Today's News

  • DOE sponsors college program

    UNM-Los Alamos has joined forces with six Northern New Mexico colleges to offer Accelerate New Mexico. This program, sponsored by the Department of Energy, provides curriculum and coaching designed to quickly prepare people of various ages and all educational backgrounds for employment in technical fields.
    Students will have the opportunity to apply for tuition assistance, course credit, and a stipend. A coach will guide students, help place students in internships and assist them with future employment. Nontraditional students or working people interested in either pursuing a certificate program or returning to college for career training are a good fit for the Accelerate program.

  • Crews protect resort town from Ariz. fire

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews working feverishly overnight managed to protect most of a mountain resort town threatened by a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona, but some homes were lost, officials said Thursday.
    Fire information officer Suzanne Flory said overnight operations went well, particularly in the community of Greer, where the blaze had made a significant run Wednesday.
    “Firefighters had a good stand and were able to protect the main part of town, but structures were lost,” Flory said.
    At least a half-dozen homes or cabins burned as the fire moved through the east side of Greer, said Jim Whittington, another fire spokesman.

  • May fire calls

    Los Alamos firefighters doused a roof fire at a home on Karen Circle in White Rock that ignited while workers were conducting repairs to the structure recently using hot materials. LAFD responded to four fires, 124 emergency medical calls, four vehicle accidents and 33 miscellaneous calls for service during the month of May.

  • ChamberFest kicks off Friday

    A new record is being set as ChamberFest kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a picnic at “the park” at Central Park Square on Main Street. Friday’s picnic is for Chamber of Commerce members only and includes a barbecue dinner with all the fixings and provides an opportunity for members to socialize and network with each other.

  • State Briefs 06-09-11

    2 dogs die in Albuquerque animal control truck

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque is investigating the deaths of two dogs that had been picked up by an animal control officer.
    The mayor’s spokesman says the dogs were picked up Monday afternoon at the request of Albuquerque police. They were in the back of a dog “pickup unit” while the officer went on another call. When the officer came back, the Albuquerque Journal reports, he found the dogs lethargic and unresponsive. He took them to the city’s chief vet, but they died.
    Mayoral spokesman Chris Ramirez says the city is investigating whether the air conditioning unit for the back of the truck was on, and whether it malfunctioned.

  • Update 06-09-11

    Corvette Club
    The Atomic City Corvette Club will present its fifth annual “Corvettes in the Jemez Club” Saturday on Main Street as part of Chamberfest.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the community is invited to come downtown to enjoy music, dance blow-up playgrounds, a giant sand pile for kids, car show and other family friendly entertainment.


  • County administrator search

  • Hall to be sworn in Friday

     Councilor Jim Hall announced late Wednesday that he will be sworn into office as House District 43 Representative Friday during a special ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Hall will fill the unexpired term of Jeannette Wallace, who passed away last month. A reception in his honor will follow.
    Hall will remain on the council until the end of the June 14 Work Session in White Rock (7 p.m. in White Rock Fire Station #3). As discussed during Tuesday night’s Council meeting, State law would permit Hall to serve in both positions; however, he has elected to step down from his council position following Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Council tackles infrastructure issues

    County council approved measures that would improve the county’s electrical delivery system and flood plain management and create additional school funding during its Tuesday meeting.

    Public Works Department Director Kyle Zimmerman presented proposed amendments to the code pertaining to flood damage prevention.

    “Our current flood hazard maps, showing the flood hazard boundaries for the county, were revised Sept. 1, 1987,” Zimmerman said. “In September of 2005, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) started what they called the map modernization, a nationwide program to go through and correct mapping errors.”

  • Beware of traveling teeth-whiteners

    A woman walked into the Los Alamos County Community Development Department recently to find out if she was required to be licensed to open a traveling teeth whitening business.

    Her intent was to go door-to-door to homes in Los Alamos and White Rock to administer chemicals into people’s mouths to whiten their teeth.

    “I contacted the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department and found out that the woman not only needed to be licensed, but she also needed to be a dentist,” said Steve Bruegger, the acting director of the CDD.

    Dr. Rick Posada of  Posada Dental Works at 152 Central Park Square has been practicing dentistry for 15 years and his services include teeth whitening.