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Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 3:33pm

Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen, left, and Court Administrator Juanita McNiel present the Municipal Court Judge's budget Monday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the $589,322 budget for the Municipal Court during the budget hearing Monday night.

Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen highlighted the following items in her presentation:

  • Maintain a flat budget from previous years –but transition the community service coordinator from an independent contractor to a .50 FTE in order to comply with IRS

Council Tentatively Approves LAFD Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 3:28pm

Fire Chief Troy Hughes, center, presents his department budget along with Senior Management Analyst Norma Jean Valdez and Management Analyst Xavier Anderson. County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening at left, during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the approximately $32.7 million budget for the Los Alamos Fire Department during the Monday night budget hearing.  

The tentative budget approval includes an add-on

Inaugural Flag Raised On New Pole At Ashley Pond

on April 16, 2019 - 11:22am

Los Alamos County installed a flagpole next to the pavilion at Ashley Pond Park and Ed McDaris, left, with Jim Nesmith, was selected to raise the inaugural flag Monday afternoon during a special ceremony. The American Legion Post 90 and the VFW Post 8874 encouraged the County to erect the flagpole, which includes solar panels to illuminate the flag at night. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

American Legion Post 90 and VFW Post 8874 members Ed McDaris, right, and Jim Nesmith prepare the flag for its inaugural raising. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Ed McDaris raises the first flag

Council Tentatively Approves Probate Judge Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 9:16am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the $5,906 budget for the Probate Court Monday evening during the first night of the annual budget hearings in Council Chambers.

County Clerk Naomi Maestas and Deputy Clerk Adriana Ortiz presented the Probate Court budget.

Highlights include:

  • Probate Court handled 41 probate cases in FY2018 and 22 docketed probate cases to date in FY2019.
  • In February 2018, the Probate Judge attended the annual Judicial Education Center Professional Development Conference for New Mexico Probate Court Judges and Staff.
  • Probate

Council Tentatively Approves Clerk’s Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 8:06am

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, and Deputy Chief Clerk Adriana Ortiz discuss the Clerk's Office budget as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 5-2 to tentatively approve the $639,447 budget for the County Clerk’s office Monday evening during the annual budget hearing.

Additionally, Council tentatively approved a $10,000 budget add-on for filing cabinets for the office.

ACT Joins National Get On Board Day April 25

on April 15, 2019 - 6:29pm

Atomic City Transit Bus. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Atomic City Transit (ACT) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide Thursday, April 25 to participate in National Get On Board Day. 

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get On Board Day is a day that encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities. 

Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local

Community Bids Farewell To Cpl. David Boe

on April 15, 2019 - 2:51pm

Cpl. David Boe during an interview Thursday at the Los Alamos Daily Post spoke about his local police service and how much he will miss the community and he prepares to move to Cailfornia. Photo by Carol A. Clark

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

‘It’s been the best job I’ve ever had … by a long shot…’ –Cpl. David Boe

Cpl. David Boe wraps up his nearly eight-year service today with the Los Alamos Police Department.

“It’s been the best job I’ve ever had … by a long shot,” Cpl. David Boe told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “This is a bittersweet day.

Cone Zone: Week Of April 15

on April 13, 2019 - 8:31am

COUNTY News:

Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Pothole Patching on Diamond Drive at Trinity/Canyon/Diamond intersections

Weather permitting, Traffic and Streets Division crews will continue to patch potholes Monday and Tuesday on Diamond Drive. Work will focus on the Diamond Drive southbound lane between Trinity Drive and Canyon Road (in front of the Lemon Lot) during non-peak commuter hours. Because of the confined roadway, work will require temporary turning lane closures using flagging operations to provide safe passage and turning movements through these intersections.

County Council Approves New Water Rates

on April 12, 2019 - 9:51am
Los Alamos County Council looks at the proposed new rates for water usage during the April 2 meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) customer water rates are going up 6.25 percent in the next billing cycle.

Council adopted the new rates at its April 2 meeting in a vote of 6-1. Councilor Antonio Maggiore opposed the increase.

While the rate increase was approved; Council asked DPU administrators to address the recent rash of utility billing inaccuracies some

County: Discoveries Action Team Meets April 18

on April 12, 2019 - 8:01am

COUNTY News:

The next monthly meeting of the Discoveries Action Team (DAT) will take place 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.

The team has changed the format for its meetings for 2019.

This month, the meeting will focus upon updates from the champions about various projects in progress within the Place-Making and Place-Marketing subgroups. New members interested in joining the team are invited to come to the meeting. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

Some of the projects in progress are:

  • Marketing a Discovery Trail for Los Alamos

White Rock Branch Library Features One-Of-A-Kind Art

on April 12, 2019 - 7:49am
Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board Member Pete Carson stands in front of the fireplace at the White Rock Branch Library where the glass woven kites will be installed. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
A rendition of the new artwork being installed at the White Rock Branch Library. Courtesy image
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Right now, the fire place at the White Rock Branch Library is just a blank space but soon it will feature artwork that is truly one-of-a-kind.

In October, Los Alamos County Council approved to purchase eight

Los Alamos County; Local Business Offer Education For Safe And Fun Dog Walking Excursions

on April 12, 2019 - 7:33am
Nik Ramburn and Cait Fischer with one of their dogs. Ramburn and Fischer recently started their business, Good Dog Pack Hikes and Training. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Spring’s arrival means warmer temperatures and longer days and as a result signifies the growing desire of pet owners to click the leash on their pets and head to the trails.

But before dogs and their owners head off on their hikes or walks, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Los Alamos County Code includes the following requirements:

DPU Manager Tim Glasco To Retire In July

on April 11, 2019 - 4:34pm
DPU Manager Tim Glasco will retire in July. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) saw a lot of changes and improvements under Manager Tim Glasco’s tenure.

