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Tuesday March 19, 2017
According to the Los Alamos Monitor, Los Alamos Police, New
Mexico State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and
New Mexico Department of Corrections officials conducted an early
morning drug bust in Los Alamos County yesterday.
DOC and DEA agents provided helicopter and K-9 support. The raids
began at 7 a.m.
LAPD Investigators recovered various amounts of methamphetamine,
marijuana, cocaine, acid, mushrooms, prescription pills, drug
paraphernalia and cash, according to an LAPD spokesman.
They arrested 7 adults, all residents of Los Alamos, on various
charges related to possessing and trafficking controlled substances.
The suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Los Alamos County
Anyone with information that can be linked to these individuals
arrested or other criminal activity are encouraged to call the LAPD
Investigation Division at (505) 662-8222 or Crimestoppers at (505)
662-8282. Callers may remain anonymous.
Monday March 18, 2017
As reported in Albuquerque Business First, Niche.com, a
website that analyzes neighborhood and schools data, recently
released it's 2017 Best Public Elementary Schools in America list.
Though New Mexico public elementary schools didn't rank in the top
100, the website did give more than 50 elementary schools in the
state a grade of A- or higher.
Of the top 25 elementary schools in New Mexico, Los Alamos nabbed
the top five spots.
Chamisa was number one, Barranca was second, Mountains was third,
Aspen was fourth, and Pinon was fifth.
Friday March 17, 2017
Los Alamos County is currently accepting applications until
April 10 to fill one position on the Board of Public Utilities
(BPU). Comprising five voting members, the BPU governs the
Department of Public Utilities (DPU), a county-owned utility that
provides Los Alamos with electric, water, natural gas and wastewater
services. The selected individual will fill a position to be vacated
on July 1 due to an expiring term. Applications must be submitted by
11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 10. Instructions for submission are
included on the application form.
Members of the BPU work together with the DPU to serve and represent
the interests of the community. Through policy direction, the BPU
guides DPU’s senior management to realize its mission to create a
high-performing utility, matched to the community, contributing to
its future with diversified and innovative utility solutions. BPU
meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in
Council Chambers, 1000 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM.
To qualify for consideration, interested applicants must be 18 years
or older, be a resident of Los Alamos County for a minimum of one
year prior to appointment, be registered to vote, not hold public
office nor be an employee of the County government, and not conduct
any business with the DPU except as a consumer.
Thursday March 16, 2017
Thousands of trees are still available to New Mexico
landowners for spring planting through New Mexico State Forestry’s
Conservation Seedling Program, but time is running out to purchase
More than 50,000 seedlings are available to landowners who own at
least one acre of land in New Mexico and agree to use the trees for
conservation purposes. These include erosion control, wildlife
habitat, reforestation, riparian restoration, windbreak
establishment, tree plantations and other conservation needs.
Seedling sales will end April 21, 2017.
Available tree and shrub species include: Arizona cypress,
Douglas-fir, Austrian pine, aspen, native plum, Rocky Mountain
juniper, Manchurian apricot, golden currant, as well as many others.
Secure online ordering is also available at www.nmforestry.com.
Payment with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card is accepted. Mail-in
application forms may also be downloaded from the website and checks
are accepted with mail-in order forms. Anyone who experiences
problems downloading the application form may contact the New Mexico
Forestry Division at (505) 476-3325 and have it sent by mail. Three
methods of delivery are available for a $5 handling fee: UPS (last
day to order online for UPS shipping is April 13th), pick up in
Santa Fe, or pick up at designated locations throughout New Mexico.
All proceeds are re-invested into the program.
Wednesday March 15, 2017
On Thursday March 9 Governor Martinez Vetoed House Bill 241
– Use of Attendance in Teacher Evaluations. The initiative would
have allowed teachers to take up to 10 days of sick leave without
impacting their attendance record, while deferring to local school
boards. Currently the possible consequence of taking more than three
sick days is a reduction of the score on a teacher's evaluation.
Governor Martinez said that it would lead to higher teacher
absenteeism. Yesterday the Senate voted to override the governor’s
veto House Bill 241. It was the first vote to override a veto by the
Senate since 2010.
Tuesday March 14, 2017
On March 14-16, Bandelier National Monument and the East
Jemez Interagency Fire Center will be assisting with the field
portion of a wildland fire investigation class that includes
exercises examining common ignition types. To provide hands-on
experience for the class members, instructors will ignite very small
sample fires, totaling approximately 5 acres, on a portion of
Bandelier just across State Highway 4 from the Fire Center. Smoke
may be visible from Highway 4, White Rock, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and
Monday March 13, 2017
The House of Representatives unanimously passed House Joint
Resolution 8, a proposal to establish an independent ethics
commission in New Mexico.
HJR 8 would amend the New Mexico Constitution to create a
commission, no more than three of which may belong to the same
political party, to investigate
and adjudicate ethics complaints against state officers and
employees in the legislative and
executive branches of government. It would also have jurisdiction
over complaints made against
lobbyists and government contractors. The commission would be able
to issue advisory
opinions, promulgate rules and issue subpoenas.
HJR 8 now moves to the Senate for consideration. If approved by the
Senate, the proposed
constitutional amendment will be placed on the 2018 general election
ballot for voter approval.
This Saturday night is the beginning of daylight savings
time. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour.
