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CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee Meeting Canceled

on May 10, 2012 - 8:15pm

CIP EVALUATION & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE News

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.

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Take the LADailyPost.com 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

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Possible Quorum - Art in Public Places Board Field Trip

on May 9, 2012 - 10:12pm
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES BOARD News

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.
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Planning and Zoning Approves Site Plan for Bandelier Shuttle Service Facility

on May 9, 2012 - 10:05pm

Site Plan for a shuttle service facility for a shuttle to Bandelier National Monument. Source: Los Alamos County.

The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a site plan for a shuttle service facility for shuttles to Bandelier National Monument. The shuttle service facility will be located at the corner of State Road 4 and Rover across the street from the White Rock Visitor's Center and Conoco gas station, on what is now a vacant lot. Areas for up to two food vendors will be reserved on the commercial zoned lot at 40 Rover Blvd.

Council Approves Motions Relative to Initiative, Referendum, Repeal and Charter Amendment

on May 9, 2012 - 9:11pm

Council approved replacing all parts of the existing Charter pertaining to Initiative/Referendum/Recall/Charter Amendments. Council votes 6 to 1 to approve Charter Amendment Alternate 2 removing the requirement for legal review prior to circulating petitions. Council voted 6-1 to approve Charter Amendment Alternate 2 relative to the referendum motion again removing the same legal requirement, 6-1 to approve the Charter Amendment relative to Recall and 5-2 to approve additional repeal language for each ordinance reviewed. Councilor Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle cast the
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Council is Considering a Set of Proposed Amendments to the Los Alamos County Charter

on May 9, 2012 - 7:57pm

Contract Attorney Chay Rennick speaks to Council about ordinances under review. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Public turnout is light for tonight's Special Council Session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Chris Chandler, right, of the Charter Review Committee addresses the issues as Charter Review Committee Chair John Hopkins, center, and contract attorney Chay Rennick look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

During the public comment portion of tonight's hearing, Ellen Walton addressed specific issues she has with the process. Photo by Carol A.
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Council Wrestles with Policy Questions

on May 9, 2012 - 11:14am

"I think if we put something on the ballot - we have an obligation to the citizens to explain it - both the pros and cons," Los Alamos County Councilor Michael Wismer said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Two topics dominated discussion at the County Council Work Session held Tueday evening at White Rock Fire Station 3: The general organization of committees that are formed by Council and the County Administrator and the roles of those committees; Council policy on the spending of County resources to desseminate information to the public on major projects and how balance can be

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Arts in Public Places Board Agenda for May 9th

on May 8, 2012 - 8:52pm

ARTS IN PUBLIC PLACES BOARD News

Agenda for Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 4:30 to 6:00 at Mesa Public Library.

I. CALL TO ORDER

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 4 minutes each.)

III. APP BOARD BUSINESS

A. Approval of Minutes from April 11, 2012

IV. CURRENT PROJECTS

A. Discuss Evaluation and Ranking for Animal Shelter Proposals

B.

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Board of Public Utilities Agenda for Wednesday, May 16th

on May 8, 2012 - 8:38pm

BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES News

Agenda for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Meeting will be held at 170 Central Park Square in the DPU Conference Room. 

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. New Business

A.

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In Her Own Voice: Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche Takes on the Spanish Inquisition

on May 8, 2012 - 8:22pm
MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News
 
Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Frances Levine speaking on a fascinating topic of  colonial New Mexico’s history. In this New Mexico Centennial year, Dr. Levine will touch briefly on the one hundred years of New Mexico’s statehood and then explore Governor’s wife Doña Teresa’s role in the state’s colonial past. New Mexicans and visitors alike will be sure to find the topic engaging and intriguing. The Authors Speak is on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.
 
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Kiwanis Democratic Candidates Debate [Audio]

on May 8, 2012 - 4:18pm

Candidates at right of table, Nathan Hjelm, Pete Sheehey, Ken Johnson and Kristin Henderson listen to a question from Kiwanis member and Teen Center Program Director, Michelangelo Lobato (far left).

Pre-Primary forum at the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos New Mexico recorded May 8, 2012. Los Alamos Council Candidates Kristin Henderson, Ken Johnson and Pete Sheehey. Los Alamos County Clerk Candidate Nathan Hjelm. (22 Min.) Kiwanis will host Republican local candidates at their meeting next Tuesday (May 15th).

 

P&Z Hearing on Bandelier Shuttle Facility is Wednesday

on May 8, 2012 - 10:20am

P&Z News:

A Planning and Zoning Commission hearing is set for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday May 9 in the Training Room at Pajarito Cliffs Building 1, 101 Camino Entrada, on a request for approval of a site plan for a shuttle service facility for Bandelier National Monument with mobile vendor spots to be located at 40 and 50 Rover Blvd. near the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Firefighters Promoted During Special Ceremony

on May 7, 2012 - 10:08pm

During a special ceremony Monday at Fire Administration on East Road, three firefighters were promoted. From left, Battalion Chief Paul Grano will supervise the C Shift, Battalion Chief Kelly Sterna will oversee training and exercises related to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Newly promoted Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Trehern is a second generation firefighter. He worked in LANL's Fire Protection Division for 13 years and has been with LAFD for 22 years. He will be in charge of operations and will supervise all three fire shifts at LAFD.

Flower Baskets Hang Along Central Avenue

on May 7, 2012 - 8:07pm

County workers draped downtown Los Alamos in colorful cascading flower baskets Monday ... a sure sign that spring is in full swing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Flower baskets in the back of this truck will soon hang along Central Avenue for the season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Pedestrian Sidewalk Detour in Place Downtown

on May 7, 2012 - 7:45pm

Shoppers have easy access to all downtown businesses despite a temporary pedestrian detour on Central Avenue along the UPEX side of the street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A Ditch Witch works along the sidewalk further down Central Avenue near 15th Street Monday.  Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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Iris Street Offsite Work Winding Down

on May 7, 2012 - 7:09pm

The offsite work on Iris Street from the Municipal Building Complex Project is on-going and is anticipated to be completed in mid to late May. County officials explain that this schedule has slipped some compared to last month’s projections due to unforeseen complications with existing utility infrastructure located beneath Iris Street. Curb and gutter has been installed along the south side of Iris Street and work on drive pads is anticipated to start within the next two weeks.
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Welders Work on Muni Complex

on May 7, 2012 - 12:23am

Welders were busy working along the top steel beams of the County Municipal Complex construction site last week. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Mitchell Trailhead Work Session Set for Monday

on May 4, 2012 - 9:42pm

TRAIL WORK News:

IMBA's local chapter, the Los Alamos Singletrack Association (L.A.S.A) is holding a trail work session from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday May 7 at the Mitchell Trailhead.

Volunteers will work on some maintainanece items on the Perimeter Trail toward the cemetary, and are asked to wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

It will be a relatively short and easy trail work session and it will be led by Craig Martin, local trail guru and trailmaster.

L.A.S.A's goal is to help promote the Los Alamos trail community and welcome all types of trail enthusiasts.

Volunteers don't have to be a

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18 Volunteers Sought for Senior Appreciation Night

on May 4, 2012 - 8:38pm
By Diana L. Martinez
Senior Program Director
The Family YMCA
 
Volunteers are needed for the community-sponsored graduation celebration event known as Senior Appreciation Night (SAN), including someone to wear a monkey suit.
 
Numerous parents have volunteered, but 18 volunteers are still needed to fill two or three-hour shifts from 6 p.m. until 2:30 a.m., Saturday May 26.
 
A henna tattoo artist also is needed.
 
SAN is an all-night, safe, supervised downtown graduation celebration sponsored by several business and community organization.
 
 
The alcohol and drug free event

Los Alamos Daily Post's Candidates Forum Spotlights Council Candidates During Thursday's Live Broadcast

on May 4, 2012 - 3:30pm

Part 1 (49 mins):

 

Part 2 (30 mins):

 

County Council Candidates from left, Ken Johnson-D, Roger Waterman-R, Pete Sheehey-D, Marc Clay-R, Vincent Chiravalle-R, and Kristin Henderson-D, at Thursday's Los Alamos Daily Post Forum broadcast live in PAC 8 Television. The forum is now podcast on www.ladailypost.com and will remain accessible on the news site through the November General Election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council Candidate Roger Waterman-R. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Council Candidate Ken Johnson-D. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Shoppers Turned Out for Season's First Farmers Market

on May 4, 2012 - 9:49am

Plant vendor Sierra Cook from El Rito, peers through her wares at Thursday's Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library East parking lot in downtown Los Alamos, which was the first outdoor market of the season. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Fresh salad greens and radishes were a hot seller at Mr. G's booth. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Joel Daeschel shows a customer his selection of plants at the Farmers Market. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Jessica Martinez explains to Collin Sorah what surprises the menu holds at the Coffee Booth Kitchen at Thursday's Farmers Market.
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Grant Homestead Plaque Installed at Guaje Pines

on May 4, 2012 - 9:42am

Dignitaries at the dedication of the Grant Homestead plaque during a ceremony at Guaje Pines Thursday. From left, Dorthy Hoard, Isabel "Belle" Grant Hill, Joe Gutuerrez, the chair of the committee and Colleen Olinger. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Joe Gutierrez and Isabel "Belle" Grant Hill look over the back fence at Guaje Pines Cemetary. A year around creek used to flow down this arroyo when her Grandfather homesteaded this piece of land. She remembered that the creek even had trout in it back then. Gutierrez is the past president of the Parajito Plateau Homesteaders Association.
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Council Focuses on Six CIP Projects Next Week

on May 4, 2012 - 8:20am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council will hold two special Capital Improvement Project meetings at 6 p.m., Tuesday May 15 and 6 p.m., Wednesday May 16 in Council Chambers, 475 20th St.

At the May 15 meeting, no action will be taken. The focus will be limited to six Phase 2 projects:

  • Ashley Pond Park Improvements
  • Golf Course Improvements
  • Ice Rink Cover and Improvements
  • Nature Center
  • Teen Center
  • White Rock Civic Center

Because of the large number of projects that must be presented in one evening, there will be no public comment at the beginning, during, or close of the meeting; instead,

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Cone Zone Road Construction Update: Week of May 7

on May 3, 2012 - 11:09pm
COUNTY News:
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150 or visit the “Projects” link atwww.losalamosnm.us.
 
N.M. 4 Improvements Project
Construction continues on the north side. The work zone provides one lane in each direction, with a westbound left turn lane at Rover Boulevard.
Westbound NM4 traffic wishing to turn right onto Pajarito Road will have to obey the traffic signal at the NM4/Grand Canyon/Pajarito Road intersection.
Delays will occur when traffic has to stop for a red light, please allow additional
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Three Seats, Six Candidates, Who Will Best Serve Los Alamos...

on May 3, 2012 - 9:38am

The Los Alamos Daily Post is sponsoring a County Council Candidates Forum live from 6-7:30 p.m. today on PAC 8 television (Comcast Cable Channel 8 and streamed online at www.pac8.org.)

The 90-minute Forum is designed to introduce the community to the six candidates running for the three seats coming vacant at the end of this year.  

Marc Clay, Vincent Chiravalle, Kristin Henderson, Ken Johnson, Pete Sheehey and Roger Waterman will speak about their backgrounds, experience and motivations for seeking such an important position in County government.

The candidates also will reveal where they

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