Today's News

  • Council approves facility study

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved $145,540 for the Carbon Free Power Project Study Phase Siting Agreement with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).
    The Department of Public Utilities has been exploring the option to buy into the proposed 600 megawatt small modular reactor (SMR) facility as a possible replacement for base load power from the county’s coal assets as early as 2022.
    The facility would house up to 12 NuScale nuclear power modules.
    The Board of Public Utilities voted to recommend investing in the study at a special meeting Monday.
    Council’s approval of funding for the phase 1 site option study guarantees the county up to 16 megawatts of power should BPU and the Los Alamos County Council approve adding that to the county’s electric portfolio in the future.
    Following the completion of the phase 1 activities, each participant has the option to exit the project if it is no longer deemed economical or prudent for their customer base. Participants will also have the option to acquire additional capacity if available.
    Erik Fairfield questioned the wisdom of investing in the facility during public comment.

  • Possible CIP Projects listed

    This is the initial list of potential CIP projects County Manager Harry Burgess presented.

    • Manhattan Project National Historical Park Visitor Center
    • Visitor center parking
    • Community broadband network
    • Broadband middle mile
    • DP Road infrastructure improvements
    • Conference center
    • Ski hill water improvements
    • Mountain bike trails
    • Leisure pool
    • Reservoir recreation improvements
    • Recreation center
    • Splash pad
    • Canyon Rim Trail next phase
    • Ice rink improvements
    • Golf course improvements
    • Councilors added
    • Multi-purpose performance center
    • Ice rink cover
    • Community center
    • Tennis court covers
    • Possible sale of local pools to the county

  • Sanchez: ‘Read to Lead’ is beneficial

    When Lt. Gov. John Sanchez visited Chamisa Elementary School recently, he brought gifts. A lot of them.
    Sanchez and his aides brought stacks and stacks of “B is for Buckaroo,” an alphabet book by Gleaves and Louise Doak Whitney designed for readers kindergarten through third grade.
    The visit coincides with state’s “Read to Lead” initiative, a program Gov. Susana Martinez started in 2012 in an effort to promote literacy.
    Throughout 2015, the governor, as well as the lieutenant governor will be making stops throughout the state, handing out the book to eager students and hopefully igniting a love for reading in the students that will last a lifetime.
    “We can’t think of a better investment that the state can make not only in our kids but our teachers, too,” Sanchez said. “If a child learns how to read then they can keep on learning their entire life. It’s the greatest gift we can give them.”
    During his visit, Sanchez read the entire book to Chamisa’s first, second and third graders before giving them their own copy.
    He also shared with the students his own love of reading and why reading is so important.

  • Crews take down trees at Pajarito

    Crews are working on the Cañada Bonita trails accessed from the Pajarito Ski Area trailhead through Wednesday, felling hazard trees in the burn area from the 2011 Los Conchas Fire.

    In coordination with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Southwest Nordic Ski Club contracted with the non-profit American Conservation Experience to perform the work along the original road and on the trail loops above the main trail.

    Post-fire erosion, higher-than-normal moisture and wind are bringing weakened trees down in large numbers. The main trail to Cañada Bonita is open, but hazard tape and signage warn users to be cautious if they continue on the trail.

    Recreationists who choose to hike the Cañada Bonita trails this weekend are advised to stay on the main trail, keep dogs on leash and watch for crew members guarding the work area on both ends of the trail segment. Users may be directed to wait if a tree is coming down in the vicinity.

  • On The Docket 8-28-15

    Aug. 19

    Jose G. Chacon pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal court to speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kelso Street was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for failing to wear seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Logan D. Cunico was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for failing to abide pedestrian control signals. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Danny Martinez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 20

    Emily E. Orr pled no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to shoplifting. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Lloyd Ami was found guilty by Citepay of improper stopping, standing or parking. Defendant was fined $50.

    Aug. 21

    Terrance C. Gray was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to wear seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Opening Night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team starts is 2015 season tonight. The game will be at 7 p.m. in Jacona against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.

  • Cone Zone 8-30-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution within construction work zones.
    The information provided is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may be subject to change.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3

    Roadwork continues on 44th Street south and 43rd Street north. Utility water line work also continues on 43rd Street. Expect flagging operations during ongoing project.

    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements

    The southbound lane will remain closed until Thursday. The contractor plans to switch traffic control on Thursday to allow for southbound travel.
    The northbound lane will be closed to allow for the demolition of curb and gutter, asphalt and sidewalks on the east side of 20th Street.
    Pedestrians will need to use the west side of the street.
    Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

    Sherwood Blvd. /La Vista Drive

  • Local Briefs 8-28-15

    Court will be closed next week

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court clerk’s office will be closed the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 4.
    The court’s office said the reason for the closure is for training of staff that week.
    The Municipal Court will also be closed Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.
    Payments due during the period of the closure can be mailed to the Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite C, Los Alamos N.M. 87544. Some court payments may also be made online at citepayusa.com.
    The court clerk’s office will reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 8.

    Hitchcock movie to screen for Free Film Series

    The 1955 film, “To Catch a Thief,” will be screened at Mesa Public Library Sept. 3 as part of the library’s Free Film Series.
    The film, which stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, was directed by legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. It will be screened at the upstairs meeting room of the library.
    For more information about the Free Film Series, call Mesa Public Library at 662-8247.

    Islamic nations topic of talk in Albuquerque

  • Unemployment down in county

    Unemployment in the state ticked up last month, but local unemployment numbers fell from the previous month, according to the Department of Workforce Solutions.
    Los Alamos continues to have the lowest rate of unemployment anywhere in the state, with its rate of just 4.4 percent, nearly a full percentage point better than any other county.
    According to the state, 373 of the county’s workforce of nearly 8,400 were seeking work last month. That was down 25 people from the states adjusted numbers for June.
    The percentage was also the same figure the county reported one year ago.
    In the entire state, the rate was 6.5 percent, seasonally-adjusted. That was up from June’s figure of 6.4 percent.
    Among the state’s metropolitan areas, only Farmington’s rate rose from June to July.
    Intestingly, job losses from last month were largely confined to a few counties. McKinley County saw one of the worst tumbles over the month, increasing its unemployment rate by half a percent, although part of that may be due to a jump of job-seekers in the county by more than 1,200 people.
    Nationally, July’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent.

  • Setting Up

    United Blood Service workers and volunteers were setting up the gymnasium at the Los Alamos First Baptist Church ahead of Thursday’s first day of blood drive efforts. The church is located at 2200 Diamond Drive. The blood drive will run through 7 p.m. today for those who want to donate.