Friday March 10, 2017
Arbor Day is March 10th nationally, but New Mexico
dedicates an entire month to the celebration of the important role
trees play in our lives. The New Mexico State Forestry Division
encourages New Mexicans to recognize Arbor Month by planting or
caring for trees, or getting involved in related community
Our state’s diverse climate creates variations on the best time for
planting beyond just one day, so in 1992, the New Mexico State
Legislature passed a house memorial designating a full Arbor Month.
For more ideas on Arbor Month celebrations and how you can
participate, contact the New Mexico State Forestry Division’s Urban
and Community Forestry Program Manager, Jennifer Dann, at
505-345-2200 or by email at JenniferL.Dann@state.nm.us.
Thursday March 9, 2017
New Mexico Forestry, emergency managers, and their partners
warned that the state will see increased fire danger over the
weekend. So far this year , New Mexico has already seen 55 wildfires
burn 6,832 acres with 3,264 acres burned in the last two weeks.
Families and communities can take steps to reduce the potential for
loss of life and property due to wildfires, which include:
• Create a 30-foot defensible space zone around the home;
• Pile firewood and other flammables well away from home and other
• Keep access roads free of debris and vegetation to improve access
and escape in case of fire;
• Remove needles and other debris from roofs and gutters;
• Consider constructing or renovating with fire resistant building
• Prune trees near structures and remove excess ground fuels such as
fallen needles, cones and branches; and
• Participate in programs such as “Firewise Communities USA,”
“Ready, Set, Go!” and “Fire Adapted Communities.”
When enjoying New Mexico’s many forested private and public lands,
use the following tips:
• Know Before You Go: Call the statewide toll-free Fire Restriction
Hotline at 1-877-864-6985 or log onto www.nmfireinfo.com for a link
to an active fire restriction map:
• Build a campfire in approved areas - such as established
campgrounds with fire grills or pits;
• Never leave a campfire unattended, be sure it is dead out and cold
to the touch before leaving;
• Never park vehicles in tall grass or shrubs where fires can start
because hot catalytic converters may come in contact with dry
• Never toss lit cigarettes out of cars;
• Abide by all smoking and fire restrictions on public and private
• Keep in mind that the use of fireworks is always prohibited on all
public lands .
Wednesday March 8, 2017
According to the Associated Press, Online retail giant
Amazon will soon begin collecting taxes on purchases being sent to
New Mexico addresses.
Officials with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department
confirmed Monday that the new sales tax will begin in April.
The tax will combine state and local rates to total about 7 percent.
Department spokesman Ben Cloutier says the revenues generated by
Amazon's collections will be significant, likely in the tens of
millions of dollars.
Some of the revenue will go into the state's general fund and the
rest will be allocated to the cities where the item was purchased.
Tuesday March 7, 2017
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Española school board
Monday night placed embattled Superintendent Eric Martinez on
administrative leave with pay.
Board President Ruben Archuleta said the board took the action
following a 90-minute executive session at Carlos F. Vigil Middle
School. Denise Johnson, a former associate superintendent for Santa
Fe schools, was named interim superintendent.
He said the board will keep Martinez on leave until it receives a
decision from the Public Education Department, which has twice
threatened to remove Martinez from his post if he did not start
following state-mandated rules regarding a number of matters,
including the hiring of unlicensed teachers, student safety and
Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera sent superintendent Martinez
and the school board a letter in early February warning them that
the department was ready to remove Martinez if he did not comply
with departmental mandates within 30 days.
Archuleta said the vote to place Martinez on leave represents a
desire on the part of the board to “move the district forward from
this point on.”
He said he had not yet touched base with the education department
regarding the board’s decision to put the superintendent on leave.
He said that by his count, the department’s 30-day warning is almost
The vote to place Martinez on leave came less than a week after two
new board members — Patrick Herrera and Gilbert Serrano — were sworn
in to join Archuleta, Lujan and Yolanda Salazar. Their action may
represent a turning point, however small, for the beleaguered
Skandera announced last November that her department was taking
control of the district’s finances. She also warned Martinez at that
time to address some issues the department had with his leadership
It’s been a rough couple years for the district
Monday March 6, 2017
County Manager Harry Burgess addressed questions last week
about filling the position of Deputy County Manager – a position
that will be vacant once current manager Brian Bosshardt departs for
a new job as City Manager in Bedford, Texas. Bosshardt’s last day
with the County will be Friday, March 31. Burgess said any hiring
decision will be made with respect to his development of the
proposed FY18 budget, an effort that is currently underway.
“We are working diligently on budget development for the new fiscal
year right now,” Burgess said, “As part of that process, I have not
made any decisions yet to fill the Deputy County Manager position or
any other vacant County positions.”
Burgess said he began meeting with all of the department directors
this week about their proposed budgets, and will be gathering
information from them as well as meeting with staff from the
County’s Finance Office over the next two weeks to discuss
anticipated spending by LANL for the rest of their fiscal year,
which ends September 30.
Because Los Alamos relies heavily on gross receipts tax from
spending by the national laboratory as the community’s largest
employer, Burgess explained that their projected spending and the
estimated tax revenue for Los Alamos will be a key part of his
decision as he finalizes the budget. LANL has been operating under a
Congressional Continuing Resolution. Under that resolution, LANL is
restricted to spending levels that match the previous fiscal year’s
approved budget. With recent changes in the presidential
administration and top cabinet positions in Washington D.C., Burgess
said there is no projected timeline yet as to when that LANL funding
situation might change
Friday March 3, 2017
The Los Alamos County Council regular session scheduled for
Tuesday, March 7 in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. has been canceled.
