Today's News

  • Council to discuss letters of interest Tuesday

      After having received 11 letters of interest for the vacant council seat, County Councilors will discuss possible action on filling the councilor vacancy. If all goes well on Tuesday, a new councilor may be appointed. However, if more discussion and time is needed, it’s possible than an appointment could be put off until Feb. 3.

      Also on Tuesday night, councilors will proclaim 2009 as the 60th Anniversary of Los Alamos County. In addition, Feb. 6, 2009 will be designated as Tafelmusk Day and will kick off the yearlong anniversary celebration.

  • Board enacts school weapons policy

    School board members recognize that the presence of weapons in school creates unacceptable risks for injury and death and allows a climate that undermines the schools’ educational purposes.


    “The safety of all children is important and we can’t have one child compromise that,” said Board President Steve Girrens in a follow-up interview Saturday.


  • County marks 60 remarkable years

    This year, Los Alamos County marks the 60th anniversary of becoming a county.

    Claiming status as a county sounds like such a simple thing, but, in truth, there was nothing simple about it.

    Many of the “rights” that today’s independent-minded Los Alamos County citizens consider basic – voting in elections, owning a home with dependable utilities, having a County Council with real power – came agonizingly slowly, in a long, complex series of crises and decisions that reached to the very top of American government.

  • Vote for the future

    Dear Editor,

    I can’t believe that people who have been educated in some of the finest schools in our country are arguing about whether to support a school bond in Los Alamos – home to one of the finest national labs around!

    Of course we should support the school bond. And I say this as an absentee landlord who would pay higher taxes without reaping the direct benefits of this bond issue.

  • Oppenheimer documentary airs Monday

    “The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” a program of special interest to the Los Alamos community, will be broadcast Monday night at 9 p.m. on KNME, Channel 5.


    The 2-hour special, part of the Public Broadcasting Service series, “American Experience,” features Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn, who played Edward R. Murrow, the pioneer broadcaster, in “Good Night and Good Luck."


  • More piles burns to be conducted

    The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest will continue maintenance burning in Bayo Canyon from Jan. 27 through 31.

    Burning is set to begin on Jan.27 around 9 a.m., depending on the ventilation conditions. Burning will continue as conditions permit through Saturday.

    About 350 piles were burned last week. Another 300 piles are located in Bayo Canyon between Barranca and North Mesas below Venado, El Conejo, Kachina, Obsidian Loop, and Deer Trail.

    After Saturday, no additional burning will take place until early March.

  • Sirens sound Sunday evening
  • Bilingual Montessori achieves new success

    Since opening Bilingual Montessori School in June, Odalys González Fernádez has experienced many accomplishments in less than a year. Not only did she fulfill her dream of operating a school, but enrollment has climbed up to 30 families.

    Today, González Fernádez is heading to the Capitol Building to be recognized for a new accomplishment.

    She is one of 20 Small Business Development Center clients to earn a 2008 success client award.

  • Swimming and diving: LA girls win, boys are 2nd on road

    A seasoned veteran and a newcomer led the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming team to a win at the Farmington Invitational this weekend.

    Sammi Kao, a junior, won a pair of events for the Hilltopper girls Saturday, winning both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. Meanwhile, eighth-grader Jennifer Barich-Mooday, who had a big day a week earlier at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, finished second behind Kao in the 200 freestyle, then went on to win the 500 freestyle, making state championship meet qualifying times in both events along the way.

  • Health and fitness: Select the right type of weights

    It’s a new year and many of you may have resolved to make this the year you get in better shape and embrace a healthier lifestyle. For those of you with little gym experience, it might be good to review some of the equipment you might encounter when entering the gym.