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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.  

  • Society names LANL's Porterfield ASTM fellow

    The American Society for Testing Materials presented Donivan Porterfield of LANL’s Actinide Analytical Chemistry group the 2013 Award of Merit, which confers the rank of ASTM Fellow.
    ASTM’s Award of Merit was established in 1949 and is the highest award granted by the Society to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM International committee activities.
    The award recognizes Porterfield for his extensive knowledge and commitment to excellence in standards development. Porterfield serves on both the ASTM Nuclear Fuel Cycle International Committee and the ASTM Water International Committee. He has led or contributed to the development of dozens of ASTM standards, methods and practices. Porterfield has received Standards Development Awards, Awards of Appreciation, and Awards of Achievement from the ASTM.
    He won the Harlon J. Anderson Award, the highest award the Nuclear Fuel Cycle International Committee may bestow on an individual, and the Max Hecht Award, the highest award the Water International Committee can bestow on an individual.
    Porterfield has held Membership Chair, Subcommittee Chair, and Task Group Chair positions for both committees.
    Porterfield received a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Texas – Austin.

  • Thompson Ridge Fire remains 90 percent contained

    For the past week, there has been no new perimeter growth in the Thompson Ridge Fire, which remains at 90 percent contained and just under 24,000 acres.
    The Friday morning update said, “most of the activity continues to be within the interior of the fire where unburned fuels continue to smolder and burn. Today crews will continue mop up and patrol all divisions of the fire. Rehab is nearing completion on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.”
    The update said helicopter water drops will continue throughout the day to cool areas of the fire that threaten to become active. Low humidity and winds gusting to 45 miles an hour could contribute to increased fire activity within the interior which may create smoke plumes.
    A crowd of 70 local residents attended the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team public meeting at the Valles Caldera Science and Education Center in Jemez Springs last night. BAER will continue fire damage assessments and present updated findings late next week.  

  • 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.

  • Los Alamos reaches out to tornado victims

    For the past couple of months, the residents of Los Alamos have been pitching in to help Oklahomans, impacted by the wave of deadly tornadoes that swept their state.
    They’ve helped out in a variety of ways; bake sales, donation drives, pledging money.
    Among the more unique drives have been the Charger Aquatics’ swim team holding a drive for pets who have been impacted by the tornadoes, a Red Cross donation drive held by Cpl. Pat Massara of the Los Alamos Police Department and a trailer wash orchestrated by the Los Alamos Pony Club.
    Though the swim team drive and the LAPD/Red Cross Drive is over, the Los Alamos Pony Club’s fundraising effort is still going on.
    To get your trailer washed, contact LAPC member Lisa Reader at lisaandgarth@cs.com.
    “If they have a horse trailer or a car they want washed, we will be happy to do that,” Reader said, adding that they will come to you, all you have to do is get your trailer or car ready.
    The LAPC has raised $250 so far, and for now, is continuing to take appointments. The money will be used to take care of animals, especially horses that have been impacted by the tornadoes.

  • 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.