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Public Safety

  • Road crews prep for winter storm

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Highway crews are preparing for a winter storm approaching New Mexico.

    State Transportation Secretary Gary Giron (Hee ROHN') says snow plows and crews are ready to hit the highway as soon as the storm rolls in.

    The National Weather Service says the winter storm is expected to hit portions of western and northern New Mexico Wednesday afternoon through Thursday.

    Heavy snowfall, strong to damaging winds and very cold temperatures are expected.

  • Police Beat 12-28-10

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Dec. 12

    2:25 p.m. – A 25-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that her car was keyed while parked at Mountain Elementary School on North Road. The estimated damage is unknown.
    Dec. 16

  • Martinez names warden to lead NM corrections

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has chosen the warden at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Grants to lead the state Department of Corrections.

    If the nomination is confirmed by the state Senate, Lupe Martinez, 49, would become the first woman confirmed as a corrections secretary in New Mexico's history.

  • Martinez names warden to lead NM corrections

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez announced Monday she is nominating the warden at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Grants to lead the state Department of Corrections.

    If the nomination is confirmed by the state Senate, Lupe Martinez would become the first woman confirmed as a corrections secretary in New Mexico's history.

    Lupe Martinez, no relation to the governor-elect, has 25 years of experience in the corrections department.

  • Difficult driving conditions in No. NM Friday

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state transportation department says several roadways are snow packed in northern New Mexico.

    U.S. 64 has difficult driving conditions with about two inches of snow and it continues to snow lightly.

    New Mexico state road 434 has difficult driving conditions. It is snowing and the road has two inches of accumulation.

    Crews are plowing, salting and sanding the roadway. Motorists should drive with caution and reduce their speed.

  • Va. man sentenced for violations at Bandelier

    In July 2009, law enforcement rangers at Bandelier National Monument, acting on an anonymous tip, initiated an investigation into the illegal collection of natural and cultural resources from National Park Service (NPS) lands. Based on that initial investigation a suspect, William Smith Sr., was identified and was alleged to have stolen property from multiple National Parks, including Bandelier National Monument, Yellowstone National
    Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Richmond National Battlefield Park.

  • Police Beat 12-21-10

    Items in Police Beat are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
     
    Dec. 8
     
    8:27 p.m. – A 36-year-old White Rock woman reported that someone damaged the interior of a vacant house. The estimated damage is more than $1,000.
     

  • Bandelier thief sentenced

    In July 2009, law enforcement rangers at Bandelier National Monument, acting on an anonymous tip, initiated an investigation into the illegal collection of natural and cultural resources from National Park Service (NPS) lands. 

    Based on that initial investigation a suspect, William Smith Sr., was identified and was alleged to have stolen property from multiple National Parks, including Bandelier National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Richmond National Battlefield Park.  

  • Bandelier Begins Pile Burning Today

    Superintendent Jason Lott of Bandelier National Monument announced that Bandelier began burning piles of mechanically thinned vegetation  today along N.M. 4 from Ponderosa Campground to the Apache Springs Trailhead. 

    “Hundreds of piles on the west side of  N.M. 4 will be ignited this winter as conditions permit,” Lott said.

    There are approximately 135 acres containing materials cut during thinning projects last fall that need to be burned

  • Heroin deaths among young worries NM officials

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say they are worried about a statistically significant rise in the number of heroin overdose deaths among people under age 21.

    Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil says only about 2 percent of heroin deaths were in people in that age group from 2004 though 2007. But the percentage rose to 8 percent in 2008 and 12 percent last year.

    Vigil says in a statement that substance abuse prevention is key to preventing such deaths.