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  • LA recognized as outstanding community

    United Blood Services Donor Recruiter Shawn Riley, left, presented RSVP Volunteer Luke Ney with an award during the blood drive at First Baptist Church April 26. The award recognizes Los Alamos as being one of the outstanding communities in the state for blood donations.

  • Code changes get green light from council

    After nearly a year of evaluation, public hearings, council input and intensive work with the county attorney’s office, council adopted changes to the development code that will make it more user friendly and define the process for creating special plan (SP) districts.

    “Council directed us to dramatically simplify and improve the permitting process for staff and applicant alike. So this is the first of several planned ventures to improve the code,” Acting Community Development (CDD) Director Steven Brugger said in an interview before Tuesday night’s council meeting.

  • VIDEO: LANL unveils valveless laser processing

    Los Alamos National Laboratory staff has developed a technique for testing inside hermetically sealed devices.

  • Highlights of county code changes

    "Special plan (SP) district"

    ▪ Allows site development regulations in an underlying base zone to be modified up to a maximum of 25% using a special plan (SP) district; these include minimum lot area, setbacks, structural separation, structure height, lot coverage, street frontage and width of lots, and parking;

    ▪  Removes potential conflict over what residential site development regulations would be applied in the case of a special plan (SP) district in a downtown district zone;

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  • Update 05-01-12


    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is hosting a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Eggs, sausage and pancakes will be served.

    Council forum

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor have invited all County Council candidates to participate in a forum set for 6 p.m. May 17. Watch for more details in the Los Alamos Monitor.


    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon.

    Farmers market

  • Lott tells park leaders to focus on longevity

    Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott’s presentation inspired at least two participants at the Manhattan Project Communities Conference, who singled it out as one of the most thought provoking.

    “My area of expertise is not in Washington where these decisions are made, not in the regional office where a lot of this is planned out for follow through. My expertise is on the ground, as a superintendent of national parks,” Lott said, who then proceeded to lay out the groundwork for the project. “There’s going to be a big agreement signed with a lot of high ranking people, but when it comes to the ground it’s going to take us to make it happen.”

  • Burgess names Public Works head

    Another key department in the county’s organization is on the verge of having a permanent director. County Administrator Harry Burgess will name Philo Shelton III as his choice for director of public works at tonight’s council meeting.

    Filling the position is critical to advancing Burgess’ plan to merge the Community Development Department and the Capital Projects and Facilities Department with Anne Laurent as director. Laurent is currently serving as acting director of Public Works.

  • White Rock residents can expect brief power interruptions in May

     Electric upgrades associated with REDI‐Net, the Regional Economic Development Initiative's Broadband "Middle Mile" network, may cause brief power interruptions as 13 power poles are replaced in White Rock during May. The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) will oversee the pole replacement project in early May, along a pole corridor extending from Sherwood Drive to Overlook Park, and from SR4 to Piñon Elementary School. The work will be conducted by electrical contractor SECO, Inc.