Local News

  • Workers seal nuke bunker at WIPP site

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Officials say workers have sealed off the first of two storage bunkers affected by a radiation leak at the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.
    The U.S. Department of Energy says about 85 percent of the containers packed with waste similar to the one that caused the leak have been isolated with the closure of the area known as Panel 6.
    Workers used salt mined from another area of the repository, chain link and brattice cloth to build barriers on each end of the storage bunker.
    Air monitors have been installed.
    Work to seal off a second bunker, where the radiation breach occurred, is ongoing. Officials say that should be complete in June.
    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since the February 2014 leak.


  • Local Briefs 5-15-15

    Steinhaus to present at LAPS forums

    The Los Alamos School Board is hosting a pair of “Meet the New Superintendent” forums, which are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday evenings.
    Both forums will begin at 7 p.m. Monday’s forum will be at Aspen Elementary School and Tuesday’s will be at Piñon Elementary School.
    Kurt Steinhaus officially took over the duties of superintendent May 4, replacing Gene Schmidt.
    At the forums, Steinhaus will present his “Strategic Learning and Entry Plan,” which focuses on continuous improvement.
    During the forum, those in attendance will be invited to take part in an informal question-and-answer session.

    Pastor writes foreword for new novel

    The new book by author Warren Dunlap, from Westcliffe, Colorado, includes a foreword by a Los Alamos resident, Pastor Scott Hunt.
    Dunlap’s book, “I O YOU Ranch,” is available on Amazon dot com and at chugwatercowboy.com.
    “I O YOU Ranch” is a western mystery novel following a young magazine writer assigned to investigate phony ranching ads.
    According to a press release about his books, “Dunlap writes Christian westerns where one or more characters bring Christian values and messages into the story.”

  • Update 5-15-15

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Co-Op Market will host a Farmers Cooperative Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at its location at 95 Entrada Drive. Food from four local farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb, are scheduled to be at the market.

    Poetry On The Hill

    Poets Andi Penner and Joann Bodin will read at Poetry on the Hill. It will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at UnQuarked.


    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 Sunday. The presentation will be at 3 p.m.


    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.

    Plant Sale

    The Los Alamos Garden Club will have a plant sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court in Los Alamos. The sale, which will go from 8 a.m.-noon, will benefit Los Alamos High School Scholarships.

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  • Blues legend BB King dies in Vegas at age 89

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that “as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.”
    But no one could play the blues like B.B. King, who died Thursday night at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care.
    Although he kept performing well into his 80s, the 15-time Grammy winner suffered from diabetes and other problems. He collapsed during a concert in Chicago last October, later blaming dehydration and exhaustion.
    For generations of blues musicians and rock ‘n rollers, King’s plaintive vocals and soaring guitar playing style set the standard for an art form born in the American South and honored and performed worldwide. After the deaths of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters decades ago, King was the greatest upholder of a tradition that inspired everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Robert Cray to the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
    King played a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille, with a style that included beautifully crafted single-string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos and bent notes, building on the standard 12-bar blues and improvising like a jazz master.

  • Eric McFadden headlines first concert of summer

    One of Los Alamos’ favorite summer pastimes, the Gordon’s Summer Concert, makes its 2015 debut tonight.
    The first show of the season is scheduled for Overlook Park in White Rock. Eric McFadden and his band, a San Francisco-based rocker, will play as part of the Los Alamos Kite Festival.
    The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Spirio Soccer Complex.
    According to event organizer, Russ Gordon, the concert isn’t going to be for those that enjoy bubble-gum music.
    “The root of this music is the harder rock of the ’70s, the punk and metal of the ’80s and the grunge of Seattle’s a’90s,” Gordon said.
    McFadden has rubbed shoulders with some big names. When not with his own band, he plays lead guitar and tours with Eric Burdon & The Animals and George Clinton and Parliament.
    Gordon said he’s also collaborated on stage or on the studio with Bo Diddley, Living Colour, Joe Strummer — former frontman of The Clash, who nicknamed McFadden “Lightning” — and a host of other big names, past and present.
    McFadden has some New Mexico roots, as well. Gordon said he moved to Albuquerque as a boy before moving on to both northern and southern California to further his musical career.

  • House fire breaks out on North Mesa

    Los Alamos Fire Department crews responded to a house fire on Cheyenne Avenue this morning.
    Crews were called to the house fire at approximately 9 a.m.
    Residents were in the house at the time the fire broke out, but everyone was evacuated safely.
    Check the Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Today in history May 15
  • State Briefs 5-14-15

    AG: Insufficient evidence to charge Bernalillo County DA

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said there’s insufficient evidence to prosecute the district attorney of the most populous county in the state for bribery or intimidation of witnesses.
    But Balderas is criticizing Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg and the Albuquerque Police Department for their actions in connection with two pending investigations of Brandenburg’s son.
    Balderas says there were “identifiable leadership failures to which both agencies can take immediate corrective action.”
    In a letter sent Thursday to Police Chief Gorden Eden, Balderas called the referral of Brandenburg’s matter to his office politically motivated.
    He also said Brandenburg’s conduct created an appearance of impropriety.

    ‘Longmire’ actor arrested in Santa Fe, faces DWI charges

  • In Formation

    Members of the Los Alamos High School Navy Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps gave a demonstration of their marching and maneuver skills recently at Los Alamos School Board meeting Tuesday. Their competition drill requires them to perform more than 40 precision movements. The NJROTC has won many awards recently, including its first state drill championship, as well as a precision air rifle national championship through the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

  • Amtrak engineer says he doesn't remember crash

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The engineer at the controls of the speeding Amtrak train that lurched off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the crash and wasn’t on his cellphone or using drugs or alcohol, his attorney said.
    Lawyer Robert Goggin told ABC News that Brandon Bostian, 32, of New York City, suffered a concussion in Tuesday night’s wreck and had 14 staples in his head, along with stitches in one leg.
    Federal investigators have determined that the train was barreling through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a big curve where the speed limit drops to 50 mph. But they don’t know why it was going so fast.
    “He remembers coming into curve. He remembers attempting to reduce speed and thereafter he was knocked out,” Goggin said. But he said Bostian does not recall anything out of the ordinary and does not remember using the emergency brake, which investigators say was applied moments before the crash.
    The lawyer said the next thing the engineer remembered was coming to, looking for his bag, retrieving his cellphone and calling 911 for help. He said the engineer’s cellphone was off and stored in his bag before the accident, as required.