Local News

  • DPU crews trenching Deacon Street

    The Los Alamos Deptaremtn of Public Utilities’ electric linemen will begin trenching on Deacon Street Thursday to install new electric lines to upgrade circuit 14. This circuit services the eastern portion of the Los Alamos townsite.
    Crews will trench 120-feet at the intersection of Deacon and 17th Street, to install the new lines. Work will continue for several days. No interruption of power is required at this time. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be attentive to the work zone, as work proceeds.  

  • Plans set for pilgrimage

    Law enforcement, emergency services and safety regulators from several local pueblos, the City of Española and Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties are working collectively to assure every safety measure is taken and precaution is in place for walkers and event coordinators alike for the annual pilgrimage to the El Santuario de Chimayó, typically running the Thursday before Good Friday to Easter Sunday.
    Thousands of people usually visit the Santuario every Easter holiday and this year, there will be about 13 entities present to guarantee the safety of the public.
    Walkers and vendors are given the following reminders and tips:
    • Walk against traffic
    • Dress appropriate for weather and wear comfortable walking shoes
    • If walking at night, wear reflective clothing and use flashlights and glow sticks
    • Keep an eye out for water stations and first aid booths
    • Stay hydrated
    • In case of an emergency, dial 911
    • Keep animals on a leash
    • Assure small children are kept close to adults
    • Diabetes patients are encouraged to carry water and snacks at all times
    • No vending, except on private properties
    For more information concerning safety measures for the Santuario Pilgrimage, call 505-747-1941. 

  • Update 03-14-13

    No power

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center announced it will be open Saturday without power. This weekend, Fuller Lodge, the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as county crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer.

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    AARP coffee

    The AARP local chapter  will host coffee at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the classroom at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A welcome to new retirees  and ideas for future programs will be part of this informal  gathering. For more information, call 662-8920.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. March 19: Mike Lansing, associate director for Safeguards and Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss new security initiatives at LANL.

    'Van Choc Straw'

    LALT presents “Van Choc Straw” at 7:30 p.m. Friday Tickets, $12 general admission and $10 for students, are available in advance at CB Fox or at the door. 

  • Huffman named First Born Program director

    Regina Huffman, former director of the Family Infant Toddler Program in Gallup, has been named executive director for the Northwest New Mexico First Born Program at a press conference Tuesday at the State Capitol.
    Huffman has a master’s degree in counseling from Western New Mexico University and a bachelor of university studies degree in early education and psychology from the University of New Mexico.
    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $1.8 million grant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to provide parenting training in San Juan and McKinley Counties. St. Joseph Community Health is providing $150,000 and the Navajo Nation Growing in Beauty Program is giving $50,000.
    Families having their first child will receive three years of home visits, medical advice and training to build parenting skills and child brain development through the Northwest New Mexico First Born Program. At least 200 families per year are expected to benefit from the guidance of home visitors, with the first beginning this spring.

  • Lawmakers OK rule to shield email

    New Mexico lawmakers have approved a policy that could shield legislators’ email from disclosure through public records requests.
    The new legislative rule will govern how the Legislature handles requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act, which grants access to records about public business with certain exceptions, such as trade secrets.
    Legislators contend that much of their communication with constituents and others about legislation should remain confidential. Some lawmakers use email through personal accounts rather than a legislative email system.
    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government opposes the new records policy and disagrees with lawmakers who contend the state constitution provides special protections exempting legislative email from public disclosure.
    The proposal cleared the Senate without debate Wednesday night on a 39-1 vote. It previously passed the House.
    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) voted against the measure in the House.
    Gwyneth Doland from NMFOG made the following points.
    • We strongly oppose the stated intent of HCR 1, which would pull a curtain of secrecy over important decisions that affect all New Mexicans.

  • Council considers meetings on Friday

    A proposal by councilor Kristin Henderson to replace one Tuesday night meeting a month with a meeting from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Friday, sparked lively debate both in Los Alamos County’s online Open Forum and during a council work session Tuesday.

    At the conclusion of the debate, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers asked county staffers to return with a revised proposal to conduct a Friday meeting every other month for a calendar year. Council will vote on the motion March 26.
    Henderson, meanwhile, not only advocated for her idea in council, she weighed in on the Open Forum website.

    “My reason for suggesting the modification is, it allows people who typically cannot attend night time meetings the chance to do so if they want. This includes, especially, families with young kids at home …” Henderson wrote. “Having meetings only at the same day and time by definition eliminates some portion of the community. Allowing more participation of the whole community by having an alternative time is, I think, a good thing.”

    Councilor Fran Berting asked how it would affect councilors David Izraelevitz and Steve Girrens, who both work for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Izraelevitz said his current schedule is such that it would not be an issue, but it could be if he took a management position.

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  • The Heinrich maneuver

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement after meeting with Secretary of Energy nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz:
    “Secretary of Energy nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz and I met today in my office to discuss issues important to New Mexico, and his qualifications and vision to lead the U.S. Department of Energy.
    “New Mexico’s Sandia and Los Alamos labs heavily depend on strong leadership from the Department of Energy to support the lab’s energy research and nuclear stockpile programs. Dr. Moniz’s expertise, knowledge of New Mexico and service as the former Undersecretary of Energy make him a well versed and qualified candidate.
     “I look forward to continuing my discussion with Dr. Moniz during his confirmation hearing and learning more about his qualifications for this important post.” 

  • Update 03-13-13

    Farmer's Market

    Los Alamos Winter Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. For more information, visit lamainstreet.com/farmers-market.htm.

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    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:40 a.m. Thursday at Mesa Library. The community is welcome to attend. The speaker will be Gary Leikness, principal planner of the Community and Economic Development Department. You do not need to purchase lunch to attend.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. March 19: Mike Lansing, associate director for Safeguards and Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss new security initiatives at LANL.

    Poetry gathering

    Poetry Gatherings with Jane Lin will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.