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Sept. 29 Fall Fiesta and Mozart on the Rocks: A Big Day at Bandelier

on September 8, 2012 - 9:39am

Reconstructed kiva at Alcove House. Courtesy/BNM


From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 29, Bandelier National Monument is reviving the annual Fall Fiesta so visitors may enjoy Pueblo and Hispanic cultural demonstrations, games, traditional dancing and arts at the park.

The Fiesta was not held in 2011 due to recovery efforts from the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding. This year’s theme is "Celebrating Nature through Art and Culture."

Entry to Bandelier will be free that day, which is National Public Lands Day.

Bandelier National Monument is making an effort to reach people

Henderson Supporters Distribute Campaign Signs

on September 8, 2012 - 9:14am

First thing Friday morning campaign workers for Kristin Henderson began planting signs for her County Council race. More than 80 signs were placed around the area throughout the day. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Crews Keep Roadway Illuminated

on September 8, 2012 - 8:29am

Crews work on a light pole next to the tower at the entrance to town Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



'Lunch with a Leader' to Feature Nagawiecki and West

on September 7, 2012 - 8:19am

LWV News:
The League of Women Voters will host its monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the third-floor conference room at Mesa Public Library.  
The speakers are Tom Nagawiecki, Los Alamos Environmental Services Specialist and Sandra West, Outreach Coordinator at the Los Alamos Co-op.  
In keeping with its "all new beginnings," the League will have food catered by the Los Alamos Co-op.  
RSVP to order a whole sandwich or a box lunch of a half sandwich with soup or salad.
All orders include chips and a cookie. Water will be provided by the League.

Moonshadow is Friends of the Shelter 'Pet of the Week'

on September 7, 2012 - 6:54am

Moonshadow the cat is available for adoption. Courtesy photo


Moonshadow is a friendly, playful older kitten. He and a group of his friends came into the shelter and their family never came back to get them.  

They all get along well in the communal cat room at the shelter.  

Moonshadow has his first kitten shots, is neutered and ready for his new family.

For information on adopting Moonshadow or other dogs and cats from the shelter, visit



Council Appoints Rick Reiss to Fill Vacant Seat

on September 6, 2012 - 9:02pm

Los Alamos County Council voted to appoint Rick Reiss to fill the Council position left vacant with the resignation of Ron Selvage in August. Reiss will serve the remaining two years of the term. Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk swears Reiss in. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladaily

Councilor Rick Reiss takes his seat at right as Chair Sharon Stover officially adjourns the meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost



Utilities Manager Briefs Council on Gas Issue

on September 6, 2012 - 8:46pm

Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith briefs County Council during the public comment section of tonight's meeting about the status of the approximately 800 local customers left without gas Wednesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
DPU News:
Crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities have been working long hours to restore natural gas to approximately 800 North Mesa customers.
Unexpectedly, the gas line feeding North Mesa residents was depressurized Wednesday afternoon, during a gas line tie in.
Efforts to restore gas service began

Council Questions Three Finalists

on September 6, 2012 - 8:14pm

County Council selected from left, Rick Reiss, Ralph Phelps and Stephen Boerigter from the field of seven applicants to fill a vacancy on Council. Reiss received five votes and Phelps received four votes. Boerigter prevailed in a second round of voting after having tied at three votes with Andrea Cunningham. Each of the three finalists are fielding questions from Council members before the final selection is made this evening to fill the vacancy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilors remarked how difficult their decision has been this evening because of the significant

Rick Reiss Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 8:01pm

Rick Reiss - Developer/Serves on Kiwanis Board - Republican. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ralph L. Phelps Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:58pm

Ralph L. Phelps - Former County Councilor/Works at LANL – Republican. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Philip H. Kunsberg Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:55pm

Philip H. Kunsberg - Businessman/Former LANL Technical Staff Member - Declined to State Political Party during discussion with members of the Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Andrea S. Cunningham Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:47pm

Andrea S. Cunningham - Works at LANL/Serves on LAPS Foundation Board - Democrat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Stephen T. Boerigter Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:38pm

Stephen T. Boerigter - Works at LANL/Serves on UNM-LA Advisory Board - Declined to State Political Party. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

John L. Bliss Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:25pm

John L. Bliss - Works at LANL - Republican. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Edward R. Birnbaum Makes Case to Council

on September 6, 2012 - 7:19pm

Council Candidate Edward R. Birnbaum - Former NMSU Faculty/Former LANL Employee - Democrat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council to Appoint New Member Tonight

on September 6, 2012 - 6:53pm

County Administrator Harry Burgess speaks with some of the candidates under consideration to fill a vacancy on council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos County Council is preparing to publicly interview, in Council Chambers this evening, the following local residents who submitted letters of interest to fill a vacancy on Council created by the resignation of Ron Selvage in August:

  • Edward R. Birnbaum - Former NMSU Faculty/Former LANL Employee - Democrat;
  • John L. Bliss - Works at LANL - Republican;
  • Stephen T.

