Today's News

  • On Schedule 10-12-14

    Golf: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Boys soccer: Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Cross country: LAMS at Bernalillo Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, JV, 6 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 4 p.m.; St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Football: LAMS at Escalante, 6 p.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Jamboree, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 8 a.m.

    Boys soccer: Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, JV, noon; varsity, 2 p.m.

    Volleyball: Capital at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 10-12-14

    Yum Run returns for 10th year

    The 10th annual Yum Run will return this year Nov. 1.
    The Yum Run includes 10K, 5K and 1K races and proceeds from the event go to benefit LA Cares.
    The Yum Run will start downtown near Ruby K’s Bagels. Runs begin at 9 a.m.
    Registration forms are available at Ruby K’s store or at the business’ website, rubykbagel.com. For further information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Candia is perfect at final Pace Race

  • LA man sentenced for burglary charges

    If it weren’t for a bond between two Todd Loop neighbors that once was so trusting and strong that they had each other’s house keys, Los Alamos resident John Craven could have easily been killed.
    As such, things ended better for Craven, who will only get three-years’ supervised probation and treatment for his drug addiction, according to a sentence handed out by Los Alamos District Judge Sheri Raphaelson.
    According to court documents, Craven’s brush with mortality occurred in the evening hours of Jan. 17, when he apparently decided to help himself to some of Catherine and Mike Ragsdale’s possessions while they were away.
    However, Craven’s plans were interrupted when the Ragsdales decided to come home early. According to court documents, when the Ragsdales drove up to their home they noticed their front door was wide open. They were alarmed by this, since the Ragsdales clearly remembered closing and locking it.
    Mike went into his back bedroom and retrieved his gun, and started to look around where he discovered that a jewelry box and some drawers have been rummaged through. He went to a bathroom in the residence and pushed on the door. He noticed some resistance. He pushed harder, and when it opened, he saw Craven, the son of the Ragsdale’s neighbors across the street, standing there.

  • Chamber golf tourney: Swinging in the rain

    The Chamber of Commerce golf tournament went on as scheduled Friday despite some intermittent showers.

  • Folk band to play at Unitarian Church

    If there was ever a band who loves playing together and bring hope through harmony… It is Brother Sun.
    The ensemble will be performing Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Los Alamos. Show time is 7 p.m.
    Their blend of folk, jazz and blues music landed them with a No. 1 album “Some Part of The Truth” on the Folk-DJ Chart in 2013, where it remained for two months, and received strong airplay for the entire year and ended as the No. 1 CD on the chart for all of 2013. The CD also rose to No. 2 on Sirius XM’s Americana Chart. The lead track “Lady of the Harbor,” about the Statue of Liberty reached No. 1 on the Folk-DJ that same year.
    The band members are unique in that they are not from one particular place. The trio lives in separate areas of the United States, but come together to tour a majority of the year.
    “We have done solo work, but as soon as we start singing, we just sound like us,” Joe Jencks said. All of them lend their vocals to the performance.
    Jencks is from Chicago and plays guitar, banjo and the bouzouki — part of the mandolin family. Greg Greenway plays guitar, piano and ukulele and Pat Wictor can play several styles of guitar, including slide, electric and acoustic.

  • DPU looks at home solar rate structure

    It may seem like an easy thing to plunk a solar panel on your roof and start reaping the benefits: meeting some of your own energy requirements with renewable energy and even selling power back to the Department of Public Utilities.
    But home photovoltaic (PV) systems present challenges to Los Alamos County’s power generation system that are coming to the forefront as more homeowners jump on the bandwagon.
    The Board of Public Utilities is preparing to address the most pressing issue — assessing a fair share of cost for connecting customers with PV systems to the grid–as part of a comprehensive rate-restructuring ordinance under consideration.
    A Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by Leidos recommends that DPU charge customers with solar panels or other renewable energy generators a fixed wires charge, a recommendation that will be incorporated into the ordinance.
    Residential customers with renewable systems would be charged a $10 flat monthly fee starting in January, increasing to $15 in July. Commercials customers, schools and county facilities utilizing PV units would be charged $2.88 per kilowatt of connected photovoltaic (PV).

  • Update 10-11-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Tony Chan on Travels Along the Silk Road.

    Viewing Party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.


    Los Alamos Historical Society Made in New Mexico Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Technology Transfer at LANL: A 70-year perspective with Dr. David Pesiri. He reviews the laboratory’s history of transitioning world-changing technologies to the private sector.


    History & Science Trivia. 8:30 p.m. Monday at Pajarito Brewpub in recognition of Ada Lovelace Day celebrating women in science. Prizes awarded to top three teams.  

  • Montoya-Pacheco Wedding

    Ashley Michelle Montoya and Aaron Charles Pacheco were married Aug. 9, 2014 in Durango, Colorado. The bride is the daughter of Lawrence and Yvonne Montoya of White Rock. The groom is the son of Mary Pacheco of Los Alamos and Charles Pacheco of Santa Fe.
    Surrounded by family and friends, the wedding and reception was held at the beautiful Ridgewood Event Center at Blue Lake Ranch.
    The bridesmaids were Chelsea Abeln, Kiyana Allen Glass, Danielle Beckman and bridesman Isaiah Cisneros. The groomsmen were Drew Lara, William Pacheco, Ian Wright and Michael Gutierrez. The ring bearer was Jnai Pacheco, the flower girl was Lyric Gutierrez and banner holders were Yaza Pacheco and Lyric Gutierrez.
    The bride and groom both attended Los Alamos High School. The bride graduated from the University of New Mexico and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Genetics at the University of Colorado. The groom attended University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and New Mexico State University and is currently a software developer.
    The couple resides in Aurora, Colorado. 

  • Feds close part of Jemez for mouse

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — In the latest dispute over public lands in the West, federal authorities have ordered the closure of parts of Santa Fe National Forest to protect a tiny mouse that recently won protection as an endangered species.
    The U.S. Forest Service ordered last week the immediate closure of four pockets in the Jemez Mountains — including a spot near a campground — to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.
    “It is prohibited to conduct any activity, go into, or be upon the areas encompassing ‘occupied habitat’ for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse,” forest supervisor Maria T. Garcia wrote in the closure order
    Violators could have fines up to $5,000.
    Forest Service officials have already closed off other areas this year to prevent damage to the habitat of the mouse under the Endangered Species Act. A proposal by federal wildlife managers also calls for setting aside as critical habitat nearly 200 miles along streams and wetlands in a dozen counties in New Mexico and parts of Arizona.

  • Cone Zone 10-12-14

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    Oppenheimer north (library driveway) is scheduled to be paved Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Once this paving is complete, the library driveway and west parking lot will be opened for traffic.
    Once the library driveway is open, likely around 6:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, the contractor will close Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street. (Directions starting from westbound Central: right at 15th, left at Nectar which turns into Peach Street, then left onto Bathtub Row. Directions starting from eastbound Canyon: left at Rose, left at Peach, and a quick right onto Bathtub Row). This closure will remain in place for approximately two weeks.
    Paving Central between Oppenheimer and 20th Street, including the Bathtub Row intersection, is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
    Once the paving is complete the contractor will continue with concrete work within the closure.
    Once Bathtub Row is open, the library driveway will need to close one more time to complete remaining concrete work.