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County Proposed FY2013 Budget Takes into Account Anticipated Expenditure Reductions by LANL

on April 17, 2012 - 7:09pm

During its budget hearings, which started Monday and continue tonight through Wednesday night, the Los Alamos County Council is assessing and approving the County's proposed FY2013 budgets and the projected FY2014 budgets. The County's objective is to continue to provide the high level of service the community has come to expect, despite anticipated reductions in revenues associated with reduced federal expenditures at the County's primary employer - Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Council Tentatively Approves CDD Budget 7-0

on April 17, 2012 - 6:43pm

Acting Community Development Department Director Steve Brugger discusses his department's $1.912 million proposed FY2013 budget and $1.862 projected FY2014 budget before the County Council gave unanamous tentative approval. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Second Day of County Budget Hearings is Underway

on April 17, 2012 - 6:34pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Right now members of the Los Alamos County Councilors are considering proposed budgets for FY2013 and projected budgets for FY2014 for five more County departments:

Community Development, Administrative Services, Non-Departmental, Capital Projects and Facilities and Public Works.

Councilor Vincent Chiravalle is participating in the meeting via telephone. Chair Sharon Stover, Vice Chair Ron Selvage, Councilor Mike Wismer, Councilor Fran Berting, Councilor Geoff Rodgers and Councilor David Izraelevitz are present in Council Chambers this evening.



New Restroom Facilities for Park and Trail

on April 17, 2012 - 10:01am

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has completed two new restroom facilities. The restrooms will be put into operation on Wednesday of this week.  Dick McIntyre, Parks Division Manager reports that the restrooms were planned and budgeted as part of the Canyon Rim Trail development. 

The first restroom is found at East Park next door to the new Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

Photo by Greg Kendall/

The second restroom is at the other end of the completed section of the Canyon Rim Trail near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

Photo by Greg Kendall/


Work Continues During Break in Tuesday's Budget Meeting

on April 17, 2012 - 9:09am

Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne explains details of the County's proposed and projected FY2013 and FY2014 budgets to councilors Ron Selvage, center, and Vincent Chiravalle during a break at Tuesday night's budget meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz discusses budget fine points with County Administrator Harry Burgess during a break in proceedings Tuesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Council Tentatively Approves County Administrator and County Attorney Office Budgets

on April 17, 2012 - 8:15am

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess explains that the point of purchasing ipads for use by designated personnel is to save paper as well as for efficiency. Councilor tentatively approved the County Administratror's Office proposed $8.799 million FY2013 and projected $10.018 million FY2014 budget 6-1 with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the no vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Acting Los Alamos County Attorney Brian James keeps legal check on the budget hearing in Council Chambers Tuesday night.

Council Tentatively Approves First Grouping of Seven Department Budgets

on April 16, 2012 - 8:54pm

Council tentatively approved the first group of department budgets in a 6-1 vote with Councilor Vincent Chivaralle casting the sole no vote. The Clerk's Office, Assessor's Office, County Council, Municipal Court and Sheriff's Office, Fire and Police comprised the first group. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Sheriff Marco Lucero told Council that his four deputies served 265 court orders in the last year.

County Financial Officials Brief Council on FY2013-FY2014 Budgets

on April 16, 2012 - 7:56pm

Los Alamos County Budgets and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi and Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne presented an overview of the County's FY2013 proposed budget and the FY2014 projected budget. They are now fielding questions from individual councilors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Public Comments on Budget Items at Tonight's Council Meeting

on April 16, 2012 - 7:12pm

Susan Mack of Family Strengths Network spoke in support of the Los Alamos County Extension Office at 475 20th St. and its importance to the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former County Councilor Robert Gibson cautioned the Council to rein in spending. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A crowd fills Council Chambers at tonight's budget hearing. Vernon Kerr addresses Council during public comment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Vernon Kerr takes his turn at the podium while several citizens line up to address Council as well. Photo by Carol A.

