Today's News

  • Town benefits from outlay bill

    The White Rock Senior Center and the Duane W. Smith Auditorium are two of the beneficiaries of the $294 million capital outlay bill passed during a special session of the New Mexico State Legislature in June.
    Funding for any capital projects looked grim this year when the capital outlay bill failed during the regular legislative session, when the Republican-led House and the Democratic Senate failed to agree on spending priorities.
    Gov. Susana Martinez initially refused to call a special session, but later agreed to do so if House and Senate leadership could reach agreement.
    The capital outlay bill passed in a special session lasting less than six hours on June 8 and Martinez signed it into law June 17, minus $1.1 million in line-item vetoes.
    “That was a well-orchestrated, concerted effort by both parties and the governor’s staff to finally sit down and work on the things we could agree on,” Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-District 38) told business leaders at a Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Tuesday.
    The bill included $270,000 to outfit a kitchen at the White Rock Senior Center, $42,000 for a truck to deliver meals to seniors and $375,000 for structural repairs to the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

  • Aspen receves Title 1 funding

    Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus and the Los Alamos Public Schools recently secured a type of funding Los Alamos has never applied for: Title 1 funding.
    Title 1 funding is federal funding that can be applied for by local school districts through their state education departments. The funding is for helping schools that have a high ratio of children from low-income families in attendance.
    Steinhaus, through his previous involvement with the New Mexico Public Education Department knew of the funding and thought it was funding the school district could benefit from.
    According to Steinhaus, the district has opted to use the funding to supply a full-time, certified teacher to be a “Reading Intervention Specialist” at Aspen Elementary School. The teacher’s salary will be $41,000 for this year.
    “This teacher will help in all the classrooms to raise the reading achievement of our students,” Steinhaus said, adding that what’s really great about the funding is that distribution of the help isn’t dependent on financial status of individual students.

  • Police Beat 7-3-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    June 8

    11:03 a.m. — Police reported that a 59-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle.

    June 25

    5:57 p.m. — A 44-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal damage/deprivation of property at North Mesa Road.

    2:11 a.m. — Jessie Currie, 18 of Jemez Springs was arrested for battery against a household member in the 800 block of 9th Street.

    June 26

    10:28 a.m. — A 60-year-old Sechelt woman reported to police she was victim of criminal trespass at Manhattan Loop.

    10:54 a.m. — Monica Cooper, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespass at the Smith’s Marketplace.
    June 27

    6:25 a.m. — Dustin Nelson, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested through a municipal court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    June 28

  • LAPD will 'Tag Your Tots' at Overlook Park

    The Los Alamos Police Department will be issuing wristbands to children this Saturday at overlook park for the Independence Day festivities as a part of its “Tag Your Tots” initiative.
    Parents can take their children to the LAPD information tent, that will be set up in the southwest corner of the Paul Spirio Soccer Complex at Overlook Park to get wristbands.
    LAPD wants to encourage Los Alamos residents and visitors to take a moment to stop by the tent and get wristbands for their children so in the event they are separated from their families they can be reunited with them quickly and easily.
    Saturday’s celebration at Overlook Park starts at 2 p.m.

  • All Decked Out

    This house on 47th Street put on its red, white and blue best in honor of Independence Day. Saturday marks the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the founding fathers.

  • Night activities at park cranking up

    Beginning this weekend, Bandelier National Monument will be offering their summer slate of weekend evening ranger programs.
    Friday nights throughout July and August will feature the long-popular Nightwalks.
    Nightwalks are silent walks in the dark through the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings in Frijoles Canyon, with poetry and storytelling.
    Numbers are limited so Bandelier is requiring sign-ups. To do so, interested participants can call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.
    “We hope everyone will join us sometime this summer,” Superintendent Jason Lott said, “Summer evenings are so special at Bandelier. Don’t miss the opportunities to come enjoy the programs and the park.”
    There is no minimum age, but anyone attending must be able to refrain from talking throughout the hour-long program.
    Saturday nights alternate between Night Sky talks and Evening Programs.
    Night Sky talks include a presentation on astronomy, followed by viewing with telescopes. Evening Programs are ranger talks about various aspects of Bandelier, accompanied by pictures on the big amphitheater screen.
    This Saturday, the Evening Program will be “Wild About Bandelier,” exploring the diversity of life in the many life zones found in the park.

  • Tent caterpillars hitting SFNF trees hard

    SANTA FE — Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest’s popular aspen groves along N.M. 475, which runs to the Santa Fe Ski Basin, have been asking forest officials what has been happening to the trees.
    Although the aspens may appear to be dying, the bare branches can be blamed on hungry western tent caterpillars that are stuffing themselves on one of their favorite foods, that according to a press release from SFNF.
    The tent caterpillar is a native defoliator whose larvae feed on a variety of hardwood trees species, but in New Mexico, they prefer aspen.
    The caterpillar gets its name from the conspicuous “tent” it builds on branches and twigs. The silken shelter protects the larvae during molting.
    As they mature, the larvae disperse and continue feeding on leaves until it’s time to retreat into cocoons for their transformation into moths. The process takes a couple months after which the adults mate and the female moths lay the eggs that become next year’s caterpillars.

  • United Way is given a top rating

    United Way of Northern New Mexico’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
    This rating is the seventh consecutive time that UWNNM has earned a top distinction.
    Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.
    In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices, as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.
    Those metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, are designed to show which charities subscribe to best practices, that minimize the chance of unethical activities, and whether they freely share information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

  • Update 7-3-15

    4th of July

    The Kiwanis Club will host its annual 4th of July event starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. It will be at Overlook Park in White Rock. A donation for admission is requested. Atomic City Transit buses will run from Sullivan Field and the White Rock Visitor Center to Overlook Park starting at 4 p.m.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Co-Op farmers market will be Saturday. The market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the co-op’s location on Entrada Drive.


    The ’Topper football youth camp starts Monday at Sullivan Field. The camp is free to interested participants in grades 4-8. It will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit topperfootball.com.


    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge Sunday. The breakfast will be from 7-11 a.m. Prices are $7 for adults, $4 for kids 10 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

    Artists Market

    There will be an artists market Saturday at the White Rock Visitor Center. Artists markets are held once a month at the Visitor Center through October. It goes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Future Energy

  • Forum staying open

    Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust announced Thursday that the Open Forum on the proposal to put an elevator at Fuller Lodge will remain open for the time being.
    “As we have been unable to secure a date when we might receive updated drawings from the architect, we will be leaving the Open Forum open until we do,” Kohlrust said. “The architect is double-checking dimensions with an elevator provider to ensure what we put forth as alternates are feasible, given the various constraints pointed out as the July 1 FLHDAB (Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisor Board) meeting.”
    See stories in Los Alamos Monitor’s June 11 and July 2 editions.