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Art in Public Places Board Meets Jan. 24

on January 20, 2013 - 6:16am

‘Industrial Machine’ created by artist Robert Davis is on display at the Los Alamos Eco-Station on East Jemez Road.


The Art in Public Places Board is set to meet 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room #3.



II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)


  • A. Approval of Minutes from Dec. 12, 2012
  • B.

Mail In Ballot Do's and Don'ts...

on January 19, 2013 - 10:21am


The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office reports as of Friday, Jan. 18, that 4,000 ballots have been received for the Special School Bond Election. 

On Jan. 8, the Clerk’s Office mailed out 13,826 ballots.

The Clerk’s Office would like to remind registrants of several do’s and don’ts:

  • Do sign the outer envelope. If there is no signature on the outer envelope, the ballot cannot be counted.
  • Don’t have someone sign your ballot on your behalf. If you cannot sign the outer envelope, an ‘X’ is acceptable as your signature.

Letter to the Editor: Drop 'Municipal' ... Consider 'The County of Los Alamos Building'

on January 19, 2013 - 6:54am
By Linda Goforth
Los Alamos

As much as I like Jeanette Wallace, I think the new county government building should be named without mystery.

Perhaps leaving "municipal" out of it covers its true purpose, too. The County Government of Los Alamos, or perhaps The County of Los Alamos Building. I like the second of these.


Pet of the Week: Yoda the Cat

on January 19, 2013 - 6:51am

Yoda the cat. Courtesy/Shelter


Pet of the Week: Yoda – a handsome orange tabby sporting tufts on his ears, is a sensitive and affectionate 6-year-old neutered male.

Yoda can be possessive of his person and a bit persnickety - not wanting to share with cats, dogs or children - so he is recommended as a loving companion to an adult.

When you pet Yoda, you will enjoy the feel of a very sleek and solid cat.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets just waiting for adoption.

Others are currently off-campus in

P&Z Meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

on January 19, 2013 - 6:45am


The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Community Building Council Chambers, 475 20th St.






A. Comprehensive Plan Maps, Gary Leikness
B. Commissioner Training, Katie Thwaits
C. FY14 Work Plan

A. Director’s Report
B. Chair’s Report
C. Committee Reports
D. Board of Adjustment Report
E. Report from Liaisons to Other Boards & Commissions


Personnel Board Meets Noon Jan. 22

on January 18, 2013 - 7:30am


The Personnel Board is meeting at noon Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Training Room at the Community Building.


I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes for Oct. 24, 2012

III. Approval of Minutes for Appeal Committee Oct. 26, 2012

IV. Public Comment - Limit of four (4) minutes per person on items not on the agenda

V. Chair’s Report

VI. Discussion and/or Possible Action Items

A. Continue to Review & Vote of Proposed Changes to the Personnel Rules 100-600 Series.

VII. Discussion Items for Future Personnel Board Agendas



Crowd Packs Metal Menagerie Show at Mesa Library

on January 17, 2013 - 12:23pm

Community members filled the upstairs gallery at Mesa Public Library for Wednesday's opening reception of the Metal Menagerie Show. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scrap Metal Artists Richard Swenson, left, and David Trujillo speak with Marsha Gilford, vice president public affairs for Smith’s Food and Drug Centers. Gilford is in Los Alamos visiting County officials and local business owners. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Metal Menagerie, showcasing the work of two Los Alamos metal sculptors, David Trujillo and Richard Swenson, opened Wednesday, Jan.

Public Has Two More Opportunities to Weigh in on Muni Building Name

on January 17, 2013 - 12:22pm


Two public hearings have been set for residents to give their comments to the “Committee to Consider a Request to name the New Municipal Building after State Representative Jeannette Wallace.”

  • 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, Fuller Lodge, Pajarito Room; and 
  • 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, White Rock Town Hall

Councilor Fran Berting brought the request to name the building after Wallace to the Council during its meeting Jan. 8. The Los Alamos County Code governs the process the County must use when this kind of request to name a facility after an individual is received.

Special Utilities Board Meeting Set For Jan. 22

on January 17, 2013 - 10:55am


No Trash or Recycling Service Monday Jan. 21

on January 17, 2013 - 10:10am


In observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection Monday Jan. 21.

If Monday is your normal pickup day, please place your trash and recycling out  by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 for collection.

For more information, visit the Environmental Services website.


Letter to the Editor: Just Name It 'The Los Alamos County Municipal Building'

on January 17, 2013 - 9:28am
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

The new municipal/administration building is THE Los Alamos citizens’ building! As such, it should not be a memorial to any one person, dead or alive.

While a few previous, and some current, councilors doggedly refused to allow LA citizens to vote on it, the building is still the citizens’ building and not the council’s building.

If a nickname is needed, make something like “The GRT (Golden Revenue Trove or Gross Receipt Tax-windfall) Building” as that is what enabled it.

