Local News

  • Memorial Day service set for Guaje Pines

    Memorial Day will be observed at the Guaje Pines Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday. The entire community is invited. This year’s theme is “We Remember Those Who Fought and Died For Freedom.”
    This year’s keynote speaker will be Kevin Smith, the manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO).  As LASO Manager, he is responsible for administering the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) management and operations (M&O) contract and all federal activities on the site.
    Before joining the Department of Energy, Smith served in U.S. Air Force in a number of capacities to

  • Youth Team Targets Campus Smokers

    Members of the Los Alamos Youth Action Team – comprised of Los Alamos High School students – attended Tuesday’s council meeting to urge the county councilors to include tobacco in drug-free zones surrounding schools and to help with enforcement of smoking prohibitions.
    Coordinator Katie Bridgewater introduced seven team members, who took time out from studying for finals to address the council. Each presented a different aspect of the issue.
    Jessica Montgomery’s perspective was the most personal.

  • Last shuttle spacewalkers make history above Earth

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA completed its part in the construction of the International Space Station on Friday, with the final spacewalkers in the 30-year shuttle program attaching an extension boom.

    "Twelve years of building and 15 countries and now it's the Parthenon in the sky and hopefully the doorstep to our future," spacewalker Gregory Chamitoff before heading back inside. "So congratulations everybody on assembly complete."

  • County begins clubhouse demolition

    From a press release

    Residents and commuters on Diamond Drive will soon notice contractor activity at the Golf Course as the demolition of the former Clubhouse and adjacent swimming pool facility gets underway.

    The demolition contractor, Coronado Wrecking and Salvage, will install a fence around these building areas later this week. The first phase of demolition will include removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos, which begins Monday, April 25.

    These activities will not be visible to the public or have public impacts. Work on abatement will continue through May. Demolition activities will begin later in June, and will include large trucks hauling away debris from the site via Diamond Drive.

  • State Briefs 05-26-11

    Lawmaker wants end to feuding over audits

    SANTA FE — Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera continues to draw fire over state auditing of special education enrollment and other public school records.
    Several members of the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday complained about Skandera suggesting last month that schools might be “gaming the system” to increase state aid.
    Democratic Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton of Albuquerque said Skandera’s comments were damaging to schools.
    Skandera defended the Public Education Department’s review, saying it was to ensure all schools get a fair share of financing.

  • Update 05-26-11

    No trash collection
    No trash or recycling collection May 30. If Monday is your normal trash day, put trash out by 8 a.m. Wednesday June 1.

    Senior Appreciation
    Senior Appreciation night will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge. There will be a barbecue at 6 p.m. at Fuller Lodge and a pancake breakfast will be Sunday at the Senior Center.

    Authors Speak
    The Authors Speak Series, featuring Demetria Martinez and scheduled for today at the Mesa Library, has been canceled.

    Music film series
    The Music Film Series will feature “Almost Famous” at 6:30 p.m. on June 2 at Mesa Library.

  • Energy prices held back growth in first quarter

    WASHINGTON — High gasoline prices, government budget cuts and weaker-than-expected consumer spending caused the economy to grow only weakly in the first three months of the year.
    The Commerce Department estimated Thursday that the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the January-March quarter. That was the same as its first estimate a month ago.
    Consumer spending grew at just half the rate of the previous quarter. And a surge in imports widened the U.S. trade deficit.
    Most economists think the economy is growing only slightly better in the current April-June quarter. Consumers remain squeezed by gas prices, scant pay increases and a depressed housing market.

  • Fractal image brightens 15th St.

    A colorful fractal image, created by Piñon Elementary School sixth grade artist Niamh Short, was unveiled on an 18-foot by 7-foot mural on the exterior wall of Metzger’s on Central Avenue at 15th Street Wednesday afternoon.

    “I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember and I like to cartoon. I thought this project would be fun and felt that I had a shot at winning,” Short, 11, said.

    The mural is part of MainStreet’s Los Alamos Creative District initiative in which local elementary school students participated in the Los Alamos Public Schools Fractal Challenge.

  • UFO crashes into Black Hole's fence

    Ed Beaty stepped out of  his home around 7 p.m.Tuesday and he could not believe how hard the wind was blowing.

    “There must have been gusts of 80 mph,” Beaty said.

    Beaty also happens to be the owner of the Black Hole on Arkansas Ave. And he was in for a surprise on Wednesday when he got to work.

    “High winds made a UFO crash into my fence and the whereabouts of the pilot are unknown,” Beaty laughed. “That’s my story and I am sticking to it.”

  • DPU seeks rate hike

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted to increase water rates Wednesday but it’s not a done deal yet.

    The increase would raise wholesale rates an average of 5 percent and residential rates an average of 6 percent. The proposal now goes to the county council for approval.

    The proposed rate hike will be introduced to council June 7 and a public hearing is slated for June 28.
    Janet Bettinger, deputy utilities manager for administration and finance, prepared and presented the report to the DPU board.

    The wholesale rate has not been hiked since 2008. At that time, the board deferred raising retail rates, which were subsequently raised in 2010.