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Public Safety

  • 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 THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.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.”

  • Convicted sex offender nabbed lunching at local eatery

    The Los Alamos Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation that led to today'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 local diner about to have lunch. 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.”

  • Police Beat 04-19-11

    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 6

    11:25 a.m. – William Lopez, 40, of Los Alamos was charged on Myrtle Street with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with an expired registration and issued a citation to appear in court after police received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area.

  • Fast action contains house fire

    No one was home when a neighbor spotted smoke billowing from beneath a two-story home not far from Los Alamos High School at about 3 p.m. Monday.

    Fire Marshal Michael Thompson credits the man for being observant and calling 911.

    “He tried to put out the fire but then noticed more fire coming from the crawl space underneath the home and immediately called 911,” Thompson said. “His quick action helped keep the fire from spreading.”
    Los Alamos firefighters responded to 1735 Questa St., and were able to keep the residence intact, but extensive smoke did permeate the structure.

  • Construction Zone 04-17-11

    Road Construction Update: Wk of April 17, 2011

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

    NM502 Truck Traffic (Airport Runway
    Extension Project)
    Expect heavy volumes of slow moving and turning truck traffic on westbound NM502 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

  • State imposes fire restrictions for most of NM

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are imposing fire restrictions across much of New Mexico because dry conditions and high winds have resulted in extreme fire danger.

    The restrictions in all but four northern New Mexico counties will go into effect Saturday at 8 a.m.

    The restrictions apply to fireworks, smoking, campfires and open fires in 29 counties, including part of Colfax County.

    The secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, John Bemis, says some areas of the state have not seen appreciable moisture in as many as 150 days.

    Bemis is urging people to follow the restrictions to protect lives and property in their communities.