County Government

Parks Manager Seeks Public Input on Younger, Older and Tired Dog Safety Issues


Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre will meet with users of the east side dog park at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting is in regard to recent requests to add space at the park for younger, older and tired dogs to play safely.

To meet these requests would require adding more fencing, at a relatively minor expense, to the existing dog park located inside East Park.

The public is invited to stop by East Park at 6 p.m. Thursday and visit with McIntyre and share any dog-related concerns. Read More

Perfect Weather, Large Crowd, Loads of Fun Surrounded PEEC’s Earth Day 2012

Community members of all ages soaked in the sunshine, activities and music at today’s Earth Day Festival at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Ever-Changing Land of Enchantment is this year’s Earth Day theme. PEEC’s Earth Day logo connects people to the land they live in and its changes over the past 100 years since New Mexico’s Centennial. It also reminds people that they must live gently on this beautiful and vulnerable land. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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N.M. 4 Project Moves into New Phase

New lane changes on N.M. 4 in White Rock took place April 19. Motorists are now to use the south two lanes, which have been finished. The reduced speed limit remains at 30 mph. Construction work has started on the north two lanes of the roadway. Photo by TK Thompson/

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Large Volume of Brush and Bulk Items Puts Collection Efforts Behind Schedule


An old couch and large tree branch cuttings piled on the curb of a residence near 20th Street and Rose Street are among items ready for pick up by the County Collection Service throughout the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Due to the large volume of material placed out for collection, the spring pickup is running a week or so behind schedule. The County appreciates the public’s patience and ask that they feel free to call 662-8163 with any questions.

Brush and Bulk Item Collection

A program offered to residents with curbside refuse collection four times Read More

Author Speaks: Nye and Barco Reveal What Happens When Books are Banned

By Kirsten Laskey

The written word packs a good punch. It sparks inspiration and sometimes exasperation even to the point where people want to ban it.

The desire to ban books can also pack quite a punch, particularly for public and school libraries.

During the upcoming Author Speaks lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, librarians Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco will reveal what has happened when people demand books be removed from public reading shelves.

Nye and Barco wrote “True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries,” a compilation of essays on how librarians around Read More

Mesa Public Library to Host Display of Historic J. Robert Oppenheimer Photographs


J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy Photo

A New Mexico Centennial Exhibit

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) will present an exhibit of historic photos entitled “J. Robert Oppenheimer: Photographs From His Life: 1904–1967” at the Mesa Public Library Gallery, 2400 Central Ave. from May 2 to May 30.

The photos and their captions show the full range of Oppenheimer’s life, from early childhood, through his youth, his professional life at Cal Tech, Los Alamos, University of California at Berkeley, and the Institute for Advanced Study which he directed Read More

Coming Soon! Los Alamos County Libraries To Offer Expanded Service: Download Audiobooks and eBooks!


Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere, starting May 7!

Los Alamos County Library System has expanded its services with audiobooks and eBooks available to download from the library’s website.

Starting May 7, library card holders can check out and downloaddigital media anytime, anywhere by visiting

Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices.

Users will need to install free software: for audiobooks, OverDrive Media Read More

County Administrator Harry Burgess Announces Re-organization, Promotions


During Wednesday night’s County Council budget meeting, County Administrator Harry Burgess announced organizational changes within several management positions, following his review of the various County departments and divisions and their relationship to his office.

Burgess was appointed as County Administrator in October 2011.

“I reviewed the organization after meeting with Staff to gather input, then worked to develop the best path forward for the organization,” Burgess said after the meeting, adding that he had also taken the last few months to review the Read More

Council Tentatively Approves Overall Funding for Capital Improvements

From left, Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage, Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz join the rest of the council in tentatively approving 7-0 the motion for overall funding for capital improvements in the proposed FY2013 and directed staff to look at ways to reduce the larger projects within the County. Council also tentatively approved 7-0 a full time position, which is to be paid from the indigent fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Council Approves 3 percent in New Money for County Salary Pool

From right, Councilor Geoff Rodgers, Councilor David Izraelevitz, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Vice Councilor Ron Selvage, Councilor Mike Wismer and Councilor Fran Berting tonight in Council Chambers and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle via telephone voted 5-2 to tentatively approve tonight a 3 percent increase in new money be placed in the proposed FY2013 County employee salary pool. That 3 percent increase is to be divided into three components: .75 for inflation, .75 percent for new salary plan adjustments and the remainder is discretionary to supervisors to distribute as merit raises Read More

