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Rio Grande Trail Commission To Study Corridor For 500-Mile Rio Grande Trail

That rock that was in the middle of the Blue Dot Trail isn’t there anymore. In fact, the trail is in great shape from rim to river, and March and April are the best time to take a walk in White Rock Canyon. Photo/Text by Craig Martin

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COUNTY OPEN SPACE News:

The 2015 Legislature passed a bill, HB 563, creating a Rio Grande Trail Commission to study a corridor for the proposed Rio Grande Trail. The 500-mile trail would extend from the Colorado to Texas borders using existing trails and creating new ones.

Never mentioned in the proposal is the existing Los Alamos County River Trail. The


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 19 To March 25, 2015

LAFD 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.

March 19 at 12:22 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of petty larceny on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $100.

ROBERTO SERRANO

March 20 at 8:34 a.m. / Police arrested Roberto Serrano, 54, of Santa Cruz at 226 East Road and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs.

March 21 at 11:52 a.m. / A 49-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that


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Bear Camp Registration Opens April 18

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COUNTY News:

Registration for the summer camp (K-6th grade) as well as Bear Camp Unplugged (5th & 6th grade) begins at 7 a.m., Saturday, April 18 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

The Aquatic Center lobby will open at midnight April 18 for customer convenience.

Bear Camp is limited to 40 campers and Bear Camp Unplugged is limited to 13 campers per week. Registration paperwork is available at the Aquatic Center or download it here.
 


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Brush & Bulk Item Collection Begins April 6

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COUNTY News:

Ready for some Spring cleaning? Working to clear out brush and vegetation in your yard or garden this weekend?

The Eco-Station has published its schedule for the next free quarterly curbside pick-ups. If you live in Barranca Mesa, Ponderosa Estates, Loma Linda or Hawks Landing, pick up will begin for your neighborhoods Monday, April 6.

Schedule for the rest of Los Alamos and White Rock happening later in April and May:

  • April 6 – April 10 –  Barranca Mesa, Ponderosa Estates, Loma Linda & Hawks

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‘Wildfire 2015’ At Fuller Lodge Saturday April 4

LAFD News:

As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2015” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team

Displays and information include:

  • An opportunity to register your cell phone and e-mail addresses with Los Alamos County Emergency Management

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Los Alamos Plays Montana In ‘Hellbent’ Film

Los Alamos County Film Liaison Kelly Stewart with Chee Ho, location manager for the film ‘Hellbent’ Thursday at Starbucks on Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.coom
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

When you need to launch a car from a cliff for your movie shoot in Los Alamos County, who you gonna call? The answer is County Film Liaison Kelly Stewart. Chee Ho, location manager for the independent film Hellbent did so just recently.

“Kelly has made a tremendous difference to our coming here,” Ho said. “She’s an invaluable asset.”

Launching the car


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Celebrate Easter With Friends Of The Shelter Pancake Breakfast At Posse Lodge April 5

FOS News:

Sunday, April 5 is the fourth year in a row that the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter (FOS) has participated in the Posse Lodge Pancake Breakfast. All proceeds go to FOS and the animals of Los Alamos County and northern New Mexico.

The menu includes pancakes of various flavors (including blueberry and chocolate chip), eggs, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee.

FOS will feature a silent auction of gift baskets, donated by Michelle Mas and Zena Thomas – the gift baskets were a huge hit last year, so come enter your bid. The auction will continue all morning.

There also will be registration forms


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Project Manager Details 20th Street Improvements

The 20th Street Improvement Project is expected to begin in July. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Improvements to 20th Street between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive are expected to begin in early July and conclude in late summer.

Los Alamos County Engineering Project Manager Bryan Aragon told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that the project includes new 6-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides of the street, improved ADA ramps, two crosswalks, planter boxes and new street lights to match those installed recently on Central Avenue.


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Los Alamos Police Receiving Higher Volume Of Reports Of Fraudulent Charges To Credit Cards

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has been receiving a higher volume of reports of fraudulent charges to credit card purchases from citizens and visitors to the community and the LAPD Investigations Division has been looking into the matter. 

“We understand there has been a lot of ‘online’ communication amongst local victims who have had their credit cards used fraudulently in other states,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said. “We would like these victim’s to come to the Los Alamos Police Department and ask to speak to a detective.”

There has not been one instance reported to LAPD of a debit


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LAPD Places Drug Collection Box In Lobby

Citizens may now dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription medication in this drug collection box in the front lobby of the Los Alamos Police Station at 2500 Trinity Dr. The box is under 24-hour surveillance. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department obtained a free drug collection box from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and has placed it in the LAPD front lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr. 

