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County Housing Survey Closes Friday

on September 16, 2019 - 3:06pm


Los Alamos County’s housing survey will close Friday regarding housing needs and preferences. Those individuals who live and work in Los Alamos County are invited to take the survey. A priority Strategic Goal of Council and of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan is to increase the amount and types of housing options in the County. Survey questions are designed to assess local housing needs. Responses will help the County plan for new housing over the next 10 years. 

Follow this link to take the survey:



Los Alamos County: Census ‘Complete Count Committee’ Recruitment Now Open

on September 16, 2019 - 10:09am


The US Constitution mandates (Article 1, Section 2) that a headcount occur every 10 years of everyone residing in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas of the United States. 

This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens. The population totals from the census determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.

States also use the totals to redraw their legislative and school districts. 

The next census occurs in 2020.  

Census data is used in the distribution of approximately $675 billion in federal

Los Alamos County Firefighters Remember 9/11

on September 15, 2019 - 10:15am

Los Alamos County firefighters set out on a track Saturday on Pajarito Mountain to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil. They are carrying a 26-pound air pack in full dress on the one mile trek with a 1,000 foot rise in elevation to mimic the stairs the firefighters experienced on that tragic day rushing to rescue people in the World Trade Center in New York City. Members of the public joined firefighters in the somber event. Photo by John McHale/


Los Alamos Firefighters and members of the public on the climb

Survey: Little Shops Marketplace Worth Pursuing

on September 14, 2019 - 8:58am

Discovery Action Team Member Diana Martinez discusses her idea for Little Shops Marketplace during a public meeting Thursday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report:

The Discovery Action Team announced the results of a recent survey, which gaged local entrepreneurs’ interest in participating in a communal vendor space, during a public meeting Thursday night.

The survey data showed respondents support the idea.

Jim Glover of Once A Day Marketing reported that 111 people responded to the survey.

A Big Zero Waste Thank You Los Alamos!

on September 14, 2019 - 7:45am

Scene from this year's summer concert. The Los Alamos Zero Waste Team together with Los Alamos County Environmental Services and Environmental Sustainability Board thank the community for its support in making this year's Summer Concert Series a zero waste event. Courtesy/LAC

Scene from this year's summer concert. An estimated 32,000 people attended this year's 15 concerts, generating a total of 10,640 pounds of waste material including 5,920 pounds of trash, 2,000 pounds of compostables, 1,540 pounds of recyclables and 1,180 pounds of glass that was collected and transported. Courtesy/LAC

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 16, 2019

on September 13, 2019 - 11:14am


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

**Water Shut-Off Near NM502 Roundabout Project Next Wednesday Morning**

Weather permitting, water will temporarily be shut off for apartments and condominiums on Arroyo Lane 8 a.m. to  noon Wednesday, Sep. 18. Construction crews will be tying this neighborhood into the new water system in support of the N.M. 502 roundabout project.


Recently the County has received several complaints of speeding vehicles in or near School zones when children are

DPU To Request Multi-Year Increases To Water And Sewer Rates At Public Hearing Oct. 16

on September 13, 2019 - 6:24am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will ask its board (the Board of Public Utilities) for multi-year increases to water and sewer rates at an Oct. 16 public hearing.

Prior to the hearing, DPU officials invite Los Alamos citizens to the September BPU meeting for preliminary discussions with board members; view a documentary on the condition of the nation’s infrastructure; and then attend a public meeting in either White Rock or the townsite.

“These complex infrastructure systems are essential to the economic prosperity and public health of our community,” Utilities

DPU Re-Activates Budget Billing In Los Alamos

on September 13, 2019 - 5:48am

DPU News:

Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials announce that Los Alamos County utility customers can now sign up for Budget Billing.

Budget Billing was suspended in May 2018, so the County could transition to a new utility billing software and then accumulate 12 months of consumption data. The program is now activated again.

Budget Billing is a program that establishes an equal monthly utility payment, creating budgetary control for customers.

