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Los Alamos County Fire Department Awarded International Accreditation

on September 2, 2015 - 12:05pm

At the awards banquet Thursday in Atlanta from left, CPSE Technical Advisor Gerard Kay, Deputy Chief Justin Grider, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, CFAI Commission Chair Steven Westermann, County Manager Harry Burgess, CPSE Technical Advisor Team Lead Gary Aleshire, IAFF President Bert Quintana and EMS Battalion Chief Ben Stone. Courtesy/LAFD

During the accreditation hearing last week in Atlanta, from left, County Manager Harry Burgess, Gary Aleshire, Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Chief Justin Grider and EMS Division Chief Stone. Courtesy/LAFD


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Five Minute Power Outage In White Rock 2 p.m. Today

on September 2, 2015 - 12:03pm


The Department of Public Utilities reminds residents that there is a 5-minute power outage planned at 2 p.m. today in White Rock.

Direct questions and concerns to the DPU 311 from a landline if in Los Alamos or 505.662.8333 from a cell phone.

Council Special Session: Discussion & Possible Action On Capital Improvement Projects Thursday Sept. 10

on September 2, 2015 - 10:02am

Los Alamos County Council from left, James Chrobocinski, Rick Reiss, David Izraelevitz, Susan O'Leary, Kristin Henderson, Steven Girrens and Pete Sheehey. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Council is holding a Special Session: Discussion & Possible Action on Capital Improvement Projects at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

This will be an informal setting for the Council; however, the meeting will be streamed on the Internet, broadcast on PAC-8, and available for later viewing using Video-on-Demand on the Council’s

Branding Consultant Atlas Reviews Public Input

on September 1, 2015 - 11:19am


As of Aug. 31, Los Alamos County branding consultant Atlas Advertising is in receipt of all public input on the short list of straplines developed by Atlas in coordination with the Branding Review Committee for Los Alamos County's brand.

Public input was submitted on-line via the County's Open Forum survey process, hard copy, e-mail and transcribed from phone conversations between July 31 through Aug. 28, 2015.

Atlas is synthesizing the data to determine the community's summary ranking of the five straplines.

DEA Drug Take-Back Initiative Returns To Los Alamos

on September 1, 2015 - 10:31am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to announce that it will once again host three collection sites 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 as a part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s drug take-back day initiative. 

  • Site 1: Los Alamos Police Department lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr. (please deposit prescription medications into the drop box)
  • Site 2: White Rock Visitor Center at 115 N.M. 4, east side parking lot.
  • Site 3: Smith’s Marketplace at 751 Trinity Dr., south side parking lot near the patio.

If there is inclement weather, sites 2 and 3 will move inside the White Rock

Brief Power Outage Planned For White Rock Wednesday

on September 1, 2015 - 9:18am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials are advising White Rock customers that weather permitting, a short five minute power outage is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

In cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Line Operations, the brief outage is required to safely replace a faulty 115,000 volt switch at the substation. 

Specifically, crews will cut the power to transfer the White Rock electric load from the T2 line to the T1 transmission line at the substation.

PEEC: September Night Sky Planetarium Shows

on September 1, 2015 - 7:44am

Night Sky Milky Way Galaxy Astrophotography from Wikimedia Commons by ForestWander. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Do you want to know how to identify more of the planets and stars in the night sky?

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars this month including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double stars, and other celestial objects.

The September Night

ENR Magazine Awards Nature Center 'Best Project'

on September 1, 2015 - 7:17am

Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy image


Mullen Heller Architecture were notified that the Los Alamos Nature Center has been selected as the ‘Best Project under $10 Million’ by ENR, a regional design and construction publication.

"This is quite a prestigious award and we are very excited on behalf of the County’s design/construction project team and PEEC at the new Nature Center!" County Communications Direcor Julie Habiger said.

The awards ceremony is Nov. 3 in Phoenix.

