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Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 3

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 Tuesday, Sept. 3. 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 N.M. 502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac

Construction continues at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza through opening day in May 2014, which means


Los Alamos National Bank Marks 24 Years Sponsoring Summer Concert Series

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells, right, with concert promoter Russ Gordon, welcomes the crowd to the 24th annual Summer Concert sponsored by the bank Friday night in the LANB parking lot. LANB was recognized for being a sponsor for all 24 years of the Concert Series’ existence. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL Director Charlie McMillan, third from left, with his wife Janet joined concert goers Friday evening to hear DK & the Affordables perform at Los Alamos National Bank. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DK & the Affordables perform Friday night


Los Alamos County Hires New Deputy Clerk

Jocelyn Warner is the new deputy clerk in the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office. She replaces Naomi Maestas who left the position earlier this month to spend more time with family. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Statement from Los Alamos County Clerk

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover


The following statement was issued to the media today from Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover:

“Late this morning, Los Alamos County received a complete package of documentation regarding a recent lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County and related order from First Judicial District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson for the Clerk’s office to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Judge Rafaelson’s order stated that I should begin issuing the licenses or appear before her in court on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. to explain why the licenses


DK & the Affordables Play at LANB Tonight

DK & the Affordables will perform tonight at Los Alamos National Bank as part of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series. Photo by Kimber Walburk-Heineman

By Russ Gordon

We only have two show dates remaining for the 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. What a short, wonderful, quick trip it’s been this year. At 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, we’ll be dancing to the music of DK & the Affordables at Los Alamos National Bank. The show is free.

Tonight is Los Alamos National Bank Night, recognizing a bank that has been a sponsor for all 24 years of the Concert Series’ existence. We sincerely


UNM-LA Mil Levy Ballots Pour Into Clerk’s Office

Senior Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, left, and County Clerk Sharon Stover today looked over hundreds of ballots that have poured into the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office since mailed out to registered voters Monday for the UNM-LA mil levy. The Clerk’s Office mailed out 13,831 ballots and 650 have been returned of which three were unsigned. The postmaster returned 200 as undeliverable. Ballots must be physically received in the County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m., Sept. 17 to be counted. Postmarked envelopes do not count. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Same Sex Couple Files Suit Against Los Alamos County Clerk

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover. LADP file photo


A Los Alamos same sex couple denied a marriage license Tuesday, Aug. 27 has taken court action against Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover.

Attorney John Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day law firm in Santa Fe told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is representing Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau in the matter.

“We filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in District Court requesting that Judge Sheri Raphaelson order the Los Alamos County Clerk to issue a marriage license consistent with what is being done in other counties such as


Letter to the Editor: Will Los Alamos County Clerk Issue Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples?

Los Alamos

Ms. (Sharon) Stover, (Los Alamos County Clerk)

In light of the decisions, following legal review and judges orders, of the County Clerks of Doña Ana, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, San Miguel, Valencia and Taos counties to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, will you, as Los Alamos County Clerk, commit to do the same?

State District Judge Alan Malott has ruled that New Mexico’s constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, going on to say that same sex marriage is legal.

While the argument that it is up to the legislature,


Council Approves Changes to Multi-Departmental Fees

County Council voted 6-1 to approve changes to multi-departmental fees including raising the Municipal Court fee from $46 to $65 and the business license fee from $25 to $35 annually – which had not been increased since the 1980s. Some fees included in the measure were reduced. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Rick Reiss voted against the measure to approve changes to multi-departmental fees, particularly speaking out against raising business and liquor license fees. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Council Hears Details on Various Fee Increases

Anne Laurent, Director of Capital Projects and Facilities for Los Alamos County addresses Council about where the data submitted on local business licenses goes. She explained that the state receives the information as well as the Chamber and it’s also used for tax purposes among other things. Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne is briefing Council on raising various fees including the business license fee from $25 to $35 annually. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Council Approves Personal Income Tax Rebate to Eligible Low-Income Property Taxpayers

Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne briefed Council this evening on Ordinance No. 644, which makes available a personal income tax rebate to eligible low-income Los Alamos County property taxpayers for taxable years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Following Lynne’s briefing, Council voted 7-0 to approve the ordinance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


County Council Hears Environmental Sustainability Board Briefing

Acting Vice Chair Don Machem of the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board briefs Council on issues related to environmental sustainability in Los Alamos County during this evening’s meeting in Council Chambers. Recycling rates in Los Alamos County run about 23 percent as opposed to the national average, which is about 34 percent. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost


Fuller Lodge Work and Some Closures Continue in September


As a reminder, the main portion of Fuller Lodge continues to be closed to the general public until Sept. 30 to allow for extensive work to occur in, under and above the Pajarito Room.

The Fuller Lodge office in the lobby of the Lodge, North Wing (Historical Society, Arts Council) and South Wing (Art Center and classes) and the 1st floor of the West Wing remain open. Each of the wings have work on-going throughout this timeframe and may result in some areas being temporarily closed for part of a day or an entire day. 

Entry is allowed into the main lobby of Fuller Lodge and the North Wing


Los Alamos MainStreet Calls for Next Big Idea Exhibitors

Scene last year’s Next Big Idea event. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos MainStreet announced that a call for exhibitors is open for the 2013 Next Big Idea Festival. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14.

Organizations, groups and individuals with interactive exhibits or presentations that are related to science, technology, engineering and math are encouraged to participate in this annual event. The deadline for exhibitor entries is Sept. 4.

The Next Big Idea Festival – A Festival of Discovery, Invention and Innovation is the signature event of Los Alamos and showcases


No Trash or Recycling Pick Up Sept. 2


In observation of Labor Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection Monday, Sept. 2.

If Monday is your normal pickup day, put your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 for collection. 

If you have any questions, contact the Environmental Services Division at 505-662-8163.


Photos Sought for 2014 Shelter Alumni Calendar

Remy arrived at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter as a stray in late fall of 2012. Photo by Don Taylor

FOS News:

Get those cameras ready, polish those smiles, and say Cheese! (or Tuna! or Kibble!) Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2014 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 6. We need your help because without your photos and stories, there can be no FOS calendar.

Pet owners who have adopted an animal from any shelter or any abandoned or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet. You do not have to live in Los Alamos nor have adopted or rescued


Ashley Pond Park Improvements Move Right Along

Progress continued today on the Ashley Pond Park renovation project. The project includes improvements to the pond structure that will improve ADA accessibility, enhance water quality and resolve storm water drainage issues, plus construction of new sidewalks and bulkheads around the pond, new landscaping and water features, and a new concert stage with a removable cover at the southeast corner of the pond with an electrical infrastructure to support lighting and a sound system for events. Photo by Katy Korkos

The concert stage begins to take shape. Photo by Katy Korkos

The projct is slated


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 15–Aug. 19, 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. 15 at 8:09 a.m. / A Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of larceny on Canyon Road. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Aug. 16 at 5:58 p.m. / A 94-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone took his vehicle without permission on Monte Rey Drive North. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.


Aug. 16 at 11:07 p.m. / Police arrested Galen Martinez, 47, of Santa Fe on North


Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 26


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Reminder: There have been a number of lightning strikes causing traffic signal outages in our region. If you approach a traffic signal with none of the signal lights working, you are required to STOP as if it was a 4-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection. Be extremely cautious when approaching and maneuvering through


Crowd Boogies to Bluegrass at the Pond Friday

Claire Lynch sings a soulful tune during Friday night’s County’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
All together now: The Claire Lynch Band harmonizes on stage at Ashley Pond Park Friday night. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Ashley Pond Park filled with people who turned out the hear the Claire Lynch Band Friday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/