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Thursday March 23, 2017
According to the Los Alamos Monitor To partially cover a projected $300,000 budget deficit in FY 2017, Los Alamos County’s Environmental Sustainability Board is recommending the county raise its $25 trash collection fee by $3.
All trash container types — 48, 64 and 96 gallon — would be included. Inflation from labor costs, contracts and a rise in the price of trash cans are fueling the deficit, as are oil prices.
Though it’s still cheaper for the county to recycle, the county is now paying to recycle. The county used to get $22 a ton for it’s recyclables, now it has to pay $15 a ton, and next year $16, to recycle.
The county’s landfill contract and its trucking and hauling contract are two major contracts involved in the recycling and disposing of county waste. Labor costs and inflation are the other drivers behind the rate increase.
The increase will cover about $260,000 of the $300,000 deficit. Environmental Services and the Environmental Sustainability Board hopes to cover the rest of the deficit with a stronger, incentivized “save as you throw” rate structured recycling program to be introduced at a later date.
The proposed rate hikes will go before council in June.

Wednesday March 22, 2017
Los Alamos County announced today that it has launched a new website, hosted by a third-party “cloud based” provider Civic Live. It is the first time in eight years that the County has substantially re-designed its website. The web address remains the same: www.losalamosnm.us; however, residents with bookmarked pages will need to visit the new site and set new bookmarks as a result of the change.
The launch of the new site is the culmination of planning and research that began in 2016. After a competitive procurement process, a County project team selected Civic Live and worked with their designers on the architecture of the new site, incorporating findings and statistics on top website usage from Google Analytics and considering public feedback and suggestions from staff in the various departments. The goal of the team was to make the new site more user-friendly, offering better two-way communication with customers through the use of forms and work flows, as well as finding ways to improve efficiencies in overall site administration to save staff time.

Tuesday March 21, 2017
According to the Los Alamos Monitor, Los Alamos Police, New Mexico State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and New Mexico Department of Corrections officials conducted an early morning drug bust in Los Alamos County yesterday.
DOC and DEA agents provided helicopter and K-9 support. The raids began at 7 a.m.
LAPD Investigators recovered various amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, acid, mushrooms, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and cash, according to an LAPD spokesman.
They arrested 7 adults, all residents of Los Alamos, on various charges related to possessing and trafficking controlled substances. The suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Los Alamos County court Thursday.
Anyone with information that can be linked to these individuals arrested or other criminal activity are encouraged to call the LAPD Investigation Division at (505) 662-8222 or Crimestoppers at (505) 662-8282. Callers may remain anonymous.

Monday March  20, 2017
As reported in Albuquerque Business First, Niche.com, a website that analyzes neighborhood and schools data, recently released it's 2017 Best Public Elementary Schools in America list. Though New Mexico public elementary schools didn't rank in the top 100, the website did give more than 50 elementary schools in the state a grade of A- or higher.
Of the top 25 elementary schools in New Mexico, Los Alamos nabbed the top five spots.
Chamisa was number one, Barranca was second, Mountains was third, Aspen was fourth, and Pinon was fifth.

Friday March 17, 2017
Los Alamos County is currently accepting applications until April 10 to fill one position on the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Comprising five voting members, the BPU governs the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), a county-owned utility that provides Los Alamos with electric, water, natural gas and wastewater services. The selected individual will fill a position to be vacated on July 1 due to an expiring term. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 10. Instructions for submission are included on the application form.
Members of the BPU work together with the DPU to serve and represent the interests of the community. Through policy direction, the BPU guides DPU’s senior management to realize its mission to create a high-performing utility, matched to the community, contributing to its future with diversified and innovative utility solutions. BPU meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM.
To qualify for consideration, interested applicants must be 18 years or older, be a resident of Los Alamos County for a minimum of one year prior to appointment, be registered to vote, not hold public office nor be an employee of the County government, and not conduct any business with the DPU except as a consumer.

Thursday March 16, 2017
Thousands of trees are still available to New Mexico landowners for spring planting through New Mexico State Forestry’s Conservation Seedling Program, but time is running out to purchase them.
More than 50,000 seedlings are available to landowners who own at least one acre of land in New Mexico and agree to use the trees for conservation purposes. These include erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation, riparian restoration, windbreak establishment, tree plantations and other conservation needs. Seedling sales will end April 21, 2017.
Available tree and shrub species include: Arizona cypress, Douglas-fir, Austrian pine, aspen, native plum, Rocky Mountain juniper, Manchurian apricot, golden currant, as well as many others.
Secure online ordering is also available at www.nmforestry.com. Payment with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card is accepted. Mail-in application forms may also be downloaded from the website and checks are accepted with mail-in order forms. Anyone who experiences problems downloading the application form may contact the New Mexico Forestry Division at (505) 476-3325 and have it sent by mail. Three methods of delivery are available for a $5 handling fee: UPS (last day to order online for UPS shipping is April 13th), pick up in Santa Fe, or pick up at designated locations throughout New Mexico. All proceeds are re-invested into the program.

Wednesday March 15, 2017
On Thursday March 9 Governor Martinez Vetoed House Bill 241 – Use of Attendance in Teacher Evaluations. The initiative would have allowed teachers to take up to 10 days of sick leave without impacting their attendance record, while deferring to local school boards. Currently the possible consequence of taking more than three sick days is a reduction of the score on a teacher's evaluation. Governor Martinez said that it would lead to higher teacher absenteeism. Yesterday the Senate voted to override the governor’s veto House Bill 241. It was the first vote to override a veto by the Senate since 2010.

Tuesday March 14, 2017
On March 14-16, Bandelier National Monument and the East Jemez Interagency Fire Center will be assisting with the field portion of a wildland fire investigation class that includes exercises examining common ignition types. To provide hands-on experience for the class members, instructors will ignite very small sample fires, totaling approximately 5 acres, on a portion of Bandelier just across State Highway 4 from the Fire Center. Smoke may be visible from Highway 4, White Rock, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and surrounding areas

Monday March 13, 2017
The House of Representatives unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 8, a proposal to establish an independent ethics commission in New Mexico.
HJR 8 would amend the New Mexico Constitution to create a seven-member independent
commission, no more than three of which may belong to the same political party, to investigate
and adjudicate ethics complaints against state officers and employees in the legislative and
executive branches of government. It would also have jurisdiction over complaints made against
lobbyists and government contractors. The commission would be able to issue advisory
opinions, promulgate rules and issue subpoenas.
HJR 8 now moves to the Senate for consideration. If approved by the Senate, the proposed
constitutional amendment will be placed on the 2018 general election ballot for voter approval.

Weekend
This Saturday night is the beginning of daylight savings time. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour.

Friday March 10, 2017
Arbor Day is March 10th nationally, but New Mexico dedicates an entire month to the celebration of the important role trees play in our lives. The New Mexico State Forestry Division encourages New Mexicans to recognize Arbor Month by planting or caring for trees, or getting involved in related community activities.
Our state’s diverse climate creates variations on the best time for planting beyond just one day, so in 1992, the New Mexico State Legislature passed a house memorial designating a full Arbor Month.
For more ideas on Arbor Month celebrations and how you can participate, contact the New Mexico State Forestry Division’s Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager, Jennifer Dann, at 505-345-2200 or by email at JenniferL.Dann@state.nm.us.

Thursday March 9, 2017
New Mexico Forestry, emergency managers, and their partners warned that the state will see increased fire danger over the weekend. So far this year , New Mexico has already seen 55 wildfires burn 6,832 acres with 3,264 acres burned in the last two weeks.
Families and communities can take steps to reduce the potential for loss of life and property due to wildfires, which include:
• Create a 30-foot defensible space zone around the home;
• Pile firewood and other flammables well away from home and other structures;
• Keep access roads free of debris and vegetation to improve access and escape in case of fire;
• Remove needles and other debris from roofs and gutters;
• Consider constructing or renovating with fire resistant building materials;
• Prune trees near structures and remove excess ground fuels such as fallen needles, cones and branches; and
• Participate in programs such as “Firewise Communities USA,” “Ready, Set, Go!” and “Fire Adapted Communities.”
When enjoying New Mexico’s many forested private and public lands, use the following tips:
• Know Before You Go: Call the statewide toll-free Fire Restriction Hotline at 1-877-864-6985 or log onto www.nmfireinfo.com for a link to an active fire restriction map:
• Build a campfire in approved areas - such as established campgrounds with fire grills or pits;
• Never leave a campfire unattended, be sure it is dead out and cold to the touch before leaving;
• Never park vehicles in tall grass or shrubs where fires can start because hot catalytic converters may come in contact with dry vegetation;
• Never toss lit cigarettes out of cars;
• Abide by all smoking and fire restrictions on public and private lands; and
• Keep in mind that the use of fireworks is always prohibited on all public lands .

Wednesday March 8, 2017
According to the Associated Press, Online retail giant Amazon will soon begin collecting taxes on purchases being sent to New Mexico addresses.
Officials with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department confirmed Monday that the new sales tax will begin in April.
The tax will combine state and local rates to total about 7 percent.
Department spokesman Ben Cloutier says the revenues generated by Amazon's collections will be significant, likely in the tens of millions of dollars.
Some of the revenue will go into the state's general fund and the rest will be allocated to the cities where the item was purchased.

Tuesday March 7, 2017

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Española school board Monday night placed embattled Superintendent Eric Martinez on administrative leave with pay.
Board President Ruben Archuleta said the board took the action following a 90-minute executive session at Carlos F. Vigil Middle School. Denise Johnson, a former associate superintendent for Santa Fe schools, was named interim superintendent.
He said the board will keep Martinez on leave until it receives a decision from the Public Education Department, which has twice threatened to remove Martinez from his post if he did not start following state-mandated rules regarding a number of matters, including the hiring of unlicensed teachers, student safety and financial oversight.
Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera sent superintendent Martinez and the school board a letter in early February warning them that the department was ready to remove Martinez if he did not comply with departmental mandates within 30 days.
Archuleta said the vote to place Martinez on leave represents a desire on the part of the board to “move the district forward from this point on.”
He said he had not yet touched base with the education department regarding the board’s decision to put the superintendent on leave. He said that by his count, the department’s 30-day warning is almost up.
The vote to place Martinez on leave came less than a week after two new board members — Patrick Herrera and Gilbert Serrano — were sworn in to join Archuleta, Lujan and Yolanda Salazar. Their action may represent a turning point, however small, for the beleaguered district.
Skandera announced last November that her department was taking control of the district’s finances. She also warned Martinez at that time to address some issues the department had with his leadership
It’s been a rough couple years for the district

