Today's News

  • Court Docs 10-4-15

    Sept. 23
    Evgeny A. Kikinzon was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Eliverio Acosta paid $120 in fines for stopping, standing or parking in prohibited and/or specified spaces.

    Sept. 24
    Cynthia Sandoval paid a $50 fine for stopping, standing or parking in prohibited and/or specified spaces.

    Daniel Hoth paid a $50 fine for stopping, standing or parking in prohibited and/or specified spaces.

    Danny Romero was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Cesar Aguilar-Sierra was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to use seatbelts and failing to pay fines or court costs.  Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Damien X Sundby was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Stephanie Chavez pled no contest in the Los Alamos Magistrate Court to criminal trespass.

  • Cone Zone: 10-4-15

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:
    Remaining work including sidewalks and small drainage improvements, landscaping, cleanup and punch list items are scheduled for final completion by mid-October.

    Ice Rink Parking Improvements:
    Motorists might experience delays as the new parking area is constructed please allow extra time while driving through this segment under construction. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

    Sherwood Blvd. /La Vista Drive:
    Roadway construction continues on the eastside, drivers will continue to travel on the new paved asphalt as new construction continues on the east. Southbound traffic only on Sherwood, please pay attention to traffic signals. Northbound traffic closed at Aztec.
    This will remain until pavement is complete on the east side.
    RMCI continuing on subgrade prep for sidewalks, Utility Verification and Traffic Control management will be on going. Large equipment and truck will be continuous throughout the project. All business are open and accessible from Sherwood.

    Utilities Projects:

    North Community Non-potable Water Improvement Project Arizona Avenue:

  • Correction 10-7-15

    In an article that ran in the Oct. 2 edition of The Monitor, “Trinity Capital to pay 1.5 million in federal penalties” it was erroneously reported that two former bank officials, Karl Jelvik and Daniel Bartholomew were found guilty of certain allegations alleged by the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to Hjelvik’s and Bartholomew’s attorneys, the two have neither admitted nor denied the allegations against them. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • UNM-LA enrollment enrollment continues to rise

    University of New Mexico-Los Alamos officials announced Friday campus had seen an increase in enrollment this fall, contrary to a statewide enrollment decline at colleges and universities.
    Unofficial census numbers compiled after the first 21 days of the fall semester show that 964 students are enrolled at UNM-LA this fall semester. This is up 11 percent over last fall, which was up 13 percent over the preceding year.  
    In a recent report to the UNM-LA advisory board, Interim Executive Director Cindy Rooney reported total student credit hours had also increased 9 percent.
    “We have 6,019 (student credit hours) this fall, which is an increase of 9 percent over last fall, which was 4 percent higher than the preceding year,” Rooney said, according to the release.
    The university had seen growth in online classes, web-enhanced, traditional classes and hybrid classes.
    “Our unique programs in EMS, Fire Science, and other STEM fields prepare students for successful careers and are known for their excellence. We also have very strong transfer degree programs,” Rooney said.
    For more information about UNM-LA, call 662-5919 or visit losalamos.unm.edu.

  • Police search for museum robbery suspect

    Los Alamos Police issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the Sept. 25 robbery of the Los Alamos Historical Museum.
    Police are looking for William Ryan Skelton, 30. According to police, Skelton is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He’s been charged with larceny and criminal damage to property.
    At about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25, museum officials reported a robbery at the museum, where the museum’s donation box had been broken into.
    The police department is urging the public to report any sightings of Skelton to LA Crime stoppers at 662-8282. The suspect was last seen driving a blue 1994 single cab Toyota truck bearing New Mexico plate number NGM286.
    According to the arrest warrant, police tracked the suspect on the day of the robbery to the Totavi gas station at the foot of the “main hill” off NM 501. Police sighted the suspect, and the suspect also saw the police, according to a report.
    “The male in the white t-shirt and blue jeans looked right at me and I saw his facial expression was scared,” said one of the officers in a statement found in court documents. “He ran to his truck and started the engine.”

  • Hometown writer to return for ‘The Martian‘


  • More accusations leveled against high-ranking NM official

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A high-ranking New Mexico official charged with dozens of counts related to alleged campaign finance fraud is now facing allegations of identity theft.

    The state attorney general's office filed a criminal complaint Friday afternoon in state district court accusing Secretary of State Dianna Duran of listing a former state lawmaker as treasurer of her campaign without his knowledge.

    The complaint details an interview that investigators had with Don Kidd about his name being used on several reports filed by Duran as part of her 2010 campaign. Kidd said he had nothing to do with the campaign other than making a donation.

    The complaint also stated that a review by investigators uncovered more than 100 transactions totaling more than $10,000 within bank statements that were not listed as campaign expenditures.

  • Glauber recalls Manhattan Project

    Nobel Laureate and Manhattan Project Theorist Roy Glauber regaled a rapt audience at Fuller Lodge on Tuesday with stories of the two years he worked on the Manhattan Project.
    “It is a great pleasure to be here in what to me was the most familiar of surrounding,” Glauber said. “I was in this room countless times, through 1944 and 1945. It was the only really respectable dining room on The Hill at that time.”
    Glauber described how after lunch, “an incredibly distinguished audience”−which sometimes included General Leslie Gloves−would gather around a radio to listen to the news. He also recalled concerts in that room, including recitals by trained basso profundo and Nobel Laureate Frederick Reines.
    Due to an accelerated educational path, Glauber was only 18 when he joined the project, one of the youngest in an already youthful crowd.
    “There was next to no one over 40. Gray hair was virtually absent. I wouldn’t say you never saw it, but it was a rarity,” Glauber said. “This was a collection of young people embarking on a project that seemed not to be feasible. The question was, could it somehow be made feasible? That was the question that was in the air.”

  • Attorney: Negligence by utilities led to New Mexico wildfire

    BERNALILLO  — Pointing to a photograph of towering ponderosa pine and fir trees being overcome by smoke and flames, an attorney for more than 300 plaintiffs told jurors Thursday during opening statements that the negligence of two electric utilities was to blame for one of the largest fires in New Mexico’s recorded history.
    It will be up to the jury to determine whether the utilities should be held liable for the Las Conchas fire.
    The blaze was sparked June 26, 2011, when strong winds toppled a rotting aspen tree and it fell onto a power line running through the Jemez Mountains. The resulting fire scorched more than 240 square miles of tinder-dry forest, destroyed dozens of homes and threatened one of the nation’s premier government laboratories.
    Plaintiffs’ attorney Tom Tosdal said the fire could have been prevented had Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Inc. and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. done inspections and managed potentially hazardous vegetation along the power line’s right of way.
    “Both Tri-State and JMEC had the power and the opportunity to protect the public and prevent this fire by adopting well-known procedures in the electric industry,” Tosdal said.

  • Police Beat 10-2-15

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Sept. 23
    8:56 a.m. –– A 57--year-old Santa Fe man was involved in an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Lubbock Road and Pajarito Road.

    10:13 a.m. — Elsie Fernandez,  36, of Ojo Caliente was arrested through a magistrate court warrant at the Los Alamos Police Station.

    3:40 p.m. — Mario Sanchez,  27, of Espanola was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was shoplifting (More than $150, less than $250) at Trinity Drive in February.

    8:05 p.m. — A 71-year-old Los Alamos woman was involved in car accident (no injuries) at the intersection of Piedra Loop and State Highway 4.

    Sept. 24
    9:56 a.m. — Logan Millison,  24, of Arroyo Hondo was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police department.