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Letter To The Letter: Pot-Holed Road Last On List

on May 29, 2016 - 10:28am
Los Alamos

Perhaps it is time to revisit the original road improvement project for West Road. As envisioned, the route was to climb from near the ice rink, rising higher on the south canyon wall to rejoin the newer upper stretch of the existing road.

As it is, the existing pot-holed condition of the road will continue to remain last on the list to be considered by the county for repair.

Mesa Public Library Gallery: 3rd Paradigm Exhibit

on May 29, 2016 - 10:22am

‘Samarkind’ by Adrian Bayreuther. Courtesy photo

Lady Chaise Lounge by Izabella Pavlusko. Courtesy photo


An international collective of artists, 3rd Paradigm, will show paintings and sculpture at Mesa Public Library in June. There will be an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 9.

Third Paradigm includes Jemez Springs sculptor Harriette Lawler, along with Alberto D’Assumpcao from Portugal, Adrian Bayreuther from Germany, Olga Dmytrenko from Ukraine, Izabella Pavlusko from Azerbaidjan and Constantin Severin from Romania.

Their work has been widely exhibited in

Locals Invited To Appear In Los Alamos Television Spot With Opportunity To Win $100 Gift Card

on May 28, 2016 - 9:22am
Los Alamos County is seeking locals to appear in an upcoming advertising campaign. The promotional video will feature locals “doing” and “seeing” in and around Los Alamos and enjoying attractions.
This promotion will be a New Mexico True television spot, featuring important locations and attractions in and around Los Alamos. The final filming location will be Los Alamos’ iconic Ashley Pond Park, and a crowd of local participants enjoying the scenery, picnicking, or walking around the pond is needed. The shoot will take place 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9.

Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office Announces OffenderWatch® Mapping And Alerting Service

on May 28, 2016 - 9:21am
By Sheriff Marco Lucero
Los Alamos County

In Los Alamos County, there are approximately 10 registered sex offenders. With summer around the corner we encourage citizens to review our website to see which of these offenders live around them.

The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives and citizens can even sign up for automatic email alerts should an offender move close within any address they register (radius is specified upon registration).

The benefit of registering for this confidential e-mail alert service allows us to monitor your

Pet Of The Week: Mouse The Chihuahua

on May 28, 2016 - 8:20am
Mouse (also known as Minnie) needs a home. Courtesy of Paulina Gwaltney
Mouse (also known as Minnie) is an adorable little Chihuahua mix who was rescued from a high-kill New Mexico shelter, where she was at risk of being euthanized because of heartworm.
Friends of the Shelter couldn’t let that happen, so this sweet girl was transferred to the Los Alamos Shelter. Mouse is in foster care and receiving life-saving heartworm treatments, but she would love to find a forever home where she can get lots of snuggles and short, daily walks to enjoy the sunshine. 

Notice Of Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Combined Ward Meetings And Post-Primary Convention

on May 27, 2016 - 10:11am

DPLA News:

Notice is hereby given by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County of the  Combined Ward Meetings and County Post-Primary Convention to be held Saturday, June 11, 2016  at 9 a.m. at 170 Central Park Square (next to Quiznos) in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Los Alamos County Democrats will meet to elect 16 Delegates to the Congressional District and State Post-Primary Conventions.

The purpose of this meeting is to elect Post-Primary Delegates to attend the Congressional District Post-Primary Convention to be held at Santa Fe High School Gymnasium Saturday June 18, 2016 and the State

Letter To The Editor: County Decisions!

on May 26, 2016 - 10:07pm
Los Alamos

Well how about that? Another complete strike out for our dutiful county council. Except for the one member that voted against this move to transfer the Sheriff’s duties to the LAPD, our council has proven that they have no hind sight nor forward thinking abilities at all!

Sure they want to investigate why there are law suits being lost and all, but they completely fail to see that biggest issue is the leadership in the LAPD that is doing the things that the county is being sued for.

It amounts to the attitude at the top trickling down through the ranks and

Los Alamos County Council Transfers Sheriff’s Duties To Police Department ... Considers Abolishing Office

on May 26, 2016 - 2:08pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero, center, with from left, Deputy John H. Horne, Senior Office Specialist Lisa Gonzalez, Deputy James Leach and Deputy John L. Horne gather for a photo Tuesday outside their office in downtown Los Alamos. Deputy Robert Farris was unable to attend. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
The Los Alamos County Council voted 4-1 Tuesday evening to transfer the bulk of the duties of the Office of Sheriff over to the police department. The maintenance of the sex offender registry will remain with the sheriff.

Los Alamos County Swings To Democratic Majority

on May 26, 2016 - 2:08pm

Longtime Republican Party leader JoAnn Johnson of Los Alamos holds the letter she received from President Ronald Reagan in 1987 congratulating her on her efforts toward creating a Republican majority in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

President Ronald Reagan wrote a letter to longtime state and local Republican Party leader JoAnn Johnson of Los Alamos in 1987, congratulating and thanking her for her efforts toward gaining a Republican majority of registered voters in Los Alamos County.

“I was surprised to receive the

Police Focus On Accident Related Traffic Violations

on May 26, 2016 - 2:06pm

LAPD News:

Starting now and continuing through the summer, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident related violations to include seatbelt enforcement.

The public can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by adhering to posted speed limit signs, allowing enough room between them and the vehicle they are following and driving with caution when roadways are wet. Officers also will be on the lookout for impaired drivers for the next few months.

To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #D-W-I, or #-3-9-4. Citizens in Los Alamos also

Nature Center Open Memorial Day Weekend

on May 26, 2016 - 1:36pm
Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road is open this Memorial Day weekend. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
This weekend is a great time to spend time in nature, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Day and is a great day to visit the animals, use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike, pick up a Passport to the Pajarito Plateau, or build great memories with family and friends in the Satch and George Cowan Children's Discovery Area.

For more information about the Los Alamos Nature Center, operated by the Pajarito

Los Alamos MainStreet Receives National Award!

on May 26, 2016 - 1:30pm

The Los Alamos MainStreet contingent from left, Ryn Hermann, Suzette Fox, Kelly Stewart and Philo Shelton at the national awards presentation May 23 in Milwaukee. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox holds her national award. Courtesy photo

No need to travel to Disneyland or watch fictional Mayberry on “The Andy Griffith” show to experience Main Street USA. Just visit downtown Los Alamos!

Los Alamos MainStreet was selected as a winner of the 2016 Great American Main Street Awards, chosen by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust

Council Calls For Letters Of Interest For Probate Judge

on May 25, 2016 - 3:24pm


Los Alamos County Councilors responded during Tuesday night’s meeting to the resignation of Probate Judge Bill McKerley.

McKerley wrote a letter dated May 19, 2016 to Council Chair Rick Reiss that his resignation will be effective upon appointment of a replacement. McKerley was appointed to the position Feb. 16 after Probate Judge Chris Chandler resigned.

McKerley stated in his letter that he had recently been informed by the County Attorney that he had a conflict of interest under the State’s Code of Conduct, which prohibits political involvement for even part-time probate

Los Alamos Police Blotter May 18 To May 24, 2016

on May 25, 2016 - 2:19pm

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.


May 18 at 5:47 a.m. / Police arrested James Carpenter, 30, of Jemez Springs near 44th Street and Urban on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





May 19 at 3:10 p.m. / Police arrested Concha Herrera, 37, of Truchas at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with shoplifting. The estimated loss is more than $250.  





Today's Bear Sighting In Quemazon Is Reminder About Living With Large Predators In Los Alamos County

on May 23, 2016 - 3:47pm

A bear is spotted at 1 p.m. today first on the deck and then helping himself to the contents of a birdfeeder hanging in a tall tree in the backyard of a home in Quemazon. The homeowner contacted the police who are now tracking the bear. When the bear left the residence, he was traveling in a northeasterly direction. The latest word is he was spotted near Torreon in Quemazon a short while later and perhaps moved on to lower Quemazon. The Quemazon Montessori has been notified. Courtesy photo

The bear takes down a hummingbird feeder this afternoon in the yard of a residence in Quemazon.

County Ends Contract For A19 Infrastructure

on May 23, 2016 - 12:13pm


Los Alamos County took action Friday, May 20 to conclude its contract with RMCI, Inc. for their services relating to infrastructure installation at the A-19 parcel in White Rock.

According to County Engineer Eric Martinez, RMCI was not successful with trenching to install utility lines needed to provide infrastructure at the A-19 site located north of SR4. 

Earlier in the process, geotechnical sampling had identified that a portion of the area targeted for utility installation contained the problematic basalt.


Scenes From Plaque Dedication At Post Office

on May 23, 2016 - 12:03pm
Officials and community members gather Friday afternoon for the plaque dedication ceremony at the Los Alamos Post Office at 199 Central Park Square. Photo by Chris Clark/
Officials unveil the new plaque, from left, Councilor Pete Sheehey, Museum Director Emeritus Hedy Dunn, Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board Chair Mark Rayburn, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather Reed McClenahan and Los Alamos Historian Nancy R. Bartlit. Photo by Chris Clark/


Officials and community members gathered Friday afternoon for a

County's Home Renewal Program Update: 13 Applications Received In First Cycle

on May 23, 2016 - 10:19am


The deadline to apply for the new Home Renewal Program closed last week. Today, Project Manager and Executive Director Steve Brugger of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP) announced that their office has received 13 applications.

“The number of applications received during this first cycle met our expectations,” Brugger said. “It shows that there is a need for this kind of program in Los Alamos, and the response from the community has been very positive and supportive.”

LAHP is under contract to the County to administer the Home Renewal Program, which provides

Letter To The Editor: Glad County Halts Weed Spraying

on May 23, 2016 - 8:32am
Los Alamos

I am happy to read that the weed spraying has been stopped, as this poses a danger to humans and animals.

Last year, I was walking our senior dog behind Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock where he ate some grass that was growing along the schoolyard fence. As I walked him there again the next day, I noticed that all the weeds were dead, which signaled to me that someone must have sprayed them.

The days that followed were extremely scary for us, as our dog developed severe diarrhea, which lasted several days. Thank goodness, he survived.

Authors Speak Features Anita Rodriguez May 26

on May 23, 2016 - 7:39am

Self portrait,Me My Bones My Roses’. Courtesy/Anita Rodriguez


The public is invited to Mesa Public Library on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. for the latest installment in the ongoing Authors Speak series, featuring Taos resident Anita Rodriguez. Rodriguez is an award-winning artist, who is also widely known as an enjarradora, or plasterer and finisher of adobe buildings.

“Unique, spirited, brilliant, strong” are the words that come to mind when describing the author and artist Anita Rodriguez.

Pet Of The Week: Domingo The Dog

on May 23, 2016 - 7:38am

Domingo seeks a good home. Courtesy/LAC

Shelter News:

Domingo is a 2.5-year-old cattle dog mix with the cutest floppy ears and brown patch over one eye.

He was surrendered due to some disagreements with an elderly dog in the house, so he would likely do better in an only dog home or with a younger, athletic dog that he can play with.

Domingo is very active, and he LOVES to run.his active boy would make a great addition to a family that loves to enjoy the outdoors. Domingo is friendly to the max and loves attention and playtime.

For information about volunteering, adopting and donating and

Council To Consider Sending Ordinance Amendment To Electorate To Abolish Office Of Sheriff In Los Alamos

on May 20, 2016 - 9:25pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council is scheduled to hear Ordinance No. 665, which proposes amendments, to be submitted to voters for adoption or rejection at the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election. The amendments would consolidate all remaining powers and duties of the Office of the Sheriff to the Los Alamos Police Department and abolish the sheriff as an elective office.

This proposed action arises out of discussion during the recent budget hearings at which Sheriff Marco Lucero pointed out that service of process has become a riskier activity than

Probate Judge Bill McKerley Tenders Resignation

on May 20, 2016 - 8:35pm

Probate Judge Bill McKerley

Staff Report:

Los Alamos County Probate Judge Bill McKerley has submitted his resignation from that office as recent changes to the Code of Judicial Conduct make the office incompatible with his role as chair of the local Republican Party.

As a result of the resignation of prior Probate Judge Christine Chandler, the office of Los Alamos County Probate judge was included in the Governor's call for the general election.

Los Alamos Police Department Participates In Thursday's 2016 Special Olympics Torch Run

on May 20, 2016 - 11:48am

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department gather Thursday morning for the 2016 Special Olympics Torch Run. Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD

From left, Special Olympics athletes Sam and Jenny run the first leg of the 2016 Torch Run to Jemez Springs Thurday with Los Alamos Special Olympics Chair Cmdr. Oliver Morris. Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD

Runners gather in Jemez Springs with Santa Ana police officer after 42 miles of running in the 2016 Torch Run! Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD

County Halts Weed Spraying Due To Citizen Concerns

on May 20, 2016 - 9:06am


Due to concerns voiced by citizens regarding the use of herbicides as a weed management tool, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division has postponed indefinitely spraying in the following turf areas: 

  • Rover Park;
  • East Park;
  • Community Soccer;
  • Myrtle Green;
  • Ashley Pond;
  • Fuller Lodge;
  • Aquatic Center;
  • Western Area;
  • Urban Park;
  • Barranca Mesa; and
  • North Mesa Sports Complex.

County ordinance requires weed abatement, due to health and safety, and general appearance of the common areas in the community, and so County departments and divisions are continuing their weed control programs in