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Letter To The Editor: North Mesa Stable Area Objections Are Much Ado About Nothing!

on March 13, 2017 - 8:42am
By JoAnn Johnson
Longtime stable owner
Los Alamos

I believe that Olga Chertkov’s objections about the North Mesa Stable Area made March 9 to the Parks and Recreation Board are like reinventing the wheel.

My family had horses on North Mesa for 36 years. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the same objections about flies, manure, overall appearance of the area and noise at rodeo time were made by Barranca Mesa residents whose houses are directly across the Canyon from the stables. And yes, the proposal was made to relocate the stables to Rendija Canyon.

Co+op’s Six Year Birthday Bash Underway Until 3 p.m.!

on March 11, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Los Alamos Co+op Market at 95 Entrada Dr. is celebrating its 6th Anniversary until 3 p.m. today by showcasing its Community Partners and Vendors. The entire community is invited to celebrate and enjoy interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including PEEC, LA Animal Shelter, Bathtub Row Brewing Coop, Los Alamos County Recycling and Delancy Street Shelter. Photo by Greg Kendall

Seven Co+op vendors are on hand to offer free product samples and to show appreciation to its customers, the Co+op is providing free chair massages. Photo by Greg Kendall

Sample foods, free

Meet New Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Resource Advocates

on March 11, 2017 - 8:58am

JJAB Resource Advocates from left, Cindy Koehler, William High Eagle Sandoval, Katy Fellows, Caron Inglis and Santina Shije. Courtesy photo

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) recently hired three new Resource Advocates. Caron Inglis joins William High Eagle Sandoval and Santina Shije as a Youth Resource Advocate (YRA). Cindy Koehler and Katy Fellows are new Family Resource Advocates (FRAs).

The Resource Advocates provide wraparound case management services to youth and their families who live or attend school in Los Alamos County.

Scenes From County’s Emergency Tabletop Exercise

on March 10, 2017 - 10:12am

Los Alamos County staff worked through an emergency tabletop exercise this morning in Council Chambers, testing its updated emergency operations plan. Courtesy photo

County Utilities Manager Tim Glasco and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone participate in this morning's exercise. Courtesy photo

From left, County employees Bryan Aragon, Chris Wilson and Dan Erickson participate in discussions during this morning's drill. Courtesy photo

Mobility Scooter Now Available At Mesa Public Library

on March 10, 2017 - 9:00am


Patrons who may feel daunted by the size of Mesa Public Library can now use a mobility scooter to get around. The library also has a walker for patron use.

The scooter can be checked out from the reference desk by anyone with a library card.

There are a number of assistive services available at the Library, including magnifying readers at both libraries. There is an extensive and growing collection of large print books and newspapers. Reader’s Digest and the New York Times Weekly are both available in large print.

Guns And Hoses Duke It Out For Charity

on March 9, 2017 - 4:55pm
Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and Firefighter Kenny Martinez fight to knock out poverty. Photo by John McHale/
El Parasol owner Ralph Atencio, right, presents a $2,000 donation to Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera for the Rumble in Rio charity event.‘We are happy to support this worthy cause in which the proceeds go to help kids,” Atencio said. Kellie Michel of KJM Auto Body on Trinity Drive donated $200 to the event to help kids. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes urge Dep.

County Gears Up For Budget Hearings

on March 9, 2017 - 4:29pm

Staff Report:

Los Alamos County is gearing up to present its Fiscal Year 2018 to the County Council.

The budget hearings begin at 6 p.m. April 17-18 and April 24-25 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Typically, Council approves the budget on the final day of hearings, which this year is April 25.

Community members may access the proposed budget starting March 31. Copies of the budget will be available at both libraries as well as at the Municipal Building and on the County’s website at

Although the hearings are held in April, the budget

County Reports On Phishing Scam Concern

on March 9, 2017 - 9:20am


Los Alamos County’s email system, which is hosted as cloud-based services, was attacked in February in an apparent phishing scam. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt by email to obtain sensitive information for a malicious reason. While it is believed that the attack was contained to a single email account in the Public Works Department, the County turned the matter over to the Los Alamos Police Department for investigation. Affected employees have been notified and LAPD Investigations conducted a thorough investigation of this incident. 

