Today's News


    Workers brave bitter cold wind late Wednesday as they work on the new Judicial-Police-Jail Complex next to the Los Alamos Police Department. Workers begin pouring concrete at the Complex construction site Thursday morning. The groundbreaking for the complex was held Oct. 28 at the site. The official start of construction came after council voted 6-1 in its Oct. 14 meeting to advance the project to construction with the award of Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) #1 to the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), HB Construction for $2,656,758 plus tax.

  • Citizens sign petition to tank West Jemez Bypass

    County council will have another petition to address during Tuesday night’s meeting to be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Building.

  • Residents encouraged to love their hearts

    The Los Alamos Heart Council (LAHC) announces a new initiative: Learn to “Love Your Heart.”

    The council will kick-off the initiative with a free presentation on “Women and Heart Health: What Everyone Should Know” at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the downstairs classroom. No registration required.

    February is “American Heart Month” and Friday is National Wear Red Day, which is a campaign to raise awareness regarding cardiovascular disease in women.

  • Getting the quintet back together

    The members of the Black Mesa Brass go way back. And after a period of separation, Larry Bronisz, trombone; Joe Holland, trumpet; Jan McDonald, trumpet; Jerome Morzinski, tuba; and the newest member, John Hardgreaves, French horn; have gotten the quintet back together. And their first concert will be the Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    “Joe, Jerry, Larry and I have been playing together in some form for (about) 20 years,” McDonald said.

    He added Hardgreaves has performed in the group for the last six months.

  • Hilltopper to participate in travel aboard program

    Exploring new places and cultures can be alluring to many people; for Kristina Parrack, a freshman at Los Alamos High School, the attraction of traveling is about to be experienced.

    Parrack will be stepping into her traveling shoes as a participant in the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

    She will be taking the Celtic Cultures Tour, which will begin June 8 and finish June 26. During those 18 days, Kristina will visit England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Open it up

    It was good to read that President Obama has ordered heads of executive departments and agencies to side with openness in administering the Freedom of Information Act.

    “All agencies should adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure, in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA, and to usher in a new era of open government,” he wrote.

    Good to hear. We hope the state was listening.

  • Proposed animal shelter site to be rezoned

    The council approved an ordinance request Tuesday night to rezone the property where the proposed new animal shelter is to be developed.


    The land is being changed from Multiple Family Residential-Very High Density to public land use.


    A public hearing regarding the zoning was held during the county council meeting.


    Community Development Director Rick Bohn was in council chambers to give a presentation on the rezoning of the proposed animal shelter.


  • Safety is not the real issue

    Dear Editor,

  • Domestic partnerships

    Dear Editor,

    In a recent letter to the editor, Mr. Kuropatwinski suggests that Gov. Richardson’s support of domestic partnership rights is given out of obligation to Hollywood interests. While I neither desire nor am able to address the governor’s motivation, I would like to say something about the domestic partnership legislation that our legislature will be considering.

  • Lab spots beryllium contamination

    Los Alamos National Laboratory began notifying hundreds of people Wednesday that they might have been exposed to beryllium contamination by working in or visiting a particular area.


    The area, known as Technical Area 41, has a long history of use for tritium work and storage of nuclear materials, but a laboratory spokesman described it “as a large area used for storing long-term and short-term materials and items.”