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Council Votes to Pursue Changing Statute to Make County Clerk Full Time

on April 17, 2014 - 8:45pm

Council voted 7-0 to pursue changing the New Mexico State Statute to reflect that the Clerk position really has the responsibility of a County Clerk and should be full time with a salary that reflects the position. During public comment, longtime Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols encouraged the Council to keep the County Clerk position an elected position and not make it a staff position. She is retiring next month after 24 months of service to the County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover told Council the position of Clerk to should remain an elected

Council Sends Proposed Changes in Utilities Ordinances in the Charter to Voters in Nov. 4 Election

on April 17, 2014 - 7:52pm

County Council tonight voted 6-1 to move a single question forward to the voters in the Nov. 4,2014 election on proposed changes to the Utilities Ordinances in the Los Alamos County Charter, including a rewrite to Article 5. The changes update language and include giving Council authority over the Utilities Board to remove a board member in the event of undesirable behavior. At present, the Council has all the liability for the conduct of Utilities Board members but no authority. Councilor Pete Sheehey voted against the motion for the single question. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 11 To April 17, 2014

on April 17, 2014 - 11:35am

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.

April 11 at 3:53 p.m. / A 92-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the \victim of larceny on El Conejo. The estimated loss is less than $250.

April 11 at 6:08 p.m. / A 56-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Ridgecrest Avenue.


April 11 at 7:15 p.m.

Aquatic Egg Hunt 1-2 p.m. Saturday

on April 17, 2014 - 6:35am



Join the Walkup Aquatic Center for an Aquatic Egg Hunt 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Each participant will walk away with toys, candy and some fun.

Each egg qualifies for a different kind of prize. All participants must pay an entrance fee, but the aquatic egg hunt is free. Children may be accompanied by their parents. Babies, infants through 3 years, will hunt for eggs in the Therapy pool. Youth, ages 4 through 16 will be in the main pool shallow-end area. Easter egg hunts will go in wave starts depending on age.

  • Entrance Fee: $2.50
  • Limit: 150 youth
  • Ages: 16 years

Property Tax Reminder: Second Half Due By May 12

on April 17, 2014 - 6:33am


Los Alamos County would like to remind property owners that the second installment for 2013 property tax bills becomes delinquent after Monday, May 12. 

Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m., May 12 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. 

The 311 Customer Care Center is inside the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Payments should be mailed to P.O.


LACDC Withdraws Proposal to Develop 1010 Central

on April 16, 2014 - 1:27pm
The LACDC has withdrawn its proposal to pursue development of the 1010 Central project in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess has received notification that the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) has withdrawn its proposal to pursue development at 1010 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos.

The project included new construction of a two-story, 32,000-square-foot retail/office condominium building in the west parking lot of the new Municipal Building Complex.

"The desire for retail

Lost Los Alamos Juvenile Hiker Found Safe Near Red Dot Trail in White Rock This Afternoon

on April 13, 2014 - 6:03pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Rescue vehicles line up near the Red Dot Trailhead this afternoon in search of a young hiker who became lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

A 15-year old Los Alamos girl reported lost earlier this afternoon in White Rock Canyon off the Red Dot Trail has been located through the coordinated search and rescue efforts and quick response of Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments.

The girl, whose identity has not been released, sustained a minor injury that is not life-threatening.

County Extension Office Pruning Workshop April 19

on April 13, 2014 - 9:27am


Los Alamos County is holding a pruning workshop at 10 a.m., April 19 in the Memorial Rose Garden near Fuller Lodge.

County Extension Agent Carlos Valdez will lead the workshop.

Everyone is invited to attend and there is no charge for the event. Bring along pruning clippers and gloves, if available.

It's a good idea to wear a long sleeve shirt or jacket ... thorns can be hard on the skin.

Nature Center Groundbreaking Ceremony 4 p.m. April 22

on April 13, 2014 - 9:17am

Conceptual design of the Nature Center to be built on Canyon Road. Courtesy/PEEC


The Los Alamos County Council will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Nature Center at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the project site, 2600 Canyon Road, north of the Aquatic Center.

The public is invited to attend this event, which will be jointly hosted with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). PEEC has been selected as the contractor who will operate the Nature Center and provide programs to the public.

The Nature Center is planned to be approximately 6,000 square feet and

Construction Work Continues at Smith's Marketplace

on April 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Final exterior finishes are being installed on the retail shops around the perimeter of the Smith's Marketplace site. Concrete is being poured on the interior and framing is underway for the interior and exterior at the Smith’s Marketplace Store.

The County anticipates completing  roadwork at DP Road and Trinity Drive soon. Smith’s Marketplace has started work on the Mari Mac shopping Center entrance and parking lot. 

There will be a light signal

2014 Primary Election - Voting Machine Certification and Preparation Notice

on April 12, 2014 - 8:37am


2014 Primary Election - Voting Machine Certification and Preparation notice.

Notice is hereby given that certification and preparation of the Absentee & Election Day Voting Machines will take place between Wednesday, April 23, 2014 and Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the County Clerk Warehouse, 1000 Central Ave.  

All party, organization representatives, and candidates may be present.

NOTE: Anyone planning to attend, must contact Election Manager Gloria Maestas or any member of the County Clerk staff at or 505.662.8011 for the specific date and time.


Morning Power Outage Affects Meadow Lane/Todd Loop Area

on April 11, 2014 - 9:40am


An underground line failure caused a power outage at 2:14 a.m., today in the Meadow Lane/Todd Loop area in White Rock, affecting approximately 75 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers.

Power was restored by 5 a.m. to the majority of those customers and by 6:40 a.m. to all affected customers.

“The line serving this neighborhood has already been prioritized for replacement during this coming fiscal year due to its age and historical performance,” said DPU’s Project Engineer for Electric Distribution Steve Marez.

Pet of the Week: Kiki the Pit Mix

on April 11, 2014 - 8:06am

Kiki needs a home. Courtesy/FOS


Kiki is a young, dark gray (blue) pit mix, medium-sized female dog estimated to be about 1.5 years old. She is a lovely, sweet dog that is somewhat intimidated by the shelter environment and may take a little time to relax around visitors.

If approached gently and slowly, she warms right up to people and loves to be petted. She is calm and caring, good with other dogs and cats, and is available for immediate adoption. 

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets - see the Petfinder

Utilities Board Taps Tim Glasco to Lead Los Alamos DPU

on April 10, 2014 - 9:16pm

Tim Glasco

Board of Public Utilities Vice Chair Chris Ortega announced today that the Board selected Tim Glasco to lead the Department of Public Utilities, as Utilities Manager. 

The Board’s selection will go to Los Alamos County Council April 29 for approval. If approved, Glasco will replace Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith who plans to retire from the Department in July. 

Approximately 25 applications from around the country were received for the Utilities Manager position. Applications were screened by the Board, the Council Liaison and County Administrator Harry Burgess.

This group


Walkup Aquatic Center Busy 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday

on April 10, 2014 - 1:44pm

The Walkup Aquatic Center will be very busy with kids Friday. Courtesy/LAC


The Walkup Aquatic Center will host 275 4th and 5th grade recreation swimmers 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 11. The pool will be extremely busy during that time period.

Both the obstacle course and the diving boards will be open.

Kids will pack the pool 9:30-11:30 a.m., Friday at the Walkup Aquatic Center. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 3 To April 9, 2014

on April 10, 2014 - 12:13pm

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.



April 3 at 10:30 a.m. / Police arrested Jonathon Klebesadel, 22, of Los Alamos at 1203 9th St., and charged him with possession of marijuana.




April 3 at 10:30 a.m. / Police arrested Jordan Miller, 19, of Los Alamos at 1203 9th St., and charged her with possession of marijuana.

April 4 at 7:48 a.m.

Los Alamos Police Issue Fraud Alert

on April 9, 2014 - 8:49pm


It has come to the attention of the Los Alamos County Police Department that a male using various names is posing as a police officer of Los Alamos County, Santa Fe County and other police agencies. The male is calling residences, usually home phones, using different stories coercing the people he is calling into transferring money to him over the phone or computer.

The common false stories he is using include:

  • "You have missed court or mandatory jury duty and now have a warrant for your arrest."
  • "We have your son/daughter/grandchild/spouse in custody and in order to get

Public Meetings Set to View Teen Center Conceptual Floor Plans, Exterior Renderings and Site Plans

on April 9, 2014 - 10:54am


Los Alamos County is hosting two public information meetings Wednesday, April 16 to reveal conceptual floor plans, exterior renderings and site plans for the new Los Alamos Teen Center:

3-5 p.m. for teens - at the current Teen Center in the lower level of the Trinity On the Hill Episcopal Church; and

5:30-7 p.m. for resident - at the Community Building, 20th and Central Avenue (future Teen Center site) to update residents on the design of the new Los Alamos Teen Center.

The same material will be presented at each meeting.

The design for the new Teen Center is underway and


Reminder: Deadline Approaching For ED Board Vacancies

on April 9, 2014 - 9:32am


The deadline is quickly approaching for those interested in volunteering time to represent Los Alamos County on one of two economic development boards that have openings on their Board of Directors.

Both the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) and the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NMNMEDD) have vacancies and have asked the County Council to forward recommendations to them.

To be considered, submit a one-page letter of interest to County Administrator Harry Burgess no later than 5 p.m. Monday, April 14.

For details, visit the County's News &


Los Alamos Commercial Airline Service Celebrates First Year Anniversary Today

on April 8, 2014 - 9:10am

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist takes a moment this morning to celebrate the one year 'birthday' of commercial airline service between Los Alamos and Albuquerque with a special cake dropped off by County staff for Soderquist and customers to enjoy. Soderquist announced Friday that a new flight schedule will take effect May 12, changing some of the weekday and weekend flight times based on customer feedback. To review the new schedule, visit Courtesy/LAC

NCRTD Board Elects Three New Officers

on April 6, 2014 - 7:23am


The Board of Directors of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has elected three members to serve as officers for the District.

Daniel R. Barrone, Taos County Commissioner, District 1, was re-elected to the post of NCRTD Board Chair;




Miguel M. Chavez, Santa Fe County Commissioner, District 2, will now serve as Vice Chair; and




Dennis Tim Salazar, City of Española Councilor, is the newly elected Treasurer/Secretary.  NCRTD officers are elected to serve a two-year term.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service

Good Times Rolled at Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Fundraiser Friday Night

on April 5, 2014 - 9:42pm

Concert promoter Russ Gordon and his wife welcome community members to Friday's fundraiser at the Posse Lodge for which all proceeds go to the Summer Concert Series. Carol A. Clark/

Dancing gets underway at Friday night's fundraiser. Carol A. Clark/

Bidders check out silent auction items. Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Friday night's fundraiser for the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series drew a large crowd to the Posse Lodge.

DK & the Affordables performed with special guest musicians Eddy Partridge of the Nomads and James Carothers of the Renegade

Los Alamos County Adjusts Commuter Flight Schedule

on April 5, 2014 - 1:24pm

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist. Photo by Leslie Bucklin


Los Alamos County applauded the one-year anniversary of New Mexico Airlines’ commercial airline service between Los Alamos and Albuquerque, during its Friday meeting, and recognized all of the important general aviation-related contributions that the Los Alamos Airport brings to the community and Northern New Mexico.

The Council also issued a proclamation declaring the Month of April "Aviation Month" in Los Alamos County.

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist accepted the proclamation and announced an adjusted time schedule


Los Alamos County Council Special Session April 17

on April 5, 2014 - 1:21pm


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The purpose of the special session is to discuss Charter Review issues.

The meeting is open to the public.


County Hazard Mitigation Plan Gets Underway

on April 5, 2014 - 1:17pm


Los Alamos County is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Update to their 2006 plan. The purpose of this LHMP Update is to assess risk to natural hazards, implement actions to reduce future losses, and maintain eligibility for federal mitigation funds in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

Most people who live or work in Los Alamos County have been affected by natural hazards in one way or another. The County and its residents are vulnerable to a variety of hazards including wildfire, flood, earthquake, dam failure and severe weather events.