News Highlights 2019


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Thursday October 17, 2019

– A 460, 000-pound rotor will be moving from Los Alamos National Laboratory to

Clovis beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, potentially causing delays for drivers in Northern New

Mexico, the Department of Transportation warned on Wednesday.

From Clovis, the laboratory rotor-which is 69 feet long and 6 feet in diameter-will be transported

via train to Richmond, Va. For repairs.

The rotor is non-military and contains no hazardous or radioactive materials. Construction on

N.M. 599 will force the truck-and-trailer transport to pass through the city of Santa Fe late Friday

morning.

The Department of Transportation has worked closely with the laboratory to plan and analyze the

route. Please see the attachment for a visualization of the route.

Be advised: Santa Fe traffic will be impacted along St. Francis Drive, St. Michaels’s Drive and

Old Pecos Trail.

The transport could take as many as three days to arrive in Clovis. A police escort will alert

drivers to slow down.

The transport will travel between 25 to 40 miles per hour. Motorists can expect delays if caught

behind the transport and may want to seek an alternate route.

After repairs, the rotor will be transported back to Los Alamos by similar means at an as-yet undetermined date and time.

 

Wednesday October 16, 2019

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the fog seal project in White Rock has been changed to Thursday, October 24, 2019. GM Emulsion will start fog sealing beginning on Rover Blvd starting at SR 4 and continue toward Grand Canyon Dr. They will continue down Grand Canyon Dr. starting at SR 4 to Meadow Lane. They will also work on Bryce Ave., starting at Rover Blvd to Meadow Lane. Crews will be working from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Weather permitting, work should be completed in one day.
The contractor will set up a flagging operation allowing traffic to flow.
The contractor will be visiting area business’ and residents door to door leaving information including the proposed daily schedule, coordination instructions and contact information.
Los Alamos County Public Works Department is committed to the safety of the traveling public and thanks you for your patience and cooperation during this work.

 

Tuesday October 15, 2019

Tonight there is a county council meeting in  White Rock Fire Station 3 beginning at 6pm.

It's a work session, but, the Council will waive their rules and could vote during the wrap up of the Public Hearing about the proposed hotel and conference center south of 20th Street/Trinity. Triad will also be giving a presentation on Tuesday night about their ideas and concepts for future LANL Infrastructure, which has been a topic of public interest recently with information that has circulated about building a bridge over White Rock Canyon. If you're interested in either topic, plan to attend the meeting.  Tomorrow we will interview a councilor about this meeting.

 

Monday October 14

It is Columbus Day.  There are no live shows.

 

Friday October 11, 2019

Here is the September weather summary from Los Alamos National Laboratory.  September was very warm as the first half of September had significantly above average temperatures with an average of 8 degrees above average for maximum temperatures during the first two weeks. For the month, temperatures were approximately five degrees above average and was the warmest September since

2015. Maximum temperature records were broken on September 5 and 6 with high temperatures of 88 and 89 degrees, respectively. Measured on September 3, 89.1 degrees is the warmest day in September since September 3, 1948. The summer monsoon was not favorable for precipitation as June, August, and September measured below average precipitation. Los Alamos measured 6.53 inches of precipitation during the monsoon (70% of normal).

 

Thursday October 10, 2019

A Deacon Street milling and pot hole repair project begins today and will continue Friday. Work should be completed Monday, October 14th. Work will begin each day at 7:30 am and finish at 3:30 pm.

A flagging operation will be utilized for this project. The parking lot next to El Parasol Restaurant drive-up will be partially closed. The first row of parking next to Deacon Street will be closed for parking so vehicles and customers won’t be harmed while the milling operation commences.

Pedestrian and vehicle traffic are urged to obey all traffic devices and maintain a safe distance from the work zone during this project.

 

Wednesday October 9, 2019

The New Mexico National Board Certified Teacher (NMNBCT) Network presented LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus with the Administrator of the Year award at their annual conference on Saturday, Sept. 28. 

This award recognizes school administrators who go above and beyond to aid the endeavors of the NMNBCT network, specifically for his continued support for teachers going through the National Board Certification process.   

“Dr. Steinhaus has been a long time advocate for education and is an extraordinary administrator who supports his teachers in every way,” said NMNBCT Network President Evelyn Sanchez. “The NMNBCT Network thanks him for his continued support in advancing accomplished teaching and national boards in New Mexico." 

Earning this certification is a high honor and involves a rigorous process. According to the NMNBCT Network, national board certified teachers positively impact student learning. There are 42 national board certified teachers within LAPS. 

The goal of the NMNBCT Network is to advance the work of National Boards in New Mexico, as well as provide NBCT candidate support training and professional development for teachers, NBCT candidates and NBCTs.

 

Tuesday October 8, 2019

It is time for Safety University for Families!

Join us for the first of a series of safety Information sessions for families of Los

Alamos students. Los Alamos Public Schools invites parents for an informative

night on school safety at Safety University for Families on Wednesday, Oct. 9

from 6 pm - 7 pm in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

School staff will host a discussion on the Safe School Plan, community

communications, and families can support safety in our schools. There will be a time for questions and

answers.

LAPS is committed to keeping our students safe and partnering with the community to improve safety in

our schools.

“We want parents to have an understanding of our safety protocol procedures,” explained District Safety

Coordinator Susan Odegard-Fellows.

Safety University is open to all parents of students in PreK through 12th grade at Los Alamos Public

Schools.

 

 

Monday October 7, 2019

Here is the cone zone report for this week.

North Mesa:

GM Emulsion will finish replacing curb, sidewalk, repair valley gutters and driveway aprons along Alamo Rd between San Ildefonso Rd and Tsankawi St by Monday at 6:00 p.m.

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Traffic and Streets crews will be striping roads and curbs on 15th St, Knecht, Oppenheimer, 20th St in Los Alamos, and Longview and Sherwood Blvd in White Rock, starting Monday at 9:00 a.m. and finishing each day by 3:00 p.m. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to obey all traffic control devices and maintain a safe distance from the paint striping equipment and crew.

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Traffic and Streets will be repairing potholes along Deacon Street and Canyon Glen starting Monday. Please drive safely and obey all traffic control devices.

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Traffic Electricians will be closing the left inside lane on Diamond at the Golf Course cross walk east of 35th St one day over the next week to install a pole. Please slow down in the work zone.

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NM 502 (Trinity Drive) eastbound and westbound traffic is shifted to the south side of NM 502 (Trinity Drive) for the section of roadway between Arroyo Lane and east of Tewa Loop with one lane of travel in each direction.

Access to Tewa Loop from NM502 is CLOSED. Motorists should detour at Airport Rd to access Tewa Loop.

Access to businesses and buildings or parks located on the north side of NM502 is being maintained.

The closure is necessary for the installation of an electrical vault and extension of the waterline and fiber optics line. The work is planned to be completed by October 18th; weather permitting.

The current detours between Knecht St. and Central Ave are the same:

 Project hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak commute times.

 

Friday October 4, 2019

Los Alamos High School teacher, Stephanie

Mitchell, is a finalist for the Golden Apple Award

for Excellence in Teaching.

Mitchell has been teaching biology at Los Alamos

High School for over 13 years. She was recently

named the Outstanding Biology Teacher for New

Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

A total of seven award recipients will be selected over the next several weeks. This year, 88 teachers were

nominated from 26 different New Mexico communities.

The award includes induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows, a generous professional

development fund and a cash prize.

The seven eventual awardees will be recognized at the Golden Apple Tribute to Teacher Excellence in

Albuquerque on April 3, 2020.

Thursday October 3, 2019

This past weekend, the Los Alamos Public Schools’ Athletic

Directors attended the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA)

and the New Mexico Athletic Directors Association (NMADA) Fall

Conference in Albuquerque and received three prestigious awards.

Daren Jones, Athletic Director at Los Alamos Middle School,

received NMADA’s award for the New Mexico Middle School

Athletic Director of the Year.

Los Alamos High School received NMAA’s 2nd place award in Class

4A for the Directors Cup for the 2018-19 school year.

LAHS Athletic Director, Ann Stewart, received the National

Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s State Award of Merit.

 

Tuesday October 1, 2019

UNM-LA is offering a workshop to assist students (and their families) in completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. Computers will be available so participants can complete the online application during the event. UNM-LA has planned this event to provide assistance.  The workshop will be held in building 6, room 639 on the UNM-LA campus, 4000 University Drive. Any community member who plans to file a FAFSA is welcome.

The priority deadline for FAFSA 2020-21 is January 6 for all UNM campuses. Students meeting the priority deadline will receive first consideration for various federal and state grants. A completed FAFSA is also required for many scholarship, work-study, and loan programs. 

UNM-LA staff will be available to answer questions about the FAFSA and to walk students through the application process. For those who plan to complete the FAFSA during the workshop, please bring:

Student and parent (if applicable) Social Security Numbers

Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen

Student and parent 2015 federal tax returns, W-2 forms, and records of any untaxed income

An FSA ID (if you have one)

 For more information about the workshop, contact Student Services, Financial Aid Officer Jenny Duran at 505.662.0341.  For more information about UNM-LA, visit http://losalamos.unm.edu.

 

Monday September 30, 2019

Starting Monday, NM 502 (Trinity Drive) eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the south side of NM 502 (Trinity Drive) for the section of roadway between Arroyo Lane and east of Tewa Loop. There will be one lane of travel in each direction.

Access to Tewa Loop from NM502 will be CLOSED from September 30th to October 18th.   Motorists will detour at Airport Rd to have access to Tewa Loop.

Access to businesses and buildings or parks located on the north side of NM502 will be maintained.

The closure is necessary for the installation of an electrical vault and extension of the waterline and fiber optics line. The work is planned to be completed by October 18th; weather permitting.

The current detours between Knecht St. and Central Ave. will remain the same as in the past several weeks.

 

Tuesday September 24, 2019

The Los Alamos School Board met last week and heard an updated presentation on the Facilities Master Plan. Marilyn Strube, with Greer Stafford Architecture, reviewed what has been done so far. The final document will be presented on October 15, 2019 for adoption.

 

The “living document” takes into consideration the LAPS Strategic Plan and its focus areas as well as LAPS goals, standards and expectations. Another subject addressed in the Facilities Master Plan is the potential growth in school enrollment based upon employment projections and housing developments. By 2024, enrollment could be as high as 4,200, an increase of about 500 students. The interest in PreK programs as well as the need for district-wide extracurricular and community facilities is also addressed in the plan.

 

There are three Capital Project categories listed in the plan which align with Public School Facilities Authority (PSFA) funding:

 

1.            Recurring Facility Priorities including:

             Life, health, safety, security, code, ADA

             Maintenance

             Technology; and

             Energy and waste reduction

        2.   Major Facility/Site System Renewal

         3. Major Capital Projects including:

             Large renovation projects

             Facility replacement projects

             New construction

             Facility removal from inventory

 

The 2019-2023 Facilities Master Plan not only addresses the needs of each school site in the district but also the LAPS leased facilities. As noted by Strube, roofs and HVAC systems were the top priorities at most of the leased facilities.

The School Board approved the 2020 Legislative Resolutions which includes one new resolution along with the 2019 resolutions.  The 2020 resolution is to increase flexibility for extended learning, K-5+ and K-12+. These are PED (Public Education Department) initiatives to give students more time in the classroom. LAPS wants to offer Summer School, Kindergarten Safety Town and before school programs at all of the district’s elementary schools. This resolution requests legislation that increases School Board flexibility to implement extended learning, K-5+ and K-12+ programs to include summer school programs and before school programs

 

Monday September 23, 2019

As part of the NM502 Road Reconstruction Project, Parker Construction will be tying in a new section of gas line at the DP Road/Trinity intersection. Gas and air will be purged from the line several times between the hours of 5 a.m. and noon on Monday, Sept. 23 and again on Wednesday, Sept. 25. During the purging operation, citizens may smell natural gas and hear loud noises usually associated with the controlled release of gas from the pipe.  Vehicle traffic may be stopped for short periods of time to minimize any potential sources of ignition.   Purging is necessary to safely release  gas and air out of the line and into the atmosphere to safely pressurize the new system. The procedure is performed under strict federal regulatory requirements and is safe. 

 

Thursday September 19, 2019

The Los Alamos High School practice field was successfully renovated and is now being utilized by

LAHS sports and activities. The practice field is located south of Griffith Gym and sits between the

“jock lot” and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church parking lot.

Landscaping work took place over the summer and included top dressing, reseeding and installing

sod to create a safer practice field. Striping of the field was completed last Thursday by the LAPS

Facilities Department.

The field is primarily used by LAHS PE classes and sports teams, but it is open for community use

outside of school hours. To use the practice field or any LAPS field during after school hours, please

contact the LAPS Rentals Coordinator, Trey Pereyra at r.pereyra@laschools.net or 663-2245.

 

 

Wednesday September 18, 2019

All the schools are a buzz this week with Homecoming activities.  Members of the Homecoming Court have decided to give back to

their schools, and so they are starting an initiative called Court for a Cause.

“The 2019 Homecoming Court wanted to start a new tradition, similar to other schools

nationwide, called Court for a Cause,” said member Maddie Ovaska. “This is a chance

for  students to come together and give back to the

community. There is no better cause than our own schools!”

As their way of giving back to the schools and teachers who have supported them, the

students are encouraging members of the community to donate to the LAPS

Foundation, specifically to fund teacher mini-grants.

Last year, the LAPS Foundation realized that there was a real need for smaller grants that would allow teachers to quickly implement a new idea or introduce a new resource in the classroom. They began offering mini grants of $100.

Last year the LAPS Foundation offered $1,000 per semester in mini-grants on a first-

come-first-served basis. This year it increased the amount to $1,500 per semester.

“Already the money for fall mini-grants has been allocated, and more won’t be available

until spring” said Loy. “It’s become a very popular part of the support we offer to

teachers and schools.”

The Homecoming Court has set up a page to collect donations that will be used to offer

more teacher mini-grants this fall. To contribute to Court for a Cause, visit

lapsfoundation.com/court-for-a-cause.

 

Tuesday September 17, 2019

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will ask its board (the Board of Public Utilities) for multi-year increases to water and sewer rates at an October 16 public hearing.  Prior to the hearing, DPU officials invite Los Alamos citizens to the September 18 BPU meeting for preliminary discussions with board members; view a documentary on the condition of the nation's infrastructure later in September; and then attend a public meeting in either White Rock on October 7th or the townsite on October 10th.

 

Monday September 16, 2019

officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately

16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Fourteen semifinalists are seniors at Los Alamos High School including: Dara Armstrong, Talia Ben-Naim, Sean Dougherty, Eleanor Henderson, Emily Holmes, Cinlong Huang, Eli Iramk-Bent, Malea Joyce, Dimitri Lopez, Gopal Nadiga, Trystan Osburn, Juan Romero, Neha Sadasivan and Cameron Waters.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

 

Friday September 13, 2019

Diamond Dr Paving 

Construction is wrapping up. The contractor will be finishing the paving at the San Ildefonso Roundabout over the weekend and early next week if needed. Final striping and marking of Diamond Dr is underway. Placement of concrete utility collars throughout Diamond Drive continues; motorists should expect lane closures for this activity.

 

Thursday September 12, 2019

The County has opened a new webpage on its Economic Development Projects page at www.losalamosnm.us featuring information about the proposed hotel and conference center south of Trinity Drive at 20th Street. The page contains information for the public to review about the proposed project, which was the topic of a public hearing for Ordinance 695 at the August 27, 2019 Council meeting.
Here is the link for the page, which has links to documents available and referenced during the Council meeting as well as other background studies:
https://losalamosnm.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6435810&pageId=15979512
The Council has scheduled a continuation of the Public Hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. Members of the public are encouraged to review the page and documents before the meeting.
Comments may be e-mailed to countycouncil@lacnm.us.

 

Tuesday September 10, 2019

— Authorities say they’re searching for a 5-year-old New Mexico girl who has been missing since Sunday morning.

The Rio Arriba County sheriff announced late Sunday that an Amber alert was issued for the girl.

The girl has been identified as Renezmae Calzada. Authorities say she is four feet tall and weighs approximately 35 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. Photos released by authorities show her with long, dark hair and brown eyes.

She was reportedly last seen wearing blue shorts with stars and a “Frozen” shirt.

State Police announced early Monday morning that Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Renezmae Calzada, a five-year old Hispanic female, last seen at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of McCurdy Road and Tesuque Lane.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call the Rio Arriba County Sherriff’s Office at 505-753-5555.

 

Monday September 9, 2019

Diamond Dr Paving

Work to mill and pave Diamond is underway near Arkansas and proceeding through the roundabout at San Ildefonso. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction as Star Paving crews continue the asphalt milling and paving operations daily. Drivers are asked to be cautious when making turns out of side streets adjacent to the work zone, the contractor may be limiting access for left turns out of side streets. Flaggers will be available as needed.

 As work is completed on Diamond Drive the contractor will work towards milling and paving the roundabout. This work may begin late this week depending upon their progress. Work in the roundabout will require flaggers in all four directions to accommodate traffic throughout the intersection. Drivers are asked to be patient during these operations.

Work will continue Monday through Saturday until the end of the project, which is scheduled for September 27th. The County will allow night work, if necessary by the contractor, however no night work is scheduled currently

 

Friday September 6, 2019

N3B will be transporting two excavators from TA-21 at the end of DP Rd to Trinity Drive, crossing Marimac Plaza's parking lot to Central Ave, then east down NM502 to the Truck Route, beginning at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. They will stop at the Truck Route Inspection Station for inspection, then resume transport after 8:00 a.m, traveling into White Rock on NM4 to Pajarito Rd. LAPD officers will be assisting on site to close NM502 at the bottom of the Main Hill Rd during these morning hours to allow the excavators to move safely down the Main Hill Rd to NM4 and the Truck Route Inspection Station. Early morning traffic should expect delays on Main Hill Rd and the Truck Route near the inspection station during this time frame of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.  Avoid these areas on Saturday and allow extra travel time for possible delays.

 

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Although the forest-wide numbers have improved over the summer season, fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) found at least a dozen abandoned campfires over the Labor Day weekend, bringing the year’s total for that one district alone to a whopping 164 abandoned campfires.

Most of the abandoned campfires found at dispersed campsites, many of them along Forest Road 376, a popular corridor for campers from the Albuquerque metro area and elsewhere. Jemez District staff anticipated the Labor Day holiday crowds, and crews patrolled throughout the three-day weekend.

If you plan to gather family and friends around a campfire this fall, please do it safely. If you need a visual, watch the Forest Service video on YouTube. Never leave your campsite until the fire is completely extinguished and cold to the touch.

 

Tuesday September 3, 2019

The Los Alamos School Board voted Thursday to apply for $3 million in public school funding to create staff housing and to move the district’s sixth-graders to the Los Alamos Middle School.

The school administration applied for $2 million for staff housing and $1 million to add a wing onto the middle school.

The request went to the New Mexico Public School Capital Outlay Council by the Friday deadline. The administration expected to know in October if it is awarded the funding.

The board and the administration agreed that moving the school district’s sixth-grade classes to a new wing at the Los Alamos Middle School was the first priority.

The school district board has not yet held a public hearing about moving the sixth-graders to the middle school but had to get the application for money in by last Friday. There will be time to talk to the public about the changes if the district is awarded the funding.

