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School Board and College Board Candidates Surface

on December 19, 2012 - 9:37am

Two candidates turned out Tuesday morning to file in the County Clerk's Office for the two vacancies coming on the Los Alamos Board of Education. Rep. Jim Hall, right, is representing the Pinon Elementary School District and Matt Williams is representing the Chamisa Elementary School District. Chief Deputy Clark Sheryl Nichols explained that because both districts are uncontested, polling places will not need to be set up for the February election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Mike Wismer, center, arrived at the County Clerk's Office Tuesday morning and began

County Bids Three Councilors Farewell

on December 19, 2012 - 9:21am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover embraces Councilor Mike Wismer in the final moments of their time together on Council during Tuesday night's last Council meeting of the year. Stover, Wismer and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle officially leave office Dec. 31. Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers looks on at right. The remaining County Councilors and County Board and Commission members and Staff formally recognize the outgoning Councilors' service and thanked them for their dedication to the community.

Council Adopts 2013 Federal Agenda

on December 19, 2012 - 8:35am
In its final meeting together because three members leave office Dec. 31, the Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 to adopt the 2013 Los Alamos County Federal Agenda. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
Los Alamos County Council voted unanamously to adopt the 2013 (FY 2014) Los Alamos County Federal Agenda. The County has many important relationships with the federal government. It regulates a variety of aspects of County functions.
The County must continuously work to understand, comply with, and provide input to federal laws and regulations that impact its

Council Adopts 2013 State Legislative Agenda

on December 19, 2012 - 8:19am
Los Alamos County Lobbyist Scott Scanlan speaks to Council at Tuesday night's meeting in Council Chambers. Council Chair Sharon Stover and other Councilors commended Scanlan for his effectness in working with both sides of the aisle at the New Mexico Legislature in representing Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night voted 7-0 to adopt the 2013 State Legislative Agenda for the 60-day session that begins Jan. 15.
Each year, Council adopts a "State Legislative Agenda." This document is used as a guide for its

More Snow Hits Local Area

on December 19, 2012 - 7:43am

Snow is falling over the area including this neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Appoints Representation to LACDC Board

on December 18, 2012 - 9:00pm
During tonight's County Council session, board member Bill Wadt of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) addresses Council on behalf of LACDC Chair David Horpedahl, encouraging Council to appoint two County members to its Board of Directors. The Council voted 6-1 to appoint County Councilor David Izraelevitz and County Administrator Harry Burgess to serve on the board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
In the spirit of building upon the relationship between Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, (LACDC), the

County to Honor Outgoing Councilors Tonight

on December 18, 2012 - 7:53am

Council Chair Sharon Stover


Los Alamos County Councilors Sharon Stover, Mike Wismer and Vincent Chiravalle are completing their terms as County Councilors Dec. 31.

The community is invited at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 18, to Council Chambers as the remaining Councilor and County Board and Commission members and County Staff formally recognize their service and thank them for their dedication to Los Alamos and White Rock.

Stover has lived in White Rock for more than 25 years and served on the County Council in 1996 by appointment and was elected in 1998-2002.

She currently serves


Streetlights Go Dark Dec. 24-26 for Farolitos

on December 17, 2012 - 10:15am



The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.

The streetlights will be turned off Monday, Dec. 24 and will be restored Wednesday, Dec. 26.

For safety purposes, the Transportation Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off-street parking during the full period that lights will be off.

If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 8 to Dec. 12, 2012

on December 17, 2012 - 8:11am

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.

Dec. 8 at 4:45 p.m. / A 71-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 2000 block of 47th Street. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Dec. 10 at 11:25 a.m. / A 76-year-Los Los Alamos man on Los Pueblos reported that he was the victim of fraudulent use of his credit card. The estimated loss is $300.

Dec. 10 at 5:22 p.m.

A Reminder from Los Alamos County’s Snow Control Center…

on December 17, 2012 - 7:56am

Courtesy photo


Winter is here and Los Alamos County officials are asking residents to keep the following safety tips in mind:

Stay informed. Road condition updates, closings and delays will be broadcast on several popular regional TV and radio stations. Tune to the County’s emergency broadcast station (1610AM) or local KRSN 1490AM. You can find information about road conditions for State highways by calling 1-800-432-4269. Whenever possible, the County’s webpage will also list any County-related early closings, cancellations or delays (

Be alert. During

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Dec. 20

on December 17, 2012 - 7:38am


Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 in the Community Building Training Room at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Public Comment
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
1. Chair Report
a. New Board Member Training Complete
b. January B&C Luncheon and Municipal Building Tour
2. Liaison Reports
(1). Utility Board – Don Machen, Christine Chavez
(2). Planning and Zoning – Deb Gill, Cliff Han Shunsheng
(3). Transportation –Skip Dunn, Reid Priedhorsky
(4). Parks and Recreation –Mary Barr,


Pet of the Week: Mo the Tabby/Tortie

on December 17, 2012 - 7:38am
Mo the tabby/tortie, Courtesy/FOS
Pet of the Week: Mo is a very soft 3-year-old spayed female tabby/tortie surrendered for adoption with her friend Ralphie.
Neither cat cares for dogs or boisterous children. Mo and Ralphie are now circulating in the cat room and enjoying the attention of volunteers.

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

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

Atomic City Transit Streamlines Little Forest Playschool Field Trips

on December 16, 2012 - 12:08pm

Photo by Greg Kendall/


Atomic City Transit makes it easy for preschool classes to take simple field trips around town.

The students of Little Forest Playschool are seasoned bus riders. During the summer they go on at least one field trip a week and have taken the bus to the pool, the library, Ashley Pond, the Farmer’s Market and other places in Los Alamos.

In late November the students arrived at school, walked to the bus stop on 38th Street and Villa and did their morning stretches while waiting for the number 6 to arrive. 

