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Lots of Filing Day Action at Clerk’s Office

ELECTION 2012 News:

By Carol A. Clark

By 10 a.m. this morning, Republican candidates for county council had all paid their $50 fee and filed to run for one of three available seats.

Roger Waterman arrived first followed by Marc Clay and Vincent Chiravalle filed third.

County Council Chair, Sharon Stover was unable to file in person, but sent a proxy, her husband Steve Girrens. She is seeking the position of County Clerk.

The Clerks Office will draw for ballot position immediately after the filing closes at 5:00 pm.

Check back throughout the day for more news on this developing story.


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Wireless @ Mesa Public Library-All over the Place!

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News

Mesa Public Library has several multiuse spaces: meeting rooms, art gallery, Southwest Room, upstairs and downstairs rotundas, as well as many quiet nooks with fabulous views. So what’s been missing? Wireless! Now, instead of clustering only in the periodicals area and delving deeply into connection menus on wireless devices to find the correct network, patrons may access the internet from just about anywhere in the library, on any floor, any time during regular hours, and without an access code. While both White Rock Branch library and Mesa have had free, wireless


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Local governments to Discuss Funding for LANL, Environmental Liabilities, Jobs

WHAT: Press conference to discuss funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the impacts on jobs, environmental cleanup and national security.

Proposed funding cuts are resulting in a reduction of jobs at LANL, missed environmental cleanup deadlines, and significant changes in LANL’s nuclear mission.

WHO: Mayor Alice Lucero, City of Espanola; Council Chair Sharon Stover, Los Alamos County; Commissioner Alfredo Montoya, Rio Arriba County; Commissioner Danny Mayfield, Santa Fe County; Mayor David Coss, City of Santa Fe; Commissioner Andrew Chavez, Taos County; Elmer Torres, San


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 8 to March 14, 2012

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.

 

BENJAMIN BACA

March 8 at 12:45 p.m. / Police arrested Benjamin Baca, 38, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant for unknown charges.

March 8 at 2:49 p.m. / Los Alamos National Laboratory – Technical Area 50, Building 0001 reported being the victim of larceny at 683 Crossroads. The estimated loss is more than $500.

March 8 at 6:19 a.m. / Police issued a citation


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Oversight Committee Gives Collective Order of Preference to CIP Phase II Projects

County News:

On Thursday evening, the CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee reviewed the list of CIP Phase 2 projects that have applied to proceed to Council for Design/Build consideration, and gave a collective “order of preference” listing. The result is shown below.

The list was developed by first taking input from each member of the Committee on their personal order of preference, and then discussing and adjusting the listing to reach and average the total number of points per project.

This exercise was conducted twice in order to work on gaining committee consensus as members listened


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Friday’s Leadership Los Alamos Session Focused on Regional Issues

Rep. Nick Salazar and Rep. Jim Trujillo take a lunch break during Friday’s Leadership Los Alamos regional issues meeting at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


By Carol A. Clark


The 2012 class of Leadership Los Alamos participants met at Fire Station 3 in White Rock Friday to learn about issues impacting the region.


“The purpose of this session is to increase knowledge and understanding of our neighboring communities including their accomplishments and challenges,” said County Council Chair/Leadership Los Alamos cofounder Sharon Stover. “We’ll


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Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents G. Emlen Hall and Fred Phillps: Reining in the Rio Grande

 
Authors Speak Series presents G. Emlen Hall and Fred Phillips
 
Authors of Reining in the Rio Grande: People, Land, and Water

Thursday, March 22, 2012   7:00 PM   Upstairs Rotunda    Mesa Public Library

“ Reining in the Rio Grande has brought many benefits to those who live in its valley, but the benefits have come at a price. The following chapters…examine the long span of river between its headwaters and where it reaches the borders of Texas and New Mexico, exploring what is gained, what is lost, and what possibilities remain for a desert river

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Drinking and Driving? Nope, Get on the Bus!

ATOMIC CITY TRANSIT News

Don’t take chances driving on Saturday if you’re doing any St. Patrick’s Day celebrating – ride the bus instead! Atomic City Transit will provide FREE bus service to and from any location in Los Alamos and White Rock on March 17th from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. – just call 661-RIDE (7433) anytime to request a ride. Don’t drink and drive – dial-a-ride!

Visit the Atomic City Transit webpage http://www.losalamosnm.us/transit/Pages/default.aspx


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Building a Downtown Creative Community Moves Closer to Fruition

LACDC News:

Following is a trip report from last week’s visit by PLACE representatives:

Welcome to PLACE, and to our first communication about Los Alamos. We will use this communication tool to keep you up-to-date on our efforts to build a new Creative Community in downtown Los Alamos.

We just returned from a very successful site visit. We were there to determine if the necessary ingredients were in place for us to build a successful new multi-use, sustainable community within the downtown, and more specifically, the downtown Creative District.

Here is a very brief overview of our findings:


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Municipal Building Crane Work Put on Hold

Example of a 150-foot crane. Courtesy

By Carol A. Clark

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a permit on construction cranes any time that they will exceed a 100:1 sloped surface from the nearest point of the nearest airport runway out to 20,000 feet or 200 feet above ground level.

“We are right on the edge of the affected area of the airport,” said Dan Erickson, capital projects division manager. “It’s better to be safe than sorry so we decided to go ahead and apply for a permit to the FAA – we’re hoping it won’t slow the project.”

The County applied for the permit nearly


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Betty Yearns for a Family

Los Alamos County Shelter News:


Betty the Cat. Courtesy Photo


Betty is a gentle, friendly, large female domestic medium hair cat with a soft purr.


Although just 2 years old, Betty has had weight problems and is on weight-control food.


The vet has assured the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter that Betty is otherwise healthy.


She likes adults, gentle children and toys – especially if a human shares playtime with her.


Betty is now energetic and playful in the cat room and is house trained.


Betty is spayed and up-to-date on all routine shots.


Contact the Animal Shelter at 662-8179 for more information.


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Arts in Public Places to Discuss Art for White Rock Visitor Center

County News:

A meeting of the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board is set for 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library.

 

 

Members will discuss potential art for the White Rock Visitor Center.

Among other items on the agenda is an update of information regarding the re-location of “Strange Trio,” a brief update on the “Call for Artists” for the Animal Shelter and a discussion of the remaining work needed to develop a 5-Year Strategic Plan.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

The mission of the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board is to encourage the integration of art into


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Skylar Wants to be Adopted

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter News:

Skylar is hoping for a good home. Courtesy Photo

Skylar is about 14 months old and a terrier/lab mix waiting for a good home to call his own.

He is residing at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and is reportedly good with adults, gentle children, cats and dogs.

Skylar is submissive and likes the safety of a nearby crate while he figures out what is expected.

He is housebroken and leash trained and enjoys attention and going for walks with shelter volunteers.

Skylar is neutered and up-to-date with his routine shots.

His primary color is black with a short coat


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Smart Meters: What’s the Buzz?

DPU News

While many smart meter advocates are enthused by the cost savings that smart meters can bring to electric customers, opponents are often concerned about protecting the privacy of their electric usage data.

“There is irony in the privacy issue,” said Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith. “If a smart meter eliminates the monthly need for a utilities meter reader to be stepping around your property, that could be viewed as an enhancement to privacy. It depends on the individual’s definition. “The Board of Public Utilities and our 311 Customer Care


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Los Alamos Boasts First Photovoltaic System Installed on a Landfill in New mexico

NEDO has begun installing the photovoltaic system on the capped landfill adjacent to the Eco Center. NEDO will install one megawatt, and the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will enter into a purchase power agreement for another, for a total of two megawatts on the capped landfill. This is the first photovoltaic system in New Mexico to be installed on a landfill. Photo by Julie Williams-Hill

Staff Report

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has partnered with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and the Los Alamos


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N.M. 4 Road Work Ramps Up

A worker digs a deep ditch along N.M. 4 as part of the roadway improvement project now underway. The nearly $5 million project is scheduled for completion this fall. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

An asphalt sprayer moves slowly along N.M. 4. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

 


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Find It @ Your Library

The Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library have books in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and more … Visit the library’s foreign language collections, in print and online.

Whether you are learning a new language, keeping up with new releases in your native language or just enjoy honing your foreign language skills, Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library aim to please.

The libraries provide all patrons, including local readers, listeners and viewers, with materials in languages from around the world.

  • The foreign language book collection has hundreds of titles in both fiction

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Teen Center and Nature Center Move to Phase 2

 

The County’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee held a public hearing Thursday in Council Chambers for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1 (Study) to Phase 2 (Design/Construction). The committee passed unanimously Phase 2 applications for both the Teen Center and the Nature Center for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
 
The CIP Committee’s recommendations for approval will be forwarded to County Administrator Harry Burgess. Burgess could

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Pete Sheehey Announces Bid for County Council

Democrat Pete Sheehey announces his candidacy for county council Thursday night. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

 

County Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Pete Sheehey announced his candidacy for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council during Thursday night’s Los Alamos Democratic Party County Convention at the Hilltop House Hotel.

Sheehey made the following statement:

I’m Pete Sheehey, and I am running for Los Alamos County Council. I’ve lived and worked here for 25 years, and Los Alamos has been a good home for me. I think we can make it better. There are two things I would


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