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Today's News

  • Drug suspect back in custody

     Steven Porter, a 46-year-old White Rock man who is facing 20 charges involving controlled substances — 13 felonies and seven misdemeanors — is back in jail after violating terms of his release, according to LAPD commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera Tuesday.

    Wardlow-Herrera said Porter tampered with his electronic monitoring device. Porter made his first court appearance before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Tuesday and was given a strict set or orders for his release.

    Bond was posted last Tuesday and Porter was released last Wednesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2.

  • Car plunges into canyon; Two seriously injured — updated and more photos

     

    Witnesses immediately took to 911 Monday afternoon to report what no one ever wants to see on N.M. 502, a car plummeting over the edge of the road into Pueblo Canyon.

     Within minutes, police, fire and county officials were on the scene of the accident, about a half a mile west of Anderson Overlook. A few minutes after that, both ends of NM 502 were blocked off, starting at the “Y” intersection at the bottom. 

    The road was closed at the top just before the Los Alamos animal shelter in an effort to create a makeshift landing pad for the CareFlight helicopters that were already on their way.

    Traffic heading down the hill was diverted without incident, but some people had to pull over for alternative directions out of town from either the police manning the scene or employees from the cluster of businesses located near the animal shelter. That put pressure on the Truck Route.

  • Police beat 8/26/14

     

     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. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 7

     

    9: 26 a.m. —  Rachel Parker, 23, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a municipal court warrant at 2500 Trinity Drive.

     

    11:34 a.m. — A 42-year-old Los Alamos woman reported she was the victim of larceny (less than $250) on Tewa Loop.

  • Antibacterial approach could resolve skin infections

     Like a protective tent over a colony of harmful bacteria, biofilms make the treatment of skin infections especially difficult. Microorganisms protected in a biofilm pose a significant health risk due to their antibiotic resistance and recalcitrance to treatment, and biofilm-protected bacteria account for some 80 percent of total bacterial infections in humans and are 50 to 1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics than simpler bacterial infections.

    “In essence, we may have stumbled onto a magic bullet,” said David Fox, a Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher on the project. “Through a robust screening strategy, our research team has identified a unique class of materials, known as ionic liquids, which both neutralize biofilm-forming pathogens and deliver drugs through the skin,” he said.

  • Forest health info now available

     

    The public, forest managers, and scientists now have the most comprehensive inventory of forest health trends in New Mexico’s history. Through a successful partnership between the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the New Mexico State Forestry Division the results of a multi-year forest study are now available.

    Given that 44 percent of New Mexico’s forests are tied to private and tribal lands, it was critical for the U.S. Forest Service and the State to work together on the inventory.

  • Gun Show packs them in

    Sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, the 2014 Gun Show has a new venue — the Knights of Columbus, 104 D.P. Road.
    And on Saturday morning, the show already was packed.
    Firearm vendors and enthusiasts in the community and from across the state were welcome to buy, sell, swap and browse. Firearm ammo and accessories were also available.
    The show, which started Saturday, will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today. General admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Passes for both days are $8 for adults and youth ages 12-18 are $3.
    All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.
    For the previous 17 years, the Gun Show was at the Pueblo Complex, but last year’s event was touched by controversy when Los Alamos resident Nancy Schick opposed the use of school property for gun sales, although the Pueblo Complex is no longer a school — it is still owned by Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Schick, a former teacher at Los Alamos High School, cited the rash of gun violence in schools as one of the reasons for her opposition.
    Pueblo Complex is leased out for venues from various organizations throughout the year.

  • Today In History Aug. 26
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  • New nuke pit report released

    Jonathan Medalia, a specialist in nuclear weapons policy with the
    Congressional Research Service in Washington, has issued another report in regards to manufacturing nuclear weapons pits.
    It’s called “A Decision making approach for Congress” and the Los Alamos National Laboratory is front and center in the report.
    Medalia starts off with a little history. First off, a “pit” is the plutonium “trigger” of a thermonuclear weapon.
    During the Cold War, the Rocky Flats Plant (Colorado) made up to 2,000 pits per year (ppy), but ceased operations in 1989. Since then,the Department of Energy (DOE) has made at most 11 ppy for the stockpile, yet the Department of Defense stated that it needs DOE to have a capacity of 50 to 80 ppy to extend the life of certain weapons and for other purposes.
    Medalia’s report focuses on 80 ppy, the upper end of this range.
    And he explains what options are out there.

  • Pajarito Mountain takes stage at LTAB

    Pajarito Mountain took center stage at Tuesday’s Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board meeting.
    Stacy Glaser, marketing director for Sipapu Ski Resort/ Pajarito Recreation LP, provided an update on efforts to finalize the partnership with Los Alamos County and open for skiing and snowboarding this winter.
    Contract negotiations are ongoing, but Glaser reported that all parties are committed to the effort.
    “We fully anticipate that by ski season the contract will be in effect,” Glaser said.
    Besides negotiations, Pajarito’s primary effort has been obtaining water for snowmaking.
    The U.S. Forest Service is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Trinity on the Hill concerning Pajarito Recreation’s application for a temporary pipeline to run water from the Los Alamos Reservoir to the ski area.
    “This is a temporary solution. This is something that we could do for 12 months,” Glaser said.
    “This would essentially buy us some time to investigate more permanent solutions.”
    The county has offered Pajarito 5 million gallons of free water, which must be siphoned off the reservoir in order to dredge it.