Today's News

  • Atomic City Update: Baseball and softball camps heading to LA over Spring Break

    In sports, practice really does make perfect. It doesn’t matter how much natural ability someone has, the people who are truly successful are those who work the hardest.

    A big part of that is going above and beyond, and taking the time to always learn new things.

    This year, over Spring Break, those interested in baseball or softball between the ages of 7 and 14 will have that opportunity.

    On March 26, Ryan Brewer, of the Albuquerque Baseball Academy, and Kelsey Stevens, a national champion from the University of Oklahoma’s 2016 softball team, will host camps at Overlook Park in White Rock.

    This is the fifth year Brewer has held a camp in the area over Spring Break, while Stevens’ camp is a new addition this year.

    One of Brewer’s camps will focus on hitting and defense, while the other will focus on pitching.

    The hitting and defense camp will run from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and the pitching camp will run from 1:30-3 p.m. Campers can attend both sessions if they choose.

    Brewer pitched at Texas Tech University, and was signed by the Kansas City Royals after college. He has worked as a pitching coach at Texas Tech and at the University of New Mexico.

  • Tonight's Los Alamos Concert Association's Venice Baroque Orchestra concert cancelled

    Los Alamos Concert Association's Venice Baroque Orchestra concert tonight has been cancelled because of flight delays.
    LACA will reschedule this concert if they can, according to Vernon Smith, president of the association.

    "We will widely publicize the new date, time, and venue in regional newspapers, in e-mail notices, on our website and on our telephone message line," Smith said in a statement.

    If LACA is unable to reschedule this concert for later this season, the association will offer several possible options to ticket holders. LACA is asking those who have tickets to retain them until the association has time to work out the details.

    "Thank you for your patience as we attempt to fulfill our obligation to bring you, our patrons, world class artists," Smith said.


  • Sheehey: Advocating for the GRT

    Los Alamos County Councilor, candidate for District 43

    As a member of the County Council’s Regional and State Subcommittee, I helped develop our state legislative agenda, which was approved by the whole Council last December.  One priority was to address the concern that if a non-profit organization won the new LANL contract, state and local government could lose a total of  $50 million per year in gross receipts tax (GRT).

    Working with our State Senators Cisneros and Martinez and Representative Garcia Richard, we developed a bill, SB17, to close the loophole that lets non-profit organizations avoid GRT payment as prime contractors for national laboratories (SB17 preserves the GRT exemption for all other non-profit businesses and contracts). The bill passed both Houses: 31-4 in the Senate and 48-19 in the House.  It still needs the signature of Governor Martinez to become law.

    Why SB17?

  • Women2Women mini-conference set for March 17

    “Growing in God’s Goodness” is the theme of the sixth annual countywide “Women2Women” mini-conference.

    The mini-conference, which seeks to connect Los Alamos women with each other and with God, will take place 9 a.m.-noon, March 17, at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.

    The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual strengthening is open to all women of the community. The event is free. Brunch will be served.

    The church began sponsoring the countywide conference in 2013 and has followed-up each year since. The plan is to hold an annual conference for all nine “fruit of the Spirit” as listed in the Apostle Paul’s biblical letter to the Galatians, chapter 5, verses 22 and 23.

    The 2018 featured speaker is Cheryl Ridlon, chaplain for the Los Alamos Fire Department and other area fire departments. In addition to serving in this volunteer position, Ridlon is an investigator who does background checks for Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is an outdoorswoman, particularly enjoying bike riding.

  • LAPS meeting set for Monday

    The next Los Alamos Public Schools Budget meeting will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in the White Rock Library.

    Parents, students, staff, and interested community members are invited to attend and participate in the conversation.

    The meeting will include a review of the budget development process and time for community members to ask questions, give ideas and suggest how funds would be best utilized. 

    School board members will also discuss the budget during the upcoming school board work session on March 29 at the Topper Freshman Academy, as well as during the school board meeting on April 17 in the Los Alamos Administration Board Room.

  • N.M. changes system for state lottery scholarships

    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico is providing more certainty for college students about the amount of financial aid they can count on from state lottery revenues, but elected officials and others say more needs to be done to shore up the scholarship program as higher education costs climb.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Wednesday that decouples the value of lottery scholarships from the cost of tuition by setting a fixed amount for the awards based on the kind of institution a student attends.

