Local News

  • Business items top council agenda

    County councilors will have their work cut out for them during Tuesday night’s meeting. Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Community Building, where they will handle a full agenda.

    State Representative Jeannette Wallace and Lobbyist Scott Scanland will give a legislative update at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Fire department strives for continual improvement

    In July, the Center for Public Safety Excellence presented a Self Assessment Facilitation proposal to the Los Alamos Fire Department. The self assessment process is a method in which to promote excellence within the fire service through continuous quality improvement.

    The Center provides participating fire departments with a variety of mediums including two distinct programs offering agency accreditation and chief fire officer designation and other projects that enhance training, quality and information available to fire and emergency service agencies and their personnel.

  • Final touches put on county budget

    It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air, the proposed county budget has been worked on and budget hearings are right around the corner.

    One of the big changes to the budget concerns the Capital Improvement Program process. According to the budget summary, when the FY 2010 proposed budget was being developed, a new CIP process was initiated by the county.

  • Concern over bicycle traffic safety grows

    Bicycle safety concerns highlighted a Tuesday meeting between Police Chief Wayne Torpy, County Council Vice Chair Michael Wismer and longtime bicyclist Steven Booth.

    In his 25-year career, Booth has never relied on a car to get to work, instead walking, riding bicycles and using public transportation. This includes large cities such as Washington, D.C., Guatemala City and San Jose, Costa Rica – but said he will no longer ride his bicycle to work in Los Alamos.

  • Utilities works to ensure better power flow

    Keeping the lights on for Los Alamos County residents is the top priority for the Department of Public Utilities. But it hasn’t always been easy.

    Currently, Electrical Engineering Manager Rafael De La Torre and his staff are replacing the system’s fuses. This process will cut down on the number of outages that DPU customers experience.

  • Leaders commit to nuclear reductions

    The presidents of the United States and Russia came out of their first face-to-face meeting at the London G20 summit with a major agreement, instructing negotiators to get to work immediately on a treaty that would continue to reduce nuclear weapons.

    The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START-1, expires at the end of the year, and many in the arms control community have expressed concerns that there are few signs of the diplomatic machinery that will be required to renew or extend its safeguards.

  • FLAME Act targets invasive species

    The Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.

    The FLAME Act contains an amendment that aims to reduce wildfire risks associated with invasive species sponsored by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.

    The legislation passed the House 412-3 and it establishes a permanent fund for fighting catastrophic wildland fires and establishes a cohesive wildland fire management strategy.

  • LANL protester found guilty

    A six-person jury found Marcus Patrick Blaise Page guilty of criminal trespassing on DOE land in front of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The unanimous verdict came in Page’s re-trial Tuesday after an Aug. 18 jury failed to reach consensus in the case.

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados explained that criminal trespassing is a misdemeanor. She sentenced Page to the maximum 364 days in jail, suspending 362 of those days and granting him credit for two days spent in jail April 14-16 following his arrest.

  • Los Alamos Police capture fugitive Leslie Draper

    Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jason Herrera led the search that resulted in the 1:30 a.m. capture of Leslie Kathryn Draper behind a Taco Bell in Albuquerque Tuesday.

    Draper, 23, has been on the lam for several weeks in connection with a suspected meth lab operation discovered on Villa Street.

    She had been staying at the home since October while allegedly attending an Alabama court-ordered drug rehabilitation program in the local area, although her attendance in such a program hasn’t been confirmed.

  • The electric car revolution is alive and well on the hill

    Tony Tomei would not describe himself as a missionary of electric cars, although he admits to a little zealotry.


    “Jiminy Cricket sounds about right,” he said with a sly grin. “He was Pinocchio’s conscience, you know, kept him from telling lies.”


    Three years ago, Tomei knew very little about electric cars. Now he’s teaching the course with Skip Dunn at UNM-LA. And in a new and suddenly exploding field, he’s like a very knowledgeable one-eyed man leading the blind.