Local News

  • New board gets green light

    The code ordinance creating the Environmental Sustainability Board was enthusiastically approved by County Council Tuesday to replace the Solid Waste Management Board. Council previously approved the formation of the board and sunsetting of the Solid Waste Management Board in March as part of its Environmental Sustainability Initiative.

  • Skate park ruling appealed

    Officially, opponents to the location of the proposed skate park have until Monday to file an appeal of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s site approval.

    Whatever happens these next three days, two appeals have already been filed.

    A spokesperson for the planning department said that two appeals have been filed as of Thursday, one from Morrie Pongratz, and one from Jack and Colleen Hanlon.

  • Caldera trust puts faith in business plan

    The subject of what the Valles Caldera National Preserve is going to do for a living – when and if its allowance from Congress dissipates in the next few years – kept coming up during a public meeting of the governing board.

    The Valles Caldera Trust met at preserve headquarters in Jemez Springs Thursday, taking care of routine business, announcing some new recreational opportunities and hearing reports from managers.

  • County council considers regional transit tax

    As part of a regional transit district initiative consistent with Los Alamos County’s goal to improve transportation and mobility, a transit gross receipts tax and election are being considered.

    At its Tuesday meeting, council made a minor amendment to the ordinance and set June 24 as the date for a public hearing and council action on the issue.

    The tax is equal to .125 percent of the community’s gross receipts. It would total about $1.9 million per year.

  • Audit shows healthy numbers

    The financial management at Los Alamos Public Schools has significantly improved, according to audit results released Tuesday.

    Despite minor flaws, LAPS bookkeeping practices have become “healthy” since the arrival of a new financial management staff, said Jeff McWhorter, chief auditor of the Accounting and Consulting Group.

    McWhorter presented the results of the fiscal year 2006-2007 audit report to LAPS board members Tuesday.

  • Recycling a top priority for Los Alamos

    The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has recognized Los Alamos County for having the state’s second highest recycling rate.

    According to the NMED, Lincoln County recycled the most, 67 percent of its solid-waste in 2007, a figure attributed to the county's composting of large quantities of green waste.

    Regina Wheeler, Los Alamos County Solid Waste Division Manager, said the NMED calculates recycling rates using guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency, but those guidelines do not account for the total material actually recycled in the county.

  • Burning questions draw explosive answers

    Long-time residents of Los Alamos say they seldom notice the periodic booms that punctuate the silence of their mountain settlement.

    But newcomers and some of the neighbors across the river and down in the valley have complained that the blasts lately have rattled their windows in Santa Fe and beyond Espaola and that they can hear the sounds of explosives testing from the nuclear weapons laboratory in Los Alamos.

  • Council OKs service projects

    It’s that time of year when many service contracts come before Los Alamos County Council for renewal.

    Following detailed discussion at its regular Tuesday meeting in the Community Building, council approved those services - all but one - unanimously. Councilors Nona Bowman and Mike Wheeler were out of town.

    One change was made to the services provided in this year’s general services agreement for PAC 8 Television, which televises council and other important meetings and community broadcasts.


    Mary Louise Hoefer Meyers, 86, a resident of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2008. Mary was born August 2, 1921, in Marceline, Missouri. Mary grew up in Salina, Kansas where she met her husband, Walt. They were married in Washington, DC, on December 4, 1942.

    They moved to Los Alamos when Walt was stationed there during the Manhattan Project, and lived there for over 60 years. They moved to Colorado Springs, CO, in 1993, and then returned to New Mexico in 2000.

  • Baker's salary bumped by council

    Prestige comes with the job title but esteem is earned and Los Alamos County Administrator Max Baker has earned the esteem of the Los Alamos County Council, Councilor Ken Milder said during Tuesday’s council meeting.

    Milder, who served on county council in the 1980s, said he’s worked with a lot of county administrators over the years and ranks Baker amongst the best of them.

    “What’s important is the level of confidence any county administrator can earn and Max has certainly earned our confidence,” he said.