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Updated Prelminary Results

on November 6, 2012 - 9:05pm

From left, Bonnie J. Gordon and JoAnn Johnson review the latest poll numbers as Katy Korkos speaks with County Councilor Rick Reiss in the lobby of the Justice Center this evening. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Below, preliminary results reflect all early voting, absentee, Trinity on the Hill and Community Center ballots. Results from ballots cast at the White Rock Fire Station have not yet come in.

Stephanie Richard  4,339
James Hall  4,804
Peter Sheehey  4,277
Michael Redando  3,197
Kristin Henderson  4,403
Marc Clay  4,055
Vincent Chiravalle  3,961

Early Voting Prelminary Results

on November 6, 2012 - 7:57pm

Early Voting Preliminary Results (White Rock, Community Building & County Clerk)

Stephanie Richard  2,987
James Hall  3,063
Peter Sheehey  2,977
Michael Redando  2,232
Kristin Henderson  3,022
Marc Clay  2,603
Vincent Chiravalle  2,548
Steven Girrens  2,738
Nathan Hjelm  2,281
Sharon Stover  3,507
For  3,145
Against  2,456
For  2,917
Against  2,631
For  3,248
Against  2,228
For  3,449
Against  2,031
Martin Heinrich  2,963
Heather Wilson  3,092
Jon Ross Barrie     111
Ben Ray Lujan  3,509

Nov. 8 Transportation Board Meeting Canceled

on November 6, 2012 - 8:45am


The Los Alamos County Transportation Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday Nov. 8, has been canceled.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be 5:30 p.m., Dec. 6 in the Public Works Conference Room, 2101 Trinity Dr. Suite A2.

The meeting is open to the public.


Community Broadband Network Survey Underway

on November 6, 2012 - 8:16am



Through Saturday Nov. 10, Los Alamos County will be surveying residents regarding their option of the Community Broadband Network; a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all Los Alamos County citizens, businesses and institutions.

As part of this survey, the County is interested in conducting market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the CBN project and willingness to pay for the various costs to install and


Los Alamos County Proclaims November 'Mental Health Awareness Month'

on November 6, 2012 - 8:02am

Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer, right, presents a Mental Health Awareness Month proclamation to Executive Director Joy Beery of the Los Alamos Family Council and Director Larry Martinez of the North Central Region of Presbyterian Medical Services on Oct. 30. Photo by David Griggs


Mental Health Awareness Month Raises Awareness of Trauma and Impact on Children, Families, Communities

  • Healing the Invisible Wounds

On Oct. 30, Los Alamos County proclaimed the month of November as Mental Health Awareness Month. 

As such, the Los Alamos County Health Care Program is


November Lecture: Brief History of Wendover Airfield

on November 5, 2012 - 10:22am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos Historical Society is pleased to offer its 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science.”

The November lecture is a brief history of the Wendover Airfield in Utah by James Petersen

James Petersen’s talk on Historic Wendover Airfield will touch on the origin of Wendover, Utah, and then focus on the period from the inception of the Army Air Force base to the end of World War II.

The history of the B-17 and B-24 bomber training as well as the contribution of Wendover to the Manhattan project will be discussed.

The presentation will include original photographs from

County Line Highlights Veteran's Day

on November 5, 2012 - 6:56am


County Editor's Note: There won't be an issue of "The County Line" Friday, Nov. 9, due to the Veteran's Day holiday weekend and limited staffing ... so, we've given you a two-week outlook on upcoming meetings and events in this issue.

No Council Meeting Next Week...

Because of the elections Tuesday Nov. 6, the Council will take a break and then be back in action the following week. What's on the agenda for their Nov.


Start a Tradition at North Pole Workshop and Luminaria Walk

on November 4, 2012 - 6:50am


North Pole Workshop & Luminaria Walk – Start an annual holiday tradition at the North Mesa stables.

Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division, members of the Posse Lodge, Pony Club and Stable Owners Association as we create a fun holiday event for all ages from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9, from  for the North Pole Workshop & Luminaria Walk.

The event includes professional digital photographs with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft.

Dress warmly, wear your walking shoes, and enjoy the North Mesa stables lit up with luminarias and holiday lights.

