Today's News

  • 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.

  • State prep hoops scores 01-11-12

    Boys basketball

    Aztec 64, Santa Fe Indian 34
    Bernalillo 62, Robertson 58
    Bloomfield 71, Navajo Prep 40
    Carlsbad 54, Alamogordo 51
    Cibola 62, Albuquerque High 60
    Dora 74, Gateway Christian 35
    Eldorado 75, Del Norte 53
    Española Valley 52, Cleveland 49
    Guymon, Okla. 66, Clayton 52
    Los Lunas 54, Piedra Vista 39
    Mesilla Valley Christian 49, Chaparral 46
    Mora 71, Questa 54
    NMMI 55, Hagerman 49
    Pecos 57, McCurdy 45
    Roswell 76, Lovington 48
    Sandia Prep 63, Socorro 31
    Santa Fe Prep 66, Coronado 34
    Santa Teresa 44, Silver 40
    Shiprock 67, Miyamura 51
    Tucumcari 60, Estancia 23

    Girls basketball

  • Hilltoppers fall short in comeback attempt

    After a ruinous second quarter, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team nearly made up for it in the second half of Tuesday’s game.
    Los Alamos hosted the fourth-ranked St. Pius X Sartans Tuesday at Griffith Gymnasium. Not only are the two teams longtime rivals, Los Alamos had a chance to make a big statement with just over a week before the start of the District 2-4A season.
    But the Hilltoppers, after playing virtually even with the Sartans in the opening period, managed just four points in the second quarter. The second of the two buckets the Hilltoppers managed in the quarter came with under 30 seconds left before the half.

  • VIDEO: Van Der Sloot Pleads Guilty in Peru Killing

    Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day of the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he remains the main suspect.

  • Memorial services planned for NM guardsman

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Memorial services are planned this week for a New Mexico Army National Guardsman who died of a heart attack last month while stationed in Afghanistan.

    The New Mexico National Guard says a rosary for 33-year-old Sgt. Pernell J. Herrera will be held Wednesday evening at DeVargas Funeral Home in his hometown of Espanola.

    Funeral services will be Thursday morning at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, followed by interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

    Herrera was a signal support systems specialist with C Company, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment out of Santa Fe.

    Herrera died Dec. 31 while performing physical fitness training in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.