Today's News

  • Supreme Court extends gay marriage country-wide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

    Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

    Gay rights supporters cheered, danced and wept outside the court after the decision, which put an exclamation point on breathtaking changes in the nation's social norms.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.

    "No union is more profound than marriage," Kennedy wrote, joined by the court's four more liberal justices.

    The stories of the people asking for the right to marry "reveal that they seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honor their spouses' memory, joined by its bond," Kennedy said.

    As he read his opinion, spectators in the courtroom wiped away tears after the import of the decision became clear.

  • Police Beat 6-26-15

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    June 18

    1:54 p.m. — Adrian Trujillo, 26, of Española was arrested for criminal damage to property involving a household member (less than $1,000) on Arroyo Lane in Los Alamos.

    June 19

    10:03 a.m. — Adrian Trujillo, 26, of Española was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Police Station.

    5:20 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for shoplifting at the Smith’s Marketplace (more than $100, less than $250) on Trinity Drive.

    June 20

    12:34 p.m. — Mark Henins, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested for assault in the 3000 block of West Road.

    June 22

    10:28 a.m. — Malcolm Torres, 21, of Santa Cruz was arrested through a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction on Trinity Drive.

  • Today in history June 26
  • State Briefs 6-25-15

    Regulators give utility more time

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is giving the state’s largest electric utility more time to finalize agreements related to the future of the San Juan Generating Station.
    As part of an agreement with the state and federal government, Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to shut down part of the coal-fired power plant to curb haze-causing pollution in the Four Corners region.
    The plan also calls for PNM to install pollution controls on the remaining two units and to fill the resulting void with a combination of coal, nuclear, natural gas and solar power.
    The commission on Wednesday gave PNM until Aug. 1 to file agreements that the panel will consider before making a final decision.

    Spaceport America celebrates opening of visitor center

  • On The Docket 6-25-15

    June 17

    Emma Madrid was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to obey a traffic signal. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65.

    June 18

    Thomas G. Henderson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Luis A. Erives was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    June 19

    Marshall Romero was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 22

    Christopher Montoya was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 21 to 25 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 23

    Sean Tullock was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of three counts of failing to appear in court (non-traffic) and one count of failure to wear seatbelts. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $255 in court costs.

  • Update 6-25-15

    Fourth Friday

    The Los Alamos Creative District will host a Fourth Friday event from 4-6 p.m. Friday in the downtown area. Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum and the Fuller Lodge Art Center will offer special programming, among other locations.

    Swim meet

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host the Nick Nogar Invitational swimming meet Saturday and Sunday. The facility will be closed to the public both days, but will resume its normal schedule Monday. Call 662-8170 for information.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet Tuesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.


    A pair of apprentice singers from the 2015 Santa Fe Opera will perform in the United Church Sunday. The performance will be at 3 p.m. Tickets are free for Opera Guild members, $10 for non-guild members. A guild membership can also be purchased for $35.

    Gentle Walks

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will host a Gentle Walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The walks consist of short hikes that feature less than 300 feet of elevation change. For more information about the walks, call the Nature Center at 662-0460.

  • Caregivers Fair

    The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Fair was Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Among the activities were presentations and prizes, free massages and a screening of the film, “Being Mortal.” Information booths from various senior-oriented organizations were on hand including Comfort Keepers, Sandia Senior Placement, Beehive Homes, Home Instead, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, the Alzheimer’s Association, A Nurse in the Family, AARP-Los Alamos Chapter, Los Alamos Medical Center, Compassion and Choices and the Day Out Program. The event was organized by the Los Alamos Committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the sponsored by Casa Mesita Thrift Shop.

  • Be There calendar 6-25-15

    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. Craig A. Smith. Author and music critic with his new book, “A Vision of Voices,” a biography of Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through Saturday at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Fourth Friday Downtown: Working with Wind Power. Engineer and design wind generators or build and fly a miniature helicoper. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. WhiteWater Ramble. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.   
    Farmers Cooperative Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market. The Farmer’s Cooperative Market will bring food from four farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. The producer’s co-op is also working with the co-op to make items from these farmers available in the store on a daily basis.

  • White Rock hit with an outage

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities linemen responded to a power outage report Wednesday evening that affected some areas of White Rock.
    At about 5 p.m., power went out to approximately 150 customers. Those customers were without power for 45 minutes.
    According to the county, a primary fuse on an overhead pole failed, causing the outage. Affected parts of White Rock included Rover Boulevard between Aragon Avenue and Paul Place and customers on Koleen and Kris Courts.
    For more information on the outage, call DPU at 662-8002.

  • Community briefs 6-25-15

    Sign up now for Recycled Fashion Show

    This year’s Trashionista Competition has been announced by the The County Environmental Services Division.
    The Recycled Fashion Show is scheduled for noon Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge.
    Entry deadline is Nov. 11. Sign up now by call Environmental Services at 662-8163, or email solidwaste@lacnm.us.

    Register for mental health first aid

    An Adult Mental Health First Aid class will be offered July 15 by the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    The class will be taught by Wendy Linebrink-Allison of the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line is designed to fight stigma associated with mental illness, and to address the real desire to help someone who is struggling.
    Participants that attend a Mental Health First Aid, eight-hour course will learn the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, psychosis, eating disorders and substance use disorders.