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County Says Goodbye To Deputy Manager Bosshardt

on March 24, 2017 - 5:02pm

Los Alamos County hosted a reception Friday afternoon to say farewell to Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt. After almost seven years working at Los Alamos County, Bosshardt will be moving to Bedford, Texas, to work as its city manager. He starts his new position in April. His final day with the County is March 31. From left: Brian Bosshardt's wife, Marie Levie, Brian Bosshardt, Legal Assistant Melissa Salmon and Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson take part in the reception. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
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County’s Matthew Valdez Retires After 21 Years

on March 24, 2017 - 8:48am

Los Alamos County Technical Support Specialist Matthew Valdez, center, celebrates his retirement with Nina Fresquez, Wayne Kohlrust and many other friends and colleagus at his farewell party Thursday afternoon at the Municipal Building. Valdez celebrates 21 years working for Los Alamos County and most recently worked in the County's records department. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Matthew Valdez and his father, Ruben Valdez who retired from Los Alamos County 25 years ago. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Matthew Valdez' mother Juanita Valdez and Los Alamos County Custodian

Demand For Local Recreation Facilities Reaches Limit

on March 23, 2017 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos Futures Co-Chairs Tony Fox, left, and Darren Meadows promote the $20 million bond that, if passed, would help fund five recreation capital improvement projects. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Proposed White Rock Splash Pad. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Demand for recreation facilities has reached its limit in Los Alamos County, according to Los Alamos Futures Recreation Bond Advocacy Group, a recently formed Political Action Committee (PAC).

“We’re busting at the seams with what we’ve got,” PAC Co-Chair Tony Fox said.

As a result, young

Los Alamos DPU Launches New App

on March 23, 2017 - 4:01pm

COUNTY News:

An improved way for customers to access their DPU utility accounts

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today announced the launch of its free Los Alamos DPU App by Smart Energy Systems. According to DPU officials it’s a new cloud-based platform with a friendly interface for DPU customers to access their account, track consumption, and pay utility bills from their computer or mobile device.    

In 2015, a DPU customer satisfaction survey revealed that a segment of customers wanted more online functions.

“Customers under the age of 45 told us that they wanted

Utilities Board Approves 2018 Proposed Budget

on March 23, 2017 - 3:42pm

DPU Deputy Manager Bob Westervelt

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Board of Public Utilities unanimously agreed to bring its Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget to County Council for approval.

The DPU Board approved the budget during its regular meeting March 15 in Council Chambers. The proposed budget will be presented to the Council during the County budget hearings April 17-18 and April 24-25.

The utilities budget provides for $72,375,881 in total expenditures.
If Council approves the budget, DPU Deputy Manager Bob Westervelt said utility customers may see changes in their rates

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Scenes From Friday's Leadership Los Alamos Economic Development Session

on March 23, 2017 - 8:12am

Participants in the 2016-17 Leadership Los Alamos class learn about local economic development during an all-day session Friday. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA participants learn about local economic development. Photo by Martha Katko

COMMUNITY News:

Participants in the 2016-17 class of Leadership Los Alamos participated in an economic development session Friday.

Leadership Los Alamos was founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the area.

Each class

Los Alamos County 2017 Voter Purge Completed

on March 22, 2017 - 3:28pm

COUNTY News:
  • Board of Registration reviews list of inactive voters for removal

The Los Alamos County Board of Registration (the board) met Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to review the list of inactive voters (748) to ascertain whether they meet the criteria to be purged from the voter rolls.

The list of voters was compiled through efforts of the New Mexico Secretary of State (NM SOS) and the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993, (NVRA). The board, consisting of George Chandler, Jess Cullinan and James N. Robinson, were appointed Feb. 14 by the Los Alamos County Council.

In order to be

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 15-21, 2017

on March 22, 2017 - 2:41pm

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.

KATHY GIBBONS
March 20 / Police arrested Kathy Gibbons, 55, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
NICHOLE MARSH
March 20 / Police arrested Nichole Marsh, 36, of Los Alamos and charged her with trafficking controlled substances, two charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substance.
 
