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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.


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/

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


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 Read more here:

Library Board Meets Monday

on February 3, 2013 - 7:28am


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.


Council Seeks Volunteers for DPU Charter Review Committee

on February 2, 2013 - 8:36am


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/
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

Enterprise Holdings Lands Local Contract

on February 1, 2013 - 11:14am

By Carol A. Clark

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands announces its new location in Los Alamos County.

Its new office will open Feb. 4 at the Los Alamos County Airport, 1040 Airport Road.

A grand opening event in which the community will be invited is scheduled to be announced in the near future.

"We are excited to be opening in the County of Los Alamos. We see this as a wonderful opportunity and look forward to becoming involved in the community both in business and in the community itself," Area Manager Mark Arambula said.

Last Day to Vote Early!

on February 1, 2013 - 10:35am


Today, Friday, Feb. 1, is the last day to cast a pre-election day vote or get an absentee ballot at the County Clerk’s Office.

The Clerk's Office is across from the Reel Deal Movie Theater, in the modular office directly behind the Demo Garden on Central Avenue at Oppenheimer Drive.

The actual voting day and last day to turn in absentee ballots is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Community Building in Los Alamos and at the Los Alamos County Fire Station in White Rock.

2013 Special & Board Elections:

Click here for a listing of candidates for the 2013

Public Meeting on Broadband Feb. 20

on February 1, 2013 - 8:23am


Los Alamos County businesses are cordially 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.

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20
  • Location: Fuller Lodge
  • Time: 10–11:30 a.m.

County business owners are encouraged to provide their opinion by attending and/or completing an online survey for the project, which can be found at the project website by clicking here…

The CBN project

Column: Simply the Los Alamos County Municipal Building

on January 31, 2013 - 3:15pm

Column by Greg Kendall

There is no question that Jeannette Wallace was an outstanding woman who represented Los Alamos well at the state legislature for many years.  

Wallace was elected 11 times to represent District 43 in the State House. She served 22 years there, which is quite amazing.  

Wallace served our citizens several terms on the Los Alamos County Council. She was very active with the schools, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and served as a Sunday school teacher and did so much more for our community.

The plaque that now hangs at the "Jeannette O.

Local Woman Reports Man Tied Her Up Near College

on January 31, 2013 - 1:08pm

Staff report

Los Alamos police charged a Los Alamos woman overnight with making false claims and they have issued her a summons to appear in court.

Genevieve M. Salas, 20, told police that a tall Hispanic man in a dark hoodie jumped out of nowhere and threw her over his shoulder as she approached her car in the UNM-LA parking lot around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Salas stated that the man told her to be quiet as he carried her over his shoulder to the Western Area Park near the north side of the tennis courts, dropped her on the ground, bound her hands and legs with black electrical

Online Survey for County Businesses

on January 31, 2013 - 10:59am


Los Alamos County is continuing its market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the Community Broadband Network (CBN) project and willingness to pay for the various costs to install and operate the network.

CBN is a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all County residents, businesses and institutions.

In an on-going effort to gather community input, an online survey is now available until Feb. 15, for Los Alamos County Businesses.

County Repairing Trash; Recycling Roll Carts Free!

on January 31, 2013 - 10:28am


Los Alamos County residents can get their damaged County trash or recycling roll cart repaired free of charge.

Does your trash or recycling roll cart have a broken lid? A bum wheel? Is the body cracked?

If so, just call the Environmental Services Division at 662-8163 and they will come out and get it repaired at no cost to you.

As long as the roll cart damage was not caused by negligent abuse on your part - such as placing hot ash into the roll cart and melting it - the County will fix it for free.

Broken roll carts reduce route efficiency so call today to get your damaged

Letter to the Editor: Consultants Must Love It Around Here!

on January 31, 2013 - 9:08am
By Jerry Fleming
Los Alamos

I read the other day that there is a serious shortfall in county receipts, and that now county management is scrambling to cut expenditures in order to avoid a serious deficit situation.

Personally, I cannot understand how this could happen, except that when you look around at all the projects going on now and over the past few years, it's pretty clear that the county has been spending as though ever-increasing receipts would continue forever.

Now I see in the Los Alamos Daily Post that yet another boondoggle expenditure for "developing a brand" is about to

No Adult Hockey Sunday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:37am


Sunday, Feb. 3,  the Los Alamos County Ice Rink’s Adult Hockey program is canceled for the evening.

For additional information, contact the Ice Rink at (505) 662-4500.

Canvassing Board Officially Approves Bond Election Count

on January 30, 2013 - 4:19pm

Members of the canvassing board this morning at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office reviewed vote tabulations from Tuesday's School Bond Election before signing documents to render the final count - 4,283 For and 1,784 Against as official. The canvassing board learned that of the 7,378 ballots/envelopes received, 40 were rejected because they were unsigned, 4 were rejected because the outer envelope was received with no ballot inside and another one had no name.

Council Approves Budget Guidance

on January 30, 2013 - 7:32am

Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne answers Council questions about the budget guidance while County Administrator Harry Burgess looks on. Photo from PAC 8 streaming video

Staff report

During Tuesday's County Council meeting, County Budget and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi presented the current fiscal year mid-year budget review highlighting revenue shortages.

Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne and County Administrator Harry Burgess reviewed the draft Budget Guidance and shared their suggestions for creating the FY 2014 budget.

This is the second half of a two-year budget


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.