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Long Lines Delay Los Alamos County Election Results

Results are delayed because lines remain at both the Los Alamos Golf Course voting center and the White Rock Fire Station. County Clerk Sharon Stover just announced that 8,035 votes have been cast so far in the 2014 General Election. She added that 3,411 votes have been cast so far today. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Chief Appraiser Lucas Fresquez Tapped For Nat’l. Institute For Newly Elected Officials

Lucas Fresquez

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Chief Appraiser Lucas Fresquez has been accepted to attend the NALEO Educational Fund’s 2014 National Institute for Newly Elected Officials. Fresquez works in the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office and is president of the Espanola Public School Board.

“We received a number of applications for the Institute this year and we have strived to assemble a group that reflects the great diversity of Latino elected officials. While at the Institute, you will be joined by other newly elected Latino education policymaker, municipal officials,


Last Call To Register For County Science And Engineering Fair

LAPS News:

Registration ends Nov. 21 for the annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair.

The Fair is Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area. Protocol Forms are available at all Los Alamos Public Schools.

LAPS students, home school students and teachers in grades K-12 will display projects in 4/5th grade individual elementary, K-6th grade elementary class, 6-8th grade junior division  and 9-12th grade senior division.

The elementary projects are divided into three categories:

  • Physical;
  • Earth; and
  • Life Sciences.

The students in junior and senior divisions


Scenes From Saturday’s County Employees Arts & Crafts Fair

Artists display their wares at the annual Los Alamos County Employees Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Recently retired County employee Sandra Quintana displays her creations at Saturday’s fair. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Anthony Baca stands by his artwork Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Vita Henerson displays her wares at the arts and craft fair. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Artist Cindy Boe. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Work Underway On ‘Fiber Meet Point’ In White Rock

Work got underway Tuesday on a REDI Net ‘fiber meet point’ on Bonnie View near N.M. 4 in White Rock. The County hosted an event Oct. 17 to mark the start of construction on this project with a ceremonial groundbreaking. County Administrator Harry Burgess explained that this is the first of a proposed eight ‘fiber meet point’ sites to be installed in business districts around Los Alamos and White Rock. The County Council approved a $250,000 general services contract with REDI Net to provide research, design, engineering and construction services for the fiber


Pet of the Week: Sinatra The Cat

Sinatra the cat. Courtesy/FOS


Sinatra is a mellow, friendly adult cat who will sing for you and talk with you.

He is a dignified gentleman who always dresses in his tuxedo. Sinatra is good with adults, gentle children and most other cats. He would be safest in an indoor home.

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. There are 18 kittens at the shelter right now that need good homes. For information about volunteering, adopting and donating and learning more about special


Traveling Around Thanksgiving? Why Not Fly?


New Mexico Airlines has added two flights to the daily schedule between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day).

Take the 11:22 a.m. flight from ABQ and arrive at 11:42 a.m. at LAM – or leave LAM at noon and arrive in ABQ at 12:20 p.m. Spend more time with loved ones this Thanksgiving and less time driving in traffic.

Tickets start at $49 each way. Visit to view the full schedule and book a flight.



Central Avenue Traffic Control Update


In addition to the traffic control currently in place, starting Sunday, Central Avenue at 15th Street will be Closed to Through Traffic with a complete closure of Central just west of the Post Office driveway and closure of 20th Street at Central.

Library driveway will remain accessible from eastbound Central. Bathtub Row at Central remains closed and should be accessed from the north.

This traffic control is necessary for the contractor to begin roadbed preparations between west of Bathtub Row and 20th Street. The prep work should take two to three days at the most.

The Atomic


Lines Forming For Early Voting Today

Lines are forming at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building this afternoon and 270 voters have cast their ballots so far today. The polls here and at Fire Station 3 in White Rock are open until 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Becomes A Cop

Looking like the meanest, badest cop in town, Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider dressed up as one of the community’s finest for the County’s annual Halloween party today at Fuller Lodge. Grider may have just realized his lifelong dream … or not. Photo by Katy Korkos


Road Closure On Sherwood Drive Begins Monday


The Los Alamos COunty Community Economic Development Department would like to let the public know that there will be a road closure on Sherwood Boulevard between Longview Drive and N.M. 4 beginning Monday, Nov. 3 thru Friday, Nov. 7.

