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Los Alamos County Council Welcomes San Ildefonso Governor

on April 10, 2012 - 8:10pm

San Ildefonso Gov. Terry Aguilar was elected Feb. 18 and came to tonight's County Council meeting at the request of Council Chair Sharon Stover to introduce himself to the other members and staff. He told Council that he just past the bar and that he planned to invite the Los Alamos County Council to his Pueblo to meet with his Council. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Tonight's County Council Presentations Feature Youth

on April 10, 2012 - 7:58pm

County News:

Los Alamos High School student Alexander Castille is presenting a distracted driving survey to the County Council that he and members of the Los Alamos Youth Leadership team conducted through spending time on strategic intersections around towncounting the motorists who were chatting on their cells, applying make-up, smoking and exhibiting other distracted behaviors. Most drivers were doing something other than just driving. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos High School students Alexandra Berl, speaking, and Olivia Snyder, Tessa Snyder and teacher Nora

Arts in Public Places Board Agenda

on April 9, 2012 - 10:01pm




AGENDA for Wednesday, April 11, 2012

4:30 to 6:00 PM Mesa Public Library



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.)

     A. Approval of Minutes from March 14, 2012

     A. Discuss potential art locations for the Municipal Building (Architect)


Film Review: The Snapper

on April 7, 2012 - 11:26pm

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

Pregnant women get asked many questions as they await their babies: When are you due? Is it a boy or a girl? Have you picked out a name? Have you written a birth plan?

Or even, sometimes: Who's the father?

In "The Snapper," a sort of a 1993 Irish precursor to the 2007 American megahit "Knocked Up" in that both comedies star a fetus that does not result from sacred marital love but rather from booze, 20-year-old Sharon Curley (Tina Kellegher) does not want to answer that last question.

Her co-workers, friends, parents  -- everyone has their outspoken, sometimes

Muni Building Crane Back in Action Friday

on April 7, 2012 - 9:51pm

County News:

An ongoing ballet between man and machine. Photo by TK Thompson/

These ironworkers are placing floor girders on the second floor of the new Municipal Building. Photo by TK Thompson/

There is still a lot of earthwork to be done on this site. The grey concrete slab in the middle of the image will be the next to have structural steel placed on it. Photo by TK Thompson/

Eco Station and Overlook Closed Sunday

on April 7, 2012 - 9:27pm

County News:

In observance of Easter, the Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed on Sunday April 8.


Crane Towers Above Everything in Downtown Los Alamos

on April 6, 2012 - 6:19pm

The 250-foot tall crane at the Municipal Building construction site on Central Avenue as seen today from near the downtown post office looking east. Photo by TK Thompson/

PNM Seeks Lower Emissions Limits For San Juan Generating Station

on April 6, 2012 - 6:09pm

San Juan Generating Station News:

Albuquerque: PNM today requested changes to the New Mexico air permit for San Juan Generating Station to allow for the installation of new visibility controls at the plant in the next several years.

“We are prepared to move forward on installing new environmental controls that will meet federal visibility requirements and further reduce the plant’s emissions.

County Attorney Search Narrows to Three Applicants

on April 6, 2012 - 9:36am

By Carol A. Clark

Three candidates have made the short list out of a pool of 16 applicants for the Los Alamos County Attorney position.

Rebecca Whismer Ehler of Alamogordo, Harry Sinclair Connelly of Las Cruces and internal candidate Charles Brian James are scheduled for interviews April 13 in Los Alamos.

James graduated from the Golden Gate University School of Law and has 32 years of legal experience. He has served as acting county attorney for about a year.

“It seems like a logical progression and would also provide continuity for the County what with a new county administrator and


Tonight's T-Board Meeting is Cancelled

on April 5, 2012 - 10:44am

Courtesy/Los Alamos County

County News:

Tonight's Transportation Board meeting has been cancelled.

The Board will hold its next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 3, at the Los Alamos County Public Works Conference Room, 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite A2.

The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the seven-member board is to obtain public input and make recommendations to the County Council regarding transportation policies related to all users of the transportation system (pedestrian, bicycles, motor vehicles, transit, and aircraft) to ensure that equal consideration is given so that the


Public Invited to Chapter 16 Q&A Session

on April 5, 2012 - 8:11am

County News:

Residents and business owners in Los Alamos and White Rock are encouraged to attend an informal Q&A session with Acting Community Development Director Steve Brugger at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 in Council Chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The Q&A session is regarding proposed changes to Chapter 16 of the County Code.

Chapter 16 is more commonly known as the County’s Development Code.

Suggested changes include implementation of a Special Plan District.

Other changes are being proposed to clarify the planning review and permitting process.

