Today's News

  • Judicial/Police-Jail Complex may become state model

    By May 2010, residents of Los Alamos county will be first in New Mexico to utilize a unique judicial facility in which their District, municipal and magistrate courts share the same space.

    “This facility is going to benefit our citizens and I hope it becomes a model of how to do business in New Mexico,” said County Council Chair Jim Hall before major players in the project turned over shovels of dirt to officially kick off the historic project Tuesday morning.

    The long-awaited ceremony took place in the lot adjacent to the police station on Trinity Drive.

  • Defense chief promotes nuclear deterrent

    In a major address at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that America would continue to need a nuclear deterrent.

    “Simply put, we cannot predict the future,” he said. “Even as we strive to live up to our noblest goals, as (Andrew) Carnegie did, we must deal with the messy realities of the world in which we live.”

  • NJROTC earns high marks at competition

    The local Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) earned high rankings in several categories during the New Mexico Military Institute Invitational held Saturday in Roswell.

    Fourteen students from Los Alamos competed in the event against students from 25 other schools.

    The local team earned first place in overall female color guard, second place in female color guard inspection, second place in armed regulation drill and third place in armed inspection.

  • Elks Club rejects offer to vacate 15th and Trinity Drive

    It appears the county will be forced back to the drawing board if Elks Club members refuse to reverse their vote Monday evening rejecting an offer to sell their property in the heart of the proposed Municipal Building site at 15th and Trinity Drive.

    County Administrator Max Baker said earlier this week, “I hadn’t heard about the vote but the offer is made by the developer – not by the county, so we’ll have to meet with the developer to see what steps they’re going to take now.”

  • Students most rewarding for Pinon teacher

    In her fifth year of teaching, Kristen Martines credits her students for making it all worth while.

    Bonding with them throughout the year and seeing how they develop, transform and grow is what most thrills the 29-year-old third grade teacher at Piñon Elementary School.

    “The kids are definitely the best part of my job,” Martines said. “My challenge is not having enough time for all there is to do.”

  • Entrada land sale amended

    By now, just about everyone knows that changes are coming to the airport basin.

    The Entrada project is well underway and at least one business has already claimed their stake in the new business development.

    Main Gate, LLC agreed to purchase county owned property, however, amendments to that agreement have been made and the terms of the sale have changed, as well.

    Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro was in council chambers last Tuesday to present a restated purchase, sale and license agreement with Main Gate LLC.

    The motion was approved 7-0.

  • It'll all be over in a week

    ALBUQUERQUE – America’s new president will be revealed a week from today and both presidential candidates held rallies Saturday in Albuquerque in what is likely to be their final sweep through New Mexico before Tuesday’s election.

    As they have on five previous visits, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addressed the economy, Iraq, health care and education.

    They stressed the importance of claiming victory in New Mexico.

  • Earn and Learn: awarding local educators

    Boyd Moffett, manager of Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock, has seen the benefits of education, as a former student himself and as parent who sends his children to local schools.

    “School has such an important part in our children’s future, our nature’s future, all our futures,” he said.

  • When is too much, too much?

    We do not - on the face of it - have any problem with a statue of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves here in Los Alamos. In fact, it would be a fitting tribute to two of the men who made Los Alamos.

    But we do wonder where the county keeps getting all this money.

    We have money to buy a $25,000 gift for Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary. We have money to put a mountain lion on the round-about. Now we have some $60,000 to buy a statue of Oppenheimer. Groves would - we guess - will be about the same.

  • Football: LA comes back from late deficit

    A lot of people were relieved when the red digital clock at Sullivan Field finally hit all zeroes, but none more than Bob Scott.

    “We’re just happy to win and get this game over with,” said Scott, the head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team after his squad’s 24-22 nail-biting win over the Bernalillo Spartans. “Maybe now we can settle down and get back to business.”