Local News

  • More trails open at Bandelier

    Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott has announced that beginning Thursday, Nov. 24, the park’s backcountry trails will be open for hiking.

    According to Lott, “Between the Las Conchas Fire in June and the floods that followed it, the Bandelier Wilderness is a much wilder place than it used to be, beautiful but in a different way than before. Hikers are now welcome to go out and explore, but they’ll need to be prepared for rough conditions.”

    Flames from the huge wildfire passed through almost two-thirds of the park, and were followed by severe flash flooding in all the canyons. Many sections of trail, especially switchbacks down steep slopes, are severely eroded and rough or destroyed.

  • First Born Program Targets Child Development

    Research conducted to evaluate the long-term success of War on Poverty programs to help underprivileged children develop language and scholastic skills revealed a disturbing fact. Although children’s skills increased during the program, they quickly reverted back to their initial limitations after the program ended.

    Researchers looked for answers in the first three years of a child’s life, and discovered what they called the “30 million word gap,” which corresponded closely with socioeconomic status.

    Although all the families nurtured and played and talked with their children, those in poverty-stricken homes would hear an average of 30 million words less by the age of three than those in professional homes.

  • Costlier holiday travel off to fast start across U.S.

    CHICAGO (AP) — Holiday travel got off to a soggy start in parts of the country Wednesday as millions of Americans undeterred by costlier gas and airfare set out for Thanksgiving celebrations, but few major problems were reported.
    About 42.5 million people are expected to drive, fly or ride trains to their Thanksgiving destinations, according to travel tracker AAA. That’s the highest number since the start of the recession, despite an average 20 percent increase in travel costs.

  • Seen at the Scene: Changing Seasons

    Winter is right around the corner in Los Alamos but you would never know it by these photos taken this week at the skate park by Mesa Library and at Ashley Pond.

  • NM Congress reps speak out on super committee

    New Mexico Congressional reaction was pretty much along party lines earlier this week when it was announced that the super committee was unable to reach a compromise.
    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) said he was opposed to the formation of the super committee in the first place.

  • Update 11-23-11


    The Elk’s Lodge, VFW and American Legion will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at the Elk’s Lodge. Serving is from
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at 662-5611.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    No trash pick-up

  • Ice Rink, West Road to open Monday

    County officials announced Tuesday that West Road will re-open from Diamond Drive to the County Ice Rink on Monday, Nov. 28 instead of the projected opening date of Dec. 1. The earlier opening date is the result of coordination and response efforts by LANL and County Pavement and Utilities’ crews since mid-October.
    The watershed above the Los Alamos Reservoir near Pajarito Ski Resort was badly burned in the Las Conchas wildfire in June, increasing runoff into the canyon that subsequently caused severe erosion damage to West Road and the surrounding area. The road is owned by the DOE.

  • DPU strategic goals address various upcoming challenges

    The challenge facing Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Director John Arrowsmith lately has been developing a strategic plan to meet the county’s utility needs in light of a wide range of variables.

    Arrowsmith presented a strategic plan to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) last week. In his report, he wrote, “Our job as stewards of the County’s water and energy resources is not to be reactive but to prepare our organization for the future.”

    Some challenges are inevitable, such as replacing aging infrastructure and anticipating a wave of baby boomer retirements.

  • 'Feed the 500' Food Drive

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees helped close to 500 or more Northern New Mexico families enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal by donating food boxes with certain nonperishable food items during the “Feed the 500” food drive.

  • VIDEO: Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys