Today's News

  • Video: LANL prepares for fire season
  • Local Courts: On The Docket 04-25-12

    April 16

    Brett Chandler, 44, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having an expired license while parked. Judge Alan Kirk dismissed the case because the police officer failed to appear.

    Michael Hall, 50, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in municipal court to speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. The case was dismissed because the police officer did not appear in court.

    Gerald Heck, 33, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in municipal court to speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. The case was dismissed because the office failed to show up. Heck also pleaded guilty to failing to appear in court, for which Judge Kirk ordered him to pay $71 in court fees and fines.

    April 17

  • Powell announces restrictions on state lands

    New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell made a public announcement today that fireworks, open fires, and smoking are prohibited on state trust lands   until further notice.  
    “Severe drought conditions coupled with high winds, and dense fuel loads can combine to produce catastrophic fires like we saw last year in New Mexico,” said Commissioner Powell “It is important to do what we can to prevent human-caused fires on our state trust lands.”  

  • Update 04-25-12

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school speech theater.

    Council forum

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor have invited all County Council candidates to participate in a forum set for 6 p.m. May 17. Watch for more details in the Los Alamos Monitor.


    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Rose Montoya will speak on the Boys and Girls Club.

    CMRR meeting

    A public meeting for the CMRR project will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    Museum closed

  • McMillan: Laboratory cuts 60 contract jobs

    In a memo circulated to all Los Alamos National Laboratory employees earlier this week, director Charlie McMillan outlined further budget cuts.

    As part of meetings with the Lab Integrated Stewardship Council, McMillan said that Carl Beard, Principal Associate Director of Operations has begun the process of reducing the flexible workforce by 10 percent.

    McMillan said that translates into 60 jobs, which will be lost by May 1.

  • ABQ Student Wins Supercomputing Challenge

    Jordan Medlock of Albuquerque’s Manzano High School took the top prize in the 22nd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for his computer algorithm that automates the process of counting and analyzing plaques in magnetic resonance images of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The program vastly speeds up the process of identifying the very small and difficult to see plaques.

    For his project, “Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease Plaques in a Transgenic Mouse Brain Using Image Analysis of SPION-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Images,” Medlock received a check for $1,000.

  • State political newcomer takes on Senate powerhouse

    The state senate primary election is just around the corner and political newcomer Alfredo Montoya (D-Ohkay Owingeh) is challenging three-term incumbent Richard Martinez (D-Española) for the District 5 Senate seat, which covers parts of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties.

    Montoya isn’t a complete political neophyte as he’s served on the Rio Arriba County Commission for five years, as a state Game and Fish Commissioner, Española Public School Board member as well as numerous other boards and commissions.

  • Creative District gets council nod

    By a 6-0 vote, Los Alamos County Council passed a resolution adopting the Creative District Plan and its proposed boundaries as a state authorized designated Arts & Cultural District.

    Senior Planner Martha Perkins, Economic/Marketing Coordinator Kelly Stewart and Los Alamos Community Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple presented the resolution.

    The district currently has provisional status from the state, but the state is receiving new applications from other communities and has asked for a commitment from the county. Some grant deadlines have already been missed due to delays in adopting the plan.

  • Interstates offer exotic sightings

    Few of us live in the vicinity of Interstate 10 west of Las Cruces. Some notes from our drive on I-10 from Arizona back to New Mexico offer an update. Road highlights included land along I-10, a Range Rover driver, and, on I-25, a taxi and Bobby Olguin’s burgers in San Antonio.
    Along the way from Phoenix to Tucson, a flamethrower seemed the landscaping instrument of choice. The terrain transcended mere desert. The final few miles of I-10 in Arizona offered a fitting end to our visit. The road seriously needs replacement. We were pleased to re-enter New Mexico and travel a road tended by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

  • Straight talk on the budget

    Generally, the Rio Grande Foundation focuses primarily on state and local policy issues. Nonetheless, given New Mexico’s status as one of, if not the, most reliant states on federal spending within its borders, the perilous condition of the federal budget must be of concern to all New Mexicans.
    Particularly in this political season, the tendency is for the media and politicians to ignore what then- chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, called, “The biggest threat we have to our national security is our debt.” After all, no one running for office wants to be seen as taking government benefits away from people.