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Crime Victims’ Rights Week Provides Empowerment

on April 18, 2019 - 9:39am
Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenzie discusses Crime Victim's Rights Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The mission of Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 7-13, was to give empowerment. So those suffering from abuses reach for assistance and others provide help to individuals who need it.

Crime Victim’s Rights Week is a national program but locally it was recognized through a proclamation presented by the Los Alamos County Council as well as informational cards posted on Atomic City Transit buses and 14 New

Anne Hillerman’s ‘The Tale Teller’ Mesa Library April 24

on April 18, 2019 - 8:39am
Anne Hillerman
 
LIBRARY News:
 
Santa Fe author Anne Hillerman will speak 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at Fuller Lodge, presented by the Los Alamos Public Library’s Authors Speak Series.
 
She also will show slides that illustrate the themes in her latest book, The Tale Teller.
 
Hillerman has just released the latest book in her series set in Navajo Country, featuring the detectives Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito.
 
After the death of Hillerman’s famous father, the writer Tony Hillerman, she found herself wanting to hear more stories about the people who had come to

Letter To The Editor: Wireless Metering Bad Idea...

on April 18, 2019 - 8:32am
By MIKE DEMPSEY
Los Alamos
 
Dear Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities and Los Alamos County Council. First, I would like to thank the Los Alamos Utilities Department for the Excellent Reliability and Quality of their service. For many reasons, everyday I think about how VERY THANKFUL that my family and I have electric power, clean water, natural gas and a flush toilet 24/7/365. Thank you! You are doing an excellent job!
 
I travel extensively, and have been following the issue of wireless metering of our utilities by long distance.

Council Tentatively Okays Community Services Budget

on April 17, 2019 - 3:39pm

Community Services Department Director Brian Brogan presents his department budget Tuesday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Community Services Department’s approximately $13.7 million budget during Tuesday night’s hearing.

Additionally, they also tentatively approved all the suggested budget add-on options, which included:

  • $20,000 for quads and tracks for trail building and maintenance
  • $80,000 for the Public Health Office
  • $35,000 for open space improvements
  • $79,802 to hire a park maintenance

Council Tentatively Approves Public Works Budget

on April 17, 2019 - 3:36pm

Public Works Department Director Philo Shelton presents his department's budget during Tuesday night's hearing. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Public Works Department’s approximately $34.1 million budget during Tuesday night’s hearing.

Additionally, they tentatively approved all the budget add-on options, which included:

  • $365,655 for major facilities maintenance
  • $680,000 budgeted in the general fund and $320,000 from non-general funds for increase in interdepartmental charges
  • $16,000 to staff

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 13 To April 16, 2019

on April 17, 2019 - 11:09am

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.

TAYLOR ROSE ORTEGA

April 13 at 3:39 p.m. / Police arrested Taylor Rose Ortega, 18, of Los Alamos near Rose Street and Central Avenue and charged her with careless driving, failure to maintain traffic lane, operating a vehicle under the influence of a drug and driving with an open container of alcohol.

 

BRIDGID MARTINEZ

April 16 at 12:45 p.m.

County Council Tentatively Approves LAPD Budget

on April 17, 2019 - 8:14am

Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris present their department budget Tuesday night during the annual hearing before the County Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Los Alamos Police Department approximately $8.8 million budget Tuesday night during the budget hearing.

Additionally, council tentatively approved the following budget add-on options:

  • $35,224 for overtime pay
  • $33,000 for lifecycle purchases
  • $231,300 for a expanded consolidated dispatch center

Deputy Chief

County Council Tentatively Approves CDD Budget

on April 17, 2019 - 8:09am

CDD Director Paul Andrus presents his department budget as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Tuesday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Community Development Department’s (CDD) approximately $1.9 million budget during Tuesday night’s budget hearing.

All the suggested budget add-on options also were tentatively approved save for $10,000 for the clean and lien program.

Proposed Jim Billen Trail: Last Week To Comment; Public Hearing Set For April 25

on April 17, 2019 - 7:56am
Map with highlighted section in yellow shown on the existing Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail details the proposed segment of the trail to be re-named Jim Billen Trail. Courtesy/LAC
 
COUNTY News:
 
Individuals have one more week to submit comments “for” or “against” a citizen petition to re-name a segment of the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail as the “Jim Billen Trail.” Billen passed away April 14, 2018.
 
Under County Code, a public hearing must be held prior to naming or re-naming any County facility – or in this case, a trail – after a deceased individual, and such a request can only be considered

Celebrate Earth Day By Improving Local Trails

on April 16, 2019 - 5:42pm

Join PEEC and Los Alamos County for a trail workday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will be planting willows and shrubs in arroyos along the Perimeter Trail. Registration is requested at peecnature.org. Photo by Thomas Graves

 

PEEC News: 

 

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos County this Saturday, April 20 for a spring trail workday on the Perimeter Trail.

 

This volunteer project runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and participants will focus on planting willows and shrubs in arroyos along a section of the trail.

County Council Tentatively Approves Its Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 5:04pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott listens to the discussion on the council's budget during the annual hearing Monday evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the council's $419,546 budget during the Monday night budget hearing.

Council discussed several budget adds-on but they were not included in the tentative approval. They were placed as “parking lot” items and will be discussed later in the hearings as part of funding for Progress through Partnering.

Los Alamos County

Council Tentatively Approves County Manager Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 5:01pm

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess during the presentation on his office budget Monday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the approximately $17.8 million budget for the Los Alamos County Manager’s Office Monday night during the budget hearing.

