Today's News

  • LAPS says goodbye to Schmidt

    Friends and colleagues gathered at Fuller Lodge Tuesday to say goodbye and best wishes to Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt.
    Schmidt is leaving Los Alamos to be a superintendent of Farmington Public Schools.
    The president of the Los Alamos School Board, Jim Hall, publicly congratulated Schmidt on maintaining the Los Alamos Public School district’s rating as the best school district in Los Alamos and for shepherding a number of improvements to the district, including overseeing the construction of three schools and implementing academic and professional programs for students as well as teachers.
    “All of those schools came in on budget and on time. We gained significant national recognition for the quality of our schools. “We hired a lot of good teachers, principals and staff, and we helped them all grow. For example, we established a master’s program — we have 39 teachers getting their master’s — it makes a great difference in the growth, the quality and the capability of our staff,” said Hall to the audience.
    Many of Schmidt’s colleagues, including Hall, remarked how seriously Schmidt took being the public face, as well as an ambassador of Los Alamos Public Schools to the community.

  • Golf course building now open

    With all the setbacks and delays along the road to its grand opening day, the newly christened golf course community center might be called “the little building that could.”
    The grand opening for the new facility took place on Thursday, nearly 16 years since former golf course Manager Dennis McCloskey initiated an assessment of the condition of the old clubhouse.
    The Cerro Grande fire, which was 15 years ago this week, interrupted that project. By the time the county reassessed the situation the clubhouse was in such a state of disrepair that part of it was closed down for public safety reasons.
    “The old building was deteriorating. It was on the verge of being condemned. Parts of it were falling down,” said Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Randy Smith. “So it wasn’t a case of just needing a better building in town. We needed a building. And with the building we have here, it’s certainly is a diamond in Los Alamos.”
    McCloskey worked with the Parks and Recreation Board golf course advisory subcommittee, the Los Alamos Golf Association (LAGA) and the Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association (LAWGA) to obtain Capital Improvements Projects funding for a new clubhouse.
    Council approved the Phase 2 application with a total project budget of $5,390,000 in July 2010.

  • Charges filed by LA ex-wife

    A Chimayó man was recently charged with harassing and stalking his ex-wife, who lives in Los Alamos, according to court documents.
    Davy, J. Sparks, 42, was charged with using a telephone to “terrify, intimidate, threaten, annoy or offend” his victim.
    The victim told police that Jones allegedly made threats to her that made her think her life was was in danger.
    “(The victim) said Sparks “told her he was going to put a bullet in her head if he sees her,” according to a statement in the court document. “She also stated he told her she better watch herself because he will blow her f---ing head off.” The call was reported to be made from his cell phone.
    Sparks’ case is set for a non-jury trial at 1 p.m. June 1.

  • LANL’s Hoover will be in Washington

    A group of 10 delegates from the New Mexico library community, including one from Los Alamos National Laboratory, will travel to Washington, D.C. this week to attend the American Library Association (ALA) National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).
    The annual event gives representatives from each state the opportunity to meet with their Senators and U.S. Representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for local and national library issues.
    Among those attending is Carol Hoover, the digital information resources manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library and chair of the New Mexico Library Foundation Board of Trustees.
    This year’s delegation, the largest ever sent to NLLD from New Mexico, is led by Acting State Librarian and Department of Cultural Affairs Deputy Cabinet Secretary Michael Delello and includes librarians from the New Mexico Municipal League Librarians Association, New Mexico Library Association and New Mexico Library Foundation, as well as public, school and academic librarians.
    The delegation will speak to Congressmen and Senators about various issues important to libraries here in New Mexico such as recent library legislation.

  • Rosenberg exhibit opens Tuesday

    “The Rosenberg Case Revisited,” a new exhibit at the Los Alamos Historical Museum, will open Tuesday. A ceremony is scheduled from noon-2 p.m.
    The Rosenberg case had direct ties to Los Alamos in that two Manhattan Project employees, David Greenglass and Klaus Fuchs, were involved in supplying information to the Soviets about the construction of the atomic bomb. Greenglass implicated his sister and brother-in-law, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were both convicted.
    Despite worldwide protests and a last-minute appeal indicating the Rosenbergs were tried under the wrong espionage law, they were executed on June 19, 1953.
    In 1990, the Los Alamos Historical Museum exhibited the photograph, news, and cartoon panels on display in this presentation.
    The exhibit will be on view in May and June.

