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Celebration Marks 1,000th TRU Waste Shipment

on June 27, 2012 - 1:38pm

Employees of the Transuranic (TRU) Waste processing facility are joined by local and state officials to celebrate the 1,000th (1,014th) shipment of TRU waste to WIPP. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

New Mexico's governor and other dignitaries gathered at Los Alamos National Laboratory Tuesday for a special event marking the 1,000th shipment of nuclear waste to a permanent repository at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

“I am pleased we continue to make progress on our environmental cleanup commitment to protect this beautiful place where we live

Satch Cowan Trail Receives Unanimous Approval

on June 27, 2012 - 10:25am

County Council's unanimous decision to name a tributary trail in Quemazon after beloved Los Alamos resident Satch Cowan clearly pleased the audience at Tuesday 's Council meeting. From left, Barbara Calef, Becky Shankland and Barbara Lemmick each spoke to Council about how important Cowan was to promoting local trails and inspiring younger residents to embrace the outdoor activity. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Applause broke out as Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night unanimously approved naming a trail in the Quemazon Nature Trail Complex the “Satch Cowan


Council Commends County Administrator Harry Burgess for his Strong Leadership Skills

on June 26, 2012 - 9:09pm

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess has earned the unanimous respect of all seven Los Alamos County Councilors for his strong leadership skills. Councilors praised Burgess during Tuesday's County Council meeting for his demonstrated ability to find effective solutions to complex issues facing the County. Council granted Burgess a 3 percent salary increase effective next month. Council also granted a 3 percent raise to Manager John Arrowsmith of the Department of Public Utilities.

Voters Will Decide Questions in November

on June 26, 2012 - 8:40pm

Council voted 5-2 tonight to let voters decide several questions, which if approved, would amend certain sections of the Los Alamos County Charter. From left, Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage, Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former Charter Review Committee members from left, Kyle Wheeler and Chris Chandler, along with Chandler's husband George Chandler, a local attorney, listen to Council as it decides to let the voters decide. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Ponders Taking Questions to the Voters

on June 26, 2012 - 8:11pm

Los Alamos County Contract Attorney Chay Rennick, left, and former Charter Review Committee Vice Chair Larry Warner brief Councilors on a proposed election resolution setting forth four questions to be submitted at the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election to the voters, which questions would amend certain sections of the Los Alamos County Charter. The Charter Review Committee recommends that Council approve the motion as presented. Earlier this year, the Council approved ordinances 598 through 618, which were a result of the work of the Charter Review Committee.

Vehicle Accident Closes Truck Route

on June 26, 2012 - 3:05pm

Courtesy photo

A County trash truck was sideswiped this afternoon while heading down the truck route by a car going uphill. The driver of the car left his lane and collided with the trash truck.

Los Alamos Firefighters used the jaws of life to remove the driver from his car. LAFD is transporting him to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries.

The gas tank on the trash truck punctured and leaked some fuel onto the ground where the accident occurred.

Hazmat is removing the fuel spill and the vehicles are in the process of being towed from the area.

Officials expect that by

Henderson Launches County Council Campaign

on June 26, 2012 - 8:58am

Coming off her top win in the June 5 Primary Election, Democratic County Council Candidate Kristin Henderson kicked off her General Election campaign with an outdoor barbecue event at Urban Park June 16. Photo by George Chandler

Photo by George Chandler

County Councilor David Izraelevitz shares a moment of humor with local attorney Chris Chandler during the Kristin Henderson campaign event. Photo by George Chandler

County Council Candidate Kristin Henderson speaks with supporters during her campaign kick off June 16 at Urban Park. Photo by George Chandler

Supporters chat during Kristin

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of June 25

on June 25, 2012 - 11:55pm

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

N.M. 4 Improvements Project

Starting Monday, traffic will be switched to one lane of traffic on each side of the road. Work will continue in the middle median area. Speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Expect modifications to the work zone as work progresses. Drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles. The contractor plans to work on Saturday and Sunday, June 30-31.

Pavement Preservation Program

Muni Complex Running Months Ahead of Schedule

on June 25, 2012 - 9:44am

The 45,000 square foot Municipal Complex project is ahead of schedule for substantial completion by January 2013 instead of the original projected date of October 2013. However, at this stage of construction, County officials say that many factors could change that date again and it is most likely that the building will be finished and ready for occupancy in the fall of 2013. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Work continues high in the rafters of the new Municipal Complex in downtown Los Alamos.

