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Wednesday December 20, 2017
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 today and continue into early January 2018.
Working Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for Christmas day and New Year’s Day, 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. Traffic & Streets Division of Public Works will also be closing the East bound inside lane and median of Trinity between 15th and 20th Street. Crews will be adjusting manholes. Construction and traffic diversion will begin 7:30 a.m. on December 21st through 26th.
The closure will remain in place over the Holiday weekend to allow for concrete to set.
Please slow down and be mindful of workers in the traffic control zone.

Monday December 18, 2017

If you're in the market to purchase a home but have concerns about your low income, the County's Community Development Department may be able to offer assistance through a new housing program funded this year by the County Council.
LAHP has begun accepting applications for the Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP). This is a program that provides deferred payment, non-amortizing loans for down payment and selected closing costs. Call Steve Brugger at LAHP (662-8918) for application material and program details, and for further explanation of the program.
Representatives at LAHP have already met with 17 potential home buyers in the past month.

Friday December 15, 2017
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe in partnership with Catholic Charities raised over $200,000 this fall to assist the communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the earthquakes in Mexico. One hundred percent of the funds collected through this partnership were forwarded to organizations directly providing disaster relief to the affected communities.
Catholic Charities performed an assessment within the Catholic Charities USA network to determine where aid could be most impactful. The two organizations thank all the donors who gave through their respective organizations to make a difference for those struggling to recover from the natural disasters.

Thursday December 14, 2017
Tuesday night, the School Board reviewed options for changing school start times under their Strategic Plan focus areas of 1) student well-being, 2) student learning, and 3) teacher and staff well-being and excellence. After much discussion, they approved a motion for no change next year to start and end times. The Board decision also encourages “the high school to explore the implementation of alternative schedules that allow for flexible start times.”
Let’s all thank the School Board for listening carefully to staff, students, parents, and members of the community. They followed a transparent process that encouraged open dialogue and debate about how best to assure that students are fully alert and ready to learn while at school. This was a research-based and data-driven decision.

Wednesday December 13, 2017
Please join the LAFD in congratulating Fire Chief Troy Hughes on his upcoming graduation from The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Degree Program (MA). The CHDS Master’s Degree Program is an 18-month program, geared towards:
• Developing policies, strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and catastrophic events;
• Building the organizational and interagency arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security;
• Helping elected officials and federal leaders improve homeland security preparedness by developing actionable policies and strategies.
Students admitted into the program are advancing leaders from diverse homeland security disciplines including fire service emergency management, law enforcement, military and public health. Chief Hughes has completed the CHDS Master’s degree program, and will graduate at 10:00 am on Friday, December 15th at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Monday December 11, 2017
The Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an agreement that allowed Santa Fe County to help expand the availability of broadband service through the use of the Regional Economic Development Initiative Network (REDI Net) of fiber optic lines to Pojoaque Valley broadband users. The agreement allowed Black Mesa Wireless, a third party internet service provider to provide access to high speed broadband for the residents of the Pojoaque Valley.
The Pojoaque Fire Station has lines from the REDI Net fiber optic network running to it and Black Mesa Wireless connected into the REDI Net lines. This sub-lease allows Black Mesa to mount its equipment at the fire station.

Friday December 8, 2017
The Guadalupe fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District office on Friday, Dec 8 at 12:27 p.m. Near Forest Road 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Smoke is visible as far south as Rio Rancho, NM. Travelers along FR 376 need to be mindful of fire personnel and equipment in the area. It is approximately 3 to 4 acres and human caused., 40% contained Resources on-scene: 3 engines, 10-person hand crew, La Cueva Fire Dept water tender, and NM State Forestry. A Type 3 helicopter ordered out of Fenton Hill will use Fenton Lake to acquire water for the fire. Those recreating on and around Fenton Lake should be mindful of the activity. It is burning logging slash and premade piles.

Thursday December 7, 2017
Three members of the Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire team have been deployed to California to assist with Fire Suppression.
Captain Tim Johnson, Driver Engineer Van Leimer and Firefighter Brian Palmer will travel in Brush I a Type V Wildland Engine (which is one of two County owned, Wildland Firefighting apparatus), to California as part of a task force comprised of NM Fire Agencies. This is the third deployment for LAFD in the past 4 months.
For more safety information, contact Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna at the Los Alamos Fire Department at 662-8301.

Wednesday December 6, 2017
The cleanup contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earned approximately 84 percent of the available fee for fiscal year (FY) 2017, according to a recently released award fee scorecard from the EM Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA).
Los Alamos National Security (LANS) received $8,458,736 of an available $10,083,579 fee. In its scorecard, EM-LA noted the contractor’s strong performance in several areas, including:
• Successfully completing an operational test of the Chromium Project’s extraction-injection loop for the Interim Measure;
• Completing soil cleanup at sites in Upper Los Alamos Canyon;
• Completing all monitoring activities outlined in the Interim Facility-Wide Groundwater Monitoring Plan; and
• Regulatory compliance and management.
Each year EM releases information relating to contractor fee payments — earned by completing the work called for in the contracts — to further transparency in its cleanup program. .
The LANS scorecard summarizes objective award fee and performance-based incentives earned by the contractor in its execution of the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract. Its FY 2017 milestones include processing 60 drums of remediated nitrate salts, completing the construction of the infrastructure necessary to implement the Interim Measure, and cleaning up contaminated soil from the final two known legacy sites along Los Alamos Canyon.

Tuesday December 5, 2017
There is a Council Meeting tonight at 6 p.m., in the council Chambers at the Municipal building
There is discussion and possible action to authorize Public Works to proceed with design and construction of four capital projects: Golf Course Improvements, Ice Rink Improvements, Splash Pad at Pinon Park in White Rock, and a Kiddie Pool at the Aquatic Center.

Monday December 4, 2017

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced that crews with its electric distribution division will begin construction activities on the northwest corner of NM 502 and Airport Rd. Weather permitting, work will begin as soon as Monday, December 4 and continue through Friday, December 15.
Working Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., crews will upgrade equipment in the area to improve electric reliability for the adjacent neighborhoods. The project footprint is limited to the inside of the curb and should have minimal impacts on traffic.
Motorists are urged to exercise caution when driving near the construction zone.

Friday December 1, 2017
This is Winterfest weekend in Los Alamos. Stay in town and have fun.
The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Concert is being held on Friday evening at 7pm in the Crossroads Bible Church.
The annual Creche Show will be held at the Los Alamos LDS Church from 12-6pm on Friday and Saturday from 10-4pm.
Friday and Saturday night the LAHS choirs are holding Madrigal Feast beginning 7:30pm at the LAHS Black Box Theater. It includes 3 Course Meal and a Scripted dinner theater performance. tickets are available at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
Saturday is the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. The Bazaar is from 9am-12pm and is for children between Kindergarten and the 6th grade.
On Saturday there will also be Breakfast with Santa at the Betty Ehart Center, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, from 7-11am.
The Fuller Lodge Open House will have a Cookie Walk by the Los Alamos Family Council from 10:00 to noon, Chamisa Elementary School Sing-sations Choir at 10:30 am, and the Annual Winter Festival Sing-along starting at 11:30 am.
At 6pm, attend the Holiday Light Parade, the Lighting of the Trees at Ashley Pond, and Caroling by LAHS’s Schola Cantorum.
Saturday night is the Los Alamos Big Band Dance at the Fuller Lodge from 7-9pm. dance the night away . Admission is required.
The annual Earth Treasure Show will take place at the Masonic Temple from 9-5pm on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.
There will be a Celtic Christmas Show on Sunday at the Fuller Lodge at 1:30pm. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Sunday evening along about dusk the Los Alamos Stable Owners will welcome you with campfires and a cheerful greeting. There will be a judged stable decorating contest. Come walk around the stables and enjoy the decorations and animals

Thursday November 30, 2017
This Sunday, December 3, the Los Alamos Stable Owners will welcome you with campfires and a cheerful greeting. There will be a judged stable decorating contest kicking off the Holidays at the Stables. It is a public park, so folks are welcome to stroll the stables roads other times as well.
Please observe safe behavior for your own well-being and for the animals who come to see you from their enclosures:
Best not to give treats to the animals.
Stay on the roadways.
Do not enter corrals or barns.
Be calm and quiet; horses like conversational tones, but are frightened off by shouting and sudden moves.
Many stable owners decorate in the spirit of the Holidays. The barnyard residents munch hay in their corrals and are bedding down for the night. Horses, goats, sheep, cows--you may even see a turkey that escaped Thanksgiving. It is truly a peaceful, unhurried and hassle-free way to unwind.
Don’t be rushed—this is best done on foot. Car headlights and dust kicked up from tires detract from the scene and make it harder to observe the animals and decorations. Put reflective clothing on everyone, and leave the vehicle in the Ball Fields parking lot off of North Mesa Road. Dogs must be on a leash, please.
North Mesa Stables was established in early Los Alamos, 1946, and evolved to county park status in 1972. Structures, fences, and animals are privately owned by Los Alamos County residents licensed by the County to keep horses here. The Rodeo Grounds, dressage and jumping areas, indoor arena, and trails access are also Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces. Two historic early 20th Century homestead cabins can be found among the 120 stables.

Wednesday November 29, 2017
Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crew will be detouring west bound traffic on East Road on to the existing median. The detour will be on East Road between Canyon Road and Central Ave. East bound traffic will not be affected.
This detour will occur November 29th and 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In addition to this detour, crews will cone off a section of shoulder and sidewalk on Central Ave at the Old Hilltop House parking lot. This will not affect vehicle traffic, however, it will affect foot traffic.
Please slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.

Tuesday November 28, 2017
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
In 2012, 92nd Street Y in New York City created National Day of Giving to bring focus to the charitable season in the wake of the commercialized Black Friday and Cyber Monday. More commonly referred to as #GivingTuesday, National Day of Giving harnesses the power of social media to give back around the world and throughout the year.

Monday November 27, 2017
A power outage in sections of White Rock, Los Alamos Western Area and other parts of the county that started at 2:54 a.m., Friday morning, is still under investigation by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.
Power was restored to all areas of the county by 6 a.m., according to BPU Spokeswoman Julie Williams-Hill.
One of the two power feeders for the county stopped working, forcing crews to feed power from the working feeder to the blacked-out areas, but the cause remains unknown.
Crews are still investigating the cause. Once known, a permanent repair will be undertaken, Williams-Hill said.

Saturday November 25, 2017
Today is Small Business Saturday
There are some amazing promotions and deals available for those who choose to SHOP LOCAL in Los Alamos.
Many home-based businesses will be located at the project Y Cowork Los Alamos space at 150 Central Park Square, open from 9 am to 3 pm. These include Atomic City Tours, Pampered Chef, HearHand, Plunder Design, Lipstick and Sparkles, My Easy Nails and Agnes & Dora. Some businesses not located in Los Alamos will also be at project Y Cowork space such as Bath Fitter, Champion Windows, Anthem Financial Services and SunPower by Positive Energy Services.
Pet Pangea, The Blue Window Bistro, the Los Alamos Nature Center, The Finishing Touch, Morning Glory Bakery, the YMCA, Pig & Fig Bakery, UnQuarked, The Bathtub Row Brewery Coop, Nambe Drugs, The Karen Wray Art Gallery, Cruisers Custom Embroidery, Ruby K’s, Fusion Multisport, The Los Alamos History Museum, Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, Viola’s Restaurant, Don Villa’s Burritos, El Rigaberto’s Taco Shop, KRSN. Flowers by Gillian and The Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Gift Shop are all local businesses celebrating Small Business Saturday.
A Small Business Saturday tradition in Los Alamos is for the participating businesses to donate a portion of their proceeds from Small Business Saturday to the nonprofit of their choice. The businesses each select what percentage or flat dollar amount they want to donate, and they select the nonprofit – which can be local, statewide, national or international, animal or people focused. Anything goes, including choosing not to participate in the tradition.
Come out and support local businesses! Think local and SHOP SMALL!

Thursday November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday November 22, 2017
Many locations throughout the area will be closed for Thanksgiving, on Thursday, November 23, but Bandelier National Monument will be open, with Visitor Center hours 9 AM - 3 PM. Every year many visitors, some with their Thanksgiving guests, come to enjoy the park in the morning while the turkey is cooking, or in the afternoon to walk off some of their holiday feast.
Then on Friday, November 24, the park will join in the growing nationwide observance of OptOutside. Parks and other organizations all over the country are offering an alternative to the retail frenzy of Black Friday by providing special activities and benefits to encourage people to spend the day outdoors. At Bandelier, the rangers will have a special symbol for visitors to find out along the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Visitors who find it can then sign up for a free drawing, with prizes including books about the park and even an $80 America The Beautiful Annual Pass to all the federal recreation lands. In addition, visitors will be encouraged to post photos of that day's outdoor experiences in the comments section of an OptOutside post on the Bandelier Facebook page

Tuesday November 21, 2017

Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will be closing a section of road headed East Bound at 999 Central Ave.
A flagging operation will commence Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while crews close a section of road for repairs.

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crew will be closing the left turn lane on Diamond Drive on to Trinity Drive to install quick curb panels.
Expect the temporary lane closure to occur on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please slow down and proceed with caution.

Monday November 20, 2017
According to the associated press, The University of California’s governing board has given the 10-campus system approval to bid on a contract to manage the federal government’s premier nuclear weapons facility. The Board of Regents voted Thursday to allow the school to enter a bid for running the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The current multibillion-dollar management contract expires in 2018. UC was the lab’s sole operator for decades and is currently part of a consortium running the lab. The Regents said in a statement that UC is committed to upholding Los Alamos’ tradition of scientific and technological excellence.

Friday November 17, 2017

The Los Alamos County Traffic Sign Crew will be installing “Yield to Pedestrian” signs on traffic signal arms today at the following intersection locations: they began at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until 3:00 p.m.
Diamond Drive at West Road (all traffic signals)
Diamond Drive at 38th Street and Arkansas (all traffic signals)
Diamond Drive at Trinity (all traffic signals)
Diamond Drive at Canyon Road (all traffic signals)
Diamond Drive at Orange Street and Sandia (all traffic signals)
There will be lane closures as they install these signs on each traffic signal. Please slow down and proceed through these work zones with caution.

Thursday November 16, 2017
With the absence of significant snow and an abundance of wood, the Canjilon Ranger District is providing additional free-use permits for fuelwood removal at Canjilon Lakes. The permits will be available on a first come-first served basis.
Individuals may choose between two different weeks to gather their wood, from November 27 – December 1, or from December 4 – December 8. Wood gathering will not be available on the weekends. For each of these weeks, 100 permits will be available and up to 5 cords can be removed with a permit.
Please arrive in person at the Canjilon Ranger Station between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to obtain your free-use permit. To obtain a permit to gather wood from November 27 – December 1, you may visit the Ranger Station starting November 27th. To obtain a permit to gather wood from December 4 – December 8, you may visit the Ranger Station starting December 4th at 8:00 a.m.
The fuelwood area contains mostly Aspen trees that were cut over the past year. The wood has been decked in piles along the road for easy access and to eliminate the need for fuelwood gatherers to drive off of paved roads.
For questions, please contact the Canjilon Ranger District at 575-684-2489.

Wednesday November 15, 2017

There are many actions each of us can take to reduce our environmental impact and support a clean community. One of the easiest actions to take every day is to recycle. That’s why Environmental Services invites residents of Los Alamos to join us November 15th in celebration of America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative.
Keep in mind that as a nation, we’re recycling and/or composting 34 percent of the 250 million tons of municipal waste we generate, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Together we can certainly recycle more and recycle right.
There are many environmental and economic benefits of recycling, including saving energy, conserving natural resources, and reducing the need for landfill space. As important, recycling creates jobs – and many of them. In fact, according to the Institute of Scrap Recyclers (ISRI), the business of recycling represents more than $100 billion in annual economic activity annually and is responsible for over a half-million direct and indirect jobs.
Through the simple act of recycling (and buying products made with recycled content), we can continue to build momentum for recycled materials that are used to manufacture new products, “giving our garbage another life.” That plastic bottle can become a pair of jeans and that aluminum can become a new aluminum can.
With this in mind, and as America Recycles Day approaches on Nov. 15, Environmental Services wants to thank you for your efforts to recycle – at home, at work or school, and on the go. Join us in our effort to make Los Alamos environmentally and economically healthier by recycling more and recycling right. We continue our efforts to expand recycle opportunities, look for the new yard trimming roll cart program in July 2018. For more information regarding what to recycle, please go to:

Tuesday November 14, 2017
 Recent reports in the media about the presence of a chromium plume in the regional Pajarito Plateau aquifer has led to some confusion and misinformation about the safety of the drinking water in the Los Alamos community. This joint statement by the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is to provide assurances to the public that the drinking water in Los Alamos County is safe and meets all Safe Drinking Water Act standards.
These wells are highly monitored by the Los Alamos County and the Department of Energy. The County works closely with the Department of Energy on their actions to address the plume. There is no contamination of chromium in any drinking water production wells.

