Today's News

  • Police Beat 4-20-16

    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.

    March 12
    No time given — Desiree J Hyde, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested for allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    April 7
    4:28 p.m. — A 37-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle at Central Park Square.

    April 8
    9:03 a.m.  —  A 77-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle at 40th Street.

    April 9
    9:41 a.m. — Denika Romero, 34, of Espanola was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant in Albuquerque. The original charge was fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) at Trinity drive.  

    4:24 p.m. — Zachary Sanchez, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated (blood alcohol concentration of . 16 or more) at the intersection of Canyon Road and Rim Road.

    April 11

  • Visits to New Mexico national parks see gains

    SANTA FE (AP) — National parks and monuments across New Mexico saw sharp increases in visitors last month.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns are among the parks that saw a rise in March.
    Carlsbad Caverns National Park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke says people have come despite the broken elevators.
    Carlsbad received more than 51,000 visits, the best for the month of March since 2008.
    White Sands near Alamogordo recorded more than 71,000 visits, the highest since 2002.
    The U.S. Geological Survey estimates New Mexico’s national parks annually draw 1.6 million visits.

  • Is it really spring?

    Residents and commuters awoke this morning not to flowers and sunshine but to a snowstorm that dumped at least two to three inches of snow on Los Alamos County. Though everyone likely arrived safely to work and school today, there was one weather-related fender bender in the main parking lot of Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to Los Alamos Police Department Commander Preston Ballew.

    In this photo, residents brave the snow and the downtown traffic to get to their desinations.

  • Duane Smith Auditorium gets audio loop system

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos has managed to open up a whole new world for theatergoers that use hearing aids equipped with telecoils inside them.
    For the past two years the club, with the help of a company called GWC Looping, has been busy installing a gridded “audio loop” system beneath 14 rows of seating in the center front section of the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    The new system will be available starting this with Sunday’s performance of Concert Clarinetist Jon Manasse and Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, who will be playing various pieces from Brahms, Messager, Chopin, Debussy, P. D’Rivera, G. Goodwin and J. Novacek to Rotary Club at 4 p.m. Sunday.
    All theatergoes equipped with telecoil-optional hearing aids have to do is head for the center front section of seating in the theater, or rows that have the “blue ear” sign attached, the international symbol for deafness and hearing loss.
    Linda Hull, past president and current board member with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos said the club was inspired to get the system installed after a high school student, who happened to be hearing impaired, gave a talk to the club two years ago.
    The student was Chloe Keilers, a high school senior. She was also on hand to receive a Student of the Month Award from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

  • Today in history April 19
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  • VIDEO: Third graders rock their recorders

    A group of Mrs. Teague's third grade students give a stellar performance of "Here Comes A Blue Bird" on their recorders for the school board during a school board work session at Pinon Elementary School.

  • Budget meetings to start

    The Los Alamos County Council fiscal year 2017 budget hearings get underway Monday from 6–10 p.m. in council chambers. Hearings continue April 19, 25 and 26.
    Council directed staff to prepare a flat General Fund expenditure budget for fiscal year 2017 and provide options for 3-percent growth. To meet that goal, proposed expenditure total $186 million, below fiscal year 2016 adopted budget expenditures of $193.2 million.
    The good news is that for the first time in the past five fiscal years, spending at Los Alamos National Laboratory is expected to increase, which will positively impact county revenues.
    General Fund revenues are projected to be $3 million higher, or 5 percent, than in the fiscal year 2016 adopted budget, for a total of $61.3 million. Increases in GRT make up the majority of the budgeted increase revenue, offset by a projected decrease in user charges and investment income.
    Expenditures for the proposed budget total $48.4 million, a $933,000 (2 percent) increase over the fiscal year 2016 adopted budget.
    Several of budget increases are balanced by offsets, although some of those offsets may be included in the options list.
    The Administrative Services budget is 1 percent higher than last year’s budget at $67,294, offset by lower transfers to the CIP fund for Information Technology projects.

  • Española vehicle explosion likely caused by cigarette

    ESPANOLA (AP) — Authorities say a vehicle explosion in Española that injured two people was ignited when a lit cigarette came into contact with a canister of oxygen.

    New Mexico State Police said Saturday that Henry Wilton and Eric Lucero are hospitalized with severe injuries at an Albuquerque hospital.

    According to Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo, Wilton was driving a Jeep Friday morning that was carrying 15 oxygen canisters.

    Lucero, the only other passenger, reached back while holding a lit cigarette in his hand to stop a canister from leaking.

    Police say the canister blew up, causing the car to become engulfed in flames.

    Both men were able to escape the vehicle before three other canisters exploded.

    There were no other injuries.

    Two vehicles sustained damage from debris from the scene.

  • 2016 crime on downward trend

    The Los Alamos Police Department released its first quarter crime report for 2016 Friday, which showed the crime rate in Los Alamos County remained steady.
    Crime categories in the report are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program, according to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. The two categories are “crimes against persons” (violent crime) and “crimes against property.”
    The report which was compiled and organized by the LAPD’s record department, violent crime –  which included rape, robbery and aggravated assault and murder – were up from four offenses in 2015 to six in 2016.
    “It is an increase, but when you’re dealing with such small numbers, just one or two cases can show a dramatic increase but overall the numbers remain relatively low,” said LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone.
    However property crime fell from 42 crimes committed in the first quarter of 2015 to 32 in the first quarter of 2016.
    Overall, the combination of both categories of crime in the first quarter of 2016 saw a 17 percent decrease from statistics recorded in the first quarter of 2015.