Local News

  • Update 12-03-14

    Sierra Club

    Sierra Club Open Meeting. 7 p.m. today at UNM-LA, building 200, room 230 lecture hall. Craig Martin Presents: The Los Alamos Open Space System. The public is welcome to hear the plan and contribute ideas.


    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Bagdad Café,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room.

    Caldera meeting

    The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a public meeting from 6-9 p.m. Thursday in Albuquerque. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn ­— Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd. SE.


    County Councilors will host a “Lighting of the Holiday Tree” in the Municipal Building lobby at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Winterfest activities. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the lobby will be open until the holiday lights parade begins at 6 p.m.

    College Day

    Homeschoolers are invited to attend a Homeschool College Day at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. This free event will take place 1:30–3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the UNM-LA campus.

  • No injuries in rollover

    Shortly after a one-vehicle accident westbound on N.M. 4, the car was righted so it could be towed. The driver walked away with no injuries. The unidentified driver got a hug from a well-wisher at the scene.

  • Organizers look to create LACF

    Los Alamos is home to many local nonprofits and foundations, each contributing to the community fabric that is Los Alamos. There’s also a group of individuals who are looking to improve on the work they do by uniting them under one foundation. They want to call it the “Los Alamos Community Foundation.”
    The foundation’s steering committee includes community leaders from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, foundations and nonprofits that are based in Los Alamos, and county government. Members include Paul Andrus, Don Cobb, Bill Enloe, Tony Fox, Joanna Gillespie, Nancy Guthrie, Katy Korkos, Ken Milder, Kristy Ortega, Morrie Pongratz, Carole Rutten and David Woodruff.
    The steering committee’s chair is County Councilor David Izraelevitz.
    Though its official founding is perhaps three years, perhaps 10 years off, the LACF’s steering committee is getting the word out now about what they are doing, and why. Last month, Izraelevitz did a presentation before the University of New Mexico- Los Alamos Advisory Board to tell them what it’s all about, and why they’re doing it.

  • NDAA bill includes Valles transition, Manhattan Project park in LA

    Several conservation and energy bills sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was finalized Tuesday night. The bill is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate before the end of the year.
    The bill includes provisions to designate the Columbine-Hondo as wilderness, transition the Valles Caldera National Preserve to new management to increase public access, and establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Additionally, a measure to extend a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management streamline the oil and gas drilling permit process while strengthening a review system that helps meet environmental and safety standards was also included in the bill language.
    “This is an exciting step — we’re extremely close to the finish line and being able to protect these beautiful New Mexico landscapes for generations to come,” Udall said. “These bills are vital for our economy. Designating the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness, increasing access to Valles Caldera, and dedicating a Manhattan Project historical park will help expand tourism and create jobs, while renewing the BLM permitting program is critical to energy development in northwestern and southeastern New Mexico. ”

  • Today in history Dec. 3
  • Agency seeks details on water proposal

    SANTA FE (AP) — A revamped application by a commercial venture to pipe billions of gallons of drinking water from western New Mexico to more populated areas of the drought-stricken state still lacks key information.
    That’s the latest finding by the state engineer’s office.
    The agency’s general counsel told state lawmakers during a meeting Tuesday that Augustin Plains Ranch has been directed to provide more specifics on what type of water rights would be developed and what municipalities or industries would benefit.

  • Update 12-02-14

    Open Space Management Plan

    The Sierra Club and League of Women Voters will host a public meeting on the Open Space Management Plan at 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 7 PM at UNM-LA, room 230.

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled.


    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Baghdad Café,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room.

    Listening Post

    The Prevention Office is asking for donations of snack items for the Listening Post. The Listening Post is an opportunity for volunteers to offer free snacks to students to lift spirits during stressful times. Donations can be dropped off at the main office. Businesses or organizations willing to do a collection can request a free pick up of items by calling 663-3252.


    County Councilors will host a “Lighting of the Holiday Tree” in the Municipal Building lobby at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Winterfest activities. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the lobby will be open until the holiday lights parade begins at 6 p.m.

    Christmas sale

  • Walkup project behind schedule

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Project to replace the HVAC and boilers is behind schedule, according to a press release from Los Alamos County. The contractor has not made the completion date and the County is holding the contractor accountable per the provisions of the contract.
    The equipment is installed, connected and running. As the systems are being brought online, the crews are working to confirm that the equipment is installed as specified and establish communications between the controls and equipment.
    A balance of the air and water flows is in work which is necessary for the controls to regulate the system and maintain temperatures. The contractor and Los Alamos County are working diligently to get the system properly running so that the facility can be re-opened to the public. After the facility is open, the contractor will have minor work to complete such as fine tuning of the controls and air and water flows.

  • Ploeger returns as airport manager

    David Ploeger is making a repeat appearance as manager of the Los Alamos Airport.
    Ploeger preceded Peter Soderquist, who retired in November, as the first airport manager on county staff. Prior to his hiring in 2005, airport management had been contracted out.
    “I’m thrilled to be back. I’m absolutely happy to be back here. I feel like I’m coming back home again,” Ploeger said.
    Ploeger left in 2009 when former Gov. Bill Richardson appointed him director of the New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation Division. His tenure in that position ended when Gov. Susana Martinez was elected.
    Ploeger then accepted a position with Delta Airport Consultants (DAC), an airport engineering and consulting company which serves as the engineering consultant for LAM.
    DAC, along with sub-consultant Coffman Associates, was the engineer for the 2013Airport Master Plan.
    “This gives you the future vision out to 20 years for the airport. And that really sets the vision for the airport and where it needs to go and where we would like it to go,” Ploeger said.

  • No one injured in N.M. 4 rollover

    The Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments responded to a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning.

    No one was injured, but the vehicle heading northbound left the roadway and ended up on its hood.

    One lane was closed for about an hour as crews investigated. Police said no citations were issued in the accident.