Today's News

  • State briefs 6-11-17

    Police say body may be that of man missing since May

    ROSWELL (AP) — Police in Roswell say a body found outside the city may be that of a man reported missing last month.
    Police spokesman Todd Wildermuth says the body was found Thursday afternoon and it is believed to be that of 30-year-old Sergio Alexander Salas. A positive identification is pending.
    Wildermuth says Salas was last seen by his mother on May 25 driving away from the Roswell home where they both lived in a black Chevrolet pickup. She reported him missing on June 2.
    The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death.

    Albuquerque police say 2 motorcyclists killed in crash

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque police say two motorcyclists are dead after a crash with a car.
    Police spokesman officer Daren DeAguero says the accident on the city’s southwest side happened Thursday evening when the driver of a sedan was trying to make a turn and was struck by the motorcycle.
    The two people on the bike died at the scene. Their names have not been released.
    The driver of the car was taken to the hospital for treatment of what DeAguero described as non-life threatening injuries.
    Police are still investigating the accident.

  • Shoppers fixated with discounts pose big worry for stores

    AP Retail Writer

    NEW YORK — Shoppers who got addicted to sales during the last recession have more tools than ever to cross-check prices and find bargains, creating a race to the bottom – particularly on clothes.

    While retailers are trying to offer more exclusive products and improve the experience shoppers have in stores, online leader Amazon is expanding quickly into apparel, creating more discounting wars. Off-price stores and new discount chains keep the pressure on.

    “There is not a lot that I would pay full price for,” said Sara Scoggins, a 30-year-old Los Angeles resident who uses apps like Hafta Have for scanning items and tracking deals and Honey for coupons and promo codes. “There is always a deal. You are a sucker not to get a deal.”

    The bargain-hunting started in earnest during the Great Recession, when stores plied shoppers with discounts upon discounts to rid themselves of mounds of merchandise after consumer spending tanked. But even as the economy has perked up, Americans haven’t let go of the search for deals.

    “We’ve conditioned consumers especially coming out of the recession for promotions and discounting,” said Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist at the National Retail Federation trade group.

  • New doggie daycare to host open house

    Owners Amanda Robertson and Ruth Scott invite the community to their open house event on June 17 and 18. Los Alamos DogHouse PhD (Pet Hotel and Daycare) officially opened its door in December 2016 and hopes to reach out to the public with the opportunity to take a look at their university-themed facility.

    DogHouse PhD offers doggie daycare, overnight boarding and dog training. For overnight boarding, they have dorm rooms and family rooms with webcams, LED night-lights, orthopedic Kuranda beds and music. Additional pampering is also available.

    Doggie daycare includes supervised play groups with separate play yards and small dog or big dog play groups.
    Robertson offers daycare-and-train as well as board-and-train programs for those in need of professional training for their dogs.

    For cat owners, Los Alamos Dog House provides cat boarding with cage-free romp time in their “tree house.”
    Scott is a 28-year resident of Los Alamos. Her mission is to pair people with dogs and to operate a professional facility with love and compassion for all who walk through the door.

  • LAPS board OK’s leased facilities projects

    The Los Alamos Public School board voted Tuesday to permit proposed leased facilities projects to move forward.
    There are three projects that Herb McLean presented, which included upgrades to the Pajarito Complex, Mesa Complex and the Pueblo Complex.

    According to Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, the county council has a policy in place to appropriate every two years $500,000 for the purpose of improving LAPS’s leased facilities.

    “The county does have $500,000 in their budget this fiscal year for projects for our leased facilities upgrade,” Steinhaus said. “I wanted the school board to see the projects and make sure it was OK that we move forward in getting a good cost estimate.”

    McLean estimated that the projects will cost about $500,000 all together, but a more accurate cost estimate will be done in the near future.

    The proposed projects include upgrades like replacing outdated windows, walls and bathrooms at the three different facilities.

  • LANL to resume shipping waste in September

    Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities received some answers Friday on key waste disposal concerns at LANL – primarily about Tech Area 21 on DP Road, and when Los Alamos National Laboratory will resume shipping waste off site.

    Since February 2014, newly generated waste is stored on site at LANL.

    Deputy Assistant Manager of the LANL Site Office for the National Nuclear Security Administration Pete Maggiore told the coalition Friday that LANL will start sending limited shipments to WIPP by September.

    Waste shipments stopped when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, where LANL ships newly generated transuranic and radiological waste, was shuttered for three years following an accident at the site.

    The accident was blamed on an improperly packed barrel that came from LANL. While being stored in WIPP’s underground storage chambers, a chemical reaction started within a barrel. The release was blamed on the use of the wrong type of kitty litter used with the radioactive waste. The reaction caused the barrel’s lid to pop off and spread radiological waste throughout the storage area.

    WIPP opened in January, but is now only accepting shipments from Idaho and South Carolina.

  • Republican Party of New Mexico mourns sudden loss of communications director

    The Republican Party of New Mexico announced Monday the sudden death of its communications director Tucker Keene over the weekend.

     “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague, W. Tucker Keene,” said State party Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi in a statement released Monday morning. “As many of you know, Tucker has served superbly as the Communications Director for the Republican Party of New Mexico over the past couple of years. He was a brilliant writer, tenacious promoter of our cause, keen political communicator and most importantly, a wonderful person.

    Cangiolosi described Keene as someone who approached his work with great passion, enthusiasm and who had a witty sense of humor.

    "Tucker will be greatly missed by everyone at the Republican Party of New Mexico and by all those he touched in our state and beyond,” Cangiolosi said. “Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

    Before becoming the state party’s communications director, Keene was a member of the Dallas Young Republicans in Texas. The DYR also issued a statement on Keene’s passing on its Facebook page Monday morning.

  • Pajarito Mountain ready for 'big summer party'

    Los Alamos County’s unofficial kickoff to summer will take place this weekend, as Pajarito Mountain hosts its annual SummerFest this Saturday.

    Jeffrey Bold, an employee with Pajarito Mountain, described the event as a “big summer party to celebrate the end of a successful ski season, and the beginning of a successful summer season.”

    SummerFest, which has been a tradition in Los Alamos for decades, features live music, 14 microbreweries, as well as access to the ski lifts for both hikers and bikers.

    In addition, there will be fun events taking place throughout the day, such as a disc golf tournament, downhill bike race, and a poker run.

    People participating in the poker run will receive a playing card each time they go up the ski lift, and can collect an unlimited number of cards while the ski lifts are open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    At the end of the day, the poker run participants will get together and compare cards to figure out who compiled the best poker hand throughout the day.

    One of the biggest draws of SummerFest is its array of local microbreweries in the Beer Garden, which contributes to an atmosphere Bland described as a “massive beer festival.”

    For $20, people will be able to access the area, and will be given a voucher for a free pint of beer.

  • LAPD ask for help in finding shoplifters

    The Los Alamos Police Department is seeking the identities of two suspects in a shoplifting case. It was reported on May 31, two women stole women’s shirts from a local business on Central Avenue.

    LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the following two female suspects as seen in the surveillance footage. They are also offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information on the identity of the two suspects.  

    LAPD officer Gabriel Nieto was dispatched to Central Avenue around 4:53 p.m. and talked to the owner who explained that around 2:20 p.m., two females walked in and possibly took four women’s shirts.

    According to the incident report, one female was wearing white pants and a pink and black shirt with red/pink hair. The second female was wearing a blue or black skirt and white striped shirt with dark hair.

    In his report, Nieto said, “I spoke with an employee who approached the females as they walked in the store. The employee stated the females walked around the store eventually making their way to the women’s clothing. Both females then went into the dressing rooms and were asked if they needed any assistance,” which they stated, “No.”

  • County moves housing project forward

    Los Alamos County Council OK’d a key step Tuesday in getting a housing project started in White Rock, but not all councilors were entirely happy about it.

    Some questioned the developer’s planned price range of $300,000 to $400,000, and why, since the county was contributing $2 million to the developer to help in removing a troublesome layer of basalt at the site, council didn’t have any say in the project’s aesthetics. The developer paid the county $460,000 for the land.  

    “This is not even close to a moderately priced housing development and I want people to recognize that fact right now so we don’t have to address it a year from now when people actually see what’s being done in that area,” Councilor Chris Chandler said before casting the lone dissenting 5-1 vote on the project.

    Councilor James Chrobocinski was out of town.

    Chandler also asked why council didn’t have more of a say in planning the project, something at least one other county councilor, Antonio Maggiore agreed with.

  • Lightning causes house fire on Los Pueblos Street

    Monitor Staff Writers

    A lightning strike was the apparent cause of a house fire on Los Pueblos Street in Los Alamos Tuesday night.

    Clare Webber was home alone around 7:30 p.m. when she heard a loud lightning strike.

    “I screamed it was so loud,” Webber said.

    She started looking around to see where it hit, but found nothing. Her husband, Leo, later joined her for an evening of TV, when they smelled smoke. They finally located the source and called the police.

    “The house was filling with smoke but we can’t find where it’s coming from,” Clare Webber said. “I was looking out the window, turned around and the ceiling was turning brown above me on the second story.”

    The strike had hit the back side of the tallest roof of their house and caused a ceiling fire. Fire and police got there immediately around 9:30 p.m., shortly after they were called.

    The crews were able to locate the fire quickly. When they arrived, they found light smoke inside the house, but nothing on the outside. They quickly located the fire in a wall between the upstairs bathroom and hallway area.