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Council Holding Closed / Regular Meetings Tuesday

on November 25, 2012 - 6:58am


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the conference room of the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The Council will follow the closed session with a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers that is open to the media and public.

Also, pursuant to a request from Council, the previously scheduled Dec. 11 Council Work Session in White Rock has been changed to be a Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers at the Community Building in Los Alamos.


Pet of the Week: Shyloh the Mixed Breed

on November 24, 2012 - 8:33am

Shyloh. Courtesy/FOS

FOS News:

Pet of the Week: Shyloh is having a hard time understanding why he's still at the shelter.

This mixed breed is pretty much the perfect dog ... confident, affectionate, friendly, housebroken and he enjoys the company of children and other dogs.

Stop by and take Shyloh over to the dog park after which you probably won't be able to resist taking him home.

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

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website

Los Alamos Police Increase Patrols For Holidays

on November 21, 2012 - 7:33am

A local police officer patrols the streets of Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

An increased number of Los Alamos police officers will be out in force patrolling the streets of Los Alamos County beginning today and continuing throughout the holidays.  

Police will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They encourage resident to immediately report drivers suspected of being under the influence to 662-8222.

The officers also will be watching for anyone attempting to burglarize vehicles, businesses or homes in the area.

Additional bike

Miracle Kitten Survives Sub-freezing Temperatures

on November 21, 2012 - 7:20am
Milly survived sub-freezing temperatures. Courtesy/FOS
By Sally Wilkins
President of Friends of the Shelter

On a recent cold Sunday afternoon with temperatures sliding to sub-freezing for the night, a small kitten was found at the Los Alamos land fill.

The good Samaritans brought the nearly dead kitten to the police department. Friends of the Shelter volunteers were contacted, and the kitten was transported to the Emergency Clinic in Santa Fe.

Diann Mills drove and Mary Timmers held the nearly frozen kitten next to her body trying to keep it warm.

Los Alamos County Eco Station Closed

on November 20, 2012 - 8:16am


The Eco Station, also known as the County landfill, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.

The Overlook Convenience Center located in White Rock also will be closed.


North Pole Workshop/Luminaria Walk Dec. 9 at Stables

on November 20, 2012 - 7:29am



North Pole Workshop & Luminaria Walk – Start an annual holiday tradition at the North Mesa stables.

Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division, members of the Posse Lodge, Pony Club, and Stable Owners Association as they create a fun holiday event for all ages 5-7 p.m., Dec. 9, for the North Pole Workshop & Luminaria Walk.

The event includes professional digital photographs with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft.

Dress warmly, wear your walking shoes and enjoy the North Pole Workshop & Luminaria Walk.

P&Z Approves Hospice Site Plan with Conditions

on November 19, 2012 - 9:39am

Planning and Zoning Commissioners in Council Chambers Wednesday, Nov. 14 from left, Vice Chair Anne Nobile, Chair Fred Roach, Commissioner Avivah Smith-Nelson, Commissioner Pete Sheehey and Commissioner Cathy Mockler. Commissioners Ralph Phelps, Deborah Gill and David Sherrill were absent. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Planning and Zoning Commissioners on Nov. 14 considered a request for approval of an amendment to a site plan for the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses (LAVNS) Hospice Campus Site Plan to be located at 2202 Canyon Dr.

Architect Doug Cook representing LAVNS

Library Catalog Offline Nov. 27 for Software Upgrade

on November 19, 2012 - 9:06am


The Los Alamos County Library System online catalog will be unavailable to patrons 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Though patrons may not notice a big difference, the planned upgrade to the integrated library system software will increase efficiency for librarians’ behind-the-scenes tasks.

While the system is unavailable patrons will not be able to use any online services: they will not be able to search for books, make requests, check their account, or use the downloadable e books and audio books services.

However, patrons are still encouraged to visit either library to

No Trash or Recycling Pick-up Thursday or Friday

on November 19, 2012 - 8:01am


In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no trash or recycling collection Thursday Nov. 22 or Friday, Nov. 23.

If Thursday or Friday is your normal pickup day, put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 for collection.


‘WinterFest’ Kicks Off Holiday Fun Dec. 7-9

on November 17, 2012 - 9:41am

An elaborate Neapolitan presepio. Courtesy/


Winterfest 2012 begins Friday, Dec. 7 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 9.

WinterFest begins with the 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show, held annually on the first weekend of December.

“Crèches,” or nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, are prominently displayed by Los Alamos residents for all to see.

Because Los Alamos’ residents come from all over the world, there is always a myriad of beautiful crèches on display.

The show takes place 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and again 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the

Pet of the Week: Ralphie the Cat

on November 17, 2012 - 8:19am


Ralphie, 3, is a DSH spayed, female tabby/tortie, given for adoption with her friend Mo.

Shy at first, Ralphie has come out of her shell and now lets shelter volunteers pet and admire her, however, she reportedly does not care for dogs.

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

"Thank you, Los Alamos! We have had a really good week for cat adoptions," said Sylvia of Friends of the Shelter.

Plazas of New Mexico Exhibit Reception Dec. 6

on November 17, 2012 - 7:14am



Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Authors Speak with Chris Wilson and José Zelaya in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

The "Plazas of New Mexico Exhibit" Opening Reception is set for 2:30 p.m. in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library.

The Plazas of New Mexico: a Book & Exhibit from the Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program at the School of Architecture and Planning, UNM, Albuquerque, runs through Jan. 11, 2013.

