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Cement Truck Plows Through Light Pole

on November 24, 2015 - 8:50am

Update: Police did not cite the driver saying the accident occurred on private property. This cement truck plows through a parking lot light pole this morning in Central Park Square. An investigation is underway and citations, if any, are pending. Photo by Greg Kendall

Beyer: Bats, Skunks Carry Rabies

on November 22, 2015 - 8:46am
Ofc. Tom Beyer of Los Alamos County Animal Control spoke to Kiwanis recently. Photo by Don Casperson
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Ofc. Tom Beyer of Los Alamos County Animal Control spoke to Kiwanis recently, explaining rabies, a potentially infectious disease that can be transmitted to human beings through the bite of a sick animal.

Even after years of research, rabies is almost 100 percent fatal in human beings once the virus gets to the brain. The location of the transmitting bite is important.

Letter To The Editor: Bomb Scare

on November 21, 2015 - 10:51am
By Lynne Compton
Los Alamos

How refreshing it is that in this town of relative calm unusual things get noticed. Friday it was a false alarm in a cooler at the wrong place that got noticed.

We as a people in these modern times most not take everything for granted. We should not live in fear but realize that sometimes a cooler may not contain a left over picnic someone forgot but something meant to harm and destroy. 

Kudos to the police officer that noticed and the firemen, bomb squad and other police officers who answered the call not knowing that they might be in great danger.

It's a

IRS, States And Tax Industry Announce New Steps To Help Public Protect Personal Tax Data

on November 21, 2015 - 6:37am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax administrators and the private-sector tax industry today announced a new campaign aimed at encouraging more people to protect their personal and financial data online and at home.

The “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign is designed to raise public awareness that even routine actions on the Internet and their personal devices can affect the safety of their financial and tax data.
The education campaign will complement the expanded series of protections the IRS, states and tax industry are putting in place for the start of the 2016

Los Alamos Bomb Team Investigates Suspicious Item

on November 20, 2015 - 6:55pm

The Los Alamos Bomb Team responds to a report of a suspicious item left on the sidewalk near Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock late this afternoon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LAPD on scene of a suspicious item near LANB in White Rock late this afternoon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Bomb Team responded to a report of a suspicious item left on the sidewalk near Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock just before dark today.

A patrol officer arrived at the scene and saw a cooler sitting on the

K-9 SOS Trains Dogs To Sniff Out Danger

on November 20, 2015 - 3:28pm

K-9 SOS Chief Operations Officer Shayne Brasfield Visiting the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper recently to discuss his company and its canine training program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

K-9 SOS handlers and their canines with Chief Operations Officer Shayne Brasfield, center, conducting a demonstration recently at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Jase, a black Labrador retriever, arrived in Los Alamos from Oakridge, Tenn., Oct. 21 and promptly stirred up the neighbors.

The 2-year-old

Los Alamos Firefighters Knock Down House Fire

on November 20, 2015 - 12:42pm

Los Alamos firefighters knock down a vacant house fire overnight in the 3500 block of Ridgeway. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD fights a vacant house fire overnight in the 3500 block of  Ridgeway. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

At approximately 3 a.m., today, Los Alamos fire and police were dispatched to the 3500 block of Ridgeway for a reported house fire.

First responders arrived on scene to find a fully engulfed vacant home at that address.

First Spaceport America Drone Summit March 11-13

on November 20, 2015 - 11:04am


Spaceport America – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, announced today the launch of the first Spaceport America Drone Summit to be held March 11-13, 2016 at Spaceport America in Southern New Mexico.

“We are thrilled to host this exciting and educational summit for small drones at Spaceport America,” Spaceport America CEO Christine Anderson said. “Our 12,000-foot spaceway and north campus are perfect for this type of multifaceted event and can easily accommodate thousands of participants.”

