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Study: Los Alamos County Among Best Places In New Mexico For Living On Social Security

on May 7, 2017 - 6:13am
Planning where you’ll spend your retirement can be difficult, especially for folks who will be relying heavily on Social Security as a main source of income.
There are, however, places where Social Security goes further than others and in a new study, SmartAsset has delved in the numbers to find out where. In its third annual study, SmartAsset analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data, and taxes across all counties to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security, and Los Alamos County ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.

Letter To The Editor: Just Say No On Rec Bond

on May 7, 2017 - 6:01am
Los Alamos

Carolynn Roberts has said it best so far, IMO.

Does this tax hike apply to commercial properties as well? If so, then rents will go up, local businesses will have to charge more for their goods and services, thus driving more business away, so they'll have to charge even more, the all-too-common death spiral to going bankrupt/out of business in “wealthy” Los Alamos.

Just say “NO” to wanton fiscal irresponsibility.

Letter To The Editor: Come On Los Alamos ... Vote YES On Rec Bond!

on May 6, 2017 - 2:40pm
Los Alamos
I have lived in Los Alamos almost my whole life. I went to elementary school, middle school and graduated from LAHS and am raising my children here.
Over the 35 years I have lived in this beautiful community, I have seen over and over proposed improvements to Los Alamos get rejected. Why is it so hard for our community to change? Look how long it took for the County Municipal Building to get approved.

LAAC’s Arts & Crafts Fair Underway Until 4 p.m. Today

on May 6, 2017 - 2:37pm

The Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) annual Arts and Crafts Fair is underway until 4 p.m. today on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. This is LAAC’s 50th year of putting on this fair and this year there are about 75 vendors participating. In addition to supporting the vendors at the fair, participants can purchase a 50th anniversary tote bag from LAAC for $5 and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a sculpture donated to the organization by artist Greg Gowen. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn during LAAC’s annual meeting in June.

FAQ: Los Alamos Recreation Bond Election

on May 6, 2017 - 7:31am


Voting questions from the community and answers from the County regarding the Los Alamos Recreation Bond Election:

Q: Did the County consider having each recreation project listed separately on the ballot so that voters could vote YES or NO on each one?

A: The Council discussed the formation of the ballot in December and in a public hearing in February, after consulting with Bond Counsel to develop the ballot question.

The question stated on the ballot is “Shall the Incorporated County of Los Alamos issue up to $20 million of general obligation bonds, to be repaid from

Letter To The Editor: Voting Against Rec Bond

on May 5, 2017 - 3:57pm

Los Alamos

I agree that Los Alamos, and especially White Rock, need recreational updating/upgrading and, as a property owner, I am willing to foot some of that bill but this $20,000,000 Recreation General Obligation Bond fills me with apprehension and I just can’t vote for it. This is my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions…


Los Alamos county property owners are taking on all of the risk; a risk that is not in our realm of control.

Softball Fields May Receive Improvements

on May 5, 2017 - 10:02am
Overlook ballfields. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

The softball fields at Overlook Park in White Rock have been a long-time staple at the park.

“The main part of it is well over 20 years old,” Los Alamos County Park Superintendent Jeff Humpton said. “In all that time there hasn’t been any major improvements save for removing and replacing the soil in the infield and replacing the fencing at the backstop and dugout.”

All that could change if voters pass the recreation bond this month.

Los Alamos Sees Continued Decrease In Crime

on May 5, 2017 - 9:21am

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the first quarter of 2017, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.  

The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category.

Los Alamos County Council Adopts FY18 Budget

on May 5, 2017 - 9:19am
Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary reads a motion to adopt the budget. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was approved although not unanimously. On April 25, the budget was passed 5-2 with Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Councilor Antonio Maggiore casting the opposing votes.

April 25 was the final night of the budget hearings which were held April 17-18 and April 24-25. Throughout the hearings, heads of the County departments presented their budgets as well as additional budget add-on options


Letter To The Editor: It’s Not JUST A Golf Course...

on May 5, 2017 - 9:02am
Los Alamos Golf Association

You might be surprised to learn that the Los Alamos Golf Course is not JUST a golf course. It’s more than that, it’s much more than that. A golf course is a gathering place. It’s a place where family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances come together to socialize and enjoy the beauty that surrounds this wonderful town. It’s also a place where every year hundreds of adorable children come to find that one magical Easter egg among friends.

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Keep Los Alamos Tops In Recreation As Well As Science

on May 5, 2017 - 7:37am
Los Alamos

Now that the Rec Bond is facing organized opposition (link) from people with money, it is more important than ever for those of us who want additional recreation venues in Los Alamos to vote to support the Rec Bond in the upcoming election.

People have wondered why Los Alamos has a declining population and what to do about it, and I suggest that having sufficient recreational facilities is an important way to stop this decline.

Los Alamos citizens have wondered why, as one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, we can't have a nice facility like Genoveva

Police Arrest Former Jailer Dustin J. Bingham

on May 4, 2017 - 4:20pm

Dustin J. Bingham

Staff Report

A former Los Alamos Police Department Detention Officer was arrested Wednesday and charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor.

Dustin J. Bingham was arraigned before Judge Pat Casados today in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Bingham worked for LAPD from September 2012 to April 2015. He also served as a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy from April 2015 until he resigned in February. The alleged crimes occurred between November 2015 and April 2017, several months after his employment at LAPD ended.

Bingham will remain incarcerated until a hearing

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 26 To May 1, 2017

on May 4, 2017 - 4:05pm

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.​

April 26/Concha Herrera, 38, of Truchas was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.





April 26/Ryan Barnes, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.




April 27/Elijah Meason, 27, of Los Alamos was arrestedand charged with forgery and fraud.






