Previous News Highlights 2014

 

Wednesday December 31, 2014

Atomic City Transit buses will not be running on Thursday, January 1st. AM and PM Enhanced Peak service will not operate December 24th though January 2nd. Full service resumes on Monday, January 5th.
New Year's Eve Service
Atomic City Transit will be providing free rides to any location in Los Alamos and White Rock on Wednesday, December 31st, from 5:00pm to 2:00am. Call 661-RIDE(7433) any time to request a ride.

 

Tuesday December 30, 2014

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Los Alamos National Laboratory received a grade of “unsatisfactory” in key areas of its annual federal evaluation for the last fiscal year. The private consortium that manages the lab will receive a mere 10 percent of what it could have in performance fees and was stripped of one year of its multibillion-dollar annual contract, according to documents made public Monday.
The National Nuclear Security Administration pointed to the lab’s role in a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad as the basis for its low marks and drastically reduced fees.
Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS), the private consortium of Bechtel, Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services, URS Energy and Construction and the University of California that manages the lab, stood to make more than $63 million during fiscal year 2014 if it met all of the Energy Department’s expectations. Instead, the lab will get $6.25 million.
And rather than gaining a one-year extension of its $2.2 billion contract to operate the lab by meeting its goals, LANS lost one year of its contract, meaning that its agreement with the Energy Department to operate LANL now will expire Oct. 1, 2017.
The NNSA reported that LANS fell short of expectations in three categories: operations and infrastructure, which included waste handling such as the drum that ruptured at WIPP; leadership and science; and technology and engineering.
Last year, the NNSA denied LANS a one-year extension of its contract to operate LANL because it fell short of its goals for repairing and reopening some weapons facilities. Still, the NNSA awarded LANS about $52 million in performance fees, or 87 percent of the full amount possible in 2013.
Over the past five years, LANS consistently has collected 80 percent or more of its incentive fees and received overall ratings of “very good” from the NNSA prior to 2013.

 

Monday December 29, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports December 18th through 24th.
Two were arrested on magistrate bench warrants.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.
One was cited for unlawful use of a license.
A minor was cited for distributing marijuana in a school zone, released to parents and referred to the JPO.
A minor was cited for possession of marijuana, released to parents and referred to the JPO.
Two minors were arrested for shoplifting and referred to CYFD.
There was a report of criminal sexual contact of a minor.
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of trafficking controlled substances.
There was a report of an accident.
There was a suicide attempt.
There was an unattended death.

 

Friday  December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas

 

Thursday  December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

 

Wednesday December 24, 2014

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Wednesday, December 24 and will be restored on Friday, December 26.
For safety purposes, the County requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the time that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos. Due to the limited sight visibility during the viewing, drivers are requested to travel the viewing areas at 15 miles per hour.
The streets that will be affected are:
Barranca Mesa: Barranca Rd, Los Pueblos (including side streets), San Juan, Totavi, and Navajo Rd
North Mesa: Camino Redondo, Camino Medio and Cumbres Patio
White Rock: Canada Way, Canada Circle, Balboa Drive, Alhambra Drive, Barcelona Avenue, Brighton Drive and Briston Place

 

Tuesday December 23, 2014

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Wednesday, December 24 and will be restored on Friday, December 26. 

For safety purposes, the County requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the time that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos. Due to the limited sight visibility during the viewing, drivers are requested to travel the viewing areas at 15 miles per hour. 

The streets that will be affected are:

Barranca Mesa: Barranca Rd, Los Pueblos (including side streets), San Juan, Totavi, and Navajo Rd

North Mesa: Camino Redondo, Camino Medio and Cumbres Patio

White Rock: Canada Way, Canada Circle, Balboa Drive, Alhambra Drive, Barcelona Avenue, Brighton Drive and Briston Place

 

 

Monday December 22, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports December 11 to 17.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for aggravated assault.
Two were arrested for assault against a household member.
One was arrested for aggravated assault on a household member then also on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for assault and battery on a health care worker.
One was arrested for unlawful use of a license.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested on the charge if marijuana.
There was a report of trafficking controlled substances.
There was a report of distributing marijuana in a school zone.
There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of embezzlement.
There was a report of larceny.
An animal was impounded for biting.

 

Friday December 19, 2014

Tuesday was the day to declare candidacy for the Los Alamos School Board.
there are openings in districts 3, 4 and 5.
Candidates filing for District 3 include NancyAnn “Nan” Holmes, the incumbent, Sheryl Nichols and William Hargraves.
Candidates for District 4 include Andrea Susan Cunningham, Naishing Key and Michael Fassbender. District 4 does not have an incumbent running because Kevin Honnell opted not to run for another term.
Candidates for District 5 are Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, the incumbent and current president of the school board, as well as Jennifer Elizabeth McCumber.

 

Thursday December 18, 2014

District Judge Sheri Raphaelson will be leaving office when her term ends on December 31. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday, she must comply with the results of the 2014 General Election and leave office at the end of the year. Supreme Court justices deliberated for approximately 10 minutes before granting a motion, filed by the Attorney General’s Office, asking the Court to order Raphaelson off the bench when her term expires Dec. 31. The ruling comes after 56 percent of the voters in the First JudicialDistrict, which includes Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Los Alamos counties, voted to not retain Raphaelson during the Nov. 4 general election. She needed 57 percent of the vote to stay on the bench.
Administrative Office of the Court Spokesman Barry Massey said the First Judicial District Court vacancy created by Raphaelson will be handled like any other. The state’s Judicial Nomination committee will seek and screen applications before sending a list of finalist to the Gov. Susana Martinez’s office. The governor will make an appointment. Whoever is appointed will stand for a partisan election during the 2016 General Election.

 

Wednesday December 17, 2014

On December 13th 2014, the Los Alamos Police Department hosted its first annual awards banquet to honor employees for their outstanding performance, dedication to their profession, and service to their community. Chief Sgambellone emphasizes the importance of recognizing employees for going “above and beyond” what is expected of them during day to day operations. A total of 35 awards were given out Saturday evening. These awards recognized employees for outstanding customer service and initiative. The awards included recognition for developing programs to assist the homeless and victims of domestic violence, locating lost and injured hikers, solving several crime sprees, and maintaining excellence in various administrative duties. Additionally, the following employees were recognized as Employees of the Year for their respective sections:
Civilian of Year:
Senior Office Specialist Connie Salazar
Public Service Aide of the Year:
Tom Beyer
Detention Officer of the Year:
David Bradshaw
Dispatcher of the Year:
Angela Cordova
Detective of the Year:
Ben Hinrichs
Officer of the Year:
David Boe
Co-Supervisor of the Year:
Consolidated Dispatch Center Director Kate Stoddard & Sergeant Oliver Morris
The employees of the Los Alamos Police Department are proud to serve this community and will continue to honor our commitment to those we serve through exceptional performance.

 

Tuesday December 16, 2014

The Valles Caldera Trust is planning to implement a prescribed pile burn on Tuesday, December 16th and Wednesday, December 17th. The prescribed pile burn will be on 75 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of NM Highway 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and the chance for future catastrophic fire and for the restoration of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem.
Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn may be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area. Smoke may have variable effects on neighboring communities including La Cueva, Sierra Los Piños, Jemez Springs and areas near NM Hwy 4. The burn activity is not expected to impact recreation sites or necessitate road closures.

 

Monday December 15, 2014

Los Alamos National Bank’s holding company, Trinity Capital Corporation, announced Friday it had filed its 2013 Annual Report.
The filing, which was done with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, included financial results for both 2012 and 2013, as well as financial results for 2011, according to a press release.
The report was filed with the SEC because, according to Trinity Capital, it had “not properly recognized certain losses and risks inherent in its loan portfolio on a timely basis.”
Trinity Capital said it completed a review of its previous financial statements to reflect those losses.
“We have worked diligently to correct our financial statements, as well as satisfy additional requirements from our regulators,” said Trinity’s CEO John Gulas. “Throughout 2014 we have addressed important internal issues, a process which has required considerable management attention, resulting in significant expenditures which will adversely impact 2014 results.”
The failure to recognize those losses and risks, according to Trinity Capital, was caused by “the override of controls” of previous managers at LANB and “material weaknesses in internal control” of the bank’s financial reporting.
Gulas said he appreciated the patience of its employees, customers and shareholders for the filing issues.

 

Friday December 12, 2014

Here are the lowlights of this week’s police reports

One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.

One was arrested for aggravated DWI for refusal to submit to chemical testing.

One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.

One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.

There was a report of sexual penetration of a child.

There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.

There was a report of criminal damage to property.

There were 2 reports of distribution of controlled substance marijuana.

There were 2 reports of larceny.

There was a report of burglary to a vehicle or other structure.

The was a report of battery.

 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In County Council action on Tuesday night, the Chicken ordinance passed after changing it to allow 10 chickens in a yard with a requirement of 10 square feet of yard per chicken.
The branding slogan Live Exponentially was dropped but a branding campaign of some sort will continue.
The free shuttle service to the ski hill was defeated because there is no snow and the ski hill is not open. When it was tried last time, it was a very expensive venture.

 

Wednesday December 10, 2014

The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center has reopened at of 6 am this morning. Today is free.

 

Tuesday December 9, 2014

On Thursday, December 4, 2014, the Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees voted unanimously to amend the fees assessed for admission to, and the use and occupancy of, the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The proposal will replace the current system, in which fees are assessed based on an a la carte, per person basis, with a more streamlined and cost-effective entry fee system. The new entry fee, $20 per vehicle and $10 per person when entering on foot or bicycle, would be valid for seven days and cover all self-guided recreational activities, certain guided hiking and van tours, as well as the use of the backcountry shuttle. With the establishment of the new entry fee system, the Trust will also begin to honor all annual federal lands access passes, including senior and military passes. Rates for guided activities, hunting, fishing, lodging, education programming, location rental fees, commercial activities, and special use permits would also be standardized under this proposal.
The changes are being proposed to ensure that fees are fair and equitable to all visitors, are easy to understand, and to make access to and enjoyment of the Valles Caldera more affordable for families and local residents. For example, under the current fee structure, a two-day hiking and mountain biking trip to the Valles Caldera would cost a family of four up to $80.00. Under the new system, that same family would have access to hiking, biking, and interpretive activities in the Valles Caldera for only $20.00 for seven consecutive days.
The Trust will accept public comments on the proposed fee schedule for a 60-day period beginning December 5, 2014 and ending at 4:30 PM MST on February 3, 2015. The new fee schedule, including any modifications made based on comments received from the public, will become effective in the spring of 2015.

 

Monday December 8, 2014

Permits go on sale this week for those who want to cut their own Christmas trees on the Santa Fe National Forest.
The $10, non-refundable permits are available beginning today at the USFS Satellite office at the Community Building, 475 20th Street, which is open Wed. and Friday only. OR permits are sold at the Historical Museum during its business hours which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Buyers receive a tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree.
One tag is valid for a tree with a trunk up to 5 inches in diameter and 10 feet in height. Trees taller than 10 feet or wider than 5 inches require an additional tag. The national forest has a three-tag limit.
Tree cutting is prohibited within 300 feet of streams, rivers and paved roads, and in all recreational camp areas and designated wilderness areas.

Friday December 5, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports for November 27 to December 3.

Two were arrested on district court warrants.

Two were  arrested on a misdemeanor warrants from another jurisdiction.

One was arrested on a municipal court warrant

Three  were  arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants.

A minor was arrested for runaway in need of supervision, released to parent and referred to the JPO.

One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

One was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revolked.

One was arrested for DWI.

One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.

One was arrested for possession of marijuana.

There was a report of trafficking controlled substances.

There was a report of criminal damage to property.

There was a report of battery on a household member.

There was a report of fraud.

There were 2 reports of larceny

There was a report of animal at large.

There was an accident without injuries.

 

Thursday December 4, 2014

Here is this year’s school delay and cancellation explanation. As fall turns to winter, we can anticipate some days when the weather will be a challenge because of ice or snow. There will be days that we either cancel school for the entire day or delay the start of the school day by two hours.  The decision about the status of the school day must be made by 5:30 A.M. so everyone who needs to be notified can get information in a timely manner. 

The school district is in contact with and coordinates school cancellations, delays or early dismissals with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County. When a decision is made to delay the start of the school day, instructional staff should report to work by 9:30 A.M. to accommodate parents dropping off students on their way to work.  Students may begin arriving before10:00 A.M. on delayed start days. Classes will begin on a two hour delay from the normal start time of school.

When there is a two-hour snow delay on a Wednesday, there will be no classes for students at all elementary schools. YMCA after school programs will go on as scheduled at approximately noon. After school activities that are regularly scheduled on Wednesday afternoons will take place as usual. When a two-hour delay is announced by local media, it will say for all Los Alamos Public Schools. Parents will need to remember that in the case of elementary schools, there will be no classes on Wednesday.

In the event school is cancelled for the day, all after school activities including YMCA after school programs will be cancelled.

When there is a two-hour snow delay, morning Pre-School is cancelled but the afternoon Pre-School will meet as usual.

 

Wednesday December 3, 2014

 The first half installment of 2014 property taxes will be delinquent after next Wednesday, December 10th. Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5:00 p.m. on December 10th or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. The 311 Customer Care Center is located in the Municipal Building lobby. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

 

Tuesday December 2, 2014

The Larry Walkup Aquatics Center Project to replace the HVAC and boilers is behind schedule. The contractor has not made the completion date and the County is holding the contractor accountable per the provisions of the contract.
The equipment is installed, connected and running. As the systems are being brought online the crews are working to confirm that the equipment is installed as specified and establish communications between the controls and equipment. A balance of the air and water flows are in work which is necessary for the controls to regulate the system and maintain temperatures. The contractor and Los Alamos County are working diligently to get the system properly running so that the facility can be re-opened to the public. After the facility is open, the contractor will have minor work to complete such as fine tuning of the controls and air and water flows.
When the system is up and working, a one day notice will be provided to the public through local media.

 

Monday December 1, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports November 20 through 26.
Two were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants.
Three were arrested on felony warrants from other jurisdictions.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
One was arrested for battery against a household member.
One was arrested for harassment.
One was arrested for providing alcohol to a minor.
One was arrested for being a minor in possession.
One was arrested for possession of paraphernalia
One was arrested for shoplifting.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for possession of marijuana.
One was arrested for battery on a peace officer.
A minor was arrested for larceny.
A minor was arrested on possession of a controlled substance referred to the jpo and release to parent.
A minor was arrested for run away in need of supervision referred to the jpo and release to parent.
There was a report of identity theft.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of trafficking controlled substances.
There was a report of criminal sexual contact of a minor.
There is a report of larceny.
There was a report of unreasonable animal noise.
There was an accident without injuries

 

Weekend

 Shoppers won't be the only ones taking advantage of all the Black Friday excitement. Criminals are known to target those unsuspecting shoppers, but there are ways to protect yourself and your newly-bought goods.
Shoppers need to pay attention so they're always aware of what's going on around them, and recommends leaving bulky items like purses at home. Instead, take what you need – your ID, debit or credit card and cash. Keep a close eye on them; thieves are known to steal your credit card right off a counter if you look away.
Parking lots are jackpots for criminals – hundreds of cars filled with shopping bags. Put your gifts in the trunk – because it's better to be safe than sorry this holiday season.

 

Friday November 28, 2014

Forty-six local retailers, restaurants, service providers, and home-based businesses in Los Alamos and White Rock plan to offer specials and in-store events to help celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov 29, the national initiative designed to support small businesses during the holiday season.

Uniquely in Los Alamos, participating stores are giving a portion of Small Business Saturday’s sales to local nonprofits. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will distribute Small Business Saturday Passports to local merchants for shoppers to pick up and use as a guide to find other participating businesses. Shoppers will have from Nov 29 until the end of Winterfest on Dec 7 to gather as many passport stamps as possible. The passports can then be turned in at any participating merchant by Sunday, Dec 7 to enter a drawing for a chance to win a gift card package from local stores.

Also, this year, several home-based business are banding together to create a pop-up retail space at 170 Central Park Square. These businesses will share this space so they can spend face-to-face time with shoppers and showcase their unique products and services.

Learn more about Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos by visiting the website smallbizsatla.com and joining the Facebook event: Los Alamos Small Business Saturday.

 

Thursday November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving !

 

Wednesday November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare each year. Getting it just right, especially the turkey, brings a fair amount of pressure to the host.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing food safety recommendations on how to properly prepare a turkey to make sure yours is both delicious and safe to serve.
• Thaw the turkey by using the microwave, the cold water method, or the refrigerator.
• Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before touching any food to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness.
• Do not wash the turkey. This only spreads pathogens onto kitchen surfaces. The only way to kill bacteria that causes foodborne illness is to fully cook the turkey.
• Keep raw turkey separated from all other foods at all times.
• Use separate cutting boards, plates, and utensils when handling raw turkey to avoid cross-contamination. Wash items that have touched raw meat with warm soap and water, or place them in a dishwasher.
• Cook the turkey until it reaches 165 F, as measured by a food thermometer. Check the turkey’¦s temperature by inserting the thermometer in three places: the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the thigh, and the innermost part of the wing.
Steps to follow when consuming leftover Thanksgiving food:
• Refrigerate leftovers within two hours to prevent bacteria from growing on the food.
• Store leftovers in shallow pans or containers to decrease cooling time. This prevents the food from spending too much time at unsafe temperatures (between 40 F to 140 F).
• Do not store stuffing inside a leftover turkey. Remove the stuffing from the turkey, and refrigerate the stuffing and the meat separately.
• Avoid consuming leftovers that have been left in the refrigerator for longer than 3 or 4 days (next Tuesday to be exact). Use the freezer to store leftovers for longer periods of time.
• Keep leftovers in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs if the food is traveling home with a guest who lives more than two hours away.

Tuesday November 25, 2014

The non-profit Los Amigos de Valles Caldera plans to begin selling freshly cut Christmas trees from the Valles Caldera National Preserve on Nov. 28 to raise funds.
Trees, mostly white fir, will be available at the Valle Grande Staging Area off N.M. 4 between mile markers 39 and 40.
The trees will be sold for cash or check only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. over four weekends: Nov. 28-30, Dec, 5-7, Dec. 12-14, and Dec. 19-21.
Prices for the trees, which range in height from about 4 feet to 12 feet, will run from $25 to $35 each.
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera is a group of volunteers devoted to helping the Valles Caldera Trust in its mission with the 81,000-acre national preserve in the Jemez Mountains west of Santa Fe.

Monday November 24, 2014

Los Alamos County administrative offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day, November 27th and 28th.

The County Facilities will also have modified hours and services:

Eco Station / Trash & Recycling Services closed 11/27 - 11/28
No trash or recycling collection. Trash pickup for Thursday and Friday Nov. 27th and 28th will take place on Wednesday Nov. 26th.
Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center - Closed for HVAC and Boiler Replacement
Ice Rink - Open on Thanksgiving Day and the day after (11/28) Noon to 5:00 pm.
Golf Course - closed on Thanksgiving Day 11/27
Open on 11/28 Pro-Shop 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tee times begin at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Golf carts must be in by 3:45 pm.
Mesa Public and White Rock Branch Libraries - Closed on 11/27
Open on 11/28 1-5 pm
Atomic City Transit - No service 11/27 - 11/28.
Animal Shelter - Closed Thanksgiving Day; Open Friday, 11/28 from noon to 6:00 p.m..
All other County Facilities - Closed 11/27 and 11/28. This includes Municipal Court

Weekend

Commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Police on November 24th, 2014. A promotional ceremony will be held on Monday, November 24th, 2014 @ 2PM in the Honorable Judge Casados’ chambers with a reception in the Police Department Training Room to follow.
Jason graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy on June 26, 2003 and started his career with the Taos County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff. He worked for the Taos County Sheriff’s Department for three and half years prior to starting with the Los Alamos Police Department on September 25, 2006. During his tenure at the Los Alamos Police Department, Jason has held a number of different positions. Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts in General Studies.
Jason will be attending the FBI National Academy 259th Class starting on January 11, 2015 in Quantico, Virginia.
Throughout his career, Jason has demonstrated deep involvement in Los Alamos community activities and his efforts as a Los Alamos Police officer have been recognized through numerous awards from both the Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos County Council.

 

Friday November 21, 2014

Our school board has hired a consulting firm, Ray and Associates, to conduct a search for qualified candidates for a new superintendent. There are six different advisory groups that have all met with the representative from the consulting firm yesterday and today. We were told today to encourage everyone we know to take a survey that the consulting firm has made available to help them in determining what our community would like to see in a new superintendent.
I am posting the direct link to the site that has all the information about the search in case you are interested. http://www.laschools.net/Page/7410 At the top of that page is the link for the survey. It lists 33 traits that you are supposed to look through and identify your top ten requirements. If you would like to take the survey under different umbrellas: parent, teacher, community member, etc. you may do so. Please encourage friends and family to also take the survey. The more information that Ray and Associates has about what our community wants, the better their search will be. Students are also encouraged to take the survey!


Thursday November 20, 2014

David Ploeger, former Airport Manager (prior to Peter Soderquist, who retired earlier in November), has accepted an offer from the County to return as Airport Manager. He’ll begin work on Monday. Dave left the County to be the head of State Aviation as an appointment during the Richardson administration, then later went to work for Delta – an airport consulting firm here in New Mexico.

 

Wednesday November 19, 2014

Quality New Mexico’s New Mexico Performance Excellence Award
Program announces 9 recognition recipients: 6 receiving Pinon Recognition and 3 receiving Roadrunner Recognition. Quality New Mexico’s (QNM) Performance Excellence program is designed to recognize New Mexico organizations that strive to be role models.
In addition to formal recognition, the NMPEA’s multi-tiered process assists New Mexico organizations along their path to achieving performance excellence, which means being role models in customer and employee satisfaction, sound management, innovation, and results.
Pinon and Roadrunner Recognitions are steps to achieving the pinnacle of performance and earning the NMPEA’s prestigious Zia Award.

The 2014 Piñon Recognition Recipients from los Alamos are:
Los Alamos Public School District – Los Alamos
Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group, LANL – Los Alamos
Quality and Performance Assurance Division, LANL – Los Alamos

Roadrunner Level Recipients demonstrated progress in building sound and systematic processes and attaining improved outcomes.

The Roadrunner Recognition Recipient from Los Alamos was the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities

 

Tuesday November 18, 2014

 Best Academics has ranked Mountain, Chamisa, Barranca Mesa, Pinon and Aspen elementaries the top five elementary schools in New Mexico. Best Academics ranks 40,413 public elementary schools based on key achievement statistics and more than 1.4 million opinions on academics from 265,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the school has a diverse set of smart, high-achieving students, the teachers are intelligent and engaging, and the students are very happy with the quality of education.

 

Monday November 17, 2014

Aspen Elementary, located at 2182 33rd St., will have an official rededication ceremony, at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
It will be at the front of the school and the public is invited.
Los Alamos residents paid for the reconstruction by allowing the school board
approve the release of $12 million in construction bonds. Monday’s event will include speeches, tours of the new school and a cake cutting in the school’s new cafeteria.

 

Weekend

Here are the lowlights from this week’s police reports.
Two were arrested on a magistrate bench warrants.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked.
A minor was arrested for criminal trespassing released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of criminal damage to property by a household member
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a burglary to a dwelling house.
There was a report of shoplifting.
There was a report of fraud.
There was a accident without injuries
There was an accident with injuries.

