Local News

  • Los Alamos NJROTC rifle team wins honors


    NM VFW state chaplain, Mr. Lawrence Vargas, will be presenting an award to the LAHS NJROTC Precision Gold Rifle Team for winning the 2012-1013 national VFW-NRA Smallbore and Air Rifle Postal Matches. This is a great honor and outstanding achievement. There will also be a short presentation tonight at 6 p.m. at VFW Post, 1793 Deacon St.

  • National Weather Service reporting high fire hazard conditions for Los Alamos County

    The Albuquerque office of the National Weather service has issued for a “red flag”  fire hazard warning for parts of New Mexico, effective until 9 p.m. According to their website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/ Los Alamos is in the middle of this danger zone.

    “The most critical fire weather conditions are expected from the central highlands to the northeast plains where single digit humidities will combine with gusty westerly winds” said a statement in its report.

    Those ramp up once an expected cold front hits, according to the NWS Albuquerque office.

    “A vigorous cold front will then punch into the four corners region by early evening...advancing eastward tonight into Tuesday morning. This front combined with strong winds aloft will further enhance the potential for strong winds to the lee of the central mountain chain overnight into tuesday morning,” continued the statement.

    So far the Los Alamos Fire Department hasn’t issued any restrictions yet, but that could change as the day goes on. They have also urged residents engaging in recreational activities to be aware and use caution when it comes to the use of fire or flammable materials.


  • Recordings surface in governor's race

    Monitor Staff and Wire Reports


    Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.

    Martinez said the tapes are stolen recordings of private debate prep sessions when she was running for her first term four years ago. She called their release by Mother Jones "the absolute height of desperation" by liberals trying to unseat her. But she does admit having "to fund the cuss jar a few times."

    Martinez responded to the tapes in a letter to supporters. Her campaign spokesman called them "cheap political attacks."

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lawrence Rael has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to demand an apology and the removal of key aides.

    ProgressNowNM Executive Director Patrick Davis released the following statement.

    “Susana Martinez has promoted her own advocacy for her developmentally disabled sister in campaign ads and slickly-orchestrated profiles, yet she laughed along as her own campaign team called out the speaker of the house as a 'little retard."

  • Update 04-16-14

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Room 608. The topic of the meeting will be “Local Issues.”


    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in a special session in council chambers.


    The annual Phi Beta Kappa Los Alamos chapter banquet featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Dunston and honoring the outstanding 2014 LA High School graduates will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge. There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of Wednesday call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend.

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have its monthly meeting from 7-8 p.m. Thursday in Building 2 at UNMLA.

    Movie time

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. “Smurfs 2,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday at White Rock Town Hall. 

  • Navajo Code Talker dies

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A Navajo man who aspired to be a pilot but was recruited to become a Code Talker during World War II has died.
    Michael Smith says his father, Samuel “Jesse” Smith Sr., died Monday night in Albuquerque after a bout with pneumonia. He was 88.
    The elder Smith enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps to become a pilot “to get revenge” on the Japanese for bombing Pearl Harbor, Miachel Smith said. 

  • Senior volunteers honored


  • Sanchez to visit LA, May 1

    On Thursday, May 1, Lt. Governor John Sanchez will visit Los Alamos to meet with local leaders and hold constituent meetings with citizens.
    After meeting will members and staff from the County Council, he will meet with constituents from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mesa Library (no appointment necessary).
    Sanchez will be available to personally meet with constituents and his staff will be prepared to provide assistance with all issues related to state government. No appointments are necessary.

  • LANL physicist wins E.O. Lawrence Award


    Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist John Sarrao is being honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award in Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences.

    "John Sarrao's exciting advances in actinide studies exemplify the quality of research performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan.

    “Actinides, including plutonium, are among the most complex elements and involved in the most complex compounds known to man. Their understanding is fundamental to the Los Alamos core weapons mission and a major challenge in the worldwide condensed-matter and materials communities. John's contributions have fundamentally advanced our understanding in BOTH of these areas,” he said.

  • Four dead, 283 missing as South Korea ferry sinks


    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.

    The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea's biggest ferry disasters since 1993, when 292 people died.

    One student, Lim Hyung-min, told broadcaster YTN after being rescued that he and other students jumped into the ocean wearing life jackets and then swam to a nearby rescue boat.

    "As the ferry was shaking and tilting, we all tripped and bumped into each another," Lim said, adding that some people were bleeding. Once he jumped, the ocean "was so cold. ... I was hurrying, thinking that I wanted to live."

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