Local News

  • Out For the Day

    Los Alamos residents Beatrice Morton, Jerry Dudley, sitting together in one photo, and Pat Day, standing in the other, hang out at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The senior center and many other local entities have programs designed for older members of the community. To read more about some of those, see the “Boomer Times” section in today’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Former sheriff is appealing his conviction

    SANTA FE (AP) — A federal appeals court in Denver is set to hear arguments in the case of former Rio Arriba County sheriff Tommy Rodella, who received a 10-year prison sentence for violating a motorist's civil rights while brandishing a handgun.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the appeal hearing has been scheduled for September 29.
    Rodella's attorney plans to argue that Rodella's stop of Espanola motorist Michael Tafoya was lawful and that he didn't receive a fair trial.
    The scheduling of the hearing comes as the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque fights to seize Rodella's assets to help pay nearly $150,000 that Rodella owes the government for his fine in the case.
    After being found guilty, Rodella received a $200,000 fine and was ordered to pay $10,000 to the motorist.

  • Clinton, Bush lead in campaign funds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The two presidential candidates whose immediate families include former presidents loom large in early fundraising for 2016.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush account for almost half the roughly $377 million that presidential groups for all the expected 22 candidates say they’ve raised. Most campaigns, including Clinton’s and Bush’s, were required to file their initial reports with the Federal Election Commission by midnight Wednesday.
    Those document financial activity between April 1 and June 30 and will list the names of everyone who gave at least $200.
    The maximum contribution for the primary is $2,700. The FEC reports also will show how candidates are spending their money — on consultants, office space, advertising, polling and more.
    Wednesday’s reports provide only a glimpse of all the money that donors are handing over. The candidates also benefit from super PACs created specifically to help them.
    Those groups, which accept contributions of any size and are subject to legal limits on how closely they can work with the campaigns, file their FEC reports at the end of the month.
    Ahead of the deadlines, many candidates and their super PAC boosters have publicized their fundraising totals.

  • Local Briefs 7-15-15

    Local veteran needs a hand

    The American Legion Post 90 announced a Los Alamos-area World War II veteran, who served 35 missions in Europe with the Army Air Corps, is in need of assistance getting his yard up to code.
    Post 90 said the vet, whom it didn’t identify, has been issued warnings by Los Alamos County and cannot afford to pay someone to do the yard work, nor can the vet, 96 years of age, physically do the work himself.
    Post 90 is looking for volunteers, two lawn mowers and two weed eaters. The post estimated the work would be completed in 4 hours or less.
    Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to show up at 1916 Spruce at 8 a.m. Saturday.
    For questions, contact Ed McDaris at em93116@gmail.com or 719-244-7637.

    Henderson gets Coalition post

  • Update 7-15-15

    Science on Tap

    Science on Tap will be Thursday at the UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square. The presentation will be “From Trinity Test to Artificial Joints: How Computational Mathematics Has Transformed Our World.” Science on Tap will start at 5:30 p.m.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market will return Thursday to the Mesa Public Library parking lot. The market runs from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Highlights this week include kids art with Rosie and Her Mom and a potting demonstration.


    “Back to the Future” (1985) is scheduled to be screened at Ashley Pond tonight. The movie starts at sundown.


    Registration is open for the High Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament, which is scheduled for July 18. The tournament is played at North Mesa Park in mudpits. Teams are coed and consist of 6-12 players, including at least four women. For more information, call 662-8173.

    Zoo To You

    Mesa Public Library will host “Zoo To You,” an educational program sponsored by the Albuquerque Biopark. The program will include live birds and reptiles. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in the library parking lot.

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  • Man sentenced for phone threats

    A 42-year-old Chimayó man was recently convicted of making death threats to his wife over the telephone.
    The suspect, Davy J. Sparks, was charged with “use of telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.” The original charge was assault against a household member.
    Sparks was sentenced in Magistrate Court.
    Sparks was sentenced to 364 days of probation and he must also pay $73 in court costs. He was not fined.
    According to court documents, police responded to a domestic call after the fact concerning Spark’s wife, a Los Alamos resident. She reported to police that Sparks threatened her during a phone conversation. “(The victim) stated Davy told her he was going to put a bullet in her head if he sees her,” read a statement in the report. “She also stated he told her, ‘she better watch herself because he will blow her f-----g head off.”
    As part of his probation, Sparks must obey all laws and not be charged, indicted, arrested or convicted of any other crime.
    He must also obey all of the conditions of his probation, which include not possessing a firearm, destructive device or a weapon. Sparks must also maintain contact with his probation officer, as well as pay $25 a month in probation fees to the Los Alamos Municipal Court.

  • Outlook for local economy is looking up

    According to Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher, change may be in the wind for Los Alamos’ economic climate.
    The success of Smith’s Marketplace, the recent purchase of Hilltop House, the opening of new businesses and increased interest from outside investors are all indicators that convince Fisher that things are looking up.
    Fisher recently released the results of a new retail market analysis, which indicates a 37 percent increase in retail activity since the 2007 U.S. Census of Business. That census placed retail sales at $5,279 per capita.
    Retail sales at the end if 2014 averaged $7,234 per capita.
    Fisher attributes much of the increase to the opening of Smith’s Marketplace in July 2014. The Marketplace is on track to achieve $70 million in sales in its first year of operation, nearly doubling its previous sales volume.
    Not only are Los Alamos residents spending more at the new venue, many nonresidents who never shopped in Los Alamos before are purchasing there, as well.
    Other new retail establishments include SuperCuts and Nambé Drugs. Thai Cuisine opened last Thursday in Mari Mac Plaza and Hilltop House has just sold to Atomic City Investments, which plans to renovate and reopen the hotel, restaurant and conference center.

  • Making Kids Safer

    Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, Sgt. Jordan Redmond, center and Mountain Elementary Principal Jennifer Guy thanked the Los Alamos School Board, Smith’s, Los Alamos National Bank and others for helping get their “Safety Town” off to a strong start this summer at the school board meeting Tuesday. The “town,” a day school program that taught preschoolers how to stay safe when they start school this August. Safety Town taught a group of more than 40 preschoolers the rules of the road when riding their bikes, “stranger danger” the dangers of adult medicines and other safety tips.

  • Udall: bill will help targets of breach

    During a conference call to the state’s media outlets Tuesday, Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) offered a small ray of hope to the state’s federal and lab employees caught up in two recent, separate data breaches reported by the Office of Personnel Management.
    He mentioned that he’s lending his support to a bill that, if signed into law, would offer lifetime credit monitoring to federal and lab employees including retirees, as well as up to $5 million in identity theft insurance for each employee affected by the breaches.
    Those affected by the breach could include:

    • Current and former federal government employees and contractors
    • Job candidates for federal employment who underwent a background investigation
    • Spouses, co-habitants of former federal employees, contractors, job candidates immediate family, close contacts and references of those whose information was stolen.