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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/

Photo by TK Thompson/

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


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/

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

Photo by TK Thompson/



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

Pete Sheehey Announces Bid for County Council

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Democrat Pete Sheehey announces his candidacy for county council Thursday night. Photo by Greg Kendall/


County Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Pete Sheehey announced his candidacy for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council during Thursday night’s Los Alamos Democratic Party County Convention at the Hilltop House Hotel.

Sheehey made the following statement:

I’m Pete Sheehey, and I am running for Los Alamos County Council. I’ve lived and worked here for 25 years, and Los Alamos has been a good home for me. I think we can make it better.

Teen Center and Nature Center Move to Phase 2

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am


The County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee held a public hearing Thursday 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 committee passed unanimously Phase 2 applications for both the Teen Center and the Nature Center for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
The CIP Committee's recommendations for approval will be forwarded to County Administrator Harry Burgess.