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NNSA, Los Alamos County Revised Fire Protection Agreement a Win-Win

on December 12, 2012 - 11:02am

Shaking hands recently on a modified Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement are from left, LASO's Kevin Smith, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and County Administrator Harry Burgess. Courtesy/LAC


The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) recently modified the Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement to ensure world-class emergency response capabilities for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Los Alamos County.

County Administrator Harry Burgess and Manager Kevin Smith of NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office signed the agreement

Council Approves Phased N.M. 502 Project

on December 11, 2012 - 9:32pm

Councilors vote 6-1 to direct staff to proceed with the phased N.M. 502 Improvements Project, with Alternative D, expressing the need to strike the best possible balance in the timeframe available to ensure state and federal funding is received. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted against the measure. From left, Councilor Fran Berting, Councilor Mike Wismer, Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, Councilor David Izraelevitz and Councilor Rick Reiss. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Public Weighs in on N.M. 502 Improvements

on December 11, 2012 - 9:06pm

Audience members at tonight's County Council meeting at which several spoke during public comment on the N.M. 502 Improvements Project. Frustration was expressed with traffic noise and the endurance of road construction for extended years. A woman asked that trucks be made to take the truck route to lessen the traffic noise to homeowners. Another resident asked that if the speed limit is reduced to 35 mph along a portion of East Road that it be enforced by police around the clock.

Council Repeals Youth Advisory Board

on December 11, 2012 - 8:47pm

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, left, listens as County Attorney Becky Ehler to his left, presents an ordinance repealing Article XV of Chapter 8 of the Los Alamos Code of Ordinances in its entirety dealing with the Youth Advisory Board. Councilor Mike Wismer explained that he introduced the idea of a Youth Advisory Board five or six years ago to give the youth of the community a new voice concerning issues and items the group felt were important.

Council Hears Phasing Details of N.M. 502 Improvement Project

on December 11, 2012 - 8:16pm

From left, David Quintana from the state, Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton and County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman discuss the phasing of the N.M. 502 improvement project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Administrator Discusses Belt Tightening Measures

on December 11, 2012 - 7:45pm

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, third from right, explains to Council that it's prudent to anticipate less GRT revenue likely coming to the County from Los Alamos National Laboratory in the coming years and to look ahead for ways to reduce costs. He would like to see the current Council hold off on some of the multi-million dollar projects where possible and has scheduled a mid-year budget review for the Jan. 29 Council meeting.

Planning and Zoning Commission Conducts Annual Briefing to County Council

on December 11, 2012 - 7:02pm

Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Fred Roach briefs County Councilors on the commission's activities over the past year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commissioners from left, Chairman Fred Roach at podium, Pete Sheehey, Avivah Smith-Nelson and Anne Nobile discuss the work of the commission and call for members of the public to contact them with interest to serve on this commission as two positions are coming available. Council Chair Sharon Stover commended the commission for its fine work over the past year. Photo by Carol A.

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Hosts Christmas Luncheon Wednesday

on December 11, 2012 - 5:53am


The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its annual Christmas luncheon/meeting noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 12 at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.

New officers will be sworn in and members are encouraged to bring guests who may be interested in joining the chapter.

Members also are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the organization's charity donations.

For more information, contact Mary Wilhoit 1-858-922-9070 or Donna MacDonald at

White Rock Committee Honors Steve Brugger

on December 10, 2012 - 9:03pm

During a meeting this evening at the White Rock Visitor Center, Denny Erickson, chair of the White Rock Masterplan Implementation Steering Committee, presented long-time County Planner Steve Brugger with a street sign thanking him for his service to the community. Brugger served as the County staff person who facilitated the White Rock Committee. He left the County in May. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

 Former Los Alamos County Planner Steve Brugger holds the street sign he received this evening from the White Rock Masterplan Implementation Steering Committee thanking him for his longtime

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2012

on December 10, 2012 - 1:47pm

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.

Nov. 29 at 9:27 a.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old boy from Abiquiu with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr., referred him to the juvenile probation officer and released him to his parents.


Nov. 29 at 8:57 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: County Has Reached Drop-Dead Point

on December 10, 2012 - 12:58pm
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos
County Council members and administrators,
The county has finally reached the drop-dead point with regard to the redo of N.M. 502 from Knecht to Tewa Loop.
The hastily generated design created by PW (Public Works) in January was done without serious critiquing, endorsed by the Transportation Board under questionable circumstances, and approved quickly by the Council as it “needed to rush this through urgently to insure funding,” even as some of us indicated that it would not meet LOS.
This design has now been soundly rejected by state (NMDOT) and federal

Simple Steps Put 'Green' Back in Holidays

on December 10, 2012 - 12:29pm

National Regifting Day is Dec. 18. Courtesy photo


The New Mexico Recycling Coalition Offers Solutions to Reduce your Holiday Trash

Did you know that Americans produce 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? That means we’re adding one million more tons to the landfill in the span of a month (EPA.)

"Greening the holidays" began as a grass-roots movement, but it practically has turned into an industry. There’s a reason the topic gets so much attention. Many of us yearn for healthier, more meaningful, less expensive and less wasteful holidays.

County's New Housing Manager Meets With Los Alamos Housing Partnership Board

on December 8, 2012 - 10:12am

Paul Andrus, third from left, introduces himself to members of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership Board from left, Anne Nobile, Cindy Hollabaugh and Bob Fuselier Tuesday during a meeting held at a residence in White Rock. The group discussed the Los Alamos Housing Partnership mission, the local housing market and how the Partnership and County might work together to enhance housing in Los Alamos. The County hired Andrus last month as manager of Housing and Special Projects in the Community and Economic Development Department.

