Today's News

  • Senior centers’ budget short $70,000

     Betty Ehart and White Rock senior centers are short $70,000 for the next fiscal year following state and federal funding cuts, according to senior organization officials. Most at risk are the popular lunch programs.The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization sent out an appeal to its membership Tuesday, hoping private donations would make up for the shortfall.

    “I think it’s a shame that the government is choosing to shut down programs for older Americans who need those programs,” Betty Ehart Center Volunteer Ann LePage said about the situation. 

    The organization pointed to a decline in state and federal funding as the reasons for the shortfall. 

    Members who can afford it are being asked to donate $25 or more.  

    “Starting in July, our state and federal funding will be reduced, as it was this year for a total of 10 percent. We need to raise $70,000 to maintain our current operating capacity,” read a statement in an appeal sent out to its members in its monthly newsletter. 

  • County awarded $2M in federal funds for Canyon Rim Trail underpass

    Los Alamos County has been awarded about $2 million in federal funding for the Canyon Rim Trail Underpass project through the Transportation Alternatives Program. 

    “Los Alamos County is pleased to work once again with our state and federal partners to implement a project that will better serve our community," said County Engineer Eric Martinez.

    These funds, along with a county match of $340,000, will pay for the design and construction of an underpass across NM 502 from the Canyon Rim Trailhead to Entrada Drive just west of the Coop. 

    “This trail underpass will be a much needed safety improvement for crossing of NM502,” said Public Works Director Philo Shelton.  

    Funding is split to provide funds for project design in federal fiscal year 2018 and construction in fiscal year 2020. 

    The Transportation Alternatives Program was established by Congress in 2012, and is funded through a proportional set-aside of the core Federal-aid Highway Program.

  • Blaze burns Santa Fe Army barracks used in WWII

    SANTA FE (AP) — Officials say a fire broke out at a World War II-era building in Santa Fe that was part of the set of the "Manhattan" television series.
    The blaze next to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design sent flames 30 to 40 feet into the air Monday night. No injuries were reported.
    School spokeswoman Rachael Lighty says crews were able to get the flames under control about two hours after the fire started.
    The abandoned building was part of an Army hospital that housed men wounded in WWII.
    It was used later for two seasons of the WGN series "Manhattan," which debuted in 2014 and focused on the creation of the atomic bomb in Los Alamos in the 1940s.
    The cause of Monday's fire remains under investigation.


  • Payne chosen as LAHS principal

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus announced Monday the district had selected Topper Freshman Academy Principal Carter Payne to become principal of Los Alamos High School starting July 1.

    “Mr. Payne has an extensive background in education. He is a seasoned teacher and administrator with strong interpersonal skills. Los Alamos High School is a community with solid traditions such as quality staff, high standards, support for a uniquely diverse population, and an uncanny ability to tackle challenging work.  I look forward to working with Carter to continue and grow the wonderful traditions at Los Alamos High School,” Steinhaus said in a release Monday.

    The New Mexico native served as principal for Topper Freshman Academy when it first started in 2016. Previously, he taught science and was an assistant principal in Las Cruces before moving to Los Alamos in 2010. Payne taught Physics at Los Alamos High School before becoming assistant principal in 2012. 

    School Board President Jenny McCumber said she was pleased that staff followed a very thoughtful and fair hiring process for Los Alamos High School principal. 

    “We had a strong pool of qualified candidates. Congratulations Mr. Carter Payne!” McCumber said.

    Mr. Payne said he was excited to be selected.

  • Police Beat 4-30-17

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    March 30
    12:14 p.m. — Byron Keith, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested for a magistrate court warrant and was released.

    1:15 p.m. — Frank Bizzel, 33, of Española was arrested on a municipal court warrant and was released on a $10,000 bond.

    4:21 p.m. — Police found drugs in a vehicle being used for training at Fire Station 2.

    7:30 p.m. — Daniel J. Merrill, 29, was arrested on the 1000 block on Central Ave for disorderly conduct and use of loud/profane language.

