Today's News

  • Candidates file finance reports

    Funding for this year’s race for Los Alamos County Council runs the gamut from $100 to $5,500 and from largely self-financed to campaign coffers almost entirely comprised of small contributions.
    Billy J. McKerley tops the list for contributions at $5,500, but the majority of that, $4,700, is from either loans or direct contributions to his own campaign.
    McKerley received $450 from five local donors and $200 from two out-of-state donors, plus $100 from Los Alamos Federated Republican Women and $100 from the Republican Party of Los Alamos.
    McKerley’s campaign finance reports have a few notable items.
    In the second general election report he lists a $2,000 loan to himself under contributions and a $1,000 partial loan repayment to himself under expenditures.
    An amended first general election report likewise shows $2,500 in loans to himself and partial loan repayments of $700. His initial first general election filing lists a $2,000 contribution to himself and $2,800 in self-generated loans.
    The amended filing drops the $2,000 contribution and changes the loans to $2,500.
    The bulk of David Izraelevitz $4,683.87 campaign fund, $3,865, comes from 29 local donors. The balance comes from $818.87 in loans to his own campaign.

  • Today in history Oct. 25
  • The Missing Piece

    There was a partial solar eclipse visible from Los Alamos Thursday. The eclipse covered 90 percent of the sun in some parts of North America, but mostly in the most northern latitudes. About a third of the sun was covered up in the local area.

  • Police Beat 10-24-14

    Oct. 16
    9:38 a.m. — Police reported that an 18-year-old Española teen was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) on Trinity Drive.

    Oct. 17
    9:13 a.m. — Police reported that a 13-year-old Los Alamos teen was the victim of child solicitation by electronic communication device on Orange Street.

    8:43 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at 38th Street.

    11:58 p.m. — Patricia MacMillan, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction in the 1000 block of 11th Street.

    Oct. 18
    4:45 a.m. — Marlena Rohloff, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction in the 800 block of 9th Street.

    Oct. 19
    12:50 p.m. — Percy Trujillo, 63 of Chimayo was arrested through a Los Alamos Magistrate Court Warrant in the 30 block of Rover Boulevard.

    7:23 p.m. — Ricky Vigil, 30, of Santa Fe was arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4.

    8:32 p.m. — A 20-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of breaking and entering at Arroyo Lane.

  • Letter warns parents about enterovirus

    Call it a sign of the times: the Los Alamos Public Schools recently sent a letter home to parents about a strain of enterovirus that recently showed up in New Mexico.
    According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, enterovirus infects the respiratory system, and it mostly shows up in children or the elderly or anyone with a compromised immune system.
    Mild symptoms include coughing, body and muscle aches, runny nose, sneezing and fever. Severe symptoms include breathing difficulty and wheezing.
    The particular strain the CDC is concentrating on this year is “EV-D68,” a non-polio strain that nonetheless has already infected 938 people in 46 states and has killed at least three. People that have asthma are especially vulnerable to the disease.
    In the school district’s letter, Nursing Team Leader Michele Wright encouraged parents to get their children vaccinated against the disease.
    She also said the school system is also taking added precautions to prevent an outbreak in the schools.

  • Venture fund earns honor

    The Venture Acceleration Fund, created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC received the 2014 entrepreneurship award from the International Economic Development Council.
    The award was presented at IEDC’s annual conference this week in Fort Worth, Texas.
    “Since the VAF was initiated in 2006, LANS has invested approximately $3 million in 49 New Mexico businesses,” said David Pesiri, director of Los Alamos’ Feynman Center for Innovation. “Now it’s a community effort, with Los Alamos County, the city of Santa Fe and the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership stepping forward to partner with us.”
    Kathy Keith, the executive director of the Regional Development Corporation, said the fund has been an excellent resource for small businesses.
    “The Venture Acceleration Fund has effectively helped entrepreneurs start new businesses, grow existing businesses and contribute to a more diverse economy,” Keith said. “It all began with an investment from LANS…and we continue to work closely with the lab’s Feynman Center and Community Programs Office to administer the program.”
    The IEDC annually recognizes the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and most influential leaders.

  • Rare bird visits the area

    People enjoying their Starbucks lattes on the Smith’s Marketplace patio in mid September were treated to a sighting of a rare bird.
    Local amateur birder, Stan Kosiewicz, used his iPhone to photograph the bird.
    Kosiewicz’ photos were recently confirmed by Bandelier bird expert Steve Fettig to be those of a Sanderling.
    Fettig said, to his knowledge, a Sanderling had never previously been confirmed in Los Alamos County. In fact, Fettig said it is a rare or accidental sighting for the state of New Mexico.
    Fettig also said the Sanderling sighting is more rare than the Long Billed Curlews that were first sighted in Los Alamos in March 2013. Kosiewicz was one of the first to see and identify the Curlews at that time.
    He called birding afficiondos about the Curlews and this initiated a “daisy chain” of phone calls to other birders. Kosiewicz said many cars soon started to arrive at the site of the former Femaville on North Mesa.
    He said it reminded him of a scene from the Owen Wilson birding movie, “The Big Year.”
    But by the time they were all reached, the birds had flown the coop. 

  • Extra flights added for Thanksgiving holiday

    Expecting increased demand for flights before and after the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Los Alamos Airport announced that two additional flights have been added to the New Mexico Airlines flight schedule between Nov. 24-Dec. 1.
    Flight 101 will depart Albuquerque at 11:22 a.m. and flight 102 will depart Los Alamos at noon during those seven days to support extra traffic between the Sunport and the local airport.
    According to a press release, the new times were based upon the popularity of the two morning flights between Los Alamos and Albuquerque — those flights are often sold out.
    There will be no extra flights on Thanksgiving Day.  For details, visit flylosalamos.com. 

  • Update 10-24-14

    Pumpkin carving

    Pumpkin carving. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Fuller Lodge patio

    Pumpkin patch

    The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Free event will giveaway pumpkins, as well as offering Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hay ride and a petting zoo.

    Drawing animals

    A Drawing Animals Workshop with Lisa Coddington, is being sponsored by PEEC. It’s scheduled from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday It is for beginner and intermediate levels. Space is limited to 9 participants. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org.

    Dark Night

    The Pajarito Astronomers will have a County-Sponsored Dark Night. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock. Weather permitting, the public is invited to wander among the telescopes and star gaze. There will be a tour of the fall constellations. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.

    Little Theater

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” Halloween night. Tickets are $14 adults, $12 students/seniors at CB Fox or at the door.

  • Wrapping Things Up

    Phil Taylor, the emergency management coordinator for Los Alamos County, bids adios and adieu to his friends and colleagues at his retirement party, held at the Fuller Lodge Thursday. Taylor’s 12-year tenure with the county capped off a career that included service in the United States Navy. One of his many career highlights includes his leadership during the Las Conchas Fire of 2011.
    During his farewell speech, he left some advice to his fellow coworkers: “Have some sort of power or guiding principle, whatever it is, that’s greater than you.”