Today's News

  • Whooping cough case confirmed

    The Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) in a student at Piñon Elementary School.
    Families with children at Piñon have been alerted about exposure.
    Close contacts may develop symptoms for up to three weeks after the last exposure.
    Pertussis is a bacterial respiratory infection. Symptoms of pertussis usually begin with cold symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat and usually little or no fever.

  • Voting Q & A

    Q. When are elections held?
    A. Primary elections are held the first Tuesday in June in even-numbered years.
    General elections are held the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years. This year the election falls on Nov. 2.
    Regular school district elections are held the first Tuesday in February in odd-numbered years, which will be this coming February.
    Special elections and bond elections are held as called for by the school board or the county council.
    Q. When are the polls open?

  • Council approves budget carry-overs

    Although the accounting books may have been closed on fiscal year 2010, there are still items from this fiscal year that require money. In response, Los Alamos County Council approved a request to carry-over budgets from FY 2010 to FY 2011 and a contingency of up to $31,000 to cover public information and legal costs associated with the charter review.
    The carry-over budgets will be for projects that were unfinished in FY 2010 as well as on-going programs.
    Carry-over budgets to complete projects that were delayed include:

  • NNSA, LLNL complete first ignition experiment

    WASHINGTON – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) today announced that the National Ignition Facility (NIF) recently completed its first integrated ignition experiment.

  • Update 10-06-10

    County Council candidate forum

    Thursday, at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge for County Councli candidates and information about county charter amendments.

    Spooky Los Alamos
    Do you have a spooky tale about Los Alamos that you want to share? Features Editor Jennifer Garcia is working on a package for Halloween and wants to hear your stories. Send them to lacommunity@
    lamonitor.com by Oct. 22.

    Transportation Board meeting

  • Be There 10-06-10

    Want to know more about angels? Angels in the Judeo, Christian and Muslim traditions will be discussed at 6 p.m. today and Oct. 13 and 20 at the First United Methodist Church Friendship Center.  
    Louise Pope presents “One Trash Can a Year,” at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms in the Mesa Public Library. Participate in group activities to learn how you can drastically reduce your waste. Learn about “Earth Dollars” and how the trash can is your last resort.

  • Shelter to host mobile adoption

    August and September are usually the two busiest months at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and this year is no exception.
    There are more cats in the shelter right now than the shelter has seen in over 10 years and the cat room is nearing maximum capacity.

  • Review: ‘Spanglish’ reveals a dysfunctional rainbow

    There are some really great Adam Sandler movies and then, as though to balance out the cinematic universe, some really tacky ones, where everyone looks embarrassed.
    But “Spanglish” is one of the greats.

  • Y sponsors Heart Smart poster contest

    The Family YMCA and the Los Alamos Heart Council are co-sponsoring a poster contest for kids in Kindergarten through sixth grade.
    The theme of this contest is “Be Heart Smart.” Posters/pictures may be in any medium (crayon, paint, etc.)  Posters must be brought to the Y by Oct. 21.
    Winners will be notified Oct. 22 and will have their posters on display at the Health Fair on Oct. 23.

  • Panel: Gov't blocked worst-case oil spill figures

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been, according to a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.