Local News

  • Council adopts 36 percent property tax hike

    County councilors expressed surprise and dismay when realization hit that they must approve a 36 percent property tax increase that will affect residents in November.

    “During the annual budget cycle council can increase or decrease the rate and council did not make any change to that last budget cycle,” Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne said. “The last formal action council took on mill levy rates was in 1992.”

    Read the full story in today's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Breaking News: DOH just confirmed first H1N1 death in Los Alamos County

    Breaking News: New Mexico Department of Health just confirmed the death of a 21-year-old Los Alamos woman from the H1N1 influenza.

    Few details are being released as the DOH is investigating whether the woman had underlying health problems that may have contributed to her death.


  • Breaking News: Tony Mortillaro named county administrator

    In a 6-1 vote this evening, county councilors appointed current assistant administrator Anthony Mortillaro to replace County Administrator Max Baker when he retires Oct. 21.

    Read the full story in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Community event features superintendent

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt joked that he felt a little nervous about attending an event he described as a “meet, greet and eat” Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge.

    Despite any jittery feelings, Schmidt said, “I’m delighted to be here.”

    The community get-together, he explained, is an opportunity to learn more about Los Alamos. “I can not know Los Alamos unless I know you,” he said.

  • Changes in vaccination schedule coming

    Business Manager John Wolfe of Los Alamos Public Schools participated in a H1N1 conference call Monday geared specifically for all district and charter schools around the state.

    Public Education Department Cabinet Secretary Veronica Garcia, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Cabinet Secretary John Wheeler and New Mexico Department of Health officials reiterated information continually distributed on cough etiquette, hand washing and the ill remaining at home for 24 hours following their last fever without medication.  

  • Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Sept. 10

    2:03 p.m. – Michelle Pinkerton, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested in Santa Fe on a Magistrate Court bench warrant out of Los Alamos.

    8 p.m. – A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported his money stolen from a locker at Fire Station #5. The estimated loss is $86.

    Sept. 11

  • H1N1 flu virus shown to be different from seasonal influenza

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Autopsies on people who have died from the new pandemic H1N1 flu show this virus is different from seasonal influenza, even if it has not yet caused more deaths, experts told a meeting on Tuesday.

    Americans who died from swine flu had infections deep in their lungs, Dr. Sherif Zaki of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a meeting of flu experts, including damage to the alveoli – the structures in the lung that deliver oxygen to the blood.

  • Council set to mull personnel matters in Tuesday session

    County council will be back to business on Tuesday night. After a two-week break, councilors will have a full agenda ahead of them.


    The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in council chambers and will have a light consent agenda, as only two items are listed. Vacation of utility easement within Lot 127, North Community 1 and grant of utility easement within Lot 188 of North Community No. 1, are both on the consent agenda.


  • Bandwidth concerns prompt district to delay President's speech to students

    President Obama spoke to students throughout the U.S. this week and his message will be available to Los Alamos Public Schools students.


    The LAPS administration decided not to air the president’s speech on Tuesday because the bandwidth and streaming capacity are not available to show it live in a single day, the district Web site reports. Plus, Joan Ahlers, president of the LAPS school board, pointed out Obama’s speech welcomed students back to school, which might have been distracting to Los Alamos students, who have been back in school for a month.

  • Lore of log cabin lures family's return to Los Alamos

    It can take awhile before a newcomer to Los Alamos realizes that Ashley Pond, the scenic pool that serves as a focal point for the Los Alamos community, was a person named Pond before it became a pond named Ashley.

    Recently, a whole bunch of Ponds came to town, including an Ashley Pond IV, along with a number of Churches, to look at another Pond landmark. They visited the Pond Cabin, which was part of the original Pond homestead established by Ashley Pond, Jr. from whom the pond takes its name.