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Public Safety

  • LA Fire Department receives state grant

    The New Mexico Fire Protection Grant Council has awarded the Los Alamos Fire Department a $79,913 State Fire Protection Grant. The award boosts LAFD more than halfway toward its goal of replacing outdated handheld communication devices.

    The FPG is earmarked for critical needs of municipal and county fire districts with a goal of improving the district’s Insurance Services Office rating.

    This is the first year LAFD competed for funding. Until 2011, when eligibility was extended to all New Mexico certified fire departments, only ISO Class 7, 8, 9 and 10 departments could apply for the award. LAFD has an ISO class 1 rating.

    More than 100 grant applications were submitted with requests for more than $9 million in funding.

    The grant requires a 20 percent match from the county, which totals $15,983. The match will come from LAFD’s FY13 budget. Council approved the match as part of the consent agenda during its meeting Jan. 29.

    The $95,896 project fund will purchase 68 Harris PS400 portable radios with the required battery support equipment. LAFD began the replacement project by purchasing 18 of the radios with its FY2011-2012 budget.

  • Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until Sunday morning

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SUNDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 3 TO 6 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET ESPECIALLY ACROSS SOUTHWEST AND WEST FACING SLOPES ABOVE 7500 FEET.

    * TIMING... SNOW PEAKING THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING THEN DIMINISHING LATER TONIGHT.

    * WINDS... BECOMING WEST 20 TO 30 WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH BY EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CREATE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ACROSS THE REGION WITH SNOW COVERED AND ICY ROADS AND VISIBILITIES SUDDENLY DROPPING BELOW ONE MILE.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE RESTRICTED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

  • Winter wallop on tap for weekend

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

    A POTENT STORM SYSTEM WILL APPROACH FROM CALIFORNIA AND THE GREAT BASIN ON FRIDAY AND GRADUALLY MOVE EAST ACROSS COLORADO OVER THE WEEKEND... BRINGING A RETURN TO WINTRY CONDITIONS. WINDS WILL INCREASE OUT OF THE SOUTH ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN RESPONSE TO THE APPROACHING SYSTEM AND TEMPERATURES WILL WARM TO ABOVE SEASONAL AVERAGES IN MOST AREAS.

    STRONG MOUNTAIN TOP LEVEL WINDS WILL SPREAD OVER THE STATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY AND WORK DOWN TO THE SURFACE BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON... CREATING WINDY TO VERY WINDY CONDITIONS AREAWIDE. THE STRONGEST WINDS ON SATURDAY WILL GENERALLY BE ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN... POSSIBLY EXTENDING FARTHER SOUTHWEST ACROSS THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY INTO THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE SATURDAY NIGHT... BUT WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LINGER ACROSS MUCH OF THE EAST WELL INTO THE EVENING HOURS.

    A COLD FRONT WILL ACCOMPANY THIS SYSTEM AND SWEEP ACROSS THE STATE SATURDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL BE NOTICEABLY COLDER BEHIND THE FRONT SATURDAY ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL AREAS... WHILE HIGHS ON SUNDAY WILL BE QUITE CHILLY... UP TO 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

  • Bank robbery suspect remains on the loose

    Los Alamos Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation swarmed White Rock Tuesday as they looked for a woman suspected of robbing Los Alamos National Bank at 77 Rover Blvd.

    As of press time Wednesday, the suspect in Tuesday’s heist remains at large.

    With police activity in the area, nearby Piñon and Chamisa Elementary Schools were in lockdown mode, as well.

    Wednesday morning, the schools were back to a normal schedule.

    But it was anything but normal Tuesday.

    Witnesses say the suspect entered the LANB branch just before 1:30 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

    The teller gave an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who put the money in a plastic grocery bag and left the bank.

    The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5-feet-4 and weighing about 150 pounds. She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.

    The suspect wore a black jacket over a black or gray hoodie. She also had on winter gloves.

    Anyone with information about the bank robbery is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at 505-889-1300 (24 hours) or LAPD, 662-8222.

  • Police Beat 02-05-13

    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.

    Jan. 24

    10:07 a.m. — A 71-year-old man told police he was the victim of a larceny over $500 and under $2500.

    Jan. 25

    12:20 a.m. — Iassac Pearson, 40 of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving with an open container, and possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Bikini Atoll Drive and West Jemez Road.
    Jan. 26

    10:46 a.m. — A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman reported vandalism to her property (less than $1000) at the 600 block of Meadow Lane.

    3:13 p.m. — Alexander Gentry, 18 of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1300 block of 41st Street.
    Jan. 27

    12:19 a.m. — Jan Smith, 58, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving without headlights and not driving properly on a roadway laned for traffic at Bathtub Row.
    Jan. 29

  • NM opens statewide mental health hotline

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will make its mental health hotline available statewide starting Friday.

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of the helpline Wednesday, saying the first step to addressing a mental health crisis is ensuring easy access to services.

    Starting Feb. 1, she says the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line will be available across New Mexico at 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474).

    The crisis line will be staffed by mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    It has previously been available in some of the state's more densely populated areas.

  • Police Beat 01-29-13

    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.

    Jan. 17
    10:16 a.m. — A 68-year-old Los Alamos man filed a complaint with police that someone might have stolen his coin collection, a coin collection that may be worth more than $20,000. Police said the case remains active until the man makes further inquiries. He also told police the collection might also be somewhere else.

    1:25 p.m. — Kendal Christensen, 35, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a warrant from Los Alamos Municipal Court.

    Jan. 18

    7:15 a.m. — Dawna Russom, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol on Diamond Drive. She was also charged with driving with an open container, driving without a license and improper turning.

    8:58 a.m. — Los Alamos Middle School officials reported vandalism to school property totaling less than $1,000. The damage was to a fiber optic cable at the school, valued at $400.

  • LAFD fire call

    The Los Alamos Fire Department, along with the Los Alamos Police Department, responded to a call Sunday on 34th Street, in regard to a propane gas grill flare up. Firefighters on scene checked the propane tank to ensure that it was not going to explode and quickly defused the situation.

  • Whole Foods recalls 4-oz. smoked salmon product

    DENVER (AP) — Whole Foods Market says it is voluntarily recalling some 4-ounce Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, cold-smoked and sliced, after a sample tested positive for listeria.

    The lot code for the recalled smoked salmon is 7425A2298B. The UPC code is 0 99482 40880 0.

    Whole Foods says the recalled items were sold in stores in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Utah.

    Colorado health officials say no illnesses had been reported as of Monday.

  • Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. today

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 5 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 7 INCHES ABOVE 9000 FEET.

    * TIMING... PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE OFF AND ON THROUGH THE DAY.

    * WINDS... INCREASING LATE THIS MORNING FROM THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL IMPACT TRAVEL... ESPECIALLY ON HIGH COUNTRY ROADS. ADDITIONALLY... GUSTY WINDS MAY CREATE OCCASIONAL PERIODS OF REDUCED VISIBILITY IN BLOWING SNOW.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE RESTRICTED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

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    ... AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL CONTINUE TO BRING ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL TODAY...