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Council Waives Attorney-Client Privilege In IPRA Request For Emails From Former Sheriff, Councilors...

on June 5, 2019 - 3:13pm

County Attorney Alvin Leaphart. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

During a special Los Alamos County Council meeting Monday afternoon, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart discusses with County Council potentially waiving attorney-client privilege in order to fulfill an IPRA request for emails between several councilors, County staff and former Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Council approved 7-0 to waive attorney-client privilege and release the emails.

The eight emails were sent in the summer of 2017 and included correspondence between various parties including

Los Alamos ScienceFest Features ‘Eureka!’ Discoveries, STEM Learning, Free Chevel Shepherd Concert

on June 5, 2019 - 6:34am
The highly anticipated, award-winning, iconic Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this July with new events, including a free concert with the winner of The Voice and New Mexico native Chevel Shepherd Friday, July 12.
With six days of discoveries, learning and scientific fun in Los Alamos—the home of groundbreaking science and the place where discoveries are made—this year’s event is themed “Eureka!” and runs July 9-14, with Discovery Day taking place Saturday, July 13.
Paying homage to Archimedes and his “Eureka!” moment, which occurred in a bathtub, as well as

Drone Captures Crowd At Secret City Summer Concert

on June 3, 2019 - 5:29pm

A drone captures the scene of the record-breaking crowd of about 4,000 gathered Friday evening at the Secret City Summer Concert featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy of Leslie Bucklin/LAC

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 23 To May 28, 2019

on June 3, 2019 - 4:33pm

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.


May 23 at 10:46 a.m. / Police arrested Jose Garcia, 26, of Lubbock, Texas at Sherwood Boulevard and Grand Canyon on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




May 25 at 9:20 a.m. / Police arrested Mark D. Henins, 52, of Los Alamos at 3700 Canyon Road on an outstanding District Court warrant and an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.


Champions Of Youth Ambitions Support Local DWI Planning Council Efforts To Prevent Underage Drinking

on June 2, 2019 - 7:13pm

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) supported local DWI Planning Council efforts to prevent underage drinking on this graduation weekend by placing stickers on alcohol containers with reminders that purchasing alcohol for minors is a crime. The DWI Planning Council also put forth funding for Senior Appreciation Night, which took place Saturday night. Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Scenes From Hawk-To-Topper Shaving Cream Battle

on June 2, 2019 - 9:20am

Each year the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Department hosts the Hawk-to-Topper event at Urban Park providing students with food, fun jumps and a much needed dousing by the Los Alamos Fire Department following the students all out battle with shaving cream. The annual event marks the transition from Los Alamos Middle School to Los Alamos High School. Photo by John McHale/

Talk about a fun time! Photo by John McHale/

They got me good! Photo by John McHale/

Hold on I missed a spot! Photo by John McHale/

Great memories!

County Utility Work On Quartz Begins Monday June 10

on June 2, 2019 - 6:57am


Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities electric crews will resume the Quartz Street project to replace electric lines and improve the neighborhood’s electric reliability beginning Monday, June 10 and continuing through mid-August.

The project was placed on hold over the winter season.

Through traffic along Quartz will be restricted during the work day with traffic detoured to Rim Road. Full access to Quartz will be restored by late afternoon as crews wrap up.

Crews will work in small sections in the roadway to excavate, install conduit and then backfill the open

Los Alamos Senior Housing Forum June 17

on June 2, 2019 - 6:21am
A Senior Housing Forum will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, June 17 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.
Seniors with interest in the County’s housing initiatives should plan to attend as well as those who are considering moving, renovating, downsizing, or selling, or who want to discuss new innovative ideas for senior housing in the County.
There will be a variety of presenters from the public, non-profit and private sector, and a time for questions.
To learn more, call the Senior Center at 505.662.8920 or County Housing Program Manager Andrew

More Scenes From Big Head Todd At The Pond

on June 1, 2019 - 6:40pm

A record breaking crowd covers the lawn at Ashley Pond Park Friday evening for the second Secret City Summer Concert  of the 2019 season, featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Next week the summer concert features Liver Down the River. From Durango, Colo., this five-piece band of musicians came together in 2012 and has its roots in countless river floats, campfires, late night picking and Colorado living. Their music is a blend of original and improvisational compositions from the high peaks of bluegrass, the deepest pockets of the funk, and the outer reaches of space.

