Local News

  • 'Discoveries' is still most popular

    The next phase of Los Alamos County’s branding saga is coming to a close, but Los Alamos residents still have time to weigh in on which strapline (or tagline) best summarizes the county’s unique qualities.
    After residents rejected “Live Exponentially”— a strapline developed by North Star Destination Strategies — councilors voted to amend a contract with Atlas Advertising to include another effort to develop a tagline.
    Atlas was directed to include “Where Discoveries Are Made,” as one of the options, to select one of North Star’s alternative options and to suggest three new choices.
    Atlas chose “Never Stop Questioning What’s Possible” for the North Star option and arrived at “All the Elements of Imagination,” “Limitless Horizons” and “Peak Experience” for its own offerings.
    Residents can go to the county’s webpage, losalamosnm.us, and click on the Open Forum link to vote on those five options.
    The forum closes at 5 p.m. Friday.
    “Where Discoveries Are Made” is the overwhelming favorite at this point.

  • School board has a meeting Thursday

    The Los Alamos School Board has a work session, special meeting and executive session all planned for Thursday at the Administration Building on Trinity Drive.
    Time for the meeting is 5:30 p.m.
    Following the adjournment of the work sessions, the school board will go into closed session. The purpose of the closed session, according to the Los Alamos Public Schools’ meeting agenda, is to discuss the purchase, acquisition or disposal of a leased property and “limited personnel matters,” which are the superintendent’s goals, and to discuss matters pertaining to pending or threatened litigation in which LAPS could be involved.
    Prior to the executive session, there will be a presentation by Mike Johnson on the schools’ dual credit program, an update on truancy presented by Carter Payne and preliminary enrollment numbers for the current school year, which will be presented by Diane Delgado.
    Also scheduled for the meeting is an appointment to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and a public comment period, among other agenda items.

  • Today In History Aug. 26
  • The New Digs

    The new Los Alamos Teen Center was unveiled Monday. The Teen Center, for high school-aged students in the county, features games, a big screen TV and a computer lounge for those looking for a place to relax. The new area is located on the upper floor of the Community Building, by Ashley Pond. It had been hosted for the past several years at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

  • Today in history Aug. 25
  • Entrance fee waived Tuesday at Bandelier

    There will be no entrance fee to Bandelier National Monument, or any other national park or monument, all day Tuesday.

    Bandelier is waiving the entrance fee as part of the National Park Service Founders Day. The NPS is turning 99 years old on Tuesday.

    For more information, call Bandelier National Monument at 672-3861.

  • Today in history Aug. 24
  • BPU calls meeting on nuclear energy project

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will hold a special session at 2:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers to decide whether to approve $145,540 for the Carbon Free Power Project Study Phase Siting Agreement with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).
    The item was tabled at the board’s Aug. 17 meeting. Only three of the five board members were in attendance after a phone connection to Paul Frederickson was dropped and could not be retrieved. Chair Andrew Fraser was not present. Vice Chair Stephen McLin chaired the meeting.
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has been exploring the option to buy into the proposed 600MW small modular reactor (SMR) facility as a possible replacement for base load power from the county’s coal assets as early as 2022.
    The facility would house up to 12 NuScale nuclear power modules.
    According to Deputy Utilities Manager for Power Supply Steve Cummins, the 1984 Los Alamos Power Pool’s (LAPP) Power Supply Study recommended investigating small-scale nuclear as a coal replacement. The Future Energy Resources Committee had a similar recommendation.

  • Frijoles Creek work starts at Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument announced last week that work has begun on a project to clean up and repair the area across Frijoles Creek from the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center.
    That was an area of Bandelier which has been damaged by flash floods following the Las Conchas Fire in 2011.
    Bandelier said it was using emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to make repairs.
    Contractors will build a new vehicle access route, clean up the flood debris and re-establish the picnic area and overflow parking areas.
    Work at Frijoles Creek will include removing the present damaged asphalt and resurfacing the road and pullouts. The project is also scheduled to include stabilizing a section of the edge of the entrance road that was eroded by one of the floods.
    Stacks of logs and other debris that floods carried down from the burned area will be taken to the park gravel yard to an air curtain incinerator. These devices control burning in such a way as to release very little smoke while burning materials thoroughly and quickly.
    According to Bandelier, some of those logs will be used in a separate project in the future to reconfigure the creek bed to conditions similar to what it was before being deeply scoured out by the post-fire flooding.

  • Backing Their Way In

    Los Alamos Fire Department officials, as well as those from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County and the Department of Energy help “push” Hazmat 1 and Truck 3 into White Rock Fire Station 3 Thursday. The trucks were recently added to the Los Alamos Fire Department’s fleet in a joint effort between LANL, the county and the LAFD to better serve the people of Los Alamos County.