Local News

  • School Board schedules two special meetings this week

    Los Alamos School Board will hold a special meeting at noon Tuesday in the district boardroom to discuss the district’s leased facilities.

    The board also has scheduled a special meeting for noon Thursday in the boardroom to discuss approval of the 20009-2010 budget.

    Both meetings are open to the public.


  • TVC announces start-up slate

    The horses are in the paddock, getting ready for race day.

    Two start-up companies with Los Alamos connections will be at the gate when Technology Ventures Corporation’s 16th annual investor forum gets underway May 6-7 in Albuquerque.

    Surya Suncare and Vital Alert Technologies are among 15 companies selected to present business plans to the national and international investment community this year.

  • Councilor questions use of funds

    Los Alamos County budget hearings will continue Tuesday at 7 p.m. in council chambers as councilors did not get through all the agenda items during their Thursday meeting.

    Though the majority of the county departments’ budgets were tentatively approved, council is yet to discuss and approve budgets for Public Works and Administrative Services.

  • Budget hearings near finish line

    The Los Alamos County budget hearings sailed along Thursday night, with discussion focusing on the budgets of various departments.

    During that discussion, councilors took a significant amount of time talking about the tennis courts throughout the county and their condition.

    The meeting opened with Council Vice Chair Mike Wismer making a motion to approve a 3 percent salary adjustment pool in the FY 2010 Proposed Budget. The motion passed 7-0.

  • Captured fugitive bound over for trial

    The woman wanted on Methamphetamine trafficking charges who fled town last month and was later captured by Los Alamos police behind a Taco Bell in Albuquerque has been bound over for trial.

    In a preliminary hearing Monday, Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados ordered Leslie Kathryn Draper, 23, bound over for trial in District Court on seven counts of trafficking a controlled substance (Methamphetamine).

    Draper remains in the Los Alamos County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

  • Los Alamos students win Supercomputer Awards

    The New Mexico Supercomuting Challenge awarded dozens of prizes during an award ceremony Tuesday morning.


    Awards were based on presentations of research to a team of volunteer judges on Monday at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center. Participants also discussed poster displays of their computing projects. Many students toured the laboratory’s supercomputing centers and heard talks and saw demonstrations by laboratory researchers.


  • Senate panel hears plans for cleanup complex

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive $212 million in recovery act funding and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, $172 million in the national campaign to create jobs quickly while accelerating reduction of contamination left over from the Cold War.

  • Some CIP applications put on hold

    County councilors’ discussion at their last budget hearing focused on Capital Improvement Projects. Tonight they will switch gears and focus on departments’ operating budgets.

    It has been said before that the county spends money freely where capital projects are concerned. In fact, the cost of some CIP projects, such as the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex, have gone up in price, a move that some residents disagree with.

  • Community thanks concert promoter Russ Gordon

    The man who fills downtown with music each summer was recognized at a special FAN Club in the Chamber of Commerce offices Wednesday evening.

    “What a gas, this is so fun,” said Russ Gordon of the large crowd who gathered to honor and thank him.

    This summer his Los Alamos Summer Concert Series is hosting 22 free concerts from May 15 through the end of August. Local, national and international acts are included in the series.

  • Town Hall kicks off Earth Week

    Green is busting out this year in Los Alamos.

    A well-attended Energy Town Hall meeting at Fuller Lodge Tuesday morning, marked a departure in scale and emphasis from past years’ events.

    Los Alamos County Environmental Services Manager Regina Wheeler facilitated the four-hour program that included new work and initiatives at the laboratory and practical programs like water conservation in the county.