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Team 4-H Hosts Event About Raising Chickens In County

Los Alamos County Animal Control Ofc. Tom Beyer,discusses the rules and regulations for raising chickens within the County. Courtesy photo

4-H News:

Team 4-H hosted a Backyard Poultry Tour Saturday at which more than 20 people attended and participated in the self-guided tour.

Speakers included Del Jimenez, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service Agricultural Specialist; Tom Beyer, Los Alamos County Animal Control Officer; and Laural Hardin of Pet Pangea.

Topics included Raising Poultry for Beginning Farmers, Los Alamos County Regulations for Backyard Chickens and Supplies for Raising


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Creative District Advisory Committee Meets May 14

COUNTY News:

The Creative District Advisory Committee is set to meet 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday in the Boards and Commissions Conference Room at the Los Alamos Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Items on the agenda include:

  • A report on the Los Alamos Community Foundation;
  • Curator’s Report;
  • Subcommittee Reports;
  • Financial Report from Patrick Sullivan of the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation;
  • County Report by Brian Bosshardt and Kelly Stewart;
  • Manhattan Project National Historical Park update;
  • Branding update;
  • MainStreet Report from Suzette Fox of Los Alamos MainStreet;

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Councilor Susan O’Leary: Follow The Money

By SUSAN O’LEARY
Los Alamos County Councilor

Late last month, the County Council, County staff, and members of the public spent about 16 hours examining and approving the County’s 2016 budget. 

I learned some important things about the process that I’d like to share with you. Please remember, these are my views as an individual councilor and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the other councilors.

First, I want to compliment the talented and dedicated professionals on the County staff. They’ve significantly cut operating expenses over the past five years to address a


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Road Work Begins Tuesday On Trinity Drive

COUNTY News:

Beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, N.M.502 / Trinity Drive will be closed between 7th Street and Knecht to repair an isolated portion of the roadway.

Here’s what to expect:

  • All westbound NM502 / Trinity Drive traffic will be able to access DP Road and businesses up to the Meri-Mac Shopping Center entrance. NM502 / Trinity will be closed immediately east of the Meri-Mac Shopping Center entrance at 7th Street.
  • All westbound NM502 / Trinity thru traffic will be detoured to Central, then 15th Street and then back to Trinity.

The detour will route traffic through signalized intersections


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Council OKs Crane Sculpture For White Rock Library

An architectural rendering by Peter Rehn of a stainless steel, powder coated representation of an origami crane with a 10-foot-wingspan sculpture by Kevin Box; mounted on a stone pedestal to be installed near the SE corner of the library pointing the way to the entrance of the White Rock Branch Library. Courtesy/LAC

From left, Peter Rehn (library architect), County’s Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan, artist Kevin Box and Katy Korkos of the library with the Flight of Folds Monument outside the Box Studio in Cerrillos. This is the only example of the proposed 10-foot crane in existence, this


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County Council Proclaims May 11-15, 2015 ‘Police Week’

Councilor Susan O’Leary presents a proclamation to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone declaring the Week of May 11-15, 2015 as ‘Police Week’ and Friday, May 15, 2015 as ‘Peace Officers’ Memorial Day’ in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone invites Council and the community to join him and his officers at a brief memorial service at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 13 in the north parking lot of the police station. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council today


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DPU Hosts Public Meeting On Non-Potable Water Project In North Community And North Mesa May 12

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will be expanding and improving its non-potable water system in the North Community and in North Mesa. 

DPU project managers for the non-potable water projects will hold a public meeting May 12 to discuss the scope and logistics. The project supports DPU’s long-term goal to conserve water to meet a strategic objective to achieve environmental sustainability. By improving and enhancing the storage capabilities of effluent from the Los Alamos Wastewater Treatment plant, DPU will displace drinking water with non-potable water


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 30 To May 6, 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.

April 30 at 9 a.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old Abiquiu boy with public affray at 1300 Diamond Dr. and referred him to the juvenile probation officer.

April 30 at 9 a.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Alcalde boy with public affray at 1300 Diamond Dr. and referred him to the juvenile probation officer.

KILEE LANDON

April 30 at 10:04 a.m. / Police arrested Kilee Landon, 20, of Los Alamos


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County Launches Open Forum For Branding Feedback

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Brand Services contractor, Denver-based Atlas Advertising, traveled to Los Alamos May 5-6 to meet with the general public and stakeholder groups to solicit input on the development and selection process for Los Alamos’s brand strapline or slogan.

The public meeting was held May 5 in Fuller Lodge and attended by approximately 35 residents.

The County has opened an Open Forum question to solicit feedback from those unable to attend the May 5 meeting. It will be open through Thursday, May 14.

Visit Open Forum to give Atlas your feedback here: http://www.peakdemocracy.com/portals/119/Forum_345/Issue_2727


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Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) board will meet 9-11 a.m., Friday, May 8, in the Taos Council Chambers at 120 Civic Plaza Dr, Taos.