 

Friday August 30, 2019

Tonight there is Topper home football game. Head over to Sullivan field to watch all the action or You can listen to all the action right here on KRSN. Pregame starts at 6:30 and the game at 7. 
This is Labor Day weekend—the unofficial end of summer. We will have no live shows on Monday but will be available if there is breaking news. County offices, the libraries, the aquatic center are all closed. There will be no trash pickup. Enjoy a long weekend with friends and family

 

Thursday August 29, 2019

Tuesday was candidate filing day for the Los Alamos School Board. Longtime community volunteer and retiree Morris “Morrie” Pongratz declared himself a candidate for District 3 on the Los Alamos School Board, and was the first one to register with the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Tuesday morning.

Christine Bernstein, a high school Spanish teacher for the Pojoaque Valley School District, is hoping to use her experience to be a voice for both teachers and students in the Los Alamos Public Schools.

Julia Baker, a stay-at-home mom with five children, four of whom are enrolled in the school system, is running for the school board’s District 4, where Barranca Elementary School is located. She also used to teach fifth grade when she lived in Utah.

Baker has been active in various parent-teacher organizations also.

Another mother of five, Melanie Colgan is also running for the District 4 seat. Colgan has been living in Los Alamos with her family for the past 16 years. She has coached and taught Sunday School.

Colgan also teaches the Certified Nursing Assistant program at UNM-LA and is also an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Northern New Mexico College.

 

Wednesday August 27, 2019

On Wednesday, August 28th Diamond Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Alabama Avenue and the First Baptist Church south of 39th Street. This will work will continue through the end of week to repair settling issues that had previously occurred on the southbound lanes.  All lanes are expected to be reopened by the end of the day on Friday.  

Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time. 

Pedestrian detours will be in place and bike lanes will be closed on Diamond Drive within the work zones.  Bicyclists and motorists are asked to share the road.  

Access to residents as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, transit services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

 

Tuesday August 27, 2019

Today is candidate filing day. Candidates wishing to run for the School Board or UNM-LA At-Large Advisory Board open positions/districts in the November election will need to file in Room 200 of the Municipal Building on Tuesday, August 27 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact the Clerk's office for more information (662-8010).

Tonight there is a county council meeting beginning at 6pm in the municipal building.
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), will be recognized with a proclamation for youth and community development, as the new school year begins. The proclamation helps to highlight their work based on the Search-Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets* and building community.
the Council will hold three public hearings, in this order: 1) a Local Economic Development Agreement (LEDA) with TNJLA, LLC regarding an economic development project for 20th Street & Trinity property (land owned by the County, across from Ashley Pond Park) for a Marriott 86 room extended-stay hotel with conference center and retail food and beverage space); 2) a land transfer to LAPS (for Sullivan Field parking lot, because LAPS desires to build a new Athletics field house on part of that lot); and 3) a State LEDA grant for Pebble Labs (for the County to be the funds administrator, required under State provisions).

 

Monday August 26, 2019

Diamond Dr Paving
Star Paving continues milling and paving operations this week. Work will continue during daytime hours Monday - Friday. Crews will not be working Labor Day weekend. Motorists will continue to see daily lane drops for milling and paving operations in each direction as work advances toward the golf course. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive in this area can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction. Drivers are asked to be cautious when making turns out of side streets adjacent to the work zone; the contractor may be limiting access for left turns out of side streets. Flaggers will be available as needed.
As part of the project, there is a location, approximately 100' in length, that will have to be completely rebuilt due to a previous “settling” issue. This work is in the southbound lanes, not quite a quarter of mile south of the Arkansas intersection. Both southbound lanes will be reconstructed and therefore require closing. Traffic will be shifted into a single lane in both directions utilizing the northbound lanes to accommodate the work zone throughout the week. This work is anticipated to be completed by the end of the week, weather permitting. Drivers are asked to be cautious and courteous through the work zone.

  

Friday August 23, 2019

On Saturday morning, N3B will be transporting a large excavator from TA-21 at the end of DP Rd to Trinity Drive, crossing Marimac Plaza's parking lot to Central Ave, then east down NM502 to the Truck Route, beginning at 6:00 a.m. They will stop at the Truck Route Inspection Station for inspection, then resume transport after 8:00 a.m, traveling into White Rock on NM4 to Pajarito Rd. LAPD officers will be assisting on site to close NM502 at the bottom of the Main Hill Rd during these morning hours to allow the excavator to move safely down the Main Hill Rd to NM4 and the Truck Route Inspection Station. Early morning traffic should avoid Main Hill Rd and the Truck Route near the inspection station during this time frame of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24.  The move of the excavator through White Rock on NM4 should conclude at approximately 9:00 a.m. Use caution and allow extra time if traveling in any of these areas on Saturday morning.

A second move of two excavators is expected to occur in a similar traffic pattern on Saturday, Sept. 7. Because two excavators are being moved, the closure time may be longer.                                                                                            

 

Thursday August 22, 2019

The public is invited to attend a special Parks and Recreation Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 28th at Fuller Lodge to review and comment on preliminary designs for three recreation facility projects that include the Kiddie/Mutigenerational Pool at the Aquatic Center, Piñon Park Splash Pad, and Golf Course Irrigation Improvements.  

Presentations will begin at 5:30 pm followed by a question and answer period for each project.  In the interest of managing time, the projects will be presented in the following order and approximate timeframes:

· 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Kiddie/Multigenerational Pool

· 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. Piñon Park Splash Pad

· 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. Golf Course Irrigation

County staff and the design teams will also be available following the formal meeting session to discuss the projects with those interested.  

Residents can provide written comments the night of the meeting.  Public comment will continue to be accepted through Friday, September 6th and will be shared with the design teams.

 

 

Wednesday August 21, 2019

For the Nov. 5 election in Los Alamos, there will be three School Board seats on the ballot. The seats include District 3 (Aspen Elementary), District 4 (Barranca Elementary and Los Alamos Middle School),

and District 5 (MountainElementary and Los Alamos High School), All positions are four-year terms.

If you are interested in running for a seat on the School Board, you are invited to an informal meeting on Friday, Aug. 23 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the LAPS School Board Room. Please bring your lunch and a refillable water bottle. Board President Ellen Ben-Naim and Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus will share information about serving as a School Board Member. There will also be time for a Q&A.

 

Tuesday August 20, 2019

Last week lightning ignited a single tree near Redondo Meadow within Valles Caldera National Preserve. Fire crews monitored the Redondo Fire over the weekend. Given favorable conditions, including monsoonal rains, high humidity, and the availability of fire crews, National Park Service officials intend to manage the fire within a 200-acre area to reduce undesired fire behavior in the future. 

For the duration of the Redondo Fire, the superintendent has issued a closure order for the area and the road into Redondo Meadow.

Smoke is expected to be visible during fire operations through the week and possibly into the weekend. 

 

Monday August 19, 2019

Eastbound Detour CHANGE Begins Monday, Aug. 19 for NM502 Roundabout Project: Star Paving plans to close Trinity Drive between DP Rd and Central Ave beginning Monday, Aug. 19 for two weeks. This closure is needed to facilitate the crossing of water, sewer, gas and numerous electrical and communications conduits. Eastbound traffic will be detoured from Trinity Drive onto 15th St and then onto Central Ave. 

Access to DP Rd and all businesses on Trinity Drive between 15th Street and DP Rd will be maintained throughout the closure. All traffic exiting DP Rd will be required to turn left onto Trinity Drive and use the appropriate detour routes.

Friday August 16, 2019

Los Alamos Community Foundation announces the addition of Matt Schmidt to its Finance and Investment Committee. Schmidt is the President and CEO of the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, a role he has had since 2007.

Schmidt joins fellow committee members Edward Jones Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann, LACF Advisor Rick Riess, LACF Vice President Pat Soran, and LACF Treasurer Cindy Rooney. Enterprise Bank’s Eric Loucks is the foundation’s Investment Manager. 

The Finance and Investment Committee meets at least quarterly to supervise, monitor and evaluate the foundation’s invested assets. Committee members act in an expert advisory role on behalf of the foundation, regularly reviewing investment performance and asset allocation.      

 

Thursday August 15, 2019

On the first day of school, Barranca Elementary will be opening the doors to a new two-story building. The project is on budget and is especially designed for the school’s project-based learning.

The new rooms include up-to-date technology to enhance the learning process. 

The two-story building includes a new lobby which gives the school a single point of entry for enhanced security. Part of the remodeling process includes installing life safety upgrades such as a fire sprinkler system campus wide, a fire alarm and an intrusion alarm.

Thanks to the Los Alamos taxpayers, this project is being completed with $12 million in bond funds as well as the $8.8 million LAPS was awarded from the Public School Capital Outlay Council.

Wednesday August 14, 2019

The Los Alamos Public Schools are starting their 2019-2020 school year on Thursday, August 15, 2019.  This means school buses and numerous juvenile pedestrians and bicyclists will be out on sidewalks and roadways before and after school.  Please be extra cautious in school zones and around crosswalks. Remember to obey traffic laws regarding school buses and speed regulations when school zone signs are flashing.  Do not pass school buses with flashing lights and stop arms extended out. The Los Alamos Police Department will be out in full force monitoring school bus routes and school zones to ensure the safety of our youth.  Traffic laws will be strictly enforced. Please do your part to help protect our youngsters.

Tuesday August 13, 2019

LAPD would like to remind motorists that the new School year begins tomorrow. Officers will be patrolling School zones to ensure compliance with posted speed limits. Slow down, watch for the School Zone flashing lights, and keep a watch out for children crossing to and from school on busy streets. And don't forget, you must STOP for a School Bus if it's stopped with it's official red "Stop" sign extended on any street to allow children safe passage both on and off the bus. Do not pass a stopped School bus! Keep our children safe this school year!

 

Monday August 12, 2019

The Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo Parade took place Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10am along Central Ave. in the MainStreet district. 

Judges included County Council Chair Sara Scott, President of CB Fox, Andy Fox, and Editor of the Los Alamos Reporter, Maire O'Neill. Of the 33 entries, the top winners that embodied the theme, "Off the Beaten Path," were: 

FIRST PLACE:  Los Alamos Hill Stompers  - The Hill Stompers Band always exemplifies the theme, Off the Beaten Path! The band has been off the beaten path for all of its 19 years. Thank you, Hill Stompers, for being crazy!

SECOND PLACE: Los Alamos Shrine Club Association - The Shrine of North America is perhaps best known for its colorful parades, circuses and clowns. For over 90 years the Shrine has operated a network of specialized hospitals that treat children with orthopedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries free of charge. Included in the Shrine line-up was the Los Alamos Shrine Clubs’ 1925 Model “T” truck and the Los Alamos Shrine Club Motor Patrol Go-Carts.                                         

THIRD PLACE:  League of Women's Voters  - The League of Women Voters is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibited the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to the citizens of the of the United States on the basis of sex. The League honors those who fought so hard and so long for Women’s Suffrage!

 

Friday August 9, 2019

This is the Los Alamos County Fair and rodeo weekend.  The county fair exhibits are in Mesa Public Library and available for viewing this afternoon and tomorrow.  Tonight’s concert feature Leftover Salmon.  The county fair parade goes up central avenue at 10 o’clock Saturday morning.  The is a festival  around Ashely pond, a craft fair on Fuller lodge lawn, and the rodeo begins at Brewer arena at 2pm.  The cowboy dinner begins at 5 and the dancing starts at 7pm..  Sunday you can tour the stables and the rodeo begins at 1.   It is a great weekend to stay here in Los Alamos and enjoy our community. 

 

Thursday August 8, 2019

According to the Los Alamos Reporter A suspicious box under the northern overpass over Diamond Drive across from Los Alamos High School caused a brief shelter in place situation mid-morning Wednesday for LAHS and businesses along Diamond Drive.

Los Alamos Police Department blocked a portion of Diamond Drive until the box was examined.

According to Los Alamos Police Department the box was reported to Cpl. James Keane who was on duty at LAHS for student registration. When first approached, a wire was seeing coming out of the box so Cpl. Sheldon Simpson and Cpl. Ben Hinrichs, who are members of the LAPD Bomb Squad were activated to the area. The box was similiar in appearance to one that could be used to carry ammunition

Road construction personnel told police that the box contained a vibration monitoring device that had been placed at the location Monday evening. The box will continue to sit at the location.

Los Alamos Public Schools Asst. Supt. Jennifer Guy said police asked LAPS to have a shelter in place because they had a suspicious package at the north overpass. She told the Los Alamos Reporter at 11:50 a.m. that the shelter in place had been lifted.

Wednesday August 7, 2019

On Sunday afternoon, a lightning-caused fire was reported in the Bandelier Wilderness.  The Alamo fire has been low, slowly creeping in the grass and occasionally torching individual juniper trees.  Rain was received at the fire site Sunday evening and again early Tuesday morning. Weather forecasts predict that afternoon thunderstorms will continue in the area throughout the week

Due to the remoteness of the area and the rugged terrain, park managers will be using a modified approach for fire suppression.  Resources such as archaeological sites and Threatened and Endangered species habitat will be protected from high intensity fire. In other areas fire will be allowed to burn out to natural boundaries such as rock cliffs, or areas with little or no vegetation.

An area closure surrounding the Alamo Fire is effect for Bandelier National Monument.  The area that is closed includes the entire Burro Trail and the area between the south west rim of Frijoles Canyon to the north east rim of Alamo Canyon and from the Middle Alamo Trail south to the park boundary at the Rio Grande.  Firefighters will be monitoring the fire from the air or lookout points. Smoke may be visible from State Road 4, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe

Tuesday August 6, 2019

All New Mexico flags will fly at half-staff to honor the victims of the weekend’s two deadly mass shootings. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order Monday for a mourning period for the 31 people killed in shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Grisham is calling for state flags to stay lowered through sundown Wednesday.

Monday August 5, 2019

Star Paving is working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Dr/Orange St with an anticipated finish date on or before High School begins August 14.

Asphalt milling and paving work continue the Week of August 4. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction; Work will occur Sunday starting at 6:00 p.m. and continue throughout the night all week. Traffic will be restored with all lanes open for the morning commute before 7:00 a.m. Two lanes of travel, one in each direction, will be maintained on Diamond Dr during working hours overnight

 

Friday August 2, 2019

The LANL Foundation is now accepting applications for $2,500 funding within its Small Grants program. Deadline to apply is September 15, 2019.

Two types of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations, Pueblos, schools or education programs. Education Outreach Grants directly support public school children in grades K–12. Community Outreach Grants meet the Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy for lifelong learning but need not be tied directly to K–12 public education. Early childhood and adult programs, basic needs, family and community support programs and some community events fall within the category of community funding.

This is the second of two yearly grantmaking cycles offered by the LANL Foundation. In the first half of the year, 51 programs were awarded Small Grants totaling $121,263.31.

Public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies and Pueblo/Tribal communities may be eligible to receive grants and must serve one or more of the seven Northern New Mexico counties of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos.

Grantees have one full year to spend the money and submit a final report to the LANL Foundation.

Application forms, instructions and additional information may be found at www.lanlfoundation.org/grants.

 

 

Thursday August 1, 2019

Beginning today, motorists can view six different camera views featuring major roadways in Los Alamos and White Rock, after the completion of a project requested by the County Council earlier this year. MyDrive was developed and implemented in July by the Traffic & Streets Division within Public Works. Crews mounted web cameras in six locations – five in Los Alamos and one in White Rock – that stream real-time views of major intersections and busy roadways. 

MyDrive is available with just one click using the Quick Link titled “Road Conditions” on the County’s webpage: https://www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/public_works/my_drive 

Motorists can check for traffic flows during busy commute times, check for traffic back-ups after accidents, watch for delays due to summertime road construction and see real-time weather conditions during snowy winter months.  

The streaming service offers live views of the following: 

West and East Views of Central Avenue 

  Diamond Drive at Trinity Drive – North View 

Airport – West and East Views of NM502 

White Rock at SR4 and Rover


 

 

Wednesday July 31, 2019

The Health Commons will open for business on Thursday, August 1. The Health Commons is designed to serve the community's health needs, under contract with Las Clinicas del Norte and the State Public Health Office. The Health Commons offers a multitude of services for all ages and schedules. It is located at 1183 Diamond Drive, Suite D in Los Alamos (across the street from the high school, southwestern end of the building). The public health office will be there Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-4. 

Services will be provided by Las Clinicas del Norte on Tuesday and Thursday 7-4. 

 

Tuesday July 30, 2019

Los Alamos High School biology teacher Stephanie Mitchell has been named Outstanding Biology Teacher for New Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

NABT Awards recognize teachers for their expertise in science, for contributions to the profession and service to life science teaching or leadership in learning communities.

Mitchell has been teaching at Los Alamos High School since 2006. She has taught biology, honors biology, Advanced Placement (AP)  biology and AP physics courses during her tenure at LAHS. Mitchell has also been honored as an Educator of Distinction by several Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship recipients over the years.

Upon being nominated, Mitchell had to submit a video lesson, four letters of recommendation, a personal essay and resume as part of the application process.

 She will receive her award at the NABT Professional Development Conference in Chicago in November.

 

 

Monday July 29, 2019

Star Paving is working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Dr/Orange St with an anticipated finish date on or before High School begins August 14.

Asphalt milling and paving work the week of July 29 through Saturday, Aug. 3 will involve work only at night. Star Paving will begin at 6:00 p.m. and work throughout the night. Traffic will be restored with all lanes open for the morning commute before 7:00 a.m. With the constricted schedule to complete work between Omega Bridge and Sandia/Orange, night operations have been deemed to be more efficient than working through the day time.

Minimal full-depth reconstruction will be needed at some locations along with new striping and markings throughout the project area.

Residents and businesses along Diamond Dr can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction overnight this week.

Two lanes of travel, one in each direction, will be maintained on Diamond Dr during working hours overnight.

 

Thursday July 25, 2019

The milling and repaving of diamond drive is working in front of the high school.  Slow down in the work zone as there is loose  gravel and stones.

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On Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., traffic will be detoured as follows to install a major (14") waterline across NM 502 between Central Avenue and Canyon Road: Eastbound traffic will continue on Canyon Rd and back to NM502; Westbound traffic will be detoured onto Canyon Rd at 4th Street and back to NM502. Detour signs will be in place to guide the traffic through the detours. Work should be completed on Friday, barring unforeseen conditions and weather permitting. The two-way traffic from Canyon Road east will stay in the current lane configuration.

 

 

Wednesday July 24, 2019

According to the Los Alamos Monitpr The Los Alamos School Board voted Tuesday to not lend its support to a pending charter school for Los Alamos County after a presentation by Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus.

The school board had until Friday to give its opinion on whether the Public Education Commission should accept and approve an application for a charter school in Los Alamos County.

Earlier Tuesday, the commission held a public hearing on the application in Los Alamos. The charter school is called “Polaris,” and would cater to middle school-aged students looking for an alternative form of education.

Steinhaus and the board said that though they have nothing but respect and admiration for the charter school team for providing an alternative option for middle school aged children, the facility would ultimately draw on already scarce resources.

“When we fill out a federal programs application, there’s a statement in there that says ‘do you have a charter school in your district,’” Steinhaus said. “If the answer is yes, the school district has to go to the charter school and meet with them and talk about what part of that funding will go to the charter school.”

The board officially passed a motion agreeing with Steinhaus’s thoughts about the school.

During the presentation, Steinhaus also said that sometimes, even the best intentions end badly.

