Today's News

  • New Reverend starts at TOTH Church

    He may be young, but the new rector at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is ready to immerge himself into the Los Alamos community — from young to old.
    At age 30, the Rev. Chris Adams is looking forward to spreading the love of God through all age groups.
    Adams started at TOTH just a mere five days ago and is already getting recognized by community members. His first day of his ministry was July 13.
    “People already know who I am,” he said. “The community has been very welcoming to me and my wife.” After his family’s arrival, neighbors welcomed them and even helped with their move. He said he likens the area to “southern hospitality.”
    “The community has been incredibly hospitable to my wife,” he said, which helps with the motivation of putting himself out there to build relationships with members of the community.
    He will be preaching for the first time Sunday at TOTH, and the church is having a potluck welcome luncheon for him at noon.
    Sunday also happens to be Adams’ birthday. The public is welcome to join in on the celebration to welcome Adams.

  • On The Docket 7-17-15

    July 7

  • Little Leaguers, swimmers competing at state

    On the diamond and in the pool, many local athletes will be competing for state championships this weekend and next.
    Los Alamos County won four Little League district championships this summer — two in baseball and two in softball. The majority of those teams will now compete for state championships.
    The state tournaments will begin this weekend and conclude with a championship round next weekend.
    Two teams begin their state tournaments tonight —the 10-11 year-old baseball and softball teams.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 softball All-Star team will take on Deming at 6 p.m. in Santa Fe. The winner will then play Las Vegas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball All Stars will take on Carlsbad at 5:30 p.m. in Carlsbad. The winner will play South Valley at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
    Clovis’ Zia Little League and Deming are also on the same side of the bracket as Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos County’s Majors earned a first-round bye. The 11-12 year olds will take on the winner of Roosevelt County and Altamont Little League at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, won the 9-10 district baseball title and was scheduled to start the tournament against Las Vegas.

  • Today in history July 17
  • Accident on NM502

    Police are on the scene of an accident on eastbound NM502, just past the White Rock ramp. The front end of the SUV showed considerable damage.

  • Update 7-16-15


    The New Mexico State University Extension Service will hold a workshop teaching residents how to install a drip irrigation system for their lawns. The workshop will be from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday. Call 662-2656 for more information.


    Atomic City Swing will host a dance tonight at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Price for participation is $3, $5 to take part in a swing dance lesson. The lesson starts at 7 p.m.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session July 21 at White Rock Fire Station No. 3. It will be at 7 p.m.


    Bradbury Science Museum will debut “Climate Prisms: Arctic” at noon Friday. “Climate Prisms: Arctic” is a multi-media, interactive exhibit exploring arctic climates.


    Los Alamos County will host its “Pajarito Putt-Putt” tournament July 22 at East Park. Prizes for the top three places will be awarded. For information, call the aquatic center at 662-8170.


    Gordon’s Summer Concerts will present Stooges Brass Band Friday at Ashley Pond. Concert time is 7 p.m. The event is free.

    APP board

    The Arts In Public Places Board will meet July 23 in the municipal building. Meeting time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

  • Some still seek help 70 years after test

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — An unknown blast shook the desolate New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, unsettling the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa.
    Most residents lacked phones and radios, so they relaxed when Army officials said it was just an ammunition explosion — despite the raining ash.
    They didn’t learn scientists from the then-secret city of Los Alamos successfully detonated the first atomic bomb at the nearby Trinity Site until after the U.S. announced it had dropped the weapon on Japan a month later, helping end World War II.
    “It was a source of pride,” Tina Cordova, a former Tularosa resident whose father was 3 years old during the Trinity Test.
    It became a source of anger after many residents developed cancer and blamed it for their health problems.
    Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the test that took place as part of the Manhattan Project, the secretive World War II program that provided enriched uranium for the atomic bomb. While the state holds commemorative events, Tularosa residents press for acknowledgement and compensation from the U.S. government.

  • 'Missing' plutonium magnetism found

    OAK RIDGE, Tennessee – Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium’s magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe.
    The advances that enabled the discovery hold great promise for materials, energy and computing applications.
    Plutonium was first produced in 1940 and its unstable nucleus allows it to undergo fission, making it useful for nuclear fuels as well as for nuclear weapons.
    Much less known, however, is that the electronic cloud surrounding the plutonium nucleus is equally unstable and makes plutonium the most electronically complex element in the periodic table, with intriguingly intricate properties for a simple elemental metal.
    While conventional theories have successfully explained plutonium’s complex structural properties, they also predict that plutonium should order magnetically. This is in stark contrast with experiments, which had found no evidence for magnetic order in plutonium.

  • Board member is short with public

    On Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Vice Chair Stephen McLin took an adversarial stance toward one resident in particular who was attempting to comment on the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) restructuring agreement.
    Chair Andrew Fraser joined the meeting by phone, and McLin chaired the meeting in his stead.
    McLin’s confrontation with Karen Paramanandam was the culmination of a series contentious moments during the public comment period.
    McLin first tried to skip public discussion and go straight from board questions to action on the item. A resident challenged that.
    After confirming with Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits that he should allow the public to speak, McLin opened the floor. He stated that those wishing to speak would be allowed four minutes, which is standard procedure.
    McLin allowed the first citizen — who did not identify himself — a 15 minute exchange with staff before invoking the four-minute rule.
    That speaker questioned the costs sited for decommissioning the plant and for reclamation of an open pit mine, based on a comparison to decommissioning and reclamation costs at the Four Corners Generating Station.

  • Be There calendar 7-16-15

    Science on Tap: From Trinity Test to Artificial Joints: How Computational Mathematics Has Transformed Our World (1945-2015). Speaker will be Nathaniel Morgan. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.

    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.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 8:30 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Stooges Brass Band. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.
    Mesa de Cuba Badlands. 9 a.m. Join Patrick Rowe in the San Juan Basin Recreation area as to see petrified wood, iron concretions, hoodoos, slot canyons and more. Free. Advanced Registration required. More information at losalamosnature.org.