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County Selects Destination Marketing Contractor to Develop Brand for Los Alamos

on January 30, 2013 - 7:26am

Don McEachern President/CEO of North Star Destination Strategies, Inc.


Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division announced today that it has selected Nashville, Tenn., based North Star Destination Strategies, Inc. to conduct targeted research to define and develop a unified brand for the community of Los Alamos.

This six to eight-month project is scheduled to kick-off next week with the Research and Planning phase, starting with the collection and assessment of existing data, including research, plans, communication and media, as well as an “in-market” visit to tour


Thank You Los Alamos Fire Department for 'Just Doin' Your Job'

on January 30, 2013 - 6:10am

Courtesy photo

Chamisa Third-graders Returning to School Wednesday

on January 29, 2013 - 4:46pm



Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith announced that the school will begin bringing back students on a staggered basis beginning tomorrow, Jan 30, with the third grade. Classes will be relocated on a temporary basis as listed below.

“Chamisa staff has been flexible, creative, and proactive throughout this process,” Smith said “They are anxious to get all their children back in school! I appreciate the cooperation from all students and staff and applaud the hard work of our fourth though sixth graders during this crisis.” 

  • Third-graders will resume classes tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan.

Site of Special School Board Meeting Changed

on January 29, 2013 - 3:12pm


The site of the Special School Board Meeting to discuss vandalism has been changed. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Weds., Jan. 30 at the LAPS Administration Office at 2075 Trinity Dr. Suite V in Los Alamos. The meeting is in response to the recent vandalism at Pinon School.

On Saturday evening, Jan. 25, Pinon Elementary School was “tagged” by vandals. The graffiti consisted of a number of vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases.

During the meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr.

Deadline: 7 p.m. Today to Turn in Ballot for School Bond

on January 29, 2013 - 8:54am


LAPS News:

Registered voters have until 7 p.m. today, Jan. 29 to turn in their ballots to the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office, 2451 Central Ave., Suite D, in order for the vote to be counted on the Los Alamos Public Schools special bond election.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 17 to Jan. 23, 2013

on January 28, 2013 - 2:30pm

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. 17 at 10:16 a.m. / A 68-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 2800 block of Villa Street. The estimated loss is more than $20,000. The matter is under investigation.


Jan. 17 at 1:25 p.m. / police arrested Kendall Christensen, 35, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on a Municipal Court Warrant for violating his probation.


Calling Creative Young Artists for Dog Jog Logo Contest

on January 28, 2013 - 12:28pm


Tails are wagging all over Los Alamos in anticipation of the 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog, to be held on the morning of Saturday, April 27. 

The Dog Jog is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter, who provide medical services and needed items for animals housed at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

The Dog Jog Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put your imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2013 Dog Jog Logo Contest!

The Logo Contest is open to youngsters in grades 3 through 6 whose families live or work in Los Alamos County.

Police Arrest Probation Violator at Ashley Pond Park

on January 27, 2013 - 11:42am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jeff Regenold, left, and Commander Jason Wardlow Herrera question Jesus Velazco at Ashley Pond Park Friday afternoon after the suspect called 911 to report that he had a gun and was headed to the park. Photo by Carol A.

Los Alamos Police Commander Jason Wardlow Herrera checked the jacket of Jesus Velazco for a gun at Ashley Pond Park Friday after the suspect called 911 to say he had a gun and "no one is going to take me in when I let my dog off leash." Photo by Carol A.

Jesus Antonio Velazco

By Carol A. Clark

Threats to

Pet of the Week: Shayla the Dog

on January 27, 2013 - 7:07am

Pet of the Week: Shayla – sweet senior spayed female GSD Mix with amazing energy. One owner until the economy forced her family into housing where Shayla was not allowed.

Recent grooming donated by Yours Truly Diana. Great on leash walks and all-around nice girl. Housebroken. Confident, affectionate. Great with male dogs.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets. Others are off-campus in foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, for information about volunteering, adopting and donating.

