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Wednesday January 4, 2017
In March 2015, President Obama launched the TechHire initiative based on the simple idea that building a pipeline of tech talent can bring new jobs to local economies, facilitate business growth, and give local residents a pathway into the middle class.
To build this pipeline, TechHire promotes programs—such as coding bootcamps and online courses—to quickly train people with limited technology skills and have them ready to work technical jobs in only a matter of months.
In December, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico—essentially communities above and along I-40 with the exception of the Albuquerque metro area—was selected to be one of 71 nationwide TechHire regions. According to a White House press release: “All TechHire communities went through an intensive and competitive application process to demonstrate their level of commitment and readiness in expanding the technology sector. This TechHire designation shows that Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico have the partners, employers, training providers, and the civil leadership support needed to implement and scale tech job opportunities for everyone
Community Learning Network, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit dedicated to “building communities through real-life learning,” submitted the original TechHire proposal and is leading the regional TechHire initiative. The goal is to train more than 500 students (of all ages) by 2020 for high-demand tech jobs with regional Tech employers such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, OpenEye Scientific Software, EMR-Bear, and Descartes Labs.

Tuesday January 3, 2017
Today is a busy day being the first official business day of 2017. Ballots are mailed to Los Alamos registered voters for the LAPS school bond and the UNM-LA mill levy election. LAPS is seeking to renew its bonds to continue work on capital projects at the public schools. UNM-LA is seeking a 1 mil increase in property taxes to support our community college. Ballots must be received in the county clerk’s office not later than January 24.
It is the day that a person who desires to be a write-in candidate, for a seat on the Los Alamos School board or UNM-LA advisory board, shall file with the County Clerk a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate before 5:00 p.m. It is also the last day to withdrawing your candidacy from the election of either of those races.

Happy New Year
As a way to improve safety in the community, the DWI Planning Council is partnering with the Atomic City Transit to offer safe rides to and from home with the “Buzz Bus.”
ACT will accept reservations for free transportation. Rides can be scheduled for Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31 by calling 661-RIDE (7433).
Free rides are available 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 and reservation slots are available and accepted all day until 12:30 a.m.
Ride service is available 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 and reservation slots are available until 1:30 a.m.

Monday December 26, 2016
Closed for the Christmas Holiday!
County administration offices and the libraries will observe the Christmas holiday on Monday, Dec. 26 and the New Year's Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 2. The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) but open on Dec. 26. For those with trash collection on Mondays, put your roll carts at the curb the following Wednesdays instead (Wed. Dec. 28 and Jan. 4). Atomic City Transit buses do not operate on these observed holidays. And, if you have visitors in town, be advised that the visitor centers in Los Alamos and White Rock are closed for the County observed holidays. For hours of operation for other County facilities, which may include abbreviated hours on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31, give them a call before you head out the door.

Friday December 23, 2016
The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Friday, December 23rd and will be restored on Tuesday, December 27th. The Traffic & Streets Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the full period 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.

Thursday December 22, 2016
Here are the lowlights of the police reports December 14 to 20th.
Five were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants
One was arrested for aggravated DWI
Two were arrested for DWI
One was summoned for a hit and run accident
There was a report of trafficking a controlled substance
There was a report of child abuse
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of fraud
There were 2 reports of criminal damage to property
There was a suicide attempt.
There were 5 accidents without injuries

Wednesday December 21, 2016
The next phase of the paved Canyon Rim Trail will take you from the trailhead (across from Entrada Business Park on Main Hill Rd) west to the Smith's Marketplace! Join the project team and County Councilors as they "cut the ribbon" at the new pedestrian bridge to officially open the trail extension on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. - in case of snow/bad weather, watch our website for any move in location or cancellation. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments at Crossroads church, next to the trail. Phase 3 of this popular trail is in the early concept stages to extend the trail from Smith's Marketplace - it could possibly stay on the canyon edge until 20th Street and then link into the downtown area and further west to the Nature Center. Several options are being explored.

Tuesday December 20, 2016
The Department of Public Utilities requests your assistance in determining the public's level of interest in a Community Solar Garden. Please take a few minutes to respond to the five question survey located on the county website. Click on the open forum tab to access the survey. DPU will use this information to prepare a feasibility study for possible consideration to add a Community Solar Garden to the County's energy generation portfolio.

Monday December 19, 2016
On Dec. 20, the Council will hear an update from the County's consultant (Dekker Perrich Sabatini) on operating and maintenance costs for the proposed eight recreation projects - and then the Council plans to discuss and could take action on the projects, which are slated to go to a bond election in 2017. The Dec. 20 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers and will be streamed live. Go to the Los Alamos County webpage and click on coumty county to pick up the computer stream.Go to https://losalamosbondprojects2017.com/ to learn more about the bond porojects.

Friday December 16, 2016
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities was selected by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) as a recipient of its 2016 System Improvement Award,
which recognizes member utilities for undertaking system upgrades, capital improvements and preventative maintenance measures to modernize electric distribution facilities to
improve system reliability, reduce losses, reduce outage times and/or improve power quality. The award will be presented to the DPU  at the Annual Member Meeting on
December 21, 2016.
During 2008-2009, the DPU's system average interruption duration index (SAIDI) reached an all-time high of over 300 minutes. The SAIDI measures the average amount of time
that a customer could expect to be without power over a 12-month period. Through effective distribution engineering, the development of an electric reliability plan, adoption of
an asset management team and tireless efforts of DPU staff, in September 2016, the DPU realized a SAIDI of only 19 minutes, the lowest value since DPU began tracking.

Thursday December 15, 2016
Here are the lowlights of the police reports December 7 to 13.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested on the charge of computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle.
Two were arrested for possession of paraphernalia.
One was arrested for trafficking controlled substances.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested for aggravated assault against a household member.
One was arrested for aggravated DWI.
A juvenile was arrested on the charge of distributing marijuana, released to parents and referred to the JPO.
A juvenile was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol.
There was a report of automobile theft.
There was a report of identity theft
There was a report of fraud.
There was a report of larceny.
There were 3 reports of burglary from a vehicle or other structure.
There was a report of burglary from a residence.
The bomb squad was called.
There was a report of an animal at large.
There was a report of menacing behavior.
There was an accident with injuries.

Wednesday December 14, 2016
For Ancestral Pueblo farmers, keeping track of the changing of the seasons was crucial for knowing when to plant and harvest. In many places, it appears that they made markers aligned with the sunrise and sunset on the winter and summer solstices, the shortest and longest days of the year. This year Bandelier National Monument will offer ranger-guided walks to observe possible solstice markers among the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings in Frijoles Canyon. On December 21, winter solstice, the Sunrise Walk will meet at 7:15 AM in front of the Visitor Center, and the Sunset Walk at 1:30. These times may sound strange, but the 400-foot canyon walls make a big difference in the first and last times of the day that the sun appears as seen from the canyon bottom. The walks will be postponed to the following day if the sky is overcast.
Participants can just drive down to the Visitor Center area, and no signups are required. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers, especially for the sunrise. Both walks are about 400 yards each way on a level paved trail. No pets allowed.
Weather permitting, the park will be open throughout the holiday season, but the Visitor Center will be closed on December 25 and January 1. For more information, contact the Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861 x 517 or check the Bandelier website, www.nps.gov/band. There is also a Facebook page, BandelierNPS.

Tuesday December 13, 2016
The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials on Tuesday, Dec. 13th at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, inside the Municipal Building. County Councilors Pete Sheehey, Christine Chandler and Antonio Maggiore will be sworn in, along with County Clerk Naomi Maestas and Probate Judge Anne Nobile. The ceremony is being hosted by County Clerk Sharon Stover and her staff in the Clerk's office. A reception with light refreshments will follow the ceremony.

Monday December 12, 2016
Los Alamos School Board President Jim Hall announced last Wednesday he is officially running for reelection for his seat on the school board.
Mr. Hall represents District 1 in White Rock, which covers precincts one, two, three and seven. Since his announcement, no challengers have come forward.
White Rock resident Matt Williams will not seek reelection. He represents district 2 in White Rock which covers pricints 4,5 ,and 6.
No candidates have officially come forward for William’s seat. All school board candidates must report to the town clerk’s office Dec. 20 to officially declare their candidacy.

Friday December 10, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced today a 59-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, both from McKinley County, have been confirmed to have hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). These are the seventh and eighth cases of HPS in New Mexico in 2016. Both patients are hospitalized.
Hantavirus infection is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People contract hantavirus by inhaling the virus, often when they are cleaning up rodent droppings and nesting materials. The deer mouse is the main carrier for Sin Nombre virus, the hantavirus strain found in New Mexico.

Thursday December 9, 2016
Here are the lowlights of the police reports
November 30 to December 6
Two people were arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
Six were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
One was arrested for shoplifting.
One was arrested on charge of discharging firearms.
A juvenile was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs released to parents and referred to the JPO.
The bomb squad was called.
There was a report of breaking and entering.
There were 2 reports of larceny.
There was a report of marijuana.
There were 2 accidents without injuries.
There were 2 unattended deaths.

Wednesday December 7, 2016
Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Seventy-five years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more than 2,400 Americans. The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on the Congress to declare war and "make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us."

Tuesday December 6, 2016
Former Senator Pete Domenici has accepted a position as senior advisor to state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn Jr. His new positon with the land office has yet to be determined. Domenici will likely be working on education issues, such as Dunn’s proposal to start a permanent fund for childhood education with revenue from leasing mineral right on public lands owned by the federal government. He will also focus on land and water conservation.

Monday December 5, 2016
The Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the grand openings of two non-profits in Los Alamos next week. Ribbon cuttings are scheduled for the Los Alamos Community Foundation on Dec. 7 and the Bradbury Scientific Museum Association on Dec. 8.
The Los Alamos Community Foundation ribbon cutting will be held during Business After Hours at Los Alamos National Bank. The Community Foundation offices are on the upper floor of LANB, which is a controlled access area, and so the ribbon cutting will be celebrated in the lobby of the bank. The Business After Hours is from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 and the ribbon cutting is tentatively scheduled to take place at 6 p.m.
The Bradbury Science Museum gift shop “Gadgets” ribbon cutting will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 inside the Bradbury Science Museum. Prior to the formation of the Bradbury Science Museum Association, tourists were unable to purchase merchandise with the Bradbury Science Museum logo on it. The BSMA will operate Gadgets inside the museum and carry T-shirts, ball caps, mugs, thumb drives, books and other items.


Friday December 2, 2016
In honor of the more than 2,400 U.S. personnel who died due to the attack on December 7, 1941, the Bradbury Science Museum will present on exhibit on Pearl Harbor. In addition to a detailed chronology of events beginning at 6:18 a.m. on that historic morning, the display includes snippets of a serviceman’s diary, samples of newspaper pages of the time, and an extensive slideshow of more than 60 images taken before, during, and after the attack.


Thursday December 1, 2016
Each year, the Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division provides free farolito sand as a courtesy to residents. Sand is now available at these locations:

• Overlook Park – in south Parking Lot
• Urban Park – in 42nd St. Parking Area
• Sullivan Field – west side of Parking Lot
• Barranca Mesa – at the end of Barranca Rd @ Navajo
• North Mesa – at the north end of Soccer Field Parking Lot

Residents are asked to limit the amount of sand taken to the amount needed for their farolitos.

Wednesday November 30, 2016
The University of New Mexico Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is offering a workshop to assist students (and their families) in completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. The process and the deadlines of completing the FAFSA have changed . The workshop will be held in a computer lab in building 6 on the UNM-LA campus, 4000 University Drive.
The priority deadline for FAFSA 2017-2018 is January 6 for all UNM campuses. Students meeting the priority deadline will receive first consideration for various federal and state grants. A completed FAFSA is also required for many scholarship, work-study, and loan programs.
UNM-LA staff will be available to answer questions about the FAFSA and to walk students through the application process. For those who plan to complete the FAFSA during the workshop, please bring:
• Student and parent (if applicable) Social Security Numbers
• Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen
• Student and parent 2015 federal tax returns, W-2 forms, and records of any untaxed income
• An FSA ID (if you have one)
UNM-LA is offering FAFSA workshop to anyone in the community who wishes to attend. For more information about the workshop, contact Student Services at 505.662.0332

Tuesday November 29, 2016
Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap for an engaging discussion about the new History Museum campus led by Museum Educator Aimee Slaughter. Learn the inside story of how museums create new exhibits and get a sneak peek into what you’ll experience in our renovated History Museum. We will talk about all the questions you’ve been wondering about since the renovations began more than a year ago.
History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is at 5:30 p.m. December 1st at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square. Don't miss this great discussion.

Monday November 28, 2016
San Ildefonso Road Pedestrian tunnel at the Diamond Drive Round-a-bout will be closed starting Monday, November 28, 2016 for approximately three weeks as the tunnel undergoes rehabilitation.
Crews from GM Emulsion will be removing the existing concrete slab in the tunnel and will be constructing a structural shotcrete lining around the entire tunnel. This rehabilitation work is necessary to remediate the corrosion of the existing corrugated steel plate around the perimeter of the tunnel. The tunnel will be closed starting Monday, November 28, 2016 for approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

Friday November 25, 2016
The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is now open. Adult skating lessons are scheduled to begin Tuesday, November 29th from 12:15pm-12:45pm.
The Youth Skating Lessons will begin on Wednesday, November 30th from 3:45pm-4:15pm for the Beginner 1 Class (3-5 year olds) and 4:30pm-5:00pm for the Beginner 2 class (6 and up).
Passes and registration for ice skating lessons can be obtained at the Ice Rink (505-662-4500), the Aquatic Center front desk (505-662-8170) or online at www.losalamosnm.us/rec

Thursday November 24, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday November 23, 2016
 County Administrative offices are closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 24 as well as the day after on Friday, Nov. 25. The Eco Station and Overlook Collection Center will be closed. The library will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday the 25th . Atomic City Transit buses will not be running their routes either day. For other County facilities, hours of operation may vary - call them before heading out.

Tuesday November 22, 2016
New Mexico State Parks is proudly joining other states by waiving fees on Black Friday to encourage people to spend more time outdoors. New Mexico State Parks will be waiving the $5 day-use fees for all 35 state parks on Friday, November 25, 2016.
“Naturally, we want everyone to visit our State Parks every day,” said State Parks Director Christy Tafoya. “On November 25th, we’re encouraging visitors to extend the family gathering beyond the Thanksgiving holiday table, get outdoors on Black Friday and visit a New Mexico State Park for free.”
Traditionally known as “Black Friday” in the retail world, the day after Thanksgiving can also be a time where families and friends unwind, relax and experience a great adventure at a New Mexico State Park close to home.

Monday November 21, 2016
County Administrative offices are closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 24 as well as the day after on Friday, Nov. 25. The Eco Station and Overlook Collection Center will be closed. If that's your trash day, put your roll carts at the curb ahead of the holiday break, on Wednesday, Nov. 23 instead. The library will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday the 25th . Atomic City Transit buses will not be running their routes either day. For other County facilities, hours of operation may vary - call them before heading out.

Friday November 18, 2016
Attorney General Hector Balderas and 41 other attorneys general yesterday filed an amended antitrust lawsuit against the makers of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction, over allegations that the companies engaged in a scheme to block generic competitors and cause purchasers to pay artificially high prices. Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, now known as Indivior, is accused of conspiring with MonoSol Rx to switch Suboxone from a tablet version to a film (that dissolves in the mouth) in order to prevent or delay generic alternatives and maintain monopoly profits. The companies are accused of violating state and federal antitrust laws. No generic alternative for Suboxone is currently available.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Pennsylvania accuses the companies of violating the federal Sherman Act and state laws. Counts include conspiracy to monopolize and illegal restraint of trade. In the suit, the attorneys general ask the court to stop the companies from engaging in anticompetitive conduct, to restore competition, and to order appropriate relief for consumers and the states, plus costs and fees.

Thursday November 17, 2016
Dr. Cindy Rooney, CEO of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), has been appointed to serve on the advisory committee to assist and advise The University of New Mexico (UNM) Board of Regents in the selection of UNM’s next President.
According to the UNM Newsroom press release, in addition to UNM Regent President Doughty, the 20 member advisory committee includes two UNM Regents; eight UNM faculty including the Dean of Anderson School of Management, the Director of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, the head of the Faculty Senate, and Dr. Rooney; three UNM staff members; two students; and four alumni and community members.

Wednesday November 16, 2016
Families of first graders may recognize one of two Arbordale books Ten for Me or Newton and Me which were given to students at the beginning of the school year as part Governor Martinez’s First Grade Reading Initiative. Now, as part of the same bid, all New Mexico elementary-age students and their families have access to 134 ebooks on Arbordale’s dual-language Fun eReader® platform.
The enhanced ebook format with audio, word highlighting and speed control helps beginning or struggling readers. For second language learning, the ebooks seamlessly switch between English and Spanish. The collection includes a mix of heartwarming stories and photographic nonfiction. All titles have a science or math connection, and a For Creative Minds section filled with fun facts and activities designed to make learning fun.
The ebooks can be accessed online through (1) their elementary school's website, (2) “eBook Access” portal on arbordalepublishing.com, (3) links sent home in emails, and through (4) Fun eReader® apps on iTunes and Google Play. Unlimited access is good through December 2017. Parents with children attending any New Mexico elementary school should contact their child’s school for login information

Tuesday November 15, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin paving operations on NM 502 from mile maker 5.00 to mile marker 6.40 approximately two miles east of Los Alamos.
Starting Tuesday, November 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., NM 502 will have intermittent lane closures on the eastbound and westbound lanes. Motorists can expect minor delays during this time. The paving operation work is scheduled to be completed November 14, 2016; weather permitting.
Drivers are urged to proceed with caution through the work zone, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the posted limit. Updates on this project will be posted on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road advisory website, http://nmroads.com/. You can also call the NMDOT’s road hotline at 511 or 1-800-432-4269.

Monday November 14, 2016

The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is scheduled to open on Tuesday November 15th.  Opening Day will be begin with Adult noon time skating from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Public Skating from 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Youth Stick & Puck from 3:45 – 5:15 PM, and youth hockey practices from 5:30 – 10:30 PM.

On Wednesday, November 16th it is try “Ice Skating Lessons for FREE” day. Everyone who comes down to try the lessons will receive FREE admission and skate rentals, a meet and greet with our ice skating instructors, and a mini skating lesson.   Ages 10 & under are from 1:30 - 2:00 PM and ages 11 to Adult are from 2:15 - 2:45 PM.

Until the Rink opens, passes and registration for ice skating lessons can be done at the Aquatic Center front desk, 505-662-8170 or online at www.losalamosnm.us/rec. The contact phone number for the Ice Rink is 505-662-4500.  See you on the ice!


Friday November 11, 2016
 The Council moved its Tuesday, Nov. 15 meeting to tonight, Monday, Nov. 14 in order to have the necessary quorum of councilors present to hold the meeting. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, The Comprehensive Plan public hearing is set to occur at the Monday meeting. We will be discussing this meeting Wednesday morning with Councilor Susan O'Leary.

Thursday November 10, 2016
 Here are the lowlights of the police reports November 2 through 8.
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
two were arrested for shoplifting.
Two were arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked
One was arrested for battery on a police officer.
A juvenile was taken into custody as a runaway in need of supervision released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of aggravated assault.
There were 3 reports of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of fraud in excess of 20,000.
There was a report of custodial interference.
There was a report of identity theft.
One was taken into mental protective custody.
The bomb squad was called
There was a report of cruelty to animals.
There was an accident with injuries.

Wednesday November 9, 2016
Here is the summary of the Los Alamos County election unofficial results.
We chose Hillary Clinton.
Ben Ray Lujan remains our US Representative.
Secretary of State is Maggie Toulouse Oliver.
Our State Senators ran unopposed so Richard Martinez and Carlos Cisneros are still our state Senators.
Our State Representative for district 43 is still Stephanie Garcia Richard.
District Attorney is Marco Peter Serna.
The new New Mexico State Supreme court justice is Judith Nakamura.
Our new County Councilors are re-elected Pete Sheehey, Antonio Maggiore, and Chris Chandler.
The County Clerk is Naomi Maestas.
The Probate Judge is Anne Nobile.
The sheriff’s position will remain in the community.
All 4 state bond issues passed.

Tuesday November 8, 2016
Today is Election Day. The polls opened at 7am and will continue through 7pm tonight. Polling places include: Municipal Building, 1st Floor, Council Chambers (1000 Central Ave.) White Rock Library – Multi-Purpose Room (10 Sherwood Blvd.) Golf Course Community Building – Multi-Purpose Room (4290 Diamond Dr.) Completed absentee ballots are physically due back to the County Clerk's Office, no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.
Over half of the registered voters have voted early. We encourage the other half to vote today.

Monday November 7, 2016
Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Manhattan Project National Historical Park (NHP), have announced that the National Park Service and other federal agencies will offer one more Fee Free Day this year: Thursday, November 11, Veterans Day. On that day, federal areas nationwide, including Bandelier and the Valles Caldera, will offer free admission to everyone. Manhattan Project NHP has no entry fee.

Friday November 4, 2016
Law enforcement and groups working to prevent gun violence want to turn Santa Fe’s unwanted firearms into something less lethal: gardening tools and art.
The first Guns to Gardens Gun Buyback will take place Nov. 12 at the Santa Fe police station, 2015 Camino Entrada.
Anyone may turn in an unused or unwanted firearm. Santa Fe Community College welding instructors and students, along with members of RAWtools, a Colorado-based group fighting gun violence, will dismantle the guns on-site. The gun parts will be used to make gardening tools and public art.
The gun exchanges are anonymous. Merchant cards for gas stations, food and electronics will be exchanged for the unwanted guns, according to a news release.
The event organizers are New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, Santa Fe Police, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, the city of Santa Fe and RAWtools.

Thursday November 3, 2016
Early voting continues to take place this week at the Muni building and White Rock public library. Hours are M-F 8-6. Saturday is the last day for early voting and the hours at both polling places are 10-6. Official election day is Tuesday November 8.

Wednesday November 2, 2016
A new exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum highlights 50 years of nuclear safeguards at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Nuclear safeguards are measures that help ensure nuclear material around the world is being used for peaceful purposes—such as energy or in the medical field—and not for weapons development.
The Laboratory has played a critical role in developing instruments and training international inspectors who go to nuclear facilities around the world to make sure countries are complying with treaty agr
The new exhibit shows the history of nuclear safeguards, which began development shortly after President Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program, when the world’s leaders were concerned about the proliferation of nuclear weapons but didn’t want to hinder the scientific and economic advances of the nuclear age. The exhibit also details the Laboratory’s role in both the advent of safeguards and their continued development.

Tuesday November 1, 2016
Four distinguished Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are being recognized as Fellows of the Laboratory this fall. The Fellows organization at Los Alamos was established in 1981 and includes technical staff members who have been appointed by the Laboratory director in recognition of their sustained outstanding contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement and an outstanding record of publications.
Fellows are limited to 2 percent of the Laboratory’s technical staff. They advise management on important issues, promote scientific achievement and organize symposia and public lectures.
Scott Crooker is an accepted international authority in the optical studies of semiconductors.
Jennifer Hollingsworth has made significant contributions to the field of core/shell semiconductor nanocrystalline quantum dots (NQDs).
Dean Preston is recognized as a leader in the field of shock compression theory.
Roger Wiens is the principal investigator behind ChemCam, a laser spectroscopy instrument aboard NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover.

