Today's News

  • Bag fee fails

    A motion before the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board to add a 10-cent fee to both single-use plastic bags and paper bags failed by a 3-3 vote on Thursday.
    The board entertained several other motions that also failed at its meeting at the White Rock Fire Station.
    In April, the Los Alamos County Council charged the ESB with holding two public meetings on whether to “ban or otherwise reduce the distribution of single use bags” and to make a recommendation to council.
    Thursday’s was the second of those meetings.
    Before motions were entertained, the board heard presentations from representatives on both sides of the issue, reports from each board member on interviews they conducted with the business community and information regarding recycling plastic bags gathered from the recycling company with which the county contracts.
    Initially, residents and groups, notably the local chapter of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos asked the County Council to introduce a ban on plastic bags at retail outlets, similar to the one currently enforced in Santa Fe and other cities.
    Last month, proponents of banning bags asked to withdraw the motion, instead proposing the per-bag fee.
    Both proposals have been controversial since their introductions.

  • Be There calendar 6-16-18-15

    Science on Tap: Red Wine and Mars. Results from the Curiosity Rover. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. For more information visit losalamoshistory.org.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Bldg 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230. Guest speaker will be Rick Lopez, who has been actively involved in New Mexico on behalf of the Republican Party for many years. He recently presented valuable insight and suggestions at the state training for county chairs. A business meeting will follow his presentation message. For more information, contact Bill McKerley at 331-3686.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.

  • Community briefs 6-18-15

    Grief support
    available for kids

    Since 2001, the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico has been providing free support groups for young people ages 5-25 who’ve had a loved one die. This summer, CGC will offer a free three-day, two-night camp, called Camp Corazon, just for kids ages 7 to a senior in high school who are grieving the death of someone important to them.
    The camp will be July 10-12 in Vanderwagon, 20 miles south of Gallup.
    Camp Corazon will offer traditional camp activities such as a challenge course, bonfire, songs and games, but most importantly, a unique opportunity for kids who have lost a loved one to share experiences and memories related to the death of their loved one.
    Camp Corazon provides grieving children with age-appropriate coping skills that will help them manage grief in their day-to-day lives, even after they leave.
    Camp Corazon is a free camp experience for grieving children from across the state. Donations are accepted. To sponsor a camper, the average cost is $350 per attendee and all donations are tax deductible.

  • Learn about New Mexico birding hot spots

    Whether one is a new or experienced birder, it is always helpful to have more insight into what bird species live nearby and when is the best time of year to spot them.
    On Tuesday, visitors to the Los Alamos Nature Center can join local authors Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey as they share information about some of the more than 30 birding sites included in their book, “Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos and Northern New Mexico.”
    In addition to general information about local sites, including how to get there and a description of the local habitat, the authors will highlight some of the bird species that can be seen at these locations during spring and summer.
    Immediately following the talk, books will be available to purchase and have signed.
    Both authors have a long and rich history of birding in New Mexico.
    In addition to leading bird walks for Central New Mexico Audubon, Liddell also serves as their vice president and program chair. She is president of New Mexico Audubon Council, is a member of the board of Audubon New Mexico, and is a bird monitor for the Rio Grande Nature Center.

  • Suspect had apartheid patches

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Storm Roof drove around with a Confederate flag on his license plate — not exactly an unusual sight in the South. But on his Facebook page, he wore a jacket with the flags of the former white-racist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia.
    A picture began to emerge Thursday of the 21-year-old white man arrested in the shooting deaths of nine people during a prayer meeting at a historic black church in Charleston. The Wednesday night attack was decried by stunned community leaders and politicians as a hate crime.
    In the hours after the bloodbath, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that tracks hate organizations and extremists, said it was not aware of Roof before the rampage. And some friends said they did not know him to be racist.
    “I never thought he’d do something like this,” said high school friend Antonio Metze, 19. “He had black friends.”
    A young man with a blunt sugar-bowl haircut, Roof used to skateboard in a Lexington suburb in South Carolina when he was younger and had long hair then.
    Childhood friend Joey Meek had seen him as recently as Tuesday, said Meek’s mother, Kimberly Konzny. She said she didn’t know why he was in Charleston and was not aware of his being involved in any church groups or saying anything racist.

  • On The Docket 6-18-15

    June 11

    Ian A. Sandine was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for texting while driving. Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Aug. 9. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school.

    Melinda T. Gutierrez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid license plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Thomas Ortiz pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to driving 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Arnold A. Robbe pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Cody J. Aiken pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    William Ward pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Patricia Teegarden was fined $50 for not having current, valid registration plate while parked.

    June 12

  • American Legion hosts breakfast

    The American Legion Post 90 will host a Father’s Day breakfast at its restaurant, located at 1325 Trinity Dr.
    The breakfast will be from 8:30-11 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the sale of the breakfast will go to help the American Legion Rider program and other post activity.
    On the menu for Father’s Day are scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy and beverages. Price for the breakfast is $8 per plate.

  • Update 6-18-15

    Father's Day

    The Los Alamos High School golf program will hold a Father’s Day equipment sale at the old Los Alamos Golf Course pro shop. The sale will go from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Caregivers Fair

    There will be an Alzheimer’s Caregivers Fair Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. It will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/alzlosalamos.

    Concert Series

    The Gordon’s Summer Concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The concert will be at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Dan Bern, a new folk and Americana artist will perform.

    Scooby Saturday

    Mesa Public Library will host “Scooby Saturday” from 2-3 p.m. “Scooby Saturday” will be for kids ages 6-12, having them solve mysteries like the cartoon character Scooby-Doo.

    Splash 'n' Dash

    The first Splash ‘n’ Dash event of the season will be Wednesday starting the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The Splash ‘n’ Dash is a non-competitive training event primarily for those planning on taking part in the August Los Alamos Triathlon. It will be at 7 p.m. but only a limited number of participants are allowed.

  • June county manager's update

    Editor’s note: The Los Alamos Monitor will begin publishing highlights of the monthly county manager’s update on the county’s various activities. This is the first in that series.

    Community and Economic Development Department

  • LAGC's Allen has teens on the links

    In collaboration with the Teen Center, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, the Department of Public Utilities and the Los Alamos Golf Course, Matthew Allen, golf course superintendent, recently completed a new educational class with teens.
    The class, entitled “Learning on the Links,” was designed to introduce teens to environmental concerns and how they relate to various types of facilities in Los Alamos County.
    Classes were held for six weeks during the spring school semester. In all, 17 students participated.
    A variety of lessons were designed introduced teens to environmental challenges for the course.
    For one, students participated in an aquifer water experiment that used ice cream, chocolate chips and cereal to represent the different types of soil found in Los Alamos. Root beer acted as the “rain.”
    A pair of the classes included field trips to the wastewater treatment plant and the Smart house to discuss facilities operated by the DPU.
    The final three classes were held at Los Alamos Golf Course. Students participated in labs where they tested the water and the soil to discover the differences between waste water and drinking water.