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Los Alamos Police Arrest Couple with Bundles of ID Cards, Drugs and Cell Phones

on February 8, 2013 - 12:02pm

By Carol A. Clark

In responding to a report, Los Alamos Police located two people in a room at Motel 6, 2201 Trinity Dr., about 6 p.m. Thursday, surrounded by bundles of ID cards, bags of methamphetamines, marijuana, pipes, pills and several cell phones.

Police arrested Leona Bjarke, 23, of Los Alamos and Connor Fox, 25, of Colorado Springs, Colo., at the scene and charged them with trafficking a controlled substance, distributing/selling, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and concealing identity.

Bjarke also had an active warrant for a probation violation.

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Letter to the Editor: County 'Fiscal Crisis' is Opportunity

on February 8, 2013 - 11:18am
By Robert Gibson
Former Los Alamos County Councilor

“Never waste a good crisis” goes the saying. Sadly, it often takes a crisis to force overdue actions. The county budget shortfall is such an opportunity. 

The county government’s fiscal challenge is real. The revenue bubble it has enjoyed the six years since LANL started paying gross receipts taxes is deflating. 

Neither the Lab’s mission nor its political support in Washington are as strong as they were for decades. The Lab is not going away, but its size and strength are declining.

Our failure to focus on diversifying our economic

Council to Decide Fate of Capital Projects Feb. 19

on February 8, 2013 - 10:53am

COUNTY News:

Feb. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, the Los Alamos County Council will have a discussion to decide "which" capital projects approved for design and construction in May 2012 will be moving forward or deferred.

The Council moved this meeting from being a Work Session in White Rock to a Regular Session in Los Alamos so that the meeting can be televised.

Due to budget shortfalls, Council gave the staff budget guidance on Jan. 29 to defer up to $12.5 million in capital project costs and delay projects up to four years for these eight approved projects:

  • Ashley Pond
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DPU Employees Earn 'Operator of the Year' Awards

on February 8, 2013 - 9:19am

From left, David Gomez, GWS Shop Supervisor and newly-elected NMWWA President; Jennifer Baca, Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator; Jeff Romero, GWS Pipefitter and Chris Lopez, Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Courtesy/DPU

DPU News:

Three Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) employees garnered “Outstanding Operator of the Year” awards from the New Mexico Water and Wastewater Association (NMWWA): 

  • Pipefitter Jeff Romero of the Gas, Water, Sewer (GWS) Division earned “Water Distribution System Operator of the Year”
  • Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
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Fiber Cutover Set For Holiday Weekend Feb. 15-18

on February 8, 2013 - 8:31am

COUNTY News:

Beginning Friday, Feb. 15, the County’s Information Management staff will be working with crews on the REDI Net fiber network to jointly conduct a fiber cutover.

The cutover will be from existing County fiber located at Ashley Pond Park east along Central Avenue to the new Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The fiber move is the first step in the process as County Staff begin to prepare for the move of servers and then County computers into the new Municipal Building at the beginning of May.

The cutover will not impact those County facilities frequently used by the

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Pet of the Week: Maxwell the Heeler/Lab

on February 8, 2013 - 7:33am

SHELTER News:

Maxwell is a 1-year-old neutered male heeler/lab in search of a family that will exercise him and continue his basic training.

Maxwell is energetic, confident, social, housebroken and leash trained with no guarding required. Overall, he is a good family dog who likes long walks.

Visit Maxwell and other adoptable pets at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website at www.lafos.org, for information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
 
Also check out the Petfinder page for photos and to learn more about

New Library Manager Speaks at Feb. 14 'Lunch with a Leader'

on February 7, 2013 - 9:59am

LWV News:

The Los Alamos League of Women Voters invites the community to Lunch with a Leader from 11:40 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.

This month, the guest will be Steven Thomas, the new Mesa Public Library manager. He will not have to go far to deliver his talk, since the event is upstairs in Mesa Library. 

Thomas grew up in Arkansas. He graduated with a BA in History from the University of Arkansas. While attending the University of Tennessee, he earned his MLS in Library and Information Science at the University of Tennessee, where he also met his wife Lisa.

Thomas’ career has

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Feb. 15

on February 7, 2013 - 9:47am

COALITION News:

The next meeting of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is schedule for 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, 501 Halona St., in Santa Fe.

