Local News

  • New Reverend starts at TOTH Church

    He may be young, but the new rector at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is ready to immerge himself into the Los Alamos community — from young to old.
    At age 30, the Rev. Chris Adams is looking forward to spreading the love of God through all age groups.
    Adams started at TOTH just a mere five days ago and is already getting recognized by community members. His first day of his ministry was July 13.
    “People already know who I am,” he said. “The community has been very welcoming to me and my wife.” After his family’s arrival, neighbors welcomed them and even helped with their move. He said he likens the area to “southern hospitality.”
    “The community has been incredibly hospitable to my wife,” he said, which helps with the motivation of putting himself out there to build relationships with members of the community.
    He will be preaching for the first time Sunday at TOTH, and the church is having a potluck welcome luncheon for him at noon.
    Sunday also happens to be Adams’ birthday. The public is welcome to join in on the celebration to welcome Adams.

  • Today in history July 17
  • Update 7-16-15


    The New Mexico State University Extension Service will hold a workshop teaching residents how to install a drip irrigation system for their lawns. The workshop will be from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday. Call 662-2656 for more information.


    Atomic City Swing will host a dance tonight at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Price for participation is $3, $5 to take part in a swing dance lesson. The lesson starts at 7 p.m.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session July 21 at White Rock Fire Station No. 3. It will be at 7 p.m.


    Bradbury Science Museum will debut “Climate Prisms: Arctic” at noon Friday. “Climate Prisms: Arctic” is a multi-media, interactive exhibit exploring arctic climates.


    Los Alamos County will host its “Pajarito Putt-Putt” tournament July 22 at East Park. Prizes for the top three places will be awarded. For information, call the aquatic center at 662-8170.


    Gordon’s Summer Concerts will present Stooges Brass Band Friday at Ashley Pond. Concert time is 7 p.m. The event is free.

    APP board

    The Arts In Public Places Board will meet July 23 in the municipal building. Meeting time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

  • 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.