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DPU To Work On NM 502 And Airport Road

on December 1, 2017 - 5:25pm

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced that crews with its electric distribution division will begin construction activities on the northwest corner of N.M. 502 and Airport Road. 

Weather permitting, work will begin as soon as Monday, Dec. 4 and continue through Friday, Dec.15.

Working from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, crews will upgrade equipment in the area to improve electric reliability for the adjacent neighborhoods. The project footprint is limited to the inside of the curb and should have minimal impacts on traffic.

Motorists are urged

Community Invited To Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For 20th Street Extension Project

on December 1, 2017 - 4:48pm

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of construction on the 20th Street Extension Project.

Los Alamos County will host the celebration at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at this newest portion of 20th Street south of Trinity Drive.

“We are extremely excited to complete this project and look forward to future economic development projects” Public Works Director Philo Shelton said.

Improvements include all major utilities for future service, a paved roadway with curb and gutter, sidewalks, a multi-use trail for future connection to the Canyon

Los Alamos Utility Water Main Tap And Service To Median Landscape Enhancement Begins Monday Dec. 4

on December 1, 2017 - 2:57pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities crews will begin working on the corner of 36th Street and Arizona Street, to run a water supply line for beautification of the median.  

The County Council aproved $18,000 in the FY18 budget for water service, site development and landscaping materials for this project. The water-wise design will include drip irrigation to the specific plantings and have the same theme that the existing medians in town now showcase.

Utility work is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday, Dec. 4.

Direct questions to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space

Old History, New Stories

on December 1, 2017 - 8:46am
Genevieve Ranger, nurse for the Los Alamos Ranch School, sits on the portal of her infirmary. The building may be older than historians first believed. Courtesy photo

By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society

Many years ago, someone at Los Alamos High School penciled on the fore edge of a history book on the teacher’s desk, “In case of flood, grab this. It’s dry.”

Perhaps many of us had the kind of high school history classes in which textbooks spewed forth dates and names for dead people—“Memorize these for the test!”— and listed names of battles that seemed far away.

Council Approves Changes To Rules And Procedures

on December 1, 2017 - 8:05am
County Attorney Alvin Leaphart discusses proposed changes to the Council's rules and procedures at Tuesday's council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY 
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
After some deliberation, Los Alamos County Council approved changes in its rules and procedures during Tuesday night's regular council meeting in Council Chambers. Although the changes were approved; they will not go into effect until after Jan. 1.
 
Council approved the changes 5-1 with Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary casting the opposing vote.
 

Los Alamos County Holiday Tree Arrives Today

on November 30, 2017 - 9:16pm

A 23-foot Douglas fir arrives this afternoon at the Los Alamos County Muncipal Building. The tree came from the northern part of the Jemez and soon will be bedecked in festive holiday fare in the Municipal Building's lobby. The community is invited to check out the tree during the County's holiday tree lighting event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

County: Farolito Sand Available At Various Locations

on November 30, 2017 - 9:07pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will place sand at the following locations to fill farolito bags for community members:

  • Sullivan Field;
  • 42nd by Urban Park;
  • Deer Trap on Barranca Mesa;
  • Soccer Field parking lot on North Mesa; and
  • The parking lot by the transfer station in White Rock.

Los Alamos County Named Bicycle Friendly!

on November 30, 2017 - 12:38pm

COUNTY News:

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Los Alamos County with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM (BFC) award, joining more than 400 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement of 65 new and renewing BFCs today, Los Alamos County joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.

“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, executive director at the League of American Bicyclists.

UC Representatives Discuss LANL Bid With RCLC

on November 30, 2017 - 5:57am

University of California representatives listen to members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities during a meeting Wednesday morning in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Former U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, University of California Regent for National Laboratories and Gary Valle of the UC Federal Government Relations Office at a Wednesday breakfast meeting with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities members met Wednesday

Chrobocinski Files Tort Claim Against County

on November 30, 2017 - 5:21am
Councilor James Chrobocinski
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski, a local realtor, has filed a tort claim against Los Alamos County alleging severe abuse of power, harassment and being lied to by Los Alamos County Fire Marshall Jeff Wetteland and Chief Building Inspector Michael Arellano.

The claim is connected to a property on Sherwood Avenue in White Rock recently purchased by Chrobocinski and the future home of the Pig & Fig Café.

Chrobocinski alleges in his claim that Arellano and Wetteland came into the

North Mesa Stables Magic For The Holidays Sunday

on November 30, 2017 - 5:19am
Sunset falls on North Mesa Stables. Photo by Trisha Ancell
 
By GEORGIA STRICKFADEN
Los Alamos

Feeling already the pressures of the Holiday Season? Bundle up and take the kids and relatives for an evening stroll on the country roads of Los Alamos’ unique North Mesa Stables Park.

Many stable owners decorate in the spirit of the Holidays. The barnyard residents munch hay in their corrals and are bedding down for the night. Horses, goats, sheep, cows -- you may even see a turkey that escaped Thanksgiving. It is truly a peaceful, unhurried and hassle-free way to unwind.

Don’t be

Los Alamos County Personnel Board Meets Dec. 5

on November 30, 2017 - 4:29am

COUNTY News: 

Los Alamos County Personnel Board will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public. 

