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Public Safety

  • Prescribed burn NE of Jemez Springs set for this week

    San Juan Prescribed Burn in the Jemez Ranger District is being planned to begin Wednesday, Oct. 17, if conditions are favorable, fire managers will ignite the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn, located 3-5 miles northeast of Jemez Springs. 

    Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day.  Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wildland fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection, and restore forest health.

    · The burn area is located 3-5 miles northeast of the Jemez Springs and 4-8 miles northwest of the community of Ponderosa.

    · During the three to five day burning period, 7,300 acres of hazardous fuels will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day.

    · Larger blocks will be treated over a five day period which will increase daily smoke volume, but will decrease the number of days smoke is in the air.

    · Ignitions will not exceed more than five days. After ignitions are complete residual smoke will be visible for a few days.

  • Cone Zone 10-14-12

    Eastern Area 2 concrete, paving and utility project — phase 1
    Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon remains closed.
    Roadway prep work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.
    Paving from the middle of the Myrtle Green to 9th Street should occur the week of Oct. 22.
    Minor delays should be expected. All through traffic on the above streets are advised to seek alternate routes.

    Capital Projects and
    Facilities projects:
    For more information about the project listed below, email cpfd@lacnm.us, call 662-8112, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Central Avenue (associated with Municipal Building construction)
    The sidewalk on the north side of Central between 9th Street and Knecht Street will remain closed until further notice while construction of the new Municipal Building progresses.

    Other:
    NMDOT concrete work on Trinity
    NMDOT has notified the county that they will not work on Trinity this week; however, they do plan on returning to finish concrete work on Trinity Drive as their schedule permits.

  • Police: Search continues for missing Colorado girl

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — The multi-agency search for a 10-year-old Colorado girl continued in Denver's suburbs Thursday, nearly a week after she disappeared on what should have been a short walk to school.

    At a brief news conference, Westminster police refused to suggest any connection between a body discovered late Wednesday in a grassy park seven miles from where Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 — or even to say whether it was the body of a child.

    The search for Jessica continues, spokesman Trevor Materasso said.

    He also said authorities were processing evidence from the park and that no additional information was available. He left without answering questions.

    Dozens of police officers reported to the Westminster police headquarters before dawn, including officers from Arapahoe and Boulder counties and other agencies.

  • Potent Pacific Storm System Takes Aim at New Mexico

    A PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM... CURRENTLY MOVING SOUTH JUST OFFSHORE OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA... WILL SWING EAST TOWARD ARIZONA THURSDAY THEN LIFT NORTHEAST TOWARD THE FOUR CORNERS AREA ON FRIDAY.

    RICH GULF MOISTURE... CURRENTLY POISED OVER CENTRAL TEXAS... WILL RACE NORTHWEST AHEAD OF THE APPROACHING STORM SYSTEM AND INVADE THE EASTERN PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO LATE THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY. THIS MOISTURE WILL ACT AS FUEL FOR THUNDERSTORMS LATE THURSDAY AND ESPECIALLY FRIDAY. A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE FAR EASTERN PLAINS LATE FRIDAY... WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS BEING THE PRIMARY THREATS.

    THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE AREA AS WELL... BUT ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BECOME SEVERE. BENEFICIAL RAINS ARE EXPECTED LATE THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY... ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SEVERELY DROUGHT STRICKEN EASTERN PLAINS.

    IN ADDITION TO THUNDERSTORM THREATS THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PACIFIC COLD FRONT... FORECAST TO PUSH THROUGH NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO FRIDAY EVENING. WINDS BOTH AHEAD OF AND BEHIND THE FRONT WILL INCREASE NOTICEABLY FRIDAY... WITH WINDY CONDITIONS FORECAST ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA.

  • Officials: Operation Hilltopper a success

    With her neatly-combed hair and nice smile, she certainly didn’t seem like a stone-cold killer.

