Today's News

  • County Briefs 08-27-14

    GOP to open headquarters Monday

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1Trinity, between Viola’s and the new Subway. The phone number is 695-8080.
    There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday -Friday. Information on the election, candidates and registering to vote will be available. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    LAFD admin offices closed

    The Los Alamos Fire Department Administrative offices located at 999 Central Avenue, Suite 200 will be closed today through Friday. All administrative staff will be participating in a process of Internal Stakeholders meetings, during this time as the department is currently working on a process of improving daily quality of services by establishing a new Community Driven Strategic Plan.
    Telephones will be routed to 311 Customer Care during working hours. Messages will be checked regularly and returned promptly.

    DWI checkpoint set for Santa Fe County

  • LANL to receive C-130 airplane for training purposes

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive a C-130 airplane from Kirtland Air Force Base. The fuselage of the plane will be used for emergency response training purposes.
    “This plane will boost our training capabilities for first responders,” Christian Rittner of the Laboratory’s Security and Emergency Operations Division said.
    The plane, which is surplus from Kirtland Air Force Base, has been demilitarized and will be located at the laboratory’s emergency response training area at Technical Area 49.
    The C-130 will depart from Kirtland today via flatbed truck and will arrive in Los Alamos. The expected transportation time is six hours and will be transported, under escort by New Mexico State Police, via Interstate 25, north to N.M. 599, to U.S. 84/285, west on N.M. 502 and up N.M. 4 to Technical Area 49.
    Motorists traveling along the expected route from Albuquerque to Los Alamos should be aware that this transportation could cause traffic delays and adjust their schedules, or take an alternate route.

  • Feds want to drop charges against Rodella's son

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Federal prosecutors want to dismiss charges against the son of an indicted northern New Mexico sheriff who was accused along with his father of roughing up a driver during an off-duty traffic stop.
    U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said Wednesday that prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss charges against Thomas Rodella, Jr.
    Rodella and his father, Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, were indicted this month for conspiracy to violate a motorist’s civil rights during the March encounter.
    Court papers say the sheriff wasn’t in uniform when he chased down the motorist, jumped out of his personal SUV with a gun and shoved his badge in the motorist’s face.
    Prosecutors say the younger Rodella may lack the cognitive ability necessary to prove the charges against him.
    Federal agents were looking for a New Mexico sheriff’s badge during a May raid to test it for DNA in connection with an encounter with a motorist, newly released court documents said.
    According to unsealed court documents, FBI agents wanted Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella’s badge and silver handgun when they searched his house and car, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
    The indictment says Rodella shoved his badge in the motorist’s face.

  • Time to open eyes to elder suicide

    Elder suicide looks us in the eye, thanks to columns written by Leslie Linthicum in the Albuquerque Journal.
    The facts: In the northeastern community of Roy, Geraldine Ray, 89, was found lying face down on her bed with cotton balls up her nose, plastic filling her mouth, and packing tape across her lips. The state Office of the Medical Investigator called it a homicide, despite two suicide notes in Ray’s own hand. The woman’s daughter was arrested for murder. Her family never believed that for a moment, neither did Linthicum, and science backed them up. Charges were dropped.
    OMI didn’t think a person could kill herself that way. They must never have met a willful woman. I come from a family of willful women, and you’d be surprised what they can do.
    I had just returned from eye-opening visits with elderly relatives out of state, so Linthicum’s column hit me in the heart.
    Cousin Betty (name changed), my role model, was gorgeous, successful in her job, known by everybody in her Roswell-sized town, married with two boys and managed the perfect home. She now has macular degeneration and can no longer drive, she’s diabetic, and she’s had one hip and both knees replaced, not entirely successfully, so she walks with a cane. Four months ago, her husband died.

