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Los Alamos County Council Tentatively Approves Public Works Department Proposed Budget

on April 19, 2017 - 8:34am

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton presents his department's proposed budget during Tuesday's budget hearings in Council Chambers. Regarding one budget item, Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary asked during the Monday night budget hearing about the postponement of the $2.73 million HVAC project at Mesa Public Library.

DPU FY18 Proposed Budget Squeaks By Council

on April 19, 2017 - 7:05am

Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager Tim Glasco presents his department's budget to County Council during Tuesday's budget hearings. Ultimately, the $71,462,741 proposed budget squeeked by with council's tentative approval. It was passed 4-3. Councilors Chris Chandler, Antonio Maggiore and Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary opposed the budget while Councilors Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, James Chrobocinski and Council Chair David Izraelvitz voted to tentatively approve it.

County Council Tentatively Approves Administrative Services Proposed FY18 Budget

on April 19, 2017 - 6:59am

During his budget presentation to County Council Tuesday night, Deputy Manager Steve Lynne reports that for the 26th year the Los Alamos County's finance department has received the cerificate of achievement for excellence in finance reporting for the FY15 comprehensive annual financial report. He emphasized this is a County-wide achievement. Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary commended the department saying, 'Congratulations to you and the rest of your team.' Lynne presented the budget along with Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall.
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N.M. 4/Truck Route Delineator Installation Sunday

on April 18, 2017 - 6:04pm

COUNTY News:

The County of Los Alamos Public Works Department will be installing delineators at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

For questions regarding this project, contact Los Alamos County Traffic Engineer Daniel Erickson at 505.663.1777 or email Public Works at LACPW@lacnm.us.

Letter To The Editor: Do We Need More Bread And Circus In Los Alamos?

on April 18, 2017 - 5:31pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I am somewhat perplexed that the County is pushing for a "recreational bond".
 
With the county freezing hirings on critical positions in the fire and police departments and with uncertainty on whether the next national laboratory contract will be a for-profit or nonprofit, this does not seem to be the time to burden the county taxpayer with more debt.
 
Adding more facilities will require not only bond payments but added staffing and budget line items to maintain them. The result will be more of a burden on the taxpayer.

County Council Tentatively Approves Proposed Community Services Budget

on April 18, 2017 - 3:58pm

 

Community Services Department Director Brian Brogan presents his proposed budget to Los Alamos County Council during its budget hearing Monday night in Council Chambers.
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Detailed Recreation Bond Election Information Now Available Online And At County Clerk’s Office

on April 18, 2017 - 8:06am

COUNTY News:

To provide voters information, Los Alamos County has created a detailed Recreation Bond election voter information booklet. It is available for download online here, at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, the County Municipal Building and various County facilities.

Los Alamos County voters will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed $20 million general obligation bond, to be repaid from property taxes for the purpose of designing, acquiring, constructing, purchasing and improving recreation facilities including a multi-generational pool, splash pad and a recreation

County Council Commends Community Development Department; Tentatively Approves Proposed Budget

on April 18, 2017 - 7:22am

Community Development Department Director ​Paul Andrus presents his proposed budget during the budget hearings Monday night in Council Chambers. The department’s budget totals $1,819,685. Council commended the work of the Community Development Department. Councilor Rick Reiss said the department had undergone a cultural shift and he described the shift as almost being historic. It seems, he added, that Los Alamos has turned a corner in becoming homeowner, business owner and contractor friendly.
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Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 18, 2017 - 6:58am

Judge Alan Kirk and Administrative Assistant Juanita McNiel present the proposed budget for Los Alamos County Municipal Court during the budget hearings Monday night in Council Chambers. Council passed 7-0  to tentatively approved the base budget, which totals $564,832. They also approved an additional $9,000 to increase a 3/4 time clerk position to a fulltime position and approved removing $20,000 from the budget and allocating those funds to the Los Alamos Police Department for courtroom security. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

County Opens Survey, Releases Draft Bike Plan To Acquire Public Input

on April 18, 2017 - 6:54am

COUNTY News:

The County opened a brief survey April 13, 2017 on Open Forum requesting information regarding residents’ bicycle use. The information obtained from the survey will be instrumental in helping to further shape the Bicycle Transportation Plan.

