Local News

  • Blue buses out of service on Friday

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Friday, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
    Also, the RTD Taos Express will not be in service on Saturday.
    The Taos Express will be operating on its normal schedule on Sunday.
    The NCRTD operates transit systems around northern New Mexico, serving Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and surrounding counties.

  • Rock The Pond

    The Nukeproofs, a local punk and hard rock band, were the headline act at the Tuesday at the Pond show. They played several original songs, plus songs ranging from Nirvana to The Ramones to Johnny Cash. The Tuesdays at the Pond goes weekly through Aug. 11.

  • YMCA to host a parade for July 4 Saturday

    The Family YMCA will host its annual July 4 Kids Parade Saturday starting on Central Avenue.
    The YMCA, which will be busy for Independence Day, will start its parade at 10 a.m. Kids — and kids at heart — who want to participate in the parade are asked to assemble at the elephant statue at Ashley Pond prior to the start time.
    The parade route will take marchers along Central Avenue to 15th Street, ending at the YMCA’s building. The parade concludes with a flag-raising ceremony performed by the American Legion.
    Walkers, bikes, trikes and dogs on leashes — which are current with their vaccinations — are welcome to participate.
    Also on Saturday, prior to the Kids Parade, there will be the YMCA’s annual Firecracker 5K race.
    For more information about the events, call 662-3100.

  • Church construction is officially underway

    There were some mixed emotions expressed for members of the Unitarian Church at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony.
    Officials from the church, which had been in the same building on North Sage Street — next door to the local Freemason’s building — since its founding, felt the structure had deteriorated to the point that it was no longer safe for the congregation.
    The decision was made to take the old building down, which was done last month, and start construction on the new building.
    “The building served its purpose for beyond its designated lifetime,” Galen Gisler said during the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday evening. “We built many memories within these walls that have coming tumbling down a short time ago…but we will not miss the 1940s-style bathrooms.”
    Architects Mullen-Heller designed the new building, which Rev. John Cullinan said is scheduled to be completed in late summer of next year.
    Currently, the 150 members of the local Unitarian church, plus what Cullinan estimated is about 100 or so contributors and others associated with the church, are meeting at the TRK building on East Road.
    The new building will be L-shaped, as opposed to the old, multi-story building that was box-shaped. It will include a sanctuary, lobby and a full kitchen.

  • LACDC gets $10K grant from state

    New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela announced Tuesday 15 rural economic development projects were selected to receive Local Economic Assistance & Development Support (LEADS).
    Among those getting awards were the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.
    The newly created LEADS program will leverage $176,260 to supplement the work of local communities in their efforts to diversify their economy and create good-paying jobs that have a multiplier effect, that according to a press release from the NMEDD.
    “New Mexico’s rural communities are resilient and showing great promise in their economic development efforts,” Barela said. “LEADS is a wonderful new tool to stimulate economic-base job growth by working strategically with these communities and together stretch limited resources.”
    Projects for LEADS can vary, but can include a sales mission or trade show, business visitation program, property site design, permitting and development plan or workforce development.
    LEADS, according to NMEDD, is a retooling of the current Certified Community Initiative (CCI) award process.
    The department referred to the selection process as “competitive” among those eligible entities applied for a grant.

  • Warrant issued in stolen truck case

    A warrant for the arrest of Los Alamos resident Trevor Orr, 44. was recently issued by Los Alamos Police after he was accused of stealing a truck owned by a local real estate management company.
    According to court records, the alleged crime took place in April, and the truck has since been recovered.
    It was first reported stolen by a company employee April 13. The truck was a 1998 maroon Sierra with a snowplow mounted on the front.
    Española police located the truck there, on April 20, parked in the parking lot of the Santa Claran Casino on Riverside Drive. The snowplow appeared damaged.
    According to court documents, camera surveillance taken from the casino showed a man allegedly matching Orr’s description getting out of the driver’s seat of the truck, along with another man. A little while later, the footage shows he and the other man leave in a blue car. The truck was left in the parking lot.
    When police tried to track Orr down recently, relatives of Orr said Orr was not well and “has been making poor choices lately,” according to court documents.
    Police are still looking for Orr, and he has been charged with the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

  • SGR speaks about jobs package

    Tuesday’s Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast featured Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-District 43) and Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-District 38) reporting on the jobs package passed by this year’s legislature.
    The jobs package was the result of two years of effort by the Legislative Jobs Council, which was former House Speaker W. Ken Martinez’ (D-District 69) answer to what Garcia Richard called “abysmal” job growth.
    When Martinez formed the council in 2013, job growth was at just 1 percent.
    The council, which is comprised of legislators from both sides of the aisle as well as representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, small business owners and labor, has received strong backing from Gov. Susana Martinez and the new Republican leadership in the House.
    All Jobs Council recommendations require unanimous approval.
    “The list for last legislative session came out of two years’ work by jobs council and unanimous agreement,” Garcia Richard said. “So that was pretty phenomenal, because you had labor and business at the same table, agreeing on the same recommendations.”
    The initiatives proposed by the council and approved by the legislature include:

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  • Pojoaque casino compact expires today

    POJOAQUE PUEBLO (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in New Mexico said Tuesday he will allow Pojoaque Pueblo's two casinos to remain open pending the outcome of a federal court case.
    Uncertainty has been swirling because the tribe's gambling compact with the state was set to expire at midnight Tuesday. Under federal law, tribes must have compacts in place if they want to operate casinos.
    Four tribes have signed new agreements with Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, but Pojoaque remained embroiled in a dispute with the state and the case is pending before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
    The tribe has alleged the governor's administration hadn't negotiated in good faith after compact negotiations broke down and wanted the U.S. Interior Department to approve a compact.
    The state sued, and now the federal agency and pueblo are appealing a lower court's ruling in favor of the state.
    "I believe that the public interest is best served by maintaining the status quo while the appeal in the 10th Circuit litigation is pending," U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said in a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon.

  • California Boy Scout dies at Philmont Ranch

    CIMARRON (AP) — Authorities on Monday released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood during a camping trip with his troop in northern New Mexico.
    New Mexico State Police said 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California, was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch when the flooding hit before dawn Saturday.
    Floodwaters came through North Ponil Canyon around 4:30 a.m., State Police spokesman Chad Pierce said. The group was camping about 20 feet upslope from a small creek, but the water over-ran the campsite, taking four boys down the canyon.
    The creek is normally two to three feet wide and less than a foot deep. That morning, at least two inches of rain fell in a short amount of time, and the surge of water that swept through the canyon was at least 20 feet high and as wide as a football field, authorities said.
    Ranch employees immediately responded and were able to find three of the boys.
    State Police were called around 9:30 a.m., and a search and rescue team found Brock about an hour-and-a-half later. His body was recovered roughly a mile from where he was swept away.