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Authors Speak Features 'O'Keefe Stories' Oct. 25

on October 11, 2012 - 6:43am

Author Margaret Wood. Courtesy Photo


Authors Speak Series presents "A New Mexico Centennial" Event with Margaret Wood - O'Keeffe Stories, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda.

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the world’s most well-known and beloved artists.

In 1977, Margaret Wood began a five-year stay as companion and caretaker to then 89-year-old Georgia O’Keeffe.

There were no sign posts in the village in those years, and few markers for a young woman managing the complex role as companion to a woman of O’Keeffe’s stature who nonetheless

Smith's Fuel Center Opens Sans Sign

on October 10, 2012 - 10:20am

Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce leads Smith's representatives in this morning's official ribbon cutting of the new Smith's Fuel Center on Trinity Drive at Knecht Street. Photo Greg Kendall/

A Smith's cashier trainer readies the fuel center for its first customers. Photo by Greg Kendall/

This Oct. 5 photo shows the new Smith's Fuel Center sign installed. It was removed yesterday because of a sign code and traffic safety snafu in the sign permitting process.

First Day of Absentee Voting Draws Crowd

on October 9, 2012 - 8:22pm

A group of local voters marched from the Democratic Party Headquarters in Central Park Square to the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office this morning to cast their absentee vote. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Voters can park close to the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday while casting their absentee vote. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Voting booths stand ready in the Los Alamos Clerk's Office to accept absentee votes. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Absentee voting (In Person or by mail) began today at the Los Alamos

Voter Registration Closes Today and Absentee Voting Begins

on October 9, 2012 - 9:58am

ELECTION 2012 News:

Voter Registration closes at 5 p.m. today in the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office.

Residents who would like to make changes to their voter registration or register to vote, may do so in the Office of the County Clerk at 2451 Central Ave., Suite D.

Voter registration forms are also available at the State of New Mexico Motor Vehicle Field Office and at the Los Alamos and White Rock Libraries.

Absentee Voting begins today by mail or early in person in the Office of the County Clerk.

Hours: Monday thru Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open during the noon hour)

Address: 2451

County Seeks Citizen Volunteers for New Creative District Advisory Committee

on October 9, 2012 - 7:37am


Citizens, business owners and representatives interested in Los Alamos County’s recently adopted arts and culture district (a.k.a., Creative District) are invited to apply to join the Creative District Advisory Committee forming this month. Letters of interest are due to the County by 5, Monday, Oct. 16.

The County Administrator is seeking citizen volunteers to join representatives of cultural and business assets operating within the adopted boundary of the Creative District to provide guidance and advice to Council and staff regarding the County’s role in the implementation of


County's Student Shooter Drill Draws Praise

on October 8, 2012 - 11:36am

During this morning's emergency response exercise at Los Alamos High School, police captured the crazed student shooter and placed her in the back of a patrol car for transport to jail. She explained her reason for killing six students and injuring 29 others during her shooting spree was that she had a "really lousy time" at the recent homecoming dance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Officers arrive at the scene of this morning's simulated mass shooting at Los Alamos High School and prepare to enter the building where a female student is on a rampage shooting

IT'S ONLY A DRILL: 'Operation Hilltopper' Underway at Los Alamos High School

on October 8, 2012 - 7:12am


"Operation Hilltopper" is underway this morning at Los Alamos High School. Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have, for the past year, been training their personnel, polishing their plans and tweaking their equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise – an active shooter loose at a school.   

"Operation Hilltopper" is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to

County Line Highlights Special Council Meeting on Charter

on October 7, 2012 - 7:37pm


Monday, Oct. 8 is the observance of the Columbus Day holiday. Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos Public Schools are closed; however, Los Alamos County offices are open for business and all services are in operation.

No Council Meeting Next Week

They'll take a week off and be back for their monthly Work Session at
7 p.m., Oct. 16 at White Rock Fire Station #3. Watch next week's newsletter for more details about what's coming up on their agenda.

Special Council Meeting in Two Weeks About Charter Items

The Council announced they'll meet
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.


