Today's News

  • Planned power outage scheduled for Timber Ridge Apartments Wednesday

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a power outage for apartments on Timber Ridge Road and the Trinity Village Apartments for Wednesday.

    Electricity will be shut off at 9 a.m. and will be restored at around noon.

  • Lab admits violating nuke waste permit


    Monitor Staff, Wire Reports

    Los Alamos National Laboratory says it made mistakes in packing waste that has been linked to a radiation leak at the government's underground nuclear waste dump, but it remains unclear if the violations or its use of organic cat litter to absorb moisture played a role in the accident.

    In a letter released by state regulators Thursday, lab officials told the New Mexico Environment Department that their internal probe of the handling of the toxic waste from decades of nuclear bomb building has uncovered several violations of its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. The lab says it failed to follow proper procedures in making the switch from inorganic to organic litter and in its lack of follow up on waste that tests showed to be highly acidic.

    The shortcomings were described as "unacceptable" by Principal Associate Lab Director Terry Wallace, according to an internal memo.

    Teams of scientists and engineers are still trying to determine exactly what caused a barrel from Los Alamos to burst, and whether the switch in cat litter helped fuel what is suspected to have been some kind of reaction in the highly acidic waste that also contained lead.

  • Today in history July 4
  • Coming in August


    Los Alamos residents and visitors will soon be able to while away an afternoon sipping wine and nibbling on tapas or chocolate at The Wine Room in Central Park Square. 

    Three New Mexico wineries are partners in the venture: Black’s Smuggler Winery in Bosque, Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas and Vivác Winery in Dixon. 

    Black’s Smuggler is owned by Tony Black, Anasazi Fields by Jim Fish, and Vivác by brothers Jesse and Chris Padberg and their wives, Michele and Liliana Padberg, respectively.

    The owners were three of five wineries that responded to a letter issued by the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, seeking those interested in participating in a joint venture. 

    Black said the synergy between the three companies bodes well for the venture. 

    “I think we have a very, very cohesive group. I would say that when all three of you are working together toward the same goal, it works very, very well,” Black said. “We’ve come to consensus on a lot of items very quickly.”

  • Board considers change to school visitation policy


    The Los Alamos School Board is seriously considering modifying its school visitation policy, either through language changes to its policies, specialized computer software or both.

    Whatever it chooses, the aim would be the same: to come up with a better way of identifying and tracking potentially dangerous people coming onto Los Alamos’ school campuses. Those on the list include those with criminal pasts, mental health issues as well as those with court-mandated child visitation or restraining orders. The board seemed especially interested in registered sex offenders.

    At the board’s special work session, Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt asked the board to at least consider shoring up present language in the policies that deal with campus visits.

  • ECA meets with Energy secretary


    Last month, the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) Executive Board met with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to highlight the importance of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) environmental cleanup, national security, nuclear energy and waste management missions. 

    The ECA Executive Board, including Chair Mayor Tom Beehan from Oak Ridge, Tennessee and other elected local government officials also stressed the importance of regular communication and partnership between DOE and the local governments that are adjacent to DOE facilities. 

     Moniz agreed that working with local governments is important to the success of DOE.

  • Beer co-op finds home

     The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) now has a place to call home: 163 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

    The co-op took a big step last month toward making its Los Alamos brewery and taproom a reality with the purchase of a 3.5-bbl Portland Kettle Works brewing system from Bosque Brewing in Albuquerque.

    The signing of a lease on the 163 Central Park Square location is another giant step forward for the state’s first co-op brewery, and one of only a few in existence in the U.S.

    The space, formerly occupied by the Canyon Bar & Grill, was on track to be demolished, but the co-op, and the owner and developer of Central Park Square, Phillip Kunsberg, felt that it could be remodeled and renovated to become the perfect site for the new brewery. 

  • District champs


    Here are the Los Alamos County girls softball 9-10 District 1 champions. Bottom – Left to right:   Aspen Deherrera, Rachel Norman, Kaitlin Remde, and Cecily Palmer. Middle – left to right: Isabella Robertson, Jenna Harris, Felicity Sandoval, Dailynn Rodriguez, Audrey Nolen, and Kaylee Ellsworth. Top – left to right: Coach, Michelle Harris, Manager, Robbie Harris, Coach Lori Norman. The All-Stars won the district with a 11-2 win against Pojoaque that was called after five innings because of rain. They advance to the state tournament in Bayard, beginning July 11. Highlights for the All-Stars were Kaylee Ellsowth with a  single and a double, Isabella Robertson with two singles and a double, Aspen DeHerrera with two singles and a double, Dailynn Rodriguez with a double and Cecily Palmer with a single. Jenna Harris was the winning pitcher as she recorded 13 strikeouts. She also helped out offensively with a  home run and a single. Courtesy

  • Howard’s best not quite good enough


    SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Tim Howard kept the ball out of the net with slides, with dives and with leaps.

    He couldn’t do it forever.

    With the United States trying to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002, he saved 12 of Belgium’s shots in regulation to keep the game scoreless.

    But Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 93rd minute and Romelu Lukaku in the 105th to build a two-goal lead for the Red Devils, who hung on for a 2-1 win Tuesday that eliminated the Americans in the second round for the second straight World Cup.

    Howard tried to sound modest.

  • Time for Splash and Dash



    Long Course

    Number Name Swim 400 Yd Run 5K Final Time

    A9 Matt Gonzales 05:48 0:20:04 0:25:52