Today's News

  • Early voting for school board and UNM-LA ends on Friday

    Friday is the final day of early voting for the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos advisory committee and the Los Alamos School Board.
    Polls will be open for early voting through 5 p.m. Friday. On election day, which is Tuesday, polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
    At Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, County Clerk Sharon Stover said that 160 people have voted in the school board election during early voting.
    Election day voting centers are at the municipal building and White Rock Fire Station No. 3.
    Election results will be streamed live from council chambers beginning at 8 p.m. election day.
    Information on the election can be found on the county clerk’s web page losalamosnm.us/clerk.

  • Former lab tech gets 5 years

    ALBUQUERQUE — Former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
    Mascheroni was sentenced following his guilty plea for violating the Atomic Energy Act, as well as other crimes relating to his communication of classified nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official.
    Mascheroni, 79, is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina.
    U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson handed out the 5-year prison sentence in court Wednesday.
    Mascheroni’s wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, was sentenced in August to a year and a day of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for her conviction on conspiracy and false statement charges.

  • Talking Up A Storm

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers speech and debate team celebrates its showing following 2015 La Cueva Cave Classic in Albuquerque last Saturday. The team will host a bake saie Friday from 3-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank. The team is raising money to hold the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament at Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School Feb. 26-28.

  • Restaurant inspections 1-29-15

    Santa Fe

    Giant No. 6055, 1009 St. Francis Dr.

    Date Inspected: Nov. 14

    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Cold holding at 43˚F hot dogs. Ice pooling on the floor, which was corrected at time of inspection. One low-risk violation. Boxes on the floor in walk-in freezer.

    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.


    Giant No. 375, 2774 Sawmill Road

    Date Inspected: Nov. 14

    Violations: One high-risk violation. Employee food and phone in prep area, which was corrected at time of inspection. Two moderate-risk violations. Temperatures at 40 to 37˚F. Hot holding at 140 to 176. Dust build up on fans.

    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.


    Chocolate Maven (restaurant), 821 W. San Mateo Road

    Date Inspected: Nov. 14

  • Vigil case goes to district court

    Brandi Vigil, the Alcade woman accused of trying to cash $3,555.07 in checks she stole out the mailboxes of Los Alamos residents in 2013, will be heading from magistrate court to district court.
    However, her attorney, Tyr Loranger, almost derailed those plans, entering a motion centering on right to speedy trial laws.
    “My client informed me that she was picked up on a warrant on the 11th of September. Her release order was filed on or about Dec. 10, but she was not released until Dec. 24 of 2014. This is approximately three and a half months.” He then quoted a statute to Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados that emphasized a suspect in a crime cannot be held more than 10 days before their preliminary hearing if they’re in custody and no more than 60 days if they aren’t in custody.
    “In this case, Ms. Vigil was in custody, and so the state was well outside its time limits,” he said.
    The prosecution however argued that Vigil was held without prejudice, so the limits didn’t apply.
    Tyranger argued that there was nothing to support the prosecution’s claims.
    “There was not good cause established by the state,” he said. “...The exception is very clear. No preliminary hearing shall be heard after the time limits have lapsed.”

  • Secret info gets misclassified

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee misclassified information that should have been kept secret but instead was made public, federal investigators said.
    The review by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General found that an official at the bomb-building lab didn’t adequately protect classified information in six instances, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday.
    Those included an employee’s remarks to a public gathering in which the employee unknowingly included material that should have been classified.
    Another involved an employee’s article that included material that should have been classified but wasn’t.
    The review said the classification officer was lax about keeping his staff current on guidelines for determining what information must be kept secret.
    Specific details about the classified material were not provided.
    The report criticizes the consortium of private contractors that manages the lab for ignoring the problems, even though it was aware of them.

  • On The Docket 1-29-15

    Jan. 22

    Jesus A. Bajarano-Dominguez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Travis W. Brown was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $60 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Jan. 23

    Zachary Garcia was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing or parking in a restricted or prohibited space on certain streets. Defendant was fined $50.

    Jan. 25

    Victoria R. Garrett was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Jan. 26

    Phillip McFerrin was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of battery. The case was dismissed because a witness failed to appear.

    Brianna M. Garcia was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • Update 1-29-15


    LANL scientist Nate McDowell will give a lecture, “Accelerating Global Vegetative Mortality,” 7 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library.

    Candidate forum

    Los Alamos Public Schools will host a school board candidate forum today. The forum will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School speech theater. The event is open to the public.

    'Topper Revue

    ’Topper Revue is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Los Alamos High School’s Duane Smith Auditorium.

    School board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for Feb. 10. The meeting will be at the LAPS administration board room. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Field users

    Los Alamos County’s recreation department is holding its Spring Field User Meeting Feb. 11 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m. Please bring all schedule request and Liability of Insurance to the meeting.

  • Today in history Jan. 29
  • State Briefs 1-29-15

    Another New Mexico immigrant license repeal effort begins

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A House panel is expected to discuss efforts to repeal a New Mexico law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.
    The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is scheduled Thursday to discuss two bills aimed at revamping the state driver’s licenses laws.
    One proposal by Rep. Paul Pacheco of Albuquerque calls for creating a “two-tier” driver’s license system.
    But Marcela Diaz, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido, says that would only create “scarlet-letter” licenses from immigrants.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has tried repeatedly to have the law repealed, but those efforts have generated staunch opposition from Democrats. Despite Republicans winning control of the House, Democrats in the Senate have vowed to fight any repeal.
    Albuquerque grocery store
    sustains light damage from fire