Today's News

  • Police search for dogs that killed smaller dog in LA

    The Los Alamos Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two dogs that attacked and killed a smaller dog at a home on Acoma Lane Wednesday.

    The attack happened at 12:15 p.m., according to a witness.

    “…A witness observed (two) large dogs, one brown and the other black, come into the yard where a smaller dog was,” according to police spokesman Commander Preston Ballew. “The (two) large dogs killed the smaller dog and left the area.”

    The witness was unable to identify the breeds of the dogs, Ballew said. Police and animal control officers searched the area to locate the dogs but were unsuccessful.

    If anyone knows the location or owners of these dogs, they are asked to contact the LAPD at 662-8222.

    Officers are asking the public to use caution. Police do not know if the dogs could be aggressive to humans, Ballew said.

  • Santa Fe man who worked at Los Alamos convicted in tax case

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A Santa Fe man who worked as an electrical engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory for nearly 30 years has been convicted of violating federal tax laws.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office says jurors Thursday convicted 61-year-old Darryl J. Gutierrez of 10 counts of filing false tax returns and one count of obstructing and impeding the administration of the internal revenue laws.

    The office says Gutierrez faces up to three years in prison on each count when he's sentenced.

    According to the office, Gutierrez for years regularly and timely filed income tax returns but then stopped complying with federal tax laws and began taking steps to prevent the IRS from assessing and collecting his taxes.

    The office says Gutierrez filed 10 false federal income tax returns for 2000 through 2009.

  • Big rally vaults ’Topper softball to win

    ALBUQUERQUE – Los Alamos’ softball team came up with eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to break open a tight ballgame and earn its district season-opening victory.
    The Hilltoppers strung together five straight hits at the top of their batting order to start the fifth Wednesday afternoon at Del Norte High School, including a double by No. 3 hitter Jayde Tucker for the huge rally.
    That big inning for the Hilltoppers came just half an inning after Del Norte came up with four runs to tie the score.
    Del Norte’s Knights, however, would never recover from the fifth inning and the Hilltoppers would go on to win 15-6.
    Los Alamos and Española Valley are expected to duke it out this season for the 2-5A title and a win to start the district season on the road is a good way to start for the Hilltoppers, who were not heading into Wednesday’s game on the highest of notes.
    The Hilltoppers (7-6 overall, 1-0 in 2-5A) managed just one win the weekend before at the Kristen Griego Softball Challenge and had been thumped soundly in several recent contests just ahead of the start of district play.

  • Hilltoppers stunned in extra innings by Knights

    ALBUQUERQUE – In the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team looked to have victory well in-hand against the Del Norte Knights.
    Los Alamos was just one out away from recording a victory in its district-opening contest, but with two outs, the Knights pulled off an improbable comeback to pull out the victory.
    Reserve infielder Isaac Saiz came through with a bases-clearing single to right field for Del Norte, tying the score in the bottom of the eighth. Immediately after Saiz, right fielder Maurice LaFon drilled a double into the gap in left-center to plate Saiz and give the Knights an 8-7 walk-off victory.
    It was a rough start to the District 2-5A season for the Hilltoppers, who were hoping to turn things around after getting blasted in a doubleheader Monday against Bloomfield, which dropped them to 5-9 on the season.
    The game was close and low scoring throughout regulation – Los Alamos led 3-2 until Del Norte scraped together a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie it and eventually force the extra frame.
    In the top of the eighth, Los Alamos (0-1 in district) also did most of its damage with two outs.

  • High Flyers gymnasts win four state event championships

    High Flyers gymnasts won four state event championships and captured many more second and third place medals at the New Mexico USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Championships held over the past several weekends in Albuquerque.
    Competing in the Level 2 division, Mia Casados placed first on floor exercise and teammate Seana Shedd won first place on her uneven bars routine.
    In Level 4 competition, Emily Smith earned first place on vault for the third year in a row, and was also first on floor exercise, her second such title in three years. She went on to place second all-around, narrowly missing the first-place win by just .05 points.
    Second place all-around titles also went to Siena Rolfe (level 4), Isabelle Gill (level 3), and Mia Casados (level 2).
    Rolfe additionally placed second on vault and floor exercise and third on balance beam while Gill placed second on balance beam and floor exercise.
    Other second-place event winners included Ashley Bustos, Alana Hinojosa and River Irving (vault), Sofia Enriquez and Naomi Starkenburg (uneven bars), Ashley Bustos, Elena Gallegos, Kailey Posegate and Emily Smith (balance beam), and Ashley Bustos on floor exercise.

