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Letter to the Editor: Cast Your Vote for Michelle Hall

on February 1, 2013 - 11:21am
By Morris B. Pongratz
Former County Councilor and School Board Member

I recently went to the County Clerk’s Office to vote in the UNM-LA Advisory Board election. I was only the fifth person to vote!

I know that this election may not be at the top of your radar screen, but elections are important so I urge folks to study the candidates and please vote!

One candidate, Michelle Hall, was recently honored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) with the 2012 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award at the AGU Fall Meeting Honors Ceremony, held Dec. 5, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif.

The award

Enterprise Holdings Lands Local Contract

on February 1, 2013 - 11:14am

By Carol A. Clark

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands announces its new location in Los Alamos County.

Its new office will open Feb. 4 at the Los Alamos County Airport, 1040 Airport Road.

A grand opening event in which the community will be invited is scheduled to be announced in the near future.

"We are excited to be opening in the County of Los Alamos. We see this as a wonderful opportunity and look forward to becoming involved in the community both in business and in the community itself," Area Manager Mark Arambula said.

Last Day to Vote Early!

on February 1, 2013 - 10:35am


Today, Friday, Feb. 1, is the last day to cast a pre-election day vote or get an absentee ballot at the County Clerk’s Office.

The Clerk's Office is across from the Reel Deal Movie Theater, in the modular office directly behind the Demo Garden on Central Avenue at Oppenheimer Drive.

The actual voting day and last day to turn in absentee ballots is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Community Building in Los Alamos and at the Los Alamos County Fire Station in White Rock.

2013 Special & Board Elections:

Click here for a listing of candidates for the 2013

Public Meeting on Broadband Feb. 20

on February 1, 2013 - 8:23am


Los Alamos County businesses are cordially invited to attend a meeting regarding recommended design of the Community Broadband Network by Los Alamos County.

An update on this last-mile, open-access, fiber optic network project as well as the finance mechanisms proposed by the business plan will be discussed.

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20
  • Location: Fuller Lodge
  • Time: 10–11:30 a.m.

County business owners are encouraged to provide their opinion by attending and/or completing an online survey for the project, which can be found at the project website by clicking here…

The CBN project

Column: Simply the Los Alamos County Municipal Building

on January 31, 2013 - 3:15pm

Column by Greg Kendall

There is no question that Jeannette Wallace was an outstanding woman who represented Los Alamos well at the state legislature for many years.  

Wallace was elected 11 times to represent District 43 in the State House. She served 22 years there, which is quite amazing.  

Wallace served our citizens several terms on the Los Alamos County Council. She was very active with the schools, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and served as a Sunday school teacher and did so much more for our community.

The plaque that now hangs at the "Jeannette O.

Local Woman Reports Man Tied Her Up Near College

on January 31, 2013 - 1:08pm

Staff report

Los Alamos police charged a Los Alamos woman overnight with making false claims and they have issued her a summons to appear in court.

Genevieve M. Salas, 20, told police that a tall Hispanic man in a dark hoodie jumped out of nowhere and threw her over his shoulder as she approached her car in the UNM-LA parking lot around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Salas stated that the man told her to be quiet as he carried her over his shoulder to the Western Area Park near the north side of the tennis courts, dropped her on the ground, bound her hands and legs with black electrical

Online Survey for County Businesses

on January 31, 2013 - 10:59am


Los Alamos County is continuing its market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the Community Broadband Network (CBN) project and willingness to pay for the various costs to install and operate the network.

CBN is a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all County residents, businesses and institutions.

In an on-going effort to gather community input, an online survey is now available until Feb. 15, for Los Alamos County Businesses.

County Repairing Trash; Recycling Roll Carts Free!

on January 31, 2013 - 10:28am


Los Alamos County residents can get their damaged County trash or recycling roll cart repaired free of charge.

Does your trash or recycling roll cart have a broken lid? A bum wheel? Is the body cracked?