Monday November 13, 2017
Today, Traffic & Streets crews will begin a road patch at the intersection of North Mesa Road and San Ildefonso Road. Motorists can expect a single lane closure with a flagging operation from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The County will work to minimize the impact of the construction.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Closed for Veteran's Day -- Here for breaking news.

Thursday November 9. 2017
The head of Sandia National Laboratories says the research facility has recently made changes aimed at bolstering recruitment and diversifying the workforce. Lab director Stephen Younger told members of a state legislative committee on Wednesday that Sandia has dropped its grade point average requirement for non-intern positions. Younger says the change adopted in August is part of an effort to look at the whole person, rather than just transcripts or what kind of degree a person might have.

Wednesday November 8, 2017

Kristy Nadler, adjunct faculty of Psychology and of University Studies at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), was recently awarded a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice. The OVW grant to “Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus” provides $300,000 over three years to organize effective sexual misconduct prevention, education, and response for the UNM-LA community.
Nadler has been working in the area of sexual misconduct for over 10 years. Her dissertation in organizational leadership, which she will defend later this fall, focuses on the beliefs professors hold about sexual misconduct on campus. Through the years she has witnessed the benefits of community education in this area. As rates of reporting increase, rates of victimization decrease, and when guided to the correct resources, survivors are more likely to recover and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
Nadler has been an adjunct instructor at UNM-LA since 2013. While teaching classes and finishing her dissertation, she took the initiative to prepare this grant proposal.
The OVW campus grant will allow UNM-LA to extend the education and prevention efforts already in place, funding training opportunities for students, faculty, staff, police officers, and other community service providers. The grant will also provide funding to improve methods for reporting and response to sexual misconduct. Nadler envisions a structure that reaches every student and efficiently connects students with university resources and confidential community support services such as counselors, crisis support, and help with basic needs.

Tuesday November 7, 2017
The Administration offices and most County facilities will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 for Veteran’s Day. If that's your trash day, put your cart at the curb on Wednesday, Nov. 8 instead. The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Centers will also be closed Friday.

Monday November 6, 2017

At 1130 hours on November 3rd, 2017 officers with the Los Alamos Police Department were dispatched to an apartment at 3301 Canyon Rd in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival officers located 2 stabbing victims. Los Alamos Fire Department arrived and transported both subjects to the Los Alamos Medical Center. One victim, a 27 year old female from Los Alamos remained at LAMC with minor injuries, while the other victim, a 28 year old male resident of Los Alamos was flown to UNM-H and is in critical condition.
Officers were not able to locate the suspect, who was identified as Andrea Rivera, 37 year old Los Alamos resident. An arrest order was obtained, and officers worked through the night processing the scene and trying to locate Rivera.
At 0800 hours on November 4th, officers located and arrested Rivera at an apartment located at 3590 Gold St. Rivera has been charged with 2 counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm (3rd degree felony). She is currently being held without bond at the Los Alamos Detention Center until she can be taken before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Casados.
This case is still being actively investigated. The LAPD urges anyone with information in this case to contact detectives at 662-8222.

Friday November 3, 2017
Make sure to remember to turn your clocks back this weekend. November 5th is the Fall time change where we turn our clocks back an hour so that we have daylight longer through the day.

Thursday November 2, 2017

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation will infuse another $15,000 into schools starting this month. This fall, the Foundation accepted applications from district teachers requesting funds for classroom resources, professional development, and books. A committee comprised of LAPS Foundation board members reviewed the proposals and made the difficult decision of how to allocate the available funds.
The grants fall into the following three categories: Great Ideas, Professional Development and Professional Book Groups. Grants are awarded to Los Alamos Public School teachers twice a year, in the fall and again in the spring.
Great Ideas Grants support teachers’ ideas for enriching the curriculum or providing students with unique learning experiences. This fall, the Great Ideas Grants which were funded include: purchasing a voter response system as an engaging way to get feedback from elementary students and track their growth; extending the availability of online math tools to high school students; providing and facilitating an artist in residence for two months to instruct elementary students and teachers; and purchasing books on the American Revolution for an interdisciplinary lesson at the middle school that will provide a fun and exciting way to approach history, reading, and writing.
The majority of the total money requested was in the form of Professional Development Grants. Eight teachers were selected to receive funding from the LAPS Foundation to attend conferences and seminars around the country. the LAHS Professional Development Task Force received a grant to provide opportunities available to all high school teachers to engage in mini-workshops, host online peer-discussions centered on educational articles, and lead and organize staff activities.
The last type of grants is for professional book groups. These grants pay for books so that teachers and administrators can learn about and discuss new ideas in education via book groups. This fall, the LAPS Foundation was able to support all four requests for professional book groups at three schools.
The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent organization that supports, challenges, and invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students.

Wednesday November 1, 2017
The following is from the county managers office. The Los Alamos County Council has scheduled a discussion regarding the current nuisance code for its November 7 work session. In preparation for that discussion, Council requested that County staff provide detailed information regarding its efforts during the past several months - in order that the conversation next week can be based on the best data.
The data set itself illustrates our Code Enforcement staff’s activities during the period of May 8 through September 25, 2017.
During this period, the County has issued 1005 “notices of violation”, which are not citations into court but instead identify that there are aspects of the property that do not conform with the County’s adopted codes. Each notice refers to a specific code infraction, so if a property has multiple violations then the homeowner may receive multiple notices. Given this fact, the total number of properties which received notices is a further reduced number – a total of 508 (including commercial and residential) – and as far as residences only, a total of 467 properties or approximately 5% of households.
The focus of the code enforcement program has always been upon enhancing the safety and appearance of the community and not on the generation of revenue and/or numbers. Specifically, staff were instructed to focus on compliance rather than penalties.
Reports provided to Council included a variety of other statistics that the community may find interesting, including a breakdown of all notices of violation by type as well as the observations regarding how our program compares to that of other jurisdictions. please refer to the County’s web site at: to view each of these tables.
the November 7th work session has been moved from its White Rock location to Council Chambers in the Municipal Building in Los Alamos, as the room can accommodate more attendees and also has a better system for broadcasting video of the conversation (available via streaming or PAC-8). The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is an opportunity for community members to express their thoughts about the County’s code enforcement efforts.

Tuesday October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween!!  Here are some trick or treat safety tips.
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
Never cut across yards or use alleys.
Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Monday October 30, 2017
The Los Alamos Public School District would like to remind drivers in Los Alamos and White Rock to exercise caution when it comes to school buses, bus stops and the students who ride those buses, as well as inform the community about the law regarding school buses.
Since the beginning of the school year, LAPS Director of Facilities and Transportation, Keith Rosenbaum, has noticed an increase in cars throughout Los Alamos County that improperly drive through the stop arm and flashing red lights of LAPS school buses. Running the stop arm and flashing red lights of a school bus endangers the students getting on and off the buses.
Each and every driver can do their part by remembering school bus safety rules and tips. First, drive slowly and look for children waiting at the bus stop, walking or riding their bicycles to school. Second, know what the flashing lights indicate. A red flashing light with the extended stop arm means traffic is required to stop, even in both directions of a two-lane road. Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is preparing to stop, so proceed with caution.
Be careful when pulling up to a bus stop because children might be running out to the bus. Finally, follow all school zone speed limits, look for students in crosswalks and never pass a bus on the outside of a turn.

Friday October 27, 2017
The state Public Education Department announced late Wednesday that it is dropping a plan to create its own science teaching standards and instead will use the Next Generation Science Standards that nearly 20 other states have adopted with a half-dozen additions tied to local accomplishments in science and industry. Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski announced the department's final response to an outpouring of criticism over state-edited standards that deleted or omitted references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth.
Friday and Saturday are Halloweekend in downtown Los Alamos.
Friday evening includes Trick or Treat on Mainstreet from 4-6pm.
During the event there will be the LAHS Live Statues on Main Street, a performance by the Gymnastic High Flyers at 4:30, a DALA performance 5pm, and a pet costume parade at 5:30.
The Bradbury science museum will have High Tech Halloween from 4-6pm.
There is a costume climb at the YMCA from 5-7pm
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There is a group of local student singers performing in a Masquerade Recital at Fuller Lodge from 5-6pm.
There will be live music by the Nomads at Fuller Lodge 6:30 to 9:30 for a family Halloween Dance.
the Los Alamos Arts Council will present the Pumpkin Glow on the Fuller Lodge lawn. Anyone can drop off pumpkins throughout the afternoon and the pumpkin glow is from 6-9pm.

Thursday October 26, 2017
Beginning next week, Davey Tree Service Inc, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will audit all utility pole attachments and identify potential powerline hazards in the Los Alamos townsite and White Rock area. This includes auditing attachments from telecom and cable utility companies.
DPU officials ask for customer cooperation, in permitting the contractor to access DPU poles located in customer back yards. Davey Trees’ crew will knock on the front door prior to entering a back yard to access a DPU pole. As a requirement of the audit, DPU notes that the contractor will be taking photographs to document poles, attachments and hazards. Weather permitting, the pole audit will continue through mid-December.
The contractor will have identification and work only along the pole line and utility right-of-way area. Under no circumstance will personnel request or have a need to enter a customer’s home. Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU at 505-662-8333 or

Wednesday October 25, 2017
Each year, the New Mexico Property Tax Division conducts a performance evaluation of every County Assessor’s Office in the state. The evaluation is required by state statute. The Los Alamos County Assessor’s office was recently evaluated and found to be 100% compliant in all areas, with no noted discrepancies.
County Assessor Ken Milder credited the staff in his office for the outstanding results.
Residents with questions about the evaluation or any of the services offered by the Assessor’s Office can contact Ken Milder, County Assessor or Joaquin Valdez, Chief Deputy Assessor, at 662-8359, or by stopping by their office in Suite 210 inside the County’s Municipal Building.

Tuesday October 24, 2017
Final paving of State Road 4 between E. Jemez and Hwy 502 is scheduled to occur over the next two days. To minimize traffic disruption DPU’s contractor will coordinate paving of lanes to occur at times with the least traffic. Paving of southbound lanes are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (two-way traffic will be maintained). On Wednesday late morning, paving of the northbound lane will occur and completed before 3:30 P.M. (again, two-way traffic maintained).

Monday October 23, 2017
The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations Section has received credible information that residences in Los Alamos County, to include White Rock, may soon be targeted for burglaries.
Please take appropriate precautions. Remember to lock doors, leave lights on when appropriate, and notice and report suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities in your neighborhood.
If you have any questions or concerns, or anything to report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 505-662-8282 or LAPD Dispatch at 505-662-8222.

Friday October 20, 2017
Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will close a section of New Mexico State Road 4 between E. Jemez Rd. and Highway 502 (main hill) to all traffic. The full road closure will be in effect for a 24-hour period beginning at 9 p.m. Friday evening on October 20 through Saturday evening October 21 to permit crews to safely install a large diameter water pipeline. E. Jemez Rd. or the Truck Route will remain open at all times.
Friday evening and Saturday traffic traveling from Santa Fe to White Rock will be detoured through the townsite west on Trinity Dr., south on Diamond across Omega Bridge, east on E. Jemez Rd. and back to NM State Rd 4. While crews will continue to work on Sunday, October 22, one lane of traffic will be open in each direction. There may be instances when traffic is completely stopped for short durations of time to move equipment safely.
The road closure is part of DPU’s project to drill a new drinking water well in Los Alamos Canyon that will supply water to the White Rock community. DPU’s contractor is installing the water line to connect the new well to an existing line under the eastbound lane of State Rd 4.
Dates selected for the highway closure were determined in coordination with other state and federal agencies to minimize the disruption to the majority of highway motorists. DPU staff does not anticipate any interruption of utility services while the new water line is being installed.
DPU officials suggest that motorists plan accordingly for the extra travel time.

Thursday October 19, 2017
Beginning the morning of Monday, October 23, and continuing for about 4 days, parts of the popular Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument will be closed for visitor safety during operations in which a helicopter will be carrying many sling loads of dirt and gravel for a trail project.

The County has hired a new Airport Manager. Cameron “Cam” Humphres, will begin his new job with the County on November 6th. Humphres most recently worked at the City of Santa Fe. Prior to that he worked for eight years as executive director of South Dakota’s Rapid City Regional Airport. In addition to his experience in airport management, Humphres brings accreditation from the American Association of Airport Executives, a commercial pilot’s license with multi-engine and instrument ratings, experience as a USAF commissioned officer, B-1 test pilot, and A-10 aircraft mechanic, and a Master’s Degree in Aviation Business Administration.

Tuesday October 17, 2017
Los Alamos Public Schools and New Mexico First will be hosting a series of input sessions about options for school start time. Parents, community members, students and teachers are invited to attend one or both community-wide meetings; the first will be held in the High School Speech Theater on Oct. 24 and the second will take place at Piñon Elementary School on Oct. 25. Both community meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. Light snacks and water will be provided.
The goal of these meetings is to briefly highlight the background report and thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of changing school start times. The background report was a collaborative effort with New Mexico First and LAPS. The report includes the importance of sleep for children K-12, potential benefits and challenges of a later start time, and case studies about how other school districts faired after making such a change.
The upcoming community meetings present LAPS leaders, students, parents, educators and the community with a unique opportunity to work together and consider the potential benefits and challenges of changing school start times, including how to best ensure good health and life-long learning for all students and staff.

Since this type of change presents many challenges and warrants in-depth discussion, LAPS has invited a professional moderator, New Mexico First, to help facilitate the meetings. Each community meeting will include time for smaller breakout groups to delve into deeper conversations. A recorder will be stationed at each breakout group to ensure that every voice is heard and noted. Afterwards, the notes will be gathered and organized for further review by the School Board.

LAPS encourages all attendees to read the background report prior to attending the meeting in order to optimize group discussions. The report is available on the LAPS webpage. Please pre-register by visiting any school’s website.

Monday October 16, 2017
Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate prescribed burn projects beginning the week of October 16th, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions. The prescribed burn will take place within an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of NM State Road 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve.
Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn may be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.

Friday October 13, 2017
Go buy your pumpkin from the LAHS Choir pumpkin patch located in the Canyon School Southeast Parking lot. They have twice as many pumpkins this year and need to sell them all!!! They are open today 3:30 to 6:30 and Saturday and Sunday 8:30 to 5:30.

Thusday October 12, 2017
This is fire prevention week. There is a special Wildfire Science On Tap on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
LAFD Driver Engineer Van Leimer will present the latest programs, procedures and equipment in use by the Los Alamos Fire Department to prevent and combat wildfires. Driver Engineer Leimer is the operations lead for the LAFD wildland division. He brings extensive experience in wildland firefighting prior to coming to Los Alamos, and authored the Los Alamos Fire Chief's directive regarding fuels mitigation. He is one of two LAFD firefighters that were recently deployed to the Deep Creek fire in Northern Colorado in September.
Driver Engineer Leimer will also show a short documentary on NASA’s research inspired by the Granite Mountain Hotshots’ experience to improve fire shelter technology for wildland firefighters in the field.

Next Friday, Oct. 20, the Reel Deal Theater will join the nation in opening the film, “Only the Brave,” the story of the heroes who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the deadliest wildland fires in history, located outside Prescott, Ariz., which claimed the lives of 19 of the 20 hotshots June 30, 2013.
Los Alamos County’s Fire Department, Communications Office and Film Office are partnering with the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos to celebrate Los Alamos’ role in “Only the Brave,” with family-friendly demonstrations by LAFD of wildland firefighting equipment in the parking lot, film promotion giveaways and special recognition for film extras.

Wednesday October 11, 2017
After a busy spring, summer, fall, and Balloon Fiesta, during which the shuttles carried thousands of visitors between White Rock and the Bandelier Visitor Center, this year's shuttle season is about to draw to an end. Sunday, October 15 will be the last day of shuttle bus service to the park until next spring.
Accompanying the end of the bus schedule and shorter autumn days, the Visitor Centers will also change their operating hours. Starting October 15, the Bandelier Visitor Center and the Bandelier Trading Company Gift shop and snack bat will change to 9 AM - 5 PM., and the White Rock Visitor Center will go to 10 AM - 2 PM as of October 16. The Los Alamos Visitor Center keeps the same hours year-round, 9-5 Monday-Friday, 9-4 on Saturday, and 10-3 on Sunday.
As it has been all summer, during the remaining days that the shuttles are running visitors wishing to drive their own vehicle down to the Bandelier Visitor Center can do so if they arrive at the park before 9 AM or after 3 PM. Those camping in Juniper Campground can drive into or out of the campground without utilizing the shuttles.

Tuesday October 10, 2017

The Los Alamos Fire Department will be observing National Fire Prevention Week October 8 through 14.. Fire Prevention activities are scheduled throughout the month with Los Alamos schools as well as schools in Northern New Mexico.
In addition to outreach with the schools, the department is hosting three community events:
* October 11 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Fire Station #4 4401 Diamond Drive – Fire Prevention activities and fun for the whole family.
* October 13 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Fire Station #6 457 East Road – Showcasing some of the mitigation efforts on the North Rim Trail. Fire Prevention activities and fun for the whole family.

