Today's News

  • Improvements for recreation up in the air

    In February 2013, the Los Alamos County Council approved six projects that had been through the entire Capital Improvements Project (CIP) process and earned the recommendation of the CIP committee.

  • Santa Fe pair nabbed in 'Genesis' operation

    Police have made two more arrests in a massive, ongoing drug sweep that is sure to yield more suspects.
    Arrested on Saturday night were two Santa Fe residents, Trevon Yates, 20 and Elizabeth Yates, 52.
    “On Saturday evening we arrested Trevon and Elizabeth Yates on warrants associated with Operation Genesis. Officers and Investigators also recovered suspected heroin and marijuana while effecting the two arrests, more arrests are imminent.” said Commander Preston Ballew, the Los Alamos Police Department’s public information officer.
    Trevon Yates was charged with one count of trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Elizabeth Yates was charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
    So far, this brings the number of people arrested on various drug arrests to 10. The eight suspects that were arrested Friday were all from Los Alamos.
    Operation Genesis was started in October and was headed up by the LAPD’s Investigations Division.
    So far, police have confiscated an unknown quantity of cash, weapons and drugs from Operation Genesis. The types of drugs confiscated include heroin, cocaine, controlled prescription medications, marijuana, marijuana wax and methamphetamine.

  • Smoke From a Not-So-Distant Fire

    Local low spots were filled with smoke during last weekend’s prescribed pile burning. According to Los Alamos Fire Department, more burns are tentatively scheduled for next week and will continue through March.

  • ’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.

  • Hitting The Slopes

    A snowboarder cuts some freshies early Saturday morning at Pajarito Mountain. Pajarito opened for the first time this year last weekend. More snow is predicted for later this week.

  • Talk to focus on forests

    There was a time when Nathan McDowell would listen politely as those who say global climate change was nothing more than either a statistical anomaly or a farce.
    He’s not so quiet anymore.
    McDowell, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and an expert in southwest forests, knows what global climate change has done to nearby vegetation and said the problem isn’t going to get any better by itself.
    That will be the subject of his talk Thursday is “Accelerating Global Vegetative Mortality.” It will be at Mesa Public Library. Talk time is 7 p.m.
    McDowell said he was aghast, but hardly surprised, by the recent reported issued by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association that stated 2014 was the warmest year across the planet since records began being kept in 1880.
    “There was no surprise at all,” he said of the report. “It’s very alarming, but we knew this was coming…it only told us stuff we already know.”
    According to the NOAA, global land temperature was 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average and more than a full degree warmer than the average above the seas.

  • DPU work set for Wednesday

    In support of gas line work on San Ildefonso Road, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will temporarily close Hawk Drive at the Intersection of San Ildefonso on North Mesa.
    Beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday, the road will be closed after 8:30 a.m. and reopened by 2:15 p.m. This is to accommodate the Los Alamos School Districts’ bus schedule for the drop off and pick up of students at the Los Alamos Middle School.
    DPU is installing a gas line along San Ildefonso Road to create a loop that will enhance natural gas capacity and reliability in North Mesa.  The temporary closure of Hawk Drive will allow the DPU contractor to trench across Hawk Drive along the north side of San Ildefonso. 
    No interruption in gas service is expected. Officials with the DPU remind motorists to drive with caution in the area. More information on the project can be found on the DPU website at losalamosnm.us/projects/utilities/Pages/ReplaceSanIGasLine.aspx.
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities.
    The board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

  • Legislature to eye job training boost

    SANTA FE (AP) — A bipartisan coalition of New Mexico lawmakers is calling for more money to be funneled into a job training program as part of an effort to attract more businesses to the state.
    Under the proposed legislation, $12 million would be provided for the Job Training Incentive Program, which helps expanding companies and those that have relocated to the state cover the cost of training or hiring new employees.
    State economic development officials say the program is one of the most generous in the country when it comes to training incentives, and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez pointed to the program in her State of the State address last week as a key factor in trying to get more businesses to locate in New Mexico.
    The program, started decades ago, is a priority for the Martinez administration. Her budget proposal calls for $7 million in funding, and she said Monday she was encouraged lawmakers were coming together in support.
    Martinez said it’s “a proven job creator and is an important part of our work to grow and diversify New Mexico’s economy.”

  • Update 1-27-15

    County Council

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

    Girls basketball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will host the Española Valley Sundevils tonight at Griffith Gymnasium for first place in the District 2-5A standings. Varsity game time is 7 p.m.

    Candidate forum

    Los Alamos Public Schools will host a school board candidate forum Thursday. The forum will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School speech theater. The event is open to the public.

    School board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for Feb. 10. The meeting will be at the LAPS administration board room. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.


    Annika Hofgaard of the Norwegian Institute for Natural Research will give a presentation Wednesday at the Research Park. The topic of the presentation is “Subarctic Forest Advance – Empirical-Based Results vs. Modeled Predictions.” It is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the second floor.

  • State Briefs 1-27-15

    Teen suspect in Las Cruces shooting arrested at border
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Authorities say a teenage suspect in a shooting in Las Cruces that critically wounded a neighbor has been detained at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing.
    Las Cruces police say the 17-year-old boy was returned to Las Cruces and questioned by investigators before being booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center.
    He’s charged with one count of attempted murder and will initially be held without bond.
    The 34-year-old victim of the shooting — Pete Limon — remains in critical but stable condition at University Medical Center of El Paso, Texas.
    Police said Limon was shot once in the abdomen with a shotgun on Jan. 15 after an argument.

    Offender who fled from work detail in Albuquerque caught