County Government

Water Work Underway at East Jemez and N.M. 4

DPU News:

Over the next two weeks, motorists may notice Department of Public Utility Water Production crews at work on the water system transmission line near Tsankawi Park at the intersection of N.M. 4 and East Jemez Road.

Crews will be installing a new water system point of entrance meter, new chlorine injection equipment and a vault to house the equipment. Water from two wells merge at this point into the main line feeding White Rock. The point of entrance meter is the site that is used for recording measurements for monthly reporting to the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer. The chlorine


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County to Offer Summer Vending Permits

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Recreation Division is getting ready to start taking Vending Permits for the 2014 Summer Concert Series /Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo as well as other vending at Ashley Pond for 2014.

“We do know you may have questions and, or concerns with the new renovations of the pond and the new locations that venders well be setup in,” said Brendan Tuning of the Recreation Division. “I would like to offer you a look at the new vender locations and answer your questions before we start taking applications for permits.

Contact Tuning at 505.662.8173, 505.662.8034 or brendan.tuning@lacnm.us


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Animal Traps To Be Banned In Los Alamos County!

David Dubois discusses a trap banning petition submitted to the County earlier this month. He explained that he and his wife Terry were hiking along a local trail with friends late last year when an unmarked trap buried next to the trail clamped shut on their dog’s leg. After listening to his presentation and public comment, Council voted 7-0 to accept the trap banning petition, to direct staff to draft a resolution compatible with the support of trap banning and return to Council with the resolution by the April 29 meeting and to prepare an ordinance that supports banning trapping on Los


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County Council Sends Proposal for Amended Code of Ethics Back for Revisions

Deputy County Attorney Dan Gonzales briefs Council  on an ordinance amending the Code of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos by adopting a new Article VI, Code of Conduct. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Deputy County Attorney Dan Gonzales briefs Council at tonight’s County Council meeting in Council Chambers on an ordinance amending the Code of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos by adopting a new Article VI, Code of Conduct.

During public comment, Harry Ettinger said he believes the draft code of ethics is inadequate and overwhelmingly geared toward


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Los Alamos Police Department Adds Trucks to Fleet

Officers assigned to new police trucks are Cpl. Jack Casias, left, and Cpl. Albert Rael, right, with LAPD Fleet Manager Cpl. David Boe standing at center. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has added two new Ford F-150 trucks to its fleet of patrol vehicles. The 2013 crew cab trucks are a needed addition to the fleet given the versatility the vehicles provide to patrol officers traveling over rough terrain in the field.

The vehicles also allow for hauling items that would not normally fit in LAPD sport utility vehicles or sedans and have the capability of towing department


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Los Alamos County Officials Gather with Japanese Dignitaries For Meeting and Reception in Santa Fe

Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers, left, with Consul General of Japan Ikuhiko Ono, center, and Consul General of Mexico Mauricio Ibara Ponce de Leon at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe Friday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Senior officials from JETRO (the Japan External Trade Organization) met in Santa Fe Friday with various business and community leaders to promote economic dialogue between Japan and New Mexico. The JETRO delegation featured Director Sachiko Yoshimura of JETRO offices in Los Angeles.

Topics of discussion


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Pet of the Week: Xena the Cat

Xena the cat. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Xena has been at the shelter long enough that this is now her second time being featured as Pet of the Week. She’s really hoping that this will finally be the time that she gets adopted.

Xena is a spayed female orange tabby, surrendered for expressing her dislike for sharing her family with other cats.

She enjoys being petted and would prefer to do without the presence of children, but could probably learn to live with other felines if given time to adjust. Shelter staff and volunteers think that she can probably rapidly deal with any “annoying” canines in the


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P&Z to Hear Requests for Special Use Permits Wednesday

P&Z will hear a request Wednesday for a special use permit for Dynofit, Inc.; a software and hardware development corporation, for property owned by LAPS in the Pueblo Complex at 1900 Diamond Dr. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. The meeting is open to the public.

Commissioners will hear a request for recommendation of approval to rezone 1.272 acres at 101 DP Road on the southeast corner of Trinity Drive from DT-NCO (Downtown Neighborhood Center) to C-3 (Commercial).


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Reiss: Travel by Air…Part of Our Infrastructure

By County Councilor Rick Reiss

In April, we will celebrate the one-year anniversary of re-established commercial airline service between Los Alamos Airport and Albuquerque’s Sunport. Many of you may recall that, last November, I voiced my support for this new service to remain operational until September 2014 by voting with five of my fellow councilors to approve a flight subsidy of $365,000 from the County’s general funds.

In case you missed that Nov. 5 Council meeting where air service was discussed – the infusion of cash was needed because early predictions that ridership on the nine-passenger


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Spring is Here: Remember to ‘Create Defensible Space’

COUNTY News:

In concert with the upcoming “Brush & Bulk Item Collection” being sponsored by the Los Alamos County Eco-Station, and with warm weather spring clean-up efforts in full swing during April, the Los Alamos Fire Department would like to remind residents of the urgent need to keep “defensible space” concepts in mind when working outside to clean up property around homes and structures.

