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County Council Celebrates Youth And Education

on August 31, 2016 - 7:57am

Los Alamos County Councilor Steven Girrens, right, presents a proclamation on behalf of the Council to LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, left, and Chad the ‘Sci Guy’ Lauritzen of Champions of Youth Ambitions in celebration of ‘A year of Building Assets’. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Councilor Steven Girrens, on behalf of the Council presented a proclamation, at Tuesday’s regular Council meeting, declaring 2016-2017 as a “Year of Asset Building” and Friday, Sept. 2 as “College Day/Miltary Day” in Los Alamos County.

Girrens presented the proclamation to Chad the

Public Invited To Review Capital Improvement Projects

on August 30, 2016 - 2:30pm

Democrats Appoint Maggiore To Council Race Vacancy

on August 28, 2016 - 7:26pm

Antonio Maggiore is back in the Los Alamos County Council race. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Central Committee has unanimously appointed Antonio Maggiore to fill a vacancy in this year's County Council race.

Maggiore's name will now be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 8 General Election. He replaces Kristin Henderson who withdrew her candidacy Friday to spend more time with family.

The County Central Committee met at 7 p.m.

Chris Chandler: Why I Plan To Vote For Clarity

on August 28, 2016 - 7:56am
Former Charter Review Board Member and Council Candidate

In June, the Los Alamos County Council voted to place on the General Election ballot the question of whether our County should continue to have an elected office of sheriff. Like Robert Gibson (, I plan to vote FOR this ballot question.  

As an incorporated county, Los Alamos is permitted under the New Mexico Constitution to determine what elected offices the county shall include in its charter, and what the duties of those offices shall be.

Los Alamos County Comprehensive Plan: Second And Final Random Sample Survey

on August 27, 2016 - 9:41am


Architectural Research Consultants (ARC) is conducting the second and final comprehensive plan survey on behalf of Los Alamos County.

Surveys are being sent to 3,000 random addresses in the County. Recipients of the survey are asked to complete the survey online or fill out and submit the paper survey by no later than Friday, Sept. 9.

The purpose of this survey is to gauge the level of support for draft goals and policies that will guide future development of the County.

Los Alamos County Concludes Emergency Exercise

on August 26, 2016 - 4:53pm


Los Alamos County's portion of today's multi-agency emergency exercise has concluded.

Henderson Exits Los Alamos County Council Race

on August 26, 2016 - 11:56am
County Councilor

I am writing for two reasons. 

First, to say thank you to my fellow citizens. It has been an honor to serve on the Los Alamos County Council for the last four years, to help make decisions that affect our day-to-day lives and our long-term plans, and to represent Los Alamos around the state and, occasionally, the nation.

Second, to let the community know that I have decided not to run for re-election in November.

There is some wisdom, I think, in a four-year term, and this is a good time in my life, with my family and my work, to take a step back

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 29

on August 26, 2016 - 11:41am


Road Construction Update: Week of Aug. 29

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; please contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 for meeting information.

Public Works

Alert: Multi-agency Emergency Exercise At LAMC Today

on August 26, 2016 - 8:45am


This is a reminder there is a multi-agency Emergency Exercise today at Los Alamos Medical Center.

If you see a lot of activity, such as emergency vehicles and the like, it is because of the Emergency Exercise.

LAMC is working with LANL, Los Alamos County, and emergency responders as part of our work to be wholly prepared in case of a true crisis.

Should there be demand for real patient care that requires ED staff attention, the exercise at LAMC will be suspended to care for patients. 

David Luning Performs At Pond Tonight

on August 26, 2016 - 8:30am
David Luning. Courtesy photo


Gritty, soulful singer/songwriter David Luning is a lively storyteller whose music, earnest songwriting and rich, captivating voice would have you believe you’re listening to a hardened veteran of Nashville.

Luning is performing as part of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond Park. The concert is free.

His debut album “Just Drop On By” was met with high critical praise and garnered Luning numerous film and TV placements with most recently, a featured placement of his song “ Whiskey Bottle” in NBC’s series “Grimm”.

Burgess: Summing Up Summer

on August 25, 2016 - 10:08am
Los Alamos County Manager

(Part 1 of a 2-part series: Now you see us…now you don’t.)

Part 1. Now you see us…

With the County Fair & Rodeo behind us, regular afternoon rain showers bringing us cooler weather, and students returning to school, it begins to feel like autumn might be just around the corner. For those of us working in local government, however, the shift in seasonal work won’t happen for a few more months.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 17 – Aug. 23, 2016

on August 24, 2016 - 7:53pm

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.


Aug. 17 at 12:41 p.m. / Police arrested Brenden Brown, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Aug. 17 at 2:24 p.m. / A 34-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone burglarized his vehicle parked on La Paloma Drive.

The estimated loss is unknown.

Aug. 17 at 6:49 p.m.

Authors Speak: ‘Women Marked For History’ Thursday

on August 24, 2016 - 3:54pm
Courtesy photo


The public is invited to meet Rosanne Roberts Archuletta and Phil Archuletta at the monthly Authors Speak at Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in the Upstairs Rotunda.

The Archulettas’ book “Women Marked for History” profiles the lives of women who are commemorated on New Mexico’s Historic Markers.
The New Mexico Women’s Historical Marker Initiative, comprised of members of the New Mexico Women’s Forum, noted that of the more than 500 markers in New Mexico in 2004, only one featured a woman, and set about to remedy that.

Call For Submissions For The Friends Of The Shelter 2017 Calendar

on August 24, 2016 - 3:07pm
It’s Time to Celebrate our Shelter Alumni and We Need Your Help!
Friends of the Shelter is calling on pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal to submit a photo and short story to appear in our 2017 Shelter Alumni calendar.
Submissions are open for pets either adopted from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter or another shelter whose owners live or work in Los Alamos County. Pet owners whose pets were featured in last year's calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year's calendar.

Arts In Public Places Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on August 24, 2016 - 3:06pm
The Los Alamos County Arts in Public Places Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in Room #110 Municipal Building. 
The meeting is open to the public.
I. Call to Order
II. Public Comment (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)
III. APP Board Business
A. Approval of Minutes from June 23, 2016
IV. Future Projects
A. Potential Artwork Donation offer from Scott Robertson (Carlsten)

‘Granite Mountain’ Filming At Urban Park Friday

on August 24, 2016 - 2:54pm


“GraniteMountain” is filming approximately 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at Urban Park. There will be no loud noises, stunts or special effects conducted as part of filming this scene.

“Granite Mountain” has obtained a permit to reserve all Urban Park facilities, including the pavilion, all fields (soccer/baseball), courts (basketball, volleyball, tennis) and parking spaces connected to the park. The production will block off and sign areas not accessible to the public during filming.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 through 6 p.m. Friday, Aug.

County Council Work Session Underway In White Rock

on August 23, 2016 - 7:05pm


Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus, left, at this evening's Council Work Session in White Rock updates members of the Los Alamos County Council, Acting County Attorney Katie Twaits and County Manager Harry Burgess on local housing including a homebuyer program, home renewal program, vacant homes and affordable housing possibilities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus, right, introduces his new Housing Manager Andrew Harnden at this evening's Council Work Session at the Fire Station in White Rock.

Public Invited To San Ildefonso Pottery Dedication

on August 23, 2016 - 4:53pm

The public is invited to join the Art in Public Places Board, Los Alamos County Council and guest artists at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 for dedication of San Ildefonso pottery replicas stationed along N.M. 4 in White Rock. LADP File Photo


The public is invited to join the Art in Public Places Board, Los Alamos County Council and guest artists at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 to celebrate the dedication of the large San Ildefonso pottery replicas stationed along N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The creation of this impressive artwork was a collaborative effort spanning several months and

Cone Zone Extra: LANL Exercise Friday Aug. 26

on August 23, 2016 - 4:35pm


Motorists at or near the Diamond/Trinity intersection may see activity in the parking lot of the Los Alamos Medical Center this Friday. This is only a LANL emergency exercise, no cause for alarm.

Read the LANL news release below for details. Traffic should not be impeded, but, curious drivers may be more interested in looking at "what's going on at the Medical Center..." - so be alert if passing through this busy intersection!

LANL News Release:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise Friday, Aug. 26. It is only an exercise.

Public Invited To MPNHP Committee Meeting Friday

on August 23, 2016 - 9:09am


The public is welcome to attend the next committee meeting of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 in Room 110 of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The agenda should be posted by Wednesday morning on the webpage, which has been updated with news from the July meeting.

Visit this link:

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 22, 2016

on August 21, 2016 - 4:38pm


Los Alamos County has issued the following Road Construction Update for the Week of Aug. 22.

Please slow down and use caution within construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; contact the Public Works Department at

BPU Approves Proposed Natural Gas Rate Decrease

on August 21, 2016 - 2:20pm


The Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities voted at its Wednesday night meeting to approve the proposed ordinance to reduce gas rates and remove the “sunset” clause for the pass-through rate structure.  

The ordinance will go to the Los Alamos County Council Sept. 27 to be considered for adoption.


Rotary Club Of Los Alamos Celebrates 50th Anniversary

on August 21, 2016 - 7:45am
Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Susan O'Learly congratulates Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Rob Metcalf on the Club's 50th anniversary at a celebration dinner Friday night at Cottonwood On The Greens Restaurant. The Club was chartered Aug. 19, 1966. O'Learly attended the celebration dinner and presented
a proclamation on behalf of the Los Alamos County Council to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos honoring its 50 years of service to the community. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Todd Urbatsch, Los Alamos Historical Society board member was the keynote speaker at Friday's

David King Dunaway On Musicians And The Blacklist

on August 20, 2016 - 7:09am

David King Dunaway. Courtesy photo


Noted historian and broadcaster David King Dunaway will speak at Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24 in the Upstairs Rotunda. His talk is entitled Force and Violins.

Force and Violins was first presented to the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center in 2008, on the subject of systematic persecution of folksingers in the United States in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

Through the Benjamin A.

Letter To The Editor: A Positive Experience

on August 19, 2016 - 5:15pm
Movie production underway Wednesday on Rover Boulevard. Photo by Terry Foxx
Los Alamos

I am probably like many of you and wondered why New Mexico would support the film industry by giving them a rebate. I had an opportunity to find out recently when the No Exit Films requested to use our house to film scenes for “Granite Mountain.” Why they chose our house I don’t know and I must say I was a little hesitant at first. However, the Location Manager explained the process and we consented.

The process took three days to set up, shoot, and take down.