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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

COUNTY News:

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

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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

COUNTY News:

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.

Winners:

  • 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/ladailypost.com

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of July 21

on July 20, 2014 - 6:28am

COUNTY News:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. 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

Courtesy photo

SHELTER News:

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

SHELTER News:

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
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
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.
 
BBBS

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

on July 17, 2014 - 1:10pm
By HARRY BURGESS
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

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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. 

RICKIE BURRELL

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.

 

 

 

GEORGE BARELA

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/ladailypost.com

POLICE News:

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.

Driver Runs Into Woman Walking Near Central Avenue

on July 16, 2014 - 1:09pm

LAPD News:

Police arrested a male driver after he ran into a pedestrian on Main Street near Central Avenue near noon today.

Commander Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the driver ran into an elderly woman who was walking at the crosswalk. She has been transported to Los Alamos Medical Center and the extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.

The area is sectioned off with police tape while an investigation into the accident is conducted.

Aquatic Center HVAC & Boiler Replacement Begins Mid-August

on July 16, 2014 - 12:27pm

COUNTY News:

The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will close to the public at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 until mid-November for a project to replace the HVAC system and boilers. 

The project will begin Aug. 18 immediately after the 40th Annual Triathlon, when the Aquatic Center normally closes two weeks for annual maintenance. All of the affected groups have been informed of this closure as early as the fall of 2013.

The purpose of the project is to replace the pool boilers and HVAC system, which are at the end of their expected life and install more energy efficient systems.

The Aquatics Center

Hydrant Testing Underway Through October

on July 16, 2014 - 11:53am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County through October. 

The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). 

LAFD firefighters and vehicles will be visible throughout the community flowing water from the hydrants

Eastern Area Sound Wall Construction Underway

on July 15, 2014 - 8:24am

Construction of a sound wall to reduce noise levels in the Eastern Area is underway between Tewa Loop and Airport Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A caterpillar digs a deep trench for the new sound wall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Men work in a hole at the project site. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report:

Construction of a sound wall to reduce noise levels in the Eastern Area is underway between Tewa Loop and Airport Road.

A Los Alamos N.M.

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July 15 LTAB Meeting Cancelled

on July 14, 2014 - 9:37pm

LTAB News:

The July 15 Lodger's Tax Advisory Board meeting is cancelled due to lack of a quorum.

Direct any questions or concerns to Kelly Stewart at 505.662.8087.

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Pajarito Astronomers Hold Dark Night July 19

on July 14, 2014 - 10:51am

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:30 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, July 19 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Mars, Saturn and Neptune will be visible. There will be a tour of the Summer constellations, and telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252 for information.

Cone Zone: Week of July 14

on July 13, 2014 - 8:26am

Central Avenue Improvements Project road work underway near 15th Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Construction work underway along Trinity Drive and Knecht Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Upcoming Road Construction

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. 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

Pet of the Week: Sweebo the Cat

on July 12, 2014 - 8:53am

Sweebo the Cat. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Sweebo is a friendly, active orange tabby who needs to be kept indoors, perhaps with access to an outdoor cat enclosure. Sweebo gets along with most other cats, is quite confident, and enjoys interacting with people.

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 cats and dogs in foster care, visit www.lafos.org.

All adoptable pets are

Fencing Replacement at Two County Parks Underway

on July 11, 2014 - 12:07pm

COUNTY News:

Users of Barranca Mesa and Rover Parks will see construction activity over the next week as County contractors work to replace aging fencing around each park area.

Work will take place during the week and is already underway this morning at Rover Park with a planned completion date of Wednesday, July 16. Work begins on the fencing around Barranca Mesa Park either Monday or Tuesday, July 14 or 15 and should conclude by Friday, July 1).

During construction of the new fence, there may be portions of the park or playgrounds that are intermittently closed to use by the public for

Expect to Rock Hard Tonight With Eric McFadden!

on July 11, 2014 - 11:38am
Eric McFAdden on stage. Courtesy/ericmcfadden.com
 
By RUSS GORDON
Summer Concert Series Producer

At 7 p.m. tonight at Ashley Pond, we’re going to be rocking. Not some mindless pop or even some great folk rock. No country Friday or country rock. Not even 50s or 60s rock.

The root of this music is the harder rock of the 70s, the punk and metal of the 80s and the grunge of Seattle’s 9’s. Playing tonight is the awe inspiring, raging rocker and guitar virtuoso Eric McFadden, with drummer Scott Beguin and bassExpectist Walden Cox. 

McFadden’s main gig these days is playing lead guitar and

July 22 County Council Work Session Cancelled

on July 11, 2014 - 9:02am
COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council Work Session scheduled for July 22 in White Rock has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items.

The Council will meet next Tuesday, July 15, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public. 

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