Local News

  • LAPD to crack down on distracted driving

    Even though Los Alamos doesn’t have a distracted driving ordinance on the books, the state does.
    The Los Alamos County Police Department is looking to ramp up enforcement, as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
    Thousands die each year as a result of distracted driving, which can include chatting on a cell phone, texting or playing with a toddler in the back seat, according to the National Safety Council.
    Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera said people are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident if they’re driving while distracted. And while Los Alamos hasn’t seen many accidents to warrant it’s own distracted driving ordinance yet, he said it’s still something to look out for.

  • Broadband will not go 'wireless'

    At the 60 percent review of a proposed Community Broadband Network, several residents advocated for extending wireless services, rather than creating a fiber optics network.
    When County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage made the motion to move the project forward to the 90 percent review, he also included a directive that staff conduct a study of a wireless option comparable to one gigabit (Gbps) of fiber, which would be in addition to, but not in place of, fiber.
    Information Technology Project Manager Estevan Gonzales and Acting Administrative Services Director Laura Gonzales returned to council with the results of the wireless study Tuesday night.

  • Three small businesses get contracts for lab environmental work


    Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a master task order agreement for up to $250 million to three small businesses with offices in Northern New Mexico.

    The agreement is for services related to the transportation and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste.

    The companies include ARS Cavanagh Environmental Services, LLC; Portage, Inc., and Navarro Research & Engineering, Inc.

    “Safely handling and transporting waste containers is an important part of our environmental cleanup efforts at Los Alamos,” said Pete Maggiore, assistant manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office Environmental Projects Office.

  • Block gets probation

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge has ordered former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. to spend 4 ½ years on probation for election law violations and misuse of taxpayer money.

    Block was sentenced Wednesday by District Judge Michael Vigil.

    Block had faced up to 4 ½ years in prison after failing to comply with a plea agreement requirement to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program. Block's attorney has said his client is addicted to prescription painkillers and cocaine.

    He resigned last year after pleading guilty to felonies, including fraudulent of a state-issued credit card.

  • LAPS CRC formed

    A Citizens Review Committee was formed to review the status of the school referendum and bond projects.  This committee met for the first time March 21.
    As part of its work, the committee will verify whether the school district accomplished what it set out to accomplish in its plans that were presented to the public.
    The committee, which serves in an advisory role, will report periodically to the Los Alamos Public Schools Board.
    The committee will also be asked to provide feedback on completed projects as well as help determine which future projects should be undertaken.  
    The committee meets once a month.  Future work of the committee will include a review of the 5-year and 20-year construction plans of the district.  

  • 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.”