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Today's News

  • Fitch affirms county utility system revenues at 'A-'; outlook stable

    Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A-' rating on Los Alamos (the Utility) approximately $47 million utility system revenue bonds, series 2004 and 2006. The Rating Outlook on all bonds is Stable.

    RATING RATIONALE:

    --Stable Financial Performance: The combined utility continues to generate healthy profit margins averaging 7.2% since fiscal 2006, and reported low system leverage (4.8 times [x] debt-to-funds available for debt service [FADS]), adequate debt service coverage (1.42x) and healthy liquidity (125 days cash on hand [DCOH]) in 2010;

  • Council set to hear pitch on new hotel and conference center

    A development company is preparing to pitch the Los Alamos County Council on a deal that would result in a new hotel and conference center designed to capture some of the off-site meetings conducted by the lab that currently end up off the hill.

    Trident Development New Mexico, LLC, will propose the $20 million dollar project to the council at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Community Building.

    Developers have their eye on 5.5 acres of land at the southeast corner of the Trinity Site Redevelopment area overlooking Los Alamos Canyon. Their plan includes a four-story, 134 room hotel along with an 8,500 square foot conference center that could accommodate up to 550 people.

  • Izraelevitz sworn in as newest council member

    The Los Alamos County Council met in special session Monday to interview candidates to fill a vacancy on the council created when Gov. Susana Martinez appointed former Councilor Jim Hall to fill the House District 43 seat left vacant by the death last April of Jeannette Wallace.

    After an initial round, some of the candidates were eliminated and it came down to three: former Councilor Raph Phelps, internist Keeley Power, and David Izraelevitz, who has been active on county boards.

    In the end, a majority of the council voted for Izraelevitz, who was then sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk.

  • Flash Flood Watch in effect through Tuesday evening

    This from the National Weather Service:

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS. THE BIGGEST RISK AREAS ARE THE RECENT WILDFIRE BURN SCARS.

    * THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING

  • Cone zone 7-10-11

    Closure of Eastbound Trinity to begin Monday

     

    Eastbound Trinity Drive traffic from south bound Diamond or Western Area will be detoured at Diamond to Canyon Road & 39th or Canyon and Oppenheimer. 

  • LA loses more than a chaplain

    Special to the Monitor

    Community leader, spiritual counselor, teacher, preacher, chaplain, LANL technical information specialist, musician, mother, wife and friend - with the death of the Rev. Dr. Barbara Henderson on July 3, Los Alamos lost more than their hospital chaplain.

    Rev. Henderson’s care and influence extended well beyond the boundaries of Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) where she served as chaplain for the past 30 years. 

  • It's 'fawntastic'

    A Los Alamos family returned from its evacuation to Denver the night of July 4 and they went out to check the perimeter of their property.

    During their inspection, they found a doe, who was pregnant and very close to giving birth.

  • Town shutdown buffets businesses

    Closing down for a week has a major impact on any business. But ask Los Alamos business owners about the impact of the Los Conchas fire, and their losses may be far down on their lists. 

    Take Hill Diner Owner Denise Lane, who spent the week feeding firefighters. Lane’s first response to the evacuation’s impact was, “It was the experience of a lifetime. It was amazing for me on a personal level and at the community level. There is humanity there, there are good people out there and they do step up.” 

  • Stubborn wildfire continues to grow

    The Las Conchas Fire continues to grow and head north across the Santa Clara Pueblo. Lines are holding in Los Alamos and in the latest Forest Service update, the fire was 40 percent contained and it has burned more than 142,000 acres.

    Because of fire and the possibility of flooding, Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Friday it was closing all the public trails on lab property as well as West Road. 

  • LAFD briefs U.S. fire boss

    Fire Chief Doug Tucker and his command staff met Thursday with Acting Administrator Glenn A. Gains of the United States Fire Administration.

    “Administrator Gains wanted to talk to us specifically to get a grasp on the fire effort before he meets with Senate committees back in Washington, D.C.,” Tucker said.