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County Seeks Additional Public Feedback Before Dec. 4 Transportation Board Meeting

on November 22, 2014 - 9:40am

Atomic City Transit. Courtesy/LAC


The last time a Transit Study was conducted was just prior to Atomic City Transit starting operations, approximately seven years ago.

The County contracted with LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc. (LSC), to develop a Comprehensive Transit Study / Updated Five-Year Transit Plan (Transit Plan). This contract was executed in February of 2014. Atomic City Transit is funded primarily with Federal Grant funds.

Sheriff Lucero Hosts Appreciation Event For Supporters

on November 22, 2014 - 9:09am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero with his wife Sandra, center standing, hosted an appreciation event Friday night at the Posse Lodge for the many community members who supported his reelection campaign. 'Everyone of them helped with my campaign and I appreciate their efforts so much,' Lucero said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Black Friday Has New Meaning At Los Alamos County Animal Shelter

on November 22, 2014 - 9:04am


Black Friday has a whole new meaning at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. 

Starting Friday, Nov. 28 and running through Dec. 24 all black (or mostly black) cats and dogs will be available for adoption at half price! So come on over and check out the black kittens, black and white cats, black lab mixes and other black pets available for adoption.

The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter is open noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

'Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family' Opens In Library Gallery Dec. 4

on November 22, 2014 - 8:03am
An exhibit from 'Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family' opening Dec. 4 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo


“Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family” will be on display Dec. 4 through Jan. 2 in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Gallery.

The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) in Albuquerque, a nascent museum, which does not yet have a permanent location of its own. There will be a public reception 5-7 p.m  Dec. 4 in the Gallery. Director of the MAMF Dr.

Community Invited To Swearing In Ceremony For Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera At Justice Center

on November 21, 2014 - 12:02pm
New Los Alamos County Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera during an interview at the Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper Thursday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The community is invited to attend a ceremony for Commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera who will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Police for Los Alamos County Police Department.

The ceremony is 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 in the Honorable Judge Pat Casados’ Chambers at the Justice Center followed by a special reception next door in the Police Department Training Room.

San Ildefonso Road Utility Work Begins Nov. 28

on November 21, 2014 - 10:13am


Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities plans to install a gas line along San Ildefonso Road to create a loop that will enhance natural gas capacity and reliability in North Mesa.

The two-month project is scheduled to begin Nov. 28, following Thanksgiving.

The department’s contractor will be working Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to install gas lines along San Ildefonso Road from the roundabout at Diamond Drive to just past Hawk Drive. The lines will then be connected to loop the system between the Los Alamos Middle School and San Ildefonso Road.

Los Alamos County Assessor's Office Employee Curtis Valencia Receives Appraiser Certification

on November 20, 2014 - 1:24pm

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez, left, with Apprentice Appraiser Curtis Valencia who just recieved his New Mexico Certified Appraiser Certification. Courtesy photo


Congratulations goes out to Apprentice Appraiser Curtis Valencia of the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office. 

Valencia received his New Mexico Certified Appraiser Certification from the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, Property Tax Division.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 13 to Nov. 19, 2014

on November 20, 2014 - 1:14pm

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.

Nov. 13 at 1:25 p.m. / A 52-year-old Santa Fe women reported that she was the victim of battery on a school employee on Meadow Lane.

Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. / A 12-year-old Espanola boy reported that he was the victim of larceny on Hawk Drive. The estimated loss is less than $500.

Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.

Los Alamos Firefighters Contain White Rock Brush Fire And Preserve Surrounding Homes

on November 20, 2014 - 10:48am

Los Alamos County Firefighters knocked down a brush fire that erupted this morning in the back yard of a home at 49 Grand Canyon. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider was at the scene and said 30-foot flames could be seen over the roofline of the home. The fire consumed a shed on the property and scorched a 600-800 square-foot area, burning trees and the fence between the home and a neighboring home at 47 Grand Canyon. Grider commended his firefighters saying they did a fantastic job of containing the blaze before it could spread to neighboring homes, which were just 30-40 feet away.

Breaking News: Brush Fire Underway In White Rock

on November 20, 2014 - 9:22am

Emergecy vehicles line Grand Canyon as Los Alamos Firefighters work to get a brush fire under control that is burning behind a home on Grand Canyon in White Rock. LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Grand Canyon is closed and asks motorists to avoid the area while firefighters work to put the fire out. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Workers String Holiday Garland On Lights In Downtown Los Alamos

on November 20, 2014 - 7:56am

County crews work their way down Central Avenue Wednesday stringing holiday garland and wreaths on light posts. Photo by Carol A.

Holiday garland and wreaths decorate light posts near Museum Parke on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A.

White lights on the holiday garland and wreaths shine on light posts along Central Avenue Wednesday night. Photo by Carol A.

