County Government

Poultry Ordinance Pulled From Tonight’s Council Agenda

COUNTY News:

Poultry Ordinance 02-251 will NOT be introduced at tonight’s County Council meeting with a public hearing Oct. 10 as announced by the County and as posted on the County’s “Open Forum” webpage last week.

It has been pulled from the agenda for tonight and is being revised by the County Attorney’s Office to address only chickens in proximity to human habitation, not all poultry. As soon as the changes are made, the new text will be posted on Open Forum and a new public comment period will open. The new date for introduction of the revised Ordinance is expected


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Los Alamos County Human Resources Department Unveils More User Friendly Job Application

COUNTY News:

The Human Resources Department has revised the Los Alamos County job application to make it more user friendly. 

The new version is available on the website and at the HR Department in Suite 230 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. One of the biggest changes HR has included is that the new application can be saved on most computers. Also, applicants can use an e-signature to sign the application. HR staff hope that applicants will find that these two changes greatly improve the application process.

In addition, HR has eliminated the separate “Student” application.


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Los Alamos Police Collect 186 Pounds Of Prescription Medications During Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day

LAPD Cpl. Jordan Redmond with a citizen disposing of her unwanted medications Saturday in the LAMC parking lot during Drug Take Back Day. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD Cpl. Robert Stephens in the parking lot at LAMC Saturday as a citizen disposes of outdated and unused prescription drugs. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its second DEA Drug Take Back Day of the year Saturday in the parking lot at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Officers collected 186 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription medications as part of the national program.

“This continues to be a successful campaign


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Halloween Carnival, Hayride And Pumpkin Patch Oct. 25

A young girl selects a pumpkin at last year’s patch. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Due to the Walkup Aquatic Center being closed for an HVAC Energy Upgrade, the Aquatic Center staff have teamed with Los Alamos County Recreation Department staff and the Sheriff’s Posse to hold a Halloween Carnival, Hayride and Pumpkin Patch Oct. 25 at the Sherriff’s Posse Lodge.

There will be two sessions of the event: 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

First, there will be a hayride through the horse corrals. There are fun pit stops along the way for treats and activities. At the end of the ride, participants can pick out their


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Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 29

COUNTY News:

Road Construction: Week of Sept. 29

For more information about the projects listed below, please 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.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

Monday, Sept. 29, the contractor will close Oppenheimer north of Central (library driveway), resulting in the west library parking lot being


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ADA Glitch Postpones Voting Machine Certification

A glich was encountered in the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) machines during Friday’s certification and preparation of the Absentee and Election Day Voting Machines at the County Clerk Warehouse. The machines are rescheduled to be officially certified next week. Attending Friday’s event, from left, Deputy Clerk Jocelyn Warner, Republican Bill McKerley who is running for County Council, local Democrat and former County Councilor Michael Wheeler, Bureau of Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, Board of Public Utilities member


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Pet of the Week: Tinky the Chihuahua

Tinky the Chihuahua

SHELTER News:

Tinky is a young female Chihuahua with big ears and a delicate build. She was surrendered because her owners couldn’t keep two dogs in their rental home.

Tinky is about a year old and very shy around people, but she’s good with other dogs. Sunshine and a nice warm blanket make for an ideal place for her. She needs to go to a home with no small children.

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,


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Los Alamos Fire Department Creates New Wildland Division; Promotes Firefighters

LAFD’s Ramon Garcia was promoted Sept. 12 from captain to division chief of the newly formed wildland division. During an interview in his office at Fire Administration Headquarters, Garcia discussed the advantages of the new gas powered chain saws that will be used by his team for mitigation efforts as well as fighting fires. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

J. Wayne Sanchez was promoted Sept. 12 from driver engineer to captain. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Two firefighters at the Los Alamos Fire Department were

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 18 to Sept. 24, 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.

CODY SOWERS

Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. / Police arrested Cody Sowers, 26, of Jemez Springs at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant and arrested him again Sept. 22 on another outstanding warrant.  

 

 

JESSE ARTEAGA

Sept. 19 at 10:35 a.m. / Police arrested Jesse Arteaga, 18, of Espanola at 751 Trinity Dr., and charged her with shoplifting. The estimated


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Public Opinion Sought On Keeping Chickens In Los Alamos Residential Areas

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has launched a new Open Forum survey on its webpage, asking residents to voice their opinion about proposed language to be added to Chapter 6 (Animals) of the County Code regarding keeping poultry in residential areas.