Contractor Inserts Smart Pigs on Local Pipeline

on June 25, 2012 - 7:53am

New Mexico Gas contractor Eddie Saez, center standing, and his crew work on the pipeline near the anniverary water tank Friday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico Gas contractors are in the process of inserting a Smart Pig on the pipeline in Los Alamos County that runs from Quemazon down to the anniversary water tank at the entrance of town.

Contractor Eddie Saez said work on the pipeline is running two days ahead of schedule and should be completed by mid August.

Federal law requires the oil and gas industry to run a Smart PIG or Pipeline Inspection Gauge through big


Entrada Water Feature Brightens Up Pajarito Cliffs

on June 24, 2012 - 5:45pm

The water feature marking the entrance to Entrada at Pajarito Cliffs with its bright yellow flowers and green grass and shrubbery paints a refreshing picture during these hot days plaguing the area of late. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The “Grandmother's Joy” statue outside the Betty Ehart Senior Center surrounded by flowers stands oblivious to the summer heat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Arrowsmith Graduates from Leadership New Mexico

on June 24, 2012 - 1:25pm

From left, Leadership New Mexico Chair Tony Atkinson, Program Director Jenny Lewis, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and LNM Curriculum Committee Chair Jim Haynes at the LNM graduation ceremony June 15 in Taos. Photo by Sharon Stover/Cell Phone

Leadership New Mexico

Los Alamos Deprtment of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith is one of 38 members of the Leadership New Mexico class of 2011-2012 gathered June 13-15 in Taos for its final session and graduation ceremony.

Leadership New Mexico is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded to

Volunteers Repair Section of Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop ... Help Needed for Final 300-Foot Stretch

on June 24, 2012 - 10:48am
Before Saturday's work party, a half-mile stretch of the Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop was narrow, overgrown, and shaped to trap water and further damage the trail. Photo by Craig Martin
By Craig Martin
Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist

On Saturday, eight volunteers took on the task of making a runoff-damaged stretch of the Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop usable again.

With Pulaskis and McLeods, the group re-established a trail bench that allows hikers, runners, and mountain bike riders to complete the popular 4-mile loop trail.

After volunteers worked the stretch, the trail

Glass Drop-off Recycling Coming to Los Alamos

on June 24, 2012 - 8:50am


At the June evening meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Board, staff discussed the addition of a glass drop-off recycling program in the near future. 

This program will allow residents to drop-off glass bottles and jars at Sullivan Field, Overlook Convenience Center or the Eco Station to be recycled.


Glass placed in the blue residential recycling roll cart will contaminant the mixed recycling stream; resulting in the need to send the entire mixed recycling load to the landfill. 



County Line Details Upcoming Events

on June 24, 2012 - 8:38am

County Events:

Los Alamos County Council meets Tuesday evening...

The Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in Los Alamos - one of the items includes the public hearing on the Charter election resolution for the November ballot. The County will also begin using a NEW video streaming service that allows the public to better follow along with the meeting agenda. The meeting also is broadcast on cable PAC-8. See the agenda at


The Return of Glass Recycling...

You asked, we listened.


Massive Crowd Attends County's Summer Concert

on June 23, 2012 - 9:55am
Not only does Guy Forsyth sing and play guitar, he also played a musical saw on the "Summertime" ballad for nearly 3,000 people who packed Ashley Pond for the County's Summer Concert Series with Russ Gordon Friday Night. Photo by TK Thompson/
The Guy Forsyth Trio from Austin, Texas entertained the crowd with their cowboy blues style music Friday. Photo by TK Thompson/
Friday's summer concert was sponsored by the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Karen Kendall/
Victoria Rygh of Los Alamos shows off her new ballon pet at Friday's concert at Ashley

Police Stand Prepared to Find Missing Persons

on June 22, 2012 - 1:37pm

Investigations Division Supervisor Sgt. Oliver Morris, right, and Det. Daniel Roberts display a tracking antenna during Project Lifesaver training at Los Alamos Police Department Headquarters Wednesday. The antenna is used to track the frequency of transmitting bracelets worn by people who tend to wander off and become lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police Officers took part in an all-day training program at Police Headquarters Wednesday, specifically geared toward adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia

County's Sandra Quintana Honors Husband's Memory

on June 22, 2012 - 12:31pm

Sandra Quintana, left, is surrounded by friends and colleagues from Los Alamos County this morning as she rededicates the elk sculpture at the entrance to Los Alamos in the memory of her husband Julian Quintana. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Longtime Los Alamos Police Department Records Specialist Sandra J. Quintana lost her husband Julian eight years ago.

