Today's News

  • Former PRC Commissioner Jerome Block jailed

    SANTA FE — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, has been jailed in Santa Fe.
    Santa Fe County jail records indicate Block was booked at 12:10 p.m. Friday on a remand order, indicating he violated a condition of his release.
    Under a plea agreement with the attorney general’s office, Block pleaded guilty last month to the fraudulent use of a state-issued gasoline card and other felonies.
    If the 34-year-old from Espanola fails to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program, he potentially faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison.

  • Correction 10-16-11

    In the “Trinity debate takes a turn” story that ran in the Los Alamos Monitor in September, William Mead was quoted as saying that between 2006 and 2009 there was only one pedestrian “fatality” — he actually said “accident.”

  • Million dollar remodel is wrapping up

    Champagne, hors d’oeuvres and music top the slate for del Norte Credit Union’s upcoming grand reopening party. The community is invited to celebrate the facility’s $1 million makeover from 5-7 p.m., Nov. 4 at the 1000 Trinity Dr., facility.

    “We’re excited about our branch remodel and want to invite everyone to come to our grand reopening to see all of the wonderful new features we’ve incorporated into the facility,” said DNCU board member Levi Lopez. “We also want the public to know that we appreciate the support we’ve received from Los Alamos and White Rock and look forward to serving these communities as well as the communities of Santa Fe and
    Espanola for many more years to come.”

  • Crews complete LANL administration building demolition

    Demolition of the former Administration Building at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is complete.

    The 316,500-square-foot building that had been home to seven lab directors was completed five months ahead of the original schedule and significantly under budget.

    After we removed all regulated, hazardous materials such as asbestos, our team was able to recycle about 95 percent of the building,” said Darrik Stafford, LANL’s project director for the demolition.

    “At more than 300,000 square feet, this was a sizable undertaking,” added John Gallegos of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office. “I am pleased with the results of this project.”

  • LA Delegation Tours Sister City

    Members of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI) were moved by the warm welcome they received from Los Alamos’ Sister City of Sarov, Russia.

    The delegation included Council vice-Chair Ron Selvage, Acting Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan (also representing the library), Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos, LASSCI Board Members Paul White and Nora Arbuckle and Colleen Olinger, former owner of the Otowi Station Bookstore. Arbuckle, who is originally from Uzbekistan, augmented the services of the interpreters.

    Selvage’s and Kalogeros-Chattan expenses were paid for by the county, whom they were representing, and other members paid their own expenses.

  • Mortillaro accepts lesser contract

    SANTA FE — Former Los Alamos County administrator Anthony J. Mortillaro finally got his contract as the executive director of the North Central Regional Transit District Friday.
    But it was far from an easy process.

    For more than three hours behind closed doors, the transit board met in executive session to hash out the details of the contract.

    It was far from unanimous.

    Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya initially made a motion that would give Mortillaro a base salary of $96,000 and no $500 per-month vehicle allowance. The motion failed 15-11, despite the support of Espanola’s Robert Seeds and Rio Arriba County’s Barney Trujillo.

  • Word on the Street 10-16-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Madalina Ciuca, a senior at Los Alamos High School, recently asked LAHS students, “Who’s your role model?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 10-16-11
  • LAHS students break tradition

    Los Alamos High School seniors did something completely different for Homecoming this year. Instead of trekking up LA Mountain to have a paint fight, they gathered at Urban Park to have the first-ever LAHS Powder Fight. Students in the Environmental Club worked with the Student Council to make this change, separating the senior painting of the LA from the paint fight. As a substitute, Environmental Club members mixed their own yellow and green powder, in the style of the Indian Holi Festival, with materials ordered from the Los alamos Co-op. Student Council recruited the fire department to send a truck over to soak students before the Powder Fight. Between 175-200 students participated in the event.

  • Fashion Maven: Winter clothes can be warm and stylish

    I was not ready for the cold weather to arrive so soon.  I’m a warm weather person who could wear tank tops, skirts and dresses every day of the year if the weather allowed it.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love to ski, but what about when it doesn’t snow and it’s still cold? What do I wear? I have endless combinations in my closet for a winter outfit, but putting them together into a cute, wearable and warm outfit is the most difficult part of getting through the cold stylishly.
    I have a few essentials for every fall and winter outfit that must go in your closet this season.