Local News

  • Radiation levels high at WIPP

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Underground air sampling results show an increased level of radiation at one station in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant following a fire that shut down the plant last year.
    The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that radiation measurements taken in late April at WIPP’s Station A were high, but similar samplings at Station B were normal — meaning that a particulate air filter between the two stations is capturing the radiation.
    Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center Director Russell Hardy says workers are conducting decontamination activities in Station A’s Panel 7, where a fire and radiological release occurred last year.
    He says the higher readings come from workers kicking up dust.
    The WIPP website says the samples are not representative of the air breathed in by the public or workers.

  • Road Closed

    Westbound traffic was shut down along Trinity Drive Tuesday. Crews are repairing a sinkhole near 7th Street. Work is expected to continue until Friday. Westbound traffic is being diverted to Central Avenue.

  • Today in history May 14
  • Vatican recognizes state of Palestine

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.
    The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.
    The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes official diplomatic recognition.
    “Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists,” said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.
    The Israeli foreign ministry said it was “disappointed.”
    “This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations,” the ministry said in a text message.

  • Online voter registrations could be the norm in 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote.
    By the 2016 presidential election, it’s possible that a majority of states will offer that service, helping to cut down on errors resulting from bad handwriting and reducing time spent by voters in line on Election Day, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
    The nonpartisan public policy group says states have spent an average of $249,000 to build and implement new online voter registration systems. But states also are recouping costs because clerks don’t have to process paper registrations.
    Here’s a look at what’s changed since the last U.S. presidential election:
    • Arizona and Washington were the only states that offered online voter registration in 2008. Now 20 states do, and seven others have passed or are considering laws that would authorize a new online registration system.
    • Five states now allow citizens without a state identification or driver’s license to register to vote online: California, Delaware, Minnesota, Missouri and Virginia.
    • Several states are tweaking their registration sites with smartphones in mind, offering mobile friendly features.

  • Late-Season Snow

    With Memorial Day, the unoffical start of summer, less than two weeks away, the mountains around Los Alamos got a dusting of snow from Tuesday night’s storms and it’s not expected to warm up in the area for at least a few days.

  • Local Briefs 5-13-15

    Mark Twain show set for Saturday

    Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 will host “Mark Twain at Fuller Lodge” Saturday evening.
    The event, which starts at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public.
    Jefferson Jordan, the grand master of Masons in New Mexico, will be portraying author Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and authored such classics as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”
    Following the presentation, a reception will be held. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

    PBS to have local event in June

  • Update 5-13-15

    Pool closed

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will have its pools closed on Saturday so pool staff can attend an in-service meeting. The front window at the aquatic center will be open for reservations and other business. Pools will reopen at 1 p.m. Sunday.


    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.


    Outdoorsman Doug Scott will guide a group to waterfalls in the Jemez Mountains Saturday. Interested hikers will travel to 8 different sites on the trek, which is sponsored by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Call 662-0460 for information.

    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.

    Kite Festival

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will have its 18th annual Kite Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Overlook Park. Friday’s festivities will include the first Gordon’s Summer Concert series with the Eric McFadden Band. Friday’s event will start at 7 p.m.

  • PEEC hosting big sale at old building Friday

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at its former location, 3540 Orange Street.
    Everything in the old building that belongs to PEEC, but did not make the move to the new Nature Center is for sale, including a conference table, stackable chairs, bookcases, books, computers, display cases, small appliances, furnishings and more.
    Throughout the day, special “fill-a-bag” announcements will be made, during which time everything that will fit into one bag will be sold for a flat rate of $10.
    Everything not sold on Friday will be offered for free on Sunday to whomever is willing to carry it away. The building will be open Sunday from noon-3 p.m.
    Proceeds of the sale will support PEEC, the organization that operates the Nature Center.
    PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. In addition to managing the Nature Center, PEEC holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups.
    For more information on the group, visit peecnature.org on the Internet.

  • Bandelier shuttles to start running May 23

    Atomic City Transit announced its schedule for the summer and fall tourist season for shuttles going to and from Bandelier National Monument.
    ACT will start regular shuttle service to Bandelier May 23.
    Shuttles run from the White Rock Visitor Center to Bandelier’s visitor center through Oct. 27. The first shuttles of the day, which will be on a 7 day a week operating schedule, will depart White Rock at 9 a.m.
    Shuttles run every half-hour Monday through Friday and every 20 minutes Saturday and Sunday.
    Returning shuttles start at 9:30 each day. Those will also be on a 30-minute schedule during the week and a 20-minute schedule during the weekend.
    Vehicles are generally not allowed at the Bandelier parking lot, with a few exceptions, such as tour buses, school buses, backcountry camping permits and handicapped parking permits.
    For more information about the shuttles or vehicle access at Bandelier, call 672-3861 or Atomic City Transit at 661-7433 (RIDE).