Monday March 6, 2017
County Manager Harry Burgess addressed questions last week about filling the position of Deputy County Manager – a position that will be vacant once current manager Brian Bosshardt departs for a new job as City Manager in Bedford, Texas. Bosshardt’s last day with the County will be Friday, March 31. Burgess said any hiring decision will be made with respect to his development of the proposed FY18 budget, an effort that is currently underway.
“We are working diligently on budget development for the new fiscal year right now,” Burgess said, “As part of that process, I have not made any decisions yet to fill the Deputy County Manager position or any other vacant County positions.”
Burgess said he began meeting with all of the department directors this week about their proposed budgets, and will be gathering information from them as well as meeting with staff from the County’s Finance Office over the next two weeks to discuss anticipated spending by LANL for the rest of their fiscal year, which ends September 30.
Because Los Alamos relies heavily on gross receipts tax from spending by the national laboratory as the community’s largest employer, Burgess explained that their projected spending and the estimated tax revenue for Los Alamos will be a key part of his decision as he finalizes the budget. LANL has been operating under a Congressional Continuing Resolution. Under that resolution, LANL is restricted to spending levels that match the previous fiscal year’s approved budget. With recent changes in the presidential administration and top cabinet positions in Washington D.C., Burgess said there is no projected timeline yet as to when that LANL funding situation might change


Friday March 3, 2017
The Los Alamos County Council regular session scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. has been canceled. The Council’s Tuesday, March 14th work session will instead be a regular session. An agenda will be provided 72 hours before the March 14 regular session, which will be held in White Rock Fire Station 3 at 6 p.m. It will be broadcast live on PAC 8 cable television as well as streamed on the County’s website at www.losalamosnm.us.

Thursday March 2, 2017
A public meeting for the 20th Street Extension will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the B&C Room, in conjunction with the monthly Transportation Board meeting. The project is one of the Economic Development Projects approved last fall by the Council and would extend 20th street south into the County property we have there. It has a budget of $1.3 million with construction starting as soon as May.

Wednesday March 1, 2017
The National Park Service (NPS) website includes a section called National Park Getaways, in which a different NPS area is featured each month. Beginning March 1, Bandelier National Monument will be the highlighted park, with a writeup and lots of photos, all done by local rangers. The section can be found by searching National Park Getaways. The NPS has been posting writeups of different park areas at this location since 2009, and at this point there are over 250 available. It's a great source for ideas for upcoming spring break trips, summer vacations, or other chances for a getaway to enjoy some of America's most outstanding places - including Bandelier

Tuesday February 28, 2017
New Mexico State University was awarded a $100,000 grant by the National Park Service to study bears, mule deer, elk and mountain lions that live in the Jemez Mountains. The study will determine how well the animals are reacting to the NPS’ wildfire restoration efforts in the area.
The program will study the affects of NPS’s forest restoration program otherwise known as the “Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.”
NPS started the program in the area about eight years ago. The program uses prescribed burns, debris clearing and tree planting to prevent wildfires.
The NMSU study will help fulfill a federal requirement to ensure the program is working, and it’s not harming the mammals that call the Jemez Mountains home.

Monday February 27, 2017
On February 14, 2017, The Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously to have the voters vote on a $20 million general obligation bond, to be repaid from property taxes for the purpose of designing, acquiring, constructing, purchasing and improving recreation facilities. If approved, the County will add an additional $13.4 million to the budget from general operating funds with the intention of building or improving five recreation projects. Mail-in ballots will be mailed out on May 2, 2017. They must be received in the County Clerk’s office by close of business May 23, 2017. The bond 2017 webpage has been updated to including the projects, their projected costs and a calculator to determine how much your property taxes will rise.

Friday February 24, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) from Northern New Mexican technology and manufacturing firms. Applications for the 2017 calendar year are due March 31st to the Regional Development Corporation (RDC), the program’s administrator. Selected companies will receive financial awards to assist in taking their innovations to market more quickly. The median award amount has averaged $36,000.
To be eligible to apply for VAF, companies must be headquartered in one of seven northern New Mexico counties—Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel and Mora. Preference is given to technology and manufacturing firms that can demonstrate their ability to stimulate job growth and attract additional revenue to the region. To accommodate the increasing number of applicants, past VAF awardees are not be eligible to reapply.
This year, workshops on Market Strategy, Finance for Startups, and Pitch will be offered in March to help businesses address application issues most commonly cited by VAF review committee members. VAF applications are reviewed by a panel comprised of entrepreneurs, investors and economic development professionals. Those companies not selected for a VAF award are often connected with other resources that can help them meet their goals.
More information about the Venture Acceleration Fund, including the VAF application, terms and conditions, eligibility criteria, and workshop schedule are found at www.vafnm.org.

Thursday February 23, 2017
February is Heart month. Heart Attack Symptoms include:
1. Chest Discomfort: Most heart attacks involved discomfort in the venter of the vest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
2. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
3. Shortness of breath: with or without chest discomfort.
4. Other signs: May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. Women sometimes complain of weakness, tiredness, or flu like symptoms
If these signs are present CALL 9-1-1. In Los Alamos most of the patients who are treated for heart attacks at the Emergency Department (ED) do not call 9-1-1 and drive or have a family member drive them to the hospital. Los Alamos Fire Department ambulances are Mobile Intensive Care Units with paramedics who are trained in the same Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support classes that the ED staff attends. Our paramedics are able to initiate the same initial treatment that is performed in the ED reducing the time to treatment which has the potential of saving precious heart muscle. The average responsive time for Los Alamos Fire Department is about 6 minutes. If you call 9-1-1, the LAPD dispatcher will give you instructions to help the person having a heart attack which may reduce damage to their heart..

Wednesday February 22, 2017

The New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division and the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter are pleased to announce they are collaborating to educate New Mexicans on maintaining a healthy brain.
The list of 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, tips that may reduce the risk of cognitive decline, are:
1. Break a sweat. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body.
2. Hit the books. Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.
3. Butt out. Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.
4. Follow your heart. Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke– obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health.
5. Heads up! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
6. Fuel up right. Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
7. Catch some Zzz’s. Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.
8. Take care of your mental health. Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of dementia. Also, try to manage stress.
9. Buddy up. Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you.
10. Stump yourself. Challenge and activate your mind.

Tuesday February 21, 2017
On January 9, 2017, LAFD welcomed 14 members to the department. During Academy 27, new-hire personnel are referred to as Recruits. LAFD has a structured method of training to the rank of firefighter. During the 22-week fire training academy Recruits will go through a five-week EMS program, upon completion of EMS Program all recruits will have received their EMT Basic. In the additional weeks of the academy, Recruits receive formal classroom training and practical skills up to the Firefighter II Level. After successful completion of the Academy, Recruits will be assigned to a shift schedule where they will be mentored by senior firefighters. After one year, they are promoted to the rank of Firefighter I (FF-I). After a successful year as FF-I recruits are promoted to the rank of Firefighter-II. Recruits are required to promote to rank of FF-II within two years of being hired. Academy 27 Recruits bring a lot of experience to the department in a variety of different areas, some bring previous firefighting experience.

Monday February 20, 2017
President's Day!  a holiday!

Friday February 17, 2017
Looking for an inexpensive way to get into the outdoors on the Presidents Day holiday on Monday? It's a fee free Day at Bandelier National Monument and other National Park Service areas across the country, which means no entrance fees are charged. In fact, it is Fee Free at US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management sites as well.
We will have no live shows on Monday but we will be here in case of breaking news. Have a safe and fun holiday.
Monday is a federal holiday and County administration offices are closed. If that's your trash day, put your carts at the curb on Wednesday instead. Atomic City Transit buses will not be running on Monday. The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center are closed. The Library is open 1:00 to 5:00 on Monday.

Thursday February 16, 2017
While the discovery of antibiotics have saved countless lives, their use over time has resulted in more cases where they are proving ineffective. What do you do when antibiotics no longer work? During this month’s Science On Tap event, Sofiya Micheva-Viteva, with the Lab’s Biosecurity and Public Health group, will talk about some of the approaches researchers are taking to use existing drugs in new ways and how original antimicrobial therapies might help stem the tide of potentially lethal pathogens.
Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. Join us this Thursday, February 16th at 5:30. Science On Tap is at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

Thursday February 9, 2017
In January Los Alamos and White Rock measured slightly cooler-than-average daytime temperatures and significantly warmer-than-average nighttime temperatures. Los Alamos measured a mean maximum temperature of 1.4 degrees below average and a mean minimum temperature of 3.5 degrees above average. The total precipitation was well above average as four main storms passed through the area. Los Alamos measured 2.23 inches in total precipitation (135% of average). In 2016, Los Alamos did not measure 2 inches until April. Los Alamos also measured above-average snowfall with 15.3 inches of snow (2 inches above average).

Wednesday February 8, 2017
Yesterday was the election for the White Rock school board representatives and three UNM-LA Advisory board positions. In the School Board election Ellen Ben-Naim won in district 1. Stephen Boerigter won district 2.
David Sutton and Michelle Hall won reelection to the UNM-LA advisory board. Sheila Schiferl will join them as the third elected member.

Tuesday February 7, 2017
Today is election Day. Residents of white rock will be voting for their school board representatives. The whole community can vote for UNM Advisory board representatives. Election Day Polling Places include the White Rock Library / Multi-Purpose Room and Municipal Building / B & C Room. Hours are 7am to 7pm. Exercise your right to vote.

Monday
February 6, 2017
According to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities repairs to the water main break discovered at the golf course on Friday, Feb. 3, will be delayed until Monday, Feb. 6. DPU made the call Friday evening when safety became a concern. The water main proved to be deeper in the ground than anticipated and additional safety equipment needed to prevent unstable soil from collapsing on crews would be needed. DPU was able to secure this equipment for Monday. Rather than shut water service off to 1,600 customers on North and Barranca Mesas over the weekend, DPU will let the main continue to lose water until it can be repaired

Weekend
The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit (ACT) are partnering once again to provide free safe ride services in Los Alamos. Super Bowl Sunday is a day when many people will attend parties with alcohol, so a Buzz Bus service is something these two groups hope community members will take advantage of.
Ride service will be available from 2:30 – 9:30pm on Sunday, 2/5. Reservations will be accepted on Sunday, 2/5 starting at 2:00pm by calling 661-RIDE(7433).
For questions about the Buzz Bus service, or, for individuals interested in joining the DWI Planning Council, please contact the DWI Program Coordinator, Kirsten Bell, at kirsten.bell@lacnm.us or (505)662-8241