Monday October 9, 2017

The Los Alamos Fire Department will be observing National Fire Prevention Week October 8 through 14.. Fire Prevention activities are scheduled throughout the month with Los Alamos schools as well as schools in Northern New Mexico.

In addition to outreach with the schools, the department is hosting three community events:

*  October 9 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Fire Station #2 132 DP Road – Live demonstration of the Firefighter Combat Challenge and a demonstration of the burn prop.

*  October 11 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Fire Station #4 4401 Diamond Drive – Fire Prevention activities and fun for the whole family.

*  October 13 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Fire Station #6 457 East Road – Showcasing some of the mitigation efforts on the North Rim Trail. Fire Prevention activities and fun for the whole family.

Friday October 6, 2017
On Saturday, October 07, 2017 beginning at 7:00 a.m. and finishing at 4:00 p.m., the concrete curb will be replaced between the East bound and West bound lanes on Trinity Drive at the intersection of Diamond Drive east of Trinity. This work will require the closure of one of the two West bound left turn lanes on Trinity to Diamond. The eastbound through lane on Trinity Drive immediately east of Diamond Drive will be closed for approximately 200 feet, requiring the closure of the South bound Diamond left turn lane. All traffic will be detoured to Canyon Road, so please follow all advanced warning and detour signs.

Thursday October 5, 2017
Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2018 awards. The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students from Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties pursuing higher education in all fields of study.
High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a four-year degree may apply for awards ranging from $1000 to $20,000. Application deadline for traditional four-year scholarships is January 17, 2017, with awards announced in spring 2018.
Scholarships of $1000 are also available for nontraditional students seeking a two-year degree or certification through the Regional College/Returning Student program. Deadline to apply for these scholarships is November 28, 2017, with awards announced in January 2018.
Detailed criteria and online applications are available at

Wednesday October 4, 2017
It is Customer Service Week and the customer care center is having a Special Event Wednesday
It's a celebration of our customers and that means YOU! Stop by the Municipal Building lobby anytime from 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 4 for refreshments, courtesy of the Customer Care Center - and take some time to browse through various information tables hosted by other County departments.
As part of Customer Service Week, the Los Alamos Community Services Department is soliciting feedback from community members regarding the level of service provided by the department. Your feedback is very important to us and will help to shape our future efforts in providing safe, engaging, high-quality, cost-effective programs, services and special events for our citizens in a responsive and courteous manner.
Visit the county webpage, open forum tab to participate in the survey.

Tuesday October 3, 2017
According to the Los Alamos Monitor, Los Alamos School District representatives have been asked to take the lead against new science standards proposed by the state Public Education Department,
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said he met with superintendents and principals from other northern New Mexico schools in Santa Fe recently, where they asked about Los Alamos Schools’ view of the proposals.
The proposed standards have drawn fire for dropping or replacing language from a national model of science standards regarding climate change, evolution and the age of the planet.
Representatives from other school districts asked for copies of the board’s resolution – adopted Thursday – which calls for the state to adopt a national model, developed in 2013, called Next Generation Science Standards. The board’s resolution asks for modifications recognizing New Mexico’s ecology, natural phenomenon, and its multitude of energy resources.
Board members expressed their concern at the distance between PED’s proposal and the national model for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Called Next Gen, the standards were developed by a consortium of 26 states and representatives of several groups, such as the National Science Teachers Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Research Council. Eighteen states have already adopted them, according to the board’s resolution.
The resolution calls for the state education department to convene – and pay for – a Science Education Working Group of teachers, administrators and other experts to develop new standards.

Monday October 2, 2017
Traffic & Streets crews will be installing a retaining wall and replacing the sidewalk on the south side of San Ildefonso between Camino Durasnilla and Camino Redondo due to erosion. Pedestrians will be directed to use the sidewalk on the north side of San Ildefonso. The County will work to minimize the impact of the construction.

Thursday September 28, 2017

As part of 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be connecting new water and gas lines to existing underground utilities on Trinity Drive at the intersection of 20th Street. This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street on Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 6 , eastbound right lane weather permitting

Wednesday September 27, 2017
Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day is generally billled as the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This Saturday, thousands of people do volunteer work such as trail maintenance and litter pickup, while others make a special point of taking the day to enjoy the public lands that belong to everyone. To celebrate this special day, many federal lands, and some state parks as well, offer free admission.
At Bandelier National Monument (National Park Service), no work projects are planned this year, and the emphasis is on exploring and enjoying this treasured part of the Jemez Mountains. No entrance fees will be collected that day. The bookstore will have everything on 15% discount. Bandelier provides opportunities for short walks to see archeological sites, long hikes out into the Bandelier Wilderness, birdwatching, taking photos of plants, wildlife, expansive or up-close landscapes - and even sitting at a picnic table in the shade and just relaxing.

Tuesday September 26, 2017
Seven areas within Los Alamos have been identified as prime spots to clear brush and dead trees, along with some still-living trees, to prevent or slow down the next big wildfire that may head toward Los Alamos. They include the Villa Bench; the Walnut Bench; Ponderosa Estates Range Road; North Loma Linda, Camino Redondo; the North Horse Stable Bench; and the Camino Uva Project.
The Alamos Fire department has a $400,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including $52,000 for developing an environmental assessment of fire hazards within the county. Three years remain to spend the large grant.
Current mitigation projects are near the Canyon Rim Trail in Los Alamos and east of Rover in White Rock.

Monday September 25, 2017
The Los Alamos Historical Society is offering free training in Los Alamos history for anyone interested in volunteering with the organization. It's open to the public and part of the Historical Society's volunteer certification program - volunteers can be docents in the Los Alamos History Museum and meet/greet visitors, answer questions about Los Alamos history and the community, and make sales in the Museum Shop. If interested, attend the introductory session at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Community Classroom at Fuller Lodge (upstairs, west wing.) Subsequent classes will be held each Wednesday at 3:30 through Nov. 8.

Friday September 22, 2017
It is a great weekend to stay right here in Los Alamos. There is the health fair tomorrow morning featuring free flu shots, bike helmets, and other health screenings. In the afternoon, it is Ullr Fest at Pajarito. The Quilt show is going on at Crossroads Bible church. The play Communicating Doors will be preformed both Friday and Saturday nights.

Thursday September 21, 2017
Bears continue to make their way into residential areas due to lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts. If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. However, bears that are accustomed to eating human food are more likely to become habituated and are more prone to have dangerous human encounters. Here are some safe practices for managing trash to minimize encounters with bears:
• Keep your family, neighbors, pets, and property safe: store your garbage in your garage or shed until the morning of your collection*
• County code requires trash to be set out for collection no earlier than 5:00pm the day prior to collection, but to avoid attracting bears to your property, try to set out trash roll carts the morning of trash collection. Roll carts have to be placed out before 8:00am for trash collection.
• Strong and smelly odors will attract bears. To reduce odors keep odorous items out of the trash until trash collection.
• Clean your trash roll cart frequently.
• Remove suet & hummingbird feeders.
• Secure chicken coops and other small livestock pens with electric fencing.
• Do not feed pets outside and bring pets in at night.
• Clean barbecues and store in a secure area.*
• Maintain any fallen fruit, stock up for the winter and preserve fruit by canning or drying it.
These are just a few safety tips to help minimize encounters with bears in residential areas. Please notify NM Department of Game and Fish immediately if you encounter a bear, or have any questions or concerns. They can be reached at (505) 328-2572, or call dispatch at (505) 827-9376.


Tuesday September 19, 2017
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work on NM 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50 from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino. The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.
Starting September 20, NM 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks. Motorists can expect delays Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be weekend work on Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.
Drivers are urged to watch for workers in the area, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the posted speed limit. Updates on this project will be posted on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road advisory website,

Monday September 18, 2017
A door-to-door survey will be conducted in the neighborhoods of North and Barranca Mesas Monday, Sept. 18 through Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 between the hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Researchers with the University of New Mexico and Fraunhofer, USA will knock on doors and ask a few questions about what efforts citizens would undertake to keep the lights on in their community during an emergency.
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is participating in this research funded through a Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure System and Processes (CRISP) grant issued to the University of New Mexico by the National Science Foundation. The citizen input that is collected will be used with other citizen input collected across the nation to improve electrical grid simulations designed to keep electrical infrastructure stable during times of constraint, such as during a natural disaster.
Per DPU officials, the survey shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes, researchers will have clear identification and will not ask to enter any home. Questions may be directed to the DPU at 505-662-8333

Friday September 15, 2017
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) are pleased to announce that Barbara Coloroso will return to lead a Parenting University workshop from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. at the UNM-LA campus.
At the Parenting University workshop, Coloroso will speak about bullying and offer advice on how to break the cycle of violence while raising kids who treat others with dignity and respect. Participants will learn about the characteristics of bullying, techniques for teaching kids how to deal with bullies, how to hold bullies accountable, and how to parent children who are cyber-savvy, cyber-civil, and cyber-safe.
Coloroso is looking forward to her return engagement with the Parenting University.
Sign-in will take place in Building 2 at UNM-LA from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Barbara Coloroso will speak from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A light breakfast and mid-morning refreshments will be provided.
Parenting University programs, supported by JJAB, are free to the public. Individuals are welcome to show their appreciation for JJAB’s worthwhile programs by making donations through the JJAB website ( or in person on the day of the event.
For those attending the workshop, the Ark Child Development Center, with financial support from Zia Credit Union, will provide free childcare for children ages six months through pre-school. Parents are encouraged to call the Ark at 505.662.4822 no later than Wednesday, Sept. 20 to sign up for childcare.
Enrichment activities for K-6 children will be available on campus at the workshop site. Parents should call UNM-LA Community Education at 505.662.0346 to register their children.
Registration is required for this free workshop. Sign up at For more information, contact UNM-LA Community Education at 505.662.0346 or

Thursday September 14, 2017
Here are the lowlights of last week’s police reports 9.6 through 9.12.
Two were arrested on district court warrants.
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested for multiple court warrants.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for driving under the influence.
One was arrested for aggravated DWI.
There was a report of ID theft.
There a juvenile found in possession of paraphernalia and referred to teen court.
A juvenile was arrested for assault and possession of paraphernalia, released, and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of a scam.
There was a report of damage to a picnic table at North Mesa Picnic Grounds
There was an animal at large.
Wednesday September 13, 2017
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Pete Domenici, the son of Italian immigrants who became the longest-serving U.S. senator in New Mexico’s history and a nationally respected bipartisan powerbroker, died today at the age of 85.The former senator passed away following complications from abdominal surgery.
The former senator died surrounded by family and friends in comfortable surroundings. Domenici, an Albuquerque Republican, served six terms in the Senate and had planned to seek re-election to a seventh until his doctors diagnosed him with a degenerative brain disease in 2007, leading to his retirement at the end of his final term in 2009.
At Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Domenici became known as “St. Pete” for his success in protecting and expanding the labs’ science budgets. But he also won wide acclaim for his service to the nation. He was key in the effort to secure funding to get weapons-grade plutonium out of the Soviet Union when it broke apart in the 1980s, and he and Republican Rep. John Kasich of Ohio a negotiated the nation’s last balanced budget in 1997.

Tuesday September 12, 2017
Here is the Los Alamos National Laboratory weather summary for the month of August.
Los Alamos and White Rock measured near-average temperatures as the maximum, minimum, and mean temperatures were within 1 degree of normal. Maximum temperatures were above average during the last week of the month as a result of high-pressure systems near the state. As the end of the monsoon season nears, the precipitation measured in Los Alamos was below average for the second month in a row. Los Alamos and White Rock measured approximately 2 inches below average, even though at least a
trace of precipitation occurred on over half of the days in the month. For New Mexico, the northwest areas measured below average precipitation and east areas measured significantly above-average precipitation as a result of multiple backdoor cold fronts moving into the state from the east.

Monday September 11, 2017
In memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, each year in the United States we observe Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.
On this day, it is asked by the President that the American flag is flown at half-staff at individual American homes, the White House and on all United States government buildings and establishments at home and abroad. The President has also asked Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M.(Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, September 11, 2017, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Friday September 8, 2017
As part of the 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be locating existing underground utilities on Trinity Drive at the intersection of 20th Street followed by placement of new underground conduit via subsurface boring. This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street scheduled as follows, weather permitting:
• September 11th, 12th and 13th, westbound right lane.

Thursday September 7, 2017
Los Alamos County’s first ever GUNS TO GARDENS GUN BUYBACK
Is Saturday, October 28th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Los Alamos Police Department, 2500 Trinity Dr. Suite A, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Following a successful fundraising effort by NMPGV, October 28th will mark the fourth statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted working guns out of homes and off the streets. Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and installations.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, 405 people were shot and killed in our state in 2015. This means that gun-related deaths in New Mexico increased 16.4 percent in the past year, marking the largest increase in gun deaths in decades.
• New Mexico children are killed by firearms at a rate 60 percent higher than the national average;
• The majority of people in possession of unwanted firearms do not know how to dispose of them responsibly;
• Secondhand transfers of such firearms do not require transaction records or criminal background checks;
• Gun buyback programs are a proven way to safely and anonymously collect thousands of such weapons, immediately reducing the risk of gun violence in any community.

Please join us on Saturday, October 28th, at the Los Alamos Police Department. Merchant cards for gas and food will be distributed in exchange for unloaded, working firearms. All exchanges are anonymous, guns that are turned in will be dismantled onsite.
This event will be held in conjunction with the DEA drug take back day where citizens can turn in unused and unwanted medications. Two locations will be hosted for Drug take-back-day; At the Los Alamos Police department and the White Rock Visitor Center. Guns will only be turned into the Los Alamos Police Department not the visitor center.

Wednesday September 6, 2017
 Los Alamos National Laboratory employees set a new record for employee giving during the 2017 Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund drive, raising more than $400,000 for students in Northern New Mexico. The Laboratory’s operating company Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) also contributed $250,000 to the fund.
“These donations will help provide financial support to students across Northern New Mexico as they strive to obtain a higher education that, in many cases, will change lives and contribute to the betterment of the region, the state and ultimately the nation,” says Jeff Yarbrough from the Laboratory, who was champion of this year’s scholarship campaign.
In 2017, 144 Northern New Mexico students received $693,250 from the scholarship fund.

Tuesday September 5, 2017
Los Alamos County invites residents to join the County Council and Community Services Department (CSD) in honoring long-time concert producer Russ Gordon for “Russ Gordon Day” on Friday, Sept. 8. Gordon is being recognized for his thousands of hours and 28 years of service dedicated to bringing great musical acts to Los Alamos. The County has contracted with Gordon annually to help produce the free Summer Concert Series. Gordon will be retiring and moving out of state and the Sept. 8 concert will be his final concert. Details about activities are outlined below:
Proclamation for Russ Gordon Day. The Council will present a special proclamation to Russ Gordon at their meeting Tuesday, September 5th (6:00 p.m., Council Chambers) honoring Gordon with his own special day on Sept. 8. Residents are invited to attend the meeting.
“Thank You Russ” – a Special Card Collection for concert night. Pick up and fill out a thank-you card at the concert Sept. 8 by visiting the CSD table. They will be collecting and displaying the cards to present to Gordon at intermission. Community members are especially encouraged to share their memories of their favorite bands or other concert memories on the cards for Gordon to enjoy reading after the concert.
“28 years” of Summer Concerts - Call for Community Photos. Residents with old photos from past concerts – especially if they picture Russ Gordon - are asked to e-mail JPEG files to Photos should be e-mailed or tagged on social media no later than Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 5:00 p.m. so the County has time to gather up and compile them into a slide show that will run Sept. 8, which is the last Friday Night Concert for 2017.

Monday September 4, 2017
It's Labor Day and we are only available for breaking news.

Friday September 1, 2017
Los Alamos National Bank has partnered with the American Red Cross and the Food Depot to gather donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
For this initiative to be successful, LANB is requesting the community’s help. LANB will be accepting monetary donations, along with non-perishable food items and other items requested by the Food Depot.
Monetary donations will be accepted at any LANB branch location or can be sent online at
Donations for the Food Depot can be dropped off at any LANB branch location, including in Los Alamos and White Rock. At this time, only specific items are needed, including hand-held snack items, such as granola bars, pop-top ready-to-eat items, shelf-stable pantry items such as peanut butter, tuna and soup, bottled water, cleaning supplies (bleach, non-bleach, paper towels, etc.), personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.). They are asking the community not to donate send toys, clothing or furniture.