Art in Public Places Board Meets Dec. 12

on December 8, 2012 - 9:21am

Arctic bear by Jean Balagna is on display at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

APPB News:

The Art in Public Places Board is set to meet 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Mesa Public Library in Upstairs Meeting Room #3.

The meeting is open to the public.



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 Nov. 14, 2012
B. Welcome to new APPB Member(s)


Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Meets Tuesday

on December 8, 2012 - 8:27am


LTAB News:

The Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board is meeting 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Conference Room at 109 Central Park Square.



I. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS All 1 p.m. (20 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. BOARD DEVELOPMENT ACTIONS All 1:20 p.m. (15 min.)

A. Board Vacancy Status Report/Schedule

B. Farewell Event with Linda Deck and Ken Ashley (celebration date)


County Line: Winterfest Wonderland

on December 7, 2012 - 6:31pm

Courtesy Photo

Walkin' in a Winter(fest) Wonderland...

The National Weather Service's latest forecast said that our warm weather will come to a "jarring demise" this weekend - let's hope for snow to set a festive mood on Saturday for Winterfest! The Main Street Association's Holiday Lights parade at 6 p.m. this Saturday and then the County Recreation Division's North Pole Workshop plus Luminaria Walk at the North Mesa Stables is Sunday evening.

NEW Creative District Advisory Committee Meets Monday!

They'll be kicking off this brand new committee that's advisory to Council with their first

Ceremony to Swear in New Officials is Dec. 21

on December 7, 2012 - 12:27pm


The public is invited to attend the official "swearing in" ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center.

Steven Girrens, Kristin Henderson and Peter Sheehey will be sworn in as new County Councilors, along with new County Clerk Sharon Stover.

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk will preside. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.


Los Alamos Police Conduct Emergency Training

on December 7, 2012 - 12:18pm

Members of the Los Alamos County Police Department are conducting emergency vehicle operations course training today at the Los Alamos County Airport on Airport Road. Courtesy photo

State and Federal Officials Reject N.M. 502 Plans

on December 7, 2012 - 12:00pm
State and Federal Officials Reject N.M. 502 Plans
By Greg Kendall

The New Mexico Department of Transportation, (NMDOT), and the Federal Highway Administration, (FHWA), in a letter dated Nov 30, have rejected the Los Alamos County’s proposed alternative for the N.M. 502 Improvement Project (see link to letter below.)

This means that the project will not receive the $3.8 million in funding that the NMDOT and FHWA have programmed for Fiscal Year 2014 unless new plans are drawn up that are acceptable to NMDOT and FHWA.

New plans must be submitted quickly as FHWA and NMDOT set a deadline of


Bandelier Team Receives Partnership Award

on December 6, 2012 - 10:06am

From left, Associate directors Mariela Melero and Soraya Correa, Bandelier Chief Ranger Tom Betts, District Field Office Director Patti Reynolds and Director Alejandro Mayorkas of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at Washington, D.C. awards ceremony. Courtesy/BNM 


Under the soaring cliffs of Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument, 15 immigrants were sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony on the 4th of July.

This past month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) awarded the Bandelier incident command team the USCIS

Pet of the Week: Coquetta the Retriever Mix

on December 6, 2012 - 9:12am

Coquetta the Retriever mix. Photo by Don Taylor
Pet of the Week: Coquetta is a fluffy, 2-year-old female Retriever mix with an outgoing personality.
Coquetta is confident with people and most dogs. She is waiting to be adopted and has been the perfect "nanny dog" to the five Border Collie puppies that came to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter a few months ago.
Friends of the Shelter don't understand why such a lovely dog is still at the shelter after five months.
The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets and

Los Alamos Police Save Suicidal Man

on December 5, 2012 - 8:38pm

Isaiah Cisneros

By Carol A. Clark

Seizing literally a split-second opportunity, Los Alamos police officers were able to tase a suicidal man, lunge across the room and snatch his gun away before he could kill himself.

For reasons unknown, Isaiah Cisneros, 26, of Los Alamos threatened to shoot himself on Nov. 24. A woman in his home on 35th Street alerted police.

Cpl. Eric Wilhoit and Ofc. Oliver McCartney responded to the residence and Sgt. Jeremy Duran arrived shortly thereafter.

The woman directed the officers to a bedroom in which they found Cisneros sitting cross-legged on the floor

Second Edition of 'Los Alamos Place Names' Is Here

on December 5, 2012 - 9:32am

Author Craig Martin

Book News:


Trinity Drive. Peggy Sue Bridge. Bathtub Row. The history of Los Alamos is written it the names given to locations around town.

The origins of those names and many more are discussed in the long-awaited second edition of Place Names of Los Alamos by local author Craig Martin.

“The first edition has been out of print since 2002 and I’ve been promising the Los Alamos Historical Society an update since 2005, so it’s about time,” Martin said.

The book chronicles the stories behind about 500 names, and the second edition includes two dozen new places that

County to Host Small Business Assistance Q & A

on December 5, 2012 - 8:44am


Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division will host a question and answer session for area businesses from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 12 in the Nambe Room of historic Fuller Lodge (2nd floor.)

Business owners and representatives are encouraged to bring their questions and comments regarding issues facing the small business sector. In turn, the County will present its small business assistance programs, services and funding.

“Small businesses form the backbone of any vibrant community and we realize the unique challenges faced by small business in Los Alamos and want to