Today's News

  • LA, Academy in same district

    Los Alamos and Albuquerque Academy will be district foes starting in the 2016 fall prep sports season.
    Last year, the New Mexico Activities Association rearranged classes and districts, including District 2-5A, the home of Los Alamos prep sports. During the shuffle, Academy was placed in District 2-5A, while Bernalillo was removed from the district and was switched to Class 4A.
    The district rearrangement assured that Los Alamos and Academy will compete against each other in every sport. It could also build potential rivalries in numerous sports.
    Starting in the fall, Los Alamos boys and girls cross country could be tested by the Chargers earlier than usual. The Hilltoppers and Chargers are perennial contenders for winning a blue trophy at state meets but now they’ll face each other in district meets.
    Los Alamos and Academy have dominated boys cross country in the past two decades. Since 1997, no other school has won the state championship in the NMAA’s second largest class (according to school enrollment). Academy’s 2015 triumph ended the Hilltoppers’ four-year winning streak.     

  • Brill: start research early

    Los Alamos’ new cowork space, projectY, kicked off a series of entrepreneurial education and targeted seminars the day after it opened with a talk by Grace Brill, principal of Market Intelligence Solutions LLC, a Santa Fe consulting firm.
    Brill specializes in marketing for tech companies, and zeroed in on advice that could benefit those such as Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees hoping to take research innovations into commercial development.
    “All the things I’m going to be talking about today I kind of put in the general category of “getting smart:” getting smart about your industry, your customers, your competitors. Because it’s ultimately going to inform your strategy,” Brill said.
    Brill stressed the type of research entrepreneurs should be doing even before product development.
    “To me the key thing is starting early. I’ve worked with companies in technology for nearly 14 years now, and you would not believe the number of times that you’re talking to someone and they’re spending years perfecting the technical whatever, and oh, I just have to build in one more feature, one more feature,” Brill said.

  • Celebrating freedom

    After a long night of live music and spectacular fireworks, it was the audience’s turn to make some noise. When the last volley of fireworks shot up into the night sky at the Los Alamos Kiwanis Fireworks event in Overlook Park Monday night, a massive cheer from the audience followed, signaling the end to a very satisfying day of food, fun and fireworks at the annual event. About 4,470 shells were fired off this year.
    The Habañero Sky Dive Team kicked things off at 2 p.m. Monday. The four-member team was easy to spot in the clear blue sky with their smoking streamers of red, white and blue. On their second jump, they unfurled an American flag and POW-MIA flag on their descent.
    LA Kiwanis Club member Steven Boerigter, was pleased to note that this year, the weather cooperated for both jumps. The Habañeros were able to get in two jumps, the early afternoon one and one later on in the evening that officially kicked of the evening festivities.
    “We were just so pleased that they could get that second jump in, since the winds picked up earlier,” Boerigter said.

  • Fire contained in field at Cherokee Lane


  • New Mexico to provide backdrop for new film 'Hostiles'

    SANTA FE (AP) — A new movie starring Christian Bale and Native American actors Wes Studi and Adam Beach will be filming in northern New Mexico through September.

    The New Mexico Film Office announced Tuesday that principal photography for the frontier epic "Hostiles" will begin this month. Locations include Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Abiquiu and Los Alamos.

    The film is set in 1892. It tells the story of a legendary Army captain played by Bale who ends up escorting a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family from a remote Army post back to tribal lands.

    Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess says the region is proud to serve as a backdrop for the production.

    Officials expect about 350 New Mexico crew members to be hired for the project, along with 10 New Mexico cast members.

  • Today in history July 5
  • Open space gets support in comp plan meeting

    Nearly 50 people packed White Rock Fire Station No. 3 on June 29 for the comprehensive plan meeting on open space, trails and circulation.
    Architectural Resources Consultants (ARC) Principal Planner Stephen Burstein kicked things off with some results from the recent random sample survey, which garnered 599 responses out of 3,000 mailed out. The results showed:
    • 79 percent of survey respondents support undeveloped public lands open space.
    • 63 percent support active recreation.
    • 61 percent support playgrounds or tot lots.
    • 72 percent believe there should be a focus on developing bike trails in the next five years.
    • 76 percent would like to see the Canyon Rim Trail extended to other points in the community, such as Ashley Pond and the historic district and 75 percent would like to see that reach the aquatic center.
    The survey asked for responses to development on public lands, but did not specify whether that would or would not impact the county’s open space.
    Respondents were fairly evenly split about whether using public lands for housing development would be acceptable, but 59 percent opposed manufacturing or industrial use of public lands.

  • Cone Zone: Week of July 4

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.        
    Public Works
    Canyon Rim Trail
    Construction on the west leg of Canyon Rim Trail continues. The trail is closed to pedestrians. Clearing and excavating south of DP Road continues. No traffic delays on New Mexico 502 or DP Road are anticipated.
    Knecht Street Improvements Project
    On Tuesday, the eastbound right lane of Trinity Drive will be closed to continue concrete work starting at the intersection of Knecht Street.
    Western Area Phase 4 Improvements Project
    Construction continues on 40th Street south to the UNM-LA parking lot. 40th Street is closed to through traffic and on-street parking is restricted. The UNM-LA parking lot at the end of 40th Street is closed. Use University Drive to access the parking lot on the southwest corner of the UNM-LA campus. Sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours will be present during the time of construction.

  • Bird walk in Lower Rendija Canyon

    To help beginning birders recognize some of the species living in Los Alamos, long-time resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon will lead a three-mile hike at 7 a.m. July 10 at the Nature Center.
    Adults and children who can hike quietly are encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to spot, identify and admire local species of birds. Potential sightings may include white-throated swifts, red-tailed hawksand sapsuckers.
    Fitzgibbon is passionate about the outdoors and the history of Los Alamos. Aside from working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory until 2013, he holds the first and only sighting of a California Condor in Los Alamos.
    This hike is limited to 12 people, so register now. Admission costs $5/non-member and $0/member.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • News for Retirees July 3-9

    June 3-July 9
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    BESC Closed July 4th

    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Alfredo
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise
    10 a.m.        Options Trading                 Group    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Mussels over Saffron
    1:30 p.m.        Duplicate Bridge