Council Proclaims Sept. 15-21 ‘Constitution Week’

on September 13, 2019 - 5:38am

DAR Valle Grande Chapter Regent Megan Farrell accepts a proclamation from Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey during the Tuesday night regular council meeting. The proclamation declares Sept. 15-21 ‘Constitution Week’ in Los Alamos County. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation, which declares Sept. 15-21 “Constitution Week” in Los Alamos County during its Tuesday night regular council meeting.

Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey read the proclamation:

WHEREAS: September 17, 2019, marks the two hundred

Council Proclaims Sept. 13-22 ‘Welcoming Week’

on September 13, 2019 - 5:16am

Los Alamos Family YMCA Teen Center Director George Marsden, third from right, accepts a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, second from right, during the Tuesday night council meeting. The proclamation declares Sept. 13-22 ‘Welcoming Week’ in Los Alamos County. Joining Marsden were a number of YMCA representatives including Executive Director Rob Wilkinson, second from left. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation, which declares Sept.

Crack Seal Project In White Rock Begins Monday

on September 12, 2019 - 8:35am

  • Crack Seal Project in White Rock on Rover Boulevard, Grand Canyon Drive and Bryce Avenue starts 8:30 a,m. Monday

GM Emulsion will start crack sealing Monday, Sept. 16 beginning on Rover Boulevard at N.M. 4 and continue toward Grand Canyon Drive. They will continue down Grand Canyon Drive starting at N.M. 4 to Meadow Lane. They also will work on Bryce Avenue, starting at Rover Boulevard to Meadow Lane.

Crews will work 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Weather permitting, work should be completed by Sept. 30. 

The contractor will set up a flagging operation allowing traffic to flow.

‘For The Animals’ Fundraiser At Smith’s Saturday

on September 12, 2019 - 7:41am

Pug is counting on community support at the fundraiser Saturday in front of Smith’s Marketplace. Courtesy photo


For the Animals, a local nonprofit organization, will hold a fundraiser beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday in front of Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos.

The fundraiser will sell gently used, low-cost dog jackets, cat carriers and miscellaneous pet supplies. The sale will continue until items sell out.

All proceeds go to the care of the animals at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

Los Alamos resident Jib Bennett established For the Animals in May.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 29 To Sept. 9, 2019

on September 11, 2019 - 10:15pm

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.


Aug. 29 at 10:18 p.m. / Police arrested Justin Dalton, 18, of Los Alamos at Central Avenue and Oppenheimer and charged him with failure to stop or yield at an intersection and DUI.





Sept. 6 at 5:42 p.m.

Proposed Hotel/Conference Center At 20th And Trinity: Webpage Goes Live Today

on September 11, 2019 - 9:13pm



The County has opened a new webpage on its Economic Development Projects page at featuring information about the proposed hotel and conference center south of Trinity Drive at 20th Street.

The page contains information for the public to review about the proposed project, which was the topic of a public hearing for Ordinance 695 at the Aug. 27 Council meeting.

Here is the link for the page, which has links to documents available and referenced during the Council meeting as well as other background studies:

Los Alamos County Council Seeks To Fill Vacancies On Board Of Registration

on September 11, 2019 - 2:23pm


Due to the recent resignations of three members of the Board of Registration, the Los Alamos County Council is seeking applicants to fill the remainder of the two-year term on the local Board of Registration.

The requirements for the members of this Board state that not more than two members can be of the same political party so for these vacancies, no Democrats can be appointed. 

Additional requirements state that the members of the Board shall not be county employees (including poll workers), elected officials or candidates for public office (including School Board or UNM-LA

Lunch With A Leader: County Engineer Sept. 17

on September 10, 2019 - 7:32am
Los Alamos County Engineer Eric Martinez
The Los Alamos League of Women Voters’ monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader features County Engineer Eric Martinez as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 17, at Mesa Public Library.
Martinez oversees the Engineering & Project Management Division within the Public Works Department. Martinez earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and is a licensed New Mexico Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager. 
He joined Los Alamos County in 2015 and has more than 20

County: ABCs Of Zero Waste

on September 9, 2019 - 7:13am

  • Zero Waste Tip: We don’t need a handful of people doing ZERO WASTE perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.