Friday November 14, 2014

This morning at about 10:31am, Santa Fe County Regional Dispatch received a call of a reckless driver that had almost struck several cars while driving northbound on US 84/285 at mile post 170.5. The caller was attempting to follow the reckless driver, northbound, in an attempt to get the license plate. The vehicle was described as a white Ford Explorer.
Shortly after the initial call, at 10:37 am, dispatch received another call of a motor vehicle accident on US 84/285 mile post 177, which resulted in a motor vehicle fatality.
A black Chevy Impala driving northbound appeared to have veered onto the shoulder of the highway. The driver then overcorrected causing the vehicle to cross the center median and veer into the southbound lane. The Impala then struck a southbound vehicle and went head on into the Jersey barrier. The driver of the Impala, Celeste Maestas, age 40, was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the southbound vehicle was not injured in the accident.
Witnesses stated that a white Ford Explorer, possibly involved in the accident, had pulled off onto exit 177. The driver left the vehicle on foot and walked toward the Buffalo Thunder Casino. The driver of the white Ford Explorer was later located outside the Casino. The driver was identified as Jimmy Griego, 59 years old. Jimmy Griego was determined to be impaired and was arrested for Felony DWI (4th or subsequent) and driving on a revoked driver’s license. The Sheriff’s Office Fatal Team is currently investigating the fatality accident and trying to determine the possible involvement of the White Ford Explorer. Based on the outcome of the investigation further charges may be filed.

 

Thursday November 13, 2014

The next Los Alamos County Council meeting this Friday, Nov. 14 from noon until 1;30 pm. The new chicken ordinance will be given its public hearing at this meeting. Right now you can read the chicken ordinance and express your opinion about it on the county webpage open forum section. Public comment on open forum closes at 11 am Friday.

 

Wednesday November 12, 2014

The Dept. of Public Utilities' Board will be hosting a work session about the upcoming proposed electric rate restructure and increase. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. on Friday November 14 in Council Chambers. This topic is already on the DPU Board agenda for the following Wednesday, Nov. 19 (5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers). Both meetings are public meetings and the public is welcome to attend. Right now you can read about the proposed increase and how it will affect you on the county webpage open forum section and express your opinion about it.

 

Tuesday November 11, 2014

Thank you all veteran's for your service to keep us safe and free.

 

Monday November 10 2014

This year’s veteran’s day ceremonies will be held at American Legion Post 90’s parking lot at 11:00 am on Tuesday. The speaker will be Vernon Kerr. The LAHS NJROTC and choir will be participating. A luncheon serving traditional barbeque will follow.
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In honor of Veterans Day, Tuesday will be a Fee-Free Day at National Park areas throughout the country, in which everyone is welcome to visit with no entrance fee. At Bandelier, the Bookstore will have a storewide 15% discount, and the Bandelier Trading gift shop will offer specials too. An additional “plus” is that the Ancestral and present-day Pueblo pottery, artifacts, and other irreplaceable museum items that were removed due to the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and resulting floods, are now once again on display. The shuttle buses are no longer running, so visitors can drive directly down to the Visitor Center area. This is the last Fee-Free Day for 2014.

 

Weekend

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from October 30 to November 5.

One was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.

Two were arrested on district court warrants.

Two were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants.

One was arrested for larceny over $ 2500 dollars and less than $20,000.

One was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked drivers license.

One was arrested for DWI.

One was arrested for criminal damage to property of a household member.

There was a report of larceny.

There was a report of burglary from a dwelling house.

There was a report of burglary from a vehicle or other structure.

There was a report of fraud.

There were 2  reports of forgery.

There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.

There was a report of child abuse.

There was a report of criminal trespassing.

There was a report of an animal at large.

There was an accident with injuries at the twin towers.

There were 2 accidents without injuries.

Friday November 7, 2014

To enable the safe de-electrification and demolition of a water booster station
along the Main Hill Road (NM SR 502), a lane of traffic will be closed on Saturday, November 8 from 8 a.m. . 1 p.m., according to officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities. Weather permitting, electric crews will be bringing down power poles and power lines which traverse the Main Hill Road just west of the White Rock Y. The DPU crews will need to close a lane to do this. The electric linemen will
arrange for advance signage to warn motorists of the lane closure and maintain two-way traffic with a flagging operation, while closing NM 502’s eastbound lane. For more information contact DPU at 505-662-8333 or dpu@lacnm.us.

 

Thursday November 6, 2014

 Walkup Aquatic Staff provided an update regarding the HVAC and Boiler Replacement project. Work is wrapping up and the pool should re-open soon.

Randy Smith said that the contractor has completed the following work:
• HVAC installation that serves the front office spaces is nearly finished
• The air handler on the mezzanine for the natatorium is installed
• The installation for the rear air handler for the natatorium is nearly completed
• The ceiling fans are installed
• Boiler installation and related equipment is completed
At this point, the remaining work involves making control connections for electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems for the newly installed equipment. After that, County crews and the contractors will begin maintenance and rehabilitation work to prepare for re-opening. That includes stucco for the front entryway, installing a new drain in the men’s locker room floor, roofing and block work, replacement of interior and exterior lighting, and routine maintenance projects that have been on hold while the project was underway.

The Aquatic Center will notify the public of the official re-opening date through various County and media outlets, providing one week’s notice after assessing the contractor’s schedule and establishing an adequate level of confidence for the re-opening date. The County’s work is planned to be completed early so that if the contractor completes their work on time, the pool may re-open immediately.
The project began in August with a goal of replacing the pool boilers and HVAC system with new, more energy efficient systems. The Aquatic Center first opened in April 1988 and most of the mechanical equipment was 26 years old and at the end of its service life. The timing of this project became more urgent as the condition of the boiler serving the Olympic-sized pool deteriorated in the past year – with no replacement parts available for some of the boiler’s components. The project budget is $2.2 million and is funded through the ongoing Major Facility Maintenance Program.

 

Wednesday November 5, 2014

The unofficial results from Los Alamos County elections yesterday.

Tom Udall remains our State Senator.
Ben Ray Lujan remains our district 3 US House Representative.
Stephanie Richard Garcia is still our House Representative for District 43.
Los Alamos County voted for Susana Martinez.
Pat Casados remains our Magistrate Judge.
Alan Kirk remains Municipal Judge.
Our county councilors are the top 4 vote recipients.
David israelivitz, Rick Reiss, Mary Susan O’Leary, and James Chrobocinski.
The county sheriff remains Marco Lucero.
The county assessor is Ken Milder.
The county charter question number 1 pertaining to the language of county government passed
The county charter question number 2 about the county utility department failed.
All three state bond questions passed.

 

Tuesday November 4, 2014

Today, Tuesday, Election Day

 Registered voters of Los Alamos County registered in any precinct may vote at any of the following Vote Centers on Election Day

White Rock Fire Station

LAC Municipal Building – 1st floor, Boards & Commission Room #110

LAC Golf Course - Multi Purpose Room

Vote Centers are open 7 am to 7 pm

 

Monday November 3, 2014

Central Ave. Traffic Control Update:

In addition to the traffic control currently in place, starting on Sunday, Central at 15th Street will be Closed to Through Traffic with a complete closure of Central just west of the Post Office driveway and closure of 20th Street at Central. Library driveway will remain accessible from eastbound Central. Bathtub Row at Central remains closed and should be accessed from the north.
This traffic control is necessary for the contractor to begin roadbed preparations between west of Bathtub Row and 20th Street. The prep work should take two to three days at the most. The Atomic City Transit Express Route buses will continue to drop off riders at the bus stop west of the Post Office. Mail delivery trucks will also be accommodated.
The contractor plans to begin paving on Thursday, November 6; paving should take two to three days, depending on weather temperatures. Paving will be followed by installation of the crosswalks and any remaining concrete valley gutters. All traffic control should be off the roadway on or before November 17.
Public Works staff and the contractor would like to thank the community for their continued patience as we work to complete this project. Please call 662-8150 or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us with any questions or concerns.

Friday October 31 , 2014

Valerie Lujan, a former bank teller, was sentenced in Los Alamos District Court Wednesday for embezzling more than $20,000 from Zia Credit Union in April of 2009. According to court documents, she was working as at teller at the time she committed her crimes.
Judge Sheri Raphaelson sentenced her to a conditional discharge with five years of supervised probation, the length of which can be shortened if she pays back the money to Zia before her probation is up. According to First Judicial Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, Lujan has to pay back $32,914.95 to Zia Credit Union

 

Thursday October 30, 2014

Governor Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in honor
and mourning of Rio Rancho Police Officer Anthony Haase. Officer Haase was responding to a emergency call when he was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident.


Wednesday October 29, 2014

Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia will present the existing wildfire management plans for protecting Los Alamos County and surrounding areas. Using maps he will summarize the work already done and projected future plans. The three fires of Cerro Grande, Las Conchas, and the Thompson Ridge Wildfire have taught important lessons. Chief Troy Hughes will also be present to answer questions and hear concerns. The talk is Thursday October 30 beginning at 7pm in Mesa Public Library Community rooms 2&3.

Tuesday October 28, 2014

The high school athletics teams had a great weekend.
-Congratulations to the varsity football team on their win over Espanola on Friday with a score of 38-28.
-Congratulations to the JV girl’s volleyball team on their win over Espanola on Saturday.
-The girl’s soccer team received the 3rd seed for the state tournament and the boy’s soccer team received the 8th seed.
-Congratulations to the LAHS Cross Country team as they all placed at the Invitational on Friday. Varsity girls placed 4th, varsity boys placed 2nd, JV girls placed 2nd, and JV boys placed 2nd.
And here are a couple of the upcoming athletic events.
-Friday all volleyball teams play here against Del Norte beginning at 4
Varsity football plays against Bernalillo at Bernalillo.
-Saturday Los Alamos will be hosting the 1st round boy’s soccer state tournament against Santa Teresa beginning at 11. NO student ID’s, staff ID’s, or sports passes will be accepted. Everyone will have to pay the fee to get in.

 

Monday October 27, 2014

 The Los Alamos County Fire Department has been working diligently to unify efforts across Northern New Mexico to prepare for any possible Ebola cases. The Emergency Medical Services Division and the Safety division for the department has sent out the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) interim guidance for first responders and dispatchers to follow in the case of a possible outbreak. The Fire department has also been in close contact with Los Alamos Emergency Management, Santa Fe County and City Fire departments, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Materials team, LANL Office of Emergency Management and local hospitals. These contacts have set up communications across the northern section of the state to increase local government’s overall readiness.
The County of Los Alamos has a pandemic response plan that was implemented during the H1N1 Flu pandemic. When news of a possible Ebola outbreak first surfaced two months ago, LAFD began preparations and education.
In August, the department started sending CDC notifications to first responders to prepare them for the implications and possibilities of an Ebola outbreak that might reach epidemic proportions in the U.S.. Guidance for use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency response for a possible Ebola case have followed. In addition, there has been department wide on-line training conducted with first responders, to increase awareness and understanding of the disease.
Responders for LAFD also participate in yearly PPE drills through the LANL Emergency Response training program, which prepares personnel to handle pandemic, radiological, biological and multiple kinds of hazardous situations. This training, along with the CDC guidelines, has adequately prepared LAFD responders.
                                 

Friday October 24, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports October 16-22

One was arrested for aggravated DWI.
One was arrested for scavenging recycling materials.
One was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.
Three were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for shoplifting and encouraging the violation of bail or probation.
One was arrested for battery.
One was arrested for battery on a household member.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
Two were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
One was arrested for battery on a peace officer.
A minor was arrested for possession of marijuana and released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was an accident with injuries.
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of child solicitation by electronic communication device.
There was a report of battery against a household member.
There was a report of breaking and entering.
There was an accident without injuries.

 

Thursday October 23, 2014

 Española has earned the title — most dangerous city in New Mexico, according to the most recent available crime statistics by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. North Carolina-based home security company, Home Security Shield, compiled an online list of the most dangerous cities in the state. The compilation, which ranked the top 10 most dangerous cities, based the determination on the number of violent crimes per capita of each city, as stated by the Bureau’s 2012 statistics.
Violent crime comprises murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, as defined by the Bureau. There are an average 3.86 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people in the United States, the Bureau’s website states.
Española, a city of a little more than 10,000, experienced 270 cases of reported violent crime in 2012, according to the Bureau’s numbers. That boils down to 26.14 incidents per 1,000 people.
Second-place is Gallup, which had 18.73 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people in 2012. Gallup has a population of 22,300.
Neighboring Taos took fifth place, with 9.79 incidents per 1,000 people and Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, took eighth place, with 7.5 incidents per 1,000 people.

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Do you know of a local business that goes above and beyond when it comes to recycling? Los Alamos County Environmental Services is calling for nominations for the second annual Business Recycler of the Year Award. The contest is open to Los Alamos County businesses of all sizes. Nominate your own businesses, your employer, or your favorite local sustainable retailer/restaurant. Recycling is a big step businesses can take to create a more sustainable operation, but it can take a little extra thought and effort. The County wants to recognize those businesses who are committing the necessary resources to waste reduction and recycling. Recycling conserves resources, protects the environment and results in cost savings.
The nomination period will be open until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 19th. Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board and Environmental Services staff will judge entries and narrow them down to the top three finalists. The finalists will then be asked to provide further details about their recycling program. This information will then be published on the Environmental Services webpage and in the local media, and the public will vote to select the 2014 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year. Voting will officially open on November 24th and will close on December 8th. The winner will be announced at a Los Alamos County Council meeting and the winner will be publicized in the local Monitor and Daily Post.
Send the business name and a brief description explaining the nomination to Environmental Services Manager angelica.gurule@lacnm.us or call her at 505-662-8383. Visit the Los Alamos County Environmental Services webpage at www.losalamosnm.us/gogreen for more information on waste and recycling services.

 

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Thursday afternoon, October 23, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting an opportunity to view one of the universe's very special events - a partial solar eclipse. For millenia, eclipses were thought to be bad omens, or creatures such as giant dragons taking bites from the sun. Now, astronomers explain it as our Moon passing between the Sun and the Earth, and on Thursday the Moon's path will not be quite across the center of the Sun's face so the eclipse will not be total. However it is explained, it is a very dramatic event.
Thursday afternoon at Bandelier, rangers will have special solar telescopes and eclipse viewers available for safely enjoying this rare astronomical event. In northern New Mexico, it begins at 3:27 PM with a tiny bite showing on the northwest limb of the sun. At mid-eclipse, 4:42 PM, the Moon will cover nearly 45% of the Sun's face, and at that stage, the day will seem a little less bright, with shadows a little more crisp, and sun crescents may be visible between leaf shadows on the ground. The encounter between Moon and Sun ends at 5:47 PM, as the dragon releases the too-hot Sun - or the Moon moves on to where it no longer blocks it. Visitors arriving in Bandelier after 3 PM are welcome to drive directly into the park without taking the shuttle. Viewing will take place on the front porch of the Visitor Center. For details, call the Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861 x 517.

Monday October 20, 2014

Mesa Library's driveway was scheduled for paving Friday; however, the driveway remains closed through Wednesday, October 22. Once the library driveway is open, likely around 6:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, the contractor will close Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to the Reel Deal Theater and the library will be provided from eastbound Central. Access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street. This closure will remain in place for approximately two weeks. Expect intermittent flagging operations at the Central and 20th intersection; in order to avoid delays, please use alternate routes whenever possible. Once Bathtub Row is open, the library driveway will need to close one more time to complete remaining concrete work. Due to weather delays, substantial completion is expected on Friday, November 7.

 

Friday October 17, 2014

The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division will stop issuing park reservations and field permits beginning November 1st through April 1st as the water and restrooms are shut down and closed in preparation for winter weather. The parks and fields will remain open but this means that utilization of shelters and fields in the parks will be on a first-come, first-served basis without services. These winter preparations will also impact Ashely Pond and Camp May in the following ways: At Ashley Pond the stage cover and lights will be removed and placed into storage over the winter; at Camp May large boulders will be put in the road way up to Camp May to prevent people from driving vehicles up there in the winter as the roads and camp sites are not maintained and present a safety issue. For additional information regarding winter preparations for parks please contact the office by email at lacrec@lacnm.us or call (505) 662-8159

 

Thursday October 16, 2014

On Friday, October 17, 2014, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will present the Los Alamos business community with the 2014 Google eCity Award. He will be joined by representatives from Google, as well as members of the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, and local officials.
Senator Heinrich is a strong proponent of small businesses using the Internet to help boost job creation, spur innovation, and grow New Mexico's economy.
Google and Ipsos, an independent research firm, analyzed a variety of factors to determine which cities would receive a Google eCity Award. Winning cities had businesses that exhibited a strong online presence in multiple areas including social media, website, blogs, and mobile accessibility.

 

Wednesday October 15, 2014

Paving of the library driveway has been delayed to Thursday for two reasons:

1)      The contractor had planned to complete paving in the Western Area Project on Monday and Tuesday, then move to the library driveway Wednesday/Thursday, but the rain received over the weekend has delayed the Western Area paving operations.

2)      While preparing the library driveway in advance of paving, the contractor discovered an existing corroded and leaking water line. Department of Public Utilities staff repaired the leaking line today, allowing the contractor to resume roadbed preparation.

Bathtub Row at Central or Central west of 20th to the library driveway will not be closed until the library driveway is open for traffic.

 

Tuesday October 14, 2014

Classes are not in session at LAHS on Wednesday, October 15. All sophomores will be taking the PSAT from 7:45 am - 11:30 am. Juniors who registered for the PSAT will also be testing during this time. Senior conferences are scheduled throughout the day.

 

Monday October 13, 2014

Today is a Federal holiday. The post offices, courts, LANL, and Los Alamos Public schools are all closed. The Los Alamos County offices are open.
There will be regular trash pick up today.

 

Friday October 8, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports October 2nd- 8th

One was arrested on a district court warrant.
Two were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants .
One was arrested on an order of commitment.
One was arrested on proof of financial responsibility.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction,
One was arrested for the distribution of a controlled substance—marijuana.
One was arrested for battery against a household member.
One was arrested for DWI
One was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
One was arrested for assault and then again for criminal damage to property.
There was a report of larceny.
There were 2 accidents with injuries.

 

Thursday October 7, 2014

The Hill Diner, located in the 1300 block of Trinity Drive, will be heading to the auction block at noon Oct. 15 on the steps of the Justice Center in Los Alamos.
According to a legal advertisement in last week’s ’s Los Alamos Monitor, the sale is the result of a stipulated judgment from the First Judicial District Court in the County of Los Alamos in a case between Los Alamos National Bank and former Hill Diner owner Denise Lane and others.
In her Sept. 4 ruling, Judge Sarah Singleton ruled a special master to conduct the sale.
In July of last year, LANB filed suit against Chamisa Place, LLC, Hill Diner Inc., Denise A. Lane, Michael A. Lane, Lori M. Novak, the State of New Mexico Department of Labor, Workforce Solutions, Los Alamos County, the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service.
Also named in the suit were the trusts of Jennifer Shea Samora, Jacob Michael Smith and Caitlin Amelia Smith.
According to the legal ad, LANB is owed $991,344.83 plus additional costs and attorney fees.
In addition, there is also lien on the property, located in the 1300 block of Trinity Drive, for $28,193.02, as of Aug. 14.

 

 

Wednesday October 6, 2014

Los Alamos County has re-opened its Open Forum topic on the proposed Chickens Ordinance.
The ordinance was written after residents made requests for the Council to consider an amendment to the County Code to allow the keeping of a small number of chickens in all residential districts. Section 6-2 of the Code currently prohibits the keeping of chickens within the County, except in the residential agricultural districts (R-A) zone and in all other residential districts, excluding Pajarito Acres and La Senda, if chickens are kept within 200 yards from a residence regularly used for human habitation.
The proposed amendment expands the current ordinance to permit the practice of keeping chickens within all residential districts in the County subject to certain conditions:
• Must be for residential, noncommercial purposes;
• Maximum of 6 on any lot;
• Must be at least 16 square feet of permeable land available for each chicken;
• Must have at least 2 square feet of shelter space per chicken;
• Adequate shelter must be provided;
• Shelter must be kept clean, dry, odor-free and in sanitary condition at all times;
• Adequate fencing must be provided;
• Chickens must have access to the sun during daylight hours and kept in secure shelter at night;
• Cannot be kept closer than 35 feet to a dwelling unit on abutting property;
• Cannot be kept in front, rear or side setbacks;
• Cannot be kept closer than 100 feet to a water well;
• Keeping and maintaining chickens must comply with all applicable health and safety laws;
• All areas devoted to chickens must be constructed and maintained to discourage insects and rodents; and
• No roosters are allowed.
This ordinance is scheduled to be considered at a public hearing on November 14, 2014. Open Forum will remain open until one hour before the Council meeting, which will be at noon in Council Chambers on Friday, Nov. 14. Please note that Friday council meetings have a 1.5 hour time limit and end promptly at 1:30 p.m..

Tuesday October 5, 2014

On September 23, 2014 the Valles Caldera Executive Director, Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, signed a Record of Decision for the Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan . With his signature he authorized the implementation of a collaboratively developed plan for the restoration and stewardship of the natural resources and systems on the Valles Caldera National Preserve over the next 10 years! The Stewardship Plan is a 10-year strategy for the restoration and stewardship of the forest, grassland, shrubland, and riparian ecosystems of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Proposed activities include, forest thinning, wildland fire management, road closure, decommissioning, maintenance and repair; riparian restoration, erosion control, burned area rehabilitation, and noxious weed eradication and control.
Hard copies of the Record Of Decision will be distributed to the following public libraries: Albuquerque-Bernalillo County, Espanola, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, New Mexico State Library in Santa Fe, Santa Fe, and White Rock. A hard copy may also be viewed at the offices of the Valles Caldera Trust located at 090 Villa Louis Martin, Jemez Springs, NM.

 

Monday October 4, 2014

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is interested in funding innovative ideas that augment the basic curriculum from licensed teachers in the district. The Fall Great Ideas Grant application is due October 9, 2014 by 4pm and will be awarded by December 2014. Grant winners must implement their proposed projects and submit a follow-up report by May 2014.
For additional information, to view past winners, or download the grant form, visit our website at www.lapsfoundation.com. Click on the Teacher Grant icon on the home page

Friday October 3, 2014

September 2014 completed an odd and somewhat disappointing monsoon season for Los Alamos. Whereas July 2014 was the wettest July on record for Los Alamos and the third wettest month of all time, the monsoon failed to deliver significant precipitation to our area after the first week of August. With the scarcity of summer thunderstorms, September temperatures were well above average.
Los Alamos average high temperature, 77 oF, was 5 degrees above the average, and White Rock average high temperature was 3.5 degrees above normal. Average overnight low temperatures for both Los Alamos and White Rock were 4 oF above normal. All-time daily high temperatures were recorded on 5 days in Los Alamos and 2 days in White Rock. All-time daily high overnight low temperatures were recorded on 4 days in Los Alamos and in White Rock.
Los Alamos received only 0.30 inches of rain for September. The 30-year average precipitation is 2.01 inches for Los Alamos. White Rock was equally dry, receiving only 0.26 inches of precipitation, in comparison with the 30-year normal value of 1.52 inches.
The running total for 2014 precipitation in Los Alamos is 14.61 inches, just under the 30-year average of 15.43 inches. The running total for White Rock is 7.75 inches, well below the 30-year average of 8.73 inches.

 

Thursday October 2, 2014

A new federal report says Los Alamos National Laboratory failed to follow its own safety procedures and ignored internal reports warning against mixing potentially volatile chemicals in the handling and packaging of nuclear waste — a series of missteps that may have led directly to a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
At the heart of the report is the lab’s decision to begin using organic kitty litter as an absorbent in drums of nuclear waste despite internal reports issued just months earlier warning that such a mixture could be hazardous.
The report also lays blame for the weaknesses on EnergySolutions, the contractor the lab hired to mix and package waste. In addition to switching from clay kitty litter to an organic variety, the report also found that LANL and EnergySolutions ignored clear warnings against adding a liquid acid neutralizer to the waste — another potentially hazardous combination.
In a written statement, a lab spokesman acknowledged that LANL and the Energy Department had identified some of the same concerns noted in the report.

 

Wednesday  October 1, 2014

Bandelier National Monument has announced special programs being offered in October – two photo hikes with the park Artist-in-Residence, and two Night Sky Programs being presented by a staff ranger who is a long-time astronomy enthusiast and teacher,

On Saturday, October 4, Artist-in-Residence David Halpern will lead a photo hike on the Cerro Grande Trail. The trail is about 5 miles round trip with a rise of 2000 feet, to the rim of the Valles Caldera at nearly 11,000 feet. Participants need to dress for the weather, bring water and snacks, and be ready for high altitude. Numbers are limited and participants must be twelve years of age or older; contact the Bandelier Visitor Center, 505-672-3861 x 517 for details and to sign up. And don’t forget your camera! Halpern is an award-winning photographer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

On Saturday evenings October 4 and October 11, weather permitting, Park Ranger Geoff Goins will host Night Sky programs at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater in Bandelier. On October 4, the moon being not quite full should make conditions ideal for lunar observing. The following Saturday, October 11, the moon will not come up until late, so the dark sky should provide opportunities for seeing constellations, stars, galaxies, and nebulas. Both programs will include a talk and then telescope viewing. Campers and non-campers are welcome. Besides being a ranger, Goins teaches astronomy at UNM-Taos

 

Tuesday September 30, 2014

Ordinance 02-251 will NOT be introduced on Sept. 30 with Public Hearing on Oct. 10 as announced by the County and as posted on the County’s “Open Forum” webpage last week. It has been pulled from the agenda for Sept. 30 and is being revised by the County Attorney's office to address only chickens in proximity to human habitation, not all poultry. As soon as the changes are made, the new text will be posted on Open Forum and a new public comment period will open. The new date for introduction of the revised Ordinance is expected to be Oct. 10 with a Public Hearing on Oct. 28.
Because it is no longer moving forward, the previous text of the ordinance that was posted on Open Forum last week has been deleted and the ability to make further public comment has been turned off, pending receipt of the new ordinance text pertaining only to chickens.

 

Monday September 29, 2014

On Monday, September 29, the contractor will close Oppenheimer north of Central (library driveway), resulting in the west library parking lot being closed. Please access the east library parking lot from Bathtub Row or park behind the Senior Center off Rose Street.
Please Note: On Thursdays when the Farmers Market is in the east library parking lot, there will be no on-site parking for both the library and Farmers Market. Please use alternate parking such as behind the Senior Center off Rose Street, at the Judicial Complex, or at the 20th and Trinity parking lot. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience. This closure will last approximately three weeks; however, any weather delays may impact the schedule.
Central, from 15th to 20th will open to traffic on Wednesday, October 1; however, if there are delays, pavement striping and roadway markings may occur later in the week with short term work zones.
Also on October 1, Central west of Bathtub Row to Rose Street will be closed. The contractor will maintain eastbound access to the Real Deal Theater. The after school Atomic City Transit Express Routes will drop passengers off at the bus stop just west of the Post Office; parents are urged to remind their children who ride the Express Route to use extreme caution as they cross Bathtub Row.
On Saturday, October, 4, Central between 15th and 20th will be closed from approximately 9:30 a.m. to noon for a Chamber event.
Please stay out of the established work zones. Cutting across an active work zone is extremely dangerous and pedestrians are advised to use the provided temporary crossings.
Contractor will be moving to a six day work week, Monday through Saturday, with possible Sunday or night work as needed.

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Here is the low lights of the police reports September 19-24.

Four were arrested on district court warrants.
One was arrested for approaching intersection.
One was arrested for shoplifting.
Two were arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked.
One was arrested for allowing an unauthorized person to drive.
One was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member.
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.
There was a report of embezzlement.
There was a report of identity theft.
There was a report of a runaway.

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bryant Roybal’s efforts to recreate a childhood memory of being at his grandparents’ house led him to become New Mexico’s first green chile stew champion. Using his grandmother’s recipe, the Española resident won the inaugural statewide Green Chile Stew Competition held Sept. 18 at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque. Roybal, snagged the title among 10 cook-off finalists. The 10 finalists were selected among 100 initial applicants for the cook-off and were judged by six people. The cooks had 45 minutes to prepare their stew on site. Roybal won the jury’s vote unanimously.
His respect of the traditional family recipe’s simplicity played a big role in his winning.
 To make the winning recipe, Roybal follows the traditional way of preparing green chile stew, but instead of just sticking with green chile, he adds a personal touch by using ripe chile, jalapeños, ripe jalapeños, yellow hots and Hungarian chile.

 

Wednesday,  September 24, 2014

The Los Alamos National Security, LLC Board of Governors has approved $3 million in funding for the company’s plan to support education, economic development and charitable giving in Northern New Mexico.
Los Alamos National Security, LLC since 2006 has been the managing and operating contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Funds approved by the LANS Board of Governors are administered through a Community Commitment Plan managed by Los Alamos’ Community Programs Office. The LANS Community Commitment Plan has provided more than $28 million to the region since 2007.
For 2015 the Plan will provide
• $1 million for education, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs
• $1 million for economic development, such as financial and technical assistance to start and grow regional businesses
• $1 million for community giving initiatives and investments in the Northern New Mexico area

 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

On Saturday, three members of the Los Alamos Naval JROTC traveled to Montrose Colorado to participate in team building and an orienteering meet on Sunday. The Los Alamos cadets were warmly welcomed by the Montrose unit and spent Saturday evening engaged in several team building exercises. On Sunday the weather cleared for a great morning of orienteering following by a unit picnic. The three Los Alamos cadets were Steffi Nielsen, Isabella Stephens, and Zach Carsonl. Each Los Alamos cadet was teamed with a member from Montrose. All three Los Alamos members qualified at the meet by finding the control points.

 

Monday September 22, 2014

The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) today released its recommendations to voters on 85 judges standing for retention in the upcoming election. To remain on the bench, these judges must receive at least 57 percent voter approval under state law.
JPEC uses an objective standard to make recommendations to voters, and reports its findings in narrative, table and bar graph formats. JPEC surveys individuals who come in contact with the judge, including other judges, attorneys, court staff, jurors and resource staff (such as members of law enforcement, probation, parole officers and interpreters) for their evaluations in four main areas:
1)Legal ability;
2)Fairness;
3)Communication skills; and
4)Preparation, attentiveness, temperament and control over proceedings.
This year, JPEC’s recommendations to voters in the first Judicial District which includes Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties – Retain four of five district court judges standing for retention: T. Glenn Ellington, Raymond Z. Ortiz, Sarah M. Singleton, and Mary Marlowe Sommer. Do Not Retain Sheri A. Raphaelson.

 

Friday September 19, 2014

Here are the lowlight of the police reports September 11 through September 17.

One was arrested on a magistrate bench warrant.
Two were arrested on a district court warrants.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for embezzlement.
One was arrested for battery.
There was a report of indecent exposure.
There was a report of harassment
There was a report of public affray.
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of fraud.
There was a report of cruelty to animals.
There was a report of animal at large.
There were 2 accidents with injuries.

 

Thursday September 18, 2014

All our schools are ending early on Friday to attend the Homecoming parade. The high school gets out at 1 PM. The middle school will dismiss at 12:45. Elementary Schools will dismiss at Noon.

 

Wednesday September 17, 2014

The Los Alamos Public Schools Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held at Fuller Lodge on Sunday, September 21st, at 1:00pm. This event will be open to the public with tickets available from the LAHS Athletic office for $25. The inductees for the Class of 2014 are Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorkland, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William Daniel McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz, Anthony Sandoval.

 

Tuesday September 16, 2014

On Friday The Homecoming Parade will step off at the intersection of 4th Street and Central Avenue promptly at 2:30 p.m. and head down Central, past the judges stand at Starbucks, and down to Rose Street. Walking participants will be directed to the United Church parking lot, while driving participants must drive to the Sullivan Field parking lot before unloading their participants. This year’s Homecoming Parade theme is “Banish the Broncos”. Local businesses and organizations are welcome to participate. Information is available on the Los Alamos High school web page.

 

Monday September 15, 2014

Central Avenue roadway between 15th Street and 20th Street will be milled on Monday and Tuesday with paving currently scheduled for September 17 or 18.
On Monday the contractor will be trenching between the Post Office driveway west through the southernmost parking spaces in the library overflow parking lot (Farmers Market location). The contractor will backfill any open trenches to allow for full access by the Farmers Market vendors. Pedestrians will be routed to the south side of Central. Trenching across Bathtub Row will occur at night.
Homecoming Parade – Contractor will open Central Avenue for the Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 19 by 1:00 p.m.; if paving is delayed, the parade will proceed on the milled surface. After the parade, the road will close again to allow the work to continue.
Pedestrian Access for Central Avenue between 15th and 20th: south side is open; north side is open from 15th to 20th; however, crossing to the north side will be at the bus stop west of Bathtub Row through the end of September. There is an additional crossing near CB Fox Kids. Please note that established crossings will be temporarily closed and then re-established during concrete placement, milling, and paving operations.
Work on Central between 15th and 20th is scheduled to be completed by September 30.
Night work will stop now that the work is beginning to move west closer to a residential area. Crews will continue to work Monday through Thursday with Friday and weekend work as needed to meet their September 30 commitment.
Starting on Monday, September 15, Oppenheimer between Trinity and Central will be closed to traffic in both directions. Vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured to 20th Street. Oppenheimer will remain closed through October 31.

 

Friday September 12, 2014

Here are the lowlights from the police reports from September 1 to September 10.

Two were arrested on magistrate court bench warrant.

One was arrested for battery against a household member.

One was arrested for possession of marijuana.

One was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked.   

One was arrested for hitting an unattended vehicle.

There was a report of burglary from a vehicle.

There was a report of forgery.

There were 2  reports of larceny.

There was a report of petty larceny.

There was a report of criminal damage to property

There was a report of harassment.

There was a report of an animal at Large.

There were 2  animals impounded for biting.

There was an unattended death.

There was a report of cruelty to animals.

There was an accident without injuries on trinity.

There was an accident without injuries on Central.

 

Thursday September 11, 2014

Governor Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday September 11, 2014 in honor and remembrance of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

 

Wednesday September 10, 2014

The largest information technology agreement ever signed by Los Alamos National Laboratory brings the potential for truly secure data encryption to the marketplace after nearly 20 years of development at the nation's premier national-security science laboratory.
For the first time, ordinary citizens and companies will be able to use cryptographic systems that have only been the subject of experiments in the world’s most advanced physics and computing laboratories for real-world applications.
If implemented on a wide scale, quantum key distribution technology could ensure truly secure commerce, banking, communications and data transfer.
The technology at the heart of the agreement is a compact random-number-generation technology that creates cryptographic keys based on the truly random polarization state of light particles known as photons. Because the randomness of photon polarization is based on quantum mechanics, an adversary cannot predict the outcome of this random number generator. This represents a vast improvement over current random-number generators that are based on mathematical formulas that can be broken by a computer with sufficient speed and power.
Moreover, any attempt by a third party to eavesdrop on the secure communications between quantum key holders disrupts the quantum system itself, so communication can be aborted and the snooper detected before any data is stolen.
The Los Alamos technology is simple and compact enough that it could be made into a unit comparable to a computer thumb drive or compact data-card reader. Units could be manufactured at extremely low cost, putting them within easy retail range of ordinary electronics consumers.
Whitewood Encryption Systems, Inc. of Boston, Mass., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Allied Minds. The agreement provides exclusive license for several Los Alamos-created quantum-encryption patents in exchange for consideration in the form of licensing fees.

 

Tuesday September 9, 2014

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is alerting motorists that the I-25 northbound off-ramp (Exit 282) to St. Francis Drive will be closed on Thursday, September 11 starting at 8:00 p.m. and will be Re-Opened on September 12 at 5:00 a.m. During this closure motorists can use the Old Pecos Trail off-ramp (Exit 284) or the Cerrillos Road off-ramp (Exit 278). The contractor will be removing paint on the roadway due to vandalism that occurred last week.
Drivers are urged to proceed through the work zone with caution, observe traffic control signs and obey speed limits. Updates on this project will be posted on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road advisory website, www.nmroads.com

 

Monday September 8, 2014

Central Avenue Improvements Project: The contractor is reporting that pedestrians are crossing into the work zone instead of at the provided crossings; this is extremely dangerous and pedestrians are advised to use the provided pathways.
The sidewalk on the north side of Central between the Post Office driveway and the Ashley Pond crosswalk will be closed to allow for the installation of a storm drain pipe; pedestrians will be routed to the south side of Central.
The contractor will also be trenching west of Bathtub Row through the southernmost parking spaces in the library overflow parking lot (Farmers Market location). The contractor will backfill any open trenches to allow for full access by the Farmers Market vendors.
On Friday, September 12, the contractor will close the Post Office driveway in the late afternoon and reopen the driveway early Monday morning.
Paving of Central between 15th and 20th is currently scheduled for September 18.

 

Friday September 5, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from August 28 to September 3.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating aggregate.
One was arrested on unlawful use of a license.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
Two were arrested for unlawful use of a license.
One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
One was arrested for battery on a police officer.
One was arrested for minor in possession.
One was arrested for disorderly conduct.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of a burglary to a house.
There was a report of a burglary to a car.
There are 2 reports of larceny.
There was a report of cruelty to animals.
The was a report of accidents without injuries.
There was an accident with injuries.
There was a report of a animal at large.
The was a report of animals on the highway.

Thursday September 4, 2014
 
The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger Distict, is 5 miles south of State Highway 4 & 6 east of Jemez Spings, It has been highly visible these past few days, and has been used for resource benefit.
The fire is now estimated at 4,313 acres. Fire managers believe their objectives have been met, and today they are patrolling the fires edge for potential hazards, The fire will be less active today, but smoke will still be visible until precipitation sets in
The burning area will be assessed over the next few days and will be opened to the public when deemed safe. You are recommended to use extreme caution when entering the burned area, as weakened trees can fall with no warning, and fully burned trees leave deep stump holes, which can hold embers for weeks.

 

Wednesday September 3, 2014

The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is located five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Fire managers were very pleased with the activity on the Pino Fire yesterday. Firefighters used hand and aerial ignitions to direct the wildfire to control features, removing hazardous fuels and minimizing the threat of future high intensity wildfires. The Pino wildfire is now estimated at 1,618 acres.
Pioneer forest manager Aldo Leopold stated that the first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. For decades, natural fire was the part missing from forested ecosystems. Management of the Pino wildfire is a fine example of how natural fire can be used to benefit the landscape and all of its components.
Hand and aerial ignitions will be used again today to direct the wildfire over an area similar in size to yesterday’s activity. Large columns of smoke from this ignition will be visible from Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo, Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and surrounding communities yesterday. Travel along Interstate 25, US 550, and NM 4 may be impacted. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution when smoke limits visibility along their travel route.

 

Tuesday September 2, 2014
The lightening caused Pino Fire is now estimated a 152 acres. The fire is located 5 miles south of state highway 4 and 6 miles east of Jemez springs. This fire is being managed for resource benefits. Firefighters and equipment resources are staged for today’s activities. With favorable weather conditions, hand ignitions and aerial ignitions will begin today. Large columns of smoke will be visible from Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution when smoke limits visibility. A Jemez Mountains Electric Coop line exists in the fire area. If an interruption occurs call JMEC at 877-753-0095.
A community meeting to discuss the management of the Pino Fire has been scheduled for 7 pm tonight at the Walatowa Visitor Center.

 

Monday September 1, 2014

Labor Day- Holiday

 

Friday August 28, 2014

The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend

Tips for Safe Travel

· Take emergency supplies such as food and water, a flashlight and a first aid kit.

· Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.

· Buckle up and obey traffic signs.

· Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving.

· Don’t drink and drive.

Tips for Safe Grilling

· Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

· Keep children and pets away from the grill.

· Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals have been ignited.

· Use long-handled utensils.

· Don’t leave the grill unattended while in use.       

 

Thursday August 27, 2014

There will be no residential or commercial trash and recycling collection service provided on Labor Day, Monday, September 1st.  If the observed date falls on your normal trash day please place your materials out on Wednesday, September 3rd.

 

Wednesday August 27, 2014 

Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive a C-130 airplane from Kirtland Air Force Base. The fuselage of the plane will be used for emergency response training purposes.  This plane will boost our training capabilities for first responders, Christian Rittner of the Laboratory’s Security and Emergency Operations Division said.
The plane, which is surplus from Kirtland Air Force Base, has been demilitarized and will be located at the Laboratory’s emergency response training area at Technical Area 49.
The C-130 will depart from Kirtland via flatbed truck and will arrive in Los Alamos. The expected transportation time is six hours and will be transported, under escort by N.M. State Police, via Intestate 25, north to NM 599, to US 84/285, west on NM 502 and up NM 4 to Technical Area 49.
Motorists traveling along the expected route from Albuquerque to Los Alamos should be aware that this transportation could cause traffic delays and adjust their schedules, or take an alternate route

Tuesday August 26, 2014

The front hill road was closed in both directions Monday afternoon at about 3:30 after a car drove off the road near Anderson’s Overlook into the canyon below. Deputy chief Justin Grider estimated the vehicle traveled about 200 feet off the cliff.
Major Ken Johnson of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, who is handling the investigation, said the accident involved one vehicle, in which there were two people. He said a woman had been airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque and a man was taken to Christus St. Vincent.
Johnson said both were ejected in the crash and had sustained life-threatening injuries.
The road was closed for many hours while the investigation took place and reopened at about 10:30 last night.
Major Ken Johnson of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, who is handling the investigation, told KOB the accident involved one vehicle and two people, 30-year-old Zachary Sanchez of Los Alamos and 31-year-old Andres Harvier of Espanola.
Johnson said both were ejected in the crash and had sustained life-threatening injuries.
On Tuesday, authorities said Harvier, the passenger in the vehicle, was listed in critical condition at UNM Hospital. Sanchez is listed in stable condition at Christus St. Vincent.
Johnson said there was no known cause for the accident at this time.

Monday August 25, 2014

The Main Hill Road has been closed since about 3:30ish due to an accident near Anderson's Overlook. Traffic is snarled for the evening commute. The truck route is open but it is very slow going. As of 6:20, it may be best to just have some dinner, go shopping or hang out with friends rather than joining the traffic jam.

 

Friday August 22, 2014

Here are the lowlights of this weeks police reports from August 14 to 20.

One was arrested for trafficking controlled substances.
3 were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants
One was arrested for criminal damage to property>
One was arrested for tampering with evidence.
One was arrested for fraud.
One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia
Five were arrested for disorderly conduct.
One minor was summoned on the charge of unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon.
One minor was arrested for possession of marijuana.
There was a report of arson at Pinon School
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of petty larceny.
There was a report of fraud.
There was a report of embezzlement.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of burglary to a vehicle or other structure.
There was a report of animal cruelty
There was a report of graffiti.
There were 4 reports of animal at large.
There was a report of a runaway.
There were 2 accidents without injuries.
There was an accident on West Jemez road with injuries.

 

Thursday August 21, 2014

Española Ranger District will host a public meeting to explain the proposed Pajarito ski area temporary pipeline permit on Monday evening, August 25, at 6:00 p.m., at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The meeting will be held in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Drive side and of the church.
Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County, and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the “scoping” period.
The proposal being considered by the Española Ranger District is to permit a temporary pipeline to be located on National Forest in order to pump water from the Los Alamos Reservoir and a Los Alamos County water tank to the privately owned Pajarito Ski Area. The water will be stored at the ski area for snow making in 2014 and potentially for fire-fighting in 2015.
For more information, contact Lynn Bjorklund at the Española Ranger District office (505) 753 - 7331.

 

Wednesday August 20, 2014

Los Alamos County Traffic crews recently began replacing the standard traffic signal pedestrian pushbuttons with new ADA compliant accessible pedestrian signals (APS). The new APS pushbutton stations are making it much easier for visually impaired pedestrians to cross streets. These APS have a loudspeaker integrated into the pushbutton which announces the location and gives verbal instructions. The APS also includes tactually discriminable arrows aligned in the direction of travel of the associated crosswalk which vibrates during the walk interval and raised braille lettering on the crossing sign. The standard walk indication is both visual and audible followed by a visual and audible countdown of the time remaining. Another important feature of the APS is a pushbutton locator tone which lets the user know they need to push a button to request pedestrian timing and get a walk indication. The tone comes from the housing of the pushbutton and thus helps pedestrians who are visually impaired to locate the button. All tones and audible signals are responsive to ambient sounds and automatically increase in volume when ambient noise is louder, while decreasing in volume when ambient noise decreases. Future plans call for the installation of APS stations at all intersections within Los Alamos County.

Tuesday August 19, 2014

On 08/18/2014 at about 2246 hrs, Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash off of NM 4 near mile marker 49. Upon arrival, officers located a newer model sedan at the bottom of the mountain. The driver and only occupant, 39 year old Trent Johnson of Los Alamos, was pronounced dead at the scene. This is a very tragic event and investigators along with the Office of the Medical Investigator are working together to determine the cause of this crash. We want to urge drivers to use caution when traveling to and from the Jemez Mountains due to heavy damage to a portion of the guardrail. The NM State Highway Department is on scene evaluating the situation but it may take some time before the guardrail is repaired.

 

Monday August 18, 2014

New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) will be performing maintenance/system improvement work on the gas transmission line in the Los Alamos area on Monday, August 18 through Wednesday, August 20. The work will require the “blow-down” of the natural gas transmission line near the Forest Service boundary and Solana Road (southwest of the Quemazon subdivision) on Tuesday morning August 19. Depending on wind direction, there is a possibility that area residents may be able to smell natural gas and hear the hissing noise from the release of gas. The actual process will take less than 15 minutes with most of the noise happening early during gas release. This is a routine operation to work on the gas transmission line and the “blow down” does not present a safety hazard to the public.

Weekend

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie issued a call for interested residents of School Board District Position #3 to apply for the open School Board position. The School Board opening occurred when Dave Foster resigned.
To fill this position, the applicant must be a registered voter and resident living within the School Board Boundary #3 and willing to serve the remainder of Mr. Foster’s term that ends in March 2015. District 3 includes the Royal Crest Manufactured Home Park, Ponderosa Estates, the downtown area north of Central and the Aspen school area.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a notarized Declaration of Candidacy, a letter of interest, a one-page resume, and a 300-500 word narrative explaining their intent and philosophy of education. Applicant packets must be submitted to Galya Romero (secretary to the School Board) at the District Office 2075 Trinity by the close of business day September 5. Any information submitted as part of the application process will be considered public information.

 

Friday August 15, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from August 7 to 13th.

One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.

Two were arrested on magistrate court warrants. 

One was arrested for possession of marijuana

One was arrested for criminal damage to property.

One was arrested for petty larceny.

One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction. 

One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

There were 2 reports of larceny.

There was a report of petty larceny.,

There was a report of a house burglary.

There were 2 report of auto burglary.

There was a report of criminal damage to property.

There were 2 reports of tampering with a vehicle.

There 3 reports of graffiti.

There was an accident without injuries on East road.

There was an accident with injuries on Arkansas.

 

Thursday April 14, 2014

On 08-13-14 The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Unit executed a search warrant with assistance of New Mexico State Police at a residence in Ojo Caliente and arrested two suspects associated with a string of Los Alamos residential Burglaries that have occurred over the past two months.
Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield, 20 years old, Charged with 5 counts Conspiracy to commit Burglary (4th degree felonies) and 1 count of Burglary of a dwelling (3rd Degree Felony)
and Marcos A. Vigil, 28 years old Charged with 6 counts of Burglary of a dwelling (3rd degree felonies) and 5 counts of Larceny (petty misdemeanors)
The two were arrested early Wednesday morning (8/13/14) and were transferred to the Los Alamos County Jail.
Both suspects have been going throughout neighborhoods in the afternoon hours in Los Alamos and White Rock and breaking into homes while homeowners were either at work or out for the day.
There have been numerous reports of these suspects going door to door acting suspicious, If you believe you have been the victim of a burglary and have not reported it to the Los Alamos Police Department call 662-8222 and ask to speak to a Detective.

 

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Today elementary classroom lists will be posted at all schools along about 4pm. The first day of school is Thursday. Thursday and Friday are half days for elementary school students.

 

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Beginning with Homecoming of 2014, the Los Alamos Athletic Department will be inducting their 1st Hall of Fame Class. Inductees will be invited to join us in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 19th and will be introduced at the football game. A banquet will be held in their honor at Fuller Lodge on Sunday, September 21st, at 1:00 pm. This event will be open to the public. Tickets will be available at the LAHS Athletic office for $25. It is sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.
The Inductees for the Class of 2014 are Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorkland, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William Daniel McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz, Anthony Sandoval.
If anyone has any contact information for the family of Robert (Bob) Cox please contact the LAHS Athletic Office at 663-2531.

