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Los Alamos County CFO Joe D'Anna Retires Friday

on July 26, 2017 - 5:17am
Chief Financial Officer Joe D'Anna will retire Friday after 24 years of service to the County. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

After 24 years of service to Los Alamos County, Chief Financial Officer Joseph D’Anna is retiring Friday. It is not a sad goodbye; D’Anna said he is leaving confident that the County’s finance division will continue to be successful with an excellent staff and strong leadership.

Helen Perraglio, formerly the deputy CFO, was named CFO and Melissa Myer has been hired to be the new

Local GOP Holds Special Meeting Aug.10

on July 26, 2017 - 5:12am

GOP News:

A special Republican Party of Los Alamos County Central Committee Meeting is being called for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at UNM-LA, Bldg. 5, Jeannette Wallace Hall.

The purpose of this meeting is to fill vacancies that exist on the County Central Committee, the State Central Committee and to elect a 1st Vice Chair.

All Los Alamos County registered Republicans are encouraged to attend.

Those with interest or questions regarding filling a vacancy in their Ward that would allow them to serve on the RPLA County Central Committee, the RPNM State Central Committee, or run for RPLA 1st vice

Letter To The Editor: Can't Get Better Than This!

on July 26, 2017 - 4:08am
By ZENA THOMAS
Los Alamos
 
Wow, I think every country, waltz, and swing dancer was on the dance floor Friday night.
 
What a wonderful evening listening and dancing to Mike Heame, Jimmy Stadler and Shake Russel at the Friday night concert.
 
I just want to thank the county, the concert supporters, and the concert organizers for providing a safe, beautiful venue for our families.
 
Can't get better than this!

Community Winds Rocks Tuesdays At The Pond

on July 25, 2017 - 9:10pm

Community Winds rocked this evening's Tuesdays at the Pond. As a special treat, local resident John Courtright brought a massive trailer full of books to the event and gave them away to the crowd. He will be back to do the same at the Summer Concert Friday night at the pond. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Only The Brave Trailer (Granite Mountain Hotshots) Released

on July 25, 2017 - 12:50pm
LAC News:
 
"Only The Brave" trailer is released and viewable here: https://youtu.be/DSHk_BHQxp0

Ashley Pond Concrete Replacement Begins Monday

on July 25, 2017 - 7:48am

COUNTY News:

Beginning Monday, July 31, crews will be replacing sections of cracked concrete sidewalk just west of the Ashley Pond Pavilion near the pond.

This warranty repair work is being performed at no additional cost to the County. Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Pedestrian access across this section of walkway will be limited for the duration. The public is advised to use caution when in the area and to stay alert for construction equipment and advisory signing.

The County appreciates the public's patience during this time.

For questions

ESB Members Get The Dirt On Compost

on July 25, 2017 - 7:27am
Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Jennifer Baca shows a pile of compost to County Councilor Pete Sheehey during a tour Environmental Sustainability Board members took July 20. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
Superintendent Jeff Ayers, far back, shows a piece of machinery that handles bio solids and squeezes out water from the solids. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The composting operation at the wastewater treatment plant in Pueblo Canyon is not just environmentally friendly, it is

Tourism Work Group Meets Wednesday

on July 25, 2017 - 7:25am

COUNTY News: 

The Tourism Work Group will meet at noon Wednesday, July 26 in Council Chamber in the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.   

Agenda:

I. Call to Order
II. Introductions
III. Approval of Manhattan Project subcommittee charter
IV. Review of Tourism Scenarios and polling questions
V. Public Meeting advertisement ideas
VI. Next Meeting Scheduled: Aug. 23, 2017 at noon in Council Chambers
VII. Adjourn Meeting

County Presents Proclamation Of Friendship To Hiroshima, Nagasaki

on July 25, 2017 - 7:17am

From left, Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber show off the proclamation and paper cranes that will be delivered to the Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August. Izraelevitz presented the proclamation Monday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos Historical Society board member Michael Redondo and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber will present a Los Alamos County proclamation of frienship to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and

County Council Holds Closed Session Wednesday

on July 24, 2017 - 8:38pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Agenda:

1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. BUSINESS A. 9748-17 Closed Session Pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H) (2) Discussion of Limited Personnel Matters Presenters: County Council - Closed Session
3. ADJOURNMENT

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the County Human

Animal Shelter To Hold Volunteer Orientation

on July 24, 2017 - 4:50pm

Getting ready to take home Casey, her newly adopted dog from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter is Debra Doty-Newell, left, with her niece, Rebecca Newell. Casey is one of 19 animals adopted since July 1 from the Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter is holding a Volunteer Orientation Session 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 in the Conference Room in Building 101 at Pajarito Cliffs, according to Shelter Manager Victoria Murphy.

Volunteers must be 18 or older and complete the Los Alamos County

LAFD, LAPD Respond To Hiking Accident, Death Of Local 19-year-old Sunday In White Rock Canyon

on July 24, 2017 - 11:38am

Trevor Matuszak

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department issued a joint statement today in response to media queries regarding the death of a young hiker Sunday evening in White Rock Canyon.

The hiker has been identified as Trevor Matuszak, 19, who was hiking with two friends in the area known as Hell’s Hole. Access to Hell’s Hole is at the south end of the cul de sac on Kimberly Lane in White Rock.

According to the accompanying hikers, Matuszak lost his footing in a steep portion of Hell’s Hole late Sunday afternoon and fell into the canyon.

