Today's News

  • NPS seeks input on Manhattan Project Park

    A National Park Service team – joined by Department of Energy representatives – spent two days in Los Alamos this week, asking for input on what will become the Foundation Document for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The team visited Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington, during the previous week.
    At a public meeting Monday, citizens were encouraged to provide their insights on the questions of:
    • What is important about the park? What are its important stories?
    • What do you see as the threats and challenges to the park?
    • What visitor experiences and opportunities would you like to see?
    On the last question, Interim Superintendent Tracy Atkins told attendees to “think big” and “think long-term.”
    “Think 10, 20 years down the road,” Atkins said. “We’re not going to do everything at once. We’re a little baby park. We’re still just barely cutting out teeth. It takes us a while to move through all the planning processes to be fully operational.”
    Atkins explained that the Foundation Document is the very first step in planning a new park, and supports all future planning.

  • Sweet celebration
  • Bulthuis hired as deputy director

    Public Works Director Philo Shelton announced Wednesday that Jon Bulthuis has accepted the position of deputy public works director. He will start March 14, overseeing fleet, facilities, transit and airport divisions.
    Bulthuis lives in White Rock with his wife and two children. He has worked most of his career with the City of Santa Fe. He has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and a master’s degree in business administration.
    The position of deputy public works director was created when the Los Alamos County Council approved the reorganization of the community and economic development department in November 2015, and the Capital Improvement Projects and the custodial and facilities divisions were moved to the public works department.


  • On the Docket 2-12-16

    Feb. 3
    Aurora Maldonado was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Timothy M. Acomb  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding 21 to 25 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 4
    Christopher Matthews  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Sheldon Martinez  paid a $50 fine to Citepay for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    Carlos Gallegos was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Isaac Schilling  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, resisting or obstructing an officer, making an improper lane change, assault on a peace officer and driving with an open container in the car.

  • Today in history Feb. 12
  • Breakthrough: Scientists detect Einstein-predicted ripples

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.

    Some scientists likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets.

    The discovery of these waves, created by violent collisions of massive celestial objects, excites astronomers because it opens the door to a new way of observing the cosmos. For them, it's like turning a silent movie into a talkie because these waves are the soundtrack of the universe.

    "Until this moment we had our eyes on the sky and we couldn't hear the music," said Columbia University astrophysicist Szabolcs Marka, a member of the discovery team. "The skies will never be the same."

    An all-star international team of astrophysicists used a newly upgraded and excruciatingly sensitive $1.1 billion set of twin instruments known as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, to detect a gravitational wave from the crash of two black holes 1.3 billion light-years from Earth.

  • Udall, Heinrich seek deportation raid halt, break with Obama

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico's two U.S. Democratic senators want President Barack Obama to halt deportation raids targeting Central American women and children.

    Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote Obama on Wednesday they were concerned how the administration was focusing on such families instead of using resources to deport criminals.

    The senators urged Obama to temporarily suspend immigration removal actions against children and families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras until questions about due process could be addressed.

    It's another break between Democrats and the administration over its handling of Central American immigrants.

    Last month, 22 senators wrote Obama that the raids were "shocking and misguided" and rejected administration arguments that the highly publicized raids would deter additional immigrants from fleeing the region to the U.S.

  • New Mexico braces for budget crunch linked to oil prices

    SANTA FE (AP) — Leaders of the New Mexico Senate are urging state agencies to institute cost-saving measures and plan to rewrite a budget for next year approved by the Republican-controlled House in response to declining revenue forecasts.

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur Smith said Thursday that general fund reserves are likely to be drawn down during the current fiscal year and that revenues are no longer expected to increase next year.

    Falling revenue expectations are linked to low energy prices and the New Mexico's dependence on oil and natural gas production to keep the government up and running.

    The House has approve a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending by $81 million on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.

  • Celebrating 100 years

    On Feb. 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation authorizing the creation of Bandelier National Monument.
    The first event of a yearlong celebration is Thursday, when park staff and the Friends of Bandelier will be handing out cupcakes at Smith’s Marketplace.
    That may seem like rather a low-key event for such a major celebration, but Superintendent Jason Lott has his reasons.
    “We didn’t try to make a big anniversary for Feb. 11. We tried to make it a year’s worth of events and opportunities,” Lott said.
    “So we were very careful about how we invested our available funding this year to make sure we could provide great experiences throughout the year, everything from our wilderness ranger to enhancing our existing programs, such as the citizenship ceremony, the Bandelier Opera.”
    Bandelier will have a dual celebration this year, as it joins the rest of the national park system in celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service, which was created on Aug. 25, 1916. One activity already planned for Founders Day is a hike from Dome Peak led by Craig Martin, president of the Friends of Bandelier. Martin led the same hike to celebrate the 90th anniversary.

  • Today in history Feb. 11