Today's News

  • LANL names nuclear, high hazard ops head

    Following a national search, Charles Anderson has been selected as associate director for Nuclear and High Hazard Operations (ADNHHO).  Anderson has been in the acting role since July 2011. Prior to the acting position he served as the deputy associate director in ADNHHO.
    Anderson succeeds Bob McQuinn, who now works for URS Corporation.
    “Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees and the public, especially where nuclear and high hazard facilities are concerned,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan.  “Charlie Anderson has both the credentials and the experience to make sure we continue to place a very high value on safety.”

  • Valles Caldera board to meet in Albuquerque

    The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a meeting in public on Thursday, March 15, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque.
     The meeting agenda will include an update of the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2012, a status report on the livestock program, a progress report on the fishery restoration and other stewardship actions.
    Additional reports will include a discussion of the 2011 visitor count and overviews of winter and summer programs. Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled at 1 p.m.

  • Dry conditions to continue in LA

    The mid-latitude storm track stayed primarily to the north during the month of February.
    Because the storm track was to the north, Los Alamos and White Rock were drier than normal during February. Los Alamos recorded 0.53 inches of precipitation, compared to the 30-year average of 0.86 inches.  White Rock recorded 0.12 inches, in comparison to the 30-year average of 0.63 inches.  
    For the year, Los Alamos is at 50 percent of normal and White Rock is at 15 percent of normal.  February snowfall for Los Alamos was slightly below average at 9.7 inches. Daytime high temperatures were two degrees below normal in Los Alamos and .6 degree below normal in White Rock.  

  • County urges drivers to use caution

    The Public Works Department is requesting public compliance with two important safety issues on the N.M.4 Improvement Project in White Rock between Rover Blvd and Pajarito Road.
     The speed limit through the construction zone has been reduced to 30 MPH to enhance both motorist and construction worker safety; please observe the lower speed; and,
    Motorists traveling west on N.M.4 planning to turn right onto Pajarito Road must now stop at the Grand Canyon/Pajarito Road intersection if the traffic signal is red. The free right turn (green arrow) from NM4 onto Pajarito Road no longer exists with the current construction work zone.

  • On The Docket 03-07-12

    Feb. 28

    Joe Tubb, Los Alamos, pleaded no contest to DWI and not guilty to failure to maintain traffic lane in Los Alamos Magistrate Court. Judge Pat Casados found Tubb guilty of DWI; the prosecution dismissed the other charge. The initial charge against Tubb was aggravated DWI for failure to comply with chemical testing. Tubb was ordered to install an ignition interlock device, serve supervised probation for 364 days and pay a $241 fine.

    Logan Hayden, Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty disorderly conduct in Magistrate Court. Judge Casados found the defendant guilty. Hayden was initially charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Casados ordered him to 180 days supervised probation and a $73 fine.

  • Update 03-07-12

    Little League

    White Rock Little League will hold registration at Time Out Pizza from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Intereted participants can find registration information and paperwork online at eteamz.com/WRLL2.

    Council meeting

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

    CIP meeting

    CIP Committee reviews Phase 2 Applications for Ashley Pond improvements and the White Rock Civic Center at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers.

    Public meeting

  • Wrecker service gets heat from PRC

    One of tow companies on the Los Alamos Police Department’s rotation schedule has recently come under fire from the state Public Regulation Commission and could face a $16,000 fine.
    Last fall, Pojoaque-based Ace’s Towing and Recovery agreed to pay a $2,000 fine as part of a deal between commission staff and the towing company’s attorneys for alleged violations of the state’s Motor Carrier Act and Commission rules.
    But commissioners decided Tuesday that that amount didn’t go far enough.
    According to a commission petition, agency staff alleges that Ace’s Towing violated state law and commission rules on three occasions:

  • CIP approves alternative 2 for golf course

    The Capital Improvement Project Evaluation and Oversight Committee met Tuesday night in council chambers to consider the Phase 2 Design/Construction application for the proposed golf course improvements and unanimously approved the project after nearly three hours of discussion and public comment.

    The committee’s vote moves the project forward on to County Administrator Harry Burgess for consideration as a CIP project during the next budget cycle. Budget hearings begin in April.

    Project consultant Andy Staples of Andy Staples Golf gave an overview of the Master Plan that had been prepared during the Phase 1 study, emphasizing that the course had not been improved in 65 years.

  • Canyon Rim Trail may get a new stretch

    Kevin Holsapple could not have asked for much more.

    On Tuesday night in White Rock, the Los Alamos County Council passed a resolution 5-1 that would support a biennial memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Los Alamos MainStreet, a community economic development downtown revitalization program.

    The resolution, in essence, supports MainStreet efforts to secure $200,000 in capital outlay funding that would be used to extend the Canyon Rim Trail along the southern edge of downtown on land that has already been designated within the Trinity Place Development.

  • Bus loop decision goes around in circles

    The Los Alamos High School bus loop issue will go back to the drawing board.

    Tuesday night, board members voted unanimously to reopen an investigation on the loop after hearing public comments and being unable to reach a unanimous decision.

    Before the meeting two options were on the table. One would have a bus loop running in front of the Instructional Media Center, which would have cut into the green space that’s currently there. The second option was a redesign of the Duane Smith parking lot.

    In December, the board voted 4-1 to approve the bus loop option that would position it in front of the IMC, which carries a price tag of $155,000. At that time, Board Vice President Kevin Honnell voted against it.