Today's News

  • New housing program gets off ground

    Los Alamos County is one step closer to getting a new housing program for first-time homebuyers off the ground, after council approved a contract with the Los Alamos Housing Partnership Inc. to provide funding for it last week.

    The new contract will allow the partnership to allocate $80,860 in funding for the next three fiscal years.

    The funds come from a $150,000 allocation the council made to the partnership in February.  According to County Housing and Projects Manager Andrew Harnden, the partnership plans to come back to the council every year for at least $150,000 to keep the program going.

    About $6,500 will be used to set up the program. The remainder will pay for administrative costs until June 2020. The program is designed to help first-time homebuyers with a down payment.

    “...This is going to be working with local lenders who have the actual, primary loan, and this will act as a down payment assistance which is a soft second loan,” Community Development Director Paul Andrus said. “It’s still a loan that will be paid back to the county. It’s not a grant, and it’s not forgivable.”

  • 2 candidates stump in LA

    With the 2018 gubernatorial election beginning to heat up, two candidates vying for the top job of governor visited Los Alamos this week.

    Democrat Jeff Apodaca made a campaign stop at the Bathtub Row Brewery Sunday, and Democrat Peter DeBenedittis stopped by the Karen Wray Gallery Monday.

    Apodaca told the crowd he wants to use New Mexico’s $21.6 billion in cash reserves to invest in jobs and education. The former media executive, who is now an entrepreneur, talked about Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana and how it has put millions of dollars back into the economy –, money that now funds education and other initiatives.

    “It’s an opportunity for us to get ahead of the curve,” he said. “Colorado’s tourism is up 32 percent,” Apodaca said. “We talked to the folks up north. They drive up, buy and come back… more importantly, 32,000 jobs, $200 million in tax revenue.”

    Apodaca also went after the “New Mexico True” tourism plan.

    “Guess what our state has done, they’ve cut your tourism budgets in Los Alamos. They’ve cut our tourism budgets in our county,” Apodaca said.

  • Albuquerque to honor fallen WWII war correspondent

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque will honor an acclaimed World War II war correspondent that died before he was able to return home.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the writer was known for publishing harrowing, firsthand accounts of the war and the sacrifices the young soldiers made. Pyle was born in Indiana and had planned to move to Albuquerque before he was killed.

    New Mexico has honored the writer since the legislature declared Aug. 3 as Ernie Pyle Day in 1945. Event organizers will celebrate Pyle's 117th birthday on Thursday with a keynote address by longtime war correspondent Joe Galloway and a speech by a University of New Mexico journalism professor.

    Event organizers and participants hope that Pyle will one day receive his own national holiday.

  • Off to the races

    For the 45th straight year, competitors in the Tour De Los Alamos turned the streets of the county into a high-speed cycling course, resulting in an unforgettable event.

    The race, which was described by organizers as the “oldest bicycle race in the Southwest,” attracted more than 100 people to the area.

    Race director Cyndi Wells said that people came from hundreds of miles around to take part, including multiple racers from Texas and Colorado.

    “I’m always super excited to see lots of people coming in from out of town,” Wells said.

    She said that although there are some people who come back year after year for the race, it is the infusion of new racers each year that keeps the race as successful as it has become.

    “We had lots of people say that they would definitely be coming back next year, and that they would be bringing even more of their friends with them,” Wells said.

    Registration has steadily increased in the past few years, and Wells said she expects that to continue into the future.

    “I think after the great race we had this weekend, the word is going to really get out about our race and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the turnout looks like next year,” Wells said.

  • New Mexico: Patients can skip surprise emergency-care bills

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico state insurance regulators are making it clear that emergency medical services cannot be billed at higher rates when patients are treated outside an insurance provider's network of doctors and hospitals.

    The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance issued a bulletin this week to health insurance companies in response to public concerns about patients who receive surprise bills for services outside of an insurance provider's network.

    The bulletin said insurers cannot bill policyholders for balances that accrue from out-of-network care during medical emergencies, clarifying provisions of current law.

    The guidance from Insurance Superintendent John Franchini does not apply to the treatment of non-emergency conditions at emergency facilities.

