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Century Bank Provides Lunch To County Employees

on February 22, 2019 - 7:11am

Century Bank provided lunch for County employees Wednesday at the Pajarito Cliffs Site, as their way of saying ‘thank you’ to crews for their tireless efforts in fighting this winter’s snow storms. The Century Bank team of employees who set up and provided lunch are from left, employees Consumer Lender Paula Pena, VP/Branch Manager Karen Easton and Universal Banker Claudia Martinez, along with employees not pictured, Crystal Atencio and Daniel Maes. Courtesy/Los Alamos County Public Works Dept.

Los Alamos Hockey’s History Of Energetic Volunteers

on February 21, 2019 - 3:57pm
Los Alamos Ranch School students playing hockey on the pond. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society
Los Alamos Historical Society

Hockey has been part of Los Alamos for more than 100 years.

One of the most iconic historic pictures in the community’s history is of a match at the Los Alamos Ranch School, with the students at the prestigious all-boys prep school playing hockey on a pond—in shorts, which they wore year ‘round. The Los Alamos History Museum proudly displays a set of hockey shin guards from those active boys.

Los Alamos, of course, is most famous as

CDD Building Department Earns National Accreditation

on February 21, 2019 - 9:07am
Front row from left, Kellee Fernandez of IAS, left, holds up the IAS accreditation plaque along with the Community Development Department building staff, which includes Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Lenora Maes. Back row from left, Building staff David Martinez, left, Adrienne Lovato, Larry Valdez, Michael Marquez, Department Director Paul Andrus and Joe Dudziak. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Community Development Department (CDD) achieved a major milestone.

County Notice Of Possible Quorum Feb. 22

on February 21, 2019 - 9:02am


Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend Community Development Department and Public Works Department tours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 at various County locations.

A quorum may be present; however no action will be taken.

LAFD: Learn To Save A Life During CPR/AED Training

on February 21, 2019 - 8:20am

LAFD News:

February is American Heart Health Month. Each year more than 790,000 Americans have a heart attack and nearly 15 percent will die as a result.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart.

Time is a critical component to surviving a cardiac event, with every moment that passes, the chances of survival diminish tremendously. Moments count during a cardiac event.

The amount of heart muscle damaged is directly proportionate to the amount of

Utility Work On Arizona Set For 8 a.m. Thursday

on February 20, 2019 - 6:50pm


Due to inclement weather, utility work on Arizona Avenue that was scheduled for Tuesday will occur instead Thursday, Feb. 21.

Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the south side of Arizona, just east of 45 Street to locate a water leak. 

Traffic will be restricted to one lane Thursday at the construction zone beginning at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with two-way traffic accommodated by a flagging operation.

Motorists can expect some delays.

Repairs to the waterline will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Meets Tonight

on February 20, 2019 - 2:09pm


The Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in Conference Room 101 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.


  • Approval of January Minutes
  • LACAS volunteer input subcommittee progress report – Sally
  • Public survey progress report - Sally
  • Shelter Models subcommittee progress report – Linda
  • Shelter budget subcommittee progress report – Jennifer
  • Facility Improvement Cost Analysis progress report - Wendy
  • Discussion of Development of Recommendations
  • New Business
  • Adjourn Meeting

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 30, 2018-Feb. 12, 2019

on February 20, 2019 - 8:26am

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.


Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. / Police arrested So Young Choi, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police arrested Choi again Feb. 1 at 7:35 p.m. on Aster Street and charged her with battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.





Feb. 8 at 12:05 a.m.

County February Personnel Board Meeting Canceled

on February 20, 2019 - 6:00am
The Los Alamos County Personnel Board meeting for February has been canceled. 
The March meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19 in Room 110 (Boards & Commissions) at the Municipal Building.
The meeting is open to the public.

Ice Rink Opens 4 p.m. For Hockey Practice Only

on February 19, 2019 - 2:16pm

Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will open at 4 p.m. today for hockey practice only.

Adult skate and public skate will resume Wednesday ... presuming no significant additional snowfall occurs overnight.

Los Alamos County Services And Activities Updates

on February 19, 2019 - 11:34am

The Los Alamos County Municipal Building during the last snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The latest updates on Los Alamos County services and activities affected by inclement weather conditions:

  • Los Alamos County is open today;
  • The Los Alamos County Council meeting is still a go for 6 p.m. today;
  • Trash pickup is running as scheduled today;
  • The Los Alamos Teen Center is operating noon to 5 p.m. today, not their normal operating hours of noon to 8 p.m., due to the snow storm; and
  • All Atomic City Transit peak services are canceled today due to road conditions.

Letter To The Editor: Water Rates, Overflowing, And Automated Meters Coming

on February 19, 2019 - 10:54am
Business Services Manager
There is a Board of Public Utilities meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Municipal Building in the Council chambers. It is important to attend and voice your public comment for at least three topics on the agenda.
First, the Department of Public Utilities wants to raise your water rates … again. 6.25% this time. It seems like an annual increase.
As water usage has dropped due to conservation efforts by the community, the Department wants to raise rates to keep up their revenues, ostensibly for future capital improvement projects.

