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Letter To The Editor: Response To Splash Pad Debate

on March 29, 2017 - 10:14am
By LAUREN GRIFFITH
Los Alamos
 
I wanted to respond with a different perspective to the Splash Pad project proposal than that of the letter recently sent in by Martha Jones (link).
  • While I do agree that as a taxpayer in town, it would be nice to have a say in how money is spent, I have to disagree with her assertions that this is a bad idea for the following reasons:
  • Cost - the grand total for this project is $720,000 with a $36,000 per year maintenance cost ($3,000 per month). When compared with the other projects the County is looking at, this is extremely low.
  • Ms.

Letter To The Editor: Outreach, Not Ads

on March 29, 2017 - 7:23am
By DAVID NORTH
Los Alamos

At first sight, the new sign and banner at the White Rock library provoked the thought “nice ads”. Bond supporters really upped their game!

Wrong.

Further inspection revealed no advocacy -- just the county logo. Turns out they aren't ads at all, but part of a $35,000 “outreach” campaign funded by the county. This is apparently normal, if a bit upscale.

The last time a similar election was held in 2011 -- for a leisure pool -- the county devoted $18,000 for outreach, though at that time it was dubbed “public information costs”. The idea?

On The Job In Los Alamos: County HR Division Staff

on March 29, 2017 - 7:23am

On The Job In Los Alamos: Most of the Los Alamos County Human Resources staff Monday at their office inside the Municipal Building, from left, Elanda N. King, Ellen Skaggs, HR Deputy Manager Ed McDaris, Rosabella Romero, Kat Brophy and Valerie Aghaei Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Letter To The Editor: Splash Pad Bad Idea

on March 29, 2017 - 7:09am
By MARTHA JONES
Los Alamos

I just read in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) that the County Council is considering building a splash pad park in White Rock. My initial response was “Boy the County can’t wait to spend our tax dollars on nonsense once again.” The worse part of it is that they want to borrow more money to get this project and others done. It seems to me that we haven’t learned anything from watching our national government take us the citizens into debt that could possibly collapse our economy.

Do you realize that the splash pad area is such a bad idea and let me share the

P&Z To Hear Subdivision Plat Plan Wednesday

on March 28, 2017 - 5:13pm
The Los Alamos Public Schools Administrative Office is to the west of the proposed subdivision. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
The Smart House is located on one of the lots in the proposed subdivision. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County is asking the Planning and Zoning Commission to approve a preliminary subdivision plat to divide two existing lots on 20th Street south of Trinity Drive into six new lots. A public hearing on the plat is slated for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

County Installs Safety Improvements At Rose/Nectar And Bathtub Row Intersection

on March 28, 2017 - 2:30pm

In an effort to enhance safety, the Los Alamos County Traffic Division has installed new stop signs and guidance posts and devices at the intersection of Rose/Nectar and Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

View of newly installed stop sign and safety devices at 22nd and Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

View of newly installed stop sign at Peach Street and Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Public Works Director Philo Shelton Briefs Kiwanians On Upcoming Recreation Bond Election

on March 28, 2017 - 11:16am
Philo Shelton briefs Kiwanians on the upcoming bond election. Courtesy photo
 
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Puzzled by all the discussion and promotion about an upcoming Los Alamos County bond election on potential recreation projects? Signs are popping all over the County again. Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton—who is also Second Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos—gave the club a briefing early this year on an election that the County Council is planning in May.

County Testing Parks And Golf Course Sprinklers

on March 27, 2017 - 7:57pm

COUNTY News:

Over the next few weeks, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division crews will be out and about testing the sprinkler systems at the athletic fields, parks and the Golf Course during daylight hours.

This is part of the PROS Division’s annual water audit to check for any sprinkler head adjustments, broken sprinklers or lines needing repairs/replacement. Once the systems are checked out, staff will place the sprinklers on a timed system for early or evening irrigation.

Direct questions to the Parks Administrative Office at 505.662.8159 or the Golf Course Pro Shop at

14th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day: Register Now!

on March 27, 2017 - 10:18am

COUNTY News:

Lets 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.

