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First Liquid Fueled Vehicle Returned To Service In WIPP Underground

on October 21, 2014 - 8:35pm

WIPP News:

The first piece of diesel-powered equipment has been returned to service in the WIPP underground facility.

Last week, workers inspected the four-ton forklift and performed preventative maintenance so that it could be returned to service. The forklift will support various activities over the next several weeks, including resumption of bolting activities, final waste hoist inspections, and moving equipment associated with project REACH.

Preventative maintenance activities and inspections are also being performed on the roof bolting machine and the mobile vehicle that supplies

Los Alamos Fire Department Ready For Ebola

on October 21, 2014 - 9:41am

LAFD News:

How have the County’s first responders prepared for a possible Ebola epidemic?

The Los Alamos County Fire Department has been working diligently to unify efforts across Northern New Mexico to prepare for any possible Ebola cases. The Emergency Medical Services Division and the Safety division for the department has sent out the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) interim guidance for first responders and dispatchers to follow in the case of a possible outbreak.

The Fire department has also been in close contact with Los Alamos Emergency Management, Santa Fe County and City Fire

Don't Minimize Seriousness Of Problem Drinking

on October 21, 2014 - 9:21am


Problem drinkers often say that their drinking is not as serious as people think.

Even people who are in close relationships with problem drinkers tend to minimize how seriously the drinker’s behavior has affected them. “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2015” magazine, complimentary from Al-Anon Family Groups, offers ways to evaluate whether Al-Anon can help people cope with the drinking behavior of a family member or a close friend.

 “Often, people think if the drinker cared about you, he or she would stop drinking to please you.

Important Community Talk On Drugs And Drug Abuse In Los Alamos Wednesday

on October 21, 2014 - 8:22am

LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and other community members will present a talk designed to raise awareness of drugs and drug abuse within the local community.

"I would like to see this presentation act as a catalyst for a more open discussion about drugs in Los Alamos County and what we can do as a community about it," Sgambellone said.

The presentation is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Duane Smith Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Nature On Tap Focuses On Prescribed Burning And Wildfire Training Thursday

on October 21, 2014 - 7:34am

Participants in the Spanish-language international Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) were in the Jemez Mountains recently for two weeks learning about and implementing controlled burns. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

No one wants to see another mega fire like Las Conchas tear through New Mexico, and prescribed burning, when done safely and properly, can go a long way toward preventing such fires.

But in order to be safer in fighting wildfires, firefighters need to receive certain qualifications, and there is a growing concern that there will not be enough qualified firefighters within 10

Letter to the Editor: Message To School Board, School Administration And Entire Los Alamos Community

on October 20, 2014 - 3:34pm
Los Alamos

A message to the School Board, School Administration and the whole Los Alamos Community:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and other community members will present a talk on drug abuse within our community on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Duane Smith. I urge you to be present and listen and do something about this problem.

For those of you out there who think that Los Alamos doesn’t have a drug problem, especially in our youth, I urge you to open your eyes.

NMCD Secretary Gregg Marcantel Orders Statewide Lockdown

on October 20, 2014 - 12:47pm

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown of all 11 prison facilities as part of a periodic review to ensure safety and security.

During this time, officers and staff will review procedures, search and clear every housing unit, cell and inmate, and take account of the current condition of the facilities. Operations like this are vital to not only ensuring the safety of our staff and other inmates, but also promote the pro-social prison environments necessary for reducing recidivism.

'Celebrate Safe Driving' Enters Final Week!

on October 20, 2014 - 10:45am

The Band Perry. Courtesy photo


Today marks the last week of State Farm’s promotion of safe driving. Please take a minute to support Los Alamos High School by pledging your support for safe driving and voting for our local high school to receive huge prizes from State Farm – ranging from $25,000 all the way to a free concert from The Band Perry. 

Thank you already for your support – as of our last update Los Alamos High School was ranked #2 in New Mexico.

Let’s stay faithful during this marathon of voting and push our students to the top seat in the country!

Vote Now:

Support Effort Encouraging Teens To Drive Safely - Vote Again

on October 19, 2014 - 2:59pm

The Band Perry/Courtesy photo


Please support the effort to encourage our teens to drive safely. This online effort reinforces safe driving and rewards the kids with a possible visit and concert by The Band Perry.

Don't know who the Band Perry is? Watch a few music videos on You tube (sorry, there's a commercial at the start)

Partnering with our students begins today to bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos and it's very simple:

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Oct. 20

on October 19, 2014 - 11:58am

Road Construction Update: Oct. 20

This will be the last update of the season. Further information regarding traffic control will be distributed through press releases.

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. Please note that the below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

The library driveway was

Call To Action: Drug Misuse Problem, Prevention, And Seeking Help

on October 19, 2014 - 10:33am

By Toshi Shiina, Leslie Hayes, M.D., and Erin Bouquin, M.D.

Drug addiction is widely spread and extremely hard to treat, but many people may think that drug addiction is not an issue in Los Alamos County. According to the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health in 2011, 5.2 percent of the youth (9th-12th grade) in Los Alamos reported using heroin while the New Mexico average was 3.2 percent.

