Today's News

  • On the Docket 1-24-16

    Jan. 13
    Christopher Jeffery was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to display a current, valid, registration plate and speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Andrew F. Nelson was found at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Jan. 14
    Jesse Gallegos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of shoplifting. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $160 in court costs.

    Jesse Deshamp was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of menacing behavior. Defendant was fined $1000 and must also pay $120 in court costs.

    Kyle Christensen  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having animals at large. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $60 in court costs.

    Charles Brandon Wood  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of menacing behavior and having animals at large. Defendant was fined $275 and must also pay $120 in court costs.

  • New ACT schedule starts Monday

    Atomic City Transit riders will have to be on their toes Monday when ACT implements new timetables and route modifications. The service modifications are the result of more than two years of planning and public input.
    Buses will now operate on a “pulse” system, wherein six of the seven routes will meet at the Transit Center at the bottom of each hour to facilitate transfers to the entire service area.
    Buses will also begin and end the service day at the far ends of their routes in order to collect passengers as they make their way to the Transit Center for the first time in the morning and distribute passengers on their last trip from the Transit Center in the evening.
    In response to public input, an hourly stop at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market has been added to Route 3 and the Downtown Circulator will now run every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to facilitate lunchtime travel.
    Transit Manager Ken Smithson believes the greatest challenge the new schedule will pose for riders is the need to break old habits. There have been no significant adjustments to ACT’s service since 2007.

  • Mental health team seeks input

    The school district’s Mental Health Design team sent a wake-up call out to the business community this week, urging the community to get involved in helping get its Healthy School and Community Initiative out.
    The initiative was created by the team to try to bring awareness to the issues and impacts of living, learning and working in a relatively remote yet intellectually high-powered environment has had on the students, families, employees and business people of Los Alamos County.
    Since the beginning of the school year, the team has been hard at work building a mental health profile of the community through surveys and data mining. An official report of its findings will be available to the public in late January or early February.
    The team has presented its initial findings at school board meetings, community forums and breakfasts and has raised eyebrows, especially when it comes to the team’s findings on suicide, stress, family dynamics and mental health. The team is hoping the information will spark positive conversations about mental health, and erase the stigma attached to people seeking help for mental illness.

  • 2 LA men busted for drugs

    A Los Alamos police officer recently arrested two Los Alamos County men for drug possession.
    During his patrol, the officer first spotted the man in a Ford Explorer behind the gravel pits near White Rock on N.M. 4.
    According to court documents, the officer could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle as he approached. He also noted that the man, and another suspect were acting nervous and “moving about inside the vehicle.”
    When the suspects, Brandyn Ortega, 20, and Samuel Newell, 21, were questioned about the marijuana, Ortega handed the officer a pipe and a container with marijuana in it. He also told the officer they were about to smoke more before the officer came up on them.
    During a search of Newell, police recovered a metal spoon and some “black tar” heroin. In his truck police recovered 2.5 ounces of marijuana, several syringes, a glass pipe for smoking, methamphetamine, beer and a half-bottle of whiskey.
    During the course of their investigation, police also discovered that Newell was on probation for burglary of a vehicle and theft of a firearm.
    Newell was charged with of possession of heroin, possession of marijuana (over an ounce), possession of methamphetamine, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of alcohol by a minor.

  • BPU slights Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary

    At the end of Wednesday’s Los Alamos County Board of Utility’s meeting, Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary raised the issue of how she was treated during her first meeting as the board’s council liaison.
    According to O’Leary, when she arrived at the meeting she was told she would not be joining the board on the dais as former Council Vice Chair and BPU liaison David Izraelevitz had done. Previous council liaisons also joined the board table when it met in conference rooms.
    O’Leary was directed to sit in the front row of the audience. Before the meeting began, Andrew Fraser – serving his last night as BPU chair – asked O’Leary to join the board at the dais.
    Also contrary to precedence, O’Leary was apparently told that she could not speak during the meeting. Former council liaisons have participated in board discussions, not to represent council’s opinion but to offer their own observations and to answer board questions. Fraser raised that issue as well during a discussion on the Future Energy Committee recommendations.

  • Nuclear trigger production could resume at Los Alamos lab

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Los Alamos National Laboratory could resume production of plutonium pit triggers for nuclear weapons.

    The Department of Energy endorsed lab changes listed by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, a Congressional oversight agency, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

    Plans also call for increased plutonium capacity.

    A Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration statement says the board's report references steps toward achieving annual production capacity of about 50 to 80 plutonium pits by 2030.