The County uses multiple layers of

Public Meeting: North Road Traffic Calming Concerns

on March 9, 2017 - 9:01am


The Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic and Streets Division is hosting a Public Meeting regarding Traffic Calming Concerns on North Road.

This meeting 7-9 p.m., March 22 at Fuller Lodge  and the public is encouraged to attend.

For questions regarding the meeting, call the Traffic and Streets Division at 505.662.8113 or email the public works general email at

LAFD Warns Of Phony Fundraiser Phone Scam

on March 8, 2017 - 7:09pm

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department is warning citizens of a telephone scam. Several local residents have contacted LAFD inquiring if the department is conducting a fundraiser, or trying to attempt to collect a debt, after receiving calls this week from a phone number that registers in Caller ID as belonging to the fire department.

Such calls are a phone scam and attempts to gain personal or financial/credit card information.

LAFD does not solicit funds by telephone and does not attempt to collect debts by telephone, nor does the Ambulance Billing service, on LAFD's behalf.

Ryan Barnes Cited For Assault On Local Bus Driver

on March 8, 2017 - 5:15pm

Ryan Keith Barnes

Staff Report

Ryan Keith Barnes, 39, of Los Alamos was cited for assault on an Atomic City Transit bus driver March 1 after police were called to the transit center at the intersection of Diamond Drive and East Jemez Road.

The driver reported that after he took over his route for his shift, Barnes rode the bus for several hours without getting off but never caused a problem.

When the driver told Barnes that when he arrived at the transit center, he intended to get off the bus to take a break, Barnes asked if he could smoke a cigarette on the bus.

Preliminary Hearing For Daniel Merrill March 20

on March 8, 2017 - 3:17pm

Daniel Merrill

Staff Report

A 29-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested Feb. 24 at Los Alamos Medical Center on charges of assault on a police officer and battery on a police officer during an incident in the hospital’s emergency room.

According to police incident reports, three LAPD officers responded to a report that Daniel Merrill had allegedly checked himself into the emergency room and was treated by hospital staff who reportedly gave him a prescription to be filled at a pharmacy.

No Hiring Freeze At Los Alamos County

on March 8, 2017 - 2:13pm


County Responds To Queries About Hiring Freeze

Spokeswoman Julie Habiger responded this morning to queries about whether Los Alamos County has enacted a hiring freeze. The questions arose after a press release addressing a specific upcoming vacancy in the County Manager’s office stated that vacant positions were being considered as part of budget development for the upcoming fiscal year.

“The ‘vacant positions’ statement in the press release was made in the context of budgets going into effect when the new fiscal year begins on July 1. This is a typical part of our budget


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 7 To Feb. 27, 2017

on March 8, 2017 - 7:50am

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.

Feb. 7 / Police arrested Danielle Staley, 27, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police booking photo unavailable.

Feb. 7 / Police arrested Clay Staley, 36, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Feb. 9 / Police arrested Christopher R. Carmichael, 46, of Los Alamos on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Community Packs Ambassador Huddleston's Talk

on March 8, 2017 - 6:15am

This is a pic from  the AAUW talk tonight. The library was packed. More chairs had to be brought in!! Will send you via email some info that you can out with the pic if you want to. Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents, 'Our Woman in Havana', Tuesday evening to an overflow crowd  at Mesa Library. Several of the women and men in the audience are Cuban Americans. In her talk sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston discusses the political  realities of the relationship between various U.S. presidents and the United State's relationship with Cuba.

Committee Delays GRT For Non-profit National Labs

on March 6, 2017 - 8:55pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey address the New Mexico Legislature Friday as the House Taxation and Revenue Committee takes up HB 332. Courtesy/ScreenShot


Los Alamos Daily Post

A bill designed to protect state and local governments from a potential multimillion dollar cut in gross receipts taxes hit a bump Friday afternoon, as it was temporarily tabled pending further discussions with the House Taxation and Revenue Committee.

