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County Lobbyist Briefs Council On Legislative Session

on March 23, 2018 - 4:03pm

Despite Gov. Susana Martinez vetoing Senate Bill 17, Los Alamos County Lobbyist Scott Scanland shares some good news during his briefing Tuesday night to Council. He reported the latest legislative session produced a positive budget, adding that the state put almost 10 percent in reserves.

Expect To See New Art Around Los Alamos County

on March 23, 2018 - 3:53pm
During the Tuesday County Council meeting, councilors check out the three kinetic wind sculptures the Arts and Public Places Board recommends purchasing. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
The community can expect to see several new additions to the Los Alamos County’s art collection.
Los Alamos County Council approved to purchase two kinetic wind sculptures and accept a donation of a third sculpture during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Teen Center Thanks County Council For Support

on March 22, 2018 - 4:35pm

A group of students, Teen Center Director Slyvan Argo and Assistant Teen Center Director George Marsden present a list of the Los Alamos Teen Center's accomplishments during the Los Alamos County Council's regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Its successes include a new recording studio as well as high attendance at the center. In 2017, the center received more than 27,900 visits and has more than 600 active members. In addition to reporting on the center's successes, the teens also thanked the Council for its support of the Teen Center.

LAFD Breaks Down Fire Danger Levels

on March 22, 2018 - 3:57pm
The public is alerted about fire danger levels through adjectives and colors based on the National Fire Danger Rating System’s criteria. Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

More than 100 years ago, fire managers decided it was time to develop a fire rating system to predict the potential for large fire activity. Then in the 1930s, a fire danger meter that included some of the environmental variables we have today was developed.

The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is a system that allows land agencies to estimate today’s or tomorrow’s

Pongratz Presents Update On Local DWI Programs

on March 22, 2018 - 7:56am
Los Alamos Family Council Program Manager Cheryl Pongratz updates the County DWI Planning Council during a recent meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It used to be that when people were arrested for driving while intoxicated, they were under the influence of alcohol, but apparently that has changed in recent years.

“It’s almost switched now,” Los Alamos Family Council Program Manager Cheryl Pongratz told a recent meeting of the Los Alamos DWI Planning Council.

Joe Granville On Running For Los Alamos Sheriff

on March 21, 2018 - 1:38pm
Los Alamos
My name is Joe Granville. I am running as the Democratic candidate for the office of Los Alamos County Sheriff. I am the owner of Home Improved USA a small business located here in Los Alamos.
My wife and I, and our 5-year- old son live, work and attend Daycare in this beautiful County. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of Little Forest Playschool and Los Alamos Family Council. My time on those boards has been a great opportunity to work with some very talented people whose sense of duty and service are truly inspiring.
I decided to run for

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 16 To March 18, 2018

on March 21, 2018 - 12:56pm

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 against them.

CAMERON PAUL OTERO: March 16 at 8:45 p.m. / Police arrested Cameron Paul Otero, 27, of Farmington at 83 Chiquita on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




GREGORY CAYTON: March 17 at 6:14 p.m. / Police arrested Gregory Clayton, 37, of Los Alamos on Beryl and charged him with aggravated battery.




TYLER JAMES SPARKS: March 17 at 11:04 p.m.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Elects New Chair And Treasurer

on March 19, 2018 - 7:28am
Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members convening Friday in Espanola, from left, Councilor Darien Fernandez, Town of Taos; Councilor Peter Ives, City of Santa Fe; Commissioner Barney Trujillo, Rio Arriba County; Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, County of Los Alamos and Commissioner Henry Roybal, County of Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
County officials at Friday's RCLC meeting, from left, Los Alamos County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess and Santa Fe County Attorney Bruce Frederick.

Lodger's Tax Advisory Board Meets March 20

on March 19, 2018 - 5:03am
The Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board meets at 1 p.m.Tuesday, March 20 in Suite 110 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
I. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS                                                 
A. Call to Order/Introductions
B. Approval of Today's Agenda
C. Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes 
Minutes from the Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board Meeting on February 20, 2018.
D. Board Updates
E. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda

Utilities Board Meets Wednesday

on March 18, 2018 - 8:03am
The Board of Public Utilities will hold a regular session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
Complete Board of Public Utilities agenda packets, past agendas, videos, legislation and minutes can be found online at Learn more about the Board of Public Utilities at


Please submit written comments to the Board at Oral public comment is

Arts In Public Places Advisory Board Meets Thursday

on March 17, 2018 - 9:27am
Los Alamos County Arts in Public Places Board meets at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in Suite 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
A. Minutes from the Arts in Public Places Board Meeting on February 22, 2018
A. White Rock Pottery Project - update on plaque 

Governor Susana Martinez Announces DWI Superblitz Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

on March 16, 2018 - 2:34pm



  • Also Announces Decrease in DWI Fatalities

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement across the state will be out in full force this weekend to crack down on drunk driving during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The Governor also announced that last year DWI fatalities were down about 16 percent compared to 2016.

“If you drink and drive you’re putting every life you come across on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “Driving drunk is unacceptable and dangerous. It’s also 100 percent preventable.

Los Alamos County Council Meets March 20

on March 16, 2018 - 1:59pm
The Los Alamos County Council will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
A. Briefing to Council by County Lobbyist Scott Scanland Providing an Overview of the 2018 Legislative Session. Presenters: Scott Scanland

County Planning Manager Tamara Baer Discusses Sign Code At Chamber Business Breakfast

on March 16, 2018 - 9:13am

Los Alamos County Community Development Department Planning Manager Tamara Baer presents a talk Thursday morning on the County Sign Code at the Chamber Business Breakfast at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Sheehey Discusses Candidacy For House Dist. 43

on March 15, 2018 - 11:31am

Pete Sheehey files his candidacy for District 43 State Representative Tuesday at the Secretary of States Office in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Councilor
Candidate House Dist. 43

Tuesday I filed my candidacy with nominating petitions signed by hundreds, to become a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43.  I’ve knocked on doors and listened to citizens throughout this diverse District, from La Cienega and western Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, to Jemez Springs and Cuba in Sandoval County, to Gallina

Board Of Public Utilities And County Council Consider Advancing Carbon Free Power Project

on March 15, 2018 - 8:31am

UAMPS Representative Mason Baker speaks to BPU and Council members during a special joint meeting on the Carbon Free Power Project. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/  



Los Alamos Daily Post


The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and the Los Alamos County Council is considering taking the next steps in the Carbon Free Power Project. The question facing them is whether to sign a Power Sales Contract.


The project was discussed during a joint BPU and County Council meeting March 6 in Council Chambers.


In its March 21

LAFD Offers Defensible Space Advice In Anticipation Of Tough Fire Season

on March 15, 2018 - 8:21am

LAFD Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna and Marisol Padilla of the Department's Community Outreach Program are preparing information on defensible space for the public in anticipation of the upcoming fire season. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

With more than 60 percent of the state in severe drought conditions, and fire officials predicting what could possibly be the worst fire season in a decade, Los Alamos Fire Department, particularly the Wildland Fire Division, has been gearing up by implementing fuel

State Auditor Issues Probe Notice To RCLC Officials

on March 14, 2018 - 5:23pm
Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson sent a letter Tuesday to officials with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communites (RCLC) advising them that his office is engaging in a special audit of the orgainzation.

Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne today confirmed receipt of the letter from the state auditor and addressed the upcoming special audit.

“As one of nine entities who belong to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, and as posted yesterday in local news

Luján Notes Los Alamos County Again Named Healthiest County In New Mexico According To New Rankings

on March 14, 2018 - 12:25pm

View of Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Washington, D.C. – Los Alamos County ranks healthiest in New Mexico, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

This is the eighth consecutive year that Los Alamos County has been cited as New Mexico’s healthiest county. The full list of rankings is available at

“Los Alamos

County Employees Request Investigation Of Councilor

on March 14, 2018 - 11:36am

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland, left, and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano review construction plans recently. The two men filed a request for an investigation of County Councilor James Chrobocinski Feb. 15 with County Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/



Los Alamos Daily Post

Two Los Alamos County employees have filed a request for an investigation into County Councilor James Chrobocinski alleging harassment and intimidation under Los Alamos Code Ordinance No.

Los Alamos Golf Course Expands Operating Hours

on March 14, 2018 - 11:02am


Spring is here and it’s time to get out and get active! The Los Alamos County Golf Course is expanding operating hours as the days get longer and weather continues to improve.

To schedule tee times, go to the County website:

For more information, call 505.662.8139. We hope to see you out on the course!

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 8 To March 13, 2018

on March 14, 2018 - 10:52am

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 against them.


March 8 at 11:59 a.m. / Police arrested Concha S. Herrera, 39, of Truchas at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




March 8 at 5:04 p.m. / Police arrested Rachel Ann Weiss, 29, of White Rock at the Espanola Probation and Parole Office on an arrest order.




March 9 at 07:08 a.m.

Digital Bookmobile To Visit Los Alamos Tuesday

on March 14, 2018 - 7:12am

The OverDrive's Digital Bookmobile will arrive March 20 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo



The virtual library meets the actual library in Los Alamos Tuesday when OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile pulls into the parking lot to set up shop.

The innovative mobile exhibit provides an interactive experience for readers of all ages to explore eBooks and audiobooks available through the Los Alamos County Library System.

James Robinson Files For County Council

on March 13, 2018 - 5:07pm

Democrat James Robinson, left, files this afternoon for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. He is joined today by some of his biggest fans, from left, mom Sher Robinson, dad Richard Robinson and brother Joey Robinson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/