Today's News

  • Council approves hospital payments

    Council unanimously approved supplemental Sole Community Hospital Provider (SCHP) payment adjustments for Los Alamos Medical Center in the amount of $80,697, Santa Fe’s CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in the amount of $400,000 and Española Hospital in the amount of $60,000.
    The motion also specified that this supplemental payment is not to be added to the base payment for the program without council’s express approval. This prevents the state from automatically increasing the county’s future payments by the supplemental amount.

  • Update 10-27-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will be closed today for new computer training.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Health fair

    The Los Alamos Health Fair will be Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon at the Los Alamos High School Griffith Gym.

  • Goblins get ready

    Residents in White Rock are getting ready for Halloween by decorating their residences

  • NNSA dismantles B53 nuke bomb

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Tuesday that the last B53 nuclear bomb, which was designed by the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratory, has been dismantled.

    The announcement was made during a ceremony at NNSA’s Pantex Plant outside Amarillo, Texas. Officials from the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration and Pantex joined elected officials to commemorate the dismantlement of the final B53 nuclear bomb.

    The dismantlement of the 1960s-era weapon system is consistent with President Obama’s goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons.

  • Rodgers appointed to NCRTD board

    On Jan. 1, Councilor Geoff Rodgers officially joins the North Central Regional Transit District’s 11-member board.

    The Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously during its Tuesday meeting to appoint Rodgers to the position. As a bit of comic relief, Rodgers exaggerated his   hesitation before adding his vote to the motion.

    The NCRTD’s mission is to provide safe, secure and effective public transportation within North Central New Mexico, provide mobility options and spur economic development throughout the region.  

    Rodgers, 49, served as transportation director for the Los Alamos Public Schools for 12 years.

  • White Rock Visitor Center site costs spike

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series.

    The Los Alamos County Council narrowly approved an additional $1,127,697 for the construction of the White Rock Visitors Center project and awarded the contract to Gerald Martin. Total project budget is now expected to be $3,324, 897.

    Acting Assistant County Administrator Ann Laurent faced stiff questioning about the sharp increase in costs, and Councilors Vincent Chiravalle, Geoff Rodgers and Vice Chair Ronald Selvage voted against the motion.

  • Livermore gets new lab director

       Penrose “Parney” C. Albright has been named the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy, made the announcement October 27.
    The appointment takes effect December 1. Albright also will serve as president of LLNS.

  • Steve Jobs vs. free market

    The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who was well and justly eulogized in the national media, offers perspective on the meaning of the free market.
    Jobs became an icon of the free market by creating products that people bought because they wanted them.
    But many of today’s most attractive opportunities to get rich are not in the free market at all, and this is noteworthy in the national debate on the future of tax policy and the economy.
    It’s argued that taxes on the wealthy should not be increased because if they keep their money, they will, through the free market, create the jobs.

  • Results from Elementary School Mile Run

    Here are the results from the 2011 Los Alamos Elementary School Mile Run:


    Team scores

    1. Mountain, 46; 2. Chamisa, 60; 3. Piñon, 67; 4. Aspen, 116; 5. Barranca Mesa, 136.

    Individual results

    1. Pauline Burnside, Mountain, 7:07; 2. Marie Lee, Chamisa, 7:15; 3. Marin Kelly, Mountain, 7:18; 4. Alyssa Parker, Piñon, 7:23; 5. Jennifer Montoya, Chamisa, 7:28; 6. Lidia Appell, Chamisa, 7:38; 7. Allya Richens, Mountain, 7:40; 8. Taylor Roybal, Pojoaque, 7:43; 9. Kaya Krantz, Piñon, 7:44; 10. Ally Lakis, Piñon, 7:49;

  • Girls soccer ends at No. 2 for year

    Here are the final Class 4A boys and girls soccer coaches’ polls of the 2011 season. Weekly soccer polls are conducted by NMSoccer.com. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Girls

        Team     Total pts.    Previous

    1. St. PIus X (10)    137    1
    2. Los Alamos (3)    117    2
    3. Academy             110    3
    4. Farmington           86    4
    5. Piedra Vista          82    5