Today's News

  • A member of the pride retires

    The Los Alamos Public Schools will lose a cog from its well-oiled machine, known more commonly as the Piñon Panthers.
    Jose N. Martinez started working as a custodian for LAPS in 1976 and rounds out his career today, with a celebration of his life and work.
    Martinez builds the assets of both students and staff by going out of his way to be a smiling presence. He starts out the day by making teachers and staff feel good, which is naturally passed on to the students. He can be found still smiling at the end of a long day, which is a sight also welcomed by staff.
    Martinez commutes each day through all types of weather, which indicates his personal integrity and quiet dignity.

  • Time honors 'the Protester'

    NEW YORK (AP) — “The Protester” has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2011.
    The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.
    The magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that has spread to Europe and the United States, and says these protesters are reshaping global politics.
    Last year, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg got the honor.
    Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke received the honor in 2009.
    The 2008 winner was then-President-elect Barack Obama.

  • Muni building construction continues despite weather

    Despite the weather, construction activities continue at the site of the new municipal building on Central Avenue.

    The last LA Apartment building has been demolished. Clearing and clean up work continue at the east end of the site, county officials said.

    Site work for the new buildings -- which include the Municipal Building, Historic Archives and County Records Center -- along with its related infrastructure work on Iris Street continues.

    Road work continues through December, impacting Iris, 15th and Central Avenue, with lane drops, full closures or partial closures necessary to complete installation of the utilities to the building site just east of the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • State Briefs 12-14-11

    Santa Fe passport office reopens

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe residents have a local passport office again.
    U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced Tuesday that the Santa Fe Passport office has re-opened after a five-week closure.
    Udall sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two weeks ago urging the prompt re-opening of the office after he was notified of its closure by a constituent. He says he is pleased the passport office has reopened in a timely manner and at a time when families are preparing for holiday travel. While the office was closed, the closest passport services available for Santa Fe residents were at the Los Alamos office.

    Ex-Richardson officials go before grand jury

  • Update 12-14-11

    Public meeting

    Public meeting to review conceptual designs for the Teen Center, 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.


    The Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 7 a.m. Thursday in the Eco Station Administration Building.

    Art in Public Places

    The Art in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. today at Mesa Library.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meets

    The Los Alamos County Council meets at 7 p.m., Dec. 20, at council chambers.

  • Small businesses in spotlight

    The National Nuclear Security Administration today announced that it distributed more than $362 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2011. NNSA surpassed its departmental small business goal by 27 percent for the year.

    To highlight the success of its small business program, NNSA today launched the third annual “NNSA Small Business Week.” NNSA will feature a different small business of the day throughout the week.

    “We continue to develop strong partnerships with small businesses while being stewards of taxpayers’ money,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino.

  • Winter storm packs a punch

    The winter storm warning for heavy snow ended at noon Wednesday. And when all was said and done from the three-day storm, Los Alamos picked up three to five inches of the white stuff.
    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos National Laboratory were on a regular schedule Wednesday as the remnants of the storm pushed out of the area.
    Trinity Drive and Central Avenue were cleared of snow, but side roads were snow-packed this morning. As the second round of the storm pushed through Tuesday afternoon, county plows and sanding crews worked to keep roads clear, but the intensity of the snowfall left many motorists struggling on secondary roads in the area.

  • Officials question staff action plans

    At Tuesday night’s work session, the county council reviewed Management Action Plans developed by staff to implement the Strategic Leadership Plan adopted in July.

    The MAPs are a framework for achieving council’s five-year goals as well as the plan’s long-term vision. The action plans will become a critical focus for departmental operating budgets.

    Team leaders were assigned to develop MAPs for each goal. Every MAP designates a lead department responsible for the action, establishes an initial deadline and estimates the fiscal impact of the plan.

  • Who's in 2nd District again?

    Just a year ago New Mexicans and other Americans were stumbling out of mid-term elections, wondering how a Republican group calling itself the Tea Party would use its powers as the new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
    Today campaigning is already underway for next year’s elections, which promise to be equally unfathomable.
    The uncertainty is palpable in New Mexico where Democratic and Republicans hopefuls are jousting for seats in Congress and the state Legislature from districts, the shapes of which are unknown.
    It couldn’t be otherwise after Gov. Susana Martinez and the Legislature failed to agree on how to remap the state’s sundry political districts at a special redistricting session this summer.

  • Green up your holiday season

    From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Americans create 5 million tons of solid waste, the vast majority of which is shopping bags, wrapping paper and holiday cards according to the California Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery.
    Start off your holiday season on a green foot by making a few small changes. It’s easy to get the entire family involved, have fun and decrease the burden on your wallet as well.  To help get you started, the New Mexico Recycling Coalition is providing New Mexicans with a simple list of steps the average resident can take to put the green back into the holidays. View the full list at www.recyclenewmexico.com.
    Below is an excerpt from the full list of things you can do to help reduce waste during the holidays.