Today's News

  • LATA elects new VP

      The Board of Directors of Los  Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA) has elected Mark J. Duff to a  position as corporate Vice President. Duff joined LATA Environmental  Services of Kentucky, LLC in June of 2011 as Project Manager for the Paducah  Environmental Remediation project, which LATA Kentucky is performing for the  U.S. Department of Energy.
     In his new position, primary responsibility will continue to be management of the Paducah project.  In  addition, he will participate in development of corporate business strategy  as a member of LATA’s executive management team.

  • Council approves legislative agendas

    The Los Alamos County Council wants to be heard at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe as well as with lawmakers in the nation’s capital. Councilors voted to support legislative agendas during their meeting Tuesday.
    The council voted unanimously to approve a state legislative agenda, and the vote was 6-1 to advocate preference for legislation on the federal level. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle cast the lone dissenting vote.
    Los Alamos County State Legislative Agenda for FY 12
    a. Legislation that enhances affordable housing programs.
    b. NMAC and NMML legislative priorities.

  • On The Docket 01-11-12

    Dec. 13

    Sarah Scammell Downs, 30, of Los Alamos pled guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to the charge of DWI. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Downs to serve 364 days of supervised probation, and to pay $241 in court fees. Downs also was ordered to install an inter-lock device on her vehicle.

    Dec. 14

    Tyler Jones, 26, of Los Alamos pled not guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to the charges of battery and criminal damage to property. Judge Pat Casados found Jones guilty and sentenced him to serve 180 days of supervised probation and to pay $146 in court fees.

    Dec. 21

  • Update 01-11-12

    CIP meeting

    The Parks Division will hold a CIP Phase I Public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to discuss the Renovation and Rebuild of the Ashley Pond Capital Improvement Project.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers.


    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library.

    Teen Center

  • Burning to reduce wildfire impact

    In an effort to reduce the impacts of wildfire on the community, pile burn operations will resume on county land this week.
    “We’re anticipating another dry spring and we’d like to remove as much wildland fuel as we can while it remains cold and there is snow on ground,” said Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin. “Because prevailing winds in the spring and summer are generally out of the southwest, we’re focused on reducing fuels in areas that might carry embers into neighborhoods that lie to the northeast.”
    Los Alamos County Parks Division and Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct maintenance burning in Rendija, Bayo and Walnut canyons beginning Friday.

  • Water nozzle welding

    Lorenzo Garcia welds a water nozzle on a Road Construction Southwest water truck pipe at a facility on DP Road Tuesday.

  • Stover, Selvage retain leadership posts

    The first item on Tuesday night’s council agenda was electing new council officers. As soon as Council Chair Sharon Stover opened nominations, Councilor Mike Wismer made a surprise move.

    “I’d like to break with tradition and move that council approve the current leadership team for another year, specifically that council approve Councilor Stover and Councilor (Ron) Selvage as chair and vice chair respectively.”

    The motion was seconded by Councilor Geoff Rodgers and passed by a 6-1 vote, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the only no vote. Chiravalle did not state his reasons for rejecting the motion.

  • Let your voice be heard

    In the past week, reading both a cover story in the Los Alamos Monitor, and the Trinity INsite pamphlet I received in the mail, I am compelled to let my voice be heard and hope you will do the same.
    I want to acknowledge the work of the Trinity Site Revitalization Committee, some of whose citizen members have been active in the project for six years, and also the associated county staff.  They have volunteered with the objective of improving our community and I salute their efforts.

  • Time to stop debating and start building

    I have been reading letters to the editor and guest editorials about the wisdom of entering into an agreement with North American Development Group to develop the Trinity Site with Smith’s as the anchor tenant.  
    I served on the committee that extended an RFP for this project to more than 80 developers.  
    We chose the best five proposals on which to conduct due diligence and interview.  
    The committee was a diverse group of citizens who represented Los Alamos and White Rock with varied ages, family structures and backgrounds.  
    Our main objective was to maximize income for the Los Alamos Public Schools and select the best project presented to achieve this goal.  

  • Ski Report 01-11-12

    Angel Fire
    31-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 63 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    36-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 35 trails open.

    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Red River
    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 53 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    49-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 34 trails and 4 lifts open.

    29-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 31 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    36-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 54 trails and 9 lifts open.