Today's News

  • Feds work with Santa Clara Pueblo on fire recovery

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The damage done to one Native American community's ancestral lands by the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history is being assessed as part of a new agreement reached between tribal leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    An agency contractor this week started collecting aerial photographs of the burned area along Santa Clara Pueblo's charred canyon as the first step in the watershed assessment.

    Officials said the $1.8 million study is expected to take three years to complete. The findings will provide the basis for a long-term plan aimed at restoration and flood prevention.

  • LANL Researcher Nets Presidential Early Career Award

    Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Evgenya Simakov has been named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Simakov, of the Laboratory’s Acceleration and Operations Technology Division, was one of 94 scientists within 16 federal agencies nationwide to receive the honor.

  • SF Forest's 'Los Posos' prescribed burn underway

    A prescribed burn is underway today on the Santa Fe National Forest Espanola Ranger District. The name of the burn project is Los Posos, and is taking place three miles Southeast of Cordova and five miles Northeast of Cundiyo.

  • Two power outages hit Los Alamos County

    Los Alamos County sustained two power outages in the past two days.
     At  5:50 p.m. Wednesday,  electric power was lost to residents on 1st, 2nd, 3rd,Canyon, Pine, Quartz and Rim streets, according to the Dept of Public Utilities (DPU).  All affected customers, excepting those on 1st,2nd,and 3rd  had power restored by  7 p.m. The remaining 21 customers had power restored at 9:30 p.m.
    The outage was caused by a fault within a nearby transformer.   DPU’s electric linemen were able to restore power quickly to 82 of the 103 affected residents within an hour and ten minutes.
     Work then continued on the faulty transformer component and power was restored to the remaining 21 customers at 9:30 p.m.

  • Councilors talk infrastructure

    The Los Alamos County Council tackled a number of infrastructure projects during a regular meeting Tuesday evening.

    An ordinance to accept a loan/grant from the State of New Mexico for the reconstruction of the Los Alamos Dam was approved by a 6–0 vote. The $1.5 million funding includes a $900,000 grant and a $600,000 loan. Council had dedicated $2.7 from the general fund to the project, enough to finance the redesign if no state funds were awarded. To date, $600,000 has been spent on the project.

  • Supreme Court may have to step in to referee redistricting

    SANTA FE— New Mexico’s fight over redistricting has shifted to the courts, but the Supreme Court might have to step in to determine which judge will handle the assignment of drawing new boundaries of districts for elected offices.
    Republican and Democratic legislators and other voters have filed redistricting lawsuits at state district courts in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Lovington.
    The cases ask the courts to establish new districts for Congress, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and the Public Regulation Commission. The lawsuits also seek orders stopping state officials from using current districts for next year’s elections.

  • On the Docket 09-28-11

    Sept. 23

    Jerome Montoya, 24, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Municipal Court on charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Montoya to two days in jail, 20 hours of community service and $41 in fees for the battery charge and two days in jail and $41 in fees for the disorderly conduct charge.

  • Work at Shamrock

    Work gets done on a pump at the Shamrock gas station on the corner of Trinity Drive and Knecht Street.

  • Update 09-28-11

    County Council

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the council chambers.


    The Los Alamos High School homecoming parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos. At 7 p.m., the Hilltoppers football team will host Albuquerque-Academy at Sullivan Field.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

  • Communication key to candidate's style

    This is the third in a four-part series featuring highlights from the community panel interviews of the county administrator candidates. Answers to some of the questions, such as the candidate’s experience and how it relates to the position, have been covered in previous Los Alamos Monitor articles.

    Earl Mathers is currently the county administrator for Gallatin County, Mont. Mathers has an extensive background in economic development, both nationally and internationally. He said he had already received input from some people here about what the obstacles to attracting business might be.