“You’ve got to be really careful,” Steinhaus said. “If we start a school as an experiment, we’re experimenting with kids’ lives. We can experiment across the canyon at the lab with all kinds of stuff, but I don’t want us experimenting with kids, especially at this very vulnerable stage in their lives.”

Funding and resources were the number one issues, however

According to the application, the school would not only accept students from Los Alamos County, but from Pojoaque, Española, Jemez Valley and Jemez Springs.

According to the Polaris School website, the school would use a project-based learning model to teach children. If the Public Education Commission accepts approves the application this August, the school’s officials plan to have the school open by Fall 2020. The founders of the school are currently looking for a building or property to build their school.

One of the members of the school board, Bill Hargraves, has been selected by the Polaris School’s founding members to be the Polaris School Board’s chairman. The Los Alamos School Board recently held a discussion on what they both agreed to was an ongoing conflict of interest, and the board is currently seeking further legal opinion about the issue and what to do about it.

 

Tuesday July 23, 2019

Yesterday,  Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and her staff completed the legislatively-mandated, one-time realignment of certain elected office districts throughout New Mexico in a public meeting that took place in the state capitol building in Santa Fe and was live-streamed on the Legislature’s website.

Today’s meeting proceeded according to the letter that was sent out to governing bodies and office holders throughout the state on July 9, 2019 in order to provide clarity to the public about the officers who were affected by this legislatively-mandated realignment process.

It is important to note that today’s process did not change any district boundaries from which candidates are elected. Today’s process was mandated by the Legislature’s passage of House Bill 407 in 2019 and was simply to align all odd- and even-numbered districts with the corresponding ballot on which those offices are elected, which makes the administration of elections more efficient and provides for more voter clarity.

Some districts were renumbered and, where necessary, a drawing of lots took place to determine the renumbering. Some terms of office were extended and, in those instances, a drawing of lots took place to determine which officeholder would receive an extended term. The updated districts numbers, along with the term extensions, take effect immediately.

Los Alamos: All county councilors will be assigned a district number. Due to the fact that four councilors have terms expiring in 2022, a lot must be drawn between those councilors to determine who will receive an extended term and be assigned to the highest odd-numbered district. The councilors who will draw lots are Izraelevitz, Robinson, Ryti, and Scott. Additionally, the SOS will renumber the districts to correspond as closely as possible to the district number the current councilor holds numerically to conform with Section 1-10-8, mandating that odd-number districts appear on the presidential ballot and even-numbered districts appear on the gubernatorial ballot. According to the Los Alamos Reporter David Izraelevitz received the extended term. 

 

 

Friday July 19, 2019

On Monday, July 22nd, crews with Star Paving Company are scheduled to begin work on Diamond Drive from Omega Bridge to San Ildefonso Road.

Work involves milling or removing 2 inches of the existing asphalt surface and inlaying a new pavement. The project area is divided into two segments. The first is between Omega Bridge to Sandia Drive/Orange Street. This work is scheduled to be substantially complete by August 14th prior to the start of the school year. If time allows, crews may elect to mill and repave the roundabout at San Ildefonso before August 14th. This will require the use of flaggers to direct traffic and result in some delays.

The second segment of work is between Sandia/Orange Street intersection and continues north to the Roundabout at San Ildefonso Road. The entire project is scheduled for completion by September 27, 2019, weather permitting.

Four lanes of travel, two in each direction, shall be maintained during weekday morning and evening rush hour traffic to accommodate commute times. Two lanes of travel, one in each direction, shall be maintained on Diamond Drive during working hours.

Pedestrians detours will be in place and bike lanes will be closed on Diamond Drive within the work zones. Bicyclists and motorists are asked to share the road.

Night and weekend work is anticipated. Crews will be on site Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and nightly from 6:00 p.m. to approximately 2:00 a.m.

 

 

Thursday July 18, 2019

East Jemez Road lane closures near the entrance of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will occur Friday and continue through to Saturday night.

Drivers will be unable to get to Los Alamos via the truck route and should use the Main Hill Road instead.

Full lane closures will start at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through Saturday night, July 20, weather permitting.

The water line replacement is part of a $34.5 million Supplemental Environmental Projects settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy

 

Wednesday July 17, 2019

Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they’re seeing positive results from efforts to contain and control a plume of chromium contamination located in two canyons at the northern New Mexico complex.

A system that extracts tainted groundwater and then re-injects treated water into the ground has been operating for the past year near the lab’s boundary with San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Officials said Tuesday that sampling in May from a monitoring well near that boundary showed a drop in concentrations of hexavalent chromium to levels just above state standards.

Cheryl Rodriguez is with the U.S. Energy Department’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office. She says the interim measure is helping to reduce the plume’s footprint.                     

Officials say the contamination has not affected any drinking water wells in the area.

 

Tuesday July 16, 2019

Los Alamos Public Schools’ Healthy Schools Initiative is hosting a community event to learn more about GLSEN’s Safe Space Initiative. GLSEN, which stands for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization working to create safe schools for ALL students.

The event will be held on Monday, July 29, at UNM-LA Building 6, Room 631 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

GLSEN strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Havens Levitt, GLSEN Albuquerque Chair, Nationally Certified GLSEN trainer, and retired high school teacher, will lead the presentation. Havens began teaching in 1982 and advocated for LGBTQ+ students during her entire career. She started the first Albuquerque Public School lesbian/gay student support group and is a founding member of GLSEN Albuquerque. For the last six years, the Albuquerque chapter has worked with school districts to improve policies and provide training to educators that will create a more supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students.

In order to increase support for all students and especially LGBTQ+ students, families and staff, the LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative is working with GLSEN to start a Safe Space Initiative in the Los Alamos Public Schools. Staff from every LAPS school site have volunteered to be trained as Safe Space Resource People. They will serve as a neutral point of contact and be able to provide information, resources and support in a safe space as needed.

 

Monday July 15, 2019

The Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) is tasked with making recommendations to the County Council about the County's code enforcement program.  To ensure these recommendations reflect the needs and interests of the community, the Board is seeking comments about the community's needs and would like to have extensive public comment to help formulate recommendations.   

Over the next two months, members of CDAB will be out in the community to canvass neighborhoods and collect input directly from residents. Board members will knock on doors and ask residents a few questions about their experiences and opinions on code enforcement issues. The survey is expected to take about 5-7 minutes and will provide valuable feedback to inform the Board's recommendations to Council.

Residents who would prefer to give comments directly to the Board are encouraged to send an e-mail to cdab.cdd@lacnm.us or provide public comment at regular Board meetings. Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.in Room 110 of the Municipal Building. The next meeting will be July 15th.

As part of it's outreach plans, the Board will also host a booth at the Farmer's Market on Thursday, July 18 from 8:00 a.m. - Noon in the Library overflow lot, and, they will hold an Open House on Thursday, July 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. Both of these venues will provide residents with an opportunity to give feedback to the Board.

 

Friday July 12, 2019

The public is encouraged to bring their drones out to Fuller Lodge Lawn from 11:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 during ScienceFest Discovery Day for an opportunity to fly in a competitive drone course and have a chance to win up to $150 in Chamber checks, good at dozens of businesses and restaurants in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Two courses will be available to the public, a Beginner and Advanced, and four prizes awarded. Due to FAA regulations, participants must have proof of drone registration for any drone weighing over .55 lb. Advanced sign-up to participate is not required; participants simply bring their drone to the Drone Zone tent at Fuller Lodge Lawn and will be given a timeslot to compete. Winners will be announced beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Several drone models will also be on display near the ScienceFest Drone Zone.

Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 in the downtown area, primarily at Ashley Pond. For more ScienceFest information, and the latest event schedule, visitwww.LosAlamosScienceFest.com

 

Thursday July 11, 2019

Tonight there is a special ScienceFest edition of Science On Tap beginning at 5:30  at projectY cowork and will feature a conversation with Dr. Hunter McDaniel, founder and CEO of UbiQD.  UbiGro is a nanotech-enabled greenhouse film by UbiQD, Inc. that red-shifts the sun’s spectrum using quantum dots for improved crop yield and quality. UbiGro has been shown effective for various high-value crops in multiple climates, and is currently installed in greenhouses in five states and four countries. Los Alamos-based UbiQD enabled this innovation with its safer, cheaper, and more reliable quantum dot technology.

 

Tuesday July 9, 2019

– Patrols on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) over the long Fourth of July weekend reported only five abandoned campfires – a huge improvement over recent weekend tallies of 45 abandoned campfires the weekend of June 22-23 and another 11 for June 29-30.

Abandoned and unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire. The SFNF will continue its public awareness campaign both online and in person, handing out brochures and posting flyers at campsites, to help educate people on the proper way to start and – more importantly – put out a campfire.

There are no fire restrictions currently in place on the SFNF.  “Forest Supervisor James Melonas said. Thank you to all of our weekend visitors for being good stewards of the forest.”

 

Monday July 8, 2019

Yesterday Valles Caldera National Preserve switched to its summer hours of 8 AM to 6 PM and will resume vehicle access into the backcountry (area beyond the Valle Grande).

Backcountry vehicle access does require a permit, which is available at the entrance station on a first come, first serve basis. While access is capped at 35 vehicles per day, anyone can venture into the backcountry on foot or bike without a permit.

 

Wednesday July 3, 2019

As July 4th approaches, thoughts turn to outdoor events and of course fireworks. Make sure your Independence Day activities do not turn tragic by following some simple rules and guidelines. The County is under Moderate Fire Danger, and with certain precautions will allow the Fireworks Display show at Overlook Park. The best way to enjoy the holiday is to attend this professional display at Overlook Park on July 4th.

Remember “legal” does not mean that fireworks are safe; remember these are explosives and should be used responsibly!  Before shooting fireworks, have plenty of space. Avoid areas of dry vegetation or other combustible materials and have a water hose or bucket available in case of a small fire. Keep small children and pets out of the immediate area and watch out for traffic. When you are done, dispose of waste material in a safe manner and not in the regular trash.

Be courteous of neighbors that may not share the same enthusiasm about celebrating the holiday also, please be mindful that other County Ordinances such as the noise or nuisance complaints can be filed.

For questions about fireworks, contact the Los Alamos County Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office, Los Alamos County Fire Department at (505) 662-8301. To report the inappropriate use, or illegal fireworks, contact the Los Alamos County Police Department at (505) 662-8222.

 

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Now’s the time to register students for the 2019-2020 school year. Online registration is open on the Los Alamos Public Schools’ (LAPS) website.  All returning students must complete the online enrollment process.

For all students who attended LAPS last year: please complete the Returning Student Application (This is for students who currently reside in Los Alamos County or are an approved out-of-district student.) Families must provide two proofs of residency when registering their student.

If your child previously attended a Los Alamos Public School and you have moved out of Los Alamos County in the last 12 months, please complete an Open Enrollment Application rather than the Returning Student Registration form.

If your child has moved outside of the school boundary for their current Elementary School: please complete the Open Enrollment Application.

Children who turn five before 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2019, are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. Upcoming kindergartners need to register online using the Kindergarten Enrollment process.

Go to http://laschools.net/home/registration/ for more information on how to enroll. Supply lists for the 2019-2020 school year are also available.

If you have any questions, contact Sandra Osborn at 663-2228 or email s.osborn@laschools.net.

 

Monday July 1, 2019

Beginning Monday, crews will be adjusting manholes in the Ponderosa Estates area. Work will begin on Aspen Drive at Range Road and continue along Aspen Drive, Sumac Lane and Maple Drive before finishing back at Aspen Drive. Since there dozens of manhole adjustments in this subdivision, construction is scheduled to continue through July 31st. The concrete being used is a high strength mix and will require a cure time; therefore, residents are urged to avoid driving over these manholes for the first few days after they are poured. Traffic control will be set up daily in several locations along the project route and residents are urged to use caution when driving through and walking near these work zones. Work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

 

Friday June 28, 2019

To promote recycling and zero waste in the community as well as to encourage more businesses to participate in the recycling program, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Environmental Sustainability Board sponsored the Zero Waste Champion of the Year award.

To become eligible, an organization is nominated by a member of the community. The nominees are required to submit a brief overview about how their organization recycled, reduced waste, conserved energy or water and contributed to environmental sustainability.

This year there were five categories: School, Non-Profit Business, Business, Small Business and Restaurants. Here are the five winners in each category.

School – Chamisa Elementary School

             Hosted a Recycled Art Fair – displaying artwork designed with recyclable material

             Host waste free lunches

Non-Profit – Del Norte Credit Union

             Installed water bottle filling stations to reduce single-use plastic bottles

             Installed electric hand dryers, coreless paper towels and toilet paper in all facilities

Small Business – Zia Waste

             Reuses single use plastics for worms and compost to transition to their new home

             Composts food waste using red wriggler worms

Business  - Ecolutions LLC – A Landscape Company

             Supports organic landscapes and does not use glyphosate or neonicotinoids

             Aims to “Green the desert, one yard at a time” 

Restaurant – Sirphey

             Provides environmentally preferable packaging that is either fully compostable or produced with sustainable sources (bamboo, sugarcane, etc) or is produced from 100% recycled material

             Educates customers about how to reduce waste via their social media platforms

 

 

Thursday June 27, 2019

Please join the Los Alamos Fire Department in congratulating Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald and Division Chief-Fire Marshal Wendy Servey on their graduation from National Fire Academy (NFA) and completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO).

Students in the EFO Program pursue a path of professional development spanning over four years, taking one course per year. Each course is two weeks in duration and is the equivalent of an upper division baccalaureate or graduate level.

             Year one focuses on Executive Development and is designed to assist fire service personnel in developing effective management and leadership skills.

             Year two’s focus is Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction which is designed to help students to become a community risk-reduction leader.

             Year three emphasizes Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management which enables students to better prepare their communities for large-scale, multiagency, all-hazard incidents.

             Year four’s Executive Leadership course provides students with the framework of executive-level competencies by focusing primarily on issues and areas of personal effectiveness.

Deputy Fire Chief Dawald and Fire Marshal Servey complete their EFO Program this Friday, June 28, 2019 and will be honored in a graduation ceremony from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. 

 

 

Wednesday June 26, 2019

The Los Alamos Public Schools have been working with Los Alamos County and our community partners to promote getting out and getting active this summer. As part of the campaign - an engaged and connected community is a thriving community - we have developed a Summer Challenge Card which lists a number of places and events within Los Alamos County. We are inviting families to visit and engage with these community locations.

Here’s how it works: visit 6 or more locations listed on the card. Show your card to a volunteer or staff member at each location and have the card signed or stamped. If no one is there to mark the card, we have requested that participants follow the honor system.

Turn in your Summer Challenge Card on Friday, Aug. 9 to the LAPS table at the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Concert for a prize and an invitation to join the LAPS float in the Rodeo Parade on Saturday. For those unable to turn in their card on Aug. 9, Challenge Cards will be accepted at the LAPS Administration building as well.

The challenge card can be picked up at the LAPS Administration Office at 2075 Trinity Dr. or printed from the district website.

 

Tuesday June 25, 2019

Online registration for kindergarten at Aspen, Barranca, Chamisa, Mountain, and Piñon Elementary is now available through the Los Alamos Public Schools’ website. Registration is an important step to ensure your student has a spot in an elementary school for the upcoming school year.

Go to http://laschools.net/home/registration/ for more information on how to enroll.

Children who turn five before 12:01 a.m. on Sept.  1, 2019, are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. The first day of school is August 15, 2019.

Please contact Sandra Osborn at s.osborn@laschools.net or 505-663-2228 for any questions.

 

Monday June 24, 2019

NM502 Roundabout and Road Reconstruction (NMDOT project)

 The contractor is working on common trench for utility work from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Monday thru Friday. Traffic can expect delays. The speed limit is reduced to 25 mph.

NM502 (Trinity Drive) east-bound traffic is being detoured to 4th Street and Central Avenue. After a full stop, motorists should turn right (east) and travel through the construction zone to continue east-bound out of Los Alamos on NM502.

West-bound NM502 traffic entering Los Alamos and approaching the roundabout construction zone are being detoured onto Central Avenue; continue west to Knecht Street (or alternatively, continue to the traffic light at 15th Street) then turn left to return to Trinity Drive.

There will be one lane of traffic in each direction on Central Avenue. Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak evening commute times.

Traffic advisories from NMDOT are available on www.nmroads.com and motorists are asked to check the site for updates on this project as it proceeds.

Due to utilities conflicts along NM502 for the new roundabout to be constructed, new storm sewer, retaining walls and grade changes associated with the new road design, infrastructure for water, sewer, electric, natural gas and fiber optics will be replaced and relocated as follows:

• Replace and relocate 2000 feet of water transmission line

• Replace and relocate 4500 feet of water distribution lines, including all service connections and fire hydrants in the corridor

• Replace and relocate 4000 feet of natural gas lines including all services lines in the corridor

• Replace and relocate 350 feet of sewer lines

• Replace and relocate 5000 feet of underground electric lines, including duct banks, conductors, transformers, vaults and all service connections in the corridor

• Replace and relocate 1400 feet of the fiber optic systems owned by Los alamos County and Comcast

 

Friday June 20, 2019

— Please join the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) this Friday, June 21, at 6:00pm at the Summer Concert Series, as we recognize the Station 6 B-shift crew, including Captain Ernest Agnew, Driver Engineer Scott Hoffmann, Firefighter-Paramedic Zane Frentheway, Firefighter-Paramedic Bobby Fuselier, and Firefighter Ryan Wolf.

In June 2018, Captain Ernest Agnew and the Station 6 B-shift crew responded to a critical patient that was experiencing a medical emergency. Their actions, in cooperation with the medical providers at LAMC, ultimately resulting in a life being saved.

The information gained from the life-saving experience was shared with hospital administration and at a Community Health Council Meeting, where it was discussed that the community would benefit greatly with having Automated External Defibrillator’s (AED) in public places. the Medical Center donated two AED’s to the community in the name of the LAFD first responders that went above and beyond to save a life.

The first AED was installed at Ashley Pond Park, near the public restrooms. The second AED will be installed at Sullivan Field at a future date.

LAFD hopes to see everyone this Friday at the Summer Concert Series as we honor our LAFD First Responders, LAMC and Los Alamos County for the work and effort that provided this critical life saving device to the community of Los Alamos County.

 

Thursday June 19, 2019

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) announces the continuation of the Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) program in the Fall 2019 semester. UNM-LA is seeking local business partners to expand the range of internships available to interested students.

The CIC program gives students the opportunity to work with area businesses and nonprofits engaged in meaningful work experiences for students while developing a future skilled workforce for the region.

The CIC program was launched in 2015, as a joint partnership of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, UNM-Los Alamos, Los Alamos High School, and the Small Business Development Center.

Businesses that partner with UNM-LA in the CIC identify a project-based work experience and mentor student interns with the skills and knowledge required to complete the project. Students commit to work up to six hours per week over the course of 10 weeks, and to participate in seminars at UNM-LA addressing a variety of business soft skills and the work they are doing in their internship.

Past business mentors have commented on the benefits of the additional energy and fresh perspective their interns provided.

Students will apply for the positions that match their interests and skill sets with an application and cover letter. The mentors then have the opportunity to interview the students who apply, and offer the position to their preferred candidate.

Any business or organization interested in offering an internship should email cic@unm.edu, visit losalamos.unm.edu/cic/ for more information, or contact UNM-LA Student Success Specialist Tony Gallegos at 505-663-3406.

 

Wednesday June 18, 2019

– Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to implement the previously announced Tent Rocks prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District this week if conditions remain favorable. Ignitions could begin as early as today, June 19, and are expected to conclude by Friday, June 21.

The Tent Rocks treatment area is approximately 2 miles north of Jemez Springs, NM, and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva, NM. 

Up to 1,520 acres will be treated to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health. The decision to proceed with the prescribed burn will be based on fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and forecasted weather.

Forest Roads 604 and 607 will remain open, but visitors are discouraged from using the roads during prescribed burn activities.  Camping is also not recommended due to the smoke potential for smoke.

Smoke will likely be visible from US Highway 550, NM Highway 4, San Ysidro, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs and La Cueva. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings but should lift by mid-morning.

 

Tuesday June 18, 2019

Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to announce that Craig Washnok has accepted the position of Chamisa Principal and Andy Ainsworth has accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Los Alamos Middle School.  

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus thanked the interview committee for their thoughtful work and noted that they had a strong pool of candidates.

Washnok has a bachelor's degree in history and secondary education from Northern Illinois University. He has a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in behavior disorders. Washnok comes to Chamisa with 24 years in education including administrative experience as an Athletic Director, Principal and Acting Superintendent. During the last four years, he oversaw the Positive Support Program and was the head wrestling coach at Los Alamos Middle School.

Family, community, and teamwork are key points Washnok plans to focus on at Chamisa.

Ainsworth has a bachelor’s degree in history from Western New Mexico University, a master’s degree in secondary education from Western New Mexico University, and his Educational Administration Certificate from New Mexico Highlands University.

He has taught for a total of nine years, the last seven of which have been in Los Alamos. He received administration experience from a year as dean of students at TFA/LAHS.

With his leadership as head coach, the LAHS Varsity Golf team won two consecutive state championships.

 

Monday June 17, 2019

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities advise that its office, including the Customer Care Center, will be closed during the lunch hour on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.  DPU is holding a summer appreciation luncheon for its employees. The office at 1000 Central Avenue, Suite 130, Los Alamos, NM will close at 11:30 a.m. and will reopen at 1 p.m. 

 

Friday June 14, 2019

Here is the LANL’s weather summary for the Month of May.  Temperatures were cooler than normal for nearly the entire month. Maximum temperatures were 5.9 degrees below average  and minimum temperatures were 2.9 degrees below average. The mean temperature in May (51.6 degrees) hasn’t been this low since 1995. The measured high temperature each day was warmer than normal for only 9 days out of the month. A late season snowstorm hit New Mexico on May 9 and 10, resulting in colder than normal temperatures and broke the lowest maximum temperature record on May 10 with only a high of 40 degrees.

Most of May was dry, except for the late season snowstorm on May 9 and 10. Los Alamos measured below average precipitation for the month (78% of normal), but measured over two inches above average for the year (143% of normal). Even though Los Alamos measured below average precipitation in May, it is the most precipitation measured in May since 2015.

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is predicting below-average temperatures and above-average precipitation for June. The CPC is predicting above-average temperatures and precipitation from June to August.

 

Thursday June 13, 2019

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Department of Energy , National Nuclear Security Administration has completed the Environmental Assessment that analyzed the potential impacts of construction and operation of a 10 megawatts ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array and associated power transmission line. Based on the analysis presented in the final EA NNSA is issuing a finding of no significant impact . NNSA requires a reliable, efficient, diversified, and sustainable electrical supply to support programs and activities conducted in LANL facilities essential to the maintaining the nation’s nuclear deterrent and to meet on-site renewable energy goals. The PV array would be able to increase on-site LANL electrical power generation with efficient and sustainable electrical power capability and resilience. The proposed PV location is on approximately 55-60 acres of which around 50 acres are within a previously disturbed area at Los Alamos National Laboratory on DOE owned property within Los Alamos County, N.M. Similarly, the PV electrical power transmission would be constructed within an existing electrical power transmission line corridor on LANL lands.

 

Wednesday June 12, 2019

Starting today   NM502 (Trinity Drive) east-bound traffic will be detoured to 4th Street and Central Avenue. After a full stop, motorists will be able to turn right (east) and travel through the construction zone to continue east-bound out of Los Alamos on NM502. Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak evening commute times.

West-bound NM502 traffic entering Los Alamos and approaching the roundabout construction zone will be detoured onto Central Avenue and continue west to Knecht Street (or alternatively, continue to the traffic light at 15th Street) then turn left to return to Trinity Drive. Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak morning commute times.

There will be one lane of traffic in each direction.

                  

 

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Tonight the American Legion Auxiliary is hosting Dinner in Germany from 5-7pm in the non smoking dining room.  Schnitzel and bratwurst with side dishes and desserts for  $10.00.  proceeds benefit the American Legion and Auxiliary Charities

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On Thursday at 5pm The Los Foundation will offer a program about  Rise of the “B” Corp (and What it Means for Nonprofits) in room 505 Building 5 UNM-LA.

“B” Corps represent a movement of entrepreneurs who are proud of their organization’s positive impact, whether it is improving the livelihoods of their workers, strengthening their communities, or revolutionizing current green practices. The common thread linking Certified B Corporations® is that they define success as more than money – using the “B” Corp assessment and a triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit. For traditional nonprofit organizations, “B” Corporations represent a big opportunity for growth if the right kind of partnership can be found.

The speaker for this event is Christopher Fortson, Marketing Manager and an employee-owner of Positive Energy Solar. Positive Energy Solar was the first company in New Mexico to achieve “B” Corporation status. They have since helped other companies like Meow Wolf to obtain their “B” Corp status. Christopher grew up in Los Alamos and earned his degree in Business Administration from UNM Anderson School of Business.

For more information and to register visit the Los Alamos Community Foundation webpage.

 

 

Monday June 10, 2019

Starting next Wednesday, June 12,  NM502 (Trinity Drive) east-bound traffic will be detoured to 4th Street and Central Avenue. After a full stop, motorists will be able to turn right (east) and travel through the construction zone to continue east-bound out of Los Alamos on NM502. Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak evening commute times.

West-bound NM502 traffic entering Los Alamos and approaching the roundabout construction zone will be detoured onto Central Avenue and continue west to Knecht Street (or alternatively, continue to the traffic light at 15th Street) then turn left to return to Trinity Drive. Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak morning commute times.

There will be one lane of traffic in each direction.

 

 

Friday June 7, 2019

East Jemez Road lane closures near the entrance of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will resume Friday, June 7, and continue through the weekend. Drivers will be unable to get to Los Alamos via the truck route and should use the NM502/Main Hill Road instead. The road will be closed just west of the

Ecostation.

 The lane closures are necessary to allow workers to replace the main water line, which requires open trenching across East Jemez Road, across from the Los Alamos Eco Transfer Station.

Drivers should watch for directional signage regarding partial lane closures beginning Friday morning with full lane closures starting at 6 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday, June 9. Weather permitting, East Jemez Road is also scheduled to be closed June 14 through June 16 in a similar pattern.

Monday morning commuters should see all lanes open but will encounter steel plates covering the work area.

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The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities on Saturday, June 8, 2019, for National Get Outdoors Day, a day when federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry jointly encourage participation in outdoor activities.

Fee-free days are an opportunity to connect more Americans with their public lands. National Get Outdoors Day was launched in 2008 to get American families into the great outdoors with a special emphasis on children and underserved populations who may not be familiar with national forests and national parks.

Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds, non-reserve campgrounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at standard amenity fee sites operated by the Santa Fe National Forest, except for those reserved in advance through Recreation.gov. Concessionaire-operated day-use sites may not be included in the waiver.

 

 

Thursday June 6, 2019

The New Mexico Economic Development Department is launching a new grant program to help facilitate the transfer of technology developed in the laboratory to businesses seeking to improve existing products or business procedures.

The New Mexico Technology Transfer Assistance Grants (NM-TAG) are aimed to assist in the transfer and commercialization of technologies developed in New Mexico to business startups.

The typical cost of optioning a technology license varies, but often ranges from $4,000 to $5,000. Therefore, the maximum grant amount is $3,750 or 75% of $5,000. NM-TAG grants help to offset the risk associated with licensing new technologies and assist the transfer and deployment of new innovative technologies.

The grant amount (75% of the cost of the technology license) goes to the institution providing the technology. The company receiving the technology pays the final 25% of the cost.

ELIGIBILITY:

1.   Applicants must be a New Mexico-based company with a CRS number from the Taxation & Revenue Department; a New Mexico address (no PO boxes); and a federal EIN number.

2.   Applicants must have or be pursuing a written agreement with a qualified New Mexico-based technology provider. 

3.      The project will have a timeline of no more than six months.

4.   Applicants may receive assistance for one technology transfer project per year.

5.     Incomplete or incorrectly completed applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the technical and commercial feasibility of the project, as well as market-pull and other potential factors of success.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning July 1, 2019. 

Up to ten grants will be awarded during the 2020 fiscal year.

 

 

Wednesday June 5, 2019

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities on Saturday, June 8, 2019, for National Get Outdoors Day, a day when federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry jointly encourage participation in outdoor activities.

Fee-free days are an opportunity to connect more Americans with their public lands. National Get Outdoors Day was launched in 2008 to get American families into the great outdoors with a special emphasis on children and underserved populations who may not be familiar with national forests and national parks.

Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds, non-reserve campgrounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at standard amenity fee sites operated by the Santa Fe National Forest, except for those reserved in advance through Recreation.gov. Concessionaire-operated day-use sites may not be included in the waiver.

 

Tuesday June 4, 2019

East Jemez Road lane closures near the entrance of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will resume Friday, June 7, and continue through the weekend. Drivers will be unable to get to Los Alamos via the truck route and should use the NM502/Main Hill Road instead.

 The lane closures are necessary to allow workers to replace the main water line, which requires open trenching across East Jemez Road, across from the Los Alamos Eco Transfer Station.

Drivers should watch for directional signage regarding partial lane closures beginning Friday morning with full lane closures starting at 6 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday, June 9. Weather permitting, East Jemez Road is also scheduled to be closed June 14 through June 16 in a similar pattern.

Monday morning commuters should see all lanes open but will encounter steel plates covering the work area.

The water line replacement is part of a $34.5 million Supplemental Environmental Projects settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy following the February 2014 drum breach incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.

 

Monday June 3, 2019

Because of a recent change in State legislation, the Los Alamos County Council is seeking applicants to fill a two-year term on the local Board of Registration. Previously, nominations were solicited by the Chairs of the local Democratic, Libertarian and Republican parties, but the new law eliminated that requirement. There will be five members appointed to this Board.

 Consideration and appointment of applicants for the Board of Registration, which also serves as the Canvassing Committee after elections, has been placed on the Council’s June 11 meeting agenda (6:00 p.m., Council Chambers). A call for letters of interest is now open and letters are due to the County Manager no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. 

 Interested applicants must be a registered voter in Los Alamos County. To apply, individuals are asked to submit a short letter with their name, address and a short paragraph indicating why they would be interested in serving on the Board. Under State law, any qualified person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Los Alamos County may serve. Letters should be mailed or hand-delivered to County Manager Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Avenue, Suite 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544 by the deadline. Candidates who submit a letter do not need to be present at the June 11 Council meeting.

 For more information about the duties of the Board of Registration, contact County Clerk Naomi Maestas at 505-662-8010.

 

Monday June 3. 2019

Los Alamos High School Seniors Presented Awards During Senior Recognition Ceremony

 

Sixty-seven Los Alamos High School seniors were the recipients of over 55 awards and scholarships presented during the annual Senior Recognition Ceremony held Tuesday night at Duane Smith Auditorium.

 

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and Principal Carter Payne noted the generosity of the organizations presenting scholarships and the generosity of the students who give of their time and talents to the community. While some of the scholarships are based upon academic and athletic achievements, many are also given in recognition of community service.

 

Emcee Morrie Pongratz thanked the presenters and told the audience that “serving on a scholarship committee is a bittersweet task. Yes, you get to select a deserving student to receive a scholarship, bur, for every student that you are able to recognize, you have to say ‘No’ to at least ten very worthy applicants.”

 

Congratulations to this year’s recipients.

 

Iron Athlete: Jacob Dunwoody

Black Lion Award: Cade Yost

Aaron S. Goldman Memorial Scholarships: Paulina Burnside, Duncan Fuehne and Marin Kelly

Wally Walters Memorial Scholarship: Marin Kelly

Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship: Marin Kelly and Elijah Velasquez

Athletes of the Year, Los Alamos Sports Association: Alix Hailey and Arthur Steinkamp

Explorer Post 20 Scholarships: Summer Bronson, Taran Cooley, Jesse Prime and Catherine Rousculp

Barranca Mesa Elementary School PTO Scholarship: Alix Hailey

Mountain School PTA Scholarships: Paulina Burnside and Catherine Rousculp

Piñon School PTO Scholarships: Morgan Jones and Allison Lakis

Aspen School Alumni Scholarships: Thomas Chadwick, Levi Guarello, Rebecca Miko and Sabio Thompson

Los Alamos Garden Club Scholarship: Levi Guarello

Los Alamos Golf Association Scholarships: Alicia Gonzales and Jonathan Doorn

Daedalians Award: Nicholas Berndt

VFW Auxiliary Patriot Scholarship: Noah White

Veterans of Foreign Wars John D. Gamble Post 8874 Scholarship: Javier McTeigue-Vasquez

Eastern Star Scholarship: Sabio Thompson

Karen McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship: Joanna Romero

Shirley Fries Alumni Scholarships: Haley Capon and Israel Gellis

Masonic Scholarship: Jonathan Doorn

Jennifer Marie Fleming Memorial Scholarship: Coralee Adair

Margot Pellette Memorial Scholarship: Joseph Sarrao

Pat Edmonds & Sue Graves Memorial Scholarship (Summit Garden Club): Sabio Thompson

Los Alamos National Bank Scholarships: Phoenix Dendera and Anna Lemke

Music-Filled Life Scholarships (Los Alamos Community Winds): Liam Devlin and Presley Gao

Los Alamos Light Opera Scholarships: Nora Cullinan and Jessica Erkkila

Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarships: Jonathan Doorn, Aaron Lauritzen and Leah Wolfsberg

Hospital Auxiliary of LAMC Scholarships: Haley Capon, Gabriella Duran, Anna Lemke and Shawn Stokes

Los Alamos Schools Credit Union Scholarships: Bryce Gentile, Alix Hailey and Dylan Irish

Zia Credit Union Academic Scholarships: Jonathan Doorn, Antonio Gonzales and Dima Tretiak

Zia Credit Union Leadership Scholarships: Haley Capon, Alicia Gonzales and Torrie Padilla

Zia Credit Union Special Achievements Scholarship: Lindsey Martinez

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Scholarships: Shelly Doyle, Levi Guarello, Kaitlin Hopkins, Morgan Jones, Anna Lemke, Shannon Pestovich and Elyse Phillips

Jeannette O. Wallace Memorial Scholarship: Catherine Rousculp

Lou & Lee Pierotti Memorial Scholarship: Jillian Bennett

Stephen Stoddard Memorial Scholarships: Paulina Burnside and Mackenzie Rogers

J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship: Steven Zhao

J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship in memory of Juliamarie Langham Grilly: Sonyia Williams

J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship in memory of Nancy Laubach Freed: Joseph Sarrao

J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship in memory of Nicholas C. Metropolis: Christopher Koh

J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship in memory of Rosalie Heller: Jonathan Doorn

J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship funded by the New Mexico Consortium: Amanda Li

George & Joan Bjarke Scholarships: Israel Gellis and Morgan Jones

Irene Boone Memorial Scholarships: Tianna McNiel-White and Meghan Romero

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, Educator of Distinction Scholarships: Paulina Burnside, Duncan Fuehne, Israel Gellis, Morgan Jones, Javier McTeigue-Vasquez, Elyse Phillips, Catherine Rousculp, Andrea Simons, Elodie Thelliez and Genevieve Triplett

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Rynd Scholarship: Leah Wolfsberg

Thomas Intrator Scholarships: Javier McTeigue-Vasquez and Joseph Sarrao

Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries Scholarships: Nora Cullinan, Phoenix Dendera, Duncan Fuehne and Elodie Thelliez

June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship: Anna Lemke

Deborah Beene Memorial Music Awards:Presley Gao, Liam Devlin, Nora Cullinan and Jessica Erkkila

Rotary Great Expectation Award: Kyla Roberts

Rotary Service Awards: Paulina Burnside and Haley Capon

Rotary Vocational Award: Levi Guarello

Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council 3137 Scholarships: Haley Capon, Phoenix Dendera, Levi Guarello, Anna Lemke, Lindsey Martinez, Tianna McNiel-White, Torrie Padilla and Elijah Velasquez

LANL Foundation Bronze Scholarships: Samuel Crooks, Jonathan Doorn, Antonio Dowdy, Presley Gao, Alix Hailey, Christopher Koh, Valerie Li, Meredith McBranch, Samuel Menefee, Connor Rittner, Dima Tretiak, Leah Wolfsberg, Sonyia Williams and Steven Zhao

LANL Foundation Silver Scholarship: Elijah Pelofske

Brett Knapp Memorial Scholarship: Jared Carnes

Climate Change Leadership Institute Endowed Scholarship: Risa Bridge

Don & Connie Cobb Endowed Education Scholarship:  Haylee Hayden

Senator Pete Domenici Endowed Scholarship: Javier McTeigue-Vasquez

Coca-Cola Scholarships: Christopher Fabry-Pittman and Joanna Romero

 

Friday May 31, 2019

— Electric crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will resume the Quartz St. project to replace electric lines and improve the neighborhood’s electric reliability on Monday, Jun.10 and continue through mid-August. The project was placed on hold over the winter season. Through traffic along Quartz will be restricted during the work day with traffic detoured to Rim Road.  Full access to Quartz will be restored by late afternoon as crews wrap up.

Crews will work in small sections in the roadway to excavate, install conduit and then backfill the open trench. Working on the north side of Quartz at Canyon, the construction zone will move east and then move north on 6 St. stopping at Rim Rd.  Work will then transition to the south side of Quartz at 6 St, and finish up at 4 St.  

Construction is scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking on Quartz is prohibited during the construction hours. Department officials indicate that ingress and egress to driveways will be maintained as much as possible. If access to a driveway is to be restricted, crews will coordinate with the appropriate homeowner ahead of time.

 

Thursday May 30, 2019

Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to announce that Suzanne Lynne, former Chamisa principal, will be moving to the new role of principal at Los Alamos Middle School. She will take over the helm at the start of the 2019-20 school year and will continue the outstanding teaching and leadership that is a tradition at the middle school.

Lynne brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this new leadership role. Lynne began teaching at LAPS in 1997, and also served as literacy coach for 12 years. Before becoming principal at Chamisa Elementary School, she was the principal at La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences, a K-8 school in the Espanola Valley.

Former Principal Brian Easton will return to Los Alamos High School as an economics teacher. Former Assistant Principal Pam Miller has the opportunity to return to serving as an elementary school teacher.

LAPS is excited to move the middle school in a direction that helps all students thrive and be successful.

The new direction includes increased student help with learning mathematics. Today’s math goes beyond knowing procedures to understanding the fundamentals of number concepts.

The new direction also includes positive support for student discipline using a program called Safe and Civil Schools

The Assistant Principal position will be announced soon.

