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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.


2012 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Friday at Overlook Park

on May 13, 2012 - 9:40am

The 2012 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series begins at 7 p.m, Friday May 18 at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Sponsorships are still needed. Checks can be sent to Gordons’ Concerts at 109 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

All shows start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Summer Concert Schedule:

  • May 18 Overlook Park: Tiho Dimitrov Band Rock - DK & The Affordables Roots Rock the Los Alamos Kite Fest, see
  • May 25 Ashley Pond: The Red Elvises LA’s favorite band! Russian rokenroll KRSN AM1490 Night
  • June 1 Venue TBA: Laurie Lewis Fabulous

The Time is Now - The Place is Downtown!

on May 13, 2012 - 7:12am


Please attend County Council meetings on May 15 & May 16 as they make funding decisions.

Find out more at

The Time Is Now and the Place Is Downtown!

We agree:

Lewis & Margaret Agnew
Esta Lee Albright
Sharon Allen
Michele & Michael Altherr
Raffi Andonian
Pamela Archer
Nancy & Paul Arendt
Sylvan Argo
Karyl Ann Armbruster
Helen & Jim Baran
Ellen Ben-Naim
Jody Benson
Shane Black
Rainer & Ilse Bleck
Margaret & Pat Blewett
Jim, Linda & Grace Boncella
Melanie Boncella
Beth Bowman
Meghan Brown
David & Patricia Broxton
Chris & Margie Bruell

Unfunded Phase II CIP Survey Results

on May 13, 2012 - 7:12am

During the last week, the Los Alamos Daily Post has conducted its first poll. Readers were asked to "Rank the following unfunded Phase II CIP projects in the order in which they preferred to see them completed (or choose "Do not Proceed" for projects they did not want to see funded by Los Alamos County.)

The Los Alamos Daily Post received 152 valid votes.

Following are the results in the order that Los Alamos Daily Post readers would like to see the projects completed:

  1. Nature Center / White Rock Civic Center (Tie)
  2. Nature Center / White Rock Civic Center (Tie)
  3. Ashley Pond Improvements
  4. Teen

County Administrator Harry Burgess Announces Further Re-organization News

on May 11, 2012 - 5:37pm

New Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne, left, will be in charge of the newly established Community and Economic Development Department and will also have oversight of the Administrative Services Department. New Deputy County Administrator Brian Bosshardt will oversee Community Services, Public Works and Human Resources as well as the Los Alamos Airport and Environmental Services/Sustainability Department. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


County Administrator Harry Burgess announced additional re-organization plans to employees this week – primarily related to


Dick Knows Trails

on May 11, 2012 - 4:30pm

Los Alamos County Parks Division Manager, Dick McIntyre and Open Space Specialist, Craig Martin, review trail building plans and schedules. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Dick McIntyre has been involved in the creation of several impressive community trail systems. On the wall in McIntyre's office are a host of photos displaying trails he has had a hand in creating. His latest project, the Canyon Rim Trail, is only partially completed, with the first of three major segments in use.

In August of 2010, the first segment of the Canyon Rim opened to the public.

CONE ZONE: Update for Week of May 14

on May 11, 2012 - 10:15am


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

NM4 Improvements Project

Traffic continues to be on the south side of NM4 between Rover Blvd and Grand Canyon/Pajarito Road. Speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Expect modifications to the work zone as the contractor progresses from intersection to intersection. Please drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles.

Other Resources:

Construction updates are posted at


CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee Meeting Canceled

on May 10, 2012 - 8:15pm


Because members of the CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee plan to attend the May 15 and 16 special Council meetings regarding funding and prioritization of capital projects, they have canceled their regular monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers on Thursday, May 17.


Take the Survey

on May 10, 2012 - 5:30pm

Editor's Note: The survey is now closed. The results will be available shortly.

During meeting's on Tuesday May 15 and Wednesday May 16, the Los Alamos County Council will discuss which proposed Phase II Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) will be funded and allowed to move forward and which will not.

In the following survey, the Los Alamos Daily Post is asking readers to rank the order in which they would like to see the unfunded Phase II CIP projects completed.

The option, "Do not proceed" is provided for projects the reader does not want to see funded by Los Alamos County.

Results of


Possible Quorum - Art in Public Places Board Field Trip

on May 9, 2012 - 10:12pm

A possible quorum of Art in Public Places Board Members will be visiting art galleries on Canyon Road in Santa Fe on Saturday, May 12th. This trip is open to the public. Anyone wishing to go should meet in the Mesa Public Library parking lot at 9 a.m.