Local News

  • Aspens Ablaze in Fall Color

    This Aspen was ablaze in fall color illuminated by a setting sun, juxtaposed against a crystal blue sky one recent afternoon in the Quemazon neighborhood.

  • Charter Review clarifies initiative, referendum process

    The Charter Review Committee moved one step closer to completing its mandate last night when it approved changes to the Initiative, Referendum and Recall sections of the Charter. The CRC also added procedures for voter approval of capital projects.

    The entire charter section has been rewritten to clarify procedures. Last night’s discussion centered around changes suggested during the subcommittee’s report on Aug. 29 (see LAMonitor.com Aug. 30).

  • 3.8 earthquake rattles region--video extra

    A magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck about 20 miles from Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday. The quake was not felt in town or at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, but residents in Nambé and Santa Clara Pueblo certainly felt a jolt.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the light temblor hit after 10:30 a.m. Monday. It was centered nine miles north of Santa Fe and hit around 19 miles southeast of Los Alamos National Laboratory. It also had a depth of  .7 of a mile.

  • Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon dies in fiery crash--see videos


     Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnarled in a fiery 15-car pileup, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2.

  • Update 10-16-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Training and Tour

    The Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are holding Electronic Public Reading Room training and a tour of the Hard copy Public Reading Room. There are two sessions: 11 a.m.-noon or 5-6 p.m. Tuesday

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Chamber Conference Room, 109 Central Park Square.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

  • Former PRC Commissioner Jerome Block jailed

    SANTA FE — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, has been jailed in Santa Fe.
    Santa Fe County jail records indicate Block was booked at 12:10 p.m. Friday on a remand order, indicating he violated a condition of his release.
    Under a plea agreement with the attorney general’s office, Block pleaded guilty last month to the fraudulent use of a state-issued gasoline card and other felonies.
    If the 34-year-old from Espanola fails to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program, he potentially faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison.

  • Correction 10-16-11

    In the “Trinity debate takes a turn” story that ran in the Los Alamos Monitor in September, William Mead was quoted as saying that between 2006 and 2009 there was only one pedestrian “fatality” — he actually said “accident.”

  • LA Delegation Tours Sister City

    Members of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI) were moved by the warm welcome they received from Los Alamos’ Sister City of Sarov, Russia.

    The delegation included Council vice-Chair Ron Selvage, Acting Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan (also representing the library), Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos, LASSCI Board Members Paul White and Nora Arbuckle and Colleen Olinger, former owner of the Otowi Station Bookstore. Arbuckle, who is originally from Uzbekistan, augmented the services of the interpreters.

    Selvage’s and Kalogeros-Chattan expenses were paid for by the county, whom they were representing, and other members paid their own expenses.

  • Mortillaro accepts lesser contract

    SANTA FE — Former Los Alamos County administrator Anthony J. Mortillaro finally got his contract as the executive director of the North Central Regional Transit District Friday.
    But it was far from an easy process.

    For more than three hours behind closed doors, the transit board met in executive session to hash out the details of the contract.

    It was far from unanimous.

    Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya initially made a motion that would give Mortillaro a base salary of $96,000 and no $500 per-month vehicle allowance. The motion failed 15-11, despite the support of Espanola’s Robert Seeds and Rio Arriba County’s Barney Trujillo.

  • NCRTD, Mortillaro agree to contract

    For three hours, the North Central Region Transit board sat behind closed doors, trying to hash out the details of executive director Tony Mortillaro's contract.

    When the dust settled Friday afternoon, the board approved a contract that would give Mortillaro a base salary of $100,000 per year and no vehicle allowance of $500 per month.

    "I am just glad now we can focus on moving forward," Mortillaro said.

    For more on the meeting, pick up a Sunday copy of the Los Alamos Monitor.