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Scenes of Movies in the Park and Farmers' Market

on June 7, 2012 - 11:15am

A crowd gathers Wednesday for the first night of "Movies in the Park" put on by the Los Alamos County Recreation Department. The first movie was "Tangled" and it was shown at Rover Park in White Rock. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Onions and radishes from Rodriguez S&J Farms are in ample supply at today's Los Alamos Farmers' Market. Several Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmers' Market from 9-11 a.m., Thursday June 14 to visit with citizens about current projects, issues and other topics.
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Ideas Sought for White Rock Visitor Center's Artwork

on June 6, 2012 - 11:55am
The “Strange Trio” sculpture by Tommy Hicks may be moved from Ashley Pond to White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
APPB News:
 
The Art in Public Places Board (APPB) is beginning to research and discuss possible artwork for the new White Rock Visitor Center.
 
The Board has scheduled a special meeting in White Rock from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday June 12 in the White Rock Town Hall.
 
The public is invited to attend the meeting at which the APPB will be asking for input and suggestions for appropriate artwork for the new tourist center.
 
The board also is exploring the possibility of re-locating
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Pete Amahl Trio Plays Downtown Friday

on June 6, 2012 - 11:43am

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer. Courtesy

By Russ Gordon

Things are happening this summer in Los Alamos. You haven’t noticed? Well, just follow me a minute.

The Friday night concerts have been having great crowds. Our first show was May 18 at the Kite Fest and we had about 600 folks out there.

The Red Elvises concert on May 25 drew around 2,500 people and last week’s Laurie Lewis bluegrass/folk concert drew about 1,500 folks. OK? We got more.

Last Friday was the start of what is called on Facebook as “Los Alamos Friday Night.” Check out the site.

Some businesses are

In Honor of Today's Transit of Venus...

on June 5, 2012 - 11:43am

Bananarama from the 80s: Venus

Don't forget to vote today. Join the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening for up to the minute election results and live (well, nearly live) candidate and news-maker interviews from the Los Alamos County Justice Center.

View the Transit of Venus starting at 4:30 p.m. from the Bradbury Museum, UNM-Los Alamos and PEEC. 

Special protective sunglasses may be purchased to view the Sun from Otowi Station Bookstore and PEEC. 

Missing today's event means waiting 100 plus years for the next one ... that's a long wait.

DPU Explains Brief Power Outages

on June 5, 2012 - 11:22am

DPU News:

A burned jumper at West Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive caused a power outage at 4:15 p.m. Monday for about 100 customers in the Western area, according to officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. 

Elsewhere on the circuit, recloser activity caused momentary power blinks, which were reported from customers at the Ski Hill, Mesa Public Library and other sites.

Power was restored at 5 p.m. to those areas

At 4 a.m. today, an underground line fault caused a power outage on Cheryl and Connie streets in White Rock, affecting about 40 people.

Power was restored by

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County Council to Review EEOC Ruling in Closed Session

on June 5, 2012 - 9:20am

COUNTY News:

County Council Chair Sharon Stover said that Council will review in closed session June 12, last week's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling regarding former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan's charges against Los Alamos County.

The EEOC found the County guilty of sex discrimination as well as retaliation against Stepan.

Stepan filed a grievance against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. She was fired Jan. 3, 2011. 

Attorney Sam Bregman spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the EEOC ruling in his client's favor.

"We are very pleased and not

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Upcoming County Meetings & Events

on June 5, 2012 - 7:24am
COUNTY News:
 
JUNE 2012 Meetings:
 
  • 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 – PLACE follow up public meeting on results of their March visit, UNM LA Lecture Hall
  • 9 a.m., Saturday, June 9 - Los Pueblos Park Improvements (dog park), at the park
  • 6 p.m., Monday, June 11 – White Rock MP Implementation Committee, WR Town Hall
  • 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 - Airport Master Plan – Public Mtg #1, Council Chambers
  • 9:30-11 a.m., Thursday, June 21 – Councilors at Farmer’s Market
  • 5:15 p.m, Thursday, June 21 - CIP Business Mtg, Council Chambers
  • 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 21 – Environmental Sustainability Board Evening
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PLACE to Report Back to Community

on June 4, 2012 - 7:43pm

LACDC News:

Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career "idea people" ... scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type ... and entrepreneurs.

