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The Hive to Address Council Tuesday

on November 12, 2012 - 6:31pm


We would like to invite the community to join us at the County Council meeting beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the Community Building.

The Council has been presented with a petition for an immediate $36,000 grant to sustain operations of The Hive through February of next year and to request that the Council direct County staff to work with The Hive in developing an expanded grant application.

This short paper addresses the most efficient and direct way that the County can promote REAL and SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT in Los Alamos County.

The Hive is an INDEPENDENT

County Wants Folks to ‘Take A Hike’

on November 11, 2012 - 6:56am

Hiker. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County is encouraging visitors to “take a hike” during national “Take a Hike Day” Nov. 17.

Take a Hike Day, which encourages Americans to get outdoors and move. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than half of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health.

Los Alamos is not only considered the “healthiest County in the country,” (Bloomberg News) but it has more official hiking trails in the Southwest compared to most same-sized cities and counties.

Los Alamos has 58 miles of trails and more


Arts In Public Places Board Meets Nov. 14

on November 11, 2012 - 6:52am


P&Z Commission Meets Nov. 14

on November 10, 2012 - 9:55am


Central Park Square Teen Center Design Unveiled

on November 9, 2012 - 9:08am

The proposed Teen Center concept image in Central Park Square. Courtesy/Architects Studio
  • Proposed Renovation Plan Cuts Project Cost By Half

Staff Report

In May 2012, the Los Alamos County Council directed staff to explore renovating and leasing existing space at Central Park Square, across from Fuller Lodge, for use as a new Teen Center. 

The proposed space will be approximately 9,500 square feet based on the earlier feasibility study. A small group of residents gathered Nov. 1 for a project update.

Deacon Closed at 15th Monday, Nov. 12

on November 9, 2012 - 9:07am

Monday, Nov. 12, the Eastern Area 2 project contractor will be working to install a valley gutter across Deacon at 15th Street.  

Assuming the weather cooperates, the valley gutter will be excavated and concrete should be placed by the end of day Monday.

Once the concrete is finished off, the contractor will place a steel plate across the intersection and reopen the intersection.

The fresh concrete will need to cure for five days. Depending on the weather received over the weekend, the work may be delayed until Tuesday.

Those needing access to Deacon should enter Deacon from 20th Street


Board of Public Utilities Meets Nov. 14

on November 9, 2012 - 6:20am


Election 2012 Wrap Up

on November 7, 2012 - 2:42pm
Robert Gibson, Bonnie J. Gordon, JoAnn Johnson and Karen Kendall review poll results. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
By Carol A. Clark
The Los Alamos County Clerk's Office reports that Los Alamos County voters cast 10,684 ballots in the 2012 General Election, which came to a close Tuesday night. 
The majority of those votes were cast early or absentee with 3,528 cast on election day, Nov. 6.
Voters approved all four proposed Charter Amendments, which was a highly contested issue throughout the campaign season. 
LAGRI President Robert Pelak, the group opposing the

No Trash or Recycling Collection Monday Nov. 12

on November 7, 2012 - 2:21pm


In observance of Veterans Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection Monday, Nov. 12.

If Monday is your normal pickup day - please put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 for collection.

For questions, contact Tom Nagawiecki, Environmental Services Specialist at 662-8383.


BREAKING NEWS: Los Alamos Election Results

on November 7, 2012 - 8:01am

The voters have spoken and their new Los Alamos County Councilors are Democrats Kristin Henderson and Pete Sheehey, center, and Republican Steve Girrens. The newly elected councilors will be sworn in at a ceremony next month to officially take office Jan. 1. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team at the Justice Center election night from left, Photographer Sal Zapien, Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall, Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon, Publisher Carol A. Clark and Election Results Analyst Karen Kendall. Photo by Sharon Stover.

Staff report


Updated Prelminary Results

on November 6, 2012 - 9:05pm

From left, Bonnie J. Gordon and JoAnn Johnson review the latest poll numbers as Katy Korkos speaks with County Councilor Rick Reiss in the lobby of the Justice Center this evening. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Below, preliminary results reflect all early voting, absentee, Trinity on the Hill and Community Center ballots. Results from ballots cast at the White Rock Fire Station have not yet come in.

Stephanie Richard  4,339
James Hall  4,804
Peter Sheehey  4,277
Michael Redando  3,197
Kristin Henderson  4,403
Marc Clay  4,055
Vincent Chiravalle  3,961

Early Voting Prelminary Results

on November 6, 2012 - 7:57pm

Early Voting Preliminary Results (White Rock, Community Building & County Clerk)

Stephanie Richard  2,987
James Hall  3,063
Peter Sheehey  2,977
Michael Redando  2,232
Kristin Henderson  3,022
Marc Clay  2,603
Vincent Chiravalle  2,548
Steven Girrens  2,738
Nathan Hjelm  2,281
Sharon Stover  3,507
For  3,145
Against  2,456
For  2,917
Against  2,631
For  3,248
Against  2,228
For  3,449
Against  2,031
Martin Heinrich  2,963
Heather Wilson  3,092
Jon Ross Barrie     111
Ben Ray Lujan  3,509

Nov. 8 Transportation Board Meeting Canceled

on November 6, 2012 - 8:45am


The Los Alamos County Transportation Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday Nov. 8, has been canceled.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be 5:30 p.m., Dec. 6 in the Public Works Conference Room, 2101 Trinity Dr. Suite A2.

The meeting is open to the public.


Community Broadband Network Survey Underway

on November 6, 2012 - 8:16am



Through Saturday Nov. 10, Los Alamos County will be surveying residents regarding their option of the Community Broadband Network; a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all Los Alamos County citizens, businesses and institutions.

