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Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on September 30, 2018 - 7:57am

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, left, presents a proclamation to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, which recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The proclamation was presented Tuesday, Sept. 25,  during the regular County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Council Chambers.

County Councilor Antonio Maggiore presented Police Chief Dino

County Council Proclaims October Drug Free Month

on September 29, 2018 - 10:54am

Los Alamos County Councilor Morris Pongratz, left, presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation declaring October Drug Free Month. The proclamation was presented Tuesday, Sept. 25, during the regular County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring October to be "Drug Free Month" Tuesday, Sept. 25, during the regular County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Councilor Morris Pongratz presented the proclamation to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone.

Proclamation:

P&Z Commission Approves Street Address Ordinance

on September 29, 2018 - 10:25am
During the Wednesday, Sept. 26 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Los Alamos County Planning Manager Tamara Baer holds up a sign to demonstrate how large font needs to be in order to be seen from 50 feet away. This is the requirement for street addresses. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commissioners passed a recommendation for County Council to approve an ordinance regarding requirements for address and road naming on streets, sidewalks and other public places.

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Council Candidates Share Views At League Forum

on September 28, 2018 - 8:04pm

Four Democrats and three Republicans and one Libertarian vying for four seats on the Los Alamos County Council participate in a League of Women Voters Forum Thursday evening in the student center at UNM-LA. League Co-President Barbara Calef, center, welcomes the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A crowd packs the hall Thursday evening in the student center at UNM-LA to hear eight candidates vying for four seats coming open on the Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

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Utility Work On Quartz Begins Tuesday

on September 28, 2018 - 4:49pm

COUNTY News:

Electric crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will undertake a project to replace electric lines on Quartz Street to improve the neighborhood’s electric reliability.

Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 2 and continue through the beginning of January.

Through traffic along Quartz will be restricted during the day, Monday through Friday, with traffic detoured to Rim Road. Full access to Quartz will be restored by late afternoon as crews wrap up for the day.

Crews will work in small sections in the roadway to excavate, install conduit and then backfill

Los Alamos County Garners Three GFOA Awards

on September 28, 2018 - 11:57am

Los Alamos County Finance Department recipients of three awards by the Government Finance Officers Association during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers. Recipients from left,  Zhen Liu, Beatrice Odezulu, Margot Liberty, Patsy Olivas, Budget Manager Karen Kendall, Councilor Susan O’Leary, Councilor Rick Reiss, Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio, Mauricia Chavarria-Quam, Deputy CFO Melissa Meyer and Councilor Morris Pongratz. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos County Council recognized the County's Finance Department at Tuesday's Council meeting.

Affordable Housing Complex Gets Green Light

on September 27, 2018 - 3:06pm
A view of the Bethel Development, Inc. affordable housing complex in Farmington is an example of what to expect in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The housing demand is increasing in Los Alamos and the need for it to be affordable is just as high. While resources exist to help quench this need, a new rental housing project will soon be available to the public.

Bethel Development, Inc., a company based in Farmington, won the highly competitive 2018 low-income housing tax credits from the Mortgage Finance Authority Housing of

La Senda, Pajarito Acres Microsealing Begins Friday

on September 27, 2018 - 10:52am

COUNTY News:

Starting Friday morning, construction crews will begin applying a microseal to all of the roadways in Pajarito Acres and La Senda in White Rock.

Weather allowing, crews anticipate this portion of the project to last 11 days and crews are planning to work 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Expect representatives from the contractor applying the coating to be visiting residents door to door leaving information including the proposed schedule, coordination instructions and contact information.

The contractor is expected to start Friday on cul-de-sacs in La Senda followed

County Council Approves Sewage Rate Hike

on September 27, 2018 - 7:57am
Department of Public Utilities Deputy Manager Jack Richardson discusses the sewage rate increase Tuesday night during the County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Change is coming again to utility bills for residents. Los Alamos County Council approved an 8 percent increase to sewage rates during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers.
 
The rate increase was approved 6-1 with Councilor Susan O’Leary opposing.
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First League Candidate Forum At UNM-LA Tonight

on September 27, 2018 - 7:52am

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA) is hosting its first of two non-partisan candidate forums this evening in Building 2 at UNM-LA, the Student Union. 

The forum begins at 7 p.m., but all are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and socialize with the candidates.

This forum features Anne Nobile (D), running unopposed for Probate Judge, followed by information about the North Central Regional Transportation District (NCRTD) Reauthorization Ballot Question and all of the candidates seeking a seat on the Los Alamos County Council: David Izraelevitz

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on September 27, 2018 - 6:05am

Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, center, presents a proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Among those accepting the proclamation were Nancy Partridge, second from right, and Los Alamos Council on Cancer President Dianne Hammon, right. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By NANCY PARTRIDGE
Los Alamos

Tuesday, the Los Alamos County approved a proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The proclamation:

WHEREAS: According to the American Cancer Society, this year, 268,670 people will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S.;

Possible Quorum Notice: BPU At DPU Meeting Sept. 27

on September 26, 2018 - 1:31pm

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Takes Part In Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day

on September 26, 2018 - 11:21am

Los Alamos County Clerk's Office staff members operate a voter registration booth Tuesday night in the lobby of the Municipal Building. The clerk's office took part in National Voter Registration Day. Throughout the day, booths were located around town including Los Alamos High School, Starbucks and the White Rock Senior Center with information on how to vote as well as sample ballots for the upcoming election in November. County Clerk Naomi Maestas said Los Alamos has a high registration rate.

