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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

County Sends Letter Supporting Manhattan National Park

on May 31, 2012 - 10:51pm

Los Alamos County has sent a letter of support for the proposed Manhattan National Park to three congressional leaders.

Clear HERE to view the letter.

For more information on the status of the potential Manhattan National Park, read the newsletter story from the Atomic Heritage Foundation:

MP National Historical Park Legislation Moves Ahead

 

Free Shuttle Service Transports Visitors to Bandelier

on May 31, 2012 - 10:44pm

Benches and canopies have been installed in a parking area on Rover Boulevard near N.M. 4 in White Rock for visitors to park their vehicles and wait in the shade for Atomic City Transit to transport them to Bandelier this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

A free shuttle service operated by Atomic City Transit is the only way in which visitors will have access to Bandelier National Monument this summer through November, Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Visitors should park in the designated lot at the intersection of N.M.

Los Alamos Daily Post Launches 'Social' Page

on May 31, 2012 - 9:50pm

Check out the new "Social" page on the Los Alamos Daily Post!

We are now showing the Post's Tweeter and Facebook feeds. On the Post's Tweeter feed you will find retweeted stories that are of interest to Los Alamos.

Retweets are small story blurbs from around Los Alamos, the state of New Mexico and beyond. 

The staff of the Los Alamos Daily Post selects only stories to "retweet" that are likely to be of interest to past and present Los Alamos citizens.

You can click on the links within the retweets to view the full external stories that are described.

It is a great way to see what is

Clark & Kendall's - Weekend Preview - May 31, 2012

on May 31, 2012 - 4:07pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post's events calendar webcast, "Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview." Carol A. Clark and Greg Kendall co-host this weekly program, which previews each upcoming weekend's events scheduled for Los Alamos, White Rock and beyond.

To compile the list of events, the Los Alamos Daily Post checks the event calendars found in the right hand sidebar and we sample the posters on the front window at Aspen Copies. We cover events that are of interest to the general public.

Here is our raw calendar information:

Friday, June 1st Bluegrass at Ashley Pond - 7pm - FREE 2012 Los Alamos

Early Voting Ends Saturday!

on May 31, 2012 - 1:02pm

2012 Primary Election Information:

Los Alamos County Bureau of Elections is reminding registered voters that Early Voting will end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Saturday, June 2 at the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St. or White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M. 4.

Absentee Voting In Person will also end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday, June 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday June 2 at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, 2451 Central Ave., Suite D.

For more information, visit

East Road/NM502 Gas Line Replacement and Reinforcement Begins this Week

on May 30, 2012 - 10:34pm

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES News:

Gas line replacement and reinforcement work on East Road/NM502, from Tewa Loop to Airport Road, begins this week with most work confined to the shoulder of the roadway.

Drivers in the area are asked to use caution while this work is underway this summer.

In the coming weeks there will be greater traffic impacts as a lane closure will be required in order to safely execute the project.  
 
Notifications of such traffic impacts will be provided in advance.
 
For continuing updates, visit

Bluegrass to Surround Ashley Pond Friday

on May 30, 2012 - 6:41am

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Courtesy/LASCS

By Russell Gordon

I was listening to the music of Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum today thinking about what I’ll write for this article.

They both grew up in the 60’s.

Tom was more of a rocker and said that he started listening to more and more Folk and American roots music after driving home to Connecticut following the infamous Woodstock Festival of August 1969.

Laurie started listening to the same in high school and college. I read that she really loved the music of the Dillards, the Greenbriar Boys, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe and Doc Watson.

Renovations Close 37th Street Play Lot

on May 29, 2012 - 10:39pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY PARKS News

The 37th Street Play Lot near Villa Street is closed for the next two weeks so that the Los Alamos County’s contractor, LA Landscaping & More, can make renovations to the park.

Renovations include:

  • remove the sand safety zone material in the designated play areas and replace with engineered wood fiber, bringing the safety/fall zone into compliance
  • add a merry-go-around  with fall/safety zone material and borders (similar to the one at Community Park or North Mesa Park)
  • replace the asphalt entry walk with concrete and an approach that is not as steep as the

Friends of the Shelter Pet of the Week

on May 29, 2012 - 10:12pm

LOS ALAMOS ANIMAL SHELTER News:

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

Others are currently off-campus in foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website: www.lafos.org, to obtain information about volunteering, adopting and donating.  

Also check out the FOS Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about adoptable pets.

http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped.