The Coalition is comprised of Los Alamos County, City of Espanola, City of Santa Fe, County of Santa Fe, Town of Taos, County of Taos and the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.

The Coalition proactively addresses issues of the neighboring cities, counties and pueblos directly affected by Los Alamos National Laboratory site activities.

By working together, the governments are better poised to define the public

Municipal Building Construction Update

on February 6, 2013 - 7:49am

Recent interior shot of  the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Construction on the Los Alamos County Municipal Building project on Central Avenue is rolling right along as employees prepare for the big move into the new facility over the weeks ahead.

Offsite Work:

At the corner of Iris Stree and 9th Street, construction of angled parking has been completed. At the corner of 9th Street and Central Avenue, construction of handicapped walk ramps and revisions to the drainage elevations have been completed.

Onsite Work:

  • Concrete work near the west building

Letter to the Editor: Outraged...

on February 6, 2013 - 7:08am
By Diana Norwood
Los Alamos
 
I don't get my feathers ruffled easily, nor often. As a resident and business owner in Los Alamos, I am outraged and offended when I read that someone has decided to spend "fifty thousand dollars" of County money, to have folks from Tennessee come here and tell us how to market our town.
 
It hasn't been that long ago, when the beautiful structures were erected at the top of the main hill road to Los Alamos. "Welcome to Los Alamos ... Where discoveries are made."
 
I think that sounds real nice, and accurate.

Voters Elect Michelle Hall to College Board

on February 5, 2013 - 9:29pm

Michelle Hall

Staff report

Los Alamos voters tonight elected Michelle Hall 251 to 44 to replace incumbent Ron Dolin in Position 1 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

Hall owns Science Education Solutions, Inc., a small research and development company invested in promoting science and technology literacy.

"Higher education is the cornerstone to our past and future economic success in Los Alamos County.

Breaking News: Police Hunt Woman Suspected of Robbing White Rock LANB

on February 5, 2013 - 2:50pm

(Update 3:10pm with updated suspect description)

LAPD News:

Early police reports indicate that a robbery occurred this afternoon at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock.

The suspect is believed to be a female Hispanic, 5' 4" and wearing Black sweat shirt, gray pants, Logo on shirt, has Blue Star Tattoo on face. Age: mid 20 to 40.

She was last seen headed toward Smith's Food and Drug Center on Sherwood Boulevard carrying about $4,000 in cash from the bank in a plastic bag.

Details may change on this developing story so check back for updates.

Voting Ends at 7 p.m. Today!

on February 5, 2013 - 2:13pm

Los Alamos resident Steve Ciddio walks toward the Los Alamos Community Building where voting is underway until 7 p.m. today as well as at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. CLark/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Voters registered in Los Alamos County have until 7 p.m. today, Feb. 5, to cast a ballot for the 2013 Los Alamos School Board/UNM-LA Advisory Board Election.

Voting is underway at the Los Alamos Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue and in White Rock at Fire Station 3 on N.M. 4 just beyond Rover Boulevard.

Vote for one candidate in each District for the

Los Alamos Daily Post Awarded 2013 Small Business of the Year

on February 4, 2013 - 3:11pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, with members of the Los Alamos Daily Post news team Friday, from left, Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Publisher Carol A. Clark, Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Courtesy photo

LACDC News:

The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) has selected the Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper as its Small Business of the Year for 2013.

“We are pleased to announce that the Los Alamos Daily Post will be recognized as our 2013 Success Client," LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said. "Carol A.

Los Alamos Historical Society Archives Closed for Move

on February 4, 2013 - 10:36am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society Archives are closed in preparation for a move, tentatively scheduled for April.

The Los Alamos Historical Museum will remain open during its regular hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The archives are closed in order to more than 1,800 linear feet of documents and photographs along with more than 20,000 items from Fuller Lodge and the Community Building to the new, purpose-built facility that is part of the new Municipal Building.

The Historical Society is asking that donors hold

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 24 to Jan. 30, 2013

on February 4, 2013 - 10:21am

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. 24 at 10:07 p.m. / A 71-year-old Los Alamos man reported he was the victim of larceny in the 600 block of La Bajada. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

Jan. 24 at 10:33 a.m. / Los Alamos Public Schools reported that it was the victim of larceny at 2101 Hawk Dr. The estimated loss is less than $500.

ISAAC PEARSON

Jan. 24 at 12:20 a.m.

