Today's News

  • Family celebrates 50 years at El Paragua

    In 1958, 12-year-old Larry and 10-year-old Pete Atencio began selling beef tacos and red pork tamales on Española’s main street.
    Their mother Frances made the tacos and tamales. Their father Luis bought the boys a patio umbrella for their stand to protect them from the elements, but they spent much of their time running the food out to the line of waiting cars. A taco sold for 15 cents and tamales were 10 cents. The stand was only open during the summer months, and a good day’s sales totaled $20.
    At that time, Frances and Luis were working as a secretary and a plumber, respectively, and raising nine children.
    “Cuisine was always a part of my mother’s life, from her mother and her grandmother,” said Angela Atencio-Sanchez, president of the local chain’s umbrella organization, Las Brazas Enterprises. “Both my parents, they loved to give, and they loved to do it with food. So she would make this food and take it to her office for her coworkers. And they would tell her, ‘This is really good. You really should think about selling it.’”

  • Miles, founder of Monitor, dies at 95

    Dan Miles was a pioneer in many ways.
    He came to Los Alamos with the idea of starting a newspaper for a town that didn’t have one.
    He was one of the three founders of the Los Alamos Monitor.
    Miles started the newspaper with John Barnett and Mark McMahon in 1963, in a small office above a jewelry store.
    They started with nothing more than two typewriters, a headline machine and four employees.
    Miles was also a geologist for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    He died Wednesday at his home in Los Alamos. He was 95.
    His daughter Beki Welsch recalled some of the memories of her father’s time at the newspaper.
    As the Monitor’s advertising executive, Miles once secured an ad for the liquor store… and it ended up being placed on the same page as the police blotter and the DWIs.
    “The liquor store immediately cancelled their ad,” Welsch said with a laugh. As the paper’s main financial backer and money man, that’s just one of the many ups and downs Miles experienced in the Monitor’s early years.
    There was a bust in the oil business at the time, and they thought it would be a good idea to start a paper in Los Alamos.

  • UNM president says he won’t seek a 2nd term

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — With declining enrollment and a smaller allotment from the cash-strapped state, the University of New Mexico is bracing to have $22.5 million less to spend in fiscal year 2017.
    The school also will be looking to hire a new president.
    Robert Frank announced Friday that he won’t seek to renew his contract after it ends on May 31, 2017. “I am pleased with what we have accomplished during my presidency, and it will be with great pride that I hand over the reins to the next president, who can build upon our successes,” Frank said in a statement.
    He was hired by UNM in January 2012.
    The Board of Regents now has eight months to choose the school’s 22nd president.
    Board President Rob Doughty said the search would begin no later than next spring, and an interim president would be appointed if a successor to Frank isn’t found in a timely manner.
    On Thursday, Frank announced the university will put a freeze on hiring, and all college officials will perform departmental audits of temporary and part-time staff positions. Those positions that aren’t deemed to be critical will likely be cut.
    He said the expected losses mean everything from programs to staff and administrative positions could face cuts, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • Range Road bus turn-a-round improvements

    Public Works crews are scheduled to start work Monday on a bus turn around on Range Road just north of the intersection of Aspen Drive. 
    The work will primarily be limited to the east shoulder of Range Road. Motorists and pedestrians should watch for increased heavy equipment in the area.
    The work is anticipated to last about one month, weather permitting.
    The project consists of a paved bus turn-a-round off Range Road, which will provide transit service to Ponderosa Estates.

  • Police Beat 9-25-16

    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. 9
    9:05 a.m. — Police reported that a 45-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an accident with injuries at State Highway 4.

    2:27 p.m. — Police reported that a 76-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Trinity Drive.

    Sept. 11
    12:50 a.m. — Victor Medina, 34, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated battery, great bodily harm in the 2000 block of 37th Street.

    12:50 a.m. — Matthew Parrish, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal damage to property (less than $1000) in the 2000 block of 37th Street.

