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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/ladailypost.com
 
COUNTY News:
 
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
By AARON WALKER
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.

Letter To The Editor: County Council – (Sigh!) More of the Same

on February 12, 2019 - 7:56am
By BRADY BURKE
2018 County Council Candidate
 
In case you missed the January 29 County Council meeting, there was an agenda item to fill the Council seat vacated by Christine Chandler.
 
On Jan. 15, there was one applicant for the seat. By the deadline of Jan. 24, there were 10. The list of applicants included enthusiastic citizens, small business owners, candidates that ran in the last election, a professional engineer with a history as a professional electrician, an international negotiator that served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and another with an MBA and tons of experience.

Public Hearing: Proposed Water Rate Increase Feb. 20

on February 11, 2019 - 10:27am

COUNTY News:

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave., to consider a proposed ordinance to increase water rates by 6.25 percent.

If approved, the proposed ordinance will be introduced to the Los Alamos County Council to be scheduled for a second public hearing in March or April. Council will consider adoption of the ordinance at that time.

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeks to increase wholesale, non-potable and retail water rates to recover costs necessary to maintain reliable

Scenes From County Drone Mapping Trinity Drive

on February 9, 2019 - 10:17am

Los Alamos County's Geographical Informational System (GIS) staff manuever a drone Friday at 36th Street and Trinity Drive. County Engineer Eric Martinez said staff were mapping Trinity Drive as a result of a recommendation made during the Jan. 3 Transportation Board meeting.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Transferring Film At PAC 8

on February 8, 2019 - 9:01am

On the job in Los Alamos is volunteer Bob Dryja transferring movies on film to digital media Thursday afternoon at the PAC 8 studio at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Dryja has volunteered at PAC 8 for about three years and said he mainly digitizes old films. Most of the content he receives is ‘classic family home movies’ although he occasionally sees someone’s vacation footage. Dryja also volunteers at other organizations including the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and leads programs at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Los Alamos Daily Post Turns 7 Years Old Today!

on February 7, 2019 - 4:33pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post is celebrating its 7-year anniversary today at its world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. The news team wants to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community, state, nation and world ... it is a privilege to bring you the news each and every day! Photo by Erika Clark

Staff Report

Today marks another milestone in the history of the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper as it celebrates seven years of delivering local news at lightning speed.

Award-winning journalist Carol A. Clark launched the Los Alamos Daily Post at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.

DPU Proposes Raising Water Rates

on February 7, 2019 - 8:59am
Shown here is a water line the Department Public Utilities installed, which will connect the new well being drilled to the existing water system. One of the reasons why DPU is proposing an increase in water rates to be able to afford capital projects such as new water lines and new wells. Courtesy/LAC
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Water usage has dropped in Los Alamos but that hasn’t stopped the expense of supplying it to customers from rising.
In fact, Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager Tim Glasco said the department looked at trends

Los Alamos Police Respond To Late Morning Reports Of Intoxicated And Despondent Man In White Rock

on February 5, 2019 - 12:16pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police officers responded late this morning in White Rock to reports of an intoxicated and despondent man who may have had access to firearms.

Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post that police have located the man and he has been transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center where he is undergoing evaluation.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools were placed on lockdown as a safety precaution during the incident, Cmdr. Ballew said.

Scenes From Museum Monday At Nature Center

on February 4, 2019 - 6:37pm

Leslie Linke checks out the view this afternoon at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) hosted numerous activities during Museum Monday at the Nature Center, which featured historical aspects of the community, from established brick-and-mortar museums to special pop-up exhibits and installations, as well as special Atomic City Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District and the townsite. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com

PEEC Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel mingles with the public this afternoon during Museum Monday at the Nature Center.

Cable Work Begins North Side Of Trinity Wednesday

on February 4, 2019 - 6:21pm

COMMUNITY News:

Beginning Wednesday, Kelly Cable of New Mexico will be working in the shoulder and sidewalk area on the north side of Trinity Drive.

The sidewalk will be closed between 7th Street and 20th Street. All drive lanes are to remain open.

Work should be completed by Friday.

Los Alamos Police Department: 2018 Awards Banquet

on February 3, 2019 - 5:26pm

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts receives the Supervisor of the Year award from Chief Dino Sgambellone Saturday, Jan. 26 during the LAPD 2018 Awards Banquet. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon receives the Detective of the Year award from Chief Dino Sgambellone Saturday, Jan. 26 during the LAPD 2018 Awards Banquet. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jay Eakins receives the Officer of the Year award from Chief Dino Sgambellone Saturday, Jan. 26 during the LAPD 2018 Awards Banquet. Photo by Kateri Morris

Lisa Gonzales receives the Civilian of the Year

Tourism Implementation Task Force Meets Wednesday

on February 3, 2019 - 3:17pm

Los Alamos County Finance Department Earns Continued Excellence Award

on February 3, 2019 - 8:08am

From left, Los Alamos County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne, Senior Budget Analyst Reese Chavarria-Quam, Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall and County Manager Harry Burgess hold up the New Mexico Counties Audit and Accountability Award for Continued Audit Excellence Tuesday at the regular County Council meeting. The state auditor's office developed the award program to recognize local government efforts and performance with respect to annual audits. To earn an award, governments need to have few or no audit findings.

Marvin Mueller Leaves Lasting Gift In Community

on February 2, 2019 - 12:15pm
Police Chief Dino Sgambellone
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos resident Marvin Mueller bestowed many significant gifts to the local community. During the Jan. 29 regular Los Alamos County Council meeting, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone reported that one of these gifts is the Marvin Martin Mueller Endowed Memorial Scholarship, which was established for the Los Alamos Police Department employees and their families.

The memorial scholarship, which totals $1,000, also is open to other applicants with a financial need and a desire to support

Los Alamos County Officials Day At The Roundhouse ... Senate Finance Committee Passes ‘Lab Tax Bill’

on February 2, 2019 - 7:35am
Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, Councilor Chair Sara Scott, County Manager Harry Burgess and Councilor Vice Chair Pete Sheehey at the Roundhouse. Photo by Morrie Pongratz
 
Councilors Sara Scott and David Izraelevitz smiling at the 'Do Pass' recommendation from the Senate Finance Committee. Photo by Morrie Pongratz
 
A Day at The Roundhouse
By MORRIE PONGRATZ
Los Alamos
 
Jan. 31, four of us from Los Alamos traveled to Santa Fe to support Senate Bill 11 (SB11), the bill to not allow 501C(3) exemptions from New Mexico Gross Receipts Taxes for National Labs.
 
I was

Los Alamos County Council Commends Sgt. Chris Ross

on February 1, 2019 - 9:12pm
Sgt. Chris Ross, left, and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone hold up a recognition declaration Tuesday night during the Los Alamos County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross helped save a man’s life Jan. 11 and the County Council took the opportunity to recognize and commend his actions Jan. 29 during the regular council meeting.

“…The County Council wishes to recognize a special life-saving event and the response of an individual in the Los Alamos Police Department …

Planning For 2019 Summer Concert Series Gets Under Way In February

on February 1, 2019 - 4:12pm

COUNTY News:

Programming for the free 2019 Summer Concert Series is under contract, and planning for another season of musical acts will be getting under way in February.

“We are excited to bring great music to Los Alamos again this summer,” said Brian Brogan, Community Services Director for Los Alamos County, adding that the music lineup is being negotiated with a variety of artists offering family-friendly, fun, high-energy performances sure to please crowds at Ashley Pond Park on Friday evenings this summer.

Weekly concerts begin in May and continue through September.

The Daily Post Loves Los Alamos!

on February 1, 2019 - 3:35pm

Los Alamos Daily Post reporters Kirsten Laskey, left, and Bonnie Gordon with Punxsutawney Phil show their love today at the Post headquarters for Los Alamos because 'It's filled with such fascinating people'! The County is encouraging residents and visitors to show their love for Los Alamos throughout February by taking a selfie with one of many heart-themed frames or posters available at various County and other participating facilities and sharing the post on social media with the hashtag #lovelosalamos.

Love Los Alamos Campaign Launches Today!

on February 1, 2019 - 7:42am

Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Residents and visitors are encouraged to show their love for Los Alamos throughout February by taking a selfie with one of many heart-themed frames or posters available at various County and other participating facilities and sharing the post on social media with the hashtag #lovelosalamos.

Participants are encouraged to state “why” they love Los Alamos along with posting their photo.

Frames and posters are available starting today – just in time for the Creative Crawl kickoff this afternoon around the community.

Those who participate with public posts will be

On The Job In Los Alamos: Road Striping On Diamond

on January 31, 2019 - 5:02pm

On the Job in Los Alamos are County crews conducting road striping today along Diamond Drive. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

County Addresses Summer Concert Series Comments On New Vendor Selection

on January 31, 2019 - 12:09pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County officials responded today to comments from the public questioning possible award of the contract for the popular Summer Concert Series to a new vendor.

Last year, the concerts were produced under a contract with Gordon’s Concerts LLC operated by Abe Gordon and Kara Robertson. However, as in all previous years, the County released a competitive-bid Request For Proposal (RFP) to call for interested, qualified vendors to produce the Summer Concert Series.

Newly Appointed Los Alamos County Councilor Katrina Schmidt Seeks To Serve Retirees And Young Families

on January 31, 2019 - 9:27am
Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen, left, swears in Katrina Schmidt as the newest County Councilor while Schmidt's partner, Neal Martin, holds the Bible. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Good ideas and diversity characterized the crop of applicants who applied for the open seat on Los Alamos County Council.

Several councilors commented it was a difficult choice but in a 4-2 vote, they appointed Barranca Elementary School teacher Katrina Schmidt to fill the vacancy.

The decision was made during the regular council

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