Today's News

  • Accident on truck route; motorists asked to take Main Hill

    The Los Alamos Police Department and fire department are responding to a two-vehicle crash on the truck route near the LANSCE turn off.

    Travel is down to one lane each direction, according to county spokeswoman Julie Habiger. Commuters are asked to avoid the truck route tonight and be prepared for delays.

  • Small plane crashes near New Mexico airport, 4 aboard killed

    HATCH (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in the southern New Mexico community of Hatch and that all four people who were aboard died.

    Authorities said Monday that the cause of Sunday's crash of the single-engine plane about 300 yards (275 meters) from the airport in Hatch was not known and that the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

    New Mexico State police said the victims were from Texas.

    They were identified as 57-year-old Anthony Deramus, 33-year-old Christopher Howell, 41-year-old Kanequa Chancellor and 25-year-old Malcolm Watkins.

    Watkins lived in Waxahachie, Texas and the others were from El Paso.

  • Police Beat 11-5-17

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    Oct. 26
    5:03 a.m. – Police responded to a report of a death.

    11 a.m. – Police were called to Los Alamos High School on a report of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    5:56 p.m. – A report of a domestic violence in Los Alamos was referred to the District Attorney’s office. No charges were filed.

    Oct. 27
    1:50 p.m. – A report of possession of paraphernalia at the Los Alamos High School was referred to Teen Court.

    11:21 p.m. – An individual in Los Alamos was arrested on a municipal warrant from Sandoval county.

    Oct. 28
    2:58 p.m. – Someone reported finding a set of keys.

    Oct. 29
    11:46 p.m. – Police responded to a report of a battery in progress and referred it to the District Attorney’s office.

    Oct. 30
    1:45 p.m. – Police arrested an individual on a warrant after stopping them for speeding.

  • Bandelier reminds hikers to watch for burned trees

    Bandelier National Monument park officials are warning hikers to be alert for falling trees burned by past fires.
    The trees pose dangers to hikers and others enjoying the trails.

    In October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument’s backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water, officials said.  She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank.

    A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp crack overhead.

    The hiker looked up and sprang to the other side of the creek, just as a burned Ponderosa pine fell where she was sitting, crushing her backpack but narrowly missing her.  She came back shaken and scratched, but her swift realization of the situation and fast reaction kept her from serious injuries.

    That part of Bandelier, like many other areas in the Jemez Mountains, was heavily burned in the Las Conchas Fire in 2011.

    There are other burned areas throughout northern New Mexico, including those from the La Mesa Fire in 1977, Cerro Grande in 2000, Pacheco in 2011, Thompson Ridge in 2013, and many others.

    The burned areas pose dangers from falling trees, and the danger increases with the number of years since the trees were killed.

  • Entrada Business Park rezoned

    Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously Oct. 24 to rezone Entrada Business Park for mixed-use development, allowing for future houses if developers are interested in building there.

    The park was zoned for heavy industrial.  

    The decision drew debate. The decision was made in part to revitalize the park, and allow developers to build houses.
    Some councilors predicted trouble for the park if a developer decided to build houses, because the park is directly in the flight path of the Los Alamos County Airport.

    “My fear is houses next to the airport,” Councilor Maggiore said. “I find this to be one of those issues where a developer says this is not a problem, until they’re built, and then no one wants to live there.”

    Resident and council candidate Brady Burke told the council the zoning change could open the county up to lawsuits if houses are built.

  • NM 502 underpass to start in 2018

    The design phase for an underpass that will link Canyon Rim Trail to Entrada Drive and Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail is scheduled to start in early 2018, according to Los Alamos County Public Works officials.

    When completed, the underpass, which will go under NM 502, will accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists using the trail system.

    Entrada Drive is inside Entrada Business Park, which is home to the New Mexico Consortium, the Los Alamos Co-op, The Holiday Inn Express and other businesses.

    The project became a reality in April, when the Public Works Department secured a $2 million grant from the New Mexico Department of Transportation from the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program.

    The county kicked in another $340,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Desirae Lujan, an engineering project manager for Los Alamos County who helped write the grant, said it was the largest award from the TAP program in New Mexico for 2017.

    “Our award is so large, it’s crossing over into fiscal year 2020,” Lujan said at during a presentation before the Los Alamos County Transportation Board Thursday night.

    Lujan added that construction could begin on the project as early as spring 2019.

  • Latest Rudolfo Anaya children’s book: Lessons for literacy

    One of New Mexico’s most well-known authors has delved into fairy tale territory for his latest children’s book.
    It’s for a good cause.

    “Owl in a Straw Hat, El Tecolote Del Sombrero de Paja,” by Rudolfo Anaya was released in late September by Museum of New Mexico Press. A reading and book signing with the book’s illustrator, El Moises, is planned at Collected Works at 202 Galisteo Street, 11 a.m. Nov. 25.

    Anaya, who is best known for his 1972 bestseller “Bless Me Ultima,” wrote the story of “Owl in a Straw Hat,” to bring attention to the importance of literacy.

    Written in English and Spanish, with large, colorful illustrations from Moises, it tells the story of young Ollie Tecolote and his journey from ignorance to educated.

    The richness of northern New Mexico’s landscapes and down-to-earth sensibilities offer Ollie’s lessons on survival and success.

    With harsh lessons, Ollie comes to realize that instincts alone won’t help him if he wants to go far. He needs to know how to read.

    The book is filled with examples connecting landmarks, language and cultural knowledge.

  • Making connections

    If you ask Cheryl Miller how she knew Emily Piltch was from Los Alamos the first time the two women met as strangers at a national conference on food and agriculture recently, she’ll tell you there was an instant and special bond.

    “I felt a really strong connection,” said Miller.

    A few moments later, they discovered they shared a history of a “secret” town centered on Los Alamos National Laboratory, a town where education and achievement were strongly emphasized.

    The bond between those who grew up in Los Alamos in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s is a connection that the people who experience it see as rare, perhaps even unique.

    Rene Lovato Davis, a resident of Phoenix, who moved with her family to Los Alamos at the age of 6 in 1967, has brought her fascination of the town’s history to a Facebook page, called Los Alamos History Page; the Manhattan Project and Beyond.

    Hundreds have joined her, as well as the more personal Facebook page administered by another Los Alamos native, called Growing Up in Los Alamos (aka The Atomic Kids) with a membership of nearly 2,500.

    People on the pages share special memories and views, Davis said.

  • Police: Texas church attack stemmed from domestic situation

    By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press

    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who opened fire in a small Texas church, killing 26 people during Sunday services, had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack, which appeared to stem from a domestic situation, authorities said Monday.

    Investigators have concluded that the massacre was not racially or religiously motivated, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said.

    Based on evidence at the scene, they believe that Devin Patrick Kelley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he crashed his car. He had been chased by armed bystanders.

    The 26-year-old shooter also used his cellphone to tell his father that he had been shot and did not think he would survive, authorities said.

    Once the shooting started at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, there was probably "no way" for congregants to escape, Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. said.

    The gunman, dressed in black tactical gear, fired an assault rifle as he walked down the center aisle during worship services. He turned around and continued shooting on his way out of the building, Tackitt said.

  • Injuries reported in accident near Diamond Drive and Arkansas Avenue intersection

    The  driver of a  Volvo sedan Saturday was cited by police after he allegedly made an illegal left hand turn into the Giant convenience store and Shell gas station near the intersection of Diamond  Drive and Arkansas Avenue. The person was treated for injuries at the scene. The car the person hit was an Acura SUV. The occupants of Acura SUV were not injured. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Traffic was not adversely impacted by the accident.