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Letter To The Editor: DPU Budget And Council

on April 25, 2017 - 11:15am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

I am increasingly dismayed by the recurring disingenuousness of our County Council. 

Over the last half-century, they have continually failed to press the DPU to charge rates high enough to account for amortization of facilities, as any good business must do. As little as 1 percent higher rates over that period would have provided a substantial fund to replace the wastewater treatment plant and refurbish water and sewer lines without a significant rate increase as is now necessary.

For a number of reasons, our utility rates are and can be lower than in

Council Tentatively Approves Manager's Budget

on April 25, 2017 - 8:29am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess presents his proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. After a lenghtly conversation, Council passed 6-1, with Councilor Pete Sheehey casting the opposing vote, to tentatively approve the County Manager's 16,975,191 budget. They also tentatively approved a budget item for a salary adjustement for County employees of $186,500 to be divided between the general and non general fund. Sheehey argued that Council approved a major salary adjustment for County employees last year.

County Attorney's Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 25, 2017 - 8:25am

County Attorney Alvin Leaphart presents his proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. Council tentatively approved the $703,539 budget. Councilor Pete Sheehey commended Leaphart and his staff. 'We are grateful to him and his staff,' he said. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

County Earns 25th Distinguished Budget Award

on April 25, 2017 - 8:20am

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall had good news for the County Council at the start of its budget hearings Monday night in Council Chamabers. For the 25th year, the County received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers' Association. The budget hearings will continue at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
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LAFD's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 8:32pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Management Analyst of Finance and Budget Heather Garcia present the fire department's $30,360,474 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the budget. In the presentation, Hughes reported a number of acheivements in his department including continous improvement to EMS delivery through collaboration with other jurisdictions nationwide. He reported overall patient satisfaction for EMS services is 93.28 percent. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Council Tentatively Approves Its Proposed Budget

on April 24, 2017 - 8:20pm

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne presents the County Council's 2018 proposed budget, which totals $389,546 Monday night in Council Chambers.

Councilor Rick Reiss suggested adding a budget option for a one-time consultant-driven study for a utility financial assessment and for funding options. He added he would like to see some members of County Council, the Department of Public Utlities (DPU) staff, members of the Board of Public Utilities and County staff involved in this effort.

Reiss said the study would help

Probate Judge, County Clerk Proposed Budgets Get Council's Tentative Approval

on April 24, 2017 - 7:53pm

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz present their office's $602,603 proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the County Clerk's budget. In her presentation, Maestas reported that voter turnout for recent elections has been high. In fact, there was a 77 percent voter turnout for the November general election. 'We were the highest in the state,' she said.

Assessor's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 7:36pm

County Council passed 7-0 its tentative approval of the County Assessor's $597,058 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Councilor James Chrobocinski commended the assessor's office, saying, 'We do have an excellent run tax assessor office.' Assessor Ken Milder, left, and Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez make their presentation to Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Earth Day Activities Include Local Solar Array Tours

on April 23, 2017 - 4:38pm

Power Scheduler and Energy Manager for Los Alamos County Jordan Garcia, far left, led a tour of the County's solar array Saturday morning. The tour was part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center's Earth Day festivities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A tour of the County's solar array Saturday morning as part of Earth Day activities shows rows of solar panels constructed in 2011. It was explained during the tour that there is one 400 kilowatt panel, five that emit 100 kilowatts, and 10 that that emit 10 kilowatts. In total, the array generates one megawatt.

Los Alamos County Little League Season 2017 Begins!

on April 22, 2017 - 5:46pm
Los Alamos County Little League President James Chrobocinski welcomes the crowd to the opening of the 2017 season this morning at the North Mesa Ball Fields. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Los Alamos County Little League season 2017 opening ceremony underway this morning at the North Mesa Ballfields. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Los Alamos County Little League season 2017 opening ceremony underway this morning at the North Mesa Ballfields. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Little League players names 'drawn out of a hat' win

Los Alamos Celebrates Earth Day!

on April 22, 2017 - 4:32pm
The PEEC Earth Day Celebration draws a big crowd today to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Los Alamos Hill Stompers provide an Earth Day blowout. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Recycle Man and his young friend add some rhythm to the celebration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young gardeners. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A volunteer from the Santa Fe Raptor Center shows off a barn owl. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director Ken Nebel demonstrates

Letter To The Editor: It's The Right Thing To Do – Vote Yes For Rec Bond

on April 22, 2017 - 6:59am
By ENRIQUE POSADA, DDS, FICOI, AF-AAID
Los Alamos
 
I have had the honor of serving the Los Alamos community as a dental health care provider for the last 18 years. I have witnessed time and time again how our community comes together to solve the challenges which affect our small town. Another opportunity has presented itself for us to improve the quality of life for our community and we should be generous, selfless, and forward-thinking in our response.
 
I hope that we can work past the "I won't use those facilities, so I'm not going to support a tax increase" attitudes and think of what

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Save Up For New Stuff

on April 22, 2017 - 5:07am
By DAVID F. JONES
Los Alamos

Is this the example we want to set for our children?

Would we guide our children to save up enough money to purchase a bike and the necessary safety equipment and then tack on a skateboard with borrowed money instead of saving up for the board? Even better, by making the bike and skateboard available to other kids, applying democracy, and adding a few more sops to gain the support of the majority of the school body, you can force your fellow students to pay for the loan. Wow, what a deal - right? What kid wouldn’t go for it?

Apply To Serve On New Tourism Plan Committee

on April 21, 2017 - 5:53pm

COUNTY News:

The County Council affirmed their commitment Tuesday evening to give their full support and immediate attention to a 2017 focus area for community goals – build the local tourism economy – with their acceptance of a contract with Design Workshop to create a new Tourism Strategic Plan. They are looking for representatives from Los Alamos or White Rock who are interested in serving on a steering committee.

The Tourism Master Plan/Economic Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee will serve as an advisory body to the County Council and County planners for the tourism

Los Alamos County Finance Office Wins 26th Award

on April 21, 2017 - 5:23pm

COUNTY News:

The Finance Office for Los Alamos County was recently notified by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) that it has been awarded the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY16.

This is the 26th year in a row that the County has received this prestigious national award.

“We are honored to once again receive this award of excellence,” said Joe D’Anna, Chief Financial Officer, adding that the award is only possible because of the exceptional skills, hard work and dedicated staff

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U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Commends Los Alamos Police For Success Of Operation Spring Cleaning

on April 21, 2017 - 11:34am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials commended Los Alamos Police Department personnel Friday for the success of Operation Spring Cleaning, the March 20 drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of seven people on trafficking charges.

“An impressive amount of investigation and preparation was dedicated to this operation,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sean Waite. “The results of this operation are a testament to the efforts of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Quorum Notice Of Art In Public Places Board At Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting Wednesday

on April 21, 2017 - 7:35am

COUNTY News:

A notice of a possible quorum of the Art in Public Places Board at the Green Team Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting April 26 has been published and is available online at: http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

Golf Course Improvements Long Overdue

on April 21, 2017 - 5:10am
Los Alamos Golf Course Manager Sam Logan, left, and Head Golf Pro Donnie Torres. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course are long overdue. The last major capital improvements to the course occurred in 1970 and its irrigation system is 30 years old.

If passed, the $20 million recreation bond would provide an estimated $4.5 million to fix up the golf course.

Meet Newly Sworn Los Alamos Police Officers

on April 20, 2017 - 5:15pm
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Ofc. Michael Weiss and his wife, Melissa. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Randleman with his wife, Jessica and their children. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

Two new Los Alamos Police Officers, David Randleman and Michael Weiss were sworn by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Thursday. They were joined in the courtroom by their families, several LAPD officers and other county staff.

Randleman is a graduate of Aztec High School and San Juan Community College.

County’s ‘Green Team’ Sets Demonstration Garden Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For Wednesday, April 26

on April 20, 2017 - 4:35pm

Green Team Demonstration Garden near the White Rock Visitor Center and Bandelier Shuttle stop. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County’s employee-based “Green Team” will officially dedicate its new Green Team Demonstration Garden Wednesday, April 26 near the White Rock Visitor Center and Bandelier Shuttle stop on N.M. 4.

The community is invited to join them at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by tours of the garden led by members of the Green Team. Tours will continue until 1 p.m. and include an overview of the plant and materials used. 

The Demonstration Garden

Quorum Notice For Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting Wednesday

on April 20, 2017 - 11:51am

COUNTY News:

A quorum of the Los Alamos County Council may attend a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Demonstration Garden in White Rock, however no action will be taken.

The ceremony is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26 on N.M. 4 in White Rock. The community is invited to attend.

Monday Personnel Board Meeting Canceled

on April 20, 2017 - 8:22am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Personnel Board meeting scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Monday in Room 110 of the Municipal Building is canceled.  
 
For more information, click here.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 12-17, 2017

on April 19, 2017 - 6:25pm

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.

JASON LARRANAGA


April 12/Jason Larranaga, 20, of Las Cruces, was arrested for criminal damage to property.

 

 


STEPHANIE L. GARCIA


April 13/Stephanie L. Garcia, 31, of Los Alamos, was arrested for shoplifting.

 

 

COLEMAN SMITH


April 14/Coleman Smith, 60, of Pueblo, Colo., was arrested on a Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

DANIEL SIMON


April 15/Daniel Simon, 27, of Los

White Rock Library Hosts ‘Paws For Reading’

on April 19, 2017 - 1:33pm

Biggs is a good listener. Courtesy photo

Library News:

The White Rock Branch Library hosts a new program beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, called “Paws for Reading,” where kids can practice their reading out loud with a dog as the audience.  

Super-cute dog Briggs and his handler De Ann Painter are registered with Therapy Dogs International (TDI), which explains on its website: “The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading.”

TDI provides guidelines and evaluators to make sure that the dogs

Letter To The Editor: Let's Bring Our Small Town Into The 21st Century ... Vote Yes On Rec Bond

on April 19, 2017 - 12:11pm
By LYNNE CLARKSON
Los Alamos
 
As a facilities coordinator for the AAU basketball teams (GO, LA SLAM!) and a member of the Hilltopper Basketball Association (HBA), I can confirm that facilities for sports and recreational activities in Los Alamos are scarce.
 
Organizations such as youth basketball, soccer, volleyball, adult basketball, roller derby (youth and adult), pickleball, fencing, and martial arts are all competing (i.e. "fighting")over limited space.
 
Los Alamos is an active town, with diverse and varied interest. We have been limited by lack of facilities for far too long.

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