County Government

Wildfire 2014 – Coming to Fuller Lodge April 19

Sparky the Fire Dog. Courtesy/LAC


As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2014” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management
  • National Weather Service
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team

Other displays and information include:

  • Sand table demonstration of the 2011

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County Releases Order for Elected Officials’ & County Department Budget Discussions


Beginning Monday, April 21, the Council will hold budget hearings on the proposed FY 15/16 budget. Hearings will continue Tuesday, April 22 and then again the following Monday and Tuesday, April 28 and 29. The agenda for discussions will be:

Introduction, Overview & Budget Summary

Long Range Financial Projection

Elected Officials’ & County Department Budgets Discussion, in this order:

  1. County Council
  2. Municipal Court
  3. County Assessor
  4. County Clerk
  5. Probate Court
  6. County Sheriff
  7. County Attorney
  8. County Administrator
  9. Fire
  10. Police
  11. Community Services
  12. Community & Economic

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Spring Time Splash Bouts Begin April 7


  • Pool fun and adventures are kicking off at the Walkup Aquatic Center

Beginning Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, the Aquatic Center kicks off with the Spring Fling at the pool.

The obstacle course will be up and running 1-3 p.m. each day. The Aquatic Center also offers a discount for youth 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, the Aquatic Center is launching a new program: an in-pool egg hunt. Admission is $2.50/child, and all youth – ages 16 and under – are invited to hunt for colorful eggs in the water. The limit is 150 youth, and all participants

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David Izraelevitz Campaign Kickoff Draws Food Donations For Hungry Students

At Tuesday’s campaign kickoff  for Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz’s Council Campaign Kickoff event at Fuller Lodge, his treasurer Phil Gursky, left, Izraelevitz and his wife Terry Izraelevitz stand next to the large amount of food collected  for Assets in Action’s ‘March on Hunger’ food drive from attendees at his event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz addresses the crowd at his campaign kickoff event Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Ribbon Cutting, Rededication and Celebration of Ashley Pond Park Improvements Set For May 9

A ‘Ribbon Cutting, Rededication and Celebration of Ashley Pond Park Improvements’ is set for 4 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the park. This special event is hosted by the County Council and the Parks & Recreation Division, with special guests and performances as part of a community celebration program planned to take place at the new concert stage. The dedication plaque also will be revealed during the ceremony. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss


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Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries Annual Scholarships Deadline Extended


The deadline for applications for the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries annual scholarships has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday, April 14.

The Friends will award up to four scholarships of $2,500 again this year and also will administer the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.

Any senior enrolled and in good standing at Los Alamos High School, a local private high school, or an approved home study program, who plans to continue his or her education at a recognized institution by September of the year following graduation may apply.

Only LAHS graduates are eligible for the

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Filming for TV Movie Underway in White Rock


Today through Monday, April 7, crews are filming a portion of a Lifetime network, made-for-television movie titled “Jubilee,” starring Tony Goldwyn (from the popular ABC series, Scandal), at a private residence at 155 S. Monte Rey Dr. in Pajarito Acres. 

A temporary wall has been constructed on the property near the road, which will be dismantled after filming is completed. Film trucks, trailers, cars and equipment will be staged on site at the residence, as well as on the vacant lot at the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard. 

Film activity will occur at both sites between

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County Releases Proposed Budget For FY15-FY16


Los Alamos County has published its FY15 & FY16 proposed budget. Citizens may access the document from the County’s website at on the Office of Management and Budget webpage.

Reference copies also are available at the Mesa and White Rock public libraries, at the 311 Customer Care Center inside the Municipal Building lobby or at the Office of the County Administrator in the Municipal Building, Suite 350.

Budget hearings are set for April 21, 22, 28 and 29. All hearings will be 7 p.m. in Chambers. Until the Council adopts the budget, it is still open for discussion

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County’s Quarterly Spring Green Waste and Bulk Item Collection Coming Up in April!


If you live in Los Alamos, your pick up starts Monday, April 7 (Monday or Tuesday trash service) or Monday, April 14 (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday trash service).

For those living in White Rock, the start date is April 28 (Friday trash service) or May 5 (Tuesday trash service).

Items that WILL be picked up:

  • brush;
  • furniture;
  • mattresses; and
  • large appliances.

Note: All leaves and pine needles should be placed in paper yard bags to allow the County to send them to composting and not the waste stream.

