Today's News

  • Legendary 'Bun' Ryan dies

    One of the most famous and beloved figures in the history of Los Alamos County died Monday.
    Bernard L. ‘Bun’ Ryan was one of the most recognizable sports personalities produced by Los Alamos County and benefactor to many around northern New Mexico and one of the great pitchers in the golden age of softball in the United States.
    He is remembered for numerous contributions to Los Alamos and to the residents of northern New Mexico, not the least of which was for his time playing for Pierotti’s Clowns.
    The Clowns, a 5-man softball team, traveled all around New Mexico and the region. The Clowns played 200 official games with Ryan throwing the majority of those.
    During his heyday, ‘Bullet Bun’ was one of the most feared pitchers in the nation. His fastball was clocked at better than 100 mph. Behind Ryan, the Clowns amassed a won-loss record of 177-23 — interestingly, one of the few games he lost as a pitcher with the Clowns came the day Sports Illustrated snapped a photo of him and his teammates for the first edition of the magazine, making the Clowns among the first victims of the SI Curse.

  • County council approves new animal code

    After lengthy public comment and considerable wrangling, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved a new animal code on Tuesday.
    The new ordinance addresses the length of time for adoptions and adoption fees and prohibits trapping on county owned land. (See “Council considers changes to the animal code” published Sept. 26.)
    Council altered two sections of the proposed ordinance. Annoyance barking is now defined as “continuously for more than 10 minutes” but an additional definition as “intermittently for more than 30 minutes, either day or night” was struck as being too ambiguous.
    Animal owners asked that the entire section be struck for fear that neighbors could use the language to harass them. One resident who said she was woken at 5:45 every morning by a barking dog, also argued against the change, saying that it put the burden of proof on those subject to the annoyance.
    Another section designed to bring the county into compliance with state law, requiring that owners claiming an unsterilized impounded animal must pay a $25 sterilization deposit, to be refunded if the owner returns within 30 days with a receipt from a veterinarian showing the animal has been sterilized, was also struck.

  • DOE unveils WIPP plan

    Shipments of plutonium-contaminated waste to the federal government’s troubled nuclear dump site in southeastern New Mexico may resume as early as 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy said in announcing that the agency is committed to cleaning up the facility after a shutdown in February.
    A recovery plan developed by the department over several months with help from nuclear industry experts details what needs to be done to decontaminate the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after a truck fire and an unrelated release of radiation contaminated 22 workers and forced the site’s closure.
    Mark Whitney, acting assistant secretary for the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management, said Tuesday that officials estimate that 90 percent or more of the nuclear waste dump is free of radiological contamination. But the ventilation system will need to be improved and a new exhaust shaft constructed before full operations can resume, Whitney said. That could take as long as three years and as much as an additional $309 million.

  • Legends of racing gather in Santa Fe -- Video added

    Those visiting Santa Fe this past weekend, may have noticed the influx of rare, specialty cars zipping around in traffic. These cars were all part of a very unique event that happens each September: The Santa Fe Concorso.
    The Santa Fe Concorso is a celebration custom designed for car enthusiasts from all corners of the world.
    The event encompasses an entire weekend and includes special guests, VIP dinners and a car show like no other. A lot of hard work goes into each year’s event, which is painstakingly organized by Dennis and Beverly Little of Santa Fe.
    This year’s Concorso kicked off with “Indy Racing Legends,” held in Hangar K at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. Attendees parked and were shuttled to the event, where the hangar was filled with classic Indy Cars, airplanes and other motored delights.
    The main attraction was a panel of some of the most influential names in Indy racing: Al Unser Sr., Al Unser, Jr., Parnelli Jones, Eddie Cheever, Lyn St. James and Johnny Rutherford. The event was moderated by Tim Considine, where the legends told interesting tales from the old days of Indy racing and discussed their dismay at the current state of the sport.
    Afterwards they signed autographs and talked with the attendees. Each legend warmly greeted their fans and seemed thrilled to be a part of the event.

  • Report: Rodella won't resign

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff convicted of abusing a driver during a traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage reportedly won’t resign. A jury last Friday convicted Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella of pulling his gun on a driver and violating a 26-year-old man’s civil rights.
    Rodella faces up to 17 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 26 in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday that Rodella’s attorney has told county leaders the sheriff will not resign.

    The County Commission is scheduled to meet in executive session Wednesday morning in Espanola.

    Santa Fe District Attorney Angela Pacheco says Rio Arriba County “needs to have a duly qualified sheriff to ensure the protection of the public” and the commission needs to appoint a replacement.

  • Update 10-01-14


    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room.


    Cowboy breakfast. 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. $7 adults, $4 children 10 and under. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.


    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents the Los Alamos County Council Candidates Forum. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Also invited are the unopposed candidates for probate judge and public education commission. The county clerk will explain the election procedures. 6:30 p.m. conversation and refreshments.

    Web Crew

    Los Alamos Middle School’s Web Crew program is selling Smith’s gift cards and Papa Murphy’s coupon cards as a fundraiser. The Smith’s cards are available in $25, $50, or $100 and the Papa Murphy’s cards sell for $5 and offer a $35-plus savings. To purchase call or text Web Crew Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen at 695-9139. 

  • Teacher day of action

    Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard welcomed more than 40 Los Alamos Public School teachers and volunteers for Saturday’s Los Alamos Teacher Day of Action.

  • Students drum up support to begin anti-bullying drive

    If a group of girl scouts from Los Alamos are successful, the schoolyard bully could soon become a thing of the past here.
    Piñon students Rachel Norman, Amber Royer, and Chamisa students Amelia Duffy, Lidia Appell and Cassidy Trujillo started the project out of a conversation they had about stereotyping.
    “But, it turned into matter of bullying and the person we were talking to started crying. It was very emotional, and we all ended up giving that person a big bear hug,” said one of the girls at a recent presentation of their project to the school board.
    Called “Link Arms in LA,” the concept is pretty simple.
    They said that whenever they see anyone being bullied, they are calling on students to gently intervene by pointing out the wrong to the bully and sticking up for the victim and perhaps joining arms with the victim, which will hopefully attract like minded people to their rescue.
    “It’s all about safety in numbers” said one of the girls at the meeting.
    So far, “Link Arms in LA” is only in Chamisa and Piñon, but the girls hope to start the project in the other schools as well. Their target group, they said, is fourth grade and all the way up into high school.

  • Voting machine recertification rescheduled

    The certification of the county’s 13 new voting machines went off without a hitch on Friday until it came time to test the Audio Tactile Interface for handicapped voters. The ATI was unable to read the ballots. Automated Elections Services, the company that printed the ballots, and Dominion, the company that provided the machines, are working to determine where the problem lies. The entire process, which involves running 41 ballots through each machine, must be repeated once the ATI problem is identified and corrected. Stover has requested four sets of test ballots in order to expedite the process. The Secretary of State’s office had originally provided just one set of ballots. Secretary of State Dianna Duran lobbied for new voting machines to address several problems with the old M100s voting machines. The legislature allocated $7 million in 2013 and $6 million in 2014 to provide the Dominion ImageCast Evolution (ICE) machines statewide. County Clerk Sharon Stover confirmed that the certification has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. State Bureau of Elections Director Bobbie Shearer came to Los Alamos this morning to make sure that the county had received the correct test deck this time.

  • VIDEO: Today In History, Oct. 1