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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





Council Approves $365,248 to Aid Struggling Commercial Air Service Program

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist presented to Council this evening a commercial air service update and asked for a budget revision of $365,248 to the contract with the County to fund the commercial air service program, which includes $100,000 for associated marketing. Soderquist told Council that during the eight months it has been in service, ridership ‘has dwindled from 600 and something to 200 and something.’ During public comment, David Carroll said, ‘There is a very easy solution to this and that is to get LANL involved.’ Discussion ensued on how to get the


Guaje Pines Cemetery Recognized By Wreaths Across America


ALR News:

The Los Alamos American Legion Riders, working in conjunction with Los Alamos County, are proud to announce that Wreaths Across America has recognized Guaje Pines as a participating cemetery to honor our community’s fallen veterans.

Wreaths Across America is a national program designed to honor fallen veterans of all wars at national, state and local cemeteries. The mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December at national cemeteries, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states,


Los Alamos Golf Course Update

Los Alamos Golf Course. Courtesy/LAC


Golf Course Manager

Progress continues on the clubhouse with window installation taking place. The HVAC work is nearly complete, sheet rock work in the basement has started and a great deal of site work is taking place in the parking lot.

Speaking of the parking lot, we appreciate the patience that players have shown, as the contractor works to complete this portion of construction site work. We expect this work to be completed in mid- November and players to have access again to the main entrance and parking lot.

To date we’ve had about


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 24 to Oct. 30, 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. 24 at 1:55 p.m. / Police arrested Issac Pearson, 40, of Los Alamos near East Jemez Road and N.M. 4 and charged him with driving on a suspended  or revoked license. 

Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. / A 51-year-old Richland man reported that someone broke into a home on Oppenheimer Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.

Oct. 24 at 7:19 p.m. / A 57-year-old Los Alamos woman reported


Voting Opens for Business Recycler of the Year


Voting is now open to select the 2013 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year. The three finalists selected by the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board are CB FOX, the Los Alamos Cooperative Market and Los Alamos Monitor. Visit the Los Alamos County Environmental Services page to vote. Voting will remain open until Friday, Nov. 22.

Each of the three finalists was sent a recycling questionnaire in order to gain more insight into the programs they have in place and the motivations behind those programs. CB FOX is focused on recycling the high volumes of cardboard


Ducks Return To Ashley Pond

The ducks released back to Ashley Pond Park this morning are rushing to jump in the water. The County is working with the Duck Buddies organization, which cares for the ducks, and will coordinate with them should the need arise to shelter them during a cold snap this winter. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Duck Buddies arrive at Ashley Pond this morning with the ducks that have been sheltered during the improvements project, which is now completed. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland


County’s Housing Survey Closes Nov. 8


Los Alamos County’s housing survey will close in one week – on Friday, Nov. 8. 

The results will help shape housing needs and priorities and assist staff in forming housing programs and activities.

The survey is available online via Survey Monkey at, or pick up a paper copy at the senior centers, 311 CCC or libraries.


UPDATE on Which Way Do We Go On 15th Street?

UPDATE: County Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post after learning of these confusing traffic signs through the photo published here Thursday.

Zimmerman reported that he contacted the Eastern Area 2 project contractor’s project superintendent Thursday afternoon, who told him that the sign orientation would be corrected this morning.

The Los Alamos Daily Post thanks the resident who brought this matter to our attention and the County traffic engineer for resolving it so quickly.

Left or right? A Los Alamos Daily Post reader spotted this pair of conflicting


County Employees Hold Food Drive

During the County’s annual “Employee Thank You Luncheon” hosted by the County Council on Halloween at Fuller Lodge, employees dropped off cans of food and other non-perishable items as they entered the lodge for lunch. County employees came up with the idea of holding a food drive a few weeks ago when the federal government shut down. The decision was made to collect donations during the luncheon – hoping that on a day when they are all “treated” to a great lunch, it would be a good reminder that there are still those in the community who may not be as fortunate. Employees unable to attend the luncheon


Police Respond to Graffiti Incident at Aspen Elementary School

LAPD News:

Los Alamos police report that at approximately 9:27 a.m., Oct. 8, Ofc. Ben Irving was dispatched to Aspen Elementary School in reference to graffiti on multiple buildings.

