Local News

  • Germany wins World Cup

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title.

    Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of individual skill.

    Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post.

  • SGR heads to D.C.

    This past week, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with New Mexico’s federal delegation and discuss LANL funding and NNSA procurement policies. In her meetings with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Henrich and Representatives Ben Ray Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce, Garcia Richard stressed the region’s concerns that the NNSA is wanting LANL and other NNSA facilities to use the NNSA Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) for commodity purchases under unequal and non-competitive terms. This NNSA directive bypasses the normal competitive LANL RFP process and drives LANL purchases away from local and regional contractors to out-of-state firms. Garcia Richard asked the Congressional delegation to support a proposal to have NNSA/DOE provide resources and guidelines for a regional business cooperative that will allow New Mexico based contractors to become competitive and participate in the NNSA SCMC procurement system.

  • News Briefs 07-13-14

    Chacon agrees to plea deal

    Pamela Chacon, the Smith’s store clerk who was convicted of embezzlement, in May, has worked out a plea deal with the help of her attorney, Bill Snowden.
    Chacon was caught by store management embezzling $554.98 from numerous customers through a simple scheme involving customer’s Smith’s Rewards cards.
    “Ms. Chacon had been refunding customer purchases when they did not use their Smith’s card and keeping the money for herself,” police said in the report.
    When questioned by police, Chacon said she did it to try and catch up on car payments.
    According to Snowden, her deal includes paying back all of the money she stole. Once she completes that, the case against her will be dismissed.

    County to mend fencing at parks

  • Update 07-13-14

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voter’s invites the community to attend the monthly Lunch with a Leader that will feature Los Alamos’ new police chief, Chief Dino Sgambellone. The event is 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library.

    Brown Bag Lecture

    Dr. Mary Neu, senior advisor to the principal associated director for the weapons program at LANL. Noon Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Admission is free.


    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. Musical performance by Wise Fool. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in Kelly Hall at Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Lio Castro will speak on Jemez House Thrift Shop in White Rock.


    The meeting of the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board has been cancelled because of summer travel. Then next meeting will be 6 p.m. Aug. 20 in the conference room, Pajarito Cliffs Site, Building 1. The public is welcome to attend.  

  • Today in history July 12
  • Cone zone 07-11-14



    Central Avenue Improvements Project:

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

    During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central. The detour was moved from Trinity Drive to Deacon to enhance traffic flow.

    On-street parking on Central will be closed, please use alternate parking in the area.

    The contractor plans on working a day and night crew in an effort to complete this section of the project within the first 60 days of the construction. When possible, please use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street, and 20th Street.

    Pedestrian detour signs are posted, please use the detour and stay out of the work zone.

    N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

    Contractors will be working this weekend on the north Knecht intersection at Trinity, which continues to be closed through Monday to install the storm drain across Knecht. Knecht south of Trinity will remain open. Eastbound Trinity traffic will be maintained. Access north Knecht from Central. This will be the final phase of the project.


  • Flash flood watch until 8 p.m. Friday






  • 911 tapes: Docs did nothing to help vet

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Newly released 911 tapes indicate a table of doctors did nothing as a Vietnam veteran died in the Albuquerque Veterans Affairs Hospital cafeteria.
    The Albuquerque Journal Friday reports two calls came in after veteran Jim Napolitano Garcia collapsed on June 30 in a building 500 yards from the emergency room.
    During the second call, a woman told the dispatcher the man was being hooked up to an emergency defibrillator.
    Told that paramedics were on their way, the caller responded, that there was a table of doctors sitting right next to him, and none of them were doing anything to help.
    The hospital says its response to the man’s death remains under investigation. On Thursday, New Mexico’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the acting VA director saying they have serious concerns about the handling of a patient’s death. 

  • Amtrak CEO to stop in SF about train route

    SANTA FE (AP) — Amtrak’s top executive is to travel through New Mexico on Saturday to meet with officials about keeping the Southwest Chief on its current route.
    But New Mexico Transportation Department spokeswoman Melissa Dosher said no official from Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to meet with Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman because the agency didn’t learn of the tour until receiving a news release from the rail operator Thursday morning.
    Boardman will take a special train along the Southwest Chief route from Kansas through southeastern Colorado to Albuquerque, Amtrak said. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., will travel with Boardman in the state, and they’ll to meet with local officials along the route.
    Amtrak has warned that the route might be changed unless there are improvements to the track owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas help share the costs of maintaining and upgrading 600 miles of track used through their states for the Southwest Chief. Amtrak’s operating agreement with BNSF expires in January 2016.
    An Amtrak official has told New Mexico lawmakers that BNSF doesn’t want to upgrade sections of the track used by its slower-moving freight trains to meet the higher speed requirements.

  • Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients

    The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Hannah Dye and Jeremy Goettee with scholarships at a recent Tuesday meeting. Both Dye and Goettee were very active in Key Club by participating in Breakfast with Santa, Pancake Breakfasts, and offering support to many other community activities such as LAPS Foundation. Dye will be attending Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Goettee will be attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Pictured from left to right are: Karen Kendall, Kiwanis President, Goette, Connie Goette, mom; Dye, Catherine Dye, mom, and Robert Dye, dad.