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Isn't White Rock a little closer than Los Alamos ? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 09:02, 22 January 2010 (UTC)
Yes and No. White Rock is technically a community of Los Alamos, County where both Los Alamos and White Rock are communities, also referred to as Census-designated place. Neither has an independent government. Therefore, it might be more correct to say that either Española (19.8 miles (31.9 km)) or Santa Fe (35.9 miles (57.8 km)) are the nearest 'city' or town. I would retain the Los Alamos designation, because 1. it is a community with a central business district, 2. it's a recognizable name to more people than White Rock, 3. most people think of it as a town, rather than as a county and might be confused by Espanola; and 4. it matches the counties name, which is the nearest 'local' government. (Chris Light (talk) 18:28, 1 April 2010 (UTC))
This analysis is generally correct. Los Alamos and White Rock share governance by a "county council," have the same ZIP code, police, etc., and even the businesses in White Rock that are the "closest" of their kind to Bandelier have Los Alamos mailing addresses. This said, someone driving through White Rock and unaware of the administrative niceties would certainly look at it and think of it as a "town" separate from Los Alamos itself. The article could go either way, but Chris' argument that Los Alamos is the "recognizable name" sounds right to me. The weird status of Los Alamos and White Rock (there are no other CDPs in New Mexico that are remotely comparable) causes far more vexing problems of terminology and logistics than this one ... -- Bill-on-the-Hill (talk) 20:16, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
Many things have changed due to the recent fire. I did a few updates but this article probably does no reflect the current situation. More work will need to be done, especially since conditions are likely to change rapidly. –droll[chat] 00:40, 14 March 2012 (UTC)