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DPU Transformer Inspection Begins This Week

on February 18, 2013 - 8:21am

Assessment of Electric Distribution System

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities recently awarded a contract to JACO, Inc. to inspect transformers as part of the County’s overhead electric system assessment.

Beginning in the North Community as early as Tuesday, Feb. 19, an inspection crew will focus its effort in the Los Alamos town site over the next couple of months.

DPU Officials request customer cooperation in providing the inspection crew access to electric transformers that may be located in backyards or behind closed gates.

If access cannot be obtained, JACO employees will


Pet of the Week: Mayson the Visla Mix

on February 17, 2013 - 7:28am
Mayson. Courtesy/FOS
Mayson is a handsome, young, Visla mix with a sleek red coat with white markings.
He is confident, social, energetic and food focused, interested in other dogs, friendly, needs exercise and loves the dog park.
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.
Also check out the Petfinder page for photos and to learn more about

Community Broadband Network Meetings Feb. 20

on February 17, 2013 - 7:03am

Los Alamos County residents are invited to attend a meeting regarding recommended design of the Community Broadband Network by Los Alamos County.

An update on this last-mile, open-access, fiber optic network project as well as the finance mechanisms proposed by the business plan will be discussed.

Two sessions will be held including one for business and another for residential:

Business Community Meeting

  • Feb. 20
  • 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Fuller Lodge

Residential Community Meeting

  • Feb. 20
  • Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Fuller Lodge

In addition, the CBN project is scheduled to provide a presentation to County Council

Draft Comprehensive Plan Land Use Maps Presented to Public

on February 16, 2013 - 9:24am
Principal CEDD Planner Gary Leikness and new planner Dan Osborn describe the draft land use maps of Los Alamos and White Rock to meeting attendees. Photo by Greg Kendall/
Los Alamos Daily Post

New draft land use maps have been created by the Community Economic Development Department of Los Alamos County and were presented to the public Wednesday Feb. 13. 

The new maps are part of an effort to update the county's comprehensive plan.


County Line: Feb. 15

on February 16, 2013 - 9:14am


Remember, Monday is Presidents' Day holiday, so County offices are closed. There's no trash or recycling pick up on Monday - so if that's your normal pick up day, put your roll carts at the curb by 8 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 20) instead. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Council Meeting Tuesday

The main item on the agenda is the discussion about capital projects - which ones to defer for up to $12.5 million and four years. Eight projects approved last year will be the focus of the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.


Los Alamos Police Chief to Repair Health Issue

on February 15, 2013 - 4:47pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy wanted to let the community know that he will be away from his office for about four to six weeks.

He will undergo surgery in Albuquerque Tuesday to repair damage to a heart valve caused from an infection for which he was treated several weeks ago.

"Our Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor will be acting chief in my absence," Torpy said. "I look forward to getting this issue taken care of and returning to work as soon as I've recovered.




No Trash or Recycling Service Monday Feb. 18

on February 15, 2013 - 11:37am


In observation of Presidents’ Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection Monday Feb. 18.

If Monday is your normal pickup day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 for collection.


Juvenile Ignites Chicken Coop in Pajarito Acres

on February 15, 2013 - 10:12am

The Fire Department hauled out its big hose to feed water from a supply hydrant to a pumper truck in order to douse flames burning an abandoned chicken coop in Pajarito Acres Thursday. Photo by TK Thompson/
Police blocked the roadway and the County Utility Department stood by in case it was needed. Photo by TK Thompson/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos Firefighters knocked down flames burning an abandoned chicken coop at 140 Monte Rey South about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.
A juvenile playing with matches is reported to

Letter to the Editor: 'CIPs: Move Forward Responsibly'

on February 15, 2013 - 10:02am
By Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos County Councilor

It became clear in December 2012 that our net county tax revenues for fiscal year (FY) 2013 would be about $9 million less than initially projected.

We can make up half of that shortfall by economizing on county operations. The County has maintained reserves of 25 percent of yearly revenues, about $15 million, to deal with such problems. 

So why not go ahead with our original spending plans, and just dip into reserves for the other half of the shortage? The answer is that this is potentially not a single-year budget problem. 


Letter to the Editor: PEEC Has Proven Ability to Deliver

on February 15, 2013 - 8:11am
By Dave Fox, Anne Fox and Andy Fox
Los Alamos

Dear County Councilors: With respect and sympathy for the needs of other applicants for new facilities, CB Fox wants to go on record as a supporter of the PEEC Nature Center.

Of all the prospective CIP candidates, the Nature Center, placed on Canyon Road, fits Los Alamos’s new Creative District, imparting to the District the non-stop thrum of life that PEEC has already abundantly demonstrated it not only can, but does in fact, deliver every week of the year, year after year.

PEEC’s vitality, transported to the Creative District, adjacent as

Los Alamos Boy Scouts tour Wastewater Treatment Plant

on February 14, 2013 - 12:13pm

Los Alamos Boy Scout Pack 27 toured the local Wastewater Treatment Plant Wednesday, Feb. 13. Courtesy/DPU







Council Grants Clearance for Takeoff of Local Commercial Passenger Air Service

on February 12, 2013 - 9:14pm

Los Alamos County Airport Manager Peter Soderquist, left, and County Public Works Director Philo Shelton present details to Council of the small community air service development program grant from the U.S. Department of Transporation of $272,000, a $25,000 grant from the state of New Mexico and a $15,000 contribution from LANL's Regional Development Corporation. This leaves a matching share of $28,000  for the County. Soderquist said that in 2010, LANL alone put more than 21,000 passangers through Albuquerque airport.

