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Letter To The Editor: Using One’s Vote On Rec Bond As Revenge For Unrelated Issue Is Not Rational

on May 17, 2017 - 3:24pm
By JANINE TULENKO
Los Alamos

 

I too found Patrick Brenner's email to County Councilors regarding the Rec Bond issue to be quite disturbing. I seldom feel the need to respond, and I do not know Patrick Brenner, but his verbal attack on County Councilors, etc. truly seemed like the rantings of a genuinely unstable individual. I am so relieved that he was not elected to County Council when he ran.
 
During my nearly 20 years in Los Alamos I have voted for County Councilors on both sides of the political aisle - so this comment is in no way a partisan issue, nor a reflection of my opinion

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 10-15, 2017

on May 17, 2017 - 1:44pm

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.​

CRYSTAL HOLGUIN

May 10 / Crystal Holguin, 29, of Espanola was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 
 
 
 
 
 
ELIAS JON LOVATO

May 11 / Elias Jon Lovato, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JOSHUA PADILLA-SPANARKEL

May 15 / Joshua Padilla-Spanarkel, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested on an outstanding

Clean Up Los Alamos Day Another Sweeping Success!

on May 17, 2017 - 12:57pm
Clean Up Los Alamos Day Appreciation Luncheon May 13 at Ashley Pond Park Pavillion. Courtesy photo
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Environmental Services would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in the 14th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day Saturday May 13.
 
It was a great success again this year with 339 participants collecting trash and brush around the Los Alamos and White Rock area.
 
The county collected approximately 10.5 tons of solid waste and 156 residents utilized the Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center Saturday for free disposal.
 
The event

Community Invited To Cheer On Special Olympics Athletes And Police In Torch Run Thursday

on May 17, 2017 - 12:31pm

SPORTS News:

The community is invited to cheer on Special Olympics Los Alamos athletes and Los Alamos Police Department personnel as they head out towards the Jemez Thursday morning on the Law Enforcement Torch Run, according to local organizer LAPD Cdr. Oliver Morris.

Participants will leave the Justice Center at approximately 7:30 a.m. and head west on Trinity Drive and onto West Jemez Road and the members of the public can show their support along the way. Park Rangers from Bandelier National Monument will join the run this year.

LAPD is raising funds again this year for the annual

Los Alamos Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Dog That Attacked Another Dog At Rover Park Sunday

on May 17, 2017 - 11:28am

This dog is not the dog suspected of attacking another dog but rather the image of a dog that strongly resembles the dog in question. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying the owners of a dog that attacked another dog last weekend.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. Sunday at Rover Park. The suspect dog was described as possibly a male “cane corso” or a very similar looking mastiff type dog, black in color and weighing about 100 pounds.

It appears that a couple with a stroller came to get the dog under control after

Community Invited To Chat With Two Councilors At Los Alamos Farmers Market 9-11 a.m. Thursday

on May 17, 2017 - 10:57am

COUNTY News:

Two members of the Los Alamos County Council will host a booth 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the Farmer’s Market. 

This is an informal setting open to residents who would like to stop by with comments, concerns or questions. Voter Information Booklets for the upcoming May 23 Recreation Bond Election will be available at the booth.

Other Council-hosted booth dates include:

  • June 15;
  • July 20;
  • Sept. 14; and
  • Oct. 19.

The Council also hosts a booth during the County Fair, which is Saturday, Aug. 12.

Letter To The Editor: Patrick Brenner's Toxic Email

on May 17, 2017 - 10:16am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Wow. I read former Los Alamos County Council candidate Patrick Brenner's email to all seven councilors and immediately figured out why he never made it from council candidate to elected councilor.
 
Indeed, as Joyce Anderson stated, Mr. Brenner's hostile rhetoric is definitely NOT a better way for LA!

Khal “a less toxic rabble rouser in LA” Spencer.

Letter To The Editor: CIP And Bonding Process Flawed

on May 17, 2017 - 8:23am
By JIM REDMAN
Los Alamos
 
The way Councils spend the taxpayer's Capital Improvement Fund is flawed and the current bond process lays bare just about everything that is wrong with the CIP process.

Suggesting to softball players, golfers and others that unless they support the bond issue they won't get improvements is misleading. Associated with the bond is $13 million of CIP money, so money available for recreation.
 
