Today's News

  • Next round of comp plan meetings to start

    Public outreach for the update of Los Alamos County’s comprehensive plan entered round two, with a random sample survey mailed to 3,000 households in mid-May. Public meetings for this phase begin next week.
    Community Development Department Principal Planner Tamara Baer reported at the June 2 Transportation Board meeting that more than 500 surveys had been returned. The survey closed June 3.
    Architectural Resources Consultants (ARC), the firm hired to conduct public outreach, has scheduled three meetings for this round, each with a specific focus. All are from 6–8 p.m.
    The June 15 meeting – held in room 230 at UML-LA – will focus on neighborhoods, density and growth.
    Downtown, redevelopment and economic vitality will be the topic on June 22 at Fuller Lodge.
    The June 29 meeting at White Rock Fire Station No. 3 will look at open space, trails and circulation.
    The primary purpose of the comprehensive plan is to guide the physical planning of the county for the next 20 years.

  • County to update emergency plan

    The county will release an updated, first-draft version of its “All-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan” in August.
    Residents will have an opportunity to comment on and add input to the plan. The emergency plan is what all county agencies, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, county businesses and charitable organizations refer to in times of a natural disaster.
    It covers the assembly, mobilization and coordination of an emergency response to a whole range of natural disasters, including wildfires, floods, earthquakes, incidents at LANL and any other type of disaster that may have a wide impact on the population of Los Alamos. Snowstorms are covered in the plan.
    Emergency Management Manager Beverley Simpson said they are looking to rewrite major parts of the plan, which hasn’t been updated since 2006.
    The first draft of the plan should be completed and available for review and comment by mid-August, Simpson said.
    If you’re prepared for an emergency, then the reaction to the event will be much better,” Simpson said. “It’s about preparedness, so we can respond and recover in a timely manner, making our community more resilient.”
    When the first draft of the plan posted on the website, everyone is free to comment on it as well as add their input. She said.

  • ‘Secret City’ app released

    IPhone users can now walk back in time to experience what life might have been like during the Manhattan Project era in Los Alamos.
    The Los Alamos National Laboratory has created “Los Alamos: The Secret City of The Manhattan Project,” an interactive app now available for download, that takes users through a virtual experience of the creation of the first atomic bomb.
    Not only can users see historic sites as they once were more than 60 years ago, but they can also walk through secure areas that are off-limits to the public.
    The app takes “visitors” on an immersive tour of the LANL, during the dawn of the nuclear era, starting with a meet up in Santa Fe at the lab’s Santa Fe office at 109 East Palace Avenue.
    When app users are handed their clearance papers, they are taken on a historic tour of the original sites and buildings key to the development of the first atomic bomb.
    The virtual visitors then get to meet more people that were key to its development. Along the way, users collect important “documents” and accomplish goals that will give them deeper access to lab facilities by upgrading their security clearance.
    The tour ends in southern New Mexico with the famous Trinity Test.

  • Record turnout for Tuesday’s election

    This year’s primary election saw record turnout.
    A total of 2,253 citizens voted early – up from 1,260 in 2012. The total number of votes cast was 4,500.
    In 2012, early voting and absentee ballots totaled 1,260.  Election day turnout was 1,913. The total number of votes cast were 3,173.
    Primary elections have historically low turnout. Those who show up are generally the most committed voters.
    The Los Alamos Monitor asked some of those citizens what brought them out. For most of them, it was civic duty.
    “I always come out to vote. I feel it’s our earned right, so I always come out to vote,” Yvonne Gonzales said.
    “I always vote,” Sally Sibbitt said. “My parents taught me it was my duty as a citizen, so I always try to.”
    A voter who asked not to be identified said, “I think it’s our obligation as citizens. I’m surprised that people don’t come out to vote. I’ve been in India where they have voter turnout of 85 percent, 90 percent. They really take voting seriously.”

  • Donald Trump wins New Mexico Republican primary

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Donald Trump won the Republican primary for New Mexico in the final round of state primaries on Tuesday.