Friday February 3, 2017
Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are reporting a water line break at the Los Alamos Golf Course. As of 3:30 p.m. Friday, crews are deployed and are taking immediate action. DPU warns that North and Barranca Mesas may lose water or experience a decrease in water pressure while repairs are underway. Crews estimate that repairs will be completed by 8 p.m. and water to North and Barranca Mesas will return to normal

Thursday February 2, 2017
Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released calls for service and crime statistics for the twelve months of 2016 which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.
Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category. Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses.
During the twelve months of 2016, officers responded to a total of 157 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 12.8% decrease as compared to 180 offenses during the same period in 2015. Violent crime decreased from 22 in 2015 to 17 in 2016, a 22.7% decrease. Property crime decreased by 11.4% from 158 in 2015 to 140 in 2016.
Officers investigated 181 accidents in 2016 as compared to 215 reported during 2015, a 15.5% decrease.
Both violent crime and property crime continue to decline. Property crime has decreased the last three years, while violent crime has decreased the last five. While many factors can contribute to crime rates within a community, the Los Alamos Police Department would like to recognize and thank our community partners for sustaining a high quality of life by reducing crime through the combined efforts of enforcement, education, prevention, and treatment. These efforts continue to be reflected in the fact that Los Alamos remains one of the safest communities in the nation.
Of note, Driving Under the Influence increased from 45 to 79, a 75% increase. While we will continue to collaborate with our community partners to reduce these numbers, we will also continue to aggressively enforce DUI violations. Please, do not drive under the influence.

Wednesday February 1, 2017
The Los Alamos County Traffic Division will be setting up for lane closures at Diamond Drive and West Road as well as at Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive on Wednesday, February 1st through Friday, February 3rd to allow for installation of illuminated Hospital signs. The work will begin at 9:00 a.m. and shut down for the lunch hour starting at 11:30 a.m. through 1:15 and end each day at 3:30 p.m.
Please proceed carefully through these project zones.

Tuesday January 31, 2017
State Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said Monday she will push for legislation to reduce the amount of weight that student test scores play in teacher evaluations. Currently, 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation is based on student test scores. Skandera’s proposal would drop that to 40 percent and increase the weight in evaluations given to principal observations of teachers in the classroom
Skandera’s announcement represents a step back from her long-running push to tie teacher effectiveness to student test scores.
The teacher evaluation system is not the only state mandate that Skandera is open to changing considering last year’s community meetings. She said she will also push to decrease the amount of time it takes for students to take and teachers to give the annual PARCC exams for grades three through 11.
Skandera said she is responding to input that the Public Education Department received during a statewide listening tour to solicit feedback on what the state can do to prepare for implementing the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act guidelines, which go into effect next summer.
The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states more autonomy in trying to ensure the success of students and schools.

Monday January 30, 2017
The Los Alamos Cooperative Market Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tim Morrison has accepted the position of permanent general manager.
Morrison was named interim general manager on June 1, 2016, and has been working on improving customer service, staff morale, and sales during the past seven months. At the board meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2017, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to offer the permanent general manager position to Morrison.
Morrison, who served as the store manager of La Montañita's Gallup location in 2008 and as LACM's front end manager from 2011–2015, brings a wealth of co-op and management experience to LACM.

Saturday January 28, 2017
Ann Stewart sent us an email: Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's games vs. Espanola have been postponed to a later date.
There will be no basketball played this evening.
The basketball games between the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Espanola Sundevils that were scheduled for Saturday were cancelled by the Espanola school district superintendent.
The Española police are searching for an Española Valley High School boys basketball player and another person in connection with a shooting outside a gas station Friday night that critically injured a 20-year-old man.
The identity the basketball player or the second person police are seeking in the case, saying investigators were still confirming details of the incident, which occurred in an Allsup’s parking lot. Out of safety concerns, the chief said, Española school officials decided to cancel a basketball game scheduled for Saturday evening against Los Alamos High School.
In an interview with KDC radio station on Saturday night, school district Superintendent Eric Martinez, no relation to the coach, said that he canceled the basketball game because there was a “threat made against” the Española team.

Friday January 27, 2017
The Spring & Summer Field User meeting has been schedule for February 15, 2017 at the Parks Division Conference Room, Located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please bring all schedule requests and a copy of the organization’s Liability of Insurance, naming Los Alamos County as additional insured to the meeting. Mandatory attendance is required. If you are unable to attend, please designate someone in your place. If you have any questions please call Kim Trujillo at 662-8159. Forms can be obtained on County Web Site www.lacnm.us.

Thursday January 26, 2017
The Cultural Properties Review Committee and the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division are accepting nominations of outstanding preservation work for awards that will be presented in May as part of National Heritage Preservation Month.
HPD and the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance also are seeking events to post in the Calendar of Events, which lists dozens of community preservation events held in May statewide.This year’s activities are themed around cultural diversity and a National Park Service initiative to improve documentation of underrepresented communities in the National Register of Historic Places and in its National Historic Landmarks Program. The CPRC and HPD are particularly interested in recognizing work that enhances public knowledge of New Mexico’s multi-cultural heritage and preserves it.
The CPRC will present 10 Heritage Preservation Awards in May in multiple categories to recognize a variety of exceptional preservation endeavors. Events such as the traditional archaeological hikes and tours, historic district walking tours, informational sessions, and state and national park events also are encouraged for the calendar.
Event and award nomination forms are available at www.nmhistoricpreservation.org. Award nominations and event listings can be submitted by email. Award nominations are due March 14.

