Today's News

  • Missing teenager Natalee Holloway declared dead

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge on Thursday declared their child dead, more than six years after the American teenager vanished during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba.

    "We've been dealing with her death for the last six and a half years," Dave Holloway said after a brief hearing. He said the judge's order closes one chapter in a long ordeal, but added: "We've still got a long way to go to get justice.

  • Be There 01-12-12

    There will be a poetry gathering at Mesa Public Library at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in Room 3 of the Mesa Public Library. Bob Cowan will talk on “Land Records.” The public is invited.  For more information, call Jodie Frye at 662-3381.

     Join PPEC and the Reel Deal for the New Mexico showing of 2012’s Backcountry Film Festival. The festival shows short films about human-powered snow sports, with a variety of scenery. 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal, $10 at the door.

  • Museum seeks participants

    In recognition of  events over the past 100 years of New Mexico statehood, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts will open an exhibit of furniture and tinwork created by the Civilian Conservation Corp participants on March 23.
    These men were stationed at the Bandelier National Monument, Frijoles Canyon Camp #815 from the years of 1933-1942.
    The museum is searching for the names of the men who created the furniture and tinwork during that time.  
    Many of those who made the furniture and tinwork at the camp continued to use those skills throughout their lifetime and passed them on to their family members.

  • Community Assets Awards

    Below is a complete list of those who received 2012 Community Asset Awards

    • Jennifer Hanson Bartram          
    • Barbara Blair          
    • Dawn Brown
    •Elizabeth Brug          
    • Erin Burr         
    • Don Casperson
    • Marc Clay          
    • Tom Courtney          
    • Jean Dewart
    • Alison Dorries          

  • NNSA issues order of intent

    The U.S. Department of Energy intends to modify the scope of the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SPD SEIS) and to conduct additional public scoping in Northern New Mexico.
    DOE published the Notice of Intent today in the Federal Register and it is available online at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-12/pdf/2012-445.pdf.
    The public scoping meeting is scheduled for 5:30-8 p.m., Feb. 2, at the Cities of Gold Hotel.

  • Legal review, utilities recall are hot topics

    Tuesday night’s discussion between the Los Alamos County Council and the Charter Review Committee (CRC) covered the initiative, referendum and recall sections of the charter and public utilities.
    Much of the work on initiative and referendum involved clarification. “We had a terrible time just figuring out what the charter actually said, “ CRC Chair John Hopkins said. The county clerk’s office provided significant input.

  • Compromise plan offered on Senate redistricting

     Two Republican incumbents are lumped together in the same southeastern New Mexico district under a new bipartisan plan for revamping the boundaries of state Senate districts.
    Gov. Susana Martinez and other Republicans along with groups of Democrats and Native Americans outlined the plan Wednesday to a state district court judge, who will decide how to realign districts for population changes during the past decade.
    Lawyers for the Democratic-controlled Legislature are the only ones opposing the compromise proposal. The Legislature continues to favor a plan passed by the House and Senate last year during a special session.
    According to the joint plan, Los Alamos County would be represented by two senators instead of three the past 10 years.

  • Revised golf course designs gain favor

    Andy Staples, president of the Golf Resource Group (GRG), met Tuesday with four diverse groups to address concerns about Phase I design for the Golf Course improvements project. Homeowners, trail users and open space advocates were represented in three of the groups. The fourth was comprised of golfers.

    Staples worked most of the night creating two conceptual designs based on earlier feedback. Approximately 40 people gathered Tuesday to review the new designs. Staples said his minimal goal was to create a win/no lose design, but ultimately wanted at least a “tilt” toward win/win. Based on response from those at the meeting, it appears as though Staples may have achieved his goal.

  • Update 01-12-12

    CIP meeting

    The Parks Division will hold a CIP Phase I Public meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to discuss the Renovation and Rebuild of the Ashley Pond Capital Improvement Project.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers for the second of two meetings on proposed charter revisions.


    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board will meet with TAC in a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Conference Room.

    Teen Center

  • School superintendent signs new two-year contract

    The New Year began on a high note for Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt.

    The board of education on Tuesday unanimously approved a new two-year contract for Schmidt. Board Secretary Judy Bjarke-McKenzie was absent from the meeting and did not cast a vote.

    “This really reflects the board’s overall satisfaction with Dr. Schmidt’s performance and it is an endorsement of his leadership as we develop and implement our strategic improvement plan,” said Board President Melanie McKinley.

    McKinley explained that LAPS administrators will not receive pay raises until the district can afford to increase teacher salaries. Schmidt’s annual salary remains at $142,000.