Local News

  • House fire breaks out on North Mesa

    Los Alamos Fire Department crews responded to a house fire on Cheyenne Avenue this morning.
    Crews were called to the house fire at approximately 9 a.m.
    Residents were in the house at the time the fire broke out, but everyone was evacuated safely.
    Check the Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Today in history May 15
  • State Briefs 5-14-15

    AG: Insufficient evidence to charge Bernalillo County DA

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said there’s insufficient evidence to prosecute the district attorney of the most populous county in the state for bribery or intimidation of witnesses.
    But Balderas is criticizing Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg and the Albuquerque Police Department for their actions in connection with two pending investigations of Brandenburg’s son.
    Balderas says there were “identifiable leadership failures to which both agencies can take immediate corrective action.”
    In a letter sent Thursday to Police Chief Gorden Eden, Balderas called the referral of Brandenburg’s matter to his office politically motivated.
    He also said Brandenburg’s conduct created an appearance of impropriety.

    ‘Longmire’ actor arrested in Santa Fe, faces DWI charges

  • In Formation

    Members of the Los Alamos High School Navy Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps gave a demonstration of their marching and maneuver skills recently at Los Alamos School Board meeting Tuesday. Their competition drill requires them to perform more than 40 precision movements. The NJROTC has won many awards recently, including its first state drill championship, as well as a precision air rifle national championship through the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

  • Amtrak engineer says he doesn't remember crash

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The engineer at the controls of the speeding Amtrak train that lurched off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the crash and wasn’t on his cellphone or using drugs or alcohol, his attorney said.
    Lawyer Robert Goggin told ABC News that Brandon Bostian, 32, of New York City, suffered a concussion in Tuesday night’s wreck and had 14 staples in his head, along with stitches in one leg.
    Federal investigators have determined that the train was barreling through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a big curve where the speed limit drops to 50 mph. But they don’t know why it was going so fast.
    “He remembers coming into curve. He remembers attempting to reduce speed and thereafter he was knocked out,” Goggin said. But he said Bostian does not recall anything out of the ordinary and does not remember using the emergency brake, which investigators say was applied moments before the crash.
    The lawyer said the next thing the engineer remembered was coming to, looking for his bag, retrieving his cellphone and calling 911 for help. He said the engineer’s cellphone was off and stored in his bag before the accident, as required.

  • Update 5-14-15

    'Avenue Q'

    Showings of “Avenue Q” are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.

    Kiwanis Club

    Chuck Valenti of Del Norte Credit Union will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which will be noon Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church.

    Poetry on the Hill

    Poets Andi Penner and Joann Bodin will read at Poetry on the Hill. It will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at UnQuarked. wine room.


    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Public Utilities is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 20. The BPU will meet in council chambers at the municipal building.

    Kiwanis Club

    Chuck Valenti of Del Norte Credit Union will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which will be noon Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church.

    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

  • Library computers to be offline on Monday

    Officials from Mesa Public Library announced that public access computers will be unavailable Monday.
    There is scheduled routine maintenance scheduled for Monday and the computers will be offline in Los Alamos. Computers in the White Rock branch library, however, will be operational.
    Mesa Public Library also said the computers with Internet access in the Youth Services area will also be down.
    However, electronic library catalog computers at the library will be operational and public wireless connection will be available.
    For more information, call 662-8253.

  • Congress to vote on Iran nuke bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House was poised Thursday to overwhelmingly approve a bill that would allow Congress to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran that’s still being negotiated by the U.S. and its partners.
    If approved and signed by President Barack Obama, the legislation would give Congress a say on what could be a significant international accord aimed at getting Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
    Obama initially threatened to veto the bill, but then said he’d sign it if it was not changed from the bipartisan version that the Senate backed 98-1.
    Negotiators from the U.S. and five other nations are rushing to reach a deal with Tehran by the end of June.
    “Today we will act to ensure that Congress and the people will have an opportunity to review any potential agreement with Iran,” House Speaker John Boehner said.
    Obama, meanwhile, is meeting at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland with Arab leaders in hopes of easing their fears about an emerging deal.
    The president will try to convince them that U.S. overtures to Iran would not come at the expense of commitments to their security.

  • Kind of Shrimpy

    Shrimp may not be the first thing people think of when they think of New Mexico, but Tim Ott from The Shrimp Farm in Lemitar was at today’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. The shrimp is nursed for about at month 12-by-80 foot tank.

  • Plastic bag discussion set for May 21

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will have the first of two discussions about a possible ban on plastic shopping bags in Los Alamos County.
    The board will have its first meeting about the possible ban at 5:30 p.m. May 21 at the municipal building.
    The second date for the discussion hasn’t been announced.
    Bans on single-use bags have been a source of contention around Los Alamos County.
    A proposal by the Sierra Club, which included a petition with more than 150 signatures, was brought before the county council last month, but council directed the discussion to go back to the Environmental Sustainability Board.
    Similar bans on bags are currently in effect in two cities in New Mexico, Santa Fe and Silver City.
    Advocates of such a ban largely point to environmental concerns as their primary reason. Many opponents have said it is a matter of choice for the consumer and a ban is unnecessary.
    A recent non-scientific poll was conducted on LAMontior.com and participants voted on a 60-40 clip against the proposed ban. More than 400 people voted in the online poll.