Today's News

  • P and Z approves ski hill subdivision

    On Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a sketch plan for the consolidation and subdivision of 504.307 acres of land on Pajarito Mountain.
    According to the staff report, “The subdivision is the first step in supporting a transfer of land to different entities for the immediate purposes of continuing the land uses as a ski hill, other recreational uses, and other infrastructure such as communications towers, meteorological equipment and a government tower and generator.”
    The property is zoned W-2 Wilderness, and no changes to any of the land uses currently operating are proposed at this time.
    The new lot lines apportion the ski area between the Pajarito Recreation Group (PRG) and Los Alamos County.
    Tracts 1 and 3, at 68 ad 49 acres respectively, will be transferred to PRG.
    Tract 3 is the area on the mountain crest on which communication towers, meteorological equipment, etc., are situated.
    “That’s a revenue generator for us. So in the transaction with Pajarito Recreation Group, they would like to have that tract of land to help subsidize the operation of the ski area by collecting the revenues from those tower locations,” said Pajarito Mountain Ski Area General Manager Tom Long.

  • Testimony tossed in drug case

    On Wednesday, defense attorney Kari T. Morrissey successfully suppressed key testimony in an upcoming drug case involving defendant Rowena MacDonald, a Los Alamos resident.
    In November of 2013, MacDonald was caught up in a police sweep for crystal methamphetamine. In that operation, police arrested Los Alamos resident Daniel Hoth, Albuquerque resident David Simmons and others.
    Hoth was being targeted on a warrant when police pulled him over in White Rock with Simmons in the car. A search of the car turned up crystal meth in Simmons’ possession. Simmons later confessed to police he had more in a back pack that he allegedly stored at MacDonald’s house for safekeeping, about 42.7 grams.
    Police later searched her home and recovered the backpack that did have crystal methamphetamine in it. She was not arrested at the time. Police later called her to come to the station to talk about the incident. According to Morrissey, though they read her her Miranda rights before the interview, they also allegedly deceived her into thinking she didn’t need an attorney, and that they were treating her as a witness.
    During her conversation with police, she at first denied knowing anything about what was in the backpack, but later admitted that she did have a suspicion.

  • Be There 10-09-14

    Art on Tap Series. 5:30-7 p.m. Art therapist/counselor Trish Ebbert will talk about the benefits of art for one’s good mental health.

    “Amphibian Declines: Around the World and in Your Backyard.” 7 p.m. Fish and wildlife biologist Michelle Christman will talk about amphibian biology, threats amphibians face and general amphibian declines, both around the world and locally. The recent decision to list the Jemez Mountains salamander as an endangered species will also be discussed. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents back-to-back forums at Fuller Lodge. At 5:30 p.m., the forum on the Structure-of-Government Charter Amendments. At 6:45 p.m. the forum for candidates for the Third Congressional District, will feature Democratic Candidate Ben Ray Luján and Republican Candidate Jefferson Byrd.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

  • People In The News 10-09-14

    On July 11, Benjamin Macdonell, a 1999 alum of Los Alamos High School, was awarded a Medal of Honor from Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
    Macdonell, a police officer since 2010, and his team forced entry through a security door to save two elderly women from a burning house — a fire started by a Molotov cocktail.

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    Erik Anderson, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet at the University of Rhode Island recently graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
    Anderson is the son of Timothy Renshaw of Los Alamos and Kristen Anderson of Charlestown, Rhode Island. He is a 2011 graduate of Monadnock Regional High School, Swanzey, New Hampshire.

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    Tristan Goodwin of Los Alamos was one of more than 200 new students who enrolled in Cornell College for the 2014-15 academic year.  

  • Sign up for class all about acrylics

    There’s a new class being offered at Karen Wray Studios. “All About Awesome Acrylics,” sign up is under way with the first class starting Oct. 15.
    “Acrylics paints are awesome,” artist Melissa Bartlett said. “They are the masters of disguise and Jack of all trades of the art supplies world. You can create a soft wash watercolor or a thick palette knife impasto painting, a mixed media collage or a hand pulled print  all with the same  set of acrylic paints.”
    Bartlett, a nationally known artist, is teaching the six-week class for those who wish to learn more about the medium.
    The class will cover a wide range of techniques and styles and can accommodate beginners, as well as experienced painters.
    According to Bartlett, acrylic paints are a fun way to experiment with painting. “They are a non-toxic, easy to clean up alternative to oils that provide good opportunities to learn about values, color, mixing paints, brushwork and more,” she said. “Acrylics allow for a wide ranged of effect by using gels and special techniques. They also dry fast, which let’s us paint over mistakes, or simply finish a painting in record time!”

