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Public Invited to Ashley Pond Park Renovation Meeting

on October 31, 2012 - 10:53am


The County will hold an informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations at 5:30 p.m. on  Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.  

County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and the consultant, Sites Southwest LLC, will present the plans for upcoming construction.

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 the end of January.

This project was funded by the


History Nuts Column: What Makes Our Historic District a Special Place?

on October 31, 2012 - 10:37am

Column by Janie O'Rourke

History is an integral part of the landscape that surrounds us. The lives and actions of those who have come before us have created, layer upon layer, the places in which we live. 

Historic districts are special areas set aside to protect pieces of these layers: historic and archaeological sites, historic buildings, and even viewsheds or cultural landscapes without manmade structures.  

Here in Los Alamos we are fortunate to have a historic district located in our downtown.

If you have attended a lecture or concert at Fuller Lodge or strolled across the Fuller

New County Attorney to Talk at Lunch with a Leader

on October 30, 2012 - 8:41am

County Attorney Rebecca W. Ehler. Courtesy photo

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters will host its monthly Lunch with a Leader event at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Mesa Public Library.

The leader for November is new Los Alamos County Attorney Becky Ehler.

After working in Alamogordo for 19 years as the city attorney and as the legal advisor to the City's Department of Public Safety, Ehler came to Los Alamos in June 2012 with her husband of 34 years.

They purchased a house in White Rock where they live with the animals the kids left behind when they moved out.

She has worked in

Utilities Board to Hold Special Meeting

on October 30, 2012 - 8:30am

DPU News:

The Utilities Board will hold a special meeting at noon, Nov. 1 in the Department of Public Utilities Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.


Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III. New Business

A. Approval of Change Order No. 2 & Revision of Project Budget for the Los Alamos Canyon Dam Modification Project

IV. Adjournment

DPU Board:

  • Chair Glenn Woodwell
  • Vice Chair Timothy R. Neal
  • Member Kevin Anderson
  • Member D. Christopher Ortega
  • Member David Powell
  • Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith

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Presentation: Financial Incentives for Historic Preservation

on October 30, 2012 - 8:14am



Residents who either own historic property or who may be considering securing a historic listing for their property are invited to attend a special presentation next week being sponsored by the Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board (FL/HDAB.)

Harvey Kaplan from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division will present a slide show and talk focusing on “Financial Incentives for Historic Preservation” 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Training Room of the Community Building, 475 20th St.

Kaplan will provide information about the Division’s financial

Making the Arts Accessible to People with Dementia

on October 30, 2012 - 8:12am


Meet Me at Mesa - Making the Arts Accessible to People with Dementia

As director of the Betty Ehart Senior Center and as a music therapist, Pauline Schneider sees both the difficulties dementia sufferers and their caregivers face daily and also how music and the arts can help people connect and enjoy the arts’ beauty and energizing effects.

“I have worked with people in all phases of dementia and even  those who seem to have stopped relating to the world around them  remarkably respond to music.

Superintendent Unveils Draft Strategic Plan

on October 28, 2012 - 11:55pm

County Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne provides an update to school board members on the Trinity Site project. He explained since the Kroger Company received the lease for the development from the North American Development Group, they have been very active in the project. The Kroger Company has met to do pre-planning and has begun geo-tech and survey work. The next big step, Lynne said, is to submit a site plan for approval: "So they are plowing straight ahead."  Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

By Kirsten Laskey

“The future of Los Alamos is very bright,” Los Alamos Public

Road Work Closing Myrtle Street Next Week

on October 27, 2012 - 10:50am


The Eastern Area Phase 2 Project is inching toward completion.

RMCI will begin paving Monday, Oct. 29 on Myrtle Street, followed by 9th Street, Canyon Road and 5th Street.

Paving operations should be completed on or before Friday, Nov. 2, assuming there are no weather or mechanical delays.

Work is anticipated to start at 8:30 a.m. each day and the County is asking residents to refrain from parking vehicles in these street in the active construction areas.

