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Public Safety

  • Cone Zone 08-11-13

    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.

    Paving operations will begin on Canyon Road between 15th Street and Nugget on Saturday August 10. Equipment will be staged at 7 a.m. and paving will begin at 8 a.m. Expect significant construction traffic. Residential access in the immediate area will be provided; all other motorists should seek alternate routes. Expect lane closures and flagging operations with the potential for delays. Please do not walk or drive on the fresh pavement until the barriers are removed. Fresh pavement is very hot and can melt shoes and damage tires.

  • Funeral arrangements announced for Cpl. Roybal

    The funeral for 36-year-old Los Alamos Police Corporal Alfred Roybal, Jr. is scheduled for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada. Burial to follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Santa Cruz, according to information in an obituary that will be published in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

    Public visitation will begin on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Northern New Mexico Community College with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m.

    Roybal is survived by his wife, Katya; parents, Alfred and Beatrice; children, Kaitlyn, Mateo, Nicolas and John.

    Retiring Los Alamos Police Department chief Wayne Torpy made the trip to the Justice Center office Friday just to see if could bring some comfort to the department’s employees.

    Those close to the LAPD were undoubtedly stunned by news of Roybal’s death. Roybal was said to be in Angel Fire on a camping trip when he died Thursday night.

    According to a family friend, who wished not to be identified, the family thinks Roybal either died of a heart attack or died in his sleep.

  • Flash Flood Watch until 6 a.m. Sunday morning

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS... DE BACA COUNTY... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... ESTANCIA VALLEY... GUADALUPE COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

    * THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

    * AN ACTIVE DAY FOR THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT COMBINED WITH INCREASING ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE WILL PROVIDE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL THROUGH LATE TONIGHT. AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE WELL INTO THIS EVENING... WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL POSSIBLE AFTER MIDNIGHT.

    * LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL FILL ARROYOS AND DITCHES AND BLOCK LOW WATER CROSSINGS... AND IMPACT ROADS... UNDERPASSES... AND INTERSECTIONS IN TOWNS. RAINFALL OVER RECENT BURN AREAS MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING WITH RELATIVELY MODEST RAINFALL AMOUNTS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • LAFD rappelling to the rescue

    About four times a year, selected members from the Los Alamos Fire Department brush up on their training skills by taking part in real-world drills.

    “In one quarter, we will be doing vehicle extrication, which may involve cutting up cars, another quarter they may learning about rappelling,” said LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider.

    This week, the firefighters are learning about rappelling and using ropes to rescue people. Tuesday, the group took over an elevator on the third floor of the county municipal building; set up a piece of scaffolding called an “Arizona Vortex,” then spent the rest of the day rappelling into the elevator’s shaft from the structure. The idea was to approach the elevator from above, according Micah Brittelle, a captain with the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    “For some reason or another, the only way to get someone out of an elevator is to get someone else in from the top,” Brittelle said. “So whether it be a larger building than the one we’re training in, or where they’re stuck between floors and we can’t get them out, we’re going to come from above.”

    Brittelle said the exercise was part of a weeklong class they are taking from a company called “Ropes That Rescue.”

  • Police Beat 08-06-13

    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.
    July 24

    1:25 p.m. – Heather Dominguez, 30, of Los Alamos, was arrested on an outstanding magistrate court bench warrant on Gold Street.
    5:05 p.m. – A 12-year old Los Alamos male told police that he had been the victim of larceny (between $2,500 and $20,000) on Canyon Road. The estimated loss is $7,040.
    July 25

    12:34 p.m. – Andrea Rivera, 26, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of battery against a peace officer on Canyon Road.
    3:28 p.m. – An 18-year old Los Alamos female told police that she had been the victim of fraud (between $250 and $2,500) at Encino Street. The estimated loss is $1,560.
    6:01 p.m. – A 22-year old Los Alamos female was the victim of assault at a location on Villa Street.
    8:48 p.m. – Diego Miramontes, 22, of Hernandez, was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at Camino Entrada.
    July 28

  • Flash Flood Watch continues until 4 a.m. Thursday

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... HARDING COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... UNION COUNTY... UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

    * AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE TROUGH WILL MOVE ACROSS WEST AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THROUGH THIS EVENING... ACTING ON CONSIDERABLE ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE TO PRODUCE NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS... SOME WITH HEAVY RAINFALL. A SURFACE FRONT ACROSS NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL FOCUS FOR THUNDERSTORMS WHICH MAY MOVE OVER THE SAME AREA... AMPLIFYING THE FLOODING THREAT. THE STRONGEST STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF RAINFALL RATES EXCEEDING AN INCH AND A HALF AN HOUR.

  • Flash Flood Warning in effect until 8:30 p.m. Monday

    FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 830 PM MDT FOR EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA... NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE AND EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTIES...

  • Flood Advisory until 5 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 500 PM MDT

    * AT 300 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN FROM TRAINING THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE SOUTHEAST AREA OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. ANOTHER ONE INCH OF RAIN COULD FALL IN ONE HOURS TIME. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... WHITE ROCK AND LOS ALAMOS.

    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 SOUTHEAST PORTION OF THE LAS CONCHAS FIRE BURN AREA.

  • US issues global travel alert, citing al-Qaida threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States issued a global travel alert Friday, citing an al-Qaida threat that also caused the State Department to close its embassies Sunday around the Muslim world.

    The State Department warned American citizens of the potential for terrorism particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, with a possible attack occurring or coming from the Arabian Peninsula.

    "Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," the statement said.

    The alert asks American travelers to take extra precautions when traveling overseas and suggests they sign up for State Department alerts and register with consulates or embassies in the countries they are visiting.

    The alert was posted a day after the U.S. announced it would close diplomatic facilities on Sunday because of an unspecified threat. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the department acted out of an "abundance of caution" and that some missions may stay closed for longer than a day. Sunday is a business day in Muslim countries.

  • Flash Flood Warning until 6:30 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 630 PM MDT

    * AT 436 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 10 MILES EAST OF JEMEZ STATE MONUMENT... OR ABOUT 15 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN WAS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE THOMPSON RIDGE BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SULPHUR CREEK ROAD... SULPHUR SPRINGS... FREELOVE CANYON... MORMON CANYON... DEER CANYON... VALLES CALDERA PRESERVE HEADQUARTERS... REDONDO CREEK... AND REDONDO PEAK AREA.

    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... BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... DOME WILDERNESS AND EASTERN PORTION OF VALLES CALDERA.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...