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Column: Rebranding Los Alamos ... Krogerville?

on March 20, 2013 - 11:02am
Rebranding Los Alamos ... Krogerville? or, who speaks for me?
Los Alamos
Apparently, someone see video on KRQE: Los Alamos does not want to be known as the “atomic city” anymore. The county is trying to create a new brand for the northern New Mexico community. Los Alamos is spending $50,000 to do it and have hired a company out of Tennessee to help. The company will meet with county leaders, business owners and community members to learn what makes Los Alamos distinctive, besides the building of the first atomic bomb has the great idea to spend 50 grand of our

Council Calls for Further Research on Community Broadband Network Project

on March 19, 2013 - 9:23am

Project Manager Estevan Gonzales, left, and IT Manager Laura Gonzales, center, presented an informational update on the Community Broadband Network project to County Council March 12. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Project Manager Estevan Gonzales, left, and IT  Manager Laura Gonzales presented an informational update on the Community Broadband Network project to County Council at the March 12 work session in White Rock.

At the conclusion of the work session County Council provided direction to County staff to conduct further research on items such as project


Kendall: 2013 - A Fuller Lodge Oddity

on March 19, 2013 - 7:12am
Update: The green electric box to the right below is new and much larger than the green transformer box that was previously in this location.   You may view the previous electrical setup by clicking HERE.

New electrical boxes have been installed in front of Fuller Lodge on Central Avenue. View facing west from the bronze statues of Oppenheimer and Groves. Photo by Greg Kendall/

New electrical boxes in front of Fuller Lodge on Central Avenue. View facing east. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost

Los Alamos

As part of an electric upgrade project

Local Hotel Event Center Project Canceled

on March 18, 2013 - 2:49pm


Los Alamos County has canceled the hotel event center project for now.

PLACE, a nonprofit that builds sustainable communities had been working with the Los Alamos community on a catalytic vision to anchor their new Creative District.

The community's vision was for PLACE to develop a live/work community for creatives (artists, inventors, technologists, scientists and artisan/makers.)

Also included would be a boutique hotel event center, creative commercial and retail space, a restaurant bar with nightlife and new homes for people of all incomes.

Unfortunately, a series of

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 7–March 13, 2013

on March 18, 2013 - 1:35pm

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 7 at 11:30 a.m. / Police charged a 13-year-old Santa Fe boy with larceny in the 2100 block of Hawk Drive. The boy was referred to the juvenile probation officer and released to his parents.

March 7 at 5:31 p.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old Los Alamos boy at 39th Street and Canyon Road with possession of drug paraphernalia.

‘Sun Sticks & Mud’ at Authors Speak March 28

on March 18, 2013 - 12:18pm

'Paquime,' one of the photographs in 'Sun Sticks & Mud: 1,000 Years of Earth Building in the Desert Southwest.' Photo by Steve Fitch


“We Who Are Clay” activities continue with a special Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak presentation at 7 p.m., Thursday March 28.

Authors Bart Kaltenbach and Barbara Anschel with photographer Steve Fitch will give a slide lecture as part of a much larger community wide effort organized by the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

Exhibits, events, programs and activities will continue throughout March and into April.

Authors Bart Kaltenbach and

Breaking News: Gas Leak at Piedra Loop and Sherwood

on March 18, 2013 - 11:51am

Crews are in the process of repairing a ruptured gas line at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

Contractors and Los Alamos County staff were digging at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock when a gas main was ruptured and police and fire department staff were called to the scene.

The situation has been contained. Firefighters with the Los Alamos Fire Department are standing by in case of emergency, but at this time the gas has not ignited.

The intersection is currently closed.

The Los Alamos Police

Los Alamos Firefighters Go Bald For Charity

on March 17, 2013 - 2:00pm

'Mark Prado SalonSpa' Stylist Francesca LaRosa begins the first of what will be 36 head shavings Saturday at Los Alamos Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Local Firefighters, children and a local reporter participated in what will become an annual event to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation to help fight childhood cancers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Charlie Grider, 6, and Luke Johnson, 3, have their heads shaved for the St. Baldrick's event Saturday morning at Station # 3 in White Rock. Luke's father, Capt. Tim Johnson supervises the work to his son's head.

