Today's News

  • Grant helps Tapia start business

    ’Tis the season when an unexpected get-away may arise, leaving homeowners struggling to find childcare for their furry friends or house-sitting services so homes look occupied while away.
    Los Alamos Middle School, eighth grade student Esperanza Tapia is here to save the day (or the week), with the help of the Los Alamos Youth Business Grant Program.
    The 13-year-old has turned her passion for childcare into a family-friendly, one-stop service.
    “I have been pet sitting and babysitting for a few years for family, friends and neighbors,” said Tapia, who is the proud owner of a dog, cat and (very soon) of a Havana rabbit.

  • Be There 07-11-12

    The next Los Alamos Community Blood Drive is from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Every donor will receive a limited edition alien T-shirt while supplies last. Allow about one hour to give blood, including screening and blood draw. For more information, visit unitedbloodservices.org, or log in and register. Walk-ins always welcome.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Films series presents, “The Muppets” at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.


  • New research contract links LANL and robotics firm

    Miniature robots are about to get an intelligence boost from a new partnership, linking Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and ReconRobotics, Inc.

    Representatives from the two organizations announced today that they have signed a cooperative research and development agreement to “identify, evaluate and develop a range of mutually beneficial technologies,” efforts that will assist LANL in its mission-related activities for the U.S. Department of Energy and create value for ReconRobotics shareholders. Among the areas of research are systems related to sensing technologies, communications and autonomy.

  • Update 07-11-12

    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.

    LANL meeting

    A public meeting for the LANL Individual Permit For Storm Water will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center.

    County Council

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

    Coalition meeting

  • Bus loop plan moves forward

    At Tuesday’s meeting, school board members voted 5-0 to push forward with a plan for a bus loop at Los Alamos High School. They also voted 4-1, to allocate funds for landscaping the project. LAPS Board Member Melanie McKinley voted against the landscaping motion. The board action has cleared the way for construction of the bus loop to begin. Read the full story in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • King looks at bid for governor’s office

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said Tuesday that the decision to throw his hat into the ring for New Mexico’s top office was no spur-of-the-moment decision.

    Pointing to the magnitude of the governor’s race, the Democrat said he wanted to start early — a result of lessons learned after previous attempts.

    “These days, starting the governor’s race two and a half years out is not really a long lead time,” King said during a phone interview.

    King is a former state lawmaker and son of New Mexico’s longest-serving governor, the late Bruce King. He was first elected attorney general in 2006 and is serving his second term.

  • Activist to begin hunger strike

    Peace activist Alaric Balibrera of Santa Fe expects to begin a hunger strike on Monday. July 16 is the anniversary of the first atomic bomb test in 1945 at the Trinity Site.

    Balibrera says his hunger strike is intended as a call for the transformation of the scientific work at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a transformation from being injurious to humanity to being constructive.

    Before Balibrera begins his strike, he plans to speak with New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and LANL Director Charles McMillan.

    Lab spokesman Fred DeSousa said that he was unaware that Balibrera had tried to contact McMillan.

  • House committee passes Manhattan Project Park bill

    The House Natural Resources Committee today approved by unanimous consent H.R. 5987, a bipartisan bill introduced by Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) and Congressman Ben Lujan (NM-03) to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will include facilities at Hanford, Wash., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos.

    The action by the Committee makes the bill eligible for consideration by the full House.

  • Radiation risk underestimated

    Much has been made in the past year on the speculation of how a major earthquake would affect Los Alamos and especially the Plutonium Facility (PF-4).

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board weighed in on one of those scenarios recently. And the news was not good.

    Apparently, the Los Alamos National Laboratory has underestimated the amount of radiation that could leak from the facility as a result of an earthquake, according to the DNFSB.

    This is the first paragraph of a letter from DNFSB addressed to NNSA administrator Thomas D’Agostino, dated June 18.

  • Council OKs revision

    The atmosphere at Tuesday’s county council discussion of the White Rock Civic Center surged with excitement -- a marked contrast to the contentious debate that ensued during Capital Improvement Project (CIP) hearings just two months ago.

    Civic Center supporters were crestfallen when council voted down the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee’s (WRMPIC) request for $16 million to build a combined facility with a library, senior center, youth activity center, activity center and town hall,