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County: Library Policies Go To Council Tuesday


Los Alamos County Council will be voting to adopt revisions to library policies at the Nov. 26 Council Meeting.

The library policies have not been revised since 2010.

Over several months, the Library Board conducted a systematic review of the library policies in parallel with an internal review by library management and approved revisions to the policies at the Nov. 4 Library Board Meeting.

Key policy changes include revision of policies related to photographing or videotaping in the library, donations, public access computing including Internet use and meeting space.



Los Alamos Police Sgt. Christopher Ross Receives Prestigious Public Safety Executive Leadership Award

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Christopher Ross

LAPD News:

EVANSTON, IL – Los Alamos Police Sgt. Christopher Ross has received the prestigious Public Safety Executive Leadership Award from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.

The award was presented Nov. 15 at the Center’s School of Police Staff and Command 468th Graduation Ceremony at the Double Tree by Hilton in Skokie, Ill.

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone nominated Sgt. Ross for the elite program.

By successfully completing the Center’s entire sequence of management programs (Supervision of Police Personnel, School


Parks And Recreation Board Updated On CIPs

Los Alamos County Capital Projects Manager Anthony Strain, at the podium, discusses the improvements to the irrigation system at the Los Alamos County Golf Course while Jeff Stewart and Jeff Goode of MRWM Landscape Architects and Irrigation Services, LLC look on.  Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The recreation capital improvement projects are moving closer and closer to fruition. The Parks and Recreation Board received an update on the design plans for the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, Los Alamos County


New Los Alamos County Public Works Director Anne Laurent Calls Return A Homecoming

New Los Alamos County Public Works Director Anne Laurent during an interview Tuesday morning in her office at the Municipal Building. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Being the new Los Alamos County Public Works Director is a homecoming for Anne Laurent.

Before officially stepping into the position Nov. 4, Laurent worked for seven years as one of the County administrators. She was the Community Economic director as well as Capital Projects and Facilities director. She left to work as the Community Development


Council Considers Water & Sewer Rate Hikes Nov. 26


Los Alamos County Council will consider the adoption of multi-year increases to the Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU) water and sewer rates at two public hearings. 

Beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, the public hearings will be conducted during the council meeting in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

The Board of Public Utilities voted Oct. 16 to approve the rate increases, giving the green light to forward ordinances 02-299 for water rates and 02-298 for sewer rates to the Council for possible adoption. Both ordinances are structured to increase rates yearly over


Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Meets 5:30 PM


The Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee is meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in conference room 110 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.


  • Call to Order
  • Approval of Nov. 6 Meeting Minutes
  • Response to Councilor Robinson Recommendations to Council
  • Response to County Council for Nov. 26 Council Meeting
  • Discussion of Facility Issues
  • Discussion of Ordinance Revisions
  • New Business
  • Adjourn Meeting


This Is Trash & Recycling Week In Los Alamos



This week the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division is collecting trash and recycling materials.

Residents are reminded to not bag recycling, except shredded paper, which can be placed in a white or clear bag.

Also remember to lightly rinse plastic items.


LAFD Shares Heating Fire Safety Tips

LAFD News:

Brrr! Do the chilly temperatures have you dreaming of cozy gatherings around a brightly lit fire? Or maybe your home’s heating systems are working double time to keep you warm this winter.

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) says safety must be a top priority regardless of the type of heat source you are utilizing. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires.

Follow LAFD’s suggestions to keep your home warm and safe:

Space Heaters

“The biggest mistake is putting something too close to a heating source,” says Division Chief Joseph Baca. Keep anything that can burn three feet away from


On The Job In Los Alamos: Troy Fernandez Addresses Those Who Provide Emotional Support To Others

On the job in Los Alamos is Troy Fernandez, LISW, left, speaking about self care during a meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos County Fire Administration Office. Fernandez shared practical information with members of the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps and Los Alamos National Laboratory Behavioral Health Response Team on how to monitor personal well being and make self care a priority for those who provide emotional support to others through their work or volunteerism. Photo by Jenn Bartram/


Cone Zone: Week Of Nov. 18, 2019


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following project:

N.M. 502 Road Construction/Roundabout:

In order to build the new Canyon Road connection, it is necessary to install an 8” waterline across N.M. 502 at Arroyo Lane. This will require a flagging operation, which is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The plan is for Star Paving to complete construction of the Canyon Road connection and then close the existing Canyon Road at a time/date yet to be determined. More information will be available in the next Cone Zone.

With the exception of traffic


County Council Proclaims Dec. 3 Giving Tuesday

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, right, presents a proclamation Tuesday at the County Council meeting that designates Dec. 3 as Giving Tuesday. Local nonprofit representatives from left, Los Alamos Family Council Executive Director Jordan Redmond, Lemonade Living Founder/President Melissa Arias, PEEC Executive Director Katie Bruell, Self Help, Inc. Board President Rosemary Alme, Lemonade Living Board Secretary Margi Harrach, United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Cindy Padilla, UNM-LA Chancellor and Los Alamos Community Foundation


Los Alamos 2019 Regular Local Election Results Official

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, swears in members of the Canvass Board Thursday morning for the first ever Regular Local Election. Canvass Board members from left, Danielle Gardner, Cameron Counters, JoAnn Johnson, David Schiferl and Lee Weinland. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Gathered Thursday morning for the Regular Local Election Canvassing, from left, County Clerk Naomi Maestas, County Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz and Senior Deputy Clerk Francella Montoya. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Scenes From 2019 Recycle Fashion Show Hosted By Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and Los Alamos Public Schools presented the 2019 Recycle Art Fair and Fashion Show Wednesday evening at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. The annual event included recyclable material crafts, games, art displays, make and take projects, fashion and refreshments. The Environmental Services Division provides solid waste and recycling services to Los Alamos County residents. Environmental Services Division mission is to provide exceptional solid waste and sustainability services to create a better community for


County: First Half Of Property Taxes Due By Dec. 10

Los Alamos County mailed out the 2019 property tax bills earlier in November. The first half of property taxes will become delinquent after Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Payment must either be made in person at the Customer Care Center by 4 p.m., Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.
The Customer Care Center is in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave., and open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payments also may be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM 87544.


Los Alamos County Council To Hear Animal Shelter Recommendations Tuesday Nov. 26

Los Alamos County Council will hear Councilor James Robinson’s recommendations for the animal shelter Nov. 26. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

To improve and enhance the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Liaison James Robinson is offering several recommendations.
His suggestions are:

In the short term, or within a year, increase the shelter staff by two full time employees who will solely work in shelter operations and animal welfare. Furthermore, the Los


Overview Of Tuesday Night Council Meeting

From left, candidates for the state senate seat formerly held by Sen.Carlos Cisneros Gabriel Montoya, Kristina Ortez, Daniel Barrone and Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales explain to Los Alamos County Council why they are best suited for the job. Ultimately, council voted to recommend Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appoint Ortez to fill Cisneros’ unexpired term. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council held its regular meeting Tuesday night and below is a summary of actions taken.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 8, 2019

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.


Nov. 8 at 12:34 a.m. / Police arrested Marshall Merle Sanchez, 36, of Los Alamos at Central Avenue and 4th Street on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.





Nov. 8 at 4:18 a.m. / Police arrested Naomi Rae Gonzales, 19, of Los Alamos at 2025 East Jemez Road and charged


Council Proclaims Nov. 4-9 LAHS Key Club Week

From left, Past Kiwanis President Philo Shelton, Don Casperson, Key Club Mentor Shelley Clark, Morris Pongratz, Key Club President Victoria Nisoli and Los Alamos County Councilor James Robinson hold up a proclamation that designates Nov. 4-9 as Key Club Week. The proclamation was made during the Tuesday night council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council proclaimed Nov. 4-9 as Los Alamos High School Key Club Week during its Tuesday night meeting.
WHEREAS: Key Club International, under the guidance