Thursday August 31, 2017
As we reported back on August 1 The county had contracted with an independent investigator to look into an ethics complaint filed against Los Alamos County councilors Susan O’Leary and James Chrobocinski.
The ethics complaint was filed by Patrick Brenner, who was accusing O’Leary and Chrobocinski of using their political influence to sway a May 23 election for a $20 million general obligation bond sale.
The county hired John Pound July 19 and his $12,000 contract was expected to run through December.
When Pound’s investigation is completed, his findings will be presented to county council. They will also be available under the Inspection of Public Records Act.
His findings were released today and are available on the county’s website.
He determined that there were no ethic violations committed by Councilor O’Leary or Chrobocinski.

Wednesday August 30, 2017
Los Alamos locals are collecting donations for victims caught in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the slow moving, catastrophic hurricane that continues to cause destruction and loss of life in Houston and areas of Texas this week.
Bankens Mountain Martial Arts Academy announced it will send baby supplies to the hurricane affected area Thursday.
Academy officials are asking residents to drop off baby supplies at the Martial Arts Center at 172 Central Park Square or the Los Alamos Family YMCA at 1450 Iris Street by 2 p.m. Wednesday. Los Alamos Crossfit at 278 DP Road is also helping with donations.

Tuesday August 29, 2017
You will have a final opportunity to comment on a campaign finance rule proposed by New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver at the final public meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the State Capitol Building 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 321, in Santa Fe.
Comments can also still be submitted on the revised campaign finance rule draft until 5 p.m. on Tuesday by sending them by email at;

Monday August 28, 2017
Restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests will get a financial boost thanks to $3.4 million in federal funding.
Members of the state's congressional delegation announced the funds, saying they will be targeted at 10 projects designed to reduce the threat of wildfire and improve the health of watersheds around the state by thinning out small trees.
Projects on the Carson, Cibola, Gila and Lincoln forests will share in the grant funding. Private businesses, conservation organizations and water conservation districts will be awarded the funds to do the work.
The Pueblo of Santa Ana also will receive some of the money.

Friday August 25, 2017
As part of 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be locating existing underground utilities on Trinity Drive at the intersection of 20th Street followed by placement of new underground conduit via subsurface boring. This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street scheduled as follows, weather permitting:
• August 28th and 29th, westbound right lane
• August 30th and 31st, eastbound right lane

Thursday August 24, 2017
On Thursday, August 24th, crews will begin placement of a concrete valley gutter across the entrances to the White Rock Municipal Complex to improve storm water drainage. Use of the parking lots will be interrupted, however, access and parking to at least one parking lot will be maintained as work progresses. Work is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday, August 30th, weather permitting.
Pedestrian access along the adjacent sidewalk south of Longview Drive will be limited for the duration. The public is advised to use caution when in the area and to stay alert for construction equipment and advisory signing. The County appreciates your patience during this time.
For questions regarding these repairs, please contact the Public Works Department at 505-662-8150 or by email at

Wednesday August 23, 2017
the Public Education Department (PED) released 2017 Grades for schools across New Mexico. The grading system is primarily based upon PED-defined growth in math and reading test scores.

Grades for Los Alamos Public Schools
Aspen Elementary School – A, 77.47 points
Barranca Mesa Elementary School - A, 85.57 points
Chamisa Elementary School – A, 78.96 points
Mountain Elementary School – A, 87.00 points
Piñon Elementary School – A, 86.01 points
Los Alamos Middle School – D, 49.36 points
Topper Freshman Academy – B, 73.44 points
Los Alamos High School – A, 84.68 points

Here is how the point system works:
• 40 points for meeting expected improvement (PED statistical calculation)
• 10 points for academic progress
• 20 points for improvement of higher-performing students
• 20 points for improvement of the lowest-performing students
• 10 points based upon student and family beliefs that school is a good place to attend and learn
• Schools can earn up to 5 bonus points for reducing truancy, promoting extracurricular activities, engaging families, and using technology
As a continuous improvement school district, next steps for Los Alamos will include analyzing the PED growth calculations and then: (1) conducting root cause analyses about student achievement in reading and mathematics, (2) reviewing and modifying the school goals for this year, and (3) providing extra support for teachers and staff in our schools.

This year, all schools in Los Alamos have aligned strategic plans with established goals for student/staff well-being and achievement in reading and mathematics.

Tuesday August 22, 2917
According to the Los Alamos Monitor, Los Alamos Ski Club members voted in favor of a proposal to transfer ownership of the Pajarito Ski Area from the Los Alamos Ski Club to the Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership at a special meeting held last Thursday. In a statement, the ski club board said, “This is a big step forward for the ski club in order to complete a transfer of ownership and operations that began back in 2014.” If negotiations succeed, PRLP, which has been operating the ski area for three years, would acquire all 750 acres of the Pajarito Ski Area land in Los Alamos County, and assume all of the ski club’s outstanding debt, which totals $1.25 million. More than 90 members attended the meeting. One of the main reasons for wanting to get this deal done is the need for substantial improvements in the area, which PRLP have been reluctant to make due to the lack of ownership of assets. Legal contracts must be finalized between the ski club and the partnership, which include protections of the property for public access, recreational use and right of first refusal for Los Alamos County. This is the second time the club members have approved a proposal to transfer ownership of the ski area. In 2014, the ski club voted in favor of a proposal that would have transferred ownership to Los Alamos County and PRLP. The county would have owned the majority of the land, while PRLP would have owned the lifts, buildings and equipment. The deal was never finalized.

Monday August 21, 2017
Today is eclipse day. It begins here in Los Alamos at about 10:23 am, will be at its fullest at about 11:46 am with a .81 magnitude. It will be over at about 1:17.
While total solar eclipses are not rare—they occur twice every 3 years on average and can be seen from some part of the Earth—a total eclipse of the Sun that can be seen from the American West Coast to the American East Coast occurs less frequently. In fact, the last time a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast was almost 100 years ago, on June 8, 1918!
What makes this eclipse extra special is that it is the first time since the total solar eclipse of January 11, 1880 that a total solar eclipse will occur exclusively over the continental United States—no other country will see totality, though many countries will see a partial eclipse of the Sun.
Because of these reasons, the eclipse is also being called the Great American Eclipse.
The nature center will be watching the eclipse from 11 am until 12:30 and it is free to check it out with their solar telescope.
Here are some comments from Kurt Steinhaus superintendent of Los Alamos Public schools.
Here are some safety reminders:
•The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through certified and approved solar filters.
•LAPS teachers and Principals will inspect all “solar glasses” and then carefully supervise student use of these filters
•Do not look at the sun through a telescope, binoculars, unfiltered camera, sunglasses, or other optical device — the concentrated solar rays could cause serious injury
•An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection
Students are allowed to opt out of these activities.
A solar eclipse is often called one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these rules, we can learn more about science, safely enjoy the view, and be rewarded with memories that could last a lifetime.

Friday August 18, 2017
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to modernize and strengthen veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill became law yesterday.
The legislation, was named in honor of Harry Walter Colmery, an Army Air Service veteran and former national commander of the American Legion who drafted the original G.I. Bill in 1944 to improve the transition for World War II veterans back to civilian life.
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 puts an end to the arbitrary 15-year period that a veteran is required to use their G.I. Bill so they can use their benefits at any time in their professional career. The bill also makes much-needed updates for reservists, Purple Heart recipients, veterans, and surviving family members who face school closures while enrolled and surviving family members, and offers additional educational assistance to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, computer programming and career technical training.

Thursday August 17, 2017

Wednesday August 16, 2017
The United States Department of the Interior will host a Public Meeting on the Aamodt Settlement Implementation tonight. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pojoaque Middle School Auditorium (1797 State Road 502 West, Pojoaque).
Residents are invited to come hear the presentation, questions will be answered following the presentation.

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Valles Caldera National Preserve will celebrate the Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21 with free entry. The duration of the partial eclipse will be from approximately 10:15 am to 1:15 pm with maximum at 11:45 am.
If skies are clear, visitors can expect to experience a partial solar eclipse of around 75% obscuration. Near the Valle Grande Entrance Station, rangers and volunteers will give short talks about lore, history and science related to eclipses. There will be activity stations for visitors to create their own pinhole viewer and to view the sun through a telescope equipped with a solar filter.
In order to safely view a solar eclipse, it is important to use glasses with special-purpose solar filters. These glasses are available for purchase while supplies last from the preserve’s bookstore operated by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera.
As weather cannot be predicted this far in advance, visitors are advised to come prepared for all conditions.

Monday August 14, 2017
Beginning today, Comcast will remove and replace aerial cable lines located along Trinity Drive from 37th Street to Canyon View as part of a network improvement project for Los Alamos area customers. Work will take place Monday from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. and on Tuesday, August 15 at 10:00 p.m., concluding by 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 16 to lessen the impact on morning and evening commuters. There will be single lane closures and a flagging operation guiding traffic through the work zone.

Friday August 11, 2017
The Los Alamos Police Department would like to remind all vendors, participants, visitors and stable owners, that during the 2017 Los Alamos County Rodeo, access to this area is going to be restricted. To enter the stables or Brewer Arena, all pedestrians and vehicles must enter off of San Ildefonso Road only. As you travel closer to the arena, you will be guided to the appropriate location for parking. Please be safe and enjoy the 2017 rodeo activities.

Thursday August 10, 2017
As a part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico's Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative, United Way of Northern New Mexico hosted a training, facilitated New Mexico State Police Sergeant Kiersten Harzewski for local law enforcement and public safety officials. Kristy Ortega, Executive Director of United Way of Northern New Mexico said "Our hope is to do 1-2 of these training's per year for those who serve in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties."
Sergeant Harzewski has been in Law Enforcement for 23 years and is currently a member of the State Police Crisis Negotiation Team. "I'm interested in helping officers understand how to hand people with Mental Health Concerns," said Harzewski.
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is an eight-hour course specially designed for police officers, first responders, corrections officers and other public safety professionals, helping them better understand mental illnesses and addictions and providing them with effective response options to deescalate incidents without compromising safety. -
For more information on this course and the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative, please contact Kristy Ortega at or visit us on the web at

Wednesday August 9, 2017
The county council met last night and approved a sewer rate increase of 8%. They also approved an 8% water rate increase.They approved a motion to approve upgrading the golf course, building a splash pad, creating a multigenerational pool, building locker rooms at the ice rink and studying the baseball fields.

Tuesday August 8, 2017
There is a county council meeting tonight that will re-approach funding for some of the recreation projects that were part of the defeated bond election. It is open to the public and begins at 6pm in the muni building. There will be time for public comment. They plan to vote on funding the splash pad in White Rock, the golf course improvements and the multi-generational pool at the Larry R. Walkup Center. It will use $13.9 million of CIP funds.

Monday August 7, 2017
The University of New Mexico (UNM) Anderson School of Management will offer project management classes at UNM-Los Alamos this fall, taught by professors affiliated with the Anderson School of Management. Many of the individual classes have been developed by UNM for positions at LANL, utilizing the collective experience of LANL project management professionals.
On Thursday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. a few of the professors who are developing and teaching the courses will be available to discuss project management and how it applies to their field at LANL, the Oppenheimer Study Center Room , JRO-3.
Thursday afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m. the professors, along with advisement professionals from UNM-Albuquerque, will be on campus at UNM-Los Alamos for further discussion with interested individuals in the community. Dr. Cindy Rooney, UNM-Los Alamos CEO, has met with Dr. Walsh and Dr. Renfro and is excited to be offering an orientation session and the upcoming classes on the campus at UNM-LA.
All of these courses can be applied to a Master’s of Science (MS) Degree currently in development by UNM. Courses are taken by non-degree students can be applied to a future graduate degree if the student so desires.

Friday August 4, 2017
Tonight is another free concert at as part of the summer concert series. It has been moved inside to Fuller lodge do to the weather. This week’s performer is Jim Lauderdale. He is the Winner of Americana Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and has been the Host of Music City Roots TV show.

Thursday August 3, 2017
In an effort to better serve the public, the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter is altering the current business hours. Effective Monday, August 14th, the Shelter will increase hours open to the public on weekends, while closing a half hour earlier through the week and all day Thursday. The weekend is the busiest time for the Shelter and by increasing weekend hours, the Shelter Staff anticipate better customer service opportunities and increased availability to the public. The Shelter will close to the public on Thursdays as an opportunity for facility maintenance, deep cleaning, animal care, meetings, trainings, and administrative work. The new Business Hours will be:
Monday, Tuesday , Wednesday, Friday 11 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Thursday
The Shelter Staff look forward to this new schedule and encourage our residents to come and adopt a dog or cat today! As a reminder, the Shelter is still accepting volunteers and will hold a volunteer orientation August 11th. Call the Shelter at 662-8179 for more information or stop by and talk with a Staff member.

Wednesday August 2, 2017
Currently a water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. The roadway is down to one lane open with traffic control providing access in both direction intermittently. LAPD has received reports that the eastbound traffic will be blocked beginning at 6pm today lasting until 4pm tomorrow on Thursday August 3rd. No downhill traffic will be allowed during this time and only westbound (uphill traffic) will be allowed. Drivers re Advised to avoid the area.

Tuesday August 1, 2017
UNM-LA Offers An Affordable Quality Education
Locally, the Los Alamos campus of The University of New Mexico provides the opportunity for families to find value, outstanding quality and excellent student support. Compared to the two larger Universities in New Mexico, the savings at UNM-LA can be viewed as a 45% off sale, while students are getting a very high quality product and more individual attention. Additional money can be saved in rent, food and transportation for students who choose to live at home for a year or two
At all institutions, students and parents should consider both monetary costs and non-monetary costs. Critical questions might include, “Where is a student more likely to be successful?” or “Where will they find advocates who encourage them to persist?” Both students and parents want to know that their investment of money and time for college is solid and that opportunities like scholarships are retained.
Drawing from the talent in the region, UNM Los Alamos has outstanding, caring faculty with both Ph.D.’s and work experience in their field. The quality of instruction is exceptional when compared to comparable institutions. Additionally, the small class size allows for the personal attention that is often critical for student learning and success. The student support in advising and career exploration is vibrant and personal. UNM Los Alamos is committed to providing a quality educational experience for students.
For more information about UNM Los Alamos, visit the website at or schedule a visit by calling 505-661-5919.

Monday July 31, 2017
There are Sidewalk repairs around Ashley Pond starting today, Monday
Crews will be replacing sections of cracked concrete sidewalks just west of the concert stage - it's warranty work being done at no cost to the County. Use caution if in this area. Work should be done by August 2.

Friday July 28, 2017
Here is what is going on at Bandelier National Monument. On most summer weekends there are cultural demonstrators on the back porch of the Visitor Center from 10 AM to 4 PM. The next two weekends will provide opportunities to meet at least two of the well-known drum-making Herrera family from Cochiti Pueblo. On July 29-30, the artist will be Arnold Herrera, and then on August 5-6 will be one of his sons, Tomas.
On many evenings there will be ranger programs at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater, and non-campers are just as welcome as campers. This July the programs start at 8:30, and upcoming titles include:
Friday, July 28 The Fabric of Frijoles (traditional textiles)
Saturday, July 29 Songs of the Night (nature's night sounds)
Sunday, July 30 Wildland Fire (ecology of forests and fire)
And Astronomy:
Thursday, August 3 Night Sky Program, ranger talk and viewing through giant telescopes
Later in the summer and on into the autumn, there are some very special events in the works..
On August 18-20, Western National Parks Association, which runs the bookstore, is bringing the Historic Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show to Bandelier for the first time. Those days will feature talks and traditional Navajo weaving demonstrations, as well as a great number of beautiful authentic rugs for sale.

Thursday   July 27, 2017
A downed transmission line was the cause of a wide spread power outage in White Rock that began at approximately 2:30 PM. Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric linemen were dispatched to the area. Portable generators were used to power the street lights during the evening rush hour. Power was restored to all customers in White Rock as of 6:53 PM.
Wednesday July 26, 2017
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released a revised draft campaign finance rule intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act. The revised version of the draft rule reflects substantial input from the 327 official written comments the Secretary of State’s office received and the feedback provided in the three public hearings held across New Mexico.
The revised draft rule provides guidance on how to more fully and accurately disclose campaign finance information in order to increase transparency to the public. The rule also defines the terms “coordinated expenditures” and “independent expenditures” and provides reporting guidance on these types of campaign expenditures.
Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver will hold one additional public hearing on the revised draft rule:
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm
State Capitol Building Room 321 in Santa Fe,
You can read the revised draft rule and send your comments by visiting

Tuesday July 25, 2017
The Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department issued a joint statement Monday in response to media queries regarding the death of a young hiker Sunday evening in White Rock Canyon.
The hiker has been identified as Trevor Matuszak, age 19, who was hiking with two friends in the area known as Hell’s Hole late Sunday afternoon. Access to Hell’s Hole is located at the south end of the cul de sac on Kimberly Lane in White Rock.
According to the accompanying hikers, Matuszak lost his footing in a steep portion of Hell’s Hole and fell into the canyon. The area was too treacherous for the hikers to climb down and reach Matuszak and they phoned 911 for help. LAFD and LAPD were dispatched to the canyon at approximately 5:30 p.m. and emergency response crews trained in rock climbing under hazardous conditions were able to rappel to the scene of the accident, with assistance from LAPD. Rescue crews reached Matuszak but determined that he had apparently died of his injuries in the fall. Crews were able to retrieve his body from the canyon just before nightfall.
The other two hikers accompanying Matuszak were safely rescued out of the canyon by LAFD and LAPD crews.
“This is a tragic, heartbreaking accident and one of the toughest calls that we respond to,” said Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald. “In a small community such as ours, these types of accidents impact so many residents of White Rock and Los Alamos who knew Trevor and his family. It is also especially emotional and difficult for LAFD and LAPD crews responding to the scene, too. We extend our deepest condolences to the Matuszak family and all of Trevor’s friends this morning.”

