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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:

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.


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


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

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

Fiber Cutover Set For Holiday Weekend Feb. 15-18

on February 8, 2013 - 8:31am


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


Pet of the Week: Maxwell the Heeler/Lab

on February 8, 2013 - 7:33am


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, 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