Today's News

  • Workers seal nuke bunker at WIPP site

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Officials say workers have sealed off the first of two storage bunkers affected by a radiation leak at the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.
    The U.S. Department of Energy says about 85 percent of the containers packed with waste similar to the one that caused the leak have been isolated with the closure of the area known as Panel 6.
    Workers used salt mined from another area of the repository, chain link and brattice cloth to build barriers on each end of the storage bunker.
    Air monitors have been installed.
    Work to seal off a second bunker, where the radiation breach occurred, is ongoing. Officials say that should be complete in June.
    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since the February 2014 leak.


  • Police Beat 5-15-15

    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 7
    8:45 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos teen was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a telephone at the Los Alamos Police Department.

    1:33 p.m. — Daniel Yamada, 32, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance at the Los Alamos Police Department.

    2:34 p.m. — A 52-year-old Santa Fe man reported to police he was the victim of breaking and entering at Trinity Drive.

    6:39 p.m. — A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that someone had tampered with her vehicle on Walnut Street.

    May 11

    9:49 a.m. — Kenneth Hagedorn, 33, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was aggravated assault, allegedly committed by Hagedorn Dec. 11, 2014.

    12:20 p.m. — A 55-year-old Alcalde man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (greater than $1,000) at DP Road.

  • Local Briefs 5-15-15

    Steinhaus to present at LAPS forums

    The Los Alamos School Board is hosting a pair of “Meet the New Superintendent” forums, which are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday evenings.
    Both forums will begin at 7 p.m. Monday’s forum will be at Aspen Elementary School and Tuesday’s will be at Piñon Elementary School.
    Kurt Steinhaus officially took over the duties of superintendent May 4, replacing Gene Schmidt.
    At the forums, Steinhaus will present his “Strategic Learning and Entry Plan,” which focuses on continuous improvement.
    During the forum, those in attendance will be invited to take part in an informal question-and-answer session.

    Pastor writes foreword for new novel

    The new book by author Warren Dunlap, from Westcliffe, Colorado, includes a foreword by a Los Alamos resident, Pastor Scott Hunt.
    Dunlap’s book, “I O YOU Ranch,” is available on Amazon dot com and at chugwatercowboy.com.
    “I O YOU Ranch” is a western mystery novel following a young magazine writer assigned to investigate phony ranching ads.
    According to a press release about his books, “Dunlap writes Christian westerns where one or more characters bring Christian values and messages into the story.”

  • Update 5-15-15

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Co-Op Market will host a Farmers Cooperative Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at its location at 95 Entrada Drive. Food from four local farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb, are scheduled to be at the market.

    Poetry On The Hill

    Poets Andi Penner and Joann Bodin will read at Poetry on the Hill. It will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at UnQuarked.


    Laura Green, a board member of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, will give a presentation on Israel in the lecture hall at Los Alamos Golf Course Sunday. The presentation will be at 3 p.m.


    Los Alamos County is hosting a hazard mitigation plan public meeting. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. To submit a comment, visit the Open Forum on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Plant Sale

    The Los Alamos Garden Club will have a plant sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court in Los Alamos. The sale, which will go from 8 a.m.-noon, will benefit Los Alamos High School Scholarships.

    Pool closed

  • Church listings 5-15-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Special guest Gayle Erwin, noted speaker and author of, “The Jesus Style” will be with us at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Number rising for non-religious Americans

    NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.
    Christianity is still the dominant faith by far in the U.S.; 7 in 10 Americans identify with the tradition. However, the ranks of Christians have declined as the segment of people with no religion has grown, the survey says.
    Between 2007 and 2014, when Pew conducted two major surveys of U.S. religious life, Americans who described themselves as atheist, agnostic or of no particular faith grew from 16 percent to nearly 23 percent. At the same time, Christians dropped from about 78 percent to just under 71 percent of the population. Protestants now comprise 46.5 percent of what was once a predominantly Protestant country.
    Researchers have long debated whether people with no religion should be defined as secular since the category includes those who believe in God or consider themselves “spiritual.” But the new Pew study found increasing signs of secularism.

  • Money management guide for new college graduate

    A young adult’s first months out of college are about personal freedom and finding one’s path as an adult. Building solid money habits is a big part of that.
    Most grads are managing money alone for the first time — finding work, places to live and if they’re in the majority, figuring out how to pay off college loans. For many, these are daunting challenges. If you are a young adult — or know one — here are some of the best routines to adopt from the start:
    Budgeting is the first important step in financial planning because it is difficult to make effective financial decisions without knowing where every dollar is actually going. It’s a three-part exercise — tracking spending, analyzing where that money has gone and finding ways to direct that spending more effectively toward saving, investing and extinguishing debt.
    Even if a new grad is looking for work or waiting to find a job, budgeting is a lifetime process that should start immediately.
    A graduate’s first savings goal should be an emergency fund to cover everyday expenses such as the loss of a job or a major repair. The ultimate purpose of an emergency fund is to avoid additional debt or draining savings or investments. Emergency funds should cover at least four to seven months of living expenses.

  • Free speech isn’t free

    It costs nothing to tell someone that you love them, but FTD would rather you say it with flowers.
    Cadbury wants you say it with chocolate. And Oscar Mayer says, “Yell it with bacon!”
    But shouldn’t speech be free?
    A few years ago, an Oxford student told a mounted police officer, “Excuse me, do you realize your horse is gay?” He was arrested for violating the Public Order Act, which prohibits homophobic remarks.
    A judge with more sense than the officer (whose intelligence bordered on that of a sea slug) threw the arrest out. Free speech outweighed free stupidity.
    Speech may be free, but it often presents itself as a painful reminder of the maxim, “You get what you pay for.”
    Recently, a school district hosted a “Draw Muhammad” art contest, promoting itself as a “Free Speech Exhibit.” Of course, it was in fact specifically designed with one intent in mind — to incite hatred.
    And it succeeded. Two radical Muslims arrived, started shooting, and were quickly killed by the heavily armed Garland, Texas “Kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out” SWAT team.
    Was this art contest really free speech? Yeah, it was. Here in America, you have the right to criticize most anyone and most anything.

  • Blues legend BB King dies in Vegas at age 89

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that “as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.”
    But no one could play the blues like B.B. King, who died Thursday night at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care.
    Although he kept performing well into his 80s, the 15-time Grammy winner suffered from diabetes and other problems. He collapsed during a concert in Chicago last October, later blaming dehydration and exhaustion.
    For generations of blues musicians and rock ‘n rollers, King’s plaintive vocals and soaring guitar playing style set the standard for an art form born in the American South and honored and performed worldwide. After the deaths of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters decades ago, King was the greatest upholder of a tradition that inspired everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Robert Cray to the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
    King played a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille, with a style that included beautifully crafted single-string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos and bent notes, building on the standard 12-bar blues and improvising like a jazz master.

  • Suspect at jail tries to hide contraband

    A 24-year-old Santa Cruz woman who brought drugs into county jail will have her case tried in district court.
    The suspect, Jennifer B. Lopez, was originally picked up by police on a probation violation in mid-March.
    According to police records, while being booked into jail, an officer noticed her put something in her mouth. When she was told to remove it, she refused. When the officer put her hands behind her back and ordered her again to spit out what she had in her mouth, she did so. A further search of her person found one Alprazolam pill in a shirt pocket.
    When officers unwrapped the plastic ball she had in her mouth, they found other items, including two oxycodone pills (opioid pain medication), four methadone pills (opioid pain medication also used to ease heroin withdrawal symptoms), 15 suboxone strips (used to treat drug addiction), 12 pills plus pill pieces of buprenorphine and alprazolam. Buprenorphine is used to treat drug addiction and alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
    Along with those pills, loose leaf tobacco was also discovered by police.
    According to reports, police also found additional alprazolam pills in her cell, bringing the total count of alprazolam pills in her possession to nine, plus some additional pieces.