    But that was the role high school student Katelyn Leslie was destined to play Monday morning during a town-wide emergency drill called “Operation Hilltopper.”  

    With the high school as a backdrop, Leslie and other students got to play villain and victim during an event that no one ever wants to see happen for real — a school shooting.

    “I guess I was picked because I was the least likely person they’d suspect,” she said. “I just waited for them (the police) in a conference room to find me, and then I’d have a shootout with them,” she said matter-of-factly.

    After an intense morning of watching Operation Hilltopper unfold, Phil Taylor, the emergency management coordinator for the Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management, said the drill was worth the time and effort.

  • Police Beat 10-09-12

    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.

    Sept. 27

    2:25 p.m. –– Police arrested a 17-year-old juvenile on a charge of battery in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    11:55 a.m. –– A 12-year-old boy reported to police he was a victim of a larceny. The amount was less than $250. The crime occurred at Hawk Drive.

    6:10 p.m. –– Charles Luster, 27 of Los Alamos was cited for having an animal making an “unreasonable amount” of noise in the 300 block of Ridgecrest Avenue.
    5:15 p.m. –– A 44-year-old Los Alamos female reported criminal damage to property in the 100 block of Casa Grande Drive. Damage was less than $1,000.

    4:59 p.m. –– A 14-year-old boy reported a larceny to police that occurred at 1300 block of Diamond Drive. The larceny was less than $250.

    Sept. 28

    11:15 a.m. –– A 14-year-old female was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery at 1300 Diamond Drive.

  • Teens attack bus stop

    Police responded to a bizarre vandalism incident recently involving a group of teens and a bus stop on San Ildefonso Road.

    According to the police report, a group of teens all dressed in black, including facemasks descended upon an Atomic Transit bus stop at San Ildefonso road and proceeded to smash the glass panels in.

    One of the teens climbed on top of the shelter and cracked one of the windows while another smashed a panel from the other side, according to a witness at the scene.

    But just as quickly as they appeared, the masked teens quickly vanished back into the surrounding neighborhood and haven’t been seen since.

    “I canvassed the neighborhood in the surrounding area in an attempt to locate them. I was unable to locate anyone matching the description given,” the responding officer said in a report about the incident.

    “We are not actively looking because we haven’t identified any suspects, but if we do get any information, we will be sure to follow up on it,” said Los Alamos Police Department’s Capt. Randy Foster.

    — Tristram DeRoma

  • Operation Hilltopper set for Monday

    Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have, for the past year, been training their personnel, polishing their plans and tweaking their equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise — an active shooter loose at a school.

    Operation Hilltopper, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday, is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to adequately respond to just such an event.

    Toward that end, the Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management is letting residents living in the vicinity of Los Alamos High School know that on the day of the exercise, from 8 a.m. to noon Monday they will see a significant number of emergency vehicles around the high school and the hospital.

    In addition, observers are likely to hear gunshots (only blanks, no live ammunition will be used) and even the screams of actors portraying victims.

    “We would also like to give residents an advanced heads-up regarding possible traffic delays, especially at the Canyon/Diamond intersection while this exercise is taking place,” the county said in its press release.

  • Problems found at peanut butter plant in 2010

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found what it called "objectionable conditions" at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to Trader Joe's peanut butter produced there.

    The FDA said Friday that a recent inspection found salmonella in the plant which produced Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter and many other nut butters and nut products for several large national grocery chains. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states — most of them in children under the age of 10.

    Though the illnesses have only been linked to the Trader Joe's peanut butter, New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has recalled everything made in the plant since March of 2010 — a total of 240 products. The company last month recalled 101 products that were manufactured in the plant this year.

  • Doc: 'Never Seen' Meningitis Outbreak Like This

    A rare meningitis outbreak has infected 35 people in six states, health officials warn. All received steroid injections, a fairly typical treatment. One New York anesthesiologist says "It's the first time I've ever seen anything like this."