A panel of seven judges represented the varied demographic imprints in the industry — from a recently

Los Alamos County Holiday Hours Of Operation

on August 31, 2015 - 11:26am


Los Alamos County has announced the following closures / hours of operation during the Labor Day holiday:


  • Eco Station will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day and reopen regular hours Tuesday, Sept. 8.
  • NO RECYCLING or TRASH PICK-UP Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. Alternate Pick-up Day if affected: Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Recreation Facilities

  •  Golf Course will be open as usual Monday, Sept. 7.
  • Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Monday, Sept.

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 31

on August 30, 2015 - 11:53am


Los Alamos County has released the following road work information for the coming week:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Roadwork continues on 44th Street south and 43rd Street north.

The Iguanas Mixed Up Quite A Gumbo Friday

on August 29, 2015 - 2:39pm
The Iguanas on stage for Friday's Summer Concert at Rover Park in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Music, dancing, laughter. The Iguanas on stage Friday night at Rover Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Saxiphonist Joe Cabral blows his horn. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The Iguanas slithered into Rover Park Friday night to perform for the summer concert.

Their mix of Conjunto, R&B, blues, Chicano rock, Country and every kind of rock ‘n roll, could come only from New Orleans.

Pet Of The Week: Kumquat The Dog

on August 29, 2015 - 8:42am

Kumquat the dog. Courtesy/LAC


Kumquat is a very mellow 4-year-old shepherd mix female who is both crate- and leash-trained.

She loves water and would really enjoy a pool in her new home. Take her for a lot of walks and make her feel like a valuable member of the family and be rewarded with good-natured affection and loving companionship.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter at 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here.
All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and have up-to-date on

Iguanas Play Summer Concert At Rover Park Tonight

on August 28, 2015 - 8:22am
The Iguanas from New Orleans play Summer Concert at tonight at Rover Park. Photo by Laura Richens
Summer Concert Series

The Iguanas from New Orleans play Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. today at Rover Park in White Rock. The weather should be fine but remember that may change so dress for anything. The Show will go on.

The Iguanas play a gumbo of Cajun (French-Acadian), Mexican, Mexican-American rock, New Orleans' rock, jazz & blues plus roots- rock They've played all over the world including NPR's Mountain Stage, Tipitinas, the "Treme" TV show ( they also

LAFD Earns International Accredited Agency Status!

on August 27, 2015 - 8:19pm

Personnel in the LAFD Administration Office in Los Alamos watch today's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Courtesy/LAFD

Staff Report

For the fourth time in its history, the Los Alamos County Fire Department has achieved International Accredited Agency status.

The award was presented this evening at a special ceremony in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta. County Manager Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, LAFD Union President Bert Quintana and EMS Supervisor Ben Stone traveled to Atlanta to accept the award on behalf of the department.

Council OKs Consultant Services For Public Outreach

on August 27, 2015 - 4:51pm

Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Phil Gursky and CEDD Director Anne Laurent brief Council Tuesday evening on P&Z's recommendation to approve up to $150,000 for consultant services for public outreach related to the County's Comprehensive Plan update. County Council unanimously supported P&Z's recommendation and directed CEDD staff to work with County legal and procurement staff to issue a request for proposals. Print Screen/LADP

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 2nd Qtr. Crime Stats

on August 27, 2015 - 4:14pm

LAPD News:

Today, Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the second quarter of 2015, which were compiled by the department's records division.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny and auto theft make up the property crime category.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 To Aug. 26, 2015

on August 27, 2015 - 3:14pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Aug. 21 at 8:39 a.m. / A 67-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Rover Boulevard. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.


Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. / Police arrested Fernando Trujillo, 23, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Aug. 21 at 9:46 p.m.