Council Approves Hospital Payment Adjustments

on February 12, 2013 - 8:26pm

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne presents information to Council regarding sole community provider hospital payment adjustments for Los Alamos Medical Center and Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. Council voted 7-0 to approve $208,248 for LAMC and $100,000 Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Officials Brief Council on RDC and REDI Initiative

on February 12, 2013 - 8:05pm

REDI Program Manager Eric Vasquez, center, and RDC Executive Director Kathy Keith present an annual update on their organization including a briefing on the general mission and the REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) initiative to County Council. Los Alamos County's Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher looks on at left. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Regional Development Corporation (RDC) is a private non-profit, 501 (c) 3, Economic Development Organization (EDO) whose primary service area is Northern New Mexico (NNM).

RDC was incorporated in

Northern New Mexico College Representatives Share Vision

on February 12, 2013 - 7:29pm

Ricky Serna, left, and Domingo Sanchez of Northern New Mexico College in Espanola distribute materials and discuss their plans and needs and legislative priorities for expanding the four-year college during tonight's County Council meeting.The men told Council the college intends to construct a resident facility at the college initially with 200 beds and growing to add another 125 beds during phase 2. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

John Bartlit Presents Unforeseen Opportunity to Council

on February 12, 2013 - 7:21pm

Los Alamos resident John Bartlit speaking during public comment at this evening's County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Bartlit said that the County-wide comments for or against a person's name on the town's new public building produced an unforeseen opportunity. The concept arose to have the building commemorate and teach the values of democracy that have served our complex nation so long and well, that is, the power of active citizenship to build better ideas, he said.

Upcoming County Meeting Agendas

on February 12, 2013 - 4:33pm

The Los Alamos County Council meets at 7 p.m. today in Council Chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

To read the County Agenda click HERE.

The Los Alamos County Parks & Recreation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Aquatic Center - Training Room on Canyon Road.

To read the Parks and Recreation Agenda click HERE.



County Administrator Releases Information on Capital Projects

on February 12, 2013 - 10:11am


Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess released information today about the upcoming Council discussion regarding capital projects.

The discussion will take place at the Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Council Chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

As previously announced, the Council’s adopted budget guidance is to defer some projects up to four years and up to $12.5 million in order to assist with projected revenue shortfalls.

The only projects that will be considered for deferral are the eight projects approved in May 2012. They are:

  • Ashley

Police Find No Evidence of Collision Between Truck and School Bus

on February 12, 2013 - 9:58am


Los Alamos Police arrive at the scene of a report of a minor collision, with no injuries, between a Los Alamos Public Schools special needs bus and a black Dodge Ram truck shortly after 8 a.m. today in front of Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Sgt. James Rodriguez explained that the driver of the truck reported that she felt the bus make contact with her vehicle and actually move it a little bit. 'In examining both the truck and bus, we found no evidence of contact on either vehicle,' Rodriguez said.

Public Invited to Leadership Connection Town Hall

on February 12, 2013 - 7:02am


The Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) is sponsoring the Leadership Connection Town Hall at Fuller Lodge 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The public is invited to attend the Town Hall for which the goal is to report on key Los Alamos County health issues, trends and recommendations.

Community leaders will give short presentations followed by questions and discussion. 

Local LACHC member agencies will have materials available about resources and services in Los Alamos.  

Light refreshments will be provided. 

RSVP by Monday, Feb.25 to

Public Comment Sought on DRAFT Maps

on February 11, 2013 - 11:26am


The Community and Economic Development Department will present the DRAFT maps to be contained in the County's Comprehensive Plan to members of the White Rock Implementation Committee at 6 p.m. today, Feb. 11.

The CEDD also will host a public open house session to give residents the opportunity to comment on the DRAFT maps from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the Los Alamos Council Chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Full public participation is invited.

Comments gathered during the presentation to the White Rock Implementation Committee and the Open House will be


Council Still Seeks DPU Charter Review Committee Members

on February 11, 2013 - 10:30am


The County Council is still accepting letters of interest from citizens interested in being appointed to a five member committee to study Utilities-related sections of the County’s Charter.

The Committee will include one member of Council, one member of the Dept. of Public Utilities’ Board and three citizens who meet any one of the following qualifications:

  • A member of the community with Management experience;
  • A member of the community with Accounting experience; and
  • A member of the community “at large.”

Applicants wishing to be considered for appointment to the Committee


County to Unveil Conservation and Sustainability Plans

on February 11, 2013 - 7:21am

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Years of planning and hard work are coming to fruition when Los Alamos County presents its Energy and Water Conservation and Sustainability Plans to the public this month.

County Environment Services Specialist Tom Nagawieki. Courtesy/LAC

County Environment Services Specialist Tom Nagawieki and Water/Energy Conservation Coordinator Christine Chavez will present the plans at two public meetings.

The meetings will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Mesa Public Library and 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the White Rock Town Hall.

The purpose of the meetings is


JJAB Coordinator Urges Support for Teen Center

on February 11, 2013 - 7:20am
JJAB Coordinator Ellen Ben-Naim is urging residents to support the Los Alamos Teen Center Facility project currently under review by the County Council. Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 to discuss eight projects approved in May 2012.

The Council’s adopted budget guidance is to defer some projects up to four years to assist with projected budget shortfalls. One of the projects is the Los Alamos Teen Center Facility.  

For years, community groups and surveys have identified a need for social and

County Line: Feb. 8

on February 9, 2013 - 6:52am

Comprehensive Plan Maps Update - Two Meetings
Attend a meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. in White Rock Fire Station 3, or an open house on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, to find out more about proposed updates for these important maps - contact the Community and Economic Development Department for details (662-8120).

Council Meets Tuesday
What's on the agenda? The main focus is likely to be the approval of a service agreement with NM Airlines to return scheduled air service to Los Alamos Airport in April. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Chambers on Tuesday night. Download the agenda: