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Today's News

  • ’Genesis’ nets drugs, arrests

    A four-month operation by Los Alamos Police Department netted 10 arrest warrants and 8 search warrants connected to drug trafficking and distribution in a recent operation.
    LAPD’s “Operation Genesis” began in October and raids on several local suspected drug houses have taken place in recent days. LAPD reported that its officers conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance and specialized investigations on suspected local drug dealers.
    According to information provided by LAPD, detectives have already seized methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, controlled prescription medications, marijuana wax and marijuana during Operation Genesis.
    “I want to thank all of the officers and detectives involved for their efforts in combating the illegal drug culture in our community,” said commander Oliver Morris. “Our investigators have information that several of these suspects have also been allegedly selling drugs to our community’s youth at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School. I also want our citizens to realize our youth have access to almost any type of drug imaginable.”
    Morris said LAPD has worked hard and is committed to combating the local drug problem with “every resource available” to help provide a safe community for youth.

  • Operation Genesis arrests
  • Students unveil prom plans

    It’s an ambitious plan for a prom, but Los Alamos High School students Deanna Gutierrez and Jordan Henson seem to have plenty of inside and outside support for their plan.
    Their plan was presented at Thursday’s work session of the Los Alamos School Board where Gutierrez, the junior class president, and Henson, the vice president, went detail by detail through their presentation of two prom proposals.
    One proposal centered on having the prom at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. The other was centered on going “off the hill” to Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.
    When they were done with the comparison part of the presentation, the two students announced that the class preferred Buffalo Thunder.
    Even though there was a $14 price difference in the tickets, Henson said the students preferred Buffalo Thunder because they felt they would be getting more bang for their buck for their $50 ticket.
    Prom at Buffalo Thunder would include a three-course dinner in a ballroom setting with clean up and set up included. She also said that the junior class, which has been fundraising since they were freshmen, will be paying for the DJ, the court supplies and the tickets.

  • Solar Tree gets nod from APPB

    On Thursday, the Arts in Public Places Board selected Eric Thelander’s “Solar Tree” as its recommendation for the art piece for the municipal building plaza.
    The 18-foot tree — inspired by fractal geometry — is comprised of three stainless steel branches holding plate aluminum leaves with leave patterns ground into them. The branches will be polished and coated with graffiti resistant paint.
    Hidden solar panels will provide LED lighting to the tree, causing it to cast a soft light and shadows of itself in the evenings.
    The sculpture includes benches at the base of the tree.
    “The ‘Solar Tree’ would communicate to visitors that Los Alamos County is both high tech and in touch with nature and that there is an appreciation of math and science (fractal geometry) and its relationship to the raw creative impulse,” Thelander wrote in his artist’s statement. “The playful nature of this art piece would be tempered by its clean lines and silvery, modern appearance.”
    The board’s selection will have to be approved by the Los Alamos County Council. APPB anticipates that will occur in either April or May.

  • Up You Go

    Some of the first skiers of the season head up to the top of Pajarito Mountain on a chair lift Saturday morning. Pajarito opened for the first time this year Saturday after getting 7 inches of snow from last week’s storm. Lifts will be operating again today starting at 9 a.m.

  • The nuts and bolts of Capital Improvement

    Editor’s note: First in a two-part series.

  • Update 1-25-15

    Phone scam

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning to area residents of a scam involving callers claiming they’re from the sheriff’s office trying to settle a warrant with prepaid cards. The sheriff’s office said it never makes any such demands.

    Lecture

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

    Route tracking

    Atomic City Transit announced it is launching the “myStop Mobile” iPhone app and a bus tracker at atomiccitybustracker.availtec.com/infopoint which gives real-time information location of buses.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet Tuesday in council chambers. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

    Aquatic Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is hosting the Los Alamos Aquatomics Winter Meet today. For public lane availability and times, call the aquatic center at 662-8170.

  • Subarctic forest talk is set for Wednesday

    Annika Hofgaard of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research will give a presentation Wednesday at the Research Park.
    The presentation, “Subarctic Forest Advance — Empirical-Based Results vs. Modeled Predictions,” is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Research Park. The presentation will focus on the northward movement of subarctic forests.
    According to research, a larger proportion of the earth’s surface area may become darker and thus absorb more heat and change of this nature could have a major impact on global climate. The assumption is that a warmer climate will cause the forest-tundra ecotone to advance steadily northward. Empirical-based results, however, do not confirm such an assumption outright.
    Hofgaard is a leading figure in the International Arctic vegetation science community. Currently, her main research interests include impacts of changing climate on vegetation, focusing on Arctic ecology at the tree line.

  • Correction 1-25-15

    In Thursday’s story “Board approves electric rate increase,” the charge designated for the rate stabilization fund was misstated. The charge was listed as $0.44 cents per kilowatt. The proposal was actually for $0.0044, or four-tenths of a cent, per kilowatt. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • School board scuffle leads to renewed vows of better communication

    It may have been one of the strangest, if not most upsetting experiences of her career as a school board member.
    Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, president of the Los Alamos School Board, was summarily escorted off the Los Alamos High School campus Jan. 12 by athletic director Ann Stewart, apparently on the orders of Principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist.
    Bjarke-McKenzie was a guest of school board member Nan Holmes, who was invited by a parent to a meeting about the upcoming prom.
    Soon after they arrived, they had a brief encounter with a teacher, and within minutes Belew-Nyquist and Stewart arrived.
    “She was mad. She was shaking… she was so mad,” Bjarke-McKenzie said of Belew-Nyquist. “I didn’t think we were doing anything wrong. We were just going to listen.”
    According to Holmes, it was a miscommunication that quickly spiraled out of control.
    A parent had some concerns about an issue concerning the upcoming high school prom, and naturally, that parent reached out to her representative on the board for help. Holmes instructed the parent on how to proceed and who to contact in an effort to resolve the issue.
    On Jan. 12, this same parent invited Holmes to a prom update meeting at the high school.