Additionally, they tentatively approved several budget add-ons:

  • $744,777 in the general fund and $423,710 from various funds outside the general fund for the County employee salary plan maintenance
  • $542,000 for economic development programs
  • $190,400 for a

Council Tentatively Approves Assessors Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:57pm

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Asesssor Joaquin Valdez, left, and Assessor Ken Milder discuss their budget as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously to tentatively approve the budget for the County Assessor’s Office Monday night during the budget hearing.

They also tentatively approved the $57, 669 budget ad-on to double fill the Chief Deputy Assessor position.

Council Tentatively Approves Attorney's Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:55pm

Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits presents her department budget Monday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the $726,699 budget for the Los Alamos County Attorney’s Office Monday night during the budget hearing.

Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits presented a few highlights of the attorneys office budget:

  • Budget supports delivering the highest quality legal services in an efficient and economical manner.
  • The staff of the County Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing superior public

Council Tentatively Okays Sheriff Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:42pm

Sheriff Joe Granville presents his budget Monday night as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Sheriff Department $15,510 budget Monday night during the budget hearing.

Sheriff Joe Granville highlighted some of his department’s budget items:

  • The Sheriff’s Office primary function is to maintain the sex offender registry in Los Alamos County and to ensure all sex

Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 3:33pm

Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen, left, and Court Administrator Juanita McNiel present the Municipal Court Judge's budget Monday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the $589,322 budget for the Municipal Court during the budget hearing Monday night.

Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen highlighted the following items in her presentation:

  • Maintain a flat budget from previous years –but transition the community service coordinator from an independent contractor to a .50 FTE in order to comply with IRS

Council Tentatively Approves LAFD Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 3:28pm

Fire Chief Troy Hughes, center, presents his department budget along with Senior Management Analyst Norma Jean Valdez and Management Analyst Xavier Anderson. County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening at left, during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the approximately $32.7 million budget for the Los Alamos Fire Department during the Monday night budget hearing.  

The tentative budget approval includes an add-on

Inaugural Flag Raised On New Pole At Ashley Pond

on April 16, 2019 - 11:22am

Los Alamos County installed a flagpole next to the pavilion at Ashley Pond Park and Ed McDaris, left, with Jim Nesmith, was selected to raise the inaugural flag Monday afternoon during a special ceremony. The American Legion Post 90 and the VFW Post 8874 encouraged the County to erect the flagpole, which includes solar panels to illuminate the flag at night. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

American Legion Post 90 and VFW Post 8874 members Ed McDaris, right, and Jim Nesmith prepare the flag for its inaugural raising. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Ed McDaris raises the first flag

Council Tentatively Approves Probate Judge Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 9:16am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the $5,906 budget for the Probate Court Monday evening during the first night of the annual budget hearings in Council Chambers.

County Clerk Naomi Maestas and Deputy Clerk Adriana Ortiz presented the Probate Court budget.

Highlights include:

  • Probate Court handled 41 probate cases in FY2018 and 22 docketed probate cases to date in FY2019.
  • In February 2018, the Probate Judge attended the annual Judicial Education Center Professional Development Conference for New Mexico Probate Court Judges and Staff.
  • Probate

Council Tentatively Approves Clerk’s Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 8:06am

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, and Deputy Chief Clerk Adriana Ortiz discuss the Clerk's Office budget as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 5-2 to tentatively approve the $639,447 budget for the County Clerk’s office Monday evening during the annual budget hearing.

Additionally, Council tentatively approved a $10,000 budget add-on for filing cabinets for the office.

ACT Joins National Get On Board Day April 25

on April 15, 2019 - 6:29pm

Atomic City Transit Bus. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Atomic City Transit (ACT) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide Thursday, April 25 to participate in National Get On Board Day. 

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get On Board Day is a day that encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities. 

Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local

Community Bids Farewell To Cpl. David Boe

on April 15, 2019 - 2:51pm

Cpl. David Boe during an interview Thursday at the Los Alamos Daily Post spoke about his local police service and how much he will miss the community and he prepares to move to Cailfornia. Photo by Carol A. Clark

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

‘It’s been the best job I’ve ever had … by a long shot…’ –Cpl. David Boe

Cpl. David Boe wraps up his nearly eight-year service today with the Los Alamos Police Department.

“It’s been the best job I’ve ever had … by a long shot,” Cpl. David Boe told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “This is a bittersweet day.

Cone Zone: Week Of April 15

on April 13, 2019 - 8:31am

COUNTY News:

Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Pothole Patching on Diamond Drive at Trinity/Canyon/Diamond intersections

Weather permitting, Traffic and Streets Division crews will continue to patch potholes Monday and Tuesday on Diamond Drive. Work will focus on the Diamond Drive southbound lane between Trinity Drive and Canyon Road (in front of the Lemon Lot) during non-peak commuter hours. Because of the confined roadway, work will require temporary turning lane closures using flagging operations to provide safe passage and turning movements through these intersections.

County Council Approves New Water Rates

on April 12, 2019 - 9:51am
Los Alamos County Council looks at the proposed new rates for water usage during the April 2 meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) customer water rates are going up 6.25 percent in the next billing cycle.

Council adopted the new rates at its April 2 meeting in a vote of 6-1. Councilor Antonio Maggiore opposed the increase.

While the rate increase was approved; Council asked DPU administrators to address the recent rash of utility billing inaccuracies some

County: Discoveries Action Team Meets April 18

on April 12, 2019 - 8:01am

COUNTY News:

The next monthly meeting of the Discoveries Action Team (DAT) will take place 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.

The team has changed the format for its meetings for 2019.

This month, the meeting will focus upon updates from the champions about various projects in progress within the Place-Making and Place-Marketing subgroups. New members interested in joining the team are invited to come to the meeting. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

Some of the projects in progress are:

  • Marketing a Discovery Trail for Los Alamos

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