County Government

Council Approves Increase In Compensation For Elected Officials

Councilor David Izraelevitz and five other councilors voted this evening to approve an increase in compensation for elected officials. Council Chair Geoff Rodgers voted against the measure saying it in no way was a reflection of the elected officials but rather a personal decision. As an appointed councilor, Izraelevitz is running for election Nov. 4 and this pay increase goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015 for all newly elected officials, which means if elected, he will benefit from the vote. Izraelevitz said he will donate his increase in pay to charity. Screen Shot/LAC
 
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BPU Transparency Concerns Raised During Public Comment At Council Meeting

During public comment this evening in Council Chambers, Christine Chandler played a portion of a tape of a recent meeting of the Board of Public Utilities in which board members were discussing the possible purchase of a coal mine. Chandler encouraged the Council to find a way to have the BPU hold its meetings where they can be recorded and those recordings be placed in an easily accessible location for the public. ScreenShot/LAC

Mark Jones also spoke during public comment to the transparency issue related to the Department of Public Utilities and its board. ScreenShot/LAC

Local attorney George


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Personnel Board Chair Terry Priestley Briefs Council

Personnel Board Chair Terry Priestley briefed Council this evening on the activities of the Personnel Board. Council leadership has requested that each Board/Commission chair make a presentation to the Council once a year focused on what has been completed and what they are currently working on, and what challenges or opportunities they see coming up in the future. Priestley explained that the purpose of the Personnel Board is to serve in an appellate and advisory capacity in the administration of the County personnel program. The Board also may act as an appellate body to hear personnel complaints.


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Sheriff Urges Parents: Check Sex Offender Registry Before Halloween

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero

SHERIFFS OFFICE News:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero today issued the following Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips:

Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80 percent of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile? Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under 12, and 75 percent of victims know their attacker. Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home. Did you know currently there are seven registered sex offenders


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Community Turns Out Sunday For Mesa Public Library Building’s 20th Birthday Celebration

Guests at Mesa Public Library’s 20th birthday party Sunday at 2400 Central Ave., were treated to a special cake and cupcakes covered in Italian creme created by Carmela Miller-Martinez of DD Bakery by L.I.A. Photo by Katy Korkos

Mesa Public Library Manager Steven Thomas leads guests on a tour of the library during Sunday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Community members and county officials joined present and former staff to help celebrate 20 years since the dedication of the Mesa Public Library building at 2400 Central Ave. The event included


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Public Art Graces White Rock Visitor Center

The County’s Art in Public Places Board hosted a special ceremony to dedicate new art Oct. 7 at the White Rock Visitor Center, 115 N.M. 4. Preparing to cut the ribbon, from left, Art in Public Places Board Member Vicky Carrejo, Vice Chair Ken Nebel, artists Kathi Geoffrion Parker and Richard Swenson, councilors Francis Berting and Rick Reiss and Art in Public Places Board Chair Steve Foltyn. A watercolor by Kathi Geoffrion Parker is in the foreground. Parker’s watercolors are displayed in the Conference Room at the Center. The White Rock Visiotr Center officially opened

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Los Alamos Road Construction Update: Oct. 27

COUNTY News:

COUNTY News:

Please note that the below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

The contractor has closed Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to the Reel Deal Theater and the library will be provided from eastbound Central.

Access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street.

Directions starting from westbound Central:

  • Right at 15th, left at Nectar which turns into Peach Street, then left onto

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Los Alamos Police Officers Recognized At Ceremony

Six officers were recognized Friday for promotions during a special ceremony in the training room at the Los Alamos Police Station. Front row from left, Sgt. Jordan Redmond, Cpl. J. Cordova, and Cpl. Jude Binion. Back row from left, Adele Girmendonk, Cpl. James Keane, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Sgt. Erica Bustos and Cpl. Ben Irving. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Newly promoted Sgt. Jordan Redmond with his son. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone chats with staff members and Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales at Friday’s promotion ceremony.


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Community Invited To Birthday Party For Library Sunday

Mesa Public Library is the Los Alamos branch of the Los Alamos County library. The library started in 1943 as a subscription library, after the donation of $5 by 70 families living in Los Alamos. In 1945 it became free and open to all. In 1981 the White Rock Branch Library opened in White Rock. In 1994 the library moved into its new building at 2400 Central Ave., west of Fuller Lodge. The library collection has more than 160,000 items, which include books, CDs, videotapes and other. Courtesy/wikipedia

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It was just 20 short years ago this month that volunteers from all over town helped move all


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Watch Video Of Debate Between Los Alamos Sheriff Candidates

Supporters gather in the Los Alamos Daily Post newsroom Wednesday to watch the debate between incumbent Sheriff Marco Lucero and challenger Jaret McDonald. From left, John Horne Jr, John Horne Sr, Chris Clark, Jennifer McDonald, Sandra Lucero, Jim Leach and Jean Gindreau of PAC 8, who filmed the debate. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Incumbent Sheriff Marco Lucero, left, and challenger Jaret McDonald shake hands before Wednesday’s debate. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

POLITICAL News:

The Los Alamos Daily Post hosted a debate Wednesday at its downtown headquarters


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White Rock Complex Remodel Meeting

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Community Economic Development Department staff will host a public meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the White Rock Senior Center to discuss the White Rock Complex Remodel Project.

In May 2012, Council approved a reduced project scope and the associated funding of $8.4 million to be included in the FY13 budget. The project returned to Council with a redefined scope including a smaller 10,500-square-foot new Library at Piñon Park, remodeling the existing Youth Activity Center and remodeling the existing Municipal Complex.

The Municipal Complex remodel


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Pet of the Week: Zed The Dog

Zed the dog. Courtesy/LAC

SHELTER News:

Zed is a 7-year-old neutered male tricolor shepherd/Aussie mix who is medium sized at about about 40 pounds.

He is housebroken, leash-trained and crate trained. In fact, Zed’s leash manners are exemplary. He enjoys the company of other gentle dogs, but does not get along with cats or children.

He has a slight aversion to loud noises. While Zed is learning who his new family is, he will need a tall, climb-proof fence. For a personalized introduction to Zed, call his sponsor at 505.660.1648.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179,


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Last Day For Shuttle Buses To Bandelier This Year Is Monday

One of the Atomic City Transit shuttles at the Bandelier Visitor Center. The last day of shuttle service to the park this year is Monday, Oct. 27. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
  • Shuttles carried more than 45,500 passengers to Bandelier between May and October
Monday, Oct. 27, will be this year’s last day of shuttle bus service from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument. 

Now that the busy summer season has passed, park visitors will again be welcome to drive down to the Visitor Center area throughout the day.

Many visitors, those local and from far away, wonder why the shuttles

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 16 to Oct. 22, 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.

Oct. 16 at 9:38 a.m. / An 18-year-old Espanola woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.  

Oct. 17 at 9:13 a.m. / A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she is the victim of child solicitation by electronic communication device.

Oct. 17 at 8:43 p.m. / A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged


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Nominations Open For Los Alamos County Business Recycler Of The Year Award

COUNTY News:

Do you know of a local business that goes above and beyond when it comes to recycling?

Los Alamos County Environmental Services is calling for nominations for the second annual Business Recycler of the Year Award. The contest is open to Los Alamos County businesses of all sizes. Nominate your own businesses, your employer, or your favorite local sustainable retailer/restaurant. Send the business name and a brief description explaining the nomination to angelica.gurule@lacnm.us

Recycling is a big step businesses can take to create a more sustainable operation, but it can take


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Los Alamos Fire Department Ready For Ebola

LAFD News:

How have the County’s first responders prepared for a possible Ebola epidemic?

The Los Alamos County Fire Department has been working diligently to unify efforts across Northern New Mexico to prepare for any possible Ebola cases. The Emergency Medical Services Division and the Safety division for the department has sent out the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) interim guidance for first responders and dispatchers to follow in the case of a possible outbreak.

The Fire department has also been in close contact with Los Alamos Emergency Management, Santa Fe County and City Fire


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Kyoto University To Explain Demand Response Research In Los Alamos

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities invites the public to attend a special presentation on preliminary results of the Mesa Smart Meter Study. 

Researchers from Japan’s Kyoto University, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and Toshiba Corporation will provide an update and explain the continuing research being conducted at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday in Los Alamos in the New Golf Course Community Building, 4250 Diamond Dr.

For the past year and a half, Los Alamos volunteers in North and Barranca Mesas participated in


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Important Community Talk On Drugs And Drug Abuse In Los Alamos Wednesday

LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and other community members will present a talk designed to raise awareness of drugs and drug abuse within the local community.

“I would like to see this presentation act as a catalyst for a more open discussion about drugs in Los Alamos County and what we can do as a community about it,” Sgambellone said.

The presentation is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Duane Smith Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.


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Los Alamos County Prepares Parks For Winter

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division will stop issuing park reservations and field permits Nov.1 through April 1 as the water and restrooms are shut down and closed in preparation for winter weather. 

The parks and fields will remain open but this means that utilization of shelters and fields in the parks will be on a first-come, first-served basis without services.

These winter preparations will also impact Ashley Pond and Camp May. At Ashley Pond, the stage cover and lights will be removed and placed into storage over the winter. At Camp May, large


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Fly Los Alamos Adds Flights Around Thanksgiving Holiday To Meet Demand

New Mexico Airlines. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Expecting increased demand for flights before and after the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Los Alamos Airport announced today that two additional flights have been added to the New Mexico Airlines flight schedule for the time frame of Monday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Dec. 1 (no extra flights on Thanksgiving day Nov. 27).

Flight 101 will depart Albuquerque at 11:22 a.m. and Flight 102 will depart Los Alamos at noon during these seven days, making it easier than ever for passengers to connect between flights at the Sunport and the local airport.


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