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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Keep an Eye on the Storm: Weather Radar

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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.