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Los Alamos Fire Admininstration Offices Closed Aug. 27-29

on August 26, 2014 - 3:43pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department Administrative offices at 999 Central Ave., Suite 200 will be closed Wednesday Aug. 27 through Friday Aug. 29.

All Administrative staff will be participating in a process of Internal Stakeholders meetings during this time, as the department is working on a process of improving daily quality of services by establishing a new Community Driven Strategic Plan.

Telephones will be routed to 311 Customer Care during working hours. Messages will be checked regularly and returned promptly. The community's patience and understanding is appreciated.

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Vehicle Crashes Into Canyon Near Anderson Overlook ... Main Hill Road Remains Closed

on August 25, 2014 - 9:39pm

The Main Hill Road remains closed this evening following a single-vehicle accident this afternoon near Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A male and female were seriously injured and air lifted to area hospitals today after their vehicle left the roadway near Anderson Overlook and landed in the canyon.

"We're still investigating this single-vehicle accident that occurred about 3:30 p.m. today at mile marker 5 on N.M. 502," said Major Ken Johnson of the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Department during an interview at about 9 p.m.

Fate of Pajarito Ski Area in Public's Hands ... Proposed Temporary Pipeline Permit Meeting Tonight

on August 25, 2014 - 4:14pm

USFS News:

The proposed Pajarito Ski Area temporary pipeline permit will be explained at a public meeting at 6 p.m. today.

The Española Ranger District is hosting the meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos. The meeting will be in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Dr. side of the church.

Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the “scoping” period.

“This proposal is pretty simple in design,” Española Ranger District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker said.

Alert: Main Hill Road Closed - Use Truck Route!

on August 25, 2014 - 3:55pm

News Alert:

The County just announced that the Main Hill Road (N.M. 502) is closed in both directions, near Anderson Overlook.

Los Alamos police and fire rescue crews are at the scene.

Evening commuters should use the truck route. No further details available yet on the status of the accident.

Utilities Ballot Question Debated At GOP Forum

on August 24, 2014 - 4:46pm
CRC Chair Susan O'Leary addresses the pro point of view at Thursday's GOP forum at UNM-LA as from left, John Arrowsmith and Felicia Orth and Ed Birnbaum listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Felicia Orth and John Arrowsmith express opposition to the proposed DPU charter changes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos voters are facing a major decision in the Nov. 4 election - whether to change Article 5 of the County Charter related to the Department of Public Utilities or - after 46 years - leave it alone.

The pros and

Pet of the Week: Tucker the Cat

on August 24, 2014 - 8:38am

Tucker the Cat. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Tucker is a handsome long-haired, adult male Angora cat. He is dark with white tuxedo markings on his chest. 

Quite the fastidious kitty, he loves to be brushed and has a soft, silky coat. Tucker is exceptionally friendly and comes right up to be petted by visitors. He loves to be petted. 

Tucker was originally adopted from our shelter about two years ago and was surrendered when his owners moved and could not take him.

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

LAVA Hosting Elevator Pitch Contest at ScienceFest

on August 24, 2014 - 7:36am

Nicholas Seet

By Mandy Marksteiner

The Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) will host a Pitch Contest 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest.

The event will take place at Fuller Lodge and more than $1,000 in prize money is available.

In the world of entrepreneurship, a quick speech opens doors. It can lead to meeting a team member or getting a check from an investor. Participants will have 60 seconds to sell judges on their-prize winning business venture ideas. Judges will include experienced entrepreneurs, investors and executives from the community.

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 25

on August 24, 2014 - 7:32am

COUNTY News:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150 or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
As part of the pavement preservation effort, chip seal operations are underway on several streets in White Rock. Streets that will be chip sealed include Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court.

