Today's News

  • House OKs proposals to revamp regulatory agency 

    SANTA FE (AP) — Proposals to streamline New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency and establish minimum qualifications for its elected members sped through the House on Thursday.
    Supporters contend the proposals to revamp the Public Regulation Commission will make it more efficient and should ensure that elected regulators are better prepared for the increasingly complex utility and telecommunications issues they must decide.
    “This is a baby step, but it is a step in the right direction in trying to improve the actions that this particular agency is taking,” said Rep. Larry Larranaga, an Albuquerque Republican.

  • Update 02-03-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Shuttle service

    The Los Alamos County Recreation Division and Atomic City Transit will run shuttle service on Saturday from the Aquatic Center Parking Lot to the Ice Rink and back from 5—7 p.m. The service is to help alleviate parking issues for the New Mexico Renegades game at 5:30 p.m.

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in Council Chambers.

    Ashley Pond

    A public meeting regarding Ashley Pond will be at 6:30 p.m Feb. 9. in the Community Building Council Chambers

    Reading event

  • Board mulls Historic District improvements

    While most of the attention Wednesday night was focused on Los Alamos High School and the county council chambers, the Historical Districts Advisory Board also was busy.

    Members of the board met at Fuller Lodge, to discuss upcoming projects involving maintenance and improvements, the placement of historical sculptures within the district and the upcoming Historic Homestead Tour Dedication.

    The board also welcomed new member, Mark Rayburn, who replaced Ron Wilkins.

  • Review cites issues with CMR fire suppression system

    The Office of Enforcement and Oversight conducted an independent review of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Facility fire suppression system (FSS) safety system last July.

    And the results were just recently released.

    “The DOE-HS and NNSA LASO review of the CMR fire suppression system was part of DOE’s normal processes to maintain operational awareness of the status of important safety systems, communicate identified issues, and ensure continuous improvement.  This assessment and improvement process increases DOE, NNSA, and LANS confidence that safety-credited systems will function upon demand in the event of an accident,” said Chuck Keilers, LASO Assistant Manager for Safety Operations.

  • Residents voice support for deal

    Public comment on the Trinity Site lease agreement was overwhelmingly in favor of moving ahead on a lease agreement with North American Development Group. Proponents outnumbered opponents 10 to one.

    Although a handful of people advocated for renegotiating in an attempt to achieve higher rents, using the site for something other than retail development or expressed fears of a Smith’s monopoly, it was impossible to turn a deaf ear to the numerous impassioned pleas from mothers who turned out for the joint meeting of the school board and county council.

  • Protesters pan plutonium plan

    Catherine Montano of Las Vegas made a 51-minute presentation to DOE and NNSA officials during a scoping meeting for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement at Cities of Gold Hotel Thursday night in Pojoaque. For more on the scoping meeting, pick up a Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Firefighters OK new contract

    Just over a year ago Los Alamos Firefighters’ Association Local 3279 filed a lawsuit against the county for its decision to impose a contract on firefighters without their consent.

    This year a new system called Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) helped firefighters and the county reach a win/win contract, praised by both sides at Tuesday’s council meeting.

    Previous negotiations were conducted using positional bargaining; an adversarial technique in which each side stakes out a fixed position and one side’s gain is the other’s loss.

    IBB helps the parties reach consensus through understanding each other’s interests.

  • Wrong side of the screen

     Isn’t life beautiful?  Isn’t life gay?  Isn’t life the perfect way to pass the time away?
      I happen to like life.  Not because the alternative is worse, but rather because it’s like strolling down a buffet of infinite choices, an endless avenue of experiences, a 24-hour a day variety show hosted by all sorts of people.
     And sometimes it’s more like a talk show where you want to stand, pick up your chair, and smash it against the guy sitting next to you.  Yeah, life can be fun.
     But lately I get the ugly feeling that I’m on the wrong side of the screen.
     My world is missing so many wonderful things that less dimensional people seem to enjoy.

  • Reader voices support for Zimmerman traffic option

    This is to warn the citizens of Los Alamos that an effort is being made to discredit the currently proposed re-design of NM 502 (Trinity Drive), which some have called the Zimmerman option, using two myths:
    Myth #1. “The proposed roadway would provide lower capacity than the current road and would increase congestion.”
    Myth #2.  “The roundabout would lead to ‘built-in’ traffic conflicts and would present an unsafe environment for cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians.”
    These myths contradict the judgments of professional traffic engineers who have been hired by the county and have presented their findings at meetings of the NM 502 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

  • Renegades Come to LA

    The New Mexico Renegades hockey team held a practice session Thursday morning at Los Alamos County Ice Rink in anticipation of its game Saturday. The Renegades will take on the Cheyenne Stampede Saturday at the rink.