Today's News

  • N.M. 502, Trinity lead county news

    First of a series
    N.M. 502 takes another turn

    More than a year ago, council decided to table plans to redesign the entire length of Trinity Drive and focus on a small portion of N.M. 502 already approved for federal funding in FY2014.

    A Technical Advisory Committee comprised of staff and citizen stakeholders was charged with evaluating various plans and presenting a recommendation to the transportation board.

    In February, the transportation board and council both approved a plan to redesign a section between DP Road and Airport road.

    The plan changed again in December when it failed to meet NMDOT and FHWA approval, risking $3.8 million in State Transportation Improvement Program funds earmarked for the project.

    The February proposal called for two lanes with left turn medians through the Eastern Area.  NMDOT and FHWA advised the county it must widen the highway to four lanes between Central Avenue and an area just east of Canyon Road to meet level of service for side streets in the area.

  • Church fire tops the list

    Here is a look at some of the top police, fire and rescue stories of 2012.

    It took close to three hours but the Los Alamos Fire Department extinguished a major fire at New Beginnings Fellowship Assembly of God Church at 112 East Road on July 4.

    Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider confirmed the fire was out around 1 p.m. It looked as if the fire was out earlier but LAFD was contending with hotspots in the rafters of the chapel.

    Grider said the chapel was a total loss and the main church received smoke damage.

    After a lengthy investigation, it was later determined that the fire’s cause was electrical.

    Paint truck skids off N.M. 4

    The forest was awash in white and yellow paint.

    A white 1998 International flatbed truck, carrying 1,000 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint, was heading eastbound on N.M. 4 near mile marker 49, when it exited the roadway and fell approximately 200 feet before coming to rest in the forest Sept. 18.

    The vehicle driven by Francisco Maes, 51, of Willard, unleashed its colorful cargo on the way down the embankment. Maes suffered injuries that were reported to be serious and was flown by helicopter to Christus St. Vincent in Santa Fe. 

    He later said his brakes went out.

  • PF-4 a top concern of DNFSB

    On the day before Christmas, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board took on the role of Scrooge as it made its report to Congress on the status of significant unresolved issues with the Department of Energy’s Design and Construction Projects.

    The report cited a couple of projects taking place at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    In a letter from DNFSB’s Peter Winokur to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the seismic safety issue at the Plutonium Facility took center stage.

    Here are the highlights of Winokur’s report about PF-4.

    • On Oct. 26, 2009, the DNFSB issued a recommendation, which addressed the need to reduce the potential consequences to the public from a seismic event at PF-4, as analyzed in a Documented Safety Analysis. In October 2011, the National Nuclear Security Administration approved a revision to the PF-4 DSA. The revision included a refined accident analysis for seismically-induced events and asserted that all postulated accident scenarios have mitigated dose consequences to the public that are below the Evaluation Guideline of 25 rem Total Effective Dose The mitigated dose consequence is a key driver for the seismic upgrades planned at PF-4, because it indicates whether additional seismically qualified controls are required to protect the public.

  • The best games from 2012

    If you’re a fan of fall sports, the month of October 2012 was your month.
    More than any other, October featured the top contests of the year for the Hilltoppers.
    Of the Los Alamos’ top 10 events of the calendar year, October features more entries, three, than any other month — although February just missed out matching that total by a few days. But with fall sports getting to their nitty-gritty in October, it’s easy to see why.
    That particular month, the Hilltoppers had to duke it out with the Capital Jaguars, the Española Valley Sundevils and a team from the Midwestern United States.
    As always, the Los Alamos Monitor takes a look back at the most exciting Hilltopper sporting events of the past 12 months. This list is, of course, completely subjective, but does take into account postseason implications, competitiveness and the all-important “gasp” factor. Only events attended by a Los Alamos Monitor representative were considered for this list.
    Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Hilltopper Contests of 2012:

    10. Softball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, May 5

    The playoffs haven’t been kind in recent years to the Hilltopper softball team, so getting out of a late-inning jam was somewhat unexpected.

  • 01-01-13 Be There



    The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for its first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Create and collaborate to help tell the whole story — and document all steps. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103899759177-507/CFA_Behind-the-Scenes-form.pdf.

    Jan. 7

    The Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America will meet at 7 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Signs at the door will direct you to the meeting location. After a short business meeting, the program will be needle felting. For more information call Marilyn at 672-9404.

  • 01-01-13 Assets in Action


    I love this time of year, when we have lots of time off, the town has a slow pace and everyone seems mellow.

    I hate the fact that the holidays are over, but there’s at least one exciting event ahead, the Community Asset Awards.

    There are more than 50 nominees this year and they range in age from 13 to, forgive my guess, 83.

    The best part for me is the secret. As folks are nominated, they only find out the date and the time for the recognition event. They don’t find out who nominated them or why until the actual event.

    If they can’t attend the event, due to being out of town, they find out after the event takes place. It is akin to not being able to open a present until your birthday.

    I know, it’s kind of corny on my part, but the goal is for the nominee is to ponder what wonderful thing they could have done and who noticed their kindness.

  • State Dept. strengthens Haiti travel warning

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has issued a revised Haiti travel advisory, warning Americans planning to travel to the Caribbean island nation about robbery, lawlessness, infectious disease and poor medical facilities.

    "U.S. citizens have been victims of violent crime, including murder and kidnapping, predominantly in the Port-au-Prince area. No one is safe from kidnapping, regardless of occupation, nationality, race, gender or age," the department said.

    The new travel warning was released Friday to replace a less strongly worded advisory issued in June.

    In recent months, travelers arriving in Port-au-Prince, the capital and largest city, on flights from the United States have been attacked and robbed after leaving the airport. This year, at least two U.S. citizens were shot and killed in robbery and kidnapping incidents, the State Department said.

    "Haitian authorities have limited capacity to deter or investigate such violent acts or prosecute perpetrators," the department said.

  • 12-30-12 People in the News


    Navy Ensign Bruce W. Melton has graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.

    Nuclear Power School is a rigorous six-month course that trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the design, operation, and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.

    Graduates next undergo additional instruction at a prototype training unit before serving as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard a nuclear-powered surface ship or as an Electronics Technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine.

  • Underground life revealed


    Learn about the underground life of the forest from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 12 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Biologist and author, Leslie Dendy, will give a talk and demonstration on the study and identification of critters that live in the soil. 

    Instead of looking at plants and animals that live above ground in the forest, this class will check out the much more numerous and seldom-seen critters underground in the complex soil ecosystem.  

  • MyCD workshop series slated


    Adults with ongoing health issues might be interested in joining a free, two-and-a-half-hour MyCD Workshop, being sponsored by Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Family Y.  

    Attendees will get the support they need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices and learn better ways to talk with their doctor and family about health.  Those with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety could benefit from a MyCD Workshop.

    MyCD Workshops will be once a week, from 1:30-4 p.m., for six weeks, beginning Feb.5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.