    Agency polling shows that about one-third of patients statewide have received large surprise bills over the past two years for out-of-network care.

  • Missing juvenile offender considered armed and dangerous

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities are looking for a 15-year-old boy who is missing from a state juvenile facility in Albuquerque.

    The New Mexico State Police said Malachi Sanchez is considered armed and dangerous and that he has not returned to the Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center since leaving Saturday. Circumstances of the youth's departure from the facility were not released.

    He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-9, 112 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo on his left hand with three dots and the letter "C''.

    The State Police said anyone with information his whereabouts should call 911.

  • Traffic restricted on East Jemez Road following water line break

    UPDATE: Thursday: 2:45 p.m.

    Crews continued to repair a water line break on East Jemez Road Thursday.

    The roadway is restricted to one westbound lane. Eastbound traffic is blocked, and is expected to reopen at 9 p.m. No eastbound (downhill) traffic will be allowed until the road reopens. Only westbound (uphill traffic) will be allowed.

    Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible. Any updates will be provided as more information is made available.


    East Jemez Road was restricted to one lane Wednesday following a water line break on East Jemez Road near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. 

    The roadway is down to one lane open with traffic control providing access in both direction intermittently, according to the Los Alamos Police Department. LAPD has received reports that the eastbound traffic will be blocked beginning at 6 p.m. today until 4 p.m. Thursday. 

    No downhill traffic will be allowed during that time and only westbound will be allowed, according to LAPD. Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible. Any updates will be provided as more information develops.

  • House ethics panel clears NM Democrat, Texas Republican

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Tuesday it is dropping separate investigations against Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico and Republican Rep. Roger Williams of Texas.

    Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was accused of using the House chamber to raise money for campaign purposes during a June 2016 sit-in on gun control.

    Williams, an auto dealer, was accused of a conflict of interest in offering a 2015 amendment to a transportation bill that would have benefited auto dealers.

    The ethics panel said neither Lujan nor Williams violated House rules, but cautioned that both lawmakers acted in ways where mistakes are possible. The panel urged all House members to seek guidance from the ethics committee when in doubt.

    A spokesman for Lujan called the complaint politically motivated and without merit.

    The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a conservative-leaning watchdog group, filed a complaint last year alleging that Lujan and other Democrats violated ethics rules by using the House chamber to raise money for campaign purposes. Specifically, the group said Lujan and others sent campaign emails featuring photos of themselves during the June 2016 sit-in.

  • Senior softball falls in regional tournament

    Facing some of the toughest teams in the country, the Los Alamos County Little League Senior Softball team advanced to the semifinals of the regional championships this week. The team came just two wins short of a trip to the national championship tournament.

    Los Alamos County earned its berth in the regional tournament in Vidalia, Louisiana, after winning the New Mexico state championship two weeks ago. The team competed against teams from Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas and two teams from Texas.

    In the first game of the tournament, Los Alamos County showed they were a real threat, defeating the team from Aurora, Colorado 23-0.

    Pitcher Savana Luster proved to be the most valuable player of the game, throwing five scoreless innings, and giving up just three hits. She also struck out nine.

    The offense was clicking on all cylinders, collecting 21 hits throughout the game.

    The team scored 11 runs in the second inning, and another nine in the third inning. Katie Wilmer led Los Alamos County with four RBIs. Jade Tucker and Alicia Gonzales each added three.

    The team did not fare as well in the second game, falling to the host team from Vidalia, Louisiana 13-0.

  • Salmon aims to grow PGA LEAD program

    New Mexico State University’s golf management program is once again among the forerunners of the Professional Golfers Association of America training opportunities.

    Josh Salmon has joined the second 15-member cohort of the national PGA LEAD program.

    Salmon is a program specialist with the NMSU PGA Golf Management Program housed in the College of Business marketing department.

    The PGA of America established PGA LEAD to identify, mentor and progress PGA members from diverse backgrounds along a guided path to leadership roles in the association. The program also aids in developing individuals who desire to serve and make an impact on nonprofit boards within their communities.

    “I was surprised when PGA of America’s president Paul Levy called to tell me the news,” Salmon said. “It was January and I hadn’t heard anything since applying in November.”