Today's News

  • Two power outages hit Los Alamos County

    Los Alamos County sustained two power outages in the past two days.
     At  5:50 p.m. Wednesday,  electric power was lost to residents on 1st, 2nd, 3rd,Canyon, Pine, Quartz and Rim streets, according to the Dept of Public Utilities (DPU).  All affected customers, excepting those on 1st,2nd,and 3rd  had power restored by  7 p.m. The remaining 21 customers had power restored at 9:30 p.m.
    The outage was caused by a fault within a nearby transformer.   DPU’s electric linemen were able to restore power quickly to 82 of the 103 affected residents within an hour and ten minutes.
     Work then continued on the faulty transformer component and power was restored to the remaining 21 customers at 9:30 p.m.

  • Councilors talk infrastructure

    The Los Alamos County Council tackled a number of infrastructure projects during a regular meeting Tuesday evening.

    An ordinance to accept a loan/grant from the State of New Mexico for the reconstruction of the Los Alamos Dam was approved by a 6–0 vote. The $1.5 million funding includes a $900,000 grant and a $600,000 loan. Council had dedicated $2.7 from the general fund to the project, enough to finance the redesign if no state funds were awarded. To date, $600,000 has been spent on the project.

  • Supreme Court may have to step in to referee redistricting

    SANTA FE— New Mexico’s fight over redistricting has shifted to the courts, but the Supreme Court might have to step in to determine which judge will handle the assignment of drawing new boundaries of districts for elected offices.
    Republican and Democratic legislators and other voters have filed redistricting lawsuits at state district courts in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Lovington.
    The cases ask the courts to establish new districts for Congress, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and the Public Regulation Commission. The lawsuits also seek orders stopping state officials from using current districts for next year’s elections.

  • On the Docket 09-28-11

    Sept. 23

    Jerome Montoya, 24, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Municipal Court on charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Montoya to two days in jail, 20 hours of community service and $41 in fees for the battery charge and two days in jail and $41 in fees for the disorderly conduct charge.

  • Work at Shamrock

    Work gets done on a pump at the Shamrock gas station on the corner of Trinity Drive and Knecht Street.

  • Update 09-28-11

    County Council

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the council chambers.


    The Los Alamos High School homecoming parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos. At 7 p.m., the Hilltoppers football team will host Albuquerque-Academy at Sullivan Field.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

  • Communication key to candidate's style

    This is the third in a four-part series featuring highlights from the community panel interviews of the county administrator candidates. Answers to some of the questions, such as the candidate’s experience and how it relates to the position, have been covered in previous Los Alamos Monitor articles.

    Earl Mathers is currently the county administrator for Gallatin County, Mont. Mathers has an extensive background in economic development, both nationally and internationally. He said he had already received input from some people here about what the obstacles to attracting business might be.

  • Hughes gets unanimous nod as fire chief--video extra

    From a pool of 19 applicants, Troy Hughes made the short list and emerged victorious following an intense two-day interview process.

    Tuesday night Hughes garnered unanimous approval from the county council. Councilor Ron Selvage was absent.

  • LA school gets taste of Hollywood

    Jillian Morse’s theater class at Los Alamos High School got an up-close and personal view of the movie industry Monday morning, when actors from the movie, “Blaze You Out” visited with them.

    Veronica Diaz-Carranza, Mark Adair Rios and Jeremy Ray Valdez took time from shooting the movie to speak with the class about their experiences in the movie industry and to explain how the industry works. Sandia Productions has been shooting “Blaze You Out,” a dramatic thriller, in Rio Arriba County for the past three weeks. Production wraps up this week.

  • More cleanup funding requested

    Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are appealing to appropriators to increase funding levels for the cleanup of transuranic (TRU) waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory and at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad and in the FY 2012 budget.

    In a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water, Bingaman and Udall acknowledge the constraints of the current budget climate, but emphasize the need for “the consideration of two high-priority environmental initiatives” for New Mexico.