News Highlights


Monday January 22, 2018
The County Clerk's office would like to remind anyone interested in running for office that, pursuant to State election code, every person appearing as a candidate on the primary or general election ballot shall be a candidate only under the name and party affiliation designation appearing on the existing voter registration on file in the county clerk's office on the date of the governor's proclamation of a primary election. This year, the date of issuance of that proclamation will be Monday, January 29. These offices are open for election in 2018 and filing day is March 13:
Magistrate Judge, Municipal Judge, Four positions on the County Council, County Assessor, County Sheriff and Probate Judge
For more information call the county clerk’s office at 662-8010 or visit their webpage.

Friday January 19, 2018
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced that crews with its electric distribution division will begin construction activities on the north shoulder of NM 502, just west of Camino Entrada. Weather permitting, work could begin as soon as Tuesday, January 23, 2018 and continue through the month of February.
Working Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. crews will be upgrading equipment in the area to improve electric reliability for the adjacent neighborhoods. The project footprint is limited to the shoulder and should have minimal impacts on traffic.
Motorists are urged to exercise caution when driving near the construction zone.

Thursday January 18, 2018

Wednesday January 17, 2018
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s efforts to stimulate new business growth, strengthen existing companies, create jobs and contribute to a diverse economy in northern New Mexico’s communities saw notable progress across the board in 2017.
Here are the Economic impact statistics:
In 2017, the Laboratory’s economic development initiatives helped to create or retain 1,700 jobs at New Mexico companies with salaries totaling more than $64.3 million.
Los Alamos worked on 281 economic development projects with New Mexico small businesses in 2017.
Out of more than $685 million in goods and services procured by the Laboratory in 2017, 46 percent (more than $317 million) went to New Mexico businesses.
The number of contracts awarded to New Mexico small businesses in 2017 totaled $262 million—about the same as the previous year, but with increases in contracts to women-owned businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.
The Laboratory employed 11,083 people—41 percent of whom are native New Mexicans—compared to 10,904 people in 2016. Forty-three percent of the workforce lives in Los Alamos County; while the majority live in surrounding communities.

Tuesday January 16, 2018
John McHale was selected as the Spirit of the West Award for 2017 at Saturday's Community Asset Awards. Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA), a local non-profit, sponsored the 10th annual event. The event recognized 39 nominees.
Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department were selected for the Director's Choice Award for their wildland fire fighting work here and in California.
Four fire fighters were acknowledged including; Brian Palmer, Tim Johnson, Van Leimer and Kelly Sterna.
The youngest nominee was 12 year old Timothy Rousculp, nominated by Mountain Principal Jennifer Guy. Timothy puts the flag up and takes it down each day.

Monday January 15, 2018
Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Friday January 12, 2018
Every year the National Park Service (NPS) offers several days when the public is invited to visit fee free - that is, no entrance fees are charged. Bandelier National Monument and the other approximately 120 NPS areas that charge entrance fees invite everyone to enjoy this year's first fee-free day on Monday, January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also be fee free at lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation.
The next special event at Bandelier will be the Winter Sky Party on the night of Saturday, February 17. From 6-10 PM there will be giant telescopes set up in the Amphitheater parking lot and a campfire with hot chocolate and cider to ward away the chill.

Thursday January 11, 2018
Spring classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will begin on January 16, 2018. Registration is open through January 26, but earlier registration is advised as classes have seating limits.
UNM-LA provides an exceptional quality of instruction. Small class size allows for personal attention that is critical for student learning and success. The student support in advising and career exploration is vibrant and personal.
In addition to traditional face to face classes, UNM-LA offers online and hybrid classes (a combination of face-to- face and online) to help meet the various scheduling preferences and learning styles of students. There are also a variety of short courses, including classes that will start later in the semester.
UNM-LA is now offering an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Public Safety, with two online classes available this spring. Intro to Homeland Security (PBST101) introduces students to historical and contemporary aspects of governmental action related to terrorism and disaster, and discusses the challenges in balancing security and freedom. Public Safety Interview and Report Writing (PBST109) introduces students to effective interview techniques for gathering pertinent information, and narrative report writing for working within the justice system.
UNM-LA offers academic classes and 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.
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 505.662.5919, or visit
Wednesday January 10, 2018
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues roadway reconstruction on NM 30 from milepost 7.150 to milepost 7.610 in the Pueblo of Santa Clara but The project has been placed on winter suspension due to cold temperatures. During this time the contractor will have personnel on the project maintaining traffic control devices and the water diversion system. The contractor will resume construction in spring of 2018 as temperatures permit.
NM 30 will have one lane of travel in each direction at all times.

Tuesday January 9, 2018
The Traffic & Streets Division crews will be repairing roadway shoulders in the neighborhoods of La Senda and Pajarito Acres where asphalt on the side of the road has started to degrade and crumble. Crews will be adding fill to these damaged areas to support the roadway. Work should last approximately two weeks. Motorists are urged to exercise caution when driving near the construction zone.

Monday January 8, 2018
The Environmental Services crews will collect holiday trees for chipping and mulching beginning today through Friday, Jan. 19. Place your tree curbside between these two dates and it will be collected on your regular trash and recycling day. After the 19th, you can take it to the Eco Station.

Friday January 5, 2018

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Abiquiu Lake will host its annual Midwinter Eagle Watch event Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and volunteers will be meeting at the Abiquiu Lake Project Office. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. The beginning of the event will start off with the Wildlife Center presenting a short educational program on bald eagles, featuring their non-releasable bald eagle, Maxwell. Volunteers are asked to dress warmly and bring binoculars, notepads, and drinking water.
The purpose of the eagle watch event is to gather individuals to help count eagles along standard, non-overlapping survey routes as part of a nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle survey. It’s also a great opportunity to encourage shared environmental stewardship efforts with the public to promote wildlife conservation.
National Wildlife Federation officials have asked participants in each state to count eagles along standard routes to provide data on count trends. The basic objectives of the survey are to index the total wintering bald eagle populations in the lower 48 states, determine eagle distribution during a standardized survey period, and to identify previously unrecognized areas of important winter habitat.
The annual midwinter survey represents a unique source of long-term, baseline data. Unlike nesting surveys, it provides information on both breeding and non-breeding segments of the population at a potentially limiting time of the year. The count has become a national tradition since 1984, and is an annual event at Abiquiu Lake.
The Abiquiu Lake Project Office is located on Hwy 96 just 2 miles west of the Hwy 84 junction. For additional information, call the project office at 505-685-4371.