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Public Safety

  • Flu blitzes New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — The flu has walloped New Mexico with an early one-two punch and health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the illness.

    Dr. Joan Baumbach, an epidemiologist in the New Mexico Department of Health, said Friday the flu has hit New Mexico earlier and harder than last year.

    “This is an unusually early flu season,” she said.

    Medical providers report they’re seeing 7 percent of their patients with flu-like illnesses, according to department. That’s higher than the national average and is up from 3 percent in New Mexico at this time last year. New Mexico peaked at 3.7 percent in late February and March last year.

    There have been 88 New Mexicans hospitalized so far. That compares with two cases at this time last year, according to Baumbach.

    There have been no confirmed deaths from flu so far.

    The department doesn’t track every flu case statewide, but it collects information from counties representing more than half of the population.

    Of the hospitalizations, 55 are in Bernalillo County — the state’s largest county, which is home to the city of Albuquerque.

  • More than 1,500 fugitives sought in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Daniel Golden Jr. is an ex-convict who was hanging out at a birthday party in August when he suddenly became belligerent after someone changed the music. Authorities say he grabbed a 9mm handgun and fired several shots in the air before being arrested on a firearms charge.

    Upon his arrest, investigators soon discovered that Golden shouldn't have been walking the streets in the first place because he had violated the terms of his probation. In fact, in the four times Golden had been released from state prison since 2006, he had violated the terms of his release each time.

    He's not the only one in New Mexico. Around 1,500 ex-convicts accused of violating their parole or probation in New Mexico are on the run from authorities, and about a third of them are violent offenders, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Recommendations of readiness report

    • Reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA);

    • Assure sufficient, dedicated funds for public health preparedness to ensure basic capabilities to respond to threats public health departments face every day and also to have the trained experts and systems in place to act quickly in the face of major, unexpected emergencies;
    • Provide ongoing support to communities so they better cope and recover from emergencies;
    • Modernize bio-surveillance to a real-time, interoperable system to better detect and respond to problems;
    • Seriously address antibiotic resistance;
    • Improve research, development and manufacturing of medical countermeasures;
    • Increase readiness for extreme weather events; and
    • Update the nation’s food safety system.
    The full report is available at healthyamericans.org. Look for the report titled “Ready or Not.”

  • High Wind Warning in place until 6 p.m. today

    HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM MST FRIDAY...

    * LOCATION... SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN SUMMITS AND ADJACENT EASTERN SLOPES... AND ALL OF THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS.

    * WINDS... WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS INCREASING TO 45 MPH... WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH.

    * TIMING... WIND SPEEDS WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING WITH PEAK SPEEDS REACHED AROUND NOON. WINDS WILL REMAIN STRONG THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE DECREASING GRADUALLY AFTER SUNSET.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED TO 2 MILES IN BLOWING DUST. CONDITIONS WILL BE MOST SEVERE OVER THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS. THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS WILL EXPERIENCE BLOWING SNOW.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... LOOSE OBJECTS AND BROKEN TREE BRANCHES MAY BECOME AIRBORNE AND BE TOSSED ACROSS ROADS. POWER MAY BE INTERRUPTED. DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT LOSS OF CONTROL AT TIMES... ESPECIALLY ON ROADS ORIENTED NORTH TO SOUTH INCLUDING INTERSTATE 25 FROM GLORIETA PASS TO THE COLORADO LINE... HIGHWAY 285... HIGHWAY 54... HIGHWAY 84... STATE ROAD 39... STATE ROAD 402... AND STATE ROAD 206.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • Doctor Describes Ways to Reduce Flu Risk
  • Much colder weather expected to slam area by Friday

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

    SOME WINTRY WEATHER STILL POSSIBLE FOR PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN PLAINS LATER TONIGHT...

    ... SIGNIFICANTLY COLDER FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND WITH POTENTIAL FOR STRONG WINDS CENTRAL AND EAST FRIDAY...

    PRECIPITATION STILL LOOKS LIKELY TONIGHT ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN PLAINS AS A STORM SYSTEM TRACKS NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS NORTHERN MEXICO AND WEST TEXAS... BUT FORECAST MODELS CONTINUE TO TREND TOWARDS MINIMAL AMOUNTS OF ACCUMULATING SNOW OVER THE REGION.

    FORECASTING THE PRECIPITATION TYPE ASSOCIATED WITH THE STORM IS STILL CHALLENGING DUE TO VERY BORDERLINE TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW AND MIDDLE LAYERS OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND SOME UNCERTAINTY AS TO EXACTLY WHEN ANY CHANGEOVER TO SNOW WILL OCCUR... THUS THE UNCERTAINTY IN SNOW ACCUMULATION AMOUNTS EXPECTED. MOST LIKELY NO MORE THAN AN INCH OR LOCALLY 2 INCHES OF WET SNOW SHOULD ACCUMULATE IN THE EASTERN PLAINS AND THAT AMOUNT OR EVEN LESS ACROSS THE SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

  • American Eagle Pilot Arrested at Minn. Airport
  • Torpy back on the job

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is back at work and according to his colleagues, it’s as though he’s never left.

    “Yeah, he’s back to ordering us around and telling us to get his coffee,” Capt. Randy Foster said jokingly. On a more serious note, Foster said “we’re really glad to have him back.”

    While Torpy was away, Foster was pulling double duty as acting police chief.

    About five weeks ago, Torpy was rushed to the hospital and was there for five weeks, recovering from a serious medical incident.

    “Everything is fine now, it’s great to be back at work,” Torpy said. “It’s healing in some ways to be back and working with the folks here again.”

    Torpy got back Wednesday and will be working half days until he’s up to full-speed.

    Currently, he’s working on budgetary matters and still opening mail from well-wishers.

    He thanked the community and his co-workers for making the transition to work easy.

    “The reception’s been wonderful,” he said. “It hasn’t been much different from when I was gone. The community, the folks from the county, the police department have been very supportive throughout my ordeal.”

  • 01-03-13 Restaurant inspections

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

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    Domino’s Pizza, 209-B Los Alamos Hwy.

    Date inspected: Dec. 24

    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for improper holding — need thermometer inside refrigerator.

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

     

    Ed’s Big Dawg caterer, 107 S. Riverside Dr.

    Date inspected: Dec. 21, other

    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.

    Status of establishment: Approved

  • 2 grenades found in checked luggage at NM Sunport

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two hand grenades have been found in checked baggage in the past week at Albuquerque's airport.

    The information was included in the TSA's weekly roundup of weapons collected in checked and unchecked baggage at the nation's airports.

    Transportation Security Administration agents at Albuquerque International Sunport found the grenades.

    TSA released a picture Wednesday of the grenades with their tops removed.

    A Sunport spokesman says the grenades were inert. That means all energetic material such as primers, fuses, and the explosive or incendiary materials within them have been removed or otherwise rendered harmless.

    According to the TSA, passengers can travel with firearms in checked baggage but they must first be declared to the airline.