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County Council Work Session Targets Economic Development Planning and Budgeting

The Los Alamos County Council met for an Economic Development Planning and Budgeting work session at noon Friday at the White Rock Fire Station. The session allowed council to review, discuss, and provide input on the priority recommendations of staff to most effectively utilize the Economic Development Fund. From left, Councilors Fran Berting, Steven Girrens, Rick Reiss, Kirstin Henderson, Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Pete Sheehey. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County staff gave a presentation on Economic Development Division goals and


Schools, LANL, County on Regular Hours Today

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County are operating as usual today with no delays announced.

LAPS makes the decision to close school or delay the start of school, by 5:30 a.m. in order to notify bus drivers, school employees, and parents in a timely manner. Such announcements are made via the media of television, radio and websites.

LANL’s update information hotline indicates the Laboratory is on a normal operating schedule today.

Los Alamos County also is on a normal operating schedule today.

The following County facilities will


Trinity Between Knecht and DP Road Closed Nov. 26


Trinity Drive will be closed between Knecht and DP Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. This closure is required to safely tie-in a high pressure gas line near Del Norte Credit Union.

This work may be delayed due to weather conditions.

DP Road and Knecht Street will remain open, with detours to Central Avenue posted. No gas outages are anticipated.

The County thanks motorists in advance for their cooperation and patience. Direct questions about this road closure to the County Public Works Department at 505.662.8150.


County Seeks Public Opinion of Council Goals


What do you think of the updates made Nov. 16 by the Los Alamos County Council regarding its 2011 Strategic Plan with goals and focus areas?

Los Alamos County has opened public comment on its “Open Forum” webpage regarding the Council’s proposed “2014 Updated Strategic Plan” after the Councilors met Nov. 16 in a four-hour work session to review and discuss its goals, which are part of the County’s long-range (20 year) planning process.

Link hereto share your opinion on the Open Forum now. Public comment on the strategic plan will remain open until 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. Citizens


Police Chief Dino Sgambellone’s ‘Welcome’ Reception Set for Dec. 9

Chief Dino Sgambellone


The public is invited to a reception Monday, Dec. 9 to welcome new Los Alamos County Police Chief Dino Sgambellone to the community.

The reception is 4-6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. Refreshments will be served.


DPU Conducting Phone Survey on Gas Safety

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers may receive an automated phone survey on natural gas safety in the next day or so. 

The calls will be launched from the Texas area and will have a (210) area code. Survey duration is approximately five minutes long and assesses customers’ knowledge of gas safety issues. 

“Natural gas is safe, clean and efficient. But like other forms of energy, it is important to respect its potential dangers,” Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill said. “Our job is to communicate natural gas safety. I hope that our customers will


Governor Appoints Los Alamos Housing Manager Paul Andrus to Regional Board

Paul Andrus


Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Paul Andrus of Los Alamos to the Northern Regional Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Andrus has more than 20 years of experience in community development and affordable housing. He serves as Los Alamos County’s manager of Housing and Special Projects in the Community and Economic Development Department.

Andrus was hired for the post one year ago, replacing former manager Steve Brugger who took a position with the County of Santa Fe.

Andrus is from Aurora, Colo., has a wife, children and three schnauzers. He and


County Seeks Public Comment on 2014 Updated Strategic Plan


Los Alamos County has opened public comment on its “Open Forum” webpage regarding the Council’s proposed “2014 Updated Strategic Plan” after the Councilors met last Saturday in a four-hour work session to review and discuss their goals, which are part of the County’s long-range (20 year) planning process.

“Open Forum” can be accessed through the County’s home page at Public comment on the strategic plan will remain open until 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. Citizens are encouraged to review the updated plan and offer public comments on the forum for others


Winterfest 2013 Celebrates the Season

Light Parade 2012. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Staff Report
One of the 20 “Best Small Towns to Visit” (Smithsonian Magazine, May 2013), Los Alamos is also one of the best places in New Mexico to bring the holiday season to light with a number of festive events beginning a week before Thanksgiving, on Nov. 22, with the Affordable Art Sale.

The Affordable Art Sale at the Fuller Lodge Art Center takes place Nov. 22–Jan. 4. This is a great opportunity to start holiday shopping, with art created by local and regional artists and affordably priced at $250 and under. Call 505.662.1735


Letter to the Editor: A Serious Charter Issue Regarding Utilities

A Serious Charter Issue Regarding Utilities
Los Alamos

A fundamental question in the Los Alamos charter regarding utilities pertains to the issue of who is in charge in the event that the County Council and the Board of Public Utilities arrive at a policy or management impasse. 

