Today's News

  • Charting a path to the Top 100 schools

    Los Alamos Public Schools will host a Strategic Planning Retreat from 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 10 at Fuller Lodge. The purpose of the retreat is to provide an update on the progress made in charting a path to the top 100 schools as the district builds upon these plans. Students, staff and the community are invited to participate in this conversation.
    For the past six months, members of the school staff, community, business leaders and representatives from area universities have engaged in a conversation about the path that the could be taken to improve the quality of the schools. Charting a pathway to do even better will be the focus of the Fuller Lodge retreat.
    School Board President Melanie McKinley will open the retreat with a formal welcome.

  • NCRTD honors Wismer

    North Central Regional Transit District chair Rosemary Romero makes a presentation to honor board member Mike Wismer, also a Los Alamos County Councilor, Friday at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. Wismer announced last month he was relinquishing his NCRTD board duties and he will be replaced by councilor Geoff Rodgers.

  • Update 12-04-11

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    County Council

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

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close 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.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Parks and Rec

  • NNSA continues aerial survey

    The National Nuclear Security Administration plans this week to complete the high-fidelity aerial survey of Los Alamos town site begun Nov. 21.

    Mechanical issues with the helicopter conducting the survey temporarily halted the flyover before the survey was finished.

    NNSA arranged for the Remote Sensing Laboratory/National Aerial Measuring System (RSL) of Las Vegas, Nev., to conduct the flyover following a similar survey of lab property after the Las Conchas fire.  

    The objective is to ensure that any and all legacy radiological contamination sites have been identified and effectively cleaned up.  

  • House redistricting scheduled for Dec. 12

    State Rep. James Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) is looking forward to the upcoming redistricting hearings, although he said he was disheartened an agreement could not be reached during a special legislative session in September.

    Since that time, Hall has been busy, meeting with constituents, giving talks to local organizations and serving on interim legislative committees.

    A couple of months ago, Hall wrote a letter to redistricting attorneys Richard Olsen and Luis Stelzner, concerning the hearings that begin Dec. 12 in Santa Fe.

  • Autio rose to the challenges

    County Attorney Randy Autio’s year-and-a-half in Los Alamos has been anything but dull; in fact, he may have had the challenge of a lifetime.

    “When I came here as County Attorney in July of 2010, I faced a really tough investigation that involved the administrator and high-level employees,” Autio said, referring to an investigation that ended with County Administrator Tony Mortillaro’s termination in December 2010.

    Council voted unanimously to appoint Autio as Acting County Administrator, a role he served in until Harry Burgess was hired Nov. 7.

  • LANL scrutinizes costs, spending

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan has announced a plan to establish the Laboratory Integrated Stewardship Council (LISC) in response to the uncertainties of operating in FY12 under a Continuing Resolution through Dec. 16.

    “This leaves us in a financial position that is filled with uncertainty, since the timeframe for a completed budget is unknown,” McMillan said in an organization-wide memo. “While we have already implemented a number of cost savings measures at the laboratory, we must do more given the financial uncertainty facing us.”

    Will there be layoffs at the lab?

  • WinterFest Light Parade Winners

    First place: Los Alamos Medical Center

    Second place: Los Alamos National Bank

    Third place: Hollabaugh, Gall more and Mendez family

    Watch for more on the parade in next week's editions of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • La Leche League meeting

    La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss, “Nutrition and Weaning” at their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the nursery at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.
    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 audiotapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating are welcome.
    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

  • Be There 12-04-11


    The annual North Pole workshop and Luminaria Walk will be from 5-7 p.m. at the North Mesa Stables. Dress warmly, wear walking shoes and enjoy the North Mesa Stables lit up with luminarias and holiday lights. Afterward, head to the Posse Lodge for professional digital photos with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft. Fee for photos with Santa is $5.

    The JFK exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum is ending. The last day to see the exhibit featuring John F. Kennedy’s 1962 visit to Los Alamos will be Dec. 4. Up next is an exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Watch for details.