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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Seventh arrest nets second speed lab

    Los Alamos detectives have been on a crime-fighting roll since Friday, arresting seven suspects and shutting down two methamphetamine laboratories.

    Their latest arrest occurred Tuesday afternoon when they apprehended Elias Lovato, 40, of Los Alamos at a residence near Diamond Drive in which officials uncovered and dismantled a second meth lab.

    “During the booking process, officers discovered Lovato had attempted to conceal methamphetamine,” Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

    Charges filed against Lovato include trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, conspiracy and two counts of bringing contraband into a jail.

  • State Police: No Labor Day DWI fatalities

    Police reported 16 local cases during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2 through Sept. 5.
    “We had the drug arrest in the court parking lot, one DUI, one burglary of money and a computer and three larcenies involving the theft of a bicycle, purse and patio table,” said Capt. Randy Foster.
    Local cases also included an individual arrested on an outstanding warrant, four animal related calls, the towing of an unregistered vehicle, a domestic disturbance call and three traffic crashes, he said.
    “Our officers also conducted 55 traffic stops over the weekend that resulted in 12 citations,” Foster said.

  • Farmers fear Listeria has ruined selling season--video extra

    DENVER (AP) — A multistate Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has the state's melon farmers worried that their prime selling season has been ruined.

    In Rocky Ford, farmer Greg Smith this week laid off his lone farm stand employee because he said customers all but vanished when news of the outbreak spread.

    The outbreak has killed as many as four people. Colorado officials said Friday the contaminated melons were whole fruit from a Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region and have been recalled.

    Angry at reporters and camera crews reporting on the tainted melons, Smith said, "You've basically put a .30-caliber bullet between our eyes."