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County Council Delays Electric Rate Hike

on December 17, 2014 - 2:16pm

Lisa Vedder and Scott Burnham of Leidos Engineering LLC answer questions during Tuesday evening's public hearing on a proposed electric rate increase. Also briefing Council and answering questions were Department of Public Utilities officials from left, Business Operations Manager Karen Kendall, Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Bob Westervelt and DPU Manager Tim Glasco.
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County Honors Councilors Geoff Rodgers And Frances Berting As Their Terms Come To An End

on December 16, 2014 - 8:07pm
This evening in Council Chambers, Councilors, Board and Commission members and staff formally recognize County Councilors Geoff Rodgers and Frances Berting who are completing their terms on Council and will be leaving the Council Dec. 31, 2014. Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson, on behalf of Council, presents Council Chair Rodgers with a special Nambe plaque in honor of his many years of service to the County and the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Councilor Chair Geoff Rodgers, on behalf of Council, presents Councilor Fran Berting with a special Nambe plaque in honor of

Council Honors Los Alamos Coaches And Proclaims Dec. 17 'Rob & Kathy Hipwood Day'

on December 16, 2014 - 7:51pm

Councilor David Izraelevitz, right, on behalf of the Los Alamos County Council this evening presented a proclamation to Los Alamos High School coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

It was standing room only in Council Chambers this evening as local athletes turned out in droves to see their coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood of Los Alamos High School honored by the County Council for their many achievements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STAFF REPORT

Los Alamos County Council recognized Los Alamos Hifgh School coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood as Girls'

Los Alamos Police Department Hosts Awards Banquet

on December 16, 2014 - 5:50pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone presents the Civilian of Year Award to Senior Office Specialist Connie Salazar. Courtesy/LAPD

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone presents the Detention Officer of the Year Award to Ofc. David Bradshaw. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its first awards banquet Saturday to honor employees for their outstanding performance, dedication to their profession and service to their community.

Chief Dino Sgambellone wants to emphasize the importance of recognizing employees for going “above and beyond” what is expected of them during day to

Local Police Ramp Up Enforcement For Holiday Safety

on December 16, 2014 - 9:35am

LAPD News:

Starting now and continuing through the holidays, 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 inclement weather threatens.

Officers also will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday season. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #D-W-I, or #-3-9-4.

Citizens in Los

Council Expected To Vote On Electric Rate Hike Tonight

on December 16, 2014 - 8:52am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council is scheduled to vote this evening on the new proposed increase in electric rates at its final Council meeting of the year.

The proposed rate increase is a result of a study that began in June of 2014 when the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) contracted with Leidos to perform a detailed cost and revenue analysis and determine what rate adjustments, if any, are necessary to provide adequate revenues to cover expenses and meet reserve and debt service requirements.

Additionally, DPU asked the consultant to review the existing customer classes and

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County Turning Off Streetlights To Enhance Farolitos Viewing

on December 15, 2014 - 12:04pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.

The streetlights will be turned off Wednesday, Dec. 24 and will be restored Friday, Dec. 26.

For safety purposes, the County requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the time that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos.

Honey The Dog Needs A Home

on December 14, 2014 - 2:51pm

Honey the dog. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Honey is a sweet and pretty spayed female Anatolian shepherd mix, now ready for a home that has time to enjoy exercising with her and making her a part of the family.

Shelter volunteers are teaching Honey good behavior, such as keeping all four paws on the floor and not running out of the kennel door when it’s opened. Her new training will make her the perfect addition to any home. For a personalized introduction, call her sponsor at 505.501.0790.

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

Pet of the Week: Vuitton The Dog

on December 13, 2014 - 7:20am

Vuitton. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Vuitton is a 2-year-old neutered male Lab/shepherd cross surrendered to the shelter.

He has silver markings on his legs and muzzle. He loves to go for hikes and spend time with his family.

Vuitton will need a tall fence with a barrier along the top. The best way to avoid escape attempts is to prevent loneliness and boredom by including him in family life.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. For information about volunteering, adopting and

Los Alamos County Issues Statement On New Mexico Airlines' Suspending All Flights In New Mexico

on December 12, 2014 - 10:12am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County officials commented this morning on two news stories featured by KOB and KOAT television that New Mexico Airlines, who holds a contract with the Los Alamos Airport for commercial air service, has suspended all flights in New Mexico.

“On Dec. 4, we learned through customer reports and airport observations that all flights had been canceled,” Public Works Director Philo Shelton said.

Upon learning the news, the County contacted New Mexico Airlines to inquire if the flight cancellations were temporary or if any information could be furnished to the Airport or to

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 4 To Dec. 10, 2014

on December 11, 2014 - 10:50am

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.

GLORIA ORTIZ

Dec. 4 at 9:23 a.m. / Police arrested Gloria Ortiz, 53, of Santa Fe near Diamond Drive and Range Road and charged her with operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. / A 12-year-old Espanola boy reported that he was battered on Hawk Drive.

 

NEVEN FARQUHAR

Dec. 5 at 10:25 a.m.

Recount Underway For Commissioner Of Public Lands Race

on December 11, 2014 - 10:09am

A recount is underway this morning in the Los Alamos County Clerk's warehouse at 1000 Central Ave., for the Commissioner of Public Lands race. Clerk's at all 33 counties across New Mexico are conducting recounts of this race today. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

ELECTION News:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover announced Wednesday that her office received notice from the Secretary of State that an agreement was reached by all parties, allowing the stay to be lifted on the automatic recount for the Commissioner of Public Lands race.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has officially

Los Alamos County Participates In State-Wide Recount For Commissioner Of Public Lands

on December 10, 2014 - 7:35pm

Land Commissioner Ray Powell

ELECTION News:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover announced today, her office received notice from the Secretary of State, that an agreement was reached by all parties, allowing the stay to be lifted on the automatic recount for the Commissioner of Public Lands race.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has officially lifted the stay and the State Canvassing Board (Governor, SOS and Supreme Court Justice) has issued a 20-page amended order for the statewide recount. County Clerks, at all county seats across New Mexico, are to begin the recount process 8 a.m.