The closure is to allow for the installation and tie in of a new water line at the middle drive along Sherwood to serve the new White Rock Library. 

Access to Smith’s Shopping Center will be maintained through the end drive closest to Longview as well as closest to N.M. 4 near by Bandelier Grill. 

The tie-in will occur at the middle drive.


Community Has Cast 3,293 Votes So Far – Public Invited To Gather At Municipal Building Election Night


The public is invited to gather at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building after the polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday to await results from the County Clerk’s Office.

Updated results will be displayed on a large screen in Council Chambers throughout the evening. The public also may watch election night results streamed live to their computers or use the County Council meeting link at

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover said that as of 11 a.m. today, 3,293 votes have been cast. Any outstanding absentee ballots voters received in the mail must be received


Pajarito Astronomers Host Year’s Final Dark Night Nov. 15

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold its final 2014 County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 5 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Nov. 15 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mars, Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the fall and winter constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight.Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252,


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 23 to Oct. 28, 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. 23 at 8:31 a.m. / A 19-year-old Albuquerque woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Trinity Drive.


Oct. 23 at 9:10 a.m. / Police arrested Tashina Bustos, 26, of Chimayo and charged her with battery on a household member at 535 Trinity Dr.

Oct. 23 at 3:53 p.m. / A 50-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on Trinity Drive.


Council OKs Teen Center Final Design Concept And Public Restrooms For Ashley Pond

Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust, right, with the architect from NCA Architects in Albuquerque briefed Council this evening on the Teen Center final design concept and Community Building upgrades project and requested a budget increase to install public restrooms for Ashley Pond Park. Screen Shot/LAC

Staff Report:

Council unanamously approved the Teen Center final design concept and Community Building upgrades and a budget revision of $200,000 to construct a public restroom addition to support Ashley Pond Park activities.  This $200,000 revision increases the total Teen Center


Council Approves Increase In Compensation For Elected Officials

Councilor David Izraelevitz and five other councilors voted this evening to approve an increase in compensation for elected officials. Council Chair Geoff Rodgers voted against the measure saying it in no way was a reflection of the elected officials but rather a personal decision. As an appointed councilor, Izraelevitz is running for election Nov. 4 and this pay increase goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015 for all newly elected officials, which means if elected, he will benefit from the vote. Izraelevitz said he will donate his increase in pay to charity. Screen Shot/LAC
Staff Report:


BPU Transparency Concerns Raised During Public Comment At Council Meeting

During public comment this evening in Council Chambers, Christine Chandler played a portion of a tape of a recent meeting of the Board of Public Utilities in which board members were discussing the possible purchase of a coal mine. Chandler encouraged the Council to find a way to have the BPU hold its meetings where they can be recorded and those recordings be placed in an easily accessible location for the public. ScreenShot/LAC

Mark Jones also spoke during public comment to the transparency issue related to the Department of Public Utilities and its board. ScreenShot/LAC

Local attorney George


Personnel Board Chair Terry Priestley Briefs Council

Personnel Board Chair Terry Priestley briefed Council this evening on the activities of the Personnel Board. Council leadership has requested that each Board/Commission chair make a presentation to the Council once a year focused on what has been completed and what they are currently working on, and what challenges or opportunities they see coming up in the future. Priestley explained that the purpose of the Personnel Board is to serve in an appellate and advisory capacity in the administration of the County personnel program. The Board also may act as an appellate body to hear personnel complaints.


Sheriff Urges Parents: Check Sex Offender Registry Before Halloween

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero today issued the following Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips:

Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80 percent of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile? Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under 12, and 75 percent of victims know their attacker. Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home. Did you know currently there are seven registered sex offenders