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New Date Set for Covered Arena Groundbreaking

on October 19, 2012 - 8:51am


A community groundbreaking event for construction of the new Multi-Purpose Covered Arena at the North Mesa stables has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m., Oct. 29 at Brewer Arena.

The event was originally set for last Friday afternoon but had to be canceled due to the massive hailstorm that hammered the area.

Building a covered arena for riding and exercising animals during inclement weather was approved by County Council at the budget hearings in May 2010.

The CIP Oversight Committee chose to move forward with 200’ x 75’ enclosed metal structure with three 25’ x 25’ covered


Letter to the Editor: The Irony of it All

on October 19, 2012 - 8:34am
By Chief MAC (Doug MacDonald)
Ret. Los Alamos Fire Chief

I understand the Los Alamos Government Review Initiative’s (LACRI) are in opposition of the proposed amendments the Charter Review Committee (CRS) has recommended to the initiative and referendum provisions of the Charter; under the premise that the proposed signature requirements of 15 percent and timeframes of 60/90 days for referendums/initiatives are onerous.

I find LAGRI’s posture troubling. In January 2010 I attended a public meeting scheduled by the County Council.

The single topic of the meeting was to discuss LAGRI’s

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Charter Ballot Questions

on October 19, 2012 - 6:43am
By Kevin Holsapple
Los Alamos

Amongst the various elective office contests and ballot questions on the slate for November's election are four local Charter ballot questions deserving of your attention and affirmation.
They deal with making improvements to the County Charter provisions dealing with citizen initiatives, referendums, recalls, and future Charter revisions.
A group formed by the County Council called the Charter Review Committee (CRC) performed a comprehensive review of the County Charter over the past few years, held a whole bunch of public meetings to collect ideas

Scarecrows and Pumpkin Glow Coming to Downtown

on October 19, 2012 - 6:19am
Two great events sponsored by Los Alamos Art Council
Build a Scarecrow! Scarecrows will decorate light poles in downtown Los Alamos Oct. 20-29.
Applications available at LAAC office and at LAAC website. $10 entry fee.
Once registered, bring assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
For more information, call LAAC at 663-0477.

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency Century Link Work on Trinity and Diamond

on October 18, 2012 - 4:10pm



The eastbound curb lane of Trinity Drive in the vicinity of the Mountain Village apartments - east of 35th Street - is closed to allow Century Link to perform emergency line repairs.

This closure will impact the evening traffic commute and motorists are urged to either use the Truck Route or be prepared for delays on Trinity Drive.

Due to the nature of the emergency, crews may also need to work on Diamond Drive north of the Diamond/Trinity intersection during the evening commute.

Motorists are advised to expect


Assessor's Office Takes Tour of Muni Building

on October 18, 2012 - 12:41pm

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson, second from left, and her staff toured the Municipal Building on Central Avenue Monday. From left, Curtis Valencia, Johnson, Betty Martinez, Joaquin Valdez, Marty Martinez and Lucas Fresquez. Courtesy photo  

Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Changes Rectify Shortcomings

on October 18, 2012 - 11:11am

By Ken Milder
Former County Councilor

When changes to our County Charter are proposed, I usually look at such proposals with a somewhat jaundiced eye.

Our Charter, after all, has served us well, with only minor changes, for nearly 45 years.

This is true for the most part. But, after so many years we start to see what works and what does not.

For many years the initiative, referendum, and recall provisions of the Charter have lacked clarity and, at times, inhibited the community’s effort to proceed with needed improvements.

The proposed changes rectify those shortcomings.

The grouping

Sandra Salazar Bids County Farewell Friday

on October 17, 2012 - 9:53am

Staff Report

Sandra Salazar joined the Los Alamos Police Department in April 2009 as Chief Wayne Torpy’s assistant. She said that she has "loved" working in the Police Department.

She also worked at the County Administrator’s Office from November 1989 to April 2009 as the Administrative Secretary.

