Local News

  • College feels economic crunch

    UNM-Los Alamos is feeling the pinch affecting so many institutions and businesses these days. Department heads expressed the challenges they are facing during an Advisory Board meeting Monday evening in the Student Center.


    “The news going into 2010 is that we’ve been buffered…so we’re going to have to tighten our belts to the tune of $65,000,” Campus Resources Director Lisa Clough said, adding that $65,000 is less than 1 percent of the school’s budget and something that is doable.


  • Bank partners with Habitat for Humanity


    Los Alamos National Bank CEO Bill Enlo greets Loretta Pacheco during the groundbreaking for a new home for her family. The project built by employees of the bank and Habitat for Humanity should be ready for the Pacheco family next year.

    Bank partners with Habitat for Humanity

  • Cafe Sushi struggles through road construction

    As has been the case with other businesses near the construction zone along Diamond Drive, Cafe Sushi is feeling a marked decrease in lunchtime customers.

    Customer Karen Alaniz explained that a friend of hers went to the restaurant recently at noon to find that he was the first customer for the day. Owner Ana Fukui looked to be on the verge of tears, Alaniz said.

  • Bus shelters crop up around town

    With cold weather already upon us and the chance of snow showers looming ever closer, Transit Manager Mike Davis and Engineering Project Manager Betsy Lucido are coordinating efforts with construction crews to erect bus shelters around town for Atomic City Transit riders. So far, two shelters have been built, but more shelters will be installed as part of the Diamond Drive project.

  • LANL has new environmental leader

    Michael Graham has been named to lead environmental programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, taking over from Susan Stiger who is moving on to a new assignment with Bechtel National.

  • New Mexico Veterans to get help in remote areas

    New Mexico is receiving two 38-foot motor coaches from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (USDVA) in Washington, D.C.

    The mobile centers will serve military Veterans, according to a news release by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) Friday.

    The vehicles will be outfitted to allow counseling services in a comfortable and confidential setting, according to the release.

  • Human resources director enables cultural resource

    Even in this age of multitasking it seems a little out of character that the human resources director at Los Alamos Public Schools is also organizing a new school program in theater arts.

    But that’s what James Telles is doing.

    Along with his administrative responsibilities, he is coordinating and developing Atomic City Children’s Theater, a drama program for the elementary schools.

    It’s an arts-enrichment program, meant to be fun and also provide a lot of important educational vitamins.

  • Diamond Drive Phase 2 almost finished

    Work on the Diamond Drive Phase II Project continues to move toward completion. While the original ssubstantial completion due date of Oct. 27 has come and gone, ongoing contract adjustments are expected to extend the substantial completion date to approximately Tuesday.


    Substantial completion means that all major aspects of the project are completed, including the roadway paving and striping, a fully functional traffic signal at Diamond and 38th/Arkansas, and placement of all traffic control devices.


  • Time to weigh in on new animal shelter

    Plans to construct a new animal shelter are moving forward in order to give homeless pets a new place to call home.


    County staff hosted an Animal Shelter Schematic Design Open House at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club facility at 246 East Road Wednesday evening.


    Drawings were on display for the public to review. They also had an opportunity to present ideas to county staff.


    Friends of the Shelter board member Sally Wilkins was delighted with the process surrounding the project.


  • Udall says he’ll back labs

    Voters on Tuesday elected Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., to replace Republican Sen. Pete Domenici who retires Dec. 31. Just what that means to Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory will take time to determine, said Rep. Jeannette Wallace during an interview Thursday.