Local News

  • LAGC's Allen has teens on the links

    In collaboration with the Teen Center, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, the Department of Public Utilities and the Los Alamos Golf Course, Matthew Allen, golf course superintendent, recently completed a new educational class with teens.
    The class, entitled “Learning on the Links,” was designed to introduce teens to environmental concerns and how they relate to various types of facilities in Los Alamos County.
    Classes were held for six weeks during the spring school semester. In all, 17 students participated.
    A variety of lessons were designed introduced teens to environmental challenges for the course.
    For one, students participated in an aquifer water experiment that used ice cream, chocolate chips and cereal to represent the different types of soil found in Los Alamos. Root beer acted as the “rain.”
    A pair of the classes included field trips to the wastewater treatment plant and the Smart house to discuss facilities operated by the DPU.
    The final three classes were held at Los Alamos Golf Course. Students participated in labs where they tested the water and the soil to discover the differences between waste water and drinking water.

  • Valles Caldera hosts kite festival

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host a special event Saturday.
    The VCNP is inviting kite-fliers out to join in the Kites In the Valle event. The event is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. and participation is included in the entrance fee.
    Anyone interested can bring a kite for the family-friendly festivities.
    Those taking part should arrive through the VCNP’s main entrance, which is located near mile marker 39 on N.M. 4. The festival will take place on the Valle Grande.
    VCNP officials said kite doctors will be on hand for repairs and the Public Lands Interpretive Association will sell kites for those who don’t have their own.
    The VCNP is an 89,000-acre property owned by the U.S. government. Late last year, Congress voted to make the preserve a part of the National Park Service.
    This summer has been a busy one for the Caldera. It hosted its annual marathon last month and has hosted numerous events this month.
    Also coming up at the Caldera this weekend is a youth fly fishing clinic Saturday — that is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. — and a guided wildflower hike at 6 p.m.
    Park entrance fees are $20 per vehicle for cars, vans, pickups and RVs and $10 per person for those entering on foot or by bicycle.

  • Gettin' Down

    A demolition crew was on the site of the old Unitarian Church on North Sage Road tearing down its old building Wednesday. A new building will be built on site, with groundbreaking scheduled possibly as early as this weekend.

  • Today in history June 18
  • Motorists hurt in crash on N.M. 4

    There is a traffic accident with injuries near the intersection of N.M. 4 and N.M. 502.

    A Los Alamos Monitor reporter on the scene said traffic near the White Rock 'Y' is moving through the area. Responders are regulating traffic, but no signficant backup is currently being reported.

    Police said a single pickup truck was involved in the crash. Two occupants of the pickup were injured.

    More information will be posted as it becomes available on LAMonitor.com.

  • State Briefs 6-17-15

    Officials: West Fire is fully under control

    Santa Fe National Forest officials announced their decision not to manage the West Fire burning in the Jemez Ranger District.
    Officials said the burn, which started on Holiday Mesa June 6, is 100 percent under control.
    The decision was made “for resource benefit,” according to the information SFNF released today.
    The West Fire was sparked by lightning and spread slowly through Ponderosa pine litter. It reached about 2 acres in size and never threatened any structures.
    It took a crew of 20 firefighters to contain the ground fire.

    Felon sentenced for having gun at graduation

  • Workers will practice with drums

    CARLSBAD (AP) — An official with the U.S. Department of Energy says workers at the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste repository will practice with “dummy drums” before limited operations resume next year.
    Monica Regalbuto with DOE’s Office of Environmental Management testified Tuesday during a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., that workers will start by moving non-radioactive drums.
    When officials are confident the work can be done safely, workers will switch to dealing with real waste.
    That switch is expected to occur sometime next spring.
    Regalbuto was pressed by Sen. Martin Heinrich about how soon full operations can resume at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which has been closed for more than a year because of a radiation release.
    Regalbuto told the New Mexico Democrat that will depend on the installation of a new permanent ventilation system.

  • Former LA resident earns prestigious award

    Barbara Hopkins, former resident of Los Alamos and a graduate of Los Alamos High School in the early 1980s, was selected to receive a prestigious award.
    Hopkins has been named the 2015 recipient of the Georgina M. Smith Award, which is given by the American Association of University Professors. The AAUP’s mission is to advance academic freedom and shared governance and to “define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education,” among its goals.
    During her time as grievance officer at Wright State, Hopkins has worked to document, report and remedy troubling patterns of racial bias in promotion and tenure in Wright State’s College of Nursing and Health.
    Wright State is a public university located in Dayton, Ohio.
    She is credited through her efforts to have helped three faculty members successfully appeal to Wright State’s tenure and promotion appeals committee to receive their tenure.
    Hopkins wrote a letter in 2014 to the provost documenting promotion and tenure issues within Wright State’s nursing college. A subsequent investigation of the case confirmed Hopkins’ findings and included recommendations for remedying bullying and bias of nursing faculty.

  • Local Briefs 6-17-15

    “Coffee With a Cop” is June 29

    Los Alamos Police Department is hosting a “Coffee With a Cop” event June 29.
    “Coffee With a Cop” will be from 8-10 a.m. at the Morning Glory Bakery, located at 1377 Diamond Drive.
    According to Los Alamos County, the event will have “no agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.”
    For questions about the event, call LAPD Sgt. Jordan Redmond at 662-8222.

    Caregivers fair will be at BESC

    The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Fair is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The fair will feature presentations, informational booths and prizes for attendees, particularly for those giving care to Alzheimer’s patients.
    The event is organized by the Los Alamos Committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Casa Mesita.
    The fair will continue until 1 p.m.
    For more information visit facebook.com/alzlosalamos.

    GOP to meet Thursday

  • Update 6-17-15

    Plastic bags

    A public meeting for the Environmental Sustainability Board regarding the Plastic Bag ban discussion will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Swim Lesson

    Los Alamos will take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Thursday at 10 a.m. Registration is free.

    Concert Series

    The Gordon’s Summer Concert will return 7 p.m. Friday. The concert will be at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Dan Bern, a new folk and Americana artist will perform.

    Random Fandom

    A “Random Fandom” event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The event is open to those in seventh grade and up.


    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Tuesday it will no longer be holding its onsite public sales.

    Swing dance

    Atomic City Swing is hosting a dance Thursday at Los Alamos Posse Lodge. There is a beginner’s lesson at 7 p.m. followed by the dance. Email AtomicCitySwing@gmail.com for more information.