Nominally we're supposed to consider that some sort of matching funds for the bond although it's all taxpayer money.

Letter To The Editor: In Appreciation Of The Post

on May 17, 2017 - 8:02am
By ROB BARAN
Los Alamos
 
I wanted to take a break from the lively debate to thank the editor of the Los Alamos Daily Post for posting all of these varied opinions in their unabridged, passionate entirety!

This is the first town I have ever seen where the Press is open and accessible, and so heavily relied on. I am glad to see such a healthy, vibrant, and civic forum.

You've been putting these opinion pieces up at your own cost, but it has been an invaluable service. Regardless of how the vote turns out, thank you for making ALL (pro and con) of our voices heard!

 

Los Alamos Bike To Work Day Friday

on May 17, 2017 - 7:54am

Los Alamos County Quorum Notice Thursday

on May 16, 2017 - 11:55am

Letter To The Editor: Patrick Brenner Rant Clearly NOT A Better Way For LA

on May 16, 2017 - 6:35am
By JOYCE ANDERSON
Los Alamos
 
Over the last few weeks we've seen a healthy volley of letters to the editor in favor of, and opposed to the Rec Bond. For the most part the letters have been well thought out, well spoken and constructive in their approach to the issue. I think this is representative of Los Alamos as a whole. We discuss, we debate, but in the end, we're still nice to our neighbors that have a different opinion. It's what makes this community so great.
 
This is why the letter published Monday evening in the Los Alamos Daily Post from former Los Alamos County Council

LAPD Hosts Memorial Ceremony For Fallen Officers

on May 15, 2017 - 9:47pm
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone speaks at this morning's Memorial Ceremony for fallen officers. Similar ceremonies took place today across the country as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Cpl. Pete Garcia presents scrolls with the imprint of a name plate honoring the late Chief Gary Bequette to his daughters, Diana Bequette, left, and Laura Hughes. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Police Officers and Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero at this morning's Memorial Ceremony.

Former County Council Candidate Berates Councilors

on May 15, 2017 - 7:51pm

Former County Council Candidate Patrick Brenner

POLITICAL News:

Former Los Alamos County Council Candidate Patrick Brenner sent a strongly worded email today to all seven sitting councilors. The Los Alamos Daily Post received a copy of the email and spoke with Brenner by telephone in an effort to understand what spurred him to send such an email. Following a lengthy conversation in which it remains unclear why he sent the email, Brenner requested that he be quoted in regard to the email as saying, “I stand by every word I said.”

Brenner's email to Councilors:

From: Patrick Brenner <

LAPD Spouses Sponsor Blue Tape Event

on May 15, 2017 - 7:32pm

Kateri Morris, left, wife of Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Lizzy Lyons, wife of  Det. Matt Lyons place blue lines on community vehicles for two hours today at the police station in support of National Police Week. The event was sponsored by LAPD Law Enforcement Spouses. Photo by Maire O'Neill

Cindy Bingham, left, watches as Kateri Morris, Lizzy Lyons and Lisa Gonzales prepare her rear window for a blue line in support of National Police Week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Amy Strain shows off the blue stripe on the back window of her car in support of law enforcement

Letter To The Editor: Still Saying No To Rec Bond

on May 15, 2017 - 11:47am
By TOM HARRIS
Los Alamos
 
Many have weighed in with their opinions on the Recreation Bond Proposal since I published my last letter April 21. 
 
Until recently, most LA Daily Post letters on this topic have been authored by those strongly favoring the proposal. Only recently have we started to see contributions from those of us that oppose the bond proposal.
 
As alluded to in my earlier letter, it appears that those backing the recreational pool proposal which was soundly defeated several years ago have adopted a new strategy to achieve their goals.  
 
Specifically, a

Letter To The Editor: Still On Fence About Rec Bond

on May 14, 2017 - 9:14am
By ANNE MARIE PEETERS WEEM
Los Alamos
 
First of all, I love the idea of improving and adding to the recreation facilities in Los Alamos and have no problem paying more taxes to facilitate this.
 
