Today's News

  • Ringing In the Occasion

    About 30 participants came out to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant near the end of the U.S. Civil War. The bell at Fuller Lodge was rung at 1:15 p.m. in conjunction with other ceremonies around the country marking the occasion. The bell was rung for four minutes, one minute for each year of the Civil War. The event was hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • Businesss Spotlight: Pups go to play at new LA Dog House

    Need a place to pamper your pooch? Or a space to let them frolic and play? The LA Dog House is available for your four-legged pal.
    Fresh off the opening on March 6, owner Ruth Scott, along with a few volunteers have bonded with some clients and their dogs. The LA Dog House has an indoor area that is leash-free and interactive.
    Scott said she only accepts non-aggressive canines and it is required that the dogs get along with other pups.
    Every week, Scott takes one of the dogs from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter and gives them a day of fun. “The group friendly dogs are brought here from the shelter once or twice a week,” Scott said.
    “Iggy” was the chosen dog of the week. Scott credits the shelter for their participation.
    “They work so hard to find homes for the homeless animals,” she said. She also thanks the Friends of the Shelter for its support.
    The volunteers have all been longtime residents of Los Alamos and have known Scott for a number of years.
    Bill Ferrell often brings along his dog, Ladybug. Katherine Lea met Scott through networking around town and have been friends for many years.
    There are plenty of services to choose from. Services include dog day care, training classes, bathing and pet sitting.

  • Judge: Doctor must release records

    SANTA FE — An Española psychiatrist who was treating a former Los Alamos Police Department officer has learned that he will have to turn over most of his documents related to the patient’s treatment to plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against Los Alamos County in January.
    Former LAPD Commander Randy Foster, who is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, claims in the suit he was fired from his job in 2013 by the county over his handling of a personnel matter involving the psychiatrist’s patient, former police officer Brian Schamber.
    According to the lawsuit, which also includes former LAPD Commander Scott Mills and former Det. Paige Early as fellow plaintiffs, Foster was fired in an effort by the county to appease Schamber, who successfully sued the county for $600,000.
    According to court records, Foster was a key figure in getting Schamber committed to a mental health institution shortly after he allegedly talked about hurting members of the public as well as others to Early, his work partner at the time.
    Schamber has since left the police department.

  • Trash rates are set to climb

    Los Alamos County residents and businesses should anticipate increased fees for solid waste pickup in July, with a second increase a year later.
    In March, the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) voted 5-0 to support staffs’ recommendation for an increase of approximately 10 percent each year.
    The ordinance to change the municipal code comes back to the ESB for approval at 5:30 p.m. April 16.
    Under the new ordinance, residential rates would increase from $18.15 per month to $20.16 on July 1. Rates would increase to $22 in FY2017.
    Current commercial rates are $78.81 per month for trash collection and $19.05 a month for dumpster rental, totaling $97.86 a month. There is no charge for recycling, but customers with a recycling dumpster pay an additional $19.05 a month.
    The new schedule changes that structure somewhat. In FY2016, solid waste fees would rise to $108.36 a month, but dumpster fees would go down to $10.12, totaling $118.48 a month for trash pickup, and $128.60 if a recycling dumpster is included.
    Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule explained some of the reasons behind the increase.

  • Tsarnaev guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing

    BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.
    The former college student stood with his hands folded, fidgeted and looked down at the defense table in federal court as he listened to the word "guilty" recited on all 30 counts against him, including conspiracy and deadly use of a weapon of mass destruction. Seventeen of those counts are punishable by death.
    The verdict, reached after a day and a half of deliberations, was practically a foregone conclusion, given his lawyer's startling admission at the trial's outset that Tsarnaev carried out the terror attack with his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan.
    The defense strategy is to try to save Tsarnaev's life in the upcoming penalty phase by arguing he fell under Tamerlan's evil influence.
    The two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line on April 15, 2013, killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 other people, turning the traditionally celebratory home stretch of the world-famous race into a scene of carnage and putting the city on edge for days.

  • Steelers safety Troy Polamalu retires

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — His flowing locks bouncing off the top of his No. 43 jersey, Troy Polamalu spent more than a decade flying across football fields as the heady but humble backbone of a defense that fueled the Pittsburgh Steelers' return to the NFL's elite.

    Now, his singular career is a part of franchise lore. Move over Joe Greene, Jack Lambert and Mel Blount. You've got company.

    Polamalu, an eight-time Pro Bowler and 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is retiring after 12 seasons, telling the only team he's ever played for that it's time for the next phase of his life. Polamalu's retirement was first reported by the Uniontown (Pa.) Herald-Standard.

    "Troy is a shining example of a football man in the way he loved the game, the way he respected the game and the way he played the game," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. "It's a shining example of the window into who he is. He is a legendary Steeler and a legendary man."

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  • Local golfers place high at senior tournaments

    Numerous Los Alamos golfers shot good enough scores to break into the top three in their respective flights at a trio of Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association last week.
    At the tournament held at New Mexico State University’s golf course April 1, Ron Krantz and Kerry Coffelt both won their flights.
    Krantz shot a 79 gross score to win the Second Flight. He was also closest to the pin on the 17th hole.
    Coffelt shot an 80 gross to win the Fourth Flight.
    The day before the New Mexico State University tournament, Coffelt also competed at the Red Hawk golf course. He finished second in the Fourth Flight with a 97 gross score.
    On April 2, the association hosted its third tournament in three days at the Sonoma Ranch golf course. In that tournament, Los Alamos’ Ken Koch won the First Flight with a 79 gross score.

  • Isotopes drop opener to Aces

    Opening Night festivities provided plenty of excitement for fans, but the Albuquerque Isotopes (0-1) dropped an 8-2 decision to the Reno Aces (1-0) to open the 2015 season.
    After a first inning leadoff double from Brandon Barnes, the Isotopes jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. The Aces tied it up in the second before a Kyle Parker homer put the ’Topes on top in the third.
    A four-run fifth inning from Reno, highlighted by a Garrett Weber double, put the Isotopes away for good. Reno tacked on two more runs in the sixth before cruising the rest of the way.
    Parker, an outfielder, christened the new season with a mammoth home run in the bottom of the third inning. He blasted the 2-2 pitch over the scoreboard in left field, giving the Isotopes a 2-1 lead at the time.
    Parker hit 15 home runs last season with Colorado Springs, one year after matching a career best with 23 dingers.
    Making a Major League rehab appearance for the Isotopes, lefty Jorge De La Rosa tossed four innings of four-hit, one-run ball. He surrendered his only run via a second inning leadoff home run. De La Rosa’s final line included 4.0 IP, 4 hits, one run (earned), three walks and two strikeouts.

  • Sipapu offering free tickets for closing weekend

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will end winter operations this Sunday, and resort officials say they’ll be running the lifts at no charge on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Sipapu’s strongest winter ever.
    “This season has been the best in our history,” Sipapu mountain manager John Paul Bradley said. “More guests visited us than ever before, so we decided to give away lift tickets as a small token of our appreciation.”
    The mountain’s lifts will be open from 9:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.
    The area’s ski school, full-service rental shop, mountain dining and slopeside lodging will all be available.
    Sipapu is currently reporting at 23-inch base, but it’s unclear what trails will be open for the area’s final weekend.
    The 2014-2015 winter season was a busy one for northern New Mexico’s oldest ski area: Sipapu’s lifts started turning on Nov. 15, which marked the earliest opening in recent Sipapu history and clenched the 12th consecutive time the resort opened before any other ski area in the state.
    Sipapu then extended its daily operations schedule to offer guests the longest ski and snowboard season in New Mexico.