Today's News

  • Johnson gets nod to join BPU

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council appointed Jeff Johnson to the Board of Public Utilities, following a new process for interviewing the candidates.
    In the past, council made their appointment decisions based on the candidates’ applications and a recommendation from the interviewing committee, as they do for other board appointments. The revised process was formulated by a newly formed subcommittee comprised of council and BPU members.
    The goal is to allow council to make a more informed decision about appointees to the board, which oversees a large portion if the county revenues and all aspects of the county’s utilities.
    Four citizens applied for the chance to replace Timothy Neal, whose term expires the end of this month.
    The other candidates were Kerry Harms, James Nealy Robinson and David Schiferl.
    Each candidate was allowed to make an opening statement about their qualifications and why they wished to serve.
    Johnson — who also had the recommendation of the BPU selection committee — is an engineer and project manager for Los Alamos National Laboratory who manages the development of equipment and facilities to be used in nuclear applications. He has resided in Los Alamos for 25 years.

  • Today in history June 24
  • P and Z work session on Comp Plan Wednesday

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a work session on updating the Comprehensive Plan at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

  • Be There calendar 6-23-15

    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. The Los Alamos High School Olions. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11. Free.

    Dallas Christian College SALTeens presents Koinonia: The Gospel in Music and Drama. 7 p.m. at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. High school students are selected for program and spend a week rehearsing before the 11 concert tour. Los Alamos student Lauren Partin is one of the 2015 SALTeens.

    Birding Hot Spots in northern New Mexico. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey will share birding tips and information about sites included in their brand-new second book, “Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos and Northern New Mexico.” Books will be available to purchase. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    The local chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. Confidential weight in begins at 9 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. The first visit is free. Membership is open to people at least 7 years old. For more information, contact us at whiterocktops@gmail.com.

  • More readings, actor auditions set at LALT

    Another reading for 8X10s is going on again due its popularity on June 17. It is an additional opportunity to submit more scripts.
    The reading will be 7 p.m. Wednesday.
    The selections will be from various playwrights who have submitted scripts for consideration.
    The theatre staff is also finalizing the selections for the 8X10s November performance and confirming directors. If anyone is still interested in directing, contact the theatre.
    Actors are also needed for September’s production of “Harvey,” at the LALT.  
    An audition session has been added for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center. Scripts are available at the Mesa Public Library. Male and female actors are welcome to audition.
    For anyone who is interested, but cannot make the Saturday session, contact Gwen Lewis at 690-8953 to make alternative arrangements.
    Production dates for “Harvey” are Sept. 11-13, Sept. 18-19 and Sept. 26-27.
    Also, the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society’s production of “The Tempest,” is in need of a man to play the character of Ferdinand. Performances are July 10-16.
    If anyone is interested, contact Director Jerry Ferraccio, at santafeshakespeare@gmail.com.

  • Update 6-23-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a closed session today with the Board of Public Utilities at 6 p.m. today and have its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

    School Board

    Los Alamos School Board will hold a special meeting and work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be at the schools’ administration building.

    Planning Council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet Thursday morning in room 110 of the municipal building. Meeting time is 8:30 a.m.

    APP board

    The Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building.

    Authors Speak

    Los Alamos County Councilors will have a booth at the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday. The market is from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and councilors will be at the booth from 9-11 a.m. The market is located in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.


    Los Alamos County will host a Movie in the Park Wednesday evening. The movie will be “Maleficent” and it will be screened at Urban Park. Movies in the Park are free are begin at sunset.

  • Assets in Action: A week filled with positive thoughts and kudos

    Again this week, I feel the need to point out positive things that have taken place, or will be taking place, that make this a great community in which we live.
    I’ll start with Dr. Devan Vest, who on a Sunday and Father’s Day still took some time out of his home life to check some teeth that had an unexpected jolt. He helped a mother sleep better that night. Now that is one engaged dad. Happy Father’s Day, Dr. Vest.
    Next some words of praise for the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization’s Home Delivered Meals program. They not only feed the frail and elderly of our community, but do it with pizazz.
    A special kudo to Margie and her golden melodious tones. Rumor has it that she sang a special rendition of “Happy Birthday” for a local senior, filling her day with joy and love.
    Then there’s the crew at Napa Auto Parts that helped with an end of the year school project. You’ll soon hear lots about Scott Pomeroy and his automotive students and their donated “race car.” Well, it will be a race car eventually. John and his crew were ready and willing with some extraordinary assistance.
    Finally it’s always nice to have something great to look ahead to for the future.

  • Councilors will have a booth at market

    Los Alamos County Councilors will have a booth set up Thursday at the Los Alamos Farmers Market.
    The booth, which will allow residents and market visitors to meet with the councilors, will be open from 9-11 a.m.
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market is a weekly event. It runs from 7-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library’s overflow parking lot.
    Regularly, fruits and vegetables from local farmers are available for purchase at the market. Other specialty items that are often at the market include hanging plants, aprons, organic beauty products and blade sharpening services.

  • Webster takes over top weapons position at lab

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced Friday that, after nationwide searches, Robert Webster has been selected to be the laboratory’s next principal associate director for the weapons programs, and Craig Leasure has been selected as the new principal associate director for operations.
    In his new role as Weapons Program leader, Webster will be responsible for the development and execution of LANL’s primary mission, assuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent.
    That program is the primary component of the laboratory’s $2.2 billion FY15 budget.
    “Webster is a 26-year veteran of the weapons program here at Los Alamos and a national leader in stockpile stewardship,” McMillan said. “He brings a clear vision for mission-science integration, insights on tackling key challenges and strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders that are critical to sustaining our mission vitality.”
    Since 2012, Webster has served as the associate director for weapons physics, with responsibility for the vision, execution and integration of three programs: Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC), Science Campaigns (SC), and the Inertial Confinement Fusion program in weapons science.

  • Civil Air Patrol

    Members of the Civil Air Patrol presented the colors Monday night as Lt. Bill Wolfe assumed command of the Los Alamos Composite Squadron.