Local News

  • Update 6-16-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council has a work session scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Swim lesson

    Los Alamos will take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Registration is open for the event, which will be at 10 a.m. Participation is free.


    The Board of Public Utilities will meet Wednesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Plastic bags

    The second public meeting for the Environmental Sustainability Board regarding the Plastic Bag Ban discussion to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Random Fandom

    A “Random Fandom” event, for those who are fans of any books, movies, TV shows, etc., is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The event is open for those in seventh grade and up.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos County will have its weekly farmers market from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Visitor center options offered

    When the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) leadership team visited Los Alamos the first week of June, the county’s MPNHP committee was ready for them.
    The committee presented some basic selling points about Los Alamos, such as its national rankings on numerous lists, the ongoing importance of Los Alamos National Laboratory and local and area attractions that would appeal to visitors.
    The committee also discussed some of the issues it has been investigating, such as transportation/access/parking, the impact on county and privately owned facilities and the logistics of being a gateway to not only this national park but Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, as well.
    Perhaps the most important discussion with the leadership team — comprised of National Park Service (NPS) and Department of Energy (DOE) personnel — was the committee’s research on potential visitor center sites.
    The leadership team made it clear that a visitor center is not planned for the immediate future.
    The team has requested $180,000 for FY2016 operating expenses.

  • Pair of power outages reported Saturday

    Los Alamos County reported a pair of power outages Saturday.
    The first occurred early Saturday morning. Power went out at 12:47 a.m. for more than 600 customers.
    The Department of Public Utilities said a rodent came into contact with an underground switch near Los Alamos Airport. The areas affected were Canyon Road, Rim Road and East Gate.
    In that outage, DPU had power restored at approximately 1:40 a.m.
    In the second outage Saturday, service was disrupted at 11:40 a.m., which the county said was due to a failure of an underground cable on 5th Street and Myrtle. That outage affected approximately 80 customers in the area of 15th Street and Central Avenue.
    Power was restored to about half the customers at 2:30 p.m. and the rest by 3:30 p.m.
    The line failure was repaired by DPU crews Monday.
    For more information, call DPU at 662-8333 or email DPU@lacnm.us.

  • Today in history June 16
  • Bag forum closes at noon

    The Los Alamos County open forum discussion on a potential plastic bag ban closes at noon today.

    The forum is for those wishing to express their opinions to the Environmental Sustainability Board on regulating plastic bags in Los Alamos County.

    A meeting of the ESB will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in White Rock.

  • Today in history June 15
  • Today in history June 14
  • Petition on plastic bag ban up for review

    On June 18, the Environmental Sustainability Board will hold the second public meeting to review the plastic bag ban petition that was proposed to Los Alamos County Council during an April 2015 Council meeting.
    The meeting will be 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock. The board has asked one member of the supporting and opposing parties to present at the upcoming ESB meeting.
    Each presenter will provide a 15-minute structured presentation regarding how the plastic bag ban would align with County Council’s Strategic Leadership Plan. The board will then present the results of their local business survey. The staff liaison will also provide a brief presentation regarding the waste handling of plastic bags. After the presentations of information, the board will take action on this issue. Following the motion, public comment will be limited to three minutes per person maximum.
    The first public meeting was May 21, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building in Los Alamos. The Environmental Sustainability Board took public comment from 22 residents, who voiced their opposition or support for the plastic bag ban petition. No action was taken by the board at that meeting.
    As a reminder the Open Forum will close at noon on Monday. This will allow staff enough time to gather data to present to the board.

  • LA attendees take part in 70th anniversary

    Los Alamos-based author Richard Rhodes, Los Alamos engineer Norman Brown and alumni of the Manhattan Project came together for a 70th anniversary celebration last week in Washington, D.C.
    Veterans and their families met at the Carnegie Institution for Science in the nation’s capital to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, which was brought about by the efforts of Manhattan Project personnel.
    More than a dozen veterans from across the country took the stage to discuss their roles and how sites at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Hanford, Washington, Chicago and New York City contributed to the top-secret effort to build the world’s first atomic bomb.
    Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning book, “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” discussed the importance of preserving historical sites in his opening remarks on day two of the event.
    “We preserve what we value of the physical past because it specifically embodies our social past,” Rhodes said. “That social reality is anchored to physical objects, extending far and deep into the physical world of landscapes, buildings, documents, machines and artifacts. These Manhattan Project historical sites are among the world’s most significant places where work was done that changed the human world forever.”

  • Tourism secretary shares insights

    Los Alamos had its second group of distinguished tourists within a two-week period when New Mexico Tourism Department Secretary Rebecca Latham and her staff toured the community Thursday and Friday. The visit followed on the heels of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park leadership team visit the first week in June.
    Latham shared her insights into what Los Alamos has to offer and how it can work with the department’s New Mexico True campaign to promote that during a public meeting on Friday.
    According to Latham, Los Alamos fits well with the campaign’s message of “Adventure steeped in culture.”
    “There are certainly adventures we had in Los Alamos, and the culture of Los Alamos is going to be the labs and the history and the science. That is your very own unique story to tell that no one else can tell,” Latham said.
    Latham stressed that focusing on that story does not preclude promoting other adventures such as outdoor activities or exploring Bandelier National Monument, but warned against “splintering” the message.
    “It is important to have one focus. You could have one focus on mountain biking, but how are you going to tell that story differently than Angel Fire?” Latham said. “The one thing you own that no one else can touch is that history.”