Monday  July 24, 2017
 U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich cosponsored legislation to address threats to America’s campaign finance system.
Citizens United and related Supreme Court decisions have unleashed a flood of special interest money into our elections, helping to poison our politics and rig the system in favor of the wealthy and powerful. But this has also opened up troubling new avenues for foreign adversaries set on gaining advantage over the United States. In particular, shell corporations and tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organizations make it possible for anonymous donors—whether they be the Koch brothers, unknown foreign billionaires, foreign corporations, or even enemy governments—to buy influence and threaten crushing spending against political foes.
The DISCLOSE Act would require organizations spending money in elections to disclose their donors. The new bill would also crack down on shell companies by requiring companies spending money in elections to disclose the true owner of the company, so election officials and the public know who is behind the company. Under current law, foreign nationals and foreign corporations are prohibited from engaging in any election spending. However, domestic companies with significant foreign ownership are not subject to the same restrictions. The DISCLOSE Act of 2017 would prohibit domestic corporations with significant foreign control, ownership, or direction from spending money in U.S. elections.

Friday July 21, 2017
In June 2017, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) was awarded the Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Association. The purpose of this grant is to fund the Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) Project for LAFD. MDTs are a widely-used technology that provides numerous benefits to the fire departments that use them and the communities they serve. These devices will provide critical dispatching information, vehicle response information, and mapping capabilities. MDTs will also allow LAFD to access building plans and information with real time data in the field. This will aid incident command and decision making during emergency situations, and provide LAFD with the opportunity to go paperless on many of our current processes. With these devices, LAFD will be able to employ new capabilities and efficiencies that were not previously possible, improving customer service and firefighter safety.

Thursday July 20, 2017
Here are the lowlights of the police reports July 12 through July 18.
One was arrested on a district court warrant and a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested for driving while license was invalid or revoked.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for trespassing.
There were 2 reports of shoplifting.
There was a report of a careless driver.
One was cited for being a public nuisance.
There was a report of simple battery.
There was a report of vandalism.
There was a report of property damage.

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Bandelier Announces Upcoming Change in Price of Senior Passes.
The price of a Senior Pass has been only $10 ever since 1994 – that’s 23 years! - and that price will still be good through August 27. However, starting August 28, the price of the Lifetime Senior Pass will increase to $80, which is the same as the price for the one-year pass available to persons not yet 62. Alternately, those eligible for the Senior Pass can buy an Annual Senior Pass each year for $20, and on the fourth year turn in their annual passes for a lifetime one. Golden Age or Senior Passes purchased before August 28 will continue to be honored for the lifetime of the pass holder. You can buy them at the Bandelier Visitor Center.

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the second quarter of 2017 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), 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 combined are referred to as Part I Offenses.
During the second quarter of 2017, officers responded to a total of 36 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 10% decrease as compared to 40 offenses during the same period in 2016. Violent crime increased 100% from 3 offenses in 2016 to 6 in 2017. Property crime decreased by 19% from 37 in 2016 to 30 in 2017.
While crime continues to decline, the Los Alamos Police Department encourages our residents to continue to practice safety by securing homes and vehicles.

Monday July 17, 2017
On Sunday, 7/16, approximately 1600 customers experienced a power outage in Western Area (circuit 13). The outage started at 10:08 p.m. and all power was restored by 11:10 p.m. The rest of the town may have experienced a blink during that time as power was being restored. The cause appears to have been a lightning strike to a pole on Trinity and 47th Street.

Bears have been making their way into residential areas because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts. Since garbage stored outside is the biggest attractant, storing garbage in a secure garage or shed until the morning of collection will virtually eliminate the chances of a bear visit. If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:
• Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; stock up for the winter and preserve fruit by canning or drying it.
• Strong and smelly odors will attract bears, so try to reduce odors by keeping smelly items out of the trash until trash pickup day.
• Clean your trash roll cart frequently.
• Request bear resistant locks to be installed on your trash roll carts. Call the Eco Station at 662-8163 or email . (Locks must be unlatched for collection)
• County code requires trash to be set out for collection no earlier than 5:00pm the day prior to collection, but to avoid attracting bears to your property, try to set out trash roll carts the morning of trash collection. Roll carts have to be placed out before 8:00am.
• Hang bird feeders at least 10 feet above ground and away from buildings, including porches, and use a tray to catch spills. Discontinue feeding if a bear is in the area.
• Feed pets inside or remove uneaten pet food between feedings.
• Clean barbecues and store in a secure area.
• Keep your family, neighbors, pets, and property safe: store your garbage in your garage or shed until the morning of your collection
These are just a few safety tips to help minimize encounters with bears in residential areas. Please notify NM Department of Game and Fish immediately if you encounter a bear, or have any questions or concerns. They can be reached at (505) 328-2572, or call dispatch at (505) 827-9376.

Friday July 14, 2017
The Santa Fe National Forest will lift Stage 1 fire restrictions today after concluding that recent precipitation from monsoon storms has decreased the danger of a forest fire.
Forest managers tell public land users to extinguish campfires before leaving them, saying that if a fire area is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on national forest lands.

Fortunately, recent precipitation and milder temperatures have produced a decrease in the fire danger for Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) will lift Stage 1 restrictions today at noon. The previous fire restrictions were based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures. Several criteria are utilized to determine when to impose or lift fire restrictions, which include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. The arrival of monsoonal moisture has eased the dry conditions that led to restrictions and decreased fire danger to moderate.

Thursday July 13, 2017
The median price of Single Family Home sales saw an increase to $319,000 in the 2nd Quarter of 2017 compared to $300,000 in the same quarter last year. Single Family home sales dipped from 78 in the 2nd Quarter of 2016 to 58 this Quarter. Condo and Townhome sales increased in the 2nd Quarter of 2017 to 28 units sold compared to 20 units sold in the same Quarter of 2016. During this same period, the median price of Condos/Townhomes dropped from $187,500 in the 2nd Quarter of 2016 to $176,500 in 2017.

Wednesday July 12, 2017
The nominations for the 2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching include 39 teachers from New Mexico middle schools. . These dedicated teachers have been recognized by their students, parents, peers, administrators and communities for their exceptional ability to inspire students to learn, think and create. Los Alamos Nominees include Dana Kline, Sherri Bubblitz, Megan Rains, and Jill Gross.
In July, nominated teachers will have the opportunity to submit their applications for the Golden Apple Award. After a rigorous application process, these finalists will receive site visits from the Golden Apple Selection Committee in the fall.
The Golden Apple Award will be announced in November after a series of site visits for finalists. There will be 7 winners. Recipients of the award receive several benefits, including induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows, a generous $4,000 professional development fund, and a $1,500 cash prize.

Tuesday July 11, 2017
UNM-LA and Ponderosa Pines are in their second year of working with students to provide designated, affordable apartments for UNM-LA students. Interested students should apply now to move in August 18, before classes begin on August 21.
Plateau Property Management has contracted with UNM-Los Alamos to provide a limited number of furnished apartments at a discounted rate to UNM-LA students during the academic year.
The Ponderosa Pines Apartments, located at 3000 Trinity Drive next to the Reel Deal Theater, are within walking distance of the UNM-LA campus, and very close to a direct bus route. All units are fully furnished, from furniture to linens to cooking utensils, dish sets and flatware.
Full-time UNM-LA students who are enrolled in a degree program and in good standing with the university are eligible for the housing. Interested students should first contact UNM-LA to verify their eligibility. For more information, contact Kathryn Vigil, Student Enrollment Director, at 505-661-4688

Monday July 10, 2017
Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri will test their skills in a series of graded, timed exercises at the 21st annual Hazmat Challenge July 10-14 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Held at Los Alamos’ Technical Area 49, the event requires participants to respond to simulated hazardous materials emergencies involving aircraft, rail and highway transportation, industrial piping, a biological lab and a confined space event. The finale of the Hazmat Challenge is a skills-based obstacle course. Teams are graded and earn points based on their ability to perform response skills through a 10-station obstacle course while using fully encapsulating personal protective equipment.

Friday July 7, 2017
Trinity Road Closure between 4th Street and DP Road Update
Los Alamos, New Mexico—Trinity Drive will remain closed between 4th Street & DP Road in both directions through Tuesday, July 11, 2017. This emergency closure is due to a sewer line break.
East Bound traffic is being diverted to Knecht.
West Bound traffic is being diverted to Central Ave.
Local business access to DP Road is open via eastbound Trinity Drive
No interruption in sewer services is anticipated.

Thursday July 6, 2017
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Los Alamos History Award, an annual prize recognizing significant contributions to preserving the world-changing history of our community. Nominations are due by Friday, Aug. 11, and the award winner will be announced at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Annual Gala and Experience Auction on September 16.
Factors that weigh heavily in consideration for the award include depth and breadth of achievement over time, volunteer commitment, and a lasting impact. Both individuals and organizations are eligible. Posthumous awards are not made, and self-nominations are not allowed. Staff and board members are not eligible during the period of their active service. Awardees are selected through a rigorous, blind voting process by the Historical Society’s board of directors.
Nomination forms are available online at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s website,, or in the Los Alamos History Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row. Nominations may be returned to the Museum or left at the the Historical Society’s administrative offices, upstairs in the north wing of Fuller Lodge.
The Los Alamos History Award was first given in 2014. Helene Suydam and her late husband Jerry, as well as Clay and Dorothy Perkins, received the awards for giving the Historical Society historic homes on Bathtub Row. Hedy Dunn, director emeritus of the Los Alamos History Museum, and Nancy Bartlit, former president of the Historical Society, received the award in 2015. Georgia and Gerry Strickfaden of Atomic City Tours won the 2016 award.

Wednesday July 5, 2017
West Bound Trinity Drive Road Closure/Diversion at 1:00 p.m. today, July 5, 2017
Los Alamos, New Mexico—Public Works Traffic and Streets Division will be closing West Bound Trinity Drive at 4th Street and diverting traffic on to Central Ave.
This emergency road closure will allow crews to repair a major sink hole that recently developed between DP Road and 4th Street.
East bound Trinity Drive will remain open. Construction and traffic diversion will begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue until completed.

Friday June 30, 2017
Many people will be headed outdoors for a long holiday this weekend, and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding everyone to be aware of the greater chance of encountering bears and other native wildlife. Bears have become more active recently as hot weather forces them to work harder and roam farther to find food and water. More young bears also are setting out on their own this summer following three years of good precipitation and high bear reproduction. The department offers the following suggestions if you visit or live in bear country:
• Keep garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area. Place garbage outside in the morning just before pickup, not the night before. Occasionally clean cans with ammonia or bleach.
• Never leave fruit from trees and bushes to rot on the ground as it is a powerful attractant to bears and other wildlife.
• Remove bird feeders. Bears see them as high calorie treats,
• Never put meat or sweet-smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost pile.
• Don’t leave pet food or food dishes outdoors at night.
• Clean and store outdoor grills after use. Bears can smell sweet barbecue sauce and grease for miles.
• Never intentionally feed bears to attract them for viewing.
If you encounter a bear:
• Stop, and back away slowly while facing the bear. Avoid direct eye contact, as the bear may consider that a threat. Do not run.
• Make yourself appear large by holding out your jacket. If you have small children, pick them up so they don’t run.
• Give the bear plenty of room to escape, so it doesn’t feel threatened or trapped. If a black bear attacks you, fight back using anything at your disposal, such as rocks, sticks, binoculars or even your bare hands. Aim for the bear’s nose and eyes.
• If the bear has not seen you, stay calm and slowly move away, making noise so the bear knows you are there. Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.

Thursday June 29, 2017
Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton provided an update regarding recent activity to treat algae in Ashley Pond. The algae has been noticeable to visitors who inquired about whether or not the pond water was “healthy”.
The County contracted with a specialist, Jason Rector from Wildcat Environmental, to help with pond management. Last fall, Rector treated the algae in the pond with a product that is an environmentally friendly, safe algaecide. Additionally, the County released 30 sterile grass carp into the pond. The carp eat the thread grass in the pond which reduces the overall aquatic vegetation, which improves the pond’s overall health, Humpton said. Once the carp reach maturity, they should reduce the thread grass substantially. Until then, and especially during the warmer months when algae thrives in the pond, Rector will increase treatments while monitoring and testing pond water to ensure a high quality environment. Parks crews will increase the frequency of pond skimming to remove the algae, as well as other nuisance materials in the pond.
Citizens queried whether or not the algae is impacting the fish population, but Humpton said the fish are healthy and doing quite well in the pond right now.

Wednesday June 28, 2017
Summertime in Los Alamos includes professional development for teachers and major school building repairs to prepare for the upcoming school year. The first day of school for students is Thursday August 17th.
LAPS projects for this summer include the Smith Auditorium Lobby, design of the Barranca Mesa Elementary School major remodel, Mountain Elementary School Gym floor, HVAC systems at Chamisa and Piñon Elementary Schools, technology upgrades, and a safety shelter and field house at Sullivan Stadium. All of this work is made possible by Los Alamos people and businesses. LAPS says thank you!
One project at the high school this summer is replacement of the 50-year-old floor in Griffith Gymnasium. Workers have removed the old maple wood gym floor and are now putting the wood-slats puzzle back together for a beautiful new floor. If you would like a piece of history or maple wood for a home project, the old wood slats are free for the taking. Some of the slats even have Topper green paint.
Please be very careful in collecting the old wood slats as they are filed with nails and splinters. Safety first!
The trash bin with maple wood is located in front of Griffith Gym and will be there until this Friday, June 30th.

Tuesday, June 27. 2017
The Los Alamos National laboratory is having a public meeting regarding the NPDES Individual Permit for Storm Water. The Individual Permit authorizes the discharge of storm water associated with industrial activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory from specified sites. Learn about the Individual Permit renewal, the 2017 sampling implementation process as well as other storm water–related activities, and newly obtained precipitation data at this meeting. The meeting is Wednesday, June 28, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Cities of Gold Hotel, Tribal Room. Several individuals from LANL will speak and there will be a question and answer session.

Monday June 26, 2017
Los Alamos County is embarking on the development of a new wayfinding program that will direct visitors and residents to various attractions and amenities around town. Wayfinding encompass a variety of tools that help guide people to their destination, this includes signage, maps and digital tools. Wayfinding programs also help to establish an identity and reinforce a sense of place. Regions, cities, towns and communities of all sizes are establishing wayfinding programs to provide a better experience for their visitors.
The County has hired MERJE, a nationally recognized wayfinding expert, to guide the community through this process. An on-line survey was developed to provide an additional opportunity to provide feedback on the Schematic Design concepts go to The survey will be open until July 6, 2017.

Friday June 23, 2017
Los Alamos County is embarking on the development of a new wayfinding program that will direct visitors and residents to various attractions and amenities around town. Wayfinding encompass a variety of tools that help guide people to their destination, this includes signage, maps and digital tools. Wayfinding programs also help to establish an identity and reinforce a sense of place. Regions, cities, towns and communities of all sizes are establishing wayfinding programs to provide a better experience for their visitors.
The County has hired MERJE, a nationally recognized wayfinding expert, to guide the community through this process. An on-line survey was developed to provide an additional opportunity to provide feedback on the Schematic Design concepts go to The survey will be open until July 6, 2017.

Thursday June 22, 2017
The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will implement forest-wide Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8:00 a.m. this Friday, June 23, 2017. Fire danger on the forest remains high due to continued high temperatures and dry conditions. The Jemez Ranger District went into Stage 1 restrictions last Friday.
Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas with existing fire rings or grills. Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites. Stoves, lanterns or heaters fueled by propane or other liquefied petroleum fuels may be used in areas cleared of flammable materials within three feet of the device if they meet manufacturer’s safety specifications and have on/off switches.
Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or buildings and developed recreation sites. Fireworks are always banned on National Forest System lands. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are always prohibited on National Forests, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.

