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Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 18, 2017 - 6:58am

Judge Alan Kirk and Administrative Assistant Juanita McNiel present the proposed budget for Los Alamos County Municipal Court during the budget hearings Monday night in Council Chambers. Council passed 7-0  to tentatively approved the base budget, which totals $564,832. They also approved an additional $9,000 to increase a 3/4 time clerk position to a fulltime position and approved removing $20,000 from the budget and allocating those funds to the Los Alamos Police Department for courtroom security. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

County Opens Survey, Releases Draft Bike Plan To Acquire Public Input

on April 18, 2017 - 6:54am

COUNTY News:

The County opened a brief survey April 13, 2017 on Open Forum requesting information regarding residents’ bicycle use. The information obtained from the survey will be instrumental in helping to further shape the Bicycle Transportation Plan.

To take the survey, use the following link: www.peakdemocracy.com/portals/119/Issue_4829. The public comment period closes May 8, 2017.

The Public Works Department also released a first draft of the Bicycle Transportation Plan, the next step in the County’s efforts to help make Los Alamos a more bicycle friendly community.

Letter To The Editor: Office Of The Sheriff – Let’s Work On This Now

on April 18, 2017 - 6:39am
By LISA BRENNER
Los Alamos

The following are my comments to County Council April 17, 2017.
 
Councilors:
 
I am here to comment on the Office of Sheriff and the Sheriff’s budget. I have to admit that I am dismayed that the budget for the Sheriff has not been reinstated since YOUR Question 1 ballot measure failed. The people of Los Alamos have spoken. We want the Office of Sheriff.  
 
The duties which were in place at election time in 2014 are the duties that the people elected the Sheriff to perform.

Council Tentatively Approves Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office Proposed FY 2018 Budget

on April 17, 2017 - 8:28pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presents his proposed budget this evening to the County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from this evening's County Council meeting in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sheriff Marco Lucero addresses Council this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presented his proposed FY 2018 budget this evening to the County Council.

Eight Cats Abandoned Behind Animal Shelter

on April 17, 2017 - 7:24pm

LAPD News:

Sometime Wednesday April 5, someone dropped off / abandoned eight cats behind the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter near near Aspen Ridge Retirement Center.

Seven of the cats have been contained and impounded at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Two of which are microchipped and staff is attempting to research the previous owners associated with those microchips.

All of the cats contained have been examined by a local veterinary clinic, they all have conditions that require medical attention, with treatment already started.

Los Alamos County Police Department PSA Officers

Fleming: Urban Bike Path Update

on April 17, 2017 - 10:58am
Courtesy image
 
By BRENDA FLEMING
Los Alamos
 
Last May, after attending a few county meetings on the plan of this town, I was a little depressed thinking about all the people making decisions about this town that don't actually live here. 
 
With a spark of activism, I wrote to the Los Alamos Daily Post what I wanted as a local mom and business owner – which was an urban bike path to connect the town's historical landmarks, small businesses and residential areas – the "oh-so-needed vein of the town" is how I phrased it – for tourists and locals alike. (read article here)
 
I emailed my

Letter To The Editor: Will Los Alamos Remain ‘Home Of The Brave’?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:25am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

As I was an authorized immigrant to and am now a citizen of the United States, you might think that, having followed the legal requirements, I would not be supportive of all refugees and immigrants, whatever their status. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although I did not leave Canada out of fear or persecution, I did learn some relevant history there that most Americans are not likely to have encountered.

The two main early European waves of immigrants to North America were from England and France, but they were of completely different characters.

Letter To The Editor: In support Of Rec Bond

on April 16, 2017 - 7:54am
By TOMMY OLDHAM
7th Grader
White Rock

My name is Tommy and I am a seventh grader at Los Alamos Middle School. I support the Los Alamos Recreation Bond fully. I am involved in the Los Alamos Hockey Association and Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse League. These are only two organizations out of a whole bunch of others that could benefit from the bond passing.

There are a lot of projects on the bond, one of them is a Recreation Center, which would include gym space, a track and an indoor ice rink. Yes, we do have an ice rink, but some of the time we are unable to use it when we need to.

