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County Line: March 8

on March 9, 2013 - 7:14am


Remember ... Daylight Saving Time begins 2 a.m. Sunday - SPRING your alarm clock forward one hour!

Council Meeting Tuesday

It's a Work Session in White Rock (7 p.m. at Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4.) What's on the agenda? The discussion is likely to focus on the business plan for the proposed Community Broadband Network. or download the agenda for Tuesday night here:

Looking for volunteers

The Police Department put out the call this week for anyone who might be


Burgess Delivers ‘State of the County’ Address

on March 8, 2013 - 11:20am
Attendees listen to County Administrator Harry Burgess discuss the 'State of the County' during Thursday's Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess delivers his 'State of the County' report to Chamber of Commerce members at Thursday's breakfast meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess presented his “State of the County” report at a Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast

Which Norris and Lois Bradbury Sculpture Should Be Placed at New Municipal Building?

on March 8, 2013 - 8:06am

See all three sculpture proposal options below:


The Art in Public Places Advisory Board has posted a new question on the County’s “Open Forum” webpage: Which Norris and Lois Bradbury sculpture should be recommended to the County Council for fabrication and installation at the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building?

The Board is seeking public comment on proposals received for this next set of historical sculptures.

Community Invited to Grand Opening for Multi-Purpose Covered Arena

on March 7, 2013 - 10:23am


The construction of the new Multi-Purpose Covered Arena near the North Mesa Stables is now complete.

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos County Council as they host a Grand Opening event for the new arena at 4 p.m., March 22 at Brewer Arena, 750 North Mesa Road.

A project website has been established to provide updates about this project at and click on “Projects.” The website will be updated whenever new information becomes available.  

The public may e-mail questions or comments to

The Los Alamos Pony Club submitted a Capital

Underground Cable Short Caused Tuesday Power Outage

on March 7, 2013 - 9:21am

DPU News:

An underground cable termination caused Tuesday afternoon’s power outage that lasted nearly two hours and affected a portion of North Mesa.

Reported at 2:05 p.m., approximately one third of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers were without power on San Ildefonso Road beginning at and including the Del Norte/Del Sol neighborhoods and continuing east out to Big Rock Loop. DPU’s electric line crew repaired the cable and restored electricity by 3:50 p.m. Tuesday.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater

LAPD Seeks Citizen Volunteers

on March 7, 2013 - 8:09am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) is looking for citizens for a variety of tasks, as they seek to expand a successful existing volunteers program into new police administration areas.

The goal of the department is to call upon citizen volunteers to help with daily non-emergency response tasks in order to allow police officers more time in the field concentrating on police enforcement and pro-active community outreach programs or services.

LAPD is seeking volunteers to assist in three areas:

  • Fingerprinting services;
  • Data entry; and
  • Food preparation in the detention

LAPS Board Meets Tuesday, March 12

on March 7, 2013 - 6:44am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold its Regularl School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theatre.

The agenda for the meeting will be posted at the District Office the Thursday before the meeting.

If special accommodations are required, notifiy the secretary to the superintendent 72 hours before the meeting at 663-2230.

Governor Calls Out Rep. Garcia Richard

on March 7, 2013 - 1:29am

Gov. Susana Martinez
Los Alamos Daily Post

This morning on the KRSN AM 1490 morning show, Gov. Susana Martinez accused Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of breaking her campaign promise to voters in Los Alamos with regard to driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants (House Bill 606.)

Garcia Richard is on record during her campaign for favoring the repeal of the current law, which grants driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, saying “It’s a bad law that needs to be changed.”

It appears Garcia Richard was trying to do just that through her vote yesterday.

Shelter Searching for Owner of Cat Found at Ski Hill

on March 6, 2013 - 7:43am

Council Creates DPU Charter Review Committee

on March 5, 2013 - 9:45pm

From left, Councilors Fran Berting, Steve Girrens, David Izraelevitz and Council Chair Geoff Rodgers in Council Chambers discuss the DPU Charter Review Committee during this evening's County Council meeting. Print Screen Photo

Staff report

With a series of motions, the Los Alamos County Council appointed five people to the Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee.

