Around the Area

  • Silva-Bañuelos named Valles Caldera superintendent

    National Park Service (NPS) Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica announced on Thursday that Jorge Silva-Bañuelos has been named superintendent of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Silva-Bañuelos has served as executive director of the Valles Caldera trust since May of 2014. Look for more on this story and other news on the preserve’s transition to NPS management in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sherwood Blvd. detour starts today

    Los Alamos County Public Works Department and contractor RMCI Inc. have announced a lane closure and detour on Sherwood Blvd. in effect starting today.
    The northbound lane will be closed at Aztec Ave. The southbound lane will remain open. To accommodate construction operations and equipment, the southbound lane will shift to the far eastside of Sherwood Blvd. then back to the center.
    Access to local businesses will remain open and detour signs will guide northbound motorists back to N.M. 4 via Rover Blvd.
    Motorists may experience delays and should allow extra time while driving through the construction zone. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit, and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
    The detour will remain in place until paving is completed.
    Contact the Public Works Department with any questions or concerns at (505) 662-8150 or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • United Way thanks LANB

    United Way of Northern New Mexico board Chair Stephen Boerigter thanks Los Alamos National Bank for $1 million in donations to date. United Way kicks off this year's campaign from 5:30–7:30 p. m. Sept. 16th at Ashley Pond. LANB is a Cornerstone Sponsor again this year, committing to a  $50,000 donation.

  • Udall visits Valles Caldera

    Sen. Tom Udall traveled to the Valles Caldera National Preserve Friday to discuss efforts to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is due to expire Sept. 30. The preserve was originally purchased with $101 million in LWCF funds. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.

  • Brief Outage Planned for White Rock Wednesday

    LOS ALAMOS, NM -- Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials are advising White Rock customers that weather permitting, a short five minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, In cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Line Operations, the brief outage is required to safely replace a faulty 115,000 volt switch at the substation. 

    Specifically, crews will cut the power to transfer the White Rock electric load from the T2 line to the T1 transmission line at the substation. With the T2 line de-energized, crews will remove and replace the faulty 115,000 volt switch.  Once the switch is in place, the line will be re-energized without interruption.

    Customers who have questions or concerns can call the DPU office at 505-662-8333 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

  • Post Office now on Historic Register

    Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board Chair Mark Rayburn announced Friday that the Los Alamos Post Office has been officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Accident on NM502

    Police are on the scene of an accident on eastbound NM502, just past the White Rock ramp. The front end of the SUV showed considerable damage.

  • P and Z work session on Comp Plan Wednesday

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a work session on updating the Comprehensive Plan at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

  • Bag fee fails

    A motion before the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board to add a 10-cent fee to both single-use plastic bags and paper bags failed by a 3-3 vote on Thursday.
    The board entertained several other motions that also failed at its meeting at the White Rock Fire Station.
    In April, the Los Alamos County Council charged the ESB with holding two public meetings on whether to “ban or otherwise reduce the distribution of single use bags” and to make a recommendation to council.
    Thursday’s was the second of those meetings.
    Before motions were entertained, the board heard presentations from representatives on both sides of the issue, reports from each board member on interviews they conducted with the business community and information regarding recycling plastic bags gathered from the recycling company with which the county contracts.
    Initially, residents and groups, notably the local chapter of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos asked the County Council to introduce a ban on plastic bags at retail outlets, similar to the one currently enforced in Santa Fe and other cities.
    Last month, proponents of banning bags asked to withdraw the motion, instead proposing the per-bag fee.
    Both proposals have been controversial since their introductions.

  • See Fuller Lodge/Historical Museum renovation proposals tonight

    The public is invited to attend the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB) meeting this evening to review and comment on proposed renovations to Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

    One renovation being proposed is to move the elevator in Fuller Lodge to the exterior in order to make it large enough to be ADA compatible.

    Display boards on the phase 2−4 renovations for Fuller Lodge and the museum renovations will be available for review at 5 p.m. The meeting will commence at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to hear the presentation and provide comment.