Today's News

  • Garcia Richard, Rodgers spar at candidate forum


    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) and her opponent, Republican Geoff Rodgers, presented strongly contrasting views on the role of government at Thursday’s League of Women Voters candidate forum.

    Rodgers kept coming back to what he called the two main issues: the need to encourage private sector growth through a “balanced and stable regulatory system” and the need to reform the tax code so businesses can “see a return on their investment.”

    “We need the state legislature to understand it is the private sector and private investment that creates jobs,” said Rodgers, who last week picked up an endorsement from former U.S. senator Pete Domenici. “We can pass all the jobs bills that we want, but if the state continues to be a hurdle, we will remain where we are.”

  • Assessor candidates state their case


    The League of Women Voters sponsored the, Los Alamos Candidates Forum at the Fuller Lodge Thursday night and one of the debates was for the county assessor’s office.

    Tthe Los Alamos Democrats and the Los Alamos Republicans both offered up candidates for the County Assessors Office to replace JoAnn Johnson, who has  served the maximum two four-year terms, according to county statute. 

    Also scheduled was a magistrate court debate, but Blair Redmond, the Republican opponent to Pat Casados, did not attend.

    Los Alamos’ County Assessor candidates

  • Census: UNM-LA has increased enrollment


    Bucking a statewide decline, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) recorded a significant increase in its unofficial census numbers after the first 21 days of the fall semester. Fall 2014 totaled 870 students, an increase of 14 percent over the same period in 2013.

    UNM-LA students are taking a total of 5,515 credit hours, which is a 4.2 percent increase from fall 2013 and a 21 percentincrease from fall 2012.

    “With fall enrollment numbers down at virtually every other campus in New Mexico,” said UNM-LA CEO, Dr. Wynn Goering, “we see clearly how successful UNM-LA has been in providing a product that’s attractive to students.”

  • Cone Zone 09-20-14

    Diamond Drive Slurry Seal:
    As part of the pavement preservation program, Diamond Drive from the roundabout to North Road/Ridgeway will be slurry sealed starting on Monday, September 22. Expect lane closures, flagging operations, and possible delays. Barring any delays, this work should be complete by Wednesday.
    Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
    Chip material has been applied on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. The final sealant is scheduled to be applied between September 24 and 26. Residents will receive 48 hour notice before the final sealant is applied on their street. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations.
    Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    Please stay out of the established work zones. Cutting across an active work zone is extremely dangerous and pedestrians are advised to use the provided temporary crossings.

  • Candidates speak out

    Candidates for municipal judge, magistrate judge and county sheriff made their positions clear to the Los Alamos voters Thursday night at the League of Women Voters Los Alamos Candidates Forum.
    Also in attendance were candidates for House District 43 and county assessor and their debates will be reported in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    It was a packed house at Fuller Lodge, as residents asked many questions of the candidates.
    Municipal Judge
    This year, Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, a Republican, has a challenger in Democrat Paul Martinez. Both candidates clearly communicated to the audience that there are stark differences between them, especially in how they would manage the court if elected or re-elected.
    Kirk, who grew up in Los Alamos and was once the town’s police chief, has been the municipal court judge for the last 16 years.
    Martinez introduced himself as the founder and director of the two Youth Activities Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock, as well as a U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in sociology and political science. He has been a resident of Los Alamos for the past 32 years.
    “Teen Court” and the municipal court’s management relationship with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board seemed to be where both candidates picked their battles.

  • Opera on the Rocks set for Saturday

    Opera on the Rocks returns Saturday to Bandelier National Monument Saturday with a presentation of “Don Giovanni,” one of the most popular operas of all time,.
    The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater.
    The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts, to enjoy listening in a special venue. Hosts of the event include the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.
    Transportation will be provided to and from the venue by the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit. Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and Black Mesa Winery will feature local wines prior to the performance.
    The Bandelier Trading Company will sell food. The Rotary Stars will provide cheese and fruit trays. “This presentation is a combined effort of local talent, local sponsors and your local National Park Service site. Music has been present in the Frijoles Canyon area for millennia. This musical program continues what the Ancestral Pueblo started long ago,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

  • Today in history Sept. 20
  • Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.

    At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning.

    "Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong," he said. "That starts with me."

    The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases.

    The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.

    "The same mistakes can never be repeated," he said.

    Goodell now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties.

    He said he believes he has the support of the NFL's owners, his bosses.

    "That has been clear to me," he said.

  • UllrFest takes center stage at Ski Hill

    The community is invited to Pajarito Mountain for UllrFest 2014, which is one of the most popular festivals in Los Alamos.
    The event begin at 10 a.m. Saturday atop the mountain. The public can expect many activities throughout the day.
    From 2-5 p.m., the Jimmy Stadler Band will be performing a blend of rock and blues while the crowd can mingle among the many brewers available for the New Mexico Brewers Fest, which is from noon-5 p.m. There will be many craft beers offered and for $10 cash, get a event glass and the first fill.
    There will be plenty of hiking and biking opportunities. Lift services are available, $10 for hiking and $25 for wheeled fun. A Frisbee competition is also in the list of activities for the day.
    Appease the Norse Gods by putting on period threads for the costume contest.
    A free shuttle courtesy of Atomic City Transit is available every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field. The shuttle service is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the duration of the event.
    For trail maps and directions to the ski area, visit skipajarito.com.
    Mark the calendar on Oct. 4 for the seventh annual Trailfest at Pajarito Mountain.

  • Police Beat 09-19-14

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Sept. 4

    4:37 p.m. — Police reported that a 41-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of animal bites where the animal was impounded at Estates Drive.

    4:56 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at Trinity Drive.

    6:28 p.m. — Police reported that an 11-year-old Los Alamos boy was the victim of animal bites where the animal was impounded. The incident happened at Big Rock Loop.

    8:11 p.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of a car burglary at 43rd Street.

    9:02 p.m. — Lisa Wilkinson, 41 of Los Alamos was arrested for battery against a household member on Ensenada Drive.
    Sept. 5

    7:29 a.m. — A 39-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of a petty larceny (less than $100) at Gold Street.