RMCI staff will be on hand to assist motorists with vehicular access while paving is ongoing; however, there may be


No Vacancy at Animal Shelter!

on October 26, 2012 - 8:02am


The Los Alamos Animal Shelter is filled to capacity and needs the public's help.

Friends of the Shelter will be out in downtown Los Alamos 10 a.m. to noon Saturday to show community members the dogs available for adoption.

The dogs will be on display first at 10 a.m. at Pet Pangaea, then walk downtown to where Halloweekend festivities are going on.

They'll be walking around Fuller Lodge and the Starbucks and Ruby K's area before moving down toward the swimming pool.

Look for the dogs wearing "adopt me" vests and bandanas.

County Line: Plenty of Treats on Main Street

on October 26, 2012 - 8:01am


Plenty of Treats on Main Street

Today is the annual "Trick or Treat on MainStreet" extravaganza - so don your Halloween costume and head downtown for all the fun from 4-6:30 p.m.

Check out the County Recreation division's Pumpkin Splash and Halloween Carnival on Saturday at the Aquatic Center! For details, link here:

Council Meeting at 7 p.m.
Tuesday in Council Chambers

What's on the agenda?


Letter to the Editor: Furious at Icons on Ballots

on October 25, 2012 - 10:12am

By JJ Maier

I just returned home from voting early here in my home town of Los Alamos, New Mexico.

I was furious to discover that the ballot had “icons” in front of the presidential candidates – not their party icons, but icons selected by the New Mexico Secretary of State:

1. Obama had a distorted eagle

2. Romney had the American Flag

When I called our local County Clerk, they said the local government has no control over how the ballot looks or what is on it and that this ballot format is being used by all precincts throughout the state.

This seems way over the top in attempting

Council Directs County Attorney to Draft Two DPU Related Ordinances

on October 24, 2012 - 11:17am

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess briefs Council Tuesday night on the process to-date, regarding a proposed Charter change to Article V – Utilities, which would provide Council with authority to remove rogue board members or managers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

In a nutshell, the Los Alamos County Charter Review Committee examined the structure of the Department of Public Utilities and determined that it would behoove Council to make changes to Article V.

CRC Chair John Hopkins, Subcommittee Chair Harry Ettinger and County Contract Attorney Chay


Los Alamos Daily Post Candidate Facebook Poll Results Are In

on October 24, 2012 - 11:14am


During the last week, the Los Alamos Daily Post conducted a non-scientific poll on Facebook. 

Readers were asked to cast their vote for one State Representative candidate for House District 43 and - because three seats are available - to vote their first, second and third choices for Los Alamos County Council.

The poll was open Oct. 16 through Oct. 23 and readers were informed that their name would appear on Facebook when they cast their vote. 

Readers who visited the poll totaled 597.

HD 43 Race Results:

Stephanie Garcia Richard: 46 votes
James Hall: 36 votes

Challenge: Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days

on October 24, 2012 - 8:13am

Courtesy photo


National Novel Writing Month Kicks Off Nov. 1
'Everyone has it in Them to Write a Novel'

November has Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, blustery weather, and the change back to Standard Time - the perfect time to give thanks, contemplate life, curl up somewhere cozy, eat too much ... and write a novel.

November is also National Novel Writing Month and Los Alamos County Libraries are ready to support those with the steely resolve to write the required 50,000 words in 30 days.

On Nov.

Council Hears More Discussion on Proposed Charter Changes

on October 23, 2012 - 8:17pm

County Contract Attorney Charles 'Chay' Rennick speaks on behalf of the Charter Review Committee (CRC) on the continued discussions of the recommendations from the CRC on Charter Article 5 regarding the ability to remove a utilities board member at will. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Contract Attorney Charles 'Chay' Rennick continues speaking on behalf of the Charter Review Committee (CRC), which has recommended a provision that allows removal of a utilities board member or manager at will.

