Today's News

  • Tent caterpillars hitting SFNF trees hard

    SANTA FE — Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest’s popular aspen groves along N.M. 475, which runs to the Santa Fe Ski Basin, have been asking forest officials what has been happening to the trees.
    Although the aspens may appear to be dying, the bare branches can be blamed on hungry western tent caterpillars that are stuffing themselves on one of their favorite foods, that according to a press release from SFNF.
    The tent caterpillar is a native defoliator whose larvae feed on a variety of hardwood trees species, but in New Mexico, they prefer aspen.
    The caterpillar gets its name from the conspicuous “tent” it builds on branches and twigs. The silken shelter protects the larvae during molting.
    As they mature, the larvae disperse and continue feeding on leaves until it’s time to retreat into cocoons for their transformation into moths. The process takes a couple months after which the adults mate and the female moths lay the eggs that become next year’s caterpillars.

  • United Way is given a top rating

    United Way of Northern New Mexico’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
    This rating is the seventh consecutive time that UWNNM has earned a top distinction.
    Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.
    In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices, as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.
    Those metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, are designed to show which charities subscribe to best practices, that minimize the chance of unethical activities, and whether they freely share information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

  • Update 7-3-15

    4th of July

    The Kiwanis Club will host its annual 4th of July event starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. It will be at Overlook Park in White Rock. A donation for admission is requested. Atomic City Transit buses will run from Sullivan Field and the White Rock Visitor Center to Overlook Park starting at 4 p.m.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Co-Op farmers market will be Saturday. The market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the co-op’s location on Entrada Drive.


    The ’Topper football youth camp starts Monday at Sullivan Field. The camp is free to interested participants in grades 4-8. It will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit topperfootball.com.


    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge Sunday. The breakfast will be from 7-11 a.m. Prices are $7 for adults, $4 for kids 10 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

    Artists Market

    There will be an artists market Saturday at the White Rock Visitor Center. Artists markets are held once a month at the Visitor Center through October. It goes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Future Energy

  • Forum staying open

    Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust announced Thursday that the Open Forum on the proposal to put an elevator at Fuller Lodge will remain open for the time being.
    “As we have been unable to secure a date when we might receive updated drawings from the architect, we will be leaving the Open Forum open until we do,” Kohlrust said. “The architect is double-checking dimensions with an elevator provider to ensure what we put forth as alternates are feasible, given the various constraints pointed out as the July 1 FLHDAB (Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisor Board) meeting.”
    See stories in Los Alamos Monitor’s June 11 and July 2 editions.

  • WhiteWater Staying Dry

    Despite the rains last week, WhiteWater Ramble went on stage for the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Tonight’s concert will feature the 531st Air Force Band. It will be at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m.

  • On The Docket 7-2-15

    June 24

    Colin W. Redman was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 25

    Laurence W. Goddard was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving (accident). Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Aug. 24.

    Xavier A. Nelson pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having a proper operator/chauffeur license. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to community service in lieu of fines.

    June 26

    Yvonne R. Dashero was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court through Citepay of speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65.

    June 29

    Christina Y. McCormick pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to driving without a current, valid registration plate. Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tanner J. Kennedy was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Elevator at Lodge under review

    The usually serene Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board (FLHDAB) meeting was filled with roused citizens last month after a plan to install a glass and steel elevator on the outside of Fuller Lodge was announced.
    The board heard on an update on elevator options last night.
    The elevator was Mullen-Heller Architecture’s proposed solution for providing ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accessibility to the second floor. The architectural firm has been contracted to design a $3 million renovation for the lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum. The current elevator footprint is too small for ADA specifications.
    At last month’s meeting, the architects and Los Alamos County Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust explained the challenges of installing an inside elevator: reduced floor space in key rooms, major fire risers — part of the sprinkler system — running through potential locations and the possibility that the elevator would extend beyond the roof.

  • Today in history July 3
  • Today in history July 4
  • John Adams and U.S. Independence

    As we celebrate our independence and astounding development from a fledging nation to the world’s superpower, we should applaud the extraordinary contributions of numerous founders.
    One of them whose accomplishments are often overlooked is John Adams. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and his cousin Samuel Adams typically receive the lion’s share of the credit for the creation and early success of the United States.
    In fact, John Adams has frequently been viewed as “somewhat of a loser.”
    He is the only president among the first five who was not reelected, his Federalist Party never again captured the White House and scholars have not ranked him as a great or near-great president.
    While David McCullough’s best-selling 2001 biography and the acclaimed 2008 HBO miniseries depicting his exploits increased public interest in his life, Adams still does not receive the recognition he deserves.
    Consider these facts. Adams played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States, especially the campaign for independence, the devising of state constitutions and the establishment of America’s diplomatic tradition.