Today's News

  • McCurdy Mission Day set for Oct. 25

    The Albuquerque District United Methodist Women are planning a day tour to McCurdy School, 216 S. McCurdy Road in Santa Cruz (near Española) from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The “McCurdy Mission Day” will start with a short tour and them volunteers will be assigned tasks that will help expedite the programs.
    For information, contact Peggy Blackburn at 884-2412, or email her at yanespeg@swep.com by Oct. 18.
    The group needs to know how many will attend to plan for tasks and reservations for lunch at a local restaurant, to be paid by attendees.

  • Council marks Domestic Violence Awareness month
  • DA candidate Chicoine seeks more accountability in 1st Judicial District

    To First Judicial District Attorney candidate Yvonne Chicoine, the words accountability and respect are missing from the office, and she means to restore them.
    She said that for too long, victims, law enforcement and even the convicted have not had a fair shake when it comes to justice in the First Judicial District.
    “I’ve talked to some people who are in recovery and ex cons who said ‘if you don’t hold us accountable, you’re making us feel like we aren’t worth anything,’” she said during an interview about her candidacy with the Los Alamos Monitor Tuesday. “They want to be held accountable for their mistakes… they feel isolated, and they want to feel like they are a part of the community.”
    Police officers too have gotten short shrift when it comes to First Judicial DA’s office.
    “Crimes against law enforcement officers are just treated as part of the job. If you sign up to be a law enforcement officer or a first responder you’re signing up to take abuse. I don’t think that’s a proper view,” she said.

  • Council sets scope for CIP projects

    By a 6−0 vote, the Los Alamos County Council approved eliminated two proposed Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and set caps on spending for nine other projects.
    Councilor David Izraelevitz was not present.
    The discussion focused on three economic development projects.
    Councilor James Chrobocinski proposed eliminating the DP Road improvements project, which would bring utilities and infrastructure to the A-8 parcel. That parcel is under consideration for housing development and/or a recreation center.
    “I don’t think that is the best place for residential,” Chrobocinski said. “Unfortunately, it does have a stigma attached to it, because it’s more industrial and a past history of contamination on DP Road. I think it would be difficult to sell to someone to live there, and I don’t necessarily at this time think it’s the right thing to do.”
    Councilors Steve Girrens and Kristin Henderson countered that the former Department of Energy (DOE) site has been cleaned to residential standards.

  • Fundraiser for Jemez Springs teen set for tonight

    Family and friends of a teenager who died in August after a sleepover in Jemez Springs will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser today to remember him.
    By many accounts, Arleigh Huff, 15, was amazing. Huff was a junior firefighter with the La Cueva Volunteer Fire Department, who was always looking to lend a helping hand to whoever needed it.
    When he died, he was given a firefighter’s funeral, where over 400 people attended. Fire companies from all over the state also attended also came out to pay their last respects, including Los Alamos.
    His grandmother, Mary Huff, 78, said Huff’s goal was to become a firefighter. She also thanked everyone, especially those who lived in Jemez Springs, who has helped her and Huff’s family through their time of grief.
    “The people of Jemez Springs have really rallied around them and they’ve been very wonderful,” she said.
    Mary Huff said it was arranged for her grandson to live with her for four days a week while he attended Los Alamos High School. This past summer, Arleigh Huff drove his grandmother back and forth to Santa Fe so she could receive medical treatment for cancer, twice a day.
    “He was a wonderful young man. I don’t believe I’ve ever known a 15-year-old as wonderful as Arleigh was,” she said.

  • Park officials decline to name hiker killed by tree

    National Park Service officials declined to release the identity this week of a female hiker who was killed by a falling tree at Bandelier National Monument Monday.
    “I cannot release anything pertinent to the victim or the victim’s family,” said Chief Ranger Dennis Milligan. “The woman was standing near her vehicle when the tree fell and struck her.”
    The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Frey Trailhead. The woman was not wearing headphones or any other device that may have prevented her from being aware of her surroundings, officials said
    Park officials reported Wednesday that normal protocols were followed after the incident, including safety checks of the surrounding trees. The park is always checking for unsafe trees.
    “We have a program that does that year round, so it doesn’t particularly change our response after it happens,” Milligan said. “The odds of someone getting hit by a tree is highly unlikely.”
    The tree that struck the victim was a live, green Ponderosa that snapped.
    Milligan said he could not recall any other times when someone died from being hit by a tree at the park. He said the last death that occurred within the park happened around a year and half ago.

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  • Latino Democrat: Trump supporter tried to run me over

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico Hispanic Democratic candidate says a Donald Trump supporter tried to run over him and his mother in a parking lot.

    Sergio S. Gonzalez, a Democratic candidate for county commissioner in southern New Mexico, told The Associated Press a woman attempted to strike him outside the Democratic Party headquarters in Roswell, New Mexico last week after the woman yelled obscenities about Democrats.

    The 39-year-old retired Marine told police the driver shouted Trump's name before trying to hit him and his 72-year-old mother. Gonzalez says he, his mother and two others were just standing in the parking lot when the woman came over to yell obscenities.

    No arrests have been made.

    Republican Party of Chaves County chairman Jason Perry told the Roswell Daily Record the woman, who has not been identified, likely isn't among the local GOP leadership.

  • Death penalty bill fails to clear NM Senate

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature has adjourned from a special legislative session without considering a measure to reinstate the death penalty and other criminal justice initiatives backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The Democrat-led Senate adjourned Thursday without taking up stricter sentencing provisions approved by the House or Representatives.

    New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009. Martinez and allies in Legislature have pushed for stricter criminal sentencing as a response to the recent killing of two police officers and the August sexual assault, killing and mutilation of 10-year-old Victoria Martens in Albuquerque.

    Many Democrats said it was inappropriate to consider the weighty issue of capital punishment during an abbreviated special session.

  • LAHS volleyball claims first district win against Academy

    The Los Alamos volleyball team picked up a key district win by defeating Albuquerque Academy in five sets on Saturday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers won by scores of 25-23, 25-21, 12-25, 21-25, 15-13. Los Alamos improved to 6-8 overall and 1-1 in District 2-5A. The Chargers fell to 7-6 overall and remained winless (0-2) in district play.
    Sophomore setter Sophia Salazar led Los Alamos with nine kills. Seniors Jessica Moore and Kaitlin Bennett added seven kills a pieces for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos also had solid serving and finished with 12 service aces as a team. Hilltoppers senior Samantha Miller tallied a match-high four sets.
    Bennett and fellow senior Mackenzie Alexander made it difficult for Academy to get it going offensively. Alexander finished with a match-high eight total blocks, while Bennett tallied seven. Los Alamos had 17 total blocks as a team.
    The Hilltoppers had three players who finished with double-digit digs. Salazar led with a team-high 14 digs, while junior Alize Garcia tallied 11 and senior Gabriela Vallejos added 10 for Los Alamos.
    Elodie Thelliez continued her stellar sophomore campaign by finishing with a team-high 18 assists for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos will host Española Valley at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym.