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Los Alamos County Taps Joan Ahlers For Economic Development Administrator

on October 21, 2016 - 4:57pm

Joan Ahlers


Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess announced this morning that Joan Ahlers has been selected for the position of Economic Development Administrator.

Ahlers has been the Chief Operations Officer for Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) for over four years, with oversight of six departments and responsibilities involving leased facilities, construction of new projects, custodial and maintenance operations, managing fixed assets, and technology and data integration.


Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 24

on October 21, 2016 - 8:58am


Road Construction Update: Week of Oct. 24.

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; please contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150 for meeting information.

Children are attracted by

Los Alamos Police Host Drug Take Back Day Saturday

on October 20, 2016 - 10:01am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will be hosting its bi-annual Drug Take Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22 at the following locations:

  • Smith’s parking lot: 751 Trinity Dr.; and
  • White Rock Visitor Center: 115 State Route # 4.

This drug diversion program is a part of a national initiative by the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

LAPD asks the public to refrain from bringing

Girrens: What’s So Fun

on October 20, 2016 - 8:57am
GOP Candidate For Re-election

During the past months I’ve been asked, why are you running again Girrens? Haven’t you had enough? What’s so fun about being a Councilor anyway?

Believe me there have been several times when I asked myself the “what’s so fun” question, particularly while driving home to White Rock after a Council meeting around 10 p.m. on a cold, snowy winter night. 

I played back the tapes of Council events over the past three years and 9 months asking myself what was fun.

Special highlights rose to the top:

  • the Teen Center dedication;
  • agreement on

McDonald: My Plans On Council

on October 20, 2016 - 8:16am
GOP Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

I am a lifetime resident of Los Alamos. Both of my parents were employed with the Los Alamos schools for 29 years.

My dad, Jan McDonald, was Los Alamos High School band director and still continues to teach students privately.

My mother, Sheryl Parsons, was an elementary school teacher, who taught at each of the elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock. My wife, Jen, and I live in White Rock with our two rescue German Shepherds.

I am a proud member of Rotary and feel very strongly about giving back to the community.

County Attorney Finalists Share Interests In Job

on October 19, 2016 - 3:37pm
County Manager Harry Burgess, center, speaks with County Attorney finalists and guests at an Oct. 6 community reception at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

The four finalists for the Los Alamos County Attorney position gathered at a community reception Oct. 6 in the Community Room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 12 – Oct. 17, 2016

on October 19, 2016 - 1:47pm

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.

Oct. 12 at 10:25 a.m. / Police arrested David Bourassa, 38, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction. The police booking photo is not available.


Oct. 12 at 11:09 a.m. / Police arrested Michael Sanchez, 26, of Espanola near Airport Road and East Road on an outstanding District Court warrant

Oct. 12 at 2:24 p.m.

Former Los Alamos County Administrator Max Baker Has Died

on October 19, 2016 - 11:06am

Former County Administrator Max Baker with his beloved wife Kathryn by his side returned to Los Alamos from Utah in April 2014 to attend the retirement party for longtime County employee Kyle Zimmerman at Fuller Lodge. Baker and Zimmerman worked together for many years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Former Los Alamos County Administrator Max Baker has died following a courageous battle with cancer. He and his wife Kathryn have been living in Farmington, Utah for several years.

Baker's career at Los Alamos County spanned nearly two decades.

Second Kiwanis Forum Features Candidates For Probate Judge, County Clerk And District Attorney

on October 19, 2016 - 10:03am

Five candidates participated in the second Kiwanis election forum Oct. 11. Shown here from left, Anne Nobile, an Independent incumbent running for a full four-year term as probate judge; Yvonne Chicoine, a Republican candidate for district attorney in the First Judicial District; Marco Peter Serna, a Democrat running for district attorney in the First Judicial District; Amy Woods, a Democrat seeking the post of Los Alamos County Clerk; and Naomi Maestas, a GOP candidate for county clerk. On Oct.

Los Alamos Teen Center Open House Party Nov. 3

on October 19, 2016 - 9:26am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess Issues Statement Regarding Recent Arrest Of Atomic City Transit Bus Driver

on October 18, 2016 - 5:05pm
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess
Los Alamos County Manager

I would like to take this opportunity to address the community regarding the recent arrest of Atomic City Transit bus driver Joseph Dimas on charges of criminal sexual contact of a minor and enticement of a minor.

Atomic City Transit has been valued as an integral part of our transportation system for over a decade. Providing safe, reliable transportation options in our community is one of our county’s goals, and giving our riders prompt, courteous service is our mission.

Picker Truck Knocks Out Traffic Light At Conoco Hill

on October 18, 2016 - 4:42pm

A picker truck drove under the light at Conoco Hill this afternoon and took out the stop light at Diamond Drive and Arkansas Street. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution. Photo by Jennifer Olsen

Letter To The Editor: Sheriff Responds To Gibson

on October 18, 2016 - 3:55pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff

Reference: Robert Gibson’s Letter to the Editor

This letter is in response to clarify some misleading statements authored by Mr. Robert Gibson. Mr. Gibson mentions the same arguments he made during the recent public forum, which then as well as now are inaccurate and misleading. 

Mr. Gibson mentions that the only role I currently have is to register and monitor the criminally convicted sex offenders.

