Local News

  • NNSA responds to CMRR delay

    It will be about a year before construction can start on a new plutonium laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory after Congress pulled back funding for the project and restricted how the money can be spent.

    The Congressional action also raised questions about the long-term prospects for the new Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility.

  • Johnson bolts GOP to join Libertarians

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a longshot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said Wednesday he is leaving the GOP in favor of running as a Libertarian.

    Johnson told a news conference at the state Capitol that the decision was difficult but that he "was deeply disappointed by the treatment I received in the Republican nomination process."

    Johnson has been excluded from all but two GOP presidential debates. He also has barely registered in the polls.

  • Sights and Sounds: Looking Back at 2011

    2011 saw its fair share of historic events from unrest in the Middle East, including the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi, to protests that occupied the world and the loss of creative genius Steve Jobs.

  • Community announcements 12-28-11

    Asset awards tickets for sale

    Assets In Action and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will host the Third annual Community Asset Awards on Jan. 7. The tickets are $10 each and include an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet from Chef Diego Torres at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. Reserve tickets by calling 661-4846, they will not be available at the door.

    Pet supplies being collected

  • Experience a New Mexico winter with PEEC

    The New Year will be off to a bang with Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s outdoor activities for kids, families and adults in the first week of January.
    There will be two opportunities to snowshoe, a birding trip for those new to the activity and the inaugural meeting of a fort-building club.
    On Jan. 2, experienced outdoorsman Michael Altherr leads a mid-level snowshoe to Williams Lake, above the Taos Ski Valley.
    The four-mile round-trip hike (with approximately 1,500 feet of elevation gain) has a turn-around near the cirque at the base of Wheeler Peak.
    The trip will leave PEEC at approximately 8:30 a.m. and will return around 2:30 p.m.

  • Police Beat 12-27-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
    Dec. 15

    7:03 a.m. — Jaynes Construction reported damage to its property at 1000 Central Ave. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.
    3 p.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with the unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school grounds at Los Alamos High School. He was referred to the juvenile probation officer.

  • Nightwalks at Bandelier this week

    Bandelier National Monument will offer Nightwalks on the evenings of Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Nightwalks are silent walks into Frijoles Canyon in the dark, to give participants an idea of what it might have been like when the Ancestral Pueblo people were living there. There is a limit on the number of people on these walks, so participants must sign up ahead by calling the Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517.

  • Hecker to give talk on North Korea

    From a press release

  • Survey of 'leaders' gives lab high marks

    For the second straight year, the Los Alamos National Laboratory continues to get high marks from community leaders.
    According to the latest survey released earlier this month, LANL “has maintained this high level of favorability as 78 percent of the community leaders say they currently have a favorable opinion of the lab, while just four percent say they have an unfavorable opinion.”
    “Just over two-thirds (68 percent) of Community Leaders give LANL high ratings for its corporate citizenship, which is consistent with results observed in the last two studies and much higher than had been observed in prior years. Just five of the Leaders give LANL a negative rating for its corporate citizenship.

  • Autio's short term made long-term impact

    Second of a series
    After only a year and a half as Los Alamos County Attorney and Acting County Administrator, Randy Autio has taken a position as Bernalillo County Attorney.

    “Although his tenure with the County was short, the personal sacrifices and professional contributions he made, especially during the Las Conchas fire, will long be remembered and appreciated,” said Acting Assistant County Administrator Anne Laurent. “Randy Autio stepped in to provide stability and leadership for a community and organization that was new to him with the confidence and commitment of a longtime resident.”

    One of Autio’s first challenges was investigating charges against County Administrator Tony Mortillaro.