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Contestants Sought for Queen’s Court Competition

on April 24, 2012 - 4:25pm


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the Queen’s Court Competition on Thursday, May 10, 2012.

The competition will determine the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Queen, Princess and Sweetheart.

Categories include:


  • Queen Contestants (Ages 17-25)
  • Princess Contestants (Ages 14-16)
  • Sweetheart Contestants (Ages 10-13)

Entries must be submitted by Monday, May 7.

For more information, contact the Recreation Division at 505-662-8173 or visit


Gear Up for Hershey's Track & Field and Pickleball

on April 24, 2012 - 9:02am


Hershey’s Track & Field Program

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the Hershey’s Track & Field Program
from 10 a.m.–noon, Wednesday June 6 at Sullivan Field (NO SPIKE SHOES).

For all who like to run, jump, or throw, join with friends and sign up now ... No special equipment or uniform is needed.

Local meet winners will advance to the state final meet.

Qualifiers may earn an opportunity to attend an all expense paid trip to the National Hershey Track and Field Meet in Hershey, PA.

The Hershey Track and Field Youth Program is open to


CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee Meets Thursday

on April 24, 2012 - 8:16am


The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in Council Chambers, located inside the Community Building at 475 20thSt.

The Committee will continue discussions about the CIP criteria and overall CIP process, as well as discuss the update about CIP discussions at the recent budget meeting held by the County Council.

All Committee business meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

Public comment is accepted at the


'HATS ON' Effort Gains Momentum in Support of Creative District

on April 24, 2012 - 8:10am

Seven Los Alamos Historical Society staff and board members, from left, Rafi Andonian, Kathy Ankeny, Sharon Snyder, Ron Wilkins, Heather McClenahan, Judith Stauber and Schnitzel wear creative hats in support of the Los Alamos Creative District. Well, Schnitzel forgot his, but they let him be in the photo anyway. Courtesy Photo

David Yeamans put on an especially creative hat to support the Los Alamos Creative District plan. Courtesy Photo

Steve Romero dons a sporty hat in support of the Creative Distrct and his 18-month-old son Donovan Romero joins in with a colorfully artistic shirt.

Painters Restripe Canyon Road and Central Avenue

on April 24, 2012 - 7:52am


Along with the many residents busy sprucing up their yards throughout the community this spring, Los Alamos County crews are out in force doing the same. This crew applied fresh paint to the traffic lane stripes along Canyon Road and Central Avenue Monday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Property Tax Bills Due May 10

on April 23, 2012 - 5:56pm


The second-half installment of the 2011 Property Tax Bills became due Tuesday, April 10 and will be considered delinquent after Thursday, May 10. 

Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. on May 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.

The 311 Customer Care Center is located at 150 Central Park Square and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Payments also can be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM  87544.



'HATS ON' Adds Colorful Support for Creative District

on April 22, 2012 - 12:15pm

Jeff Favorite models his creative hat in support of adoption of the Creative District Plan to be considered by the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night. Learn more about this initiative on the web at You too can support the Creative District. Send in a photo of you or your family and friends wearing your creative hats to, and we'll publish it in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post! Photo by Katy Korkos

Parks Manager Seeks Public Input on Younger, Older and Tired Dog Safety Issues

on April 22, 2012 - 10:50am


Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre will meet with users of the east side dog park at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting is in regard to recent requests to add space at the park for younger, older and tired dogs to play safely.

To meet these requests would require adding more fencing, at a relatively minor expense, to the existing dog park located inside East Park.

The public is invited to stop by East Park at 6 p.m. Thursday and visit with McIntyre and share any dog-related concerns.


Perfect Weather, Large Crowd, Loads of Fun Surrounded PEEC's Earth Day 2012

on April 21, 2012 - 10:24pm

Community members of all ages soaked in the sunshine, activities and music at today's Earth Day Festival at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Ever-Changing Land of Enchantment is this year's Earth Day theme. PEEC's Earth Day logo connects people to the land they live in and its changes over the past 100 years since New Mexico's Centennial. It also reminds people that they must live gently on this beautiful and vulnerable land. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank employees Keely Garrity and

N.M. 4 Project Moves into New Phase

on April 21, 2012 - 9:40pm

New lane changes on N.M. 4 in White Rock took place April 19. Motorists are now to use the south two lanes, which have been finished. The reduced speed limit remains at 30 mph. Construction work has started on the north two lanes of the roadway. Photo by TK Thompson/

Large Volume of Brush and Bulk Items Puts Collection Efforts Behind Schedule

on April 21, 2012 - 8:59pm


An old couch and large tree branch cuttings piled on the curb of a residence near 20th Street and Rose Street are among items ready for pick up by the County Collection Service throughout the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Due to the large volume of material placed out for collection, the spring pickup is running a week or so behind schedule. The County appreciates the public's patience and ask that they feel free to call 662-8163 with any questions.

Brush and Bulk Item Collection

A program offered to residents with curbside refuse collection four times a


Author Speaks: Nye and Barco Reveal What Happens When Books are Banned

on April 21, 2012 - 9:14am

By Kirsten Laskey

The written word packs a good punch. It sparks inspiration and sometimes exasperation even to the point where people want to ban it.

The desire to ban books can also pack quite a punch, particularly for public and school libraries.

During the upcoming Author Speaks lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, librarians Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco will reveal what has happened when people demand books be removed from public reading shelves.

