County Government

Council Expected To Vote On Electric Rate Hike Tonight

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council is scheduled to vote this evening on the new proposed increase in electric rates at its final Council meeting of the year.

The proposed rate increase is a result of a study that began in June of 2014 when the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) contracted with Leidos to perform a detailed cost and revenue analysis and determine what rate adjustments, if any, are necessary to provide adequate revenues to cover expenses and meet reserve and debt service requirements.

Additionally, DPU asked the consultant to review the existing customer classes and rates


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County Turning Off Streetlights To Enhance Farolitos Viewing

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.

The streetlights will be turned off Wednesday, Dec. 24 and will be restored Friday, Dec. 26.

For safety purposes, the County requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the time that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos. Due to the limited sight visibility during the viewing, drivers are requested to travel the viewing


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Honey The Dog Needs A Home

Honey the dog. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Honey is a sweet and pretty spayed female Anatolian shepherd mix, now ready for a home that has time to enjoy exercising with her and making her a part of the family.

Shelter volunteers are teaching Honey good behavior, such as keeping all four paws on the floor and not running out of the kennel door when it’s opened. Her new training will make her the perfect addition to any home. For a personalized introduction, call her sponsor at 505.501.0790.

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


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Pet of the Week: Vuitton The Dog

Vuitton. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Vuitton is a 2-year-old neutered male Lab/shepherd cross surrendered to the shelter.

He has silver markings on his legs and muzzle. He loves to go for hikes and spend time with his family.

Vuitton will need a tall fence with a barrier along the top. The best way to avoid escape attempts is to prevent loneliness and boredom by including him in family life.

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, adopting


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Los Alamos County Issues Statement On New Mexico Airlines’ Suspending All Flights In New Mexico

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County officials commented this morning on two news stories featured by KOB and KOAT television that New Mexico Airlines, who holds a contract with the Los Alamos Airport for commercial air service, has suspended all flights in New Mexico.

“On Dec. 4, we learned through customer reports and airport observations that all flights had been canceled,” Public Works Director Philo Shelton said.

Upon learning the news, the County contacted New Mexico Airlines to inquire if the flight cancellations were temporary or if any information could be furnished to the Airport or to


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 4 To Dec. 10, 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.

GLORIA ORTIZ

Dec. 4 at 9:23 a.m. / Police arrested Gloria Ortiz, 53, of Santa Fe near Diamond Drive and Range Road and charged her with operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. / A 12-year-old Espanola boy reported that he was battered on Hawk Drive.

 

NEVEN FARQUHAR

Dec. 5 at 10:25 a.m. / Police arrested Neven Farquhar, 19, of Los Alamos on


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Recount Underway For Commissioner Of Public Lands Race

A recount is underway this morning in the Los Alamos County Clerk’s warehouse at 1000 Central Ave., for the Commissioner of Public Lands race. Clerk’s at all 33 counties across New Mexico are conducting recounts of this race today. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

ELECTION News:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover announced Wednesday that her office received notice from the Secretary of State that an agreement was reached by all parties, allowing the stay to be lifted on the automatic recount for the Commissioner of Public Lands race.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has officially


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Los Alamos County Participates In State-Wide Recount For Commissioner Of Public Lands

Land Commissioner Ray Powell

ELECTION News:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover announced today, her office received notice from the Secretary of State, that an agreement was reached by all parties, allowing the stay to be lifted on the automatic recount for the Commissioner of Public Lands race.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has officially lifted the stay and the State Canvassing Board (Governor, SOS and Supreme Court Justice) has issued a 20-page amended order for the statewide recount. County Clerks, at all county seats across New Mexico, are to begin the recount process 8 a.m. Thursday,


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Council Defines Path Forward For Town Tagline

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess briefs Council Tuesday evening on the effort that began in 2005 to find an effective way in which to market Los Alamos to those living outside the community. County Attorney Rebecca Elher, center, ensures Council stays within the guidelines of its current contract with Atlas. Senior Deputy Clerk Ona Trujillo documents the meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council removed ‘Live Exponentially’ and is adding ‘Where Discoveries Are Made’ to the list of possible taglines to market to


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Los Alamos DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

Recently the committee gathered to celebrate their work and look at future projects and goals. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

DWIPC News:

Education is key in the prevention of drinking and driving or other impairments and the local DWI Planning Council (DWIPC) has been working on the issue for a decade in our community.

In order to apply for and receive this grant money, the Los Alamos County Council established the DWIPC through a resolution in 2004. The DWIPC advises the County Council on its DWI plan and spending of DWI grant funds. 

 

The DWIPC will receive $64,000 for 2015 and the


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‘Live Exponentially’ Has Died

Following weeks of public outcry through emails, telephone calls and letters to the editor expressing opposition, the Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to scrap the tagline ‘Live Exponentially’. Seated from left listening to community members speak out against the unpopular tagline at Tuesday’s Council meeting, Councilors Fran Berting, Steven Girrens, David Izraelevitz, Chair Geoff Rodgers, Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and Pete Sheehey. Councilor Rick Reiss attended the meeting via telephone. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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County DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council is set to meet at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11 in Room 110 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Included in the agenda is a report from the coordinator and chair and a Reach and Rise Mentoring Program overview by Aaron Purtzer.

The meeting is open to the public.


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County Councilors Light Tree At Municipal Building

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers gets some help Saturday from son Jason to light the 20-foot tall tree for the holidays inside the Municipal Building. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The tree is alight. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Council members, from left, Chair Geoff Rodgers and son Jason, Rick Reiss, Fran Berting, Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and Pete Sheehey at the tree lighting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Visitors were invited to pose for silly photos during Saturday’s Tree Lighting

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Farolito Sand Now Available To Los Alamos Residents

Traditional farolitos. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

COUNTY News:

Each year, the Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division provides free farolito or luminaria sand as a courtesy to residents.

Sand is now available at these locations:

  • Overlook Park – in south Parking Lot
  • Urban Park – in 42nd St. Parking Area
  • Sullivan Field – west side of Parking Lot
  • Barranca Mesa – at the end of Barranca Rd @ Navajo
  • North Mesa – at the north end of Soccer Field Parking Lot

Residents are asked to limit the amount of sand taken to the amount needed for their holiday farolitos or luminarias.


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Friends Of The Shelter At Fuller Lodge Open House Dec. 6

Feeling the Christmas spirit, Tyrone the 5-pound yorkie plans to attend Saturday’s Open House at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

SHELTER News:

Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter (FOS) will have a table in the lobby 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Fuller Lodge Open House event.

Volunteers will be selling FOS 2015 Calendars, pottery, magnets, as well as small beeswax candles that fit perfectly into some of the pots. Volunteers also will have information on dogs and cats available for adoption.

The money raised enables FOS to continue to fund spay/neuter efforts and helps pay for


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Public Invited To ‘Swearing In’ Ceremony For Newly Elected Officials Dec. 19

Taking the oath of office. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to attend the official “swearing in” ceremony for newly elected officials at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 in Council Chambers, inside the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

County Councilors James Chrobocinski, David Izraelevitz, Susan O’Leary and Rick Reiss will be sworn in, along with County Assessor Ken Milder, Magistrate Judge Pat Casados, Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, Probate Judge Christine Chandler and County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

The ceremony is being hosted by County Clerk Sharon Stover and her


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County Employees Decorate Holiday Tree

County employees are hard at work today setting up a holiday tree in the lobby of the Municipal Building. The County Council will host a public ‘lighting of the tree’ at 5:30 p.m. Saturday – just ahead of the annual holiday lights parade on Central Avenue and part of Winterfest activities kicking off this weekend. Doors to the lobby will open at 5 p.m. and refreshments will be served until the parade begins. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 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.

DENIKA ROMERO

Nov. 27 at 9:46 p.m. / Police arrested Denika Romero, 33, of Espanola in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Nov. 28 at 3:59 p.m. / A 57-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Gold Street.

 

RYAN ROLLER

Nov. 28 at 4:22 p.m. / Police arrested Ryan Roller, 32, of Los Alamos at 107 Central Park Square and charged


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Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing Is Tuesday

Chickens line up on a bench. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Residents of the County have made requests for the Council to consider an amendment to the Code of Ordinances to allow the keeping of a small number of chickens in all residential districts.

The proposed chicken ordinance public hearing on this issue has been resheduled for the County Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The County’s open forum has closed for this topic as of Nov. 14 (the originally scheduled public hearing date, which was tabled due to time constraints);


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