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County Council Reviewing Strategic Goals Today

The Los Alamos County Council is meeting in a special session this morning to review its strategic goals. Councilors are discussing grouping existing items adopted back in 2011 under three broad categories: Quality of Life, Economic Vitality and Quality Governance. They feel having three categories of focus instead of the current 10 areas, makes it easier to communicate goals to County staff and the community. Within that context, Council also is interested in prioritizing goals, recognizing that the County does have limited budget and resources. In addition, Councilors are making some


Los Alamos County Extends Branding Contract

North Star Community Brand Supervisor Adam Winstead, standing, solicits input from local business people in March. File photo


Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess told the Los Alamos Daily Post in an email Thursday that the County has granted a one-year extension on the contract for a branding initiative study for Los Alamos.

The extension does not include an increase in compensation for consultant North Star Destination Strategies, Inc. of Nashville, Tenn. The $50,000 contract for brand development is a part of the County’s Economic Development Divisionâ€


15th Street Striping Work Underway


County traffic crews are finishing up striping operations on Canyon Road between 9th Street and 15th Street.

Striping on 15th Street began Thursday, Nov. 14. Work will include County crews laying out the striping design, followed by roadway paint application. During this work, motorists will see a slow moving striping machine followed by shadow vehicles.

Note that the purpose of the shadow vehicles is to allow enough time for the fresh paint to dry before traffic is allowed on the new paint. Please do not cut in front of the shadow vehicles. Work will be delayed in case of precipitation


Breaking News: Los Alamos Police Crack Computer Crimes Case!

Breaking News: 

Over the past few weeks, Los Alamos police detectives have been working on a computer crimes case involving more than $50,000 that was illegally transferred from a victim at Los Alamos National Bank. Detectives have already made two arrests associated with this case.


Police charged Fernando Rodriguez Jr., 31 of Los Alamos with five counts of 3rd degree felony, Computer Access with intent to defraud or embezzle and one count of 2nd degree felony Computer Access with intent to defraud or embezzle

Rodriguez is being held without bond in the Los Alamos


New Los Alamos Police Chief Sworn in Today

Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados delivers the oath of office to new Los Alamos Police Chief Dino P. Sgambellone this morning at the Justice Center. Former Acting Police Chief Philmont Taylor, left, and Ofc. Daniel Roberts are among those who attended the ceremony. Courtesy photo

New Los Alamos Police Chief Dino P. Sgambellone spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon on his first day on the job. Sgambellone spent most of his first day in orientation and taking care of paperwork for the HR department. He replaces Chief Wayne Torpy who retired last summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Ashley Pond Prepared for Holiday Season

County crews were at Ashley Pond this evening preparing the lights in the trees and bushes for the upcoming holiday season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Police Blotter Oct. 31 to Nov. 6, 2013

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. 31 at 2 p.m. / A 15-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was battered on Diamond Drive.

Oct. 31 at 2:45 p.m. / A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy reported that he was battered on Diamond Drive.


Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. / Police arrested Elsie Fernandez, 34, of Ojo Caliente at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

Nov. 1 at 1:42 p.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old


Art in Public Places Board Quorum Possible

Alabaster statue by Lilly Jaramillo on display at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy LAC

APPB News:

Members of the Art in Public Places Board may attend viewings of artwork at several loctions in which a quorum may be present, however, no board action will be taken:

  • Los Alamos Municipal Building – 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14;
  • Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16; and
  • Wiford Gallery in Santa Fe – 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

All attendees must notify the Community Services Administrative Office in advance at 505.662.8241.


New Sidewalks Poured at Ashley Pond

Workers poured concrete for a new sidewalk at Ashley Pond Thursday. Photo by Leland Leyman/

New sidewalks now in place at Ashley Pond. Photo by Leland Leyman/



Pet of the Week: Cali the Cat

Cali the Cat. Courtesy photo


Cali is a declawed seven year old spayed female calico who was surrendered for being unhappy in her surroundings. She is very affectionate and loves to play fetch, although her idea of fetch is when she tosses toys down from her perch and expects you to return them to her.

Cali is reported to do well with small dogs, some other cats, and even ferrets! She does very well in the communal cat room at the shelter.  Because Cali is declawed, she must be an indoor cat only.

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


UPDATE With Photos: Los Alamos Police Bust Drug Traffickers

Editor’s note: It turns out that a serch warrant was executed at 76 Isleta Dr., and police confiscated drugs from the residence. A search warrant also was executed on a vehicle that had parked on Isleta Drive.

Money, drugs and other items confiscated in Wednesday’s drug bust at residences in Los Alamos including 4039 D Sycamore, 3790 #2 Gold St., and 3806 #6 Gold St. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Over the past month the Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations unit led by Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris has been strenuously investigating illegal trafficking of methamphetamine


Heinrich Introduces Bill to Strengthen Film Industry and DOD Partnerships

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., along with Sen. David Vitter, R-LA, introduced the Military Equitable Reimbursement Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow the Department of Defense (DOD) to retain payments for costs incurred during support of non-governmental film productions. 

Currently, DOD units can accept reimbursement for expenses associated with the use of military assets for production. However, due to ambiguity in existing law, there is uncertainty about whether DOD components,


Property Tax Reminder: First Half Due Date Coming Up


Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2013 were mailed to property owners last week. The first half installment becomes delinquent after Tuesday, Dec. 10. 

Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m., Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. 

The 311 Customer Care Center is in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave. and open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM  87544. Payments also are accepted through a property


Heinrich Secures Comprehensive Sportsmen’s Package

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, cosponsored the Sportsmen’s and Public Outdoor Recreation Traditions (SPORT) Act, a comprehensive sportsmen’s legislative package that includes two of Senator Heinrich’s sponsored bills: the Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act and a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Sen. Kay Hagan,


Workers Go Deep on 15th Street

Crews work deep in a hole on 15th Street Monday preparing to install a drain pipe. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Workers position a large drain pipe several feet below 15th Street Tuesday. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Wednesday morning workers covered over the large hole containing a new drain pipe on 15th Street and cleaned up the roadway. Photo by Leland Lehman/


Letter to the Editor: Ashley Pond Is Real Success Story

Los Alamos

On March 13, 2009, I wrote a letter to the Parks and Recreation Board members and the County Administrator about the sad state of Ashley Pond and what an eyesore it presented to the public.

Getting no response, I expressed my concern to the County Administrator and the County Counselors on April 13, 2009. Nona Bowman and Robert Gibson both immediately expressed support, and, along with many other unknown (to me) citizens, got the County moving on a plan to rescue Ashley Pond from its continuing deterioraton.

Once the County accepted the challenge, they did a wonderful


No Trash and Recycling Collection Monday


In observance of Veterans Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection Monday, Nov. 11. If Monday is your normal pickup day, please place materials out by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 for collection.

The Los Alamos County Eco Station will be open for business.


Council Approves Artwork For White Rock

Chair of the Arts in Public Places Board Carolyn Bossert, left, and County Senior Management Analyst Libby Carlsten present details and background on artwork proposed for installation in White Rock. Print Screen photo  
White Rock Implementation Planning Committee Vice Chair Katy Korkos and committee member Steve Foltyn provide backgound to Council on the artwork for White Rock. Print Screen photo
Council unanimously approve the use of Art in Public Places funds and the APPB’s recommendations for public art in White Rock, including the purchase, delivery, and


Council Approves $3,225,000 Design-Build Contract For Nature Center

Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent briefed Council on the Nature Center projectafter which Council unanimously approved a construction services agreement for the design-build of a Nature Center to Klinger Constructors for $3,225,000 plus applicable gross receipts tax. Print Screen photo