Public Invited to Saturday Book Fair at Fuller Lodge

on September 6, 2012 - 8:45am

LAHM News:

The Los Alamos Historical Museum and its publishing arm, Bathtub Row Press, are sponsoring a book fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 in Fuller Lodge.

More than 20 book publishers and authors from throughout the state are participating.

These book publishers and authors are excited about coming to Los Alamos because of its reputation as an intellectual community where people read books.

The Los Alamos Historical Museum and Bathtub Row Press hopes to make this an annual event and to eventually include writing and publishing workshops and other book-related pursuits.

Los Alamos Little Theatre Grand Re-Opening Sept. 14

on September 6, 2012 - 7:31am



The public is invited to join the Los Alamos County Council and County staff at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 for the Grand Re-Opening of the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar Dr. 

Refreshments will be served and community members will be able to view a brief showing of the Performing Art Center's latest play, "Dead Man's Cell Phone."


Several years ago, County staff was approached about replacing the roof due to leaks. The LALT roof and siding were constructed during the 1970’s.

Facilities staff performed some temporary repairs at that time.

Utilities Board Possible Quorum and Meeting Dates

on September 6, 2012 - 7:14am

DPU News:

Members of the Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities may attend the following events:

Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House ribbon cutting ceremony
2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Smart House, 1925-D Trinity Dr.; and

Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House reception
4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.

No board action will be taken. A quorum may be present.

Board of Public Utilities Regular Meeting Agenda
5:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 2012
DPU Conference Room @ 170 Central Park Square

I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III Chair’s Report

IV. Board Member Reports

V. Manager’s Report



Reception/Gallery Walk for Physiocartographies Sept. 15

on September 6, 2012 - 6:58am

Bill Gilbert: Physiocartographies @ Mesa Public Library Art Gallery through Sept. 27.

Started in 2003 in the field with the Land Arts of the American West mobile studio, the physiocartographies series combines the abstraction of cartographic maps with the physical act of walking the surface of the planet to create portraits of place.

Bill Gilbert follows prescribed paths across the landscape using a GPS unit to navigate and record points, a camera to shoot images and a  digital recorder to capture sounds.

The final works appear as reconstructed maps, videos and installations.

Join the


North Mesa Loses Gas

on September 5, 2012 - 6:38pm


More than 1,000 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers on North Mesa lost natural gas just before noon today.

Gas construction work in the Kwage Mesa area, specifically a pipeline tie-in, unexpectedly depressurized the gas line feeding the North Mesa neighborhood.

DPU crews began an extensive restoration effort around 12:30 p.m., which includes shutting gas valves to each North Mesa customer, pressurizing the line, and revisiting each customer to turn gas back on and relight appliances.

Crews will be working around the clock

West Nile Virus Cases in New Mexico to Date

on September 5, 2012 - 11:04am

OEM News:

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. Human cases of the disease have been reported every year in New Mexico since 2003. August and September are peak times for West Nile cases in New Mexico.

New Human Cases in New Mexico by County:

Six new cases have been reported since Aug. 29, bringing the total for this year to 14 cases:

  • 78-year-old man from Dona Ana County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 59-year-old man from Lea County. Uncomplicated Fever
  • 79-year-old man from Sandoval County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 9-year-old boy from Dona Ana County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
  • 72-year-old man from

Rotarians, Guests and Candidates Hear Economic Vitality Talk by Greg Fisher of Los Alamos County

on September 5, 2012 - 9:09am

Rotarian Lewis Muir chats with Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administratorr Greg Fisher, who delivered a talk at Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidates on both sides of the aisle listen to County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher speak about the progress the County has made and the challenges yet to overcome in terms of infrastructure, attracting new business, affordable housing and similar issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator

White Rock Visitor Center Grand Opening is Sept. 28

on September 5, 2012 - 8:24am

Los Alamos County will host a grand opening celebration at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the site of the newly constructed White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. The event is open to the public and also commemorates the completion of road work along N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Special Poetry Gathering: Film Performance of Beowulf

on September 4, 2012 - 8:19am

J. R. Skelton's illustration in the children's book ''Stories of Beowulf'' (H. E. Marshall). Published in New York in 1908 by E. P. Dutton & Company


September is Arts and Culture Month in Los Alamos and Mesa Public Library is pleased to show a film performance of Beowulf, the heroic, epic poem dated from between 800-1100, in the original Anglo Saxon with modern English subtitles featuring Benjamin Bagby.

This special event is part of the regular library program, Poetry Gatherings, hosted by local poet and UNM LA teacher, Jane Lin, which meets the second Thursday