Today's News

  • Students drum up support to begin anti-bullying drive

    If a group of girl scouts from Los Alamos are successful, the schoolyard bully could soon become a thing of the past here.
    Piñon students Rachel Norman, Amber Royer, and Chamisa students Amelia Duffy, Lidia Appell and Cassidy Trujillo started the project out of a conversation they had about stereotyping.
    “But, it turned into matter of bullying and the person we were talking to started crying. It was very emotional, and we all ended up giving that person a big bear hug,” said one of the girls at a recent presentation of their project to the school board.
    Called “Link Arms in LA,” the concept is pretty simple.
    They said that whenever they see anyone being bullied, they are calling on students to gently intervene by pointing out the wrong to the bully and sticking up for the victim and perhaps joining arms with the victim, which will hopefully attract like minded people to their rescue.
    “It’s all about safety in numbers” said one of the girls at the meeting.
    So far, “Link Arms in LA” is only in Chamisa and Piñon, but the girls hope to start the project in the other schools as well. Their target group, they said, is fourth grade and all the way up into high school.

  • Voting machine recertification rescheduled

    The certification of the county’s 13 new voting machines went off without a hitch on Friday until it came time to test the Audio Tactile Interface for handicapped voters. The ATI was unable to read the ballots. Automated Elections Services, the company that printed the ballots, and Dominion, the company that provided the machines, are working to determine where the problem lies. The entire process, which involves running 41 ballots through each machine, must be repeated once the ATI problem is identified and corrected. Stover has requested four sets of test ballots in order to expedite the process. The Secretary of State’s office had originally provided just one set of ballots. Secretary of State Dianna Duran lobbied for new voting machines to address several problems with the old M100s voting machines. The legislature allocated $7 million in 2013 and $6 million in 2014 to provide the Dominion ImageCast Evolution (ICE) machines statewide. County Clerk Sharon Stover confirmed that the certification has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. State Bureau of Elections Director Bobbie Shearer came to Los Alamos this morning to make sure that the county had received the correct test deck this time.

  • Police Beat 09-30-14

    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.
    Sept. 18

    9 p.m. — Cody Sowers, 27, of Jemez Springs was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos police station. He was charged again through a different district court warrant Sept. 22.
    Sept. 20

    11:23 a.m. — An 83-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was a victim of fraudulent use of a credit card without consent at Rover Boulevard.

    9:35 p.m. — Victor Medina, 32 of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked at the intersection of 36th Street and Diamond Drive.

    4:31 a.m. — Police arrested a 16-year-old Hernandez teen on a district court warrant in Espanola. The original charges was for harassment on Central Avenue, on Oct. 16, 2013.

    6:08 p.m. — Andrew Garsik 28, of Los Alamos was arrested with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of 42nd Street and Urban Street.
    Sept. 22

  • New study examines cancer risk from 1st A-bomb test

    Researchers from the National Cancer Institute want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may be related to the U.S. government’s test of the world’s first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of desert nearly 70 years ago.
    They are visiting the state this week and conducting in-depth interviews with several residents to learn more about the lifestyles and diets of people who were living in New Mexico around the time of the atomic detonation at the Trinity Site.
    The team is particularly interested in filling in gaps when it comes to Native American and Hispanic populations and any links to fallout radiation exposure and food and water contamination.
    Dr. Steven Simon, the project’s lead investigator, said Monday that the information about diet and lifestyle will help his team more accurately project radiation doses from the fallout. “Using those dose estimates, we will then project an estimate of the excess cancers related to Trinity above the number that would have occurred in the absence of the test,” Simon said.
    The study also takes into account already published data on the radioactive fallout from the blast.
    The research team has done similar work in Nevada, the Marshall Islands and Kazakhstan.

  • Drug takeback day

    On Saturday, the Los Alamos Police Department facilitated the second DEA drug take back day in Los Alamos County for 2014. Los Alamos Police Officers collected 186 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription medication as a part of the national program. “This continues to be a successful campaign to get prescription medication out of circulation that is no longer needed,” Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

  • Update 09-30-14

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at council chambers in the Municipal Building.