  • Building Assets

    Councilor Rick Reiss stops to congratulate Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen on the program’s proclamation. The program is trying to collect change at several local businesses to support the Community Asset Awards for 2014.

  • 'It's the jobs, stupid' still good political advice

    A reader writes about a recent column: “What was obvious was your dislike for (Gov.) Susana Martinez. Why not just devote the whole piece to this? Face it, she has done a decent job and will be reelected, probably by a pretty good margin.”
    Dislike has nothing to do with it. Yes, let’s devote a column to this. No, she hasn’t done a decent job. And her reelection will be a measure not of support but of dollars spent against the inept campaign of her opponent.
    The cast of “Saturday Night Live” was once called the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players.” This is how I think of both Martinez and Barack Obama — both bright, promising people with narrow experience when they took office. Had they worked their way up instead of vaulting into the spotlight, the outcomes would be different for the state and the nation.
    Combine that with money and flimsy spending rules and you get a campaign as substantial as cotton candy.
    In 2010, the candidates were sniping at each other over Martinez’s birthplace, Diane Denish’s Christmas cards, and who was soft on perverts. Martinez campaigned against Bill Richardson.

  • Donations being accepted at Friday's game

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer teams will be accepting donations at Friday’s home football game that will go toward charitable organziations helping fight breast cancer.
    Representatives from the girls soccer program will be at the gate collecting donations before kickoff and at halftime. Game time is 7 p.m.

  • 'Toppers fall in 4 sets to Sundevils

    In a big early District 2-5A volleyball matchup, the Española Valley Sundevils’ high-powered offense proved to be too tough for the Los Alamos Hilltopper defense.
    The Sundevils, who are earmarked as the team to beat in the 2-5A race this season, got some big swings all night from their big hitters upfront, Elana Salazar and Kaitlyn Romero.
    Salazar, Española Valley’s primary weapon, finished with 21 spike kills as the Sundevils took Wednesday’s match at Griffith Gymnasium, 3-1.
    The Sundevils cruised to a 25-11 first set win — libero Victoria Valdez served up 12 straight points to close out that set after Los Alamos had cut a 7-point Española Valley advantage down to 1.
    Los Alamos bounced back in the second set, holding on to win 25-22, but Española Valley took sets three and four 25-17, 25-21.
    With that win, their ninth in a row, the Sundevils (10-2 overall, 2-0 in 2-5A) move into a first-place tie in the early district standings with the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Los Alamos, meanwhile, will have some catch-up work to do, work that will start Saturday when it travels to Bernalillo.

  • LA girls just 1 leg shy of trip to state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team moved one step closer to an early qualification for the state Class 5A golf tournament in a two-day event at Grants Monday and Tuesday.
    Los Alamos had the low team score at the Grants Invitational Monday, shooting a 390 at the tournament. That put them 9 shots ahead of runner-up St. Pius X.
    Jennifer Necker finished as the individual runner-up Monday, shooting an 82, which got her the second individual leg of her season — she earned a third leg and trip to the state tournament with her showing Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers were nearly as good as a unit on day two at Coyote Del Malpais Golf Course, finishing with a 395, which was good enough for a runner-up team finish.
    Day two’s event, played at the same venue as the Grants Invitational, was dubbed the Piedra Vista Invitational. The Class 6A Cleveland Storm ran away with the girls team title Tuesday, shooting a 327.
    Los Alamos’ boys team also took part in the two tournaments. Hilltopper No. 1 player Jonathan Osden qualified for his second consecutive state tournament with his showings both days.
    Osden shot a 76 Monday to pick up his second leg of the season, then followed that up with a 78 Tuesday to earn his trip to the 5A championship tournament. The state tournaments are held in May following spring play.