    Trump shared the ballot with five other GOP presidential contenders who never removed their names after they suspended campaigning or dropped out of the race.

    New Mexico's twenty-four GOP delegates are awarded on a proportional basis to candidates with at least 15 percent of votes.

    Trump has vowed to wage a competitive general election race in New Mexico, where registered Democrats far outnumber Republicans. Trump used a visit to Albuquerque in May to drum up support for his campaign and to criticize Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who has withheld her endorsement.

    Lines were short but steady across the state as Democratic primary voters also weighed presidential contenders, a day after Hillary Clinton secured delegate commitments to become the presumptive nominee.

    Helping Clinton cross the national delegate threshold were commitments from seven of New Mexico's nine superdelegates, the party leaders who can pick the candidate of their choice at the Democratic National Convention. Two remained uncommitted with another 34 pledged delegates at stake in Tuesday's vote.

  • Some legislative seats up for grabs in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The entire Legislature is up for election in November, and primary voters on Tuesday are picking nominees who will determine which party controls New Mexico's House of Representative and Senate.

    As few as three legislative seats could change the balance of power in each chamber and shape the fate of conservative policy initiatives from Martinez in the closing two years of her administration.

    Republicans currently control the House, 37-33, and Democrats control the Senate, 24-18.

    There are 14 contested primaries in the House and nine in the Senate.

    Nine incumbent Democrats — five in the House and four in the Senate — are facing primary challenges. Among them is John Sapien, the only incumbent confronting competition in both the primary and general election for a Senate district that stretches north from Albuquerque to Placitas and Rio Rancho.

  • Lines short but steady in New Mexico presidential primary

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Lines were short but steady across New Mexico as primary voters weighed in Tuesday on presidential contenders a day after Hillary Clinton secured delegate commitments to become the presumptive Democratic nominee.

    Helping Clinton cross the national delegate threshold were commitments from seven of New Mexico's nine superdelegates, the party leaders who can pick the candidate of their choice at the Democratic National Convention. Two remained uncommitted with another 34 pledged delegates at stake in Tuesday's vote.

    The balloting was expected to hinge on the state's diverse demographics and voter turnout in communities stretching from the border with Mexico to the Navajo Nation.

    Tens of thousands of voters turned out to polling locations in New Mexico's most populous county on Tuesday, and officials expected the numbers to surpass those from the 2012 presidential primary.

    Albuquerque resident Caroline Stewart, a 26-year-old law clerk, voted for Clinton.

    "Even if she does have enough pledged delegates, I felt it was my civic duty to come out and vote," she said.

  • Mistrial declared in case of deputy who shot co-worker

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the murder case of a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy in 2014.

    Jurors began deliberations Monday afternoon and told a Las Cruces judge that they couldn't reach a decision in the Tai Chan case after nearly 14 hours of deliberations.

    The jury reportedly was undecided between charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter and could not reach a consensus.

    The judge said none of the jurors was willing to budge on their decisions even if given more time.

    "All jurors agreed to convict Tai Chan but could not agree to which degree of criminal homicide," Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio said. "We plan on retrying the case as soon as the court can set a date and will continue to pursue the best result for Jeremy Martin and his family."

    Chan had been charged with first-degree murder in Martin's death.

    The two deputies had dropped off prisoners in Arizona and were staying the night at a Las Cruces hotel in October 2014 when shots were fired, killing Martin.

    Prosecutors said Chan deliberately shot multiple times at Martin as the unarmed victim tried to escape down a hotel hallway.

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  • AG, Secretary of State to send staff to polling locations

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico Secretary of State and the state's Attorney General's Office will provide additional staff at polling locations for the state's primary.

    Secretary of State Brad Winter and Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday the extra staff will work to ensure proper conduct at polling locations around the state.

    The Attorney General's Office, however, will be dispatching "special agents" to monitor polling locations.

    Under state law, the Secretary of State can ask the Attorney General's Office to assign investigators and lawyers to polling sites.

    The move comes after the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week the department would not send monitors to polling locations in New Mexico.

    The state's primary is Tuesday.