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Local GOP Meets At UNM-Los Alamos Sept. 5

on September 1, 2019 - 9:40am
GOP News:
The Republican Party of Los Alamos announces this month's meeting is Sept. 5 in Jeannette Wallace Hall, Building 5 at UNM-Los Alamos.
The community is invited to hear a County Council update, 6-6:30 p.m. by Los Alamos County Councilor Katrina Schmidt (DTS).
All registered Republicans are invited to stay, 6:40-7:30 p.m. for a Central Committee business meeting. A light supper will be served.
Direct questions to

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Vitalant Blood Drive

on August 30, 2019 - 6:22pm

On the job in Los Alamos are recruits from the Los Alamos Fire Department Recruit Academy #28 donating blood today for the Battle of Badges blood drive at the First Baptist Church. As the board behind them shows, it has been a close battle as Los Alamos community members show their appreciation for the First Responders by donating blood and voting for their favorite team. Photo by Ana Martinez/LAFD

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 2, 2019

on August 30, 2019 - 6:19pm


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

Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Diamond Drive Paving:

Star Paving continues milling and paving operations after the Labor Day holiday this week. Motorists will continue to see daily lane drops for milling and paving operations in each direction as work advances toward the golf course. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive in this area can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction.

Traffic Alert: Trinity Closure At DP Road Has Ended

on August 30, 2019 - 3:14pm


Star Paving announced at 2:45 p.m. today that the Trinity Drive closure at DP Road that has been in place the last two weeks to install infrastructure has ended.

The eastbound lane has been returned to the former detour we had before the closure; motorists can take Trinity Drive to 4th Street, then after a full stop, turn right onto N.M. 502 to leave Los Alamos.

No need for motorists to detour off Trinity Drive over to Central Avenue via 15th Street or Knecht for those leaving work this afternoon.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 To Aug. 27, 2019

on August 30, 2019 - 9:10am

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. 21 at 9:50 p.m. / Police arrested Richard I. Pena, 39, of Dixon on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant at 2500 Trinity Dr.



Aug. 22 at 5:39 a.m. / Police arrested Daniel O. Hoffman. 59, of Rio Rancho in Sandoval County on an arrest order.




Aug. 27 at 2:21 a.m.

Council Tables Land Grant Decision Until October

on August 30, 2019 - 8:43am

A long line of citizens wait their turn Tuesday night at the Los Alamos County Council meeting to weigh in on the potential grant of six County-owned parcels of land on 20th Street to TNJLA, LLC. The Albuquerque-based company proposes to build an extended stay hotel as well as a conference center on the 2.6 acres of land. After several hours of discussion, council voted unanamiously to table the issue until its Oct. 1 meeting.

Los Alamos Ranks #1 Safest City In New Mexico

on August 29, 2019 - 9:08pm


Unfortunately, New Mexico is not one of the safest states in the nation, recording the highest rate of property crime and 2nd highest rate of violent crime.

However, some individual communities achieved decent scores on our Safety Index, which rates the safety of a city based on FBI crime statistics and law enforcement data, proving that there solid, safe options in the state in which to raise a family.

New Mexico’s safest city is Los Alamos, earning a very high 0.98 Safety Index score that dwarfs those of every other community in the state.

Los Alamos County Survey Seeking Community Input On Local Housing Needs

on August 29, 2019 - 8:50pm


Los Alamos County is seeking public input through a community survey regarding housing needs and preferences from people who live and work in Los Alamos County.

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.

The County is asking community residents and people who work in the County to participate in a survey designed to assess local housing needs. Your responses will help the County plan for new housing over the next 10 years.

