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Sioux Street Loses Power

on January 24, 2013 - 9:22am

DPU News:

A bad transformer was the cause of last night’s outage on Sioux Street in the North Mesa neighborhood. Reported at 6:30 p.m., approximately 120 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers were without electricity.

DPU’s electric line crew initiated temporary repairs by back feeding electricity to restore power by 9 p.m.; permanent repairs will continue today, Jan. 24.  

Crews will plan a 30-minute outage affecting eight customers, to complete the repairs. The time of this planned outage is not yet determined.


Personnel Board Meets 11:30 a.m. Jan. 29

on January 24, 2013 - 9:14am


The next Personnel Board Meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Training Room at the Community Building, 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes for Jan. 8, 2013

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

IV. Chair’s Report

V. Discussion and/or Possible Action Items

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

VI. Discussion Items for Future Personnel Board Agendas

  • A.

Utilities Board Elects Officers

on January 24, 2013 - 9:04am

From left, Deputy Utility Manager Electric Production Steve Cummins, Department of Public Utilities Board member Chris Ortega, Utility Manager John Arrowsmith, Board Chair Glenn Woodwell, Board member Kevin Anderson and Deputy Utility Manager Finance & Administration Bob Westervelt during a November meeting at the DPU in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DPU News:

At its meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 22, the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities elected David Powell to serve as board chair for 2013.

Tim Neal was elected to continue to serve as board vice-chair and


Chaparral Prescribed Burn Begins Today

on January 24, 2013 - 7:08am

SANTA FE —The Santa Fe National Forest Cuba Ranger District expects to begin the 60-acre Chaparral prescribed burn today, Jan, 24 northwest of Fenton Lake and Seven Springs, 10 miles southeast of Cuba and nine miles northwest of Jemez Springs.

Smoke will be visible from Gillman, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Cuba, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.


Letter to the Editor: On Naming Los Alamos County Public Facilities

on January 23, 2013 - 4:03pm
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

Los Alamos County is unique in also being a municipality. "In the United States, a 'municipality'is usually understood as a city, town, village."
Los Alamos County Municipal Building and Los Alamos County Town Hall are names that convey this uniqueness.
Los Alamos Citizens' Building and Los Alamos Community Town Hall are good in that they convey citizenry and community. We already have a Los Alamos Community Building. The County Council is the governing body, however, and County includes both WR and Townsite.

Letter to the Editor: Approving School Bond is Good Investment for Future

on January 23, 2013 - 11:12am
By Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos County Councilor

I ask the citizens of Los Alamos to join me in voting "yes" in the 2013 Los Alamos Public Schools bond election.

These are challenging times for our local and national economy, but we can still afford to pay for the most important things for our community, such as good schools.

Passing the 2013 bond will not increase property tax rates; it will maintain them at the level set in 2009. The school board and administration have done a good job of planning and prioritizing how this money will be spent; see details at

If we

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2013

on January 21, 2013 - 10:02am

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. 10 at 4:17 a.m. / Police received a report from Los Alamos National Bank of criminal damage to property in the 2000 block of Trinity Dr. the estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Jan. 10 at 5:11 p.m. / Police received a report from a 20-year-old Los Alamos man that he was the victim of fraud in the 4900 block of N. Sol. The estimated loss is less than $100.

Jan. 11 at 8:08 a.m.

Letter to the Editor: Name Building for Values

on January 20, 2013 - 7:07am
By John Bartlit
Los Alamos

 I offer a different idea for naming the new municipal building.
The idea is to use the opportunity to honor and publicize a precious concept of governance and citizenship rather than for any individual in the process.

I suggest the name “Los Alamos Community Town Hall.”
“Community” emphasizes that Los Alamos is uniquely a county-town, yet is one community.
“Municipal Building” and “Town Hall” are historical synonyms. “Town Hall” is a fresh, yet old and powerful concept of democracy.

“Town Hall” brings to mind the historic American values of

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.