Today's News

  • Metzger’s ‘gets plugged in’

    A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware in White Rock hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the first-in-county reserved Plug-In Parking and charge point at a commercial business. The event coincided with National Plug In Day, Oct. 16, an unprecedented observance drawing global attention to the environmental, economic and other benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through simultaneous events staged in major cities nationwide.

  • Minimum retirement age proposed for state educators

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s retirement program for teachers and college faculty is considering proposals to shore up its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age for some educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees.
    The Educational Retirement Board will make a decision next month on a package of pension changes to recommend to the Legislature, which debated a measure earlier this year that would have established a minimum retirement age of 55 for some educators and public employees.
    The pension program covers 97,000 current workers and retirees.

  • Update 10-30-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    CRC meets

    The Charter Review Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers to discuss partisan vs. nonpartisan elections.

    15th St. to Close

    On Monday,  the contractor will begin a full closure of 15th Street between Deacon Street and the south Metzger’s driveway to install the utility vault needed to support the new Municipal Complex being constructed just east of the Bradbury Science Museum.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library meeting room No. 3.

  • 25th Annual Health Fair

    Griffith Gym was a busy place Saturday morning as residents attended the 25th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair.

  • Bandelier reopens to autos Monday

    If you had planned on hopping the Atomic City Transit shuttles to Bandelier National Monument, today is your last chance. The park reopens to vehicular traffic Monday for the first time since the Las Conchas fire began June 26.

    Shuttle ridership has exceeded all expectations. As of Thursday, shuttles had carried nearly 8,000 visitors to the park in 32 days. Most shuttles have been filled to capacity.

    Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott described the response at Tuesday’s council meeting. “The first bus pulled up Monday morning at 9 a.m. and it was stuffed. That day we had to turn in the short buses and get the big buses.”

  • Sheriff conducts pre-Halloween sweep

    Sheriff Marco Lucero and his deputies fanned out across Los Alamos and White Rock Friday morning, accompanied by Los Alamos police officers, to conduct a pre-Halloween compliance operation at the homes of six registered sex offenders residing within the county.

    “It’s important to ensure that these individuals are complying with the judgment and sentencing orders issued by the judges in their respective cases,” Lucero said. “Three of the registered sex offenders have orders not to have contact with children less than 16 years old and not to decorate their residences for Halloween or open their doors to children.”

  • LA falls in first round of boys soccer tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team played one of its most complete games of the 2011 season Saturday, but that wouldn't be enough to pull off an upset.

    The Hilltoppers fell in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs Saturday to the Piedra Vista Panthers. After going up 1-0 in the first half, the Hilltoppers couldn't convert on several more chances throughout the game.

    The game would ultimately go into penalty kicks, with the Panthers winning the shootout 3-1 to take the first round victory.

    "We played really well," Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said. "The energy was there. We had a lot of momentum during the game. We actually had a lot more scoring chances than they did. They left it all on the field today."

  • It’s not if, but when

    There has been a lot of talk regarding seismic issues especially when it comes to the design of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement and Transuranic Waste Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory that are scheduled to be built in the next 10 to 15 years.

    Critics point out that those in charge of making design decisions should make certain that the CMRR-NF should be able to withstand an 8.0M earthquake. In the recent Supplemental Environmental Impact Study, however, all the design work revolves around an earthquake of 7.27M.

    The conversations about earthquakes rumbled to the surface earlier this month when a 3.8 quake hit north of Santa Fe and about 20 miles east of Los Alamos.

  • Hilltoppers are district champs!

    Los Alamos receiver Jake Downs stretches out for a reception during the Hilltoppers’ 50-0 romp of Capital Friday night in Santa Fe. The victory secured the district championship for Los Alamos, which finished its regular season at 6-4.

  • Halloween at the Scene

    Central Avenue was the place to be Friday as MainStreet hosted Trick or Treat activities for hundreds of Halloween costume-wearers. Merchants distributed candy and Bradbury Museum held a spooky science program.