Council Defines Path Forward For Town Tagline

on December 10, 2014 - 10:26am

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess briefs Council Tuesday evening on the effort that began in 2005 to find an effective way in which to market Los Alamos to those living outside the community. County Attorney Rebecca Elher, center, ensures Council stays within the guidelines of its current contract with Atlas. Senior Deputy Clerk Ona Trujillo documents the meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council removed 'Live Exponentially' and is adding 'Where Discoveries Are Made' to the list of possible taglines to market to people living outside the
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Los Alamos DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on December 10, 2014 - 8:38am

Recently the committee gathered to celebrate their work and look at future projects and goals. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

DWIPC News:

Education is key in the prevention of drinking and driving or other impairments and the local DWI Planning Council (DWIPC) has been working on the issue for a decade in our community.

In order to apply for and receive this grant money, the Los Alamos County Council established the DWIPC through a resolution in 2004. The DWIPC advises the County Council on its DWI plan and spending of DWI grant funds. 

 

The DWIPC will receive $64,000 for 2015 and the

'Live Exponentially' Has Died

on December 10, 2014 - 12:33am

Following weeks of public outcry through emails, telephone calls and letters to the editor expressing opposition, the Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to scrap the tagline 'Live Exponentially'. Seated from left listening to community members speak out against the unpopular tagline at Tuesday's Council meeting, Councilors Fran Berting, Steven Girrens, David Izraelevitz, Chair Geoff Rodgers, Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and Pete Sheehey. Councilor Rick Reiss attended the meeting via telephone. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members wait in line to

Aquatic Center Reopening 6 a.m. Wednesday!

on December 9, 2014 - 11:28am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division just announced that the Aquatic Center is reopening at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The pool will remain open until 8 p.m. and admission is free.

County DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on December 8, 2014 - 8:40pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council is set to meet at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11 in Room 110 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Included in the agenda is a report from the coordinator and chair and a Reach and Rise Mentoring Program overview by Aaron Purtzer.

The meeting is open to the public.

County Councilors Light Tree At Municipal Building

on December 7, 2014 - 2:30pm
Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers gets some help Saturday from son Jason to light the 20-foot tall tree for the holidays inside the Municipal Building. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The tree is alight. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Council members, from left, Chair Geoff Rodgers and son Jason, Rick Reiss, Fran Berting, Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and Pete Sheehey at the tree lighting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Visitors were invited to pose for silly photos during Saturday's Tree Lighting event at the Municipal

Farolito Sand Now Available To Los Alamos Residents

on December 5, 2014 - 11:51am

Traditional farolitos. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

COUNTY News:

Each year, the Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division provides free farolito or luminaria sand as a courtesy to residents.

Sand is now available at these locations:

  • Overlook Park – in south Parking Lot
  • Urban Park – in 42nd St. Parking Area
  • Sullivan Field – west side of Parking Lot
  • Barranca Mesa – at the end of Barranca Rd @ Navajo
  • North Mesa – at the north end of Soccer Field Parking Lot

Residents are asked to limit the amount of sand taken to the amount needed for their holiday farolitos or luminarias.

Friends Of The Shelter At Fuller Lodge Open House Dec. 6

on December 5, 2014 - 10:44am

Feeling the Christmas spirit, Tyrone the 5-pound yorkie plans to attend Saturday's Open House at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

SHELTER News:

Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter (FOS) will have a table in the lobby 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Fuller Lodge Open House event.

Volunteers will be selling FOS 2015 Calendars, pottery, magnets, as well as small beeswax candles that fit perfectly into some of the pots. Volunteers also will have information on dogs and cats available for adoption.

The money raised enables FOS to continue to fund spay/neuter efforts and helps pay for

Public Invited To 'Swearing In' Ceremony For Newly Elected Officials Dec. 19

on December 5, 2014 - 10:03am

Taking the oath of office. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to attend the official "swearing in" ceremony for newly elected officials at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 in Council Chambers, inside the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

County Councilors James Chrobocinski, David Izraelevitz, Susan O’Leary and Rick Reiss will be sworn in, along with County Assessor Ken Milder, Magistrate Judge Pat Casados, Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, Probate Judge Christine Chandler and County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

The ceremony is being hosted by County Clerk Sharon Stover and her staff in the

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County Employees Decorate Holiday Tree

on December 4, 2014 - 2:34pm

County employees are hard at work today setting up a holiday tree in the lobby of the Municipal Building. The County Council will host a public 'lighting of the tree' at 5:30 p.m. Saturday – just ahead of the annual holiday lights parade on Central Avenue and part of Winterfest activities kicking off this weekend. Doors to the lobby will open at 5 p.m. and refreshments will be served until the parade begins. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 2014

on December 4, 2014 - 11:51am

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.

DENIKA ROMERO

Nov. 27 at 9:46 p.m. / Police arrested Denika Romero, 33, of Espanola in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Nov. 28 at 3:59 p.m. / A 57-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Gold Street.

 

RYAN ROLLER

Nov. 28 at 4:22 p.m.

Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing Is Tuesday

on December 3, 2014 - 1:27pm

Chickens line up on a bench. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Residents of the County have made requests for the Council to consider an amendment to the Code of Ordinances to allow the keeping of a small number of chickens in all residential districts.

The proposed chicken ordinance public hearing on this issue has been resheduled for the County Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The County's open forum has closed for this topic as of Nov.

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