Wednesday January 25, 2017
On behalf of Los Alamos Public Schools and the School Board, President Jim Hall would like to thank the citizens of White Rock and Los Alamos for their resounding endorsement of our public schools in the recent bond election.
Whether you voted for or against, we appreciate that you took time to think about the future of our youth and provide us with direction, by way of your ballot vote. Los Alamos has always been a community that values education. Better schools . . . brighter future!
This endorsement of the schools-revitalization program by our citizens underscores our town’s ongoing commitment to top-notch, quality schools. It demonstrates that this is a community that truly invests its time, talent, and treasure in the best interests of its children and their teachers.
We are extremely gratified that our citizens are happy with the rebuilding progress at the High School, Middle School and Aspen Elementary. It is nice to know that Los Alamos citizens are willing to entrust us with additional hard-earned dollars to renovate and rebuild Barranca Elementary and upgrade school facilities across the district. We will continue to be prudent and put these dollars to good use for the benefit of our children, our teachers, and the entire community.
The students and staff of LAPS join us in thanking the community for supporting education in Los Alamos. The Los Alamos County Clerk's Office reported that 4,912 residents voted for the school bond and 1,322 voted against it.
Dr. Cindy Rooney on behalf of UNM-LA and the UNM -LA board thanks the community’s for its support by passing the one mil levy increase of property taxes by a vote of 3928 for and 2221 against. It makes a brighter future for UNM-LA classes and programs.

Tuesday January 24, 2017
It has been reported that 6,293 people have voted in the mail in election. Thank you! If you have not voted yet, we are down to the last day of this all mail ballot election. Ballots must be physically received in the County Clerk's Office by 7 pm Today January 24, 2017. Since it is too late to use the US Postal Service, please deliver the ballots to the County Clerk, 2nd Floor Suite 240, Municipal Building, 1000 Central Avenue. Please remember to sign the ballot and use both envelopes.

Monday January 23. 2017
The ballots for the special mail out election for the school bond issue and the UNM-LA mill levy are due in the county clerk’s office no later than 7pm tomorrow January 24. You cannot mail your ballot and expect it to arrive in a timely manner. Find your ballot. Follow the directions on your ballot and hand carry it to the clerk’s office in the municipal building. Please vote.

Weekend
We will be interviewing school board candidates at 7:40 am during our next three Morning Shows. , Monday- Steve Boerighter, Tuesday- Darryl Sugar and Wednesday -Ellen Ben-Naim. Residents of White Rock can vote for the candidate of choice in their district. Friday,we interviewed candidate Jim Hall. His interview is available using the interview tab. The election is February 7. Absentee Voting is occurring M-F 8-5 at the County Clerk's office in the Muni Building.  The same ballot has candidates for the UNM-LA Advisory Board. Position 1 has Michael Redondo and David Sutton. Position Two has Michelle Hall. Position Three has James Robinson and Sheila Schiferl. The positions are at large, not by district so the whole community can vote for one candidate for each position.

Friday January 20, 2017
According to the Monitor, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will add design and safety improvements this summer to the intersection of N.M. 4 and East Jemez Road in White Rock, according National Nuclear Security Administration officials.
East Jemez Road, from Diamond Drive all the way down to N.M. 4, will be improved as part of a plan to upgrade safety on the roads used by Los Alamos National Laboratory to transport waste.
The Army Corps of Engineer’s plans to upgrade the intersection were announced during a presentation at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities in Española Friday.
The project, which will include all of the Department of Energy’s roads in Los Alamos County, will cost about $12 million, and is funded through a settlement the DOE reached with the state over the release of toxic waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad in 2014.
The East Jemez Road project was just one of five projects the NNSA was overseeing as part of the settlement.
Others included the Watershed Enhancement Project and the Surface Water Sampling and Monitoring Project.
With the Watershed Enhancement Project, the NNSA will oversee the design and installation of a network of structures that will slow down stormwater flows and keep toxic sediment from LANL’s former waste sites from moving. The project will be paid for with $7.5 million in federal funds.
The Surface Water Sampling and Monitoring Project will cost $2.5 million to implement. A big part of it includes a major software upgrade that will help LANL and other agencies get more from the data.
The regional coalition worked closely with the NNSA and the state to make sure northern New Mexico received a share of the settlement to help improve safety and security in the region.

Thursday January 19, 2017
The Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) Board of Governors approved $2.5 million in funding for the company’s plan to support education, economic development and charitable giving in Northern New Mexico.
The LANS Community Commitment Plan has provided more than $32.5 million to the region since 2007 in New Mexico in the areas of education, economic development and community involvement.
Since 2006 LANS has been the managing and operating contractor for the Laboratory. Funds approved by the LANS Board of Governors are administered through a Community Commitment Plan managed by the Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office.

