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Letter To The Editor: Concerning Animal Shelter

on July 6, 2017 - 7:24am
Santa Fe
Regarding the article, “FOS Volunteers Raid Los Alamos Animal Shelter", June 29.
First, I will disclose that I am a representative of one of the independent rescues that was mentioned in the article that receives support from the Friends of the Shelter (FOS) group. This group has both supported and expanded the scope of work the Los Alamos Shelter has been able to do, and support individual and small-shop rescue with spay/neuter vouchers and help with emergency medical funding.
Without the support of the Friends of the Shelter, our little rescue could not

More Scenes From LAPD VS LAFD Softball Game

on July 6, 2017 - 7:20am

Los Alamos Police Department team supporters including fans of Uncle Det. Matt Lyon at Tuesday's annual 4th of July softball game against the Los Alamos Fire Department. This year the LAFD won the game. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone keeps score at Tuesday's softball game. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Cpl. David Boe pitches at Tuesday's softball game. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Fire Department softball players at Tuesday's game against the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

News Alert: West Bound Trinity Drive Road Closure/Diversion Begins At 1 p.m. Today

on July 5, 2017 - 1:01pm

COUNTY News Alert: 

Public Works Traffic and Streets Division will close West Bound Trinity Drive at 4th Street at 1 p.m. today and divert traffic onto Central Avenue.

This emergency road closure will allow crews to repair a major sink hole that recently developed between DP Road and 4th Street. East bound Trinity Drive will remain open.

Construction and traffic diversion will continue until work is completed.


LAFD Knocks Down Two Fires In White Rock

on July 5, 2017 - 12:42pm

This wildfire in White Rock Canyon started overnight by embers from July 4th fireworks at Overlook Park. LAFD said it is not clear wheter the fire works were from the show or random fireworks from individuals in the area. Los Alamos Firefighters doused the blaze overnight, which consumed 5 acres, and are finishing mop up activities this afternoon. LAFD also snuffed out a 4,000-square-foot fire overnight near the White Rock Eco Station and responded to two vehicles accidents. Photo by Peggy Reneau
Firefighters come off shift far down the Blue Dot Trail fighting and mopping up a wildfire in

Scenes From LAPD VS. LAFD July 4 Softball Game

on July 5, 2017 - 9:00am

Softball players from Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department after Tuesday's game which LAFD won. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, and Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes following the annual Independence Day softball game between the two departments. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts is off and running at Tuesday's softball game between local police and firefighters. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes up to bat at Tuesday's

IRS Launches Country-by-Country Reporting Pages

on July 4, 2017 - 7:53am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the launch of Country-by-Country Reporting pages on
These pages provide background information on Country-by-Country Reporting, frequently asked questions and other helpful resources, including a list of jurisdictions that have concluded Competent Authority Arrangements with the United States.
Country-by-Country (CbC) Reporting is part of Action 13 of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project, which is intended to enhance transparency for tax

Historic Preservation Advisory Board

on July 2, 2017 - 7:23am


The Los Alamos County Historic Preservation Advisory Boardmeets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5 in the Fuller Lodge Throne Room.

The meeting is open to the public.


A.  Call to Order/Introductions
B.  Approval of Today's Agenda
C.  Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes (1) 9641-17 Minutes from the Historic Preservation Advisory Board Meeting June 7, 2017 Recommendation: I move that the Board approve the Minutes for June 7, 2017. Presenters: Mark Rayburn 1 - June 7, 2017 HPAB Meeting Minutes DraftAttachments:

Daily Postcard: Crew Fishes Algae From Pond

on July 1, 2017 - 6:37am

Daily Postcard: A county crew working Thursday to fish the algae out of Ashley Pond. Photo by Greg Kendall

Scenes From Safety Town Graduation

on June 30, 2017 - 2:47pm

Safety Town graduates sing for their family and friends Friday at Mountain School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Safety Town graduates in their police hats today at Mountain School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus addresses parents and families of Safety Town graduates today at Mountain School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone addresses Safety Town graduates and their famililes at today's graduation.

Transportation Board Meeting July 6

on June 30, 2017 - 7:42am
The Los Alamos County Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6 in Room # 110 at the Municipal Building.
The meeting is open to the public.

3. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
Please Limit Public Comment to 3 Minutes.
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES of the June 1, 2017 Transportation Board Minutes
Presenters: Brian O'Neil DRAFT 
6. OLD BUSINESS -Possible

Final Update On Diamond Drive Water Line Break

on June 29, 2017 - 8:10pm


Diamond Drive at 36th Street re-opened around 3:30 p.m. today following repair of a water line leak.

Los Alamos County Public Works crews will continue to monitor the roadway through the holiday weekend for any signs of compromise after today's water leak. No impacts for commuter traffic this evening.

Update: County Public Works Fix Broken Water Line

on June 29, 2017 - 3:17pm

A little after 2 p.m. today, Los Alamos County workers were fixing a hydrant on 36th Street and Diamond Drive. A worker explained when the hydrant was fixed, water valves were re-opened to return water to residents; however, when one valve was turned back on, water started leaking. So the valve was turned off again and workers planned to dig up the valve to see what the problem is and fix it. Residents still have water in their homes, he said. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County workers fixing a hydrant when a water main broke this afternoon on 36th Street and Diamond

Alert: Water Line Break At Diamond And 36th Street

on June 29, 2017 - 2:11pm

COUNTY News Alert:

There is a water line break on Diamond Drive east bound at 36th Street.

