Today's News

  • Interior elevator recommended

    After months of research and deliberation, the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board on Wednesday voted to recommend an American with Disabilities Act accessible elevator for Fuller Lodge in the location of the current elevator.
    The debate over whether to install an elevator and, if so, where it should be located began in June when representatives from Mullen Heller Architecture P.C. proposed installing a glass and steel exterior elevator near the building’s main entrance. The firm is overseeing the design for a $2.2 million upgrade to the structure.
    Opposition to the exterior elevator was fierce, so the board asked the architects and Los Alamos County Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust to return with an interior option.
    The architects provided two options: option 1, a new elevator in the location of the current elevator; option 2, an elevator in a space occupied by two storage rooms on the building’s south side.
    The board reviewed both options, but some questioned whether there was even a need for an elevator, since structures on the National Register of Historic Places are often exempt from many ADA requirements. They decided to research what had been done in other historic structures.

  • Visiting time short

    Oct. 18 will be the last time visitors can walk through the current entrance of the Los Alamos Historical Museum or enjoy exhibits they have known for years.
    On Oct. 19, the doors of the museum will close for more than a year. When it reopens, it will be completely renovated, with a new HVAC system, new windows, an American with Disabilities Act compliant bathroom and damaged logs replaced.
    Museum staff and volunteers are excited about the new electrical system, which will reduce the number of light switches from 19 to one. New lighting also will be installed.
    The exhibition space will be transformed with nonstructural walls removed and entirely new exhibits designed by Quatrefoil Associates. The front entrance will be relocated to the doorway at the center of the building, which currently opens into the Los Alamos Ranch School exhibit.
    During the closure, the Los Alamos Historical Society will open a temporary exhibit space at 475 20th St. next to the Teen Center.

  • Burgess’ farewell to Anne Laurent

    County Manager Harry Burgess thanked Community and Economic Development Director Anne Laurent for her years of service in the following communication to county employees on Tuesday.

  • Judge gives accused stalker redemption shot

    A Los Alamos man accused of stalking an ex-girlfriend earlier this year was back in court after reportedly violating his probation by calling her and pretending to be the assistant district attorney who prosecuted him.
    Paul Kubler was arrested again this summer after allegedly making the phone call. Police say alcohol may have played a part in his decisions, and it almost landed him more jail time.
    Kubler apparently called his ex’s place of work, and when someone else answered, he reportedly pretended to be Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.
    When his ex-girlfriend answered the phone, Kubler told her she was going to be arrested, according to the report.
    “Paul identified himself as Kent (Wahlquist) and told her that Paul Kubler had filed charges against her, and that she and her sister had warrants for their arrests,” according to a statement by a police officer in the court documents.
    The woman said she recognized Kubler’s voice and told Kubler she was going to call her sister and report him.
    Kubler, 61, was later taken into custody at his home.
    At the  September hearing, the charges were read to Kubler. He was informed he might be in jail until August 2016, with the additional charges and penalties with his probation about to be revoked.

  • Police Beat 10-9-15

    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.

    Oct. 1
    8:40 a.m. — A 27-year-old Hernandez woman told police she was the victim of harassment at Central Avenue.
    5:07 p.m. ­— Richard Atencio, 51, of Espanola was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    Oct. 2
    7:42 a.m. — Police say a 36-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of breaking and entering on Canyon Road.
    10:48 a.m. — Dennis Montoya, 50, was arrested on a charge of open container at West Jemez Road and East Jemez Road.
    10:55 a.m. — Stacey Sanchez, 51, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at West Jemez Road and East Jemez Road.
    10:58 a.m. — Ronald Snow, 41, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at West Jemez Road and East Jemez Road.
    12:26 p.m. — A 19-year-old Los Alamos man told police he was the victim of identity theft at Trinity Drive.

  • Watch interviews with “Manhattan” consultants

    Los Alamos Monitor Reporter Arin McKenna interviewed three members of the “Manhattan” production staff on set this summer. Watch the interviews at the links below and read her full interview with Alex Wellerstein in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.


    Interview with “Manhattan” Historical Consultant Alex Wellerstein and Science Consultant David Saltzberg at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUTpdi4uyVs&feature=youtu.be.


    Interview with “Manhattan” Production Designer Ruth Ammon at www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz7IGZWgGls&feature=youtu.be

  • Fuller Lodge ceremony welcomes 20 new citizens

    On Saturday, naturalization ceremonies all across the states marked the 50-year anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which abolished the National Origins Formula initiated with the Emergency Quota Act of 1921 and cemented in the Immigration Act of 1924.
    The 1924 act based immigration quotas on the country’s 1890 makeup, limiting the number of immigrants from countries that were not represented in the U.S. at that time to 2 percent of the annual quota.
    The 2015 act abolished the national origins quota system, replacing it with a preference system that focused on immigrants’ skills and family relationships with citizens or U.S. residents.
    Saturday’s ceremony at Fuller Lodge reflected the impact of that change in immigration law, with 20 applicants representing 10 countries: Australia, England, Equatorial Guinea, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Samoa, United Kingdom and Venezuela.
    “One of the greatest things about America is its acceptance of everyone, no matter where you’re from, who you are, what you look like,” said new citizen Ralston Robinson, who moved to the United States from Jamaica 10 years ago.
    Chief United States District Judge M. Christina Armijo presided over the ceremony.

  • Hearing pushed back in secretary of state's fraud case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge decided Thursday that a legal team should get more time to prepare a defense to fraud and other charges against embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran given the complexity of the case.

    Judge T. Glenn Ellington extended deadlines for filing motions and pushed back a preliminary hearing by more than a month to Dec. 1 despite opposition from the state attorney general's office.

    Defense attorney Erlinda Johnson made the request for more time last month, saying she had to review information provided by prosecutors that includes hours of audio interviews and grand jury proceedings as well as more than 20,000 pages of banking records and other financial documents.

    "This is a very technical case," Johnson told the judge about the 65 counts of fraud, embezzlement and tampering with state records faced by her client. "The documents are vast."

    Prosecutors wanted the preliminary hearing to proceed as scheduled later this month.

    Duran, a Republican who is serving her second term as New Mexico's top elections official, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She remained silent during Thursday's hearing and while her attorney spoke with reporters outside the courthouse.

  • New citizens celebrate taking oath

    Every new citizen has their own story to tell about why they chose to become citizens of the United States and what that means to them.
    Kumkum Ganguly was one of the new immigrants who shared her story with the Los Alamos Monitor. Ganguly left India to reside in the United States 14 years ago. She has been in Los Alamos nine years.
    Ganguly said that taking her oath was “a new kind of feeling. More responsibility. More opportunity to serve the nation.”
    Ganguly is especially looking forward to the opportunities her new citizenship will open up for her work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. There are several projects she has been unable to participate in because of her immigration status.
    “So I thought that this high time that I take the citizenship and contribute positively,” Ganguly said.
    Geoff and Sabina Webb, originally from Australia, have been in America 30 years. The couple owns Figaro Systems, the company that creates the subtitles for the Santa Fe Opera, and makes their home in Santa Fe.
    Sabina took her oath two months ago. Geoff was in Saturday’s group of applicants.
    “We came for one year and things grew from there,” Geoff said.

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