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Farewell, Best Wishes To Anne Laurent; Paul Andrus Named Acting CEDD Director

on October 6, 2015 - 6:18pm
County Manager Harry Burgess
By County Manager Harry Burgess
(Memo to all County employees this afternoon)

As many of you know, CEDD Director Anne Laurent has decided to move on to a new job opportunity in Park City, Utah.

Her last day of work for the County is Friday, Oct. 9 and I would like to offer Anne my thanks on behalf of the County for her hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to County government.

Anne has given Los Alamos County a wonderful seven years of public service!

Los Alamos Teen Center Officially Opens

on October 6, 2015 - 10:56am
Those involved with the creation of the new Los Alamos Teen Center pose moments before County Council Chair Kristin Henderson cuts the ribbon Friday at the Grand Opening. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
County Council Chair Kristin Henderson delivers a few remarks as JJAB Chair Alan Kirk, YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly, left, and Teen Center Director Sylvan Argos wait their turn to speak. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Teens wait to enter their new Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos High School Humanities Teacher Michelle Holland

Smart House Opens To Public Saturday

on October 6, 2015 - 9:54am

The Los Alamos Smart House. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities staff will open the Smart House to the public Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1925-D Trinity Dr. behind the CenturyLink building.

Citizens are welcome to drop in between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This will be the last opportunity for citizens to view the Smart House and learn its role in the demonstration smart grid project, according to Department officials.

White Rock Power Is Restored

on October 5, 2015 - 2:39pm
UPDATE - The DPU has announced that power has been restored to White Rock, with the exception of the Fire Station, Metzgers, and the Hampton Inn.
Power is expected to be restored at 4:30 p.m. to these three facilities.
The cause of the outage was determined to be a switch near White Rock Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4.
The DPU earlier announced that power went out at 1:20 p.m., and effected some 800 customers east of Rover blvd., which expanded to the entire community.

Power Outage Underway In White Rock

on October 5, 2015 - 1:47pm
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has reported that power to some 800 customers went out at 1:20 p.m. in White Rock.
The effected area is east of Rover blvd. Crews are on their way to determine the cause of the outage.
Check back for updates. 

Lecture On Past, Present And Potential Future Of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Oct. 6

on October 5, 2015 - 9:43am

Cedar Mesa Ruins 2. Photo by James Kay

PEEC News:

Some of the most stunning landscapes in the US are found in the red rock canyon country of southern Utah, yet, most of this magnificent region lies unprotected.

Terri Martin from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, will show stunning images of Utah’s red rocks Tuesday, Oct. 6, as she tells the story of a citizens’ campaign to protect this area, an important resource for outdoor recreation and history. This lecture is 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia Leads Hike In Prescribed Burn Site Behind Nature Center Oct. 6

on October 4, 2015 - 9:13pm

Smoke plume from the prescribed burn Sept. 28, one hour after initial ignition. Courtesy/PEEC

Smoke rising up from the forest a few hours after the prescribe burn started. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Was the recent prescribed burn successful? What does it look like now? Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia will answer these questions and more Tuesday, Oct. 6 during a guided hike into the burned area.

The hike will leave at 5:30 p.m. from the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore areas touched by the recent fire and compare them with parts of the forest left unburned.

Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 5

on October 4, 2015 - 9:52am


Los Alamos County has announced the road projects underway in 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.

Public Works Projects:

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Remaining work including sidewalks and small drainage improvements, landscaping, cleanup and punch

Celebrate Customer Service Week Event Oct. 7

on October 2, 2015 - 11:58am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson stopped by the 311 Customer Care Center this morning to present representatives with a proclamation denoting Oct. 5-9, 2015 as 'Customer Service Week'. Residents are invited to join 311 representatives and County staff at a special event 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the Municipal Building lobby. County divisions will feature informational displays with program or service information. Refreshments will be served. Photo by Leslie Bucklin

Celebrate Women In Science ... Vote For Favorite

on October 2, 2015 - 8:40am

Cast a ballot at Mesa Public Library for your favorite woman in science. Photo by Katy Korkos


Who’s your favorite woman scientist? Is it Grace Hopper, or Ada Lovelace, or maybe you call her Mom? At the Los Alamos County Libraries, we’re celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with a week of programs for kids and adults, Oct. 12 through 16, and we’re going to name a public computer after your favorite woman scientist.

