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Today's News

  • Brenner’s lawyer files motion in IPRA suit

    An attorney for former Los Alamos County resident Patrick Brenner fired back a countermotion to the Los Alamos County Council’s motion requesting a First Judicial Court judge examine a councilor’s emails before making them public.
    Brenner is requesting the emails under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. Brenner is alleging Los Alamos County Council Vice President Susan O’Leary abused her position as a public official by using county email to destroy his reputation and business. He said she allegedly did so by releasing to the public an email he wrote to the county council on May 15 that expressed his displeasure over a $20 million general obligation bond sale county residents were going to vote on later that May.
    In late May, the county held a countywide election on whether or not the county should raise $20 million through a general obligation bond sale to pay for five recreation projects. Brenner campaigned actively against the recreation bond.
    He was puzzled as to why she and the council were requesting the review. “I’m not sure why she’s asking a judge to do that,” he said. “Her asking a judge to review her private email is no different from her reviewing her own private email. I couldn’t answer that question as to why she wants a judge to review it.”

  • Overpass Crash

    a 2013 Nissan Sentra crashed into the overpass on Diamond Drive at about 4 p.m. Thursday. According to officials on the scene, the Sentra experienced mechanical failure prior to the crash. The driver of the vehicle, a woman, and her infant were both transported to the hospital.
     

  • Crash on Ridgeway

    Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew and an investigator look through the wreckage of a head-on collision on Ridgeway Drive around 1 p.m. Thursday. Two people, both in the red Suburu, were taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center. No citations had been issued. A single person was in the Ford Explorer.
     

  • PED flip-flops on science standards

    Following a crowded, eight-hour public hearing on Monday, the state Public Education Department’s secretary designate decided proposed science standards should include the age of the Earth, after all.
    The proposed science standards for kindergarten through 12th grade were based on nationally developed Next Generation Science Standards, known as NGSS or Next Gen, but tweaked and edited by the state public education department and introduced in mid-September.
    Some of the edits and omissions have drawn fire from a host of New Mexicans, including 61 science and engineering fellows at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Los Alamos school board, students and teachers.
    Secretary Designate Christopher Ruszkowski issued a statement Tuesday night via the department’s spokeswoman’s IPhone, stating he had listened to the “thoughtful input received and will incorporate many of the suggestions into the New Mexico Standards,” following the hearing.
    The statement also pushes back at some of the criticism leveled at the hearing and in written public comments.

  • Sheriff candidate White looking to courts to decide on the office issue

    Los Alamos resident and county sheriff candidate Greg White is urging the New Mexico Supreme Court to address a legal standoff between the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office and the County Council that has gone on for 16 months.
    Currently, council wants the First Judicial Court of Santa Fe to decide if Los Alamos County’s charter permits them abolish the office.
    The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office believes the county needs to follow state statutes. Current county sheriff Marco Lucero and his attorney, A. Blair Dunn, believe state statutes protects the office from local officials seeking to abolish it.
    So does White.
    “Enacted five years after home rule, reflecting the more specific and more current will of the people in regards to all counties, current and future, home rule or incorporated, as no distinction is made, states twice in one paragraph that counties must follow statutes and the constitution,” White said in his petition to the court.
    In one statute he cited for the court, he said it mentions twice that counties must follow state statutes and the constitution in matters concerning the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Part of Main Trail at Bandelier will be closed

    Starting Monday and continuing for approximately four days, parts of the Main Loop Trail at Bandelier National Monument will be closed.
    During the times of closures, helicopters will be carrying sling loads of dirt and gravel for a trail project at the monument. The closure is for the safety of visitors.
    According to a news release from Bandelier, from 6 a.m. Monday until the completion of that portion of the work, which is scheduled to continue until Oct. 27, the Main Loop Trail will be closed from the northern edge of Tyuonyi Pueblo to the top of the stairs at Long House.
    The part of the Nature Trail which parallels Frijoles Creek between the creek and the Main Loop Trail, will also be closed.
    Visitors who wish to visit Long House can use the trail on the other side of the creek, which leads to Alcove House, to access the site and return.
    Bandelier announced the small cavates on the cliffs just above Tyuonyi, the ones with short ladders, would also not be available during this time.  Alcove House, however, will be open.

  • Chorale opens 40th year with local performance

    The Sangre de Cristo Chorale will begin its 40th anniversary season this weekend in Santa Fe and Los Alamos with “Autumn Legacy.”
    The first performance will be Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, followed by a Sunday performance at the United Church of Los Alamos. Both performances will begin at 4 p.m.
    The centerpiece of the concerts will be four pieces honoring the legacy of Monteverdi on the 450th anniversary of his birth. It will also feature works by Fauré, Stephen Paulus and Eric Eric Whitacre. There will also be Chorale premieres and other favorites that will create an inspiring autumn afternoon.
    Dr. Bradley Ellingboe will lead the concerts as the guest conductor, and Nate Salazar will be his accompanist.
    Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Attendees under 18 years old get in for free both days. Tickets can be ordered online at sdcchorale.org.  

  • Pumpkin Splash is set for Saturday at aquatic center

    Dr. Seuss will be the theme of this year’s Pumpkin Splash, that’s going on at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Saturday.
    Los Alamos County will be hosting the annual event, which features carnival games and a bouncy house on the outside deck of the aquatic center.
    The event will run from 10 a.m.- 1p.m. Price for participation is $7.
    Along with the games and activities, those taking part can swim with the pumpkins that will be floating in the main pool Saturday. Kids will be able to pick a pumpkin to take home with them.
    Pumpkin retrieval for the kids will start at 11 a.m.
    Tickets can be purchased either today or on Saturday at the front desk of the aquatic center. For more information about the event, call the center at 662-8170.
     

  • State Briefs 10-20-17

    Martin mixes business, politics at forum

    SANTA FE (AP) — Proposals for expanding movie and television production in New Mexico are on the agenda at a film forum in Santa Fe.
    The discussion Thursday is designed mix business and politics, as author and producer George R.R. Martin sits down with film-industry experts and Congresswoman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham.
    The congresswoman this week proposed lifting a $50 million annual cap on film-production tax credits to boost the industry.
    Known for his fantasy novels that inspired the hit series “Game of Thrones,” Martin owns an art-house cinema in Santa Fe and has dabbled in a local nonprofit film production project.

    New judge appointed to Clovis shooting case

  • Jazz Hands

    Members of the Los Alamos Middle School Jazz Band performed for onlookers Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge.