Local News

  • Child abuse charges filed in Baby Grey case

    The case of 11-day old Grey Vigil is not over.

    The Los Alamos County District Attorney filed charges against the mother and grandparents of “Baby Grey” Tuesday afternoon. In a letter filed in the First Judicial District Court by deputy district attorney Judith Reed, Katrina Vigil, the mother, was charged with one count of child abuse – negligently cause or permit (No death or great bodily harm).

    Grandparents Holly J. Vigil and Robert Vigil also were charged with the same count. The charge is considered a third-degree felony.

  • Can social media impact epidemics?

    Connecting social media and epidemiological research, a new study by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Tulane University will attempt to predict the future, i.e. people’s social behavior during an epidemic, using Twitter, the social media messaging site. If successful, the results will improve the computer models used to plan and respond to disease outbreaks. Understanding human behavior can help save people’s lives and the government millions of dollars in vaccine costs and epidemic response planning.

  • Correction 08-16-11

    The article, “Event supports Alzheimer’s research,” which appeared in the Sunday, Aug. 14 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, listed Vickie Griffis’ title at Aspen Ridge as, “director of families for five years.” It should have said Griffis has been a volunteer facilitating the Alzheimer’s support groups in Los Alamos for five years. Her title at Aspen Ridge is activities director, which she held for two years.

  • Superblitz to kick off Friday

    SANTA FE— New Mexico Department of Transportation Secretary Alvin C. Dominguez, New Mexico State Police Chief Robert Shilling and Santa Fe Mayor David Coss were joined today by representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and other state and local officials to kick off the state’s latest Superblitz to coincide with the national crackdown on impaired driving, themed “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
    The Superblitz will run from Aug. 19 through Labor Day, Sept. 5 and will correspond with the nationwide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving and reduce roadway fatalities. The campaign will target young male drivers and motorcycle riders, who are reportedly the most common perpetrators.

  • Update 08-16-11

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    LANL meeting

    LANL is holding a public meeting at 5:30 tonight to discuss the Open Detonation Hazardous Waste Permit Modification at Fuller Lodge.

    Pool maintenance

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed for public swimming beginning at 7 p.m. Friday for annual pool maintenance, and will re‑open on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 6 a.m. 

    County council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in council chambers for its regular meeting.

  • Lemon cupcakes entice 300-pound bear--video extra

    A massive black bear, dubbed “Cupcake” by New Mexico Game and Fish officers, was captured about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in Barranca Mesa.

    Officers had lined a path with lemon cupcakes leading to a large cage on wheels they placed in the side yard of Herbert and Bunnie Newman’s canyon rim home late Friday afternoon.

    “Nothing happened the first night but the second night our neighbor, Chris Ward, called to say she heard a loud bang and thought we may have caught the bear,” Herbert said during an interview this morning.
    With flashlights in hand the neighbors ventured into the night to investigate. They shined their lights into the cage and saw Cupcake peering up at them.

  • Predicting the future?

    “To predict the future, we have to understand the past,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Sara Del Valle. For more on connecting social media and epidemiological research, see page 3.

  • Ceremony launches Redi-Net

    Ceremonies for the launch of the REDI-Net community broadband infrastructure were groundbreaking in more ways than one.

    Dignitaries attending from New Mexico’s congressional delegation, from three county governments, three pueblos and several other partner organizations attested to one of the most far-reaching cooperative efforts ever undertaken in Northern New Mexico.

  • Requests for public records skyrocketing

    A race against the clock begins each time someone exercises their right to inspect a public record from Los Alamos County. The Public Records Act mandates municipalities produce the document within three days.

    The problem is that while locating a document may involve one employee and just a few minutes of time – it also can mushroom to include more than 20 employees spending weeks, even months on the request.

    As local resident requests for public records have been steadily growing, that leaves some county workers scrambling to stay on top of an ever-growing mountain of documents, which need to be processed.

  • US stocks fall on global economic worries

    NEW YORK (AP) — More evidence of a slowing global economy sent stocks falling Tuesday and threatened to end the market's three-day rally.

    Germany's economy stalled last quarter. That dragged down growth for Europe. In the U.S., reports painted a mixed picture of the economy: The housing market remains weak, but factory output rose last month at its fastest pace since the March earthquake in Japan disrupted global manufacturing.

    Worries about the economy overshadowed strong profit reports from U.S. companies.