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Today's News

  • Udall lauds $4.84 million investment for geothermal energy

    WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs and Applied Technology Associates in Albuquerque will receive a total of $4.84 million for the development of geothermal energy technologies.  
    The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the funds through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to help reduce the cost of geothermal energy thus making it more competitive with conventional sources of electricity.  
    “I applaud the Department of Energy for continuing to invest in this key energy source.  Much of New Mexico is a known or potential geothermal resource, and New Mexico’s labs are leaders in the field.

  • Rest of LA Apartments to be demolished

    Demolition of the final Los Alamos Apartments building (#939) is expected to get underway soon. The contractor, Paul Parker Construction, will begin mobilizing and staging at the site later this week.

    Demolition was completed on the initial four structures on the western side of the site in 2010 to clear the property for the new Municipal Building, Historic Archives and County Records Center. The site plan for those new buildings was approved by the P&Z Commission in August and construction will be getting underway in September. The few remaining very low-income residents in Building #939 were relocated to new homes in August.

  • Seen at the Scene: Eco Station opening

    The Eco Station is boasting a new piece of art. The ribbon cutting ceremony for Robert Davis’ The Industrial Machine was Thursday. This is part of the Los Alamos Arts in Public Places program. Davis used both recycled and new materials. It is solar powered from a recycled solar panel. “I want to get people thinking about their role in what comes to the dump,” Davis said.

     

  • Clarification 09-09-11

    In reference to the story in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor about the Charter Review Committee meeting Wednesday evening, resident John Horne explains that his statement regarding two national organizations coming to the aid of those in favor of retaining the Sheriff’s Office was not intended as a threat but rather to inform the committee that the situation will get expensive for the taxpayers and those fighting on either side of the Sheriff’s Office issue. He said it is his desire to avoid that.

  • Update 09-11-11

    County Council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m.
    Sept. 19 at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Municipal Court will close Sept. 14, 15 and 16 for staff training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. Some payments may also be paid online at www.citepayusa.com.

    BPU meeting

  • Smoke in LA caused by 250-acre Guacamalla Fire

    Los Alamos residents and people from north of Albuquerque to Jemez Springs saw increased smoke Thursday from the Guacamalla Fire, approximately 50 miles southwest of Los Alamos and about five miles east of Ponderosa.
    Fuels on the ground received additional moisture over the Labor Day weekend and as a result created a lot of smoke.
    Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said there was no cause for concern because the fire will soon burn itself out as it enters property scorched and barren from the Las Conchas Fire.
    Because of the moisture level, the fire was burning slowly with low spread potential. Two miles east of the fire is the Las Conchas Fire burn area, and is not likely to spread east of the burn area.

  • Lujan urges lab to contract more small businesses

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District drafted a letter to New Mexico’s national laboratories and military bases today urging them to contract more with New Mexico-headquartered businesses in order to encourage business opportunities in the state.
    The letter was sent to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Similar letters were also sent to Sandia National Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, Cannon Air Force Base, Holloman Air Force Base, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

  • New Beds For Sombrillo

    Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center residents will be sleeping more soundly soon. The facility’s original mechanical beds are being replaced with the help of a United Way grant totaling nearly $80,000.
    The new electronic beds not only adjust for patient comfort, they can accommodate specialized mattresses and be lowered to decrease the risk of falls or raised for treatment.
    Roger Waterman, owner of TRK management, donated a storage unit to hold the new beds until they can be installed. The old beds also will be stored until Globus Relief organization can pick them up. Annie Vigil arranged for volunteers from the Kiwanis Club to help with installation.

  • Bill would slice county in three--see attached map

    A 16-page redistricting bill, which Rep. Brian F. Egolf, D-Santa Fe introduced Thursday at the 2011 special legislative session, will divide Los Alamos County’s House District 43 into three districts.

    Egolf introduced HB 21 despite the fact that a contingent of Los Alamos community leaders traveled to Highlands Universityin Las Vegas last week to implore the Legislative Redistricting Committee to leave Los Alamos intact.

    To pad the district’s population to reach the required 29,000, Egolf proposes blending Los Alamos County precincts 1 through 5, 7 through 13 and 17 with Sandoval County precincts 7, 10 and 51 and Santa Fe County precincts 5, 12, 40, 80 and 86.

    But it’s nowhere near a done deal yet.

  • LA picks up 3-0 victory in first round

    ALBUQUERQUE — The last seven days have been challenging for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team.
    First, it hosted the Louie Cernicek Invitational last weekend, a tournament that included some of the top Class 4A talent in the state. Then, after playing three games in two days, it had to come right back Monday to face the St. Michael’s Horsemen.
    On top of that, Thursday the Hilltoppers opened play at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, facing a quality Class 5A opponent in the Cleveland Storm.