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Climate Change Expert Dr. Nathan McDowell To Speak At Mesa Public Library 7 p.m. Thursday

on January 26, 2015 - 12:54pm

LANL researcher Dr. Nathan McDowell will be the featured speaker at a talk at 7 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda. Courtesy/MPL

MPL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Dr. Nathan McDowell will be the featured speaker at a talk at 7 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda.

Dr. McDowell is a staff scientist at LANL in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division and also serves as Senior Scientist at the Slovenian Forestry Institute. His talk is entitled “Accelerating Global Vegetation Mortality.”

"I will discuss the evidence

LAPD's Operation Genesis Nets Additional Arrests

on January 26, 2015 - 12:05pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos police detectives have arrested two additional suspects on warrants associated with Operation Genesis.

Elizabeth Yates and Trevon Yates were arrested Saturday evening. Officers and investigators also recovered marijuana and a substance suspected of being heroin while affecting the two arrests. Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew said this morning that the substance believed to be heroin has been sent to the state lab for testing.

Ballew added that "more arrests are imminent."

Police arrested Elizabeth Yates, 52, of Santa Fe on a Los Alamos Magistrate Court

Tuesday's Personnel Board Meeting Canceled

on January 26, 2015 - 9:59am

COUNTY News:

Tuesday's Personnel Board Meeting has been canceled due to lack of a quorum. 

The next regular meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24  in the Boards & Commissions Room. The main agenda item will be the FY16 Work Plan, so attendance by all board members is important.

Board members not able to attend the Feb. 24 meeting should contact Kathy Casados at 505.662.8044 as soon as possible so as to determine whether there will be a quorum and plan accordingly. 

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Pet of the Week: Dakota The Dog

on January 26, 2015 - 5:35am
Dakota the blonde lab/terrier mix. Courtesy/FOS
 
SHELTER News:
 
Dakota is a 3-and-a-half-year-old blonde lab/terrier mix surrendered for being just a bit more active than what her owners could handle. 
 
She’s house-broken and crate trained. Dakota loves to run and play and would be a great addition to an active home without cats.
 
The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. For information about volunteering, adopting and donating and learning more about special needs animals and

Utilities Board Elects New Officers

on January 25, 2015 - 5:55pm
The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Board elected Andrew Fraser as chair and
Stephen McLin as vice-chair during its regular meeting Wednesday evening in Council Chambers. Photo/Screen Shot
 
Andrew Fraser
New DPU Board Chair
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stephen McLin
New DPU Board Vice Chair
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Frederickson
DPU Board Member
 
 
 
 
 
 
David Powell
DPU Board Member
 
 
 
 
 
Timothy Neal
DPU Board Member (Immediate Past Chair)
 
 
 
 
 
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water and wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of
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Pile Burning Continues Through Sunday

on January 24, 2015 - 12:01pm

Scene from Friday's pile burn at which about 75 piles were destroyed in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Pile burn operations on Los Alamos County land will continue today and Sunday, Jan. 25.

About 75 piles were burned Friday in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and

'Solar Tree' Wins Municipal Building Art Plaza Contest

on January 24, 2015 - 11:03am

Municipal Building Art Plaza winner 'Solar Tree' by Eric Thelander. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Art in Public Places Board met Thursday night and voted unanimously to select “Solar Tree” from among the top finalists in the competition for an art piece to be installed in the west plaza of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

"Solar Tree" was created by artist Eric Thelander who works out of an Albuquerque studio on large scale public art projects and private commissions.

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Los Alamos Police Make Eight Arrests And Confiscate Guns, Cash, Drugs During Operation Genesis

on January 23, 2015 - 9:12pm

Police detectives confiscate guns, drugs, paraphernalia and cell phones during Operation Genesis. Courtesy/LAPD

Police detectives confiscate cash, drugs, paraphernalia and cell phones during Operation Genesis. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

As part of Operation Genesis, Los Alamos Police Department detectives and specialized officers began executing warrants Thursday evening and in the early morning hours of today throughout Los Alamos and White Rock, arresting eight people and confiscating guns, cash, drugs, paraphernalia and cell phones.

