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Public Safety

  • Stage 2 Fire Restrictions To Be Implemented Monday for LA

    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and NM State Game & Fish properties will enter Stage 2 Fire Restrictions due to the potential for extreme fire danger.

    The restrictions apply to all National Forest System lands within the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • More residents may be allowed back into Ruidoso

    RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are hoping to allow more residents back into their homes as fire crews get a handle on a blaze burning outside the resort town of Ruidoso.

    Officials said Friday the Little Bear fire, which has scorched 59 square miles and destroyed 224 homes in the Sierra Blanca range, has been 45 percent contained.

    They say most communities could re-open by the start of the weekend.

  • Police Beat 06-12-12

    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.

    May 31

    9:30 a.m. — Javier Ramos, 22, Santa Fe, was arrested along Trinity Drive on a bench warrant.

    1:30 p.m. — A Canyon Road caller reported graffiti with an estimated damage of less than $1,000.

    8:13 p.m. — Lisa Salazar, 35, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a municipal court warrant.

  • Wildfires push urgency for forest restoration--Video Extras

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As firefighters battle blazes in New Mexico and Colorado that have forced evacuations and destroyed hundreds of structures, the U.S. Forest Service chief is renewing his call to restore forests to a more natural state, where fire was a part of the landscape.

  • Ruidoso fire balloons to 10,000 acres, damage reported

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lightning-sparked blaze that jumped its containment lines raced through thick conifer forest in southern New Mexico on Saturday, and fire managers estimated that more than a dozen structures were damaged or destroyed.

    Spanning only a few acres on Wednesday, the Little Bear fire began to grow Friday as spot fires formed outside established fire lines due to windy conditions. By Saturday morning, about 10,000 acres had been charred northwest of the mountain community of Ruidoso.

  • Colorado Peak Fire at 80% containment--See Exclusive Photos

    Fire crews have gotten a handle on the Colorado Peak Fire and firefighters are putting out hot spots and performing mopup duty.

    The latest update says the size of the fire is 245 acres. The size of the fire was downgraded because of better mapping, the Forest Service announced.

    Incident Commander Chris Stevens told the Los Alamos Monitor Thursday afternoon that the fire is 80 percent contained. 

    Stevens said that crews worked Wednesday night putting in a hand line around the perimeter of the fire.

    "It's called a shaky containment," Stevens said.

  • Police Beat 06-05-12

    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.

    May 24

    7:36 a.m. — An unidentified 16-year-old female was arrested along Central Avenue for reckless driving.
    8:42 a.m. — Luis
    Ponechitica, 26, of Medenales, was arrested along Canyon Road for driving on a suspended or revoked licensed.

  • Police Probe Similarities in 2 Disappearances
  • Gila wildfire now covers 300 square miles--Video Extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A massive wildfire in the New Mexico wilderness that already is the state's largest blaze ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles as it spreads in all directions, and experts say conditions are ripe this season for similar massive blazes across the West.

  • Motorists face possible delays from I-25 work

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Transportation says a nighttime construction project could cause delays this week for motorists on Interstate 25 near Santa Fe.

    The agency says northbound interstate traffic will be restricted to one lane starting Tuesday night on part of a hill known as La Bajada.

    Pavement is being milled and new asphalt applied on the interstate for about one mile starting at the Cochiti exit south of Santa Fe.