Local News

  • Citizens sign petition to tank West Jemez Bypass

    County council will have another petition to address during Tuesday night’s meeting to be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Building.

  • Proposed animal shelter site to be rezoned

    The council approved an ordinance request Tuesday night to rezone the property where the proposed new animal shelter is to be developed.


    The land is being changed from Multiple Family Residential-Very High Density to public land use.


    A public hearing regarding the zoning was held during the county council meeting.


    Community Development Director Rick Bohn was in council chambers to give a presentation on the rezoning of the proposed animal shelter.


  • Lab spots beryllium contamination

    Los Alamos National Laboratory began notifying hundreds of people Wednesday that they might have been exposed to beryllium contamination by working in or visiting a particular area.


    The area, known as Technical Area 41, has a long history of use for tritium work and storage of nuclear materials, but a laboratory spokesman described it “as a large area used for storing long-term and short-term materials and items.”


  • Lab greets community leaders

    Los Alamos National Laboratory opened its doors for a breakfast of community leaders Tuesday.


    Senior officials of the laboratory and the local office of the National Nuclear Security Administration welcomed a variety of businesses, government and educational leaders from nearby tribes and counties.


    While visitors munched on burritos, they viewed project posters and talked to dozens of students and mentors from eight laboratory educational programs involving elementary schools through advanced studies.


  • Council appoints new member

    County council once again has seven members.


    After functioning with six councilors for a couple of months following Jim West’s resignation, councilors voted on appointing the seventh member of council – Ralph Phelps – at Tuesday night’s County Council meeting.


    A healthy-sized crowd gathered in council chambers in anticipation of the appointment. The meeting began with public comments, followed by approval of the agenda.


  • Truck Route shut down this morning

    The truck route was closed this morning after Manny L'Esperance, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Emergency Management and Response, said a truck going through about 8:30 a.m. triggered a dog alert.


    EMR and other LANL teams swept the truck, which is owned by a contractor and was previously used to haul explosives.


    Electronic message boards were activated to direct employees to use NM 502 (the main hill road) or Pajarito Road.


  • Offering her help

    Self Help Inc.’s mission is to help others. Whether it is distributing seed grants to business owners or assisting individuals in crisis situations, the nonprofit has been there for the community for the past 40 years.


    But even an organization that exists to help others can use some support. Therefore, the organization is getting ready to host its annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls, which will be held March 14 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.


    And with hard economic times, the community’s help is needed more than ever.


  • Diamond Drive Phase 2 still not complete

      The Diamond Drive Phase 2 Project was slated for completion on Dec. 19, however, it’s been over a month since that deadline and the contractor, AS Horner, has still not finished the project work to County staff’s satisfaction.

      Because of recent inclement weather, the contractor has requested a suspension of the project, citing that the weather prohibits construction crews from working on the punch list items that need to be completed.

  • Equal pay bill clears U.S. Senate

    A significant breakthrough in the equal pay fight Thursday is another sign that the country is getting back on track. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and 60 of his colleagues approved legislation Thursday that will effectively overturn a Supreme Court decision that has limited American worker's abilities to seek recourse on pay discrimination.

    The Fair Pay Restoration Act bill now heads to President Barack Obama for signature.

  • Governor calls for health insurance reforms

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson wants to put a cap on insurance companies’ share of health premiums and end exclusions for applicants with existing medical conditions.


    But reflecting current economic and political constraints, the administration’s bundle of piecemeal health care proposals that were announced Monday stop short of the comprehensive solutions that the governor has tried to pass in previous years.