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Los Alamos P&Z Commission Recruiting Members

on January 3, 2018 - 12:45pm


The Los Alamos Planning & Zoning Commission, or P&Z, is actively recruiting new members. 

The Commission is a nine-member citizen committee appointed by the County Council to hear and make final decisions on most development applications, including Subdivisions, Site Plans and Special Use Permits. P&Z also makes recommendations to Council on planning policy, Rezoning cases, and the development of and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.

The Commission was instrumental in the development and approval of the new Comprehensive Plan in 2016.

In the past year P&Z reviewed and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 27, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018

on January 3, 2018 - 9:41am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges against them.


Dec. 27 at 4:42 p.m. /Police arrested Aaron B. Koetter, 41, of Los Alamos at the Pajarito Brew Pub on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.





Dec. 28 at 9:35 a.m. / Police arrested Anthony Raymond Martinez, 32, of Los Alamos in Apt. 3 at 1203 9th St., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant for a charge of reckless driving.


Amy Woods Arrested For Embezzlement From Council On Cancer

on January 2, 2018 - 12:40pm

Amy Woods



Los Alamos Daily Post

Amy Woods of Los Alamos has been arrested and charged with embezzlement of $3,500 from the Los Alamos Council on Cancer. Woods was president of the Council when the theft occurred.

The theft was reported to LAPD when treasurer Elida Summers was checking the balances of the non-profit organization’s accounts for year-end summaries. Summers and vice president Diane Hammon told LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking Dec. 29 that seven ATM withdrawals of $500 were made daily from Dec. 15 through Dec.

County Transportation Board Meets Thursday

on January 2, 2018 - 11:55am

Shin: Save For The Lean Years...

on January 1, 2018 - 1:27pm
Los Alamos

Recently, one of my patients told me, “They should have saved for the lean years” as we discussed the possible change in LANL management and GRT revenues. She was referring to the Biblical account of Joseph and his rise to power from slavery. Pharaoh dreamed of seven fat cows, devoured by seven starving cows. Then he dreamed of seven ripe, healthy sheaves of wheat, devoured by seven dead, dry ones. Joseph correctly predicted the meaning of the Pharaoh’s dreams.

“Immediately ahead are seven years of great abundance in all the land of Egypt.

LAFD: 2017 Year In Review

on January 1, 2018 - 9:09am
Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, addresses the audience Oct. 20 at one of several showings of 'Only the Brave' at the Reel Deal Movie Theater. Following his comments, Division Chief Jeff Wetteland read they names of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 20, 2013 in the Yarnell Hill Fire. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of Los Alamos Fire Department are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to any emergency in this community.

County New Year’s Buzz Bus Begins Rolling At 6 p.m.

on December 31, 2017 - 10:00am


Los Alamos County is providing a New Year’s Buzz Bus beginning today at 6 p.m. and running through 1:30 a.m. Monday to area residents and guests.

Call 661.RIDE (7433) to request a ride. It’s first come – first served so call early to reserve a ride.

Do Not Drink and Drive … Dial A Ride.

Transportation Board To Meet Thursday, Jan. 4

on December 30, 2017 - 5:47am
The Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, in Room No. 110 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
  • Approval of the Revised 2018 Transportation Board Meeting Schedule.
    • Presenters: Brian O'Neil, Chair of the Transportation Board.
  • Approval of the FY19 Transportation Board Work Plan.
    • Presenters: Brian O'Neil, Chair of the Transportation Board and Philo

Los Alamos County Year In Review

on December 28, 2017 - 10:09am

The public lines up to weigh in at a County Council meeting earlier this year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Los Alamos Daily Post


2017 was a busy year for Los Alamos County. Trying to pinpoint the top stories is no easy task but here are five issues that drew communitywide interest:




Los Alamos County Council approved four proposed recreation capital improvement projects (CIP) during its regular meeting Dec. 5 in Council Chambers.

2017 Cops And Courts Year In Review

on December 28, 2017 - 10:00am
At its annual banquet earlier this month, the Los Alamos Public Safety Association honored LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking in recognition of his execution of Operation Spring Cleaning, a successful drug sting that followed months of investigation. From left, LAPSA Vice Chairman and Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Treasurer Lisa Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Fire Chief Mel Tafoya, pilot Amy Ross, Wolking, FBI agent Chris Mamula and LAPSA Secretary Donna Martinez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the end of 2017 draws near,

Tourism Strategic Plan Unveiled To Council

on December 28, 2017 - 8:34am
Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson, left, and Becky Zimmerman of Design Workshop discuss the strategic tourism plan during the Dec. 19 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Georgia Strickfaden of Atomic City Tours offers her thoughts on the strategic tourism plan. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Just how does Los Alamos make itself a tourist destination?

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 20 – Dec. 26, 2017

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges against them.


Dec. 20 at 11:02 a.m. / Police arrested Nichole Borrego, 27, of Chimayo at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





Dec. 20 at 6: 36 p.m. / Police arrested Raleigh G. Whitt, 30, of Los Alamos at 156 Tunyo on an outstanding District Court warrant.





Dec. 22 at 11:23 a.m.

