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Today's News

  • Council approves money for roads

    The FY2016 budget approved by the Los Alamos County council Tuesday included a $900,000 earmark of Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for road improvements.
    Councilor Steve Girrens — who has been hearing complaints from constituents in White Rock — made the motion to include the additional funding in the Public Works budget.
    “I need some help getting some roads fixed in White Rock and I want to stop this slide into oblivion,” Girrens said, remarking on how much the budget for road maintenance has been cut since revenues began a sharp 30-percent decline three years ago.
    The White Rock roadway in question is Page Loop. A temporary seal used in anticipation of a major reconstruction and sewer replacement project is rapidly deteriorating.
    According to reports by Public Works Director Philo Shelton, the sewer line was scheduled for replacement in FY2017 or FY2018, at which time the road would also have been rebuilt.
    During budget hearings, Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco announced that a condition assessment using camera technology revealed that the sewer line is in better shape than anticipated, and replacement will be delayed until FY2021— and possibly up to 10 years — making a major rebuild of the road unnecessary until then.

  • Police Beat 5-1-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    April 23

    7:44 a.m. — A 54-year-old Abiquiu man said to police he was a victim of a car burglary on Rose Street.

    11:19 a.m. — Victor Martinez, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police Department. The original charge was aggravated driving while intoxicated, (refusal to submit to chemical testing) at Arkansas Avenue on Jan. 25.

    11:48 a.m. — Alicia Martinez, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police Department.

    4:12 p.m. — Cody Sowers, 27, of Jemez Springs was arrested through a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police department. The original charge was criminal damage to property committed on July 31, 2012.

    5:03 p.m. — A 31-year-old Los Alamos woman was involved in an accident with injuries at the intersection of East Road and Trinity Drive, according to police.

  • One worker critical following LANL accident

    One worker was in critical condition Sunday following an accident at Los Alamos National Laboratory's LANSCE facility, the lab announced this evening.

    The accident occured during preventive maintenance operations at the facility. The employee was burned while working on an electrical substation and transported off the site for medical treatment. The employee's name hasn't been released.

    The cause of the accident, according to LANL, is under investigation. A lab spokesman said there was no other information information that was going to be released publicly for the time being.

    Along with the employee in critical condition, eight other employees were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with injuries. Of those, seven were released and the other was being held for observation.

    Other information will be reported on LAMonitor.com as it becomes available.

  • LA baseball gets No. 3 state seed

    The Los Alamos baseball team earned the No. 3 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.

    Los Alamos, who finished 20-6 overall and clinched its seventh consecutive district title Saturday, will host No. 14 Aztec (12-12) in a best-of-three first round series beginning Friday.

    District 2-5A runner up Española Valley (18-6) got the No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 Farmington (11-15) in the first round. Los Alamos and the Sundevils could meet for the fourth time this season in the quarterfinals.

    Bernalillo (12-13-1) also made the playoffs as the No. 15 seed. The Spartans will play No. 2 Goddard (22-4) in the first round.

    Piedra Vista (21-4) earned the No. 1 seed and will begin its title defense against Roswell (9-17).

  • Word on the Street 5-3-15

    Teen Pulse staff member Michael Booton asked students, “What do you think about the ‘Kylie Jenner lip challenge? A recent fad in which people take a shot glass and apply suction to artificially enlarge their lips?”

  • Lewis & Todd 5-3-15
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 5-3-15

    Monday: Air hockey (Los Alamos), pool tournament (White Rock)

    Tuesday: Horse

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies

    Thursday: Black jack  

    Friday: Mother’s Day cards

    Los Alamos: 662-9412, 475 20th St.
    White Rock: 672-1565, 139 Longview Dr.

    Open 3-6  p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.  

    Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders.

  • An elegant evening to remember

    The 2015 Los Alamos High School junior/senior prom on April 25 was accompanied by the usual excitement, which leads up to a dance of such stature. Acquiring a date, buying a dress or renting a tuxedo and, of course, attending the dance itself.
    One thing however, made this year’s prom more unique: the venue. This year’s “Moonlight Sonata” themed prom was held at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino this year, which, while providing complications such as price and transportation, made for a sophisticated and enjoyable evening for couples, groups and friends from LAHS.
    Upon entering one of the larger ballrooms, students were greeted by a dark blue lit room, candlelit tables and a stunning ceiling decorated with blue lights to look like the night sky. Guests were then served a three-course meal, which was surprisingly delectable considering that the same entree had been prepared for everyone.
    The dinner portion of the night was extremely well prepared and executed. The table arrangements, three course meal and atmosphere were all elegant. The dance portion however, missed the mark. This is very common among high school dances because one cannot please everyone when it comes to music genres.

  • Baseball, softball brackets due out

    The New Mexico Activities Association will release the postseason brackets for the Class 5A baseball and softball tournaments Sunday.
    Postseason play around the state gets going Friday and Saturday at home sites. Teams that win this coming weekend will advance to the main bracket which commences next week.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team was a likely top-6 seed heading into Saturday’s doubleheader against the Del Norte Knights — results from the doubleheader weren’t available as of press time. Los Alamos had won 18 games during the regular season prior to Saturday and was ranked fifth according to the website MaxPreps, the rankings of which are a big component into determining seeding for prep teams in the state.
    Assuming that remains the case heading into the meeting of the seeding and selection committee today, the Los Alamos baseball team should be getting a home series in the opening round.
    In softball, however, the Hilltoppers’ situation was more tenuous.
    Heading into their doubleheader Saturday against Del Norte, a team that had been on the upswing in the late part of the season, the Hilltoppers were ranked 16th in the state, which would’ve put them just over the bar for getting into the 16-team tournament.

  • News for retirees 5-3-15 to 5-19-15

    May 2-9, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Catfish
    Noon        Grief support
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chili dog
    Noon         Lunch talk: Helen Idzorek
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters