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Letter To The Editor: Response To Roundabout

on April 12, 2017 - 3:21pm
Los Alamos
About a year ago I wrote a letter to all of the Los Alamos County Council and Atomic City Transit. I received no reply from anyone.
I was appalled at the fact that these councilors are elected "at large", which means they are responsible to everyone but in reality "no one".
My father was a city councilman in Indianapolis for 32 years, which has discreet districts and they are directly liable to their 100,000 plus constituents. The editor added a note to a recent letter that said it was NMDOT that was building the roundabout, not LA county.

Letter To The Editor: Sheehey - Elected Sheriff Should Be Supported

on April 12, 2017 - 12:27pm
Los Alamos County Councilor

Sheriff Marco Lucero was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 by stressing the importance of the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos. Majorities on County Councils, not including myself, have worked against this, drastically cutting his budget and ultimately calling an election last November to eliminate the Office of Sheriff. Our citizens disagreed, and voted to keep an elected Sheriff.

Sheriff Lucero will present a proposal at next week’s budget hearings to restore his office’s budget.

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos County’s Budget Season Is About To Begin ... So Pay Attention

on April 12, 2017 - 11:33am
Los Alamos
As Los Alamos County’s (LAC’s) budget season begins, I would like to provide our citizens some information. 
Recently I wrote to all Council members and made a presentation at their meeting of my intent to bring this proposal to the Council during the coming budget process. All the Councilors had stated at one time or another how they support greater efficiency in the county - now it's time to begin to make it happen. When Council was given this data last year, it “considered” and no changes were made.
First of all, a discussion of the new enterprise

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 5 To April 10, 2017

on April 12, 2017 - 10:58am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges against them.


April 5 / John A. Martinez, 35, of Santa Fe, was arrested for unlawful use of a license – driving while privilege to do so has been revoked.





April 6 / April T. Martinez, 27, of Chimayo was arrested for unlawful use of a license – driving while privilege to do so has been revoked.




April 8 / Jeremiah D.Morris, 25,

Letter To The Editor: Respect, Justice And Compassion Is The American Way

on April 12, 2017 - 6:50am
Los Alamos

Treating all people with respect, justice and compassion seems like something we can all agree on, doesn’t it? I was surprised to find this statement being treated as controversial as I watched the April 4 County Council meeting.

Councilor Pete Sheehey proposed a resolution stating that “we support and observe the fundamental American value that all people, including immigrants and refugees, should be treated with respect, justice and compassion.” This sounds simple enough.

Letter To The Editor: Exercising Eminent Domain

on April 11, 2017 - 10:23am
Los Alamos
Are you kidding me? Using eminent domain for a roundabout that the people of Los Alamos do not want or need is by far and away one of stupidest things our County Government will ever do!
I guess it's ok for a bunch of our spendthrift county councilors to do what they damn well please in spite of the total inconvenience it will cause the people of Los Alamos.
I personally believe that our council should put this kind of inconvenience up to a public vote that requires a 75 percent approval of citizenry of Los Alamos before they throw money at a problem

Letter to the Editor: A Call For Integrity

on April 11, 2017 - 9:02am
Los Alamos

I am moved to respond to recent Letters to the Editor on the topic of funding the Los Alamos County Office of Sheriff particularly from a perspective of Integrity and the restoration of Integrity.

George Chandler’s letter of April 10, 2017, is an excellent example of behavior that fails to deliver on what is actually possible in the world: It appears as a full display of being base that undermines actual fulfillment in any area of life.

Letter To The Editor: Don't Call Police For Pizza

on April 10, 2017 - 4:54pm
Los Alamos

I too attended the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday. I too heard Councilor Tony Maggiore state that the council has previously strayed beyond their purview. I am of two minds about this. 

On the one hand it might be better for the county if drafting ineffective and irrelevant resolutions, and then pontificating about them for hours was ALL the county council did. On the other hand perhaps the county would actually benefit if the county council stuck to county business. One can argue either side of this.

People, the county council is not a platform for

Second Half Property Tax Due By May 10

on April 10, 2017 - 3:09pm


Los Alamos County would like to remind property owners that the second installment for 2016 property tax bills becomes delinquent after Wednesday, May 10.

Payment must either be made in person at the Customer Care Center by 5 p.m., May 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.

The Customer Care Center is in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave., and open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Payments should be mailed to P.O.

Couple Nets $20K After Suing County For Millions

on April 10, 2017 - 9:11am
Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, right, speaks with Juan M. Gonzales following his wife's hearing last month in Magistrate Court in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos residents Juan M. Gonzales and his wife Briana Dimick-Gonzales have received $20,000 from Los Alamos County in settlement of two lawsuits. The law suits were filed in October and December of 2015 in U.S. District Court and alleged civil rights violations.  

According to the settlement agreements, signed Jan.

Letter To The Editor: There Will Be A Time For Compassion But For Now Immigrants Must Be Vetted

on April 10, 2017 - 8:31am

Los Alamos

After reading the proposed resolution constructed by Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, and agreed upon by Council Chair David Izraelevitz, I too am voicing my opinion.

The history of immigration in our country has had different issues to take into consideration over the past two centuries. Our government has had to implement various policies and procedures about immigration to fit our needs. From the very early days in 1875 restrictions and policies barred convicts and prostitutes from entering.

County Bike Flow Trail Project Presentation Thursday

on April 10, 2017 - 8:30am


The community is invited to attend the regularly scheduled Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, Open Space meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson is presenting a talk on the Bike Flow Trail Project.

