Today's News

  • JJAB grant

    State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Tamara Pachl traveled to Los Alamos Sept. 16 to present a check for $62,300 to the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Los Alamos Middle School teacher, Stephanie Krantz. The Los Alamos Youth Food Project is a hands-on educational opportunity as students learn about developing a sustainable, local food system. The project will benefit the entire school district and will engage the community in building a garden and greenhouse at LAMS. Local State Farm agents Sue Hofmann and Lou Santoro and regional representative Ellen Noemi attended the event joined by others the award.

  • United Way Kickoff

    The United Way of Northern New Mexico held its Los Alamos Campaign Kick-off catered by Blue Window Bistro and hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce in Central Park Square Thursday evening. The next campaign is Hamburger Nite at The Hill Diner from 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, hosted by the United Way Youth Team and The Hill Diner at 1315 Trinity Drive.

  • New Mexico researcher part of monsoon study

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A researcher working at the Jornada Experimental Range in southern New Mexico has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for her part in a large study on summer rainfall patterns.
    The study will look at how changes in the amount and timing of monsoons are likely to affect vegetation and fire frequency in the Southwest.
    New Mexico State University announced Friday that Debra Peters was awarded $400,000 for her work on vegetation modeling.
    Peters, a landscape ecologist at the Jornada range and an NMSU affiliated faculty member, said the project will help provide scenarios of vegetation change resulting from climate change.

  • Update 09-27-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at the council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the council chambers.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

    Public meeting

    A public meeting for the Hazardous Waste Permit Modification Request for the planned Transuranic Waste Facility at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.


  • Program provides ID theft protection

    The Motor Vehicle Division has begun implementing a new program to help victims of identity theft in New Mexico.
    “We will be issuing special driver’s licenses and identification cards to about 250 victims of identity theft so they are not wrongfully detained or arrested for crimes committed by those who assumed their identities,” said State Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla in a news release. “This will also allow victims of identity theft to clear their names in cases where someone has opened a bank account or obtained a credit card with their information.”

  • Shuttle to Bandelier begins

    Atomic City Transit is now offering shuttle rides to Bandelier National Monument. Bandeiler officials said parking there will be limited only to cars with handicapped stickers.

  • Aspen probe widens

    Officials are still working on the autopsy of the infamous aspen tree that caused the largest wildfire in New Mexico history and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Town Site.
    Last month, Bob Parmenter, Dennis Trujillo, and Rebecca Oertel from the Valles Caldera, and Craig Allen, Collin Haffey, and Leanna Lucore from Bandelier, discovered the tree lying across the power line right-of-way on a ridge-top about a quarter mile west of Las Conchas.

  • For Burgess, it's about economic development

    This is the second in a four-part series featuring highlights from the community panel interviews of county administrator candidates. Answers to some of the questions, such as the candidate’s experience and how it relates to the position, have been covered in previous Los Alamos Monitor articles.

    Harry Burgess has been the City Administrator for Carlsbad in southern New Mexico, since 2005. Burgess gave a number of specific examples regarding how that experience relates to Los Alamos’ needs.
    Burgess spoke to the Los Alamos Monitor last week about some of his economic development successes in Carlsbad. He gave more detail during the panel interview.

  • Safety Board eyes criticality issues during LANL inspection

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board was in Los Alamos last month to meet with NNSA and lab officials and tour transuranic waste operations at Area G and review seismic upgrades the Plutonium Facility.

    In a memorandum dated Aug. 19, addressed to technical director T.J. Dwyer, a number of infractions were uncovered.

    At the Plutonium facility, a criticality safety infraction was declared. Nuclear criticality safety is dedicated to the prevention of  accidents resulting from an inadvertent, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

  • Festival dates released

    The Betty Ehart Senior Center has released the dates for their annual festivals. The Festival of Chocolate, a semi formal gala will be Nov. 12 and features desserts from across the region and live music. The gala is the launch of the Festival of Trees held the following weekend, featuring holiday trees decorated by local individuals, clubs and businesses. The funds will be donated to local non profits offering services to senior and youth programs. Those who wish to donate trees can call 672-4089. More information is available at www.beseniorcenter.qwestoffice.net or by calling Pauline at 662-8920.