    "NNSA pursues a plutonium strategy that optimizes existing facilities and addresses future program needs to create a responsive infrastructure.

    "The FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) states that a modern, responsive infrastructure, which includes the capability to produce up to 50 to 80 pits per year, is a national security priority," the statement says. "The memos referenced in the DNFSB report document steps along the way to meet this need."

    The statement goes on to say that "NNSA continues to ensure that all our activities are executed safely, securely and in a manner consistent with applicable regulatory requirements."

  • Boutique Air, county to award flights to Los Alamos with promotion

    Los Alamos county and Boutique Air are giving travelers a chance to win a free round trip flight from Los Alamos to Albuquerque as part of a “Such a Sweet Deal” promotion Jan. 23 through Feb. 5. Three winners will be drawn and notified by email on Feb. 5.

    The “Such a Sweet Deal” promotion is intended to encourage travelers to spend time in Los Alamos by taking a short 30-minute flight onboard Boutique Air’s Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, featuring reclining leather seats in an executive configuration, power outlets, a pressurized cabin, enclosed lavatory, and a top speed of 300 mph. Travelers park free at the Los Alamos Municipal Airport.

    The drawing is limited to those 18 years old or older. Round-trip vouchers will be mailed to the winning entries and available to use through March 31. Anyone who has signed up for the Fly Los Alamos newsletter is automatically entered to win.

    Winners will be notified by email and all entries will automatically be signed up to receive future issues of the Fly Los Alamos newsletter, which keeps travelers informed of changes to flight schedules, future promotions or new flights and options offered by Boutique Air.

    Entry forms and complete rules are available at flylosalamos.com.

  • Glenallen Hill returns as Isotopes manager

    The Albuquerque Isotopes announced recently Glenallen Hill will return for a second season as manager of the club. The upcoming campaign will mark Hill’s fourth consecutive year as manager of the Rockies Triple-A team.
    Pitching coach Darryl Scott also returns to the Isotopes for a second straight season, marking his seventh in the Rockies organization.
    A new hitting coach will join the Isotopes in 2016, with an announcement to be made within the upcoming weeks.
    Hill led the Isotopes to a 62-82 record during his first year in Albuquerque, which saw the team finish third in the PCL’s Pacific Southern division.
    Before taking the helm of the Isotopes in 2015, Hill managed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2013 and 2014 after six years as first base coach for the Rockies. The 2016 season marks the 50-year-old’s 13th campaign in the Colorado Rockies organization.
    Hill began his coaching career in 2004 as the hitting coach for the Rockies High-A affiliate, the Visalia Oaks. The Santa Cruz, California native also served as interim manager for the Modesto Nuts during the last three months of the 2006 season. Hill has also served on the coaching staff for the California/Carolina League All-Star Game in 2006 and on the National League All-Star coaching staff, led by Clint Hurdle, at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

  • The Blizzard of AAHHHs coming to Pajarito

    For the seventh consecutive year, the ladies at Pajarito Mountain are planning northern New Mexico’s best ski party that benefits northern New Mexico communities.
    In carrying on the tradition, Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis are once again presenting the Women's Weekend Feb. 5-7.
    The annual not-for-profit event is presented to raise financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. Over the past seven years over $50,0000 has been raised for this charity. The event is open to female skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders of all abilities, including those who have not yet ventured onto the slopes. People can register online at pajaritoskipatrol.com or Pajarito Mountain's website, SkiPajarito.com, under the events tab. Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited.

  • Altmann kicks ski at FWT Andorra

    Garrett Altmann was smacking the snow with his pole out of frustration halfway down his run Friday morning.
    In Freeride World Tour's opening event in Vallnord Arcalís, Andorra, Altmann started his run on the feature-packed mountain face with a line through a tight chute. Altmann slid into the opening of the chute and then stepped into position for a double drop that he pointed it through.
    Lower on the course, however, Altmann ran into trouble.
    In a rocky chute above cliffs and a narrow choke, Altmann kicked his left ski as he approached the exit. Altmann then smacked the snow with his ski and shook his fists at the sky, knowing that losing his ski would result in no score.
    Altmann was one of eight skiers who didn't get a score after losing a ski or needing ski patrol's help to get down the run. Norway's Dennis Risvell double ejected after big cliff huck. Other skiers didn't clear the rocks in the landings and ended up doing cartwheels upon impact. Another skier kicked his ski without even falling.
    With so many riders not posting scores, Altmann ended up tying for 19th in the event, giving him 565 tour points.