County Government

Charter Question #1 Explained At Thursday’s Forum

League of Women Voters President Barbara Caleb introduces Charter #1 panelists Larry Warner and Kyle Wheeler who discussed changes to the Charter during Thursday’s Forum, which was sponsored by Los Alamos County and facilitated by the League. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Unlike Question #2, Charter Question #1, which concerns structure of government, has engendered little controversy from Los Alamos voters.

At Thursday’s forum on Question #1 at Fuller Lodge, no one spoke against the changes. Instead, Larry Warner and


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, 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.

ANDREA HERRERA

Oct. 2 at 11:12 a.m. / Police arrested Andrea Herrera, 30, of Chamita at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an order of commitment.

 

 

 

LUIS PONCE‑CHITICA

Oct.2 at 1:24 p.m. / Police arrested Luis Ponce-Chitica, 29, of Medenales near Grand Canyon and N.M. 4 and charged him with driving without proof of insurance.

 

JOHN CRAVEN

Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. / Police arrested


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Pet of the Week: Yummy The Border Collie Mix

Yummy the border collie mix. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Yummy is a young adult border collie mix who was brought to the shelter with an injured leg last Spring. Yummy’s front leg had to be amputated, but he was already used to getting around without it, so he has quickly adjusted to life as a tripod!

He is a playful dog, housebroken, knows to sit and would love to capture your attention. Yummy was recently returned to the shelter when his new owner’s job situation changed, requiring a great deal of travel. For more information about Yummy, call his sponsor at 505.501.0790.


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Changes To Roles Of Council And Utilities Board In Charter Question #2 Debated At Forum Tuesday

League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef introduces forum panelists, from left, George Chandler and Susan O’Leary speaking for Charter Question #2 on the ballot and Robert Gibson and Chris Ortega speaking against it at Tuesday’s public forum sponsored by the County and moderated by the League. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger at Tuesday’s public forum presents an overview of the Charter changes in Article V. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos

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Public Forum Focused On DPU Charter Changes Is 5:30 p.m. Today!

COUNTY News:

The ballot question going to voters in the Nov. 4 General Election related to the Utilities’ proposed charter changes will be discussed at a public forum at 5:30 p.m. today in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

Los Alamos County is sponsoring the forum, which will be facilitated by the League of Women Voters.

First the panel members representing the “pros and cons” will speak followed by a question and answer period.

Refreshments will be served.


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Los Alamos Firefighters Train On Electric Cars

Los Alamos Firefighters are training this week at the LAFD facility on DP Road. Today, they are learning about the particulars of electric cars in the event they respond to a crash involving one. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

 


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Register Now For Los Alamos County Science And Engineering Fair

COUNTY News:

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


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County’s Open Forum On ‘Chickens Ordinance’ Reopens

COUNTY News:

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


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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


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

COUNTY News:

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


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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

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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/ladailypost.com

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

By CITIZENS TO PRESERVE SOUND UTILITIES
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


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Cone Zone: Week of Oct. 6

COUNTY News:

Road Construction: Week of Oct. 6

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. 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


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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


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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/ladailypost.com

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


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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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos League of Women


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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/ladailypost.com


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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


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