“A library patron brought to our attention that not one of our computers was named after a female scientist,” Reference Librarian Liza Rivera said.

The library nicknames

Los Alamos Artist Featured At New Mexico State Fair Gathering Of Counties

on October 1, 2015 - 12:24pm

Steve Kopelman, Sharon Stover, Frank Blackwell, Bill Lee, Chuck Brown and Dan Mourning gather together Sept. 17 at the annual Gathering of Counties Day at the New Mexico State Fair. Courtesy photo

NMAC President Sharon Stover, left, with Los Alamos artist Janice Parker Muir hold the water color painting by Parker Muir that she donated to the State Fair Commission and it will be displayed permanently at the State Fair.  Photo by Adriana Ortiz

NMAC News:

  • A New Mexico State Fair and NMAC joint celebration

For the past 12 years, the New Mexico State Fair has partnered with the New Mexico

Los Alamos Police Collect 312 Pounds Of Old Prescriptions During Saturday's Drug Take Back Day

on October 1, 2015 - 11:58am

The Los Alamos Police Department collection site set up Saturday near the patio at Smith’s Maketplace. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero assists a citizen with a drop off. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department collected 312 pounds of unwanted and unused prescriptions during Saturday’s drug take back day.

The total collection amount was from drop offs made to the LAPD drug box located in the police station lobby at the Judicial Complex and the two collection sites in Los Alamos and White Rock. 

“This National Initiative to take controlled

Home Renewal Program Launches In January 2016

on October 1, 2015 - 11:51am


The Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP), in conjunction with Los Alamos County, will begin accepting applications for its Home Renewal Program (HRP) in January 2016. The program enables income-qualified homeowners to improve their homes to increase comfort, safety, and livability without adding to monthly expenses.

“In addition to providing financing for needed improvements, HRP helps homeowners find licensed contractors to complete work according to a project scope created by LAHP and the homeowner,” explains LAHP Executive Director Steve Brugger.


Police Seek Public's Assistance To Locate Suspect In Friday's Theft At Los Alamos Historical Museum

on October 1, 2015 - 11:20am

William Ryan Skelton. File photo

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for the person believed to be responsible for Friday’s incident at the Los Alamos Historical Museum. 

William Ryan Skelton, 30, is wanted on charges of larceny and criminal damage to property near Bathtub Row in Los Alamos.

The suspect was last seen driving a blue 1994 single cab Toyota truck with New Mexico plate NGM286.

Police are asking citizens to call Crimestoppers at 505.662.8282 with information on this case or to report the whereabouts of Skelton. 



Atomic City Transit Bus And Pickup Collide On NM 4

on October 1, 2015 - 8:59am

An Atomic City Transit (ACT) “Dial a Ride” bus was involved in an accident at about 6:40 a.m. today on N.M. 4 near White Rock. The bus was carrying two passengers and no injuries were reported, however the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries. A County spokesperson said that the ACT bus driver took evasive action to avoid a near head on collision with the pickup. The shoulder was soft and the bus rolled onto its side. The road was closed to clear the accident but has re-opened now.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, 2015

on September 30, 2015 - 9:04pm

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.

Sept. 23 at 10:13 a.m. / Police arrested Elsie Fernandez, 36, of Ojo Caliente on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Sept. 23 at 3:40 p.m. / Police arrested Mario Sanchez, 27, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police booking photo is not available.



Sept. 24 at 9:56 a.m.

Maintenance Burn Underway In Pueblo Canyon

on September 28, 2015 - 7:36pm

A maintenance burn is underway in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department, with the assistance of the Santa Fe National Forest, is conducting a prescribed burn on 26 acres of County open space.  The area is in the upper reaches of Pueblo Canyon east of the Aquatic Center.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing wildlife habitat diversity.