Monday October 31, 2016
Happy Halloween
The Cold War Patriots, an advocacy group for those who helped national laboratories build nuclear weapons, will host a “Day of Remembrance” event in Los Alamos today. The Los Alamos event will run from 10 a.m. to noon at Fuller Lodge. The featured guest speakers are Michele Jacquez-Ortiz, a field representative for Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Kevin Fitzgerald, a vice president for community outreach for Professional Case Management, a Denver company that provides in-home health care for former uranium-mine or nuclear-weapons workers under contract with the U.S. Labor and Energy departments, and Steve Levin an ombudsman for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Cold War Patriots’ actual Day of Remembrance is Oct. 30, the day that marks the day in 2000 Congress passed the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
The event is open to any current or past worker who has worked at LANL, Sandia or any of the other U.S. Dept. of Energy’s nuclear facilities in the region.

Friday October 28, 2016
Halloween is a time for frightening fun but if you’re not careful it could be a time for scary and preventable traffic crashes. This year Halloween will fall on Mon., Oct. 31. AAA New Mexico reminds drivers that pedestrians will likely be out between the hours of 4:00 p.m. through midnight on that day. To help make the roadways safe this Halloween, drivers, trick-or-treaters and partygoers should follow a few tips tips:

Drivers:
• Avoid neighborhood shortcuts. If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.
• Watch for children in the street. Watch for children walking on streets, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
• Slow down.
• Drive sober.

Parents and Pedestrians:
• Trick-or-Treat together. AAA recommends that parents accompany young trick-or-treaters at least until the age of 12.
• Review safety precautions with children. Include traffic safety rules in the review such as stay on the sidewalk, cross the street at crosswalks, avoid walking in front of, behind or between parked cars and stop at driveways to make sure no vehicles are coming in and out.
• Select highly visible costumes. Look for light, bright and reflective costumes that make trick-or-treaters easy to see. Add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets and bags to increase visibility.
• Check costumes. Choose disguises that don't obstruct vision and opt for non-toxic face paint instead of masks. Check and adjust the length of costumes to avoid tripping and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible.
• Get a flashlight with fresh batteries. A flashlight can help trick-or-treaters see and be seen, but it should never be directed at someone’s eyes including those of passing motorists.
• Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Plan For Safe Halloween Parties and Celebrations
With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, many people may choose to throw parties or head to block parties to celebrate this coming weekend.
If you plan to celebrate Halloween events with alcohol, AAA New Mexico suggests the following:
• Make plans to get home safely. If celebrating with alcohol, arrange for a designated driver, cab or ride sharing service to be available to and from the party location.
• Consider an overnight stay. If attending a party at a friend’s home, consider asking to stay overnight. If participating in festivities in a downtown or commercial area, look into hotel accommodations within walking distance.
• Have safe transportation options ready. If hosting a party with alcohol, compile a list of phone numbers including local cab companies and organizations offering designated driver services to have readily available should guests need a safe way home.
• Think about designated drivers and offer alternatives to alcohol. Plan to have non-alcoholic drink options available for designated drivers and others. Serve plenty of food so partygoers do not drink on empty stomachs.

Thursday October 27, 2016
Theatre Festival and New Mexico Activities Association State High School One-Act Production Competition.
The Olions took first place in the NMAA One-Act Production competition and first place for the best backstage crew.

In addition, Brad Parker was awarded the Ovation Award for Administrators and Volunteers, Chas Shay was awarded an Ovation Award for Inspirational Teachers, Dylan Mauldin was selected to be a part of the All-Festival Cast, and Sydney Shelton earned third place for her poster design.

Dylan Mauldin, Joseph Sarrao, and Elia Vasquez made up the cast, and Jerome Colletti, Tory Hughes, Daniel Sarrao, Opale Schappert, and Sydney Shelton made up the crew. Olions will be performing the award-winning one act “Words, Words, Words” by David Ives the first weekend in December along with three student-directed one acts.
If you can’t wait until December to see a show, Olions is performing The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow November 3rd through 5th, November 18th, and November 19th.

Wednesday October 26, 2016
This Friday, Oct. 28 -- just in time for Halloween -- a stuffed great horned owl that has lived at the Los Alamos History Museum since the 1970s will be moving to the Los Alamos Nature Center. The handover of the owl will take place at the Nature Center at 2:30 pm. This community event will make a fantastic photo opportunity, so we hope to see you there.
Some background: The owl was hit by a car at Totavi in the late 1970s. It was stuffed and turned over to the Los Alamos Historical Society, where for decades it watched over an exhibit of Boy Scouts from the Los Alamos Ranch School.
With the new exhibits going into the History Museum at the end of this year, the owl needed a new home, and the Nature Center is the perfect place. He has been cleaned and spiffed up, his paperwork (a permit) is in order, and he is all ready for the transfer.
From the publication, History of the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum, 1968-1988:
Richard Watts, president of the Historical Society in 1980 said, It came from a man who hit it with his car while he was driving through Totavi. He took it home to Espanola, put it in the freezer and called to ask if we'd like it for the museum. Of course, we said yes.
Hedy Dunn recalls that the donor was the manager of a restaurant, and she wondered in which freezer he stored the owl. The bird also created a sensation when she drove home from the taxidermist. I was afraid to lay him down in the car, so he rode upright on the lap of my passenger. People in the cars we met turned to stare, she said.

Tuesday October 25, 2016
A scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recently recognized by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for his work towards ensuring the reliability and domestic supply of a critical medical isotope used for diagnostic imaging. Iain May received the award in recognition of his work to support the development of new production methods for molybdenum-99, the precursor isotope used to formulate radiopharmaceuticals that diagnose heart disease, cancer, neurologic disease and other applications.
“Importantly, these new production methods for Mo-99 do not require highly enriched uranium,” said Nina Rosenberg, program director of nuclear nonproliferation and security at Los Alamos. “Dr. May has used the scientific resources of the Laboratory to have a positive impact on medical treatment as well as nuclear nonproliferation.”

Monday October 24, 2016
Here is the cone zone report provided by Los Alamos County.
Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements Project Central Avenue from Knecht Street to 9th Street will continue to be closed through next week to complete road work.
Landscape work, signing and striping, along with other punch list work will be ongoing within the project boundaries along Central Avenue throughout the week. Drivers should be aware of workers in the area. Intermittent flagging operations may be in use daily.
The new County branding logo will be applied to the intersection at 15th Street. During this work the intersection will be closed to through traffic. Detours will be in place as necessary.
On Wednesday, October 26 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm crews are scheduled to begin placement of the County branding logo at the intersection of 15th Street and Central Avenue. Motorists can expect a flagging operation. Left turn movements at the intersection will be restricted.
Road work on the 41st Street/45th Street loop south of Sandia Drive continues. Paving is scheduled next week, with minor work such as clean up and landscaping continuing throughout the week


Friday October 21, 2016
The Los Alamos Police Department will be hosting its bi-annual Drug take back day this Saturday October 22nd 2016, from 10am until 2pm at the following locations:
The Smith’s parking lot located at 751 Trinity Dr. and the White Rock Visitor Center located at 115 State Route # 4
This drug diversion program is a part of a national initiative by the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
They ask the public to refrain from bringing needles to the drop off locations.

Thursday October 20, 2016
Yesterday afternoon the county environmental services quarterly pick-up truck did not lower the grabber arm enough to clear the overhead signal at the Diamond and Arkansas intersection. The truck was heading west when it hit the streetlight knocking the light off the overhead arm and twisting the support pole. No one was hurt in the accident. Initially traffic was detoured up Arkansas and around on North road while the stoplight was removed from the street Diamonds westbound lanes were closed for hours while the county used a crane and other equipment to take down the hanging support pole and replace by this morning’s rush hour.

Wednesday October 19, 2016
Here is a statement from Harry Burgess Los Alamos County Manager regarding the recent arrest of Atomic City Transit bus driver Joseph Dimas on charges of criminal sexual contact of a minor and enticement of a minor.
Atomic City Transit has been valued as an integral part of our transportation system for over a decade. Providing safe, reliable transportation options in our community is one of our county’s goals, and giving our riders prompt, courteous service is our mission. On a daily basis, thousands of residents and visitors trust ACT to transport them safely to and from work, school and recreational activities in Los Alamos and White Rock. The term “safety” applies to the infrastructure of our transit system. However, the term “safety” applies to the rider’s experience, too - from the time they step onto our buses until their departure at their designated bus stop. We hold all of our County employees to a high standard of customer service, public safety practices and professionalism. We take the allegations against Joseph Dimas very seriously, and we are working in full cooperation with LAPD on the police investigation. Please know that our Atomic City Transit drivers share the community’s concerns about this recent situation

Tuesday October 18, 2016
During the last week of September, Los Alamos High School students observed Suicide Awareness Prevention Month by spending a week doing kind deeds for others.
The LAHS Natural Helpers and the Student Leadership team spent the weekend cutting out hundreds of paper hearts, writing the names of every student on them, and hanging them up in the A Wing Lobby. On Monday, the Topper students were instructed to find their heart, do kind deeds for others, and give their heart away to someone else. At the end of the week students received prizes.
Natural Helpers is a statewide suicide prevention program that empowers youth to watch out for each other, recognize when their peers are having trouble and respond.
It goes to show how a simple idea can spark a movement, not just on a special day but anytime and throughout the entire year.
Thanks to the LAHS Natural Helpers program for reminding us all just how far a little care and compassion can go.

Monday October 17, 2016
Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate prescribed burn projects beginning early this week, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions. The prescribed burn will take place within an approximately 1,200-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of NM State Road 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of 3-8 nonconsecutive days. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve.

Friday October 14, 2016
At the October 4th County Council meeting, Councilors gave the Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) team new directives for the proposed capital improvement projects. Their directives follow the September 20th County Council work session and input from residents and businesses. The directives include:
• Los Alamos County staff should move forward with design concepts for two of the Economic Development projects – 20th Street extension and Deacon Street improvements. Staff should establish a project budget of $1.3 million for the 20th Street extension and $2.1 million for the Deacon Street improvements.
• The DPS team will analyze both Parcel A-8 and the Pueblo Complex as potential sites for a Recreation Center & Indoor Ice Rink complex. The budget should not exceed and may be up to $14 million. The Council also decided North Mesa and the Aquatic Center will no longer be considered sites for the Recreation Center and Indoor Ice Rink.
• Revisit the costs associated with the multi-generational pool at the aquatic center. The budget should not exceed and may be up to $8 million.
• Update the concept and estimate for the Piñon Park Splash pad. The budget should not exceed and may be up to $700,000.
• Evaluate Mesa Field by the Los Alamos High School as a potential site for four or five tennis courts. The budget should not exceed and may be up to $500,000. Based on public input Overlook Park, Urban Park, North Mesa and Western Area Park will no longer be considered for tennis courts.
• For the existing outdoor ice rink on West Road, pursue the costs for a vertical shading device and upgrades to locker rooms, restrooms and support space. The budget should not exceed and may be up to $1.1 million.
• Revisit the cost assumptions for golf course improvements. The budget should not exceed and may be up to $5 million.
• Revisit the cost assumptions for softball field improvements at Overlook Park and provide safe road crossing to facilitate access to concessions instead of building a new concession facility. The budget should not exceed and may be up to $1 million. Remove from consideration a new multi-use field on North Mesa.
• Staff should suspend further consideration of DP Road Improvements/Parcel A-8 improvements until other Council goals can be completed such as the approval of the Comprehensive Plan.
• Remove from consideration a water feature at Ashley Pond.
The next opportunities for public input and information will be at a Town Hall meeting from 5:30 – 8 p.m. November 17th at Fuller Lodge.


Thursday October 13, 2016
After a comprehensive review of expected conditions, including weather, winds and ventilation, the Santa Fe National Forest plans to begin the previously announced prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed, Oct. 12, with blacklining and hand ignitions, followed by aerial ignitions on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Smoke from the prescribed burn in the Watershed will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Glorieta, Pecos Canyon, El Dorado and I-25. Although the National Weather Service is forecasting surface winds in the 10- to 15-mph range this week, which should push the smoke out of Santa Fe, smoke may linger in the Santa Fe and Tesuque areas on Thursday and Friday mornings following ignitions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday October 12, 2016
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will participate in the Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. While providing the public a chance to meet the student artists and view their work, this event also helps the students develop their voice as artists.
UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney will also lead tours of the UNM-LA campus on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tours will focus on campus renovations that have resulted from Statewide GO Bond funds in the past. These include the EMS facility, science labs, Wallace Hall and the South Wing of Building 6.
This will be UNM-Los Alamos’s second year to participate in the Los Alamos Studio Arts Tour. The efforts are led by two UNM-LA Instructors, Barbara Yarnell and Patrick Harris. They invite the community to view student work from their ceramics, drawing, and painting classes.
UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive, is stop #4 on the Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour this weekend. Instructors and students will host a reception serving snacks and drinks in the Jeanette O. Wallace Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Tuesday October 11, 2016
With the rising number of auto thefts and burglaries, which can lead to higher auto insurance rates, the Insurance Fraud Bureau within the Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) is implementing innovative tactics to combat the growing problem. Along with forming an Auto Theft Task Force, OSI’s Insurance Fraud Bureau continues working with many other departments in New Mexico, finding new ways to support the efforts of law enforcement.
You can help reduce the likelihood of your vehicle becoming a target of theft or burglary by taking some simple precautions.
• Roll up windows, lock the doors, and remove your keys
• Remove ALL personal items from view
• Never leave your vehicle running unattended
• Park in well-lit areas or in a garage when possible
• Consider installing a theft deterrent device such as a kill switch, steering wheel collar, or
brake locks
Thieves often look for open opportunities and the path of least resistance, don’t make it easy.

Monday October 10, 2016
September was the seventh month this year that was warmer than normal, and the eighth that was drier than normal. An inch of precipitation fell in Los Alamos from September 5 to September 6 as Hurricane Newton approached the Southwest, but the remainder of the month was nearly dry. Los Alamos measured 1.33 inches of total precipitation for September (0.68 inches below average). From September 14 to September 17, several areas of New Mexico experienced large hail, and there was even a tornado near the Chaves/Eddy County line. Los Alamos continues to have a dry year with a total of 11.37 inches of precipitation (4.06 inches below average). Above-average temperatures occurred near the middle of September that tied or broke high maximum temperature records in Los Alamos and White Rock. This was a result of many southern states being under a high-pressure system that contributed to warmer temperatures. Los Alamos measured 2 degrees above average for the mean maximum, mean minimum, and mean temperatures.                                                                

Friday October 7, 2016
September was the seventh month this year that was warmer than normal, and the eighth that was drier than normal. An inch of precipitation fell in Los Alamos from September 5 to September 6 as Hurricane Newton approached the Southwest, but the remainder of the month was nearly dry. Los Alamos measured 1.33 inches of total precipitation for September (0.68 inches below average). From September 14 to September 17, several areas of New Mexico experienced large hail, and there was even a tornado near the Chaves/Eddy County line. Los Alamos continues to have a dry year with a total of 11.37 inches of precipitation (4.06 inches below average). Above-average temperatures occurred near the middle of September that tied or broke high maximum temperature records in Los Alamos and White Rock. This was a result of many southern states being under a high-pressure system that contributed to warmer temperatures. Los Alamos measured 2 degrees above average for the mean maximum, mean minimum, and mean temperatures.

Thursday October 6, 2016
Members of the public are invited to meet the top candidates vying for the position of County Attorney at a reception hosted by the County Council on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Golf Course. Refreshments will be served.
Becky Ehler recently retired as the County Attorney. The position is appointed by the Council.
-- Continuing a tradition of voter education that began in 1920, the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos has scheduled two nonpartisan candidate forums, both of which will be held in the Lecture Room in Building 2 of UNM/LA.
The first will be on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 for refreshments and to meet the candidates. Participants include Sharon Stover (R) and Stephanie Garcia Richard (D), running for District 43 in the NM House of Representatives; Yvonne M. Chicoine (R) and Marco Peter Serna (D), running for District Attorney in the First Judicial District; Abraham Dispennette (R) and Anne Nobile (I), running for Probate Judge. In addition, Robert Gibson and John Horne will discuss the proposed County Charter amendment.
The second forum will take place one week later on Thursday, October 13. It features U.S. House of Representatives candidates; County Council candidates and County Clerk candidates
Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers will assist in running the forums.

Wednesday October 5, 2016

The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council recently conducted a survey via Open Forum to find out information about the community’s perception of DWI and to solicit input on how to spend annual alcohol tax distribution funds.
The survey yielded 117 responses during the 5-week period it was open. The age of responders ranged from 15 to over 60 with the highest percent responding in the 41-50 age category. 93% of responders are residents of Los Alamos County with an average residency of 16 years.
Responses indicate that there is an awareness of some of the activities and programs that the DWI Planning Council participates in and/or sponsors such as Senior Appreciation Night, Los Alamos Health Fair, and PSA Ads at the Reel Deal Movie Theater. When asked in what area the Planning Council should focus spending efforts, Prevention ranked #1 followed by Treatment and Enforcement. The responders showed overwhelming support for a designated driver program and a safe ride program. Most of those who would take advantage of a safe ride program also said they would pay a fee for this service.
The DWI Planning Council is incorporating the results of this survey along with local and state data as part of a 3-part Strategic Planning effort taking place October – December. The DWI Planning Council members feel it is important to have this data from community members to help guide decisions in how to spend time and resources in the next few years with the ultimate goal of eliminating DWI in Los Alamos County.

Tuesday October 4, 2016
Santa Fe County announces a new partnership with the Santa Fe Public Schools and its Santa Fe Prevention Alliance for the purchase and distribution of Narcan to first responders, the Santa Fe Public schools and community laypersons in Santa Fe County. The contract also includes provisions for opioid overdose prevention training and Narcan administration for first responders, people who use opioids, and family members who may be in position to witness and respond quickly to a drug overdose. The total amount of the contract is $100,000.
Drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription opioid overdoses, are now the leading cause of death in the United States and New Mexico, surpassing motor vehicle crashes. In the past ten years’ deaths due to drug overdose have more than doubled.

Monday October 3, 2016
Today, between 3:00AM and 5:00AM, traffic control operations were conducted by Los Alamos Police Department officers on the section of West Road between Diamond Drive and State Route 4 (by the Los Alamos County Ice Rink) to assist large film vehicles in negotiating the tight turns through Los Alamos Canyon on route to Camp May Road.
Traffic control operations will resume tonight between 6:00PM and 9:00PM to facilitate the same film trucks as they exit the County using West Road to access Diamond and Trinity Drive.
Commuters between Los Alamos and the Jemez are advised to use the Vehicle Access Portals on Los Alamos National Laboratory property to access West Jemez Road and State Road 4.
The familiar gold and black film signs with the letters “PG” will mark the route along NM502, NM501/Trinity Drive, Diamond Drive, West Road and Camp May Road, leading cast and crew to Camp May Road where they will film a scene for the Netflix miniseries, “Godless.”

Friday September 30, 2016
The New Mexico Legislature will convene for a special session today.
A special session is necessary to deal with a nearly $600 million budget deficit from this year and a recently-completed budget year. The state is required to balance its budget each year.
There is also a bill to reinstate the death penalty for those who murder law enforcement officers, correction officers, and children, a bill to reform New Mexico’s “Three Strikes” law, and a bill to expand Baby Brianna’s law.
The special session will cost an estimated $50,000 per day.


Thursday September 29, 2016
The Los Alamos JJAB is pleased to announce a fall session of the Youth Mental Health First Aid training. The class is open to LAPS faculty and staff and community members working with youth 12-18, is free to those participants, includes a certification, and offers a valuable tool set for those working with youth. The class runs 8am-5pm and includes breakfast and lunch. If you or your staff are interested in attending October 1st training, or have questions please call 505-690-7212.

Wednesday September 28, 2016
Los Alamos National Laboratory continues to be recognized for its diversity efforts: STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine, in its newest issue named the Laboratory a 2016 top 20 government employer, the only national laboratory to achieve this recognition.
Rankings were based on an annual survey of randomly-selected readers of the publication, according to Tamara Flaum-Dreyfuss, president and publisher of Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc., which publishes the trade publication.
The recognition from STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine is the latest from a national trade publication that recognizes the Laboratory for its diversity.
Last month, Latina Style magazine named Los Alamos National Laboratory a top 50 employer for Latina women, the first national laboratory to achieve the distinction. More than 800 corporations and companies were reviewed; the magazine featured the nation’s best workplaces in its Latina Style 50 report in its most recent issue.


Tuesday September 27, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Health Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey results for grades 9-12 have been released. Middle school data is expected next week.
Community members are invited to attend the NM-YRRS Roadshow Presentation on Wednesday September 28, 2016 from 1-3 PM in the Los Alamos County Council Chambers. Attendees are invited to register at www.youthrisk.org.
The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey is a tool to assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency (protective) factors of New Mexico high school and middle school students. The YRRS is part of the national CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
Topic areas for the YRRS include risk behaviors related to alcohol and drug use, unintentional injury, violence, suicidal ideation and attempts, tobacco use, sexual activity, physical activity, and nutrition; resiliency (protective) factors such as relationships in the family, school, community, and with peers; and health status issues such as body weight and asthma. The YRRS is offered to high schools and middle schools the fall of odd-numbered years. All data are self-reported by students who voluntarily complete the survey during one class period…..
Overall, State and local trends on substance and alcohol abuse are encouraging.
Key indicators in the YRRS data for Los Alamos include:
• Los Alamos students have lower instances of risky behaviors. The YRRS data indicates reductions in students reporting use of tobacco and tobacco products and reductions in drinking before the age of 13 and in drinking and driving.
• Every student has at least one parent paying attention to his or her school and wellbeing.
• Our students have a healthier profile as compared to New Mexico. Areas of statistically significant positive differences include healthy eating, reduced technology screen time, and lower rates of overweight and obese students.
Areas for serious and continued work in Los Alamos include:
• Increased percentages of students reported being bullied.
• Slight increased percentages of students reporting non-suicidal self-harm, sexual dating violence, having felt sadness or hopelessness, and of seriously considered suicide.
The response rate for Los Alamos High School was 81% with 890 student responses proportionate across the high school. LAPS plans to use the survey data as one point of data with our Healthy Schools and Community Initiative.

Monday September 26, 2016
San Ildefonso Road – Natural Gas, Electric and Fiber Optic Project
Crews will be purging an existing segment of new natural gas pipeline on Monday and Tuesday before connecting the newly installed line. The work will be performed behind the north curb on San Ildefonso Rd between Hawk Drive and North Mesa Rd. “Purging” is necessary to safely release to the atmosphere any remaining natural gas from an existing section of pipeline. This is done so that workers can connect new facilities to it, under strict federal regulatory requirements. During the purging operations, neighbors may smell natural gas and hear loud noises usually associated with the controlled release of gas from the pipe. Vehicle traffic may be interrupted on San Ildefonso Rd for short periods of time to minimize any potential sources of ignition. The procedure is a conventional one, and DPU crews will be on site to monitor the operation at all times.

