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Council Corner: The ‘How’ Of Code Enforcement

on September 16, 2017 - 10:26am
Los Alamos
  • Part 2 of a 3-part series
  • In Part 1 of my editorial on code enforcement, I covered the “why” behind the program. Today, I would like to address in some detail the “how” of code enforcement, a process which is managed within the Community Development Department (CDD) by two full-time Code Enforcement Officers. My hope is that by explaining a little more about the process, I can help clear up confusion and concern in our community.

Let’s begin with clarifying two terms that seem to be interchangeable when the public discusses this sensitive topic, but are very

Joint Council And DPU Board Meeting Tuesday

on September 16, 2017 - 10:14am


The Los Alamos County Council is holding a joint meeting with the Department of Public Utilities Board beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Councilors and DPU board members will share the dais in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., during this special session.

This joint meeting stems from the fact that Council leadership has requested that each Board/Commission or Committee Chair make a presentation to the Council once a year focused on what has been completed and what they are working on, and what challenges or opportunities they see coming up in the

Letter To The Editor: Nuisance Ordinance - Hurrah For Jim Redman And The LADP!

on September 16, 2017 - 8:56am
Los Alamos

I would like to publicly second Jim Redman's statement (link).

It is refreshing that someone has the intellectual capacity to see something for what it is, has the fortitude to publicly state it, and has a forum on which to do so (the Los Alamos Daily Post).
While I have not (yet) been either victim (or aggressor) in this context, I still regard it as a nasty and overly-expensive arrangement.

Scenes From Knights Of Columbus Golf Tournament Luncheon At Cottonwood On The Greens Friday

on September 16, 2017 - 7:33am

The Knights of Columbus hosted its annual golf tournament Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Gathered for the luncheon at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond Dr., following the tournament, from left, Art Brown, James Merhege, Randy Vaughn and Myron Koop. The annual tournament raises money for educational scholarships for Los Alamos High School seniors. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Father John Carney, center, reunites with friends Pawel and Dorota Listwan, owners of Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant Friday at the Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament.

Letter To The Editor: Nuisance Ordinance - It’s Not The Messaging ... It’s The Program

on September 15, 2017 - 7:17pm
Los Alamos

David Izraelevitz works hard for Los Alamos and to support our citizens but on the topic of the nuisance ordinance his opinions are misguided and his advocated solutions inappropriate (link).

There are undoubtedly problems that need to be addressed, but the requirement to solve those larger problems has created an ordinance that is causing unnecessary and useless annoyances to reasonable citizens. Overzealous enforcement is at tax payers expense and adds little value to the community

It's hard to disagree with Izraelevitz’s statement “A community thrives when

Canadian Paralympic Swim Team Conducts High Altitude Training At Aquatic Center

on September 15, 2017 - 6:16pm

The Canadian Paralympic Swim Team arrived at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center Friday in Los Alamos as part of their high altitude training trip. They have been concentrating most of their practice time at the Chavez Center in Santa Fe, but scheduled several days of swimming in Los Alamos. Besides Friday, they will return to the Aquatic Center three more times next week for training before heading back to Canada to begin their competition season.​ Courtesy photo

DPU To Take Part In Door-To-Door Survey In North And Barranca Mesas Monday-Wednesday

on September 15, 2017 - 4:56pm




A door-to-door survey will be conducted 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 through Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the neighborhoods of North and Barranca Mesas.


Researchers with the University of New Mexico and Fraunhofer, USA will knock on doors and ask a few questions about what efforts citizens would undertake to keep the lights on in their community during an emergency.

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is participating in this research funded through a Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure System and Processes (CRISP) grant issued to the

ARRRGH! Talk Like A Pirate Celebrations Start Today

on September 15, 2017 - 11:59am


Arrrgh!  It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day and Los Alamos County is celebrating! The Los Alamos County Community Services Department is thrilled to be helping ye landlubbers learn pirate talk and have pirate adventures.

