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Canceled: Clean Up Los Alamos Day!

on April 29, 2017 - 8:26am


Due to inclement weather, today's Clean Up Los Alamos trash pick up event and luncheon will be postponed until Saturday, May 13. 
The Eco Station is open and will accept residential trash material for FREE today as part of Clean Up Los Alamos Day.

DPU Kicks Off Customer Survey

on April 28, 2017 - 10:15am


Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are encouraging customers to devote 10 minutes to rate the DPU’s performance in providing electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater services. The seventh biennial customer satisfaction survey is kicking off this week.

An independent firm, Southwest Planning & Marketing is conducting a phone survey with some online options. Data from DPU’s residential and commercial customers will be compiled, interpreted and presented in a report. DPU will post the report in June on the DPU website

White Rock Demonstration Garden Officially Opens!

on April 27, 2017 - 4:08pm

The Los Alamos County Green Team snips the ribbon Wednesday morning to officially open the demonstration garden in White Rock. From left, Alex Archuleta, Jason Wardlow Herrera, Robert Martinez, Bryan Aragon, Jonathan Henley, Ben Gonzales, Dan Erickson, Jeff Humpton, Matthew Allen, Lee Cole, Angelica Gurule and Kirsten Bell. Photo by Vint Miller/LAC

The demonstration garden officially opened Wednesday in White Rock. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Last summer, the Los Alamos County Green Team was commissioned to create a waterwise

Chief Sgambellone Releases 2016 Annual Report

on April 27, 2017 - 12:49pm

Los Alamos Police Department 2016 annual report cover. Courtesy/LAC

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone has released his annual report for the Department for 2016. The 32-page report highlights everything from the Bomb Team to the Bike Team and includes many statistics related to the various services provided by LAPD.

Scattered throughout the report are dozens of “Moments of Opportunities”, which include commendations from grateful residents and visitors on situations where the Department provided extra assistance or participated in community events.

The report also

Transforming Empty Parcel Into Rec Center

on April 27, 2017 - 12:01pm
Rendering of proposed recreation center on DP Road. Courtesy/LAC
Los Alamos Daily Post

One side of DP Road is a blank slate; a plot of land with a purpose yet to be determined. However, if voters pass the Recreation Bond question next month, this parcel could transform from an undefined space to the site of a new community recreation center.

Conceptual designs for the recreation center propose that it include two gymnasiums, an indoor walking/running track running the perimeter of the building, team locker rooms and a multi-use arena that would house a half-year

County Issues Citation To Kroger Real Estate Dept.

on April 27, 2017 - 11:01am
The condition of the Mari-Mac parking lot has caused Los Alamos County to issue a citation to Kroger Real Estate Department. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
A County issued citation requires Kroger Real Estate Department to repair a large hole in the Mari-Mac parking lot next to the dumpster. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
By Maire O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A citation has been filed in Municipal Court by Los Alamos County Code Enforcement Ofc.

Confusion Rocks Vicious Dogs Case

on April 27, 2017 - 11:00am
LAPD Animal Control Officers Robert Aragon and Alisa Lenderman chat with Krishna Picard, attorney for the Mauro family prior to Monday's court hearing. Photo by Maire O"Neill/
Leslie Sherman, right, awaits her Magistrate Court hearing Monday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Confusion was the order of the day in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Monday during a hearing for Leslie Sherman of White Rock.

Local Police Corporal Remains On Desk Duty

on April 27, 2017 - 10:59am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias remains on desk duty almost seven months after an incident involving a fellow officer resulted in injuries to his arm, wrist and hand. He has been assigned to administrative duties for the department since the incident, which was investigated by New Mexico State Police (NMSP) at Chief Dino Sgambellone’s request.

Los Alamos Police Cdr. Preston Ballew

A tort claim notice filed Nov. 14, 2016 against LAPD and Cdr. Preston Ballew asserts that Ballew intentionally battered him during the incident.

Promoter Russ Gordon Announces Final Summer Concert Season

on April 27, 2017 - 9:10am
This Los Alamos Summer Concert Series is the final one for Promoter Russ Gordon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The 2017 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series is the 28th and final one for concert promoter Russ Gordon. He’s gotten a job offer he can’t refuse.

“We love babysitting our three grandchildren and our grand nieces and nephews,” Gordon said. “Those kids are way too much fun.”

Daughter Annie Rose and her family live in Seattle and Russ and his wife, Deborah Gordon, will be moving there next spring.

Aquatic Center Hosts Open Water Nights

on April 27, 2017 - 8:28am

It is quite a sight to see kayaks floating around Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Photo by John McHale/   

Daniel Creveling practices the Eskimo Rollover maneuver that is used to right a kayak that has capsized. Photo by John McHale/



The last Tuesday of each month, the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center hosts open water night and boaters are welcome to practice their boating skills.  


The night begins with a thorough scrub down and rinse of the boats, then it’s into the water.


Open water meets the last Tuesday of the month during the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 21-24, 2017

on April 26, 2017 - 6:40pm

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.​



April 21/Kelso Street, 53, of Los Alamos was arrested on an order of commitment from Municipal Court.