The Los Alamos prescribed

Los Alamos County Asks Residents To Support Property Clean Up Efforts To Combat Excessive Weed Growth & Problematic Rubbish Accumulations On Private Property

on September 28, 2015 - 9:14am

  • County will ramp up code violation warnings, citations beginning later in October

Staff in Los Alamos County’s Building Safety Division, in partnership with the Los Alamos Fire Department, are urgently asking citizens to help address property-related issues such as weed overgrowth, excessive rubbish, and rodent issues being found on private properties around the County.

With plentiful summer rainfall, weed growth on private property – especially along sidewalks – is at an all-time high (no pun intended). County crews are busy addressing excessive vegetation along County

Businesses Remain Open During Road Work On Sherwood Boulevard In White Rock

on September 28, 2015 - 8:51am

Roadway construction continues on Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Motorists are traveling on new paved asphalt as demolition continues on the east side and construction is completed on the west side. Southbound traffic on Sherwood are urged to pay attention to traffic signals. Large equipment and trucks are visible in the area throughout the project. ALL BUSINESS ARE OPEN and accessible from Sherwood during the road work as well as the library. Northbound traffic is closed at Aztec while pavement is completed on the east side.

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 28

on September 27, 2015 - 7:08am


Los Alamos County has released the Road Construction Update for the week of Sept. 28.

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.

Public Works Projects:

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Major roadway and utility work on all streets is now substantially complete.

Endangered Local Wildlife Talk At Nature Center

on September 27, 2015 - 7:07am

Author and environmentalist Micheal Dax. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

How many endangered or threated animals call the Pajarito Plateau home?

Michael Dax from the Defenders of Wildlife will be at the nature center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 to talk about the endangered species in the local area and reveal how to help protect the current biodiversity.

New Mexico is home to 118 animals listed as threatened and endangered. In many cases, scientists do not fully understand the animal or how the ecosystem will change if it becomes extinct.

Los Alamos American Foundation For Suicide Prevention 'Out of Darkness Walk Day' Sept. 26

on September 26, 2015 - 10:32am

Following up on the Sept. 8 County Council proclamation of Saturday, Sept. 26 as the 'Out of Darkness Walk Day', Randi Simmons for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention assembles supporters at East Park in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Council Official Proclamation:

WHEREAS: in the State of New Mexico, 442 deaths occurred by suicide which account for 2.4% of all manners of death; and

WHEREAS: in Los Alamos County alone, suicide accounted for 20% of all manners of death, New Mexico ranks fourth in our nation; and

WHEREAS: it is estimated that 4.73 million people in

Supermoon Eclipse Observation At PEEC Sunday

on September 26, 2015 - 9:32am

Supermoon. Courtesy/

PEEC News:

Starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing out the telescopes to observea lunar eclipse from the Los Alamos Nature Center. 

From the nature center, the moon will appear full as Earth passes between the sun and the moon. During the eclipse, the moon will take on a red glow from light traveling through the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is termed a “supermoon” eclipse, because the moon is closer to Earth on the 27th and 28th of this month than any other time of the year.

Join PEEC’s local

RPLA/LAFRW Host Constitution Day Dinner

on September 25, 2015 - 11:30pm

Chairman Bill McKerley of the Republican Party of Los Alamos welcomes state and local dignitaries and guests to last Saturday's annual Constitution Day Dinner at the Golf Course Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

At the head table from  left, Jacqueline Chrobocinski, County Councilor James Chrobocinski, Jennifer McKerley, RPLA Chair Bill McKerley, Rep. Saira Blair, James Robinson, Mary Wilhoit and Dennis Wilhoit. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rep. Saira Blair of the West Virginia House is the youngest elected legislator in the nation. Photo by Carol A.

Trimec And Round Up Spraying At Overlook Park And White Rock Area Parks And Fields

on September 25, 2015 - 2:25pm


The Los Alamos County Parks Division will apply Round-Up Herbicide and/or Trimec Broad Leaf Herbicide during the week of Sept. 28 through Oct. 2.

Areas to be treated:

  •  All Overlook Park and White Rock area parks and fields