New Year’s Buzz Bus Reservations Open Thursday

on December 27, 2017 - 9:43am

Even With Good Bike Plan, A Lot Is Up To The Cyclist

on December 26, 2017 - 2:03pm
Los Alamos

With the Laboratory beginning work on a site-wide bike plan, the County having just received Bronze level bicycle-friendly community status, and a plethora of good road and trail riding in Los Alamos and surrounding areas, there is a lot for local bicyclists to cheer about. That said, whether one is riding for fun, utility, or both, a lot still depends on the engagement and awareness of the rider in order to get out and back with the rubber side consistently down.

A road bike in battle dress for the ride up the ski hill with appropriate gears for an old guy and a

Drugs And Paraphernalia Found On Local Inmate

on December 23, 2017 - 4:58pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 30-year-old Fairview woman was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession or use of drug paraphernalia after she was arrested Dec. 19 in the Los Alamos County Detention Center.

Following a search at the Detention Center, Melody Lopez was found to have in her bra two orange needle caps and the barrel and plunger part of a needle, both of which had been cut to be smaller in size than normal.

Two strips consistent with Suboxone and 14 round white pills identified as Clonazepan

On The Job In Los Alamos: Acting Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera

on December 22, 2017 - 4:52pm

On the job in Los Alamos is Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera in his office today at the Los Alamos Police Department. Wardlow Herrera serves as acting chief whenever Chief Dino Sgambellone is out of the office. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Update: LAMC Experiences Power Outage, Operating On Backup Power

on December 22, 2017 - 3:22pm

Update: Power has been restored at LAMC.

LAMC News:

A power outage ocurred at 1 p.m. today at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC). The hospital lost power is on backup power. Utility crews are on site working to restore power.

At 1:30 p.m. linemen determined that the power outage at the Los Alamos Medical Center was caused by a faulted underground line that feeds LAMC. LAMC is currently using its backup generator to supply power. Crews are in contact with medical center facilities staff. It is expected that it will to be restored by 4 p.m. today.

Los Alamos County Community Services Department Launches Facebook Page

on December 22, 2017 - 9:23am


The Los Alamos County Community Services Department (CSD) is excited to launch an all-inclusive Facebook page.

This page is a one-stop shop for all of the programs, activities and events offered by Community Services.

Existing individual CSD Facebook pages (Library, Open Space, Parks & Recreation and Triathlon) will sunset Jan. 8. Be sure to follow the new page to stay connected.

Click here to follow the new CSD Facebook page.

Kristin Heineman Gives Author Talk On Oracle Of Delphi At Mesa Library Thursday

on December 22, 2017 - 6:02am

Author Kristin Heineman in Greece. Courtesy photo

Library News:

The public is invited to a book talk about “The Decadence of Delphi” by author Kristin Heineman at 7 p.m., Dec. 28, in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., in Los Alamos. The talk is part of the monthly Authors Speak series put on by the Los Alamos County Library System.

A 2002 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Heineman went on to study Classics in college, and received her PhD from the University of Newcastle in Australia.

County Council Updated On Ski Area

on December 21, 2017 - 2:33pm
Los Alamos Ski Club President Susan Brockway-Hahn speaks during the special session Friday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

James Coleman of Pajarito Recreation, LLC speaks Friday during the County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post
The Pajarito Ski Area opened for the winter season this past weekend but during the Los Alamos County Council’s special session Friday, attention turned to the ski area’s future and what was in store for it.
Part of its future entails new ownership.

Pattiz: UC Places ‘Utmost Importance’ On Local Communities

on December 21, 2017 - 2:32pm
University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz
Los Alamos Daily Post

University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz has responded to a letter from Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz assuring him that UC views its partnership with the Northern New Mexico Communities as a critical component to the successful operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Pattiz said UC understands the County’s concerns and how important the gross receipts tax revenue derived from the operation of the Lab is to Los Alamos County.


Council Recognizes Efforts To Make Los Alamos Bike Friendly

on December 21, 2017 - 2:29pm


Members of the team that helped Los Alamos County earn the Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists show off their plaque and certificate during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night. Councilor Chris Chandler, second from the right, recognized the team for its efforts. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




The Los Alamos County Council recognized the team comprised of residents and County staff that helped earn the Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community award during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council


Pongratz: A Bit Of Nit Picking

on December 21, 2017 - 1:54pm
Former Los Alamos County Councilor
I think that the term “windfall” is not appropriate to describe the gross receipts taxes paid by LANL contractors. Merriam-Webster defines “windfall” as:
1: something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind;
2: an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage.
The term is not correct for two reasons: first, the term refers to a “one-time” event. Once all the apples are off the tree you can expect no more apples to fall.

PEEC Announces Nature Center Holiday Hours

on December 21, 2017 - 8:47am
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1 and open all other days in December and January. The nature center is free, and offers a great place to bring family to orient to the Pajarito Plateau before venturing outside or to the neighboring national parks and preserve.
People of all ages enjoy exploring the nature center's interactive exhibits, watching the local wildlife, discovering more about the geology of our area, and exploring the unique collection of nature-inspired items in their gift shop.
The Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600

County Facilities To Operate On Holiday Schedules

on December 21, 2017 - 5:09am
Due to the holidays, several Los Alamos County facilities will operate on a modified schedule. This is includes the County Administrative Offices, which will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.
Additionally, the Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Also, there will be no residential or commercial trash and recycling collection service provided on those days. If the observed date falls on your normal trash day, place your materials out on Wednesday of that same week.