 

Monday August 11, 2014

Here is the road construction updates for this week.

 Central Avenue Improvements Project:
Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and the Post Office driveway. Access to the Post Office will be maintained. Vehicles will be detoured to Deacon Street and the Main Street driveway into Central Park Square is also closed. A pedestrian crossing is located near Starbucks and additional pedestrian detours are posted; please use these detours and stay out of the work zone. Please use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street, 20th Street, and Nectar.
The contractor continues working day and night crews in an effort to complete this section of the project as quickly as possible.

Western Area Improvements Phase 2:
Work continues on 46th Street and 47th Street off Trinity. Access to residences as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.
Sound Wall between Tewa Loop and Airport Road:
Shoulder work continues on the south side of East Drive; please do not park on the south side of East Drive.

 

Weekend

Here are the lowlights of the police reports July 31 through August 6.

Two was arrested for a magistrate court bench warrant

One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.

One was arrested on possession of drug paraphernalia.

One was arrested for DWI 4th conviction

One was arrested for a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.

One was arrested an abuse of a child.

There was a report of a aggravated assault.

There was a report of a burglary from a dwelling house.

There was a report of graffiti

There were 2 reports of a burglary from a vehicle or other structure.

There were 5 reports of criminal damage to property.

There was a report of fraudulent transfer of a credit card.

There is a report of careless driving.

There was a report of tampering with a vehicle.

There was a report of following too closely.

There was a report of a suicide attempt.

There was report of a animal at large.

 

Friday August 8, 2014
It is Los Alamos County Fair weekend.
Events kick off today with viewing the exhibits beginning at 5pm at the Mesa Public Library.
Please come to the Opening Reception at Fuller Lodge Art Gallery on Friday, August 8 from 5-7pm.
In addition to many of the artists who are displaying in Off the Cuff you'll have a chance to meet some of the artists who are in town for Saturday's Arts & Crafts Fair.
Light refreshments!
In honor of the theme, we have a special busker performance out front.  Sarah Michalak uses movement and voice to tell a story, describe a moment in time, portray a character, or explore an idea or concept. All of her work is improvisational and thus never the same twice.
The Bradbury science museum will be open late from 5:00 to 7:30 for the public enjoyment. The topic for this open late session is to play with hands-on activities from the Pacific Science Center that will teach you all about the human body. Assemble a skeleton, identify organs.
Beginning at 7pm there is a concert on the stage of Ashley Pond. It is part of the Los Alamos Summer concert series and Janiva Magness will perform the blues.

The parade goes up Central Avenue at 10 am Saturday morning.
Saturday is the Fuller Lodge Arts and craft fair on the Lodge lawn from 9-4.
There is 4H Livestock exhibit in the Mesa Public Library parking Lot form 10- 12 noon.
The rodeo is staged at North Mesa at Brewer Arena, beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. with bull riding, roping, barrel racing and mutton busting.
Please be advised that spectators for the Rodeo will not be allowed entrance off of North Mesa road. Only rodeo contestants, stable lot owners, and vehicles with handicap placards will be allowed entrance to the stables during the rodeo. Spectators will use the road off of San Ildefonso at the east end of the soccer fields by the play lot.

On Saturday night there is a cowboy-style dinner and dance at the Posse Lodge at 5 p.m.
The cowboy dinner includes choice of prime rib or salmon and, for those 10 and under, hot dog and chips. The dinner and dance is $15 for adults, or $10 for dance only.
Entertainment for the dance will be provided by The Rifters, from 7–11 p.m.

 

Thursday August 7, 2014
July came in with the start of the monsoon season! All-in-all, New Mexico saw above normal precipitation, including Los Alamos. Meanwhile, Los Alamos also experienced slightly below normal temperatures, resulting from a series of backdoor cold fronts that delivered rich moisture and caused localized flash flooding and widespread heavy rain. We even saw a day when West Road was completely under water, causing traffic issues.
Los Alamos saw one day of 40+ mph wind gusts, while White Rock saw two days of 40+ mph wind gusts. The maximum gust, 47 mph, was recorded in Los Alamos on July 27.
Los Alamos recorded only four days in July with no precipitation. During July, 9.04 inches of rain (2.82 inches is average) fell, the third wettest month on record! Meanwhile, 3.98 inches of rain (1.98 is average) fell in White Rock. More than halfway through 2014, Los Alamos has received 13.03 inches of precipitation, which is well above normal (9.81 inches). In June, we were looking at one of the drier years on record. What a difference a month makes!

 

Wednesday August 6, 2014

Teddy Warner, has been selected to the National Association for Music Education's All-National honor band. He will travel to the conference in late October to perform with other students from around the country for 3 days of rehearsal and performance. Teddy was one of only 5 students from New Mexico to be selected for participation and the only band student to do so. Kate Margevicius (a former band member) will also participate in the choir. It is an honor to be selected for these groups as thousands of students from around the country audition but only a few are selected.

 

Tuesday August 5, 2014
Considerable investments in infrastructure are needed in order to expand public access to the Valles Caldera Preserve while protecting its extraordinary resources and values. They need to provide more opportunities for public access in the near term however; these near term actions need to be consistent with a long term strategy.
The Transportation, Recreation and Infrastructure Plan (TRIP) needs to be projected out in time and space. Therefore they are preparing a suitability study that looks at how development can be phased to increase public access in the near-term while ensuring these actions are consistent with long-term goals and that near- term investments consider long term costs for operations and maintenance. The suitability study considers managing the TRIP preserve-wide by viewing the Valles Caldera Preserve as districts. This will ensure that the level of development and type of recreation activities they provide match well to the resource and remain compatible over time.
They encourage you to participate in this planning effort. Your comments will be most helpful if received by August 26th. Of course your comments on this or any of the Trust's actions are always welcome via email to: stewardship@vallescaldera.gov , or surface mail to: The Valles Caldera Trust, P.O.Box 359, Jemez Springs, NM 87025.

 

Monday August 4, 2014

Utilities Manager Tim Glasco of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced the promotion of Jack Richardson, PE, to the position of Deputy Utilities Manger for Gas, Water and Sewer Services. This position was vacated by Glasco on July 6 when he was appointed Utilities Manager by the County Council.
Richardson currently serves as the Senior Engineer for DPU’s Engineering Division. He has direct oversight of construction design and project management of all DPU’s capital improvement projects. Joining the DPU team in 2010, he managed the installation of a low-flow turbine at the County’s Abiquiu hydroelectric facility, coordinated the development of a Non-Potable Water Master Plan for the County, and a feasibility study on the development of San Juan Chama Water.
Richardson will officially assume the Deputy Utilities Manager role on August 3, 2014.

 

Friday August 1, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from July 24 to 30.
 One was arrested for petty larceny.
One was arrested for trespassing.
One was arrested for improper use of a license.
The was a report of aggravated assault.
The was a report of child abandonment.
There was a report of fraud.
There were 2 reports of graffiti
There was a report of unreasonable animal noise.
There was a report of an animal at large.
There was an accident without injuries on Monte Vista.

 

Thursday July 31, 2014

A lot of progress is being made on the construction of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The land has been cleared, the slab has been poured, and the building is starting to take structure., The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hard at work raising funds to outfit the new center with exhibits and gardens.

The new nature center is a public-private partnership between Los Alamos County and PEEC. Under the partnership agreement, the County is responsible for construction of the facility, which is slated to cost $4.3 million. Klinger Constructors is the contractor working on the project.
PEEC, a grassroots organization that currently operates a small nature center on Orange Street, has been chosen by the County to operate the new nature center. Also as part of the agreement, PEEC is planning and funding professional indoor and outdoor exhibits, which will belong to the nature center. The indoor and outdoor exhibits and professional planetarium projector are expected to cost around $1.2 million; to-date, PEEC has raised about 85% of that goal.

PEEC is working with Santa Fe-based exhibit design firm Merriell and Associates to design the exhibits. The indoor exhibit areas will be divided into four themes: canyons, mesas, mountains and skies. This is in keeping with PEEC’s mission of “enriching people's lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies.

 

Wednesday July 30, 2014
The recent significant rain has caused delays to the Central Avenue Improvements project. In order to maintain the project schedule and increase safety along the section of Central Avenue under construction, a change to the traffic control plan is required. Therefore, Central Avenue between the Post Office entrance and 15th Street will be fully closed 24/7 starting last night at 7PM and continue to be closed for the next 4-6 weeks.
Access to the Post Office will be maintained, and a pedestrian crossing will be located near Starbucks. Vehicles will be detoured to Deacon Street using the same night work traffic control that has been in effect. The Main Street driveway into Central Park Square will also be closed to traffic, please use Central Park Square access points from 15th Street or Nectar.

 

Tuesday July 29, 2014

No more fire restrictions, Los Alamos Fire Department has lifted the Stage 1 fire restrictions that had been in place most of June, after we received some rainfall these last two weeks. They'll be monitoring the situation for any future restrictions that might need to be put into place again.

Los Alamos County Staff is reviewing a draft letter to the US Secretary of Transportation requesting a 50% funding match to support commercial air service. Air service ridership has tripled in 14 months and revenue has more than doubled. Annual gap in funding to cover fixed and variable costs of Los Alamos-ABQ service has shrunk from $141 per passenger in April of 2013 to $54 per passenger in May of 2014, well within federal guidelines defining a “successful” small airport. Los Alamos Municipal Airport traffic has grown 45%
in 12 months and the attendant business (air service, car rentals, other local spending) is generating $1.2 million per year in local economic impact.

 

Monday July 28, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports July 17 through 23
Two were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for making a false report.
One was arrested on aggravated DWI for refusal to submit to chemical testing.
One was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.
Onr was arrested for possession of marijuana.
There was a report of larceny
There was a report of graffiti.
There was a report of fraud.
There was an accident with injuries at Sherwood and state road 4
There was an accident with injuries on State road 4.
There was an unattended death.

 

Friday July 25, 2014

Los Alamos schools received high marks from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Three schools were awarded “A” grades and four schools earned “B” grades for 2014.  Just released report cards by the New Mexico Public Education Department reflected the high quality of instruction by Los Alamos schools. Schools receiving “A” grades included Los Alamos High School, Barranca Mesa Elementary, and Mountain Elementary.  Aspen, Chamisa, Pinon, and Los Alamos Middle School received “B” grades.

All seven school principals were pleased with their school grades.  Sandy Warnock, retired LAHS Principal, whose school recorded its third consecutive “A” grade spoke for the group when she stated that the grades were a reflection of great work of teachers, students, and parents. 

School Superintendent Gene Schmidt commented that this year’s school grades were higher than last year when only two schools (LAHS and Aspen) received “A” grades and one school received a “C.”  He attributed the improvement in scores to an increased focus on the growth of lowest performing students.    

The strong performance by all seven schools highlighted the strong educational system. In contrast to other districts, whose report cards showed a wider range, Los Alamos School Grade Report Cards were tightly bunched.  This is a strong indicator that no matter which school a student attends, the quality of instruction will be very high.

 

Thursday July 24, 2014

Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, as the Department of Energy’s Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). As NNSA’s Principal Deputy Administrator, Ms. Creedon will support NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz in the management and operation of the NNSA, as well as policy matters across the DOE and NNSA enterprise in support of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.

Prior to her Senate confirmation, Ms. Creedon served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs at the Department of Defense , overseeing policy development and execution in the areas of countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, U.S. nuclear forces and missile defense.

 

Wednesday July 23, 2014

Perhaps the best thing about a great small town is its ability to change your perspective. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Small Towns, 2014. These cities provide beautiful locales that inspire both creativity and activity, and they offer unhurried atmospheres, authentic character and characters, cultural gems, fantastic outdoor settings and the uncommon ability to change lifestyles, shift points of view and nourish souls with simple pleasures.
Los Alamos, N.M., offers an extremely low crime rate, top-rated schools, excellent health care, cultural amenities, outdoor activities and delicious restaurants, setting the city apart from the rest and making it our pick for the best small town in America. Mostly sunny days and moderate temperatures allow residents to take advantage of the stunning landscape and abundant natural attractions, including the Valles Caldera National Preserve. A network of pathways connect neighborhoods to shopping areas, parks and national forest trails. Throughout the year, residents stay entertained with local art shows, concerts, parades and a variety of festivals and sporting events.

 

Tuesday July 22, 2014

Los Alamos economic losses have stabilized after a 10% contraction of the Los
Alamos Gross regional Product after two years of government spending contraction, including the voluntary separation of over 500 LANL positions and the loss of hundreds of contractor jobs. The Los Alamos Gross Regional Product, or the total value of goods and services produced in Los Alamos along with real estate
income is $1.78 Billion, down from $1.98 Billion in 2011. Average Los Alamos County wages dropped from $104,000 to $89,000 in the same period, yet average wages in Los Alamos are still 100% larger than the state average. This economic contraction has also impacted Albuquerque, compounded by spending reductions at Sandia National Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force base and other federal centers. The Brookings
Institution reported this week that Albuquerque ranked 100th among the 100 largest US cities in economic recovery since 2008, although recent tax reductions, record oil and gas revenue and a recent surge of job announcements in the Santa Teresa Borderplex area may assist New Mexico in its recovery, with the larger benefits accruing to the Las Cruces-El Paso area.

 

Monday July 21, 2014

The Municipal Court has Closures this Week
They'll be open on Monday but then closed starting at noon Tuesday through Friday for Court Staff Professional Development. They will reopen Monday morning, July 28th, at 8:00 a.m. Questions? Call the Court at 662-8025.

 

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Here are the lowlights of the police reports of July 10 to 16.
Three were arrested on a magistrate bench warrants.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for battery against a household member.
One was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked.
One was arrested for reckless driving.
There was a burglary from a vehicle or other structure.
There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.
There were 3 reports of fraud.
There were 5 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of criminal trespassing.
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There was a report of use of bad checks.
There were 2 reports of an animal at large.

 

Friday July 18, 2014

A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into the side of a New Mexico hilltop early Thursday, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.
The helicopter was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.
It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.
Ranch workers found the wreckage on the rocky, northern side of a mesa after authorities called and asked them to look around the area.
David Cavigneaux, 46, of Rio Rancho, Rebecca Serkey, 29 of Rio Rancho and James Butler, 46, of Albuquerque were all killed. James Butler was a long time member of our Pajarito Ski Patrol. There is a candlelight vigil being held in Santa Fe tonight.

 

Thursday July 17, 2014

The U.S. Forest Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for leaving a glass jar near the intersection of N.M. 126 and Forest Road 376 that exploded and injured a wildland firefighter.
The firefighter, who was putting up road closure signs in the Jemez Mountains on July 7, moved the jar aside with his foot and the jar exploded.
He was not seriously injured and was released from a hospital in Albuquerque later that same day.
Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the incident. Samples from the glass jar have been sent to the national crime laboratory, but results are not expected for a few days.
Officials ask that anyone with information about this incident contact the ATF field office in Albuquerque at 505-346-6914.

 

Wednesday July16, 2014

Today at approximately 1116 hrs, emergency personnel were dispatched to 119 Central Park Square around the post office in reference to a vehicle vs pedestrian crash. Officers and medical personnel arrived on Main St approximately 50 yards north of Central to find an elderly female laying in the roadway with apparent injuries. Medical staff transported the victim to the Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the vehicle involved, 25 year old Steven Fode was interviewed by investigating officers and arrested and charged with Reckless Driving. The vehicle Fode was driving was a 2006 Chevy mid-sized truck. The condition of the victim is unknown at this time. Any witnesses to this crash are encouraged to contact the police department to assist in this investigation.

 

Tuesday July 15, 2014
Smith’s Food & Drug is opening its multi-department store format, Smith’s Marketplace, on the Trinity Site in Los Alamos on July 16, 2014. It is the first Smith’s Marketplace store to be built in New Mexico. Ribbon cutting ceremonies will begin at 7:45 AM.
More than 200,000 items throughout the 110,600 square -foot store will surprise and delight customers at every turn. Shoppers will find a wide assortment of natural, organic and specialty foods; a large assortment of fine wine and spirits including selections stored within a walk-in wine cellar; a vast selection of meat, produce, grocery and bakery items; apparel for the entire family; houseware needs and décor; drive-through pharmacy; health and pampering needs; school and office supplies; pet products;
KRSN will be broadcasting the morning show live tomorrow morning from the new Smiths marketplace. Nancy will be talking live to councilor Kristen Henderson and many of the new venders. Mike will be there with KRSN sports. So tune in and join us for all the grand opening celebration starting at 6:00am.

 

Monday July 14, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports July 3-9.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for operated a vehicle under the influence of a drug.
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested for fleeing and evading an officer.
One was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating aggravate.
One was arrested for aggravated assault.
One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia .
There was a burglary from a vehicle or other structure.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of harassment.
There was a report of extreme animal cruelty.
There was a report of identity theft.
There were 2 accidents without injuries.
There were 4 reports of animal at large.

 

Friday July 11, 2014

Los Alamos High School  has announced the hiring of a new head girls basketball coach. Nestor Truillo was an assistant girl’s  basketball  coach for the Espanola Sundevils. He was also the Head Boys Basketball coach for the Noerthern New Mexico Flight AAU program and a volunteer scout for the Northern New Mexico College Men’s Basketball program.  He is replacing Ann Stewart who was promoted to the position of Athletic Director earlier this year. He is looking forward to taking over  the Los Alamos coaching position.

Mr. Trujillo obtained a Bachelors of Science degree from UNM in Technology and Training and an MBA from New Mexico Highlands University.

 

Thursday July 10, 2014
Recent rainfall on the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve has helped reduce the fire danger. Therefore, fire restrictions will be terminated today at 8:00 a.m.
“We thank our visiting public for their cooperation in abiding with the fire restrictions on the Jemez Ranger District, portions of the Cuba Ranger District (south of NM Highway 126) and the Valles Caldera NP,” said Maria T. Garcia Forest Supervisor. She also reminds people to continue to be careful with their campfires by extinguishing them until they are cold to the touch.
Fire personnel continue to respond to smoke reports from lightning strikes across the forest. Although there has been measureable rain, the storms moving through are accompanied by lightning strikes that could smolder for days until weather conditions change.
Visit the forest’s web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/ for all other forest information or call your local ranger station for the latest information on outdoor experiences. Thank you for your cooperation and efforts in preventing wildfires.

 

Wednesday July 9, 2014

Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to announce that Jennifer Guy has been selected to serve as the next principal of Mountain Elementary School. Ms. Guy has most recently served Los Alamos Public Schools as a kindergarten teacher at Pinon Elementary School. Ms. Guy said that she is “very honored and excited to join the Mountain staff and community. I look forward to working with staff, students, and parents to continue to foster the level of excellence and love of learning that has been established at Mountain.”

Ms. Guy brings a variety of educational experience to her new position. She has 24 years of teaching experience serving at Hobbs Municipal Schools, Moriarity Public Schools, and Los Alamos Public Schools. She has taught students from kindergarten through 8th grade, as well as special education classrooms. She has been actively involved in new teacher development at the district and state level through the dossier writing process. She also served on the New Mexico Educator Leader Cadre, which was working on preparing the state for the new state wide standardized student assessments

 

Tuesday July 8, 2014
A Diego Fire Update

Monday, July 7 – 3,626 acres, 95% containment 222 personnel, 8 miles south of Coyote NM. The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed management of the Diego Fire Sunday evening. There are Plans for the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) team. Maria Garcia, Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor, addressed the plan for an After Action Review (AAR) to be conducted by an impartial team once the fire is contained.
Crews will continue suppression activities today by mopping-up, within 300 feet of the fire’s edge. Assessment and removal of hazard trees along Forest Roads 103 and 316 will also continue. Scattered smokes may be visible for the next few days. There is slightly more heat in the mixed conifer stands, however, this should dissipate as remaining fuels burn out. With the expected influx of moisture the next few days, 100% containment is expected by Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m.
Roadblocks within the Fire Area are still in effect.
Safety Message: Avoid being in the burned area following a wildfire. Fire weakens trees that have burned and can cause them to fall over or to have branches break off with even the slightest wind. Rolling rocks are also a hazard. Runoff from rainstorms can cause flooding and erosion. Avoid crossing any high water on forest roads. Burned tree roots and stumps may result in “stumpholes” that retain hot embers even weeks after the fire is out. It is easy to strain or break an ankle with a single misstep.

 

Monday July 7, 2014
Here are the lowlights of the police reports June 26 through July 2.

One was arrested for aggravated DWI for refusal to submit to chemical testing.
One was arrested for unlawful use of a license.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
One was arrested for battery against a household member.
One was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member.
One was arrested for battery.
There were 2 reports of a burglary from a car or other structure.
There was a burglary from a house.
There was a report of unlawful taking of a vehicle.
There was a report of petty larceny.
There was an unattended death.
There was an accident without injuries at state highway 4/state highway 502
There were 2 accidents without injuries on state road 4.
There was an accident without injuries on East road.
There was a report of an animal at large.

Friday July 4, 2014

We will have no planned live shows but will broadcast our usual fine selection of music and news. We would like to invite everyone down to overlook park to enjoy the 4th of July activities hosted by the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club.
The festivities include:
over $17,000 worth of fireworks in a 30 minutes show set to music
the Habanero Skydiving team land is formation with smoking shoes and a huge American Flag.
a formation flyover from Los Alamos aerobatic pilots
live music by the James Carothers Band (Renegade Mountain Band)
select performance by the Los Alamos Community Winds
a huge selection of bouncy toys brought to you by “Ton-O-Fun”
vendors for food and beverages
Free buses will run from Los Alamos and White Rock to make getting into and out of the park easy
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos requests a $5 donation for each adult, this helps us pay for the fireworks for next year. Kids under 13 are free.

 

Thursday July 3, 2014

Update on the Diego Fire
Acres: 3,600

Start Date: June 25, 2014
Cause: Lightning
Location: 8 Miles South of Coyote, N.M.
Containment: 30%
Fuels/Topography: Mixed Conifer with heavy dead/down component and bug kill canopy
Total personnel: 713
NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING IS SUNDAY AT 7PM AT THE COYOTE ELEM. SCHOOL

Information is also being posted at local community businesses and Post Offices. Two community meetings have been held at the Coyote Elementary School with approximately 200 attendees.
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Today’s Actions: Full suppression actions will continue today with crews taking advantage of higher humidity and more favorable weather conditions. Anchor points have been established and crews will continue to construct direct fireline along the fire perimeter. Personnel will continue to assess structures and remove fuel where necessary.

Road closures continue to be in effect at the junction of Forest Roads 103 and 93, as well as Forest Roads 103 at the 316 and 315 junctions. Forest Rd 103 at junction 70 has been opened. The closure at Forest Rd. 316 at junction 100 has been moved to junction 317. There are no mandatory evacuations at this time but it is still recommended for the areas of Wetherill Estates, Jarosa inholdings, Dunlap and West Dunlap Subdivisions. Structure protection continues in these areas.

