County Government

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets April 19

County News:

The Environmental Sustainability Board is meeting at 7 a.m. April 19 at the Eco Station Administration Building on East Jemez Road. 

Regular Meeting

I. Call to Order/Roll Call
II. Public Comment
III. Approval of Minutes
IV. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
1. Chair Report
2. Liaison Reports
(1). Utility Board – Steve Tenbrink
(2). Planning and Zoning – Walter Tuzel, Deb Gill
(3). Transportation – Larry Warner, Skip Dunn
(4). Parks and Recreation – Brooke Davis, Mary Barr
(5). County Council – Fran Berting
3. Subcommittee Reports
(1). Holistic downtown parking – Mark

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‘HATS ON’ in support of the Los Alamos Creative District!

Kelly Stewart, Marlane Hamilton and Ken Nebel encourage you to support adoption of the Creative District Plan to be considered by the Los Alamos County Council April 24. Learn more about this initiative on the web at You too can support the Creative District. Send in a photo of you or your family and friends wearing your creative hats to, and we’ll publish it in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post! Courtesy Photo

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Local Golf Course Gets Innovative

The 16th green at Los Alamos Golf Course was protected by a turf cover last winter and this shot shows the dramatic difference between covered verses noncovered following removal of the cover Feb. 22. Courtesy/LAGC

By Carol A. Clark

As springtime comes alive with bright sunshine, colorful flowers and grass growing greener throughout the community, the PGA Professionals at Los Alamos Golf Course are welcoming novice and seasoned players to enjoy the local links.

Course Manager Steve Wickliffe is excited about this year’s opening season because of an experiment conducted on the course last

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Rep. Jim Hall Attends N.M. 4 Construction Briefing

Rep. Jim Hall speaks with Time Out 4 Pizza owners Trish and Omar Sanchez Tuesday morning during the County’s weekly meeting on the N.M. 4 road construction project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman briefs Rep. Jim Hall on the N.M. 4 road project during Tuesday’s public meeting. He said that the project is on time and on budget and scheduled for completion this fall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Time Out 4 Pizza owner Trish Sanchez tells County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman that the N.M. 4 road construction project has not had an adverse

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County Council Approves Updated Employee Compensation Plan

Gloria Maestas prepares to take the role of councilor votes for the new, updated compensation plan for county employees. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Two councilors disagreed with the motion on the table at Tuesday night’s council meeting, but in the end, the measure passed 4-2.

Councilor David Izraelevitzwas absent.

At issue was an amendment to the County’s FY2012 employee compensation and classification plan, including new and revised job descriptions and approval of the FY2013 compensation and classification plan.

Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted no saying that he

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County has Completed its Required Compensation Comparison and Job Description Review

Los Alamos County Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel, center, Acting Assistant County Administrator Steve Lynne and consultant Carol Mercer discuss an amendment to the FY2012 Compensation and Classification Plan including new and revised job descriptions as well as approval of the FY2013 Compensation and Classification Plan. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Council Receives REDI Net Project Briefing

From left, REDI Net Project Coordinator Monica Abeita, Executive Director Tim Armer and board member Laura Gonzales briefed members of the County Council on the project that will bring fiber optics and connectivity to Los Alamos and other communities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Los Alamos County Council Welcomes San Ildefonso Governor

San Ildefonso Gov. Terry Aguilar was elected Feb. 18 and came to tonight’s County Council meeting at the request of Council Chair Sharon Stover to introduce himself to the other members and staff. He told Council that he just past the bar and that he planned to invite the Los Alamos County Council to his Pueblo to meet with his Council. Photo by Carol A Clark/

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Tonight’s County Council Presentations Feature Youth

County News:

Los Alamos High School student Alexander Castille is presenting a distracted driving survey to the County Council that he and members of the Los Alamos Youth Leadership team conducted through spending time on strategic intersections around towncounting the motorists who were chatting on their cells, applying make-up, smoking and exhibiting other distracted behaviors. Most drivers were doing something other than just driving. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos High School students Alexandra Berl, speaking, and Olivia Snyder, Tessa Snyder and teacher

