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Residents Reminded To Keep Sidewalks Clear This Winter

COUNTY News:

During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks. The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. 

Sidewalk priorities include:

  • Safe routes to school

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Scenes From American Legion’s Veterans Day Event

Keynote Speaker Vernon Kerr addresses the crowd at the Veterans Day 2014 event ‘Honoring all who served’ Tuesday at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Community members turn out Tuesday to honor veterans at the American Legion. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Officials gather at Tuesday’s Veterans Day event including, at left, newly elected County Councilor Rick Reiss and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Rick Reiss reads a Veterans Day proclamation


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Letter to the Editor: DPU Fixed Service Fee Proposal Misguided

By LESLIE and RICHARD HANSEN
Los Alamos

We are one of the 36 households or businesses in Los Alamos that have purchased solar panels to generate electricity. Recently, the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has put out information suggesting that electricity generated by the County’s solar panel owners provides miniscule benefits to the community while unfairly burdening other customers. One Board of Public Utilities member was quoted in the Monitor as saying that being carbon neutral is not in the best interest of the ratepayers.

We disagree completely with this statement.


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Free Skating Lesson At Los Alamos Ice Rink Saturday

Skate instructors at Christmas Skate 2013, from left, Paul Parker, Caroline Boyle, Greg Geoffrion and Kim Lazarus (now skating in Alaska). Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Country Ice Instructors would like to invite everyone to join them for a free skate lesson Saturday, Nov. 15. 

Free Trial Lessons are 1-1:30 p.m. for 10 and under and 1:45-2:15 p.m. for 11 year olds to adult. 

The rink has skates you can borrow or bring your own.

The Ice Rink brochure can be found on the country ice rink page, www.losalamosnm.us/rec/rink/pages/default.aspx. Check out the brochure for


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Proposed Electric Rate Restructure And Increase Public Hearing Nov. 19

COUNTY News:

The Board of Public Utilities will consider an electric rate restructure and increase at a Public Hearing Nov. 19.

The proposed rate includes a new charge for net-metering customers and a Power Cost Adjustment charge for all DPU customers. Read the ordinance, staff briefing, and provide public comment on the Open Forum at http://www.peakdemocracy.com/2279.  

Note that the Board has scheduled a work session Nov. 14 to ask staff questions about the ordinance and the rate. This meeting is open to the public, no action will be taken by the Board.


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Cold Weather Tips For Pets

COUNTY News:

Brrrr … it’s getting cold outside! The following guidelines from the ASPCA will help protect pets when the mercury dips:

  • Keep cats inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.
  • During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat

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Central Avenue Improvement Project Inches Toward Completion

COUNTY News:

The Central Avenue Improvement Project is inching toward completion. Bathtub Row will open Tuesday morning.

The final closure of the library driveway will occur as soon as Bathtub Row is opened. The closure of the library driveway is necessary in order to install the remaining concrete valley gutters. The library driveway will reopen Monday, Nov. 17. In the meantime, access to the library will be off Bathtub Row, please use the east library parking lot.

Oppenheimer Drive between Trinity Drive and Central Avenue also will open Nov. 17.

Starting Monday, Nov. 24, the contractor will


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Victim Of Crash Today On N.M. 4 Has Died

An 18-wheeler involved in a single vehicle accident this morning on N.M. 4 near the Valles Caldera has died. Responders at the scene said the driver’s rig left the roadway and rolled over several times. The cause remains under investigation. Courtesy photo

News Alert:

The driver of an 18-wheeler involved in a single vehicle accident this morning on N.M. 4 near the Sandoval County line has died.

Emergency responders at the scene said the rig left the roadway and rolled over several times. The identity of the driver has not been released. There were no passengers.

The N.M. 4 back gate to Jemez


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Los Alamos Property Tax Reminder: First Half Due Date Approaches

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2014 were mailed to property owners last week.

The first half installment becomes delinquent after Wednesday, Dec. 10. Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m., Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. 

The 311 Customer Care Center is in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Avenue and open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Payments also are accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

Payments being mailed


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Update: N.M. 4 Remains Closed At Back Gate And Eastbound Near Valles Caldera

News Alert:

The County issued an update on this morning’s single commercial vehicle accident, however there is still no report on the condition of the driver involved in the crash.

