Today's News

  • LA opens arms to a runner with a cause

    Her sides hurt, her feet hurt, her lungs hurt, but thanks to the friends she’s met along the way on her journey across America, Jan Walker’s spirit and determination remain unbreakable.
    Walker is running, hiking and walking from California to Washington, D.C. to help raise money and awareness for the “September 11th National Memorial Trail,” an interconnected network of trails that link the three Sept. 11 terrorist attack sites (Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Pentagon and New York City) together.
    But right now, she’s resting up at the house of Los Alamos resident Lisa Reader, recovering from some health issues she encountered while on the road near Socorro.
    Walker and Reader knew each other from a previous race Walker ran in Utah called the “Grand to Grand,” where Reader was a volunteer.  
    Walker had just reconnected with Reader a couple of days before her health told her it was time to take a break. She knew just who to call.
    Walker has had a lot of serendipitous moments like that, where a friend will just show up out of the blue to offer assistance.

  • Republican candidates address Kiwanis members

    One week after Democratic candidates introduced themselves to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, Republican candidates had their chance.
    On May 17, All three candidates for the Los Alamos County Council, and several other candidates, were given three minutes to state their qualifications and discuss their most pressing issues.
    County Clerk Sharon Stover, who is opposing incumbent Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard for the District 43 state representative seat and Michael Romero, running against U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan for his District 3 seat, were both on hand.
    Judith Nakamura, who is running to keep her appointed seat on the Supreme Court, also addressed the group. District 1 district attorney candidate Yvonne Chicoine and county clerk candidate Naomi Maestas also spoke.
    Councilor Steve Girrens, running for reelection, won the draw to speak first. Girrens has lived in Los Alamos 37 years and been employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 35 years.
    “I’m running primarily because I think there are exciting times ahead for our county, and I would like to continue to be part of those influencing in which direction those things go,” Girrens said.

  • New Mexico employers most likely to be sued

    A report to the Los Alamos County Council on May 17 by New Mexico Association of Counties Executive Director Steve Kopelman and General Counsel Grace Phillips provided a chilling perspective on liability suits against government entities in New Mexico.
    Kopelman cited a study conducted by Hiscox, an insurance company which specializes in employment law, reported on in “Property Casualty 360.” The study found that New Mexico employers are at higher risk of facing an employment lawsuit than in any other state.
    According to the study, the national average for lawsuits against employers is 11.7 percent. In New Mexico, the average is 66 percent, one point above Washington D.C.’s 65 percent. The next nearest “competitor” for the number of employment lawsuits was Nevada, at 47 percent.
    “It means we’re six times more liable for any of our businesses to have to defend an employment lawsuit,” Kopelman said “And the reason for that is because our laws and our court interpretations are so unfavorable for employers. And they are particularly unfavorable for public employers.”
    Kopelman and Phillips discussed some of the issues that contribute to those statistics and their impact on local governments.

  • Work stopped at A-19 site

    A layer of hard basalt rock has temporarily derailed plans for a mixed-use development project in White Rock.
    The county and a contractor installing utilities at the project site agreed to call it quits Friday. The contractor’s solutions to remove the rock would put the project beyond the county’s budget for the project.
    “RMCI (the contractor) sought out two potential alternatives, by blasting and by use of specialized trenching equipment, yet the costs proposed were well beyond the established project budget,” Los Alamos County Engineer Eric Martinez said in a written statement.
    The project site is located along NM 4 between the White Rock Visitor Center and “Area G,” a toxic waste disposal site owned and operated by the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  
    “Site A-19-A-1 Acquisition Group, LLC,” a subsidiary of Transcor Development Corporation (TDC), is developing the parcel.
    Once the utilities are installed, future plans for the site include a combination of housing and commercial use.
    Partners with TDC involved in the project, which include Raylee Homes and Cascade Creek Holdings LLC, could not be reached for comment when contacted at their Rio Rancho offices.