Julian Quintana was killed by a drunk driver Feb. 9, 2004, on his way to work at the County's Abiqui plant. He had worked for Los Alamos County for 27 years.

County employees Darryl Tabor and Darryl Hastings embrace Sandra

Local Golf Pro Plays Around the Clock for Charity

on June 22, 2012 - 9:05am

PGA Golf Pro Donnie Torres is raising money for golfing programs for youth and the Rotary Club of Los Alamos in his "Longest Day Longest Play" fundraiser. He teed off at 5:30 a.m. Thursday and continued playing until sunset. Torres' daughter Samantha drove him around the golf course and kept his score throughout the event. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Los Alamos Golf Course Pro Donnie Torres prepares to tee off on his 12th 1st Hole of the day. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Donnie Torres midway through Hole #7. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Samantha Torres

Hikes, Talks & Walks on Tap at Bandelier

on June 22, 2012 - 1:05am
An opportunity for anyone looking for a day of challenging volunteer trail work is set for Sunday, June 24 at Bandelier National Monument.
Volunteers, along with the Bandelier trail crew, will hike about 1.5 miles out along the trail from the Visitor Center toward mid-Alamo Canyon to reset water bars and do other needed work.
Be sure to call ahead to the Visitor Center, 505-672-3861 x 517, to sign up. Volunteers must be at least 13, but no experience is needed.
Bring at least a gallon of water, as well as lunch, sunscreen, hat, and good boots.

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Friday is Los Alamos Daily Post Night at Los Alamos County Concert Series at Ashley Pond!

on June 21, 2012 - 11:19am
By Russ Gordon
This Friday night, June 22 is Los Alamos Daily Post Night. This fantastic new website that specializes in local news is a new sponsor to our Series.
Please check out their site and come and meet their staff Friday.
This Friday we’ll be at Ashley Pond with one of the great Texas entertainers of our time. Guy Forsyth is known for his great live shows.
He’s outrageously funny, as well as raucous, rowdy, gritty and full of hope. Guy plays folk, country, rock, blues, Americana and Tin Pan Alley.
Check out his website at

Contractor's High Pressure Hose Breaches Power Line

on June 20, 2012 - 10:40am

A Department of Public Utilities lineman’s hands measure outputs from each phase while wearing protective safety gear during the power outage on North Mesa Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy/DPU

Power was interrupted to North Mesa beginning at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday when a contractor digging with a high pressure hose and vacuum exposed and breached one wire of three phase direct bury electric lines on the east end of North Mesa, according to officials at the Department of Public Utilities (DPU.)

“About 250 customers were affected, initially,” said DPU’s associate engineer for electric distribution


North Mesa Power Outage - UPDATE

on June 19, 2012 - 1:52pm

DPU News:

A power outage on North Mesa began at 11:18 a.m. today due to contractor digging activities, which contacted with an underground utility line.

About 250 or one third of customers on North Mesa's eastern end were affected.

Department of Public Utilities electric linemen repaired the line and by 4:30 p.m. had restored power to the area.


Work Continues on Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop

on June 19, 2012 - 11:25am

Ten volunteers worked on the Pajarito Canyon Trail Monday evening and stabilized about a quarter mile of the trail. Photo by Craig Martin

Volunteers are needed for a half-day work session to continue post-Las Conchas fire stabilization of the Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail loop.

The work needs to be completed before the monsoon season begins or sections of the trail will wash away.

  • When: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday June 23
  • Where: Pajarito Canyon Trailhead
  • Plan: Hike in about one mile and work the eroded side slope section before the entire trail washes away
  • What to Wear: Sturdy shoes, long pants,