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County Clerks Office Certifies Voting Machines

on September 29, 2012 - 1:02pm

From left, County Council candidates Michael Redondo and Kristin Henderson with Los Alamos Canvasing Committee member Bill McKerley and observer Marie Chiravalle, review voting machine procedures Friday at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Bill McKerley, a member of the Los Alamos Canvasing Committee and Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols stand among voting machines to be certified by the County Clerk's Office Friday. McKerley stated that he was recently in Starbucks and saw a uniformed soldier.

Glass Drop-off Recycling Program Starts Today

on September 29, 2012 - 12:24pm

Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Starting Saturaday, Sept. 29, yellow collection dumpsters will be placed at Sullivan Field and the Overlook Park Convenience Center to accept glass bottles and jars of all colors for recycling.

Glass bottles and jars will also be accepted for recycling at the Eco Station. Yellow in-home collection containers are now available at the Eco Station.

Courtesy Photo


Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki in front of County's new glass crusher. Photo by Greg Kendall/

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'Mozart on the Rocks' at Bandelier Begins 4 p.m. Today with Tailgaiting at White Rock Visitor Center!

on September 29, 2012 - 10:06am


Staff report

The community is invited to gather for "Mozart on the Rocks: Opera at Bandelier" with tailgaiting and music.

This special event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 with tailgating at the new White Rock Visitor Complex on N.M. 4.

Starting at 5 p.m., Atomic City Transit will transport guests to Bandelier with an introduction to the evening's performance provided by the Los Alamos Opera Guild while in transit.

At the Bandelier Amphitheater, a complimentary wine tasting will be hosted by the Don Quixote Distillery & Winery.

The performance will include The Three

Open Gym Pickleball Canceled

on September 29, 2012 - 8:28am


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division has canceled the Open Gym Pickleball program due to lack of participation.

This program was held 1 – 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at White Rock Baptist Church.

For additional information, contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173, or

Operation Hilltopper: Active Shooter Loose at School

on September 28, 2012 - 8:34am


Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have for the past year been training personnel, polishing plans and tweaking equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise – an active shooter loose at a school. 

Operation Hilltopper, scheduled to commence at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to adequately respond to just such an event. 


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview Sept. 28

on September 28, 2012 - 1:11am

This week's preview is sponsored by

United Way Youth Team Talent Show, 7 p.m. Sunday Sept. 30. Courtesy

LARSO Candidate Forum 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept 28 Betty Ehart Senior Center
County Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the Los Alamos Retiree and Senior Organization.

Hilltopper Football vs. Belen H.S. 7 p.m. Friday Sept. 28 @ Sullivan Field

Family Strengths Network Home Tour 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Sept. 29

Tour Starts at Ruby K’s
The Home Tour showcases Los Alamos as a beautiful place to live.

County Launches On-Line Public Comment Forum

on September 27, 2012 - 11:35pm


Los Alamos County has launched a new on-line public comment forum called “Open Forum.”

Open Forum will be moderated by Peak Democracy and is another tool as the County continues its efforts to expand ways that citizens can voice their opinions about a variety of topics.

The forum can be accessed on the County’s home page.

County Councilors and County Staff will review comments and incorporate them into the decision-making process.

Furthermore, the County aims to empower citizens by providing them information on each issue to enrich online comment and provide more


Trinity & Oppenheimer Intersection Operating as 4-Way Stop Tuesday Oct. 2

on September 27, 2012 - 10:04am


Tuesday Oct. 2, the Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic Division staff will replace the traffic signal control cabinet at the Trinity and Oppenheimer intersection.

Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an expected completion of no later than 1 p.m. the same day.

During the replacement, the traffic signal will be dark and the intersection will operate as a four-way stop. Motorists should expect minor delays.

Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or email

Workers Calculate Cement Bill

on September 27, 2012 - 7:27am

These workers were taking measurements Monday along 15th Street near Deacon to determine how much they will charge for laying cement on this apron and sidewalk during the summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Bandelier Shuttle Moves to the New Visitor Center!

on September 26, 2012 - 10:42pm


Effective Saturday, Sept. 29, the free Atomic City Transit shuttle service to Bandelier National Monument pick up/drop off location is moving from the corner of N.M. 4/Rover Boulevard to the new White Rock Visitor Center Complex at 115 N.M. 4. Just follow the Bandelier Shuttle signs to the new location. For additional information, contact Atomic City Transit at 505-661-RIDE (7433) Courtesy/LAC

White Rock Ranks Among 'Best Places to Live for Suburbanites'

on September 26, 2012 - 11:17am

Staff Report

Coldwell Banker analyzed 11,000 suburbs for its latest ranking of the "Best Places to Live" series and White Rock came in 16 in the “Best Places to Live for Suburbanites” category across the United States (and number one in New Mexico).

The company stated in a news release: "Suburbs make up the fabric of America, offering a little more space (and a lot more peace and quiet) for people who prefer backyard barbecues and soccer games over the hustle and bustle of city-life.