These numbers declined somewhat in 2013 – Los Alamos: 3.1 percent and NM: 2.9 percent.

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

Celebrate Safe Teen Driving - Vote Again Today

on October 18, 2014 - 3:19pm

The Band Perry. Courtesy photo


Don't let the weekend keep you from voting! Let's keep our campaign going in full force to help achieve some great prizes for our high school students and continue to show our support for their safe driving habits.

Vote for Los Alamos High School at and help bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos.

Governor Directs DOH To Coordinate New Mexico’s Ebola Preparedness Plan

on October 18, 2014 - 2:38pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the unlikely event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico.

DOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola.

“The risk of New Mexicans

Reported Gas Leak At LAHS Was False Alarm

on October 17, 2014 - 9:12am


Los Alamos Fire Department reports no gas leak found at Los Alamos High School this morning.

Buildings have been turned back over to LAPS and students have returned to class after being evacuated as a precaution.

The report of the odor of gas was called in at about 8 a.m. to the Department of Public Utilities. DPU crews and LAFD investigated and determined that it was a false alarm.


Celebrate Safe Driving Continues! Vote Again Today

on October 17, 2014 - 7:19am

The Band Perry. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos is currently ranked #2 for votes in New Mexico to bring The Band Perry to town.

If the level of commitments continues - it is very likely Los Alamos will move into the top spots for the nation!

"Thank you all for your support, let's keep showing our teenagers how important safe driving is by taking just a minute to commit to safe driving ourselves (maybe even learn something new along the way). And let's bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos!" State Farm agent Abe Dispennette said.

Vote at:

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, 2014

on October 16, 2014 - 11:42am

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.

Oct. 9 at 3:09 p.m. / Police arrested Darren Martinez, of Velarde in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police booking photo not available.

Oct. 12 at 5:17 a.m. / A 22-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Arkansas Street. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Oct. 12 at 1:22 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos man reported that

Purple Pinkie Day Coming To Los Alamos!

on October 16, 2014 - 9:14am


 As world health officials struggle to respond to the Ebola epidemic, Pakistan has passed a grim milestone in its efforts to combat another major global health crisis: the fight against polio. 

Los Alamos Public Schools has generously agreed to support Rotary's effort to raise awareness and funds to counter polio. Hopefully, the community and its children will wish to participate and wear their "purple pinkie" as a badge of honor for saving the life of another child.

To support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is holding an awareness and

Homelessness in Los Alamos

on October 15, 2014 - 5:28pm

Members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church put together food packets to distribute to homeless people in Los Alamos and other communities. Courtesy photo

Homelessness in Los Alamos

Self Help, Inc.

Reggie has been finding doorways and a local park restroom to sleep in each night. He is a former LANL employee who over a period of a year lost his job, his home and vehicle, and his marriage.

Barbara and Kurt, a young couple with an infant, were both laid off in September.

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 3rd Quarter Crime Statistics

on October 15, 2014 - 4:11pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics through the third quarter of 2014, which were compiled by the Department's Records Division.

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.

Testicular Cancer Seminar With Dr. Eric D. Bernstein Oct. 23

on October 15, 2014 - 2:37pm

Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH


Testicular Cancer is the Most Common and Most Treatable Cancer in Young Men

Curing Testicular Cancer is a free community seminar scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos. 

Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH, will be speaking. The seminar, being sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer (LACC), begins with a free light supper 5:15-6 p.m. followed immediately by the seminar. Included in the presentation will be a question and answer session.


Burglary At The Catholic Church

on October 14, 2014 - 4:45pm
IHM News:
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 3700 Canyon Road was burglarized sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning. 
Culprits were able to manipulate the safe and obtain the weekend collection, so parishioners who wrote checks this weekend are advised to watch their bank account activity.  
The Los Alamos Police Department is investigating.

First Domestic Violence Outreach Meeting Held Oct. 9

on October 14, 2014 - 3:13pm

Members gathered Oct. 9 at the LAPD for the first Domestic Violence Outreach meeting. Photo by Jenn Bartrum

LAPD News:

The first local Domestic Violence Outreach meeting was held Oct. 9 at the Los Alamos Police Daprtment.

Attendees expressed a desire to continue participating and some plan to bring others into the group. There were others invited who could not attend but plan on being involved. The group wants to unite organizations to facilitate service sharing/resources.

The plan is to start meeting twice a month and move forward with strengthening response and service by those who

High Winds Cause Power Outage On 47th Street

on October 14, 2014 - 12:54pm

DPU News:

A small power outage occurred Sunday evening along 47th Street in the Western Area. 

At 5 p.m. Sunday, about eight residents along 47th St. were without power and had their power restored by 10:50 p.m. following the replacement of the affected overhead electric lines.

Officials from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that high winds caused a nearby tree to come into contact with cable TV lines and electric lines resulting in the failure. The DPU thanks 47th Street customers for their patience while electric crews worked to resolve the outage. 

Fall Festival Supports Victims Of Domestic Violence

on October 14, 2014 - 9:28am