Today's News

  • Festival of Trees

    Vendors exhibited their goods and entertainment was provided at this year’s Festival of Trees event Nov. 19 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • Be There 11-23-11

    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge, with assistance from the VFW and American Legion, will host the annual community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge. Any and all are welcome to enjoy a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For more information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at the Elks Lodge, 662-5611.

    Nov. 30
    A book fair to benefit the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1 in the main lobby area of LAMC.

    Dec. 1

  • Costlier holiday travel off to fast start across U.S.

    CHICAGO (AP) — Holiday travel got off to a soggy start in parts of the country Wednesday as millions of Americans undeterred by costlier gas and airfare set out for Thanksgiving celebrations, but few major problems were reported.
    About 42.5 million people are expected to drive, fly or ride trains to their Thanksgiving destinations, according to travel tracker AAA. That’s the highest number since the start of the recession, despite an average 20 percent increase in travel costs.

  • Seen at the Scene: Changing Seasons

    Winter is right around the corner in Los Alamos but you would never know it by these photos taken this week at the skate park by Mesa Library and at Ashley Pond.

  • NM Congress reps speak out on super committee

    New Mexico Congressional reaction was pretty much along party lines earlier this week when it was announced that the super committee was unable to reach a compromise.
    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) said he was opposed to the formation of the super committee in the first place.

  • On The Docket 11-23-11

    Nov. 14

    Cheryl Gabaldon, 47, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to the charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Judge Pat Casados ordered Gabaldon to pay the court a $50 fee for possession of marijuana and a $50 fee for possession of drug paraphernalia, $20 in court costs and $256 in additional fees.

    Nov. 15

  • Update 11-23-11


    The Elk’s Lodge, VFW and American Legion will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at the Elk’s Lodge. Serving is from
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at 662-5611.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    No trash pick-up

  • Ice Rink, West Road to open Monday

    County officials announced Tuesday that West Road will re-open from Diamond Drive to the County Ice Rink on Monday, Nov. 28 instead of the projected opening date of Dec. 1. The earlier opening date is the result of coordination and response efforts by LANL and County Pavement and Utilities’ crews since mid-October.
    The watershed above the Los Alamos Reservoir near Pajarito Ski Resort was badly burned in the Las Conchas wildfire in June, increasing runoff into the canyon that subsequently caused severe erosion damage to West Road and the surrounding area. The road is owned by the DOE.

  • DPU strategic goals address various upcoming challenges

    The challenge facing Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Director John Arrowsmith lately has been developing a strategic plan to meet the county’s utility needs in light of a wide range of variables.

    Arrowsmith presented a strategic plan to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) last week. In his report, he wrote, “Our job as stewards of the County’s water and energy resources is not to be reactive but to prepare our organization for the future.”

    Some challenges are inevitable, such as replacing aging infrastructure and anticipating a wave of baby boomer retirements.

  • Legacy waste lingers amid cleanup efforts

    (Second of a two-part series)

    For more than 65 years, research, development and testing activities related to nuclear arms production have taken place at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    During that time, there have been releases of contaminants to the environment at various locations across the laboratory. In fact, back in the early days, nuclear waste was just thrown into the canyon.

    In 2005, a series of community groups reached agreement with LANL to address investigation and cleanup of legacy contamination.

    Last week, New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin made a presentation concerning the status of the Consent Order, which laid out the timeline for lab cleanup.