Today's News

  • 'Manhattan' sixth episode discussed by public

    As WGN’s Manhattan continues, there was another great audience on Sunday for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the sixth episode. The Los Alamos Historical Society would like to send out a special thanks to this audience who contributed a lot of the information in this press release, thank you! The society has collected some of the questions and discussion points heard on Sunday. The bulletin board in the museum is updated, and these points as well as those from previous episodes are available on our website, losalamoshistory.org and on our Facebook page.
    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8-9:30 p.m. for a viewing and discussion of Manhattan.
    What was the X-10 reactor?
    The X-10 reactor was an original part of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It went critical on November 4, 1943. The reactor acted as a pilot reactor, creating the first significant amount of plutonium for the project. Officials were able to see that creating the plutonium worked and built the site in Hanford, Washington to produce the Plutonium needed for the Atomic bombs.
    Did Los Alamos scientists go to Oak Ridge?

  • Update 09-12-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    The Zone

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.


    Los Alamos Middle School is interested in your donations of bagged soil or compost for multiple garden projects at the school. Donations can be left at the main office and large donations can request a pick up by calling 663-3252.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Monday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Rotary District Governor Lonnie Leslie.


    AAUW Fall Luncheon. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road, lower entrance. $15 per person, catered by Ruby K’s.  

  • O'Keefe museum to put up three works for auction

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has decided to sell three works by the American modernist painter to benefit its acquisitions fund.
    Among those to go on the auction block is one of O’Keeffe’s most well-known flower paintings — Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1. The painting is expected to fetch somewhere between $10 million and $15 million when Sotheby’s offers it as the centerpiece of its American art sale in New York in November.
    The other two works are “On the Old Santa Fe Road and “Untitled (Skunk Cabbage).” They are expected to bring in $3.7 million combined.

  • Police chief to speak at MOWW

    The Military Order of the World Wars will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday in the Los Alamos Research Park.
    This month’s speaker will be Chief Dino Sgambellone of the Los Alamos Police Department. He has been an officer for more than 23 years, but has been in Los Alamos less than a year. He will talk about a vision for the police department and issues impacting the community.
    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.) Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m.followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. RSVP is due Sunday.

  • LAFD does its part to honor 9/11 victims

    Thursday morning, with a piece of the World Trade Center in hand, a group of firefighters, mostly from the department’s newly-formed honor guard and one police officer quietly assembled in the Pajarito Ski Area parking lot.
    They were there to try out an idea they hope they will be able to open up to the public next year, a hike to the top of Pajarito Mountain as a way to honor those that were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
    As the memory of the terrorist attacks fade in the public consciousness, fire departments across the country including Los Alamos have found ways to honor their comrades who lost their lives during the attacks through smaller, yet more meaningful ceremonies such as “stair climbs,” name readings and moments of silence.
    A stair climb event is where firefighters suit up in full gear and walk a flight of stairs that corresponds roughly to the elevation of the Twin Towers, which is around 1,100 feet.
    According to LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider, this hike will be the Los Alamos version of the stair climb ceremony. From the parking lot to the peak is roughly the same distance. Grider said the idea came from the fire department’s honor guard, which was formed just this year.

  • An artful celebration

    As one of the Los Alamos Science Week activities, residents and visitors were invited to tour the municipal building’s collection of public art on Wednesday. Residents could also vote on their favorite submission for a piece of art to adorn the adjoining plaza. The Art in Public Places Board’s (APPB) call for submissions drew a range of creative proposals. Several incorporated technology, others were interactive. At left is the Portal to the Future and right is the Secret Life of a Cube. Go to LAMonitor.com to see other submissions and descriptions. Feedback on the proposals may be sent to appa@lacnm.us.

  • LA residents involved in Rodella traffic stop

    Federal prosecutors say a New Mexico sheriff indicted for roughing up a motorist made a fourth questionable traffic stop.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in court papers late Wednesday that Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella harassed a Los Alamos woman and her husband in August 2013.
    Prosecutors say Rodella in plain clothes and in an unmarked truck pulled over Lisa Gonzales and her husband on a mountainous road for speeding. Court papers say Rodella pulled alongside and yelled obscenities when the couple waited to find space to stop.
    Robert Gorence, Rodella’s attorney, says he will respond to the new filing in court. Authorities say it was the fourth questionable stop Rodella has made. Prosecutors filed Wednesday a new indictment against Rodella for deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm in connection with an encounter with another motorist. 

  • Holmes wins District 3 seat

    After some agonizing decision making, the Los Alamos School Board picked Nancyann Holmes as the board member that will fill the District 3 vacancy left by David Foster, who recently moved out of the district.
    Holmes was just one of four candidates that the board interviewed for the job, which took place during a special public meeting. The other candidates were: Shelby Redondo, Caroline M. Boyle and Keeley Miller Power.
    But in the end, after a soul searching, grueling two hours of questions from the board, the LASB picked Holmes.
    The board members that initially voted for Holmes felt that she was the right candidate not only for the interim period between now and when the District 3 seat comes up for election in February, but beyond. One the questions posed to Holmes had to do with the board’s perennial problem of how to fund transportation, which is currently running a deficit of about $200,000.
    “I have a real interest in the transportation budget, and the things that you said sounded like you what our transportation director would say in that situation,” said Board Secretary Matt Williams in his public comments of why he chose Holmes.

  • Church Listings 09-12-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • Bible Answers: The various interpretations of heaven

    “What is heaven like?’ — Beth