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Register Now For Los Alamos County Science And Engineering Fair


Registration is underway for the annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair set for Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 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


County’s Open Forum On ‘Chickens Ordinance’ Reopens


Los Alamos County has re-opened its Open Forum topic on the proposed Chickens Ordinance, and residents are invited to visit the link here to leave comments.

The ordinance was written after residents made requests for the Council to consider an amendment to the County Code to allow the keeping of a small number of chickens in all residential districts. Section 6-2 of the Code currently prohibits the keeping of chickens within the County, except in the residential agricultural districts (R-A) zone and in all other residential districts, excluding Pajarito Acres and La Senda, if


Clair Dexter Sutherland Casts First Vote In Los Alamos’ 2014 General Election

The first voter of the 2014 General Election in Los Alamos County, Clair Dexter Sutherland, receives his ballot from Poll Worker Mickey Snyder this morning in the Los Alamos County Municipal Builiding. Early/Absentee in-person voting began at 8 a.m. today at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building and will run through Saturday, Nov. 1. Beginning Oct. 18, voting also will be held at the White Rock Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4.  Voter registration ends at 5 p.m. today. Tuesday, Nov. 4, all three Vote Centers (Municipal Building, White Rock Fire Station and the Golf Course) will be open


Friday’s County Council Meeting Is On … Oct. 14 Work Session Cancelled


The Los Alamos County Council meeting set for noon Friday is a go but the Work Session scheduled for Oct. 14 at the White Rock Fire Station has been cancelled.

Among the consent agenda items listed for Friday’s meeting is a $25,000 contract with Atlas Advertising, LLC for a brand logo design, brand implementation plan, and subject to future County Council approval, $175,000 for brand execution services for Los Alamos County.

The regular agenda for the meeting includes the introduction of an ordinance relating to chickens in proximity to human habitation and a public hearing


Chamber Block Party Celebrates Central Business District

Central Avenue merchants cut the ribbon celebrating the re-opening of Central Avenue Saturday between 15th and 20th streets. The main street of Los Alamos has been closed this summer for improvements. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
The Los Alamos Hill Stompers entertain the crowd at Saturday’s Central Avenue Block Party. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Primo the Pizza Slice from Home Run Pizza does the shimmy with one of the Hill Stompers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge welcomes the crowd and introduces the


Adoption Day For Stella At Los Alamos Animal Shelter

Lani and Dan Baha and their children Hayden and Aliza adopted Stella Saturday at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. They have another Shelter alumni, their dog Lacey, at home. Lacey was named for Lacey, Wash. where the couple met and Stella for Stellacoom. Wash. where they became engaged. The Shelter has new weekend hours: Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 12-3 p.m. at 226 East Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Letter to the Editor: County Newsletter Summary Of Ballot Question 2 Misleading

John Arrowsmith, Chris Ortega, Felicia Orth, Ken Milder, Robert Gibson and Lawry Mann

The County’s recent mailing to provide voter information on ballot questions includes a misleading “Summary of Proposed Changes” for Ballot Question 2 – Utilities. The County-written summary focuses on improving “readability” and “adding clarifying language.” Nowhere in the summary is it acknowledged that the changes reconfigure the fundamental governance model for utilities management and potential


Cone Zone: Week of Oct. 6


Road Construction: Week of Oct. 6

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note that the below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

The contractor has closed Oppenheimer north of Central (library driveway), resulting in the west library parking lot being closed. Please


Election 2014: Voting Machine Certification A Success

Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz tests the audio-visual ballot marking interface component on the ICE voting machine during Friday’s certification. From left, Ortiz, attorney George Chandler, GOP Chair Robert Gibson and Councilor Rick Reiss. Also in attendance, but not pictured were DPU Board member Paul Frederickson, Sheriff Marco Lucero and his campaign chair James Leach. Photo by Sharon Stover

County Clerk staff from left, Bureau of Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Senior Deputy Clerk Ona Trujillo and Deputy Clerk Jocelyn Warner perform certification procedures on the


Los Alamos County Poll Workers Undergo Training

During poll worker training Thursday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover demonstrates how it takes 8 seconds for the new voting machines to scan and accept two-sided ballots and once accepted, a bell sounds to let the voter know ‘all is well.’ Poll workers were trained for the Nov. 4 General Election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, Senior Deputy Clerk Ona Trujillo and Deputy Clerk Jocelyn Warner at Thursday’s poll worker training in Council Chambers. The


Council Hopefuls Share Messages With Citizens

Fuller Lodge was filled to the rafters for Thursday’s County Council Candidates Forum sponsored by the County and conducted by the Los Alamos League of Women Voters. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef introduces Council candidates from left, Republicans James Chrobocinski, John Bliss, Bill McKerley and Rick Reiss and Democrats Michael Redondo, David Izraelevitz, Andrea Cunningham and Susan O’Leary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos League of Women


Central Avenue Is Open … Celebrate 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday!

Motorists are once again traveling along Central Avenue between 15th and 20th streets after a long summer under construction. The community is invited to come down to Central Avenue 10-11 a.m. Saturday for a celebration and show support for the shop owners. Dignitaries will speak at the event sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Celebrate Customer Service At County Oct. 8

Alicia Garcia answers questions and fields calls at the 311 Customer Care Center inside the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Garcia told the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday afternoon that she has worked for the County for 10 years, including her move 6.5 years ago to the Department of Public Utilities, when the Kandu Center was just changing over to the 311 Customer Care Center. The community is invited to meet Garcia and the rest of the staff and help celebrate Customer Service at the County during an open house 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the lobby at the Municipal Building. There will be


Pet of the Week: Maddie the Cat

Maddie is an 11-year-old cat waiting to be adopted at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Courtesy/FOS


Maddie is an 11-year-old, declawed cat who was surrendered when her owner’s health prevented her from keeping her.

Maddie has some Abysinnian in her, because she has a gorgeous red tint to her coat and she absolutely loves to be petted, just be careful because she starts drooling when she’s happy. She would make a wonderful companion to someone looking for a mature, social cat.

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


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 20 to Oct. 1, 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.

Sept. 20 at 11:23 a.m. / An 83-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone used her credit card without permission on Longview Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.

Sept. 25 at 9:19 p.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered by a household member on Sioux Street.


Sept. 25 at 9:35 p.m. / Police arrested Trevor Braughton, 27, of Los Alamos at 1207


Poultry Ordinance Pulled From Tonight’s Council Agenda


Poultry Ordinance 02-251 will NOT be introduced at tonight’s County Council meeting with a public hearing Oct. 10 as announced by the County and as posted on the County’s “Open Forum” webpage last week.

It has been pulled from the agenda for tonight and is being revised by the County Attorney’s Office to address only chickens in proximity to human habitation, not all poultry. As soon as the changes are made, the new text will be posted on Open Forum and a new public comment period will open. The new date for introduction of the revised Ordinance is expected


Los Alamos County Human Resources Department Unveils More User Friendly Job Application


The Human Resources Department has revised the Los Alamos County job application to make it more user friendly. 

The new version is available on the website and at the HR Department in Suite 230 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. One of the biggest changes HR has included is that the new application can be saved on most computers. Also, applicants can use an e-signature to sign the application. HR staff hope that applicants will find that these two changes greatly improve the application process.

In addition, HR has eliminated the separate “Student” application.


Los Alamos Police Collect 186 Pounds Of Prescription Medications During Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day

LAPD Cpl. Jordan Redmond with a citizen disposing of her unwanted medications Saturday in the LAMC parking lot during Drug Take Back Day. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD Cpl. Robert Stephens in the parking lot at LAMC Saturday as a citizen disposes of outdated and unused prescription drugs. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its second DEA Drug Take Back Day of the year Saturday in the parking lot at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Officers collected 186 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription medications as part of the national program.

“This continues to be a successful campaign


Halloween Carnival, Hayride And Pumpkin Patch Oct. 25

A young girl selects a pumpkin at last year’s patch. Courtesy/LAC


Due to the Walkup Aquatic Center being closed for an HVAC Energy Upgrade, the Aquatic Center staff have teamed with Los Alamos County Recreation Department staff and the Sheriff’s Posse to hold a Halloween Carnival, Hayride and Pumpkin Patch Oct. 25 at the Sherriff’s Posse Lodge.

There will be two sessions of the event: 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

First, there will be a hayride through the horse corrals. There are fun pit stops along the way for treats and activities. At the end of the ride, participants can pick out their