  • BBBS provide positive role models throughout school year

    Dawn Brown of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico spends a good deal of time during the summer thinking of the new school year and the number of students that could use an adult friend in their life.
    “As the Los Alamos Rio Arriba regional director I reach out to the communities for volunteers, youth for our program, regional board development, public speaking engagements, PR, fundraising and event planning,” Brown said.
    Brown oversees the site-based and community-based programs, which match “bigs” and “littles” for as little as 45 minutes per week or up to six to eight hours per month.
    The one-to-one mentorship programs only vary in the amount of time an adult is available to mentor a local youth. The Northern New Mexico BBBS program offers training, and works hard to match adults and youth based on common goals and activities.
    These relationships help to build a child’s skills, confidence and increase the chances of them staying in school,” Brown said. “A positive role model in a youth’s life helps increase the chances that a child will be able to overcome adversity and lead a successful life.”
    Brown also wants volunteers to know that the relationships are nurtured and supported by their degreed and professionally trained program staff.

  • Drug suspect back in custody

     Steven Porter, a 46-year-old White Rock man who is facing 20 charges involving controlled substances — 13 felonies and seven misdemeanors — is back in jail after violating terms of his release, according to LAPD commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera Tuesday.

    Wardlow-Herrera said Porter tampered with his electronic monitoring device. Porter made his first court appearance before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Tuesday and was given a strict set or orders for his release.

    Bond was posted last Tuesday and Porter was released last Wednesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2.

  • Car plunges into canyon; Two seriously injured — updated and more photos


    Witnesses immediately took to 911 Monday afternoon to report what no one ever wants to see on N.M. 502, a car plummeting over the edge of the road into Pueblo Canyon.

     Within minutes, police, fire and county officials were on the scene of the accident, about a half a mile west of Anderson Overlook. A few minutes after that, both ends of NM 502 were blocked off, starting at the “Y” intersection at the bottom. 

    The road was closed at the top just before the Los Alamos animal shelter in an effort to create a makeshift landing pad for the CareFlight helicopters that were already on their way.

    Traffic heading down the hill was diverted without incident, but some people had to pull over for alternative directions out of town from either the police manning the scene or employees from the cluster of businesses located near the animal shelter. That put pressure on the Truck Route.

  • Pajarito Mountain takes stage at LTAB

    Pajarito Mountain took center stage at Tuesday’s Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board meeting.
    Stacy Glaser, marketing director for Sipapu Ski Resort/ Pajarito Recreation LP, provided an update on efforts to finalize the partnership with Los Alamos County and open for skiing and snowboarding this winter.
    Contract negotiations are ongoing, but Glaser reported that all parties are committed to the effort.
    “We fully anticipate that by ski season the contract will be in effect,” Glaser said.
    Besides negotiations, Pajarito’s primary effort has been obtaining water for snowmaking.
    The U.S. Forest Service is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Trinity on the Hill concerning Pajarito Recreation’s application for a temporary pipeline to run water from the Los Alamos Reservoir to the ski area.
    “This is a temporary solution. This is something that we could do for 12 months,” Glaser said.
    “This would essentially buy us some time to investigate more permanent solutions.”
    The county has offered Pajarito 5 million gallons of free water, which must be siphoned off the reservoir in order to dredge it.

  • Police beat 8/26/14


     Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or 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.

    Aug. 7


    9: 26 a.m. —  Rachel Parker, 23, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a municipal court warrant at 2500 Trinity Drive.


    11:34 a.m. — A 42-year-old Los Alamos woman reported she was the victim of larceny (less than $250) on Tewa Loop.

  • Gun Show packs them in

    Sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, the 2014 Gun Show has a new venue — the Knights of Columbus, 104 D.P. Road.
    And on Saturday morning, the show already was packed.
    Firearm vendors and enthusiasts in the community and from across the state were welcome to buy, sell, swap and browse. Firearm ammo and accessories were also available.
    The show, which started Saturday, will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today. General admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Passes for both days are $8 for adults and youth ages 12-18 are $3.
    All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.
    For the previous 17 years, the Gun Show was at the Pueblo Complex, but last year’s event was touched by controversy when Los Alamos resident Nancy Schick opposed the use of school property for gun sales, although the Pueblo Complex is no longer a school — it is still owned by Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Schick, a former teacher at Los Alamos High School, cited the rash of gun violence in schools as one of the reasons for her opposition.
    Pueblo Complex is leased out for venues from various organizations throughout the year.