Candidates Present Views At League's Second Forum

on October 18, 2016 - 2:18pm
Democratic candidates for Los Alamos County Council from left, incumbent Pete Sheehey, Chris Chandler and Antonio Maggiore. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Republican candidates for Los Alamos County Council from left, Jaret McDonald, incumbent Steven Girrens and Patrick Brenner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Community Lab owner Prisca Tiassé Yoder, PhD, right, and her intern Kaylen Pocaterra speak with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján at Thursday's League of Women Voter's Forum at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

MPNHP Advisory Committee Meets Noon Thursday

on October 18, 2016 - 8:42am
The Los Alamos County Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee meets at noon Thursday Oct. 20, in Room 330 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.
I. Call to Order
II. Introductions
III. Status of committee tour of DOE owned sites
IV. Report from Council Work Session re: Tourism Strategic Plan
V. Reports from subcommittees
A. Transportation
B. Signage
C. Other Attractions/Amenities
VI. Next Meeting Scheduled: TBD
VII. Adjourn Meeting

Letter To The Editor: Confused About Sheriff?

on October 18, 2016 - 7:30am
Former Los Alamos County Councilor
Charter Review Committee Chair 1994-95

Here are the basics on the sheriff issue, Question 1 on the ballot.

Unique in New Mexico, Los Alamos is a combined city-county under a charter (analogous to a constitution) approved by voters.

In accord with our charter, we have a police department responsible for law enforcement. For historical reasons, we also have a sheriff who’s ONLY, repeat, ONLY current duty is to register sex offenders. Like all other traditional sheriff’s duties, that could also be transferred to the police department.

Tourism Secretary Shares Good News With Los Alamos

on October 17, 2016 - 10:45pm
N.M. Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham shares good news about the growth of tourism in Los Alamos and around the state Thursday during a gathering at Fuller Lodge. Tourism in the County grew 10.6 percent in 2015, one of the highest growth rates in the state. Tourists spent  $34.2 million in Los Alamos County last year, Latham said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Members of the Los Alamos County Council, from left, Kristin Henderson, Steven Girrens, James Chrobocinski and Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary (Council Chair Rick Reiss not pictured but present),

Letter To The Editor: Doing One's Job And Voting Should Never Be Considered A Conflict Of Interest

on October 17, 2016 - 8:29pm
Los Alamos

Sharon and Naomi are doing their jobs.

I must take exception to the last paragraph in Reid Priedhorsky’s letter of Oct. 13 (here) wherein he accused the county clerk and deputy county clerk of being unethical and in conflict of interest for doing the job they were elected to do and hired to do. 

Sharon Stover is the county clerk and along with her deputy, Naomi Maestas, they are responsible for the entire election process in Los Alamos County. 

Yes, they are candidates for other offices in this election but they still have to do their current job.

Los Alamos Police Department Conducts Wet Lab

on October 17, 2016 - 3:34pm
The Los Alamos Police Department recently conducted a 'wet lab.' Volunteers drank alcohol at the station and officers honed their skills in recognizing and testing suspects for DWI. Here, a volunteer walks a straight line as an officer checks his performance. A training officer looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Officers look for signs of intoxication in the wet lab with volunteer drinkers. Photo by Anthony Lucero/Los Alamos Police Dept.
A wet lab volunteer walks the line. Volunteers were ferried home by police officers after the event.

Pet Of The Week: Whiskey The Cat

on October 17, 2016 - 3:32pm
Whiskey the cat. Photo by Paulina Gwaltney Photography
FOS News:
Whiskey is one of five 6-month-old kitties we now have at the shelter.
Although new to staff, Whiskey seems like a darling cat with a nice disposition. We will post more as we get to know him better but come by and meet all our of feline residents.
We have a great variety so you’re likely to find a sweet cat to fit into your family.
For more information about adopting, volunteering and donating and learning more about special needs animals and cats and dogs in foster care, visit
Shelter hours

Scenes From Saturday's Energy Efficiency Home Tour

on October 16, 2016 - 8:08pm
PEEC and Los Alamos County sponsored a tour of energy efficient homes Saturday. The home of Rosmarie and Paul Frederickson features 1.5 inches of insulation added under the stucco. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Frederickson home has a heat-collecting sunroom. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Frederickson garden produces much of the family's food. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Meyer home has solar panels and a xeric
(drought resistant perennials) garden. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Drought-tolerant cool-season fescue

Letter To The Editor: Chris Chandler’s Experience, Expertise, Excellent Track Record Deserves Our Vote

on October 16, 2016 - 1:52pm
Los Alamos

We are writing in support of Chris Chandler for County Council. The two of us have known and worked with Chris for many years, and we admire her dedication to the community and her willingness to work hard to improve its future. She has devoted countless hours to past service on the County Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the two Charter Review Committees, one in the 1990s and the other in the past 10 years. She served as our Probate Judge, only recently stepping down from that position to run for County Council.

Chris worked at

Letter To The Editor: Disparity In Opportunities Presented To Children Is Glaring

on October 16, 2016 - 1:03pm
Los Alamos

This Thursday at the Farmer's Market and Thursday evening at Fuller Lodge, presentations will be made concerning progress on Los Alamos County's capitol improvement projects. My concern about some of these projects is that they do not benefit our community in a fair and equitable manner. Remember, we will all be footing the bill for these projects at some point.

Let's use the proposed indoor ice rink as an example.

Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 17

on October 16, 2016 - 12:51pm

Letter To The Editor: Surprised By Police Presence At League Forum

on October 15, 2016 - 11:10pm
Los Alamos

On Oct. 6, I attended the League of Women Voters Forum to hear the candidates’ statements and their answers to questions. It was informative, well organized, and peaceful. At no time did anyone become rude or threatening while exploring divergent opinions.

Therefore, it was surprising that two uniformed, armed police officers entered at the beginning of the meeting but were not there to be part of the audience. At the end of the meeting, a uniformed police officer appeared to be using his cell phone to record photos or video of citizens in attendance.