Chihuahua Escapes Animal Shelter Overnight

on January 25, 2013 - 6:43am


Lost Dog Alert: A dog in the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter got out of a gate at about 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 and ran away.

There is no photo of the dog but he is described as a tan chihuahua mix, about 12 pounds, not neutered.

His name is Skipper but he may be frightened of strangers, especially if he thinks they will grab him or pick him up.

"We are very worried about him as he's only been at the shelter a few days and doesn't know it's home yet," said a shelter spokesperson. "If you see him at all, please call the shelter at 662-8179 or call (505) 433-8617

CIP Projects: A Message from County Administrator Harry Burgess

on January 24, 2013 - 12:37pm

Staff Report

Two months ago, County Administrator Harry Burgess put Capital Improvement Projects on hold after it was revealed that the County faced an unexpected GRT funding shortfall. Some of the projects on hold include: Ashley Pond Improvements; New Teen Center; and the New Nature Center.

The Los Alamos Daily Post obtained the following message that Burgess sent yesterday to Project Managers, Sponsors and Stakeholders of Capital Projects approved in 2012:

A Message from County Administrator Harry Burgess

 To All Project Managers, Sponsors and Stakeholders for Capital Projects


Poetry Reading Primer for Tonight's Authors Speak Event

on January 24, 2013 - 9:46am

By Jane Lin

If you have never been to a poetry reading, this month's Authors Speak event is a great way to get your feet wet.

Jon Davis, Santa Fe's newest poet laureate, reads at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 24, at Mesa Public Library. Davis' poetry appeals to the mind and the heart in a language that you will understand.

A poetry reading is just what it sounds like. A poet reads a selection of their poems, usually from any books they've published, and sometimes new work they've written. Rarely do they recite from memory, but when they do, it's a treat!

Sometimes they start with a few words about

Sioux Street Loses Power

on January 24, 2013 - 9:22am

DPU News:

A bad transformer was the cause of last night’s outage on Sioux Street in the North Mesa neighborhood. Reported at 6:30 p.m., approximately 120 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers were without electricity.

DPU’s electric line crew initiated temporary repairs by back feeding electricity to restore power by 9 p.m.; permanent repairs will continue today, Jan. 24.  

Crews will plan a 30-minute outage affecting eight customers, to complete the repairs. The time of this planned outage is not yet determined.


Personnel Board Meets 11:30 a.m. Jan. 29

on January 24, 2013 - 9:14am


The next Personnel Board Meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Training Room at the Community Building, 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes for Jan. 8, 2013

III. Public Comment - Limit of four (4) minutes per person on items not on the agenda

IV. Chair’s Report

V. Discussion and/or Possible Action Items

  • A. Continue to Review & Vote of Proposed Changes to the Personnel Rules 100-600 Series.

VI. Discussion Items for Future Personnel Board Agendas

  • A.

Utilities Board Elects Officers

on January 24, 2013 - 9:04am

From left, Deputy Utility Manager Electric Production Steve Cummins, Department of Public Utilities Board member Chris Ortega, Utility Manager John Arrowsmith, Board Chair Glenn Woodwell, Board member Kevin Anderson and Deputy Utility Manager Finance & Administration Bob Westervelt during a November meeting at the DPU in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DPU News:

At its meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 22, the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities elected David Powell to serve as board chair for 2013.

Tim Neal was elected to continue to serve as board vice-chair and


Chaparral Prescribed Burn Begins Today

on January 24, 2013 - 7:08am

SANTA FE —The Santa Fe National Forest Cuba Ranger District expects to begin the 60-acre Chaparral prescribed burn today, Jan, 24 northwest of Fenton Lake and Seven Springs, 10 miles southeast of Cuba and nine miles northwest of Jemez Springs.

Smoke will be visible from Gillman, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Cuba, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.


