Today's News

  • LAYL’s Wild Day is just around the corner

    With the month of May here, the students of Los Alamos Youth Leadership are gearing up for the running of the children.
    Like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, during LAYL Wild Day, local elementary students will run after the youth leaders for hours of hands-on fun and there will be food, too.
    The event is scheduled for May 7 and will be in conjunction with the Hershey Track and Field event, sponsored by Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation agreed to share Sullivan Field for the day as Los Alamos High School construction projects move ahead.
    The combined event just might be the last community activity that takes place on the field prior to the May 12-Aug. 19 time frame, when artificial turf will be installed.

  • Four pleas for CYFD

    I am an attorney who recently has had the opportunity to represent a number of persons who were investigated by employees of Child Protective Services Division of the Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) on allegations by persons unknown of child abuse.  
    Every report was unsubstantiated and none of them should have been investigated.  I would like to offer some observations to your readers who may be thinking about reporting someone, on the child abuse hotline or otherwise, to CYFD, and some suggestions to CYFD for improving their system.

  • Construction Zone 05-01-11

    Public Works Projects: For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.
    N.M. 502 Truck Traffic (Airport Runway Extension Project)
    Expect heavy volumes of slow moving and turning truck traffic on westbound N.M. 502 through mid-May. As the trucks climb the hill, its speed slows to 20-25 mph and is further reduced when the trucks make the turn onto airport property. Do not tailgate, do not pass in the turn lanes, pay attention to the traffic ahead of you, and expect 5-10 minute delays.

    Diamond Drive Phase 4
    Expect significant changes to traffic control next week as the contractor starts shifting traffic to the west side of Diamond Drive. Once the shift is complete, expect the following:

  • Monitoring group gets new name

    The community outreach group, formerly known as the Community Radiation Monitoring Group (CRMG), has a new name.
    This week, the New Mexico Community Foundation announced the new name of the group would be called the Forum For Environmental Education and Dialogue (NMCF FEED).
    According to RACER Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Wolters, the first meeting will be May 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Espanola’s Northern New Mexico College in Room AD #101.

  • Got food?

    Two young mountain lions have been frequenting the yard of Los Alamos residents Paige and Bill Purtymun. They recently encountered this curious cub on the back deck of their North Mesa Home.


  • Airport runway project takes off

    Drivers who frequent N.M. 502 probably have probably encountered huge dump trucks lumbering up the Main Hill Road and turning off onto a side dirt road near Los Alamos Airport. The activity is part of the work that’s being done to the airport’s runway.

    The project involves two phases, said Mike Harris, field representative for Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. The runway is being extended and then rehabilitated.

    The total cost of the project is $6.5 million. To pay for the project, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and State Aviation Department are contributing $6,337,500 and the county is paying $162,000.

    Kiewit is the contractor hired to do the work.

  • Update 05-01-11

    Candidates sought
    Republicans interested in applying for the vacant District 43 House seat in New Mexico Legislature should contact Ron Dolin at rdolin@hotmail.com or call 695-0864.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Building.

    Advisory Board meeting
    Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Curtis Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Library board meeting
    The Los Alamos County Library board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mesa Public Library.

    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the training room at the Community Building.

  • Local initiative aims for lasting connection

    The Los Alamos-based Afghan Sister Village Project (ASVP) is collaborating with the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Foundation to bring together students at Los Alamos High School with those in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The Los Alamos-Jalalabad program is designed to help the students of both nations better understand each other’s customs and traditions.

    “We believe this understanding is critical for developing the mutual trust and respect needed for lasting peace,” said Bob Fuselier, a veterinarian in Los Alamos who founded the ASVP and serves as its board president.

  • Teens get a raw taste of the law

    The recent trial in Santa Fe during which alleged drunk driver Scott Owens was acquitted of all charges stemming from a fatal accident in 2009 struck a chord with some Los Alamos students who had the opportunity to observe some of the testimony in the case.

    The situation looked like an open and shut case: Owens was driving drunk, he hit a car full of teens that were on their way to a party on the outskirts of Santa Fe and four of the five passengers in that car died.
    But as New Mexicans would soon find out, prosecuting the case would be a lot more difficult than it appeared.

  • Let’s play ball!

    Keanna Cohen, who was recently honored as a Domenici Scholar at Los Alamos High School, throws the first pitch to catcher Taylor Jaramillo, a seventh grader, to commemorate the Los Alamos Little League opening day ceremony Saturday at North Mesa Baseball Fields (Majors Field). Gary Cooper sang the national anthem. Following the opening ceremony, two games were played as the Rockies took on the Dodgers and the Padres took on the Giants.