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Road Work on N.M. 4 - Bicyclists Beware

on July 18, 2012 - 7:59pm

Courtesy photo

New tar and gravel are being spread on N.M. 4 between the entrance to Bandelier National Monument and N.M. 501 to the Los Alamos turn off.

The New Mexico Transportation Department is requesting that bicyclists using N.M. 4 heed flaggers just as motorized vehicles must do.

There are reports that some bicyclists are ignoring the flaggers and are ending up between heavy equipment where it is not advisable to be located.

Corporate Jet Registered to Chevron has Landed at Los Alamos County Airport

on July 18, 2012 - 7:04pm

This 2008 Gulfstream 550 with a Rolls-Royce engine landed today at Los Alamos County Airport and according to its N-number is registered to Chevron USA Corporation in San Ramon, Calif. It's unclear what business the occupants are conducting in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Thursday's CIP Evaluation & Oversight Committee Meeting Canceled

on July 18, 2012 - 5:55pm


NOTICE: The regular monthly business meeting for the CIP Evaluation & Oversight Committee at 5:15 p.m.Thursday, July 19 in Council Chambers has been canceled.


Road Work Progresses on 15th Street

on July 18, 2012 - 4:43pm

A cement crew works on 15th Street Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cone Zone Alert: County to Close Portions of Central Avenue on Thursday

on July 18, 2012 - 3:37pm


In order to complete the final stages of utility water line work and installation of curb, gutter, drive pads, ramps and sidewalks associated with the new Municipal Complex, the Contractor will close westbound Central Avenue from 9thStreet to the new construction site entrances near Knecht Street at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19.

Westbound traffic on Central Avenue will be detoured onto 9th Street - north to Iris, then west to 15th Street.

The southbound lane of 9th Street will be intermittently closed between Iris and Central Avenue for curb, paving, utility

Column: Area Ponderosa Pine Trees Appear to be Dying; Should You be Concerned?

on July 18, 2012 - 12:48pm
Column by Carlos Valdez
Los Alamos Extension Horticulture Agent

The sudden appearance of drying needles, dead branches, or even dead Ponderosa Pine trees can alarm anyone, especially homeowners. 

Damage occurs throughout New Mexico where Ponderosa Pine is found growing, but is most severe in the urban setting, on the fringe of forested areas, and on shallow, rocky, or droughty soil types.

That describes Los Alamos to a tee. Trees growing near roads or in areas of soil disturbance or abundant competing vegetation are most frequently affected.

According to Danny Norlander, New Mexico

From Robotics to Preserves and Quilts ... Get Your Exhibits Ready for the County Fair and Rodeo

on July 18, 2012 - 10:09am


It's County Fair Time 2012!
By Paula Roybal Sánchez
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist

Attention gardeners, bakers, quilters and artists – you have two weeks to get your entries ready for the Los Alamos County Fair. 

If you are into robotics, here is an opportunity to exhibit your favorite robot as well as your home preserves, garden produce and those lovely quilts.

The County Fair and Rodeo runs Aug. 9-12.

Anyone living or working in Los Alamos County is eligible to enter. 

Exhibit categories include: 

  • Culinary (baked items),
  • Preserved

Sheriff Conducts Sex Offender Address Verifications

on July 18, 2012 - 9:38am


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero checks his file during Monday's compliance verification operation, which the Sheriff's Office conducted throughout Los Alamos County to ensure that local registered sex offenders continue to reside at the address they have listed with the Sheriff's Office. Lucero said that his office was able to confirm compliance in all cases. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Deputy Sheriff John Horne, left, and Sheriff Marco Lucero at the home of a registered sex offender during the department's address verification operation Monday.

Derailers Play Friday at Entrada Business Park

on July 18, 2012 - 9:13am

Editor's Note: Updated with article by Russ Gordon, producer of Friday's Los Alamos County Summer Concert.

