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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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Letter to the Editor: The Latest News on Water Wells

The Latest News on Water Wells
By KATHY GILLESPIE

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


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

By BILL SELLERS
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

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Letter to the Editor: Retain County Parks Director Position

By MIKE WHEELER
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


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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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com

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


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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/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com


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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/ladailypost.com

SHELTER News:

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 www.lafos.org, 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


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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/ladailypost.com

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

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/ladailypost.com

THIRD PLACE:


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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

COUNTY EXTENTION News:

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


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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.


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Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 12

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please email 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


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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.

COUNTY News:

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.


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Pet of the Week: Bella the Dog

Bella the Dog. Courtesy photo

SHELTER News:

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


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County Issues Statement Regarding Death of LAPD Corporal Alfred Roybal

COUNTY News:

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,


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‘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

COUNTY News:

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


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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 www.wowbrary.org 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.

“This


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