Today's News

  • Homeowners alert county to unlicensed contractor

    It appears a contractor operating without a license has collectively bilked at least seven Los Alamos homeowners out of some $46,000 in cash.

    “The county got complaints and code enforcement looked into it,” said County Code Enforcement Officer Marshall Smith during an interview Friday.

    “We did the leg work and turned the information over to the New Mexico Construction Industries Division (CID) and the local police.”

    Smith explained that he originally noticed work being done on a residence this summer.

  • New cycle for startups kicks in

    A troubled economy inspires people to have a few more irons in the fire or at least to begin considering some alternatives.

    In Los Alamos, it’s time for entrepreneurs and inventors to step forward and catch one of the next available waves for start-up business development.

    “But what exactly do you want to do?” asked John “Grizz” Deal, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Hyperion Power Generation.

    Hyperion is raising funds for mass-producing its transportable nuclear power generator, but every company is different.

  • Memorial to honor loved ones

    Saying goodbye to a loved one who has died is not an easy thing to do, but the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses offers some assistance.

    From 1-3 p.m. Nov. 2, the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses will host its annual Memorial Service at Fuller Lodge.

    During the service, the names of people who were cared for at the organization are read aloud. As the names are announced, a rose is placed in a vase. This year, 140 names will be read.

    Families are encouraged to bring a memento or a picture to the ceremony.

  • Halloweekend to arrive in Los Alamos

    Think Halloween just lasts a day? Not this year; the ghoulish celebration spreads out the whole weekend. Halloweekend, begins with Trick or Treat on MainStreet from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

    Although this event has been held for more than eight years, Jeremy Varela, events and marketing coordinator for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corp., said a few new elements are being introduced to the program this year.

    “We’re really excited about this,” he said.

    The event will have a whole new atmosphere and everyone is encouraged to come and check it out.


    JOHN FREDERICK WEINBRECHT passed from this life on October 18, 2008 at the age of 91. He was born on May 10, 1917 in Terra Haute Indiana to Amelia and Albert Weinbrecht. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Polytechnic Institute, John served active duty in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1941 to 1952, including 3.5 years in the Pacific conflict during WWII. He ultimately attained the rank of Colonel, serving in the Army Reserve until 1967.


    RAMON “CHICK” PRECIADO, 78, of Santa Fe, passed away October 21, 2008.


    LINDA KAY SZALAY, daughter of J.W. Savage Sr. and Vivian Pugh Savage, passed away at her home in Santa Fe, NM on October 21, 2008. Linda was born on November 22, 1942 in Grand Island, NE.

    Linda grew up primarily in Los Alamos, NM and graduated from Los Alamos High School.

    While attending the University of Wyoming, Linda received a scholarship from the Army Nurse Corps and was commissioned Second Lieutenant. In 1964, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

    She was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority.


    WARREN SAMUEL KENNISON, M.D., son of Herbert and Stella Kennison, died October 20, 2008 in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Sam was born in Denver, Colorado July 3, 1917. Sam met Dorothy Reber in Michigan where they married 56 years ago. He and Dorothy moved from Birmingham, Michigan to Lookout Mountain in Golden Colorado in 1968 where Sam continued his private psychoanalytic practice. He retired from his practice in 1992.

  • FRIED LIGHT: Democracy in the obnoxious stage

    The problem with both democracy and freedom is that they complicate how to make people do what you want them to do.

    Plead, cry, wink, pound a fist, roll your eyes, stomp your feet – those tactics don’t always work, but which of us has not pulled a face or had a fit to get our way?

    Force is one way around the problem, which is what people mostly did before there were other options.

    As the English political philosopher and author of “Leviathan,” Thomas Hobbs put it, “Not believing in force is not believing in gravitation.”

  • Some county job descriptions revamped

    In an effort to meet the operational needs of the county and as a result of the countywide job description review, Human Resources Manager Sharyl Hofer, in conjunction with consulting group Valliant and various county managers and employees, have revised and drafted new job descriptions.