 
 
 
 
AMANDA

Los Alamos County’s New Website Launches Today

on March 22, 2017 - 10:42am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County announced today that it has launched a new website, hosted by a third-party “cloud based” provider Civic Live. It is the first time in eight years that the County has substantially re-designed its website. The web address remains the same: www.losalamosnm.us; however, residents with bookmarked pages will need to visit the new site and set new bookmarks as a result of the change.

The launch of the new site is the culmination of planning and research that began in 2016. After a competitive procurement process, a County project team selected Civic Live and worked

Los Alamos County Issues RFP For Two Land Parcels

on March 22, 2017 - 10:05am

COUNTY News:

Over the weekend, Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division published a Request For Proposals (RFP) seeking developers for two land parcels located behind Los Alamos Medical Center, at the end of 35th Street, just south of Trinity Drive. Most residents better know these sites as the location of the former Los Alamos Site Office.

As stated in the RFP, the County “endeavors to develop an entirely new neighborhood that is environmentally and financially sustainable in a safe and beautiful high desert setting.” Parcels A-13-2 and A-12 are approximately 11.8 acres, and the

Zero DWI Arrests In Los Alamos Thanks To St. Patrick’s Day Buzz Bus And LAPD’s Saturation Patrols

on March 22, 2017 - 7:37am

COUNTY News:

St. Patrick’s Day 2017 was a safe one thanks to Atomic City Transit (ACT), the Los Alamos Police Department, and the Los Alamos DWI Planning Council.

The County's Buzz Bus offered safe rides 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and 59 people took advantage of this free service. Charles Flowers, the ACT supervisor on duty, remarked that “Passengers were happy the service was available for their use, but more so were very happy other people were using it because it meant no drunk drivers on the road. What a great service the County of Los Alamos provides.”

In addition, the Los Alamos Police

Letter To The Editor: Signs Of The Times – A New PAC In Town

on March 22, 2017 - 7:12am

Los Alamos Police Conduct Morning Arrests

on March 20, 2017 - 9:53am

Staff Report:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone just confirmed to the Los Alamos Daily Post that several of his officers conducted an operation early this morning in which they exercised a series of warrants on local individuals.

Police made a number of arrests during the course of the operation.

Chief Sgambellone added that the Los Alamos Police Department will issue a press release later today detailing the individuals arrested and charges issued against them.

Safety Town Registration Now Open

on March 19, 2017 - 7:42am

Safety Town fire safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town bicycle safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town crosswalk safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Safety Town is returning to Mountain Elementary School 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 19-30. This free safety program is open to all children entering Kindergarten in the Fall or who will be five years of age by Sept. 1, 2017.

The program is limited to 80 participants and registration is being accepted at the Walkup Aquatic Center front desk or register online via WebTrac on the PROS Division’s main page

On The Job In Los Alamos: Rosalie Valdez At Cooperative Extension Office

on March 19, 2017 - 7:09am

Rosalie Valdez on her first day on the job Thursday as administrative assistant in NMSU's Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Office with County Extension Agent Carlos Valdez. The Cooperative Extension Office on 20th Street in downtown Los Alamos provides the community with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life, including horticulture and plant problems, health and family issues and food and nutrition programs. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scenes From St. Patrick's Day Luncheon At White Rock Senior Center

on March 17, 2017 - 4:51pm

Community members gather at the White Rock Senior Center today for the annual St. Patrick's Day luncheon. Photo by Derrick Key/ladailypost.com

Photo by Derrick Key/ladailypost.com

Photo by Derrick Key/ladailypost.com

 

Library's Authors Speak Presents Melissa Savage

on March 17, 2017 - 4:16pm
Cover of 'Rio: a Photographic Journey down the Old Rio Grande' by Melissa Savage. Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

The author of “Rio: a Photographic Journey down the Old Rio Grande,” Melissa Savage, will speak 7 p.m. March 23 at Mesa Public Library. Savage is a conservationist, geographer, professor emerita with UCLA, and director of the Four Corners Institute in Santa Fe. The book is published by UNM Press and contains an introduction by William de Buys, along with essays by Rina Swentzell, G. Emlen Hall, Juan Estevan Arellano, Estella Leopold, Norma Elia Cantu, Jan Reid and Dan Flores.

