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  • Thompson Ridge Fire: Officials abandon burnout option

    The Thompson Ridge Fire is not quite done yet. Here's the Sunday morning update from fire officials:

    Acreage on the Thompson Ridge Fire increased by 18 acres according to last night’s infra-red flight.

    The outside fire perimeter has not changed; the growth noted was within the area referred to as the “donut hole” around Redondo Peak.

    Fire operations officials have decided against the idea of a burnout operation in this area. After inserting crews atop the Redondo peak area yesterday, crews on the ground feel that direct attack on the hot spots close to the peak are a better alternative.

    Yesterday’s fire behavior remained active and was verified by infrared last night with an increase of hot spots detected; however, all hot spots remain inside the fire perimeter. Torching and short fire runs continued but posed no significant threats to holding lines or Redondo Peak.

    The type 1 heavy helicopter was used to cool some of these areas yesterday, but is expected to be more limited in the number of drops today.

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  • Bandelier to implement Stage 3 fire restrictions Monday

    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday,  Stage III Fire Restrictions are in effect for Bandelier National Monument and will remain in effect until further notice.  This restriction is a result of high fire danger, low fuel moistures, and regional fire preparedness level. 

    For Bandelier National Monument, Stage III Fire Restrictions only add a prohibition on camping in the canyon bottom zones in Bandelier’s backcountry.  Other Stage II Restrictions still in effect are:  prohibition on the use of campfires or charcoal grills (gas grills may be used), and all outdoor smoking with the exception of inside vehicles or in the designated smoking area in the parking island in Frijoles Canyon. 

    Stage III Fire Restrictions will not result in Bandelier trail closures at this time.  The United States Forest Service will close Forest Road 289 limiting access to some trailheads in Bandelier.  Bandelier staff has chosen to prohibit camping in canyon bottoms because these areas have high fuel loads due to nearby water sources. 

    Visitors can still camp on the mesa tops in the backcountry. 

    “Bandelier is open and we encourage visitors to continue to enjoy our trails and backcountry while being fire safe”, said Superintendent Jason Lott. 

  • Leadership NM honors LA fire chief

    Leadership New Mexico has announced that Troy Hughes, Fire Chief for Los Alamos County, is among the 35 statewide leaders who recently graduated from the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.
    The graduates of the Leadership New Mexico Core Program attended six educational sessions for the 2012-2013 program. All of the graduates contribute to the state in a different way and these sessions identify the issues, needs, challenges and current trends across New Mexico that they may face.
    The program sessions are held in various locations within New Mexico that represent and create exposure to these communities. Each program session features speakers and panelists that are knowledgeable leaders in their specific field. Participants have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with speakers and to explore the issues in-depth.
    Leadership New Mexico is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization founded in 1995 to identify current and emerging leaders throughout New Mexico, enhance their leadership skills, deepen their knowledge of the challenges facing the state.  

  • Update 06-21-13


    The Fire Marshal has recommended that the fireworks restrictions continue another 30 days, due to continued extremely dry conditions in Los Alamos County. The extension of the proclamation that would extend from June 24 through July 25 will go to council at their meeting on June 25.

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    Arts and crafts

    An arts and crafts show will be held 9 a.m. Saturday at Knights of Columbus 104 D.P. Road


    Great American Backyard Campout with Los Alamos County Recreation and PEEC. 4 p.m. Saturday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Free.


    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. June 25 in the Municipal Building.


    Los Alamos Aquatomics Reunion Celebration. 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Buffet Dinner catered by DeColores
    Restaurant. $45 per person. 

  • Business Spotlight: Finding inner peace in a world of chaos

    Psychotherapist Aimee Schnedler has found her calling. She has lived in Los Alamos for 10 years and she recently opened her practice at the Small Business Center. She continues to build her clientele.
    A licensed mental health counselor, Schnedler works with individuals, teens, seniors and couples through a wide range of issues, loss and grief, trauma and post-traumatic stress recovery, depression, anxiety, personal growth and addiction.
    She also facilitates the weekly Survivors of Suicide Support group, since the death of high school student Isaac Hayden in March.
    “In a comfortable and supportive environment, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients’ individual needs to help attain the personal growth they are striving for,” she said. “If there are any issues that are out of the scope of my practice, I will be the first to let you know and help you find a therapist that is a good fit.”
    Schnedler holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling. She currently is a doctoral candidate in depth psychology with emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal studies.
    “I feel held and supported by the gracious community and I have encountered some great people,” Schnedler said. She credits her family as a main source of support.

  • Manhattan Project Park stays alive

    Passage of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (H.R. 1208) in the U.S. House of Representatives last week was a major hurdle en route to the park’s fruition.
    A companion bill in the Senate (S. 507) has also passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
    Similar bills introduced last year were unable to get out of committee in either chamber of Congress.
    “We’re further along than we’ve ever been, so we’re excited about that,” said Heather McClenahan, Los Alamos Historical Society executive director and the county’s point person for the MPNHP project.
    According to McClenahan, the question now is how to get S. 507 through the full Senate.
    Attaching it to the National Defense Authorization Act passed the bill passed in the House. The most unlikely possibility is that the Senate will take up the House version and pass it, since the Senate has already passed its own rendition of the defense spending bill.
    Supporters are hoping to attach S. 507 to the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which should assure its passage.

  • Fireworks show on at Overlook Park

    The Los Alamos July 4 Celebration Firework Show apparently is on for now, according to a press release from the Kiwanis Club.
    Officials with Kiwanis said that Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes has given the go-ahead for the fireworks display. The Kiwanis Club members worked with experts from LANL to provide detailed technical analysis of the display coverage zone.
    This information along with thorough review of the Overlook Park area and the detailed event response planning assembled by LAFD provided the necessary confidence that the Kiwanis Firework Show can be conducted with utmost safety.
    The celebration was canceled two years ago due to the Las Conchas fire. Last year, the fireworks display was canceled just days before the event due to drought and weather conditions.

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