Today's News

  • Snakes worthy of our nightmares

    Earlier this month local authorities in California warned residents that a 23-foot long python was on the loose. The 130-pound female snake, which belongs to Brandon Dennis, is large enough to eat small children.

    The enormous python was later found basking in the sun in a backyard “several blocks” from Brandon’s home.  There were no immediate reports of missing children or pets, so it’s likely the snake’s day on-the-town resulted in nothing more than heart palpitations for the neighbors.

  • UNM-LA Advisory Board to meet March 9

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m., March 9 in the Lecture Hall, Building 2.

    Three members will be sworn in by Judge Alan S. Kirk; they include: Micheline Devaurs, newly elected member, and reelected members Ron Dolin and Nelson Hoffman.

  • Burning

    The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest will continue maintenance burning in Bayo Canyon this weekend.

    “We hope to finish burning the 150 piles that remain on the snow-covered, north-facing slope of the canyon,” said Craig Martin, the Los Alamos County open space specialist.

    Burning is set to begin on Friday around 9 a.m., depending on the ventilation conditions. Burning will continue as conditions permit through Saturday.

  • A sweet deal

    Duane Smith Auditorium is killing two birds with one stone. At 7 p.m. Friday, a pie auction will be held to kick off a fundraising drive for new seats in the auditorium. While the pies are being sold, a number of community organizations including New Mexico Dance Theatre, Dance Arts Los Alamos, Los Alamos High School Jazz Band, LAHS Olions Thespian Club, the Family YMCA, UNM-LA dance classes, Los Alamos Light Opera and many others will take the stage for a variety show, which will showcase 60 years of performance arts in Los Alamos.


    Sometimes things would be easier if life imitated the movies.

    When I moved out of my studio apartment last week, I wistfully thought of Carrie Bradshaw’s move in “Sex and the City.” She had moving down right. Plug in the music, pop the champagne and magically everything gets neatly packed and re-moved.

    Reality, as we all know, is far messier. There aren’t enough boxes, packing material or patience to get the job quickly completed.

    Plus, you have to wipe away the evidence that you ever set foot in the old residence.

  • Theater company to perform Los Alamos playwright’s work

    Theater buffs in Los Alamos and throughout New Mexico have been privileged with multiple opportunities to see Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin’s work. Now, the privilege is crossing state lines.

    The Arizona Jewish Theater Company commissioned Benjamin to write a play and starting March 14 through March 29, Benjamin’s play, “Parted Waters,” will be performed at the Performing Arts Center at the Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Ariz.

    Benjamin explained the production director really liked his work.

  • A new nonprofit

    It’s the same school, but there’s something different about Sage Montessori School.

    On Jan. 5, the Montessori school, located at Meadow Lane and Rover Boulevard, earned nonprofit status.

    Cheri Host, executive director of the school, explained she and Theresa Cull, safety engineer, had wanted to make Sage Montessori a nonprofit shortly after they purchased the school two-and-a-half years ago.

    Work to become a nonprofit started in July, Host said. They collaborated with an accountant and a lawyer.

  • Leadership Los Alamos looks at economic snapshot

    The impact on the local economy from the nation’s financial crisis was highlighted during the February session of Leadership Los Alamos.


    Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation presented the economic snapshot and discussed key issues during a segment of the day-long program held at the Los Alamos Research Park Friday.


  • Not just another 9 to 5 job

    Some people go to offices and work in cubicles. They punch the clock at 9 a.m. and then punch out at 5 p.m. Their efforts reward them with plaques or certificates of appreciation.


    New Mexico National Guardsman Master Sgt. Jason Riley has done things a little differently.


    Riley, a 1988 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has spent his entire career in the military. He served the first four years in the U.S. Army and for the last 15 years, he has been active in the New Mexico National Guard.


  • Residents get a glimpse of bypass route

    A group of about 42 gathered in the parking lot of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Research Park on Sunday, eagerly awaiting the beginning of their walking tour of the proposed West Jemez Bypass route.


    There was a mix of attendees that turned out for the tour, coordinated by county staff, which included residents in favor of, and opposed to the bypass, county councilors, Los Alamos county residents and members from the Chamber of Commerce.