Council Unanimously Approves Liquor License for Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue

on October 23, 2012 - 7:28pm

Dixie Girl owner Denise Lane's expression says it all - Los Alamos County Council gave unanimous approval this evening to the transfer of location for an on premise consumption liquor license submitted by Bliss on Tap, Inc. d/b/a Trinity Beverage Company. Lane's son, Jake Smith, sits next to his mother. Council candidate Pete Sheehey and resident Rose Stephens are seated in the audience behind Lane and Smith at tonight's Council meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Parks Crews to Work at Pond Wednesday and Thursday

on October 23, 2012 - 4:03pm


Wednesday, Oct. 24, Los Alamos County Parks Crews will be at Ashley Pond Park, stripping sod in front of the new dumpster walls on the north end of the Community Building.  

They will be transplanting some grasses and landscaping plants for a screen on the pond side of the dumpster walls.

Work should be completed by Thursday afternoon.


Meet Councilors at Saturday's Health Fair

on October 23, 2012 - 9:42am


Several of the Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Health Fair this Saturday, Oct. 27 at Griffith Gymnasium.

The Councilors look forward to visiting with citizens about current projects, issues and other topics.

Look for the Councilors in the Library’s booth at the gym.



Time Extended for Public Comment on Transportation to Bandelier

on October 23, 2012 - 6:31am



The National Park Service (NPS) at Bandelier National Monument is developing a Transportation Plan/ Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.


The public comment period has been extended, and will now close Tuesday, Nov. 6,


The NPS is in the scoping phase of the project and needs and encourages public input during this initial comment period.


These comments are crucial to defining the issues and concerns to be addressed.


The public will have a second opportunity to comment on the plan/EA after

Pete Sheehey Knocks on Doors in White Rock

on October 23, 2012 - 6:04am

Los Alamos County Council candidate Pete Sheehey was spotted attaching a campaign sign to a chain linked fence at the corner of Rover Boulevard and Bryce Street. Sheehey spent time Sunday knocking on doors and discussing the issues with home owners in the White Rock neighborhood and getting permission to post his signs. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pumpkin Splash & Halloween Carnival Oct. 27

on October 23, 2012 - 6:03am


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

This fun family event will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes pirate themed carnival games, jumping into the pool and finding your pumpkin, decorating your pumpkin 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 at

Crowd Turns Out for Satch Cowan Trail Dedication

on October 22, 2012 - 3:36pm

A crowd gathers for this morning's Satch Cowan Trail Dedication and Ribbon Cutting event at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. Photo by Leslie Bucklin/Los Alamos County

Fifth-grade students from Mountain Elementary School participated in today's dedication as they had been involved along with local trails volunteers led by the County’s Open Space Specialist Craig Martin on the construction of the trail. Photo by Leslie Bucklin/Los Alamos County

Everyone gathered for a group photo at this morning's dedication of the Satch Cowan Trail. Prior to improvements, the

Candidates Go On Record Regarding Charter Changes

on October 22, 2012 - 1:14pm

Staff Report:

The six candidates running for one of three seats on the Los Alamos County Council weighed in on where they stand on the hotly contested proposed changes to the Los Alamos County Charter. The four questions on the Nov. 6, General Election ballot propose changing the County's Charter for Initiative, Referendum, Recall and Charter Amendment Process. Below are the candidates' responses to the proposed changes followed by links to the language of the four proposed amendments:


"I have friends and supporters who have strong feelings both for and against the four

Local Reception Held for Korean Colleagues

on October 22, 2012 - 1:12pm

From left, Lorraine Whalen, Hyeong Cheol Kim, David Mascarenas, Eric Flynn, Steven Girrens (standing), his wife County Council Chair Sharon Stover, Karl Jonietz and his wife Patricia Jonietz and Alexander Scheinker. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Karl Jonietz, David Mascarenas, Chuck Farrar, Eric Flynn, Hyeong Cheol Kim, Alexander Scheinker, Reon Kang and Yunshil Choi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos National Laboratory staff, postdocs and graduate research assistants participated in the International Conference on Advances in

Tin Man Finds Heart in Downtown Los Alamos!

on October 21, 2012 - 7:16am

The Los Alamos Heart Council entered the Tin Man in this year's MainStreet Scarecrow Contest underway in downtown Los Alamos. The Tin Man has found his heart so he’s off to the annual Health Fair set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27 inside Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHC