.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Public Safety

  • Largest Colorado quake since 1973 shakes homes along NM border

    DENVER (AP) — The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years has shaken hundreds of people near the New Mexico border and caused minor damage to a few homes.

    The magnitude 5.3 earthquake was recorded at about 11:46 p.m. MDT Monday about nine miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo., and about 180 miles south of Denver, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The quake followed three smaller ones that hit the area earlier in the day.

  • Sunday's rainstorm floods Bandelier and other areas

    Last month’s monumental Las Conchas Fire burned most of the vegetation from the upper sections of Frijoles Canyon.

    Without plants to slow down and absorb rainfall from monsoons now in the area, the canyon is ripe for flash floods, such as the one experienced Sunday.

    The torrential thunderstorm began in the upper Frijoles Canyon area in early afternoon and fell heavily for nearly two hours. About 5:40 p.m., the creek began to rise in the Bandelier Visitor Center area, and within about one minute was roaring through the picnic and parking areas, black with ash and carrying logs and rocks, according to Bandelier’s Chris Judson.

  • Albuquerque utility curtails river diversions

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority say they have curtailed drinking water diversions from the Rio Grande because of ash from the Las Conchas fire.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the utility did not shut down its diversion completely. Utility spokesman David Morris says by reducing the amount of water it takes from the river, it hopes to reduce the risk of ash fouling its water treatment system.

    Thunderstorms pounded the Las Conchas burn area over the weekend, including storms that hit the Peralta Canyon area downstream from Cochiti Reservoir, where the ash can reach Albuquerque.

  • Flash Flood Warning for LA County until 4 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 400 PM MDT

    * AT 1256 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. THE STORMS WERE NEARLY STATIONARY. RADAR ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT UP TO ONE INCH OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE BELOW AND NEAR INDIVIDUAL CELLS.

  • After Irene: When will the power come back on?--video extras

    WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Cold showers. Meals in the dark. Refrigerators full of spoiled food. No TV. No Internet. Up and down the East Coast, patience is wearing thin among the hundreds of thousands of people still waiting for the electricity to come back on after Hurricane Irene knocked out the power last weekend.

    "It's like 'Little House on the Prairie' times," said Debbie McWeeney, who went to a Red Cross shelter in Warwick to pick up food and water after everything in her refrigerator went bad. "Except I'm not enjoying it at all."

  • Flash Flood Warning until 5:15 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHEASTERN SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 515 PM MDT

    * AT 319 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. THE STORMS PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN WERE DRIFTING EAST AROUND 5 MPH. RADAR ESTIMATES INDICATE UP TO 1 INCH OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

  • Flood Advisory Issued for LA County

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 745 PM MDT

    * AT 541 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN HAD FALLEN IN THE WHITE ROCK AREA... WITH THUNDERSTORMS MOVING WEST ACROSS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR AREA.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

  • Fire chief finalists to visit community

    Los Alamos County Fire Chief Doug Tucker postponed his retirement scheduled this summer following the May resignation of Deputy Chief Patrick Sleik, who after just 11 months on the job said it “wasn’t a good fit” for him.

    Going back to the drawing board, Tucker and other county officials launched a nationwide search for someone who would be the right fit to lead the state’s second largest fire department.

    “We had at least a dozen qualified applicants from which we narrowed the list down to five,” said Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne Tuesday.

    There are no internal candidates, he said, adding that the finalists are either currently employed as fire chiefs or are former fire chiefs.

  • Police Beat 08-16-11

    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.

    Aug. 5

    12:37 p.m. – Marcos Romero, 31, of Chimayo was arrested on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction for unknown charges.
    Aug. 6

    4:15 p.m. – Christian Perea, 19, and a 17-year-old boy, both of Los Alamos, were arrested at 2896 Walnut St., and charged with battery upon a peace officer.

    7:30 p.m. – A 17-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with criminal damage to property on Paige Loop. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.
    Aug. 8

  • Santa Fe Strip club shooter still at large

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police continue looking for a man wanted in a strip club shooting.

    Police thought they had located 27-year-old Ricky Leyba at his Santa Fe home Monday. They surrounded the residence, but Leyba wasn't inside.

    Police tell the Santa Fe New Mexican they have an arrest warrant for Leyba in the shooting of two men early Friday in the parking lot of a strip club.

    The wounded men were shot multiple times and remain hospitalized, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.