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County DWI Planning Council Meeting Thursday

on May 9, 2017 - 7:07am

Shin: Vote AGAINST Rec Bond: There's A Better Way

on May 9, 2017 - 6:54am
By LISA SHIN, President 
A Better Way for LA PAC

A Better Way for LA PAC was formed by concerned citizens who propose that we expand and improve recreation in ways that are fiscally responsible and sustainable. I do not question the quality of life benefits our community would receive from the Recreation Bond. Personally, I would love to see an indoor ice-skating rink and expanded recreational facilities.

However, I question whether this Bond represents the highest and best use of our tax dollars, when there are so many competing needs. There is a better way.

County: Special All-Mail Election Do’s & Don’ts

on May 8, 2017 - 11:50am

County’s Project Team Hosts Rec Bond Information Table For Community At Farmer’s Market Thursday

on May 8, 2017 - 11:41am


The County’s project team will host an information table this Thursday during the Farmer’s Market regarding the five proposed recreation bond projects being considered in an all mail-out election.

Market-goers are encouraged to stop by and pick up the Voter Information Booklet or ask questions. The team will be available 9-11 a.m. at the market to answer questions.

Residents can also visit to find information or download the booklet. There also is a Facebook page about the projects – search for Los Alamos Bond Projects 2017 on Facebook.

Council Honors LAFD Station 4, B Shift Crew For Receiving Phoenix Award For Saving Lives

on May 8, 2017 - 9:05am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, briefed members of the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening on the fact that his B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 has been awarded the Phoenix CPR Award for saving the lives of Los Alamos residents suffering cardiac arrest. The heroes of the B Shift crew include, Captain/Paramedic Joseph Baca, Driver Engineer/Paramedic Van Leimer and Firefighters Matthew Austin, Zachary Shriver and Kenneth Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County staff and community members give a standing ovation to the B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 for saving

Letter To The Editor: Thundersnow In Los Alamos

on May 8, 2017 - 9:05am
Los Alamos

Years ago, on a late winter evening, I noticed my daughter was a bit pale as she was pulling on her hockey gear. The season was approaching its end so it just made sense to go and enjoy whatever ice time remained even though the weather was a bit iffy, too.

It ended up being a night she would always remember. It was the night of the thundersnow! From what I remember her hockey practice began ordinarily enough but then the heavens broke loose and it began to rain, hail, sleet, thunder, and snow. The kids had a ball.

Council Declares May Motorcycle Awareness Month

on May 8, 2017 - 8:41am

Richard Sturgeon addresses the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday in which he accepts a proclamation declaring the Month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler, third from right, presents a proclamation on behalf of the Council to Richard Sturgeon and members of the local motorcycle community, declaring the Month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Staff Report  


During Tuesday's regular meeting in Council Chambers,

County Council Proclaims May Bear Month

on May 8, 2017 - 8:30am

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presents James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

During Tuesday's Council meeting, Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presented James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County.


WHEREAS: Los Alamos is blessed with an

County Council Proclaims Hospital Week May 7-13

on May 8, 2017 - 7:12am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside addresses the Los Alamos County Council during Tuesday night's meeting in Council Chambers. Whiteside conducted a PowerPoint presentation in which he updated the councilors on new accomplishments achieved at LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, center, presents LAMC CEO John Whiteside and his staff with a proclamation on behalf of the Council recognizing the week of May 7-13 as Hospital Week in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

During Tuesday's County

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Aquatic Center

on May 8, 2017 - 7:08am

On the job in Los Alamos: County employees Liz Montoya, left, and Christine Chavez greet guests Friday at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Letter To The Editor: Good Point ... Split The Pot

on May 8, 2017 - 6:35am
Los Alamos

Gerald Antos has a good point. Split the pot (link).

Some of the recreational items are necessary to keep up and others may be needed. The new splash pad costs $750,000. Is this needed? Considering that we have very few really hot days in a year with hopefully rainy days in July and August, there may be most of June and a smattering of other days to use it. Most kids will be happy running through the sprinkler or using a garden hose and that alone saves $750,000.

We also need to consider the yearly upkeep of all these facilities and the need for more

Letter To The Editor: Consider Voting For Rec Bond ... Small Tax Well Worth Enhancement To Quality Of Life

on May 7, 2017 - 9:49am
By Monica Van de Water
Los Alamos

Please read, and please have an open mind. Our family always says, “options are always better than no options”!

Even if you don’t care, or don’t like it, consider "VOTING YES” to the upcoming rec bond. There are many families in Los Alamos that do want these recreational facilities. We should support that desire and the excitement that it is generating.

When the seniors needed money for improving the senior center, many of us voted “YES”. How does that benefit me? I’m not a senior.

Rotary Hears Details Of Recreation Bond

on May 7, 2017 - 6:28am

Los Alamos Future PAC members, Tony Fox, left, and Darren Meadows discuss the 2017 recreation bond with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday in the community room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Ballots for the rec bond election were mailed to voters Tuesday and ask whether to pursue a $20 million general obligation bond, which combined with $13.4 million in capital improvement project funds, will fund five CIP projects for the community: a recreation center, a multi-generational pool, a splash pad and improvements to the golf course and softball fields in White Rock.

