Local News

  • Senate panel hears plans for cleanup complex

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive $212 million in recovery act funding and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, $172 million in the national campaign to create jobs quickly while accelerating reduction of contamination left over from the Cold War.

  • Some CIP applications put on hold

    County councilors’ discussion at their last budget hearing focused on Capital Improvement Projects. Tonight they will switch gears and focus on departments’ operating budgets.

    It has been said before that the county spends money freely where capital projects are concerned. In fact, the cost of some CIP projects, such as the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex, have gone up in price, a move that some residents disagree with.

  • Community thanks concert promoter Russ Gordon

    The man who fills downtown with music each summer was recognized at a special FAN Club in the Chamber of Commerce offices Wednesday evening.

    “What a gas, this is so fun,” said Russ Gordon of the large crowd who gathered to honor and thank him.

    This summer his Los Alamos Summer Concert Series is hosting 22 free concerts from May 15 through the end of August. Local, national and international acts are included in the series.

  • Town Hall kicks off Earth Week

    Green is busting out this year in Los Alamos.

    A well-attended Energy Town Hall meeting at Fuller Lodge Tuesday morning, marked a departure in scale and emphasis from past years’ events.

    Los Alamos County Environmental Services Manager Regina Wheeler facilitated the four-hour program that included new work and initiatives at the laboratory and practical programs like water conservation in the county.

  • Radio Station asks to share in funding

    Gillian Sutton approached council at the start of its budget hearings Monday evening. She referenced the county administrator’s budget, which includes a proposed increase from its current $390,277 to $435,109.

  • CIP projects get tentative green light

    County budgets hearings are nearing a close as several capital outlay projects were approved as the council took action tentatively approving design, study and budgets for them at its meeting Thursday night.

    Capital Improvement Projects were the topic of Tuesday night’s meeting, a continuation of the meeting held in Council Chambers on Monday.

    Councilors voted on various courses of action regarding the CIP applications that the CIP committee reviewed at their public meetings at the beginning of the year.

  • Los Alamos middle-schoolers finish strong

    Despite a few hurdles, Rachel Robey and Gabe Montoya captured third prize out of 61 teams in the N.M. Supercomputer Challenge this year.

    For one thing, they were from Los Alamos Middle School. They were middle-schoolers up against tough high-school competition, not to mention increasingly proficient elementary school participants as well.

  • FY-2010 Budget Hearings kick off with gusto

    Day one of the county's budget hearings moved along at a mostly vigorous clip Monday evening in council chambers and spirits remained high.

    “It’s been mentioned that the county has healthy fund balances and we do,” Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne said. “We’ll start at about $122 million and end at about $110 million.”

    The main weakness the county has is its lack of diversity, he explained adding, “Our greatest risk is one of our biggest assets because it pushes us towards a certain conservatism.”

  • Fire Union files “Prohibited Practices” Complaint

    Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Fire Association Local #3279  have been in collective bargaining since January.

    On April 6, the county declared negotiations were at an impasse and without an agreement with the union, county council approved a 3 percent pay increase for firefighters on April 7.

    While five councilors voted in favor of the pay hike, Nona Bowman was absent,  Councilor Robert Gibson voted against the pay hike.

  • Equal Pay champion to speak at UNM-LA Friday

    Lilly Ledbetter is the namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law in January by President Barack Obama.

    Ledbetter is traveling to UNM-Los Alamos as part of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Spring Convention.

    The public is invited to hear Ledbetter speak at 4 p.m. Friday in the college lecture hall in Building 2, about how her historic legislation restored the long-standing interpretation of civil rights laws and EEOC policies that allow employees to challenge any discriminatory paycheck they receive.