Today's News

  • King visits Los Alamos

    The Democratic candidate for governor, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, attended the Los Alamos County Democrats’ 2014 campaign kickoff on Friday. King was joined by Lt. Governor Candidate Debra Haaland and most of the candidates for local and regional races.
    King and Haaland addressed the crowd at a barbeque hosted by Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz’s county council campaign. Both stressed jobs, wages and education.
    King pointed out that New Mexico has moved from 50th to 49th in child welfare, and is 50th in job growth, stressing his dedication to job growth and living wages.
    “We want to make sure that people who do have jobs work for a good living wage and a good minimum wage. Everywhere in New Mexico there are people that are working for substandard wages, and that’s not good for our communities,” King said.
    “We need to make sure that when people are working hard that they make enough money for their families to put food on the table, to put a roof over their heads, to send their kids to school and, I always say, at the end of it all, hopefully to have enough money left over to take a two week vacation, because life is not all about work. Life is about family and being together and working together.”

  • GOP meet and greet

    Left to right: Republican Council Candidates Rick Reiss, Bill McKerley, John Bliss and James Chrobosinski stopped by the campus of the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos recently to meet with the public to answer questions and explain why they would be the best candidate for the job. 

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  • Council to review charter ordinances

     At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council reviews four ordinances that will bring to completion to a project that began in 2009: the revision of the county charter by the Charter Review Committee.
    Voters approved the first of the CRC’s recommendations were in 2010. More recently, several major provisions gained voter support in 2012.
    The process bogged down with Article V, the section relating to public utilities. The first draft proposed by the CRC was so controversial that council voted to form a new CRC committee for the sole purpose of addressing Article V.
    Council approved that committee’s recommendation in December 2013. Approval of the ordinance based on those recommendations is one of the final steps before the issue is placed before voters in the November election.
    The most significant changes in the revised Article V include:
    • A new provision that would allow councilors to remove a board member without cause at any time by a five-vote majority.
    • A clear delineation of what actions council can take regarding the DPU manager, rates and charges and the budget (approve, disapprove or remand),
    • A provision allowing council to add or transfer utilities to the department.

  • Update 07-27-14

    Nature Playtimes

    Nature Playtimes Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. 10-11 a.m. Monday. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. No advance registration required. Free.


    The Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.

    Viewing party

    WGN-TV’s “Manhattan” series viewing and community discussion. 7 p.m. today (for premiere episode, subsequent episodes air at 8 p.m.) at Time Out Pizzeria. The Historical Society will host viewings of the episodes, followed by an hour-long community discussion. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Natalia, educator@losalamoshistory.org.


    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.  

  • Cone Zone 07-27-14

    Central Avenue
    Improvements Project:

    Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street.
    During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Expect intermittent short-term flagging operations with minimal delays as trucks enter or exit the work zone. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central.
    On-street parking on Central is closed, use alternate parking in the area. Pedestrian detour signs are posted, please use the detour and stay out of the work zone.

    Western Area
    Work continues on 46th Street and 47th Street off Trinity. Access to residences as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

    Sound Wall between Tewa Loop and Airport Road:
    Shoulder work continues on the south side of East Drive; please find alternate parking for vehicles parked on the south side of East Drive.

  • ‘Manhattan’ premiere set for tonight

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets.
    He found the answer by looking back to the early 1940s, when U.S. scientists and others working in isolation created the first atomic bombs without the knowledge of Congress, the vice president or the American public.
    The result is “Manhattan,” debuting Sunday (7 p.m. MDT) on cable channel WGN America. The drama is set in a makeshift, desolate Southwestern desert community, one of several that sprang up as part of the Manhattan Project aiming to beat Nazi Germany to the bomb.
    “I wound up shelving the modern idea, in part because it’s really difficult to write about history in the making with any kind of objectivity and moral clarity,” Shaw said.
    But his research showed him that the birth of the atomic bomb was “the birth of a huge number of issues and problems ... we’re still trying to parse 70 years later.”
    Among the questions “Manhattan” raises: to what extent do we trust our leaders, and how much freedom and privacy are we willing to surrender to protect the nation and its ideals, including those primary ones?

  • Auditorium gets makeover

    Those attending the 44th Annual Oppenheimer Lecture on Monday will also be the first to take in the sights of sounds of a different experience — the newly-renovated, Los Alamos High School’s Duane E. Smith Auditorium.
    Theater Manager Ross Mason and his crew of contractors and student techs have been working on renovating the theater’s interior since June.
    The aged structure was due for a massive overhaul, the seats themselves were last replaced in 1980.
    Those familiar with the theater’s operation said little piles of the aged foam from the chairs would have to occasionally be swept out from underneath the chairs — that’s how old and broken down the chairs were. “They should last another 40 years, if the kids take care of them,” Mason said.
    The cost of the chairs was defrayed somewhat through a special donor campaign, where donors could pay $250 for a plaque to be placed on a chair in the 52-seat center section. While all the new chairs are roomy and comfortable, the donor chairs are slightly wider and bigger in the seat. The armrests also fold up. According to Mason, the bid for the chair project was about $159,000.
    Mason said now with the new chairs, people will be able to worry about the show and not their comfort.