The changes will be introduced by ordinance Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Council meeting and then the Council will hold a Public Hearing and make a decision about whether to adopt the changes at its Friday, Oct. 10 meeting (noon in Council Chambers with a firm cut off time of 1:30 p.m.).

Residents are urged to visit the Open Forum link, which is available on


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New Nature Center Construction Shifts Inside

Construction is taking shape at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center on Canyon Road. Courtesy/PEEC
 
A rendering shows some of the exhibits slated for the new nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If you’ve driven past the construction site of the new nature center at 2600 Canyon Road lately, you have probably noticed that things are moving right along.

The exterior is being finished with an Exterior Finishing and Insulation System (EFIS), to make it look like stucco, but be more durable and waterproof. Also, preparations are being made for solar panels to be added to the exterior


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Sheriff Announces New Sex Offender In Los Alamos

Nolan Cyre

LACSO News:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero would like to advise Los Alamos County residents of a newly registered sex offender residing in the community. 

Nolan Cyre registered with the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, Sept. 23. He was convicted in 2010 with possession of child pornography in Jacksonville, N.C.

For further information or to view other registered offenders, visit the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office website here. Persons visiting the website should click on the “Offender Watch” window to view all registered offenders residing within Los Alamos


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Chamber Of Commerce Host Central Avenue Ribbon Cutting Block Party Oct. 4

CHAMBER News:

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting block party 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 to celebrate the completion of the road construction on Central Avenue between 15th & 20th Streets.

“We not only want to note the completion of Phase 1 of the road and curb improvements,” Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge said. “But we want to remind the public of the many unique products, services and resources that are in the stores in our downtown district.”

The 90-minute block party will kick off at 10 a.m. with sidewalk sales, free samples, booths, and face painting. Retailers


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Square Dancing Classes Start Friday

COUNTY News:

The Mountain Mixer Square Dance Club is offering Modern Square Dancing Lessons. Come and see how much fun it is – no special attire required.

Classes are 7-9 p.m., beginning Friday, Sept. 26 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, Lower level.

Singles are welcome. Dress Casual.

For more information, call Deniece at 505.662.5228 or Marlene at 505.672.9684.


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Mobile Pet Adoption At Health Fair Saturday

Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter will be outdoors at the 29th Annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair.

They will bring dogs of all sizes, shapes and colors—each guaranteed to be good for your health and well-being. Come by and enjoy some On-The-Spot Benefits.

Visit the Shelter to meet an equally great collection of cats who are just as beneficial.

Health Benefits of Owning Pets:

Mood Enhancers, Lower Blood Pressure,Lower Cholesterol, Healthier Heart, Fights Depression, MoreActive, Lowers Chance of Strokes, Increases Social Interaction, Stronger Immune


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Los Alamos Golf Operations Moves To New Golf Course Clubhouse Building

Golf Course Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Last week, golfers began checking in for their tee times, hitting balls and transacting other business at the new Golf Course Community Building.  

Other parts of the building are still closed while County staff work on tenant improvements for Pajarito Golf Group, LLC, the new Food and Beverage vendor whose lease is set to begin in early November. Pajarito Golf Group is expected to begin actual operations this winter.  

“We’re excited to be in the new golf shop serving golfers and giving


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Pet of the Week: Jay The Cat

Jay the cat. Courtesy/FOS
 
SHELTER New:
 
Jay the long-haired gray and white cat was a little leery of humans when first arriving at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, but is quickly warming up to human attention.
 
He also loves attention from other cats at the shelter. He’s a little sulky because his best friend got adopted and he didn’t. This young guy would make a great playmate to other cats in a household.

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


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Two Public Forums On Ballot Questions Set For October

COUNTY News:

Two ballot questions related to charter changes for Structure of Government and Utilities will be going to voters in the Nov. 4 General Election.

Two forums are slated for October to allow the community an opportunity to learn more about the issues before voting:

  • Utilities’ – proposed charter changes at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge; and
  • Structure of Government – proposed charter changes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge

First the panel members representing the “pros and cons” 


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Get Outside The Lines At Los Alamos County Libraries

The library booth at ExpoDay during ScienceFest. Courtesy/Los Alamos County Library System
 
By ANGIE MANFREDI
Los Alamos County Library System

When was the last time you walked into your local library? In recent years, libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement to accommodate the growing needs of the local community. Today’s libraries are more relevant than ever. Libraries inspire creativity and customer curiosity, and help build community and a vibrant culture.

Outside the Lines ran through last week and is designed to reconnect the community with this creativity,


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