,412 Acres Burned, 87 Percent Contained

on June 20, 2017 - 10:07am
A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. Scattered small ground fires are still burning, and there are aircraft supporting final containment efforts. © 2017 David A. Ponton/wildearthlight.com
 
Small ground fires light up the lower level of unburned ponderosa pine forest in the Cajete Fire under Monday's starry night sky in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline fighting the Cajete Fire in the Jemez today anticipate minimal fire activity.

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a

Klotz Responds To Center For Public Integrity's Series On Safety Culture At NNSA Sites

on June 20, 2017 - 9:00am

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Safety is paramount at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We have uncompromising standards for our plants and laboratories to perform work in a safe and secure manner that protects our employees, our facilities, and the public.

An article published Sunday by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), the first in a planned series on safety at NNSA sites, attacks the safety culture at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) without offering all of the facts and the full context. 

In 2013, LANL, in consultation with

Search And Rescue Mission For Paris Shane Wallace

on June 20, 2017 - 7:47am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS – On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, New Mexico State Police officers were contacted by Mitzi Wallace of Clifton, Colo., who wanted to report her husband was missing. She stated her husband, Paris Shane Wallace, 52, had gone hiking in the Espanola/Taos area. Her last contact with him was around 11:30 a.m. the day prior, June 13. She stated she expected him to be home June 14.
 
Mitzi Wallace stated that her husband had checked into The Roadway Inn in Espanola. She had called the hotel asking if they could check his room to see if there was any sign of him.

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