Local News

  • Crisis Response Hotline changes hands

    The Los Alamos Family Council provided local Crisis Response for several years. However, with the institution of Core Service Agencies (CSAs) in the behavioral health system, the CSAs are providing Crisis Response coverage to their areas as part of the contract with the state. Therefore, two Crisis Response resources are not needed. PMS is the CSA for Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos Community Health Council has expressed its gratitude to The Los Alamos Family Council for handling Crisis Response, especially its coverage during the past few weeks during the transition.   

  • Pavement work begins in White Rock

    The County Public Works Department, Pavement Division announces that milling, recycling and repaving work, funded under the FY11 Pavement Preservation Program, will begin today in White Rock.  

    The following streets will be resurfaced with this work:

  • Police Beat 07-19-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.


    July 7


    5:01 a.m. – A 48-year-old Santa Fe man reported damage to his property on N.M. 4. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

  • No more burnouts are planned

    Fire crews working near Los Alamos conducted burnout operations Sunday night and Monday and according to the latest update, they were successful.

  • BAER teams spring into action

    Soon after the Las Conchas fire broke out, two Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams were on the ground to assess potential threats to life, property and critical cultural and natural resources in the aftermath of the fire. 

    The BAER teams are made up of representatives from Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service. They are working with staff from the BIA Northern Pueblos Agency, BIA Southern Pueblos Agency, several area pueblos, Santa Fe National Forest and Bandelier National Monument.

  • Sheriff takes center stage at CRC meeting

    Several residents clashed with the Charter Review Committee Monday evening over what, if anything should be done with the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office. 

    “I, as a citizen would almost demand a sheriff’s office because they’re for the people, not to say Chief Torpy (police chief) isn’t, but I know I elected that sheriff and he is for me,” Mark Lithcote said. 

    Sheriff Marco Lucero was elected in November. Unlike most of his civilian predecessors, he brings three decades of law enforcement experience to the job. Since elected, he spearheaded an investigation with the U.S. Marshal’s Service that led to the arrest of a man in a local eatery who failed to register here as a sex offender.

  • Burn Assessment meeting slated for Wednesday in LA

    Burned Area Emergency Response Team-South Zone has completed their initial assessments of the Las Conchas Fire and have scheduled public meetings to discuss their findings and recommendations.

    Three meetings are planned for this week:

    Wednesday, July 20th 6 p.m. in Los Alamos at Mountain Elementary School, 2280 North Rd., Los Alamos, NM

    Thursday, July 21st-6 p.m. in Cochiti Lake at the Cochiti Lake Community Center, 255 Cochiti Street, Pueblo de Cochiti

    Friday, July 22nd-6 p.m. in Jemez Springs, at the Madonna Center, off Hwy 4 between mile marker 15 and 16, Jemez Springs, NM

  • LA Study Group to hold forum at Fuller Lodge

    The Los Alamos Study Group, headed by Greg Mello of Albuquerque, will hold an informational meeting about why the new Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility should not be build from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Various members of the study group will be in attendance and Mello said a number of experts may be available via video conference.
    Mello said members of the National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Laboratory were invited to attend, but because of impending litigation, they declined.
    “We are basically coming up to answer questions the community may have,” Mello said. “We think it’s possible the building will not be built and we are going to explain why.

  • Update 07-17-11

    CRC meeting
    Charter Review Committee will discuss the status of the Sheriff’s Office at a public meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    Kiwanis talk
    Denise Lane and other volunteers will present their experience feeding thousands during the fire from noon-1 p.m., Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club at the Masonic Temple. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.


  • Izraelevitz has record of community service

    New Los Alamos County Council member David Izraelevitz did not make the decision to put himself in contention to be appointed a county councilor lightly. In fact, Izraelevitz does not seem to take any decision lightly.

    When candidates for the council seat vacated when Jim Hall was appointed a state representative were asked to define their decision-making process, Izraelevitz responded, “I’d call it ‘Vulcan.’ I love data and I love logic.”