Local News

  • Smoke From a Not-So-Distant Fire

    Local low spots were filled with smoke during last weekend’s prescribed pile burning. According to Los Alamos Fire Department, more burns are tentatively scheduled for next week and will continue through March.

  • Improvements for recreation up in the air

    In February 2013, the Los Alamos County Council approved six projects that had been through the entire Capital Improvements Project (CIP) process and earned the recommendation of the CIP committee.

  • Today in history Jan. 27
  • Today in history Jan. 26
  • Today in history Jan. 25
  • Solar Tree gets nod from APPB

    On Thursday, the Arts in Public Places Board selected Eric Thelander’s “Solar Tree” as its recommendation for the art piece for the municipal building plaza.
    The 18-foot tree — inspired by fractal geometry — is comprised of three stainless steel branches holding plate aluminum leaves with leave patterns ground into them. The branches will be polished and coated with graffiti resistant paint.
    Hidden solar panels will provide LED lighting to the tree, causing it to cast a soft light and shadows of itself in the evenings.
    The sculpture includes benches at the base of the tree.
    “The ‘Solar Tree’ would communicate to visitors that Los Alamos County is both high tech and in touch with nature and that there is an appreciation of math and science (fractal geometry) and its relationship to the raw creative impulse,” Thelander wrote in his artist’s statement. “The playful nature of this art piece would be tempered by its clean lines and silvery, modern appearance.”
    The board’s selection will have to be approved by the Los Alamos County Council. APPB anticipates that will occur in either April or May.

  • The nuts and bolts of Capital Improvement

    Editor’s note: First in a two-part series.

  • Update 1-25-15

    Phone scam

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning to area residents of a scam involving callers claiming they’re from the sheriff’s office trying to settle a warrant with prepaid cards. The sheriff’s office said it never makes any such demands.


    LANL scientist Nate McDowell will give a lecture, “Accelerating Global Vegetative Mortality,” 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

    Route tracking

    Atomic City Transit announced it is launching the “myStop Mobile” iPhone app and a bus tracker at atomiccitybustracker.availtec.com/infopoint which gives real-time information location of buses.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet Tuesday in council chambers. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

    Aquatic Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is hosting the Los Alamos Aquatomics Winter Meet today. For public lane availability and times, call the aquatic center at 662-8170.

  • Correction 1-25-15

    In Thursday’s story “Board approves electric rate increase,” the charge designated for the rate stabilization fund was misstated. The charge was listed as $0.44 cents per kilowatt. The proposal was actually for $0.0044, or four-tenths of a cent, per kilowatt. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • Up You Go

    Some of the first skiers of the season head up to the top of Pajarito Mountain on a chair lift Saturday morning. Pajarito opened for the first time this year Saturday after getting 7 inches of snow from last week’s storm. Lifts will be operating again today starting at 9 a.m.