Tourism Implementation Task Force Meets Thursday

on September 26, 2018 - 8:52am

House Dist. 43 Candidate Christine Chandler Meets With Educators To Discuss Ideas For Improving Education

on September 24, 2018 - 5:55pm

Los Alamos County Councilor and Democratic candidate for New Mexico House Dist. 43, Christine Chandler, met with several educators Sunday at a local residence to discuss ideas on how to improve education. Councilor Chandler is endorsed by both teachers unions. Topics included PARCC and other high stakes testing, the need for high quality early childhood education access and various educational inequities both in Los Alamos and throughout the district.

Department Of Public Utilities Including Customer Care Center Closed For Two Hours Thursday Morning

on September 24, 2018 - 5:15pm

DPU News:

Due to an all-hands meeting for employees of the Department of Public Utilities, which includes Customer Care Center representatives, department officials advise that their offices will be closed for two hours, 8-10 a.m. Thursday, Sep. 27.

The annual all-hands meeting is an opportunity for DPU’s senior management to provide updates on the department’s progress and communicate strategic objectives and goals to align with the Board of Public Utilities’ adopted mission, vision and values.

The Customer Care Center and the DPU will be open by 10 a.m. to assist customers.

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County Hosts ‘Customer Appreciation Day’ Oct. 3

on September 24, 2018 - 5:04pm

COUNTY News:

Representatives of the Los Alamos County’s Customer Care Center will hold their annual “Customer Appreciation Day” event 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the lobby of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Various divisions and departments will host tables with information about their services and be available to answer questions from the public. Refreshments will be provided. Members of the community are welcome to drop by during the open house.

The event is part of a week-long celebration for national Customer Service Week, Oct. 1 through Oct. 5.

Scenes From AOPA’s Secret City Tour

on September 23, 2018 - 6:56am

Members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) had a day out in Los Alamos for a “secret city tour” Friday at the Los Alamos County Airport. The tour was part of the larger Regional AOPA Fly being held in Santa Fe at its airport. Thirty-three participants signed up and 12 planes arrived at the airport. Local pilots and Civil Air Patrol Cadets were on hand to direct traffic and aid with tie down. The rest arrived in vehicles for a breakfast at the terminal followed by tours of the Bradbury Museum and a walking tour of the historic district. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Meets Tuesday

on September 23, 2018 - 6:11am

COUNTY News:

The Lodgers’ Tax Board meets 11:30 a.m., Tuesday in room 330 at the Los Alamos County Municpal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.

Council Considers Sewer Rate Increase Sept. 25

on September 21, 2018 - 11:05am

COUNTY News:

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will request the Los Alamos County Council to approve a rate increase of 8 percent for sewage services.

The increase will help the DPU to establish sufficient revenue to sustain future debt service to replace the White Rock wastewater treatment plant while maintaining adequate funding for the entire wastewater collection and treatment system.

The public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave., in Los Alamos. If adopted, proposed Los Alamos Code Ordinance 02-288

SGR And Chandler Host Trivia Night Fundraiser At Posse Lodge 6-8 p.m. Today!

on September 21, 2018 - 8:56am
State Rep. and Land Commissioner candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard and County Councilor and State Rep. candidate Christine Chandler for an exciting night of trivia, pizza, wings and libations. We hope to see everyone at the Posse Lodge 6-8 p.m. at 650 North Mesa Road. Courtesy image

Los Alamos County Airport Slated For New Fence

on September 21, 2018 - 7:59am
Los Alamos County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres stands beside the old barb wire fence, which will be replaced with a black vinyl chain link fence. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Airport has experienced a lot of improvements recently from environmental cleanup and new concrete pads by the Department of Energy to new County-owned hangars. Now, another upgrade is in the works: a new perimeter fence.

The 50-year-old barbed wire fence that runs along N.M.

Atomic City Transit Adding Two Electric Buses To Fleet

on September 20, 2018 - 5:04pm
Atomic City Transit is adding two of these Proterra electric buses to its fleet. Courtesy image
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The smell of black exhaust smoke pouring from the tailpipes of Atomic City Transit buses or the sight of transit drivers filling up bus gas tanks will one day be a thing of the past.

Atomic City Transit recently was awarded a Low-or No-Emission (Low-No) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The $1,859,370 grant will allow Los Alamos County’s transit department to purchase two electric buses as well as two charging

Planning And Zoning Commission Meets Sept. 26

on September 20, 2018 - 3:35pm

Batalion Chief Joseph Candelaria Retires From LAFD Today

on September 19, 2018 - 5:47pm

Los Alamos Fire Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria is retiring today – his birthday – after 17.5 years of service to the community. He remembers the day he started at LAFD. It was July 9, 2001. ‘It’s bittersweet,’ Candelaria told the Los Alamos Daily Post today at Fire Station 1. ‘Public service has been my whole life.’ Candelaria is moving into a new career soon and will take on the position of deputy group leader in the Institutional Training Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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