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Arts in Public Places Board Agenda




AGENDA for Wednesday, April 11, 2012

4:30 to 6:00 PM Mesa Public Library



II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)

     A. Approval of Minutes from March 14, 2012

     A. Discuss potential art locations for the Municipal Building (Architect)

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Film Review: The Snapper

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

Pregnant women get asked many questions as they await their babies: When are you due? Is it a boy or a girl? Have you picked out a name? Have you written a birth plan?

Or even, sometimes: Who’s the father?

In “The Snapper,” a sort of a 1993 Irish precursor to the 2007 American megahit “Knocked Up” in that both comedies star a fetus that does not result from sacred marital love but rather from booze, 20-year-old Sharon Curley (Tina Kellegher) does not want to answer that last question.

Her co-workers, friends, parents  — everyone

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Muni Building Crane Back in Action Friday

County News:

An ongoing ballet between man and machine. Photo by TK Thompson/

These ironworkers are placing floor girders on the second floor of the new Municipal Building. Photo by TK Thompson/

There is still a lot of earthwork to be done on this site. The grey concrete slab in the middle of the image will be the next to have structural steel placed on it. Photo by TK Thompson/

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PNM Seeks Lower Emissions Limits For San Juan Generating Station

San Juan Generating Station News:

Albuquerque: PNM today requested changes to the New Mexico air permit for San Juan Generating Station to allow for the installation of new visibility controls at the plant in the next several years.

“We are prepared to move forward on installing new environmental controls that will meet federal visibility requirements and further reduce the plant’s emissions. Our strong preference is to do this in the most cost-effective way so that the cost to PNM customers and our state’s economy is kept as low as possible,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president

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County Attorney Search Narrows to Three Applicants

By Carol A. Clark

Three candidates have made the short list out of a pool of 16 applicants for the Los Alamos County Attorney position.

Rebecca Whismer Ehler of Alamogordo, Harry Sinclair Connelly of Las Cruces and internal candidate Charles Brian James are scheduled for interviews April 13 in Los Alamos.

James graduated from the Golden Gate University School of Law and has 32 years of legal experience. He has served as acting county attorney for about a year.

“It seems like a logical progression and would also provide continuity for the County what with a new county administrator and the many projects

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Tonight’s T-Board Meeting is Cancelled

Courtesy/Los Alamos County

County News:

Tonight’s Transportation Board meeting has been cancelled.

The Board will hold its next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 3, at the Los Alamos County Public Works Conference Room, 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite A2.

The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the seven-member board is to obtain public input and make recommendations to the County Council regarding transportation policies related to all users of the transportation system (pedestrian, bicycles, motor vehicles, transit, and aircraft) to ensure that equal consideration is given

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Public Invited to Chapter 16 Q&A Session

County News:

Residents and business owners in Los Alamos and White Rock are encouraged to attend an informal Q&A session with Acting Community Development Director Steve Brugger at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 in Council Chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The Q&A session is regarding proposed changes to Chapter 16 of the County Code.

Chapter 16 is more commonly known as the County’s Development Code.

Suggested changes include implementation of a Special Plan District.

Other changes are being proposed to clarify the planning review and permitting process.

County Code

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Board of Public Utilities Meeting Schedule

DPU News:

Smell Gas? Call 662-8333 (M-F) or 662-8222 (after hours)


The Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet on the following dates and times:

BPU Regular Meeting
(Note the change in meeting date from the regular thrid Wednesday of the month to Thursday, April 19)

  • 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 170 Central Park Square – DPU Conference Room

BPU Special Meeting – Closed Session
(To discuss limited personnel matters)

  • Noon, Monday, April 30, 170 Central Park Square – DPU Conference Room


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