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County Council Rejects DPU Water Supply Plan

on March 30, 2017 - 4:38pm
Hydrologist Amy Ewing discusses the Long Range Water Supply Plan during the March 21 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

After lengthy discussion, Los Alamos County Council agreed revisions need to be made to the County’s Long Range Water Supply Plan
During its regular meeting March 21 in Council Chambers, Council voted 6-1 to reject the updated 40-year plan as presented and directed the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to correct wording concerning the Incorporated County of Los Alamos.


PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Dendroglyphs Provide Histories Of Plants and Peoples

on March 30, 2017 - 4:26pm

Los Alamos

Sheep herding on a large scale developed in the early 20th century in the Valles Caldera. For example, Franklin Bond, the owner of this area, established 17 sheep camps for the summer of 1918 with an estimated 21,000 sheep among them.   

He employed 73 people to help with the sheepherding. Another person estimated that 100,000 sheep were grazing in the area in the summers of 1917 and 1918.  

This suggests that up to 350 people were involved in sheepherding when compared proportionally to the Franklin Bond employment.

Cattle ranching become more dominate after

Local Fashionista Takes Style By Storm

on March 30, 2017 - 4:15pm
Editor in Chief of Coulture Magazine Alexandra Hehlen on a recent visit to Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordonl/
Coulture Magazine Editor in Chief Alexandra Hehlen with Deputy Editor in Chief Remington Remmel. Photo by Alexis Fairbanks


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos native Alexandra Hehlen, editor in chief of Coulture Magazine, is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in business administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. Coulture is a glossy magazine, featuring  fashion and culture in a fresh, youthful package.

“I wanted to do something with an

Local Man Claims Damages Against County

on March 30, 2017 - 4:10pm
Gabriel Wadt
Los Alamos Daily Post
A Los Alamos man, Gabriel Wadt, is claiming damages against Los Alamos County for alleged malicious prosecution and violation of property rights as a result of charges of animal cruelty and failure to vaccinate filed against him by Public Safety Aide Alysha Lenderman.  
In a letter to the county dated Dec.6, 2016, Wadt’s attorney, Sheri A. Raphaelson, says Lenderman charged Wadt with a number of crimes related to animal cruelty with an incident date of Sep. 24, 2016.
Raphaelson alleges the charges were without merit and were

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 20-28, 2017

on March 30, 2017 - 4:09pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

March 20 / Emily Orr, 20, was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant for probation violation. She was arraigned Mar. 27.




March 25 / Adrian E. Taylor, 58, was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated or driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more.​




March 25 / Conner J.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Briefs

on March 30, 2017 - 4:01pm

Staff Report:

Under the terms of a plea agreement reached by Assistant District Attorney Michael Nunez and Defense Attorney Tyr Loranger, Ashley Flores pleaded guilty March 23 to driving under the influence first offense and received a 90-day suspended sentence and one year of probation. Flores was originally charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, possession of a controlled substance (metamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other charges were dismissed under the plea agreement. Flores was arrested Dec.

Magistrate Judge Discusses Release Of Defendants

on March 30, 2017 - 2:34pm

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados

Staff Report

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados responded Tuesday to questions concerning her decisions to release seven people on their own recognizance who were arrested March 20 on drug-related charges.

All seven were arrested during Operation Spring Cleaning conducted by the Los Alamos Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

Although defendants Nicole Marsh, Nicholas Conner, Amanda Osborne, Anthony Knief, Allan Houle, Kathy Gibbons and Byron Henderson were released without bond, Casados said they were all ordered to report at least

Famous Equestrian Teaches Jumping, Games, At Los Alamos Rodeo Grounds April 8-9

on March 30, 2017 - 10:37am

Robert Taylor works with local riders on their mounted games technique during his 2014 clinic. He will be back April 8-9 at the Rodeo Grounds for another session. Participants and observers are welcome. Courtesy photo

LAPC News:

Los Alamos Pony Club will be hosting nationally renowned equestrian trainer and instructor Robert Taylor over the weekend of April 8 and 9. Community members are welcome to come and observe the event or participate in the mounted activities.

