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Elk Ridge Residents Struggle With Unplowed Snow

on January 4, 2019 - 9:30am

Residents at Elk Ridge Mobile Home Park on West Jemez Road contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post to share their desperation with lack of snow removal at their park. They say there has been no support from park management, who along with the corporate office will not answer the phones. Residents are digging out elderly and sick residents who need medicine and other urgent issues met. Anyone with plows or snowblowers are urged to respond because these people need help and they need it now. Courtesy photo

2018 Los Alamos Police Department Highlights

on January 3, 2019 - 9:34am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, third from right, and LAPD Accreditation Manager Sgt. Daniel Roberts, third from left, receive the CALEA National Accreditation Award in March in Frisco, Texas. Cmdr. Oliver Morris is second from right, and County Manager Harry Burgess, second from left. Courtesy/LAPD

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department achieved a number of milestones in 2018 including national accreditation in March from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agents (CALEA).

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

2018 Los Alamos Fire Department Highlights

on January 3, 2019 - 9:33am
Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Fire Department was most impacted in 2018 by the unplanned retirement of three of its chiefs. Division Chief Paul Grano, Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria and Training Division Chief Mike Gill each retired.

“They moved up their retirement after the County wasn't able to fund raises for non-union and management positions due to uncertain revenues from GRT but did fund raises for union members due to existing labor agreements,” Fire Chief Troy Hughes said.


Fatal Crash South Of Cuba Kills 12-Year-Old Boy

on January 3, 2019 - 8:54am
NMSP News:
SANDOVAL COUNTY At about 7 p.m. Dec. 31, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash that killed a 12-year-old Albuquerque boy on U.S. 550 around mile post 44 south of Cuba.
The initial investigation indicated a 2007 Hyundai Elantra was traveling north on U.S. Highway 550. The Elantra began to fish tail on the icy road, slid into oncoming traffic, and collided with a south bound 2011 Chevy Truck.
Alexander Steven Madsen, 12, of Albuquerque, who was a passenger in the Elantra sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical

LANL Closed Thursday Due To Weather Conditions

on January 2, 2019 - 5:34pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Emergency Operations Center has issued the announcement that the Lab will be closed Thursday due to weather conditions.

Direct questions, concerns or needs of assistance to the Emergency Operations Support Center at 505.667.6211.

County Manager Announces Altered Schedules And Closures For Wednesday Due To Weather Conditions

on January 1, 2019 - 7:39pm

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess


In light of today’s heavy snowfall, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess announced this evening that non-essential County facilities will remain closed Wednesday in order to provide snow clearing crews the opportunity to continue to address main, collector and residential streets throughout the County.

County recreational facilities will be closed, including the Libraries, Ice Rink, Golf Course and Aquatic Center. Other County services inside the Municipal Building for the Customer Care Center/Dept.

County Snow And Roads Update

on January 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

COUNTY Snow And Roads Update:
Los Alamos County Crews have completed another pass on Camp May Road as the lifts close for today.
The road is passable but snow packed and icy. Check conditions Wednesday before heading to Pajarito Mountain.
White Rock trash pick up Wednesday in Pajarito Acres looks like it will occur. No pick up Wednesday in Western Area or Quemazon.
Check local news tomorrow for other updates on County facilities.

County Update: Road Conditions Remain Hazardous

on January 1, 2019 - 1:56pm

COUNTY Traffic Alert Update:

Pajarito Mountain is OPEN; however, the Traffic Division staff urges residents who decide to travel on Camp May Road to be advised of nearly-impassable road conditions. 

The first section of Camp May Road is slightly more than one lane in width, which means passing oncoming traffic will be difficult.

For those who decide to head to Pajarito today, driving a vehicle with high clearance, four wheel drive and tire chains is advisable. 

For safety reasons, the County will continue to discourage traveling on Camp May Road at this time, although snow removal crews

Storm Causes UNM-LA Closure Wednesday, Jan. 2

on January 1, 2019 - 12:50pm

UNM-LA News:

Due to the ongoing winter storm, UNM-LA will be closed all day Wednesday, Jan. 2.

County Snow Removal Plan And Request For Patience; Help With Snow Clearing Activities

on January 1, 2019 - 9:00am

County snowplows and sand trucks are out in force this morning clearing streets as fast as they can throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. Photo by John McHale/


Following last night’s major snowstorm and as snow continues today, the County’s Public Works Director Philo Shelton asked for the community to continue to be patient with snow-clearing crews.

“The level of service for snow removal will continue to be greatly diminished since there is no room left to push accumulated snow,” he said.

County Traffic Alert: Major Snowfall Overnight Severely Impacts Roads ... DO NOT Attempt Travel This Morning!

on January 1, 2019 - 7:52am


Major snowfall overnight has severely impacted roads within the County.

Crews are responding but the amount of snow to clear will take extra time even for main roadways.

Camp May Road to Pajarito Mountain is NOT OPEN at this time. Crews are coordinating with the ski hill staff on their opening time today and will update residents.

County officials are urging residents to be patient and DO NOT attempt travel this morning give road crews a chance to clear the roads.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas Announces His Retirement

on January 1, 2019 - 7:15am
State Police Chief Pete Kassetas
NMSP News:
SANTA FE New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas retired Monday after 26 years with the department.
Chief Kassetas started his career with the New Mexico State Police in 1992. His first duty station was Grants. During his career, Chief Kassetas worked in both patrol and criminal investigations section as an officer and supervisor.
Aug. 1, 2013 he was appointed as the 21st New Mexico State Police Chief and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, Law Enforcement Program.

