Local News

  • Today in history April 15
  • Golf course parking lot work to begin Monday

    Construction of the final phase of the golf course parking lot is scheduled to start on Monday. The contractor, GM Emulsion, will install a perimeter fence around the eastern portion of the main parking lot for safety.
    Patrons of the golf course will be allowed to use the western portion of the parking lot and overflow parking areas.  
    As large trucks will be hauling base and asphalt materials into the work area, drivers and patrons are asked to use caution. Works hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. The project is scheduled for completion by May 27, weather permitting.   
    For information, contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • P and Z: Plan needs more public input

    The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission heard a report on the first round of public input on revisions to the county’s Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday. Architectural Resources Consultants (ARC) Principal Planner Stephen Burstein and Tim Karpoff, independent planner and facilitator from Karpoff & Associates, updated the commission on the input received in public meetings and an online survey to which 100 people responded.
    One of the commissioners’ major concerns was how few people participated. Only 65 people attended the first three meetings.
    “They are obviously the ones who had the most interest or a specific agenda,” Commissioner Philip Kunsberg said. “But to proceed on the principal that the recommendations of those 65 people should guide this whole process, I question whether that’s the way to go.”
    Commissioner Ashley Mamula offered another perspective.
    “Sixty-four people are not a lot of people in a county where there are a lot of opinions, but those are the people who cared enough to come forward and give their input, and I think their input is important,” Mamula said, noting that several people attended more than one meeting.

  • Cliff-diving driver nabbed for DWI

    A Los Alamos resident accused of purposely driving off a cliff with his girlfriend in the car in 2014, was arrested for DWI Saturday.
    Zachary Sanchez, 31, was stopped by Los Alamos police at the intersection of Canyon Road and Rim Road for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. Police reports indicate that he allegedly had a blood alcohol concentration of .16 or more.
    Sanchez was out on a conditions-of-release order for alleged “great bodily harm by vehicle (driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug and driving with a revoked license, DWI related).
    The charges stem from an August 2014 incident where he allegedly drove himself and his girlfriend over a 200-foot cliff near Anderson Overlook on NM 502. According to court documents, he is supposed to stand trial for that incident sometime in May or June of this year.
    According to court documents, the girlfriend was severely injured in the incident. During his arraignment, state prosecutor Natalie Perry accused Sanchez of purposely causing the crash.
    “The scary part of this is that the evidence shows it was intentional,” Perry said. “There’s a witness that saw him on the side of the cliff that saw him slowly drive off of it, there were no brake lights.”

  • Candidates file campaign finance reports

    Candidates for local and statewide office filed their first campaign finance reports April 11. Candidates are required to file reports detailing their contributions, expenditures, loans and in kind contributions four times during the primary season and four times for the general election.
    Reports from the two candidates for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 43 revealed some contrasts.
    Incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) has raised $18,668 to date. Garcia Richard received $1,000 from the Committee to Elect Brian Egolf and had an opening balance of $2,151.53. The rest came from 98 individual donors, the majority giving between $50–$250. One donor gave $500 and two others contributed $1,000 each.
    Garcia Richard had $7,064 in expenditures. Her largest expenditures were three totaling $3,861 to Voter Research, Inc. and $2,000 to the New Mexico House Democratic Campaign Committee. Her campaign also donated $500 to the Family YMCA. Most of her other expenditures were to ActBlue for processing fees.
    Garcia Richard’s Republican challenger, Sharon Stover, raised  $9,575 and spent $70.65 for a post office box and checks.

  • Authorities: Stray tortoise found in downtown Santa Fe area

    UPDATED: Wayward tortoise is back home.

    Staff and Associated Press report

    "Tank" the wayward tortoise who had temporarily roamed free on the streets of Santa Fe is now back safely in his own yard, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society reported this afternoon.

    "The tortoise owner says she doesn't know how her 12-year-old pet, dubbed Tank, escaped her yard but is happy to have him back," said shelter spokesman Ben Swan.

    The 12-year-old pet escaped his yard earlier this week and was reported loose by a concerned Santa Fe resident who told officers she thought the tortoise “was huge and possibly has teeth.”

    Animal control officers say they picked up a stray tortoise around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the downtown area.

    The shelter's director of adoptions, Dylan Moore, has a background in working with exotic creatures.

    He says the tortoise is likely an African spurred tortoise, a popular breed that does well in Northern New Mexico.

  • Today in history April 14
  • Company proposes nuclear waste storage in New Mexico

    HOBBS (AP) — An energy equipment company has taken steps toward opening a long-term storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico.

    Holtec International has submitted a letter of intent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about its bid to open a $5 billion Consolidated Interim Storage Facility in Lea County, The News-Sun reported.

    Holtec is proposing a long-term facility that could have a lifespan of 100 years. Company officials have said they anticipate initial licensing for the first 40 years.

    The company's letter to the NRC says it hopes to submit a site-specific license application by the end of November.

    Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb says the formal notice to the NRC is the latest development in a yearslong process. Cobb is a member of the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance board, a group of four southeastern New Mexico governments that is selling the 1,000 acres of land in western Lea County and Eddy County that Holtec has its eye on.

    The alliance includes the city of Hobbs, Lea County, Eddy County and the city of Carlsbad.

    The alliance has entered a tentative agreement to sell the land to Holtec that is contingent upon Holtec receiving the NRC license.

  • On the Docket 4-13-16

    March 31
    Nikolat A. Yampolsky pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Jeremy A Sauer  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court of having animals at large. Sentence deferred until April 29. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs.

    John Ferris  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign and causing an accident. Sentence deferred until May 30. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Cody J. Ulibarri pled no contest to headlamps on motor vehicles. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 1
    Luke Manzanares  was found guilty of four counts of failing to appear in court and not paying court costs or fees. Defendant was fined $200 and must also pay $284 in court costs

    Larry Bobo paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.
    Greg Gonzales was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of three counts of failing to appear, one count of not having proper car insurance and one count of failing  to display a current, valid registration plate.

  • Community Calendar 4-13-17

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.
    Los Alamos Farmer’s Winter Market from 8 a.m. to noon. At Crossroads Church, 97 E Road.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women meeting will be at noon in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Drive. Special guest speakers are Nora Espinoza, candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State and Yvonne Chicoine, candidate for First Judicial District Attorney.  Anyone is welcome.

    Los Alamos Chamber Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m. co-hosted by Farber & Associates, at 1475 Central Avenue, Suite 210. Business after hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship and identification of business opportunities. Register online http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. Speaker Dr. Emmanuel (“Manny”) Olona from Albuquerque will present a talk on “Are You Sure You Are Who You Think You Are?” and will be about the essentials of genealogical analysis. The traditional no-host social dinner will convene earlier that same evening at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant.