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County's Annual Trimec Spraying Runs April 28-30

on April 24, 2015 - 6:23am

COUNTY News:

The Parks Division will be applying Broad Leaf Weed Herbicides (Trimec) April 28 through April 30 in the following areas of White Rock:

  • Overlook Park; and
  • Rover Park

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Nominated For 2015 Secretary Of Defense Freedom Award

on April 23, 2015 - 8:07pm

Los Alamos County Environmental Services was nominated for the prestigious 2015 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award. Councilor Rick Reiss, third from left, Public Works Director Philo Shelton, second from right, and Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule with Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, attended the Awards and Recognition Luncheon today hosted by the New Mexico Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the National Guard Readiness Center.

'Open Forum' Question Posted: Proposed Plastic Bag Ban

on April 23, 2015 - 7:44pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council has received a citizen petition to ban plastic bag use in stores.

The Council referred the petition to their Environmental Sustainability Board and asked that Board to hold public meetings and seek additional public feedback.

What do you think? For or against?

Take their survey on line and leave your comments for the Board when you visit Open Forum, the County’s public comment tool, on this link: http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/Pages/PublicCommentForum.aspx

Los Alamos Nature Center Unveiled On Earth Day

on April 23, 2015 - 2:04pm
Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, center, prepares to cut the ribbon at Wednesday's grand opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The Aspen Elementary School Choir in the foreground performed at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A crowd looks over the outdoor aspects of the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Nature Center officially opened its doors on Earth Day, April 22 at 2600 Canyon Road. The project broke ground a year ago on Earth Day 2014.

The large

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 16 To April 22, 2015

on April 23, 2015 - 1:21pm

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.

MALCOLM TORRES

April 16 at 10:42 a.m. / Police arrested Malcolm Torres, 21, of Santa Cruz in the Sandoval County Jail on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

MARION LOOPE

April 16 at noon / Police arrested Marion Loope, 32, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with battery upon a peace officer.

April 16 at 6:17 p.m.

Gibson Urges Council: Don't Rubber Stamp Budget

on April 23, 2015 - 11:00am

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Robert Gibson to Council Monday evening, 'Please do not rubber stamp the proposed budget.' Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

During Monday's opening night of the FY-2016 Budget Hearings in Council Chambers, former County Councilor Robert Gibson addressed the County Council during public comment and urged them to carefully considered all of the elements in the proposed budget and not just rubber stamp it.

Gibson began his comments by acknowledging the budget staff’s "usual sound presentation", but added that

Council Rejects Truck Request From Los Alamos Sheriff

on April 23, 2015 - 8:04am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero briefs Council on his deparment at Monday's Budget Hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Speaking as a citizen during public comment Monday evening, Los Alamos County Sheriff's Deputy John Horne addresses Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 5-2 Tuesday evening to deny a request from Sheriff Marco Lucero for an official vehicle. Lucero explained that he has driven his personal vehicle during his first four year term and in the four months of his second term.

Los Alamos Sheriff's Office Issues Public Safety Alert Regarding Local Scam Underway

on April 22, 2015 - 3:14pm

Public Safety Alert:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero just contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post to issue a public safety alert regarding a scam underway in the Los Alamos area.

Someone identifying himself as a Los Alamos County sheriff's deputy and using an actual deputy's name is placing telephone calls to residents listed on the sex offender registry saying they must withdraw $1,000 in cash from the bank and take the money to Smith's parking lot where they will be met by the deputy. "They must do this to avoid being placed in jail."

Sheriff Lucero said one of the victims of this

White Rock Master Plan Showcase Event May 4

on April 22, 2015 - 11:01am

Council Adds Employee To Communications And Public Relations Department

on April 21, 2015 - 10:28pm

Los Alamos County Communications Director Julie Habigar addresses Council during this evening's meeting in Council Chambers as County Deputy Managers Brian Bosshardt and Steven Lynne listen at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to tentatively approve the proposed FY-2016 budget for the Communication and Public Relations Division, which falls under the County manager's department.

The department has a $291,998 adopted budget for FY-2015 and proposed a $289,080 budget for FY-2016, which reflects a 1 percent decrease.

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Council Tentatively Approves County Attorney's Budget

on April 21, 2015 - 9:40pm

Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler answers questions from Council about her proposed FY-2016 budget, which she has reduced by 5 percent over 2015. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Attorney's Office proposed FY-2016 budget was tentatively approved 7-0 by the County Council this evening in Council Chambers.

County Attorney's Office 2015 adopted budget is $757,174 and its proposed FY-2016 budget is $722,082, reflecting a 5 percent reduction.

The salary budget is lower in the proposed budget due to the recent hire of a new attorney replacing a

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Los Alamos Council Reduces Its Budget By 2 Percent

on April 21, 2015 - 9:19pm

Los Alamos County Council votes 7-0 to tentatively approve its proposed FY-2016 budget. This evening marks the second night of hearings on the County's FY-2016 proposed budget. Council members from left, Susan O'Leary, Steven Girrens, Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Chair Kristin Henderson, Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey and James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council tentatively approved this evening its FY-2016 proposed budget FY-2016 proposed budget, which reflects a 2 percent decrease from its FY-2015 adopted budget of $381,121 to

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Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 21, 2015 - 7:37pm

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk answers questions from Council on his proposed FY-2016 budget, which he reduced by 6 percent from his adopted FY2015 budget. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk at the podium speaking with Council as County officials, staff and a few members of the public listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to tentitively approve the proposed FY-2016 budget for the Los Alamos Municipal Court.

The Municipal Court makes up 1 percent of the general fund.

