Local News

  • NM502/DP Road project to begin in 2011

    New Mexico Department of Transportation improvements to NM502/DP Road have been put on hold for a couple of years.

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, NMDOT Tech Support Engineer David Martinez and Project Development Engineer David Quintana presented council with an update and laid out plans for what’s in store for that stretch of road.

  • School Board breezes through Tuesday night’s agenda

    Three of the five school board members attending Tuesday’s regular meeting in the district boardroom whipped through the topics, unanimously passing several in short order.

    A $5,000 funding transfer for Los Alamos Middle School’s cafeteria program, the 2009-2010 budget and a one-year lease extension for Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) were all approved.

    Board Secretary Jodie Benson led the meeting as President Joan Ahlers and Vice President Ken Johnson were absent.

  • Panel hears eco-park proposal

    A House subcommittee on science and technology held a hearing Tuesday on a bill proposed by Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., to breathe life into an orphaned system that has been living off the land, so to speak, for nearly 40 years.

    Last week Luján introduced a bill to authorize the National Environmental Research Parks (NERPs) at seven Department of Energy sites, including the one at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Council votes against sewer rate increase

    Utilities customers can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now.

    A divided council rejected an ordinance that would have increased sewer utility rates.

    Four of the seven councilors had enough concerns about the increase to vote against it.

    As a result, the motion to adopt the ordinance failed 4-3, with councilors Robert Gibson, Ralph Phelps and Mike Wismer voting in favor of the motion.

  • Gold theft investigation at LANL nearly complete

    The Investigation into an attempted gold theft that occurred in late March at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-55 is close to wrapping up.

    “We expect the investigation to conclude most likely by the end of the month, at which time it will be referred to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque for a decision on whether to prosecute,” FBI Agent Todd Hulsey said Thursday.

    Hulsey mentioned it appears the employee acted alone in his attempt to steal gold from his workplace at TA-55.

  • Police cadet charged with DWI

    Officers responding to a crash on 46th street near Yucca shortly after 1 a.m., Sunday arrested Daniel LaDuke at the scene and charged him with DWI and careless driving.

    LaDuke, 32, is a cadet on probation with the Los Alamos Police Department who was off duty at the time.

    According to the Statement of Probable Cause, LaDuke admitted crashing the police cruiser he was using to travel back and forth to the police academy in Santa Fe.

  • KRSN to plead case before P&R board Thursday

    Station owners Gillian and David Sutton are asking the community to support KRSN AM 1490 by attending Thursday’s Parks and Recreation Board meeting.

    This is the couple’s first meeting, set for 5:30 p.m. at the Aquatics Center, to gain county approval for placing a broadcasting antenna on North Mesa in the corner above the roundabout.

    “We are asking everyone to come out and support their local community radio station and its desire to serve them better,” Gillian said.

  • Do you care to dance?

    A gentleman from Los Alamos, Mike Hertrich just got back from voyaging out of England on a springtime cruise.

    His ship, Cunard’s Queen Victoria, stopped in Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Rome on the way out. On its way back, the five-star luxury liner hit Mallorca and Gibraltar.

    For some of the passengers, it was a dream. But for Hertrich, that was just the first 12 days of a kind of job.

    Highlights of the next three excursions included Cannes for the film festival and the fjords of Norway.

  • Public hearing on rate increase to be heard

    Los Alamos residents could see a hike in sewer rates if the county council adopts Code Ordinance 02-100.

    A public hearing will be held at tonight’s 7 p.m. council meeting, during which time council will consider the increase. The meeting will be held in council chambers.

    If they adopt the ordinance, residents can expect their monthly bill to increase by about $4, while the minimum monthly residential bill would increase by about $2.

  • Police Beat

    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.

    May 28

    6:55 a.m. – Mateo Garcia Cordova, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested at 2025 East Jemez Road and charged with false imprisonment.

    7:10 a.m. – Rey Garcia Cordova, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested at 2025 East Jemez Rd., and charged with tampering with evidence.

    May 29