Wildfire 2012 Featured Public Safety Tips

on April 16, 2012 - 9:05am

Snow fell Saturday during the Wildfire 2012 public information event at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Officials from Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Los Alamos Fire Department, Bandelier Fire Department, Valle Caldera Fire Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Forest Service were among the agencies on hand to answer questions and provide the public with safety information related to this year's upcoming fire season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

During Saturday's Wildfire 2012 event, a crowd gathered around a Simtable owned by

More ‘HATS ON’ Show Creative District Support!

on April 15, 2012 - 9:48am

Katy Korkos and Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce encourage you to support adoption of the Los Alamos Creative District Plan to be considered by the Los Alamos County Council April 24. Learn more about this initiative on the web at You too can support the Creative District. Send in a photo of you or your family and friends wearing your creative hats to, and we’ll publish it in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post! Courtesy Photo

Road Action at Sherwood and N.M. 4

on April 15, 2012 - 8:59am

Workmen are still required in paving roads with these fancy machines. This crew mans the "lay-down" machine and assures an even thickness of the asphalt coating. The hot asphalt can melt the soles of the men's boots if they stay in one pace to long. The N.M. 4 job will require two coats of material to form the finished roadway. Each coat appears to be about 2 to 3 inches thick. Photo by TK Thompson/

This "shuttle buggy" picks up a load of fresh asphalt hot mix that has just been dumped in a ribbon onto the roadway by a bottom-dump semi truck this past week on N.M.

True Stories of Library Censorship Battles

on April 14, 2012 - 11:18pm


At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Upstairs Rotunda of the Mesa Public Library, Kathy Barco and Valerie Nye will present True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries as part of the Authors Speak Series.

April is a special month in the literary and library worlds, honoring both poetry (National Poetry Month)  and libraries (National Library Week is April 8-14). In recognition of the role libraries play in providing free and open access to information, the Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents a timely book on challenges to what is included

Russ Gordon Performs with DK & the Affordables

on April 14, 2012 - 10:39am

Last night, Russ Gordon held a fundraiser concert at the Hilltop House to raise funds for the summer concert series. DK & the Affordables performance was followed by Eddy & the Nomads. The Los Alamos Concert Series is presented by the County of Los Alamos and coordinated / managed by Russ Gordon.

Russ Gordon delighted the crowd when he joined DK & the Affordables during the fundraiser concert. Photo by Greg Kendall/

From Gordon's website:

This series of Friday evening concerts-in-the-park spans the summer from late May into early September and is held at various locations

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Meets Thursday

on April 13, 2012 - 6:06pm

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. April 19 at Mesa Library.

The agenda includes discussion of the upcoming dinner event on June 2 honoring a special Los Alamos Democrat, plans for July 4, the County Fair, and other events between now and the November election.

Looking forward, the May 17 meeting will be to attend the League of Women Voters forum at Fuller Lodge to listen to both Democrats and Republicans who have primary opponents.

Local GOP Meets Thursday

on April 13, 2012 - 5:29pm

The monthly Los Alamos County GOP meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 in the third floor conference room of the Hill Top House Hotel.

The topics of the meeting will be the new Los Alamos County polling places, Voter Registration training and meeting the GOP candidates running for local offices.

All registered Republicans are invited to attend.

Summer Interns Wanted at the DPU!

on April 13, 2012 - 3:18pm

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities News:

Multiple positions are available this summer for engineering student interns who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in an accredited engineering program at the university level.

Interns will work as part of a team supporting the engineering department, operations staff and administrative functions as a contributing member of the staff.

The diversity of the DPU’s services offers a unique opportunity for an engineering student to gain hands-on experience in a functioning utility.

Examples of possible duties to be performed:

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

on April 13, 2012 - 11:47am

Wildfire 2012 - Tomorrow!

Don't forget to drop by the Community Building on 20th Street to check out all of the information tables - lots of information about creating defensible space around your home, and much more! It's open from 1 to 5 p.m. and hosted by LAFD. There will not be a panel discussion but the public can ask lots of questions of the officials in attendance. Read the list of exhibits and learn more here:

It's Spring! Must be time for Budget Season, too!

