Local News

  • County wants to be prepared

    “Be prepared” is more than just a Boy Scout motto, it’s become a common practice for schools around the country, following the Columbine — and more recently— the Virginia Tech shootings. Los Alamos County also is preparing for mass emergency situations with Operation Hilltopper.

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor gave a presentation during Thursday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting at Aspen Elementary, regarding the county’s emergency plan.

  • LANL Honors R&D 100 Winners

    During a recognition ceremony at the Hilltop House Hotel Thursday evening, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan spoke of the projects and people who earned three R&D 100 Awards this year.

    “Once again the R&D 100 Awards show that Los Alamos National Laboratory’s multidisciplinary scientific approach provides real-world innovation with the potential to drive job creation in the private sector while delivering benefits to the American public,” McMillan said.

  • Cost hikes raise CIP concerns

     Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

    The escalation in costs for the White Rock Visitor Center raised specters of past overruns and future budget nightmares.

    “I’m having a hard time with a design increasing 50 percent. I think it was a poor job of estimating. I don’t know if it was really tried to stay in the $2 million. I just feel that council was misled in the original estimate,” Vice Chair Ron Selvage said during Tuesday’s county council meeting where councilors narrowly approved an additional $1,126,697 for construction.

  • Obama lost many donors from '08 presidential race

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has lost millions of dollars in support from former donors in Democratic strongholds and in districts that he won narrowly four years ago, according to an Associated Press analysis of the most recent federal campaign finance data.

    Tens of thousands of supporters who gave him hundreds of dollars or more in the early stages of the 2008 campaign haven't offered him similar amounts of cash so far in this campaign. And in some cases, former Obama contributors gave to GOP candidates, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

  • Bandelier to open to private vehicles next week

    "In another step towards recovery after the Las Conchas Fire and monsoon floods, Bandelier is opening more trails and allowing visitors to drive into Frijoles Canyon on Oct. 31,”  announced Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.  "The last day of the well-received shuttle service from White Rock will be Sunday, Oct. 30," he added.

  • LA American Legion riders to hold benefit event Saturday

    The Los Alamos American Legion Riders are conducting a fundraiser on Saturdayto support the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center, Albuquerque location, and Los Alamos school libraries that were flooded earlier this year.

    The events include a motorcycle “fun run”, shrimp boil, and Halloween Party and costume contest with live music by The Renegade Mountain Band. All events are at the American Legion Post, 1325 Trinity Drive.

    New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers provide transitional housing for homeless veterans by responding to the needs of veterans, with focus on those who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis, through the provision of quality employment training, housing and supportive services based on a Continuum of Care.

  • Correction 10-27-11

    In Wednesday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, the story, “WR Visitor Center Costs Skyrocket” incorrectly stated that Councilor David Izraelevitz voted against the motion.
    Vice Chair Ron Selvage was the third vote against the motion. Izraelevitz wrote, “I am a strong supporter of the project, even given its revised cost.”

  • Council approves hospital payments

    Council unanimously approved supplemental Sole Community Hospital Provider (SCHP) payment adjustments for Los Alamos Medical Center in the amount of $80,697, Santa Fe’s CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in the amount of $400,000 and Española Hospital in the amount of $60,000.
    The motion also specified that this supplemental payment is not to be added to the base payment for the program without council’s express approval. This prevents the state from automatically increasing the county’s future payments by the supplemental amount.

  • Update 10-27-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will be closed today for new computer training.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Health fair

    The Los Alamos Health Fair will be Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon at the Los Alamos High School Griffith Gym.

  • Goblins get ready

    Residents in White Rock are getting ready for Halloween by decorating their residences