Weather: Showers and thunderstorms likely today, with some storms producing intermittent heavier rains at times with frequent cloud to ground lightning possible

 

Wednesday July 2, 2014

Diego Fire 7/2/14 Update

Acres: 3,425
Start Date: June 25, 2014
Cause: Lightning
Location: 8 miles south of Coyote, N.M.
Containment: 0
Fuels/Topography: Mixed Conifer with dead and down logs and standing bug killed trees
Total personnel: 487";
$news4 = "Yesterday’s Actions: Management of the Diego Fire transitioned from the local Type 3 team to the Southwest Incident Management Team 5 at 6:00 pm; Rich Nieto as the Incident Commander of the Type 2 team. To ensure both fire fighter and public safety, an area closure is planned; more information about the area closure is expected later today. In addition, road closures in place at the junction of Forest Service Roads 103 and 93; also Forest Service Roads 315 and 316 are closed to public entry. Evacuation notifications occurred in the Wetherall Estates, the Jarosa inholdings, and the Dunlap and West Dunlap Subdivisions.
A community meeting was held at the Coyote Elementary School in Coyote last night. It was attended by approximately 100 people.
An infrared flight was conducted last night to provide fire managers with a more accurate description of the fire’s location. This allowed much more accurate mapping and clarifies the substantial increase in acreage.
Today’s Actions: Full suppression actions are being taken on this fire. Operational objectives focus on firefighter and public safety while seeking fire containment. Firefighters will establish a safe anchor point from which to engage the fire. They will implement protection strategies to structures and other values at risk. Crews will continue to scout the fire area and engage in suppression actions as it is safe to do so.
Weather: Mostly sunny this morning with cloud buildup by this afternoon. Down drafts and outflow winds are possible; if these occur, we can expect very high to extreme fire behavior. Rains are expected as early as late Wednesday.
Smoke: Variable and erratic winds associated with thunderstorm activity are expected across the fire area. Most of the smoke is expected to stay above ground level, but there may be periods of smoke impacts as these storms push the smoke downward and as the air cools in the evening and night hours.

 

Tuesday July 1, 2014

Diego Fire Information - 7/1/14 - Update

Community meeting tonight at the Coyote Elementary School @ 7:30

Situation:

Crews worked overnight to tie in some roads on the eastern edge of the fire, creating buffer for interior pockets of fuel that could experience extreme fire behavior today.
Bulldozers are being used to create containment lines on the southern portion of the fire along Jarosa Canyon to Forest Road 93 and Guardia spring west of FR 103.
Safety is paramount on all divisions today. Crews will be scouting for fireline construction opportunities, securing anchor points for containment lines, conducting structure assessments for protection, and will be utilizing direct suppression tactics where possible.

 

Road blocks remain on Forest Road 93/103, 103/316, and 315

Start Date & Time: Detected on June 25, 2014
Start Location: Coyote Ranger District, SFNF
Cause of Fire: Lightning
Area Vegetation: Mixed Conifer, Timber
Acres Burned: approx. 3425
Ownership(s): Federal, State
Incident Commander: Richard Nieto
Structures Threatened: 50-60 (including residences, barns, sheds and other outbuildings)
Structures Burned: 1, RV camper
Evacuations (Y or N & #): yes - The communities of Weatherill Estates, Dunlap Spring, West Dunlap and Jarosa have been evacuated.

% Contained: None reported
Temperature: 80-87 degrees
Relative Humidity: 12-17%
Wind Speeds: 8-14 mph gusts of 24
Wind Direction: South-southeast in the AM moving to West-northwest in the PM
Condition of Fire: Expected extreme fire behavior with Haines index of 6
# of Engines: 6 - Additional engines will be added today.
# of Bulldozers: 3
# of hand crews: 10
# of helicopters: 3
# of air tankers: 1
# of water tenders: 2
Total # of Personnel: ~290

 

Monday June 30, 2014

Here is the latest update on the Diego fire.

Fire crews continue to fight the 1,000+ acre Diego Fire, which is burning southeast of Coyote, NM. Currently the Northern New Mexico Type III Incident Management Team
 is in command of the fire, but they will be transitioning to Nieto's Type II Incident Management Team this evening. Dry, hot and windy weather is causing extreme fire behavior 
and long range spotting.  Heavy fuels and bug-kill are also aiding in the extreme fire behavior.  This afternoon, the fire began making a run to the southeast, which has led to the 
evacuation of the small community of Jarosa, the Wetherall Estates and Dunlap Spring . An evacuation shelter has been set up at the Rural Event's Center in Abiquiu, NM.  
There Road blocks on Forest Roads in the fire area enforced by the NM State Police.
Crews are focusing on anchoring and flanking the north and south sides of the fire, moving eastward.
Total # of Personnel: 110+ with more arriving today
 
 Smoke from the fire is expected to impact Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Rio Arriba counties  through at least 9 p.m.  Additionally, communities downwind from the fire may also experience impacts. If predicted winds arrive in the middle of the night, this may clear out the smoke by tomorrow morning.    

 

 The New Mexico Department of Health advises residents in these Counties to pay attention to visibility this afternoon and early evening.  

 

“Visibility is an easy way to decide if smoke from wildfires could impact your health,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Use the 5-3-1 Visibility Method. First, decide if the visibility is closer to five miles, three miles or one mile. Try the Visibility Mapping Tool to determine distances from where you are right now.”

 

The 5-3-1 Visibility Method allows you to determine your smoke exposure depending on what you see:

 If you can see just under 5 miles, , the air quality is unhealthy for young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness; they should minimize outdoor activity. These people should reschedule outdoor recreational activities for a day with better air quality. It is okay for adults in good health to be out and about but they should periodically check visibility especially when fires are nearby.

 If you can see less than 3 miles, young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness should stay indoors. All outdoor activities should be avoided, including running errands. Everyone else should try to stay indoors as much as possible. All outdoor recreational activities should be rescheduled for a day with better air quality.

 If you can see less than 1 mile, everyone should avoid outdoor activity,

 

Friday June 27, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports June 19th to 25th.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested for tampering with evidence
One was arrested a magistrate court warrant.
One was arrested for aggravated DWI for refusal to submit to chemical testing.
One was arrested for criminal trespassing.
One was arrested for unlawful taking of a vehicle.
Two were arrested on charge of aggravated battery.
One was arrested on possession of paraphernalia.
One was arrested for assault on a police officer.
There was 2 reports of criminal damage to property.
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There was a report of animal at large.
One animal was impounded for biting.
There was an unattended death.
There was an accident with injuries at Knecht and Trinity.

 

Thursday June 26, 2014

This weekend is the Rio Arriba County rodeo held at the Rural Events Center.
Last year, it was largest rodeo sponsored by the New Mexico Rodeo Association. The rodeo will include a children’s calf scramble and an adult boot race. In the scramble, two calves will have ribbons tied to them among many being released into the arena. Kids have to grab the ribbons. The adult boot race has contestants take off their boots in a pile in the center of the rodeo arena and then stand at the starting line with their backs turned. The boots are then scattered all over the arena. Contestants must find both boots, put them on and get back to the starting line.
The Rodeo will also include all the regular roping and riding events one finds at a rodeo. The prize money will feature an added $500 for each event. After the rodeo there is family dance with Unwound providing the music. Admission fee to the Rodeo includes admission
to the dance.

 

Wednesday June 25, 2014

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Environmental Programs will close the east side of the parking lot at the White Rock ''Y'' at the interchange of N.M. 4 and N.M. 502 from Monday to Wednesday, July 2. The closure is necessary for crews to safely close three water monitoring wells, part of a multi-year program to plug and abandon characterization boreholes and wells. Plugging and abandoning boreholes and wells that are no longer needed keeps the remaining holes from turning into pathways to groundwater. ''Our program uses wells to characterize and monitor groundwater so we can help protect New Mexico’s water supply,'' said Corrective Actions Program Director Dave McInroy. ''It is as important to close wells appropriately as it is to construct them in a way that is protective of the environment.''

 

Tuesday June 24, 2014

Los Alamos co-head cross country coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood returned from the National High School Coaches Association banquet in Jackson, Wyoming with the prestigious honor of being named the National Coaches of the Year for girls cross country. The Hipwoods have earned more state championships than any other coaches in Los Alamos High School history, including the Hilltopper girls fifth straight team title in 2013.

 

Monday June 23, 2014

Here is a construction update on Trinity Drive.
NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:
The northern lanes of Trinity Drive remain closed, resulting in one-way eastbound traffic on Trinity and a westbound detour to Central Avenue. Please Note: business driveways on the north side of Trinity are closed, use Knecht or Central to access businesses between Del Norte Credit Union and the Hilltop House Hotel site.
Eastbound: One travel lane of eastbound NM502/Trinity Drive traffic will be maintained; travelers will be able to access DP Road and continue eastbound on NM502.
Westbound: Traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue, then to 15th, and back to Trinity Drive. Westbound traffic may access DP Road by following the Trinity detour and turning left (east) at 15th and Trinity.
Starting mid-week, the Knecht intersection at Trinity will be closed to install the storm drain across Knecht. Once this closure occurs, Knecht will be closed for up to two weeks. Upon closure of Knecht, the other driveways on Trinity between Knecht and Central will be opened. This will be the final phase of the project.
The established westbound detour is purposely routed through the signalized intersections at Central and 15th, and at 15th and Trinity to allow for the most efficient traffic flow. Please use extreme caution, watch for pedestrians, and slow down as you move through the detour area.
The Central Avenue access to the Municipal Building will remain closed; please use the Municipal Building driveways off Iris Street.
The Sound Wall between Tewa Loop and Airport Road also starts on June 30. Expect shoulder work on East Drive, please find alternate parking for vehicles parked on the north side of East Drive.
 

Weekend
Los Alamos Police assisted Special Agents from the Attorney General’s office Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) Task Force last Tuesday 6/17/18.
New Mexico Special Agents were alerted to a suspect in Los Alamos County, Christopher W. Davis (21 yoa) who had been sending lewd photographs to a 14 year old female in Anoka County Minnesota. Anoka County Sheriff’s Office currently has a criminal summons for Davis. Special Agents and Los Alamos Police executed a search warrant at a White Rock residence where Davis was residing on Tuesday.
During the execution of the search warrant and further investigation it was determined that Christopher Davis was also engaged in criminal sexual acts in Los Alamos County.
Davis was subsequently arrested on Tuesday and is being housed in the Los Alamos County Jail. He is currently being charged with 4 counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor, Criminal Sexual Communication with a child, Child Solicitation by electronic device, & Sexual Exploitation of a child (manufacturing).
Los Alamos Police Department currently is a partner of the ICAC task force and has assisted and taken over cases referred by the Attorney General’s office in past.
Anyone with information relating to these crimes or this suspect is encouraged to contact the Los Alamos Police Department at 505.662.8222 or Crimestoppers at 505.662.8282.
Here are the lowlights of the police reports June 12-18
Two were arrested on a magistrate court warrants.
Two were arrested on a district court warrants.
One was arrested for a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for concealing identity.
One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
One was arrested for DWI.
One was arrested for minor in possession.
One was arrested for criminal damage to property.
One was arrested on a charge of operators and chauffeurs must be licensed.
There were 3 reports of criminal damage to property.
There were 4 reports of burglary to a house.
There was a burglary from a vehicle.
There were 3 reports of larceny.
There was an attempt of suicide.
An animal was impounded for biting.

 

Friday June 20, 2014

Along about 5:30 Thursday evening, LAPD and LAFD crews evacuated a cull de sac on Rim Road in Los Alamos after a car collided into a house located at 98 Rim Road shortly before 5 p.m. The collision was minor with little damage to the house, but the vehicle ruptured a gas line connected to the house and evacuation was necessary as a precautionary measure. Dept. of Public Utilities’ crews were dispatched to the scene of the accident shortly after the 911 call and shut off the gas line. The female driver of the car was not injured. No injuries were reported inside the home which was unoccupied. Police officers secured the scene to do a complete investigation. The cause of the crash is unknown.
By 6:30 pm the gas line was secured, the evacuation ended and neighbors re-entering homes and the road was reopened. Approximately 10 people were evacuated from just a few homes. The Home owner at 98 Rim Road will not be able to occupy his home until damage assessment can be done on the house.

 

 

Thursday June 19, 2014

Los Alamos National Laboratory announced an impending partnership with Toshiba Corporation to use a Los Alamos technique called muon tomography to safely peer inside the cores of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors and create high-resolution images of the damaged nuclear material inside without ever breaching the cores themselves. The initiative could reduce the time required to clean up the disabled complex by at least a decade and greatly reduce radiation exposure to personnel working at the plant.
Muon radiography (also called cosmic-ray radiography) uses secondary particles generated when cosmic rays collide with upper regions of Earth’s atmosphere to create images of the objects that the particles, called muons, penetrate. The process is analogous to an X-ray image, except muons are produced naturally and do not damage the materials they contact. Muon radiography has been used before in imaginative applications such as mapping the interior of the Great Pyramid at Giza, but Los Alamos’s muon tomography technique represents a vast improvement over earlier technology

 

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently installed a new high-performance computer system, called Wolf, which will be used for unclassified research.

The Wolf computing system operates at 197 teraflops per second. Collectively, the system has 9,856 compute cores and 19.7 terabytes of memory. It provides users with 86.3 million central processing unit core hours per year. Initial science research projects to utilize Wolf will include climate, materials and astrophysics modeling.

The Laboratory’s Institutional Computing program provides production-computing resources for open and collaborative science at the Laboratory. Institutional Computing provides access to every scientist and engineer at the Laboratory through a competitive, peer-reviewed proposal process. Los Alamos scientists use these systems for fundamental as well as applied research in a wide variety of technical fields.

 

Tuesday June 17, 2014
The New New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway map has been released. In New Mexico almost no food, no meal is without the influence of the famous Chile pepper. So it should be no surprise that New Mexico claims the invention of the Breakfast Burrito. It is the wrapped wonder that brings spice to the morning. It is now a staple on menus across the Southwest, and showing up frequently on menus nationwide. Even fast food chains now offer versions. Now, to celebrate this success and its New Mexico heritage, the tourism department has created the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway. Los Alamos restaurants' Violas and Chili Works made the map.

 

Monday June 16, 2014

Expect a short duration mobile work zone with lane shifts and possible flagging operations on Diamond Drive as survey crews document existing pavement markings in this area. No delays are anticipated; however, please use caution as you move through the work zone. This work was delayed from last week and is now expected to start on Tuesday, June 17.

 

Friday June 13, 2014
Here are the lowlights of the police reports June 5 through 11.
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested on theft of a credit card.
One was arrested for aggravated battery on a household member.
Two were arrested for aggravated DWI.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
A minor was arrested for DWI
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There was a report of fraud.
There was a referral to CYFD
There was an unattended death.
There was a report of an animal at large.
One animal was impounded for biting.
There was an accident with injuries on Diamond
There was an accident without injuries on Grand Canyon.
There was an accident without injuries on East Road

 

Thursday June 12, 2014

The Los Alamos County council passed a proclamation during their meeting Tuesday night prohibiting the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including helicopters, aerial spinners, missile type rockets, stick type rockets, chasers and firecrackers for the next thirty (30) days in accordance with state statute and the County Code. It does not preclude the Kiwanis Club's 4th of July fireworks show at Overlook Park.
It is due to the weather in North Central New Mexico, including Los Alamos County, being extremely dry, resulting in extreme or severe drought conditions in Los Alamos County; and the National Weather Service indicate that drought conditions are likely to continue and deteriorate for the next 30 days, heavy fuel loading, low humidity, heat and wind forecasts in the County increase the danger of wildland, brush, grass and forest fires to extremely high.
The use of roman candles, shells and mines is limited within Los Alamos County to areas that are paved or barren or that have a readily accessible source of water for use by any homeowner or the public.

 

Wednesday June 11, 2014

An update on progress at the Golf Course Community Building
A temporary Certificate of Occupancy was issued June 4, 2014. It will take a few weeks to organize, prepare, and move golf operations into the new building. The storage building currently serving as the golf pro-shop will be demolished this summer and the project is scheduled for final completion in September 2014. Summer
activities may also include outfitting the kitchen with commercial equipment and making minor tenant improvements to the restaurant area if a lease with a food service vender is approved.

 

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Here is a update on the Design and construction of a sound wall along the north side of NM502 south of East Drive, between Tewa Loop and Airport Road.
Council awarded the bid to H.O. Construction at the May 27 Council meeting. Construction is scheduled to start on Monday, June 23. The Council approved budget for this project is $760,500 and includes design and construction costs.
Starting Wednesday, June 11, the rose bushes will transplanted to the area just east of Airport Road between the roadway and the airport fence.

 

Monday June 9, 2014

Here are a couple of updates on road projects. Western Area Improvements Phase 2:
Crews continue trenching across 45th Street off Trinity and will be connecting water meters to the main pipe. The asphalt surfacing on this street will be removed on Wednesday, June 11 to enable the connections. On 46th, Contractor will begin trenching for the new water main. Contractor will also continue working on the sidewalk within the park area. 45th and 46th will be closed to through traffic; however, access to residences as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.
Survey Pavement Markings on Diamond:
Expect a short duration mobile work zone on Diamond between 35th Street and the roundabout as survey crews document existing pavement markings in this area. Expect possible lane shifts and flagging operations. No delays are anticipated; however, please use caution as you move through the work zone.

 

Friday June 6, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports May 29 through June 4

One was arrested on a district court warrant

 Two were arrested on municipal court warrants.

One was arrested on a magistrate court warrant.

Two were arrested for possession of marijuana

One was arrested for aggravated DWI

One was arrested for battery on a police officer.

One was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating liquid.

One was arrested for theft of a credit card.

One was arrested for battery on a household member.

A minor was arrested for aggravated DWI.

A minor was arrested for battery, released to parents and referred to the JPO.

There were 3 reports of larceny.

There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.
There was a report of burglary from a vehicle or other structure.

There was a report of identity theft.

There was an unattended death.

 

Thursday June 5, 2014

Teachers and principals from Los Alamos will be invited to serve on an Educator Effectiveness System (EES) Task Force that will meet in June and July to revise the district’s evaluation plans for teachers. This past year marked the first year of state-mandated changes to the teacher observation evaluation plans. Under this new system, teachers were observed in a set of four domains that rated teachers on a five step rubric, ranging from minimally effective to exemplary.
The New Mexico Public Education Department made a commitment to provide districts the opportunity to revise their NMTEACH Educator Effectiveness System evaluation plans. In the course of the revision, the Public Education Department will allow elementary, middle, and high school three choices for completing observations.
The New Mexico Public Education Department will also allow flexibility in the choices that schools can make to measure improved student achievement, which includes the option to use student and parent surveys and end-of-course exams.
A critical part of the Educator Effective System process is the collection of responses to student and parent surveys. For these surveys to be a meaningful part of the Educator Effectiveness System evaluation plan there must be a 95% response rate. Parent response to the online survey was smaller than anticipated this past year when the district piloted the online parent link. As such, an important part of the conversation will be how to increase parent response to the online survey.
In closing, the Educator Effectiveness System Task Force will provide updates to the community throughout the month of June and July. The Educator Effective System evaluation plan, in its final draft, will be submitted to the School Board for approval prior to submission to the New Mexico Public Education Department on August 1, 2014.

 

Wednesday June 4, 2014
The primary election was held yesterday and all Los Alamos county Republicans and Democrats were eligible to vote. Not all races were contested.
On the Republican side of the US Senate race Allen Weh received 744 votes over David Kale Clements 501 votes. Allen Weh won statewide.
The only US Senator Democrat Candidate was Tom Udall who received 1,361 votes.
US Rep. District 3 Republican Candidate Jefferson Bryd was uncontested and received 1019 votes.
US Rep. District 3 Democrat Candidates Ben Ray Lujan received 1,237 votes while Robert Blanch received 207. Lujan won district wide.
The Republican Governor Candidate is Susana Martinez and she received 1,206 votes.
There were 5 Democratic Governor Candidates: Alan Weber received 523 votes with Gary King came in second with 504. Gary King won statewide and will face off against Governor Susana Martinez.
Lt. Governor Republican Candidate was uncontested and will be John Sanchez
Lt. Governor Democrat Candidate was uncontested and will be Debra Haaland.
State Treasurer Democrat Candidates were Tim Eichenberg: 638 votes and John Wertheim: 568 votes. Tim Eichenberg appears to have won statewide.
The State Treasurer Republican Candidate is Rick Lopez uncontested.
Dist. 43 Rep. Democrat Candidate is Stephanie Garcia Richard with 1,269 votes
Dist. 43 Rep. Republican Candidates were Geoff Rodgers with 716 votes over Vincent Chiravalle with 628 votes. Geoff Rodgers won statewide.
Democrats for County Council
Michael Redondo: 898
David Izraelevitz: 1,010
Andrea Susan Cunningham: 895
Mary Susan O'Leary: 924.
Ed Birnbaum: 627
The top four will be on the ballot in November
Republicans for County Council: In order of number of votes the outcome was
Rick Reiss: 1,011, James Chrobocinski: 897, John Bliss: 855, Billy McKerley: 851
The rest of the candidates were running unopposed in their respective parties and will be on the ballot in November .
County Assessor Republican Candidate Abraham Dispennette:
County Assessor Democrat Candidate: Ken Milder:
Magistrate Court Judge Democrat Candidate: Pat Casados:
Magistrate Court Judge Republican Candidate: Blair Redmond:
Municipal Court Judge Democrat Candidate: Paul Martinez:
Municipal Court Judge Republican Candidate: Alan Kirk:
County Sheriff Republican Candidate: Jaret McDonald:
County Sheriff Democrat Candidate: Marco Lucero:


Tuesday June 3, 2014

The Primary Election is today and is open to all Los Alamos County registered Republicans and Democrats.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can vote at any one of three convenience centers Municipal Bldg., Duane Smith Auditorium or White Rock Fire Station #3. If you have questions call the clerk’s office at 662-8010.

The county clerk is testing a new system to bring the public election results as the votes are tallied at the clerk’s office. On the Los Alamos county council webpage Click on the link to watch the county council meetings live and then 2014 Primary Election Results to watch reporting out on the votes from your computer as they are tallied . The link is expected to go LIVE at 7:00 p.m. tonight -This is a pilot project for streaming being tested by the County Clerk's office to help keep voters better informed of local results. If successful on Tuesday, it could be considered for use for results from the General Election in November.

 

Monday June 2, 2014

The Parks Division will be spraying herbicide for weed control June 4th through June 13th.  Parks crews will be spraying at Rover Park, East Park, Community Soccer, Myrtle Green, Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, Aquatic Center, Western Area, Urban Park, Barranca Mesa and North Mesa Sports Complex. Notices will be posted in the areas to be sprayed at least 72 hours prior to spraying, and will remain until spraying has been completed. 

Areas will be sprayed with EndRun Broad Leaf Weed Killer. For more information, please call the Parks Division at 662-8159.

 

Saturday May 31, 2014

The Los Alamos High School Class of 2014 graduated Saturday morning at 9am.Congratulations to all !!!
Especially to our drivetime DJ Skyeanne Webb  YEAH!!!

 

Friday May 30, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports May 22 through 28.

Two were arrested on a magistrate court warrants
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested for sexual exploitation of a child: manufacturing child pornography.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for embezzlement
Three were arrested for aggravated DWI.
One was arrested on DWI.
Two were arrested for battery.
A minor was arrested for possession of marijuana, released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There were 3 reports of criminal damage to property
There were 4 reports of burglary from a vehicle or other structure.
There was a report of burglary from a house
There were 2 reports of fraud.
There was a report of a runaway.
Two animals were reported at large
There was a report of unreasonable animal noise.
There was an accident with injuries at Diamond and West Road.
There was an accident without injuries at Trinity and Knecht street

 

Thursday May 29, 2014

Los Alamos Hilltopper Jared Mang, has been named the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for the state of New Mexico.
Mang is an infielder and starting pitcher for Los Alamos. , He is the first Los Alamos ballplayer to earn the title.
Mang was recently named the District two 4A Player of the Year, his third title in four years with the Hilltoppers.
Along with helping Los Alamos to a good 2014 season with to a 22-7 record, Mang hit .605 at the plate with a pair of home runs and knocked in 44 runs. He slugged a whopping .926 and stole 21 bases on the year. On the mound, he posted a record of 8-2 and had a 1.01 ERA to go along with 42 strikeouts in 55-2/3 innings pitched.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes one athlete in all 50 states in several different prep-level sports.
By earning the state award, Mang is now eligible for Gatorade’s national award.

 

Wednesday May 28, 2014
County Clerk Sharon Stover announced this morning that the County has received approval to move one of three voting convenience center locations that will be used for Tuesday’s primary election.
Three voting centers will be open on Tuesday: the Municipal Building (Room 110), White Rock Fire Station #3 and Duane W. Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School. The auditorium is the change in location – voting was originally set to occur at the new Golf Course Community Building; however, its delayed opening prompted the Clerk to request the change from the State of New Mexico today. Changing vote centers requires approval from the State.
''We were alerted last week that the Golf Course Community Building would not receive a temporary certificate of occupancy in time for the June 3 election to be held there as we had planned last fall,'' Stover explained, adding that she worked with Superintendent of Public Schools Gene Schmidt to move the voting center to Duane Smith Auditorium and appreciated their quick response to assist the County in finding a new location that would be easily accessible for voters.
On-site signage Tuesday as well as extensive advance public outreach through a variety of advertising, press, and postings on the website will hopefully spread the word, Stover said. Voters with questions are encouraged to contact the Clerk’s office at 662-8010, she said, or visit the Clerk’s webpage at www.losalamosnm.us under the ''Election Information'' link on the home page.

 

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Century Club Construction will begin working on 45th Street off Trinity on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Initial work will include removal of the current asphalt, and replacement of water and sewer lines within the street. Although the 43rd/45th Street loop will be closed to through traffic, access will be maintained for residents, mail and other delivery, etc. Residents will receive flyers at least 48 hours in advance of construction starting on their street, which will include instructions and contact information.

 

Friday May 23, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports May 15 to 21st.

One was arrested on a district court warrant

One was arrested on a municipal court warrant  

One was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicated aggravate

One was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member.

One was arrested on a charge of assault of a household member.

Two were arrested for a public affray.

4 juveniles were arrested for breaking and entering at the high school, released to parents and referred to the JPO. 

There were 28 reports of burglary or larceny from a car or other structure. 

There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.

There was an unattended death

There was a report of petty larceny.

There was a report of harassment.

There was a report of battery.

Two animals were impounded for biting.

 

Thursday May 22, 2014

Over the past 3 days, approximately 24 Los Alamos Residents reported being the victim of Automobile Burglary. In all cases, the suspect(s) entered unlocked vehicles, rummaged through the contents and in most cases, took items from the vehicle.
The Los Alamos Police Department cannot express enough the importance of locking your vehicles and removing all items that are of importance to you from them when they are left parked.
We ask the communities assistance in being vigilant and aware of any activity that you may find suspicious. During the course of investigating the burglaries we have learned of two suspect vehicles. The first is an older minivan which is dark blue and has rust on the hood. The other is a yellow sedan, possibly a mustang. If you see vehicles matching these descriptions please call the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222.

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ancestral Pueblo sites in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico are included in a report, “National Landmarks at Risk,” that the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released today showing climate change is putting at risk landmark historic sites around the United States. The report lists 30 at-risk sites, including places where the “first Americans” lived, the Spaniards ruled, English colonists landed, slavery rose and fell, and gold prospectors struck it rich.  

According to the report, worsening wildfires and flooding rain events are putting at risk archaeological sites in Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site in Colorado, as well as in Bandelier National Monument and the nearby Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico.

During the last decade and a half, massive fires have swept through these sites, damaging pueblo walls, pottery and tools.

 

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from two coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area of northwest New Mexico, the largest point source of pollution in America, were measured remotely by a Los Alamos National Laboratory team. Led by Laboratory senior scientist Manvendra Dubey, the study is the first to show that space-based techniques can successfully verify international regulations on fossil energy emissions. Furthermore, the study was able to distinguish that emissions from the nearby San Juan Generating Station are actually less polluting than those from the nearby Four Corners Generating Station
To verify emissions from the San Juan and Four Corners coal-fired power plants, the Los Alamos team deployed ground-based solar spectrometers and point sensors to measure atmospheric concentrations of gases at a site close to these power plants. Now that we have demonstrated the scientific feasibility of verification, we can use this to ensure that energy technology upgrades emissions reported by China and India are accurate, Dubey said.

Monday May 19, 2014
Starting Monday, May 19, AUI will change the traffic control for Phase 2. Expect a full closure of NM502 / Trinity Drive between DP Road and 4th Street. Phase 2 work will continue through June 6. Here’s what to expect:
• All eastbound NM502 / Trinity Drive traffic will be able to access Trinity businesses and side streets up to and including DP Road. NM502 / Trinity will be closed immediately east of DP Road. Access to the Hilltop House Hotel site is available from Central Avenue.
• All westbound NM502 / Trinity traffic will be detoured to Central, then 15th Street, then back to Trinity. Again, access to the Hilltop House Hotel site is available from Central Avenue.
The established detour is purposely routed through the signalized intersections at Trinity and 15th and at 15th and Central to allow for the most efficient traffic flow.
Knecht Street will remain open; however, this route is not recommended for northbound access to Central Avenue. The lack of a signal at the north end of Knecht Street will very likely result in significant delays while waiting for a gap in traffic on Central Avenue.
The Central Avenue access to the Municipal Building will be closed; please use the Municipal Building driveways off Iris Street.
Please use extreme caution, watch for pedestrians, and slow down as you move through the detour area.

 

Friday May 16, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports May 8 through 14
One was arrested for possession of marijuana
One was arrested on DWI
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
There was a report of burglary
There was a report of petty larceny.
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There were 2 reports of battery.
There was a report of fraud.
There was a report of a violation of protection order.
There was a report of interference with communication.
There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property.
An animal was impounded for biting
There was a report of an animal at large.
There was an accident with injuries at the intersection of 4th and Central

 

Thursday  May 15, 2014

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will start bridge rehabilitation work
on U.S. 84/285 (Exit 168) Santa Fe Opera Interchange north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 167.8 on May 14, 2014. This work will include subgrade stabilization for the re-leveling of the bridge approach and departure at the interchange.
Starting Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m., the southbound U.S. 84/285 lanes will be reduced to one lane near the Santa Fe Opera Interchange (Exit 168). The lane closures will remain in effect from 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. The bridge rehabilitation is scheduled Wednesday night May 14 through Friday night May 16.
This project is scheduled for completion June of 2014.
Drivers are urged to proceed through the work zone with caution, observe traffic control signs and obey speed limits.

 

Wednesday May 14, 2014

A total of 30 volunteers are still needed to chaperone the community-sponsored, all-night senior graduation celebration known as SAN (Senior Appreciation Night) for shifts that begin at 6 pm on Saturday, May 31.
SAN was created as a fun, safe alternative to dangerous celebrations for graduates. The event is in its 30th year and typically serves 350 students.
Volunteers are needed to work a 2-to 3-hour shift at the Youth Activity Center, to chaperone the a late night carnival and movies from 12-3 am. Volunteers may email Diana Martinez at dmartinez@laymca.org, or call at 662-3100.
SAN is sponsored by Los Alamos County Recreation Department, The Youth Activity Center, The Family YMCA, DWI Planning Council, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, Los Alamos Public Schools, Atomic City Transit, First United Methodist Church, and some 40 other organizations and local businesses.

 

Tuesday May 13, 2014

It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of Kathy and Rob Hipwood from Los Alamos High School as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of cross country. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on June 18, 2014. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories.

Coaches Kathy and Rob Hipwood were selected for this national honor by their state’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning parentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.

 

Monday May 12, 2014

Street Work continues on Trinity Storm Drain Improvements between the Trinity/Central intersection and Knecht Street. The northern 2½ lanes will be closed, reducing Trinity traffic to one eastbound lane. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue. This phase of the work should be completed by May 16.

 

Friday May 9, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports May 1st through 7th
One was arrested on a district court warrant after being convicted of criminal sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13.
One was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked.
One was arrested for reckless driving.
One was arrested for possession of marijuana.
One was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two juveniles were summoned for possession of marijuana released to their parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of forced sexual contact.
There was a report of harassment.
There was a report of property damage.
There was a suicide attempt.
There was an Accident at E. Jemez road and state road 4 without injuries.
There was an accident on Diamond with injuries.
There was a report of an animal at large.

 

Thursday May 8, 2014
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the New Mexico’s securities director on Wednesday ordered an 80-year-old man to permanently cease his business operations, finding that he ran a Ponzi scheme and defrauded other elderly people of about $170,000.
The civil ruling against Jerome Griggs Beery of Los Alamos also carried fines and penalties totaling $6,000. Beery first said he would appeal any adverse decision, but by day’s end, he asked how soon he would have to pay his fine.
Alan R. Wilson, who is director of the state Securities Division and presided at Beery’s hearing, said his office would arrange a payment plan.
Beery was the first person in at least seven years to seek an evidentiary hearing before the securities director, said Brandon Toensing, the state attorney who presented evidence against Beery.
Though Beery took the unusual step of demanding the hearing, he offered no evidence. He also had no lawyer, so he represented himself.
Beery, who says he holds a doctorate, built his defense around two technical arguments. First, he said the Securities Division had missed the 60-day deadline for holding the hearing, so the case should be dismissed. Then he said he had merely engaged in loans, not investing, so the Securities Division had no authority to investigate or punish him.
Wilson needed only 15 minutes of deliberation before he ruled against Beery, fined him and made permanent a cease-and-desist order on his business ventures.
Wilson said Beery had operated a scam. None of the money Beery took from investors was used for business purposes or investments, Wilson said.
Instead, Beery spent investors’ money on his personal expenses, Wilson said. For a time, Beery also funneled a portion of money collected from new investors to older ones, creating an illusion that they were receiving profits

 

Wednesday May 7, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management, in a huge step, is seeking public input on reducing methane waste from oil and gas production on public lands.
Methane is the primary ingredient of natural gas. It's also a greenhouse gas estimated to be 86 times stronger than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
The BLM is holding one of its nationwide forums on these important proposed regulations in Albuquerque because New Mexico is on the front lines on this important issue: Of the 700 million acres of subsurface oil and gas resources managed by BLM in the U.S., 40 million are in New Mexico.
While natural gas has been touted as a cleaner-burning fuel than coal, studies show that methane leaks during drilling may make the climate damage from natural gas equal to that of coal. The 2011 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory revealed that the oil and gas industry vented, flared, or leaked methane comparable to the emissions from 204 coal-fired power plants

 

Tuesday May 6, 2014

Here are April’s Weather Highlights
April came in like a lion and went out like a lion. The upper-level jet stream continued to bring storms across New Mexico during April. Four upper-level low-pressure systems crossed the state approximately 1 week apart. The storms were typical windy spring storms. Peak gusts above 40 mph were recorded on 6 days in Los Alamos and 7 days in White Rock. The maximum gust recorded, 58 mph, occurred in Los Alamos on April 27.
The storms only produced 0.30 inches of precipitation (28% of normal) and only a trace of snow. White Rock received 0.11 inches of rain (13% of normal). Through the first 4 months of 2014, cumulative precipitation for Los Alamos is at 1.60 inches, the 5th driest year on record.
Temperatures were about average for both Los Alamos and White Rock.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an El Niño watch, with the chances of an El Niño sea surface temperature pattern in the equatorial Pacific exceeding 50% by the summer. The presence of an El Niño weather pattern can have the impact of producing an above-average monsoon rainfall pattern in Northern New Mexico.

 

Monday May 5, 2014

Starting Monday, AUI, Inc. will begin construction on Trinity Drive between DP Road and Knecht Street. The northern 2½ lanes will be closed, reducing Trinity traffic to one eastbound lane. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue. This phase of the work should be completed by May 16. Allow extra drive time coming up Main Hill Road or leaving Los Alamos if you're using Trinity. Take the truck route or plan for delays on Trinity for any morning and evening commutes!

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Here are the lowlights of the police reports April 24 to April 30.

Two were arrested on magistrate court warrants.
There were 5 reports of larceny.
There was an accident at 35th and villa without injuries.
There is a report of child abuse.
There was a report of rape.
There was a report of identity theft.
There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.
There are 3 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of a prohibited controlled substance.
A juvenile was cited on the charge of battery, released to parent and referred to the JPO.
A juvenile was cited on possession of marijuana, released to parent and referred to the JPO.
There are 5 reports of animals at large.

 

Friday May 2, 2014
Redondo Bear’s journey began last June when firefighters rescued the 5 lb. orphan from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Since then Dr. Kathleen Ramsay and her Cottonwood Rehab team in Espanola healed his wounds and put him well on the road to recovery. But the last mile of that road may be the most difficult for Redondo who lacks a necessary personality trait for survival in the wild.
“He’s just not aggressive,” says Ramsay.
Survival is difficult enough for a bear that has been raised in captivity but this year will be even more challenging. Drought conditions throughout the southwest continue to impact wildlife food sources and foreshadow another long fire season. A non-aggressive Redondo would not survive.
So how do you drag Redondo from his “Lazy Bear” recliner and rough him up to survive in the wild?
“Paintball,” says Ramsay. “We paintball bears to force them to seek safety in their den and stay away from humans. It also teaches them to run away from other trouble they may encounter in nature.”
Paintballing is not in Redondo’s immediate future. Ramsay is trying to find a zoo that will be home to the 130 lbs. bear. If there are no takers, and Redondo does not become more aggressive on his own, then paint ball will be used as a last resort. Meanwhile Redondo will continue to enjoy the care and treatment of Ramsay and her team. Their goal is to fatten him up for a mid-May release into the wild or transfer to a zoo

 

Thursday May 1, 2014
Today is May day. It is the National Day of Prayer.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked to turn to God in prayer and meditation. Each year since its inception, the President has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day
May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries. May Day is most associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime fertility of the soil, livestock, and people. May Day traditions include the crowning of a May queen (and sometimes a king) to oversee the day’s activities. Children and grown-ups might fill May baskets with candy or flowers and secretly leave them on neighbors’ porches. Another May Day activity is the maypole dance. People would dance around a pole holding the end of a ribbon or streamer in their hand. The other end of the ribbon was attached to the top of the pole, and dancers moving in patterns around the pole wove the ribbons into colorful designs.

Wednesday April 30, 2014
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will start bridge rehabilitation work on US 84/285and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6 on May 2, 2014. This work will include the removal and replacement of the bridge approach slabs, bridge sleeper slabs, transition slabs and roadway improvements at the interchange.
Starting Friday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m., the North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) will be CLOSED, and the US 84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane and be detoured through the off ramps and on ramps at this interchange. The cross-road at the North Tesuque Interchange will be closed during this time. The closures will remain in effect throughout the weekend. There will be a 18’ width restriction. The North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) and US 84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will be RE-OPENED on Monday, May 5 at 6:00 a.m.
During the North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) closure, motorists can use Exit 175 (Camel Rock) for access to the west frontage road and Exit 168 (Tesuque) for access to CR 73.

 

Tuesday April 29, 2014

The reputation of Los Alamos High School continues to grow with the announcement of Gold Medal status by U.S. News and World Report. Los Alamos High School was ranked 500th “Best High Schools in America” out of 19,411 U.S. public high schools. High schools in the top 500 in the nation received Gold Medal ranking for the 2014 school year.

Achieving Gold Medal ranking also qualified Los Alamos High School for status as a 2014 STEM “Best High Schools.” To determine the top STEM (science, technology, engineering and math schools), U.S. News and World Report looked at the top 500 public schools in the nation and then evaluated their students’ participation and success in Advanced Placement science and math test. Los Alamos High School was ranked 189th out of 250 high schools. STEM rankings methodology is based on the key principle that students at “Best High Schools” for STEM must participate in and pass a robust curriculum of college math and science courses. Data for this ranking was taken from the 2012 graduates.

In order to be named to the 2014 “Best High Schools in America” list, schools are assessed in a three step process,
• Step 1: The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state.
• Step 2: For those schools that made it past this first step, the second step determined whether the school’s least –advantaged students were performing better than average for similar students in the state.
• Step 3: Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success, depending on which program was largest at the school.
 

Monday April 28, 2014

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican and the head of the state Environment Department, Underground radioactive waste and groundwater contamination at Los Alamos National Laboratory — the legacy of decades of nuclear weapons research at the lab — will not be cleaned up by a 2015 deadline.
New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn said the lab must meet a June 30 deadline, as part of an agreement between the state and the federal government, to remove the last shipments of low-level radioactive waste stored above ground on LANL property.
Under the consent agreement, the lab had to remove 3,706 cubic meters of transuranic waste, consisting of contaminated lab coats, protective gear, debris and other materials, by the end of June. The lab has removed most of the waste stored above ground at Area G and remains on target, despite a couple of major unforeseen events, said LANL Director Charles F. McMillan during the coalition meeting. A partial federal government shutdown in October due to sequestration and then a Feb. 14 radiation leak that shut down the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, where the lab’s waste was being shipped, both caused delays. WIPP remains closed, so the lab is shipping its transuranic waste to an alternate site in Texas for temporary storage.
There were 120 waste shipments left to send out of the lab when WIPP closed. The lab had sent 23 of those shipments to the Texas facility by April 21. McMillan said it would be difficult to meet the June deadline because 81 of the containers of transuranic waste still at LANL don’t meet the storage requirements at the Andrews, Texas, facility. The lab and the Department of Energy are exploring alternatives.

 

Friday April 25, 2014

Here’s the lowlights of this weeks police reports April 17 to 23.

Two were arrested on magistrate court warrants

One was arrested for aggravated DWI- refusal to submit to chemical testing.

Two  were arrested for possession of marijuana.

There were 2  reports of shoplifting.

There was a report of larceny.

There was a report of criminal damage to property.

There was a report of tampering with a vehicle.

There were 2 reports of animal at large.

There was a report of a run away.

There was a report of a dangerous animal. 

There was a report of unlawful use of the telephone.

 

Thursday April 24, 2014
The supercomputing challenge for 2014 concluded on Tuesday and a La Cueva High School team takes the top award in 24th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.
The dynamic duo of Eli Echt-Wilson and Albert Zuo from La Cueva High in Albuquerque, proposed a unique model that simulates deciduous tree growth at the level of individual branches and leaves based on underlying biological processes. Their project, called Modeling Tree Growth and Resource Use with Applications won the top award at the 24th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Tuesday at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Second place winner and four-time finalist winner, Cole Kendrick of Los Alamos High School developed a computer model to investigate the formation and life cycle of classical novae. His project is called 3D Hydrodynamic Simulation of Classical Nova Explosions.
Third place winners Ian Rankin, Ahmed Muhyi and Sophia Sanchez-Maes from Las Cruces YWiC (Young Women in Computing) created a computational model of the growth dynamics and neutral lipid synthesis of green microalgae. Their project is entitled Maximize lipid output and biomass production of algae in open pond batch systems for biofuel synthesis.

 

Wednesday April 23, 2014
The Los Alamos Public Schools invites the Los Alamos community to a discussion on April 23rd in the Topper Theater at the Los Alamos High School at 5:00 PM on the LAPS Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The discussion will address the FY15 NM Public Schools funding bill recently signed by the governor and requirements of the legislation to fund predetermined staff pay raise percentages, medical benefit premium increases, and retirement fund contribution increases; other known LAPS district cost increases not Included in the legislation will be addressed too. Additionally, district administrators will discuss the outlook form projected classroom staffing levels by site based on projected class sizes that will be included in the budget.

 

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Today is Earth Day.
Today is the ground breaking ceremony of our new nature center at 2600 Canyon Road at 4pm.
Aspen and the Barranca school choirs will perform and refreshments will be served.

 

Monday April 21, 2014

The Los Alamos Public Schools invites the Los Alamos community to a discussion on April 23rd in the Topper Theater at the Los Alamos High School at 5:00 PM on the LAPS Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The discussion will address the FY15 NM Public Schools funding bill recently signed by the governor and requirements of the legislation to fund predetermined staff pay raise percentages, medical benefit premium increases, and retirement fund contribution increases; other known LAPS district cost increases not Included in the legislation will be addressed too. Additionally, district administrators will discuss the outlook form projected classroom staffing levels by site based on projected class sizes that will be included in the budget. Please direct any questions To John Wolfe at 663--2239.

 

Friday April 18, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports April 10 – 16.
Three people were arrested on magistrate court warrants.
One was arrested for battery against a household member.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
Two were arrested for possession of marijuana.
There was a report of child abuse.
There was a report of tampering with a vehicle.
There was a report of unreasonable animal noise.
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of shoplifting.
There were 2 reports of animals at large
.

Thursday April 17, 2014

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist John Sarrao is being honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award in Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences.
Sarrao has been the associate director for Theory, Simulation, and Computation at Los Alamos since March of 2013. He leads the Laboratory's efforts in applying science-based prediction to existing and emerging national security missions.
The award consists of a gold medal bearing the likeness of E. O. Lawrence, a citation signed by Secretary of Energy Moniz, and an honorarium of $20,000.
The citation reads: “For the discovery and study of new materials, especially those based on plutonium, advancing understanding of unconventional magnetic and superconducting states in strongly correlated f-electron condensed matter systems.”

Wednesday April 16, 2014
According to the Los Alamos Monitor Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms has stepped down from her post to accept another post, according to a report yesterday morning.
Nelms, is accepting a job in Oregon with a school district near Portland. Nelms, who came to Los Alamos from Vanderbilt, Texas, will move on to take over the athletic department in Clackamas, Ore. According to Nelms’ Facebook page, she will be moving to Oregon in mid June.
Clackamas High School, located about approximately 12 miles from Portland, consists of 2,300 students, more than twice the current population of Los Alamos High School.
Nelms is a veteran coach and administrator, having nearly 35 years of experience at both the prep and collegiate levels. She took over the department from Robert Abney in the summer of 2007.

 

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Sunday  afternoon, Gene Mortensen, John Stewart, and Terelene Foxx were inducted into the Los Alamos Living Treasures. Living Treasures of Los Alamos was founded to honor older residents who have greatly contributed to the community. Each Living Treasure was introduced and community members shared great stories about them. Gene’s stories were about broadcasting on KRSN and coaching kid’s teams as his kids were growing up. We definitely consider him a treasure.

 

Monday April 14, 2014
Here are the lowlights of the police reports April 3-9

There was a report of burglary from a car or other structure.
One was cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Three were cited for possession of marijuana
A minor was cited and referred to CYFD for receiving stolen property
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of identity theft.
There was a report of harassment
There were 2 reports of animal at large.
There was an unattended death.
An animal was impounded for biting.

 

Friday April 11.2014
Board of Public Utilities Vice Chair Chris Ortega announced today that the Board selected Tim Glasco to lead the Department of Public Utilities, as Utilities Manager. The Board’s selection will go to Los Alamos County Council on April 29 for approval. If approved, Glasco will replace Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith who plans to retire from the Department this July.
Glasco has worked for the DPU since 1995 and is responsible for operation of the natural gas distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and water production and distribution systems. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Microbiology and Civil Engineering as well as a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (Sanitary Engineering). A licensed Professional Engineer and certified as a Level IV Wastewater and Water Systems Operator, Glasco has over 30 years of experience in municipal and public works engineering and management. He and his wife Charla moved to Los Alamos in 1990 and raised their four daughters in the Los Alamos community.

 

Thursday April 10, 2014

The Washington Post named Los Alamos High School to their 2014 “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list. Staff, students, and community have every reason to be proud of this accomplishment. This year, LAHS received a ranking of 705 of the 2,050 high schools that were named to the list announced Thursday, April 9th.  LAHS was one of only four high schools in New Mexico to make the Washington Post list.  Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science at UNM came in at 48.  Moreno Valley Charter school in Angel Fire ranked 477. Hobbs High school came in at 816.

America's Most Challenging High Schools” ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.

 

Wednesday April 9, 2014
NMDOT continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2. The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County. The bridge construction work is anticipated to be completed by summer of 2014.
Yesterday There was a switch in traffic. The northbound U.S. 84/285 traffic detoured to the newly constructed U.S. 84/285 southbound lanes, and will return to the existing northbound U.S. 84/285 lanes at the north end of the project.
The southbound traffic detoured onto the west frontage road and will utilize the southbound on-ramp to get back onto the southbound U.S. 84/285.
The posted speed limit is 35 mph through the work zone. Double fines are in effect through the work zone.
NMDOT urges motorists to proceed through the work zone with caution, watch for construction personnel, observe traffic control signing and reduced speed to the posted speed limit.

 

Tuesday April 8, 2014
Santa Fe National Forest is beginning a four-year process to revise its Forest Plan, the guiding document that serves as a “vision” for land management activities. Once approved, the Forest Plan will guide activities for the next 10-15 years.
You are invited to provide input and participate in the Forest Plan revision process. This unique opportunity will allow you to influence the long term strategic management plan for Santa Fe National Forest.
The Forest Plan is a comprehensive document that addresses many activities including hunting, hiking, camping, skiing, grazing, and firewood collection. As a management goal, the Forest Service aims to balance public uses with the land’s health and capacity. While the Forest Plan does not authorize specific actions, once approved, all projects and proposals must comply with it, or the plan must be amended to allow the actions.
The Forest Plan is being revised under the US Forest Service’s 2012 Planning Rule, which includes new policy and analytical requirements, uses the best available science, and strengthens the role of public involvement. The revision will be accomplished in three phases: 1) Assessment, 2) Revision, 3) Monitoring and Implementation.
For more information, please contact the Forest Plan Revision Team at 505-438-5442.

 

Monday April 7, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports March 27 to April 2

2 were Arrested for aggravated burglaries occurring on February 14.
1 was arrested for aggravated battery occurring on March 14.
1 was arrested on a district court warrant.
3 were arrested for aggravated DWI.
1 was arrested for DWI.
1 was arrested for battery upon a police officer.
2 juveniles were arrested for shoplifting, released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of petty larceny.
There was a report of larceny less than $250.
There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of an animal at large.
There was a report of drug paraphernalia.

 

Friday April 4, 2014

The UNM-LA advisory board and the school’s administration approved a budget for fiscal year 2015.  It is for 5.5 million dollars, 400,000 dollars less than this fiscal year. The University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents have to give final approval sometime in the next 10 to 15 days.

They cut 19 percent of the school’s classes but managed to keep all of the classes and services students will need to complete their degree programs.

Some classes will be postponed and offered in the spring; some classes will have fewer times to run, such as English 101 or some of the more popular math programs. The administration also has increased the student cap in their online classes from 25 to 35 to make up for the decrease, which will hopefully serve to stabilize and improve enrollment.

The downturn is due to a discontinuance of some key grants, as well as the fact that UNM-LA did not get a hoped-for financial boost from a proposed tax-levy increase last year. If the levy passed, then the school would have received $1.5 million a year.

 

Thursday April 3, 2014

Los Alamos National Laboratory resumed shipments of transuranic waste from Technical Area 54 Area G. The shipments are part of an accelerated shipping campaign to remove 3,706 cubic meters of transuranic waste stored aboveground at Area G by June 30, 2014. Nearly 3,200 cubic meters of the waste have already been removed since the 3706 campaign began in January 2012.

The waste was received at Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in Andrews, Texas, where it will be temporarily staged until it can be shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico for final disposal. Shipments to WIPP ceased following a February 5 underground truck fire and a February 14 radiological event. The temporary staging arrangement is part of an agreement between WCS and Nuclear Waste Partnership, the management and operating contractor at WIPP. The transuranic waste from Los Alamos to be stored at WCS meets their license requirements and has been coordinated and approved by the appropriate regulatory authorities.

Los Alamos has been ahead of schedule since the campaign began and estimates that approximately 100 shipments remain. After an initial ramp up, as many as 10 shipments per week will be scheduled to complete the campaign.

 

Wednesday April 2, 2014
After an extensive national search, Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced that Dr. Deborah (Debbie) Belew-Nyquist of Silverdale, Washington, accepted the principal position at Los Alamos High School. Dr. Belew-Nyquist brings 24 years of educational experience and leadership in schools. Most recently she served as an Educational Consultant with the International Schools/Children of the Nations, which prepares children of developing countries to become leaders of their nations.
Dr. Belew-Nyquist comes to Los Alamos as a respected educator with a reputation for building strong relationships with students, staff, parents, and community.
Dr. Belew-Nyquist will make her first official visit to the high school at a “meet and greet” with parents and community members on Monday evening April 14th.  She will visit Los Alamos High School on April 15th and 16th to meet with staff and students.   On the evening of April 15th Dr. Belew-Nyquist will be introduced at the School Board meeting.

 

Tuesday April 1, 2014
Beginning Monday, March 31 through Monday, April 7, crews will begin filming a portion of a Lifetime network, made-for-television movie titled “Jubilee,” starring Tony Goldwyn, at a private residence at 155 S. Monte Rey Drive in Pajarito Acres. A temporary wall has been constructed on the property near the road which will be dismantled after filming is completed. Film trucks, trailers, cars and equipment will be staged on site at the residence, as well as on the vacant lot at the corner of State Road 4 and Rover Boulevard.

Film activity will occur at both sites between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and midnight, including generators and safety lighting. At this time, only one lane closure is scheduled to occur on Monte Rey Drive during the afternoon/evening of Thursday, April 3rd. Intermittent traffic control, including a flagging operation, will be conducted to safely guide traffic through the area in between takes. Only short delays are anticipated
.

 

Monday March 31, 2014

The Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team took first place for Navy in the National JROTC Championships March 20-23 at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Shooters Tessa Snyder, Noah Marriott, David Murphy, and JoAnna O’Neill, along with their coach LCDR Wes Shumaker placed ninth overall in the three-day event.
On the first day, the team checked in and practiced. The following two days were record fire with a 3 by 20 (20 shots record fire in the prone, standing and kneeling positions). Snyder shot an outstanding 580 the first day and followed up with a 581 the second day for the team high scorer with overall score of 1161.
After the first day the team trailed the high Navy team by a few points. Los Alamos picked up the pace on day two and finished as the high Navy team and ninth overall. Noah Marriott hit the groove with a personal best 579 on day two and an 1149 total, followed closely by JoAnna O’Neill with an 1148. With David Murphy improving on day two for an 1128 total, the team pulled ahead of New Albany, Indiana, to take over the high Navy team position.
Shumaker congratulated the team on their performance at the Camp Perry event. He also congratulated Tessa Snyder for becoming the second Los Alamos shooter in the history of the program to achieve the prestigious Junior Distinguished Shooter Badge which will be presented at the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Regional Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a couple of weeks. The CMP competition is a qualifier for the National Air Rifle Championships to be held in Anniston, Alabama in June.
Shumaker added that JoAnna O’Neill is set to become the youngest Los Alamos shooter to achieve the Junior Distinguished Shooter Badge, which she is expected to earn and receive at the Salt Lake City event.

 

Friday March 28, 2014
Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents.
ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing four human organ constructs – liver, heart, lung and kidney – that are based on a significantly miniaturized platform. Each organ component will be about the size of a smartphone screen, and the whole ATHENA “body” of interconnected organs would fit neatly on a desk.
“By developing this ‘homo minutus,’ we are stepping beyond the need for animal or Petri dish testing: There are huge benefits in developing drug and toxicity analysis systems that can mimic the response of actual human organs,” said Rashi Iyer, a senior scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the lead laboratory on the five-year, $19 million multi-institutional effort. The project is supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Some 40 percent of pharmaceuticals fail their clinical trials, and there are thousands of chemicals whose effects on humans are simply unknown. Providing a realistic, cost-effective and rapid screening system such as ATHENA with high-throughput capabilities could provide major benefits to the medical field, screening more accurately and offering a greater chance of clinical trial success.

In the special school board meeting held Thursday night, the school board voted 5-0 to offer Dr. Schmidt a one year contract as interim superintendent contingent on developing and signing a mutually agreed-on contract. 

Thursday March 27, 2014

Last night was the Republican Lincoln Day Dinner held at the research park conference rooms.  Most all of the Republican candidates running in the local races through the state representative race for district 43 were there along with many of the current local Republican office holders. Each candidate was given 2 minutes to introduce themselves. Secretary of State Diane Duran was the keynote speaker.  She chronicled her office’s efforts to streamline accurate  voting in the state. 

 

Wednesday March 26, 2014

The School Board has scheduled a Special School Board Meeting, Executive Session and Work Session for Thursday, March 27,2014, at 4:30 P.M. at Mountain Elementary library. The agenda includes: The Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, Roll Call, Motion to go into a closed Executive Session in the Mountain Elementary librarian's office to discuss certified and classified negotiations and other groups not represented by the Union of the collective bargaining agreements and to discuss limited personnel matters, specifically the resignation of Dr. Eugene Schmidt from the position of Superintendent and his potential assignment to another position following the rules of the Open Meetings Act.

After the Executive Session is over, the Special School Board meeting will reconvene. Agenda continues: Approval of Agenda, Public Comment, Routine Business/Consent Agenda Items, Fire Pump House at Aspen, Any School Board action regarding matters discussed in Executive Session, Announcement regarding potential Interim Superintendent position, Adjournment of Special School Board Meeting.

School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie said it’s quite possible Schmidt’s employment status will be settled once and for all when the board meets with Schmidt Thursday during the special session. Board member Jim Hall is hopeful that the speculation will end Thursday so they can get back to running the school district. There are many issues at hand and the superintendent issue has become center stage for the last 6 weeks. The issue needs to be brought to a conclusion
.

 

Tuesday March, 25 2014

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to remind residents of the urgent need to keep “defensible space” concepts in mind when working outside to clean up property around homes and structures. The LAFD guidelines suggest a zone of at least 30 feet surrounding the home – a place where intensive defensible space measures can be effective.
High Priority Defensible Space Guidelines:
• Thin tree canopies to allow for an average clearance of 15 feet between crowns of trees
• For trees taller than 30 feet, trim limbs and branches to be at least 8 feet above ground level
• Trim tree limbs and branches at least 10 feet from the roof & 15 feet from any chimney
• Remove dead fuels or combustible debris away from the home – especially flammable vegetation such as dead leaves or pine needs that can tend to “layer” around properties yearly
• Vegetation remaining within 30 feet of your home should be of a fire resistant species and spaced or sized to disrupt ladder fuels (vegetation that allows fire to move from low growing plants to taller ones)
• Remove dead trees – standing and down – and any dead shrubs, branches or leaves
• Store firewood as far away as possible from porches, decks and crawl spaces
• Remove selected trees as needed to improve fire crew access
Finally, property owners are encouraged to visit with neighbors because the best possible outcome in battling a wildfire occurs when adjacent property owners have created defensible space too.

 

Monday March 24, 2014

School staff and community are invited to meet the finalists for Los Alamos High School principal at a special community event set for tonight , starting at 6:30 PM. Two finalists will share their background information and answer a set of pre-written questions.
The two finalists are Deborah Belew-Nyquist from Silverdale, Washington and Mike Johnson from Los Alamos, New Mexico. On Monday, school administrators
will hold a coin flip to see which candidate meets the public in a forty-five minute question and answer session set for 6:30 PM in the Speech Theater. The second finalist will follow with the same question and answer format at 7:30 PM.
Those in attendance will be invited to share their impressions by submitting written responses at the conclusion of the two interviews.
The community interviews will conclude a long day of interviews by the two finalists. Earlier on Monday, the two candidates will be interviewed by teachers/parents, students, and the Superintendent. At the end of the school day on Monday, the LAHS leadership students, under the direction of Joanne Ploeger, will host a reception in the high school foyer for the two finalist. The public is invited to this afterschool event.

 

Friday March 21, 2014
Here are the lowlights of the police reports March 13 to March 19.

One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant
A minor was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of identity theft.
There was an accident on Oppenheimer drive with injuries.
There was an accident without injuries on Diamond drive.
There was a report of tampering with a vehicle.
There was a report of shoplifting.
There were 2 reports of an animal at large.
There was report of an attempted suicide.
Los Alamos Police are investigating nearly a dozen vehicles that were damaged in the Los Alamos area due to criminals shooting side windows or parked vehicles with a BB or pellet gun last Thursday evening or early Friday morning on 3/14/14, Police are offering up to a $250.00 reward for any information on these occurrences. Please contact Sgt. Oliver Morris at 505-662-8281 with any information.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today is the first day of Spring.

If you feel that our community has been well served by Dr. Gene Schmidt as our Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent, you are encouraged to write the Los Alamos School board to express your support. Dr. Schmidt is not committed to leaving if our citizens express their preference that he stays.

 

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Los Alamos Police Detectives are searching for any information on two male suspects who committed several automotive burglaries last Valentines Day in the early morning hours. Suspects were captured on video driving up in a 4-door car in Los Alamos County where they in-turn exited on foot and pulled on unlocked vehicle doors to steal items. A firearm is one of the reported stolen items.
Anyone who can identify the vehicle or one or any of the suspects may be able to receive a reward of up to $250.00 for the arrest and prosecution of these suspects.
If you have information please call Detective Ben Hinrichs at 505-663-1795 or Detective Sergeant Oliver Morris at 505-662-8281.
Los Alamos Police also ask LA residents to lock there vehicles and remove valuables at night or whenever leaving a vehicle unoccupied.

 

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Based on public input, the Transportation Board's recommendation and staff's recommendations, an updated Central Avenue design and Oppenheimer intersection was generated.

The pavement condition index for Central from 15th to 20th is 44.35 - that is a poor rating; and, from 20th to Oppenheimer it is 60.92 - that is a marginal rating. The proposed pavement treatment is to mill out the worn surface of asphalt and place a new lift of asphalt on top.

There are also some proposed drainage improvements to help remove water from the street to better protect the road, keep Central Avenue storm water from draining into Ashley Pond, and improve drainage around the Farmers' Market parking lot to eliminate the marsh area. When new pavement is constructed, there is a federal requirement to update the sidewalk ramps to meet current ADA standards. All of the ramps along Central will need to be updated. 

On Central from 15th to 20th the existing cross walks will remain and a new cross walk added between the Metzger’s parking lot and Central Park Square parking lot near the existing Atomic City Transit stop on Central. The new colored concrete crosswalk design will not only be ADA compliant it will have improved lighting and will remove the trees from the sightlines that have hidden pedestrians with the current configuration. MainStreet Los Alamos received a grant for $70,000 to update the streetscape furniture and to refurbish the existing streetlights with new paint and LED fixtures to have a uniform look and to help reduce energy costs for street lighting.

At Oppenheimer and Central, since there is a requirement to update ADA ramps, this required staff to evaluate the intersection sidewalk ramps. In 2014, there were four alternatives considered during a public meeting process for this intersection. The design alternative selected was to reduce Oppenheimer to one lane each way at Central Avenue intersection to facilitate pedestrian movement and not alter the width of Central Avenue as it currently exists. The bike lane on Central as one travels eastbound will end at the same location just east of Oppenheimer and then at that point Sharrows will be added to Central Avenue where vehicles and bikes share the road on the gentler grades as one goes Downtown on Central Avenue. Provisions will be made to allow for a future "HAWK" High intensity Activate cross WalK signal across Central Avenue.

Comments will continue to be accepted through March 19. Please send comments to lacpw@lacnm.us, or mail comments to the Public Works Department, Central Avenue Public Comment, 1000 Central Ave, Ste. 160, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

After March 19, staff will finalize the design for advertisement of bids, with a target advertise date of late April, followed by Council award of the construction project in late May or early June. Construction would start soon thereafter with completion in October 2014.

 

Monday March 17, 2014
Here are the lowlights of the police reports March 6 through 12.

Two were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.
There was an arrest for battery on a police officer.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction. There were 2 reports of identity theft.
There was an accident with property damage.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of violation of a protection order
There was a report of animal at large.
There was a report of larceny.
There were 2 accidents without injuries.

 

Friday March 14, 2014

 The Los Alamos County Council is seeking an individual interested in filling a vacancy on the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NCNMEDD) Board of Directors. This is an association of local units of government and other organizations created to encourage and allow regional cooperation on a multitude of issues. The District was formed in 1967, using funds from the federal Economic Development Administration. The region served includes seven counties: Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Taos. The Board works together in setting goals and action plans to address a wide variety of economic-related issues affecting Northern New Mexico, such as water, land use, tourism, recreation, education, training and housing. 

At a future Council meeting, the Council plans to discuss the candidates and then forward their recommendation to the NCNMEDD Board of Directors. The Board will be responsible for appointing an individual to fill the vacancy. Applicants should be a resident of Los Alamos or White Rock, and are asked to submit a one-page letter to the Council indicating their occupation, relevant experience working on economic development issues at a local or regional level, and why they would be interested in serving . There is no term limit for serving on the Board. This is a volunteer position; however, travel expenses associated with attending Board meetings or events in other communities are reimbursable by Los Alamos County

Letters of interest must be received no later than Monday, March 24th at 5:00 p.m. Interested applicants are asked to mail or hand-deliver their letter to Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central, Suite 350 in Los Alamos.

 

 

Thursday March 13, 2014

Less than ten days remain for hunters to purchase a lottery draw chance for the revamped 2014 Valles Caldera Trust Elk Hunt. In November of 2013 the trust announced the reduction of ticket prices and one chance, per hunt code, per hunter sales policy.

Applying to hunt on the Preserve is as simple as entering the lottery. Lottery chances are available at $25.00 each for a mature bull or either sex hunt. Lottery chances for antlerless hunts are $10.00 each. Hunters may purchase chances online, by phone, or through the mail. Each chance purchased will be entered into a computerized drawing.

Purchases are limited to one chance per hunt code and but buyers can enter as many hunt codes as they wish. Funds raised by this lottery help support the Preserve and all of its activities. Entries must be received by midnight on March 19, 2014. Application for the VCNP elk lottery draw does not require the purchase of a State Game-hunting or a State Game-hunting and Fishing license in advance.

 

Wednesday March 12, 2014
Yesterday was filing day for local candidates. Incumbent Stephanie Richard Garcia, Los Alamos County Chairman Geoff Rodgers and Vincent Chiravalle all filed paperwork in Santa Fe to run for the House seat in our district 43.
Locally there are 5 democrats and 4 republicans running for the 4 opening county council seats.
Democrats include Edward Birnbaum, Michael Redondo, David Izraelevitz, Andrea Cunningham, and Mary O’Leary. Republicans include James Chrobocinski, John Bliss, Billy McKerley, and Rick Reiss.
The county Assessor is Ken Milder and Abraham Dispinnette.
The Sherriff race is Marco Lucero and Jeret McDonald
Probate Judge is uncontested race Chris Chandler
Magistrate Judge is Pat Casados and Blair Redmond
Municipal Judge is Alan Kirk and Paul Martinez.

 

Tuesday March 11, 2014

The Los Alamos Public School system has been contacted by the US Dept. of Ed Impact Aid office indicating that having a PO Box for the physical address for lab employees is no longer sufficient for the Impact Aid survey done by LAPS. They realize that the Impact Aid survey was done early this year, but they are now asking us to complete it again by April 4th.

LAPS have revised the form to give a more detailed physical address on the form and will be sending it out in the next day or two. Remember the forms are very important as the responses do generate Impact Aid funds for the district and the state.

 

Monday March 10, 2014
There's a Central Avenue Improvements on Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm in the council chambers of the municipal building. They will provide the latest design update on construction work planned to begin this summer for the area of Central Avenue between 15th and Oppenheimer. This work includes possible changes to streetlights, sidewalks, intersections (Oppenheimer) and crosswalks (Post Office/Starbucks) as well as repaving the roadway. This is your chance to weigh in!.


Friday March 7, 2014
 Here are the lowlights of the police reports February 27 to March 5.

Three were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested for battery against a household member.
One was arrested for child abuse.
There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of robbery.
There was a report of extreme cruelty to animals.
There was a report of an animal at large.
One animal was impounded for biting.

 

Thursday March 6, 2014

 Los Alamos teacher Carolyn Torres has been chosen New Mexico Teacher of the Year. She is a 3rd grade math and science teacher at Chamisa Elementary school. She was chosen Los Alamos Teacher of the Year in May and will now represent New Mexico as its nominee for National Teacher of the Year


Wednesday March 5, 2014

The Athletic Department would like to announce that A. J. Herrera has accepted the Head Girls Soccer position at Los Alamos High School. A. J. was recently the Head Coach of the boys program at Santa Fe High School. He had been there since 2007. Coach Herrera was the Los Alamos Boys soccer coach in the 2006 season where the team went 16-6 and was a state semi-final team and he was an assistant coach at Los Alamos in 2004 and 2005. He has his National “D” soccer license and his National Youth License.
A. J. has worked numerous soccer camps and has been involved in youth soccer. He was a standout high school soccer player for St. Pius X from 1995-98 and played collegiately at University of Maryland from 1999-2003. He also has National Team Experience (1996-2000) as a player for the U16, U17, U18 teams. He was in the national pool for the U20 team and a part of the Youth Olympics in Moscow in 1997.
Coach Herrera has Masters in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland.

 

Tuesday March 4, 2014

The Quality of Education survey for parents with students in the Los Alamos Public Schools is now on-line. This survey allows school districts and the Public Education Department to obtain valuable input from parents for continuous improvement and to better educate students.  Go to the Los Alamos Public schools website for directions. Hard copies of the survey will also be provided at your school or from the receptionist at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration office.

 

Monday March 3, 2014
Dr. Gene Schmidt has announced his resignation as Superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools effective June 30, 2014. He sent a letter of resignation to the School Board President, Jim Hall, dated today informing him of his decision. No details were given for his departure. He thanks the community for their support.


Friday night February 28, 2014

This evening the Los Alamos Hockey team won there first game in the state championship play offs. They beat La Cueva in a overtime shootout 2-1. We brought all the action here on KRSN. Tomorrow they will play El Paso Franklin at 4:15 and we will once again bring you all the play by play live from the Blades arena in Rio Rancho.

 

Friday February 28, 2014

Here are the lowlights of last week's police reports
Three were arrested on magistrate court warrants.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant form another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for DWI.
One was arrested on aggravated DWI with refusal to submit to chemical testing.
One was arrested for battery on a household member.
One was arrested on aggravated assault.
One was cited for improper handling of fire.
Two juveniles were arrested on district court warrants.
One juvenile was cited for possession of marijuana referred to the JPO and released to parents.
There was a report of burglary from vehicle or other structure.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of an unauthorized person permitted to drive.
There were 2 reports of an animal at large.

 

Thursday February 27, 2014
New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell made a public announcement that fireworks, open fires, and smoking are prohibited on state trust lands until further notice.  Efforts on state trust land are ongoing to reduce forest fuels and risk of high severity fires, while improving ecosystem function and health. Over the past two years, more than 4,500 acres of state trust land were treated with forest thinning programs and prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuels.
The State Land Office received $250,000 from the 2014 State Legislature and $500,000 from the 2013 State Legislature to address hazardous fuel loads through forest thinning and fire prevention on state trust lands during the fiscal year.


Wednesday February 26, 2014

Tonight, from 5:30 to 7pm KRSN is hosting the Chamber of Commerce Fan club at the Chamber of Commerce to preview Self Help’s Empty Bowl event to be held March 15 at the Betty Ehart senior center.
Stop by the Chamber tonight to see the bowls for the Empty Bowls project, meet the KRSN personalities, have some Posole or Frito pie and enjoy networking with fellow business associates.
 

Tuesday February 25, 2014

History was made over the weekend as the NJROTC competed at the Area 9 Western Regional Academic, Drill and Fitness Championships in Las Cruces on Saturday. In the 8 events that were scored Los Alamos won five (5) 1st place trophies and three (3) 2nd Place trophies and were the Overall Champions of the meet. This victory qualifies them to compete at the National level in April. This has never been done before in the 31 year of  this unit.

                                                            

The DECA State Career Development Conference was held this weekend.  A big congratulation to Jyelyn Bold and Kaylen Pocaterra on their 1st place win in the Advertising Campaign Event at the DECA State Conference this weekend.  Congratulations to MacKenzie Mork for her finalist win in the Food Marketing Series.

 

Monday February 24, 2014

Fire Chief Troy Hughes commented that Los Alamos County is already entering dangerously dry conditions that will lead us into an earlier-than-usual fire season. The mild winter and lack of snowfall means the forest around us is dry, dry, dry and yet our typical spring winds haven't even cranked up yet! Please use caution and think about getting a head start on practicing fire-wise and defensible space options around your home. Moving firewood or other volatile materials away from your house, trimming the lower branches of trees, raking up all of those pine needles - these kinds of activities can help protect your home, your neighbor's home, and our community during what's shaping up to be another active wildfire season!

 

Saturday February 22, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports February 13 to 20.

