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Author Speaks: Nye and Barco Reveal What Happens When Books are Banned

on April 21, 2012 - 9:14am

By Kirsten Laskey

The written word packs a good punch. It sparks inspiration and sometimes exasperation even to the point where people want to ban it.

The desire to ban books can also pack quite a punch, particularly for public and school libraries.

During the upcoming Author Speaks lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, librarians Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco will reveal what has happened when people demand books be removed from public reading shelves.

Nye and Barco wrote “True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries,” a compilation of essays on how librarians

Mesa Public Library to Host Display of Historic J. Robert Oppenheimer Photographs

on April 21, 2012 - 8:56am

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy Photo

A New Mexico Centennial Exhibit

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) will present an exhibit of historic photos entitled “J. Robert Oppenheimer: Photographs From His Life: 1904–1967” at the Mesa Public Library Gallery, 2400 Central Ave. from May 2 to May 30.

The photos and their captions show the full range of Oppenheimer’s life, from early childhood, through his youth, his professional life at Cal Tech, Los Alamos, University of California at Berkeley, and the Institute for Advanced Study which he directed

Coming Soon! Los Alamos County Libraries To Offer Expanded Service: Download Audiobooks and eBooks!

on April 19, 2012 - 8:40pm

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere, starting May 7!

Los Alamos County Library System has expanded its services with audiobooks and eBooks available to download from the library’s website.

Starting May 7, library card holders can check out and downloaddigital media anytime, anywhere by visiting http://lacnm.lib.overdrive.com

Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices.

Users will need to install free software: for audiobooks, OverDrive Media Console;

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County Administrator Harry Burgess Announces Re-organization, Promotions

on April 19, 2012 - 11:19am

COUNTY News:

During Wednesday night's County Council budget meeting, County Administrator Harry Burgess announced organizational changes within several management positions, following his review of the various County departments and divisions and their relationship to his office.

Burgess was appointed as County Administrator in October 2011.

“I reviewed the organization after meeting with Staff to gather input, then worked to develop the best path forward for the organization,” Burgess said after the meeting, adding that he had also taken the last few months to review the County’s

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Council Tentatively Approves Overall Funding for Capital Improvements

on April 18, 2012 - 9:54pm

From left, Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage, Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz join the rest of the council in tentatively approving 7-0 the motion for overall funding for capital improvements in the proposed FY2013 and directed staff to look at ways to reduce the larger projects within the County. Council also tentatively approved 7-0 a full time position, which is to be paid from the indigent fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Council Approves 3 percent in New Money for County Salary Pool

on April 18, 2012 - 8:43pm

From right, Councilor Geoff Rodgers, Councilor David Izraelevitz, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Vice Councilor Ron Selvage, Councilor Mike Wismer and Councilor Fran Berting tonight in Council Chambers and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle via telephone voted 5-2 to tentatively approve tonight a 3 percent increase in new money be placed in the proposed FY2013 County employee salary pool.
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Citizens Speak up During Tonight's Public Comment Session

on April 18, 2012 - 7:40pm

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk at the podium and, from left, Councilor Mike Wismer and Councilor Ron Selvage. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dave Shiferl and Mary Pat Kraemer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council candidate Roger Waterman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pauline Schneider Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Cheryl Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Coordinator Kristine Coblentz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council candidate Pete Sheehey. Photo by Carol A.
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Tonight Marks the Third and Final in Council's Marathon County Budget Hearings

on April 18, 2012 - 7:02pm

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess just announced that he is eliminating the "Assistant to the County Administrator" position held by Brian Bosshardt. He has moved Bosshardt into one of two assistant county administrator positions. Burgess told the County Council that he has tapped Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne to become permanent. Burgess further announced that he is folding the Capital Projects & Facilities Department into the Community Development Department and has appointed' Anne Laurent to be the new director.
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Council Tentatively Approves Utilities Budget

on April 17, 2012 - 9:23pm

Utility Manager John Arrowsmith and Deputy Utility Manager of Finance & Administration Janet Bettinger brief the Council on the proposed $75.350 million FY2013 budget and projected $81.128 million FY2014 budget. Council tentatively approved the budgets 7-0. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
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Council Tentatively Approves Capital Projects & Facilities Budget and Public Works Budget

on April 17, 2012 - 8:38pm

Director Anne Laurent of the Capital Projects and Facilities Department answers questions regarding her department's proposed $6.6 million FY2013 budget and projected $6.480 million FY2014 budget. Council tentatively approved the budget 5-2 with Councilor Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voting against the motion. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Director Anne Laurent of the Capital Projects and Facilities Department fields questions from Council regarding the public Works Department proposed $15.042 million FY2013 budget and projected $16.447 million budget before the
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Council Tentatively Approves Non-Departmental Budget

on April 17, 2012 - 7:41pm

Los Alamos County Budgets and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi and Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne discuss the $7.868 million proposed FY2013 non-departmental budget and the $7.867 million projected FY2014 non-departmental budget. Council tentatively approved 7-0 a substitute motion adding $2 million in the FY2013 budget for economic development loans. The County's FY2012 budget was $11.996 million. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Council Discusses Request to Hire Person to Handle Records Requests, Tentatively Approves Administrative Services Budget

on April 17, 2012 - 7:32pm

Acting Administrative Services Director Laura Gonzales briefs Council on the need for the creation of a position for a full time person to handle the overwhelming number of public records requests, which is bogging down the work of other employees in the Administrative Services Department. Council tentatively approved 6-1 a substitute motion for the Administrative Services Department's proposed $6.873 million FY2013 budget and the projected $7 million FY2014 budget excluding full time positions. Councilor David Izraelevitz cast the sole no vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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County Proposed FY2013 Budget Takes into Account Anticipated Expenditure Reductions by LANL

