Today's News

  • Council concerned for safety of deputies

    During April’s budget meetings, Los Alamos County Councilors asked Sheriff Marco Lucero to elaborate on a statement in his report that read, “The sheriff’s office does not have a budget to cover and properly protect deputies.”
    Lucero told council that his deputies were at risk because his department did not have radio communication devices. He backed up his argument by describing how two officers he worked with in Santa Fe County were killed serving a restraining order.
    Lucero estimated that supplying radios for the department would cost approximately $10,000, and, by a 4–3 vote, council tentatively approved money for it.
    At the next hearing, council asked Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone if LAPD had radios that the sheriff’s department could use. According to Sgambellone, his department provides Lucero with a radio on semi-permanent loan and that his deputies are able to sign out radios when they are in the field or covering events.
    When council was wrapping up loose ends on April 26, Councilor Steve Girrens moved to eliminate funding for the radios, since the department was able to utilize LAPD devices.
    Councilor Pete Sheehey – who had confirmed the cost with Sgambellone – made a substitute motion to approve $3,000 for one radio for the department.

  • Officials break ground on power station project

    County, federal and Los Alamos National Laboratory officials broke ground on a project Wednesday that will eventually replace the TA-3 Substation, a power station that has been supplying power to Los Alamos County and the lab for over 50 years.
    Besides supplying power to the town, the substation has also been supplying power to “mission critical” areas of the lab. It is located near Diamond Drive and Tech Area 3.
    “This project will help revitalize the lab’s electrical infrastructure by providing reliable service and sufficient capacity to enable DOE (U.S. Department of Energy) and NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) to fulfill mission-critical missions at LANL,” said NNSA Federal Project Director Bonita Rogozinsky in a press release. “In addition to enhancing LANL operations, the new substation ensures sufficient electrical capacity to support Los Alamos County operators.”
    Rogozinsky, NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Lebak, officials from the US. Army Corps of Engineers, and Gardner Zemke, the contractor in charge of carrying out most of the project, met in front of the substation to thank all involved and to tell the public what the new substation will mean once it’s built.

  • County to explore urban bike path

    In response to a citizens’ petition, the Los Alamos County Council voted 6–0 on Tuesday to direct staff to investigate options for building an urban bike path through downtown Los Alamos and return with a recommendation for action within 90 days. Councilor Kristin Henderson was not in attendance.
    The petition submitted by Brenda Fleming requested a paved, two-lane path accessible to bicyclists, wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.
    Fleming suggested a path leading from the Canyon Rim Trail to Central Avenue, past storefronts, museums, Ashley Pond and Fuller Lodge to the nature center and aquatic center, with a possible extension to residential areas.
    “This would just be an awesome opportunity to increase tourism for families, bikers, wheelchairs, anyone who wants to enjoy nature in our town, increase accessibility,” Fleming said.
    “I think it would actually help our local businesses be exposed, especially if we added paths that led to the co-op and some of these other hidden places. I think it would just be a great addition to our town.”
    Approximately 85 people supported Fleming’s proposal through both physical and online petitions.

  • New golf course manager begins on Monday

    Sam Logan will begin his tenure as the Los Alamos Golf Course manager Monday.
    Logan comes to Los Alamos with nearly 20 years of golf course management experience, which includes work with the PGA Tour/Tournament Players Club, the International Management Group, Troon Golf and Four Seasons resorts.
    He has been named the “Most Admired Operator in the Golf Business” by Golf Inc. magazine.
    He also earned the “Best New Facility” award from Troon during his seven years with them.
    His pre-golf career included a full career in the United States Army.
    He comes to Los Alamos with customer service ideas gleaned in the private sector.
    He is also a PGA member.
    Logan was selected for the position several weeks ago and is moving here from Columbia.
    His wife and son will join him this summer after the school year finishes.

