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  • 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.

  • BPU selects Glasco as utilities manager pending Council approval


    Board of Public Utilities Vice Chair Chris Ortega announced Thursday that the Board selected Tim Glasco to lead the Department of Public Utilities as utilities manager.  The Board’s selection will go to Los Alamos County Council on April 29 for approval.  If approved, Glasco will replace utilities manager John Arrowsmith, who plans to retire from the Department this July. 

    Approximately 25 applications from around the country were received for the Utilities Manager position.  The board, the council liaison, and the county administrator screened applications. 

    This group narrowed the applications down to five finalists, all of whom work for Los Alamos County. 

    Finalists included James Alarid,  Steve Cummins, Philo Shelton, Robert Westervelt and Glasco.

    Three different panels then interviewed the candidates. They included the Board of Public Utilities including the Council Liaison and County Administrator; The Los Alamos County senior staff, and a panel of three Los Alamos citizens. 

  • Chopper crashes at UNM hospital

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico’s only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury.
    The male pilot was reported in satisfactory condition and the two crew members, a man and a woman, were under observation after the crash at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, authorities said. No further information was available on their conditions.
    No patients were aboard the chopper when it went down during takeoff Wednesday.
    Federal Aviation Administration investigators were beginning an investigation, agency spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
    Though the cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear, witnesses said they felt a gust of wind at about 5:45 p.m. and saw the PHI Air Medical helicopter wobble as it started to take off from the helipad atop the six-story building. It came to rest on its side, and the damaged tail section could be seen hanging over the edge of the roof. “They were taking off and had already dropped off their patient when it happened,” said hospital spokesman Billy Sparks.

  • LANL historian to speak at MOWW meeting

    Alan Carr, a historian who specializes in the history of Los Alamos National Laboratory, will present a talk on LANL involvement in the 1970-92 period of the Cold War. He will be guest speaker for the April 15 dinner meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars at the Los Alamos County Research Park.
    The talk will be in the main meeting room. It begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Carr’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.
    The Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff is catering the buffet dinner; entrée is expected to be meat loaf with corn, salad, desert and rolls. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. A dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP for the dinner is needed by Sunday.
     Call or email LTC Gregg Giesler USA Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (email g.giesler@computer.org) or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Adjutant, 662-9544 (email NrmWil5@cs.com).

  • Update 04-10-14

    Volunteer event

     Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. 3-5 p.m Friday at the Betty Ehart Center. For more information, call 471-2777 or 888-296-2411, ext. 3690.


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


    Waterfalls of New Mexico. 7 p.m. today at PEEC. Join Doug Scott and PEEC for a slideshow and lecture on the waterfalls of New Mexico.

    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