Local News

  • Police, fire department respond to fire

    At 3:45 p.m. today (Wednesday), police and fire personnel responded to a kitchen fire inside an apartment at 501 Central Avenue. No one was injured, and damage, mostly caused by smoke, was minimal.

  • Matter vs. Antimatter topic of Science on Tap

    Science on Tap: Matter over Antimatter: From Dirac to Sakharov and Beyond will be presented 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at UnQuarked Wine Room.

    Vincenzo Cirigliano of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group will discuss "Matter over Antimatter."

    Every fundamental particle in nature has a corresponding antiparticle, as first predicted by Paul Dirac in 1928.  When particle and antiparticle meet, they annihilate into a burst of radiation.  Since in the aftermath of the Big Bang, particles and antiparticles were produced in equal numbers. As the primordial soup cooled, they should have wiped each other out leaving behind an empty universe. Fortunately, that's not what happened. An excess of ordinary matter survived over the antimatter from which everything in the universe was formed. 

  • Council OKs site for park's temporary visitor center

    On Friday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved a proposal to establish a temporary visitor center for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in the former National Forest Service offices at the community building.
    The proposal was presented by Linda Matteson, assistant to the county manager, who is assigned to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee. The committee is charged with helping the county prepare for the new park.
    This is the committee’s first recommendation.
    “(Victor Knox) indicated that department of the interior has a moratorium on new construction, and he asked the communities to get creative in finding space that could house a visitor center and the park service staff,” Matteson said. Knox leads the joint National Park Service/Department of Energy team overseeing the establishment of the park.
    “He asked us all to realize that with the new parks coming online, there will not be a typical type of visitor center that we’re used to. There may not be a visitor center or it may look completely different than what we’re used to,” Matteson said.

  • Relay for Life starts Friday

    There are 11 teams that have raised $16,000 so far, and there’s still much more to do.
    Los Alamos is hosting a “Relay For Life” event 6 p.m. this Friday at Ashley Pond Park and there’s still time to get involved.
    Donations are being accepted at relay.acsevents.org and teams can still be organized for those that want to help out.
    According to Tonya Sprouse-Mullins of Relay For Life’s “Team Hope,” people can even join a team at the time of the event if they prefer. She said they have six members already, but they and other teams could always use more.
    “My hope it to get the public out and support all of the teams and any on-site fundraising that they might be doing,” said Sprouse-Mullins. “All proceeds raised go directly to the American Cancer Society.”
    The kickoff for the event is 6 p.m. Participants from all teams will be taking turns walking around Ashley Pond Park, or doing the outer loop that includes Trinity Drive and Central Avenue. Participants are expected to walk all night and into Saturday morning.
    Closing ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. Door prizes and giveaways will given away at the event and there will also be live music and a dunk tank with members of the Los Alamos Police Department and the Los Alamos Fire Department.

  • Mushroom hike is offered by UNM-LA

    The recent rains have made the Los Alamos mountainsides green, wildflowers dot the mesa tops, and the wild mushrooms are abundant — if you know where to look.
    That’s why UNM-LA Community Education is offering a mushroom hike from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
    Leading the hike is experienced mushroom forager, Thomas Peña.
    “This year’s precipitation is going to be a real boon for the mushrooms,” Peña said. “Normally, the area where we hike is quite green and lush, but this should be a banner year.”
    This one-day outing will have students hiking in the Jemez Mountains for Chanterelles, Boletes and Shaggy Mane mushrooms, which are all superb gourmet mushrooms, according to Peña.
    During this mushroom hunting excursion, Peña will educate hikers on the characteristics of the choice mushrooms and distinguish which mushrooms should be left alone. At the conclusion of the hike, a short tasting of the harvest will take place along with tips on mushroom preparation.
    Students will meet at the tourist center at the intersection of N.M. 126 and U.S. 550 and car pool to the trailhead.
    Participants are encouraged to bring water, good hiking boots and paper bags for collecting mushrooms.

  • Today in history Aug. 19
  • Tree on Fire

    A lightning strike was believed to have caused a tree on the Quemazon Trail to catch fire Tuesday morning. Firefighting crews were on the scene to put the tree out. No reports of flames spreading were received.

  • Today in history Aug. 18
  • County wants feedback on art center

    Los Alamos County is inviting residents to complete a survey on what they feel are important characteristics for a community art center.
    Public feedback is being solicited to assist county staff in the Community Services Department with the development of a Request for Proposal for Art Center operations for next year.
    According to Los Alamos County, the department wants to gather public opinion on topics related to the Art Center, such as programs and class offerings that “should be offered across a wide variety of users.”
    Other considerations will include the art gallery and the gift shop.
    The deadline for comments is Aug. 28.
    Those wanting to give feedback can log onto the county’s open forum page at losalamosnm.us. For additional information, call Libby Carlsten at 662-8261.

  • LANS fined by Energy department

    SANTA FE (AP) — The private consortium that manages the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been fined by the federal government for losing track of secret weapons data and nuclear material.

    The fine of more than $192,000 finalized last month was reduced by about 20 percent from what was initially proposed by the Department of Energy in May.

    Federal investigators said the lab contractor failed to catch a discrepancy in shipping papers for the classified material when it was sent to the Nevada Nuclear Security Site, The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported. The classified materials and nuclear material have never been located.

    The lab management company is called Los Alamos National Security and is headed by Bechtel Corp. Laboratory spokesman Kevin Roark told the newspaper Friday that lab management cooperated in the investigation after reporting the issue to the government. The notice of violation is being reviewed, Roark said.

    Government reports show the classified material was misplaced sometime between when it was shipped from the lab to the Nevada site in 2007 and when a lab worker realized it wasn't there in 2012.