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Board Of Public Utilities Meets June 20

on June 17, 2018 - 7:13am

Communication Woes Surface During Council Discussion On RCLC Investigation

on June 16, 2018 - 4:59pm

County Councilors say the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of Tuesday's meeting in Council Chambers. Screenshot/LADP

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A presentation during the June 12 Los Alamos County Council meeting by representatives of the law firm of Adams & Crow resulted in a lengthy and intense discussion among Council members, which appeared to reveal underlying internal struggles with communication.

The law firm is under a $30,000 contract with the County to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of improprieties of the Regional

County Customer Care Center Reps Conduct Dry Run Of New MUNIS System For Utilities Department

on June 16, 2018 - 10:33am

Los Alamos County’s Customer Care Center representatives participated in a ‘dry run’ this morning of the new MUNIS system for the Utilities department. The switch over to MUNIS will occur July 1. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Customer Care Center representatives participated in a “dry run” on a rainy Saturday morning. CCC representatives were testing their knowledge of the new MUNIS system for the Utilities department. The switch over to MUNIS will occur July 1.

County employees participated as “customers” in today’s exercise to give the CCC representatives live, hands-on

County Council To Hold Closed Session Tuesday

on June 16, 2018 - 8:20am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the annual evaluation of the Los Alamos County attorney.
 
Agenda:
1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. BUSINESS
         A. Discussion of  Limited Personnel Matters - Annual Evaluation of the County Attorney (Session Closed Pursuant to Section 10-15-1 (H) (2) NMSA 1978) Presenters: County Council
3. ADJOURNMENT
 
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Council Postpones Contract For Kiddie Pool Design

on June 15, 2018 - 5:18pm

County Engineer Eric Martinez
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Uncertainties surrounding the new managing contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) pushed Los Alamos County Council to apply the brakes on the kiddie pool capital improvement project.
 
During the regular County Council meeting Tuesday, June 12, Council passed a motion to postpone approving the services agreement with FBT Architects for the design of the kiddie pool addition at Larry R. Walkup Center until the taxable status of the new LANL contract is known.

Chamisa Elementary School And Cortex & Co. Salon Win 2018 Business Recycler Of The Year Awards

on June 15, 2018 - 4:37pm
COUNTY News:
 
The Business Recycler of the Year award is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board.
 
The Business Recycler of the Year Award is a great avenue to promote recycling in the community and get more businesses participating in the recycle program. To become eligible, a business is nominated by a member of the community for contributing to recycling and waste reduction. The nominees are required to submit a brief overview about how their business recycled and reduced waste.

More Scenes From Safety Town At Mountain School

on June 15, 2018 - 7:28am

A group of incoming kindergarten students waits in line for the next activity Thursday during the Safety Town program at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Safety Town participants gather Thursday morning with Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross, left, and Cmdr. Preston Ballew in front ot the LAPD bomb truck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew shows a young Safety Town participant how he remotely controls a robot from inside the LAPD bomb truck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Update: Valles Caldera Fire Burns 50 Acres

on June 14, 2018 - 3:50pm

COUNTY UPDATE: The fire spotted at 2:20 p.m. today in the Valles Caldera near San Antonio Mountain is estimated to have burned about 50 acres. The Los Alamos Fire Department has not been requested to respond to the fire at this time. National Forest and Valles Caldera have fire-fighting resources working the fire. A special weather statement was just issued for the Jemez Mountain area about storms with heavy rainfall moving into the area on Friday, so, there may be a good chance that rain is on the way to help firefighters.

Fire Burning In Valles Caldera

on June 14, 2018 - 2:47pm

Los Alamos County reports that a fire was spotted at 2:20 p.m. today in the Valles Caldera near San Antonio Mountain. Smoke is visible over the western mountains of Los Alamos. Fire resources are actively working at the site right now. The County will provide more information as it becomes available. Photo by Brian Nelson

Fire resources are actively working at the site of a fire right now in the Valles Caldera. The County will provide more information as it becomes available. Photo by Brian Nelson

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 11 To June 12, 2018

on June 14, 2018 - 11:48am

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.

SEBASTIAN OSBALDO CRUZ-VARGAS

June 11 at 10:37 p.m. / Police arrested Sebastian Cruz-Vargas, 29, of Espanola in Pojoaque on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

JAYSTON PLATERO

June 12 at 9:06 p.m. / Police arrested Jayston Platero, 35, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with DWI and two counts of abuse of a child.

Council Appoints Morrie Pongratz To Serve On Council

on June 14, 2018 - 11:16am
Morris Pongratz is the newest member of the Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County Council has a new member: Morris Pongratz. Pongratz was approved to serve the remaining six months on former County Councilor James Chrobocinski’s term.
 
Chrobocinski resigned from the Council in May for health reasons. Pongratz was approved to fill the seat during a special meeting Monday night. His nomination passed five to one. Councilor Susan O’Leary voted for another candidate, K.
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Public Works Department Features Two New Faces

on June 14, 2018 - 9:15am

Juan Rael is one of the newest hires in the Los Alamos County Public Works Department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

Sarah Anderson is a new project manager in the Public Works Department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

There are two new faces in the Los Alamos County Public Works Department. Sarah Anderson and Juan Rael were recently hired as project managers for the department.

 

Both bring experience working in the private and public sector.