Citizens Speak up During Tonight’s Public Comment Session

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk at the podium and, from left, Councilor Mike Wismer and Councilor Ron Selvage. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dave Shiferl and Mary Pat Kraemer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidate Roger Waterman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pauline Schneider Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cheryl Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Coordinator Kristine Coblentz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidate Pete Sheehey. Photo Read More

Tonight Marks the Third and Final in Council’s Marathon County Budget Hearings

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess just announced that he is eliminating the “Assistant to the County Administrator” position held by Brian Bosshardt. He has moved Bosshardt into one of two assistant county administrator positions. Burgess told the County Council that he has tapped Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne to become permanent. Burgess further announced that he is folding the Capital Projects & Facilities Department into the Community Development Department and has appointed’ Anne Laurent to be the new director. She has Read More

Council Tentatively Approves Utilities Budget

Utility Manager John Arrowsmith and Deputy Utility Manager of Finance & Administration Janet Bettinger brief the Council on the proposed $75.350 million FY2013 budget and projected $81.128 million FY2014 budget. Council tentatively approved the budgets 7-0. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Council Tentatively Approves Capital Projects & Facilities Budget and Public Works Budget

Director Anne Laurent of the Capital Projects and Facilities Department answers questions regarding her department’s proposed $6.6 million FY2013 budget and projected $6.480 million FY2014 budget. Council tentatively approved the budget 5-2 with Councilor Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voting against the motion. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Director Anne Laurent of the Capital Projects and Facilities Department fields questions from Council regarding the public Works Department proposed $15.042 million FY2013 budget and projected $16.447 Read More

Council Tentatively Approves Non-Departmental Budget

Los Alamos County Budgets and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi and Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne discuss the $7.868 million proposed FY2013 non-departmental budget and the $7.867 million projected FY2014 non-departmental budget. Council tentatively approved 7-0 a substitute motion adding $2 million in the FY2013 budget for economic development loans. The County’s FY2012 budget was $11.996 million. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Council Discusses Request to Hire Person to Handle Records Requests, Tentatively Approves Administrative Services Budget

Acting Administrative Services Director Laura Gonzales briefs Council on the need for the creation of a position for a full time person to handle the overwhelming number of public records requests, which is bogging down the work of other employees in the Administrative Services Department. Council tentatively approved 6-1 a substitute motion for the Administrative Services Department’s proposed $6.873 million FY2013 budget and the projected $7 million FY2014 budget excluding full time positions. Councilor David Izraelevitz cast the sole no vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

County Proposed FY2013 Budget Takes into Account Anticipated Expenditure Reductions by LANL

During its budget hearings, which started Monday and continue tonight through Wednesday night, the Los Alamos County Council is assessing and approving the County’s proposed FY2013 budgets and the projected FY2014 budgets. The County’s objective is to continue to provide the high level of service the community has come to expect, despite anticipated reductions in revenues associated with reduced federal expenditures at the County’s primary employer – Los Alamos National Laboratory. With proposed expenditures totaling $196.6 million in FY2013 and projected Read More

Council Tentatively Approves CDD Budget 7-0

Acting Community Development Department Director Steve Brugger discusses his department’s $1.912 million proposed FY2013 budget and $1.862 projected FY2014 budget before the County Council gave unanamous tentative approval. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Second Day of County Budget Hearings is Underway

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Right now members of the Los Alamos County Councilors are considering proposed budgets for FY2013 and projected budgets for FY2014 for five more County departments:

Community Development, Administrative Services, Non-Departmental, Capital Projects and Facilities and Public Works.

Councilor Vincent Chiravalle is participating in the meeting via telephone. Chair Sharon Stover, Vice Chair Ron Selvage, Councilor Mike Wismer, Councilor Fran Berting, Councilor Geoff Rodgers and Councilor David Izraelevitz are present in Council Chambers Read More

New Restroom Facilities for Park and Trail

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has completed two new restroom facilities. The restrooms will be put into operation on Wednesday of this week.  Dick McIntyre, Parks Division Manager reports that the restrooms were planned and budgeted as part of the Canyon Rim Trail development. 

The first restroom is found at East Park next door to the new Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

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The second restroom is at the other end of the completed section of the Canyon Rim Trail near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

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