 

Wednesday May 29, 2019

Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate prescribed burn projects beginning as early as Thursday, May 30th and may continue over the next couple of weeks, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions. The prescribed burns will take place within a 630-acre project area in Banco Bonito and a 112-acre area on Cerro Seco. Both locations are within the western half of the preserve. 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.

The parameters for implementing a prescribed burn are based upon specific assessments, agency guidelines, and safety protocols. The project will not begin unless all conditions support the burn and associated resources are available.

Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn may be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.

 

Tuesday May 28, 2019

If yesterday was your trash day put carts at the curb on Wednesday, May 29 instead.

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Ten college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.

The students are from Pojoaque Valley, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos high schools.

The JROMC has awarded over 230 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $500,000 since the program was begun in 1984.

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.

This year's selected students from Los Alamos are:

Steven Zhao: J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship supported by the committee, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in science and mathematics.

Amanda Li: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship sponsored by the New Mexico Consortium for a student who shows exceptional promise of future contributions to society and plans to attend a New Mexico institution of higher education.

Jonathan Doorn: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Rosalie Heller for a student with an excellent academic record who has demonstrated a significant interest in classical music.

Sonyia Williams: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Juliamarie Langham Grilly, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in the arts or sciences.

Christopher Koh: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Nicholas C. Metropolis, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in the mathematical sciences.

Joseph Sarrao: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Nancy Laubach Freed, awarded to a student for outstanding academic achievements.

 

Thursday May 23, 2019

Zero Waste Champion of the Year award is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Environmental Sustainability Board. The Zero Waste Champion of the Year Award is a great avenue to promote recycling and zero waste in the community and get more businesses participating in the recycling program. To become eligible, a business is nominated by a member of the community for contributing to sustainability, recycling and waste reduction. The nominees are required to submit a brief overview about how their business recycled, reduced waste, conserved energy or water and contributed to overall sustainability.
This year there are five categories: School, Non-Profit Business, Business, Small Business and Restaurants. Now we need the community to vote on who they believe should receive the Zero Waste Champion of the Yard Award in each category.
To vote for the Zero Waste Champion of the Year visit this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S9ZB3ZM. The survey will close Friday, May 31st at 12:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday May 22, 2019

The White Rock and Betty Ehart Senior Centers are collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items this week to promote Red Nose Day Thursday, May 23.

The NBC special will raise funds to end childhood hunger. Items suggested for donation include lunch and snack items that may assist local programs for children that need assistance.

 

Tuesday May 21, 2019

The Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy (LAECCA) recently received its official Early College High School certification from the College and Career Readiness Bureau of New Mexico’s Public Education Department. This certification is the culmination of 13 months of work to obtain this designation.

Targeted advisement and specialized academic counseling enable LAECCA students to take classes for dual credit through UNM-LA and LAHS above and beyond those available through the typical dual credit guidelines. Students focus on one of four pathways: Electro-Mechanical Technologies, Business Marketing, Robotics and Emergency Medical Services. The coursework students take toward their certificates may also be applied towards requirements for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees.

In addition to partnering with UNM-LA to provide college level courses and certifications, the program also partners with employers such as Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce to provide students with the opportunity to network and make connections. Workforce partners provide a spectrum of work-based learning experiences, and open their workplace world to students through tours, speakers and mentorships.

Early college high school programs are designed to help students earn college credentials while completing high school coursework for a diploma. Students who participate in the program will graduate with highly marketable skills and a jumpstart on college completion. Research shows that students who take college classes while in high school are more likely to begin and finish college on-time.

 

Monday May 20, 2019

History Adventures, the children’s summer program presented by the Los Alamos History Museum, begins June 4th. Hands-on history activities that will have kids moving, making, thinking, sharing, and learning will take place every Tuesday morning in June and July at Ashley Pond. History Adventures is free, and no registration is required.

History Adventures meets at Ashley Pond, under the shady trees near the parking lot at the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th (look for the History Adventures sign). There will be a program for children going into 1st–3rd grade from 9:30–10:30 a.m., and a program for children going into 4th–6th grade from 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Caregivers are asked to remain with their children at the 9:30 session. The History Museum is excited to partner with the Youth Activity Center to present the 10:45 session. Caregivers are welcome to stay with their children for the 10:45 session or check them in at the YAC, 475 20th Street, Suite F.

This summer History Adventures features activities from returning favorites and from new partners. The Fuller Lodge Art Center will share a program connecting local art and history, and the Rundstroms will again bring their burros Freighter and Amiga to demonstrate traditional Spanish burro packing. There will be fun, hands-on history activities from these presenters and more every Tuesday morning from June 4 through July 30.

 

Friday May 17, 2019

The Los Alamos Public School Board met for a regular school board meeting on Tuesday, May 14; here are the highlights of what was discussed.

To begin, LAPS teachers Melissa Kinman and Scott Johnson were presented plaques from the New Mexico School Board Association for supporting excellence in student achievement.

The main topic of discussion Tuesday evening was the 2019-20 budget, which was approved by the school board with a 6% raise for all staff. Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Lisa Montoya said, “Just over $31 million is what we will receive from the state of New Mexico to run our program.” The approved budget meets all legislative and legal requirements.

 

the school board moved forward on a proposal to ask Los Alamos voters in November to approve the next round of GO Bonds. This request will support ongoing building upgrades and remodeling across the district. The proposal will not raise taxes for Los Alamos residents.

Bond Construction Administrator Herb McLean then requested approval from the board to purchase furniture for the new Barranca classrooms. The board approved this proposal.

Finally, two important grant applications were approved: the 2019-2020 Fine Arts Education Act (FAEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-B). The lead for this application, Chamisa art teacher Renee Mitsunaga, explained that the funds received from the FAEA allow LAPS to continue to support the fine arts programs and current staffing levels at each elementary school.

The IDEA-B application provides supplemental funding for students with disabilities in the district and helps LAPS make purchases such as software and specialized equipment. Student Services Director Karla Crane explained that these funds will also be used for additional special programs in the upcoming school year.

The next school board work session is May 23 at Mountain Elementary School. The next regular school board meeting is June 11 in the Los Alamos Administration Board Room.

 

Thursday May 16, 2019

This week is National Bike to Work Week, Los Alamos County has some fun activities planned for the community on Friday May 17th from 7:00-9:00am and again from 4:00-6:00pm at Ashley Pond. Hope to see you there. In recognition of this years National Bike to Work Week here is some information on Bicycle Safety for Los Alamos County.

Protection is imperative to prevent catastrophic injury during a crash. Items like gloves, helmets and eye protection can not only reduce injury but may prevent a fatal accident. Every bicycle ride should begin with these safety measures.

The crash data statistics show that a majority of the incidences in Los Alamos were males and the average age of the involved citizen was 36. Crashes on the road were the most common, while cyclists error accounted for 63% of those incidences. Drivers error accounted for 22.7% of bicycle-related crashes, and mechanical malfunctions were the remaining 13%. The injuries recorded were mostly minor.  Two total patients were airlifted due to the severity of their injuries. The community has had no bicycle-related fatalities between 2015-2018.

The most frequent crash locations that LAFD EMS has responded to in the last four years are: Diamond Drive, Rover Boulevard, West Jemez and State Road 4, and each of these locations has more than one incident occurring. Diamond Drive is shown to have the most crashes with eight. Off-road riding at the county golf course was the most frequent location for bicycle crashes. Many of those crashes occurred during the annual mountain bike race within the community. There were no documented incidences during the local triathlon or the Tour de Los Alamos race.

 

 

Tuesday May 14, 2019

Chef Laurence Peña of Chartwells Food Services has been promoted to Director of Food Services. The K-12 program of Compass Group USA, services all seven school sites, for Los Alamos Public Schools. Pena replaces Chef Mia Holsapple, who has taken a promotion within Compass Group.

Pena has a 20 plus career, has managed in the retail, hotel, tribal enterprise and restaurant fields. He has also served as a Tribal Council Member for 6 terms. He grew up in Southern California, going to college in New Orleans and returning to New Mexico influenced by his love of food. 

His passion is creating menu items which are an infusion of Classic American, French, Creole, New Mexican and Modern American cuisines. Pena is the former Executive Chef of La Mesita Eatery and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, with a degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management.

Chef Pena is from the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, where he lives with his wife Melanie and their children, Taylor, Justin, Christian and Emelia.

Pena has plans to soon announce a free summer food program within the next two weeks. The program will feed children under 18 for free throughout the summer,

 

Monday May 13, 2019

Bandelier Announces: Shuttles Begin Thursday, May 16
It's been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument and the parking lot in Frijoles Canyon is filling up! The wait is over - shuttles will start back up this Thursday, May 16.
The shuttles are free, have really big windows to take in the scenery along the way, and run seven days a week from this May 16 through October 16, 2019. 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 in Frijoles Canyon then stops at the campground again on its way back to White Rock.
Visitors who arrive at the park before 9 AM or after 3 PM may drive into Frijoles Canyon without taking the shuttles. In addition there are exceptions for visitors with disability placards on their vehicle, those starting an overnight hike into the backcountry, traveling with pets, coming on park business, and organized groups traveling in their own bus or vans.
Anyone wishing to camp in Juniper Campground can drive into the campground at any time, but then must use the shuttle to access the Visitor Center area unless they are eligible for one of the exceptions. Juniper Campground has restrooms, water faucets, and a dump station with potable water but no hookups and is $12/night. Campers who prefer to have an electrical hookup may want to consider the RV parking area at the White Rock Visitor Center for $20/night.
Beginning on Thursday, May 16, the Bandelier Visitor Center will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM. The White Rock Visitor Center will be open 8 AM to 6 PM.

 

Thursday May 9, 2019

Cyndi Wells was presented the 2019 New Mexico Women-Owned Small Business of the Year at the New Mexico Small Business Week Awards Ceremony in Albuquerque.

Cyndi Wells holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. As an undergrad, she double majored in chemistry and Japanese and earned a B.S. with High Honors from the University of Michigan. Cyndi worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoc, a Technical Staff Member, and a Senior Project Leader from 2000 - 2008. She received a Distinguished Performance Award for her work in Iraq as part of the Iraq Survey Group in 2003-2004. She also taught chemistry at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos. When the only pet store in the community closed, she decided to open a pet supplies store and founded Pet Pangaea LLC in 2004.

Pet Pangaea LLC is a retailer of pet supplies and carries products for all pets in order to serve the community well. Pet Pangaea's mission is to improve the well being of pets and works to help educate pet owners in pet nutrition and other topics, so they may make informed decisions for their pets. Pet Pangaea believes strongly in community building and hosts Downtown Dogs, a dog walking group that meets weekly for fun, friendship, and exercise. Pet Pangaea is also committed to pet adoption and whole-heartedly supports the efforts of local rescue groups and the animal shelter.

Pet Pangaea received the NM Family Friendly Award as well as the Small Business Development Center’s Small Business of the Year award in 2009. In 2013, Pet Pangaea received the Sonny Brown Small Business of the Year Award from the Rotary International District 5520. In both 2017 and 2018 Pet Pangaea received the Retailer of the Year award from the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

 

Wednesday May 8, 2019

There is still time to sign up your child for Safety Town, Los Alamos County’s child safety program. It is free for all children entering Kindergarten this fall. Students will learn strategies to keep themselves safe and have opportunities to practice basic safety procedures in new situations. These include fire safety, bicycle safety, animal safety, gun safety, stranger safety, pedestrian safety, bus safety, water safety and drug safety. Registration Materials and the Parent Manual can be found online at

www.losalamosnm.us click on “Recreation”

 

Tuesday May 7, 2019

Los Alamos County would like to remind property owners that the second installment for 2018 property tax bills becomes delinquent after Friday, May 10th.  Payment must either be made in person at the Customer Care Center by 4:00 p.m. on May 10th or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.  The Customer Care Center is located in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Avenue. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

 

Monday May 6, 2019

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will offer a certificate program in welding beginning Fall Semester, 2019. The 36 credit-hour program is designed to train students to enter the workforce as welders after one year of coursework. 

The new program has garnered strong endorsement from Los Alamos National Laboratory, a major employer of welders in the region.

The welding certificate program focuses on building skills specific to welding careers. The program allows students to obtain an academic credential while learning an employable skill, thus creating a pathway for entry into the workforce.

Students in the welding certificate program will study national safety standards, blueprint reading, arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, gas metal arc welding (MIG), and gas tungsten arc welding (TIG). UNM-LA will offer three beginning welding course sections in the fall semester and one section of MIG and TIG Welding. Fall classes begin August 19. Registration for summer and fall classes opened on April 15.

View UNM-LA classes at losalamos.unm.edu/academics/class-schedule.html. For information on how to register for these or any UNM-LA course, contact Student Services at 505-662-5919. 

 

Friday May 3, 2019

– The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may proceed with the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn Saturday, May 4, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, are favorable.

The 500-acre unit is adjacent to Forest Road 102, approximately 6 miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and 3 miles west of Ski Santa Fe. Hand and aerial ignitions will be completed in one day.

Smoke will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambe, Los Alamos and Pojoaque as well as the I-25 and US 285/84 corridors. Smoke is expected to flow and settle into low-lying areas at night and may affect areas near Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambe, Pojoaque and Rio Chupadero.

 

Tuesday April 30, 2019

– Road closures for East Jemez Road are scheduled for the weekends of May 3-5 and May 10-12 to allow for open trenching.

Lane closures and, at times, full road closures are necessary to allow workers to replace a main water line, which requires open trenching across East Jemez Road, between Omega Bridge and the LANL entrance.

Construction activities will include cutting of the roadway, excavation of trench, placement of the waterline pipe steel casings, welding of casings, followed by backfill and compaction, setting of steel road plates and asphalt placement.

The water line replacement is part of a $34.5 million Supplemental Environmental Projects settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy following the February 2014 drum breach incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.

 

Monday April 29, 2019

NM502 Roundabout and Road Reconstruction (NMDOT project)

Star Paving will continue working on placing detour pavement on the north side of NM502 (Eastern area residential/airport side) and along the west shoulder of 4th Street to Central Avenue. During detour paving, flagging operations will be in effect Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and traffic may be stopped for short durations for one lane passage through the work zone.

 

Saturday April 27, 2019

On Saturday from 9-3 there is a spring craft fair at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 401 trinity drive.
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The Earth Day Festival is on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Los Alamos Nature Center
2600 Canyon Road Join us for a fun day of entertainment, food, activities, informational booths, and more. This year's festival will be a zero waste event! We'll provide recycling and composting stations, but encourage you to bring your reusable water bottles, napkins, and utensils if you have them!
Recycle Man will perform at 11 AM and 1 PM and have creative instruments for kids to play and enjoy.
Wise Fool will perform at noon! Enjoy activities from local community organizations.
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On Saturday join New Mexico Bank & Trust for a Shred Day from 10 AM to 1 PM, You can bring two boxes or up to 50 pounds of papers to shred per person. It's free to participate, but New Mexico Bank and Trust will be collecting donations for PEEC's monthly Family Star Parties! Stop by 1475 Central Avenue to participate!
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LAPD will once again host a convenient drop off point as part of DEA's National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Drop off unneeded or unwanted prescription medicines in the North parking lot (Central Ave side) of the Police Department, next to Ashley Pond. The goal is to provide a safe and responsible way to dispose of these kinds or prescription drugs to keep them out of landfills and sewage disposal systems. if you have never signed up for the county’s Emergency Alert system (called CodeRED), LAPD staff will be on hand at Saturday's event to get you enrolled.
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Saturday evening beginning at 7pm in the White Rock Baptist Church the Los Alamos community winds will perform their season finale concert titled Flamenco Ole. They will perform a variety of well known Spanish pieces.

 

Friday April 26, 2019

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may proceed with the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn this weekend if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, are favorable. Fire managers are looking at Saturday or Sunday to conduct this one-day burn. If conditions over the weekend are not optimal, the prescribed burn may be pushed into next week.

The 500-acre unit is adjacent to Forest Road (FR) 102, approximately six miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and three miles west of Ski Santa Fe.

Smoke will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambe, Los Alamos and Pojoaque as well as the I-25 and US 285/84 corridors.  Smoke is expected to flow and settle into low-lying areas at night and may affect areas near Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambe, Pojoaque and Rio Chupadero.

 

Wednesday April 24, 2019

– Applicants interested in filling the Probate Judge vacancy created by the resignation of Anne Nobile last month are reminded to submit their letter of interest to the County Manager’s office no later than the deadline of Tuesday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m.

The successful applicant will finish Nobile’s term, which will end December 31, 2022.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a one- or two-page letter indicating why they would be interested in serving as Probate Judge. Under State law, any qualified person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Los Alamos County may serve. Letters of interest should be mailed or hand-delivered to County Manager Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Avenue, Suite 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544 by the deadline.

Earlier in March, the Council was informed that Nobile would resign effective June 1, 2019. Nobile was elected to the position in the November 2018 General Election. Consideration and appointment of this position has been placed on the Council’s May 7 Council meeting agenda (6:00 p.m., Council Chambers). Candidates who submit a letter will be expected to attend the May 7 Council meeting to respond to questions from the Council about their letter and qualifications

 

Tuesday April 23, 2019

The Los Alamos School Board met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 16. Here are the highlights of what was discussed.  the board recognized a group of Aspen students who participated in the Odyssey of the Mind competition and qualified for World Finals. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition. A few members of the team came to the School Board meeting along with their sponsors, Victoria Daley and Matthew Allen. Allen said, “What’s awesome about Odyssey of the Mind is that it’s the perfect combination of STEM and performing arts. It’s really cool to see both of those come together.”

The board also recognized Los Alamos Public Schools’ Food Services Director, Mia Holsapple, who recently accepted a promotion with The Compass Group, the parent company of Chartwells.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus presented a summary of recently signed legislation that could affect LAPS.

Steinhaus reviewed a handful of bills but specifically pointed out House Bill 250, which proposes to conduct a needs assessment to determine education programs to assist Native American students to become college or career ready. LAPS will confer with Tribal Leaders and the Native American Parent Advisory Council before conducting the assessment.

Senate Bill 229, the School Support and Accountability Act. This bill would replace the A-B-C-D-F school rating system. The bill requires the use of a data dashboard, something LAPS is already in the process of implementing through New Mexico Ed-Fi collaborative.

 Steinhaus then informed the board on the Extended Learning Time (ELT) Grant, one of the research-based ideas funded by the 2019 Legislature and approved by the Governor.

The new guidelines allow LAPS to submit an application that will support and even expand some of the innovative learning opportunities schools already provide for our students. These include Saturday School and Academic Time in grades 7-12 and tutoring programs around the district. If approved by the state, this application provides new ways to support and fund these programs, better compensation for staff working in these programs, and the chance to provide professional development for staff participating in the ELT program.

The School Board unanimously approved the application.

There is no school board work session in April. The next regular school board meeting is May 14 at the Los Alamos Administration Board Room. The main topic of discussion will be the budget.

The second and final Community Budget Meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the White Rock Public Library.  Anyone interested in the LAPS budget for next year is invited.

 

Monday April 22, 2019

Albuquerque Asphalt is currently working with installation of new ADA curb ramps at the intersection of San Ildefonso Rd and Sioux. Traffic Controls are in place for this work. Albuquerque Asphalt will start milling operation of the existing asphalt surface. They will overlay new asphalt starting at Ute and Yuma Street and begin work at 1450 Sioux Street with plans for pavement to be completed near 1220 Sioux Street by the end of the week. To clear the street for this work, residents in this area are asked to please move all vehicles from their street during work activities Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Friday April 19, 2019

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to creating safe passages along state highways for the annual Pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayò.  The Northern New Mexico shrine draws thousands of people during the week leading up to Easter Sunday.

