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County Transportation Board Meets 5:30 P.M. Thursday

on September 30, 2019 - 11:11am


The Los Alamos County Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Room 110 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.





This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Please Limit Public Comment to 3 Minutes.


Approval of the Aug. 1, 2019 Transportation Board Minutes Presenters: Sriram Swaminarayan, Chair of the Transportation Board A - DRAFT – Aug. 1, 2019

History Of Chimayo Plaza And Ortega Weavers Nov. 2

on September 30, 2019 - 10:45am

County Council Holds Regular Session Tuesday

on September 30, 2019 - 10:40am

Del Norte CU Creates Breast Cancer Awareness

on September 30, 2019 - 9:48am

DNCU News:  

SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is creating awareness for breast cancer this October with a campaign to raise funds to be donated to the American Cancer Society, Inc.

The decision to raise funds and awareness began with a reflection on what credit unions are known for—giving back and being helpful community partners.

The credit union philosophy of people helping people goes beyond providing the right financial products for the membership.

“Our unwavering dedication to improving lives is carried out by every DNCU employee when they go that extra mile,” DNCU

County Council Declares October ‘Drug Free Month’

on September 30, 2019 - 9:22am

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey, left, presents a proclamation to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone declaring October ‘Drug Free Month’ at the Tuesday night council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation designating October as “Drug Free Month” Tuesday night during the regular council meeting.

Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey read the proclamation:

WHEREAS:  It is the goal of all organizations who deal with the prevention of drug abuse to motivate people to more active participation in programs to

Scenes From Annual Firefighter For A Day Event

on September 30, 2019 - 8:56am

The second annual ‘Firefighter For A Day’ event was held Saturday at the Los Alamos Fire Department training facility at Station #2 on DP Road. The event provides participants with the opportunity to experience the perils that firefighters face on their job. Each participant is checked for vitals and issued protective gear and assigned to teams. Each team rotates through scenarios, which include smoke rescue, extrication (jaws of life), RMS Code, wild land, high angle and hazmat, all done in full dress. Photo by John McHale/

The high angle scenario is exciting to watch and

LAAC Brown Bag: Galisteo String Quartet Wednesday

on September 30, 2019 - 7:32am
The Galisteo String Quartet will perform noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. The show is part of the Los Alamos Arts Council's Brown Bag series. Courtesy/LAAC
LAAC News:
Los Alamos will see the return of the Galisteo String Quartet to the Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag series at noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
The Galisteo String Quartet performed in the Brown Bag series in October 2018 and wowed the crowd with their performance.
The members of The Galisteo String Quartet: Janet Cordova and Julanna Gilbert (violins), Kathleen Neher (viola) and Robert Coombe (cello), live in the

Zumba Kids Halloween Bash At YMCA Oct. 9

on September 30, 2019 - 7:29am
YMCA News:

The Y is hosting a Zumba Kids Halloween Bash 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at The Family YMCA.

This is an all ages event from age 4-12. Children younger than 6 must be accompanied by an adult for the entire event.

This community event is free for members and non-members alike.

NWS: Today’s High Near 76; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on September 30, 2019 - 6:57am

NWS News:

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with sunny skies,

The NWS also forecasts tonight’s low around 56 and after 9 p.m. with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Daily Postcard: Fall Is Coming To Los Alamos

on September 30, 2019 - 6:43am

Daily Postcard: Fall is coming to Los Alamos. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Scenes From Lucky Duck Day At Urban Park

on September 29, 2019 - 7:45pm

A young competitor encourages her duck along the channel today at the annual Lucky Duck Day sponsored by the Family Strengths Network at Urban Park. This year new events centered around the Lucky Duck completion theme. Photo by John McHale/

A young competitor is given some help launching his duck at a target. Photo by John McHale/

A contestant blows the raft she made down the racecourse. Photo by John McHale/

Contestants are busy making launchers to use in the duck launch completion. Photo by John McHale/

The rafts are

Letter Of Recommendation For Morris Pongratz

on September 29, 2019 - 7:37pm

Kristen Haertling in her senior year at Los Alamos High School with her Key Club mentor Morrie Pongratz. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Public Schools Alumna

It is my pleasure to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of Morris Pongratz for a position on the School Board of Los Alamos Public Schools.

I knew Morrie as a Key Club mentor back in high school. He inspired, engaged, and worked with Los Alamos students including myself in many different ways.

Los Alamos High School Graduate Alex Kirk Awarded Most Valuable Player Of FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019

on September 29, 2019 - 11:34am

Los Alamos High School graduate Alex Kirk receives the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 played in Bangkok. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School graduate Alex Kirk, third from right, is named the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 played in Bangkok. Courtesy photo


BANGKOK (Thailand) – Alex Kirk of Los Alamos is named the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 after a dominating performance on both ends of the floor to wrap up his second appearance in the competition.