Detectives also worked with undercover detectives from

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 16 To Jan. 21, 2014

on January 22, 2015 - 11:19am

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.

Jan. 16 at 11:55 a.m. / Police arrested a 16-year-old Los Alamos boy at 2075 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Jan. 16 at 7:20 p.m. / A 43-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny at TA-03. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Jan.

Pile Burns Continue This Weekend

on January 22, 2015 - 10:29am

A firefighter at work during last weekend's prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue prescribed pile burns on Los Alamos County land Jan. 23-25.

Firefighters are looking for an opportunity to burn piles in two locations - the first is Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street where crews piled dead and down wood during the summer and Bayo Canyon - designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.

Prescribed

County Crews De-ice And Sand Main Hill Road

on January 22, 2015 - 8:17am

Los Alamos police control traffic while County crews de-ice and sand the Main Hill Road at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Courtesy photo

Nora Cullinan Wins Los Alamos County Spelling Bee

on January 22, 2015 - 7:38am

Los Alamos Middle School 8th grader Nora Cullinan wins the 2015 County Spelling Bee. Courtesy photo

First Place Speller Nora Cullinan, center, with  Second Place Speller Olivia Koo, right, and Third Place Speller Sruthi Garimella. Courtesy photo

Eighteen local students participate at Chamisa Tuesday evening in the 2015 County Spelling Bee. Courtesy photo

S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Does Count
By JUDY CROCKER


Eighteen talented students from the Los Alamos elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School were at Chamisa Tuesday evening for the 2015 County Spelling Bee.

Over the last several months, the

Alert: LANL, County, Schools On Two Hour Delay

on January 22, 2015 - 7:09am

News Alert:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed schedule today due to Wednesday's snow storm. Employees in the Los Alamos area and those carpooling are to arrive at 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and all other employees are to arrive at 10:45 a.m., to give snow removal crews time to clear roadways, parking lots and sidewalks.

Los Alamos County government also is on a two hour delay this morning. All County offices will open at 10 a.m. today.

Los Alamos Public Schools also announced that its elementary schools as well as the middle school and high school are on a delayed schedule and will

NMDOT Issues Winter Storm Update

on January 21, 2015 - 4:40pm

Snow continues to fall today on the Main Hill Road. By Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A snowy scene today near the entrance to Los Alamos. By Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow falls today along the area near the Los Alamos County Airport. By Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – A new winter storm is moving slowly across New Mexico and impacts are expected to be felt in almost every region. 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is monitoring the forecast and road conditions throughout the state and its crews are out working in areas already experiencing

Pajarito Road Closed Due To Water Main Break

on January 21, 2015 - 2:10pm

UPDATE: As of 3:20 p.m. today, Pajarito Road remains closed. DPU crews are still making repairs to the water main. Officials anticipate that the road will be open after 7 p.m. to through traffic.

BREAKING NEWS

A concrete cylinder water main broke early this morning on Pajarito Road just west of the intersection of Diamond Drive on the Los Alamos National Laboratory side.

Pajarito Road is closed to through traffic at this intersection as Department of Public Utilities crews make repairs.  

Traffic traveling southbound on Diamond Drive and eastbound onto Pajarito Road is unaffected.

Tonight's JJAB Meeting Cancelled Due To Weather

on January 21, 2015 - 2:10pm

JJAB News:

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. today is cancelled due to weather.

The next meeting is 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

Los Alamos County Science & Engineering Fair Saturday

on January 21, 2015 - 1:42pm

COUNTY News:

The annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair is Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area. Public Viewing is 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.

LAPS students, Home School students and Teachers in grades K-12 will display projects in 4/5th grade individual elementary, K-6th grade elementary class, 6-8th grade junior division  and 9-12th grade senior division.