 

Before moving to Los Alamos to begin work

Otowi Well No. 2 Drilling Continues In LA Canyon

on June 14, 2018 - 8:18am

Drilling is underway for the new drinking water Otowi Well No. 2 in Los Alamos Canyon. Courtesy photo

Drilling for the Otowi Well No. 2 is underway in Los Alamos Canyon.Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Trucks have been seen coming and going on NM 4 between the White Rock Y and the Truck Route as work continues on the new drinking water Otowi Well No. 2 in Los Alamos Canyon.

Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco explained in a recent report that drilling commenced on the well in January.

Lane Closure/Flagging Operation On Todd Loop Today

on June 14, 2018 - 8:00am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will partially close Todd Loop today in White Rock.
 
A flagging operation will commence 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., while crews close a section of road for repairs.
 
Please slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.

Police Chief Addresses Crime Stats Allegation

on June 13, 2018 - 2:47pm

Chief Dino Sgambellone
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone responded Tuesday to allegations that not all violent crime reported to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) appears in the LAPD 2016 and 2017 annual crime reports presented to the Los Alamos County Council.

The allegations have been made by James Whitehead, Republican nominee for Los Alamos County Sheriff in the November general election, both in person at primary election events and now on his campaign website under the caption “The Truth

Councilor Recall Petition Case Remains Undecided

on June 13, 2018 - 11:47am
Los Alamos County Councilors Antonio Maggiore and Susan O'Leary chat before Monday's hearing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Attorney Jack Hardwick, left, speaks with his client Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss, right, and Los Alamos resident George Chandler Monday afternoon prior to a hearing in Santa Fe on recall petitions filed against Reiss and two other councilors. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The fate of three recall petitions filed against Los

County: Residents Invited To Apply For Newly Created Community Development Advisory Board

on June 13, 2018 - 9:57am

COUNTY News:

Residents are invited to apply for a new Community Development Advisory Board. The new board was created by the County Council in May and tasked with making recommendations to the Council regarding the development, implementation and enforcement of County property maintenance codes within the corporate boundaries of the County.

Seven members are needed to fill the board. They will serve a three-year term. The application period will close at 5 p.m., June 18.

The Council is expected to appoint Board members at its Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 in Council Chambers.

Cody Ulrich Joins Los Alamos Police Department As Emergency Management Specialist

on June 13, 2018 - 9:48am

Cody Ulrich has joined the Los Alamos Police Department as an Emergency Managment Specialist. A native of Santa Fe, he has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration from Colorado State University. Ulrich is working on evacuation plans and mutual aid agreements under the direction of Emergency Management Cmdr. Beverley Simpson. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Approves Proclamation Restricting Sale And Use Of Certain Fireworks

on June 13, 2018 - 9:33am
Newly appointed Los Alamos County Council Morrie Pongratz presents a proclamation Tuesday evening to Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilors approved a proclamation Tuesday evening during their regular meeting declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks.

Under the proclamation, the sale and

Scenes From Safety Town At Mountain School

on June 13, 2018 - 9:08am

Los Alamos Police Ofc. James Keane guides a young cyclist during Tuesday morning's Safety Town activities at Mountain Elementary School. More than 100 incoming kindergarten students are participating in the program, which runs through Friday. Safety Town is designed to teach participants safety in areas ranging from what to do in case of a fire to stranger danger. Watch for more photos and news from Safety Town later in the week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Department dispatchers Seth Martinez, left, and Mario Pratti show Safety Town participants what a 911 call

Just One Month ‘Til Los Alamos ScienceFest!

on June 12, 2018 - 6:53pm

A STEAM exhibitor talking with a young attendee at a previous ScienceFest. Courtesy photo

A young girl at the controls getting hands-on experience at a recent ScienceFest. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

Each year, thousands flock to Los Alamos—home of groundbreaking science where discoveries are made—for the three-time award-winning ScienceFest.

2018 marks ScienceFest’s 11th year and is July 11-15 with a “Science Rules in Los Alamos” theme.

“ScienceFest is a must-attend, five-day festival complete with live music, interactive and family-friendly events for all ages and

LAFD Asks Council To Restrict Certain Fireworks

on June 12, 2018 - 3:05pm
Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilors are slated to vote this evening at their regular meeting on a proclamation declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the use of fireworks.

If adopted, the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including helicopters, aerial spinners, missile type rockets, stick type rockets, chasers and firecrackers will be prohibited starting June 12 for 30 days in accordance with state statutes and the County Code.

County Library Board Meets June 19

on June 12, 2018 - 8:48am

Morrie Pongratz Appointed To Fill Council Vacancy

on June 11, 2018 - 8:34pm

Morrie Pongratz, left, was appointed this evening to serve a vacancy on Council after addressing members of the Los Alamos County Council and answering their questions. He was among six applicants interested in filling the vacancy left when James Chrobocinski resigned in May. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Applicants to fill the vacancy on County Council include Aaron Walker, Brady Burke, David M. North, Laura A. Crotzer, K. Michael Cleveland and Morris B. Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk swears in newly appointed County Councilor Morrie

Scenes From Summer Concert At Pond Friday

on June 11, 2018 - 5:15pm

Baracutanga performs for a crowd Friday, June 8, at Ashley Pond Park as part of the Gordons Summer Concert Series. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Two young dancers enjoy the music performed by Baracutanga during the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series June 8 at Ashley Pond Park. This Friday, the concert series will present Igor and the Red Elvises. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park. All Gordons Summer Concerts are free to the public. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A crowd enjoys the music Friday, June 8, at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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