Some pilgrims will begin their journey from as far away as Albuquerque (91 miles) to visit the site during Holy Week, with the largest crowds on Good Friday, April 19. Pedestrians will be walking on high-traffic roadways.

Most pilgrims travel along Highway 84/285 which runs from Santa Fe to Espanola, through Pojoaque and Nambe. Pedestrians walking at night can expect portable lighting structures stationed at specific locations. Trash receptacles will also be placed along the routes. Traffic signs and electronic message boards will alert motorists to be aware of people walking along these roads.

NMDOT wants to remind drivers to watch for walkers and expect road congestion and minor delays on roads leading to the church.

 

Thursday April 18, 2019

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), in conjunction with The University of New Mexico, is transitioning to the new state Common Course Numbering (CCN) system beginning Fall 2019 semester. All higher education institutions in New Mexico will share the same CCNs for most of the 100 and 200-level courses, to ease transfers between higher education schools and encourage students to complete higher degrees.

Prior to the new statewide CCN system, the curriculum of required courses (such as English 110) has varied at different colleges, and credits have not always transferred between colleges. When a student transferred, if some credits were not accepted at the new college, the student might have been required to take a similarly labeled course with a different curriculum, adding time and tuition to the completion of a degree. 

The statewide CCN project aligned courses across institutions of higher learning by subject matter on the basis of student learning outcomes identified by educators. Most 100- and 200-level courses received four-digit common course numbers and subject codes. These courses now have the same prefix, number, course name, course description, and student learning outcomes.

In the Fall course listings for UNM-LA, there are some courses with their original three-digit course numbers, and some courses with their new four-digit CCN. Over the next year, UNM will continue transitioning courses to the CCN system.

The transition to the Common Course Numbering system will not change current degree requirements; only that required classes may have a new course name or number.

Summer and fall semester courses are now listed online. UNM-LA registration is open.

Print copies of the UNM-LA Summer/Fall 2019 course schedule will be mailed to all local residences later this month.

 

Wednesday April 17, 2019

National History Day students from Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School competed at the University of New Mexico Saturday to determine whose projects will represent our state in the national NHD competition. Eleven students from LAHS and two students from LAMS advanced from the regional NHD competitions in January to compete in the state contest held April 6. 

Individual students and groups chose their own topics based on this year’s theme “Triumph and Tragedy.” After researching primary and secondary sources related to their topic, students presented their research by creating one of five possible projects: a performance, a documentary film, a research paper, an exhibit or a website. 

LAHS junior, Abby Beus, placed second for the state with her research paper on the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Abby was further honored with a special prize for the best project related to western history. She will be representing LAHS at the NHD national competition from June 10-13, 2019 at the University of Maryland.

LAMS students Kaya Loy and Mikalh Adams will by joining Abby at the National NHD competition. Kaya produced a website on the forced removal of people of the Cherokee Nation from their homes in the southeastern United States; her project earned special recognition from the Western Trails Association. Mikalh performed a lively, one-man drama depicting Gavrilo Princip assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand leading to World War I. Both Kaya and Mikalh placed second in New Mexico for their categories. 

 

Tuesday April 16, 2019

—The LANL Foundation and Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) advisory committee have recently made changes in a scholarship category that funds higher learning for Northern New Mexico residents. 

The newly renamed Career Pathways Scholarship, formerly called the Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarship for nontraditional students, will continue to provide $1500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades but now no longer requires applicants to have a gap in formal education.

Current high school seniors and anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) may apply for a Career Pathways Scholarship to help fund an associate’s degree or professional certification. Funds are available for any field of study, but preference may be given to STEM pathways.

Career Pathways Scholarships are renewable for a second year and a total of $3000 without the need to reapply, as long as certain criteria are met. 

As with all LANL Foundation/LAESF scholarships, students must be a resident of the Northern New Mexico seven-county area that includes Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos. Funding may be applied to any accredited post-secondary educational institution, in or out of state.

Applications are currently accepted online at www.lanlfoundation.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019. A yearly second round of applications is accepted in fall.

 

Monday April 15, 2019

Weather permitting, Traffic and Streets Division crews will continue to patch potholes on Diamond Drive on Monday and Tuesday. Work will focus on the Diamond southbound lane between Trinity and Canyon (in front of the Lemon Lot) during non-peak commuter hours. Because of the confined roadway, work will require temporary turning lane closures using flagging operations to provide safe passage and turning movements through these intersections. Motorists should expect a moving single lane closure on Diamond as work proceeds. Please slow down, watch for road crews, and use extra caution when approaching these busy intersections at Trinity, Canyon and Diamond.

 

Friday April 12, 2019

This year's Egg Splash at the Aquatic Center will be held on Saturday. This is a very popular annual event featuring hundreds of floating eggs in the pool. Lots of fun for the entire family, but limited to 150 participants, so buy your tickets in advance at the Aquatic Center! limited to participating ages of 16 and under. Event begins at 1 p.m. by age group.  It is also a warm water weekend so the water toys will be up from 10-5 on Saturday and Sunday 1-5. 

 

Thursday April 11, 2019

This morning, Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) was proud to present station 4-B Shift with a Phoenix award. The Phoenix Award, which began in January of 2017, is awarded to personnel that have been involved in calls where the patient suffered a cardiac arrest, was resuscitated and returned home from the hospital.

LAFD responders dedicate themselves to the community of Los Alamos and train for cardiac events nearly ten times as often as an average fire department. Due to their efforts, a member of our community is alive and well and home with their family, “a phoenix rising from the ashes.” It takes a team approach to save a life, and there is no doubt that Station 4 provides just that.

LAFD would like to thank the following responders:

Captain Gerard Coriz

Driver Paramedic Van Leimer

Firefighter Paramedic Dylan Mahoney

Firefighter Paramedic Dustin Rogers

Firefighter Randall Robles

Firefighter Joshua Urban

Firefighter Shannon Evans

 

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Students representing Los Alamos Public Schools received over 30 special awards and placed in almost every category at the New Mexico State Science Fair held at New Mexico Tech last weekend. Los Alamos High School took three of the five Grand Award in the Senior Division, and Los Alamos Middle School garnered one of two Grand Awards in the Junior Division.

LAPS will also be represented at the International Science and Engineering Fair in May. Heading to Phoenix, AZ will be:

 

             Robert Strauss: Grand Award, Physical Science

             Karin Ebey: Grand Award, Life Science

             Charles Strauss: Grand Award, Life Science

             Lillian Petersen and Garyk Brixi: Regional Grand Award

 

 

Tuesday April 9, 2019

It’s almost time to round up the kids and get ready for school. All Los Alamos Elementary Schools will host Kindergarten Round-Up on Wednesday, April 10.

Children who will turn five by September 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, and are invited to attend Kindergarten Round-Up with their parents. This is the first step in the pre-registration process, and gives families an idea of what to expect for kindergarten.

At the Round-Up, prospective students and parents will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurses, school counselors and other key school personnel. The future kindergartners will get to visit a kindergarten classroom and explore what its all about.

Parents are encouraged to call the school they are zoned for to ask questions regarding Kindergarten Round-Up.  Go to http://laschools.net/home/registration/ for more information about kindergarten enrollment and to check out the school boundary maps.

 

Monday April 8. 2019

Registration for the New Mexico PreK program at Los Alamos Public Schools opens on Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 a.m.

There are two half-day programs available (AM or PM, 3 hours each) located at Piñon Elementary School in White Rock. Enrollment for the NM PreK program is by lottery.

To participate in this program, your child must:

·   be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2019,

·   reside in Los Alamos County (this program is not eligible for open enrollment).

If your child lives within the Piñon school zone, bus transportation will be available. Parents of students who reside outside of the school zone must transport their child to school.

To apply for the NM PreK program, complete the 2019-20 New Student application, which is found under “Registration” on the LAPS homepage (laschools.net). Select the NM Pre-K tab. You will then be able to select grade level PK and your program preference.

The lottery will be conducted on June 3, 2019, and parents will be notified by June 15, 2019. Students who are not chosen in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list.

The program is in session for three hours per day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the school year. Students are not in attendance on Wednesdays which are used for staff planning, training and parent meetings. There is a maximum enrollment in each four-year-old program contingent upon state funding, so applications are part of a lottery process. There is no cost to parents for students selected to attend.

 

Friday April 5, 2019

The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization is pleased to announce that the Executive Director Search Committee has selected Bernadette Lauritzen, from a pool of four good candidates.

Lauritzen arrived in Los Alamos in 1994 with husband Chad, who came to work for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, at LANSCE.

She started in the community as the News Director for KRSN AM 1490 and went on to grow the Maternal and Child Health Council into the Community Health Council after the Cerro Grande fire, which still operates today.

Lauritzen brought the work of the 40 Developmental Assets, from the Search Institute through a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, coordinated a grant for former LAPS Superintendent, Dr. Eugene Schmidt, garnering the 2012 recognition of, “One of the 100 Best Communities for Young People,” and created the Community Asset Awards.

Lauritzen will replace the current Executive Director, Linda Boncella, who will be moving with husband Jim, for his position at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Lauritzen begins work on May 1st.

 

Thursday April 4, 2019

On March 15th, the County Council was informed that Probate Judge Anne Nobile would resign effective June 1, 2019. Nobile was elected to the position in the November 2018 General Election.  

The County Council is responsible for filling the vacancy left by Nobile’s resignation. Based on the past approach for appointment of a Probate Judge, Council has asked the County Manager to advertise for letters of interest, to be submitted to the Council for consideration. The successful applicant would finish Nobile’s term, which will end December 31, 2022.

Consideration and appointment of a new Probate Judge has been placed on the Council’s May 7 Council meeting agenda (6:00 p.m., Council Chambers). A call for letters of interest is now open and letters are due to the County Manager no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. 

Interested applicants are asked to submit a one- or two-page letter indicating why they would be interested in serving as Probate Judge. Under State law, any qualified person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Los Alamos County may serve. Letters of interest should be mailed or hand-delivered to County Manager Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Avenue, Suite 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544 by the deadline. Candidates who submit a letter will be expected to attend the May 7 Council meeting to respond to questions from the Council about their letter and qualifications.

 

Wednesday April 3, 2019

The Los Alamos Historical Society is excited to announce that the popular Atomic Film Series returns this year with three films. These atomic-themed films will be shown with a suggested donation of $5 in historic Fuller Lodge, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Grab some fresh-popped popcorn in the lobby and then settle in for a great movie you won’t see anywhere else. This series fosters discussion about the ways we continue to live with atomic legacies.

The theme for this year’s series is the consequences of radioactivity. The series opens with a dark comedy on April 10, continues with a documentary as part of ScienceFest on July 10, and concludes with a monster movie on October 30 in time for Halloween. Together, the films explore the real and imagined ways that radioactivity affects our world and our lives.

 Learn more about the Atomic Film Series at the Historical Society’s website, losalamoshistory.org. All three films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Avenue.

 

Tuesday April 2, 2019

The Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office mailed out the 2019 Notice of Values (NOV) on Friday, March 29, 2019, for the current tax year.  The envelope in which the NOV is enclosed includes, in red lettering, “IMPORTANT – PROPERTY TAX BILL ENCLOSED”.  Please disregard this text. The information enclosed is the NOV, not a property tax bill. 

The information in the NOV is your property assessment information for Tax Year 2019, and will be used to determine your property tax bill, which will be mailed by November 1, 2019.

The second half payment of your 2018 property tax bill, mailed on November 1 of 2018, is due no later than May 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.

 

Monday April 1, 2019

At Los Alamos Public Schools, student and staff safety comes first. Barranca Mesa will be the first school to practice the state-required off site evacuation drill to evaluate our preparedness in the event of an emergency. We will conduct this exercise in an effort to prepare all LAPS schools for successful reunification with parents.

The reunification exercise will be from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on April 3 at First Baptist Church located at 2200 Diamond Drive.

The purpose of this exercise is to

             improve our communication skills and ability to assure student safety,

             quickly reunify students with families,

             learn more about our district’s preparedness when it comes to unexpected events and coordinating with supporting agencies,

             and identify areas of strengths and areas of weakness.

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets division will be assisting in this reunification exercise by closing off the right lane (easternmost lane) on Diamond Drive (northbound) starting at Urban and ending at 39th  Street. This lane drop will allow parents/participants to park on the street and pick up their children. The left lane will remain open to traffic. Please be aware of and obey all traffic control devices, proceed slowly through this special event zone and be mindful of the traffic and pedestrians.

For questions, please contact Barranca Principal Gina Terrazas at 663-2727 or v.terrazas@laschools.net.

 

Friday March 29, 2019

The annual Fair and Rodeo Queen’s Court competition will occur on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The Queen’s Competition is a long-standing Los Alamos County tradition which selects young ladies with an equestrian background and people skills to represent Los Alamos County all summer in promoting the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo locally and regionally.

Interested candidates must be a Los Alamos County resident, or attend the Los Alamos Public Schools, and must be between the ages of 10 – 25 by September 1, 2019. Contestants can register for one of three categories: Queen (Ages 17 – 25), Princess (Ages 14 – 16), or Sweetheart (Ages 10 -13). Registration materials can be picked up at the Walkup Aquatic Center Front Desk or downloaded from the website at www.losalamosnm.us/rec.

Entries must be received by Wednesday, April 10 at 5:00PM at the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division’s Administrative offices at the Aquatic Center. For additional information please contact the PROS Division at 505-662-8170 or lacrec@lacnm.us.

 

Thursday March 28, 2019

The public is invited to travel around the world in two hours during the 8th annual Multicultural Fair at Chamisa Elementary School on April 3. The event begins at 5:00 pm. Presented jointly by Chamisa Elementary and Piñon Elementary Schools, the fair offers attendees the opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity in our community through dance, music, crafts and food tastings.

Students receive a passport to visit the many countries represented at the fair. This year will feature Brazil, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Honduras, India, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. There will also be presentations on New Mexico historical sites, San Ildefonso and Zia Puebleos, the Sikh community, and the Basque Country Euskadi.

There will also be performances by the Bhangra Dance Troupe, Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipes & Drums, Dala Bollywood Dancers, Brady Stokes on the ukulele, the Chamisa Chimes, and the combined Chamisa and Piñon Choirs.

Third grade students from both schools will dance with the Mariachi Sonidos Del Monte. The combined

Chamisa and Piñon staff along with principals Suzanne Lynne and Ivanna Austell will perform a

Hawaiian dance to “You Are My Sunshine” to end the show.

The event is organized by Renee Mitsunaga, Chamisa art teacher, and Stephanie Rittner, Piñon art

teacher, along with English Language Learner teachers Jessica Dixon and Maryam Bordbari.

In addition to the different countries being on display, there will also be information on international

service programs at the schools, including the African Library projects and the African Clean Water

fundraiser. The Piñon Student Council will be accepting donations of canned foods for the Los Alamos

Food Pantry. This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday March 27 2019

Los Alamos County has been recognized as No. 2 nationally in the latest Healthiest Communities survey published by U.S. News & World Report. The County was also ranked No. 2 in the Peer Group Ranking, Urban High-Performing Category.

Douglas County, Colorado is the No. 1 community in the second annual U.S. News rankings of the Healthiest Communities in America.

Healthiest Communities is an interactive platform developed by U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation. Accompanied by news, analysis and in-depth reporting, the platform features rankings drawn from an examination of nearly 3,000 counties and county equivalents on 81 metrics across 10 categories. Population health and equity are the most highly weighted factors in the methodology, followed closely by education and economy. Data were gathered and analyzed by the University of Missouri Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES).


Tuesday March 26, 2019

The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a work session on Thursday, March 21 in the library at Chamisa Elementary School. This was the first work session presided over by the new board president, Ellen Ben-Naim.

 

The evening began with the board recognizing the Los Alamos High School ProStart program. The ProStart® program is a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the culinary and management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students Haley Adams-Brown, Tiana Lopez, Alexandra Pittman and Weston Soenke, along with their teacher Rebecca Jones, recently participated in the New Mexico ProStart Invitational in Albuquerque where they received excellent reviews and placed in the top ten.

The board also recognized Bailey McVay, a 5th grader at Mountain Elementary, who recently “went under the razor again” to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Chamisa principal Suzanne Lynne provided an update to the board on student test scores and the implementation of several new programs at the school, including Number Sense, Number Talks and Imagine Math.

The board approved the Public Schools Cost of Construction (PSCOC)  School Security Projects Funding Application for 2019-2020 in the amount of $944,292. The application requests funding for improved security systems, including security cameras, handheld radios and perimeter fencing, at the school sites. Both the state and the district would fund the projects.


Monday March 25, 2019

Traffic crews will be patching potholes on Diamond next week, starting on Monday. Work will begin near Trinity and Canyon and proceed to the San Ildefonso roundabout in the northbound lanes. Motorists should expect a moving single lane closure indicated by a digital arrow board. Please slow down in the work zone and follow all temporary construction signage. It is anticipated work will be completed by Friday March 29th - weather dependent.


Friday March 22, 2019

After the wind storm last week many residents have been left with broken trees branches. Los Alamos County Environmental Services is offering a complimentary collection service to help collect broken tree branches and brush debris from affected residents. If you experienced hardship due to the wind storm and would like to request a complimentary pick up contact Environmental Services at 662-8163 or by email at solidwaste@lacnm.us.

The special complimentary brush collection will begin March 27th and end on April 10th.

Special Guidelines:

             Registration is required. Collections will not be made without an appointment to set up a scheduled day for collection.

             Fee: $0

             Normal household trash will not be removed.

             Set out bulky items no later than 8:00 a.m. on your scheduled day.

             Place bulky item piles within four (4) feet of the curb. Do not block side walk.

             Do not place brush material in front of parked cars, near fences, trees, mailboxes, beneath overhead wires, low-hanging tree limbs, or on top of water meters.

             Do not place items curbside prior to 48 hours before the scheduled day.

             Keep large bulky limbs and logs separate from smaller brush material. This will help us process the material more easily.

Alternative Disposal Options:

             Bring your materials to the Eco Station – each resident with trash service has 12 free loads annually.

             Rent a roll-off container for construction and demolition projects, call the Eco Station 662-8163.


Thursday March 21, 2019

Pinon Elementary School fifth-grader Ariela Rittner has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee New Mexico State Competition. The contest will be at NDI in Albuquerque on March 29. This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which  is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth-through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.

This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22

Wednesday March 20, 2019

Los Alamos County is currently accepting applications until April 11 to fill one position on the Board of Public Utilities (BPU).  Comprising five voting members, the BPU governs the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), 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 Thursday, April 11. 

Interested parties can complete the online application at https://rebrand.ly/BPUApplication. 

Members of the BPU work together with the DPU to serve and represent the interests of the community.  BPU meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

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. 


Tuesday March 19, 2019

Los Alamos (UNM-LA) student Rique Fernandez has been invited to attend a computer coding workshop in the Netherlands. Along with nine other students from Albuquerque, Espanola, and the Navajo Nation, Fernandez is traveling to Rotterdam March 16 - March 24 to participate in Cyberheros, a “hackathon” event produced by Cyberworkplace, an organization which provides cyber security and teaches coding skills to youth.

