Today's News

  • Living Treasure: John Stewart

    “If everyone in the world had a neighbor like John, this would be a wonderful world.”
    Behind most endeavors is someone who just does his job, keeps things going, avoids the limelight – and is indispensable. Such a one is 2014 Living Treasure John Stewart.
    John was born in New York City and raised mostly in Richland, Washington, where his father worked at the Hanford Atomic Site. He graduated from Washington State College with a degree in psychology, but two years in the Army convinced him that a different specialty might enhance his job prospects. Returning to school, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics. He and Margaret married in 1955; a 60th wedding anniversary beckons. John hired on at the Los Alamos Laboratory in 1959 as a computer programmer (later system manager). He started working in an astronomy group, then oceanography, and ended with seismology.
    “When I retired, I didn’t know what to do with myself, what to keep me off the street.” John reached out to the community.

  • Living Treasure: Gene Mortensen

    “From Sullivan Field here in Los Alamos, welcome to Hilltopper football!” … “From Edward Medina Gymnasium in Espanola, welcome to Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball!” … “From Santa Fe, Farmington, from Silver City, Las Cruces, … !” 2014 Los Alamos Living Treasure Gene Mortensen - the radio voice of Los Alamos sports, the ‘Voice of the Toppers.’
    Owner of a beautiful baritone (and a quick repartee) Gene Mortensen is one of those rare adults in Los Alamos, a native New Mexican. Gene grew up and met Gail, his wife of over 54 years (also a New Mexico native) in Albuquerque during his student days at UNM. “That was it for me; I was ‘one and done’ as they say.”

  • Living Treasure: Teralene S. Fox

    Throughout her life, 2014 Living Treasure Teralene (Terry) Foxx has felt close to nature. “When I
    was six, we moved to a wheat ranch in Idaho on the Little Camas Prairie. Every spring the Camas lilies bloomed. We would walk along the road and my mother would talk about the lilies or pick up a snake and let us touch it. That was my introduction”, Terry’s interest was cemented at the College of Idaho. There she took a seven- week camping field trip from Southern Idaho into Mexico, studying the flora and fauna of Mexico and the Southwest. Later she earned an MS in biology from Kansas State University.

    Terry and her husband Jim arrived in Los Alamos in 1969 with two daughters Alison and Erin.
    He had accepted a job as an inorganic chemist at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. Their third
    daughter, Kerri, was born in Los Alamos. Terry credits the pull of Los Alamos’ natural setting as
    an immediate attraction. “I have a heart for the mountains. I never got use to the flatness of
    Kansas. It was a chance to come back home.”

  • NanoDays at the Bradbury Science Museum

    The Bradbury Science Museum celebrates NanoDays with a week of events April 7-13.
    NanoDays is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.
    At the nanoscale — the scale of atoms and molecules — many common materials exhibit unusual properties. The ability to manipulate matter at this microscopic size enables innovations that were never before possible. Using these advancements, nanotechnology is revolutionizing how scientists research and develop medicine, computing, food, energy and many other things people rely on.
    Other activities include using electricity to shape memory metal and exploring thin films — the reason bubbles have so many colors. A movie series related to nanotechnology “Making Stuff,” will be shown at 1 p.m. every day. There are four movies to the PBS series and include the themes “smaller, stronger, cleaner and smarter.” The Science Cinema movie will be shown at 10:30 a.m. April 12 and will also be a nano-related film about atoms by Bill Nye the Science Guy.

  • Game Commission names finalists

    The New Mexico State Game Commission announced Thursday, after more than three hours of deliberation, a list of four finalists for the director position of the Department of Game and Fish. The finalists are:
    Edward “Ted” Koch, employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He holds a master’s degree in zoology and a bachelor’s degree in biology.
    Brian Wakeling, employed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He holds a master’s degree in environmental resources and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology.
    Alexandra J. Sandoval, employed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management.
    Matthew Wunder, employed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He holds a Ph.D in natural resources and environment, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in wildlife biology.
     By the application deadline of March 24, the commission received 13 applications.
    The commission will conduct final interviews May 14 at the department’s Albuquerque office. The commission will name the department’s new director at the May 15 commission meeting. 

