Today's News

  • FBI: Customer fired at LANB bank robber

    The FBI confirmed Wednesday that a bank customer shot at a suspected bank robber on Tuesday outside the Los Alamos National Bank branch in White Rock.

    Further information regarding the customer wasn’t made available.

    Several witnesses reported hearing shots a bit before noon on Tuesday. An armed man dressed in all black, with his face covered, reportedly held up the bank and received an undisclosed amount of money.

    Herman Manzanares, owner of Herman’s Auto next door to the bank in White Rock, said he and his employees heard the shots.

    “We saw the guy run around to Rover and we saw the man who shot at him go back into the bank. We called 911 and so did the bank,” Manzanares said.

    A few minutes later police arrived; traffic snarled as heavily armed police sought the suspect.

    The small town – a bedroom community for nearby Los Alamos – shut down with residents asked to stay inside and school children locked inside their schools.

    “It was just chaos,” Manzanares said.

    Also Wednesday, the Los Alamos Police Department announced they are asking anyone in White Rock who may have any video or image surveillance – from anywhere in town – to contact them immediately.

  • LAPD accreditation process to continue Tuesday

    After two years of working to meet the standards of a national accreditation organization, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone said his department is close.

    “We don’t think we’re perfect; we think we’re good overall, though,” the chief said this week.

    The department’s ability to comply with the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA, will be the subject of a public discussion 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. Members of the public, as well as department personnel, are invited to attend.

    CALEA assessors are scheduled to arrive at the department on Monday – the hearing is part of their work looking at the department.

    Accreditation to New Mexico standards has lapsed, the chief said.

    The topics addressed by CALEA’s standards, and how agencies go about meeting them, usually include written documentation or directions on best practices of police work. A set of the generic standards, with 484 requirements, is available for review at the Police Department.


  • Utilities investigate cause of power outage


  • Regional coalition presses GRT tax issue with state

    The state legislature’s Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee agreed Tuesday something needed to be done to preserve the approximately $76 million in gross receipts tax paid through the Los Alamos National Laboratory to the state every year – but committee members just aren’t sure what.

    At Tuesday’s hearing, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities pressed the issue, since it now seems more than likely a non-profit contractor may be the winning bidder for LANL’s management and operations contract.

    The University of California is interested in putting in a bid, and University of Texas System and Texas A & M University are also interested. Many of the contractors listed on the National Nuclear Security Administration’s website are non-profits.

    In New Mexico, non-profit organizations are exempt from paying gross receipts tax.

    The RCLC wants the state legislature to eliminate that exemption.

    According to the latest data provided by the regional coalition, $76 million in gross receipts tax was paid to the state in 2015. Los Alamos County received $34 million of those taxes, and the state received $41 million.

  • New airport manager finds old home in LA

    For native son and Los Alamos County’s newest airport manager, it’s good to be home.

    Cameron Humphres, who spent two years managing the Santa Fe Municipal Airport started work as the manager of Los Alamos Airport Nov. 6.

    “How awesome is it to serve the very community where you were born and that gave you the impetus to pursue aviation in the first place,” Humphres said.

    Though Humphres’s family moved to Albuquerque when he was just 3 years old, ties to his family kept him coming back to Los Alamos throughout his childhood.

    He has fond memories of going to the airport with his grandfather to watch the planes take off and land, as well as at Kirtland Air Force Base, when Humphres’ father was in the Air Force.  His grandfather pursued aviation as hobby, but came to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory during the early days of the Manhattan Project as an electrician.

    When Humphres was a B-1 pilot in South Dakota, he flew in a training program with Paul Tibbets Jr., the grandson of Paul Tibbets, the 509th Composite Group pilot who dropped the first atomic bomb in combat over Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.

  • Sprucing Up Central Avenue
  • White Rock on alert following armed bank robbery at LANB

    Los Alamos Monitor

    White Rock residents were warned to stay in their homes and lock their doors following an armed robbery at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos National Bank branch.

    A white male, armed, had entered the bank with his face covered and demanded money. The teller handed it over, according to the FBI.

    The suspect then fled on foot. He was described as 5-foot 10-inches to 6-feet tall with a thin build.
    Witnesses told the FBI, which is investigating the case, that he was dressed in all black, including a black hoodie with the initials “DC” on it and a black ball cap.

    “He ran that way and disappeared,” said Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, who stood behind crime tape surrounding the bank branch on Rover on Tuesday afternoon. He pointed towards Rover, a street that intersects many residential streets on the east side of White Rock.

    The public school superintendent announced lockdown at White Rock’s two elementary, noting that he had been told shots were fired. Kim Roberts, director of a preschool near the bank, reported hearing a loud noise, like a backfiring vehicle, around the time of the robbery.

  • LA sets out welcome mat for Thanksgiving

    Los Alamos County takes care of its own, and the holidays are no exception.

    This Thanksgiving, Elks Lodge 2083, in conjunction with the American Legion Post 90, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 Knights of Columbus 3137 and others, will be having their annual “Thanksgiving for the Community” dinner.

    The dinner is an event where those who don’t like to cook, can’t cook, or perhaps have no one to cook for, can go and have a good time and meet other people.

    Families and children are welcome, and there will be football on TV. Adults also can purchase cocktails at the bar.

    Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the food runs out. The menu will include apple wood smoked turkey, slow roasted turkey, smoked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, yeast rolls, and assorted desserts. Coffee, iced tea and lemonade will be available.

    According to event organizers, about 200 to 300 people are expected to attend. People of all ages are invited to the free meal.

    “One of our biggest things is community, and giving back to the community that we live in and serve,” Elks Lodge member Ben Bouman said. 

  • LANL makes first shipment to WIPP
  • LAPS, county discuss property transfer for new gym

    Space for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer for all ages is at a premium in Los Alamos.

    However, the space crunch may get some relief following approval of a proposed transfer of land from the Los Alamos Public Schools district to the county.

    The proposed transfer – which must be approved by the state Board of Finance – was adopted by the school board last week.

    County Manager Harry Burgess said on Monday that the prospect of a new gymnasium close to the district’s middle school has been the subject of preliminary discussions between county officials and representatives of the school district.

    “We haven’t taken any action – any discussion would just be speculative,” Burgess said.

    However, the school board approved the proposal last week in order to get the matter on the Board of Finance’s next meeting agenda. The deadline for agenda items is Nov, 28 for the Board of Finance’s meeting scheduled for Dec. 19.

    The briskness could be attributable to the upcoming legislative session, where the county, if its council gives the go-ahead, may be able to ask for additional funds to build the gymnasium, Burgess said.