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Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 30, 2019

on September 27, 2019 - 11:16am


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Diamond Drive Paving 

Final construction work is wrapping up. Minor road work may continue this week as the contractor cleans up around utility manhole covers within the work zone; expect some periodic lane drops. 

North Mesa: Alamo, Sioux, San Ildefonso Road and Tsankawi Street Road & Curb Work

Traffic and Streets crews will be paving a section of road starting 8:30 a.m. Monday on San Ildefonso Road from Sioux to Alamo Drive. Flagging operations will be in place.

Council: October Is ‘The People’s Eco Challenge Month’

on September 27, 2019 - 11:07am

At the Tuesday night council meeting, Councilor James Robinson, left, presents Environmental Services Division Senior Office Specialist Joshua Levings with a proclamation declaring October 'The People's Eco Challenge Month'. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation, which declares October "The People's Eco Challenge Month," during its Tuesday night regular meeting. 

Councilor James Robinson presented the proclamation, which reads:

WHEREAS: The Los Alamos County Green Team, Environmental Sustainability Board and Zero Waste

BPU Discusses Multi-Year Water, Sewer Rate Increases

on September 26, 2019 - 11:42am
Department of Public Utilities Deputy Manager Jack Richardson
Los Alamos Daily Post

To generate revenue needed for current operations and to build cash reserves for future infrastructure needs, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is recommending multi-year, stepped rate increases for water and sewer.

The rate increases were introduced to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) during its Sept. 18 meeting. No action was taken; it was a preliminary discussion.

Deputy Utility Manager Jack Richardson presented the proposed rate increases to the

Los Alamos County Finance Department Earns 27th Government Finance Officer Association Award

on September 26, 2019 - 11:30am

From left, Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz presents Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall, Senior Budget Analyst Mauricia Chavarria-Quam and County Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio with the Government Finance Officers Association Award for FY2019 Budget during the Tuesday night council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Finance Department earned its 27th consecutive Government Finance Officers Association Award for its FY2019 Budget.

Los Alamos County Council recognized and commended the department's efforts

Hotel-Conference Center LEDA: Evaluating The Facts

on September 26, 2019 - 11:02am

County Council will again discuss at its regular meeting Oct. 1 possibly donating 3 acres of land on 20th Street to TNJ to build a 86-room hotel and conference center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County Council
Vice Chair

The New Mexico Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) allows public-private partnerships that make possible community economic opportunities that would not otherwise happen, or would take much longer to get started.
LEDA support for a hotel-conference center on 20th Street, proposed at the Aug.

Discoveries Action Team Newcomer’s Luncheon Today

on September 26, 2019 - 7:36am
A special meeting of the Discoveries Action Team (DAT) 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.
New members interested in joining the team are invited to come to the meeting and meet team members while enjoying a free lunch, followed by a brief overview of the Los Alamos branding initiative.
Project champions will be available to network with new members and help them learn more about the projects in progress.
Two of the projects in progress are:
  • Creating “Little Shops” - an Indoor Mercado where residents and visitors can gather and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 20-24, 2019

on September 25, 2019 - 6:59pm

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 filed against them.


Sept. 20 at 3:12 a.m. / Police arrested Matthew L. Baruzzini, 39, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant from another jurisdiction.




Sept. 20 at 5:38 p.m. / Police arrested Leon Eppie Vigil, 25, of Espanola at 20th Street and Central Avenue and on an outstanding District Court warrant.



Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Registers Voters

on September 25, 2019 - 4:18pm

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office staff from left, Election Manager Gloria Maestas, County Clerk Naomi Maestas, Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz encourage the public to register to vote Tuesday in the Municipal Building as part of National Voter Registration Day. Ortiz said that 40 people registered to vote Tuesday alone and 20 of those individuals were from Los Alamos High School. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LACDC Hosts New Mexico MainStreet Tuesday

on September 25, 2019 - 2:06pm

New Mexico MainStreet Director Daniel Gutierrez and Amy Barnhart, Preservation & Non-Profit Resource Development, visited Los Alamos Tuesday and met with members of Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) in the Small Business Center. During the meeting they announced that Los Alamos has once again received MainStreet Certification.

Updated Map ... NMDOT Roundabout Project Lane Shift Starts Monday

on September 25, 2019 - 8:46am

Updated map showing where N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the south side of N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) starting Monday for the section of roadway between Arroyo Lane and east of Tewa Loop. Courtesy/LAC

Traffic Alert With Updated Map:

Starting Monday, Sept. 30, N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the south side of N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) for the section of roadway between Arroyo Lane and east of Tewa Loop.

There will be one lane of travel in each direction.

Access to Tewa Loop from N.M.

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Celebrates National Voter Registration Day Across Community Tuesday

on September 25, 2019 - 8:26am

On the job in Los Alamos is County Clerk Naomi Maestas at a Voter Registration booth Tuesday on the UNM-LA campus. Maestas and her staff spread out across the community to register voters as part of National Voter Registration Day. Local booths also were set up on the sidewalk near Starbucks, at Los Alamos High School, White Rock Town Hall/Senior Center, Los Alamos County Municipal Building and the Los Alamos Nature Center. The slogan for the nationwide endeavor is ‘Register in September … Vote in November’. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Woman Arrested In Little League Embezzlement Case

on September 24, 2019 - 9:11pm

Staff Report

Police made an arrest today in the case of the missing revenue from the Los Alamos County Little League concessions during this year’s season.

Cmdr. Preston Ballew confirmed this evening that police have charged the volunteer responsible for collecting and depositing that revenue, Janice Lovato, with embezzlement.

League President Magdalen Miller told the Los Alamos Daily Post Sunday that the League Board had reported their suspicions and concerns to the Los Alamos Police Department.

Miller said that as a board committed to the players of the league, they were immensely

Letter To The Editor: Tourism Implementation Task Force Fully Supports Development Of Downtown Hotel & Conference Center

on September 24, 2019 - 2:42pm

Letter To Los Alamos County Councilors:

The Los Alamos County Tourism Implementation Task Force fully supports LA County Ordinance 695 and the proposed development of a hotel and conference center on the 20th Street extension in downtown Los Alamos.

The Tourism Implementation Task Force was created in February 2018 by Council to implement the County’s Tourism Strategic Plan.  This plan was written by the County’s Tourism Work Group with Design Workshop. The Plan was adopted by Council on February 27, 2018.  The four focus areas of the strategic plan were identified as: 

  • Create and Market

FLACL Hosts $5 Bag Sale Saturday, Sept. 28

on September 24, 2019 - 9:23am


The Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries (FLACL) is hosting a $5 Bag Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the lobby of Mesa Public Library at 2400 Central Ave. 

The funds raised through the Bag Sale and the Friends Bookstore directly benefit Los Alamos County libraries in many ways.

The Youth Services Department, which creates and presents programs for ages 0-18 and intergenerational programming, is an annual beneficiary of Friends funding.

White Rock Crack Sealing Project Delay

on September 23, 2019 - 9:44am


The vendor performing the crack sealing on Bryce Avenue in White Rock this week had to cancel due to weather and other issues.

They have already issued door hangars for residents in this area. Residents should disregard the door hangars as the crew will not be crack sealing this week.

Weather permitting, the crew will resume work the week of Sept. 30. Door hangers will be re-issued the day before they anticipate resuming the project.

Direct questions or concerns regarding this issue to the Public Works Traffic and Streets Division and ask for Project Manager Scott Halder at

County Arts In Public Places Advisory Board Sept. 26

on September 21, 2019 - 7:03am

Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening Of Health Commons

on September 20, 2019 - 3:26pm
House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler snips the ribbon, officially opening the Health Commons, with from left, Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey, New Mexico Deputy Secretary of Health Karin Rhodes, Chandler, Council Chair Sara Scott, Councilor Randall Ryti, Councilor Katrina Schmidt and Las Clinicas del Norte Executive Director Andrea Sandoval, Wednesday at the Health Commons site at 1183 Diamond Dr., Suite D in Los Alamos (across the street from Los Alamos High school, southwestern end of the building). The Health Commons opened for business Aug.

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 23

on September 20, 2019 - 3:24pm


Road Closures: Atomic Man Duathlon Fat Man and Little Boy Races in White Rock Saturday Morning

The Atomic Man Duathlon Fat Man race begins at 8 a.m. and the Little Boy Race begins at 8:20 a.m. The races should end by 12:30 p.m. The intersection of Grand Canyon at N.M. 4  (at Pajarito Road) will be manned by police officers.

The Foot Race route will begin at Pinon Elementary School and head down Grand Canyon to N.M. 4 to Piedra Loop and back to Pinon Elementary. The Bike race route is similar with the exception they will loop around back to the school and then back to N.M.

Joint Council/BPU Closed Session Noon Monday

on September 20, 2019 - 11:59am

LAHS Eco Club Proposes 10-Cent Bag Fee

on September 19, 2019 - 10:55am
Los Alamos High School Eco Club Co-Presidents Kathryn Laintz, left, and Lillian Petersen discuss the club's proposed 10-cent bag fee. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Members of the Eco Club. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Plastics, especially single-use plastics, are rather villainous. They do not biodegrade, they contaminate the soil and water, pose threats to wildlife, and cause unsightly litter in public places.

Public Astronomy Dark Night Saturday Sept. 28

on September 19, 2019 - 10:10am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6:45 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Sept. 28 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.

The six planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter (with its moons), Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening.

Ice Rink Improvements Public Meeting Sept. 25

on September 19, 2019 - 9:17am


The public is invited to attend a public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Fuller Lodge to review and comment on preliminary designs for the Ice Rink Improvements Project.

The presentation  begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

Improvements include a new locker room and restroom and improvements to the existing building.

Residents can provide written comments the night of the meeting. 

Public comment will continue to be accepted through Friday, Oct. 4 and shared with the design team.

Those unable to attend the meeting, presentations will be available for viewing

County Council Considers Property Tax Rates Tuesday

on September 18, 2019 - 4:46pm


Los Alamos County Council will consider property tax rates at its Tuesday, Sept. 24 meeting, which are calculated by the State’s Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) pursuant to our local Assessor’s office annual valuation report.

In accordance with the Property Tax Code, property tax rates are calculated for all governmental units within the County that have imposed a tax on property. (The County, Public Schools and UNM-LA, as well as the state.)

State statutes require that the Council issue a written order imposing the tax at the rates calculated by DFA.

County Employees Show School And Military Spirit

on September 18, 2019 - 10:21am

Los Alamos County employees gather Friday on the rooftop patio of the Municipal Building for a photo to show their school and military spirit. Photo by Nicholle Cordova

County Board Of Public Utilities Meets Sept. 18

on September 17, 2019 - 9:30pm