Today's News

  • Ordinance introduced to lease Trinity Site property

    County council approved the introduction of Ordinance 596, for which a public outreach campaign is in full swing.

    Ordinance 596 involves the lease of certain county owned land to NA Los Alamos Trinity LP, in which council would authorize the execution of a real estate ground lease and development agreement with the company.

    “This ordinance is probably one of the biggest issues this council will undertake,” said Council Chair Sharon Stover during Tuesday’s council meeting.

    NA Los Alamos Trinity LP intends to develop the leased premises in the Trinity Site Project to include commercial retail space, entertainment, restaurants, parking and retail concerns.

  • U.S. Senate candidate on the stump in Los Alamos

    U.S. senatorial candidate Hector Balderas discusses how he as the “underdog” candidate can actually win the race during a meet and greet event hosted by the Los Alamos Democratic Party at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. Read more about the Balderas event in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 12-21-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Walk canceled

    Because of the impending winter storm, the Winter Solstice Walk at Bandelier National Monument, scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

    In observance of Christmas there will be no trash or recycling pickup Dec. 26.  If Monday is your normal collection day please put trash and recycling out on Wednesday Dec. 28.

  • Study rejects new hotel

    After hearing about the negative impact expected from a new, high-end hotel proposed for Los Alamos, county council has given staff 120 days to develop alternatives.

    Council was considering the project as a means to halt the revenue bleed from a significant number of meetings and events held off the Hill by Los Alamos National Laboratory and other entities.

    “We recommend that Los Alamos County not pursue the development of any project that adds materially new hotel supply to the market,” said Senior Partner Tony Peterman of Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) during Tuesday’s council meeting. “As proposed, the new Hilton Garden Inn and conference center project would place the existing local hotels at great risk.”

  • LAHS construction back on track

    Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff start winter break Thursday, but the work continues for construction crews at Los Alamos High School.

    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting at LAHS, David Wharram, the owner’s representative for Gerald Martin, gave members an update on the project. He said on Nov. 21, two classrooms, the commons area, family and consumer science and the administration space were completed.

    “The occupation of these areas is five weeks ahead of the original schedule. The remaining classrooms in the new building will become available at the beginning of the new year,” according to Wharram’s report.

  • Winter's just getting started

    Long-range forecasts issued just a month or two ago billed this as a “drier and warmer” than usual winter. So far, that prognostication has been dead wrong.

    Today is the first day of winter and, right on cue, the next in a series of major storms is set to make its debut late tonight. This latest system promises to deliver much colder air, gusty winds, and 4-8 inches of snow.

    Besieged and beleaguered denizens of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico have already been hammered by three winter storms that have come in rapid succession. Like a punch drunk fighter in the ring, residents are about to be staggered by yet another solid blow from Old Man Winter.

  • Results from APS swim meet

    Here are Los Alamos' results from the Albuquerque Public Schools swim meet Saturday.


    Team scores
    1. Eldorado, 131; 2. Las Cruces, 112; 3. Los Alamos, 86; 4. Volcano Vista, 85; 5. Sandia, 56; 6. Hobbs, 36; 7. Manzano, 28; 8. Valley, 17.

    Individual results (event, place, time)
    Aslynn Bennett
    200 freestyle, 2, 2:09.21; 100 breaststroke, 3, 1:15.01.

    Farida Ismail
    50 freestyle, 44, 36.05; 100 butterfly, 13, 1:38.29.

    Sydney Schoonover
    200 freestyle, 9, 2:27.78; 500 freestyle, 8, 6:53.71.

    Alice Shao
    200 individual medley, 9, 2:41.18; 100 backstroke, 7, 1:15.62.

    Sara Thurgood

  • Toppers, Broncos to clash in big 4A contest

    There isn’t much going on at Los Alamos High School just a few days before Christmas.
    However, anytime the Kirtland Central Broncos girls basketball team rolls into town, that’s definitely something.
    The Los Alamos Hiltoppers will host the Broncos tonight. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    The Broncos are, by most measurable standards, the most successful girls basketball program in state history. The Broncos own a record for both the number of state championship games won (17) and, a far more dubious honor, state championship games lost (10), the most recent of which occurred last season when they were upset by the Gallup Bengals.
    Nevertheless, Kirtland Central is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A heading into tonight’s game.

  • State government escapes major disruption

    By hook, crook, shifting from Peter to Paul, and hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars, state government survived, without major operational disruption, three years of less money coming into the general fund, the states principal pot of operating money.
    The period ended with the 2011 fiscal year (FY 11) that closed June 30 of this year.
    Survival came through easing down spending 3 to 4 percent per year for four years, said David Abbey, Legislative Finance Committee director.
    Abbey spoke Dec. 15 at the annual legislative outlook conference of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute.
    The overall spending cuts ended with FY 11. For the current year (FY 12, ending June 30, 2012), the state has gotten lucky.

  • Succession law may still be useful for N.M.

    Gov. Susana Martinez is fond of crossing into El Paso frequently for a few hours to visit family, and this has brought some public attention to the “traveling governor” provision of New Mexico’s Constitution.
    A sentence in Article 5, Section 7, says:  “In case the governor is absent from the state, or is for any reason unable to perform his duties, the lieutenant governor shall act as governor, with all the powers, duties and emoluments of that office until such disability be removed.”  
    Emoluments, even!
    Maybe, some folks are saying, this horse-and-buggy provision is obsolete in the era of instant communication.