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Videos: Police Dash Cam And Neighbor's Cell Phone Capture Aspects Of May 15 Cheyenne St. House Fire

on May 22, 2015 - 3:16pm

Smoke from the May 15 house fire in Tsikamu Village could be seen from the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The home at 913 Cheyenne is now boarded up following the May 15 house fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

  • Snippets of the May 15 house fire at 913 Cheyenne St. where captured on video

Watch Police Cam Video Here. Watch Neighbor's Cell Phone Video Here.

Friday, May 15, a single structure fire occurred at 913 Cheyenne St., in Tsikamu Village in Los Alamos. Cpl.

Prevention Is Key To Fire-Safe Memorial Day Weekend

on May 22, 2015 - 10:53am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest would like to remind the public that despite all the recent moisture, the potential for wildfires is always present. 
At this time there are no fire restrictions on the forest; however, visitors are encouraged to be fire safe. It does not take much time for weather conditions and fuel moisture levels to change and increase the risk of wildfires. When building a campfire be sure to keep safety in mind before, during and after you light it.
To help minimize the risk of wildfires, please consider the following:
  • If

County Setting Up Account To Help Friday's Fire Victims

on May 16, 2015 - 10:32am

Scene from Friday morning's house fire on Cheyenne in Tsikumu Village. Courtesy/LAFD

Scene from Friday morning's house fire on Cheyenne in Tsikumu Village. Courtesy/LAFD


Los Alamos County is setting up an account at Los Alamos National Bank to help the family on Cheyenne Street in Tsikumu Village who lost their home Friday morning to a fire.

Unfortunately, both family members are hospitalized, so financial donations only are recommended at this time. To donate, designate the TSIKUMU FIRE VICTIMS FUND on your deposit.

Couple And Dogs Survive Morning House Fire

on May 15, 2015 - 1:04pm
An older couple and three dogs survived a fire this morning that heavily damaged this home at 913 Cheyenne on North Mesa. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire at this home at 913 Cheyenne this morning and kept it from spreading to neighboring homes. Photo by Chris Clark/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post
An older couple was inside a home when fire broke this morning at 913 Cheyenne on North Mesa.
Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider explained that the woman managed to get out of the house but may have fallen or

Breaking News: House Fire Underway On Cheyenne

on May 15, 2015 - 9:43am

Breaking News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is at the scene of a house fire on Cheyenne.

The public is asked to stay clear of the area while firefighters douse the blaze. 

Check back for more on this developing story.

Public To Receive 24-Hour Notice Of Prescribed Burns

on May 13, 2015 - 8:07am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest will provide 24-hour notice to the public before commencing the previously announced prescribed burn in the lower portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed. 

Unpredictable spring weather has made it difficult to schedule ignition on 844 acres within the project area. The advance notice will advise the public, including smoke-sensitive individuals who may need to take precautionary measures, that conditions are optimal to proceed. 

The Santa Fe National Forest will send notifications by 10 a.m. the day before the scheduled burn.

Drivers Walk Away From 3-Car Crash On Diamond Drive

on May 9, 2015 - 10:40am

The drivers and two passengers involved in a three vehicle accident around 3 p.m. Friday near the Golf Course on Diamond Drive survived the crash without major injuries. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said all five individuals refused treatment at the scene and transport to Los Alamos Medical Center for checkups. It's not yet known whether anyone was cited as a result of this collision. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Los Alamos firefighters and police officers arrive at the scene of a three vehicle accident around 3 p.m. Friday on Diamond Drive.

Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe Watershed

on May 5, 2015 - 8:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of a window between weather systems to conduct a previously announced prescribed burn in the lower portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed May 7-22.    

Recent moisture followed by predicted dry days at the end of the week and winds forecast out of the southwest may provide conditions favorable to prescribed fire as early as Thursday, May 7. Fire managers are monitoring conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to determine whether to proceed with the project

Alert: Employees Injured Today At LANSCE

on May 3, 2015 - 7:00pm

News Alert:

Los Alamos National Laboratory just issued the following memo to employees regarding an incident that occurred today at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE):

To employees regarding injuries at LANSCE

This is an informational memorandum from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Communications and Public Affairs Office:

On Sunday (May 3), during preventive maintenance operations at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a Laboratory employee was burned while working at an electrical substation.

Los Alamos Fire Department Promotes 11 Firefighters

on May 2, 2015 - 12:58pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department promoted 11 firefighters during a special ceremony Friday in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, left, with newly promoted Battalion Chief Ramon Garcia. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider, left, presents badge for newly promoted Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria with his wife Helen and their children. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Newly promoted Driver Engineer Adrian Carbajal and his family. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los

Monday Marks 15 Years Since Cerro Grande Fire

on May 1, 2015 - 12:07pm

The smoke plume from the Cerro Grande Fire May 11, 2000 reaches the panhandle of Oklahoma. Courtesy/NOAA

Staff Report

Monday marks the 15th anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire.

The disastrous fire began as a controlled burn, and became uncontrolled due to high winds and drought conditions. More than 400 families in Los Alamos lost their homes in the resulting 48,000-acre fire. Structures at Los Alamos National Laboratory were also destroyed or damaged but there was no loss of human life. The US General Accounting Office estimated total damages from the Cerro Grande Fire at $1 billion.


Heinrich Helps Residents Prepare For Wildfire Season

on April 29, 2015 - 8:41am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to help New Mexicans prepare for wildfire season, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. is encouraging residents to visit the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center on his website here, which includes a Public Service Announcement, as well as active wildfire information, prevention tips, best practices to protect homes and businesses, and more.