They rode

Matt Williams Announces Bid for School Board

on December 16, 2012 - 11:41am

Matt Williams

By Carol A. Clark

White Rock resident Matt Williams has told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos Board of Education.

"I think I am one of the more qualified people to take on this post. Others in the school community agree with that," Williams said. "I have had lots of support and encouragement from staff, parents and district personnel. I do quite a bit of volunteer work and there are not many causes more noble than dedicating your time to the education of the children in our community."

Williams, 51, served on the District

LAPS Again Awarded '100 BEST Communities for Young People'

on December 16, 2012 - 10:21am
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt takes a moment Tuesday to pose with LAHS Student Council members Jessica, Travis, Astrid and Hallie in celebraation of being named one of the '100 BEST Communities for Young People' for 2012. Courtesy/LAPS
From left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, County Administrator Harry Burgess and Los Alamos Police Ofc. Jordan Redmond and student Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta at Tuesday's community event. Courtesy/LAPS
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) hired culinary students Rebecca, Alicia, Jenna and Angelita to prepare cookies for Tuesday's celebration.

Letter to the Editor: A View Toward a Workable N.M. 502 Plan

on December 16, 2012 - 10:02am
By William C. Mead
Los Alamos

Background and history: As you may know, N.M. 502 between Central Avenue and Airport Road presents significant obstacles and hazards to traffic flow and pedestrians.

It operates at peak times with considerable congestion, particularly during the evening commute, when traffic is either crawling or stop-and-go.

The morning commute operates below the current speed limit due to congestion. Pedestrian service is inadequate, even though some points of obvious access lie along this segment.

Los Alamos County (LAC) has proven amazingly dysfunctional in arriving at

County Reminds Motorists of Safety Considerations

on December 16, 2012 - 8:27am


Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle. Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

  • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail
  • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout
  • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond Drive
  • At

County Budget Tightening Puts Capital Projects on Hold

on December 15, 2012 - 7:20am

By Greg Kendall

At the Dec. 11 County Council meeting, Council Chair Sharon Stover asked County Administrator Harry Burgess to explain why several capital expenditure items were removed from the tickler and agenda.

Burgess explained that capital improvement projects and other pending actions by Council that involve large expenditures of money were temporarily being put on hold.

The County’s budget was predicated by Los Alamos National Laboratory budget concerns. The actual LANL expenditures were lower than the level anticipated by the County. 

“Some of that is due to a directive on the


Small Business Owners Question Economic Vitality Administrator

on December 15, 2012 - 6:56am

Staff Report

“Small businesses form the backbone of any vibrant community and we realize the unique challenges faced by small business in Los Alamos and want to help,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said.

Los Alamos County hosted a question and answer session for small businesses last week. Business owners were provided an opportunity to ask questions of Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher.

During the discussion, Central Park Square owner Phillip Kunsberg addressed questions about the proposed teen center displacing businesses.

"No tenant will be displaced by the Teen Center.

Last County Line of the Year - Happy Holidays!

on December 15, 2012 - 6:35am


This is the last newsletter for 2012. Publication of the County Line will resume Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. We wish our readers very happy (and safe) holidays!

Last Council Meeting of 2012 is Tuesday

Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilors Mike Wismer and Vincent Chiravalle will say "good-bye" when the meeting convenes at 7 p.m., Tuesday (Council Chambers inside the Community Building in Los Alamos.) Discussions will focus mainly on the 2013 State and Federal legislative agendas. Download the Dec. 18 agenda here:

Newly Elected


Trinity Site Plan Reveals Four Retail Pads; Two Eateries

on December 14, 2012 - 1:55pm
Kroger's Trinity Site Conceptual Site Plan dated Dec. 10, 2012. Courtesy rendering
By Greg Kendall

 County officials share activities that indicate the long-awaited Trinity Site Revitalization Project is in fact underway.

"Smith's is very proactive in moving this project forward," said Director Anne Laurant of the County's Capital Projects & Facilities Department. "They are scheduling preliminary meetings for January for site plan approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission and will be submitting for building permits."

County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher told the Los

Residents Reminded to Keep Sidewalks Clear

on December 14, 2012 - 12:36pm


During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks. The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. 

Sidewalk priorities are listed below:

  1. Safe routes to

Motorists Urged to Stay Home Today

on December 14, 2012 - 11:19am

LAPD News:

With this morning's snowstorm creating dangerous conditions on local roadways, Los Alamos Police are urging motorists to stay home if possible.

Police report that so far they have not encountered vehicle accidents but they are inundated with reports of vehicles stuck in the snow.


County Clarifies Today's Facility Closure Information

on December 14, 2012 - 10:00am

All County facilities close at noon today including the Administrative Offices, the 311 Center, plus County recreation/community centers such as the Aquatic Center, Los Alamos Golf Course, the Ice Rink and the Los Alamos and White Rock public libraries.

Transit will make its last transit run at noon to White Rock, Barr Mesa, North Mesa, etc., with no additional Transit services after that last noon time run.

Trash trucks will complete trash pick up but not recycle pick up today. The Eco Station closes at noon.

Park and Ride Alert: N.M. 502 Closure Alters Bus Routes

on December 14, 2012 - 9:50am
Inclement weather has forced the closure of N.M. 502. As a result, the following buses will not be able to complete their routes.
Blue Route:
  • Departing the South Capitol Station at 6:45 a.m.
  • Departing the South Capitol Station at 7:47 a.m.
  • Departing the Mesa Public Library at 8 a.m.
  • Departing Mesa Public Library at 8:52 a.m.
Green Route:
  • Departing Espanola at 7:32am
  • Departing Mesa Public Library at 8:12 a.m.
Purple Route:
  • Departing NM 599 Station at 7:31a.m.