Today's News

  • Los Alamos County Ice Rink to open Nov. 15

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink’s is set to open its winter season with a free skating lessons event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

    Free mini-skating lessons will be free for children 10 and under from 1:30–2 p.m. and children  11 to adult can try free lessons from 2:15–2:45 p.m.

    Registration for skate lessons is now open online or available at the Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Prior to opening day, contact the PROS Division at 662-8170, visit the website at losalamosnm.us (click on Recreation) or email lacrec@lacnm.us for more information.

  • Radioactive waste repackaged at US lab in New Mexico

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department says workers have finished treating dozens of containers of radioactive waste that were inappropriately packed at one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratories.

    It was a similar container from Los Alamos National Laboratory that ruptured in 2014, forcing a nearly three-year closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.

    The chemical reaction that caused the breach was spurred by organic cat litter that was meant to absorb moisture.

    The treatment process involved adding water and an inert material to 60 containers in question to stabilize them so they can ultimately be disposed of. The work started in May and was completed this week.

    Officials say the containers will be stored at Los Alamos until they can be shipped to the repository in southern New Mexico.

  • Candidate says New Mexico needs more millennials

    SANTA FE (AP) — A prominent Democratic candidate for New Mexico governor is outlining her economic agenda for the state.

    U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced a plan designed to foster sustained job creation, attract millennial-generation workers and stop the "brain drain" of talented professionals exiting the state.

    As she runs for governor, Lujan Grisham says she wants assemble industry leaders and entrepreneurs to address the state's economic difficulties, and for state universities to help more.

    The sole GOP candidate for governor, Congressman Steve Pearce, has yet to release a detailed state economic plan.

    Neither Lujan Grisham nor Pearce is seeking re-election to Congress.

    New Mexico has the nation's second-highest unemployment rate after Alaska. The state's oil- and tourism-dependent economy is showing some recent signs of expansion in terms of tax revenues.

  • NASA seeks nickname for tiny, icy world on solar system edge

    By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Heads up, armchair travelers.

    NASA is seeking a nickname for a tiny, icy world on the edge of the solar system that's the next destination for New Horizons, the spacecraft that surveyed Pluto.

    New Horizons whipped past Pluto two years ago. Now it's headed for 2014 MU69 — gobbledygook to even the most die-hard scientists.

    To lighten the mood as New Horizons aims for a 2019 flyby, the research team is holding a naming contest. The deadline is Dec. 1.

    MU69 is 4 billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away and may actually be two objects, either stuck together or orbiting one another. If so, two nicknames would be needed. The nicknames will be temporary. NASA said Monday that a formal name will come after the flyby.

  • Accident on truck route; motorists asked to take Main Hill

    The Los Alamos Police Department and fire department are responding to a two-vehicle crash on the truck route near the LANSCE turn off.

    Travel is down to one lane each direction, according to county spokeswoman Julie Habiger. Commuters are asked to avoid the truck route tonight and be prepared for delays.

  • Small plane crashes near New Mexico airport, 4 aboard killed

    HATCH (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in the southern New Mexico community of Hatch and that all four people who were aboard died.

    Authorities said Monday that the cause of Sunday's crash of the single-engine plane about 300 yards (275 meters) from the airport in Hatch was not known and that the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

    New Mexico State police said the victims were from Texas.

    They were identified as 57-year-old Anthony Deramus, 33-year-old Christopher Howell, 41-year-old Kanequa Chancellor and 25-year-old Malcolm Watkins.

    Watkins lived in Waxahachie, Texas and the others were from El Paso.

  • Police Beat 11-5-17

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    Oct. 26
    5:03 a.m. – Police responded to a report of a death.

    11 a.m. – Police were called to Los Alamos High School on a report of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    5:56 p.m. – A report of a domestic violence in Los Alamos was referred to the District Attorney’s office. No charges were filed.

    Oct. 27
    1:50 p.m. – A report of possession of paraphernalia at the Los Alamos High School was referred to Teen Court.

    11:21 p.m. – An individual in Los Alamos was arrested on a municipal warrant from Sandoval county.

    Oct. 28
    2:58 p.m. – Someone reported finding a set of keys.

    Oct. 29
    11:46 p.m. – Police responded to a report of a battery in progress and referred it to the District Attorney’s office.

    Oct. 30
    1:45 p.m. – Police arrested an individual on a warrant after stopping them for speeding.

  • Bandelier reminds hikers to watch for burned trees

    Bandelier National Monument park officials are warning hikers to be alert for falling trees burned by past fires.
    The trees pose dangers to hikers and others enjoying the trails.

    In October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument’s backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water, officials said.  She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank.

    A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp crack overhead.

    The hiker looked up and sprang to the other side of the creek, just as a burned Ponderosa pine fell where she was sitting, crushing her backpack but narrowly missing her.  She came back shaken and scratched, but her swift realization of the situation and fast reaction kept her from serious injuries.

    That part of Bandelier, like many other areas in the Jemez Mountains, was heavily burned in the Las Conchas Fire in 2011.

    There are other burned areas throughout northern New Mexico, including those from the La Mesa Fire in 1977, Cerro Grande in 2000, Pacheco in 2011, Thompson Ridge in 2013, and many others.

    The burned areas pose dangers from falling trees, and the danger increases with the number of years since the trees were killed.

  • Entrada Business Park rezoned

    Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously Oct. 24 to rezone Entrada Business Park for mixed-use development, allowing for future houses if developers are interested in building there.

    The park was zoned for heavy industrial.  

    The decision drew debate. The decision was made in part to revitalize the park, and allow developers to build houses.
    Some councilors predicted trouble for the park if a developer decided to build houses, because the park is directly in the flight path of the Los Alamos County Airport.

    “My fear is houses next to the airport,” Councilor Maggiore said. “I find this to be one of those issues where a developer says this is not a problem, until they’re built, and then no one wants to live there.”

    Resident and council candidate Brady Burke told the council the zoning change could open the county up to lawsuits if houses are built.

  • NM 502 underpass to start in 2018

    The design phase for an underpass that will link Canyon Rim Trail to Entrada Drive and Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail is scheduled to start in early 2018, according to Los Alamos County Public Works officials.

    When completed, the underpass, which will go under NM 502, will accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists using the trail system.

    Entrada Drive is inside Entrada Business Park, which is home to the New Mexico Consortium, the Los Alamos Co-op, The Holiday Inn Express and other businesses.

    The project became a reality in April, when the Public Works Department secured a $2 million grant from the New Mexico Department of Transportation from the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program.

    The county kicked in another $340,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Desirae Lujan, an engineering project manager for Los Alamos County who helped write the grant, said it was the largest award from the TAP program in New Mexico for 2017.

    “Our award is so large, it’s crossing over into fiscal year 2020,” Lujan said at during a presentation before the Los Alamos County Transportation Board Thursday night.

    Lujan added that construction could begin on the project as early as spring 2019.