Items that will NOT be picked up:

  • construction material;
  • lumber;
  • tires;
  • concrete;
  • railroad

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County Council to Address Charter Issues at Special Meeting April 15


The Los Alamos County Council has called a Special Meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave.

The purpose of the meeting is for Council to address County Charter items pertaining to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, whether or not to have a full time County Clerk, and discussion about a path forward for an Election Resolution in order to send these charter items to a vote in the November general election.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Alert: Planned Power Outage Thursday April 3

DPU News:
In order to improve electric reliability in the downtown area, the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) plans a 10 a.m. to noon power outage Thursday, April 3 on Oppenheimer, Short, Los Arboles and Loma Vista Drive south of Trinity Drive.
Thursday’s outage will affect approximately 350 residents and several businesses, according to the DPU.
“The planned electric outage is needed so that our crews can safely install a new electric switch for this neighborhood,” said DPU’s Associate Engineer for Electric Distribution Steve Marez. “

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Movie Production in Pajarito Acres March 31-April 7


The Lifetime made-for-TV movie “Jubilee” will be filming in Pajarito Acres March 31 through April 7. 

Los Alamos County will post announcements regarding the film production at under “News & Alerts.”

Film Location:

The production company has an agreement with a homeowner on S. Monte Rey Drive. This week they will be constructing a temporary wall on the property near the road for filming, after which it will be dismantled.

Shooting schedule:

Filming is scheduled to begin Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4th, as well

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Nature Center Construction Set Up Activities Begin on Canyon Road This Week



The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is collaborating with Los Alamos County to build a nature center on Canyon Road, scheduled to be finished by Earth Day 2015.

The contractor, Klinger Construction, took possession of the construction site for the Nature Center Friday. Starting next week, residents or motorists in the area may see them mobilizing their equipment, setting up their work site trailer, taking down or setting up fences and other project set up activities.

Klinger Construction will not be performing any earth work until the 15-day period

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Pet of the Week: Sho the Dog

Sho the dog. Courtesy/FOS


Sho is a 4-year-old neutered male. Volunteers guess that he is a pit/husky mix – one look at his stunning blue eyes and you’ll see why volunteers think that he has some husky in him.

Sho came to the shelter with his son Pounce, who has since been adopted, and Sho really hopes that it’s his turn next. He is a very easy going dog who would make a great family dog.

Sho would love to show you his training – he knows how to “sit” and also is learning how to “lie down.” He is crate-trained and housebroken, but he will need a secure fence since he likes to go on occasional adventures.

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 20 To March 25, 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.

March 20 at 1:47 p.m. / A 60-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was assaulted on North Mesa Road. The matter is under investigation.

March 20 at 3:12 p.m. / A 69-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Monte Rey Drive South. The estimated loss is more than $1,000.

March 21 at 10:44 a.m. / A 55-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she was harassed on West Road.

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Los Alamos Ranks #1 Healthiest County Again


Results of the County Health Rankings were released Wednesday and Los Alamos County ranked at the top of the list. Los Alamos has been at the top of this list since 2010.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

We believe America can become a nation where getting healthy, staying healthy, and making sure our children grow up healthy are top priorities. We have a vision of an America where we all strive together to build a national culture of health that

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Interview Panels for Utility Manager Announced


Los Alamos County has announced the interview panels for the post of Utility Manager.

The interviews will take place April 1.

Panelists include:

  • The Utilities Board Panel is comprised of all five Utilities Board members including Chair David Powell, Vice Chair Timothy Neal, Kevin Anderson, Chris Ortega and Stephen Tenbrink, County Administrator Harry Burgess and Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson.
  • The Citizen Panel is comprised of Felicia Orth, Harry Ettinger, Wendy Skidmore and John Wolfe.
  • The Staff Panel is comprised of DPU Manager John Arrowsmith, County Attorney Becky

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Two Boards Need Volunteers ASAP!


The County Council is seeking interested volunteers to represent Los Alamos County on economic development boards that have current openings on their Board of Directors.

Both the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) and the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NMNMEDD) have vacancies and have asked the Council to forward recommendations to them.

RDC Board:

The RDC Board opening is restricted to applicants working in the private sector in Los Alamos or White Rock.

The RDC is a regional economic development organization for Northern New Mexico, focused

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