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Today's News

  • AG: accused man broke court order

    The attorney general’s office recently filed a complaint in district court against Christopher Davis, 23, a Los Alamos suspect who’s accused of multiple sex crimes against minors.
    The attorney general’s office is alleging that Davis, who was arrested in June 2014 broke his conditions of release when he accessed a computer to log onto the Internet, something he was not allowed to do under his order.
    “On Aug. 21, 2014, the defendant was ordered to refrain from accessing the Internet,” a statement from the attorney general’s office read. “On July 10, 2015, the State of New Mexico received information that the defendant was accessing the Internet and engaging in social networking websites.” The statement did not elaborate further.
    A hearing to decide his punishment will be held Sept. 2 at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    Davis was arrested June 17, 2014. He’s accused of having criminal sexual contact with two girls, who at the time were aged 13 and 14.
    A few weeks before the arrest was made, the Los Alamos Police Department, along with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force opened up an investigation on Davis, triggered by a warrant for his arrest by the Anoka County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s Office.

  • School board has a meeting Thursday

    The Los Alamos School Board has a work session, special meeting and executive session all planned for Thursday at the Administration Building on Trinity Drive.
    Time for the meeting is 5:30 p.m.
    Following the adjournment of the work sessions, the school board will go into closed session. The purpose of the closed session, according to the Los Alamos Public Schools’ meeting agenda, is to discuss the purchase, acquisition or disposal of a leased property and “limited personnel matters,” which are the superintendent’s goals, and to discuss matters pertaining to pending or threatened litigation in which LAPS could be involved.
    Prior to the executive session, there will be a presentation by Mike Johnson on the schools’ dual credit program, an update on truancy presented by Carter Payne and preliminary enrollment numbers for the current school year, which will be presented by Diane Delgado.
    Also scheduled for the meeting is an appointment to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and a public comment period, among other agenda items.

  • Community Calendar 8-26-15

    Today

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Thursday

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    United Blood Services Blood Drive. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at at the First Baptist Church Hall 2200 Diamond Dr. For more details contact United Blood Services at 1-877-UBS-HERO. Donors can enjoy an egg salad, ham, or turkey sandwich.

    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    Authors Speak Series. David Stuart. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Friday

    Quiet, Gentle Walks. Join Sue Watts for a gentle walk along a relatively flat trail. The walks range from 1-2 miles and may include gentle changes in elevation. Each walk includes 20 minutes of silent walking. Free. Meets every Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Check peecnature.org for any changes.

    United Blood Services Blood Drive. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at at the First Baptist Church Hall 2200 Diamond Drive. For more details contact United Blood Services at 1-877-UBS-HERO. Donors can enjoy an egg salad, ham, or turkey sandwich.

  • September is Assets In Action Month

    This time of year always excites me for what lies ahead.
    As you read this, Los Alamos County Council will have proclaimed the month of September as Assets In Action month, which kicks off a yearlong journey of asset building.
    Asset building for our youth is so very important and it is something that needs to begin at a young age and continue throughout high school. We as a community need to engage our youth and help grow into great adults.
    So when groups talk about what we are doing for youth and are we running enough programs, I say unless they contain the relationship building work of Assets throughout the program, the gains are small in comparison.
    Now back to Assets month! On Sept. 4, the community is asked to wear their favorite college or university shirt, or one that supports their branch of service.
    Our love of lifelong learning happens in many ways and in many places.
    Snap a photo of yourself, your co-workers, etc., and email it to Assets@att.net.
    Our annual Change for Change collection to benefit the Community Asset Awards will be at Morning Glory Bakery, Finishing Touch, Aspen Copies, Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Clinic, the Los Alamos Co-op Market and the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.

  • Girls, boys soccer teams tie Bosque

    Los Alamos' girls and boys soccer teams both tied Bosque Tuesday afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The Hilltopper girls tied the Bobcats, 1-1.

    "I think we dominatd the game, we just couldn't finish," Los Alamos girls head coach Gary Ahlers said.

    After Bosque scored in the first half, Claire Ticknor scored Los Alamos' goal in the second half to even things up. Ticknor stole a pass and scored from about 25 yards out.

    The Hilltopper girls are now 0-1-1. Bosque's girls are 0-0-1.

    The Hilltopper boys then stepped on the field for their first game of the season and ended up with the same result as the girls. The Hilltopper boys tied Bosque, 2-2.

    "For our first game out against a strong opponent, I thought we played well," Los Alamos boys head coach Ron Blue said.

    Los Alamos scored first in the contest — Joe Singleton assisted DC Kim — and led 1-0 at halftime.

    In the second half, Bosque tied the game, 1-1.

    Andreas Runde then placed a free kick near the goal and Alex Csanadi headed it in to put Los Alamos back on top, 2-1.

    Bosque, however, tied the game on a penalty kick and the game remained notched at two through two overtimes.

  • Today In History Aug. 26
  • Seeing Red

    One of the most popular bands in Los Alamos County, the Red Elvises, entertained the crowd at the Relay for Life event Friday night at Ashley Pond.

  • Initiatives will try to spur on clean energy

    On Monday, President Barack Obama announced more than $1 billion in Department of Energy initiatives to drive innovation and accelerate the clean energy economy.
    As part of the President’s Clean Power Plan, DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) is making up to $1 billion in loan guarantees available to support commercial-scale distributed energy projects, such as rooftop solar with storage and smart grid technology.
    In addition, through the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), DOE is awarding $24 million in funding for 11 high-performance solar power projects that the government believes can serve lower the cost and improve the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems.
    According to the DOE, “these initiatives will spur innovation, ensure grid reliability and help ensure America’s low-carbon energy future.”

  • The New Digs

    The new Los Alamos Teen Center was unveiled Monday. The Teen Center, for high school-aged students in the county, features games, a big screen TV and a computer lounge for those looking for a place to relax. The new area is located on the upper floor of the Community Building, by Ashley Pond. It had been hosted for the past several years at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

  • July was wet, cool in county

    The wet spring and summer, that started in May, continued all the way through July, according to researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Rainfall was well above average in July according to the lab’s measurements. In Los Alamos, average rainfall was nearly double what happens during the month, with the townsite recording 6.68 inches.
    At least one weather record, that has stood for 44 years, was broken on July 20, when Los Alamos received 1.44 inches of rain, far and away the most it had ever gotten on that particular day — the previous record was .95 inches set in 1971.
    LANL said that through the month Los Alamos has received nearly 15.5 inches of rain this year, which is the most total rainfall since 1949 and more than 5.5 inches above normal.
    David Bruggerman, a meteorologist with LANL, said the Climate Prediction Center is expecting above-average rainfall through October.
    Neither Los Alamos nor White Rock were as warm last month, however, breaking a trend of warm weather seen in June.
    In the first half of July, the mean maximum temperature was 3.1 degrees below average and White Rock was 4.4 degrees below average.
    Lower temperatures were also expected by the Climate Prediction Center through the rest of the summer and early fall.