Today's News

  • Los Alamos Beer Co-op getting closer to launch

    The Los Alamos Beer Cooperative passed another milestone toward its projected opening early next year when the Los Alamos County Council approved its application for a Small Brewer Liquor License on Tuesday.
    The application now goes to the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Division, which usually issues the license within 30 days.
    In the meantime, construction continues on the brewery and taproom’s location at 163 Central Park Square, former home to the Canyon Bar & Grill. Brewing equipment has already been purchased from Bosque Brewing in Albuquerque and the board will soon be seeking a professional brewer.
    President Micheline Devaurs and board member Amy Engle explained what the cooperative model is, and addressed some misconceptions.
    “I think a lot of people have wondered if that’s a place where people can come and brew their own beer or whether we’re going to be brewing beer from local home brewers,” Engle said.
    “We are going to be a fully professional craft brewery like Santa Fe’s Second Street (Brewery) or Duel (Brewing) or Santa Fe (Brewing Company) or La Cumbre (Brewing) or any of the number of incredible craft breweries in the state.”

  • WR man faces charges

    White Rock resident Brad Tuning, 54, was recently arrested by police for alleged false imprisonment and aggravated battery (great bodily harm), criminal acts he allegedly committed against an ex-girlfriend. Tuning was tracked down and taken into custody in October.
    According to the ex-girlfriend in the criminal complaint, the incident happened in September both she and Tuning went to Santa Fe to play pool.
    When they were ready to leave Santa Fe, she asked him to take her home and he allegedly refused, according to the ex-girlfriend.
    When they arrived at Tuning’s house at midnight, they watched television for an hour. She then said that Tuning “started being very aggressive” with her in an attempt to have sex with her.
    When she refused, he went to “backhand” her and hit her in the throat instead. When she tried to defend herself, Tuning, who is estimated to be 5-foot-11 and weigh 185 pounds, allegedly picked her up and threw her down on the floor.
    “(The victim) said when she hit the floor, her nose started to bleed and her tail bone was in a lot of pain,” read a statement in the report. The victim was interviewed by police at the Española Hospital Sept. 22.

  • Jewelry theft reported

    ‘Tis may be the season for home repair before winter finally settles in, but beware of who you hire. Judging by one incident that recently happened, not all workers may have the holiday spirit or your best interests at heart.
    One Los Alamos resident found this out the hard way when after a maintenance crew visited her home to do some work in October, more than $2,500 worth of jewelry and other valuables went missing.
    Items included a 14-karat, custom-made gold ring, valued at $2,500, a 14-karat gold and ruby ring valued at $350 and a gold and crystal ring worth $100.
    The accused, David Hernandez, address unknown as of press time, would have probably pulled off the heist if it weren’t for the fact that he got a little too greedy and threw the victim’s iPhone in with the rest of his alleged haul.
    The victim, noting that the phone was also missing, called her phone company where they were able to track the phone to Santa Fe, where the workers returned to after they left her house.
    She called their employer, who did his best to track down Hernandez through his father, but was unsuccessful. Police were later able to locate, contact and identify Hernandez through their database. He was not arrested, but he was summoned to appear in court Nov. 24 where the accusations were read against him.

  • Police Beat 11-28-14

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Nov. 6

    10:09 a.m. — Nicole White-Chapman, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the Los Alamos Justice Center.

    10:31 a.m. — Neven Farquhar, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving on a suspended or a revoked license on West Road.
    Nov. 7
    9 a.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos teen was arrested for criminal trespass in the 2000 block of 41st Street.

    Nov. 8

    8:08 p.m.— Shawn Deryke, 44 of Los Alamos was arrested through a Los Alamos County Magistrate Court bench warrant at 2356 45th Street. The original charge was for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of .16 or more on West Road on Sept. 1.

    2:37 p.m. — Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, of Chimayó was arrested through a Los Alamos County Bench Warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was conspiracy, at Sereno on Aug. 7.

  • Update 11-28-14

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled.


    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Baghdad Café,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the upstairs meeting room.


    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Dec. 2 at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Elisa Enriquez on suicide prevention.

    Christmas sale

    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Graves Hall.

  • Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired during rampage

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, Austin authorities said.
    Investigators were trying to determine the man’s motives after he began shooting at the consulate, Austin police headquarters, the U.S. courthouse and other locations. Some of the buildings are near the popular Sixth Street entertainment district, where bars close at 2 a.m., about the same time the shootings began Friday.
    Assistant Police Chief Art Acevedo said a sergeant who was holding the reins of two police horses after his patrol shot the gunman, who was about 50. But Acevedo said it’s not clear if police fatally shot the suspect or if he took his own life.
    Officers approached the man after he had been shot, but noticed cylinders in his vehicle, which was nearby, and discovered he was wearing a vest they thought may be rigged to explode. Officers retreated and a bomb squad was called. It was later determined the items were not explosive.
    “Anytime you have cylinders like this with someone attacking government buildings, you have to think of explosive devices,” Acevedo said in describing the officers’ caution.
    Acevedo declined to identify the gunman, only saying he had a criminal record.

  • Second act of Black Friday in full swing

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season.
    The big question: How much the Thanksgiving shopping will hurt Black Friday, which is relinquishing its status as the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season?
    The crowds were thin early Friday morning in parts of the country, but traffic is expected to pick up throughout the day.
    One positive sign: Toys R Us and Target executives told The Associated Press shoppers seem to be buying more than just the doorbusters and filling their carts with other items not on sale. That seems to show that lower gas prices and an improving job picture are making shoppers more confident about opening their wallets.
    Bridget McNabb of Kansas City, Kansas, stopped at a mostly empty suburban Target around 5:30 a.m. Friday after a solid day of holiday cooking. “I started the dishwasher and came in,” she said.
    Her goal was a coffee pot for her niece. But first, the 55-year-old — who said she was “old enough to know better” than to be out so early — stopped at the electronics department.
    She was only momentarily disappointed after a store worker told her the $119 TV her husband wanted had sold out the night before.

  • LANL intern shines in bodybuilding world

    Los Alamos National Laboratory intern and Huntsville Ala. native Olivia Underwood, 29, may be young, but she already has her Bachelors and Masters degrees in metallurgical engineering (University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Huntsville 2008 and 2009) and she’s closing in on her Ph.D. in material sciences from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. She will obtain that when she graduates in May of this year.
    While those academic feats would certainly be impressive by themselves, somewhere in the middle of achieving all of those goals she also managed to rank second place in two different categories in a prestigious bodybuilding competition held in her home state of Alabama.
    That achievement also landed her on the cover of the December issue of Parrillo’s Performance Fitness Magazine, a well-known and authoritative publication that covers the world of bodybuilding.
    According to Underwood, it all started with that little word “can’t,” a word that doesn’t seem to be a part of Underwood’s everyday vocabulary.

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