At present the BPU has authority over the County’s Utilities Department while the Council has the legal responsibility for all county operations including utilities and is answerable to the voters. Clearly authority and responsibility should be joined or there is no accountability. There are


No Trash or Recycling Collection; Eco Station Closed Thanksgiving and Day After


In observance of Thanksgiving, the Los Alamos County Eco Station will be closed and there will be no trash or recycling collection Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.

If your normal collection day is Thursday or Friday, please place roll carts out by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 for collection.


Is This Your Cat? Found Near 48th & Trinity


This cat with distinctive smoky tabby coloring was found roaming near 48th Street and Trinity Drive. 

She is friendly and being cared for at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, which is open noon to 6 p.m., weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

Call the shelter at 505.662.8179.


Highlights From November County Administrator’s Report to Council

County News:

County Administrator Harry Burgess included the following project highlights in his November report to Council:

  • Golf Course Community Building: Good progress, with anticipated completion date January/February 2014.
  • Teen Center: RFP for design services should be advertised this month, and could begin latter part of 2014. Several stakeholders meetings will occur during design process.
  • Nature Center: Council approved contract with design-build contractor.
  • Fuller Lodge Phase I: Most work is done. New fire suppression was tested and reached test point in


Power Outage in Pajarito Acres

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials reported a power outage affecting 660 customers in the Piedra Loop, Rio Bravo, Monte Rey areas at 1:30 a.m., Saturday morning.

The outage was due to a power pole and overhead cross arm failure. At 3:30 a.m., 650 customers had power restored, and at noon Saturday the remaining 10 customers had their power restored following the installation of a new air break switch.

“Our contractor just completed an assessment of the entire overhead electric system and we are incorporating that data into our Operation & Maintenance plan in conjunction


Los Alamos Police Blotter Nov. 7 to Nov. 13, 2013

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. 7 at 6:23 a.m. / Police arrested Kevin Herring, 36, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.




Nov. 7 at 6:23 a.m. / Police arrested Zachery Keller, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.



Nov. 7 at 2:04 p.m. / Police arrested Mark Hennis,


North Pole Workshop/Luminaria Walk Dec. 6


Start an annual holiday tradition at the North Mesa stables. Dress warmly, wear your walking shoes, and enjoy the North Mesa Stables lit up with luminarias and holiday lights. Afterwards join us at the Posse Lodge for professional digital photographs with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft.

Join us 5-7 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 at the Posse Lodge. The event is free! Photos with Santa will be a $5 donation to benefit the recreation Scholarship fund.

For more information about “North Pole Workshop,” visit the website at


Letter to the Editor: Thank You County Co-workers

By Joel. T. Martinez
Electrical Technician
Los Alamos County

Dear fellow co-workers,

I want to extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude for your support and help that you lent during my recent surgery and recovery.  

Thank you for all the generous leave donations, without your help I would not have been able to concentrate on my recovery.

I have been so fortunate to work with such a fine group of caring people. Thanks again!


Los Alamos Police Expand Arrests in Drug Trafficking Case

Police executed a search warrant on a black backpack at this residence at 76 Isleta in White Rock where they encountered Rowena MacDonald, 46, who was arrested Feb. 28 on an outstanding warrant from the State of Missouri for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. The backpack contained 42.7 grams of methamphetamine. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

As part of an ongoing investigation, Los Alamos Police made two more arrests since their Nov. 6 sweep through the County executing search warrants and gathering up drugs, paraphernalia,


Leadership Los Alamos Session Targets Economic Development

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Katy Korkos leads a discussion on business funding at Friday’s Leadership Los Alamos session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL Budget Officer Aaron Menefee discusses various aspects of the Lab’s budget at Friday’s LLA session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

David Pesiri, Division Leader, Technology Transfer at LANL gives a presentation Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Friday’s Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) session at the Research Park focused on Economic Development. Los Alamos Chamber


Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Meeting Cancelled


The Nov. 19 meeting of the Los Alamos Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board has been cancelled as we have ascertained that only two of the four current members of LTAB are able to make the scheduled meeting.

Since this does not constitute a quorum, the board is not able to conduct business of any sort per Section 8-8 of the County Code which states, “No business shall be conducted by a county board or commission in the absence of a quorum… The only actions a board or commission may undertake in the absence of a quorum are to set the time and date of the next meeting, attempt to achieve a quorum by