Friday September 23, 2016
The Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn on a total of 770 acres in the Bull Springs unit of the La Jara Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project Area. This project is located on the south side of east US Highway 64, ten miles east of Taos and two miles west of Angel Fire. Ignition of this prescribed burn will occur September 26 through October 28th 2016, contingent on days when favorable conditions exist. Vegetation, weather conditions, and available resources must be met in order to conduct this prescribed burn.
The Questa Ranger District of the Carson National Forest will begin implementing prescribed burning of piles September 26 through October 31 on days when conditions permit. These pile burns are contingent on wind, relative humidity, temperature, expected weather pattern and available resources.
The piles are located on four separate units in Taos Ski Valley for a total of 46 acres. The first unit, located at the end of the Deer parking area, will consist of one acre. The second unit is located on Ernie’s and North American ski runs and is approximately 25 acres in size. The third unit, located in the Wild West Glade area will consist of 15 acres and the fourth unit near Spencer’s run is approximately 5 acres in size.

Thursday September 22, 2016

Bears have been making their way into residential areas because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts. Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:
• Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; bring it here to the ECO Station and help donate to Dr. Ramsay’s bear cubs.
• Stock up for the winter and preserve fruit by canning or drying fruit.
• Strong and smelly odors will attract bears, so try to reduce odors by keeping smelly items out of the trash until trash pickup day. Try double bagging your trash or using special trash bags that eliminate odors.
• Clean your trash roll carts frequently.
• Keep your trash in a safe and secure place, like inside a locked garage.
• County code requires trash to be set out for collection no earlier than 5:00 PM the day prior to collection, but to avoid luring bears to your property, try to set out trash roll carts the morning of trash collections. Roll carts should be placed out before 8:00 AM.
• Instead of throwing your food away, compost it!
** Upon request, the ECO Station can provide residents with hardware to secure roll cart lids. Call 662-8163 for more information or to request yours. **
These are just a few safety tips to help minimize encounters with bears in residential areas. Please notify NM Department of Game and Fish immediately if you encounter a bear, or have any questions or concerns. They can be reached at (505) 328-2572, or call dispatch at (505) 827-9376.


Wednesday September 21, 2016

 The New Mexico Department of Health announced that nearly two-thirds of New Mexico counties saw a decline in overdose deaths last year. The department released county-by-county data, which shows overdose deaths decreased in 20 of 33 counties. Earlier this year, the Department of Health reported a 9 percent decrease in statewide overdose deaths.

Rio Arriba County has the highest drug overdose death rate in the state. Other counties with high overdose death rates included Quay, Grant, and Taos.

Although the prescription opioid death rate declined in 2015 compared to 2014, the heroin overdose death rate increased over that period. Deaths involving methamphetamine remained at the high levels seen in 2014. While methamphetamine was involved in a smaller percent of deaths than heroin or prescription opioids, deaths involving methamphetamine have tripled since 2006.


Tuesday September 20, 2016
Tonight there is county council work session in White Rock Fire Station 3 at 6 p.m. The main item on the agenda is receiving an update from the County's consultant, Dekker Perich Sabatini, on the 11 proposed recreation and economic development projects, which includes having discussions about site selection, a first look at cost estimates, pre-conceptual drawings and programming. The goal is to take the recreation projects to a bond election in 2017. KRSN will be broadcasting the meeting so be sure to tune in if you do not attend.

Monday September 19, 2016
 
Here is this week’s cone zone report from Los Alamos County.
Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements Project:
The contractor will be working over night between Knecht and 9th Street with a full closure between the hours of 7:00 pm and 6:00 am through the week. Crews will be working to remove materials and install a new sewer line and manholes.
The contractor has been removing the existing roadway and sidewalks on the westbound side of the road east to Knecht Street. Concrete work and road prep of the westbound lanes on Central Avenue between 15th and Knecht Street is now ongoing and will continue through next week. Central Avenue is one-way and open to eastbound traffic between 15th and Knecht Street, westbound traffic is detoured at Knecht Street through Trinity Drive. Access to local businesses along Central Avenue is open and accessible.
County and Contractor personnel are available to answer questions regarding the Central Avenue Project every Monday morning from 10:00-11:00am in Room 200 of the County Municipal Building.
Western Area Phase 4 Improvements Project:
Construction crews continue making progress with road work on 37th Street, 38th Street, 39th Street, and Ridgeway Drive. The contractor will be cleaning up the area early next week. Traffic detours to and from Orange Street are in place.
Construction crews will continue removals on the 40th Street/41st Street Loop. The contractor will continue with utility work and will begin pouring concrete curb and gutter late next week.
Utility work on the 45th Street/41st Street Loop continues.
Arizona Avenue/Woodland – Non-potable Water Line and Valve:
Excavation will begin Monday, September 19th. Traffic will be hindered on Arizona Avenue near Woodland, but the road will remain open. Bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians should use caution in this area.
San Ildefonso Road – Natural Gas, Electric and Fiber Optic Project:
Excavation is underway behind the north curb on San Ildefonso Road between Hawk Drive and North Mesa Rd. Contract crews will be replacing a gas line and installing conduit for future electric lines and fiber optics infrastructure. The bicycle lane is closed on some segments of San Ildefonso. Bicyclists and motorists must use extra caution in these areas. No additional traffic interruptions are anticipated.

Friday  September 16, 2016
Today is the Homecoming Parade. It goes up Central at 2:30. LAPS are getting out early today. Tonight is the Homecoming football game against the Kirtland central broncos. It starts at 7pm. Go support our high school football team. The high school band will perform at half time. We will bring you the game live here on KRSN.
Thursday September 15, 2016
Here are the lowlights of the police reports from September 7th to 13th.
Three were arrested on magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested for sex offender registration non-compliance.
One was arrested for driving under the influence.
One was arrested for aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
Two were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
One was cited for criminal damage to property.
One was cited for forgery.
One was cited for striking a fixed object.
There was a report of rape.
There was a report of a house burglary.
There was a report of harassment.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of careless driving.
There was a report of fraud.
There was a report of shoplifting.
There was a report of someone falsely obtaining services.
There was a report identity theft.
There were 2 reports of cruelty to animals.
There was an accident with injuries.
There were 6 accidents without injuries.
There were 4 suicide attempts.

Wednesday September 14, 2016
This is homecoming week at the Los Alamos High school. Today is Superhero day. Tonight is the bonfire. This afternoon the volley ball team is traveling to Santa Fe. KRSN will broadcast the match live beginning at about 6 pm.

Tuesday September 13, 2016
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller released an investigation into possible theft by an employee of New Mexico’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) found that $18,225 of public money was diverted into the personal bank accounts of the former Center for Self-Advocacy Program Director. The former Director appears to have taken funds intended to pay people with disabilities for training classes and instead deposited the payments into his own bank accounts for personal use.
The DDPC notified the OSA about concerns it had involving training payments. The OSA reviewed over 400 checks issued to training participants between 2013 and 2016. The OSA subpoenaed the former Director’s bank and determined that at least 200 of these checks, totaling $18,225, were deposited into the former Director’s personal accounts.
The OSA also recommended a number of corrective actions to strengthen DDPC’s internal controls. The DDPC is a state agency with the mission to promote advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


Monday September 12, 2016
A New Superintendent has been Hired for Manhattan Project Natational Historical Park.
Kris Kirby, a 20-year career employee of the National Park Service, was selected to lead the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park beginning October 16. Los Alamos County looks forward to welcoming Kris on a future visit to see the Park and tour our historic district and museums in the downtown area! The new Park was established by the NPS in November 2015, and the County continues working on items related to the Park's future - such as parking, wayfinding, and other amenities and attractions - all through a Council advisory committee and subcommittees of staff, councilors, residents and members of the business community. Committee meetings are open to the public.

Friday September 9, 2016
Throughout September, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office will host a Voter Registration Agent Training and Voter Registration drives to help raise awareness about the upcoming election.
On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 3:30 p.m.to 5 p.m., in the Council Chambers, the County Clerk’s Office will conduct a Voter Registration Agent Training for those wishing to solicit and provide assistance to another person in the completion of a Voter Registration Form. Once trained, Voter Registration Agents will complete and sign a sworn statement outlining the duties and responsibilities of a Voter Registration Agent.
In addition, on Tuesday, September 6, the Los Alamos County Council issued a Proclamation in commemoration of National Voter Registration Day, declaring the month of September as “Voter Registration Month, and further declaring Tuesday, September 27, 2016 as “Voter Registration Day” in Los Alamos County

Thursday September 8. 2016
September is suicide prevention month. School counselors in Los Alamos have adopted a comprehensive program that promotes student well-being and achievement. It is called the ASCA (American School Counselors Assoication) model. ASCA is preventive in design and developmental in nature. It brings school counselors together with one vision and one voice, which creates unity and focus toward student well-being and improving achievement.
One of the ASCA components is suicide prevention and a national campaign has been launched for the month of September. At LAPS, we are not so interested in a month of being focused on suicide prevention as we are being dedicated to the health of every one of our student’s every day of the year. With a growing awareness of anxiety there are many programs in place to support our students at every grade level.
Everyday across the US, unfortunately people attempt suicide. It is one of the leading causes of death for adolescents in our country and our state and Los Alamos children are not immune to the struggles. Suicide prevention is important for individuals, families, and the entire Los Alamos community. We are working together to do whatever is in our power to prevent suicide ideation.
Our acceptance and awareness of the issues is critical. Our willingness to learn whatever we can is essential. Our eagerness to do whatever possible is paramount. This effort takes parents, educators, medical professionals and our entire community. For more information, please contact: Diane Delgado
d.delgado@laschools.net 505-663-2228

Wednesday September 7, 2016
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park: Looking for Volunteers
Join the National Park Service team at the new Visitor Center on 20th Street this fall when they will be conducting volunteer training for positions! The training and experience will enhance your knowledge of New Mexico history and this new national Park! It will allow you to become a part of the Los Alamos History community, plus, give you new skills for providing visitor talks and programs. This is a non-paid volunteer position. For more information and a volunteer application, contact Lead Park Ranger Kirk Singer at 505-661-6277.

Tuesday September 6, 2016
The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Division have been investigating several Check Fraud, Identity Theft, Theft, Forgery, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card cases over the past month.
LAPD Investigators began putting together a profile that all the cases were linked and identified the potential suspects through their investigative effort. Then on Saturday August 27th LAPD Dayshift Patrol “A-team” apprehended the suspects on a traffic stop.
42 year old John J. Lerma of Albuquerque and 38 year old Rosalinda Hurtado of Alcalde were both arrested by LAPD officers for charges of Forgery, Fraud, and Identity Theft. John Lerma also had a nationwide warrant of Bernalillo County.
In total there have been at least 8 reported criminal cases being investigate by the Los Alamos Police Department totaling in almost $20,000.00 in monetary loss.
Hurtado and Lerma are also suspected and being charged with stealing wallets from local Los Alamos athletes during sporting practices then fraudulently using the stolen credit cards.
Additional New Mexico Law Enforcement Agencies have also have worked with LAPD Detectives since the arrest. Taos Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe Police Dept.,
and Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, also have a total of at least 8 similar cases that are suspected to be related to both Hurtado and Lerma and their investigators have been working with LAPD Detectives to further their cases.

Friday September 2, 2016

Los Alamos Laboratory is partnering with Santa Fe Community College and Innovate+Educate to offer an Engineered Systems Technician course beginning Saturday, Sept. 10. The course offers workplace skills that will prepare students for level 1 or 2 engineered systems technicians at the Laboratory.
The course meets from 8 a.m. to noon for four consecutive Saturdays (Sept. 10-Oct. 1) at Santa Fe Community College. To register, call 428-1676 (Skill-Up Course SC 342 01/CRN 21627). Cost of the course is $49 and students will receive a certificate in addition to four weeks of skills preparation and work skills knowledge.
The Skill-Up course does not offer a guaranteed job offer after course completion, but it does offer potential pathway to a career at the Lab and a vast career skills training, according to a Innovate+Educate news release.
Innovate+Educate is a New Mexico-based, national, non-profit organization implementing evidence-based, employer-led strategies to drive competency-based training and hiring for in-demand jobs. Innovate+Educate work includes research driven models that implement new strategies to include assessments, data and technologies that will open up new pathways to employment based on skills and competencies.
Questions? Contact Amy Chacon of Office of Diversity and Strategic Staffing at 667-3465.

Thursday September 1, 2016
Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap on Thursday, September 1st at 5:30 for an engaging discussion about the new Los Alamos-Japan partnership initiative begun this spring. This is a long-term project to develop dialogue within an international museum community and pursue understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. Members of the team of Los Alamos Historical Society staff who traveled to Japan in March to begin this cross-cultural exchange will share stories from the trip and lead a discussion of the project.

Wednesday August 31, 2016
United Way of Northern New Mexico and Self Help, Inc. have formed a partnership to assist the community of Los Alamos in accessing mental health care. A website and Facebook page includes information for individuals who struggle with mental health issues, their families, co-workers, friends, clergy, and teachers and gives community members a place to turn to for current information. The website address is http://losalamosmentalhealth.org/.
Resources included are:
Local therapist and clinic contact information
Suicide prevention information
Up to date information regarding LANL clearance as it relates to mental health treatment
Mental Health First Aid Information
Resources for Clergy

Tuesday August 30, 2016
UNM-Los Alamos is pleased to announce that Dr. Sharon Hurley has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Instruction. Dr. Hurley came to UNM-LA as an accounting and economics professor in 2003. She has served as the Department Chair of Business, Computer Science, and Information Technology since 2014.
As Associate Dean of Instruction, Dr. Hurley will assist the Interim Dean of Instruction, Kay Willerton, in the oversight of course scheduling, curriculum development, faculty hiring and supervision, budget development, fiscal monitoring, and other related administrative activities. She will also work closely with high school Dual Credit programs.
Hurley has a Ph.D. in Accounting, with a minor in Economics, from Texas A&M University. She is licensed as a CPA in Colorado and New Mexico. Hurley first developed an interest in accounting when watching her mom do the bookkeeping for the family business.

In the spring of 2016, Hurley was selected to receive the Faculty Initiative Award at UNM-LA. This award provides the opportunity for faculty to pursue original scholarly, professional, technical, or artistic activity. Hurley will use the award to develop an experiential based learning “practice set” for accounting students. This will supplement the activities in the classroom with an introduction to actual business documents and transactions.

Monday August 29, 2016
 
In 2016, 204 graduating LAPS students took the ACT test. The average composite score was 24.4, with average scores of 24.1 in English, 23.3 in mathematics, 25.2 in reading, and 24.4 in science. The highest possible score is 36.
The average scores in Los Alamos were higher than the average scores across the state.
The ACT test is designed to measure the skills needed to succeed in first year college coursework, and are a part of the admissions process for many colleges and universities in the United States.
ACT has collaborated with postsecondary schools to establish benchmark scores that can be used to predict whether a student will pass college courses in that subject area. Statistically, by reaching the benchmark score a student will have a 50% chance of earning a B or higher and a 75% chance of earning a C or higher in that subject.
The benchmark scores are: an 18 in the English test for a college English Composition class, a 22 in mathematics for a college Algebra class, a 22 in reading for a college Social Science class, and a 23 in science for a college biology class. In Los Alamos, 83% reached the benchmark for a college English Composition class, 59% reached the benchmark for college Algebra , 71% reached the benchmark for Social Science, 57% reached the benchmark for Biology, and 47% reached the benchmark for all four subject areas. This was higher than the statewide percentages.
ACT research shows that scores improve significantly when students take rigorous math and science classes. In Los Alamos, most of the test takers took three years or more of both math and science

Friday August 26, 2016
Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Friday, Aug. 26. It is only an exercise. The Laboratory routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency. Other agencies participating in this planned exercise include Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Medical Center.
During the exercise, Laboratory employees may see emergency response vehicles with their lights running in the area of the Pajarito Corridor/Pecos Road as well as heavy activity around the Los Alamos Medical Center. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be in place to alert employees and the public that an emergency exercise is taking place. Note: there will be some traffic control along Pecos Road but it won't be closed to traffic.
Emergency Operations works closely with participating LANL organizations to keep employees and the community apprised of real or simulated emergency exercises.
Questions? Contact Laura Kelly of Los Alamos' Emergency Management Group at either 665-4993 or 500-7273.

Thursday August 25, 2016

--“Granite Mountain” will film at Urban Park tomorrow from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be no loud noises, stunts or special effects conducted as part of filming this scene.

“Granite Mountain” has obtained a permit to reserve all Urban Park facilities, including the pavilion, all fields (soccer/baseball), courts (basketball, volleyball, tennis) and parking spaces connected to the park. The production will block off and sign areas not accessible to the public during filming.

Beginning today at 6:00 p.m. through Friday, at 6:00 p.m., the parking spaces attached to Urban Park on 42nd Street will be off limits to public or residents.

 The Film crew has delivered a notification flier with this information to each home within the filming area and have made every effort to speak directly to residents to coordinate options and logistics to minimize impact of filming activity………

Granite Mountain” is conducting a casting call for children to appear in the film as paid extras through Albuquerque-based Elizabeth Gabel Casting.

•      Children, ages 3 to 7 would appear as extras in a scene at Urban Park, Friday morning, August 26, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

•      Children ages 8-12 would appear as extras in a scene that will be filmed at Quemazon on Friday afternoon, August 26, between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Parents interested in participating in the casting call should send an e-mail to egcasting@gmail.com, subject line: “Los Alamos Kids,” and your child’s age, height, weight and a photo, as well as a phone number.

Upon receipt of the e-mail, Elizabeth Gabel Casting will contact the parent by phone and then follow up with a confirmation e-mail with all the information needed, including locations, times and wardrobe.

Upon request, the casting agency will e-mail a letter to the school confirming that the child was missing school to be on set. Those who have already registered their children on the Elizabeth Gabel Casting website may be considered for future film projects in New Mexico.


Wednesday August 24, 2016
Valles Caldera National Preserve, in partnership with Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, is celebrating the National Park Service centennial anniversary with free entry from August 25-28 and a special event on Saturday, August 27th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Visitors on Saturday can participate in the preserve’s “BioBlitz” where citizen-scientists of all ages can help the NPS discover and document the plants and animals that call the preserve home.
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the preserve’s friends group, will sponsor a variety of family-oriented activities, including live birds and reptiles from the Española Wildlife Center from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, face painting from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, and plein air painting demonstrations from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The highlight of the Los Amigos sponsored events will be a live musical performance from Grammy award winning Black Eagle from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

Tuesday August 23, 2016
Los Alamos National Laboratory reviews its Hazardous Waste Community Relations Plan annually in compliance with its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515). The website is available year round and they revise the plan, if needed, in August to include necessary changes and comments they have received during the year. OPTIONS FOR SUBMITTING COMMENTS TO THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS PLAN:
1. Call: Environmental Outreach Office at 505-667-0216
2. Email address: envoutreach@lanl.gov
The updated Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan and comments will be posted on September 1, 2016


Monday August 22, 2016
Students and parents from the Los Alamos Public Schools will be receiving PARCC Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) reports by Friday September 2, 2016.
Based upon feedback, this year’s student report has been improved for clarity. Several key elements of the score report have been updated into visual representations to better show results. These changes were developed because parents want to know how their child is doing, and where they need help. Our goal is for continuous improvement in communications.
Over the next several weeks, LAPS staff will be carefully reviewing test results while keeping in mind that PARCC is one of many tools for measuring student progress. Since this is the second year for PARCC assessments, we do not have real trend data. It usually takes at least three years for trend data to be useful.


Friday August 19, 2016
Tonight is the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser at Ashley Pond Park. It begins at 6pm with a surviviors' open lap and continues thru Saturday morning. It includes a luminaria display, a silent and live auction and walkers raising money for cancer research. All money raised here stays in New Mexico.

Thursday August 18, 2016
Today, Thursday August 18, is the first day of school in Los Alamos. Motorists are reminded to slow down and observe posted school zone speed limits. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will increase in these areas; be cautious of children traveling to/from elementary schools, especially in construction areas. Elementary school students will be dismissed at noon today and tomorrow. The junior high and high school have full days. It is an “A” day at the high school.


Tuesday August 16, 2016
Los Alamos Police Department would like to take a moment and remind motorist that school returns Thursday August 18, 2016. Officers will be out in school zones for traffic enforcement to ensure that all students, parents and staff return from summer break safely and that they have an enjoyable school year.
LAPD would also like to remind parents that if your children are going to be taking Atomic City Transit for their transportation needs, please ensure that your children are aware of the bus routes they are supposed to take. Last year, at the start of the school year, several children were reported missing because they were confused about the different bus routes and got off at the wrong destination. We encourage parents to ride the exact routes with their children to help alleviate the confusion of riding Atomic City Transit buses.
 
Monday August 15, 2016
Editorial: We live on Walnut Street behind Aspen School. There is a tame coyote that lives in the 34th street area that is not scared of people, chases you on occasion, is out during the day or night. I think most people in that area know of the coyote. There have been police reports made but the police report they are unable to do anything but pepper spray it if they see it. I am worried that this is a safety issue with school starting. His favorite area is the shallow canyon between 34th and 33rd street, one of the busiest areas for grade school children to be walking. I feel LAPS and the LAPD with animal control should remove this coyote from this environment. If you have had an incident with this coyote please call the police non emergency number 662-8222 and make a report. I am not sure they are aware of the seriousness of this coyote. I have been watched, approached, and chased. The other evening he was laying in the middle of the Aspen school green area under the street lights enjoying the grass.
Sincerely,
Gillian Sutton

Friday August 12, 2016
Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and partners collected more than 900 backpacks filled with school supplies just in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year. This year, employees also had the option to make monetary donations, which will be used to purchase 300 gift cards for new shoes.
One Laboratory group contributed 100 backpacks with school supplies, said Janelle Vigil-Maestas of Los Alamos' Community Partnerships Office, which manages LANL's giving programs. The backpacks are being delivered to Northern New Mexico area school districts this week.

Thursday August 11, 2016
Here are the lowlights of the police reports August 3rd through 9th.
One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
Two were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested for distribution of marijuana.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant.
One was arrested for DWI.
One was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member.
One was arrested for child abuse.
One was cited for criminal damage to property.
A juvenile was arrested for shoplifting, released to parents and referred to the JPO.
There was a report of fraudulent use of a credit card.
The was a suicide attempt.
An animal was impounded for biting.
There was a report of failing to display rabies tags.
There was an accident without injuries.
There was a report of an animal at large.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
UNM-Los Alamos invites the community to tour the newly renovated Emergency Medical Services Training facility on Thursday, August 11, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the UNM-LA campus, with ribbon cutting events starting at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Cindy Rooney will be the master of ceremonies. Located in the Health and Public Safety area in Building 6, there are spaces for specific scenario-based training, including a mock-up of a bathroom, a living/bedroom area, an ambulance simulator, and an emergency room. These provide students with the opportunity to practice in settings they are likely to encounter once they are working as EMS technicians. This remodel was financed by New Mexico GO Bonds, the SUN PATH Grant, and UNM-LA student facility fees.
Everyone in the community is invited to stop by during the August 11 open house. Visitors will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the area, see all the equipment, and ask questions about current best practices in Emergency Medical Services training. As part of a collaborative community effort, during the open house, Classic Air Medical will bring their helicopter to the UNM-LA parking lot, and the Los Alamos Fire Department will bring a fire truck and an ambulance (all depending on availability).
For further information about the Fire Sciences & EMS program, or other educational opportunities available at UNM-LA, visit http://losalamos.unm.edu.