DPU Proposes Sewer Rate Increase and Restructure

on November 3, 2012 - 1:15pm

DPU News:

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will recommend a sewer rate adjustment to the Board of Public Utilities at its Nov. 14 meeting. 

If approved, the proposed sewer ordinance will go to the County Council to be considered for adoption in January. 

The proposed ordinance increases overall sewer rates but also simplifies residential customers’ bills to a restructured flat fee every month. 

It removes the variable rate that is based on the amount of potable water consumed during winter months. 

The ordinance also includes continuing annual rate


Letter to the Editor: Reject Los Alamos Charter Amendments

on November 3, 2012 - 8:05am
By Robert A. Pelak
Los Alamos

Like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the structure of the government of Los Alamos is defined by a charter that was adopted by its citizens.

Also, like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, this charter allows its citizen to directly participate in their government by means of petitions for initiatives (proposing new ordinances), referenda (rejection of newly passed ordinances) and recall (removing elected officials) as well as amendment of the charter.

If a petition gathers enough signatures within the allotted time period, then the subject of the petition is put to a vote of

Cat Has Been Waiting Entire Year for Adoption

on November 3, 2012 - 8:05am


Pet of the Week: Cassie – a plus-sized declawed orange tabby female who seeks human attention.

She has been at the shelter for an entire year, waiting for a family to take her home. 

Cassie tends to avoid the company of other cats in the cat room, so she may be best as a single cat and must be an indoor pet.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a large selection of on-site adoptable pets waiting for a home.

Others are currently off-campus in foster homes. Visit the Friends of the Shelter website: to get more information about

After I’m Gone – Things To Think About Your Estate

on November 3, 2012 - 8:03am
By Paula Roybal Sánchez
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist

Settling an estate can be difficult and time-consuming. If you have ever been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, you know how much time and frustration can be involved. 

After I’m Gone – Things to think about your Estate is a program intended to provide you with information to make the process much easier. 

After I’m Gone – Things to think about your Estate, will be presented by Don Davidson, and will be held at noon Friday,

Letter to the Editor: Rhetoric Makes Charter Changes Sound Draconian

on November 3, 2012 - 8:02am
By Fran Berting
Los Alamos County Councilor

The rhetoric regarding the Charter ballot questions on initiative, referendum and recall is making the changes sound positively draconian!

Let's look at what the most widely challenged changes actually do.

For Initiatives

1) No change in the percentage of voters needed (so not noted in the ballot question) but a change in the basis for the number of signatures required for initiatives from 15 percent of voters in the last general election to 15 percent of the number of voters in the arithmetic mean of the past two general elections.

Young Pianist Raises Money for Friends of the Shelter

on November 3, 2012 - 8:01am

Presley Gao, 10, presented Sally Wilkins, President of Friends of the Shelter, with a $217 check for donations he received for performing a benefit concert Sept. 8. Courtesy photo


Presley Gao began taking piano lessons with Dr. Madeline Williamson on his 6th birthday in 2008.

Today at just 10 years of age, he is performing solo piano recitals more likely found in the repertory of concertizing pianists.

Gao has earned several awards in piano competition, including the Santa Fe Sonata Contest, the District and the New Mexico State Honors Auditions and the Dennis Alexander

Environmental Services Q & A

on November 2, 2012 - 9:45am
Cullet or glass pebbles made from locally recycled glass. Courtesy/LAC
Q & A with Tom Nagawiecki
Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist

Q:  The Environmental Services Division has been busy over the past few months working on expanding recycling in Los Alamos County, can you tell us about some of the new projects you have implemented?

A:  The biggest program we launched at the end of September was our new glass drop-off recycling program.


90 Percent Final Design Meeting for Ashley Pond Nov. 14

on November 2, 2012 - 8:20am
Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Greg Kendall/


  • County Hosting 90 Percent Final Design Informational Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge

Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and consultant, Sites Southwest LLC, will present plans for upcoming construction on the Ashley Pond Park renovation project.

The County is scheduled to issue the notice to proceed in February 2013. The project will be sent out for construction bids in late December and the bid is expected to be awarded by Council by late January.

