Today's News

  • Making New Mexico more competitive

    Wednesday’s Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Chamber Breakfast speaker Steve McKee spoke about how his strategies for helping “stalled, stuck and stale companies” could be applied to New Mexico’s economic situation.
     McKee is president of McKee Wallwork & Company, and author of “When Growth Stalls: How it Happens, Why You’re Stuck & What to do about it.”
    McKee laid out his theory of why New Mexico is in such poor economic condition and what should be done about it.
    According to McKee, New Mexico is in “a perfect storm of market tectonics” due to three external factors: the economy, changing dynamics and competition.
    “We call them market tectonics because, like plate tectonics in the geological world, when the earth shakes, it shakes everybody,” McKee said. “No matter how well built your building it will shake. If it’s built well, it will remain standing. If it’s build poorly, it will fall.”
    McKee pointed out that New Mexico’s recovery from the 2007 recession has been slower than other states, and that the state has had the highest unemployment in the nation for two months in a row.
    McKee posits that one of the reasons for that is the changing dynamics of the economy.

  • Los Alamos executive resigns after 15 years with laboratory

    SANTA FE (AP) — A high-ranking official at the Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced his resignation after more than 15 years with the institution.

    According to a memo sent to lab employees on Thursday, Los Alamos Executive Director Richard Marquez told lab Director Charles McMillan that he would leave the lab, effective immediately.

    Marquez did not respond to requests for comment and lab officials declined to comment.

    Principal Associate Director for Operations and Business Craig Leasure will serve as interim executive director.

    Marquez worked at the Department of Energy in Albuquerque for several years before starting at the lab in 2001.

  • Mexican national arrested for DWI remains in jail

    A Mexican national was recently sentenced for driving while intoxicated in 2014 in Los Alamos.
    Miguel Dominguez, 45, who was living in Santa Fe, was given a sentence of 364 days in jail with 334 days suspended, giving him a mandatory penalty of 30 days in county jail.
    He was also given five years of supervised probation and he must also pay a $750 fine.
    When he was arrested on Oct. 19, 2014, he was also charged with careless driving, having an open container in his vehicle, failing to maintain traffic lane and driving with a revoked or suspended license.
    At his sentence, those charges were dismissed, along with the “aggravated” portion of his driving while intoxicated charge.
    At the time of his arrest, police said he refused to take a breathalyzer test, which automatically classifies the arrest as “aggravated.”
    Since he is a Mexican national, if Dominguez is deported, his probation will continue to run. However, if he re-enters the United States, he will have to check in with probation authorities in Española. Dominguez must also serve 96 hours of community service, have an interlock ignition device attached to the vehicles he uses, at his expense and he must also undergo alcohol screening and treatment.

  • Rockin' for a cause
  • NPS seeks input on Manhattan Project Park

    A National Park Service team – joined by Department of Energy representatives – spent two days in Los Alamos this week, asking for input on what will become the Foundation Document for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The team visited Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington, during the previous week.
    At a public meeting Monday, citizens were encouraged to provide their insights on the questions of:
    • What is important about the park? What are its important stories?
    • What do you see as the threats and challenges to the park?
    • What visitor experiences and opportunities would you like to see?
    On the last question, Interim Superintendent Tracy Atkins told attendees to “think big” and “think long-term.”
    “Think 10, 20 years down the road,” Atkins said. “We’re not going to do everything at once. We’re a little baby park. We’re still just barely cutting out teeth. It takes us a while to move through all the planning processes to be fully operational.”
    Atkins explained that the Foundation Document is the very first step in planning a new park, and supports all future planning.

  • Sweet celebration
  • Bulthuis hired as deputy director

    Public Works Director Philo Shelton announced Wednesday that Jon Bulthuis has accepted the position of deputy public works director. He will start March 14, overseeing fleet, facilities, transit and airport divisions.
    Bulthuis lives in White Rock with his wife and two children. He has worked most of his career with the City of Santa Fe. He has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and a master’s degree in business administration.
    The position of deputy public works director was created when the Los Alamos County Council approved the reorganization of the community and economic development department in November 2015, and the Capital Improvement Projects and the custodial and facilities divisions were moved to the public works department.


  • On the Docket 2-12-16

    Feb. 3
    Aurora Maldonado was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Timothy M. Acomb  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding 21 to 25 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 4
    Christopher Matthews  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Sheldon Martinez  paid a $50 fine to Citepay for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    Carlos Gallegos was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Isaac Schilling  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, resisting or obstructing an officer, making an improper lane change, assault on a peace officer and driving with an open container in the car.

  • Today in history Feb. 12
  • Breakthrough: Scientists detect Einstein-predicted ripples

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.

    Some scientists likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets.

    The discovery of these waves, created by violent collisions of massive celestial objects, excites astronomers because it opens the door to a new way of observing the cosmos. For them, it's like turning a silent movie into a talkie because these waves are the soundtrack of the universe.

    "Until this moment we had our eyes on the sky and we couldn't hear the music," said Columbia University astrophysicist Szabolcs Marka, a member of the discovery team. "The skies will never be the same."

    An all-star international team of astrophysicists used a newly upgraded and excruciatingly sensitive $1.1 billion set of twin instruments known as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, to detect a gravitational wave from the crash of two black holes 1.3 billion light-years from Earth.