Today's News

  • County to hold meeting on water supply plan Tuesday

    When the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities proposed drilling a well in White Rock in 2013 in order to utilize the county’s 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment, the community went into an uproar.
    Residents near the three proposed well sites feared adverse impacts during construction and on their property values afterwards. Open space proponents argued against placing the well on public land near the canyon rim and popular hiking trails.
    In June of 2013, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) decided to delay digging a test well while they studied the issues. A year later, the board voted to postpone any action until after the 10-year update of the county’s Long-Range Water Supply Plan in 2016.
    Contractor Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. has just completed a draft of that updated plan. The good news for well opponents is that based on the consultant’s findings, there is no immediate need to secure the San Juan-Chama allotment. But Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco warns that the situation could change in the future.
    The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer requires every water supplier to develop a 40-year Long-Range Water Supply Plan.

  • Board to consider options in baseball facility

    The Los Alamos School Board will meet with the builders of the new commercial baseball facility at the middle school, expected to be finished by March, to find ways to partner with the organization to help local athletes.
    The school district is looking into signing a lease agreement with the Los Alamos Baseball Academy, owned by local developer and Zia Realty owner James Chrobocinski. Chrobocinski wants to build an indoor baseball training facility on the corner of the athletic fields at the campus of Los Alamos Middle School on North Mesa Road.
    When the school board meets with Chrobocinski Monday, the board hopes to negotiate a usage agreement with Baseball Academy over access for its students to use the facility before approving the lease.
    The agreement includes a 10-year lease with three,10-year renewal options. The 1.18-acre parcel of land will be leased at an annual price of $11,340, or $945 per month.

  • Vaping industry meets resistance in Congress

    Rio Grande Foundation

  • The VA health care lesson

    Coffee on a Cold Morning

  • Police Beat 11-11-16

    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.

    Oct. 26
    8:59 a.m. — Police reported that a 51-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of identity theft.

    2:36 p.m. — Police reported that a 79-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of battery at Bathtub Row.

    Oct. 27
    1:47 a.m. — Kyle Hill, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Urban Street.

    7:46 a.m. — James Fallon, 53, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (more than eight ounces) in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    7:46 a.m. — Mark Fallon, 58, of Arroyo Hondo was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    11:59 a.m. — Maria Mendoza-Arroyo, 32, of Española was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at Trinity Drive.  

    Oct. 28

  • On the Docket

    Oct. 26
    James R. Liberty was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to wear seat belts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kristian Martinez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $ 65 in court costs.

    Jerome T. Valdez​ ​​was​ ​found​ ​guilty​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​of​ ​traffic​ ​stop​ ​of​ ​speeding​ ​six​ ​to​ ​10​ ​miles​ ​an​ ​hour
    over​ ​the​ ​speed​ ​limit.​ ​Defendant​ ​was​ ​fined​ ​$50​ ​and​ ​must​ ​also​ ​pay​ ​$​65​ ​in​ ​court​ ​costs.

    Janice Carroll was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 21 to 25 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Oct. 27
    Karen C. Rau was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs

    Christian L. Chavez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • New Mexico VA sets up transportation network

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System are looking to a fleet of five new vans to ease the transportation challenges of veterans around the state.
    The VA unveiled the vans Wednesday in Albuquerque. They’re supplementing an existing transportation network that operates with the help of volunteers with Disabled American Veterans and other organizations.
    The new program is run by VA staff. Officials say the VA drivers made 88 trips for veterans in the program’s first full month of operations.

  • Gourd dance, ceremonies to honor NM veterans

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Veterans Day ceremonies are planned around New Mexico, including an hours-long traditional gourd dance to recognize Native American veterans in Albuquerque.
    The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center says multiple tribes will participate in Friday’s commemoration. A panel discussion is also planned.
    At the University of New Mexico, the name of Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock will be added to the Memorial Wall. McClintock, who attended the university, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan.
    On Thursday afternoon, the unclaimed cremated remains of 22 veterans were laid to rest at a special Forgotten Heroes Funeral at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

  • October is warmest in recorded history

    Meteorologist, LANL

  • Park seeks help to catch elk poacher

    Bandelier Park officials are asking for the public’s help in catching a poacher that killed an elk within the park’s boundaries earlier this week.
    Officials found the carcass Tuesday along N.M. 4, west of the Sandoval and Los Alamos County line, between mile markers 45 and 46 on the north side of the road.
    From what they found at the scene, officials think the elk was killed between 5:30 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday.
    Officials are asking that if drivers or hikers saw any suspicious activity drivers, that they report it to Bandelier Law Enforcement at 672-3861, ext. 401 or 403.
    The National Park Service is offering a reward of $3,000 for any information that leads to an arrest and prosecution of those involved in the crime.
    Those arrested and convicted of the crime could face up to six months in jail and a maximum $5,000 fine.
    Bandelier National Monument Chief Ranger Dennis Milligan said the park experiences at least one poaching every year.