The Council’s Tuesday, March 14th work session will instead be a
regular session. An agenda will be provided 72 hours before the
March 14 regular session, which will be held in White Rock Fire
Station 3 at 6 p.m. It will be broadcast live on PAC 8 cable
television as well as streamed on the County’s website at
Thursday March 2, 2017
A public meeting for the 20th Street Extension will be held
on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the B&C Room, in
conjunction with the monthly Transportation Board meeting. The
project is one of the Economic Development Projects approved last
fall by the Council and would extend 20th street south into the
County property we have there. It has a budget of $1.3 million with
construction starting as soon as May.
Wednesday March 1, 2017
The National Park Service (NPS) website includes a section
called National Park Getaways, in which a different NPS area is
featured each month. Beginning March 1, Bandelier National Monument
will be the highlighted park, with a writeup and lots of photos, all
done by local rangers. The section can be found by searching
National Park Getaways. The NPS has been posting writeups of
different park areas at this location since 2009, and at this point
there are over 250 available. It's a great source for ideas for
upcoming spring break trips, summer vacations, or other chances for
a getaway to enjoy some of America's most outstanding places -
Tuesday February 28, 2017
New Mexico State University was awarded a $100,000 grant by
the National Park Service to study bears, mule deer, elk and
mountain lions that live in the Jemez Mountains. The study will
determine how well the animals are reacting to the NPS’ wildfire
restoration efforts in the area.
The program will study the affects of NPS’s forest restoration
program otherwise known as the “Southwest Jemez Mountains
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.”
NPS started the program in the area about eight years ago. The
program uses prescribed burns, debris clearing and tree planting to
The NMSU study will help fulfill a federal requirement to ensure the
program is working, and it’s not harming the mammals that call the
Jemez Mountains home.
Monday February 27, 2017
On February 14, 2017, The Los Alamos County Council voted
unanimously to have the voters vote on a $20 million general
obligation bond, to be repaid from property taxes for the purpose of
designing, acquiring, constructing, purchasing and improving
recreation facilities. If approved, the County will add an
additional $13.4 million to the budget from general operating funds
with the intention of building or improving five recreation
projects. Mail-in ballots will be mailed out on May 2, 2017. They
must be received in the County Clerk’s office by close of business
May 23, 2017. The bond 2017 webpage has been updated to including
the projects, their projected costs and a calculator to determine
how much your property taxes will rise.
Friday February 24, 2017
Applications are now being accepted for the Venture Acceleration
Fund (VAF) from Northern New Mexican technology and manufacturing
firms. Applications for the 2017 calendar year are due March 31st to
the Regional Development Corporation (RDC), the program’s
administrator. Selected companies will receive financial awards to
assist in taking their innovations to market more quickly. The
median award amount has averaged $36,000.
To be eligible to apply for VAF, companies must be headquartered in
one of seven northern New Mexico counties—Los Alamos, Santa Fe,
Sandoval, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel and Mora. Preference is given
to technology and manufacturing firms that can demonstrate their
ability to stimulate job growth and attract additional revenue to
the region. To accommodate the increasing number of applicants, past
VAF awardees are not be eligible to reapply.
This year, workshops on Market Strategy, Finance for Startups, and
Pitch will be offered in March to help businesses address
application issues most commonly cited by VAF review committee
members. VAF applications are reviewed by a panel comprised of
entrepreneurs, investors and economic development professionals.
Those companies not selected for a VAF award are often connected
with other resources that can help them meet their goals.
More information about the Venture Acceleration Fund, including the
VAF application, terms and conditions, eligibility criteria, and
workshop schedule are found at www.vafnm.org.
Thursday February 23, 2017
February is Heart month. Heart Attack Symptoms include:
1. Chest Discomfort: Most heart attacks involved discomfort in the
venter of the vest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that
goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure,
squeezing, fullness or pain.
2. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Symptoms can include
pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or
3. Shortness of breath: with or without chest discomfort.
4. Other signs: May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or
lightheadedness. Women sometimes complain of weakness, tiredness, or
flu like symptoms
If these signs are present CALL 9-1-1. In Los Alamos most of the
patients who are treated for heart attacks at the Emergency
Department (ED) do not call 9-1-1 and drive or have a family member
drive them to the hospital. Los Alamos Fire Department ambulances
are Mobile Intensive Care Units with paramedics who are trained in
the same Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support classes that the ED
staff attends. Our paramedics are able to initiate the same initial
treatment that is performed in the ED reducing the time to treatment
which has the potential of saving precious heart muscle. The average
responsive time for Los Alamos Fire Department is about 6 minutes.
If you call 9-1-1, the LAPD dispatcher will give you instructions to
help the person having a heart attack which may reduce damage to
Wednesday February 22, 2017
The New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division and the
Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter are pleased to announce
they are collaborating to educate New Mexicans on maintaining a
The list of 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, tips that may reduce the
risk of cognitive decline, are:
1. Break a sweat. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that
elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and
2. Hit the books. Formal education in any stage of life will help
reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example,
take a class at a local college, community center or online.
3. Butt out. Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive
decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable
to those who have not smoked.
4. Follow your heart. Evidence shows that risk factors for
cardiovascular disease and stroke– obesity, high blood pressure and
diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health.
