Local News

  • Cone Zone 6-19-15

    For information about the projects listed below, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.
    This information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

    Work on 42nd Street continues but is available to local traffic. Crews began demolition on 44th Street Thursday. Crews have begun to remove curb, gutter and roadway, which will be followed by trenching and installation. Intermittent flagging operations should be expected during work hours, 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

  • Tonight's concert is at the ski lodge

    Dan Bern is the feature attraction at tonight’s Gordon’s Summer Concert.
    There is a change of venue for tonight, however. For much of the season, the concerts have taken place at Ashley Pond, but the Dan Bern concert will take place at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge.
    All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.
    Bern is a folk singer who has released two recordings in his career, which goes back to 1997.
    Gordon said he puts on an entertaining show that’s worth checking out.
    “He’s very witty, insightful. He writes about a lot of different things,” he said.
    Following tonight’s show, Bern will travel to the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California and spend much of July and August in that area.
    Next week, the concert series will return to Ashley Pond with a show by WhiteWater Ramble.

  • State Briefs 6-19-15

    Spending bill includes funds for historic Santa Fe building

    SANTA FE (AP) — The capital spending bill signed this week by Gov. Susana Martinez includes $680,000 for much-needed repairs and improvements at the Palace of the Governors.
    The adobe structure is billed as the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. Earlier this year, it was named a treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of an effort to raise awareness.
    The group welcomed the governor’s signature, saying the funding will serve as a down payment for work on the building.
    Built in 1610, the palace sits at the edge of Santa Fe’s historic plaza. Under its portal, Native American artisans from surrounding pueblos gather each day to sell their handmade wares to passing tourists.
    Inside are exhibits that highlight New Mexico’s history.

    Fiesta queen is under fire

  • Update 6-19-15

    Father's Day

    The Los Alamos High School golf program will hold a Father’s Day equipment sale at the old Los Alamos Golf Course pro shop. The sale will go from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


    There will be a fundraising breakfast hosted at the Masonic Lodge from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Waffles with fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Aquatomics.

    Future Energy

    A regular meeting of the Future Energy Resources Committee is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the municipal building.

    Caregivers Fair

    An Alzheimer’s Caregivers Fair will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.


    Los Alamos Nature Center will have two Night Sky Shows Saturday. The shows are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the center’s planetarium. Price for admission is $3 and seating is limited.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host its weekly farmers market Saturday at its store on Entrada Drive. The market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • State issues fewer immigrants licenses

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The number of newly issued driver’s licenses to immigrants in New Mexico has plunged to its lowest level since the state began granting driving privileges to foreign nationals living in the country illegally, new records show.
    According to state documents obtained by The Associated Press, only 4,577 licenses were issued to foreign nationals in 2014. That’s a 70 percent drop from 2010 — the year before Gov. Susana Martinez became governor and when New Mexico issued more than 15,000 such licenses, the most in a year.
    Records also show the number of licenses issued has been steadily declining since 2010 and fell close to 5 percent from 2013. However, numbers show that renewal from such licenses rose in 2014 by 5 percent.
    Officials do not know how many licenses went to immigrants illegally living in the U.S. because applicants aren’t required to submit information about their immigration status.
    There’s no clear explanation for the drop, and there has been no change to state policy despite efforts by Martinez to repeal the law.
    However, since it passed in 2003, some states have enacted similar driver’s licenses laws.

  • Theatre will hold auditions for play

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold auditions this weekend for its next production, “Harvey.”
    The auditions are scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Audition times are from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and 7-10 p.m. Monday at the Performing Arts Center.
    “Harvey” is one of the most famous plays and movies coming out of the first half of the 20th century.
    It is about a man, Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is an imaginary, 6-foot tall rabbit. The character of Elwood was famously portrayed by actor James Stewart.
    The play was written by Mary Chase and premiered on Broadway in 1944, running form 1,775 performances.’
    Locally, the play, which will be produced by Fred Brueggeman and Paul Lewis and directed by Gwen Lewis, will open in mid-September.
    For those interested in auditioning, scripts of the play are available at Mesa Public Library.
    Roles include Elwood, his sister, Veta Louise Simmons, Dr. William R. Chumley and wife Betty Chumley, and several others.

  • Aquatic center to reduce its hours

    Los Alamos County announced Thursday it is reducing hours at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center to save money.
    The new hours at the center will be from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday starting July 1.
    According to the county, the decision was made to attempt to save money for the county. In the past, the aquatic center has been pointed to as one of the big revenue drains of Los Alamos County, that according to the Albuquerque-based Rio Grande Foundation.
    The one-hour cut — the center is currently open until 8 p.m. — is expected to save the county about $31,000 in operation overhead and staffing costs “and will allow for the continuation of quality service and programs during the hours that the pool is open,” according to an announcement about the hour change.
    The aquatic center’s open boating program will start at 7 p.m. Tuesdays throughout the summer starting July 7.
    According to the county, an average of less than 10 pool users would be affected by the early closure.
    Parks and Recreation staff said it reviewed the center’s traffic for its service hours and “pinpointed times with the lowest usage.”

  • Today in history June 19
  • Suspect had apartheid patches

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Storm Roof drove around with a Confederate flag on his license plate — not exactly an unusual sight in the South. But on his Facebook page, he wore a jacket with the flags of the former white-racist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia.
    A picture began to emerge Thursday of the 21-year-old white man arrested in the shooting deaths of nine people during a prayer meeting at a historic black church in Charleston. The Wednesday night attack was decried by stunned community leaders and politicians as a hate crime.
    In the hours after the bloodbath, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that tracks hate organizations and extremists, said it was not aware of Roof before the rampage. And some friends said they did not know him to be racist.
    “I never thought he’d do something like this,” said high school friend Antonio Metze, 19. “He had black friends.”
    A young man with a blunt sugar-bowl haircut, Roof used to skateboard in a Lexington suburb in South Carolina when he was younger and had long hair then.
    Childhood friend Joey Meek had seen him as recently as Tuesday, said Meek’s mother, Kimberly Konzny. She said she didn’t know why he was in Charleston and was not aware of his being involved in any church groups or saying anything racist.

  • On The Docket 6-18-15

    June 11

    Ian A. Sandine was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for texting while driving. Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Aug. 9. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school.

    Melinda T. Gutierrez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid license plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Thomas Ortiz pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to driving 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Arnold A. Robbe pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Cody J. Aiken pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    William Ward pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Patricia Teegarden was fined $50 for not having current, valid registration plate while parked.

    June 12