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2012 County Fair & Rodeo Kicks Off Thursday!

on August 7, 2012 - 6:59am


2012 County Fair & Rodeo Event Schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 9         

  • Indoor Exhibit Check-in (Carlos Valdez) (505) 662-2656  
  • Mesa Public Library 2-6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10

  • County Classic Open Pool Tournament (505) 662-8920   
  • Ehart Senior Center 8 a.m.
  • County Fair Exhibits @ Mesa Public Library 5-8 p.m.
  • Viewing for Disabled 4-5 p.m.
  • Summer Concert @ Ashley Pond 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 11

  • Festival & Fair @ Ashley Pond 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Arts & Crafts Fair (Nancy Coombs) (505) 662-1635 @ Fuller Lodge 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Parade (Suzette Fox) (505) 661-4844 on Central Avenue at 10 a.m.
  • County

Workers Dredge 15th Street

on August 7, 2012 - 6:40am

Workers dredged beneath 15th Street near Central Avenue last week. The roadwork is now complete with 15th Street newly paved and open to public traffic. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



'CBS This Morning' Features Los Alamos in National Historic Park Video

on August 6, 2012 - 5:15pm

The V-Site buildings and nearby Gun Site are the last significant structures still standing at Los Alamos associated with the development and assembly of the world's first nuclear devices. Courtesy photo

On Monday, the CBS This Morning Show ran an interesting video segment on the topic of the potential Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Los Alamos was a key feature of the story.

Click the following link to read the story and view the video: "Atom bomb historic sites may become national park."

Transportation Board Agenda Aug 9

on August 6, 2012 - 3:53pm

5:30 p.m. Aug 9, 2012 in Public Works Conference Room
2101 Trinity Drive Suite A2

I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment (for items not on the agenda)

III. Approval of Transportation Board Minutes

IV. New Business
A. Chair Elections
B. Discussion of NM4 / Truck Route / Tsankawi Intersection Alignment

V. Old Business
A. Alternative Fleet Fuels: Continued Discussion
B. Planning, Adopting Building and Transportation Energy Greenhouse Gas
Emission Reduction Standards: Continued Discussion

VI. Staff Report
A. NM502 / Trinity Design Update


Board of Public Utilities Agenda Aug 15

on August 5, 2012 - 11:23pm


5:30 p.m. Aug 15, 2012 at DPU Conference Room
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. Environmental Sustainability Board Liaison Report

IX. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

X. New Business
A. Approval of Budget Carry-overs for Fiscal Year 2012 – Janet Bettinger
B. Approval of Department of Energy (DOE) - Los Alamos County (LAC)
Resource Pool Budget for Fiscal Years 2013-2014 -


CONE ZONE: Week of Aug 6

on August 5, 2012 - 8:41pm
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at
Pavement Preservation Program
Crews will be working to finish on Cañada Way then moving to Rover from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon, and the Longview. Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of work beginning in the immediate area. Once construction gets to your area, please ensure that all vehicles are parked off-street.

Art in Public Places Board Agenda for Wed Aug 8

on August 5, 2012 - 7:02pm

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012
4:30 to 6 p.m. – 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 July 11, 2012

A. Discuss the Utilities Department “Smart House” Project and Possible Selection of Artwork (Nebel and Bossert)


County Line Details Upcoming Events

on August 5, 2012 - 6:18pm


Council Meeting on Tuesday

What's on the agenda? An update on Economic Development projects, budgets and priorities, plus a discussion of options for the Valles Caldera National Preserve's visitor access...and much more! Attend the meeting at 7 p.m. in Chambers (inside the Community Building), watch it on PAC-8, or stream it live from our webpage. Download the agenda:

A Vacancy on County Council

Councilor Ron Selvage resigned on August 2, which leaves a vacancy on the Council.


Light Turnout for Start of Anti-Nuke Protest

on August 5, 2012 - 2:21pm

A small crowd gathered Sunday afternoon at Ashley Pond for the kick off of two days of Anti-Nuclear protests. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Sunday Aug. 5 in Los Alamos:

  • Rally in Ashley Pond Park, Los Alamos, speakers, music, teach-ins and information
  • Audio link to the sounding of the Peace Bell in Hiroshima, Japan  (5:15 p.m.)
  • “Sackcloth and Ashes” peace march to LANL led by Pax Christi, New Mexico (5:20 p.m.)
  • Floating of peace lanterns on Ashley Pond (following peace march)

Monday Aug. 6 in Los Alamos:

  • A full day of non-violent direct action in Los Alamos beginning at 7 a.m.

Del Norte Sponsors County's Summer Concert Featuring Eddy and the Nomads

on August 5, 2012 - 8:14am

From left, Debbie Acklin, Julie Layton, Tammie Trujillo, Lisa Bakosi, Chelsea Cantrup and Michelle Koller work the Del Norte Booth at the Friday Night Gordon Concert hosted by the credit union. They were selling frito pies and cupcakes to raise money for Making Strides against breast cancer. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Kenny's BBQ has been a staple at Los Alamos County's Friday Night Gordon Concerts. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Rains couldn't stop concert goers from dancing to the music of Eddy and the Nomads. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Eddy Partridge of

BREAKING NEWS: LAFD Battalion Chief Placed on Administrative Leave

on August 4, 2012 - 5:09pm

LAFD News:

Battalion Chief Kelly Serna

Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Kelly Sterna has been placed on administrative leave following a report this morning that he had been arrested in Albuquerque Friday night for suspected drunk driving.

Sterna was not on duty at the time, according to the report.

