Local News

  • Investigation finds 7 more with deficient education licenses

    Las Vegas Optic

    EDS NOTE: The jump on page 1 of today's Los Alamos Monitor should read: See PED, page 3.

  • Mixed results for latest New Mexico teacher evaluations

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than 70 percent of public school teachers in New Mexico are effective or better when it comes to their success in the classroom, but there are just as many teachers who are struggling to make the grade as there are those who have improved over the last two years.

    The Public Education Department on Friday released the results of the latest round of teacher evaluations under a much-debated system that's the focus of an ongoing court battle between the state and teacher unions.

    More than 21,000 teachers received scores, most of them taking into account student achievement measures. The evaluations are also weighted by observations in the classroom and attendance.

    Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said she's pleased the data reflected an increase of about one-third in the number of highly effective and exemplary teachers since 2014.

  • Police Beat 9-14-16

    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.

    Sept. 1
    5:29 p.m. — Brenda Pena, 38, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of larceny (over $500, less than $2500) at the police station.

    Sept. 2
    8:53 a.m. — Stuart Schaller, 70, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant aggravate at the intersection of Loma Linda Drive and North Mesa Road.
    4:45 p.m. — Brianna Garcia, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police department. The original charge was driving while under the influence on San Ildefonso Road Feb. 11.

    Sept. 3
    10:26 a.m. — Police reported that a 66-year-old woman was the victim of menacing behavior at 41st Street.

    1:13 p.m. — Police reported that a 48-year-old Colorado Springs man was the victim of breaking and entering at 39th Street.

  • Political risk for all in ‘deplorables’ debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A war of words over Donald Trump’s “deplorables” is intensifying as Republicans and Democrats fight for political points over Hillary Clinton’s claim that many of the New York billionaire’s supporters are racist, sexist and homophobic.
    Trump and his allies across the country insisted Tuesday that the Democratic presidential nominee’s comments reflect an out-of-touch elitist who looks down on working-class voters, akin to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s assertion that 47 percent of Americans would never vote for him because they were dependent on the government. Democrats – and even some Republicans – warned, however, that this debate could backfire on Trump, drawing new attention to white supremacists and hate groups attracted by his “America first” message.
    Indeed, former KKK leader David Duke offered fresh praise for the way that Trump and running mate Mike Pence are handling the controversy. But not all Republicans were pleased.

  • Judge: No probable cause in fake bomb case

    A Metropolitan Court judge found there was no probable cause to support a charge brought against a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Tuesday after he was accused of trying to take a fake bomb past airport security in Albuquerque Sunday.
    The case against Jeremy Danielson, 40, did not meet the statute he was being charged with, according to his attorney, Dan Cron. The District Attorney could still pursue an indictment, but they would have to make a decision to take the case to the grand jury, Cron said.
    “It’s unusual for a judge to make a finding like this early in the case,”  Cron said. “In order for anything else to occur it would take some affirmative action on the part of the District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque. Basically they would have to make a decision to take the case to the grand jury. We’re hopeful that they will see this case the same way the judge did and they will not pursue this any further.”
    Cron said Sunday’s incident that coincided with the 15th anniversary of 9/11 at the Albuquerque Sunport was a misunderstanding.
    Danielson, who was on official business with the LANL, allegedly tried to bring a device that he knew might be construed as a bomb through airport security.

  • Firefighters honor 9/11 victims

    Dressed out in full gear weighing 80 to 90 pounds, Los Alamos firefighters hiked to the top of Pajarito Mountain on Saturday in honor of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives 15 years ago when the World Trade Center towers collapsed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    Across the nation, firefighters paid tribute to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and their fellow firefighters by climbing a flight of stairs totaling 2,200 steps (the equivalent of the 110 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center) in full gear.
    Pajarito Mountain is the closest equivalent that allows participants to make those 2,200 steps in Los Alamos.
    Those who participated acknowledged how difficult it was to hike from the ski lodge to the summit in full gear.
    “Yes, it’s very hard. And it’s the least we can do to try to remember what firefighters climbing up the stairs in the towers were doing at the time of the collapse,” said Firefighter William Nackers, who organized the event. “They knew there were people in trouble, so they were doing their best to get up and help them.”
    Firefighter Brian Palmer, who was participating for the first time, said it meant a lot to him to join the hike.

