Today's News

  • 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.

  • Council reviews charter revisions

    After two years of work, more than 40 committee meetings, countless subcommittee meetings and independent research, the Charter Review Committee (CRC) and county council held the first of two meetings to discuss the committee’s recommendations.

    “I think it’s safe to say there’s probably been thousands of hours of work,” Council Chair Sharon Stover said. “Whether you agree with them or not, they’ve done a lot of hard work on this report and we need to thank them for their dedication and their perseverance. I never thought when we made the appointment back in 2009 that we would still be here in 2012 discussing charter issues.”

  • LAMS gets go-ahead for new turf

    The Los Alamos Board of Education continued to grapple with the Los Alamos Middle School turf project during Tuesday night’s board meeting.

    Whether the project would be done was never in question; it was a matter of when it would get underway.

    During the Dec. 20 board meeting, members from the Middle School Track and Field Committee stressed the importance of the project, citing examples of numerous injuries to students.

  • Out and About 01-12-12

    Art openings

    Act I Gallery presents “Seasons of the Rio Grande,” a solo exhibition by Ken Daggett. There will be an opening reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. The show will continue through Feb. 17.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art presents an exhibition celebrating the significance of the L.A. art scene from post-World War II year through the 60s and 70s. Artists included are John Baldessari, Judy Chicago, Richard Diebenkorn, Guy Dill, Sam Francis and Edward Ruscha. The show opens Jan. 27 and continues through Feb. 17. A public reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St.

  • Best Sellers 01-12-12

    The Los Alamos Monitor  has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.