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Monday Marks 15 Years Since Cerro Grande Fire

The smoke plume from the Cerro Grande Fire May 11, 2000 reaches the panhandle of Oklahoma. Courtesy/NOAA

Staff Report

Monday marks the 15th anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire.

The disastrous fire began as a controlled burn, and became uncontrolled due to high winds and drought conditions. More than 400 families in Los Alamos lost their homes in the resulting 48,000-acre fire. Structures at Los Alamos National Laboratory were also destroyed or damaged but there was no loss of human life. The US General Accounting Office estimated total damages from the Cerro Grande Fire at $1


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Applicants Sought For Vacancy On Utilities Board

DPU News:

Applications are being accepted for a July 1 vacancy on the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). 

Interested parties should submit applications by May 15. The BPU is the governing body of the County-owned Department of Public Utilities, which provides the Los Alamos with electric, water, gas and wastewater services. DPU operations include electric production and distribution, water production and distribution, gas distribution and wastewater collection and treatment.

Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older; have been a resident of the County for not less than one year


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Los Alamos County Police Launch Safety Town Program

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Department is welcoming applications for the inaugural Los Alamos County Safety Town.

This free program will run 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday June 15-26 at Mountain Elementary School. This program is open to children entering Kindergarten in August.

Safety Town will provide the opportunity for students to learn about several aspects of safety in the hopes of preparing them for the new hazards they will face as they enter school as well as hazards they may face in their neighborhoods and in the community. These include fire safety, bicycle safety, animal


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New Hybrid Cottonwoods Installed Downtown

Work continues on the new picnic area adjacent to the Municipal Building parking lot across the street from the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper office on Central Avenue. County crews were busy Wednesday installing 11 hybrid Cottonwood trees. Four picnic tables will be installed in the small park for residents and tourists to use to eat their lunch or dinner or take a rest from shopping and sightseeing. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos Police Blotter April 23 To April 29, 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 23 at 7:44 a.m. / A 54-year-old Abiquiu man reported that someone damaged his vehicle parked on Rose Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

VICTOR MARTINEZ

April 23 at 11:19 a.m. / Police arrested Victor Martinez, 31, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

ALICIA MARTINEZ

April 23 at 11:48 a.m. / Police arrested Alicia


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County Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Meeting May 19

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is finalizing its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). This will be an update to the 2006 plan. 

The purpose of this LHMP update is to assess risk to natural hazards, implement actions to reduce future losses, and maintain eligibility for federal mitigation funds in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

Members of the community have a very important role in this process, and a draft of the LHMP Update will be presented to the public at 6 p.m. May 19 in Council Chambers. The County’s consultant will be soliciting public comments about the document


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Pet Of The Week: Tyson The Dog

Tyson is a 1.5-year-old neutered male pit cross. He returned to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter when his owner’s rental home changed the rules.

Tyson is active and playful. He is at a good age to continue training. He is reported to be friendly with adults and gentle children and most dogs. He might be a bit too active for small children. It’s not yet known how he is with cats, but he is reported to have a high prey drive with ducks and other birds.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable


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Future Energy Resource Committee Meets Thursday

DPU News:

The Future Energy Resource Committee changed its weekly meetings from Tuesdays to Thursdays. The meeting time of 11:30 a.m. and location at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. remain the same.

Note that the Committee does not meet in the same room each week. Be sure to check the FER Committee website for the appropriate meeting room, as well as agendas, and minutes here.

Appointed last January by the Board of Public Utilities, the seven member ad hoc citizen committee is charged to examine and recommend:

  • a definition of carbon neutrality;
  • future energy generation resources;

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Faulty Underground Cable Causes Tuesday’s Outage

DPU News:

Electric linemen from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities determined that a faulty underground cable at 39th Street was the cause of Tuesday’s power outage, which affected more than 1,000 residents.

The 30 minute outage affected the Western Area and extended east to Oppenheimer Drive. Isolating the faulty line, crews were able to backfeed the affected area with another source, restoring power by 11:50 a.m., and by 3:30 p.m., complete the repairs.

The distribution system is expected to be placed to its original configuration today.

 


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Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building Grand Opening Thursday

Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building. Courtesy/LAC
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County has announced the Grand Opening for Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building at 3:30 p.m.  Thursday, April 30 at 4244 Diamond Dr.
 
An official ceremony with Los Alamos County Council officials, Golf Course staff and golfers will take place during the opening with remarks prior to ribbon cutting on the east side of the front entrance of the new facility.
 
