Today's News

  • Stepping up to a bright idea

    At first I wasn’t sure I was reading the CNN report correctly. The story hinged on special pavement that uses the impact of human feet to generate electricity.
    That’s right. A young man in Britain has invented a device that harvests the energy from a footfall hitting the pavement to power things like LED lights.
    Talk about a bright idea. The “PaveGen” project is the brainchild of Laurence Kemball-Cook, 25. He’s an engineer who built a prototype of the device during his last year in school and is now working to make and market his creation.

  • Statehood events begin

    Most New Mexicans likely are aware that New Mexico celebrates its 100th birthday on Jan. 6.
    Few New Mexicans, at this point, seem aware that the centennial celebration already has started.
    That’s the way it usually happens. To avoid a one-day celebration, start early and keep it going for a year or more.
    New Mexico is no exception. Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the festivities in Las Cruces back on Aug. 28.
    That was followed by an executive order on Sept. 1 directing all state agencies to promote the centennial.
    Union Pacific is adding to the celebration by sending one of its vintage locomotives steaming through New Mexico Nov. 4-9 from Tucumcari to Lordsburg.

  • Veterans' Day observances scheduled across the state

    Governor Susana Martinez and New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Cabinet Secretary Tim Hale invite New Mexicans to honor and thank the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces veterans by attending a Veterans’ Day ceremony on November 11th.
    Governor Martinez will be the Keynote Speaker at an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans State Park in Angel Fire. Secretary Hale will be the main speaker at an 11am ceremony at the State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences.
    NMDVS Deputy Secretary Alan Martinez will be a part of the 11am ceremony in Santa Fe at the Veterans’ Memorial located next to the Bataan Memorial Building.

  • UNM-LA funding supports IT upgrades

    The Los Alamos County Council approved $553,118 for the University of New Mexico - Los Alamos (UNM-LA) on Tuesday. The allocation supports programing and a new IT infrastructure that increases opportunities such as video conferencing and supercomputing that benefits the entire Los Alamos community.

    Part of the funding is a carryover from the FY2011 budget hearings, when council put a placeholder for $250,000 for program support. Staff was directed to create guidelines for releasing those funds based upon guidelines for the Los Alamos Public Schools.  

    The policy was broadened to encompass UNM-LA and instituted in March 2011.

  • Update 11-10-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15  in the White Rock Fire House No. 3.

    WR Committee

    The public is encouraged to attend the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee at 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Fields Closed

    Spirio Field at Overlook Park is closed while parks crews refit the field with a new irrigation system, which involves extensive trenching. Work should be completed by the end of November. Bomber Field on North Mesa is closed to all activities until the refitting of lighting and repairs to the irrigation system are completed.

    Kiwanis Meeting

  • Missing LA man found dead

    Los Alamos Police located the body of missing Los Alamos resident Pat Turner at 10 a.m. today along Mitchell Trail.

    Turner, 55, had been the subject of an intensive search by local police and New Mexico and Los Alamos Search and Rescue personnel for several days.

    Turner went missing about noon Friday, according to friends and family, who on Monday asked for police assistance in finding Turner.

    On Wednesday, New Mexico State Police joined the search by helicopter, but were unable to locate the father of three who is a longtime Los Alamos resident and an employee at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Hilltoppers Defy The Odds

    In the locker room following practice, members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football program are staring at the only light in the room: a projected image on the back wall.

    Before the projection, a clip of game film, even gets fully rolling; several of the Hilltoppers call out, “counter, counter!”

    They’re right. The Valencia Jaguars are executing a counter-tray against the Hilltoppers’ upcoming opponents, the Los Lunas Tigers.

    “You see that?” head coach Garett Williams asks no one in particular. “The defensive end stays there, he stays right there and he gets kicked out.”

  • Leisure pool drowns in 'No' votes

    Despite a 25-year effort by several residents to make the leisure pool concept a reality, the Los Alamos County general obligation bond firmly failed Wednesday night.

    County Clerk Janet Foster released the unofficial results shortly after 7 p.m. in the Justice Center lobby. In the special all mail election, residents returned 6,090 ballots – defeating the pool measure 3,851 to 2,239.
    Longtime Los Alamos resident Carl Thornton and his family were at the Justice Center to learn of the results.

  • Thank you 11-10-11

    Sage Cottage Montessori preschool gives our sincere thanks and appreciation to Daniels Fund and the Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group for their financial support allowing us to send teachers to the National Early Childhood Conference.
    Daniels Fund was set up by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need.  Daniels Fund provides grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
    Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group is a joint initiative of Con Alma Health Foundation and the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary.  In May 2002, the Los Alamos Medical Center was sold by Banner Health Systems, a non-profit corporation, to Province HealthCare, a for-profit corporation.

  • Dinner raises funds for ski program

    Recently, the Pajarito Mountain Lodge was aglow with fall colors and full of generosity and cheer, as attendees of the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner enjoyed an evening of food, music and fun.  
    The benefit dinner raised more than $9,000, which will go toward equipment rental, lift tickets and lessons for underprivileged youth.  
    Members of the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2010 organized  the dinner to raise money for a new program being offered at Pajarito Mountain.
    The program will offer financial assistance with ski lessons as well as equipment to children ages six to 18. Working with regional organizations, the Ski Club will spread the word of this new opportunity.