Today's News

  • Regional Coalition appoints executive director, names officers

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today it has contracted with the MVM Group to Provide Executive Director services to help move the coalition forward.

    The MVM Group is a strategic consulting firm focused on the intersection of business strategy, public policy and reputation management.

    Partners DeAnza Valencia Sapien, Yasine Mogharreban Armstrong and Lillian Montoya-Rael lead the firm.

    Sapien, a New Mexico attorney, will assume lead role of Executive Director for the Coalition.

  • Storm water monitoring

    Erin English (right) and two others check out posters at the LANL stormwater permit meeting Thursday night in Pojoaque. English, who works for Biohabitats in Santa Fe, was one of five speakers at the event. She talked about green infrastructure and low impact development. For more on the meeting, check out next week’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Nominations sought for Public Service Awards

    There’s still time to nominate an exceptional person for the Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards for this year’s program.
    About 10 to 12 honorees are typically selected and celebrated at an awards banquet Nov. 1 at the Marriott Pyramid in Albuquerque.
    Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, in charge of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, has confirmed as the keynote speaker.
     The Nuclear Weapons Center is the steward and logistics manager for the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal. Its job is to ensure the availability of safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons to the Air Force’s Global Strike Command if, when and where they might be needed.

  • Molecules exhibit switch ‘handedness’ at speed of light

    A multi-institutional team of researchers including scientists with Los Alamos National Laboratory (of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration) has created the first artificial molecules whose chirality can be rapidly switched from a right-handed to a left-handed orientation with a beam of light on them.
    Switchable molecules hold possibilities for the application of terahertz technologies across a wide range of fields, including biomedical research, homeland security and ultrahigh-speed communications.

  • Two bucks to go

    This photo of two bucks was taken at the corner of 47th Street and Trinity Drive.

  • Update 07-13-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed July 18-20 for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    Chamber FAN Club

    The July FAN Club will be hosted by Tasty Creations by Jarda for chamber members.
    Private Chef/Caterer Jarda Belmonte will host the event from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Park Square.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.


  • Los Alamos students fare well in SBA

    Los Alamos Public School District students fared far better than their colleagues statewide in the 2012 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment.
    More than 194,00 New Mexico students in third through eight grade and tenth and eleventh grades took the SBA last spring.
    This was the first year 11th grade students needed to achieve a standard composite score in math and reading as a requirement for graduation in 2013.
    According to reported test scores, of the 270 Los Alamos 11th graders who took the exam, 79 percent were considered proficient or higher in reading and 83 percent were considered as much in math.

  • High water takes out bridges at Bandelier

    An evening rain in upper Frijoles Canyon Wednesday sent high water down Frijoles Creek, washing away three temporary bridges in Bandelier National Monument. Bridges along the trail to Alcove House and the second bridge on the Falls Trail were taken out by rushing waters.

    The high water also closed N.M. 501 and sections of N.M. 4 temporarily.

    Chief Ranger Tom Betts said the temporary bridges were designed for such events.

    “Our talented trail crew designed split log and rail bridges which are very simple and very cost effective,” Betts said. “We built them knowing they would wash away at some point.”

  • Visitors center contract will be reworked

    In an eleventh hour decision, council voted to table the contract authorizing the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) to “staff, manage, and operate two tourist information centers and the Los Alamos Meeting and Visitor Bureau (LAMVB).”

    Council’s motion directed staff to re-draft the contract “to further clarify contract expectations and performance regarding partnership activities associated with recreational and formal competitive events held in Los Alamos.”

    According to the staff report, “LAMVB has successfully provided visitor services for more than 13 years and demonstrated a solid record of performance of all contractual requirements.”

  • Local man jailed on child sex charges

    Los Alamos resident Thomas A. Rahn, 54, is still being held by the Bozeman Police Department in Montana on sexual abuse charges, and is scheduled for an extradition hearing July 16 at the W.W. Lessley Law and Justice Center in Bozeman.

    According to Randy Foster, a captain with the Los Alamos Police Department, if Rahn chooses to waive extradition, the LAPD will bring him back to Los Alamos to face charges within 10 days from the date of the extradition hearing.

    Rahn is accused of two counts of first-degree sexual penetration of a minor and is being held in the Gallatin County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond, with a "hold for New Mexico" status.