Today's News

  • Local merchant helps Los Alamos say 'thanks'

    What started as a family project to put a thank you banner into the window of a local business has morphed into a project to help the community at-large express their thanks for the work done by firemen and other emergency workers, and to all of the supporters and well-wishers throughout New Mexico.
    “My daughter Hannah and her friend Kris Kupchella worked on designing a banner for the window of our store,” said Don Taylor, owner of Don Taylor’s Photography on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. “When I saw what they had done, I liked it so much that I decided to take the initiative to share it with others.”

  • CRC discusses oversight issues

    The focus of Tuesday night’s Charter Review Committee (CRC) meeting was the balance between autonomy and oversight for the utility board and utilities manager.
    A proposed change to the charter would allow the Los Alamos County Council to override any board decision regarding the manager, including compensation or other contractual items, and could remove the utilities manager by a 6-1 vote. At present, the council’s only power is to have an up or down vote on board recommendations.
    Those opposed to the change fear it has the potential for political interference with the utilities board and department. Morrie Pongratz was the sole subcommittee member opposing the change. Pongratz reiterated points he had made in a written statement. These were:

  • Hotel Eklund volunteers pack cookies

    Volunteers at the Hotel Eklund in Clayton compiled 800 cookie packets last week for firefighters battling the Las Conchas Fire fighters. Christian Church of Los Alamos volunteers delivered the cookie packets and 450 other desserts to Hill Diner for distribution to the firefighters.
    Contributions from Clayton included baked goods from the Rabbit Ear Restaurant, Issac’s Hardware and the Kokopelli Best Western motel.
    Packaged cookies arrived from the Ranch Market and the Hotel Eklund kitchen staff provided 350 raspberry shortcakes.


  • Update 07-14-11

    CRC meeting
    Charter Review Committee will discuss the status of the Sheriff’s Office at a public meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    Kiwanis talk
    Denise Lane and other volunteers will present their experience feeding thousands during the fire from noon-1 p.m., Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club at the Masonic Temple. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.


  • LAMS promotes Kilburn to principal

    Former Los Alamos Middle School Assistant Principal Rex Kilburn was selected as the school’s new principal. Kilburn takes over the position vacated by Donna Grim, who is leaving to pursue an advanced degree.

    Kilburn previously worked for five years at Pinon Elementary in White Rock, where he taught under the direction of principals James Telles and Megan Lee. For the last two years, he served as the assistant LAMS principal.  

    Before his arrival in Los Alamos, Kilburn worked in three Alaskan communities, including Skagway, Kake and Sitka.  He received his B.A. in Elementary Education at the College of Idaho and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

  • Rancher: Fire could have been averted

    The state’s largest wildfire might have been averted if the caretaker of a private ranch had been around the day a dead tree was blown onto a power line, igniting the blaze that went on to threaten the nation’s premier nuclear facility and thousands of homes.

    “If there had been someone to attend to it when the power line got hit, there would have been no fire,” Albuquerque real estate agent Roger Cox, who owns a ranch that straddles the ignition zone, told the Santa Fe New Mexican. “It would have been a small burn, but there wouldn’t be a big fire.”

  • Manhattan Project Park under consideration

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is recommending that Congress establish a national historical park to commemorate the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb.

    Salazar says the development of the atomic bomb in multiple locations across the United States is an important story.

    Salazar said, “The secret development of the atomic bomb in multiple locations across the United States is an important story and one of the most transformative events in our nation’s history.”  

    The National Park Service conducted a special resource study on several Manhattan Project sites for possible inclusion in the National Park System.

    The study was released to Congress this week.

  • Serving comfort to callers

    Thousands of telephone calls were involved in the interaction between Los Alamos County’s 311 Customer Care Center and community members during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation and repopulation.

    “Collectively, we fielded 3,253 calls and put in more than 500 hours between Monday, June 27, and Monday, July 4,” said Business Operation Manager Karen Kendall of the Department of Public Utilities, which is responsible for the Call Center.

    Kendall and other DPU officials stepped in to help field the record number of calls.

  • Permitting process streamlined

    The Los Alamos County Council has made streamlining and simplifying the commercial building permit process a priority. Community Development Department (CDD) staff has been working on this goal since May. Steve Brugger, acting community development director and Chris Williams, building safety division manager presented the first 60-day progress report to council at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Three major components have been instituted so far.

    The CDD has created application packages for commercial permits that include descriptions of the eight basic steps – including a flowchart of those steps – along with detailed documentation and inspection requirements, required forms, a schedule of permit fees and contact numbers.

  • Sports Update 07-14-11

    Hoops camp starts Monday

    A basketball skills camp is scheduled from July 18-21 at Chamisa Elementary School.
    The camp will be run by Justin Black. It is for players in grades 3-8 and will be held during the afternoon hours.
    Price for participation is $45. Proceeds will benefit Chamisa and Aspen Schools’ physical education programs.
    For more information, contact Black at 505-716-1149 or j.black@laschools.net.