UNM

It’s Sunshine Week All Year Long At Los Alamos County’s Records Department

on March 17, 2017 - 9:05am

Los Alamos County's lean and mean records team, from left, Records Management Specialist Virginia Maestas, RIM Project Manager/Custodian of Records Barb Ricci and Technical Support Specialist Matt Valdez in front of the County's records room, which they are responsible for maintaining throughout the year. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Sunshine Week wraps up today in New Mexico and across the nation.

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Citizens Needed For County Board Vacancies

on March 17, 2017 - 8:26am

Senior Management Analyst Libby Carlsten encourages community members to apply for a vacancy on one of the County boards or commissions. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County is facing many issues from water rate hikes to selecting the next public art piece, and to make the right decisions the County needs its citizens’ help.  

There are a number of openings on County boards and commissions that citizens can volunteer for.

Los Alamos County Celebrates 25 Years Of Financial Reporting Excellence

on March 16, 2017 - 5:09pm
Los Alamos County Finance Team, front row from left, Zhengyan Liu (Accountant), Yvette Atencio (A/P Coordinator), Karen Kendall (Budget & Performance Mgr.), Beatrice Odezulu (Sr. Mgmt. Analyst), Joe D’Anna (Chief Financial Officer), Helen Perraglio (Deputy CFO). Not pictured: Margot Liberty (Acctg. Operations Mgr). Back row from left, David Griego (Sr. Mgmt Analyst), Nicholle Cordova (A/P Specialist), Thomas Vigil (Acctg. Operations Mgr), Julie Brothers (Accountant), Patricia Olivas (Payroll Specialist). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Twenty

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Funding For REDI Net Manager Position Fails

on March 16, 2017 - 4:52pm

Councilors Rick Reiss, left, and Pete Sheehey motion to approve funding for REDI Net to hire a general manager during Tuesday's County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) failed to receive approval from the Los Alamos County Council to provide funds to REDI Net to hire a new general manager. REDI Net is the public organization which provides broadband network services in Northern New Mexico.

 

The MOA was discussed during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday at the White Rock Fire

Atomic City Hotel Inches Toward Eventual Opening

on March 16, 2017 - 9:35am
Atomic City Hotel at 400 Trinity Dr. moves slowly toward an evental opening date. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

While it may not look like anything is happening at the former Hilltop House these days, a spokesman for Atomic City Investments who bought the property in July 2015 said Tuesday that there is lots going on behind the scene.

The property at 400 Trinity Dr., which has been renamed Atomic City Hotel, went into foreclosure in the fall of 2012. During a public auction in March 2013, LANB entered a cash bid of $2.9 million and

Public Meeting: North Road Traffic Calming Concerns

on March 16, 2017 - 8:30am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic and Streets Division is hosting a Public Meeting regarding Traffic Calming Concerns on North Road.

The Public Meeting is 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Fuller Lodge. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting.

For questions regarding the meeting, call the Traffic and Streets Division office at 505.662.8113 or email lacpw@lacnm.us.

Community Development Department Shares Goals

on March 15, 2017 - 4:42pm

Community Development Director Paul Andrus, front, and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano discuss updates to building permitting and code enforcement during the Los Alamos County Council regular meeting Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. Andrus said he was excited to present these changes to the Council. "Our department is in transition and it's going in a good direction," he said.
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P&Z Discusses Projects With County Council

on March 15, 2017 - 1:58pm

Planning and Zoning Comission Chair Philip Gursky, left, and Vice Chair Michael Redondo present the Fiscal Year 2018 Planning and Zoning Work Plan and Fiscal Year 2018 Commission Work Plan to the Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. According to the Planing and Zoning Workplan, activities the commission were involved during the past year include completion of the comprehensive plan update, site plans for condominiums in Quemazon and O'Reilly's Auto Parts and rezoning on Bathtub Row.
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