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County Launches Citizen Satisfaction Survey

on July 25, 2012 - 7:57am


Residents in Los Alamos County may receive a phone call or “person on the street” interview during the next two weeks, asking for their feedback on County government.

The County has been regularly conducting these citizen satisfaction surveys every other year since 1996.

The purpose of the citizen survey is to gather public opinion on a variety of subjects, including satisfaction with County services and programs.

Whenever possible, the County uses the information for reporting on performance measures for service improvements.

The firm under contract to conduct the


Smart House Takes Shape

on July 24, 2012 - 2:25pm

The Los Alamos County Demonstration Smart House takes shape. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

As part of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities NEDO project, a 2,418 square foot "Smart House" is being built behind the Century Link Building (formerly Qwest) at 1925 Trinity Dr.

Framing for the building is nearly completed and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the project is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sept. 17.

The demonstration house will be equipped with 3 kW photovoltaic (solar panels), a 20 kWh battery, a home energy management system (HEMS), smart equipment and

Local Flash Flood Warning Until 4 p.m.

on July 24, 2012 - 1:10pm

A Flash Flood Warning was issued at 1:07 p.m. by the National Weather Service in Los Alamos County until 4 p.m. today.

Avoid flood areas. Urgency: Immediate.

From the National Weather Services:



County Building Dog Park Across From Former FEMAville Trailer Site

on July 24, 2012 - 10:33am


Los Alamos County plans to begin this week building a dog park across the street from the former FEMAville Trailer Site set up in the North Mesa area of town after the Cerro Grande Fire.

Parks crews have started cleaning and clearing the sand and the area for site prep.

The contract for the fencing has been okayed and the sun shelter is expected to be delivered this week.

The new dog park is scheduled for completion by the end of August.




Be Alert for Flash Flooding During Monsoon Season

on July 24, 2012 - 10:18am



Los Alamos County is reminding residents of the dangers of thunderstorms and flash flooding, which could be extremely high in the canyons of Los Alamos, due to last year's Las Conchas Wildfire.

Flash flooding occurs when precipitation falls too quickly on saturated soil or dry soil that has poor absorption ability.

The runoff collects in low-lying areas and rapidly flows downhill.

Flash floods most often occur in normally dry areas that have recently received precipitation, but may be seen anywhere downstream from the source of the precipitation, even many

Asphalt Truck Bed Tips Over on N.M. 4

on July 23, 2012 - 5:52pm


This photo was taken just before 3 p.m., today July 23, on N.M. 4 on the south side of Ancho Canyon near Technical Area-33. Police said the driver was working on the road at the time the rear of the truck tipped sidways. He was not cited. Police conducted traffic control until the truck was straightened back up. Photo by Alan Madsen

Local Flash Flood Warning Until 5:15 p.m.

on July 23, 2012 - 3:02pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Los Alamos County.

The Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m., today.

This is a severe alert ... avoid all flood areas ... take action immediately.


GOP has Until Sept. 11 to Fill Candidate Vacancy

on July 23, 2012 - 1:28pm

Republican candidate Roger Waterman sent shockwaves through the local community this morning when he announced his withdrawal from the Los Alamos County Council race.

Waterman said that he deeply regrets having to resign from the race but that recent business and professional issues have left him no choice, adding that he greatly appreciates the efforts of his many supporters.

County Council Chair Sharon Stover expressed her thoughts on Waterman's resignation during a telephone conversation with the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning.

"Speaking as a private citizen, I really supported

BREAKING NEWS: Waterman Resigns From Council Race

on July 23, 2012 - 9:10am

Roger Waterman, second from right, withdrew his candidacy this morning from the six-person race for three available seats on the Los Alamos County Council. Candidates from left, Pete Sheehey, Vincent Chiravalle, Marc Clay, Kristin Henderson, Waterman and Ken Johnson during the candidate's forum sponsored by the Los Alamos Daily Post at the PAC 8 Studos in May. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Roger Waterman just announced in an email to the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is dropping out of the race for Los Alamos County Council - citing business and professional issues.

Planning and Zoning Meets Wednesday Evening

on July 22, 2012 - 9:38pm

Planning and Zoning Commission AGENDA
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Community Building Council Chambers, 475 20th Street



A Case No. 12-SUB-001
A request for approval of a 3-lot subdivision of the property located at 106 Longview Drive, Sherwood Village, Lot 5A in a C-1 (Light Commercial and Professional Business District) zone. Owners/Applicant: Roger and Connie Gartz, Richard and Mary Bond, and Zenas Boone, owners; Ken Spalding, Precision Surveys, agent; Case Manager: Nancy Cerutti, Senior Planner.



Athletes Play Dirty at Mud Volleyball Tournament

on July 22, 2012 - 12:00pm

Mud flies as players race to return a volley during the Los Alamos County Community Service Department's Mud Volleyball Tournament coordinated by the Recreation Division Saturday at North Mesa Park. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Some players opt to dip in the mud to cool off. Photo by Sal Zapien/

.Members from team "Da Bumpin Uglies" opt for one more dip after their final game. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Los Alamos Fire Department washes mud off the players. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Editor's Note: Check out a full slideshow from Saturday's mudfest

The Derailers Drive Friday's Concert Goers to Dance

on July 22, 2012 - 11:22am

Los Alamos Cooperative Market General Manager Steve Watts dances with Sharon Barefoot to the music of the Derailers during Friday's County Summer Concert Series with Russ Gordon at Entrada Business Park. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Ken Spencer and Marquita Sena join dozens of dancers in enjoying the music of the Derailers, sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Market and the Holiday Inn Express Friday night. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Ron Crotzer and Sarah Crotzer dance to the music of the Derailers.

County Line Details Upcoming Events

on July 22, 2012 - 11:10am


Chat with the Chief Monday

Police Chief Wayne Torpy welcomes members of the public to stop by his office at the Police Department during open office hours from 2-3 p.m., Monday July 23 - if you have an issue of concern or suggestion, drop by!

County Council Meeting Tuesday

Cuncil will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Tuesday at White Rock Fire Station #3 and the main topic will be a joint meeting with the Utilities Board to discuss wastewater-related topics. Local KRSN 1490 AM broadcasts the meetings live from White Rock - tune in! Download the agenda here:

CONE ZONE: Road Construction Update for Week of July 23

on July 21, 2012 - 11:47pm
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 Donna, and then moving to Aragon west of Rover, and Azure. 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. Expect flagging operations, minor delays, and typical construction activity.
Other White Rock streets included in this

Renewable Energy Used in Three New County Buildings

on July 20, 2012 - 10:44pm

Eco-Station Administration. Courtesy/LAC


The County has recently completed Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems for the Animal Shelter, Justice Center and Eco-Station Administration buildings.

In an effort to meet the County’s goals for commitment to sustainability and hydrocarbon independence initiatives, the County accepted grants of $103,000 for both the Animal Shelter and Justice Center in June 2010.

The grants were funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

An additional $100,000 grant was received in 2006 from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and


Substantial Sewer Rate Increase to be Proposed

on July 20, 2012 - 4:24pm

Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith. Courtesy/Los Alamos County

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities plans to propose and discuss a 35 percent residential sewer rate increase during a joint county council and board of public utilities work session Tuesday night in White Rock. 

Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith reports that sewer rates may have been held artificially low in the past.

Costs for maintenance have risen dramatically for Los Alamos' aging sewer system.

Hear from John Arrowsmith directly in this podcast provided by the Department of Public Utilities, recorded at


LANL and County Close West Road to Vechicle Traffic

on July 19, 2012 - 5:12pm


Because of possible flooding upstream of West Road, LANL and Los Alamos County have decided today that, in the best interest of public safety, beginning Friday, July 20, West Road will be closed to vehicle traffic.

This road closure is expected to extend several weeks until the end of the summer monsoon season.

Residents who live in Western Area will have access to Fairway via Diamond Drive. Access to Pajarito Mountain is unimpeded from Camp May Road off of West Jemez Road (NM 501).

White Rock and Los Alamos Rank High in Income Equality

on July 19, 2012 - 10:42am

Of 68 New Mexico cities and towns, White Rock and Los Alamos rank number three and five in terms of the most evenly distributed community incomes in the state.

This is not a surprising result giving the consistent incomes provided by Los Alamos County's single largest employer, the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The U.S. Census Bureau has put together a database of these rankings for 9,423 U.S. cities, incorporated towns, boroughs, villages and census designated places (CDPs) that have at least 1,000 households.

Artesia ranks as the New Mexico community with the most disparity in income.


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: July 20, 2012

on July 19, 2012 - 9:13am

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

The week's preview is sponsored by

The Derailers - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. on Friday at Entrada Business Park

Texas' best country dance band. Los Alamos Cooperative Market & Holiday Inn Express Night.

Los Alamos Friday Night: A Quilt of Stories: History, Myths, and Legends

6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Romero Cabin behind Fuller Lodge
In the isolation of the Plateau and the west, quilts were fashioned from bits of material carefully saved from worn clothing.

Column: Help Bring Back the Reverse Traverse

on July 19, 2012 - 8:47am

The storm of July 11 left the Reserve Traverse covered with soil and rock. Photo by Craig Martin
Column by Craig Martin
Volunteer Task Force

A favorite of hikers, runners, and mountain bike riders, the Reverse Traverse, also known as a section of the Perimeter Trail, is a critical connection on the network of trails west of Los Alamos in the Santa Fe National Forest.

The trail, which climbs south out of Valle Canyon to the mesas above, is on steep slope that burned hot during the Las Conchas Fire.

Volunteers stabilized the trail in April, and it was a good thing they did.

July 26 Join Storyteller for Picnic at Fuller Lodge

on July 18, 2012 - 11:08pm
Joe Hayes, an official Centennial author will tell a selection of his favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico's diverse cultures as part of the Author Speaks Series at 7 p.m. on July 26 at the Fuller Lodge lawn.
The storytelling event will take place outdoors, weather permitting, or inside Fuller Lodge if not. Families are encouraged to come and enjoy a picnic along with some great tall tales!

Joe Hayes is one of America’s premier storytellers, a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures.

July 23 is National Parks Night at Mesa Public Library

on July 18, 2012 - 10:56pm


Courtesy Photo from Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks by Leslie Bucklin on display through August 6 at the Mesa Public Libraray Gallery

Bandelier National Monument’s Chief Ranger Tom Betts will give a talk and slide show about his life and times as a bush pilot in Alaska 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 23 in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

The evening will be hosted by another Bandelier Ranger, Chris Judson.

Day Three of Hunger Strike for Los Alamos High School Graduate

on July 18, 2012 - 9:26pm

Alaric Balibrera is on day three of his hunger strike in protest of the continued development of nuclear weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Alaric Balibrera grew up in Los Alamos and is a graduate of Los Alamos High School. He studied film and television at UCLA.

Balibrera currently lives in Santa Fe, working as a screenwriter. Balibrera told the Los Alamos Daily Post that as young boy he played in Acid Canyon.

He is one of a number of hunger strikers participating in this protest.