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  • Council set to mull personnel matters in Tuesday session

    County council will be back to business on Tuesday night. After a two-week break, councilors will have a full agenda ahead of them.


    The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in council chambers and will have a light consent agenda, as only two items are listed. Vacation of utility easement within Lot 127, North Community 1 and grant of utility easement within Lot 188 of North Community No. 1, are both on the consent agenda.


  • Bandwidth concerns prompt district to delay President's speech to students

    President Obama spoke to students throughout the U.S. this week and his message will be available to Los Alamos Public Schools students.


    The LAPS administration decided not to air the president’s speech on Tuesday because the bandwidth and streaming capacity are not available to show it live in a single day, the district Web site reports. Plus, Joan Ahlers, president of the LAPS school board, pointed out Obama’s speech welcomed students back to school, which might have been distracting to Los Alamos students, who have been back in school for a month.

  • Lore of log cabin lures family's return to Los Alamos

    It can take awhile before a newcomer to Los Alamos realizes that Ashley Pond, the scenic pool that serves as a focal point for the Los Alamos community, was a person named Pond before it became a pond named Ashley.

    Recently, a whole bunch of Ponds came to town, including an Ashley Pond IV, along with a number of Churches, to look at another Pond landmark. They visited the Pond Cabin, which was part of the original Pond homestead established by Ashley Pond, Jr. from whom the pond takes its name.

  • Fox helps kids soar like eagles

    The chance to soar high above the ground in an airplane is an experience that some people never have.

      Young people in Los Alamos, Taos and Española, who have never flown in an airplane, have been afforded the opportunity to take a ride with a licensed pilot, thanks to the Young Eagles Program, a program that introduces children to the world of flight.

      Among 40,000 pilots around the world who donate their time and aircraft to the effort is Will Fox of Los Alamos, according to a press release from the Young Eagles Office.   

  • A moment of silence

    Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed today Patriot Day and in an act of national pride the Los Alamos Fire Department held a ceremony at Fire Station 1 this morning.

    Personnel from Fire Station 1 and 5 bowed their heads in remembrance of what transpired eight years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.

    The 2,966 lives that were lost that day when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center and in Pennsylvania were honored with a moment of silence.

  • Making waves in biofuels

    In the growing catalog of renewable energy options, biofuels have shown promise and provoked consternation with fluctuating prospects in recent years.

    Producers of first generation biofuels from food crops trampled rainforests in Brazil and spiked cornfield real estate speculation in the American Midwest.

    A second generation has found a more sustainable and less disruptive approach by extracting energy from indigestible cellulosic fibre in non-food plants and trees.

  • Ploeger named state aviation division director

      A changing of the guard will soon take place at the Los Alamos County Airport.

      Airport Manager Dave Ploeger, who’s been in his current position for the past four years, will leave the county on Sept. 21 and will go work for the New Mexico Aviation Division.

      Ploeger was offered the position of New Mexico Aviation Division Director during the recent, annual State Aviation conference held at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe. Ploeger will replace the current director, Tom Baca, who is retiring.

  • Time to fix up the home


  • Teams gear up for annual Alzheimer’s Walk

    Local teams are getting ready this week for the annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Los Alamos.

    As teams continue to form, volunteers are busy preparing for the big day that takes place this weekend.

    The Saturday walk is spearheaded by community leaders, including Pauline Powell Schneider, director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, and Vickie Griffis, coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Café and several local support groups.

  • The no smoking sign switched on

    The no smoking sign has been permanently lit at Los Alamos Public Schools. During the school board meeting Tuesday night, the Tobacco Policy 5128 and Regulation 5128R were approved and as result, tobacco use has been extinguished from the school district.


    The policy states that no tobacco will be used on school property or at school functions.