Today's News

  • Hats Off!

    The newest graduating class of Los Alamos High School tosses its hats into the air to cap off four years of hard work. This year’s ceremony was held Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium. The ceremony was followed Saturday evening by the Senior Appreciation Night event at several spots around Los Alamos County.

  • 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.

  • NPS/DOE team explores every angle of MPNHP

    The National Park Service/Department of Energy field team’s visit this week will help determine the scope of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    NPS and DOE are currently working on a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) concerning the administration of facilities under the jurisdiction of DOE, including those “behind the fence” at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The MOA will determine and include provisions for enhanced public access, management, interpretation and historic preservation of the sites.
    The team will tour 17 historic sites located at eight technical areas, including V-site (Fat Man research and development and Trinity Gadget assembly) and Gun Site (Little Boy research and development) and meet with LANL officials to discuss the MOA.
    The field team will also tour both the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Historical Museum, including the Hans Bethe House. They will take the Historic District Walking Tour and visit the Historical Society Archives.
    Other Los Alamos site visits include the municipal building, the nature center and Tsirege Indian Ruins in White Rock.
    The visit includes meetings with representatives from the Eight Northern Pueblos and Cochiti and Jemez Pueblos, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities and with the MPNHP Advisory Committee.

  • Defense for Rael hasn't seen media

    The legal defense for David Rael, a Los Alamos resident accused of possessing and distributing child pornography hit a snag in District Court recently.
    Rael’s lawyer told Judge Jennifer Attrep that the state has given them everything except the photos and videos Rael is being accused of allegedly possessing and distributing.
    “What was lacking in this case are is the alleged pornographic material,” said Rael’s lawyer to the judge. “It wasn’t disclosed as a part of discovery. We have no way of analyzing whether these individuals were under the age of 18 and we do not where they came from.”
    Jennifer Armijo Hughes, an attorney with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, then responded that they weren’t allowed to hand over the evidence.
    “By law, we are not authorized to reproduce or give out any of the child pornography,” said Armijo-Hughes, who was reporting by phone to Attrep from Albuquerque. “That would be a violation of the law. What can happen is that they can make an appointment with the lab and they will be able to view the evidence there with one of the officers involved.”
    Rael’s defense then agreed that that’s what they would do, agreeing to set an appointment at a later date. Rael’s next appearance is scheduled for June 30.

  • Update 5-31-15


    Pajarito Mountain will host its Summerfest June 6. 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.

    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.

    County Council

    A regular session of the Los Alamos County Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9. It will be in council chambers.


    Mesa Public Library will host a Summer Reading Kickoff event at Ashley Pond Monday. The event will include performances by the Amazing Clan Tynker. It will start at 6 p.m.


    A talk on the Ashley Pond Wetlands will be presented Monday by Dick McIntyre, former county Parks Division Manager. McIntyre led the design team for the Ashley Pond renovations. The public is invited to attend the program sponsored by the Summit Garden Club. Attendees are asked to meet at the covered stage at 1:30 p.m. Afterward, the club will hold its business meeting. Anyone interested in learning more about the Summit Garden Club are invited to attend the business meeting.

    History program

  • Have a Brew!

    After three years in the making, the Bathtub Brewery Co-op officially opened its doors Friday with a ribbon cutting and special guest speakers, along with Brewery Co-op Board of Directors President Micheline Devaurs, Vice President Cynthia Hayes, and Los Alamos MainStreet’s Suzette Fox.

  • Game and Fish kills cougar in Raton

    RATON (AP) — New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers have killed a cougar in a Raton neighborhood after it reportedly attacked a puppy on a woman's front porch.

    The woman called 911 on Thursday night, saying she saw a small cougar attack her puppy.

    She later told officers that she had lost another puppy a few days before and also was missing several cats.

    Officers found cougar tracks and blood near the woman's porch and say the cougar climbed a tree near the home.

    A subsequent necropsy confirmed that the young female cougar recently had eaten a puppy.

    Conservation Officer Clint Henson said the cougar might have been drawn to the woman's house because a neighbor was feeding feral cats.

  • LA Chamber debuting a new promotion at tonight’s show

    Along with hearing some tunes, Los Alamos residents can also save a few bucks by attending the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is introducing a coupon page that is only available at the chamber’s tent at this year’s concerts.
    “Friday Night Specials,” as the coupons are called, will be available for several local retailers. The coupons are good from Saturday through the following Thursday.
    The first group of Friday Night Specials will be available tonight at the concert at Ashley Pond.
    The Band of Heathens will play starting at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. It’s the third of the Gordon’s series concerts.
    According to promoter Russ Gordon, “They mix rock, Americana, country, blues, R&B, jamband and funk. They’ll remind you of The Band, the Black Crows, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Dawes and Ryan Adams. One of the best to come out of Austin, Texas, this young century.”
    Band of Heathens has played on the long-running PBS show “Austin City Limits” and, following tonight, have upcoming dates scheduled for Saturday in Taos, Sunday in Albuquerque and several next month in Texas.

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