Local News

  • Historic investment led to long-term power dividend

    Walk into a dark room at midnight, flip the switch, and the light blazes forth.

    Electric power, a willing and dependable servant, comes on thousands of times a day in Los Alamos County—and it only costs 9.07 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for a residential customer.

    By contrast, Los Alamos Utilities Director John Arrowsmith said in a recent interview, on the spot market, purchased power has run as much as 12 cents per kWh in the past year.

  • New fire chief officially badged in special ceremony

    Fire and police officials, cadets and local dignitaries turned out to honor new Los Alamos Fire Chief Douglas Tucker at his badge pinning ceremony Thursday afternoon.

    Tucker’s wife Kelley pinned the shiny gold badge on her husband’s uniform.

    Fire Chief Douglas MacDonald, “Chief Mac,’ was at the event, making his first public appearance and looking tanned and healthy and 10 years younger since retiring last month.

    “This is wonderful,” he said of the event, “Doug Tucker’s a great guy.”

  • School gets off to rousing start

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt is pleased with how things are going as the first week of the 2009-10 school year kicks into high gear. It could have been a complete fiasco what with the heavy construction underway on major arterial roadways and many construction projects ramping down throughout the district.

  • The little things in life count most for Theresa Dabney

    Family and friends, working with kids and being a part of the Los Alamos community are the things that put a smile on the face of Theresa Dabney, store manager at Ruby K’s Bagel Shop. 

    Dabney has just come back to town and her job after six months in Denver, where she got to play Grandma for her youngest daughter’s new baby Jake. She is grateful for the fact that Ruby K’s owners, Ruby Alexander and Kelly Parker, let her have the time and then welcomed her back a few days ago.

  • Summer months are deadliest for DWI incidents

    State, local and national law enforcement officials are ganging up on intoxicated drivers again this season.

    Last year’s traffic crashes in New Mexico claimed the lives of 118 people during the months of June, July, August and September – 56 of which were alcohol-related, according to the state transportation department.

  • Local organizations to receive tourism money

    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and the Los Alamos Ski Club join other New Mexico non-profit organizations and local and tribal governments to share in $1 million awarded this fiscal year through the New Mexico Tourism Department’s annual Cooperative Marketing Program. 

    The LACDC will receive $15,000 from its consortium application and the Los Alamos Ski Club will receive $2,900.

  • KRSN comes in strong at awards banquet

    KRSN 1490 AM radio station owners David and Gillian Sutton returned from the New Mexico Broadcaster’s Association annual convention last weekend with an armload of prestigious awards. 

    “We joined gathering of radio and TV broadcasters to have fun and attend seminars to become better broadcasters,” Gillian Sutton said.

    The NMBA’s Convention took place Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Marriott.

  • Former secretary of state indicted on 50 counts

    A grand jury has returned indictments against former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil Giron and three others, alleging misuse of public money. 

    Attorney General Gary King said Wednesday that the grand jury handed down a 50-count indictment including charges of fraud, embezzlement, money-laundering and receiving illegal kickbacks. 

    The charges stem from federal tax dollars used under the Help America Vote, which educated people about voting through the use of TV commercials.

    An audit of the program revealed some $3 million dollars was unaccounted for.

  • Fire union wins prohibited practice complaint; County wins impasse resolution

    The Los Alamos Firefighters Association Union 3279 has prevailed in the prohibited practices complaint it filed against the County of Los Alamos.

    The Labor Management Relations Board ruled that the county committed a prohibited practice including a violation of the County Labor Management Relations Ordinance by unilaterally implementing a 3 percent pay increase for firefighters on April 7 without union consent.

    The board asked what relief the union requested in the prohibited practice ruling.

  • Monthly household hazardous waste collections set to begin

    The once-a-year household hazardous waste collection will convert to a monthly schedule at the Eco Station beginning in September.

    Los Alamos County’s Environmental Services Department made an exciting addition to the Eco Station with the installation of a household hazardous waste (HHW) facility.