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  • Free paper shredding offered April 19


    Want to celebrate Earth Day while actually doing something to help the Earth?

    RE/MAX of Los Alamos will host a free paper shredding event Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its office, located at 116 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, the company announced in a new release.

    All shredded materials will be recycled, according to the release.

    Along with celebrating Earth Day, the event is also an opportunity to tackle spring cleaning projects and destroy documents that, if they fell into the wrong hands, could result in identity theft.

    A large Shred-It truck will be at the location. Up to five boxes of paper will be accepted, including stapled paper.

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  • Kirk declares for NBA Draft -- updated


    Even before the 2013-14 college basketball season, there had been speculation as to what the immediate future might bring for one of the premier athletes ever to come out of Los Alamos.

    Now, he’s made it official.

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos High School star and member of the University of New Mexico Lobos, has officially declared himself eligible for the NBA draft. UNM made the announcement Friday afternoon.

    Kirk, a 7-foot center who joined the Lobos immediately after graduating from LAHS in 2010, had a year of eligibility left to play college basketball, but decided to forgo that final year and enter his name in the draft.

  • Update 04-11-14


    Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series: History Frontiers. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. Mining Frontiers: “History of Turquoise,” with Patricia McGraw.


    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 17 in a special session in council chambers.


    The annual Phi Beta Kappa Los Alamos chapter banquet featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Dunston and honoring the outstanding 2014 LA High School graduates will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge. There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of April 16 call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend.

    Board openings

    The deadline is quickly approaching for those interested in volunteering time to represent Los Alamos County on two economic development boards that have current openings on their Board of Directors. Both the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) and the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NMNMEDD) have vacancies and have asked the County Council to forward recommendations to them. To be considered, submit a one-page letter of interest to County Administrator Harry Burgess no later than 5 p.m. Monday. For details, visit the News and Alerts page at

  • LAPD investigating cause of fire on Los Alamos Monitor property


    Employees at Los Alamos Monitor arrived to work Friday morning to a burned dumpster and a bit of a mystery.

    Apparently, someone had made a small fire in the parking lot overnight, and when they were done with it, they picked up the remains and disposed of them in the dumpster next to the Monitor offices, located at 256 DP Road.

    According police officers on the scene investigating, the debris from the original fire set off a blaze in the dumpster, where it burned all night, melted the lid to the receptacle and was destroyed.

    The Los Alamos Monitor  is asking the public if they may have seen any suspicious activity Thursday night or early Friday morning to call the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222 and ask for Cpl. Ryan Wolking.

    The Los Alamos Fire Department from Station 6 later checked the contents of the dumpster to make sure there were no hot embers.

  • Early morning power outage in WR


    An early morning power outage in White Rock in the Meadow Lane/Todd Loop area affected approximately 75 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers this morning at 2:14 a.m.  Power was restored to the majority of affected customers by 5 a.m. and to all affected customers by 6:40 a.m.  An underground line failure caused the outage.

    DPU’s Project Engineer for Electric Distribution, Steve Marez said, “The line serving this neighborhood has already been prioritized for replacement during this coming fiscal year due to its age and historical performance.”  

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  • LAFD puts out three spot fires on lab property -- updated with cause


    Los Alamos Fire Department responded to three spot fires at Technical Area 36 on Los Alamos National Laboratory property Thursday afternoon and within in an hour, they were out, according to lab spokesman Kevin Roark.

    “There were three small spot fires, less that a quarter acre total,” Roark said.

    TA-36 has active firing sites that support explosives testing. Roark said Friday morning the fire was caused by fragments from an explosive site known as Eenie.

    “An LAFD crew was on scene, which is standard procedure, but a second truck was called to assist,” Roark said. “ The fire department did an excellent job, and our fire mitigation efforts really paid off, keeping this fire under control and preventing it from spreading. “ 


    On Thursday, Chief Troy Hughes said crews spent a fair amount of time  mopping up the grassy area where the fires occurred.

    "According to deputy chief Glenn Trehern, crews are working a grid pattern to determine they are no live embers or sparks that would set off another blaze," Hughes said.

    All three fires were generally close together, Hughes said. But he did know exactly how far apart they were.

    TA-36 is located along Pajarito Road and N.M. 4 in White Rock.