The new DPU Charter Review Committee members are David Powell (DPU Board Member), Councilor Steve Girrens, Susan O'Leary, Kirk Christensen and Ed Birnbaum.

The Committee is tasked with looking into the issues of


Council Approves Fire Administration Move to 999 Central

on March 5, 2013 - 9:29pm

Fire Chief Troy Hughes answers Council Council questions about the new lease. Print Screen Photo

Staff report

County Council approved a new lease for Los Alamos County Fire Administration at 999 Central Ave. effective May 1.

Councilor Rick Reiss recused himself due to being a party to the lease. The Fire Department has been at its current location in the TRK Building (195 East Road) since 1994.

Reiss is the managing member and has a 25 percent ownership interest in 999 Central Ave.

Both the County Procurement Code and the New Mexico Governmental Conduct Act recognize that conflicts of


Letter to the Editor: Frustrated With Transportation-Related Issues

on March 5, 2013 - 5:38pm
R. Wayne Hardie
Los Alamos
I have lived in Los Alamos County (LAC) for 34 years and just completed a term as a member of LAC's Transportation Board, so I have considerable interest in, and considerable frustration with, LAC transportation-related issues.
In my opinion, the current kerfuffle over the "N.M. 502-Trinity Drive Transportation Improvement Project" is the result of yet the latest in a long list of mismanaged LAC road and street projects over the past several years as summarized below:
1. Diamond Drive: LAC/Public Works proposed a multi-roundabout (RDB) design for Diamond Drive,

Picture Perfect Photo Show at Mesa Public Library

on March 5, 2013 - 6:48am

A large crowd gathered Monday for the Los Alamos Photographers’ Show at Mesa Public Library Gallery. Photographs will remain on exhibit through March 29. The Photo Club meets 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the upstairs meeting room of Fuller Lodge Art Center. Meetings offer photo-sharing on optional themes by attendees. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Co-Chair of the Los Alamos Photography Club Doug Coombs shows his photos of Bosque del Apache. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post photographer Greg Kendall shows his photo, 'Sunset at Wahweap Marina

Letter to the Editor: On Hyping Roundabouts

on March 5, 2013 - 5:39am
Los Alamos

Recently, Councilor Kristin Henderson stated (Los Alamos Daily Post Feb. 23) that "And yes, the federal and state highway people are all good with a roundabout. New Mexico just put one in on the bypass."

There has been no roundabout put on the N.M. 599 bypass. The roundabouts are on a low-traffic, feeder road on either side of the bypass and not on N.M. 599 itself.

And while it is considering the County's desire to have a roundabout at Central Avenue, NMDOT has long been on-record favoring a signalized intersection there.

Councilor Henderson's

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 22– Feb.27, 2013

on March 4, 2013 - 11:55am

LAPD News:

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. 22 at 3:26 a.m. / Police arrested Rogelio Anaya, 20, of Los Alamos at 9th Street and Central Avenue and charged him with speeding, driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license, driving without

County Planner Speaks at 'Lunch With a Leader' March 14

on March 4, 2013 - 11:52am

LWV News:

League of Women Voters "Lunch with a Leader" is 11:40 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at Mesa Public  Library.  

As always, the entire community is welcome to attend. The speaker is Gary Leikness, principal planner of the Los Alamos Community and Economic Development Department.

Leikness has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon.

He moved to Los Alamos in June 2010, from Rexburg, Ida. where he was a planning and zoning administrator. Prior to that, he was a planner for Lincoln City, Ore.

Ashley Pond Park ADA Ramp Excavation Begins Today Near Central Avenue and Bathtub Row

on March 4, 2013 - 9:30am



As part of the Ashley Pond Park improvements project, County Parks crews will begin excavation for the ADA ramp near the intersection of Central Avenue and Bathtub Row today, March 4.

There will be a pedestrian detour around the work. Construction is expected to take approximately two weeks.

