Local News

  • Domenici decision and lab cuts top 2007 news

    Associated Press editors and news directors in New Mexico selected two stories with strong ties to Los Alamos among the state’s top 10 stories of the year.The number one story recognized the sudden sense of disorientation in the state that arose when Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

  • A year of budget uncertainty buys another round

    It was a roller-coaster year for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s financial outlook.Coming off a season of belt-tightening under new management, the laboratory looked forward to a flat budget, at worst, for 2008.Then the situation started looking bleaker from the lab’s perspective, followed by a tantalizing ray of hope that slowly clouded over again.

  • Utilities Dept. wraps up '07

    Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities has wrapped up the year with a long list of accomplishments and an equally long list of goals for the months to come.In an interview Wednesday, public information officer Julie Williams-Hill detailed the department’s accomplishments, most notably those that result in improved service or cost savings to residents.With the exception of the new  $11.5 million wastewater treatment plant, pr

  • Ducks staying put


  • Charlotte E. Pfaff

    Charlotte E. Pfaff, 89, died December 23, 2007. Born at the family farm near Amsterdam, Idaho, she moved to New Mexico in 1942 residing in Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Pajarito Village and Corrales. Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Charles A. and Celeste R. (Sligar) Human, husband Daniel Pfaff, daughter Barbara E. Pfaff, and granddaughter Ashlee G. Pfaff. She is survived by her sons Norman Pfaff (Janice), and Richard Pfaff (Jan), five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Susan Kist Gross

    Susan Kist Gross, age 84, passed away on December 22, 2007. She was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, on May 3, 1923. She was a resident of Los Alamos since 1978. Prior to that she lived in Lakewood, CO, Albuquerque, NM, and Arlington, VA. She was an honor graduate of Fulton High School, Fulton, MO, and was active in the Pep Squad, Drum and Bugle Corps, and the school newspaper. She attended Missouri Baptist School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO. She is survived by her husband, Fred A. Gross, Jr., of 64 years; daughters: Joyce D. Freiwald of Albuquerque, NM, Cheryl A.

  • Richard James Gotti

    Richard James Gotti, a resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, December 24, 2007, of natural causes. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Irene M. Gotti; children, Dr. Phyllis Floyd Nelson and husband, Eric; Patrina D.. Smith and husband, Randall, and their daughter, Allison; Paul R. Gotti and wife, Stacy, and their daughter, Carlee. Mr. Gotti volunteered for World War II and served in Europe as a Combat Medic with the 11th Armored Division, he was honored with the Silver Star medal. Mr. Gotti resided in Los Alamos for 46 years before moving to Albuquerque in 1997.

  • Fire department reviews year of accomplishments

    The Los Alamos Fire Department operates six fire stations with 141 budgeted positions including 123 uniformed and 11 civilian personnel. They were kept busy this year as evidenced by Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Michael Thompson's briefing of the year's totals for fire and emergency calls."Our average number of calls this year was 161 per month," Thompson said. "We usually see more calls during the summer months due to the increase in outdoor activities.

  • Police wrap up results oriented year

    A lengthy list of initiatives implemented at the Los Alamos Police Department since Police Chief Wayne Torpy took the helm in early 2005 have continued throughout 2007.

  • Lab strives to regain security credibility

    No one has found that security problems at Los Alamos compromised national security in 2007, but dealing with past and persistent security vulnerabilities at the lab was one of the major stories of the year.