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Public Safety

  • Keep an Eye on the Storm: Weather In Motion

    Keep an eye on the track of the approaching winter weather... Weather In Motion gives you a look at the next six hours. Click here to see what's coming.

  • Winter Weather Advisory until Monday Morning

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST MONDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... GENERALLY 3 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7500 FEET AND 1 TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE BELOW 7500 FEET.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE DURING THE DAY... PEAK DURING THE LATE DAY AND EARLY NIGHTTIME HOURS... THEN BEGIN TO DIMINISH LATE TONIGHT.

    * WINDS... SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE ALONG WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN SNOW. TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT ACROSS THE REGION.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • NM sheriff: Scientist was still working on bombs

    ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — A retired Sandia Labs scientist was apparently busy building bombs and possibly a new type of explosive at a rural eastern New Mexico home before he died.

    Torrance County Sheriff Heath White tells KOB-TV David O'Keefe, 81, spent his retirement on the outskirts of Estancia, 60 miles east of Albuquerque, continuing his work up until his death a few months ago.

    "He was trying to make a new type of explosive, so he was experimenting with different chemicals and different compounds to make that explosive," White said.

    O'Keefe's laboratory, inside a rented home, was elaborate and potentially deadly and put neighbors within a half mile in great danger, White said.

  • Police Beat 01-03-12

    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.
    Dec. 22

    9:57 p.m. – A 20-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of identity theft. The estimated loss is unknown.
     
    Dec. 23
     
    1:51 p.m. – Logan Hayden, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at Pajarito Ski Area on Camp May Road and charged with defrauding an innkeeper for having a falsified ski pass. The estimated damage is less than $2,500.
     

  • Jail Passes Compliance Inspection

    Very good, neat and very clean is how councilors Fran Berting, Geoff Rodgers and Mike Wismer described the Los Alamos County Detention Facility during a Nov. 18 inspection.

    Acting Detention Supervisor Jesse Ortega and Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster accompanied the councilors on the tour of the jail, which was remodeled two years ago.

    Ortega has been in charge of the jail since Detention Supervisor Mary Najar retired in October.

    “I’ve also worked at jails in Santa Fe and Española and I love working at the Los Alamos jail,” Ortega said. “For one thing you’re closer to the staff and also this jail has more cameras and more controls.”

  • Gusty Winds Slam Area

    LOCALLY GUSTY WINDS CONTINUING THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON...

    WEST WINDS WILL GUST LOCALLY TO 50 MPH AT TIMES THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON... WITH WINDS SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST AND DECREASING SPEED THROUGH EVENING. EXPECT STRONGEST GUSTS OVER HILLTOPS AND SUMMITS... AND THROUGH GAPS. EXPECT GUSTY WINDS NEAR LOS ALAMOS AND WHITE ROCK... ACROSS INTERSTATE 40 NEAR TIJERAS AND EDGEWOOD... AND ACROSS EASTERN SOCORRO AND LINCOLN COUNTIES ALONG HIGHWAYS 70 AND 380... AND HIGHWAY 54.

    THOSE DRIVING LARGE OR TALL VEHICLES SHOULD PREPARE FOR GUSTY WINDS AND BRIEF LOSS OF CONTROL BEFORE WINDS DECREASE BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON.



     

  • New Mexico governor pushes for tougher DWI laws


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With New Year's Eve fast approaching, Gov. Susana Martinez has a simple message: Don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking. It's a matter of life and death.

    The message has been repeated year after year by New Mexico's elected leaders, police officers, advocacy groups and families that have been ripped apart by the consequences of drunk driving. Some of those family members flanked the governor as she issued her plea along a busy Albuquerque street on Thursday night.

    "There's no better example to illustrate how dire the consequences of drinking and driving than to remember the lives of those that have been lost," she said.

  • County preps to close 15th and Central Wednesday

    Wednesday, Dec. 28, the Central Avenue and 15th Street intersection will be closed to through traffic in all directions. This will be a full day closure to allow the Municipal Building Complex contractor to repair and patch previous utility trenching on Central and 15th Street.

    Detour signs for both 15th Street and Central Avenue will be posted. Watch for construction equipment entering and leaving the work zone.

    The following detours apply to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians:

  • County preps to close 15th and Central Wednesday

    Wednesday, Dec. 28, the Central Avenue and 15th Street intersection will be closed to through traffic in all directions. This will be a full day closure to allow the Municipal Building Complex contractor to repair and patch previous utility trenching on Central and 15th Street.

    Detour signs for both 15th Street and Central Avenue will be posted. Watch for construction equipment entering and leaving the work zone.

    The following detours apply to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians:

  • Heavy snow closes roads, delays flights in West

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver.

    The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after severe conditions made driving in western New Mexico nearly impossible.

    "If you don't have (four-wheel drive) and you just have two-wheel ... you're either going to spin or stay stuck," stranded motorist Tarquin Wilding told KOAT-TV while in Grants, N.M., on his way to Santa Fe.