Local News

  • Community Assessment finds Los Alamos has potential

    Hearty laughter laced with a bit of embarrassment marked a Community Assessment Workshop at the Los Alamos Research Park Thursday evening.

    Roger Brooks of Destination Development Inc. of Seattle, Wash., was brought in by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce to assess the community through the eyes of a first-time visitor.

    Brooks clearly captivated the nearly 100 business, community and county leaders with his brutally honest impressions.

  • Budget hearings begin Monday

    The deadline for filling federal taxes may have just passed, but money talk is far from over for Los Alamos County. In fact it’s just getting started.

    The county’s budget hearings will begin on Monday at 7 p.m. in council chambers. A slew of financial topics will be discussed, including strategic planning, the budget summary, fund statements, department summaries and performance measures and capital improvements, to name a few.

  • Here to be the leader

    It started with a fortune cookie. Los Alamos Public School superintendent finalist, Dr. Eugene Schmidt, explained he and his wife were eating at a Chinese restaurant and the fortune he received in his cookie said, “You are a leader. Others will soon need your inspiration.”

  • Scholar calls Artificial Intelligence back to its origins

    Not every goal in science and technology can be achieved by massive amounts of funding alone. At times it takes more than integrating the components.

    Sometimes, according to Pei Wang, one of the scholars in the field of Artificial General Intelligence, the answer must be found in having the big picture.

  • Trinity Street standards revisted

    Trinity Drive has been in the spotlight a lot lately because of plans to make it a complete street.

    One of the focal points surrounding the project is the street standards for Trinity Drive.

    Some in the public, as well as council members, have expressed concern over the current design of Trinity Drive and have inquired about how it and other downtown streets could be made more pedestrian friendly, as well as more attractive.

  • Trees growing

    After the Cerro Grande fire, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos – along with many other groups – planted trees in the mountains around Los Alamos.

    Recently, Craig Martin with the county, gave a tour and talked about the regrowth in the area on April 14, 2001.

  • Radio station proposes new antenna location

    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice asking for public comment on a proposed KRSN radio antenna on North Mesa, north of the Middle School.


    According to an e-mail sent out to local pilots by Los Alamos Airport Manager David Ploeger, KRSN has filed a request with the FAA for a second study to see if a tower would cause any interference with the airport or air traffic.


  • Jail complex cost goes up

    A divided council voted on several motions concerning the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex - adding to the cost of the project.

    And Councilor Vincent Chiravalle seized the moment to blast the project.

    “This building is a monstrosity and an example of excess in government,” he told those gathered in council chambers for the Tuesday night meeting.

    Following a presentation by  Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent, the council voted on various items of the project.

  • Heather Wilson Awarded Superior Public Service Medal

    Former Rep. Heather Wilson received the National Intelligence Superior Public Service Medal (NISPSM) from Director Dennis Blair of National Intelligence in a ceremony Tuesday at ODNI headquarters.

    “This award recognizes Congresswoman Wilson’s years of service to both our nation and to the Intelligence Community,” said Blair in a news release. “Her support, insight and dedication have transformed our community to meet today’s new intelligence challenges.”

  • Katko asks for calm

    Expressing concern for the escalating anger surrounding why, and whether, he’s losing his job, Mountain Principal Mike Katko is asking people to remember the children.

    In a letter he delivered to the Monitor, Katko tells community members that he harbors “no ill will towards anyone.”