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Public Safety

  • NM bases, state homeland security on alert

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's homeland security secretary says the state is on heightened alert because of the death of Osama bin Laden, but no specific threats have been made to New Mexico.

    State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Duvall says states were told to go to heightened alert because of the uncertainty about what might occur in the wake of the Al-Qaida leader's killing by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

    Duvall says residents should be more aware and report anything suspicious to local law enforcement.

    New Mexico's three Air Force bases and White Sands Missile Range also have heightened security.

  • Construction Zone 05-01-11

    Public Works Projects: For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.
    N.M. 502 Truck Traffic (Airport Runway Extension Project)
    Expect heavy volumes of slow moving and turning truck traffic on westbound N.M. 502 through mid-May. As the trucks climb the hill, its speed slows to 20-25 mph and is further reduced when the trucks make the turn onto airport property. Do not tailgate, do not pass in the turn lanes, pay attention to the traffic ahead of you, and expect 5-10 minute delays.

    Diamond Drive Phase 4
    Expect significant changes to traffic control next week as the contractor starts shifting traffic to the west side of Diamond Drive. Once the shift is complete, expect the following:

  • Police to collect prescription drugs

    Los Alamos police are joining the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is set up to allow the general public an opportunity to deposit their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and also prevent pill abuse and theft.

    In Los Alamos, residents can drop off their pills from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the east parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center. Det. Paige Early and Cpl. Brian Schamber will be at the police booth to receive the unwanted pills. They will ensure that the pills are properly disposed of rather than entering the groundwater from being washed down sinks and flushed down toilets.

  • Wind Advisory in effect Friday

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM MDT FRIDAY.

    * LOCATION... THE NORTHWEST PLATEAU AND SURROUNDING HIGHLANDS... THE SOUTHWEST AND NORTHWEST MOUNTAINS... THE RIO GRANDE... TULAROSA... AND SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEYS.

    * WINDS... WEST TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

    * TIMING... LATE MORNING TO EARLY EVENING FRIDAY WITH THE PEAK WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 1 PM AND 7 PM.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES IN DUST PRONE LOCATIONS.

  • Police Beat 04-26-11

    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.   
    April 14

     8:48 a.m. – A 46-year-old Alcalde woman reported that she was the victim of larceny on Diamond Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.

    9:54 a.m. – A 54-year-old Lamy man reported criminal damage to his property in the 2000 block of Trinity Drive. The estimated damage is more than $1,000.

    2:35 p.m. – A 14-year-old Los Alamos girl reported being the victim of criminal sexual contact. The matter is under investigation.

  • Mountain lions on the prowl around town

    Mountain lion sightings have been reported this year in the townsite, which is not unusual since mountain lions are native to the Los Alamos area.

    “Los Alamos is a mountain community and this is their habitat,” said New Mexico Game and Fish spokesman Dan Williams.

    Williams explained that game and fish personnel respond to local calls and if warranted, tranquilize the animal via dart and transport it into the wilderness. This works in some cases, he said, but in other cases, the mountain lion is known to return several miles to the townsite where it originally located food.

    Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department said he is aware of mountain lions in the area.

  • Wind Advisory issued for Tuesday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * LOCATION... THIS INCLUDES THE NORTHWEST PLATEAU... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS AND NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO AREAS AS WELL AS LOWER RIO GRANDE AND UPPER TULAROSA VALLEYS.

    * WINDS... WEST AND NORTHWEST WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN TO 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 50 OR 55 MPH.

    * TIMING... WIND SPEEDS WILL STRENGTHEN BY LATE MORNING... THEN PEAK IN STRENGTH DURING THE MID TO LATE AFTERNOON HOURS. WIND SPEEDS WILL GRADUALLY WEAKEN THIS EVENING.

  • Construction Zone 04-24-11

    For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    N.M. 502 Truck Traffic Airport runway
    extension project
    Expect heavy volumes of slow moving and turning truck traffic on westbound N.M. 502 through mid-May. As the trucks climb the hill, its speed slows to 20-25 mph and is further reduced when the trucks make the turn onto airport property. Do not tailgate, do not pass in the turn lanes, pay attention to the traffic ahead of you, and expect 5-10 minute delays.
    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011
    Exceptions to the typical traffic control outlined below:

  • NMDOT releases Chimayó walk plans

    New Mexico Transportation Department’s maintenance and construction crews are preparing for safe walking areas along various New Mexico highways for the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to the Santurario de Chimayó.
    “This event has been a tradition for many generations, and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is working together with local entities to provide a safe walking area for this year’s event,” said Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez. “The Department is requesting both walkers and motorists exercise extreme caution so that everyone is able to safely participate in the annual pilgrimage.”

  • Sheriff tracks down sex offender

    The Los Alamos Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation that led to Wednesday’s noon capture of a convicted sex offender who’s been living in the 2000 block of 34th Street for several months.
    The Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service and local police participated in the arrest of Bruce Crousser, 44, a convicted sex offender from Missouri.
    Crousser was apprehended at a Trinity Drive diner about to have lunch with a woman. He failed to register as a sex offender as required by law, according to officials.
    “Court records show Mr. Crousser was convicted of several sex crimes, some of which involved minor children,” Lucero said. “He’s been working for a contractor doing business in the local area.”