Local News

  • US court blocks overtime expansion pay rule

    LAS VEGAS — A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1.
    The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted the nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Department of Labor from implementing the changes while the regulation’s legality is examined in more detail by the court. The order comes after 21 states sued the agency to block the rule before it took effect.
    “Businesses and state and local governments across the country can breathe a sigh of relief now that this rule has been halted,” said Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who led the coalition of states fighting the rule and has been a frequent critic of what he characterized as Obama Administration overreach. “Today’s preliminary injunction reinforces the importance of the rule of law and constitutional government.”

  • LANB evacuated Tuesday

    Los Alamos National Bank was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after someone noticed an odor like burnt rubber in the building. “The fire department responded quickly. They walked the entire building and can’t find any indication of smoke or heat,” said LANB President and CEO John Gulas.  Trane Heating and Air HVAC specialists were called to inspect the building’s HVAC system after it was cleared for reentry. “So everybody did what they were supposed to do,” Gulas said. 

  • Turkey Trot raises over $6,000 for charity

    All that running  and walking over 100 Los Alamos County residents did Sunday evidently paid off. This year’s CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot  raised over $6,000.
    Twenty five percent of the funds will help “LA Cares,” a local food bank and charity. The remainder of the funds will benefit the Church World Service’s relief fund.
    The weather could not have been more perfect for the event, as runners and walkers of all types headed out  of the Los Alamos Middle School parking lot and onto San Ildefonso Road under a cobalt-blue sky and warm breezes to raise money.
    The two-and-half mile route took the runners over to the North Mesa Stables, then to the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa and back to the middle school parking lot. Following the event, participants had a ticket raffle for 25 frozen turkeys, 20 pumpkin pies and other items. Anyone who made donations on the spot received a free t-shirt. The event ended with a potluck dinner.
    While the participants had their reasons for participating, many were happy to help those in need.
    “It’s a great cause, especially at this time of year. I live down the road so it’s a good excuse to get out and be with some friends and get some exercise in,”  resident Neil Henson said.

  • Businesses give back for Small Business Saturday

    Shopping locally this weekend during Small Business Saturday not only supports Los Alamos residents’ favorite businesses but local nonprofits as well.
    The idea of turning “Shop Small” into “Give Big” is unique to Los Alamos and embraced by businesses and the community at large.
    The idea initiated with United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Kristy Ortega, who approached local businesses in 2012 with the idea of donating a percentage of their Small Business Saturday sales to United Way.
    “It was a good way for businesses to get some advertising and marketing and get people who may not shop locally to think about shopping locally for different reasons,” Ortega said.
    The experiment was successful, and has since expanded to include a range of 501(c)3 nonprofits. Participation is voluntary, but half of the 75 businesses participating in Small Business Saturday this year are donating in some way to local nonprofits. Some place a jar on the counter for customers to contribute to; others donate a portion of the day’s sales ranging from five percent to 50 percent for one business. Many prefer to keep their charitable contributions private.

  • Local expert discusses future of ACA

    Editor’s note: First of a two-part series

    During a seminar titled “Health Insurance in New Mexico,” presented to Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce members Nov. 10, Vanguard Resources, Inc. Founder Anne Sperling outlined possible scenarios for the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
    Sperling met with the Los Alamos Monitor after the seminar to discuss some of those issues.
    Sperling based her conjectures on her 32-years experience in the insurance industry, on statements Trump made during the 15-month campaign season and on indicators from the Republican Congress.
    Sperling does not believe Trump can keep his campaign promise to repeal the ACA in his first 100 days.
    “He’s got to come up with 60 votes unless he wants to do something outside of the box, and then he’s got to get 50 votes,” Sperling said.  “So is he going to be able to convince these other senators in the first 100 days that this has to be changed? And his sales of that process has to be ‘the changes I want to make are going to be better.’ I don’t know if he’s going to be a good enough sales guy to do it.”

  • 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. 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.


    Nov. 9

    2:57 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Los Alamos male was the victim of a car following too closely at the intersection of East Jemez Road and State Highway 4.


    Nov. 10

    10:55 a.m. — Police reported that a 68-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Bryce Avenue and Rover Boulevard.


    Nov. 12

    9:47 a.m. — Mathew Ruybal, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charge was driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of 39th Street and Canyon Road on Oct. 7.

  • NM professors seek immigrant protections

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A group of professors at the largest university in the nation’s most Hispanic state are asking for more protection of immigrant students.

    Professors and instructors at the University of New Mexico are delivering a letter Friday to the school’s president, Bob Frank, amid uncertainty from immigrant students who are living in the country illegally but have temporary protective status.

    Advocates say the students are scared of being deported after the election of Republican Donald Trump as president. Trump has previously said he wanted a “deportation force” to remove immigrants living in the country illegally.

    Organizers say more than 900 people have signed the letter.

    The University of New Mexico has long allowed immigrant students who are living in the country illegally to attend at in-state tuition rates.

  • Animal Shelter

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday. 

    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.


    Noel—A big, fluffy calico kitty who loves to snuggle! She is approximately 7 years old, and she came to the shelter when her owner had to move into assisted living. She loves attention and enjoys being held; she also enjoys being petted, as long as you steer clear of her big belly! Noel is playful with both adults and children, and she loves playing with string toys.

  • Pesky peacocks pose problems for Newton’s neighbors in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Feathers are flying in the neighborhood around Wayne Newton’s estate, where residents are complaining that peafowl like the ones on the Las Vegas showman’s 40-acre ranch have become roosting, roaming pests.

    Residents who live near Casa de Shenandoah claim peafowl from the ranch wander the neighborhood — squawking, scratching family cars and creating a traffic hazard.

    “We heard something on our roof that scared us to death,” April Juelke told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We thought a burglar was breaking in, but it was a bunch of peacocks.”

    The Juelkes and others say the birds roost at the ranch. The couple say their Labrador retriever, Reginald Winthorp, has twice had intestinal illnesses that they blame on bird droppings.

    Newton’s lawyer, Jay Brown, said the birds aren’t Newton’s.


    “We’ve never bought a peacock. We’ve never brought in a peacock,” Brown said.

  • Mountaineers meeting set for Tuesday

     The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host speakers and adventurers Kelly Gallagher and Don Krier at their meeting that starts at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center.

    Gallagher and Krier will give a presentation about “Adventures in the Alps: Mont Blanc and Matterhorn.” The two speakers will talk about the several days of acclimatization in the French and Swiss alps that they spent climbing peaks and traversing glaciers to prepare for ascents of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. They experienced fabulous weather and good health, and drank quite a bit of Génépi and overindulged on gelato. This talk describes the gorgeous setting and routes for their two weeks of alpine climbing.

    The social at 6:45 p.m., followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. Program starts at 7:30 p.m.