Local News

  • Richardson taps Anaya for stimulus office

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson asked former Gov. Toney Anaya to lead a newly created Office of Recovery and Reinvestment. The new office will be charged with allocating at least $1.8 billion of federal stimulus money slated for New Mexico over the next 18 months.

    Richardson introduced Anaya and a handpicked team of veteran state-government workers at a Capitol press conference Wednesday.

  • Plane crash victims identified (and correction)

    EDGEWOOD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified the two men who were killed in a small plane crash near Golden.

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator identified the pilot as Randall Rupert, 42, of Edgewood and the passenger as Mathew Porter, 42, also of Edgewood. The OMI used fingerprints and dental records to confirm their identities.

  • Crunch time ahead for CMRR

    Old adversaries met again Tuesday evening to discuss the status of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    “The CMRR is a major systems acquisition,” said Steve Fong of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s local site office in his introduction. “We haven’t seen anything of this size for a long while.”

    The CMRR is a $2 billion-plus project which expects to finish its first and least expensive building this year.

  • Negotiations still underway with Boyer

    The delay in finalizing negotiations between Los Alamos County and the Boyer Company has some residents concerned that the Trinity Place project is never going to happen.

    Final details are not the only concern, however. During the county’s strategic planning meeting on Feb. 27, Councilor Mike Wismer brought up the suggestion that the county may want to look at a contingency plan if the deal does fall through.

    Given the state of the economy, many retailers are struggling and the ability to secure an anchor for Trinity Place has been questioned.

  • Injured skier to be fine

    It appears that the Los Alamos skier who was injured in a recent accident on the Lumber Yard Run at Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill is going to be fine.

    “He (William Crooks) did sustain some significant injuries but our patrol talked to his wife and it looks like he is going to be fine,” said Pajarito Ski Hill General Manager Tom Long during an interview Friday afternoon. “We haven’t heard if he is out of the hospital yet.”

    Crooks, 45, fell and hit his head at about 3 p.m. Feb. 27.

  • Goals outlined at strategic planning meeting

    County councilors and staff from various departments met Feb. 27 in council chambers as part of a strategic planning session.

    The purpose of the session was to discuss and update the management action plans for the strategic goals and objectives; the draft of financial support of Los Alamos Public Schools guiding principles and environmental sustainability objectives.

    The first discussion centered on the proposed strategic goals and objectives of the county.  The goals were listed as follows:

  • College Board makes changes

    The face of UNM-LA’s five-person Advisory Board changed Monday night as Marie T. Chiravalle became chair, Linda Daly stepped down and Micheline Devaurs was sworn in.

    Daly served two consecutive four-year terms. She did not seek reelection in February’s at-large election.

    “I’d like to spend more time with my family,” she said earlier. “I feel it’s a good time to step aside and let another community member, a UNM-LA supporter, join the advisory board.”

  • Small plane crash claims two

    Two people were killed Monday when a small plane crashed south of Santa Fe.

    Authorities are still unable to identify the pilot and passenger in the plane, but a spokesperson for the state police said investigators believe the single-engine plane was on its way to Los Alamos.

    State police officers were notified just after 6:45 a.m. Monday of the downed plane off State Road 344 and Highway 14 in a wooded area near Golden.

    Peter Olson, a state police spokesperson, said he was at the site at about noon.

  • Local fire officials urge preparation for fire season

    Winds blowing on an already dried out county landscape have fire officials concerned.

    “The conditions we’re seeing right now could start our fire season as early as this month,” said Los Alamos Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Doug Tucker. “We’re trying to prepare folks and not scare anybody but it’s lining up to be a severe wild fire season.”

    Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Michael Thompson agreed.

  • LA Mesa Law intends to stay small but powerful