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CONE ZONE: Road Construction Week of Aug. 20

on August 18, 2012 - 9:32pm


Public Works Projects:

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

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
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 will be extended to between NM502 to just south of Nugget.

Fire Stations Compete in New Green Team Energy Challenge

on August 18, 2012 - 9:20pm


Los Alamos County’s employee-based “Green Team” has launched a competition between Fire Stations 3, 4 and 6 to challenge them to reduce their electricity and natural gas usage for the next six months -- from August through January 2013.

Green Team members launched the competition earlier this month after meeting with firefighters and brainstorming ways that they could save energy.

Ideas included such simple steps as turning off lights when leaving a room or better managing AC/heating usage.

“There was definitely some enthusiasm and competiveness that came out


County Line Highlights Dedication & Groundbreaking

on August 18, 2012 - 12:34pm


Council Meeting on Tuesday

What's on the agenda? A discussion about management options for the new Creative District is likely to be the main discussion when the meeting begins in Chambers at 7 p.m. - streamed live on our Council webpage and broadcast on PAC-8 television, too! Download the agenda here:

Art Dedication at the Justice Center on Wednesday

Have you seen it yet? The "Scale of Justice" will be formally dedicated by the Arts in Public Places Board at 3 p.m. in front of the Justice Center.

Los Alamos Police Douse Local Firefighters!

on August 17, 2012 - 7:11pm

With a final score of 13-11, Los Alamos Police officers reined victorious today over Los Alamos Firefighters in a baseball game played at Overlook Park. The game was a continuation of a Fourth of July matchup that ended abruptly when a fire broke out at the New Beginnings Church on East Road. Fire Chief Troy Hughes, far left, and Police Chief Wayne Torpy, third from left, congratulate the players for giving it their best effort. Photo by Kateri Morris

Police Lt. Jason Wardlow Herrera smacks a fly ball as Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider holds his catchers mitt and watches the ball sail away.

County Settles Stepan Case

on August 17, 2012 - 5:39pm

Photo: Diana Stepan

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County has settled the sex discrimination case brought by former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.

The County issued the following statement today regarding the settlement: "Los Alamos County and former employee Diana Stepan reached a settlement agreement on Aug. 1, 2012. The settlement addresses a claim that Stepan had filed last year against the County and former Acting County Administrator Randy Autio after her termination of employment.


BREAKING NEWS: Ken Johnson Withdraws from Council Race

on August 17, 2012 - 5:39pm

Ken Johnson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Democratic candidate Ken Johnson officially withdrew his name from the Los Alamos County Council race, filing his paperwork with the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office late this morning.

Johnson shared with the Los Alamos Daily Post his reasons for leaving the race.

"A confluence of events in recent months has made it highly likely that I will be moving away from Los Alamos in the fairly near future," Johnson said. "Consequently, if elected to the council, I would be unable to complete my term.

Los Alamos Democratic Party Opens 2012 Headquarters

on August 17, 2012 - 3:54pm

The newly leased headquarters of the Los Alamos County Democratic Party in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: The Democratic Headquarters will open to the public with regular hours begining Saturday, Aug. 25.

The Los Alamos County Democratic Party inked a deal this afternoon to lease a space in Central Park Square for its 2012 campaign headquarters.

"We are very excited to have a central location where we can conduct the party's business," Chair Michael Wheeler said.

The 2,700-square-foot space at 140 Central Park Square is comprised of a large open area, 5 individual offices,

Don Taylor Helps Animal Adoption Effort

on August 17, 2012 - 7:09am
UPDATE - Domino has been adopted!
Domino is an orphan. Photo by Don Taylor
Don Taylor of Don Taylor's Photography is working with the Friends of the Shelter in donating his time and talent to photograph some of the shelter's adoptable animals.
Taylor's recent subject, Domino, is a German Shorthaired Pointer and Boxer mix.
While Domino has secured temporary quarters at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, he has high hopes of finding a permanent home.
Sylvia Hush of the Friends of the Shelter knows Domino and describes him as fun and energetic

'Tri Tri Tri Again' Reflects Artistic Side of Number Three

on August 16, 2012 - 8:07am

Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By Kirsten Laskey

Fuller Lodge Art Center is celebrating the number three. For those mathematically challenged, not to worry – this is no number-crunching exhibit.

Rather, the newest gallery show features a host of diverse and beautiful interpretations of the theme – “Tri Tri Tri Again.”

As it turns out, three is not just a number.

"Hoo Doos" by Carol Kaleko. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

“Symbolism in art is as varied as the cultures and backgrounds of the artists, and we have a very diverse population represented in the ‘Tri Tri Tri Again’


Los Alamos Police Target Impaired Drivers

on August 16, 2012 - 7:41am

LAPD News:

During August and September, the Los Alamos Police Department will conduct DWI checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on the roadways and at checkpoints throughout the County of Los Alamos.


Blues Rocker Carolyn Wonderland Plays Rover Park Friday

on August 15, 2012 - 10:58pm

Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland performs this Friday, Aug. 17 at Rover Park in White Rock. Courtesy photo

By Russ Gordon

Summer Concert Series is thrilled to present Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland this Friday, Aug. 17 at Rover Park in White Rock.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and is free. The Series is paid for by donations from Los Alamos County and many Los Alamos businesses, professionals and friends.

You can see who these sponsors are and read about our acts at

If you have any comments on the Series or if you’d like to make a request for the


CodeRed Mobile Alert App Now Available

on August 15, 2012 - 5:26pm


An upgraded version of the CodeRED Mobile Alert app is now available as a free download for both iPhone and Android smartphones.

With this upgrade, CodeRED Mobile Alert subscribers may now view weather alerts for the entire country, with previous access limited to a 500-mile radius.

CodeRED is the notification system used by Los Alamos County to alert residents to local emergencies.

To sign up, visit and click on CodeRed in the right sidebar.

The mobile app is a free download on iTunes and Google Play.

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