Local News

  • Shelter construction to be completed by November

    In a few months, Los Alamos County’s homeless pets will have new, improved digs to call home while waiting to be adopted.

    Construction of the new animal shelter, next to the Los Alamos Dog Obedience School is well underway. The facility should be finished and ready for occupancy sometime in November.

    Construction crews are making great strides in the facility’s progress. Walls seem to have been constructed almost overnight. Project Manager Don Russo said the block walls have been set and crews are working on the exterior of the building.

  • Current SOS insisted on exit audit resulting in indictments against predecessor

    Following her election to secretary of state in November, former Bernalillo County Clerk Mary Herrera requested audits of the office she was leaving as well as the office she would assume Jan. 1

    “I insisted,” Herrera said during a presentation to Los Alamos Democrats gathered at Mesa Public Library Thursday evening. “I want to make it clear that I was a big supporter of Rebecca Vigil-Giron … I used to campaign for her … I wanted her to leave office as a hero.”

  • Survey finds alcohol use down, pot smoking up at secondary schools

    Teenagers have healthier thoughts about alcohol than they did a few years ago, according to a survey conducted by Los Alamos public schools.

    Among the most positive results, the survey discovered a significant drop in alcohol use in the majority of the midle and high school grades compared to a survey from three years ago.

    Morris Pongratz of Assets in Action, presented the results of a Search Institute Survey of students for 2009.

    Pongratz praised the Los Alamos Police Department for being “pro-active” in dealing with underage drinking.

  • Delinquent utility accounts to be written off

    Debt collection is no easy task, not even for the county of Los Alamos. The Department of Public Utilities has tried to collect roughly $30,000 in unpaid debt to no avail.

    After unsuccessfully attempting to collect the money owed to them, the DPU is now ready to move forward and write-off those accounts. During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, councilors approved the write-offs.

  • Council approves study for leisure pool

    Since 1988, a warm water children’s pool has been the topic of discussion among county officials.

    At Tuesday night’s county council meeting, councilors voted 4-1 to move ahead with a study for the leisure pool capital improvement project.

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted against the motion. Both Council Chair Michael Wheeler and Councilor Nona Bowman were absent.

  • Father of Meson Accelerator Louis Rosen dies

    Renowned Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Louis Rosen died in his sleep at 6:30 p.m. Thursday from complications of a subdural hematoma.

    Rosen, 91, apparently fell in the early hours of Saturday Aug. 15 at his Los Alamos home. He was airlifted to UNM Medical Center in Albuquerque where he remained until late Thursday afternoon.

  • Historic investment led to long-term power dividend

    Walk into a dark room at midnight, flip the switch, and the light blazes forth.

    Electric power, a willing and dependable servant, comes on thousands of times a day in Los Alamos County—and it only costs 9.07 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for a residential customer.

    By contrast, Los Alamos Utilities Director John Arrowsmith said in a recent interview, on the spot market, purchased power has run as much as 12 cents per kWh in the past year.

  • New fire chief officially badged in special ceremony

    Fire and police officials, cadets and local dignitaries turned out to honor new Los Alamos Fire Chief Douglas Tucker at his badge pinning ceremony Thursday afternoon.

    Tucker’s wife Kelley pinned the shiny gold badge on her husband’s uniform.

    Fire Chief Douglas MacDonald, “Chief Mac,’ was at the event, making his first public appearance and looking tanned and healthy and 10 years younger since retiring last month.

    “This is wonderful,” he said of the event, “Doug Tucker’s a great guy.”

  • School gets off to rousing start

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt is pleased with how things are going as the first week of the 2009-10 school year kicks into high gear. It could have been a complete fiasco what with the heavy construction underway on major arterial roadways and many construction projects ramping down throughout the district.

  • The little things in life count most for Theresa Dabney

    Family and friends, working with kids and being a part of the Los Alamos community are the things that put a smile on the face of Theresa Dabney, store manager at Ruby K’s Bagel Shop. 

    Dabney has just come back to town and her job after six months in Denver, where she got to play Grandma for her youngest daughter’s new baby Jake. She is grateful for the fact that Ruby K’s owners, Ruby Alexander and Kelly Parker, let her have the time and then welcomed her back a few days ago.