Los Alamos Big Band Entertains Concert Crowd

on August 23, 2014 - 11:24am
The Los Alamos Big Band entertains the crowd at Friday's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. The Los Alamos Daily Post sponsored the concert for the third year in a row. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A crowd gathers to hear the Los Alamos Big Band despite Friday's chilly temperature. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Members of the Los Alamos Big Band's saxophone section. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Jennifer and Los Alamos sheriff candidate Jaret McDonald dance to the Los Alamos Big Band, led by his father, Jan McDonald. Photo by Bonnie J.

Stargaze At Dark Night Saturday Aug. 30

on August 23, 2014 - 5:01am

PAJARITO ASTRONOMERS News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 7:45 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Aug. 30 at Spirio Soccer Field in Overlook Park.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. 

A crescent moon as well as the planets Mercury, Mars, Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Vigorous Debate Ensues At Thursday's GOP Forum at UNM-LA Over Proposed DPU Charter Changes

on August 22, 2014 - 11:51am

From left, moderator Bill McKerley goes over the ground rules with 'con' panelists John Arrowsmith and Felicia Orth and 'pro' panelists Susan O'Leary and Ed Birnbaum during Thursday's GOP forum on the proposed changes to the charter for the Department of Public Utilities and its board. Read the full story in this weekend's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Many audience members took notes during Thursday's GOP Forum at UNM-LA on the proposed charter changes to the Department of Public Utilities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Big Band Performs At Pond 7 p.m. Today

on August 22, 2014 - 7:06am
Los Alamos Big Band performing at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
 
By RUSS GORDON
Summer Concert Series Producer

And now for something completely different! At 7 p.m. today, Aug. 22, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series returns to Ashley Pond for a concert by the Los Alamos Big Band.

The show is free of charge and paid for by the sponsors of the Concert Series. See the list of sponsors at www.gordonssummerconcerts.com. This concert is Los Alamos Daily Post Night.

The LA Big Band has been a fixture in town since 1945 when the “pop band” was called the LA All-Stars.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 14 to Aug. 20, 2014

on August 21, 2014 - 11:37am

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. 14 at 4:05 a.m. / A 22-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on San Ildefonso Road. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

Aug. 14 at 3:39 p.m. / A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on La Vista Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

Aug. 14 at 5:03 p.m.

FlyLosAlamos Mobile Site Takes Off

on August 21, 2014 - 8:32am

COUNTY News:

FlyLosAlamos has launched a new mobile-friendly website offering a better way to view flight information and make reservations.

Formatted to fit all types of mobile devices, the site offers streamlined navigation that connects customers to flight schedules, an airport location map, tap-to-call function for reservations, and a connection to the New Mexico Airlines website to view availability and book a flight.  

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said the new mobile site was designed with the busy traveler in mind.

“Passenger feedback indicated that many travelers wanted to

Community Invited to Attend Forum Analyzing Proposed DPU Charter Change Aug. 21

on August 19, 2014 - 2:37pm

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 in the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505.

The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities. Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions.

Community members are encouraged to attend as this forum will be a great opportunity to learn about this important community issue voters will be deciding in November. 

A regular business meeting will follow.

Aquatic Center CLOSED Through Mid-November

on August 19, 2014 - 8:33am

COUNTY News:

The Aquatic Center is closed through mid-November for the HVAC upgrades project.

While the Aquatics Center is closed, services at the Aquatics Center to the public have been relocated to the Ice Rink and the Municipal Building.

NOTE: HOURS OF SERVICE HAVE CHANGED DURING THE CLOSURE:

Municipal Building Suite 150

  • Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. The public can obtain park reservations, camping permits, aquatics center passes, recreation program/event registration, temporary vending permits. Phone 505.662.8170.

Ice Rink

  • Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Los Alamos Police Charge Steven C. Porter With Multiple Drug Related Counts

on August 18, 2014 - 7:21pm

Steven C. Porter

STAFF REPORT

Los Alamos police have charged Steven C. Porter of White Rock with more than a dozen criminal counts including possession of a controlled substance, trafficking of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.