  • ONLINE - Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center 
  • TV PSA - Helping New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season
  • RADIO PSA - Helping New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season


Council Tentatively Approves Fire Department Budget

on April 27, 2015 - 8:01pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes addresses Council questions. Council commended Hughes and his department on their service to the community. Councilor James Chrobocinski is a trained nurse who has worked in other hospitals. He said to Hughes, 'I've worked with a lot of EMTs and by far your group is the most professional and technically skilled I've ever seen ... this community is in good hands.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to approve the Fire Department's proposed FY-2016 budget.

LAFD accounts for 15.2 percent


Scenes From Special Olympics Track And Field Meet

on April 27, 2015 - 3:34pm

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris starts the race. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Adele Girmendonk with the Espanola Special Olympics track team. Photo by Kateri Morris


Athletes competed in the Los Alamos Special Olympics Track and Field Meet Saturday at Sullivan Field.

Several volunteers helped work the event and Los Alamos Firefighters also assisted and placed ribbons on athletes at the conclusion of their events.

The Los Alamos Police Department helps raise money for local Special Olympic athletes through T-shirt sales and

It's Spring: Remember To 'Create Defensible Space'

on April 21, 2015 - 9:22am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to remind residents of the urgent need to keep “defensible space” concepts in mind when working outside to clean up property around homes and structures this Spring.

Creating defensible space can give firefighters their best possible chance of protecting property if another wildfire ever occurs in the County.

The County’s defensible space guidelines were developed in a unique program funded through the Cerro Grande Fire Recovery Act in 2000, following that devastating wildfire, which destroyed hundreds of homes in Los Alamos.

Many of

Dive-In Movie At Aquatic Center 7-9 P.M. Today

on April 17, 2015 - 8:05am

International Accreditation Assessment Process Underway At Los Alamos Fire Department

on April 15, 2015 - 5:06pm

An International Accreditation Assessment Team is in town this week to assess the Los Alamos Fire Department for International Accreditation status. LAFD first earned International Accreditation in 1997 under Fire Chief Doug MacDonald and most recently in 2010. The assessment team sat down today with the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss the process. Team members from left, Russell Knick, Barry Shughart, Gerald Kay and Team Leader Gary Aleshire. Read the full story in Thursday's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Postponed

on April 12, 2015 - 7:10am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest cancelled plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the lower portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed next week based on the wind forecast and concerns for firefighter and public safety. 

According to the National Weather Service, winds may range from 10 to 40 miles per hour next week, significantly increasing the likelihood of area Red Flag Warnings, which alert firefighting and land management agencies to short-term weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior. 

Prescribed fire is part of the collaborative plan

Valles Caldera Trust Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

on April 10, 2015 - 12:49pm

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust is looking for an opportunity to conduct a prescribed burn project on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in April or early May. 

The project will last for 1-3 days. The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grassland in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 near mile marker 39.2. If conditions are suitable to implement the burn, some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.

If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid day in order to minimize impacts to morning and

Northern New Mexico Fire Academy Hosts First Classes

on April 7, 2015 - 10:58am

NMFI News:

SANTA FE – A total of 181 wildland firefighters from five states representing 36 different federal, state, local and non-governmental jurisdictions are attending the inaugural session of the new Northern New Mexico Fire Academy in multiple locations centered around Santa Fe this week. 

The Academy is offering nine classes based on a training needs analysis that identified the Incident Command System (ICS) and wildland firefighting courses in highest demand in the region.

Fire/Disaster Preparedness Workshop April 11

on April 6, 2015 - 10:55am

New Mexico Receives Nearly $2.5 Million In Federal Disaster Assistance For Tres Lagunas Fire

on April 5, 2015 - 7:49am


DENTON, Texas – The state of New Mexico has been awarded nearly $2.5 million in federal disaster assistance in the aftermath of the Tres Lagunas Fire that happened in late May, early June 2013.

The funding, which is made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Fire Management Assistance Grant Program, serves as reimbursement for firefighting costs incurred while fighting the fire.

In 2013, the Tres Lagunas Fire threatened hundreds of homes, as well as roads and bridges, and burned thousands of acres of land in San Miguel County.

Gov. Susana Martinez, Firefighters Urge New Mexicans To Prepare For 2015 Fire Season

on April 3, 2015 - 7:44am

  • New Mexico Recognizes Wildfire Awareness Week

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez joined with firefighters Thursday to talk about the dangers of wildfires and urged New Mexicans to prepare for the upcoming season.

The Governor has proclaimed March 29 through April 4 as Wildfire Awareness Week.

“As we continue to face serious drought, it is more important than ever that we work together to prevent fires,” Martinez said.

Community Capacity Building Meeting April 2

on April 1, 2015 - 10:08pm

Community capacity building may be a running theme for an April 2 meeting on resiliency, sponsored by Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County.

“Los Alamos Public Schools, in collaboration with Los Alamos County, is proud to be a joint sponsor for this event,” LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt said. “Building our community’s resilience is important to the mental and physical health of our residents. It is my hope that this meeting will build on the good work that has been done and set the stage for even greater services in the future.”

The event was

Fun Run A Great Success

on March 26, 2015 - 9:22am
Runners leave the starting line. Photo by Kateri Morris
Lucky the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore) on the run. Photo by Kateri Morris
Piñon PTO

The 4th annual Piñon Elementary PTO Fun Run Saturday, March 21 was a great success.

The annual event promoted a morning of family fun, friendship and fitness for both the families at Piñon and the community. Runners and walkers of all abilities were welcomed to enjoy a fun, fast and scenic run benefiting Piñon School.

Folks had a great time running and walking the 1 mile and 5K as "Lucky" the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore),