Today's News

  • Couple expresses gratitude for help

    The couple that lost their home on North Mesa to a fire last week is doing better and the two wanted nothing more than to express their gratitude to Los Alamos.
    Nat and Vicki Farnham were burned out of their house Friday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
    Vicki Farnham said Wednesday the house is virtually a total loss, but the important thing for them is they and their three dogs escaped.
    Since that time, Farnham said the outpouring from the community has been nothing short of incredible.
    “I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have been so wonderful,” she said.
    Currently, the Farnhams are in Albuquerque. As of Wednesday afternoon, Nat Farnham was at the University of New Mexico Hospital, although he is scheduled to be released in short order.
    Nat spent several days in the UNM burn ward. Nat was pulled from the fire out of a window by a neighbor of the Farnhams and one of the first Los Alamos Police Department officers on-scene last week — Vicki made it out of the home under her own power.
    It was a neighbor that made an immediate call to 911 to get emergency crews to the scene. The fast action of that neighbor likely played a role in keeping the fire from spreading to the nearby houses.

  • Snakes start to appear in town

    It’s that time of the year when nature wakes up from a long winter’s nap and starts to become active again.
    It’s also the time people have to be the most careful when walking around outside, whether that’s your yard or in the backcountry. Along with the mammals, reptiles will be coming out of hiding too, and that includes rattlesnakes. According to some experts, this year, Los Alamos may have a lot more rattlesnakes than in recent years due to the increase in the rain, as well as the local population of rodents.
    Local wildlife expert Tom Wyant said that, so far, he’s mostly received calls for garter snakes and bullsnakes and not many at that. Because of the weather, it’s been a little bit too cold for the local snake population to become fully active.
    However, for those seeing snakes on their property already, there may be a reason.
    “If you’re having a snake problem in your yard, it’s because there’s a food source,” Wyant said. “If you get rid of the food source, water and the shelter, or at least minimize that, then you’re less likely to have snakes.”

  • Snake Safety Tips

    More Tips from Mike Wyant

    • Walk in areas where the ground is clear so you can see where you walk with your feet or reach with your hands
    • Use a walking stick to rustle shrubs alongside the trail to alert snakes of your presence.
    • Wear protective clothing such as long pants and hiking boots. Pit vipers (crotalidae) have heat sensors to detect the body heat of other animals and are especially sensitive to bare skin.
    • Wear gloves when moving rocks and brush.
    •Watch where you step. Never put your feet or hands into places you cannot see.

    If you do get bit:

  • Restaurant Inspections 5-21-15

    Los Alamos
    Subway, 1370 Central Ave.
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Thermometers needed inside refrigerator. One low-risk violation. Three-compartment sink requires 2 inch air gap for pipe.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Wow Dawgs, 3530 Zafarano Dr.
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Chest freezer not NSF or ANSI approved. Three low-risk violations. Caulking missing from three-compartment sink. Dust accumulation on vent. Ceiling penetrations with space gaps.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Loyal Hound, 730 St. Michael’s Drive
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • On The Docket 5-21-15

    May 13

    Hongwu Xu was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Thomas J. Grab 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.

    May 14

    Stanley E. Hayes pled no contest in the Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Ron J. Salazar 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.

    James 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.

    Monique Ruiz pled no contest in the Los Alamos Municipal Court to driving with a suspended or revoked license. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Michael Soto was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to obey a traffic signal. Defendant was given community service and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 18

  • LAPD releases video of heroic act

    A dashboard camera video shows Cpl. James Keane of the Los Alamos Police Department helping a resident out of his burning home last week.
    Keane, who was on patrol in North Mesa May 15, spotted the smoke coming from the home in Tsikamu Village and notified the county’s dispatch center.
    “Cpl. Keane then proceeded to the residence and located a two Los Alamos citizens that had breached a raised glass door trying to gain access to a 57 year old male that was still inside the residence,” said a press release from the LAPD today. “Cpl. Keane radioed that person(s) were inside the residence.”
    According to the video, Keane entered the building and aided Nat Farnham, one of the residents of the home, to the edge of a glass doorway where he and other nearby residents helped pull Farnham out.
    “I want to commend the citizens, Cpl. James Keane and (Los Alamos Fire Department) for their quick action during this emergency,” said LAPD Commander Oliver Morris.
    See Cpl. Keane's dashboard camera video below.

