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Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 29


Road Construction: Week of Sept. 29

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: 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:

Monday, Sept. 29, the contractor will close Oppenheimer north of Central (library driveway), resulting in the west library parking lot being


ADA Glitch Postpones Voting Machine Certification

A glich was encountered in the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) machines during Friday’s certification and preparation of the Absentee and Election Day Voting Machines at the County Clerk Warehouse. The machines are rescheduled to be officially certified next week. Attending Friday’s event, from left, Deputy Clerk Jocelyn Warner, Republican Bill McKerley who is running for County Council, local Democrat and former County Councilor Michael Wheeler, Bureau of Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, Board of Public Utilities member


Pet of the Week: Tinky the Chihuahua

Tinky the Chihuahua


Tinky is a young female Chihuahua with big ears and a delicate build. She was surrendered because her owners couldn’t keep two dogs in their rental home.

Tinky is about a year old and very shy around people, but she’s good with other dogs. Sunshine and a nice warm blanket make for an ideal place for her. She needs to go to a home with no small children.

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,


Los Alamos Fire Department Creates New Wildland Division; Promotes Firefighters

LAFD’s Ramon Garcia was promoted Sept. 12 from captain to division chief of the newly formed wildland division. During an interview in his office at Fire Administration Headquarters, Garcia discussed the advantages of the new gas powered chain saws that will be used by his team for mitigation efforts as well as fighting fires. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

J. Wayne Sanchez was promoted Sept. 12 from driver engineer to captain. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post
Two firefighters at the Los Alamos Fire Department were


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 18 to Sept. 24, 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. 18 at 9 p.m. / Police arrested Cody Sowers, 26, of Jemez Springs at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant and arrested him again Sept. 22 on another outstanding warrant.  




Sept. 19 at 10:35 a.m. / Police arrested Jesse Arteaga, 18, of Espanola at 751 Trinity Dr., and charged her with shoplifting. The estimated


Public Opinion Sought On Keeping Chickens In Los Alamos Residential Areas


Los Alamos County has launched a new Open Forum survey on its webpage, asking residents to voice their opinion about proposed language to be added to Chapter 6 (Animals) of the County Code regarding keeping poultry in residential areas.

The changes will be introduced by ordinance Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Council meeting and then the Council will hold a Public Hearing and make a decision about whether to adopt the changes at its Friday, Oct. 10 meeting (noon in Council Chambers with a firm cut off time of 1:30 p.m.).

Residents are urged to visit the Open Forum link, which is available on


New Nature Center Construction Shifts Inside

Construction is taking shape at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center on Canyon Road. Courtesy/PEEC
A rendering shows some of the exhibits slated for the new nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If you’ve driven past the construction site of the new nature center at 2600 Canyon Road lately, you have probably noticed that things are moving right along.

The exterior is being finished with an Exterior Finishing and Insulation System (EFIS), to make it look like stucco, but be more durable and waterproof. Also, preparations are being made for solar panels to be added to the exterior


Sheriff Announces New Sex Offender In Los Alamos

Nolan Cyre


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero would like to advise Los Alamos County residents of a newly registered sex offender residing in the community. 

Nolan Cyre registered with the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, Sept. 23. He was convicted in 2010 with possession of child pornography in Jacksonville, N.C.

For further information or to view other registered offenders, visit the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office website here. Persons visiting the website should click on the “Offender Watch” window to view all registered offenders residing within Los Alamos


Chamber Of Commerce Host Central Avenue Ribbon Cutting Block Party Oct. 4


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting block party 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 to celebrate the completion of the road construction on Central Avenue between 15th & 20th Streets.

“We not only want to note the completion of Phase 1 of the road and curb improvements,” Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge said. “But we want to remind the public of the many unique products, services and resources that are in the stores in our downtown district.”

The 90-minute block party will kick off at 10 a.m. with sidewalk sales, free samples, booths, and face painting. Retailers


Square Dancing Classes Start Friday


The Mountain Mixer Square Dance Club is offering Modern Square Dancing Lessons. Come and see how much fun it is – no special attire required.

Classes are 7-9 p.m., beginning Friday, Sept. 26 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, Lower level.

Singles are welcome. Dress Casual.

For more information, call Deniece at 505.662.5228 or Marlene at 505.672.9684.


Mobile Pet Adoption At Health Fair Saturday



The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter will be outdoors at the 29th Annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair.

They will bring dogs of all sizes, shapes and colors—each guaranteed to be good for your health and well-being. Come by and enjoy some On-The-Spot Benefits.

Visit the Shelter to meet an equally great collection of cats who are just as beneficial.

Health Benefits of Owning Pets:

Mood Enhancers, Lower Blood Pressure,Lower Cholesterol, Healthier Heart, Fights Depression, MoreActive, Lowers Chance of Strokes, Increases Social Interaction, Stronger Immune


Los Alamos Golf Operations Moves To New Golf Course Clubhouse Building

Golf Course Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Last week, golfers began checking in for their tee times, hitting balls and transacting other business at the new Golf Course Community Building.  

Other parts of the building are still closed while County staff work on tenant improvements for Pajarito Golf Group, LLC, the new Food and Beverage vendor whose lease is set to begin in early November. Pajarito Golf Group is expected to begin actual operations this winter.  

“We’re excited to be in the new golf shop serving golfers and giving


Pet of the Week: Jay The Cat

Jay the cat. Courtesy/FOS
Jay the long-haired gray and white cat was a little leery of humans when first arriving at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, but is quickly warming up to human attention.
He also loves attention from other cats at the shelter. He’s a little sulky because his best friend got adopted and he didn’t. This young guy would make a great playmate to other cats in a household.

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


Two Public Forums On Ballot Questions Set For October


Two ballot questions related to charter changes for Structure of Government and Utilities will be going to voters in the Nov. 4 General Election.

Two forums are slated for October to allow the community an opportunity to learn more about the issues before voting:

  • Utilities’ – proposed charter changes at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge; and
  • Structure of Government – proposed charter changes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge

First the panel members representing the “pros and cons” 


Get Outside The Lines At Los Alamos County Libraries

The library booth at ExpoDay during ScienceFest. Courtesy/Los Alamos County Library System
Los Alamos County Library System

When was the last time you walked into your local library? In recent years, libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement to accommodate the growing needs of the local community. Today’s libraries are more relevant than ever. Libraries inspire creativity and customer curiosity, and help build community and a vibrant culture.

Outside the Lines ran through last week and is designed to reconnect the community with this creativity,


Friends Of The Shelter Mobile Adoption Saturday

FOS News:

The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter is sponsoring a Mobile Pet Adoption 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday near the Los Alamos High School Gymnasium as part of the Annual Health Fair. 

Community members are invited to stop by to meet great dogs hoping to find a home with a special person or family.

Shelter volunteers will be available at the event to talk with the public about individual animals. There also will be posters and information about all the dogs and cats available at the Los Alamos
Animal Shelter.


Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Sept. 22


Road Construction Update: Week of Sept. 22.

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.

Note that the below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Diamond Drive Slurry Seal:

As part of the pavement preservation program, Diamond Drive from the roundabout to North Road/Ridgeway will be slurry sealed starting Monday. Expect


Finishing Touches Underway On Central Avenue Between 15th and 20th Streets

This truck was spraying water Saturday along Central Avenue between 20th and 15th streets as the finishing touches are underway for the Central Avenue Improvements Project. This portion of Central will open to the public by Oct. 4 with a big event being planned that includes inviting shoppers to visit the local businesses who have endured the closed street all summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Letter to the Editor: Asking Cat Owner To Sign Surrender Paperwork At Shelter


Whoever dropped off this very sweet elderly gentleman cat at the door of the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter the night of Sept. 18 or morning of Sept. 19, we are asking the former owner to please come in to the shelter and sign surrender paperwork.

Without that signature, we cannot consider this cat to be county property, get him vetted, and place him for adoption ASAP. The shelter is very crowded, and the only way we can keep our euthanasia rate low is to keep our adoption rate high.

We are not a no-kill shelter, and we try to move our animals into good homes as quickly as possible.