Last September was the ninth and final Drug Enforcement Agency’s drug take back initiative where citizens could turn in their unused and unwanted


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Los Alamos Police Arrest Suspected Pot Grower

Los Alamos police confiscated these marijuana plants Wednesday in the Denver Steels neighborhood. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

On the evening of Wednesday, March 18, the Los Alamos Police Department’s Patrol Shift led by Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias executed a search warrant in the Denver Steels neighborhood.

Roy Moore

The patrol shift investigated the illegal growing of marijuana plants without an official license from the New Mexico Department of Health. The team was able to eradicate 43 separate growing marijuana plants, yielding 12 pounds of “green” growing marijuana as well as more than


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Pet Of The Week: Buck The Dog

Buck lost his family and is looking for a new one. Courtesy/FOS
 
SHELTER News:
 
Buck is a brown and white “New Mexico mixed breed”. He is an energetic 1 year old that would do well with a high energy canine playmate.
 
Buck was found roaming at Timber Ridge on Trinity Drive and seems a little sad that his family never came looking for him.

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. All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and have up-to-date on vaccinations.


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County Manager Addresses CIP And FY16 Budget

County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

County Manager Harry Burgess addressed questions that have arisen in the last month regarding citizen desires for anticipated or additional capital improvement projects (CIP) and whether or not the CIP will be an agenda item during budget hearings for FY16 that will be coming up in April.

Burgess explained that there will not be placeholders for individual CIP projects in the FY16 budget, but rather that money will be proposed to be accumulated in the CIP fund balance, so that it is available for a future Council discussion about the overall CIP plan.


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Los Alamos County’s Allison Majure Lands Top Communications Post At NMED

Allison Majure, the new communications director for the New Mexico Environment Department, paid a visit to the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters in downtown Los Alamos last week following her final day of work at the County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NMED News:

SANTA FE New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn announced today the appointment of Allison Scott Majure of Los Alamos to the post of Communications Director.  

“Ms. Majure’s background in municipal utilities, software marketing, journalism, and nonprofit communications brings both depth


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 12 To March 18, 2015

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.

March 12 at 9:20 a.m. / Storax in Los Alamos reported that it was the victim of larceny. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

March 12 at 4:40 p.m. / An 85-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Glenview Dr. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

March 13 at 5:30 p.m. / Police charged a 13-year-old Los Alamos boy with setting a fire at 600 San Ildefonso Road


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Community Invited To GOP Meeting Featuring County Manager Harry Burgess Thursday

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in UNM-LA Room 610. 

The public is welcome to attend a presentation by County Manager Harry Burgess on “Upcoming Issues in Los Alamos County.”

A business meeting will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Robert Gibson at 505.662.3159.


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Scenes From LAFD’s St. Baldricks Hair Shaving Event

BEFORE: The Los Alamos Fire Department hosted its third annual St. Baldricks head shaving fundraiser to help fight childhood cancer, Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Among the many firefighters, community members and local officials taking part in the event were from left, Terry Salazar of Zia Commercial Realty, Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and County Councilor Rick Reiss who formed a team and together raised $450 from family, friends and their own piggy banks. ‘We did it for this important cause and for the Los Alamos Firefighters,’ Reiss said. Photo


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Former Los Alamos Councilor Pilots Medical Helicopter

Base Manager Matias Quintania, left, and pilot Geoff Rodgers in front of the Bell 407GX today at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Base Manager Matias Quintania, left, and pilot Geoff Rodgers today at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers has been hired to pilot the new emergency medical helicopter stationed in town by Classic Air Medical.

Rodgers completed his service on County Council Dec. 31 and started his new job Thursday. He has


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White Rock Branch Library/Youth Activity Center Remodel Moves Forward

View of the new White Rock Branch Library from N.M. 4 shows installation of glass panels has been completed. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

View of the front entrance of the new White Rock Branch Library from Sherwood Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STAFF REPORT

Construction is moving along on the 10,500 square foot new White Rock Branch Library and remodeling of the Youth Activity Center adjacent to Piñon Park in White Rock.

The White Rock Library/Youth Activity Center is an approved project budgeted within the FY2013 Capital Improvement Program funds.


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Library Catalog Enhancements Begin Thursday

LIBRARY News:

The Los Alamos County libraries are transitioning Thursday to a new catalog and record-keeping system called Symphony.

“It will offer a number of enhanced features and we’re excited to share it with you,” Library Manager Steven Thomas said.

During the three-day transition period, March 16-18, the libraries will be open and able to do most of the normal operations, just in offline mode. Patrons are asked to bring their library cards with them to make the check-out process run more smoothly.

What to expect as the Library moves to Symphony:

  • From March 16-18, circulation will be offline

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