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County Workers Raise Colorful Banners Downtown on Tuesday's First Day of Spring

on March 21, 2012 - 11:19am

Spring street banners go up along Central Avenue Tuesday marking the first day of spring. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Tuesday marked the first day of spring – the vernal equinox – when day and night are each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days before the vernal equinox.)

This is when the Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Spring brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the

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Lots of Filing Day Action at Clerk's Office

on March 20, 2012 - 10:29am

ELECTION 2012 News:

By Carol A. Clark

By 10 a.m. this morning, Republican candidates for county council had all paid their $50 fee and filed to run for one of three available seats.

Roger Waterman arrived first followed by Marc Clay and Vincent Chiravalle filed third.

County Council Chair, Sharon Stover was unable to file in person, but sent a proxy, her husband Steve Girrens. She is seeking the position of County Clerk.

The Clerks Office will draw for ballot position immediately after the filing closes at 5:00 pm.

Check back throughout the day for more news on this developing story.

Wireless @ Mesa Public Library-All over the Place!

on March 19, 2012 - 11:20pm

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News

Mesa Public Library has several multiuse spaces: meeting rooms, art gallery, Southwest Room, upstairs and downstairs rotundas, as well as many quiet nooks with fabulous views. So what’s been missing? Wireless! Now, instead of clustering only in the periodicals area and delving deeply into connection menus on wireless devices to find the correct network, patrons may access the internet from just about anywhere in the library, on any floor, any time during regular hours, and without an access code.

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Local governments to Discuss Funding for LANL, Environmental Liabilities, Jobs

on March 19, 2012 - 11:50am

WHAT: Press conference to discuss funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the impacts on jobs, environmental cleanup and national security.

Proposed funding cuts are resulting in a reduction of jobs at LANL, missed environmental cleanup deadlines, and significant changes in LANL’s nuclear mission.

WHO: Mayor Alice Lucero, City of Espanola; Council Chair Sharon Stover, Los Alamos County; Commissioner Alfredo Montoya, Rio Arriba County; Commissioner Danny Mayfield, Santa Fe County; Mayor David Coss, City of Santa Fe; Commissioner Andrew Chavez, Taos County; Elmer Torres, San

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 8 to March 14, 2012

on March 19, 2012 - 9:32am

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.

 

BENJAMIN BACA

March 8 at 12:45 p.m. / Police arrested Benjamin Baca, 38, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant for unknown charges.

March 8 at 2:49 p.m. / Los Alamos National Laboratory – Technical Area 50, Building 0001 reported being the victim of larceny at 683 Crossroads. The estimated loss is more than $500.

March 8 at 6:19 a.m.

Oversight Committee Gives Collective Order of Preference to CIP Phase II Projects

on March 19, 2012 - 8:42am

County News:

On Thursday evening, the CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee reviewed the list of CIP Phase 2 projects that have applied to proceed to Council for Design/Build consideration, and gave a collective “order of preference” listing. The result is shown below.

The list was developed by first taking input from each member of the Committee on their personal order of preference, and then discussing and adjusting the listing to reach and average the total number of points per project.

This exercise was conducted twice in order to work on gaining committee consensus as members

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Friday's Leadership Los Alamos Session Focused on Regional Issues

on March 17, 2012 - 10:13am

Rep. Nick Salazar and Rep. Jim Trujillo take a lunch break during Friday's Leadership Los Alamos regional issues meeting at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

The 2012 class of Leadership Los Alamos participants met at Fire Station 3 in White Rock Friday to learn about issues impacting the region.

“The purpose of this session is to increase knowledge and understanding of our neighboring communities including their accomplishments and challenges,” said County Council Chair/Leadership Los Alamos cofounder Sharon Stover.

Mesa Public Library's Authors Speak Series presents G. Emlen Hall and Fred Phillps: Reining in the Rio Grande

on March 16, 2012 - 10:20pm
 
Authors Speak Series presents G. Emlen Hall and Fred Phillips
 
Authors of Reining in the Rio Grande: People, Land, and Water

Thursday, March 22, 2012   7:00 PM   Upstairs Rotunda    Mesa Public Library

“ Reining in the Rio Grande has brought many benefits to those who live in its valley, but the benefits have come at a price.

Drinking and Driving? Nope, Get on the Bus!

on March 16, 2012 - 9:17pm


ATOMIC CITY TRANSIT News

Don't take chances driving on Saturday if you're doing any St. Patrick's Day celebrating - ride the bus instead! Atomic City Transit will provide FREE bus service to and from any location in Los Alamos and White Rock on March 17th from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. - just call 661-RIDE (7433) anytime to request a ride. Don't drink and drive - dial-a-ride!

Visit the Atomic City Transit webpage http://www.losalamosnm.us/transit/Pages/default.aspx

Building a Downtown Creative Community Moves Closer to Fruition

on March 15, 2012 - 10:35pm

LACDC News:

Following is a trip report from last week's visit by PLACE representatives:

Welcome to PLACE, and to our first communication about Los Alamos. We will use this communication tool to keep you up-to-date on our efforts to build a new Creative Community in downtown Los Alamos.

We just returned from a very successful site visit. We were there to determine if the necessary ingredients were in place for us to build a successful new multi-use, sustainable community within the downtown, and more specifically, the downtown Creative District.

Here is a very brief overview of our

Municipal Building Crane Work Put on Hold

on March 14, 2012 - 11:17am

Example of a 150-foot crane. Courtesy

By Carol A. Clark

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a permit on construction cranes any time that they will exceed a 100:1 sloped surface from the nearest point of the nearest airport runway out to 20,000 feet or 200 feet above ground level.

"We are right on the edge of the affected area of the airport,” said Dan Erickson, capital projects division manager. “It’s better to be safe than sorry so we decided to go ahead and apply for a permit to the FAA – we’re hoping it won’t slow the project.”

The County applied for the permit nearly

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Los Alamos needs YOU

on March 13, 2012 - 8:12am

You undoubtedly have ideas for the future of our community and on how the county government should serve its citizens today. You have the opportunity to put those ideas into ACTION. 

Three county councilors and a county clerk will be elected next November. You could be one of them; the process starts now.

Roughly 14,000 adults call Los Alamos home and care about it. All are affected by county government. In this community of extraordinary people, there are hundreds with the knowledge and skills to help lead it. 

Are you one of the handful with the desire and courage?

The only legitimate

Betty Yearns for a Family

on March 13, 2012 - 7:37am

Los Alamos County Shelter News:

Betty the Cat. Courtesy Photo

Betty is a gentle, friendly, large female domestic medium hair cat with a soft purr.

Although just 2 years old, Betty has had weight problems and is on weight-control food.

The vet has assured the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter that Betty is otherwise healthy.

She likes adults, gentle children and toys – especially if a human shares playtime with her.

Betty is now energetic and playful in the cat room and is house trained.

Betty is spayed and up-to-date on all routine shots.

Contact the Animal Shelter at 662-8179 for more

Arts in Public Places to Discuss Art for White Rock Visitor Center

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

County News:

A meeting of the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board is set for 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library.

 

 

Members will discuss potential art for the White Rock Visitor Center.

Among other items on the agenda is an update of information regarding the re-location of “Strange Trio,” a brief update on the “Call for Artists” for the Animal Shelter and a discussion of the remaining work needed to develop a 5-Year Strategic Plan.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

The mission of the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board is to encourage the integration of art

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Skylar Wants to be Adopted

on March 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter News:

Skylar is hoping for a good home. Courtesy Photo

Skylar is about 14 months old and a terrier/lab mix waiting for a good home to call his own.

He is residing at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and is reportedly good with adults, gentle children, cats and dogs.

Skylar is submissive and likes the safety of a nearby crate while he figures out what is expected.

He is housebroken and leash trained and enjoys attention and going for walks with shelter volunteers.

Skylar is neutered and up-to-date with his routine shots.

His primary color is black

Signs of the Times

on March 8, 2012 - 4:05pm

Bad Signage Examples?

In mid-March, the Community Development Department (CDD) held an initial public kickoff meeting for a renewed effort aimed at revising the existing Los Alamos County sign code.  Past efforts to revise our much maligned sign code have met with failure over the last half-decade plus. The last sign code update was attempted by then CDD director Rick Bohn in 2009. That attempt was derailed, in large part because of a dispute over how to handle temporary signs placed in truck beds and elsewhere. The proposed revisions would have prohibited such signage.

Smart Meters: What’s the Buzz?

on February 29, 2012 - 12:00am

DPU News

While many smart meter advocates are enthused by the cost savings that smart meters can bring to electric customers, opponents are often concerned about protecting the privacy of their electric usage data.

“There is irony in the privacy issue,” said Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith. “If a smart meter eliminates the monthly need for a utilities meter reader to be stepping around your property, that could be viewed as an enhancement to privacy. It depends on the individual’s definition.

Full Speed Ahead on N.M. 4 Road Work in White Rock

on February 29, 2012 - 12:00am

Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
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Los Alamos Boasts First Photovoltaic System Installed on a Landfill in New mexico

on February 27, 2012 - 12:00am

NEDO has begun installing the photovoltaic system on the capped landfill adjacent to the Eco Center. NEDO will install one megawatt, and the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will enter into a purchase power agreement for another, for a total of two megawatts on the capped landfill. This is the first photovoltaic system in New Mexico to be installed on a landfill. Photo by Julie Williams-Hill

Staff Report

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has partnered with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and the Los Alamos National Laboratory on

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N.M. 4 Road Work Ramps Up

on February 25, 2012 - 12:00am

A worker digs a deep ditch along N.M. 4 as part of the roadway improvement project now underway. The nearly $5 million project is scheduled for completion this fall. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

An asphalt sprayer moves slowly along N.M. 4. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

 

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Find It @ Your Library

on February 24, 2012 - 5:00pm

The Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library have books in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and more … Visit the library’s foreign language collections, in print and online.

Whether you are learning a new language, keeping up with new releases in your native language or just enjoy honing your foreign language skills, Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library aim to please.

The libraries provide all patrons, including local readers, listeners and viewers, with materials in languages from around the world.

  • The foreign language book collection has hundreds of titles in both

CIP Public Hearing: White Rock Civic Center; Ashley Pond Park Improvements

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am

County News:

Los Alamos County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold two public hearings at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and ThursdayMarch 8 in Council Chambers for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1 (Study) to Phase 2 (Design/Construction).

The CIP Committee will consider Phase 2 applications on these dates for these projects:

  • March 6 – Golf Course Improvements
  • March 8 – White Rock Civic Center & Ashley Pond Pk Improvements

The applicant will present their Phase 2 applications to the Committee, along with

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March 8: White Rock Civic Center & Ashley Pond Park Improvements

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Los Alamos County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold two public hearings at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and ThursdayMarch 8 in Council Chambers for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1 (Study) to Phase 2 (Design/Construction).

The CIP Committee will consider Phase 2 applications on these dates for these projects:

  • March 6 – Golf Course Improvements
  • March 8 – White Rock Civic Center & Ashley Pond Pk Improvements

The applicant will present their Phase 2 applications to the Committee, along with a summary

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