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Small Earthquake Felt In Los Alamos

on July 25, 2017 - 12:39pm

Staff Report

Seismometers at Los Alamos National Laboratory recorded a small earthquake at around 10:23 a.m. today in the Los Alamos area, according to seismologist Peter Roberts. No information on the magnitude or the intensity of the quake will be available for two to three hours, Roberts said.

Roberts and his colleagues are gathering "felt reports" and have asked the community to email them describing what they felt as well as what time and at what street address they felt the activity. Emails may be sent to or

Residents are commenting on social

AFT-New Mexico And The Albuquerque Teachers Federation Responds To Delay In District Court Hearing

on July 25, 2017 - 12:13pm
AFT-NM News:
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers President New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement: 

“Today’s order from the 1st District Court in Santa Fe means that instead of proceeding with our lawsuit in October, as previously scheduled, it will be again delayed due to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s inability to comply with the Court’s orders for discovery and their failure to disclose critical information and data to AFT NM/ATF lawyers.
“This summer, professional

AG Balderas, Sheriff Gonzales, HSI & APD Announce Seven Arrests In Underage Human Trafficking Operation

on July 25, 2017 - 12:11pm
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  July 21, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales, Homeland Security Investigations and the Albuquerque Police Department announced the successful result of a joint operation targeting commercial sex trafficking of minors in Albuquerque.
Seven men were arrested this week in Albuquerque during the operation for soliciting sex with someone they believed to be a 15-year-old girl, who was actually an undercover BCSO deputy. The men all attempted to pay $40 to $200 to have sex with 15-year-old girls.
The Albuquerque office of

Los Alamos National Laboratory Cleanup Means More Jobs, Healthier Local Environment

on July 25, 2017 - 10:03am

RCLC News: 

The effort to cleanup more than 70 years of Los Alamos National Laboratories nuclear legacy waste is no small undertaking. Through that process, the Department of Energy (DOE) estimates Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will be fully remediated by year 2035. With a new Environmental Management contractor soon taking the reins, they will be embarking upon the hopeful beginning of the end of ‘legacy waste’ cleanup at LANL.

To achieve this goal, there is much work ahead of the oncoming contractor.

Ashley Pond Concrete Replacement Begins Monday

on July 25, 2017 - 7:48am


Beginning Monday, July 31, crews will be replacing sections of cracked concrete sidewalk just west of the Ashley Pond Pavilion near the pond.

This warranty repair work is being performed at no additional cost to the County. Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Pedestrian access across this section of walkway will be limited for the duration. The public is advised to use caution when in the area and to stay alert for construction equipment and advisory signing.

The County appreciates the public's patience during this time.

For questions

Bear And Cubs Spotted Near 35th And Arizona Today

on July 25, 2017 - 7:40am

This bear and her cubs were spotted at 6 a.m. today at 35th Street and Arizona Avenue. Photo by Stan Bodenstein

This bear and her cubs were spotted trying to reach bird seed at 6 a.m. today at 35th Street and Arizona Avenue. Photo by Stan Bodenstein

ESB Members Get The Dirt On Compost

on July 25, 2017 - 7:27am
Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Jennifer Baca shows a pile of compost to County Councilor Pete Sheehey during a tour Environmental Sustainability Board members took July 20. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 
Superintendent Jeff Ayers, far back, shows a piece of machinery that handles bio solids and squeezes out water from the solids. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

The composting operation at the wastewater treatment plant in Pueblo Canyon is not just environmentally friendly, it is

Tourism Work Group Meets Wednesday

on July 25, 2017 - 7:25am


The Tourism Work Group will meet at noon Wednesday, July 26 in Council Chamber in the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.   


I. Call to Order
II. Introductions
III. Approval of Manhattan Project subcommittee charter
IV. Review of Tourism Scenarios and polling questions
V. Public Meeting advertisement ideas
VI. Next Meeting Scheduled: Aug. 23, 2017 at noon in Council Chambers
VII. Adjourn Meeting

On The Job In Los Alamos: At China Moon

on July 25, 2017 - 7:24am

On the job in Los Alamos Sunday afternoon is Allen Chham. China Moon at 121 Central Park Square, is one of the few restaurants open on Sundays in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Dunkirk'

on July 25, 2017 - 7:22am
Los Alamos
“Dunkirk” is the somber retelling of the attempted evacuation of 400,000 primarily British troops from the beach at Dunkerque, France, between May 26 and June 4 of 1940.
Surrounded by the Nazis, they are waiting on the beach, lined up in their battalions. Distracted by their preparations to take Paris, the Nazis pay scant attention, except to send the Luftwaffe and U-Boats to frustrate the evacuation.
Students of history will appreciate being a virtual witness to the “Miracle of Dunkirk”, a story little known here: in fact, the Battle of Dunkirk

Birth Announcement: Andreas Maria Lee

on July 25, 2017 - 7:21am

Christopher and Hansomi Lee are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andreas Maria, at 12:28 p.m., July 4 at Los Alamos Medical Center. Lee weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 19 1/4 inches long. Courtesy photo

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill To Block Inhumane Immigration Roundups At Sensitive Locations

on July 25, 2017 - 7:19am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom  Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Monday that they are cosponsoring legislation to prevent immigration agents from conducting enforcement operations at sensitive locations like elementary schools where parents are dropping off their children, health care centers that provide critical services to the community, or places of worship without prior approval and exigent circumstances.
The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act codifies the Department of Homeland Security’s existing policies and expands on those policies to ensure that

County Presents Proclamation Of Friendship To Hiroshima, Nagasaki

on July 25, 2017 - 7:17am

From left, Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber show off the proclamation and paper cranes that will be delivered to the Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August. Izraelevitz presented the proclamation Monday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Historical Society board member Michael Redondo and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber will present a Los Alamos County proclamation of frienship to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and

Mark Purtill Faces Pretrial Hearing On Battery Charge

on July 25, 2017 - 7:16am

 Mark S. Purtill

Staff Report

Mark S. Purtill, 62, of Los Alamos is facing a pretrial hearing Aug. 24 before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados on charges of battery against a household member and interference with communications. Purtill was arrested following a June 20 domestic disturbance at a 46th Street address.

Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Randleman was dispatched to the address in response to a 911 hang-up. A woman at the residence told Randleman that her son had died a few days earlier and that Purtill had allegedly been getting drunk and acting rudely to her since.

Daily Postcard: Quemazon Sky Resembles Painting

on July 25, 2017 - 7:07am

Daily Postcard: The evening sky looks like a painting in Quemazon. Photo by Dino Sgambellone

Child Cuddles Rabid Bat

on July 24, 2017 - 9:46pm

A 6-year-old girl holds a bat that a cat brought into her grandmother’s house. She cuddled and kissed it on its head and the bat was later found to be infected with rabies. She is undergoing treatment. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post
Staff Report
Valley Daily Post
  •  Cats, Bats and Rabies: What NOT to do When You Find a Bat 

Tiki is a beautiful young cat who lives 15 minutes north of Espanola and loves to go outside. He is colored like a Siamese but his soft hair and broad head make him stand out in the crowd. 

Early Thursday morning, a week ago Tiki went inside after a short time outside and

Bear Spotted Peering Into Trash Bin On 46th Street

on July 24, 2017 - 8:38pm

This bear wandered over to a neighbor's trash bin at about 7:30 p.m. today on 46th Street and stood up to take a look inside. He appeared to hear the clicking of a phone camera and left the scene. Photo by Wendy Lott

County Council Holds Closed Session Wednesday

on July 24, 2017 - 8:38pm


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.


2. BUSINESS A. 9748-17 Closed Session Pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H) (2) Discussion of Limited Personnel Matters Presenters: County Council - Closed Session

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the County Human

LAF&SF Features Hope: Science, Religion, And The Future At Unitarian Church 6 p.m. Wednesday

on July 24, 2017 - 8:36pm

LAF&SF News: 

Religions provide varieties of short-term, long-term, and eternal hopes and pathways to them. In our culture everyone is free to choose from these hopes or to live without them.

In this final session of the Faith and Science Forum, which is Wednesay, a panel is scheduled to share four faith perspectives on hope: Rabbi Jack Shlachter (also a scientist) will present Jewish hopes; Connon Odom (engineer and Los Alamos Church of Christ deacon) will present comments on Christian hope versus optimism from N.T.

Cow Fire Update: July 24

on July 24, 2017 - 8:29pm

SFNF News:

The Cow Fire on the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest started by lightening striking a tree about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos near Cow Creek.

Current Situation: When the tree that was hit by lightning fell, fire started creeping slowly down the slopes. Since July 18, it has been backing up and burning through grasses and heavy fuels on the ground. 

The strategy is to let the Cow Fire treat those heavy fuels to mitigate the risk of future high-intensity wildfire.

Animal Shelter To Hold Volunteer Orientation

on July 24, 2017 - 4:50pm

Getting ready to take home Casey, her newly adopted dog from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter is Debra Doty-Newell, left, with her niece, Rebecca Newell. Casey is one of 19 animals adopted since July 1 from the Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter is holding a Volunteer Orientation Session 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 in the Conference Room in Building 101 at Pajarito Cliffs, according to Shelter Manager Victoria Murphy.

Volunteers must be 18 or older and complete the Los Alamos County

Tuesdays At The Pond Continues With Los Alamos Community Winds July 25

on July 24, 2017 - 4:41pm



The Tuesdays at the Pond Entertainment Series continues Tuesday, July 25 with our own Los Alamos Community Winds. Brought to you by the Los Alamos Creative District, the concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Park stage.

The Los Alamos Community Winds is a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos, NM community. It is comprised of both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees in the area. Check them out at: Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the

LAFD, LAPD Respond To Hiking Accident, Death Of Local 19-year-old Sunday In White Rock Canyon

on July 24, 2017 - 11:38am

Trevor Matuszak


The Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department issued a joint statement today in response to media queries regarding the death of a young hiker Sunday evening in White Rock Canyon.

The hiker has been identified as Trevor Matuszak, 19, who was hiking with two friends in the area known as Hell’s Hole. Access to Hell’s Hole is at the south end of the cul de sac on Kimberly Lane in White Rock.

According to the accompanying hikers, Matuszak lost his footing in a steep portion of Hell’s Hole late Sunday afternoon and fell into the canyon.

Local Relay For Life Co-Chairs Share Excitement

on July 24, 2017 - 11:13am

Los Alamos Relay for Life co-chairs Rachal Allen, left, and Tonya Sprouse-Mullins sell luminaria bags Sunday afternoon at Smith's Marketplace. They are recruiting volunteers, teams and sponsors for the Sept. 30 event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Rachal Allen, a patient access representative at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Tonya Sprouse-Mullins, a medical assistant at Bridge Care for Women, are the co-chairs for this year’s American Cancer Society Los Alamos Relay for Life.

The two women have jumped into the

County Council To Host Regular Meeting Tuesday

on July 24, 2017 - 11:05am


The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 






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