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Chapman: More Thoughts On The REC Thingy

on May 31, 2017 - 1:26pm
By Ralph E. Chapman
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

I have some post facto thoughts about the REC bond stuff, building on comments from before and after the vote. I hope the tone of this note, like that of the recent note by Shin, et al. (hey, I’m a scientist, so I cite like one), this link helps set a mood for the presumed on-going discussion of this topic.

I’ll start with my background with recreational facilities within municipalities. My experience is from the late 50’s through the mid 1970’s in Milford (CT) on the coast between Bridgeport and New Haven.

Sheriff Catches Recreation Bond Sign Vandals

on May 31, 2017 - 12:19pm

A Rec Bond election sign vandalized in early May. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office News:

Two teenage girls who allegedly vandalized Recreation Bond election signs on San Ildefonso Road earlier this month have been apprehended and referred to Los Alamos Teen Court, according to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Lucero said he was asked to investigate damage to the signs, which advocated voting against the recent bond initiative. He set up cameras around the target location and was able to get video of the two teens involved in the vandalism.

After establishing the

Letter To The Editor: Response To George Chandler

on May 31, 2017 - 6:38am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

My friend George Chandler and I have respectfully disagreed about the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos for a long time. However, his recent letter (link) misstates what my Resolution (link) proposes. First of all, I do not propose to “expand” the duties of the Sheriff, but simply to restore a limited set of traditional duties to the Sheriff’s Office, and insure that those duties are done by properly trained and certified persons.

I consulted the County Attorney about how to phrase the Resolution in a way that maintains the law enforcement mandate of the

Letter To The Editor: A Better Way For LA Responds To 2017 Recreation Bond Election Results

on May 30, 2017 - 5:23pm

By A Better Way For LA
Lisa Shin, President
Lisa Brenner, Vice-President 
Patrick Brenner, Treasurer
 

The results of the Rec Bond vote speak to a community, which is both eager to invest in itself and concerned about its economic future. We understand the disappointment of the advocates for the Rec Bond. We applaud and commend their many hours spent on this project. We are grateful for their vibrant participation in the democratic process.

Now, we must work together to achieve a fiscally responsible and mutually beneficial end goal.

Notice: Possible Quorum Of APPB At Farmer’s Market

on May 30, 2017 - 9:22am

COUNTY News:

A notice of a possible quorum of the Art in Public Places Board at the Farmer’s Market June 1, 2017 has been published.

The notice is available online at: http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

Letter To The Editor: No Language Mandating Expansion Of Sheriff’s Office In 2016 Election Question

on May 30, 2017 - 6:45am
By GEORGE CHANDLER
Los Alamos

County Councilor (Pete) Sheehey has prepared a resolution purporting to “settle the debate” about the Los Alamos County Sheriff. He writes that we must respond to the decision last year by voters to keep the vestigial Sheriff’s Office in our charter, by carving out law enforcement duties for the sheriff’s office, hiring and certifying deputies and staff, handing over the jail, and buying a pickup to pull the sheriff’s horse trailer to meetings of the Sheriff’s Association.

Oh, there is a slight oversight in the letter promoting his resolution: he apparently

Scenes From Friday's Summer Concert

on May 28, 2017 - 6:35am
Dancers move to Deke Dickerson and his band Friday night at Ashley Pond Park. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Deke Dickerson sings a rock-a-billy tune. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Concert producer Russ Gordon chats with concert-goers. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Up a tree. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Walzing to the music. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Super Girl surveys the crowd. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Close to nature. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

County Reminds Residents To Keep Sidewalks Clear

on May 26, 2017 - 4:53pm

COUNTY News:

This time of year, it is especially important to trim vegetation away from sidewalks for pedestrians - County sidewalks receive heavy use during the warmer months by many residents who enjoy walking about the community.

Chapter 18 of the County Code (the Nuisance Code) was recently updated to address property maintenance issues. Specifically, Sec. 18-42 parts (a), (b) and (d) address weeds and brush piles. Residents are encouraged to read the code excerpts below and survey their property to see if any of these issues exist.

