Today's News

  • Lab, schools on delay

    Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos Public Schools have announced this morning that they will operate on a delayed schedule.

    LAPS will be on a 2-hour delay. LANL has asked local employees to come in at 10 a.m. and other employees to get to work at 10:45 a.m.

    Los Alamos County also announced it is on a 2-hour delay today, although it said the transit service would be operating on a normal schedule and trash and recycling would also be picked up today.

    Check back with LAMonitor.com for more information, which will be posted as it becomes available.

  • Sheriff: driver was drunk, texting

    A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman received extensive injuries Monday at around 11 p.m. when she allegedly crashed her car going westbound on N.M. 502, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.
    According to an eyewitness, Andrea Rivera, who was allegedly the driver of a 1993 Gold Saturn four-door sedan, almost veered off the road to the right. Rivera then overcompensated, careening to the left, eastbound lane of the road into oncoming traffic before the car started to roll. The car wound up wedged against a piñon tree off near the shoulder of the road.
    Sometime during the crash, Rivera was ejected from the vehicle, and was found a short distance from her car, on her back and still alive. She allegedly told officers she had been drinking alcohol and texting moments before the crash.
    In her car, police allegedly discovered a half-empty bottle of “Prestige” brand whiskey.
    Her car did not come into contact with any other vehicles and she had no other passengers in her car. According to the sheriff’s office, she was the only one injured in the crash.
    Rivera’s injuries consisted of two broken ribs and heavy bruising about the upper left portion of her neck and head.
    She was conscious when police arrived, though her speech was heavily slurred.

  • Assisted living area, dog day care approved

    Two new businesses received the blessing of the Planning and Zoning commission Wednesday night.
    Ruth Scott, owner/operator of LA Dog House, received approval for a special use permit to open a dog day care and training business at 127 East Gate Drive. The business will offer day care Monday through Friday and training classes on weekends.
    “Our business will be a huge plus to this community. We’ve got a lot of people waiting for us to open,” Scott said.
    The site previously served as temporary quarters for a veterinary clinic. However, the M-2 zoning for the area did not allow for pet-related services other than veterinary practices. Scott worked with county staff to change the code to include this use.
    The process took 10 months. Scott expressed gratitude for staff’s assistance in making the revision.
    The commission voted 7-0 to approve the application. Catherine Mockler was not present at the meeting.
    Scott plans to secure her business license as soon as the two-week waiting period — which allows for appeals of the commission’s decision — has ended. She hopes to be open for business March 16.

  • Police Beat 2-27-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 19

    10:05 a.m. — Elijah Meason, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor on Trinity Drive.

    12:15 p.m. — Deanna Doss, 28, of Santa Cruz was arrested for trafficking controlled substances at the Los Alamos police station.

    12:24 p.m. — Celso Ramos, 35, of Santa Cruz was arrested for trafficking controlled substances on Sherwood Boulevard.

    1:41 p.m. — A 16-year-old Hernandez teen was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was battery, stemming from an incident that took place on Central Avenue Oct. 16, 2013.

  • Parking lot will be closed near pond

    Los Alamos County announced Wednesday the parking lot adjacent to Ashley Pond at the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th Street will be closed starting March 2.
    According to the county, Teen Center Remodel contractor R&M Construction will be using this parking lot as a staging area while the community building is remodeled.
    Toward the end of the remodel, the parking lot is scheduled to be reconfigured and reconstructed.
    During the time of the parking lot closure, the United States Post Office mailboxes and the UPS drop box, currently situated in the parking lot, will be relocated. They will be moved to the north side of Deacon Street near El Parasol restaurant.
    The parking lot is scheduled to reopen in September. During the closure, overflow Ashley Pond parking will be at Mesa Public Library and at the Justice Center.
    For more information about the closure, call the county’s Community & Economic Development Department at 662-8120.

