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Canyon & Rover Park Tennis Courts Undergo Resurfacing Beginning Tuesday Morning

on July 28, 2014 - 10:47am

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Tennis players using Canyon and Rover Parks are being asked to seek alternate courts for play while County contractors resurface these two courts over the next three weeks.

Work will get underway Tuesday morning at Canyon Court. Resurfacing begins at Rover Park’s tennis court next week.

Visitors in the area are asked to use caution around the courts, obey closure signs and generally avoid resurfacing activities in progress.

Power Interrupted At UNM-LA And Denver Steels

on July 28, 2014 - 10:08am


Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials report that a power outage affecting about 100 customers in the Denver Steels neighborhood and portions of the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos began about 6:45 a.m. today.

Power was restored at UNM-LA by 7:30 a.m. and by 8 a.m. to the Denver Steels neighborhood.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water and wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Ropes in Family Fun Aug. 8-10

on July 28, 2014 - 8:40am

Los Alamos National Bank won first place in the 2013 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade for best capturing the essence of the '100 Years of Homesteading' theme. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


With the new school season around the corner, the County of Los Alamos is giving families an excuse to enjoy one last summer weekend trip with the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo, Aug. 8-10.

“This family-oriented County Fair and Rodeo gives families something fun to do before the start of another school year and the end of summer,” said Suzette Fox, executive director,

Calling All Former Los Alamos County Queen's Court Royalty

on July 27, 2014 - 9:24am


Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of July 28

on July 27, 2014 - 9:09am


Upcoming Road Construction Update:

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.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street.

During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic.

Ray-Wylie-Hubbard and The Bill Hearne Trio Play The Pond

on July 26, 2014 - 11:55am

Ray-Wylie-Hubbard performs for a large crowd at Friday night's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Jim Caffrey

The Bill Hearne Trio opened Friday night's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Jim Caffey

Concert goers take to the dance floor as the Bill Hearne Trio perform Friday night. Photo by Jim Caffey

Central Avenue Improvements Taking Shape

on July 26, 2014 - 11:16am

Friday afternoon revealed improvements taking shape along the CB FOX side of Central Avenue as part of the Central Avene Improvements Project, which is underway from 15th Street to 20th Street in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Triathlon Celebrates 'Ruby' Year Aug. 16

on July 26, 2014 - 9:29am

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The Los Alamos Triathlon is celebrating its “ruby” 40th year as the oldest, continuously running triathlon in the United States with a challenging sprint triathlon starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 in Los Alamos.

In addition, the 21st annual Kids Triathlon is 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 for kids between three and 10 years of age.

In honor of the Triathlon’s 40th anniversary, all triathletes are encouraged to wear red.

The Los Alamos Triathlon course is back on its original route, including a 20K (12.4 mile) rolling bike course that begins in town at an

Pet of the Week: Tibet the Cat

on July 25, 2014 - 9:41am

Tibet the cat. Courtesy/FOS


Tibet is a mellow adult gentleman cat who weighs in at nearly 25 pounds. His veterinary care has been updated, and he is ready for a loving family. 

Tibet has been enjoying attention from adults and gentle children. He has done well in the communal cat room that is currently overflowing with cats. He has not shared his opinion on dogs.

Friends of the Shelter will hold a mobile adoption event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the new Smith’s Marketplace.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 17 to July 23, 2014

on July 24, 2014 - 10:23pm

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.



July 17 at 8:24 p.m. / Police arrested Nicole White-Chapman, 31, of Los Alamos at 5 Inca Lane and charged her with filing a false police report.




July 18 at 12:36 a.m. / Police arrested Nancy Padilla, 43, of Espanola on East Jemez Road and charged her with aggravated DWI: refusal to submit to chemical testing

July 18 at 1:41 p.m.

Construction Progresses on New Nature Center; Engraved Bricks & Pavers to Display Donors’ Messages

on July 24, 2014 - 12:49pm

The front view of the Los Alamos County Nature Center under construction on Canyon Road. On the right are the staff offices and towering above is the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If you’ve driven past 2600 Canyon Road lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of progress being made on the construction of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.

The land has been cleared, the slab has been poured, and the building is starting to take structure.

Los Alamos Library System Acquires National Geographic Virtual Library

on July 24, 2014 - 9:00am



Los Alamos County Library System has acquired the online resource National Geographic Virtual Library, which brings the world to your computer. You can now explore the world, for free, from the comfort of home.

The National Geographic Magazine offers photographs and articles, ethnographic and cultural information, superb maps and serious scholarship. The complete archive of National Geographic Magazine since 1888 is available now. The Magazine itself, however, is just a part of what comes to you through this resource.

This collection includes the iconic National

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases Department's 1st & 2nd Quarter Crime Statistics

on July 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the first and second quarter of 2014, which were compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property (property crime).

Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses or Crimes. Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

July 22 Personnel Board Meeting Cancelled

on July 21, 2014 - 6:23pm


The Los Alamos County Personnel Board Meeting scheduled for July 22 has been cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.


Fire Restrictions Relaxed Across Los Alamos County

on July 21, 2014 - 10:21am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Fire Department relaxed its Fire Restrictions in Los Alamos County Saturday.

This relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:

  • Local weather improvement, including:

o    Seasonal Monsoon pattern with recent regular rainfall

o    Rising humidity values in the weather

  • Fuel condition improvements, including:

o    Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to Moderate and Low for  several weeks

o    Reduction in Ignition Potential

o    Steady increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit levels.

  • Daily fire occurrence situations, including:

o    The

New Mexico Airlines Free Flight Winners Announced

on July 21, 2014 - 9:43am

New Mexico Airlines plane. Courtesy/NMA


Five lucky individuals were winners in July’s free flight giveaway contest for round trip flights on New Mexico Airlines, the company under contract to the County that provides commercial airline service between Los Alamos Airport and Albuquerque's Sunport.


  • Joseph Baiardo;
  • Mary Barrus;
  • Steve Ciddio;
  • Opal Lee Gill; and
  • Clifford Hewitt.

The five winners were all awarded gift certificates for the free round trip flights after their names were selected in a random drawing held last week.

Individuals completed a short survey about

Access Central Avenue Businesses Through Back Doors on Deacon Street

on July 20, 2014 - 7:10am

The Central Avenue Improvement Project continues in front of the Manhattan Restaurant, CB FOX Department Store, Mattress Store and FOX Kidz. All of these establishments are open for business during regular hours and may be accessed through their backdoors facing Deacon Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of July 21

on July 20, 2014 - 6:28am


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.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

Central Avenue continues to be fully closed 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work.

During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon Street to 15th and back to eastbound Central.

Shelter Friends Host Mobile Pet Adoption July 26

on July 19, 2014 - 7:16am

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Friends of the Shelter is sponsoring a Mobile Pet Adoption 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in front of Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos. 

Stop by the event and meet some great dogs hoping to find a good home with that special person or family. Volunteers at the event eager to talk with community members about individual animals.

Life’s better with a paw print on your heart. Many thanks to Eric, store director of Smith’s, for allowing this event on the store’s property.


Los Alamos Police Host Promotion Ceremony

on July 18, 2014 - 3:09pm

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department hosted a ceremony Thursday in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center in which two officers, a public service aide and a detention officer received promotions. From left, newly promoted PSA Supervisor Robert Aragon, Sgt. Daniel Roberts, Sgt. Chris Ross, Detention Supervisor Hilario 'Eli'  Salinas, officiating Judge Pat Casados, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and PSA Jacinta Lestone. After receiving the oath of office and new badges, the group and their family members attended a special reception next door at the Police Station. Photo by Carol A.

Pet of the Week: Kai The Purebred Husky

on July 18, 2014 - 12:01pm

Kai. Courtesy photo


Kai is one of the most recent addition to the dogs at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.  He is a beautiful gray and white, purebred Husky surrendered when his owner moved. Kai is about 6 years old, friendly with people and well-socialized but should not live in the same home with cats. Check out this beautiful boy at the Shelter.

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

BBBS Recruiting Lunch Buddies for Kids in Need

on July 18, 2014 - 8:13am
Los Alamos
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) would like you consider making a difference in the life of a child through one of two youth serving programs.
Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Regional Director Dawn Brown works to match adults and youth in a one-to-one mentorship program established in 1904.
“We find that only having one focus within our national and regional organizations helps us to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better,” Brown said.

County Issues Statement Regarding Termination of Contract for New Golf Course Community Building

on July 17, 2014 - 1:10pm
Los Alamos County Administrator

Construction activities at the Golf Course Community Building have been suspended and the County has formally terminated the contract with Gerald A. Martin, the contractor for the project.

At the request of the contractor, the County will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month. The County moved to end the contract after the project manager became concerned about an apparent lack of progress being made on the building. The contractor vacated the work site approximately three weeks ago.

An outstanding


Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 10 to July 16, 2014

on July 17, 2014 - 12:01pm

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.

July 10 at 11:59 a.m. / A 53-year-old Santa Fe man reported that he was a victim of fraud on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500. 


July 10 at 4:01 p.m. / Police arrested Rickie Burrell, 28, of Los Alamos at 650 San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





July 10 at 3:04 p.m.

Steven Fode Charged With Reckless Driving After Hitting Pedestrian in Downtown Los Alamos Today

on July 16, 2014 - 2:23pm

Police at the scene of an accident today in which a driver ran into a pedestrian on Main Street. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Today at approximately 11:16 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to 119 Central Park Square near the Los Alamos Post Office in reference to a vehicle vs pedestrian crash.

Steven Fode

Officers and medical personnel arrived on Main Street approximately 50 yards north of Central Avenue to find an elderly woman laying in the roadway with apparent injuries.