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Pet of the Week: Sarabi the Cat

Sarabi the Cat. Courtesy photo


Sarabi is a two-year-old gray and white female that is very bonded to her friend Owl the cat.

She is a bit more outgoing than Owl, has very soft fur and hopes to find a new home with her buddy Owl.

Both Sarabi and Owl and have been trained to use a scratching post rather than furniture.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets. All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and brought up-to-date on vaccinations. Dogs are checked for heartworm.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter’s


News Hours at Los Alamos County Animal Shelter


Beginning Aug. 19, the new hours at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter will be:

  • Noon to 6 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

The shelter phone number is 505.662.8179. Call Police Dispatch with non-emergency questions regarding the shelter at 505.662.8222 when the shelter is not open.


Singer-Songwriter Lisa Morales Plays the Pond Friday

Lisa Morales on the cover of her album, ‘Beautiful Mistake.’ Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Ashley Pond with the wonderful singer-songwriter and rocker, Lisa Morales and her new band. Morales sings rock and blues, honkytonk and, by request, some of her traditional Mexican-Arizona music.

Morales has played here a number of times with her sister Roberta and their band, Sisters Morales. They have presented some of the best concerts the Series has had in its 24 years. The ladies went through some personally tough


Local Big Brothers Big Sisters Seeks Mentors

BBBS News:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Alamos County serves Los Alamos Public School children at all five elementary schools and is in need of “Bigs” to become Lunch Buddies for the 2013-14 school year.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to help children reach their potential through professionally-supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact. In Northern New Mexico, where only half of the children graduate from high school, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a valuable opportunity to the children of Northern New Mexico. Having a “Big” mentor and friend


Gas Leak at Timber Ridge and Trinity Repaired

DPU News:

A natural gas leak at Timber Ridge and Trinity Drive was repaired Tuesday. The report was made at approximately 3 p.m. to the Department of Public Utilities Gas, Water and Sewer (GWS) division.

Crews were on site in minutes and by 3:45 p.m. had the breach isolated. The repair was completed by approximately 6:15 p.m. with no interruption of natural gas service to area residents.

“Our GWS division trains regularly on safety protocols, and Dept. of Transportation compliance issues, so that all staff are fully capable of handling this type of situation,” said Timothy Glasco, DPU’s Deputy


LAPD Seeks Donations for Cpl. Roybal Family

Cpl. Alfred Robal


The Los Alamos Police Department is collecting donations for the family of LAPD Corporal Alfred Roybal, who passed away unexpectedly last week while on a camping trip with his family in northern New Mexico.

Donations are being requested to help the family collect funds urgently needed to cover funeral expenses this week. LAPD has set up an account at Los Alamos National Bank; individuals can ask to contribute to the Corporal Alfred Roybal Memorial Fund.

“Corporal Roybal served our community for 11 years,” said LAPD Officer Jeremy Duran, who is leading collection


Council Recognizes Teens Completing Boys and Girls State

New Mexico Boys State and Girls State participants from left, Rachel Barthell, Estaban Summers, Jeremy Goette and Daniel Ahrens were recognized by the County Council Tuesday evening including Councilor Kristin Henderson at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Council Appoints Christine Chandler for Probate Judge

Christine Chandler is appointed Los Alamos County Probate Judge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Attorney Christine Chandler is Los Alamos County’s new probate judge.

The Los Alamos County Council selected Chandler this evening from a field of six candidates to fill a vacancy left by Ellen Hong who resigned in June. The vacancy runs through Dec. 31.

Chandler rose to the top of a field of “highly qualified candidates” including Sharon Marinuzzi and Timothy Langworthy who made the finals this evening as well as Yvonne Deshayes, Charles Knoop and Philip


Council Narrows Field to Three for Probate Judge

Council has narrowed the candidates for Probate Judge to three from a field of six this evening in Council Chambers and is interviewing the finalists from left, Sharon Marinuzzi, Timothy Langworthy and Christine Chandler. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Probate judge candidates field questions from Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Camp May Is Open

The new amphitheater at Camp May features a concrete stage and aluminum bench seating. Courtesy/LAC


Camp May is open to the public following renovations to picnic areas, camp sites and a new amphitheater.