Letter To The Editor: Budget Time, Los Alamos ... Let's Not Go Down A Rabbit Hole

on April 10, 2017 - 7:56am
Los Alamos

Budget time, Los Alamos! Once more down the rabbit hole. 

Our Sheriff is the wabbit, leading us on. Even though the voters last fall simply chose to keep the office as it was then (register sex offenders, wear the Hat), he now approaches the council announcing that the result was a mandate to expand the office so he can provide unspecified “services” to the tune of $348,118 (link).

Now we see the end game: TOYS! A $65,000 ¾ ton truck with a gooseneck hitch for transporting HORSES – to scenes!

Mari Mac Stores Close During Gas Leak Probe

on April 8, 2017 - 4:10pm

The ladder on LAFD 1 reaches over the roof of Bealls Department Store after employees reported a suspected gas leak. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

LAFD units parked at Mari Mac Shopping Center Saturday morning. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

A firefighter at the controls on LAFD 1 as firefighters and county employees check gas lines on the roof. Photo by Maire O’Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department responded in force at around 11 a.m.

Los Alamos Observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

on April 8, 2017 - 3:10pm
Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenzie and Case Coordination Specialist Deni Fell of Los Alamos County Social Services Division speaks with community members at their National Crime Victims’ Rights Week table Friday inside Smith's Marketplace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Several agencies observed National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Los Alamos and White Rock Friday with a community outreach event coordinated by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenzie. This year’s theme is “Strength, Resilience, Justice”. 

“People think there are no

Vending At County Summer Concert Series

on April 8, 2017 - 6:51am
The Los Alamos County Recreation Division invites community members to be a part of its events occurring this summer.
Once again the Recreation Division is offering several vending opportunities for community organizations, vendors and businesses at several community events. To find the 2017 Special Event Vendor Application and Permit, which must be submitted to vend in Los Alamos County, visit website.
The Summer Concert Series has a special fee for all 16 events on County property, and those who choose not to be part of the entire series may opt to pay a one day

County P&Z Meeting April 12

on April 8, 2017 - 6:37am

West Road Closed 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. Saturday!

on April 7, 2017 - 5:28pm


Los Alamos County’s Traffic Division has been informed by LANL that they will be closing West Road Saturday, April 8. West Road is owned by LANL and the closure is necessary for safety reasons as  tree trimming activities will occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in this area.

West Road is the road that leads into Los Alamos Canyon to the Ice Rink and frequently used by motorists to access Pajarito Mountain. Motorists will need to travel through the LANL security portal in order to access Pajarito Mountain during these hours tomorrow.


NCRTD Board Honors Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey

on April 7, 2017 - 5:02pm

NCRTD Chair/Mayor of the Town of Taos Daniel Barrone, right, and NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro, second from right, present Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, second from left, with a plaque recognizing him for his service to the NCRTD Board. Courtesy photo


The Board of the North Central Regional Transit District today honored Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey for his three years of service to the NCRTD Board and the residents of the District.

During that time, Sheehey also served as Chair of the NCRTD Board Finance Subcommittee.

Daniel Barrone,


Celebrate National Poetry Month With The Library

on April 7, 2017 - 9:34am

The Poe-Tree in the White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Katy Korkos


National Poetry Month is celebrated in libraries and schools each year in April. The Los Alamos County Library System has a full calendar of poetry-related events, beginning with a poetry reading by Los Alamos Native Allison Cobb at 1 p.m., Sunday in the White Rock Branch Library.

Los Alamos Native Allison Cobb. Courtesy photo

Cobb will read from her latest book, After We All Died, as well as from the manuscript for an ongoing project, “Plastic, an autobiography.” She was a finalist for the National Poetry

Letter To The Editor: Sheriff Seeks To Build Empire

on April 7, 2017 - 9:15am
Los Alamos
Sheriff Marco Lucero proposes to increase his office's budget to $348,118, up from a 2017 budget of $85,411. That's an increase of four times.
This is empire building, plain and simple. I wonder if Los Alamos County residents would have voted to retain the Sheriff's office if they knew this increase would be the outcome.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Mesa Public Library

on April 7, 2017 - 7:28am

On the job in Los Alamos at Mesa Public Library celebrating 6th Grade Month, from left, Joy Charles, Rosemary Sartor and Elly Olivas. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Council To Take Up Sheriff’s Office Budget

on April 6, 2017 - 7:05pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s suspected that the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office FY 2018 budget request will draw some interesting discussion during upcoming budget hearings slated for April 17, 18, 24 and 25.

County residents voted 5,284 to 4,825 in November to reject an attempt by several Los Alamos County Council members to abolish the Office of Sheriff and combine all his remaining duties with those of the police department.

Splash Pad Project Part Of Recreation Bond

on April 6, 2017 - 7:02pm
Mock-up of proposed Splash pad. Courtesy/LAC
Deputy Public Works Director Jon Bulthuis

Recreation Bond Projects: Part One

Los Alamos Daily Post

White Rock has received several new additions over the years from the visitor center to the new branch library. It may receive another new feature, if voters pass the $20 million general obligation bond in May. A splash pad is one of five proposed projects the bond would help fund.

During its regular meeting Feb. 14, County Council approved a special election for the bond.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 29-April 3, 2017

on April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges against them.

March 29/Rachel Ann Weiss, 26, of White Rock was arrested on a District Court warrant.




March 29/Matthew Hudgins, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member.




March 30/Andrew M. Chavez, 25, of Espanola was arrested on a Magistrate Court warrant.




March 30/John