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Today's News

  • Housing and schools are Girrens’ main issues

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series profiling candidates running for local and state offices.

    Los Alamos County Councilor Steve Girrens, who is running for reelection in November, wants to focus his energy on housing and schools.
    “In my mind, the big thing is getting housing developments going, or something that helps get that moving,” Girrens said.
    Girrens sees several areas ripe for that type of development, including the Department of Energy (DOE) A-8 land transfer site at the start of DP Road. The south side of Trinity Drive is also on Girrens’ radar, including another DOE site near the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    “That’s a pristine place. I would love to see condos or a high-density high-rise, right on the canyon,” Girrens said. “It would be an outstanding thing. Like another Oppenheimer apartments. Something big. Something that takes as much advantage of the canyon location as possible. They’re building all kinds of cool stuff in the cities, in Denver and places. What can we start doing on the south side of Trinity? What makes sense to do there?”

  • Road closures today for Model Ts

    Motorists should expect road closures around Los Alamos for a special visiting tour of Model Ts today.
    There will be about 85 1909-27 Model T Fords and about 200 people touring around Los Alamos County.
    The group will depart from Buffalo Thunder Resort at various times in the morning, passing through White Rock on their way to Bandelier National Monument.
    From about 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Model Ts will travel from Bandelier to the Back Gate and then along West Jemez Road, through the back security gate and past the main security gates before turning onto Diamond Drive and going to Fuller Lodge.
    From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Model Ts will park in the reserved east parking lot of the library (the “Farmers’ Market” lot), and along Central, which will be closed between 20th Street and the Justice Center driveway.
    From about 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Model Ts will be poking their way (5-25 mph) down the Main Hill Road. Commuters who want join are welcome to do so. Others needing to get off the Hill faster are advised to take the Truck Route or Pajarito Road.

  • Captured cubs in rehabilitation

    Staff and wire reports

  • Bandelier plans activities for Fourth of July weekend

    The Fourth of July weekend promises to be full of exciting activities in Bandelier National Monument, with activities of all kinds.
    The activities begin Thursday, when the Candelaria family from San Felipe Pueblo will demonstrate traditional pottery making behind the Visitor Center. Other activities will include solarscope and binocular viewing in that area. 
    A Night Sky Program at the Juniper Campground amphitheater opens with an astronomy talk at 8:30 p.m., followed by celestial viewing with giant telescopes.
    On Friday, the Candelarias will again demonstrate pottery behind the Visitor Center, and that evening is the first Night Walk of the summer. 
    This is a silent walk among the Pueblo sites in Frijoles Canyon in the dark, evoking a feeling of what life might have been like there for the Ancestral Pueblo people. Space is limited, so signups are required; call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.  Nightwalks will be offered on Friday nights throughout July and August.
    At Bandelier’s new NPS neighbor, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in downtown Los Alamos, Friday will also be the first of daily ranger talks on the Manhattan Project. They will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the temporary History Museum on 20th Street by Ashley Pond.

  • Anonymous tips help solve criminal incidents

    Tips reported to the Los Alamos County Crime Stoppers are proving to be effective.
    The Los Alamos Police Department has successfully solved multiple criminal incidents that were reported to the department’s Criminal Investigations Section. LAPD is hoping to continue the success of community members reporting on criminal activity.
    “LAPD would like to thank the local media and the public for their assistance related to these incidents,” LAPD Commander Oliver Morris said. “These tips show that the citizens, job-holders, and visitors in our area wish to assist the Los Alamos Police Department in our mission to provide quality pro-active law enforcement services to help keep our community safe and hold those accountable who choose to commit crime in our area.”
    Among the type of cases that were solved this year due to anonymous crime tips are shoplifting and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
    Twenty-three year-old Raymond Green of Española, 38-year-old Concha Herrera of Truchas and 49-year-old Elias Gallegos of Española were charged or had warrants due to shoplifting cases. Crystal Padilla, 33, of Santa Fe, and 39-year-old Antonio Lopez, of Santa Fe, were charged or had warrants issued due to unlawful taking of motor vehicle cases.

  • Bomb squad called out to Hacienda Street

    A welfare check on a Hacienda Street homeowner Wednesday morning turned into an investigation involving the Los Alamos Police Department bomb squad.
    Officers were called out to a home at the 70 block of Hacienda Street at 11:15 a.m. for a medical episode, according to a statement released by LAPD.
    “While at the scene, officers located suspicious items and notified the LAPD Bomb Squad to assist. Upon their arrival and examination, a district court search warrant was obtained and executed with the assistance of the FBI and ATF,” according to LAPD spokesman Preston Ballew.
     “The case is active and the investigation and ongoing,” Ballew said.

  • No streaming of council meeting tonight

    Because of a technical repair and replacement needed for the County’s video streaming equipment, there will be no streaming broadcast of tonight’s Council meeting in Chambers. This malfunction only relates to streaming - there will still be a televised broadcast on PAC 8 television, and video capture for later playback on demand should still be available and posted on the County’s website after the meeting.

  • Ex-pastor faces child pornography charges

    The former Los Alamos First Baptist Church pastor facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography remained in the county detention center Thursday.  
    Paul Cunningham, 54, was arrested June 17 on one count of possession of child pornography (sexual exploitation of children) and one count of distribution of child pornography.
    Church officials dismissed Pastor Cunningham March 31 after they learned the Los Alamos police and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office were investigating his online activities on the suspicion that he was downloading and distributing child pornography, according to a statement released by the church Thursday.
    Special agents from the attorney general’s office confiscated over 400 images and nine videos depicting child pornography from his home during the investigation.
    Church officials said their first concern was for the children associated with their church and the community at large.
    The First Baptist Church released this statement: “We were grieved to learn about the investigation and charges filed against Paul Cunningham, but more importantly we are concerned for the safety and protection of minors in our church and community.”

  • Henderson’s main issues are housing, new park

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series profiling candidates running for local and state offices.

    Housing is a key issue for Kristin Henderson, who is running for reelection to the Los Alamos County Council. Housing stock and prices are two of those concerns.
    “Obviously, it’s not the job of the council to build houses,” Henderson said. “But there are a couple of things we can do.”
    Henderson has been working with staff on a plan for getting empty house back on the market that she would like to see to fruition.
    “Depending how you look at it, we have between 80 and 500 empty houses. So even if it’s just 80, that’s a lot of houses in a small town,” Henderson said.
    According to Henderson, the county must first determine whether there are patterns to so many houses sitting empty and then come up with programs to address those issues.
    One possibility Henderson suggested is a program for homeowners who need help making a dwelling livable.

  • Tourism discussion continues

    The Los Alamos County Council continued its discussions about a tourism master plan/economic development strategy at its Tuesday work session.
    Vice Chair Susan O’Leary first introduced the idea at council’s March work session. She came back on Tuesday with examples of other master plans that the county might model its own after.
    O’Leary defined the reason for developing such a plan with the questions, “How do we turn these tourists into an economic development opportunity that provides strong benefit to residents and businesses?” and “What do we need to do to manage this opportunity in a coordinated, efficient and focused way?”
    O’Leary provided tourism master plans from Southlake, Texas, Tompkins County, New York and the Northern Maine Tourism Action Plan for councilors to review, but suggested using the White Rock Master Plan (WRMP) as a model. Copies of those plans are posted with Tuesday’s agenda at losalamos.legistar.com.