The elementary projects are divided into three categories, Physical, Earth and Life Sciences. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable

Scenes From North Bayo Bench Trail

on January 19, 2015 - 5:45am

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. The North Bayo Bench Trail is a historic road ending at a viewpoint overlooking the orange-walled Bayo Canyon. The prescribed burn is scheduled to end sometime today. Photo by Robert Beberniss

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. To find the trailhead for North Bayo Bench , from 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos, head west (toward the Jemez Mountains) on Central.
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Trail Of Turbulence Follows New Mexico Airlines

on January 18, 2015 - 2:18pm

New Mexico Airlines CEO Greg Kahlstorf 

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

In an email to his customer service manager Wednesday, New Mexico Airlines CEO Greg Kahlstorf calls Los Alamos a "s---hole". 

"I have no interest in discussing Los Alamos with the press. I'm trying to end service to that s---hole effective tomorrow, and they can make their own assumptions about why," Kahlstorf stated in the email to Cheryl Leong, which he copied to NMA President Gabriel Kimbrell as well as Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess.

In another email obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post through a

Community Is The Hope For Passage Of Proposed County Open Space Plan

on January 18, 2015 - 12:31pm
Craig Martin explains proposed County Open Space Plan to a large crowd gathered Wednesday at PEEC. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Open Space Specialist Craig Martin fields questions during Wednesday's talk at PEEC. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

For 15 years, an open space management plan for Los Alamos County has been under development. Even though the plan is now finished, the work is not over.

To encourage County Council to approve the open space management plan, the community’s support for the plan needs to be exhibited.

Pet of the Week: Ellie The Cat

on January 18, 2015 - 12:12pm

Ellie the cat. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Ellie is a 3-year-old female calico tabby. The best word to describe her is ‘dainty’ – she is cute, petite and very loveable.

She is one of the current cat room greeters, and she does well with adults, gentle children and most other cats. No dogs, please! Friends of the Shelter is getting this little girl's dental work up to date, and then she’ll be all set and ready to go to to good home.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. For information

Video: County Manager Presents Highlights Of 2014

on January 18, 2015 - 11:06am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess presents of 2014 Thursday at UNM-LA. Courtesy/LAC

STAFF REPORT:

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess presented the highlights of County activity in 2014 during Thursday's Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast at UNM-LA.

Click here to watch a video of his presentation, taped by PAC 8 Executive Director Jean E. Gindreau.

Burgess also unveiled the print and online versions of the “Los Alamos County 2014 Annual Report” at Thursday's breakfast. To review the County's 2014 Annual Report, click here. To read more about the Council's goals

Pile Burning Underway On Los Alamos County Land

on January 18, 2015 - 11:05am

Los Alamos Firefighters conduct Saturday's prescribed pile burn in Bayo Canyon. Courtesy/LAFD

Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are conducting a prescribed pile burn this weekend through Monday on Los Alamos County land in Bayo Canyon.

The Bayo Canyon prescribed pile burn will consume more than 200 piles east of the Los Alamos town site. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Smoky Sky Due To Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on January 17, 2015 - 2:20pm

Smoke billowing into the sky today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from a prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Smoke seen today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from pile burn operations that began today in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

The prescribed burn is aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community. The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest in areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Burgess Covers 2014 Highlights At Chamber Breakfast

on January 16, 2015 - 11:22am
County Manager Harry Burgess
 
By NANCY PARTRIDGE
Chamber of Commerce Manager

County Manager Harry Burgess unveiled the print and online “Los Alamos County 2014 Annual Report” and presented the highlights of County activity in 2014 at Thursday's Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast. About two dozen people attended the Chamber’s regular monthly networking and business event.

Burgess kicked off his discussion of the year with the July ribbon cutting for Smith's Marketplace, noting the views from its deck. He also touched on the financially beneficial land deal with U.S.

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