County Code


Board of Public Utilities Meeting Schedule

on April 5, 2012 - 7:59am

DPU News:

Smell Gas? Call 662-8333 (M-F) or 662-8222 (after hours)


The Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet on the following dates and times:

BPU Regular Meeting
(Note the change in meeting date from the regular thrid Wednesday of the month to Thursday, April 19)

  • 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 170 Central Park Square – DPU Conference Room

BPU Special Meeting – Closed Session
(To discuss limited personnel matters)

  • Noon, Monday, April 30, 170 Central Park Square – DPU Conference Room



Driveway Temporarily Closed Near Fuller Lodge

on April 4, 2012 - 11:54pm
County News:
The driveway from Bathtub Row to the front parking lot of Fuller Lodge will be closed April 12 and 13 for installation of a valley gutter.
The work is needed to help with drainage issues on the road, which experiences icy conditions each winter.
The road will close at 9 a.m. April 12 and should reopen by9 a.m. Saturday, April 14.
Lodge visitors are asked to park in the upper and lower parking lots just west of Bathtub Row during construction.
The work is part of a larger project starting on Monday for improvements to the grounds and exterior of Fuller

LA Summer Concert Series - Not Quite Complete

on April 4, 2012 - 10:04pm

Editor's Note: The official "Los Alamos Concert Series" schedule (presented by the County of Los Alamos and coordinated / managed by Russ Gordon) is not available on-line as of April 9th. When it becomes available we will link to the official concert series website. The official concert site is found at: Below you will find the currently available series information....


Russ Gordon and crew are still finalizing sponsors & venues for some of this summer’s series.

This is the 23rd year for this extremely popular concert series.

From Gordon's

County Administrator Works to Fill Acting Positions

on April 4, 2012 - 8:21am

County Administrator Harry Burgess stands in his downtown office near photographs taken by his grandfather. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

The process to fill acting positions at the director level throughout the County is well underway.

County Administrator Harry Burgess described the hring process during an interview at his office Thursday.

“I decided to advertise these positions and that did not reflect on the individuals currently holding the positions. I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to apply … there may be hidden talent,” Burgess said.


County Notice of Possible Council Quorum

on April 3, 2012 - 3:20pm

Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend interviews of candiates for county attorney from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 13 in Council Chambers.

A quorum may be present, however no council action will be taken.


Los Alamos County Tops State Health Rankings

on April 3, 2012 - 1:10pm

Los Alamos County tops the list in county health rankings for New Mexico, according to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states.

The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources.

New Mexico counties ranked one to 10:

  • Los Alamos
  • Sandoval
  • Santa Fe
  • Dona Ana
  • Lincoln
  • Union
  • Roosevelt
  • Otero
  • Bernalillo
  • Curry


White Rock Loses Power During Monday's Storm - Power Now Restored to Remaining Customers on Piedra Loop

on April 3, 2012 - 11:18am

Power lines from a toppled power pole lay across the fence of a home near Piedra Loop and Piedra Drive Monday night. County crews and Los Alamos police used their vehicles as shields to protect motorists from driving into the downed wires, which were strewn across the roadway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Heavy snow accumulation on power lines during Monday evening’s storm caused a three-phase power pole to go down near the intersection of Piedra Drive and Piedra Loop in White Rock. Power was lost at 8:40 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Taking on Espanola Police

on April 3, 2012 - 10:37am

The public is invited to attend a battle between officers of the Los Alamos Police Department and officers of the Espanola Police Department.

This highly competitive, action-packed basketball game begins at 2 p.m. April 28 at Northern New Mexico College, 921 N. Paseo De Onate in Espanola.

Tickets are $3 per adult and $2 per child under 12 with all proceeds split between LAPD and EPD for the charity of their choice.

Power Pole Collapses Near Piedra Loop

on April 3, 2012 - 12:11am

A Los Alamos Police vehicle and a County truck shelter wires strewn across the road from a power pole that toppled over near Piedra Loop and Piedra Drive during the snowstorm Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Public Urged to Attend 'Wildfire 2012' Event

on April 2, 2012 - 9:32pm

Los Alamos firefighters train at the New Mexico Fire Academy in Socorro. Photo by Louisa Martinez/LAFD

As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 14 in the Council Chambers and adjacent Training Room (inside the Community Building at 475 20th St.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies.

There will be a joint presentation on the Las Conchas 2011 Wildfire, including a possible panel discussion with representatives from the following

2012 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Fundraiser Set for Friday April 13

on April 2, 2012 - 9:05pm

Join Russ Gordon of Gordons' Concerts of Los Alamos at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 for live music by Eddy and the Nomads followed by DK and the Affordables.

This event is a fundraiser for the 2012 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series ... go have a good time so the community can have more good times throughout the summer.

Buy tickets at the Hilltop House Hotel or at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

The Summer Concert Series is presented FREE to the public by the County of Los Alamos and a number of sponsoriing businesses, professionals and neighbors.

The Series is coordinated and

Community Building Gets Springtime Makeover

on April 2, 2012 - 7:57am

The County landscaped the front grounds of the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue with new plants, stones and a bench in time for spring. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Muni Building Crane Sparkles in Saturday Night's Sky

on April 1, 2012 - 8:26am

The 250-foot crane in operation during the day this week at the Municipal Building Complex construction site is strung with lights that give the neighborhood quite an evening sparkle. This shot was taken with a 20 second exposure, f7.1, ISO 220, Nikon D5000, from the north side of Iris Street midway between 9th and 15th streets. Photo by George Chandler

In this shot, the conjunction with Venus and Jupiter was just about more than an old physicist could stand. It was taken with a 30 second exposure at f7.1, ISO 280, Nikon D5000, from 9th Street just north of Central Avenue.

Appeals Court Upholds Constitutionality of Tax Lightning Law

on March 31, 2012 - 7:26am

County Assessor JoAnn Johnson with Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a state law that can result in sharply increased tax assessments for homes that change ownership – a practice known as “tax lightning.”

“This doesn’t affect us at all in Los Alamos because we have followed State Statute 73621.2 for the past 10 years,” said Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez.