Today's News

  • UNM-LA board adopts new strategic plan

    A new year usually signals change of some sort. On Monday night, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos made a big change when the board approved a new strategic plan, mission, vision and goals.

    Board members, Stephen Boerigter, Linda Hull, Micheline Devaurs and Nelson Hoffman voted unanimously to approve the plan. Board member Ron Dolin was absent. Campus Resources Director Lisa Clough presented the agenda item to board members and asked that they approve it.

  • Water Line Break

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities crews responded to a water line break along N.M. 502 Tuesday morning.  Antonio Martinez of DPU’s Gas Water and Sewer division carries line locator equipment for underground utilities to enable the safe operation of the Vactor truck at left.  The Vactor truck uses a water jet and vacuum to carefully excavate the area around the failed water line.

  • Hall turns attention to legislative session

    With House redistricting finally out of the way, State Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Sandoval,  can turn his attention to the legislative session that starts Jan. 17 and also begin making plans for his campaign.

    Hall said there is little doubt what the hot-button topic will be for the legislative session.

    “This going to be a budget session,” Hall said. “The challenge will be how to best use the limited budgetary resources to fulfill the needs of the state.”

    Among the budgetary issues facing the legislature will be Medicaid, teachers and state employees who have not had a raise in recent years and higher education, which has seen its share of cutbacks.

  • Protesters refuse to pay court costs

    Five defendants convicted of criminal trespassing sent a letter to Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados promising to “never pay the mandatory court costs.” Instead, each convicted defendant has paid their $73 fee to Tewa Women United of the Pueblo of San Ildefonso.

    “The Tewa people are the rightful stewards of the lands on which Los Alamos National Laboratory has been conducting international crimes for so many decades,” said defendant Marcus Patrick Blaise Page.

    Page, 45, and defendants William Robert Covert, 66, Bobby Sue Davis, 27, Marylou Kraft, 67, and Juan Montoya, 48, appeared together in the local court Oct. 18.

  • Moon Over the Mountain

    The full moon was particularly large and bright looking west from Los Alamos Tuesday morning. The first full moon of the year will be around for one more day.

  • Council reviews final charter report

    Los Alamos County Council selected a Charter Review Committee (CRC) in November of 2009 to review the county charter. The committee completed its recommendations in December. Council meets with the CRC this week to discuss final recommendations.

    The committee’s main directive was to review the charter for clarity and consistency. Council instructed the CRC not to recommend substantive changes unless there were compelling reasons. Several substantive changes were put forth, but rejected by the committee. These include:

    • Electing a mayor. The CRC recommendation establishes the council chair as the head of local government and changes the title of county administrator to county manager to better reflect the responsibilities of the position.

  • Be There 01-10-12

    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner group will host the first amateur radio exam session of the year at 6:30 p.m. at the “Old Fire Barn,” 4017Arkansas, in the upstairs meeting room. There will be testing for all classes of license. A calculator can be used during the exam, but cell phones as calculators are not permitted. For more information, call or email Bill Boedeker, 662-4220, boedeker@cybermesa.com.

    Sustainable Los Alamos Series: Talk by Tom Nagawiecki at PEEC. Learn sustainable actions you can take to reduce waste in Los Alamos County as well as facts about what is thrown away. 7 p.m. Free.


  • AAUW and LWV hosts legislative preview Wednesday at Fuller Lodge

    The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women will hold a legislative preview from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate.
    Legislators Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe and Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; and Sen. Phil Griego, D-Los Alamos, Mora, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos, have all been invited.
    Sen. Richard Martinez will not be able to attend due to a prior commitment.
    Deputy County Clerk Sheryl Nichols will also be there to discuss voter verification from the perspective of the County Clerk’s office.

  • Volunteering can make a difference

    As we look at self-esteem when talking about assets this month, let me reflect one more time on the Community Asset Awards.
    The night wouldn’t be possible without my husband Chad seeing to some last minute details. It never fails that I have forgotten something on the kitchen counter and he has to scramble at the last minute. Yes, it happens each year.
    Then there are great people like Peggy Pendergast, Jordan George and Ben Schilling and the beyond over the moon staff of the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    The beautiful setting and stellar desserts they displayed were second to none. The attention to detail and the superior staff allow the event to shine.

  • Bell ringers raise funds for Self Help, Inc.

    Pictured are Salvation Army bell ringers and organizers. Irene Powell, Annie Bard, Jim Little  and Burt Dennis recruited and scheduled bell ringers in White Rock and Los Alamos, who raised $15,275.  All funds are distributed by Self Help, Inc. to help residents of Los Alamos County.