Coco Screens At Mesa Public Library Thursday June 6

on June 1, 2019 - 6:09pm


Coco (2017, rated G, 1 hr., 45 min.), an animated comedy and adventure film directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library Thursday, June 6.

A boy named Miguel loves music and dreams of emulating the famous singer Ernesto de la Cruz. Miguel’s family earn their living as shoemakers and won’t allow anyone to play music. 

Miguel learns what is behind this ban as he discovers his family’s history. He travels by accident into the world of the dead and meets his idol and the town’s hero, the now-deceased musician Ernesto de la Cruz.

Los Alamos League Hosts State Convention

on June 1, 2019 - 1:49pm
Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott welcomes New Mexico League of Women Voters delegates to Los Alamos May 17-19 for the State Convention. Courtesy photo
Liz Bander, representing the National League, celebrated the 100 years since women got the vote, but also reflected on how much work remains. Photo by Janet Blair
LWV News:
The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos hosted the Biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico the weekend of May 17-19 at the Holiday Inn Express.

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler explained the ups and downs of the 2019

More Scenes From Big Head Todd And The Monsters Underway At Ashley Pond Park Pavilion

on May 31, 2019 - 9:35pm

Scene early this evening as a massive crowd begins to gather to hear Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Ashley Pond Park Pavilion. Big Head Todd and the Monsters are a rock band formed in 1984 in Colorado. The band has released a number of albums since 1989 with their 1993 album Sister Sweetly going platinum in the United States. Members include Todd Park Mohr, Brian Nevin, Jeremy Lawton and Rob Squires. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

The sun begins to set as the second summer concert of the season gets underway this evening at Ashley Pond Park.

Massive Crowd Gathers For Big Head Todd And The Monsters Concert Underway At Ashley Pond Park

on May 31, 2019 - 9:14pm
By 7 p.m. today a big crowd had turned out to see Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The show began at 8 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. in the Ashley Pond Park Pavilion. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the gathering at Ashley Pond Park around 7 p.m. today for the second summer concert of the season: Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Little people hanging out. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A sea of concert goers flood Ashley Pond Park today an hour before the concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Big Head Todd And The Monsters Headline Secret City Summer Concert At Ashley Pond Park Tonight!

on May 31, 2019 - 5:34pm
Big Head Todd and the Monsters will be on stage at 8 p.m. tonight at Ashley Pond Park Pavilion. Courtesy photo
The County provided this map detailing available parking lots to accommodate the expected large turnout for the concert tonight at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/LAC


Big Head Todd and the Monsters will be the featured act at tonight's Secret City Concert. They'll take the stage at 8 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park Pavilion.

The band turned 30 this year,  right now they’re less about celebrating stability than volatility, in the form of their eleventh studio album, New World

A Universe Of Summer Fun Begins At Pond June 3

on May 31, 2019 - 12:35pm

Clan Tynker takes the stage Monday at Ashley Pond Park as the Library hosts its annual kick-off to summer reading. Courtesy/LAC

Library News:

Universally beloved entertainers Clan Tynker will juggle, stilt-walk, unicycle, strum and hum Monday, June 3 at Ashley Pond Park, as the Library hosts its annual kick-off to summer reading.

Beginning at 5 p.m. you can visit with all of those good people who put on summer programs for kids and families, and then Clan Tynker will take to the stage at 6 p.m. for their vaudeville-style show. Have a picnic in the Park and enjoy the show!

This year the

Cone Zone: Week Of June 3, 2019

on May 31, 2019 - 11:52am


The Los Alamos County Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Public Works/Traffic Division projects

Tsikumu Village - Road Improvements

With the project nearing completion, crews will continue addressing final punch list items and general clean-up of the work area. Access to residences as well as mail/package delivery, school and transit routes, emergency services, trash/recycle/yard waste pick-up will be maintained.

