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Public Safety

  • Afternoon outage leaves much of North Mesa powerless

    Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities reports that North Mesa customers were subjected to a power outage Tuesday afternoon. Some callers to the Los Alamos Monitor reported that power went down for more than two hours.

    It is worth noting that the reason the outage went longer than initially anticipated is associated with the nature of the line contact, a spokesperson for the DPU said. The digging contractor was using a high pressure hose and vacuum which both exposed and breached one wire of a three phase direct bury electric line.

  • Police Beat 06-19-12

     

    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.

     

    June 7

     

    7:30 a.m. - Cory Kershner, 23, of Los Alamos, was arrested for criminal damage to property valued at less than $1,000.

     

    12:08 p.m. – A 43-year-old Los Alamos female reported criminal damage to her property valued at under $1,000 on Casa Grande Drive.

     

    June 8

     

  • Pickax Slayings Still Unsolved One Year later

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of an unsolved triple homicide in El Rancho that has left State Police stumped.

    The bodies of Lloyd, Dixie and Steven Ortiz were found in their El Rancho home on June 19 of last year.

    State Police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald said there are no updates in the case, but that the investigation into the murders has been what he called “very active.”

    He said State Police have conducted more than 120 interviews, executed 10 search warrants, submitted more than 50 pieces of evidence to the crime lab and followed leads as far as Oklahoma, Arizona and California.

  • Los Alamos Lab to host Robot Rodeo

    Hazardous devices teams from around the Southwest will wrangle their bomb squad robots at the sixth annual Robot Rodeo beginning Tuesday at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

    The rodeo gets under way at 8 a.m. in Technical Area 49, a remote section of laboratory property near the entrance to Bandelier National Monument. Eight teams are scheduled to participate in the three-day competition.

    “The Robot Rodeo gives bomb squad teams the opportunity to practice and hone their skills in a lively but low-risk setting,” said Chris Ory of LANL’s Emergency Response Group and a member of the lab’s hazardous devices team.

    Teams compete in events and simulations, such as

  • Stage 2 fire restrictions to be in place Monday

    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.

  • 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.