It’s water and wastewater systems were given significant improvements. A new wastewater treatment plant was constructed in Los Alamos and advanced metering infrastructure was successfully procured.   

Glasco, who has worked for almost 24 years for Los Alamos County, shepherded the transfer of the water production system from

Climate Reality Leader Speaks At Mesa Library April 18

on April 11, 2019 - 4:24pm

Library News:

Dr. Julia Ying of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps will offer a talk, slideshow and discussion, 7 p.m., April 18, upstairs at Mesa Public Library.

Ying is one of thousands of trained Climate Reality Leaders from over 135 countries trained by Climate Reality founder and Chairman Al Gore. She retired from General Medical Practice in Sydney, Australia, and is a happy grandmother to five grandchildren. She now lives in Los Alamos.

Fire In Los Alamos Canyon Consumes About 3 Acres

on April 10, 2019 - 6:15pm

Los Alamos Firefighters are on the scene of a fire burning this afternoon in Los Alamos Canyon, which as of 5:20 p.m. today has consumed about 3 acres. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters are on the scene of a fire burning this afternoon in Los Alamos Canyon, which as of 5:20 p.m. today has consumed about 3 acres. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

News Alert:

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighters responded to a fire this afternoon that has consumed approximately 3 acres down in Los Alamos Canyon near the Canyon Rim Trailhead east of N.M.

News Alert: Fire Breaks Out In Los Alamos Canyon

on April 10, 2019 - 4:55pm

News Alert:

Los Alamos Fire Department firefighters are responding to a fire down in Los Alamos Canyon near the Canyon Rim Trailhead across N.M. 502 from the Co+op Market and Holiday Inn Express.

This is in same area where a 4-acre fire occurred March 29.

N.M. 502 remains open to traffic but motorists are urged to avoid this area if possible.

Check back at ladailypost.com for more details on this developing story.

County DWI Planning Council Meeting April 11

on April 10, 2019 - 1:37pm

LAFD Presents Station 4 With Phoenix Award

on April 10, 2019 - 9:47am

These Los Alamos Firefighters from Station 4 are honored this morning for saving the life of a person suffering a heart attack: Capt. Gerard Coriz, Driver Paramedic Van Leimer, Firefighter Paramedic Dylan Mahoney, Firefighter Paramedic Dustin Rogers, Firefighter Randall Robles, Firefighter Joshua Urban and Firefighter Shannon Evans. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

This morning, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) was proud to present Station 4-B Shift with a Phoenix Award.

The Phoenix Award, which began in January of 2017, is awarded to personnel who have been involved in calls where the

New Hours For Customer Care Center Begin April 15

on April 10, 2019 - 9:44am
LAC News:
 
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announces new hours for the Customer Care Center. Beginning Monday, April 15, the Customer Care Center will open at 8 a.m. but will close at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
According to Deputy Utilities Manager Robert Westervelt, the Customer Care representatives will still work a full 8-hour day. By closing the windows and turning the phones off at 4 p.m., staff is afforded time without interruption to research and respond to requests made throughout the day, process payments and follow-up on outstanding issues. 
 
“We believe

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 5 To April 6, 2019

on April 10, 2019 - 9:24am

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.

LARISSA CANO

April 5 at 1:33 p.m. / Police arrested Larissa Cano, 23, of Chama on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

OSCAR A. DUARTE-FIERRO

April 6 at 4:15 p.m. / Police arrested Oscar A. Duarte-Fierro, 25, of Los Alamos in Rio Arriba County on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

County Notice Of Possible Quorum April 17

on April 10, 2019 - 8:22am

Public Hearing On Proposed Jim Billen Trail April 25

on April 10, 2019 - 7:50am
Map with highlighted section in yellow shown on the existing Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail to denote the proposed segment of the trail to be re-named Jim Billen Trail. Courtesy/LAC
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County is considering a citizen petition to re-name a segment of the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail as the “Jim Billen Trail.” Billen passed away April 14, 2018.
 
Under County Code, a public hearing must be held prior to naming or re-naming any County facility – or in this case, a trail – after a deceased individual, and such a request can only be considered six months or more after the

Los Alamos County Fair And Rodeo Queen’s Court Competition Application Deadline 5 p.m. Wednesday

on April 8, 2019 - 10:53am

COUNTY News:

The annual Fair and Rodeo Queen’s Court competition is Saturday, April 13.

The Queen’s Competition is a long-standing Los Alamos County tradition which selects young ladies with an equestrian background and people skills to represent Los Alamos County all summer in promoting the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo locally and regionally.

Interested candidates must be a Los Alamos County resident, or attend the Los Alamos Public Schools, and must be between the ages of 10 and 25 by Sept. 1, 2019. 

Contestants can register for one of three categories:

  • Queen (Ages 17-25);

Los Alamos County Council Approves Rezoning For Former Black Hole And Omega Church Properties

on April 8, 2019 - 6:52am
County Planning Manager Tamara Baer speaks April 2 to Council about rezoning two land parcels where the Black Hole and Omega Peace Church once stood. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved an application to rezone two contiguous land parcels where local landmarks once stood - the Black Hole and Omega Peace Church - April 2 during its regular meeting.

The rezoning, which changes the parcels designation from light commercial and professional district to mixed-use, paves the

Scenes From Mesa Public Library Reopening Party

on April 8, 2019 - 6:25am

Library Programs Coordinator Katy Korkos, second from left, with reading enthusiasts during the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries Bag Sale Saturday in the lobby at Mesa Public Library. The library hosted a reopening celebration of the completion of its HVAC upgrade project Saturday at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Library patrons take a moment to enjoy the music performed by the Los Alamos Jazz Project during the reopening celebration Saturday at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Members of Los Alamos Jazz Project perform

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