Today's News

  • Police catch juvenile suspect in WR

    It was a tense morning for White Rock residents Friday as police started spreading the word that a juvenile suspect was possibly armed and on the run and in the area.
    Many White Rock residents were told to secure themselves in their houses while police searched for a pair of juveniles, at least one of which was believe to be armed.
    According to Los Alamos Police Department, officer Ben Irving responded to a possible trespass on the 100 block of Grand Canyon Drive. When Irving tried to speak with the two males, they fled the scene.
    Irving went after the juveniles on foot, starting the chase.
    Police said one of the juveniles was a possible runaway, as well as a suspect in an aggravated burglary case that involved firearms.
    Around 10:30 a.m. police apprehended the suspect on Rover Boulevard. After he was arrested, he was taken away in an ambulance.
    An investigation by police uncovered what they believed to be stolen firearms. The firearms were discovered at the scene of the original trespassing.
    During the pursuit Friday morning, one of the males returned to Grand Canyon and met with officers at the scene. The suspected runaway, however, disappeared a short time after the other met with the police.
    In the course of its investigation, LAPD officers were able to pinpoint a location of the suspect.

  • Space-man at Ashley Pond tonight

    Tuesdays at the Pond this week features the band Space-man. The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Tuesdays at the Pond, a summer entertainment series, runs through Aug. 11.

    The rock band Space-man features local Michaelangelo Lobato, Dave Hemsing and Kile Uhlenbrock.

    Tuesdays at the Pond brings a variety of entertainment acts to the Ashley Pond stage in downtown Los Alamos.

  • Today in history Aug. 4
  • Hydro plant gets some big upgrades

    The El Vado Generating Station has been silent for two years, ever since an inspection revealed some potentially dangerous deterioration in the generating unit.
    But the $2,683,629 El Vado Hydroelectric Plant Generator Rewind Project is nearing completion and the hydroelectric plant should be running like new by the end of the year.
    El Vado is one of two hydro plants owned by Los Alamos County, along with the Abiquiu Generating Station.
    The average lifespan for a hydropower generating unit is 25 to 30 years, and this plant went into operation in 1987.
    A 2013 condition assessment indicated a “deteriorated and failed condition.” An independent contractor confirmed the finding and recommended the generator not be placed back in service until it had at least been cleaned.
    Oil and carbon dust film had accumulated on the unit as the result of an oil leak in the 1990s.
    The winding insulation that protects the electrical apparatus had also started to degrade.
    “When you’re making electricity at that high a voltage, you don’t mess around with it,” said Hydroelectric Plant Engineer Adam Cooper. “As soon as it tests bad, you take it down and you do something about it.”

  • Company suggest four more straplines

    Los Alamos residents will be able to choose their top two choices from a list of five brand straplines presented by branding consultant Atlas Advertising out of Denver, Los Alamos County announced Friday.
    A strapline — also referred to as a “tagline” — is one element of a place brand. It is typically a 3-5 word formal line of copy frequently placed below a logo.
    Los Alamos County is hoping the strapline will summarize the unique aspects of the community, evoke emotion and last the life of the brand.
    As prescribed in the county’s contract amendment — AGR15-4150-A1 — for Strapline Development and Selection Services approved by the county council earlier this year, Atlas Advertising is on the hook to present two straplines with logo concepts plus one logo concept with no strapline.
    This is another attempt the county is making to find a strapline. In December, the council considered the line “Live Exponentially,” which was introduced by North Star Destination Strategies.
    The community had an overwhelmingly negative reaction to “Live Exponentially,” in the form of councilor emails, letters to the editor and on social media.

  • Police break up teenagers' party

    A group of underage partiers found out all too quickly that they should have left the spray paint, marijuana and alcohol home when they went to party at Camp May Tuesday.
    Los Alamos police allege that a group of minors, as well as two adults who were still under the legal drinking age, were drinking alcohol and smoking pot during their get together on Pajarito Mountain.
    An adult woman called police on the revelers, who police located at the second campground at the site. According to the witness, the partiers were intoxicated, spraying graffiti on the bathrooms and talking about drug use.
    Police continued to the campsite where they met up with four females and two males.
    According to reports, the first thing the police observed was that they all appeared to be under 21.
    In fact, only two in the group were over 18: Vanessa Lowe, 20, and Frederick Freyer, 19.
    At least three of the minors had been drinking — one had a breath alcohol level of .144, another had one of .127 and another had .128, according to LAPD.
    Police went looking for Freyer, who, according to a 15-year-old girl he was with, “left her in the woods after seeing police arrive,” that according to court records.
    Freyer was located and he was read his Miranda rights.

  • On The Docket 8-2-15

    July 15

    Julia Mercer-Smith pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Melvin Martinez was fined $50 for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    July 16

    Shelley R. Jankowski was found guilty through Citepay of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tina Marie Sandoval was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Warren D. Houghteling was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    July 17

    Celeste Arcides pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Connie Middleton was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $70 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    July 18

  • Today in history Aug. 3
  • Young pilot completes his first solo flight

    In his young life, Hudson Davenhall hasn’t been one to shy away from anything that looked interesting.
    Davenhall, a recent graduate of Los Alamos High School, made a name for himself in two sports and academics. Now he’s decided to tackle a new challenge: flight.
    Inspired by an impromptu plane ride a couple of years ago, Davenhall recently went on his first solo flight in an older model Cessna 172 N – which he refers to as the Volkswagen Beetle of airplanes — successfully taking off and touching down.
    He now wants to do more with that newfound interest of his.
    “The feeling of being able to go anywhere at anytime, it’s super-cool,” he said.
    Flying, of course, is a serious business and Davenhall said he’s unsure exactly of where he wants to go now that he’s taken his first step to becoming a pilot. He said he may join the Coast Guard at some point.
    For now, he will attend the University of New Mexico and work on a mechanical engineering degree, which he may use to study airplanes and their construction to learn more about what it takes to be a full-time pilot.
    Davenhall said his first introduction to the piloting world came from a bi-plane. Specifically, a stunt bi-plane.

  • An LA Original: First Rodeo Queen will lead this year’s County Fair Parade

    Barbara Jean Wilson has been associated with the Los Alamos County Rodeo for about as long as there has been a county rodeo.
    Wilson is the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, which will be Aug. 8, was the very first Rodeo Queen of Los Alamos County. She won her title in 1955, and she still has the silver belt buckle to prove it.
    Unfortunately, the crown is another story.
    While she was living in California, a no-goodnik broke into her house and stole the rodeo queen’s crown, made partially out of leather.
    “I can’t imagine why anyone would want to steal something like that,” Wilson said.
    The stealing of the crown was an unfortunate sidebar in a long story of her time as the first Rodeo Queen.
    Wilson, whose maiden name in 1955 was Hillhouse, was one of nine girls vying for the title that year, along with one of her friends, Polly Richardson. Wilson said it was an interesting mix of candidates, including one young woman who knew virtually nothing about rodeo or being around horses — she attended the event in a skirt and struggled to ride a horse.