House Bill 32 would amend a portion of New Mexico state law that currently exempts non-profit

Transportation Board Learns About 20th Street Construction Project During Thursday's Meeting

on March 3, 2017 - 3:23pm

Los Alamos Transportation Board learns about the construction project for 20th Street during Thursday's regular meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/



Los Alamos Daily Post


In an effort to increase economic development, the Los Alamos County Public Works Department is improving a section of 20th Street.


Senior Engineer Bryan Aragon, County Engineer Eric Martinez and Public Works Director Philo Shelton discussed the project during the County Transportation Board meeting Thursday night at the Municipal Building.


The focused section is 600 feet of

County Manager Addresses Deputy County Manager Vacancy And Upcoming Proposed FY18 Budget

on March 3, 2017 - 9:09am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess


Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess addressed questions this week about filling the position of Deputy County Manager – a position that will be vacant once current manager Brian Bosshardt departs for a new job as City Manager in Bedford, Texas. Bosshardt’s last day with the County will be Friday, March 31.

Burgess said any hiring decision will be made with respect to his development of the proposed FY18 budget, an effort that is currently underway.

“We are working diligently on budget development for the new fiscal year right now,”

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Picks Up Some Good News In Washington, D.C.

on March 2, 2017 - 8:58pm

At the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night, Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives discusses the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities' recent trip to Washington, D.C. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




Los Alamos Daily Post


‘Folks were talking up to $1 billion coming to Los Alamos…’. –Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives


The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities got a bit of good news during the organization’s trip Feb. 20-24 to Washington, D.C.


Throughout various meetings, prospects for more funding seemed strong although the nominee for

Home Buying In Los Alamos Just Got Easier

on March 2, 2017 - 4:49pm
This vacant Denver Steel home is the type of home being considered for the County’s Affordable Homebuyer Assistance Program. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
By Kirsten Laskey
​Los Alamos Daily Post

Home ownership may be easier to achieve for all Los Alamos residents, not just ones with high incomes, due to Los Alamos County Council unanimously approving an ordinance to establish an Affordable Homebuyer Assistance Program.


Council approved the ordinance during Tuesday’s regular meeting in Council Chambers.


Here’s how the program will work: The County, or its

DPU’s Environmental Compliance Specialist Katelyn Mahoney Digs County Infrastructure

on March 2, 2017 - 10:13am
Los Alamos County DPU Environmental Compliance Specialist Katelyn Mahoney in her office Tuesday at the Municipal Building. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

After being employed by a contractor in Albuquerque and focusing on air quality, Katelyn Mahoney returned to familiar territory at Los Alamos County.

Nine months ago Mahoney, a Los Alamos native, was hired as the Environmental Compliance Specialist in the County’s Department of Public Utilities.

Public Notice: March 7 Council Meeting Canceled

on March 1, 2017 - 2:46pm

Public Notice:

The Los Alamos County Council regular session scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. has been canceled.

The Council’s Tuesday, March 14 work session will instead be a regular session. An agenda will be provided 72 hours before the March 14 regular session, which will be held at 6 p.m in White Rock Fire Station 3.

It will be broadcast live on PAC 8 cable television as well as streamed on the County’s website at


Community Resiliency Committee Meets March 13

on March 1, 2017 - 8:02am
The Community Resiliency Committee meets 10-11 a.m., March 13, at the Los Alamos Teen Center.
Their motto is, "Well-being Through Awareness," with a goal of highlighting issues and resources in and around the community.
To get a free newsletter or additional information, call 505.470.0841.

Los Alamos County Recreation Bond Election Website Updated With Latest Renderings And Costs

on February 28, 2017 - 3:43pm


To provide voters information, Los Alamos County has updated the recreation bond website ( with project information, project costs, a calculator to figure out homeowner’s property tax increase, and renderings of the proposed projects. 

Los Alamos County voters will have the opportunity to vote on the $20 million general obligation bond, to be repaid from property taxes for the purpose of designing, acquiring, constructing, purchasing and improving recreation facilities including a multi-generational pool, splash pad and a recreation center with a