Local News

  • Analysis: Frustrations with Valles Caldera erupt into public debate

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two parts. It is about perceived problems at the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the second part will consider  some possible solutions.

    Dorothy Hoard, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, has charted the fate of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  In 2000 she saw trouble.  

  • Local residents appear on 2009 state sex offender registry

  • Obama’s nuclear policies remain vague

    What do we know and when will we know more about the new administration’s plans and policies about nuclear weapons?


    “At this stage it’s very difficult to say how Obama’s policy will develop on nuclear issues,” a long-time Washington insider associated with Los Alamos National Laboratory said Wednesday night.


    But that difficulty will not deter a rather large complex of national and international interests from looking for clues.


  • Habitat for Humanity seeks project

    If all goes well between the county and Española’s Habitat for Humanity, one lucky family will have a house built in Los Alamos.


    At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro spoke briefly about the possible conveyance of a piece of property located at the intersection of 38th and Diamond Drive to HFH.


  • Renewable energy for Los Alamos

    For years the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has been producing renewable energy from county-owned hydroelectric plants at El Vado and Abiquiu. 

    “We never meant to keep it a secret,” said Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, “but we’ve realized how few citizens are aware of these tremendous assets and the renewable power that they supply.” 

  • Forum focuses on rebuilding Iraq

    It’s not every day that a U.S. citizen can add something as prestigious as helping to rebuild a war-torn country to their resume. However, urban planner Julia Demichelis and County Council Vice Chair Mike Wismer did do just that.

    Both Demichelis and Wismer hosted a forum Wednesday night at Mesa Public Library, at which League of Women Voter members and members of the general public were present.

    Demichelis has been a member of the LWV for the past six years.

  • Schools and county agree to agree

    Talk of strained relations between the schools and county over Trinity Site negotiations appeared to settle down during a school board meeting Thursday evening at Chamisa Elementary School.

    “I think the county and schools are very much in alignment on all business points … and some people’s perception of things is not correct at all,” County Administrator Max Baker said.

    Board member Alison Beckman responded to Baker saying she’s been involved in the project since the beginning.

  • Senate trounces Domestic Partnership bill

    A bill to recognize domestic partnerships fell well short of the votes needed to pass the Senate Thursday. The bill failed, 25-17.


    The gallery was packed by partisans on both sides, who were advised to be there before 8 a.m. in order to get a seat and then had to wait nearly the full day for the bill to be heard and another hour before the vote was taken.


    At one point during the debate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, D-Chavez, Eddy, Lincoln & Otero, reminded the gallery that outbursts would not be tolerated.


  • Main hill road closed this morning for gas leak

    A gas leak on a New Mexico Gas Company line serving Los Alamos caused traffic delays on the main hill road early this morning.

    A call came in to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU), reporting the gas leak across the highway from De Colores Restaurant.

    “A driver smelled gas and called it in,” said Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson.

  • UNM-LA working to meet today’s challenges

    Hard economic times have affected millions of Americans, not to mention financial institutions and businesses.


    Despite the struggle that many face, one Los Alamos institution is working to meet the needs of education today.


    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page gave councilors a briefing on the state of the school.