Today's News

  • LAPD releases crime statistics

    Last week, Los Alamos police chief Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics through the third quarter of 2014 which were compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.
    Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property (property crime). Both of these categories are referred to as Part I offenses or crimes.
    Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crime is comprised of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft.
    During the first nine months of 2014, officers responded to a total of 166 Part I Offense complaints, which represents a 10 percent increase as compared to 151 offenses during the same period in 2013.
    The violent crime decreased from 36 offenses in 2013 to 34 offenses in 2014, a 6 percent decrease. Property crime increased 15 percent, from 115 in 2013 to 132 in 2014.
    Sgambellone said the increases in property crime continue to be attributable to vehicles and homes that are left unsecured.  

  • LAPS board picks recruiter

    It’s “all systems go” for the Los Alamos School Board, as it has found the engine behind its search for a new superintendent. The board recently met to discuss its top five picks for the group, which will help recruit the new superintendent.
    By the time the meeting was over, the board picked Ray and Associates, an executive recruiting firm based in Cedar Rapids Iowa.
    “With Ray, they look like they are going to leave it to what we want, and they will work with us,” said Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, the school board’s president to her fellow board members. “They don’t have a cookie cutter approach, they look like they’re pretty flexible.”
    Board secretary Matt Williams agreed with Bjarke-McKenzie’s choice, and like her, also picked HYA as a second.
    The board seemed to be looking for firms that were willing to go that extra mile, dig deep, and really listen to what the board and the community wanted in a candidate, as it outlined in the search plan. Firms that sent them standard paperwork and forms to fill out quickly fell by the wayside.

  • Sipapu takes over ski hill

    The Los Alamos Ski Club announced Monday that the management group that operates Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort officially started operating Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Resort officials say they are now preparing for a full ski and snowboard season starting Thanksgiving Day.
    “We are excited to take this next step for the future of Pajarito Mountain,” said Susan Brockway, president of the Los Alamos Ski Club Board of Directors. “We have full confidence that this partnership will continue the club’s traditions, protect and enhance the recreational opportunities for our community, and improve the overall skiing/boarding experience. We look forward to working together into the future.”
    Last May, the Los Alamos Ski Club — which had previously owned and operated Pajarito — voted and approved to transfer Pajarito Mountain Ski Area to Los Alamos County and a new partnership formed by the Sipapu Group. As part of an asset transfer plan approved by its membership, the Ski Club has initiated transferal of its property and operating assets to Sipapu Group, and is working to transfer the balance of its property to Los Alamos County.
    James Coleman, managing partner at the Sipapu Group, pledged to make skiing their first priority.

  • Collision on N.M. 502

    Two drivers got into a fender bender on N.M. 502 West Tuesday morning. Police reported no serious injuries, although one driver complained of pain resulting in airbag deployment. Deputies from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the Honda will be cited, though they weren’t ready to specify for what.

  • Gateway to the holidays

    The community had the opportunity to get a one-up on Christmas shopping at the Gateway to the Holidays crafts fair on Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church.  

  • Update 10-21-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Pumpkin Patch

    The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Free event will giveaway pumpkins, as well as offering Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot sider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hay ride and a petting zoo.

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on Main Street. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday and High-Tech Halloween. 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Brown Bag

    Environmental Stewardship. Noon -1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Sam Loftin and Lorrie Bonds Lopez will provide the results of site-wide surveillance and progress toward far reaching environmental challenges to which the laboratory is committed. Free and open to the public.

    Garden meeting

    Public meeting for Hilltop Garden. 6:30 p.m. today at the Y-Express. David Clark, the Y employee chosen to head the garden project, is looking for members of the community that can bring skills to the planning process.  

  • Nominations sought for Living Treasures

    Do you know someone you think should be a Living Treasure of Los Alamos? Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 30, and a nine-member board will chose three new Treasures, who will be honored at a ceremony in April 2015.
    Selection of the new Treasures will be based on letters of nomination from the public; letters should include the following information:
    • When did the nominee come to Los Alamos?
    • In which areas did the nominee make volunteer contributions to life in Los Alamos?
    • How many years has the nominee been involved in community activities?
    • How did the contributions affect people in the community?
    In what ways is Los Alamos a better place as a result of the efforts of this person?
    Additional information about the nominee is welcome, and biographies of past Treasures since 1999 can be viewed at livingtreasurerslosalamos.org.
    Nominations must be submitted by November 30 to Living Treasures of Los Alamos, PO Box 1065, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or by emailing the information to rosalieheller88@gmail.com.
    Living Treasures was founded in 1999 by a group of residents who wanted to honor the older people of the community who had done so much to maintain and improve the excellent quality of life in Los Alamos. Since 1999, 78 seniors have recognized.

  • Martinez, King square off in final debate

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic hopeful Attorney General Gary King stuck to their talking points Sunday evening, offering no surprises about where they stood on the key issues facing New Mexico while they traded jabs during their final televised debate.
    Martinez referred to King as a politician who has supported tax hikes in the past and would likely do so again. He said she wasn’t being truthful with New Mexicans and hasn’t done enough to turn the state around.
    “The problem we have in New Mexico is it’s time for the excuses to end,” King said at the end of the hour-long debate. “It’s time for us to do something in New Mexico that gets us out of the bottom of poverty, that gets us out of the bottom of child welfare.”
    King pointed to the high percentage of people in New Mexico who are living in poverty, saying that is the root of many of the state’s problems, including challenges within the education system.
    He said more needs to be done than offer low-income school children breakfast before class.

  • View partial solar eclipse Thursday at Bandelier

    On Thursday, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting an opportunity to view one of the universe’s very special events — a partial solar eclipse.
    Rangers will have special solar telescopes and eclipse viewers available for safely enjoying this rare astronomical event. In northern New Mexico, it begins at 3:27 p.m. with a tiny bite showing on the northwest limb of the sun. At mid-eclipse, 4:42 p.m., the moon will cover nearly 45 percent of the sun’s face, and at that stage, the day will seem a little less bright, with shadows a little more crisp, and sun crescents may be visible between leaf shadows on the ground. The encounter between moon and sun ends at 5:47 p.m. as the dragon releases the too-hot sun — or the moon moves on to where it no longer blocks it. Visitors arriving in Bandelier after 3 p.m. are welcome to drive directly into the park without taking the shuttle. Viewing will take place on the front porch of the Visitor Center.
    For details, call the Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517.
    Watching a solar eclipse can be very exciting, but it is essential to remember to never look at the sun directly, and never through binoculars or a telescope without specialized, professionally made filters. Permanent eye damage may occur.  

  • Project Lunchbox

    The Kiwanis Boys & Girls Committee awarded Project Lunchbox with a $500 donation earlier this month to support the middle school lunch program. In the photo, Kiwanis president Stephen Boerigter presents Project Lunchbox volunteer, Erica Sullivan, with the donation check. Project Lunchbox is a program run through the Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Alamos (UULA) to provide the Los Alamos Middle School with free lunches, snacks and breakfast items for students in need. Project Lunchbox is deeply grateful to the Kiwanis organization, which offered this generous donation after hearing about the lunch program through an earlier article in the “Los Alamos Monitor.” With the support of organizations such as the Kiwanis Club and Jemez Mountain Trail Runs (which made a similar donation earlier this year), Project Lunchbox is exploring ways to extend its services to include a backpack program that would send students in need home with food over the weekends.