There will be self-guided tours of the building after the ceremony ends at approximately

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Council Passes $193 Million County Budget For FY-2016

Los Alamos County Council votes 7-0 to approve the FY-2016 budget in . Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Deputy County Manager/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne shows Council the impacts various changes make to the budget totals for FY-2016. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Following four days of budget hearings, the Los Alamos County Council this evening voted 5-2 to pass the FY-2016 proposed budget in the amount of $193,163,741.

The budget includes raising property taxes, which will amount to $18.75 per month or $225 per year on a $300,000 home.


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Council Tentatively OKs DPU’s FY-2016 Budget

Utilities Manager Tim Glasco, left, Business Operations Manager Karen Kendall and Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Deputy Manager of Finance and Administration Bob Westervelt answer questions from Council this evening on the DPU’s FY-2016 proposed budget. The DPU’s total budget is $79,070,472, which reflects a 2 percent decrease from its 2015 adopted budget. Glasco told Council that the proposal does not include any projected rate increases except for a previously approved 8 percent sewer rate increase. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the DPU’s


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Council Tentatively Approves CEDD Budget With Addition Of New Building Official/Safety Officer

The Los Alamos County Council voted 5-2 to tentatively approve the Community and Economic Development Department’s FY-2016 proposed budget as presented with the addition of one full time building official/safety officer to augment the one building official/safety officer currently on staff. The CEDD, with a budget of $13.42 percent comprises 14 percent of the County’s General Fund. Councilor Rick Reiss made the request for the new FTE in an effort to help expedite wait times for the public seeking building permits, inspections and other related services. Councilor James


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CEDD Director Describes Her Typical Day On The Job

CEDD Director Anne Laurent describes her typical day on the job including meetings, project review and customer service activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CEDD Director Anne Laurent addresses Council. County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne is sitting next to her. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

County Councilor Rick Reiss, a former commercial developer, began this evening’s budget hearing by asking Community & Economic Development Department (CEDD) Director Anne Laurent to describe her typical day on the job.

Reiss expressed concern


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Final Budget Hearing Underway In Council Chambers

The fourth, and barring anything unforeseen, final night of hearings for the FY-2016 proposed budget is underway this evening in Council Chambers. First on the agenda is the $13.42 million Community and Economic Development Department proposed budget. Councilors from left include, Susan O’Leary, Steven Girrens, Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Chair Kristin Henderson, Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey and James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A small turnout gathers in Council Chambers for this evening’s final budget hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Branding Meeting Coming Up May 5 At Fuller Lodge

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to attend a branding and logo development kick-off meeting  5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at Fuller Lodge.

The meeting will be hosted by Atlas Advertising, the County’s branding consultant, who will be in Los Alamos May 5 and 6. After touring Los Alamos earlier in the day, Atlas will be conducting this evening session with the public to seek feedback before they begin work on a proposed branding strapline and logo for Los Alamos County, in accordance with the County Council’s direction earlier this year.

They will give a short introduction and briefing


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Council Tentatively Approves Police Department Budget

Los Alamos County Police Chief Dino Sgambellone addresses Council at this evening’s budget hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 to tentatively adopt the Los Alamos Police Department’s FY-2016 proposed budget as presented. The LAPD FY-2015 adopted budget is $7,127,576 and its proposed FY-2016 budget is $7,139,312 – essentially flat over current year.

The budget reflects a reduction of one full time employee within the Police Department, which will be compensated for through appropriate


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Council Tentatively Approves Fire Department Budget

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes addresses Council questions. Council commended Hughes and his department on their service to the community. Councilor James Chrobocinski is a trained nurse who has worked in other hospitals. He said to Hughes, ‘I’ve worked with a lot of EMTs and by far your group is the most professional and technically skilled I’ve ever seen … this community is in good hands.’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to approve the Fire Department’s proposed FY-2016


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County’s Third Night Of Budget Hearings Underway … Tentatively OKs Community Services Budget

Community Services Director Charlie Kalageros-Chattan and Library Manager Steven Thomas field questions this evening from County Council on modifying library services. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Council votes 7-0 to retain $24,400 in the library budget as part of the Community Services FY-2016 proposed budget this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Randy Smith discuss the Recreation Department. Photo by Carol


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Scenes From Special Olympics Track And Field Meet

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris starts the race. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Adele Girmendonk with the Espanola Special Olympics track team. Photo by Kateri Morris

SPORTS News:

Athletes competed in the Los Alamos Special Olympics Track and Field Meet Saturday at Sullivan Field.

Several volunteers helped work the event and Los Alamos Firefighters also assisted and placed ribbons on athletes at the conclusion of their events.

The Los Alamos Police Department helps raise money for local Special Olympic athletes through T-shirt sales and donations. 


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