Today's News

  • University of Texas explores bid to manage nuclear lab

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — The University of Texas is among the educational and business institutions considering bids to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The university system's regents recently approved spending up to $4.5 million to prepare a bid to run the northern New Mexico facility.

    The birthplace of the atomic bomb and still one of the nation's premier nuclear research facilities, the lab has struggled in recent years with a string of safety lapses involving the handling of plutonium and radioactive waste.

    The current multibillion-dollar management contract expires in 2018. It was first announced in late 2015 that Los Alamos National Security LLC would be losing the contract since it failed to earn high performance reviews.

    Los Alamos National Security's partners include the University of California and Bechtel National Inc. Both entities have expressed interest in bidding for the new contract.

  • Atomic City Update: High school football avoids controversy, unites communities

    As the NFL and college sports erupt in controversy and politicization, I am grateful that we still have high school football to remind us what the game is supposed to be all about.

    Right now, the NFL is dealing with the backlash and effects of many of its players kneeling during the national anthem, or deciding to stay in their locker rooms until the anthem is over.

    College athletics were rocked this week when the results of an FBI investigation revealed that players were being paid outlandish amounts of money to come to universities affiliated with Adidas brand apparel.

    That investigation has led to the arrest of four assistant coaches, and the dismissal of Rick Pitino, the highly successful basketball coach at the University of Louisville. The investigation could lead to the dismissal of more coaches, in both football and basketball.

    Luckily, the drama that has hit higher levels of sports has avoided the high school level to this point.

    Nothing has changed in Los Alamos. The players and crowd stand and face the flag in the middle of the field for the playing of the anthem before each game.

    Players at this level play because they love the game, not because they’re on a scholarship or because they’re being paid for their talents.

  • LAHS boy's golf finishes second in tough field at Grants

    In the second tournament of the year, the Los Alamos High School boy’s golf team showed great progress, finishing in second place at the Grants High School Invitational.

    The tournament featured a matchup of three of the top teams in the state: Los Alamos, Cleveland and Piedra Vista.

    LAHS finished with a score of 306, finishing two shots ahead of Cleveland and 17 shots behind Piedra Vista, which finished with a team score of 289.

    “I have not seen a score like 289 in my time coaching in New Mexico,” said Los Alamos head coach Andy Ainsworth. “Hats off to the Piedra Vista team for putting together a fantastic round of golf.”

    Overall, Ainsworth said that his team was “much improved” in the second tournament of the year, especially considering the challenging conditions at the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course.

    The top competitor for Los Alamos was Henry Poston, who shot a 72, finishing just one stroke above par. Ainsworth said that Poston had a “great round in the wind.”

    All of the Hilltoppers shot well in the event. Logan Bishop shot a 76. Jacob Benelli shot a 77. Brandan Duran shot a 78. Sean Rau shot an 81. Davis Johnson shot an 86.

    “It was a great competition for our kids,” Ainsworth said.

  • LAHS girl's golf impresses in first win of season

    The Los Alamos High School girl’s golf team took a big step forward in its second tournament of the year, winning the Coyote Invitational by four strokes over Cleveland High School with a score of 387.

    In addition to finishing in first at the tournament, the team also earned its first team leg for state qualifying, setting them up nicely moving forward.

    “It was nice to get that first team leg toward the state tournament,” coach Tim Hammock said. “It’s very beneficial to get rid of that goose egg and give the girls some confidence going into these next two tournaments in Albuquerque.”

    The Hilltoppers’ top finisher was Jessica Osden, who shot an 84, which was good for second place overall. The top individual in the tournament was Lexi Gutierrez from Cleveland High School, who shot a 78.

    The other Hilltopper golfers had impressive scores as well. Leah Mountain shot a 91, which was good for fifth place overall. Muira Mowrer shot a 103. Kat Mowrer shot a 109. Sydney Allen shot a 114.

    "I was very proud of the way Kat and Sydney performed during their first road tournament,” Hammock said. “With the added pressure of a first road tourney and having to play a course we have not seen before, they both played gutsy rounds.”

  • LAPS board to consider undocumented immigrant protocol resolution Tuesday

    School officials would be instructed to not keep copies of birth records or other data that may indicate students are from another country – here with a visa or undocumented – according to a resolution to be considered Tuesday by the Los Alamos School Board.

    School staff, teachers, administrators and third-party contractors also would be expected to not report any students who are undocumented to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, according to the proposed resolution.

