Local News

  • Storms help loosen drought’s grip on New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Mother Nature has dumped more than two feet of snow in two weeks at some of New Mexico’s ski resorts. Schoolchildren have rejoiced at news of cancelled classes, and highway workers have had to pull a couple of all-nighters to keep the state’s major roads clear of snow and ice.
    And forecasters say there’s more winter moisture on the way.
    So what happened to that pesky drought that had New Mexico firmly in its grasp for the past year?
    Its grip has been loosened on some parts of the state thanks to a series of recent storms, but forecasters with the National Weather Service say New Mexico is far from being out of the woods.

  • Order of the Eastern Star

    Nancy Coombs purchases a cake from Betty Apgar of Los Alamos Chapter 63 Order of the Eastern Star during the annual holiday cake sale Friday in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Members Robert Hamblet and Betty Robinson will join Apgar again to sell cakes, the proceeds of which go to the chapter’s charitable activities.

  • Council to take up Trinity Project

     During the Los Alamos County Council’s meeting coming up Tuesday, council will introduce Ordinance 596 to execute the Ground Lease and Developer Agreement with North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project, a mixed-use project featuring a retail anchor store (Smith’s Marketplace) and other retail/commercial options.

    The project site is vacant county/schools land located across from Mari Mac Plaza on Trinity Drive.

    The ordinance will be available at trinitysite.info and is subject to public review through Jan. 24, 2012.  The council and the school board will make a final decision regarding the lease/agreement on Feb. 1.

  • Update 12-18-11

    Chicken talk

    Author and chicken expert Patricia Foreman talks about her new book, “City Chicks,” at 2 p.m.  today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.  Learn how to keep and employ chickens in small spaces. 

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Christmas dance

  • Council eyes internal relations

    During last Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, Councilor Mike Wismer cited issues raised by the Los Alamos County FY2011 Internal Quality Customer Service Survey. The survey revealed some glaring weaknesses in employee performance.

    Los Alamos County initiated the survey in 2008, with the first report in 2009.

    Wismer was not only concerned with negative staff interactions revealed in the survey, but with what he saw as an attempt to minimize some findings of the survey.

    An introduction to the survey notes that only 209 of the county’s 740 employees responded to the FY 2010 survey, in comparison to 394 responding in FY2011, so 2010 was “not statistically significant due to the low response rate.”

  • Opening Day at Pajarito

    Pajarito Ski Mountain opened Saturday and the conditions could not have been better with cold temperatures and not a cloud in the sky. Four of six lifts were open as were 33 of 44 runs. In the past three days, the mountain added 12 inches of snow and more is expected by Sunday night or Monday.

  • VIDEO: House Passes $1T Budget Bill, Avoids Shutdown

    The House has passed a $1 trillion-plus catchall budget bill paying for day-to-day operations of 10 Cabinet departments and averting a government shutdown.

  • Cheerleaders Answer the Call

    Marlie Apperson and Amanda Martinez organized 16 of their fellow cheerleaders from the Los Alamos High School Cheerleading squad to ring the bell to raise money for the Salvation Army.  They have been working at various times all month. All the money that goes in the buckets stays here in Los Alamos to help those in need. If anyone needs assistance, they should contact Self-Help at 662-4666

  • State Briefs 12-16-11

    Law enforcement warns of fake check scam

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico residents are being warned about a fake check scam. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office in Albuquerque says the office recently received a fake check accompanied by a request that the office pay the amount of $948.00 to a scammer.
    The Carlsbad Current Argus reports the same root scheme of the scams is a request for money and comes in many different forms. Residents receive notices that someone is in jail or coming to visit and requests that the potential scam victim wire them money.
    Police suggest that if you receive something like that, bring it to authorities.

  • Streetlights to be turned off

    The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. Due to the long holiday weekend, the streetlights will be turned off Dec. 23 and will be restored on Dec. 27.
    For safety purposes, the Transportation Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the full period that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos. Due to the limited sight visibility during the viewing, drivers are requested to travel the viewing areas at 15 miles per hour.