NNSA Hosts Los Alamos County Officials

on March 2, 2013 - 10:19am

From left, Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoffrey Rodgers, Acting Administrator Neile Miller, Los Alamos County Councilor Peter Sheehey in Washington, D.C. last week.  Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

NNSA Acting Administrator Neile Miller last week hosted Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoffrey Rodgers, County Councilor Peter Sheehey and County Administrator Harry Burgess.

Miller thanked the county officials for their active interest in Los Alamos National Laboratory and for their leadership in the community.

NNSA recognizes the value of a strong and

County Line: March 1

on March 2, 2013 - 9:09am


Council Meeting Tuesday

What's on the agenda? They'll be meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers and discussing purchases needed to re-establish composting capabilities in Pueblo Canyon, as well as a possible lease of space at 999 Central Ave., to house the Fire Administration staff. Download the agenda:

White Rock residents - last chance to comment on the White Rock A-19-a Final Concept Plans!

If you missed the public meeting last Monday, that's OK!


Letter to the Editor: On Affordable Housing

on March 2, 2013 - 8:29am
Los Alamos

Once more the county is injecting itself into an area were they have no business - the old canard that we need more government-sponsored affordable housing to assure our economic prosperity.

Back to Economics 101. The COST of housing is based on the cost of its economic inputs; that is, land, labor, materials, and capital.

The PRICE of housing is established in an auction market between a willing buyer and a willing seller. As the run-up and collapse of the recent housing bubble illustrate, the two are only loosely linked.

A developer analyzes the local

Pet of the Week: Remy the Dog is STILL up for Adoption

on March 1, 2013 - 9:22am

Remy the dog. Photo by Don Taylor


Pet of the Week: Remy, a 2-year-old mix has been at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter for six months and remains available for adoption.

Because she is very shy at first meetings, Remy gets overlooked when people come to pick out a dog to take home. When a stranger walks in, Remy runs into her dog house for safety.

But she craves love, and hopes someone will take just a little time to get to know her to discover what a sweet and loving companion she will be.

Remy enjoys walks and going to the dog park.

Planning and Zoning Approves Trinity Place Site Plan 7-1

on March 1, 2013 - 1:45am
Update: Video of hearing added.
The presented site plan image for Trinity Place.  Click the image for a high resolution view. Courtesy image

Los Alamos Daily Post

Wednesday night, Feb. 28, the Planning and Zoning Commission of Los Alamos voted to approve the Kroger submitted site plan for the Trinity Place development. 

The vote was 7 to 1 with Avivah Smith-Nelson in the minority. Commissioner Catherine Mockler recused herself as her business, the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill is within 300 yards of the Trinity Site property.

Local Boys Charged With Aggravated Assault After Incident Appears on Facebook

on February 27, 2013 - 11:56am
Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

Police charged two Los Alamos High School boys at noon, Jan. 16 with aggravated assault and conspiracy.

Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster explained that the charges against the 14-year-old and 15-year-old Los Alamos boys stem from a report by the parents of another local teenager who they say was the victim of an aggravated assault posted on Facebook.

The alleged victim's mother told police that she had viewed a video posting on Facebook that showed a

Public Updated on A-19a Project at White Rock Meeting

on February 27, 2013 - 9:50am

Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent, Community and Economic Development Department Housing Manager Paul Andrus, center, and Associate Planner Dan Osborn field questions at Monday's public meeting on the A-19a project in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Consultant Will Gleason reviews final conceptual designs for residential and commercial development of A-19a Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff report

Los Alamos County's Economic and Community Development Department hosted a public workshop Monday evening to present the updated

NCRTD Executive Director Tony Mortillaro Briefs Council

on February 26, 2013 - 10:36pm

Executive Director Tony Mortillaro and Chairman Daniel Barrone of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) at this evening's Council meeting in Council Chambers. Mortillaro is a former Los Alamo County Administrator. He said that the organization's first rider survey showed a 4.7 average rating out of 5 for overall satisfaction with the services provided; replaced aging fleet with modern and economical vehicles that have enhanced security features; developed long range financial and capital investment strategic plans; New Edgewood to Santa Fe route and record ridership.