What would it look like? Where might be a good location? What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community?

The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.

An early outcome from this work was a visit to Los Alamos in March by representatives

Summerfest Kicks Off Pajarito Mountain's Summer Season

on June 4, 2012 - 6:44pm

 

Nearly perfect weather along with the music of the Blue Hornets helped make Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 a huge success Saturday. The event included beers from 15 New Mexico microbrewers, a meadery and a nano distiller, as well as a microbrewer from Colorado. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Throngs of partygoers took advantage of the free Atomic City shuttles departing every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field to the Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 event Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lightning Blamed for Local Power Outage Today

on June 4, 2012 - 5:49pm

Early reports indicate a burnt jumper on Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive due to lightning is believed to be the cause of a partial power outage today.

Portions of Western Area, Ski Hill and radio towers were partially without power for about 30 minutes late this afternoon. Power surged on and off multiple times South of Ashley Pond near Downtown Los Alamos.

Department of Public Utilities electric linemen completed repair work and report that power was fully restored 15 minutes ago.

 
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Los Alamos County Launches Campaign to Educate Tourism-Industry Employees about Area

on June 4, 2012 - 2:19pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County – the most educated (and healthiest) county in the country – is launching an online marketing effort to better educate local tourism industry employees about the city “where discoveries are made.”
 
Subsequently, the county hopes knowledgeable employees will incite a desire in visitors to discover even more about Los Alamos’ history and attractions, while replacing any misnomers they may have with facts.
 
“Visitors trust that the information they receive about Los Alamos from our employees in the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries is accurate,”
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County Announces New Top Attorney, Community Services Director

on June 4, 2012 - 1:16pm
The Los Alamos County Council voted at noon today to appoint Rebecca Ehler as the new County Attorney.
 
Ehler is currently the Legal Advisor at the Department of Public Safety in Alamogordo.
 
She also served as the City Attorney for Alamogordo from 1993-2002, advising the City Council on bond issues, ordinances, contracts, land matters and a water utility.
 
Ehler was selected after an extensive search in March, followed by April interviews for the top three finalists.
 
The search for a new County Attorney had been underway since December, when former Attorney Randy Autio
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East Park Closed for Paving Through June 20

on June 3, 2012 - 10:40pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:

County Pavement crews will begin paving the East Park parking lot Monday, June 4.

Paving activities will require the park to be closed from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily for approximately two weeks.

Activity at the site on Monday will be limited to equipment staging as crews prepare for paving. Paving operations are scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 5, weather permitting, and should conclude by Wednesday, June 20.

The East Park pavilion cannot be reserved for events on weekdays, but will be available for use on the weekends.

Temporary access will be provided to the

Images for Fire Gate Poems: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs

on June 3, 2012 - 10:08pm

Mesa Public Library Art Gallery News:

Images for Fire Gate Poems: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs. By Henry C. Finney

Mesa Public Library Art Gallery from June 3-29

Public Reception and Poetry Reading on Friday, June 8  7:00-8:30 PM, A Los Alamos Friday Night Out Event

Henry Finney is truly a Renaissance man: artist, writer, anthropologist, Zen meditation teacher, educator, husband and parent. All of these parts combine in the current exhibition to create a compelling visual and spiritual experience for the viewer.

In 2011, Finney published a book of his poetry, The Fire Gate

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Las Conchas Fire Order Closures To Be Lifted

on June 3, 2012 - 9:27pm

Editors Note: The following update was posted to the Los Alamos Trails Group on Facebook by Lynn Bjorklund, Espanola Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest

The Forest Supervisor will sign the revised Las Conchas Fire order sometime on Monday, June 4th. For those of us in Los Alamos this means that the closure will be entirely lifted for Los Alamos County. For the Jemez District, it will be entirely lifted for non motorized travel. Most of the Jemez District Forest Service roads will still be closed to motorized travel.

Los Alamos County Library Board Agenda - June 4, 2012

on June 3, 2012 - 9:15pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD REGULAR MEETING—AGENDA


5:30 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2012
White Rock Branch Library
133 Longview Avenue

1. Call to order

2. Public comment/correspondence (for items not on the agenda)

3. Board Business

    A. Review and approval of the minutes of May 7, 2012

4. Chair and Board Members’ Reports

     A. Chair’s Report
          i. Update on filling of upcoming vacancies
          ii. Report on BCC luncheon
          iii. Library Board reports to Council

    B. Friends of Mesa Public Library Liaison Report Activities

    C.

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CONE ZONE: Week of June 4

on June 3, 2012 - 9:01pm

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call

662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Canyon Rd between East Road (NM502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic. Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Rd during the day time, and two-way traffic at night.

Sidewalk Obstruction Removal Program

on June 3, 2012 - 8:16pm

By Thomas Roach, Pavement Division Manager, Los Alamos County

Los Alamos County would like to solicit the cooperation of property owners to voluntarily remove vegetation along sidewalks. Invasive weeds will be a problem this summer, so the county asks everyone to pull, spray, or otherwise control weeds and grass on their property and adjacent to sidewalks.
 

The idea behind this program is to create a clear zone - a clear walking path for at least two people to walk side by side along a sidewalk.

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County Council to Hold Special Session Monday

on June 3, 2012 - 7:47pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY COUNCIL News:

The Los Alamos County Coucil will hold a special session at noon Monday, June 4 in Council Chambers.

The agenda for the special session includes:

  • Public Comment
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Business

    A.  Approval of County Administrator's Selection of Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan as Community Services Director. Presented by Harry Burgess, County Administrator

    B.  Possible Council Action on Appointment of County Attorney and Possible Approval of Employment Agreement. Presented by Council

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Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum Entertain Los Alamos

on June 2, 2012 - 6:45am

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum play to a large crowd during the County's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Concert Promoter Russ Gordon, right, with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Tara Key, Melissa Duke, Rita Brake, and Jamie Duke (members of the 1st Baptist Church of Los Alamos) offer free cotton candy at the Summer Concert on Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Tom Rozum plays the mandolin. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Laurie Lewis plays the violin. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Laurie Lewis takes some time between sets to chat and sign autographs. Photo

BREAKING NEWS: EEOC Finds in Favor of Former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan

on June 2, 2012 - 6:14am

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rendered its decision late Thursday in the case of former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan's charges against Los Alamos County.

The EEOC found the County guilty of sex discrimination as well as retaliation against Stepan who was fired Jan. 3, 2011 after filing a grievance against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. 

Attorney Sam Bregman spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post a short time ago about the EEOC ruling in his client's favor.

"We are very pleased and not surprised with the decision of the EEOC," Bregman said.

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“Health Speak Out” Town Hall Seeks Public Comment

on June 1, 2012 - 11:04pm

The Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) is sponsoring a “Health Speak Out” Town Hall Meeting noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday June 11 in the Los Alamos Community Building on the corner of 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The goal of the Town Hall is to gather information from a wide range of health care consumers about their needs, health care experiences and recommendations.

LACHC will also share a summary of its 2011-2012 LACHC Los Alamos County Health Profile.

Bring your own brown bag lunch. Drinks will be supplied.

Seating is limited. RSVP to deborahfgill@gmail.com by Friday June 8.

Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera and Los Alamos County Fire Restrictions

on June 1, 2012 - 4:24pm

UPDATED FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Los Alamos County Fire and Smoking Restrictions
Effective June 1, 2012

Building, maintaining or using an open fire is prohibited on all Los Alamos County lands except within developed campsites (concrete pad with metal fire ring), metal grills using charcoal or propane are acceptable on North Mesa campgrounds, at Overlook Park and at any park within Los Alamos County.

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable

County Invites Public to View Election Results

on June 1, 2012 - 10:23am
COUNTY News:
The Los Alamos County Clerk will post results of Tuesday's Primary Election after the polls close at 7 p.m. as they become available.
 
The results will be posted from 7-9 p.m. inside the lobby of the Justice Center.
 
Members of the public are welcome to stop by and review the results.
 
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Committee Favors Naming Trail After Satch Cowan

on May 31, 2012 - 11:04pm

Courtesy/LAC
LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:
Los Alamos County held a public hearing Tuesday evening regarding a recent citizen petition to name or rename a trail in the Quemazon Trail Complex in the Western Area after deceased local resident and hiking enthusiast Helen "Satch" Cowan.
After hearing public comments, the Committee discussed the request and asked several questions of the petitioners, as well as to County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, before unanimously voting 6-0 in favor of naming a new trail the "Satch Cowan Trail."
The Committee emphasized in the motion and in comments before the

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