As part of this survey, the County is interested in conducting market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the CBN project and willingness to pay for the various costs to install and


Los Alamos County Proclaims November 'Mental Health Awareness Month'

on November 6, 2012 - 8:02am

Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer, right, presents a Mental Health Awareness Month proclamation to Executive Director Joy Beery of the Los Alamos Family Council and Director Larry Martinez of the North Central Region of Presbyterian Medical Services on Oct. 30. Photo by David Griggs


Mental Health Awareness Month Raises Awareness of Trauma and Impact on Children, Families, Communities

  • Healing the Invisible Wounds

On Oct. 30, Los Alamos County proclaimed the month of November as Mental Health Awareness Month. 

As such, the Los Alamos County Health Care Program is raising


November Lecture: Brief History of Wendover Airfield

on November 5, 2012 - 10:22am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos Historical Society is pleased to offer its 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science.”

The November lecture is a brief history of the Wendover Airfield in Utah by James Petersen

James Petersen’s talk on Historic Wendover Airfield will touch on the origin of Wendover, Utah, and then focus on the period from the inception of the Army Air Force base to the end of World War II.

The history of the B-17 and B-24 bomber training as well as the contribution of Wendover to the Manhattan project will be discussed.

The presentation will include original photographs from

County Line Highlights Veteran's Day

on November 5, 2012 - 6:56am


County Editor's Note: There won't be an issue of "The County Line" Friday, Nov. 9, due to the Veteran's Day holiday weekend and limited staffing ... so, we've given you a two-week outlook on upcoming meetings and events in this issue.

No Council Meeting Next Week...

Because of the elections Tuesday Nov. 6, the Council will take a break and then be back in action the following week. What's on the agenda for their Nov.


Start a Tradition at North Pole Workshop and Luminaria Walk

on November 4, 2012 - 6:50am


North Pole Workshop & Luminaria Walk – Start an annual holiday tradition at the North Mesa stables.

Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division, members of the Posse Lodge, Pony Club and Stable Owners Association as we create a fun holiday event for all ages from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9, from  for the North Pole Workshop & Luminaria Walk.

The event includes professional digital photographs with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft.

Dress warmly, wear your walking shoes, and enjoy the North Mesa stables lit up with luminarias and holiday lights.

DPU Proposes Sewer Rate Increase and Restructure

on November 3, 2012 - 1:15pm

DPU News:

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will recommend a sewer rate adjustment to the Board of Public Utilities at its Nov. 14 meeting. 

If approved, the proposed sewer ordinance will go to the County Council to be considered for adoption in January. 

The proposed ordinance increases overall sewer rates but also simplifies residential customers’ bills to a restructured flat fee every month. 

It removes the variable rate that is based on the amount of potable water consumed during winter months. 

The ordinance also includes continuing annual rate


Letter to the Editor: Reject Los Alamos Charter Amendments

on November 3, 2012 - 8:05am
By Robert A. Pelak
Los Alamos

Like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the structure of the government of Los Alamos is defined by a charter that was adopted by its citizens.

Also, like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, this charter allows its citizen to directly participate in their government by means of petitions for initiatives (proposing new ordinances), referenda (rejection of newly passed ordinances) and recall (removing elected officials) as well as amendment of the charter.

If a petition gathers enough signatures within the allotted time period, then the subject of the petition is put to a vote of

Cat Has Been Waiting Entire Year for Adoption

on November 3, 2012 - 8:05am


Pet of the Week: Cassie – a plus-sized declawed orange tabby female who seeks human attention.

She has been at the shelter for an entire year, waiting for a family to take her home. 

Cassie tends to avoid the company of other cats in the cat room, so she may be best as a single cat and must be an indoor pet.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a large selection of on-site adoptable pets waiting for a home.

Others are currently off-campus in foster homes. Visit the Friends of the Shelter website: to get more information about

After I’m Gone – Things To Think About Your Estate

on November 3, 2012 - 8:03am
By Paula Roybal Sánchez
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist

Settling an estate can be difficult and time-consuming. If you have ever been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, you know how much time and frustration can be involved. 

After I’m Gone – Things to think about your Estate is a program intended to provide you with information to make the process much easier. 

After I’m Gone – Things to think about your Estate, will be presented by Don Davidson, and will be held at noon Friday,

Letter to the Editor: Rhetoric Makes Charter Changes Sound Draconian

on November 3, 2012 - 8:02am
By Fran Berting
Los Alamos County Councilor

The rhetoric regarding the Charter ballot questions on initiative, referendum and recall is making the changes sound positively draconian!

Let's look at what the most widely challenged changes actually do.

For Initiatives

1) No change in the percentage of voters needed (so not noted in the ballot question) but a change in the basis for the number of signatures required for initiatives from 15 percent of voters in the last general election to 15 percent of the number of voters in the arithmetic mean of the past two general elections.

Young Pianist Raises Money for Friends of the Shelter

on November 3, 2012 - 8:01am

Presley Gao, 10, presented Sally Wilkins, President of Friends of the Shelter, with a $217 check for donations he received for performing a benefit concert Sept. 8. Courtesy photo


Presley Gao began taking piano lessons with Dr. Madeline Williamson on his 6th birthday in 2008.

Today at just 10 years of age, he is performing solo piano recitals more likely found in the repertory of concertizing pianists.

Gao has earned several awards in piano competition, including the Santa Fe Sonata Contest, the District and the New Mexico State Honors Auditions and the Dennis Alexander