  • Fundraiser supports Summer Concert Series

    To kick off this year’s Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, there will be a fundraiser with an auction — with several items that were donated by local businesses and members of the community.
    The event starts at 7 tonight at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge with music by DK & the Affordables, with special guests musician Eddy Partridge of the Nomads fame and James Carothers of the Renegade Mountain Band.
    The silent and live auction will begin at 8:30 p.m. All funds goes into the 2014 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. Only cash and checks will be accepted.
    The price of the event is $15 per person and $25 per couple.
    The food items available will be hand-pressed hamburgers or cheeseburgers cooked on a grill with all the fixings, including green chile, lettuce, onions, etc. The dinner comes with Aunt Annie’s coleslaw, Mama Debe’s Texas baked beans and soda for $8. If the food items do not appeal, the public is free to bring its own refreshments.
    The Summer Series line-up starts May 16 at Overlook Park and then moves to the new stage at Ashley Pond on May 23. The complete schedule of entertainment will be available next week.
    Auction Items for 2014 Summer Concert Series:
    • Personal two hour plane ride in Cessna 210 with Rob Heineman around northern New Mexico Value.

  • Crews scheduled to enter WIPP

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Crews investigating a radiation leak from the federal government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico hope to make a second trip into the half-mile-deep repository Friday.
    The Department of Energy detailed the plans at a community meeting Thursday evening.
    Officials said workers who went into Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on Wednesday to install air monitors and communications equipment found no airborne radiation. On Friday, however, they said workers are prepared to encounter contamination as they make their way further into the mine.
    If all goes well Friday, officials say that should set the stage for a third entry, when crews will try to figure out what caused the release.

  • Santa Fe man pleads guilty to embezzlement

    A Santa Fe man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $42,000 from a New Mexico tribe over an eight-month period.
    Prosecutors say 60-year-old Ramiro R. Flores entered into a plea agreement Thursday.
    They say Flores will be required to pay restitution to the San Ildefonso Pueblo in an amount to be determined by the court and also be sentenced to probation.
    Flores was indicted last October on six counts of embezzlement from a tribal organization.
    According to the indictment, Flores embezzled $42,856 from San Ildefonso Pueblo between June 2011 and February 2012.
    At the time, Flores was employed as the program director for the Pueblo’s Parks and Wildlife Program.
    The case was investigated by the Santa Fe office of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon K. Stanford.


  • Police Beat 04-04-14

    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.
    March 27

    10:53 a.m. ­— Daniel Martinez, 54, of Alcalde was arrested on a warrant issued by Los Alamos District Court at the Los Alamos police station.

    2:16 p.m. — A 16-year-old Alcade male was arrested for shoplifting at an address in Alcade.

    2:23 p.m. — A 15-year-old Hernandez female was arrested for shoplifting at an address in Hernandez.
    March 29
    2:36 a.m. — Garrett Katcher, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on Brisa Del Bosque on a charge of aggravated (refusal to submit to chemical testing) driving while intoxicated.

    11 p.m.— Dennis Casias, 50, of Los Alamos was arrested in the 2000 block of Trinity Drive for aggravated driving while intoxicated, with a blood alcohol level of .16 or more.

    11:34 p.m. — Nathan Lindsay, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at the intersection of Grand Canyon Drive and Meadow Lane on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
    March 30

  • Update 04-04-14

    Mobile adoption

    Mobile adoption and Doggy Kissing Booth from 9-11 a.m. Sunday at Posse Lodge. ‘Ask the Trainer’ table will be available to get some personal training advice from Sue Barns, who trains dogs for Assistance Dogs of the West, and has co-authored the book “Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog.”


    Summer Concert Fundraiser. Music starts at 7 p.m. today, auction at 8:30 p.m. at Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Lots of stuff to bid on to raise funds for the Summer Concert Series. Featuring music by DK & The Affordables, with special guests Ed Partridge and James Carothers. Tickets $15, couples $25. For more information call 690-2484 or email russ@gordonssummerconcerts.com.

    Bag Days

    Bag Days are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jemez House Thrift Shop, 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.


    Posse Lodge Pancake Breakfast. 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday. All proceeds will benefit Los Alamos’ Friends of the Shelter. FOS will feature a silent auction of gift baskets donated by Zena Thomas and Best Buddy Baskets. The auction goes on all morning, as well as a chance to sign up for the Dog Jog before rates increase. Cost is $7 for adults, and $4 for kids 10 years and younger.