Local News

  • Construction alters parade route


    Construction along Central Avenue has altered the route of Los Alamos’s July 4 parade slightly.

    Children who want to participate in the annual Y and American Legion Post 90 July 4 Kids’ Parade should meet at 10 a.m., at “the elephant” at Ashley Pond.

    The Parade begins at 11 a.m. and will take the route of:

    • East on Central to 20th Street; turn left.

    • Follow 20th Street around Fuller Lodge and down Bathtub Row to Nectar. Turn Right.

    ·• Follow Nectar to 15th Street; turn Right.

  • Cone Zone 07-04-14


    Central Avenue Improvements Project:

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

    During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central. The detour was moved from Trinity Drive to Deacon to enhance traffic flow. 

    On-street parking on Central will be closed, use alternate parking in the area.

  • LANL contractor lays off workers


    The Los Alamos contractor that packaged the radioactive waste linked to a leak at the government’s nuclear waste dump is laying off workers.

    A Los Alamos spokesman Wednesday confirmed that Energy Solutions has reduced its workforce by 115 because its contract for packing the waste for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad expired June 30. 

    That is the date the lab was supposed to have thousands of barrels of contaminated waste off its northern New Mexico campus. But the final shipments were halted after the February leak that shuttered WIPP was traced to a barrel packed by Energy Solutions.

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  • Meeting sparks furor over immigration


    ARTESIA (AP) — Residents in southeastern New Mexico crowded a town hall meeting Tuesday to express anger at the opening of a temporary detention center for immigrants suspected of entering the country illegally.

    Around 400 people attended the meeting in Artesia to speak out against holding up to 700 Central American women and children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Currently, less than 200 people are at the center.

    City and federal officials fielded questions from residents, including how long the facility would be used for detention.

    Residents told federal and local authorities they were afraid the immigrants might take jobs from locals and resources away from American-born children.

  • Police Beat 07/02/14



    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    June 19

    2:15 p.m. — A 55-year-old los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal damage to property at San Ildefonso Road.

  • LANL employees raise $327K for scholarship drive


    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $327,000 during the recently completed 2014 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) drive. The drive encourages lab employees, retirees, and subcontract personnel to donate to a fund that awards college scholarships to Northern New Mexico students. Further, more employees donated to the fund this year than in past years.

    “Our employees know first-hand that education can unlock opportunity for these talented students who hold the promise to be future leaders in government, industry, or the non-profit sector,” said Los Alamos’ Environmental Programs Director Jeff Mousseau, this year’s LAESF scholarship drive champion. “This scholarship program provides an opportunity for employees, contractors and retirees to play a valuable role in helping our region’s high school and college academic stars attain their higher education goals.”

  • Kirk visits YMCA basketball camp


    Lobo and Los Alamos resident Alex Kirk stopped by a basketball clinic at the Los Alamos YMCA to shoot some hoops and sign some autographs Tuesday.

  • P and Z approves community garden


    Last week, the planning and zoning commission unanimously approved both a special use permit and a site plan for a Community Education Garden on North Mesa. 

    The Family YMCA proposed the new garden, which will be located on the south side of the horse stables, near Kwage trailhead and tennis courts. It will be just under an acre in size. 

    According to YMCA Senior Program Director Diana Martinez, the community garden is an outgrowth of the Los Alamos Youth Food Project (LAYFP), which was initiated in 2011 by a Los Alamos Middle School science teacher who wanted an outdoor classroom where her students could experience hands-on learning opportunities through garden-based curriculum. 

  • Diego Fire grows but little impact expected on LA area


    While it’s true that Los Alamos has frequently getting smoke from the wildfire burning near Coyote, fire officials on the scene as well as here said residents shouldn’t worry too much about it coming here.

    Be vigilant says Los Alamos Fire Department Deputy Chief Justin Grider, but don’t worry too much. 

    “There’s still a lot of unburned fuel between us and the fire,” Grider said. “It’s about 20 to 25 miles away but we do have the Las Conchas and the Thompson Ridge burn scars between us and it. So, the likelihood of it reaching us is relatively low,”