Local News

  • Spring Arts and Crafts festival slated for Saturday

    An opportunity to enjoy the spring season is approaching. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn, the public can enjoy the sun, fresh air and the plethora of art available through the Los Alamos Arts Council’s 45th Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the fair every year since 1967. Featuring nearly 100 New Mexico artisans, the arts and crafts fair offers both traditional and contemporary art forms. All of the items displayed are hand made or handcrafted. Participants can enjoy items such as pottery, weavings, clothing, woodworking, jewelry and more.  

  • Wright to sign book Friday

    Barbara Wright, author of the critically acclaimed novel for middle readers, “Crow,” will sign her book at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Otowi Station Bookstore. She will visit Mountain and Barranca Elementary Schools and Los Alamos Middle School earlier that day.
    The novel and its cast present a take on race relations, injustice and a little-known chapter in American history, the race riots of 1898 in Wilmington, N.C., through the eyes of the 11-year-old narrator, Moses.

  • Search and Rescue Committee conference scheduled for this weekend

    The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council will host Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event, its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers Friday through Sunday at Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa and Casino in Pojoaque.  
    More than 200 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas, will attend the event to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.  
    The three-day conference also has a trade show, featuring the latest in search and rescue gear, communications equipment and performance clothing. The event boasts 33 qualified instructors teaching more than 50 search and rescue-related courses.  

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  • Council approves B and C recommendations

    In August, Councilor Mike Wismer requested a study on how to improve communication and linkages between council and boards and commissions (B and C). Libby Carlsten, staff liaison to B and C, returned to council with recommendations Tuesday night.
    “I’m very glad that Councilor Wismer asked us to do this, because it’s been a number of years, and I think we periodically need to check in and see what sort of adjustments they think need to be made,” Carlsten said. “So I’m hoping the recommendations made tonight will make it a little bit easier and more rewarding to serve on our boards and commissions.”

  • Trash management key to managing bears

    Bear season begins soon at a trash can or dumpster near you.

    To make this a safe spring and summer for bears and humans, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is encouraging the public to manage their trash properly.

    “Everyone needs to keep their trash in an enclosed container stored in a secure building,” said Rick Winslow, large carnivore biologist for the department. “Only put your trash out on the morning it will be collected and hauled away.”

  • Opening Day at Farmers Market
  • Council approves realignment, budget

    The Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved County Administrator Harry Burgess’ recommendation for reworking some county departments and their functions Tuesday night.

    The reorganization involves:

    • Merging the Community Development Department and the Capital Projects and Facilities Department into a new single department — the Community and Economic Development Department.

    • Transferring the economic development function from the County Administrator Department to the new Community and Economic Development Department.

    • Transferring the Airport and Environmental Services function from the County Administrator Department to the Public Works Department.

  • LAPS bus loop panel chooses option seven

    After several revisions and pushback from the community, the committee charged with coming up with a new bus loop plan to submit to the Los Alamos Public School Board has made a decision.

    The committee made up of students, staff and community members recommended that the Board adopt “Option 7.” The plan was selected from nine options, including those that would unload students behind the school, to various locations along Diamond Drive and Canyon Road.

    According to a prepared statement from District Superintendent Gene Schmidt, “the revised plan separates buses from an area from parents to drop and pick up students as well as separates the student parking area from (Duane) Smith Parking Lot plan.”

  • More fallout from lab job cuts

    The fallout from lab director Charlie McMillan’s decision to cut 60 more jobs from the flexible workforce has begun.

    Two emails were sent to the Los Alamos Monitor and the author still is employed at the lab and feared retribution if his name was revealed.

    The email referred to the cuts of 60 jobs in the flexible workforce of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. And a fair amount of those involve people who are employed by COMPA Industries, Inc.

    “LANL handed golden parachutes to hundreds of *their* employees a month ago. They received regular updates and careful treatment.  But COMPA employees working right next to them received no-notice terminations. Pow. Gone. COMPA’s methods are simply cruel.”