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Earth Day Activities Include Local Solar Array Tours

on April 23, 2017 - 4:38pm

Power Scheduler and Energy Manager for Los Alamos County Jordan Garcia, far left, led a tour of the County's solar array Saturday morning. The tour was part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center's Earth Day festivities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A tour of the County's solar array Saturday morning as part of Earth Day activities shows rows of solar panels constructed in 2011. It was explained during the tour that there is one 400 kilowatt panel, five that emit 100 kilowatts, and 10 that that emit 10 kilowatts. In total, the array generates one megawatt.

Los Alamos County Little League Season 2017 Begins!

on April 22, 2017 - 5:46pm
Los Alamos County Little League President James Chrobocinski welcomes the crowd to the opening of the 2017 season this morning at the North Mesa Ball Fields. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Los Alamos County Little League season 2017 opening ceremony underway this morning at the North Mesa Ballfields. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Los Alamos County Little League season 2017 opening ceremony underway this morning at the North Mesa Ballfields. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Little League players names 'drawn out of a hat' win

Los Alamos Celebrates Earth Day!

on April 22, 2017 - 4:32pm
The PEEC Earth Day Celebration draws a big crowd today to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Los Alamos Hill Stompers provide an Earth Day blowout. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Recycle Man and his young friend add some rhythm to the celebration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young gardeners. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A volunteer from the Santa Fe Raptor Center shows off a barn owl. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director Ken Nebel demonstrates

Letter To The Editor: It's The Right Thing To Do – Vote Yes For Rec Bond

on April 22, 2017 - 6:59am
By ENRIQUE POSADA, DDS, FICOI, AF-AAID
Los Alamos
 
I have had the honor of serving the Los Alamos community as a dental health care provider for the last 18 years. I have witnessed time and time again how our community comes together to solve the challenges which affect our small town. Another opportunity has presented itself for us to improve the quality of life for our community and we should be generous, selfless, and forward-thinking in our response.
 
I hope that we can work past the "I won't use those facilities, so I'm not going to support a tax increase" attitudes and think of what

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Save Up For New Stuff

on April 22, 2017 - 5:07am
By DAVID F. JONES
Los Alamos

Is this the example we want to set for our children?

Would we guide our children to save up enough money to purchase a bike and the necessary safety equipment and then tack on a skateboard with borrowed money instead of saving up for the board? Even better, by making the bike and skateboard available to other kids, applying democracy, and adding a few more sops to gain the support of the majority of the school body, you can force your fellow students to pay for the loan. Wow, what a deal - right? What kid wouldn’t go for it?

Apply To Serve On New Tourism Plan Committee

on April 21, 2017 - 5:53pm

COUNTY News:

The County Council affirmed their commitment Tuesday evening to give their full support and immediate attention to a 2017 focus area for community goals – build the local tourism economy – with their acceptance of a contract with Design Workshop to create a new Tourism Strategic Plan. They are looking for representatives from Los Alamos or White Rock who are interested in serving on a steering committee.

The Tourism Master Plan/Economic Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee will serve as an advisory body to the County Council and County planners for the tourism

Los Alamos County Finance Office Wins 26th Award

on April 21, 2017 - 5:23pm

COUNTY News:

The Finance Office for Los Alamos County was recently notified by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) that it has been awarded the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY16.

This is the 26th year in a row that the County has received this prestigious national award.

“We are honored to once again receive this award of excellence,” said Joe D’Anna, Chief Financial Officer, adding that the award is only possible because of the exceptional skills, hard work and dedicated staff

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U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Commends Los Alamos Police For Success Of Operation Spring Cleaning

on April 21, 2017 - 11:34am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials commended Los Alamos Police Department personnel Friday for the success of Operation Spring Cleaning, the March 20 drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of seven people on trafficking charges.

“An impressive amount of investigation and preparation was dedicated to this operation,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sean Waite. “The results of this operation are a testament to the efforts of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Quorum Notice Of Art In Public Places Board At Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting Wednesday

on April 21, 2017 - 7:35am

COUNTY News:

A notice of a possible quorum of the Art in Public Places Board at the Green Team Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting April 26 has been published and is available online at: http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

Golf Course Improvements Long Overdue

on April 21, 2017 - 5:10am
Los Alamos Golf Course Manager Sam Logan, left, and Head Golf Pro Donnie Torres. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course are long overdue. The last major capital improvements to the course occurred in 1970 and its irrigation system is 30 years old.

If passed, the $20 million recreation bond would provide an estimated $4.5 million to fix up the golf course.

Meet Newly Sworn Los Alamos Police Officers

on April 20, 2017 - 5:15pm
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Ofc. Michael Weiss and his wife, Melissa. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Randleman with his wife, Jessica and their children. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

Two new Los Alamos Police Officers, David Randleman and Michael Weiss were sworn by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Thursday. They were joined in the courtroom by their families, several LAPD officers and other county staff.

Randleman is a graduate of Aztec High School and San Juan Community College.

County’s ‘Green Team’ Sets Demonstration Garden Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For Wednesday, April 26

on April 20, 2017 - 4:35pm

Green Team Demonstration Garden near the White Rock Visitor Center and Bandelier Shuttle stop. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County’s employee-based “Green Team” will officially dedicate its new Green Team Demonstration Garden Wednesday, April 26 near the White Rock Visitor Center and Bandelier Shuttle stop on N.M. 4.

The community is invited to join them at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by tours of the garden led by members of the Green Team. Tours will continue until 1 p.m. and include an overview of the plant and materials used. 