Road Striping – Los Alamos & White Rock

Traffic and Streets Division crews continue striping local roadways to

Pajarito Astronomers Host Dark Night Saturday June 1

on May 31, 2019 - 11:33am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:15 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, June 1 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mercury, Mars, Jupiter (with its moons) and Saturn will potentially be visible during the evening.

There will be a tour of the spring and summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

The public is invited and encouraged

Scenes From 2019 LAPD Special Olympics Torch Run

on May 31, 2019 - 7:53am

Special Olympics athletes, police officers, police personnel and American Legion Post 90 representatives gather for a group photo Thursday morning prior to the start of the annual 42-mile Torch Run up Trinity Drive and all the way to Jemez Springs. Photo by John McHale/

Local Special Olympics Chairman Cmdr. Oliver Morris briefs Special Olympics athletes, gathered Thursday morning with Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, on the day's events ahead of the 42-mile Torch Run. Photo by John McHale/

Special Olympics athletes from left, Micah McCown, Sam Zimmerly and Addy

Council Proclaims June 8-14 LGBTQ+ Pride Week

on May 31, 2019 - 7:15am

Los Alamos County Councilor Katrina Schmidt, second from left, presents a proclamation declaring the second week of June ‘Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Week’. Representatives from Friends of Los Alamos Pride accepted the proclamation Tuesday night during the regular County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation delcaring the second week of June “Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Week” during its Tuesday night regular meeting.

Pride Week is June 8-14 in Los Alamos.

NWS: Today’s High Near 71; Tonight’s Low Around 50

on May 31, 2019 - 6:56am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 71 with isolated sprinkles after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 50. Courtesy/NWS  

The National Weather Service reports that while portions of eastern New Mexico will have the potential for severe weather, virga, light showers or dry thunderstorms may produce gusty and erratic winds today through the weekend across central and western New Mexico. Courtesy/NWS

Hydrant Testing Begins Next Week Through August

on May 30, 2019 - 4:32pm


The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County starting next week and activity will be continuing through August.

The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year.

These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).  Residents will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles

On The Job In Los Alamos: With Volunteers Of Los Alamos Fire Brigade Search And Rescue

on May 30, 2019 - 10:40am

On the job in Los Alamos are Melisa Thurgood and Tom Houlton who volunteer for the Los Alamos Fire Brigade Search and Rescue. The volunteers spend countless hours at sporting and special events providing assistance and rescues throughout the county. Thurgood and Houlton each have more than 25 years of service with the Los Alamos Fire Brigade. Learn more about the Los Alamos Fire Brigade here. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by John McHale/

LAPD Conducts Traffic Enforcement; DWI Checkpoints

on May 30, 2019 - 9:52am

In an effort to keep the community safe, LAPD will conduct random DWI checkpoints throughout the County throughout the summer. File photo

LAPD News:

Now through the summer, the Los Alamos Police Department will conduct traffic enforcement, focusing on accident related violations.

There also will be random DWI checkpoints throughout the County during this time frame.

The public can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by adhering to posted speed limit signs, allowing enough room between them and the vehicle they are following and driving with caution when roadways are wet.


Council Seeks Applicants For Board Of Registration

on May 30, 2019 - 9:43am


Because of a recent change in State legislation, the Los Alamos County Council is seeking applicants to fill a two-year term on the local Board of Registration.

Previously, nominations were solicited by the Chairs of the local Democratic, Libertarian and Republican parties, but the new law eliminated that requirement. There will be five members appointed to this Board.

Consideration and appointment of applicants for the Board of Registration, which also serves as the Canvassing Committee after elections, has been placed on the Council’s June 11 meeting agenda (6 p.m., in

County Crew Repairing Water Break On Walnut Street

on May 30, 2019 - 8:57am


Water crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are working in the road to repair a water line break on Walnut Street.

There should be no interruption of water services to customers.

Repairs are estimated to be completed around noon today.

Direct questions or concerns to the DPU through the Customer Care Center 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 505.662.8333 or email

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water and wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public