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Richardson Promoted to Deputy Utilities Manager

Jack Richardson


Utilities Manager Tim Glasco of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has announced the promotion of Jack Richardson, PE, to the position of deputy utilities manager for gas, water and sewer services.

This position was vacated by Glasco July 6 when he was appointed Utilities Manager by the County Council. 

Richardson serves as the senior engineer for DPU’s Engineering Division. He has direct oversight of construction design and project management of all DPU’s capital improvement projects. 

Joining the DPU team in 2010, he managed the installation


Pet of the Week: Kona the German Shepherd Mix

Kona bats her puppy eyes. Courstesy/FOS


Kona is a 4-year-old spayed female German shepherd mix. She was surrendered due to not tolerating the excessive attention of the young child in the household.

She would prefer a home with no kids, as she gets a little nervous in new situations and prefers gentle pets and attention on her own terms. On the leash, Kona walks like the gentle lady that she is.

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,


Shake and Shimmy Tonight With the Shinyribs!

Kevin Russell with his uke. Courtesy/
Summer Concert Series Producer

I imagine that you get feedback from time to time that you missed a dynamite Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series show.

Tonight with the Shinyribs will be a tremendous show that is not to be missed. The venue is Ashley Pond and the show starts at 7 p.m. The weather is iffy but the show will go on. We’ll have some extra tents out and, again, a Shinyribs night is truly amazing.

Tonight’s concert at the pond is sponsored by Holiday Inn Express, Los Alamos Co-op Market and the NM Consortium.


Mobile Pet Adoption at County Fair Aug. 9

Cuddly canine smooches with the ladies during the FOS Mobile Adoption at the 2013 County Fair. File photo

FOS News:

Brighten your life and theirs … the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter will again sponsor a Mobile Pet Adoption 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, near Ashley Pond during the Los Alamos County Fair. 

Stop by the event and meet some great dogs hoping to find a good home with that special person or family. We will have volunteers at the event eager to talk about individual animals. There also will be posters and information about dogs and cats available at the Los Alamos Animal


Councilor Hosts Booth at County Fair Aug. 9


Saturday, Aug. 9, members of the public are encouraged to stop by the Los Alamos County Council’s booth at the County Fair and visit with Councilors and County staff about a variety of projects, topics and areas of interest, including pro-code enforcement, property maintenance, and the comprehensive planning efforts getting underway.

Members of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee will be on hand to update the public on current White Rock projects.

Representatives from Los Alamos Airport will have information about commercial air service


Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 24 to July 30, 2014

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.

July 24 at 9:16 a.m. / A 30-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone sprayed graffiti on property on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

July 27 at 1:56 p.m. / Police arrested Andrea Herrera, 30 of Chamita at 751 Trinity Dr., and charged her with petty theft and issued her a summons to appear in court. Police booking photo unavailable.


July 28 at 10:55 p.m. / Police


Atomic City Transit Solicits Community Feedback


Atomic City Transit is soliciting comments regarding the Los Alamos Comprehensive Transit Study and Updated Five-Year Service Plan.

So far, LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., have conducted two public meetings to solicit suggestions for potential improvements. LSC also has made its technical memorandums available at:

The deadline for comments has been extended to Friday, Aug. 1. Your suggestions are important and Atomic City Transit wants to hear from you. Review the technical memorandums regarding service analysis, transit


Entries Sought For 2015 Shelter Alumni Calendar


FOS News:

Get those cameras ready, polish those smiles, and say cheese! (or Tuna! or Kibble). Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2015 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 6.

Pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal or an abandoned or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet. Pet owners whose pets were featured in last year’s calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year’s calendar.

Entry forms are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea


Central Avenue Now Closed Between Post Office And 15th


The recent significant rain has caused delays to the Central Avenue Improvements Project. In order to maintain the project schedule and increase safety along the section of Central Avenue currently under construction, a change to the traffic control plan was required.

