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Sean Williams Announces Run For Los Alamos County Council

Sean Williams
Democratic Candidate for County Council

POLITICAL News:

As a local small business owner, I know firsthand many of the struggles the business community endures. As a resident of Los Alamos County, I know firsthand the frustration of having two blighted downtowns. As a homeowner, I sympathize deeply with those unable to find homes of their own.

These problems are complicated, but they can be overcome. We can have vibrant commercial centers in both Los Alamos and White Rock, full of restaurants, shops and services. We can have residential density where it’s appropriate, while preserving


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Highlights From Jan. 28 Council Meeting

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Improvements to the irrigation system at Overlook Park, entering a power purchase agreement to be supplied with energy from sustainable sources and a modification to the electric energy and power coordination agreement between Los Alamos County and the Department of Energy were among the items approved during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night.

Council Approves $800,000 loan/grant from New Mexico Finance Authority

Council unanimously passed an ordinance for a $800,000 loan/grant from the New Mexico Finance


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DPU Recieves Roadrunner Award From Quality New Mexico

DPU Manager Philo Shelton

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

After a rigorous application process and a thorough site visit, Quality New Mexico awarded the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) its Roadrunner distinction.

“We’re pleased to get this award,” DPU Manager Philo Shelton said. “In the feedback report, there’s more good than bad.”

Some of strengths highlighted include DPU’s engagement with their customers. Shelton pointed out that DPU has included the community in several committees such as the Future Energy Resource Committee.


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Red Flag Gun Bill ‘Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act’ Steeped In Controversy Clears Senate Panel

By JENS GOULD
The New Mexican

In an emotional hearing before hundreds of supporters and detractors, a state Senate panel narrowly passed a high-profile gun bill today that would allow law enforcement to obtain a court order to confiscate guns from people considered dangerous.

The Senate Public Affairs committee voted 4-3 along party lines in favor of Senate Bill 5, known as the “Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act”.

The bill will now be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The legislation is a marquee item on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s agenda and likely to be one of the most contentious


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Right Of Way Maintenance On Canyon Road Jan. 28-31

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Department will be performing right-of-way maintenance along Canyon Road between the Los Alamos Jewish Center and 15th Street.

Work will commence Jan. 28 and end Jan. 31.

Crew will be setting up a flagging operation starting at 8:30 am each day and ending by 3:30 pm.

Vehicle traffic is urged to slow down in this area and follow all traffic diversion devices and to watch for crews working in the area as well as pedestrian traffic.

For questions or concerns, Call 505.662.8113 or email us at lacpw@lacnm.us.


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CDD Director Discusses Building Permitting Process

Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The process a commercial property owner needs to maneuver through to receive a building permit and ultimately a certificate of occupancy isn’t always easy.

The ability to be open for business may involve additional expenses, hiring contractors and architects and sharing design plans and work scopes with building officials.

The process can feel aggravating and lengthy but one piece of advice Community Development Department (CDD) Director Paul Andrus offers for any


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County Invites Public To North Mesa Housing Study Meeting At Municipal Building Thursday Jan. 30

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County and its consultant will host a public meeting on the North Mesa Housing Study at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 in Council Chambers (1000 Central Ave).

The County is seeking to create a design concept for workforce housing on approximately 30 acres of land located on North Mesa, east of the Los Alamos Middle School, between the school, soccer fields, North Mesa Road and San Ildefonso Road.

The land is owned by the Los Alamos Public Schools District. The overall goal for the project is to generate a concept that can be carried into design and development.

Preliminary work


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Fifteen Talented Spellers Compete In Los Alamos County Spelling Bee At Chamisa School Wednesday Night

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus poses with County Spelling Bee winners, from left, first place winner 7th grader James Hudlemeyer, second place winner 6th grader Penelope Barry-Hoffman and third place winner 8th grader Veronica Parra Wednesday night at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Hudlemeyer will move to the next round of competition in Santa Fe. ‘My favorite thing about school is that once you learn, you can apply your learning in real life,’ Hudlemeyer said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

There was a fierce battle for third place, with many


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Instructing County Hires

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday morning at the Municipal Building is gas, water and sewer Deputy Utilities Manager Jack Richardson, standing, presenting orientation to recently hired County employees. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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Major Economic Impact: Los Alamos National Laboratory Spent $396 Million With New Mexico Businesses In 2019

LANL employed 12,041 people for a total of $1.16 billion in salaries in 2019. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economic impact data shows gains in procurement contracts to small business, job creation, and economic development projects

New numbers for fiscal year 2019 show Los Alamos National Laboratory’s big impact on New Mexico’s economy, as the Laboratory employed 12,041 people for a total of $1.16 billion in salaries and contracted with small businesses statewide for $288.6 million.

“Los Alamos National Laboratory is a major economic driver in the region, and we are fully committed to strengthening


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2020 Census Complete Count Committee Gathers For Strategy Meeting At Municipal Meeting Today

The 2020 Census Complete Count Committee meeting this morning at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The County Council recently created the committee to plan and conduct local educational initiatives, publicity and promotional activities to increase community awareness and participation in the 2020 Census and to work with the Census Bureau and the New Mexico 2020 Statewide Complete Count Commission. The committee is hard at work advocating for participation in the 2020 Census. Census data is used in the distribution of approximately $675 billion in federal funding to communities


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Oops … Street Sign Mishap

Local resident Amanda Smith spotted a new sign being installed Thursday on Nickel Street and pointed out that it was misspelled: ‘Nickle’. The good natured installers removed it and promised to return with a corrected sign soon. Photo by Amanda Smith


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DPU Seeks Volunteers For Conservation Committee

DPU News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will be updating its energy and water conservation plan this year to meet state and federal requirements.

As part of this process, DPU is inviting customers to volunteer to participate in a committee to develop conservation initiatives to recommend to the Board of Public Utilities.

Los Alamos businesses and citizens who are interested are encouraged to complete a survey of interest online.

The businesses link is: https://ladpu.com/Business-InterestSurvey and the citizen link is: https://ladpu.com/Citizen-InterestSurvey


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DPU Reminds Residents To Keep Meters Clear Of Snow

DPU reminds residents to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters. Courtesy photo

DPU News:

With the recent snowfall in Los Alamos, officials with the Department of Public Utilities would like to remind customers to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters.

This will ensure that DPU can bill customers on actual meter reads rather than estimating reads.

Meter Technician Supervisor Edgar Castillo asks customers to check gates if meters are in the backyard. 

“Make sure your gate can open and close without obstruction of snow and ice,” he said. “Clearing your meters of snow


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