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DPU: Utility Work Begins On Loma Vista Wednesday

on June 19, 2018 - 1:31pm

Courtesy/DPU

DPU News:

After an underground electric line failed June 14, affecting properties on the south side of Loma Vista, line crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) restored power through a temporary repair.

Permanent repairs will begin Wednesday, June 20, under contract with Paul Parker Construction and continue through the end of the month.

Crews will trench on the south side of Loma Vista between Los Arboles and crossing the north and southbound lanes of Oppenheimer to replace the damaged conduit and cable. Construction will occur 7 a.m.

Owner Of Dilapidated Roof Tries Judge Kirk’s Patience

on June 19, 2018 - 11:48am

Photo taken last month showing the condition of the roof on a Kayenta Drive home, which has resulted in five citations over the last three years for owner Jay Stimmel. Courtesy photo

Deteriorating plywood and soffit areas on the Kayenta Drive residence belonging to Jay Stimmel as seen May 21 by Los Alamos County officials. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

After three years of hearings in a case involving replacement of a roof on a home on Kayenta Street in White Rock, Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk finally seemed to have had enough

Utility Tree Trimming In Denver Steels

on June 18, 2018 - 9:43pm

Tree trimming underway this week in Denver Steels. Courtesy photo

DPU News:

Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will return to the Los Alamos Denver Steels neighborhood this week to trim trees from around power lines.

Crews will remain in the area for approximately three to four days.

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines.

County Council To Host Work Session Tuesday

on June 18, 2018 - 9:31pm
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Council will host a work session at 6 p.m., Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station on N.M. 4.
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda:
 
1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. STATEMENT REGARDING CLOSED SESSION June 19, 2018  Closed Session Motion
4. PUBLIC COMMENT
5. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
6. PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
A. Briefing to Council by Jennifer Baker, Chair of the Library Board. Presenters: Jennifer Baker, Chair of the Library Board
B.

CANCELED: County Council Closed Session June 19

on June 18, 2018 - 3:09pm

COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Council closed session scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave., has been canceled.
 
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the annual evaluation of the Los Alamos County attorney.

Rotary Speaker Honors Smith's Pharmacist Katie Fry

on June 18, 2018 - 7:09am

Nathan Ruby, executive director for Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH), recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. He described the nonprofit's work to provide life-saving medical support and education to the Haitian community at large at their clinic in Jacmel, Haiti. Ruby traveled from Illinois headquarters to acknowledge the exceptional volunteer work of Smith's Los Alamos Marketplace pharmacist Katie Fry, who travels regularly to Haiti to dispense medications with FOTCOH. Fry was recently nominated at the national level for the Smith's Community Service Award. Photo by Linda

Board Of Public Utilities Meets June 20

on June 17, 2018 - 7:13am

Communication Woes Surface During Council Discussion On RCLC Investigation

on June 16, 2018 - 4:59pm

County Councilors say the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of Tuesday's meeting in Council Chambers. Screenshot/LADP

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A presentation during the June 12 Los Alamos County Council meeting by representatives of the law firm of Adams & Crow resulted in a lengthy and intense discussion among Council members, which appeared to reveal underlying internal struggles with communication.

The law firm is under a $30,000 contract with the County to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of improprieties of the Regional

County Customer Care Center Reps Conduct Dry Run Of New MUNIS System For Utilities Department

on June 16, 2018 - 10:33am

Los Alamos County’s Customer Care Center representatives participated in a ‘dry run’ this morning of the new MUNIS system for the Utilities department. The switch over to MUNIS will occur July 1. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Customer Care Center representatives participated in a “dry run” on a rainy Saturday morning. CCC representatives were testing their knowledge of the new MUNIS system for the Utilities department. The switch over to MUNIS will occur July 1.

County employees participated as “customers” in today’s exercise to give the CCC representatives live, hands-on

Council Postpones Contract For Kiddie Pool Design

on June 15, 2018 - 5:18pm

County Engineer Eric Martinez
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Uncertainties surrounding the new managing contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) pushed Los Alamos County Council to apply the brakes on the kiddie pool capital improvement project.
 
During the regular County Council meeting Tuesday, June 12, Council passed a motion to postpone approving the services agreement with FBT Architects for the design of the kiddie pool addition at Larry R. Walkup Center until the taxable status of the new LANL contract is known.

Chamisa Elementary School And Cortex & Co. Salon Win 2018 Business Recycler Of The Year Awards

on June 15, 2018 - 4:37pm
COUNTY News:
 
The Business Recycler of the Year award is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board.
 
The Business Recycler of the Year Award is a great avenue to promote recycling in the community and get more businesses participating in the recycle program. To become eligible, a business is nominated by a member of the community for contributing to recycling and waste reduction. The nominees are required to submit a brief overview about how their business recycled and reduced waste.

More Scenes From Safety Town At Mountain School

on June 15, 2018 - 7:28am

A group of incoming kindergarten students waits in line for the next activity Thursday during the Safety Town program at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Safety Town participants gather Thursday morning with Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross, left, and Cmdr. Preston Ballew in front ot the LAPD bomb truck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew shows a young Safety Town participant how he remotely controls a robot from inside the LAPD bomb truck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Update: Valles Caldera Fire Burns 50 Acres

on June 14, 2018 - 3:50pm

COUNTY UPDATE: The fire spotted at 2:20 p.m. today in the Valles Caldera near San Antonio Mountain is estimated to have burned about 50 acres. The Los Alamos Fire Department has not been requested to respond to the fire at this time. National Forest and Valles Caldera have fire-fighting resources working the fire. A special weather statement was just issued for the Jemez Mountain area about storms with heavy rainfall moving into the area on Friday, so, there may be a good chance that rain is on the way to help firefighters.

Fire Burning In Valles Caldera

on June 14, 2018 - 2:47pm

Los Alamos County reports that a fire was spotted at 2:20 p.m. today in the Valles Caldera near San Antonio Mountain. Smoke is visible over the western mountains of Los Alamos. Fire resources are actively working at the site right now. The County will provide more information as it becomes available. Photo by Brian Nelson

Fire resources are actively working at the site of a fire right now in the Valles Caldera. The County will provide more information as it becomes available. Photo by Brian Nelson

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 11 To June 12, 2018

on June 14, 2018 - 11:48am

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.

SEBASTIAN OSBALDO CRUZ-VARGAS

June 11 at 10:37 p.m. / Police arrested Sebastian Cruz-Vargas, 29, of Espanola in Pojoaque on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

JAYSTON PLATERO

June 12 at 9:06 p.m. / Police arrested Jayston Platero, 35, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with DWI and two counts of abuse of a child.

Council Appoints Morrie Pongratz To Serve On Council

on June 14, 2018 - 11:16am
Morris Pongratz is the newest member of the Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County Council has a new member: Morris Pongratz. Pongratz was approved to serve the remaining six months on former County Councilor James Chrobocinski’s term.
 
Chrobocinski resigned from the Council in May for health reasons. Pongratz was approved to fill the seat during a special meeting Monday night. His nomination passed five to one. Councilor Susan O’Leary voted for another candidate, K.
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Public Works Department Features Two New Faces

on June 14, 2018 - 9:15am

Juan Rael is one of the newest hires in the Los Alamos County Public Works Department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

Sarah Anderson is a new project manager in the Public Works Department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

There are two new faces in the Los Alamos County Public Works Department. Sarah Anderson and Juan Rael were recently hired as project managers for the department.

 

Both bring experience working in the private and public sector.

 

Before moving to Los Alamos to begin work

Otowi Well No. 2 Drilling Continues In LA Canyon

on June 14, 2018 - 8:18am

Drilling is underway for the new drinking water Otowi Well No. 2 in Los Alamos Canyon. Courtesy photo

Drilling for the Otowi Well No. 2 is underway in Los Alamos Canyon.Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Trucks have been seen coming and going on NM 4 between the White Rock Y and the Truck Route as work continues on the new drinking water Otowi Well No. 2 in Los Alamos Canyon.

Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco explained in a recent report that drilling commenced on the well in January.

Lane Closure/Flagging Operation On Todd Loop Today

on June 14, 2018 - 8:00am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will partially close Todd Loop today in White Rock.
 
A flagging operation will commence 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., while crews close a section of road for repairs.
 
Please slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.

Police Chief Addresses Crime Stats Allegation

on June 13, 2018 - 2:47pm

Chief Dino Sgambellone
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone responded Tuesday to allegations that not all violent crime reported to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) appears in the LAPD 2016 and 2017 annual crime reports presented to the Los Alamos County Council.

The allegations have been made by James Whitehead, Republican nominee for Los Alamos County Sheriff in the November general election, both in person at primary election events and now on his campaign website under the caption “The Truth

Councilor Recall Petition Case Remains Undecided

on June 13, 2018 - 11:47am
Los Alamos County Councilors Antonio Maggiore and Susan O'Leary chat before Monday's hearing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Attorney Jack Hardwick, left, speaks with his client Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss, right, and Los Alamos resident George Chandler Monday afternoon prior to a hearing in Santa Fe on recall petitions filed against Reiss and two other councilors. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The fate of three recall petitions filed against Los

County: Residents Invited To Apply For Newly Created Community Development Advisory Board

on June 13, 2018 - 9:57am

COUNTY News:

Residents are invited to apply for a new Community Development Advisory Board. The new board was created by the County Council in May and tasked with making recommendations to the Council regarding the development, implementation and enforcement of County property maintenance codes within the corporate boundaries of the County.

Seven members are needed to fill the board. They will serve a three-year term. The application period will close at 5 p.m., June 18.

The Council is expected to appoint Board members at its Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 in Council Chambers.

Cody Ulrich Joins Los Alamos Police Department As Emergency Management Specialist

on June 13, 2018 - 9:48am

Cody Ulrich has joined the Los Alamos Police Department as an Emergency Managment Specialist. A native of Santa Fe, he has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration from Colorado State University. Ulrich is working on evacuation plans and mutual aid agreements under the direction of Emergency Management Cmdr. Beverley Simpson. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Approves Proclamation Restricting Sale And Use Of Certain Fireworks

on June 13, 2018 - 9:33am
Newly appointed Los Alamos County Council Morrie Pongratz presents a proclamation Tuesday evening to Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilors approved a proclamation Tuesday evening during their regular meeting declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks.

Under the proclamation, the sale and

Scenes From Safety Town At Mountain School

on June 13, 2018 - 9:08am

Los Alamos Police Ofc. James Keane guides a young cyclist during Tuesday morning's Safety Town activities at Mountain Elementary School. More than 100 incoming kindergarten students are participating in the program, which runs through Friday. Safety Town is designed to teach participants safety in areas ranging from what to do in case of a fire to stranger danger. Watch for more photos and news from Safety Town later in the week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Department dispatchers Seth Martinez, left, and Mario Pratti show Safety Town participants what a 911 call

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