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Scene Of 2019 Tree Lighting At Ashley Pond Park

Scene tonight right after the 2019 official Tree Lighting Ceremony around Ashley Pond as part of Los Alamos WinterFest. Los Alamos MainStreet extends sincere thanks to the 2019 WinterFest sponsors, Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust and Del Norte Credit Union. Photo by John McHale/


On The Job In Los Alamos: Decorating County Holiday Tree Before Official Lighting Ceremony Tonight

On the Job in Los Alamos are Los Alamos County Information Management employee Shirley Huber and Public Works Facilities employees Tim Martinez, left, and Emiliano Martinez. They are stringing lights on the County’s holiday tree Friday afternoon in lobby of the Municipal Building. Huber has helped decorate the County’s holiday trees for 20 years. This year’s tree is a 21- foot-tall Blue Spruce. The community is invited to the lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today. County Council Chair Sara Scott will officially flip the switch to light the tree. Refreshments will be served.


Recycle Art Fair & Fashion Show Expresses Thanks

Participants in the Los Alamos County Environmental Services 2019 Recycle Fashion Show. Courtesy/LAC
In celebration of America Recycles Day, Los Alamos County Environmental Services sponsored the annual Recycle Fashion Show.
Three years ago, Los Alamos Public Schools began collaborating with Los Alamos County when Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule invited them to bring their student entries to the County’s annual fashion show. Since then, they decided to join forces to encourage more participation from the community.
Many schools


Water Main Break On Ridgeway In Denver Steels

Traffic Alert:

There is a water main break in the road on Ridgeway in the Denver Steels area. Department of Public Utilities crews are setting up traffic control devices.

Ridgeway Drive will be closed to through traffic while repairs are completed.

Residents will be allowed access to and from their homes. No disruption to water services are expected.

Crews estimate that repairs will be completed by mid-afternoon today.

Direct questions to the Los Alamos County Customer Care Center at 505.662.8333.


County Announces Peoples Ecochallenge 2019 Winners

To promote recycling and sustainability in the community as well as to encourage people to take small steps to a more sustainable life, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division, the Environmental Sustainability Board and the Zero Waste Team sponsored the Peoples Eco Challenge.
Environmental Services would like to congratulate Chamisa Elementary Green Team, the team winner, with 7,271 points and our individual winners, 1st place Heather Ward with 1,141 points, 2nd place Sara Thurgood-Martinez with 970 points, and 3rd place Gavin Bent with 964 points.


MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade 6 P.M. Saturday; Schedule Of WinterFest Activities For Dec. 6-8

First place winner in the 2018 WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade is the Immaculate Heart of Mary float. The annual parade this year begins at 6 p.m. Saturday on Central Avenue. Photo by John McHale/


Los Alamos MainStreet News:


The annual Los Alamos MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade, this year with a “Whoville on the Hill” theme, will glide down Central Avenue at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.


A beer garden will be open in front of Blue Window Bistro, and a holiday drinks area managed by UnQuarked in the Bennett’s Jewelry parking lot, will be selling Kakawa hot chocolate,


Reminder: Property Taxes Delinquent After Tuesday


Property owners are reminded that the first half of property taxes will become delinquent after Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Payment must either be made in person at the Customer Care Center by 4 p.m., Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.

The Customer Care Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the lobby of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM  87544.


Chamber Breakfast On Sign Code Revisions Underway

Los Aamos Associate County Attorney Kevin Powers presents revisions to the County Sign Code this morning during the Chamber Breakfast at UNM-LA. Courtesy/Chamber

Scene from the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce  Business Breakfast underway this morning at UNM-LA with presentations on revisions to the County Sign Code. Courtesy/Chamber


County Council Briefed On Local Housing Needs

A crowd of residents waits to give their opinions on the housing market needs analysis during the Tuesday night Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It is a well-known fact that Los Alamos County needs housing and lots of it. The question is, how is the County going to get it?

