Today's News

  • Housing and schools are Girrens’ main issues

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series profiling candidates running for local and state offices.

    Los Alamos County Councilor Steve Girrens, who is running for reelection in November, wants to focus his energy on housing and schools.
    “In my mind, the big thing is getting housing developments going, or something that helps get that moving,” Girrens said.
    Girrens sees several areas ripe for that type of development, including the Department of Energy (DOE) A-8 land transfer site at the start of DP Road. The south side of Trinity Drive is also on Girrens’ radar, including another DOE site near the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    “That’s a pristine place. I would love to see condos or a high-density high-rise, right on the canyon,” Girrens said. “It would be an outstanding thing. Like another Oppenheimer apartments. Something big. Something that takes as much advantage of the canyon location as possible. They’re building all kinds of cool stuff in the cities, in Denver and places. What can we start doing on the south side of Trinity? What makes sense to do there?”

  • White Rock pots get finishing touches

    According to former Arts in Public Places Board (APPB) Chair Steve Foltyn, the project to install large cement replicas of San Ildefonso pottery along N.M. 4 in White Rock has gone like clockwork.
    Foltyn – who spearheaded the project – told the Los Alamos Monitor the cement forms were delivered on budget and ahead of schedule, and that the San Ildefonso potters who painted the pots also finished on budget and ahead of schedule.
    But every project has its challenges, and APPB is working with county staff and contractors to work out the last few kinks.
    The biggest challenge is installing a replica of a Maria Martinez black-on-black plate on the west side of the White Rock Visitor Center.
    Some cracks in the cement were discovered when the plate was stood up, but Benny Duran – who created the cement forms – assured the county there is nothing to worry about.
    The bigger issue is stabilizing the eight-foot diameter plate against the wind. According to Foltyn, Duran had envisioned it attached to the visitor center, but issues such as the stone tile façade on the building makes that problematic.

  • M’atom Bombs take on the Juggernaughties

    The Los Alamos M’atom Bombs kept the Duke City Derby Juggernaughties in line during a hard-fought derby matchup Saturday night.
    But in the end, Albuquerque’s Juggernaughties skated away with the win in two-hour bruisefest 282-130 at the Los Alamos Ice Rink.
    Juggernaughty Bethany “BeeBop” Day and the other Jugernaughties’ jammers managed to bust through the M’atoms defensive line and pass the pack more times than the M’atoms did with the Juggernaughties’ defense.   
    However, M’atom jammers Amanda “Super-ova” Storey, Rachel “Latzah Ballz” Adler, Marcie “Vexy” Archuleta and others really brought it on in the second half, making it an exciting game for all who came out to cheer on their hometown roller derby team.
    After the game, most valuable player awards went to M’atom Bomber Anne “Ferociraptor” Berros for best blocker, and M’atom Bomber Rachel “Latzah Ballz” Adler for best jammer. For the Juggernaughties, best blocker went to Lucy “Hermione Strangler” Fox and best jammer went to Bethany “BeeBop” Day.

  • No streaming of council meeting tonight

    Because of a technical repair and replacement needed for the County’s video streaming equipment, there will be no streaming broadcast of tonight’s Council meeting in Chambers. This malfunction only relates to streaming - there will still be a televised broadcast on PAC 8 television, and video capture for later playback on demand should still be available and posted on the County’s website after the meeting.

  • There are better ways to ‘pull together’ for New Mexico’s impoverished kids

    Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children

  • Stronger state economy requires shared vision and collaboration

    Executive Director, New Mexico Municipal League

  • Community Calendar 6-24-16

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join PEEC on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    June 25-26 — Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club Field Day exercise at the North Mesa Picnic Ground, off North Mesa Road. Ham radio operators across North America will operate from noon Saturday to noon Sunday using generator, solar and battery power to make radio contacts. Public is invited to attend. For more information, call Charles Rogers, KJ5KU, 412-3149

    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of the answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Enjoy a talk by a local astrophysicist. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

  • UNM-LA summer youth program set

    The popular University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Community Education Summer Program for Youth (SPY) returns in July with week-long classes for children in grades 1-10.  
    Children’s College, for children entering the first through third grades, and Youth College, for children entering the fourth through sixth grades, runs July 18-22. Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will be July 25-29.
    For students in first through third grades, this year there will be a morning class, Adventures at the University, and an afternoon class, Afternoon Adventures. Students who choose to participate in both classes can stay on campus through the supervised lunch hour.
    Grades 4-6 meet only in the afternoon, and may select a specific topical class. Nicole Lloyd Ronning, an astrophysicist at LANL and also a Bradbury Science Museum science ambassador, is teaching Awesome Astrophysics.
    The final alternative, Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will take place July 25-29.
    For more complete class descriptions and to register online, visit losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/2016-summer-program-for-youth.html. For more information, call Lisa Caldwell at 662-0346, or email commed@unm.edu.

  • Ex-pastor faces child pornography charges

    The former Los Alamos First Baptist Church pastor facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography remained in the county detention center Thursday.  
    Paul Cunningham, 54, was arrested June 17 on one count of possession of child pornography (sexual exploitation of children) and one count of distribution of child pornography.
    Church officials dismissed Pastor Cunningham March 31 after they learned the Los Alamos police and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office were investigating his online activities on the suspicion that he was downloading and distributing child pornography, according to a statement released by the church Thursday.
    Special agents from the attorney general’s office confiscated over 400 images and nine videos depicting child pornography from his home during the investigation.
    Church officials said their first concern was for the children associated with their church and the community at large.
    The First Baptist Church released this statement: “We were grieved to learn about the investigation and charges filed against Paul Cunningham, but more importantly we are concerned for the safety and protection of minors in our church and community.”

  • Los Alamos High School band practices for parade

    To prepare for their participation in a parade coming up in Washington D.C., the Los Alamos High School Band will be practicing their marching skills on County roads from 9:30–10 a.m. June 29.
    The band will be led by police escort, and the students will march down Nectar Street, continue on to Rose Street, then travel down Canyon Road to the high school.
    Motorists can expect a moving operation and should use caution in these areas during this time.