Today's News

  • Second phase of NNSA aerial flyover underway Monday

    The National Nuclear Security Administration has arranged for the Remote Sensing Laboratory/National Aerial Measuring System  (RSL) of Las Vegas, Nev., to provide a high-fidelity aerial survey of the Los Alamos townsite Monday.

    The survey, conducted via helicopter, is to ensure that any and all legacy radiological contamination sites have been identified and effectively cleaned up.  

    Residents may see the helicopter make several passes at about 300 feet above ground over and near the Los Alamos town site to measure for background radiation.

  • Council ponders future of facilities

    The condition assessments of all but the newest county-owned buildings — undertaken to prioritize the Major Facility Maintenance (MFM) program — reveal that maintenance may come too late or be too costly for some structures, including the Community Building and the Ice Rink. Acting Assistant County Administrator Anne Laurent presented the findings at Tuesday’s council meeting.

    In addition to assessing infrastructure needs, consultants documented every piece of equipment and researched its expected useful life. Energy audits were also conducted. The studies identified $2 million–$3 million in MFM work annually over the next 20 years.

  • Update 11-18-11

    Adopt a Pet

    Friends of the Shelter is sponsoring a kitten/cat adoption event Saturday at the LADOC Building, 246 East Road, next to the Los Alamos Shelter, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 470-6973 for information.


    The Los Alamos County Council will host a reception to welcome new County Administrator Harry Burgess, along with new Fire Chief Troy Hughes, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

    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.

  • A chance to recoup losses

    Victims who suffered property or other loss as a result of last summer’s Las Conchas Fire can attend a conference at no charge Saturday at the Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express to discuss potential claims and possible recovery.

    The Branch Law Firm is representing individuals who were affected by damages resulting from the fire, which began June 26 and burned more than 150,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest.  

    Kenneth Roye, an attorney in Chico, Calif., specializes in wildfires caused by utility lines and is working on the Las Conchas Fire court case with the Branch Law Firm.

  • Stover sticks up for Los Alamos

    The Defense Nuclear Safety Board was in Santa Fe Thursday and almost all of the people during the public comment session were critical of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Sticking up for Los Alamos, however, was council chair Sharon Stover, who raced through her presentation in the allotted five minutes as she talked about the relationship between the county and the lab.

    Here are some of the highlights of what Stover talked about:

  • McMillan: PF-4 safer than home

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan tried his best to be in two places at once Thursday.

    McMillan was in Santa Fe in the early afternoon to testify in front of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, which was in town to quiz lab and NNSA officials about a variety of subjects.

    McMillan, though, had to duck out early because he had to race back to Los Alamos for a meeting with Admiral James A. Winnefield, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Winnefield is a four-star Navy Admiral, and as Vice Chairman is the second highest-ranking U.S. military officer.

    McMillan, who has been on the job less than a year, testified in front of the board that safety is his top priority.

  • Be There 11-18-11

    Los Alamos Chapter #63 of the Eastern Star will hold their annual sales of Collin Street Bakery fruitcakes, apricot pecan cakes and pineapple pecan cakes at Los Alamos National Bank on Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9 and 16. For information, call Betty Robertson at 662-5185.

    Big M.A.C. is having a Welcome Back Dance for  middle school students only from 7-9 p.m. at Pueblo  Gym on Diamond Drive. Admission is $3 and students whose parents volunteer to  chaperone get in free. Parent chaperones are needed. Big M.A.C. is  sponsored by the Youth Activity Center, a program of the Los Alamos Family  Council. Call 662-9412 for more information and to volunteer to chaperone.  

  • Church listings 11-18-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • Ask Fr. John: Being close to God by going to church

    Why do we stress church attendance? — JBA

    The Church is literally the Body of Christ. This means that corporately, not individually, we are Christ himself, still incarnate in the world, doing His work.
    If a person desires with their whole heart, one can unite to Christ and become a member of his body. Ideally, this is motivated by a simple desire to know God and to be where he is.
    Out of this love for God comes the desire to follow his commands and to worship him. However, this happens in a context which is not our own.
    Orthodoxy maintains the ancient Jewish belief that God is manifest in the temple.

  • Top NM official 'shocked' after running over body

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran's car was one of several that struck a man's body on a highway near Santa Fe shortly after the pedestrian had been hit and killed by another vehicle, police said Friday.

    Because the pedestrian was in a lane of traffic, no drivers are facing charges, according to Santa Fe police Capt. Aric Wheeler.

    In a statement, Duran expressed her "thoughts and prayers" to the family of the victim, a 46-year-old man whose identity has not been released.