Central And Oppenheimer Roadwork Completed

on November 20, 2014 - 7:41am

With the street improvements completed, crews were out Tuesday sweeping and cleaning up the sidewalks and street at the intersection of Oppenheimer and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The barricades have been removed and a curvy new street design revealed on Oppenheimer between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours At Los Alamos Ice Rink

on November 20, 2014 - 5:40am

David Ploeger Returns To Manage Los Alamos Airport

on November 19, 2014 - 7:36pm

David Ploeger


Former Los Alamos County Airport Manager David Ploeger has accepted an offer from the County to return as airport manager.

He served as Los Alamos County Airport manager prior to Peter Soderquist, who retired earlier this month. Under Ploeger's leadership, the airport was named New Mexico Airport of the Year in 2005.  He left the County in 2009 after being appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to serve as Aviation Division Director for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

Before coming to New Mexico, Ploeger served as the manager at the Dinwiddie County


Dec. 5 Council Meeting Changed To Dec. 9

on November 19, 2014 - 9:38am


The Dec. 5 Los Alamos County Council meeting has been changed.

There will now be a regular Council Meeting Tuesday Dec. 9 instead of the previously scheduled of Friday Dec. 5 meeting.


QNM Presents Nine Performance Excellence Awards

on November 19, 2014 - 8:15am

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico’s (QNM) New Mexico Performance Excellence Award Program announces nine recognition recipients: six receiving Piñon Recognition and three receiving Roadrunner Recognition.

Quality New Mexico’s Performance Excellence program is designed to recognize New Mexico organizations that strive to be role models.

“I’m delighted to announce the 2014 New Mexico Performance Excellence Recognition Recipients” QNM President/CEO Julia Gabaldon said. “These organizations are striving for world class excellence and providing the best service to their customers.

County Officials Meet With Business Leaders To Discuss Road Construction Impacts

on November 18, 2014 - 6:59pm
From left, Dave Fox of CB FOX, David Jolly of Metzgers, County Councilor David Israelevitz, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and Public Works Director Philo Shelton met Friday in the County Administrator's Conference Room to discuss upcoming road construction projects and what can be learned from the recent Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos business leaders Dave Fox of CB FOX and David Jolly of Metzgers met Friday morning with Los Alamos County

New Lights Are Being Installed On Central

on November 18, 2014 - 6:40pm

One of the new lights has been installed in front of Fusion Multisport as part of the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The base of several more new lights are installed and waiting for the top piece to be attached along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Prepares Holiday Lights At Ashley Pond

on November 18, 2014 - 3:23pm

Los Alamos County crews were busy Monday evening preparing the lights in the trees around Ashley Pond for the upcoming holiday season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Walkup Aquatic Center HVAC And Boiler Replacement Reopening Delayed

on November 17, 2014 - 7:55pm


The project at the Walkup Aquatics Center was originally planned to reopen to the public in mid-November. The pool is not ready yet but will reopen soon. 

The pool closed Aug. 17 after the Los Alamos Triathlon for this project. The $2.2 million project replaces the 26-year-old boilers and HVAC for the entire building. 

The major equipment is installed in the building and final connections and controls programming are now taking place.

Registration Underway For Ice Skating Classes

on November 17, 2014 - 7:22am

Los Alamos County Ice Skate Instructors Greg Geoffrion, Caroline Boyle and Paul Parker. Courtesy/LAC

LAC News:

Registration is now open for ice skating classes at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

Contact the rink at 505.662.4500 for details or visit the rink website by clicking here.

Jason Herrera Promoted To LAPD Deputy Chief

on November 15, 2014 - 11:57am

Jason Wardlow-Herrera

LAPD News:

Jason Wardlow-Herrera has been promoted to deputy chief at the Los Alamos Police Department.

Wardlow-Herrera most recently served as commander at the department.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Grant To Support Medicaid And CHIP Enrollment for Eligible Children

on November 15, 2014 - 6:44am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $383,152 for the Connecting Kids to Coverage project at Santo Domingo Pueblo to support increased Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment and retention among eligible children. 

The grant was awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2014 American Indian and Alaska Native Outreach and Enrollment Grants, which provided $3.9 million for outreach and enrollment efforts in seven states to help reduce the number of children who remain uninsured.

Diamond Drive Lane Painting Begins Monday

on November 14, 2014 - 5:53am


Beginning Monday, Nov. 17, weather permitting, the County’s contractor, Accu-Stripe, will be painting the turn lane and bike lane symbols on the fog sealed portion of Diamond Drive (North Road/Ridgeway to the roundabout).

Expect short term closures of the left turn lanes between the Pueblo Complex and the roundabout. There will also be short term painting operations in the bike lanes while crews paint the symbols. Work is expected to last  8:30 a.m. to  approximately 5 p.m. all week.

Since this process is temperature sensitive, work may be postponed due to weather.

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Respect Rooftop Energy Production, Los Alamos BPU

on November 13, 2014 - 11:09am