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NMFA Arrests Shouldn't Impact Los Alamos

on August 8, 2012 - 2:12pm
By Carol A. Clark
Two top officials from the New Mexico Finance Authority have been arrested for state securities violations related to a fake financial audit.
Chief Operating Officer John T. Duff of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department's Securities Division and former controller Greg Michael Campbell were booked at 9:08 a.m. today into the Santa Fe County Jail.
Photo: John Duff. Courtesy/Santa Fe County Jail
Duff, 70, is facing eight counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy, according to court records. Campbell, 52, resigned his post in June.

Community Invited to Submit Letters of Interest for Council Vacancy

on August 8, 2012 - 8:34am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover announced during Tuesday night's Council meeting that beginning today, Council will accept letters of interest from community members who would like to be considered to fill the unexpired term of Councilor Ron Selvage, who resigned last week.

His term will expire Dec. 31, 2014.

Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County, and cannot be employed by the County.

They should submit a letter of interest explaining their background, experience and why they are interested in the position.

Letters of interest must be


Public Comments on Economic Development Fund Program Priorities Before Council Approves Motion

on August 7, 2012 - 10:28pm

Dave Jones, steward of The Hive in White Rock began public comment with regard to planning and budgeting for 2013-2017 on what is important to business people with regard to the $4 million available in the County Economic Development Fund. The County's Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher looks on at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network (LAEN) spoke during public comment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Harry Burgess listens as President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs

Council Selects Option for Valles Caldera's DEIS

on August 7, 2012 - 10:00pm

Director Marie Rodriguez of Natural Resources at the Valles Caldera National Preserve answers questions from Councilors regarding their intent to select a public access and use option for the Valles Caldera National Preserve and to convey via letter from the County Administrator Harry Burgess before the end of the public comment period of 5 p.m., Aug. 14. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor Mike Wismer moved, seconded by Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, that Council select public access and use option 3A or 3B for the Valles Caldera National Preserve and direct County


Council Approves Removal of Old Unpaid Utility Bills

on August 7, 2012 - 9:35pm

Outgoing Deputy Manager of Finance and Administration Janet Bettinger looks on as Incoming Deputy Manager of Finance and Administration Bob Westervelt made the case as to why it's bad for business to carry unpaid utility bills on the Department of Public Utilities accounts receivable ledger beyond five years. The debts cannot be collected because the people responsible are dead, left town or otherwise are indisposed. Council voted to approve allowing removal of those unpaid bills from the DPU ledger. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Elects Geoff Rodgers to Fill Vice Chair Vacancy

on August 7, 2012 - 9:19pm

County Council unanimously elected Councilor Geoff Rodgers this evening to fill the vacancy left by last week's resignation of Ron Selvage. The vice chair serves at the pleasure of the council and is eligible for election to subsequent terms. The vice chair assists the chair in the performance of the duties of the chair and acts in the chair's place when necessary. The vice chair also serves on other council committees or boards and commissions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Administrator Harry Burgess removes newly elected Vice Chair Geoff Rodger's name plate from his

Council Honors KRSN Owners for State Achievement

on August 7, 2012 - 9:03pm

Owners David and Gillian Sutton accept a proclamation issued by Los Alamos County Council to honor KRSN 1490AM for its recent award as "2012 New Mexico Broadcaster of the Year." Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Recognizes Individuals Completing Boys and Girls State

on August 7, 2012 - 8:30pm

From left, Ben Mitsunaga, Cory Geyer and Kyle Partin accept Council's recognition of individuals completing the American Legion's New Mexico Boys' State and Girls' State program. The trio spoke about their experience and growth while participating in the program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle presents special pins to Boys' State participants  from left, Kyle Partin, Cory Geyer and Ben Mitsunaga. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Proclaims August 'Assets Building Month'

on August 7, 2012 - 8:27pm

Council proclaims the month of August 2012 as "Assets Building Month" in Los Alamos County and presents the proclamation to Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen as her son passes out cookies to Councilors and staff. The 40 Developmental Assets Program, a program of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, identifies 40 building blocks that help youth grow up healthy, caring and responsible. The assets are grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention.

Council Honors Los Alamos Police Chief and Officers

on August 7, 2012 - 8:01pm

Los Alamos County Council recognized and honored Police Chief Wayne Torpy this evening in Council Chambers for his leadership in keeping the community safe and protesters calm and peaceful during the annual Hiroshima demonstration held Sunday in the townsite and Monday at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Torpy gave the credit for the successful outcome of this year's demonstrations to his Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun, his police officers, LANL's security force and state police. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun is credited by Police Chief Wayne Torpy this

2012 County Fair & Rodeo Kicks Off Thursday!

on August 7, 2012 - 6:59am


2012 County Fair & Rodeo Event Schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 9         

  • Indoor Exhibit Check-in (Carlos Valdez) (505) 662-2656  
  • Mesa Public Library 2-6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10

  • County Classic Open Pool Tournament (505) 662-8920   
  • Ehart Senior Center 8 a.m.
  • County Fair Exhibits @ Mesa Public Library 5-8 p.m.
  • Viewing for Disabled 4-5 p.m.
  • Summer Concert @ Ashley Pond 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 11

  • Festival & Fair @ Ashley Pond 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Arts & Crafts Fair (Nancy Coombs) (505) 662-1635 @ Fuller Lodge 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Parade (Suzette Fox) (505) 661-4844 on Central Avenue at 10 a.m.
  • County

Workers Dredge 15th Street

on August 7, 2012 - 6:40am

Workers dredged beneath 15th Street near Central Avenue last week. The roadwork is now complete with 15th Street newly paved and open to public traffic. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



'CBS This Morning' Features Los Alamos in National Historic Park Video

on August 6, 2012 - 5:15pm

The V-Site buildings and nearby Gun Site are the last significant structures still standing at Los Alamos associated with the development and assembly of the world's first nuclear devices. Courtesy photo

On Monday, the CBS This Morning Show ran an interesting video segment on the topic of the potential Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Los Alamos was a key feature of the story.

