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Public Safety

  • Potential for first snow of the season this week

    FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON COMING TO PORTIONS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

    ACCUMULATING SNOW IS POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY WHEN A BACKDOOR COLD FRONT WILL INTERACT WITH AN APPROACHING UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM.

    SNOW LEVELS WILL START OFF TUESDAY EVENING AROUND 8500 FEET... THEN GRADUALLY FALL TO AROUND 6500 FEET BY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. AREAS FAVORED FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW ARE THE HIGHER TERRAIN AND EAST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND THE EAST CENTRAL... NORTHEAST AND FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS.

    SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ABOVE 9500 FEET IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS... WITH AMOUNTS GENERALLY ONE INCH OR LESS BELOW 7500 FEET AT PLACES LIKE TAOS... RATON... SPRINGER... LAS VEGAS... CAPULIN... CLINES CORNERS AND MORIARTY.

    THE TRAVEL CORRIDORS BETWEEN GLORIETA PASS AND RATON PASS ON INTERSTATE 25 AND BETWEEN CLINES CORNERS AND TIJERAS CANYON ON INTERSTATE 40 MAY BE IMPACTED WITH LOW VISIBILITIES IN SNOW TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH SOME LIGHT ACCUMULATION.

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

  • Cone Zone 10-13-13

    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.
    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:
    15th Street: Driveway accesses to business parking areas on 15th Street remain closed; valley gutters and drive pads have been placed. This closure will last for 15 days to allow time to place forms, concrete, and cure time for the fresh concrete. During the closure, the contractor will be placing blue “business access” signs to provide motorists direction to the alternate driveway.
    Cleanup continues throughout the project area.
    Non-County Projects of Significance:
    Smith’s Marketplace construction will continue through opening day in May 2014. Expect significant truck traffic and delays on N.M. 502 and Trinity Drive.
    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Projects:
    For more information about the project listed below, please e-mail dpu@lacnm.us, call 311 or 662-8333, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Other Resources:

  • Drug takeback day set for Oct. 26

    On Oct. 26, the Los Alamos Police Department will conduct its bi-annual DEA Drug Take Back Day initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following collection sites:
     • Los Alamos Medical Center Parking Lot (Trinity Side)
    • White Rock Visitor Center Parking Lot
    This event is intended for all who wish to turn in any unused prescriptions for destruction.
     

  • Wind Advisory in effect until 8 p.m.

    WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    * LOCATION... THE NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY INCLUDING THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO AREAS... THE NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL PLAINS... THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... AND EASTERN LINCOLN AND SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTIES.

    * WINDS... SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY THIS MORNING AND PEAK BETWEEN NOON AND 6 PM BEFORE TAPERING OFF DURING THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. WINDS MAY PERSIST OVER THE NORTHEAST PLAINS INTO TONIGHT BEFORE SUBSIDING.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED IN DUST PRONE AREAS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... STRONG CROSS WINDS WILL EXIST OVER THE REGION... AND WILL IMPACT MAJOR HIGHWAYS INCLUDING INTERSTATE 40 AS WELL AS INTERSTATE 25 FROM GLORIETA PASS SOUTH TO THE SOCORRO AND SIERRA COUNTY LINE.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING. SUDDEN GUSTS OF WIND MAY CAUSE YOU TO LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE. EXTRA ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CROSS WINDS.

    More Information

    ... STRONG WINDS OVER MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY...

  • Sgambellone accepts police chief position

    County Administrator Harry Burgess announced at Tuesday’s county council meeting that Dino Sgambellone has accepted the county’s offer and will take up the reins as chief of police. Sgambellone replaces Wayne Torpy, who retired in August, citing health concerns.

    Sgambellone (pronounced SCAM-buh-lohn) — who is currently chief of police for the City of Mansfield, Ohio — brought his family to Los Alamos for four days last weekend so they could see the community and participate in the decision.

    “They were very positive about the experience they had here, and Mr. Sgambellone did accept the position,” Burgess said.

    “His report to me was that all their interactions were positive, that they found people throughout the community to be very receptive and open.

    “Even the class of 1963 that was staying at the hotel with him gave a lot of help.”

    Other candidates who interviewed for the top cop slot included Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry, Bill Press and Philip Smith.