To take the survey, use the following link: www.peakdemocracy.com/portals/119/Issue_4829. The public comment period closes May 8, 2017.

The Public Works Department also released a first draft of the Bicycle Transportation Plan, the next step in the County’s efforts to help make Los Alamos a more bicycle friendly community.

Letter To The Editor: Office Of The Sheriff – Let’s Work On This Now

on April 18, 2017 - 6:39am
By LISA BRENNER
Los Alamos

The following are my comments to County Council April 17, 2017.
 
Councilors:
 
I am here to comment on the Office of Sheriff and the Sheriff’s budget. I have to admit that I am dismayed that the budget for the Sheriff has not been reinstated since YOUR Question 1 ballot measure failed. The people of Los Alamos have spoken. We want the Office of Sheriff.  
 
The duties which were in place at election time in 2014 are the duties that the people elected the Sheriff to perform.

Council Tentatively Approves Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office Proposed FY 2018 Budget

on April 17, 2017 - 8:28pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presents his proposed budget this evening to the County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from this evening's County Council meeting in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sheriff Marco Lucero addresses Council this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presented his proposed FY 2018 budget this evening to the County Council.

Eight Cats Abandoned Behind Animal Shelter

on April 17, 2017 - 7:24pm

LAPD News:

Sometime Wednesday April 5, someone dropped off / abandoned eight cats behind the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter near near Aspen Ridge Retirement Center.

Seven of the cats have been contained and impounded at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Two of which are microchipped and staff is attempting to research the previous owners associated with those microchips.

All of the cats contained have been examined by a local veterinary clinic, they all have conditions that require medical attention, with treatment already started.

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Fleming: Urban Bike Path Update

on April 17, 2017 - 10:58am
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By BRENDA FLEMING
Los Alamos
 
Last May, after attending a few county meetings on the plan of this town, I was a little depressed thinking about all the people making decisions about this town that don't actually live here. 
 
With a spark of activism, I wrote to the Los Alamos Daily Post what I wanted as a local mom and business owner – which was an urban bike path to connect the town's historical landmarks, small businesses and residential areas – the "oh-so-needed vein of the town" is how I phrased it – for tourists and locals alike. (read article here)
 
I emailed my

Letter To The Editor: Will Los Alamos Remain ‘Home Of The Brave’?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:25am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

As I was an authorized immigrant to and am now a citizen of the United States, you might think that, having followed the legal requirements, I would not be supportive of all refugees and immigrants, whatever their status. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although I did not leave Canada out of fear or persecution, I did learn some relevant history there that most Americans are not likely to have encountered.

The two main early European waves of immigrants to North America were from England and France, but they were of completely different characters.

Letter To The Editor: In support Of Rec Bond

on April 16, 2017 - 7:54am
By TOMMY OLDHAM
7th Grader
White Rock

My name is Tommy and I am a seventh grader at Los Alamos Middle School. I support the Los Alamos Recreation Bond fully. I am involved in the Los Alamos Hockey Association and Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse League. These are only two organizations out of a whole bunch of others that could benefit from the bond passing.

There are a lot of projects on the bond, one of them is a Recreation Center, which would include gym space, a track and an indoor ice rink. Yes, we do have an ice rink, but some of the time we are unable to use it when we need to.

Los Alamos Police Help Ensure Public Safety During Annual Pilgrimage Underway To Chimayo

on April 15, 2017 - 10:43am

The Los Alamos Police Department together with the Rio Arriba Sheriff's Office help ensure public safety during the annual pilgrimage underway to Chimayo. Courtesy photo

Letter To The Editor: Spend Now, Repay Forever...

on April 15, 2017 - 9:07am
By KEI DAVIS
Los Alamos
 
Here we go again! Those aren't leaves on our trees, they're banknotes – and we have a lot of trees!
 
