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Countywide Power Outage Hit Today

on August 15, 2012 - 3:45pm

Update to 4:30 p.m. power outage caused by lightning to local substation: DPU customers still without power should call 311 or 662-8333 ASAP.

A major electrical power failure hit the entire County of Los Alamos at 1:50 p.m. today.

Word from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is that a high voltage transmission service within Los Alamos National Laboratory was lost. LANL is investigating the cause.

Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting Thursday in Community Building Training Room

on August 15, 2012 - 12:34pm

Environmental Sustainability Board Regular Meeting AGENDA
Community Building Training Room
August 16, 2012 – 5:30 p.m.

I. Public Comment

II. Approval of Minutes

III. Committee/Subcommittee Reports

1. Chair Report

a. B&C Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday September 20

2. Liaison Reports

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

(2). Planning and Zoning – Deb Gill

(3). Transportation – Larry Warner, Skip Dunn

(4). Parks and Recreation – Brooke Davis, Mary Barr

(5). County Council – Fran Berting

IV. Board Business

1. Future Presentation at Board Meeting by Tom Ribe

2. ESB New Member Interviews


Column: Sign Code Revisions Move Forward

on August 15, 2012 - 12:18pm

Good or bad use of signs?  Courtesy Photo

Column by Greg Kendall

The Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) is once again tackling a major revision to Los Alamos County's sign code.

CEDD believes that this time will be the charm for getting the sign code revised and approved by the County Council. CEDD has an aggressive schedule to move the sign code to Council approval before the end of the year.

Draft revisions as a result of more public input and a public hearing by the Planning and Zoning Commision are planned.

On Monday, CEDD held a "stakeholders" public meeting at


Thursday's CIP Evaluation & Oversight Meeting Canceled

on August 15, 2012 - 9:02am


The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will not meet Thursday, Aug. 16.

Instead, the committee will take a private tour on Friday afternoon of the new Municipal Complex under construction on Central Avenue.

The committee plans to meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 with County Administrator Harry Burgess in a special committee meeting in Council Chambers.

This will be the only agenda item for the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.



Chili Roasting Season Has Arrived

on August 15, 2012 - 8:36am


Chili roasting time is here and Matt Romero, owner of Romero Farms in Dixon is prepared. He has been a regular at the Farmer's Market for years and will be there on Thursday morning in the parking lot near Mesa Public Library. Photo by Clay Dillingham.

Bingaman Discusses Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos Historical Museum Event

on August 14, 2012 - 11:26am

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spoke today at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum of the importance of establishing a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with sites in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was honored Monday afternoon at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum for his support of Los Alamos during his 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Bingaman with a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the

Police Halt Jail Fight This Morning

on August 14, 2012 - 9:30am

Photo by Greg Kendall/

LAPD News:

A fight between inmates broke out this morning at the Los Alamos County Detention Center.

Police officers stepped in and stopped the fight quickly.

Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs were called to the scene and are transporting this 24-year-old inmate to the Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution.

Medic 3 considers this a non-emergency transport.

The cause of the fight is not readily known.



Board of Adjustment Meets Today in Council Chambers

on August 13, 2012 - 11:18am


A Board of Adjustment meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. today, Aug. 13 in Council Chambers in the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue.





IV. PUBLIC HEARING (Quasi-judicial case)

A. Case No. 12-BOA-015
A request for approval of a fence height waiver to place a 6-ft high chain link fence within the required 25-ft front setback at 2403 Club Road, North Community No. 2, Lot 1, in an R-1-8 (Single Family Residential) zone.


Fire Hydrant Testing Underway

on August 13, 2012 - 10:30am

Los Alamos Firefighters test the water pressure in area fire hydrants Sunday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Off to the next hydrant... Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge Makes State Registry

on August 13, 2012 - 10:02am

The Los Alamos County Sheriff's Posse Lodge garnered unanimous approval Friday for placement on the State Register of Cultural Properties. Photo by Sal Zapien/

By Carol A. Clark

Board President Carey Grzadzinski of the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Posse was beaming with pride following Friday's meeting before the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee in Santa Fe.