Los Alamos County Clerk Settles Into Office

on February 4, 2013 - 8:58am

Newly elected Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover has settled into her office at 2451 Central Ave. The Clerk’s Office is responsible for recording and filing public documents, issuing marriage licenses, liquor licenses and business licenses, registering voters, administering elections, maintaining official documents for the County Council, such as Ordinances, Resolutions and Council Minutes, and serves as Clerk to the Probate Court. The County Clerk's Office also records deeds, mortgages, leases and other real estate documents.

Los Alamos Police Chief Ties Knot

on February 3, 2013 - 3:26pm

It was clearly a joyous occasion Saturday, Feb. 2, as Municipal Judge Alan Kirk performed the marriage ceremony of Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Gina Coluzzi, joined here by her children Angela, Nicholas and Christopher at their White Rock home. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Family and close friends gathered at the casual outdoor wedding of Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy to Gina Coluzzi who works in finance at Los Alamos County. The 'Paradise West' wedding theme held at the family's White Rock residence included palm trees and pink flamingos. Photo by Carol A.

County Line for Week of Feb. 4

on February 3, 2013 - 11:12am

COUNTY LINE News:

Final Public Hearing - Naming of Municipal Bldg after Wallace

The first hearing was held Thursday evening in Los Alamos. Another hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 in White Rock at the Town Hall - the naming committee will take action after hearing comments and make a recommendation to Council for or against naming the building after State Representative Jeannette Wallace. Can't attend? E-mail your comment today to lacadministrator@lacnm.us. Read more here:

Library Board Meets Monday

on February 3, 2013 - 7:28am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at Mesa Public Library.

Review, discussion and approval of the FY 13 Work Plan is on the agenda.

The public is invited to attend this meeting.

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Council Seeks Volunteers for DPU Charter Review Committee

on February 2, 2013 - 8:36am

COUNTY News:

The County Council announced Jan. 29 that it is re-opening the process to apply for membership on the Department of Public Utilities' Charter Review Committee.

Council will appoint 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 Department of Public Utilities’ Board, and three citizens who meet any one of the following qualifications:

1) A member of the community with Management experience;

2) A member of the community with Accounting experience; and

3) A member of

Column: Great Year for Recycling in Los Alamos County

on February 2, 2013 - 7:24am
By Tom Nagawiecki
Environmental Services Specialist
Los Alamos County

Most people do not get very pumped-up over trash, but 2012 was an exciting year for waste and recycling in Los Alamos County!  

After many years of hard work, the County was able to successfully launch the glass drop-off recycling program, bringing back an important recycling option for our citizens. 

The County lowered recycling rates for commercial services giving restaurants, churches, businesses, and apartment complexes an affordable option to help keep recyclables out of the landfill. 

The Los Alamos County

UPDATE: Workers Inadvertently Excavate Manhattan Era Ordnance - Military Arrive on Scene

on February 1, 2013 - 12:12pm

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities contract workers excavating dirt in the Los Alamos Canyon Resevoir Thursday afternoon picked up a military ordnance in their front loader. They didn't realize they had the volatile device until they were unloading the dirt in Bayo Canyon near the old sewer plant. Members of the Los Alamos Bomb Squad, police and firefighters responded to the scene. Police secured the area until military explosive experts from Kirtland AFB arrived this morning to render the device safe. Visit the Los Alamos Daily Post later today for more details on this developing

Chamber Breakfast Facilitates Communication Between LANL and Local Small Businesses

on February 1, 2013 - 11:34am
Local small business representatives met Thursday at UNM-LA with LANL staff to discuss relationships between the laboratory and the local business community. The event was sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Fifty local small business owners and managers met with the new head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Business Office, Chris Fresquez, and staff from the LANL Community Programs Office Thursday during a Business Breakfast at UNM-LA.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which was a

Letter to the Editor: Cast Your Vote for Michelle Hall

on February 1, 2013 - 11:21am
By Morris B. Pongratz
Former County Councilor and School Board Member

I recently went to the County Clerk’s Office to vote in the UNM-LA Advisory Board election. I was only the fifth person to vote!

I know that this election may not be at the top of your radar screen, but elections are important so I urge folks to study the candidates and please vote!

One candidate, Michelle Hall, was recently honored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) with the 2012 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award at the AGU Fall Meeting Honors Ceremony, held Dec. 5, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif.

The award

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