The problem is with the allocation of funds: Only a little more that five percent ($1.8 million vs $31.6 million) is allocated to for White Rock, even though we have approximately one-third of Los Alamos County's population. I know this issue was brought up in the community forums. When expressing my concerns, several reasons were given to justify the funding discrepancy.
  • A significant portion

Joint Effort To Look At DPU Finances Gets Thumbs Up

on May 13, 2017 - 5:25pm

Members of the Board of Public Utilities and Department of Public Utilities staff listen to County Council suggest forming a joint effort to review the utilities department's finances. The idea received strong support. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

During the Tuesday night Los Alamos County Council special session, the Council pitched its idea to facilitate a joint effort between the Council, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to do an independent review of DPU’s major financial issues.

The

County Reminds Residents To Support Property Clean Up Efforts To Combat High Weed Growth, Rubbish Piles

on May 13, 2017 - 4:05pm
Illustration of a home surrounded by debris. Courtesy photo
 
By MICHAEL ARELLANO
Building Safety Manager/Chief Building Official

It’s that time of year again and staff in Los Alamos County’s Building Safety Division and the Los Alamos Fire Department are reminding citizens to help address property-related issues such as weed overgrowth, excessive rubbish, and rodent issues being found on private and commercial properties around the County.

Property owners can help the County ensure a safe, continuous sidewalk path for pedestrians by trimming back their own vegetation growing onto or

Letter To The Editor: To Bond Or Not To Bond, That Is The Question

on May 13, 2017 - 3:24pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Ralph Chapman’s letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) has been the latest in a long list of well written and thoughtful letters, both pro and con, regarding the Recreation Bond vote. If nothing else, we have once again proven that Los Alamos residents are thoughtful and engaged in our civic governance. I would expect a high “voter turnout”.
 
I would also offer to compare the discussion up here on The Hill regarding this bond question, which has been driven by engaged residents using their own thoughts, vs.

Clean Up Los Alamos Day Is Today!

on May 13, 2017 - 7:02am
COUNTY News:
 
Due to inclement weather on April 29, Clean Up Los Alamos Day has been rescheduled for today, Saturday, May 13.
 
Let’s 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. An appreciation lunch will be provided to volunteers noon - 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond.
 
Free gloves and bags will be provided upon registration. The Eco Station will allow free trash disposal to all Los Alamos County residents.
 
Register Now!

2017 Special Election Update: Los Alamos County Recreation Bond

on May 12, 2017 - 5:17pm

Senior Deputy Clerk Francella Montoya and Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez bundling returned ballot envelopes in batches of 25 to ensure that each returned envelope is scanned into the ballot tracking system for voter credit. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

For the upcoming County Bond Election, 13,484 ballots were mailed May 2 to registered voters to the address on file with the County Clerk. To date, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has received 4,050 returned ballot envelopes, 423 undeliverable ballots and one unsigned ballot.

Of the 423 undeliverable ballots, there were 23, which

Community Invited To Show Support For Police Week

on May 12, 2017 - 4:46pm

LAPD Cpl. Jaime Gonzales places a strip of blue tape on a vehicle in support of law enforcement for Police Week, which is May 14-20. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Jaime Gonzales. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is inviting the community to drop by the Central Avenue side of the stateion 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to get a blue stripe placed on the back window of their vehicles, in support of law enforcement for Police Week, which is May 14-20.

The event is sponsored by LAPD Law Enforcement spouses.

Letter To The Editor: Why Future Generations Don’t Need Bond

on May 12, 2017 - 5:43am
By A Student
Los Alamos
 
I have heard a lot of people saying this bond would be an investment in future generations, to have more options, or that they just don’t want to travel to Santa Fe.
 
As a member of the future generation in Los Alamos, I am Voting no on the Rec Bond.
 
If investing in the community is someone’s goal then please invest in the housing problem; invest in making sure the future generation has the opportunity to have a roof over their heads and then and only then can anything else be considered.

Council Approves Lease Agreement For LAFD

on May 11, 2017 - 8:48pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes discusses a lease agreement for Suite 200 at 999 Central Ave. during the Los Alamos County Council special session Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. The space will be used for a training classroom as well as a storage facility for emergency medical supplies and personal protective equipment. The cost for the amended lease is $2,411.51 above the current monthly cost, which is $15,357.19. Council approved the lease agreement 6-0. Councilor Rick Reiss recused himself because he has a 25 percent ownership interest in the property.

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