    The board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at its Board Room in the school district’s administrative offices at 2075 Trinity Drive.

    The board also will consider increased cost estimates based on design and site planning for the renovation of Barranca Elementary. Estimates for renovation at the high school’s field buildings will also be considered.

    Also on tap is a preliminary discussion on changing start times at the high school and middle school to help students get more sleep. The discussion is expected to include several days of meetings with parents, students, staff and teachers. Release of public information, including a research document from the public policy group New Mexico First, begins on Tuesday.

  • Road striping starts Wednesday

     Los Alamos County’s Traffic and Streets Division, along with San Bar Construction, will be striping roadways throughout the county beginning Wednesday.

    Striping work will start on Diamond Drive and proceed to side streets, according to a release sent Monday by San Bar Construction.

    Work is not scheduled to take place during morning or evening commutes.

    According to San Bar, the work should be completed by Friday, barring inclement weather.

    San Bar asks motorists to be careful around the striping activity and to follow all traffic control signs and cones, as well as to avoid driving on freshly-painted lines.

  • Trump administration to terminate Obama's climate plan

    By ADAM BEAM and MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

    "The war on coal is over," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declared in the coal mining state of Kentucky. He said no federal agency "should ever use its authority" to "declare war on any sector of our economy."

    For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt was among about two-dozen attorney generals who sued to stop President Barack Obama's push to limit carbon emissions.

    Closely tied to the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that man-man emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change.

    President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation's struggling coal mines.

  • Jail Report 10-1-17

    Detained at the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center Sept. 20 through Sept. 26, 2017.

    Gerald Espinoza, 35, of Española was arrested on a magistrate warrant and then released Sept. 20 on a $500 bond from the Los Alamos County Detention Center.

    Robert W. Abeyta, 32, of Ohkay Owingeh, was arrested on a charge of driving while his license was suspended or revoked and then released Sept. 22.

    Michael Anthony Duran, 30, of Española, was arrested Sept. 22, on two magistrate bench warrants. He was later released from the detention center on bond amounts of $500 for each warrant.

    Christopher Lee Martinez, 19, Tierra Amarilla, was arrested on Sept. 22 on a charge of disorderly conduct including profane, loud and boisterous behavior, and a charge of criminal damage to property in the amount of greater than $1,000. The arrest occurred on State Road 531. Martinez was later released from jail.

  • Police Beat 10-1-17

    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.

    Sept. 13
    9:13 a.m. – LAPD took a report of a possible stolen purse.
    1 p.m. – LAPD Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious package at Omega Bridge.
    7 p.m. LAPD cited a dog owner alleging the person’s dog had bitten someone. The dog was quarantined at the shelter.
    Sept. 14
    Noon – LAPD was called to take a report of someone carrying a knife on school premises at Los Alamos High School. The case was referred to JPPO.
    3:19 a.m. – An employee at Pajarito Brew Pub reported that their bicycle had been stolen from outside the business.
    4:28 p.m. – LAPD found a pipe near a school in regards to providing more information in a case.
    11:19 p.m. – LAPD were called to a home in White Rock in regards to a report of domestic violence. No charges were filed.
    Midnight – LAPD cited someone for a dog bite.
    Sept. 15
    7:11 p.m. – LAPD arrested someone on a charge of driving under the influence.

  • Cybersecurity training academy offered to veterans in Colorado

    Veterans have a chance to enter a cybersecurity training academy in Colorado Springs later this fall.
    If accepted, the program is free to them.

    The SANS Institute VetSuccess Immersion Academy is offering applications to its program in collaboration with a sponsorship from the Daniels Fund and USO Colorado Springs.

    However, the deadline for application is rapidly approaching. The deadline is Oct. 10.

    SANS, which has provided cybersecurity training for employees of several governmental and private entities, opened its academy for veterans in 2015, initially providing training for about 30 individuals, said Max Shuftan of SANS.

    In 2016, the number doubled, and in 2017 more than 80 entered the program, he said.

    The idea behind the academy is to find people with an “attitude to succeed,” Shuftan said.

    Those interested in applying for the program should keep in mind that the deadline for application is Oct. 10.

    Following review, those accepted will begin Nov. 6 in Colorado Springs. While much of the training is online, about six days of the three- to four-month training is in Colorado Springs.

    Helping veterans find an entry point to an in-demand career with some salaries at $80,000, is an important aspect of the program, said Shuftan.