Local News

  • Clarification 03-28-12

    The following students also received one-time, $1,000 awards from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. They were inadvertently left off in a story in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    • Lucas Baca, West Las Vegas HS - Alan Johnston Memorial  
    • Jalila Arthur, Robertson HS - William & Gertrude Fradkin Memorial
    • Jaylene Martinez, Penasco HS  - Rae Lee Siporin Achievement
    • Kyetiil Vicenti, Dulce HS - Rae Lee Siporin Achievement
    • Ashtyn Megariz, Mesa Vista HS - Tim Martin Memorial
    • Ryan Keyser, New Mexico State University - Northern New Mexico American Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • Johnson wins essay contest

    Los Alamos Middle School seventh grader Liam Johnson entered an essay in the nationwide Patriots Pen essay contest. The topic this year was, “Are You Proud of Your Country?” LAMS Language Arts Teacher Jennifer Holmes assisted the VFW in getting entries. A total of 13 entries was received. Johnson’s essay was chosen as the post winner and was sent to the district contest, then to the state contest, at which he placed second.
    Gina Smith of the Los Alamos VFW Ladies Auxiliary, presented Johnson with a check for $350 from the Department of New Mexico of Veterans of Foreign Wars, with an additional $25 from the Los Alamos Ladies Auxiliary.

  • CIP projects sent to administrator

    During earlier CIP Committee meetings, Committee Chair Gary Leikness indicated that the committee’s recommendations would be given to the county administrator and projects would be selected during the budget hearings April 16-18.
    However, this week the approach to be used for the CIP portion of the budget has changed. 
    During the council meeting March 20, County Administrator Harry Burgess recommended that the council hold a special meeting outside of the April budget hearings to discuss specific details of each CIP Phase 2 project that is seeking funds in FY13 or future years.

  • Update 03-28-12

    Code RED

    Los Alamos County will conduct a test of its CodeRED emergency notification system at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    TV appearance

  • Wildfire season gets underway

    At a news conference Tuesday, Governor Susana Martinez announced that she proclaimed March 25–April 7, as Wildfire Awareness Weeks in New Mexico. She urged residents and visitors to the state to be prepared for wildfires and do their part to prevent human-caused wildfires from starting.
    “Unfortunately, conditions are in place for another difficult fire season,” Martinez said. “I urge all New Mexicans to do their part to be safe and take steps to prevent fires whenever they can. Our firefighters and emergency officials did an incredible job of keeping New Mexicans safe during last year’s devastating fires, but we all have a responsibility to be aware of this year’s fire dangers and the consequences of careless behavior.”

  • Crane towers over LA

    A large crane  has been in operation the past two days at the Municipal Complex building site. The crane was being used to set the steel beams into place when framing of the building began Monday.

  • Council supports DPU request

    The Los Alamos County Council voted to support the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ request for a resolution supporting a State Implementation Plan for reducing regional haze at PNM’s San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.
    The resolution also requests an administrative stay of enforcement for a more stringent Environmental Protection Agency Federal Implementation Plan, until the issue is decided in court. Without the stay of enforcement, approximately $250 million could be lost implementing the plan, should the courts decide in favor of the SIP.
    Los Alamos County owns a 7.2 percent share of unit 4 at the generating station, which provides approximately 50 percent of the electric requirements for Los Alamos County.

  • Gingrich revamps campaign to deny Romney delegates

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is drastically reorganizing his money- and delegate-deprived campaign, scaling back a traditional operation to focus on low-cost social media and an effort to cajole delegates to back him over front-runner Mitt Romney.

    One-third of Gingrich's campaign staff has been laid off and his campaign manager has been asked to resign, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said Tuesday night.

  • Court: What's left of health law without mandate?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The heart of the Obama administration's health care overhaul hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court is turning to whether the rest of the law can survive if the crucial individual insurance requirement is struck down.

    The justices also will spend part of Wednesday, the last of three days of arguments over the health law, considering a challenge by 26 states to the expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans, an important feature toward the overall goal of extending health insurance to an additional 30 million people.

  • Traffic backed up on truck route

    A three-car accident on the truck route snarled traffic for lab commuters tonight.

    According to deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun, dispatch was called around 5 p.m. He said the Los Alamos Fire Department responded and he did not know of any injuries.

    For more on the story, check Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.