Los Alamos fans gather near the stage when the Derailers performed Aug. 21, 2009 at the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. The band is set to play at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20 at the Entrada Business Park. The Los Alamos Cooperative Market and the Holiday Inn Express are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. Photo by Skip Wecksung


By Russ Gordon

We have the Texas country dance band, the Derailers playing this Friday, July 20 at Entrada Business Park for “Holiday Inn

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Hires MVM Group as Executive Director

on July 16, 2012 - 10:22am


Attorney DeAnza Valencia Sapien will assume the lead role of executive director for the Coalition.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced Friday that it has contracted with the MVM Group to provide executive director services to help move the Coalition forward.

The MVM Group is a strategic consulting firm focused on the intersection of business strategy, public policy and reputation management.

Partners DeAnza Valencia Sapien, Yasine Mogharreban Armstrong and Lillian Montoya-Rael, lead the firm.

The MVM Group has extensive experience in assisting companies,

Casting Call for Over 50 Local Students

on July 16, 2012 - 6:47am

Courtesy/Los Alamos Arts Council

More than 50 roles will be cast for students entering grades 1 through 12 for the Missoula Children’s Theatre "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast."

The casting call is 9:30 a.m., Monday July 23 at Crossroads Bible Church, N.M. 502 on the south side of road between the Hilltop House Hotel and Los Alamos County Airport

Parent or guardian must be with each child when registering in order to sign the permission form.

All auditioners should plan to attend the entire morning audition and, if selected, have an open calendar from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., for the week

Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series Presents New Mexico's Centennial Story Teller Joe Hayes

on July 15, 2012 - 3:58pm


Join Joe Hayes for a family evening of fun and tall tales in English and Spanish at 7 p.m., Thursday July 26 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, weather permitting, inside if not, presented by Mesa Public Library.

Bring a picnic and come early to get a good spot for this beloved, official New Mexico Centennial storyteller and former teacher with Los Alamos Public Schools.

As Hayes notes, “I'll tell a selection of favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico's diverse cultures.

Cone Zone Update: Week of July 16

on July 15, 2012 - 2:03pm


Public Works Projects:

N.M. 4 Improvements Project

Motorists can expect a relatively open roadway this week with temporary tabs marking driving lanes.

Permanent striping and roadway markings will be placed in approximately two weeks, allowing the latest pavement application adequate time to cure.

As the contractor works to finish up any remaining median or shoulder work, intermittent lane closures can be expected.

The speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Please drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles.

Pavement Preservation Program



Ribbon Cut on North Mesa Disc Golf Course

on July 15, 2012 - 9:11am

Los Alamos County Parks and Trails Division Superintendant Jeff Humpton cuts the ribbon to the entrance of the North Mesa Disc Golf Course Saturday. The Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Dvision held the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the newly renovated North Mesa Disc Golf Course. A tournament was held after the ceremony with participants from Los Alamos, White Rock and a few non-locals. Visit for a course description and map. The course is free to the public and open year round. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


Board of Public Utilities Meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

on July 15, 2012 - 9:10am

DPU News:

The Board of Public Utilities is holding its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18.

The meeting is at 170 Central Park Square.

The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda:

  • Approval of Modification of DPU rules and regulations regarding the fee schedule for water hydrant meters
  • Cooperation on achieving the County’s sustainability goals
  • Electric reliability plan update
  • Discussion of sewer project costs and ways to fund continuing sewer budget needs
  • Discussion on the board’s sewer budget presentation to Council July 24
  • Discussion on utilities manager goals and

Shinyribs Brought Ashley Pond Crowd to its Feet Friday

on July 14, 2012 - 11:51am

The Shinyribs from Austin, Texas performed Friday night at Ashley Pond as part of Los Alamos County's Summer Concert Series with Concert Promoter Russ Gordon. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Andy Baumer and Shannon Flynn brave the rain to dance to the music of the Shinyribs at the Friday night Gordons Summer Concert. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Ducks glide across the pond as the Shinyribs band plays in the background. Photo by TK Thompson/

Kev "Shinyribs" Russel. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Dia Winograd, center, and Keith Gray drove up from El

Wednesday's Downpour Spurs Back Road Flash Flood

on July 13, 2012 - 9:46am

Looking down from Omega Bridge, a grader and front end loader work on West Road near the Ice Rink to clear debris from the flash flood Wednesday evening. The creek coming down Los Alamos Canyon from the Reservoir becomes a raging torrent that uses the roadway as a streambed in flash-flood conditions. Clean up from that flash flood got underway quickly on N.M. 501 (Back Road) following Wednesday's downpour. Steve Stoddard of Los Alamos reported that he was returning from an excursion in the Jemez about 6 p.m. and found the Back Road closed due to debris.

July 18th Board of Public Utilities Meeting Agenda & Possible Quorum July 20th

on July 12, 2012 - 11:47pm

Board of Public Utilities Meeting – Regular Meeting, July 18th, 2012, 5:30PM, 170 Central Park Square (Tentative agenda)

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. Public Hearing
A. Approval of Modification of Department of Public Utilities Rules & Regulations - Fee Schedule for Water Hydrant Meters – Janet Bettinger

X. New Business
A. Cooperation on Achieving the County’s Sustainability Goals – Stephen Tenbrink


2012 High Mountain Mudfest Mud Volleyball Tournament Set for July 21

on July 12, 2012 - 11:33pm


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the 8th Annual High Mountain Mudfest Mud Volleyball Tournament Saturday, July 21 at the North Mesa Mud Pits.

Games start at 9 a.m., and each team must have six to 12 players, with a minimum of four women.

The cost is $130 per team. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m., Thursday July 19.

For more information, contact the Recreation Division at 505-662-8173, or visit


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: July 13, 2012

on July 12, 2012 - 11:03pm

Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Photo by Karen Kendall

The week's preview is sponsored by

Friday, July 13 @ Ashley Pond 7 p.m.
The Shinyribs - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series
Wild Texas country/rock

Friday, July 13  5–7 p.m.
Two-Artist Exhibition: Sheridan Brown and Janice Parker Muir
Opening Reception at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery
2101 Trinity Dr., Suite B-2 (Across from Ashley Pond)

Friday Nights @ the Bradbury Science Museum
Nanoscale Science and Engineering ... Explore the world of the smaller than teensy-tiny.

Business Leaders Advocate for LANL Budget

on July 12, 2012 - 10:53pm


A delegation of New Mexico business leaders will travel to Washington D.C. July 16 and 17 to discuss the importance of Los Alamos National Laboratory to the state’s economy.

The delegation will be accompanied by Gov. Susana Martinez' Chief of Staff Keith Gardner and Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover.

Stover is a member of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, which traveled to Washington, D.C., on a similar mission in March. .

The current business group plans to meet with New Mexico’s Congressional delegation, staff from key committees in both the U.S.

West Road Closed Today for Debris Cleanup

on July 12, 2012 - 9:54am


The Los Alamos County Public Works Department reports that Wednesday’s rain storm resulted in about a foot of water flowing through Los Alamos Canyon and the Ice Rink parking lot.

County crews had completed barrier work around the rink in June to provide protective measures to the Rink, and the barriers held up well – no water entered the Ice Rink and there is no damage to that structure.

Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach has indicated that DOE has reported they will close West Road today to allow their crews to enter and clean up road debris.

County crews checked Camp May this


Los Alamos Municipal Court Closed July 18-20

on July 12, 2012 - 6:46am

The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed July 18, 19 and 20 for staff to attend training.  

Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, NM 87544 or some payments may be paid online at

The Court will re-open at 8 a.m., Monday July 23.

Flood Waters Rush Through Pajarito Canyon

on July 11, 2012 - 8:43pm

At 5:20 p.m. today, a flood swept through Pajarito Canyon. Photo by Craig Martin

Santa Fe National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions

on July 11, 2012 - 4:59pm

SFNF News:

Effective at 8 a.m., Thursday July 12, the Santa Fe National Forest will go from Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to no fire restrictions forest-wide, to include the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Current monsoon rains and favorable weather forecasts are allowing for the complete lifting of fire restrictions.

“We’ve experienced some of the driest conditions this forest has seen in many years,” said Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor, Maria T. Garcia.