Salazar has been employed with Los Alamos County for 25 and one half years and has the general knowledge of all County departments.

She supported the County Administrator’s Office, County Council, department directors and the public on the day-to-day functions and activities for 20 years.


Police Officials Brief Council on Department's Master Career Plan

on October 16, 2012 - 8:43pm

Acting Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster has filled a vacancy left when Kevin Purtymun retired last month. As part of the department's restructuring, Foster's previous position of captain has been eliminated. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Acting Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster briefed County Council this evening regarding a Master Career Plan for the Los Alamos Police Department.

"The Master Career Plan provides a road map for our employees to follow that will allow them to progress through a pay system while increasing their value

Personnel Board Chair Presents Annual Briefing to Council

on October 16, 2012 - 8:21pm

Personnel Board Chair Terry Priestly makes the required annual presentation to County Council focused on what his board has been completed, what is currently being worked on and what challenges or opportunities may be coming up in the future. Council leadership has requested that the chair of each Board/Commission make a similar presentation to Council once each year. County Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel listens at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Recognizes Los Alamos Community Winds for National Accomplishment

on October 16, 2012 - 8:03pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, on behalf of the Council, recognizes the Los Alamos Community Winds for their recent second place award in the American Prize Competition, accepted by flutist Carolynn Scherer during this evening's County Council meeting at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Community Winds flutist Carolynn Scherer and saxophonist Jonah Katz listen as Council recognizes the organization for their recent second place award in the American Prize Competition during this evening's meeting at Fire Station 3 in White

Hailstones Hammer Central Avenue Flower Baskets

on October 16, 2012 - 6:59am

Los Alamos County Parks crews began Monday removing the hanging baskets along Central Avenue because the flowers in the baskets were severely damaged in Friday’s hailstorm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Video: League of Women Voters Oct. 11 Forum: Dist. 43, Supreme Court, Court of Appeals Candidates

on October 15, 2012 - 4:23pm

League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef , left, looks on as Stephanie Garcia Richard and Jim Hall, candidates for NM House District 43, shake hands after their lively debate. Courtesy

Staff Report

The following is a video produced and made available to the Los Alamos Daily Post by Public Access Channel 8 (PAC 8.) 

The video is in Windows Media Video format (WMV.)  There are converters available for the quicktime player on Apple systems. 

This video was recorded at the Fellowship Hall of the White Rock Baptist Church, 80 N.M. 4, at 7 p.m. Oct.

Community Invited to 'Satch Cowan Trail' Dedication

on October 15, 2012 - 4:05pm



Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new “Satch Cowan Trail” at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area.

The new trail -- with construction led by the County’s Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, local trails volunteers, and fifth-grade students from Mountain Elementary School -- parallels portions of the existing Quemazon trail near the canyon edge.

Prior to improvements, the trail had already been in existence and hiked for years as a "social trail.”

Now, the Satch Cowan Trail will

CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 15

on October 14, 2012 - 6:35am


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 remains closed.

Roadway prep 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.

Paving from the middle of the Myrtle Green to 9th Street should occur the week of Oct. 22.


Talk: 21st Century Science Powered by 19th Century Power Plants

on October 14, 2012 - 6:27am



Tom Ribe will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at UNM-LA Building 2, Room 230.


Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board and Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network are sponsoring the talk and discussion that will overview Los Alamos's power sources, and urge an update of the electricity supply over the next decade to address climate change.


Los Alamos' power supply is vulnerable and unreliable and should be produced in Los Alamos, using a combination of energy conservation, green power, and cutting edge nuclear power.


Los Alamos has a

County Line: Apply for Creative District Advisory Committee

on October 14, 2012 - 6:21am


Editor's Note: Due to the rain and hailstorm after lunch Friday, the groundbreaking for the new Multi Purpose Covered Arena had to be cancelled. Staff will be working with the project sponsors to see if it can be rescheduled in the near future. Watch for updates next week.