Fernandez will be attending the event with Cultivating Coders, a nonprofit group that provides computer science and coding curriculum to rural high schools. Between her junior and senior years at Espanola Valley High School, Fernandez attended the Cultivating Coders 8-week summer program. The students studied coding and website skills, working on laptops which they were allowed to take home at the end of the program.

Fernandez attended the course in the summer of 2017, then in December 2018, the president of Cultivating Coders, Charles Ashley III, invited her to participate in this workshop in Rotterdam.

The workshop will introduce participants to CSI-type investigations. Sightseeing and touring are built into the agenda as well. Fernandez refers to this all-expense paid trip as “a blessing.”

Cybersecurity is an area of increasing national concern. UNM-LA developed a cybersecurity program in 2013 with funds from a National Science Foundation grant. Enrollment in the program continues to grow.


Monday March 18, 2019

Here is the Associated press summary of this year’s legislative session.  The New Mexico Legislature adjourned noon on Saturday by law, closing this year’s 60-day legislative session.

The governor will have until April 5 to act on approved bills.

General fund spending for the coming fiscal year would jump by $700 million — mostly for education — to $7 billion. Infrastructure spending spread across three bills would exceed $1.3 billion.

Pay increases of 6 percent are slated for school staff and at least 4 percent for all state workers.

A 15 percent raise is in store for many statewide elected officials, starting with those who take office in 2020.

One sweeping educational reforms bill would boost spending to at-risk students by more than $100 million, extend the school year or teacher training by 10 days at schools statewide and offer most elementary schools the opportunity to add five weeks to the school year. Minimum teacher pay would rise by as much as 12 percent.

Legislators endorsed bills to determine what services for Native American students are needed to close any gaps in academic performance.

A bill that would raise income tax on high income earners and offer a larger family tax credit was approved.

Taxes would increase on auto, cigarette and internet sales.

Election-related measures that cleared the Legislature include a same-day voter registration. New Mexico would join a compact with other states to elect the U.S. president according to the national popular vote, though more allied states still are needed.

Several successful bills would write consumer protections into law to ensure insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and provide contraceptive coverage at no cost over premiums.

E-cigarettes were added to the state’s clean indoor air act, limiting where they can be consumed in public.

The House and Senate agreed to raise the state’s hourly minimum wage— a gradual rise from $7.50 to $9 next year and $12 by 2023. The Legislature moved to overrule local governments that enacted right-to-work ordinances that interfere with union fees and membership.

Lawmakers  approved a bill to decriminalize possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana in quantities of a half-ounce (14 grams) or less. Violations would trigger civil fines akin to traffic citations.

Prescriptions for opioids beyond four days would be accompanied by an overdose antidote drug and a written warning about the potential for addiction. Lawmakers endorsed greater immunity for people who may implicate themselves in crimes by seeking overdose treatment for themselves or others.

An ambitious proposal to decommission a major coal-fired power plant, the San Juan Generating Station, and ramp up the production of renewable electricity won legislative approval. The bill sets aggressive new quotas for renewable energy production, going so far as to require publicly regulated utilities to produce all of their electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045.

Another bill aims to create profit incentives for electrical utilities to pursue conservation and energy efficiency by breaking the link between utility sales and profits.

New Mexico oilfield regulators would recover authority to directly levy civil fines against well operators who fail to properly maintain equipment or spill waste.

Lujan Grisham has signed legislation to expand background checks to private, person-to-person gun sales. That legislation exempts transactions between relatives and doesn’t apply when people share weapons at shooting clubs or while hunting.

The Legislature approved another bill designed to ensure that firearms are relinquished by people who have been ordered to stay away from domestic violence victims. Teachers would not be able to carry firearms at schools under a bill that sets gun protocols for contract security employees and campus police.

Lujan Grisham has signed a bill to create a new agency devoted to early childhood education. She plans to create an outdoor recreation division modeled after Colorado’s.

The state will establish an independent state ethics commission for complaints about the conduct of public officials.

Lawmakers have passed several bills to reform the state’s criminal justice system with measures aimed at improving ex-convicts’ chances at obtaining employment, treatment and other services.  Private employers would be prohibited from asking on initial job applications about people’s criminal histories, although prior arrests or convictions could be discussed later in the hiring process.

An “expungement” bill would allow people to have certain arrests or convictions removed from their records — with a judge’s approval after a certain period of time passes and depending on the crime..

The Legislature sent a bill to the governor that would ban contests to see who can shoot and kill the most coyotes.


Friday March 15, 2019

Atomic City Transit will be running a St Patrick’s Day Buzz bus on Saturday night from 6pm to 12:30 am.  Reservations are now being accepted.  Call 661-ride  that’s 661-7433.   Don’t drive drunk.


Thursday March 14, 2019

Due to an extremely high volume of downed trees that continue to fall and pose a severe public safety risk as a result of yesterday’s high winds event, LAPD will continue to keep SR 4 westbound from West Jemez Rd (at the LANL “back gate”) until further notice. Access eastbound on SR4 at West Jemez Rd at the back gate remains open to Bandelier and White Rock. LAPD successfully extracted several motorists on SR4 earlier today when multiple tree-fall events occurred, clearing a path to trapped cars that were traveling on the highway. Sandoval County officials have already closed SR4 at Hwy 126 (the turn off to Fenton Lake). This section of SR4 from the intersection at West Jemez Road is too dangerous for travel until the high wind event passes. Gusts up to 75 mph were observed along this stretch of highway yesterday afternoon, bringing down additional trees and blocking the road, making it impossible and treacherous for personnel and heavy duty road equipment to continue working to keep the road cleared. High winds with gusts of at least 55 mph are expected into the early morning hours. Time will then be needed to re-enter the road and re-start tree-clearing activities tomorrow.

NM DOT advised us St Rd 4 will remain closed until New Mexico State Police opens it. DOT also stated they will not send crews into the Jemez until today.


Wednesday March 13, 2019

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) invites regional businesses to participate in the 6th Annual UNM-LA Job Fair from 1:00-4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 2. Businesses have the opportunity to meet and interview potential applicants for current and upcoming job openings at this event, and distribute information about other employment opportunities such as seasonal work or internships.

UNM-LA students, local high school students, and the greater northern New Mexico community are all invited to attend this event. At the 2018 UNM-LA Job Fair, 27 businesses met with over 100 potential employees. Many attendees were community members interested in finding a position or making a career change. Each year, businesses who have found new employees through the job fair.

This year, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with UNM-Los Alamos to present the Job Fair. Chamber members are especially encouraged to participate.

There is no registration fee to participate, and the college will provide a table. To reserve a space, contact Grace Willerton, Student Success Associate, at 505-663-3402 or email her at gwillert@unm.edu.


Tuesday March 12, 2019

Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) and the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) have teamed to initiate a permanent endowment fund to support the long-term financial health of nursing and assisted living options in our community.

Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) is an independent, not-for-profit community organization that manages the Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as well as Aspen Ridge Lodge-- a state-of-the-art assisted living facility overlooking the majestic Pueblo Canyon.

The Los Alamos Community Foundation was created in 2015 to promote development of permanent, prudently invested funds to support local organizations such as LARC, as well as to provide local philanthropically-minded residents opportunities to make a permanent impact in support of Los Alamos nonprofits.

Information about making contributions to the LARC Endowment Fund can be found in the LACF website, losalamoscf.org/index.php/donate/. If donating by check, please write “LARC Endowment Fund” in the check memo field.


Monday March 11, 2019

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill Friday to drastically expand mandatory background checks on firearms sales in New Mexico.

The governor commended the bill’s Democratic sponsors, students and other gun-reform advocates who pushed for the law, saying it would enhance public safety in a state that FBI statistics say has one of the nation’s highest violent crime rates.

The law will close a loophole for firearms sales in New Mexico by requiring background checks to be conducted on people who want to purchase from vendors online, at gun shows and other venues where sellers may not have a federal license.

More than 20 states have similar restrictions for sales on at least some private firearms sales, according to the Brady Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for expanding gun control laws nationwide.


Friday March 8, 2019

Cooler than normal temperatures occurred most of February. Itwas the coldest February since 2010. Storm systems moving

through the area in the middle of the month contributed to thecooler temperatures. Low maximum temperature records were

broken in Los Alamos on February 18 and 19, with hightemperatures of only 22 and 21 degrees, respectively. This February ended five consecutive Februaries with above-average temperatures.

Precipitation and snowfall continue to be above average. A warmer storm brought rain on February 14 and then more

widespread snow storms came from February 18 through 22. The snowpack for northern New Mexico mountains is at or above normal with the Jemez Mountains at 100% of normal and Sangre de Cristo Mountains at 102% of

normal. Shown below, Los Alamos County is currently in a Severe

Drought, which is an improvement after Los Alamos County was in an Exceptional Drought to start the year.


Thursday March 7, 2019

Here is an update on the Barranca School Construction project.  The roof is 85% complete, the first floor pathways and rough in is 90% complete, and the second floor pathways and rough in is 75% complete. The exterior wall sheathing is also 85% complete.  Work on the electrical rough in has also started. the project is about two weeks behind due to the snowstorms but should be caught up in the next few months.


Wednesday March 6, 2019
Effective immediately, Valles Caldera National Preserve will begin restricting vehicle access along the preserve’s main entrance road. Due to warming temperatures, melting snow is impacting road conditions and high water levels on the East Fork Jemez River are threatening to overtop the road. Visitors may still access the preserve on-foot via the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trailheads, and through access points at pull-outs along NM-4.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and mountain biking are permitted. Park rangers will be stationed at the preserve main entrance to answer questions and provide information.
Visitors are advised to use extreme caution while recreating in lower portions of the Valle Grande as snow continues to melt forming deep ponds and hidden sinks. While recreational access is still encouraged, there will be no public restroom facilities and visitors are advised to plan accordingly.

Tuesday March 5, 2019

– New Mexico Department of Transportation and Star Paving Company will begin roadway reconstruction on NM 502 from mile post 1.257 to mile post 2.053 in Los Alamos.  The contractor will begin construction and preparation for detour paving on March 18th.

Starting March 18 – NM 502 will be reduced to one lane in each direction.  Motorists can expect minor delays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and short duration temporary closures during non-peak hours at the east end of the project in the existing 2-lane section of the roadway using flagging operation. 

This project will improve NM 502 through Los Alamos between Kneckt Street and Tewa Loop for a total project length of 0.8 miles. This project will include roadway reconstruction, earthwork, curb and gutter, sidewalk, concrete retaining walls, storm drain, landscaping, permanent signing, lighting, traffic signalizations, and utilities.  The project will also replace the existing intersection at NM 502 and Central Avenue with a roundabout to improve traffic flow through Los Alamos. 

The project cost is $10.8 million. This is a 350 working day project.  Project is anticipated to be completed winter of 2020; weather permitting. Star Paving Company out of Albuquerque, New Mexico is the contractor for the project. 

Traffic Advisories and updates on this project will be posted on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road conditions website, http://nmroads.com/.
The NMDOT would like to thank you for your patience during this roadway improvement project.


Monday March 4, 2019

The White Rock Complex Senior Meal Center will be closed from March 18th through March 31st for a kitchen upgrade project. The Meal Center will be re-open again on April 1st.

Proposed improvements include installing a new larger cook and hold oven, grill, heavy duty sink disposers, washer/dryer and larger chefs work table. Electrical, plumbing and gas lines are also being re-worked to connect to the new equipment. These improvements will increase the capacity of the kitchen, allow for cooking, and processing meals that have been handled in the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Meal deliveries in White Rock will continue as normal. Seniors who usually dine at the center can go to the Betty Ehart Center in Los Alamos.

This project is funded by a grant from the State Aging & Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) in the amount of $90,600 to improve the capacity and quality of the meals served to the Seniors in the White Rock area.


Friday March 1, 2019

Weather Permitting, contract work to patch potholes on Diamond Drive will begin on Monday March 4th.  Motorists should expect a moving single lane closure indicated by a digital arrow board.  Please slowdown in the work zone and follow all temporary construction signage.  It is anticipated work will be completed by Friday March 8th.


Thursday February 28, 2019

Los Alamos County is partnering with Los Alamos Public Schools to host LAHS Physical Education swimming curriculum at the Walkup Aquatic Center from March 4th to the 21st, Monday - Friday.  The main pool will be set-up short course for the duration of this program.

Students will learn Water Safety Skills; i.e. Reach, Throw, Don't go; Community CPR, Learn-to-Swim and Conditioning. .

Please note while the students are participating in this program pool space will be limited and locker rooms will be very busy 15 minutes prior to and after each session.


Wednesday  February 27, 2019

The Incorporated County of Los Alamos, New Mexico, through the Los Alamos Police Department, has received federal funding to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the April 7 to 13, 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  The funding will be used to place victim resource directories, in the form of rack cards, on Atomic City Transit buses, and New Mexico Park and Ride buses, as part of a Community Awareness Project in Los Alamos County and surrounding communities.  A slide show will run on several Atomic City Transit buses in the downtown area, and an audio promotion of victims’ rights will run on all Atomic City Transit buses. The funding comes from the U. S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) through the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA).

The theme for 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Honoring Our Past.  Creating Hope for the Future.”      

The Incorporated County of Los Alamos/Los Alamos Police Department, was one of the 92 projects recommended by NAVAA and selected for funding by OVC for 2019 from the 200 applications that were submitted nationwide.

For additional information about 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Los Alamos County, neighboring communities, and nationwide, please contact the Los Alamos County Victim Assistant at (505) 663-3511.


Tuesday February 26, 2019

Weather permitting, Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will close a section of Arizona east of 45 St. at the unpaved water tank access road.  Crews will repair a waterline. The utility work will occur for two days, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 27 through Thursday, Feb. 28.  Traffic control devices to close the section of road will be erected each morning at 8:30 and removed each afternoon by 4. 

Access will be maintained to all homes.  Properties west of the construction zone will be detoured to 45 St. and properties east of the construction zone will be detoured to 36 St.  Drivers are urged to observe the speed limit and traffic control signs

Monday February 25, 2019

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities indicate that they discovered an error on some utility bills generated on Feb. 14.  Billing cycles 13 and 14 in the northeastern section of White Rock had an error in the calculation that converts natural gas consumption into therms. This resulted in higher reported use and the customer was overcharged.  DPU is fixing the error and will mail corrected bills to those customers next week. 

According to Deputy Utilities Manager Robert Westervelt, the heat content factor was incorrect on those two billing cycles and therefore did not accurately calculate customers’ gas consumption to therms. Customers’ natural gas meters are positive displacement meters which measure in 100 cubic feet (CCF). DPU converts the CCF into therms using two factors: Elevation and Heat Content. Unlike the elevation factor which is constant, the heat content factor is variable.



Friday February 22, 2019

February is American Heart Health Month. Each year more than 790,000 Americans have a heart attack and nearly 15% will die as a result. A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart.

Time is a critical component to surviving a cardiac event, with every moment that passes, the chances of survival diminish tremendously. Moments count during a cardiac event. The amount of heart muscle damaged is directly proportionate to the amount of time it takes to restore blood flow to the heart. During a cardiac arrest, every second that passes without high-quality CPR and the use of an AED reduces the likelihood of survival.

The Los Alamos Fire Department invites the community on Thursday February 28th from  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for Hands-Only CPR/AED Training, Glucose Screening and Blood Pressure Testing. The training will take place at the Los Alamos Fire Department Training Room at 999 Central Ave. Suite 300 Floor, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

Learn to save a life in 20 minutes!



Wednesday February 20, 2019
This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will be coming from northern New Mexico.
U.S. Forest Service officials announced Tuesday that a tree will be cut from the Carson National Forest just outside of Taos.
The chosen tree will be displayed on the Capitol’s west lawn next December.
The state will also send along 70 smaller companion trees to adorn other government buildings in Washington.
Forest rangers say communities across New Mexico will be invited to help hand-make ornaments for the tree throughout the year.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says it is an honor for the state to be represented in this way.


Tuesday February 19, 2019
Weather delays and closures for today.

Los Alamos Public Schools are closed

UNM-LA is  closed.

County is on a two hour opening delay due to the snow storm.    

Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed.


Thursday February 14, 2019
The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave., to consider a proposed ordinance to increase water rates by 6.25 percent. If approved, the proposed ordinance will be introduced to the Los Alamos County Council to be scheduled for a second public hearing in March or April. Council will consider adoption of the ordinance at that time.
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeks to increase wholesale, non-potable and retail water rates to recover costs necessary to maintain reliable water services to Los Alamos County and establish a cash reserve in accordance with the 2015 Financial Policy. A copy of the ordinance is available on the county website at and at the Customer Care Center located at 1000 Central Ave., Suite 130, Los Alamos, NM.
Specifically, DPU is requesting that the price for wholesale water be increased from $3.42 to $3.63 per 1,000 gallons and the monthly service charge be adjusted from $643.90 to $684.14. Non-potable water that is sold for irrigation purposes to Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Public Schools, would see an increase from $2.50 to $2.66 per 1,000 gallons.
DPU is also asking to raise the monthly service fee and drinking water rates for retail customers (including residential, commercial, county and schools).
Peak season tiered rates apply only to residential and multi-family customers and are in effect from May 1 through September 30. DPU seeks to adjust the tier one rate from $4.98 to $5.29 per 1,000 gallons for both residential and multi-family customers. The tier two rate would increase from $5.29 to $5.62 per 1,000 gallons for residential customers, and $5.23 to $5.56 per 1,000 gallons for multi-family customers. Tier 3 rates increase from $6.32 to $6.72 per 1,000 gallons for residential customers, and from $5.35 to $5.68 per 1,000 gallons for multi-family customers.
For example, a residential customer who consumes 5,000 gallons would see the water bill increase from $34.32 to $36.46.
The public is invited to attend and provide public comment to the BPU at the Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 meeting held in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos, at 5:30 p.m. For additional information, contact the Customer Care Center at 505.662-8333 or by email at CustomerCare@lacnm.us

Wednesday February 13, 2019
Los Alamos Public Schools will open the online Open Enrollment Application process for the 2019-20 school year on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 8:00 am.
The Open Enrollment Application process for 2019-20 will differ from previous years. This year, there will be no requirement to complete the Open Enrollment Application in person. The application will be available online and may be completed on a smartphone or computer.
If you do not have access to a smartphone or computer, or if you need additional assistance, you may go to the LAPS Central Office to complete your application. The Central Office building is located at 2075 Trinity Dr. and opens at 8:00 a.m. Mon-Fri.
The Open Enrollment Application is for:
• any student who lives outside of Los Alamos County, and who was not enrolled as an approved out-of-district student during the 2018-19 school year;
• any student who attended an LAPS school during the 2018-19 school year, but has moved out of district in the past 12 months;
• any Elementary student who resides in Los Alamos County, but has moved to a different Elementary school zone.

Tuesday February 12, 2019
Los Alamos National Laboratory, in collaboration with the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office and the National Park Service, will offer public tours of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park on April 5.
Registration for the event is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The day will consist of four tours of 25 people each, each lasting three hours.
The LANL event complements the April 6 Trinity Site Open House located on the northern portion of White Sands Missile Range near San Antonio, N.M.
Participants will see the Pond Cabin, which served as an office for Emilio Segrè’s Radioactivity Group studying plutonium, a battleship bunker used to protect equipment and staff during implosion design explosives testing, and the Slotin Building, site of Louis Slotin’s criticality accident.
Members of the public are invited to register for the tours on Event Brite beginning Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. LANL tour participants must be 18 years old, U.S. Citizens, and provide proof of citizenship at the tour check in.
Future tour opportunities will be announced throughout the year.

Monday February 11, 2019
Today, Los Alamos Public Schools will kick off their school bus safety campaign. This campaign will encourage drivers in Los Alamos to be extra vigilant and stop when the stop arm is extended.
Running the stop arm and flashing red lights of a school bus is not only against the law, it also endangers the safety of students getting on and off the bus. Over the next few weeks, LAPS will be promoting bus safety in our schools and across the community. Los Alamos County has is presenting a proclamation to LAPS on Monday naming the week of Feb. 11-15, 2019 as “School Bus Safety Week.”
Since the beginning of the school year, and even the start of the new semester, LAPS bus drivers have reported an increasing number of cars, throughout Los Alamos County, driving through the stop arm and flashing red lights of LAPS school buses. Last semester, 65+ cars ran a bus stop arm; in the past month alone, 20+ cars have driven through a bus stop arm.
In Los Alamos County, the penalty for running a school bus stop arm is, at minimum, a $265 fine and 6 points off your driver's license.
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.
• Finally, follow all school zone speed limits, look for students in crosswalks and never pass a bus on the outside of a turn.
If you have any questions about school bus stops or school bus safety, please contact the Transportation Department at 663-2255.

Thursday February 7, 2019
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff to honor and recognize the memory of Rep. Henry “Kiki” Saavedra, who died Sunday, Jan. 27.
State flags will be lowered from sundown Wednesday through sundown Friday, Feb. 8, as part of a public day of mourning across the state.

Tuesday February 5, 2019
Starting Wed. 2/6/19 Kelly Cable of NM will be working in the shoulder and sidewalk area on the north side of Trinity Dr. The sidewalk will be closed between 7th. St and 20th St. All drive lanes to remain open. Work should be completed by Friday 2/8/19.

Monday February 4, 2019
To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on piles between February 4 and February 14 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
Weather permitting, crews plan to treat up to 475 acres of piles located three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs.
The piles will be burned as three different operations. The Pino West piles are located approximately five miles northeast of Jemez Springs along the north end of Forest Road 10, and will be up to 260 acres. The Vallecitos piles are located about three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs, one mile southwest of Vallecitos de los Indios, north of Cat and San Juan Mesas on Forest Road 135 west of Forest Road 10, and will be up to 75 acres. The Joaquin piles area is located 6.5 miles north of Gilman, just south of Porter Landing and will be up to 140 acres.
Smoke may be visible from Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Highway 4, Thompson Ridge, Sierra Los Pinos, Ponderosa and La Cueva.

Friday February 1, 2019
The LANL Foundation is now accepting applications for $2500 education and community outreach grants. The deadline for submission in the first of two yearly grantmaking cycles is February 15, 2019.
Two types of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations, schools or education programs. Education Outreach Grants directly support public school children in grades K–12. Community Outreach Grants meet the Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy for lifelong learning but need not be tied directly to K–12 public education. Early childhood and adult learning programs and some community events fall within the category of community funding.
Public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and Pueblo/Tribal communities may be eligible to receive grants and must serve one or more of the seven Northern New Mexico counties of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, or Taos.
Grantees have one full year to spend the money and submit a final report to the LANL Foundation.
Application form, instructions and additional information may be found at www.lanlfoundation.org/grants, in addition to the list of 2018 grant recipients.

Thursday January 31, 2019
Members of the Animal Shelter Ad Hoc Committee have created a survey to collect community feedback on the local shelter. It is located on the county website. Click on the open government tab and then open forum to find the survey. The committee will use the survey results to shape their recommendations for moving forward with a list of action items that might be considered for implementation - the deadline for comments is Feb. 13.

Wednesday January 30, 2019
Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets division will be striping Diamond Drive on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Work will commence at approximately 10:30 am and begin at the Omega Bridge and work toward the Round-a-bout at San Ildefonso Rd. They will head back to the Omega Bridge. They will only be striping the center white line and certain areas with yellow paint.
Please note the paint will take longer to dry with the colder weather temperature. Please be advised, try not to cross on the striping with your vehicles. The paint will be disrupted and may get on your vehicle and mark up other sections of the road.
Please keep a safe distance from the crew and painting equipment and follow all traffic control devices for your safety and those working this project.

Tuesday January 29, 2019
Students and parents are invited to attend AP Night at Los Alamos High School on Thursday, January 31 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the IMC (school library). Attendees will be able to meet with teachers and students to learn more about specific Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors course offerings at LAHS, as well as the dual credit programs offered at the high school. In addition representatives from UNM-LA and Northern New Mexico will be available to discuss dual credit and other college level courses.
AP Night attendees are asked to park in the Sullivan field lot since Future Topper Night is also being held the same evening.
All LAHS students must take an AP class, an Honors class, an online class, or a dual credit class to fulfill a graduation requirement. LAHS currently offers 7 Honors courses, 25 AP courses, and several dual credit classes.
Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses are college-level courses offered in high school. At the end of the course, students are required to take the AP exam in order to be eligible to earn a weighted grade.
Taking an AP class and earning a qualifying score on the exam may also help a student advance and avoid required introductory classes. Students are able to move in to upper level classes. Most importantly, taking an AP course builds the skills that students will need to succeed in college.
LAHS has received an AP District Honor Roll Award, becoming the first school district in New Mexico to receive this national award. Last year 341 students were enrolled in AP courses at LAHS, and took 613 AP exams in May.

Monday January 28, 2019
Allison Amrani, a 6th grader at Mountain Elementary School, was named the 2019 District Spelling Bee Champion. She will represent Los Alamos County at the State Spelling Bee in March.
Linhtet Htoon, a 6th grader at Pinon Elementary, garnered second place and James Ito, a 5th grader representing Chamisa Elementary, placed third.
Chamisa Elementary hosted the 18 contestants representing all five elementary schools and the middle school. They included four 4th graders, four 5th graders, seven 6th graders and three 8th graders.

Friday January 25, 2019
The New Mexico Supreme Court has provided new legal guidance on when police are justified to enter a private residence without a warrant.
In a ruling Thursday, the court found that authorities did not violate a Farmington man’s constitutional right to privacy by entering an unlocked apartment without a warrant to check on the residents inside.
At issue was whether an officer’s decision to enter the apartment was reasonable under the emergency assistance doctrine, which allows warrantless entry to aid injured occupants or to protect them from harm.
The officer heard an infant’s cries and another child hollering after a neighbor reported hearing a loud thumping noise. Inside, the officer found two intoxicated people passed out on the floor with an infant and two other young children in the room.


Thursday January 24, 2019
Senior Fire & Life Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi was honored recently with an appointment to serve on a Technical Committee tasked with the revision of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. The process to serve on one of the NFPA’s committees is a competitive selection process, with dozens of applications submitted each year by fire investigators and subject matter experts internationally. NFPA Technical Committees serve as the principal consensus bodies responsible for developing and updating all NFPA guides, standards and codes, which are revised and updated every three to five years. The process involves extensive research, experience and technical expertise from Committee members, along with several opportunities for public input and review. Updating NFPA standards can take as much as two years to complete the rigorous process.
Technical Committees are appointed by the NFPA Standards Council and typically consist of no more than 30 voting members representing a balance of interests. Appointment to a Technical Committee is based on such factors as technical expertise, professional standing, commitment to public safety, and the ability to bring to the table the point of view of a category of interested people or groups. Each Technical Committee is constituted so as to contain a balance of affected interests, and the Committee must reach a consensus in order to take action on an item.
Rinaldi has been active in promoting fire and life safety throughout his career, with over 20 years of service in public safety or related fields. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and joined Los Alamos County in 2015. Rinaldi currently serves as a board member of the New Mexico International Association of Arson Investigators, and helps organize State conferences that promote on-going opportunities for training, continuous improvement of processes and procedures, and leadership in the field of Fire & Life Safety.

Wednesday January 23, 2019
Jan. 22-27 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a national health observance linking teens to science-based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs.
In today’s society, it’s easy for teens to learn about drugs and alcohol from a variety of sources: the internet, social media, TV, movies, music or from friends. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® offers the scientific facts to counteract the myths.
Research on the effects drugs have on the brain is used to develop prevention and recovery programs that are essential in helping individuals break from addiction. According to Merriam-Webster, addiction is broadly defined as the “persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.” Addiction is considered a brain disorder because it adversely changes the functioning of important brain circuits; these changes can even linger after an individual has stopped taking drugs. Addiction is similar to other diseases in that it can disrupt the normal, healthy functioning of an organ in the body, it can have serious harmful effects, and most importantly, it is preventable and treatable.
Los Alamos Public Schools is focused on the well-being of our students and the Healthy Schools Initiative is using this scientific evidence to help educate teens and parents about the dangers of substance misuse. In order to dispel the myths, LAPS will tackle commonly misused substances like alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana and vaping. Check out LAPS on Facebook and Instagram (@discoverlaps) each day this week for more information on these topics.

Tuesday January 22, 2019
—Los Alamos National Laboratory’s average annual total impact on economic output across New Mexico from 2015 to 2017 was $3.1 billion, according to preliminary independent research from the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
More than 55 percent of the $756 million the Laboratory spent on goods and services in the 2018 fiscal year went to New Mexico businesses, up from 45 percent in 2017.
To further boost procurement to regional businesses, the Laboratory is doubling from 5 percent to 10 percent the local price preference given to contract bids from businesses based in the seven counties surrounding the Lab -- with an additional preference for qualifying pueblo businesses.
In addition, the Laboratory is establishing a new Office of Partnerships and Pipeline to stimulate new industry partnerships and high tech start-ups and to engage the workforce of the future.
Economic impact statistics:
Of the more than $756 million in goods and services procured by the Laboratory in the 2018 fiscal year, 55 percent went to New Mexico businesses.
The contracts awarded to New Mexico small businesses in FY2018 totaled $269 million—up from $262 million in 2017.
The Laboratory employed 11,743 people in 2018—up 660 from 2017. Forty-five percent of the workforce

Monday January 21, 2019
It is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  No Live Shows.

Friday January 18, 2019
Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets division staff would like to remind motorists to be on the look out for potholes that are developing in the days following several back to back winter storms. As snow begins to melt off of roadways, the potholes are exposed in the pavement.
“Until the hot mix plant re-opens this Spring, and we see much warmer temperatures return that are needed for the hot mix to be an effective patch, we are going to continue to be in a reactive mode to fix only the worst potholes with a temporary solution,” said Dan Erickson, Traffic and Streets Division Manager.
If tomorrow’s snow forecast falls short in the volume of snow that is expected to be received, alleviating the need for the entire focus to be on snow removal, crews expect to be out patching the worst of the holes on Trinity and Diamond Drive with a bagged patching mix that is a temporary substitute until hot mix is available.
Erickson said the difficulty in making any kind of fix to the potholes is that wet, cold conditions make it difficult for the mix to “stick” to the hole and may not be effective. Shallow potholes are not a good candidate for the mix because it typically will not adhere to shallow surfaces.
Erickson encouraged drivers to be careful and try to avoid potholes, as it may still be several weeks before all of them can be addressed. Work will occur on the busiest thoroughfares and only as a lower priority to snow removal, he said.

Thursday January 17, 2019
New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf announced the committee assignments for all 17 standing and procedural committees in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Representative Christine Chandler has been assigned the House Judiciary Committee, the House Taxation and Revenue Committee and Enrolling and Engrossing Committee.

Wednesday January 16, 2019
The Los Alamos County Council is seeking Letters of Interest from those interested in filling the unexpired term of Councilor Christine Chandler, who ended her term with Council upon election as the House District 43 representative. Her term will expire December 31, 2020.
Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County, and cannot be employed by the County. They should submit a letter of interest explaining their background, experience and why they are interested in the position. Letters of interest must be received no later than Thursday, January 24th at 5:00 p.m. The letter should be submitted to Harry Burgess, County Manager, 1000 Central Ave, Suite 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544. It can also be e-mailed by the deadline to lacmanager@lacnm.us.
Any individual submitting a Letter of Interest must attend the Council meeting on Tuesday, January 29th at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, and be prepared to respond to questions from Councilors. The Council expects to interview applicants and then make their selection that evening.

Tuesday January 15, 2019
New Mexico State Parks is offering free day use to furloughed federal workers during the government shutdown. Statewide, there are 34 parks which provide great recreational opportunities and educational programs and events for visitors and families. Furloughed federal workers will need to provide federal identification to State Park staff for free day use admission.

Monday January 14, 2019
UNM-LA is on a 2 hour delay due to the snow.
Due to weather conditions, Los Alamos National Laboratory will be on a delayed start today. Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos will be on a two hour delay opening at 10:00 on Monday due to weather conditions.
The Los Alamos Public Schools are on a two-hour delay for Monday January 14, 2019.
• School buses will arrive two hours later than the usual pickup time, depending upon road conditions.
• School start times:
o High School - 9:50 am
o Mid School - 10:00 am
o Elementary schools - 10:20 am


Friday January 11, 2019
Zia Credit Union has activated their member assistance programs for members impacted by the government shutdown.
While most of our members in the local area are not impacted by the shutdown, we do have some members who work for departments that are affected such as the National Parks and Forest Service.
Zia CU is prepared to help members who are not receiving their normal payroll during the government shutdown with the following assistance programs. 60-day loan payment due date extensions, waiver of early withdrawal penalties on withdrawals up to $10,000 from a Certificate of Deposit, low-rate signature loan for members who have a current direct deposit of their affected government payroll.

Thursday January 10, 2019
The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a regular school board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8; here are the highlights of what was discussed.
To begin, the board recognized teachers who received their National Board Certifications, including Rebecca Cabildo, Kate Hovey, Britt Williams and Janelle Maestas. Los Alamos High School Teacher Katie Lake helped support these staff through the writing process. The National Board Certification is designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.
Next, the school board previewed a new all-employee resource center located in Suite O across from the LAPS Administration Building. The resource center, recently named “The SOURCE,” is a one-stop shop for all LAPS employees that offers tools for a variety of activities such as exercising, printing posters, hosting a meeting, viewing instructional materials and more.
Learning Systems Director Kathryn Vandenkieboom presented a proposal for the 2019 Summer Institute: professional development classes that staff can attend with a per diem incentive. Through these classes, teachers and staff are able to learn new skills and knowledge, and share experiences and insights. While external speakers are hired as needed, LAPS also draws upon local expertise to teach classes.

Wednesday January 9, 2019
EM’s legacy cleanup contractor at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earned approximately 83 percent of the fee available during its five-month performance evaluation period in fiscal 2018, according to a recently released scorecard.
Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B) received more than $2.4 million of the $2.9 million fee available for the period of April 30, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2018.
EM releases information relating to contractor fee payments — earned by completing the work called for in their contracts — to further transparency in its cleanup program.
N3B’s performance for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract’s fiscal 2018 period was evaluated for quality, schedule, cost control, regulatory compliance, and management.
The contractor realized two significant accomplishments during the period — successfully restarting and operating the chromium interim measure and completing readiness for mobile loading at Technical Area 54’s (TA-54) Area G. The chromium interim measure involves pumping and injection to control the advancement and to shrink the footprint of a plume located beneath Sandia and Mortandad canyons at LANL.
TA-54 is LANL's waste management area. Area G is a site within TA-54 where LANL’s transuranic and low-level waste is stored, characterized, remediated, and shipped offsite. With mobile loading capabilities at Area G, N3B is able to ship waste to EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.


Tuesday  January 8. 2019
Los Alamos County is continuing its snow and ice control efforts due to the past severe snow events. As a recap, when a snow event is greater than 6”, the top priority is to keep major arterials and collector streets plowed before moving on to residential streets as outlined in the Los Alamos County Snow & Ice Control Plan. The County has many narrow residential streets which makes plowing efforts difficult since there is physically no space to put the snow. This issue is exacerbated by the parking of vehicles on one or both sides of the street. Crews have made at least one pass on all residential streets; however, many requests have been received for additional plowing. Crews will widen streets as resources allow, but this effort will likely cause more windrows next to parked vehicles, driveways and parking spaces. With the previous in mind, County and contract crews are now focusing on removal operations on the narrower residential streets throughout the County using motor graders, loaders, snow blowers and dump trucks. It is anticipated that this effort will continue around the clock until snow has been removed or warmer temperatures allow for ample snow storage in place. At this time the County asks residents for their help by moving vehicles parked on the street when the snow removal operation commences in their neighborhood. It is also requested that residents exercise caution and patience around snow removal operations. This will help speed up the removal efforts and allow crews to service more streets.

Monday January 7, 2019

Guzman Construction Solutions, the contractor for the new homes being built for Mirador on Parcel A-19 just north of SR4 near the Visitor Center in White Rock, will begin work this afternoon for utility tie-ins for the subdivision. The work requires the closure of the west entrance leading into the White Rock Visitor Center overflow parking lot. Initial work involves potholing the area to locate existing utilities and to determine the quantity of rock excavation required in order to place the utility lines in the area. Work is being initiated at this point to avoid impacting the Visitor Center later this spring when tourism increases. The closure into the overflow lot will be in place through the end of February. The County will be coordinating with the contractor for safety and signage for travelers in this area along SR4.

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Friday January 4, 2019
Christmas Tree Recycling:
Collection won’t start until next week. Environmental Services is asking residents not to put trees curbside before it begins Jan. 8 because if the community gets another storm Saturday and Sunday, the discarded tree may be frozen to the ground, making it tough for crews to collect them; the process is manual collection not automated.
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Thursday January 3, 2019
Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed today. UNM-LA is closed today.
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With the LANL announcement to remain closed tomorrow (Thursday) Atomic City Transit will not offer peak bus service tomorrow - but bus routes will be back up and running otherwise. This will allow ACT employees to continue shoveling out bus stops and shelters tomorrow.
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Christmas Tree Recycling:
Collection won’t start until next week. Environmental Services is asking residents not to put trees curbside before it begins Jan. 8 because if the community gets another storm Saturday and Sunday, the discarded tree may be frozen to the ground, making it tough for crews to collect them; the process is manual collection not automated.


Wednesday January 2, 2019
In light yesterday’s heavy snowfall, County Manager Harry Burgess announced that non-essential County facilities will remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 2 in order to provide snow clearing crews the opportunity to continue to address main, collector and residential streets throughout the County.
County recreational facilities will be closed, including the Libraries, Ice Rink, Golf Course and Aquatic Center. Other County services inside the Municipal Building for the Customer Care Center/Dept. of Public Utilities, Clerk, Assessor, HR, Finance, Community Development and Community Services Administration are also going to be closed on Wednesday. Public safety and road crews will remain active tomorrow to respond to emergencies and continue snow removal.
Both Visitor Centers in White Rock and Los Alamos will be closed tomorrow. Residents are encouraged to visit other contractor websites for hours of operation for such amenities as the Nature Center, Fuller Lodge Art Center, and other offices throughout the County.
Burgess said the highest priority tomorrow will be for Traffic Division crews to clear and remove snow from roadways in anticipation of re-opening on Thursday, Jan. 3.
the County's public transit system, Atomic City Transit, will not run fixed routes, but Dial-A-Ride will be available by calling 661-RIDE. Trash/recycle services in Los Alamos are suspended on Wednesday in Los Alamos but expected to proceed for the White Rock Community. Please do not put your trash out in Los Alamos as it makes snow removal harder.