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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Facebook

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

For someone who’s been using the internet since 1981, I sure keep underestimating its power. When Facebook first emerged, I thought of it as a gimmick for kids to share embarrassing pictures and annoy each other. Eventually, I realized that it was an emerging social medium that had been embraced by the under 30-crowd, and now I am convinced that it is a force for good that will spread democracy across the world. Well maybe not, but it is pretty neat.

I set up my first Facebook account some time ago, but it was for Louie, our cat.

County’s Sign Code Issue Resurfaces

on February 16, 2012 - 5:00pm

County Planner Gary Leikness briefed local businesses in council chambers Thursday on data gathered at public meetings over a lengthy period. The intention is to move proposed sign changes through the process for final presentation to the county council this spring or summer. Photo by Katy Korkos


Five LAFD Firefighters Promoted

on February 16, 2012 - 12:00am

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a special ceremony Friday at Station 3 in White Rock to honor five firefighters who were promoted earlier this month. Seated from right, Justin Grider promoted to deputy fire chief, Steven Dawald promoted to captain, Chris Bartlit promoted to captain, Dan Duval promoted to captain and Adrian Martinez promoted to driver engineer. Standing at right, Fire Chief Troy Hughes congratulated each firefighter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NM 4 Road Work In Full Swing

on February 15, 2012 - 12:00am

A pair of tractors remove rocks and sidewalk cement along N.M. 4 in front of the Hive in White Rock Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Road work is underway along N.M. 4 between Rover Boulevard and Sherwood Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Road work is underway along N.M. 4 between Rover Boulevard and Sherwood Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A tractor removes rubble from N.M. 4 and places it in a large truck that hauls it away. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Explores County’s Employee Pay Structure

on February 14, 2012 - 5:00pm
Sharing a laugh before the start of Tuesday’s county council work session in White Rock, from right, County Attorney Brian James, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne and Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

It was universally agreed at Tuesday’s county council work session that Los Alamos County employees are at the higher end of the market in terms of pay structure. But there are some glitches that need to be addressed.

The meeting focused entirely on the


New Dog Park Coming to FEMAville Area

on February 12, 2012 - 5:00pm

County News:

Los Alamos County Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre and the Parks Division crews will soon begin working on installing the next dog park over at the old “FEMAville” site on North Mesa (the abandoned volleyball courts.)

If the weather holds out, they should wrap up the North Mesa playground installation (near the tennis courts) and then move over to the new dog park location in a few weeks.

Some preliminary site work already took place there last fall.


Wrecked Airplane Leaves Airport on Final Journey

on February 12, 2012 - 5:00pm

Disassembled 36V plane at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Robert Gibson

Motorists passing the Los Alamos County Airport recently may have noticed an airplane being disassembled. Some people stopped to watch the unusual activity Wednesday, Feb. 1, as the plane’s wings and tail were removed and its fuselage hoisted onto a large trailer.

“The plane’s road trip to an aircraft salvage yard in Colorado marked an ignominious end to a 30-year journey in the skies over an estimated half million miles between the Arctic Ocean and Mexico,” said one of its owners, Robert Gibson.


Co-owner Lori

NM4 Improvements Project – Weekly Traffic Conditions

on February 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

On Monday, Mountain States Constructors will begin milling the existing road surface at the following intersections:

Monday and Tuesday-NM4 and Grand Canyon, La Vista

Tuesday and Wednesday-NM4 and Sherwood Boulavard

Wednesday and Thursday-NM4 and Bonnie View as well as the Hampton Inn and Metzger’s entrances/driveways

Thursday and Friday-NM4 and Rover Blvd.

What to expect?

Expect lane closures and flagging operations during non-peak hours. Please follow the detour signs as posted.

Traffic control restrictions for NM4 include providing a minimum of one lane of traffic in each


Torpy Gets Hugged

on February 9, 2012 - 5:00pm






Longtime Los Alamos resident Colleen Hanlon hugs Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy at the county council meeting Tuesday night in appreciation for his coming to her aid and moving her car, which he noticed was parked in a precarious location on Central Avenue.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Naomi Maestas Completes Certified Public Official Certification

on February 9, 2012 - 5:00pm


Council Tuesday night presented a flower bouquet to Deputy Clerk Recorder Naomi Maestas for completing her Certified Public Official certification.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Council Introduces New Economic Vitality Administrator

on February 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

Greg Fisher takes the podium during his introduction to the community Tuesday. The county council introduced newly hired Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher to the community at the start of Tuesday’s council meeting. Fisher officially began his work Monday.He is tasked, among other tings, with implementing the county’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Snapshot of Upcoming Road Changes with Roundabout at Central

on February 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

Courtesy/Los Alamos County

Option 1 for the N.M. 502 design option project received the green light from county council in a 6-1 vote with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the sole no vote.

County Engineering Manager Kyle Zimmerman created the Option 1 compromise solution by blending the best of five possible options under consideration.

Zimmerman’s option as illustrated in the photo above, comprises one roundabout at 4th Street and Central Avenue and a single lane road in each direction with widened medians at the intersections of Airport Road and Tewa Loop designed for a travel speed


Smith’s Fuel Center to Replace Shamrock Gas Station

on February 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

On Wednesday Evening, the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan for a Smith’s fuel center to be built at the existing Shamrock gas station site at 1239 Trinity Dr.

Courtesy Photo

Smith’s will lease the property at the corner of Trinity Drive and Knecht Street from Polk JT Properties. County Council approved a lease agreement with North American Development Group (NADG) last week, paving the way for the development of Trinity Place.

Smith’s new fuel center will be adjacent to the Smith’s Marketplace store in Trinity

One Roundabout Included in Council’s N.M. 502 Vote

on February 7, 2012 - 5:00pm

Engineering Manager Kyle Zimmerman during a previous presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark

More than one resident and councilor speaking during public comment at Tuesday night’s county council meeting praised County Engineering Manager Kyle Zimmerman for devising a “win-win” option on the emotionally charged N.M. 502 corridor project between DP Road and Airport Road.

County council voted 6-1 to approve Option 1 for the N.M. 502 design option project. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle cast the sole no vote.

“Kyle Zimmerman really saved the day with his Option 1 compromise solution,” County