Today's News

  • Del Norte to build WR branch

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council approved the sale of two acres of land on the southeast corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard to Del Norte Credit Union for $452,000.
    The contract calls for the credit union to build a branch on one parcel of the property within two years and develop the remaining parcel within three. The undeveloped land will be landscaped in the interim.
    Councilor Pete Sheehey asked that proceeds from the sale be directed to the economic development fund.
    Councilors’ main concerns seemed to be that the property could no longer be used for political signs during the campaign season.
    Council approved the contract by a 5-0 vote. Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and councilor David Izraelevitz were not in attendance and councilor Rick Reiss joined by phone.
    Council also approved a code of ethics by a 5-0 vote.
    Council had sent the ordinance back for revision in March. The original proposal only included the Board of Public Utilities and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Council wanted all boards to be governed by the code and also asked for the inclusion of “aspirational” language emphasizing desirable traits such as trustworthiness and honesty.

  • LANL employees pledge $217M

    The work of more than 250 community and social service organizations will benefit from the more than $2.17 million pledged by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees to United Way and other nonprofits during the laboratory’s 2015 Employee Giving Campaign.
    “We are proud to help the many community focused non-profit organizations working hard to improve the lives of so many people in Northern New Mexico,” said Alan Bishop, Los Alamos’ principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering and this year’s campaign champion. “The list of organizations receiving support from the Lab’s giving campaign runs the gamut from after-school services to elder care, and from job training to providing safe havens to victims of domestic violence.”
    The amount pledged is a record for a giving campaign by Los Alamos employees. Los Alamos National Security, LLC plans to prorate its $1 million match among the selected nonprofit organizations, bringing the total donation to nearly $3.2 million.

  • Recount ordered in state race

    SANTA FE (AP) — The certification of New Mexico’s general election results is on holding pending a recount in the statewide race for land commissioner.
    The State Canvassing Board met Tuesday in Santa Fe and ordered a recount in the contest between incumbent Democrat Ray Powell and Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The latest totals provided by the secretary of state’s office show Dunn with a 704-vote lead.
    The recount is scheduled to begin Dec. 8 and will take about two days. The board will meet again Dec. 16 to certify the results.
    “We’ve been through every county,” said Bobbi Shearer, head of the state Bureau of Elections. “That includes all the provisionals, all the hand-tallies, all the in-lieu-of ballots, everything that was handled by the county canvassing boards. But we’re going to ask the counties to verify those numbers because we want to know how many ballots in each category the candidates can expect.”
    This will be the first recount in a statewide race since New Mexico enacted a law in 2008 for automatic recounts when the margin between the top two candidates is less than 0.5 percent.
    Powell said he will be watching closely, given that it has never been done before.

  • Herrera promoted to LAPD deputy chief

    As family, colleagues and friends looked on, Los Alamos Police Commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera was sworn in as the Los Alamos Police Department’s Deputy Chief in a ceremony that took place at the Los Alamos County Justice Center Monday.
    Los Alamos County Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados swore him in. His girlfriend, Summer Sandoval and young son, Jordan Tyler Herrera, pinned on his new badge after he was sworn in.
    LAPD Police Chief Dino Sgambellone thanked everyone for coming, as well as remarked at range of professions represented was a testimony to Wardlow-Herrera’s involvement and commitment toward bettering his community.
    “I have not doubt that he will make the LAPD a better place within the department as well as for each of you and your roles as we continue to meet the expectations of the citizens we serve,” he said. “...I’m very excited and happy about this day. I think Jason will do an outstanding job.”
    Wardlow-Herrera’s promotion was officially announced last week through a press release from Los Alamos County.

  • Boone scholarship

    James Dinkel, personal representative of the Zenas and Irene U. Boone estate, presents a $250,000 check to Lisa Montoya, the LAPS Chief Financial Officer. Boone’s husband Zenas, Boone bequeathed a needs-based scholarship in the memory of of his wife Dr. Irene U. Boone, a longtime pediatrician in Los Alamos. The memorial scholarship will provide financial assistance for future Los Alamos graduates to attend post high school studies. Los Alamos attorney Reid Griffith assisted in the presentation of the scholarship donation.
Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist was among the first to learn of the generous gift to the students of Los Alamos High School. “This was an absolutely great moment for our students and a wonderfully generous gift,” Belew-Nyquist said. Belew-Nyquist will convene a committee to develop a scholarship application process that will be available beginning with the Class of 2015 and to graduates in future classes. The committee also will determine an annual scholarship amount as well as develop a financial strategy to issue the Irene U. Boone Memorial Scholarship for many years into the future.

  • Update 11-26-14

    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.


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

  • 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.

  • Today in history Nov. 26
  • 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.