“The Los Alamos Fire Department upholds the highest standards and code of conduct for its officers," Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes said this afternoon. "We understand that the public places their trust in us to behave in a professional, law-abiding manner, both on and off duty.

Library Board Meeting Agenda for Aug 6

on August 4, 2012 - 2:00pm

5:30 p.m. August 6 at Mesa Public Library

1.     Call to order

2.     Public comment/correspondence (for items not on the agenda)

3.     Presentation on Library Drive and Central/Oppenheimer Intersection Improvements

4.     Board Business

A.   Review and approval of the minutes of July 2, 2012

5.     Chair and Board Members’ Reports

A.   Chair’s Report

i.       Update on filling of upcoming vacancies

B.    Friends of Mesa Public Library Liaison Report Activities

C.    WR Plan Implementation Committee Liaison Report



County Issues Advisory to Protect Animals During Fair & Rodeo

on August 4, 2012 - 12:33pm

Photo: Horses with vesicular stomatitis show blanched raised or broken vesicles around the upper surface of the tongue, surface of the lips and around nostrils, corners of the mouth and the gums. Courtesy/Horsetalk



The New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is reporting that New Mexico is currently experiencing a significant outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS.) 

VS is classified as a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD), and, as such, cases are required to be reported nationally and internationally. 

To minimize the spread of the disease and to help avoid

County Council Chair Remarks on Selvage Resignation

on August 4, 2012 - 11:57am

Photo: County Council Chair Sharon Stover. Photo by Carol A.

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover received a letter of resignation Thursday evening from Vice Chair Ron Selvage.

Selvage's resignation followed his apology published in the Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday for an indiscretion he had with a woman from Los Alamos while on an official visit to Moscow and Sarov, Russia last September.

Stover issued a statement to the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning regarding Selvage's resignation.

"I have enjoyed working with Ron over the last


County Hosts Recycled Fashion Workshops & Trash Fashion Show

on August 4, 2012 - 10:58am



By Tom Nagawiecki
County Environmental Services Specialist

Nancy Judd, an internationally recognized artist and educator known for creating couture fashion from trash, will host two free recycled fashion workshops in Los Alamos. These workshops will help participants in The Next Big Idea’s Trash Fashion Contest design and prepare garments for Los Alamos’ first Trash Fashion Contest.


The first workshop, which is geared to people new to sewing and design, will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.  A second advanced workshop will be 1-5:30 p.m.


9th Street Road Work Underway

on August 4, 2012 - 9:29am

There's a lot of road work underway on 9th Street near Canyon Road this week. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

BREAKING NEWS: Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage Resigns

on August 3, 2012 - 10:21am

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage seen here speaking with Chair Sharon Stover during a May 8 Council meeting has resigned his post effective immediately. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage submitted a letter of resignation to Council Chair Sharon Stover Thursday evening.

The County is in the process of adding an agenda item to its Tuesday, Aug. 7 agenda for County Council to discuss the vacancy and how to proceed.

Selvage's resignation comes on the heels of his apology published in the Los Alamos Daily


GOP Taps Steve Girrens to Fill Council Candidate Vacancy!

on August 2, 2012 - 8:17pm

The GOP's newly appointed County Council candidate Steven Girrens, center, discusses local issues this evening at the Republican Headquarters, 1362 Trinity Dr., as Treasurer Norma Tech and GOP Chair Jordan Redmond look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

The Los Alamos County Republican Party Central Committee unanimously appointed Republican Steven Girrens this evening to fill the County Council candidate vacancy left when Roger Waterman withdrew from the race July 23 due to business and professional issues.

"We are very sorry that Roger had to withdraw, but we

Myrtle Street Curb and Sidewalk Replacement Underway

on August 2, 2012 - 12:55pm

With the completion of the 15th Street road project, work shifted Wednesday to the Myrtle Street curb and sidewalk replacement project. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Underground Line Fault Causes Eastern Area Power Outage

on August 2, 2012 - 10:54am

DPU News:

Officials from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities report that a power outage, which began at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday in the Eastern Area bounded by Myrtle Street, Rim Road and Canyon Road, affected 98 customers.

Power was restored by 4:45 p.m. to all but 20 of those customers. At 6:45 p.m., power was restored to the remaining 20 customers on Piñon Road and Rim Road.

An underground line fault at Piñon Road caused the electric interruption.

DPU officials also noted that this outage was caused by aging underground infrastructure and is not related to the construction work


Eddy and the Nomads Play Friday

on August 1, 2012 - 12:53pm

Courtesy photo

By Russ Gordon

Familiarity breeds a great time when it comes to the Los Alamos rock band, Eddy & the Nomads.

Los Alamos’ favorite band plays this Friday, Aug. 3 at Del Norte Credit Union. The free concert is presented by the sponsors of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

Please check out our sponsors, photos from past concerts and info on upcoming shows at

Friday’s show starts at 7 p.m. and it’ll be Del Norte Credit Union Night.

The Nomads have been playing Los Alamos concerts for about 30 years.

Los Alamos County Councilor Apologizes for Behavior During Trip to Russia

on July 31, 2012 - 3:06pm

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage apologized today for an indiscretion he had with a woman while on an official visit to Moscow and Sarov last September.

"I did make a mistake on the Russian trip and it's something that I regret and that I'm going to be paying for," Selvage said this morning. "My wife and I are working through this and we would appreciate some privacy during this difficult time."

The mistake Selvage is referring to is an inappropriate relationship he had with Nora Arbuckle, a member of the Sister Cities Initiative who works at Los Alamos High