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WIPP: No Evidence Of Second Breached Drum

on September 20, 2014 - 8:17am

WIPP News:

Recent news reports have incorrectly suggested that there is a second breached drum in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility. There is no evidence to suggest a release from a second drum.

The site conducted initial surveys that showed no evidence of a radiological release from Panel 6, and WIPP personnel have seen no evidence since then that suggests anything different.

Worker safety is the Department's highest priority and workers entering radiologically controlled areas of the WIPP underground facility are trained and equipped with state of the art

Gov. Declares Today Texting And Driving Day Of Action

on September 19, 2014 - 9:36am

Gov. Susana Martinez


Today is the third annual day of action to stop texting and driving as part of the It Can Wait campaign. 

This year, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez officially proclaimed Sept. 19 to be the “It Can Wait Day of Action” statewide. See her proclamation here:  

Once again, AT&T and partner organizations are calling on New Mexico drivers to get involved today in the movement to end texting while driving, which is involved in more than 200,000 vehicle crashes each year.

New Mexico drivers are encouraged to:

  • Text “ICWNM” (stands for It Can

DNFSB Reports Deficiencies In U.S. Nuclear Labs’ Emergency Preparedness Plans

on September 19, 2014 - 7:34am

HSNW News:

A recently released study of 17 U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), which examined operations at the labs over the last three years, found deficiencies in emergency preparedness plans.

Three New Mexico labs — the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque — exemplify various gaps in disaster preparedness throughout the nation’s nuclear defense system.

The assessment comes as the Energy and Defense Department are looking to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 11 to Sept. 17, 2014

on September 18, 2014 - 12:59pm

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.

Sept. 11 at 2 a.m. / A 23-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered on E. Jemez Road. 

Sept. 11 at 5:44 p.m. / Police arrested Brandi Vigil, 30, of Alcalde in Espanola on an outstanding District Court warrant. Police booking photo unavailable.

Sept. 11 at 11:07 p.m. / A 31-year-old Olympia man reported that he is the victim of public affray on Fairway Drive.


Governor Announces $100,000 Investment To Triple Alzheimer’s Caregivers Trained In New Mexico

on September 17, 2014 - 1:35pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Targeted Investment and Programs Designed to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment and Care in Rural and Underserved Areas

SANTA FE — Today Gov. Susana Martinez announced nearly $100,000 in funding to greatly expand training for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

“Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia presents so many physical and emotional challenges,” Martinez said. “Caregivers often don’t know where to turn for help.

Six Safety Tips For Residents Facing Flooded Roads

on September 17, 2014 - 11:06am

Heavy precipitation expected over portions of the southwest this week due to the remnants of weakening Tropical Storm Odile prompts the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) to remind residents to Turn Around, Don’t Drown®.

More deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane-related hazard. Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate flooded roads. FLASH and the National Weather Service warns anyone who comes to a flooded roadway, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”


Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Sept. 29

on September 17, 2014 - 7:43am


Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church along with United Healthcare is pleased to offer a Youth Mental Health First Aid class in Los Alamos 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 at TOTH.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed

on September 16, 2014 - 3:48pm

SFNF News:

 SANTA FE – Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have postponed the Santa Fe Watershed prescribed fire that was scheduled for ignition this week. 

The Southwest Coordination Center and the Weather Predictive Service have predicted that remnants of former Hurricane Odile will bring significant moisture and poor ventilation through the end of this week and possibly into next week. Weather conditions such as wind, temperature and humidity must meet specific criteria before any prescribed fire can be implemented. 

Because the forecasted conditions

Road Work Moves West Along Central - Oppenheimer Is Closed

on September 16, 2014 - 10:07am

Oppenheimer Drive is closed this morning as the Central Avenue Improvements Project construction work moves along to the west. Starting today, Oppenheimer Drive between Trinity Drive and Central Avenue will be closed to traffic in both directions. Vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured to 20th Street. Motorists should use alternate business parking including parking lots along Deacon, 15th Street, 20th Street and Nectar. Oppenheimer will remain closed through Oct. 31. Photo by Chris Clark/

Work continues along Central Avenue near the Reel Deal Movie Theater. Photo by Chris

Los Alamos Walk To Prevent Suicide Sept. 20 At East Park

on September 15, 2014 - 11:35am

NMED Inspector Provides Food Handling Training For Los Alamos Restaurants At Time Out Pizzeria

on September 14, 2014 - 9:00pm

Co-owners Trisha and Omar Sanchez of the Time Out Pizzeria in White Rock and their new location in Los Alamos spoke with Northern New Mexico Environment Department Inspector Michael Bencomo to request a food service training session for their growing staff. Bencomo provided that training this afternoon in the Los Alamos Time Out Pizzeria meeting room, which also was opened to the owners and staff of other local restaurants including the Blue Window Bistro, Creole Nouvelle and Ruby K's as well as folks from mobile eateries around the area. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

About 50 people

Central Avenue Improvements Work Between 15th And 20th Streets Scheduled For Completion By Sept. 30

on September 14, 2014 - 1:29pm

Workers kneel in planters to install finishing touches to the Central Avenue Improvements Project between 15th and 20th streets. This portion of the project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30. During the Homecoming Parade Friday, Sept. 19, the contractor will open Central Avenue by 1 p.m. and if paving is delayed, the parade will proceed on the milled surface. After the parade, the road will close again to allow work to continue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 15

on September 14, 2014 - 11:20am

Central Avenue Improvements Project construction work moves west along Central Avenue in front of the downtown Post Office near 20th Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A worker operates in a hole on Central Avenue Thursday while crew members grab a broom and shovel to complete their tasks. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Road Construction Update: Week of Sept. 15

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150 or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the

WIPP: Waste Hoist Transformer Replacement Nearly Complete

on September 13, 2014 - 9:43am

WIPP has been disposing of legacy TRU waste since 1999, cleaning up 22 generator sites nationwide. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Cleaning and soot removal activities on the waste hoist and associated components have been completed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

One additional repair is necessary before the hoist can be powered, inspected and returned to service.