If so, just call the Environmental Services Division at 662-8163 and they will come out and get it repaired at no cost to you.

As long as the roll cart damage was not caused by negligent abuse on your part - such as placing hot ash into the roll cart and melting it - the County will fix it for free.

Broken roll carts reduce route efficiency so call today to get your damaged

Letter to the Editor: Consultants Must Love It Around Here!

on January 31, 2013 - 9:08am
By Jerry Fleming
Los Alamos

I read the other day that there is a serious shortfall in county receipts, and that now county management is scrambling to cut expenditures in order to avoid a serious deficit situation.

Personally, I cannot understand how this could happen, except that when you look around at all the projects going on now and over the past few years, it's pretty clear that the county has been spending as though ever-increasing receipts would continue forever.

Now I see in the Los Alamos Daily Post that yet another boondoggle expenditure for "developing a brand" is about to

No Adult Hockey Sunday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:37am


Sunday, Feb. 3,  the Los Alamos County Ice Rink’s Adult Hockey program is canceled for the evening.

For additional information, contact the Ice Rink at (505) 662-4500.

Canvassing Board Officially Approves Bond Election Count

on January 30, 2013 - 4:19pm

Members of the canvassing board this morning at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office reviewed vote tabulations from Tuesday's School Bond Election before signing documents to render the final count - 4,283 For and 1,784 Against as official. The canvassing board learned that of the 7,378 ballots/envelopes received, 40 were rejected because they were unsigned, 4 were rejected because the outer envelope was received with no ballot inside and another one had no name.

Council Approves Budget Guidance

on January 30, 2013 - 7:32am

Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne answers Council questions about the budget guidance while County Administrator Harry Burgess looks on. Photo from PAC 8 streaming video

Staff report

During Tuesday's County Council meeting, County Budget and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi presented the current fiscal year mid-year budget review highlighting revenue shortages.

Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne and County Administrator Harry Burgess reviewed the draft Budget Guidance and shared their suggestions for creating the FY 2014 budget.

This is the second half of a two-year budget


County Selects Destination Marketing Contractor to Develop Brand for Los Alamos

on January 30, 2013 - 7:26am

Don McEachern President/CEO of North Star Destination Strategies, Inc.


Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division announced today that it has selected Nashville, Tenn., based North Star Destination Strategies, Inc. to conduct targeted research to define and develop a unified brand for the community of Los Alamos.

This six to eight-month project is scheduled to kick-off next week with the Research and Planning phase, starting with the collection and assessment of existing data, including research, plans, communication and media, as well as an “in-market” visit to tour


Thank You Los Alamos Fire Department for 'Just Doin' Your Job'

on January 30, 2013 - 6:10am

Courtesy photo

Chamisa Third-graders Returning to School Wednesday

on January 29, 2013 - 4:46pm



Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith announced that the school will begin bringing back students on a staggered basis beginning tomorrow, Jan 30, with the third grade. Classes will be relocated on a temporary basis as listed below.

“Chamisa staff has been flexible, creative, and proactive throughout this process,” Smith said “They are anxious to get all their children back in school! I appreciate the cooperation from all students and staff and applaud the hard work of our fourth though sixth graders during this crisis.” 

  • Third-graders will resume classes tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan.

Site of Special School Board Meeting Changed

on January 29, 2013 - 3:12pm


The site of the Special School Board Meeting to discuss vandalism has been changed. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Weds., Jan. 30 at the LAPS Administration Office at 2075 Trinity Dr. Suite V in Los Alamos. The meeting is in response to the recent vandalism at Pinon School.

On Saturday evening, Jan. 25, Pinon Elementary School was “tagged” by vandals. The graffiti consisted of a number of vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases.

During the meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr.