5. Heads up! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline
6. Fuel up right. Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in
fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of
7. Catch some Zzz’s. Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like
insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and
8. Take care of your mental health. Some studies link a history of
depression with increased risk of dementia. Also, try to manage
9. Buddy up. Staying socially engaged may support brain health.
Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you.
10. Stump yourself. Challenge and activate your mind.
Tuesday February 21, 2017
On January 9, 2017, LAFD welcomed 14 members to the
department. During Academy 27, new-hire personnel are referred to as
Recruits. LAFD has a structured method of training to the rank of
firefighter. During the 22-week fire training academy Recruits will
go through a five-week EMS program, upon completion of EMS Program
all recruits will have received their EMT Basic. In the additional
weeks of the academy, Recruits receive formal classroom training and
practical skills up to the Firefighter II Level. After successful
completion of the Academy, Recruits will be assigned to a shift
schedule where they will be mentored by senior firefighters. After
one year, they are promoted to the rank of Firefighter I (FF-I).
After a successful year as FF-I recruits are promoted to the rank of
Firefighter-II. Recruits are required to promote to rank of FF-II
within two years of being hired. Academy 27 Recruits bring a lot of
experience to the department in a variety of different areas, some
bring previous firefighting experience.
Monday February 20, 2017
President's Day! a holiday!
Friday February 17, 2017
Looking for an inexpensive way to get into the outdoors on
the Presidents Day holiday on Monday? It's a fee free Day at
Bandelier National Monument and other National Park Service areas
across the country, which means no entrance fees are charged. In
fact, it is Fee Free at US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife
Service, and Bureau of Land Management sites as well.
We will have no live shows on Monday but we will be here in case of
breaking news. Have a safe and fun holiday.
Monday is a federal holiday and County administration offices are
closed. If that's your trash day, put your carts at the curb on
Wednesday instead. Atomic City Transit buses will not be running on
Monday. The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center are closed.
The Library is open 1:00 to 5:00 on Monday.
Thursday February 16, 2017
While the discovery of antibiotics have saved countless
lives, their use over time has resulted in more cases where they are
proving ineffective. What do you do when antibiotics no longer work?
During this month’s Science On Tap event, Sofiya Micheva-Viteva,
with the Lab’s Biosecurity and Public Health group, will talk about
some of the approaches researchers are taking to use existing drugs
in new ways and how original antimicrobial therapies might help stem
the tide of potentially lethal pathogens.
Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring
a new topic each time. Join us this Thursday, February 16th at 5:30.
Science On Tap is at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
Thursday February 9, 2017
In January Los Alamos and White Rock measured slightly
cooler-than-average daytime temperatures and significantly
warmer-than-average nighttime temperatures. Los Alamos measured a
mean maximum temperature of 1.4 degrees below average and a mean
minimum temperature of 3.5 degrees above average. The total
precipitation was well above average as four main storms passed
through the area. Los Alamos measured 2.23 inches in total
precipitation (135% of average). In 2016, Los Alamos did not measure
2 inches until April. Los Alamos also measured above-average
snowfall with 15.3 inches of snow (2 inches above average).
Wednesday February 8, 2017
Yesterday was the election for the White Rock school board
representatives and three UNM-LA Advisory board positions. In the
School Board election Ellen Ben-Naim won in district 1. Stephen
Boerigter won district 2.
David Sutton and Michelle Hall won reelection to the UNM-LA advisory
board. Sheila Schiferl will join them as the third elected member.
Tuesday February 7, 2017
Today is election Day. Residents of white rock will be
voting for their school board representatives. The whole community
can vote for UNM Advisory board representatives. Election Day
Polling Places include the White Rock Library / Multi-Purpose Room
and Municipal Building / B & C Room. Hours are 7am to 7pm. Exercise
your right to vote.
Monday February 6, 2017
According to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities
repairs to the water main break discovered at the golf course on
Friday, Feb. 3, will be delayed until Monday, Feb. 6. DPU made the
call Friday evening when safety became a concern. The water main
proved to be deeper in the ground than anticipated and additional
safety equipment needed to prevent unstable soil from collapsing on
crews would be needed. DPU was able to secure this equipment for
Monday. Rather than shut water service off to 1,600 customers on
North and Barranca Mesas over the weekend, DPU will let the main
continue to lose water until it can be repaired
The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit
(ACT) are partnering once again to provide free safe ride services
in Los Alamos. Super Bowl Sunday is a day when many people will
attend parties with alcohol, so a Buzz Bus service is something
these two groups hope community members will take advantage of.
Ride service will be available from 2:30 – 9:30pm on Sunday, 2/5.
Reservations will be accepted on Sunday, 2/5 starting at 2:00pm by
For questions about the Buzz Bus service, or, for individuals
interested in joining the DWI Planning Council, please contact the
DWI Program Coordinator, Kirsten Bell, at email@example.com or
Friday February 3, 2017
Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public
Utilities are reporting a water line break at the Los Alamos Golf
Course. As of 3:30 p.m. Friday, crews are deployed and are taking
immediate action. DPU warns that North and Barranca Mesas may lose
water or experience a decrease in water pressure while repairs are
underway. Crews estimate that repairs will be completed by 8 p.m.
and water to North and Barranca Mesas will return to normal
Thursday February 2, 2017
Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released calls for service
and crime statistics for the twelve months of 2016 which were
compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.
Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI
Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against
persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of
murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated
assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson,
burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime
category. Both of these categories are referred to as Part I
During the twelve months of 2016, officers responded to a total of
157 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 12.8%
decrease as compared to 180 offenses during the same period in 2015.
Violent crime decreased from 22 in 2015 to 17 in 2016, a 22.7%
decrease. Property crime decreased by 11.4% from 158 in 2015 to 140
Officers investigated 181 accidents in 2016 as compared to 215
reported during 2015, a 15.5% decrease.
Both violent crime and property crime continue to decline. Property
crime has decreased the last three years, while violent crime has
decreased the last five. While many factors can contribute to crime
rates within a community, the Los Alamos Police Department would
like to recognize and thank our community partners for sustaining a
high quality of life by reducing crime through the combined efforts
of enforcement, education, prevention, and treatment. These efforts
continue to be reflected in the fact that Los Alamos remains one of
the safest communities in the nation.
Of note, Driving Under the Influence increased from 45 to 79, a 75%
increase. While we will continue to collaborate with our community
partners to reduce these numbers, we will also continue to
aggressively enforce DUI violations. Please, do not drive under the
Wednesday February 1, 2017
The Los Alamos County Traffic Division will be setting up
for lane closures at Diamond Drive and West Road as well as at
Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive on Wednesday, February 1st through
Friday, February 3rd to allow for installation of illuminated
Hospital signs. The work will begin at 9:00 a.m. and shut down for
the lunch hour starting at 11:30 a.m. through 1:15 and end each day
at 3:30 p.m.
Please proceed carefully through these project zones.
Tuesday January 31, 2017
State Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said Monday
she will push for legislation to reduce the amount of weight that
student test scores play in teacher evaluations. Currently, 50
percent of a teacher’s evaluation is based on student test scores.
Skandera’s proposal would drop that to 40 percent and increase the
weight in evaluations given to principal observations of teachers in
Skandera’s announcement represents a step back from her long-running
push to tie teacher effectiveness to student test scores.
The teacher evaluation system is not the only state mandate that
Skandera is open to changing considering last year’s community
meetings. She said she will also push to decrease the amount of time
it takes for students to take and teachers to give the annual PARCC
exams for grades three through 11.
Skandera said she is responding to input that the Public Education
Department received during a statewide listening tour to solicit
feedback on what the state can do to prepare for implementing the
new federal Every Student Succeeds Act guidelines, which go into
effect next summer.
The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states more autonomy in trying
to ensure the success of students and schools.
Monday January 30, 2017
The Los Alamos Cooperative Market Board of Directors is
pleased to announce that Tim Morrison has accepted the position of
permanent general manager.
Morrison was named interim general manager on June 1, 2016, and has
been working on improving customer service, staff morale, and sales
during the past seven months. At the board meeting on Thursday,
January 26, 2017, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to offer
the permanent general manager position to Morrison.
Morrison, who served as the store manager of La Montañita's Gallup
location in 2008 and as LACM's front end manager from 2011–2015,
brings a wealth of co-op and management experience to LACM.
Saturday January 28, 2017
Ann Stewart sent us an email: Due to unforeseen
circumstances, tonight's games vs. Espanola have been postponed to a
There will be no basketball played this evening.
The basketball games between the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the
Espanola Sundevils that were scheduled for Saturday were cancelled
by the Espanola school district superintendent.
The Española police are searching for an Española Valley High School
boys basketball player and another person in connection with a
shooting outside a gas station Friday night that critically injured
a 20-year-old man.
The identity the basketball player or the second person police are
seeking in the case, saying investigators were still confirming
details of the incident, which occurred in an Allsup’s parking lot.
Out of safety concerns, the chief said, Española school officials
decided to cancel a basketball game scheduled for Saturday evening
against Los Alamos High School.
In an interview with KDC radio station on Saturday night, school
district Superintendent Eric Martinez, no relation to the coach,
said that he canceled the basketball game because there was a
“threat made against” the Española team.
Friday January 27, 2017
The Spring & Summer Field User meeting has been schedule
for February 15, 2017 at the Parks Division Conference Room, Located
on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please
bring all schedule requests and a copy of the organization’s
Liability of Insurance, naming Los Alamos County as additional
insured to the meeting. Mandatory attendance is required. If you are
unable to attend, please designate someone in your place. If you
have any questions please call Kim Trujillo at 662-8159. Forms can
be obtained on County Web Site www.lacnm.us.
Thursday January 26, 2017
The Cultural Properties Review Committee and the New Mexico
Historic Preservation Division are accepting nominations of
outstanding preservation work for awards that will be presented in
May as part of National Heritage Preservation Month.
HPD and the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance also are
seeking events to post in the Calendar of Events, which lists dozens
of community preservation events held in May statewide.This year’s
activities are themed around cultural diversity and a National Park
Service initiative to improve documentation of underrepresented
communities in the National Register of Historic Places and in its
National Historic Landmarks Program. The CPRC and HPD are
particularly interested in recognizing work that enhances public
knowledge of New Mexico’s multi-cultural heritage and preserves it.
The CPRC will present 10 Heritage Preservation Awards in May in
multiple categories to recognize a variety of exceptional
preservation endeavors. Events such as the traditional
archaeological hikes and tours, historic district walking tours,
informational sessions, and state and national park events also are
encouraged for the calendar.
