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Pet of the Week: Gandalf The White Cat

Gandalf the white cat. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

If you remember the white cat whose owner we were looking for a couple of weeks ago, here he is with a remake. We named him Gandalf. The county and Friends of the Shelter collaborated to take care of any outstanding veterinary issues.

This is now a plush, contented cat of about nine years. Gandalf is polite and friendly with adults and very gentle children. He seems to tolerate the gentle, respectful cats in the cat room. He has yet to share with us his opinion about dogs.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection


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Pajarito Astronomers Holds Dark Night Oct. 25

PAJARITO ASTRONOMERS News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6:30 p.m. or sunset, Saturday, Oct. 25 at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Mars, Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


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Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Oct. 20

Road Construction Update: Oct. 20

This will be the last update of the season. Further information regarding traffic control will be distributed through press releases.

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. 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 library driveway


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Officials Break Ground On First ‘Fiber Meet Point’

Friday’s REDI Net ‘meet point site’ ceremony on N.M. 4 near Bonnie View, from left, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Chief Information Officer Laura Gonzales, REDI Net General Manager Duncan Sill, LABi President Andy Andrews, Councilor David Izraelevitz, Councilor Rick Reiss, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, Councilor Fran Berting, Attack Research CFO Tadeusz Raven, LABi Vice President Ralph Chapman and Attack Research  staff member Mark Lorinc, partner David Sayre and CEO Anthony Clark. Attack


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Reported Gas Leak At LAHS Was False Alarm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Fire Department reports no gas leak found at Los Alamos High School this morning.

Buildings have been turned back over to LAPS and students have returned to class after being evacuated as a precaution.

The report of the odor of gas was called in at about 8 a.m. to the Department of Public Utilities. DPU crews and LAFD investigated and determined that it was a false alarm.

 


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, 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. 9 at 3:09 p.m. / Police arrested Darren Martinez, of Velarde in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police booking photo not available.

Oct. 12 at 5:17 a.m. / A 22-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Arkansas Street. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Oct. 12 at 1:22 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the


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County Posts New Open Forum Question Today

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has opened a new question on its Open Forum, asking residents to weigh in about a proposed change in the length of time required that must pass before Council could consider a request to name a County facility after a deceased person.

Current code requirements are six months after the person’s death, but the proposal would increase that time frame to five years. Comments will be collected on the forum until 4 p.m., Oct. 28, the date that the public hearing on the ordinance has been set for the regular Council meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building,


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Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 17 in the Los Alamos County Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is comprised of eight cities, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).   Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to create one voice to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns. The organization’s focus is environmental


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Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 3rd Quarter Crime Statistics

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics through the third quarter of 2014, which were compiled by the Department’s Records Division.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property (property crime). Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses or Crimes. Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crime


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County Launches New Webpage For Ordinances And Resolutions

COUNTY News:

In its continued efforts to make it easy for citizens to find and review public notices, Los Alamos County has launched a new section on the Clerk’s webpage for published ordinances and resolutions.

When the Clerk’s Office submits the ordinance or resolution for publication to the local newspaper of record in order to meet legal posting requirements, they also will post the title and a PDF file of the ordinance or resolution being proposed for the public to download from this new webpage.

The date of introduction and public hearing also are posted for easy reference. Citizens can


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High Winds Cause Power Outage On 47th Street

DPU News:

A small power outage occurred Sunday evening along 47th Street in the Western Area. 

At 5 p.m. Sunday, about eight residents along 47th St. were without power and had their power restored by 10:50 p.m. following the replacement of the affected overhead electric lines.

Officials from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that high winds caused a nearby tree to come into contact with cable TV lines and electric lines resulting in the failure. The DPU thanks 47th Street customers for their patience while electric crews worked to resolve the outage. 


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LAPD Promotes Officers

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced promotions for the following indivduals:

 EMployee:                     CUrrent Position:                NEw Position:

Jennie Martinez               Detention Officer I                     


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Central Avenue Improvements Project Set For Completion By Oct. 31

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The contractor anticipates reaching substantial completion of the Central Avenue Improvements Project on or before Oct. 31.

The project area is on Central Avenue from 15th Street to Oppenheimer and Oppenheimer from Trinity north to the library driveway, ending at the entrance to the west parking lot. Improvements include mill and overlay of asphalt, upgrade all sidewalk ramps to ADA standards, one additional crosswalk, concrete pedestrian crossings, tree removal and replacement,


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Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Oct. 13

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update: Oct. 13

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: The below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 2:

46th /47th Streets off Sandia is scheduled to be paved Monday and Tuesday, followed by manhole/valve adjustments in the roadway. Expect the contractor to


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Board of Adjustment Hears Structure Waiver Request Monday

BOA News:

Monday Oct. 13, the Los Alamos County Board of Adjustment (BOA) will meet in Council Chambers to hear a case involving a waiver for an accessory structure.

The subject property is at 121 Verde Ridge in the La Vista subdivision, R-1-10 (Single Family Residential) zone. County staff recommends approval with one condition, of a request for approval of a 16-foot high accessory structure, to be placed at the rear of the property. The Development Code permits an accessory structure up to 12-feet high in an R-1-10 zone.

The condo was built in 1972 and the current owners purchased the property


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Council OKs Manhattan Project Restaurant Liquor License

Victor Medina, left, whose parents own the Manhattan Project Restaurant at 1789 Central Ave., speaks with County Administrator Harry Burgess following Friday’s noon Council meeting. Council members approved a new liquor license for the restaurant 6-0. Councilor Steven Girrens was absent. Medina explained that he wanted to drive the signed paperwork to the state office in Santa Fe that afternoon and he and Burgess headed upstairs to get it done. Medina told the Los Alamos Daily Post that even though the state has up to 30 days to sign and send the license to the restaurant, he anticipated


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Council Approves Contract With Atlas To Move ‘Live Exponentially’ Strapline Forward

In its noon meeting today in Council Chambers, the Los Alamos County Council voted 5-1 to approve a contract with Atlas Advertising, LLC of Denver for $25,000 for brand logo design services, $25,000 for implementation plan services of the strapline ‘Live exponentially’ and subject to future council approval, $175,000 for brand execution services for a possible total of $225,000. Councilor Pete Sheehey voted against the measure and Councilor Steven Girrens was absent. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Charter Question #1 Explained At Thursday’s Forum

League of Women Voters President Barbara Caleb introduces Charter #1 panelists Larry Warner and Kyle Wheeler who discussed changes to the Charter during Thursday’s Forum, which was sponsored by Los Alamos County and facilitated by the League. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Unlike Question #2, Charter Question #1, which concerns structure of government, has engendered little controversy from Los Alamos voters.

At Thursday’s forum on Question #1 at Fuller Lodge, no one spoke against the changes. Instead, Larry Warner and


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, 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.

ANDREA HERRERA

Oct. 2 at 11:12 a.m. / Police arrested Andrea Herrera, 30, of Chamita at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an order of commitment.

 

 

 

LUIS PONCE‑CHITICA

Oct.2 at 1:24 p.m. / Police arrested Luis Ponce-Chitica, 29, of Medenales near Grand Canyon and N.M. 4 and charged him with driving without proof of insurance.

 

JOHN CRAVEN

Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. / Police arrested


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