    11:21 a.m. — Police reported that a 57-year-old Woodstock man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Kiva Street.

    Sept. 12

  • LANB’s parent company enters into stock purchasing agreement

    Trinity Capital, the parent company of Los Alamos National Bank, has entered into a stock purchasing agreement with three private equity firms.
    Patriot Financial Partners, Strategic Value Bank Partners and Castle Creek Financial Partners will be acquiring a minority stake in LANB through a $52 million recapitalization plan.
    President and Chief Executive Officer John Gulas of Trinity Capital and LANB, said the transaction was a good sign for the bank, which is still recovering from the 2008 recession and an ugly episode of financial mismanagement that occurred several years ago.
    “We are encouraged that our new investors have confidence in our turnaround efforts,” Gulas said. “We believe this new capital enables us to address the most difficult remaining challenge in restoring the company to a safe and sound condition.”
    When the recapitalization deal is finalized in October, two of the companies, Castle Creek Capital and Patriot Financial, will have one representative each appointed to LANB’s board.
    Within a year of all parties signing off on the deal, Trinity Capital will also be able to offer current shareholders up to $10 million in stock.
    Once the deal is done, the bank will round a corner by putting a rocky decade of alleged fraudulent assets reporting and recession debt behind it.

  • Authority selects new CEO for Spaceport America

    UPHAM (AP) — An engineer who has held senior management and planning posts at White Sands Missile Range is Spaceport America's new CEO.

    The board of the authority that oversees the commercial spaceport in southern New Mexico announced Thursday the selection of Daniel Hicks to replace Christine Anderson.

    Hicks' 34 years as an Army civilian employee at White Sands has included working on strategic planning and numerous programs involving missiles, sensors and space.

    Hicks is expected to assume his new positon in November. He's a graduate of Las Cruces High School and New Mexico State University.

    Anderson resigned this summer after holding the position since 2011.

  • P and Z discusses comprehensive plan draft

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the initial draft of the comprehensive plan update Wednesday, as well as the results of the recently completed random survey gauging public support of the draft goals and policies of the plan.
    The least popular survey question was whether the county should “consider the creation of a short-term rental ordinance for economic benefit to homeowners and Los Alamos County.” Only 49 percent of those surveyed supported that policy.
    George Chandler raised that issue during public comment.
    “The question is always phrased in positive terms, and encouraging short-term rentals, which CDD (Community Development Department) has been doing, and I think it should be phrased more neutrally, because from the research I’ve done around the country, short-term rentals are generally considered a blight to neighborhoods,” Chandler said.
    “They basically double the density, you have parking problems, you have party problems. And, believe or not, a lot of realtors believe that short-term rentals actually reduce the long-term housing supply because people take houses off the market and put them into short-term rentals.”

  • On the Docket 9-18-16

    Sept. 8
    John Kelley  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to appear on two counts of failing to appear in court (non-traffic), failing to have rabies tag on his pet(s) and having animals at large. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $240 in court costs.

    Sean Paul Montano was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Oct. 22. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school.

    Kristopher W. Sinclair was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of battery. Defendant was assigned unsupervised probation for 182 days. Defendant must pay $73 in court costs. Probation conditions are defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant shall also avoid all contact with the alleged victim or anyone who may testify in the case.

  • Police Beat 9-18-16

    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. 7
    10 a.m. — Alexander Martinez, 21, of Santa Clara Pueblo was arrested for not taking responsibility upon hitting a fixed object or property.

    10:02 a.m. — Andres Velarde, 22, of Questa was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police department.

    1:46 p.m. — Police reported that a 52-year-old Santa Fe man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Central Avenue.

    2:55 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Española female was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Central Avenue.

    7:05 p.m. — Valentin Orozco-Almanza, 30, of Española was arrested on a possession of drug paraphernalia at the 500 block of North Mesa Road.

    Sept. 8
    12:15 a.m. — Byron Henderson, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of sexual offender registration non-compliance at the Los Alamos police department.