A housing market needs analysis conducted by Sites Southwest offered several suggestions but the strongest one was to look at public lands.

During her presentation to Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night, Sites Southwest Senior


County Tourism Task Force Meets Wednesday

The next meeting of the Los Alamos County Tourism Implementation Task Force is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Room 330 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
  • Update on County Projects including WAC Dormitory
  • Visitation Statistics Next Steps
  • Continuation of Tourism Manager/Division recommendations
  • Follow-up on NM Tourism Dept. Rural Pathways Program Application
  • Next Meeting: Jan. 8, 2020


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 22 To Nov. 26, 2019

LAPD News:

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.


Nov. 22 at 1:20 a.m. / Police arrested Edward Joseph Hernandez, 30, of Rio Communities, at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with disorderly conduct, boisterous/loud/profane language and resisting/evading or obstructing an officer.



Nov. 24 at 2:11 a.m. / Police arrest Heather R. Dominguez, 36, od Los Alamos at 2600 Trinity Dr.,


Zero Waste: New Ideas For Thanksgiving Leftovers


It happens every year: Thanksgiving sandwiches the day after the big event. Turkey soup. Dry mashed potatoes. Tired of the same old leftovers? Try some new recipes to re-use leftover Thanksgiving dinner: Empanadas (hand pies) and Shepherd’s Pie!


  • 2 pie doughs or puffed pastry, store bought or homemade
  • Small bowl with water
  • Melted butter or 1 egg beaten with 1tablespoon water
  • Filling ideas: warmed leftovers such as turkey, mashed potatoes and/or sweet potatoes, any leftover vegetables, dressing/stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Roll


County Council Considers Revising Library Policies

Los Alamos County Library System Manager Eileen Sullivan
Los Alamos Daily Post

Libraries everywhere have experienced a lot of changes from the introduction of new technologies to changes in community expectations about libraries’ roles.

The Internet and social media have had major impacts on library functions and services, more patrons are requesting e-books and e-magazines, but people still rely on libraries for information, programs, services and a sense of community

In order to ensure that library policies stay relevant and up-to-date,


Local BMX Track Is In Fast Lane For Improvements

The local BMX track will recieve some needed improvements. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Currently, the local BMX track features a closed sign citing safety concerns but not for long. Its circumstances are quickly changing as the result of Los Alamos County approving $100,000 for the project during its Nov. 12 meeting.
With this approval, the hopes are high that next summer, the BMX track will be back in business and hosting U.S. BMX-sanctioned events.
Parks and Recreation Manager Dan


County Issues Winter Driving Safety Tips


Winter weather is here and Los Alamos County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible. 

Motorists are encouraged to equip their vehicles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a container of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.

Additionally, motorists should make sure their vehicle is ready for winter driving by insuring the washer fluid reservoir is topped off with washer fluid that is winter rated, the windshield wipers are functional and working properly, the defroster


County: Community Invited To Holiday Tree Lighting

Scene from the 2018 holiday tree lighting at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


As part of Winterfest activities, residents are invited to join the Los Alamos County Council for the annual lighting of the holiday tree Saturday, Dec. 7 in the main lobby of the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos.

Doors open at 5 p.m., the tree lighting is 5:30 p.m. and there will be free hot cocoa and cookies, plus, an opportunity to take a selfie photo with a Winterfest themed backdrop and props.

Doors close at 6 p.m. when the holiday lights parade begins


County Releases Winter Sidewalk Clearing Guidelines

Sidewalk clear of snow. Courtesy photo


During the winter months, Los Alamos County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks.

The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. 



Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 13 To Nov. 14, 2019

LAPD News:

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.


Nov. 13 at 5:24 p.m. / Police arrested Tamra Torres, 24, of Santa Fe at the Santa Clara Apartments on an outstanding District Court warrant.





Nov. 14 at 2:34 p.m. / Police arrested Scott R. Burnworth, 28, of Los Alamos at 31 Rover Blvd. and charged him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.