Nye and Barco wrote “True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries,” a compilation of essays on how librarians

Mesa Public Library to Host Display of Historic J. Robert Oppenheimer Photographs

on April 21, 2012 - 8:56am


J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy Photo

A New Mexico Centennial Exhibit

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) will present an exhibit of historic photos entitled “J. Robert Oppenheimer: Photographs From His Life: 1904–1967” at the Mesa Public Library Gallery, 2400 Central Ave. from May 2 to May 30.

The photos and their captions show the full range of Oppenheimer’s life, from early childhood, through his youth, his professional life at Cal Tech, Los Alamos, University of California at Berkeley, and the Institute for Advanced Study which he directed

Coming Soon! Los Alamos County Libraries To Offer Expanded Service: Download Audiobooks and eBooks!

on April 19, 2012 - 8:40pm


Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere, starting May 7!

Los Alamos County Library System has expanded its services with audiobooks and eBooks available to download from the library’s website.

Starting May 7, library card holders can check out and downloaddigital media anytime, anywhere by visiting

Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices.

Users will need to install free software: for audiobooks, OverDrive Media Console;


County Administrator Harry Burgess Announces Re-organization, Promotions

on April 19, 2012 - 11:19am


During Wednesday night's County Council budget meeting, County Administrator Harry Burgess announced organizational changes within several management positions, following his review of the various County departments and divisions and their relationship to his office.

Burgess was appointed as County Administrator in October 2011.

“I reviewed the organization after meeting with Staff to gather input, then worked to develop the best path forward for the organization,” Burgess said after the meeting, adding that he had also taken the last few months to review the County’s


Council Tentatively Approves Overall Funding for Capital Improvements

on April 18, 2012 - 9:54pm

From left, Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage, Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz join the rest of the council in tentatively approving 7-0 the motion for overall funding for capital improvements in the proposed FY2013 and directed staff to look at ways to reduce the larger projects within the County. Council also tentatively approved 7-0 a full time position, which is to be paid from the indigent fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Approves 3 percent in New Money for County Salary Pool

on April 18, 2012 - 8:43pm

From right, Councilor Geoff Rodgers, Councilor David Izraelevitz, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Vice Councilor Ron Selvage, Councilor Mike Wismer and Councilor Fran Berting tonight in Council Chambers and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle via telephone voted 5-2 to tentatively approve tonight a 3 percent increase in new money be placed in the proposed FY2013 County employee salary pool.

Citizens Speak up During Tonight's Public Comment Session

on April 18, 2012 - 7:40pm

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk at the podium and, from left, Councilor Mike Wismer and Councilor Ron Selvage. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dave Shiferl and Mary Pat Kraemer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidate Roger Waterman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pauline Schneider Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cheryl Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Coordinator Kristine Coblentz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidate Pete Sheehey. Photo by Carol A.

Tonight Marks the Third and Final in Council's Marathon County Budget Hearings

on April 18, 2012 - 7:02pm

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess just announced that he is eliminating the "Assistant to the County Administrator" position held by Brian Bosshardt. He has moved Bosshardt into one of two assistant county administrator positions. Burgess told the County Council that he has tapped Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne to become permanent. Burgess further announced that he is folding the Capital Projects & Facilities Department into the Community Development Department and has appointed' Anne Laurent to be the new director.

Council Tentatively Approves Utilities Budget

on April 17, 2012 - 9:23pm

Utility Manager John Arrowsmith and Deputy Utility Manager of Finance & Administration Janet Bettinger brief the Council on the proposed $75.350 million FY2013 budget and projected $81.128 million FY2014 budget. Council tentatively approved the budgets 7-0. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Tentatively Approves Capital Projects & Facilities Budget and Public Works Budget

on April 17, 2012 - 8:38pm

Director Anne Laurent of the Capital Projects and Facilities Department answers questions regarding her department's proposed $6.6 million FY2013 budget and projected $6.480 million FY2014 budget. Council tentatively approved the budget 5-2 with Councilor Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voting against the motion. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Director Anne Laurent of the Capital Projects and Facilities Department fields questions from Council regarding the public Works Department proposed $15.042 million FY2013 budget and projected $16.447 million budget before the

Council Tentatively Approves Non-Departmental Budget

on April 17, 2012 - 7:41pm

Los Alamos County Budgets and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi and Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne discuss the $7.868 million proposed FY2013 non-departmental budget and the $7.867 million projected FY2014 non-departmental budget. Council tentatively approved 7-0 a substitute motion adding $2 million in the FY2013 budget for economic development loans. The County's FY2012 budget was $11.996 million. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Discusses Request to Hire Person to Handle Records Requests, Tentatively Approves Administrative Services Budget

on April 17, 2012 - 7:32pm

Acting Administrative Services Director Laura Gonzales briefs Council on the need for the creation of a position for a full time person to handle the overwhelming number of public records requests, which is bogging down the work of other employees in the Administrative Services Department. Council tentatively approved 6-1 a substitute motion for the Administrative Services Department's proposed $6.873 million FY2013 budget and the projected $7 million FY2014 budget excluding full time positions. Councilor David Izraelevitz cast the sole no vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Proposed FY2013 Budget Takes into Account Anticipated Expenditure Reductions by LANL

on April 17, 2012 - 7:09pm

During its budget hearings, which started Monday and continue tonight through Wednesday night, the Los Alamos County Council is assessing and approving the County's proposed FY2013 budgets and the projected FY2014 budgets. The County's objective is to continue to provide the high level of service the community has come to expect, despite anticipated reductions in revenues associated with reduced federal expenditures at the County's primary employer - Los Alamos National Laboratory.