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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Cone Zone 08-25-13

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:
    Note: Canyon Road between 15th and 9th Street is closed to through traffic. Due to the significant amount of work and equipment in the roadway, non-resident motorists are asked to avoid the construction area and seek alternate routes.

    Canyon should be paved before Monday. Contractor will then be adjusting manhole and valve collars to match the grade of the new pavement. Expect minor flagging operations when this work is occurring. Once new concrete is placed, the manhole and valve areas will remain coned off until the fresh concrete has cured. Rim Road at Canyon will continue to be closed for placement of concrete at this intersection. Rim should reopen on Sept. 3. All other Canyon Road intersections should be open by end of day Monday.

    15th Street remains closed between Canyon and Sage north. 15th is also closed between Oakwood north and Oakwood south. Trenching for utility work continues on 15th Street progressing south of the Oakwood Loop; expect continued lane closures with flagging operations and detours as work progresses through side street intersections.

  • Farewell to the chief

     The Justice Center was packed Friday afternoon as people came to wish police chief Wayne Torpy a happy retirement.

  • Flood Advisory in effect until 7:15 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY 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 715 PM MDT

    * AT 422 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN AT A RATE AROUND 1 INCH PER HOUR FROM THUNDERSTORMS MOVING UP SANTA CLARA CANYON FROM THE RIO GRANDE.

    * 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. BOTH SAN ILDEFONSO AND SANTA CLARA PUEBLOS SHOULD EXPECT HEAVY RUNOFF FROM STREAMS LEADING DOWN FROM THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS. THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR FLASH FLOODING TO DEVELOP.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    BOTH LOCALIZED AND DISTANT HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CREATE DANGEROUS FLOWS IN ARROYOS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH THESE WATERS. WATER IN ARROYOS MAY TRAVEL MANY MILES AND TAKE HOURS TO REACH YOUR LOCATION FROM UPSTREAM RAIN AREAS.

    Stay with LAMonitor.com for the latest in weather advisories...

  • Police offer reward for graffiti vandals

     Police are offering a $500 reward for the arrest and/or conviction of the person or persons who defaced a Methodist Church in White Rock.

    According to Los Alamos Police Det. Oliver Morris, ever since the graffiti attack happened they’ve been looking for the perpetrators.

    Sometime over the weekend of Aug. 10 and 11 vandal(s) sprayed graffiti all over the church’s walls. The graffiti was obscene and satanic in nature. Their tag sign is “Snyp3” and so far police have few leads, though the case remains active.

    “Snype3” also allegedly tagged an electrical box behind Chamisa Elementary as well as a nearby culvert, in the vicinity of Aragon Avenue and Lejano Avenue.

    “Any graffiti they come across that’s similar people can call us about that as well,” Morris said.

    Also sprayed on signs in and near the culvert was the moniker “Atomic Kings.”

    Police believe the same paint that was used at the church matches the type that was used in
    the culvert.

    “We are actively pursuing a lead,” Morris said. 

  • Police Beat 08-20-13

    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. 7

    2:20 p.m. – A 17-year old Los Alamos female was arrested on a charge of forgery in the 530 block of Central Avenue.
    Aug. 8

    7:04 a.m. – A 66-year old Los Alamos male told police that he had been the victim of criminal damage to property ( less than $1,000) at Lejandro Drive.
    Aug. 9

    2:32 a.m. – A 17-year old Los Alamos female was the victim of aggravated battery on West Road.

    3:40 a.m. – A 17-year old Los Alamos male was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery in the 720 block of 42nd Street.

    7:51 p.m. – A 32-year old Los Alamos female told police that she had been the victim of forgery at an address on Walnut Street.

    10:25 p.m. – Stephen Green, 56, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of DWI at the Ski Hill.

  • Police chief search in progress

    Police Chief Wayne Torpy will officially retire Friday, and the search for a new chief is in progress. The position posting closed July 26.

    The county received 40 applications for the position, of which 26 applicants met the minimum qualifications.

    County administrator Harry Burgess will select up to five finalists. The top candidates will travel to Los Alamos for in-person interviews and a special “meet the finalists” reception with the public at the council chambers at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

    The county will have three different panels – one senior management, one LAPD and one community panel – who will conduct all day interviews with the finalists on Sept. 13.

    It’s expected that Burgess will extend an offer to the successful candidate before the end of September.

    Officials declined to reveal specific questions; but they did agree to talk generally about the process.

    “We will be looking for management philosophy, community interaction and to be honest with you I don’t really even want to say anything more about that even,” Burgess said last week.

    All acting chief Phil Taylor would say is that one of the things he’ll be looking at is their experience and how they used it in their careers.