Los Alamos Police Help Ensure Public Safety During Annual Pilgrimage Underway To Chimayo

on April 15, 2017 - 10:43am

The Los Alamos Police Department together with the Rio Arriba Sheriff's Office help ensure public safety during the annual pilgrimage underway to Chimayo. Courtesy photo

Letter To The Editor: Spend Now, Repay Forever...

on April 15, 2017 - 9:07am
By KEI DAVIS
Los Alamos
 
Here we go again! Those aren't leaves on our trees, they're banknotes – and we have a lot of trees!
 
We're told that we cannot afford to replace the HVAC in the Mesa Public Library; staffing, hours, and frequency of warm water weekends at Larry Walkup only goes down; infrastructure generally crumbles around us; but obligating ourselves to $20 million to build and operate some high-maintenance new toys is a great idea! http://www.ladailypost.com/content/voters-consider-multi-generational-pool
 
It's such a good idea that it must be in the same exalted class of

April 17-18 Council Budget Hearing Agendas Released

on April 15, 2017 - 8:09am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has released the budget hearing agendas for the upcoming Los Alamos County Council Special Sessions.

The sessions are scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday, April 17 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meetings are open to the public.

The agendas are available online at the following link: http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

 

Letter To The Editor: Recreation Bond Thoughts

on April 14, 2017 - 6:48pm

By Resident of Los Alamos

My property taxes have doubled for my half duplex in the past seven years. At the current rate of increase they double again in 10 years. My retired years will be funded by personal investments, social security, and not a pension fund.

I am speaking in behalf of all who live in town who will not have a pension fund and live off of social security. With the increase of our water rates, sewer rates and current bonds that the County will never retire, I am against a new recreational bond.

There are several large buildings in town that are empty.

Letter To The Editor: Resolution On Immigration An Example Of ‘Virtue Signaling’ ...

on April 14, 2017 - 1:03pm
By CHALRES KOOSHIAN
Los Alamos

The letter submitted by Councilors David Izraelevitz and Chris Chandler, “Continuing The Conversation On Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees” (link) is an anodyne statement that we can all subscribe to, as is the resolution by Councilor Pete Sheehey. However, I would like to offer a point of view that hasn’t been expressed.

The resolution is simply an example of the phenomenon referred to as “virtue signaling.” This occurs when an individual, group, or organization attempts to project an image of how wonderful, moral, law-abiding, caring, compassionate,

Poetry Reading Saturday Features Native Poets

on April 14, 2017 - 12:08pm

LIBRARY News:

This Saturday’s poetry reading, 1 p.m. in the White Rock Branch Library, features poets from the Creative Writing programs at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe.

Poets Vivian Carroll (Cherokee), Chee Brossy (Dine), Victoria Gonzalez, ValirieSerawop (Ute), and Douglas SuanoBootes (Saponi)will read from their work. They are all students of James Thomas Stevens at IAIA, where both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Creative Writing are offered.

This is the second poetry reading in honor of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, April 9 through 15.

Los Alamos Tours Friedman Recycling Center

on April 14, 2017 - 7:34am

Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule models some paraphernalia that ended up at the Friedman Recycling Company in Albuquerque. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Regional Manager Robert Taylor speaks to visitors from Los Alamos who toured the Friedman Recycling Company Friday in Albuquerque. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

One of the first things you will see at the Friedman Recycling Company in Albuquerque is a giant hill of trash. It is a massive mosaic of every discarded item imaginable.

Voters To Consider Multi-Generational Pool

on April 13, 2017 - 10:27pm

A rendering of the potential multi-generational pool. Courtesy Image ​

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A multi-generational pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is one of the projects included in the Los Alamos recreation bond. If voters pass the bond, the pool would offer features for infants to senior citizens to enjoy.
 
While all the features are conceptual at this point, Community Services Director Brian Brogan said typical characteristics for these pools include zero depth entry, water slides and lazy rivers.

Letter To The Editor: Continuing The Conversation On Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees

on April 13, 2017 - 9:04am
By David Izraelevitz and Chris Chandler
Los Alamos County Councilors
 
Our fellow Councilor Pete Sheehey prompted a spirited community discussion about law enforcement, community values, and the roles and responsibilities of our local government when he brought forward a resolution at a Council session last week focusing on the treatment of immigrants and refugees in our community and nationally.
 
