Local News

  • Longmire shoot wraps up

    Pajarito Mountain and a quiet residential neighborhood saw some action this week, including shouts of “fire in the hole” as explosives mimicking the sound of gunshots were set off.

    It was all part of a two-day shoot for the new A&E series “Longmire.” The series is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by bestselling author Craig Johnson. Longmire is played by Australian actor Robert Taylor, perhaps best known for his role as Agent Jones in “The Matrix.”

  • July 4 Celebration Still On But No Fireworks

    Press release from Kiwanis Club


    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department, in consideration of the dangerously dry conditions embracing Northern New Mexico has decided there will not be a fireworks display in this year's July 4 celebration Event at Overlook Park.

  • Today in History for June 29th
  • Cyclist injured in collision with vehicle on N.M. 4

    A Los Alamos man was injured Wednesday night at mile marker 49 on N.M. 4 when he lost control of the bicycle he was driving and ran into a vehicle driven by a Jemez Springs man heading west.

    LAPD officer Jaime Gonzales said in his report that Fortunato Ferrara of Los Alamos was traveling east on N.M. 4 on his bicycle and coming down the hill and slowing down before the road turned. The report said that Ferrara said he lost control of his front wheel making him move into the opposite lane striking Bo Folks’ Nissan head on.

    The report said that Folks, a Jemez Springs resident who works at LANL, came around the turn when he saw the bicyclist come into his lane and hit him.

    Folks did not complain of injuries and drove his vehicle home.

  • DPU sends out water notice detailing administrative violation


    The Los Alamos Department of Utilities sent out a notice to all its customers this week, saying it failed to report its monthly disinfectant residuals to the New Mexico Environment Department/Drinking Water Bureau in a timely fashion.

    The deadline for the report was April 10 and the compliance data was not received until April 23.

    The notice assured its customers that the quality of water was not compromised and it was “a failure to meet an administrative requirement.”

    DPU head John Arrowsmith said the delay was because of “human error.

    “We had the data and we send it to them monthly but they recently imposed a quarterly report for the first time and it didn’t get done.”

  • House votes to hold attorney general in contempt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday held Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress for failing to provide documents related to a failed gun-tracking operation. It is the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt.

    The vote was 255-67, with more than 100 Democrats boycotting. They said the contempt resolution was a political stunt.

  • Glass recycling to kick-off this fall

    At the June meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Board, county staff discussed the addition of a glass drop-off recycling program in the near future.  This program will allow residents to drop-off glass bottles and jars at Sullivan Field, Overlook Convenience Center or the Eco Station to be recycled.
    Glass can’t be placed in blue residential recycling roll carts. Glass placed in the blue residential recycling roll cart will contaminate the mixed recycling stream; resulting in the need to send the entire mixed recycling load to the landfill.

  • Update 06-28-12

    Parents wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    Movie series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present the documentary “Born to be Wild” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Pool closure

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed for maintenance from 7-11 a.m. Friday.


  • Businesses get incentive to recycle

    Business owners are getting some good news. On Tuesday night, Los Alamos County Council approved rate changes for recycling that could save them money.

    Environmental Services’ efforts to encourage recycling have been successful with 80 to 85 percent of homeowners. But until now, commercial enterprises have shown little interest.

    The current rate structure offers no incentives for the extra effort, with commercial entities paying the same fees for recycling dumpsters as trash dumpsters.

    The new ordinance eliminates $18.20 assessed for each recycling dumpster pickup and waives the initial set-up fee. The monthly rental fee remains at $19.05. The monthly recycling roll cart fee will also be reduced from $20 to $5.  

  • RPM owner escapes injury in rollover accident

    “There’s a first time for everything,” RPM Automotive owner Larry Rich said.

    That’s because Wednesday afternoon was the first time he towed a vehicle he was actually the driver of.

    At 1:45 p.m., Rich was heading westbound on East Road in a black Toyota 4Runner when a white Chevrolet van pulled out from the Central Avenue intersection clipping his rear bumper. The impact caused the rear axle to break and the truck to spin and flip onto the driver’s side, according to Los Alamos Police Officer David Boe.

    Rich — who was unharmed and climbed out from the vehicle through the passenger side door — said the car wasn’t even his, but rather one he was repairing.