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Los Alamos County Unveils New Website

on April 6, 2017 - 6:01pm

Senior Web Developer Pam Justice presents the new website for Los Alamos County at Tuesday's County Council meeting. Justice explains that the new website was necessary because the former site was 8 years old and no longer supported by Microsoft. She added that the objectives for the new site include reducing costs, improving services and improving communication. Justice showed the site's homepage, saying, 'It's pretty cool.' Several County Councilors voiced their agreement. Councilor Pete Sheehey said, 'Good work, Pam.
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Council Proclaims April As ‘Donate Life Month’

on April 6, 2017 - 5:33pm

Kathie Walters, an organ donation recipient, accepts a proclamation declaring April ‘Donate Life Month’, from County Councilor Rick Reiss during Tuesday night's regular County Council. It's important to acknowledge someone who has benefited from organ donations,’ Reiss said. It is Kathie Walter's birthday today and we celebrate that day with you, Kathie. Walters said it was the fourth birthday she has celebrated thanks to her organ transplant. She added that Tuesday also was Reiss' birthday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Council Proclaims Clean Up Los Alamos Day April 29

on April 6, 2017 - 5:12pm

From left, Environmental Sustainability Board Member James Robinson, Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and County Councilor Antonio Maggiore hold up a proclamation for Clean Up Los Alamos Day, which is April 29. The proclamation was made during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

County Council Approves Brand Action Plan

on April 6, 2017 - 4:56pm

Jim Glover of the Idea Group of Santa Fe, left, and Dave Hayduk of HK Advertising present the Brand Action Plan Tuesday night to the County Council during its regular meeting. Council approved the Brand Action Plan 7-0. Glover defined a brand as the municipal's reputation. Branding, he said, is managing that reputation. The essence of Los Alamos' brand is: 'cultivating curiousity and creating aha moments.' The Council was impressed with the presented plan. 'I feel we are in good hands,' Councilor Antonio Maggiore said.

Letter To The Editor: Zero = A Lot? PAC Math

on April 6, 2017 - 9:39am
By DAVID NORTH
Los Aamos
 
If "a lot of these projects are going to be self-sufficient" as claimed by a board member of the PAC pushing the rec bond, why do consultants to the County say all five will lose money?

That "self-sufficient" quote appeared in a March 23 front-page Los Alamos Daily Post article. Anticipated annual costs include $546,210 for the rec center, $298,376 for the leisure pool, $37,432 for the splashpad, and $60,695 for the baseball fields. That's a tidy $942,713 total.

The losses will have to be covered by the County every year for as long as the facilities exist.

LAFD Seeks Vendors For Wildfire Day At Ashley Pond

on April 6, 2017 - 8:51am
COUNTY News:
 
“Wildfire Day" is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15. 
 
The Los Alamos Fire Department is seeking vendors interested in providing information about fire mitigation and defensible space services. The event is at Ashley Pond Park and vendors will be located in the Justice Center parking lot.
 
Vendors interested in hosting a booth for "Wildfire Day" are asked to contact the Los Alamos Fire Department's Administrative Office at 505.662.8317 or send an email to the event coordinator.
 
Permit forms will be required; interested vendors can visit this link (

Council Tables Immigration/Refugee Resolution

on April 5, 2017 - 5:21pm

The proposed resolution on the treatment of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. unleashed a firestorm of comments and emotions during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. The resolution stated, ‘It is our moral obligation to treat all refugees and immigrants as we would be treated, with justice and compassion.’ Its stance on immigration and refugees spurred shouts of anger and tears of gratitude from citizens throughout the discussion on the resolution. Support and opposition for the resolution seemed evenly split during the public comment period.

Home Renewal Program Cycle 2 Opens April 17

on April 5, 2017 - 5:03pm

A contractor for the Los Alamos Home Renewal Program applies the final color coat on a stucco project in White Rock. Courtesy/LAC

A stucco crew for the Los Alamos Home Renewal Program applies the final color coat on a stucco project in White Rock. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Stucco workers apply a final color coat to a house funded during the first cycle of the Home Renewal Program. Work is wrapping up this Spring on 10 out of 11 projects that were funded. The next cycle for applications opens April 17 and closes May 31. Visit www.losalamoshousingpartnership.org or call 505.662.8918 for

Letter To The Editor: So Let's Stop Hyperventilating

on April 4, 2017 - 6:49am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I was out of town for a week but managed to read Pete Sheehey's proposed resolution (link) while sitting in a Washington, D.C. area hotel and thought it was interesting but not anything to set off anyone's blood pressure.