  • Council to vote on new snow removal rule

    Los Alamos County Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 27 on an ordinance that would require residents to remove snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of a snowfall.
    “It’s akin to the weed ordinance: as far as people have to remove weeds, they have to remove snow from their sidewalk,” said Public Works Director Philo Shelton. “We (the county) don’t plow every sidewalk in the county. We just do the school routes and the major arterials. So this snow ordinance is basically to say hey, you need to shovel your walkway in front of your home.”
    The ordinance also specifies where that snow may be deposited. It prohibits depositing snow on or against any public place, including streets, highways, alleys, sidewalks, plazas, parks, easements, curbs and drainageways, as well as fire hydrants, utility meters or electrical transformer boxes.
    “You’re not supposed to throw it into the street or on your neighbor’s property. You should be keeping it contained on your own property,” Shelton said. “We’ve had that kind of issue where the snow gets pushed around in inappropriate places.”
    Council asked staff about a snow removal ordinance when it was considering the so called “weed ordinance” in January.

  • LANL employee traveling with fake device causes airport to shut down

    Staff and Wire Report

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee told security officers he was transporting a fake bomb to a Department of Energy conference Sunday after the item caused a shutdown and flight delays at the Albuquerque International Sunport, according to news reports.

    The security checkpoint at Albuquerque airport was shut down while authorities investigated the suspicious item, leaving dozens of travelers anxiously waiting to board flights.

    Albuquerque International Sunport spokesman Daniel Jiron said an item left at the checkpoint around 1:45 p.m. raised suspicion and airport police were called.

    Officers evacuated the checkpoint area as a precaution.

    Jiron says arriving passengers were held in a concourse area and departing passengers are not allowed past the checkpoint. Jiron says roughly six flights were delayed as a result of the incident.

    Jeremy Danielson, 40, of Los Alamos, told Transportation Security Administration officers that the “fake bomb” he allegedly tried to bring aboard a plane at the Albuquerque Sunport Sunday was an experimental device he was bringing to a Department of Energy conference.

    According to news reports, Danielson was traveling on official business.

  • Cone Zone Week of Sept. 12

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Public Works
    Canyon Rim Trail
    Construction on the west leg of Canyon Rim Trail continues as crews complete the installation of a large retaining wall. The trail remains closed to pedestrians west of Fire Station 6.  
    On Tuesday, crews will position two cranes for the installation of the pedestrian bridge, which is scheduled later in the week. Motorists may experience minimal traffic impacts that will be managed by flagging operations.
    Diamond Drive Crack Sealing Project
    Crack sealing activities on Diamond Drive continue from the San Ildefonso roundabout south to the Los Alamos Canyon “Omega” bridge. Activities will be limited to “off-peak” hours whenever possible, from about 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday–Friday, weather permitting. Motorists should expect lane drops and occasional flagging operations.
    Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements Project
    Crews will be working daily through the weekend to help stay on track with project completion.  

  • Police Beat 9-11-16

    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.

    Aug. 28
    1:30 p.m. — Ralph Espinoza, 35, of Santa Cruz was arrested on possession of a controlled substance in the 1600 block of Trinity Drive.

    1:56 a.m. — Hannah Gutierrez, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for breaking and entering at the Los Alamos police station for an incident that happened on 41st Street.

    Aug. 29
    9:14 a.m. — Anthony Montoya, 25, of Española was arrested on a magis trate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was shoplifting (more than $250, less than $2,500) at Trinity Drive, July 5.
    10:42 a.m. — Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde  was arrested on a charge of theft of a credit card at the Los Alamos police station.

    Aug. 30
    10 a.m. — Crystal Holguin, 28, of Española was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.