Council Explores County’s Employee Pay Structure

Sharing a laugh before the start of Tuesday’s county council work session in White Rock, from right, County Attorney Brian James, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne and Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

It was universally agreed at Tuesday’s county council work session that Los Alamos County employees are at the higher end of the market in terms of pay structure. But there are some glitches that need to be addressed.

The meeting focused Read More

Wrecked Airplane Leaves Airport on Final Journey

Disassembled 36V plane at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Robert Gibson

Motorists passing the Los Alamos County Airport recently may have noticed an airplane being disassembled. Some people stopped to watch the unusual activity Wednesday, Feb. 1, as the plane’s wings and tail were removed and its fuselage hoisted onto a large trailer.

“The plane’s road trip to an aircraft salvage yard in Colorado marked an ignominious end to a 30-year journey in the skies over an estimated half million miles between the Arctic Ocean and Mexico,” said one of its owners, Robert Gibson.


Co-owner Lori

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New Dog Park Coming to FEMAville Area

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Los Alamos County Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre and the Parks Division crews will soon begin working on installing the next dog park over at the old “FEMAville” site on North Mesa (the abandoned volleyball courts.)

If the weather holds out, they should wrap up the North Mesa playground installation (near the tennis courts) and then move over to the new dog park location in a few weeks.

Some preliminary site work already took place there last fall. Read More

PEEC Officials Meet with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Representative

Michelle Jaquez-Ortiz, right foreground, from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Office met with officials at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street Thursday to learn how best the senator can support PEEC’s efforts. From left, Board President Becky Shankland, PEEC Member Karyl Ann Armbruster, Program Director Katie Watson, Board Member Dave Yeamans, Facility Director Chick Keller and Board Member Siobhan Niklasson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Upcoming PEEC events:

A Nature Center for Los Alamos? Public meeting before the CIP committee at Read More

Get Warm and Fuzzy at Warm Hearts Yarn

Students knit during a Saturday morning class at Warm Hearts Yarn in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The local yarn shop is dear to the heart of many a knitter and since August, Warm Hearts Yarn has been providing local crafters with a place to call their own.

The store is located in White Rock at 13 Sherwood, near Smiths Food and Drugs Center.

Los Alamos native Katie Brousseau has been knitting and crocheting since the age of 9 and Warm Hearts Yarn grew out of her desire to share her enthusiasm for handwork with her hometown. It is her goal to provide high quality, Read More

Red and Black Ball Marks 12th Year

Preparing audio equipment for the Ball Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider and wife Cori. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Kate O’Donnell, left, and Karen Kendall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Greg Kendall, left, and Jim O’Donnell. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Fire Chief Troy Hughes and wife Jodi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Attorney Chris Chandler and County Council Chair Sharon Stover. Carol A. Clark/

Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Police

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YMCA Red and Black Ball Rocks Back to the 1950s

A sold out crowd attended a fundraiser for The Family YMCA 2012 “Strong Kids”
campaign at the Hill Top House Hotel Saturday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Jim Steritz, Jacqui Carroll, Sarah Wellborn and husband Rick toast the successful 2012
Red and Black Ball. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


YMCA Board Member Sharon Stover with husband Steven Girrens.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/

YMCA Supporters and Board Members gather for a group photo.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Michaelangelo Lobato, left, and Roger Waterman.

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Small Boy Earns Community Hero Award

Jonah Cruz Wheat, 5, and his sister pose with his certificate Friday at Fire Station 3
in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Jonah Cruz Wheat was just 4 years old on July 12 when he heard a woman cry out for help while he played in his yard.

Playing superheroes is one of his favorite pass times so when his mother heard him enter the house and ask his sister if she heard someone calling for help, she assumed they were just playing.

Amanda Wheat recounted hearing her son go back outside and yell, “Don’t worry … I’m coming … I’ll help you.” She grabbed her phone and ran outside where she saw her Read More

LAFD Union Leader Honored

Capt. Flavio Martinez, left, is congratulated by Fire Chief Troy Hughes at his retirement ceremony Wednesday.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Fire Chief Troy Hughes, coworkers, family and friends honored longtime Los Alamos Firefighter and IAFF Local 3279 Union President Flavio Martinez at a gathering in Fire Administration Wednesday.

“Capt. Martinez was one of the first people I met with when I came here to see if this is where I wanted to work and I quickly recognized that he really only wanted the same things I did – a well-trained department, people treated fairly and people held Read More

Juanita Madland Performs a Valentine Benefit Concert Sunday

By Bonnie Gordon


Juanita Madland/Courtesy


Hear world class piano music for a good cause when Juanita Madland performs a Valentine Benefit Concert for The Los Alamos Arts Council at 7 p.m. Sunday Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at CB Fox or at the door.

Madland is a Los Alamos treasure. Although she performs in venues around the world, she generously shares her talents often in her home town, usually to support a worthy cause.

Her program on Sunday will be chronologically organized and will range from the baroque to the contemporary. Madland calls herself Read More

Leaders Hope to Shape Economic Development

Special to
Each month a group of about 20 current and emerging leaders gather to enhance their leadership skills by learning more about challenges and opportunities facing our community through the Leadership Los Alamos program.

The most recent session, led by MICHELINE DEVAURS and MIKE WISMER, focused on economic development, where participants hoped to gain an understanding at both the state and local levels.

Discussions and presentations focused on the vision for the future, the planning efforts underway and how to contribute to shaping future

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NM4 Improvements Project – Weekly Traffic Conditions

On Monday, Mountain States Constructors will begin milling the existing road surface at the following intersections:

Monday and Tuesday-NM4 and Grand Canyon, La Vista

Tuesday and Wednesday-NM4 and Sherwood Boulavard

Wednesday and Thursday-NM4 and Bonnie View as well as the Hampton Inn and Metzger’s entrances/driveways

Thursday and Friday-NM4 and Rover Blvd.

What to expect?

Expect lane closures and flagging operations during non-peak hours. Please follow the detour signs as posted.

Traffic control restrictions for NM4 include providing a minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction Read More

How Duke Gets His News


Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly spotted her dog Duke checking
out the latest news on the Los Alamos Daily Post website Thursday morning.
Photo by Linda Daly
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Legislature Honors Las Conchas Firefighters


  Legislators honored firefighters at the Round House Thursday representing Cuba, Los Alamos, Santa Fe,
  Forest and Park Service for battling the Las Conchas Fire last summer.
  Photo by Sharon Stover
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Torpy Gets Hugged






Longtime Los Alamos resident Colleen Hanlon hugs Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy at the county council meeting Tuesday night in appreciation for his coming to her aid and moving her car, which he noticed was parked in a precarious location on Central Avenue.

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Jan McDonald Jazz Trio to Perform at Blue Window Saturday Night

Jan McDonald/Courtesy

Things will swing at the Blue Window Bistro on Saturday, Feb 11 when the restaurant hosts a Jazz Night featuring the Jan McDonald Jazz Trio.

The Trio will perform from 7- 9 p.m. with Donna Smith on piano, Richard Snider on bass and Jan McDonald on trumpet and flugelhorn. Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required at 662-6305.

The regular dinner menu will be offered from 5-9 p.m. All menus are posted at Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible.

Santa Fe resident Jan McDonald is recognized nationally as an accomplished jazz trumpeter. Read More

Council Introduces New Economic Vitality Administrator

Greg Fisher takes the podium during his introduction to the community Tuesday. The county council introduced newly hired Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher to the community at the start of Tuesday’s council meeting. Fisher officially began his work Monday.He is tasked, among other tings, with implementing the county’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Authors Speak Series Presents Pamela Christie Feb. 23

The Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Upstairs Rotunda Mesa Public Library features Pamela Christie, author of “The King’s Lizard” and “Dead Lizard’s Dance,” mysteries set in Old Santa Fe.

“This is what my honored grandfather told me, all of it. Someone long ago taught him how to tell a tale, someone who knew what to do with the space between En Años Pasados and Así Fue*. When we sat up together nights, waiting for babies to be born or for horses to foal, for travelers to return, or for news of the men who ran to the mountains after the uprising, he told me of those murderous times….” Read More

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