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Around the Area

  • More opportunities to give

    In addition to the Toys for Tots drive, other local organizations are also hosting opportunities for charitable giving this season. Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) is holding a "Share the Warmth" Coat Drive this holiday season. LANB is accepting winter clothing items for children and adults including coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, mittens and hats through Dec. 12. All donations will benefit the New Mexico Youth & Families Department. Drop off items at any LANB location.

    "I am proud to represent a company that understands the various needs of the communities we serve," states John S. Gulas, chief executive officer at Los Alamos National Bank. "It's important to be mindful of those among us who have hit hard times and perhaps need a helping hand.

    “During this time of year in particular, our employees want to ensure that everyone has a warm jacket, hat and gloves for protection from the elements. We encourage anyone interested in participating in our coat drive to drop off new or used jackets at any of our office locations."

  • Thanksgiving Fire Safety tips from LAFD

    Los Alamos, New Mexico— Los Alamos Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. During this holiday season Los Alamos Fire Department wants to keep you and your loved ones safe with these important safety tips.

    • Make sure your smoke alarms are working (test them by pressing the test button- you should hear a loud beep) and replace batteries if needed. Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
    • While cooking keep a close watch. Never leave food unattended.
    • Children are excited and curious about all the activity going on in their homes. Keep children at least 3-feet away from hazards including stoves, hot foods, hot liquids, lighters, matches, candles and knives. Keep cords from dangling over counters; these can be dangerous to a curious child. The steam or splash from hot foods or liquids could cause serious burns.
    • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop. In case of a grease fire, keep a lid nearby. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stove. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

  • Location change for Planning and Zoning

    Due to special sessions of the Los Alamos County Council to hear an appeal on a contract claim, tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge instead of council chambers. The agenda includes a hearing on the Comprehensive Plan.

    No video streaming or recording will be available for either Planning and Zoning or Thursday’s Parks and Recreation Board meeting. The council special sessions will be streamed and recorded.

    Parks and Recreation meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at its regular location, room 110 at the municipal building. The board will receive an update from Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) on the 2017 recreation bond projects.

    D/P/S will also hold a town hall meeting on the bond projects at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Fuller Lodge.

  • Comment period on geothermal leasing in Jemez ends Friday

    Santa Fe National Forest is accepting comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the potential effects of geothermal energy development on 195,000 acres of land within SFNF boundaries, located west and north of Valles Caldera. The EIS process was initiated in response to an Expression of Interest from Nevada-based Ormat Technologies. The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the All Pueblo Council have both come out against the project. Find information on the project at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46886. For best consideration, submit feedback before the formal comment period ends Friday. Send comments to comments-southwestern-santafe@fs.fed.us, fax to 505-438-5390 or mail to Comments, Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Read Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor for the full story.

  • Prescription drug take back day Saturday

    The Los Alamos Police Department is sponsoring a prescription drug take back day Saturday. LAPD officers will be at Smith's Marketplace and the White Rock Visitor Center parking lots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect the items. Residents are reminded not to flush prescription drugs down the drain or toss them into the trash and to take this opportunity to safely dispose of them.

  • Last day to register to vote

    Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election. Citizens can register at the county clerk’s office in the municipal building or online at www.sos.state.nm.us. Voters can also check and update their registration at voterview.state.nm.us/VoterView/Home.do.
    Early voting opened at 8 a.m. at the municipal building. Four people were waiting to vote. Reid Priedhorsky was the first one in line.

  • Fatality at Bandelier National Monument

    A spokesman for Bandelier National Monument said officials plan to release the name Wednesday of the identity of a woman who died Monday at the park.

    A female park visitor died in Bandelier National Monument after being struck by a falling tree. Park rangers were notified of the incident at approximately 2:30 pm. Park rangers, the Los Alamos County Fire Department and the Los Alamos County Police Department responded to the incident.

    The medical examiner and law enforcement have not completed the investigation at the time of this release. Park officials said the victim was an adult and that they will be releasing more information later Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.

    "Out of respect for the family, we are making sure that the next of kin is properly notified," said Acting Superintendent Jeremy Sweat. 

    Sweat told the Los Alamos Monitor Tuesday afternoon they are contuing to work with the woman's family and officials would release details Wednesday.

  • Flash flood advisory until 3:45 p.m.

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued an arroyo and small stream flood advisory fornorthwestern Los Alamos County from 1:50 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.
    At 1:49 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to a thunderstorm moving east over Los Alamos. Rain amounts between one and two inches will be common with this storm, especially over northern and western portions of Los Alamos.
    Precautionary/preparedness actions: Excessive runoff will cause flooding of urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low lying areas.

  • Council declares "Friday College Day/Military Day"

    The Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation on Tuesday declaring Friday "College Day/Military Day" in Los Alamos County and 2016-2017 as a "Year of Asset Building.” The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) were on hand to accept the proclamation. Both organizations support local efforts to encourage the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets, which they call “common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence the choices young people make to become caring, responsible adults.” Those assets include support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and positive identity. The Los Alamos Program, called Assets in Action, is focused on creating “a Healthy Community, Healthy Youth.”

  • Flood advisory from 12:42 p.m. until 2:45pm Saturday

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued an arroyo and small stream flood advisory for... Northwestern Los Alamos County In North Central New Mexico... South Central Rio Arriba County In North Central New Mexico... Northeastern Sandoval County in North Central New Mexico... Until 2:45 p.m.
    At 1240 pm MDT... national weather service Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms north of Los Alamos... including Santa Clara canyon and northern portions of the Las Conchas burn scar area. Radar estimates up to one and a half inches of rain has already fallen with strong storms continuing over the area. Locations impacted include... Santa Clara Pueblo.
    Precautionary/preparedness actions: the heavy rainfall and slow movement of these storms may result in flooding of road intersections and low-lying areas. Waters may begin to run in normally dry arroyos.