Today's News

  • Late-Season Snow

    With Memorial Day, the unoffical start of summer, less than two weeks away, the mountains around Los Alamos got a dusting of snow from Tuesday night’s storms and it’s not expected to warm up in the area for at least a few days.

  • Local Briefs 5-13-15

    Mark Twain show set for Saturday

    Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 will host “Mark Twain at Fuller Lodge” Saturday evening.
    The event, which starts at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public.
    Jefferson Jordan, the grand master of Masons in New Mexico, will be portraying author Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and authored such classics as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”
    Following the presentation, a reception will be held. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

    PBS to have local event in June

  • Update 5-13-15

    Pool closed

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will have its pools closed on Saturday so pool staff can attend an in-service meeting. The front window at the aquatic center will be open for reservations and other business. Pools will reopen at 1 p.m. Sunday.


    Los Alamos County is hosting a hazard mitigation plan public meeting. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. To submit a comment, visit the Open Forum on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.


    Outdoorsman Doug Scott will guide a group to waterfalls in the Jemez Mountains Saturday. Interested hikers will travel to 8 different sites on the trek, which is sponsored by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Call 662-0460 for information.

    Plant Sale

    The Los Alamos Garden Club will have a plant sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court in Los Alamos. The sale, which will go from 8 a.m.-noon, will benefit Los Alamos High School Scholarships.

    Kite Festival

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will have its 18th annual Kite Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Overlook Park. Friday’s festivities will include the first Gordon’s Summer Concert series with the Eric McFadden Band. Friday’s event will start at 7 p.m.

  • In Memoriam

    Los Alamos Police Department hosted a ceremony at the Justice Center this morning. Chief Dino Sgambellone spoke to a packed audience about the past and present police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty at the LAPD’s annual ceremony honoring those police officers. Cpl. Matt Lyon and Sgt. Daniel Roberts unfurl the American Flag during the ceremony.

  • Samitaur, LANL developing brain injury detection tech

    A new detection approach originally developed for tuberculosis diagnostics is being adapted as a tool for determining traumatic brain injury, one of the challenges facing the medical community as it works to treat military and sports figures with head injuries.
    Minute chemical alterations in the body, called biomarkers, are the key.
    “The goal of this project is to not only detect traumatic brain injuries, but eventually to guide treatment as well,” said lead researcher Harshini Mukundan of Los Alamos National Laboratory. “We hope that our project will greatly benefit the care and recovery of veterans and deployed troops.”
    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) typically results from a blow to the head and it afflicts a significant percentage of US troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    As such, TBI has been named the “signature disease” of recent wars.  Players in sports such as football or soccer also frequently experience some level of brain injury and problems of the blows’ cumulative effects are gradually being more clearly understood.

  • PEEC hosting big sale at old building Friday

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at its former location, 3540 Orange Street.
    Everything in the old building that belongs to PEEC, but did not make the move to the new Nature Center is for sale, including a conference table, stackable chairs, bookcases, books, computers, display cases, small appliances, furnishings and more.
    Throughout the day, special “fill-a-bag” announcements will be made, during which time everything that will fit into one bag will be sold for a flat rate of $10.
    Everything not sold on Friday will be offered for free on Sunday to whomever is willing to carry it away. The building will be open Sunday from noon-3 p.m.
    Proceeds of the sale will support PEEC, the organization that operates the Nature Center.
    PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. In addition to managing the Nature Center, PEEC holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups.
    For more information on the group, visit peecnature.org on the Internet.

  • Bandelier shuttles to start running May 23

    Atomic City Transit announced its schedule for the summer and fall tourist season for shuttles going to and from Bandelier National Monument.
    ACT will start regular shuttle service to Bandelier May 23.
    Shuttles run from the White Rock Visitor Center to Bandelier’s visitor center through Oct. 27. The first shuttles of the day, which will be on a 7 day a week operating schedule, will depart White Rock at 9 a.m.
    Shuttles run every half-hour Monday through Friday and every 20 minutes Saturday and Sunday.
    Returning shuttles start at 9:30 each day. Those will also be on a 30-minute schedule during the week and a 20-minute schedule during the weekend.
    Vehicles are generally not allowed at the Bandelier parking lot, with a few exceptions, such as tour buses, school buses, backcountry camping permits and handicapped parking permits.
    For more information about the shuttles or vehicle access at Bandelier, call 672-3861 or Atomic City Transit at 661-7433 (RIDE).

  • Classes finishing up at LAPS

    Los Alamos Public Schools announced a revised dismissal schedule for the final week of the 2014-15 academic year.
    Students from Los Alamos Middle School will have no classes on May 29, the final day of the year. Students from Los Alamos High School will be released at 10:50 a.m. and elementary school students will be released at noon.
    LAPS said all schools will dismiss at the regular time May 26. On May 27, LAMS and LAHS will be released at the regular time, but elementary schools will have a noon release time.
    May 28 will be the final day of school at LAMS. Those students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
    Elementary schools will be dismissed at noon May 28, while the high school will have regular release time.
    Graduation for LAHS seniors will be May 30.

  • LANL employee will head to district court

    A 51-year-old Abiquiu man allegedly threatened two employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory when he allegedly failed a drug test will be heading to district court, according to court documents.
    In late March, following a conversation about testing positive for cocaine, Leroy E. Maestas, 51, allegedly threatened one employee and assaulted another at LANL’s personnel security office.
    According to an employee who accompanied him to the office, Maestas “looked sad and very stressed.” Shortly after his meeting with a personnel security office supervisor, Maestas allegedly walked out of the meeting, saying to the employee who accompanied him that he wanted to leave.
    When the employee tried to stop him under orders of the personnel security office supervisor, Maestas allegedly pushed him into a wall and started yelling at him.
    “Get me out of here! Get me out of here now or I’m going to kill/hurt somebody!” Maestas allegedly said, according to the court documents.
    Maestas then allegedly went back toward the supervisor’s office with “clenched fists.”
    The supervisor then said to let Maestas go and the employee that Maestas allegedly pushed offered Maestas a ride back to his personal car so Maestas could leave.
    On the way there, Maestas allegedly made more threats.

  • 'Toppers, Sundevils clash again

    For the fourth time this season, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and Española Valley will meet on the baseball field, but this will be the biggest game they’ve played.
    The two teams will face off Thursday morning, this time in the Class 5A state quarterfinals with an opportunity to end their district foe’s season.
    The Sundevils won the first contest between the clubs, 4-0. Los Alamos then took two games from the Sundevils, 3-0 and 6-5, at Bomber Field to help it capture its seventh consecutive district title.
    The ’Toppers haven’t lost since the first time they played the Sundevils; they’re currently riding a 12-game winning streak, including a two-win sweep against Aztec in the first round of the state playoffs.
    Española Valley, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, beat No. 11 Farmington in the first round, 3-1 and 5-3.
    The rematch for a spot in the semifinals will start at 10 a.m. at Cleveland High School. Los Alamos, the No. 3 seed, will take a 22-6 record into the game while the Sundevils will enter the contest 20-6.
    The winner will represent District 2 in the semis at 4 p.m. Friday at Cleveland High.
    Class 5A’s championship game will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Lobo Field.