Today's News

  • Animal Shelter 02-05-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.


    Ariel — Sweet three-year-old Chihuahua-mix. Very loving and affectionate. Good with gentle, older children.  

  • News for Retirees 02-05-12

    Feb. 5-11, 2012
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:30, 10 a.m.    Tax preparation
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken chile cheese soup
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30        Lunch: Barbecue chicken

  • PEEC awarded A.I. Pierce grant

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center was awarded a $7,500 grant from the Albert I. Pierce Foundation in Albuquerque. The grant will support PEEC’s Pajarito Plateau Field Science Curriculum in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    This curriculum gets kids in grades K-6 outside once a month to do hands-on field science in their schoolyards and on the trails and open spaces around their schools.
    The Albert I. Pierce Foundation is a private charitable foundation, which supports the environment and the arts.
    The mission of the AIP is to memorialize its benefactor through grants that enrich the cultural life, education, and environment primarily of the citizens of New Mexico.

  • La Leche League offers classes

    La Leche League of Los Alamos has quietly provided breastfeeding support to mother’s in Northern New Mexico for almost 40 years.  
    There are currently six accredited La Leche League Leaders serving the area; five lead twice-monthly support group meetings, answer questions by phone, and provide home visits. An additional service, Breastfeeding 101, is now being offered.  
    Breastfeeding 101 is a class offered to expectant parents and covers the basics of breastfeeding, including positioning and latch, how to tell if baby is getting enough, reading baby’s cues and what to expect the first few days of breastfeeding.   

  • N.M. 4 construction begins Monday

    Mountain States Constructors, Inc., will begin construction of roadway and pedestrian improvements on NM4 between east of Rover to west of Pajarito Road Monday.
    Planned improvements include landscaped buffers, sidewalks, a combined bike lane/turn lane, enhanced drainage, and a landscaped center median with left turn lanes. All work should be complete in October 2012.
    Traffic control restrictions for NM4 include providing a minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction at all times during construction and non-holiday weekends from
    7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Jim Hall's Roundhouse Roundup: It’s getting pretty busy

    The legislative session is heating up.  This week saw the last opportunity to submit bills and capital funding requests.  Memorials can still be submitted, but as time grows short it becomes more unlikely that a memorial will pass.

    Some 373 bills were submitted in the House, along with 23 House Joint Memorials that require action by both House and Senate, 28 House Joint Resolutions proposing amendments to the State Constitution, and 47 House Memorials that are intended to give a sense of the House.

    There are a similar number of bills, resolutions, and memorials on the Senate side.  About 50 bills on each side (House and Senate) are labeled “Public Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare.”

  • Update 02-05-12

    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.

    Dinner series

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host the second of its seven-session Dinner and Discussion series entitled Menu for the Future, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    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

  • Controversial ‘icon’ takes in DOE meeting

    Just before the public comment session of Thursday night’s public scoping meeting to discuss the Department of Energy’s Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, the crowd grew noticeably larger at the Cities of Gold Hotel conference room.

    At that point, it was pretty clear this was not going to be an ordinary public comment session.

    A group of about 20 members representing the Citizens of the American Constitution for Nuclear Non-Proliferation entered the room. That wasn’t all.

  • Schmidt goes to the front lines, subs at LAMS

    In today’s job market, it’s not unusual to be asked to take on additional duties to help out when short-staffed. Not only does that rule seem to apply to a variety of organizations across the country, but also to the Los Alamos Public Schools District.

    On Tuesday, LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt spent his afternoon in Allen Thomas’s pre-algebra class at the middle school. He wasn’t there to observe. Instead, he was substituting for Thomas and teaching the class.

  • Council looks to cement N.M. 502 design option

    Time is running out for the Los Alamos County Council to decide on a design concept for the Tewa Loop to Knecht Street section of the N.M. 502/Trinity Drive corridor, which is slated to receive $3.8 million in state funds for construction in FY14.

    Council has allocated $1,125,000 in the FY12 budget for 25 percent matching funds.

    On Tuesday night, staff will present five designs for council’s consideration. Once a design concept is chosen, there will be discussions with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) regarding any additional costs for redesign and a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS was conducted for a 2007 NMDOT design option, but that study is now outdated and would have to be redone regardless.