Today's News

  • Barranca staff eyes new design

    Parents, staff and community members gathered Tuesday evening at Barranca Mesa Elementary School to take a look at the proposed designs for the renovation of the school.

    About 20 to 25 people were in attendance, including Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and members from the school board.

    The purpose of the community meeting was to present design options and receive feedback.

    District Construction Coordinator Herb McLean explained that part of the process of designing a building is to gather what the needs are, which has been done.

    “We’re in the schematic design process, which means we’re trying to figure out what the school’s going to look like and about where the buildings will go,” McLean said.

    Now the architects, with the help of the community and staff, will decide on one of those designs or elements of those designs.

    “We’d love to get your feedback on all of this,” McLean said.

    The presentation was handed over to FBT Architects, which was represented by President Arthur Tatum, Principal Sonjay Engineer and Intern Architect Rathi Casey.

    Engineer went over a quick summary of facts in regards to Barranca Mesa.

    For instance, the first building was built in 1962 and the school sits on about 12.2 acres.

  • Eagle installation may be up in air

    A local shopping center owner and developer are hoping to keep a well-known eagle sculpture installed for the past two years at Central Avenue and Main Street from being reclaimed.

    Philip Kunsberg, along with friend and artist Richard Swenson are hoping a local individual or group comes forward soon to buy the sculpture, called the “Eye in the Sky.”

    They have been having conversations with certain people and organizations around town to buy it and keep it in Los Alamos.

    The sculpture, which is of an eagle with outstretched wings and talons, has been on loan to the Central Park Square Shopping Center since 2015 from the Shidoni Art Gallery in Santa Fe.

    “I do not have the resources right now to buy it, and I did not want to see the county lose it, so we thought of this alternative,” Kunsberg said.

    According to the Shidoni Gallery Manager Jeremy Hasted, the gallery has been trying to sell the sculpture for $75,000. The deal to display the sculpture was made through Shidoni Gallery President Scott Hicks.

    “I know he’s (Hicks) been kind of pressuring the city a bit to buy it because they’ve had it for a long time,” Halsted said.

  • Feds release long-awaited recovery plan for Mexican wolves

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — After repeated failures over decades, U.S. wildlife officials have finally drafted a recovery plan for endangered wolves that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under a court order to complete the plan for the Mexican gray wolf by the end of November.

    The draft document released Thursday calls for focusing recovery of the wolves in core areas of the predators' historic range. That means south of Interstate 40 in the two states and in Mexico. The document also addresses threats, such as genetic diversity.

    "At the time of recovery, the service expects Mexican wolf populations to be stable or increasing in abundance, well-distributed geographically within their historical range, and genetically diverse," the agency said in a statement.

    The recovery plan is a long time coming as the original guidance for how to restore wolves to the Southwest was adopted in 1982.

    The lack of a plan has spurred numerous legal challenges by environmentalists as well as skirmishes over states' rights under the Endangered Species Act.

  • New Mexico confronts new criticism on welfare delays

    SANTA FE (AP) — Attorneys for welfare recipients in New Mexico say thousands of residents have gone without emergency food assistance or heath care coverage under Medicaid because of processing delays at the state Human Services Department.
    A federal court judge heard testimony Thursday on the agency's progress in meeting court orders related to a backlog of food and medical assistance claims.
    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty says one in 10 applicants for emergency aid are unable to buy food within the required seven-day period. That left 2,046 people without emergency food assistance in May, up from 1,167 the previous month.
    The center also says many newborn babies are not being added by the state to Medicaid within the required three-day period, leaving them without medical coverage outside hospitals.

  • Today in history June 29
  • Waterline break may delay commute

    Los Alamos County commuters may be impacted traveling eastbound at 36th Street in the Diamond Drive area near the golf course as construction crews work on repairing a water main break.

    The break occurred earlier today, according to Department of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Julie Williams-Hill. However, construction to repair the road may cause delays.

    Utility crews are on the scene and assessing the situation. The break occurred in the eastbound lane of Diamond Drive.


    As a precaution, public works crews continue to monitor the right lane of eastbound Diamond Drive near 36th Street to be sure the roadway has not been compromised after the reported water leak was fixed, according to County Spokeswoman Julie Habiger.

    If there are no other concerns within the next two hours, they will remove traffic control in time for the evening commute to travel eastbound at 5 p.m. Crews will return tomorrow to complete related road repairs as needed but will schedule work around peak traffic flows as much as possible.

    UPDATE - 3:50 P.M.:

  • Elephant Butte Lake managers warn of possible toxic algae

    ELEPHANT BUTTE (AP) — Elephant Butte Lake State Park managers are warning the public that toxic blue-green algae might be present in the lake.
    KOAT-TV reported Wednesday that boating manager Salvador Gonzalez says the algae might have bloomed in the shallow areas of Elephant Butte Lake along Three Sisters Cove.
    Officials say the algae could be harmful if consumed by humans and could be deadly if dogs ingest it.
    Managers are still working to confirm whether or not the algae is toxic, though. They put notices up around the potentially impacted areas, as thousands of people are expected to head to the park for the Fourth of July weekend.

  • Police Beat 6-28-17

    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.

    May 22
    1:56 p.m. — Los Alamos Police cited an individual for failing to clean up after their animals.

    2:04 p.m. — LAPD cited an individual for failing to vaccinate their animals.

    5:12 p.m. — Johnny Trujillo, 22, of Alcalde was arrested on a district court warrant.

    May 23
    3:45 p.m. — LAPD investigated a case of larceny, which was theft from a vehicle.

    May 24
    6:36 p.m. — Los Alamos Police Department reported an animal bite.

    May 25
    11:46 a.m. — LAPD reported a BB gun that was brought in for destruction.

    5:20 p.m. — Steven Lucero, 35, of Belen was arrested on a district court warrant.

    7:02 p.m. — Jimmy B. Romero, 35, of Española was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault and falsely obtaining services.

    May 26

  • Coro de Cámara and Princeton Girl choir to perform Saturday

     Coro de Cámara will welcome the Princeton Girlchoir’s advanced touring ensemble to Los Alamos on its first concert stop of a summer Southwest tour July 11 at the United Church in Los Alamos, with acclaimed Princeton Girlchoir, Artistic Director Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins and Pianist Ryan Brechmacher.
    The two choruses will participate in an afternoon workshop together and will present a 7 p.m. concert called, “A Choral Tapestry” at the 2525 Canyon Road, Los Alamos.
    The “Choral Tapestry” program weaves together a rich texture of musical styles and colors, including spirituals, pieces by notable living composers, and global selections. 
    The performance will include 43 singers, three conductors, two pianists, a viola and percussion.
    Each chorus will present its own delightful set of music and will then share several exciting works together.
    Janet Westrick, who founded PGC in 1989 and now lives in Santa Fe, will make a guest conducting appearance.
    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will welcome the audience and introduce PGC.
    Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. Suggested amount: $20 adults, $10 students.
    After the performance, you can meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments.

  • Off-road vehicles restricted in wilderness

    Outdoor enthusiasts are reminded that four-wheelers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or utility vehicles (UTVs) and all off-road vehicles of any kind are prohibited within designated wilderness areas.
    This past weekend, ATV tracks were observed within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).   San Pedro Parks is one of the original wilderness areas created by the Wilderness Act of 1964, which set aside “primeval” federal land.
    Wilderness areas generally do not allow motorized equipment, motor vehicles, mechanical transport, temporary roads or permanent structures.  These restrictions also apply to the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, the Dome Wilderness and the Pecos Wilderness on the SFNF, part of the more than 106 million acres of federal lands that have been set aside as wilderness.
    Law enforcement officers will be patrolling over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and the summer. Violators will be cited, and their off-road vehicles will be impounded.
    Visitors should refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) to determine which SFNF roads, trails and areas are open to motorized use. For more information, go to fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/landmanagement/projects/?cid=stelprdb5411664.