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Council Proclaims Jan. 20-27 As ‘Diversity Week’

on January 10, 2019 - 9:55am

From left, Dr. Madhavi Garimella, Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore and Anagha Dandekar of Voices of Los Alamos hold up the proclamation declaring Jan. 20-27 as ‘Diversity Week’. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


During Tuesday night's regular Los Alamos County Council meeting, Councilor Antonio Maggiore presented a proclamation declaring Jan. 20-27 as “Diversity Week”.

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS: Our community’s success depends upon making everyone living in Los Alamos County feel welcome and included; and

WHEREAS: We are fortunate to have a rich and

County: Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail Partially Closed Due To Icy, Unsafe Conditions

on January 9, 2019 - 7:34pm

Map showing section of Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail closed due to extreme ice and unsafe trail conditions. Courtesy/LAC


Because of extreme ice and unsafe trail conditions, Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail is closed three quarters of a mile from the intersection shown in the above photo.

This section of trail is extremely icy and there are no alternatives to bypass this hazardous section of trail.

Hikers are strongly urged to only travel out to the closed point then back to the starting point. Hikers should not attempt to cross this part of the trail.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 8, 2019

on January 9, 2019 - 6:46pm

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.


Dec. 30 at 11 :15 p.m. / Police arrested Joshon C. Ebanks, 22, of Los Alamos at 700 Trinity Dr., and charged him with public affray and battery.




Jan. 6 at 11:19 a.m. / Police arrested Oscar A. Duarte-Fierro, 25, of Los Alamos on 44th Street and charged him with assault against a household member.





False Alarm Triggers Evacuation At Los Alamos High

on January 9, 2019 - 12:46pm

Students and staff were evacuated, and Los Alamos Firefighters responded to an alarm triggered late this morning at Los Alamos High School at 1300 Diamond Dr. It turned out to be a false alarm and students and staff returned to class without incident. Photo by John McHale/

County Notice Of Possible Quorum At Legislative Dinner

on January 9, 2019 - 11:59am


Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend the Legislative Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at Ken'z Cuisine at 233 N. Paseo De Ornate in Espanola.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken.

Snow Removal Efforts Underway In White Rock

on January 8, 2019 - 5:14pm


Los Alamos County began mobilizing snow removal crews this afternoon in the White Rock area.

The crews are using a moto-grader and backhoe and concentrating on snow removal from curb to curb. The snow is being cleared from windrows and loaded into dump trucks where applicable.

Residents are asked to use caution around the machinery and to move parked vehicles from the street.

Los Alamos County thanks the White Rock residents for their patience and is continuing to work hard to keep County roads safe.

Direct questions and comments to the Public Works Department at

New Snow Blower Gets Busy On San Ildefonso Road

on January 8, 2019 - 4:46pm

A new snow blower machine is busy this morning vacuumimg up snow on San Ildefonso Road and  blowing it into dump trucks that hauled it off to the Los Alamos County Fair Grounds. Los Alamos County, in conjunction with one of its private contractors, unveiled the machine Monday evening on North Mesa. It is capable of quickly and efficiently loading several large dump trucks used to haul snow away. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos Pro Michael Phillips Named To U.S. Top 50 Youth Golf Coach List

on January 8, 2019 - 4:05pm

Los Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips


Peachtree Corners, Ga. – Golf Professional Michael Phillips from Los Alamos Golf Course, has been named to U.S. Kids Golf’s annual list of Top 50 Kids Teachers.

The Award recognizes the world’s most outstanding youth golf instructors, and Phillips is part of a select group that earned Top 50 accolades among nearly 350 applicants.

Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored the best youth golf teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award.

County: Discoveries Action Team Meets Jan. 17

on January 8, 2019 - 1:23pm


The next monthly meeting of the Discoveries Action Team is Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.

Participants will meet 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and continue discussing ideas suggested by the Place-Making and Place-Marketing subgroups. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

The Discoveries Action Team is a volunteer group open to all County residents, businesses and organizations. Members are “champions” for the brand, which incorporates the mindset that Los Alamos is a place that cultivates curiosity and creates aha moments and is represented by the

DWI Planning Council Meeting Jan. 10

on January 8, 2019 - 6:44am

Snow Removal Efforts Underway In Tsikumu Village

on January 7, 2019 - 8:15pm


Los Alamos County will be mobilizing snow removal crews beginning today to the Tsikumu Village area and the work will continue until all streets in the village are passable.

The efforts will include snow plowing and removal by truck to an offsite location. Atomic City Transit services will remain open; however, services will work around the snow removal efforts.

Residents are asked to use caution around the operation and to remove vehicles from the roadway and park vehicles in driveways.

Los Alamos County thanks you for your patience.

Direct questions and comments to the

County: New Snow Removal Operation On North Mesa Begins This Evening … Avoid Parking On Streets

on January 7, 2019 - 5:57pm


Los Alamos County, in conjunction with one of its private contractors, will be unveiling a new snow blower machine that is capable of quickly and efficiently loading several large dump trucks used to haul snow away.