Pet of

Libraries Offer Hands On Clinics for Downloadable Books

on May 29, 2012 - 9:38pm
MESA PUBLIC LIBRARAY News:
 
The libraries are doing hands on clinics to help patrons learn how to use the fabulous new service for downloadable audio books and eBooks.
 
The following dates and times are for Mesa Public Library and White Rock patrons are encouraged to call the WR Branch to schedule a convenient time.
 
Patrons should bring their own devices on which they plan to use the service with them for the most effective session.
 
Los Alamos County Libraries’ upcoming Overdrive clinics for May and June:
 
  • Tuesday May 29, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday May 31, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday June 2, 10

Tonight's Public Hearing Venue on Satch Cowan Nature Trail Changed to Fuller Lodge

on May 29, 2012 - 9:20am
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County is considering a citizen petition to name or rename the Quemazon Nature Trail to the “Satch Cowan Nature Trail” after Helen “Satch” Cowan.
 
Or, the County may name one of the newly created/expanded trails in the Nature Trail Complex as the ‘Satch Cowan Canyon Rim Trail.”
 
Under County Code, a public hearing must be held prior to naming or renaming any County facility – or in this case, a trail – after a deceased individual.
 
Members of the public are invited to attend a public hearing about this matter at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.
 
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No Trash or Recycling Collection Today [Memorial Day]!

on May 28, 2012 - 7:09am

COUNTY News:

In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection today.

If today is your normal pickup day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday May 30 for collection.

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Senior Appreciation Night Ends with French Toast & Prizes

on May 27, 2012 - 9:55pm

The Kiwanis crew made eggs, sausage and french toast for Saturday's graduating seniors to cap off Senior Appreciation Night early this morning. Photo by Karen Kendall

Senior Appreciation Night ended this morning with students heading to the Betty Ehart Senior Center for breakfast prepared by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.

County Recreation personnel drew names of seniors who attended all events of the evening.

The prizes won by those seniors included $500 cash, a lap top, Kindle Fire, TV/DVD player, docking audio system, Wii, $200 Best Buy gift card, $300 REI gift card, $200 REI gift

Senior Appreciation Night Packed with Fun

on May 27, 2012 - 8:49pm

Alicia Bowyer and Kurt Schramm duke it out in the bouncy ring during Senior Appreciation Night at the Family YMCA on Iris Street. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Students who graduated from los Alamos High School Saturday morning were invited along with their friends to celebrate begining at 6 p.m., the 30th year of Senior Appreciation Night (SAN.)

The event began with a BBQ at Fuller Lodge and ended Sunday morning with breakfast at the Senior Center.

The Los Alamos Recreation Division and the Family YMCA co-chair the annual celebration.

Chris Calhoun tackles the rock wall at the Family Y

PERA’s $5 Billion Hole Draws Member Concern

on May 26, 2012 - 12:52pm

A room full of PERA members pack into Monday's meeting in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

People jammed into the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) meeting in Santa Fe Monday with many more turned away for lack of space.

The agenda item that drew the massive crowd is proposed cuts and changes to the retirement plan affecting thousands of employees across the state and hundreds in Los Alamos.

PERA’s assets declined by a staggering $6 billion during the global financial market downturn of 2008-09.

Although PERA’s assets have increased since the downturn – a $5

Red Elvises [Video]

on May 26, 2012 - 8:42am

Red Elvises, Los Alamos' favorite band, plays at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert  Series (produced by Russ Gordon). Fun for everyone including a couple future Los Alamos head bangers.

Red Elvises Rock the Pond

on May 26, 2012 - 7:19am

The Red Elvises rocked the large crowd gathered around Ashley Pond Friday night as part of the Gordons Concert Series. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The crowd chants along to the Red Elvises' "Disco Dancer". Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises are Los Alamos' favorite band. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

Two youths wait for their Italian sodas between sets by the Red Elvises. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises played crowd favorites. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises performed a great show. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

New White Rock Visitor Center Takes Shape

on May 25, 2012 - 9:57am

The new Visitor Center construction project on N.M. 4 in White Rock is moving right along with exterior siding nearing completion. The interior sheetrock is finished and tile and light fixtures were being installed Thursday. The large circular silver object in the right side of the photo is a storage tank for collecting rain from the roof for watering shrubbery once the landscaping is completed. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

The newly asphalted RV parking lot on the east side of the Visitor Center looking toward the West. The pylons contain electrical hookups for the campers.
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