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Video Exclusive: Police Chief Candidates Share Policing Philosophies

Los Alamos Police Chief candidates at a public reception in Council Chambers Thursday answer the question, "What is your policing philosophy?" Candidates answered in this order: Dino Sgambellone, Philip Smith, Donnie Perry, Roy Melnick and Bill Press. Video by Greg Kendall/

The five candidates vying for the Los Alamos chief of police vacancy from left, Bill Press, Philip Smith, Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry and Dino Sgambellone in Council Chambers during Thursday's public reception. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Roy Melnick, left, talks


Storm Conditions Update For Los Alamos County-5 p.m.


The National Weather Service has extended the FLASH FLOOD WATCH through Saturday evening, Sept. 14.  

Remember the following tips in flood risk areas:

•  Just because it isn’t raining where you are doesn’t mean you aren’t in danger. If you are below the storm in any way, floodwater and debris could be upon you within minutes.

•  Keep pets and children out of canyons and arroyos during and after a storm – warn children of the dangers of playing in or near canyon streams and arroyos when it storms.

•  Never walk or drive through floodwaters of any depth – you don’t


Latest Storm Conditions For Los Alamos County–2:25 p.m.


West Road in Los Alamos is CLOSED. All other roads in Los Alamos County are open. Los Alamos County crews will continue to deal with all flooding and road issues by priority. NMDOT also has crews on site to clear any rock fall on Main Hill Road. Please be patient as we work through the issues and avoid travel if possible.

N.M. 502 – .25 miles from Totavi is open in both directions.

NMDOT is reporting (11:34 a.m.) N.M. 4 northbound and southbound from mile marker 5 to mile marker 46 to have flooding and debris. (N.M. 4, mile marker 5-46 from north of San Ysidro to the Los Alamos County Line.)


Storm Conditions Update For Los Alamos County


Many residents have been calling 311 and the Los Alamos Police Department regarding flooding in their homes.

For sandbags and/or assistance review the following:

IF IT IS AN EMERGENCY: Call 911 and LAPD will dispatch the Los Alamos Fire Department to help mitigate the situation.

IF IT IS ONLY PRECAUTIONARY: Los Alamos County is providing sand bags for residents at the Pajarito Cliffs Site, 101 Camino Entrada, just inside the gate at the Sand Barn. Signs are posted to help direct people to the location. Direct questions to 662-8113.

Most roads have significant amounts of


Wet Conditions Close Los Alamos Golf Course

Los Alamos Golf Course has closed today due to heavy rain accumulation. Many of the tees, greens and fairways are saturated and water is ponding throughout the course. Contact LAGC Saturday at 662-8139, for updated conditions. Courtesy photo


Schools, LANL, County Remain Open Today

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County remain open today.

Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn told the Los Alamos Daily Post a few moments ago that the schools coordinate their closures with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“We have not heard from the Lab so unless something changes, our schools will remain open today,” Washburn said.

LANL’s Communications Office told the Los Alamos Daily Post that it has not received notice that the Lab intends to close early today. The County also said this morning that there


Suicide Awareness Programs on JJAB Agenda

JJAB News:

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in Building One, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

There will be a brief report on the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week programs. 

The public is welcome to attend.


County Council to Attend Sept. 19 Farmers Market


Because rain is expected to continue through Thursday, members of the Los Alamos County Council are rescheduling their planned visit to chat with citizens at the Farmers Market to next week at 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 19.


White Rock Visitors Center Wins Design Contest

White Rock Visitors Center. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The White Rock Visitors Center designed by Mullen Heller Architecture has won the HardieDesign Contest in the Modern Category.

The facility is a prime example of the benefits of James Hardie products engineered for climate.

In a region known for wildfires and monsoons, Mullen Heller designed the White Rock Visitor Center to stand up to dry temperatures and wet climates while maintaining a modern lodge appeal using a combination of HardiePlank and HardieTrim products.


Council Approves Changes to Personnel Rules & Regs. 100-1200 Series

Los Alamos County Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel briefed Council on proposed revisions and additions to personnel rules and regulations in the 100-1200 Series. Councilor Rick Reiss is the liaison to the Personnel Board, which worked over a long period of time to identify the needed changed. Reiss attended several of the review meetings. He commented that it’s hard to second guess any of the proposed changes because not only were they reviewed by County management but also by employees and union representatives as well. He commended the process. Cassel commended Personnel Board


Council Accepts DPU Charter Review Committee’s Final Report

DPU Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O’Leary briefs Council this evening on her committee’s final report on proposed changes to the current charter covering the Department of Public Utilities. She explained that the committee met steadily since March and explored, evaluated and formed recommendations to Council’s three questions: Evaluate accountability and liability issues with current Charter Article V, consider whether changes are required to the current profit arrangement between DPU and the County and recommend a process for Council to add a utility.


