Local News

  • Lab names new deputy director

    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that Isaac “Ike” Richardson would replace Jan Van Prooyen as deputy director, as of Feb. 1, 2009.


    Van Prooyen, who has served as deputy director for three years, will retire in early 2009.


  • Reasons to stay in Los Alamos this weekend

    Television ads are encouraging people to set their alarms for 5 a.m. on Friday, to get the best deals at big box stores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos’ business community has seen the ads, too, and merchants here are extending their hours to accommodate shoppers.

    Not to be outdone, Otowi Station will be offering its own “redeye” sale on Friday morning. Otowi Station has scheduled a door-buster special from 6-10 a.m. on Friday. Everything in the store is 25 percent off for those four hours, from maps to science toys, from t-shirts to books.

  • Community leaders share Thanksgiving wishes

    Each holiday season, county and school officials take a moment to share their plans and express their holiday wishes for the community.


    This year, County Administrator Max Baker said he plans to go to his son’s house here in Los Alamos, where he and his family will share the traditional meal with friends.


    “This is the time of year where we all pause and consider our blessings,” Baker said. “Los Alamos is certainly a great place to live and many tremendous people live here.”


  • Prescribed burns common at this time of the year

    Smoke drifting through the canyons in Los Alamos usually puts residents on alert, for fear that there might be a wildfire close by. After the Cerro Grande fire a few years ago, the threat of another fire of that magnitude is a real concern for Atomic City residents; and rightfully so. There are certain times of the year, however, when smoke floating in the air is a common occurrence and can be expected. From late October to early March, Open Space Specialist Craig Martin and his team go about Los Alamos intentionally setting fires.

  • Ebinger's Aguinaldos examines Spanish Christmas customs

    Virginia (Ginny) Nylander Ebinger has authored a new book about Christmas customs, food and music of the 19 Spanish speaking countries in the Americas as well as those of New Mexico called “Aguinaldos.”

    “It’s a big pretty book for Christmas,” said the longtime Los Alamos music teacher. “I started writing a small piece about little known Christmas music, then began writing about the Spanish speaking countries in the Americas and it just grew to include customs and food.”

  • District benefits from police presence

    Police officers residing in mobile homes on Los Alamos Public Schools' properties is a deterrent that benefits the district, said the district's Director of Business Services John Wolfe during an interview Monday.

    Wolfe explained that their presence helps stave off potential vandals when police officers residing in homes at Aspen, Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School are seen making the rounds of the properties and parking their cars in their driveways.

  • NASA needs help naming rover

    Hey kids, listen up!

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration needs your help to name a rover that’s going to Mars in October.

    Right now it’s called the Mars Science Laboratory.

    If you can come up with the coolest name: Game on.

    NASA, in cahoots with Walt Disney Studio’s loveable star robot WALL-E, hopes you can do better. They want your ideas.

  • Wintry conditions expected for Thanksgiving

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque indicates that a winter storm is expected across portions of western and northern New Mexico on Thanksgiving Day.

    An upper level system churning in the eastern Pacific will continue to migrate toward the southwestern United States during the next 24 to 48 hours. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque indicates that a winter storm is expected across portions of western and northern New Mexico on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Nuclear partnership debated

    The Department of Energy’s project to support domestic and international nuclear energy development drew a relatively light response at a public hearing Thursday.

    Five people spoke against and one urged full speed ahead.

    Sol Golub of the department’s Office of Nuclear Energy gave an overview of the history and issues involved in the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) and the matter at hand, a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

  • Skating safely: Police Chief Torpy addresses helmet law

    The skate park in front of Mesa Public Library opened last month, much to the delight of local youth.

    So far the reaction to the opening of the skate park has been mostly positive, however, as Police Chief Wayne Torpy will attest, there have also been some complaints.

    The complaints Torpy is receiving stem from some of the skate park users not wearing helmets while at the park. Torpy was in council chambers on Tuesday night to brief council on the New Mexico Child Helmet Safety Act.