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Ice Rink Opens 4 p.m. For Hockey Practice Only

on February 19, 2019 - 2:16pm

Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will open at 4 p.m. today for hockey practice only.

Adult skate and public skate will resume Wednesday ... presuming no significant additional snowfall occurs overnight.

Los Alamos County Services And Activities Updates

on February 19, 2019 - 11:34am

The Los Alamos County Municipal Building during the last snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The latest updates on Los Alamos County services and activities affected by inclement weather conditions:

  • Los Alamos County is open today;
  • The Los Alamos County Council meeting is still a go for 6 p.m. today;
  • Trash pickup is running as scheduled today;
  • The Los Alamos Teen Center is operating noon to 5 p.m. today, not their normal operating hours of noon to 8 p.m., due to the snow storm; and
  • All Atomic City Transit peak services are canceled today due to road conditions.

Letter To The Editor: Water Rates, Overflowing, And Automated Meters Coming

on February 19, 2019 - 10:54am
Business Services Manager
There is a Board of Public Utilities meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Municipal Building in the Council chambers. It is important to attend and voice your public comment for at least three topics on the agenda.
First, the Department of Public Utilities wants to raise your water rates … again. 6.25% this time. It seems like an annual increase.
As water usage has dropped due to conservation efforts by the community, the Department wants to raise rates to keep up their revenues, ostensibly for future capital improvement projects.

County Finance Office Publishes FY18 PAFR

on February 18, 2019 - 2:29pm
The Los Alamos County Finance Office announced that the FY2018 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) has been issued and is available on the County’s webpage.  
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established the PAFR Program to encourage and assist state and local governments to extract information from their comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) to produce high-quality popular annual financial reports.
These reports are specifically designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable to the general public and other interested parties

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on February 18, 2019 - 6:58am

Natural Grocers May Be Coming To Los Alamos

on February 17, 2019 - 7:18am
At its Feb. 27 meeting, P&Z will consider a lot split and site plan to pave the way for a Natural Grocers on Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
The options of where to get groceries in Los Alamos could be expanding. Feb. 27, the Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a lot split and site plan that would pave the way for a Natural Grocers.
County Planning Manager Tamara Baer

Los Alamos County Planning Manager Tamara Baer explained that the lot split is proposed at the Shriners’ building site on Trinity

On The Job In Los Alamos: Steve Brugger At LAHP

on February 15, 2019 - 4:52pm
On the job in Los Alamos is Executive Director Steve Brugger of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP) in his new office today at 1362 C-1 Trinity Dr. between Viola's and Subway. LAHP moved Feb. 1 to its new location. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
About the Los Alamos Housing Partnership

Los Alamos Housing Partnership, Inc (LAHP) was incorporated in 1994 as a 501©3 non-profit organization that promotes the provision and retention of affordable housing.

LAHP owes its existence to continued community support evidenced

Utility Work On Arizona 8 a.m. To 4 p.m. Tuesday

on February 15, 2019 - 4:26pm


Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the south side of Arizona Avenue just east of 45th Street to locate a water leak.

This investigatory utility work will occur Tue. Feb. 19 only. Traffic will be restricted to one lane at the construction zone beginning at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with two-way traffic accommodated by a flagging operation. Motorists can expect some delays.

Repair work to the waterline will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Utilities Board To Consider AMI Rule Feb. 20

on February 15, 2019 - 3:49pm


The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeks approval of proposed General Rule GR-16 on Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) from the Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

The rule includes a provision under GR-16.03 to allow customers to opt out of the AMI project without penalty. AMI is a method of communication technology to read meters remotely without having to physically access meters on customers’ properties.

BPU will consider Rule GR-16 at its board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

EMS Division Chief: The Importance Of Time...

on February 15, 2019 - 8:35am
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Frie Department

Each year more than a 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, of these nearly 15% will die as a result.

A heart attack is known clinically as a myocardial infarction (MI) and is the permanent damage to heart muscle. The prefix “my” means muscle, “cardial” refers to the heart and “infarction” is the death of tissue due to a lack of blood supply.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. Cells within the heart will become starved of oxygen and begin to die.

Schmidt: Let Me Introduce Myself...

on February 14, 2019 - 8:32am
Los Alamos County Councilor

As the newest member of County Council, I want to introduce myself to those of you whom I haven’t yet met. 

I am excited to have the opportunity to represent the people of Los Alamos and serve as a public official.

I began my professional career in public affairs working for the International Affairs Division of the Niigata Prefecture, a region of Japan comparable in population to the state of New Mexico. I presently teach fourth grade at Barranca Mesa Elementary and previously taught eighth grade in my home state of Wisconsin.

In my daily

Partial Renovation At Fire Station 3 Nearly Complete

on February 14, 2019 - 8:31am
Fire Station 3 during recent renovations. Courtesy/LAC
Fire Station 3 during the renovation. Courtesy/LAC
Los Alamos Daily Post
A partial facility renovation project at Fire Station 3, located in White Rock, is nearly finished.
The project, which began in October, included several improvements, County Engineer Eric Martinez said. The roof was replaced over the station’s living areas, modifications to the station’s HVAC system were made, and an exterior wall and windows were added to the sleeping areas.

