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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Snowy conditions result in 10 fender benders Thursday

    Los Alamos police and fire personnel Thursday responded to 10 minor vehicle accidents between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    “There were no injuries reported from the accidents,” Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said. “A driver did slide completely off the roadway near the White Rock Y but did not sustain any injuries.”

    Purtymun credited the fact that the schools are closed for Christmas vacation to fewer cars on the road.

    Teachers and students who drive are off beginning today and that helped reduce traffic,” he said.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory conducted a staggered quitting time Thursday afternoon, which also helped the situation, officials said.

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  • Dense Fog Advisory Until 10 a.m. Wednesday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM MST THIS MORNING.

    * LOCATION... ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM QUESTA TO SANTA FE... TO CLINES CORNERS TO CORONA. THIS INCLUDES THE I-25 CORRIDOR FROM SANTA FE TO SOCORRO AND THE I-40 CORRIDOR FROM CLINES CORNERS TO GALLUP.

    * TIMING... THE DENSEST FREEZING FOG WILL OCCUR EARLY THIS MORNING. CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN TO IMPROVE BY MID MORNING... BUT PATCHY FOG WILL LINGER IN SOME AREAS UNTIL LATE MORNING.

    * VISIBILITY... COMMONLY AROUND THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE WITH BOUTS AROUND A QUARTER MILE OR LESS... ESPECIALLY IN LOW LAYING AREAS. FOG WILL BE PATCHIER IN THE MOUNTAINS... WHICH MAY EXTEND ABOVE THE FOG LAYER.

  • Police Beat 12-20-11

    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.

    Dec. 8

    6:40 p.m. – Kenneth Hagedorn, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested near North Mesa Road and Park Road and charged with DWI: Blood concentration of .08 or more.
    Dec. 9

    10:14 a.m. – A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl reported being the victim of sexual contact. The matter is under investigation.

    11:04 a.m. – A 61-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of fraud on Central Avenue.

  • NM road crews mopping up after blizzard

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after blizzard conditions stranded motorists overnight and caused accidents that killed at least four people in New Mexico, highway crews Tuesday were mopping up and getting pre-holiday traffic back on the roads before another system moves into the state Thursday.

    Forecasters said the next storm isn't likely to be as severe as the system that caused rare blizzard-like conditions Monday. But they said it could bring enough snow to once again severely impact Christmas travelers on the Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 corridors Thursday and into Friday.

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  • Four die in New Mexico crash as blizzard hits area

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A major winter storm wreaked havoc on holiday travel across New Mexico as rare blizzard conditions shut down virtually all major highways in the northeastern quarter of the state and contributed to a fatal accident near the Texas border.

    Four people were killed and two others seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, the Curry County Sheriff's Office reported late Monday. And throughout the day motorists in the state were left stranded in whiteout conditions that were expected to rage through the night.

  • No delays or closures reported for Tuesday

    The Winter Storm Warning has expired and the Los Alamos Public Schools will be returning to a regular schedule for Tuesday.

    "Tuesday, December 20, 2011 will be a regular school day and work day for all sites. All schools will start on time, and buses will run on their regular schedules," according to a statement posted on the LAPS website shortly before 5 a.m. this morning.

    Likewise, it appears the Los Alamos National Laboratory will return to a normal schedule Tuesday.

    The third winter storm of the season forced closure of both the schools and the lab on Monday.