Today's News

  • NCRTD opens new transit complex

    ESPANOLA — The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Friday dedicated the Jim West Regional Transit Center in a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the building.

    In dedicating the building, NCRTD Chairman and Taos County Commissioner Daniel Barrone stated that, “This Transit Center serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication of the government officials, NCRTD Board and the staff, both past and present, who believed that one day a transit system could connect a 10,000-square-mile area of North Central New Mexico and create mobility options for people in most cases where none had existed before.”

    “We are thrilled to be located in our new headquarters,” said Anthony Mortillaro, NCRTD executive director. “This now consolidates the administrative offices with the operations and fleet management divisions which previously had been spread out over three locations in Santa Fe and Española. The move will allow us to operate more efficiently and cost effectively as we position ourselves for the future.”

    The Jim West Regional Transit Center is named for the late Jim West, a Los Alamos County councilor.  He was among the founders of the NCRTD and was an inaugural member of the NCRTD Board of Directors in 2004. 

  • Transit Center recognizes West’s enduring legacy

    Val Boatman and her husband Bill traveled all the way from Kansas to be at Friday’s ribbon cutting for the NCRTD’s Jim West Regional Transit Center in Espanola.

    Val is the sister of the late Jim West, the former Los Alamos County councilor for whom the building is named.

    By the time the ceremony was over, Val was in tears.

    It probably was because of the moving tribute to West, who died of cancer in 2009, that LA County councilor Mike Wismer gave during the ceremony.

    Wismer’s talk certainly was powerful.

    He recalled meeting West on the campaign trail in 2002.

    “We became instant friends and worked together for four years on the council,” Wismer said.
    Wismer talked about how West became the transit district’s strongest proponent and its most “articulate cowboy spokesman.”

    He referred to West being very “Oklahoma Stubborn.” Wismer said, “For those on the East Coast, that term means damn persistent in his efforts to get the transit system going and for getting the GRT approved by voters and in making the board effective. For that reason alone, it is most appropriate to name this facility after Jim.”

    Then Wismer talked about a more personal reason for naming the facility after West.

  • Johnson exits council race

    Ken Johnson, a Democratic candidate for Los Alamos County Council, has dropped out of the race.

    Johnson sent in his withdrawal notice to the county clerk’s office Friday morning.

    “I expect if I were elected at some point, I would have had to leave the council and that would not be fair to the people who voted for me,” Johnson said in a phone interview. “I have plans to move away from Los Alamos during that time frame.”

    Later in the day Friday, Johnson released a statement.

    “This morning I officially withdrew as a candidate for the Los Alamos County Council.  A confluence of events in recent months has made it highly likely that I will be moving away from Los Alamos in the fairly near future. Consequently, if elected to the council, I would be unable to complete my term. As a candidate, I believe my supporters should have the expectation that, if my campaign is successful, I will represent them for the complete duration of my term.

  • Update 08-19-12

    Public hearing

    A public hearing on Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement  is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.

    Oppenheimer talk

    The Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture, featuring Alex Filippenko, will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Duane Smith Auditorium.


    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24, at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Scales of Justice

    The Arts in Public Places will host a statue dedication at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Justice Center courtyard.


  • Cone Zone 08-19-12

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving  Utility Project, Phase 1
    Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.
    The work zone on Canyon Road will be extended to between N.M. 502 to just south of Nugget. This section is closed to through traffic however, residential access will be maintained. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night. Minor delays may be experienced. All through traffic must seek alternate routes.
    N.M. 4 Improvements Project
    Expect intermittent traffic control as the contractor completes identified punch list items in order to reach final completion.  
    Expect striping operations and roadway marking installation Thursday. The striping operations occur with at least one shadow vehicle following the striper to allow adequate time for the roadway paint to dry and to prevent traffic from crossing the wet paint. Do not try to get in front of the shadow vehicles. Intermittent lane closures can be expected when the contractor installs roadway markings such as turn arrows or stop bars.
    Capital Projects
    Facilities Projects
    Central Avenue  
    9th Street

  • Correction 08-19-12

    The amount of money in the agreement between NMCF and DOE for 2012 is $300,000 for the entire grant program, which is not limited to just New Mexico groups. The wrong amount was reported in Friday’s story. Secondly, DOE was ordered by the court to pay a settlement fine of $6.25 million. The MTA Fund was set up by the plaintiff groups, not by DOE.

  • News for Retirees 08-19-12

    Aug. 19-25
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10 a.m.    Lier travel talk: France-Seine
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken alfredo fettuccini
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    8:30 a.m.    Mac users
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fried chicken
    Noon        Lunch talk: Dr. Shepard, allergies
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.    Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish
    Noon        Lunch talk: Eva Artschnager, UNM

  • Animal Shelter 08-19-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.

    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.
    Naney — Senior brown-and-white English Hound-mix. Owner going abroad. Needs a quiet retirement home. Has reasonable doggy manners. Would be a nice, calm companion in a quiet home.  Will have some tumors removed and a good dental next week.
    Phoebe — Young, black female Spaniel-mix. temperament testing shows no aggression or guarding issues. Enjoys being around people. Her choice is not to share her new home with another dog or cat.
    Olympia — Sweet, young Dachshund-mix Loves to be with her people, but not to be left alone for long periods of time as she tends to bark.

  • La Leche League meeting

    La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Nutrition and Weaning” at their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.  
    A lending library with books and audio tapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting, and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.
    For more information, contact Cathleen at 661-4033 or Gina at 661-8740.

  • Fuselier to speak at MOWW meeting

    Dr. Robert Fuselier, DVM, will present a talk on his recent return from Afghanistan at the The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars dinner meeting Tuesday at the Hilltop House, third floor. The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m.
    Fuselier’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 PM. Dinner entrée is meat loaf with mashed potatoes, vegetables and salad. Cost of the dinner is $23 per person. For more information contact Lt. Gregg Giesler at 662-5574, g.giesler@computer.org; or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson at 662-9544 or NrmWil5@cs.com.