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Lane Shift Today on East Road

on September 25, 2012 - 11:01am

Eastbound traffic on Trinity Drive will be shifted to the center dividing lane at the location where Trinity Drive turns into East Road today.

Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road will excavate into the road to tie the new line into the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities gas distribution system. 

Westbound traffic on East Road and Trinity will be unaffected. The lane shift for eastbound motorists will begin at the Central/Trinity fork until just before Canyon Drive on East Road. 

Work is anticipated to be complete by 6 PM that

Gas Safety-Annual Leak Survey Underway

on September 25, 2012 - 9:52am

DPU News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is conducting its regular annual maintenance survey of the natural gas distribution system.

“Every year, as required by the U.S. Department. of Transportation, we walk the gas lines comprising the county’s distribution network, to detect and repair gas leaks of any size,” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Gas, Water & Sewer, Timothy Glasco.

The DPU’s contractor, Fitzgerald and Associates can be seen beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Los Alamos and White Rock as follows:

the southern part of Los Alamos town site, (Eastern Area,

Sneak Peak Inside White Rock's New Visitor Center

on September 25, 2012 - 9:17am

A sneak peak inside the new White Rock Visitor Center Monday reveals a lobby with a rock wall, glass enclosures and area lighting. The Visitor Center on N.M. 4 next door to the White Rock Fire Station officially opens at 11:30 a.m. Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony open to the public. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Project Manager Antonio Vigil of Mullen Heller Architecture and Lynne Charapata of Environments Interiors and Building Design put the finishing touches on the interior of the White Rock Visitor Center Monday ahead of Friday's grand opening event.

Councilors Pose for Official Photo

on September 25, 2012 - 8:09am

Los Alamos County photographer Leslie Bucklin takes the official portrait of the County Council Monday evening in Council Chambers following the resignation of Ron Selvage and appointment of Rick Reiss. From left, Councilors Michael Wismer and David Izraelevitz, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilors Vincent Chiravalle and Fran Berting, Councilor Rick Reiss and Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County photographer Leslie Bucklin takes the official portrait of the County Council, County Attorney and County Administrator Monday evening in

Proclamation Recognizes '100 Best Communities' Award

on September 25, 2012 - 7:57am

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz presents a proclamation to Bernadette Lauritzen and School Superintendent Gene Schmidt on behalf of the Council Monday evening in recognition of the "Best 100 Communities" for youth designation awarded to Los Alamos by America's Promise Alliance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Approves Trinity Lease Transfer to Kroger!

on September 24, 2012 - 9:05pm

The Los Alamos County Council this evening voted 5 to 2 to approve the lease transfer of the Trinity Site Development project from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger. NADG pulled out of the project earlier this month citing disappointment in lease activities and opted to transfer the development lease to Kroger, pending Council approval. Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Michael Wismer voted against the motion. The lease transfer to Kroger will set the project back by as much as six months with the expected store opening moved to early 2014. Photo by Carol A.

Steven Lynne: Kroger Lease Could be Executed Tomorrow

on September 24, 2012 - 8:52pm

Los Alamos Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne explains that NADG has been disatisfied with the results of their leasing activities and has opted to transfer its lease to Kroger. What that entails is that Kroger will will assume responsibility from NADG and will assume the deposit assignment. Kroger will reimburse NADG that deposit ... Lynne also said as a clarification that the deposit during the feqasibility period isrefundaqble to Kroger. Most significantly is restarting the lease date, he said. The effective lease date, if approved tonight by Council, would be tomorrow, Sept.

Council Questions Kroger Representatives

on September 24, 2012 - 8:20pm

Members of the Los Alamos County Council question Kroger representatives Steve Sorensen and Don Burnett about Kroger's intentions, should the Trinity Site development lease be transferred from NADG to Kroger.   Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Public Shares Opinion on Trinity Lease Transfer

on September 24, 2012 - 8:04pm

Kenneth Lee is among several residents to speak before council during the public comment portion of this evening's meeting making suggestions to Kroger representatives that would show their good faith for the development of Trinity Site. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Kroger Reps Brief Council on Plans for Trinity Site

on September 24, 2012 - 7:41pm

From left, Los Alamos County Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne and Kroger representatives Don Burnett abd Steve Sorensen address County Council this evening about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger. "We're ready to go ... I've got Kroger approval to do the due diligence ... our objective is to open the store as soon as possible and with what has happened that would probably be the first half of 2014," Sorensen said.

County Line Highlights Monday & Tuesday Council Meetings

on September 24, 2012 - 7:07am

Special Council Meeting on Monday

A special Los Alamos County Council meeting is being held today, Sept. 24 to discuss the Trinity Site Revitalization Project - the actual title of the agenda item is: "Consideration of Approval of Assignment & Assumption, Consent, and Lease Modification Agreement related to the Trinity Site Real Estate Ground Lease and Development Agreement, from NA Los Alamos Trinity (NADG) to Topvalco, Inc., a Kroger related entity."

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.


CONE ZONE: Week of Sept. 24

on September 24, 2012 - 6:57am

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1

Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon is closed.

Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.

The work zone on Canyon Road is between NM502 to just south of Nugget.

Municipal Court Closed Sept. 26 to 28

on September 23, 2012 - 10:05pm


The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26, 27 and 28 to allow staff to attend training.

Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

Some payments may be paid online at

The Court Clerk’s Office will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

Courtesy photo

Letter to the Editor: Ashley Pond Park Really Should Go Forward

on September 23, 2012 - 12:27am

By Kristin Henderson
Candidate for Los Alamos County Council

Since I am running for a seat on the County Council, I would like to clarify my position about projects that have already gone through the community vetting process and been approved by Council, as my attendance at a recent Ashley Pond project meeting was noted in a recent front page article in the Monitor.

I am in favor of moving forward with projects that have already had public input and then are approved by Council. That includes this one.

The meeting I attended was about the Ashley Pond project, which includes improving ADA

Analysis Paralysis Infiltrates Ashley Pond Park

on September 23, 2012 - 12:20am

George Padnovich of Sites Southwest reviews the 30 percent design plan for the Ashley Pond Park project during a  public meeting Thursday in the Community Building. Photo by Greg Kendall/


About 26 members of the public gathered at a meeting Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue to learn more about upcoming improvements to Ashley Pond Park.

The meeting announcement stated that improvements to Ashley Pond Park are coming soon and that the project is "currently at the 30 percent design stage, with plans to complete design

Councilor Wismer Expresses Disappointment in Councilor Chiravalle's Response

on September 22, 2012 - 5:12pm

Photo: County Councilor Michael Wismer

I read in today's Los Alamos Daily Post, Councilor Vincent Chiravalle’s response to my concern over his decision to disclose information discussed in closed session. 

I must say that I am deeply disappointed in his response, both on a personal and a professional level. 

He says the allegation is “unfounded and absurd;” I had hoped he would admit his mistake and take responsibility for his actions. Obviously I misjudged him.

The issue of the NADG assignment of developer responsibilities was discussed over the course of a number of closed sessions,


Councilor Responds to Claims He Breached Confidentiality

on September 22, 2012 - 3:21pm

Photo: Councilor Vincent Chiravalle

Staff report

In a statement to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle responds to claims that he has spoken publicly about confidential matters under discussion by the Los Alamos County Council.

Councilor Michael Wismer asserted at Tuesday's County Council meeting that Chiravalle has twice breached the confidentiality of issues discussed by Council in closed meetings - most recently last week's revelation that NADG is pulling out of the Trinity Site project.

Chiravalle announced the pullout by the developer during a


Letter to the Editor: Approve Trinity Site Lease Agreement

on September 21, 2012 - 2:54pm
By Kristin Henderson
Candidate for Los Alamos County Council
I am writing in regard to the Trinity Site Redevelopment project. I am strongly in favor of our County Council agreeing to the assignment of the lease from NADG to Smith's.
And as opposed to Mr. (Robert) Gibson's opinion published in Thursday's Los Alamos Daily Post, I do not think this is the time to, once again, re-think this project. Fifteen years is enough and it's time to keep moving forward.
First, the fundamentals of this project have not changed since the lease with NADG was signed.
We still voted twice as a

New White Rock Visitor Center Shines at Sunset

on September 21, 2012 - 6:35am

The White Rock Visitor Center Complex illuminated at sunset sits on approximately 5.4 acres adjacent to N.M. 4, just west of Fire Station 3. The Complex consists of three components: a 3,281 square foot Visitor Center building, a 16 space RV parking area and a transit/transfer hub. Los Alamos County Council approved a $2,197,000 budget for the project. The Certificate of Occupancy for the building was acquired Aug. 8. Council and staff are hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the project site. Photo by TK Thompson/

Mosquito Dunks Available to Local Residents

on September 21, 2012 - 5:18am


Worried about mosquitoes and the West Nile virus lurking in the perennial puddles and soggy spots in your yard?

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has “mosquito dunks” available to the public at no cost.

The dunks are effective treatment for the elimination of mosquito larvae in standing water.

The dunks are available at the Parks Division Office located in the Pajarito Cliff Sites Complex, Building 5.

For additional information, call the Parks Division at 662-8159.

County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer

on September 20, 2012 - 11:00pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post (Post) at the Smart House Monday following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger: 

Post: What are your thoughts on the Trinity Site lease transfer to Kroger? 

Fisher: "I think that it's very hopeful that Smiths and Kroger have such a positive outlook and I think the opportunities exist.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Fails to Pass House

on September 20, 2012 - 4:05pm

Staff report

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Resolution 5987. 

A 2/3 vote was require to pass the "Yeas and Nays" vote. The Park received 257 Yeas and 158 Nays, however, 276 Yea votes were needed to pass the park through the House and on to the Senate for consideration.

H.R. 5987 is titled, "To establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes."

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director

Letter to the Editor: Explore Better Trinity Site Options

on September 20, 2012 - 8:17am
By Robert Gibson 
Former Los Alamos County Councilor   
The Monitor’s headline, “Council short on options,” of Thursday, Sept. 13, regarding the Trinity Site should not be just a lament. It should be a call to action.

The economic viability of the Trinity Site “lifestyle center” concept was uncertain when it was developed in 2005-06, long before investment money for such projects dried up. 

Two developers, first Boyer and now NADG, have been unable to implement even scaled down versions.

Why should we think a third entity, Kroger/Smith’s, whose interests are much narrower, would