Follow this link to take the survey:  

NMDOT Making Key Investments In Recreational Trails

on August 29, 2019 - 9:30am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, 25 communities across the state will receive approximately $32.2 million in federal funding for 37 transportation and recreational trails projects.
When leveraged with local dollars and in-kind services, the 37 projects selected from 70 applicants, represent more than $41 million in transportation and recreational investment over the next four years. 
The awards range from an $80,000 project in Los Alamos County to install flashing speed signs at all county schools, to $225,000 for critical

BPU Votes Down Purchasing Additional Solar Array

on August 29, 2019 - 8:55am
The Board of Public Utilities failed to pass a motion to purchase an additional photovoltaic solar array adjacent to the exisiting array on the former County landfill. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Despite expressing interest in adding more renewable energy to the County’s electrical generation portfolio, the Board of Public Utilities (DPU) did not pass during its regular meeting Aug. 22 a motion that recommended entering a 25-year power purchase agreement with Los Alamos Solar II, LLC.  

If the motion had

Council Proclaims September Voter Registration Month

on August 28, 2019 - 5:25pm

From left, League of Women Voters member Jody Benson, Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas, Councilor David Izraelevitz, League member Lynn Jones and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz hold up a proclamation declaring September as Voter Registration Month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclaimation declaring September as Voter Registration Month during its regular meeting Tuesday night. Councilor David Izraelevitz read the proclamation:

WHEREAS: Registering to vote empowers eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote,

Council Proclaims September Year Of Asset Building

on August 28, 2019 - 5:06pm

From left, Champions of Youth Ambitions Board President Claire Swinhoe, Councilor James Robinson and C'YA Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen hold up a proclamation declaring September a 'Year of Asset Building' and Sept. 13 'College and Military Day' in Los Alamos County. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation during the Tuesday night regular County Council meeting, which proclaimed September as a Year of Asset Building and Sept. 13 as College and Military Day. Councilor James Robinson read the proclaimation:


Traffic Alert: Diamond Drive Reduced To One Lane Wednesday – Allow Additional Travel Time!

on August 27, 2019 - 7:55pm

Traffic Alert:

Wednesday, Aug. 28, Diamond Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Alabama Avenue and the First Baptist Church south of 39th Street.

This will work will continue through the end of week to repair settling issues that had previously occurred on the southbound lanes.

All lanes are expected to be reopened Friday by the end of the day.

Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time.

Pedestrian detours will be in place and bike lanes will be closed on Diamond Drive within the work zones. Bicyclists and motorists are asked to share the road.


Christine Bernstein Files For School Board District 3 (Aspen) Seat

on August 27, 2019 - 5:29pm
Christine Bernstein filed for the District 3 (Aspen) seat on the Los Alamos School Board today at the County Municipal Building. Bernstein was the final candidate to file before the 5 p.m. deadline. ‘I’m a teacher and I’ve wanted to be part of the decision making about my profession for 15 years!’ Bernstein said. ‘Now is the time!’ Bernstein teaches high school Spanish in Pojoaque. ‘Now that I’m not teaching in a district I live in, I can run and still be in the classroom,’ she said. ‘The faces I see at school every day ARE education.

Pat Soran Files To Retain Position 3 On UNM-LA Advisory Board

on August 27, 2019 - 5:03pm
Candidate Pat Soran, seated, and Campaign Manager Rick Reiss were at the Los Alamos Municipal Building this afternoon to file for Soran’s current seat, Position 3 on the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board. Soran was appointed to the Board when the winner of the last election moved away. He was chosen from a pool of about 10 people who were interested in the post. ‘The UNM-LA staff does a great job,’ Soran said.

Dawn Jalbert Is A Candidate For School Board In District 5 (Mountain School)

on August 27, 2019 - 3:24pm
County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, helps District 5 School Board Candidate Dawn Jalbert file to run for office today at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Now retired, Jalbert has been involved with education for many years, serving as a teacher at Mountain Elementary and Los Alamos High School and in administration as well. 'I think the current board is doing a great job,' she said. 'I want to be part of that.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

David Hampton Files For UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 3

on August 27, 2019 - 3:09pm
David Hampton is a candidate for Position 3 on the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board. He filed this afternoon with the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office. Since his retirement from Los Alamos National Laboratory 2.5 years ago, Hampton has been seeking opportunities to become more involved with the community, he said. He currently serves on the board of the Los Alamos Food Co+op. On the UNM-LA Advisory Board, Hampton would seek to continue and build upon collaborations between the college and Los Alamos National Laboratory and the business community to fill the need for skilled workers.

