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Public Safety

  • Officials prep for massive casualty drill

    Though the meeting at White Rock Fire Station No. 3 looked like just another casual get together between town officials, it was anything but.

    County, emergency and school officials met in White Rock Tuesday to dress rehearse for an event no one hopes ever happens; a mass shooting at Los Alamos High School. Officials are calling it “Operation Hilltopper.”

    In October, the school is going to be ground zero for the town-wide emergency drill, a drill designed to test for weak spots in the way Los Alamos responds to a mass casualty event.

    The White Rock meeting was about smoothing out the details before the main event Oct. 8.

  • Almost entire Cuba fire department quits

    CUBA, N.M. (AP) — Almost the entire volunteer firefighting department in Cuba has quit, raising concerns about protection for the small northern New Mexico town.

    KOAT-TV reports that 18 of the town's 21 firefighters turned in their helmets Tuesday night.

    Some firefighters told KOAT they quit because of a lack of support. They say the city has refused their requests for new equipment and EMT training.

  • Break-in at Hill Diner nets less than $10

    To Hill Diner owner Denise Lane, it’s a pattern that’s all too frustratingly familiar.

    When employees reported for duty at the diner Sunday, they found the cash register had been busted open.  

    Total take? Less than $10 according to Lane. The cash register was worth more, she said.

    “For $10, they completely tore up my cash register,” she said. “That will cost more to replace than the amount of money they took out of it.” Lane said this was the fourth time in five to six years that this has happened to her. This time around however was even more frustrating because she recently had a motion detecting alarm system put in, but it never went off.

  • Police Beat 07-31-12

    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.

    July 19

    12:47 a.m. –– A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being bitten by a dog along West Road. The dog was impounded.

    10:54 p.m. ­­–– Tanner Barber, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license on Arkansas Avenue.
    July 20

  • Cone Zone 07-29-12

    Diamond Drive near Golf Course
    Starting Monday after the morning commute, traffic control will be in place on Diamond Drive in the vicinity of the Golf Course to repair a leaking irrigation line. The outside lanes of both northbound and southbound traffic will be closed and the bike lanes will be shifted inwards to provide a safe work zone for shoulder work. Minimal delays may be experienced.
    Pavement Preservation Program

  • Numerous firearms with silencers stolen from NM armory

    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they're investigating the theft of numerous firearms from the Rio Rancho Armory.

    City police say officers were dispatched to the armory on Wednesday after an alarm activated.

    When officers arrived, they saw that someone had forced entry into the business and stole a still-undetermined number of firearms.

    Among the items taken were two rifles with suppressors, one short-barrel rifle with suppressor and one short-barrel fully-automatic rifle with suppressor.

  • Recall: Prepared Trader Joe's BBQ Chicken Salads

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal food safety inspectors say prepared barbecue chicken salads sold at Trader Joe's are being recalled because they contain diced onions that may be contaminated with the potentially deadly listeria bacteria.

    In a release Friday, United States Department of Agriculture officials say Huxtable's Kitchen of Vernon, Calif. is recalling about 5,610 pounds of the salads.

    No illnesses have been reported from the salads.

  • Wildfire Season Winds Down

    Apparently, Los Alamos’ fire season just thought it might get in a couple more licks before closing down for good.

    According to the Los Alamos Fire Department, two fires cropped up on July 2 near the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The fires weren’t close enough to cause immediate concern however and were tamped down pretty quickly. They both occurred about two miles away from any buildings owned by the lab.

    “We had a lightning strike at the bottom of Water Canyon, crews got on it right away, and it was put out that evening,” LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider said.

    The other fire occurred later in Rendija Canyon and was under control within two hours.

  • Flash Flood Watch Until 11 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... ESTANCIA VALLEY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

    * UNTIL 11 PM MDT THIS EVENING

    * DEEP MOISTURE OVER CENTRAL MOISTURE COMBINED WITH AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE AND WEAK STEERING FLOW WILL ENHANCE THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING THROUGH THIS EVENING. TORRENTIAL RAINFALL WITH RAINFALL RATES UP TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE THUNDERSTORMS.

  • Fire probe continues

    The July 4 fire that destroyed the chapel at the New Beginnings Church still is under investigation.

    That’s the latest Wednesday from the Los Alamos County Fire Department, New Mexico State Fire Marshal Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

    All three organizations are still in the process of conducting an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire located at 112 East Road.

    According to a LAFD press release, the fire is still classified as under investigation and information is still being gathered and processed.

    “The process of fire investigation is complex and takes time an

    resources to come to a conclusion of what took place before and during the event,” the release states.