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Los Alamos County Explores Food Composting Options

Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Food waste not only effects the environment but people’s wallets. Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division is planning to embark on an education program aimed at helping people to not carelessly toss food and their money away.

Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule said the food waste education campaign is expected to kick off in April.

During the Feb. 18 Los Alamos County Council work session, Councilor Katrina Martin asked what the education


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 28 To March 4, 2020

LAPD News:

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.

 

ISAAC EDWARD TRUJILLO

Feb. 28 at 11:49 p.m. / Police arrested Isaac Edward Trujillo, 38, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr., on two outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions.

 

 

 

PATRICK JAMES GALLEGOS

March 1 at 3:51 p.m. / Police arrested Patrick James Gallegos, 39, of Española at 901 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court Warrant.

 

 


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Republicans Gather To Support Candidates Filing Today

Local Republicans gather to support their candidates filing today in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. From left, Paul Jaramillo, Gary MacDonald, Ed Christie, Donna MacDonald, Shona Neff, Gary Stradland, Heather Muck, her daughter Jayden and Lisa Shin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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County Clerk Naomi Maestas Files For Re-Election

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas, a Democrat, files today for re-election. She is shown here with her husband Sammy and son Isaiah in Council Chambers. ‘I was elected to this office in 2016 but I started working in the Clerk’s Office in 2005. I am a strong advocate for democracy. I want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. I want to continue our progress in the Clerk’s Office … we have a great team.’ Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com


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Denise Derkacs Files For Los Alamos County Council

Denise Derkacs, a Democrat, files today for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. ‘Since joining the Community Development Advisory Board I’ve been attending Council and other County meetings avidly learning about County processes and current issues facing the County. I have identified three critical areas facing the County, housing, downtown revitalization and community services.’ Read more about her reasons for running later. in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com


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Greg White Files For Los Alamos County Council

Greg White, a Democrat, files today for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. ‘I don’t like the overall direction the last two County Councils have been taking us.’ Read more about his reasons for running for Council later in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com


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David Reagor Files For Los Alamos County Council

David Reagor, a Republican, files today for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. ‘Like many residents, I came here to work at the laboratory and then spent 32 year as a researcher at the laboratory.’ Read his full statement later in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com


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James Rickman Files For Los Alamos County Council

James Rickman, a Libertarian, files for a seat today on Los Alamos County Council. ‘I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of living in Los Alamos most of my life and I’d like to ensure amenities that I’ve enjoyed are around for the next generation. I want to keep County services top notch. I retired from public affairs at LANL after 24 years. I served on the council from 1996 to 2000 … there’s a pretty steep learning curve and I’ll be able to hit the ground running. With my background in media, I’m a strong advocate for openness in government.’ Photo by Bonnie


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Los Alamos County Prepares For COVID-19

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess addressed questions today about the County’s preparedness for an outbreak of COVID-19 – detailing the County’s communications with employees in the last week and commenting on wide-scale emergency preparedness activities that are underway in Los Alamos in conjunction with directives being issued by the State of New Mexico Department of Health.

“Los Alamos County employs nearly 800 full-time, temporary or casual labor employees to keep day to day operations running smoothly,” Burgess said,


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QNM To Honor Los Alamos Department Of Public Utilities

Quality New Mexico News:

The community is invited to attend the 2020 Quality New Mexico Learning Symposium and Performance Excellence Awards Luncheon.

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is being recognized for excellence with a Roadrunner Award.

The Key Note Speaker is El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. His presentation, Why Can’t Government Operate Like A Business? looks at how El Paso, Texas became the largest city in the United States to earn its state’s top quality award for excellence using the Baldrige Excellence Framework.

