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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, 2015

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.
 
Sept. 9 at 10:32 p.m. / A 32-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone was being disorderly, profane, loud and boisterous in Central Park Square.
 
PEGGY PENDERGAST
 
Sept. 10 at 1:55 p.m. / Police arrested Peggy Pendergast, 66, at 111 Central Ave., and charged her with shoplifting. The estimated loss is less than $500. Pendergast was arrested

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The Role Of The Sheriff In Los Alamos County

By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

Two months ago, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office offered Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero a surplus Ford Explorer police vehicle to use in his duties as Sheriff. 

The Sheriff does a fair amount of driving using his own car (for which he is reimbursed) and sometimes County Motor Pool vehicles. The County Council (against my and Councilor (James) Chrobocinski’s votes) at this year’s budget hearing had declined his request to buy a new vehicle for him, which I considered at the time to be a cost-saving measure. Accepting


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Local Business Promotion Opportunity Targeting Tourists – First Come, First Served

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos retail, commercial and attraction businesses have the opportunity for a placement on 5,000 promotional bookmarks that will be distributed to visitors through welcome bags and at community and statewide events.

The Los Alamos Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board is offering this opportunity in coordination with Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) and the tourism marketing services contractor, Griffin and Associates, who will design and print the bookmarks.

The bookmark design features an eye-catching photo of a Los Alamos vista or attraction with


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New Street Lights Installed On 15th Street

New street lights matching the theme of the lights installed over the summer on Central Avenue were installed Monday on 15th Street in the Los Alamos Creative District. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comhoto by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider Named New Mexico Fire Officer of the Year

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider is being honored as New Mexico Fire Officer of the Year this evening at the 4th annual New Mexico Fire & EMS Expo in Soccoro.

Fire Officer of the Year is awarded to a fire officer who has emphasized leadership, dedication, integrity, professional development, service to the public and contributions to the Fire Service as a whole.

This year’s Expo theme “Diamond Jubilee” – Celebrating 60 years of Training for New Mexico’s First Responders was held Sept. 9-16 at the New Mexico State Firefighters’ Training


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Pet Of The Week: Lola The Dog

Lola the Sharpei-Lab mix is waiting for a good home. Courtesy/LAFS
 
LAFS News:
 
Lola is a 2-year-old Sharpei-Lab mix. She knows many obedience skills that she would love to demonstrate for you, and she loves going on leash walks with all of her new friends she’s made at the animal shelter.
 
She is very friendly and loves the company of people; she is a bit more selective about her dog friends, but she might do well with the right companion. She definitely does not enjoy the company of cats though!
 
This young girl still has lots of energy, and she would really appreciate

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Recycling Extraordinaire Presentation Thursday

Pile of recycled trash. Courtesy/Freidman Recycling Company

COUNTY News:

Join the Environmental Sustainability Board for a presentation by recycling extraordinaire, Mike Smith, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Municipal Building, Room #110.

Special guest speaker, Mike Smith, of Freidman Recycling Company (the County’s recycling contractor) will discuss how Los Alamos County residents and businesses can improve their recycling efforts, and will answer the public’s recycling questions. Smith also will discuss the global recycling market and how it directly impacts


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Community Invited To Meet & Greet For Rep. Saira Blair At UNM-LA 1-3 p.m. Saturday

Rep. Saira Blair
 
GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women invite the community to attend a Meet & Greet for West Virginia House Rep. Saira Blair 1-3 p.m., Saturday at UNM-LA Student Center, Building 2. Refreshments will be provided. 

Rep. Blair is the youngest elected state legislator in the U.S. In November 2014, at the age of 18, Blair defeated an incumbent to win a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates from the state’s 59th District. She won her primary election at the age of 17, before she was eligible to vote.

Youth


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Traffic Changes On Sherwood In White Rock Scheduled For Sept. 15

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Public Works Department and contractor RMCI Inc. have announced a lane closure and detour on Sherwood Boulevard will go into effect as early as Tuesday after the morning rush hour, shortly after 8 a.m.

The northbound lane will be closed at Aztec Avenue while the southbound lane will remain open. To accommodate construction operations and equipment, the southbound lane will shift to the far eastside of Sherwood Boulevard, then again to the center.

Access to local businesses will remain, and detour signs will be in place to help guide northbound motorists back to


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Lift Station Renovation Begins On Karen Circle

COUNTY News:

Construction activities are getting started next week on Karen Circle in White Rock and are anticipated to continue through October. 

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ contractor, RMCI will be upgrading and renovating a sanitary sewer lift station that services 25 customers on Karen Circle.

The project footprint is in the County right-of-way in front of properties 13 and 14 Karen Circle, where the existing lift station facility is sited. Additionally a temporary by-pass pumping system will be constructed to ensure continued sewer service to customers without


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Award-Winning Author Sharman Russell Speaks At PEEC Tuesday

Sharman Apt Russell

PEEC News:

Revolution. renaissance. transformation: these are the words of Sharman Apt Russell, an award-winning New Mexican author, as she describes the exploding world of citizen science.

Russell will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. She will share her stories, knowledge and passion for being a part of the world where thousands of volunteers contribute to cutting edge science: monitoring climate change, tracking bird migration, watching clouds for NASA, or excavating mastodons.

Her most recent book, Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, 2015

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.

Sept. 3 at 8:32 a.m. / It was reported that a 5-year-old girl was the victim of criminal sexual contact with a minor under 13. The matter is under investigation.

Sept. 3 at 9:15 a.m. / A 65-year-old woman reported she was the victim of unreasonable animal noise on Catherine Avenue.

ERNESTO MARTINEZ

Sept. 4. At 9 a.m. / Police arrested Ernesto Martinez, 18, of Alcalde at 2500 Trinity Dr.


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Ceremony Held For New LAPD Public Service Aide Alysha Lenderman

Judge Pat A. Casados swears in Alysha Lenderman as new Public Service Aide in Los Alamos County. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
New LAPD Public Service Aide Alysha Lenderman signs official documents this morning with Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Public Service Aide Supervisor Robert Aragon, new Public Service Aide Alysha Lenderman and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, stand for a group photo. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
New Los Alamos County

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Bear Sought In Attack On Los Alamos Man

The entrance to the area where a bear attacked a Los Alamos man Wednesday on the Canon de Valle Trail is closed today while officers from New Mexico Game & Fish sassisted by Los Alamos police and LANL earch for the bear. The public is asked to stay away from the area. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
NMG&F vehicles are at the scene of Wednesday night’s bear attack on a 56-year-old Los Alamos man on the Canon de Valle Trail. The man arrived at the Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Department where he was treated, stabilized and transferred by Classic Air Medical to Christus

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County DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

COUNTY News:
 

The DWI Planning Council meets at 8 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, in Room 110 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

 
Agenda:
 
I. Call to Order
 
II. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: Aug. 27 (Minutes are available upon request to Kirsten Bell at Kirsten.Bell@lacnm.us or 505.662.8241)
 
III. Coordinator’s Report
 
a. Reversion Grant Application
 
b. MRT Program Update
 
IV. Council Chair’s Report
 
V. Business
 
a. High School Dive-in Movie – Nov. 13
 
b. Health Fair – Sept. 26
 

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Atlas Advertising Selects Los Alamos Brand Strapline Options For County Council Consideration

COUNTY News:

At the conclusion of a meeting Friday, Sept. 4, with the Los Alamos Branding Review Committee, Atlas announced the two brand straplines for which they will develop complementary logo concepts, plus a stand-alone logo without a strapline, for presentation to County Council at the Nov. 17, 2015 meeting: 

  • “Where Discoveries Are Made”; and
  • “All the Elements of Imagination”.

Atlas based its selection on discussion with the Los Alamos Branding Review Committee, community input, and the strapline’s encapsulation of Los Alamos’ unique assets, and the ability to use it as a springboard


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County Awards Ice Rink Parking Lot Improvement Project To GM Emulsion

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has awarded construction services for the Ice Rink Parking Lot Improvements Project to GM Emulsion.

GM Emulsion LLC is a family owned and operated business based in Santa Fe with projects throughout the state.

GM Emulsion has been in the construction business since 1997 and has a combined experience in of more than 30 years, according to its website.

GM Emulsion’s provides construction and road maintenance to the following:

  • New Mexico DOT;
  • New Mexico County Road Departments;
  • New Mexico City Street Departments;
  • New Mexico Municipalities;
  • New Mexico Federal

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Praise For Los Alamos County PW Employees

Los Alamos County Public Works employees have completed this street project on Zuni. Photo by Joel M. Williams
 
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to write this letter, especially since it IS labor-day weekend!, in praise of the effort that Los Alamos County Public Works (Philo Shelton, Daniel Erickson and their staff) put forth in seeing that our cul-de-sac roadway was properly installed with quality attention.

I have included a list of those who labored before our very eyes to accomplish the extensive remedial action (the roadway was essentially dirt,


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Rodent Causes Friday Power Outage

Rodents wreck havoc on electrical wires. Courtesy/americanpest.net

COUNTY News:

A rodent caused a power outage affecting 537 Department of Public Utilities customers late Friday morning.  

The outage began at approximately 10 a.m. when the animal got inside an electric switch cabinet at the Airport entrance and damaged a switch.

Parts of the Los Alamos business area on Trinity Drive blinked, while customers North of Central to Canyon and east toward the airport lost power for a longer duration of time.  Electric linemen were able to restore power by 10:22 a.m. to


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