This project was funded by the


Dive-In Movie at the Aquatic Center Friday

on November 2, 2012 - 8:09am


Tickets: $5

Location: Walkup Aquatic Center

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. / Movie starts at 7 p.m.

Maximum: 125 Participants

It’s not too late to get your Dive-In Movie tickets at the Aquatic Center. Tickets include movie popcorn, treats, complementary Coca Cola drinks, swim admission and more.

It’s movie time at the pool! Join the Walkup Aquatic Center for a theater-like movie IN the pool.

We heat the water up, have a bunch of fun treats, put the float toys out, and have a blast with our favorite characters from Madagascar 3.

Fee includes treats, the movie,

Early Voting Ends 6 p.m. Saturday

on November 1, 2012 - 4:01pm

ELECTION 2012 News:

This is just a reminder that all Early Voting ends at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Voting locations include:

Los Alamos Community Building at 29th Street and Central Avenue;

White Rock Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4; and

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office at Oppenheimer Drive and Central Avenue.

Nov. 6 General Election Day voting will be at three locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including Los Alamos Community Building, White Rock Fire Station #3 and Trinity on the Hill Church-Kelly Hall. 

Any registered voter in Los Alamos County may go to any one of these locations to vote.

Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendments Deserve Community's Support

on November 1, 2012 - 12:49pm
By Betsy Lucido
Los Alamos

I support the amendments to the County’s Charter. The current initiative and referendum provisions are disjointed and confusing.

The lack of clarity has led to a number of illegal and/or illogical petition efforts that have frustrated everyone.

The Charter Review Committee consisting of John Hopkins, Larry Warner, Harry Ettinger, Morrie Pongratz, Ralph Phelps, Chris Chandler, David Izraelevitz, Richard Dunn and Kyle Wheeler brought a diversity of views and knowledge to the effort.

They proposed these amendments after working diligently to craft clear and

Pueblo Hunting Season Starts Friday: Know Boundaries Before Venturing Into Rendija Canyon

on November 1, 2012 - 11:21am

From left, Pueblo de San Ildefonso Gov. Terry Aguilar and Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy during a meeting with the media Monday at Police Haedquarters as Pueblo de San Ildefonso Natural Resource Director Stephen Martinez points out new boundaries in Rendija Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


By Carol A. Clark
Officials called a meeting with the media Monday at Los Alamos Police Headquarters in an effort to alert the public to the fact that Pueblo de San Ildefonso now owns more than 7,000 acres of previously public lands in Rendija Canyon.

Friday, Nov.

Take County's Broadband Market Survey

on November 1, 2012 - 10:01am


The Los Alamos County IT Department is doing a Market Survey asking for feedback on the Community Broadband Network project; a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all Los Alamos County citizens, businesses and institutions.

As part of this survey, the County is interested in conducting market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the CBN project and willingness to pay for the various costs to install and operate the network. 



Los Alamos Sheriff Checks Registered Sex Offenders on Halloween

on November 1, 2012 - 10:01am

As part of his annual Halloween children's safety assurance operation, Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and his deputies Wednesday evening visited the residences of the six registered sex offenders residing within the County. Pictured here, Lucero reviews court documents before approaching the home of Henry John Meyer, a registered sex offender living in an apartment on Kiva Street near downtown Los Alamos.

Zombies Break Free From Los Alamos Jail

on October 31, 2012 - 1:38pm

Local residents are asked to be on the lookout for a pair of incarcerated zombies who broke out of the Los Alamos County Jail earlier today. Pictured is the zombie thought to be the ringleader in planning the daring escape. He bears a striking resemblance to Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy. His accomplice shown standing behind him looks a lot like Philo Shelton who runs the County's Public Works Department. Authorities urge the public NOT to approach these fugitives as they are considered somewhat weird and extremely dangerous. Photo by Katy Korkos

Community Invited to Teen Center Design Meeting Nov. 1

on October 31, 2012 - 11:29am
A community meeting to review and provide comments on the design of the new Los Alamos Teen Center is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Community Building next to Ashley Pond.
The new teen center will be developed in an existing building in Central Park Square that faces the back lawn of Fuller Lodge.
The public is welcome to attend Thursday's meeting and provide input on the design for the new teen center.

Area teens will gather from 3:15-4:30 p.m.