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San Ildefonso Road Utility Work Begins Nov. 28

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities plans to install a gas line along San Ildefonso Road to create a loop that will enhance natural gas capacity and reliability in North Mesa.

The two-month project is scheduled to begin Nov. 28, following Thanksgiving.

The department’s contractor will be working Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to install gas lines along San Ildefonso Road from the roundabout at Diamond Drive to just past Hawk Drive. The lines will then be connected to loop the system between the Los Alamos Middle School and San Ildefonso Road. Crews will work in


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Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office Employee Curtis Valencia Receives Appraiser Certification

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez, left, with Apprentice Appraiser Curtis Valencia who just recieved his New Mexico Certified Appraiser Certification. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Congratulations goes out to Apprentice Appraiser Curtis Valencia of the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office. 

Valencia received his New Mexico Certified Appraiser Certification from the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, Property Tax Division. To receive the New Mexico Certified Appraiser Certification, an individual must have successfully passed and received credit


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 13 to Nov. 19, 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.

Nov. 13 at 1:25 p.m. / A 52-year-old Santa Fe women reported that she was the victim of battery on a school employee on Meadow Lane.

Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. / A 12-year-old Espanola boy reported that he was the victim of larceny on Hawk Drive. The estimated loss is less than $500.

Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. / Police charged a 12-year-old Ojo Caliente girl at 2500 Trinity Dr., with criminal damage to property


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Los Alamos Firefighters Contain White Rock Brush Fire And Preserve Surrounding Homes

Los Alamos County Firefighters knocked down a brush fire that erupted this morning in the back yard of a home at 49 Grand Canyon. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider was at the scene and said 30-foot flames could be seen over the roofline of the home. The fire consumed a shed on the property and scorched a 600-800 square-foot area, burning trees and the fence between the home and a neighboring home at 47 Grand Canyon. Grider commended his firefighters saying they did a fantastic job of containing the blaze before it could spread to neighboring homes, which were just 30-40 feet away. ‘There


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Breaking News: Brush Fire Underway In White Rock

Emergecy vehicles line Grand Canyon as Los Alamos Firefighters work to get a brush fire under control that is burning behind a home on Grand Canyon in White Rock. LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Grand Canyon is closed and asks motorists to avoid the area while firefighters work to put the fire out. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com


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Workers String Holiday Garland On Lights In Downtown Los Alamos

County crews work their way down Central Avenue Wednesday stringing holiday garland and wreaths on light posts. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

Holiday garland and wreaths decorate light posts near Museum Parke on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

White lights on the holiday garland and wreaths shine on light posts along Central Avenue Wednesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com


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Central And Oppenheimer Roadwork Completed

With the street improvements completed, crews were out Tuesday sweeping and cleaning up the sidewalks and street at the intersection of Oppenheimer and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The barricades have been removed and a curvy new street design revealed on Oppenheimer between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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David Ploeger Returns To Manage Los Alamos Airport

David Ploeger

COUNTY News:

Former Los Alamos County Airport Manager David Ploeger has accepted an offer from the County to return as airport manager.

He served as Los Alamos County Airport manager prior to Peter Soderquist, who retired earlier this month. Under Ploeger’s leadership, the airport was named New Mexico Airport of the Year in 2005.  He left the County in 2009 after being appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to serve as Aviation Division Director for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

Before coming to New Mexico, Ploeger served as the manager at the Dinwiddie


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Dec. 5 Council Meeting Changed To Dec. 9

COUNTY News:

The Dec. 5 Los Alamos County Council meeting has been changed.

There will now be a regular Council Meeting Tuesday Dec. 9 instead of the previously scheduled of Friday Dec. 5 meeting.


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QNM Presents Nine Performance Excellence Awards

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico’s (QNM) New Mexico Performance Excellence Award Program announces nine recognition recipients: six receiving Piñon Recognition and three receiving Roadrunner Recognition.

Quality New Mexico’s Performance Excellence program is designed to recognize New Mexico organizations that strive to be role models.

“I’m delighted to announce the 2014 New Mexico Performance Excellence Recognition Recipients” QNM President/CEO Julia Gabaldon said. “These organizations are striving for world class excellence and providing the best service


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County Officials Meet With Business Leaders To Discuss Road Construction Impacts

From left, Dave Fox of CB FOX, David Jolly of Metzgers, County Councilor David Israelevitz, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and Public Works Director Philo Shelton met Friday in the County Administrator’s Conference Room to discuss upcoming road construction projects and what can be learned from the recent Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos business leaders Dave Fox of CB FOX and David Jolly of Metzgers met Friday morning with


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New Lights Are Being Installed On Central

One of the new lights has been installed in front of Fusion Multisport as part of the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The base of several more new lights are installed and waiting for the top piece to be attached along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Walkup Aquatic Center HVAC And Boiler Replacement Reopening Delayed

COUNTY News:

The project at the Walkup Aquatics Center was originally planned to reopen to the public in mid-November. The pool is not ready yet but will reopen soon. 

The pool closed Aug. 17 after the Los Alamos Triathlon for this project. The $2.2 million project replaces the 26-year-old boilers and HVAC for the entire building. 

The major equipment is installed in the building and final connections and controls programming are now taking place. As soon as the system demonstrates proper operation and the State construction and pool inspections are complete, the reopening will


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Registration Underway For Ice Skating Classes

Los Alamos County Ice Skate Instructors Greg Geoffrion, Caroline Boyle and Paul Parker. Courtesy/LAC

LAC News:

Registration is now open for ice skating classes at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

Contact the rink at 505.662.4500 for details or visit the rink website by clicking here.


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Udall, Heinrich Announce Grant To Support Medicaid And CHIP Enrollment for Eligible Children

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $383,152 for the Connecting Kids to Coverage project at Santo Domingo Pueblo to support increased Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment and retention among eligible children. 

The grant was awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2014 American Indian and Alaska Native Outreach and Enrollment Grants, which provided $3.9 million for outreach and enrollment efforts in seven states to help reduce the number of children who remain


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Diamond Drive Lane Painting Begins Monday

COUNTY News:

Beginning Monday, Nov. 17, weather permitting, the County’s contractor, Accu-Stripe, will be painting the turn lane and bike lane symbols on the fog sealed portion of Diamond Drive (North Road/Ridgeway to the roundabout).

Expect short term closures of the left turn lanes between the Pueblo Complex and the roundabout. There will also be short term painting operations in the bike lanes while crews paint the symbols. Work is expected to last  8:30 a.m. to  approximately 5 p.m. all week.

Since this process is temperature sensitive, work may be postponed due to weather.


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Respect Rooftop Energy Production, Los Alamos BPU


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