Today's News

  • LAYL in need of student volunteers for next school year

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership is seeking volunteers for the next school year.
    Students who sign up will have to commit to the program and projects for the next year.
    LAYL Director Susan Odegard-Fellows said she is hoping for at least 30 students for this year’s program. “The program is in need of high school students who want to make the community a better place.”
    Students at Los Alamos High School have been part of the program, some for many years. Nick Gonzales, an incoming junior is coming up on his third year being involved. He decided to join during his first year of high school because his mother was one of the adult leaders at the time. “I had been in scouts for a long time and thought it would be a fun leadership experience,” Gonzales said.
    The Legacy project he worked on is his favorite contribution to the program so far. It was his idea to install air hand dryer units in the high school gymnasium.
    Gonzales worked through every aspects of the process, from working with the distributor of the product to electrical aspects. He also had to work with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) to get funding for the project.
    A Legacy Project stays with the community for years to come and for the public to enjoy now and in the future.

  • Pet Talk: Protecting furry friends from killer bees

    Many of us remember our first experience with bees, and it’s usually not positive.
    You may have been the curious kid who got a little too close to the beehive, or you may have been the innocent victim who was stung completely by surprise.
    No matter the situation, the afternoon was spent running and screaming into the house looking for help.
    Although we know better, our pets may think the humming and buzzing of a bee nest sounds like a good time. Before Fido sniffs too close to a dangerous hive, here are the facts you need to know about protecting your pet from killer bees.
    Africanized honeybees, or so called “killer bees,” arrived in the United States during the 1990s. They appear no different than the common European honeybee and can only be told apart by an expert.
    Although the nickname suggests a fatal sting, killer bees are no more harmful than the common honeybee. Killer bees gained their nickname from the aggressive way they defend their nests.
    The more hostile bees readily protecting the nest, the more likely a person or pet is to be stung multiple times.
    Even though it is common for people to have an allergic or even deadly reaction to a bee sting, dogs are not as susceptible to these harmful responses.

  • Solar’s growth due to subsidies

    If you live in the United States, vote, pay taxes and get your electricity from a utility company, you’ve helped the solar power industry through a variety of tax and regulatory policies — voted in by politicians you elected — that favor it over other lower-cost forms of electricity generation.
    When you read headlines such as CNBC’s touting “Solar power’s stunning growth,” realize that it’s thanks to you — even if you’ve never even thought of putting solar panels on your roof or live in an apartment where you couldn’t install them if you wanted to.
    Hoping to benefit from the “stunning growth,” Sunrun Inc., on June 25, filed its initial public offering. Wall Street Journal summarizes, “Sunrun installs solar panels on residential homes either for no upfront cost or at low cost. Sunrun owns the solar panels and receives monthly payments from homeowners for the power generated by the panels. It also receives government tax incentives to cover its costs.”
    Reading through the 234 pages of fine print in Sunrun’s form S-1, it becomes clear that growth comes from government policies.

  • Sports Briefs 7-19-15

    Alex Kirk camp
    The Alex Kirk Basketball Camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Los Alamos High School.
    The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-18.
    The first session is for kids 8-12 years old and will run from 1-3 p.m.
    The second session will be for older kids, 13-18 years old, and will run from 3-5 p.m.
    All campers will recieve a T-shirt, basketball and water bottle.
    The price is $75 per camper.
    For more information, call 207-5325 or 699-9025.

  • LA Little League teams fall Friday in state games

    Two Los Alamos County Little League teams started their state tournaments Friday night. Both teams, however, lost in the first round.
    The 10-11 year-old softball All-Stars lost to Deming, 9-7, in Santa Fe.
    The 10-11 baseball All-Stars fell to Carlsbad, 9-5, in Carlsbad.
    In the softball game, Deming started its ace in the game while Los Alamos saved the arm of its fastest pitcher.
    A few Los Alamos errors also helped Deming score.
    Deming led early on.
    Los Alamos came back and took the lead.
    Deming, however, grabbed the lead late and held onto it the rest of the game.
    Los Alamos manager Donny Ellsworth was optimistic his team could still make some noise at state.
    “We can field just as well as they can and we can hit just as well as they can,” Ellsworth said.
    After the win, Deming took on Las Vegas Little League. Los Alamos will play the loser of that game today in an elimination game.
    “We’ll bring in our fast pitcher on Sunday and see if they can stay with her,” Ellsworth said.
    Errors also hurt Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball team against Carlsbad.
    “Personally I think we’re a better baseball team, but when you make errors, things happen,” manager Dave Swavely said.
    Los Alamos took a 2-0 lead early in the game.