Over 1,000 attendees are expected for

County Reminds Motorists Of Winter Safety Tips

on November 20, 2015 - 7:54am


Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle. Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

  • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail;
  • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout;
  • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Discusses Consent Order Negotiations With NMED And EM-LA

on November 19, 2015 - 12:24pm

RCLC News:

HERNANDEZ -- The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Los Alamos Environmental Management Field Office (EM-LA) to discuss the Consent Order agreement guiding the regulatory environment for cleanup of legacy nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn gave an overview of the current consent order and expected changes to the upcoming version to be signed, and EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze presented the new campaign approach that will be utilized to clean up

WIPP Conducts Limited Scope Performance Tests

on November 19, 2015 - 6:45am
Members of the WIPP Emergency Operations Center participate in a drill, simulating an emergency occurrence at the WIPP Facility. Courtesy/WIPP
WIPP News:
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center staff conducted a series of Limited Scope Performance Tests (LSPT) Nov. 3‐4, designed to evaluate the readiness of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and the Emergency Operations Center.
A series of four exercises were conducted (i.e. earthquake, radiological release, etc.) to thoroughly test the ERO system and staff. The U.S.

New Mexico Recognized For Raising Awareness Of Prescription Drug Abuse

on November 18, 2015 - 3:47pm


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department’s (HSD) campaign to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse, called A Dose of Reality, has been awarded the 2015 Silver Cumbre Award for public service campaigns from the New Mexico chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

“This campaign is an important tool in getting the word out to more New Mexicans about the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” said Wayne Lindstrom, director of the HSD Behavioral Health Services Division, which oversees New Mexico’s efforts to fight prescription drug abuse.

The A Dose of

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 10 To Nov. 16, 2015

on November 18, 2015 - 2:50pm
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.
Nov. 10 at 7:48 a.m. / Police arrested Juan Perez, 21, of Abiqui on East Jemez Road on an outstanding warrant from another Jurisdiction.




Nov. 10 at 10:12 a.m. / Police arrested Jeremy Martinez, 31, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
Nov. 10 at 10:59 a.m.

LANL Structure-Damage Software Wins R&D 100 Award

on November 18, 2015 - 10:52am

LANL News:
  • SHMTools monitoring project takes home prestigious award

A software package called SHMTools, which can detect damage in a variety of structures and was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, won an R&D 100 Award Friday.

“This R&D100 award highlights the Laboratory’s tremendous strength in structural health monitoring, and our long-standing collaborations with the University of California,” said Carol Burns, deputy principal associate director of the Laboratory’s Science, Technology and Engineering directorate.

Residents Reminded To Keep Sidewalks Clear

on November 17, 2015 - 6:18pm

Courtesy photo


During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks.

The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. Sidewalk priorities include:

  • Safe routes

Bandelier Pile Burning Along N.M. 4 Wednesday

on November 17, 2015 - 2:29pm

Pile burning at Bandelier. Courtesy/


With the arrival of snow providing good conditions, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning to burn about 30 piles of fuel materials Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

The piles are along N.M. 4 between Ponderosa Group Campground and the Bandelier entrance, totaling about 5 acres. Visitors may see smoke at a number of locations just off the highway, including one near the entrance station. There should be little impact on Juniper Campground, and none in the Visitor Center area. The operation is expected to only take one day.

Los Alamos Schools On Delayed Schedule Today

on November 17, 2015 - 7:11am

LAPS News:

Delayed Start

  • Students should arrive at school for these start times
    • 9:50am - LAHS
    • 10:00am - LAMS
    • 10:20am - Elementary schools (On Wednesdays, no school when there is a two-hour delay, YMCA programs start at noon)
    • Morning Pre-School is cancelled; afternoon Pre-School will meet as usual
  • Busses will arrive at bus stops two hours later than the usual pickup time
  • Parking lots will usually be cleared and ready for buses and cars by 7:30am.  Please allow our maintenance staff to clear the parking lots.
  • Sidewalks will usually be cleared by 8:00am
  • With regard to employees reporting to work,

Los Alamos County Council To Consider Pro-Endangered Species Act Resolution Tuesday

on November 16, 2015 - 4:11pm


Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Los Alamos County Council will consider a pro-Endangered Species Act resolution at its regularly scheduled meeting in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.