  • Famous equestrian to teach jumping, games at LA Rodeo grounds

    Los Alamos Pony Club will host nationally renowned equestrian trainer and instructor Robert Taylor over the weekend of April 8-9.
    Community members are welcome to come and observe the event or participate in the mounted activities.
    Taylor, of TaylorMade Stables in Maryland (taylormadestables.com/robert-taylor.html), will be in town to coach show jumping and mounted games competitors of all levels. This has become an annual event for local riders, who greatly enjoy Taylor’s gruff humor and superb training skills.
    Taylor has been a fixture in the show jumping, competitive driving, foxhunting and mounted games communities internationally for many years, and his daughter Mackenzie won the International Mounted Games Association World individual Championship under-17 in 2012.
    Morning sessions for the Los Alamos clinic will be at the jump arena (behind the main rodeo facility), and focus on jumping skills for horse and rider, and then each afternoon the club will set up for mounted games practice.
    Mounted games participants can sign up to participate even on the same day of the clinic. Both English and Western tack is permitted, as long as everyone has helmets and boots.
    Audience members are welcome at no charge, but are asked to leave dogs at home or keep them leashed at all times for safety.

  • UNM-LA Job Fair set for April 6

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Office of Student Services is hosting a job fair for students and local community members from 1-4 p.m. April 6 in the UNM-LA Student Center, building 2, 4000 University Drive.
    More than 20 large and small businesses from northern New Mexico will be on hand to meet potential new employees.
    Businesses will be sharing current job postings and distributing information about upcoming job opportunities including summer, full-time, part-time, internships and other possibilities.
    The Job Fair is open to students and community members. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their current resumes.
    The following businesses plan to attend: 
    • A Nurse in the Family
    • Bandelier National Monument
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Programs Office
    • Los Alamos Retirement Community
    • Lowe’s, Española
    • New Mexico Consortium
    •  NM Workforce Connections, Española Office
    • Office of Instruction, UNM-LA
    • Pet Pangaea
    • Pueblo of Pojoaque
    • Buffalo Thunder and Cities of Gold

  • LAPS waits for word on budget, special session

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said Wednesday he is keeping a close watch on several bills and waiting to hear if or when a legislative special session will be called to finalize a state budget.
    Steinhaus said several bills that require the Governor’s action or “pocket veto” by April 7 will determine what steps the district will take in its budget planning.
    Although he does not have any indication as to what Gov. Susana Martinez will do, Steinhaus said, “She’s got a big stack of bills and a lot of work to do, so I’m not sure she even knows yet.”
    Senate Bill 462, if signed by the governor, would return about $530,000 taken from the LAPS Cash Balance account.
    “I am pleased to report that these funding cuts did not result in any furlough days for LAPS staff. In addition, we protected LAPS classroom funding for 2016-17,” said Steinhaus. Other school districts, however, met a different fate and will have to implement furlough days and reductions in teaching staff.
    The district is also keeping an eye on the HB 2 General Appropriations Act that includes funding for public schools, HB 185 Limit School Testing Days and HB 211 Next Generation Science Standards.

  • County Council to consider immigrant, refugee resolution

    Los Alamos County Council is expected to consider a resolution Tuesday, taking an official stand against unjust treatment of immigrants and refugees.
    The move is a reaction to President Donald Trump’s attempt to ban refugees from six countries, but at least one councilor fears the timing risks millions in federal funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The resolution calls for all branches of the county government, including local law enforcement, to respect a person’s universal rights to due process and equal protection under the law and that county services “observe the fundamental American value that all people including immigrants and refugees should be treated with respect, justice and compassion.”
    The resolution, sponsored and written by Councilor Pete Sheehey, was in part a reaction to an executive order issued by President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from six Muslim-majority countries as a strategy against terrorism.
    The federal courts have challenged Trump’s ban, and arguments for and against are expected to be heard in April.

  • Citizen board recommends DOE shed more light on WIPP waste storage

    A local citizens advisory board recommended to the Department of Energy Wednesday that it provide more information to the public on a proposed above-ground nuclear waste facility at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant at Carlsbad.
    The recommendation was put forth by Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board member Stephen Schmelling.  
    “It is a fairly straightforward construction project and there is little reason to doubt, that if constructed to the proposed specifications, it would be capable of temporarily storing a large quantity TRU (transuranic) waste,” the recommendation said.
    “However, the permit modification provides no information on the cost of the facility, or the expected benefits to be derived from either in terms of the more efficient operation of the WIPP facility, or the reduction in risk around the DOE complex from the more efficient operation of the WIPP facility, or the reduction in risk around the DOE complex from the more efficient operation of WIPP and the TRU waste disposal process.”
    The board voted to direct the DOE to shed more light on how the proposed facility will benefit the region, how much the facility will cost and present these reasons before the public at a later date.