Today's News

  • LAPS students take first in Supercomputing Challenge

    Andy Corliss, Phillip Ionkov, Ming Lo of Aspen Elementary, and Max Corliss of Los Alamos Middle School won first place for their project, “Solving the Rubik’s Cube 2.0,” last week at at the 26th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The “Aspen Supercomputers” created a three-dimensional simulation of a Rubik’s cube, a national favorite brain-bending puzzle, as well as an implementation of a cube-solving algorithm. They also won the Most Professional Presentation award for their efforts.
    “The goal of the yearlong event is to teach student teams how to use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve real-world problems,” said David Kratzer of Los Alamos’ High Performance Computer Systems group, and executive director of the Supercomputing Challenge. “Participating students improve their understanding of technology by developing skills in scientific inquiry, modeling, computing, communications and teamwork.”

  • Police Beat 5-1-16

    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.

    April 20
    7:05 p.m. — Police reported that a 60-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of fraudulent use of a credit card to obtain less than $300 at Diamond Drive.

    April 21
    10 a.m. — Police reported that a 14-year-old Espanola male was arrested for unlawful possession of switchblades in the 2000 block of Hawk Drive.

    9:52 p.m. — Justin Harwood, 31, of Sany Ysidro was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in Sandoval County. The original charge was driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of Canyon Road and Diamond Drive on Feb. 27.

    April 22
    10:32 p.m. — Raymond Ortiz, 27, of Santa Fe was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction in the 3000 block of West Road.

    April 24

    3:18 p.m. — Police reported that a 37-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) at Camino Mora.

  • On the Docket 5-1-16

    April 21
    Gabriel De La Cruz paid a $50 fine for having an unhitched trailer.

    Karen Lucero was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to pay court costs/fines. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.  

    Oliver Garduno-Lopez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 22
    Matthew T. Tucker paid a $50 fine for improper standing, stopping, or parking

    Megan Montoya was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Julia Obrien  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to obey a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Jerawan Armstrong was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Carollas crash on Central Avenue
  • LAFD practice rescue
  • Rising IT costs raise questions

    The Los Alamos County Council approved the $7,525,176 Administrative Services budget plus $208,000 in optional items by a 4–3 vote on Monday, with councilors James Chrobocinski, Steve Girrens and Pete Sheehey opposing the motion.
    The optional items were $69,080 for IT network replacements, $106,920 for routine desktop hardware and software replacements and $32,000 for an investment advisor.
    The Information Management Division’s (IM) budget received especially close scrutiny. Chair Rick Reiss in particular questioned the county’s IT costs.
    Reiss asked if the division repurposed older equipment.
    IM Division Manager John Roig affirmed that they did, but added, “The problem with it is that the vendors themselves, after a certain amount of time, won’t support the equipment any more.
    “So your maintenance becomes that you have one or two extras laying around, so that when this one fails you pull another one off the shelf and plug it in, but it’s still unsupported by the vendor.”
    Roig also pointed out that when something such as a new phone system is installed, older equipment may not support that technology and have to be replaced.

  • O’Leary challenges county fleet replacement

    The Los Alamos County Council this week tentatively approved the remaining departmental budgets, but tabled discussion on parking lot items and adoption of a fiscal year 2017 budget.
    Council tentatively approved the Los Alamos Police Department budget of $7,952,256, plus  $262,077 in optional budget items, plus budgets for Public Works, the Department of Public Utilities and Administrative Services.
    The $30,132,463 Public Works budget and four of the five proposed options received tentative thumbs up. Those are:
    • $160,000 to replace the Mesa Public Library HVAC unit.
    • $53,000 to restore funding for pavement preservation and facilities maintenance contractual services.
    • $105,000 for an industrial tractor with boom mower to maintain county right of ways and reduce hand labor.  
    • $48,000 to implement a Recycle Bank points program to promote recycling and help to reduce waste generation.
    A $325,000 option for constructing new hangars at the airport was not approved on the grounds that the county should explore options for private investment first.
    Vice Chair Susan O’Leary asked how staff determined when fleet vehicles needed to be replaced.

  • ‘Spamalot’ in the running for Popejoy Awards

    The cast of Los Alamos High School’s production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” was ecstatic when they learned this week that they had been nominated in several categories for the inaugural Popejoy Awards.
    The Popejoy Awards website (popejoyawards.org) states that “Our goal is to inspire and honor excellence in high school musical theater, and to recognize the importance of musical theater and arts education. We will use a competitive adjudication process to find the highest caliber of high school musical theater talent in New Mexico.”
    Winners in the May 8 competition will compete for scholarships at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in New York City.
    “Spamalot” was nominated for Best Production, Best Director (LAHS drama teacher David Daniel) and Best Ensemble. Devon McCleskey (King Arthur), Max Herrmann (Lancelot) and Camille Rousculp (Patsy) received Best Actor and Best Actress nominations.

  • Stolen PEEC trail posts found

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s new trail exploration program has already delivered plenty of adventure for the staff after the mysterious theft of two of its posts.
    Nature Center employees were upset to find that someone had pulled out the wooden posts that marked two of the 16 trails included in the program for Passport to the Pajarito Plateau. Hundreds of children and adults have the passports and crayons to make “rubbings” at the post and return them for prizes at the center.
    “We were really upset that people could be so mean spirited,” said PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson.
    Employees discovered the posts missing at Acid Canyon Loop and Bridges Loop trails Sunday, said Marketing Manager Sandra West.
    Staff searched the area Sunday and Monday, and figured the posts would not be far from their original locations because of their size and weight, West said.
    Tuesday morning, Watson decided to take her morning run around the Acid Canyon Loop trail area. She located the post not far from where it went missing.
    “I decided to look one last place and there it was,” Watson said.
    Whoever removed the posts apparently took time to cover their tracks.
    “Interesting thing is, with both of them, the original holes were covered up,” West said.

  • LAPS to get new website

    By next school year Los Alamos Public Schools’ website is going to have a new look to it. It will also have features that will make it easy for the school to share information with the public.
    According to the district’s website coordinator, Pierce Jones, the new website will be up and running sometime this summer. The website was designed by a committee comprised of teachers, staff, administration and members of the business community.
    Jones said there were three things the schools and the committee wished to accomplish with the new website: semantics, engagement and relatedness.
    As far as semantics is concerned, Jones said it was important that they use words that are more descriptive so people will want to click on the link. That means words and titles for menu items such as “home” or “basic facts” will be replaced with phrases like “Discover LAPS” and other call-to-action phrases. There will also be a section for prospective residents where they will be able to see all the stats that show off all the good things about the district, like average grade scores, number of scholarship winners, or athletic championships.
    “It will highlight an important story, something great that has happened that’s happened in our district,” Jones said.