Local News

  • Late-Season Snow

    With Memorial Day, the unoffical start of summer, less than two weeks away, the mountains around Los Alamos got a dusting of snow from Tuesday night’s storms and it’s not expected to warm up in the area for at least a few days.

  • Local Briefs 5-13-15

    Mark Twain show set for Saturday

    Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 will host “Mark Twain at Fuller Lodge” Saturday evening.
    The event, which starts at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public.
    Jefferson Jordan, the grand master of Masons in New Mexico, will be portraying author Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and authored such classics as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”
    Following the presentation, a reception will be held. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

    PBS to have local event in June

  • Update 5-13-15

    Pool closed

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will have its pools closed on Saturday so pool staff can attend an in-service meeting. The front window at the aquatic center will be open for reservations and other business. Pools will reopen at 1 p.m. Sunday.


    Los Alamos County is hosting a hazard mitigation plan public meeting. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. To submit a comment, visit the Open Forum on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.


    Outdoorsman Doug Scott will guide a group to waterfalls in the Jemez Mountains Saturday. Interested hikers will travel to 8 different sites on the trek, which is sponsored by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Call 662-0460 for information.

    Plant Sale

    The Los Alamos Garden Club will have a plant sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court in Los Alamos. The sale, which will go from 8 a.m.-noon, will benefit Los Alamos High School Scholarships.

    Kite Festival

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will have its 18th annual Kite Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Overlook Park. Friday’s festivities will include the first Gordon’s Summer Concert series with the Eric McFadden Band. Friday’s event will start at 7 p.m.

  • PEEC hosting big sale at old building Friday

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at its former location, 3540 Orange Street.
    Everything in the old building that belongs to PEEC, but did not make the move to the new Nature Center is for sale, including a conference table, stackable chairs, bookcases, books, computers, display cases, small appliances, furnishings and more.
    Throughout the day, special “fill-a-bag” announcements will be made, during which time everything that will fit into one bag will be sold for a flat rate of $10.
    Everything not sold on Friday will be offered for free on Sunday to whomever is willing to carry it away. The building will be open Sunday from noon-3 p.m.
    Proceeds of the sale will support PEEC, the organization that operates the Nature Center.
    PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. In addition to managing the Nature Center, PEEC holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups.
    For more information on the group, visit peecnature.org on the Internet.

  • Bandelier shuttles to start running May 23

    Atomic City Transit announced its schedule for the summer and fall tourist season for shuttles going to and from Bandelier National Monument.
    ACT will start regular shuttle service to Bandelier May 23.
    Shuttles run from the White Rock Visitor Center to Bandelier’s visitor center through Oct. 27. The first shuttles of the day, which will be on a 7 day a week operating schedule, will depart White Rock at 9 a.m.
    Shuttles run every half-hour Monday through Friday and every 20 minutes Saturday and Sunday.
    Returning shuttles start at 9:30 each day. Those will also be on a 30-minute schedule during the week and a 20-minute schedule during the weekend.
    Vehicles are generally not allowed at the Bandelier parking lot, with a few exceptions, such as tour buses, school buses, backcountry camping permits and handicapped parking permits.
    For more information about the shuttles or vehicle access at Bandelier, call 672-3861 or Atomic City Transit at 661-7433 (RIDE).

  • 'Toppers, Sundevils clash again

    For the fourth time this season, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and Española Valley will meet on the baseball field, but this will be the biggest game they’ve played.
    The two teams will face off Thursday morning, this time in the Class 5A state quarterfinals with an opportunity to end their district foe’s season.
    The Sundevils won the first contest between the clubs, 4-0. Los Alamos then took two games from the Sundevils, 3-0 and 6-5, at Bomber Field to help it capture its seventh consecutive district title.
    The ’Toppers haven’t lost since the first time they played the Sundevils; they’re currently riding a 12-game winning streak, including a two-win sweep against Aztec in the first round of the state playoffs.
    Española Valley, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, beat No. 11 Farmington in the first round, 3-1 and 5-3.
    The rematch for a spot in the semifinals will start at 10 a.m. at Cleveland High School. Los Alamos, the No. 3 seed, will take a 22-6 record into the game while the Sundevils will enter the contest 20-6.
    The winner will represent District 2 in the semis at 4 p.m. Friday at Cleveland High.
    Class 5A’s championship game will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Lobo Field.

  • Today in history May 13
  • Sandia National Laboratories president announces retirement

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The head of Sandia National Laboratories plans to step down after five years at the helm of the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based research center.

    Sandia President and Laboratories Director Paul Hommert announced Tuesday he plans to retire in mid-summer.

    Hommert says the process to name his successor is well underway and will be complete in time to assure a smooth transition.

    The laboratory is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp. and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

    With main facilities in Albuquerque and Livermore, California, Sandia has research and development responsibilities that cover national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

  • State Briefs 5-12-15

    Santa Fe liable for tribal officer’s
    defense, court says

    SANTA FE (AP) — A new court ruling says Santa Fe is responsible for the defense of a tribal officer who is being sued over actions he took to enforce state law.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state Supreme Court ruled Monday that Santa Fe is responsible for defending Pojoaque Pueblo tribal officer Glen Gutierrez in a 2010 lawsuit because he was given authority by the sheriff’s office commission.
    The Santa Fe County said the decision will at least temporarily result in less police coverage in the county and could impact mutual-aid agreements because he won’t place the county in further liability from those arrangements.
    Jose Luis Loya is suing Gutierrez. He said the officer physically attacked him after a traffic stop.
    Guiterrez could not be reached for comment.

    Mom charged in son’s killing
    alleges civil rights violations

  • Arkansas couple dies trying to save daughter from twister

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Melissa and Michael Mooneyhan met as high school students and quickly fell in love. The two were married in 2004, even before they graduated.
    More than a decade later, the pair died shielding their young daughter from a tornado as the twister chewed up the family’s mobile home in Nashville, Arkansas, authorities said.
    The home looked “like it had exploded,” said Howard County Coroner John Gray, who called the little girl’s survival “a miracle.” Rescuers who found the family believe the couple perished while desperately trying to protect their child.
    When search crews lifted a piece of trailer debris, they found the girl squatting between her parents’ bodies, awake and teary.
    “I don’t think she had nearly a scratch on her,” said Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator Sonny Raulerson. “There wasn’t enough room for her to even stand up. But she didn’t try to crawl out. I don’t think she wanted to leave her mama.”
    The Mooneyhans were among five people killed Sunday after a line of powerful tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas. Three people died in Texas. Scores of others were hurt, some critically.