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SCAM ALERT: Sheriff Issues Warning

on February 9, 2016 - 4:15pm


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco V. Lucero is issuing this warning to the citizens of Los Alamos County that a phone scam is underway in the local area.

Persons claiming to be either the Los Alamos County Sheriff or LASO deputies are attempting to coerce citizens into purchasing Recharge cards and asking them to meet in obscure locations to transfer those cards.

Anyone receiving such a call is advised not respond but rather contact the Los Alamos County Dispatch at 505.662.8222 immediately.

Letter To The Editor: County Council Works For Its Citizens

on February 9, 2016 - 10:12am
Former County Councilor

My friend and colleague former councilor (Robert) Gibson is at it again. He is correct that local revenue comes from gross receipts taxes mainly from the LANL contract. Where he gets it wrong is that Los Alamos County was never able to afford quality of life services to our citizens except for those occasions when contracts or the LANS actually supported the community.

DOE and LANL provided less and less support to Los Alamos County over the years and as a result our local infrastructure (built during wartime with low bid materials and labor) was

Letter To The Editor: Council Should Be Concerned About SB 203 And SJR 16

on February 9, 2016 - 9:46am
Los Alamos

Friends on the council: I don't know if you've been following this but I think you should be concerned. I've attached the new bill SB 203 given a do pass by the Senate Public Affairs Committee, and SJR 16 proposing a constitutional amendment to eliminate the term limits for Sheriffs.

SB203 would require every candidate for Sheriff to have a law enforcement certification before running for office, and to be a resident for a year prior to running for office.  Currently a newly elected Sheriff can get the training he/she needs after being elected. 

Nobody can

Author Michael Gelb Presents ‘Discovering Your Shakespearean Genius’ At White Rock Library Saturday

on February 9, 2016 - 9:29am

Michael Gelb


The White Rock Branch Library will host author Michael Gelb at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 for a talk entitled “Discovering Your Shakespearean Genius.”

Gelb is a highly sought-after speaker, who has developed this talk to complement the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” exhibit showing at the New Mexico Museum of Art through Feb. 28. The talk is sponsored by the New Mexico State Library.

Gelb, the author of Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History’s 10 Most Revolutionary Minds, believes that Shakespeare’s poetry and plays offer profound

Gibson: County Council Puts Government Before Citizens

on February 8, 2016 - 8:31am
Former County Councilor

Our County Council last week again demonstrated that it works more for the county government than the citizens it is elected to represent.

At its regular meeting, Council adopted its Federal Legislative Agenda to guide is delegation in discussions in Washington this week and throughout the year. The very first item is “a for-profit institution must be given priority for managing LANL.”

The majority of the county government’s revenue comes from gross receipts taxes (GRT) on the for-profit LANS. A non-profit manager would pay no GRT.   

There was

Sheriff Marco Lucero Testifies At State Capital

on February 6, 2016 - 7:25am
By Sheriff Marco V. Lucero
Los Alamos County

This year’s 30-Day Legislative Session has been busy for New Mexico sheriffs. I, as your elected sheriff, have again been active in testifying at the State Capital in support of bills that will enhance penalties for crimes against children, support to help protect law enforcement officers and efforts to make the Office of the Sheriff more professional and functional.

I will begin with HB-65. This bill will enhance penalties for sex offenders who are in possession of child pornography.

Probate Judge Vacancy: Change In Process

on February 5, 2016 - 5:09pm


Upon further review of State statute, the Los Alamos County Attorney has determined the County should change the end date for the term that had been specified in earlier public notifications about the upcoming Probate Judge vacancy. 

The selected applicant who fills the vacancy left by current Probate Judge Christine Chandler will fill the position until Dec.

Capital Project Public Meetings Continue This Month

on February 5, 2016 - 3:54pm


Public meetings continue this month, as requested by the Council as part of their deliberations on narrowing a project list to fund possible future capital projects.