Click the following link to read the story and view the video: "Atom bomb historic sites may become national park."

Transportation Board Agenda Aug 9

on August 6, 2012 - 3:53pm

5:30 p.m. Aug 9, 2012 in Public Works Conference Room
2101 Trinity Drive Suite A2

I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment (for items not on the agenda)

III. Approval of Transportation Board Minutes

IV. New Business
A. Chair Elections
B. Discussion of NM4 / Truck Route / Tsankawi Intersection Alignment

V. Old Business
A. Alternative Fleet Fuels: Continued Discussion
B. Planning, Adopting Building and Transportation Energy Greenhouse Gas
Emission Reduction Standards: Continued Discussion

VI. Staff Report
A. NM502 / Trinity Design Update


Board of Public Utilities Agenda Aug 15

on August 5, 2012 - 11:23pm


5:30 p.m. Aug 15, 2012 at DPU Conference Room
170 Central Park Square

I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III Chair’s Report

IV. Board Member Reports

V. Manager’s Report

VI. County Administrator’s Report

VII. Council Liaison’s Report

VIII. Environmental Sustainability Board Liaison Report

IX. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

X. New Business
A. Approval of Budget Carry-overs for Fiscal Year 2012 – Janet Bettinger
B. Approval of Department of Energy (DOE) - Los Alamos County (LAC)
Resource Pool Budget for Fiscal Years 2013-2014 -


CONE ZONE: Week of Aug 6

on August 5, 2012 - 8:41pm
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at
Pavement Preservation Program
Crews will be working to finish on Cañada Way then moving to Rover from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon, and the Longview. Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of work beginning in the immediate area. Once construction gets to your area, please ensure that all vehicles are parked off-street.

Art in Public Places Board Agenda for Wed Aug 8

on August 5, 2012 - 7:02pm

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012
4:30 to 6 p.m. – 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 four minutes each.)

A. Approval of Minutes from July 11, 2012

A. Discuss the Utilities Department “Smart House” Project and Possible Selection of Artwork (Nebel and Bossert)


County Line Details Upcoming Events

on August 5, 2012 - 6:18pm


Council Meeting on Tuesday

What's on the agenda? An update on Economic Development projects, budgets and priorities, plus a discussion of options for the Valles Caldera National Preserve's visitor access...and much more! Attend the meeting at 7 p.m. in Chambers (inside the Community Building), watch it on PAC-8, or stream it live from our webpage. Download the agenda:

A Vacancy on County Council

Councilor Ron Selvage resigned on August 2, which leaves a vacancy on the Council.


Light Turnout for Start of Anti-Nuke Protest

on August 5, 2012 - 2:21pm

A small crowd gathered Sunday afternoon at Ashley Pond for the kick off of two days of Anti-Nuclear protests. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Sunday Aug. 5 in Los Alamos:

  • Rally in Ashley Pond Park, Los Alamos, speakers, music, teach-ins and information
  • Audio link to the sounding of the Peace Bell in Hiroshima, Japan  (5:15 p.m.)
  • “Sackcloth and Ashes” peace march to LANL led by Pax Christi, New Mexico (5:20 p.m.)
  • Floating of peace lanterns on Ashley Pond (following peace march)

Monday Aug. 6 in Los Alamos:

  • A full day of non-violent direct action in Los Alamos beginning at 7 a.m.

Del Norte Sponsors County's Summer Concert Featuring Eddy and the Nomads

on August 5, 2012 - 8:14am

From left, Debbie Acklin, Julie Layton, Tammie Trujillo, Lisa Bakosi, Chelsea Cantrup and Michelle Koller work the Del Norte Booth at the Friday Night Gordon Concert hosted by the credit union. They were selling frito pies and cupcakes to raise money for Making Strides against breast cancer. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Kenny's BBQ has been a staple at Los Alamos County's Friday Night Gordon Concerts. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Rains couldn't stop concert goers from dancing to the music of Eddy and the Nomads. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Eddy Partridge of

BREAKING NEWS: LAFD Battalion Chief Placed on Administrative Leave

on August 4, 2012 - 5:09pm

LAFD News:

Battalion Chief Kelly Serna

Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Kelly Sterna has been placed on administrative leave following a report this morning that he had been arrested in Albuquerque Friday night for suspected drunk driving.

Sterna was not on duty at the time, according to the report.

“The Los Alamos Fire Department upholds the highest standards and code of conduct for its officers," Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes said this afternoon. "We understand that the public places their trust in us to behave in a professional, law-abiding manner, both on and off duty.

Library Board Meeting Agenda for Aug 6

on August 4, 2012 - 2:00pm

5:30 p.m. August 6 at Mesa Public Library

1.     Call to order

2.     Public comment/correspondence (for items not on the agenda)

3.     Presentation on Library Drive and Central/Oppenheimer Intersection Improvements

4.     Board Business

A.   Review and approval of the minutes of July 2, 2012

5.     Chair and Board Members’ Reports

A.   Chair’s Report

i.       Update on filling of upcoming vacancies

B.    Friends of Mesa Public Library Liaison Report Activities

C.    WR Plan Implementation Committee Liaison Report