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Balloon Glows on Ashley Pond

on September 15, 2012 - 7:27am

A large balloon glowed off and on throughout the first half of the Gordons Concert Friday night across Ashley Pond from the band. Photo by Felicia Orth

Los Alamos Family Council Marks 50 Years of Service

on September 14, 2012 - 4:13pm

Joy Beery, left, and Cheryl Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Today marks a 50-year milestone for Los Alamos Family Council, Inc.

The behavioral health agency at 1505 15th St., Suite C, incorporated Sept. 14, 1962 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.

Today the agency is launching a year-long campaign, to thank the community for its support and to focus attention on the importance of personal and community wellness.

"We want community members, organizations and Los Alamos County to know how much we appreciate their support," Executive Director Joy

Downtown Banners Display Leslie Bucklin Photos

on September 14, 2012 - 8:55am

By Leslie Bucklin


New seasonal and Los Alamos welcome banners are being hung downtown on the Central Avenue streetlights.

The old banners were several years old, worn out, and in need of replacing.

A state funded MainStreet grant has helped the County update the banners.

Designed and featuring photographs by Leslie Bucklin, the new banners feature some of Los Alamos’ most notable attractions – summer outdoor activities, historic district, skiing, and community events, as well as stunning area scenery.

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie

Democratic Candidates for Los Alamos County Council Participate in Economic Roundtable

on September 13, 2012 - 7:50pm

Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Chair Mike Wheeler introduces panelists from left, Democratic Council candidates Michael Redondo, Pete Sheehey and Kristin Henderson who participated in a roundtable event this evening at Democratic Party Headquarters, 140 Central Park Square, in which the sole topic of discussion was the economy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

"We need to be a town that works for all of us," Council candidate Kristin Henderson said. "If we have a vision for Los Alamos ... that helps us prioritize."

"In my 26 years living in Los Alamos, I have seen small

County Unveils New Banners in Downtown Los Alamos

on September 13, 2012 - 4:31pm

Los Alamos County today unveiled seasonal banners along Central Avenue in Downtown Los Alamos, which have been created from photos taken by County Photographer Leslie Bucklin. The new banners are interspersed with New Mexico MainStreet Banners and each County banner will change with the season and depict a different photograph by Bucklin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico MainStreet banners now hang on poles along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Traffic Department workers Chris Montoya and Raymand Baca hang new banners along Central

East Road Lane Closure Changed to Friday

on September 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

DPU News:

Due to weather, officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities have indicated that a lane closure scheduled to occur Thursday, Sept. 13 will now occur Friday, Sept 14. 

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the eastbound traffic lane on East Road near Los Alamos County Fire Station 6 and Tewa Loop will close. 

Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road will excavate into the closed lane to tie the new line into the gas distribution system. 

No interruption of gas services is expected.

A flagging operation will permit traffic to

Community Broadband Survey Begins Tuesday

on September 12, 2012 - 3:45pm


Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18 and running approximately two weeks, residents in Los Alamos County may be receiving a phone call 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


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview Sept. 14, 2012

on September 12, 2012 - 3:44pm

This week's preview is sponsored by

Beowulf: Special film presentation of the heroic, epic poem 
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library

STEM Student Day 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
Kids 13–17 years old
4 p.m. at Little Theater Madame Curie Performance
5 p.m. at Bradbury Science Museum (pizza for all! Presentation from Mars Rover Scientists, Fire Science or Kraz-E Science Show)
7 p.m.

Ashley Pond Park Improvements Coming Soon

on September 12, 2012 - 3:39pm

Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall/


The public is invited to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in Council Chambers, 475 20th St. to review the 30 percent design plans with Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and consultant Sites Southwest LLC.

Public comment will be accepted during this meeting.

The improvements to Ashley Pond Park are slated for construction beginning February 2013. Design work will wrap up this winter, with a second public meeting at 90 percent design set for mid-November.

The Los Alamos County Council approved


Los Alamos County Among 100 Best Communities for Young People

on September 12, 2012 - 12:56pm

Chamisa students, teachers, administrators, County officials and community members gather for a group photo following today's big announcement that County today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS News:

  • Annual Competition Recognizes Communities that Prioritize Youth Education and Well-Being

Los Alamos County today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING.

The national award was given to Los Alamos County to recognize its outstanding

BREAKING NEWS: NADG Pulling Out of Trinity

on September 12, 2012 - 9:23am

Update 9/12/12 - 2:44 p.m. - Comment from Grubb and Ellis added

A NADG concept drawning of the exterior of a Smith's Marketplace. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

In a surprising announcement this morning, Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle reported to KRSN AM 1490 morning show host Nancy Coombs that North American Development Group (NADG) has requested that the Trinity Site development project be legally transferred to the property development arm of Kroger. 

If the transfer is approved, NADG would no longer be the developer of Trinity Site, instead Smith's, a division of

Powering Up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

on September 11, 2012 - 11:20pm

Let the Demo Begin!  Powering up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

By Greg Kendall

  • First international project in the U.S. to demonstrate how to provide a significant proportion of renewable power on the electric grid to meet a community’s residential needs.

A $52 million state‐of‐the‐art, international smart grid project will power up at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at 1925‐D Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos, a high desert residential community of scientists, engineers and their families.

At the event, the New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan,

Council Adopts Property Tax Rate for 2012

on September 11, 2012 - 8:28pm

Los Alamos County Budget & Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi addresses Council with regard to property tax rates for calendar year 2012 as certified by the State Department of Finance and Administration. Council voted 7-0 to adopt the property tax rate as presented by Coluzzi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson listens to Council discuss the property tax rate issue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Taps Historical Society to Lead Manhattan Project National Historic Park Effort

on September 11, 2012 - 8:16pm

Los Alamos Historical Society Board President Ron Wilkins thanks Council for its confidence in his organization. Council voted 7-0 to designate the Los Alamos Historical Society as the lead agency responsible for communicating the interests and participation of Los Alamos County in the development of the proposed Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Approves Liquor License for Pajarito Brewpub & Grill

on September 11, 2012 - 7:55pm

Pajarito Brewpub & Grill owners from left, Pawel and Dorota Listwan, Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and Art Baca who represented the estate that owns the license, listen from the audience as the Los Alamos County Council votes 7-0 this evening to approve the liquor license for their new restaurant opening this fall at 614 Trinity Dr., in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Proclaims Sept. 15, 2012 'Next Big Idea Day'

on September 11, 2012 - 7:20pm

The Los Alamos County Council has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 as "The Next Big Idea Day" in Los Alamos County. Councilor Rick Reiss presents Suzette Fox of Los Alamos MainStreet and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation with the official proclamation during this evening's meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



V-22 Osprey Military Aircraft Visit Los Alamos

on September 11, 2012 - 5:37pm

V-22 Osprey military aircraft arrived at Los Alamos County Airport today. Three of them buzzed low over the townsite this morning during high altitude training, according to sources at the scene. Courtesy photo

Photo by Alan Kirk

Encore Summer Concert Friday at Ashley Pond

on September 11, 2012 - 4:50pm

Concert goers pack Ashley Pond this summer. Courtesy Photo

By Russ Gordon

We’re back for a fun-filled weekend. “Ha Ha,” you say. No, it’s the truth! Friday Sept, 14, we have an encore summer concert. LA MainStreet asked us to participate in their Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention & Innovation.

Here’s what we have: 7 p.m. Friday, we’ll be back at Ashley Pond for a concert with Stephanie Hatfield & Hot Mess plus Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, two excellent rock bands from Santa Fe.

Hot Mess is an indie rock band playing mostly original music with a great drummer and loud guitars.

Underground Work Continues at 15th and Myrtle

on September 11, 2012 - 7:28am
County road crews have been installing electrical and communications conduit beneath the area near 15th Street and Myrtle Street. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/
Photo by Carol A. Clark/

What’s on Your Mind?

on September 10, 2012 - 10:09pm


Joyce Nichols and her grandson chat with County Council Chair Sharon Stover at the Farmer's Market in June. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff report

Several Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, to visit with citizens about current projects, issues, and other topics.

The market is located downtown, in the library overflow parking lot just north of Ashley Pond Park on Central Avenue.


Sign Code Subject of P&Z Work Session Wednesday

on September 10, 2012 - 9:13pm

Planning and Zoning Commission Work Session
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
Community Building Council Chambers, 475 20th St.




IV. DISCUSSION OF SIGN CODE, Gary Leikness, Principal Planner



The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission is 5:30 p.m., Sept. 26.


Arts in Public Places Board Meets Wednesday

on September 10, 2012 - 8:00pm

4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room #3


II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to four minutes each.)

A. Approval of Minutes from Aug. 8

A. Discussion and Possible Selection of Animal Shelter Artwork (Nebel and Bossert)
B. Discuss the Content, Format and Publicity for the
Proposed October “Open Call


Initiative, Referendum and Recall Ballot Questions – A Path to Good Governance

on September 10, 2012 - 11:55am
By John C. Hopkins, Charter Review Committee Chair
By Chris Chandler, I&R Subcommittee Chair

The Charter Review Committee (CRC) spent more than two years studying the Los Alamos County Charter. 

After numerous public meetings and considerable debate, the CRC’s and Los Alamos County Council’s proposals relating to initiative, referendum and recall are now being presented to the voters on the fall ballot.  

The CRC approached its study of initiative and referendum (I&R) beginning with the tenet that representative democracy is the basis of our American system of

Local Glass Recycling Returns Sept. 29

on September 9, 2012 - 2:54pm


Starting Sept. 29, residents will once again be able to recycle glass in Los Alamos County through the new drop-off program. 

Yellow dumpsters will be placed at the two recycling convenience centers; Sullivan field across from Los Alamos High School and Overlook Park in White Rock for the collection of glass bottles and jars of all colors. 

Glass bottles and jars will also be accepted at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. 

In order to ensure a successful program, please adhere to these glass recycling requirements:

  • The program is limited to glass bottles and