Local News

  • Transit system picks up speed

    All-day bus service for everyone in the county began last week, with great steps forward and a few setbacks. Seven new bus drivers started driving for Atomic City Transit on Monday, the same day that several inches of snow fell in Los Alamos and White Rock. Transportation Division Manager Nancy Talley and Transit System Manager  Mike Davis spoke to the Leadership Los Alamos class of 2008 on Friday, in the session on local and regional connections.“Monday was a busy day,” Talley  said.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Noel Trujillo praised for talent and high intellect

    Honored as one of only 159 speech coaches in the nation to earn the privilege of wearing a fourth diamond in his lapel pin, Noel Trujillo is called “an inspiration in the field of speech” by the National Forensic League (NFL). The NFL was founded in 1925, making the Los Alamos High School English teacher part of a rare group of achievers who have attained an impressive total of 10,000 points in the NFL speech program.“It actually took all 34 years of being a member of the NFL to earn this achievement,” Trujillo said.

  • Julie A. Hunter

    HUNTER – Julie A. Hunter of Santa Fe, N.M., passed away Dec. 11, 2007. Julie had a passion for people and animals, she never turned away a friend or animal in need. She was an active volunteer with the Espaola Volunteer Fire Department, Eagles and Wings of Hope.She is survived by her soul mate, Trenton M. Smith; children: April Dawn Pease, Clyde A. Hunter and Jeremy E. Hunter; parents: Albert and Naomi Bowler; ex-husband, Edward Hunter; grandchildren: Kayla, Trevor, Hayden, Xander and Arianna; lifelong friend, Brenda Mahoney; brothers: John A. Bowler and James A.

  • Sebastiana Amy J. Sloan

    SLOAN – Sebastiana Amy J. Sloan passed from this life on Nov. 30, 2007, in Lynnwood, Wash. She was born May 14, 1969, in Natrona Heights, Pa. Known as Amy to her family and close friends, and sometimes AJ, she attended grade school and high school in Los Alamos, and college in Las Cruces, Los Alamos, Albuquerque and Seattle.Amy struggled with a chronic and worsening illness, and believed she would be made whole and happy in Heaven with our Lord. She was kind, gentle, bright, caring, creative, loving, generous, thoughtful and walked in beauty.

  • LAB NOTES: Policy bill backs lab's Roadrunner supercomputer

    The House and Senate have now both approved the FY2008 Defense Authorization Bill, which authorizes funds for New Mexico’s national laboratories and defense installations.Included in the authorization is a plan authored by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M, to require an independent review of the Department of Energy’s advance computing programs.

  • LAB NOTES: Biosecurity conference wraps up

    An important but relatively minor theme at Los Alamos National Laboratory began a bid for a bigger role this week.

  • You buy a lot more than a Christmas tree

    Delancey Street is a whole way of life to those who had the good fortune – or the guts – to join.They used to live on the streets or behind bars. Now, they’ve moved onto a 17-acre ranch in the San Juan Pueblo. They’ve become craftsmen, caterers, movers, students, teachers and retail experts. They built their 38,000-square-foot house themselves, and take care of all the housekeeping themselves as well, oftentimes after working 12-hour days.No one earns a paycheck for any of this.

  • Parents urged not to let guard down

    The terrifying scene of a parent searching frantically for a child lost in a public place happens all too often, and especially during the holidays when crowds are encountered at almost every turn.Authorities are speaking out to advise parents to take appropriate precautions. “Kids wandering off in stores is one of the most common problems at this time of year because of all the excitement of lights, toys and Santa,” Los Alamos Police Det. DeWayne Williams said during an interview Friday.

  • Patrick Metzger launches insurance agency

    There’s a new Farmers Insurance Agency in town at 1910 Deacon St. and it’s owned by Los Alamos native Patrick Metzger. Metzger, 31, is the son of longtime Realtor Jeannette Metzger Thorp with Prudential and Tom Metzger, who co-owned Metzger businesses in town for many years before dying of heart disease in 2001.“I’ve always been in family business growing up and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” Metzger said during an interview Thursday.

  • DWI Super Blitz starts Friday

    This year’s holiday DWI Super Blitz kicks off Dec. 21, continuing through Jan. 6.Lt. Chuck Ney explained in an effort to make Los Alamos County roads safer for holiday travelers, officers from the Los Alamos County Police Department are ready to crack down on drunk drivers.The agency will conduct sobriety checkpoints on heavily traveled roads. They’ll also conduct saturation patrols aimed at detecting and arresting motorists who choose to drive after drinking.“Tragically, alcohol is often a factor in holiday crashes,” Ney said.