We're told that we cannot afford to replace the HVAC in the Mesa Public Library; staffing, hours, and frequency of warm water weekends at Larry Walkup only goes down; infrastructure generally crumbles around us; but obligating ourselves to $20 million to build and operate some high-maintenance new toys is a great idea! http://www.ladailypost.com/content/voters-consider-multi-generational-pool
 
It's such a good idea that it must be in the same exalted class of

April 17-18 Council Budget Hearing Agendas Released

on April 15, 2017 - 8:09am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has released the budget hearing agendas for the upcoming Los Alamos County Council Special Sessions.

The sessions are scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday, April 17 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meetings are open to the public.

The agendas are available online at the following link: http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

 

Letter To The Editor: Recreation Bond Thoughts

on April 14, 2017 - 6:48pm

By Resident of Los Alamos

My property taxes have doubled for my half duplex in the past seven years. At the current rate of increase they double again in 10 years. My retired years will be funded by personal investments, social security, and not a pension fund.

I am speaking in behalf of all who live in town who will not have a pension fund and live off of social security. With the increase of our water rates, sewer rates and current bonds that the County will never retire, I am against a new recreational bond.

There are several large buildings in town that are empty.

Letter To The Editor: Resolution On Immigration An Example Of ‘Virtue Signaling’ ...

on April 14, 2017 - 1:03pm
By CHALRES KOOSHIAN
Los Alamos

The letter submitted by Councilors David Izraelevitz and Chris Chandler, “Continuing The Conversation On Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees” (link) is an anodyne statement that we can all subscribe to, as is the resolution by Councilor Pete Sheehey. However, I would like to offer a point of view that hasn’t been expressed.

The resolution is simply an example of the phenomenon referred to as “virtue signaling.” This occurs when an individual, group, or organization attempts to project an image of how wonderful, moral, law-abiding, caring, compassionate,

Poetry Reading Saturday Features Native Poets

on April 14, 2017 - 12:08pm

LIBRARY News:

This Saturday’s poetry reading, 1 p.m. in the White Rock Branch Library, features poets from the Creative Writing programs at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe.

Poets Vivian Carroll (Cherokee), Chee Brossy (Dine), Victoria Gonzalez, ValirieSerawop (Ute), and Douglas SuanoBootes (Saponi)will read from their work. They are all students of James Thomas Stevens at IAIA, where both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Creative Writing are offered.

This is the second poetry reading in honor of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, April 9 through 15.

Los Alamos Tours Friedman Recycling Center

on April 14, 2017 - 7:34am

Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule models some paraphernalia that ended up at the Friedman Recycling Company in Albuquerque. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Regional Manager Robert Taylor speaks to visitors from Los Alamos who toured the Friedman Recycling Company Friday in Albuquerque. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

One of the first things you will see at the Friedman Recycling Company in Albuquerque is a giant hill of trash. It is a massive mosaic of every discarded item imaginable.

Voters To Consider Multi-Generational Pool

on April 13, 2017 - 10:27pm

A rendering of the potential multi-generational pool. Courtesy Image ​

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A multi-generational pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is one of the projects included in the Los Alamos recreation bond. If voters pass the bond, the pool would offer features for infants to senior citizens to enjoy.
 
While all the features are conceptual at this point, Community Services Director Brian Brogan said typical characteristics for these pools include zero depth entry, water slides and lazy rivers.

Letter To The Editor: Continuing The Conversation On Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees

on April 13, 2017 - 9:04am
By David Izraelevitz and Chris Chandler
Los Alamos County Councilors
 
Our fellow Councilor Pete Sheehey prompted a spirited community discussion about law enforcement, community values, and the roles and responsibilities of our local government when he brought forward a resolution at a Council session last week focusing on the treatment of immigrants and refugees in our community and nationally.
 
Many community members spoke up during that Council session, and even from the dais, we could feel the intensity of feeling and personal attachment to the subject.

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