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Former County Council Candidate Berates Councilors

on May 15, 2017 - 7:51pm

Former County Council Candidate Patrick Brenner

POLITICAL News:

Former Los Alamos County Council Candidate Patrick Brenner sent a strongly worded email today to all seven sitting councilors. The Los Alamos Daily Post received a copy of the email and spoke with Brenner by telephone in an effort to understand what spurred him to send such an email. Following a lengthy conversation in which it remains unclear why he sent the email, Brenner requested that he be quoted in regard to the email as saying, “I stand by every word I said.”

Brenner's email to Councilors:

From: Patrick Brenner <

LAPD Spouses Sponsor Blue Tape Event

on May 15, 2017 - 7:32pm

Kateri Morris, left, wife of Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Lizzy Lyons, wife of  Det. Matt Lyons place blue lines on community vehicles for two hours today at the police station in support of National Police Week. The event was sponsored by LAPD Law Enforcement Spouses. Photo by Maire O'Neill

Cindy Bingham, left, watches as Kateri Morris, Lizzy Lyons and Lisa Gonzales prepare her rear window for a blue line in support of National Police Week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Amy Strain shows off the blue stripe on the back window of her car in support of law enforcement

Letter To The Editor: Still Saying No To Rec Bond

on May 15, 2017 - 11:47am
By TOM HARRIS
Los Alamos
 
Many have weighed in with their opinions on the Recreation Bond Proposal since I published my last letter April 21. 
 
Until recently, most LA Daily Post letters on this topic have been authored by those strongly favoring the proposal. Only recently have we started to see contributions from those of us that oppose the bond proposal.
 
As alluded to in my earlier letter, it appears that those backing the recreational pool proposal which was soundly defeated several years ago have adopted a new strategy to achieve their goals.  
 
Specifically, a

Letter To The Editor: Still On Fence About Rec Bond

on May 14, 2017 - 9:14am
By ANNE MARIE PEETERS WEEM
Los Alamos
 
First of all, I love the idea of improving and adding to the recreation facilities in Los Alamos and have no problem paying more taxes to facilitate this.
 
The problem is with the allocation of funds: Only a little more that five percent ($1.8 million vs $31.6 million) is allocated to for White Rock, even though we have approximately one-third of Los Alamos County's population. I know this issue was brought up in the community forums. When expressing my concerns, several reasons were given to justify the funding discrepancy.
  • A significant portion

Joint Effort To Look At DPU Finances Gets Thumbs Up

on May 13, 2017 - 5:25pm

Members of the Board of Public Utilities and Department of Public Utilities staff listen to County Council suggest forming a joint effort to review the utilities department's finances. The idea received strong support. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

During the Tuesday night Los Alamos County Council special session, the Council pitched its idea to facilitate a joint effort between the Council, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to do an independent review of DPU’s major financial issues.

The

County Reminds Residents To Support Property Clean Up Efforts To Combat High Weed Growth, Rubbish Piles

on May 13, 2017 - 4:05pm
Illustration of a home surrounded by debris. Courtesy photo
 
By MICHAEL ARELLANO
Building Safety Manager/Chief Building Official

It’s that time of year again and staff in Los Alamos County’s Building Safety Division and the Los Alamos Fire Department are reminding citizens to help address property-related issues such as weed overgrowth, excessive rubbish, and rodent issues being found on private and commercial properties around the County.

Property owners can help the County ensure a safe, continuous sidewalk path for pedestrians by trimming back their own vegetation growing onto or

Letter To The Editor: To Bond Or Not To Bond, That Is The Question

on May 13, 2017 - 3:24pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Ralph Chapman’s letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) has been the latest in a long list of well written and thoughtful letters, both pro and con, regarding the Recreation Bond vote. If nothing else, we have once again proven that Los Alamos residents are thoughtful and engaged in our civic governance. I would expect a high “voter turnout”.
 
I would also offer to compare the discussion up here on The Hill regarding this bond question, which has been driven by engaged residents using their own thoughts, vs.

Clean Up Los Alamos Day Is Today!

on May 13, 2017 - 7:02am
COUNTY News:
 
Due to inclement weather on April 29, Clean Up Los Alamos Day has been rescheduled for today, Saturday, May 13.
 
Let’s keep Los Alamos litter free. Join the fun and help tidy up the community by collecting trash and recyclables from your neighborhoods and public places. An appreciation lunch will be provided to volunteers noon - 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond.
 
Free gloves and bags will be provided upon registration. The Eco Station will allow free trash disposal to all Los Alamos County residents.
 
Register Now!

2017 Special Election Update: Los Alamos County Recreation Bond

on May 12, 2017 - 5:17pm

Senior Deputy Clerk Francella Montoya and Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez bundling returned ballot envelopes in batches of 25 to ensure that each returned envelope is scanned into the ballot tracking system for voter credit. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

For the upcoming County Bond Election, 13,484 ballots were mailed May 2 to registered voters to the address on file with the County Clerk. To date, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has received 4,050 returned ballot envelopes, 423 undeliverable ballots and one unsigned ballot.

Of the 423 undeliverable ballots, there were 23, which

Community Invited To Show Support For Police Week

on May 12, 2017 - 4:46pm

LAPD Cpl. Jaime Gonzales places a strip of blue tape on a vehicle in support of law enforcement for Police Week, which is May 14-20. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Jaime Gonzales. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is inviting the community to drop by the Central Avenue side of the stateion 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to get a blue stripe placed on the back window of their vehicles, in support of law enforcement for Police Week, which is May 14-20.

The event is sponsored by LAPD Law Enforcement spouses.

Letter To The Editor: Why Future Generations Don’t Need Bond

on May 12, 2017 - 5:43am
By A Student
Los Alamos
 
I have heard a lot of people saying this bond would be an investment in future generations, to have more options, or that they just don’t want to travel to Santa Fe.
 
As a member of the future generation in Los Alamos, I am Voting no on the Rec Bond.
 
If investing in the community is someone’s goal then please invest in the housing problem; invest in making sure the future generation has the opportunity to have a roof over their heads and then and only then can anything else be considered.

Council Approves Lease Agreement For LAFD

on May 11, 2017 - 8:48pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes discusses a lease agreement for Suite 200 at 999 Central Ave. during the Los Alamos County Council special session Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. The space will be used for a training classroom as well as a storage facility for emergency medical supplies and personal protective equipment. The cost for the amended lease is $2,411.51 above the current monthly cost, which is $15,357.19. Council approved the lease agreement 6-0. Councilor Rick Reiss recused himself because he has a 25 percent ownership interest in the property.

County Invites Scouts, Other Organizations To Be Color Guard For Council Meetings

on May 11, 2017 - 5:08pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council invites Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, along with other local organizations, to serve as Color Guard at any Council Regular or Work Session.

Presentation of the flags by a Color Guard can occur at the beginning of any Council meeting at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday evening in either Council Chambers or White Rock Fire Station 3. The presentation is followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The name of the troop or organization presenting Color Guard will be included on the agenda and announced at the meeting.

To reserve a date, the troop

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 3-9, 2017

on May 11, 2017 - 4:19pm

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 filed against them.

DUSTIN BINGHAM
 

May 3/Dustin Bingham, 36, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor.

 

ADRIAN OSCAR DUARTE FIERRO
 

May 7/Adrian Oscar Duarte Fierro, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with reckless driving and offenses related to driving under the influence.

 

 

ELSIE A. FERNANDEZ 
 

May 7/Elsie A.

Environmental Sustainability Board Updates Council

on May 11, 2017 - 4:13pm

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and Environmental Sustainability Board Chair John Bliss update the Los Alamos County Council about the Sustainability Board during the Council's special session Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. In the presentation, it is reported the Environmental Sustainability Board is recommending a rate increase. The Fiscal Year 2018 budget assumed a $3 household rate increase and a 3 percent commerical rate increase. It is also stated in the presentation that working capital is being used to cover operational expenses.

Where’s The Beef?

on May 11, 2017 - 9:35am

Union President Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias
 
By MAIRE O'NEIL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • No Backup For Police Union Claims

When two officials from Los Alamos Police Association Local #14 met with three Los Alamos County Councilors March 1, they asked for a credible investigation into what they claim is a pattern of abuse, retaliation and inequitable treatment by certain LAPD command staff.

Union President Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias and Vice President Cpl.