Crews are responding but it may impact some commuters traveling that direction this evening.

More details will be published as soon as available.

FOS Volunteers Raid Los Alamos Animal Shelter

on June 29, 2017 - 8:15am

Friends of the Shelter volunteer Wendee Brunish boxes up harnesses for removal from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter as Shelter Manager Victoria Murphy looks on. Brunish said the harnesses were purchased by FOS at the request of FOS volunteers for their use. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Friends of the Shelter Board President Wendee Brunish unlocks Bucky, the donation dog, to remove him Tuesday from the Animal  Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Friends of the Shelter volunteer Mary Timmers, left, is assisted by Los Alamos Animal Shelter manager Victoria Murphy Tuesday as

Environmental Services Offers Help To Recycle Glass Correctly

on June 29, 2017 - 7:57am
Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda checks out material deposited in the glass roll-off dumpster at the Los Alamos County Eco Station Tuesday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Cardboard boxes and plastic bags were mistakenly tossed in with glass recycleables. Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda said people tend to use a disposable container to haul their glass to the recycle bin but instead of removing the glass from the container, everything gets tossed into the bin. The Eco Station does offer free yellow plastic tubs to hold glass recycleables. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 

LAPS Presents CIP Plans For Leased Facilities

on June 29, 2017 - 7:48am

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus makes a presentation to County Council regarding the school district's proposed capital improvement projects to some of its lease facilities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Schools officials presented three capital improvement projects to Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night in hopes the Council will approve capital improvement funds for the projects at a future meeting. 

Superintendent Dr.

LAPD Holds Active Shooter Training: ‘Run, Hide, Fight’

on June 28, 2017 - 6:47pm

Los Alamos Police Officers  Sgt. Chris Ross, left, Cpl. Jack Casias and Sgt. Daniel Roberts teach an Active Shooter class today at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The instructors taught to the phrase ‘Run, Hide, Fight’, telling people to run if they can, hide if they are stuck, and if the shooter finds you, then fight with whatever you can from hot coffee to sharp pencils. LAPD already has taught this class to Los Alamos Public Schools staff as well as at Zia Credit Union, the Los Alamos Teen Center and various Los Alamos National Laboratory buildings.

Bandelier Hosts Annual Naturalization Ceremony July 4

on June 28, 2017 - 5:57pm

A previous Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS Photo 


For Americans, July 4th is traditionally a day to celebrate freedom and independence. For the sixth year, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day.  

Fourteen candidates, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.  

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Ashley Pond Algae Treatment Continues

on June 28, 2017 - 3:44pm


Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton provided an update today regarding recent activity to treat algae in Ashley Pond. The algae has been noticeable to visitors who inquired about whether or not the pond water was “healthy” and was first identified as an issue last year.

The County contracted with a specialist, Jason Rector from Wildcat Environmental, to help with pond management. Last fall, Rector treated the algae in the pond with a product that is an environmentally friendly, safe algaecide. Additionally, the County released 30 sterile grass carp into the pond.

Boy Scout Troop 222 Attends County Council Meeting

on June 28, 2017 - 2:59pm

Boy Scout Troop 222 attends Tuesday's Los Alamos County Council meeting in Council Chambers. The troop was there to earn their communication and merit badges. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Ranked #3 Of Best Public Schools In U.S.

on June 28, 2017 - 8:32am


Out of 2,770 counties in the United States, research conducted by Niche finds that Los Alamos County is ranked the #3 County with the Best Public Schools in America.

This ranking assesses 2,770 counties in the U.S. The same methodology is used to produce the Public Schools Grade for each ranked county as well as additional places.

Statistics are primarily obtained from the U.S. Census and represent the most recent data available.

Los Alamos Municipal Court Closed July 3-4

on June 27, 2017 - 8:49pm


The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed Monday July 3 and Tuesday July 4.

The Court will reopen Wednesday.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At County Attorney's Office

on June 27, 2017 - 8:31pm

On the Job in Los Alamos is Legal Assistant Melissa Salmon today at the County Attorneys Office in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Closing Costs In Los Alamos County Among Lowest

on June 27, 2017 - 9:56am

Closing costs in Los Alamos are among the lowest in the state. Courtesy/©iStock/manley099

SmartAsset News:

Closing Costs are a crucial aspect of buying a home, and in its third annual study, financial technology company SmartAsset shows where they are lowest.

The study measures closing costs as a percentage of median home value at the county level and Los Alamos County was among those with the lowest closing costs in New Mexico.

Additional information on the study, including the full methodology, results, and interactive map can be found here:

Letter To The Editor: Don't Let Shelter Animals Suffer

on June 27, 2017 - 9:44am
Los Alamos
It is a true shame that the Friends of the Shelter and the County could not come to terms (link).
The level of help and support that FOS has provided to the shelter, and to the animals housed there, is immeasurable.