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  • Today In History, April 5
  • Living Treasure: Gene Mortensen

    “From Sullivan Field here in Los Alamos, welcome to Hilltopper football!” … “From Edward Medina Gymnasium in Espanola, welcome to Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball!” … “From Santa Fe, Farmington, from Silver City, Las Cruces, … !” 2014 Los Alamos Living Treasure Gene Mortensen - the radio voice of Los Alamos sports, the ‘Voice of the Toppers.’
    Owner of a beautiful baritone (and a quick repartee) Gene Mortensen is one of those rare adults in Los Alamos, a native New Mexican. Gene grew up and met Gail, his wife of over 54 years (also a New Mexico native) in Albuquerque during his student days at UNM. “That was it for me; I was ‘one and done’ as they say.”

  • NanoDays at the Bradbury Science Museum

    The Bradbury Science Museum celebrates NanoDays with a week of events April 7-13.
    NanoDays is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.
    At the nanoscale — the scale of atoms and molecules — many common materials exhibit unusual properties. The ability to manipulate matter at this microscopic size enables innovations that were never before possible. Using these advancements, nanotechnology is revolutionizing how scientists research and develop medicine, computing, food, energy and many other things people rely on.
    Other activities include using electricity to shape memory metal and exploring thin films — the reason bubbles have so many colors. A movie series related to nanotechnology “Making Stuff,” will be shown at 1 p.m. every day. There are four movies to the PBS series and include the themes “smaller, stronger, cleaner and smarter.” The Science Cinema movie will be shown at 10:30 a.m. April 12 and will also be a nano-related film about atoms by Bill Nye the Science Guy.

  • Update 04-04-14

    Mobile adoption

    Mobile adoption and Doggy Kissing Booth from 9-11 a.m. Sunday at Posse Lodge. ‘Ask the Trainer’ table will be available to get some personal training advice from Sue Barns, who trains dogs for Assistance Dogs of the West, and has co-authored the book “Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog.”


    Summer Concert Fundraiser. Music starts at 7 p.m. today, auction at 8:30 p.m. at Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Lots of stuff to bid on to raise funds for the Summer Concert Series. Featuring music by DK & The Affordables, with special guests Ed Partridge and James Carothers. Tickets $15, couples $25. For more information call 690-2484 or email russ@gordonssummerconcerts.com.

    Bag Days

    Bag Days are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jemez House Thrift Shop, 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.


    Posse Lodge Pancake Breakfast. 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday. All proceeds will benefit Los Alamos’ Friends of the Shelter. FOS will feature a silent auction of gift baskets donated by Zena Thomas and Best Buddy Baskets. The auction goes on all morning, as well as a chance to sign up for the Dog Jog before rates increase. Cost is $7 for adults, and $4 for kids 10 years and younger. 

  • Happy retirement

    County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman enters the “no more work zone” with his son Mike at his side. Los Alamos County held a retirement party for him on Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Today in history April 4
  • Santa Fe man arrested on embezzlement charges


     ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $42,000 from a New Mexico tribe over an eight-month period.

    Prosecutors say 60-year-old Ramiro R. Flores entered into a plea agreement Thursday.

    They say Flores will be required to pay restitution to the San Ildefonso Pueblo in an amount to be determined by the court and also be sentenced to probation.

    Flores was indicted last October on six counts of embezzlement from a tribal organization.

    According to the indictment, Flores embezzled $42,856 from San Ildefonso Pueblo between June 2011 and February 2012.

    At the time, Flores was employed as the program director for the Pueblo's Parks and Wildlife Program.

  • Witness injured during shoplifting attempt

    According to court documents, eyewitnesses say shoplifting suspect Jorge Talamantes, 42, of Española intentionally injured and then tried to run over a bystander at the Jemez House Thrift Shop in White Rock.
    Talamantes was arrested Wednesday for the March 14 incident. He was later released on a $1,000 bond from Los Alamos Detention Center.
    According to court documents, witnesses at the store reported to the owner that Talamantes was allegedly shoplifting. When the clerk confronted Talamantes and told him to empty his pockets, he complied, dumping approximately $50 in jewelry on the counter.
    He then tried to leave, but was purposely blocked by a customer who was standing by the exit. Talamantes then allegedly grabbed the door handle and slammed the door into her, injuring her right shoulder and arm, according to court documents. He then tried to leave in his car, but was followed out to his car by the victim, who stood behind the rear of his vehicle demanded he not leave.
    Then, according to eyewitnesses, Talamantes got in the driver’s seat, looked over his shoulder at the witness, and backed up.
    Court documents say she was thrown onto the trunk of the car, then Talamantes sped off, heading east on N.M. 4. The victim landed on her feet but sustained bruises on each thigh.

  • Police arrest two suspects in February car burglaries


    They would’ve gotten away with it, if it weren’t for the dead flowers.

    Police arrested two local suspects, John Michael Romero, 19,  and Sam Newell, 18, on three counts of aggravated burglary of a vehicle, two counts of larceny (fourth degree felony) one count of misdemeanor larceny, one count of conspiracy, and receiving/transferring of stolen property Wednesday.

    According to court documents, the suspects are accused of burglarizing four vehicles in the White Rock area. The crime spree started in the late hours of Feb. 13 and continued into the morning of Feb. 14.

    They probably would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for the fact that they trampled someone’s flower bed in the process of their crime spree.

    When the victim of the alleged umbrage checked the footage on a surveillance camera to see who the culprit(s) were, the identities of the alleged car thieves were revealed as they were caught in the act.

    According to court documents, the two, apparently, took many things of value from the vehicles, including a handgun, an expensive pair of prescription sunglasses earphones, and loose change.

    On Wednesday, the two suspects were taken into custody after they both confessed to the Valentine’s Day spree.

  • Want to be a movie extra?

    Members of the public who are interested in auditioning to be an extra in the Lifetime made-for-television movie being filmed in White Rock (working title: "Jubilee”), are encouraged to send an e-mail to the casting director at extras@whiteturtlecasting.com and include a current photo, contact phone number, height, weight, and the year, make, model and color of your vehicle.  

    Filming in White Rock is scheduled for March 31 and April 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 22, however, other portions of the film will be shot in other New Mexico locations through to the end of April.

    Submit questions or concerns regarding the production to  Kelly Stewart, Film Liaison, Los Alamos Film Office, kelly.stewart@lacnm.us 505-412-3410.  Updates regarding film activities are posted on the Home Page of the County website.