Tuesday August 9, 2016

Governor Susana Martinez announced that all New Mexico teachers will receive a prepaid $100 debit card to help buy classroom materials and supplies for the second year in a row. Governor Martinez continues to work to make sure New Mexico’s schools, teachers, and students have the resources and tools needed to succeed. Under the Governor’s leadership, New Mexico is now spending more on education than ever before, with more dollars going directly into the classroom.
New Mexico is also offering additional pay for the highest‐performing teachers, incentives to recruit more teachers for hard‐to‐staff areas and subjects, and support and professional development like the teacher mentorship program. Governor Martinez has also raised the starting teacher salary twice.

Monday August 8, 2016
Atomic City Transit (ACT) will implement revisions to Route 2M and Route 3, beginning Monday, August 8th. These route and schedule changes are in direct response to a public involvement process that included a community survey, and focus group meetings with residents and bus operators, to identify how the transit system could best serve passengers who use these routes.
Transit staff have worked to post new route and schedule information on buses, the Los Alamos County webpage, ACT Facebook page, and affected bus stops. Other preparations necessary for the new service to go into effect on Monday have also been completed, such as installing bus stops at new locations, and updating information in the ACTracker system.
For more information about the specific changes to Routes 2M and Route 3, that go into effect on Monday, August 8th, please visit the atomic city transit webpage forum at losalamosnm.us/transit

Friday August 5, 2016
July 2016 Weather Highlights
Temperatures were significantly warmer than normal for the second month in a row. Los Alamos and White Rock measured a mean maximum temperature more than 5 degrees above average. White Rock measured 25 days of maximum temperatures above 90 degrees, which tied the record for the most days in a single month above 90 degrees since records began in White Rock in 1964. Night-time temperatures were warmer than normal as well: White Rock broke high minimum temperature records on seven nights and Los Alamos on four nights.
A surge of monsoon moisture occurred in the second half of the month but was not enough because Los Alamos measured 0.7 inches of precipitation below average. Most of New Mexico measured above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation in July, except for parts of western New Mexico.
The Climate Prediction Center is predicting above-average temperatures and above-average precipitation for August. Above-average temperatures and average precipitation are predicted from August to October.

Thursday August 4, 2016

The Planning and Zoning Commission of Los Alamos County will be conducting three working sessions in August to discuss the Los Alamos County Comprehensive Plan Update. The first will be held Saturday, August 6th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. Follow-up sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 10th beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers as a continuation to a regularly scheduled Planning and Zoning Commission session, and in a special session on Wednesday, August 17th at 5:30 p.m. in the Boards and Commissions Room in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The public is welcome to attend and observe, however, public comment will limited in order to allow maximum time for Commissioner discussion. These working sessions follow the first two rounds of public engagement, conducted in March and July of 2016, and a random sample survey conducted in May. The working sessions are an opportunity for the Commission to review the results of the public meetings and the random sample survey. The focus of the sessions will be the goals, policies, and strategies of the plan, as well as future land use. 


Wednesday August 3, 2016
One local talented teen now bears the title of 2016 Miss Jr. Teen Albuquerque after competing against 49 contestants in at the Albuquerque Convention Center in July.
Los Alamos High School student Jessica Erkkila took home the title, the sash and a sparkling new trophy after 4 rounds of competition.
After a personal interview, casual wear, formal wear and final question competition, Erkkila was victorious and will next head to a December 2017 competition in Orlando, Florida. There she will compete for prizes, awards, scholarships and even the possibility of winning a new car.
Her sponsors included; Mullein Leaf Massage, Wisehart Chiropractic Center, New Mexico Dancewear, Buffalo Tours, Vest Orthodontics and Venusto Salon.

Tuesday August 2, 2016
With the weekend rain storms, Los Alamos Fire Department has lowered the fire danger from EXTREME to MODERATE, and lifted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions that were put into place last week.

Monday August 1, 2016
Notes from our school superintendent Kurt Steinhaus.
School in Los Alamos starts on Thursday August 18th.
To prepare for school, one can find useful information on the new district website Leadership Corner, as well as on individual school websites. Here is the URL: http://laschools.net/
• Find it Fast information about how to use the new Infosnap registration process.
• PowerSchool student and parent sign-in.
• Open house dates for each school.
• School lunch information (we are working with a new company).
• Required immunizations.
• Information about bus routes with pick-up and drop-off times.
• School day start and end times (note: the first two elementary school days are dismissed at noon).
• Specifics about school supplies so that you arrive “worker ready.” Please make sure that you have everything needed for school.


Friday July 29, 2016
Special Agents with the Investigative Services Branch (ISB) and US Park Rangers of Valles Caldera National Preserve are seeking information about the recent theft of crucial wildland firefighting equipment.
Between 6:00 p.m. on July 23 and 11:00 a.m. on July 24, unknown persons forcibly entered a closed area in the preserve, broke into several storage units and stole a significant amount of equipment that is part of the National Park Service (NPS) firefighting program. Among the stolen items are a utility task vehicle (UTV), an equipment trailer, drip torches, fuel cells, gas cans, tools, pumps, generators, and compressors.
The affected wildland fire crew was working on the Big Hat Fire in the preserve when the theft occurred. They had recently returned from the Dog Head Fire in Albuquerque and from other fire assignments in New Mexico and Arizona. The loss of this equipment will adversely impact interagency firefighting operations in northern New Mexico for the rest of the year.
If you have information about what happened, please contact us. Though you may remain anonymous, investigators are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible for this crime. Call the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009


Thursday July 28, 2016

 

San Ildefonso Road pedestrian tunnel at the Diamond Drive roundabout will be closed Friday and reopen Saturday to allow a contractor to remove and replace a small section of concrete in thetunnel.


Wednesday July 27, 2016
The Los Alamos Middle School WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Crew became an official member of Thanks A Million during the 2015/16 school year.
Thanks A Million allows organizations to adopt military personnel and send them uplifting letters and care packages. The WEB Crew will begin sending mail in the next school year.
Their first contact is with a former Los Alamos student who is now serving in Arifjan, Kuwait.
The local Thanks A Million coordinator is looking to connect with more Los Alamos alumni (or their families) who are now serving in any branch of the military abroad. Those who wish to provide addresses can call the WEB Crew Coordinator at (505) 470-0841.
LAMS teacher Ted Atkins and his shop students crafted a mailbox that the school and the entire community can use to send items to the troops. The mailbox was made available at the Middle School from 8 am to 3 pm beginning July 22nd.
The local program has agreed to follow the guidelines for sending out mail that were laid out by Thanks A Million: All cards and letters must be submitted to the school in unsealed envelopes.
The efforts of the WEB Crew were made possible by a donation from the Fidel Gutierrez Foundation. The project welcomes donations that will go toward paying the postage for future mailings. They can be sent to the WEB Crew at 2101 Hawk Drive.

Tuesday July 26, 2016
The Los Alamos Public Schools announced Monday that the Los Alamos XQ Super School Project team is in the top 50 finalists in the competition to create a high school with a curriculum with a more global relevance.
The district received word of their placement late last week in the competition. Their team’s concept is the Odyssey High School, which has an emphasis on mental health and has a curriculum on global relevance.
The announcement of winners will be made Aug. 4. The winner will receive a $10 million grant. Five teams will be designated a winner in the competition.

Monday  July 25, 2016
The Los Alamos History Museum is excited to congratulate the winners of the museum’s coloring contest: Kalylah H. (1st place), Lilja S. (2nd place), and Oceanah G. (3rd place). The coloring contest was open to all ages during the month of June and artists as young as 4 and as old as 70 submitted their interpretations of a coloring page from Meet Bences Gonzales. The three winners will get a pizza party at Ashley Pond and a special guided tour of the Romero Cabin, which Bences Gonzales helped to build.

Friday July 22, 2016
Governor Susana Martinez announced a new targeted initiative to improve access to services and benefits for women veterans in New Mexico. The Governor also announced that Melanie Suazo, a retired New Mexico Army National Guard non-commissioned officer, will lead the effort.
Ms. Suazo will serve as women veterans program coordinator at the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. In this position, she will lead the effort to improve the delivery of services to more New Mexico women veterans. These include services and benefits such as health care, job training, education, and others.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, women represent the fastest growing segment of the veteran population nationwide, with more than 2 million women veterans throughout the country. There are nearly  17,000 women veterans in New Mexico alone.

Thursday July 21, 2016

The New Mexico Department of Health, the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, and the Bernalillo County Health Protection Section announced a confirmed case of plague in a 77-year-old man from Bernalillo County. The case was confirmed at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division.  This is the second human case of plague in New Mexico this year.  The other case in the state occurred in a 16-year-old boy from Rio Arriba County, who recovered.

In addition to the two human cases, there have been 16 cases of plague this year in dogs and cats, including pets from Bernalillo, Loa Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Taos and Torrance counties…………  To reduce the risk of plague:

•       Use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 for use on skin, and permethrin for use on clothing. Always follow label directions when using insect repellents.

•       Keep your pets from roaming and hunting

•       Talk to your veterinarian about using an appropriate flea and tick control product on your pets as not all products are safe for cats, dogs, or your children.

•       Clean up areas near the house where rodents could live, such as woodpiles, brush piles, junk and abandoned vehicles.

•       Don’t allow children or others to handle sick or dead wildlife.

•       Sick pets should be examined promptly by a veterinarian.

•       See your doctor about any unexplained illness involving a sudden and severe fever.

•       Put hay, wood, and compost piles as far as possible from your home.


Wednesday July 20, 2016
—Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $393,419 during the recently completed 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) drive. The drive encourages Laboratory employees, retirees and subcontract personnel to donate to a fund that awards college scholarships to Northern New Mexico students. Additionally, more employees participated in this year’s campaign than in past years.
Coupled with $250,000 in matching funds from Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which manages and operates the Laboratory, the total amount contributed in this year’s campaign is more than $643,000. An additional $6,561 was raised for the campaign from the community.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of grade-point average, test scores, diversity, financial need, academic rigor, leadership and community involvement.

Tuesday July 19, 2016

The annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament to benefit United Way of Northern New Mexico is scheduled for Friday, July 29, at the Los Alamos Golf Course with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. This year, instead of a traditional Golf Tournament, the activity will focus more on raising funds for UWNNM and less on being a “golf tournament with some fundraising involved.” Designed to be more accessible to golfers of any or no skill, the tournament will feature a breakfast buffet with mimosas and bloody marys, a unique course with skills contests and fun competitions, and a delicious lunch afterwards. Register at http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/chamber-golf-tournament-july-29-2016-139. All sponsorships are sold out.


Monday  July 18, 2016
Los Alamos County is now under Stage 1 Fire restrictions.
Under Stage 1 restrictions, most burning or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove is prohibited except on developed grounds with metal grills at the campgrounds on North Mesa, Camp May, Overlook Park and other parks within the county proper.
Also, smoking is prohibited except on developed recreational sites or in enclosed vehicles.
There are also exceptions for people using liquid fuels on devices that can be turned on or off and people with written permission from the State Forestry office to burn.
The county is partnering with the US Forest Service, National Park Service, the Valles Caldera and other entities to monitor wildfire conditions. Residents will be advised when conditions change.
Santa Fe National Forest is also under the Stage 1 restrictions.

Friday July 15, 2016
To prepare for the paving of Knecht Street next week the contractor will be working under a full closure from Trinity to the south for three consecutive nights. They will work the night of Thursday, July 14th through Saturday, July 16th between the hours of 7:00pm and 7:00am. Knecht Street will be open to traffic during the day. Next week Knecht Street will be open to through traffic. The contractor will be paving on Tuesday and concrete work is ongoing.

Thursday July 14, 2016
Los Alamos ScienceFest will host a one of a kind workshop for high school aged teens, led by artist Agnes Chavez, on July 14 and 15 at the festival in Los Alamos, NM. Teens will explore how to create a live projection art performance using an iPad app called Tagtool. Participants will learn about concepts related to particle physics and how physics theories are expanding our understanding of who we are and from where we come.
The students will work in teams over the course of a two-day workshop to storyboard, design and perform their science based projection installations. They will get the opportunity to perform these works of art live during the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, on Friday, July 15 at Los Alamos ScienceFest.

The workshop will take place at the Los Alamos Teen Center on July 14 and 15. Students must pre-register. Only 10 spots are available. Each registrant would need to commit to being at the Teen Center from 2–6 p.m. both days for the workshop, as well as at 8:30 pm both days for the dress rehearsal and live performance. To register please call the Los Alamos Teen Center at 505-695-7415, or stop by in person at 475 20th Street in Los Alamos.


Wednesday July 13, 2016
The New Mexico State Forestry Division’s Conservation Seedling Program begins its annual fall seedling sale this week. Landowners should place their orders now, and seedlings will be delivered in the autumn.
More than 70,000 seedlings and 50 species are ready for public purchase. Sales are first-come, first-serve. Many types are expected to sell out early, and will not be available until the following year. The program has several new species for this fall, such as Antelope Bitterbrush, Cliffrose, Pale Wolfberry, and Firecracker Penstemon.
Seedlings are available to people who own at least one acre of land in New Mexico and who agree to use the trees for conservation purposes. These criteria may include: erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation, riparian restoration, windbreak establishment, Christmas tree plantations, or other conservation needs.
Small container seedlings of one-year-old plants are sold in 10-cubic-inch containers, in minimum lots of 49 of the same species for $80. The Program also now offers multi-species bundles that are specific to particular ecosystems. These bundles are offered in one-season growth containers at $80 for 49 trees and/or shrubs. For more details, visit www.nmforestry.com or contact program representatives at (505) 476-3353.


Tuesday July 12, 2016
Four New Mexicans have been selected by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) to receive the organization's top honor for open government - the Dixon First Amendment Award.
Given since 2002, the award is in memory of FOG co-founder and longtime board member William S. Dixon, who was an Albuquerque attorney and leading defender of the First Amendment and the state's sunshine laws.
This year's recipients and the categories for which they were selected are Terri Cole, Business; Steve Terrell, Journalism; Dr. Annette Marie Rodriguez, Education; and Norm Gaume, Citizen.
Terri Cole, president/CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, was one of the first members of the New Mexico business community to make the link between government transparency and a strong business climate. Cole served on the FOG board of directors for many years and was president of the organization for three years.
As a reporter at The Santa Fe New Mexican, Steve Terrell has been an advocate for open government, demanding transparency from public servants and government entities. In 2015,he overturned a government order that would have prevented the publication of information legally obtained from a public records request.
Dr. Annette Marie Rodriguez, an instructor at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola and at Santa Fe Community College, used both the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) to shine a light on mismanagement at Northern New Mexico College. Her efforts under IPRA eventually lead to the resignation or removal of four of the five top administrators at the college.
Norm Gaume, a resident of Albuquerque, is a citizen activist who has been relentless over the last two years in using IPRA and OMA to shine a light on controversial decisions by the government to divert the Gila River. Gaume continues to insist that public officials discuss the issue in front of the public and even sued to open up subcommittee meetings of the Interstate Stream Commission.

Monday July 11, 2016
The President of the United States ordered flags to remain at half- staff through sunset July 12th to honor the police officers killed in Dallas on Thursday July 7th.

Friday July 8, 2016
June was abnormally warm, including a heat wave that occurred near Father’s Day. The heat wave was a result of a strong upper-level ridge of high-pressure located over the southwest states. From June 18 to June 20, the daily maximum temperature records were tied or broken. Since records began in 1910, the recorded maximum temperature in Los Alamos was 95.2 degrees. On June 19, the record was broken at 95.5 degrees. The maximum temperature record in White Rock (since 1964) was tied on June 19 at 100.8 degrees. The minimum temperature measured in Los Alamos was above average each night, except for one night at the beginning of the month. The mean minimum temperature was 57.1 degrees (6.8 degrees above average), the warmest mean minimum temperatures in June since 1956. The National Weather Service defines the monsoon season from June 15 to September 30. However, the trend of below-average precipitation continued through June. Most of rainfall occurred at the beginning of the month, but Los Alamos measured only 0.62 inches of precipitation (0.89 inches below average). Since January, Los Alamos measured 4.49 inches of precipitation (2.49 inches below average), and April has been the only month to have measured above average precipitation.

Thursday July 7, 2016
The Los Alamos Public Schools has invested in its students by starting the AVID program next year at the Middle School. AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational
institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus. Basically the program supports students, offers them a sense of belonging and
• Creates a positive peer group for students
• Provides intensive support with strong student/teacher relationships
• Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
A team of eight educators spent a week at the AVID Summer Institute in San Diego to learn the best ways to implement the program.

Wednesday July 6, 2016
All Laboratory trails are closed Due to a significant increase in bear sightings and encounters, the Laboratory has closed all trails on Laboratory property until further notice.
Employees are urged to stay off all trails, especially those near the Wellness Center, and be particularly cautious around Laboratory dumpsters and refuse areas. Several bear sightings and encounters have occurred around dumpsters as bears forage for food in garbage.
Employees should be equally vigilant and exercise extreme caution as they enjoy the outdoors across the Pajarito Plateau and Jemez Mountain areas.

Tuesday July 5, 2016

With drier conditions, fire activity and smoke are expected to increase with the lightning caused Big Hat Fire, now at 200 acres.  Fire managers will continue to take advantage of favorable conditions to meet management objectives to benefit resources within the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

There are currently no closures or impacts to recreation or roads due to the fire.  The Big Hat Fire is not threatening any structures and will be monitored by fire managers who may use a full range of actions such as conducting hand or aerial ignitions, to delay, direct, or minimize the spread of fire in one or more areas if necessary.

The low intensity surface fire is located in the Banco Bonito area in the southwestern portion of the preserve in an area of forest that had been thinned over the last two years. The fire management team is managing this natural fire for resource benefit, removing forest-floor fuels and improving wildlife habitat, while conserving the cultural resources in the area. Managed fires are only allowed within certain specific parameters and conditions allowing fire managers to be proactive.


Monday July 4, 2016
Atomic City Transit will provide special bus service to the fireworks event at the Overlook Park in White Rock on Monday, July 4th.
The fare free buses will depart from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos, and travel to the event at Overlook Park. Park-and-Ride options in White Rock are from the White Rock Visitor’s Center and Piñon Elementary. Buses will depart every 10 minutes from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
After the event, the last bus will leave Overlook Park at 11:00 p.m.
Folded strollers and small coolers are allowed on the bus for the fireworks event. Please visit our website at AtomicCityTransit.com for updates.
Regular fixed-route bus service will not be available, the Bandelier Shuttle will operate as usual.

Weekend
July 4th is coming! Let’s make sure our community is safe during this holiday season. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips.
· Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
· Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Backup to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
· Buy only legal fireworks read the label on each device. Fireworks are required to be labeled by law.
· Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
· Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
· Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
· Once fireworks have completely burned, fully submerge fireworks in a large bucket of water and soak until thoroughly saturated.
· Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby.
· Use caution when lighting fireworks. Set up the fireworks outdoors in a clear area that is far from trees, vegetation, dry areas and materials that are combustible.
· Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
· Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
· Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured

Friday July 1 2016
The Los Alamos Hilltopper Marching Band is on its way to its appearance in National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. leaving at 7 am this morning from the Albuquerque airport. The Hilltopper Marching Band was selected by Gov. Susana Martinez to represent the State of New Mexico and more than 50 student-performers are making the trip.
The parade will go down Constitution Avenue in the nation’s capital at noon on July 4. Anyone interested in watching the festivities can do so on the Internet. The National Independence Day Parade has a YouTube channel and the parade will be streamed live starting at 9:45 a.m. Mountain Time.
Following their appearance in the National Independence Day Parade, members of the Hilltopper Marching Band are invited to attend A Capitol Fourth, the Independence Day Celebration in Washington, D.C., where they will view the festivities from the lawn of the Capitol.
The Hilltopper Marching Band will also perform at Six Flags America, also located in the Washington, D.C., area as part of the National Festival of the States July 5. Then they will spend the rest of the day enjoying the park.


Thursday June 30, 2016
Fire management operations on the Big Hat fire will be taking advantage of favorable conditions to burn two sections of land that were originally planned to be burned this fall. As a result of the ignitions and burn out, increased smoke and fire activity will be visible.
The lightning caused fire is located in the Banco Bonito area in the southwestern portion of the preserve in an area of forest that had been thinned over the last two years. The fire management team is managing this natural fire for resource benefit, removing forest-floor fuels and improving wildlife habitat, while conserving the cultural resources in the area. Managed fires are only allowed within certain specific parameters and conditions allowing fire managers to be proactive.
When weather conditions allow, fire managers hope to burn out two sections, approximately 150 and 300 acres each. The goal is to monitor fire behavior closely until weather and other factors align in order to meet objectives. The exact burn out dates are uncertain at this time, but could begin within the next few days and may carryover through the weekend.
There are currently no closures or impacts to recreation due to the fire. It is not threatening any structures and will be monitored by fire managers who may use a full range of actions such as conducting hand or aerial ignitions, to delay, direct, or minimize the spread of fire in one or more areas if necessary.

Wednesday June 29, 2016
The Fourth of July weekend promises to be a lot of fun at Bandelier National Monument.
On Thursday the Candelaria family from San Felipe Pueblo demonstrating traditional pottery. A Night Sky Program at the Juniper Campground amphitheater opens with an astronomy talk at 8:30 followed celestial viewing with giant telescopes.
On Friday, the Candelarias will be demonstrating pottery, and that evening is the first Night Walk of this summer. Space is limited, so signups are required; call the Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517.
Saturday and Sunday, the Lovatos from Santo Domingo Pueblo will be demonstrating the making of jewelry and turkey feather blankets. Saturday evening there will be a ranger talk, Wild About Bandelier, at Juniper Campground Amphitheater.
Monday morning, Independence Day, July 4, the park will be hosting the annual Naturalization Ceremony, with twenty candidates receiving their American Citizenship. The ceremony includes local Scouts as the colorguard and refreshments by Rotary.
There is no charge for any of these activities except the park entrance fee. Visitors before 9 AM or after 3 PM may drive down to park in the canyon, but otherwise most must take the shuttle bus either from the White Rock Visitor Center or Juniper Campground. The shuttles are also free.
For more information contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861 x 517.


Tuesday June 28, 2016
To prepare for their participation in a parade coming up in Washington D.C., the Los Alamos High School Band will be practicing their marching skills on County roads on Wednesday, June 29 from 9:30 - 10:00 am. The band will be led by police escort, and the students will march down Nectar Street, continue on to Rose Street, then travel down Canyon Road to the high school. Motorists can expect a moving operation and should use caution in these areas during this time frame on Wednesday morning.

Monday June 27, 2016
Exactly one week after an adult female black bear was euthanized following an attack on a woman participating in a marathon event on the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers announce that they had found the bear’s cubs.
Last Thursday, a National Park Service (NPS) biologist spotted the cubs and contacted the Department. Officers responded only to find they had once again managed to slip away. Over the next few days, efforts increased to find the cubs and on Saturday, it paid off when the Department’s tracker and an officer located the cubs.
Using dogs, the cubs were treed late Saturday afternoon, climbing nearly 90 feet above the forest floor. Officials contacted the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) with a request for assistance. A short time later a PNM boom truck arrived and a Department officer was able to safely, and without the need to tranquilize the cubs, use a catchpole to snatch them out of the treetop.
One male and one female cub, each weighing approximately 10 pounds, were immediately transported to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, an Española area veterinarian specializing in rehabilitating sick and injured wildlife.
Officers originally believed the bear may have had three young cubs based on den data obtained from an ongoing wildlife study.
However, based on eyewitness accounts and sightings following the event, it is now believed the mother bear only had two surviving cubs at the time of the attack. Both are now in the care of Dr. Ramsay.

