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Signs of the Times

on March 8, 2012 - 4:05pm

Bad Signage Examples?

In mid-March, the Community Development Department (CDD) held an initial public kickoff meeting for a renewed effort aimed at revising the existing Los Alamos County sign code.  Past efforts to revise our much maligned sign code have met with failure over the last half-decade plus. The last sign code update was attempted by then CDD director Rick Bohn in 2009. That attempt was derailed, in large part because of a dispute over how to handle temporary signs placed in truck beds and elsewhere. The proposed revisions would have prohibited such signage.

Smart Meters: What’s the Buzz?

on February 29, 2012 - 12:00am

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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/ladailypost.com

Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
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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 taken Friday by Julie Williams-Hill

 

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

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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/ladailypost.com

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

Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

 

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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

CIP Public Hearing: White Rock Civic Center; Ashley Pond Park Improvements

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am

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Los Alamos County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold two public hearings at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and ThursdayMarch 8 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 CIP Committee will consider Phase 2 applications on these dates for these projects:

  • March 6 – Golf Course Improvements
  • March 8 – White Rock Civic Center & Ashley Pond Pk Improvements

The applicant will present their Phase 2 applications to the Committee, along with

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March 8: White Rock Civic Center & Ashley Pond Park Improvements

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Los Alamos County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold two public hearings at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and ThursdayMarch 8 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 CIP Committee will consider Phase 2 applications on these dates for these projects:

  • March 6 – Golf Course Improvements
  • March 8 – White Rock Civic Center & Ashley Pond Pk Improvements

The applicant will present their Phase 2 applications to the Committee, along with a summary

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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/ladailypost.com

 

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.

Teen Center and Nature Center Move to Phase 2

on February 23, 2012 - 5:00pm
 
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.

March 8: White Rock Civic Center & Ashley Pond Park Improvements

on February 23, 2012 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold two public hearings at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 8 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 CIP Committee will consider Phase 2 applications on these dates for these projects:

  • March 6 – Golf Course Improvements
  • March 8 – White Rock Civic Center & Ashley Pond Pk Improvements

The applicant will present their Phase 2 applications to the Committee, along with a summary

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Library Hosts 'Every Child Ready to Read' Workshop

on February 22, 2012 - 12:00am

 

Talking, singing, reading, writing and playing: Fun and simple steps to help get every child ready to read @ your library.

The Los Alamos County Library System has an exciting series of workshops underway designed to help get Every Child Ready to Read®. Mesa Public Library will present the second Every Child Ready to Read workshop for parents and caregivers from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

(Note: This workshop is for adults only; children will benefit from what their parents or caregivers learn – but not during this session; the last workshop in the series will be for both

CIP Committee Considers Nature Center and Teen Center Thursday

on February 22, 2012 - 12:00am

 

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Committee will meet in Council Chambers at 5:15 p.m. Thursday to consider Phase 2 applications for a new nature center and a new teen center.
 
The nature center has three possible designs, all from Catalyst Architecture. The preferred site (based on community input at a public meeting in November) is on Canyon Road, formerly the skate park location just up the road from the Aquatic Center.
 
 
In addition, as a close-to-net-zero energy use building, it becomes a model for environmental sustainability.
 
The other two designs, for the current

New White Rock Visitor Center Takes Shape

on February 20, 2012 - 12:00am

Membership Coordinator Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce walks with her dog Socs near the construction site of the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4., which is beginning to take shape in the background. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

New White Rock Visitor Center Takes Shape

on February 19, 2012 - 5:00pm

Membership Coordinator Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce walks with her dog Socs near the construction site of the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4., which is beginning to take shape in the background. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

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Firefighters Rescue Injured Woman Hiker

on February 19, 2012 - 12:00am

Los Alamos Firefighters carry the stokes litter used to transport an injured woman to an awaiting ambulance on Piedra Loop after she fell on Red Dot Trail this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Firefighters rescued a hiker who had fallen on Red Dot Trail in White Rock this afternoon while walking with friends. Shortly after noon, a member of her hiking party called out to a passing trail runner and asked him to call emergency dispatch to request help for the injured woman.

“She is a 69-year-old who fell down on the trail and apparently hit her

Public Input Wanted on White Rock Civic Complex

on February 18, 2012 - 12:00am

A possible quorum of Los Alamos Library Board members may be in attendance at the scheduled public meeting to solicit input on the White Rock Civic Complex project.

The meeting is 6-8 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. Submit comments to www.losalamos.icanmakeitbetter.com

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Public Input Wanted on White Rock Civic Complex

on February 17, 2012 - 5:00pm

A possible quorum of Los Alamos Library Board members may be in attendance at the scheduled public meeting to solicit input on the White Rock Civic Complex project.

The meeting is 6-8 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. Submit comments to www.losalamos.icanmakeitbetter.com

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County’s Sign Code Issue Resurfaces

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

County Planner Gary Leikness briefed local businesses in council chambers Thursday on data gathered at public meetings over a lengthy period. The intention is to move proposed sign changes through the process for final presentation to the county council this spring or summer. Photo by Katy Korkos
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Facebook

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

For someone who’s been using the internet since 1981, I sure keep underestimating its power. When Facebook first emerged, I thought of it as a gimmick for kids to share embarrassing pictures and annoy each other. Eventually, I realized that it was an emerging social medium that had been embraced by the under 30-crowd, and now I am convinced that it is a force for good that will spread democracy across the world. Well maybe not, but it is pretty neat.

I set up my first Facebook account some time ago, but it was for Louie, our cat.

County’s Sign Code Issue Resurfaces

on February 16, 2012 - 5:00pm

County Planner Gary Leikness briefed local businesses in council chambers Thursday on data gathered at public meetings over a lengthy period. The intention is to move proposed sign changes through the process for final presentation to the county council this spring or summer. Photo by Katy Korkos

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Five LAFD Firefighters Promoted

on February 16, 2012 - 12:00am

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a special ceremony Friday at Station 3 in White Rock to honor five firefighters who were promoted earlier this month. Seated from right, Justin Grider promoted to deputy fire chief, Steven Dawald promoted to captain, Chris Bartlit promoted to captain, Dan Duval promoted to captain and Adrian Martinez promoted to driver engineer. Standing at right, Fire Chief Troy Hughes congratulated each firefighter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NM 4 Road Work In Full Swing

on February 15, 2012 - 12:00am

A pair of tractors remove rocks and sidewalk cement along N.M. 4 in front of the Hive in White Rock Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Road work is underway along N.M. 4 between Rover Boulevard and Sherwood Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Road work is underway along N.M. 4 between Rover Boulevard and Sherwood Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A tractor removes rubble from N.M. 4 and places it in a large truck that hauls it away. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Council Explores County’s Employee Pay Structure

on February 14, 2012 - 5:00pm
Sharing a laugh before the start of Tuesday’s county council work session in White Rock, from right, County Attorney Brian James, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne and Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

It was universally agreed at Tuesday’s county council work session that Los Alamos County employees are at the higher end of the market in terms of pay structure. But there are some glitches that need to be addressed.

The meeting focused entirely on the

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