Today's News

  • Lujan expresses concerns to Energy Secretary Chu

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District expressed his concerns with budget cuts to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in a Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing with Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
    Lujan brought up the deferment of the CMRR project and the workforce reduction at the lab along with the National Academies report warned that distrustful oversight by NNSA, in which individual transactions are reviewed at every step, is harming the vitality and long-term viability of the science and engineering capability at the labs.

  • Hilltoppers rally for win over Pintos

    A three-run fifth inning and a big relief pitching effort in the sixth keyed the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team to a win in its home opener.
    Zeke Zumbro’s two-run triple was the big blow of a nip-and-tuck ballgame Saturday at Bomber Field, going with a curveball to right field that scored teammates JD Weiss and Danny Finn as the Hilltoppers dropped the Moriarty Pintos 5-4.
    Zumbro had a huge game behind the plate as well as coming through with the key hit of the contest, throwing out a pair of runners in the second inning to limit the damage after the Pintos threatened to blow the contest open early.
    Los Alamos’ rally in the fifth gave it the win in its first home game of the contest against a tough but inconsistent Pintos’ squad.

  • ’Toppers knocked out in first round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team hung tough with the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A state tournament Friday.
    Unfortunately, the Grants Pirates simply had too many weapons.
    Los Alamos played hard-nosed defense in the first half of Friday’s game, limiting the looks of Grants’ most dangerous player, center Teige Zeller, near the basket.
    Unfortunately, Zeller, who stands at 6-foot-2, was able to field some entry passes and get to the foul line in the first half.
    Los Alamos also suffered from a cold shooting night, being held to 15 points in the first half as top-seeded Grants earned a 62-44 victory in Grants.
    It was the second straight time the Hilltoppers’ season ended at Grants by an 18-point margin.

  • LA’s upset bid falls short vs. Goddard

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team came within eight minutes of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in state championship history.
    Instead, though, the top-seeded Goddard Rockets survived to move on the Class 4A playoffs.
    Los Alamos led by as many as nine points with about four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the first round playoff game at Goddard, 32-23, but its offense stalled the rest of the way and it gave up some ill-timed turnovers late.
    Goddard, meanwhile, led by 6-foot-5 forward Lane Vander Hulst and point guard Chase Salazar, made some key buckets in the second half to give the team a 54-48 victory.

  • Clarification 03-04-12

    In the March 1 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor it was incorrectly stated that the Visiting Nurse Service purchased the parcel of land at 2202 Canyon Rd. from Roger Waterman, however, the land was purchased from Nida Russ for an undisclosed amount. Waterman had served as a representative seeking to change the parcel’s zoning at a Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Board meeting last October.

  • Governor signs state budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay of educators and state workers.
    Although she signed the measure into law, the governor cut about $2 million of general state money, including $410,000 for possible shortfalls in district attorneys’ offices statewide. Martinez was a district attorney in Las Cruces before her election as governor in 2010.

  • Search for county attorney commences

    The search to fill the position vacated by County Attorney Randy Autio in December has begun. Considering the demands of the position, scrutiny of potential candidates is likely to be intense.

    All candidates must be a member of the New Mexico State Bar with a minimum of 10 years experience, including two years of advising public senior level policymakers and three years of management and supervisory experience. The successful candidate must also establish residence in Los Alamos County.

    Preferred qualifications include experience with Department of Energy regulations and contracting procedures and five or more years experience advising senior level public sector policy makers.

  • Update 03-04-12

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School. They will hold a special session to discuss the bus loop at LAHS.

    Council meeting

    County Council has a special session on Los Alamos Main Street, 6 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    CIP meeting

    CIP Committee reviews Phase 2 Applications for Golf Course Improvements, 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Council Chambers.

    Photo exhibit

    The 17th Annual Los Alamos Photographers SHow will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Monday in the upstairs gallery of Mesa Public Library. The show will be on display through March 30.

    CRC meeting

  • Fire season races in with the winds

    It’s that time of the year again — fire season — and Los Alamos residents should be just as cautious of possible fire risks because much like last year weather conditions are predicted to once again be hot, windy and dry.

    That’s what Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said, adding that the area can expect to experience instead of bursts of wind, more sustained winds this fire season.

    He said Los Alamos National Laboratory, Park Service, Forest Service and county crews have been working on fire mitigation efforts in their respective jurisdictions since last year’s Las Conchas fire that burned more than 150,000 acres.

  • LANL taps Pantex vet as head of plutonium operations

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs Bret Knapp has announced the hiring of Jeff Yarbrough as the new Associate Director for Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (ADPSM).

    Yarbrough joins Los Alamos from the B&W Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas, where he led the Pantex directed stockpile work (DSW) and weapons science campaigns.  During his DSW tenure, B&W Pantex earned the highest performance evaluation score in the history of the Pantex plant.

    His selection was the result of a national search.