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Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 5


Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at http://www.losalamosnm.usPlease 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 four-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection. Be extremely cautious when approaching


Sustainability Tip: Recycle Glass to Take Green Step Forward

Weekly Sustainability Tip:

Recycle Your Glass to Take a Green Step Forward in Your Household

Participate in the local glass drop-off recycling program by collecting your glass at home and dropping it off at one of the four yellow dumpsters located around town at Sullivan Field, the Co-op, Overlook Park Convenience Center, or the Eco Station. 

Remember glass bottles and jars only, any color. All of the glass recycled is pulverized at the Eco Station creating small pebbles known as glass cullet. Glass cullet is given away for free at the Eco Station to County residents and can be used for landscaping


UNM-LA Special Election Town Hall Wednesday

UNM-LA News:

The staff and faculty of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), invite the community to attend a Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the White Rock Baptist Church sanctuary, 80 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The Town Hall meeting will give the community an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming special election being put before the voters Sept. 17.

The meeting will start with a brief presentation by UNM-LA Dean of Instruction Dr. Cynthia Rooney, highlighting the reasons why passage of the mil levy is critical to UNM-LA.

A Town Hall question and answer session will


Revised Completion for Ashley Pond is November

The waterfall stairs and landing have been formed and concrete will soon be poured at Ashley Pond. Photo by Leland Lehman/
The new pond liner has been installed at Ashey Pond. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Work continues on improvements to Ashley Pond Park.

The area around Ashley Pond has been fine graded and the pond liner (30 mil geomembrane) has been installed. The contractor is completing the shotcrete process and placement of cobble stone over the pond liner around the perimeter of the pond.

The waterfall stairs and landing have been


Gulfstream G550 Jets Land at Los Alamos Airport

These two Gulfstream G550 jets were spotted parked at Los Alamos County Airport most of the day Friday and taking off around 5:15 p.m. Both planes are registered to Chevron USA. Photo by Jeff Humpton

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Jeff Humpton

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/




Guy Forsyth Plays Summer Concert Friday

Guy Forsyth


One of the absolute best concerts that the Los Alamos County Summer Series has ever produced was last summer’s Guy Forsyth show.

This cat and his band are terrific. They play 7-10 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 2 at Del Norte Credit Union. The show is presented free of charge for you, your family and friends, by the sponsors of the Summer Series. This Friday Night is Del Norte Credit Union* LA Schools Credit Union* Zia Credit Union Night.

Guy Forsyth’s latest album is “Freedom to Fail”. It is a message for us and his new born daughter. Guy plays electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin,


Construction Continues on 15th Street Project

Construction on 15th Street continues between Oakwood and Myrtle. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Workers talk over the next step in 15th Street construction project. Photo by Leland Lehman/


Fire Restrictions Relaxed Across Los Alamos County Thursday


Los Alamos County Fire Department will relax its Fire Restrictions in Los Alamos County effective 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.

This relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:

  • Local weather improvement, including:
  • Seasonal Monsoon pattern with recent regular rainfall
  • Rising humidity values in the weather
  • Fuel condition improvements, including:

o    Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to Moderate and Low for several weeks

o    Reduction in Ignition Potential

o    Steady increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit


Los Alamos Triathlon Weekend Aug. 17-18


Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division Aug. 17, for the oldest continuously running triathlon, the 39th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon.

The race consists of a 20K bike with challenging climbs and great scenery. Then into the pool (feet first) for a 400 meter swim; and finish with a 5K run from the Aquatic Center to the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive and back.

The event is around the corner, just three weeks away, so sign up now and bring along a friend or two. After the event there will be awards, food and lots of give-a-ways. Participants can download the registration form


Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo ‘100 Years of Homesteading’ Aug. 9, 10, 11


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division will host the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo, “100 Years of Homesteading,” Aug. 9, 10 and 11.

For a full list of events, times, places, vender information and parade information, click here.