​Part A states: All weeds, brush piles, refuse and

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Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos ... I Will See You Around!

on May 26, 2017 - 5:04am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

Wow! What a couple days Los Alamos has experienced.

I want to first begin by thanking my fellow officers on the Republican Party of Los Alamos Executive Board. As stated in my resignation email, their hard work and diligence was uncanny and lead to great success.

James Chrobocinski was always willing to provide us with whatever we needed. Kelly Benner not only planned our events by herself, but also kept us all in line. Lisa Shin brought a new energy into the party from national campaign.

Letter To The Editor: Saddened We've Lost Two Valuable And Involved Members Of Our Community...

on May 25, 2017 - 4:17pm
By ROBYN SCHULTZ, Chair
Democratic Party of Los Alamos County
 
I was saddened to read that James Robinson and James Chrobocinski have stepped down from local Republican Party leadership. Saddened, because it appears that they were attacked for their efforts to improve Los Alamos.
 
While both men hold different views than I do on many issues, I recognize them as valuable and involved members of our community. I have long been impressed with James Robinson’s graciousness when he has run for office or applied for board positions.

Los Alamos GOP Leaders Resign

on May 25, 2017 - 8:14am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Top officials in the Republican Party of Los Alamos have resigned amidst a firestorm of insults hurled across Facebook over the past several weeks.

“I believe there is too much hatred and vitriol in politics today from both Parties,” GOP Vice Chair James Chrobocinski said. “Unfortunately, during this rec bond election, I experienced attacks against me personally as well as against my family. I wholeheartedly agree with debating issues on the issues but believe it’s important to disagree without being disagreeable.”

Chrobocinski and local GOP Chair James

BPU Discusses Potential Rate Increases

on May 25, 2017 - 8:09am

Deputy Utilities Manager Jack Richardson

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

If the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recommends approval and Los Alamos County Council agrees with this recommendation, Los Alamos residents may see increases in their water and sewer rates starting in the next fiscal year.

 

Each rate would be raised 8 percent.

 

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) staff presented the potential rate increases during the BPU meeting May 17 in Council Chambers. It was just a preliminary discussion; no formal recommendation was made.

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LAPD Strives For National Accreditation

on May 25, 2017 - 8:02am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and Cpl. Jack Casias look through documents to meet the standards required for a national accreditation for the department. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com​

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts is knee-deep in the Department’s quest to be nationally-accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

As the LAPD Accreditation manager, Roberts has spent 22 months reviewing, rewriting and organizing some 800 pages of Department policies and procedures to bring them

Police Release Photo Of Car Sought In Elderly Woman's Beating And Robbery Case

on May 24, 2017 - 7:35pm
LAPD is seeking information on this vehicle as part of the investigation into the beating and robbery of an elderly woman. Courtesy/LAPD
 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department has released the photo of a vehicle they believe was driven by two women who followed an elderly Los Alamos woman home May 12 from Smith’s Marketplace. The victim in her 80s, was then beaten by one of the women and left lying in her driveway until someone happened to hear her screaming and rendered assistance.

Det. Sgt.

Sheehey: Let’s Settle The Debate About The Role Of The Sheriff In Los Alamos

on May 24, 2017 - 7:33pm
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

There has been a long-standing debate about the role of the Sheriff in Los Alamos. The present Sheriff, Marco Lucero, was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, stressing the importance of the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos. County Councils, not including myself, have worked to minimize that role, drastically cutting his budget and ultimately calling an election last November to eliminate the office. After a contentious campaign, our citizens voted to keep an elected Sheriff.  

It’s time to settle this debate.

Kroger Code Violations Case Heads To Trial

on May 24, 2017 - 6:01pm
Kuzi Mutsiwegota of Atomic City Investments, second from right, chats with Los Alamos County officials, from left, Michael Arellano, Larry Valdez and Paul Andrus after Tuesday's Municipal Court hearing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
A shattered 12-inch clay pipe at Mari-Mac Shopping Center has led to a citation against Gerald Ohlsen, who manages the parking lot for Kroeger Real Estate Department. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Judge also hears code violation cases against former Hilltop House Hotel and Knights of Columbus property

Representatives for

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 17-22, 2017

on May 24, 2017 - 4:59pm

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.

