Local News

  • Today in history May 17
  • Update 5-17-15

    Leader Lunch

    The League of Women Voters’ Lunch with A Leader is Tuesday. The speaker will be Ellen Mills, who will discuss how unions work for the betterment of the schools. For information, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286.


    The Environmental Sustainability Board will have a plastic bag ban discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building.


    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Public Utilities will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.


    Laura Green, a board member of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, will give a presentation on Israel in the lecture hall at Los Alamos Golf Course at 3 p.m. today.


    Los Alamos County is hosting a hazard mitigation plan public meeting. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. To submit a comment, visit the Open Forum on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Meeting canceled

    The Los Alamos County Personnel Board meeting intially scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled due to lack of a quorum. The meeting may be rescheduled.

  • Saying Goodbye

    Los Alamos Public Schools held its annual retirement party for its teachers, technicians and maintenance staff that have been with the district for the long haul. Those that retired this year were awarded flowers and a check from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge.
    Among those retiring this year are Roger Scot Carmody, Carol Hermes, Terry Hiller, Laura Gallimore, Christy Marcotte, Marcella Nogar, Judith Rhode Goggin, Linda Seelau, Jane Shumaker, Rebecca Sims, Sharon Sole, Rebecca Steritz, Patricia Walls, Rick Dopke, Patricia Graves, Margaret Jenkins, John McHale, Gloria Pecos, Wendy Tiee and Juanito Vasquez.
    Assistant Superintendent of Schools Gerry Washburn, who will be having a sendoff himself, was master of ceremonies for the event.

  • Kite Festival trying again Sunday

    After scheduled events were washed out by rain Friday and Saturday, Los Alamos Arts Council said it will try to get things going again Sunday.
    A kite-building workshop is scheduled from noon-2 p.m. at Overlook Park. The workshop is still dependent on Sunday’s weather, however.

  • Key IS figure killed in raid

    BEIRUT (AP) — In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and rescued a woman whom American officials said was enslaved.
    A team of Delta Force commandos slipped across the border from Iraq under cover of darkness Saturday aboard Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey aircraft, according to a U.S. defense official knowledgeable about details of the raid. The official was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
    The Americans intended to capture a militant identified by U.S. officials as Abu Sayyaf. When they arrived at his location, a multi-story building, they met stiff resistance, the U.S. official said, and a firefight ensued, resulting in bullet-hole damage to the U.S. aircraft.
    Abu Sayyaf was killed, along with an estimated dozen IS fighters, U.S. officials said. No American was killed or wounded.

  • ‘Time Lapse’ makes its digital debut

    A former Los Alamos resident now has his debut feature film ready to be rented or streamed online.
    “Time Lapse,” the freshman effort from director Bradley King, made its U.S. premiere online. The film, which had a critically-successful run on the film festival circuit in 2014, is now available at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, among other options.
    The film, which stars Danielle Panabaker (“The Flash,” “Mad Men” and “Bones”) as Callie, involves a trio of twentysomethings sharing an apartment. Callie discovers their neighbor (John Rhys-Davies) has constructed a machine that takes Polaroid photos 24 hours into the future.
    Callie, Finn (Matt O’Leary) and Jasper (George Finn) try to take advantage of the newfound machine after the neighbor is nowhere to be found, but get in over their heads with a shady bookie (Jason Spisak) and big trouble ensues.
    King graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1994 and, after attending film and animation school in Colorado, ventured out to Los Angeles. He said in an interview last year making a feature film had always been a dream of his.
    “Time Lapse” piled up the awards on the festival circuit, winning prizes in Brazil, Hawaii and taking five awards at the Other Worlds Austin festival, among its 24 honors.

  • Playing In the Rain

    The first show of the Gordon’s Concert Series for 2015 took place Friday night at Overlook Park. Eric McFadden (far left) and his band took the stage despite cold and rainy conditons. A sparse crowd was there at the start, but it grew a bit as the evening went on. The next show is this coming Friday at Ashley Pond.

  • Efforts starting to help victims

    A pair of funds have been set up for victims of recent tragedies in Los Alamos County.
    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 611 has set up an emergency fundraising site for the worker critically injured earlier this month in an electrical accident at TA-53 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The worker, Julian Trujillo, as of last report remains in critical but stable condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
    The accident, which sent a total of nine workers to the hospital – seven of which were released shortly after the accident and the eighth was released May 5 after two days of treatment and observation.
    The cause of the accident, which occurred at an electrical substation at TA-53, is currently under investigation.
    The fundraising efforts for Trujillo are being done online at youcaring.com.
    Also announced on Friday, Los Alamos County announced it was setting up an account at Los Alamos National Bank for the victims of the house fire on Cheyenne Avenue Friday.
    County officials said both the victims were in the hospital as of late Friday, so only financial donations were recommended at this time.

  • Today in history May 16
  • State Briefs 5-15-15

    Police: Albuquerque woman posed as firefighter, shoplifted

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Police say an Albuquerque woman who posed as a firefighter has been arrested for shoplifting.
    KRQE-TV reports that a criminal complaint says Ashley Smith was detained Wednesday after walking into an Albuquerque Home Depot and stole around $1,000 worth of electric wiring. Police say she was wearing a Santa Fe County Firefighter uniform.
    Officials say Smith is not a firefighter and has a history of theft and drug arrests.
    She is facing a shoplifting over $500 charge. It was not known if she had an attorney.

    Man will serve life in prison for shooting deaths