Local News

  • Valles Caldera gets first Senate hearing

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the National Park Service is the agency best suited to handle long-term management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Democrat made the comment Wednesday after a committee hearing on legislation that directs the agency to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources. 

  • Lt. Gov. Sanchez recovers from surgery

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is recovering from surgery to remove his gall bladder.

    A spokesman for Sanchez said Thursday the elective surgery was performed Monday at an Albuquerque hospital and the lieutenant governor was sent home the next day. He's been working at home and plans to return to his office next week.

    Spokesman Mark Van Dyke said the lieutenant governor experienced pain in his abdomen Sunday night. It was decided that his gall bladder should be removed because it could cause more problems in the future.

    Sanchez, 48, was elected in November. He was the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2002, but lost to Democrat Bill Richardson in the general election.


  • Hill panel limits Obama's authority on nukes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel voted Wednesday to limit President Barack Obama's authority to reduce the nation's nuclear arsenal and implement a U.S.-Russia arms control treaty overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last December.

    Over the objections of the Defense Department and Democrats, the House Armed Services Committee approved a series of amendments directly related to the commander in chief's ability to make nuclear weapons reductions.

  • Update 05-11-11

    Lunch with a leader
    Lunch with a Leader, featuring Acting County Administrator Randy Autio, will be at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Central Avenue Grill. To reserve a spot, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605.

    Brown bag concert
    The Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipes and Drums will perform a Brown Bag concert at 12:05 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge

    Bear Aware
    Los Alamos Master Gardeners present “Bear Aware,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. The talk will focus on the basics of co-existing with bears in a rural environment.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Utilities will have a special meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at 133 Central Park Square.

  • Historical society honors Stoddard’s WWII legacy

    Through May 27 at Mesa Public Library, the community can visit the Los Alamos Historical Society’s exhibit “Stephen Stoddard in World War II: One Soldier’s Story” at Mesa Public Library. The exhibit depicts the war time experiences of WWII veteran Steve Stoddard of Los Alamos.
    He and Hedy Dunn of the Los Alamos Historical Society created the exhibit and Stoddard spoke of his war years during a presentation Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge.
    Stoddard is probably known to most residents as a retired colleague from Los Alamos National Laboratory, former state senator, supporter of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, former Army reservist and officer and a perfect gentlemen and esteemed supporter of Los Alamos and New Mexico.  

  • County porn probe results in disciplinary actions at FD

    There aren’t any significant revelations in the redacted version of the final report released by the County Attorney’s Office concluding an investigation into alleged pornography downloaded from county computers last fall.

    First Line Resources out of Albuquerque investigated county IT department findings in which eight computers at the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Station 3 in White Rock had “user-accessed photos that could be in breach of Los Alamos County Information Technology Security Policy.”

    The report states that 32 local firefighters were initially linked to the investigation by  their computer user profiles, which indicated they may have accessed inappropriate photographic materials.

  • CRC tells council to hold fast to current form of government

    Charter Review Committee members recommended that the Los Alamos government’s structure remain unchanged during a county council work session Tuesday.

    Structure of Government Subcommittee Chair Kyle Wheeler said, “(When) we got down to business, we really picked apart this issue.”

    During its April 11 meeting, the Charter Review Committee voted 8-1 to continue the charter discussions within the context of the current council/county administrator form of government with the potential for making some changes within that structure.

    Committee member Skip Dunn cast the sole opposing vote at that meeting.

  • Seven hopefuls file for Wallace's state house seat

    Seven people stepped forward by Tuesday’s noon deadline to fill the remaining 19 months of Rep. Jeannette Wallace’s House District 43 term. Wallace died from illness in April.

    She served two decades in the  New Mexico state legislature. Wallace has been described as a tireless advocate for the people of Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe counties.

    Those vying to replace her are two sitting county councilors, a former councilor, a former school board member, a forest association official from La Cienega and two local Democrats who vied for Republican Wallace’s seat in the last election.

  • Ice Cream Night

    Kailey Thwaits, 3, enjoys a large scoop of orange sherbet from the safety of her father, Los Alamos Fire Department Driver Engineer James Thwaits’ arms during Tuesday’s annual Haagen Dazs free ice cream cone event at Dan’s Café. Owner Dan Serna said he distributed 2,000 scoops of ice cream at this year’s event, in which firefighters, police, Los Alamo National Bank and others participated.

    Also Tuesday, Melissa Romero of Los Alamos National Bank serves ice cream to event goers at Dan’s Café Tuesday including Fire Chief Doug Tucker and Police Chief Wayne Torpy.


  • LA receives grant for pilot program

    G-Ball has been described as golf’s version of T-Ball. Los Alamos Recreation Division has been awarded a grant for the Starting New at Golf (SNAG) G-Ball pilot program.

    Los Alamos County is one of a select handful of communities in the U.S. to receive the grant. The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) awarded the grants, which totaled $180,000. Los Alamos is still awaiting word on the dollar amount it will receive, Recreation Programs Manager Diane Marquez said.