Today's News

  • Historical society honors Stoddard’s WWII legacy

    Through May 27 at Mesa Public Library, the community can visit the Los Alamos Historical Society’s exhibit “Stephen Stoddard in World War II: One Soldier’s Story” at Mesa Public Library. The exhibit depicts the war time experiences of WWII veteran Steve Stoddard of Los Alamos.
    He and Hedy Dunn of the Los Alamos Historical Society created the exhibit and Stoddard spoke of his war years during a presentation Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge.
    Stoddard is probably known to most residents as a retired colleague from Los Alamos National Laboratory, former state senator, supporter of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, former Army reservist and officer and a perfect gentlemen and esteemed supporter of Los Alamos and New Mexico.  

  • County porn probe results in disciplinary actions at FD

    There aren’t any significant revelations in the redacted version of the final report released by the County Attorney’s Office concluding an investigation into alleged pornography downloaded from county computers last fall.

    First Line Resources out of Albuquerque investigated county IT department findings in which eight computers at the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Station 3 in White Rock had “user-accessed photos that could be in breach of Los Alamos County Information Technology Security Policy.”

    The report states that 32 local firefighters were initially linked to the investigation by  their computer user profiles, which indicated they may have accessed inappropriate photographic materials.

  • CRC tells council to hold fast to current form of government

    Charter Review Committee members recommended that the Los Alamos government’s structure remain unchanged during a county council work session Tuesday.

    Structure of Government Subcommittee Chair Kyle Wheeler said, “(When) we got down to business, we really picked apart this issue.”

    During its April 11 meeting, the Charter Review Committee voted 8-1 to continue the charter discussions within the context of the current council/county administrator form of government with the potential for making some changes within that structure.

    Committee member Skip Dunn cast the sole opposing vote at that meeting.

  • Seven hopefuls file for Wallace's state house seat

    Seven people stepped forward by Tuesday’s noon deadline to fill the remaining 19 months of Rep. Jeannette Wallace’s House District 43 term. Wallace died from illness in April.

    She served two decades in the  New Mexico state legislature. Wallace has been described as a tireless advocate for the people of Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe counties.

    Those vying to replace her are two sitting county councilors, a former councilor, a former school board member, a forest association official from La Cienega and two local Democrats who vied for Republican Wallace’s seat in the last election.

  • Ice Cream Night

    Kailey Thwaits, 3, enjoys a large scoop of orange sherbet from the safety of her father, Los Alamos Fire Department Driver Engineer James Thwaits’ arms during Tuesday’s annual Haagen Dazs free ice cream cone event at Dan’s Café. Owner Dan Serna said he distributed 2,000 scoops of ice cream at this year’s event, in which firefighters, police, Los Alamo National Bank and others participated.

    Also Tuesday, Melissa Romero of Los Alamos National Bank serves ice cream to event goers at Dan’s Café Tuesday including Fire Chief Doug Tucker and Police Chief Wayne Torpy.


  • District does budget balancing act

    The clock is ticking for Los Alamos Public Schools. The budget is due to the state on May 25 and with help from Los Alamos County, it looks like the district might just be able to trim approximately $600,000 from its budget.

    During Tuesday’s meeting at Pajarito Cliffs Site, the school board reviewed and approved the budget with a 5-0 vote.

  • Waste commitment needed

    About five years ago, I was introduced to the concept of an “energy corridor,” more of an “energy circle” in truth, centering on Hobbs and including Eddy County and Texas communities such as Andrews and Midland.
    Much has happened since. An example is the bold, three-dimensional signs at the Hobbs city limits. Corporate lodging has appeared. North of the Marriott Fairfield is a large apartment development, addressing the desperate housing shortage of 2006.
    “EnergyPlex” has become a Lea County trademark.

  • Living life on a different clock

     It’s obvious that miners focus on the highest concentration of gold or copper they can find. And geologists like me are always on the lookout for unusually high concentrations of metals in veins and rocks.
    We go where the best stuff is, and make a living helping to bring it to where it’s used in everything from the lead and zinc in your car battery to gold crowns for your teeth.  
    I know the geological perspective about resources pretty well. But recently I had the chance to think about how some very different actors approach the question of the raw materials they need.

  • Football: NFL players' helmets rated low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 40 percent of NFL players last season wore a helmet model that got the second-lowest rating for reducing the risk of concussions in a study by Virginia Tech researchers.
    Riddell’s VSR-4 helmet received just one star in a study of football helmets led by Virginia Tech professor of biomedical engineering Stefan Duma and released Tuesday.
    Another Riddell model — the Revolution Speed — was the only helmet that earned five stars, the top rating.
    Five models — two made by Riddell, two by Schutt and one by Xenith — received four stars.

  • Sports Update 05-11-11

    Softball game will be on KRSN

    The Los Alamos-Del Norte Class 4A state tournament softball game will be broadcast on KRSN AM 1490.
    The game is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.
    Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers,” will broadcast the game live from Rio Rancho High School.
    The game will also be streamed on KRSN’s website, krsnam1490.com.

    Sullivan Field sod is for sale

    Los Alamos High School will be selling sod from Sullivan Field May 20-21.
    Sullivan Field is being renovated and artificial surface will be installed to replace the grass field. Renovation is scheduled to start Thursday.