Local News

  • Decision to purchase sculpture questioned

    The tranquility of water flowing from a stone fountain will soon meet the harsh sound of wheels hitting concrete as worlds collide in front of Mesa Public Library.


    During Tuesday night’s County Council meeting, councilors approved the purchase of a stone fountain to be placed near the skate park. A motion was presented to council and passed with a 6-1 vote. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle opposed the proposal.


    Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre conceived the idea for the fountain.


  • NNSA chief takes heat for Lab’s handling of beryllium disclosure

  • Blood drive serves dual purpose

    Gurneys and blood-pumping machines filled half the hall of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Wednesday afternoon. People sat patiently on the metal chairs waiting for their turn to donate blood for the quarterly United Blood Services blood drive.


    For some donors, giving blood was just another routine act of good will. But for others, this blood drive was a little bit different. This time around, donors could give blood for a fellow Los Alamos resident.


  • White House weighs moving labs under Pentagon

    New Mexico’s congressional delegation reacted strongly to hints that the Obama administration might be considering transferring pieces of the nuclear weapons laboratories to the Pentagon.


  • League lobbies legislature

    The New Mexico League of Women Voters Tuesday pressed state legislators for commitments, pro and con, on bills the league has decided to favor or oppose this year.


    Kicking off League Day at the Legislature with an early morning informational meeting in Morgan Hall at the State Land Office, state President Kathy Campbell of Los Alamos introduced the plans for a day of lobbying in the Capitol, including committee visits and gallery views of the separate House and Senate general sessions.


  • REDI celebration held at Capitol

    The rotunda in the State Capitol was abuzz with activity Tuesday morning as representatives from a handful of northern New Mexico counties gathered to accept awards for their partnership in the Regional Economic Development Initiative.


  • There on the new day – Carl Newton reflects on the inaugural

    Carl Newton figures he overcame enough obstacles to qualify for the little bit of viewing space he struggled to occupy at the inauguration of President Barack Obama two weeks ago.


    He wanted to be there he said to celebrate the victory and show his support for all the people who worked so hard to bring about that moment of change. What he got out of it was a rededication to a set of values that he thought had gone missing for a long time in the American landscape.


  • Q clearance questions answered about prostitution conviction

    An Internet sex sting initially cost a Los Alamos National Laboratory man his Q clearance.


    Presley Salaz, 51, a photographer working in LANL’s Imaging Services Division was convicted of prostitution in November.


    Details of Salaz’ arrest were obtained from police records received through the El Paso County Court.


    His clearance was suspended for a time following the arrest but has since been reinstated.



    Thurman Talley with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos flips pancakes Sunday at the Posse Lodge. The club worked the monthly breakfast as a fund-raiser for its scholarship and international programs. The Sheriff’s Posse works with many local organizations in sponsoring first-of-the-month breakfasts as fund raisers.

  • Land conveyance tied to Trinity site project

    The county introduces two public ordinances Tuesday night, putting two pieces of legal work in place to realize a major economic development project.


    A closed meeting of the council will precede the regular public meeting at which the ordinances will be introduced without further discussion at that time.  


    One ordinance transfers a small piece of county property to the public schools, which is needed to advance the complicated arrangements by which the Trinity Revitalization Project will be developed.