Local News

  • Update 6-28-15


    The Los Alamos Police Department will host “Coffee With a Cop” Monday at the Morning Glory Bakery on Diamond Drive. The public can meet with the police officers from 8-10 a.m.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Center will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday in observance of Independence Day. The facility will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday.

    Comix Club

    Mesa Public Library will hold a special 3-day event, Comix Club, on the first floor. Comix Club is for kids ages 7-12. It will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. each day. For information, call 662-8258.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be in council chambers.

    Star Party

    Los Alamos Nature Center will host a “Star Party” Tuesday. Chick Keller will host star viewing through telescopes. The viewing will begin at 8 p.m. and it is free.

    Mesa Public Library announced it will have limited hours for Friday. The library will be open from 1-5 p.m. in observance of Independence Day.

  • They Love A Rainy Night

    It was a stormy night Friday, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of music fans who went to check out WhiteWater Ramble at Ashley Pond. The band played Friday as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.

  • LA nets $78K in PILT funds

    Los Alamos County will get nearly $80,000 out of the state’s share of PILT payments, New Mexico senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a joint statement Friday.
    PILT, which stands for Payment in Lieu of Taxes, provides federal money to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable lands within the county’s or city’s boundaries. Those lands include Bureau of Land Management, national park, national forest and military base land.
    According to the federal government, annual PILT payments are calculated based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county or jurisdiction and the population of that county or jurisdiction.
    In 2008, Congress voted to automatically fund PILT for five years. Another bill was passed in 2012 extending payments for an additional year.
    The state has received its share of money from the program every year since 2008, however.
    “Rural communities across New Mexico use PILT funds to provide better schools, maintain roads and bridges, and support thousands of local jobs,” Heinrich said. “I am pleased that we were successful in securing funding for this year’s payments and I will continue to push for full, permanent PILT funding so our counties have the economic security they need to succeed.”

  • Residents want input into plan

    At the June 16 discussion at the Los Alamos County Council work session concerning an update to the Comprehensive Plan, several citizens urged council to require public involvement in the early planning stages.

  • Today in history June 27
  • Update 6-26-15


    There will be free camping at Bandelier National Monument’s Juniper Campground Saturday. Reservations are not needed but park entrance fees apply. Call 672-3861 for details.

    Swim meet

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host the Nick Nogar Invitational swimming meet Saturday and Sunday. The facility will be closed to the public both days, but will resume its normal schedule Monday. Call 662-8170 for information.

    Farmers market

    The Los Alamos Co-op Farmers Market will return Saturday. The market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the co-op on Entrada Drive.


    The Los Alamos Police Department will host “Coffee With a Cop” Monday at the Morning Glory Bakery on Diamond Drive. The public can meet with the police officers from 8-10 a.m.

    Science Cafe

    The PBS Science Café will be from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Bioligist Stephen Fettig will host a talk about birds and their lives, which will be followed by a screening of the first episode of “Earthflight.”
    in the planetarium. Registration is required at PBS’ website but the event is free.


  • Atomic City Transit running to 4th of July festivities

    Los Alamos County announced Thursday the schedule for the Atomic City Transit buses going to and from the annual fireworks show.
    The Independence Day celebration, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, will again be at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    According to the county, buses will start running at 4 p.m. and run continuously between Sullivan Field, the White Rock Visitor Center and Overlook Park.
    Immediately following the fireworks show, buses will shuttle attendees back to the visitor center and Sullivan Field as quickly as possible, until all people who road the buses to the show have left Overlook Park.
    “This is a terrific event for the community, and Atomic City Transit is pleased to provide transportation support,” said Ken Smithson, the county’s transit manager, in a press release announcing the schedule. “An event like this is often the first time — perhaps the only time — that individuals are exposed to public transportation, and our intent is to make it a pleasant experience for all.”
    The county will roll out three new 35-foot-long, low floor transit buses for July 4.
    Check Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information on the Independence Day celebration events.

  • WhiteWater Ramble is tonight

    The Gordon’s Summer Concert Series will return to Ashley Pond tonight after an excursion to Pajarito Mountain.
    The concert, which will feature WhiteWater Ramble, is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    Last week, folk singer Dan Bern played for Pajarito Mountain Night in front of a good crowd at the ski lodge.
    WhiteWater Ramble, which is based in Fort Collins, Colorado, has been described as “high-octane Rocky Mountain ‘dancegrass.’” The five-man band includes fiddle, upright bass and mandolin.
    Following tonight’s concert, WhiteWater Ramble will take a swing through Montana in early July.
    Also tonight at Ashley Pond, representatives from the Los Alamos county clerk’s office and the Los Alamos Association of Realtors will have a booth open until 8:30 p.m. for those wanting to register to vote.

  • ESB fails to reach recommendation

    At its June 18 meeting, the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board failed to reach consensus on a recommendation for council on whether Los Alamos County should “ban or otherwise reduce the distribution of single use bags.”
    In response to a 153-signature petition presented by the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, the county council voted to refer the matter back to the Environmental Sustainability Board for further research and a recommendation.
    Council’s motion required the board to hold two public meetings.
    The first public hearing, May 21, was dedicated to public comment. At that meeting, supporters — responding to opposition on the county’s Open Forum — withdrew their request for a bag ban and instead asked the board to consider a fee per bag alternative.
    As of the second meeting, Open Forum comments were 72 percent against actions to “reduce the distribution of single use bags.”
    The agenda for the second hearing included prepared statements from both sides, the results of board members’ surveys of local businesses and a report by Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule regarding information obtained from the state’s largest recycling company, Friedman Recycling.

  • Wolfe is new CAP commander

    Monday evening was bittersweet for the cadets of the Los Alamos Composite Squadron.
    The patrol meets every Monday evening at the Los Alamos Airport from 6-8 p.m., and usually, meetings are where the cadets learn about flying, aerospace and aeronautics and prepare for upcoming events such as glider training and powered flight meets happening within the state.
    This Monday, however, was where the cadets and senior officers of the patrol witnessed what was for many their first “Change of Command” ceremony, where long-time commander, Maj. Annette Peters, stepped down and 2nd Lt. Bill Wolfe assumed command.
    On hand to officiate the ceremony was Air Force Col. and N.M. CAP Wing Commander Mark Smith. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
    At Monday’s ceremony, Smith explained why the Change of Command ceremony is so important to military organizations.
    “The Change Of Command is something that goes back centuries,” said Smith at the ceremony. “It connotates folks having a clear understanding of who the boss is. It connotates an appropriate level of pomp and circumstance. It pays homage who has been serving as commander and to the person who is becoming commander, as well.”