    March 31
    10:46 a.m. — Javon Bert Martinez, 21, of Velarde was arrested on a warrant in another jurisdiction and larceny of over $55.  

    11:40 a.m. — A Santa Fe warrant was served on a male in LAPD jail facility.

    3:00 p.m. — Los Alamos Police Department investigated an animal case.

    April 1

  • On the Docket 4-30-17

    March 14
    Yvette Martinez pleaded no contest to speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until May 12. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school and community service. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

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

    March 15
    Jacob M. Hill was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court of speeding one to five miles and hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Richard Cobb was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Walter Spall 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.

    March 16
    Heather Metzger-Majors was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Public comment sought on upland game rules

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on upland game hunting rules for the 2018 to 2022 seasons.
    The department will present its initial proposals for the 2018-22 upland game seasons, including dates and bag limits, to the State Game Commission at its May 11 meeting at the Community Center on Air Park Road in at the Municipal Airport in Clayton.
    Comments about upland game rules can be emailed to casey.cardinal@state.nm.us or sent by postal mail to Casey Cardinal, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, N.M. 87504. The department’s proposal will be posted to the department’s website, wildlife.state.nm.us.
    A public meeting about the proposals will be conducted at:
    • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Northwest Area Office, 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 17, 3841 Midway Place, N.E., Albuquerque.

  • North Mesa paving to start May 1

    Star Paving will start construction activities on the North Mesa Improvements Phase I Project the week of May 1.
    Proposed improvements include roadway reconstruction of the following streets:
    • Camino Uva (from San Ildefonso to the cul-de-sac), and
    • Camino Durasnilla (from San Ildefonso to Camino Uva).  
    More specifically, the proposed work involves removal and replacement of asphalt surfacing, curb, gutter, sidewalks (at required locations), drive pads, ADA curb ramps and drainage structures.
    Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Access to residents as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.
    On street parking, will be restricted for the duration of the construction project. Residents are asked to find alternate parking on adjacent streets.
    Questions/comments call the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or send an email to LACPW@lacnm.us.

  • DPU customer survey kicks off

    Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are encouraging customers to devote 10 minutes to rate the DPU’s performance in providing electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services.   The seventh biennial customer satisfaction survey is kicking off this week.
    An independent firm, Southwest Planning and Marketing is conducting a phone survey with some online options. Data from DPU’s residential and commercial customers will be compiled, interpreted and presented in a report.  DPU will post the report in June on the DPU website losalamosnm.us/government/departments/utilities/ and make it available in its office located at 1000 Central Avenue, Suite 130, Los Alamos.
    Information provided by customers is used by the DPU to plan for future improvements and enhancements. “I hope our customers will take the time to participate in the satisfaction survey,” stated Utilities Manager Timothy Glasco. “Our customers are important to us. We want to ensure that we are meeting their current and future utility service needs, while providing exceptional customer service.”
    For more information or questions, call or email the DPU at 662-8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.

  • ‘Ranger in Your Pocket: Hans Bethe House’ program launches

    The Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society have launched an online “Ranger in Your Pocket” program on the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row at Los Alamos, NM. AHF President Cindy Kelly explained, “During the Manhattan Project, two famous scientists lived in the Hans Bethe House. This program gives a unique glimpse into life at Los Alamos with first-hand accounts.”
    The Hans Bethe House is now the Harold Agnew Cold War Gallery of the Los Alamos History Museum. Formerly called Master Cottage Number One, it was the first residence built by the Los Alamos Ranch School. The director of the school, A. J. Connell, lived there briefly before it became home for the school’s masters (teachers). But, as LAHS Executive Director Heather McClenahan explains in one of the vignettes, “The building caught on fire. When A. J. rebuilt the building, he built it out of stone.” Today, tourists can visit what was originally just a little stone rectangle but was expanded over the decades.
    The quaint cottage has been home to eminent scientists. During the Manhattan Project, Edwin and Elsie McMillan moved into the house with their young daughter, Ann. When they moved out, Hans and Rose Bethe moved in. Both Edwin and Hans would go on to win Nobel Prizes for their scientific contributions.