Local News

  • Hoop-shooting robot

    In six weeks, a team of 14 Los Alamos High School students and 10 adult mentors built a robot that can shoot hoops. The team began work Jan. 7 and wrapped up on Feb. 21. The group is competing in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. This year’s competition is Rebound Rumble. The object is to manipulate the robot to score as many baskets as possible during a 2 minute and 15 second match. The competition also includes a balancing component in which the robots are required to balance on a bridge. The group is heading to Salt Lake City March 15 to compete in the regional round of the competition.

  • Gov. Martinez signs vets’ bill

    SANTA FE (AP) — More National Guard and Reserve personnel can qualify for state benefits for veterans under legislation signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    Under the new law, National Guard and Reserve members who complete six years of service will be considered veterans and eligible for state benefits, such as a property tax break. Military personnel currently must serve on active duty on a federal mission for at least 90 consecutive days to be considered veterans and eligible for certain state benefits.
    An estimated 4,000 National Guard personnel should qualify for benefits because of the change of law, according to state officials.

  • Bandelier’s Alcove House slated to reopen today

    Alcove House, an Ancestral Pueblo site at Bandelier National Monument, reopens to visitors today.
    Situated along Frijoles Creek, a mile hike up canyon from the Visitor Center parking area, Alcove House has been closed to the public since last summer. The Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flash flooding severely affected the trail.
    The trail is now clear of debris; however, hikers must cross Frijoles creek a minimum of three times without the aid of bridges.

  • NCRTD seeks voice on Rail Runner issues

    The North Central Regional Transit District could have a place at the table in decisions regarding the Rail Runner Train, but that seat may be limited to discussions only.
    The District’s Board of Directors approved a resolution asking the Rio Metro Board to include the District on its board because of its annual contribution to the Rail Runner. The District has budgeted nearly $1.8 million to the train this fiscal year.
    NCRTD Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said previously that the Rio Metro Board  had made decisions about drawing back service, and the District felt left out from those discussions.

  • Update 03-01-12

    Co-op milestone

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market celebrates its first year Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with children’s activities, product samples, music, raffle and more.

    The Giver

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “The Giver,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and are available at CB Fox or at the door.

    Film series

  • Plans for hospice come together

    Los Alamos is one step closer to having northern New Mexico’s first residential hospice.

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, which provides at-home health care, purchased land off Canyon Road last week for the proposed hospice center.

    Service Executive Director Sarah Rochester said the project called “The Sanctuary” will provide a small, state of the art hospice house for individuals with terminal illnesses that can no longer remain at home and those who need additional end of life care.  

    “We believe that this is a community that needs a specific place for end of life care,” she said.
    The closest residential hospice center is in Albuquerque, Rochester said.

  • Council Takes Aim at Bow Hunters

    The Los Alamos County Council approved an amendment to the county’s weapons ordinance at Tuesday’s session.

    The amendment, which passed 6-1, prohibits firing bows and arrows or crossbows within 150 yards of any inhabited structure or any place where livestock is kept unless the projectile is confined within private property.  

    Los Alamos County Police (LAPD) Chief Wayne Torpy explained the reason for the amendment.

  • Democrats, GOP agree to House redistricting plan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans have agreed to a court-ordered plan for new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    That should clear the way for the districts to be used in this year's elections.

    Lawyers for groups of Democratic and GOP voters, the Legislature, Gov. Susana Martinez and other GOP elected officials told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday they aren't appealing a redistricting map ordered by retired District Judge James Hall.

    Hall issued a new plan to comply with a Supreme Court directive to change a map he approved last month.

    The next step is for the justices to lift an order that put House elections on hold pending the outcome of redistricting.

  • Nature Center design clarification

    This is the final design for the proposed Nature Center. In “Nature Center at $4.7M could be a ‘jewel,’” published Feb. 25, it was incorrectly stated that the “Preferred Design” was a Fibonacci design. That and the corresponding photo were earlier design concepts posted on the county website. It was also incorrectly reported that 2,100 letters were received in support of the phase 1 project. Project Manager Steven Huebner said that 25 letters were received during the phase 1 process. See the attachment below.

  • Redistricting fight may be winding down

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A legal fight may be winding down over political districts for the state House of Representatives in this year’s election.
    Acting at the request of lawyers for groups of Republican and Democratic voters, a panel of three federal judges agreed Tuesday to make no immediate decisions on a pending redistricting lawsuit.
    Retired state District Judge James Hall on Monday ordered a new redistricting plan to comply with a state Supreme Court directive. Lawyers say it’s unlikely there will be any appeals of that map, which should clear the way for the districts to be used in this election.