Letter to the Editor: On Naming Los Alamos County Public Facilities

on January 23, 2013 - 4:03pm
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

Los Alamos County is unique in also being a municipality. "In the United States, a 'municipality'is usually understood as a city, town, village."
Los Alamos County Municipal Building and Los Alamos County Town Hall are names that convey this uniqueness.
Los Alamos Citizens' Building and Los Alamos Community Town Hall are good in that they convey citizenry and community. We already have a Los Alamos Community Building. The County Council is the governing body, however, and County includes both WR and Townsite.

Letter to the Editor: Approving School Bond is Good Investment for Future

on January 23, 2013 - 11:12am
By Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos County Councilor

I ask the citizens of Los Alamos to join me in voting "yes" in the 2013 Los Alamos Public Schools bond election.

These are challenging times for our local and national economy, but we can still afford to pay for the most important things for our community, such as good schools.

Passing the 2013 bond will not increase property tax rates; it will maintain them at the level set in 2009. The school board and administration have done a good job of planning and prioritizing how this money will be spent; see details at

If we

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2013

on January 21, 2013 - 10:02am

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. 10 at 4:17 a.m. / Police received a report from Los Alamos National Bank of criminal damage to property in the 2000 block of Trinity Dr. the estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Jan. 10 at 5:11 p.m. / Police received a report from a 20-year-old Los Alamos man that he was the victim of fraud in the 4900 block of N. Sol. The estimated loss is less than $100.

Jan. 11 at 8:08 a.m.

Letter to the Editor: Name Building for Values

on January 20, 2013 - 7:07am
By John Bartlit
Los Alamos

 I offer a different idea for naming the new municipal building.
The idea is to use the opportunity to honor and publicize a precious concept of governance and citizenship rather than for any individual in the process.

I suggest the name “Los Alamos Community Town Hall.”
“Community” emphasizes that Los Alamos is uniquely a county-town, yet is one community.
“Municipal Building” and “Town Hall” are historical synonyms. “Town Hall” is a fresh, yet old and powerful concept of democracy.

“Town Hall” brings to mind the historic American values of

Art in Public Places Board Meets Jan. 24

on January 20, 2013 - 6:16am

‘Industrial Machine’ created by artist Robert Davis is on display at the Los Alamos Eco-Station on East Jemez Road.


The Art in Public Places Board is set to meet 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room #3.



II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)


  • A. Approval of Minutes from Dec. 12, 2012
  • B.

Mail In Ballot Do's and Don'ts...

on January 19, 2013 - 10:21am


The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office reports as of Friday, Jan. 18, that 4,000 ballots have been received for the Special School Bond Election. 

On Jan. 8, the Clerk’s Office mailed out 13,826 ballots.

The Clerk’s Office would like to remind registrants of several do’s and don’ts:

  • Do sign the outer envelope. If there is no signature on the outer envelope, the ballot cannot be counted.
  • Don’t have someone sign your ballot on your behalf. If you cannot sign the outer envelope, an ‘X’ is acceptable as your signature.

Letter to the Editor: Drop 'Municipal' ... Consider 'The County of Los Alamos Building'

on January 19, 2013 - 6:54am
By Linda Goforth
Los Alamos

As much as I like Jeanette Wallace, I think the new county government building should be named without mystery.

Perhaps leaving "municipal" out of it covers its true purpose, too. The County Government of Los Alamos, or perhaps The County of Los Alamos Building. I like the second of these.


Pet of the Week: Yoda the Cat

on January 19, 2013 - 6:51am

Yoda the cat. Courtesy/Shelter


Pet of the Week: Yoda – a handsome orange tabby sporting tufts on his ears, is a sensitive and affectionate 6-year-old neutered male.

Yoda can be possessive of his person and a bit persnickety - not wanting to share with cats, dogs or children - so he is recommended as a loving companion to an adult.

When you pet Yoda, you will enjoy the feel of a very sleek and solid cat.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets just waiting for adoption.

Others are currently off-campus in