Today's News

  • Community announcements 07-20-11

    Class of ‘71 reunion
    The Los Alamos High School Class of 1971 40 year reunion will be on July 29 and July 30. A reception will be from 6-9 p.m. July 29 at the Hilltop House Hotel. There will be various activities and dinner from 6-10 p.m. July 30 at Central Avenue Grill. Reservations are required and may be made b sending email to LAHSReunion1971@gmail.com, or by calling Dana at 505-850-0225.

  • Be There 07-20-11

    Assets In Action and the JJAB will host a fundraiser for Los Alamos High School athletics from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Auxiliary Gym, admission is $2. Concessions will be sold. To learn more call Assets In Action at 661-4846.

    Dances of India, a free performance, will be from 7-8 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. Los Alamos County Library’s Family Fun Night sponsors the event.

    The July Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site.  For more information, call 661-4097.


  • Read to Feed for Heifer International

    The Builders Club at the Los Alamos Middle School is a Kiwanis-sponsored organization of community service-minded students and is their equivalent of the Key Club at Los Alamos High School.
    Similarly, the K-Kids Club at Barranca Mesa Elementary School is the associated elementary school version.
    The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club newly chartered both of these clubs through Kiwanis International this past school year, and are supported.
      The faculty advisor for the Builders Club this year was Stephanie Krantz and for the K-Kids, it was Sharon Allen.

  • Top NMED official abruptly resigns

    SANTA FE (AP) - The head of the resource protection division at the New Mexico Environment Department has resigned, but the agency isn’t offering any details.
    Department spokesman Jim Winchester confirmed Jim Davis’ resignation was effective Tuesday morning.
    Winchester also confirmed that the department restructured some operations Monday and that included removing the state’s hazardous waste bureau from Davis’ division.
    The bureau is responsible for oversight and technical guidance related to the generation of hazardous waste as well as its storage and disposal.
    This includes work at Sandia and Los Alamos laboratories and the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.

  • Update 07-20-11

    CIP oversight
    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    BAER meeting
    A community meeting will be held at Mountain Elementary School at 6 tonight to discuss the BAER’s initial assessments from the fire.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 tonight in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Dem meeting

  • LANL installs additional protective flood measures

    Los Alamos National Laboratory work crews completed additional flood and erosion-control measures this week to reduce the environmental effects of any flash floods following the Las Conchas Fire.

    Crews installed concrete barriers to protect wellheads, utility poles and underground natural gas lines in Los Alamos Canyon. They also installed sampling gauges on the lab’s western boundary to compare run-on water with run-off water and collected samples from fish at Cochiti Reservoir.

    Sampling is being coordinated with the New Mexico Environment Department and other agencies, and all results will be made public. Additional fish samples will be collected from the Rio Grande and at Cochiti Reservoir before and after the summer monsoons for comparison.

  • LASG brings CMRR argument to town

    The Los Alamos Study Group (LASG) regularly holds meetings in Santa Fe.

    On Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge, the group came to Los Alamos to present its case against the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) facility.

    Greg Mello, secretary and executive director of LASG, presented various arguments against building the proposed plutonium facility, which included the cost of the project, possible conflicts between construction of CMRR with several other Los Alamos National Laboratory projects and an assertion that the facility is not necessary.

    Because of pending litigation, no one from the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration or LANL attended the forum.

  • Trail Network reopens Thursday

    With the Las Conchas Fire under control and firefighters performing mopup duties in different areas, things are returning to normal.

    Craig Martin, the county’s open space specialist and who is working with BAER officials, announced this morning that all trails on the Los Alamos County Trail Network on county land are open as of 6 a.m.

    At Bandelier National Monument, the Tsankawi area. the Overlook Trail at Juniper Campground, and the Burnt Mesa Trail are open. All other trails are closed.

  • Business guru coming to Los Alamos

    From office procedures to customer care,  national business expert Jon Schallert, who specializes in transforming local companies into irresistible destinations will present his “How to Create a Destination Business” workshop Aug. 10.

    Schallert’s seminar focuses on tools that independent local businesses can use to build their sales and customer traffic.

    A group of Los Alamos business owners attended his two-and-a-half-day Destination Business Boot Camp in Longmont, Colo., last month.  

  • Secure our borders now

    I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that we’ve got a problem with our borders, and it isn’t going away anytime soon — it’s only going to get worse unless we do something about it.
    Fortunately, some of the politicians from non-border states are beginning to get it.
    Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, recently had a tour of the border and concluded that we must provide more resources to secure our border.
    As someone who lives in a border state, has immersed myself in this issue, and has had a first-hand tour of the border in the El Paso sector, I couldn’t agree more with Sen. Landrieu.
    The federal government is clearly not doing enough to secure our borders, and, yes, we do need more resources.