County Council Seeks Feedback On 2019 Priorities

on February 14, 2019 - 8:27am
Los Alamos County Council discussing its 2019 Strategic Leadership Plan Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
The Los Alamos County Council is seeking community feedback about the 2019 Strategic Leadership Plan unanimously adopted Feb. 12 at the Council meeting. Seven priorities have been identified as focus areas this year:
Increasing the amount and types of housing options. 
This includes a variety of housing options for all segments of the community, from affordable, entry level, and live-work housing to new options for those

Letter To The Editor: A Reply...

on February 13, 2019 - 7:49am
Los Alamos
Mr. Burke’s letter was very strange to me (link). There were 10 candidates that were all qualified to fill Christine Chandler’s County Council seat for different reasons. All had different backgrounds, and a differing perspective of how the county needed to position itself for the future. I was surprised by the decision, but I don’t think there was a bad choice to be made.
Mr. Burke’s letter is not good optics for him or the Republican Party. While he is certainly entitled to his own opinion, there is a time and a place to air it.

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 2018 Crime Statistics

on February 12, 2019 - 11:56am

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released calls for service and crime statistics for the 12 months of 2018, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. Simple assault is not included in UCR.

Community Invited To DWI Planning Council Thursday

on February 12, 2019 - 11:11am

DWI Planning Council News:

The community is welcome to attend the monthly DWI Planning Council meeting, which is Thursday.

New Mexico State Epidemiologist Gwendolyn Gallagher, Ph.D., Community Health Epidemiologist will present the most recent alcohol morbidity and mortality data.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. in Room 330 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Additional information is available from DWI Program Coordinator Donna Casados with the Social Services Division at 505.662.8312.

Letter To The Editor: County Council – (Sigh!) More of the Same

on February 12, 2019 - 7:56am
2018 County Council Candidate
In case you missed the January 29 County Council meeting, there was an agenda item to fill the Council seat vacated by Christine Chandler.
On Jan. 15, there was one applicant for the seat. By the deadline of Jan. 24, there were 10. The list of applicants included enthusiastic citizens, small business owners, candidates that ran in the last election, a professional engineer with a history as a professional electrician, an international negotiator that served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and another with an MBA and tons of experience.

Public Hearing: Proposed Water Rate Increase Feb. 20

on February 11, 2019 - 10:27am


The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave., to consider a proposed ordinance to increase water rates by 6.25 percent.

If approved, the proposed ordinance will be introduced to the Los Alamos County Council to be scheduled for a second public hearing in March or April. Council will consider adoption of the ordinance at that time.

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeks to increase wholesale, non-potable and retail water rates to recover costs necessary to maintain reliable

Scenes From County Drone Mapping Trinity Drive

on February 9, 2019 - 10:17am

Los Alamos County's Geographical Informational System (GIS) staff manuever a drone Friday at 36th Street and Trinity Drive. County Engineer Eric Martinez said staff were mapping Trinity Drive as a result of a recommendation made during the Jan. 3 Transportation Board meeting.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Transferring Film At PAC 8

on February 8, 2019 - 9:01am

On the job in Los Alamos is volunteer Bob Dryja transferring movies on film to digital media Thursday afternoon at the PAC 8 studio at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Dryja has volunteered at PAC 8 for about three years and said he mainly digitizes old films. Most of the content he receives is ‘classic family home movies’ although he occasionally sees someone’s vacation footage. Dryja also volunteers at other organizations including the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and leads programs at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Los Alamos Daily Post Turns 7 Years Old Today!

on February 7, 2019 - 4:33pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post is celebrating its 7-year anniversary today at its world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. The news team wants to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community, state, nation and world ... it is a privilege to bring you the news each and every day! Photo by Erika Clark

Staff Report

Today marks another milestone in the history of the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper as it celebrates seven years of delivering local news at lightning speed.

Award-winning journalist Carol A. Clark launched the Los Alamos Daily Post at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.

DPU Proposes Raising Water Rates

on February 7, 2019 - 8:59am
Shown here is a water line the Department Public Utilities installed, which will connect the new well being drilled to the existing water system. One of the reasons why DPU is proposing an increase in water rates to be able to afford capital projects such as new water lines and new wells. Courtesy/LAC
Los Alamos Daily Post
Water usage has dropped in Los Alamos but that hasn’t stopped the expense of supplying it to customers from rising.
In fact, Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager Tim Glasco said the department looked at trends

Los Alamos Police Respond To Late Morning Reports Of Intoxicated And Despondent Man In White Rock

on February 5, 2019 - 12:16pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police officers responded late this morning in White Rock to reports of an intoxicated and despondent man who may have had access to firearms.

Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post that police have located the man and he has been transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center where he is undergoing evaluation.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools were placed on lockdown as a safety precaution during the incident, Cmdr. Ballew said.

Scenes From Museum Monday At Nature Center

on February 4, 2019 - 6:37pm

Leslie Linke checks out the view this afternoon at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) hosted numerous activities during Museum Monday at the Nature Center, which featured historical aspects of the community, from established brick-and-mortar museums to special pop-up exhibits and installations, as well as special Atomic City Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District and the townsite. Photo by Connor Hoch/

PEEC Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel mingles with the public this afternoon during Museum Monday at the Nature Center.

Cable Work Begins North Side Of Trinity Wednesday

on February 4, 2019 - 6:21pm


Beginning Wednesday, Kelly Cable of New Mexico will be working in the shoulder and sidewalk area on the north side of Trinity Drive.

The sidewalk will be closed between 7th Street and 20th Street. All drive lanes are to remain open.

Work should be completed by Friday.