Local News

  • Celebrate the holidays

    The radio stations may already be playing holiday music and the big chain stores may already be covered with seasonal decorations, but in Los Alamos the season officially begins with MainStreet’s Winterfest.

    The weekend, which is packed with holiday activities, will be held Dec. 5-6.

    It begins with the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church’s nativity show, “Creches from around the World,” from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the church in Los Alamos. The show, which is free and open to everyone, will continue from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6.

  • Mortar shells found in Ancho Canyon

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is asking residents to refrain from outdoor activities in the Ancho Canyon area until further notice.


    Sunday morning a hiker in Ancho Canyon came across two old mortar shells, picked them up and began carrying them out of the canyon before calling police about 4 p.m. Saturday, Los Alamos Police Lt. Scott Mills said during an interview Tuesday.


    Mills is on the county’s bomb squad and  investigated the report.


  • NMED offers safe holiday cooking tips

    In an effort to help the public avoid food poisoning this holiday season, the New Mexico Environment Department’s Food Safety Bureau is providing safe  turkey cooking tips.


    “We want to ensure residents understand proper food preparation and cooking standards so they can have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season,” said Environmental Health Division Director Carlos Romero in a news release. “Don’t be a turkey – follow these instructions and gobble safely.”


  • School hotline for reporting possible threats

    A new school safety effort, SPEAK UP New Mexico, has been created by the state to offer students an anonymous tip line to report threats of weapon-related violence and other crimes at their schools and in their communities.

  • Committee outlines federal agenda

    Every year, the Los Alamos County Council adopts a federal agenda, which is used as a guide for the council’s federal-level intergovernmental efforts.


    A council committee meets to develop the agenda and produce recommended county priority topics. This year’s committee members were Council Chairman Jim Hall and Councilors Michael Wheeler and Jim West.


  • Lab names new deputy director

    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that Isaac “Ike” Richardson would replace Jan Van Prooyen as deputy director, as of Feb. 1, 2009.


    Van Prooyen, who has served as deputy director for three years, will retire in early 2009.


  • Reasons to stay in Los Alamos this weekend

    Television ads are encouraging people to set their alarms for 5 a.m. on Friday, to get the best deals at big box stores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos’ business community has seen the ads, too, and merchants here are extending their hours to accommodate shoppers.

    Not to be outdone, Otowi Station will be offering its own “redeye” sale on Friday morning. Otowi Station has scheduled a door-buster special from 6-10 a.m. on Friday. Everything in the store is 25 percent off for those four hours, from maps to science toys, from t-shirts to books.

  • Community leaders share Thanksgiving wishes

    Each holiday season, county and school officials take a moment to share their plans and express their holiday wishes for the community.


    This year, County Administrator Max Baker said he plans to go to his son’s house here in Los Alamos, where he and his family will share the traditional meal with friends.


    “This is the time of year where we all pause and consider our blessings,” Baker said. “Los Alamos is certainly a great place to live and many tremendous people live here.”


  • Prescribed burns common at this time of the year

    Smoke drifting through the canyons in Los Alamos usually puts residents on alert, for fear that there might be a wildfire close by. After the Cerro Grande fire a few years ago, the threat of another fire of that magnitude is a real concern for Atomic City residents; and rightfully so. There are certain times of the year, however, when smoke floating in the air is a common occurrence and can be expected. From late October to early March, Open Space Specialist Craig Martin and his team go about Los Alamos intentionally setting fires.

  • Ebinger's Aguinaldos examines Spanish Christmas customs

    Virginia (Ginny) Nylander Ebinger has authored a new book about Christmas customs, food and music of the 19 Spanish speaking countries in the Americas as well as those of New Mexico called “Aguinaldos.”

    “It’s a big pretty book for Christmas,” said the longtime Los Alamos music teacher. “I started writing a small piece about little known Christmas music, then began writing about the Spanish speaking countries in the Americas and it just grew to include customs and food.”