  • 'Jihad John' raised in UK, studied computers

    LONDON (AP) — The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. A growing body of evidence suggests he is a London-raised university graduate, described by one man who knew him as kind, gentle and humble.
    The Washington Post and the BBC on Thursday identified the British-accented militant from the chilling videos as Mohammed Emwazi, a man in his mid-20s who was born in Kuwait and raised in a modest, mixed-income area of West London.
    The Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King’s College London, which closely tracks fighters in Syria, said it believed the identification was correct.
    Asim Qureshi of CAGE, a London-based advocacy group which works with Muslims in conflict with British intelligence services, said he saw strong similarities between the man in the video and Emwazi, whom he knew from 2009 to 2012.
    But he said “I can’t be 100 percent certain.”
    “The guy’s got a hood on his head. It’s very, very difficult,” Qureshi said.

  • Rental car thief gets probation

    A Cordova woman was sentenced in court Tuesday for her part in trying to steal a 2914 Hyundai Elantra from a Los Alamos rental car agency.
    Martha F. Romero, 39, was sentenced for embezzlement (over $250, less than $500). The original charge was embezzlement (over $2,500, less than $20,000). In court, Romero agreed to plead no contest to the charge, meaning she takes responsibility for the crime, but she doesn’t admit guilt.
    She was sentenced to 364 days in the Los Alamos County Detention Center with 364 days suspended, as well as given 364 days of supervised probation. She was also ordered to pay $73 in court costs and $25 per month in probation fees.
    If, however, Romero complies with all her probation conditions, she could be released from it after six months.
    In court, Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist noted that the car had been returned, so restitution would not be an issue.
    According to court records, Romero got into a car accident in July of last year.
    Her insurance company rented a car for her through the Enterprise Rental Car at the Los Alamos Airport. When Romero did not return the car on the agreed on date of Sept. 12, a warrant was issued for her arrest in November of last year through the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Robotics team takes third at regional contest

    Los Alamos Public School’s First Technical Challenge robotics team took third place last Saturday at the Arizona Regional Championship competition in Flagstaff, Arizona.
    The LAPS Hawks won five of six qualifying matches to earn the third seed heading into the playoff matches.
    In the playoffs, the Hawks dropped two of three matches to the second placed seed, Area 52 of Nevada.
    In all, 31 top teams from around the region, including Texas, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico earned placement in the regional championship event.
    The Hawks’ robot, EPIC (Energized Perfectly Imagined Cyberbot), was only one of only a handful of robots that used multiple software schemes to score autonomous programming points at the beginning of each game and could deliver game balls to the tallest goals of the game.
    Each match consisted of four randomly selected robots, paired to work together. Each robot involved was required to occupy a space no larger than an 18-inch cube, however, once the match began, the robots could grow to any size.
    Teams had 30 seconds to score points through autonomous programming and another 2 minutes of driver-controlled action to score points in goals that was 48 inches in height.
    The Hawks are a team comprised of nine Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students.

  • Update 2-26-15

    Authors Speak

    Don Usner, author of “Chasing Dichos,” will take part in the Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the library.

    Girls basketball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will host the Del Norte Knights in the semifinal round of the District 2-5A tournament at 7 p.m. today at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Kiwanis Club

    John Gulas, the new chief executive officer for Los Alamos National Bank, will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. The meeing will be from noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    Fire and Ice

    Santa Fe National Forest will host its Fire and Ice Festival Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs. The event will feature live music, arts and crafts and a cross-cut saw contest.


    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge from 7-11 a.m. Sunday. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

    County Council

    The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. March 3 in council chambers.

  • MathCounts Team Wins Big

    Last weekend, the Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts team won the Northern New Mexico Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition. The chapter competition was held at Pojoaque Valley High School.
    The team consists of Do Vo, Christopher Koh, Antonio Dowdy and Duncan Fuehne. Vo placed first as an individual, Koh was second, Dowdy third and Fuehne fourth. The team will compete at state on March 21.  
    The team coaches are Phuong Vo anad Jane Lataille.
    The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is designed to excite and challenge middle school students mathematically. 
    Here, left to right, are Phuong Vo, Dowdy, Do Vo, Fuehne, Koh and Lataille. Courtesy