Gonzalez, will share the value proposition of using


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Rodney Roberson Files For Los Alamos County Council

Rodney Roberson of Los Alamos, a Democrat, files today for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. ‘I want to be a public servant everywhere I live. I’ve been in Los Alamos for two-and-a-half years. I’m the emergency manager at the Los Alamos Field Office. I want to be an advocate for adequate, affordable housing and business development.’ Roberson is assisted while filing today in Council Chambers by County Election Manager Gloria Maestas, center, and Senior Deputy Clerk Francella Montoya. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com


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Sean Williams Files For Los Alamos County Council

Small business owner Sean Williams, a Democrat, files today for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. ‘I’m running for County Council to give small business a greater voice on the council. I would like to see revitalization of the Los Alamos and White Rock downtowns. I think the County has the power to do it. I would like to develop a plaza in the Longview area of White Rock with mixed use zoning. It would be a fairly inexpensive and worthwhile project.’ Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com


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County Clerk Staff Waiting For Candidates To File

Waiting for candidates to file this morning in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, from left, County Clerk Naomi Maestas, Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, Elections Manager Gloria A. Maestas and Senior Deputy Clerk Francella Montoya. Candidates may file until 5 p.m. today to run in the 2020 Primary Election. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com


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Candidates File For 2020 Primary 9 A.M. To 5 P.M. Today

POLITICAL News:

Individuals interested in running for office in the 2020 Primary Election must file their candidacy between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The following County offices are open for election in 2020, each County office with a four year term: 

  • County Council (3 positions); and
  • County Clerk.

The County Clerk also is the proper filing officer for the following districted positions based on an individual’s voter registration record:

  • State Senator;
  • State Representative;
  • District Court Judge;
  • District

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County Public Works Hires Eric Ulibarri As Senior Engineer

Los Alamos County Engineer Eric Martinez, right, introduces new Senior Engineer Eric Ulibarri of the Public Works Department during Thursday night’s Transportation Board meeting. Martinez said Ulibarri was raised in the Pojoaque Valley. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering from the University of New Mexico and is a licensed Professional Engineer. After graduation from UNM, Martinez said Ulibarri spent seven years working with the New Mexico Department of Transportation in multiple engineering capacities, including design and construction.


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Traffic Alert: Emergency Utility Work At Trinity/Oppenheimer

COUNTY News:

Emergency repairs to a sewer force main are underway by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities sewer crews.

(A force main is a pressurized sewer pipe that conveys wastewater in a situation where gravity sewage flow is not possible. Pumps or compressors push the sewage through the force main from lower to higher elevations or across landscapes where deep excavation is not feasible.)

At 10 a.m. today, March 9, crews began working in the intersection of Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer Drive. The construction zone is situated on the south side of Trinity in the center of Oppenheimer


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NMDOT Moves Forward On NM 502 Roundabout Project

Star Paving General Superintendent Randy Payment, left, updates the T-Board Thursday on the N.M. 502 project. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

It is full speed ahead for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) to complete the roundabout project on N.M. 502.

Assuming there are no delays, it is estimated that the project will be completed by the end of December, NMDOT Assistant District 5 Engineer for construction Sally Reeves told the Los Alamos Daily Post during Thursday night’s Los Alamos County Transportation


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Senior Appreciation Night Planning Meeting March 12

COUNTY News:

Planning meetings for the 2020 Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) Los Alamos High School graduation take place 1–2 p.m., the second Thursday of each month, March through June in the Walkup Aquatic Center Training Room.

The next meeting is Thursday, March 12.

Individuals and volunteers interested in helping to plan a safe, fun-filled, drug free, all-night celebration are invited to attend the SAN Planning meetings or sign-up to volunteer during the events.

SAN events are scheduled 6 p.m. Saturday, May 30 through 4 a.m., Sunday, May 31 for graduating Los Alamos High School and Home-Schooled


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Crack Sealing On San Ildefonso Road Begins March 9

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic & Streets Division will begin a pavement preservation project on the North Mesa.

Crews will be crack sealing on San Ildefonso Road from the round-a-bout to Sioux Street.

Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work is anticipated to be completed in early April, weather permitting.

A flagging operation will be used to move vehicles safely through the work zone. Vehicle traffic is urged to slow down and obey all traffic control devices.

Los Alamos County Public Works is committed to the safety of the traveling public and thanks


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Council Considers Fund For ‘Progress Through Partnering’

County Councilor David Izraelevitz

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) might get a new role to play in the region with Los Alamos County Council’s help.

During the Feb. 18 council work session, Councilor David Izraelevitz presented an idea to create a fund for supporting regional capital project development through the County’s “Progress Through Partnering” Program.

In a paper about the fund, it is stated, “This effort would be funded by yearly contributions from the LAC (Los Alamos County) General Fund, most


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