Friday June 24, 2016

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will receive more than $37.7 million through the 2016 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The total is a $3.2 million increase from the total payments the state received last year.

PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal land within their jurisdictions, including national parks and forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management land and military bases. Local governments use PILT funding to provide police, fire protection, emergency response, road maintenance and other crucial services to residents.


Thursday June 23, 2016
Here are the lowlights of the police reports from June 15 through 21
Two were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
One was arrested for larceny.
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 for DWI.
One was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
One was arrested for battery against a household member.
There was 2 accidents without injuries.
There was an unattended death.

Wednesday June 22, 2016
 Two Los Alamos National Laboratory projects are among technologies supported in today’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announcement of nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace.
The winning Los Alamos projects are as follows:
Efficient Groundwater Restoration at Uranium In-Situ Recovery Sites to Enable Domestic Uranium Production for Nuclear Energy, $700,000, with Cameco Resources, Inc. Casper, WY.
The objective of this project is to demonstrate an efficient method of groundwater restoration at uranium in-situ recovery (ISR) sites by combining the use of tracers, groundwater chemistry adjustment and the phased addition of both chemical reductants and biostimulants to synergistically provide effective and longer-lasting restoration.
ISR is an economical and environmentally friendly method of mining uranium in which oxygen and carbon dioxide (or sodium bicarbonate) are injected into an ore zone aquifer to oxidize and solubilize the uranium, and then the uranium-rich water is pumped to the surface to extract the uranium by ion exchange. The proposed restoration technology brings together several relatively mature technologies in an unprecedented way.
FracMan/dfnWorks: From Geological Fracture Characterization to Multiphase Subsurface Flow and Transport Simulation, $150,000, with Golder Associates, Inc., Redmond, WA
This project proposes to integrate the commercial discrete fracture network (DFN) characterization and modeling tool FracMan with the dfnWorks state of the art DFN flow and transport simulator to create an improved end-to-end tool for modeling the performance of fractured rock masses.
It demonstrates the feasibility of improving the commercialization of the DFN approach, combining FracMan’s proven, geologically and geomechanically based, data driven analyses with the next-generation computational power of dfnWorks.

Tuesday June 21, 2016
Today we will be having the morning show live from the Than Povi Cottonwood trading post in San Ildefonso Pueblo. We will talk with their Governor James R. Mountain and Tribal Elder Elmer Torres. Tune us in live from San Ildefonso.

Monday June 20, 2016
The film production for Granite Mountain will be based at Pajarito Mountain resort parking lot Sunday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 29.
Public access to Pajarito Mountain Resort and Camp May during this time will be impacted as follows:CAMP MAY ROAD
Sun., June 19 – Wed., June 29 – Open to the public.PAJARITO MOUNTAIN RESORT LOWER PARKING LOT
• Sun., June 19– Wed., June 29 – Closed to public.
 CAMP MAY
• Sat., June 25 (Noon) – Sun., June 26 (Noon) – Reservations and public access open.
• Sun., June 26 (Noon) – Wed., June 29 (5:00AM) – Closed to the public.
• Wed., June 29 (5:00AM) - Open to the public per normal conditions and hours.
Wed., June 29 (5:00AM) - Open to the public per normal conditions and hours.
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN CAFE
• Wed., June 22 (11AM-2PM) - Open to the public.
• Thu., June 23 (11AM-2PM) – Closed to the public.
• Fri., June 24 (ALL DAY) – Closed to the public.
• Sun., June 26 (11AM-2PM) – Open to the public.
• Wed., June 29 (11AM-2PM) – Open to the public.
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN BIKE & HIKE Sun., June 26 (9AM-3PM) – Open to the public. Lift-served biking and hiking available.
Granite Mountain is a motion picture based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town. This production will be filming throughout the summer in locations in neighborhoods and facilities in Los Alamos and White Rock. Media releases and updates regarding film activity will be posted on the Los Alamos County website (www.losalamosnm.us/ecodev) and on the Los Alamos County Facebook page.
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Monday June 6, 2016
The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County from June through October. The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). You will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water from the hydrants while they are conducting these tests.

You may see some discoloration in your water due to the amount and volume of water being flowed when the hydrants are being tested in your area. If you experience this, run the cold water spigot located outside your home for a few minutes and this will usually resolve this issue. The county recommends that residents not wash any laundry until the water runs clear. If the discolored water does not run clear after a few minutes, please call the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU), using the Customer Care Center which can be reached by dialing 311 from a landline or 505.662.8333 from a cell phone

Friday June 3, 2016
 May 2016 Weather Highlights
May began with over an inch of snowfall, the most snow measured in May since 1995. Other than the rain storms from May 14 to 19, the rest of the month was dry. Los Alamos measured 0.82 inches in total precipitation (41% below average). Since January, Los Alamos has measured 29% below average in total precipitation. After several months of warm temperatures, temperatures in May were cooler than normal. Los Alamos and White Rock measured mean temperatures approximately 1–2 degrees below average. Most of the Southwest and Midwest states measured below average temperatures. There were a few days Los Alamos and White Rock measured wind gusts greater than 40 miles per hour. As a low-pressure system moved through northern New Mexico on May 6, wind gusts in White Rock were measured up to 51 miles per hour.

Thursday June 2, 2016
Join the Historical Society for History on Tap tonight at UnQuarked at 5:30 p.m. for an engaging discussion about the U.S. / Russian Laboratory-to-Laboratory interactions that began in 1992. What evolved from these exchanges was cooperation that ultimately assured the safety and security of nuclear weapons and materials in a time of political and economic upheaval following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Scientists who participated in the lab-to-lab exchange will share their stories and lead the discussion.

Wednesday June 1, 2016
Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, June 4, as the state celebrates National Boating and Fishing Week. Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, June 4, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Kids can learn to fish at the annual, free fishing derby on the Santa Fe River at the intersection of East Alameda and Old Santa Fe Trail from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4. Fishing rods, bait and instruction will be provided to those who need it. The river will be stocked with trout before the event. Prizes will be awarded to kids who catch fish.

Tuesday May 31, 2016

Bandelier's Second Annual Night Sky Fiesta is coming up at light speed, Thursday June 2 through Saturday, June 4.  There will be solar scopes during daytime, guest speakers, and then giant

telescopes in the evenings providing chances to enjoy Bandelier's very dark skies.

On Thursday, June 2, there will be solar viewing at the Bandelier Visitor Center from 11 AM - 3 PM.  At 8:30 PM at the Juniper Campground amphitheater guest speaker Kara Baker, NASA Near Earth Asteroid Observer,  will provide a talk on "Volcanism in Our Solar System", which will be followed by telescope viewing until around 11:30 PM.

Friday, June 3, will also provide solar viewing at the Bandelier Visitor Center from 11 AM - 3 PM.  At 8:30 at the Juniper Campground amphitheater there will be another guest speaker (to be announced), followed by telescope viewing until around 11:30 PM

On the Fiesta's last day, Saturday, June 4, the solar viewing will be longer, 11 AM - 4 PM. The 8:30 PM guest speaker is well-known astronomer Fraser Cain, publisher of "Universe Today" and producer of the Astronomy Podcast; he will be speaking on "Golden Age of Astronomy", followed by telescope viewing until around 11:30 PM.

Visitors arriving at the park between 9 AM and 3 PM each day need to remember to catch the free shuttles from the county Visitor Center in White Rock.  Those coming to the evening programs at Juniper Campground should park in the portion of the amphitheater parking area that is farthest from the amphitheater, since the telescopes will be located in the section closer to the amphitheater.


Monday May 30, 2016
We are closed! Happy Memorial Day!

Friday May 27, 2016
Los Alamos MainStreet was selected as a winner of the 2016 Great American Main Street Awards, chosen by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Los Alamos MainStreet in New Mexico was picked as One to Watch, for being a neighborhood making progress revitalizing their downtown district.
The awards were presented Monday, May 23 at the center's 2016 Main Street Now Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A national jury composed of former award winners, community development professionals, and government representatives involved in historic preservation and community revitalization chose winners. Criteria include strength of the Main Street in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit; commitment to historic preservation; implementation of model partnerships, and demonstrated success of the center's approach to revitalizing downtown corridors, the center said.
New Mexico MainStreet is a program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department and currently serves 27 MainStreet affiliates, eight Arts and Cultural districts, 10 Frontier Communities and six Historic Theater Initiatives across the state.
Los Alamos MainStreet is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation. Los Alamos MainStreet plans community events such as ScienceFest, Trick or Treat on MainStreet and Winterfest.

Thursday May 26, 2016
Los Alamos County Councilors responded during last night’s meeting to the resignation of Probate Judge Bill McKerley. McKerley wrote a letter dated May 19 to Council Chair Rick Reiss that his resignation will be effective upon appointment of a replacement. McKerley was appointed to the position on February 16th after previous Probate Judge Christine Chandler resigned.
McKerley stated in his letter that he had recently been informed by the County Attorney that he had a conflict of interest under the State’s Code of Conduct which prohibits political involvement for even part-time probate judges. McKerley is the current Chair of the Los Alamos Republican Party. McKerly stated in the letter that he had been informed when participating in training for the office that the provision in question did not apply to probate judges; However, the provision in the Code of Conduct changed and it now applies to probate judges, which causes the conflict of interest. McKerley then made the decision to resign as probate judge and keep his Chair appointment for the Republican Party.
The Council is responsible for filling the vacancy left by McKerley’s resignation. They asked the County Manager last night to advertise for letters of interest to be submitted to the Council for consideration. Because elections will be held in November, the successful applicant would fill the position until the end of 2016.
Consideration and appointment of a new Probate Judge has been placed on the Council’s June 28 Council meeting agenda. A call for letters of interest is now open and letters are due to the County Manager no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Interested applicants are asked to submit a one or two page letter indicating why they would be interested in serving as Probate Judge. Under State law, any qualified person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Los Alamos County may serve. Letters of interest should be mailed or hand-delivered to County Manager Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Avenue, Suite 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544 by the deadline. Candidates who submit a letter will be expected to attend the June 28 Council meeting.


Wednesday May 25, 2016
Climate Perspectives: Change in the Terrestrial Arctic, a new exhibit, opens today Wednesday (May 25) at the Bradbury Science Museum. An opening reception is scheduled from 4-6 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
The exhibit's hands-on, user-driven interface is chock full of information on Arctic research done by the Lab and will be accompanied by artistic exploration (images, poems, etc.) of some of the same issues. The topic of climate change can be daunting due to it’s complexity, but the interface will allow visitors to explore the topics that interest them in the order they choose. The extensive number of items contained within the database means an almost completely personalized journey as users decide what they what they want to interact with next.
The opening also will include some of those who helped bring the exhibit together to answer questions and explain the process that led to the current concept. While the contemporary content represents a first phase of the work, it is expected to expand over time. Two traveling versions are also in the works. There is currently no end date for the exhibit.

Tuesday May 24, 2016
ZIP Code in White Rock, Portions of Los Alamos to Change on July 1
In order to provide efficient and cost-effective mail delivery now and for the future, the U.S. Postal Service is creating a new ZIP Code in the White Rock area, effective July 1, 2016. The new ZIP Code is 87547.
The new White Rock ZIP Code 87547 impacts some addresses in the current Los Alamos 87544 ZIP Code area. The new ZIP Code’s northern boundary is just south of land occupied by the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
This week, all postal customers who will be affected by these changes are being notified by mail. If a customer does not receive written notification by the end of this week, they are NOT affected by these changes.
The change comes in preparation for future growth in the area and to continue to provide efficient delivery service for Los Alamos and White Rock postal customers.
The Postal Service encourages affected customers to use their new ZIP Code and notify family, friends, business customers and business associates beginning July 1; however, mail with either ZIP Code will be delivered for one year following the change. Individuals should include their new ZIP Code on any reply mail where the sender requests updated or corrected address information.
Customers in the affected area should also use their new ZIP Code when reordering stationery such as letterhead, envelopes, promotional literature, forms, and business cards.
No other action is necessary on customers’ part, as magazine publishers, financial institutions, insurance companies and utilities typically use computerized customer mailing lists,
which update address ZIP Codes on a regular basis.

Monday May 23, 2016

Friday May 20, 2016
On Monday, May 23rd, Atomic City Transit schedules will be adjusted in order to better provide connections with the Northern New Mexico Park and Ride buses. More specifically, the entire schedule will be rotated forward by 5 minutes, which will affect the timing at each bus stop. As an example, if you currently catch the bus at 7:00 AM, beginning Monday, you will catch the bus at 7:05 AM.
The new transit service plan, implemented on January 25th, has succeeded in enabling the operators to deliver the published service schedule with excellent on-time performance for the riders. In addition, it does not require operators to push the equipment they operate beyond posted speed limits in order to deliver the service published in the “Ride Guide”, which yields both improved operational safety and a reduction in vehicle maintenance costs.

Thursday May 19, 2016
LAHS students Sophia Li (10th grade) and Jovan Zhang (12th grade) recently placed 4th with their team project in the Computational Biomedical and Bioinformatics Category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 7-13th in Phoenix, AZ. Jovan is a three time Intel Finalist and winner. Jovan and Sophia represented the State of New Mexico and competed against 1,760 students, in grades 9-12th, from 76 countries, regions and provinces across the globe for five million dollars in prizes and awards. The week long competition was hosted by Intel in conjunction with Society for the Sciences and the Public. Also, representing LAHS and the State of New Mexico at the Intel Fair were Theodore Petersen (12th grade) and Sophomore team project, Priyanka Vellapan and Alex Ionkov.

Wednesday May 18, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a 30-year-old man from San Juan County has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).
Also, an 84-year-old man from Santa Fe County is currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed HPS. These are the third and fourth cases of HPS in New Mexico this year. An environmental investigation will be conducted at each patient’s home to help reduce the risk to others.
The other cases of HPS in New Mexico earlier this year include a 54-year-old man from Cibola County who died and a 37-year-old woman from Sandoval County who recovered.
The Department of Health urges the general public to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of Hantavirus. Early symptoms of Hantavirus infection include fever and muscle aches, possibly with chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain and cough which progresses to respiratory distress. These symptoms develop within one to six weeks after rodent exposure. Although there is no specific treatment for HPS, chances for recovery are better if medical attention is sought early.
Important steps to follow to prevent contracting Hantavirus include:
• Air out closed-up buildings before entering
• Trap mice until they are all gone
• Clean up nests and droppings using a disinfectant
• Don’t sweep up rodent droppings into the air where they can be inhaled
• Put hay, wood, and compost piles as far as possible from your home
• Get rid of trash and junk piles
• Don’t leave your pet’s food and water where mice can get to it.

Tuesday May 17, 2016
Tonight there is a special county council meeting in the white rock fire station 3 beginning at 6pm. On the agenda is a presentation by the NM Association of Counties about current trends in local government liability followed by an item for possible action titled discussion of independent audit of county personnel policies. The meeting is posted as a special session instead of a work session because if the Council wishes to take action, that is not permitted under their Council Rules for a work session. We will broadcast this meeting live so tune in at 6pm. Tomorrow our guest councilor will be Rick Reiss.

Monday May 16, 2016
The tourism office is seeking local talent for an upcoming commercial video. It will feature locals doing and seeing things in and around Los Alamos. The casting call is for mountain bikers, individual sightseers and a family of four with parents over the age of 30. If interested, go to the Visit Los Alamos Facebook page to leave a personal message with photo, contact information and description of the role you would like to play. They are also seeking a classic American muscle convertible for the commercial. Those who would like to have their car featured should submit a photo of the car, along with year, make and model to the Visit Los Alamos Facebook page. Applicants must live here in the County. Applications will be accepted until May 25.

Friday May 13, 2016
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in a 90-8 vote to pass the fiscal year 2017 funding bill for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and several New Mexico water projects. The Energy and Water Appropriations Act is critical for New Mexico and supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs nationwide. Udall helped write the legislation as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. A final version of the bill now must be worked out with the U.S. House of Representatives before it can be sent to the president to be signed into law.
The bill includes several wins for New Mexico, including increased funding to support Los Alamos and Sandia national labs; full funding for the B61 and other nuclear weapons life extension projects; funding to continue WIPP recovery; and increased funding for Los Alamos cleanup and other National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) weapons activities. Udall worked to secure several provisions to advance DOE technology transfer and encourage the growth of well-paying high-tech private sector jobs and businesses by helping researchers at Los Alamos and Sandia labs commercialize and market products spun off from their work. The bill also includes important funding for Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation water projects in New Mexico.

Thursday May 12, 2016

Last week, Los Alamos Middle School conducted a pilot program for Heart Start CPR classes.
It was a great success. Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department and Andrea Cunningham, the Public Health Nurse, trained 125 eighth grade students in “hands only” CPR in Mr. Brousseau’s health classes.
Melissa Thurgood, the Fire Brigade head, and two local paramedics assisted.
Mr. Brousseau kept the atmosphere light with his excellent humor. LAMS School Nurse Roxanne Webster, and Principal Mr. Johnson were very supportive of the project.
The LAFD and Nurse Cunningham look forward to teaching the Heart Start CPR classes again next year at the Middle School and will spend one day each semester to cover all of the 8th graders.
They plan to expand the program to include high school students.


Wednesday May 11, 2016
Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts are prepared to help the Letter Carriers and LA Cares to collect, sort, and store your donations of food and supplies during the 24th annual National Food Drive sponsored by the Letter Carriers on Saturday, May 14th. All we need is your help to “Stamp Out Hunger”.
It may be surprisingly to learn that even in our well-off community there are dozens of families, many with young children or elderly, who need help, in addition to those in our neighboring communities. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans struggle to get enough to eat. So what can you do to help?
Go to your pantry and fill a grocery bag (double it for strength) or a box with non-perishable food and other necessities. Then on Saturday morning place it near your mailbox and soon your Letter Carrier, a Boy Scout or an adult leader will pick it up and take it to be sorted, stored, and distributed by LA Cares.
NO GLASS containers !

Tuesday May 10, 2016
At approximately 1:30 a.m. yesterday, LAPD responded to reports of an explosion at 3301 Canyon Road, which is the location of Caballo Peak apartments. They found one male individual injured and signs of an explosion inside one of the apartments, with damage to the windows and doors of the apartment and a small fire inside the apartment. LAFD firefighters arrived on scene and were quickly able to extinguish the fire. LAFD emergency response crews treated the injured male for burns and he was transported to the local hospital. The individual’s current medical condition is unknown.
For public safety, LAPD evacuated the building where the explosion occurred as well as the immediately adjacent buildings. Crews from the Dept. of Public Utilities were dispatched to disconnect water and gas to the building, as well as disconnecting electricity to the single apartment where the explosion occurred, as a safety precaution. County officials from the Building Division were called out to assess structural damage. At this time, all utility services have been restored to the building.
In addition to public safety precautions, LAPD and LAFD closed the apartment complex area to residents and visitors while they conducted an investigation into the possible cause of the explosion and whether any criminal activity had taken place.4:30 p.m. Residents of Caballo Peak Apartments have been given the “all clear” sign by LAPD to re-enter their homes after an explosion early this morning caused some of the buildings in the complex to be evacuated.
The damaged apartment where the explosion occurred continues to be secured and part of an active police and fire investigation.
The explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments is currently a joint investigation involving Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the ATF. During the course of the investigation, Juan Gonzales, 28 years old and a resident of Los Alamos, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of resisting/evading or obstructing an officer and 1 count of bribery/intimidation/retaliation of a witness. Gonzales was taken before LA Magistrate Judge Casados and then released on his own recognizance. This investigation is still active and ongoing and future arrest(s) are imminent.

Monday May 9, 2016
At approximately 1:30 a.m. today, LAPD responded to reports of an explosion at 3301 Canyon Road, which is the location of Caballo Peak apartments. They found one male individual injured and signs of an explosion inside one of the apartments, with damage to the windows and doors of the apartment and a small fire inside the apartment. LAFD firefighters arrived on scene and were quickly able to extinguish the fire. LAFD emergency response crews treated the injured male for burns and he was transported to the local hospital. The individual’s current medical condition is unknown.

For public safety, LAPD evacuated the building where the explosion occurred as well as the immediately adjacent buildings. Crews from the Dept. of Public Utilities were dispatched to disconnect water and gas to the building, as well as disconnecting electricity to the single apartment where the explosion occurred, as a safety precaution. County officials from the Building Division were called out to assess structural damage. At this time, all utility services have been restored to the building.

In addition to public safety precautions, LAPD and LAFD closed the apartment complex area to residents and visitors while they conducted an investigation into the possible cause of the explosion and whether any criminal activity had taken place.4:30 p.m. Residents of Caballo Peak Apartments have been given the “all clear” sign by LAPD to re-enter their homes after an explosion early this morning caused some of the buildings in the complex to be evacuated.

The damaged apartment where the explosion occurred continues to be secured and part of an active police and fire investigation. No further details are being released today about the investigation; LAPD Cmdr Preston Ballew said this afternoon that he expects to provide another update to media on the investigation tomorrow; however, release of information will continue to be limited while the investigation continues.

An emergency shelter had been prepared by the Red Cross in case any residents were displaced overnight, however, LAPD officials are coordinating to break down the shelter as it is no longer needed.

Friday May 6, 2016
The company that oversees the Los Alamos National Laboratory has received a one-year extension on its management contract, taking it through fiscal year 2018, according to Francie M. Israeli, spokeswoman for the National Nuclear Security Administration. The NNSA granted the extension in order to give LANS and the Environmental Management field office there more time to manage and carry out the clean-up operations now happening at the facility


Wednesday May 4, 2016
The Center for Excellence in Education congratulates Los Alamos High School's Wilbur Wang for being a semi-finalist in the USA Biology Olympiad Open Exam. This is Wang’s second year reaching the rank of semifinalist.
Approximately 10,000 high school students took the exam, and Wang’s score puts him in the top 10% of that group.
The next step is for him to take the second round of this challenging test. The top twenty Finalists will be invited to a residential training program where they learn advanced biological concepts and lab skills at the USABO National Finals. Ultimately, four students earn the right as Team USA to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from over sixty countries.
As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) enriches the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness.

Tuesday May 3, 2016

According to the Los Alamos Monitor, The Los Alamos Public School District’s $22 million plan to renovate and redesign Barranca Mesa Elementary School passed a crucial step last Friday when the Public School Capital Outlay Council voted to consider the district’s plan. The commission provides a 43 percent match for school buildings that meet the criteria.

 That would be about $9 million in funding for a project the administration estimates will cost $21 to $22 million. The district plans to provide the rest of the funding through a general bond election in 2017, with some leftover bond funds from the Aspen Elementary School renovation, which was completed in 2014.

Last Friday’s approval by the PSCOC means that the district’s Barranca Mesa Elementary project has made it to the last round, which could be decided as soon as this summer by the PSCOC.

The district will now proceed to go ahead with the full application. Steinhaus said the news is especially good because he said that when the meeting started, they were told they weren’t going to even consider the district’s application, since the project didn’t appear to be “shovel ready.”

Steinhaus said the schools were going forward with an architectural design and the district would pay for that, so the project would be shovel-ready.

