Today's News

  • Local groups deliver turkey dinners to LA families in need

    The Los Alamos Police Department, in partnership with Debbie Shelton of the Family Resource Advocate Group and Kathy Fulton with Smith’s Marketplace, prepared and delivered Thanksgiving turkey dinners to 14 local families.

    The partnership was coordinated by Cpl. Tim Lonz for the second straight year, who recognized the opportunity to help local families during a time of Thanksgiving, according to the LAPD press release.

  • School renovation OK’d

    The Los Alamos School Board recently approved moving forward with renovations for Barranca Elementary School – but there’s a catch. The actual vote was to allocate $50,000 of district funding toward an “education specifications study,” which means the findings could be universally applied to any school in the system that needs renovation or redesign.
    The board voted for Barranca Elementary School to be the next school to be renovated because state’s Public Schools Facility Authority listed it as the 17th worst school in the state as far as infrastructure and maintenance problems. On that same list, was Chamisa Elementary School and Piñon Elementary School, both in White Rock.
    The board also voted this way because it has its eye on a key source of funding  from the Public Schools Facility Authority. Since the school district has three schools that are a relatively high priority on the PSFA’s list, the school district stands a good chance of receiving matching construction funds by the PSFA for reconstruction.
    Under the formula, the school district stands to gain $7 million in construction funds from the PSFA, if the PSFA votes in favor of giving money to the Los Alamos Public District. That crucial vote won’t happen until March of next year.

  • List of stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday

    NEW YORK (AP) — After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals online, many still plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day or in the early morning hours of Black Friday. So if you prefer to pick up those discounted TVs, toys and other goods in person, here's a list of what time stores are open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday:

    Discount Stores:


    Thanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Opens 7 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Deals start at 6 p.m.


    Department Stores:


    Thanksgiving: Opens 3 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and closes 2 a.m. Friday

    Black Friday: Opens 5 a.m.


    Electronic Stores:


    Thanksgiving: Opens 5 p.m. and closes 1 a.m. Friday

  • Today in history Nov. 24
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  • Local shop raises funds for young girl, family

    Boomerang Consignment and Resale in Los Alamos has declared that until Christmas Day, they will match all monetary donations, up to $500, to help 3-year-old Lorelei Hayward hopefully have a “Christmas Miracle.”

    Hayward was born with scoliosis of the spine, and has had nine specially made casts to help correct the curvature of her spine, which is crushing her lung and heart. She is being admitted for surgery on Dec. 2 to receive a new technology called “Magec Rods” that are surgically inserted alongside her spine to help keep it from curving.

    “Lorelei's mom needs our help to pay expenses and pay her insurance premium to keep the coverage so desperately needed,” said Anna Dillane, owner of Boomerang.

    Hayward’s mother will be out of work taking care of her daughter for at least a month. She will be hospitalized for up to 10 days after the surgery. She will then need multiple doctor visits for the next three weeks to check the rods, and then surgery every three to six months after that to move the rods as she grows.

  • Land purchase may facilitate development on southside

    The Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of 0.997 of an acre at 1907 Trinity Drive by a 6-0 vote. Chair Kristin Henderson was not in attendance.
    Councilor Steve Girrens asked that the item be pulled from the consent agenda so council could hear staff’s reasons for recommending the purchase.
    The staff report notes that redeveloping the area south of Trinity is a major component of the county’s economic development goals. County Administrator Harry Burgess charged Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher with identifying strategic parcels for acquisition by the county to maximize economic development in that area.
    The purchase will allow the county to develop an access road to 3.2 acres already owned by the county, which includes the Smart House.
    Fisher’s models show that with the road infrastructure, the county property could support 40,000-80,000 square feet of new commercial development ($8 million to $16 million in new capital investment) and from 60-120 jobs.
    The purchase of right-of-way from Centurylink would enable the county to pursue a four-way stoplight at 20th and Trinity as a means to enhance pedestrian safety and improve access to both the county property and the Los Alamos Public Schools administrative offices.

  • Roswell lawmaker to reintroduce daylight saving time bill

    ROSWELL (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker says he plans to reintroduce legislation that would allow the state to maintain the same time all year.

    Sen. Cliff Pirtle announced at a legislative luncheon last week that he will bring up the measure that would keep New Mexico on Mountain Daylight Saving Time throughout the year.

    The Republican farmer from Roswell told the Roswell Daily Record (http://bit.ly/1T6OXPK) that he may put the bill in the form of a joint resolution.

    He says a joint resolution would allow the measure to bypass Gov. Susana Martinez and go to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    The measure would then go back to the state and be discussed in public forums.

    The Senate approved of Pirtle's bill in March but it died while before a House committee.

  • MANHATTAN PROJECT NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK: Scholars’ forum launches park interpretation

    With the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy − which clarifies management responsibilities for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park − NPS is wasting no time in developing interpretation for the newly created park.
    To kick off this new phase, park service held a two-day scholars’ forum in conjunction with the Nov. 10 signing ceremony in Washington.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Cultural Resources Historian Ellen McGehee and Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan joined a roundtable of distinguished scholars and historians assigned the task of suggesting high-level, interpretive themes for NPS to pursue in more depth.
    The panel included nationally recognized historians such as Robert S. Norris and J. Samuel Walker, an environmental historian and local historians from Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash., the three sites included in the national park. There also were two representatives from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

  • SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Philanthropy behind the scenes

    There is something truly unique about the observance of Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos.
    While the doors are dinging with the arrival of more customers and cash registers are clicking, silently in the background, a philanthropic effort is underway.
    American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need – getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
    In Los Alamos, local businesses are setting aside a portion of their proceeds for nonprofit organizations – most local, some national or international. United Way of Northern New Mexico is a popular charity with the merchants. According to UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega, last year the Small Business Saturday merchants donated almost $3,000 to her organization.
    This year, UWNNM is the designated recipient of funds from more than a dozen of participating businesses, and several  have specified they will donate 10 percent of the day’s profits.