Local News

  • Construction to begin in February

    Mountain States Constructors, Inc., will begin construction of roadway and pedestrian improvements on N.M. 4 between east of Rover to west of Pajarito Road in early February.
    Planned improvements include landscaped buffers, sidewalks, a combined bike lane/turn lane, enhanced drainage, and a landscaped center median with left turn lanes.
    All work should be complete in October 2012.
    Expect to see work zones on N.M. 4 as the contractor gets started.
    According to the initial traffic control plan submittal, work will be accomplished in phases.

  • Update 01-20-12

    LAPS board

    The LAPS Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 for a work session at Chamisa Elementary.

    Golf meeting

    A public meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge to discuss the progress of the Golf Course Improvements project and two new conceptual layouts will be presented. 

    Deadline looms

    Residents interested in applying for the vacancies on the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) Board of Directors are reminded that the application process will close at 5 p.m., Tuesday.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Jan. 31 in the council chambers.

    History nuts

  • Montaño talks about life in Los Alamos

    Editor’s note: This is the third installment of a three part series.

    Chuck Montaño began his LANL career June 1, 1978 working in the Special Nuclear Materials and Safeguards Division. He tracked the movement of all nuclear materials at the lab, conducting periodic audits to ensure materials were where they should be, he said.  

    Montaño raised his family in Los Alamos. Together with wife Elaine and children Carlos and Carla, both Los Alamos High School graduates, the Montaños lived in the Western Area and Barranca Mesa for 20 years. 

  • Putting on a Shine

    Firefighters at Station 3 in White Rock swab the driveway and put a shine on department vehicles Thursday.

  • Residents get peek at latest Nature Center Design

    Sixty citizens eager to view the latest design for a Los Alamos Nature Center filled Fuller Lodge Thursday night.

    Catalyst Architecture’s Jeffrey Zucker presented a review of his firm’s work for the Phase 1 CIP process, culminating in a final design that represents the public input received in the first two meetings.

    The new design is site-specific for the location that was overwhelmingly preferred by the public in the first presentation, the old skateboard park on Canyon Road. It now incorporates the desired features of the earlier designs, the Lodge (reminiscent of Fuller Lodge’s rustic look) and the Fibonacci (loosely based of the spiral found in natural objects like pine cones).

  • T-Board arrives at 502 proposal

    The Transportation Board finalized its deliberations Thursday on a recommendation for the N.M. 502 roadway project between Airport Road and the DP Road intersection.

    A staff recommendation combining features from four options presented by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) received five votes of approval, with the chair abstaining and Wayne Hardie voting no.

    County Engineer/Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman presented the staff proposal, which was soon labeled “the Zimmerman option.” The option calls for one westbound lane as far as the DP Road intersection, and the two eastbound lanes to narrow just before the Canyon Road intersection, with a center median with left turn bays and pedestrian refuges.

  • Fiery Debate Caps Rollercoaster GOP Campaign Day

    The remaining four Republican presidential candidates sparred in a heated debate Thursday night in Charleston, South Carolina, just two days before the nation's first southern primary.

  • Wildfire Burns 20+ Homes Near Reno

    A fast-spreading wildfire destroyed more than 20 homes and burned approximately six miles near Reno, Nevada. Thousands were forced to evacuate.

  • Warmer, drier forecast through April worries officials

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A three-week surge of winter weather has helped pull New Mexico from the brink of a record-dry year, but officials said Thursday the state appears to be set up for another dose of dry, windy and warm weather this spring.

    New Mexico is coming off of what forecasters with the National Weather Service have logged as the state's sixth driest year on record. It would have been one of the worst had a series of storms not dumped much-needed snow and rain around the state in December.

  • Correction 01-19-12

    In the LA senate redistricting story on page 2 Wednesday, the story stated that District 6 will be represented by Phil Griego.
    Carlos Cisneros will represent the district, not Griego. Griego will represent District 39, which will not include any part of Los Alamos County.