 

 “I talked to them about how we spent our own money to get the ed specs done, second I told them about our need to have a decision to go to the voters in January and third, how we’re moving forward with the architectural design and the district would pay for that so we would be shovel ready,” said Steinhaus.


Monday May 2, 2016
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are developing a miniature, tissue-engineered artificial lung that mimics the response of the human lung to drugs, toxins and other agents.
Nicknamed “PuLMo” for Pulmonary Lung Model, the device consists of two major parts, the bronchiolar unit and the alveolar unit—just like the human lung. The units are primarily made from various polymers and are connected by a microfluidic “circuit board” that manages fluid and air flow.
The most exciting application of PuLMo is a potentially revolutionary improvement in the reliability of drug-toxicity assessments and the prediction of new pharmaceutical success in humans.
The PuLMo may also be designed to mimic lung disease conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma, and may be used to study lung air-flow dynamics to better understand the mechanisms of toxins and drug delivery and the effects of smoking, particularly the less-understood effects of e-cigarettes.
Major funding for the PuLMo project is provided by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. PuLMo is part of the larger ATHENA program to design an integrated, miniaturized surrogate human organ system that includes the heart, liver, lung and kidney.

Friday April 29, 2016
It's that time of year to come run or walk for the Friends of the Shelter and break a sweat. The annual Dog Jog is scheduled for Saturday April 30 at Rover Park. You can register beginning at 8 am. The event begins at 9.
The Dog Jog includes a sanctioned 5K run and a 3.5K walk. Entrants with pets are eligible for fun prizes. This is a family friendly event and dogs of all sizes and shapes are welcome to join in. It is $25 to participate and money raised assists with animal care here and spay and neuter clinics throughout New Mexico.

Thursday April 28, 2016
According to the Rio Grande Sun, An Española doctor will receive national recognition for her work to mitigate the impact of heroin and prescription opioid addictions on families in Rio Arriba County and across the nation. El Centro Family Health Family Practitioner Leslie Hayes will join nine others, Friday, at the White House in Washington, D.C., for a ceremony honoring their work to improve access to substance abuse treatment. The 10 individuals were selected as the “White House Champions of Change for Advancing Prevention, Treatment and Recovery” for the leadership roles they have assumed, in their respective communities, to make life better for addicts and their families. The White House chose Hayes, specifically, for her commitment to serve addicts in areas such as Española, where access to substance abuse treatment is not as widespread as it is in more populated urban areas.

Wednesday April 27, 2016
Aspen Elementary and Los Alamos Middle School students take top award in 26th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge
Andy Corliss, Phillip Ionkov and Ming Lo of Aspen Elementary, and Max Corliss of Los Alamos Middle School won first place for their project, “Solving the Rubik’s Cube 2.0,” They created a three-dimensional simulation of a Rubik’s cube, as well as an implementation of a cube-solving algorithm; they also won the Most Professional Presentation award for their efforts
This year’s second place winners are Christopher Leap and Nicholas Brown of Portales High School. They won for their project “Yavanchlan: Creating Optimal Strategies for Artificial Intelligence to Play Against Humans.”
Los Alamos Middle School’s Lillian Petersen took third place for her project, “Detecting Climate Change Through Means and Extremes.” She also won the Community Impact Award for working with the Bradbury Science Museum to make a traveling exhibit that will be shown in museums across the country.

Tuesday April 26, 2016
The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) is warning New Mexicans about fraudulent phone calls demanding delinquent tax payments.
The Taxation and Revenue Department has received reports of aggressive and threatening phone calls made by criminals impersonating Taxation and Revenue Employees or Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Agents.
These imposters demand immediate payment of delinquent taxes and threaten taxpayers with arrest if they do not comply. They may also threaten to cancel your driver’s license. The fraudulent phone calls have reportedly appeared on caller ID as the phone number for the Taxation and Revenue Department. However, legitimate phone calls from the Taxation and Revenue Department are scrambled and the call-back number will not appear on caller ID.
TRD will never:
• Call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
• Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
• Threaten to have you arrested for not paying.
• Threaten to cancel your driver’s license.
If you receive a phone call from an individual claiming to be a representative of the Internal Revenue Service or the Taxation and Revenue Department and the individual makes unreasonable or suspicious requests upon you, please call the call the 24 hour Tax Fraud Hotline at 1-866-457-6789 or your local Taxation and Revenue office.

Monday April 25, 2016

Remember our Two Hour Delay?

Dear Parents & Students,

We will need to make up the 120 minutes that students missed on Monday, last week.  

The remedy as promulgated by the LAPS district office is to add two minutes to fourth period, again.  That will make the time that 4th period gets out to 2:42PM.  

We will be implementing it beginning Tuesday, 26 April (that's tomorrow!!).

Thank you for your constant flexibility!

-Mr. Parker


Friday April 22, 2016
Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Dr. Harshini Mukundan will address the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a lecture titled “The Microbe Strikes Back: The Return of Tuberculosis.” Monday, April 25 at UNM-LA. Dr. Mukundan will discuss her research on the rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis, its growing threat to human health, and how effective diagnosis can prevent its spread and save lives.
Mukundan, of the Laboratory’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, presented a series of three lectures on this topic last year for the Frontiers in Science lecture series sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Mukundan will speak at UNM-LA from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, April 25. The lecture will take place in the Jennette O. Wallace Hall, room 505 at UNM-LA. The public is welcome to attend.


Thursday April 21, 2016

 Los Alamos National Laboratory Researcher Dr. Harshini Mukundan will address the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a lecture titled “The Microbe Strikes Back: The Return of Tuberculosis.” Monday, April 25 at UNM-LA.  Dr. Mukundan will discuss her research on the rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis, its growing threat to human health, and how effective diagnosis can prevent its spread and save lives. 

Mukundan will speak at UNM-LA from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, April 25. The lecture will take place in the Jennette O. Wallace Hall, room 505 at UNM-LA. The public is welcome to attend.


Wednesday April 20, 2016
The Jemez Mountain Trail – a national scenic byway – is amping up its aesthetic appeal with a more than 30 mile clean up effort on April 23, in honor of Earth Day. Volunteers are needed.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, volunteers will load litter and trash into bags which will be picked up by trucks. The clean up starts at mile marker zero near San Ysidro Pueblo and continues through Jemez Springs and La Cueva, NM to mile marker 36, near the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The clean up will continue until noon.
Four stations will be setup along the route and are located at: CWW Feed Store in San Ysidro; Trail House Grill in Cañon; Stage Stop restaurant in Jemez Springs; and Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store in La Cueva. Volunteers will need to sign a waiver at one of the stations, and need to pick up and wear a safety vest.
Two volunteers will be assigned for every mile.

Tuesday April 19, 2016
The first county council budget hearing to discuss the 2017 budget was last night. There is another one tonight at 6pm in council chambers of the muni building. Public comment is during the first 30 minutes of the meeting. You can read the budget on line at the county’s website or hard copies are available at either library. The meetings are streamed online and broadcast on PAC8.

Monday April 18, 2016
Check Out the Spring Weather!!  WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS WITH RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERSIN THE AFTERNOON. SNOW LEVEL NEAR 8000 FEET. NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH...EXCEPT 1 TO 3 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET. HIGHS IN THE 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTHWEST WINDS
10 TO 15 MPH.  TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS. SNOW LEVEL NEAR 7500 FEET. SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH. TOTAL SNOWACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH...EXCEPT AS MUCH AS 1 TO 3 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET. LOWS IN THE 20S TO LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH.

Friday April 15, 2016
 Los Alamos County Airport Manager David Ploeger announced today that he received a letter on the evening of April 14th from Shawn Simpson, CEO of Boutique Air, terminating Boutique’s contract with the County to provide air service from Los Alamos to Albuquerque. Boutique and the County entered into a contract last November to provide three flights a day between the Los Alamos airport (LAM) and Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ).
The letter came after conversations between Simpson and Ploeger about low passenger counts for the commercial airlines service and the need for Boutique to reposition the plane that had been serving Los Alamos for higher, more efficient usage in other cities served by Boutique. Boutique has expanded its flight offerings rapidly in the last year, primarily to cities who qualify for federal FAA funds under the Essential Air Service grant program. LAM does not qualify for this type of grant and the County had entered into a contract to subsidize the service for approximately $550,000 per year. For many communities, providing air service is a key area for economic development; companies evaluating site options consider easy access to air service an important consideration. Air service also provides another transportation option for residents and businesses.
Under the contract with the County, either party has the ability to terminate with 15 days written notice. Simpson said that flights are booked through the month of April and therefore Boutique expects to fly the LAM/ABQ route through April 30th.


Thursday April 14, 2016
Arasely Rodriguez of Taos High School, Solomon Sindelar of New Mexico Military Institute and Katherine Wang of Los Alamos High School are recipients of the 2016 Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund Gold scholarships. They are among the 95 students from seven Northern New Mexico counties receiving LAESF scholarships, which are funded through pledges from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and a $250,000 matching amount from Los Alamos National Security, LLC.
The Gold scholarship provides $5,000 a year in financial assistance for four years.
Six students received $2,500 annual, four-year Silver scholarships: Harsh Bhundiya -Santa Fe Preparatory School, Francis Castillo de Mulert- Santa Fe Preparatory School, Maria Juarez -Española Valley High School,
EliseAnne Koskelo -Los Alamos High School, Devon McCleskey- Los Alamos High School, and Jackson Miller - Santa Fe High School.


Wednesday April 13, 2016
The International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs (IAEMSC) has selected Los Alamos County Fire Department Division Chief Ben Stone as the 2016 INTERMEDIX/IAEMSC Harvard Fellowship recipient.
Chief Stone was selected from a highly competitive candidate pool of qualified EMS chiefs to participate in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The program offers participants experiences both inside and outside the classroom to ensure that they are equipped to lead result-driven government agencies and non-profit organizations as public officials.
The Harvard program is a three-week long intense program that challenges the students who attend. The program is conducted on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, MA. All expenses associated with Chief Stone’s attendance are covered by the INTERMEDIX/IAEMSC scholarship. Chief Stone will make the trip to Cambridge in July.

Tuesday April 12, 2016
This past weekend Los Alamos students competed against 350 students for top honors at the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair, held at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
Los Alamos students had a tremendous showing and represented our school district with a large portion of the top honors. Of the best of the best “Grand Awards” LAPS brought home 4 of the 8 coveted spots.
Of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Awards, Los Alamos High School brought home 3 of the 6 top spots. These 3 projects (5 students) will compete May 9-13th at the Intel Fair in Phoenix and will compete against 1,700 students from across the globe for four million dollars in prizes and awards.
This is the 12th straight year that LAPS will send students on to Intel ISEF, another incredible accomplishment for our LAHS students.

Monday April 11, 2016
Many in Los Alamos have been following the creative and challenging work of a volunteer group of local teachers, parents and community members to enter a nationwide competition to reimagine high schools and education. Over 1,200 communities throughout the USA entered the competition with innovative and creative ideas for learning. About 50 proposals have been selected for the next level of completion.
It is with great excitement and pride that Dr. Steinhaus announced that our local group named the Odyssey High School project just received this announcement:
After careful review, we are so excited to tell you that we think your Odyssey High School design is truly substantial and promising, and we are including you in the running to take it to the next level! You should be incredibly proud.
The next step is to work with you to fine-tune your ideas and transform them into tangible school designs. The next phase is called “Develop”—a series of exercises and questions designed to help you push your imaginative skills and show us your capacity to actually implement your school design.

Friday April 8, 2016
Since records began in 1910, March 2016 was the first time Los Alamos measured only a trace of precipitation (less than 0.01 inches) in March, based on a complete month of observations. We recorded less than 0.01 inches of precipitation in March 1946 and March 1934, but the records for these months were incomplete.
As a result of the dry month, only a trace of snow was measured in Los Alamos, in comparison to the long term average of 10.4 inches. Most of the desert Southwest experienced below average precipitation.
Temperatures in Los Alamos and White Rock were well above average.
Los Alamos measured a mean maximum temperature of 6.6 degrees above average, and White Rock measured 5.2 degrees above average.
On March 4, Los Alamos exceeded the record for high maximum temperature by 4 degrees. The mean temperature has been above average in Los Alamos since August 2015, and the mean minimum temperature has been above average since June 2015.
High wind events impacted Los Alamos with 6 days of wind gusts that exceeded 40 miles per hour. Wind gusts exceeded 40 miles per hour in White Rock on 7 days. On March 23, wind gusts of 57 miles per hour were measured in Los Alamos as a low-pressure system moved through southern Colorado.

Thursday April 7, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $8.5 million in research funding to 12 universities to protect air quality from the current and future challenges associated with the impacts of climate change.
Research has shown that climate change can affect air quality and impact public health. With the funding, researchers will expand investigations to understand:
• Health impacts from smoke due to a rise in wildfires that are increasing as a result of climate change;
• Atmospheric changes in air pollution chemistry that are occurring due to climate change;
• Potential consequences of increased levels of dust from particle pollution on human health and visibility;
• Drought and land-use changes in the western U.S. that may impact the incidence of dust storms; and
• Impacts to air quality from increased nitrogen-based fertilizer use.
One of the grants, funded through the agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program was awarded to the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, for Evaluating the Timeline of Particulate Matter Exposure from Urban Transportation and Land-Use Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Strategies Using a Novel Modeling Framework.

Wednesday April 6, 2016
According to NM Statute 22-2-8.1, students in grades K-6 must have 990 hours of instructional time per school year and students in grades 7-12 must have 1080 instructional hours per school year.
This school year (SY 15/16), Los Alamos has had a few snow events. On November 17, schools were on a two-hour delay. On February 1, schools were dismissed early due to winter weather. On February 23, schools were closed all day due to the winter driving conditions.
All teachers and school personnel will need to make up one day per their contract of 186 da
The LAMS students and elementary students still are beyond PED’s required instructional time. LAHS students will need to make up 8.5 hours (510 minutes) of instructional time.
The approved school calendar lists May 26 and May 27 as Snow Days if Needed.
The calendar for elementary and middle school students does not change. However, all teachers and school personnel will work at the elementary schools and middle school on Thursday May 26 with no students. LAHS staff will work on May 26 with students.
The LAHS students will make up 370 minutes on May 26. This leaves 140 minutes to be made up by students. We will be adding 5 minutes of instructional time to the day beginning April 4th and ending on May 11.

Tuesday April 5, 2016
At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5th, entrepreneurs from Los Alamos and the surrounding areas are invited to the Startup Flight PitchFest and Happy Hour at Unquarked Wine Bar, located in Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
The Startup Flight Pitch Fest and Happy Hour is a celebration of entrepreneurship where everyone will network and meet venture capitalist Paul Singh, as well as several investors. It’s part of Singh’s 2016 Results Junkies Tech Tour.
Singh is travelling across the country in his custom Airstream trailer in order to meet entrepreneurs, and along the way he plans to invest in at least 20 companies. His investments typically range from $50,000 to $250,000. In addition, he will be inviting other investors who can also provide enough funding to bring a business to the next level.
“This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs,” said Nik Seet, one of the hosts for the New Mexico leg of the Tech Tour. There are a limited number of slots available for entrepreneurs to present a 90-second elevator pitch, or to have private office hours with these investors. In order to be considered, you must contact Nik Seet at nik@seet.com.
The Startup Flight PitchFest will open at 6:00 with a keynote speech from Singh about entrepreneurship.
Then from 6:30 to 7:00 we will hear from the entrepreneurs.
Singh generally invests in companies that follow this criteria:
• The product solves a problem for a specific target customer
• The business is capital-efficient, and can be operational with less than $1 million in funding
• Primarily Internet based distribution
• Has a simple revenue model, such as transactions or subscriptions
• There is a functional prototype before the investment, or demonstrated success
• Small (but measurable) usage. Some customers or early revenue
• Small but cross-functional team


Monday April 4, 2016
Los Alamos County has published its biennial FY17 & FY18 proposed budget. Interested citizens may access the document on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) webpage.
Reference copies are also available at both public libraries and the 311 Customer Care Center (Municipal Building lobby). A “Citizen’s Guide to the Budget” summarizes the budget in an easy-to-read format Copies of the Citizen’s Guide are also available at the libraries and in the public literature rack located in the west vestibule of the Municipal Building.
Budget hearings are set for April 18, 19, 25 and 26. All hearings begin at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. Until the Council adopts the budget, it is still open for discussion and change. Council will reserve the first thirty minutes of each hearing for public comment on any portion of the proposed budget. Once all comments have been provided, or, after this time has expired, budget presentations and discussions will continue.
Citizens unable to attend the budget hearings can still comment in a variety of ways:
1) Send U.S. Mail to County Manager Harry Burgess, 1000 Central Avenue, Ste 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544
2) E-Mail comments to lacbudget@lacnm.us
3) E-Mail comments directly to the County Council: countycouncil@lacnm.us
Citizens can view the budget hearings live using internet streaming under the “County Council” link on the County’s webpage


Friday April 1, 2016
The Los Alamos Fire Department will be closing a portion of the Canyon Rim Trail near Fire Station #6 in order for crews to complete fuels reduction (tree thinning) activities on the following three weekends, weather permitting:
April 2, 3
April 16, 17
April 30 and May 1st-
Activities will extend approximately ¼ mile along the west end of the trail. LAFD is coordinating signage and trail closure with Open Space & Trails Specialist Eric Peterson. The trail will remain open on the east end (at the trailhead, across from Entrada Business Park.) Trail users are asked to use caution and observe closure signs for their own safety.

Thursday March 31, 2016
It's almost time for Los Alamos students to take their PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exams this year.
The PARCC window opens April 4th with the Middle School being the first to test on April 7th.
School-by-school PARCC schedules are posted on individual websites. Most schools will finish testing within 5 or 6 days with a couple of extra days for make-ups. While the standardized tests will be similar to last year, some aspects of the overall experience have changed.
Here are four ways PARCC testing will be different in 2016:
1. One Testing Window. This year, PARCC will be given in a single testing window.
2. Shorter Testing Time- Allotted testing time will be shorter by about 90 minutes, 60 fewer minutes in math and 30 fewer minutes in English.
3. Fewer Test Sections
PARCC cut selected questions and consolidated test sections. Depending upon grade level, students will take fewer test sections.
4. Faster Results
Last year, PARCC testing finished in May and students received test results in December or January. This year, PARCC scores are expected to be returned more quickly and should be received by late summer.
The District has been working hard to get everything ready behind the scenes for PARCC testing. LAPS has all of the student computers needed for testing, numerous staff trainings have been completed, students have worked hard all year, and we are ready to go.


Wednesday March 30, 2016
The legacy of Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephen Stoddard has been honored once again with a generous contribution to UNM-Los Alamos to provide seed money for the creation of a program that will provide training for individuals who can serve as personal caregivers.
Barbara Stoddard recognized a need for caregivers in our community, people who can provide in-home health care and personal care to individuals. On March 29, Stoddard made $10,000 available to UNM-Los Alamos as seed money necessary for the creation of a new program. The current plans are for a program similar to the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program offered by UNM-Valencia. Stoddard’s contribution to UNM-Los Alamos will be used initially to hire a subject matter expert who will help develop the program and determine equipment needs. Remaining funds will be used for purchasing needed equipment and supplies, advertising the program, and for scholarships to students who want to pursue the program.

Home health care allows patients to live with greater independence and to avoid hospitalization. Many people, both patients and their family members, rely on in-home care to provide crucial support and enhance quality of life. As she reflected on her experience of providing care for her husband, Steve, before his death in 2013, Mrs. Stoddard decided that she wanted to help develop future caregivers. Her experience motivated her to reach out to UNM-Los Alamos.
Current plans are for the Personal Care Attendant program to be available starting in the fall of 2016. As a commitment to improving the skills of current caregivers, UNM-LA will also offer tuition waivers for up to five current caregivers to attend the AED/CPR/First Aid class that will be offered on Saturday, April 30. Please contact Gabe Baca, the Program Manager for UNM-LA Community Education at 505-663-3400 for details.
For more information about UNM-LA, please call 505.662.0332 or visit the website at losalamos.unm.edu.

Tuesday March 29, 2016

One of the signs of spring in the Jemez Mountains is male elk and deer shedding their antlers. People like to collect these ”sheds”, which is fine on private land or areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management or the US Forest Service. However, it is illegal on the Valles Caldera National Preserve or Bandelier National Monument, or other National Park Service areas.
Federal regulations forbid the removal of any park property, which not only includes antlers, but also bones, skulls, rocks, flowers, and artifacts like arrowheads, pot sherds, and old bottles and cans. In fact, someone caught collecting antlers or other items protected by law in Bandelier or the Valles Caldera Preserve can be fined, or even barred from the area for life.
Most national park units are considered "living museums," where everything in the park is important to the story that is told there or to the natural functioning of the park’s ecosystem. Shed antlers left on the ground provide an important source of minerals for many small animals. Antlers are bone and are mainly composed of calcium. Small mammals, like mice, voles, chipmunks, and ground squirrels, get calcium by gnawing on shed antlers and animal bones. Antlers left on the ground help these animals survive.
Although the gathering of a few antlers is thought to have little real impact on a park, with thousands of visitors coming to an area, or perhaps a few people illegally gathering quantities of antlers for commercial purposes, the effect can be large.


Monday March 28, 2016
Michael DiRosa has resigned his position as a UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board member due to a work assignment that will have him away from Los Alamos for the next two years. Michael was elected to the position in February of 2015.
Per UNM-LA bylaws, when a vacancy occurs during a term, the remaining board members will appoint a qualified person to serve the remainder of the term. Steve Boerigter, UNM-LA Advisory Board President, and other board members Michelle Hall, Micheline DeVaurs, and David Sutton plan to select a replacement at the April Advisory Board meeting.
Any individual who is interested in serving on the UNM-LA Advisory Board should send a letter stating their interest in serving to Kateri Morris at UNM-LA by April 1. Letters may be sent via email to katerim@unm.edu. Interested individuals are also requested to attend the April 4th Advisory Board meeting at 5:30 pm. After brief presentations and discussion, the existing board members will select a replacement.

Friday March 25, 2016
Health officials in New Mexico say childhood obesity in the state has decreased by 16 percent over the past five years, both in kindergartners and third graders.
Despite the progress, however, the state's Department of Health says that means more than one-in-three third graders and one-in-four kindergarten students is still overweight or obese.
Rita Condon, program manager for Healthy Kids New Mexico, says teaching school children healthy habits is beginning to pay off.
Condon says the program takes several approaches to educating children, such as introducing them to a variety of fruits and vegetables, helping them learn how to make salads at school, and encouraging them to eat healthy at home.
Condon says the obesity rate for adults also is high in New Mexico, so the state has expanded its obesity prevention program to include communities and neighborhoods.
One of the goals is to improve the ability of lower-income families to purchase or grow healthy foods.
She says seeing some proof that obesity rates are leveling off a bit is real progress.

Thursday March 24, 2016
In an effort to keep pilgrims safe while they walk to the El Santuario de Chimayó, the Rio Arriba County is partnering with Santa Fe County, New Mexico State Police, Deputies from the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office along with State Police and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies. In addition to police cruisers, officers and deputies will patrol on all-terrain vehicles and bicycles.
Not only will there be a police presence on the ground, but in the air, if need be. A State Police helicopter will be ready for flight from Santa Fe, should the need arise and another helicopter will
be ready to go at the Española Hospital.
Emergency Management Director Allen Sanchez said, depending on weather, and going off
past years, anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 people could make their way to the church Friday.
Dress in layers.
Be prepared for moisture, by bringing something to protect themselves from either rain or snow and a change of clothes.
• Wear bright, visible colors, avoid black or other dark colors
• Carry plenty of water to drink and food/snacks
• Stay on the path marked for pedestrians and follow signage, do not walk on the road
• Do not walk alone
• Notify someone of where you will be
North Central Regional Transit District “blue buses” will have an easier time of it, as an additional
bus will travel along the Española to Chimayó route to accommodate pilgrims. Delays due to heavy pedestrian traffic along the route will be unavoidable and regular passengers of the route need to be aware that buses will not be at the designated scheduled stops at their normally posted times.Wednesday March 23, 2016
Firefighters had built a containment line around a blaze in the bosque off of County Road 84 west of Pojoaque in northern Santa Fe County by 4 p.m. Tuesday, but the wildfire was still not controlled.
He said firefighters would be monitoring the fire all night.
No evacuations have been ordered yet. Fire officials are urging residents to find alternate routes and avoid using County Road 84 due to emergency and fire vehicle traffic.
The fire near Romeroville Road in Jacona was reported in thick brush, grass and cottonwood trees about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, said Sperling. The fire grew to about 30 acres by 4 p.m., pushed by wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour. At one point the fire jumped a containment line on the east side and pushed further through the bosque.
The winds eased as the afternoon wore on, helping tamp down the fire's behavior.
Pojoaque Valley School District had students stay at the schools Tuesday afternoon until parents could pick them up. Classes were scheduled to resume Wednesday as usual but school officials said they would be monitoring the situation.
School officials said if bus numbers 2, 6, 9, 12 and 14 are not able to run on Wednesday, parents will be notified so they can arrange transportation to school. If students are not able to attend due to the fire, the absence will be excused.
Officials aren't yet sure what sparked the fire and whether it involves tribal, private or federal land or a combination. Firefighters from the counties of Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba, in addition to crews from the U.S. Forest Service, state and Española were all responding.
Sperling said the county had already had several fires in the last few weeks including two on Monday. The Jacona fire was the second brush fire the county responded to on Tuesday.

Tuesday March 22, 2016

Governor Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry announced that law enforcement issued over 1,600 citations for dangerous driving through Operation Lilly, a coordinated effort to crack down on road rage in Albuquerque. Operation Lilly, named after the 4-year-old girl who was shot and killed in a road rage incident last year, was led by the New Mexico State Police and in partnership with the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. Together, law enforcement officers cracked down on aggressive, distracted, and other dangerous driving behavior. These behaviors include speeding, unsafe lane changes, following too closely, drag racing, failing to stay in one’s own lane, and texting while driving. Officers issued 1,676 citations for reckless or dangerous driving, and made 25 arrests, including five for DWI.


Monday March 21. 2016
Four small businesses will be working with Los Alamos National Laboratory to accelerate the nation’s transformation toward a clean energy economy as part of the Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot project. These businesses will gain access to world-class laboratory resources to help move innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace.
The following four businesses were awarded the pilot vouchers for a total of $590,000:
Amsen Technologies of Tucson, Ariz. Los Alamos will characterize the company’s new polymer electrolyte membranes and evaluate against DOE targets for fuel cell applications. Results will optimize the development process of membranes for fuel cells.
Sustainable Innovations of East Hartford, Conn. Los Alamos will validate the company’s multi-channel hydrogen fuel quality monitor through testing and performance characterization to optimize design.
KWJ Engineering of Newark, Calif. Los Alamos and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will fabricate and deliver sensors and conduct product characterization to develop the next generation of gas-sensing system for hydrogen and other gases.
Treadstone Technologies of Princeton, N.J. Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will analyze the potential for deploying the company’s patented coating and processing technologies in the electrolyzer and fuel cell markets. This work will contribute to low-cost, metal bipolar-plate manufacturing processes and quality control system development.

Friday March 18, 2016
Los Alamos Police Department has seen an increase in motor vehicle thefts and automobile burglaries in the past few weeks. Five cases of motor vehicle theft/embezzlement have been reported thus far in 2016, three of which occurred in the last two weeks. Seven auto-burglaries/breaking and entering cases have been reported in 2016, three of which were reported in the last seven days. These case have occurred in both Los Alamos and White Rock. All of the vehicles that were stolen have been recovered.

“One arrest has been made as a result of a Los Alamos motor vehicle theft and charges are pending on potentially two additional suspects for similar cases. The Los Alamos patrol division and investigations section are working with other agencies to apprehend these suspects.” Cmdr. Morris
Most of these cases are opportunistic and some proactive measures can be taken to help citizens and visitors from being the victim of a crime.
Always lock your vehicle and remove any alluring contents from the vehicle entirely or from sight. Do not leave your keys inside the vehicle. Remove loose change from your vehicle and do not keep a garage door opener in your vehicle if it is parked outside your garage.
The same information above applies when parking your vehicle at trailheads. Los Alamos has many parking areas adjacent to hiking trails. Criminals target these areas because they know you will be away from your vehicle for longer periods. Parking in well-lit areas at night or in highly visible areas anytime of day is also beneficial.
One of the reasons criminals choose to steal a car in today’s society is to use that vehicle for a short time to commit other types of crimes in our community and neighboring communities. The Los Alamos Police Department is asking citizens to report stolen vehicles immediately. Keep back-up information on all your vehicles, trailers, etc. on hand in case theft.
LAPD is offering a reward of up to $250.00 to anyone who has information relating to these crimes that results in the apprehension of a suspect. Anyone with information can call L.A. crime stoppers at 505-662-8282.


Thursday March 17, 2016

Bandelier National Park announced that it’s experiencing record visitation.

The count at the Visitor Center on Tuesday, March 15, was over 820, a number more like a busy day in mid-July. 

But, monument officials are telling people, without the help of the shuttle buses to allow visitors to park their cars in White Rock, and the parking areas across the creek still under construction, parking spaces are at a premium in Frijoles Canyon. 

On some days people may have to wait in line and then park about a quarter mile away from the Visitor Center, and for awhile around mid-day, people may sometimes be asked to come back later.

Bandelier officials are encourage visitors to try get to the park before 10 AM or after about 2:30 to miss the busiest times of day.

The Visitor Center, bookstore, Gift Shop, and Snack Bar are open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, seven days a week, and the trails to the archeological sites are open dawn to dusk, about 7 AM to 7 PM at this time of year. 

Visitors might also consider exploring parts of the park away from Frijoles Canyon, including the Tsankawi section and the Burnt Mesa and Tyuonyi Overlook trails.


Wednesday March 16, 2016
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $7.3 million for nonprofit providers and local governments in New Mexico to combat homelessness throughout the state. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding through the Continuum of Care Program, which supports efforts to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families, minimize the trauma associated with losing a home, and help families become self-sufficient following their relocation. In our area there are several recipients in Santa Fe and Taos.

Tuesday March 15, 2016
Governor Susana Martinez announced the first batch of funding to help develop and commercialize several innovative products that are the result of partnerships between researchers at New Mexico's laboratories and universities, and the private sector. The initiative is through the Technology Research
Collaborative, which Governor Martinez reestablished in 2013 and allows teams of researchers to compete for funding to bring their ideas and products into the marketplace. There were 6 awards given including a $38,000 award To New Mexico Tech and Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop arsenic removal technology to purify water used in the oil and gas industry.

Monday March 14, 2016
The Los Alamos County Comprehensive Plan seeks to articulate, clarify, and integrate the County's intentions and policies with the rights and expectations of the community, including residents, property owners, and businesses. The first public information meeting about the plan update will be this evening, Monday, March 14, 6:30 p.m., White Rock Fire Station 3

Friday March 11, 2016
This is the weekend daylight saving time begins. Spring your clocks forward one hour Saturday night.

Thursday March 10, 2016
Safety Town 2016: Registration for the 2016 session of Safety Town begins on Tuesday, March  15th. Safety Town is a collaboration between the Los Alamos
Public Schools, Los Alamos Police Department and the PROS Division. Started in summer 2015, Safety Town’s Mission is to provide the opportunity for students entering Kindergarten in the fall to learn about safety in their school, community, and neighborhood. Students will learn strategies to keep themselves safe and have
opportunities to practice basic safety procedures in new situations. These include fire safety, bicycle safety, animal safety, gun safety, stranger safety, pedestrian safety, bus safety, and drug safety.

Wednesday March 9, 2016
Tuesday was filing day to run for state and local offices. Here in Los Alamos there are 3 council seats up for election, along with the county clerk and probate judge.
Pete Sheehey, Steve Girrens, and Kristin Henderson are running for reelection to the county council.
Chris Chandler, Antonio L. Maggiore, Patrick Monroe Brenner and Jaret J. McDonald are running to replace the incumbents.
Amy Woods, Wendy Laird, Naomi D. Maestas are running for county clerk.
Billy J McKerley is running for probate judge.

Tuesday March 8, 2016
Dr. Cindy Rooney has been promoted to executive director of UNM-LA. She had been the interim executive director since Aug 1. Rooney had been UNM-Los Alamos dean of instruction, an associate dean and the chair of the Business Department. Her teaching interests and research have primarily been in financial accounting and auditing, with appointments at the College of William and Mary, Xavier University, and the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management. A licensed CPA, Rooney holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting and a minor in Industrial Organizational Psychology, from the University of Tennessee.

Monday March 7, 2016
The Quality of Education Survey is now available electronically for all parents with students in the Los Alamos Public Schools. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by finding it on the LAPS homepage news. The electronic survey is open until May 1, 2016. Paper surveys have been made available to each LAPS student and in school offices.
The annual Quality of Education Survey is mandated by state law [NMSA 22-2C-11 D] to allow parents the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback on their child’s education. The first 10 questions are the same for all schools and are set by the Public Education Department (PED). Five additional questions are constructed by district school boards and another five questions are developed by schools and teachers.
This year the LAPS Board aligned the District questions to their strategic plan and focus areas. This will allow the Board and District to have an additional annual data point aligned to the identified priorities. School sites also had an opportunity to change their questions this year.

Friday March 4, 2016
The Los Alamos Police Department continues to work in partnership with the Los Alamos School District to investigate recent anonymous threats. In cooperation with the School District and members of the community, the Police Department was able to identify at least one suspect we believe to be responsible. We have increased our police presence at school campuses within the County and we continue to assign School Resource Officers to both the High School and Middle School.
The Los Alamos Police Department is continuing to investigate these threats with the help of our school resource officers and criminal investigators. We take these potential threats seriously and will work diligently to identify individuals responsible and take appropriate action.
We encourage any member of the public to include school staff, students and parents to notify the Los Alamos Police Department if they have any information that would assist in this investigation. Citizens can call (505)-662-8222, Crimestoppers at (505) 662-8282, or visit our website at losalamosnm.us/police to leave a crime tip

Thursday March 3, 2016
February 2016 Weather Highlights
Los Alamos experienced considerably warmer temperatures through most of February, with the exception of moderate snowfall over 3 days. February started with 6.3 inches of snow in 2 days. From February 3 to 22, a high-pressure system remained over the Southwest states and caused several record-high temperatures and dry conditions. The third day of snow occurred on February 23 for a total monthly snowfall of 11.8 inches (0.9 inches above average). The rest of the month returned to warm and dry conditions.
Los Alamos and most of the country experienced above-average temperatures. The warm temperatures during mid-February caused five maximum temperature records and two high minimum temperature records tied or broken in Los Alamos and White Rock. Los Alamos measured a mean maximum temperature of 6.6 degrees above average, mean minimum temperature of 4.5 degrees above average, and a mean temperature of 5.6 degrees above average.

Wednesday March 2, 2016
LAPS Open Enrollment applications will be accepted on March 7, 2016
Los Alamos Public Schools' Open Enrollment applications will be accepted at the School District office located at 2075 Trinity Drive, beginning March 7th , 7:00 A.M. through May 6th; applicable for the following school year. Applications will be considered in the order that they are received.
You will receive a phone call or email only when there is space available for your child to attend Los Alamos Public Schools. If there is not space for your child at the beginning of the school year, your child will be kept on the waiting list for the current school year.
Students will be accepted according to the priorities established in School Board Policy and Regulation 5118. Information on the application must be current as of the first day of the school year for which the student has applied.
If there is a change in your information, an amended application must be submitted. Your original submission date will continue to be used for priority purposes for the current school year.
Interested parents can download our Open Enrollment Application here:
http://www.laschools.net/OpenEnrollmentApplication

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Los Alamos County announced that Los Alamos and Los Alamos-based Descartes Labs has signed a lease on a 3,000 square foot commercial building abutting Los Alamos Canyon in downtown Los Alamos. The property located at 1925 W. Trinity Drive was built in 2012 by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities in partnership with the Japanese government’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) who invested $30 million in Los Alamos to test and validate smart electric grid equipment capabilities. After NEDO completed their research, the building sat vacant for over a year and was recently remodeled to accommodate commercial office use. Descartes Labs had outgrown their former space in Los Alamos and was being heavily courted to relocate to another community. The vacant NEDO smart house was quickly converted by the County to serve the needs of a new high tech firm like Descartes, removing bedroom walls to create an open floor plan with just a few small offices. The building already contained a full kitchen with top of the line Japanese smart appliances, a solar array, and LED lighting.
Descartes Labs is a rapidly expanding company with a mission to apply artificial intelligence to satellite imagery, enabling a more accurate understanding of the Earth. Descartes Labs’ underlying technology and six founding scientists came from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The company has raised $8.3M of venture capital, largely from out-of-state. Today the company employs nearly 20 people split between offices in downtown San Francisco and Los Alamos. The Los Alamos branch of the Descartes Labs will initially employ 11 people.


Monday February 29, 2016
Happy Leap Year!!
CodeRED is the Emergency Management Division's service for phoning or emailing residents during an emergency. If you have a land line, you are automatically signed up to receive an alert, but if you only have a cell phone, you need to go on line to CodeRED and register your phone! You can sign up phones for the entire family when you set up a profile on the vendor's site and your information is kept private. You can also sign up for an email option if you don't want to register your cell phone. If you signed up many years ago for alerts, please note that the County changed vendors and you need to sign up again. Questions? Call the Emergency Management Office at 662-8283 or visit their webpage to get to the link for CodeRED.

Friday February 26, 2016
Scientists have a new tool for unraveling the mysteries of how diseases such as HIV move through a population, thanks to insights into phylo-genetics, the creation of an organism’s genetic tree and evolutionary relationships.
Employing some sophisticated detective work, the Los Alamos National Laboratory team used computational phylo-genetic analysis to examine how strains of HIV, both in computer modeling, and compared with real-life case studies, would be transmitted.
Who infected whom has great value in epidemiological investigations, and it should explain how transmissions occurred. Until now, however, there has not been a systematic evaluation of which phy-log-eny to expect from different transmission histories, and thus interpreting the meaning of an observed phylogeny has remained elusive.

Thursday February 25, 2016
Here are the lowlights of the police reports February 17 through 23.
Two were arrested on district court warrants.
Two were arrested on municipal court warrants.
Two were arrested on magistrate court bench warrant.
One was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.
One was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked.
Two were arrested for assault.
One was arrested for aggravated DWI.
One was arrested for DWI.
One was arrested for negligent use of a deadly weapon.
One was arrested for battery upon a peace officer.
Three minors were arrested for minor in possession.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of graffiti.
There was a report of battery.
The bomb squad was called.
There was a report of an animal at large.
There were 2 reports of harassment.
There was a report of menacing behavior.
An animal was impounded for biting.
There was an accident with injuries.
There were 2 accidents without injuries.
There was an unattended death.

Wednesday February 24, 2016
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, an Española-area teen was sentenced Tuesday to spend the next two years in the custody of the state Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque for his role in the brutal 2014 rape of a young Pojoaque woman.
Irin Martinez, 17, and his friend Jacob Martinez and former girlfriend Kayla Coriz — who where 16, 15 and 19, respectively, at the time of the rape — were all charged with criminal sexual penetration and related crimes in June 2014 after the 18-year-old Pojoaque woman was hospitalized for severe injuries following a prom night party at a home near Española where Irin Martinez lived with his grandparents.
A jury acquitted Irin Martinez — no relation to co-defendant Jacob Martinez — of false imprisonment, criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy in November, but found him guilty of tampering with evidence for attempting to scrub the victim’s blood off the floor of his bedroom.
The conspiracy charge is a third-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison. Because Irin Martinez was sentenced as a juvenile, however, two years was the maximum amount of time that District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer could have given him.
Jacob Martinez was convicted of rape and conspiracy in September. A hearing that began last week is scheduled to conclude Thursday to determine if he’ll be sentenced as a juvenile or as an adult.

Tuesday February 23, 2016
The Los Alamos Public schools have closed for the day.
LANL is closed.
UNM-LA is closed.
The Betty Ehart Senior Center is closed

Monday February 22, 2016

Los Alamos County Code Enforcement Officers will begin assisting LAPD patrols in tagging or towing unhitched trailers parked on streets, highways and public parking areas, under new changes to the County code that took effect on February 10th. 

An unhitched trailer is defined by Code as a trailer not physically connected to an operable vehicle. Past offenders have skirted the ordinance by attaching a trailer for 24-hour periods to avoid citations, and then unhitching the trailer to remain on the street. Removing the time interval will allow the County to begin addressing this problem area in the community. The ordinance change was unanimously adopted by the Council on January 5th. 

During the month of February, Code Enforcement Officers will first work with LAPD on complaints that were filed before the ordinance took effect and then Code Enforcement Officers will continue to “red tag” and report to LAPD on other unhitched trailers as they work their way through Los Alamos and White Rock. 

Citizens wishing to register a complaint about an unhitched trailer in their neighborhood are asked to fill out an on-line form. Although enforcement resides with LAPD, the remainder of the work is being tracked through CDD and Code Enforcement, using their new EnerGov software.

the goal is to ask owners first to come into compliance with the changes in code, not have LAPD issue citations before contacting and working with owners to voluntarily remove the unhitched trailers in a timely manner.

Options are available to owners – they can move the trailer onto their private property, the trailer must be parked in a back yard or side yard if space permits; otherwise, it can be stored in a front yard. There are also storage rental lots set aside for this purpose, such as the lot on North Mesa.


Friday February 19, 2016
Los Alamos Public Schools' Mental Health Design Team will be hosting a community presentation to engage the community in dialog around the Healthy School and Community Initiative on Tuesday February 23rd from 5:30-7:00pm in the LAHS Speech Theatre. This presentation was originally scheduled for February 1st but was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The presentation will include an overview of the team’s work in the Fall of 2015 and short and long term recommendations for a path forward. The presentations and recommendations are intended to engage the schools and community in active collaboration around the issues of mental health and the impact on our students and community. There will be opportunities for table discussions around the topic of student stress and anxiety reduction focusing on current practices, best practices and strategies and solutions.
Through community collaboration, the schools can begin to address some of the root causes and identify solutions that are actionable and have positive impacts for our students.


Thursday February 18, 2016
Former Los Alamos Police Department Commanders Randy Foster, Scott Mills, and former LAPD Detective Paige Early announced that they have received a settlement of 2 million dollars from Los Alamos County.
They settled their claim against the county on Feb. 4. The settlement followed more than thirty months of extensive litigation and pre-litigation work by the Plaintiffs.
The three former LAPD officers filed suit against the county in late 2012 claiming that they had been wrongfully terminated for their involvement in the handling of another former LAPD detective Brian Schamber.
As part of the settlement the County rescinded Foster’s termination and offered the three Plaintiffs reinstatement to their former positions (which they declined). Further, the County agreed to expunge discipline from the personnel files of Foster and Mills. The settlement entirely vindicates the actions of the three Plaintiffs. All three Plaintiffs have secured new employment. Former Commander Randy Foster is now the Chief of Police in Bloomfield, New Mexico. Former Detective Early has given up police work entirely, and works as an Investigator for the State of Alaska. Former Commander Scott Mills is a Sergeant with a Colorado Police Department.
The alleged actions by LAPD occurred while Wayne Torpy was chief of police.
Commander Mills said after announcing the settlement, speaking for all three officers involved, that the lawsuit was never about money for them, but making sure the public was protected.
The County was represented in the settlement by the New Mexico Self-Insurer’s Fund, an insurance pool of New Mexico municipalities and other political subdivisions, including the County, through an arrangement with the New Mexico Municipal League. It was the decision of the Self-Insurer’s Fund to settle the case before it was tried in court, as is the prerogative of the NMSIF under the insurance policy.

Wednesday February 17, 2016
The Los Alamos Public School District is pleased to announce a new online student registration system for the 2016-17 school year. Parents will see a reduction in the number of paper forms to be completed and an increase in information security. We will begin using the system at Kindergarten Roundup scheduled for April 6, 2016.
For all students in grades 1-12, online registration will begin on Monday August 1, 2016. The first day of school is August 18, 2016.
All parents will have the option of using the new system, called InfoSnap. With improved security, parents will be able to verify demographic, emergency, and medical information. InfoSnap will interface directly with our student information system, PowerSchool. There will also be an online version of Athletics registration for Middle School and High School students. This new system will replace most of the hard copy student registration and permission forms that your child brings home on the first day of school.
For parents that do not have access to the Internet, a school computer will be available. Paper forms will also be available for parents that do not wish to use the online registration process.
When it is time to fill out the online form, you will receive a letter or email from the Los Alamos school district or your student’s school with instructions on how to access the system for your student. The email will contain a link, instructions, and a secure “snapcode” that connects directly to your student’s information. To make the process easier for families with multiple students, parents will have the option of copying all family-level information to all other students in your family.

Tuesday February 16, 2016
New Mexico Small Business Development Center (NMSBDC) at the University of New Mexico- Los Alamos (UNM-LA) announced today the recipient of its Star Client Award: Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, a barbeque restaurant owned and operated by Frank Good and Pam Hushman. The Star Client Award recognizes a client of NMSBDC that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the success of its business, as well as its community.
Good and Hushman assumed ownership of the small business in January of 2011. They focus on the quality of their barbeque brisket and outstanding face-to-face customer service. In a challenging restaurant industry, Good and Hushman ensure that their clients have a unique and quality experience.

Monday February 15, 2016
Happy President's Day

Friday February 12, 2016
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go to the County’s online open forum found on the county website and provide feedback on recommended policies related to distributed energy resources or customer-owned generation sources, such as roof-top solar systems. The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review and discuss recommendations in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report on this issue at the March 16, 2016 board meeting held at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Avenue, Los Alamos.
BPU members will consider the effect of distributed energy resources on the county’s electric distribution grid, as well as rate structures to ensure fair allocation of costs to customers. Specifically, members will discuss near- and long-term policy recommendations on distribution system stability and load fluctuations, rate making principles, and rate structure options including time-of-use rates and a value of solar tariff.

Thursday February 11, 2016
Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert in response to a very large increase in reports made to the Office of the Attorney General by consumers across New Mexico regarding “IRS” scams. IRS imposters are calling using fake names, titles and even badge numbers in New Mexico. They may know the last four digits of your Social Security Number, may have caller ID information that appears to be the IRS calling, sending bogus e-mails to you, or calling numerous times claiming to be from the police or from the department of motor vehicles with caller ID again appearing to be from these agencies.
Attorney General Hector Balderas warns taxpayers: “Don't fall victim to IRS telephone scams or these imposters’ scare tactics, and don't give out any personal identifiers or financial information. The IRS never asks you to pay them over the phone.”

