Today's News

  • Suspected burglars get bonds reduced

    For the recently engaged couple, the judge’s order to stay away from each other was probably the worst punishment of all, so far.
    Pending the upcoming trials for their crimes, a young couple accused of burglarizing at least six homes in Los Alamos will be forbidden to see or communicate with each other until their cases are resolved. And if they are found guilty, they probably won’t be seeing each other for a long time after that.
    “You will avoid all contact with the alleged victims and anyone that might testify in this case,” said Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados to suspect Marcos Vigil, who stood quietly by his attorney’s side as Casados read his conditions of release. “That includes Miss (Brandi) Merrifield (his fiancée). You can have no contact with her. You can’t send your cousin to send her cousin a message to get to her. Do you understand that? If I hear any inkling of ‘well, we got to talk,’ you’re in jail.

  • Wells to retire from LANB

    Steve Wells figured it was time.
    Last week, Wells notified the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Los Alamos National Bank and Trinity Capital Corporation of his intent to retire as President and Chief Administrative Officer of LANB and Secretary of Trinity effective Dec. 31.
     Wells serves as President and Chief Administrative Officer for LANB and as Secretary of Trinity, as well as a director on the boards of both Trinity and LANB. Wells has been employed with LANB since 1985. He served as Executive Vice President from 1985 to 1994, when he was named President.
    “My time with Steve has been very beneficial. We share a common passion for our customers, shareholders, employees and the community,” said John S. Gulas, CEO and President of Trinity and CEO of LANB. “Steve has been a great asset to me and LANB. I look forward to working with him over the next four months as we strategically plan for the bank’s future.”

  • Golf course community building receives certificate of occupancy

    The Los Alamos Monitor just received word that the golf course community building received its final inspection and certificate of occupancy from the state late Thursday. Project Manager Anthony Strain anticipates having golf course and pro shop operations moved in and operational by mid-September, with the restaurant opening in November. Look for more on this breaking news in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • New chamber manager returns home to LA

    The new manager for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Nancy Partridge, was born and raised in Los Alamos. After spending a good portion of her adult life away from the county, she returns with skills well matched to the job at hand.
    Partridge spent the past seven years as the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute, a construction trade association for brick, block and stone manufactures, materials suppliers and masonry contractors, located in Denver.
    “At RMMI, I was dealing with three competing manufacturing industries, a group of competing suppliers and then all of these contractors who were competing on bid day, and trying to get them to all work together to promote the industry.
    “So it was a fairly good fit for coming to Los Alamos and trying to get the fairly diverse interests here — from retailers to restaurants to LANL subcontractors to property owners and managers to medical professionals — to work together to promote the business interests of Los Alamos.”
    An interesting aspect of Partridge’s work with RMMI was advocating for building codes better adapted to wildfire areas.

  • On The Docket 08-29-14

    Aug. 18

    Maria E. Tsoodle was found guilty by the Los Alamos County Magistrate Court for following too closely.
    Sentencing is deferred, on conditions of probation as specified. Defendant is advised that completion of all terms and conditions of a deferred sentence shall result in dismissal of this charge, but the record of the charge will still exist. Absent further order of this court, this order will become final as of Sept. 18, 2014, and the charge will be dismissed.
    Defendant was charged $81 in court costs. Defendant must undergo 30 days of unsupervised probation.
    Probation conditions include:
    Defendant shall notify the court of any change of address within 48 hours. Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Upon successful completion of deferral conditions charge(s) will be dismissed. Deferral period shall be 30 days. Defendant shall refrain from receiving any other citations during the deferment period. If the defendant fails to comply with the requirements set forth, the deferment agreement shall be forfeited. Deferred fines will be imposed and citation(s) will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles accordingly. A bench warrant may be issued for the defendant’s arrest.

  • Update 08-29-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.


    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. South By Southwest featuring Mike Hearne, Jimmy Stadler and Zeke Severson. 7-10 p.m. today at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

    High Tea

    High Tea and Fashion Show. 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Kelly Hall, 2900 Trinity Dr. Show will feature silent auction with handmade items, gift certificates, time and talent donations and more. Tickets $25, children 10 and under $10. Advance ticket purchase recommended, call 662-5107. All proceeds go to support two house building mission trips to Ciudad Juårez, Mexico this fall. For more information contact 662-5107.

    GOP headquarter opening

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159. 

  • C-130 makes way to LANL

    Los Alamos National Laboratory finally received a C-130 airplane from Kirtland Air Force Base Thursday. The fuselage of the plane will be used for emergency response training purposes. The plane, which is surplus from Kirtland Air Force Base, has been demilitarized and will be located at the laboratory’s emergency response training area at Technical Area 49. The transport was delayed a day. 

  • Law enforcement agencies receive $10.2 M in equipment

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A U.S. Department of Defense program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent $10.2 million worth of weapons, helicopters and armored trucks to New Mexico, according to an audit of the equipment.
    The audit by the Pentagon office responsible for the 1033 program shows that the equipment went to 32 agencies.
    According to county spokeswoman Julie Habiger, Los Alamos did not receive any of the surplus military gear.
    Departments as small as the Clovis Police Department and the New Mexico State University Police received massive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, while San Juan County Sheriff’s Office was granted the use of a $4 million helicopter to help patrol a 5,200 square-mile region in the Four Corners area.
    The Albuquerque Police Department also received weapons from the program, documents show.
    The document was obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.
    The surplus equipment program is under review by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

  • High school open house
  • Workshops slated for September

    The New Mexico Small Business Development Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) has two workshops on Wednesday Sept.17 at the Small Business Development Center at UNM Los Alamos.
    In the first workshop, starting at 8:30 a.m., Elaine Palin, Procurement Advisor, will discuss the steps for small businesses interested in pursuing government contracting. The workshop, Government Contracting Basics for Small Business, will focus on getting started in the government market place, government certification programs and essential marketing to the government. This is a free workshop.
    The second workshop, at 1:30 p.m., provides detailed instructions for registering with the System for Award Management (SAM). Getting started with government contracting requires registration in this new system that replaced the former Central Contractor Registry (CCR). IBoth workshops will be held at UNM Los Alamos, Los Alamos SBDC, 4000 University Drive, Building 2 Room 214, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.
    To register and for detailed course descriptions, go to nmptap.org/training-events/ptap-trainings/santa-fe-events/ or contact Elaine.palin@sfcc.edu or by phone at 428-1850.