    Cowboy breakfast. 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. $7 adults, $4 children 10 and under. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.


    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents the Los Alamos County Council Candidates Forum. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Also invited are the unopposed candidates for probate judge and public education commission. The county clerk will explain the election procedures. 6:30 p.m. conversation and refreshments.

    Brown Bag

    There will be no Oct. 1 Brown Bag Performance at Fuller Lodge. The next performance will be Nov. 5.

    Web crew

    Los Alamos Middle School’s Web Crew program is selling Smith’s gift cards and Papa Murphy’s coupon cards as a fundraiser. The Smith’s cards are available in $25, $50, or $100 and the Papa Murphy’s cards sell for $5 and offer a $35-plus savings. To purchase call or text Web Crew Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen at 695-9139. 

  • Climate, earth system project draws on science powerhouses

    With President Obama announcing climate-support initiatives this week at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories are teaming with academia and the private sector to develop the most advanced climate and Earth system computer model yet created. For Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers, it is a welcome advance for an already vibrant high-performance computing community.
    Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy, or ACME, is designed to accelerate the development and application of fully coupled, state-of-the-science Earth system models for scientific and energy applications.
    “The ACME partnership will provide new capabilities that improve our ability to project future impacts of energy choices on the Earth’s climate,” said Alan Bishop, principal associate director of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Science, Technology and Engineering directorate.
    “The national laboratories’ high-performance computing capabilities will enable better regional detail, and the addition of ice sheet processes and improved ocean and sea ice components will help to better quantify future sea-level rise.”

  • News Briefs 09-30-14

    LA HR revises
    job application

    Human Resources has revised the Los Alamos County job application to make it more user-friendly. The new version is available on the website and in HR (Suite 230 in the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos). One of the biggest changes HR has included is that the new application can be saved on most computers.
    Additionally, applicants can use an e-signature to sign the application. HR Staff hope that applicants will find that these two changes greatly improve the application process. In addition, HR has eliminated the separate “Student” application.
    With the exception of Election Poll Worker applicants, anyone seeking employment with Los Alamos County will now submit the same application. For the near future, HR will accept older applications, but will advise applicants to use the new form in the future. Election Poll Worker applicants must use the Election Poll Worker application, available on-line. For more information about County job opportunities, contact HR at 662-8040 or visit their Jobs webpage: losalamosnm.us/jobs/Pages/Joblistings.aspx

    Feds to unveil cleanup plan for WIPP

  • Sentencing set for Rodella

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a Dec. 26 sentencing for a northern New Mexico sheriff convicted of abusing a driver during a traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage.
    The sentencing of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella is scheduled in federal court in Albuquerque before District Judge James Browning.
    A jury on Friday convicted Rodella of pulling his gun on a driver and violating the 26-year-old man’s civil rights.
    Rodella faces up to 17 years in prison.

  • LAPD takes aim at domestic violence

     The Los Alamos Police Department will soon be taking a new, proactive tact with domestic violence, all in an effort to reach people before they become victims of domestic violence.
    According to LAPD Officer Adele Girmendonk, while her department is quite good at providing resources and numbers at the scene of an incident, she and her fellow officers are often the first contact domestic violence victims have with any type of help. Girmendonk said the department hopes to change that, hopefully through an awareness campaign starting this October (October is domestic violence awareness month).
    The campaign will include notifications on the department’s web site at losalamosnm.us/police and other events throughout the year. Readers may have already noticed police officers at Saturday’s Health Fair at the Los Alamos High School, where they handed out resources and contact information to attendees.
    The department was also working with the Los Alamos Teen Center. Recently, the teens were featured in the Los Alamos Monitor creating domestic violence prevention posters for the health fair.
    LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone praised Girmendonk for her efforts to help the department become more proactive when it comes to domestic violence.