Today's News

  • ScienceFest — Fun for everyone

    Los Alamos ScienceFest has expanded to a full week of mind-blowing demonstrations, interactive activities, art, discussions for inquisitive minds of all ages, from Sept. 5–13. The majority of ScienceFest events are free.
    Two highly anticipated special events are new to Los Alamos ScienceFest this year. RocketDay, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday will take off in White Rock, with the launch of 220 model rockets over a period of a few hours. The event, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Boeing, will include an appearance by former shuttle astronaut, John Phillips.
    The festival will culminate with the biggest science festival in the state — Expo Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Ashley Pond. Expo Day will feature 60 interactive exhibitors who will provide hands on activities showcasing science, technology, engineering and math. Expo Day is designed to encourage young people to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Today in history Sept. 4
  • Tesla selects Nevada for battery plant


    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars, a person familiar with the company's plans said Wednesday.

    The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made, said work would soon resume at an industrial park outside Reno.

    Four other states — California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico — were vying for the project and the estimated 6,500 jobs it will bring.

    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's office said only that the governor would make a "major economic development announcement" Thursday afternoon. A spokesman for Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, said company representatives would be at the Capitol for the announcement but offered no other details.

    Tesla has done site-preparation work at the Reno Tahoe Industrial Center but had not publicly committed to building in Nevada, instead waiting as other states put together their best packages of economic incentives.

    This spring, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company would take the extremely unusual step of spending millions to prepare sites in two states — or perhaps even three — before choosing the finalist.

  • LA girls soccer team falls on road


    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team dropped a tough 4-3 decision to the St. Pius X Sartans Tuesday in Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos led 2-0 in the first half and were tied with under 10 minutes remaining before the Sartans earned the game-winner. See more details online or in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA volleyball team swept by St. Piux X

     One of the good things about playing a tough opponent early in the season is it lets you know right away what needs to improve.

    Such was the case for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team Tuesday in its 2014 opener.

    The Hilltoppers took on an old rival, the St. Pius X Sartans, at Griffith Gymnasium. The Sartans, using a balanced, efficient attack, upended the Hilltoppers in three straight sets.

    Los Alamos started off the match fairly well, but St. Pius’ service game and attack got rolling midway through set one and carried it through the second set. Though Los Alamos mounted a stand in the third set, the Sartans still prevailed 25-16, 25-16, 26-24.

  • Police beat 09-03-13


    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 21


    12:23 p.m. — Christopher Davis, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction at Trinity Drive.


  • Los Alamos man, guilty of stalking charge, plans appeal


    Jack Worel, a local businessman who was convicted in January of this year of a misdemeanor stalking charge, is seeking an appeal through the Los Alamos District Court. 

    In March, Worel was sentenced to a year of supervised probation with GPS monitoring for stalking a former cleaning service employee of his, a woman who was in her mid-20s at the time. Worel, who is in his 70s, apparently stalked her after he was convicted over an incident with the woman that earned him a simple battery charge. 

    That incident was cross-examined extensively in court. Worel said that he was just trying to show his victim, some defensive wrestling moves after he was concerned for her safety. She didn’t see it that way, and from there, according to Assistant District Attorney and prosecutor Kent Wahlquist, Worel’s stalking escalated shortly after she stopped working for him. 

  • REDI tackles jobs council planning


    The Regional Economic Development Initiative’s (REDI) annual State of the Region summit, held Aug. 14, initiated a three-part series of meetings geared toward making local communities eligible to recieve funding from New Mexico Jobs Council initiatives. 

    The Legislative Jobs Council was initiated in 2013. A joint Jobs Task Force was created this year when Gov. Susana Martinez appointing three cabinet members and two other representatives to the council. Private industry groups also participate. 

    The goal of the jobs task force is to determine how many economica base jobs the state needs to create over the next 10 years to return to a healthy growth rate, at least equal to the rate prior to the 2008 downturn.

  • NLRB to investigate Smith's


    The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a formal hearing for January of next year after the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1564, filed a complaint against Smith’s Food and Drug Centers for bad faith bargaining.

    According to a union press release, the NLRB issued a complaint in order to prosecute Smith’s. The union represents more than 2,000 Smith’s employees, in Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Farmington, Santa Fe and Taos.

    According to the press release, the NLRB is prosecuting Smith’s for refusing to meet, refusing to accept proposals and refusing to bargain in the absence of a mediator. The NLRB complaint also includes allegations that Smith’s has violated the employees’ rights by threatening and otherwise interfering with employee Section 7 rights.

    The hearing is scheduled for January but that can be avoided if the two sides can reach a settlement.

    Inquiries to the Smith’s corporate office went unanswered.

    The union press release stated, that despite 42 straight quarters of sales growth by Kroger’s (Smith’s parent company), New Mexico employees will not receive any holiday pay.

  • Hardin to discuss beneficial insects


    Presenter Laural Hardin returns to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to discuss about which insects are beneficial, and what you can do to cultivate their benefits.

    The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. today. 

    Predacious beneficial insects are becoming the preferred method for treating problem insects in professional greenhouse production and in the backyard garden. Many people are unwittingly destroying beneficial insect populations with poor gardening practices. 

    This hands-on workshop will cover the types of beneficial insects, and how they can be encouraged to thrive, or be safely introduced into your environment.