Today's News

  • National Monument unveils new vistor center

    BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — The canyons and cliff dwellings of Bandelier National Monument are telling a new story and this time it's through the voices and artwork of the American Indian tribes whose ancestors first inhabited this sliver of northern New Mexico.

    The monument in a daylong celebration Wednesday is unveiling its $4 million renovated visitors center and museum with help from pueblo dancers and artists.

    The unveiling comes after nearly a decade of careful consultation with neighboring pueblos and a year of construction.

  • Council puts hold on rate hike

    County Council Tuesday night tabled a decision on whether to raise Los Alamos County’s electric rates by 10 percent.

    In a split vote, council passed a motion to put a hold on the issue for no more than 30 days to research possible  options, permitted by the state, to help the Los Alamos Public Schools with the rate increase and to discuss whether the electric rates proposal follows the county charter.

  • Espaola uranium no threat to LA

    The drinking water in Los Alamos registers low levels of uranium despite recent state action against public water wells in neighboring Espanola.

    “There’s no public health threat from the levels of uranium in the drinking water wells for the public drinking water system in Los Alamos – the levels are in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act,” said Mike Huber, compliance operations manager for the Drinking Water Bureau at the New Mexico Environment Department.

  • Salmonella vaccine may help prevent egg recalls

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Low-cost vaccines that may help prevent the kind of salmonella outbreak that has led to the recall of more than a half-billion eggs haven’t been given to nearly half the nation’s egg-laying hens.

  • Letter unfairly impugns council

    Our county council chambers are emblazoned with a quotation attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.”

    During the last two years, I have served as chair of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee. Prior to that, I served on the steering committee that assisted MIC with their master plan study for the White Rock community center.

    However, I write today as a private individual, not as a member of the WRMPIC.

  • Home tour offers variety

    The Los Alamos Home Tour will include seven homes of a variety of styles and architecture, from an historic Bathtub Row home to brand new custom homes. Viewers will be able to get ideas for remodels and new constructions and learn about the history of home building and architecture in Los Alamos.

    The addresses and names of homeowners will be not announced prior to the tour.  Ticket buyers will receive a detailed program and map. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at Brownell’s Hallmark, LANB, Family Strengths Network and online at lafsn.org.

  • 08-17-10 Police beat

    Aug. 3

    2:17 p.m. — A 57-year-old Los Alamos man reported being the victim of battery at 176 Central Park Square.

    4:10 p.m. — Richard Morse, 75, of Los Alamos was arrested at 176 Central Park Square and charged with battery following an investigation into a reported trespassing and battery upon an employee of the property owner.

    5:14 p.m. — Bandelier National Monument reported the theft of a license plate from a government vehicle. The loss is less than $250.


    Armed with a radar gun, the Monitor found plenty of drivers exceeding speed limits in Los Alamos the past few weeks.

    Most seemed to be commuters, people driving off the hill to get home or up the hill to get to work.

    The speed limit is 25 mph around town unless otherwise posted.

    And while most drivers kept to the limit at many locations - hotspots were detected.

    Read the full story in Sunday's Monitor.


  • County Council set to mull 10 percent hike in rates for electricity during tonight's meeting

    The Tuesday evening county council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Community Building, and the proceedings will be televised on PAC-8.

    The results of a recent lamonitor.com online poll show that 85.6 percent of respondents are opposed to the proposed electricity rate hike, yet there was no citizen opposition voiced when the Board of Utilities considered the measure at its meeting several weeks ago.

  • Home sales plunge 27 pct. to lowest in 15 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously occupied homes plunged last month to the lowest level in 15 years, despite the lowest mortgage rates in decades and bargain prices in many areas.

    July's sales fell by more than 27 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.83 million, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. It was the largest monthly drop on records dating back to 1968, and sharp declines were recorded in all regions of the country.