Council Work Session Tuesday

They'll be meeting in White Rock Fire Station #3 at 7 p.m. - what's on the agenda? The "Master Career Plan" for the Police Department is likely to garner the most discussion. Download the full agenda here:

Satch Cowan Trail


Pet of the Week: Houdini

on October 14, 2012 - 5:58am

Houdini. Courtesy photo


Houdini is Pet of the Week. Houdini is not a magician, but an adorable black and white spaniel/BC mix.

He recently got a bath and is ready to show off his black and white coat. He is affectionate and sweet with both dogs and people, and would love to accompany his new person everywhere.

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

Visitor Guides: Friday afternoons 4-6 p.m., volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential


New Deadline and Expanded Criteria for Creative District Advisory Committee Applicants

on October 13, 2012 - 3:50pm


Los Alamos County announced Friday that the deadline to receive letters of interest from applicants interested in being appointed to the new advisory committee being formed to assist the County and Council in the implementation of the Los Alamos Creative District will have until 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 (to match the day with date previously announced.)

In addition, the criterion requiring prospective members to “live in either Los Alamos or White Rock” has been expanded to include those who “live or work in Los Alamos County.”


Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendments Clarify and Unify the Process

on October 13, 2012 - 2:15pm
By Kyle Wheeler
Los Alamos

The charter amendments on the ballot group the various processes for initiative, referendum, recall, and future charter amendments into more sensible groupings within the charter, so if you want to start a petition to recall an elected official or start some other petition, and these amendments pass, the process for how you do it will be spelled out more clearly within the charter.

The amendments clarify and unify the process. Even Rob Pelak agreed at a recent League of Women Voters Forum that the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense.

Hellacious Hailstorm Hits Los Alamos Pummeling Private Planes

on October 12, 2012 - 9:22pm

Hail damage to one of many planes tied down at Los Alamos County Airport, which received the worst of a torrential hailstorm that struck Los Alamos about 2:30 p.m. today. Photo by Julie Habiger

Close up view of hail damage to one of many planes at Los Alamos County Airport this afternoon. Photo by Julie Habiger

By Carol A. Clark

Marble sized hail pounded the community today around 2:30 p.m., falling especially hard at Los Alamos County Airport causing damage to a number of private planes.

"I have never seen hail like that in my life and I'm not afraid to say that it was frightening,"

County Hires Junior Attorney and New Planner

on October 12, 2012 - 11:13am

County news:

Kathryn Thwaits has been selected to fill the newly created position of Junior Assistant County Attorney in the County Attorney's Office, 475 20th St, Suite D. Her starting salary is $72,665.

Thwaits worked during the last four years as general counsel for the New Mexico Personnel Office.

Prior to that position, she worked as an attorney for the District Attorney's Office in Espanola. During that time, she spent a day or two each week working at the courthouse in Los Alamos.

Thwaits lives in Los Alamos and has for several years.

Daniel Osborn of Denver has been hired to


Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Amendments Appropriately Packaged

on October 12, 2012 - 9:17am
Councilor David Izraelevitz
By David Izraelevitz and Mike Wismer
Los Alamos County Councilors

Among the many important decisions facing us as a community this November, is the issue of several proposed amendments to our County Charter.

Much has been written about the process by which these amendments were composed, aside of whether each is a good idea or not.

In a subsequent column we will discuss the merits of each proposed change, but here, let's talk about the process itself, and specifically logrolling, because we want to correct some erroneous comments in this area.


Get Ready for the Big Picture: New Patron Internet Computers at Mesa Public Library Coming Soon!

on October 11, 2012 - 11:20pm
One of the most used services at Mesa Public Library for locals and visitors alike is the free access to online computers in the Reference and Youth areas.
Coming in mid October, this service will be upgraded to provide an even better experience.
Why are the computers being upgraded?

Vehicles Again Travel Main Hill Road

on October 11, 2012 - 9:36pm

Vehicles were allowed to drive on the Main Hill Road this afternoon as all that appears left to be done on the renovation project is to paint the center stripe. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/