    Tuition and demand for financial aid have outpaced lottery revenues for nearly a decade, forcing lawmakers and university administrators to get creative about helping students fill the gap. When it began in 1996, the scholarship covered 100 percent of average tuition rates. This year, only 60 percent is covered.

    The lottery-funded scholarships help pay tuition for about 26,000 students.

    The two-term Republican governor warned that the measure approved by the Legislature during the recent session is just one step toward addressing the deeper issues facing the scholarship program.

  • GRT bill veto sparks criticism, uncertainty from LA officials

    Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the bill Wednesday that would tax gross receipts of any non-profit contractor that would take over management and operations of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    In her message to the State Senate explaining the veto Wednesday, Martinez said the bill was “poorly crafted tax policy.” A proposed amendment would have required all non-profits that make over a certain threshold to pay gross receipts tax, but it was withdrawn, she said.

    Also, she said the bill was another “piecemeal attempt at tax reform.”

    Los Alamos County may see a loss of about $22 million a year in gross receipts tax revenue, according to some estimates, if the contract to manage and operate the Los Alamos National Laboratory is awarded to a non-profit entity.

    Martinez said that while the loss of gross receipts tax is a concern, it may be less than what some claim it will be, as subcontractors will become taxable.

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-43) said the amendment, which she said was recommended by State Rep. and House Taxation and Revenue Committee member Jason Harper (R-57) would have left Los Alamos without GRT revenue for a year if the bill included it.

  • LAPS hosts school orientations

    Students from the five elementary schools in the Los Alamos School District got a taste of what they can expect next year when they become Los Alamos Middle School Hawks. 

    Barranca Mesa, Aspen, Mountain, Pinon and Chamisa sixth-graders took part in an orientation event Feb. 5 that allowed them to experience first-hand the ins and outs of their future school.

    LAMS Principal Mike Johnson, Assistant Principal Pamela Miller and Counselor Jennifer Neil visited each elementary school in the district ahead of the orientation so they could sit down and chat with the sixth-graders about rules, electives, courses, athletics and more.

    It was all part of the process of making the transition from elementary to middle school as stress free as possible.

    The LAMS team also had meetings with all sixth-grade teachers to go over any expectations and preview questions they might have in preparation for upcoming parent conferences.

    Sixth-grade classes from each elementary school got the chance to visit the middle school.

    Classes rotated between presentations and tours and learned about the classes, rules, clubs and activities LAMS has to offer.

  • Sign up for tour to Trinity Site

    Monday is the last day to sign up for this year’s guided tour to the Trinity Site, set for April 6-7.

    The Trinity Site is the location where, on July 16, 1945, a man-made nuclear weapon was detonated.

    The site is open to the public only twice each year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site for the spring opening.

    The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one-night experience through the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range. Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

    Bonuses include a visit to the young (5,000-year-old) lava flows of Valley of Fires, and the New Mexico Space Museum overlooking the Tularosa Basin, Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range.

    The excursion aboard a comfortable, restroom-equipped coach includes experienced tour direction is with Los Alamos locals Georgia and Gerry Strickfaden, who will be leading their 15th trip to Trinity.

    The cost of the trip for Historical Society members is $350 per person for double-occupancy and $400 for non-members, with a $50 single supplement for either. The price includes a tax-deductible donation to the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • School district gets input on safety issues

    The Los Alamos School District recently reached out to community leaders for their input on ways to better hear the voices of its students in the wake of recent school shootings across the country.

    Approximately 65 business owners, elected officials, school principals, law enforcement members and many others gathered on Feb. 27 for a Community Leaders’ Breakfast hosted by Los Alamos Public Schools and held at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    “I thought it went very well,” said Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus. “We had a lot more people show up than what we expected – which is always good – and we had to add a lot more seats.”

    Steinhaus opened the presentation with a report on the improving graduation rates at Los Alamos High School, measures taken to improve the transition between schools and an overview from the recent legislative session.

    He specifically thanked outgoing Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, who attended the breakfast.