Therefore, effective at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Central Avenue between the Post Office entrance and 15th Street has been fully closed and will remain closed for the next 4-6 weeks.
Access to the Post Office will be maintained and a pedestrian crossing will be located near Starbucks. Vehicles will be detoured


Council Declares Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 ‘Alex Kirk Day’

The long and the short of it is that Tuesday night on behalf of the Los Alamos County Council, Councilor Steven Girrens, right, presented a proclamation to athlete Alex Kirk declaring Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 as ‘Alex Kirk Day’ in Los Alamos County. Photo by Alan Kirk

Los Alamos High School graduate and former Lobos basketball star Alex Kirk thanks County Councilors Tuesday night after they declared Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 as ‘Alex Kirk Day’ in Los Alamos County. Photo by Alan Kirk

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation Tuesday evening declaring


County’s Bear Camp Vacates Ice Rink in Canyon for Remainder of Season


As a result of continued rainy weather conditions this week and the potential for flash flooding in Los Alamos Canyon, LAPD Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor has ordered the County’s Bear Camp program to vacate the Ice Rink in the canyon for the remainder of the summer camp season.

Atomic City Transit busses are transporting approximately 30-35 campers out of the canyon now. They will be shuttled safely back to the Aquatic Center’s training room.

Staff is contacting parents to let them know of the change and asking them to pick up their children at the Aquatic Center.


Youth Activity Center Moving Into White Rock Town Hall Until Spring


As part of the White Rock Library and Youth Activity Center (YAC) project, the existing YAC facility must be vacated for renovations.

The last day the current YAC will be open in Pinon Park is Friday, Aug. 15. County YAC staff will be moving operations to White Rock Town Hall over the weekend of Aug. 16-17 and will re-open for business Monday, Aug. 18.

YAC services will remain in Town Hall until the new Library/renovated YAC open next Spring. The project manager is working with Atomic City Transit to establish a temporary bus stop on the west side of Rover Boulevard in front of White Rock


Canyon & Rover Park Tennis Courts Undergo Resurfacing Beginning Tuesday Morning

Courtesy image


Tennis players using Canyon and Rover Parks are being asked to seek alternate courts for play while County contractors resurface these two courts over the next three weeks.

Work will get underway Tuesday morning at Canyon Court. Resurfacing begins at Rover Park’s tennis court next week.

Visitors in the area are asked to use caution around the courts, obey closure signs and generally avoid resurfacing activities in progress. Parents are especially asked to keep a close watch on their children at play in the parks and advise small children to avoid the construction


Power Interrupted At UNM-LA And Denver Steels


Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials report that a power outage affecting about 100 customers in the Denver Steels neighborhood and portions of the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos began about 6:45 a.m. today.

Power was restored at UNM-LA by 7:30 a.m. and by 8 a.m. to the Denver Steels neighborhood.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water and wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and the public is always welcome.


Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Ropes in Family Fun Aug. 8-10

Los Alamos National Bank won first place in the 2013 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade for best capturing the essence of the ‘100 Years of Homesteading’ theme. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


With the new school season around the corner, the County of Los Alamos is giving families an excuse to enjoy one last summer weekend trip with the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo, Aug. 8-10.

“This family-oriented County Fair and Rodeo gives families something fun to do before the start of another school year and the end of summer,” said Suzette Fox, executive director,


Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of July 28


Upcoming Road Construction Update:

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.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street.

During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Expect intermittent short-term flagging operations with minimal delays


Ray-Wylie-Hubbard and The Bill Hearne Trio Play The Pond

Ray-Wylie-Hubbard performs for a large crowd at Friday night’s Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Jim Caffrey

The Bill Hearne Trio opened Friday night’s Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Jim Caffey

Concert goers take to the dance floor as the Bill Hearne Trio perform Friday night. Photo by Jim Caffey


Central Avenue Improvements Taking Shape

Friday afternoon revealed improvements taking shape along the CB FOX side of Central Avenue as part of the Central Avene Improvements Project, which is underway from 15th Street to 20th Street in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/