This new machine will be able to load trucks faster than the traditional heavy equipment loader and increase efficiency in the snow removal process.

The new operation will commence this evening on North Mesa and the neighborhood surrounding San Ildefonso Road, Big Rock Loop, Capulin Road and Broadview Drive.

Residents are asked to avoid parking on the street if

County: Snow And Ice Removal Update

on January 7, 2019 - 5:32pm

Large piles of snow fill corners of parking lots around town including this small mountain in the lot at 20th Street and Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos County is continuing its snow and ice control efforts from recent storms.

As a recap, when a snowstorm is greater than 6”, the top priority is to keep major arterials and collector streets plowed before moving on to residential streets as outlined in the Los Alamos County Snow & Ice Control Plan.

The County has many narrow residential streets, which makes plowing efforts difficult since there

County: Road Construction Alert

on January 7, 2019 - 9:49am


Guzman Construction Solutions, the contractor for the new homes being built for Mirador on Parcel A-19 just north of N.M. 4 near the Visitor Center in White Rock, will begin work this afternoon for utility tie-ins for the subdivision.

The work requires the closure of the west entrance leading into the White Rock Visitor Center overflow parking lot.

Initial work involves potholing the area to locate existing utilities and to determine the quantity of rock excavation required in order to place the utility lines in the area.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Closed Until Jan. 9

on January 7, 2019 - 6:45am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now closed until Jan. 9. Photo by Vint Miller/LAC

SKI News:

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area has been open the past week and guests have been enjoying the snow from the past storm.

Pajarito is now closed until Jan. 9. It will open Wednesdays-Sundays starting Jan. 9. There is more snow in the forecast this week.

Check our snow report to see which trails are open!

Mountain News:

Lift ticket prices are valid through March 18th.

Local Mom’s Guide To Zero Waste At Home

on January 7, 2019 - 6:31am


I can still see that woman smiling from my computer screen, holding a mason jar filled with the trash she had produced throughout the entire year. The article was “My Zero Waste Life.”

I remember thinking, “What the heck is zero waste and how does someone actually do that? Surely, she does NOT have kids … or a life?” My mind was blown and honestly, I was annoyed. Here I was, a normal mom, trying not to ruin the planet, but still putting out a full recycle bin and a couple trash bags per week. I decided maybe I could learn a trick or two.

Since then many things have changed

County Curbside Christmas Tree Collection Jan. 7-25

on January 6, 2019 - 5:34am
Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division is offering free curbside collection of Christmas trees.
Place your tree curbside between Jan. 7 and Jan. 25 and it will be collected on your regular trash day. Maintain 4 feet distance between roll cart and tree. Once collected, trees will be recycled into mulch and compost.
As a friendly reminder, artificial trees will not be collected. Remove all decorations from your tree. If you want to dispose of your tree and it can fit in your trash cart, with the lid shut, you may do that as well.
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County Library Board Meets Jan. 7

on January 6, 2019 - 5:15am

Tourism Implementation Task Force Meets Wednesday

on January 6, 2019 - 4:58am

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019

on January 5, 2019 - 6:40am

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.


Dec. 30 at 12:23 a.m. / Police arrested Antonio Paul Velasquez, 21, of Salt Lake City, Utah at Diamond Drive and West Road and charged him with possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license and driving without insurance.


County Statement On Winter Driving Safety Tips

on January 5, 2019 - 5:22am
Winter weather is here, and Los Alamos County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.
Motorists are encouraged to equip their vehicles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a container of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.

County Provides Winter Sidewalk Clearing Guidelines

on January 5, 2019 - 5:08am
During the winter months, Los Alamos County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain passable for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.
When possible, and depending upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks. The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources.
Sidewalk priorities include:
  • Safe routes to school and

DPU: Keep Meters Clear Of Snow

on January 5, 2019 - 4:52am
DPU News:
With the recent snowfall in Los Alamos, officials with the Department of Public Utilities remind customers to maintain access to meters and that meters are cleared of snow and ice. This will ensure that DPU can bill customers on actual meter reads rather than estimating reads.
Meter Technician Supervisor Edgar Castillo asks customers to check gates if meters are in the backyard.
“Make sure that the gate can open and close without obstruction of snow and ice,” Castillo said. “Clearing your meters of snow and ice assists the meter reader to get an actual read for an

County Environmental Services Trash/Recycle Update

on January 5, 2019 - 4:31am


Due to icy roads, Los Alamos County Environmental Services crews were unable to complete recycle pick up in the Denver Steel and White Rock area for residents scheduled to receive trash/recycle collection Friday, Jan. 4. 

Crews will return to collect recycle material Monday in these areas and residents are asked to place recycle carts out by 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You To Road Crews For Great Snow Plowing

on January 3, 2019 - 9:13pm
Los Alamos

I would like to publicly thank the county employee who plowed Camino Uva yesterday.

He/she very carefully kept each driveway clear as the street was plowed. That is the first time that has ever happened and I am extremely grateful.