Today's News

  • Board approves electric rate increase

    The Board of Public Utilities voted Wednesday to approve a modified version of a new electric rate ordinance.
    The motion passed 4-1, with Stephen McLin opposed. The ordinance will be introduced at council next Tuesday, with the public hearing at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in council chambers.
    The board removed one key provision from the ordinance: a $0.44 cents per kilowatt charge dedicated to a rate stabilization fund.
    Board Chair Timothy Neal asked Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt to explain the risks of not having a rate stabilization fund.
    “It’s a fluctuating market and trends are toward upward costs of power,” Westervelt said, explaining that the $1 million dollar target for the fund was only half that recommended by the department’s consultant on the rate structure, Leidos.

  • Storm hits local area hard

    Wednesday’s snowstorm made a mess of things around Los Alamos County, but at least one entity was celebrating.
    Pajarito Mountain announced this morning that it plans to open Saturday and Sunday. Lifts will be operating starting at 9 a.m. both days.
    The ski area, which has seen lean times in recent years, hadn’t officially opened for the season prior to today’s announcement.
    “More than anything, there is a lot of excitement,” said Stacy Glazer, marketing director for the area. “We knew that Pajarito would open. We were just chomping at the bit for conditions to be right.”
    That was the good news that came out of the storm, which dropped as much as 6 inches in some parts of Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos National Laboratory were on a 2-hour delay this morning as crews cleaned up icy and snow-packed roads.
    Police reported there were four traffic accidents related to the weather Wednesday. No injuries were reported, and only one accident resulted in significant damage to a vehicle.
    One of the accidents occurred at Trinity Drive and Central Avenue and another one occurred at Diamond Drive and University Drive.

  • Judge candidates have ties to LA

    The University of New Mexico School of Law’s First Judicial Court Nominating Commission announced its list of candidates Tuesday night for the judicial vacancy in New Mexico’s First Judicial District, Division 5.
    The First Judicial District covers the counties of Rio Arriba, Los Alamos and Santa Fe. Sheri Raphaelson, the judge that occupied the Division 5 seat for four years, was voted out in the 2014 election.
    The candidates for the position include, Jennifer L. Attrep, Julia Hosford Barnes, Paul William Grace, Tyr R. Loranger and Christopher Romero. All of them are practicing attorneys.
    At least two of the candidates, Attrep and Loranger, have ties to Los Alamos. Loranger, a private attorney based in Santa Fe, is a regular at the Los Alamos County Justice Center, having defended numerous residents here.
    Attrep, meanwhile, grew up in Los Alamos and is a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
    She is a practicing attorney currently living in Santa Fe. She is the only attorney on the list that has experience serving as a district judge, having served a few months in 2014 in the First Judicial District.

  • Pajarito Mountain to open Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain officials announced this morning that it will open for business Saturday morning.

    Pajarito announced that four lifts will be operating - Townsight and Spruce are the two that would not be running - starting at 9 a.m.

    The mountain was reporting 7 inches of new snow from Wednesday's storm.

    See today's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Today in history Jan. 22
  • Lab, schools, county delayed

    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County employees are under a 2-hour delay this morning due to road conditions.

    Also in the area, Espanola Public Schools and Pojoaque Valley Public Schools also have a 2-hour delay. Check LAMonitor.com for further information.

  • JJAB meeting for tonight at 6 p.m. cancelled

    JJAB’s MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR TODAY DUE TO THE WEATHER.  Next meeting will be Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

  • Rodella gets 10 years for civil rights, firearms conviction

    Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas R. Rodella, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court for his conviction on criminal civil rights and firearms charges.
    Rodella was found guilty of the charges in September. The charges stemmed from a March 11 incident in which the former sheriff was involved in a high-speed pursuit in a private vehicle.
    After the victim stopped, Rodella, who was not in uniform at the time, jumped out of his vehicle with firearm in hand, entered the victim’s vehicle, and assaulted the victim with the firearm.
    Thomas Rodella, Jr., the former sheriff’s son, dragged the victim of the chase out of his vehicle and identified his father as the sheriff.
    When the victim requested to see Rodella’s badge, Rodella pulled the victim’s head up by his hair and slammed his badge into the victim’s face.
    “The American people hold their law enforcement officers to high standards, and those standards are even higher for the leaders of public safety agencies,” said Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division. “Although the FBI realizes the majority of officers perform their duties in an exemplary and even heroic manner, we will not hesitate to investigate those who betray the public's trust.”

  • State Briefs 1-21-15

    Difficult conditions reported on some state highways

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Difficult driving conditions are reported on some northern New Mexico highways as a major winter storm begins to drop heavy snow.
    Affected highways include Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Raton.
    The National Weather Service says snow levels will continue to drop Wednesday, with the most significant impacts expected overnight.
    According to the forecasters, areas along and east of the central mountain chain will be hardest hit by heavy snow Wednesday.
    Strong winds are expected to develop Wednesday night in the middle Rio Grande Valley the upper Tularosa Valley.
    The forecast calls for snowfall to increasingly hit southern New Mexico areas Thursday, and winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories will continue through Thursday.

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  • Police Beat 1-21-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Jan. 8

    7:34 a.m. — Police reported a 45-year-old Santa Fe woman was involved in an accident with injuries at the intersection of East Jemez Road and West Jemez Road.

    8:43 a.m. — Police reported that a 62-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of identity theft at Pecos Drive.

    11:10 p.m. — Derrick Koehler, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .16 or more in the 3000 block of Arkansas Avenue.

    Jan. 9

    1:25 p.m. — Markisha Atencio, 20, of Española was arrested through a Los Alamos Municipal Warrant in the 600 block of Trinity Drive. The original charge was petty larceny (less than $100), committed on Trinity Drive Aug. 11, 2014.

    Jan. 10