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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


Ashley Pond Improvements Taking Shape

The improvements to Ashley Pond Park were beginning to take more substantial shape last week. The project is scheduled for completion in November. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/


Animal Shelter Report: Week of Aug. 11

Friends of the Shelter Dog Kissing Booth and Mobile Adoption Center at Saturday’s Los Alamos County Fair. Photo by Greg Kendall/


The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets available.

Be sure to check out the website at, for information about volunteering, adopting and donating, and read about popular animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. Also check out the Petfinder page for photos and to learn more about all of the adoptable


LANB Floats to Top of 2013 Fair & Rodeo Parade!

FIRST PLACE: Los Alamos National Bank best captured the essence of the ‘100 Years of Homesteading’ theme to earn first place in this morning’s 2013 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade held on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos National Bank takes top honors at parade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SECOND PLACE: Los Alamos First Robotics garnered second place in today’s parade with its ‘Hi-Tech Covered Wagon’ creativity. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/



County Fair Exhibit Winners Announced

Louis Macinnes, age 11, received the “Horticulture Best of the Best Award” for his broccoli. Courtesy photo

Rachel Frankle, age 13, received the “Creative Arts Best of the Best Award” for her modern art acrylic painting. Courtesy photo


This year, four individuals were awarded the “Best of the Best” award, a beautiful hand-crafted plate created by local artist Barbara Yarnell.

Laniece Miller, received the “Fiber Arts Best of the Best Award for her harhanger cross-stitch counted thread needlework technique. Joyce Anderson, received the “Culinary Arts Best of the Best


Sustainability Tip: Turn Off Your Lights on the Way Out

Weekly Sustainability Tip:

Turn Off Your Lights on the Way Out

The average cost of an electricity bill for a household is $110.14, 13 percent of that amount is used on lighting. 

Don’t waste electricity and money, hit the lights on your way out.

Turning off the lights when you leave the room saves you money and helps the environment.


Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 12


Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please email, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Reminder: There have been a number of lightning strikes causing traffic signal outages in our region. If you approach a traffic signal with none of the signal lights working, you are required to STOP as if it was a 4-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection. Be extremely cautious when approaching


Farewell Reception for Chief Wayne Torpy

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, who has been on sick leave for several weeks, is retiring from the LAPD.


The public is invited to a reception 3-5 p.m. Friday, Aug 23 at the Los Alamos Justice Center, wishing Police Chief Wayne Torpy farewell as he retires from County service.


Pet of the Week: Bella the Dog

Bella the Dog. Courtesy photo


Bella is active and friendly. In fact, when she sees someone she likes, she loves to bounce up and down and show off her big floppy ears. How can you resist such a cute face?

She is a little shy initially with strangers, but quickly warms up to friendly human interaction. Bella is good with other dogs and loves going to the dog park. 

For a personalized introduction to this friendly dog, call her sponsor at (505) 412-3998.

Also, Friends of the Shelter would like to thank Don Taylor for taking such beautiful photographs of the shelter dogs.

The Los Alamos


County Issues Statement Regarding Death of LAPD Corporal Alfred Roybal


Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess issued the following statement regarding news received this morning of the overnight death of Police Corporal Alfred Roybal, who joined the Los Alamos Police Department in 2002.

Roybal passed away unexpectedly yesterday evening.

“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Alfred’s family and friends during this difficult time. We are saddened at the loss of this fine young police officer. Our thoughts and prayers are with LAPD and those who worked with Alfred during his 11 years in public service.”

According to personnel files,


‘Next Big Idea Festival’ Exposes Youth to Science, Tech & Engineering Fields

A useful robot showed its stuff during last year’s Next Big Idea event. Courtesy photo


For the 5th year, Los Alamos will spotlight the community’s unique and creative heritage with the “Next Big Idea Festival: A Festival of Discovery, Invention and Innovation.”

The free, family friendly event is 11 a.m to 3 p.m., Sept. 14 in downtown Los Alamos. It’s designed to inspire and educate through science, technology, and arts. Likewise, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Student Day, Friday, Sept. 13, may stimulate interest among young people about


Don’t Miss a Thing With Library’s ‘Wowbrary’ Alerts

MPL News:

The Los Alamos County Library System is excited to offer its patrons free “Wowbrary” email alerts that showcase the library’s newest items ordered each week.

The alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children’s titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more, purchased by the library.

It’s so easy to sign up. Go to to sign up or learn more. You’ll get emails each Saturday listing all the new items ordered so you can place a hold right away for your favorites.



Update To Accident on Main Hill Road

Photo by Katy Korkos

UPDATE: This morning’s accident near East Gate on the Main Hill Road took about 25 minutes to clear. Minor injuries were reported but no one was transported to the hospital. Citations are pending further investigation.


An accident with minor injuries has brought traffic to a standstill on the Main Hill Road this morning.

Check back for more details as they become available.


DPU CRC Seeks Public Feedback Aug. 12


At its next meeting Monday, Aug. 12, the Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will present an overview of its findings regarding possible charter language changes or other recommendations to the public and then open the floor to public comment.

The meeting will be 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the new Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. This public meeting Monday will wrap up five months of Committee work and more than a dozen meetings that have been held to allow members to explore options and possible solutions for a variety of suggested changes to the


Shelter Holding Mobile Adoption at County Fair


Adopt a dog or cat at the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter Mobile Adoption 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 near the Community Building at Ashley Pond.

Brighten your life and theirs! 

Friends of the Shelter is sponsoring a Mobile Adoption as part of the County Fair. Stop by the tent to see some terrific dogs who are really hoping to find a home. 

There will also be posters of adoptable feline friends on display. If you fall in love with their photo, they would love to meet you in person at the shelter.


Local Firefighters Train in High Angle Rescue

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Firefighters with the Los Alamos Fire Department spent several hours Monday training with experts from a private Arizona company in advanced high angle rescue.

The training was conducted in White Rock Canyon. High angle rescue operations involve unique hazards and require special training and equipment to be able to perform them safely. Rope rescue operations are frequently defined in terms of the type and steepness of the terrain they are to be performed in.

The steeper the ground, the more difficult


Standing Water and Mud Disrupt Work on 15th Street

Monday’s heavy rain made a muddy mess at the 15th Street road construction site in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Crew cleans up mud and standing water Monday at 15th Street road constuction site. Photo by Leland Lehman/


Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 24–July 30, 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.

July 24 at 12:45 a.m. / Police arrested Teresa Rice, 37 of Los Alamos on 42nd Street and charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia. She was issued a summons to appear in court.


July 24 at 1:25 p.m. / Police arrested Heather Dominguez, 30, of Los Alamos on Gold Street on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

July 24 at 5:05 p.m. / A 12-year-old Los Alamos boy reported that