Today's News

  • LANL Director Charles McMillan announces plans to retire at end of year

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan announced Tuesday his plans to retire at the end of year.

    McMillan informed LANL employees during an in-person, all-employee meeting, according to a release.

     “It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Director these past six years. Every day, I have been in awe of the people of this great Laboratory and what we have been able to contribute to this nation’s security,” McMillan told employees, according to the release.

    “Charlie McMillan has led Los Alamos National Laboratory with a rare combination of commitment, intelligence and hard work,” said Norm Pattiz, Chairman of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the management and operations contractor for the lab. “Because of his passion for the Lab, its missions and its people, he agreed to stay on as Director at the Board’s request, past his originally planned retirement date. We appreciate Charlie’s commitment and believe he has put this iconic institution in a strong position to continue serving the country for many years to come.” 

  • Police Beat 9-3-17

    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.

    Aug. 22
    9:40 a.m. — An individual reported two holes were drilled into the gas tank of a van near La Vista Church.

    9:45 a.m. — Police arrested two juveniles at LAHS. One individual was arrested for drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other individual was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

    11:09 a.m. — Brandon Garcia, 41, of Española was arrested on a two magistrate court bench warrants and also a district court warrant.

    Aug. 23
    9:16 a.m. — LAPD reported a mailbox which appeared to have been backed into.

    11:15 a.m. — Los Alamos Police investigated a report of larceny.

    1 p.m. — An individual was cited for an animal which displayed menacing behavior.

    Aug. 24
    10:08 a.m. — Garrett J. Eckhart, 36, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.

  • Hubble Discoveries at Planetarium

    Want to learn more about the Hubble Telescope and the Universe? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium for a presentation on one of NASA’s most ambitious experiments at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 . The full-dome planetarium film Exploding Universe will play at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17.

    On Sept. 15, the show will begin with a screening of NOVA: Invisible Universe Revealed, which will be followed by a talk by Dr. Rick Wallace. The film and presentation will share the astronomical significance of the Hubble Space Telescope findings, including cosmic expansion and supermassive black holes.

    Exploding Universe, showing at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17, uncovers cosmic events that shaped the Universe. This full-dome film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it. For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit peecnature.org/planetarium. For tickets, call 662-0460.

  • McD’s to give free breakfast to students, teachers

    McDonald’s will host a free breakfast event for all kindergarten through eighth-grade students and teachers (with I.D.) throughout New Mexico from 6-9 a.m. Wednesday, in partnership with Dairy MAX.

    The free breakfast will include an Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight McMuffin, apple slices and choice of 1percent milk or apple juice.

    The students must be accompanied by a parent/adult and child must be present. Teachers must present a school I.D. No group redemption allowed.

    Free breakfast is available while supplies last. No substitutions.

  • Community Calendar 9-3-17

    Charles Strickfaden will present “Partnership Parks in the 21st Century – Building a national park from nothing: Manhattan Project Historical Park (with a perspective by Valles Caldera National Preserve staff)” at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Strickfaden, the Los Alamos Site Manager, will enlighten attendees on some of the efforts required to initiate, design and develop a newly established unit of the National Park Service. Please join us at PEEC to ask questions and find out about volunteer opportunities with this growing park.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos will meet from noon-1 p.m. at the golf course. Everyone is welcome. The speaker will be Andrea Romero who will talk about ostrich farming.

    Kiwanis will meet from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. Kiwanis member Don Casperson, who attended this year’s Kiwanis International Convention in Paris, France, is scheduled to speak on his experiences there.
    Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd, in White Rock will have a Bag Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • On the Docket 9-3-17

    July 13
    Andrew Temple was fined $75 for speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Sven Vogel was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Daniel Kaleb was fined $25 for speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Juanes Maldonado was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    July 24
    Wei Wen pleaded no contest for failing to display a current and valid registration plate and for failing to appear in court. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $130 in court costs.

    Siri Darshan Khalsa was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Lawrence Salazar was fined $50 for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Mahavir Jain was fined $50 for following another vehicle too closely and must pay $65 in court costs.

  • Pet Talk: Understanding abuse can help abused animals live new life

    Though many of us find it hard to believe anyone would intentionally harm a pet, animal abuse is a shocking and tragic occurrence. Before welcoming a previously abused animal into your home, it is important to understand this abuse and how it can affect your pet.

    Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained animal abuse.

    “Animal cruelty can either be deliberate injury or abuse to an animal,” Eckman said. “It can also be neglecting to care for an animal by failing to provide food, shelter, or water.”

    Eckman added that abandonment, lack of veterinary care, malnutrition, and physical injuries all are considered abuse. Additionally, an animal is considered abused if it is living in an overcrowded environment or being used for animal fighting. In these cases, it may be appropriate to contact local animal control authorities so they can investigate and get an understanding of the abuse.

  • Pet of the Week: 9-3-17

    Meet Betty, the Los Alamos Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week.

    This lovable medium build Australian cattle dog has been at the LA Shelter since Aug. 26 and is looking for her forever home.

    This friendly girl is 3 and a half years old and appears to be house trained.

    Betty would make a great sister to current household pets as she gets along well with other dogs.

    Betty has experience walking on leashes and even knows some basic obedience.

    Betty is spayed, up to date on all vaccines and is available to be adopted today.

    For those interested in similar heeler type dogs, the shelter also has two other male heelers that are ready to be adopted.

    For more information on this beautiful girl, contact the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • Insurance rates reflect science

    Hurricanes, as we saw last week, are complex. Such events bring out only a few of the talking points, which leaves a good many pertinent factors still drifting in the dark.

    Think where we are today. Republicans and Democrats have settled into rejecting each other’s beliefs about sea rise from climate change. Further, the two parties cling to opposing views of big corporations. 

    Imagine if a big business were to change the conversation about sea rise. This outcome is not as crazy as it seems. Sea levels affect many interests. Average sea levels in the future will rise or not rise. Each possible trend results in a different amount of flooding near coastlines. Floods near the sea may get worse or stay the same.

    A flood means a streak of bad business hits a lot of people all at once. A flood also means a patch of strikingly good business comes in a rush. Bad business for homeowners, churches and shopkeepers is suddenly good business for builders and suppliers. In the middle are the insurers. 

    A place to watch for news is the future rates that insurers will charge for flood insurance on sea coasts. Commercial insurance companies will respond the way big insurers always have, by applying sound business principles.

  • Smith’s hit with another shoplifting incident

    Just two days after the shoplifting and crash incident that resulted in two arrests, Smith’s Marketplace suffered another shoplifting attempt.

    Around 4:43 p.m. on Sunday, Los Alamos Police Department Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias was contacted by the Smith’s Loss Prevention Officer, Melissa Chamberlain, regarding a female and two males who she suspected were trying to shoplift. She also reported that the same group had been in the store on Aug. 25, and apparently had taken some items.

    A female, who later identified herself as Maria Tafoya, was wearing a pink shirt and a male in a gray-and-black plaid shirt and cap was behind her.

    Chamberlain reportedly stopped Tafoya before she left with a grocery cart full of items. Tafoya had reportedly passed the checkout point and made no attempt to pay for the items.

    Salazar-Casias and Cpl. Boe were in the Smith’s parking lot when they reportedly saw a man and woman that matched Chamberlain’s description, so Salazar-Casias pulled up next to them and asked what was going on. Tafoya replied, “Nothing,” and denied taking any items from the store.