Local News

  • LANS has new staff director

    Jerry Ethridge has been selected as the new executive staff director for Los Alamos National security, LLC, the partnership that manages the laboratory.

    Ethridge comes to the position having previously worked at Hanford and Idaho national laboratories, as well as having had senior management positions at LANL, as associate director for the former Infrastructure and Site Services Directorate and then as program manager in Weapons Physics.

    He replaces Joe Scarpino, who departed for a new assignment in December 2008, according to a laboratory announcement.

  • Council tackles multiple issues

    During Tuesday’s meeting, Youth Mobilizers, Emi Weeks, Annie Chroninger, Josh Dolin and Max Argo presented results to council of various surveys they’ve conducted this school year including how teens spend their money, how the skate park is doing and why teens drop out of school.

    The Los Alamos High School juniors and seniors credit the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for making it possible for them to conduct the surveys. They’ve presented their findings to the Los Alamos Board of Education and other organizations.

  • Art projects plentiful in LA

    Art buffs and those who are interested in yet-to-be-placed artwork in Los Alamos County may find the Art in Public Places Board meeting of interest. 

    The meeting is held the second Wednesday of every month in Meeting Room #1 at the Mesa Public Library. This month’s meeting will be held tomorrow, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

    There are quite a few items slated for the APP agenda, which include various art projects that are in the works in and around the county.

  • 'Who Killed Cock Robin?' - Historian wades into troubled waters

    Local historian Paul Kraemer has not rewritten history in his new monograph, published earlier this year in the Nutshell Series by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

    But he has given ample rationale for the title, “An Alternative View of New Mexico’s 1837 Rebellion.”

    As he noted in the first paragraph, “Dozens of writers have raised questions about the violence that broke out in New Mexico in that year.”

  • UNM-LA seeks county help

    Anticipating county council’s final approval this evening, UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board members on Monday expressed appreciation to the county for $150,000 in financial assistance.

    “I want to say to the county that we as an advisory board, administration and staff appreciate the county council granting our request for $100,000 for renovations and $50,000 for operational support – this is a good step in the right direction,” said Advisory Board Chair Marie Chiravalle during the board’s regular meeting on the college campus.

  • Meeting venue changed

    Those who wish to attend the Tuesday night county council meeting should note that there’s been a change in venue.

    Originally scheduled to be held at the community building, the meeting will instead be held at the town hall in White Rock. As usual, the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

  • Diamond Drive Phase 3 work begins Wednesday

    Starting next week, those who use Diamond Drive will again see a familiar site as construction equipment begins to get moved into the area.

    RMCI, Inc., the contractor who will work on Diamond Drive Phase 3 will begin moving equipment on Monday. However, the actual work will not begin until Wednesday.

    The contractor will begin setting up traffic control on Tuesday. This means that traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Diamond from the Sandia/Orange intersection to Arkansas/38th Street. All traffic will be shifted to the east side of Diamond.

  • Capital ideas seek big bucks: Entrepreneurs bid for early funding at TVC symposium

    ALBUQUERQUE – Fifteen companies vied to attract a dwindling supply of venture capital dollars at the 16th annual Technology Ventures Equity Capital Symposium this week.

    If there was anything moving up in the high-risk, high-gain territory of new technology offerings, it was happening here.

    Turn-out was considered good, with about 200 participants, TVC organizers said.

  • County breaks ground on animal shelter

    Construction crews will soon be cropping up near the dog obedience school.

    On Thursday county staff joined county councilors at the future site of the new animal shelter to participate in the official groundbreaking.

    The small group gathered in the empty lot to watch county officials don hard hats and grab shovels in preparation for the event.

  • Bandelier road paving may cause delays

    BANDELIER – Road paving following sewage line replacement may cause traffic delays at Bandelier National Monument.

    “Construction began last September to replace the sewage lines under the main road into Bandelier National Monument,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

    “Installation is complete but now the road on top of the sewage lines must be repaved. This will result in short delays to all park visitors entering and leaving Frijoles Canyon.”