  • Gray leads Isotopes past Express in series opener

    Albuquerque Isotopes (17-24) right-handed pitcher Jon Gray dominated the Round Rock Express (25-14) for nearly seven innings as the Isotopes cruised to a 5-1 win at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Gray allowed just one unearned run through his 6.2 innings of work.
    THE TURNING POINT: The key to Gray’s starts all season has been limiting first inning runs, and he managed to work around trouble in the opening frame Thursday night. He was spotted a two-run cushion thanks to a Ryan Casteel RBI single in the top of the first. After opening the bottom half of the frame with a strikeout, Gray walked Tomas Tellis on five pitches and Josh Hamilton doubled to put runners on second and third with just one out. The 23-year-old righty then induced back-to-back groundouts to strand a pair of runners and keep Round Rock off the board in the first.
    MR. McBRIDE: The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Thursday. He turned in a 2-for-4 evening with a double and two runs scored. He now has eight straight multi-hit games. During that stretch, McBride is batting .563 (18-for-32) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in 12 of his last 13 games overall.

  • UNM upsets Nevada at MW tournament

    The University of New Mexico baseball team was not happy with the way the Nevada Wolf Pack celebrated their Mountain West regular-season title on Lobo Field a few weeks ago. The Lobos wanted a chance for revenge with Nevada in the conference tournament.
    They got Nevada.
    They routed Nevada.
    The Lobos (31-25) used the 10-run rule for the second time in as many games in the Mountain West Tournament as they defeated the host and top-seeded Wolf Pack 14-4 in seven innings on a rainy night. It was the most runs scored against Nevada at home all season.
    “We’re a young team with lots of injuries and lots of things to deal with, but these guys are battling,” UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said.
    Lane Milligan drove in four runs for the second consecutive game, while three Lobos recorded three hits. Every UNM starter had at least one, and all nine reached base safely at least twice. The offense backed a tremendous start by Toller Boardman, who moved to 9-3 on the season by pitching 6.2 innings and falling just one batter short of a complete game.
    It only took the Lobos just four pitches to take a 1-0 lead. Sam Haggerty smacked a 1-0 pitched past Nevada’s third baseman for a double, and Milligan knocked an 0-1 pitch over the first-base bag for another double that brought in Haggerty.

  • Registration open for Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic

    Community members and golf fans are invited to put a team of four together and register now to participate in the sixth annual Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic.
    The tournament will be held at 1 p.m. June 13 at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament is a scholarship fundraiser for The Family YMCA.
    The Griggs Memorial is a scramble and will have a shotgun start. It also includes games of chance throughout the course.
    The cost per player is $85. A team requires four players, so individuals are asked to get three friends to commit and register together as soon as possible. People may register in person at the YMCA or online at tourevents.com/thefamilyymca.
    The per-person fee provides team golf carts, a hole-in-one try for a 2015 Dodge or Jeep from Desert Sun of Española, three Mulligans and a dinner ticket.
    There will be net and gross score winners, hole prizes and raffle drawings, with $25 of the fee supporting the charitable value.
    The total prizes are valued at over $40,000.
    This is the final event of the year for the YMCA’s annual campaign to raise scholarship funds that help 250 community members annually to participate in healthy YMCA programs.

  • ’Toppers named to all-district softball teams

    Ten Hilltopper girls were honored recently by District 2-5A.
    Los Alamos had four players named to the all-district first team, which tied Bernalillo for the most in the district, and six others named to the second team or receive an honorable mention.
    “As far as the girls selected, it shows we had a lot of players who contributed,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “During districts our defense stepped up and a lot of players hit the ball really well.”
    Los Alamos finished as the District 2-5A runners up, behind Bernalillo, with a 7-5 district record. The Hilltoppers outscored their district opponents 107-64.
    Pitcher Jordan Hammock, center fielder Shelby Chavez, shortstop Makaela Jones and right fielder Hannah Mojica all made the district’s first team.
    Chavez led the team with a .382 batting average, seven triples, 32 runs scored and nine stolen bases. She also hit five doubles, two home runs and had 17 RBI.
    Mojica led the team with 24 RBI and homered twice to tie Chavez for the team lead. She also had a .357 batting average, hit seven doubles and scored 17 runs.
    Jones finished with a .364 batting average and 21 runs scored.
    Hammock got five wins on the mound and finished with a 4.57 ERA.