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County Department Chiefs Address Council

on April 15, 2013 - 8:44pm

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson works on last minute details with Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez prior to their presentation on the Assessor's Office budget to Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez present their proposed FY2014 budget to Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/   

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk chats with County Attorney before the start of tonight's Council meeting.

Council Looks At Its Own 4 Percent Budget Reduction

on April 15, 2013 - 8:11pm

The Los Alamos County Council proposed FY2014 budget reflects a 4 percent reduction in the Council's own budget. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Officials Present Budget Overview

on April 15, 2013 - 8:05pm

County Attorney Rebecca Ehler listens as Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess briefs Council on the FY2014 budget. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer and Budget and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi Torpy present highlights of the FY2014 budget to Council. Lynne explained that a $5 million increase in the proposed $185,928,637 budget is a change in accounting and not an increase in the budget. He also explained the various reductions achieved in the proposed budget. Eight fulltime positions are being eliminated by

Council Tackles FY2014 Budget Hearings Tonight

on April 15, 2013 - 6:47pm

Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Budget and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi Torpy preparing for tonight's meeting. Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, Steven Lynne, Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer and Budget and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi Torpy will present the FY 2014 Summary of Changes from Proposed to Adopted, FY 2014 Pension Administrative Costs, FY 2014 Long Range Financial Projection, FY 2014 Equipment Replacement List and FY 2014 Recurring Grants List during tonight's County Council meeting, which begins in 15 minutes in

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 4–April 10, 2013

on April 15, 2013 - 11:57am

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.

April 4 at 3:42 p.m. / Police received a report of a 12-year-old Los Alamos boy being abused on 33rd Street. The matter is under investigation.


April 4 at 4:25 p.m. / Police arrested Jason Willis, 32, of Los Alamos in the 2500 block of Trinity Drive on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

April 5 at 1 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: Use Slant Drilling in WR Parks?

on April 15, 2013 - 8:00am
Los Alamos
A current public issue is whether County water wells should be drilled in County park lands on the edge of White Rock Canyon.
The public discussion has dealt little, if any, with alternative drilling technology, namely, directional drilling, also called slant drilling.
Directional drilling goes back 50 years, but major advances came as computers became commonplace.
Directional drilling is the technique of drilling wells at a slant, instead of always boring straight down.

Authors Speak Series Presents David Grant Noble

on April 14, 2013 - 9:00am

David Grant Noble

MPL News:

Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents David Grant Noble, Author, Archaeologist, Photographer of the Southwest, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the Upstairs Rotunda.

In Noble’s most recent book, In the Places of the Spirits, he combines eloquent text and equally eloquent images, photographs of the earth and humanity’s places on it, a moving record of the Southwest.

Rendered with grace and capturing the ineffable spirit of the landscape, petroglyphs and archaeological sites of New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, Noble brings together all of his gifts as

Letter to the Editor: Friends of the Shelter Say Thank You Los Alamos!

on April 14, 2013 - 8:02am
By Kathy Clifford
For Friends of the Shelter

On Sunday, April 7, more than 300 members of our community shared their morning at the Posse Lodge for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit Friends of the Shelter.

They also were treated to a doggy kissing booth for smooches and handshakes.

Many thanks to Peggy Sullivan and her husband for providing the booth and such an enthusiastic crew of canines!

Thanks also go to Sylvia Hush who coordinated a mobile adoption, which showcased some of our shelter dogs, who were able to enjoy a gorgeous spring morning outside getting lots of

Free Program to Manage Chronic Disease Offered

on April 13, 2013 - 8:07am

YMCA News:

A new program is coming to the community.

The Family YMCA in conjunction with the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service is offering a series of community-based workshops to help those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, chronic pain, anxiety, heart disease and more.

The Manage Your Chronic Disease (MyCD) Program, also known as Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, brings people with chronic diseases, family members and caregivers together in a community setting to


Local GOP County Convention April 18

on April 12, 2013 - 7:59am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will elect its 2013-14 County Central Committee and officers April 18 at the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall, room 505, at UNM-LA, 400 University Dr.