Pearce Meets With Local Leaders In Los Alamos

on May 11, 2017 - 8:17am
During a meeting in a Zia Realty Group conference room Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, left, shows Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski a video clip on his cell of his plane as it takes off from Grants Tuesday morning as he headed to Los Alamos to meet with local leaders. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce visited Los Alamos Tuesday as part of a sweeping trip through Northern New Mexico this week.

Letter To The Editor: About Truth And The Rec Bond

on May 11, 2017 - 8:16am
By TONY FOX and DARREN MEADOWS
Los Alamos Future PAC Members

We are writing to respond to the recent negative letters about the Recreation Bond by Tom Tierney, Lisa Shin, John Horne, and Lisa Brenner, who has also written online posts as Lola Anderson.

We understand that some people oppose the Rec Bond because they don't support a tax increase or they don't want Los Alamos County to spend tax dollars to make these community improvements. While we don't agree with that position, we recognize that this is a decision that everyone has to make for themselves.

Our problem with the recent

Council Proclaims May 14-20 Police Week, May 15 Peace Officers' Memorial Day In Los Alamos County

on May 11, 2017 - 8:13am

On behalf of the County Council during the May 2 regular Council meeting, Councilor Pete Sheehey presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation declaring the Week of May 14-20, 2017 as ‘Police Week’ and Monday, May 15, 2017 as ‘Peace Officers’ Memorial Day’ in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

On behalf of the Los Alamos County Council during the May 2 regular Council meeting, Councilor Pete Sheehey presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation declaring the Week of May 14-20, 2017 as “Police Week” and Monday, May 15, 2017 as

Letter To The Editor: It’s Now Or Never Los Alamos!

on May 11, 2017 - 7:56am
By IRENE POWELL
Los Alamos
 
It’s now or never, how long can we afford to wait!
 
I have enjoyed all the amenities of living in Los Alamos for 27 years. I have volunteered for almost every committee or board that works to make our little town even better. I was on the first CIP public committee, the Municipal site committee, the Civic Center citizens committee, the Parks and Recreation Board, the Historical Society Board and now am serving on the Aquatic Center Advisory Subcommittee.
 
Not that I don’t appreciate what we have but I want it to continue, I want Los Alamos to continue.

Edgar Lee Hewett Award Presented Jointly To Los Alamos Historical Society And County

on May 11, 2017 - 7:38am
Georgia Strickfaden, representing the Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County, receives the 2017 Edgar Lee Hewett Award from Historical Society of New Mexico board member Don Bullis at the Joint Arizona-New Mexico History Conference April 23 in Flagstaff, Ariz. Courtesy photo
 
Historical Society News:
 
The 2017 Edgar Lee Hewett Award, given yearly by the Historical Society of New Mexico, has been presented jointly to the Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County.
 
The award was announced during a conference banquet April 23 at the oint Arizona-New Mexico

Parks And Rec Board Meets Today

on May 11, 2017 - 7:24am
COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board meets today at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

Agenda: http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

The meeting is open to the public.

Letter To The Editor: Voting On Bond Issue

on May 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Terry Goldman
Los Alamos
 
I read a letter complaining that the bond issue vote is effectively 'log-rolling'. The author wanted to have separate votes on each recreational item. 
 
On the one hand, as we learned from the earlier bond vote on the addition to the aquatic center, this amounts only to finding out how many people want that particular additional recreational opportunity. On the other, why should we expect a majority to vote to pay taxes for something we want and they may not? 
 
Although not strictly proportional, the rational solution is to combine items so that if you vote

Los Alamos Daily Post Endorses Recreation Bond

on May 11, 2017 - 7:10am
By CAROL A. CLARK, Publisher
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After much review and careful consideration, the Los Alamos Daily Post is endorsing the recreation bond and we strongly encourage the community to vote in support of this bond.

As a local business person and newspaper publisher, I have a broad perspective on what’s happening today in our town and where our community is headed in the future. On matters of high importance, my paper will offer an editorial opinion for your consideration. The upcoming recreation bond election is one of those times where we believe our opinion is warranted.

LANL Emergency Exercise Set For Thursday

on May 10, 2017 - 5:04pm
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency-preparedness exercise from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 11. 
 
It is only an exercise. The Laboratory routinely conducts these exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other Laboratory personnel who would respond to an actual emergency. There could be increased emergency vehicle traffic around town.
 
Emergency Operations works closely with participating Lab organizations to keep employees and the community apprised of real or simulated emergency exercises.

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