Local News

  • County, contractor assessing pavement

    The second phase of pavement surveys is beginning around Los Alamos County using a falling weight deflectometer.
    The county entered into a contract with IMS Infrastructure Management Services to perform pavement and assessed management services for country roadways. The first phase of pavement data was completely collected in late June using a van-mounted device called a laser road surface tester.
    The falling weight deflectometer (FWD) is a device that provides nondestructive testing to assess pavement conditions, according to Los Alamos County. Data collected will be used to determine pavement strength, load transfer capabilities and identify properties of the base and subgrade.
    IMS has subcontracted FWD work to Ground Engineering of Colorado.
    According to the county, the survey and study that will follow will help determine the types of road maintenance the county requires. It will also assist in the planning and prioritization for the Roadway Capital Improvements Program.
    Questions or concerns about the project may be directed to the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or LACPW at lacnm.us.

  • Travel Channel show features Los Alamos

    Los Alamos has been in the limelight lately, or, more accurately, the town’s past.
    With the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb’s creation, Los Alamos is getting plenty of attention nationwide.
    The Travel Channel’s television program, “Time Traveling with Brian Unger,” explores the history of Los Alamos and the creation of the weapon in a segment of the next episode, “Billy the Kid and Atomic History.” The show airs today on the Travel Channel. Check local listings for exact time.
    Two months ago, Unger and his crew of 12 spent about a week in New Mexico for the episode.
    “New Mexico is such a vast space, we did a lot of driving and stayed at many different hotels,” Unger said. He adds he was very moved by the experience. “It’s hard to look at a town like Los Alamos and not look at it’s past. It has a history that changed the world.”
    The episode covers the development in Los Alamos to the test at the Trinity Site at White Sands. While in town, Unger and his crew were guided by the Los Alamos Historical Society with tours of Bathtub Row and the home of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
    “You can see the transformation,” Unger said. “It was a town that was operating in code.”

  • Talkin' Tourism

    Governor Susana Martinez paid a visit to the Los Alamos Nature Center today to spread the word that New Mexico has continued its upward climb in the tourism industry, thanks to its “New Mexico True” campaign. According to the recent poll by Longwood International of 6,000 people on their perceptions of New Mexico as a ‘good place to live, start a career, attend college or retire,” and the polls were favorable.

  • Council gets behind budget proposal

    At Tuesday’s work session, Los Alamos County Council member Susan O’Leary presented her plan for implementing a new budget review process.
    The current budget review process was established in 2003, after an assessment by a Budget Process Advisory Committee comprised of councilors, board members, citizens and staff.
    Council adopted the committee’s suggestions for implementing many of the practices recommended by the National Advisory Council Budget On State And Local Budgeting. That organization has recognized the county with its Distinguished Budget Presentation 23 years running.
    The format — called a Departmental Budgeting approach — is required by state statute and to conform to audit requirements.
    “This isn’t about changing that process, because I imagine that process needs to happen not only because our county manager needs to know how to allocate money by department, just like any organization, but there are probably requirements for state and federal legislation that requires a department based budget,” O’Leary said. “I think the question is whether the department-based format is one that allows the council to do our best with our responsibility of approving how tax dollars are spent.”

  • Today in history July 23
  • Medical chopper touches down at Nature Center

    Medics and crew of Classic Air Medical did a special landing at Los Alamos Nature Center Wednesday evening. The crew touched down the helicopter, which is currently parked at Los Alamos Airport, in the nature center's parking lot and let kids and adults explore the interior of the chopper.

  • Governor to be at Nature Center today

    Governor Susana Martinez will make an appearance in Los Alamos today.
    Martinez is scheduled to appear at Los Alamos Nature Center at 10 a.m. to announce new research showing the New Mexico True campaign has improved perception of the state.
    According to an announcement from the governor's office, the campaign "vastly improves out-of-state perceptions of New Mexico as a great place to live, work and do business."
    The nature center is located at 2600 Canyon Road.

  • Water Main break on Rover Boulevard

    A water main break, located directly across the street from the White Rock Municipal Complex,  has cut traffic off from Rover Boulevard. As of noon Wednesday, county utility workers have just begun working on fixing the break. According to those at the scene, the break is in a line that is directly connected to the complex, no other businesses or residences are affected, and businesses in the shopping center are still open. 

  • Councilors will be at market

    Los Alamos county councilors are scheduled to make an appearance at Thursday’s Farmers Market.
    The market is scheduled from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.
    Councilors will be visiting with residents. A booth for the councilors will be open from 9-11 a.m.
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market is a weekly event which features local growers and food producers.

  • Update 7-22-15

    Classic Air

    Classic Air Medical will land its rescue helicopter at the Los Alamos Nature Center as part of the
    Summer Family Evenings program. The helicopter will touch down at 6:45 p.m. today in the nature center parking lot.

    APP Board

    The Arts In Public Places Board will have its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be in room 110 of the municipal building.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a regular session July 28 in chambers. Meeting time is 7 p.m.

    Lifeguard course

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Red Cross lifeguard training pre-course at 6 p.m. Thursday. Standards for the pre-training course are listed on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Swing Dance

    There will be a swing dance at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, hosted by Atomic City Swing. There is a beginner’s lesson at 7 p.m., followed by social dancing. Price is $3 for dancers, $5 for those taking the lesson. Email atomiccityswing@gmail.com for information.


    Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will be featured at this week’s Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The show will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.