Council Presents Three Proclamations Tonight

Los Alamos County Council declares September ‘Arts & Culture Month’ and Councilor Rick Reiss  presents the proclamation to Executive Director Marlane Hamilton of the Los Alamos Arts Council, left, and Board President Tiffany Hinojosa. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Council declares Saturday, Sept. 14 as ‘The Next Big Idea Day’ in Los Alamos County. Councilor David Izraelevitz presents the proclamation to Suzette Fox of Los Alamos MainStreet, LLC and Scott Randall of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Photo


Bear Enters Home On Barranca Mesa

Los Alamos Police searched the area for the bear reported inside the kitchen of a Barranca Mesa home. A bear that enters a home with people inside is considered a dangerous animal. Police leave the home after receiving a report that the bear was spotted further down the street. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Today at approximately 11:30 a.m., a large bear reported to be about three years old entered a home on El Nido on Barranca Mesa in Los Alamos. The home sits on the edge of a canyon near the east end of Barranca Road.

The homeowner and an adult relative were


Meet Short List for Los Alamos Police Chief

Staff Report

The search for a new police chief to replace Wayne Torpy who retired last month drew 40 applicants, of which 26 met the minimum qualifications. Of those 26, five have made the short list and will travel to Los Alamos this week for in-person interviews:

Roy E. Melnick, Chief of Los Lunas Police Department

Tenure: 2009-Present (21 years with police department in New Hampshire)

Salary: $100,101

Employees: 41

Education: Juris Doctorate in Law, Master in Business Administration and Bachelor in Criminal Justice, FBI National Police Acadamy

Comment: “My strongest attribute


Cañada del Buey Trail Improvements … A Gift to the Community

Gathered Monday evening on the Cañada del Buey Trail along Longwiew Drive near Rover Boulevard, from left, Tony Fox (WRMPIC), Paul Andrus (Housing and Special Projects manager) Steve Foltyn, (WRMPIC) Darby Martinez (administration support), Robert Repass, Ray Alcouffe, Dan Saxton, David Sherrill WRMPIC members), Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan (Community Services director), Katy Korkos (WRMPIC vice chair), Denny Erickson (WRMPIC chair), Steven R. Parks (WRMPIC) and Ann Laurent (CEDD director). Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Members of the White Rock Master Plan


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 28–Sept. 3, 2013

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.



Aug. 28 at 12:32 a.m. / Police arrested Gerald Heck, 35, of Los Alamos on San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Aug. 28 at 9:46 p.m. / A 19-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Canyon Road.



Aug. 30 at 2:10 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Deschamp, 29, of Los Alamos at 39th Street and Trinity


County’s First Social Services Manager Featured at Lunch with a Leader Sept. 17

Kimberly Gabaldon

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Mesa Public Library.

The speaker is Kimberly Gabaldon, Los Alamos County’s first social services manager. She will present a talk on ‘the journey so far’ in developing the Social Services Division.

Gabaldon served as a Native American liaison for the State of New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Division for the last five years before coming to Los Alamos. Prior to that, she served as a policy analyst for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the Province of Ontario, Canada. She


Shallow Communication Line Uncovered on 15th Street

Due to uncovering a shallow Century Link communication line, the concrete work on the 15th Street road project scheduled for this past week has been delayed. North Sage at 15th Street remains closed through Tuesday, Sept. 10 to allow fresh concrete to cure. North Oakwood Loop at 15th remains closed through Tuesday, Sept. 10 to allow fresh concrete to cure. Nectar Street at 15th Street is closed for the installation of concrete pavement on the east end of Nectar adjacent to 15th Street. The work zone encompasses the easternmost 75 feet of Nectar. This intersection will reopen no later than Friday,


Chihuahuas on the Run from Animal Shelter

Tequila and Bonita are missing from the Animal Shelter. Courtesy photo


Two very small Chihuahuas went missing from the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

The canine duo were last spotted at 195 East Road, across from the shelter. They are skittish, but might come to a gentle person who sits down patiently with some food. 

The tan and white Chihuahua is named Tequila and the chocolate Chihuahua is named Bonita. Both are microchipped, but are not wearing collars. 

Call the Animal Shelter at 662-8179, Jacinta at (505) 433-8617