Local News

  • Board member is short with public

    On Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Vice Chair Stephen McLin took an adversarial stance toward one resident in particular who was attempting to comment on the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) restructuring agreement.
    Chair Andrew Fraser joined the meeting by phone, and McLin chaired the meeting in his stead.
    McLin’s confrontation with Karen Paramanandam was the culmination of a series contentious moments during the public comment period.
    McLin first tried to skip public discussion and go straight from board questions to action on the item. A resident challenged that.
    After confirming with Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits that he should allow the public to speak, McLin opened the floor. He stated that those wishing to speak would be allowed four minutes, which is standard procedure.
    McLin allowed the first citizen — who did not identify himself — a 15 minute exchange with staff before invoking the four-minute rule.
    That speaker questioned the costs sited for decommissioning the plant and for reclamation of an open pit mine, based on a comparison to decommissioning and reclamation costs at the Four Corners Generating Station.

  • Event marks 70th anniversary of the test at Trinity Site

    Today marked the 70th anniversary of the test of “the gadget,” the payoff of the Manhattan Project during World War II.
    And nowhere was more intimately involved with it than Los Alamos.
    Much of the primary work on the world’s first nuclear weapon, the atomic bomb, which is widely credited as bringing an end to the war, was done at Los Alamos.
    On July 16, 1945, the first detonation of the atomic bomb was completed near Alamogordo at the Trinity Site.
    That test marked the beginning of the nuclear age and a new era of both energy generation and of warfare.
    Before dawn today, the Los Alamos Historical Society held a get-together at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row to mark the occasion.
    Along with the gathering, the Historical Society sent out live tweets — excerpts from the journal of Jack Hubbard — during its “Dawn of a New Era” event. About 30 people attended the event, which started at 4:30 a.m.
    The event was the official kickoff of the 2015 ScienceFest, which continues through Sunday in and around Los Alamos.
    Hubbard, a meteorologist overseeing weather conditions of the test, had “a fascinating perspective” on the test, including the chosen date of July 16, which he thought was a poor choice based on the conditions in the area.

  • Today in history July 16
  • Rollover injures at least one

    Santa Fe County Sheriff deputies, Los Alamos fire, paramedics and police responded to a crash in the westbound lane of N.M. 502 around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses to the rollover reported at least one person being taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center for injuries.

  • Out For the Day

    Los Alamos residents Beatrice Morton, Jerry Dudley, sitting together in one photo, and Pat Day, standing in the other, hang out at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The senior center and many other local entities have programs designed for older members of the community. To read more about some of those, see the “Boomer Times” section in today’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Former sheriff is appealing his conviction

    SANTA FE (AP) — A federal appeals court in Denver is set to hear arguments in the case of former Rio Arriba County sheriff Tommy Rodella, who received a 10-year prison sentence for violating a motorist's civil rights while brandishing a handgun.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the appeal hearing has been scheduled for September 29.
    Rodella's attorney plans to argue that Rodella's stop of Espanola motorist Michael Tafoya was lawful and that he didn't receive a fair trial.
    The scheduling of the hearing comes as the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque fights to seize Rodella's assets to help pay nearly $150,000 that Rodella owes the government for his fine in the case.
    After being found guilty, Rodella received a $200,000 fine and was ordered to pay $10,000 to the motorist.

  • Clinton, Bush lead in campaign funds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The two presidential candidates whose immediate families include former presidents loom large in early fundraising for 2016.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush account for almost half the roughly $377 million that presidential groups for all the expected 22 candidates say they’ve raised. Most campaigns, including Clinton’s and Bush’s, were required to file their initial reports with the Federal Election Commission by midnight Wednesday.
    Those document financial activity between April 1 and June 30 and will list the names of everyone who gave at least $200.
    The maximum contribution for the primary is $2,700. The FEC reports also will show how candidates are spending their money — on consultants, office space, advertising, polling and more.
    Wednesday’s reports provide only a glimpse of all the money that donors are handing over. The candidates also benefit from super PACs created specifically to help them.
    Those groups, which accept contributions of any size and are subject to legal limits on how closely they can work with the campaigns, file their FEC reports at the end of the month.
    Ahead of the deadlines, many candidates and their super PAC boosters have publicized their fundraising totals.

  • Local Briefs 7-15-15

    Local veteran needs a hand

    The American Legion Post 90 announced a Los Alamos-area World War II veteran, who served 35 missions in Europe with the Army Air Corps, is in need of assistance getting his yard up to code.
    Post 90 said the vet, whom it didn’t identify, has been issued warnings by Los Alamos County and cannot afford to pay someone to do the yard work, nor can the vet, 96 years of age, physically do the work himself.
    Post 90 is looking for volunteers, two lawn mowers and two weed eaters. The post estimated the work would be completed in 4 hours or less.
    Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to show up at 1916 Spruce at 8 a.m. Saturday.
    For questions, contact Ed McDaris at em93116@gmail.com or 719-244-7637.

    Henderson gets Coalition post

  • Update 7-15-15

    Science on Tap

    Science on Tap will be Thursday at the UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square. The presentation will be “From Trinity Test to Artificial Joints: How Computational Mathematics Has Transformed Our World.” Science on Tap will start at 5:30 p.m.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market will return Thursday to the Mesa Public Library parking lot. The market runs from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Highlights this week include kids art with Rosie and Her Mom and a potting demonstration.


    “Back to the Future” (1985) is scheduled to be screened at Ashley Pond tonight. The movie starts at sundown.


    Registration is open for the High Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament, which is scheduled for July 18. The tournament is played at North Mesa Park in mudpits. Teams are coed and consist of 6-12 players, including at least four women. For more information, call 662-8173.

    Zoo To You

    Mesa Public Library will host “Zoo To You,” an educational program sponsored by the Albuquerque Biopark. The program will include live birds and reptiles. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in the library parking lot.

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