County Council To Host Regular Meeting Tuesday

on July 24, 2017 - 11:05am

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 

1. OPENING/ROLL CALL

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

3. PUBLIC COMMENT

4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

5. PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS ON CONSENT AGENDA

6. CONSENT AGENDA 
A. General Services Agreement No.

County Council Holds Special Session Wednesday

on July 24, 2017 - 10:26am

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County Council will meet in a special session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 

Agenda:

1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5. COUNCIL BUSINESS

A. Incorporated County of Los Alamos Resolution No. 17-08; A Resolution Amending Certain Parts of Resolution 16-10 Regarding the Duties of the Los Alamos County Police Department and the Duties of the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Department. Presenters: Councilor Pete Sheehey

6. PUBLIC COMMENT

7. ADJOURNMENT

On The Job In Los Alamos: At County Assessor’s Office

on July 24, 2017 - 7:46am

On the job in Los Alamos at the County Assessor’s Office, from left, Assessor Ken Milder, Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez, Appraiser Marty Martinez, Chief Appraiser Lucas Fresquez, Assessment Specialist Nerio Gurule, Senior Assessment Specialist Betty Martinez and Appraiser Apprentice Curtis Valencia. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Friday’s Summer Concert At Ashley Pond

on July 22, 2017 - 8:12am

Scene from Fridays Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park featuring Taos/Austin singer/songwriter Mike Hearne, his Texas buddy singer/songwriter Shake Russell, and theirs, mine and Los Alamos’ good time buddy Taos singer/songwriter Jimmy Stadler. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dancers and spectators take in the music. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Happy dancers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Little boy shows off his fancy dance moves. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Little girl dances with daddy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Taking a snack

Los Alamos Arts In Public Places Board Meets Thursday

on July 22, 2017 - 7:06am
COUNTY News: 
 
​The Los ALamos County Arts in Public Places Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 in Room 110 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda:
 
Call To Order
  • 5:30 p.m.
Public Comment
  • This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
APP Board Business
  • 9730-17 Approval of Minutes from June 22, 2017 
Current Projects
  • Update on the Golf Course Hanging Glass Sculpture - Set date for dedication event Presenters: Libby Carlsten
  • 9732-17 WR Pottery

Mike Hearne With Shake Russell And Jimmy Stadler Play Summer Concert Series At Ashley Pond Tonight!

on July 21, 2017 - 6:08pm
Tonight’s Summer Concert Series features singers/songwriters Mike Hearne, pictured, Shake Russell and Jimmy Stadler at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo
 
By RUSS GORDON
Los Alamos Music Promoter

Tonight’s Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series features Taos/Austin singer/songwriter Mike Hearne, his Texas buddy singer/songwriter Shake Russell, and theirs, mine and Los Alamos’ good time buddy Taos singer/songwriter Jimmy Stadler. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park.

Hearne lives both in Texas and Taos.

Los Alamos County Little League Postseason Wrap-up For Age 9-11 Division

on July 21, 2017 - 5:32pm

Los Alamos Little League District 1 Champion All-stars for the 9-11 Age Division, front row from left, Zack Stidham, Ian Swavely, Maddox Martines, Brandon Walker and Malachi Laskie. Middle row from left, JJ Chrobocinski, Gavin Mitchell, Raven Naranjo, Sal Crochet, Cohen McKown, Tanner Noakes, Zachary Moore and Wyatt Guffee. Back row from left, Coaches James Chrobocinski, Dave Swavely and Jason Martines. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos Little League District 1 Champion All-stars for the 9-11 Age Division wrapped up their season over the weekend in Carlsbad with a loss to Noon

Public Weighs In On County Branding Effort

on July 21, 2017 - 5:03pm

James Glover of The Idea Group makes a presentation on the Los Alamos County's branding campaign during a public meeting Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge. Glover encouraged participants to join the effort to make Los Alamos a great place to live, work, stay and play by taking part in the Discovery Action Team. The team will be task to do a number of things such as encouraging local entities to particpate in the brand. He noted that Metzger's Do It best has already jumped in by selling a number of products that advertise Los Alamos and its logo.

Los Alamos County Personnel Board Meets Tuesday

on July 21, 2017 - 7:55am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Personnel Board meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building.
 
A copy of the agenda may be accessed on the Los Alamos County website by clicking here.

Izraelevitz: Sheriff Investigate Corruption? Makes Absolutely No Sense

on July 21, 2017 - 7:05am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, Chair
Los Alamos County Council

Corruption: dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

My fellow councilor Pete Sheehey has proposed a Council resolution to more expansively define the roles and responsibilities of the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office.

County Tackles Affordable Housing

on July 20, 2017 - 9:45pm

A worker applies stucco to a Los Alamos home. The work was provided through the Los Alamos Housing Partnership, which offers deferred payment loans for a variety of home improvement and repairs to those who qualify. Photo by Vint Miller

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Homeownership is part of the American Dream. Owning their own home is among many people’s goals, but accomplishing this aspiration is a whole other story. Affording a mortgage or a down payment on a house can be a major obstacle in the path to homeownership.

Affordable housing seems to be a major

LAPD Dispatchers Are The Thin Gold Line

on July 20, 2017 - 11:11am

Consolidated Dispatch Center Shift Supervisor Wendy Strain goes through medical instructions Tuesday morning during a 911 call. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Dispatcher Ruben Garcia sends emergency responders to the home of a 911 caller. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • “There’s the thin blue line for police officers and the thin red line for firefighters ... dispatchers are the thin gold line …” –CDC Supervisor Kate Stoddard

 

When visitors stand in front of the small dark window in the foyer of the Los

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