Business Owners Express Ideas at Branding Meeting ... Video Included

on March 17, 2013 - 10:17am

Community Brand Supervisor Adam Winstead of North Star Destination Strategies asks for input from local business owners gathered Tuesday at the Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill owners, staff and others turned out for Tuesday's Branding Meeting at the Community Building. From left, owners Dorota Listwan and Pawel Listwan, head bartender and outdoor enthusiast Justin Ramsey, Valles Caldera Special Events Coordinator Emily Blumenthal and owner Patrick Mockler-Wood discuss branding issues with North Star Destination Strategies representatives.

Wildfire 2013 Event Set for March 30

on March 17, 2013 - 7:31am


As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2013” set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service;
  • U.S. Forest Service;
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve;
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory;
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management;
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team; and
  • National Weather Service.

Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand to greet children. Other displays and

County Line for Week of March 18

on March 16, 2013 - 8:21am



No Council Meeting Next Week

They'll take a week off and be back in Regular Session Tuesday, March 26 (7 p.m., Council Chambers.) Watch for details on their agenda in the next issue of the County Line.

LAPD Volunteers: Info Meeting on Monday

We mentioned this meeting in last week's newsletter - the Police Department is looking for some volunteers to help out with administrative tasks, so they can keep officers out in the community doing police work instead of paper work! Do you have the time to help out? Great! Attend this meeting at 5:30 p.m.,
March 18 - meet Commander


Pet of the Week: Turbo the Dog

on March 15, 2013 - 10:22am

Turbo the 2-year-old dog. Courtesy/FOS


Pet of the Week: Handsome and friendly 2-year-old Turbo arrived at the Los Alamos County Animal shelter because his owner moved to a place that would not allow dogs.

Turbo likes adult humans, female dogs and some male dogs. He does not know any cats.

His size and energy are not conducive to children, and it is not known how he relates to them.

Turbo loves tennis balls and wants to retrieve them for you. Turbo has recently been diagnosed with thyroid issues.

The medication is inexpensive and easy to administer.


DPU Charter Review Committee Holding First Meeting

on March 15, 2013 - 10:10am


The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in the Community Building’s Training Room, 20th Street and Central Avenue.

This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work.

This is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend.



County Officials Cook for Winning Firefighters

on March 14, 2013 - 2:27pm

Lunching today on meatballs over polenta in red sauce, from left, Los Alamos County Deputy Administrator Brian Bosshardt, Firefighter Robert Fuselier, Fire Cadet Nick Bever, County Environmental Specialist Tom Nagawiecki, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Capt. James Pepe, Firefighter Sean Henry, Firefighter Michael Lewis and County Administrator Harry Burgess. Bosshardt prepared the meal, assisted by Burgess as a way to reward the firefighters at Station 4 on Diamond Drive near the golf course for being the top energy savers in the County's Energy Conservation Competition over the last six months. 

Electric Upgrades Underway on Deacon Street

on March 14, 2013 - 9:30am

DPU Work

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric linemen will begin trenching on Deacon Street today, March 14, to install new electric lines to upgrade circuit 14.

This circuit services the eastern portion of the Los Alamos townsite.

Crews will trench 120 feet at the intersection of Deacon Street and 17th Street to install the new lines.

Work will continue for several days. No interruption of power is required at this time. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be attentive to the work zone, as work proceeds.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the

Los Alamos Police Set to Host 'Prescription Drug Take Back Day' April 27

on March 12, 2013 - 9:52am


LAPD News:

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris and his team at the Los Alamos Police are set to host a "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., April 27 in the east parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road.

The local event is being conducted as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's national "Prescription Drug Take Back Day."

This is a great opportunity for citizens who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

In the four previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with state, local and

Los Alamos County Fire Stations Significantly Reduce Energy Usage as a Result of Energy Conservation Competition

on March 12, 2013 - 9:20am

Los Alamos Fire Department Flyer: An example of one of the fliers posted in the participating fire stations to promote energy conservation. Courtesy/LAC

Fire Energy Competition Scoreboard: The scoreboard that was posted in each fire house, from early in the competition. Courtesy/LAC


After a six-month fire department energy conservation competition that approached the heat and intensity of a five-alarm fire the winner is ... Fire Station 4!