Reservations Open for Oct. 27 Halloween Carnival

on October 7, 2012 - 11:35am

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Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division Oct. 27 for the pirate themed Pumpkin Splash and Halloween Carnival at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

This family event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes pirate themed carnival games, jumping into the pool and finding a pumpkin to decorate, and watching pirate movies.

The cost for the event is $ 7 per person. Sign up today at the Aquatic Center as the event is limited to 150 participants.
For further information, contact the Recreation Division at (505) 662-8173, visit the website

CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 7

on October 5, 2012 - 7:47pm
NMDOT Mill & Overlay on NM502 Continues
NM502 (Main Hill) to Los Alamos will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, and weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. while the NMDOT completes milling and paving operations.
If necessary, work will continue on Saturday, Oct. 13 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Work is occurring from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to De Colores and the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the townsite.

Animal Shelter's Pet of the Week: Aria

on October 5, 2012 - 7:36pm


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Aria is a friendly long-haired spayed female. Beautiful white and tabby markings. Craves human attention but also loves playtime! She would love to have a playmate in her new home.

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

Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.

San Juan-Chama Water Supply Project - The Wow Factor

on October 5, 2012 - 10:17am

Staff Report

At the Tuesday, Oct. 3 County Council meeting, Deputy Utilities Manager - Engineering, James Alarid of the Los Alamos County-Department of Public Utilities (LAC-DPU), led a presentation providing the details of a preliminary engineering report regarding access to Los Alamos County’s contracted 1,200 Acre-Feet-Per-Year (AFY) of water from the San Juan-Chama Water Project. 

Council took no action on the information presented.

The LAC-DPU has chosen a preferred alternative for developing the County’s share of San Juan-Chama project water. (Five alternatives were evaluated.


Construction Begins Monday on Multi-Purpose Covered Arena

on October 4, 2012 - 4:02pm


Los Alamos Couny's Community and Economic Development Department - Capital Projects & Facilities Division announced this afternoon that construction of the new Multi-Purpose Covered Arena will get underway Monday, Oct. 8. 

A community groundbreaking event is set for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the project site at the North Mesa stables.

Paul Parker Construction will install utilities to the site begining Oct. 8, which includes the installation of an 8” water main and electricity. 

The installation of the water main will involve closing the BMX track near Brewer Arena from Oct.


New State Settlement Proposal for San Juan Generating Station Could Lay Foundation for "Third Alternative" Agreement

on October 4, 2012 - 7:24am

San Juan Generating Station. Courtesy Photo

PNM News:

PNM Resources' New Mexico utility, PNM, acknowledges that a state settlement proposal released today to address regional haze at San Juan Generating Station appears to be an important step toward an alternative to the current federal plan.

The proposed settlement agreement announced by the state would require several additional actions before moving forward. The first of those actions would be an agreement in principle by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and PNM to support the proposal.

The proposal then would require

Los Alamos County Issues RFQ for Hotel-Convention Center Developer

on October 4, 2012 - 6:46am

Los Alamos County has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a developer to design and construct a full-service convention center facility in the downtown district of the Los Alamos townsite.

Los Alamos County is soliciting a developer to design and construct a business conference facility (8,000-20,000 square feet), to include flexible meeting and event space combined with first-class dining and lodging facilities that will compete favorably with other “Class A” conference and lodging facilities in Northern New Mexico, and provide a local venue for special events—amenities for


Column: Checks and Balances

on October 3, 2012 - 6:42am

By George Chandler

“Checks and balances” is the phrase that describes the interactions among the branches of a government that provides for limiting governmental excess by the separation of powers into legislative, executive and judicial sectors. 

For example in the first instance, the federal government, the legislature passes laws but those laws can only be enforced by the executive and interpreted by the judicial, the legislature can remove judges or presidents and controls their budgets but is itself greatly constrained by being bifurcated. 

And so on.

