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  • Crisis Center works to rehab DV offenders

    First of a series

    The victims often suffer in silence.

    It’s an insidious problem that can be found on virtually every rung of the socioeconomic ladder.

    While some people may know a victim of domestic violence, more often people hear about cases when it makes the news.

    Once a domestic violence case makes its way to the criminal justice system, the paths taken by the victim and the perpetrator diverge. For those convicted of domestic violence, there is a lot that begins to happen behind the scenes, which involves more than just a fine and probation.

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court usually refers those convicted of a domestic violence charge to the Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico, located in Española.

    According to the center’s assistant director Ramon Garcia, the 52-week rehab program the center offers for domestic violence offenders begins with an interview with the offender.

    “We first perform an initial assessment of their ability to control themselves,” Garcia said. From there, he said, they are assigned a group of people with similar backgrounds and situations before beginning treatment.

  • Police Beat 01-15-13

    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. 3

    8:36 a.m. — A 63-year-old Los Alamos man reported to damage to his property (less than $1,000) in the 100 block of Mariposa Court.

    12:20 p.m. — C.B. Fox Department store reported the retailer received a series of bad checks.

    Jan. 4

    3:05 p.m. — Gary Shaw, 41, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction in the 2400 block of East Road.

    4:12 p.m. — Tamarah Singer, 53, of San Juan Pueblo, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

    Jan. 5

    2:05 a.m. —­ Alfred Madrid, 41, of Hernandez, arrested on a charge of aggravated DWI (refusal to submit to chemical testing) in the 100 block of Central Avenue.

    8:46 a.m. — William Lopez, 42, was arrested on a magistrate court warrant.

    4:22 p.m. — Pablo Morenoholguin, 36, of Albuquerque, was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended or revoked license on Diamond Drive.

    Jan. 6

  • Winter Weather Advisory until midnight Monday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST TONIGHT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 2 INCHES. UP TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE IN THE ALBUQUERQUE FOOTHILLS AND ON THE WEST MESA.

    * TIMING... ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW IS EXPECTED AROUND RUSH HOUR ACROSS THE ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA AND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING HOURS THEN DIMINISH BY MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACROSS QUAY AND HARDING COUNTIES WILL FOLLOW SIMILAR TIMING.

    * WINDS... NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW PACKED OR ICY ROADS AS WELL AS REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN FALLING SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED. ROAD THAT MAY BE IMPACTED INCLUDE... BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO INTERSTATE 25... INTERSTATE 40... HIGHWAYS 550 AND 54 AND STATE HIGHWAYS 39... 469 AND 209.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL PRIMARILY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES.

    More Information

    ... SNOW EXPANDING ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...

  • Poor driving conditions reported on NM highways

    LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Difficult driving conditions due to winter weather are reported on parts of Interstate 25 and some other highways in northeastern New Mexico.

    The Department of Transportation says I-25 between Bernal and Raton is snow packed and icy.

    Other highways with difficult driving conditions include U.S. 64 west of Cimarron, State Route 104 between Las Vegas and Tucumcari and New Mexico 434 between Mora and Black Lake.

  • 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.