Mesa Public Library is offering a lively Sunday afternoon of events as part of the downtown Los Alamos Winterfest

County Holds Ashley Pond 90 Percent Design Information Meeting

on November 17, 2012 - 5:58am
Site Construction Plan. Click Image for high resolution view. Slide from Parks Division Presentation

Staff Report

Wednesday evening at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos County Parks Division held an informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent final design for Ashley Pond Park renovations and to answer questions about the design.

George Radnovich, ASLA, Senior Principal - Landscape Architecture, led the presentation. Radnovich is the founder and partner of Sites Southwest, LLC., the consultant hired by the County to design the pond renovations.

The design has been fleshed out more since the

County Line: Turkey Bowling Anyone?

on November 16, 2012 - 1:22pm




Turkey Bowling, Anyone?

Celebrate the season opener of the Los Alamos County Ice Rink 3-5 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 18 with some Thanksgiving fun for the whole family. 

Find out more here


No Holiday Trash Collection...
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be No trash or recycling collection Thursday, Nov. 22 or Friday, Nov. 23. If either of those days is your normal trash day, place materials out by 8 a.m.


Los Alamos Canyon Bridge Work Begins Nov. 17

on November 16, 2012 - 8:48am

Omega Bridge in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL


 A damaged expansion joint on the south end of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge, known as Omega Bridge, is being replaced beginning Saturday, Nov. 17.

Los Alamos National Laboratory plans to do the work on weekends when vehicle traffic is reduced. Planned workdays include Nov. 17, Nov. 18, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.

One lane of the bridge will be closed in each direction and there may be brief periods when traffic is stopped while material is being moved, said Vince Sing of Project Management.

Signs and other traffic control measures will be

Saturday's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Offers Unique Shopping Opportunities

on November 16, 2012 - 7:38am

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council is presenting its annual Holiday Arts and Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

The new venue for this year's fair is the Crossroads Bible Church, Hwy 502, East Entry to Los Alamos, between Hilltop House Hotel and the Airport, south side of road.

Community members are invited to seize this opportunity to do all of their holiday shopping at this event, plus benefit an organization that brings to town numerous events throughout the year, such as Brown Bag Concerts, Kite Festival, Pumpkin Glow and Coffeehouse.

The Los Alamos Arts Council has

New Mexico Participates in America Recycles Day

on November 15, 2012 - 1:57pm
By Tom Nagawiecki
Environmental Services Specialist
Los Alamos County

Each year, like a national holiday, America Recycles Day comes around to remind us about the importance of recycling.

New Mexico itself has been fortunate to see continued growth of recycling programs with new or expanded programs taking off this past year in Los Alamos County, San Miguel County, Las Vegas, Raton, Angel Fire, Taos County, San Juan County, Torrance County, Deming, Cibola County, Otero County, Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Chaparral and Truth or Consequences.

Here in Los Alamos County a glass drop-off recycling

Utilities Board OKs Sewer Rate Hike

on November 15, 2012 - 1:23pm

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 met Wednesday night in at the DPU office, 170 Central Park Square where DPU officials explained to the board the reasons behind the need for a sewer rate increase. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local businessman Tadeusz Raven spoke during the public comment portion of Wednesday's meeting urging

Holiday Sparkle Lights Up The Pond

on November 15, 2012 - 1:21pm

Two cherry pickers hoist County crews into the treetops surrounding Ashley Pond Wednesday night to string lights - a sure sign that the holiday season is quickly approaching. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Hires Housing and Special Projects Manager

on November 15, 2012 - 1:21pm

Paul Andrus introduces himself to the Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night in Council Chambers at the Community Building in downtown Los Alamos. Andrus was hired two weeks ago as manager of Housing and Special Projects in the Community and Economic Development Department. He replaces former manager Steve Brugger who took a position with the County of Santa Fe. He is from Aurora, Colo., has a wife, children and three schnauzers. Capital Projects & Facilities Director Anne Laurent and County Principal Planner Gary Leikness are seated at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Broadband Survey Runs Until Nov. 25

on November 14, 2012 - 10:12am


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 Nov.


Officials Request Funding For The Hive

on November 13, 2012 - 9:30pm

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network President Andy Andrews, at podium, and The Hive Steward David Jones present a Citizens' Petition requesting that Council grant $36,000 to The Hive to sustain its operations through February 2013, and further requesting that Council direct County staff to develop an expanded grant application for the Hive's continued operations. There is not a mechanism in place at the current time for Council to fund a private company in this manner.

Council Adopts Modified New Sign Code

on November 13, 2012 - 8:50pm

Council voted to approve a modified new sign code and to send three proposed changes to the code to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further work before returning those proposed changes back to Council for possible final approval. Photo by Carol A.

Staff Report

The purposes are to:

(1) Encourage the effective use of signs as a means of communication and way-finding in the County;
(2) Maintain and enhance the aesthetic environment of the County and the County’s ability to attract sources of economic development and growth;
(3) Improve pedestrian and traffic safety


Smith's Engineer Weighs in on Sign Code Issue

on November 13, 2012 - 8:46pm

President Bret Wahlen, P.E., of Great Basin Engineering South, Salt Lake City, Utah, representing his client Smith's Food and Drug Centers, briefs Council on sign code issues relevant to the grocery store. County Principal Planner Gary Leikness listens at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Listens to Proposed Sign Code Changes

on November 13, 2012 - 8:07pm

County Principal Planner Gary Leikness presents recommendations to Council on changes to the local sign code. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Council begins to question County Principal Planner Gary Leikness about staff recommendations to change certain portions of the sign code. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Staff Report

In the past, both the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce survey and CDD (then) Community and Economic Development (CED) administrative experience confirmed that the existing sign code is cumbersome to use and interpret for both staff and the general public.