Sunset Hayrides on Oct. 13

on October 3, 2012 - 6:40am
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Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division Oct. 13 for an old-fashioned hayride into the sunset on North Mesa.
Members of the Posse Lodge, Pony Club and the Recreation Division worked together to create a fun hayride for all ages.
The event is held 4-6 p.m. at the Posse Lodge and the evening includes apple cider, cocoa, coffee and light refreshments. Dress warmly and bring your own blankets for the hayride.
The cost for the event is $5 for adults 18 and over, $2 for youth 4-7, and $1 for children under 4. Sign up today at

County Line Continues Email Delivery

on October 2, 2012 - 10:07pm

Los Alamos County's Public Information Officer Julie Habiger answers Council questions this evening pertaining to the weekly County Line newsletter. Currently, 741 citizens subscribe to receive the County Line via email. Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle moved that Council direct staff to reinstitute the U.S. mailed monthly newsletter and contract to print and mail the newsletter. Chiravalle's motion did not receive a second. 

County Administrator Harry Burgess recommended that the County continue producing only the on-line "County

County Moves to Self Insured Medical Plan

on October 2, 2012 - 9:30pm

Councilor Rick Reiss. Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

With a vote of 5 to 1, the Los Alamos County Council approved a recommended contract amendment with Blue Cross/Blue Shield that results in the County being self-insured for medical benefits. Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor Rick Reiss commended County Administrator Harry Burgess for his creativity in recommending the switch to self insurance.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield was initially proposing a 16.4 percent rate increase. By moving to the self-funded arrangement, the rates will increase only 3.5 percent.


DPU Briefs Council on San Juan Chama Water Preliminary Engineering Report

on October 2, 2012 - 8:31pm

Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Deputy Utility Manager - Engineering James Alarid of the Department of Public Utilites together with consultants from CDM Smith made a presentation to the Los Alamos County Council this evening about a preliminary engineering report regarding access to Los Alamos County’s contracted 1,200 Acre-Feet-Per-Year of water from the San Juan-Chama project and how to make it available for use in the County’s water system.

The County must move forward with either replacing existing water wells, using its ground water right, or developing the San Juan-Chama


Council Issues Proclamations for Health Awareness & Fire Safety

on October 2, 2012 - 7:37pm

Lorraine Hartway representing the Los Alamos Heart Council thanks Council for the Proclamation declaring Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 as " Health Awareness & Wellness Day" in Los Alamos County. Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes accepts Council's Proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 7 through 13, 2012 as Fire Prevention Week in Los Alamos County. Photo from Pac 8 streaming video

Dessert Dances Help Create Lasting Memories

on October 2, 2012 - 12:20am
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Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division and make some memories at the October Dessert Dances.
The Mother/Son Dance is Oct. 10, the Daddy/Daughter Dance is Oct. 11, and the NEW Family Dance on Oct. 12. Events are held 6-8:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge and the evening includes light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital keepsake photo.
The cost for the event is $16 per couple, $8 for each additional child, and $30 per family (2 adults & 2 children.)
Sign up today at the Aquatic Center as the event is limited to 80 participants.
For further

CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 1

on October 1, 2012 - 6:24am

NMDOT Mill & Overlay on NM502 Starts Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 2, NM502 (Main Hill Road) to Los Alamos will be closed weekdays and Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. while the NMDOT conducts a milling and overlay pavement rehabilitation project. Work will occur from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the townsite.

On Monday, Oct. 8, the roadway will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by Oct.

County Line Highlights Glass Recycling Launch

on October 1, 2012 - 6:23am

Council Meeting on Tuesday

What's on the agenda? The Council will meet in Los Alamos (Chambers - 7 p.m.) and hear a presentation on the San Juan/Chama water project from the Dept. of Public Utilities, plus much more! Download the agenda now

County Launches "Open Forum"

It's the next step we're taking toward building better options for communications using the power of the internet - not just having another public meeting! Open Forum will allow you to post comments on line about topics or projects, and read what others are saying, too!

Animal Shelter's Pet of the Week: Axle

on September 30, 2012 - 10:41pm
Axle is available for adoption. Courtesy photo
Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you ... Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this pit mix as a "total sweetheart."
He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter at 226 East Road has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets. Others are currently off-campus in foster homes.
Call 505-662-8179 or visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, to learn more about volunteering, adopting and donating.