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Los Alamos County And Historical Society Honored With Edgar Lee Hewett Award

on May 23, 2017 - 10:53am

County Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, left, and Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan with the Edgar Lee Hewett Award given by the Historical Society of New Mexico to the County and the Historical Society for outstanding service to the people of New Mexico, as related to New Mexico history. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Don Bullis, Historical Society of New Mexico board member, presented the 2017 Edgar Lee Hewett Award to Georgia Strickfaden, who represented the Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County at the presentation. Courtesy/LAC

Council Proclaims May 26 As Poppy Day in Los Alamos

on May 23, 2017 - 10:15am

County Councilor James Chrobocinski presents a proclamation at the May 16 Council meeting to longtime American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Chair Marie Todd, right, and her assistant Randi Moore proclaiming May 26 as Poppy Day in Los Alamos. Todd will be selling poppies noon to 4 p.m. Friday at Smith's in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilors donate and receive a poppy from American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Chair Marie Todd and her assistant Randi Moore. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Chair Marie Todd and her assistant Randi

Letter To The Editor: Walk/Drive Your YES Vote On Rec Bond To County Clerk's Office By 7 p.m. Today

on May 23, 2017 - 8:35am
By RAO GARIMELLA
Los Alamos

Today is the last day to vote on the Rec Bond. It's too late to mail it in but you can hand carry it to the County Clerk's Office.

There has been a healthy, vigorous debate on the issue but in the end I urge you to keep in mind the saying that “PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF GOOD!” 

So I encourage you to vote YES or we will all be waiting for another decade before the community has the energy to organize such a campaign again.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day May 31

on May 23, 2017 - 7:04am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is partnering with Los Alamos Senior Centers and Los Alamos Retirement Community to celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day Wednesday, May 31,  “With Movement… There’s Improvement!”

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is all about showcasing what local groups are doing to help keep seniors healthy and fit. Why not try out a dance, music, and physical fitness class at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, White Rock Senior Center, or the Aquatic Center?

Los Alamos Democrats Honor George And Chris Chandler At JFK Dinner For Dedication And Service

on May 22, 2017 - 7:16pm
Chris and George Chandler are the 2017 honorees at Sunday's annual Democratic Party of Los Alamos County JKF Dinner at the Betty Ehart Center. The Chandlers were honored for their contributions to the Democratic Party and the Los Alamos community. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
George and Chris Chandler, left, receive the 2017 Achievement Award at Sunday's JFK Dinner as Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan applaud at right. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local Democrats gathered Sunday to celebrate

Letter To The Editor: Let's Support The Amenities That Make Our Community Better For Everyone!

on May 22, 2017 - 6:51pm
By Andrea and Greg Cunningham
Los Alamos

As Recreation Bond ballots are due tomorrow, we want to remind everyone to get their ballots in and encourage you to vote “Yes” on the bond.

Those opposed to the bond seem to have two main arguments against it:

  • Need: they state there is not a need for the projects that are proposed; and
  • Cost: our taxes and the cost are too high.

We feel that both arguments are incorrect as we look to the future of our community.

Letter To The Editor: Walk Your Rec Ballot In Today Or Tomorrow ... And Please Vote Yes!

on May 22, 2017 - 11:42am
By KRISTIN HENDERSON, J.D.
Los Alamos

You can still vote on the Rec Bond if you walk your ballot in today or tomorrow. I am voting yes and i hope you do, too.

In a small town like ours, a Bond question can be won - or lost - by just one vote, or a small handful of votes. Your vote will make a difference.
 
You can turn your ballot in, in person at this point, at the Municipal Building at 10th & Central, on the 2nd floor, in the County Clerk’s Office. It has to be in the Clerk’s Office before 7 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday.
 
While it’s true that property taxes would go up by about $18/

Public Invited To Los Alamos County Municipal Building To View Election Night Results Tuesday

on May 22, 2017 - 9:15am

COUNTY News:

Members of the public are invited to gather Tuesday evening at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., to view election results on the Recreational Bond.