The resolution is supported by dozens of local citizens as well as environmental organizations, including Defenders of Wildlife and the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club.

The resolution focuses on the accomplishments of the 41-year-old law that is designed to protect imperiled plant and animal species, their habitats across North America and the importance of biodiversity to

FBI Releases Latest Hate Crime Statistics

on November 16, 2015 - 11:30am

Chart: Of the 5,479 hate crime incidents reported in 2013, 5,462 were single-bias incidents. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

According to the FBI’s latest report, law enforcement agencies reported 5,479 hate crime incidents involving 6,418 offenses to our Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2014. And these crimes—which often have a devastating impact on the communities where they occur—left 6,727 victims in their wake.

The latest figures are down from 2013, when 5,928 criminal incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported.

Hate Crime Statistics, 2014 provides information about the

Workplace Violence/Active Shooter Awareness Workshop Friday Nov. 20

on November 16, 2015 - 11:14am


La Vista Church is hosting a “Workplace Violence/Active Shooter Awareness and Staying Safe in Places of Worship” workshop Friday, Nov. 20 in Los Alamos.

This workshop will address the issue of violence, especially in places of worship. It will include two videos regarding the active shooter and domestic and intimate partner violence and how it can affect the workplace, schools, churches, etc. And will provide information on the three common options in an active shooter or aggressor situation. The program is sponsored by the Los Alamos Public Safety Association.

N Square Launches Game Design Competition To Address Nuke Risks

on November 16, 2015 - 11:11am

Courtesy/N Square


Nuclear proliferation remains one of the most vexing and complex issues of our time. Though the Cold War ended long ago, today’s nuclear security situation is more volatile than ever. But with such a huge challenge comes an even bigger opportunity for innovation, and who better to tackle this issue than the gaming community, known for their creativity and collaborative problem solving.

A new design competition is calling on innovators to save the world, in real life, by inspiring creative solutions and novel approaches that foster greater

LANL Monitoring Situation Unfolding In Paris, France

on November 16, 2015 - 7:49am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is monitoring the situation unfolding in Paris, France.

Security officials are engaged with the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as federal and local law enforcement. There are no known imminent threats to DOE sites or personnel.

LANL employees traveling in France are directed to contact their manager or the Emergency Operations Center for accountability purposes. In addition, the EOC is prepared to take calls for additional assistance and information.

DEA Announces '360 Strategy' To Address Heroin, Prescription Drugs And Violent Crime

on November 15, 2015 - 8:15am
DEA News:
PITTSBURGH, PA  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced Pittsburgh as the pilot city for a comprehensive law enforcement and prevention “360 Strategy” to help cities dealing with a heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, and its associated violent crime.
DEA Special Agent in Charge for the Philadelphia Division, Gary Tuggle made the announcement along with United States Attorney David J.

LAPS Delayed Start, School Cancelation, Or Early Dismissal Due To Snow Or Ice

on November 14, 2015 - 12:23pm
By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

This message is to provide districtwide procedures, communications strategies, and to help us further prepare for the winter of 2015-16. 

The information may be particularly important because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting ~150 percent of the annual average snow fall for northern New Mexico this year.


  • The decision to close school or delay the start of school will usually be made by 5:30 a.m.
  • Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS

Wash, Dry And Repeat … Billion Dollar Cleanup Settlement Starts Over

on November 13, 2015 - 1:29pm

New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn asks for input on a revised consent order from members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

During a break at the NNMCAB meeting Thursday, from left, NNSA Environmental Programs Office Assistant Manager George Rael, talks to EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and contractor Bob Zulick. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

POJOAQUE – A citizen’s advisory