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Amigos Bravos: Legal Action Spurs EPA To Require New Water Pollution Controls In Los Alamos

Staff Report

Amigos Bravos has issued a news release regarding the recent determination by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it will require new water pollution controls.

In response to a lawsuit filed by clean water advocates citing extremely high water pollution in Los Alamos County – with some pollutants more than 14,000 times above public safety limits – the EPA announced this Monday it will require new water pollution controls.

EPA issued a final determination that stormwater discharges from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Los Alamos County are contributing


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New Technology Tested At Los Alamos County Airport

Crews prepare a drone for launching via catapault Nov. 8 at Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy/LAC
 
A parachute carries the drone back to the ground. Courtesy/LAC
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The pavement on airport runways and taxiways is essential; however, its maintenance and repair does not come cheap. But an innovative piece of technology could change that, and the Los Alamos County Airport recently played a role in putting this new technology to the test.

Officials from New Mexico Department of Transportation aviation division as


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Michael Phillips Of Los Alamos Top 50 Kids Coach

Los Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips

GOLF News:

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – Michael Phillips of the Los Alamos has been honored for the second time as a Top 50 Kids Coach by U.S. Kids Golf, the world’s leading organization in developing young golfers.

Phillips, a golf professional at the Los Alamos County Golf Course also was honored in 2018 as a Top 50 Kids Coach.

The Award recognizes coaches who have excelled in developing players, fostering a positive environment, and using the best available resources to help advance their students.

The Top 50 Kids Coaches of 2019 includes golf professionals


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County Streetlights Off For Farolito Viewing Dec. 24-25

Various local streetlights will be turned off Dec. 24-25 to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. Courtesy/NHCC
 
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.
 
The streetlights will be turned off Tuesday, Dec. 24 and will be restored Thursday, Dec. 26.
 
For safety purposes, the Traffic & Streets Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the full period that lights will be off. If this is not possible,

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County ESD Unveils Recycle Coach App

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

Recycling can be a tricky business. It is easy to wonder which bin an item should be tossed into or if it can even go into a recycling bin.

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division is attempting to make the process easier with a new resource. This week, the ESD rolled out a new app and website platform, called Recycle Coach.

The Recycle Coach app can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple Store, ESD Senior Office Specialist Joshua Levings said.

Residents can sign up for real-time notifications and reminders about


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Chief Troy Hughes Discusses LAFD At Rotary Meeting

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes speaking Tuesday at the Rotary meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Nancy Cerutti

ROTARY News:

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, who celebrates his 35th year in his fire service career in February, spoke at the Tuesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

He described the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) and its role in the community and at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

Going back to 1997, LAFD was one of the first five fire departments to earn international accreditation. The Department’s guiding principles


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Water Service In Quemazon Restored By 11 Tonight

Scene of the water break this afternoon on Esperenza east of Quedito in the Quemazon neighborhood. Courtesy/DPU

Scene of the water break today on Esperenza i Quemazon … water service is scheduled to be restored by 11 p.m. today. Courtesy/DPU

COUNTY News:

Water crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) are working on a major water break that occurred today on Esperanza east of Quedito in the Quemazon neighborhood.

Approximately 50 customers on Esperanza between Quedito and the east Quemazon intersection have no water services. All customers in the Quemazon neighborhood


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Council To Consider Continuing Funding For CFPP

COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will request Los Alamos County Council authorize $63,000 to continue participation in the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) through March 2020.
 
The meeting is open to the public and scheduled for 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The CFPP is a next-generation nuclear power plant that will utilize small modular reactor technology and is planned to be constructed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). DPU began exploring the project to address future electrical energy resources

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Scenes From 2019 Luminaria Walk At Stables Sunday

The Annual North Mesa Stables Luminaria Walk Sunday evening featured to the delight of young and old, a quiet walk through of the stables open house, campfires (‘luminarias]), and plenty of s’mores and opportunities to interact with horses, goats, sheep, cows and other stable animals. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene Sunday evening from the Annual North Mesa Stables Luminaria Walk. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene Sunday evening from the Annual North Mesa Stables Luminaria Walk. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene Sunday evening from the Annual North Mesa


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County Trash & Recycle Material Collection This Week

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Department this week will be collecting trash and recycling materials.

Remember to not bag recycling (except shredded paper, which can put that in a white or clear bag) and lightly rinse plastics.


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County Council Regular Session Dec. 17

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council will hold a regular session 6 p.m., Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.

To read the full agenda, click here.


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Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Meets Tonight

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. today in Conference Room 110 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda:

  • Call to Order
  • Approval of Nov. 20 Minutes
  • Discussion of Best Practices Guide – Vision and Goals, Policies, Procedures, Training, Enrichment, Inspections and Metrics
  • Discussion of Ordinance Revisions
  • Discussion of Facility Issues
  • New Business
  • Meeting Adjourned

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County: Farolito Sand Available For Holiday Season

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division has placed sand at the following locations to fill farolito bags:

  • North Road at Lower Pueblo Canyon crossing;
  • Deer Trap on Barranca Mesa;
  • Soccer Field parking lot on North Mesa; and
  • The parking lot by the transfer station in White Rock.

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2019 MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade Winners

The New Beginnings Fellowship float is the winner of the 2019 Los Alamos MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade held Saturday night on Central Avenue as part of the annual WinterFest festivities in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Medical Center float is first runner-up of the 2019 Los Alamos MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Allure Hair and Nail Studio in Central Park Square is second runner-up of the 2019 Holiday Lights Parade. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The 2019 Los Alamos MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade


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Scenes From County Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Los Alamos County Councilors Katrina Martin, left, James Robinson, Chair Sara Scott and Randall Ryti along with members of the community applaud the official lighting of the County holiday tree Saturday night in the lobby at the Municipal Building. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilors Katrina Martin, left, James Robinson, Chair Sara Scott and Randall Ryti begin the countdown for the lighting of the holiday tree. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

From left, Joany Babilonia, Kathleen Kern and Kailey Kern get ready for their photo op during


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