Taylor, of TaylorMade Stables in Maryland (link) will be in town to coach both show jumping and mounted games competitors of

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Group To Reintroduce Sportsmen’s Act

on March 30, 2017 - 10:12am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

  • Measure Provides Access To Public Lands, Protects Outdoor Traditions


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unveiled the Sportsmen’s Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation he’s championed to enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, reauthorize key conservation programs, improve access to public lands, and help boost the outdoor recreation economy.

“The number one issue for sportsmen across the country

Hear The Gospel According To Mark At TOTH April 8

on March 30, 2017 - 8:55am

Letter To The Editor: Thanks For Daffodil Drive Success!

on March 30, 2017 - 8:44am
Executive Director
Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service


My name is Rosemary Coyne, MSN, RN. I am the executive director of the Los Alamos Visiting Nursing Service (LAVNS) Home Health and Hospice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made our 22nd Annual LAVNS Daffodil Drive such a success again this year. The funds we raise every year are used to help our hospice patients in need.


I have been here in Los Alamos just over a year, so this was my second opportunity to see the amazing work done by so many people.

Nature Center: Los Alamos County Department Of Public Utilities Presents Water Is Life 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

on March 30, 2017 - 8:34am

Jack Richardson shares the story of water Tuesday evening at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

Jen Pelz discusses vertical challenges to water storage in the Rio Grande watershed Tuesday evening at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is bringing four speakers and a film to the Los Alamos Nature Center 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.

The evening starts with a discussion about local rivers and water issues by four speakers followed by a break with refreshments and a chance to meet the speakers. Afterward, they will show the documentary 

Obituary: Doris Jean (Graham) Pattillo Hammer Jan. 29, 1930 March 6, 2017

on March 30, 2017 - 8:20am

DORIS JEAN (GRAHAM) PATTILLO March 15, 2017 – July 11,1926

Doris Jean (Graham) Pattillo died on March 15, 2017 following a brief illness. She was born July 11,1926 in McKinney,TX. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James Albert Pattillo II (Greenville,TX), who died in Los Alamos on July 31, 2003.

She is survived by her two sons: James A. Pattillo III (Toledo,OH) and Stevan G. Pattillo (Jemez Springs,NM), grand children: Heather J. Pattillo (Portland,OR), Jessica L. Pattillo (Portland,OR), Margaret Z.


National Crime Victim's Week April 2-8

on March 30, 2017 - 8:05am

For more information: Contact the Los Alamos Police Department, Victim Assistant, 505.663.3511 (Free service. No police report required.) This project is supported by a National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Assocociation of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of CrimeAct (VOCA) grant from-Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Dept of Justice.

Los Alamos County Council Considers Resolution On Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees April 4

on March 30, 2017 - 7:57am
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council members will consider adopting a resolution regarding the just treatment of immigrants and refugees in the United States when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the Municipal Building.

Councilor Pete Sheehy was instrumental in having the resolution prepared. He read a letter to his fellow councilors at a February work session asking them to consider discussing the issue with County residents and consider passing a resolution on the issue.

 The letter stated that courts would

Stop And Smell The Lilacs! Annual Festival May 19-21

on March 30, 2017 - 7:56am

The annual Taos Lilac Festival runs Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21. Courtesy Photo


In its fifth year, the one-of-a-kind Taos Lilac Festival at Kit Carson Park (211 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte) promises to be a fun and exciting event for the entire family. Held in mid to late May each year, the festival showcases the peak of Taos’ abundant lilac blooms and celebrates both Taos’ rich history of lilacs and the natural beauty of Taos with a wide array of family-friendly activities. This year’s festival is Friday, May 19, and extends to Sunday, May 21.

In conjunction with the

Obituary: Melissa Gay (Wienke) Morrison Feb. 18, 1948 – March 16, 2017

on March 30, 2017 - 7:53am

MELISSA GAY (WIENKE) MORRISON February 18, 1948 – March 16, 2017

Melissa Gay (Wienke) Morrison, a resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away after battling many health problems on March 16, 2017.  

She was born on February 18, 1948 to Bonnie Jean and Ernest Henry Louis Wienke, Jr. She grew up in Homer, Illinois and graduated from Homer High School. Melissa went on to graduate from Patricia Stevens College in St. Louis, Missouri, before working at University Ford in Champagne, Illinois.