The fun starts today and will continue next week.  Los Alamos Community Services Department and partners will celebrate a pirate’s life with events for all ages at numerous community locations. Special floats, a movie, a bouncy house at the Aquatic Center, a treasure hunt at the Nature Center, pirate movies at Betty Earhart, pirate dress-up at Family

Best-Selling Author J.A. Jance In Los Alamos Tuesday

on September 15, 2017 - 8:38am
J. A. Jance
Best-selling author J. A. Jance will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Fuller Lodge as part of the Los Alamos County Library System’s Authors Speak Series.
Her latest book, “Proof of Life,” was just released Sept. 5. This will be Jance’s only New Mexico appearance on her fall book tour. J. A. Jance’s books will be for sale at the talk, thanks to Collected Works Bookstore.
Seating will be limited to the first 125 people for this talk, so Jance fans are advised to come early.
Jance’s writing career spans three decades and includes more than 50

Letter To The Editor: Kroger Eyesore In Heart Of Town

on September 15, 2017 - 6:53am
Los Alamos
I find it rather humorous that several present County Councilors are grumbling about the half-empty, dilapidated Mari Mac Plaza (, whose crown jewel of festering dilapitude is the abandoned former Smith's grocery building.

LAFD Starts Annual Hydrant Testing Monday

on September 14, 2017 - 3:05pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County beginning Monday through mid-November.

The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

You will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water

No Bites On Former Smith’s Building

on September 14, 2017 - 2:23pm
The leasing agent reports that there have been no firm offers on the former Smith’s Food and Drug store at 535 Central Ave. in the three years it has been vacant in the Mari Mac Plaza shopping center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
The former Smith’s Food and Drug store at 535 Central Ave., has been available for lease for three years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post 


The former Smith’s Food and Drug store at 535 Central Ave. in the Mari Mac Plaza shopping center is like a blank canvas.

Group Meets On Possible Rodeo & Fair Committee

on September 14, 2017 - 2:10pm

A group of community members meets at dusk Sept. 13 outside the Posse Lodge to discuss forming a fair and rodeo committee and increasing 4-H activity in Los Alamos County. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

More than 25 people attended a meeting Sept. 13 evening at the Posse Lodge to discuss the formation of a rodeo and fair committee and to determine if there is community interest in 4-H and livestock showing.

The meeting was organized by Daniel and Kirsty Archuleta and included Brendan Tuning of Los Alamos Parks and

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero Endorses Jeff Apodaca For Governor Of New Mexico

on September 14, 2017 - 11:20am
By Sheriff Marco V. Lucero
Los Alamos County
As the Sheriff of Los Alamos County, I would like to express my strong support of Jeff Apodaca in his bid to be the next Governor of New Mexico.  
I grew up with Jeff and have known him, his values, and his character since we were 12 years old. Together we attended junior high through our college days at the University of New Mexico. Jeff was presented with some very difficult circumstances while he was young, and his unwavering faith and strength helped him overcome cancer. This is a true testament to his character.

Council Corner: The ‘Why’ Of Code Enforcement

on September 13, 2017 - 12:56pm
Los Alamos

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on code enforcement

Recently, I have read many negative comments on social media and, more recently, letters to the editor regarding the County’s stepped-up Code Enforcement activities. I would like to step back from the fray for a minute to share with you some context relevant to this discussion.

County Files Motion In Stimmel Case

on September 13, 2017 - 12:42pm

Staff Report


Los Alamos County Associate Attorney Kevin J. Powers has filed a motion in Los Alamos Municipal Court asking for the revocation of a suspended sentence for Jay Stimmel in four cases related to the roof of a home on Kayenta Drive in White Rock. The charges in all four cases were for having a roof in disrepair.

The motion states that at an Aug. 14 hearing before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, the court found Stimmel guilty in each of four cases and imposed a fine of $500 in each case.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 6 To Sept. 12, 2017

on September 13, 2017 - 12:36pm

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.


Sept. 6 at 8:33 a.m. / Police arrested Dustin D. Nelson, 28, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.