The N.M. 4 back gate to Jemez Springs remains closed westbound and N.M. 4 eastbound near the Valles Caldera is closed. The N.M. 4 back gate east to Bandelier is open.

The accident is under investigation so the roadway will remain closed a while longer.


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County’s Website Unavailable Saturday

COUNTY News:

In order to provide routine maintenance on its servers, the Los Alamos County website at www.losalamosnm.us will be unavailable after 9:30 a.m., Saturday.

Maintenance is expected to last a few hours and should be restored by mid-afternoon, but might take as long as Saturday evening.


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Future Of Renewable Energy Adoption In Los Alamos County Hangs In The Balance

LASE News:

The Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE) invites the community to attend a strategy session at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday to learn how to help advocate for more renewable energy adoption in Los Alamos County.

  • What:  Community strategy meeting to discuss a planned cohesive response to the BPU proposed net metering fee increase
  • When:  6:30 p.m. Nov. 11
  • Where: Film Festival, 3801 Arkansas Ave.

The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is considering a proposed electric rate restructure and increase. The proposed rate includes a new charge for Solar PV net-metered


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Los Alamos County Sheriff Thanks Community

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco V. Lucero shakes hands with a young friend during a campaign event in October. Sheriff Lucero issues the following statement to the community: ‘I would like to thank all of those who supported me with their hard work, their vote and their prayers. I want all of the residents of Los Alamos County to know that I will continue to be their public servant. I will continue to do all that I can to help enhance public safety in our community. I want to wish the Jaret McDonald family as well, and thank his campaign committee for keeping things interesting.


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New Planter Surrounds Los Alamos Airport Sign

Mason Felipe works Sunday afternoon building a brick planter around the Los Alamos County Airport sign. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Watch Election Night Videos Of Local Candidates

POLITICAL News:

The Los Alamos Daily Post interviewed local and state candidates during Tuesday’s 2014 General Election in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.

Former County Councilor Mike Wismer lightened the mood with his special form of commentary to kick off the evening’s interviews:

 

Former County Councilor Mike Wismer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (Dem.)

Stephanie Garcia Richard (winner)

 

 

 

 

 

House Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff

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Water Main Break On Central Avenue

News Alert:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has learned of a water main break this afternoon affecting businesses between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive near 20th Street.

DPU officials state that the water pressure is low as a result. Crews are dispatched and making repairs as quickly as possible.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water and wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and the public is always welcome. Stay up to date with


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Pet of the Week: Dude The Cat

Dude the cat. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Dude is an 8-year-old neutered male cat who came to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter this week.

He is declawed, so he will need an indoor-only home. Dude is not only handsome, he has charm and poise to match his good looks. He is mellow and friendly with adults, gentle older children, and other mellow cats. He finds dogs problematic and has little time for them.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. For information about volunteering,


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 25 to Nov. 5, 2014

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.

Oct. 25 at 6:51 p.m. / A 71-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on Camino Mora. The estimated loss is less than $20,000.

GILBERT MAESTAS

Nov. 2 at 10:14 p.m. / Police arrested Gilbert Maestas, 32, of Santa Cruz near Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 and charged him with driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Nov. 2 at 11:32 p.m. / Police arrested David Hernandez,


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Work Wraps Up On Aquatic Center HVAC / Boiler Replacement

Cleaning Walkup Aquatic Center olympic pool tank. Photo by Denise McCoy

Pool filling with water. Photo by Denise McCoy

COUNTY News:

Larry Walkup Aquatic staff provided an update this morning regarding the HVAC and Boiler Replacement project. Work is wrapping up and the pool should re-open soon.

“We look forward to getting our swimmers back in the pool at the earliest possibility,” Recreation Division Manager Randy Smith said.

Smith said that the contractor has completed the following work:

  • HVAC installation that serves the front office spaces is nearly finished;
  • The air handler on the mezzanine

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Main Hill Road Lane Closure Planned For Saturday

Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

To enable the safe de‐electrification and demolition of a water booster station along the Main Hill Road (N.M. 502), a lane of traffic will be closed 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8.

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials announce that, weather permitting, electric crews will bring down power poles and power lines, which traverse the Main Hill Road just west of the White Rock Y. Crews will need to close a lane to do this. The electric linemen will arrange for advance signage to warn motorists of the lane closure and maintain two‐way traffic with a flagging


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