Local News

  • Update 12-14-11

    Public meeting

    Public meeting to review conceptual designs for the Teen Center, 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.


    The Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 7 a.m. Thursday in the Eco Station Administration Building.

    Art in Public Places

    The Art in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. today at Mesa Library.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meets

    The Los Alamos County Council meets at 7 p.m., Dec. 20, at council chambers.

  • Winter storm packs a punch

    The winter storm warning for heavy snow ended at noon Wednesday. And when all was said and done from the three-day storm, Los Alamos picked up three to five inches of the white stuff.
    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos National Laboratory were on a regular schedule Wednesday as the remnants of the storm pushed out of the area.
    Trinity Drive and Central Avenue were cleared of snow, but side roads were snow-packed this morning. As the second round of the storm pushed through Tuesday afternoon, county plows and sanding crews worked to keep roads clear, but the intensity of the snowfall left many motorists struggling on secondary roads in the area.

  • Officials question staff action plans

    At Tuesday night’s work session, the county council reviewed Management Action Plans developed by staff to implement the Strategic Leadership Plan adopted in July.

    The MAPs are a framework for achieving council’s five-year goals as well as the plan’s long-term vision. The action plans will become a critical focus for departmental operating budgets.

    Team leaders were assigned to develop MAPs for each goal. Every MAP designates a lead department responsible for the action, establishes an initial deadline and estimates the fiscal impact of the plan.

  • Raw Video: Bear Found on Vancouver Garbage Truck

    Residents of Vancouver had a wilderness encounter when a bear hitched a ride on a garbage truck. A conservation officer said the bear likely began the adventure in a dumpster. It was tranquilized and later returned to the wild.

  • Tree transportation

    When local caterer Jarda Belmonte went shopping for a tree Saturday afternoon, the workers at Delancey Street Christmas Trees on Trinity Drive got creative to help her get it home. They had her put the top down on her convertible and strapped the tree to the trunk. Luckily, the temperatures weren’t that cold and it was a short drive home.

  • Obama seeks to leverage $1 trillion spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the Senate are using a critical year-end spending bill as political leverage to try to force Republicans to negotiate bipartisan legislation to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits due to expire at the end of the year.

    An administration official said the president called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over the weekend and urged him to hold up the massive $1 trillion-plus spending package until an agreement is reached on the tax cuts and the unemployment benefits.

  • Update 12-13-11

    Committee meeting

    Trinity Drive Technical Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. today in the Pajarito Cliffs conference room.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis noon-1 p.m. meetings Tuesday at Masonic Lodge: Dec. 20. Jessamy Phillips will speak briefly about her experience in a nursing program in Africa.

    Art in Public Places

    The Art in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Library.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meets

    The Los Alamos County Council meets at 7 p.m. today at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

  • State sets 30 extreme weather records

    In 2011, at least 30 record-breaking extreme weather records have been set so far in New Mexico – and 2,941 monthly weather records broken  nationwide – according to a new interactive extreme weather mapping tool (nrdc.org/extremeweather) and year-end review released by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    The web-based tool allows New Mexico residents to draw the connections between climate change (nrdc.org/globalwarming/climatebasics.asp) and extreme weather in the cities and towns in which they live.
    So far this year, at least 30 weather-related records were broken in New Mexico: 21 heat-related records, seven rainfall records and two snowfall records. These records impacted 14 counties – 42 percent of the counties in New Mexico.

  • More snow forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday

    At first glance, it might appear to be white sand pouring out of this seashell that’s used as a decoration for a patio table in Los Alamos. While sand might be a more normal setting for the shell, it’s actually snow. The second winter storm in as many weeks has dumped another round of snow on the area with more predicted to fall later Tuesday and into Wednesday. A multi-car pileup was reported Monday afternoon near the Santa Fe Opera and deputies responded to accidents along New Mexico highway 599, which wreaked havoc on commuters .


  • Ceremony is a first for Los Alamos

    For the first time in its history, Los Alamos hosted a naturalization ceremony, the final step for candidates to become United States citizens. Six Los Alamos residents were among eight candidates from China, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

    Field Office Director of United States Citizens and Immigration Services Albuquerque Office Patti Reynolds conducted the ceremony Monday at Fuller Lodge.