  • Community Calendar 5-25-16

    “Authors Speak” will feature Anita Rodriguez from 7-8:30 p.m. upstairs in the rotunda at Mesa Public Library. Join us to hear Taos resident Anita Rodriguez talk about her new book, “Coyota in the Kitchen.”
    DK & the Affordable and Eddy & the Nomads will play classic rock and rockabilly music at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m.
    Memorial Day celebration at 11 a.m. at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Elks Lodge 2083 will host the celebration to thank those serving and remember those lost. Guest of Honor Corporal Vernon Kerr will give the address.
    Los Alamos Rotary Club meeting at noon at the golf course community room.  A salute to veterans.
    Jemez Thrift Store Bag Day 10 a.m-1 p.m. Jemez Thrift is urgently asking donors to not drop off broken or un-saleable items and don’t block exits this poses a safety threat according to the fire marshal.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    JUNE 2

  • Assets in Action: School is over, you are on your way!

    If you are reading this late Wednesday afternoon, you are done! Oh sure, I mean most of the kids are done with school, but in many – and I say many – ways, we as the parents are also done.
    If you are also the parent of a high school student, I’m sorry, there’s still one more day ahead for you. Oh sure, you will hear about it entirely tonight and again in the morning until they get on the bus or drive to school for the last time this year.
    If you need a comeback, hey that snow day – as late as it was – was glorious! It was ridiculous if you lived in White Rock, but no less glorious to stay in our pajamas that morning.
    Oh and OK if you are married to someone that works in a school, you will get a repeat of what happened on Thursday again on Friday.
    This day and age, we often hear how kids today don’t appreciate the people that give us the freedoms we appreciate today.
    I would like to say that as we approach the last few days of school, local teenagers are still working at letting our service men and women know they are appreciated throughout the year.
    So while many will spend the weekend enjoying parties and an extra day off, take the time to give thanks to those that gave their lives in honor of our country and also appreciate those that serve today.

  • (Lack Of) excellence seen in nuke museum

    Mediocrity is on full display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. I assume that the mediocrity, an aggregation of little things, wasn’t there on purpose. But it was there.
    Lured by well executed publicity, I went to see the underwhelming (small and crowded) exhibit, “America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66,” that opened May 14. My idea was to consider New Mexico as a road, no particular beginning or end, nothing specific happening except magnificent sunsets to inspire political rhetoric and cultural impressions on the horizon.
    First, let’s be certain; the museum (nuclearmuseum.org) is well worth seeing for the history of the Manhattan Project and of the atomic bomb. It is on Eubank Blvd., a few minutes south of I-40.
    In the Route 66 exhibit this sentence grabbed. “Route 66 became an icon for travel in the 1950s.” I think that means Route 66 became a symbol for travel, similar to a religious icon in church. The signs describing Route 66 items were loosely mounted and just enough askew that I noticed.

  • How do we save our smallest towns?

    Coffee on a Cold Morning

  • White Rock Canyon cleanup starts

    Four volunteers attended Saturday’s Trail Cleanup Day, part of the National River Cleanup, but their efforts made a dent on the massive cleanup needed in White Rock Canyon.
    Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson reported that volunteers hauled out 17 bags of trash, three bags of recycling, two doors, four buckets of glass and one  toilet.
    Strange items found included half an electric guitar, a water heater, two Lazy Boys, a push mower, a bike frame and a motorcycle.
    The cleanup focused on an area just below Overlook Park on the canyon rim, which has been used as an illegal dumping spot.
    “We still have a long way to go until the canyon is clean on trash but we made progress and were able move a lot of the heavier stuff closer to be hauled out,” Peterson said. “For the next cleanup in White Rock Canyon I hope to have aerial assistance either from a winch or crane to hoist out the heavier objects.”
    The next Trail Cleanup Day is scheduled for National Trails Day on June 4 at the Woodland Trailhead.

  • LAPD to assume process serving responsibilities

    The Los Alamos County Council passed a resolution on Tuesday that transfers process serving duties from the Los Alamos Sheriff’s department to the Los Alamos Police Department. The sheriff will continue to monitor sex offenders as delegated by statute.
    The motion passed 4−1, with Councilor Pete Sheehey opposed. Councilors David Izraelevitz and James Chrobocinski were not present.
    Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.