Local News

  • Broadband group pushes initiative

    At a Nov. 1 public meeting updating citizens on the Phase II study into the feasibility of bringing community broadband to Los Alamos, IT Project Manager John Jones stressed that it was important for council to hear community input on whether or not there is support for the project.

    That motivated Allen Saenz and Tom Carroll to initiate the We Want Broadband group.

    “It (community broadband) will provide multiple benefits to homebuyers, renters and businesses - offering reliability, services ready at move-in, and vastly higher bandwidth enabling more robust video, Internet and voice services,” said Marguerite McClay, a member of We Want Broadband.

  • Snow ushers in WinterFest parade

    Los Alamos Medical Center had the winning float during Saturday night’s annual light parade on Central Avenue. Residents braved the cold and snow to get a peek at the parade.

  • NM struggles with winter blast

    Much of New Mexico continued Tuesday to deal with the aftermath of a severe winter blast as more schools closed and the southern part of the state saw closed highways and weather related car pileups.

    Motorists sought emergency shelter overnight as state officials closed both directions of Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the historic Route 66 — after blowing snow caused near-zero visibility. It was open Tuesday morning but traffic was moving slowly because of ice on the road.

  • LAPS, LANL on delayed starts for Tuesday

    As the winter storm departs leaving behind bone-chilling temperatures, both the schools and lab will be on a delayed start for Tuesday.

    The school district Tuesday, December 6 - Los Alamos Public Schools will be on a 2 hour delay. LAHS classes begin at 10:00 a.m. No a.m. Preschool.

    Simlarly, LANL will be on a delayed start with a staggered schedule - Los Alamos residents with children or other dependent care report at 10 a.m., carpoolers report at 10 a.m., remainder of workforce reports at 10.45 a.m.

  • State Briefs 12-04-11

    Two men trying to help woman stabbed, One dies

    POJOAQUE — Authorities in Santa Fe County say two men who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute were stabbed by a man who was later captured.
    County sheriff’s officials say 21-year-old Victoriano Gonzales of Santa Fe was stabbed in the neck and died after trying to stop the dispute on Friday night. Another man also was stabbed but is expected to survive.
    Sheriff Robert Garcia says the two men were at a trailer park in Pojoaque (poh-WAH’-kay) when they witnessed the domestic dispute. The woman told deputies she was being assaulted by 31-year-old Adrian Gonzales.

  • Charting a path to the Top 100 schools

    Los Alamos Public Schools will host a Strategic Planning Retreat from 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 10 at Fuller Lodge. The purpose of the retreat is to provide an update on the progress made in charting a path to the top 100 schools as the district builds upon these plans. Students, staff and the community are invited to participate in this conversation.
    For the past six months, members of the school staff, community, business leaders and representatives from area universities have engaged in a conversation about the path that the could be taken to improve the quality of the schools. Charting a pathway to do even better will be the focus of the Fuller Lodge retreat.
    School Board President Melanie McKinley will open the retreat with a formal welcome.

  • NCRTD honors Wismer

    North Central Regional Transit District chair Rosemary Romero makes a presentation to honor board member Mike Wismer, also a Los Alamos County Councilor, Friday at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. Wismer announced last month he was relinquishing his NCRTD board duties and he will be replaced by councilor Geoff Rodgers.

  • Update 12-04-11

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Parks and Rec

  • House redistricting scheduled for Dec. 12

    State Rep. James Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) is looking forward to the upcoming redistricting hearings, although he said he was disheartened an agreement could not be reached during a special legislative session in September.

    Since that time, Hall has been busy, meeting with constituents, giving talks to local organizations and serving on interim legislative committees.

    A couple of months ago, Hall wrote a letter to redistricting attorneys Richard Olsen and Luis Stelzner, concerning the hearings that begin Dec. 12 in Santa Fe.

  • Autio rose to the challenges

    County Attorney Randy Autio’s year-and-a-half in Los Alamos has been anything but dull; in fact, he may have had the challenge of a lifetime.

    “When I came here as County Attorney in July of 2010, I faced a really tough investigation that involved the administrator and high-level employees,” Autio said, referring to an investigation that ended with County Administrator Tony Mortillaro’s termination in December 2010.

    Council voted unanimously to appoint Autio as Acting County Administrator, a role he served in until Harry Burgess was hired Nov. 7.