Therefore, I am a little amazed at the hyperbole in Mr. Antos (link) and Ms.Shin's (link) letters. Nothing in the resolution says anything about being a “sanctuary city” but it does reaffirm our commitment to treat everyone here with respect, justice, and compassion. So what exactly is wrong with that?

As far as Lisa Shin's comment regarding

County Accepting Applications To Fill One Utilities Board Vacancy

on April 3, 2017 - 4:45pm
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County is accepting applications until April 10 to fill one position on the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). 
 
Comprising five voting members, the BPU governs the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), a county-owned utility that provides Los Alamos with electric, water, natural gas and wastewater services. The selected individual will fill a position to be vacated on July 1 due to an expiring term. 
 
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 10. Instructions for submission are included on the application form. 
 
Members of the BPU work

Police Seek Help Identifying Dogs In Photo

on April 3, 2017 - 12:32pm

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in identifying two dogs pictured in this photo standing outside of the fence. The picture was taken by a witness as these dogs roamed near the area where a smaller dog was killed and they are believed to be the culprits. Anyone with information to help identify the owner or location of these dogs is asked to call the LAPD at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/LAPD

Council Proclaims Crime Victims' Rights Week April 2-8

on April 3, 2017 - 10:09am

County Councilor Chris Chandler, center, presents a crime victims' rights week proclamation to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Adele Girmendonk during Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Los Alamos County Councilor proclaimed April 2-8 as Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The proclamation states that between 2015 and the first half of 2016, while violent crime in the nation increased 5.3 percent, Los Alamos experienced an 11.4 percent decrease in violent crime and property crime.

Proclamation:

WHEREAS

County Council Amends Disclosure Policy

on April 1, 2017 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos County Council, from left, Chair David Izraelevitz, Chris Chandler, James Chrobocinski, Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, Vice Chair Susan O’Leary and Antonio Maggiore. Courtesy/LAC
 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Despite some controversy, the Los Alamos County Council adopted its 2017 Council Procedural Rules at its March 21 regular meeting. However, there were two items that caused considerable debate.

Councilor Rick Reiss voiced strong opposition to the amendment requiring Council to disclose outside employment, memberships and financial interests and he voted against the

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Los Alamos County Publishes FY2018 Proposed Budget

on March 31, 2017 - 4:55pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has published the second year of its proposed biennial budget. Information has been updated for all FY2018 projections that were first forecasted in April 2016 in year one (FY2017) of the budget, based on current spending, revenue forecasts, and Council direction.

Citizens are encouraged to access the document on the Finance Office/Budget page of the County’s website: click here.

Reference copies also are available at both public libraries and the Customer Care Center (Municipal Building lobby).

A “Citizen’s Guide to the Budget” summarizes the budget in an

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Police Remove Unruly Passenger From Local Bus

on March 31, 2017 - 4:53pm

Los Alamos police arrive at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the scene of a report of an unruly passenger on an Atomic City Bus that pulled over on Central Avenue near Knecht Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Suspected unruly passenger Daniel Merrill, 29, of Los Alamos exits the bus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Suspect Daniel Merrill gets loud and is instructed to turn around and place his hands behind his back by LAPD Ofc. Gabriel Nieto as Sgt. Monica Salazar Casias stands by with the bus driver. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Los Alamos police

LAPD Seeks Information About Two Canines That Killed Small Dog On Acoma Lane

on March 31, 2017 - 3:57pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying and locating two dogs that recently attacked and killed a smaller dog at a residence on Acoma Lane.

A witness observed the two large dogs, one brown and the other black, enter the yard where a smaller dog was standing at about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. The two large dogs killed the smaller dog and left the area. The witness didn’t know the breeds of the dogs in question. Los Alamos police and animal control officers searched the area to locate the dogs but were unsuccessful.

