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  • Use official trails when biking and hiking


    Trails opened last year at TA-70 and TA-71 south of White Rock for recreational purposes may be closed if users continue to stray off of the official trails.

    “We want people to use and enjoy these areas, but it’s important to stay on the designated trails to protect wildlife, archaeological sites and other trail users,” said Environmental Planner Dan Pava, chair of the Trails Working Group. 

    Designated trails are shown on 11 large kiosks at official trailheads and are patrolled regularly by rangers from Bandelier National Monument, who have full authority to issue tickets for use violations.

  • High-wire act


    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is continuing its telephone pole replacement project on Diamond Avenue. Every few years the department is required to change out the poles as weather and accidents take their toll.TRIS DEROMA/Monitor

  • Chief: Cop disciplined after shooting elk illegally


    A Los Alamos police officer cited for illegally taking a bull elk in Otero County last October has been sentenced.

    According to LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone, Commander Preston Ballew has been disciplined and the matter has been resolved to his satisfaction.

    “The matter was appropriately handled and we’re ready to move forward,” Sgambellone said.

    Commander Preston Ballew pleaded no contest in Otero County Magistrate Court to one count of unlawful hunting or fishing and one count of vehicle travel under the Habitat Protection Act.

  • Addressing hunger in LA


    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on poverty in Los Alamos.


    The day before LA Cares’ monthly food distribution, rows of tables in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church parish hall are stacked with nonperishable food items. 

    LA Cares board member and food bank coordinator Jeanne Butler oversees the operation. Volunteers move along the rows, labeling and filling boxes for families who have registered for this months’ distribution. Between Thursday evening and midday on Friday, LA Cares will distribute from 75 to 100-plus boxes of food and supplies.

  • Weinermobile visits LA


    The Weinermobile made a visit to Smith’s Marketplace on Wednesday. The Weinermobile is owned by the Oscar Mayer company and has been traveling the country, in one form or another, since 1936. John Phillips stands in front of the Weinermobile. 

  • Property crime spikes


    Property crimes in Los Alamos took a sharp spike upwards, according to the latest crime stats report from the Los Alamos Police Department. However, not to worry; apparently it is the result of one man. 

    “The increase is substantively attributed to a series of thefts from vehicles that occurred in the spring. An individual was arrested and charged with 38 counts related to these thefts,” said Police Chief Dino Sgambellone in the police department’s quarterly release of crime stats in Los Alamos County. 

    That individual was Skylar B. Smith, 22, of Santa Fe, who was arrested in June for burglarizing about 20 cars, committing 16 counts of larceny and two credit card thefts.

    In most of the breakins, police noted, the car doors were unlocked, allowing him to take whatever he wanted. 

  • Today in history July 24
  • Sinkhole opens on N.M. 4

    Los Alamos Police kept watch over a sinkhole discovered on N.M. 4 between mile markers 59 and 60. According police, utility crews will be on the scene soon to see if they can patch it up, So far, that section of N.M. 4 remainrfopen. Police said it was discovered around 1 p.m.

  • Update 07-23-14

    Pet adoption

    Mobile pet adoption sponsored by Friends of the Shelter. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in front of the new Smith’s Marketplace.

    APP meeting

    The Arts in Public Places Advisory Board will meet Thursday. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.


    Authors Speak Series. Steven F. Havill. Novelist will discuss recently released “Night Zone, a Posadas County mystery.” 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda.

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    Farmers Market

    County officials announced there would be no councilors’ booth at Thursday’s Farmers Market.

    Friday's concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series presents Ray Wylie Hubbard, with opening act the Bill Hearne Trio. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.  

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