Local News

  • Hall a no-show at league forum

    SANTA FE — The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe hosted a forum Wednesday night for three State House races including District 43, which encompasses Los Alamos.

    It was likely to be the last time that Jim Hall-R and Stephanie Garcia Richard–D would debate the issues before the Nov. 6 election.

    Hall, however, was not in attendance Wednesday night. He said he notified the league Monday that he would be unable to make it.

    “According to an email he sent to the league, he said something unexpected had come up,” said Garcia Richard, after giving a three-minute presentation to the voters in the audience at the Unitarian Universalist Church. “I had committed to this and that is why I am here. I am really disappointed we can not discuss the issues.”

    When reached this morning, Hall said, “A personal matter came up and I told them Monday I could not attend. I felt really bad about it.

    “I enjoy these forums and I enjoy discussing the issues. I met with the league and filled out their form and dropped off a resumé for the voters at the forum.”

    Santa Fe league president Judy Williams said unopposed candidates could not participate in the forum but were allowed to make a three-minute presentation.

  • Restaurant Inspections 10-18-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    AFC Sushi Deli, 535 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Home Run Pizza, 1627 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10, follow-up
    Violations: One high-risk violation for improper holding — large prep refrigerator still needs to be serviced. Toss the food below cheese. Do no use unless in ice baths.

    Mi Casita, Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10, closing
    Status of establishment: Closed, no longer doing business.

    Smith’s Bakery, 535 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10
    Violations: One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — flooring has lots of food product, needs cleaning.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.


    El Rigoberto’s Mexican Food, Paseo de Oñate
    Date inspected: Oct. 9, closing
    Status of establishment: Closed, moved to Los Alamos

    Giant #862, 1616 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10

  • PRObE ribbon cutting set for today at LANL Research Park

    The new PRObE (Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment) Center will hold a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. today at the Research Park.

    The PRObe is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Technical Institute, University of Utah and Carnegie Mellon University.

    The ribbon-cutting event will celebrate the New Mexico Consortium's two-year, $10 million partnership with the NSF and LANL in the culmination of building the world's first high performance computing research facility that allows computer scientists to test supercomputing operating systems at scale.  No other system in the world provides this ability at this scale.


  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):


    The car bomb was phony, but authorities say Quazi Nafis' admiration of Osama bin Laden and aspirations for martyrdom were not.


    Obama and Romney quiet the hostilities to deliver some lighthearted fare at a white-tie gala in New York City, at 7:55 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. Obama also tapes an appearance on "The Daily Show" at 3:30 p.m.


    Two-thirds of the class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing $26,600 on average.


  • Today in History for October 18th
  • Coach quits in Maine Zumba prostitution scandal

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A long-time high school hockey coach whose name appeared on a list of men accused of paying a local Zumba fitness instructor for sex has stepped down, the first known job loss associated with the scandal.

    Kennebunk High School coach Donald Hill told school officials he wouldn't seek to renew his contract for next season after 14 years as head coach, school Superintendent Andrew Dolloff said Wednesday. The coach cited personal reasons, Dolloff said.

    Police on Tuesday released the names, ages and addresses of 21 men to receive summonses after being accused of engaging a prostitute, and many more names will be released in the coming weeks. A lawyer who's seen the list said more than 150 people are suspected of being johns.

    Hill, 52, was listed alongside a former mayor and several businessmen in southern Maine. Men from Massachusetts and New Hampshire also are on the list.

  • Prescribed burn set for today

    Beginning Wednesday, if conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin the 7,300-acre San Juan prescribed burn, located three to five miles northeast of Jemez Springs.
    Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day. Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wild land fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection and restore forest health.
    • The burn area is located three to five miles northeast of the Jemez Springs and four to eight miles northwest of the community of Ponderosa.
    • During the three to five-day burning period, 7,300 acres of hazardous fuels will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day.
    • Larger blocks will be treated over a five day period, which will increase daily smoke volume, but will decrease the number of days smoke is in the air.
    • Ignitions will not exceed more than five days. After ignitions are complete, residual smoke will be visible for a few days.

  • Update 10-17-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Los Alamos County hires attorney and planner

    Two staff members joined the county Monday.

    Kathryn (Katie) Thwaits was hired to fill a new junior attorney position and Daniel Osborn joined the Community and Economic Development Department as an associate planner.

    Thwaits has a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif. She has worked with the New Mexico State Personnel Office since 2009, where she provided legal counsel to the director’s office and other cabinet level executive staff.

    Thwaits spent three years prior to that as deputy district attorney for the First Judicial District Attorney’s office. Her position included managing both personnel and the office caseload in addition to her own caseload averaging 175 felony cases at any given time.

    While serving in the Española District Attorney’s office, Thwaits volunteered with the Rio Arriba DWI program, the DWI Planning Council and the DWI Task Force. She also helped develop and launch Española’s first post-prom party.

    Thwaits husband James, also works for the county with the Los Alamos Fire Department.

  • Rowan gets five years in double stabbing case

    It’s been a long time coming, but Daniel Rowan finally had his day in Los Alamos District Court Oct. 10. Rowan, 35, was sentenced to five years at the Los Lunas Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison.

    Rowan was arrested in July 2011 for stabbing two people during an altercation at a Los Alamos apartment complex.

    According to Rowan’s ex-girlfriend, Alysia Dahlby, who met him through a friend while he was still in jail for the July incident, Rowan walked into an ambush at the apartment complex and was trying to defend himself against 10 people who she said were attacking him.

    Apparently, the court did not agree.

    The charges were two counts of aggravated bodily harm; one count of aggravated assault; and one count of tampering with evidence. Two of those charges, the count of aggravated assault and tampering with evidence were dismissed.

    According to earlier reports, Rowan wounded two people during the melee. Another ex-girlfriend of Rowan’s, Britney Gutierrez, 28, was slashed across three knuckles on one of her hands and an Ian Cornelius, 25, was stabbed numerous times and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Santa Fe.

    Dahlby said Rowan indicated to her he is OK with his sentence and just wants to do his time without causing any waves.