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Today's News

  • Johnson named new NNSA security chief

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that Jeffrey Johnson has been named the Chief of Defense Nuclear Security and Associate Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security effective Tuesday.
    In this role, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of security programs for the NNSA.
    “Jeffrey brings a wealth of experience to NNSA and is eminently qualified to take on the challenges of his new position,” said DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz. “I am pleased he will serve our nation in this new role, and I am confident that he will use his expertise to ensure that the security is maintained at all NNSA facilities.”
    Johnson has an extensive security background from his time on active duty and as a civilian Marine, including the protection of nuclear weapons, Navy nuclear propulsion, and other high value assets. Previously he was head of U.S. Marine Corps Civilian Law Enforcement where he was responsible for all aspects of installation policing and security.
    Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminology from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in security and safety leadership from George Washington University.  

  • UNM-LA unveils writing class

    If facing a blank computer screen at work or in the classroom causes you stress, UNM-LA has scheduled a course to erase writing fears and polish skills.
    The late-starting, three-credit course, English 220, begins on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
    Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:30 p.m. in UNM-LA Building 2, Room 220.
    UNM-LA English 220 instructor Betty Katz has faced many blank screens and demanding deadlines herself as a writer and editor for several national and international publications. She is enthusiastic about sharing her writing techniques with students and welcomes course participants from LANL or any other workgroup.
    Katz said, “Recently I came across a quotation from The National Commission on Writing. Their words focus on the importance of good writing in the 21st century workplace.” The commission notes, “Good writing is taken as a given in today’s professional work. Writing is a threshold skill for salaried employment and promotion.”
    The ENGL 220 course will help students polish their writing skills for the workplace as well as for the classroom.
    Katz said the ENGL 220 course will help students keep their writing clear and effective for readers.
    To register for ENGL 220, contact UNM-LA Student Services at 662-0332. 

  • State Briefs 09-24-14

    Jogger: Motorist almost
    hit indicted sheriff

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A witness says a fleeing motorist appeared to almost hit with his car a northern New Mexico sheriff later indicted for roughing up the driver.
    Mark Thompson told jurors Tuesday that he thought 26-year-old Michael Tafoya nearly struck Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella in a dead end of a county road after Tafoya’s vehicle got caught up on a pole.
    Rodella is standing trial for federal charges of deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Rodella injured Tafoya following an alleged road rage chase in March.
    Thompson, who was jogging near the encounter, said he didn’t see everything when the sheriff and his son wrestled with Tafoya.
    Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputies also testified it was unusual for a law enforcement officer, in his private vehicle, to pursue another car.

    Lawsuit: NM inmate
    not allowed to worship Satan

  • Update 09-24-14

    Health Fair

    Los Alamos Health Fair. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos High School Gym. Check out the special section in today’s “Los Alamos Monitor.”

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Additional parking available at the Justice Center.

    Golf tourney

    Tee it Up For the Future! 1 p.m. shotgun start Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Funds raised will go to a scholarship fund that will be distributed among local students. Organized by the Knights of Columbus. Registration information at Los Alamos Golf Course or go to kofc.ihmcc.org/2014_KofC_Golf_Registration.pdf.

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Pet adoption

    From 6-8 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge, the Los Alamos Study Group will host a public discussion about the future of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s three big labs: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia. 

  • LAHS students rack up AP scholar awards

    Eighty-one students at Los Alamos High School have earned AP scholar Awards in recognition of their achievement on AP Exams.
    The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides students with the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.
    About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
    The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
    At Los Alamos High School, 10 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
    These students are Daniel Ahrens, George Barnum, Alexandra Berl, Sudeep Dasari, Matthew Davenport, Colin Hemez, Ju Hyun Lee, Alexander Swart, Lauren Tencate and Alexandr Wang.

  • Opera on the Rocks

    Park superintendent Jason Lott welcomes a crowd Saturday night to the annual Opera on the Rocks performance at Bandelier National Monument. The opera “Don Giovanni” was performed at the Juniper Campground. Hosts of the event were the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.

  • Hearing postponed for neighbor who pulled shotgun

    Citing a conflict of interest, a court-appointed defense attorney Michael Jones told Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados he could not represent his client, Darren Martinez.
    “I actually represented one of the witnesses,” Jones said to Casados.
    Martinez also noted this, saying this was the second time this has happened to him since his arrest 10 months ago. Jones told Casados he will meet with someone in the public defender’s office to see what he can do. Casados then rescheduled Martinez’ hearing until Oct. 16.
    Martinez was there for his preliminary hearing, to see if there was enough evidence against him to proceed with prosecution.
    Martinez was arrested Dec. 10 2013 for allegedly threatening a neighbor with a 12-gauge shotgun, according to court documents.
    According to witnesses in a court document on the incident, Martinez was “unsure” about his girlfriend’s fidelity. His first confrontation over this was with a 13-year-old boy who was also his neighbor.
    According to the boy, Martinez told him he didn’t want him talking to his girlfriend because “you don’t want something (sic) stupid (stuff) to happen, right.” After the confrontation, the boy told his mother, who then confronted Martinez’ girlfriend and her mother over the remark.

  • Sex assault case set for December

     Recently, the defense for Carlos Martinez, a Los Alamos man accused of committing three counts of criminal third-degree sexual penetration and one count of first-degree kidnapping, entered a motion to block the testimony of several state witnesses.
    The defense also entered a motion to allow questions exploring the alleged victim’s mental health and past sexual assault allegations.
    Scott Riedel, Martinez’ defense attorney, said some of the testimony of the witnesses for the state was based on hearsay.
    According to Riedel, one of the witnesses that’s testifying for the state used the words “psychotic,” “bizarre,” “dangerous,” “aggressive” and “threatening,” to describe Martinez during a police interview.
    “He also referred to statements allegedly made by Mr. Carlos Martinez that he in fact had threatened (the witness) with deportation, or some other sort of injury, but not bodily, but some sort of personal injury, if she ratted Martinez out about what allegedly happened,” Riedel said to the judge.

  • Be There 09-24-14

     Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Los Alamos High School Olions present “Melodrama.” 7 p.m. preview. Tickets for this show will be two for one. $5 for everyone in the LAHS Blackbox.  

  • Olions perform first 'Melodrama' this weekend

    Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club is gearing up for their first melodrama, “Melodrama,” which begins with a preview, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Black Box Theater. The melodrama, which was written by the cast and is directed by Rosemary Vigil, tells the story of an evil villain who comes to town to put all the local enterprises out of business.
    Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday (preview), 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for all shows except the preview, which is two tickets for $5. The Black Box Theater is located on the lower level of the main high school building. Signs will be posted from the parking lot. Cast from left, Eben Bold, Mateo Cardiel, Sarah Russell. Lauren Partin, Josh Vigil and Donald Poston.