Today's News

  • Keeping the lights on has its challenges

    Having a reliable electrical system is important for all cities and towns, however, not all cities or towns can say that their electrical system is reliable.

    Such was the case for Los Alamos County about a year ago. Plagued by frequent power outages, residents voiced their opinions to council on more than one occasion. Things took a turn for the better, however, when the Department of Public Utilities hired Electrical Engineering Manager Rafael De La Torre last fall.

  • Insurance companies react to Monday’s hailstorm

    Insurance agencies all over town are setting up mobile claims operations in parking lots, hotel rooms, in their offices and at other locations.

    Sue Hofmann’s State Farm Agency at 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite B in a news release indicates that while it’s too early to project the number of customers impacted by Monday’s hailstorm, State Farm has received more than 1,000 auto claims and more than 150 homeowner claims as of close of business Tuesday, and the claims continue to stream in.

  • San Miguel fire still burning

    The fire in the Bandelier Wilderness has grown to about 75 acres, according to information provided by the monument Tuesday night. The fire has been named the San Miguel Fire for its proximity to the San Miguel ruins located on the west side of the monument.

    Rain Sunday and Monday slowed the progress of the fire, according to officials, but there was no rain on Tuesday.

  • All-Star tournaments continue in WR

    Los Alamos Little League’s Majors All-Stars advanced to the semifinal round of their District 1 tournament with a big win over Santa Fe National Tuesday.

    William Steinkamp threw three innings of 1-hit ball, while Los Alamos jumped out to a big early lead and never looked back, winning 13-2 in just 3-1/2 innings of play.

    Los Alamos now advances to play Española Valley in Thursday’s semifinal at Byers Field. The winner of that game will be in the driver’s seat to take the District 1 title and advance to state.

  • Silva snaps Sanchez’s 2-year reign

    About a month before playing in his first Atomic City Invitational, Nick Silva spotted a man who looked vaguely like someone he knew in high school.

    Then, when he saw the left-handed swing, he was sure.

    Silva and longtime Los Alamos golfer Eddie Sanchez, the lefty, reacquainted after more than 40 years in Ruidoso. Sanchez told Silva about the ACI tournament and Silva decided to take part.

    Good choice for Silva. Not as good for Sanchez.

  • It’s never too early to go to college

    There’s no need to wait for your 18th birthday to attend college. Kids entering the first through 12th grades can learn new skills and have a great time on the UNM-LA campus this summer.

    As usual, UNM-LA will hold Children’s College, now in its 25th year. This year UNM-LA will partner with Pajarito Environmental Education Center and incorporate a nature hike. Children’s College will be held from Aug. 3-7. Children’s College focuses on a fun science-oriented curriculum.

  • Standard hang-ups foil urban debate

    People are masters at drawing opposite “facts” from the same state of affairs. An analysis of big cities illustrates how poorly the public forum performs. We see the reasons that public dialogue is so strong a barrier to creating a new idea from parts of differing ideas.

    How do cities work? We see they do. Some work better than others.

    Does a city work if it has good workers and poor leaders? Or do cities work better if they have top-notch leaders and leaden workers? How do things look from where you sit?

  • The county has flag

    Dear Editor,

    One of the best kept secrets in Los Alamos County is the existence of a county flag which is displayed in the rotunda of the Roundhouse. According to the New Mexico Legislative Librarian, when the Roundhouse was renovated in 1990, someone decided there should be a display of New Mexico county flags. In about 1992 the flags were hung in the Roundhouse.

  • The power of a book - Read on!

    A luncheon and a mouthful of noodles brought a major change to Peggy Durbin’s life.


    Colleen Olinger, the former owner of Otowi Station Science Museum and Bookstore, was looking to get out of the bookstore business. She was hoping to pursue other interests and obligations and turned to Durbin to take the reigns of the store.


    Durbin’s first reaction was to spit out her lunch in surprise but she followed it up with a request to think over the business proposal.


    Her answer to Olinger was a yes.


  • Bandelier Wilderness fire runs it course

    A fire that began on Thursday in a remote area of Bandelier National Park is still smoldering, despite the wet weather in the area Monday.

    “It has gotten some rain on it,” said Marla Rodgers, the park’s assistant fire management officer. “However, it still has some smoke on it. With the warming and drying trend over the next few days, we expect we’ll be seeing smoke for awhile.”

    As soon as the fire was reported by a hiker who saw smoke coming from the next canyon over, the park service flew out to size it up.