Local News

  • Council wants new proposals

    According to Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) Director Anne Laurent, Los Alamos County has not had a “cohesive” Comprehensive Plan since 1987.
    Significant effort went into updating the plan in the late 1990s, but the process was derailed by the 2000 Cerro Grande fire. When the endeavor was revisited, major disagreements brought the process to a halt. The only element adopted was a 14-point Vision Statement and Policy Plan.
    The county now has a hodgepodge of plans, some adopted by the Planning and Zoning Commission and others adopted by council. Some were formally adopted into the comprehensive plan, others were not.
    The 2008 Historic Preservation Plan, 2009 Downtown Element, 2010 Economic Vitality Strategic Plan, and the 2012 White Rock Center Element were included in the Comprehensive Plan.
    The 2015 County Council Strategic Leadership Plan, 2015 Transit Plan, 2015 Open Space Plan, 2012 Creative District Plan, 2010 Affordable Housing Plan, Utilities Infrastructure Plans, Parks Master Plans and Trail Management Plans — and others — were never adopted as part of or integrated into the Comprehensive Plan.

  • Striking Up The Band

    The Los Alamos Community Winds was featured at the Tuesdays At the Pond at Ashley Pond. Tuesdays In the Park is a weekly event during the summer hosted by the Los Alamos Creative District.

  • $10K bond, house arrest for woman

    Elsie Fernandez, 36, an Española resident in custody for numerous, alleged forgery and drug charges spanning across several Los Alamos cases, was arraigned in Los Alamos District Court recently.
    For her alleged crimes, Fernandez could face 15 years in prison and $40,000 in fines if convicted.
    According to Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, Fernandez could also have an additional four years tacked on to her incarceration due to two previous burglary convictions that occurred in 2005 and 2007.
    In October 2013, Fernandez was arrested in White Rock along with two other suspects. The suspects were caught allegedly going through residents’ mailboxes in search of checks they could forge and make out to themselves.
    While two of the suspects, Ashley Martinez, then 22, and Glenn Fernandez, then 20, were charged with conspiracy to commit forgery, Elsie Fernandez was caught with three forged checks, as well as drug paraphernalia.
    She was also charged with larceny.
    In another case involving Elsie Fernandez, she and another woman, Brandi Vigil, were arrested shortly after arriving at the White Rock branch of Los Alamos National Bank trying to cash two checks they stole from a mailbox in a White Rock neighborhood.

  • Today in history June 17
  • Two Drummers Drumming

    Drummers from the Los Alamos Community Winds get ready to play in front of Fuller Lodge during a Memorial Day concert. The Community Winds musicians are scheduled to play tonight at the Tuesdays at the Pond event. The show starts at 7 p.m.

  • Update 6-16-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council has a work session scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Swim lesson

    Los Alamos will take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Registration is open for the event, which will be at 10 a.m. Participation is free.


    The Board of Public Utilities will meet Wednesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Plastic bags

    The second public meeting for the Environmental Sustainability Board regarding the Plastic Bag Ban discussion to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Random Fandom

    A “Random Fandom” event, for those who are fans of any books, movies, TV shows, etc., is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The event is open for those in seventh grade and up.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos County will have its weekly farmers market from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Visitor center options offered

    When the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) leadership team visited Los Alamos the first week of June, the county’s MPNHP committee was ready for them.
    The committee presented some basic selling points about Los Alamos, such as its national rankings on numerous lists, the ongoing importance of Los Alamos National Laboratory and local and area attractions that would appeal to visitors.
    The committee also discussed some of the issues it has been investigating, such as transportation/access/parking, the impact on county and privately owned facilities and the logistics of being a gateway to not only this national park but Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, as well.
    Perhaps the most important discussion with the leadership team — comprised of National Park Service (NPS) and Department of Energy (DOE) personnel — was the committee’s research on potential visitor center sites.
    The leadership team made it clear that a visitor center is not planned for the immediate future.
    The team has requested $180,000 for FY2016 operating expenses.

  • Pair of power outages reported Saturday

    Los Alamos County reported a pair of power outages Saturday.
    The first occurred early Saturday morning. Power went out at 12:47 a.m. for more than 600 customers.
    The Department of Public Utilities said a rodent came into contact with an underground switch near Los Alamos Airport. The areas affected were Canyon Road, Rim Road and East Gate.
    In that outage, DPU had power restored at approximately 1:40 a.m.
    In the second outage Saturday, service was disrupted at 11:40 a.m., which the county said was due to a failure of an underground cable on 5th Street and Myrtle. That outage affected approximately 80 customers in the area of 15th Street and Central Avenue.
    Power was restored to about half the customers at 2:30 p.m. and the rest by 3:30 p.m.
    The line failure was repaired by DPU crews Monday.
    For more information, call DPU at 662-8333 or email DPU@lacnm.us.

  • Today in history June 16
  • Bag forum closes at noon

    The Los Alamos County open forum discussion on a potential plastic bag ban closes at noon today.

    The forum is for those wishing to express their opinions to the Environmental Sustainability Board on regulating plastic bags in Los Alamos County.

    A meeting of the ESB will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in White Rock.