Letter To The Editor: To Bond Or Not To Bond

on May 4, 2017 - 9:13am
Los Alamos

I attended almost all of the public meetings that addressed the projects whose funding is a part of the $20 million bond issue now up for a vote. It was pretty obvious from attending these meetings that each project has a significant cadre of dedicated and passionate supporters.

Letter To The Editor: Just Say No To Rec Bond

on May 4, 2017 - 8:11am
Los Alamos
When looking at the controversial Los Alamos Proposed Recreational Bond Project, I believe it is important to focus on the two big-ticket items in the proposal: the recreational center and the multi-generational pool.
These two projects account for 81 percent of the construction costs and 94 percent of the projected annual operations/maintenance budget.
The recreational center has two major parts; the gym and the ice rink.

Recreation Bond Election: Questions & Answers

on May 3, 2017 - 2:52pm
Courtesy image
By Los Alamos Future PAC Executive Board:
James Chrobocinski, Tony Fox, Darren Meadows, Susan O’Leary

Over the past 18 months, we’ve worked with hundreds of people in our town to inform the decision making process that resulted in the upcoming bond election. We love Los Alamos and want to see it improve in ways that matter to the people who live here.

Letter To The Editor: Investing In Our Children And Paying It Forward For Future Generations

on May 3, 2017 - 2:51pm
Los Alamos

We received our ballots in yesterday’s mail and voted FOR the county recreation bond.

Los Alamos has been a great place to raise our sons. The Aquatic Center in particular significantly benefits our family.

We want to continue to invest in our children and current Los Alamos students and also pay it forward for future generations of children in our community.

Thank you Los Alamos.

Scenes From Los Alamos Police Ofc. Megan Nieto's Swearing In Ceremony Tuesday Afternoon

on May 3, 2017 - 2:38pm

Megan Nieto's swearing-in ceremony. Photo by Kateri Morris

Cpl. Gabriel Nieto pins a badge on his wife's uniform during her swearing in ceremony Tuesday at the Los Alamos Justice Center. Cpl. Nieto has been an LAPD officer for two years and a dispatcher for the Department prior to that. Photo by Kateri Morris

Ofc. Megan Nieto signs her oath of office with Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
From left, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Cpl. Gabriel Nieto and Cmdr. Oliver Morris welcome Ofc.

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of The Rec Bond

on May 3, 2017 - 2:04pm
Los Alamos
I am writing in support of the Rec Bond election, which starts today, (May 2). I encourage all Los Alamos voters to send their ballots in.
My husband and I have chosen to make Los Alamos our home and to raise our family here. We support the bond as an investment in the future of Los Alamos. So much of the time the mournful refrain of Los Alamos is that we need to clean things up and make Los Alamos attractive to new residents and tourists.
Instead of going off the Hill to spend our recreational dollars, we'd like to spend them in Los Alamos.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Fire Capt. Manny Pacheco

on May 3, 2017 - 1:57pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Fire Capt. Manny Pacheco at work last week is a member of the LAFD Technical Rescue Team. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Letter To The Editor: Thank You County Council For Recognizing Donate Life Month

on May 3, 2017 - 1:01pm
Los Alamos
I would like to thank the County Council for proclaiming April as DONATE LIFE MONTH in the county, following the proclamation of Governor Martinez in New Mexico. This month is set aside to highlight the dire need for more available organs, tissues, and corneas for transplants, to encourage all citizens, regardless of age or medical history to register as organ donors, and to honor all deceased donors, living donors, and their families.
Thanks also to the Los Alamos Daily Post for their articles, which brought about more awareness.

County Proclaims May ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’

on May 3, 2017 - 12:54pm
Accepting the ‘May Is Mental Health Awareness Month’ proclamation at Tuesday's Council meeting, from left, John Whiteside, LAMC; Deni Fell, County; Carole Rutten, LANL; Christine Hazard, LAPS; Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA; Kim Gabaldon, County;  Mary Beth Maassen, LAMC; Olivia Ortega and Kristy Ortega, UWNNM; Fire Chief Troy Hughes; County Councilor Rick Reiss, Police CHief Dino Sgambellone and  Stephanie Koch, Mesa Vista Wellness. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega speaks on behalf of the mental health awareness group initiative during Tuesday's Council

Letter To The Editor: What Might Not Be Realized About Rec Bond

on May 3, 2017 - 12:08pm
Los Alamos
I wish someone else had brought up these important notes on the recreation bond because I try not to get political. But I also think it's irresponsible for me to leave these remarks unsaid.
It is disappointing to see Los Alamos county suggest a general obligation bond to pay for income-producing facilities. This essentially means that people in Los Alamos will be paying for the amenities twice if they vote yes. I don’t know about you, but I tend to only pay for purchases once.
The way this bond appears to be set up, the increase in property tax is

Letter To The Editor: All Or Nothing Bond Package

on May 2, 2017 - 8:52pm
Los Alamos 
There have been several letters to the editor who wonder why the rec bond is an all or nothing proposition. I suspect that the answer is that no one of these items could pass by itself in a bond referendum. 
If you want more recreational opportunities, then you are going to have to support more recreational opportunities for your neighbors as well.
There also seems to be a sentiment that if we vote this down, then the county will come back with something more "reasonable". I think that is extremely unlikely.

Letter To The Editor: Keep It Local Support Rec Bond

on May 2, 2017 - 4:02pm
Los Alamos

We often talk about ‘keeping it loca’l in Los Alamos and the importance of supporting our wonderful local businesses. It’s hard to “Keep it Local” when we have limited recreational facilities, especially for families. I want to “Keep it Local” and that’s why I am voting Yes for the upcoming recreation bond.

When my family wants something fun to do, unfortunately, we often have to leave Los Alamos County.