Local News

  • Business-friendly SC may forgive Romney's job cuts

    LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — At first glance, South Carolina seems like a place where attacks on Mitt Romney's experience at the helm of a venture capital firm that cut jobs would resonate in the GOP primary.

    The state's unemployment rate hasn't been below 9 percent in three years and a third of its manufacturing jobs have disappeared in the last decade.

  • Progress Slow Two Years After Haiti Quake

    Almost two years on from Haiti's devastating earthquake, government buildings, churches and homes across the country are still in urgent need of reconstruction.

  • LATA elects new VP

      The Board of Directors of Los  Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA) has elected Mark J. Duff to a  position as corporate Vice President. Duff joined LATA Environmental  Services of Kentucky, LLC in June of 2011 as Project Manager for the Paducah  Environmental Remediation project, which LATA Kentucky is performing for the  U.S. Department of Energy.
     In his new position, primary responsibility will continue to be management of the Paducah project.  In  addition, he will participate in development of corporate business strategy  as a member of LATA’s executive management team.

  • Council approves legislative agendas

    The Los Alamos County Council wants to be heard at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe as well as with lawmakers in the nation’s capital. Councilors voted to support legislative agendas during their meeting Tuesday.
    The council voted unanimously to approve a state legislative agenda, and the vote was 6-1 to advocate preference for legislation on the federal level. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle cast the lone dissenting vote.
    Los Alamos County State Legislative Agenda for FY 12
    a. Legislation that enhances affordable housing programs.
    b. NMAC and NMML legislative priorities.

  • Update 01-11-12

    CIP meeting

    The Parks Division will hold a CIP Phase I Public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to discuss the Renovation and Rebuild of the Ashley Pond Capital Improvement Project.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers.


    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library.

    Teen Center

  • Burning to reduce wildfire impact

    In an effort to reduce the impacts of wildfire on the community, pile burn operations will resume on county land this week.
    “We’re anticipating another dry spring and we’d like to remove as much wildland fuel as we can while it remains cold and there is snow on ground,” said Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin. “Because prevailing winds in the spring and summer are generally out of the southwest, we’re focused on reducing fuels in areas that might carry embers into neighborhoods that lie to the northeast.”
    Los Alamos County Parks Division and Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct maintenance burning in Rendija, Bayo and Walnut canyons beginning Friday.

  • Water nozzle welding

    Lorenzo Garcia welds a water nozzle on a Road Construction Southwest water truck pipe at a facility on DP Road Tuesday.

  • Stover, Selvage retain leadership posts

    The first item on Tuesday night’s council agenda was electing new council officers. As soon as Council Chair Sharon Stover opened nominations, Councilor Mike Wismer made a surprise move.

    “I’d like to break with tradition and move that council approve the current leadership team for another year, specifically that council approve Councilor Stover and Councilor (Ron) Selvage as chair and vice chair respectively.”

    The motion was seconded by Councilor Geoff Rodgers and passed by a 6-1 vote, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the only no vote. Chiravalle did not state his reasons for rejecting the motion.

  • VIDEO: Van Der Sloot Pleads Guilty in Peru Killing

    Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day of the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he remains the main suspect.

  • Memorial services planned for NM guardsman

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Memorial services are planned this week for a New Mexico Army National Guardsman who died of a heart attack last month while stationed in Afghanistan.

    The New Mexico National Guard says a rosary for 33-year-old Sgt. Pernell J. Herrera will be held Wednesday evening at DeVargas Funeral Home in his hometown of Espanola.

    Funeral services will be Thursday morning at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, followed by interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

    Herrera was a signal support systems specialist with C Company, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment out of Santa Fe.

    Herrera died Dec. 31 while performing physical fitness training in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.