Study: Los Alamos County Among Best Places In New Mexico For Living On Social Security

on May 7, 2017 - 6:13am
Planning where you’ll spend your retirement can be difficult, especially for folks who will be relying heavily on Social Security as a main source of income.
There are, however, places where Social Security goes further than others and in a new study, SmartAsset has delved in the numbers to find out where. In its third annual study, SmartAsset analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data, and taxes across all counties to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security, and Los Alamos County ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.

Letter To The Editor: Just Say No On Rec Bond

on May 7, 2017 - 6:01am
Los Alamos

Carolynn Roberts has said it best so far, IMO.

Does this tax hike apply to commercial properties as well? If so, then rents will go up, local businesses will have to charge more for their goods and services, thus driving more business away, so they'll have to charge even more, the all-too-common death spiral to going bankrupt/out of business in “wealthy” Los Alamos.

Just say “NO” to wanton fiscal irresponsibility.

Letter To The Editor: Come On Los Alamos ... Vote YES On Rec Bond!

on May 6, 2017 - 2:40pm
Los Alamos
I have lived in Los Alamos almost my whole life. I went to elementary school, middle school and graduated from LAHS and am raising my children here.
Over the 35 years I have lived in this beautiful community, I have seen over and over proposed improvements to Los Alamos get rejected. Why is it so hard for our community to change? Look how long it took for the County Municipal Building to get approved.

LAAC’s Arts & Crafts Fair Underway Until 4 p.m. Today

on May 6, 2017 - 2:37pm

The Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) annual Arts and Crafts Fair is underway until 4 p.m. today on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. This is LAAC’s 50th year of putting on this fair and this year there are about 75 vendors participating. In addition to supporting the vendors at the fair, participants can purchase a 50th anniversary tote bag from LAAC for $5 and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a sculpture donated to the organization by artist Greg Gowen. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn during LAAC’s annual meeting in June.

FAQ: Los Alamos Recreation Bond Election

on May 6, 2017 - 7:31am


Voting questions from the community and answers from the County regarding the Los Alamos Recreation Bond Election:

Q: Did the County consider having each recreation project listed separately on the ballot so that voters could vote YES or NO on each one?

A: The Council discussed the formation of the ballot in December and in a public hearing in February, after consulting with Bond Counsel to develop the ballot question.

The question stated on the ballot is “Shall the Incorporated County of Los Alamos issue up to $20 million of general obligation bonds, to be repaid from

Letter To The Editor: Voting Against Rec Bond

on May 5, 2017 - 3:57pm

Los Alamos

I agree that Los Alamos, and especially White Rock, need recreational updating/upgrading and, as a property owner, I am willing to foot some of that bill but this $20,000,000 Recreation General Obligation Bond fills me with apprehension and I just can’t vote for it. This is my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions…


Los Alamos county property owners are taking on all of the risk; a risk that is not in our realm of control.

Softball Fields May Receive Improvements

on May 5, 2017 - 10:02am
Overlook ballfields. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

The softball fields at Overlook Park in White Rock have been a long-time staple at the park.

“The main part of it is well over 20 years old,” Los Alamos County Park Superintendent Jeff Humpton said. “In all that time there hasn’t been any major improvements save for removing and replacing the soil in the infield and replacing the fencing at the backstop and dugout.”

All that could change if voters pass the recreation bond this month.

Los Alamos Sees Continued Decrease In Crime

on May 5, 2017 - 9:21am

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the first quarter of 2017, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.  

The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category.

Los Alamos County Council Adopts FY18 Budget

on May 5, 2017 - 9:19am
Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary reads a motion to adopt the budget. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was approved although not unanimously. On April 25, the budget was passed 5-2 with Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Councilor Antonio Maggiore casting the opposing votes.

April 25 was the final night of the budget hearings which were held April 17-18 and April 24-25. Throughout the hearings, heads of the County departments presented their budgets as well as additional budget add-on options


Letter To The Editor: It’s Not JUST A Golf Course...

on May 5, 2017 - 9:02am
Los Alamos Golf Association

You might be surprised to learn that the Los Alamos Golf Course is not JUST a golf course. It’s more than that, it’s much more than that. A golf course is a gathering place. It’s a place where family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances come together to socialize and enjoy the beauty that surrounds this wonderful town. It’s also a place where every year hundreds of adorable children come to find that one magical Easter egg among friends.

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Keep Los Alamos Tops In Recreation As Well As Science

on May 5, 2017 - 7:37am
Los Alamos

Now that the Rec Bond is facing organized opposition (link) from people with money, it is more important than ever for those of us who want additional recreation venues in Los Alamos to vote to support the Rec Bond in the upcoming election.

People have wondered why Los Alamos has a declining population and what to do about it, and I suggest that having sufficient recreational facilities is an important way to stop this decline.

Los Alamos citizens have wondered why, as one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, we can't have a nice facility like Genoveva

Police Arrest Former Jailer Dustin J. Bingham

on May 4, 2017 - 4:20pm

Dustin J. Bingham

Staff Report

A former Los Alamos Police Department Detention Officer was arrested Wednesday and charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor.

Dustin J. Bingham was arraigned before Judge Pat Casados today in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Bingham worked for LAPD from September 2012 to April 2015. He also served as a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy from April 2015 until he resigned in February. The alleged crimes occurred between November 2015 and April 2017, several months after his employment at LAPD ended.

Bingham will remain incarcerated until a hearing