For more information, contact the County Recreation Division at 505-662-8173, or



Sustainability Tip: Switch to Reusable Shopping Bags

Weekly Sustainability Tip:

Switch to Reusable Shopping Bags

Switch to reusable shopping bags. Americans are addicted to plastic bags with approximately 380 billion bags used annually, which is more than 1,200 bags per year per person. 

This is a dangerous addiction that results in the use of 12 million barrels of oil, and negatively affects 267 species of marine wildlife. 

Do your part to end this national addiction by using reusable bags on your errands. And remember to recycle that pile of plastic bags you have at home at the entrance of Smith’s. 

Don’t be the cause of pollution,


Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 17–JuLy 24, 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 17 at 10:47 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Deschamp, 29, of Los Alamos on Questa and charged him with DUI.

July 18 at 11:36 a.m. / A 42-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she was assaulted and the victim of attempted battery on Sherwood Boulevard.

July 18 at 11:36 a.m. / Police arrested a Michelle Schaedel, 43, of Albuquerque at 31 Sherwood Blvd., and charged her with


Cone Zone: Week of July 28


Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, 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


Limited Access to Fuller Lodge Begins Aug. 1

A portable construction office is installed near Fuller Lodge during the upgrades project underway. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost com


The main portion of Fuller Lodge will be closed to the general public Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 to allow for extensive work to occur in, under and above the Pajarito Room. 

The North Wing (Historical Society) and South Wing (Art Center and classes) and the first floor of the West Wing will remain open.

Entry will be allowed into the main lobby of Fuller Lodge and the North Wing. The Pajarito Room and all of the second floor meeting rooms in the main


Easy Event Recycling

Deputy Director, New Mexico Recycling Coalition

Event Recycling

Whether you’re hosting a backyard summer barbeque or planning a big community event, recycling is an easy way to create a greener event and an opportunity to teach guests about the importance of recycling.

The average American generates 4.4 pounds of waste per day and 80 percent of this is recyclable (US EPA). In most communities, you can recycle many household items generated at special events, such as paper, cardboard, tin cans, plastic bottles #1 and #2 and aluminum cans.

Reduce & Reuse First

The first


Los Alamos County Council to Vote on Resolution Supporting Mil Levy Campaign

UNM-LA News:

The Los Alamos County Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution during today’s Council meeting supporting the upcoming mil levy election being put before Los Alamos
County voters Sept. 17.

The money generated by the 2-mil increase will be used to fund programs at The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA). If passed, this would mean the first operational increase since the branch campus was formed in 1980.

According to the resolution, Council recognizes the importance education has played in the long-term success of the Los Alamos community and the achievements


Star Gaze at Dark Night Aug. 3

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at Spirio Soccer Field in Overlook Park.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Venus, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker, 662-3252 for information.


Tunnel Near Roundabout Gets Makeover

Community members repaint the tunnel near the Diamond Drive roundabout after 10 years. Courtesy photo
A group of Los Alamos women got together and re-painted the tunnel entrance near the roundabout on Diamond Drive Monday.
The tunnel was originally painted about 10 years ago with flowers. But time had taken its toll and the paint was deteriorating. Local resident Amy Storey worked with Perry Rutherford at the County to get the paint and have the wall power-washed.
Ericka Becker became involved in the project as the designer. The wall was primed and


Linemen Inadvertently Cut Phone Lines in Aspen School Area

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities linemen inadvertently cut an underground phone line at about 10 a.m. today near Aspen Elementary School.

DPU sopkesperson Julie Williams Hill said phone service to homes in the area remains out.

“CenturyLink has been called and they will be the ones to fix the phone line,” she said.

Williams Hill did not know when phone service would be restored to the area.




Second Candidate Submits Letter of Interest for Los Alamos County Probate Judge Vacancy

Probate Judge candidate Sharon Marinuzzi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A second local attorney has submitted her Letter of Interest to fill the Probate Court Judge vacancy created with the resignation of Ellen Hong in June.

In her letter addressed to County Administrator Harry Burgess and the Los Alamos County Council, Sharon Marinuzzi said her educational background and professional experience render her an excellent candidate for this position, as does her desire to serve the community where she was both raised and continues to