The County Council will begin holding budget

Los Alamos Ranked Among Nation's Top Hunting and Fishing Spots

on April 13, 2012 - 11:10am


Los Alamos is ranked 28 among the "35 Best Hunting and Fishing Towns in the U.S.," according to OutdoorLife magazine.

The publication says about Los Alamos: "Stay close to home for walleyes, catfish, bass and trout, in waters like Abiqui Lake, Rio Chama and Rio Grande. The nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve runs a lottery program for monster elk."

Now in its fifth year, the annual “Best Towns for Sportsmen” feature is an OotdoorLife institution: "Readers love to argue the merits of their burgs based on our rankings; local newspapers crow about the inclusion

New Developments in Glass Recycling

on April 13, 2012 - 10:37am

Column by Tom Nagawiecki

During the question and answer session of every presentation given over the last two years, I have been asked why Los Alamos does not recycle glass. Up to this point my answer has always been the same; there are no local markets, thus making glass recycling a high cost and high environmental impact activity. 

In a recent visit to the Village of Angel Fire, New Mexico County staff was exposed to a local glass recycling system that is successfully diverting glass from the landfill in a financially and environmentally responsible manner. 

In Angel Fire, they are

Underground Line Fault Causes Power Outage in Canyon St. Neighborhood

on April 13, 2012 - 9:55am

An underground line fault Thursday morning resulted in a power outage for 75 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers on Canyon Street, Quartz and Rim Road.

The outage began at 5:45 a.m. and electric linemen isolated the fault and restored power at 6:30 a.m. to 21 homes and 9:10 a.m. to the remaining 54 homes.

The fault occurred in an area that DPU has scheduled for electric line replacement this summer.
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities.

DPU Meets Thursday - May Award Smart House Construction Contract

on April 13, 2012 - 9:52am

Department of Public Utilities News:

The Board of Public Utilities will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.


I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III Chair’s Report

IV. Board Member Reports

V. Manager’s Report

VI. County Administrator’s Report

VII. Council Liaison’s Report

VIII. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

IX. New Business

A. Review of Draft Resolution to Endorse the 2030 Challenge for Planning, Adopting, Building and Transportation Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Standards


Environmental Sustainability Board Meets April 19

on April 13, 2012 - 8:50am

County News:

The Environmental Sustainability Board is meeting at 7 a.m. April 19 at the Eco Station Administration Building on East Jemez Road. 

Regular Meeting

I. Call to Order/Roll Call
II. Public Comment
III. Approval of Minutes
IV. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
1. Chair Report
2. Liaison Reports
(1). Utility Board – Steve Tenbrink
(2). Planning and Zoning – Walter Tuzel, Deb Gill
(3). Transportation – Larry Warner, Skip Dunn
(4). Parks and Recreation – Brooke Davis, Mary Barr
(5). County Council – Fran Berting
3. Subcommittee Reports
(1). Holistic downtown parking – Mark Jones, Deb Gill,


'HATS ON' in support of the Los Alamos Creative District!

on April 13, 2012 - 7:38am
Kelly Stewart, Marlane Hamilton and Ken Nebel encourage you to support adoption of the Creative District Plan to be considered by the Los Alamos County Council April 24. Learn more about this initiative on the web at You too can support the Creative District. Send in a photo of you or your family and friends wearing your creative hats to, and we'll publish it in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post! Courtesy Photo

Local Golf Course Gets Innovative

on April 12, 2012 - 11:45am

The 16th green at Los Alamos Golf Course was protected by a turf cover last winter and this shot shows the dramatic difference between covered verses noncovered following removal of the cover Feb. 22. Courtesy/LAGC

By Carol A. Clark

As springtime comes alive with bright sunshine, colorful flowers and grass growing greener throughout the community, the PGA Professionals at Los Alamos Golf Course are welcoming novice and seasoned players to enjoy the local links.

Course Manager Steve Wickliffe is excited about this year’s opening season because of an experiment conducted on the course last