Agenda: 

 

I. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
II. CHAIR'S REPORT 
  • Presenters: Denise Cassel
III. HR MANAGER'S REPORT
  • HR Manager's Repor​t
IV. PUBLIC COMMENT
V. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • Approval of Minutes from October 24, 2017 Personnel Board Meeting.
  • Presenters: Leslie Geyer
VI. DISCUSSION AND/OR POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS
  • Approval of the 2018 Personnel Board Calendar.
  •  Presenters: Denise Cassel
VII. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 16–28, 2017

on November 29, 2017 - 4:53pm

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 against them.

WAYNE CARL MOSLEY

Nov. 16 at 2:49 p.m. / Police arrested Wayne Carl Mosely, 66, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age, criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years f age and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

 

 

HAZEL BUCHOLZ

Nov. 17 at 3:38 a.m.

Community Invited To Coffee With A Cop Dec. 6

on November 29, 2017 - 2:59pm

LAPD News:

Officers from the Los Alamos County Police Department and community members will come together Wednesday, Dec. 6 in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. 

All community members are invited to attend the Coffee with a Cop event, which begins at 8 a.m. at Rose Chocolatier at 149 Central Park Square. Learn more about Rose Chocolatier at rosechocolatier.com.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the Los Alamos community.

The majority

Accreditation Team Holds Public Forum On LAPD

on November 29, 2017 - 9:03am

Michael O'Brien, left, and John Farrell of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) listen to members of the community Tuesday evening at the Municipal Building. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Accreditation Manager Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and John Farrell chat following Tuesday's community forum. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Three Los Alamos residents turned out to speak to a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) about

County Issues RFI For Operations Of Animal Shelter

on November 29, 2017 - 5:06am

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 226 East Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

This little dog is ready for adoption at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County has issued a request for input (RFI) regarding the staffing and operation of the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

Input received will be used to develop specifications and/or the scope of services for a possible issuance of a request for proposals and gauge interest from entities to operate the shelter.

The

Labor Management Board Meets Tuesday, Dec. 5

on November 29, 2017 - 4:49am

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County Labor Management Relations Board meets at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Room 110 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda:

I.   Call to Order
II.   Public Comment
III.   Discussion and/or Possible Action Items
A. Approval of Minutes – Sept. 5, 2017 and Sept. 25, 2017
B. Approval of the 2018 LMRB Calendar
IV. Informational Items  
V. Adjournment

County Employee Sues Under Fair Pay For Women Act

on November 28, 2017 - 11:40am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

An employee working in the Los Alamos County Procurement Department has filed suit against the County under the Fair Pay for Women Act claiming that she is paid almost $12,000 less per year based on her gender than her male counterpart.

Lillie Martinez, a buyer/planner, claims she has been paid less than employees of the opposite sex for equal work the performance of which requires equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions.

Detour On East Road Wednesday And Thursday

on November 28, 2017 - 10:54am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crews will detour west bound traffic on East Road onto the existing median 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

The detour will be on East Road between Canyon Road and Central Avenue. East bound traffic will not be affected.

In addition to this detour, crews will cone off a section of the shoulder and sidewalk on Central Avenue at the Old Hilltop House Hotel parking lot. This will not affect vehicle traffic, however, it will affect foot traffic.

Be sure to slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Do It Right ... Right Now!

on November 28, 2017 - 10:17am
By IRENE POWELL
Los Alamos

Aug. 8, 2017 the Los Alamos County Council voted to just do a small kiddie pool for $5 million instead of using the entire $7,816,000 that was in the projected budget for a multi-generational pool.  

Since then the county staff did the research as requested by the council and has now presented a design for the $5 million, they had to leave out the lazy river and the water slide and it is now just a zero-entry, warm water pool with some water sprays.

The extra $2 million will bring back the lazy river and water slide.

Council Chair Approaches UC On GRT Issue

on November 28, 2017 - 8:54am
Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz has sent a letter to the University of California Board of Regents (UC) urging them to propose a corporate structure that retains gross receipts tax (GRT) taxability when they bid for the upcoming Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operating contract.

UC announced Nov. 16 that it will bid on the $2.2 million contract, which begins Oct. 1, 2018.

The Nov.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Mesa Public Library

on November 25, 2017 - 6:15am
On the job in Los Alamos is Senior Library Technician Bonnie May returns books to their shelves Wednesday afternoon at Mesa Public Library. May has worked at the library for 10 years. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Meets Tuesday

on November 25, 2017 - 6:14am
County News: 
 
The Los Alamos County Council will host a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the council chambers in the Municipal Building located at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public. 

Agenda: 

1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5. PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS ON CONSENT AGENDA
6. CONSENT AGENDA
A. Approval of Amendment No. 1 to Price Agreement No.

Utilities Department Launches Power Outage Probe

on November 24, 2017 - 10:36am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities reports that a widespread power outage occurred at 2:54 a.m. today when one of two feeders to the townsite tripped.

Crews restored power by 6 a.m. to all affected customers by back feeding power from the working feeder.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of this outage, and once known, crews will implement a permanent fix.

Supreme Court Denies Greg White's Petition

on November 23, 2017 - 10:52am
NM Supreme Court Denies petition by Greg White. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico has denied a petition by Los Alamos resident Greg White for a writ of prohibition against the Los Alamos County Council and the Incorporated County of Los Alamos that requested the Court to exercise jurisdiction. The petition, filed Oct. 17, listed Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero as an interested party.

The petition asked the Court to prohibit the Council from “neutering” his sheriff

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