Many community members spoke up during that Council session, and even from the dais, we could feel the intensity of feeling and personal attachment to the subject.

Letter To The Editor: Roundabout Misconception

on April 13, 2017 - 8:09am
By TONY AMSDEN
Los Alamos

I would like to clarify a misconception in the letter from Mr. Dowden (link), and add a bit of history:

As the Los Alamos Daily Post editor pointed out in the earlier letter from Mr. Antos (link), it is indeed the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) that is building the roundabout (RDB) at the main entrance to Los Alamos, not Los Alamos County, because it involves an official New Mexico State highway.

The important point is that NMDOT was NEVER in favor of an RDB at that location (or anywhere on that highway), and proposed a simple signalized

Central Avenue Closed From 20th To Oppenheimer Saturday

on April 12, 2017 - 5:59pm

COUNTY News:

Central Avenue will be closed to traffic between 20th Street and Oppenheimer from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, for the safety of adults and children attending Wildfire 2017 and the Elks Lodge Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond Park.

Motorists should plan to use Trinity Drive or Canyon Road to bypass the closure during these hours

Los Alamos Golf Course Temporary Schedule Announced

on April 12, 2017 - 5:40pm

Golf Course News:

The Los Alamos Golf Course will be closed for State Varsity High School Matches until 3 p.m. Monday, then open after 3 p.m. for regular play. The Pro Shop will be open regular hours (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

The course will be closed all day Tuesday for routine Spring golf course maintenance. The driving range and the Pro Shop will not be open Tuesday.

Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant inside the Golf Course Community Building will remain open for breakfast, lunch and dinner both days.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Police Records Division

on April 12, 2017 - 5:24pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Los Alamos Police Department staff members, from left, Juanita Apodaca, Records Manager Teresina Berg and Brenda Gurule. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Letter To The Editor: Response To Roundabout

on April 12, 2017 - 3:21pm
By PAUL DOWDEN
Los Alamos
 
About a year ago I wrote a letter to all of the Los Alamos County Council and Atomic City Transit. I received no reply from anyone.
 
I was appalled at the fact that these councilors are elected "at large", which means they are responsible to everyone but in reality "no one".
 
My father was a city councilman in Indianapolis for 32 years, which has discreet districts and they are directly liable to their 100,000 plus constituents. The editor added a note to a recent letter that said it was NMDOT that was building the roundabout, not LA county.

Letter To The Editor: Sheehey - Elected Sheriff Should Be Supported

on April 12, 2017 - 12:27pm
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

Sheriff Marco Lucero was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 by stressing the importance of the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos. Majorities on County Councils, not including myself, have worked against this, drastically cutting his budget and ultimately calling an election last November to eliminate the Office of Sheriff. Our citizens disagreed, and voted to keep an elected Sheriff.

Sheriff Lucero will present a proposal at next week’s budget hearings to restore his office’s budget.

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos County’s Budget Season Is About To Begin ... So Pay Attention

on April 12, 2017 - 11:33am
By JOSE CARRENO, MBA
Los Alamos
 
As Los Alamos County’s (LAC’s) budget season begins, I would like to provide our citizens some information. 
 
Recently I wrote to all Council members and made a presentation at their meeting of my intent to bring this proposal to the Council during the coming budget process. All the Councilors had stated at one time or another how they support greater efficiency in the county - now it's time to begin to make it happen. When Council was given this data last year, it “considered” and no changes were made.
 
First of all, a discussion of the new enterprise

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 5 To April 10, 2017

on April 12, 2017 - 10:58am

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.

JOHN A. MARTINEZ

April 5 / John A. Martinez, 35, of Santa Fe, was arrested for unlawful use of a license – driving while privilege to do so has been revoked.

 

 

 

APRIL T. MARTINEZ

April 6 / April T. Martinez, 27, of Chimayo was arrested for unlawful use of a license – driving while privilege to do so has been revoked.

 

 

JEREMIAH D. MORRIS

April 8 / Jeremiah D.Morris, 25,

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