on April 17, 2012 - 7:09pm

During its budget hearings, which started Monday and continue tonight through Wednesday night, the Los Alamos County Council is assessing and approving the County's proposed FY2013 budgets and the projected FY2014 budgets. The County's objective is to continue to provide the high level of service the community has come to expect, despite anticipated reductions in revenues associated with reduced federal expenditures at the County's primary employer - Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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Council Tentatively Approves CDD Budget 7-0

on April 17, 2012 - 6:43pm

Acting Community Development Department Director Steve Brugger discusses his department's $1.912 million proposed FY2013 budget and $1.862 projected FY2014 budget before the County Council gave unanamous tentative approval. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Second Day of County Budget Hearings is Underway

on April 17, 2012 - 6:34pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Right now members of the Los Alamos County Councilors are considering proposed budgets for FY2013 and projected budgets for FY2014 for five more County departments:

Community Development, Administrative Services, Non-Departmental, Capital Projects and Facilities and Public Works.

Councilor Vincent Chiravalle is participating in the meeting via telephone. Chair Sharon Stover, Vice Chair Ron Selvage, Councilor Mike Wismer, Councilor Fran Berting, Councilor Geoff Rodgers and Councilor David Izraelevitz are present in Council Chambers this evening.

The

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New Restroom Facilities for Park and Trail

on April 17, 2012 - 10:01am

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has completed two new restroom facilities. The restrooms will be put into operation on Wednesday of this week.  Dick McIntyre, Parks Division Manager reports that the restrooms were planned and budgeted as part of the Canyon Rim Trail development. 

The first restroom is found at East Park next door to the new Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The second restroom is at the other end of the completed section of the Canyon Rim Trail near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

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Work Continues During Break in Tuesday's Budget Meeting

on April 17, 2012 - 9:09am

Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne explains details of the County's proposed and projected FY2013 and FY2014 budgets to councilors Ron Selvage, center, and Vincent Chiravalle during a break at Tuesday night's budget meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz discusses budget fine points with County Administrator Harry Burgess during a break in proceedings Tuesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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Council Tentatively Approves County Administrator and County Attorney Office Budgets

on April 17, 2012 - 8:15am

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess explains that the point of purchasing ipads for use by designated personnel is to save paper as well as for efficiency. Councilor tentatively approved the County Administratror's Office proposed $8.799 million FY2013 and projected $10.018 million FY2014 budget 6-1 with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the no vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com.

Acting Los Alamos County Attorney Brian James keeps legal check on the budget hearing in Council Chambers Tuesday night.
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Council Tentatively Approves First Grouping of Seven Department Budgets

on April 16, 2012 - 8:54pm

Council tentatively approved the first group of department budgets in a 6-1 vote with Councilor Vincent Chivaralle casting the sole no vote. The Clerk's Office, Assessor's Office, County Council, Municipal Court and Sheriff's Office, Fire and Police comprised the first group. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sheriff Marco Lucero told Council that his four deputies served 265 court orders in the last year.
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County Financial Officials Brief Council on FY2013-FY2014 Budgets

on April 16, 2012 - 7:56pm

Los Alamos County Budgets and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi and Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne presented an overview of the County's FY2013 proposed budget and the FY2014 projected budget. They are now fielding questions from individual councilors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Public Comments on Budget Items at Tonight's Council Meeting

on April 16, 2012 - 7:12pm

Susan Mack of Family Strengths Network spoke in support of the Los Alamos County Extension Office at 475 20th St. and its importance to the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Former County Councilor Robert Gibson cautioned the Council to rein in spending. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A crowd fills Council Chambers at tonight's budget hearing. Vernon Kerr addresses Council during public comment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Vernon Kerr takes his turn at the podium while several citizens line up to address Council as well. Photo by Carol A.
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Wildfire 2012 Featured Public Safety Tips

on April 16, 2012 - 9:05am

Snow fell Saturday during the Wildfire 2012 public information event at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Officials from Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Los Alamos Fire Department, Bandelier Fire Department, Valle Caldera Fire Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Forest Service were among the agencies on hand to answer questions and provide the public with safety information related to this year's upcoming fire season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

During Saturday's Wildfire 2012 event, a crowd gathered around a Simtable owned by

More ‘HATS ON’ Show Creative District Support!

on April 15, 2012 - 9:48am

Katy Korkos and Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce encourage you to support adoption of the Los Alamos Creative District Plan to be considered by the Los Alamos County Council April 24. Learn more about this initiative on the web at www.creativenm.org. You too can support the Creative District. Send in a photo of you or your family and friends wearing your creative hats to lacreative.nm@gmail.com, and we’ll publish it in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post! Courtesy Photo

Road Action at Sherwood and N.M. 4

on April 15, 2012 - 8:59am

Workmen are still required in paving roads with these fancy machines. This crew mans the "lay-down" machine and assures an even thickness of the asphalt coating. The hot asphalt can melt the soles of the men's boots if they stay in one pace to long. The N.M. 4 job will require two coats of material to form the finished roadway. Each coat appears to be about 2 to 3 inches thick. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

This "shuttle buggy" picks up a load of fresh asphalt hot mix that has just been dumped in a ribbon onto the roadway by a bottom-dump semi truck this past week on N.M.

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