Wednesday January 18, 2017
Please come and join the League of Women Voters tonight as they host a Candidate Forum at Pinion Elementary School for the Los Alamos School Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board.
The forum starts at 6:30PM with refreshments and time to meet the candidates.
Candidates include:
LAPS School Board Candidates are for District 1: Ellen Ben-Naim and Jim Hall
•District 2: Darryl Sugar and Stephen Boerigter.
Both districts are in White Rock and you can only vote for candidates in your district.
UNM-LA Advisory Board positions are at large and the entire community can vote.
Candidates include for
•Position 1: Michael Redondo and David Sutton
•Position 2: Michelle Hall
•Position 5: James Robinson and Sheila Schiferl
Election day is February 7th.

Tuesday January 17, 2017
You are invited to tour the newly remodeled Los Alamos High School Music Wing and Topper Freshman Academy: Tuesday Jan 17th at 5:30 PM or
Wednesday Jan 18th at 3:00 PM
Tours will begin in the High School Lobby.
The music wing is used for high school and community choir, band, orchestra, dance, and theater rehearsals. All interior spaces were renovated, including the addition of 7 practice rooms and dedicated storage areas for instruments and music.
For the Topper Freshman Academy, classrooms and the office space were upgraded to improve the teaching and learning process. Funding for both projects was approved by voters in the January 2013 bond election.
The students and staff of LAHS thank the community for supporting education in Los Alamos through the last bond election, and encourage all voters to submit their ballots for the current bond election.

Monday January 16, 2017
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. National Day Of Service

Friday January 13, 2017
I, David Sutton COO of KRSN, am writing to express my full support of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Special Election.
There has been spirited debate in the community about the benefits of supporting UNM-LA, but I feel strongly that UNM-LA is an essential component of local education.
With its Dual Credit program, students from Los Alamos High School can take college-level courses in a variety of subjects to help them prepare either for employment in science, technology or computing fields, or for a great educational experience. As of the last academic year, there were nearly 300 local high school students involved in the Dual Credit program.
UNM-LA provides a state-of-the-art classroom to train future EMS personnel to keep our community safe in the event of accidents or emergencies.
And, of course, UNM-LA provides classes in a wide variety of subjects, such as English, Fine Art, Robotics and Behavioral Sciences. With its classes, UNM-LA has helped thousands of students achieve their career goals and contribute to the local community and the local economy. A well-educated community, extending from Los Alamos to the Pueblos to the Espanola valley, means prosperity for people and for the economy.
As a small business owner in Los Alamos, I have hired several UNM-LA students and have found them to be tremendous assets to our goals as a company, and many other small business owners I know have said the same thing. UNM-LA students have the skills for us to grow and thrive in a competitive market.
One of the big benefits for UNM-LA students is the attention they receive in their classes. Classes at our local branch are small. That means that students aren’t lost in the shuffle of a cavernous lecture hall, but instead can approach our instructors, many of whom are locals themselves, for the questions they may have about their lessons.
UNM-LA is important to me and my family. I have taken classes at UNM-LA to help me run my business, while my children have also taken courses and have found them to be both challenging and rewarding.
UNM-LA is a major cog in the wheel that keeps Los Alamos and the surrounding community moving forward, and I strongly urge voters to support this valuable asset in this month’s Special Election.

Thursday January 12, 2017
Spring classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will begin on January 17, 2017. Registration is open, and there is still available space in many classes. Students can sign up for a variety of classes including Spanish I, Digital Electronics I, Information Assurance and Security, Music Appreciation, Statistical Principles, Drawing, Engineering Statics, Earth History, and Pilates.
UNM-LA offers academic classes and academic programs in a variety of subjects to help students who are interested in increasing their knowledge, improving their skills, entering the workforce, or transferring to four-year degree programs. In addition to traditional face to face classes, UNM-LA also offers online and hybrid classes (a combination of face-to-face and online) to help meet the various scheduling issues and learning style preferences of students. There are a few classes that will start later in the semester as well.
UNM-LA classes are known for quality instruction, small class size, and reasonable tuition rates. Class size is typically fewer than twenty-five students taught by faculty with both appropriate academic credentials and work experience in their fields. Degree seeking students can choose between twenty Associate Degree program and six Certificate programs.
Those wishing to enroll can do so either online or on the UNM-LA campus. For questions or more information about enrollment, contact UNM-LA Student Services at 505.662.0332, or visit http://losalamos.unm.edu.

Wednesday January 11, 2017
The Los Alamos community is invited to a presentation on the Carbon Free Power Project, a next-generation nuclear facility that utilizes small modular reactors. Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is holding the public meeting on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at Fuller Lodge located at 2132 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM.
At the direction of the Board of Public Utilities, DPU is exploring whether or not to add the Carbon Free Power Project to the County’s energy generation portfolio to meet a 2040 goal to be carbon neutral. Specifically, through DPU’s membership in the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), DPU is eligible to participate in this project that is planned to be constructed at the Idaho National Laboratory.
Speaker Ted Rampton the Chief Governmental Affairs Officer with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), will explain the details of the CFPP, including location, timing, estimated cost, and funding. Steve Cummins Deputy Utilities Manager for DPU will discuss the County’s interest, and upcoming decision points.

