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  • Suicide prevention workshops set for this week

    A group of local mental health professionals are hoping to change the way Los Alamos residents think about suicide with a series of public events this week.

    The series is called “Holding Hope: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week.” It coincides with National Suicide Prevention Week, with Sept. 10 being World Suicide Prevention Day. Co-sponsors of the local events include the Los Alamos Family Council, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employee Assistance Program, and the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

    A majority of the events will be in Los Alamos, and while some are geared toward professional mental health experts, most are geared toward teen and adult residents. All events are free and open to the public. Many are geared for specialized audiences though, so consult the schedule. Each event is about an hour long.

    Elisa Enriquez, a therapist with the LANL Ombudsman Office, said the week of events grew out of a one-time, in-house suicide prevention workshop at LANL last year. According to her it was very successful in that many attended to learn more about the subject. She also met a private practice therapist later on in the year, Aimee Schnedler, and together, they decided to expand the program.

  • Traffic clears on N.M. 502 after two crashes

    It’s been a busy hour on the Los Alamos roadways for Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments and the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission.

    Traffic heading eastbound was in lengthy delays for about an hour as LAPD and LAFD respond to a pair of crashes on the Main Hill. As of 1:15 p.m., traffic continued to be backed up eastbound as law enforcement tended to two separate one-car accidents. by 1:30 p.m., traffic started to move and was close to back to normal.

    Vehicles involved included a Ford station wagon and a Toyota truck. The accidents occurred within a few minutes of each other and they were both in the same proximity.

    Police say that speed on a wet road was likely a factor in the accidents.

    Rain also is forecast for the next three days.

    Crews also were dispatched to a home on Barranca Mesa. There was a report of bear in a kitchen but by the time crews got there, the bear had escaped.

  • With rain rolling in, Trinity construction heats up

    Rain is likely to be prominent in the area the next couple of days. And for the next couple of months, Trinity Drive, between DP Road and Knecht Street, is expected to be congested. The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive was closed Monday and will be until at least November. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. The rain, meanwhile, did not stop workers at the Smith’s Marketplace construction site. 

  • Jemez comes together for firefighter's family -- updated

    In the wake of Token Adams’ death, the mountain communities of the Jemez are coming together to remember him, as well as take care of his family.

    According to officials involved in the search, Adams, a firefighter with the Jemez Ranger District, died in an all-terrain vehicle accident while investigating a wildfire on Schoolhouse Mesa a couple of weeks ago. Though officials have so far declined to release specific details in the incident, his ATV and his body were found atop Table Mesa last Friday morning.

    Adams disappeared precisely a week earlier when he lost radio contact with the other firefighters who were also mapping out the 25-acre blaze. The fire was quickly extinguished by crews that weekend.
    Adams leaves behind his wife, Heidi, and a three-year-old son, Tristan. According to his Facebook page, his wife is expecting a girl.

    “I realized today that I really need to bring my son the horse races and let him bet... only because he’s been saying that he’s going to have a little sister the whole time. And would you believe that he was RIGHT! Patiently awaiting your arrival Miss Isla Skye Adams!” he said in a Facebook post dated May 8.

  • Today in History for September 10th
  • Long-lost Van Gogh Painting Found in Attic

    The Van Gogh Museum says it has identified a painting by its famous namesake stored in a Norwegian attic. After two years of investigations and new research techniques, experts say they are certain it was painted by Vincent Van Gogh.

  • Raw: Massive Fire Destroys Indy Warehouse

    Firefighters worked through the night on Sunday to extinguish a massive fire that burned a vacant warehouse in Indianapolis. Fire officials say one firefighter suffered possible heat exhaustion. No other injuries were reported.

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  • Missing firefighter found dead

    JEMEZ PUEBLO — Missing firefighter Token Adams has been found dead in the Santa Fe National Forest, officials said during a late afternoon press conference Friday at Jemez Pueblo.

    Officials said Adams apparently died in an ATV crash. Indications are that he was traveling from Schoolhouse Mesa to Stable Mesa and his body was found on the top of Stable Mesa.

    Officials said Adams was found in full safety gear a quarter mile from a dirt road Friday morning. They located Adams’ body when a search party performed a line search in the area.

    Officials declined to say much about his cause of death, because it is still under investigation. When asked if it was possible he had the accident but later died of exposure, officials said details are still being gathered.

    “Right now, it’s still too early to speculate,” Emmanuel Gutierrez, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police said. “We want to get all of our facts straight before we give out more information.” Gutierrez also said an autopsy will be performed.

    The search for the U.S. Forest Service firefighter missing in the Jemez Mountains lasted eight days.
    Volunteers, firefighters and search and rescue teams combed mesa tops and steep canyons east of Jemez Springs in search of Adams.