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Today's News

  • Work suspended on golf course community building

     

    Officials were hoping the new golf course community building would be finished by now.

    Not so fast.

    Harry Burgess, the county administrator, released a statement Wednesday, saying the contract with the contractor, Gerald R, Martin, has been formally terminated.

    Construction activities have been suspended.

    The rest of the statement read, “at the request of the contractor, the county will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month. The county moved to end the contract after the project manager became concerned about an apparent lack of progress being made on the building. The contractor vacated the work site approximately three weeks ago.

    “An outstanding construction item involving exterior building lighting as well as an ADA compliance issue with one of the restrooms has resulted in the county being unable to obtain a certificate of occupancy. In addition to addressing these items, the scope of work requires the former Pro Shop adjacent to the building to be demolished and cleared to allow construction of additional parking.

    “The county is evaluating the most cost effective method to finish the project, seeking to balance the needs of the community against the preservation of the project budget and the taxpayer’s investment.

  • Flash flood warning until 6 a.m. Thursday

     

    ... FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY... FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... HARDING COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... QUAY COUNTY... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... UNION COUNTY... UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

  • Pedestrian hit on Main Street

    A pedestrian was hit on Main Street about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and Los Alamos Fire Department transported the victim to Los Alamos Medical Center.

    According to LAPD, , emergency personnel were dispatched to 119 Central Park Square around the post office in reference to a vehicle vs pedestrian crash.

    The LAPD statement said officers and medical personnel arrived on Main St approximately 50 yards north of Central to find an elderly female laying in the roadway with apparent injuries. Medical staff transported the victim to the Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

    The driver of the vehicle involved, Steven Fode, 25, was interviewed by investigating officers and arrested and charged with reckless driving. Fode was driving a 2006 Chevy mid-sized truck.

  • Forest Service offers reward

    The U.S. Forest Service will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for placing a glass jar at the base of a U.S. Forest Service sign which exploded on July 7, resulting in injury to a firefighter.
    The incident occurred between the community of La Cueva and Fenton Lake State Park near the intersection of state Highway 126 and Forest Road 376 on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District.
    Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Albuquerque Field Office, at 505-346-6914.
     

  • Surprises abound in new store

    Smith’s Food & Drug President Jay Cummins summed up the general euphoria with the new Smith’s Marketplace on Tuesday.
    “I can’t wait for our customers to walk in here tomorrow, because I don’t think they know − no pun intended − what’s in store,” Cummins said. “This is definitely one-of-a-kind in the Smith’s division, and I’d be willing to bet one-of-a-kind in the 2,600 Kroger stores that are across the country. It’s a spectacular store.”
    Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co.
    Although Smith’s has six Marketplace stores in Utah, the Los Alamos store is a new prototype and one that promises to outstrip even those that follow in its wake.
    The Los Alamos Marketplace has several unique features: a wine bar serving wine and beer by the glass, made-to-order sandwiches, pizza, salads and other prepared foods and a patio offering wine and beer service as well as canyon views.
    The store is filled with little surprises.
    The climate-controlled wine cellar offers a touch of elegance as well as a distinctive assortment of wines and a cigar humidor.
    A demo grill in the fresh meat and seafood department allows associates to prepare samples for customers. That department offers specialty items such as house-prepared sausages.

  • On The Docket 07-16-14

    July 14

    Dennis E. Royer was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle. Defendant was ordered to pay $61 in court costs. Sentence was deferred on condition he complete the conditions of his unsupervised probation. Sentence completion will be final on Aug. 14 2014.
    Conditions of probation include: Defendant shall notify the court of any change of address within 48 hours. Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Upon successful completion of deferral conditions charge(s) will be dismissed. Deferral period shall be 30 days. Defendant shall refrain from receiving any other citations during the deferment period. If the defendant fails to comply with the requirements set forth, the deferment agreement shall be forfeited. Deferred fines will be imposed and citation(s) will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles accordingly. A bench warrant may be issued for the defendant’s arrest.

    July 15

  • Lightning over LA

    Local photographer Skip Wecksung captures this image of lightning Tuesday night over Los Alamos.
     

  • Rael posts bond

    Los Alamos resident David Rael, who was arrested in late May for allegedly downloading child porn onto his computers, was released on a $5,000 cash bond Tuesday. He is due for his next appearance in court mid-August.
    Rael was arrested in late May when he showed up in a computer data sweep conducted by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office about a year ago. Agents assigned to the case were investigating the sharing of child pornography files within the state
    In July of last year, agents seized Rael’s computers during their investigation, after tracing and matching computer addresses and download records to Rael’s computers.
    In December and February of 2013 officials with the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory met with detectives in the Los Alamos Police Department to discuss their findings.
    According to a report from the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, Rael allegedly downloaded five videos from a peer-to-peer site showing nude girls 11-to- 16 years old involved in various sexual situations. Rael was arrested this May after LAPD detectives were successfully able to build a case against Rael.
    During their initial interview with Rael last July when agents from the attorney general’s office confiscated his equipment, Rael denied intentionally viewing child pornography.

  • Update 07-16-14

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Celebrate the 44th season. This week at market will be Leroy Pacheco from Los Alamos Recycling.

    Meet and Greet

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites the public to meet the Republican local candidates at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA room 608.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Raul Midon, with opening act Tiho Dimitrov Band. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Smith’s Marketplace.

    Surplus Sale

    The laboratory’s surplus property sale scheduled for Thursday is cancelled. Weather permitting, the next surplus property sale is scheduled Aug. 21.

    Breakfast

    Benefit breakfast for the American Cancer Society. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road. $7 for adults and $3 for children. 

  • Finally!

    Hundreds of people were on hand for the grand opening of Smith’s this morning.
    Los Alamos resident Paula Olson was the first shopper in line, arriving at 6:30 a.m.
    “It’s a beautiful store. A little chaotic at the moment,” Olson said. “I hope it goes well, I hope that everybody likes it, and I hope they keep the prices low. Because big stores get big heads.”
    Olson especially loved the counter full of artisan breads and the selection in the housewares department.
    In general, people were amazed at the size of the store and excited to see it open.
    A resident who has lived here 40-plus years said, “I’m excited, but I can’t imagine putting something like this is a town like this. The town’s too small? Why are they doing it? They say it takes two hours just to get around the store.”
    “I’m excited to be able to buy a bath towel in the county,” said one shopper who preferred to remain anonymous. “A bath towel and a lamp and car seats in the county.”