Wednesday June 21, 2017
Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that David Rael was convicted for possessing, distributing, and manufacturing child pornography. An investigation by the Office of the Attorney General and the Los Alamos Police Department revealed that Rael was in possession of several images and videos containing the sexual exploitation of children.
Rael was taken into custody immediately after the verdict. He will be sentenced at a later date. Jason Yamato and Celia Munoz prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Monday  June 19, 2017

The Cajete Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of NM Highway 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The fire started approximately one mile northeast of Sierra de los Pinos. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is west of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire burn scar and southeast of the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire burn scar.
Cause: Abandoned campfire Size: 1,400 acres Containment: 80%
Resources Assigned: 424 personnel – 4 Type 1 Crews, 8 Type 2 crews, 7 engines, 1 dozer, 3 water tenders, 1 bulldozer, 2 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, and 1 Type 3 helicopter
Current Situation: Fire crews made substantial progress in suppression efforts on the Cajete Fire. A helitack crew (a specially trained crew that is deployed by helicopter) repelled in to secure the fire line along Los Griegos Peak. They will spike out (camp near the fireline tonight) and complete their work tomorrow, before being extracted by aircraft.
Crews will continue to patrol and mop up along completed lines. Firefighters have also begun fire suppression repair, working to erase signs of suppression activity.
Closures and Evacuations: NM Highway 4 has been reopened to all traffic. Fire suppression and repair operations are still in progress. Motorists will be sharing the roadway with fire equipment and should use extra caution when driving in the fire area. Smoke could reduce visibility in the early morning hours. If it is determined that poor visibility presents a hazard to motorists, Law Enforcement will provide pilot cars to assist drivers passing through the fire area.
Repopulation of residents who were evacuated during the fire is now complete.
Access to Area Attractions: All businesses and recreation sites in and around Jemez Springs are open and accessible, with the exception of the Jemez Falls and Redondo Campgrounds, and the Las Conchas Trail, which remain closed.
The bill so far? A whopping $1.4 million in four days. And it’s not over yet – that number will continue to rise.
Santa Fe National Forest was forced to respond to more abandoned campfires Sunday. As of 2 p.m., at least three had been reported to the dispatch center.
The Jemez Ranger District implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on Friday, and Forest Service officials are considering options for the rest of the forest.
Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas with existing fire rings or grills. Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites. Stoves, lanterns or heaters fueled by propane or other liquefied petroleum fuels may be used in areas cleared of flammable materials within three feet of the device if they meet manufacturer’s safety specifications and have on/off switches.
Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or buildings and developed recreation sites. As a reminder, fireworks are always prohibited on all national forests.

Violators of regulations that prohibit abandoning a campfire are subject to a fine and/or imprisonment. If the abandoned campfire causes a wildfire, violators can also be held responsible for fire suppression costs.

Sunday June 18, 2017
Release Date: Jun 18, 2017
Cajete Fire Update
June 18, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 505-438-5300
Location: The fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of NM Highway 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Cajete Fire started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios (Sierra de los Pinos). The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is west of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire burn scar and southeast of the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire burn scar.
Start Date: June 15, 2017 Cause: Abandoned campfire Size: 1,367 acres Containment: 65%
Resources Assigned: 323 personnel – 4 Type 1 Crews, 5 Type 2 crews, 9 engines, 1 dozer, 3 water tenders, 2 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, and 2 Type 3 helicopters
Incident Command: California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, led by Mark von Tillow, Incident Commander, is managing the fire.
Current Situation: There was minimal growth overnight. Today fire crews will patrol and monitor established containment line along the northern perimeter of the fire, while additional crews construct and improve line on the southern perimeter. A team of firefighters will repel from helicopters onto Los Griegos Peak to begin scouting opportunities for direct fireline construction in rough terrain in an effort to contain the fire. Containment is expected to increase by the end of the current operational period.
Community Meeting Tonight: A fire update will be provided this evening at 6:00 pm at the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church in La Cueva.
Closures and Evacuations: NM Highway 4 will be reopened today at 12:00 noon. To ensure safety and security, law enforcement will provide escorts in both directions for motorists crossing through the burn area. Motorists should expect delays. Repopulation of residents who were evacuated during the fire will begin soon. As residents return home they should consider that as the Cajete Fire burned, refrigeration was temporarily lost, and frozen foods warmed. Care must be taken in handling food that may have been damaged.
Access to Area Attractions: All businesses and recreation sites in and around Jemez Springs are open and accessible, with the exception of the Jemez Falls and Redondo Campgrounds, and the Las Conchas Trail, which remain closed.

Saturday June, 17, 2017
There will be a community meeting at 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Jemez Mountain Baptist
Church, 6 Riverview Court, Jemez Springs.
Location: The fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of
NM Highway 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Cajete Fire
started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork
of the Jemez River and is to the west of the burn scars from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the 2013
Thompson Ridge Fire.
Start Date: June 15, 2017 Cause: Under investigation Size: 1315 acres Containment: 0%
Vegetation: Mostly ponderosa pine with some mixed conifer and aspen on the north slopes.
Resources Assigned: Over 300 personnel -- 3 Type 1 Crews, 5 Type 2 crews, 9 engines, 1 dozer, 2 water
tenders, 2 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, and 1 Type 3 helicopter
Incident Command: California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, led by Mark Vontillow, Incident
Commander, is managing the fire as of 6:00 a.m. today.
Current Situation: Initial attack crews established a strong anchor point on the west side of the fire, and
built containment lines on the north and south sides which firefighters will continue to strengthen today.
Mop up will begin on the north containment line today. No further northward progression is anticipated,
which will keep the fire away from the East Fork of the Jemez River and the Valles Caldera National
Preserve. Structure protection will continue to the south of the fire. Crews will work to secure the east and
southeast flanks of the fire where there is most potential for fire growth. The fire is moving toward areas
where there have been fuel reduction treatments and burn scars from previous fires which are expected to
help firefighters get control of the fire.
Closures and Evacuations: Protection of human life is the first priority. NM State Police have closed NM
Highway 4 from the intersection of NM Highway 126 to the intersection of NM Highway 501. Evacuations
were ordered for several communities, including Ruby Holt Plat, Los Griegos and Sierra de Los Pinos. The
public is asked to avoid the area.
Values at Risk: Multiple structures and small communities including Vallecitos de los Indios to the south, La
Cueva to the northwest and many ranches, homes and private land parcels. Several high-use recreation
areas in proximity to the Cajete Fire include Jemez Falls, Battleship Rock, Jemez Canyon Overlook, several
campgrounds and trails. Sacred sites and other cultural resources. The Wild and Scenic Jemez River, and
threatened and endangered species, including the Jemez Mountain Salamander.
Fire Weather: Temperatures in the low to mid 80s and minimum relative humidities between 7-12% are
expected to continue through the weekend. Winds are mostly west to northwesterly, pushing the fire to
The fire area has had little to no moisture over the last two weeks, and hot, dry
conditions are expected to continue.
Smoke: Smoke from the Cajete fire will continue to impact air quality in the Rio Grande Valley. Smoke
tends to be heaviest in the morning after settling with cool air at night.
Drones: Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause air operations to cease. The public is
reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”
Fire Information: Updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at
and on @SantaFeNF and

Friday June 16, 2017
The Cajete Fire appears to have started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. , It is on both sides of NM Highway 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is to the west of the burn scars from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire. The Sandoval County Fire Department had evacuated about 200 people from the areas closest to the burn, including residents of Los Griegos, Sierra de los Pinos and the Ruby Holt Plat.
Julie Anne Overton, a spokeswoman for the Santa Fe National Forest, said the fire was moving east toward Los Griegos Mountain. They would like to prevent it from reaching the mountain because it is filled with heavy fuel loads.
About 175 firefighters were fighting the fire in addition to a Type 1 helicopter, 3 air tankers, including a Very large air tanker used to drop fire retardant onto the burn. More teams are expected to arrive today.
The fire prompted state police to close N.M. 4 between the intersection with N.M. 502 at White Rock, to the east, and NM Highway 126 to the west.
Governor Susana Martinez activated the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center to assist in the coordinated response to the Fire.
Should more evacuations because of wildfire become necessary, remember the “Five Ps” you need to have ready to go: People, important Papers, Prescriptions, family Pictures and Pets.
Drones: Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause air operations to cease. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”
the Valles Caldera National Preserve will be closed today as access to the preserve via State Route 4 is not available.

Thursday June 15, 2017
Wildfire Update: Cajete Fire Starts on Jemez Ranger District
June 15, 2017, as of 1:00 p.m.
Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest along NM Highway 4 close to the boundary between the Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Caldera National Preserve and
Start Date: Smoke was first reported to Santa Fe Dispatch at 10:47 a.m. on June 15, 2017.
Size: Estimated at 100 acres and spreading and moving to the east.
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Unknown at this time. Contrary to some reports, it was not caused by a prescribed fire. No federal agencies are conducting prescribed fires now that we have entered fire season.
Growth Potential: High
Vegetation: Mostly ponderosa pine with some mixed conifer and aspen on the north slopes.
Resources: As of 1 p.m. today, multiple resources are responding to the Cajete Fire, including 6 engines, 1 Type 1 helicopter, 3 air tankers, a lead plane and initial attack with multiple crews on the ground. Type 3 team will arrive on scene at 6:00 p.m. In addition, 3 Type 1 and 2 Type 2-Initial Attack teams have been ordered and will arrive tonight and tomorrow.
Closures and Evacuations: NM State Police have closed NM Highway 4 at the intersection of NM Highway 501 on the west side and at mile marker 33 on the east side. Evacuations of several small communities have begun, including Ruby Hole, Los Griegos and Sierra de Los Pinos. Additional evacuations may be necessary, depending on the fire’s behavior.
Fire Information: Updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at and on @SantaFeNFand
The Los Alamos Police Department has closed West Jemez Road at State Rd 4 (the southwestern entrance from the Jemez Mountains into Los Alamos through Los Alamos National Laboratory property) to assist with the evacuation taking place in the Jemez Mountains.
The smokey conditions in valley are being caused by the Bonita fire located on the El Rito Ranger District in
Bonita Canyon 3 miles north of Cañon Plaza
It is Approx. 1800 acres with Containment: 15%
It was Caused by Lightning back on
June 3. They are using it as a burn to reduce heavy fuel loads in the area.
Hand ignitions continued yesterday as planned to secure the fire line along Forest Road 42F along the northern edge of the fire and Forest Road 42 along the eastern edge of the fire. Burn out operations along these segments of line are planned to continue today to complete the line.. More aerial ignitions are planned for today weather permitting.
A significant amount of smoke is expected to settle in local communities overnight. Smoke will dissipate during daylight hours. Residents of these areas are advised to close their windows and keep them closed until smoke dissipates and visibility improves to about five miles.

Wednesday June 14, 2017
Los Alamos Police Officers are currently searching for a 36 year old male named RAMON MANUEL ACOSTA. ACOSTA fled from a crash scene on foot into the canyon south of Camino Cereza at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday 6/14/17. ACOSTA has an active warrant for a probation violation stemming from a Robbery Charge. ACOSTA also has a criminal history of armed robbery and aggravated assault. ACOSTA is 5’06” 140 lbs and has brown eyes and brown hair. ACOSTA was wearing work clothes to include; jeans, long-sleeve shirt, work boots, vest, and sunglasses.
If anyone believes they have spotted ACOSTA please call LAPD dispatch at 505-662-8222 or dial 9-1-1. Los Alamos residents in the Camino area of North Mesa should call LAPD dispatch if they notice anything out of place at their residence.

Los Alamos County Community Services Director Brian Brogan announced that the Council has asked County staff for a special recognition honoring long-time concert producer Russ Gordon for his thousands of hours and 28 years of service dedicated to bringing great musical acts to Los Alamos. The County contracts with Gordon each year to produce the Summer Concert Series. Gordon recently announced that he will be retiring and moving out of state.
The Council will prepare a special proclamation to be presented on Tuesday, September 5th honoring Gordon with his own special day: the last summer concert of the year on Friday, September 8. Residents, businesses and organizations are asked to begin thinking now of creative ways they could say “thanks for the musical memories” to Gordon on September 8th during the hours leading up to the last show he will host at 7 p.m. on the concert stage.
Although it will be Gordon’s final concert September 8th, Brogan said today the County intends to issue a Request for Proposals for another company to take over concert production in order to continue the popular summer concerts next year. The concert draws in thousands of residents and visitors and is an important feature in the County’s tourism and marketing plans.

Tuesday June 13, 2017
Starting this fall, the Los Alamos Public School district will issue a 14-inch Chromebook to every student in grades 7–12.
Salvador Zapien, Project Lead for the 1:1 Initiative, said that a teacher survey found that student access to appropriate technology is an important part of today’s learning environment.
Funding for the devices came from home owners and businesses in Los Alamos through House Bill 33, a state referendum designed to furnish schools with equipment. The referendum was passed by Los Alamos County voters in January of 2016.
The devices will be used for homework, research, writing assignments, presentations, and to access the supplementary online materials included with textbooks. Having every student on the same device lets teachers manage usage in the classroom and set standard learning expectations.
This spring, the district conducted a 1:1 pilot with the Topper freshmen class. Feedback from students, teachers, and parents was used to make modifications for next school year. The biggest goal of the program is to increase student engagement in the classroom.
To ensure students maximize the benefits of having access to the devices, staff will receive training in August. Twenty-two teachers will attend a conference with the International Society for Technology in Education. These 22 teachers will lead professional development sessions for their peers and act as the “Go To” person at their sites for questions revolving around the 1:1 initiative.
The district has implemented a monitoring system called GoGuardian.
Students will receive their devices at Fall Registration in August. Information sessions will be held for parents and students to have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the initiative.
Parents and Students are invited to the 1:1 Initiative Public Information Sessions
(all sessions are from 6:00 – 7:00PM)
June 19th and 22nd at Los Alamos Middle School

Monday June 12, 2017
The dedicated volunteers of the Los Alamos History Museum enjoyed an appreciation tour with Atomic City Tours on Thursday, along with a picnic lunch of sandwiches from Ruby K’s. The History Museum thanks its volunteers for their consistent and cheerful help in the Guest Cottage, the Hans Bethe House, and the Historical Society Archives, as well as their work as tour guides in the historic district. Volunteers make possible the History Museum and all it does!
Anyone interested in joining this dynamic group of History Museum volunteers is invited to attend the upcoming training session. The introductory meeting will be Monday, June 12, from 1–2 p.m., followed by in-depth training on Thursday, June 15, from 1–5 p.m. Both sessions will meet in the Nambé Room, upstairs in Fuller Lodge.

Friday June 9, 2017
Tonight beginning at 7PM at Ashley Pond, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents the Seattle band, Western Centuries. Thry play a wide range of styles from Zydeco to honky-tonk, from rock to rhythm & blues.
The band has three tremendous songwriters and lead vocalist. Maybe you’ve heard of Cahale Morrison? He’s one of their vocalist/ songwriter and guitarists. Other members are songwriters Ethan Lawton and Jim Miller. Rusty Blake plays pedal steel guitar and Dan Lowinger is on bass.
It is LA Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos Commerce & Development Night. There will be an assortment of venders there too.

Thursday June 8, 2017
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the community is invited the Chamberfest . Enjoy music, dance, shop, dig in a giant sand pile, look at 4x4 vehicles, and explore other family-friendly entertainment. Chamberfest is expected to draw more than 2,000 residents to the downtown area. Businesses and nonprofits utilize this opportunity to provide giveaways and games for attendees as well as sell merchandise and distribute information.
KRSN has a Chamberfest booth that is one of the 24 squares on the Chamberfest BINGO card.
Find all the booths in any straight row across, any vertical row, and any diagonal row. That is a total of 11 booths. Each booth must initial their square.
Correctly completed Bingo cards will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize.
Completed Bingo cards including your name and phone number should be returned to the Chamber to be entered into the drawing

Wednesday June 7, 2017
Los Alamos County is embarking on the development of a new wayfinding program that will direct visitors and residents to various attractions and amenities around town. Wayfinding encompass a variety of tools that help guide people to their destination, this includes signage, maps and digital tools. Wayfinding programs also help to establish an identity and reinforce a sense of place. Regions, cities, towns and communities of all sizes are establishing wayfinding programs to provide a better experience for their visitors.
The County has hired MERJE, a nationally recognized wayfinding expert, to guide the community through this process. MERJE visited Los Alamos in March and will be presenting their Wayfinding Analysis and Schematic Design Concepts on June 15th. There will also be a Public Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15th in Council Chambers (in the Municipal Building) to give the community an overview of wayfinding and opportunity to provide feedback on the Schematic Design concepts. The public is encouraged to participate.

Tuesday June 6, 2017
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Los Alamos Historical Society is the recipient of two Awards of Merit for the new exhibits at the Los Alamos History Museum as well as its recently published book, Doomed to Cooperate. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
The Los Alamos History Museum received the award for its newly opened exhibits that incorporate multiple perspectives and hands-on activities. The history of Los Alamos is told broadly, and the stories include not only scientific heroes of the Manhattan Project but all who participated., These stories are placed in the context of the Pajarito Plateau, including accounts of the Ancestral Pueblo people, the Hispano homesteaders, the Los Alamos Ranch School and the role the community played in the Cold War.
The Historical Society’s publishing division, Bathtub Row Press, was also honored for its landmark book, Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Great Post–Cold War Nuclear Dangers. The book tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations who reached across political, geographic, and cultural divides to confront, together, the new nuclear threats that resulted from the collapse of the Soviet Union. This two-volume set, edited by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Siegfried Hecker, shares this previously untold story of lab-to-lab collaboration.