Creating defensible space can give firefighters their best possible chance of protecting property if another wildfire ever occurs in the County.

The County’s defensible space guidelines were


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Posse Lodge Pancake Breakfast Benefits Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter April 6

Thayla Sullivan with Pyrite at last year’s event who was adopted and renamed ‘Cannon’ and now lives in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FOS

FOS News:

Sunday, April 6 is the third year in a row that the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter (FOS) has participated in the  Posse Lodge Pancake Breakfast. All proceeds will benefit FOS.

The  regular menu items of various flavors of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee will be available. FOS will feature a silent auction of gift baskets donated by Zena Thomas and Best Buddy Baskets. The auction goes on all morning, as well


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‘Wing into Spring’ Coloring Contest Winners Announced

Students and their parents gathered at Los Alamos County Airport Thursday where Airport Manager Peter Soderquist, in suit at right, presented the students with a certificate and a red airplane-shaped kite after their name was selected from a drawing in a ‘Wing Into Spring’ coloring contest sponsored by the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Leslie Bucklin/LAC

Students show off their certificates and red airplane-shaped kites. Photo by Leslie Bucklin/LAC

COUNTY News:

On the first day of Spring, March 20, eight lucky elementary-aged school children were awarded a certificate


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Short List Announced For Utilities Manager Job

COUNTY News:

The Department of Public Utilities is wrapping up their search for a new Utilities Manager. Twenty-two applications were received and reviewed.

The list of candidates was narrowed to five individuals Thursday. All five candidates are current County employees.

Interviews will be conducted April 1 by three panels:

  • Internal (employee) review panel;
  • Members of the Utilities’ Board; and
  • Citizens’ panel.

The finalists listed in alphabetical order include:

James Alarid is Deputy Utility Manager/Engineering Division. He joined the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) engineering


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 13 To March 18, 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 13 at 1:15 p.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Los Alamos girl at Los Alamos High School with possession of drug paraphernalia and referred her to the juvenile probation officer.

March 13 at 4:38 p.m. / A 46-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of identity theft on Canyon Glen. The estimated loss is unknown.

March 14 at 7:43 a.m. / A 44-year-old Los Alamos man reported that


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NCNMEDD Board Vacancy Deadline is Monday

COUNTY News:

Four days remain to apply for a vacany on the Board of Directors of the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NCNMEDD).

Los Alamos or White Rock residents interested in applying for the position are reminded that the deadline for letters of interest is 5 p.m. Monday, March 24.

Mail or hand-deliver a one-page letter of interest to the Los Alamos County Council, c/o County Administrator Harry Burgess, 1000 Central Ave, Ste. 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

For more details on how to apply, or background on NCNMEDD, visit www.losalamosnm.us/News.


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Suspect Injures Patron While Fleeing Scene at Jemez House Thrift Store in White Rock

Courtesy/LAPD

Courtesy/LAPD

POLICE News:

Los Alamos County Police responded to reports of an attempted shoplifting Friday, March 14 at the Jemez House Thrift Store in White Rock. A male subject entered the store and attempted to conceal merchandise without paying for it and was confronted by several store patrons. 

While witnesses were attempting to call police, the subject forced his way passed the patrons and left in his vehicle. One of the patrons sustained an injury during this process. The male is described as approximately 40 years of age, 6’2” tall and around 230-250 pounds. He


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Los Alamos County Police Detectives Seek Information on Auto Burglary Suspects

Courtesy/LAPD

POLICE News:

Los Alamos County Police Detectives are searching for information on two male suspects who committed several automotive burglaries in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day

The suspects were captured on video driving up in a 4-door car in Los Alamos County, exited the vehicle and proceeded to pull on unlocked vehicle doors to steal items. A firearm is one of the reported stolen items.

Anyone who can identify the vehicle or one or any of the suspects may be able to receive a reward of up to $250 for the arrest and prosecution of these suspects.

Anyone


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Scholarships Available From Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES News:

As the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries await applications for their annual scholarships from graduating seniors, they are sad to bid farewell to Marie Pierce, who was Scholarship Chairman for many years.

Each year, Pierce made sure that applicants followed the rules, logged in the qualifying applications, and, at the same time, removed the identification of the author and assigned a code letter identifier to each essay. She created packets and distributed them to each of her volunteer readers. After all the readers returned their packets, Pierce correlated


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Dirt and Dust From Monday’s Wind Causing Hazy Air Quality Around Los Alamos Today

Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor reports that the “smoky” conditions around Los Alamos and elswhere in the state are caused by dirt and dust from yesterday’s wind event.

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider also explained that the wind is carrying smoke from a couple of prescribed burns underway south of Los Alamos.

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider

He said it may include smoke from a small fire that broke out at 11:30 a.m. today in Valencia County.

 

 

 

Air Quality


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