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  • Unusual weather system poses risks for much of NM through Tuesday

    INCREASING RISK OF AREAS OF HEAVY TO PERHAPS TORRENTIAL RAINFALL FOR MUCH OF NEW MEXICO FROM LATER SUNDAY TO AT LEAST TUESDAY.

    AN UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN WILL BE EVOLVING ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO AS THE WEEKEND WRAPS UP AND WILL EXTEND INTO AT LEAST EARLY NEXT WEEK. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL LIKELY BECOME MUCH MORE WIDESPREAD AND... AT TIMES... BE EVEN MORE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HEAVY TO EVEN TORRENTIAL RAINFALL FROM LATER SUNDAY INTO AT LEAST TUESDAY AS A MID AND UPPER LEVEL LOW APPROACHES FROM THE EAST AND MOVES SLOWLY ACROSS THE STATE.

    THIS WILL LEAD TO AN INCREASED RISK OF FLASH FLOODING IN LOCALES THAT RECEIVE THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL IN A RELATIVELY SHORT TIME. THE PRECIPITATION UPSWING IS MOST LIKELY TO BEGIN ACROSS THE NORTHEAST PLAINS WESTWARD TO THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS BETWEEN LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY MONDAY MORNING AS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT MOISTURE SURGE WITH THIS SYSTEM ENTERS THE STATE.

  • NM braces for more post-fire flooding

    PECOS, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters are calling for more thunderstorms to settle in over the burned mountain sides of New Mexico, prompting some communities to brace for flash flooding.

    The chance of storms dumping more moisture on the areas burned by the Tres Lagunas, Jaroso, Pacheco Canyon, Thompson Ridge and Wallow fires is better than 60 percent.

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque says the risk is highest on Saturday and Monday.

    Lands burned by wildfire are more susceptible to sediment, dead trees and debris washing off into streams and rivers. Several hundred square miles of New Mexico forest have burned in just the last three years.

    State police issued a warning Friday, saying the villages of Pecos and Villanueva could be affected by post-fire flooding.

    In Pecos Canyon, residents have been stacking sandbags, but some flooding has already occurred.

  • LAPD, AG launch child porn probe

    LAPD PIO Officer Cpl. Jason Herrera said the department is conducting a joint investigation with the New Mexico Attorney General’s office. Herrera is said the investigation is still in its early stages, and would not reveal suspects or a location in Los Alamos County.
    “No charges have been filed yet,” Herrera said. “However, we take all allegations of child pornography very seriously, and we will aggressively prosecute every case to the fullest extent of the law.”
    The specific charges being investigated are the sexual exploitation of a child under the age of 18.
     

  • Santa Fe courthouse reopening after evacuation

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a suspicious substance found in mail sent to a judge at the Santa Fe Courthouse isn't dangerous.

    Santa Fe Fire Department Assistant Chief Jan Snyder said Wednesday that preliminary testing identified the white powdery substance as sodium bicarbonate, commonly considered baking soda. Additional testing will be done at a laboratory in Albuquerque.

    The courthouse was evacuated for several hours but it's reopening for business in the afternoon.

    Chief Judge Raymond Ortiz said 20 people in the court clerk's office were isolated after a worker found the powder in an envelope addressed to District Judge Stephen Pfeffer.

    The evacuation came two days after the fourth floor of the state Capitol was evacuated when what turned out to be a harmless substance was found in mail to Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Memorial Service set for Arizona firefighters -- updated

     

    PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — On a day filled with speeches from dignitaries including the vice president, the words of the lone survivor of a fire crew overrun by flames resonated deepest in an arena packed with firefighters from around the nation.

    A stone-faced Brendan McDonough filed onto the stage at the end of the service and offered what's called "The Hot Shot's Prayer," calmly reciting the words: "For if this day on the line ... I should answer death's call ... Lord, bless my hot shot Crew ... My family, one and all."

    He concluded by telling the crowd: "Thank you, and I miss my brothers."

    McDonough spoke at a memorial for the 19 members of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 30 when a wind-fueled, out-of-control fire overran them as they tried to protect a former gold mining town from the inferno. Vice President Joe Biden called them "men of uncommon valor" while thanking God that one member of the crew survived unhurt.

  • Police Beat 07-09-13

    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.

    June 27

    8:28 a.m. ­— A 34-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny on Alabama Avenue totaling $1,410.

    9:11 a.m. — A 24-year-old Los Alamos woman reported a $2,400 larceny on 46th Street to police after her car was broken into.

    10:33 a.m. — A 57-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a $250 larceny on DP Road.

    June 28

    3:27 p.m. — An 18-year-old Los Alamos teen reported he was the victim of a $125 larceny on Canyon Road.

    4:30 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos teen reported she was the victim of a larceny totaling $644 on Canyon Road.

    June 29

    12:03 a.m. — Christian Perea, 21, of Jemez Springs was arrested while driving on a suspended or revoked license at 7th Street and Central Avenue.

    11:52 a.m. —Angelique Angel, 33, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at East Gate.

    June 30

  • Flood Advisory until 8:30 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 830 PM MDT

    * AT 628 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM DRIFTING SLOWLY TO THE EAST OVER THE FAR NORTHERN PORTION OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SANTA CLARA CANYON... INDIAN SERVICE ROUTE 601... FOREST SERVICE ROAD 144 AND NORTHEAST PORTIONS OF VALLES CALDERA.

    * 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...

    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.

  • Flash Flood Warning until 4:15 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... WESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

  • Flood Advisory until 4 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 400 PM MDT

    * AT 201 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN OCCURRING OVER PORTIONS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR AREA. SEVERAL THUNDERSTORMS WERE DRIFTING SOUTHEASTWARD AT ABOUT 15 MPH. RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL GENERALLY RANGE BETWEEN ABOUT A QUARTER AND A HALF INCH WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS UP TO SIX TENTHS OF AN INCH.

    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 LAS CONCHAS FIRE BURN AREA.

  • Despite rains, SF National Forest remains closed through weekend

    “The Santa Fe National Forest will remain closed to public access through the 4th of July weekend,” Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia said.

    The isolated rain showers received over the past week have helped to reduce fire danger and forest officials are considering which parts of the Santa Fe National Forest will be safe to open next week.

    “Rainfall and a decrease in fires, does not mean the forest will reopen unless all conditions are safe,” she added.

    After the Forest reopens, fire emergency closures will remain in effect for the protection of public health and safety in those areas affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge, and Jaroso fires. Post-fire work continues in the fire affected areas and there is still a concern of flash flooding in many areas downslope of burned areas.

    Several years of drought, have left public lands parched and vulnerable to wildfire.  Though summer rain showers are welcomed, they are accompanied by lightning and some of these lightning strikes have resulted in 10 new fire starts. Those fires were suppressed quickly and most of them were less than an acre in size, officials said.