Local News

  • Stalking: Know it; name it; stop it

    A crime that disrupts and victimizes people from all walks of life and in every community in America is being highlighted during January’s Stalking Awareness Month.


  • Safety board sounds fire protection alarm

    A federal oversight agency has rebuked the National Nuclear Security Administration that oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory for failing to resolve a number of issues related to fire protection.


    A report based on a three-day visit to the laboratory in July, called for fulfilling longstanding recommendations for a 60 percent increase in minimum staffing – from 28 to 45 per shift and a “hot patient” protocol for dealing with contaminated victims, among other emergency preparations.


  • Applications being accepted for council vacancy

    Los Alamos NM – On Tuesday evening, the County Council approved a process whereby citizens interested in being appointed to the currently vacant council seat can submit a letter of interest to the Council. Under the County charter, any qualified person who is a registered voter and resident of the county, but who is not employed by the County, may serve on the Council. Applicants are asked to submit a one or two page letter indicating why they would be interested in serving on the Council. The letter must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

  • Senate committee wades into energy future

  • Forum spotlights school candidates; bond

    A crowd braved the cold Thursday evening to hear school board candidates and those running for UNM-LA's advisory board present backgrounds and ideas for advancing local education.

    District 2 school board candidate Melanie McKinley is a chemical engineer and stay at home mom whose children are 6, 8, 10 and 12 years of age. "When I finish my first term, I will have two high schoolers, a middle schooler and one child in elementary school," she said.

  • Council to hold work session on Tuesday night

      County Council will meet in White Rock on Tuesday for their monthly work session. Though the councilors will also hold two Capital Improvement Projects meetings this week, they will also have a fairly lengthy agenda to address, as well.

      The consent agenda will be light, with only two topics listed. The first is the Approval of a report to District Count on Los Alamos County jail conditions. The second is a restatement of the Los Alamos County, New Mexico pension plan and trusts as required by IRS Rules for Retirement Plans.

  • New Council votes on filling vacancy

    The county council saw a changing of the guard Tuesday night as councilors elect Vincent Chiravalle, Sharon Stover and Mike Wismer took the reins from Frances Berting, Jim Hall and Ken Milder.


    A new chairman and vice chairman were also elected.


    Councilor Michael Wheeler was elected as chairman, while Mike Wismer was elected as vice chair. Wheeler and Wismer were both voted in unanimously.


    They were also the only nominees for the seats.


  • Preserve invites comments on grazing plans

    Officials of the Valles Caldera National Preserve released their planning document for continued livestock grazing, a subject that has absorbed a great deal of attention during the first seven years of the organization’s existence.


    More precisely, the proposed environmental assessment for “Multiple Use and Sustained Yield of Forage,” identifies key issues and weighs the pluses and minuses for various intensities of livestock grazing.


  • December deluge moistens 2008

    How much snowfall does Los Alamos collect each year? Three feet? Four feet?

    It may surprise you to learn that we get five feet – 58.7 inches to be exact – on average.

    Five feet per year, on average, measured from 1971 through 2000, for the year.

    This December brought 29 inches of snowfall to Los Alamos, which is half the average for the entire season already!

    Expect the other half to be spread out over the remainder of the winter, given the return of mild La Niña conditions which bodes for warmer and dryer months ahead.

  • Snowboarder found alive

    Lost 26 hours in frigid cold and blowing snow on Pajarito Mountain, snowboarder Sebastian Gomez was spotted at 6:30 p.m. Monday by infrared equipment from a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.


    The 19-year-old from Albuquerque spent the night at Los Alamos Medical Center where he was treated for exposure and is expected to be released today.