Today's News

  • Police Beat 12-10-17

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department and court records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-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.

    Nov. 29
    7:48 a.m. – Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officers reported the arrest of Glenn Wissman, 57, Santa Fe, on a warrant.
    4:17 p.m. – Española Police Department officers reported the arrest of Robert J. Garcia, 24, Española, on a warrant issued in Los Alamos County.
    10 p.m. – Police responded to a reported suicide attempt.

    Nov. 30
    9:09 a.m. – Police were called to a site where an unlawful camp had been set up and a fire had been started. The site was found near mile marker 62 on NM 4.
    12:30 p.m. – A teen at Los Alamos High School was reported to have alcohol. The unidentified teen was referred to Teen Court.
    4:20 p.m. – Police responded to a report of someone threatening suicide.

    Dec. 1
    4:30 p.m. – Police arrested an unidentified person on a charge of driving on a revoked license.

  • 20th Street extension opens Thursday

    Los Alamos County officials celebrated the end of a crucial construction project Thursday afternoon on 20th Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The county thanked contractor Gandy Dancer LLC for finishing on time and $100,000 under budget after installing $1.2 million worth of gas and electric utilities at the site. 

    Six-foot-wide sidewalks and a paved road was also installed. The county hopes that the newly paved road, ready-to-go utility hookups  and sidewalks will entice new business to that part of 20th Street. 

    The county has six lots available. 

    The county will know on Thursday, Dec. 14 if there is any interest in the parcels. The county has a pre-proposal meeting scheduled for that day.

    “We’ve already issued a request for proposals to find out who might be interested,” Izraelevitz said. “If we can move ahead with developing agreements, we could see building activity here on the south side of Trinity in the very near future.”

  • Public invited to Luminaria Walk, Buffet Wednesday

    Luminarias will be glowing for the upcoming annual holiday walk with a welcome buffet and dessert to follow on Wednesday at the Sombrillo Nursing Home and Aspen Ridge Assisted Living.

    Los Alamos Retirement Community is celebrating 33 years during this annual holiday event. Teens at the Teen Center helped fold the traditional paper bags, which will light up the evening on Wednesday around Sombrillo Court.

    The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 7:30 p.m.

    Dinner will be served at Sombrillo and dessert follows at Aspen Ridge. No RSVP is required to attend.

    More information is available by calling Cynthia at 695-8981.

  • Council approves $6.5 million for pool

    The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday approved the use of up to $6.5 million in capital improvement funds to build a multi-generational pool that will be attached to the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Design for the project is expected to begin in February 2018 and construction may start in February 2019 and continue through January 2020. The heated pool will feature a slide and a lazy river. The dimensions will be about 80 feet by 25 feet. The new building will also feature family changing rooms and other amenities.

    Looming large over the pool discussion was the future of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The lab’s management and operations contract is scheduled to go to a new contractor next year. If the lab’s contract goes to a non-profit contractor, the county, and the state, would lose millions of dollars in proceeds from the gross receipts tax. New Mexico does not apply a GRT tax to non-profits.

    Some councilors wanted to put the vote off until next year, after the contract issue with the lab was settled, and the county had a better idea of its financial picture.

    Some residents also brought up the issue during public discussion.

  • Small fire reported in Jemez Ranger District

    UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): The fire is now 3- to 4-acres and is now 40-percent contained.

    A small brush fire started about 12:30 p.m. today in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

    The 2- to 3-acre Guadalupe Fire is producing heavy smoke near Forest Road 376 and the smoke is visible as far south as Rio Rancho, according to Forest Service officials.

    Officials are asking travelers along FR 376 to be mindful of fire personnel and equipment in the area. The fire is burning through logging slash and pre-made piles.

    Three fire engines are reporting to the fire. A 10-person hand crew out of Santa Fe, knows as the “Returning Heroes” has been ordered to respond.

  • Electric vehicle donation sparks interest

    The electric vehicle “crew” – seven advanced auto shop students at Los Alamos High School – assembled in the dry cold of Wednesday morning outside the classroom/shop building.

    They were going to take their first look at the innards of Tony Tomei’s converted Honda Civic station wagon.

    Tomei had decided more than a year ago that his hand-assembled electric vehicle, or EV, a masterpiece of simplicity and silence, needed a home where it would do the most good.

    What better good than educating the future?

    Still, there’s a little bit of a feeling of loss, he said.

    “I’m a little sad. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of love. I’ve used it to promote the use of electric vehicles,” he said.

    Tomei’s neighbor, LAHS auto shop teacher Scott Pomeroy was one of those with access to students. Tomei also considered the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Santa Fe Community College, he said.

    A long-time proponent of the EV movement, Tomei said he hoped to pass on the knowledge he had acquired in the ways a four-wheel vehicle powered by electricity by way of rechargeable batteries is different than one powered by gasoline from fossil fuels.

  • Candyman expansion heralded; more music, less gas

    When the Candyman – an iconic music store in Santa Fe – began stocking a few counters with guitar strings, reeds and other musicians’ necessities at the Los Alamos Music Academy on DP Road last year, the building’s light-filled foyer captured his imagination, said Rand Cook, co-owner along with his wife, Cindy.

    Light pours in from the two-story block of windows and plants thrive in the atrium.

    “I wanted to fill it with guitars,” Cook said.

    His vision has come true.

    Without displacing LAMA, the Cooks expanded the selection of items to include electric and acoustic guitars, ukuleles and banjos, cymbals and other percussion instruments, along with a broader selection of electronics.

    Room 102, which used to be a music room for students, now provides a visual feast of guitars and other stringed instruments.

    The expansion was completed recently, in time for holiday shoppers, and is actually the second time the Cooks have expanded at the location.

    Last spring, the store expanded its hours to help those looking for equipment and supplies outside of the hours open for LAMA students.

  • Health care options expanded for some New Mexico vets

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — Specialized care for some veterans in southern New Mexico will be more accessible thanks to a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say the agency is giving veterans in Alamogordo the new option to seek advanced care at the VA medical center in El Paso, Texas.

    Until now, veterans in Alamogordo needing specialized care have been referred to the Albuquerque VA hospital, which is more than three hours away.

    U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce and Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged VA officials to make the administrative changes after hearing from veterans who said they were delaying or foregoing care because the drive to Albuquerque was too difficult.

    Several members of the state Legislature also advocated for the change.

  • Diamond Drive closure today

    Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will close the northbound and southbound lanes on Diamond Drive at the Los Alamos County Fire Department from 1-3 p.m. today to install new firetruck crossing signs

    Motorists are asked to proceed with caution through these work zones.

  • LAFD personnel deployed to California wildfires

    For the third time in the past four months, personnel and equipment from the Los Alamos Fire Department were sent west to help battle wildfires in California.

    The LAFD’s Wildland Fire team has joined a task force of fire fighting agencies from New Mexico to work on the wildfires in California as of Thursday morning.

    Some wildfires there have scorched more than 100,000 acres this week near Ventura, Calif., and Los Angeles, fed by fierce Santa Ana winds and dry vegetation.

    LAFD Captain Tim Johnson, Driver Engineer Van Leimer and Firefighter Brian Palmer left Thursday morning in the fire department’s Brush 1, a Wildland Engine. Brush 1 is one of two county-owned wildland firefighting apparatus, according to a prepared statement by Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna.