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Public Invited to Meet State Senator Monday

on May 17, 2012 - 11:25am

County News:

Sen. Richard Martinez is holding an informal meet and greet session with the public at about 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Coffee Booth in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz are stopping by the restaurant to visit with Martinez as well.

Martinez is a Democrat representing Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties in the state legislature. He is running for re-election.

Born and raised in New Mexico, Martinez grew up in Guachupangue, a small farming community north of Santa Fe and Espanola.

His education

Clark & Kendall's - Weekend Preview - May 16, 2012

on May 17, 2012 - 10:06am


The Los Alamos Daily Post's events calendar webcast, "Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview." Carol A. Clark and Greg Kendall co-host this weekly program, which previews each upcoming weekend's events scheduled for Los Alamos, White Rock and beyond.

To compile the list of events, the Los Alamos Daily Post checks the event calendars found in the right hand sidebar and we sample the posters on the front window at Aspen Copies. We cover events that are of interest to the general public.

Things that didn't make the webcast: (Let us know if we missed something!):  <nothing yet>

Muni Building Rafter Work is Underway

on May 17, 2012 - 8:03am

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Council Nears Decisions on which CIP Projects to Fund

on May 16, 2012 - 8:43pm

Public comment is over and County Council is now at the stage where they are going to begin deciding which projects to fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Public Comment is Underway

on May 16, 2012 - 7:35pm

Joy Beery is first to be called up to speak as public comment begins this evening. Beery is speaking in support of the White Rock Civic Center. Photo by Carol A.

Reid Griffith speaks in support of the Golf Course project. Photo by Carol A.

Students advocate for Nature Center along with the Teen Center and Pool. Photo by Carol A.

Local youth speak in support of the Teen Center. Photo by Carol A.

Residents listen to their neighbors address Council during public comment in support of various projects

Project Fine Points Clarified for Council

on May 16, 2012 - 6:35pm

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne is briefing Council on various projects under consideration for funding this evening. Photo by Carol A.

Thirty Citizens Selected to Speak at Tonight's CIP Mtg.

on May 16, 2012 - 6:11pm

County Communications Manager Julie Habiger calls out ticket numbers for the 30 residents who will speak during the 90 minutes set aside for public comment, which starts in a few minutes. Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson is drawing the numbers from a bowl behind the podium. Nickerson is on hand this evening to ensure the massive crowd does not exceed the maximum capacity allowed by law for Council Chambers, which is 124, according to a sign posted on the wall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

These five chairs are reserved for the citizens who will be called, five at a time, to sit near

Public Packs Council Chambers!

on May 16, 2012 - 5:58pm

A crowd of citizens lines up to pull a ticket out of a bowl, from the County's Julie Habiger, for a chance to speak during tonight's public comment portion of the special CIP meeting in Council Chambers. Speakers hope to sway councilors to approve their project. Six main projects are being considered tonight although other projects may ba considered as well. Tonight's meeting format allows for 30 speakers given 3 minutes each before Council decides on which projects to approve.

County Announces CIP Public Comment Process

on May 16, 2012 - 12:57pm


Los Alamos County has announced the process for CIP public comment for tonight's (Wednesday, May 16) County Council meeting:

  1. Beginning at 5:45 p.m. (the meeting starts at 6 p.m.) anyone wishing to give comments should plan to line up in Chambers and draw a ticket (a number) out of a bowl. One ticket can be drawn per person. Members of the public may arrive earlier than 5:45 to get a seat in Chambers, but, should note that the drawing won’t begin until 5:45 p.m. – no early ticket distribution.
  2. As each ticket is drawn out of the bowl, one half of the ticket

New White Rock Visitor Center Update

on May 16, 2012 - 8:47am

Progress is being made on the new Visitor Center in White Rock. The parking lots are being paved, windows are going in, and stone facing is being added to the exterior. Photo by TK Thompson/

Council Meets Again at 6 p.m. Wednesday

on May 15, 2012 - 9:30pm

No action was taken tonight. The County Council will its second special Capital Improvement Project meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at 475 20th Street. At tomorrow's (May 16) meeting, Council plans to take action on the Phase 2 applications including Ashley Pond Park Improvements, Golf Course Improvements, Ice Rink Cover and Improvements, Nature Center, Teen Center and the White Rock Civic Center or they could also consider any other requests for funding capital projects beyond those listed. Opportunities for public comment will be provided at the May 16 Council meeting.

White Rock Civic Center Rounds Out Project Hearings

on May 15, 2012 - 9:22pm

Denny Erickson, right, explains details of the White Rock Civic Center Project - calling it the capstone of the White Rock Masterplan. The project involves relocating the White Rock Branch Library, Senior Center, Youth Activity Center and Town Hall into a single site with shared and multi-functional areas. The project cost ranges from $8.4 million to $15 million. Robert Repass of the Library Board and Pauline Schneider of the senior centers join Erickson in his presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council is briefed on Teen Center Project

on May 15, 2012 - 8:59pm

Daniel Yamada, left, who helps run the current Teen Center, Executive Director Linda Daly of the Family YMCA and Alan Kirk address the need for a permenant Teen Center ranging in cost from $4 million to $8.7 million depending on the option selected. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Younger Crowd Among Nature Center Supporters

on May 15, 2012 - 8:45pm

Local school girls in the auddience tonight at the Council Chambers hold up signs in support of the Nature Center Project, which Council is considering. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

PEEC Co-founder and Board President Becky Shankland, second from left, discusses the proposed $3.5 million Nature Center project along with PEEC Co-founder and Board Member Michele Altherr, far left, Board Member Felicia Orth and PEEC Co-founder and Facility Director Chick Keller. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ice Rink Improvements Under Discussion

on May 15, 2012 - 7:50pm

Fred Roach, at left, serves on the Ice Rink Subcommittee and is answering Councilor questions.County Recreation Manager Randy Smith, right, briefed Council on the $1.5 million needed to fund renovations at the Ice Rink. He is asking for $245,000 to redo the crumbling parking lot and $1.277 million to renovate the facility's restrooms and locker rooms. Mark Rochester, center, of the Hockey Tournament Association is telling Council that the restrooms are a huge safety, ADA and Title 9 issue. Girls don't have anywhere to dress, he said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/  

Golf Course Improvements Project Under Review

on May 15, 2012 - 7:24pm

Randy Smith, far right, discusses various options to the proposed $9.888 million golf course project if funded in a single year. He also is speaking about a phased renovation approach stretching over four years. The cost under this scenario would be $11.3 million and would include $2 million in year one, $2.9 million in year two, $2.5 in year three and year $3.9 in year four. Scott Weiss, far left, of the Los Alamos Single Track Association representing open space and trail users is speaking in favor of the improvements.

Ashley Pond Improvements First Up for Consideration

on May 15, 2012 - 6:48pm

Duck Buddies Committee Chair Sallye Sibbett speaks to Council about the need for improvements to Ashely Pond, which she said has not been ungraded since 1973. County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre, center, and Consultant George Radnovich are preparing to speak about the project as well. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Consultant George Radnovich explains that the $1.9 million project includes renovating the sidewalk, which does not meet ADA requirements and to improve the water quality that is now is poor as well as a stage and shade structure and a boardwalk, both of which would be

County Officials Lay Out Project Hearing Procedures

on May 15, 2012 - 6:27pm

County Administrator Harry Burgess addresses Council explaining that there are 17 potential projects hoping for funding. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne describes the process that will be used to review the various projects. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Will Hear Details on Six CIP Projects

on May 15, 2012 - 6:13pm

Council Chair Sharon Stover is explaining that the County has $100 million worth of projects to consider yet there is a decline in revenue so extreme care has to be taken as to which projects are funded. Six Capital Improvement Projects, (CIP) are being presented during this evening’s Los Alamos County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Projects include Ashley Pond, Golf Course, Ice Rink, Nature Center, Teen Center and White Rock Civic Center. The sponsors of each project get 15 minutes floor time to make their final case to Council.

Police and Fire Join Special Olympics Torch Relay Thursday

on May 15, 2012 - 1:20pm

Los Alamos Police Sgt. DeWayne Williams and Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker (Retired) ran in the 2009 Special Olympics Torch Relay. Local police officers and firefighters participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Relay running from the back gate to Jemez Springs. They will do so again on Thursday as a part of the fund raising efforts that they do for the Special Olympics. Courtesy/LAPD 

Early Voting Begins Saturday!

on May 15, 2012 - 1:05pm

By Carol A. Clark

Voting early begins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at both the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St. and the White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M.4.

Early voting will continue at both locations 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following Tuesday, May 22 through Saturday, May 26 and Tuesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 2.

Also, Election Day has never been easier with Voting Convenience Centers (VCC) that will scattered throughout Los Alamos County.

VCC’s are Election Day polling locations available to any registered voter of Los Alamos County regardless of their designated

Republicans Running for County Offices to Speak at Kiwanis Today

on May 15, 2012 - 7:49am

The Republicans running for Los Alamos County offices in the June 5 Primary Election will be speaking today (May 15) at the Kiwanis lunch meeting. 

The meeting begins at noon and is held at the Masonic Lodge on Sage, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Drive.

Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Agenda May 15th

on May 14, 2012 - 11:50pm
Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board
Agenda for Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 1-3 p.m.
Chamber Conference Room
109 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM  87544                   
I.          ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS                                                              1:00 p.m. (5 min.)
A.     Call to Order/Introductions
B.      Review of the Statement of Antitrust Policy
C.      Approval of Today’s Agenda
D.     Public Comment
II.         DESTINATION PROMOTION                                                             1:05 p.m. (55 min.)
A.     County Initiatives

Art in Public Places Possible Quorum on May 18th

on May 14, 2012 - 11:35pm
A possible quorum of Art in Public Places Board members will be attending the celebration for the  Los Alamos Homestead Tour at Fuller Lodge on Friday, May 18th.

New Historic Homestead Tour Kicks Off in Los Alamos

on May 14, 2012 - 10:22am

Before the Manhattan Project and even before the Los Alamos Ranch School, hearty pioneers braved the extreme weather conditions of the Pajarito Plateau and homesteaded the land.

More than 30 homesteads were established between the 1880s and 1942, when the federal government took over the plateau for the Manhattan Project.

Today, the stories of some of these families are told in a new historic Homestead Tour, funded by Los Alamos County and developed by volunteers of Los Alamos County’s Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Historical Society.