The Demonstration Garden

Quorum Notice For Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting Wednesday

on April 20, 2017 - 11:51am

COUNTY News:

A quorum of the Los Alamos County Council may attend a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Demonstration Garden in White Rock, however no action will be taken.

The ceremony is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26 on N.M. 4 in White Rock. The community is invited to attend.

Monday Personnel Board Meeting Canceled

on April 20, 2017 - 8:22am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Personnel Board meeting scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Monday in Room 110 of the Municipal Building is canceled.  
 
For more information, click here.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 12-17, 2017

on April 19, 2017 - 6:25pm

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.

JASON LARRANAGA


April 12/Jason Larranaga, 20, of Las Cruces, was arrested for criminal damage to property.

 

 


STEPHANIE L. GARCIA


April 13/Stephanie L. Garcia, 31, of Los Alamos, was arrested for shoplifting.

 

 

COLEMAN SMITH


April 14/Coleman Smith, 60, of Pueblo, Colo., was arrested on a Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

DANIEL SIMON


April 15/Daniel Simon, 27, of Los

White Rock Library Hosts ‘Paws For Reading’

on April 19, 2017 - 1:33pm

Biggs is a good listener. Courtesy photo

Library News:

The White Rock Branch Library hosts a new program beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, called “Paws for Reading,” where kids can practice their reading out loud with a dog as the audience.  

Super-cute dog Briggs and his handler De Ann Painter are registered with Therapy Dogs International (TDI), which explains on its website: “The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading.”

TDI provides guidelines and evaluators to make sure that the dogs

Letter To The Editor: Let's Bring Our Small Town Into The 21st Century ... Vote Yes On Rec Bond

on April 19, 2017 - 12:11pm
By LYNNE CLARKSON
Los Alamos
 
As a facilities coordinator for the AAU basketball teams (GO, LA SLAM!) and a member of the Hilltopper Basketball Association (HBA), I can confirm that facilities for sports and recreational activities in Los Alamos are scarce.
 
Organizations such as youth basketball, soccer, volleyball, adult basketball, roller derby (youth and adult), pickleball, fencing, and martial arts are all competing (i.e. "fighting")over limited space.
 
Los Alamos is an active town, with diverse and varied interest. We have been limited by lack of facilities for far too long.

Los Alamos County Council Tentatively Approves Public Works Department Proposed Budget

on April 19, 2017 - 8:34am

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton presents his department's proposed budget during Tuesday's budget hearings in Council Chambers. Regarding one budget item, Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary asked during the Monday night budget hearing about the postponement of the $2.73 million HVAC project at Mesa Public Library.

DPU FY18 Proposed Budget Squeaks By Council

on April 19, 2017 - 7:05am

Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager Tim Glasco presents his department's budget to County Council during Tuesday's budget hearings. Ultimately, the $71,462,741 proposed budget squeeked by with council's tentative approval. It was passed 4-3. Councilors Chris Chandler, Antonio Maggiore and Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary opposed the budget while Councilors Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, James Chrobocinski and Council Chair David Izraelvitz voted to tentatively approve it.

County Council Tentatively Approves Administrative Services Proposed FY18 Budget

on April 19, 2017 - 6:59am

During his budget presentation to County Council Tuesday night, Deputy Manager Steve Lynne reports that for the 26th year the Los Alamos County's finance department has received the cerificate of achievement for excellence in finance reporting for the FY15 comprehensive annual financial report. He emphasized this is a County-wide achievement. Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary commended the department saying, 'Congratulations to you and the rest of your team.' Lynne presented the budget along with Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall.
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N.M. 4/Truck Route Delineator Installation Sunday

on April 18, 2017 - 6:04pm

COUNTY News:

The County of Los Alamos Public Works Department will be installing delineators at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

For questions regarding this project, contact Los Alamos County Traffic Engineer Daniel Erickson at 505.663.1777 or email Public Works at LACPW@lacnm.us.

Letter To The Editor: Do We Need More Bread And Circus In Los Alamos?

on April 18, 2017 - 5:31pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I am somewhat perplexed that the County is pushing for a "recreational bond".
 
With the county freezing hirings on critical positions in the fire and police departments and with uncertainty on whether the next national laboratory contract will be a for-profit or nonprofit, this does not seem to be the time to burden the county taxpayer with more debt.
 
Adding more facilities will require not only bond payments but added staffing and budget line items to maintain them. The result will be more of a burden on the taxpayer.

County Council Tentatively Approves Proposed Community Services Budget

on April 18, 2017 - 3:58pm

 

Community Services Department Director Brian Brogan presents his proposed budget to Los Alamos County Council during its budget hearing Monday night in Council Chambers.
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Detailed Recreation Bond Election Information Now Available Online And At County Clerk’s Office

on April 18, 2017 - 8:06am

COUNTY News:

To provide voters information, Los Alamos County has created a detailed Recreation Bond election voter information booklet. It is available for download online here, at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, the County Municipal Building and various County facilities.

Los Alamos County voters will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed $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

County Council Commends Community Development Department; Tentatively Approves Proposed Budget

on April 18, 2017 - 7:22am

Community Development Department Director ​Paul Andrus presents his proposed budget during the budget hearings Monday night in Council Chambers. The department’s budget totals $1,819,685. Council commended the work of the Community Development Department. Councilor Rick Reiss said the department had undergone a cultural shift and he described the shift as almost being historic. It seems, he added, that Los Alamos has turned a corner in becoming homeowner, business owner and contractor friendly.
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