Based on Council direction on Dec. 8, 2015, the list of projects forms the basis for a new CIP, which could be funded either directly from CIP funds for design and construction, or, could be placed to a public vote no later than May 2017 and (if successful) paid for with a bond. To review the list of projects that were being discussed as of Dec. 8, download this one-page PDF document. 

In addition, the Council is

Tax Forms Now At The Library

on February 5, 2016 - 7:53am
Courtesy photo
LACL News:
Los Alamos County Libraries have received the most commonly requested income tax forms from the Internal Revenue Service and New Mexico Taxation and Revenue. Both Mesa Public Library and the White Rock Branch Library have State and Federal personal income tax forms as well as instruction forms in their lobby areas.
The IRS has also sent posters detailing where to find help in filing taxes. For business tax forms, please visit the Reference area at Mesa.
The Internal Revenue Service no longer sends multiple paper copies of all of the forms, but library staff is happy

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos County Holds Ward; Pre-Primary Convention Feb. 22 At UNM-LA

on February 4, 2016 - 9:05am

DPLA News:

Notice is hereby given by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County that there will be a combined Ward and County Pre-Primary Convention at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at UNM-Los Alamos, Building 5 (Wallace Hall), 4000 University Dr. in Los Alamos.

Los Alamos County Democrats will meet to elect 15 Delegates to the State Pre-Primary Convention. Delegates will attend the State Convention in Albuquerque Saturday, March 12. 

Challenges to ward elections must be presented to the credentials committee when it meets immediately after the ward meetings.

For further information, contact

Los Alamos Police Blotter Jan. 28 To Feb. 3, 2016

on February 3, 2016 - 7:48pm

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.


Jan. 28 at 12:55 p.m. / Police arrested Jerome Montoya, 28, of Los Alamos on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.





Jan. 28 at 1:58 p.m. / Police arrested Zachary Keller, 27, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with embezzling a vehicle.





Jan. 28 at 11:55 p.m.

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims Feb. 11 ‘Bandelier National Monument Day’ Honoring Park's 100 Birthday

on February 2, 2016 - 6:04pm

County Councilor David Izraelevitz, second from right, presents Superintendent Jason Lott, far right, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring Feb. 11, 2016 as ‘Bandelier National Monument Day’ in honor of the Park's 100th birthday. The County also presented four special photographs taken by Leslie Bucklin as a birthday gift to the Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott with his staff and Friends of Bandelier Board Chair Craig Martin, blue shirt, expresses his appreciation to the County for its continued support of the Park.

Scenes From CIP Public Outreach Listening Session

on February 2, 2016 - 11:44am

From left, Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, Vice Chair Susan O'Leary and Councilor James Chrobocinski at the public outreach listening session on CIP projects Jan. 19 at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Manager Harry Burgess discusses the CIP process with White Rock residents. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members listen as Los Alamos Hockey Association President Susan Oldham speaks about the ‘desperate need’ for building improvements at the County Ice Rink. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



'In America' At Mesa Public Library Thursday

on February 2, 2016 - 11:14am
Movie poster for 'In America.' Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Need a healthy cry? Catch “In America” (2002, rated PG-13) at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Mesa Public Library for a guaranteed catharsis.


When the film opens, Johnny and Sarah Sullivan (Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton) are trying to immigrate into the United States, possibly hoping to outrun the death, about one year earlier, of their son Frankie.


They and their two living children, 10-year-old Christy (Sarah Bolger) and 5-year-old Ariel (Emma Bolger), move into a tenement in New York City, a

Letter To The Editor: Council Should Pursue Vice Chair O'Leary's Budget Process And Format Proposal

on February 1, 2016 - 7:17pm
Los Alamos

A few weeks ago Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary proposed a change in the County's budget process and format. Much of her proposal could improve County operations. In particular, her suggestion to move toward a programatic budget to help the Council and staff manage costs. 

How could it work? The costs of various functions could be compared to other jurisdictions for reasonableness and to identify potential efficiencies.