  • LA lacrosse eliminated in first round at state

    The New Mexico High School Lacrosse Association expanded its playoffs this year from four teams to six teams.
    After finishing fourth in the regular-season standings with a 9-5 record, that meant Los Alamos had to play and extra playoff game and begin its state tournament in the quarterfinals instead of the semis.
    The top-two seeds, Santa Fe Prep (14-1) and Sandia Prep (10-2) got byes into the semis while No. 4 Los Alamos had to take on No. 5 Rio Rancho (7-7) and No. 3 Sandia (9-4) had to play No. 6 Coronado (Texas) (4-7) in the quarterfinals.
    Los Alamos and Rio Rancho split their series during the regular season, one game apiece.
    The ’Toppers won the first match, 11-10, but Rio Rancho won the re-match, 14-13.
    The rubber match Tuesday at Overlook Park would not only give the winner the season series victory, it would also give it spot in the semifinals.
    Unfortunately for Los Alamos, Rio Rancho scored a 10-5 upset to against the Hilltoppers to end Los Alamos’ season.
    Rio Rancho will now take on Santa Fe Prep for a spot in Saturday’s championship game.
    Sandia beat Coronado 1-0 in the other quarterfinal. Sandia will now play Sandia Prep in the semifinals.

  • LA tennis players score all-state honors

    Two Los Alamos doubles teams and one singles player earned all-state honors Thursday at the Class 5A tennis championships.
    Both Los Alamos squads had a doubles team place third at the tournament while Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff scored her second-straight all-state honor in girls’ singles. After finishing third last year, Hsieh-Ratliff reached the third-place match again this year.
    Doubles teams Katya Skurikhin and Lauryn Anaya and George Margevicius and Andrew Tang also made it into the third-place matches this year.
    Singles players Thomas Chadwick and Junseo Kim and doubles team Alex Csanadi and Andrew Aboshousha were all one win away from placing, but got eliminated in the quarterfinals.
    To reach the third-place match, Hsieh-Ratliff, the No. 3 seed, won her first round match against Goddard’s Noor Osmani in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
    In the quarterfinals, Hsieh-Ratliff took on No. 6 Elise Ballard of Farmington. The first set was tight, but Hsieh-Ratliff managed to win it 7-6 (4). After the long first set, Hsieh-Ratliff shut out Ballard in the second set, 6-0, to move on to the semifinals.

  • LA baseball, softball ready to begin state

    New Mexico will crown its final state champions of the school year over the next two weeks.
    This weekend, the chase for the blue trophies in baseball and softball both begin.
    The No. 7 seeded Los Alamos baseball team will host No. 10 Moriarty in the first round, beginning at 4 p.m. today.
    The No. 11 Los Alamos softball team, meanwhile, will travel to Gallup to take on the No. 6 seeded Miyamura Patriots.
    The structure of each tournament, however, is completely different.
    In baseball, the first round is a best-of-three showdown. After that, the tournament turns into a single-elimination bracket.
    Softball is run almost the opposite way. The first round is single elimination and then the bracket turns into double elimination. After the first round, the winners move on in the championship bracket while the losers can still fight their way back through the consolation bracket to win the state championship.
    Both Los Alamos teams start with tough tests in the first round.

  • Today in history May 5
  • Investment group to meet Thursday

    Investment Group at BESC. This is an informal group that meets weekly at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 10 a.m. Thursdays.  The purpose of this group is primarily to share knowledge and information.
    Investment strategies, stock and mutual fund tips may be discussed, as well as general discussions about the economy, except politics are usually avoided. This group does not invest any shared funds as a group and is not an investment club in that sense. A new group that restricts it’s subject matter to options trading also meets at BESC, but meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays twice a month. Anyone interested in attending can contact Harry Watanabe at 662-6284, Don Blossom at 984-9995, or just show up at the meetings.

  • Graduation event seeks volunteers

    Volunteers are needed to help with events for the community-sponsored, all-night senior graduation celebration known as SAN (Senior Appreciation Night), for shifts that begin at 6 p.m. May 28.
    SAN was created as a fun, safe alternative to dangerous celebrations for graduates. The event is in its 32nd year and typically serves 350 students.  
    Volunteers are needed to work a two-to three-hour shift at an early evening barbecue, to hand out games at the Los Alamos YMCA Teen Center, to help at United Skates, Wild West Photos, a late-night carnival and to chaperone movies beginning at 12:30 a.m.
    Volunteers may email Diana Martinez at dmartinez@laymca.org, or call at 662-3100.
    SAN was created in 1984 by several community volunteers and organizations.