Local News

  • LA teachers fight PED evaluation policy

    The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees is fighting against the New Mexico Public Education Department’s teacher evaluation policy and has asked residents to sign a petition to get rid of it.
    Teachers were apparently shocked this year when they got back their evaluations, in which they say they found many inaccuracies that could possibly endanger their ability to make a living teaching.  

  • Religious leaders criticize GOP for death penalty vote

    SANTA FE (AP) — Religious leaders in New Mexico are slamming the governor and House Republicans for voting to reinstate the death penalty during an all-night special session, leaving little opportunity for a debate.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that while the efforts were made futile after the Senate refused to consider the bill, the condemnation is indicative of the conflict the issue is sure to draw when the Legislation reconvenes in January.
    At a news conference Thursday, Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester called the move to reinstate the death penalty overnight “offensive.” Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld of Congregation Albert in Albuquerque says the death penalty issue would have been more suited for a regular legislative session, rather than the all-night special session.

  • PEEC to host open house Oct. 16

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites the public to take part in its fall party at the Los Alamos Nature Center from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 16.

    PEEC’s annual membership meeting, fondly called PEEC-nic, is open to the public, not just members, and it’s free.

    To celebrate PEEC has special activities planned including hands-on activities for kids and adults, a leaf art contest for kids, fresh-pressed apple cider, and delicious desserts. 

    For anyone who has been interested in PEEC membership or volunteering at the nature center, this is a great time to find out more. Finally, no PEEC-nic is complete without welcoming the new PEEC board members.

    For more information about this and other PEEC events, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Pet of the Week

    Dalton is a 4-year-old Chihuahua mix who was recently transferred to our shelter. His history is unknown, but he can’t wait to make new memories with you! Dalton enjoys the company of other animals (particularly other little dogs!) and is both house- and crate-trained. He is a very sweet boy with a little cherry eye. It is just a cosmetic problem that doesn’t bother him. 

  • Counterfeit money ring busted in New Mexico

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve have uncovered a counterfeit money manufacturing ring and one suspect in the case is facing 104 counts of forgery.

    The investigation began last month after the manager of a Las Cruces pizza delivery company reported fake bills used in a transaction between a driver and a customer.

    Detectives traced the money back to a home where a search warrant uncovered several pieces of equipment that detectives suspect were used to manufacture all denominations of bills from $1 to $100.

    They say nearly $3,300 in counterfeit bills were seized from the house.

    Authorities say the fake bills possibly were passed at businesses in Las Cruces and Alamogordo.

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  • US Southwest faces threat of megadroughts with rising temps

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Already dealing with parched conditions, the U.S. Southwest faces the threat of megadroughts this century as temperatures rise, says a new study that found the risk is reduced if heat-trapping gases are curbed.

    Oppressive dry spells lasting at least two decades have gripped the Southwest before, but scientists said future megadroughts would be hotter and more severe, putting a strain on water resources.

    The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, is the latest to find that droughts more extreme than what is currently being experienced could become more common as the planet warms.

    Using computer modeling, researchers calculated there’s between a 70 percent and 90 percent chance the Southwest will experience a megadrought later this century.

    If precipitation is below normal, the risk jumps to 99 percent — “virtually certain,” said lead researcher Toby Ault of Cornell University.

  • No charges for apartment explosion suspect

    A Los Alamos man will not face drug charges connected to an explosion that happened inside the bathroom of a Los Alamos apartment at Caballo Peak Apartments May 9. 

    Brothers Juan Gonzales and Joseph Gonzales were inside the apartment when the explosion blew out the apartment windows and caused the evacuation of several residents. 

    Police speculate that explosion was attributed to the making of “marijuana wax” in the bathroom of the apartment. 

    “Upon investigation of the residence, it was determined that the cause  of the explosion was due to Mr. Joseph Gonzales igniting a large amount of butane while in the process of manufacturing marijuana wax,” LAPD Joseph Robinson said in a report filed with Los Alamos County Magistrate Court.

    Joseph Gonzales has not been charged with any crimes related to the incident.

    Joseph Gonzales was the only person injured in the explosion. Police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate Joseph Gonzales.

    The explosion severely injured Joseph Gonzales, who was taken to an area hospital. He is currently being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Forum highlights pros and cons sheriff charter amendment

    The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA) held its first general election candidate forum on Thursday. The final debate of the night was between John Horne, Jr. and Robert Gibson, who discussed the County Charter amendment that would eliminate the office of sheriff. The question will be put to voters on the November ballot. 

    Gibson spoke in support of the amendment and Horne, a Los Alamos deputy sheriff, in opposition. After opening statements, the debaters took questions from the audience. 

    The first citizen to ask a question attributed the statute that requires sex offenders to register with the sheriff’s office to the state constitution.

    Gibson first noted that it is a state statute that assigns maintenance of the sex offenders registry to sheriffs, not the constitution, and that the state constitution overrides statute. 

    He pointed out that the state constitution refers to the office of sheriff only once, and that is strictly in regard to a change in term limits for elected officials.