Local News

  • GOP elects new officers

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos held its Biennial Organizational Convention Thursday evening at Trinity on the Hill Church.

    The County Central Committee, which governs the local Republican Party, re-elected Ron Dolin to a second two-year term as chairman. JoAnn Johnson was elected first vice chair and Geoff Rodgers was elected second vice chair.

    Veronica Rodriguez was elected secretary and Norma Tech treasurer.

  • Biz analysis saves company more than a million a year

    Loren Toole on behalf of his team from Los Alamos National Laboratory was one of eight success stories highlighted by the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program Thursday night at the Albuquerque Aquarium.


    “This project has been one of the most successful in the 8-year history of the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program,” noted Lisa Henne, the lab’s small business program manager. “We are very proud of that project and the company is just thrilled.”


  • Diamond Drive Phase 3 to be discussed at meeting

    Warm weather is right around the corner and construction of Phase 3 on the Diamond Drive project will soon be in full swing.

    Residents will get the chance to have the project explained to them in a meeting at the golf course on Monday at 6 p.m. The Public Works Department will host the question and answer session, which will walk residents through the project and give them a chance to voice their concerns and ask questions about what the project will entail.

  • Business items top council agenda

    County councilors will have their work cut out for them during Tuesday night’s meeting. Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Community Building, where they will handle a full agenda.

    State Representative Jeannette Wallace and Lobbyist Scott Scanland will give a legislative update at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Fire department strives for continual improvement

    In July, the Center for Public Safety Excellence presented a Self Assessment Facilitation proposal to the Los Alamos Fire Department. The self assessment process is a method in which to promote excellence within the fire service through continuous quality improvement.

    The Center provides participating fire departments with a variety of mediums including two distinct programs offering agency accreditation and chief fire officer designation and other projects that enhance training, quality and information available to fire and emergency service agencies and their personnel.

  • Final touches put on county budget

    It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air, the proposed county budget has been worked on and budget hearings are right around the corner.

    One of the big changes to the budget concerns the Capital Improvement Program process. According to the budget summary, when the FY 2010 proposed budget was being developed, a new CIP process was initiated by the county.

  • Concern over bicycle traffic safety grows

    Bicycle safety concerns highlighted a Tuesday meeting between Police Chief Wayne Torpy, County Council Vice Chair Michael Wismer and longtime bicyclist Steven Booth.

    In his 25-year career, Booth has never relied on a car to get to work, instead walking, riding bicycles and using public transportation. This includes large cities such as Washington, D.C., Guatemala City and San Jose, Costa Rica – but said he will no longer ride his bicycle to work in Los Alamos.

  • Utilities works to ensure better power flow

    Keeping the lights on for Los Alamos County residents is the top priority for the Department of Public Utilities. But it hasn’t always been easy.

    Currently, Electrical Engineering Manager Rafael De La Torre and his staff are replacing the system’s fuses. This process will cut down on the number of outages that DPU customers experience.

  • Leaders commit to nuclear reductions

    The presidents of the United States and Russia came out of their first face-to-face meeting at the London G20 summit with a major agreement, instructing negotiators to get to work immediately on a treaty that would continue to reduce nuclear weapons.

    The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START-1, expires at the end of the year, and many in the arms control community have expressed concerns that there are few signs of the diplomatic machinery that will be required to renew or extend its safeguards.

  • FLAME Act targets invasive species

    The Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.

    The FLAME Act contains an amendment that aims to reduce wildfire risks associated with invasive species sponsored by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.

    The legislation passed the House 412-3 and it establishes a permanent fund for fighting catastrophic wildland fires and establishes a cohesive wildland fire management strategy.