April 22/Sean McNally, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.
April 22/William King, 58, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving on a suspended or

Young Poets Take Stage At White Rock Library Saturday

on April 26, 2017 - 8:32am

Some of the poets who will present their poems at 1 p.m. Saturday at the White Rock Branch Library on Sherwood Boulevard. Back row from left, Erica Keevama, Sara Lily Johnson, Angelie Baker, Santana Torrez, Jaymes Boe, Patrick Irish, Liam Johnson, Jessica Gallegos, Alexandra Timmermans and Philipa Chadwick. Front row from left, Allison Wagner, Malakai Coblentz, Logan Lathrop and Allison Thompson. Not pictured: Evan Oro, Ellie Hayward, Anna Niamh Short, Adriana Ortiz, Kilkee Flynn, Christina Montgomery, Akashanand Dighe, Daniel Castano and Robert Renfro. Courtesy photo



LAPD's FY18 Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 26, 2017 - 7:49am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris present their department's budget Tuesday night in Council Chambers. The County Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the LAPD's proposed $8,599,247 budget along with an additional two items: mobile computers at $45,000 and funding for a vicitm's advocate position at $21,000. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

County Council Tentatively Approves Proposed Non Departmental Budget Items

on April 26, 2017 - 7:26am

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall discuss non-departmental budget items with the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night. The Council tentatively approved non departmental items including the capital improvement project (CIP) fund and permanent fund.

County Finance Office Wins Budget Presentation Award

on April 25, 2017 - 9:02pm


The Office of Management and Budget for Los Alamos County was notified this week by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) that it has been awarded the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for its FY17 Budget.

This is the 25th year in a row that the County has received this prestigious national award. In order to receive the award, the County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.


Underground Ranger At Mesa Public Library Thursday

on April 25, 2017 - 5:40pm

Gunsight Cave. Photo by Doug Thompson

Retired Park Ranger Doug Thompson. Courtesy photo


Retired Park Ranger Doug Thompson is the featured author in Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27. The talk is held in the Upstairs Rotunda of Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos. The author will be available after the talk to sign his books.

Thompson has written a book about his adventures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but the book relates far more than simply his experiences in the park.

Patriot's Day Dinner Features U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

on April 25, 2017 - 5:10pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Los Alamos Patriot's Day Dinner Friday at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
RPLA First Vice Chair and County Councilor James Chrobocinski, left, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce at Friday's Patriot's Day Dinner at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post


Letter To The Editor: DPU Budget And Council

on April 25, 2017 - 11:15am
Los Alamos

I am increasingly dismayed by the recurring disingenuousness of our County Council. 

Over the last half-century, they have continually failed to press the DPU to charge rates high enough to account for amortization of facilities, as any good business must do. As little as 1 percent higher rates over that period would have provided a substantial fund to replace the wastewater treatment plant and refurbish water and sewer lines without a significant rate increase as is now necessary.

For a number of reasons, our utility rates are and can be lower than in

Council Tentatively Approves Manager's Budget

on April 25, 2017 - 8:29am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess presents his proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. After a lenghtly conversation, Council passed 6-1, with Councilor Pete Sheehey casting the opposing vote, to tentatively approve the County Manager's 16,975,191 budget. They also tentatively approved a budget item for a salary adjustement for County employees of $186,500 to be divided between the general and non general fund. Sheehey argued that Council approved a major salary adjustment for County employees last year.

County Attorney's Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 25, 2017 - 8:25am

County Attorney Alvin Leaphart presents his proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. Council tentatively approved the $703,539 budget. Councilor Pete Sheehey commended Leaphart and his staff. 'We are grateful to him and his staff,' he said. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

County Earns 25th Distinguished Budget Award

on April 25, 2017 - 8:20am

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall had good news for the County Council at the start of its budget hearings Monday night in Council Chamabers. For the 25th year, the County received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers' Association. The budget hearings will continue at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LAFD's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 8:32pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Management Analyst of Finance and Budget Heather Garcia present the fire department's $30,360,474 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the budget. In the presentation, Hughes reported a number of acheivements in his department including continous improvement to EMS delivery through collaboration with other jurisdictions nationwide. He reported overall patient satisfaction for EMS services is 93.28 percent. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Council Tentatively Approves Its Proposed Budget

on April 24, 2017 - 8:20pm

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne presents the County Council's 2018 proposed budget, which totals $389,546 Monday night in Council Chambers.

Councilor Rick Reiss suggested adding a budget option for a one-time consultant-driven study for a utility financial assessment and for funding options. He added he would like to see some members of County Council, the Department of Public Utlities (DPU) staff, members of the Board of Public Utilities and County staff involved in this effort.

Reiss said the study would help

Probate Judge, County Clerk Proposed Budgets Get Council's Tentative Approval

on April 24, 2017 - 7:53pm

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz present their office's $602,603 proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the County Clerk's budget. In her presentation, Maestas reported that voter turnout for recent elections has been high. In fact, there was a 77 percent voter turnout for the November general election. 'We were the highest in the state,' she said.

Assessor's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 7:36pm

County Council passed 7-0 its tentative approval of the County Assessor's $597,058 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Councilor James Chrobocinski commended the assessor's office, saying, 'We do have an excellent run tax assessor office.' Assessor Ken Milder, left, and Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez make their presentation to Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/