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Poet Laureate of Santa Fe Kicks Off Mesa Public Library’s 2013 Authors Speak Series

on January 13, 2013 - 7:24am

Jon Davis


Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Jon Davis: Poet Laureate of Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Upstairs Rotunda.

Join Davis to kick off the beginning of  the new line up of Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series with a poetry reading.

The following is from

Jon Davis is the author of three chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), Scrimmage of Appetite (University of Akron Press, 1995), for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, and

County Line Highlights Need for Committee Members

on January 13, 2013 - 7:22am

Creative District Advisory Committee Meets Monday

This newly formed committee will meet at 2 p.m. in the Aquatic Center Training Room. If you're curious to find out more about the Creative District Plan - attend the meeting. Visit:

County Council Meeting Tuesday

The County Council will hold its first work session of the year at 7 p.m. in White Rock Fire Station #3. What's on the agenda?

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Jan. 17

on January 12, 2013 - 7:18am


The regular meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Board is set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Community Building Training Room, 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.


I. Public Comment

II. Approval of Minutes

III. Committee/Subcommittee Reports

1. Chair Report

a. New Board Member Training Complete

b. January B&C Luncheon and Municipal Building Tour

2. Liaison Reports

(1). Utility Board – Don Machen, Christine Chavez

(2). Planning and Zoning – Deb Gill, Cliff Han

(3). Transportation – Skip Dunn, Reid Priedhorsky

(4). Parks and

Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Meets Jan. 15

on January 12, 2013 - 7:13am


Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board meets 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 60 Entrada Dr.


I. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS All 1:00 p.m. (10 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. PRESENTATION/Q&A 1:10 p.m. (30 min.)
County Trails Network Plan
Craig Martin, Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist
A. White Rock Visitor Center Interpretation Signage/Display Costs All


Letter to the Editor: 'Max Baker Municipal Building' Gets My Vote!

on January 11, 2013 - 1:15pm
By JJ Maier
Los Alamos

I am hoping the committee will consider the concept of naming the new Municipal Building after (former County Administrator) Max Baker instead of Jeannette Wallace.

Max had so much more to do with our County’s administration if one reviews his record – during some of our roughest times – and he frequently was serving us as an “interim administrator.”

He gave us so much and asked so little in return.

Jeannette served the district of which we were always a part, but had little to do with the administration and running of internal LAC affairs.

I am delighted that UNM-LA

County Seeks Naming Committee Members

on January 11, 2013 - 11:52am


Citizens interested in being on the “Naming Committee to Consider A Request to Name the New Municipal Building after State Representative Jeannette O. Wallace” are asked to submit one-page letters of interest to County Administrator Harry Burgess by noon Friday, Jan. 18.

The County Administrator will appoint this committee consisting of at least two citizens and one representative of the business community.

Applicants should send their letter to and must state that they are able to be an impartial member of the Committee, as required by County Code,

County Undergoing IT Maintenance Saturday

on January 11, 2013 - 9:38am


Los Alamos County’s Information Technology Division will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and continuing as late as midnight.

There will be service interruptions to the County’s webpage, e-mail and telephones during this time frame, including the possibility of e-mail interruption for County cell phones capable of receiving email.


Utilities Board Meets Jan. 16

on January 11, 2013 - 9:08am


Pet of the Week: Gracie the Cocker Spaniel

on January 11, 2013 - 6:54am

Gracie. Courtesy/LACAS


Gracie is a senior female cocker spaniel who was rescued off the street and brought back to health by a good neighbor.

Los Alamos County and Friends of the Shelter have completed Gracie's health treatments. She would be a good companion for a quiet family.

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

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

Also check out the

Personnel Board Meets 11:30 a.m. Monday

on January 11, 2013 - 6:14am


Ashley Pond Park Has Wider Sidewalk

on January 10, 2013 - 12:35pm

Workers poured cement around a portion of the new sidewalk at Ashley Pond Park making it ADA compliant. Courtesy photo

Council Votes to Appoint Committee to Recommend Name for New Muni Building

on January 8, 2013 - 8:45pm

Los Alamos County Public Information OfficerJulie Habiger presents details of a request from Councilor Fran Berting to name the New Municipal Building in memory of Jeannette O.

County Garners Unqualified 'Clean' Audit Opinion

on January 8, 2013 - 8:16pm

Los Alamos County Deputy Chief Financial Officer Joe D'Anna briefs Council on the County's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. Council voted unanimously to accept the report. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Staff Report

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) documents the County's financial position at the end of the fiscal year, and the results of its operations for that full 12-month period.

Throughout the fiscal year, many departments and employees help the County record the County's financial activity through the


Council Elects New Leadership at First Meeting of 2013

on January 8, 2013 - 7:41pm

 The newly seated 2013 County Council voted 7-0 to elect Geoff Rodgers, right, as Council Chair and David Izraelevitz as Vice Chair as the new year gets underway this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

The 2013 County Council from left, Councilor Fran Berting, newly elected Councilor Steven Girrens, Vice Council Chair David Izraelevitz, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, newly elected Councilor Kristin Henderson, newly elected Councilor Pete Sheehey and Councilor Rick Reiss. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Council Seeks DPU Charter Review Committee Members

on January 7, 2013 - 1:38pm


The County Council is continuing its review of the County’s Charter, and will appoint a five-member committee to study Utilities-related sections.

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 Committee are asked to send a one or two-page

Turf Covers Meant to Protect Against Winter's Wrath

on January 7, 2013 - 1:15pm


If you drive by the golf course on a regular basis you may have noticed that a number of the golf course’s greens were covered prior to the first snows of the season. 

These turf covers are meant to protect the golf greens from the wrath that winter conditions can sometimes bring. The covers provide protection from both Crown Hydration and Desiccation.    

Crown Hydration typically occurs during a day or two of daytime warm up causing the melting of snow or the water from rainfall to rapidly refreeze during cold night temperatures. 

When these events occur ice

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 3, 2013

on January 7, 2013 - 9:38am

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.



Dec. 30 at 4:37 p.m. / Police arrested John Danielson, 63, of Los Alamos in the 4000 block of University Drive and charged him with failure to stop at a red light, driving on a suspended or revoked license and driving without insurance. 



Jan. 1 at 1:45 p.m.

Parks and Rec Board Meets Thursday

on January 7, 2013 - 7:47am


Stan Primak Issues Public Apology

on January 5, 2013 - 1:42pm

Stan Primak
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local developer Stan Primak issued a public apology to his wife and to the Los Alamos community regarding a domestic dispute with his wife Friday night that resulted in his arrest and charge of aggravated battery on a household member.

Primak told the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon that in looking back at last night and the fight he had with his wife at their home after dinner, "It just all seems so surreal."

"It is so out of character for me ... but then apparently it's not ... I regret it and I am so sorry but it's not enough,"

Local Developer Charged in Domestic Dispute

on January 5, 2013 - 11:06am

Stan Primak

Staff Report

Longtime Los Alamos resident Stan Primak was arrested Friday, Jan. 4, at his home in the 1300 block of 44th Street following a domestic dispute with his wife.

According to the criminal complaint, police charged Primak with one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

The statement of probable cause indicates that a couple who were visiting on the other side of the Primak's duplex were having dinner at the Primak's home when there was an argument and Stan Primak became upset.

According to statements made by the visiting friends in the report,

Los Alamos Police Chief Returns to Work

on January 5, 2013 - 9:20am

Police Chief Wayne Torpy inside the police station with Ofc. Oliver McCartney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Following an extended stay in the hospital beginning in November, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy surprised officers and staff when he arrived unannounced Wednesday at the police station.

"It was so good to see him and we are really happy to have him back and to see that he is doing so well," Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster said.

Foster has been the acting police chief while Torpy was away on sick leave and he was in on Torpy's surprise visit

Pet of the Week: Pongo the Pekinese Mix

on January 5, 2013 - 6:23am

Pongo. Courtesy/Animal Shelter


Pongo is a 5-year-old male Pekinese mix that has had a rough time.

This little guy had a skin condition, which the shelter has been treating.

He is much better now and is up front at the Shelter with the other dogs.

Pongo is a friendly fellow that loves children and does well with other dogs. He also is housebroken and loves to go for walks.

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

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:


County Line: Happy New Year!

on January 5, 2013 - 6:00am


Happy New Year and welcome back to this week's edition of "The County Line" newsletter.

Things around the County have been fairly quiet over the last two weeks, but next week is likely to be a lot busier so please observe posted speed zone signs near school areas when schools resume classes on Tuesday.

First Council Meeting of 2013 Tuesday night

What's on the agenda?


Ribbon Cut at Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency

on January 4, 2013 - 11:31am

The community's newest insurance agent, Abe Dispennette, cuts the ribbon on Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency, 1362 Trinity Drive Suite B, during a ceremony hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Dispennette is joined from left, by his staff and area manager James Medina, the Chamber's Katy Korkos, wife Kirsta Dispennette, Zia Realty Group owner James Chrobocinski, his wife LAMC ICU Nurse Jacqueline Chrobocinski and their son JJ, Rotarians Chuck Tallman and Paul Frederickson and Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess. See Sunday's Los Alamos Daily Post for the

Underground Interference Causes Power Outage

on January 4, 2013 - 10:50am


DPU News:

Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that power was interrupted to about 12 homes in the Big Rock Loop area of North Mesa beginning at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday due to underground line interference.

Underground main secondary lines faulted affecting a transformer and its power flow to the homes.

DPU’s on-call electric line men worked to restore power to half of the homes by 1:30 a.m. and repair work continued through the morning and the remaining homes had power by 12:45 p.m. Thursday.