Today's News

  • Sandia scientist pleads not guilty to data theft

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former scientist at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing research to share with China.

    Jianyu Huang was arraigned Tuesday on five counts of federal program fraud and one count of false statements. He is accused of embezzling and sharing information from his position with the lab's Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies since 2009, according to a federal indictment.

  • May remained somewhat dry

    The first half of May showed the promise of a somewhat wetter weather pattern for northern New Mexico.  Two storms (May 8 and May 11–13) netted Los Alamos the total rainfall for the month, 0.93 inches.  White Rock received 0.78 inches of rainfall during the month, also resulting from these two storms.  These two storms were “back-door” cold fronts, bringing moisture and cooler temperatures from the northeast and spreading across New Mexico from east to west. 

  • Food Co-op to host bike swap Saturday

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host its inaugural Bike Swap on Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club.
    The Bike Swap is an opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used (and some new) bicycles, parts and accessories. The event will also include free bike safety checks, bike-related raffle prizes, grilled food for purchase, and youth activities, including a tyke bike course.

  • Transit of Venus

    White Rock residents had a small block party to view the Venus Transit Tuesday night. The photos were taken with a handheld point & shoot, looking into the eyepiece of a 4” refractor with a full aperture solar filter.

  • PLACE forum set for tonight

    The non-profit niche developer PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community & Entertainment) will return to Los Alamos on June 6th to meet with County officials and to update the community on progress on the proposed affordable housing development.
    PLACE representatives will review what they learned during their March 2012 visit to Los Alamos, what they see as a feasible project in Los Alamos, and the steps they are taking to pursue community interest in the project. The public is invited to attend this meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. today at the UNM-LA lecture hall.

  • Update 06-06-12

    PLACE visit

     A community Forum will be 5:30-7 p.m. today at the lecture hall at the UNM-LA Student Center. PLACE representatives will review what they learned during their March visit and what they see as a feasible project in Los Alamos. The public is invited.


     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be Saturday. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with a sand pile.

    Movie night

  • Council names community services head

    During a Monday's special session, council voted 6-0 (with Vice Chair Ron Selvage absent) to confirm Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan as community services director.

    "I'm really excited about it. I'm thrilled to be asked, and I very much appreciate the confidence that people are placing in me to do this job," Kalogeros-Chattan said.

    Kalogeros-Chattan was the last member of senior management serving in an acting capacity. Her confirmation, along with the appointment of Rebecca Ehler as county attorney the same day, means the senior management team is fully staffed for the first time in two years.

    Kalogeros-Chattan has grown through the challenges of the past year.

  • Heinrich, Wilson win primaries

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich and Republican Heather Wilson won their parties’ nomination for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, jumping immediately from quiet primaries into what promises to be a tough, expensive and closely watched national race.
    Heinrich defeated state Auditor Hector Balderas. Heinrich had 59 percent with most of the expected Democratic vote counted, while Wilson easily defeated Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards for the GOP nomination with 70 percent.
    With Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman retiring after 30 years, New Mexico is expected to become a national battleground as Republicans seek to regain one of New Mexico’s two Senate seats and control of the Senate.

  • Primary vote lacks drama

    A little more than 3,000 Los Alamos County residents cast their votes in Tuesday’s primary.

    The county council race lacked little drama as the three Democrats and three Repubicans will be on the November ballot.

    But there was still a vote.

    As far as the Democratic ledger, Kristin Henderson had 1,077 votes, followed by Pete Sheehey (1,013) and Ken Johnson (924).

    On the Republican side, Marc Clay pulled down 1,061 votes, followed by Vince Chiravalle (1,059) and Roger Waterman (927).

    County clerk candidates Sharon Stover and Nathan Hjelm ran unopposed and they picked up 1,358 and 1,110 respectively.

  • Martinez wins in tight race against Montoya

    Tuesday was a good day for 12-year-incumbent state Senator Richard Martinez, who led his campaign to victory against opponent Rio Arriba County Commissioner Alfredo Montoya.

    It was the first time in 12 years that Martinez faced a primary opponent.

    Martinez received 52 percent of the vote in the district, while Montoya received 48 percent – the difference being 1, 254 votes, according to unofficial election data.

    And in Los Alamos County, the race was much tighter with Martinez receiving just 49 more votes that Montoya.

    Montoya didn’t even take his home precinct by the anticipated landslide. He won Alcalde 284 to 153, according to printed tallies at the polling place.