Today's News

  • Abeyta: Class of 2015 is 'caring,' 'motivated'

    On Saturday morning, the 200-plus graduates that made up Los Alamos High School’s senior class of 2014-15 gathered together in the gym one last time before making that big step toward moving on to bigger challenges and places unknown.
    Guest speakers that included honors graduate Esteban Abeyta, teacher Michelle Holland and LAHS Principal Deborah Belew-Nyquist spoke to the graduates about the challenges that lay ahead for them, as well as the memories and highlights of their four years together at the school.
    Abeyta, who was also the class president for the 2014-15 school year, began by asking his fellow graduates to remember the three, late graduates they had lost along the way.
    “We were blessed to have these wonderful friends, brilliant classmates, these genuinely great individuals in our presence as we grew up here in Los Alamos,” said Abeyta, adding that everyone would do well to remember their “positive energy and their wonderful smiles.”
    On behalf of his graduating class, Abeyta also thanked the teachers and mentors that brought them to this point, adding that it was now up to he and the rest of his classmates to use the lessons they’ve learned and the knowledge they’ve gained to give back.

  • Open Space plan gets unanimous OK

    After 15 years of effort by a 2001 council appointed open space advisory committee, the current Parks And Recreation Board open space advisory subcommittee and Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, the Los Alamos County Council has finally approved an Open Space Management Plan.
    Council approved the plan unanimously — with no debate — last week.
    The plan was first presented to council in February, when it was tabled due to time constrictions.
    Council again considered the proposal on March 31 when councilors James Chrobocinski and Rick Reiss opposed suggestions for zoning additional parcels as open space and for protecting scenic vistas and viewpoints, citing fears that the proposals would impede economic development.
    Councilors also questioned how the proposed plan would be integrated into the Comprehensive Plan.
    The revised plan addressed those concerns in three ways.
    “We removed redundancy. We eliminated the references to zoning. We tried to make it clear that we were suggesting and identifying rather than designating and establishing, so that it’s less proscriptive and more suggestive,” said Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan.

  • Keeping Cool

    Young entrepreneurs Hayden Meadows, Cooper Frank and Cameron Meadows are selling lemonade from their stand on the Fuller Lodge lawn during the hottest part of the day.

  • May was a wet, cool month in LA

    It’s been awhile since Los Alamos County has experienced May weather as wet as it did last month. It’s been 23 years, to be exact.
    The last time the county has seen that kind of rain was in 1992. Los Alamos County got nearly 3 inches of rain in some spots, that according to Los Alamos National Laboratory weather reports.
    May 2015 ranks as the ninth wettest on record, according to the lab.
    According to LANL meteorologist Jean Dewart, the meter at Technical Area 6’s weather station recorded 2.80 inches, which was a little more than double the long-term average of 1.39 inches in May.
    The biggest totals, however, were recorded at TA-49 and TA-53, as well as in White Rock. At TA-49, near Bandelier, the total was 3.11 inches and at TA-53, near the Los Alamos Airport, the measurement was 3.30 inches.
    The TA-54 gauge near White Rock received 2.92 inches last month, which was nearly triple that of a typical May.
    Dewart said since last month and May 1992 there have been eight Mays that have seen a quarter-inch of rain or less.
    Since January, Los Alamos has received 6.61 inches, 20 percent higher than the townsite’s long-term average and White Rock has received 6.06 inches, nearly double that of what is typical year-to-date.

  • Soccer field will be closed

    The Community Soccer Field in Los Alamos will be closed starting next week for renovations.
    The field, which is located next to the Los Alamos Little Theatre on Nectar Street and across from the new beer co-op at Central Park Square, will be undergoing both irrigation upgrades and turf repair.
    The Community Field was a popular gathering spot when businesses such as the bowling alley and the nearby diner were located in Central Park Square, but those were closed in 2001 to put up office space.
    Work at Community Field will start June 8 and is expected to continue through Aug. 7, according to the county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space division.
    The county said the “Tot Lot” will still be accessible to the public from Peach Street.
    For more information, call 662-8159.

  • Satisfaction survey is underway

    The Department of Public Utilities is encouraging customers to take part in its satisfaction survey.
    The survey, currently underway, is being conducted by Southwest Planning and was included in recent utility bills.
    “Our customers are extremely important to us and we strive to provide them with excellent reliability and exceptional customer service,” said Utilities Manager Timothy Glasco. “We began surveying our customers in 2005. The feedback we have received over the years has been invaluable in shaping DPU’s strategic objectives and long-term goals, letting us know what is important to our customers and how we are doing in meeting their needs.”
    In previous years, DPU has conducted phone surveys, but Glasco said he felt the paper survey would be less intrusive.
    Customers my also complete the survey by going online to southwestplanning.com/PUC.
    The survey will be open through June 15. Those wanting additional information can call 662-8333 or email dpu@lacnm.us.

  • Update 6-2-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a closed joint session with the Board of Public Utilities Wednesday. The next regular session of the council is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9.

    Bike swap

    The Los Alamos Co-Op Market will host a bike swap Saturday at its location on Entrada Drive. Equipment drop-off will be Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and the bike swap will be from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Call 695-1579 for information.

    Concert Series

    The Ryan Finn Septet and the Craig Martin Experience, a pair of local jazz bands, will both play at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond.

    Farmers Market

    The next Los Alamos Farmers Market is scheduled for Thursday. It will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    School Board

    A regular Los Alamos School Board meeting is scheduled for June 9. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Public Schools adminstration board room.


    Pajarito Mountain will host its Summerfest Saturday. The Summerfest will include the Pajarito Punishment downhill bike race and the N.M. Brewfest. The event will be from 7 a.m-6 p.m. Visit skipajarito.com for more information.

  • Today in history June 1
  • Mascheroni appeal falls flat

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist convicted of offering to help develop nuclear weapons for Venezuela cannot appeal his five-year sentence because he gave up that right, a federal court said.

    In an opinion issued Monday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni had no grounds to fighting his sentencing because his plea deal called for no appeals.

    Mascheroni, 79, argued in court papers that he had ineffective attorneys and he didn't fully understand his plea agreement. He wanted his sentencing tossed out.

    But the court said Mascheroni was well aware of the agreement and a U.S. district judge made sure he understood all that was presented.

    "Dr. Mascheroni, who has a Ph.D. and is a former scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear weapons division, signed the plea agreement, which stated that he freely and voluntarily entered his plea and that he had reviewed it with counsel," the federal appeals court wrote.

    In January, Mascheroni was sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty.

  • Public encouraged to meet team

    Although the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) is projected to launch early in 2016, the park’s creation may seem like a dream to many Los Alamos residents.
    That could change next week when a field team comprised of National Park Service (NPS) and Department of Energy (DOE) officials visits the county as part of their preliminary work in developing the park.
    Los Alamos is putting its best foot forward for the visit. Not only could it determine the structure for the park, Los Alamos is competing with Oakridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash., to be headquarters for the tri-state park.
    “As they say, you never have a second chance to make a first impression,” said David Izraelevitz, vice chair of the Los Alamos County Council. “We want to show decision-makers that we are eager to help them build a new park and that we have ways to help them. “We plan to show them that Los Alamos commemorates and celebrates its history, that we are ready to put resources from the county and community toward this park, and that our community already is building a vision of what we want this park to be and do.”
    The public will have a chance to meet with the field team from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.