 
ELIJAH MEASON

May 17/ Elijah Meason, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with forgery and fraud.
 
 
 
 
 
 
DANIEL A. RODRIGUEZ
 
May 17/ Daniel A. Rodriguez, 38, of Santa Fe was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court bench warrant.

 
 
 
 
CRYSTAL V. PADILLA
 
May 22/ Crystal V.

Letter To The Editor: Rec Bond Plea To County Council - Can't We Compromise?

on May 24, 2017 - 11:58am
By LAUREN GRIFFITH
Los Alamos

Following the recent recreation bond election outcome, I wondered if there is a possible compromise that we could look at. 

From discussions with and reading opinions by ‘no’ voters, it sounds like there were two main issues with the bond (I realize there were others, but these seemed to be the biggest):

a) it was ‘all or nothing’ and many of them might have been happy with some of the projects, but not all of them; and

b) it was going to increase property taxes, resulting in debt for us and future generations. 

I have to say, I wholeheartedly agree with the

‘100 Days Of Summer’ Kicks Off Friday!

on May 24, 2017 - 11:37am

COUNTY News:

“100 Days of Summer” kicks off Friday on Los Alamos County.

Get out. Get active. That's the theme for this new collaborative program from Community Services, with lots of fun things to see and do in this community all summer long.

Check out the full booklet of information on the Community Services webpage here, and learn how to win prizes.

Also, booklets are availble Friday night at the Community Services table at the summer concert at Ashley Pond Park along with other free promotional items celebrating all the days of summer in Los Alamos.

Voters Reject Recreation Bond By 486 Votes

on May 23, 2017 - 10:54pm
Scene this evening in Council Chambers as community members wait for election results. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas announces election results this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The results were close but in the end Los Alamos voters did not pass the $23 million general bond election question.

 

The ballot question failed by 486 votes. There were 3,446 ballots for the bond and 3,932 ballots against it.

Voters Defeat Los Alamos Recreation Bond

on May 23, 2017 - 8:19pm

Los Alamos County voters defeat the Recreation Bond in the 2017 Special Election. The vote is 3,446 for to 3,932 against. Slightly more than half of the 13,484 registered voters cast ballots in this election, according to Senior Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz. The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish the full story at ladailypost.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Crowd watches this evening in Council Chambers as the election results are announced. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Watch Live Streaming On LA Daily Post Facebook Page

on May 23, 2017 - 7:53pm

Staff Report

Watch live streaming of the 2017 Recreation Bond Election returns on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page and click video.

Voting Closes For 2017 Recreation Bond Election

on May 23, 2017 - 7:08pm

Voting has closed this evening at 7 p.m. in the 2017 Special Election on the Recreation Bond. The lobby of the Los ALamos County Municipal Building is empty at the moment. The results are expected to be announced by the County Clerk between 7:30 and 8 p.m. so check back at ladailypost.com for updates. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Officials Attend Meetings In Washington, D.C.

on May 23, 2017 - 12:54pm

Los Alamos County officials, from left, Councilor James Chrobocinski, County Manager Harry Burgess, Councilor Rick Reiss and Council Chair David Izraelevitz attend meetings with members of the Congressional Delegation, DOE and other agencies to discuss County business this week in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims May 21-27, 2017 'Emergency Medical Services Week'

on May 23, 2017 - 11:13am

County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, presents a proclamation declaring the Week of May 21-27, 2017 as 'Emergency Medical Services Week' in Los Alamos County to, from left, LAFD Safety Division Chief Wendy Swervey, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and LAFD EMS Division Chief Ben Stone. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Staff Report

 

The Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation at its May 16 meeting, declaring the Week of May 21-27, 2017 as "Emergency Medical Services Week" in Los Alamos County.

 

County Councilor Antonio Maggiore presented the proclamation on behalf of the

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