Local News

  • Today in history Jan. 25
  • Solar Tree gets nod from APPB

    On Thursday, the Arts in Public Places Board selected Eric Thelander’s “Solar Tree” as its recommendation for the art piece for the municipal building plaza.
    The 18-foot tree — inspired by fractal geometry — is comprised of three stainless steel branches holding plate aluminum leaves with leave patterns ground into them. The branches will be polished and coated with graffiti resistant paint.
    Hidden solar panels will provide LED lighting to the tree, causing it to cast a soft light and shadows of itself in the evenings.
    The sculpture includes benches at the base of the tree.
    “The ‘Solar Tree’ would communicate to visitors that Los Alamos County is both high tech and in touch with nature and that there is an appreciation of math and science (fractal geometry) and its relationship to the raw creative impulse,” Thelander wrote in his artist’s statement. “The playful nature of this art piece would be tempered by its clean lines and silvery, modern appearance.”
    The board’s selection will have to be approved by the Los Alamos County Council. APPB anticipates that will occur in either April or May.

  • The nuts and bolts of Capital Improvement

    Editor’s note: First in a two-part series.

  • Update 1-25-15

    Phone scam

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning to area residents of a scam involving callers claiming they’re from the sheriff’s office trying to settle a warrant with prepaid cards. The sheriff’s office said it never makes any such demands.


    LANL scientist Nate McDowell will give a lecture, “Accelerating Global Vegetative Mortality,” 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

    Route tracking

    Atomic City Transit announced it is launching the “myStop Mobile” iPhone app and a bus tracker at atomiccitybustracker.availtec.com/infopoint which gives real-time information location of buses.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet Tuesday in council chambers. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

    Aquatic Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is hosting the Los Alamos Aquatomics Winter Meet today. For public lane availability and times, call the aquatic center at 662-8170.

  • Correction 1-25-15

    In Thursday’s story “Board approves electric rate increase,” the charge designated for the rate stabilization fund was misstated. The charge was listed as $0.44 cents per kilowatt. The proposal was actually for $0.0044, or four-tenths of a cent, per kilowatt. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • Up You Go

    Some of the first skiers of the season head up to the top of Pajarito Mountain on a chair lift Saturday morning. Pajarito opened for the first time this year Saturday after getting 7 inches of snow from last week’s storm. Lifts will be operating again today starting at 9 a.m.

  • Animal shelter 1-25-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and now that she has received a clean bill of health, she’s ready for her own warm, indoor home.

  • Today in history Jan. 24
  • Drug sweep yields eight arrests, more pending

    This report was taken from a recent LAPD press release on the operation:


    "Since October of 2014, the Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations Division has been investigating illegal narcotics trafficking and distributing cases throughout Los Alamos County.  Detectives and officers have conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance and specialized investigations on local drug dealers.  Ten arrest warrants have been obtained and eight search warrants related to illegal narcotic sales.  Detectives have already seized quantities of the following illicit drugs; methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, controlled prescription medications, marijuana wax, and marijuana.  Detectives and specialized officers from the LAPD executed these warrants beginning Thursday evening and in the early morning hours of Friday throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. Detectives also worked with undercover detectives from the Espanola Police Department and conducted joint operations within the city limits of Espanola related to these cases.

  • State Republicans shuffle committees

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico House of Representatives voted along party lines Thursday to revamp the way the chamber operates as part of a Republican-led effort to make the legislative process more efficient.
    Approval of the resolution to consolidate some committees and eliminate others marked the first chance for Republicans, who now hold the majority after six decades, to flex their newfound political muscle.
    The measure passed on a 37-30 vote after a two-hour debate in which Democrats found themselves in an unfamiliar position.
    Among the most contested changes was the elimination of the labor committee. Issues relating to labor will now be heard in the business and employment panel. Committees are where lawmakers vet bills and decide whether they should advance.
    “I have this notion that we can bring people together, and we shouldn’t have people who have a common interest in a piece of legislation in two separate committees. We should foster the idea that we can build consensus and seek compromise among people who may have diverging interests,” said House Majority Leader Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, who sponsored the resolution.
    Gentry said certain committees have heavy workloads that result in many bills not being heard and that the changes will streamline the review process.