Today's News

  • Today in history June 6
  • Firefighters still battling wildfires in New Mexico, Arizona

    MAGDALENA (AP) — Firefighters are continuing to fight several wildfires in New Mexico and Arizona amid record high temperatures.

    Officials in New Mexico said Sunday a blaze raging through the San Mateo Mountains around 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, New Mexico has grown to 12 square mile. The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Magdalena Ranger District says the inferno is 20 percent contained.

    Meanwhile, firefighters in Arizona are battling a much larger blaze. The Juniper Fire just south of the town of Young is now burning on over 28 square miles in the Tonto National Forest. Portions of State Route 288 have been closed to help firefighters fight the fire.

    Officials say the extreme heat and a dry winter mean there's a high risk of wildfires.

  • ScienceFest calls for entries

    The Los Alamos ScienceFest has announced its call for entries for its sixth annual SMART Contest – a Science and Math-Based Art contest. A panel of local judges will select winners that will share in cash prizes.
    The SMART Contest is free to enter. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. To enter, artists must upload a digital representation of their artwork onto the contest website. Entries will be accepted through July 4. Contest winners and awards will be announced during the Los Alamos ScienceFest Festival Day on July 16. Winning and selected art pieces will also be on exhibit during the festival in Los Alamos. To enter the SMART Contest, visit: woobox.com.

  • Sombrillo to celebrate Nursing Assistants Week

    Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and Aspen Ridge Lodge/Assisted Living will celebrate the 39th-annual Nursing Assistants Week by recognizing our nursing assistants who have dedicated their work lives to the wellbeing of others at our facilities.
    The CNAs provide hands-on attention to the frail, elderly or chronically health challenged residents in the nursing home and long-term care settings. They create an environment of kind and thoughtful attention to the important needs of each resident of the facility. The CNAs lessen the concerns of family members when a loved one is in need of care.  
    Sombrillo Nursing Facility will be celebrating Certified Nursing Assistants throughout the week. Staff will be dressing up and having appreciation parties with the CNAs, residents and their family members.
    Those with a family member or a friend in the facility are encouraged to join with enthusiasm and spirit.
    • June 9: Sock Hop Day  
    • June 10: Western Day
    • June 11: Jean Day
    • June 12: Hoodie Day
    • June 13: Commercial Day
    • June 14: Crazy Hair Day
    • June 15: arnival Day/Managers in the Dunk Tank!
    • June 16: Storybook Character Day/Barbeque & Appreciation gifts for our CNAs.

  • Engagement 6-5-16

         Roger and Betty Smith announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Sonja Smith to Sam Elson.
    Parents of the groom are Jay and Jen Elson of Los Alamos and Dean and Jean Sanzo of Bellaire Beach, Florida.
    Their vows will be said mid-summer, at the United Church of Los Alamos, where she is a third generation member. Both Sonja Smith and Samn Elson recently graduated with honors from New Mexico State University, where they will return in the fall so he can pursue his master’s in Mechanical Engineering and she can work in her field of technical writing.
    These former Los Alamos High School marching band members will honeymoon in the family’s 100-year-old, high-mountain cabin.

  • Births 6-5-16

    May 24—A girl. Jacy Elizabeth Walker. Born to Elizabeth and Joe Walker.
    May 27—A girl. Marcelle Gurule. Born to Gwen and James Gurule.
    May 30—A girl. Ellie Rosa Garcia. Born to Veronica Aguilar and Andrew Garcia.

  • Police Beat 6-5-16

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 25
    7:59 a.m. — Police reported that a 63-year-old Taos woman was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) at Central Avenue.

    3:35 p.m. — Police reported that a 20-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a car accident with no injuries.

    3:37 p.m. — Raymond Garcia, 25, of Española was arrested for shoplifting (more than $100, less than $250) at Montoya Road, Bernalillo.

    May 26
    10:47 a.m. ­— Police reported that 58-year-old Española woman was the victim of a larceny (more than $250 but less than $500) at Trinity Drive.

    1:30 p.m. — Wayne Hebert, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested on a municipal court warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    May 27
    7:04 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of aggravated battery at Central Avenue.

    May 28

  • On The Docket 6-5-16

    May 25
    Amber Tells  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Elias C. Massoud was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kenneth A. 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.

    Benjamin R. Liu 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.

    Jack T. Markin 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.

    Doug Partin paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    May 26
    Bruce Carr pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid, registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • CONE ZONE: Week of June 6-11

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

    Canyon Rim Trail
    The west leg of the Canyon Rim Trail is closed for construction.  No traffic delays on DP Road or New Mexico 502 are anticipated.

    Western Area Phase 4:
    Western Technologies conducted pre-construction videotaping of the Western Area project on June 2, 2016. This work consisted of video recording the existing roadway, sidewalks, curbs, resident home exterior walls, landscaping, and retaining walls for pre-construction documentation for the County and the Contractor.
    The project is anticipated to start mid-June. Residents in the immediate construction area will receive a door hanger 48 hours before work begins. The door hanger will provide important information and instructions about vehicle access and parking.

    Utilities Projects

    Longview Drive - New Waterline Installation

  • Judging uncertainty is a risk

    The great blessing that science gives us humans is a growing supply of knowledge.  
    The great curse that science puts on us is a growing supply of knowledge.
    And everything we learn brings the next unknown, which may be a new cure, a new cause of harm, or a sizable chance of both.  
    The thorny work for us is to blend new knowledge safely into a busy world. Democracy slows the work to a tortoise’s pace, with so much time given to the enormous patchwork of public opinions.  
    So we keep doing our best to minimize the risks that are intertwined in a world of new knowledge, unknowns, and opinions of every shade. Our lot is called the human condition.
    Such struggles are often in the news, with scant history. Lead made news recently.  
    Hazards from lead predate Ancient Rome and were clarified as science grew. In the last century, science learned specific chances of harm to different people from lead in different amounts for enough time.  
    A proper question to ask is, “Should we get rid of lead in painted walls and lead in working pipes as soon as we have that knowledge?” After all, some children will eat leaded paint from walls. Lead pipe systems are mostly handled better.