Councilor (Fran) Berting put forth the request that the building be named in memory of

New Council Holds First Work Session of 2013

on January 16, 2013 - 8:06am

The Los Alamos County Council held its first work session of 2013 Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. Council members, County administrators and staff reviewed committee appointments, council rules and the 2011 adopted strategic plan. The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Council Chambers at the Community Building, 20th Street and Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

Letter to the Editor: Simply Call it the Municipal Building

on January 15, 2013 - 6:43am
By Trey Frazier
Los Alamos

I too agree. Let's just name it the Municipal Building. Simple, fast, cheap.

History has proven that sooner than later a statue will have to be purchased and installed to commentate who ever the building is named after at taxpayer expense so people who never knew or cared about will know what they looked like.

No Response for County Charter Committee

on January 15, 2013 - 6:38am


The deadline to apply for the five member committee to study utilities-related sections of the County Charter is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 and so far no one has submitted a letter of interest.

The Committee will include one member of Council, one member of the Department 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

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, 2013

on January 14, 2013 - 8:52am

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.

Jan. 3 at 8:36 a.m. / A 63-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property in the 100 block of Mariposa Court. The estimated loss is unknown.

Jan. 3 at 12:20 p.m. / CB FOX Department Store in the 1700 block of Central Avenue reported that someone paid for merchandise with bad checks. The matter is under investigation.


Jan. 4 at 3:05 a.m.

Letter to the Editor: Call Municipal Building What it is!

on January 14, 2013 - 8:04am
By Christine Weaver
Los Alamos

I definitely agree with Ms. (Diana) Stepan. Why does Los Alamos feel they need to name every building after someone?
If that person didn't personally finance the building just call it what it is!
Sooner or later the "honoree" is long forgotten thus Civic Auditorium, Aquatic Center, Municipal Building, etc., all make plenty of sense.

Letter to the Editor: Name Municipal Building 'Citizens' Municipal Building'

on January 13, 2013 - 8:52am
By Diana Stepan
Los Alamos

In my opinion, the new Municipal Building should be named the "Citizens' Municipal Building," since the citizens paid for it and the citizens are the ones who are supposed to be served by the employees who work at the Municipal Building.

If that is not acceptable, please simply name it the "Los Alamos Municipal Building."

There is no one I can think of that deserves the honor except for the citizens of Los Alamos County.

Poet Laureate of Santa Fe Kicks Off Mesa Public Library’s 2013 Authors Speak Series

on January 13, 2013 - 7:24am

Jon Davis


Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Jon Davis: Poet Laureate of Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Upstairs Rotunda.

Join Davis to kick off the beginning of  the new line up of Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series with a poetry reading.

The following is from

Jon Davis is the author of three chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), Scrimmage of Appetite (University of Akron Press, 1995), for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, and

County Line Highlights Need for Committee Members

on January 13, 2013 - 7:22am

Creative District Advisory Committee Meets Monday

This newly formed committee will meet at 2 p.m. in the Aquatic Center Training Room. If you're curious to find out more about the Creative District Plan - attend the meeting. Visit:

County Council Meeting Tuesday

The County Council will hold its first work session of the year at 7 p.m. in White Rock Fire Station #3. What's on the agenda?

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Jan. 17

on January 12, 2013 - 7:18am


The regular meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Board is set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Community Building Training Room, 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

(3). Transportation – Skip Dunn, Reid Priedhorsky

(4). Parks and

Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Meets Jan. 15

on January 12, 2013 - 7:13am


Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board meets 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 60 Entrada Dr.


I. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS All 1:00 p.m. (10 min.)
A. Call to Order/Introductions
B. Review of the Statement of Antitrust Policy
C. Approval of Today’s Agenda
D. Public Comment
E. Approval of Minutes
II. PRESENTATION/Q&A 1:10 p.m. (30 min.)
County Trails Network Plan
Craig Martin, Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist
A. White Rock Visitor Center Interpretation Signage/Display Costs All


Letter to the Editor: 'Max Baker Municipal Building' Gets My Vote!

on January 11, 2013 - 1:15pm
By JJ Maier
Los Alamos

I am hoping the committee will consider the concept of naming the new Municipal Building after (former County Administrator) Max Baker instead of Jeannette Wallace.

Max had so much more to do with our County’s administration if one reviews his record – during some of our roughest times – and he frequently was serving us as an “interim administrator.”

He gave us so much and asked so little in return.

Jeannette served the district of which we were always a part, but had little to do with the administration and running of internal LAC affairs.

I am delighted that UNM-LA

County Seeks Naming Committee Members

on January 11, 2013 - 11:52am


Citizens interested in being on the “Naming Committee to Consider A Request to Name the New Municipal Building after State Representative Jeannette O. Wallace” are asked to submit one-page letters of interest to County Administrator Harry Burgess by noon Friday, Jan. 18.

The County Administrator will appoint this committee consisting of at least two citizens and one representative of the business community.

Applicants should send their letter to and must state that they are able to be an impartial member of the Committee, as required by County Code,

County Undergoing IT Maintenance Saturday

on January 11, 2013 - 9:38am


Los Alamos County’s Information Technology Division will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and continuing as late as midnight.

There will be service interruptions to the County’s webpage, e-mail and telephones during this time frame, including the possibility of e-mail interruption for County cell phones capable of receiving email.


Utilities Board Meets Jan. 16

on January 11, 2013 - 9:08am