Local News

  • Campbell ‘contributed to the community in a big way’

    Those who knew Larry Campbell talk of his generous spirit and his contributions to the community. “I don’t think he knew anyone but friends,” said Nancy Cerutti, senior planner for Los Alamos County Community Development Department.

    Laurence (Larry) Campbell died Thursday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

    He was 74.

    “He was a dear man who contributed to the community in a big way,” said Nancy Bartlit, a Los Alamos Historical Society board member.

    Campbell retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 2001 after 35 years of service. He served as president of both the Historical Society and the Rotary Club and on the board of the New Mexico Historical Society.

  • Critics line up against CMRR project

    It’s a familiar scene in New Mexico: Peace activists, environmentalists and scientists lining up to oppose expansions of the military and nuclear facilities that are a major economic engine for the state.

    They were back in force last week, this time to oppose the “bomb factory,” ‘’cash cow” and “jobs program for scientists” — their names for a $5.8 billion nuclear lab being designed to replace the 60-year-old lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory where scientists make and store the “pits,” or cores, of the nation’s nuclear bombs. It’s a project that has been on the drawing board for nearly a decade, and one that won’t be finished for at least another decade.

  • Retirement signals end of an era

    Friday afternoon Hedy Dunn’s title changed from Director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum to Director Emeritus. About 120 people turned out to honor Dunn’s contributions at a retirement party May 22.

    “It just won’t be the same without her. Hedy has been a significant part of the society almost since its founding in the late ‘60s. Her legacy to this town is indescribable,” said Nancy Bartlit, who serves on the Los Alamos Historical Society board. “She has been incredibly reliable and dedicated. I’ve always said we’ll need to hire three people to take her place. I’m glad we’ve got Heather to step in.”

  • NM boy, 9, becomes youngest to fly balloon solo

    TOME, N.M. (AP) — Nine year-old Bobby Bradley floated into history early Saturday, taking off solo in a hot air balloon and landing perfectly about a half-hour later to become the youngest trained pilot to accomplish such a feat.

    As the morning sun rose in the remote New Mexico town of Tome, Bradley took off from in the company of three other balloons, whose pilots included a designated balloon examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration. A crowd of about 50 supporters, including family, friends and classmates, cheered as they took off.

    His balloon landed 26 minutes later.

    "It was awesome. It was amazing. I loved it," he said after the successful flight.

  • Overlook Park emergency access meeting

    The county will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m., Monday at the White Rock Town Hall to continue discussion on an emergency access to Overlook Park during the Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza.
    The county is exploring the idea of using an existing walking path wide enough to accommodate emergency ATVs in the event of a catastrophic incident.
    This idea is being contemplated as a temporary measure this year, with talks planned for a permanent solution for next year.


  • Health Dept. advises residents on smoke

    The New Mexico Department of Health is advising residents to take special precautions due to smoke and ash from several wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona.  Sensitive groups such as the elderly, small children or any individuals with respiratory or heart problems should leave the area where the smoke levels are high until the smoke dissipates or stay inside as much as possible.

    People with chronic respiratory or heart disease are also urged not to use swamp coolers as they will pull the smoke inside.

  • Loma Linda Fire

    A fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the corner of Loma Linda and North Mesa Road. The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that hardware connecting an overhead pole to an underground line was loosened by high winds. Sparks from the loose connection ignited a grass fire. Power was cut to area residents while utility workers repaired the line. Fire Marshal/Assistant Fire Chief Michael Thompson said the fire burned a 20-foot by 30-foot area including two Ponderosa trees. Firefighters doused the blaze, preventing it from spreading to nearby homes.

  • State Briefs 06-03-11

    Richardson on witness list
    ALBUQUERQUE — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and more than a dozen current and former judges could be called to testify in the trial of a Las Cruces judge accused of bribery.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the officials are on a list of 28 potential witnesses for the trial of state District Judge Michael Murphy. He was indicted last month in a scandal that alleges judicial candidates were pressured to make political donations that were funneled to Richardson.
    Asked by the newspaper if he would welcome a chance to take the stand, spokesman Gilbert Gallegos e-mailed that “Governor Richardson doesn’t comment on political witch hunts.”

  • Update 06-03-11

    LTAB meeting
    Lodgers Tax Advisory Board  will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce conference room.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the community training room in the Community Building.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn Express to hear feedback on the county administrator search.

  • Summer can be big threat to pets

    A small dog locked inside a white SUV last week near the soccer field on 20th Street survived its ordeal. Los Alamos Animal Control Ofc. Tom Beyer rushed to the scene where the owner was nowhere to be found. He discovered the five-pound dog was sitting on the console between the driver and passenger seats looking out through the windshield.

    Beyer determined that the vehicle belonged to a woman with a Santa Fe address. He felt the windows and said because they were slightly opened, coupled with the fact that the vehicle was parked under a shade tree, he would wait a short while before forcing entry to remove the dog.