Local News

  • White Rock Canyon cleanup starts

    Four volunteers attended Saturday’s Trail Cleanup Day, part of the National River Cleanup, but their efforts made a dent on the massive cleanup needed in White Rock Canyon.
    Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson reported that volunteers hauled out 17 bags of trash, three bags of recycling, two doors, four buckets of glass and one  toilet.
    Strange items found included half an electric guitar, a water heater, two Lazy Boys, a push mower, a bike frame and a motorcycle.
    The cleanup focused on an area just below Overlook Park on the canyon rim, which has been used as an illegal dumping spot.
    “We still have a long way to go until the canyon is clean on trash but we made progress and were able move a lot of the heavier stuff closer to be hauled out,” Peterson said. “For the next cleanup in White Rock Canyon I hope to have aerial assistance either from a winch or crane to hoist out the heavier objects.”
    The next Trail Cleanup Day is scheduled for National Trails Day on June 4 at the Woodland Trailhead.

  • Today in history May 24
  • White Rock getting own zip code

    White Rock residents will be getting their own zip code beginning July 1. 

    For those affected, the new zone will be “87547.” According to the USPS, the zip code was assigned “in preparation for future growth in the area and to to continue to provide efficient delivery service for Los Alamos and White Rock Postal customers.”

    The code’s northern boundary ends just south of land owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “This week, all postal customers who will be affected by these changes are being notified by mail. If a customer does not receive written notification by the end of this week, they are not affected by these changes,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Monday.

  • Today in history May 23
  • Council to mull abolishing sheriff’s office

    The Los Alamos County Council will introduce an ordinance to abolish the sheriff’s office at its Tuesday meeting.
    If adopted, voters would decide the charter question during the general election in November.
    There will be no discussion during Tuesday’s introduction of the ordinance. The public hearing on the ordinance is June 14.
    The county charter places law enforcement duties within the county under the command of the police department. The sheriff’s duties are limited to serving court documents and maintaining the sex offender registry.
    “During budget hearings, the sheriff pointed out that service of process has become a riskier activity than has been traditionally thought,” according to the staff report. “Because the county has no unincorporated area, there is not a need for two law enforcement agencies in the county. However, recognizing that the world and society have changed in ways that increase exposure to violence, it may no longer make sense to have a sheriff’s office with such limited functions.”
    Council may take action on a business item regarding the reassigning the sheriff’s duties Tuesday. The charter provides in Section 304.4 that council may establish departmental duties through resolution.

  • Parks and Rec reviews spraying policies

    The Los Alamos Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division has announced plans to suspend spraying herbicides on several parks.
    The plan was to spray Roundup and EndRun Broad Leaf Weed Killer on Rover Park, East Park, Community Soccer, Myrtle Green, Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, Aquatic Center, Western Area, Urban Park, Barranca Mesa and North Mesa Sports Complex. Spraying was to start May 16 and continue through Friday.
    On May 13, Parks and Rec sent a notice that spraying in those parks would be postponed indefinitely. However, a press release issued May 20 clarified that spraying would continue in other areas. The notice reads:
    “County ordinance requires weed abatement, due to health and safety, and general appearance of the common areas in the community, and so county departments and divisions are continuing their weed control programs in other non-park locations, which include sidewalks, roadside right-of-ways, medians, airport facilities, and parking lots. Weed management also continues at the Golf Course to ensure playability of the turf.”
    The decision to suspend spraying in the parks was reached after citizens raised concerns about health impacts of those herbicides.

  • LAPD seeks suspect’s identity

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identity of a suspect in a shoplifting case. The incident took place at Smith’s in Los Alamos, according to an  LAPD spokesman.
    Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the male suspect seen in the surveillance footage.
    The vehicle shown was driven by the suspect, according to police.
    LAPD is offering a reward of up to $100 to anyone who has information on the identity of the suspect.  
    Anyone with information can call L.A. crime stoppers at 662-8282.  Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.
    To see the photos online, visit lamonitor.com.

  • On the Docket 5-22-16

    May 10
    Dulcinea E. Medina pled no contest in the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of shoplifting ($250 or less) and failure to give information and render aid. Defendant was fined $100 and must pay $134 in court costs. The defendant was also sentenced to 182 days probation.

    Probation conditions are: Defendant must obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant must also comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant will meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.
    The defendant shall make restitution as ordered. Money orders or cashiers check of $645 to be payable within 90 days.

    May 11
    Rachel Sanchez  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Daniel J. Ortiz  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 12

  • Heinrich discusses gains for LANL, conservation

    In a phone interview with the Los Alamos Monitor Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) discussed some recent successes in the Senate that could have both direct and indirect benefits for Los Alamos.
    The fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has several gains for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), including an increase in funding for environmental cleanup from  $185 million to $199 million. Heinrich anticipates that the additional funding – along with the reopening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) – will reinvigorate the stalled cleanup program.
    “In terms of WIPP, the last time I spoke with the secretary, he assured me that would happen in December. And at that point a lot of the stuff that’s in Area G can start moving back down to the,” Heinrich said. “So there’s an additional $14 million for cleanup and a whole lot of progress once we get WIPP reopened.”
    The Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed by the Senate last week also impacts LANL.
    “The funding levels for everything from weapons activities to nonproliferation to laboratory cleanup and WIPP really bode well for the work that LANL will do over the next fiscal year,” Heinrich said.

  • LAPS rolls out active shooter plan

    Whether you think it’s sad, terrifying or a step in the right direction, a cross section of school employees tasked with keeping kids safe in the event of a “school shooter” scenario presented it’s plan for the future at a school board meeting May 10.
    The six-member group, known as the “District Safety Team” not only outlined their plan for the school board and the administration, but they also explained how it’s going to be implemented between now and the next school year.
    The first thing the team said they did was develop a “standard response protocol” for all the schools. The group reported that when they started their project, each school had different and varying amounts of emergency supplies, radios, even the vocabulary and alert system varied from school to school.
    “It became very obvious that we needed to do something,” Gonzales said.