"We couldn't be happier ... we received unanimous approval and the Posse Lodge is now listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties," Grzadzinski said during Saturday's sold out rodeo dinner at the

CONE ZONE: Road Construction for Week of Aug. 13

on August 12, 2012 - 9:56pm

Public Works Projects:

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

School Flasher Testing

The Public Works Traffic Division staff will be testing the school flashers throughout the community on Monday, Aug 13, and Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 in preparation for the beginning of school on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department.

Pavement Preservation Program

Crews will be working on Range Road starting Monday, August 13,

LANB Float Takes Top Prize

on August 12, 2012 - 1:14pm


Los Alamos National Bank's float won First Place in Saturday's 2012 Fair & Rodeo parade on Central Avenue. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos National Bank employees pass out candy to the kids watching the parade. Photo by TK Thompson/

Shriners garnered second place. Photo by TK Thompson/

Shriners put on a show for the crowd. Photo by TK Thompson/

The Tin Lizzies, complete with period costumed people, won third in the 2012 Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Saturday. Photo by TK Thompson/

Katy Korkos

2012 County Fair & Rodeo Parade Fills Central Avenue

on August 12, 2012 - 6:15am

The parade passes a large crowd at Central Avenue and Main Street. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The Los Alamos High School Marching Band gathers to join the parade. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The parade winds its way down Central Avenue. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

A young boy runs a hand siren on an old auxiliary fire truck. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Parade bystanders watch as the Los Alamos Daily Post news van passes by. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Sharon Stover, fourth from left, with her supporters pose for a picture

Pie Eaters Win Ribbons at Brewer Field

on August 12, 2012 - 5:20am

Rep. Jim Hall and County Council Chair Sharon Stover with winners from Saturday's pie eating contest at Brewer Field. Photo by TK Thompson/

Fun Ran Rampant at Friday Night Concert!

on August 11, 2012 - 8:01am

State Rep. Jim Hall challenges Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos to a race on the bouncy slide at the County's Summer Concert at Ashey Pond Park. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Jim Hall and Katy Korkos "race for pinks" on the bouncy slide. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Amanda Stoddard waits patiently for her balloon animal, created by Josh Lawyer. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Adam Wall draws a cactus with blue sky for a chalk art contest during the Gordon Summer concert. The contest was sponsored by Daniel's Cafe. Photo

County Fair Exhibits on Display at Mesa Public Library

on August 11, 2012 - 7:12am

Lynzee Clay won First place and Grand Champion for her award winning Jalapeños and tomatoes. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

06. Laura Johnstone takes home the Award of Merit for her apple mint. The Award of Merit was given to the horticulture entry that displayed no disease or damage and was at the peak of maturity. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Rachel Norman poses with her Lego creation "King Kong vs. Godzilla." Rachel won first prize and the Ribbon for Reserve Grand Champion for her age group. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

There were dozens of entries for

County Line: It's County Fair & Rodeo Weekend!

on August 11, 2012 - 6:46am


2012 Fair & Rodeo Weekend

Check out all the fun events downtown at Ashley Pond Park this Saturday - music, food, exhibits, parade, bouncy toys for the children - plus a great Arts & Crafts Show on the lawn at Fuller Lodge and a grand rodeo in the afternoon!

Get details here:

Public Meeting on Sign Code Ordinance on Monday

Find out more about the proposed changes moving forward for the Sign Code at a 6:30 p.m.


Trinity Drive Curb and Gutter Work Begins Aug. 13

on August 11, 2012 - 6:31am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) crews will begin work on a curb and gutter replacement project on westbound Trinity Drive Monday, Aug. 13.

The work area will extend from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 1.0, or from the intersection of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive to the Ashley Pond area.

Pedestrian sidewalks along westbound Trinity Drive will be closed as crews remove and replace crumbling and damaged curb and gutters.

The project is scheduled for completion within three weeks, weather permitting.

Motorists may encounter temporary lane drops and minor