Local News

  • Today in history Feb. 14
  • Ski area up and running

    Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is up and running again this weekend.
    Officials from Pajarito said the area will be operating through Monday for the Presidents Day weekend.
    With early-week warm weather, things appeared to be a little dicey for a weekend opening, but Wednesday’s storm dropped an additional 9 inches of snow on the area to ensure snowriding would continue for an additional weekend.
    Coming up this weekend will be the second of three Beer & Band weekends. Blue Heron Brewing will be at Pajarito and music will be provided by DK and the Affordables and the Craig Martin Experience. There will also be free SkiBike demonstrations all day.
    Lifts will be in operation from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The ticket office, ski rental shop and café will be open at 8 a.m. each day.
    This weekend is the fourth consecutive weekend the mountain has been in operation – Pajarito didn’t get its season started until Jan. 23.
    As of this morning, Pajarito was reporting a mid-mountain depth of 33 inches.
    On Saturday and Sunday, the Mother, Aspen, Beginner and Mighty Mite lifts are scheduled to be operating and 32 trails will be open for skiing and snowboarding.
    For additional information, call Pajarito at 662-5725.

  • Update 2-13-15

    'LA Life' photos

    Digital photos are being sought for the Los Alamos Monitor’s 2015 edition of “LA Life.” High-resolution photos may be sent to lalifepix@gmail.com.

    County Council

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is Tuesday. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

    Prom meetings

    Los Alamos Public Schools will have informational meetings for the upcoming Junior-Senior Prom, which will be at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. The first meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Thunder and the second will be at the Los Alamos High School speech theater at 6 p.m. Thursday.

    'Uncommon Valor'

    A special viewing of “Uncommon Valor,” a documentary about Iwo Jima during WWII is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library. The event is free.


    Los Alamos County announced its offices will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The county will operate under regular hours Tuesday.

  • Pile burning to resume

    It’s a busy time for officials from the Santa Fe National Forest.
    Santa Fe National Forest officials will assist with more pile burnings this weekend scheduled by Los Alamos Fire Department.
    The local burns, which have been ongoing since early January, are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday on open space lands in Deer Trap Mesa.
    LAFD said it plans to treat the wood piles to decrease the volume of daily smoke, but is still urging smoke-sensitive individuals to take precautions during the weekend.
    Smoke from the county pile burns may be visible to residents in Española, Santa Fe, local pueblos and for motorists on U.S. 285 and N.M. 502.
    Along with the local burns, SFNF is also conducting upcoming burns at Virgin Mesa — the burn will take place a mile west of Jemez Springs and 8 miles north of the towns of Cañon and Gilman — and at the Santa Fe Watershed, which is approximately 2 miles east of the city of Santa Fe.
    The burns at Virgin Mesa are expected to start Feb. 23 and continue throughout the month of March. That is also a pile burn, similar to that which will take place in Los Alamos County.
    The burn at the Santa Fe Watershed is scheduled for mid-to-late March.

  • Garcia Richard sides with House GOP on licenses

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would end the state’s practice of giving driver’s licenses to people even if they can’t prove they are in the country legally.
    The GOP-led House passed the bill 39-29 after three hours of debate, with two Democrats — including Los Alamos Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard — siding with the Republicans in the majority. The measure would repeal the 2003 law that made New Mexico one of the first states to offer licenses to immigrants regardless of their legal status.
    The bill now moves to the Democrat-controlled Senate for a vote, and Democrats have vowed to fight the legislation.
    The House voted to repeal the law on the same day that the Senate in neighboring Colorado took action in the partisan showdown over granting driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally.
    Republicans in Colorado, who also made big gains in the 2014 elections, passed a measure Thursday that blocks funds for the state agency that oversees licenses.
    A growing number of states around the country have been granting driver’s licenses in recent years to people regardless of immigration status.

  • Creative District gives report

    The fact that the Los Alamos County Council approved the boundaries for a Creative District and a Creative District Plan in April 2012 may have escaped the notice of many residents.
    Council approved the formation of a 12-member Creative District Advisory Committee (CDAC) to oversee the implementation of the plan in October 2012.
    Since then, the CDAC has been working quietly behind the scenes to steer the course of the county’s newest “district,” centered within a walkable radius of the downtown area.
    CDAC Chair Carolyn Mangeng updated the Los Alamos County Council on the committee’s first two years at Tuesday’s work session, starting with an explanation of why ours is called a “Creative District” — the only one in the state — as opposed to an Arts and Cultural District. The creative district’s official status comes through the New Mexico Arts and Cultural Districts (NMACD) program established in 2007.
    “It’s not just arts and culture that we want to promote,” Mangeng said. “It is because of the science and technology flavor of this community, the great history and that combined with arts and culture that we have here that we want to call this a Creative District.”

  • Today in history Feb. 13
  • VCNP hosting free weekend events

    Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting free hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in honor of Presidents Day, officials from the caldera announced.

    Winter activities are dependent on snow conditions.

    VCNP will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Equipment rental fees and guided event fees will not be waived this weekend.

    For additional information visit the VCNP's website, vallescaldera.gov.

  • Manhattan Project scientist to speak at MOWW

    The guest speaker for the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars will be John P. Balagna of Los Alamos.
    The Feb. 17 meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., the meeting and dinner at 6:15 p.m. and Balagna’s speech at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park the 2nd floor conference room.
    Balagna was a scientist in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. He will be telling about what life and work was really like during that period.
    The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.) Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.
    MOWW dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.

  • Andrus will be guest at Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have Paul Andrus, Housing and Special Projects Manager for the Los Alamos County for its Lunch with a Leader event.
    The meeting will begin 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library.
    In addition to providing leadership on moving the county forward with its overall housing strategic vision, Andrus is also responsible for a variety of projects, including the development of the A-19 Site in White Rock.  
    In an effort to ensure that Los Alamos collaborates with regional partners on housing issues, Andrus serves on the board of the Northern New Mexico Housing Authority and the Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning with a concentration in economic development from the University of Colorado-Denver.
    Andrus, wife Becky and their two children came to Los Alamos to enjoy the benefits of the small town environment, and to be closer to the outdoors.
    Prior to coming to Los Alamos, he worked in the affordable housing and community development field in the Denver region. He has more than 20 years of experience in affordable housing development and strategic planning, homeless assistance strategies, economic development and neighborhood revitalization.