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County Announces Queen’s Court Competition

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the Queen’s Court Competition Saturday, May 9 to determine this year’s Los Alamos County Fair and  Rodeo Queen, Princess andSweetheart. 

Categories include:

  • Queen Contestants (Ages 17-25)
  • Princess Contestants (Ages 14-16)
  • Sweetheart Contestants (Ages 10-13)

Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, May 6

For more information, contact the PROS Division at 505.662.8170, at lacrec@lacnm.us or visit www.losalamosnm.us/rec.


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Public Invited To White Rock Master Plan Showcase

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to join the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee for a White Rock Master Plan Showcase event 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 4 at the White Rock Visitor Center.

Los Alamos County, in cooperation with the White Rock Master Plan Committee, will feature past, present and future projects related to the White Rock Master Plan.

Refreshments will be provided.

For additional information, contact the Los Alamos County Community & Economic Development Department at 505.662.8120.


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NMAC Gathers For Legislative Review In Hernandez

Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson speaking at the NMAC meeting Thursday in Hernandez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/valleydailypost.com

Los Alamos County Clerk and NMAC President-elect Sharon Stover speaking at the meeting Thursday in Hernandez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/valleydailypost.com

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The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) met Thursday in the Hernandez Community Center.

The


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Los Alamos County Environmental Services Nominated For 2015 Secretary Of Defense Freedom Award

Los Alamos County Environmental Services was nominated for the prestigious 2015 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award. Councilor Rick Reiss, third from left, Public Works Director Philo Shelton, second from right, and Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule with Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, attended the Awards and Recognition Luncheon today hosted by the New Mexico Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the National Guard Readiness Center. ‘Although we did not receive the award, it is with great honor that we support our the Guard and Reserves as they protect our


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‘Open Forum’ Question Posted: Proposed Plastic Bag Ban

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council has received a citizen petition to ban plastic bag use in stores.

The Council referred the petition to their Environmental Sustainability Board and asked that Board to hold public meetings and seek additional public feedback.

What do you think? For or against?

Take their survey on line and leave your comments for the Board when you visit Open Forum, the County’s public comment tool, on this link: http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/Pages/PublicCommentForum.aspx


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Los Alamos Nature Center Unveiled On Earth Day

Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, center, prepares to cut the ribbon at Wednesday’s grand opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The Aspen Elementary School Choir in the foreground performed at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A crowd looks over the outdoor aspects of the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

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The Los Alamos Nature Center officially opened its doors on Earth Day, April 22 at 2600 Canyon Road. The project broke ground a year ago on Earth Day 2014.

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 16 To April 22, 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.

MALCOLM TORRES

April 16 at 10:42 a.m. / Police arrested Malcolm Torres, 21, of Santa Cruz in the Sandoval County Jail on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

MARION LOOPE

April 16 at noon / Police arrested Marion Loope, 32, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with battery upon a peace officer.

April 16 at 6:17 p.m. / A 31-year-old Los Alamos man reported


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Gibson Urges Council: Don’t Rubber Stamp Budget

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Robert Gibson to Council Monday evening, ‘Please do not rubber stamp the proposed budget.’ Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

During Monday’s opening night of the FY-2016 Budget Hearings in Council Chambers, former County Councilor Robert Gibson addressed the County Council during public comment and urged them to carefully considered all of the elements in the proposed budget and not just rubber stamp it.

Gibson began his comments by acknowledging the budget staff’s “usual


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Council Rejects Truck Request From Los Alamos Sheriff

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero briefs Council on his deparment at Monday’s Budget Hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Speaking as a citizen during public comment Monday evening, Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Deputy John Horne addresses Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Los Alamos County Council voted 5-2 Tuesday evening to deny a request from Sheriff Marco Lucero for an official vehicle. Lucero explained that he has driven his personal vehicle during his first four year term and in the four months of his second term. Councilors


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Los Alamos Sheriff’s Office Issues Public Safety Alert Regarding Local Scam Underway

Public Safety Alert:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero just contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post to issue a public safety alert regarding a scam underway in the Los Alamos area.

Someone identifying himself as a Los Alamos County sheriff’s deputy and using an actual deputy’s name is placing telephone calls to residents listed on the sex offender registry saying they must withdraw $1,000 in cash from the bank and take the money to Smith’s parking lot where they will be met by the deputy. “They must do this to avoid being placed in jail.”

Sheriff Lucero said one


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Council Adds Employee To Communications And Public Relations Department

Los Alamos County Communications Director Julie Habigar addresses Council during this evening’s meeting in Council Chambers as County Deputy Managers Brian Bosshardt and Steven Lynne listen at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to tentatively approve the proposed FY-2016 budget for the Communication and Public Relations Division, which falls under the County manager’s department.

The department has a $291,998 adopted budget for FY-2015 and proposed a $289,080 budget for FY-2016, which reflects


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Council Tentatively Approves County Attorney’s Budget

Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler answers questions from Council about her proposed FY-2016 budget, which she has reduced by 5 percent over 2015. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Attorney’s Office proposed FY-2016 budget was tentatively approved 7-0 by the County Council this evening in Council Chambers.

County Attorney’s Office 2015 adopted budget is $757,174 and its proposed FY-2016 budget is $722,082, reflecting a 5 percent reduction.

The salary budget is lower in the proposed budget due to the recent hire of a new attorney


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Los Alamos Council Reduces Its Budget By 2 Percent

Los Alamos County Council votes 7-0 to tentatively approve its proposed FY-2016 budget. This evening marks the second night of hearings on the County’s FY-2016 proposed budget. Council members from left, 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

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council tentatively approved this evening its FY-2016 proposed budget FY-2016 proposed budget, which reflects a 2 percent decrease from its FY-2015 adopted


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Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk answers questions from Council on his proposed FY-2016 budget, which he reduced by 6 percent from his adopted FY2015 budget. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk at the podium speaking with Council as County officials, staff and a few members of the public listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to tentitively approve the proposed FY-2016 budget for the Los Alamos Municipal Court.

The Municipal Court makes up 1 percent of the general fund. Its


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County Clerks Office Reduces Budget By 2 Percent

County Clerk Sharon Stover, left, with Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz brief Council on the department’s FY-2016 proposed budget during Monday’s hearing in Council Chambers. The Clerk’s Office exceeded the Council’s guidance for each department to reduce its budget by 1 percent by finding cost saving measures that resulted in a 2 percent reduction. The total budget for the Clerk’s Office in 2015 was $485,734 and the proposed FY-2016 budget is $475,549. Deputy County Manager Steven Lynne listens at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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DPU Highlights Proposed FY-2016 Budget

From left, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Deputy Manager of Finance and Administration Bob Westervelt, Business Operations Manager Karen Kendall and Utilities Manager Tim Glasco provide Council with highlights of the DPU’s FY-2016 proposed budget at Monday’s Budget Hearing in Council Chambers. Glasco explained that DPU’s total budget is $79,070,472 or 2 percent below the 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 members


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Los Alamos Sheriff’s Office Issues Public Safety Alert

Ray Glenn Smith

Public Safety Alert:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is alerting the community to the possibility of a sex offender moving to or living in a county in New Mexico. 

New Mexico Department of Public Safety has advised that Ray Glenn Smith, a convicted sex offender from the State of Texas is moving to an unknown county in the state of New Mexico. 

Smith has not yet registered with any New Mexico Sheriff. 

Sheriff Lucero is asking anyone who sees Smith in Los Alamos, to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 505.662.8028.

 


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It’s Spring: Remember To ‘Create Defensible Space’

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to remind residents of the urgent need to keep “defensible space” concepts in mind when working outside to clean up property around homes and structures this Spring.

Creating defensible space can give firefighters their best possible chance of protecting property if another wildfire ever occurs in the County.

The County’s defensible space guidelines were developed in a unique program funded through the Cerro Grande Fire Recovery Act in 2000, following that devastating wildfire, which destroyed hundreds of homes in Los Alamos.

Many of


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