Monday June 5, 2017
Student leaders from the Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew transition program were recently honored by former Los Alamos Scientist and Laboratory Fellow, Dr. Mudundi Raju and wife Devi, also of the Mahatma Ghandi Medical Trust.
Dr. Raju sponsored the first annual Lincoln/Ghandi Award for Los Alamos Middle School. Nine students were selected for initiating new projects at the school to make their school community better. The projects included celebrating cultural diversity during Chinese New Year and helping special education students practice their friendship making and presentation skills.
Students honored with the award were Evelyn Berninger, Logan Black, Gabriela Segundo-Canales, Esperanza Chavarria, Kevin Clarke, Katherine Elton, Ignatius Kuropatwinski, Francisco Garcia y Montoya and Victoria Nisoli.

Friday June 2, 2017

Summer classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will begin on Monday, June 5, 2017. Registration is open and there are still openings in many face-to-face and online classes. Course schedules are available at many locations around Los Alamos or on the UNM-LA website.

Students who have just finished high school, college students who are home for the summer, and summer employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory will find UNM-LA offers many core curriculum classes that transfer.

For those looking forward to the total eclipse of the sun in August, or students seeking a science credit, Dr. Thomas Beach will be teaching Introduction to Astronomy.

Students who would normally pay out-of-state tuition at UNM-Los Alamos can take advantage of a special program provided by UNM-LA and the New Mexico Higher Education Department which waives the non-resident portion of tuition during the summer, so that all students pay the in-state rate for the term.

UNM–LA is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. 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

Thursday June 1, 2017
The Los Alamos Public schools have promoted Lisa Montoya to serve as the Assistant superintendent for finance and operations. As the Chief Financial Officer, Lisa’s had the responsibility of overseeing and managing many different Central Office departments. These include the Business Office, Benefits, Human Resources, Food Services, Rentals, Fixed Assets, Leases, Maintenance, Custodial, Construction, Grounds, and Transportation.
Kelly Taylor has been selected to serve as the new Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Accountability, effective July 1, 2017.
Kelly Taylor is a passionate, transformational leader who builds a shared vision and strong collaborative relationships. She brings experience as an educator, principal, and dean of academics to the District.
Jill Gonzales has been selected to serve as the new Los Alamos High School Topper Freshman Academy Principal, effective July 1, 2017.
Jill Gonzales has served as Principal of Piñon Elementary School for the past seven years.

Wednesday May 31, 2017
Young women headed into their senior year can apply for New Mexico Girl’s State being held June 4th through the 9th. The one week experiences offers tremendous leadership training, three college credits and the experience of a life time surrounded in Americanism.
The non-partisan opportunity will take place at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales. The delegates will be housed in the Eddy Hall dorms, while meetings will take place in the Campus Union Building (CUB).
One Samsung American Legion Scholarship will be presented with the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship and attend Girl’s Nation.
Additional information and an application is available on line at Marie Todd is available to answer questions and offer guidance in what make for a successful week by calling 672-3846.

Tuesday May 30, 2017
According to the Monitor The Los Alamos School Board approved an $800,000 increase in the budget to remodel the Duane Smith Auditorium during a work session Thursday.
Los Alamos Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya presented the Duane Smith Auditorium finance plan to the board.
LAPS was given $1.2 million by the county for the renovation and Montoya asked that the board authorize the district to increase the budget to $2 million.
The one-time expense of up to $800,000 would be pulled from the leased facilities fund.
The district is in the process of updating the 66-year-old, 956-seat auditorium on the Los Alamos High School campus. The new plans feature 3,600 square feet of new construction to the front of the building. The bathrooms that were once located inside the hall will be moved into the space, and there will also be additional rooms for concessions, merchandise, and storage.

Monday May 29, 2017
Happy Memorail Day!  Remember those who did not return home.  Embrace those who did.

Friday May 26, 2017
The Los Alamos Memorial Day Celebration will occur on Monday at 11 am at Guaje Pines Cemetary. The Knights of Columbus are the hosting organization this year. A variety of service groups will help with the program including the Los Alamos High school NJROTC, the boy and girl scouts and the civil air patrol. Stephanie Garcia Richard will read the state proclamation, James Chrobocinski will read county proclamation. The speaker will be Colonel Pryor “Doc” Dougherty US Army retired. After the program participants and all present are invited to the Knights of Columbus Hall for lunch, remembrance and socializing.

Thursday May 25, 2017
Environmental Services has begun delivering bear resistant dumpsters to local businesses in an effort to decrease human/bear encounters and keep everyone safe. The bear resistant dumpsters were purchased using a federal grant that was facilitated by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The bear resistant dumpsters are free to any local commercial customer with dumpster service.

Wednesday May 24, 2017
The unofficial results of the special all mail out general obligation bond election are as follows. There were 7378 countable votes. There were 3446 votes for the general obligation bonds and 3932 votes against. The recreation bond lost by 486 votes which is approximately 6.5%. On May 2, 13,484 ballots were mailed to Los Alamos county registered voters. Almost 55% of our residents voted.
The county still has 13.4 million dollars of capital projects funds. We as citizens of Los Alamos need to have a voice on how that money is spent.
In January, 45% of our registered voters voted in the mail out election to fund the school bond issue and raise property taxes 1 mil for UNM-LA. In that special mail out election voters agreed to the proposals and our property taxes will be going up 1 mil in the next property tax cycle.

Tuesday May 23, 2017
Ballots are due today for Rec Bond Election. Voting will close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for the special all mail-out bond election for five proposed recreation projects. Walk in your ballot to the Clerk's office located on the second floor of the Municipal Building today 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. The public is invited to gather this evening in the lobby and Council Chambers at the Municipal Building to await results which are not expected until about 7:30pm.

Monday May 22, 2017
Crane Service Inc. of Albuquerque, NM will be moving a crane through Los Alamos from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on May 22nd, 2017. The crane will be escorted by LAPD through Los Alamos on NM 502 (Main Hill Road ) to 2075 Trinity Drive for abatement purposes.

Friday May 19,2017
Crane Service Inc. of Albuquerque, NM will be moving a crane through Los Alamos from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on May 22nd, 2017. The crane will be escorted by LAPD through Los Alamos on NM 502 (Main Hill Road ) to 2075 Trinity Drive for abatement purposes.
Tonight is the opening show of the 2017 Los Alamos Summer Concert series. the performer is Afro-Cuban piano maestro, Chuchito Valdes. The band is a trio and they’re world renowned as masters of Cuban dance music and jazz. The show is free and starts at 7pm in Fuller Lodge. Once again the opening of the summer concert series in tonight in Fuller Lodge.

Thursday May 18, 2017
The Los Alamos Police Department is asking the public with assistance in identifying the owners of a dog that attached another dog this past weekend. The incident happened around 11:00 AM this past Sunday at Rover Park. The suspect dog was described as possibly a male “cane corso”, or a very similar looking mastiff type dog that is black in color and weighing around 100 pounds. It appears a couple with a stroller came to get the dog under control after it attacked another dog while being on a leash with its owner. The dog that was attacked suffered injuries that required treatment from a veterinarian. Anybody with information concerning this case is asked to call the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222.

Wednesday May 17, 2017
Governor Susana Martinez announced the 2017 New Mexico
True Summer Reading Challenge, which helps students maintain and improve their
reading skills over the summer months when they aren’t in class.
The New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge is open to all New Mexico elementary
school students ages 5 to 12. All participants submitting a completed log showing they
read six books will receive a New Mexico True bookmark and certificate. Students
submitting a log with 12 or more books read, along with an essay explaining why they
love New Mexico, will also receive a bookmark and certificate, and will be entered into a
random drawing for one of the grand prizes.
Reading logs and brochures have been sent to public schools across the state.
Participants must be a New Mexico resident entering Elementary School in the 2017-18
school year, or 5 to 12 years old by September 1, 2017. Residency and eligibility will be
verified for all grand prize winners.
For a complete listing of rules and requirements and to apply online, visit the Public
Education Department’s website.

Tuesday  May 16, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his initiative to combat the opioid abuse and addiction crisis in New Mexico will be coming to Rio Arriba County next week. Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will host an Opioid Abuse Training in Española on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The training is free and will expose government officials, counselors, attorneys, policy advisors, investigators, healthcare professionals, consumer advocates, law enforcement and others to the impact and results of opioid abuse on New Mexico communities. It is intended to enhance the participants’ knowledge and understanding of opioid addiction and the countless issues involved, and to afford participants the opportunity to explore program materials and solutions to addressing the opioid epidemic. It is being held at the Northern New Mexico College Auditorium, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate, Española, Project OPEN is a free training and open to the public. If you would like to attend contact Tamarra Howard at (505)717-3506

Monday May 15, 2017
The Los Alamos Historical Society is pleased to announce guided tours of the Los Alamos Historic District Monday through Saturday at 11 am.
Guided tours begin in the Los Alamos History Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row. The 1.5-hour tours include information on the Ancestral Pueblo people, homesteading, the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Manhattan Project, and postwar Los Alamos, as well as visits to Fuller Lodge and the homestead-era Romero Cabin and, of course, a photo opportunity with the sculptures of Gen. Leslie Groves and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Tours are $15 per person and include free admission to the Los Alamos History Museum. Children 18 and under are free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets are only available in the Museum Shop. For more information, please call 505-662-6272

Friday May 12, 2017
Starting now and continuing through the summer, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident related violations to include seatbelt enforcement. There will also be random DWI checkpoints throughout the county during this time frame. The public can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by adhering to posted speed limit signs, allowing enough room between them and the vehicle they are following and driving with caution when roadways are wet. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers for the next few months. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #D-W-I, or #-3-9-4. Citizens in Los Alamos can also call the Los Alamos County Police Department directly at 662-8222 to report impaired or reckless drivers in our community. Please give yourself extra time to get to and from your destinations to ensure we all have a great summer.

Thursday May 11. 2017
It's been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument. There have been many days when it was very noticeable that there's just not enough parking in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, and visitors and rangers alike wished the shuttles were running. Now the waiting is over - the shuttles will start back up this Sunday, May 14. On the same day, the Bandelier Visitor Center hours will lengthen to 9 AM - 6 PM, and the Los Alamos County White Rock Visitor Center hours to 8 AM - 6 PM.
The shuttles are free, have really big windows to take in the scenery along the way, and run seven days a week from this Sunday through mid-October. Starting at 9 AM, they leave the White Rock Visitor Center every half hour on weekdays and every twenty minutes on weekends. Every run stops at Juniper Campground and then proceeds to the Bandelier Visitor Center, and stops at the campground again on its way back to White Rock. This way visitors traveling by way of Jemez Springs don't have to drive all the way to White Rock. In addition, visitors can get off at the campground stop and walk down the Frey Trail if they wish, a scenic approach to Frijoles Canyon for those who are prepared for a two-mile hike. At the end of their visit, they can then ride the shuttle back, avoiding the long uphill return trail, which many hikers appreciate.

Wednesday May 10, 2017
On Tuesday evening, May 9th, the Los Alamos School Board adopted a $60.7 million budget for the 2017-18 school year.
The budget reflects parent, student, staff, and community priorities and is designed to meet the mission and eight focus areas in the LAPS Strategic Plan. The first three focus areas are (1) Student Well-Being, (2) Student Learning, and (3) Teacher and Staff Well-Being and Excellence.
Due primarily to one-time administrative cost savings, the Board plans to provide a much needed 3% raise for all staff. Administrative savings at the School District Office included streamlining operations, reducing the number of positions, and re-negotiating contracts such as those for Internet access. Over the last two years, LAPS has increase student enrollment by over 100 students which added additional revenue for the district. Due to hiring at Los Alamos National Laboratory, LAPS projects a small increase in students for the 2017-18 school year.
School Board President Jenny McCumber thanked the New Mexico Legislature for their hard work in passing a public education budget that increased the School Funding Formula allocation by 0.5% for next year.
Other legislative changes that helped were an increase in funds for transportation and broader definition of how HB33 funds can be used.
The budget for next school year includes an additional science teacher and librarian at the Mid School and an early childhood teacher at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Last week, LAPS submitted a Reads to Lead competitive grant proposal that could provide additional literacy assistance in all five elementary schools.

Tuesday May 9, 2017
The County Council will be having a special session this evening in White Rock Fire station number 3 beginning at 6pm. One of the key items coming up Tuesday night will be a joint session with the Board of Public Utilities on Review and Discussion of Upcoming Major Financial Issues for the Department of Public Utilities. The public is welcome to attend and it will be broadcast live right here on KRSN.

Monday May 8, 2017
There is at least one bear roaming the neighborhoods of Los Alamos looking for food. There has been a large black bear sighted three nights in a row in the Walnut street area. Please keep your garbage inside until trash pick up morning. If you find your trash can sorted in the street, pick it up.

Friday May 5, 2017
The 2017 Edgar Lee Hewett Award, given yearly by the Historical Society of New Mexico, has been presented jointly to the Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County. The award was announced at the the Joint Arizona-New Mexico History Conference in Flagstaff, AZ, during ceremonies at the conference banquet April 23. The Hewett award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the people of New Mexico.
Los Alamos, with the help of the historical society, draws visitors from around the globe to experience the history of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War, along with introductions to our connections with Ancestral Pueblo people, Hispano and Anglo homesteading, and the Los Alamos Ranch School. Throughout the last few years, the Los Alamos Historical Society and its partner, Los Alamos County, have made significant resource investments to ensure that these uniquely New Mexican stories are preserved and shared.
Los Alamos County took the first steps in earning this award when it included a state-of-the-art archive to house the collections of the Los Alamos Historical Society in its new municipal building in 2013. That collection contains tens of thousands of photographs, more than 1,500 linear feet of documents, and more than 20,000 artifacts—from Maria Martinez pottery to samples of trinitite.
Also in 2013, the historical society acquired the historic Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row, a structure dating to the Los Alamos Ranch School era. The log and stone cottage once housed the Ranch School’s business manager and his family and was later home to two future Nobel laureates. Today it is the home of the Harold Agnew Cold War Gallery, an expansion of the Los Alamos History Museum that can now feature nearly 70 years of post–World War II history of Los Alamos.
With more than three years and $7 million in public and private investment, the Los Alamos Historic District—with its History Museum and its crown jewel, Fuller Lodge—is well restored and ready to welcome an increased number of visitors. This has all been enabled by the partnership between the Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County.

Thursday May 4, 2017
Just a reminder that the community blood drive by United Blood services is going on right now at the First Baptist church located at 2200 Diamond drive. Walk ins are welcome and you can help save 3 lives and yours by donating 1 pint of blood today. Stop by after work, they will be there until 7pm.

Wednesday May 3,  2017
Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to announce a contribution of $4,510.00 to Bowl for Kids’ Sake, benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region. All but $500.00 of the sum was raised by employees – from themselves, credit union members and friends. In addition, over 50 credit union staff bowled on Saturday, April 22nd at Pojoaque’s Cities of Gold Lanes.
Big Brothers Big Sisters uses donations from Bowl for Kids’ Sake to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships.

Tuesday May 2, 2017
 Mr. Carter Payne has been selected to serve as the new Los Alamos High School Principal effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Payne is a New Mexico native. He taught science and was an assistant principal in Las Cruces before moving to Los Alamos in 2010. Mr. Payne taught Physics at Los Alamos High School before becoming Assistant Principal in 2012. He was named principal of the Topper Freshman Academy in 2016.

Monday May 1, 2017
UNM alumni Shaylyn Garcia Roy and Patrick Stewart and will host “Consumer Security: Protecting the Citizens of New Mexico” on May 4 at UNM-Los Alamos in the Building 2 Lecture Hall. The event will begin with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6 p.m.
The UNM Alumni Association and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office are joining forces to educate citizens in conjunction with Financial Literacy Month. Topics discussed during this presentation will include recognizing the red flags of financial scams, consumer online safety, crime prevention, identity theft and fraud. They have offered these consumer protection presentations throughout the state, with their final stop Los Alamos.

Friday April 28,2017
New Mexico residents can get their legal questions answered or receive a referral by phone during the free Ask-a-Lawyer Call-in Program at 9 a.m.–noon, Saturday, April 29.
Lawyers will staff the phones across New Mexico and answer questions on a wide variety of topics including employment law, divorce, child support, landlord/tenant issues, personal injury, estate planning, real estate, criminal issues and more.
The public can call the following numbers to be connected to the Ask-a-Lawyer Call-in between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon) on April 29 only. All callers remain anonymous. Callers should have documents relating to their case/question ready prior to calling in.
New Mexico Residents with 575 Area Code Dial 575-622-5440
New Mexico Residents with 505 Area Code Dial 800-876-6227

Thursday April 27, 2017
Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are encouraging customers to devote ten minutes to rate the DPU’s performance in providing electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater services. The seventh biennial customer satisfaction survey is kicking off this week.
An independent firm, Southwest Planning & Marketing is conducting a phone survey with some online options. Data from DPU’s residential and commercial customers will be compiled, interpreted and presented in a report. DPU will post the report in June on the DPU website.