The County Contingent to the Republican Party of New Mexico Central Committee also will be elected at this meeting.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m., and Republicans registered in the County of Los Alamos are encouraged to attend.

The meeting of the 2011-2012 Central Committee begins at 7 p.m., followed by Ward Caucuses and the County Convention.

For information, contact GOP Party

Pet of the Week: Tabby the Maine Coon

on April 12, 2013 - 7:53am


Tabby is a LARGE, strikingly handsome, very friendly Maine coon cross neutered male about 8 years old.

A former shelter resident who has been in an adoptive home until the family had to move, Tabby is reported to love adults, gentle children, cats and gentle dogs.

He just had a veterinary update, then settled right back into the common room at the shelter. He even brought a shy kitty out of hiding to share the fun.

Tabby has a distinctive orange mustache. He would like his long, flowing coat brushed daily.

Tabby and other adoptable pets are available at the Los Alamos


First Cone Zone of 2013!

on April 11, 2013 - 1:43pm

COUNTY Road Construction Update: Week of April 15

Public Works Projects:

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2

Monday, April 15, RMCI Inc. will begin milling Canyon Road between 9th Street and 15th Street. During milling operations, expect flagging operations with minimal delays. Please do not park vehicles on this section of Canyon Road during the milling operations.  

Once milling is complete, RMCI will pothole on Canyon Road in order to locate existing utilities; expect flagging operations with minimal delays.

Other Resources:

Construction updates are posted at


County Releases Muni Building Move-In Schedule

on April 11, 2013 - 7:34am


The new Municipal Building is nearly completed and the County expects building occupancy permits within the week.

The move schedule has been finalized for staff to start moving into the new building in May.

County staff are working hard as they prepare to move to minimize disruptions to customer service and keep services up and running.

Below is the move schedule by department. Note that the staff may have limited phone and computer services on the actual day of the physical move and the day after the physical move.

The County Clerk and the County Assessor will have a



on April 11, 2013 - 7:29am


Budget Season Begins

The County Council will hold budget hearings Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week to review the proposed FY14 budget with County staff. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers (inside the community building) and you can read the budget on line here:

Have you registered for Clean Up Los Alamos Day yet?

It's the tenth annual clean up event and many groups and organizations have already volunteered to pick up litter in areas across Los Alamos and White Rock on Saturday, April 27. Can


County Branding Survey to Allow Multiple Responses Per Computer

on April 11, 2013 - 7:26am


Los Alamos County has directed its branding consultant to change the settings on its community survey — — issued April 9 to allow multiple people to submit responses using the same computer. 

This change was made based on feedback from recipients regarding potential issues associated with limiting responses to one per IP (Internet Protocol) address—the numerical label assigned to each device participating in a computer network. 

The chief concern is that security filters may result in dramatically limiting survey responses.


What is the Red Flag Warning Program and What Does It Mean?

on April 11, 2013 - 7:25am



A Red Flag Warning is issued by National Weather Service (NWS) to call attention to critical weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior.

Critical weather conditions include: sustained winds, low relative humidity, high temperatures and high fire danger. A combination of any of these conditions must occur simultaneously for three or more hours across any portion of a fire weather zone.


A red flag will be flown only when the NWS has issued a

Los Alamos Community Encouraged to Take Branding Survey

on April 10, 2013 - 9:08am


Help shape the direction Los Alamos County will take in promoting itself to potential residents, visitors, and businesses by taking the Community Survey issued today by Los Alamos County at

Designed by the County’s branding consultant North Star Destination Strategies, the Community Survey is open to all members of the community, takes as little as 10 minutes and must be completed and submitted in the same session (limit one completed survey per computer IP.)

The information is collected anonymously and presented in an


LA County Summer Concert Series Starts May 17

on April 10, 2013 - 8:50am


The LA County Summer Concert Series is set to begin May 17.

This will be the Series 24th year and it’ll be our best. We’re hoping to go to print with the concert fliers in the next two weeks.