The ABCs of Zero Waste:

Action! Doing a few small things is better than nothing. Make small changes to your daily habits before making dramatic changes to your life.

Beeswax cloth food wraps: These are a great way to reduce plastic use in the kitchen. They seal to a container (bowl, other) with the warmth of your hands, and they work great to wrap up a half a piece of fruit or to use for a sandwich in a lunch.

Carpool: Commit to sharing a ride or

Chair Sara Scott Responds To Grieving Mother On Behalf Of Los Alamos County Council

on September 8, 2019 - 2:08pm
By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

Dear Ms. O'Bannon,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind and thoughtful note in your time of so much sorrow.

We will make sure that all those who offered their help, professionalism and care receive your thanks and appreciation.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Los Alamos County Council; our thoughts are with you, your husband, and your daughter's family and friends.

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 9, 2019

on September 7, 2019 - 4:48pm


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

Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Diamond Dr Paving - San Ildefonso roundabout milling/paving may begin later this week

Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction as Star Paving crews continue the asphalt milling and paving operations daily. Drivers are asked to be cautious when making turns out of side streets adjacent to the work zone, the contractor may be limiting access for left turns out of side streets.

Los Alamos Democratic Party Meets UNM-LA Monday

on September 7, 2019 - 7:06am

LADP News:

The Los Alamos Democratic Party monthly meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 in Building 5 at UNM-LA.

The guest speaker for the meeting is Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas.

The meeting is open to the public.

Judge Casados Swears In Two Public Safety Aides

on September 6, 2019 - 9:15am

Judge Pat Casados swears in Los Alamos Police Department Public Safety Aide Theresa Phelan and Public Safety Aide Jacob Hill Thursday during a ceremony at the Magistrate Court in the Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/

Council OKs Ordinance For Land Transfer To LAPS

on September 5, 2019 - 2:26pm


LAPS News:

The Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted Tuesday, Aug. 27 to approve an ordinance for the transfer of 2.02 acres of land to the Los Alamos Public Schools.

This change will improve:

  • Student and staff safety;
  • Coordination with UNM-LA and the Los Alamos community; and
  • Options for construction of a new Field House at Sullivan Field.

The new ordinance was published Aug. 29. After that, Los Alamos County will prepare the deed, which will be presented to the Los Alamos School Board for review and acceptance on Oct. 15. 

The vendors who conduct business at this

County Unveils Initial Designs For Recreational CIPs At Public Meeting

on September 5, 2019 - 9:04am
Members of the public weigh in on the multi-generational pool schematic design Aug. 28. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

What started out as ideas and a few rough conceptual drawings is now becoming a reality. The Los Alamos County recreational capital improvement projects are taking form and progressing into the design stages.

The status of the splash pad, multi-generational pool and Los Alamos County Golf Course irrigation system was unveiled to the public during a meeting Aug. 28 at Fuller Lodge.

‘Little Shops’ Vendor Meeting Sept. 12

on September 3, 2019 - 5:25pm


Results from the “Little Shops” community survey will be announced at a special meeting hosted by the Discoveries Action Team (DAT) at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

DAT volunteers would like to invite potential vendors to the meeting to see if they would like to participate in a pop-up event to test the sale of their products, and set a date.

Interested parties are asked to attend the meeting.

For more information, email Diana Martinez at

Scenes From James Carothers Secret City Concert

on September 1, 2019 - 10:11am

Los Alamos National Laboratory technician-turned popular country artist James Carothers tips his hat to an enthusiastic crowd Friday night during the Secret City Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Pavilion. ‘It’s good to be home,’ he told the crowd. Carothers lived and worked in Los Alamos before returning to his native Tennessee to pursue a career in music. According to a press release, Carothers has earned a lot of accolades. Rolling Stone magazine listed him in its 10 New Country Artists You Need To KnowOctober 2018, and nominated by Ameripolitan as 2018 Outlaw Male. He also has opened for