Local News

  • Bingaman: FEMA declares Las Conchas fire eligible for federal assistance


  • Hill Diner seeking volunteers to help make food for emergency workers

    Hill Diner is seeking volunteers to help make sandwiches for emergency workers and firefighters.

    Owner Denise Lane said the restaurant is open and will be forming an assembly line this morning to make the food.

    Anyone who can assist is asked to go to the restaurant.

  • Charter Review Committee meeting canceled

    Los Alamos County is currently on an “essential services” only basis today for business. This means limited staff will be available and some offices may be closed completely. The 311 Customer Care Center is open, however, staff representatives are busy handling calls about the Las Conchas fire. Residents are asked to check USFS webpages for general updates or tune to 1610 AM. The County will post emergency broadcast updates to 1610 AM just as soon as they are available.
    County facilities such as the libraries, Aquatic Center, and Ice Rink (for Bear Camp) are CLOSED. The County is currently picking up trash for those homes with Monday schedules.

  • Governor visits LA Emergency Ops


  • Governor visits LA Emergency Ops


  • Ansell’s essay wins overall champion honors

    Los Alamos resident Gerald Ansell traveled to England last month to accept first prize in an international “Sporting Days” essay competition. To his surprise, Ansell also was crowned the overall winner of the prestigious Age Concern Essex Essay and Poetry Writing event.

    “I had no idea I had won the overall prize and felt very honored – it was one of the most rewarding moments of my life,” said the 74-year-old.

    His entry described a childhood memory when he and a group of friends created their own version of the Olympic Games in 1948, the year the actual games took place in London.

  • Update 06-26-11

    LAPS is on TV
    Mountain Elementary School will be featured at 5 a.m. Monday on the Discovery Channel in a special edition half hour show called The Profiles Series.

    Applications accepted
    Applications are being accepted through July 15 for the 2011-2012 Leadership Los Alamos program. Visit http://leadershiplosalamos.memberlodge.com/

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet in Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. Monday and the main topic of discussion will be possible charter changes to the office of the county sheriff.

    Film series

  • Nobel laureate conveys ‘Great Ideas in Biology’

    The audience at the White Rock Baptist Church overflowed into a second room to hear Nobel laureate Paul Nurse deliver a lecture on “Great Ideas in Biology.” Nurse was the 41st speaker in the Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture series, sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.

    Nurse is the current president of Britain’s Royal Society and the director of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, which when completed will be the largest biomedical research center in Europe.

  • Council set to finalize strategic plan

    The focus of Tuesday night’s council meeting will be an attempt to reach consensus and formally adopt the county’s updated Strategic Leadership Plan.

    Councilors and administrative staff met in January to discuss new strategic goals for 2011 and beyond. Facilitator Carl Neu conducted session to help councilors – with input from staff – formulate a new vision statement and strategic focus areas, which are described as “those items of extreme strategic importance that will ultimately determine the nature and quality of the future of Los Alamos County.”

  • A Dog Gone Miracle

    Los Alamos resident Beau Ballard and his fiancé, Magen Coleman, met adoptable Siberian Husky Jake, on several occasions at a dog park in Albuquerque. They decided to take the canine home to see if he would be a good fit. He was with them for just a couple of days when he slipped out of his collar during an evening walk at Ashley Pond and ran into Los Alamos Canyon.  

    The couple called me for help. Jake originally came to the Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico when he was part of a 24 dog (animal hoarding case) seizure near Dallas in 2009. Although only six to eight months old, Jake had not been socialized around people and was very shy and distrusted humans.