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  • Details scarce in pool incident

    Details are scarce concerning the five-year-old boy, who was lifeflighted to the UNM Children’s hospital in Albuquerque Wednesday morning after an apparent drowning incident at Barranca Mesa Pool.
    Los Alamos police still is conducting its investigation and there is no word on the boy’s condition.
    The Los Alamos Fire Department made a medical report, which is not a public record, according to county spokesman Julie Habiger. Habiger added the police department is still talking to witnesses and will release a report when it is ready.
    Pool association president Martin Pieck issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.
    “At this point, our foremost concern is the wellbeing of the child. Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and go out to his family.
    “The Barranca Pool staff and board members are fully cooperating with the 
Los Alamos Police Department in order to reconstruct the sequence of events. Due to the ongoing investigation and to protect the privacy of the
victim’s family, we are unable to provide any additional information.”

    However, Thursday evening, Pieck issued a statement saying that the pool will reopen Friday, after spending the past two days providing couseling to the staff and lifeguards who were on duty at the time of the accident.

  • LAFD announces promotions

    Los Alamos, NM – Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced this morning that two members of LAFD have been promoted, effective today.
    Jeff Wetteland has been promoted to Battalion Chief, in charge of the Fire & Life Safety Division. Wetteland began his career with LAFD in July 2001 and was promoted to Captain in April 2009. Chief Wetteland will serve as the County’s Fire Marshal.
    Jeff Saiz has been promoted to Captain. He was hired in January 2006 and promoted to Driver/Engineer in February 2011.  
    Hughes said both promotions were necessary because of the upcoming departure of LAFD’s Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson, who has accepted the Fire Chief’s position in Moscow, Idaho.  
    “The Los Alamos County Fire Department is very fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals ready and able to step into leadership roles when one becomes vacant,” said Hughes.

  • Update 08-22-14

    Car wash

    Los Alamos High School Choir will host a car wash. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion next to McDonald’s. Burgers and hot dogs will be sold for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will also be shaved ice and root beer floats.


    Robotics Night. 5-8 p.m. today at the Bradbury Science Museum. Features robots of all sizes and uses like Bomb Squad and Hazmat robots, sumobots, Legobots and more. For more information visit lanl.gov/museum.


    Pianist Nathan Salazar and Santa Fe Opera apprentice artist Benjamin Sieverding in recital. 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Bible Church. Tickets $10 adults and $5 children available at the door.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Muncipal Building.

    Rotary club

    Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Paulette Frankl, author of “Marcel and Me.”

  • Meeting scheduled to explain proposed Pajarito temporary pipeline permit

    Española Ranger District will host a public meeting to explain the proposed Pajarito ski area temporary pipeline permit at 6 p.m. Monday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The meeting will be held in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Drive side and of the church.
    Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County, and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the “scoping” period.
    “This proposal is pretty simple in design,” said Sandy Hurlocker, Española District Ranger.
    “But we can tell from the number of questions we’ve received that we need to explain clearly who has authority for which part of this project.”
    The proposal being considered by the Española Ranger District is to permit a temporary pipeline to be located on National Forest in order to pump water from the Los Alamos Reservoir and a Los Alamos County water tank to the privately owned Pajarito Ski Area. The water will be stored at the ski area for snow making in 2014 and potentially for fire-fighting in 2015.
    The District seeks out comments about the project design and implementation during the scoping period, which ends today.

  • Bandelier announces ban on drones

    Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico is banning the use of drones.
    Monument officials announced the ban Wednesday, saying incidents involving unmanned aircraft at other national parks around the country prompted the decision. The ban will be in effect until further notice.
    Officials cited instances in which wildlife and visitors seeking quiet and solitude were disturbed by buzzing drones. They also pointed to the recent crash of a drone into Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring.
    Under the new rule, anyone caught using model airplanes, quadcopters or other types of drones within the monument’s boundaries could face fines up to $5,000 and six months in jail.
    Four other large national parks in the Southwest have already changed their rules to ban drones, including Grand Canyon in Arizona.
    According to a press release from Bandelier, the popularity of UAV’s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones. Recently, there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.

  • LA Pony Club rider wins Merit Award

    Los Alamos Pony Club member Erin Kober, 17, won the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award last month in the Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials in Dexter, Michigan.
    Kober, riding her horse Dakota Night, an 18-year-old Morgan/Arab cross (aka Cody), is currently a HB/C3 Traditional rider in the USPC certifications. Kober’s current plans for Pony Club advancement include HA/B Traditional testing within the next two years. She is a senior at Los Alamos High School.
    Kober was in first place at Cobblestone in the Open Training division (jumping 3 feet, 3 inches) after the cross-country phase and finished the show jumping phase with no penalties. She was awarded the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award for safe riding on cross country out of all the Training Level riders.
    “I could not believe I got a 9.5 out of 10 for the gallop on cross country with little Cody — and it was a fantastic way to finish my summer with coach and instructor Dorothy Crowell,” Kober said. “Getting the Technical Merit award for the cross country riding phase was better than any ribbon.”

  • The 2014 Gun Show has a new home


    Sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, the location for the 2014 Gun Show will now be at the Knights of Columbus, 104 D.P. Road, this weekend.

    Firearm vendors and enthusiasts in the community and from across the state are welcome to buy, sell, swap and browse. Firearm ammo and accessories will also be available.

    The show is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Passes for both days are $8 for adults and youth ages 12-18 are $3.

    All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.

    For the previous 17 years, the Gun Show was at the Pueblo Complex, but last year’s event was touched by controversy when Los Alamos resident Nancy Schick opposed the use of school property for gun sales, although the Pueblo Complex is no longer a school — it is still owned by Los Alamos Public Schools.

    Schick, a former teacher at Los Alamos High School, cited the rash of gun violence in schools as one of the reasons for her opposition.

    Pueblo Complex is leased out for venues from various organizations throughout the year. 

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