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Today's News

  • Candidates speak out

    Candidates for municipal judge, magistrate judge and county sheriff made their positions clear to the Los Alamos voters Thursday night at the League of Women Voters Los Alamos Candidates Forum.
    Also in attendance were candidates for House District 43 and county assessor and their debates will be reported in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    It was a packed house at Fuller Lodge, as residents asked many questions of the candidates.
    Municipal Judge
    This year, Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, a Republican, has a challenger in Democrat Paul Martinez. Both candidates clearly communicated to the audience that there are stark differences between them, especially in how they would manage the court if elected or re-elected.
    Kirk, who grew up in Los Alamos and was once the town’s police chief, has been the municipal court judge for the last 16 years.
    Martinez introduced himself as the founder and director of the two Youth Activities Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock, as well as a U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in sociology and political science. He has been a resident of Los Alamos for the past 32 years.
    “Teen Court” and the municipal court’s management relationship with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board seemed to be where both candidates picked their battles.

  • Opera on the Rocks set for Saturday

    Opera on the Rocks returns Saturday to Bandelier National Monument Saturday with a presentation of “Don Giovanni,” one of the most popular operas of all time,.
    The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater.
    The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts, to enjoy listening in a special venue. Hosts of the event include the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.
    Transportation will be provided to and from the venue by the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit. Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and Black Mesa Winery will feature local wines prior to the performance.
    The Bandelier Trading Company will sell food. The Rotary Stars will provide cheese and fruit trays. “This presentation is a combined effort of local talent, local sponsors and your local National Park Service site. Music has been present in the Frijoles Canyon area for millennia. This musical program continues what the Ancestral Pueblo started long ago,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

  • Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.

    At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning.

    "Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong," he said. "That starts with me."

    The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases.

    The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.

    "The same mistakes can never be repeated," he said.

    Goodell now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties.

    He said he believes he has the support of the NFL's owners, his bosses.

    "That has been clear to me," he said.

  • UllrFest takes center stage at Ski Hill

    The community is invited to Pajarito Mountain for UllrFest 2014, which is one of the most popular festivals in Los Alamos.
    The event begin at 10 a.m. Saturday atop the mountain. The public can expect many activities throughout the day.
    From 2-5 p.m., the Jimmy Stadler Band will be performing a blend of rock and blues while the crowd can mingle among the many brewers available for the New Mexico Brewers Fest, which is from noon-5 p.m. There will be many craft beers offered and for $10 cash, get a event glass and the first fill.
    There will be plenty of hiking and biking opportunities. Lift services are available, $10 for hiking and $25 for wheeled fun. A Frisbee competition is also in the list of activities for the day.
    Appease the Norse Gods by putting on period threads for the costume contest.
    A free shuttle courtesy of Atomic City Transit is available every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field. The shuttle service is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the duration of the event.
    For trail maps and directions to the ski area, visit skipajarito.com.
    Mark the calendar on Oct. 4 for the seventh annual Trailfest at Pajarito Mountain.
     

  • Police Beat 09-19-14

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Sept. 4

    4:37 p.m. — Police reported that a 41-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of animal bites where the animal was impounded at Estates Drive.

    4:56 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at Trinity Drive.

    6:28 p.m. — Police reported that an 11-year-old Los Alamos boy was the victim of animal bites where the animal was impounded. The incident happened at Big Rock Loop.

    8:11 p.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of a car burglary at 43rd Street.

    9:02 p.m. — Lisa Wilkinson, 41 of Los Alamos was arrested for battery against a household member on Ensenada Drive.
    Sept. 5

    7:29 a.m. — A 39-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of a petty larceny (less than $100) at Gold Street.

  • Update 09-19-14

    Breakfast

    Waffle Breakfast. Presented by Aspen Elementary PTO. 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Pajarito Masonic Lodge, 1400 Sage Loop. $7 adults, $3 for age 6 and under.

    Opera

    Opera on the Rocks. 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. Guild members $10 per person/$20 family of four, non-members $15 per person/$35 family of four.

    Alzheimer's walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Viewing party

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

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Monday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Dr. Christa Brelsford from the paraclimbing competition in Spain. 

  • WIPP cleanup plans still under review

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Officials working to reopen the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico say their recovery plan is under review.
    Department of Energy officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad had earlier indicated they would be releasing details of the plan Thursday. They reviewed the major work that needs to be done, but Carlsbad DOE Field Office Manager Joe Franco told a community meeting Thursday evening that the full plan is still awaiting approval from Washington. The plan is expected to detail cost estimates and a timeline for cleaning up radiological contamination and resuming operations after a mysterious February leak that contaminated 22 workers.
    Officials have said it could be three years before WIPP completely reopens.
    It’s still unclear exactly what caused the leak from a barrel of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    WIPP is the government’s only permanent repository for legacy waste such as contaminated gloves, tools and clothing from decades of nuclear bomb building.
     

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