Today's News

  • Update 03-15-12


    On Sunday, the United Church of Los Alamos will hold their annual Mexico Mission auction. The silent auction starts at 2 p.m. A live auction called by the Los Alamos Monitor’s own Mike Lippiatt begins at 3 p.m. The United Church is at 2525 Canyon Road.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    BPU meeting

  • Gas line leak prompts brief evacuation

    Construction crews working at the Municipal Complex site hit a gas line on the shoulder of Iris Street about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.
    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) crews happened to be onsite and were able to repair the rupture in about 10 minutes.
    The wind blew the gas toward 125 Central Park Square, and DPU began receiving calls from tenants about smelling gas. The building was evacuated as a safety precaution and fire crews were called in.
    Once fire crews spoke with the DPU crews and confirmed that the situation was under control, tenants were allowed to reenter the building.

  • Valles Caldera Preserve needs its amigos

    Many people assume funding for our National Parks, Monuments and Preserves is provided by the federal government and park fees. However, funding from those sources often falls short of actual funding needs.

    Valles Caldera National Preserve faces an even greater challenge. Unlike other park system sites, under the current structure it is mandated to be self-sufficient by 2015.

    Mechanisms are in place to help achieve that goal. The preserve is allowed to collect user fees for activities such as hiking or cross country skiing that far exceed entrance fees at national parks and monuments.

    Valles Caldera is also able to offer fee activities such as hunting, which is prohibited at other parks.

  • Wilson hosts town hall

    Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson made a stop in Los Alamos Wednesday night at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel. Wilson held a town hall meeting to discuss LANL cuts and answered questions on various issues.

  • District infrastructure upgrades continue

    Following months of construction, Los Alamos High School students have a new building, but the ongoing construction around the district is far from over.

    At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, LAPS Bond and Construction Administrator Herb McLean gave board members an update on projects around the district.

    Despite the newly constructed building at LAHS, work is still being done on campus. According to McLean’s report, due to heat issues in the lobby of the gym, the glass was found to not meet specifications. As a result, Flintco began replacing the glass on weekends and should wrap up the project by Sunday.

  • Hazmat incident at Technical Area-21

    A small explosion caused by an unknown substance on Los Alamos National Laboratory property shut down DP Road for most of yesterday.

    Los Alamos Police Department Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said dispatch received a call at 11:52 Wednesday that there was a possible hazardous materials situation at the World War II-era landfill Material Disposal Area B at Enclosure 12 in Technical Area 21.

    Emergency vehicles, including those of the Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments, raced to the scene as police officers secured a perimeter and the Fire Department stood by until the Lab’s Hazmat Team arrived.

  • LA Happenings 03-15-12


    Scottish country dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. every Monday at Fuller Lodge. Beginners welcome, no partner or kilt needed. call 662-9785 or 661-8317 for more information.

    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall.  

    The Los Alamos Choral Society is recruiting singers. Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. All singers are welcome.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. The LACW rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. lacw.org.

  • Off the Hill 03-15-12


    The Spanish Colonial Arts Society presents a woodcarving workshop with Pete Ortega, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Participants will carve a series of three small animals, each requiring more practice, with Ortega’s guidance. Cost of the class is $75 for Society members and $90 for non-members and includes a $15 materials fee. All participants need to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information or reservations, call 982-2226.


    Grammy Award winning rock group Chicago comes to Santa Ana Star Center at 8 p.m. today. Tickets, $26-$51 go on sale Friday at ComcastTIX.com or by calling 1-888-694-4849.

  • Best Sellers 03-15-12

    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.

    1. “The Hunger Games,” Suzanne Collins
    2. “American Medical Assocation Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen,” Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer and Amy B. Middleman
    3. “Wonder,” R.J. Palacio
    4. “Catching Fire,” Suzanne Collins
    5. “Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!” Stephen McCranie*
    6. “The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb,” Philip Taubman
    7. “The Green Glass Sea,” Ellen Klages
    8. “109 East Palace,” Jennet Conant

  • Top 10 Singles 03-15-12

    1. We Are Young, fun.

    2. Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
    3. Set Fire to the Rain, Adele

    4. Glad You Came, The Wanted
    5. Part of Me, Katy Perry
    6. Starships, Nicki Minaj

    7. Young, Wild and Free, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa
    8. Turn Me On, David Guetta
    9. Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye
    10. We Found Love, Rihanna