Today's News

  • Super Search Off And Running

    Judging by last week’s spate of board meetings, committee meetings, and public hearings, the Los Alamos School Board’s search for a superintendent seems to be getting off to a good start.
    In an effort to attract the best candidate, numerous meetings were held over the past several weeks in order to gauge public opinion on what the district should be looking for in its next superintendent. To make sure it received input from every sector of the community, the board had the chairs of the committees weigh in with the board.
    At a school board meeting last week, at least members from two of those boards spoke about what their committees wanted in the next superintendent.
    Bill Wadt, who chairs the board’s Community Leader Advisory Committee, spoke first at the meeting before the board, conveying several recommendations to the board on what the CLAC would like to see in Los Alamos’ next superintendent.
    Wadt emphasized his committee valued experience over a Ph.D degree as one of the most essential requirements.
    “As leaders in this community, we feel strongly that classroom teaching experience is essential, but a Ph.D isn’t,” he said to the board. Other recommendations he made is that the board hire a superintendent that makes children as well as teachers and staff members feel valued.

  • School board members wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools School board president Judy Bjarke-McKenzie issued a call to residents recently who may be interested in running for School Board Districts 3, 4, or 5. She said, “Serving on the school board gives residents a voice in the future direction of the school system.”
    With the Dec.16 deadline for residents interested in running for a seat on the school board approaching, Bjarke-McKenzie encouraged Los Alamos residents to consider applying.
    Any resident of the district, who is a “qualified elector” (qualified to vote under the provision of both the New Mexico and U. S. Constitution) of the State of New Mexico, a resident of the school board district from which a member is to be elected, and who desires to become a candidate for the office of member of the board of the district is eligible to file a declaration of candidacy.
    The declaration of candidacy is available at the county clerk’s office or can be downloaded from the county clerk’s office website losalamosnm.us/clerk. Candidates must file a notarized declaration of candidacy to the office of the Los Alamos county clerk by Dec. 16 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Residents missing this filing date can choose to file declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate before 5 p.m.

  • Board hears ski area update

    Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Manager Tom Long gave the Parks and Recreation Board some disappointing news last Wednesday: the ski area is unlikely to be able to augment its water supply for snow making this winter.
    “Snow is a major factor in running the ski area,” Long said. “You can do a lot of things, but no snow, no go. So it’s important that we get reliable conditions for opening and closing dates and building programs.”
    Plans to run a temporary water line from the Los Alamos reservoir were delayed when someone protested the special use permit to run the line across National Forest lands. The issue has been resolved, but the plastic line may not be able to withstand winter weather conditions.
    “So we’re falling behind on the window to be able to make a temporary water line to get water for snowmaking in our pond this year,” Long said.
    Pajarito Recreation Group, a subsidiary of Sipapu Ski Resort, continues to investigate long-term solutions such as collecting more runoff and digging a well.

  • Business Spotlight: Dunbar spins magic with stained glass windows

    There has been long admiration of stained glass windows in churches, businesses and even private residences. Spin Dunbar is the owner of Dunbar Stained Glass and has been commissioned stained glass structures for private homes, public buildings and churches since 1972. He has resided in the Santa Fe area since the mid-1980s.
    His work has been on view from coast to coast and many places in northern New Mexico, including work in Fuller Lodge, the Masonic Lodge in Santa Fe, Southern Methodist University in Taos, Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz, Masonic Lodge of Holy Faith in Galisteo and the home of “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin in Santa Fe.
    He has also did restoration for several churches, such as Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe, Señora Nuestra in Galisteo made some windows for the St. Francis Basilica Cathedral.
    He works with architects, homeowners and church committees to achieve designs that work best with their needs, budgets and environment. He works with clients to create one-of-a-kind designs.
    All of the work is structurally designed to hold the weight of the glass over time without any distortion, which is expected to last many decades.

  • Update 11-25-14

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled. Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in chambers.


    The Los Alamos Monitor’s offices will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. The newspaper’s office will be open Friday.


    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Dec. 2 at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Elisa Enriquez on suicide prevention.

    Christmas Sale

    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Graves Hall.

    Game Night

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

  • News Briefs 11-25-14

    Council on PAC 8 not likely tonight

    Due to technical difficulties, the county was not able to broadcast over PAC 8 during the last council meeting. Since then, we have been investigating possible causes of the problem, working in cooperation with PAC 8, but have not been able to resolve it yet.
    The IT division will be running some additional tests this afternoon on the fiber connection, but it seems unlikely that the council meeting we will be broadcast over PAC 8 on cable TV starting at 7 p.m.
    According to county PIO Julie Habiger, “this issue does not impact our ability to stream the meeting to a computer or capture it using Video on Demand for later replay. The link for streaming is available here under the Nov. 25 council meeting agenda and will be live at 7 p.m.

    County works on Ashley Pond railings

  • PEEC gearing up for new nature center


    Mark your calendars for Earth Day next year. April 22 is the scheduled opening for the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Construction crews are working hard to meet their January completion date and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is preparing to mount exhibits throughout the building. 

    PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson can obviously already see the exhibits in her mind’s eye.

    “Our mission is enriching people’s lives by strengthening their connection to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies,” Watson said. “So the exhibits are going to focus on are canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.”

    Each will have a separate exhibit space, with special features for each. The mesa exhibit will have an ant farm embedded in it. The mountain area will have a model of the Valles Caldera and exhibits on forest succession and bird migration. 

    The canyon exhibit will have a native fish tank and an exhibit called “If these rocks could talk,” which will have photographic illustrations of rocks with real rocks embedded in them. The rock will talk about itself when someone touches it. Local residents will supply the rock voices. 

  • Today in history Nov. 25
  • McMillan responds to reports of alleged missteps by LANL


    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan denounced a published report earlier this week that exposed missteps at the lab that played a part in a radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.

    In an internal memo to staff, obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor, McMillan dismissed suggestions that the lab was withholding scientific theories about the Feb. 14 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

    “I want to assure you that nothing is further from the truth, and scientific integrity is valued above all else at this institution,” he said in the memo.

  • LA drops hoops season opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell in its season opener at home Saturday night.

    Los Alamos led 12-11 after one quarter, but struggled to finish both from the floor and from the foul line against the Aztec Tigers. The Tigers, who didn't shoot great either, made some big 3-pointers in the second quarter to help lift them to a 55-42 win at Griffith Gymnasium.

    More information from Saturday's game will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.