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A Fed Bear Is A Dead Bear...

on September 21, 2017 - 10:42am
The Environmental Sustainability Board will discuss the ordinance that addresses the placement and maintance of roll carts during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Municipal Building. The goal is to prevent what is occurring in this picture: wildlife getting into garbage cans. This picture was taken in October 2016 off Canyon Road. Photo by Robert Cunningham
 
BY KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Garbage cans and bears are a bad combination. When a bear dumpster dives, it raises safety concerns for people and may spell death for the animal.

 

To

Letter To The Editor: County Government Overreacts ... Again

on September 21, 2017 - 10:34am
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos

First the County wants to fine the residents of Los Alamos for weeds and peeling paint. Now they want to fine residents for keeping their trash bins outside? This is a growing trend with our local politicians. All it takes is one little whiny cry baby to file a complaint and the County overreacts.

Every time the County can’t control their wasteful and excessive spending they raise the Utility Rates and Property Taxes. Every time there is a trivial complaint they have a “knee jerk” response without thinking things through.

Los Alamos Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Driven To Solve Cases

on September 21, 2017 - 10:05am

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez is proud of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Police Department Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez remembers police officers coming to speak as guests at his high school in Loving and says he found what they had to say about the job intriguing. Even when he studied mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., law enforcement was always in the back of his mind.

Rodriguez returned to New Mexico after a

ESD Discusses Changes To Brush & Bulk Program

on September 21, 2017 - 10:01am

The wood chipper at the Eco Station makes a giant pile of mulch that is free to the community. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

The brush pile is huge right now at the Eco Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

BY KIRSTEN LASKEY 

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

The Environmental Services Division’s quarterly brush collection is underway. The program started in August and runs through the beginning of October.

 

When it comes to what can be collected most yard waste is accepted except for weeds, Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda said.

 

She

Lightning Strikes Los Alamos Golf Course Trees

on September 21, 2017 - 9:43am

Lightning struck a tree around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Tee 12 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Reports are that a golfer near the strike was knocked off his feet but uninjured and the sound from the strike heard over in Quemazon. The lightning appears to have jumped to a smaller tree a few feet away. Excavated dirt is visible at the base of the tree where the lightning exited at the ground. Photo by Kerry Habiger

Los Alamos County Golf Pro Jim Phillips stands on Tee 12 Monday near where it appears the same lightning bolt that hit the tall tree at left, also struck this smaller tree growing a few

Letter To The Editor: Regarding Old Smith’s Building

on September 21, 2017 - 8:10am

By ROB BARAN
Los Alamos

I would like to follow-on with Kathy Willcut's good idea (link); the County can use that space for some of it's recreational initiatives!

I was dismayed to read that the Kroger company has such wide latitude in choosing which businesses can move into the old Smith's space.  However, Kroger owns the land, so they can do as they please. But with the County pressing forward with the recreational initiatives (made famous ... or 'infamous' by the Rec Bond debate), why not use that perfectly sited, wide space with ample parking for one of it's multifunction centers?

Los Alamos County ESB Meets Today

on September 21, 2017 - 7:50am

COUNTY News:

The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 110 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.

 
1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approval of the Aug. 17, 2017, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: John Bliss
5. BOARD BUSINESS
  • Construction and Demolition Recycling Presentation Presenters:

Labor Management Relations Board Meets Sept. 25

on September 21, 2017 - 7:16am
COUNTY News: 

The Labor Management Relations Board will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in Room 110 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The meeting is open to the public. 

 
AGENDA
 
I. Call to Order 
II. Discussion and/or Possible Action Items
A. Prohibited Practices Complaint Hearing. The International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, Local No.14 v. County of Los Alamos [Motion may be made to close meeting pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H) (3) for deliberations by the Board]

III. Adjournment
 
If you are an individual with a

Smart House Art Dedication At Muni Building Oct. 3

on September 20, 2017 - 12:11pm

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 14 To Sept. 19, 2017

on September 20, 2017 - 11:08am

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 against them.

JON M. WEATHERS

Sept. 14 at 6:27 a.m. / Police arrested Jon M. Weathers, 46, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

CHRISTOPHER N. BEGAY

Sept. 19 at 4:52 p.m. / Police arrested Christopher Neil Begay, 23, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

Scenes From LAFD Chief Garcia's Retirement Lunch

on September 20, 2017 - 9:55am

Friends and colleagues honored retiring Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia, here with his wife Kathleen, at a special luncheon Tuesday at Cottonwood on the Greens. Courtesy photo

Scene from Tuesday's retirement lunch for Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia. Courtesy photo

Scene from Tuesday's retirement lunch for LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia.Courtesy photo

Scene from Tuesday retirement lunch for LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia. Courtesy photo

County: Be Bear Aware

on September 19, 2017 - 4:14pm

This bear was spotted earlier this month roaming around Andanada Street and El Corto in Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hanson

COUNTY News:

Bears continue to make their way into residential areas due to lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.

If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. However, bears that are accustomed to eating human food are more likely to become habituated and are more prone to have dangerous human encounters. Here are some safe practices for managing trash to minimize encounters with bears:

  • Keep your family, neighbors, pets, and

Quorum Notice: Environmental Sustainability Board

on September 19, 2017 - 9:32am

COUNTY News:

Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend a Recycle Audit, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 in White Rock.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken. 

The meeting is open to the public.

Letter To The Editor: The Ordinance, Some Solutions

on September 19, 2017 - 5:27am
By HELEN M. MILENSKI
Los Alamos

I have waited until having the opportunity to read all of Mr. Izraelevitz’s (Council Chair David Izraelevitz) partitioned letters to the editor. Also, he accepted an invitation to have coffee with me and discuss some of the issues I take with the current ordinance and its enforcement. Heather Ortega joined me and I do believe we covered a lot of the concerns we have both heard from the community.

