Local News

  • LA's energy work 'game changing'

    As he surveyed one local man’s home that is now primarily powered by the sun, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., described the work being done in Los Alamos County to develop alternative energy as “game changing.”
    Luján made his comment during a visit to Los Alamos Wednesday afternoon. He stopped in at Paul Frederickson’s home to view solar panels, which help power the home.
    The congressman also used the stop to stump for two pieces of renewable energy legislation he recently introduced.

  • LAPS aces state audit

    Auditors from the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) have poured through 10,000 files from 34 school districts during the last 10 days, as part of an unprecedented audit to ensure accurate reporting in enrollment.

    Los Alamos and seven other school districts were cleared of all issues regarding special education, special education services and expenses for teacher training and experience, based on a review of records and additional accountability measures established by the department’s auditing team.

  • Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister warned on Thursday that Israel will not negotiate with a new Palestinian unity government that includes the Hamas militant group.

    Avigdor Lieberman spoke a day after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached a unity deal in Cairo to end their five year long dispute.

    For the Palestinians, the Egyptian-brokered deal revived hopes of ending their bitter infighting that weakened them politically and caused the deaths of hundreds in violent clashes and crackdowns.

    The Palestinians say the move is a step toward independence, ahead of their intention of getting the United Nations to recognize Palestinian statehood in September.

  • In tornado zone, hopes fade in survivor search--see videos

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A yellow mutt named Chance sniffs through the splintered limbs of a toppled tree and sits down near a piece of carpet that came from someone's home. It's his way of telling handler Tracy Sargent that human remains are nearby.

    Such scenes are common as hope fades for finding survivors a week after tornadoes ravaged the South, killing 329 people in seven states and leaving an uncertain number missing or unaccounted for when entire communities were ripped from their foundations and thrown across hollows and hills. In Tuscaloosa alone, officials say, more than two dozen dog teams are searching a massive debris field that stretches for miles, and still more could arrive.

  • A chilling spring scene

    A spring snowstorm showered the area Tuesday, including Rose Street near downtown Los Alamos.

  • Update 04-27-11

    Candidates sought
    Republicans interested in applying for the vacant District 43 House seat in New Mexico Legislature should contact Ron Dolin at rdolin@hotmail.com or call 695-0864.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Cowboy breakfast
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Sunday at Posse Lodge, open to the public, proceeds benefit local Military Order of the World Wars.

    Pancake breakfast
    Kiwanis Spring Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., Saturday May 7 at Betty Ehart Senior Center, community welcome.
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • Two county parks could be in for a makeover

    Two county parks could be in for a makeover soon.  

    The playground near the North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer arena is in line for some improvements, and the northeast corner of Community Park could become the home of a new playground.

    But before any work gets underway, the Parks Division wants to hear from the public.

    A public meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the playground located near North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer Arena. Additionally, there will be a meeting at 6 p.m. May 4 at the northeast corner of Community Park, which is located north of Central Park Square and adjacent to Peach and Nectar Streets.

  • School board OKs audit firm

    A quick 15 minute meeting was all it took for school board members to approve a new contract for its existing audit firm.

    During the special noon meeting at the district’s central office Tuesday, Los Alamos School Board Vice President Kevin Honnell and board members Thelma Hahn, Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and David Foster unanimously approved Griego Professional Services LLC, which just completed a three-year auditing contract with the district. Board President Melanie McKinley was absent.

    Griego bid $135,000 for the new three-year contract that begins in July. Two other firms submitted bids including Accounting and Consulting Group LLP at $148,410 and Precision Accounting & Tax Service LLC at $152,000. All three firms are headquartered in Albuquerque.

  • Practical Money Matters: For Mother’s Day, help Mom get organized

    Mother’s Day is May 8. In addition to traditional gifts like candy and flowers, consider spending a few hours helping your mom organize her financial, legal and medical records so she – and you – know where she stands.
    Being prepared will make it much easier to take appropriate actions should an issue ever arise.
    Here are a few key areas to sort out:
    Gather documents that address retirement income sources so your mom will know better how much income will be available throughout retirement:
    • If she’s still working, your mom should already receive an annual statement from Social Security showing estimated benefits at varying retirement ages.

  • Teens raise money for movie project

    Samantha Filer, 14 (left), and cast members in her film, “The Sword of Arundel” recently held a fundraiser in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. They worked to raise $1,700 for Filer Films, her production company, to film “The Sword of Arundel.” An account at the bank is open to finance the film, which, among other places, will be filmed in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.