Local News

  • JPJ complex takes shape

    Masonry block is beginning to cover the bare exterior walls and windows are being hoisted up to fill empty holes in the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex.

    Things seem to be taking shape as crews work diligently to construct the new facility on the corner of Oppenheimer and Trinity.

  • Bomb teams cover state through collaboration

    ALBUQUERQUE — Six bomb squads are scattered throughout the state. The Los Alamos Police Department, Albuquerque Police Department, Santa Fe, Doña Ana County, Farmington and the New Mexico State Police each house specially trained bomb teams.

  • Carol Lee appointed to lead New Mexico’s FBI

    ALBUQUERQUE – Director Robert Mueller appointed Carol Lee Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI in April. She was hired to replace Thomas McClenaghan who retired earlier this year.

    Lee brings a rich combination of knowledge and experience to her new post. She most recently served as a section chief in the Office of International Operations at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • Committee narrows choices down to top five

    As their deadline looms closer, the Municipal Building Site Selection Steering Committee continues to work feverishly in an effort to come up with a site recommendation for a new municipal building.

    The committee met again last Thursday to discuss the results of a straw poll they’d been given. At their first four meetings, the committee considered 23 possible sites for the location of a new municipal building.

    The 23 sites included some that were privately owned as well as some that are already owned by the county.

  • Los Alamos names new weapons leader

    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced a change at the top Tuesday.

    Charles McMillan becomes principal associate director for Weapons Programs, succeeding Glenn Mara, who has retired.

    McMillan advances from his previous role as associate director for weapons physics.

    His new responsibilities call for providing oversight and direction for the nuclear weapons program at the lab and its core mission, “ensuring the safety, reliability and performance of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.”

  • T-Board discusses street standards

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s planned improvements for NM 502/DP Road may be on hold for a couple more years, but the Los Alamos County Community Development Division is still working on a plan for complete streets.

    The topic of Downtown Street Standards was on the agenda at the last Transportation Board meeting. At that meeting, the Board met with the Downtown Street Standards Committee to discuss the possible endorsement of the Downtown Street Standards Committee’s vision, goals and objectives.

  • Momentum building for Los Alamos Cooperative Market

    More than 350 people have become members of the Los Alamos Cooperative Market to date.

    Even more joined Saturday when co-op movers and shakers conducted tours for nearly 100 people at the store’s building site in Entrada Business Park, just west of De Colores Restaurant near the Airport Basin.

    “It’s going to be a full grocery store with a deli, meat counter, canned and frozen foods as well as health and beauty products,” co-op Vice President Karen Kendall said.

  • Dwarf car racing turns into big hobby

    David Hand first set eyes on a dwarf car in 2005 when Jim Shinn entered Hand’s shop, Jona Manufacturing Services on DP Road.

    Shinn asked Hand to fabricate some special parts for him. Hand took one look at the undersized racing vehicle and was hooked.

    “I jokingly asked if he needed a driver and he told me  he had had another car,” Hand said during an interview this morning. “We went down in Rendija Canyon and I drove it around, then started racing for him.”

  • Trinity Project showing signs of unraveling

    Instead of the sprawling, retail-filled plans for Trinity Place, Los Alamos residents could end up with a big-box store and a parking lot; and that seems to be all right with at least one county councilor.

    Wade Williams, a partner in The Boyer Company, along with Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro, Seth Kirshenberg of the Kutak Rock law firm and Kevin Wager of Jones Long LaSalle, were all in council chambers Thursday night for the special session, which revolved around discussion of Trinity Place.

  • Artwork for Eco Station being discussed

    Beautification efforts for the Eco Station continue, with plans to install a piece of artwork moving along.

    On Friday the Art in Public Places Board met to discuss current projects. Among those on the list were the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex and the Eco Station. APP Board Staff Liaison Stephani Johnson was hoping to finalize plans for the JPJ artwork, but instead the Board decided to hold off on a decision regarding the artwork because of comments from councilors.