Today's News

  • LA police arrest Maryland man

    Gregory Montoya, 48, was arrested Friday by Los Alamos Police assisting detectives from Montgomery County Maryland on a felony warrant.
    Montoya is being held in the Los Alamos Detention Center pending extradition procedures.

  • Update 12-08-13


    The public is invited to a reception on Monday to welcome new Police Chief Dino Sgambellone to the community. The reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Refreshments will be served.


    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Creche display

    The community is invited to display their Nativity Sets for the 20th Annual “Creches From Around The World” exhibition today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1967 18th Street.

    Luminaria walk

    The sixth annual Luminaria Walk. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Retirement Community, 1010 and 1011 Sombrillo Court. Public is welcome for posole and appetizers, followed by desserts at Aspen Ridge Lodge. For more information, call Tiffany at 412-7372 or 662-4300.

    Author's Speak

    Authors Speak Series. 2 p.m., Sunday Fuller Lodge. Valerie Plame Wilson and Sarah Lovett will discuss the novel “Blowback,” the new espionage thriller by former CIA ops officer Wilson and thriller writer Lovett. 

  • Send photos now for LA Life 2014

    Don’t miss this opportunity to share your best photographs from the last year in Los Alamos Life 2014.

    Whether you’re an amateur with a really good eye or a seasoned pro, Los Alamos Life wants your best photos! Get your most striking pictures featured in the next edition of Los Alamos Life set to publish in March 2014.

    Los Alamos Life is an award-winning full color, glossy annual magazine that presents a quintessential snapshot of moments in the life of Los Alamos. The magazine is reminiscent of the iconic Life magazine, but it is bolder and more colorful in its presentation.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Los Alamos Life says a lot about Los Alamos, its people and what it’s like to live in this majestic mountain hamlet — home of scientific discoveries that have literally changed the world.
    Los Alamos Life is looking for photos that will help tell that story ... Nature, wildlife, kids, pets, funny moments from a family gathering, poignant shots of our senior citizens... Photos can include everything from action sports to thought-provoking still life. The more creative you are, the better!

    To be considered for inclusion in Los Alamos Life, photos should be sharp, well-composed, high-resolution digital photo files.

  • LANL begins shipments to Idaho

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has made the first of its 18 shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project at Idaho National Laboratory.

    The first shipment left Los Alamos, Nov, 13, according to lab spokesman Fred DeSousa.

    “Known as MTRU, or mixed transuranic waste, the material requires special handling because it consists mostly of large, metal equipment with sharp edges. By using equipment and technology available at the Idaho site, this waste can be remotely repackaged safely and efficiently with far fewer hazards for workers,” Desousa said in a statement. He added, “Removing such waste from Los Alamos facilitates the lab’s effort to meet our commitments with New Mexico. In addition, the three-site operation demonstrates DOE-EM’s ability to meet the challenge of conducting high priority but technically complex environmental management operations.”

    In all 46 cubic meters will be shipped to Idaho and eventually back to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

    The shipments are part of the lab’s campaign to remove 3,706 cubic meters of TRU-Waste by the end of June.

    On Friday, DeSousa said, “We ended FY 13 having shipped 2,745 cubic meters vs. our goal of 2,600 toward the campaign goal of 3,706.”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 12-08-13

    Monday: Pool tournament

    Tuesday: Hanging snowman

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Christmas ornament

    Friday: Staff choice

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th St., next to Ashley Pond, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd., across from Smith’s in Rocket Park, 672-1565. 

  • New Mexico Crisis and Access Hotline

    Professional counselors are available 24/7.
    • Having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else
    • Struggling with drugs and/or alcohol
    • Feeling like you can’t get out of bed in the morning
    • Experiencing violence or abuse where you live
    • Looking for a counselor in your area
    • Behaving in ways you know aren’t safe, but you continue anyway
    • Having a hard time keeping your anger
    under control
    • Seeking support for someone struggling with
    their mental health
    1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474 crisis line) or

    Free and confidential.  

  • Name That Teacher 12-08-13

    How old are you?


    How long you’ve been teaching?
    This is my ninth year teaching in a middle school. I have also spent a few years teaching at the university level.

    Where did you go to college?
    University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

    Which of your mid-school teachers was your favorite and why?
    Ms. Lawrence. She taught social studies. She didn’t talk down to us and was willing to let us wrestle with big and controversial topics.

    What is your favorite memory from working at school?
    For me, there isn’t any one memory, just lots of little moments where things come together; that’s where I get the energy to keep going. Another thing I love is hearing from former students and finding out what they’ve been up to.

    Are you married? Do you have kids? How many?
    I’m married and have two sons and a very large dog.

    What motivated you to become a teacher?
    The first time I gave a guest lecture to a university class, I felt such a rush that I knew I wanted to be in the classroom. But it was 18 months in a non-teaching job that made me completely positive that I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t teaching.

    What is your favorite book genre?
    science fiction/fantasy

  • Holiday hair flare

    Do you love the holidays? Do you love going to Christmas parties, but just don’t have any ideas for hairdo’s? Well, here is your chance to make your head of hair twinkle in the holiday lights.
    The first glitzy hairdo is the Double Fishtail Twist:
    1. Begin by sweeping all the hair over to one side of the head…
    2. Separate the hair into two smaller sections, and secure one out of the way for now…
    3. Using the free section, begin creating a regular fishtail braid… to create a fishtail braid, you begin by separating the
    hair into two strands.
    4. Now take a very small piece of hair from the outside edge of the right strand, and pull it over the top and place it on the inside edge of the second strand…
    5. Now take a small piece from outside edge the left strand, cross it over the top and add it to the inside of that right strand…
    6. Repeat Steps 4-5 over and over until you have formed a fishtail braid…
    7. Once you reach the end of the braid, secure it with a hair elastic.
    8. Now repeat this process with the hair section you had previously secured out of the way…
    9. You should now have two finished fishtails at this point.

  • Caldera holds off on new hiking trail


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Valles Caldera National Preserve won't yet invite further exploration by hikers after a plan to throw open access was tabled.

    Valles Caldera Trust Board chairman Kent Salazar said at the panel's meeting Thursday in Albuquerque that the move comes amid concerns that Indian tribes and pueblos weren't consulted about the plan to allow unrestricted public access to the preserve, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

    He added that review of endangered species, cultural resources and habitat protection also needed to be considered before the plan goes into action.

    "It is clear from staff input that there are serious issues that must be addressed prior to the implementation of the program," Salazar said.

    Jemez Pueblo Gov. Vincent Toya Sr. told the newspaper that the pueblo has always enjoyed a cooperative relationship with the preserve and that it was "shaken" when it learned of the board's plans to allow unrestricted access to hikers.

  • Spain, Netherlands meet again in pool play

    COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — Defending champion Spain will play its opening World Cup game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the ill-tempered 2010 final, while host Brazil faces a relatively easy path to the knockout stage after Friday’s draw.
    The draw was full of bad news for the United States, which has the toughest group and the worst travel schedule. The U.S. opens with African power Ghana on June 16 on the coast in Natal, then plays Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Amazon rain forest city of Manaus. The Americans then go to back to the northern coast to play Germany, one of the favorites, in Recife.
    “I kind of had in my stomach that we were going to get Germany,” said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who played for Germany’s 1990 World Cup championship team and coached his native country to third place in 2006. “Obviously it’s one of the most difficult groups in the whole draw.”
    Brazil starts its campaign for a sixth World Cup title with an opener against Croatia.
    Mexico, which struggled this year to qualify, and Cameroon are also in the group.