Tuesday January 10, 2017
Los Alamos Single Family Home Prices Jump 18% from the prices during the 4th quarter of 2015. Home and Condo Sales Up in numbers. The median price of Single Family Home sales jumped by 18% when compared to the 4th Quarter of 2015 or $270,000 to $320,000 in this quarter. Single Family home sales moved from 57 in the 4th Quarter of 2015 to 63 this quarter. Single Family home sales volumes also rose sharply from $16.7M in 2015 to $20.8M for the 4th Quarter of 2016 reflecting the increase in home prices. Condo and Townhome sales also rose in the 4th Quarter of 2016 to 21 units sold compared to 16 units in 2015. During this same period, the median price of Condos/Townhomes dipped from $203,250 in the 4th Quarter of 2015 to $197,000 in 2016.

Monday January 9, 2017
On Monday, Jan. 9, The University of New Mexico (UNM) Acting President Chaouki Abdallah, who also serves as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, will visit UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) for an evening of events.
Starting at 5:15 p.m. the community is invited to meet with President Abdallah and other UNM individuals representing Anderson School of Management and the School of Engineering. At 5:30 p.m., President Abdallah will share a few remarks about UNM, the role of UNM-LA, and the importance of the local mil levy election. Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, UNM-LA Board Chair Steve Boerigter, and a few others will also share brief remarks followed by a short question and answer session. After the event, the newly renovated EMS classrooms will be open and available for tours until 7:30 p.m.

Weekend
We are broadcasting Hilltopper hockey all weekend. The first game was 9 am Saturday morning and we beat the El Paso Bluejackets 7-0. The second game is this evening at 5:45 (we won 7-2)and the 3rd game is Sunday morning at 11.(we beat Santa Fe ) All 3 games are at the Los Alamos ice rink. You can go support the Hilltopper live. GO HILLTOPPERS!!!";

Friday January 6, 2017
December 2016 Weather Highlights
For the fourth month in a row, Los Alamos measured above average temperatures. Los Alamos broke a maximum temperature record on December 15 with 58 degrees; the previous record was 55 degrees in 1980. High winds with gusts up to 58 miles per hour and colder temperatures impacted the area on December 16 and 17 as a system moved through southern Colorado. Most of New Mexico measured above-average temperatures, except for the eastern part of the state. Warmer-than-average temperatures were measured for most of 2016. For the year, Los Alamos broke or tied 38 daily temperature records. Los Alamos measured only 2 months with below-average mean temperatures (May and August). This year was the third warmest year, except for 2012 and 1954. The first significant snowfall of 3.4 inches of snow occurred on December 22, with smaller amounts of snow through Christmas Day. Los Alamos measured 0.22 inches above average in total precipitation, but 39% of normal in snowfall. For the year, Los Alamos measured 34 inches of snow (59% of normal) and 15.09 inches of total precipitation (80% of normal).

Thursday January 5, 2017
Here are the lowlights of the police reports December 28 to January 3
Three were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
One was arrested for carrying contraband into jail.
Two were arrested for battery on a police officer.
Two were arrested for unlawful use of a license.
One was arrested for driving a with a suspended license.
There were 2 reports of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
The bomb squad was called.
There was a report of someone impersonating a police officer.
There was a report of an animal at large.
There was a report of cruelty to animals.

Wednesday January 4, 2017
In March 2015, President Obama launched the TechHire initiative based on the simple idea that building a pipeline of tech talent can bring new jobs to local economies, facilitate business growth, and give local residents a pathway into the middle class.
To build this pipeline, TechHire promotes programs—such as coding bootcamps and online courses—to quickly train people with limited technology skills and have them ready to work technical jobs in only a matter of months.
In December, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico—essentially communities above and along I-40 with the exception of the Albuquerque metro area—was selected to be one of 71 nationwide TechHire regions. According to a White House press release: “All TechHire communities went through an intensive and competitive application process to demonstrate their level of commitment and readiness in expanding the technology sector. This TechHire designation shows that Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico have the partners, employers, training providers, and the civil leadership support needed to implement and scale tech job opportunities for everyone
Community Learning Network, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit dedicated to “building communities through real-life learning,” submitted the original TechHire proposal and is leading the regional TechHire initiative. The goal is to train more than 500 students (of all ages) by 2020 for high-demand tech jobs with regional Tech employers such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, OpenEye Scientific Software, EMR-Bear, and Descartes Labs.

Tuesday January 3, 2017
Today is a busy day being the first official business day of 2017. Ballots are mailed to Los Alamos registered voters for the LAPS school bond and the UNM-LA mill levy election. LAPS is seeking to renew its bonds to continue work on capital projects at the public schools. UNM-LA is seeking a 1 mil increase in property taxes to support our community college. Ballots must be received in the county clerk’s office not later than January 24.
It is the day that a person who desires to be a write-in candidate, for a seat on the Los Alamos School board or UNM-LA advisory board, shall file with the County Clerk a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate before 5:00 p.m. It is also the last day to withdrawing your candidacy from the election of either of those races.

Happy New Year
As a way to improve safety in the community, the DWI Planning Council is partnering with the Atomic City Transit to offer safe rides to and from home with the “Buzz Bus.”
ACT will accept reservations for free transportation. Rides can be scheduled for Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31 by calling 661-RIDE (7433).
Free rides are available 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 and reservation slots are available and accepted all day until 12:30 a.m.
Ride service is available 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 and reservation slots are available until 1:30 a.m.