Kirk started the game on fire with 13 points

Local Pinyon Trees Teeming With Wildlife

on September 29, 2019 - 9:01am

Much activity is spotted in recent days since the pinyon nuts have just ripened in the 30-foot tall pinyon trees growing at a residence on Andanada Street on Barranca Mesa. In the last week, all sorts of wildlife have appeared to feast on the bounty. In one day there were Steller's and California scrub jays, pygmy and white-breasted nuthatches, ravens, spotted towhees, morning doves, chipmunks, red squirrels and even a hummingbird. Here a California scrub jay is grabbing a nut from one of the pinyon trees. Photo by Ken Hanson

A red squirrel grabs a pinyon nut. Photo by Ken Hanson

A pygmy

Council Seeks To Fill Board Of Registration Vacancies

on September 29, 2019 - 8:57am
Due to the recent resignations of three members of the Board of Registration, the Los Alamos County Council is seeking applicants to fill the remainder of the two-year term on the local Board of Registration.
The requirements for the members of this Board state that not more than two members can be of the same political party so for these vacancies, no Democrats can be appointed.
Additional requirements state that the members of the Board shall not be County employees (including poll workers), elected officials or candidates for public office (including School Board

Historic Preservation Advisory Board Meeting Canceled

on September 29, 2019 - 8:25am


The Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Throne Room at Fuller Lodge is canceled.



Los Alamos County Discovery Action Team Invites New Members To Join In Branding Efforts

on September 29, 2019 - 8:19am
Members of the Los Alamos County's Discovery Action Team mingle with people interested in joining the team Thursday afternoon at Fuller Lodge. The meeting featured lunch and a brief overview of the Los Alamos branding initiative. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger meets with Automotive Professional Owner Sean Williams during the Discovery Action Team meeting Thursday at Fuller Lodge. The Discovery Action Team meets 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at various locations.

12th Annual Running Of Atomic Man Duatholon

on September 29, 2019 - 8:12am

The start of the Fat Man Atomic Man Duatolon Sept. 21 in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/

Hugh Selby warms up for his leg in the Little Boy bike ride. Photo by John McHale/
The 12th running of the Atomic Man Duatholon held Sept. 21 in White Rock started out of the Pinion parking lot.
The Atomic Man is a duathlon, which participants start with a run, then bike and finish with another run. The Fat Man portion of the race was a 5K run, 40K bike and a 10K run.
The Little Boy portion of the race was a 4K run, 12K bike and a 4K run.

Free Training Offered For Volunteers Interested In Los Alamos History

on September 29, 2019 - 8:11am
With tourist season in full swing, the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum are seeking new volunteers for a variety of positions.
A training session focusing on the community’s history and historic district will be offered 4-5 p.m. on four Tuesdays, Oct.1, 8, 15 and 22. Participants will gather at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Fuller Lodge each Tuesday.
The training includes engaging discussions on Los Alamos, covering the Homestead Era on the Pajarito Plateau, the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Manhattan Project and postwar Los Alamos.

Council Proclaims ‘Fire Prevention Week’ Oct. 6-12

on September 29, 2019 - 7:54am

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, presents a proclamation at Tuesday night's council meeting declaring Oct. 6-12 ‘Fire Prevention Week’. Among those acepting the proclamation are Fire Chief Troy Hughes, second from left, and Safety Division Chief Joseph Baca, second from right. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation during its Tuesday night regular meeting declaring “Fire Prevention Week” Oct. 6-12.
Councilor Antonio Maggiore read the proclamation, which states:
WHEREAS: Los Alamos County is

Bruce Taubert Macro Photography Workshop Nov. 9

on September 29, 2019 - 7:29am

Macro Photography is the art of producing larger-than-life sized images of small items like insects and flowers. Courtesy/

Los Alamos Photography Club News:

The Los Alamos Photography Club and the Los Alamos Adobe Users’ Group is sponsoring a workshop on Macro Photography by Bruce Taubert.

Macro Photography is the art of producing larger-than-life sized images of small items like insects and flowers.

Taubert has a PhD in wildlife management and has been an avid outdoor enthusiast and nature lover all his life.

U.S. Military Personnel: Wounded, Sick, Injured Invited To Apply For Warriors To Lourdes Spiritual Journey

on September 29, 2019 - 7:27am
Scene of previous Warriors to Lourdes Opening Mass. Courtesy/KofC
K Of C News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, are invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid, round-trip journey to the Marian grotto and spring baths at Lourdes, France, during the 62nd annual Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI)—or “International Military Pilgrimage.”
The PMI is May 12-19, 2020, drawing thousands of troops, veterans, and others from around the world to the famous Marian shrine where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette

NWS: Today’s High Near 73; Tonight’s Low Around 51

on September 29, 2019 - 7:25am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 73 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 51. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fiery Sunset Over Mountains

on September 29, 2019 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: Fiery sunset fills the sky Tuesday over the mountains viewed from Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UNM-LA Hosts Vice Presidents From Main Campus

on September 28, 2019 - 12:10pm

From lelft, UNM-LA Chancellor Cindy Rooney, UNM Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Teresa Costantinidis, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Assata Zerai and Vice President of Enrollment Management Dan García pause for a photo at the reception Tuesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA Advisory Board member Michelle Hall, UNM-LA Chancellor Cindy Rooney, UNM Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Teresa Costantinidis, and Vice President of Enrollment Management Dan García exchange thoughts about collaboration. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA