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Public Safety

  • Public to meet chief hopefuls

    The County of Los Alamos released the names of five potential candidates for police chief recently,and has set aside time for the public to meet them Sept. 12 at a reception inside the County Municipal Center.

    “Candidates will be available to visit informally with attendees from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. At approximately 6:30 p.m., each of the candidates will be asked to make brief remarks about their background, experience and why they believe they are the best candidate for the job,” said a statement in the press release from the county. It also said residents can leave written comments at the end of reception as well as email comments overnight to County Administrator Harry Burgess.

    The candidates are: Roy Melnick, current chief of the Los Lunas, New Mexico police department; Don Perry, current compliance enforcement administrator for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Bill Press, current chief of the Fairhope, Ala. police department; Dino Sgambellone, current police chief of the Mansfield, Ohio police department and Philip Smith, currently deputy police chief of the Roswell, NM police department.

  • At least 3 bears sighted on streets of Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Santa Fe are warning residents to be on the lookout for bears.

    City police say at least three bears were seen roaming the streets Tuesday.

    Sightings of a mother bear and a cub first came in around 9 a.m. in the area around Santa Fe High School. A larger bear that's possibly a male was seen in the city around 10 a.m.

    Last Thursday, New Mexico Game and Fish Department agents were able to corner a different mother and cub. Both were tranquilized and safely relocated.

    On Sunday, a 300-pound male bear was tranquilized and relocated after he was found roaming around a Santa Fe street.

    Animal Control Agents estimate about 10 different bears have been seen in the city limits in the last two weeks.

  • Police Beat 09-03-13

    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. 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.

    Aug. 22

    11:34 a.m. — Alissa Wallington, 21, of Santa Cruz was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
    11:45 a.m. — Urias Valdez, 42, of Velarde was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant.

    Aug. 23

  • Flood Advisory until 9 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... NORTHWESTERN 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 EXTREME NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 900 PM MDT

    * AT 655 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN OVER SANTA CLARA CANYON AND SURROUNDING AREAS. BETWEEN 0.5 TO 0.75 INCHES OF RAINFALL WILL FALL IN THIS AREA.

    * 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.

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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 1253 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN 4 MILES WEST OF LOS ALAMOS OR OVER THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. EXPECT RAINFALL BETWEEN 0.75 TO 1.25 INCHES AS THE CELLS MOVE SLOWLY TO THE SOUTHEAST. THE VALLES CALDERRA WILL SEE THE MAIN IMPACT BUT WESTERN PORTIONS OF LOS ALAMOS CLOUD ALSO SEE SOME MINOR FLOODING.

    * 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.

  • Flash Flood Warning until 4 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO 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 400 PM MDT

    * AT 218 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 15 MILES WEST OF SANTA CLARA PUEBLO... OR ABOUT 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN WAS DRIFTING TOWARD THE EAST. A REMOTE STATION IN UPPER SANTA CLARA CANYON WAS MEASURING RAINFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF TWO INCHES PER HOUR. RADAR HAS ESTIMATED NEARLY THREE INCHES MAY HAVE FALLEN IN THE FAR WESTERN REACHES OF UPPER SANTA CLARA CANYON SINCE ABOUT 130 PM.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOS ALAMOS... SANTA CLARA CANYON... RIO DEL OSO... CAMP MAY ROAD... QUEMAZAN TRAIL..HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND..INDIAN SERVICE ROUTE 602 AND EASTERN PORTION OF VALLES CALDERA.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    WATER IN ARROYOS MAY TRAVEL MANY MILES AND TAKE HOURS TO REACH YOUR LOCATION FROM UPSTREAM RAIN AREAS.

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  • Officials thin police chief search to 5 candidates

    From a list of what was purported dozens of hopefuls, County Administrator Harry Burgess said the list has settled on five candidates for the job of Los Alamos police chief. The candidates are scheduled to be in town Sept. 12 and 13 for interviews.

    Names of the candidates are due to be released Tuesday.

    “We’ve got our questions ready to go and interview panels put together,” Burgess said.

    Burgess said the candidates will be interviewed by three panels.

    “One will be members of my office, another will consist of county senior management officials and another one will be made up of representatives from other entities that the chief will have to work with, including the lab (Los Alamos National Laboratory), JJAB (Juvenile Justice Advisory Board), the schools and such,” he said.

    They narrowed it down to five through limited background inquires as well as a detailed review of all the materials they were asked to submit, including applications and resumes.

    “It’s just been about their qualifications, credentials and experience they’ve exhibited in their applications,” Burgess said.

  • LA among counties with highest rate of whooping cough cases

    The New Mexico Department of Health reported Friday that 331 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported in New Mexico in 2013. Los Alamos is among the counties with the highest rates.

    “Pertussis is very contagious and can cause serious illness —especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent pertussis.

    The Department of Health recommends that pregnant women and anyone who is going to be around a baby make sure they are up to date on their pertussis vaccination.”

    The counties with the highest rate of pertussis this year are Los Alamos, Taos and Santa Fe. Rates are used to describe disease activity of cases over a given period of time.

    Rates take into account the different population sizes of demographic groups or geographic areas so that meaningful comparisons can be made between groups and areas.

    In 2012, 898 cases of pertussis were reported in New Mexico.

    Two children died last year.

    No deaths have been reported this year, but nine infants have been hospitalized.

    New Mexicans can contact their health care provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated. Public health offices offer the vaccine to those without insurance.

  • Cone Zone 09-01-13

    Road Construction Update: Week of Sept. 3

    Non-County Projects of Significance:
    Smith’s Marketplace: Contractor Utility Work on Trinity between Knecht and DP Road:
    The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive will be closed between Knecht and DP Road starting Tuesday, expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. Alternate routes are recommended. This work will continue through November.
    Smith’s Marketplace: Truck Traffic on N.M. 502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac
    Construction continues at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza through opening day in May 2014, which means motorists using Main Hill Road (N.M. 502) and Trinity Drive near the Marketplace work site can expect to continue to see significant truck traffic. Expect delays and allow extra time if using this route, or seek alternate routes.

  • Kids tour fire engine

    The Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a call on 36th Street Wednesday. LAFD quickly extinguished a small oven fire and afterward invited the children in the neighborhood to check out the truck.