Council Chambers and the lobby will be open. Results are not expected to be posted until after 7:30 p.m. Once available, the unofficial results will be projected onto the screen in Council Chambers and the LCDs in the lobby. Printouts also will be made available.

Unofficial results also will be posted to the Clerk’s webpage and Facebook.

For additional information, contact the County Clerk’s office at

More Scenes From LAAC's 2017 Kite Festival

on May 21, 2017 - 4:40pm

A young kite flyer gets some assistance during the Los Alamos Arts Council's Kite Festival Saturday in Overlook Park. Photo by Mairen Hoch

A kite enthusiast works to get her kite to take flight. Photo by Mairen Hoch

A kite gets a colorful design put on it during the kite building workshop Saturday at Overlook Park. The workshop was part of Los Alamos Arts Council's annual Kite Festival. Photo by Mairen Hoch

The kite workshop was busy Saturday. Photo by Mairen Hoch

Vivian Sintay flies her kite high during the Kite Festival Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Yuma Wang runs

Crowd Packs First Summer Concert Of 2017

on May 21, 2017 - 7:48am

The audience filled the ground floor of Fuller Lodge and the rafters to hear jazz music Friday at the first show of the 2017 Los Alamos County Summer Concert series. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Fuller Lodge was packed to the rafters Friday night with community members checking out the Los Alamos Middle School Big Jazz Band.

The show kicked off this year's Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The concert, which was originally scheduled for Overlook Park in White Rock, was moved indoors due to the weather.

The middle school jazz band's performance was followed

Daily Postcard: Spring Flower Baskets Line Central

on May 21, 2017 - 5:45am

Daily Postcard: Workers from Los Alamos Landscaping hang spring flower baskets Thursday along Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pro And Anti Rec Bond Advocates Make Case At League Of Women Voters Of Los Alamos Forum

on May 20, 2017 - 7:43pm
Darren Meadows speaks for the rec bond during Tuesday's League of Women Voters forum at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Lisa Shin speaks against the rec bond and shares her time with Lisa Brenner who also is against the rec bond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Lisa Brenner speaks against the rec bond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Advocates for and against the $20 million recreation bond currently in the hands of voters, spoke at the Los Alamos League of Women Voters meeting Tuesday at Mesa

Scenes From 2017 Kite Festival At Overlook Park

on May 20, 2017 - 7:25pm

Scene from the Los Alamos Art Council's 2017 Kite Festival today at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the LAAC's 2017 Kite Festival today at Overlook Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the LAAC's 2017 Kite Festival today at Overlook Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Staff Report

 

The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Kite Festival officially turned 20 Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock. The festival began at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.

Former Police Chief Wayne Torpy Pleads With Council

on May 20, 2017 - 3:56pm
Former Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy asks County Councilors for help in reactivating his monthly insurance benefits, during the public comment period Tuesday evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Former Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy at Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy addressed the County Council during public comment Tuesday evening about his ongoing insurance battle.

 

Torpy, who now lives in Florida,

Los Alamos County Head Golf Pro Donnie Torres Retires

on May 20, 2017 - 10:54am

Los Alamos County Golf Club Head Pro Donnie Torres retires this week after 33 years at the course. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Few people retire having done exactly what they wanted to do from when they were 14 years old. Los Alamos County Golf Club head golf professional Donnie Torres is one of those people. He retires this week after 33 years of service to Los Alamos County, all of it at the golf course.

Torres began picking up golf balls at the course when he was 12 years old.

Los Alamos Nature Center Cuts Ribbon On New Exhibit ‘Landscaping For Our Climate’

on May 20, 2017 - 10:18am

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities has funded the first outdoor exhibit at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Thomas Graves

Participating in the May 13 ribbon cutting at the Los Alamos Nature Center, from left, Beth Cortright, Jonathan Creel, Siobhan Niklasson, Sue Watts, Erick Peterson, Kate Barrere, Mary Carol Williams, Bob Walker, Selvi Viswanatha, Bob Dryja and Jack Richardson. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

Thanks to support from the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities, the Los Alamos Nature Center has an outdoor sign dedicated to explaining the

2017 Special Election Update

on May 19, 2017 - 4:30pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Clerk's Office is providing an update to the special election for the recreation bond. On May 2, there were 13,484 ballots mailed to registered voters, to date, the Los ALamos County Clerk's Office has received 6,025 returned ballot envelopes and five unsigned ballot envelopes.

