Lightning Strike Knocks Out Power To Some 400 Homes In White Rock For More Than Eight Hours Saturday Night


Lightning struck a utility pole around 8:30 p.m. Saturday on La Senda in White Rock, causing a major power outage.

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) estimates that 400 customers west of Sherwood Boulevard and south in the La Senda and Pajarito Acres neighborhoods were without power for more than eight hours.

Working through the night and the storm, DPU’s linemen replaced the pole and fully restored power to all customers by 5 a.m. today.

DPU reminds customers to report power outages to the Customer Care Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 505.662.8333


SFNF: Fuelwood Permit Sales Begin June 1

Pile of fuelwood. Courtesy/fs.usda.gov

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will begin selling personal use fuelwood permits Monday, June 1.

In alignment with federal guidance on COVID-19 and New Mexico public health orders, the SFNF has adopted a no-contact process to sell permits over the phone and deliver them by postal mail.

Customers can call the Supervisor’s Office at 505.438.5300 or any of the district offices to leave a voicemail, including a name and call-back number, to purchase a fuelwood permit. SFNF customer service representatives are monitoring voicemails


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District To Expand Phased Reopening Of Area Lakes


ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Albuquerque District has announced that two USACE-managed lakes in New Mexico have begun a phased reopening, and the boat ramp at Abiquiu Lake opened May 30.

USACE-Albuquerque District-managed campgrounds remain closed and are scheduled to reopen at a later date.

USACE-Albuquerque District recreation actions are being coordinated with New Mexico State Parks (NMSP) as well as Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW). USACE will not precede state actions. At lakes with shared recreation management, such as Conchas and Santa


Los Alamos High School Senior Katie Herrmann Rescues Simon Her Dog And In Doing So Misses Her Graduation

Los Alamos High School Class of 2020 senior Katie Herrmann reaches her little dog Simon and carries him to safety and in doing so she missed her graduation ceremony Friday at the high school. Courtesy photo

The elusive Simon, with LAHS graduating senior Katie Herrmann and her mother Ryn Herrmann. Katie missed her graduation ceremony but rescued Simon from an area cliff. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

As Los Alamos High School senior Katie Herrmann and her mom Ryn Herrmann were getting out of their car Friday in the high school parking lot for Katie to walk in her graduation ceremony, her little dog


Bandelier Begins Increasing Access To Frijoles Canyon

The Narrows of Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/NPS


Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Bandelier National Monument is increasing recreational access to Frijoles Canyon.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning Monday, June 8, Bandelier will