Today's News

  • Council approves land parcel sale

    After two hours of presentations and debate Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed an ordinance authorizing the sale of White Rock’s A-19-A-1 to the Site A-19-A-1 Acquisition Group, LLC, a subsidiary of TransCor Development Corporation (TDC).
    TDC plans to develop a residential subdivision of approximately 97 single-family residential lots on the tract.
    Council raised questions about the sale price of $4,400 an acre, or $150,000 for the entire 34.37-acre tract, and what home prices the group is proposing.
    Council also unanimously approved a $1,406,000 water project fund loan/grant agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority.
    The grant is for $843,600, 60 percent of the total amount. The $562,400 loan will be repaid at zero-percent interest with a .25-percent per annum administrative fee on the unpaid principal balance.
    The county's required match is 20 percent of the total award amount, which will be met by approved Capital Improvement Project funding.
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will use the money for group 12 tank rehabilitation, non-potable pipelines to connect the existing non-potable system to the group 12 tank and a pump booster station to provide sufficient pressure for the non-potable water system.

  • Giving For the Cause

    Los Alamos residents came to the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr., for the community blood drive today. The blood drive will continue from 1-7 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. The public is asked to bring a photo ID and donor card. Volunteers are provided by LAVA and there is also free cholesterol testing with every donation.

  • Stalker in front of judge once again

    Los Alamos resident Paul Kubler, 61, who was arrested twice for stalking and once for driving while under the influence of alcohol within weeks of the stalking charge, was sentenced in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Tuesday for violating his probation related to both cases.
    According to Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, Kubler will have to serve 364 days in jail with 364 days suspended. However, in exchange for his plea agreement, Kubler admitted that he did have contact with his victim, even though he was told he could have none as a condition of his probation.
    He must remain in custody in the Los Alamos Detention Center until June 30. After he is released Kubler will be placed on eight months of supervised probation.
    The conditions of his probation will be the same ones Kubler had to obey before he was found in violation of the previous probation.
    Those conditions include no contact with his victim. Kubler will also have to continue his alcohol abuse counseling as well as a victim impact program.
    He was enrolled in both programs due to a prior driving while under the influence of alcohol charge incurred around the same time he was arrested for stalking.
    At the hearing, Judge Pat Casados asked if the victim would like to make a statement.

  • LANL hosts DNA meeting

    This week in Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory is hosting a DNA sequence analysis and bioinformatics event, the 10th annual Sequencing, Finishing and Analysis in the Future (SFAF) workshop.
    More than 300 participants from the international scientific community will gather at La Fonda to hear about everything from keynote addresses on the research applications of sequencing data — such as “Evolution and Epidemiology of Anthrax through the Lens of Genome Analysis” — to technical talks that highlight specific strategies such as a comparison of using sequence data from one commercial machine versus another.
    “This meeting is more than just a science meeting where scientists share their discoveries and accomplishments,” said Chris Detter, who founded the conference with a committee of researchers from around the world. “From day one it was meant to be a super workshop that has evolved over the past 10 years to bring leaders in the genomics field together with vendors, applications specialists and especially young scientists to discuss how genome sequencing and analysis plays a pivotal role in health, environment and security. The primary focus is to foster communication and collaborations to better enable use of these rapidly evolving technologies.”

  • Open For Business

    The new SuperCuts store opened its doors this morning. The new location, at the Smith’s Marketplace center, will be open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

  • Update 5-27-15

    School board

    Los Alamos School Board will have a work session Thursday. The session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the public schools’ administration building.


    The Band of Heathens will play at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series Friday night. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth at the Farmers Market Thursday. Councilors will be visiting with residents from 9-11 a.m. about current projects, issues and other topics. The Farmers Market is held at Mesa Public Library.

    APP board

    The Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be at the municipal building.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meat 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the municipal building.

    Grand Opening

    Bathtub Row Brewing will have its grand opening celebration Friday at its location in Central Park Square. A ribbon-cutting will be at noon.

    Authors Speak

    Anne Hillerman, the author of “Rock Wing Wings” and the daughter of mystery author Tony Hillerman, will be the guest at the Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Travel ban expires for detainees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires.
    The five detainees were sent to Qatar where government officials agreed to monitor their activities and prevent them from traveling out of the country under the terms of the May 2014 exchange. Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after walking away from his Army post in Afghanistan, was released to the U.S. military.
    He recently was charged with desertion.
    U.S. officials have discussed with the Qataris the possibility of extending the travel ban after it expires on June 1.
    But so far, the White House has not publicly announced any new agreement with Qatar, meaning the five could leave the tiny nation on the Arabian Peninsula at the end of the month.
    “In Congress, we spent a lot of time debating whether the Qataris were going to adequately keep an eye on them in the course of the 12 months,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee. “My point all along was that I’m more worried about month No. 13 than the first 12.”

  • Decision delayed on Farmington plant

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico regulators are giving Public Service Co. of New Mexico more time to ink agreements with a mining company, delaying a decision on whether to approve a plan to close part of the San Juan Generating Station.
    The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 during its meeting Wednesday. Commissioner Valerie Espinoza voted against extending the deadline for PNM, suggesting the utility was trying to submit new evidence in hopes of getting a different outcome.
    Two units of the coal-fired power plant in northwest New Mexico would be closed under a settlement aimed at curbing haze-causing pollution in the Four Corners region.
    The utility, business groups and environmentalists disagree about the best way to fill the void left by the partial closure.
    , and concerns have been raised about the lack of a contract to supply coal to the plant.

  • Today in history May 27
  • New LA engineer preps for summer

    When Los Alamos County Engineer Eric Martinez was hired in January, he had to hit the ground running.
    Martinez joined other county staff in preparing for April budget hearings at the same time he had to get up to speed on several road projects and keep them moving forward.
    Martinez brings years of experience to those tasks. He served 11 years as division director for the City of Santa Fe’s Roadways and Trails Division before accepting the Los Alamos position. Prior to that he’d spent eight years with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), working in various capacities that ranged from traffic engineering to project development.
    When a colleague mentioned the Los Alamos opening, Martinez decided to apply, but he had to “think long and hard” about whether to accept the position once it was offered.
    “After 11 years, it’s always hard to want to make that change,” Martinez said.
    Ultimately, Martinez decided the job would be a good fit.