There are still a few more opportunities to return your voted ballot to the County Clerk. You may hand deliver your voted ballot in the proper signature envelope until 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Ballots must be physically received

County Names Helen Perraglio As New CFO

on May 19, 2017 - 11:26am

Members of the Los Alamos County Finance Department. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Helen Perraglio will be the new County Chief Financial Officer (CFO) replacing Joe D’Anna who will retire in July.

New County CFO Helen Perraglio

Perraglio was born and raised in northern New Mexico and comes to Los Alamos from the small town of Ojo Caliente.  She graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2004.

She started her career in public accounting while becoming a Certified Public

NMAMA Names David Ploeger Of Los Alamos ‘Airport Manager Of The Year’

on May 19, 2017 - 10:54am

The New Mexico Airport Managers Association names David Ploeger of Los Alamos, center, Airport Manager of the Year. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

RUIDOSO—At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Airport Managers Association (NMAMA) May 10-12 in Ruidoso, Los Alamos County Airport Manager David Ploeger was named New Mexico Airport Manager of the Year.  

This award goes to the airport manager who does an outstanding job in managing the airport and advancing aviation safety at his/her airport.

Bike To Work Day Canceled

on May 19, 2017 - 10:30am

COUNTY News:

This afternoon’s Bike to Work Day events have been canceled due to the weather.

The future date will be announced.

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Letter To The Editor: Clarification Of Rec Bond Funding Options

on May 19, 2017 - 9:17am
By Edward Birnbaum
Los Alamos
 
I attended Tuesday’s “Lunch With A Leader” at Mesa Public Library in which the proponents and opponents of the $20 million Recreation Bond (deadline to vote: Tuesday, May 23) presented their arguments for and against and answered questions. My thanks to Karyl Ann Armbruster and the League of Women Voters for arranging this opportunity to hear from both sides.

Both sides seemed to agree that the improvements and new recreational facilities proposed would benefit many children and adults in the community.

Letter To The Editor: Rec Bond ... Facts Not Factions

on May 19, 2017 - 9:00am
By TOM TIERNEY
Los Alamos

I found it an interesting curiosity that Tony Fox and Darren Meadows accused me of Falsehoods without providing any factual counter-arguments. (link)

In my prior letter, I voiced my concern that the County’s proposed Recreation Center would probably result in small business failures because the County would be competing unfairly with existing small businesses. My expressed concerns were rooted in the City of Santa Fe data that shows numerous business closures occurred when the Genoveva Chavez Community Center was created.

My observations are based on the

Council Green Lights Traffic Calming Measures

on May 19, 2017 - 5:46am
County Traffic and Streets Manager Dan Erickson addresses County Council on traffic calming issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

In an effort to resolve  traffic speed concerns along North Road in front of Mountain Elementary School, the Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously during its regular meeting Tuesday night to proceed with the County’s plan get drivers to slow down.

This plan includes painting striping on the road, installing permanent digital signs and monitoring traffic habits on the road.

Notice: Possible Quorum At Environmental Board

on May 18, 2017 - 4:13pm

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos County Council

on May 18, 2017 - 3:53pm
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

On Tuesday, I got the privilege to once again participate in the selection of a new member for the Board of Public Utilities.

Although I was not selected I wanted to personally thank Chair Izraelevitz, Vice-Chair O'Leary, Councilor Chrobocinski, Councilor Sheehey, Councilor Reiss, Councilor Chandler, and Councilor Maggiore for their kind words and tough questions.

I especially like to thank Vice Chair O'Leary and Councilor Chrobocinski for voicing their support for my nomination during the first round of voting.

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