Sept. 6 at 9:58 a.m. / Police arrested Marissa D. Sparks, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.




Sept. 6 at 3:47 p.m.

Council Proclaims 2017-2018 Year Of Asset Building

on September 13, 2017 - 3:12am

From left, LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, LARSO Pauline Schneider, Councilor Rick Reiss, Bernadette and Chad Laurtizen of Champions of Youth Ambitions with a proclamation that declares 2017-2018 as a 'Year of Asset Building' and Sept. 8 as 'College Day/Military Day'. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss presented a proclamation Sept. 5 that declares 2017-2018 as a "Year of Asset Building" as well recognizing Sept. 8 as "College Day/Military Day." 

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS: The Search Institute's 40 Developmental

Scenes From Rotary Club Meeting Today

on September 12, 2017 - 4:32pm

Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Program Coordinator Lisa Zuhn speaks at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting today at Cottonwood on the Greens. Zuhn spoke of the services available for youth through JJAB with issues such as school struggles, emotional health, communication with parents, substance abuse and risky or impulsive behavior. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Rotary Club of Los Alamos members honored Ed Van Eeckhout at today's meeting. Van Eeckhout and his wife Mary are relocating to Minnesota.

IAFF #3279 Raises Funds For NM Cancer Center

on September 12, 2017 - 3:56pm

Los Alamos Fire Department members, from left, Chief Ramon Garcia, Firefighter Dwight Williams and Capt. Joseph Baca model t-shirts being sold by International Association of Firefighters Local #3279 to raise funds for the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Marisha Griego shows off the design on the back of T-shirts being sold by the IAFF Local 3279 in support of the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

For the seventh consecutive year, the International Association

Community Weighs In On Tourism Strategic Plan

on September 12, 2017 - 1:03pm

Los Alamos County Planning Assistant Anita Barela and her daughter, Leia Roach, take part in the public meeting regarding the County's tourism strategic plan Sept. 6 at UNM-LA. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 



Los Alamos Daily Post


Tourism is in fact a growing industry in Los Alamos, a packed house learned Sept. 6 in the UNM-LA Student Center.


Members of the community crowded into the room to participate in a meeting hosted by Los Alamos County, along with its contractor, Design Workshop, Inc.

Letter To The Editor: Regarding The Nuisance Code

on September 12, 2017 - 7:40am
Los Alamos

Perhaps the problem isn't the ordinance, but its enforcement.

There was a comment by a former CA highway patrol officer who said that he could easily find three violations on any new vehicle. That kind of enforcement would be considered abusive and non-productive, unless he was looking to generate revenue. The public would really prefer that he focus on issues that present a danger to the traveling public or the driver and their occupants.

The terms of the Nuisance Ordinance are not extreme, but using that ordinance to enforce petty aesthetic issues, is an abuse of

Sheriff Lucero Files Suit Against County Council

on September 11, 2017 - 3:11pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has filed a complaint for declaratory judgement in the First Judicial District Court against the Los Alamos County Council. The complaint, which has been assigned to Judge Francis Mathews, was filed Aug. 29 by Lucero’s attorney, A. Blair Dunn.

Sheriff Lucero said today that he is disappointed that things have gotten to this point.

Take Community Vision For Tourism Online Survey

on September 11, 2017 - 7:08am


Los Alamos County invites community members to participate in an online survey that is a substitute for attendance at the public forum that was held Sept. 6. Visit to access the survey link.

A recording of the public forum presentation is available within the survey providing an introduction to the plan purpose, information about current tourism, and a description of scenarios introducing ideas that create alternative futures for consideration.

Keypad polling devices were utilized in the public forum that allow for instant participant

County-Sponsored Dark Night Saturday, Sept. 16

on September 11, 2017 - 6:47am

The Pajarito Astronomers is holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 7:15 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Sept. 16 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Jupiter and its moons, Saturn with its rings and moons, Uranus and Neptune will potentially be visible during the evening.
There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, the Milky Way, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.