The new amphitheater features a concrete stage with aluminum bench seating. Improvements to picnic and camping areas included the installation of 21 new picnic tables and 17 new fire rings on new concrete slabs, along with bear-proof trash containers.

There are four picnic/day use areas and 14 campsites that can be reserved at the Aquatic Center. Four of the campsites are suitable


Atomic City Transit Ridership Slips Slightly


Bandelier ridership in June 2013 was 16,112; down from 20,602 in June 2012. Bandelier Ridership in July 2013 was 21,257; down from 25,679 in July 2012.

The decline in ridership may be partly attributed to the fact that Bandelier visitors are allowed to drive into the park prior to 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m. each day in 2013. In 2012, visitors were not allowed to drive into the park until after 5 p.m.

Total ridership for Atomic City Transit as a whole (excluding Bandelier) in June 2013 was 37,911; down from 47,139 in 2012. The decline in June is partially due to one less operating day (21 days in


Los Alamos Police Honor Cpl. Alfred Roybal

Los Alamos Police Honor Cpl. Alfred Roybal
Los Alamos Daily Post

When Los Alamos police officers enter the law enforcement academy, they pledge to put their lives on the line to serve the public good.

When one of their own dies, whether from circumstances in the line of duty or otherwise, their funerals reflect honor and respect for the officer’s service and dedication.

From the moment local officers were informed that Cpl. Alfred Roybal, Jr. passed away Friday, Aug. 9, they began to follow the “Line of Duty Death” protocol. Their badges were covered


Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 31–Aug. 2, 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. 1 at 8:18 a.m. / A resident reported that a firearm was stolen on North Road. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

Aug. 1 at 12:17 p.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone used his credit card without his consent. The estimated loss is unknown.


Aug. 2 at 2:33 a.m. / Police arrested Marcy Garcia, 33, of Ohkay Owingeh at 3000 Trinity Dr., and charged her with aggravated


Letter to the Editor: The Latest News on Water Wells

The Latest News on Water Wells

To those interested in the proposal to drill water wells on the canyon rims in White Rock and Pajarito Acres:

The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Aug. 20 at the White Rock Fire Station on N.M. 4. It will be a working session and public comments will be allowed. One of the topics is the San Juan/Chama water allocation. A good turnout at this meeting will be a sign that the subject of water well drilling in residential areas is still of concern to many people.

During this summer, a group of people who have been involved in opposition to the Department


Letter to the Editor: Solution to Open-Air Restaurant Quandary

Los Alamos
Los Alamos county government, being a constitutionally empowered home-rule (combined city-county) municipal corporation, vis-a-vis the Home Rule amendment to the New Mexico State Constitution, enacted in 1970, can create its own health inspection subdivision, and its own set of rules … and write in a special exemption for “outdoor architectural restaurant appurtenances, etc.” as such.
Of course, this means the county will have to have an oversight & enforcement mechanism.   
Hey, the county already


Letter to the Editor: Retain County Parks Director Position

Los Alamos

Los Alamos parks and open spaces are in the best condition they have ever been. Please consider retaining a Parks Director to replace Dick Mcinyre. 

For many years we had no parks director (or landscape architect) and the parks and open spaces looked like it. When the county got serious about our appearance and invested in the parks everything quickly changed.

Today the maintenance is up to date, landscaping is beautiful and trails are popular with both citizens and visitors. Don’t take us back to the bad old days. Continue investing in our future with an organization


Hi Signs at Saturday’s Fair and Rodeo Parade

Executive Director Cedric Page of UNM-LA waves to the judges at the 2013 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Saturday morning on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local attorney George Chandler marches with the Democratic Party of Los Alamos in Saturday’s 2013 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Spectators of all ages lined Central Avenue Saturday morning to watch the annual Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade.

Everything from cars displaying magnetic signs to riders on horseback