One was arrested on DWI fourth conviction.
One was arrested for possession of marijuana.
One was arrested for having an open container.
One was arrested for escaping custody of a police officer.
One was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked.
Five were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for criminal damage to property of a household member.
There were 3 reports of burglary from vehicle or other structure.
The was a report of aggravated burglary.
There were 6 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of criminal sexual contact to a minor.
There was an accident without injuries.
There was a report of a suicide.
There were 2 reports of animals impounded due to biting.
There were 3 reports of animal at large.
There was a report of graffiti.
There were 2 unattended deaths.

 

Friday February 21, 2014

The short, 30-day legislative session resulted in the introduction and passing of legislation that tackled important issues like, education, water, behavioral health and early childhood programs. The most remarkable of all was putting together a proposed budget, which has traditionally originated in the House, and unanimously passing that budget in a 20 minute debate, in the last week of session.

The Senate budget includes an amended proposal of $17.5 million appropriated to the Department of Education for the Administration’s education reforms; $11.5 million for New Mexico’s Lottery Scholarship; $28 million for early childhood initiatives; $2.7 million for a tourism department marketing program; $1.5 million for job training and recruitment; $5.9 million for expanding nursing education; and $9 million for county Medicaid programs. Overall, funding for education increased 6.6 percent for public schools and 5.8 percent for higher education. The budget still leaves a reserve in the General Fund of one half of a billion dollars, which is over 8 percent.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says he is pleased with the outcome of this year’s session and is anxious to learn about the administration’s handling of each piece of legislation. “Everyone did not get exactly what they wanted, which is a good sign that the actions taken this year were met with compromise by legislators on both sides of the aisle,” said Sen. Sanchez. “I think we were fair, considerate, and we did our best to listen to our constituents and fight for their wants and needs.”

 

Thursday February 20, 2014

 Los Alamos County’s Streets Division will begin working on a new alignment for DP Road and the NM 502/Trinity Drive intersection on Monday, Feb. 24. Crews will construct a new intersection alignment required as part of the larger State of New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (DOT) NM502/Trinity Drive roadway project which extends from Knecht to Tewa Loop. The DOT’s project is in design and will begin 2015.
Initially, traffic impacts in the area will be minimal because most of the work is being completed in the unpaved right of way. Motorists are being asked to slow down and use caution in the area. Access to DP Road businesses will be maintained. To minimize disruptions, paving of the new intersection may be scheduled for a weekend, depending upon the availability of asphalt from local suppliers.
After paving the new intersection, traffic flow will be shifted to this new intersection and the existing raised directional islands in the area will be demolished and paved. During the demolition of the existing islands, east bound traffic will be shifted north to provide adequate work space for construction crews, limiting traffic to one lane in each direction. Work hours will be between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; however, because of the one lane of traffic in each direction, motorists should expect congestion in the NM502/DP Road area during peak traffic times and allow additional travel time accordingly.
Construction duration is expected to be approximately three weeks, weather dependent. For more information or questions, call the Public Works Department at 662-8150.

 

Wednesday February 19, 2014

On Wednesday, February 19, the New Mexico Airport Managers Association, in conjunction with the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division, will host Aviation Day in the West Wing of the State Capitol. The event will run from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Dozens of members of New Mexico’s aviation community will be on hand to discuss the impact and importance of aviation in our state.
New Mexico is home to 59 public-use, public-owned airports and 114 privately owned airstrips. The public use airports have a tremendous impact on New Mexico’s economy. According to the most recent New Mexico Airport System Plan, general aviation accounts for $3.1 billion in economic activity in New Mexico each year and provides over 48,000 jobs in the state.

 

Tuesday February 18, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports February 6 - 12

One was arrested on a magistrate court warrant.
One was arrested for battery.
One was arrested for driving a suspended or revoked driver’s license.
One was arrested for DWI.
One was arrested for unlawful use of a license.
One was arrested for the negligent use of explosives.
Two juveniles were arrested for the negligent use of explosives.
A juvenile was arrested for battery, another for aggravated battery, released to parents and referred to the JPO.
Two juveniles were arrested for possession marijuana released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of assault.
There was a report of harassment.
There was a report of battery.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of graffiti.
There was report of forgery.
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There was one accident with no injuries.
There was a report of an animal at large.

 

Monday February 17, 2014

President's Day.  It is quiet.  

 

Friday February 14, 2014

With Spring Break for most school districts just a few short weeks away, the Los Alamos Historical Society is gearing up for tourist season by offering free training about the community’s history and historic district. Training will be Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. in the Nambè Room of Fuller Lodge. It will be led by professional tour guide Georgia Strickfaden. Registration for the training is not required.

 

Thursday February 13, 2014

Citizens are invited to comment on a project designed to repair damage to the upper Rendija Canyon, located near the Ponderosa subdivision of Los Alamos. The County implemented emergency flood control measures following the heavy rains in September 2013, with emergency operations extending onto the Santa Fe National Forest.

Subsequently, Los Alamos County and the Espanola Ranger District developed a proposal for restoration. The proposal would remove excess sediment from the channel, return the channel to an appropriate grade, and plant willows or other vegetation to stabilize the channel.    

Commenting during this period will also establish eligibility to appeal the decision. The project’s notice was published in the Albuquerque Journal today, which begins a 30-day notice and comment period as required by Forest Service regulations. 

The proposed action will be available at: www.fs.usda.gov/projects/santafe/landmanagement/projects, or at the Española Ranger District office, 1710 North Riverside Drive in Española, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  

Comments can be submitted electronically in any format readable by Microsoft Word to: comments-southwestern-santafe-espanola@fs.fed.us  Comments may be delivered to the Espanola District Office during business hours. Oral comments may be provided during business hours by calling Lynn Bjorklund at 505-753-7331.

 

Wednesday February 12, 2014
Less than six weeks remain for hunters to purchase a lottery draw chance for the revamped 2014 Valles Caldera Trust Elk Hunt. In November of 2013 the trust announced the reduction of ticket prices and one chance, per hunt code, per hunter sales policy.
Applying to hunt on the Preserve is as simple as entering our lottery. Lottery chances are available at $25.00 each for a mature bull or either sex hunt. Lottery chances for antlerless hunts are $10.00 each.
You may purchase chances online, by phone, or through the mail. Your purchase of a lottery chance will enter you into a computerized drawing.
You may purchase one chance per hunt code and enter as many hunt codes as you'd like. Funds raised by this lottery help support the Preserve and all of its activities. Entries must be received by midnight on March 19, 2014.

 

Tuesday February 11, 2014

The New Mexico Environment Department and the Pueblo of San Ildefonso signed an updated cooperative agreement Friday to share environmental data. The deal also gives the state more access to pueblo lands for environmental sampling.
The pueblo is adjacent to Los Alamos National Laboratory, Bandelier National Monument and the Santa Fe National Forest. Pueblo lands have been impacted by events on those properties such as wildfire and floods, and faces the potential for contaminants from lab legacy waste piles.
The new agreement updates one signed in 2002.
“With this agreement, the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, with its proximity to Los Alamos National Laboratory, will be able to utilize the resources and expertise of the New Mexico Environment Department, especially during unforeseen events like a storm or nearby forest fires,” said Terry Aguilar, pueblo governor.
The agreement outlines specific procedures that allow the Environment Department to access the pueblo’s lands to perform ground sampling and share chemical analysis with the pueblo.

 

Monday February 10, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports January 30 – February 5.

One was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicating aggravate.
One was arrested for aggravated DWI.
One was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked.
One was arrested for shop lifting.
One was arrested for child abuse.
There was 2 accidents without injuries.
There was a report of fraud.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of identity theft.
There were 2 reports of animal at large.

 

Friday February 7, 2014
Española’s Stop and Eat Drive-In and Abiquiú’s Ghost Ranch will be featured in a 90-second Coca-Cola commercial played during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. The commercial depicts people of various cultures, ethnicities and races participating in everyday activities, while children sing “America, the Beautiful” in different languages, including English, Spanish and Keres. Stop and Eat’s sole appearance occurs at the four-second mark and shows icicles melting from the restaurant’s overhang, before an RV pulls up to the parking lot. Ghost Ranch appears at the two, 24 and 56-second marks and depicts children traveling to the ranch and camping.
A 60-second version of the commercial played during the Super Bowl featured Ghost  Ranch but not Stop and Eat. The 90-second commercial is currently available on YouTube.

 

Thursday February 6, 2014

Jerome Griggs Beery, who is not a state-licensed investment broker, has been ordered to cease selling unauthorized promissory notes to residents of Los Alamos and any other New Mexicans. Beery, 79, raised tens of thousands of dollars from at least 10 Los Alamos investors from January 2007 through July 2013 with a promise of paying annual interest ranging from 4 percent to 12 percent. All investors lost nearly $170,000.   Two Los Alamos residents invested $60,000 with Beery and lost nearly $50,000. Two other Los Alamos Residents invested $50,000 and lost over $30,000. Beery allegedly used investors’ own money to pay them back some interest payments and then stopped making any payments.

Beery allegedly told two investors he invested their money in MF Global that filed for bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Trustee for MF Global told State Securities investigators that there was no record of Berry investing in MF Global.

Beery also raised $93,000 from promissory notes from six Los Alamos investors to remodel a home in Albuquerque. However, that house was remodeled two years earlier, and no remodeling occurred after Beery collected the investors’ money. Beery filed for bankruptcy in February 1994 and he has liens from the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid taxes worth $126,000.

Investors should be cautious before investing their money. “The Securities Division maintains a list of all licensed brokers and approved securities for investments. By calling us or visiting our website, investors can find out if a broker is registered with the state and if the investments he or she selling is legitimate,”

 

Wednesday February 5, 2014

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPS FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

 With New Mexico having snow for the first time in more than 40 days, The
American Red Cross in New Mexico is reminding people that in winter weather it is better to be safe than sorry. Here are some guidelines for staying safe in winter weather conditions.
Listen to the advice of local officials and stay in a safe place until weather conditions improve and roads can be cleared.
• If your power is out, avoid using candles to prevent a fire.
• Never use a generator inside your home or garage. Place the unit away from doors, windows and
vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
o If your carbon monoxide alarms sounds, quickly move somewhere where you can get
fresh air.
• When possible, check on your neighbors.
• If you need to be outside, protect yourself by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in
several layers. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
• Information and safety tips can be found on our First Aid or Hurricane Apps. These free apps are available on both iPhone and Android platforms.
• Keep children and pets away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
o Turn space heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use perishable items first.
o If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you don’t need to worry about losing perishable food
items.
• If you have to venture out in your vehicle, make sure you have emergency supplies: blanket,
flashlight, snack bars and water.
• Bring your pets inside.
• If you suspect someone has hypothermia, call 9-1-1. Move the person to a warm place. Remove wet clothing, dry them off and put them in dry clothes. Warm the body gradually with blankets until help arrives.

 

Tuesday February 4, 2014

Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the United States, making it the leading cause of death in our nation. As we observe American Heart Month, there are some key steps you and your loved ones can take to protect against heart disease.
By maintaining a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and not smoking, you can dramatically reduce the risk of premature death or disability due to heart disease. Awareness of risk factors is also critical to preventing heart disease. Far too many people who are at high risk for heart disease don’t know it.
That is why it is so important to get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly and to speak with your doctor about your health history.


Monday February 3, 2014

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released calls for service and crime statistics for the twelve months of 2013 which were compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.
Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category. Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses.
During the twelve months of 2013, officers responded to a total of 204 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 23% decrease as compared to 264 offenses during the same period in 2012. The violent crime decreased from 60 offenses in 2012 to 44 in 2013, a 27% decrease.
Officers investigated 305 accidents compared to 310 reported during 2012, an 2% decrease.
While many factors contribute to overall crime rates in a community, our proactive, professional policing and community partnerships have undoubtedly contributed to this decrease.


Friday January 31, 2014

Here are the lowlight of the police reports from January 24 through 29th

One was arrested on a magistrate court warrant

There was a report of graffiti

There was a report of criminal damage to property.

The was a report of unwanted animals.

There was an attempted suicide.

There was a report of harassment.

There were 3 reports of animals at large.

There were 3 accidents with out injuries and one on state road 4 with injuries.

There was an unattended death.

 

Thursday  January 30, 2014

High School juniors and seniors throughout the state can win up to $1,000 in the State Bar of New Mexico’s annual essay contest. The 2014 theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Counts, toys with lowering the legal voting age from 18 to 16 years of age.

Written each year by a lawyer, the topic deals with a relevant legal issue targeted to students. Essays, judged by a panel of lawyers, judges, State Bar staff, and educators, will be evaluated according to content, originality, writing skills, and a public school essay scoring rubric. A panel of sitting judges will evaluate the finalist essays, picking three winners.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., March 3.

Students can get information on the topic and an entry form through their high school language arts or social studies teachers or online at www.nmbar.org.  

 

Wednesday January 29, 2014

There was a Los Alamos County Council meeting last night.  It was a lengthy meeting and not all of the agenda items were decided.  The additional funding for the teen center took a lot of discussion.  After a lengthy public comment period and questions from the councilors, they approved another $14,000 to assist them through this fiscal year.  The broadband project garnered many questions and at 11pm it was decided that they needed more information before taking a vote.  It will be brought back to council during a meeting in February.

 

Tuesday January 28, 2014

The Board of Los Alamos Ski Club (LASC) announces a Special Membership Meeting on February 4th, 6 pm, at the Crossroads Bible Church on East Road, to present to the Membership a path forward that the Board unanimously believes will secure and improve the future of skiing in Los Alamos County. We propose to dissolve Los Alamos Ski Club and transition all assets to Los Alamos County, which, subject to Council approval, will then take over operation of the Ski Area. The reasons why the Board believes that this is the best course of action will be presented, and a discussion and vote on the proposal will follow. This meeting will be open to all Members of LASC.

Statement from Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess
Regarding the announcement of the proposal of transferring the ski area to Los Alamos County.
This is not a decision that can be made lightly. As the Council considers the potential transfer, they will need to consider the opportunity as well as financial liabilities associated with this idea, especially in light of current budget concerns and the long term investment that would be needed to take on facility management, staffing, maintenance and marketing of Pajarito Mountain. With uncertainties that still lie ahead with federal budgets funding our largest employer and revenue source, LANL, the Council will have much to consider before reaching a decision. I have already met with department directors to begin asking questions about how we might address items related to operating the ski resort, but this is a process that will take some time and research. We are just beginning to assemble the information that we will need to provide to the Council for consideration, and public input will be an important part of the process.

 

Monday January 27, 2014

Beginning today , motorists should expect a flagging operation on Iris Street between the east driveway to 1075 Iris Street and 9th Street. Jaynes Corporation will be potholing to locate utilities.
Following the potholing effort, this section of Iris will be closed starting on Tuesday, January 28, to allow for the construction of a trench drain across Iris at 9th Street. This work is needed to better control storm water runoff. All work should be completed within 2-3 weeks.
If you have any questions, please contact Steve Huebner, Project Manager, Community and Economic Development Department at (505) 663-1758.

    

Friday January 24, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from 1/16-1/22

Four people were arrested on magistrate court warrant.
One was arrested on attempting to evade a police officer.
One was arrested for house burglary.
One was arrested for lack of proof of financial responsibility.
One was cited for shoplifting.
A juvenile was cited for larceny under $250. He was released to parents and referred to the JPO.
A run a way was taken into custody, release to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of larceny under $250.
There was a report of larceny over $20,000.
There was a report of trespassing.
There were 2 reports of identity theft.
There were 2 reports of fraud.

 

Thursday January 23, 2014

Los Alamos High School Principal announced her intent to retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year in the meeting with her staff on Wednesday afternoon January 22, 2014. Shortly after the meeting, School Board President Jim Hall stated, “I am grateful for Ms. Warnock’s long service to the district. I will personally miss working with her.”
Ms. Warnock is completing an exemplary 30 year career with Los Alamos Public Schools that began in 1984 as a Special Education teacher at the high school. Ms. Warnock served in this capacity for 22 years before accepting a position as an assistant principal at the high school. Ms. Warnock served as high school principal for the past four and one-half years. Los Alamos Public Schools will be conducting a national search to replace Ms. Warnock. The school system will be involving students, parents, and staff in this important hiring process.

 

Wednesday January 22, 2014

Yesterday fire managers began burning slash piles within the Los Griegos burn area, located approximately 7 miles northeast of Jemez Springs. Twenty acres were completed. Fire managers plan to continue today if conditions are favorable.
Los Griegos Pile Burn, Jemez Ranger District
• Slash piles consist of branches, limbs, brush, and other debris that were thinned with chainsaws where mechanical equipment could not be used due to steep terrain. After thinning, slash is piled, dried, and burned during winter when snow is on the ground to keep fire from spreading to surrounding vegetation.
• The goal is to incrementally treat 400 acres; 100 acres per day.
• Smoke from the burn will be visible from: La Cueva, Sierra Los Pinos, Hwy. 4 between La Cueva and the Valle Grande, Jemez Pueblo, San Ysidro, Zia Pueblo, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho and areas off Hwy. 550.

 

Tuesday January 21, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports January 9-15

One was arrested for aggravated DWI.

Two were arrested on a magistrate bench warrants.

One was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.

One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.

Two were arrested for driving on a revoked or suspended license

One was arrested for assault.

One was arrested for battery against a household member.

Two juveniles were arrested  for arson referred to the JPO and released to parents.

There were 3 reports of larceny less than $250 and another more than $250 but less than $500.

There was a report of battery. 

There was a report of harassment.

There were 2 reports of an animal at large.

 

Monday January 20, 2014
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

 

Friday January 17, 2014

Statement to media from Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Administrator:
Late Wednesday afternoon we were notified by media that the law office of George Geran chose to release to them a lawsuit supposedly filed against the County by three current/former LAPD officers. As of yesterday afternoon, the lawsuit had still not been served on Los Alamos County. I would like to state that the majority of the allegations being made were investigated at the time and decisions were made based upon the conclusions presented. There are several allegations in the documents that were not previously presented to the County, and the County will be following up on those items to determine an appropriate course of action, if necessary. This case is particularly complex because there were several individuals involved over an extensive period of time, and that broadens the perspectives offered from a variety of viewpoints. We look forward to the time when we will finally receive the lawsuit and have adequate time to review it. Los Alamos County is represented in legal matters such as this by professional law firms working through the New Mexico Self Insurer’s Fund, and future statements to the media will be coordinated through their office. We will provide their contact information to you when we receive it from NMSIF.


Thursday January 16, 2014
Yesterday 2 former Commanders of the Los Alamos Police Department, Randy Foster and Scott Mills and one current detective, Paige Early, filed a lawsuit against Los Alamos County alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination. They seek redress for harms the County inflicted upon the three in the lead up, incident, and aftermath of former LAPD Detective Brian Schamber’s involuntary confinement at the New Mexico Behavioral Heath Institute for 10 days in December 2012.
The Plaintiffs feel they did what was necessary to protect the citizens of Los Alamos County.
They contend in return they have been terminated, forced to resign and endure violent working conditions.
The lawsuit tells their side of this lengthy story.
They also are requesting anyone who witnessed Brian Shamber’s erratic behavior during the calendar years of 2011 and 2012 call their attorneys at 505-986-8515.

 

Wednesday January 15, 2014

The Sioux Street Underground Electric Cable Replacement Project begins this week with completion planned for early to mid March, according to officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU). Sioux Street’s underground electric system has failed numerous times as much of the infrastructure is at or beyond its manufacturer-specified lifespan. The existing system, which was installed as direct bury cable, has been prioritized for replacement now because of its age and recent failures.

The residents of the Tsikimu neighborhood will have construction activity in the area for approximately 45-60 days. Trenching will occur on the north side of Sioux Street along its entire length. Traffic control devices will be in place and detours within the subdivision will be required at times. When the new electric cables are being installed, there will be small planned outages affecting Sioux Street residents as their homes are converted to the new system. Notice of planned outages will be provided to customers in advance via door hangers.

 

Tuesday January 14, 2014
Last night David Sutton was appointed to fill the position #5 on the UNM-LA advisory board. He will serve on the advisory board until the end of the term in 2017.

 

Monday January 13, 2014

Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Espanola offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. Beginning Tuesday January 14, the “Savvy Caregiver Program,” will meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at the Rio Arriba Senior Center, 1122 Industrial Park Rd. Espanola, NM 87532 from 10:00am to noon. 

This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. 

To register, or for further information, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter at 1-800-272-3900, visit www.alz.org/newmexico or email amontoya@alz.org.

 

Friday January 10, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from January 2- 8.

One was arrested for aggravated DWI.
One was charged with assault.
One was charged with battery on a police officer.
Three were arrested on magistrate court warrants.
One was arrested for encouraging violation of probation or bail.
Two were arrested for battery against a household member.
There was a report of battery.
There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.

An animal was impounded for biting.
There was a report of an animal at large.

 

Thursday January 9, 2014

Aspen Elementary, one of the older schools in the district, will soon become the newest, thanks to the community’s overwhelming support of a general obligation construction bond. The new school is expected to be complete in January 2015.
For the rest of this school year and continuing into next fall, all classes will be housed in a portable campus next to the construction site.
Current construction plans call for the new school to be completed in two phases. The first phase renovates a new foyer and remodels the administrative wing. The second phase calls for a two story school that houses the lower grades on the bottom floor and upper grades on the top floor
Joanie Ahlers, Los Alamos Public School Chief Operations Officers, noted that the cost of the Aspen project was about $18 million. She explained that about a third of the total cost of the project was funded by the Public Schools Facilities Authority. Ms. Ahlers stated, Aspen was the most comprehensive school construction project with 95% of the school either remodeled or rebuilt. In contrast, 35% of the high school was rebuilt and 65% of the middle school rebuilt.

 

Wednesday  January 8, 2014

The Los Alamos Middle School can now be accessed from either North Mesa Road or from San Ildefonso for parking access or to drop off students. The student drop-off is designed for vehicles to enter the drop-off lane from the north end (the North Mesa Road side), for drivers to drive all the way to the south end (the San Ildefonso side), and then to stop to let their child out. The design allows for the maximum number of vehicles to be in the lane and to ensure the safety of the students. It is important that all students being dropped off are only getting out of vehicles that are in the drop-off lane. The Middle school staff thanks parents and community members for being patient while the work at the middle school was being completed, especially the parking lot and drop-off zone.

 

Tuesday January 7, 2014

Northern New Mexico students aiming to pursue four-year college degrees are eligible for tuition help ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be announced in March for the next school year. The deadline for applications is Jan. 21.The fund, which has awarded $3.7 million since 1998, is administered by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. Funding comes from donations by LANL employees, contractors and a matching amount from Los Alamos National Security, LLC. Awards are based on academic performance, leadership potential, critical thinking skills and career goals. Financial need, diversity and regional representation are also part of the selection process. Students interested in scientific or other careers may be linked with internships at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Eligible students must live in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel, Sandoval or Mora counties. 

Requirements and applications are on line at www.lanlfoundation.org. 

 

Monday January 6, 2014

Here are the lowlights of the police reports from December 26 through january1

One was arrested for DWI

One was arrested on possession of a controlled substance

One was arrested for battery against a household member

Two were arrested on a municipal court warrant.

Three were arrested on magistrate court warrants.

Two juveniles were arrested for shoplifting referred to the JPO and released to parent

There was a report of harassment.

There was a report of an abandoned vehicle.

There was a report of an animal at large.

 

Friday January 3, 2014

State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, said Thursday that he will introduce a proposed constitutional amendment to make marijuana legal in New Mexico.

The amendment would be modeled after one in Colorado, where recreational marijuana became legal Jan. 1.

“It basically reads as Colorado’s reads, and it is very simple, which is the state shall not prohibit the growing, possession and distribution of marijuana in New Mexico.”

If the proposal were to be approved during the upcoming 30-day legislative session and approved by voters, the Legislature would come back in 2015 and write the rules and regulations.

 

Thursday January 2, 2014

January is National Radon Action Month, according to The EPA. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote action against the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as Americas #1 in-home hazard. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, this health hazard can be avoided.

 

Wednesday January 1, 2014

 Happy New Year!!