Local News

  • Road closure in White Rock

    Community Economic Development would like to let the public know that there will be a road closure on Sherwood Boulevard between Longview Drive and State Route 4 from Monday through Friday the installation and tie in of a new water line at the middle drive along Sherwood to serve the new White Rock Library.
    Access to the shopping center will be maintained through the end drive closest to Longview as well as closest to N.M. 4 (by Bandelier Grill). The tie-in will occur at the middle drive.
    A Traffic Control Plan has been approved by the county and traffic will be diverted up Bonnie View to Longview and then up Sherwood to access the neighborhoods.

  • Mitten drive through Nov. 24

    The Child Development class at Los Alamos High School is hosting a snack and mitten drive now through Nov. 24.
    Donations will be given to needy students throughout the community. Drop locations include Chamisa Elementary, Los Alamos Middle and High School and both senior center locations.
    Those businesses willing to collect may also request a pick up by calling 663-3252.

  • Update 11-04-14

    Little Theater

    Auditions for “Mr. Roberts.” 6-9 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Little Theater’s Green Room, 1670 Nectar St. Scripts are available for check out at the Mesa Public Library Reference Desk. For more information, call 670-9448.


    The Los Alamos Historical Society hosts The Southwestern Wine Guy, Jim Hammond to speak about the 400-year-old history of wine making in New Mexico. 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    Sierra Club

    Jeri Sullivan presents: The
    Energy-Water Nexus. 7 p.m. Wednesday at UNM-LA, bldg. 200, room 203. Jeri Sullivan presents: The Energy-Water Nexus. Sullivan will discuss issues surrounding water use in New Mexico, development of brackish water resources, and the recycling of oil-and-gas produced water as a substitute for fresh water use in exploration and production.


    • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert under the direction of LA Community Winds conductor Ted Vives. 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. No charge for admission, donations accepted.
    • Los Alamos Little Theatre presents: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 students/seniors. Tickets available at CB Fox, lalt.org and at the door.

  • Volunteers come to the rescue

    Volunteers from various organizations that make up New Mexico’s Search and Rescue Council paid a visit to Los Alamos’ Crossroads Bible Church Saturday, but fortunately, not for the reason you might think.
    They were there to put the official stamp on their search and rescue techniques, which meant becoming officially certified by New Mexico Search and Rescue.
    According to officials, 36 applicants showed up, and all of them were taking the New Mexico Search and Rescue certification course for the first time.
    N.M. SAR coordinators checked if the volunteers have completed their online training course that was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They also checked their compass skills and if they have their required personal emergency pack. They also took a written test based on the N.M. SAR’s 66-page training manual.
    Most of the volunteers that showed up have been involved with search and rescue but have not had an opportunity to become certified. Certification sessions are held all over the state, at least two times a year. Some of the volunteers came from as far away as Ruidoso and Moriarity.

  • Bandelier trail section closed due to erosion

    Bandelier National Monument has announced that the trail section connecting the Frijoles Canyon Trail to the Frijoles Rim Trail at Upper Crossing has had to be closed due to severe erosion damage caused by effects of the Las Conchas Fire.
    Water running down the badly burned, steep canyon wall has cut a number of deep, unstable arroyos across the trail. During this year’s rainy season they rapidly eroded to the point that the trail is no longer passable even by experienced hikers.
    For backcountry travelers, this means that it is no longer possible to plan a route from Ponderosa Campground across to the Frijoles Rim Trail or Upper Alamo Canyon, and the Frijoles Rim Trail can no longer be done as a loop. It is uncertain whether it will be possible to rebuild the trail, and there is presently no estimate on how long this closure will be necessary.
    Other trails in the monument have also been affected by erosion following the fire, but only one other has had to be closed. The Falls Trail from just below Upper Falls down to the Rio Grande River has been closed since a large section was completely washed away. The first big flashflood following the fire, in August of 2011, left only a sheer cliff where that trail had been. This damage has increased with each succeeding high water flow.

  • Voters flock to polls

    Voters in Los Alamos County made a beeline to the three voting centers as polls opened at 7 a.m. today. “I think there are many issues that the voters are excited about this year,” county clerk Sharon Stover said. Polls close at 7 p.m. Get the latest election returns on LAMonitor.com and look for full coverage in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • SGR tops Rodgers in District 43 race; Chrobocinski, Izraelevitz, O'Leary and Reiss top council vote-getters

    Voting results were delayed by long lines at polling stations across Los Alamos county.

    With 29 of 31 precincts reporting according to the New Mexico Secretary of State website, incumbent Stephanie Garcia scored 56 percent of the vote against council chair Geoff Rodgers in the District 43 race. David Izraelevitz, Mary Susan O'Leary, Rick Reiss and James Chrobocinski were the four top vote-getters in the county council race.


    2014 General Election

    (Polls close at 7 p.m.)

    County Council


    Andrea Cunningham 3,509

    Michael Redondo 3,176

    Mary Susan O’Leary 3,659

    David Izraelevitz 4,104


    James Chrobocinski 3,570

    Rick Reiss 3,689

    Bill McKerley 3,154

    John Bliss 3,188


    District 43 House Race

    Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) 4,223

    Geoff Rodgers (R) 3,625



    Marco Lucero (D) 3,878

    Jaret McDonald (R) 3590


    Magistrate Judge

    Pat Casados (D) 4,315

    Blair Redmond (R) 3,159


  • Balderas wins state AG race; Eichenberg elected treasurer


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State auditor Hector Balderas, considered a rising star in the state Democratic Party, rolled to a win over Republican Susan Riedel in the contest for attorney general Tuesday after a race in which he touted his rise from poverty to the top levels of government and built a huge advantage in campaign cash.

    Balderas had stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidate — except Gov. Susana Martinez — early on and had a more than 8-to-1 cash advantage with three weeks to go.

    Balderas has served as auditor since 2007. Riedel is a former judge and a prosecutor from Las Cruces.

    There was no incumbent in Tuesday's election because Gary King vacated the post to run for governor.

    Both Balderas and Riedel had agreed during the campaign that the attorney general's office needed to be more proactive in fighting corruption.

    Meanwhile,  Democrat Tim Eichenberg has been elected New Mexico state treasurer.

    Eichenberg defeated Republican Rick Lopez on Tuesday in a race that centered on education.

  • GOP closes in on House majority in state legislature

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Republicans received a boost from the national political mood and a popular governor to gain legislative seats and a potential majority in the state House for the first time in more than a half century.

    GOP candidates were leading in enough races for a possible net pickup of four seats in the House, according to unofficial incomplete returns. That would be enough for the party to take control of chamber — a feat the GOP hasn't accomplished since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

  • Duran wins second term as Secretary of State


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran won a second term Tuesday by fending off a strong challenge from Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver in a race that centered on voter ID and nonbinding marijuana questions in two of the state's most populous counties.

    The contest also focused on Duran's style of election management and her efforts to combat what she sees as widespread voter fraud. Duran has sent examples of suspected fraud to state and federal authorities to investigate.

    "We don't know how bad the problem is because we don't have voter ID," Duran said. "My opponent has been against it."

    Oliver, the Bernalillo County clerk, argued that fraud was rare and voter ID efforts would only prevent certain residents from casting ballots.

    "We're 50 years from the Voting Rights Act, and we're still fighting this. That's wrong," Oliver said.

    Instead, she advocated for same-day registration as a way to increase voter participation in the state.

    The two candidates also clashed over efforts by New Mexico municipalities to include nonbinding questions on the ballot.