Today's News

  • Branding efforts enter next phase

    At the July 12 Los Alamos County Council meeting, staff provided an update on the county’s branding initiative and suggested a change in direction.
    Council approved the “Brand Identity” (the logo called “Balance” and the strapline, “Where Discoveries Are Made”) in December 2015. Staff has since been working with Atlas Advertising, LLC to finalize the logo design and develop design guidelines and a marketing plan.
    Once the logo was finalized, the first priority was integrating the brand identity with such items as county uniforms, stationary, business cards and fleet vehicles. Staff worked with Atlas to write an Identity Style Guide, which illustrates how the logo and strapline can be used in different media. They also established an internal branding review committee to answer questions as they arose.
    “Right now, it’s all about trying to help our employees first understand what is branding? Why is it important? Why are we being kind of nitpicky about quality, consistency and messaging? And then the more technical part if it, which is its application within the county,” said Public Information Officer Julie Habiger.

  • Woods talks about run for clerk’s office

    Amy Woods, who is running on the Democratic ticket for the county clerk’s office, stresses her education, management experience and community service.
    “I have roots in the community. I grew up here. I know the town. I know how it evolved, or sort of how it evolved,” Woods said. “And I know how important it is to support the community and recognize and acknowledge Los Alamos is a really special place, and to deal with stuff that comes up in recognition of that specialness.”
    Woods grew up in Los Alamos but spent years traveling the county, pursuing her bachelor’s degree and an M.B.A. and working in management for companies like IBM and Data General. She returned three years ago to care for her mother, Carlotta McInteer, when her health was failing.
    McInteer, who has since passed away, was Woods’ inspiration for becoming involved in the community and running for office. McInteer had an unsuccessful run for county office and served with several local organizations.
    “It just felt right to continue that tradition,” Woods said. “One of the things I missed while I was out on the road was a sense of community and a sense of participation and building a relationship with the community and building help for the community.”

  • Anti nuke group wants lab cleanup agreement tossed

    Nuclear Watch New Mexico has asked a federal judge to throw out a new hazardous waste clean-up agreement signed by the New Mexico Environment Department, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The citizen-action group filed a lawsuit in federal court in May, calling for the DOE and LANL to be held responsible for not meeting deadlines set by NMED in a consent order worked out between the parties in 2005.
    The 2016 order is a revamp of the earlier consent order that was made between the DOE, NMED and the University of California (predecessors of Los Alamos Security LLC, the managers of the lab). The 2005 order established deadlines and methods LANL must adhere to in cleaning up multiple sites on the property, including areas that were in use during the Manhattan Project.
    The lawsuit cites 12 alleged violations where deadlines and timetables were not met. The lawsuit claims NMED set and reset deadlines at least three or four times under the 2005 agreement.
    The lawsuit’s amendment, which was filed July 19 and includes the lab’s new managing contractor, Los Alamos Security LLC, claims NMED failed to adequately consider public comments concerning the 2016 update.

  • Game times set for little league softball regional

    The four-day schedule for the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional is set and the top southwestern junior softball teams know who they will face Saturday through Monday at the North Mesa Sports Complex.
    Los Alamos County Little League earned a spot in the regional as the host and will have four games to try to earn a spot in the knockout stage. There are five teams competing in the regional but only four will advance to the knockout stage.
    Los Alamos will open the regional at 10 a.m. Saturday against West Texas (Oil Belt Little League). Los Alamos will play again at noon and will face Louisiana (Vidalia Girls Softball).
    On Sunday, Los Alamos will start the day with a 10 a.m. match-up against East Texas (La Grange Little League). The pool play portion of the regional will end Monday at 10 a.m. with Los Alamos taking on Deming Little League, who is the New Mexico representative.
    In other Saturday games, Louisiana will play East Texas and Deming will face West Texas. On Sunday, Deming will square-up against Louisiana and East Texas, while Louisiana and West Texas will end the action for the day. The two Texas representatives will face-off on Monday.

  • County: Los Alamos 911 line out

    Los Alamos Police Department’s dispatch center is reporting that the 911 phone lines are out.

    The dispatch center has forwarded 911 calls to Santa Fe’s police dispatch center as an interim solution. Santa Fe dispatch is then working the calls made to 911 back to LAPD dispatch using cell phones to relay information.

    Phone technicians are on their way to the dispatch center to try and resolve the issue and Century Link is also investigating the phone line, according to county spokeswoman Julie Habiger.

    Radio transmissions are not impacted and dispatchers are able to receive and transmit information with public safety services through the radio system. There is no estimate yet on when 911 line service may be restored, Habiger said.

  • New Mexico senator sounds alarm on evaporating revenues

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan alarm was sounded Thursday by state officials who say evaporating revenues could leave New Mexico scrambling to meet its spending commitments for everything from schools and public safety to health care over the next budget year.

    A key state senator called on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to order lawmakers back to Santa Fe this summer to fill an expected hole of close to $200 million in the budget for the fiscal year that ended in June.

    The other concern is future spending, as revenues are not expected to keep up with spending plotted out under the current budget.

    Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat who heads the Senate Finance Committee, warned that anywhere from $300 million to a half-billion dollars in revenue could fail to materialize and that state leaders need to address the problem soon rather than wait for the next legislative session in January.

    "The volatility we're looking at that created this is the roller coaster of oil and gas," Smith said, pointing to the ripple effect caused in the state's economy by tanking prices, resulting job losses and the effect the downturn has had on gross receipts and corporate taxes.

  • Today in history July 21
  • 113-year-old New Jersey woman holds title of oldest American

    PITTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A 113-year-old New Jersey woman is the new holder of the title of oldest American.

    Adele Dunlap became the country's oldest person earlier this month following the death of Goldie Michelson, of Worcester, Massachusetts, The Record newspaper reported.

    She also is the 10th oldest person in the world, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which tracks supercentenarians, people 110 or older.

    Dunlap lives at the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, where she first arrived at age 99 ½. Asked how it feels to be the oldest American, she told the newspaper: "I don't feel any different." Asked what it means to be an American, she said: "Well, I've never been anything else."

    Dunlap taught school before marrying and settling down to raise the couple's three children. Her husband worked for an insurance company and died in 1963.

    She doesn't give an explanation for her longevity, and her 86-year-old son, Earl, is also at a loss to credit any particular thing for his mother's long life.

  • Today in history July 20
  • Historical Society seeks nominations for 2016 LA history award

    Nominations are now open for the 2016 Los Alamos History Award, an annual prize recognizing significant contributions to preserving the world-changing history of the Los Alamos community.
    Nominations are due by Aug. 19, and the award winner will be announced at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Annual Gala and Experience Auction on Sept. 10.
    Factors that weigh heavily in consideration for the award include depth and breadth of achievement over time, volunteer commitment, and a lasting impact. Both individuals and organizations are eligible.
    Posthumous awards are not made, and self-nominations are not allowed. Staff and board members are not eligible during the period of their active service. Awardees are selected through a rigorous, blind voting process by the Historical Society’s board of directors.
    Nomination forms are available online at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s website, losalamoshistory.org, or in the Los Alamos History Museum’s temporary space at 475 20th St., Suite C. They are due by at 5 p.m. Aug. 19, and can turned in at the temporary museum space or at the Historical Society’s administrative offices, upstairs in the north wing of Fuller Lodge.