Today's News

  • Council meets in new chambers

    The Los Alamos County Council met in its new chambers at the municipal building Tuesday.

    The agenda was light. Council approved the FY2014 Compensation and Classification Plan and an agreement with the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 611, with no discussion on either item.

    An ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of the county's utility system revenue bonds, Series 2013, was withdrawn due to changes  in the bond market since the ordinance was first introduced.

  • Date set for Smith's groundbreaking

    It’s official.

    Mark your calendars for July 23.

    That is when there will be a groundbreaking at 1:30 p.m. for the Smith’s/Kroger Trinity Site.

    Los Alamos County and Smith's just finalized their plans this afternoon for the Trinity Site.

    More details will be published when they become available.

  • Obama aims to tackle pollution, climate change


    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.

    In a major speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of climate change, urging them to take action before it's too late.

    "As a president, as a father and as an American, I'm here to say we need to act," Obama said.

    Obama announced he was directing his administration to launch the first-ever federal regulations on heat-trapping gases emitted by new and existing power plants — "to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution."

    Other aspects of the plan will boost renewable energy production on federal lands, increase efficiency standards and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.

    Even before Obama unveiled his plan Tuesday, Republican critics in Congress were lambasting it as a job-killer that would threaten the economic recovery. Obama dismissed those critics, noting the same arguments have been used in the past when the U.S. has taken other steps to protect the environment.

  • Police Beat 06-25-13

    Police Beat items 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. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    June 10

    9:42 a.m. — A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of a $1,400 larceny on North Mesa Road.
    June 11

    11:35 a.m. — William Rutland, 36, of Concord was arrested for larceny (less than $250) on Entrada Drive.
    June 12

    10:45 a.m. — Katherine Allen, 51, of Santa Fe was arrested based on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.

    4:33 p.m. — A 79-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that someone had used her credit card to charge $540.42 without her consent.

    8:50 p.m. — A 63-year-old Santa Fe woman reported she was the victim of harassment on Trinity Drive.
    June 13

    4 p.m. — Sebastian Garcia, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of reckless driving at the intersection of Barranca and Camino Encantado Road.

  • Update 06-25-13

    Panel discussion

    The Los Alamos Study Group will host a panel discussion entitled “The New Disarmament Movement” at 6 p.m. Thursday in Santa Fe. The event will be held at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail.
    Speakers include Ray Acheson, the director of the “Reaching Critical Will” (RCW) project, which is the disarmament program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF); Mia Gandenberger, visiting disarmament fellow of the Los Alamos Study Group and Greg Mello, the executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group.

    Scout museum society

    Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m tonight at the Latter Day Saints Church in Los Alamos.

    JJAB meeting

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Building no. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome to attend.

    County Council

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the Municipal Building. 

  • Arbitrator rules in favor of Los Alamos county

    An arbitrator has determined that Los Alamos County acted within its rights in terminating a firefighter who lost his security clearance at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Edwin Render delivered his opinion recently following a February hearing.

    The Los Alamos Firefighters Association Local 3279 initiated the arbitration under the terms of the association’s collective bargaining agreement with the county after the employee lost his security clearance for failing to comply with a request from LANL staff that he submit a urine sample as part of a random drug screening process. The firefighter was identified as Jacob Olivas.

    The union alleged that the county had changed its drug testing procedures without agreement from the union.

    Render ruled that the changes in the procedures did not constitute a modification of the union contract.

    County Administrator Harry Burgess said he was pleased that the arbitrator’s ruling in the case supported the county’s position.

    “Our fire department has a long history of providing contractual fire emergency services to LANL and our local community. We are proud of the fact that we have a strong, responsive department ready to enter and defend LANL property and lives,” Burgess said.

  • Soldier from Los Alamos critically injured in combat

    U.S. Army First Lt. Micah Jay Andersen, who grew up in Los Alamos and was a 2001 graduate of Los Alamos High School, lost both of his legs above the knee in a June 1 blast in Afghanistan and he is currently in a San Antonio medical center in intensive care.

    The Los Alamos American Legion Post 90 and American Legion Riders Chapter 19 have established a support group to aid the Andersen family and help defray the expenses not covered by the Army or Veterans Administration.

    Donations may be sent to: Los Alamos National Bank, PO Box 60, Los Alamos, N.M., 87544 (Note that it is for the Micah Jay Andersen Medical Fund).

    His wife, Linzi Bommarito Andersen, and their 7-week-old son live in Boise.

    They are now with him at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, a service officer with the American Legion told the Idaho Statesman.

    Andersen was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, according to the newspaper.

    A report on KTVB.com in Boise said, Andersen was caught in the middle of a fire fight and explosion in Afghanistan, and lost both of his legs.

  • Talking CAP

    Mark Peters, a major in the New Mexico Civil Air Patrol, talks to a group of Navy Junior ROTC cadets about CAP and its function. The talk itself part of a NJROTC’s summer STEM CAMP, where for the next three days, they will be familiarizing themselves with all aspects of science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Unanswered Questions

    The Los Alamos Monitor emailed New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Director Jim Lane several questions regarding his actions via Lance Cherry, assistant chief, public information and outreach.
    Lane was asked:
    • Why he had encouraged the commission to violate the Open Meetings Act despite the inconsistencies noted in this article.
    • Whether Lane had been in contact with Sen. Udall’s office prior to the request for a position statement.
    • Why he made misleading statements about the legislation and failed to correct misunderstandings about the legislation before the commission.
    • Whether he had contacted New Mexico hunting organizations to solicit their opinions on the legislation.
    • Whether he had sought information about hunting in national preserves or only in national parks.
    • Whether he had read the study by the Harbinger Consulting Group which recommends NPS management.
    The response, also via Cherry, was, “Director Lane has reviewed your questions and decided he will not be providing comment at this time.”

  • Hunters challenge Game, Fish resolution

    (First of a series)
    At the May 23 meeting of the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Director Jim Lane asked for feedback on his opposition to legislation that would place the Valles Caldera National Preserve under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service when the enacting legislation expires.
    Senate Bill 285 was introduced by senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. Lane told the commission that Sen. Udall’s office had contacted him on Tuesday and asked him to issue a statement about the position of the department, the commission and Gov. Susana Martinez.
    Although Lane had two days to place the item on the agenda and comply with the state’s Open Meeting Act, which requires a minimum of 24-hours notice for agenda items, he chose instead to introduce the item without notice during the meeting.
    When the commission decided to move beyond discussion and vote on a resolution, they were notified that it is illegal to take action on items not on the agenda.