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Bella Robertson Wins Dog Jog Logo Contest

Bella Robertson’s 2015 Dog Jog logo design. Courtesy image

LAFS News:

The 18th annual Dog Jog is April 25 in White Rock and as part of the annual festivities, the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter holds a logo contest for children in grades 3-6.  
 
Bella Robertson and her dog Jake. Courtesy photo
 
The competition is always fierce! This year, after careful consideration, the judges chose the original artwork of Bella Robertson, a fifth grader at Aspen Elementary School. Bella Robertson chose her dog, Jake, as her subject. Her favorite

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Letter To The Editor: Thank You Morning Glory For Kindness To County Crews, Dispatchers And Police

By SGT. DANIEL ROBERTS
Los Alamos Police Department

I would like to extend a thank you to the owners and employees of Morning Glory / Daylight Doughnuts. Los Alamos has seen a lot of snow these past few days. The snow and ice made very dangerous roads conditions and caused several crashes. The Los Alamos County road crews worked hard to keep up with the prevailing weather; working long hours without stop.  

Noticing the road crews, plows, sand trucks and police on the streets, Morning Glory stopped by the Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch Center with boxes filled with doughnuts.


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Pet of the Week: Charlie The Main Coon Cat

Charlie the cat. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Charlie is a 9-year-old neutered male Maine coon cross who is reportedly good with adults, gentle children and cats. He might be fine with gentle dogs also, as he is a mellow cat.

Charlie loves to be petted and interact with people. He will receive a veterinary update and will become available for adoption. Charlie’s long, lovely coat requires frequent brushing.

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


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Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Special Meeting Thursday

COUNTY News:

There will be a special meeting of the Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board at 3 p.m., Thursday in Suite 150 (CEDD Conference Room) at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.

Agenda:

  • I. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS 3:00 p.m. ( 5 min)
  • A. Call to Order/Introductions All
  • B. Review of the Statement of Antitrust Policy All
  • C. Approval of Today’s Agenda All
  • D. Public Comment
  • II. DISCOVER LOS ALAMOS INSERT FOR BANDELIER SHUTTLE
  • DISTRIBUTION DISCUSSION/APPROVAL Kelly/All 3:05 p.m. (10 min)
  • III. JAN-FEB 2015 OCCUPANCY RATES/ADRs FOR HOLIDAY INN
  • AND COMFORT INN Agatha/Felicia 3:15 p.m. (10 min)
  • IV.

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Teen Center Remodel Gets Underway Monday

The Teen Center Remodel project in the Community Building gets underway Monday and workers have installed temporary fencing around the perimeter on 20th Street. The project is scheduled for completion in September. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The public parking lot at the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th Street, on the southeast corner of Ashley Pond Park is enclosed with temporary fencing and will be closed to public parking beginning Monday. Contractor, R&M Construction, will use this parking lot as a staging area while the Teen Center Remodel project is underway in the


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Los Alamos Plastic Bag Survey: 64.65% Against Ban

Survey results graph. Courtesy/Survey Monkey

Community Survey:

Results from the community survey conducted in the Los Alamos Daily Post reveal that 64.65 percent of the 1,027 respondents are against a County-wide ban of plastic bags and 35.44 percent are for it.

The banning of disposable plastic bags, such as those used at grocery stores has been a hot topic in Los Alamos County.

Survey Comments:

What a stupid idea. Recycle them! You can take them back to Smith’s or put them in your recycle container.

2/28/2015 7:13 AM

I think we should be free to choose which kind of bags to use.

2/27/2015


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County Facilities Closed Today Due To Storm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County facilities that would typically be open today are closed due to the volume of snow accumulation from the winter storm.

The County reports that crews are working hard just to keep the main roads clear and is discouraging travel unless absolutely necessary.


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Traffic Control Set For Filming On Camp May Road

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County, in cooperation with Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, will facilitate intermittent traffic control March 2, 10 and 11 on Camp May Road between West Road and Pajarito Mountain to accommodate filming in Los Alamos County. 

Intermittent traffic control will be conducted by a certified contractor and monitored by the County’s Traffic Division to include a flagging operation to safely guide traffic through the staging area where film vehicles will be parked along Camp May Road. Only short delays are anticipated for those traveling to and from Pajarito Mountain


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Trash And Recycling Pickup Operating Today

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has announced that today’s trash and recycling pickup will take place as scheduled.

Atomic City Transit also is operating as scheduled.

The County, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos Public Schools are all on two hour delays today due to the overnight snowfall around the area.


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 19 To Feb. 25, 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.

ELIJAH MEASON

Feb. 19 at 10:05 a.m. / Police arrested Elijah Meason, 25, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive and charged him with operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

Feb. 19 at 1:41 p.m. / Police arrested a 16-year-old Hernandez boy at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Feb. 19 at 2:46 p.m. / Police arrested Wayne Hebert, 24, of Los


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Parking Lot At Trinity And 20th Closing March 2

COUNTY News:

The public parking lot at the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th Street, on the southeast corner of Ashly Pond Park will be closed effective Monday, March 2.

The Teen Center Remodel contractor, R&M Construction, will be using this parking lot as a staging area while the community building is remodeled. Toward the end of the remodel project, this parking lot will be reconfigured and reconstructed. The parking lot should reopen in September 2015. During this closure, motorists will need to use alternate public parking such as the Library overflow parking lot or the Justice Center


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P&Z Holds Public Hearings For Dog Day Care; Assisted Living Facility At 5:30 P.M. Today

Proposed site for an Assisted Living Facility in Sherwood Village in White Rock. Courtesy/LAC

P&Z News:

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Public hearings on the agenda include:

  • Approval of a Special Use Permit for a “Dog Day Care” at 127 East Gate Dr., Suite #114 in East Gate Park.
  • Approval of a Special Use Permit to operate an Assisted Living Facility at 106 Longview Dr., (new address 110 Longview), in Sherwood Village Office Park in White Rock.
  • Approval of a Site Plan to construct and

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Workers Install Glass Wall At White Rock Library

Workers were busy today installing glass panels along the east wall at the new White Rock Branch Library on Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4. The building is scheduled to be completed and open to the public in July. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Letter to the Editor: Make Leisure Pool Next Capital Improvement Project

By SHELBY REDONDO
Los Alamos

 As the County once again examines opportunities for funding various capital improvement projects, I implore the County Council to consider resurrecting the Leisure Pool Project.
 

In a survey conducted in May of last year by the American Red Cross, 54 percent of Americans could not swim or were unable to perform basic water competency skills, skills that include the ability to step or jump into water over your head, bob to the surface and float or tread water for one minute, turn a full circle while treading water and locate an exit, swim 25 yards,
and finally

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Letter to the Editor: Point Is Moot

By GERALD ANTOS
Los Alamos

Actually Mr. Birnbaum’s (letter) point is moot because at every gas and electric rate hike hearing for the last (many) years, the Utilities Department head has been quizzed about why the hikes were so high, why aren’t they doing better planning, etc.

Often hikes were returned for further consideration. Apparently this Council believes what they hear rather than delving into the issue. That does not speak well for the County in the future.

My guess is that there’s more to this than meets the eye. There are connections between rates, what utilities


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Congressional Delegation Shares Los Alamos Celebration Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall speaks to the importance of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park as Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan listen at left. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, former Councilor Fran Berting, paleontologist Ralph Chapman and his wife Linda Deck, director of the Bradbury Science Museum listen to Sen. Tom Udall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation including Sen. Tom Udall, Sen.


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Letter to the Editor: Council Punishing Residents, Including Themselves, Seems Most Improbable

By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos

It isn’t clear to me what action Gerald Antos (letter) expected Council to take with regard to the electric rates proposed by the Board of Public Utilities.

Council cannot make the projected DPU deficit disappear, so as far as I can see, it would appear that they had little choice but to approve the BPU rate increase designed to eliminate that deficit.
Remanding the rate increase back to the BPU would not solve the problem of paying for the infrastructure and maintenance improvements that BPU felt was necessary to provide more reliable electric service to the


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