Today's News

  • Deep freeze hits northern New Mexico

    Los Alamos and White Rock residents woke up to frigid, cold temperatures Thursday. According to Weather.com, it was 13 degrees in Los Alamos at 8:45 a.m.
    The cold temperatures were accompanied by some flurries and there was some accumulation above Los Alamos in the Jemez.
    Meanwhile, difficult driving conditions are reported on some eastern New Mexico highways due to packed snow and icy spots as a strong storm system moves into the state. Difficult conditions are reported early Thursday on sections of Interstate 25 straddling Las Vegas and parts of Interstate 40 near Santa Rosa.
    The National Weather Service says central and eastern New Mexico are enduring frigid cold temperatures.
    Forecasters say there will be some warming midday Thursday but that much of the east-central and northeastern plains will remain below freezing.
    There was very light snow through Thursday morning across the central and northeastern highlands, followed by significant accumulation in higher terrain late Friday and early Saturday.
    And forecasters say a more potent storm system will hit the area Saturday night.

  • News Briefs 11-13-14

    Plane crash in Santa Fe County kills 1 person

    SANTA FE (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead following a fiery single-engine plane crash south of Santa Fe.
    Lt. Mike Post of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office says that the crash occurred Wednesday night just north of Clines Corners near U.S. 285, about 50 miles south of Santa Fe.
    He says one person was found dead in the wreckage, and investigators don’t think anyone else was on board.
    Post said the privately owned plane was heavily damaged by flames.
    He said the person killed hasn’t been identified but is believed to have been the pilot. An autopsy will be performed.
    The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was flying to Phoenix from Amarillo, Texas.
    Post says deputies secured the site pending the arrival of FAAA investigators.

    New Mexico House clerk to step down

  • Update 11-13-14

    Packing Party

    White Rock Presbyterian Church will host a Shoebox Packing Party for needy families. 7 p.m. Friday at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock. Event will include food and door prizes. Donations are also welcome. For more information and to make donations call 672-3682.


    Atomic Film Festival. “When the Wind Blows.” An animated story based on the book by Raymond Briggs about a couple facing nuclear devastation aided only with instructions from the government’s “Protect and Survive” leaflet. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Free.

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have the monthly meeting 6:15 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive. All registered Republican women are invited to join. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Bill Hudson will be the guest speaker. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe.


    Waffle breakfast. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Masonic Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road. Adults $7 and children 6 and under $3.50.

  • DOE IG report: Sandia misused federal funds

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Managers at one of the nation’s premier federal laboratories improperly used taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and other officials as part of an effort to extend the lab’s $2.4 billion management contract, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General said in a report Wednesday.
    A review of documents determined that Sandia National Laboratories formed a team and worked with consultants beginning in 2009 to develop a plan for securing a contract extension without having to go through a competitive process.
    That plan called for lobbying Congress, trying to influence key advisers to then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu and reaching out to a former director of the National Nuclear Security Administration and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat who led the Energy Department under the Clinton administration.
    One consultant suggested the lab’s message to decision-makers should be that competition was not in the best interest of the government.
    “We believe that the use of federal funds for the development of a plan to influence members of Congress and federal officials to, in essence, prevent competition was inexplicable and unjustified,” the inspector general said in its report.

  • Iwo Jima vet presents check to NJROTC

    Los Alamos resident Bill Hudson, a World War II USMC Iwo Jima veteran, presents a check of $1,500 to Commander Wes Shumaker for the Los Alamos High School NJROTC. Hudson sold his personal military history library and is donating the proceeds of the book sale to the NJROTC cadets. All the books were purchased by the Pritzker Museum and Military History Library in Chicago.

  • Council to look at chicken ordinance Friday

    The Los Alamos County Open Forum webpage has a hot debate raging about whether those living in residential areas should be allowed to keep chickens.
    The forum will help county council gage public reaction to the so-called “chicken ordinance” prior to a public hearing in council chambers at noon on Friday.
    Apparently backyard chickens are not uncommon in residential neighborhoods even now, despite current zoning laws. The new ordinance would regulate the practice, allowing those in residential districts to keep up to six chickens, provided they meet several criteria. Those include:
    • A 35-foot setback from a dwelling unit on abutting property.
    • A 100-foot minimum distance from a water well.
    • Shelter must be kept clean, dry, odor-free and in sanitary condition at all times.
    • Must comply with all applicable health and safety laws.
    • All areas devoted to chickens must be constructed and maintained to discourage insects and rodents.
    • No roosters are allowed.
    The new ordinance would not apply to Pajarito Acres or La Senda, which are zoned R-A, residential agricultural.
    Of the 32 comments posted as of Wednesday, those in favor outnumbered naysayers two to one, with 24 favoring backyard chickens, seven opposed and one whose stance was unclear.

  • LAPD's Roberts selected as commander of Army National Guard 1209th ASMC
  • Board supercharges super search

    The Los Alamos School Board convened for a special meeting Friday to discuss what’s happened with the search for a superintendent so far and how it’s going to proceed.
    According to board members, most of the committees created by the board have met. As part of the search, the board has created six advisory committees in an effort to get as much public and professional input as possible. the committees are: principals, teachers, administrative officials from the school district central office, classified staff, parents and community members as well as civic and Los Alamos National Laboratory leaders.
    The next big phase of the project is to everyone to have their first meeting with Ray and Associates, the consultant group the board hired to help them field national and local candidates for the job. According to school officials, the meeting was due to take place over “Skype” Monday afternoon or sometime later this week.
    Though the board is also working on a community input blog so residents can follow along and comment on the various aspects and phases of the search, LASB Secretary has started writing about the search at chamisaelementary.com/mattsblog/. In his latest entry, Williams talks about the logic behind the committees and their choice of Ray and Associates to aid them.

  • Community Briefs 11-13-14

    Pierotti to speak at MOWW meeting

    Lou Pierotti, of Los Alamos, will be the guest speaker at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars November meeting.
    The evening will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park in the second floor conference room, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Pierotti will speak at 7:15 p.m. He will be talking about his experiences serving stateside during World War II.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. RSVP for the dinner is needed by Sunday. To RSVP, call Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Senior Vice Commander and Past Chapter Commander, 662-9544 (email NrmWil5@cs.com), or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).
    Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s).

    Recycle fashion show
    set for Saturday

  • Sign up for D.C. Trip underway for 8th graders

    Students copy names off of the Vietnam Memorial during last year’s trip. Eighth graders are encouraged to sign up for the next trip.