Free gloves and bags will be provided upon registration. The Eco Station will allow free trash disposal to all Los Alamos County residents. An appreciation lunch will be provided to volunteers noon–1 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at Ashley Pond Park.

Register now by clicking here.

Los Alamos Library Manager Accepts Job In Seattle

on March 26, 2017 - 11:34am

Los Alamos County Library System Manager Steven Thomas is leaving Los Alamos to work as the Regional Manager at the King County Library System in Seattle, Wash. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

After serving five years as Los Alamos County Library System Manager, Steven Thomas is taking the next step in his career. Thomas is leaving the County to accept a position as Regional Library Manager at the King County Library System in Seattle, Wash. His last day was Friday.

 

“It’s been a great five years,” Thomas said in looking back on

Letter To The Editor: Truthiness, Or Fun With Election Hype

on March 26, 2017 - 10:45am

By DAVID NORTH
Los Alamos

Brace yourself. Here comes the media storm of exaggerations, illogics, sentimentalism, tirades and irrelevancies about the looming bond measure.

But coping with it can be fun when you play “The Truthiness Game”.

The idea? Spot a statement that seems to make sense but just might not be true. It’s easier if you already know it’s fishy. Then try to determine just how true or false it is.

Assign a percentage value to how true it sounds (truthiness) and then another value for how accurate it really is (truth). Subtract the truth from the truthiness and you have your score.

County Hosts Community Brainstorming Session

on March 25, 2017 - 9:10am

Members of the public give input on how to lower driving speeds by Mountain Elementary School during a public meeting hosted by the County Public Works Traffic and Street Division Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Traffic and Streets Division Manager Daniel Erickson leads the public meeting on traffic calming Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

The Los Alamos County Public Works’ Traffic and Streets Division and members of the public brainstormed Wednesday night ways

County Says Goodbye To Deputy Manager Bosshardt

on March 24, 2017 - 5:02pm

Los Alamos County hosted a reception Friday afternoon to say farewell to Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt. After almost seven years working at Los Alamos County, Bosshardt will be moving to Bedford, Texas, to work as its city manager. He starts his new position in April. His final day with the County is March 31. From left: Brian Bosshardt's wife, Marie Levie, Brian Bosshardt, Legal Assistant Melissa Salmon and Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson take part in the reception. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
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County’s Matthew Valdez Retires After 21 Years

on March 24, 2017 - 8:48am

Los Alamos County Technical Support Specialist Matthew Valdez, center, celebrates his retirement with Nina Fresquez, Wayne Kohlrust and many other friends and colleagus at his farewell party Thursday afternoon at the Municipal Building. Valdez celebrates 21 years working for Los Alamos County and most recently worked in the County's records department. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Matthew Valdez and his father, Ruben Valdez who retired from Los Alamos County 25 years ago. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Matthew Valdez' mother Juanita Valdez and Los Alamos County Custodian

Demand For Local Recreation Facilities Reaches Limit

on March 23, 2017 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos Futures Co-Chairs Tony Fox, left, and Darren Meadows promote the $20 million bond that, if passed, would help fund five recreation capital improvement projects. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Proposed White Rock Splash Pad. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Demand for recreation facilities has reached its limit in Los Alamos County, according to Los Alamos Futures Recreation Bond Advocacy Group, a recently formed Political Action Committee (PAC).

“We’re busting at the seams with what we’ve got,” PAC Co-Chair Tony Fox said.

As a result, young

Los Alamos DPU Launches New App

on March 23, 2017 - 4:01pm

COUNTY News:

An improved way for customers to access their DPU utility accounts

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today announced the launch of its free Los Alamos DPU App by Smart Energy Systems. According to DPU officials it’s a new cloud-based platform with a friendly interface for DPU customers to access their account, track consumption, and pay utility bills from their computer or mobile device.    

In 2015, a DPU customer satisfaction survey revealed that a segment of customers wanted more online functions.

“Customers under the age of 45 told us that they wanted

Utilities Board Approves 2018 Proposed Budget

on March 23, 2017 - 3:42pm

DPU Deputy Manager Bob Westervelt

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Board of Public Utilities unanimously agreed to bring its Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget to County Council for approval.

