Public Safety

Trinity & Oppenheimer Intersection Operating as 4-Way Stop Tuesday Oct. 2


Tuesday Oct. 2, the Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic Division staff will replace the traffic signal control cabinet at the Trinity and Oppenheimer intersection.

Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an expected completion of no later than 1 p.m. the same day.

During the replacement, the traffic signal will be dark and the intersection will operate as a four-way stop. Motorists should expect minor delays.

Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or email

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 29

DEA News:
WASHINGTON As New Mexico continues to battle alarming prescription drug abuse rates, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is encouraging citizens to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, Sept. 29 and turn in unused or expired medication to locations in their communities.
The event, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will provide free, anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for safe medication disposal.
The Los Alamos Police Department is not participating

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Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn Continues


Jemez Springs – The Valles Caldera Trust Tuesday continued a prescribed burn project on 360 acres south of New Mexico Highway 4 near Mile Marker 30. 

The project began with 70 acres burned Monday and will continue through Wednesday. Smoke from the burn periodically drifts across the highway and reduces visibility.

To ensure the safety of the public, fire managers are using pilot cars to escort vehicles through the burn area when conditions warrant.

Motorists may experience short delays when driving through the burn area.

The burn is the final stage of a project

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Council Approves Community Health Action Plan

The Los Alamos County Council this evening approved 6-0 the Community Health Action Plan as prepared by the Los Alamos Community Health Council. Councilor David Izraelevitz was absent. From left, CHC Board President Mary Yamada, Contract Coordinator Anne Hays Egan and the County’s Libby Carlsten. The Health Council is open to Los Alamos County organizations, groups and individuals. It meets the first Thursday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos in the large conference room on the first floor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Council Recognizes Retirees Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun and Cpl. Doug Ehler


The officers and their loved ones laugh during this evening’s County Council meeting as Councilor Michael Wismer jokes that along with his official duties over the last 24 years, retiring Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun, right, also spent time moving Chief Wayne Torpy, center, into new residences. From left, Stephanie Scrimshaw, (fiancé) Cpl. Doug Ehler, Torpy, Purtymun and his wife Bev Purtymun. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Retiring Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun with his wife Bev and their son Tyler at this evening’s County Council meeting. Photo by Carol

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