Today's News

  • Celebrate the holidays

    The radio stations may already be playing holiday music and the big chain stores may already be covered with seasonal decorations, but in Los Alamos the season officially begins with MainStreet’s Winterfest.

    The weekend, which is packed with holiday activities, will be held Dec. 5-6.

    It begins with the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church’s nativity show, “Creches from around the World,” from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the church in Los Alamos. The show, which is free and open to everyone, will continue from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6.

  • Mortar shells found in Ancho Canyon

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is asking residents to refrain from outdoor activities in the Ancho Canyon area until further notice.


    Sunday morning a hiker in Ancho Canyon came across two old mortar shells, picked them up and began carrying them out of the canyon before calling police about 4 p.m. Saturday, Los Alamos Police Lt. Scott Mills said during an interview Tuesday.


    Mills is on the county’s bomb squad and  investigated the report.


  • NMED offers safe holiday cooking tips

    In an effort to help the public avoid food poisoning this holiday season, the New Mexico Environment Department’s Food Safety Bureau is providing safe  turkey cooking tips.


    “We want to ensure residents understand proper food preparation and cooking standards so they can have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season,” said Environmental Health Division Director Carlos Romero in a news release. “Don’t be a turkey – follow these instructions and gobble safely.”


  • School hotline for reporting possible threats

    A new school safety effort, SPEAK UP New Mexico, has been created by the state to offer students an anonymous tip line to report threats of weapon-related violence and other crimes at their schools and in their communities.

  • Committee outlines federal agenda

    Every year, the Los Alamos County Council adopts a federal agenda, which is used as a guide for the council’s federal-level intergovernmental efforts.


    A council committee meets to develop the agenda and produce recommended county priority topics. This year’s committee members were Council Chairman Jim Hall and Councilors Michael Wheeler and Jim West.


  • Lab names new deputy director

    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that Isaac “Ike” Richardson would replace Jan Van Prooyen as deputy director, as of Feb. 1, 2009.


    Van Prooyen, who has served as deputy director for three years, will retire in early 2009.


  • Reasons to stay in Los Alamos this weekend

    Television ads are encouraging people to set their alarms for 5 a.m. on Friday, to get the best deals at big box stores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos’ business community has seen the ads, too, and merchants here are extending their hours to accommodate shoppers.

    Not to be outdone, Otowi Station will be offering its own “redeye” sale on Friday morning. Otowi Station has scheduled a door-buster special from 6-10 a.m. on Friday. Everything in the store is 25 percent off for those four hours, from maps to science toys, from t-shirts to books.

  • Community leaders share Thanksgiving wishes

    Each holiday season, county and school officials take a moment to share their plans and express their holiday wishes for the community.


    This year, County Administrator Max Baker said he plans to go to his son’s house here in Los Alamos, where he and his family will share the traditional meal with friends.


    “This is the time of year where we all pause and consider our blessings,” Baker said. “Los Alamos is certainly a great place to live and many tremendous people live here.”


  • Girls basketball: LA has numerous returners back for ’08-09 season

    The coaching staff has changed. Beyond that, however, there are a lot of familiar faces around the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball program for 2008-09.

    Tarah Logan, who played for Los Alamos in the late 1980s and early 1990s, takes over the helm of the girls hoops program following the departure of veteran head coach Gerry Washburn in the spring.

    Logan makes her career head coaching debut Saturday afternoon at home. The Hilltoppers open their 2008-09 campaign against one of their main rivals, Pojoaque.

  • Police Beat 11-20-08

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Nov. 7

    10:08 a.m. - An 84-year-old Los Alamos woman reported she was a victim of forgery. The estimated loss is $600.

    9:14 p.m. - Andrew Garsik, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested near Urban and 45th Street and charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.

    Nov. 8