Anyone who knows the

LAFD Responds To Smoke Odor Near Loma Linda

on March 30, 2017 - 9:49pm

Los Alamos Firefighters respond to a call tonight of a smoke odor around Loma Linda on North Mesa and are on the scene searching for the source of the odor. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com 

Several LAFD trucks are on the scene of a smoke odor around Loma Linda on North Mesa. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com 

A Los Alamos County utility truck also is on scene with firefighters responding to a call tonight of a smoke odor around Loma Linda on North Mesa. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com 

County Council Rejects DPU Water Supply Plan

on March 30, 2017 - 4:38pm
Hydrologist Amy Ewing discusses the Long Range Water Supply Plan during the March 21 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After lengthy discussion, Los Alamos County Council agreed revisions need to be made to the County’s Long Range Water Supply Plan
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During its regular meeting March 21 in Council Chambers, Council voted 6-1 to reject the updated 40-year plan as presented and directed the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to correct wording concerning the Incorporated County of Los Alamos.

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Local Man Claims Damages Against County

on March 30, 2017 - 4:10pm
Gabriel Wadt
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A Los Alamos man, Gabriel Wadt, is claiming damages against Los Alamos County for alleged malicious prosecution and violation of property rights as a result of charges of animal cruelty and failure to vaccinate filed against him by Public Safety Aide Alysha Lenderman.  
 
In a letter to the county dated Dec.6, 2016, Wadt’s attorney, Sheri A. Raphaelson, says Lenderman charged Wadt with a number of crimes related to animal cruelty with an incident date of Sep. 24, 2016.
 
Raphaelson alleges the charges were without merit and were

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 20-28, 2017

on March 30, 2017 - 4:09pm

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.

EMILY ORR
March 20 / Emily Orr, 20, was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant for probation violation. She was arraigned Mar. 27.

 

 

 

ADRIAN E. TAYLOR
March 25 / Adrian E. Taylor, 58, was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated or driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more.​

 

 

 

CONNER J. WINBURN
March 25 / Conner J.

Nature Center: Los Alamos County Department Of Public Utilities Presents Water Is Life 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

on March 30, 2017 - 8:34am

Jack Richardson shares the story of water Tuesday evening at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

Jen Pelz discusses vertical challenges to water storage in the Rio Grande watershed Tuesday evening at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is bringing four speakers and a film to the Los Alamos Nature Center 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.

The evening starts with a discussion about local rivers and water issues by four speakers followed by a break with refreshments and a chance to meet the speakers. Afterward, they will show the documentary 

National Crime Victim's Week April 2-8

on March 30, 2017 - 8:05am

For more information: Contact the Los Alamos Police Department, Victim Assistant, 505.663.3511 (Free service. No police report required.) This project is supported by a National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Assocociation of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of CrimeAct (VOCA) grant from-Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Dept of Justice.

Los Alamos County Council Considers Resolution On Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees April 4

on March 30, 2017 - 7:57am
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council members will consider adopting a resolution regarding the just treatment of immigrants and refugees in the United States when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the Municipal Building.

Councilor Pete Sheehy was instrumental in having the resolution prepared. He read a letter to his fellow councilors at a February work session asking them to consider discussing the issue with County residents and consider passing a resolution on the issue.

 The letter stated that courts would

Los Alamos County Named Healthiest In State

on March 29, 2017 - 4:15pm

Ashley Pond. File photo

COMMUNITY News:

Washington, D.C. – Los Alamos County ranks healthiest in New Mexico, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The full list of rankings is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

“Los Alamos County is a great place – a community that offers something for everyone – from young families to retirees,” said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.

The County Health Rankings, a collaborative effort between

Woman From Operation Spring Cleaning Back In Jail

on March 29, 2017 - 3:22pm

Amanda Osborne

Staff Report

Amanda Osborne of Los Alamos, one of seven people arrested March 20 during Operation Spring Cleaning, is back in jail for allegedly violating one of the conditions of her pre-trial release.

Probation Ofc. Linda Pena confirmed that Osborne is incarcerated at the Los Alamos Detention Center but could not confirm the cause of the revocation of her conditions of release, however, a police incident report indicates that Osborne tested positive for methamphetamines.

Osborne, 32, was originally charged during the March 20 drug sting operation, conducted by the Los

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