    The appointment will not be official until council votes to affirm Sgambellone at its next regularly scheduled council meeting Oct. 29, in order to comply with Open Meeting requirements for publishing the item in the agenda.
    Sgambellone’s start date is Nov. 12.
     

  • Smith's yanks chicken in Salmonella outbreak

    The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores, including Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers/City

    Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less (west coast), Smith's in southern Nevada

    and New Mexico, and QFC, today responded to a USDA public health alert

    raising concerns of illness caused by strains of Salmonella Heidelberg

    that is associated with raw chicken products from three Foster Farms

    production facilities, by removing those products from sale.

    Other Foster Farms facilities have not been linked to the outbreak by the

    USDA. These chicken products are sold under a variety of labels and

    identifiable by looking on packages for the following USDA mark of

    inspection numbers: P6137, P6137A and P7632.

    The company is removing products from its Fred Meyer, Fry's, King

    Soopers/City Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less (west coast), Smith's in

    southern Nevada and New Mexico, and QFC stores and warehouses after

    learning that the Salmonella outbreak has sickened an estimated 278

    people in 18 states. Kroger, Dillons and Jay C division stores are not

    included in the removal.

    The company is also initiating its customer notification system that

    alerts customers through register receipt tape messages and phone

  • Driving Skills

    The Los Alamos Police Department was busy Tuesday morning at the Los Alamos Municipal Airport bringing the force’s driving skills up to speed. According to Det. Paige Early, the officers were being tested on their high speed maneuvering and backing skills The Los Alamos Fire Department volunteered to make the course more challenging by applying a layer of foam to the tarmac. 

  • Police Beat 10-08-13

    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.

    Sept.21

    7:19 p.m. ­— A 66-year-old female of Los Alamos reported that she was the victim of battery against a household member on Yucca St.
    Sept. 26

    2:27 a.m. — Victor Maldonado, 40, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor at 945 San Ildefonso Rd.

    9:21 a.m. — Irene Quintana, 49, of Chamita was arrested on a district court bench warrant.

    9:45 a.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos male reported to police that he was the victim of aggravated battery at Diamond Drive.

    9:51 a.m. — Tyler Bone, 44, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of warrant-other jurisdiction-misdemeanor.

    1:15 p.m. — A 15-year-old male of Hernandez-Chili was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery at 1300 Diamond Dr.

  • County makes offer on police chief post

    County Administrator Harry Burgess announced Thursday that he has extended an offer to Dino Sgambellone to be the next Police Chief of Los Alamos County.

    “We had an excellent pool of candidates,” Burgess said, “All five of the top candidates who were in Los Alamos two weeks ago for interviews were well-qualified to be the next police chief.”

    Burgess said he intends to finalize the offer within the next few days. The next step would be county council approval of the candidate, possibly as soon as the upcoming meeting on Tuesday night. Sgambellone met with the management team of the police department earlier this morning.

    “Dino is here with his family visiting Los Alamos, exploring our community as they carefully consider this opportunity,” said Burgess. He asked that local media respect the Sgambellone family’s privacy as they weigh their decision.

    “I know that residents are anxious to hear this news — the police chief is an active and important member of our community — and I hope to be able to make an announcement very soon,” Burgess said.

    Other candidates who interviewed for the top cop slot included Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry, Bill Press and Philip Smith.

  • Police Beat 10-01-13

    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.

    Sept. 19

    3:04 p.m. — A 36-year-old female from Santa Fe reported that she was the victim of identity theft at Bikini Atoll Dr.
    Sept. 20

    10:15 a.m. — A 41-year-old Los Alamos woman told police that she was the victim of criminal trespass at 36th Street.

    11:06 a.m. — A 50-year-old male Santa Fe male reported that he was the victim of larceny ( less than $250) at Pueblo Canyon Road.

    5:04 p.m. — Angelo Tinoco, 28, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.

    Sept. 21

    11:50 a.m. — Kenneth Harrison, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of discharging firearms at Camp May Road.

    7:53 p.m. — John Halladay, 41, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member at North Road/ Yucca Street.

    Sept. 22

    12:30 p.m. — Erwin Primero-Rodriguez, 28, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
    Sept. 23