Today's News

  • SCORE offers mentoring, low-cost training

    Considering all the business smarts stored in the brains of seasoned executives, it would be a shame to let it go to waste.
    SCORE gives entrepreneurs the key to that stored knowledge by pairing them with volunteer mentors who have decades of expertise in all aspects of starting and running a business. It also hosts workshops and seminars that teach basic and advanced skills that are crucial for a business owner to have.
    When the nonprofit formed in 1964, its name was an acronym for the Service Corps of Retired Executives, because early mentors were recruited from the ranks of the retired. The organization later shortened its name, as many of its volunteers still hold jobs in a complex and rapidly evolving global economy.
    Thanks to its resource partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and its nationwide network of volunteers, SCORE can offer its services at little to no cost.
    SCORE’s wide reach
    Santa Fe is home to one of the state’s most active — and oldest — SCORE chapters. Launched in the mid-1970s, it mentored more than 800 clients last year, and 500 more attended its workshops.

  • On the Docket 4-10-16

    March 30
    Selina M. Branch pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    March 31
    Dominic Crandall pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Steven A. Martz was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.


  • Police Beat 4-10-16

    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
    10:08 a.m. — Dulcinea Medina, 39, of Española was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was reckless driving on Central Avenue, Oct. 24, 2015.

    March 29
    2:36 p.m. — William Garrett, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    11:20 p.m. — Austin Gardner, 22, of Albuquerque was arrested on a charge of resisting/evading/obstructing an officer and refusing to stop vehicle in the 600 block of Trinity Drive.

    March 30
    3:33 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos male was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at the intersection of 35th Street and Villa Street.

    11:06 p.m. — Burgandy Brock, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence at the intersection of Diamond Drive and University Drive.

    April 1

  • Water is Life
  • Jemez Pueblo man sentenced for murder

    The A 31-year-old Jemez Pueblo man was officially sentenced to life in prison March 30 for a murder he committed on the night of Dec. 28, 2011.
    On that night, tribal police said they first encountered the suspect, Gavin Yepa, near the intersection of NM4 and Southern Street. Yepa had flagged down their police cruiser and told them “there was a woman at his house that was not breathing.”
    Yepa took the police to his house, and sat down on the his couch while they investigated. Police said in their report that once inside, they saw a large amount of blood on the floor that went from the master bedroom, across the living room and into an other bedroom, where the body of Yepa’s victim was found on the floor.
    The woman was naked except for a partially-removed bra, was later identified as Lynette Becenti, 43.  
    Police declared Becenti  dead. They took Yepa into custody, and noted that he was intoxicated and his clothing was disheveled. Once in custody, further examination of his body revealed numerous scratches and abrasions, as if he had been in a fight.
    Through later interviews of Yepa’s friends, police were able to piece together the events leading up to Becenit’s murder. One of them said they picked up Yepa that night in their car and offered to take him to a store in San Ysidro.

  • Sotomayor: Still tilting at windmills

    The first question St. John’s College President Mark Roosevelt asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor during her Worrell Lecture series appearance Wednesday related to her childhood love of reading.
    Roosevelt asked if she still had time to read “with your ridiculously busy schedule” and which books have meant the most to her.
    Books, for Sotomayor, “have made me think of human nature, of life, of ideals, of discoveries – things that I would never on my own come to. I want to see the world through other people’s eyes, and I don’t have enough hubris to think that I will find this on my own, or find the richness that other people have discovered completely on my own.”
    She named three in particular that have most affected her.
    The first is the Bible, which “opened for me an understanding of the person that I wanted to become.”
    “I don’t think the choice of whether you do good in life or bad – or caring about whether you do good in life – is inherent. People assume it is, that somehow we’re born innately good, but I’m not sure that’s true,” Sotomayor said.
    Sotomayor keeps a copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare in her office, which she opens periodically to mull over a passage.

  • NTSB releases initial report on plane crash

    The National Transportation Safety Board’s initial report into a plane crash that killed two Los Alamos residents in March has revealed no mechanical problems.
    It is customary for the NTSB to release an initial report on all aviation accidents, then follow up later with a final, more thorough report, when an actual cause is also listed.
    Los Alamos residents Karen Young, 46, and Thomas Spickermann, 53, were killed in the accident that occurred around 4 p.m. March 11 at the Ohkey Owingeh Airport on the Ohkey Owingey Pueblo, near Española. Young was reportedly the pilot.
    They were the only people aboard the rental plane, a single engine, special light sport aircraft manufactured by Remos, called a “Remos GX.”
    Officials from the airplane rental company said Young and Spickermann had rented the two-seater plane in order to become familiar with the takeoff and landing procedures at the Los Alamos Airport, 32 miles away.
    Just before the crash, eyewitness reported that the plane’s engine sounded “normal.”

  • Los Alamos Volunteer Fair Saturday

    The second annual Los Alamos Volunteer Fair will start at 2 p.m. Saturday on the UNM-LA campus, building No. 2.

    The goal of the Volunteer Fair, hosted by the 2016 Leadership Los Alamos special projects committee, is to “connect potential volunteers with organizations in need of volunteers.”

    This year’s Los Alamos Leadership Team for the fair is compiling this information into a database and will have it available for the public by summer. Organizations are encouraged to contact losalamosvolunteerfair@gmail.com if they would like to attend the fair or if they have questions or comments about this effort.

  • Le to play for Santa Fe Community Orchestra

    Ari Le is a post-doc student from MIT with a four-year appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working in the XCP6 group. Le is also the winner of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s Concerto competition.  
    Le will solo with that group at 2:30 p.m April 17 at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe, playing the “Lachrymea for Viola and Strings” by Britten.  
    The concert will also feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and the world premier of “Benthic Metropolis” by Santa Fe Composer Keith Allegretto. David Chavez is the guest conductor.  Admission is free.  Donations are appreciated.

  • Community Calendar 4-8-16

    Jemez Thrift Bag Days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Jemez Thrift Bag Days from 9 a.m.-noon.

    Dark night at 7:30 p.m. at Spirio Soccer Field, White Rock. Pajarito Astronomers will hold first county-sponsored dark night of the year. The public is invited to wander among the telescopes and stargaze. Mercury and Jupiter will be visible. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Chapter AK, P.E.O., meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle in White Rock. Stafford  will provide a program on homeschooling. Joanie Budzileni is the co-hostess. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.

    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.