  • Kirk wraps up summer leagues

    The NBA Las Vegas Summer League has yet to crown its champion, but Alex Kirk won’t be on a second championship team this summer.
    Kirk and the New York Knicks played their final game in Las Vegas Friday night, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 83-76 in a consolation game.
    The Golden State Warriors knocked the Knicks out of the championship tournament, 76-54, in the round of 16.
    Kirk and Knicks, however, were able to finish strong against the Bucks. In 18 minutes on the court, Kirk had his second double-digit scoring performance for New York. Kirk made five field goals to score 10 points. With the Knicks trailing 47-42, Kirk finished and 3-on-2 fast break with a slam dunk to pump up his teammates.
    He also grabbed four rebounds in the game.
    Against Golden State, however, the Knicks only led once in the game and lost by 22.
    Kirk played 15 minutes and 4 seconds in the game. He snagged five rebounds, but missed all four of his field goal attempts. He finished with one point and two turnovers.
    To set up that matchup, the No. 12 seeded Warriors beat the No. 21 seeded Sacramento Kings in the first round of the tournament, 83-67, while the Knicks earned the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye.
    After the loss, the Knicks took on the Bucks.

  • Cone Zone 7-19-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.
    This information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

    • Roadway and utility work continues on 43rd Street and 44th Street, which includes water line tie ends and concrete work. Roads mentioned above will be closed except for local residents and emergency vehicles.
    • Sidewalks from cul-de-sacs, including 43rd and 44th Streets are under construction. The county suggests pedestrians use other routes into park. Pathway from 43rd Street to Ridgeway will be under construction.
    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements:

  • Police Beat 7-17-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or 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.

    July 9

    4:04 p.m. — A 43-year-old woman from Española reported to police she was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2,500) at Trinity Drive.

    July 10

    9:27 a.m. — A 67-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of fraud (more than $25, less than $2,500) at Cheryl Avenue.

    7:05 p.m. — A 70-year old man from Los Alamos reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (more than $1,000) at Oppenheimer Drive.

    7:55 p.m. — Ismail Bilgin, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction (misdemeanor) at Airport Road.

    July 11

    8:30 a.m. — A 56-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal damage to property (more than $1,000) on Loma Del Escolar Road.

    8:45 a.m. — A 31-year-old man reported to police he was the victim of larceny (less than $250) at Sherwood Boulevard.

  • Police need help in shoplifting case

    Los Alamos Police Department officers are asking for help in the investigation of an alleged shoplifting case.
    LAPD released photos of two possible suspects in the incident, who were found on surveillance video at the store.
    There is a reward of $200 for information on the identity of the two young males spotted on the video, LAPD said in a press release.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact Cmdr. Oliver Morris at 662-8281 or Los Alamos Crimestoppers at 662-8282.

  • Man ID'd by LAPD in traffic incident

    Los Alamos police have identified the man whom they believe may have been the culprit in a traffic incident where it was reported a vehicle was driving on Main Hill Road in the wrong direction Thursday.
    Marcos Ortiz, 44, of Santa Fe, was the driver identified by Los Alamos police. According to LAPD, Santa Fe County’s sheriff’s office is investigating the incident as well, concerning parts of the alleged incident that occurred in Santa Fe County.
    According to the LAPD, a vehicle was traveling down the wrong lane down the Main Hill. Initially, the vehicle was observed by LAPD Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez traveling westbound in the eastbound lane.
    Police received a report that a pedestrian was struck just inside county lines. During the alleged incident, three other vehicles were reported to have either been struck or had crashed as a result of trying to avoid the vehicle headed in the wrong direction.
    Ortiz was charged with numerous counts related to the incident. Among those were reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated DWI, having an open container in a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, as well as other violations.