Fire Station 4 on Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos County Golf Course, reduced its electricity usage an average of 30 percent per month.


Help Plan Senior Appreciation Night

on March 12, 2013 - 9:11am
Individuals and volunteers interested in helping to plan a safe, fun-filled, drug free, all-night celebration for Los Alamos High School and home school graduating seniors are invited to a Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) planning meeting set for 1-2 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at the Aquatic Center Training Room, 2760 Canyon Road. 
Parents, organization representatives, community service groups and business owners are especially invited to attend.
SAN is a cooperative effort between parent volunteers, Los Alamos County Recreation Division, The Family YMCA, and approximately 40

Fuller Lodge Transformer Installation Set For March 16-17

on March 12, 2013 - 8:55am

DPU and County Facilities crews conduct preliminary work Monday afternoon for the installation of a new transformer on the Fuller Lodge grounds to correct a long-standing problem with the main power feed to the building. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Photo by Carol A Clark/


This weekend, March 16-17 Fuller Lodge, the adjacent Art Center, the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as County crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer.

Department of Public Utilities and


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 28 To March 6, 2013

on March 11, 2013 - 10:18am

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.


Feb. 28 at 3:10 p.m. / Police arrested Rowena MacDonald, 46, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from the State of Missouri.




Feb. 28 at 2:47 p.m. / Police arrested Larry Bobo, 37, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive and charged him with driving without headlights, driving with an obstructed windshield and DUI.



Community Broadband Network Business Plan Presentation Tuesday

on March 11, 2013 - 9:42am


Tuesday March 12, Los Alamos County Council will hear a presentation on the Community Broadband Network project; a last-mile, open-access, fiber optic network project under consideration by Los Alamos County.

The project team will focus the presentation on the business plan and its recommendations, including a proposed increase in gross receipts tax to finance the project.

Digital copies of the presentation and handouts are available at the Los Alamos County Council website under the Agenda and Minutes section.

In addition, an Open Forum is available at for


Russian Delegation to Visit Los Alamos March 25

on March 10, 2013 - 10:32am


Los Alamos–Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI) is preparing to host a Russian Delegation from its Sister City of Sarov March 25 through April 3

The visit will involve a VNIIEF Group Leader who is also an elected member of the Sarov Duma (analog of a U.S. County Council), a local journalist, an English teacher, and two persons involved with human resources in Sarov and VNIIEF.

The delegation will have opportunities during their visit to meet with media representatives including those from the Los Alamos Daily Post to learn how media work in a community like Los Alamos –

Work Continues Along East Road

on March 10, 2013 - 9:13am

Workers were busy recently digging holes near the Fire Station on East Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community Broadband Network Project Team to Make Presentation to Council March 12

on March 9, 2013 - 10:06am


The Community Broadband Network project team will make a presentation to the Los Alamos County Council at its work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Fire Station # 3 in White Rock.

The presentation will be informational only. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can listen to it live on KRSN AM1490.

The meeting is open to the public.

Helpful Links

  • The CBN project website can be found here…
  • The staff report, presentation and supporting documentation can be found by clicking here…
  • An Open Forum is available for County citizens to express their opinion on the

EGGSTRAVAGANZA Rolls Out March 31 at Golf Course!

on March 9, 2013 - 9:14am

Sheer bliss ensued as kids took off to collect Easter eggs scattered across the Los Alamos Golf Course during last year's Eggstravaganza. Courtesy photo

Staff report

It is that time of year again and everyones invited to the annual EGGSTRAVAGANZA at the Los Alamos Golf Course!

Over the past several years, the popular event has grown from participation of 500 kids to well over 800 last year.

It has become a huge community event, with participation from surrounding cities.

Last year 10,000 goody-filled plastic eggs were spread over the Los Alamos Golf Course and more than 800 kids ages 12