Today's News

  • Today in history May 24
  • White Rock getting own zip code

    White Rock residents will be getting their own zip code beginning July 1. 

    For those affected, the new zone will be “87547.” According to the USPS, the zip code was assigned “in preparation for future growth in the area and to to continue to provide efficient delivery service for Los Alamos and White Rock Postal customers.”

    The code’s northern boundary ends just south of land owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “This week, all postal customers who will be affected by these changes are being notified by mail. If a customer does not receive written notification by the end of this week, they are not affected by these changes,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Monday.

  • Today in history May 23
  • Council to mull abolishing sheriff’s office

    The Los Alamos County Council will introduce an ordinance to abolish the sheriff’s office at its Tuesday meeting.
    If adopted, voters would decide the charter question during the general election in November.
    There will be no discussion during Tuesday’s introduction of the ordinance. The public hearing on the ordinance is June 14.
    The county charter places law enforcement duties within the county under the command of the police department. The sheriff’s duties are limited to serving court documents and maintaining the sex offender registry.
    “During budget hearings, the sheriff pointed out that service of process has become a riskier activity than has been traditionally thought,” according to the staff report. “Because the county has no unincorporated area, there is not a need for two law enforcement agencies in the county. However, recognizing that the world and society have changed in ways that increase exposure to violence, it may no longer make sense to have a sheriff’s office with such limited functions.”
    Council may take action on a business item regarding the reassigning the sheriff’s duties Tuesday. The charter provides in Section 304.4 that council may establish departmental duties through resolution.

  • Parks and Rec reviews spraying policies

    The Los Alamos Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division has announced plans to suspend spraying herbicides on several parks.
    The plan was to spray Roundup and EndRun Broad Leaf Weed Killer on Rover Park, East Park, Community Soccer, Myrtle Green, Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, Aquatic Center, Western Area, Urban Park, Barranca Mesa and North Mesa Sports Complex. Spraying was to start May 16 and continue through Friday.
    On May 13, Parks and Rec sent a notice that spraying in those parks would be postponed indefinitely. However, a press release issued May 20 clarified that spraying would continue in other areas. The notice reads:
    “County ordinance requires weed abatement, due to health and safety, and general appearance of the common areas in the community, and so county departments and divisions are continuing their weed control programs in other non-park locations, which include sidewalks, roadside right-of-ways, medians, airport facilities, and parking lots. Weed management also continues at the Golf Course to ensure playability of the turf.”
    The decision to suspend spraying in the parks was reached after citizens raised concerns about health impacts of those herbicides.

  • LAPD seeks suspect’s identity

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identity of a suspect in a shoplifting case. The incident took place at Smith’s in Los Alamos, according to an  LAPD spokesman.
    Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the male suspect seen in the surveillance footage.
    The vehicle shown was driven by the suspect, according to police.
    LAPD is offering a reward of up to $100 to anyone who has information on the identity of the suspect.  
    Anyone with information can call L.A. crime stoppers at 662-8282.  Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.
    To see the photos online, visit lamonitor.com.

  • On the Docket 5-22-16

    May 10
    Dulcinea E. Medina pled no contest in the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of shoplifting ($250 or less) and failure to give information and render aid. Defendant was fined $100 and must pay $134 in court costs. The defendant was also sentenced to 182 days probation.

    Probation conditions are: Defendant must obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant must also comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant will meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.
    The defendant shall make restitution as ordered. Money orders or cashiers check of $645 to be payable within 90 days.

    May 11
    Rachel Sanchez  was found guilty 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.

    Daniel J. Ortiz  was found guilty 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.

    May 12

  • Heinrich discusses gains for LANL, conservation

    In a phone interview with the Los Alamos Monitor Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) discussed some recent successes in the Senate that could have both direct and indirect benefits for Los Alamos.
    The fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has several gains for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), including an increase in funding for environmental cleanup from  $185 million to $199 million. Heinrich anticipates that the additional funding – along with the reopening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) – will reinvigorate the stalled cleanup program.
    “In terms of WIPP, the last time I spoke with the secretary, he assured me that would happen in December. And at that point a lot of the stuff that’s in Area G can start moving back down to the,” Heinrich said. “So there’s an additional $14 million for cleanup and a whole lot of progress once we get WIPP reopened.”
    The Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed by the Senate last week also impacts LANL.
    “The funding levels for everything from weapons activities to nonproliferation to laboratory cleanup and WIPP really bode well for the work that LANL will do over the next fiscal year,” Heinrich said.

  • Shelter Report 5-22-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • Question – employee or contractor – gets more complicated

    A commentator on a TV news show recently talked about new developments involving the ride company Uber. The commentator remarked that Uber has made sure to set up its procedures so drivers are independent contractors, not employees.
    The dilemma over independent contractors versus employees is nothing new. It’s just expanding and affecting more of us with changes in the way Americans do business.
    This was cited as a major trend at a national conference of workers’ compensation professionals. The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), meeting in April in Santa Fe, noted how new businesses like Uber are blurring the lines between employment and self-employment. This could lead, some participants said, to significant changes in how workers are protected, if they are protected at all.
    Workers’ compensation is provided by almost all employers to employees. Employees injured at work are entitled to medical care with no deductibles or co-pays and, if unable to work due to the injury, cash benefits as a partial wage replacement.