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Today's News

  • Trinity Site ranch house faces restoration

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — A ranch house where Los Alamos scientists assembled the world's first atomic bomb is being restored.

    The McDonald/Schmidt Ranch House at the Trinity Site is facing exterior renovations thanks to a cooperative agreement with White Sand Missile Range Cultural Resources Program.

    Improvements will focus on the exterior stucco, gutters and drainage and interior restoration.

    On July 16, 1945, scientists from the then-secret city of Los Alamos successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, near Tularosa.

    The ranch house was located two miles away from the explosion, and its windows were blown out. The house was no significantly damaged but over the years fell into disrepair. It has gone through other restoration.

    The bomb later was dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • Flying like an Eagle
  • Residents welcome to view county info

    Residents are invited to stop by the Municipal Building lobby from 1-3 p.m.  Oct. 5 to view a variety of information about county services, programs and events.
    The county is hosting the event as part of its “customer service week” activities from Oct. 3-7. The week is sponsored by the Department of Public Utilities’ Customer Care Center.
    Refreshments will be served and county staff will be on hand to answer questions.

  • LANL recognized for diversity efforts

    Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized for its diversity efforts by STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine, in its newest issue. The magazine named LANL a 2016 top 20 government employer, the only national laboratory to achieve this recognition.
    Rankings were based on an annual survey of randomly-selected readers of the publication, according to Tamara Flaum-Dreyfuss, president and publisher of Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc., which publishes the trade publication.
    Readers selected the top 20 government employers as those “they would most prefer to work for or believe would provide a positive working environment for STEM professionals who are members of minority groups,” said Flaum-Dreyfuss.

  • State Briefs 9-28-16

    Health officials: 3 more West Nile virus cases in N.M.

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has announced three more cases of West Nile virus around the state.
    During the past month, health officials say a 53-year-old Bernalillo County man, a 57-year-old Dona Ana County man and a 40-year-old McKinley County man have been diagnosed with the virus transmitted by a mosquito bite.
    All three men were hospitalized.
    Health officials say the three newest West Nile cases doubles the total of human cases identified in New Mexico so far this year.
    The three previous cases were reported in Rio Arriba and Valencia counties.
    Health officials say New Mexico typically sees most of its West Nile virus cases in August and September, but may potentially see case through October this year because of late-season rains.

    Lawsuit over Gov. Martinez’s
    campaign emails dismissed

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A 2-year-old civil lawsuit over emails released from Gov. Susana Martinez’s hijacked email account has been dismissed.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports on Monday, court filings showed that both parties have agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning it can’t be refiled.
    Attorneys in the case declined to comment.

  • County Clerk’s office offers election registrar agent training

    With the Nov. 8 general election fast approaching, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office is gearing up voter registration efforts. Towards that end, Clerk Sharon Stover and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas conducted an election registrar agent training on Sept. 14.
    Seven women attended the training, where they learned about the dos and don’ts of registering voters in New Mexico.
    “This is really an important part you are playing, of getting people registered,” Stover said. “Whatever we can do to assist that, we want to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to vote.”
    A significant part of the presentation was a training video produced by Los Alamos Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz and New Mexico State Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-District 15), who is executive director of NM Clerks, LLC, an organization representing all 33 county clerks. Ivey-Soto was at one time state election director in the Secretary of State’s office.
    The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office initiated the idea of creating a video, which is now being used by several clerk’s offices throughout the state.

  • Duane W. Smith project moves ahead

    Los Alamos’ Duane W. Smith Auditorium, the second largest entertainment venue north of Albuquerque, is about to get a  $1.2 million facelift.
    Representatives from fbt architects met with the public Tuesday in the lobby of the 66-year-old auditorium to discuss how to modernize the building’s exterior.
    The other purpose of the meeting was to gather everyone’s ideas, comments and feedback before moving on to the building phase, which is scheduled for May 2017.
    The main goal of the architects firm’s plans is to make the lobby more functional, bigger and more open.
    The firm’s other goal was to visually integrate the 956-seat auditorium into the Los Alamos High School campus. When the school was redesigned several years ago by fbt architects, the auditorium, which was built in 1950, was not included in the redesign.
    The new plans feature 3,600 square feet of new construction to the front of the building.
    “We are essentially taking this lobby down and building a new lobby that is almost twice the size,” said fbt architect Sanjay Engineer.
    The facade will feature paneling on the windows that will mimic the facade of the high school, which is located behind the theater.

  • Family celebrates 50 years at El Paragua

    In 1958, 12-year-old Larry and 10-year-old Pete Atencio began selling beef tacos and red pork tamales on Española’s main street.
    Their mother Frances made the tacos and tamales. Their father Luis bought the boys a patio umbrella for their stand to protect them from the elements, but they spent much of their time running the food out to the line of waiting cars. A taco sold for 15 cents and tamales were 10 cents. The stand was only open during the summer months, and a good day’s sales totaled $20.
    At that time, Frances and Luis were working as a secretary and a plumber, respectively, and raising nine children.
    “Cuisine was always a part of my mother’s life, from her mother and her grandmother,” said Angela Atencio-Sanchez, president of the local chain’s umbrella organization, Las Brazas Enterprises. “Both my parents, they loved to give, and they loved to do it with food. So she would make this food and take it to her office for her coworkers. And they would tell her, ‘This is really good. You really should think about selling it.’”

  • Miles, founder of Monitor, dies at 95

    Dan Miles was a pioneer in many ways.
    He came to Los Alamos with the idea of starting a newspaper for a town that didn’t have one.
    He was one of the three founders of the Los Alamos Monitor.
    Miles started the newspaper with John Barnett and Mark McMahon in 1963, in a small office above a jewelry store.
    They started with nothing more than two typewriters, a headline machine and four employees.
    Miles was also a geologist for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    He died Wednesday at his home in Los Alamos. He was 95.
    His daughter Beki Welsch recalled some of the memories of her father’s time at the newspaper.
    As the Monitor’s advertising executive, Miles once secured an ad for the liquor store… and it ended up being placed on the same page as the police blotter and the DWIs.
    “The liquor store immediately cancelled their ad,” Welsch said with a laugh. As the paper’s main financial backer and money man, that’s just one of the many ups and downs Miles experienced in the Monitor’s early years.
    There was a bust in the oil business at the time, and they thought it would be a good idea to start a paper in Los Alamos.

  • UNM president says he won’t seek a 2nd term

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — With declining enrollment and a smaller allotment from the cash-strapped state, the University of New Mexico is bracing to have $22.5 million less to spend in fiscal year 2017.
    The school also will be looking to hire a new president.
    Robert Frank announced Friday that he won’t seek to renew his contract after it ends on May 31, 2017. “I am pleased with what we have accomplished during my presidency, and it will be with great pride that I hand over the reins to the next president, who can build upon our successes,” Frank said in a statement.
    He was hired by UNM in January 2012.
    The Board of Regents now has eight months to choose the school’s 22nd president.
    Board President Rob Doughty said the search would begin no later than next spring, and an interim president would be appointed if a successor to Frank isn’t found in a timely manner.
    On Thursday, Frank announced the university will put a freeze on hiring, and all college officials will perform departmental audits of temporary and part-time staff positions. Those positions that aren’t deemed to be critical will likely be cut.
    He said the expected losses mean everything from programs to staff and administrative positions could face cuts, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.