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Water Main Break on Trinity Drive Repaired

on December 13, 2012 - 9:11am


DPU News:

Eastbound traffic was reduced to one lane Wednesday on Trinity Drive in the vicinity of 37 Street following a water main break.

The break was reported around 8 p.m. Tuesday. In frigid temperatures, gas, water and sewer crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities worked through the night and into the early morning to dig up the 12-inch line and complete repairs by 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, with no loss of water to residents.

Los Alamos County’s Roads and Streets Division assisted in completing backfilling and patching of the road before for the evening rush

NNSA, Los Alamos County Revised Fire Protection Agreement a Win-Win

on December 12, 2012 - 11:02am

Shaking hands recently on a modified Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement are from left, LASO's Kevin Smith, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and County Administrator Harry Burgess. Courtesy/LAC


The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) recently modified the Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement to ensure world-class emergency response capabilities for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Los Alamos County.

County Administrator Harry Burgess and Manager Kevin Smith of NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office signed the agreement

NNSA Completes Removal of All HEU From Austria

on December 12, 2012 - 8:17am

Anne Harrington

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), the Vienna University of Technology, and the Government of Austria Tuesday announced the successful return of all remaining U.S.-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) nuclear reactor fuel from Austria to the United States.

This makes Austria the 22nd country that has worked with GTRI to remove all HEU from its territory.

“The completion of this project with Austria is another important step in the global effort to minimize the civilian use of HEU

Driver Cited for DUI in Monday's 3-Car Crash

on December 11, 2012 - 9:34am

Police issue charges in this three-vehicle collision Monday on Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police have issued charges against one of the driver's in Monday evening's three-vehicle collision on Trinity Drive near Timber Ridge Road.

Geraldine Quintana of Santa Fe has been charged with one count of aggravated DUI, one count of abandonment or abuse of a child and one count of careless driving.

"Our investigation finds that a 2000 Toyota sedan driven by Alice Gutierrez attempted to make a left turn on Timber Ridge when it was struck from

Three Car Crash Slows Evening Commute on Trinity

on December 10, 2012 - 6:23pm

Three cars involved in a crash this evening on Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

A three car crash occured at Trinity Drive and Timber Ridge Road at approximately 5:25 p.m. today. Two drivers in sedans involved in the wreck were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center for possible treatment. 

Ken Will, was the third driver involved. He was operating a white truck and told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene that he "was in the right lane and the blue Toyota sedan was stopped to turn (on Timber Ridge Road.) The lady in the silver Chevrolet sedan was

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2012

on December 10, 2012 - 1:47pm

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. 29 at 9:27 a.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old boy from Abiquiu with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr., referred him to the juvenile probation officer and released him to his parents.


Nov. 29 at 8:57 p.m.

State Offices in Santa Fe on 2-Hour Delay

on December 10, 2012 - 6:58am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that due to inclement road conditions, all state offices in Santa Fe ONLY are on a two hour delay.

World’s First Hazard Scale Created for Wildland Fires

on December 9, 2012 - 11:40am

Figure 1. Matrix for Capturing Exposure from Wildland Fuels.

SFNF to Burn 3,500 Acres of Hazardous Fuels

on December 8, 2012 - 8:03am

SFNF News:

Fire managers plan to begin ignitions Tuesday, Dec. 11 within the Coyote Ranger District to treat hazardous fuels with prescribed fire.

The total acreage includes Mesa Camino and Gallina WUI prescribed burn project areas. Depending on conditions, either one or the other project area will be treated next week.

This is an ongoing project that began 10 years ago. Approximately 75 percent of the project has been completed in prior treatments.

Gallina WUI, Mesa Camino, Coyote Ranger District:

  • Approximately 50 to 100 acres are to be treated per day when conditions are favorable

NMDOT Prepared for Arctic Blast

on December 7, 2012 - 4:33pm


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is prepared for the arctic front that’s scheduled to hit New Mexico on Sunday. 

The biggest impact is expected to be seen in NMDOT District 4, headquartered in Las Vegas, which encompasses the northeast corner of the state.

Approximately 80 dump trucks with snowplows and salt and cinder spreaders in District 4 are loaded and ready to go. All patrol crews that could be impacted have been preparing for the storm, readying vehicles and receiving briefings on both weather and expected roadway conditions.

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Los Alamos Police Conduct Emergency Training

on December 7, 2012 - 12:18pm

Members of the Los Alamos County Police Department are conducting emergency vehicle operations course training today at the Los Alamos County Airport on Airport Road. Courtesy photo

Rio Arriba County Board Honors Maintenance Patrol

on December 7, 2012 - 10:30am

From left, Ojo Caliente Highway Maintenance Patrol members Leandro Campos, Steve Chavez, Lawrence Aragon, Martin Rivera, Bernie Trujillo, and Harold Goodnight. Courtesy/NMDOT


The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Ojo Caliente highway maintenance patrol was honored Dec. 6 with a special recognition plaque presented by the Rio Arriba County Board of Commissioners at a board meeting in Espanola. The patrol was honored for its good work and service to the local communities.

Ojo Caliente patrol foreman Lawrence Aragon accepted the plaque from Commissioner Felipe D.

DEA Unveils 'Project Below the Beltway' Results

on December 7, 2012 - 8:38am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced the results of “Project Below the Beltway” - a two-year series of investigations targeting the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels and violent street gangs as part of an on-going initiative against the cartels and their distribution network in America.

The series of federal, state and local investigations began in May 2010 and culminated on Dec. 6, 2012.

"Project Below the Beltway" is comprised of investigations in 79 U.S.

LANL's 'Individual Permit for Storm Water' Public Meeting is Dec. 13

on December 6, 2012 - 8:48am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is holding an “Individual Permit for Storm Water” public meeting is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.

The Individual Permit for Storm Water encompasses corrective actions and monitoring for 405 sites across Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and find out about the results of monitoring, design and installation work completed during the summer season and LANL's plans for upcoming permit-related actions.

The design criteria for retaining storm water will be

Los Alamos Police Save Suicidal Man

on December 5, 2012 - 8:38pm

Isaiah Cisneros

By Carol A. Clark

Seizing literally a split-second opportunity, Los Alamos police officers were able to tase a suicidal man, lunge across the room and snatch his gun away before he could kill himself.

For reasons unknown, Isaiah Cisneros, 26, of Los Alamos threatened to shoot himself on Nov. 24. A woman in his home on 35th Street alerted police.

Cpl. Eric Wilhoit and Ofc. Oliver McCartney responded to the residence and Sgt. Jeremy Duran arrived shortly thereafter.

The woman directed the officers to a bedroom in which they found Cisneros sitting cross-legged on the floor

Driver Cited in Latest Vehicle Rollover

on December 5, 2012 - 10:44am

Sunday rollover on N.M. 4. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report:

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has cited the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup that went off the road on N.M. 4 Sunday, Dec. 2 and rolled over on the embankment.

Dusty Keane, 18, of Los Alamos was cited for failure to maintain her lane, said SFSO Maj. Ken Johnson during a telephone interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post late Tuesday.

Keane was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center following her one-vehicle rollover Sunday afternoon.

Johnson reported that Keane suffered "scrapes and bruises from the

I-25 / St. Francis Drive Update

on December 5, 2012 - 10:21am


NMDOT is shutting down detour lanes at the I-25 / St. Francis Drive interchange this afternoon and diverting traffic back on to I-25.

Traffic will be funneled into single lanes on northbound and southbound I-25. Open and closed lanes may alternate as the project winds down.

All lanes on I-25 at this key interchange in Santa Fe should be re-opened by Christmas, weather permitting. The $6.1 million rehabilitation project will enhance public safety and prolong the life of four bridges on I-25 and one bridge on the St. Francis Drive northbound off-ramp.

NMDOT urges motorists to

FBI Seeks Public's Help

on December 5, 2012 - 9:37am

Illustration: YUGO M-90 5.56mm assault rifle. Courtesy/ WSS Firearms

FBI News:

The Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations and the FBI are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Nov. 30 at the Sonic Drive-In in Shiprock.

Shortly after midnight, two individuals dressed in black and with blue bandanas over their faces entered the restaurant on Highway 491.

Witnesses said one of the robbers carried an AK-style assault rifle.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money and may have gotten into a silver or white four-door sedan.

Anyone with information on this incident is

BREAKING NEWS: Police Capture Burglary Suspects

on December 4, 2012 - 2:56pm

Skylar B. Smith. Courtesy/LAPD
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Poswt

Detectives from the Los Alamos Police Department's Investigations Division, working in conjunction with the Albuquerque Police Department’s Auto Theft Division, have apprehended a man suspected in the recent rash of auto burglaries in Los Alamos.

Skylar B. Smith, 20, of Rio Rancho, who previously lived in Los Alamos, was arrested Monday, Dec. 1 on a Los Alamos warrant for auto burglary and theft of credit cards. 

Coady Richards. Courtesy/LAPD

Smith's arrest comes after a lengthy

DWI Planning Council Meets Dec. 11

on December 4, 2012 - 6:58am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council Meeting is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr. 

The meeting is open to the public.


Call to Order
II. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: 11/15/2012
(Minutes are available upon request. Please contact the Los Alamos Police Department Records Division @ or 663-1741.
III. Presentation from Department of Finance (DFA) Representative
IV. New Business
V. Next Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 10, 2013
VI. Adjourn Meeting


LAFD Issues Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

on December 4, 2012 - 6:56am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to share the following Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips with the community.

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season.

Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire.

Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy.

  • Don’t put your live Christmas tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks.
  • Place trees away from heat sources, including fireplaces or heat

Local Company Offers Taxi Service to Curb Holiday Drinking & Driving

on December 3, 2012 - 11:21am

NMWT News:

In time for the holidays, Los Alamos based New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours, is now offering after hours (after 7 p.m.) taxi service from the Los Alamos/White Rock area to a number of locations, to help prevent drinking and driving.

New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours’ taxi service is also available for pick up and delivery to the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe and other Taos, Albuquerque, and surrounding area destinations.

“There is currently no easily accessible shuttle service in Los Alamos that offers transportation to and

NNSA Exceeds 2012 Goal for Nuclear Weapons Dismantlements

on December 3, 2012 - 10:37am

U.S. nuclear weapons declared excess to the stockpile are sent to Pantex Plant, America's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. Pantex Plant is on a 16,000-acre site 17 miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy/Pantex

NNSA's Don Cook

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has accomplished 112 percent of its goal for planned stockpile dismantlements in FY 2012.

“NNSA delivered on President Obama’s commitment to reduce the numbers of U.S.

Was Hurricane Sandy New Storm Breed?

on December 3, 2012 - 9:39am

'Inside the Megastorm' takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists, 'Inside the Megastorm' gives scientific context to a new breed of storms. Courtesy/PBS

PBS News:

Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to warming climate?

Learn more at this month's New Mexico PBS Science Café: “Inside the Megastorm.”

This Science Café will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Los

Dishwasher Ignites On Orange Street

on December 3, 2012 - 5:54am

 The remains of a dishwasher that reportedly sparked a fire inside an Orange Street duplex Friday, lays in a heap in the front yard of the residence. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Firefighters responded to a dishwasher fire at about 1 p.m., Friday in a duplex at 3064 Orange St.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the small blaze. No injuries were reported but there is heavy smoke damage to the Orange Street duplex and fire damage in the kitchen area.

The cause of the dishwasher fire is under investigation.

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