Employees are currently working to replace the electrical transformer necessary to operate the hoist.

Heinrich: President's Counterterrorism Strategy Makes Sense

on September 12, 2014 - 7:39am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement Wednesday on President Obama's speech on the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

"I remain adamantly opposed to returning American combat troops to battlegrounds in the Middle East, but I believe the President's counterterrorism strategy outlined tonight makes sense and stands in stark contrast to the previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"ISIL has barbarically killed and tortured

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 4, to Sept. 10, 2014

on September 11, 2014 - 11:54am

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.

Sept. 4 at 8:08 p.m. / A 56-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered by a household member on Ensenada Drive.

Sept. 4 at 8:11 p.m. / A 17-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that her vehicle was burglarized while parked on 43rd Street. The estimated loss is unknown.


Sept. 4 at 9:02 p.m.

LAPD Holds Drug Take Back Day Sept. 27

on September 11, 2014 - 10:26am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will hold its bi-annual DEA Drug Take Back initiative, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 27 at two locations:

  • Site 1: Los Alamos Medical Center Parking Lot, 3917 West Road in the  specifically the parking lot along Trinity Drive; and
  • Site 2: White Rock Visitors Center Parking Lot, 115 N.M. 4.

Collection sites are registered on the DEA’s website:

Residents are encouraged to drop off unused or unwanted prescription medications as well as medications from a lost loved one or other circumstances with no questions asked.

Heinrich Statement on 13th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

on September 11, 2014 - 8:54am

Courtesy photo



WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

"Today our nation pauses to remember those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. We will never forget them or the brave first responders who risked their lives to help their fellow Americans.

LANL: Learn About Counseling, Referral Services

on September 11, 2014 - 8:41am
LANL News:

The public can learn about services offered by Los Alamos National Laboratory's Employee Assistance Program at three, free informational sessions at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

The one-hour, interactive presentations are scheduled 9-10 a.m. Sept. 16, Sept. 23 and Oct. 21 and open to Laboratory employees and the public. Attendees also will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The presentations cover:

  • assistance offered through EAP;
  • referrals to outside providers;
  • community resources;
  • concerns about confidentiality;
  • impact of counseling on security clearances; and

Espanola Fire District Plans Controlled Burn

on September 11, 2014 - 7:06am


SANTA FE–Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have been working with the support of the City of Santa Fe, the Nature Conservancy, the Santa Fe Watershed Association, and New Mexico State Forestry to develop a long-term plan to improve forest health in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  Several fuel reduction treatments have been completed to date and another prescribed fire will be conducted as soon as weather conditions are favorable, perhaps as early as next week. 

Hand and aerial ignitions will be used to treat 844-acres in an area

WIPP: Additional Areas Cleared in Underground Facility

on September 10, 2014 - 3:56pm

WIPP: personnel continue to work diligently to restore normal access to the WIPP underground facility. The graphic identifies areas that have been surveyed for radiological contamination. The areas highlighted in green have been found to be contamination free. The surveys are conducted on the salt surfaces of the mine, but also include survey and release of any equipment or other structures located in these areas. Individuals conducting radiological surveys are trained on use of radiation detection equipment and the actions that are required should they identify radioactive contamination.

LANL Using Neutrons to Stop Nuclear Smugglers

on September 10, 2014 - 1:59pm

ScreenShot/LANL Video

LANL News:

Laser-generated neutrons could one day be enlisted to help fight the War on Terror.

Using the short-pulse laser at Los Alamos's TRIDENT facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers generated a neutron beam with novel characteristics that interrogated a closed container to confirm the presence and quantity of nuclear material inside.

Click here to see how this successful experiment is paving the way for the creation of table-top-sized or truck-mounted neutron generators that could be installed at strategic locations worldwide to thwart smugglers

Prescribed Fires Planned For Jemez Ranger District

on September 10, 2014 - 11:52am

USFS News:

SANTA FE — Prescribed fires will be conducted throughout Santa Fe National Forest Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 as conditions are favorable.

These fires are designed to reduce excess fuels, provide community protection, and improve forest health. The start dates and duration of these burns will be dependent on weather, wind, and fuel moisture conditions.

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe National Forest will host the International Fire Training Program again this year.

Udall Warns Utility Consumers About Scam During Service Outages

on September 10, 2014 - 11:44am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which oversees and funds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), warned New Mexicans about scams directed at utility customers. 
The FTC recently issued a consumer alert about scammers who claim to work for a utility company and seek cash payment for reconnecting service during power outages caused by severe weather or other events. 
The scammer may dress in a uniform, display a fake identification card, and claim that the

Downtown Los Alamos Gas Leak Has Been Repaired

on September 10, 2014 - 11:35am

First responders arrived on the scene this morning after a contractor breached an underground gas line while working on the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Work came to a hault this morning after a contractor breached an underground gas line while working on the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Gas/Water/Sewer crews have repaired the gas leak that occurred this morning outside the Los Alamos Post Office on Central Avenue.

The leak was caused by