Wednesday April 26, 2017
New Mexico State Forestry will hold a special two-day tree seedling sale at its
Seedling Tree House in Santa Fe Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28, – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. A wide range of tree seedlings will be available with minimum lots of ten including mix and match of species.
The bare-root tree species offered at this year’s sale include: native plum, hybrid cottonwood,
woods rose, wax currant, and black locust.
Other species in small containers and various quantities include: Afghanistan pine,
Arizona walnut, Austrian pine, bigtooth maple, Engelmann spruce, black willow, bluestem willow, thinleaf alder, blue spruce, bristlecone Pine and more. Bare-root are $25.00 for a bundle of 25, and small containers $1.00 each (minimum of 10) - mix and match. During this special sale, all items will be sold as cash and carry and will be limited to the supply on hand. Casa de Arboles is located at 3250 Calle Princessa Juana, Santa Fe.

Tuesday April 25, 2017
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan. Now Bandelier is re-opening the public comment period in order to include newly identified issues, including the listing of the Jemez Mountains salamander as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and the 2013 flash flooding events in the monument.
The purpose of the proposed Fire Management Plan for Bandelier National Monument is to comply with new national and National Park Service (NPS) policies, and to incorporate new scientific information into fire management planning within parks. Since the monument’s last Fire Management Plan was prepared in 2005, high-intensity fires, long periods of drought, and severe flooding have resulted in changes to the ecosystem that are not reflected in that past plan. In preparing a new Fire Management Plan for Bandelier, the NPS seeks to provide management direction that reflects these environmental changes and complies with the latest wildland fire management policies.

Monday April 24, 2017
Ten businesses and non-profits received awards from the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at a sold-out Gala at Fuller Lodge on Saturday April 22.
The award winners are:
Financial Institution of the Year: Del Norte Credit Union,
Service Business of the Year: Flowers by Gillian,
Media Outlet of the Year: Los Alamos Daily Post,
Retail Business of the Year: Pet Pangaea,,
Most Innovative Business of the Year: project Y,
Non-profit of the Year: Pajarito Environmental Education Center,
Restaurant of the Year: Blue Window Bistro,
2016 Small Business Saturday Best Customer Service Award: Flowers by Gillian,
2016 Most Supportive Chamber Member: Los Alamos National Bank,
Overall Business of the Year: Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op,

Friday April 21, 2017
The County of Los Alamos Public Works Department will be installing delineators at the intersection of State Road 4 at the Truck Route on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Delineators are those skinny orange poles used to separate lanes.

Thursday April 20, 2017
Southern Slam, from Jemez Pueblo, has been announced as an invited drum group at the 34th annual Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people. The Gathering of Nations, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in North America, will host tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world celebrating their culture and traditions through traditional Native American dance, music, arts, crafts, and cuisine. The powwow will take place on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at its new location the Powwow Grounds at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.
The invited drum groups are primarily responsible for providing music for the competitive dancers. Each drum group has a lead singer who leads the songs as he or she drums and directs the singers. Invited drums are responsible for singing ceremonial songs including the grand entry song. They will officially open the powwow with a flag song, veteran’s song, or victory song. In addition, they will close the powwow with a flag song, retreat song, and closing song.

Wednesday April 19, 2017
Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 in the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. In March 2011, a tsunami slammed into the coast of Japan and initiated the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Radiation levels inside the buildings there are still lethal, but the cleanup needs to proceed. Come and listen to Chris Morris, of the Lab’s Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, talk about how our scientists are using people-friendly particles called muons to help assess the status of the nuclear fuel inside the damaged reactors. Accurate answers to questions about the fuel rods could help reduce recovery efforts by more than a decade and save billions of dollars. There is a short informal presentation, followed by lively discussion.

Tuesday April 18, 2017
The County has opened a brief survey on Open Forum requesting information regarding residents’ bicycle use. The information obtained from the survey will be instrumental in helping to further shape the Bicycle Transportation Plan. The public comment period closes May 8, 2017.
The Public Works Department also released a first draft of the Bicycle Transportation Plan, the next step in the County’s efforts to help make Los Alamos a more bicycle friendly community. The plan will help to develop a more comprehensive transportation network with bicycle travel as the focus with broader goals of enhancing the quality of life, bringing economic development and additional tourism to Los Alamos.
The plan will also aid the County in obtaining medal status from the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The County was awarded Honorable Mention in 2016. Most importantly, the plan will allow for the prioritization and programming of future projects and bring future funding opportunities from sources within the County as well as federal and state grant programs.

Monday April 17, 2017
The Los Alamos Golf Course will be closed for State Varsity High School Matches today until 3:00 p.m., then open after 3:00 p.m. for regular play. The Pro Shop will be open regular hours (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
On Tuesday, the course will be closed all day for routine Spring golf course maintenance. The driving range and the Pro Shop will not be open on Tuesday.

Friday April 14, 2017
Central Avenue will be closed to traffic between 20th Street and Oppenheimer from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, for the safety of adults and children attending Wildfire 2017 and the Elks Lodge Annual Easter Egg Hunt held at Ashley Pond Park. Motorists should plan to use Trinity or Canyon to bypass the closure.
The 2017 Elks Easter Egg Hunt and wildfire preparedness day will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ashley Pond. The Easter egg hunt will start promptly at 10 am. After the hunt, there will be Smokey the Bear, Los Alamos Fire Department's Sparky, bouncy houses, a bicycle rodeo, a children's safety seat clinic, helmet fittings and information for wild fire preparedness.

Thursday April 13, 2017
The UNM Los Alamos Advisory Board met on Monday, April 10 in a Special Meeting to take action on the proposed fiscal year 2018 operating budget. The Special Meeting to review and approve the upcoming budget occurs every year in April, but this year, with the seriousness of the state economy and the recent line item veto actions that eliminated funding to higher education by Governor Martinez, this year’s budget meeting faced significant challenges.
One constant theme that was repeated throughout the meeting was a resounding “Thank You” to the Los Alamos community for their support of the campus with the successful mill levy election in January of this year. The successful mill levy election in January has made it possible for UNM-LA to avoid major cuts to programs and staff. The additional funding to UNM-LA approved by the voters in January will represent “new” money to the campus when the funds begin to be received in fiscal year 2018.
UNM-LA Director of Business Operations Lisa Wismer noted, The proposed budget approved by the Advisory Board included a recommended 4% tuition increase to students. This recommendation by the Advisory Board must be approved by the UNM Board of Regents. A meeting to address proposed tuition increases for all UNM campuses has been delayed.The budget, presented on Monday night, was prepared based on currently available information, with contingency plans and scenarios anticipating potential additional cuts also i

Wednesday April 12, 2017
Single Family home sales in Los Alamos County rose from 46 in the 1st Quarter of 2016 to 52 this Quarter. The median price of Single Family Home sales saw a strong jump when compared to the 1st Quarter of 2016 of $262,500 to $301,000 in this Quarter. Condo and Townhome sales increased in the 1st Quarter of 2017 to 16 units sold compared to 13 units sold in the same Quarter of 2016. During this same period, the median price of Condos/Townhomes dropped to $149,100.

Tuesday April 11, 2017
UbiQD, LLC, a New Mexico-based quantum dot manufacturer located here in Los Alamos, announced that it has achieved greater than 80% quantum yield, or optical efficiency, for its quantum dots over a broad spectrum from the visible to the near infra-red (550 nm to 1000 nm peak emission). For some colors between orange and deep red, the company manufactured optimized quantum dots with near 100% quantum yield. With this milestone, UbiQD's materials now have the highest reported photon conversion efficiency for quantum dots that do not contain cadmium, an element known for its toxicity and which is widely used by many quantum dot manufacturers. At the same time, the new quantum yield reported by the company is also comparable to the best cadmium-containing nanomaterials that currently exist.
The benefit of high quantum yield positively impacts all quantum dot applications including lighting, displays, security, biotechnology, and design. While there are many potential markets for UbiQD's patented technology, the company's primary focus is enabling windows to generate electricity using products known as luminescent solar concentrators.
UbiQD has recently been testing prototype luminescent solar concentrator windows on the square foot scale using its high-performance glass quantum dot composites and has plans to start pilot projects to validate the technology in the marketplace later this year.

Monday April 10, 2017
Here are the March weather highlights. Los Alamos and White Rock measured the warmest average maximum temperature on record for March. The average maximum temperature for Los Alamos and White Rock was 9 degrees above average. The record warmth resulted in 143 records at 34 stations across northern and central New Mexico on 15 days during the middle of the month. Temperatures decreased by March 23 as storms passed through the state through the remainder of the month, resulting in rain and snow.
Los Alamos measured drier than average conditions for a second month in a row. Los Alamos measured 0.7 inches of precipitation (0.5 inches below average). For the year, Los Alamos measured 0.48 inches above average as a result of the significantly wet January.

Saturday  April 8, 2017
Los Alamos County’s Traffic Division has been informed by LANL that they will be closing West Road Saturday, April 8. West Road is owned by LANL and the closure is necessary for safety reasons as tree trimming activities will occur in this area between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
West Road is the road that leads into Los Alamos Canyon to the Ice Rink and frequently used by motorists to access Pajarito Mountain. Motorists will need to travel through the LANL security portal in order to access Pajarito Mountain during these hours tomorrow.

Friday April 7, 2017
Los Alamos National Bank employees have found scanning devices used to steal bank card information at two drive-thru ATMs in Santa Fe.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that bank officials say the two so-called skimmer devices have been removed from the ATMs. Police also removed cameras that had been installed above the machines to record customers entering their PIN numbers.
Los Alamos National Bank President and CEO John Gulas said Wednesday that he believes the scam began last week, though it's unclear when the skimmers were installed.
Police have identified a suspect based on surveillance video. Anyone with information about the skimmers is asked to call Santa Fe police.

Thursday April 6, 2017
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Office of Student Services is hosting a job fair for students and local community members on April 6 from 1-4 p.m. in the UNM-LA Student Center (Building 2). More than 20 large and small businesses from northern New Mexico will be on hand to meet potential new employees.
Businesses will be sharing current job postings and distributing information about upcoming job opportunities including summer, full-time, part-time, internships and other possibilities.
This event is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their current resumes.
The following businesses plan to attend:
· A Nurse in the Family
· Bandelier National Monument
· Los Alamos National Laboratory
· Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Programs Office
· Los Alamos Retirement Community
· Lowe’s, Espanola
· New Mexico Consortium
· NM Workforce Connections, Espanola Office
· Office of Instruction, UNM-LA
· Pet Pangaea
· Pueblo of Pojoaque
· Buffalo Thunder and Cities of Gold
· Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
· Santa Fe Police Department
· Small Business Development Center, UNM-LA
· Smith’s (Los Alamos & WR)
· SUN Path program for medical services, UNM-LA
· Zia Credit Union

Wednesday April 5, 2017
Four Los Alamos High School students recently won coveted spots to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Sophia Li (11th grade), Lillian Peterson (9th grade) and team project of Priyanka Velappan and Alex Inokov (11th grade) will receive all expense paid trips to the Intel Fair, which will take place in Los Angeles, CA, May 14-19, 2017.
This is the 13th straight year that LAHS students competed in the prestigious international fair.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair , a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes.

Tuesday April 4, 2017
There is a county council meeting this evening beginning at 6 pm in the council chambers of the muni building. They'll consider Resolution No. 17-04: A resolution regarding the just treatment of immigrants and refugees in the United States of America; plus, they'll hear an update on the Brand Action Plan. Council chairman David Izraelevitz will be our guest councilor tomorrow at 7:40 to discuss the meeting.

Monday April 3, 2017
Governor Susana Martinez announced changes to the teacher evaluation system that were created with support and input from teachers across the state. Under the revised system, the number of grace days will double from three to six and the weight of student achievement growth will be set at 35 percent and observations will be increased. Teachers requested that these policy changes be kept for the next five years to continue to create stability.
New Mexico recently saw record-breaking high school graduation rates. And it was recently announced that New Mexico ranked second in the nation for growth in students taking AP courses. New Mexico is also a leader in Hispanic students taking AP coursework and ranks fourth in the nation for providing AP courses to low-income students.
The changes in teacher evaluations are a result of informed teachers bringing their voice and recommendations to the Public Education Department. Specific changes were proposed by members of TeachPlus, an organization of educators.

Friday March 31, 2017
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish would like to remind anglers to purchase a 2017-18 fishing license when they go on sale opening day, Saturday, April 1. Licenses can be purchased 24 hours a day on the department website,, during business hours at department offices and license vendors statewide, or by calling the department Information Center, (888) 248-6866. For anglers’ convenience, Information Center phone lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, giving everyone a chance to purchase a license on opening day. The fishing license year runs April 1 to March 31. Licenses purchased online or through the Information Center can be emailed, downloaded and printed. Because fishing licenses don’t have a tagging requirement, anglers can download and display them on a smart phone or mobile device. Fishing licenses cost $25 for state residents. Most anglers are required to purchase a $4 state habitat management and access validation stamp. Anglers intending to fish on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service lands will need a $5 federal habitat stamp.

Thursday March 30, 2017
Here are the lowlights of the police reports March 22 through 28
One was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked.
Four were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested for DWI.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested for unlawful use of a license.
There was a report of battery.
There was a report of shoplifting.
There was an animal at large.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There were 3 reports of fraud.

Wednesday March 29, 2017
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Office of Student Services is hosting a job fair for students and local community members on April 6 from 1-4 p.m. in the UNM-LA Student Center (Building 2). More than 20 large and small businesses from northern New Mexico will be on hand to meet potential new employees.
Businesses will be sharing current job postings and distributing information about upcoming job opportunities including summer, full-time, part-time, internships and other possibilities.
Some of the local businesses participating include Los Alamos Retirement Community, Pet Pangea, Zia Credit Union and Smith’s.
This event is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their current resumes.

Tuesday March 28, 2017
According to the Los Alamos Monitor, less than a mile on NM 30 – also known as the Los Alamos Highway – will go under the shovel in early April. The New Mexico Department of Transportation project poses slow and go conditions for the estimated 13,000 drivers on the road most weekdays until December. The two-lane road is the main route to work each day for Los Alamos National Laboratory employees who live in and around Española, Santa Clara and San Ildefonso pueblos.
The $4 million project was explained Thursday at the Santa Claran event center in Española by the New Mexico Department of Transportation department’s District 5 leaders, the construction contractor and Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. J. Michael Chavarria.
The project includes adding a stop light to assist pedestrians in crossing the busy road in a congested area of Santa Clara, along with curbs, gutters and other Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant features. A center lane will be added at an intersection, but the two-lane road will remain. Box culverts will be constructed to handle the flow of water in the Santa Clara creek during peak run off.
First one side of the road will be completed, and then the other.
Most of the speakers recognized that the 180-day project will try the patience of commuters and residents during the project’s work schedule of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The highway will remain open during the work, but the current 45-mph speed limit will drop to 25 mph in and near the construction zone. All but one of Santa Clara’s streets, Kee Street, will be closed to prevent “shortcuts.” Transportation Department officials encouraged drivers to look into an alternative route – via US 84/285 through Arroyo Seco and Pojoaque to NM 502 – to make it to work on time.
Law enforcement is expected to play a large role in deterring speeders and detour seekers.

Monday March 27,2017

Sprinklers coming back on-line in County parks soon...Over the next few weeks, Parks crews will be out and about testing the sprinklers during daylight hours - it's part of their annual water audit to check for any sprinkler head adjustments, broken sprinklers or lines needing repairs/replacement. Once the systems are checked out, they'll place the sprinklers on a timed system for early or evening sprinkling in the parks.

Friday March 24, 2017
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announced the launch of its free Los Alamos DPU App by Smart Energy Systems. According to Department officials it’s a new cloud-based platform with a friendly interface for DPU customers to access their account, track consumption, and pay utility bills from their computer or mobile device.
In 2015, a DPU customer satisfaction survey revealed that a segment of customers wanted more online functions. “Customers under the age of 45 told us that they wanted better ways to do business with us online. We listened and believe the Los Alamos DPU App will allow customers the flexibility and convenience they seek,” stated Utilities Manager Tim Glasco.
Some of the advantages that DPU customers can expect from the Los Alamos DPU App when used on their computer or downloaded to their mobile device include the ability to:
• View current and historic bills,
• Make payments with a credit card or electronic check,
• View current and historic consumption,
From a computer, DPU customers can access the Los Alamos DPU App directly at

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:; 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,, 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 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.

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

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 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

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

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.

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

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 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

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 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.

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

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.

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.