County Clerks Office Reduces Budget By 2 Percent

on April 21, 2015 - 4:55pm

County Clerk Sharon Stover, left, with Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz brief Council on the department's FY-2016 proposed budget during Monday's hearing in Council Chambers. The Clerk's Office exceeded the Council's guidance for each department to reduce its budget by 1 percent by finding cost saving measures that resulted in a 2 percent reduction. The total budget for the Clerk's Office in 2015 was $485,734 and the proposed FY-2016 budget is $475,549. Deputy County Manager Steven Lynne listens at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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DPU Highlights Proposed FY-2016 Budget

on April 21, 2015 - 3:03pm

From left, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Deputy Manager of Finance and Administration Bob Westervelt, Business Operations Manager Karen Kendall and Utilities Manager Tim Glasco provide Council with highlights of the DPU's FY-2016 proposed budget at Monday's Budget Hearing in Council Chambers. Glasco explained that DPU's total budget is $79,070,472 or 2 percent below the 2015 adopted budget. Glasco told Council that the proposal does not include any projected rate increases except for a previously approved 8 percent sewer rate increase.
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Los Alamos Sheriff's Office Issues Public Safety Alert

on April 21, 2015 - 2:32pm

Ray Glenn Smith

Public Safety Alert:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is alerting the community to the possibility of a sex offender moving to or living in a county in New Mexico. 

New Mexico Department of Public Safety has advised that Ray Glenn Smith, a convicted sex offender from the State of Texas is moving to an unknown county in the state of New Mexico. 

Smith has not yet registered with any New Mexico Sheriff. 

Sheriff Lucero is asking anyone who sees Smith in Los Alamos, to contact the Sheriff's Office at 505.662.8028.

 

It's Spring: Remember To 'Create Defensible Space'

on April 21, 2015 - 9:22am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to remind residents of the urgent need to keep “defensible space” concepts in mind when working outside to clean up property around homes and structures this Spring.

Creating defensible space can give firefighters their best possible chance of protecting property if another wildfire ever occurs in the County.

The County’s defensible space guidelines were developed in a unique program funded through the Cerro Grande Fire Recovery Act in 2000, following that devastating wildfire, which destroyed hundreds of homes in Los Alamos.

Many of

Assessor's Office Presents Proposed FY-2016 Budget

on April 20, 2015 - 8:45pm

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder, right, and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez present their proposed FY-2016 budget during this evening's Budget Hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez presented their proposed FY-2016 budget to the County Council during this evening's Budget Hearing.

They explained that the County Assessor's Office budget is funded by two funds - the General Fund and the Property Valuation Fund, which is a revolving; restricted fund.

The Proposed General Fund

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County Budget Hearing Underway In Council Chambers

on April 20, 2015 - 6:51pm

The FY-2016 Budget Hearings got underway at 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Manager Harry Burgess introduces an overview of the FY-2016 Proposed Budget this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County FY-2016 Budget Hearings kicked off at 6 p.m. this evening in Council Chambers.

County Manager Harry Burgess and Deputy County Manager Steven Lynne are presenting an overview and summary of the proposed budget to Council.

"We did achieve a 1 percent reduction in the overall

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Contractor To Stock Ashley Pond With Fish Tuesday

on April 20, 2015 - 3:57pm

COUNTY News:

Ashley Pond water levels are a little low right now because the County's contractor has been completing some work on the intake valves from the pond to the irrigation system around the pond.

The contractor will start refilling the pond with water Wednesday and it is expected to be full by the end of Thursday.

Mr. Fish (the company name of the County's fish contractor) is set to arrive with the pond’s fish Tuesday for the long-awaited stocking of the pond.

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New Light Pole Installed At 20th And Central Avenue

on April 20, 2015 - 2:27pm
Workers string wire in new light pole this afternoon at 20th Street and Central Avenue as part of the downtown beautification project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Budget Hearings Begin At 6 P.M. Monday

on April 19, 2015 - 8:53pm

Council will hear details of the FY-2016 budget beginning at 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers. Councilors from left at last Tuesday’s meeting, Susan O'Leary and Steven Girrens, Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Chair Kristin Henderson and Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey and James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County's annual Budget Hearings are set to begin at 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers and continue Tuesday, April 21; Monday, April 27 and may run through Tuesday, April 28.

Monday's Hearing begins with an introduction, overview and budget summary

Grand Opening: Golf Course Community Building

on April 18, 2015 - 7:40am

Golf Course Community Building. County/LAC

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to join the County Council at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 as they dedicate the new Golf Course Community Building at 4244 Diamond Dr., in Los Alamos.

The new restaurant, Cottonwood on the Greens, will provide free light refreshments after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Golf Course staff will set up the miniature golf course and will offer free driving range balls as part of the event.

The public is welcome to tour the new facility, including the new community room that is now available to rent for a variety of

Barranca Student Council Donates $50 To Shelter

on April 17, 2015 - 4:59pm
Fifth and sixth grade students on the Barranca Elementary School Student Council presented a check for $50 today to the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. The money was raised at the Student Store, which the Council operates. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Puppy love ensues today as Barranca Student Council members tour the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Puppy Marlon greets his visitors ... he sure would love to go home with someone. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Two tuxedo tabbies get some love. Photo by Bonnie J.

Guidelines For Living With Large Predators

on April 17, 2015 - 4:31pm

Mountain Lion. Courtesy/nativeamericanencyclopedia.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County officials would like to remind the public that springtime typically brings with it an increase of large predators roaming throughout the forests and traveling on the trails surrounding the area – and that means some of these animals will likely enter the community’s residential areas, too.

They are seeking food or water, especially during times of drought. In our area, large predators can include mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and coyotes.

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