Porter, 46, is a Pajarito Acres homeowner who was handcuffed and removed from the annual meeting of the Pajarito Acres Home Owners Association Sunday evening at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4.

PAHOA President Eldon Linnebur told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene Sunday evening that more than 100 people representing

County's Indoor Facility Reservations Responsibility Transferred to CED

on August 18, 2014 - 3:33pm

COUNTY News:

Beginning today, responsibility for Los Alamos County’s indoor facility reservations is transferred from the Community Services Department (Administration) to the Community and Economic Development Department (Facilities). 

The contact person is Bob Feagans. The Fuller Lodge Reservation office will be staffed 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

The telephone number will remain the same at 505.662.8405 and will be answered by scheduling staff 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Monday through Friday.

Los Alamos Firefighters On The Job 24/7

on August 18, 2014 - 8:50am

Los Alamos County Firefighter Cary Mace on the job Sunday afternoon in front of Fire Station 6 on East Road. Local firefighters rotate shifts to provide 24/7 coverage to the community and LANL. When they aren't fighting fires or responding to medical calls, firefighters participate in ongoing training programs, maintain the six fire stations and equipment such as fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos and White Rock, conduct educational presentations to schools and community events and devote time to physical fitness workouts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Los Alamos Police Remove Pajarito Acres Man From Home Owners Association Meeting Tonight

on August 17, 2014 - 9:41pm

STAFF REPORT

Pajarito Acres homeowner Steven C. Porter was handcuffed and removed from the annual meeting of the Pajarito Acres Home Owners Association underway this evening at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4.

PAHOA President Eldon Linnebur told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene that more than 100 people representing more than 50 lots attended the meeting in the church conference room. Porter was sitting at the back of the room and there were at least two detectives dressed in plain clothes sitting in the room.

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 18

on August 17, 2014 - 10:22am

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Week of Aug. 18.

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:

As part of the pavement preservation effort, chip seal operations are scheduled to begin next week on elected streets in White Rock. Streets that will be chip sealed include Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court.

Los Alamos Home Sales Rise; Prices Dip in Second Quarter of 2014

on August 17, 2014 - 8:13am

LAAR News:

Single family home and condo/townhome sales combined increased by 8 percent when comparing the second quarter of 2014 to the same quarter in 2013, according to figures released by the Los Alamos Association of REALTORS®.

During this same period, the median price of single family homes dropped by 9 percent or from $277,525 in the second quarter of 2013 to $255,000 in the second quarter of 2014.

Condo and townhome sales also noted a dip in prices from $215,000 in the second quarter of 2013 to $155,000 during the same quarter in 2014. The overall volume of single family home sales

Meet the Candidate Event Held For Councilor Rick Reiss

on August 16, 2014 - 9:10am

Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss, left, and hosts Ann Hayes and Pat Soran at Wednesday's 'Meet the Candidate' fundraiser for Reiss. Reiss and his wife Deborah served as United Way campaign chairs in 1998 and Hayes and Soran are the current United Way campaign co-chairs. Approximately 40 people attended the fundraiser. Photo by Morris Pongratz

Wind Sculptures Adorn White Rock Visitor Center

on August 16, 2014 - 8:17am

Wind sculptures created by Lyman Whitaker and purchased with Art in Public Places funds from the Wiford Gallery in Santa Fe were installed Friday at the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. Photo by Libby Carlsten

Council Approves Contract With REDI Net to Enhance Los Alamos, White Rock Business Districts

on August 15, 2014 - 1:16pm

Los Alamos Deputy County Administrator/CFO Steve Lynne and Matt Casados of REDI Net in Council Chambers today present details of a proposed $250,000 general services contract with REDI Net for the purpose of developing 'fiber meet points' in business districts around the community. Council voted 6-0 to approve the contract, under which REDI Net will provide research, design, engineering and construction services to place fiber meet points in the downtown areas of Los Alamos and White Rock.

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