The DPU Board approved the budget during its regular meeting March 15 in Council Chambers. The proposed budget will be presented to the Council during the County budget hearings April 17-18 and April 24-25.

The utilities budget provides for $72,375,881 in total expenditures.
If Council approves the budget, DPU Deputy Manager Bob Westervelt said utility customers may see changes in their rates

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Scenes From Friday's Leadership Los Alamos Economic Development Session

on March 23, 2017 - 8:12am

Participants in the 2016-17 Leadership Los Alamos class learn about local economic development during an all-day session Friday. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA participants learn about local economic development. Photo by Martha Katko

COMMUNITY News:

Participants in the 2016-17 class of Leadership Los Alamos participated in an economic development session Friday.

Leadership Los Alamos was founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the area.

Each class

Los Alamos County 2017 Voter Purge Completed

on March 22, 2017 - 3:28pm

COUNTY News:
  • Board of Registration reviews list of inactive voters for removal

The Los Alamos County Board of Registration (the board) met Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to review the list of inactive voters (748) to ascertain whether they meet the criteria to be purged from the voter rolls.

The list of voters was compiled through efforts of the New Mexico Secretary of State (NM SOS) and the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993, (NVRA). The board, consisting of George Chandler, Jess Cullinan and James N. Robinson, were appointed Feb. 14 by the Los Alamos County Council.

In order to be

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 15-21, 2017

on March 22, 2017 - 2:41pm

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.

KATHY GIBBONS
March 20 / Police arrested Kathy Gibbons, 55, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
NICHOLE MARSH
March 20 / Police arrested Nichole Marsh, 36, of Los Alamos and charged her with trafficking controlled substances, two charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substance.
 
 
 
 
 
AMANDA

Los Alamos County’s New Website Launches Today

on March 22, 2017 - 10:42am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County announced today that it has launched a new website, hosted by a third-party “cloud based” provider Civic Live. It is the first time in eight years that the County has substantially re-designed its website. The web address remains the same: www.losalamosnm.us; however, residents with bookmarked pages will need to visit the new site and set new bookmarks as a result of the change.

The launch of the new site is the culmination of planning and research that began in 2016. After a competitive procurement process, a County project team selected Civic Live and worked

Los Alamos County Issues RFP For Two Land Parcels

on March 22, 2017 - 10:05am

COUNTY News:

Over the weekend, Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division published a Request For Proposals (RFP) seeking developers for two land parcels located behind Los Alamos Medical Center, at the end of 35th Street, just south of Trinity Drive. Most residents better know these sites as the location of the former Los Alamos Site Office.

As stated in the RFP, the County “endeavors to develop an entirely new neighborhood that is environmentally and financially sustainable in a safe and beautiful high desert setting.” Parcels A-13-2 and A-12 are approximately 11.8 acres, and the

Zero DWI Arrests In Los Alamos Thanks To St. Patrick’s Day Buzz Bus And LAPD’s Saturation Patrols

on March 22, 2017 - 7:37am

COUNTY News:

St. Patrick’s Day 2017 was a safe one thanks to Atomic City Transit (ACT), the Los Alamos Police Department, and the Los Alamos DWI Planning Council.

The County's Buzz Bus offered safe rides 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and 59 people took advantage of this free service. Charles Flowers, the ACT supervisor on duty, remarked that “Passengers were happy the service was available for their use, but more so were very happy other people were using it because it meant no drunk drivers on the road. What a great service the County of Los Alamos provides.”

In addition, the Los Alamos Police

Letter To The Editor: Signs Of The Times – A New PAC In Town

on March 22, 2017 - 7:12am

Los Alamos Police Conduct Morning Arrests

on March 20, 2017 - 9:53am

Staff Report:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone just confirmed to the Los Alamos Daily Post that several of his officers conducted an operation early this morning in which they exercised a series of warrants on local individuals.

Police made a number of arrests during the course of the operation.

Chief Sgambellone added that the Los Alamos Police Department will issue a press release later today detailing the individuals arrested and charges issued against them.

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