Event and award nomination forms are available at
www.nmhistoricpreservation.org. Award nominations and event listings
can be submitted by email. Award nominations are due March 14.
Wednesday January 25, 2017
On behalf of Los Alamos Public Schools and the School
Board, President Jim Hall would like to thank the citizens of White
Rock and Los Alamos for their resounding endorsement of our public
schools in the recent bond election.
Whether you voted for or against, we appreciate that you took time
to think about the future of our youth and provide us with
direction, by way of your ballot vote. Los Alamos has always been a
community that values education. Better schools . . . brighter
This endorsement of the schools-revitalization program by our
citizens underscores our town’s ongoing commitment to top-notch,
quality schools. It demonstrates that this is a community that truly
invests its time, talent, and treasure in the best interests of its
children and their teachers.
We are extremely gratified that our citizens are happy with the
rebuilding progress at the High School, Middle School and Aspen
Elementary. It is nice to know that Los Alamos citizens are willing
to entrust us with additional hard-earned dollars to renovate and
rebuild Barranca Elementary and upgrade school facilities across the
district. We will continue to be prudent and put these dollars to
good use for the benefit of our children, our teachers, and the
The students and staff of LAPS join us in thanking the community for
supporting education in Los Alamos. The Los Alamos County Clerk's
Office reported that 4,912 residents voted for the school bond and
1,322 voted against it.
Dr. Cindy Rooney on behalf of UNM-LA and the UNM -LA board thanks
the community’s for its support by passing the one mil levy increase
of property taxes by a vote of 3928 for and 2221 against. It makes a
brighter future for UNM-LA classes and programs.
Tuesday January 24, 2017
It has been reported that 6,293 people have voted in the
mail in election. Thank you! If you have not voted yet, we are down
to the last day of this all mail ballot election. Ballots must be
physically received in the County Clerk's Office by 7 pm Today
January 24, 2017. Since it is too late to use the US Postal Service,
please deliver the ballots to the County Clerk, 2nd Floor Suite 240,
Municipal Building, 1000 Central Avenue. Please remember to sign the
ballot and use both envelopes.
Monday January 23. 2017
The ballots for the special mail out election for the
school bond issue and the UNM-LA mill levy are due in the county
clerk’s office no later than 7pm tomorrow January 24. You cannot
mail your ballot and expect it to arrive in a timely manner. Find
your ballot. Follow the directions on your ballot and hand carry it
to the clerk’s office in the municipal building. Please vote.
We will be interviewing school board candidates at 7:40 am
during our next three Morning Shows. , Monday- Steve Boerighter,
Tuesday- Darryl Sugar and Wednesday -Ellen Ben-Naim. Residents of
White Rock can vote for the candidate of choice in their district.
Friday,we interviewed candidate Jim Hall. His interview is available
using the interview tab. The election is February 7. Absentee Voting
is occurring M-F 8-5 at the County Clerk's office in the Muni
Building. The same ballot has candidates for the UNM-LA
Advisory Board. Position 1 has Michael Redondo and David Sutton.
Position Two has Michelle Hall. Position Three has James Robinson
and Sheila Schiferl. The positions are at large, not by district so
the whole community can vote for one candidate for each position.
Friday January 20, 2017
According to the Monitor, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
will add design and safety improvements this summer to the
intersection of N.M. 4 and East Jemez Road in White Rock, according
National Nuclear Security Administration officials.
East Jemez Road, from Diamond Drive all the way down to N.M. 4, will
be improved as part of a plan to upgrade safety on the roads used by
Los Alamos National Laboratory to transport waste.
The Army Corps of Engineer’s plans to upgrade the intersection were
announced during a presentation at the Regional Coalition of LANL
Communities in Española Friday.
The project, which will include all of the Department of Energy’s
roads in Los Alamos County, will cost about $12 million, and is
funded through a settlement the DOE reached with the state over the
release of toxic waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in
Carlsbad in 2014.
The East Jemez Road project was just one of five projects the NNSA
was overseeing as part of the settlement.
Others included the Watershed Enhancement Project and the Surface
Water Sampling and Monitoring Project.
With the Watershed Enhancement Project, the NNSA will oversee the
design and installation of a network of structures that will slow
down stormwater flows and keep toxic sediment from LANL’s former
waste sites from moving. The project will be paid for with $7.5
million in federal funds.
The Surface Water Sampling and Monitoring Project will cost $2.5
million to implement. A big part of it includes a major software
upgrade that will help LANL and other agencies get more from the
The regional coalition worked closely with the NNSA and the state to
make sure northern New Mexico received a share of the settlement to
help improve safety and security in the region.
Thursday January 19, 2017
The Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) Board of
Governors approved $2.5 million in funding for the company’s plan to
support education, economic development and charitable giving in
Northern New Mexico.
The LANS Community Commitment Plan has provided more than $32.5
million to the region since 2007 in New Mexico in the areas of
education, economic development and community involvement.
Since 2006 LANS has been the managing and operating contractor for
the Laboratory. Funds approved by the LANS Board of Governors are
administered through a Community Commitment Plan managed by the
Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office.
Wednesday January 18, 2017
Please come and join the League of Women Voters tonight as
they host a Candidate Forum at Pinion Elementary School for the Los
Alamos School Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board.
The forum starts at 6:30PM with refreshments and time to meet the
LAPS School Board Candidates are for District 1: Ellen Ben-Naim and
•District 2: Darryl Sugar and Stephen Boerigter.
Both districts are in White Rock and you can only vote for
candidates in your district.
UNM-LA Advisory Board positions are at large and the entire
community can vote.
Candidates include for
•Position 1: Michael Redondo and David Sutton
•Position 2: Michelle Hall
•Position 5: James Robinson and Sheila Schiferl
Election day is February 7th.
Tuesday January 17, 2017
You are invited to tour the newly remodeled Los Alamos High
School Music Wing and Topper Freshman Academy: Tuesday Jan 17th at
5:30 PM or
Wednesday Jan 18th at 3:00 PM
Tours will begin in the High School Lobby.
The music wing is used for high school and community choir, band,
orchestra, dance, and theater rehearsals. All interior spaces were
renovated, including the addition of 7 practice rooms and dedicated
storage areas for instruments and music.
For the Topper Freshman Academy, classrooms and the office space
were upgraded to improve the teaching and learning process. Funding
for both projects was approved by voters in the January 2013 bond
The students and staff of LAHS thank the community for supporting
education in Los Alamos through the last bond election, and
encourage all voters to submit their ballots for the current bond
Monday January 16, 2017
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. National Day Of Service
Friday January 13, 2017
I, David Sutton COO of KRSN, am writing to express my full
support of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Special Election.
There has been spirited debate in the community about the benefits
of supporting UNM-LA, but I feel strongly that UNM-LA is an
essential component of local education.
With its Dual Credit program, students from Los Alamos High School
can take college-level courses in a variety of subjects to help them
prepare either for employment in science, technology or computing
fields, or for a great educational experience. As of the last
academic year, there were nearly 300 local high school students
involved in the Dual Credit program.
UNM-LA provides a state-of-the-art classroom to train future EMS
personnel to keep our community safe in the event of accidents or
And, of course, UNM-LA provides classes in a wide variety of
subjects, such as English, Fine Art, Robotics and Behavioral
Sciences. With its classes, UNM-LA has helped thousands of students
achieve their career goals and contribute to the local community and
the local economy. A well-educated community, extending from Los
Alamos to the Pueblos to the Espanola valley, means prosperity for
people and for the economy.
As a small business owner in Los Alamos, I have hired several UNM-LA
students and have found them to be tremendous assets to our goals as
a company, and many other small business owners I know have said the
same thing. UNM-LA students have the skills for us to grow and
thrive in a competitive market.
One of the big benefits for UNM-LA students is the attention they
receive in their classes. Classes at our local branch are small.
That means that students aren’t lost in the shuffle of a cavernous
lecture hall, but instead can approach our instructors, many of whom
are locals themselves, for the questions they may have about their
UNM-LA is important to me and my family. I have taken classes at
UNM-LA to help me run my business, while my children have also taken
courses and have found them to be both challenging and rewarding.
UNM-LA is a major cog in the wheel that keeps Los Alamos and the
surrounding community moving forward, and I strongly urge voters to
support this valuable asset in this month’s Special Election.
Thursday January 12, 2017
Spring classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos
(UNM-LA) will begin on January 17, 2017. Registration is open, and
there is still available space in many classes. Students can sign up
for a variety of classes including Spanish I, Digital Electronics I,
Information Assurance and Security, Music Appreciation, Statistical
Principles, Drawing, Engineering Statics, Earth History, and
UNM-LA offers academic classes and academic programs in a variety of
subjects to help students who are interested in increasing their
knowledge, improving their skills, entering the workforce, or
transferring to four-year degree programs. In addition to
traditional face to face classes, UNM-LA also offers online and
hybrid classes (a combination of face-to-face and online) to help
meet the various scheduling issues and learning style preferences of
students. There are a few classes that will start later in the
semester as well.
UNM-LA classes are known for quality instruction, small class size,
and reasonable tuition rates. Class size is typically fewer than
twenty-five students taught by faculty with both appropriate
academic credentials and work experience in their fields. Degree
seeking students can choose between twenty Associate Degree program
and six Certificate programs.
Those wishing to enroll can do so either online or on the UNM-LA
campus. For questions or more information about enrollment, contact
UNM-LA Student Services at 505.662.0332, or visit
Wednesday January 11, 2017
The Los Alamos community is invited to a presentation on
the Carbon Free Power Project, a next-generation nuclear facility
that utilizes small modular reactors. Los Alamos Department of
Public Utilities (DPU) is holding the public meeting on Jan. 12 at 6
p.m. at Fuller Lodge located at 2132 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM.
At the direction of the Board of Public Utilities, DPU is exploring
whether or not to add the Carbon Free Power Project to the County’s
energy generation portfolio to meet a 2040 goal to be carbon
neutral. Specifically, through DPU’s membership in the Utah
Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), DPU is eligible to
participate in this project that is planned to be constructed at the
Idaho National Laboratory.
Speaker Ted Rampton the Chief Governmental Affairs Officer with Utah
Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), will explain the details
of the CFPP, including location, timing, estimated cost, and
funding. Steve Cummins Deputy Utilities Manager for DPU will discuss
the County’s interest, and upcoming decision points.
Tuesday January 10, 2017
Los Alamos Single Family Home Prices Jump 18% from the
prices during the 4th quarter of 2015. Home and Condo Sales Up in
numbers. The median price of Single Family Home sales jumped by 18%
when compared to the 4th Quarter of 2015 or $270,000 to $320,000 in
this quarter. Single Family home sales moved from 57 in the 4th
Quarter of 2015 to 63 this quarter. Single Family home sales volumes
also rose sharply from $16.7M in 2015 to $20.8M for the 4th Quarter
of 2016 reflecting the increase in home prices. Condo and Townhome
sales also rose in the 4th Quarter of 2016 to 21 units sold compared
to 16 units in 2015. During this same period, the median price of
Condos/Townhomes dipped from $203,250 in the 4th Quarter of 2015 to
$197,000 in 2016.
Monday January 9, 2017
On Monday, Jan. 9, The University of New Mexico (UNM)
Acting President Chaouki Abdallah, who also serves as Provost and
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, will visit UNM-Los
Alamos (UNM-LA) for an evening of events.
Starting at 5:15 p.m. the community is invited to meet with
President Abdallah and other UNM individuals representing Anderson
School of Management and the School of Engineering. At 5:30 p.m.,
President Abdallah will share a few remarks about UNM, the role of
UNM-LA, and the importance of the local mil levy election.
Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, UNM-LA Board Chair Steve
Boerigter, and a few others will also share brief remarks followed
by a short question and answer session. After the event, the newly
renovated EMS classrooms will be open and available for tours until
We are broadcasting Hilltopper hockey all weekend. The
first game was 9 am Saturday morning and we beat the El Paso
Bluejackets 7-0. The second game is this evening at 5:45 (we won
7-2)and the 3rd game is Sunday morning at 11.(we beat Santa Fe ) All
3 games are at the Los Alamos ice rink. You can go support the
Hilltopper live. GO HILLTOPPERS!!!";
Friday January 6, 2017
December 2016 Weather Highlights
For the fourth month in a row, Los Alamos measured above
average temperatures. Los Alamos broke a maximum temperature record
on December 15 with 58 degrees; the previous record was 55 degrees
in 1980. High winds with gusts up to 58 miles per hour and colder
temperatures impacted the area on December 16 and 17 as a system
moved through southern Colorado. Most of New Mexico measured
above-average temperatures, except for the eastern part of the
state. Warmer-than-average temperatures were measured for most of
2016. For the year, Los Alamos broke or tied 38 daily temperature
records. Los Alamos measured only 2 months with below-average mean
temperatures (May and August). This year was the third warmest year,
except for 2012 and 1954. The first significant snowfall of 3.4
inches of snow occurred on December 22, with smaller amounts of snow
through Christmas Day. Los Alamos measured 0.22 inches above average
in total precipitation, but 39% of normal in snowfall. For the year,
Los Alamos measured 34 inches of snow (59% of normal) and 15.09
inches of total precipitation (80% of normal).
Thursday January 5, 2017
Here are the lowlights of the police reports December 28 to
Three were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
One was arrested for carrying contraband into jail.
Two were arrested for battery on a police officer.
Two were arrested for unlawful use of a license.
One was arrested for driving a with a suspended license.
There were 2 reports of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
The bomb squad was called.
There was a report of someone impersonating a police officer.
There was a report of an animal at large.
There was a report of cruelty to animals.
Wednesday January 4, 2017
In March 2015, President Obama launched the TechHire
initiative based on the simple idea that building a pipeline of tech
talent can bring new jobs to local economies, facilitate business
growth, and give local residents a pathway into the middle class.
To build this pipeline, TechHire promotes programs—such as coding
bootcamps and online courses—to quickly train people with limited
technology skills and have them ready to work technical jobs in only
a matter of months.
In December, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico—essentially
communities above and along I-40 with the exception of the
Albuquerque metro area—was selected to be one of 71 nationwide
TechHire regions. According to a White House press release: “All
TechHire communities went through an intensive and competitive
application process to demonstrate their level of commitment and
readiness in expanding the technology sector. This TechHire
designation shows that Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico have the
partners, employers, training providers, and the civil leadership
support needed to implement and scale tech job opportunities for
Community Learning Network, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit dedicated to
“building communities through real-life learning,” submitted the
original TechHire proposal and is leading the regional TechHire
initiative. The goal is to train more than 500 students (of all
ages) by 2020 for high-demand tech jobs with regional Tech employers
such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, OpenEye Scientific Software,
EMR-Bear, and Descartes Labs.
Tuesday January 3, 2017
Today is a busy day being the first official business day
of 2017. Ballots are mailed to Los Alamos registered voters for the
LAPS school bond and the UNM-LA mill levy election. LAPS is seeking
to renew its bonds to continue work on capital projects at the
public schools. UNM-LA is seeking a 1 mil increase in property taxes
to support our community college. Ballots must be received in the
county clerk’s office not later than January 24.
It is the day that a person who desires to be a write-in candidate,
for a seat on the Los Alamos School board or UNM-LA advisory board,
shall file with the County Clerk a declaration of intent to be a
write-in candidate before 5:00 p.m. It is also the last day to
withdrawing your candidacy from the election of either of those
Happy New Year
As a way to improve safety in the community, the DWI
Planning Council is partnering with the Atomic City Transit to offer
safe rides to and from home with the “Buzz Bus.”
ACT will accept reservations for free transportation. Rides can be
scheduled for Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31 by calling
Free rides are available 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 and
reservation slots are available and accepted all day until 12:30
Ride service is available 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 and
reservation slots are available until 1:30 a.m.