Some Red Flags to watch out for:
“IRS” calls to inform you that you have an outstanding debt;
“IRS” calls and threatens those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license;
“IRS” calls and states that you must pay immediately using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer;
“IRS” calls and asks for a credit card number over the phone to pay an outstanding debt.

The TRUTH is:
The IRS does not call taxpayers and use scare tactics or threatening language and state that you must pay immediately.
The IRS does not call and state you must pay immediately using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
The IRS does not ask for a credit card number over the phone.
The IRS does not request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media.
If you get a call from an IRS imposter asking for payment hang up and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484

Wednesday February 10, 2016
Last week the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2016 Special Los Alamos Public Schools All Mail Election results. The Canvass Board consisted of Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent, and County Clerk Sharon Stover.
During the canvass process, the board reviewed and verified the accuracy of the results of the all-mail election. The final count of ballots cast in the election totaled 5,806, representing a turnout of 44.5 percent among eligible Los Alamos County registered voters. The canvassing results also included the hand tally totals that the Absentee Board tallied on election night.
There were a total of 13 ballots that were hand tallied as they were not able to be read through the voting machine. As a result, the board issued a certificate of canvass, which will be sent to the New Mexico Secretary of State and kept on file in the County Clerk’s office, and official election results have been made available on the County Clerk webpage at losalamosnm.us/clerk. The projected cost of this election is $30,000, and is paid by Los Alamos Public School District, excluding the cost of the County Clerk staff time.

Tuesday February 9, 2016
The LAPS School Board congratulates Piñon Elementary School student Leeson Weaver who won the Northern New Mexico MATHCOUNTS Chapter Meet as the highest scoring individual student on the written test. He also came in 2nd in the Countdown Round (Jeopardy style buzzers and 45 seconds per question, in a bracketed single elimination format.)
Piñon's All Girl Team came in 2nd behind Los Alamos Middle School in the team competition. Kudos to Jennie Gao, Lily Shevitz, Kira Lorenc, Lizzie Massa, and Izze Thomas. Our Los Alamos students plan to attend the State Meet at Albuquerque Academy on March 19, 2016.
1st Place: Los Alamos Middle School
2nd Place: Pinon Elementary
3rd Place: Barranca Mesa Elementary
Mountain, Aspen, and Chamisa were also represented for 100% representation by eligible LAPS schools.
MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition. In New Mexico, regional competitions occur in February with the top competitors moving on to the statewide competition and then on to the national finals.

Monday February 8, 2016
On Monday, February 8, R&M Construction will begin renovations at Fuller Lodge and the Historical Museum. Work on the restrooms and the east patio is scheduled to occur February through early May 2016.
During this time the Lodge will be closed to events and access will be somewhat limited. The Historical Society has already vacated the Museum, moving items to the former Forest Service office at the Community Building.
Renovations at Fuller Lodge include refurbishing the windows and exterior doors, replacing the east patio, replacing the west entryway, refurbishing the men’s and women’s restrooms, expanding the reservations area, refinishing the wood floors under the existing carpet in the Zia and Throne rooms, replacing the existing elevator, and some log rehabilitation work.
Renovations at the Museum include refurbishing exterior windows and doors, removal of wrought iron bars, electrical and lighting improvements, improving the outside seating area, refinishing wood floors, removing walls to open up the interior, and installing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Overall project completion is slated for early December 2016.


Weekend February 6-7, 2016
Pajarito Women Events OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
– Saturday Feb 6th at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area
SILENT AUCTION: will be a silent auction in the Lodge in the afternoon
MOGUL COMPETITION: Bumps for Lumps for a small donation to our cause you can enter our mogul competition (register at Lodge), prizes for top man and woman mogul skier.
SLOPPY SLALOM OBSTACLE COURSE: will be set up for additional fun on the beginners slope.
BEER AND BAND!!! A Beer (wine and cider also, cash only) and Band featuring Bathtub Row Brewing (serving noon - 5pm) and the 80s cover band CHANGO from Santa Fe (3-5pm) will be open for all as well.
80s DANCE PARTY: (open to both men and women ) a Blizzard of AAHHs themed (come as your favorite 80s persona) with food provided by the Pajarito Mountain Cafe, beer/wine/cider by Bathtub Row as a cash bar and continued tunes by CHANGO to dance the night away. Lots of fun 80s themed events for participants to enjoy! $20 for those who register. A $10 donation at the door will get you into the party but registration is required to enjoy dinner.

Friday February 5, 2016
Please join us for A Very Important Dialogue ... an expert panel discussion on cancer. Presented by the K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation 5:30-8:30 p.m. tonight at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.
This event, which is open to the public, brings together experts in the field of cancer to discuss being diagnosed, living with, treating, supporting and surviving cancer. The panelists include: Dr. Anna Voltura - Breast Oncology Surgeon, Dr. Melanie Pickering, DO - radiologist at LAMC, Tracie Stratton, RN, MSN - Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Operations at LifePoint Health, and cancer survivor, Diane DaCamara, MA, LSW - Anita Salas Memorial Fund representative and case worker, and Diane Paolazzi, CFNP - nurse practitioner at Christus St. Vincent and specialist in breast health. These impressive and dedicated women bring over 50 years of expertise and experience diagnosing cancers.

Thursday February 4, 2016

Starting this week, the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will begin trimming trees from around power lines in the White Rock neighborhoods. In subsequent weeks, crews will move to the Los Alamos town site. 

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to help prevent power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines. Trimming trees coupled with an aggressive operation and maintenance program supports the Electric Reliability Plan (developed in 2011 and updated in 2014) to reduce the number and scope of power outages in the county. 

Tree trimming efforts will continue through the end of February.  DPU awarded a contract to Allied Trees to perform the work.

If residents observe tree branches interfering with power lines, DPU encourages them to call 505-662-8333 and report it.  Crews will investigate and address the situation as necessary.   


Wednesday February 3, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the New Mexico Environment Department, as part of an ongoing investigation of Salmonella virchow. To date, there are 11 confirmed cases across nine states. New Mexico currently has one confirmed case in a 75-year-old man from Otero County.
Cases related to this outbreak appear to be linked to consuming Garden of Life Raw Meal Organic Shake and Meal products. These powdered nutritional supplements come in a variety of flavors and are available at nutrition stores and food cooperatives throughout the state and country, as well as via online retailers. The New Mexico Department of Health recommends that New Mexicans not eat any flavor of this product if purchased on or after November 1, 2015. Additionally, product with a “Best Used by: 09/2017” date or later stamped on the bottom of the container should not be consumed. Customers who purchased these items can return them for a full refund.

Tuesday February 2, 2016

Public Health officials in New Mexico say there is currently no evidence that the Zika virus has spread to the state, but they're taking precautions.

 The disease, which is rampant in parts of Latin America, is believed to cause severe birth defects if contracted by a woman during pregnancy.

 Paul Ettestad, a veterinarian for the New Mexico Department of Public Health, says the state's approach to prevention is to keep health care workers informed on the disease.

 Ettestad says while no one in New Mexico has been diagnosed with the Zika virus, about 30 cases have been identified in other states among people who have recently traveled to southern Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted warnings regarding travel to those regions.

 Ettestad says Zika is transmitted by the yellow fever mosquito and the Asian tiger mosquito. Both are in parts of southern and eastern New Mexico.

Health officials are asking residents to take precautions against exposure to mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves and long pants, and keeping windows closed.

 Residents can also take steps to deprive mosquitoes of breeding grounds by removing standing pools of water.


Monday February 1, 2016
LAPS has decided to close schools today. Here is the schedule for our early release:
Busses will start at the Middle School with pick-up at about 10:00AM; High School 10:15; and Elementary as close to 10:30 as possible.
As always, we are coordinating with the Lab. Their release will begin at 11:00 this morning. The Mental Health Design Team Community Meeting scheduled at 5:30 this evening has been cancelled.

Friday January 29, 2016
LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus congratulates students, parents, teachers, Principals, staff, and volunteers from all five elementary schools in Los Alamos for top rakings by Niche. Aspen Elementary School earned the distinction of highest ranked elementary school in New Mexico. Closely following Aspen was Barranca Mesa, Mountain, Chamisa and Pinon Elementary Schools earning rankings of 2nd through 5th place respectively.
What makes Niche rankings unique?
Niche believes that the quality of a school or district should be measured, at least in part, by the parents and students who actually go there. They should also be measured by data across a number of key factors so that no one factor dominates a ranking.
Niche ranks more than 100,000 public and private schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents.


Thursday January 28, 2016
The Los Alamos High School AP Night will be held Thursday, January 28 starting at 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Commons area. The evening will start with a brief presentation, including a video of our AP classes. AP teachers and students will be on hand to answer questions about the AP Program at LAHS. All students in grades 9 - 11 are welcome.


Wednesday January 27, 2016

The mail out election to renew HB 33 was completed last night and it passed easily.  There were 4095 votes for it and 1698 against it.


Legislation to amend the New Mexico Hate Crimes Act to include law enforcement officers passed the House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee by a vote of 4-3. The bill, HB 95, is sponsored by Reps. Nate Gentry and Paul Pacheco. The bill would add law enforcement officers to the list of protected classes included in the Hate Crimes Act. The bill would add more time to the sentences of individuals convicted of committing violent crimes against law enforcement officers if the crime was proven to be motivated by hate. The first conviction would result in one additional year added to the person’s sentence, and individuals could see an additional two years added to their sentences for a second offense.

Tuesday January 26, 2016
NNM Protects would like to ask El Rancho and it’s neighboring communities for support on January 28, 2016. There will be a very important court hearing that will determine whether Federal Judge Browning will hear our case against the BIA for clouding property titles due to a BIA letter claiming property owners are in trespass on their own county roads. NNM Protects is asking for prescriptive easement of county roads. This case will set the precedent for ALL public roads in New Mexico that cross or border tribal land. Your support is crucial! We need to show numbers and also demonstrate that more than El Rancho is being greatly impacted. The hearing is in the Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse 333 Lomas NW in Albuquerque at 1:30 pm. In the courtroom of Judge: James O. Browning. The case is Northern New Mexicans protecting Land Water and rights vs UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;SALLY JEWELL, Secretary, U.S .Department of the Interior; KEVINWASHBURN, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs; WILLIAM WALKER, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Office; RAYMOND FRY, Superintendent, Northern Pueblo Agency, Federal Defendant
For more information contact Martha Trujillo at almars1327@gmail.com.

Monday January 25, 2016
Congratulations to Chamisa's Renee Mitsunaga and her student, Emma Raven who won the New Mexico Elementary Division in the Youth Art Month Flag Contest!
The fifth and sixth graders at Chamisa Elementary participated in the Youth Art Month Flag Contest in December. Three of the posters were sent to the New Mexico Art Education Association and the Council for Art Education.
To promote Youth Art Month, the Council for Art Education coordinates Youth Art Month activities at the national level. The primary event is the State Flag Program. Each state coordinates a flag design contest, with the winning design made into a flag for display in the YAM Museum at the National Art Education Association National Convention in March.

Friday January 22, 2016
Los Alamos County and Boutique Air are offering travelers the chance to win a free round trip flight between Los Alamos Airport and Albuquerque’s Sunport if they enter their name in an online only drawing between January 22 and February 4. It’s all part of the “Such a Sweet Deal” promotion intended to encourage travelers to avoid the hassles of driving and parking at Sunport when they can travel in style in Boutique’s modern Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. The Pilatus can make the beautiful flight from LAM to ABQ in thirty minutes, and travelers park for free at the local airport. The drawing is limited to ages 18 years or older. Rules and a chance to enter the drawing can be found at www.flylosalamos.com - Three winners will be drawn and notified by e-mail on February 5. Round Trip vouchers will be mailed to the winning entries and available to use through March 31, 2016.

Thursday January 21, 2016
Here are the lowlights of the police reports January 13th to 19th.
One was arrested on a district court warrant.
Three were arrested on a magistrate court bench warrants.
One was arrested for possession of child pornography.
One was arrested for harassment.
One was arrested for public affray.
One was arrested for assault on a peace officer.
One was arrested for battery on a household member.
One was arrested for minor in possession.
Two were arrested for possession of marijuana.
There was a report of aggravated assault.
There was a report of larceny.
There was a report of careless driving.
There was a report of unlawful use of a telephone.
There was a report of fraudulent taking of a credit card.
There was a report of theft of a credit card.
There was a report of receiving stolen property.
There was a report of criminal damage to property.
There was a report of damage to property.
There were 2 suicide attempts.
There was an unattended death.
There were 2 reports of animal at large.
There were 2 animals impounded for biting.
The bomb squad was called.
There were 2 accidents without injuries.

Wednesday January 20, 2016
In 2012 the National Park Service (NPS) notified the public that an environmental assessment (EA) would be prepared to analyze the potential environmental effects of project alternatives to improve transportation conditions at Bandelier National Monument. This notice is to inform the public that the analysis of proposed action and associated impacts of the project has been reduced to a degree that an EA is no longer required. Alternatively, the NPS is preparing a categorical exclusion (CE) to fulfill our obligation under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

When the project newsletter was released in Spring 2013, the proposed project consisted of four action alternatives which included, but were not limited to: multiple shuttle routes from the White Rock Visitor Center and Los Alamos; parking lot construction; new pedestrian trails; and other infrastructure improvements. Following an analysis of park needs and public comments, the park determined the only improvements needed at this time are the construction of a 20,000 square foot parking lot near the Frey Trail Trailhead where previous disturbance occurred, a short (100 yard) connector trail to the Frey Trail, and new benches at the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon. The emergency shuttle system that was launched following the fire and flooding of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire would continue to operate under a long term agreement.
The shuttle service would operate much as it does today, with an annual shuttle service provided between the White Rock Visitor Center and Frijoles Canyon Visitor Center. The shuttles would operate between May and October from 9 am to 5 pm, and the shuttle would continue to be mandatory for most park visitors arriving between 9 am and 3 pm during that period.
Since many of the capital improvements listed above are no longer under consideration, the NPS will prepare a CE rather than an EA to be signed by the park superintendent when the analysis is complete. If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Sweat, Chief of Resource Management at (505) 672-3861 x701

Tuesday January 19, 2016

According to the New Mexico News Connection, despite gains in other areas, New Mexico children are ranked last among the 50 states for their high poverty rate, according to the annual KIDS COUNT report. The latest data, released today, shows that of the 16 factors cited, New Mexico kids made gains in a few areas, including a decline in teen births and higher graduation rates.

 But Veronica Garcia, director of the group New Mexico Voices for Children, says poverty often places obstacles in front of kids.

 Garcia says there are a number of programs the state could implement or strengthen to help children thrive, including more funding for early childhood education and enrolling more children in health insurance programs.

 She adds the state must work with their families to improve children's lives. She says steps like raising the minimum wage, capping interest on predatory lending and increasing the working family's tax credit could all make a difference.

 Garcia says New Mexico Voices for Children is calling for more money from the Legislature for pre-kindergarten, including putting a constitutional amendment before voters to add a one-half-percent tax to fund early education.


Monday January 18, 2016
Closed except for breaking news.

Weekend January 16-17, 2016

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day and county offices will be closed.  There will be no trash pick up on Monday.  If that is your usual trash pickup day, put it out on Wednesday. The ecostation with be open.

The library will be open from 1-5,

The Los Alamos Public schools are not holding classes,

And KRSN will not have any live shows but will be here for breaking news.


Friday January 15, 2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that 36 New Mexico students have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy, including five students from Northern New Mexico. A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall's nomination participated in a competitive application process, which included an interview with the senator’s Military Academy Review Board, made up of active duty service members, veterans and community leaders.
Two were selected from Los Alamos.
United States Naval Academy -- Isaac Dunwoody of Los Alamos
United States Air Force Academy -- Seung Heon (Victor) Kim of Los Alamos
Nominated students will compete for admission to their service academy over the coming months. Those admitted will join the class of 2020.

Thursday January 14, 2016
This Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will be this year's first Fee Free day at Bandelier National Monument and other National Park areas all over the country that charge entrance fees including the Valles Caldera National Preserve. At Bandelier, there will also be discounts at the bookstore and gift shop.
In addition, entry will also be free at Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management sites where entrance fees are charged. This is the first fee free day for 2016, but there are many more through the year.
On days when Bandelier is charging for entry, the entrance fees have changed this year. A 7-day pass for a private vehicle is now $20, while the annual pass that admits visitors in a private vehicle to Bandelier for a full year is now $40. The one-year America the Beautiful pass is still $80, and the Senior Pass for US residents or citizens 62 years old and above, which never needs to be renewed, is still $10. There is also a one-year, free, Military Pass for active-duty Service members, a free Access Pass for citizens with permanent disabilities, and a free one-year pass for 4th graders and their families. These can all be obtained at the Bandelier Visitor Center.

Wednesday January 13, 2016

The Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund draws 30 percent of proceeds from lottery ticket sales to pay for in-state college tuition for eligible students.  The number of ticket sales due to the record high lottery prize is helping our lottery scholarship fund.  According to a representative from the New Mexico Lottery, the current Powerball run-up has raised nearly $4.5 million for the scholarship fund.


Tuesday January 12, 2016
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go the County’s web page open forum section and provide feedback on future electrical energy resources for Los Alamos County. The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review and discuss what the county’s energy generation portfolio mix should look like in 2040 based on recommendations in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report. This discussion is scheduled for the January 20, 2016 board meeting held at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers.
the BPU will also complete their consideration on the carbon neutrality definition carried over from the December 16 board meeting.
DPU staff will utilize the online Open Forum platform as a way to solicit public input on the recommendations scheduled to be considered and discussed at each Board meeting. Input will be collected until Monday evening January 18. All public comments and input received will be provided to BPU members prior to the January 20 board meeting.

Monday January 11, 2016
Probate Judge Christine Chandler wrote in a letter dated Dec. 30 to then-Council Chair Kristin Henderson that her resignation will be effective February 20, 2016. Chandler was appointed to the position in 2013 and ran for re-election successfully in the general election in November 2014.
Chandler cited “other current and prospective commitments” in her letter as the reason for her resignation.
The Council is responsible for filling the vacancy left by Chandler’s resignation. They asked the County Manager to advertise for letters of interest to be submitted to the Council for consideration. The successful applicant would fill the unexpired term, which began in 2014 and expires in 2018. Consideration and appointment of a new Probate Judge has been placed on the Council’s February 16 Council meeting agenda (6:00 p.m., Council Chambers). A call for letters of interest is now open and letters are due to the County Manager no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 5th. Interested applicants are asked to submit a one or two page letter indicating why they would be interested in serving as Probate Judge. Under State law, any qualified person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Los Alamos County may serve.


Friday January 8, 2016
Please VOTE in the upcoming mail out election!
A ballot has been mailed to each registered voter in Los Alamos County this week. Voters will be asked to renew the current Referendum which funds many necessary items for each of the seven public schools in our community. Essentials like the following are paid for with the resulting funding: · Music Education · ADA Compliance Improvements · Technology Enhancements · District wide Athletics and Activities buses Ballots must be RECEIVED at the County Clerk’s Office by January 26th at 7:00pm (not post-marked). FACT: Every voter registered to vote by December 29, 2015, may vote. FACT: This Referendum does NOT increase property tax rates.

Thursday January 7, 2016

Automobile thieves target vehicles started outside homes, left unattended to warm-up

Thieves have been targeting automobiles for theft in early morning hours when the vehicles are left idling and unattended to warm-up outside the owners homes.,Santa Fe  sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in Edgewood, NM, regarding a stolen vehicle. The car owner started the vehicle outside the home and left the car unattended in the driveway and went back inside the house. When the victim went outside their vehicle was gone, thieves had taken it.

Help prevent this avoidable crime. Do not leave your car running and unattended for any reason. Don’t be an easy target.

Car theft is a relatively common crime that’s incredibly costly. Most insurance companies will not cover your vehicle if it’s stolen during a warm-up. The insurance company usually finds the owner is responsible for the theft because the keys are left in the vehicle, even if it’s locked. Help prevent this crime. Leaving your car unattended and running is dangerous. Even if your car is locked thieves will break the window and steal your car in seconds and many stolen cars are used in additional crimes.

If your vehicle is stolen alert your local law enforcement agency.


Wednesday January 6, 2016
Great achievements at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2015 included Targeting Cancer: Novel targeted therapy for stomach cancer
New research from a multidisciplinary team shows that a molecular fingerprint, termed “signature 3,” is found in stomach cancer, opening the door to potential treatment with therapies such as platinum drugs. This finding has the potential to save thousand of lives a year by delivering a more effective, targeted treatment for cancer patients. A Diverse Reach: Fighting cancer and other medical uses of isotopes
In the fight against cancer, Los Alamos has made significant strides in the fundamental understanding of actinium-225 (Ac-225) to enable its use in clinics for targeted cancer therapy. Ac-225 is one of a new class of radioactive therapies called alpha-emitting isotopes. These isotopes are unique because of their ability to destroy cancer without hurting healthy tissue. Other uses for medical isotopes produced by Los Alamos include the diagnosis of cardiac disease; the calibration of PET scanners which in turn diagnose cancer, neurological disease, inflammatory diseases, trauma, and other circulatory diseases.

Tuesday January 5, 2016
New regulations for the New Year now require many of New Mexico's food stamp recipients to find work in order to keep their benefits. Reinstating New Mexico's work rules for getting food assistance means as many as 60,000 people must find a job in the state with the nation's highest unemployment rate.
Now, in order to get food aid, most adults ages 18 to 49 will have to prove they work or receive job training at least 80 hours a month. Without employment, the state says people can only collect SNAP benefits for three months every three years. The program does exempt about one-third of New Mexico counties and some tribal areas with the highest unemployment rates.
Five years ago, the state's poor economy prompted state officials to suspend the work rules connected with the SNAP program. Governor Susanna Martinez brought them back this year, saying recipients need to do their share to earn their benefits.

Monday January 4, 2016
Atomic City Transit is preparing for some service modifications that will go into effect on Monday, January 25, 2016.
The service modifications include adjustments to the routes and schedules to make them more efficient, as well as the implementation of ADA complementary paratransit service for the first time in Los Alamos County.
Adjustments to the fixed route service include buses operating on a “pulse” system, six of the seven routes will meet at the Transit Center at the bottom of each hour to facilitate transfers to the entire service area. Buses will also begin and end the service day at the far ends of their routes – to collect passengers as they make their way to the Transit Center for the first time in the morning; and distribute passengers on their last trip from the Transit Center in the evening.
More relaxed timetables will enable buses to better remain on schedule; and peak service will be added to the Downtown Circulator from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to provide 15-minute frequency during this busy lunch period.
New route/schedule brochures will be developed and distributed throughout the community in advance of the service adjustments. Information is always available at (www.AtomicCityTransit.com) and in local newspapers.
With the implementation of paratransit service, which will operate under the name ACT Assist, the Dial-a-Ride service will become an evening demand response service (7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) as the fixed route buses are coming out of service.
All individuals with disabilities who wish to be considered for ACT Assist service – including existing Dial-a-Ride customers – must complete an application, have the information verified by a healthcare professional, and be certified as “ADA paratransit eligible.” Applications, and more information on the program, are available at the transit office or on the transit website, on the ACT Assist page.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Atomic City Transit at (505) 661-7433.

Sunday January 3, 2016
Today at 2 pm we are bringing you a high school hockey game