Agenda items include:

  • New Mexico Congressional Delegation Updates;
  • Presentation by Executive Director Kathy Keith of the Regional Development Corporation; 
  • Presentation by Acting Manager Christine Gelles of the Environmental Management, Los Alamos Field Office, DOE;
  • Invitation and Information on Manhattan Park by Deputy Manager Brian Bosshardt of Los Alamos County;
  • RCLC Budget Update by Brian Bosshardt; 
  • Report

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Atlas Advertising Gathers Impressions Of Los Alamos

Council Chair Kristin Henderson discusses branding and tag lines as Atlas Director of Strategic Accounts Guillermo Mazier and his staff from Denver listen during Tuesday’s public meeting in Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Atlas Director of Strategic Accounts Guillermo Mazier asks audience members what they think makes Los Alamos special. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Physicist Andy Fraser expresses his opinion on branding Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

A team from Atlas


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Council Corner: By Council Chair Kristin Henderson

By KRISTIN HENDERSON
Los Alamos County Council Chair

Why does Los Alamos Need a Brand?

As the Chair of the County Council, one of the biggest concerns I hear – and am also concerned with – is the idea of expanding beyond being a “one-horse town.”

As a local government, there are several ways to try to encourage that, some harder than others.

The first is to have policies that support the local businesses here now; this is a high priority for this Council, and the Staff knows and is working on that.

Another is to have policies that encourage Lab spinoffs; this has a lot of complications, but there


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White Rock Master Plan Showcase Features Past, Present And Future Projects

White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee Chair Denny Erickson welcomes a large crowd to the White Rock Vistor Center public meeting Monday and introduces County Council Chair Kristin Henderson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council Chair Kristin Henderson briefs community members on projects underway in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Past and current members of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee are recognized during Monday’s gathering. From left, David Sherrill, John Bartlit, Denny Erickson, Steve Boerigter


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Los Alamos Magistrate Court Docket May 11-26

COURT News:
 
The following is the upcoming docket for Los Alamos County Magistrate Court:
 
Monday, May 11:
 
Judge: Pat A. Casados – Location: Los Alamos County Magistrate Court
 
8:15 a.m.
M-33-FR-2015-00032 
Defendant: Arturo Houston
Proceeding: First Appearance
Prosecutor:  NM District Attorney – 1st Santa Fe; Def Atty:; Officer: Ryan Wolking
 
8:30 a.m.
M-33-DR-2014-00029
Defendant: Melissa V. Valdez-Romero
Proceeding: Jury Trial
Prosecutor: Kent Wahlquist; Def Atty: Thomas M. Clark; Officer: David

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Los Alamos Police Focus On Accident Related Violations

LAPD News:

Starting now and continuing through the summer, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident related violations to include seatbelt enforcement.

The public can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by adhering to posted speed limit signs, allowing enough room between them and the vehicle they are following and driving with caution when roadways are wet.

Officers also will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #D-W-I, or #-3-9-4. Citizens in Los Alamos also can call the Los Alamos


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Los Alamos Fire Department Promotes 11 Firefighters

The Los Alamos Fire Department promoted 11 firefighters during a special ceremony Friday in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, left, with newly promoted Battalion Chief Ramon Garcia. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider, left, presents badge for newly promoted Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria with his wife Helen and their children. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Newly promoted Driver Engineer Adrian Carbajal and his family. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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About That Appraisal…

County Assessor Ken Milder, left, and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez present an overview of their office to the Kiwanis Club. Photo by Don Casperson

 

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club

In a timely talk this month, elected County Assessor Ken Milder gave Kiwanis a brief overview of his office and its procedures as applied to residential property. Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez also attended the meeting.

Milder heads a staff of seven. He said, “I’m really enjoying being assessor.” He has found, he said, that throughout New Mexico, the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office is viewed


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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens New Community Building At Los Alamos Golf Course

Local dignitaries led by County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, holding scissors, cut the red ribbon Thursday on the new Community Building at the Los Alamos Golf Course on Diamond Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson addresses the crowd gathered Thursday at the grand opening dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Community Building at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A large crowd gathered Thursday afternoon for the grand opening dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony


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Lab Performs Canyon Cleanup Near Smith’s Marketplace

To complete cleanup activities at one of the few remaining legacy sites along Los Alamos Canyon, crews are using a specialized spider excavator to remove a small area of mercury-contaminated soil from the less than 45-degree-angled canyon-side slope. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Reducing historical footprint through environmental cleanup

Los Alamos National Laboratory is performing a high-angle canyon-side cleanup on U.S. Department of Energy property just south of the new Smith’s Marketplace.

Work is scheduled to begin this month and will take about two months to complete.

“We are committed


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