Today's News

  • LANL laser heading to Mars in 2020 mission

    NASA announced today that laser technology originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for its new Mars mission in 2020.

    “We are extremely excited to be going to Mars again,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the newly selected SuperCam team and current principal investigator of the Curiosity Rover’s ChemCam Team. “More importantly for the mission, I know SuperCam is the very best remote sensor that NASA can have aboard.”

  • Charter Article V draws debate

    On Tuesday, a group calling themselves Citizens to Preserve Sound Utilities (CPSU) made a last-ditch effort to derail sending proposed amendments to Charter Article V to the voters in November.
    The Los Alamos County council approved the Charter Review Committee’s (CRC) recommendation for changes to Article V —which deals with public utilities — in December 2013. Tuesday’s agenda item was to approve the final ordinance, which reflected five years of work by two CRC committees.
    Efforts to kill the ordinance caused some distress among supporters, particularly due to what former CRC member Chris Chandler called “a light bench.” Council requires four votes to pass anything.
    Only Vice Chair Kristin Henderson, who served as chair, and councilors Steve Girrens and Pete Sheehey were present. Councilor Rick Reiss joined by phone for the entire meeting, and councilor Frances Berting —who was delayed by travel — called in as the Article V discussion began. Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor David Izraelevitz were not in attendance.
    Rodgers had directed Henderson to allot CPSU 10 minutes of public comment, provided one member spoke for the entire group. Robert Gibson served as spokesperson.

  • Scholarship fund breaks a record

    The Los Alamos National Employees’ Scholarship Fund broke a record this year. According to Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman Steve Sandoval, the fund brought in more funds this year than in any year of its existence.
    The fund was founded in 1998 through a partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. Each year, employees and subcontractors with the lab donate to the fund. The fund’s purpose is to support promising students that attend school in Northern New Mexico with college scholarships.
    “Contributions totaled about $342,000 and with a contributing match of $240,000 from the Los Alamos National Security LANS it’s about $592,000 total,” Sandoval said. “We had a great fundraising drive this year.”

  • Alex Kirk Day set for Aug. 9

    Alex Kirk accepts a proclamation declaring Saturday, Aug. 9 “Alex Kirk Day” in Los Alamos County from councilor Steve Girrens. Girrens quipped about the shortest councilor being chosen to present to the tallest recipient. 

  • Nickerson hired as Moscow, Idaho fire chief


    Following an extensive selection process, Mayor Bill Lambert, in collaboration with the Moscow, Idaho, Volunteer Fire Department, has identified Brian Nickerson of Los Alamos as Moscow's new Fire Chief, according to a press release from the City of Moscow.

    Nickerson takes over from Chief Ed Button, who retired earlier this summer, after 7 years leading the volunteer department. Division Chief Joe Williams has been acting Fire Chief since Button's retirement.

    Nickerson has over 25 years' experience in the fire service, including 5 years as Chief of the Wright City, Missouri Fire District. He has served as Division Chief, Life Safety/Fire Marshal for the Los Alamos Fire Department since 2011.

    Nickerson was selected from a field of over forty candidates for Moscow Fire Chief. "Chief Nickerson impressed our interview committee and Volunteer Fire Department as a dynamic and capable leader who has the ability to continue the tradition of excellence and service of our Fire Department", said Lambert. "I am pleased to present his name to the City Council for confirmation as Moscow's next Fire Chief."

    Nickerson cited his desire to join Moscow's Fire Department because of the volunteers' commitment to community service.

  • Montoya hired as school district's new financial officer


    Lisa Montoya has been hired by Los Alamos Public Schools to be the new chief financial officer for the district.

    Montoya replaces John Wolfe, who took a job with the state.

    Montoya brings 17 years of experience in business and has a Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University. 

    She comes to Los Alamos Public Schools from Pojoaque Valley Schools where she served as Comptroller and Chief Procurement Officer. 

    Montoya returns to Los Alamos Public Schools where she worked from 2002 until 2009, first as an elementary school secretary at Pinon and then Aspen Elementary. 

    She then served for two years as the comptroller for the district.

    Superintendent Eugene Schmidt stated “ Ms. Montoya brings a wealth of experience in the financial management of schools.  She will begin her duties within the next week.  The patrons of our district can look forward to a level of fiscal management that Los Alamos Public Schools is so well known.”

  • Update 07-31-14


    Youth Fundraiser. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Rover Park in White Rock. Water slide and bounce house, $3 for five minutes. Donations are appreciated.

    Downtown Dogs

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. today for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.


    Auditions for Agatha Christie’s play “And Then There Were None.” 2-4 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Little Theater.

    First Friday Forts

    First Friday Forts at PEEC. 3:30-5 p.m. Come build a fort or cook up something good in the mud kitchen. No formal program — just a time for kids to get together and have fun. Parents must stay and supervise their children. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Concert series

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Shinyribs. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. 

  • Details emerge in fatal crash

    A police report detailing a fatal Main Street car accident revealed that the victim was hit when then the driver of the car, Steve Fode, backed his pickup truck without looking.
    The report said that on July 16, around 11 a.m., Fode was approaching the intersection from Main Street and Central Avenue via Main Street when he realized he couldn’t turn left onto Central Avenue due to the construction.
    According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the accident victim, 73-year-old Emily Mares-Lang, waited at the crosswalk for Fode’s truck to pass her. She had just left the post office and was on the crosswalk behind Fode’s truck when Fode “reversed at a high rate of speed,” and hit her with his Chevrolet pickup truck, according to witnesses. According to Fode, he was trying reverse his truck in order to make a U-turn when he hit Mares-Lang.
    Officers at the scene were unable to interview Mares-Lang due to her injuries. She was immediately transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center then later to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Center in Santa Fe.

  • Los Alamos Monitor interviews with "Manhattan" producers and cast

    Los Alamos Monitor reporter Arin McKenna interviewed creator, director and select members of the cast from "Manhattan." View the first interview at the link below and look for more to follow.


  • Rains pummel LA area

    As a result of continued rainy weather conditions this week and the potential for flash flooding in Los Alamos Canyon, Philmont Taylor, LAPD Emergency Management has ordered the county’s Bear Camp program to vacate the Ice Rink in the canyon for the remainder of the summer camp season.
     Atomic City Transit busses transported approximately 30-35 campers out of the canyon and were safely back to the aquatic center’s training room.
    Camp will continue for one more week at this alternate location at the aquatic center, which should be adequate because of the limited enrollment this time of year.
    The rain caused some flooding in Los Alamos neighborhoods and also closed West Road down to the Ice Rink.
    The National Weather Service also issued a flash flood warning for Southern Los Alamos County early this morning.
    According to its Facebook page, Bandelier National Monument reported the creek that runs through Frijoles Canyon was at the top of its channel during the afternoon thunderstorm.
    The county, meanwhile, said in a memo that Central Avenue will be fully closed between 15th and the Post Office.