Deadline: 7 p.m. Today to Turn in Ballot for School Bond

on January 29, 2013 - 8:54am


LAPS News:

Registered voters have until 7 p.m. today, Jan. 29 to turn in their ballots to the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office, 2451 Central Ave., Suite D, in order for the vote to be counted on the Los Alamos Public Schools special bond election.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 17 to Jan. 23, 2013

on January 28, 2013 - 2:30pm

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. 17 at 10:16 a.m. / A 68-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 2800 block of Villa Street. The estimated loss is more than $20,000. The matter is under investigation.


Jan. 17 at 1:25 p.m. / police arrested Kendall Christensen, 35, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on a Municipal Court Warrant for violating his probation.


Calling Creative Young Artists for Dog Jog Logo Contest

on January 28, 2013 - 12:28pm


Tails are wagging all over Los Alamos in anticipation of the 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog, to be held on the morning of Saturday, April 27. 

The Dog Jog is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter, who provide medical services and needed items for animals housed at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

The Dog Jog Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put your imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2013 Dog Jog Logo Contest!

The Logo Contest is open to youngsters in grades 3 through 6 whose families live or work in Los Alamos County.

Police Arrest Probation Violator at Ashley Pond Park

on January 27, 2013 - 11:42am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jeff Regenold, left, and Commander Jason Wardlow Herrera question Jesus Velazco at Ashley Pond Park Friday afternoon after the suspect called 911 to report that he had a gun and was headed to the park. Photo by Carol A.

Los Alamos Police Commander Jason Wardlow Herrera checked the jacket of Jesus Velazco for a gun at Ashley Pond Park Friday after the suspect called 911 to say he had a gun and "no one is going to take me in when I let my dog off leash." Photo by Carol A.

Jesus Antonio Velazco

By Carol A. Clark

Threats to

Pet of the Week: Shayla the Dog

on January 27, 2013 - 7:07am

Pet of the Week: Shayla – sweet senior spayed female GSD Mix with amazing energy. One owner until the economy forced her family into housing where Shayla was not allowed.

Recent grooming donated by Yours Truly Diana. Great on leash walks and all-around nice girl. Housebroken. Confident, affectionate. Great with male dogs.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets. Others are off-campus in foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, for information about volunteering, adopting and donating.

Chihuahua Escapes Animal Shelter Overnight

on January 25, 2013 - 6:43am


Lost Dog Alert: A dog in the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter got out of a gate at about 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 and ran away.

There is no photo of the dog but he is described as a tan chihuahua mix, about 12 pounds, not neutered.

His name is Skipper but he may be frightened of strangers, especially if he thinks they will grab him or pick him up.

"We are very worried about him as he's only been at the shelter a few days and doesn't know it's home yet," said a shelter spokesperson. "If you see him at all, please call the shelter at 662-8179 or call (505) 433-8617

CIP Projects: A Message from County Administrator Harry Burgess

on January 24, 2013 - 12:37pm

Staff Report

Two months ago, County Administrator Harry Burgess put Capital Improvement Projects on hold after it was revealed that the County faced an unexpected GRT funding shortfall. Some of the projects on hold include: Ashley Pond Improvements; New Teen Center; and the New Nature Center.

The Los Alamos Daily Post obtained the following message that Burgess sent yesterday to Project Managers, Sponsors and Stakeholders of Capital Projects approved in 2012:

A Message from County Administrator Harry Burgess

 To All Project Managers, Sponsors and Stakeholders for Capital Projects


Poetry Reading Primer for Tonight's Authors Speak Event

on January 24, 2013 - 9:46am

By Jane Lin

If you have never been to a poetry reading, this month's Authors Speak event is a great way to get your feet wet.

Jon Davis, Santa Fe's newest poet laureate, reads at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 24, at Mesa Public Library. Davis' poetry appeals to the mind and the heart in a language that you will understand.

A poetry reading is just what it sounds like. A poet reads a selection of their poems, usually from any books they've published, and sometimes new work they've written. Rarely do they recite from memory, but when they do, it's a treat!

Sometimes they start with a few words about