Local News

  • Reelin’ in the green

    Students from the Belisama Irish Dance Company and School descended on the Los Alamos Unitarian Church Saturday afternoon to show residents their latest jigs, reels and step dancing.
    The students and members of the Belisama Irish Dance Company are an award-winning troupe of step dance enthusiasts who have won many awards since it opened in 2006. The event raised more than $1,500 at the event.
    Funds raised through tickets and a raffle at the show paid for new uniforms. Next year, the troupe plans to hit the road and begin competing again.
    “We’ve decided to take a break this year since we have a lot of young dancers,” Belisama Director Adrienne Bellis said.
    The troupe was founded in 2006 and has won awards for their step dancing from numerous competitions across the country. Members have garnered awards from the CRN North American Irish Dance Championships and have featured special guests at shows in the past, such as Riverdance star Michael Patrick Gallagher, former Stomp dancer Seán Curran, choreographer Kieran Jordan, fiddler Laura Cortese and choreographer Ronan McCormack.
    But you don’t have to be a star to be in Belisama, you just have to have passion for dancing.
    Adraic Sparks, 21, joined the troupe a couple of years ago.

  • Scouts looking to tell local history

    All local scouts and former scouts who have Boy Scout experience in Los Alamos and White Rock are encouraged to tell their stories.
    A group is finishing up work on a 100-year history of Scouting in Los Alamos and White Rock, and they are looking for local history.
    This includes stories about experiences in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer/Venturing Scouts.
    There have been many hundreds who have been active either as a scout or as an adult leader, and they are looking for everyone.
    The group is hoping to know how being in Boy Scouts has molded and influenced those involved.   
    Anyone with stories, photos or artifacts about outings, service or achievements, is encouraged to contact Bob Thomsen at 495 Camino Cereza, Los Alamos, NM 87544, or Relf Price at 4774 Brisa del Bosque, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

  • Habitat for Humanity accepting applications

    Opportunity to Own Your Own Affordable Brand New Home Habitat for Humanity Española Valley and Los Alamos, Inc. is accepting applications for a New Habitat House Partner to be built off State Road 30 in Española.
    If you are a legal resident and live in inadequate housing and want to own a simple affordable new house, live or work in Española or Los Alamos, are low- to middle-income, have current income to repay the affordable Habitat mortgage, are willing to put in 350-500 hours of “sweat equity” on your own new home, contact Victoria Erhart at victoria@habitatevla.org or (505) 423-4982 to receive an application.

  • N.M. PED ‘hopeful’ on new transgender bathroom rules

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Public Education Department officials say they are “hopeful” the lifting of federal transgender bathroom guidance will allow school districts to tackle the issue.
    Department spokesman Robert McEntyre says state education officials believe transgender bathroom use in public schools should be left to local New Mexico school districts to decide.
    The Trump administration has lifted federal guidelines that said transgender students should be allowed to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity.
    The Wednesday decision is a reversal of an Obama-era directive. It will now be up to states and school districts to interpret whether federal sex discrimination law applies to gender identity.
    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he will aggressively enforce laws protecting all New Mexico residents.

  • Gov plans meeting with US Health Sec

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to meet with Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price during her visit to Washington, D.C.
    A spokesman for the second-term GOP governor says she traveled Thursday to the nation’s capital to participate in meetings with other governors, including a group meeting at the White House with Donald Trump.
    About 45,000 New Mexico residents participate in the state’s health insurance exchange.

  • Police Beat 2-26-17

    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. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Feb. 2
    3:23 p.m. — Police reported that a 53-year-old Santa Fe man was the victim of aggravated assault.
    Feb. 3
    12:28 p.m. — Byron Henderson, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Range Road.
    Feb. 3
    4:09 p.m. — Police reported that a 48-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at the intersection of Bathtub Row and Central Avenue.

    4:38 p.m. — Joshua Padilla-Spanarkel, 22 of Santa Fe was arrested for shoplifting (more than $250 less than $500) on Trinity Drive.

    4:38 p.m. — Emilio Lujan, 27, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of shoplifting (more than $250, less than $500) at Trinity Drive.
    Feb. 5
    10:55 p.m. — Police reported that a 9-year-old boy was the victim of animal bites. Animal was impounded.
    Feb. 7

  • On the Docket 2-26-17

    Feb. 2
    Michelle B. Smith  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit (enhanced). Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 8
    Olimpia Newman  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 9
    Lisa Y Salazar pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to abandonment. Sentence deferred until March 10. Defendant also had to pay $60 in court costs.

    Michael Vigil was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentencing deferred until April 9. Defendant also sentenced to community service. Defendant also had to pay $65 in court costs.

    Angela Chavez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentencing deferred until May 9. Defendant also had to pay $65 in court costs.

  • New Mexico panel backs special chile pepper license plate

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — With red and green chile saturating nearly every facet of life in New Mexico, a legislative panel on Thursday put its support behind a measure that calls for the creation of a special license plate adorned with the hot peppers.
    The House Transportation and Public Works Committee gave a favorable recommendation to the legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Cathrynn Brown of Carlsbad.
    Brown told fellow lawmakers that most New Mexicans can’t go a day without enjoying chile and a new license plate would help to recognize the popular peppers and their connection to New Mexico’s culture and history.
    “Chile is an iconic product of New Mexico,” she said. “If you can take a Seattle born-and-bred girl like me and turn her into a chile-holic, that says something about the chile I think.”
    Chile has been a staple of New Mexico cuisine for centuries, and the Hatch region has become world famous for its flavorful hot peppers. Chile is also the state vegetable and the basis of the official state question, “red or green?”

  • Agency plans to award border wall contracts by April

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect “a great wall” along the 2,000-mile border.
    The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that companies would have to submit “concept papers” to design and build prototypes by March 10, according to FedBizOpps.gov, a website for federal contractors. The field of candidates will be narrowed by March 20, and finalists must submit offers with their proposed costs by March 24.
    The president told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that construction will start “very soon” and is “way, way, way ahead of schedule.”
    The agency’s notice gave no details on where the wall would be built first and how many miles would be covered initially. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has sought employees’ opinions during border tours of California, Arizona and Texas.

  • Los Alamos man arrested for DWI after rollover crash

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies chased down and arrested a Los Alamos man early Feb. 18, after he reportedly attempted to run from police and rolled his car following a traffic stop on N.M. 502.
    Sheriff’s deputies found Matthias Jaramillo, 23, trapped upside down his Toyota sedan after a high-speed chase.
    Jaramillo was charged with driving while under the influence, resisting, evading obstructing an officer, reckless driving and speeding.
    Sheriff’s deputies first encountered Jaramillo allegedly driving 70 miles an hour westbound on N.M. 502 at 3:13 a.m.
    When approaching the vehicle, deputies detected a “heavy odor” of alcohol, but Jaramillo reportedly told the deputy he smelled his cologne.
     During a field sobriety test, the deputy went back to adjust the dashboard camera. Jaramillo then allegedly got back in his vehicle, a white, 2004 Toyota four-door sedan, and sped away.
    “Mr. Jaramillo refused to yield to my lights and siren and continued westbound on N.M. 502 at a speed of at least 100 miles an hour,” Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert. J. Clark said in his report.
    At the eight-mile marker, Clark lost sight of Jaramillo’s vehicle. Clark later came across Jaramillo’s car upside down on a median where the road splits off into White Rock.