Out of curiosity, I compared legislative and administrative costs, including finance, information technology and human resources, for

Gabel: Thank You Atomic City Transit

on February 1, 2016 - 1:36pm
ACT staff reponds quickly to citizen concern over placement of bus stop in White Rock. Photo by Dan Gabel
Los Alamos

We all realize that the new ACT bus routes would have a few kinks to be ironed out. 

I want to commend ACT for their quick response to a dangerous bus stop. When I got off the bus this morning, the stop had been moved half a block up Rover Boulevard so folks no longer need to balance on the curb or be in traffic near the busiest intersection in White Rock. Within two days of pointing out the issue, ACT staff had it done. 

Thank you ACT!

Los Alamos & White Rock Visitor Centers Are Open

on February 1, 2016 - 12:09pm


Update - the staff has made it in to the Los Alamos and White Rock Visitor Centers today so both centers are open and operating during the regularly scheduled winter hours:

  • Los Alamos remains open until 5 p.m.; and
  • White Rock remains open until 2 p.m.

Los Alamos County Remains Open Today

on February 1, 2016 - 11:18am


Los Alamos County is staying open today despite the winter storm.

Also, the Main Hill Road and Truck Route are now open in both directions.

Roads Are Slick - LAPD Urges Motorists To Use Caution

on February 1, 2016 - 11:08am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department issued an advisory this morning that while all roads around the County are open ... ice, slush and snow remain in certain areas.

LAPD urges drivers to use caution while traveling during winter weather conditions.

NWS Issues Winter Storm Warning Through Tuesday

on February 1, 2016 - 10:47am

Morning snow settles on the branches of this tree on Walnut Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/

NWS News:


‘Solar Tree’ Installation Underway At Municipal Building

on February 1, 2016 - 8:07am
Site work is underway in the west plaza of the Municipal Building to prepare for the installation of the 18-foot tall steel and aluminum 'Solar Tree' sculpture. Photo by Chris Clark/

Workers prepare the site in the west plaza of the Municipal Building for the upcoming installation of the 'Solar Tree' sculpture. Photo by Carol Clark/

Equipment arrives to prepare the west plaza for the 'Solar Tree' installation. Photo by Carol Clark/


Work is underway in the west plaza of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building to prepare for the

Los Alamos County Clerk And LAPS Superintendent Canvass 2016 Special Election Results

on January 30, 2016 - 8:56am

At the Municipal Building Friday, from left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2016 Special Los Alamos Public Schools All Mail Election results.

The Canvass Board met at 3 p.m. Friday in the Municipal Building. The board consisted of LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and County Clerk Sharon Stover.

During the canvass process, the board reviewed and verified the accuracy

Webtrac Phase 2 Goes Live Monday - Public Can Access County's New Reservation Software

on January 28, 2016 - 11:24am


Los Alamos County’s Community Services Division is rolling out the second phase of the public interface for the new recreation reservation software, WebTrac, Monday, Feb. 1.

Phase I was rolled out in November and has received very positive feedback from community patrons. The new website is very user-friendly and allows customers to explore and sign up for recreation activities from the comfort of their own home.

As of Monday, patrons will have access to:

  • Camping & vendor permit availability and reservations
  • Park, pavilion, & shelter information, availability, and reservations

Firefighter Daniel Martinez Receives Certificate of Valor

on January 28, 2016 - 9:50am

Los Alamos Firefighter Daniel Martinez receives a standing ovation at Tuesday's County Council meeting for the courage he displayed in pulling an unconsious man from a burning home. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Firefighter Daniel Martinez with his Certificate of Valor award and Deputy Fire Chief Jason Grider. Santa Fe County Fire Chief David Sperling is speaking to Council and commending Martinez for his valient efforts in pulling a man from a burning home in Santa Fe County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Sea Monsters At Nature Center Saturday & Sunday

on January 28, 2016 - 8:07am

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