  • Update 5-3-15

    Star Wars

    Mesa Public Library will host Star Wars Day Sunday. “Star Wars” fans of all ages are invited to attend a showing of the original 1977 film from 1-3 p.m. and play “Star Wars” games from 3-5 p.m.


    The Los Alamos High School Olions will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” done in steampunk style, at 2 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students.


    A Cowboy Breakfast is scheduled from 7-11 a.m. Sunday at Los Alamos Posse Lodge. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.


    Los Alamos County will hold a White Rock Master Plan Showcase Event at 5 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Visitor Center. The White Rock Master Plan Committee will present information on present and future projects related to the plan. For more information, call Darby Martinez at 663-1727.


    Kim Gabaldon, director of the Los Alamos County Social Services Department, will speak at the Kiwanis meeting, which is set for noon Tuesday at the Trinity on the Hill Church.

    Weed spraying

    Los Alamos County Parks division announced it will begin applying broadleaf weed herbicides (Trimec) during this coming week at Overlook Park in White Rock.

  • 'Young Frankenstein' auditions starting

    Auditions are set for Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” for singers and dancers. Auditions will be Saturday through Monday at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St.
    Singers are asked to come between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, prepared to sing 16 bars/measures of a song, preferably upbeat and not from the show.
    An accompanist will be available and don’t forget sheet music.
    On Monday, singers can audition from 7-10 p.m.
    Dancers can audition from 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday at Dance Arts Los Alamos, 111 Longview Dr. in White Rock. Dancers are required to arrive ready to dance with appropriate shoes (tap and/or clean soft soled shoes) with the first count given at the start time listed.
    • 5:30-6:45 p.m.: Tap Dancers for “Puttin’ On The Ritz” big tap break/ending (Ideally looking for 10 tappers and one advanced featured tapper who’ll only be seen as a shadow)
    • 6-6:45 p.m.: Those auditioning for Frederick, Inga, Igor and the monster will join the tap auditions (taps or clean hard sole shoes required)
    • 6:45-8 p.m.: Dance call for all ensemble roles and those who only wish to be in the dancing chorus.
    Those interested in the roles of Elizabeth and/or Frau Blucher need not attend the dance call.

  • Today in history May 2
  • Fines from N.M. total $73 million

    The state of New Mexico and the Department of Energy came to terms on a settlement in lieu of a big fine doled out by the state’s Environment Department late last year.
    Thursday, the DOE and the state issued a joint statement saying they had agreed to a $73 million settlement of the state’s claims against the DOE for the department and its contractors actions related to the February 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.
    The $73 million price tag is considerably more than the fine the NMED initial levied against the DOE, but that money will go toward “mutually beneficial and critical” projects relating to state infrastructure.
    Among those projects, $34 million would go toward improving roads and transportation routes around the WIPP site and another $12 million would go to improve roads around Los Alamos on which transuranic (TRU) waste would be shipped.

  • Council approves money for roads

    The FY2016 budget approved by the Los Alamos County council Tuesday included a $900,000 earmark of Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for road improvements.
    Councilor Steve Girrens — who has been hearing complaints from constituents in White Rock — made the motion to include the additional funding in the Public Works budget.
    “I need some help getting some roads fixed in White Rock and I want to stop this slide into oblivion,” Girrens said, remarking on how much the budget for road maintenance has been cut since revenues began a sharp 30-percent decline three years ago.
    The White Rock roadway in question is Page Loop. A temporary seal used in anticipation of a major reconstruction and sewer replacement project is rapidly deteriorating.
    According to reports by Public Works Director Philo Shelton, the sewer line was scheduled for replacement in FY2017 or FY2018, at which time the road would also have been rebuilt.
    During budget hearings, Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco announced that a condition assessment using camera technology revealed that the sewer line is in better shape than anticipated, and replacement will be delayed until FY2021— and possibly up to 10 years — making a major rebuild of the road unnecessary until then.