Asphalt Resurfacing Activities Underway In White Rock

on August 27, 2015 - 9:27am

Asphalt resurfacing has began on White Rock streets including Page Loop, Meadow Lane (Overlook Road to Grand Canyon), Todd Loop, Glenview Drive, Glenview Court, Kris Court, Kimberly Lane (Rover Boulevard south to cul-de-sac), Valle Del Sol, Kendall Drive, Paul Place, Jeffery Place, Page Court, Pruitt Avenue and Hamlin Court. Door hangers will be distributed to residents living on the affected streets at least 48 hours in advance. The anticipated duration for this resurfacing project is three weeks. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Page Loop in White Rock has been resurfaced. Photo by

Los Alamos County Sheriff Attends NMSA Conference

on August 26, 2015 - 11:38am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero, left, with National Sheriffs Association President Sheriff Danny Glick in Ruidoso. Courtesy photo


Last week Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero attended the New Mexico Sheriffs Association Conference in Ruidoso.

Members had several meetings concerning upcoming legislation, advanced training and issues regarding the Office of the Sheriff. There were VIP’s in attendance including the National Sheriffs Association President Sheriff Danny Glick, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and a surprise appearance by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Mozart At Bandelier's ‘Opera On The Rocks’ Sept. 26

on August 26, 2015 - 8:30am

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott introduces the 2014 ‘Opera On The Rocks’. Courtesy/NPS Photo


The classical music of Mozart will be performed at Bandelier National Monument’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater during the park’s fourth annual “Opera on the Rocks,” Sept. 26.

The family friendly event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as opera enthusiasts, to enjoy listening in a special venue.

“We are very proud and honored to sponsor this event,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Council OKs DPU's Participation In Carbon Free Power Project Study Phase Siting Agreement

on August 25, 2015 - 9:06pm

DPU Manager im Glasco, right, and Deputy Manager Steve Cummins brief Council this evening on the Carbon Free Power Project Study Phase Siting Agreement. Print Screen/LADP

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council agreed 7-0 this evening that the Board of Public Utilities approve the Carbon Free Power Project Study Phase Siting Agreement with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems in an amount not to exceed $145,540, plus applicable gross receipts tax.


Los Alamos County became a member of the Utah Associated Power Systems (UAMPS) and specifically a participant in the Resource


Council Recognizes Los Alamos Co+op Market As 2015 Business Recycler Of The Year

on August 25, 2015 - 6:46pm

Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule and Public Works Director Philo Shelton recognize the  Los Alamos Co+op Market as the 2015 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year and present Co+op Board President Tracy McFarland with the award. This is the second time the Co+op has received this award. Print Screen/LADP

Staff Report

The County Council this evening recognized the Los Alamos Co+op Market as the 2015 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year.

Public Works Director Philo Shelton Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule presented the award to Los Alamos

Council Proclaims September 'Arts & Culture Month' In Los Alamos County

on August 25, 2015 - 6:35pm

Council Vice Chair David Izraeleviz presents a proclamation to Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Marlane Hamilton this evening declaring September as ‘Arts & Culture Month’ in Los Alamos County. Print Screen/LADP

Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Marlane Hamilton addresses Council this evening after accepting the proclamation declaring September as ‘Arts & Culture Month’ in Los Alamos County. Print Screen/LADP

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council has issued a proclamation declaring the Month of September as "Arts & Culture Month" in Los Alamos County.

Council Vice

County Library System Tips For Using Catalog

on August 25, 2015 - 11:10am
Welcome to a series of posts outlining tips and tricks for using the new Library catalog.
Did you know that we now have streaming video? Take a look at Indieflix, an online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world. Indieflix provides unlimited access to thousands of streaming film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more.
There are also lots of PBS documentaries as well as animated short films.
You’ll first need to create an account using your Library card barcode but once

LAFD Conducts Ladder Truck Training

on August 25, 2015 - 8:24am

Los Alamos firefighters recently conducted training at Fire Station 3, 129 N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Fire Department Training Division provides for and maintains the department’s preparedness and recently conducted training at Fire Station 3 in White Rock.

LAFD training includes:

  • incident management;
  • fire suppression and investigations;
  • wildland and urban interface firefighting;
  • emergency medical services;
  • hazardous materials response;
  • high angle and confined space rescue;
  • incident reporting