Today's News

  • LAFD develops four-year plan

    The internationally accredited Los Alamos Fire Department has a new chief and a new path forward. The goals, functions, objectives and measures of the department are outlined in a 2012-2016 Strategic Plan.
    Part of implementing the plan is filling several top level openings that have occurred recently due to retirements.

    “We’re about midway to getting a new deputy chief on board and we’ll fill other leadership openings that we have in the department shortly after that,” Chief Troy Hughes said. “We hope to make a decision on a new deputy chief by Friday.”

    Hughes chairs a panel of seven tasked with determining the best persons for the senior-level openings.

  • Economic vitality administrator starts Feb. 6

    Los Alamos County’s first economic vitality administrator, Scott Frederick, held the position for less than seven months before being terminated in November 2010. Less than a month later, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro also was terminated. The position of economic vitality administrator - along with several other key positions - fell into limbo, awaiting the appointment of a new county administrator.

    The wait is over. Greg Fisher has been hired to implement the county’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan.

  • Los Alamos Plaza moves forward

    In 2008, the proposed Los Alamos Plaza had a complete roster of tenants eager to move in. The management and development team, Los Alamos Plaza, LLC (LAP), was ready to break ground when the economy collapsed and financing dried up.

    Now the project, located at 2201 Trinity Drive across from Ashley Pond, is on the verge of becoming a reality. Developers expect to break ground this spring, and have phase I ready for occupancy a year later.

    The 60,000 square foot structure will have retail space on the ground floor, two floors of office space and 14 luxury penthouses on the top floor. Two other buildings will follow the same floor plan.

  • Police Beat 01-17-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
    Jan. 5

    2:03 p.m. – Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church reported that it was the victim of larceny. The estimated loss is less than $250.
    Jan. 6

    8:19 a.m. – Los Alamos Public Schools reported that it was the victim of criminal damage to property. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

    10:45 a.m. – A 26-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Mimbres Drive.

  • Djokovic, Williams advance

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was having an easy time of it in his first-round match at the Australian Open, so he decided to experiment by coming to the net.
    Like pretty much everything he does on the tennis court these days, it was an unqualified success. He easily beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 Tuesday to advance to the second round, as did five-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams.
    Djokovic is attempting to join Rod Laver, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in winning three straight Grand Slam singles titles.

  • Outlook: District 2-4A Boys Basketball

    Bernalillo Spartans

    Overall record: 12-6

    Key wins: vs. Taos, Dec 19; vs. Pojoaque, Dec. 21; at Del Norte, Jan. 5.

    Key losses: vs. St. Pius X, Dec. 1; vs. Capital, Dec. 29; at Belen, Jan. 12.

    Outlook: The Spartans are the No. 6-ranked team in Class 4A right now and have had a solid nondistrict season. Their record against the better teams on their schedule, however, has been somewhat spotty. Bernalillo has had height in the recent past, but no one on the roster is listed above 6-foot-4. Coach Terry Darnell, however, will have them ready to play Wednesday.

    Capital Jaguars

    Overall record: 12-4

  • Outlook: District 2-4A Girls Basketball

    Bernalillo Spartans

    Overall record: 9-7

    Key wins: at Belen, Nov. 29; vs. Moriarty, Dec. 8; at Academy, Jan. 7.

    Key losses: vs. Los Lunas, Dec. 6; vs. Piedra Vista, Dec. 29; vs. Del Norte, Jan. 5.

    Outlook: The Spartans could be the X factor in 2-4A this season, something that could be doubly true if they can knock off the Hilltoppers tonight. The Spartans boast a senior-heavy roster and decent size in the paint. They won’t be afraid to bang with any team near the basket.

  • Topper teams start 2-4A play

    The favorite time of the year for basketball fans has arrived.
    District play in Class 4A commences this week and  for the Los Alamos teams, they both are slated with two big 2-4A contests, the first one starting tonight.
    Los Alamos’ girls will take on the Bernalillo Spartans at 7 p.m. The Spartans, much like the Hilltoppers, have been up-and-down during the nondistrict season, but could match up well against the Hilltoppers, plus the Spartans have some seasoned veteran returners like Katie Darnell and Cedar-Rain Yellowmule.
    The Hilltoppers (9-9) will go into the game off a win against the Manzano Monarchs at home Saturday. The Hilltoppers trailed by three early in the fourth quarter but bounced back to win that contest going away, 54-47.

  • Legislative Session 2012

    The 2012 legislature may be very different than the 2011 version now that Gov. Susana Martinez has a year of chief executive experience under her belt.
    Martinez appears to have learned that the adversarial approach necessarily taken by district attorneys doesn’t work when dealing with another branch of government.
    She says a number one  priority this year will be to cooperatively work with the legislature.
    The 2011 legislature had embarrassingly little to show for its efforts.
    The special session on redistricting was even worse. A surprising improvement in relations was evident when Martinez and a handful of Democratic legislators presented a bipartisan congressional redistricting proposal to the court last fall.

  • Let's highlight energy

     The energy industry can take heart from the last item of the last meeting of a legislative interim committee.
    Sen. Bernadette Sanchez, chair of the Economic and Rural Development Committee, proposes making the energy industry a central component of the state’s economic development strategy.
    This would be quite a change in attitude. Instead of being the rich uncle who’s always on tap, energy would become an asset to be encouraged and protected, like high tech, manufacturing and tourism.
    The proposal comes at a time when energy people (and entire regions of the state) are feeling picked on and under-appreciated.