Local News

  • Mountaineers meeting set for Tuesday

     The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host speakers and adventurers Kelly Gallagher and Don Krier at their meeting that starts at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center.

    Gallagher and Krier will give a presentation about “Adventures in the Alps: Mont Blanc and Matterhorn.” The two speakers will talk about the several days of acclimatization in the French and Swiss alps that they spent climbing peaks and traversing glaciers to prepare for ascents of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. They experienced fabulous weather and good health, and drank quite a bit of Génépi and overindulged on gelato. This talk describes the gorgeous setting and routes for their two weeks of alpine climbing.

    The social at 6:45 p.m., followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. Program starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • Community Calendar


    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is  $6 for adults, $4 for children. 


    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. 


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee Day.


    A Mountaineer’s Story: Climbing the Alps at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Meet an adventurer. Be inspired. Plan your next expedition. Free.

    The local chapter of the AARP will have a meeting from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Betty Ehart Senior Center classroom. The public is invited to the Senior Housing Forum with a panelist of Realtor Kelly Myers, contractor Carl Thomas, Cynthia Goldblatt from Aspen Ridge, Paul Andrus, Andrew Harnden and Steve Brugger. Coffee and juice will be offered beginning at 9 a.m.


  • News for Retirees

    Nov. 20-26

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.


    Betty Ehart




    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10 a.m. Senior Civic Discussion Group

    10 a.m. Advisory Board Meeting

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Manhattan Clam Chowder

    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing

  • Births

    Nov. 8 —A girl. Mae Taylor Casleton. Emily and Dave Casleton.

    Nov. 10 — A boy. Born to Saaish Trideep Rajale. Shikha Sharma and Trideep Ragale.

    Nov. 12 —A boy. Logan John Huber. Born to Katharine and Keith Huber.

    Nov. 13 — A girl.  Elizabeth Marie Madril. Born to Kerry and Patrick Madril. 

  • LASG to host ‘Elf Magic’ Dec. 3

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics will be hosting its annual day of “Elf Magic” on Dec. 3, this year.
    The public is invited to watch.
    The day begins with the boy’s team meet. Level 4-7 boys will be competing at 9 a.m. on all six men’s competitive events: floor exercise, vault, high bar, parallel bars, rings and pommel horse. DJ Repp, a graduate student at UNM in sports medicine, an intern at UNM hospital, a former collegiate gymnast at the University of Minnesota, a USA Gymnastics certified judge and a native New Mexican will be officiating.  
    Then at 11:30, the level 1, 2 and 3 boys and copper girls will have their meet/parent show.
    This is the first opportunity of the season for these gymnasts to qualify up a level and/or onto the competitive teams.
    Then at 1:30 p.m., the 2016-2017 girls’ competitive team, divisions Bronze-Platinum (JO levels 3-6 equivalent), will be competing.
    After all three meet sessions are over, all LASG gymnasts are invited to participate in annual Los Alamos Light Parade and ride on the LASG float.  
    Following the parade all girls competitive team level gymnasts (Bronze-Platinum) are invited to the annual girls’ team sleepover at the gym.
    This is a warm up to the USA Gymnastics competitive season, which begins in early January.

  • Commuters advised to take truck route

    A one-car crash on NM 502 has indefinitely snarled traffic as the accident has taken up one lane of the highway. Medics, police and fire crews are on the scene. Injuries have been reported.

  • Two-car collision at Trinity and Central
  • Water supply plan weighed by public

    Citizens and the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities (BPU) both weighed in on the draft for the county’s long-range supply water plan this week. Only a handful of citizens attended a public meeting on the plan Tuesday.
    Amy Ewing, hydrologist and project manager for Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. – the company contracted to develop the plan – presented the key findings with the help of independent consulting Hydrologist Joanne Hilton. Hilton was the manager for the development of the 2006 plan.
    New Mexico Office of the State Engineer requires water suppliers to provide the 40-year plan. The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities uses it as its major planning tool.
    Los Alamos’ water needs are currently met by 12 wells tapping the Pajarito Plateau’s aquifer. The county is also entitled to a 1,200-acre-feet allotment of San Juan-Chama water, which it sells to the Bureau of Reclamation for support of the silvery minnow.
    A proposal to drill up to three wells in White Rock to develop the San Juan-Chama resource met with fierce opposition in 2013. Whether or not to develop that allotment was a major topic of conversation at Tuesday’s public meeting.

  • Residents look at Rec bond package

    Nearly 60 people showed up at a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the 2017 recreation bond projects.
    Some represented various user groups, such as a number of young women from the Hilltoppers softball team and representative from the adult softball league. Others attended to express individual preferences.
    Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) Principal/Urban Planner Will Gleason updated attendees on the latest “opinion of probable costs” and took questions. Participants then broke into groups to discuss the overriding issue of the evening.
    “We’re at a turning point in this project. We hope that you can help us offer advice to the county council on what would make a successful bond package that has the biggest potential for success at the ballot box. What mix of projects would best serve the county?” asked Facilitator Tim Karpoff of Karpoff & Associates. “Because, frankly speaking, there are a lot of projects to fit in a fairly tight financial box.”
    Breakout groups were asked to discuss the criteria council should base their decisions on. Participants also received a questionnaire about what criteria should be included, their preferred location for a recreation center and their rankings for each project.

  • Secret City Kitchen a big hit at UNM-LA

    It’s 12 noon on Friday and Jeremy Varela is hard at work.
    As the owner of the Secret City Kitchen, located just up the stairs in Building 2 on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus, Varela is serving up hot turkey jack melt sandwiches, carnitas, soups and other delicious food.
    A medical conference had taken over Building 2’s lounge area Friday, and more than a few of the attendees had bought a sandwich or two. The shop, which opened just this week, is already a hit with the university crowd.
    Ana Derma, 19, who stopped in Thursday, swears by the turkey jack melt.
    “It’s really, really, really good,” Derma said. “I could taste everything. It’s like a Smith’s grilled cheese. Same quality, but less expensive. It’s really good.”
    Not only is the food good, but it’s real convenient.
    “Sometimes you have a short period between each class, and you don’t have a lot of time to go all the way to town to get a snack and then come back,” Derma said. “It’s really helpful. It was really needed.”