She married John Morrison on June 14, 1969 and then moved to Minneapolis for a brief stay before

Daily Postcard: Dynamic Art

on March 30, 2017 - 7:34am

Daily Postcard: Ice clings to a barbed wire fence Wednesday in Los Alamos creating a dynamic work of art. Photo by Kathyn Willcutt

Scenes From Business After Hours At NMB&T

on March 29, 2017 - 6:35pm

Community bankers from left, Gary DeRosier of First National Bank of Santa Fe, Karen Easton Of Los Alamos National Bank, Max Meyers of New Mexico Bank & Trust and Anne Klein of Del Norte Credit Union gather at this evening's Business After Hours event at NMB&T. The bankers posed for a photo in the newly remodeled bank lobby for the event, which is sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. The event is open to the public and runs until 7:30 p.m. this evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A crowd gathers at this evening's Business After Hours at NMB&T. Photo by Carol A.

Invitation To LAPS Community Budget Meetings

on March 29, 2017 - 5:00pm

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

From the Superintendent’s Desk:

As we wait for news about a Special Legislative Session, here is an update about budget and legislative items of interest to the Los Alamos Public Schools.

First, please join us in extending sincere thanks to our local legislators for their hard work and long hours during the 60-day session. Knowing that New Mexico’s economic situation was serious cause for concern, we can all appreciate their support for our employees and the many attempts to make educational improvements. Thank you!

Let’s also extend sincere thanks to our

Los Alamos County Named Healthiest In State

on March 29, 2017 - 4:15pm

Ashley Pond. File photo


Washington, D.C. – Los Alamos County ranks healthiest in New Mexico, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The full list of rankings is available at

“Los Alamos County is a great place – a community that offers something for everyone – from young families to retirees,” said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.

The County Health Rankings, a collaborative effort between

Woman From Operation Spring Cleaning Back In Jail

on March 29, 2017 - 3:22pm

Amanda Osborne

Staff Report

Amanda Osborne of Los Alamos, one of seven people arrested March 20 during Operation Spring Cleaning, is back in jail for allegedly violating one of the conditions of her pre-trial release.

Probation Ofc. Linda Pena confirmed that Osborne is incarcerated at the Los Alamos Detention Center but could not confirm the cause of the revocation of her conditions of release, however, a police incident report indicates that Osborne tested positive for methamphetamines.

Osborne, 32, was originally charged during the March 20 drug sting operation, conducted by the Los

NMB&T Welcomes Community To Open House Today!

on March 29, 2017 - 12:46pm

The staff at New Mexico Bank & Trust at 15th Street and Central Avenue is greeting community members today during their open house. Excited to show off their newly remodeled bank, from left, Celeste Abbott, Lesley Harelson, Pam Mayfield, Liz Cavasos, Tammy Thorn, Antoinette Gonzales and Catrina Robinson. The festivities continue 5:30-7 p.m. today with the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the bank. The community is invited to stop by and meet the staff and NMB&T President Max Meyers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community Invited To Job Fair At UNM-LA April 6

on March 29, 2017 - 10:25am

The April 6 Job Fair at UNM-LA is open to students and community members. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

A student attending the Job Fair at UNM-LA in 2016 studies employer information. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

  • Local businesses meet potential employees April 6 at UNM-LA Job Fair

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Office of Student Services is hosting a job fair for students and local community members 1-4 p.m., April 6 in the UNM-LA Student Center (Building 2).

More than 20 large and small businesses from northern New Mexico will be on hand to meet potential

Letter To The Editor: Response To Splash Pad Debate

on March 29, 2017 - 10:14am
Los Alamos
I wanted to respond with a different perspective to the Splash Pad project proposal than that of the letter recently sent in by Martha Jones (link).
  • While I do agree that as a taxpayer in town, it would be nice to have a say in how money is spent, I have to disagree with her assertions that this is a bad idea for the following reasons:
  • Cost - the grand total for this project is $720,000 with a $36,000 per year maintenance cost ($3,000 per month). When compared with the other projects the County is looking at, this is extremely low.
  • Ms.