Almost all of the acts can be found on “Google” and “Youtube.”

Here is the schedule:

5/17 Overlook Park What Made Milwaukee Famous Indie-rock from Austin, Texas Los Alamos County Kite Festival

5/24 Ashley Pond Red Elvises Siberian rock- LA’s favorite band! KRSN AM 1490

5/31 TBA Los Pinguos Argentina’s great traditional & folk-rock band 6/7 Central & Main Warren Hood Band

Los Alamos' New Air Service Takes Off Today / Exclusive Video!

on April 8, 2013 - 10:02am

New Mexico Airlines' Cessna Caravan. Photo by Greg Kendall/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Friday April 5, New Mexico Airlines and the County Airport manager hosted media tours and flights of the Cessna Caravan airplane that will fly between Los Alamos and Albuquerque beginning today, Monday April 8.

Cost for the round trip flight including taxes is $97.99 per person.

New Mexico Airlines Director of Operations David Jones told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has been flying the Caravan for 13 years and loves this type of plane.

"It keeps me home every night.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 28–April 3, 2013

on April 8, 2013 - 10:01am

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.

March 28 at 11:53 a.m. / A 70-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property in the 100 block of Bonnie View Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.


March 30 at 10:27 p.m.

Council Holding FY-14 Budget Hearings April 15-17

on April 8, 2013 - 9:50am


Beginning Monday April 15, the Los Alamos County Council will hold budget hearings on the proposed FY-14 budget.

Hearings will continue Tuesday and Wednesday April 16-17.

Times and topics proposed for discussions are:

Monday April 15, 7 p.m.

  • Budget Overview
  • Long Range Financial Projection
  • Elected Officials’ Budgets Discussion
  • General County Operating Budgets Discussion

Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m.

  • General County Operating Budgets Discussion, continued
  • Utilities Budget Discussion
  • Outstanding Items

Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m.

  • Outstanding Items, continued
  • Possible Adoption or

Pet of the Week: Mildred the Lab Mix

on April 8, 2013 - 8:03am


Mildred is ayoung lab mix with a bundle of energy. She has a wonderful time running around the dog park, and despite her small size, enjoys the company of large dogs more than small dogs.

She is a very sweet girl who wants to please everyone.

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

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

Also check out the Petfinder page for photos and to learn more about the adoptable pets at

Groves Portrait Now Permanently Displayed in Los Alamos

on April 7, 2013 - 2:24pm
The Los Alamos High School NJROTC presents the nation's colors at the Betty Ehart Senior Center during a community celebration of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 70 years of service. Highlighting the event was the unveiling of the official military portrait of Gen. Leslie Groves donated to the Los Alamos Historical Museum by the Groves family. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Listening to Los Alamos WWII Historian Nancy Bartlit, from left, LANL Director Charlie McMillan, Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Lt. Col. Antoinette Gant, commander, U.S.

Los Alamos Animal Shelter Helps Santa Fe With Space Issue From Dog Hoarding Case

on April 7, 2013 - 12:04pm

Jacinta Leston with 5-year-old Bandalario and 4-year-old Poncio Saturday at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. The male Chihuahuas were transferred from the Santa Fe Shelter recently to make room for 48 dog hoarding victims. Contact the Los Alamos Shelter to adopt Bandalario or Poncio. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ruby, a 2-year-old pit bull and Heath, a 3-year-old shepherd mix take time out from playing to eat treats Saturday at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Ruby and Heath transferred in from the Santa Fe Shelter. Contact the Los Alamos Shelter to adopt Ruby or Heath.

Letter to the Editor: Roundabout Announced on Day of Jokes

on April 7, 2013 - 11:21am
Los Alamos

After six years of County-caused delay, the state will now begin to redo N.M. 502, if only for the segment from Knecht Street to Canyon Road.

I am sure the experienced state designers will produce a fine working design from the conceptual one.

It was appropriate that NMDoT's press release, which indicated that the County Council's desired roundabout at Central Avenue be included, should be made on April Fool's Day - a day of jokes.