Irving made contact with the reporting party at the school who stated that she came into work that morning and found graffiti on the “music” portable, “school office” portable and on the north door of room 120.

Photos were taken of the graffiti and attached to the case file, Irving stated in his report, adding that all of the graffiti was done with brown spray paint.

The north door of room


Letter to the Editor: So Pleased With Ashley Pond Renovations!

Potomac, Md

I moved to Los Alamos as a young boy in August 1943. At that time Ashley Pond was just a simple pond with some green colored canoes that had been supplied by the Military to navigate the small area of water. 

I was present at this pond when the first Los Alamos fatal accident happened when a young boy fell out of a canoe, got tangled in deep weeds and drowned. 

Ashley Pond was always the center of town, next to the military hospital.

When I read in the Los Alamos Daily Post, a section I frequently view to keep abreast of what is happening in Los Alamos, that a major upgrade


County’s Tom Nagawiecki Moving to Pennsylvania

Tom Nagawiecki, management analyst for Los Alamos County Environmental Services, spoke to the Los Alamos Rotary Club Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. During his talk, Nagawiecki announced that he is engaged to a woman who lives in Pennsylvania and he will be leaving Los Alamos at Thanksgiving time to join her and begin a new job working for a company in the private sector. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Ashley Pond Improvements Project Nearly Complete

All of the improvements to Ashley Pond Park are nearly complete. Photo by Leland Lehman/

A new water feature installed at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Leland Lehman/

The new covered stage. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The project team on the Ashley Pond Park Improvements Project has met with the contractor and conducted a “substantial completion walk through” of the site.
Several panals of the construction area fencing have been removed to allow public access, and complete removal of the fence should be completed today. The Duck


Breaking News: Los Alamos Police Arrest Suspects in Check Fraud Case

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police have arrested three suspects in a check fraud case and two suspects remain at large.

The LAPD Investigations Unit has been working several cases of mail theft, specifically in the White Rock area. Suspects have been targeting victims who leave checks in their mailboxes for the postman to pick up. The suspects have been altering those checks and attempting to cash them. 

“Det. (Paige) Early has been actively investigating these occurrences when police were alerted of an additional attempt Tuesday afternoon in White Rock,” Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris said. “D


Council Approves Appointment of New Police Chief

Dino P. Sgambellone

The County Council unanimously approved the appointment of Dino P. Sgambellone as the new police chief of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Sgambellone assumes his new duties next week and will receive an annual salary of $135,600, which is slightly below the midpoint salary range for the police chief position.

He also will receive 40 hours of leave time to move his family to Los Alamos from Ohio where he worked for a local police department for 22 years, the last three as chief of police.



Council Approves Historic Preservation Ordinance Changes

County Associate Planner Dan Osborn briefs Council before it unanamously approved changes to the Historic Preservation ordinance that insure identification and protection of individual historic structures and historical, cultural, and archaeological sites. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost


Council Approves Newly Structured Gas Rate

Manager Bob Westervelt, Department of Public Utilities – Finance/Administration, answers questions before Council unanimously approved an amended ordinance relating to gas rates. Based on the variable nature of the cost of gas, including the cost of transportation, Council approved a consumption charge broken into a fixed and variable component. The fixed consumption charge is established based on the budgeted operating and capital expenditures not covered by fund balance. The variable consumption charge will be calculated monthly based on the cost of gas. A page on the DPU


Council Approves New Surveyor of Los Alamos County

Council approved 6-0, to appoint Jason Romero, left, standing with Philo Shelton, as the new Surveyor of Los Alamos County. Romero is a graduate of Los Alamos High School currently living in Dixon. He replaces Ralph Alared who retired several months ago. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Council Declares November ‘Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month’

Monica-Amit Misra of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network expresses her appreciation to the Los Alamos County Council for declaring November ‘Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Explaining that she wanted to put a face to someone who lost their life to pancreatic cancer, Monica-Amit Misra of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network gave County Administrator a photograph of her mother, who died from the disease, to pass around to the Councilors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/