County Finance Office Publishes FY18 PAFR

on February 18, 2019 - 2:29pm
The Los Alamos County Finance Office announced that the FY2018 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) has been issued and is available on the County’s webpage.  
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established the PAFR Program to encourage and assist state and local governments to extract information from their comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) to produce high-quality popular annual financial reports.
These reports are specifically designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable to the general public and other interested parties

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on February 18, 2019 - 6:58am

Natural Grocers May Be Coming To Los Alamos

on February 17, 2019 - 7:18am
At its Feb. 27 meeting, P&Z will consider a lot split and site plan to pave the way for a Natural Grocers on Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
The options of where to get groceries in Los Alamos could be expanding. Feb. 27, the Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a lot split and site plan that would pave the way for a Natural Grocers.
County Planning Manager Tamara Baer

Los Alamos County Planning Manager Tamara Baer explained that the lot split is proposed at the Shriners’ building site on Trinity

On The Job In Los Alamos: Steve Brugger At LAHP

on February 15, 2019 - 4:52pm
On the job in Los Alamos is Executive Director Steve Brugger of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP) in his new office today at 1362 C-1 Trinity Dr. between Viola's and Subway. LAHP moved Feb. 1 to its new location. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
About the Los Alamos Housing Partnership

Los Alamos Housing Partnership, Inc (LAHP) was incorporated in 1994 as a 501©3 non-profit organization that promotes the provision and retention of affordable housing.

LAHP owes its existence to continued community support evidenced

Utility Work On Arizona 8 a.m. To 4 p.m. Tuesday

on February 15, 2019 - 4:26pm


Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the south side of Arizona Avenue just east of 45th Street to locate a water leak.

This investigatory utility work will occur Tue. Feb. 19 only. Traffic will be restricted to one lane at the construction zone beginning at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with two-way traffic accommodated by a flagging operation. Motorists can expect some delays.

Repair work to the waterline will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Utilities Board To Consider AMI Rule Feb. 20

on February 15, 2019 - 3:49pm


The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeks approval of proposed General Rule GR-16 on Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) from the Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

The rule includes a provision under GR-16.03 to allow customers to opt out of the AMI project without penalty. AMI is a method of communication technology to read meters remotely without having to physically access meters on customers’ properties.

BPU will consider Rule GR-16 at its board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

EMS Division Chief: The Importance Of Time...

on February 15, 2019 - 8:35am
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Frie Department

Each year more than a 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, of these nearly 15% will die as a result.

A heart attack is known clinically as a myocardial infarction (MI) and is the permanent damage to heart muscle. The prefix “my” means muscle, “cardial” refers to the heart and “infarction” is the death of tissue due to a lack of blood supply.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. Cells within the heart will become starved of oxygen and begin to die.

Schmidt: Let Me Introduce Myself...

on February 14, 2019 - 8:32am
Los Alamos County Councilor

As the newest member of County Council, I want to introduce myself to those of you whom I haven’t yet met. 

I am excited to have the opportunity to represent the people of Los Alamos and serve as a public official.

I began my professional career in public affairs working for the International Affairs Division of the Niigata Prefecture, a region of Japan comparable in population to the state of New Mexico. I presently teach fourth grade at Barranca Mesa Elementary and previously taught eighth grade in my home state of Wisconsin.

In my daily

Partial Renovation At Fire Station 3 Nearly Complete

on February 14, 2019 - 8:31am
Fire Station 3 during recent renovations. Courtesy/LAC
Fire Station 3 during the renovation. Courtesy/LAC
Los Alamos Daily Post
A partial facility renovation project at Fire Station 3, located in White Rock, is nearly finished.
The project, which began in October, included several improvements, County Engineer Eric Martinez said. The roof was replaced over the station’s living areas, modifications to the station’s HVAC system were made, and an exterior wall and windows were added to the sleeping areas.

County Council Seeks Feedback On 2019 Priorities

on February 14, 2019 - 8:27am
Los Alamos County Council discussing its 2019 Strategic Leadership Plan Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
The Los Alamos County Council is seeking community feedback about the 2019 Strategic Leadership Plan unanimously adopted Feb. 12 at the Council meeting. Seven priorities have been identified as focus areas this year:
Increasing the amount and types of housing options. 
This includes a variety of housing options for all segments of the community, from affordable, entry level, and live-work housing to new options for those

Letter To The Editor: A Reply...

on February 13, 2019 - 7:49am
Los Alamos
Mr. Burke’s letter was very strange to me (link). There were 10 candidates that were all qualified to fill Christine Chandler’s County Council seat for different reasons. All had different backgrounds, and a differing perspective of how the county needed to position itself for the future. I was surprised by the decision, but I don’t think there was a bad choice to be made.
Mr. Burke’s letter is not good optics for him or the Republican Party. While he is certainly entitled to his own opinion, there is a time and a place to air it.

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 2018 Crime Statistics

on February 12, 2019 - 11:56am

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released calls for service and crime statistics for the 12 months of 2018, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. Simple assault is not included in UCR.

Community Invited To DWI Planning Council Thursday

on February 12, 2019 - 11:11am

DWI Planning Council News:

The community is welcome to attend the monthly DWI Planning Council meeting, which is Thursday.

New Mexico State Epidemiologist Gwendolyn Gallagher, Ph.D., Community Health Epidemiologist will present the most recent alcohol morbidity and mortality data.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. in Room 330 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Additional information is available from DWI Program Coordinator Donna Casados with the Social Services Division at 505.662.8312.