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Public Safety

  • Hughes gets unanimous nod as fire chief--video extra

    From a pool of 19 applicants, Troy Hughes made the short list and emerged victorious following an intense two-day interview process.

    Tuesday night Hughes garnered unanimous approval from the county council. Councilor Ron Selvage was absent.

  • Cantaloupe outbreak could be deadliest in a decade--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as 14 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, health officials say — a death toll that would make the food outbreak the deadliest in more than a decade.

    The Centers for Disease Control said last week that 55 illnesses and eight deaths were linked to the outbreak. Since then, state and local health departments in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming have reported six additional deaths that may be linked to the tainted fruit.

    Nine people died in an outbreak linked to salmonella-tainted peanuts almost three years ago. Deaths linked to the cantaloupes are expected to easily surpass that number.

  • Police Beat 09-27-11

    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.

    Sept. 15

    3:10 a.m. – A 29-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged the front door of his residence in the 100 block of Seminole. The estimated damage is $500.

    9:03 a.m. – Nathaniel Richerson, 34, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding warrant on misdemeanor charges from another jurisdiction. Richerson was released from jail after paying a $181 bond.
    Sept. 16

  • Nebraska man tapped for fire chief position

    Troy Hughes from Grand Island, Neb., stood out among five finalists invited to visit Los Alamos in late August to meet with county officials.

    The in-depth process of interviews, examinations and evaluations eliminated all candidates but Hughes.

    “I’m very excited  —  I think the Los Alamos Fire Department is one of the best in the nation,” said Hughes during an interview from Nebraska Friday. “I’m very honored to have been chosen to follow in the footsteps of two legendary fire chiefs — Doug MacDonald and Doug Tucker.”

    Tucker served on the interview panel that selected Hughes.

  • LANL Finishes Excavation of 1940s Waste Dump on DP Road

    Los Alamos National Laboratory on Thursday announced that it has completed excavation of its oldest waste disposal site, Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B).

    The excavation removed about 43,000 cubic yards of contaminated debris and soil from the six-acre site. MDA-B was used from 1944-48 as a waste disposal site for Manhattan Project and Cold War-era research and production.

    The environmental cleanup worked was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Police Beat 09-20-11

    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.

    Sept. 8

    2:06 a.m. – A 26-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of harassment on Sherwood Boulevard.

  • Second listeria death in Colorado linked to cantaloupe

    DENVER (AP) — Health officials say a second person has died in Colorado in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado cantaloupes.

    Mark Salley of the Colorado Department of Public Health said Tuesday the state now is reporting 14 confirmed cases of listeria connected to the outbreak to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Colorado had previously reported 12 cases, including one death.

    On Monday, the CDC said that 35 people in 10 states had been sickened in the outbreak so far.

    The illnesses have been traced to fruit from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo. Jensen Farms recalled its Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes last week

  • Bandelier marijuana grow scene revisited

    New sprouts were discovered by Bandelier officials last Sunday when they returned to the scene of a massive marijuana farm growing deep in one of the most remote areas of the national park.

    The Las Conchas Fire earlier this summer appeared to have scorched the ground near the farm and agents reported finding melted remnants of a tent and a two story lookout tower built near the operation. They also discovered mattresses comprised of dried out marijuana leaves, a rifle, a large pit with an entrance about seven feet deep and a shrine containing a cross and religious candles.

  • Another earthquake strikes near NM-Colo. border

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — A magnitude 3.8 earthquake has struck near the New Mexico-Colorado border, rattling residents in both states.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the light temblor hit just before 7 a.m. on Friday. It was centered 18 miles west of Raton, N.M., with a depth of around 3 miles.

    There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

    The small earthquake comes after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck the area on Monday and magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit last month.


     

  • Flash Flood Warning for LA County until 5:45 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 545 PM MDT

    * AT 343 PM MDT... LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED FLASH FLOODING FROM A THUNDERSTORM 9 MILES EAST OF JEMEZ SPRINGS... OR ABOUT 16 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING WAS MOVING SLOWLY TO THE EAST NORTHEAST AT LESS THAN 10 MPH. HOURLY RAINFALL RATES NEAR ONE INCH ARE LIKELY OVER A BROAD AREA EXTENDING FROM THE DOME WILDERNESS TO UPPER PERALTA CANYON TO BORREGO CANYON SOUTHEAST OF PONDEROSA.