Melanie Colgan Files For School Board District 4 (Barranca/North Mesa)

on August 27, 2019 - 2:13pm
Melanie Colgan filed as a candidate for School Board to serve the Barranca and North Mesa communities (District 4) this afternoon at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Colgan has five chidren in the Los Alamos schools and has been an active volunteer with the school district. Now she would like to expand her role to include making policy as a member of the School Board, Colgan said. Colgan teaches the Certified Nursing Assistant program at UNM-Los Alamos and is an assistant professor of nursing at Northern New Mexico College.

Julia Baker Files For School Board In Barranca/North Mesa District

on August 27, 2019 - 12:59pm
Julia Baker filed as a candidate for school board representing District 4, which includes Barranca and North Mesas. 'My family has been blessed by the schools here,' Baker said. 'I have a background in teaching so I think I'd be a good fit for the school board.' Baker taught fifth grade in Utah and currently stays at home to take care of her five children, ages 3-13. As a school board member, Baker said she would like to help improve communication between the school district and local community organizations. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Stephen Boerigter Files For Re-election To Position Four On UNM-LA Advisory Board

on August 27, 2019 - 12:44pm
Stephen Boerigter filed for re-election to Position Four on the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board this morning at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Boerigter currently serves as president of the UNM-LA Advisory Board. 'The current growth in the County is a great opportunity to strengthen UNM-LA,' Boerigter said. 'We're currently doing integrated strategic planning with the leadership at the lab to make sure our programs will fit their hiring needs.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Laura Burrows First Candidate To File For UNM-LA Advisory Board

on August 27, 2019 - 12:12pm
Laura Burrows filed for Position 3 on the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board this morning. She also filed by proxy for Chris Luchini who is running for Position 4 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board. Burrows said she is running to become more involved with the Los Alamos community. A longtime teacher, Burrows currently serves as a substitute teacher for both the Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-LA's ESL and High School Equivalency programs. She has two kids at Pinon Elementary School in fourth and fifth grade. Burrows said both she and Luchini are anxious to serve and to have their voices heard.

Morrie Pongratz First To File For School Board

on August 27, 2019 - 11:25am

Morrie Pongratz is the first to file this morning at the County Municipal Building as a candidate for Los Alamos School Board. Pongratz resides in the Aspen District and served on the School Board from 2003-2007. During that term the board helped start the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the LAPS Foundation. Pongratz now serves on the boards of both organizations as well as several other boards. Pongratz is now fully retired and said laughing that his wife encouraged him to run for school board. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/

Golf Course Advisory Subcommittee Meets Thursday

on August 27, 2019 - 11:22am

Filing Day Underway For UNM-LA Advisory Board And Los Alamos School Board Candidates

on August 27, 2019 - 11:05am
The staff of the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office opened the doors at 9 a.m. this morning on Candidate Fiiling Day for UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and Los Alamos School Board. Candidates have until 5 p.m. today to file for three positions on the School Board and two on the UNM-LA Advisory  Board. The staff is welcoming candidates in Room 200 on the second floor of the County Municipal Building. Seated from left, Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez and County Clerk Naomi Maestas.

Secret City Summer Concert Series Features Hometown Country Singer James Carothers In Grand Finale Friday

on August 27, 2019 - 9:34am

Country singer James Carothers performs 8-10 p.m. Friday at the Ashley Pond Pavilion. Courtesy photo


Country singer James Carothers headlines the final Secret City Summer Concert of 2019, Firday night at the Ashley Pond Pavilion.

The concert is sponsored by Plateau Property Management and New Mexico Bank & Trust.

Carothers is known for his stone-country originals, spot-on impressions of several of country's greatest icons, character band mates and a large fan base of fiercely supportive followers who love real country music.

Carothers is listed as one of Rolling