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Flood Advisory until 3 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

* ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... WESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

* UNTIL 300 PM MDT

* AT 106 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN WITH STRONG THUNDERSTORMS NEAR THE UPPER REACHES FRIJOLES CANYON. THE STORMS WERE DRIFTING SOUTH BETWEEN 5 AND 10 MPH.

THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

* STRONG FLOWS AND HIGH WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED IN ARROYOS... SMALL STREAMS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS. RAPID RUNOFF CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED IMMEDIATELY OVER AND DOWNSTREAM FROM WILDFIRE BURN SCARS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

RUNOFF FROM RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED WATER LEVELS WITHIN VULNERABLE DRAINAGES IN AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE LOS CONCHAS FIRE BURN SCAR.

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Flash Flood Warning until 9 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHEASTERN SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

* UNTIL 900 PM MDT

* AT 606 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 15 MILES WEST OF SANTA CLARA PUEBLO... OR ABOUT 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN WAS NEARLY STATIONARY. THE RAIN GAGE AT POND 4 IN SANTA CLARA CANYON MEASURED 1 INCH OF RAIN IN JUST 20 MINUTES. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

BOTH LOCALIZED AND DISTANT HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CREATE SUDDEN AND DANGEROUS FLOWS IN ARROYOS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS.

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Rail Runner cancels service Friday

 

There are a fair amount of commuters who take the Rail Runner to Santa Fe and then take the bus to Los Alamos.

Those commuters will have to find another way to work Friday.

According to TV stations KRQE-TV and KOB-TV, flooding from heavy rain late Thursday will keep Rail Runner Express trains from running north of Bernalillo to Santa Fe on Friday.

KRQE said no trains will operate between the U.S. 550/Sandoval County station in Bernalillo and the station in downtown Santa Fe.

On Thursday, a Rail Runner train that was stopped north of the Kewa station was given the green light to proceed with caution after severe weather and flooding halted the train. KOB reported another bridge was reportedly underwater. The TV stations reported that 600 to 800 passengers had to wait at least an hour for buses to take them to their destination.

Storm runoff from the rains flowed through Santo Domingo Pueblo.

However, trains will run on regular schedules between Belen and Bernalillo through Albuquerque.

A Rail Runner spokesperson said they currently expect the line to be open in time for weekend trains.

Storm runoff Thursday evening flowed over the rails about two miles east of the Kewa station on Santo Domingo Pueblo.

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Lightning causes brief power outage at LANL, townsite

    Lightning causes brief power outage

Wednesday’s thunderstorm caused the power to go out for about 10 minutes in the Los Alamos town site and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Lightning struck a transmission pole on LANL property and that affected the town site and LANL facilities.

LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said power was out at TA-3 and that email and Internet service was interrupted.

The lab statement read, “Power was knocked out for 9 minutes yesterday throughout TA-3, LANSCE, and the entire townsite.  The problem occurred due to a lightning strike on a

substation that initiated a protective relay, cutting power.

“E-mail and Internet service was out for a few hours, and the Lab's computing resources went offline.  Everything was restored to normal operations by the end of the work day.  As a normal response, the lab is investigating to assure that all electrical safety systems worked properly.

The power outage also knocked out the county 311 customer service center, but DPU posted information on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

DPU releases report

The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) released their Performance Report


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Tree trimming begins Monday in LA, WR

 Preventing power outages and unsafe fire hazards by trimming trees too close to power lines is a safety and reliability priority for the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU). The DPU has engaged Allied Tree Service to trim around the overhead power lines in White Rock and Los Alamos starting Monday.

The tree trimming project is anticipated to last 2‐3 months with work beginning at the Ski Hill, then moving to White Rock, then the Los Alamos town site. The tree trimming is necessary to prevent trees from coming into contact with power lines and touching un‐insulated wires which can lead to power outages.

The DPU will make every attempt to notify nearby affected residents and businesses one week in advance of tree trimming work in their area. Trimming will occur within designated utility easements and the DPU asks the public to allow the trimming crews to access these areas.

 For more information contact Deputy Utility Manager for Electric Distribution Rafael De La Torre (rafael.delatorre@lacnm.us) or Michael Salazar (Michael.salazar@lacnm.us) or call the 311 Customer Care Center at 662‐8333.    


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Police beat 8/14/12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in the Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.


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Obama congratulates Mars Curiosity scientists

Hailing NASA’s “mind-boggling” Mars landing of the Curiosity rover, President Barack Obama urged the scientists operating the craft on Monday to phone home immediately if they find any extra-terrestrials.