Council Approves Community Health Action Plan

on September 25, 2012 - 11:21pm

The Los Alamos County Council this evening approved 6-0 the Community Health Action Plan as prepared by the Los Alamos Community Health Council. Councilor David Izraelevitz was absent. From left, CHC Board President Mary Yamada, Contract Coordinator Anne Hays Egan and the County's Libby Carlsten. The Health Council is open to Los Alamos County organizations, groups and individuals. It meets the first Thursday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos in the large conference room on the first floor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Recognizes Retirees Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun and Cpl. Doug Ehler

on September 25, 2012 - 6:59pm


The officers and their loved ones laugh during this evening's County Council meeting as Councilor Michael Wismer jokes that along with his official duties over the last 24 years, retiring Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun, right, also spent time moving Chief Wayne Torpy, center, into new residences. From left, Stephanie Scrimshaw, (fiancé) Cpl. Doug Ehler, Torpy, Purtymun and his wife Bev Purtymun. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Retiring Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun with his wife Bev and their son Tyler at this evening's County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A.

Council Tightens Confidentiality Rules

on September 25, 2012 - 4:31pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted in favor of an amendment proposed by Councilor Michael Wismer following Chiravalle's disclosure of information discussed in a closed door session earlier this month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor Michael Wismer spoke of Councilor Vincent Chiravalle's "breach of confidentiaility" recently and requested that staff place an item on this evening's agenda so that Council could consider amending its procedural rules to more clearly define its members' responsibilities concerning closed sessions. Photo by Carol A.

County's Economic Vitality Administrator Clarifies Downtown Redevelopment Incentives

on September 25, 2012 - 4:19pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

After reading last week's Los Alamos Daily Post story, "County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer,"  Cyndi Wells, owner of Pet Pangea asked:

"So, what are these millions in redevelopment incentives?  Who are they available to?" 

The Los Alamos Daily Post put the questions to Greg Fisher and what follows is his reply.

Businesses that are expanding and adding new jobs and capital investment. They could be new businesses or existing businesses.

Lane Shift Today on East Road

on September 25, 2012 - 11:01am

Eastbound traffic on Trinity Drive will be shifted to the center dividing lane at the location where Trinity Drive turns into East Road today.

Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road will excavate into the road to tie the new line into the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities gas distribution system. 

Westbound traffic on East Road and Trinity will be unaffected. The lane shift for eastbound motorists will begin at the Central/Trinity fork until just before Canyon Drive on East Road. 

Work is anticipated to be complete by 6 PM that

Gas Safety-Annual Leak Survey Underway

on September 25, 2012 - 9:52am

DPU News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is conducting its regular annual maintenance survey of the natural gas distribution system.

“Every year, as required by the U.S. Department. of Transportation, we walk the gas lines comprising the county’s distribution network, to detect and repair gas leaks of any size,” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Gas, Water & Sewer, Timothy Glasco.

The DPU’s contractor, Fitzgerald and Associates can be seen beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Los Alamos and White Rock as follows:

the southern part of Los Alamos town site, (Eastern Area,

Sneak Peak Inside White Rock's New Visitor Center

on September 25, 2012 - 9:17am

A sneak peak inside the new White Rock Visitor Center Monday reveals a lobby with a rock wall, glass enclosures and area lighting. The Visitor Center on N.M. 4 next door to the White Rock Fire Station officially opens at 11:30 a.m. Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony open to the public. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Project Manager Antonio Vigil of Mullen Heller Architecture and Lynne Charapata of Environments Interiors and Building Design put the finishing touches on the interior of the White Rock Visitor Center Monday ahead of Friday's grand opening event.

Councilors Pose for Official Photo

on September 25, 2012 - 8:09am

Los Alamos County photographer Leslie Bucklin takes the official portrait of the County Council Monday evening in Council Chambers following the resignation of Ron Selvage and appointment of Rick Reiss. From left, Councilors Michael Wismer and David Izraelevitz, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilors Vincent Chiravalle and Fran Berting, Councilor Rick Reiss and Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County photographer Leslie Bucklin takes the official portrait of the County Council, County Attorney and County Administrator Monday evening in

Proclamation Recognizes '100 Best Communities' Award

on September 25, 2012 - 7:57am

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz presents a proclamation to Bernadette Lauritzen and School Superintendent Gene Schmidt on behalf of the Council Monday evening in recognition of the "Best 100 Communities" for youth designation awarded to Los Alamos by America's Promise Alliance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Approves Trinity Lease Transfer to Kroger!

on September 24, 2012 - 9:05pm

The Los Alamos County Council this evening voted 5 to 2 to approve the lease transfer of the Trinity Site Development project from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger. NADG pulled out of the project earlier this month citing disappointment in lease activities and opted to transfer the development lease to Kroger, pending Council approval. Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Michael Wismer voted against the motion. The lease transfer to Kroger will set the project back by as much as six months with the expected store opening moved to early 2014. Photo by Carol A.

Steven Lynne: Kroger Lease Could be Executed Tomorrow

on September 24, 2012 - 8:52pm

Los Alamos Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne explains that NADG has been disatisfied with the results of their leasing activities and has opted to transfer its lease to Kroger. What that entails is that Kroger will will assume responsibility from NADG and will assume the deposit assignment. Kroger will reimburse NADG that deposit ... Lynne also said as a clarification that the deposit during the feqasibility period isrefundaqble to Kroger. Most significantly is restarting the lease date, he said. The effective lease date, if approved tonight by Council, would be tomorrow, Sept.

Council Questions Kroger Representatives

on September 24, 2012 - 8:20pm

Members of the Los Alamos County Council question Kroger representatives Steve Sorensen and Don Burnett about Kroger's intentions, should the Trinity Site development lease be transferred from NADG to Kroger.   Photo by Carol A. Clark/