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Sustainability Tip: Green your Commute

Weekly Sustainability Tip:

Green your Commute

Reduce your environmental impact and commuting costs by using Atomic City Transit, biking or carpooling to work. 

Atomic City Transit is free and a bus stop is not far from your front door, 91 percent of households are within a quarter mile of a bus stop. Every gallon of gas you save through greening your commute prevents the emission of more than 19 pounds of carbon dioxide. 

Make it a priority this next week to take the bus, bike or carpool at least one day to help create a more sustainable Los Alamos County.

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Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 8

Non-County Projects of Significance:

Smith’s Marketplace: Contractor Utility Work on Trinity between Knecht and DP Road:

The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive will be closed between Knecht and DP Road starting Monday, Sept. 9. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. Alternate routes are recommended. This work will continue through November 2013.

Smith’s Marketplace: Truck Traffic on NM502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac

Construction continues through May 2014 at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza, which means motorists using


Library Celebrates Literary Locals

MPL News:

Since 2004, Mesa Public Library (MPL) has hosted the acclaimed Authors Speak Series that has featured noteworthy New Mexico authors across genres.

In May, the library kicked off a new series with Los Alamos’ own noteworthy authors. The quarterly series is called Literary Locals. The second event in the series will take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.

September was named the official Los Alamos Arts and Culture Month by County Council proclamation. In honor of this, Mesa Public Library will celebrate six local authors across genres:

  • Bob


Pet of the Week: Dallas the Dog



Dallas the German Shepherd mix is described as loving and active by Los Alamos Animal Shelter personnel.  

She enjoys long walks, chasing balls and play time at the dog park with calm, large dogs. She also loves to cool off in the pool on a hot day. Dallas is a quick learner and knows basic obedience; sit, down and enjoys using her nose.

Dallas is a little shy when introduced to new things and situations, but adapts quickly. She would love to be part of an active family who will take her for long hikes or perhaps a daily jog.

The Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a large


Landscaping Underway on Cañada del Buey Trail

The landscaping phase of the Cañada del Buey Trail Improvements is underway today along the Longview Drive portion of the project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Paving of the pathway along Longview Drive is now complete. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Landscaping is underway on the Cañada del Buey Trail today along Longview Drive in White Rock.

The scope of the County’s improvement project includes approximately 2,100 feet of trail, beginning just south of N.M. 4 east of Sherwood Boulevard and ends just west of Rover Boulevard.

The 10-foot


Parks and Recreation Board Positions Available


The Parks and Recreation Board has several vacancies on its subcommittees and is looking for a few good women and men who would enjoy shaping the community.

The subcommittees have several functions:

  • Serve as a central point of contact for citizens with an interest in parks and recreation, provide a forum for discussion of parks and recreation issues, and serve as an advisory body to the Parks and Recreation Board and a resource to staff.
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of a long-range plan for the operation and development of the parks and recreation facilities and serve in


Animal Shelter Needs Foster Homes Fast!

LAFS News:

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter is in very urgent need of foster homes for both dogs and cats.

There are currently 21 dogs at the shelter, including some puppies. This is more than what the shelter can ideally support. The Los Alamos Shelter is not a “no-kill” shelter, and the crowded conditions are extremely worrisome. Homes to foster cats are also needed.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Foster an animal.
  • Forward this request to other animal lovers who may be able to foster.
  • Walk a shelter dog if you have completed the orientation. The Shelter’s dedicated dog brigade could use some help


Judge Upholds Ruling for Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, left, issues a marriage license today to Maria Thibodeau, center, and her partner Janet Newton after being ordered to do so by District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson during a court hearing this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Cameras roll as the judge enters the courtroom this morning to hear the case involving the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler, Junior Attorney Katie Thwaites and Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales look on at right


BREAKING NEWS: Judge Denies LA County Clerk Request for a Stay

Judge orders Los Alamos County Clerk to issue same sex marriage licenses. County Clerk Sharon Stover will abide by the Judge’s order. Couple is on way to Municipal Building to get license now. Check back with the Los Alamos Daily Post for more details.


Workers Keep Lights on Near Airport

Workers change a light bulb Tuesday in a tall streetlight on East Road near Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Attorney for Same Sex Couple Responds to Los Alamos County Clerk’s Statement

Attorney John Day

Staff Report

Attorney John Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day law firm in Santa Fe issued the following response moments ago on behalf of his clients Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau to the statement issued today by Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover regarding her position on the issuance of same sex marriage licenses.

Stover denied Newton and Thibodeau a marriage license late last month and the couple hired Day to represent them in court action against her.

“We filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in District Court requesting that Judge Sheri Raphaelson order the Los Alamos


County Announces Police Chief Candidate Names, Sets Public Meet/Greet Reception

LAPD News:

Members of the public are invited to a reception Thursday, Sept. 12 to meet the top five candidates for Los Alamos County Police Chief.

The reception is 6-7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers inside the new Municipal Building, 1,000 Central Ave. Refreshments will be served. Candidates will be available 6-6:30 p.m. to visit informally with attendees. At approximately 6:30 p.m., each of the candidates will be asked to make brief remarks about their background, experience and why they believe they are the best candidate for the job.

At the close of the reception, members of the public are invited


Breaking News: Los Alamos County Clerk Opts to Face Judge Regarding Same Sex Marriage Issue


Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler, center, Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales and Junior County Attorney Katie Thwaits in their conference room this morning have worked on the legal question surrounding the issuance of same sex marriage licenses during the last four days. At the heart of the matter is the fact that the marriage license in State statute has not been updated since 1961. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover has issued the following statement regarding the issuance of same sex marriage licenses:


UNM-LA Mil Levy Ballots Continue at Steady Pace

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said late this morning that her office has been receiving a steady flow of ballots for the UNM-LA mil levy election following the holiday weekend. Ballots must physically arrive in the Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m., Sept. 17 to be counted. Dr. Cindy Rooney, Dean of Instruction at UNM-LA will speak at this month’s Chamber Business Breakfast about the funding situation at the college and how the local campus can better serve businesses. The talk is 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in the Student Services Building.


Los Alamos County Leader in Health Insurance Coverage


The percentage of residents younger than 65 in Los Alamos County who had health insurance in 2011 was 95.3 percent, putting it in second place among the nation’s 3,143 counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Only Norfolk County in Massachusetts had a higher insured rate at 96.9 percent.

New Mexico had the fourth-highest uninsured rate among the states in 2011 at 23 percent. It followed Texas, Florida and Nevada.

Los Alamos County had by far the lowest uninsured rate in New Mexico at 4.7 percent. The next lowest was Eddy County at 17.9 percent.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 22–Aug. 28, 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.



Aug. 22 at 11:34 a.m. / Police arrested Alissa Wallington, 21, of Santa Cruz at the police station on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Aug. 22 at 11:45 a.m. / Police arrested Urias Valdez, 42, of Velarde at the police station on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Photo unavailable from police.

Aug. 23 at 1:29 p.m. / A 23-year-old Santa Fe man reported that


Pet of the Week: Darcie the Long-haired Tortoiseshell


Darcie, the long-haired tortoiseshell has really come out of her shell. She was surrendered with a few other feline friends when their owner moved to assisted living.

For a while Darcie hid under the kennels, but has finally decided that the carpeted cat tower isn’t so bad, as long as she gets the spot on top where she can keep an eye on everyone else.

Darcie retires a bit when approached, but quickly warms up when petted softly. Sometimes she’ll even roll over and show off her back feet – one is black and one is white. Darcie is declawed and must be an indoor cat.

All adoptable pets are micro-chipped,