 I will now respond with my own letter to the editor and as I do not intend to partition my letter, I will try to be brief.

I am quite certain that most people,

Lane Closure, Flagging Operation At 33rd & Walnut

on September 18, 2017 - 4:35pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County street crews will be repairing a section of asphalt at 33rd and Walnut Street 9 am. to 3 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 19 and ending Sept. 21.

The lane closure will include a flagging operation to allow for continual traffic flow during this project.

This repair is due to a water main leak repaired earlier this month.

Ullr Fest Transportation To And From White Rock

on September 18, 2017 - 1:40pm

COUNTY News:

The DWI Planning Council is partnering with Atomic City Transit (ACT) to provide additional bus service this Saturday, Sept. 23 for Ullr Fest.

Shuttles run every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Sullivan Field parking lot to the Ski Hill and back. The additional service is between the White Rock Visitor Center and Sullivan Field.

This service will be available by request for connections to/from the Ski Hill shuttle. Call ACT at 661.RIDE (7433) to request your ride!

Lodger's Tax Advisory Board Meets Tuesday

on September 18, 2017 - 9:39am
COUNTY News: 
 
Lodger's Tax Advisory Board will meet at noon Tuesday in Room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public. 
 
Agenda: 
  • I.  ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS
    • A.  Call to Order/Introductions
    • B.  Approval of Agenda
    • C.  Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes
      • Minutes from the Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board Meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.
    • D.  Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda
       
  • II.  NEW PENDING PROJECTS for possible action
    • A.  Board Terms Update  Presenter: Ryn Herrmann
    • B.  Inter-Board-Commission Liaisons  Presenter: Kelly Stewart
    • C.

Council Corner: Working Together To Enhance Our Community

on September 18, 2017 - 9:27am
By David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos
 
Code Enforcement – Part 3 of a 3-part series

In Part 1 of my editorial on code enforcement, I covered the “why” behind the program, and in Part 2, I addressed the “how” of the process that is involved. Today in Part 3, I would like to talk more philosophically about code enforcement and what the County and the community can do to assist with resources.

Let me address the “government-encroachment” argument first which I have heard a few times.

LAC: Door-To-Door Research Survey Begins Today

on September 18, 2017 - 8:22am

COUNTY News:
A door-to-door survey will be conducted 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the neighborhoods of North and Barranca Mesas. 
 
Researchers with the University of New Mexico and Fraunhofer, USA will knock on doors and ask a few questions about what efforts citizens would undertake to keep the lights on in their community during an emergency. 
 
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is participating in this research funded through a Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure System and Processes (CRISP) grant issued to the University of New

Letter To The Editor: Nuisance Ordinance - It's Even Worse Than It Sounds

on September 18, 2017 - 7:58am
By JIM REDMAN
Los Alamos

I am indebted to David Izraelevitz (link) for explaining to citizens in excruciating detail how burdensome, unpleasant, aggressive and bureaucratic the enforcement of weeds over 18 inches has become in Los Alamos. For this enforcement we must create acronyms, have well defined timelines and threaten court action. It's really difficult for me to think of something so anathema to good neighbors and neighborhoods and a clearer demonstration of poor governance.

That there are reports from citizens that the "best practices" described are not followed might also further

WEB Crew Hosts Student Section At Thursday Game

on September 18, 2017 - 6:58am
Coach Andy Ainsworth takes one for the team, helping to raise funds to benefit student projects. Courtesy photo
 
The Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew 2017-2018 will host a student section at the first LAMS football game this Thursday. Courtesy photo
 
LAMS News:

The Fidel Lee Gutierrez Foundation, under the umbrella of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, knew that good deeds would be free flowing when they recently selected the WEB Crew program at Los Alamos Middle School to receive a $500 grant.

The WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Crew began its fourth year where eighth grade leaders welcome

County Council Holds Closed Session Tuesday

on September 17, 2017 - 6:59am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
Agenda: 
  • ​OPENING/ROLL CALL 
  • BUSINESS
    • A. Discussion Regarding Threatened or Pending Litigation - Closed Pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H)(7).
  • ​ADJOURNMENT 
If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the County Human Resources Division at 662.8040 at least one week

Letter To The Editor: More Utility Rate Increases

on September 16, 2017 - 10:40am
By BRADY BURKE
Los Alamos

Remember that discussion a couple of months back about how sewer rates were being rubber-stamped each year for the past five years at 8 percent each year. The Department of Public Utilities wanted an 8 percent increase this year to show that they had revenues to get financing for the White Rock Water Treatment Facility (WRWTF or WWTF).

Remember that I was a strong advocate of tying the increases to the specific projects that they were using as rationale so that they could be removed when that obligation went away?

Council Corner: The ‘How’ Of Code Enforcement

on September 16, 2017 - 10:26am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos
  • Part 2 of a 3-part series
  •  
  • In Part 1 of my editorial on code enforcement, I covered the “why” behind the program. Today, I would like to address in some detail the “how” of code enforcement, a process which is managed within the Community Development Department (CDD) by two full-time Code Enforcement Officers. My hope is that by explaining a little more about the process, I can help clear up confusion and concern in our community.

Let’s begin with clarifying two terms that seem to be interchangeable when the public discusses this sensitive topic, but are very

Joint Council And DPU Board Meeting Tuesday

on September 16, 2017 - 10:14am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council is holding a joint meeting with the Department of Public Utilities Board beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Councilors and DPU board members will share the dais in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., during this special session.

This joint meeting stems from the fact that Council leadership has requested that each Board/Commission or Committee Chair make a presentation to the Council once a year focused on what has been completed and what they are working on, and what challenges or opportunities they see coming up in the

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