“If in fact you do make contact with Martians, please let me know right away,” Obama told controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “I’ve got a lot of other things on my plate, but I suspect that that will go to the top of the list. Even if they’re just microbes, it will be pretty exciting.”

Obama spoke by phone from Air Force One as he flew to a campaign stop in Iowa eight days after the car-sized rover landed on the Martian surface. The touchdown followed a complex series of maneuvers involving intricately timed rocket firings, a huge parachute and cables lowering the craft to the Mars surface.


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Assets in Action: Saluting a local youth

By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, my column salutes local youth Clay Adams.

Adams is a sophomore this year and last school year, ignited a spark that changed his orbit.

In Asset language, a spark is a hobby or passion, the thing that makes your life worth living and brings you joy.

Last winter another local youth, Trae Randolph, taught Adams how to ride bulls — and so it began.

Adams traveled to rodeos with Randolph, riding when he could and spending time in Jal, N.M. with his father James, indulging in bull riding whenever he had the chance.


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Hoard talks about the Valles Caldera

By Special to the Monitor

Some think the Valles Caldera deserves a trail around its rim. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fuller Lodge, Dorothy Hoard will tell of her 12-year still unfinished odyssey to make the dream a reality. 


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Arson ruled out in New Beginnings Church blaze

By John Severance

There have been a lot of theories about the cause of the fire that heavily damaged New Beginnings Church July 4.

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Tuesday, New Beginnings Church pastor Shawn Amburgey finally found out the cause.

It was electrical.

Amburgey had just met with Sammy Anaya from the investigations unit of the State Fire Marshal’s office when the investigator's findings were released.

When asked what Anaya said, Amburgey said “the test results came back negative for accelerants and that it was an accidental incident by electrical failure.”

Los Alamos fire chief Troy Hughes also talked to Anaya and confirmed the findings.

“It apparently started in an outlet near the stage area,” Hughes said.  

It has been nearly six weeks since the fire and investigators pored through a mountain of burn evidence.

"It just took a while to get the results back," Hughes said. "Usually with a flammable liquid, that can be found out rather quickly. But with this, they used microscopes and x-rays and all of that takes time. The investigators did a tremendous job and everybody wanted an answer quickly. I know I was getting a little impatient waiting to find out the results."

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Boerigter awarded scholarship

Kiwanis awarded Michelle Boerigter the Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship on Aug. 7. Wallace was a longtime Kiwanian and former state representative. Boerigter will attend Hope College in Holland, Mich. and will study biochemistry and religion/theology. Pictured from left to right: Key Club Members, Morrie Pongratz, Kristy Ortega (president) and Don Casperson; Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace; Michelle Boerigter; and parents Cathy and Steve Boerigter. 


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LA Rodeo provides thrills, spills for all ages

 Los Alamos County's cowboys and cowgirls went out to show their stuff at the 2012 Rodeo, held Saturday and Sunday at Brewer Arena. The rodeo is an annual event open to anyone willing to try their luck in one of several events. One of the more popular events is bull riding, but those too young to take on a bull can try to top a sheep, like 4-year-old Bradley Bond did Saturday.     


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Inmate slightly injured in fight at detention center

By The Staff

Charles Burnett, 22, an inmate at the Los Alamos Detention Center, was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution this morning after a fight at the detention center. According to  LAPD Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Burnett sustained a minor laceration to his right eye when another inmate, Anthony Chavez, 31, punched him in the face.

According to reports, the fight started when Burnett refused to obey the orders of a detention guard. Burnett’s refusal to obey orders irritated Chavez, and a fight between the two inmates ensued, according to reports.

Burnett was then taken to the hospital, where he was treated. According to Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Burnett’s injury was not serious.

“He was only at the hospital for a short time, was looked at, and returned to the detention center” he said.

According to  Herrera, Burnett is not going to press charges. Chavez was originally in jail for a probation violation.

Burnett was in jail for being picked up on two warrants, as well as three new counts of allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest. Charges in the warrants included violating conditions of release, breaking and entering, battery on a household member, and the felony charge of possession of controlled substance.


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North Korea may be preparing for nuclear test

Stanford nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker, the former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Frank Pabian, a geospatial information analyst at LANL, used open-source technology to recalculate the epicenters of two nuclear tests by North Korea. 


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Scenes from Saturday's Fair & Rodeo Parade

Los Alamos National Bank’s entry took top honors in the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday morning along Central Avenue.


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