County Requests Patience, Help With Snow Clearing Activities; Bike Lanes Now Closed To Aid Snow Removal

on December 31, 2018 - 3:41pm


With the frequency of snow storms and amount of snow anticipated to exceed over at least 12 inches heading into New Years’ Eve and New Year’s Day, officials with the Public Works department cautioned residents today to manage expectations for snow removal for the next few days.

Beginning this afternoon and in anticipation of tonight’s approaching storm, crews will not be able to remove snow from the bike lanes on Diamond and Canyon.

“We need to wait until the snow can be hauled away from the lanes in order to open up the streets and sidewalks,” Public Works Director Philo

New Year’s Eve Buzz Bus: Don't Drink & Drive Dial-A-Ride!

on December 31, 2018 - 3:41pm


Atomic City Transit, in partnership with the Los Alamos County DWI Council, is once again offering free Dial-a-Ride service for transport to and from New Year's Eve parties.

Service will begin at 6 p.m. and the last drop-off will be at 1 a.m.

Reservations will be accepted through the end of service. Don't drink and drive… Dial-a-Ride! Call 505.661.7433 to make your reservation.

National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning

on December 31, 2018 - 2:11pm

Statewide weather map. Courtesy/NWS

NWS Weather Alert:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning quickly taking shape over New Mexico that will remain in effect until midnight Tuesday:

A storm system is rapidly gathering strength as it moves southeast toward the Four Corners region today. Later today, an arctic airmass over southern Canada will surge south and arrive in

northeast New Mexico by this afternoon. These two air masses will merge over New Mexico and develop into a significant winter storm for New Year`s Eve into New Year`s Day.

Scenes Of Snow Removal On Oakwood Loop

on December 30, 2018 - 7:53am

Scene of snow removal Friday on Oakwood Loop near downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Scene of snow removal Friday on Oakwood Loop near downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Scene of snow removal Friday on Oakwood Loop near downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Daily Postcard: East Gate Guard Tower

on December 30, 2018 - 5:42am

Daily Postcard: A wintery scene Thursday morning surrounds the tall, square East Gate Guard Tower built of stone and concrete in 1948 at the entrance to Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Heinrich On Resignation Of Defense Secretary Mattis

on December 29, 2018 - 7:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis:
“Secretary Mattis has been a voice of stability in an otherwise chaotic administration. Throughout his decades of service, Secretary Mattis has proven to be a tough leader on and off the battlefield.

Mores Scenes From Winter Storm Wednesday

on December 27, 2018 - 9:19pm

Scene Wednesday Trinity Drive looking west toward Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene Wednesday morning on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene Wednesday afternoon of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene Wednesday afternoon on Central Avenue in front of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene Wednesday afternoon at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene Wednesday afternoon at Ashley Pond.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 6 a.m. Saturday

on December 27, 2018 - 9:04pm
Courtesy image/NWS

NWS News:

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you

must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for New Mexico can be obtained by calling 511 or 1.800.432.4269.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a three-day forecast that includes a 100 percent chance of snow tonight in the Los Alamos area. The snow could be heavy at times with a total nighttime snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.


Bureau Of Justice Statistics Releases 2017 National Crime Victimization Survey Results

on December 27, 2018 - 8:32am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Justice Statistics Dec. 21 announced the results of the 2017 National Crime Victimization Survey, which BJS has conducted annually since 1973.
There was no statistically significant increase from 2016 to 2017 in the number of residents age 12 and over who had been victims of violent crime during the prior six months, while there was a statistically significant increase from 2015 to 2017. The overall number of victimizations that occurred, reflecting the total number of times people were victimized, did not increase significantly over either

RSF: First Anniversary Of Blogger Wu Gan Conviction

on December 27, 2018 - 8:27am
Chinese blogger Wu Gan sentenced to eight years in prison for criticizing corruption within the Communist Party’s ranks. Courtesy photo
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community not to forget Wu Gan, a Chinese blogger who was sentenced to eight years in prison exactly a year ago for criticizing corruption within the Communist Party’s ranks.
Wu received the eight-year jail sentence on a charge of “subverting state power” from a court in the northern city of Tianjin Dec. 26, 2017, after 952 days in preventive detention.

NMSP Arrest Suspect For Exploitation Of Children

on December 27, 2018 - 8:13am
Daryl Harlan Thomas
NMSP News:
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES In September of 2018, the New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau followed up on a Cyber Tip regarding child pornography.  
The Cyber Tip came from the online dating application Tumblr. A photograph that was downloaded and attached on their application was considered child pornography.
Through an extensive investigation, NMSP Investigations Bureau agents learned the IP address came back to a residence in T or C, which was being used by Daryl Harlan Thomas, 18. Agents from the State Police Investigation Bureau in

AG And Incoming-Auditor Announce Partisan Investigation After OSA Requests Routine Documents

on December 27, 2018 - 8:01am
NMSA News:
SANTA FE Career staff auditors in the New Mexico State Auditor’s office recently requested routine procurement documents from the Office of the Attorney General after a tip was phoned into the OSA’s fraud hotline.
The response from the AG’s office was to “announce” a frivolous partisan investigation through the news media.
The office of the State Auditor opened a case in October after a tip through the OSA’s fraud hotline.

UPDATE: Main Hill Road And Truck Route Open

on December 26, 2018 - 7:18pm

Traffic Alert News:

Both the Main Hill Road and the Truck Route are opened and traffic is moving along smoothly.

LAPD reminds motorists driving in winter conditions to:

  • Maintain a safe following distance;
  • Slow down;
  • Watch for black ice; and
  • Brake slowly.