Local News

  • One worker critical following LANL accident

    One worker was in critical condition Sunday following an accident at Los Alamos National Laboratory's LANSCE facility, the lab announced this evening.

    The accident occured during preventive maintenance operations at the facility. The employee was burned while working on an electrical substation and transported off the site for medical treatment. The employee's name hasn't been released.

    The cause of the accident, according to LANL, is under investigation. A lab spokesman said there was no other information information that was going to be released publicly for the time being.

    Along with the employee in critical condition, eight other employees were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with injuries. Of those, seven were released and the other was being held for observation.

    Other information will be reported on LAMonitor.com as it becomes available.

  • Today in history May 3
  • Rosenberg exhibit opens Tuesday

    “The Rosenberg Case Revisited,” a new exhibit at the Los Alamos Historical Museum, will open Tuesday. A ceremony is scheduled from noon-2 p.m.
    The Rosenberg case had direct ties to Los Alamos in that two Manhattan Project employees, David Greenglass and Klaus Fuchs, were involved in supplying information to the Soviets about the construction of the atomic bomb. Greenglass implicated his sister and brother-in-law, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were both convicted.
    Despite worldwide protests and a last-minute appeal indicating the Rosenbergs were tried under the wrong espionage law, they were executed on June 19, 1953.
    In 1990, the Los Alamos Historical Museum exhibited the photograph, news, and cartoon panels on display in this presentation.
    The exhibit will be on view in May and June.

  • Update 5-3-15

    Star Wars

    Mesa Public Library will host Star Wars Day Sunday. “Star Wars” fans of all ages are invited to attend a showing of the original 1977 film from 1-3 p.m. and play “Star Wars” games from 3-5 p.m.


    The Los Alamos High School Olions will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” done in steampunk style, at 2 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students.


    A Cowboy Breakfast is scheduled from 7-11 a.m. Sunday at Los Alamos Posse Lodge. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.


    Los Alamos County will hold a White Rock Master Plan Showcase Event at 5 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Visitor Center. The White Rock Master Plan Committee will present information on present and future projects related to the plan. For more information, call Darby Martinez at 663-1727.


    Kim Gabaldon, director of the Los Alamos County Social Services Department, will speak at the Kiwanis meeting, which is set for noon Tuesday at the Trinity on the Hill Church.

    Weed spraying

    Los Alamos County Parks division announced it will begin applying broadleaf weed herbicides (Trimec) during this coming week at Overlook Park in White Rock.

  • Golf course building now open

    With all the setbacks and delays along the road to its grand opening day, the newly christened golf course community center might be called “the little building that could.”
    The grand opening for the new facility took place on Thursday, nearly 16 years since former golf course Manager Dennis McCloskey initiated an assessment of the condition of the old clubhouse.
    The Cerro Grande fire, which was 15 years ago this week, interrupted that project. By the time the county reassessed the situation the clubhouse was in such a state of disrepair that part of it was closed down for public safety reasons.
    “The old building was deteriorating. It was on the verge of being condemned. Parts of it were falling down,” said Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Randy Smith. “So it wasn’t a case of just needing a better building in town. We needed a building. And with the building we have here, it’s certainly is a diamond in Los Alamos.”
    McCloskey worked with the Parks and Recreation Board golf course advisory subcommittee, the Los Alamos Golf Association (LAGA) and the Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association (LAWGA) to obtain Capital Improvements Projects funding for a new clubhouse.
    Council approved the Phase 2 application with a total project budget of $5,390,000 in July 2010.

  • Today in history May 2
  • 'Young Frankenstein' auditions starting

    Auditions are set for Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” for singers and dancers. Auditions will be Saturday through Monday at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St.
    Singers are asked to come between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, prepared to sing 16 bars/measures of a song, preferably upbeat and not from the show.
    An accompanist will be available and don’t forget sheet music.
    On Monday, singers can audition from 7-10 p.m.
    Dancers can audition from 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday at Dance Arts Los Alamos, 111 Longview Dr. in White Rock. Dancers are required to arrive ready to dance with appropriate shoes (tap and/or clean soft soled shoes) with the first count given at the start time listed.
    • 5:30-6:45 p.m.: Tap Dancers for “Puttin’ On The Ritz” big tap break/ending (Ideally looking for 10 tappers and one advanced featured tapper who’ll only be seen as a shadow)
    • 6-6:45 p.m.: Those auditioning for Frederick, Inga, Igor and the monster will join the tap auditions (taps or clean hard sole shoes required)
    • 6:45-8 p.m.: Dance call for all ensemble roles and those who only wish to be in the dancing chorus.
    Those interested in the roles of Elizabeth and/or Frau Blucher need not attend the dance call.

  • Update 5-1-15

    Clean Up LA

    The 12th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day is set for Saturday. Volunteers may sign up online to receive trash bags from Los Alamos County. All participants in the Clean Up Day are invited to a picnic at 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond. For more information, call Environmental Services at 662-8163.


    The Los Alamos High School Olions will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” done in steampunk style, tonight at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Other performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students.


    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will have a presentation, “Raising Children in a Challenging World,” from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Topics covered include habits of highly effective families, cyber safety and others. The event is free.


    The opening night performance of “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids” is scheduled for today at Mountain Elementary School. The performance is at 7 p.m. Admission is free.


  • Six officers charged in Gray's death

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Saying "no one is above the law," Baltimore's top prosecutor announced charges Friday against six officers involved in the arrest of a black man whose neck was broken in police custody, a decision that comes amid outrage around the country over police brutality against African-Americans.
    State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that Freddie Gray's death was a homicide, his arrest was illegal, and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter. She said even though Gray requested medical help several times, officers repeatedly missed opportunities to get it for him.
    "The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner's determination that Mr. Gray's death was a homicide," Mosby said, "has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges."
    Onlookers cheered and expressed amazement over Mosby's announcement, which few expected so quickly. The city, which has been on edge and seen looting and a riot after Gray's death on April 19, was still under a nighttime curfew and National Guard troops and police were out in full force.

  • N.M. loses ruling on medical marijuana

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health may be reviewing its rules for medical marijuana patients after a judge ruled that the agency cannot require them to exhaust “standard treatments” before they receive cannabis.
    District Judge David Thomas gave the ruling late Wednesday, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.
    “The Department of Health has interjected itself and its judgment between the patient and his or her doctor in requiring an exhaustion of treatment remedies before declaring a patient eligible for the medical cannabis program,” Thomson wrote in his order.
    The suit focused on post-traumatic stress disorder, with the state arguing that there was a dearth of controlled studies focusing on the effects of cannabis on people with the condition. Thomas said in his ruling that any concerns about the appropriateness of the treatment should have been considered when the department approved post-traumatic stress for cannabis.
    About half of the approximately 13,000 patients enrolled in the New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program have certifications based on a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Santa Fe psychiatrist Carola Kieve filed the suit. She has certified about 50 patients for medical cannabis.