Today's News

  • Storms wreak havoc on library

    Aspen Elementary students shared joy and sorrow as they finished off the first week of school.
    Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom welcomed new students and a new librarian, Lisa LaPrairie-Whitacre, to the Tiger home.
    “Lisa brings a wide view of what a library is and can provide for Aspen students. We are so lucky to have her.” Vandenkieboom said. “She is making the library the heart of our school.”
    LaPrarie-Whitacre spent many hours this summer weeding, rearranging and cataloging new books to prepare to meet her new flock of readers last week. Then came the rain.
    According to Vandenkieboom, water flowed in through the windows, onto the tops of the bookshelves, and down four bookshelves, soaking the carpet.

  • Be There 08-23-11

    The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilting Guild will be at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church. Guest speaker Sharon Schamber of Payson, Ariz., will present a lecture and trunk show. She will also conduct a workshop on Wednesday, titled, “Basic Freeform Feathers” from her series, “Domestic Machine Quilting.” Those interested in the workshop should contact Jo Ann Painter at 672-1583, 490-3438, or Liz Martineau at 670-5069. The evening program is free.

     Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

  • Police Beat 08-23-11

    Items in Police Beat are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Aug. 12

    6:39 a.m. – A 25-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered on Canyon Road.

  • County employees recognized

    During the Annual County Employee Fund picnic, Council Chair Sharon Stover, right, and Vice Chair Ron Selvage (background) surprised Acting County Administrator Randy Autio, left, and Utilities’ Manager John Arrowsmith with special plaques from the council, thanking all county and Dept. of Public Utilities employees for their efforts to protect Los Alamos and LANL during the Las Conchas Fire. Councilors Fran Berting and Geoff Rodgers  were also on hand during the impromptu recognition ceremony to applaud the employees for their hard work and dedication during the fire. Several hundred employees and their families attended the annual picnic held at Urban Park, Saturday afternoon.

  • Largest Colorado quake since 1973

    DENVER — The strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years shook awake hundreds of people, toppled groceries off shelves and caused minor damage to homes in the southern part of the state and in northern New Mexico. No injuries were reported as aftershocks continued Tuesday.
    “Here we go again, there’s another one starting. We got to get out of here,” said Garry Ringo, owner of Ringo’s Super Trading Post in the small town of Segundo, Colo., as bottles on shelves rattled in the background during an interview with The Associated Press.
    Ringo estimated he lost thousands of dollars’ worth of liquor and soda.

  • Update 08-23-11


    The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilting Guild will meet at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Baptist Church. Guest speaker Sharon Schamber of Payson, Ariz., will present a lecture and trunk show.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m.Thursday at Ashley Pond.

    Book talk

    Shelby Tisdale, Director of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, will give a talk on her book Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library Rotunda.

    County council

  • Lab hits new magnetic field mark

    Researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory have set a new world record for the strongest magnetic field produced by a nondestructive magnet.
    The scientists achieved a field of 92.5 tesla on Thursday, August 18, taking back a record that had been held by a team of German scientists and then, the following day, surpassed their achievement with a 97.4-tesla field. For perspective, Earth’s magnetic field is 0.0004 tesla, while a junk-yard magnet is 1 tesla and a medical MRI scan has a magnetic field of 3 tesla.

  • Los Alamos to host Thank You event

    The Los Alamos County Council, Los Alamos National Laboratory and NNSA will hold a special community event at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos Thursday afternoon to say “thank you” to all who helped during the June and July Las Conchas Fire.
    The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker, Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Type 1 Team Commander Corbin Newsome will be honored with special plaques during the program.
    Live music will begin at 4 p.m. and information booths about fire recovery activities and post fire and flood updates from Bandelier and the Valles Caldera will be set up at the park, along with a fire photo poster display hosted by LANL and the county in the lobby of the nearby Justice Center.

  • Santa Clara gov escapes flash flood

    Heavy rains Sunday afternoon triggered a flash flood in Santa Clara Canyon, endangering Governor Walter Dasheno and six others. A Black Hawk helicopter rescued four of those trapped by the flood and all were able to reach safety.
     The National Weather Service estimated that from 1.7 up to 3 inches of rain fell on the Santa Clara Canyon watershed. The heavy rains impacted areas damaged by the Las Conchas fire, sending a cascade of water down the canyon.
     Public information officer Joe Baca said that Dasheno and six flood mitigation workers were in the canyon assessing the situation when the flood hit.

  • Sunday's monsoon hits El Rancho

    This was the scene outside of Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Steve Yanicak’s property in El Rancho Sunday. Yanicak said he sustained no structural damage to his house but suffered some moderate erosional damage at the northern end of his property. I have never seen such a large amount of rainfall in such a short period of time ...and I’ve been living here since 1993. My neighbors that grew up in this area (most in their 60s) have never seen such a scary flood as we all witnessed on Sunday either,” Yanicak said in an email. Yanicak said it could have been a lot worse but he said he had taken precautions in the past 10 years to build and reinforce some erosional structures and walls at the edge of the arroyo.