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Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 19

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. 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 and


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Aquatic Center Closed for Maintenance

The therapy pool and the Walkup Aquatic Center, drained and ready for cleaning. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is closed for public swimming for Annual Pool Maintenance and will re‑open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. 

For additional information, call the Aquatic Center at 662-8170 or go to www.losalamosnm.us/rec.


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‘The Disappearing Art Show:’ Check it Out Before it’s Gone

‘Cooke’s Peak’ by Benjamin Harry. Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

Los Alamos County Library presents “The Disappearing Art Show,” featuring more than 175 framed prints, paintings and photographs, all free to borrow from your library. The show will be on display Aug. 30 to Sept. 25, or until there is no art left. Visit the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery on the second floor to see the show.

‘Cholla and Saguaro’ by Gustave Baumann. Courtesy photo

 Los Alamos County Library System has collections in many different formats: magazines, large print books, foreign


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Los Alamos Triathlon 2013 Wraps Up

Spectators line the roadway on Canyon Road as athletes prepare for the 20K cycling leg of today’s Los Alamos Triathlon 2013. Check back for full details of today’s event. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Check back for full results at www.ladailypost.com. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos Police Chief Vacancy Draws 40 Applicants

COUNTY News:

The search for a new police chief moves forward as Police Chief Wayne Torpy officially retires Friday, Aug. 23.

The position posting closed July 26. The County received 40 applications for the position, of which 26 applicants met the minimum qualifications. County Administrator Harry Burgess will select up to five finalists. The top candidates will travel to Los Alamos for in-person interviews and a special “meet the finalists” reception with the public at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The County will have three panels


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Turn Trash to Glamour at Fashion Contest

Elizabeth Chapman modeling her recycled fashion ensamble in last year’s Next Big Idea Recycled Fashion Show. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Trash fashion, or recycled fashion, is clothing made from materials that would have otherwise ended up in the trash or recycling bin.

It is the act of utilizing products society would commonly label as waste to create wearable art that inspires individuals to think more about the items they throw away. It is eye-catching fashion that makes a social and environmental statement.

Register today for the Second Annual Los Alamos


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Pet of the Week: Sarabi the Cat

Sarabi the Cat. Courtesy photo

SHELTER News:

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


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News Hours at Los Alamos County Animal Shelter

COUNTY News:

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.


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Singer-Songwriter Lisa Morales Plays the Pond Friday

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

By RUSS GORDON

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


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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


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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


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LAPD Seeks Donations for Cpl. Roybal Family

Cpl. Alfred Robal

COUNTY News:

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


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Council Appoints Christine Chandler for Probate Judge

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

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


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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/ladailypost.com

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


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Camp May Is Open

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

COUNTY News:

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


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Atomic City Transit Ridership Slips Slightly

COUNTY News:

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


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Los Alamos Police Honor Cpl. Alfred Roybal

Los Alamos Police Honor Cpl. Alfred Roybal
By CAROL A. CLARK
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


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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.

MARCY GARCIA

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


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