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Public Safety

  • Wind Advisory noon to 10 p.m. Monday

    WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    * LOCATION... PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO AREAS... THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... AND ADJACENT HIGHLANDS.

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

    * TIMING... INCREASING LATE THIS MORNING THEN PEAKING THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE TAPERING OFF MONDAY EVENING.

    * VISIBILITY... 1 TO 3 MILES IN DUST PRONE AREAS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... STRONG CROSSWINDS WILL IMPACT TRAVELERS ON NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST ORIENTED ROADS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

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    ... STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED TODAY...

  • Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 p.m. today

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT WEDNESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 6 INCHES WITH THE HEAVIER AMOUNTS OVER THE PEAKS.

    * TIMING... PERIODS OF LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT WITH SNOW BECOMING SPOTTIER ON WEDNESDAY.

    * WINDS... NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED OUTSIDE OF SNOW SHOWERS OR A LOCALIZED GUSTY SOUTHEAST WIND ALONG THE WESTERN FOOTHILLS OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADS ARE EXPECTED. SNOWFALL MAY DROP THE VISIBILITY BELOW 3 MILES AT TIMES.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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    ... SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS PARTS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY...

  • Fire season right around the corner

    At the “Wildfire 2013” event held at Fuller Lodge last Saturday, videos of the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas fires played on TV screens. They served as a visible reminder to everyone attending the event that knowledge is power when these unpredictable and deadly acts of nature come calling.

    Luckily, there was plenty of information for Los Alamos residents to go around at the event, as representatives from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Emergency Management, National Weather Service all showed up to pass out pamphlets, toys and general advice to inquiring residents.

    The event is organized every year through the “Interagency Wildfire Management Team,” which is mainly comprised of representatives from Los Alamos County, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe National Forest, State of New Mexico, and others.

    Gary Kemp, fire management officer for Bandelier National Monument, was on hand with Bandelier National Monument Ranger Chris Judson to answer resident’s questions.

  • Early morning crash

    An 18-year-old woman was driving down North Road this morning when the windows in her Nissan Sentra fogged up, causing her to veer into a parked Chevrolet truck. She was transported to the hospital for injuries. No other information was made available regarding the extent of injuries or her condition.

  • Police beat 04-02-13

     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.

     

    March 22

    8:01 a.m. — A 78-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to property in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

     

    11:27 a.m. — Officials of The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church reported damage to their property (less than $1,000) in the 3700 block of Canyon Road.

  • Spring storm system promises return to wintry conditions

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    EARLY SPRING STORM SYSTEM TO CONTINUE TO BRING A MIXED BAG OF PRECIPITATION TO NORTHERN AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO...

    A BANK OF LOW CLOUDS... FOG AND AREAS OF DRIZZLE WHICH WAS EMBEDDED ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS THIS MORNING WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY ERODE FROM WEST TO EAST THIS AFTERNOON... THOUGH MAY NEVER FULLY ERODE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO. HOWEVER...

    SUNSHINE WILL HELP SHOWERS... AND PERHAPS A THUNDERSTORM TO DEVELOP OVER THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS THIS AFTERNOON. LATER TONIGHT... THE BANK OF LOW CLOUDS WILL FILL BACK IN ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AS THE COLD FRONT SLOSHES BACK WESTWARD. AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM SLIDING ACROSS NORTHERN NEW MEXICO THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT WILL INTERACT WITH THIS FRONT TO ALLOW AREAS OF SNOW... RAIN... DRIZZLE... FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FOG TO RETURN TO THE EAST TONIGHT. VISIBILITIES MAY BE SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERED AT TIMES.

    COLDER AIR MOVING INTO THE REGION TONIGHT MAY ALLOW FOR LIGHT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS. THE MAIN FOCUS FOR SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES WILL OCCUR ABOVE 8000 FEET WITHIN THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... WITH LIGHTER SLUSHY ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 OR 2 INCHES INTO THE NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS AND PLAINS... INCLUDING THE INTERSTATES 25 AND 40 CORRIDORS.

  • Sheriff rolls out site

    Look out, bad guys. There’s a new website in town and it may have your name on it.

    Recently, Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero adopted “OffenderWatch,” a tool that’s self-described as “the nation’s leading registered sex offender and community notification tool.”

    You can find the web site at sheriffalerts.com/nm/losalamos. Once you get there, the site offers two tools for people looking to stay one step ahead of sex offenders.

    The first tool is a search function, which offers five ways to hunt for sex offenders in your area. The most effective is searching by the “city” tab. By typing “Los Alamos” into the search space, anyone who’s been convicted of a crime that compels them to register as a sex offender comes up, along with their last known address.

    The site also lets you sign up for email alerts.

    “It’s very user-friendly. It’s very easy to figure out where the offenders are,” Lucero said. “The email alerts also make it easy to track when and where sex offenders move, and if they have been graded non-compliant, we will also send out email alerts letting everyone know who it is.”

  • Food for the Firefighters

    After a six-month fire department energy conservation competition that approached the heat and intensity of a five-alarm fire the winner is . . . Fire Station 4. The crew reduced their electricity usage an average of 30 percent per month. Their efforts were recognized with a gourmet meal of meatballs with polenta and a red sauce prepared by County Administrator Harry Burgess and Deputy County Administrators Brian Bosshardt and Steve Lynne, assisted by the County Green Team. Top, County Administrator Harry Burgess serves lunch to firefighters William Nackers, left, and Keith Henry.

  • Smith fails to appear

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Jake Smith, a former Los Alamos restaurateur and Santa Fe Realtor, after he failed to appear for arraignment on two misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty Monday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe.

    The grand jury indictment, which was handed down March 13, charges that Smith “negligently mistreated, injured, killed without lawful justification or tormented an animal or abandoned or failed to provide necessary sustenance to an animal under his custody or control, contrary to NMSA 1978, Section 30-18-1.”

    Juan Valencia from the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s office said, “I can confirm that Mr. Smith did not appear for his arraignment. I understand that the Judge issued a warrant for his failure to appear. Once arrested, he will be brought before the Court and arraigned and the matter of bond will be argued.”

    Santa Fe police spokesperson Celina Westervelt said, “We have not been able to track him down. We hear he may be in California. This is a case we are eager to prosecute.”

    Judge Stephen Pfeiffer of the First Judicial District Court for the County of Santa Fe also issued a warrant for his arrest on March 13. A cash bond of $5,000 was set. The warrant stated that Smith had to appear at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

  • Someone burned the popcorn

    The Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Zia Credit Union Tuesday morning. Employees waited in the parking lot as an LAFD crew checked out the building. Deputy Chief Justin Grider said there was a tripped smoke detector in the break room with the probable cause of burned food. Grider said there was no damage and the employees were allowed back in the office by 8:15 a.m.