Today's News

  • Tread carefully on film incentives

    A new study argues that New Mexico and 42 other states are wasting their money on film incentives.  
    “In the harsh light of reality, film subsidies offer little bang for the buck,” writes Robert Tannenwald, of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
    I give the study a thumbs-down for its biases and mistaken assumptions, but it’s another reminder that the incentive program isn’t well understood.

  • Bingaman ponders reelection bid

    We have become such a rancorous lot, we Americans.
    Perhaps that’s why many New Mexicans had a moment’s pause when Jeff Bingaman recently let it be known that he is thinking about not seeking another term in the U.S. Senate come 2012.
    Bingaman is that rare political figure who rarely blows his cool, an isle of balance and sanity in a sea of roiling political waters.

  • Autio's whirlwind rise to the top

    In a one-two punch Tuesday night, Chairman Michael Wismer announced that the Los Alamos County Council was terminating County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and appointing County Attorney Randy Autio acting administrator — effective immediately.
    “Never in my wildest dreams of five months coming to Los Alamos would I think I’d be the acting county administrator,” Autio said during an interview in his new county headquarters office Wednesday. “It’s surreal – I feel like I’m in a Salvador Dali painting.”

  • Weather Propels Construction Progress

  • First substantial snowstorm of the season arrives

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area that will remain in effect through 11 a.m. Friday morning.
    Snowfall is expected to increase throughout the afternoon and evening hours and continue Thursday night before tapering off Friday morning.
    The high temperature today is expected to hover just above freezing and dip to 31 degrees overnight. The high tomorrow is expected to only reach the freezing point, and then dip into the mid-20s overnight.

  • CIP work awarded $910K

    Los Alamos County Council awarded $910,000 to conduct a number of capital improvement project (CIP) studies during a special meeting Wednesday night.
    The proposals, along with their costs, that are progressing into the study phase are:
    • Los Alamos Ice Rink bathroom, lift station, parking improvements, American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and a cover — $240,000
    • Ashley Pond improvements that address health and safety such as ADA improvements, storm water and water quality issues — $125,000

  • Update 12-16-10

    Hill Diner to reopen

    Hill Diner expected to open for lunch Friday following today’s final building inspection.

    Candidate workshop

    A school board candidate workshop will be at 6 p.m. today at 2075 Trinity Drive, Suite V, for those interested in running for the Los Alamos Public Schools board. The workshop will provide candidates with an overview of the board policy on roles and communications. For more information contact Superintendent Gene Schmidt at 663-2230.

    GOP convention

  • Christmas bird count kicks off

    SANTA FE — The longest running citizen science survey in the world, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count started last week throughout North America, including
    35 cities and towns around New Mexico.
    Thousands of volunteers will add a new layer to over a century of bird population information as they tally bird numbers through Jan. 5.

  • Drop, shop and dine 4-9 p.m. on SATURDAY!

    Parents looking for fun and affordable child care while they tackle holiday shopping can take advantage of Kidz Night at the Y. Parents can drop, shop and dine from 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Kidz Night is for ages four months through sixth grade. The cost is $5 per child for Y members and $10 per child for non-members for all five hours.

  • Be There 12-16-10


    A discussion of the U.S.-Russia New START nuclear weapons treaty will be presented at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security at 7:30 p.m. in the lounge at the United Church.  The meeting, which will be moderated by retired LANL weapons scientist Thurman Talley, will cover the treaty’s verification provisions and review the reasons to support ratification by the Senate.