Local News

  • Mortillaro accepts lesser contract

    SANTA FE — Former Los Alamos County administrator Anthony J. Mortillaro finally got his contract as the executive director of the North Central Regional Transit District Friday.
    But it was far from an easy process.

    For more than three hours behind closed doors, the transit board met in executive session to hash out the details of the contract.

    It was far from unanimous.

    Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya initially made a motion that would give Mortillaro a base salary of $96,000 and no $500 per-month vehicle allowance. The motion failed 15-11, despite the support of Espanola’s Robert Seeds and Rio Arriba County’s Barney Trujillo.

  • NCRTD, Mortillaro agree to contract

    For three hours, the North Central Region Transit board sat behind closed doors, trying to hash out the details of executive director Tony Mortillaro's contract.

    When the dust settled Friday afternoon, the board approved a contract that would give Mortillaro a base salary of $100,000 per year and no vehicle allowance of $500 per month.

    "I am just glad now we can focus on moving forward," Mortillaro said.

    For more on the meeting, pick up a Sunday copy of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Clarification 10-14-11

    The Oct. 13 story, “Council approves zoning request” stated that Roger Waterman had offered to relocate the Boy Scout cabin housed on the property.
    Waterman called the Los Alamos Monitor to clarify that he has confirmed that it is possible to move the building if the community wishes to preserve it, but has not offered to move it himself.

  • Roadwork begins Monday

    Utilities installation for the new Municipal Complex begins Monday, Oct. 17, on Deacon Street. Work begins with intermittent flagging operations and then proceeds to full street closure, limited to the eastern end of the street. Motorists should use the 20th Street entrance to Deacon to access parking for El Parasol, Central Avenue Grill, CB Fox, Metzgar’s hardware store or the LANL offices. Delivery truck access to the south loading docks for businesses is being coordinated with the contractor and will be accommodated as needed.  
    Roadwork should be completed within the week, weather permitting.


  • Teen Center Study progresses

    Only about 20 people turned out, about half of them teens, to the first of three public meetings to discuss the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Phase I Study for the Los Alamos Teen Center Facility Thursday evening.
    “Although turnout was low, there was a nice cross-section of the community there,” said Linda Daly, executive director of the YMCA.
    Council approved $150,000 for the Phase I study in December 2010. The Phase I study request argued that Los Alamos needs a teen center because of its isolation. Los Alamos lacks the places where teens usually “hang out,” such as shopping malls and bowling alleys.

  • Update 10-14-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Training and tour

    The Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are holding Electronic Public Reading Room training and a tour of the Hard copy Public Reading Room. There are two sessions: 11 a.m.-noon or 5-6 p.m. Oct. 18.


    The PEECnic will be at Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Children’s activities, nature exhibits, talks on birds of Honduras and Columbia and refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

    BPU meeting

  • LAHS construction unable to catch up

    After missing their initial deadline of Oct. 19, Flintco is expected to reach substantial completion on the main building of the Los Alamos High School construction project by Oct. 26.

    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Gerald Martin’s Owner’s Representative David Wharram gave a brief presentation to board members and explained where the project stands.

    He cited the Las Conchas Fire in late June as the reason Gerald Martin missed the deadline. He also said the company thought they would be able to make up the time lost due to evacuation of the town, but were unable to do so.

  • Police respond to Shamrock gas station heist

    Police responded to the Shamrock gas station Thursday evening following a report of money missing from the cash register. They spoke with the manager, John Danielson, left. He declined to disclose the amount of money missing, pending the investigation

  • Authorities seize semi trucks

    New Mexico Motor Transportation Police have discovered that the two big rigs involved in separate incidents on N.M. 4 last week contain multiple violations.

    “Both vehicles received a federal level one inspection, which includes the frames as well as everything inside,” said MTP spokesperson Wendy Graft. “They did not have proper paperwork for that cargo. The trucks have been impounded while we’re waiting for the company to send us the paperwork.”

    The 18-wheelers were hauling crushed cars when the accidents occurred last Thursday and Friday on the hairpin turn near mile marker 49. The vehicles reportedly came from a junkyard in Los Alamos.

  • Lead, follow or get out of the way ...

    The American economy isn’t going in the right direction, and most states’ economies are in the tank as well — New Mexico’s certainly is.
     What we see an awful lot of these days are our elected officials wringing their hands and casting blame on their political opponents.
    In effect, it’s everybody else’s fault but theirs. In truth, this behavior of the career political class is largely driven by their inability to solve our problems, or even understand how things can be improved for the common good of all of us.