Today's News

  • Today in history Aug. 29
  • LANB's Wells to retire

    On August 21, 2014, Steve W. Wells notified the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Los Alamos National Bank (“LANB”) and Trinity Capital Corporation (“Trinity”) of his intent to retire as President and Chief Administrative Officer of LANB and Secretary of Trinity effective  December 31, 2014.

    Mr. Wells serves as President and Chief Administrative Officer for LANB and as Secretary of Trinity, as well as a director on the boards of both Trinity and LANB. Steve has been employed with LANB since 1985. He served as Executive Vice President from 1985 to 1994, when he was named President.

    “My time with Steve has been very beneficial. We share a common passion for our customers, shareholders, employees and the community,” states John S. Gulas, CEO and President of Trinity and CEO of LANB. “Steve has been a great asset to me and LANB. I look forward to working with him over the next four months as we strategically plan for the bank’s future.”

    Regarding his retirement, Mr. Wells states, “I feel fortunate to have worked with so many amazing 

  • Be There 08-28-14

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Authors Speak Series: T. Jackson King. 7 p.m. at the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library. King will talk about his books, which include a wide range of genres in the realm of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.

  • Comedy night supports HOPE pregnancy center

    HOPE Pregnancy Center is hosting “A Night of Laughs,” a fundraising event featuring comedian Mike Williams. A silent raffle and dessert gala will round out the evening. Williams’ will be there with a blend of stand up and musical comedy and clean fun. The evening starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 8, at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. The event is free to the public.
    HOPE Pregnancy Center is a Christian nonprofit committed to supporting those facing unplanned pregnancies by providing information and education, as well as material resources. HOPE also offers free pregnancy tests, parent mentoring and post-abortion support. All services are free and confidential.
    For more information about HOPE or “A Night of Laughs,” call 662-2300.  

  • Christian band to share inspiration in White Rock

    Over the years, there have been a number of Christian rock bands that have graced New Mexico stages.
    One of them will be in Los Alamos County next week.
    The White Rock Baptist Church will host a concert by Christian Rock band Everfound.
    Youth Pastor Jesse Mark said he has made it part of his ministry to get kids and their families listening to positive music. He has been working with middle school and high school students for five years.
    The “Welcome Back to School” music evening encourages youth and their parents to enjoy music together. The show starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 6, however the community is urged to come early and take part in other activities available, including tailgating, games and gift card giveaways from local sponsors (Morning Glory Bakery, Smith’s, Daniel’s Café and CB Fox, among others).
    Mark said many of the area churches will also be involved in the festivities to offer a true community feel to the event.

  • Identity thieves target kids as well as adults

    I’m sorry to report that child identity fraud is alive and well in 2014. If anything, the problem may be worsening as identity thieves devise new methods to steal — and use — children’s personal information. Most commonly, they’ll harvest kids’ dormant Social Security numbers and use them to illegally obtain jobs or open fraudulent bank and credit accounts, mortgages, or car loans.
    Many victims don’t realize there’s a problem until they later apply for a student loan, bank account, job or apartment and are turned down because of the poor credit history someone else racked up. Some families are even hounded by collection agencies or arrested because the debts or criminal activities were so extreme.
    There are no completely foolproof methods to protect your children’s identities, but here are some precautions you can take:
    While it’s tempting to simply not register your kids for SSNs until they turn 18, that’s not practical in today’s world. For one thing, they’ll need one to be claimed as dependents on your taxes. You may also need SSNs for your kids to obtain medical coverage or government services or to open bank accounts in their names.

  • State Briefs 08-28-14

    State Police: Bloomfield police fatally shot man

    BLOOMFIELD (AP) — Authorities say Bloomfield police have fatally shot a man following a report of a domestic dispute involving a possible suicidal man.
    They say the man was shot Wednesday and died after he was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center.
    New Mexico State Police Lt. Michah Doering says two Bloomfield police officers responded to a domestic call around 10:15 a.m. and were confronted with a suspect with a deadly weapon.
    Police say the reason for the shots being fired still is being investigated.
    No officers were injured and the name of the man killed hasn’t been released yet.
    Former Los Alamos Police commander Randy Foster is the new police chief in Bloomfield.

    4 killed in New Mexico crash of medical flight

  • Survey: State's piñon juniper trees are growing 

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Good news for pine nut lovers. Not so good for allergy sufferers.
    A five-year inventory of New Mexico’s forested lands shows positive growth rates among the state’s most important piñon and juniper species. However, other trees in the drought-stricken state have struggled more in recent years.
    Researchers with the State Forestry Division and the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station studied more than 3,000 areas across New Mexico between 2008 and 2012 to get a better idea of what was happening within the state’s forests. Officials say the resulting inventory is the most comprehensive collection of forest health trends in the state’s history.
    Sara Goeking, a scientist at the federal research station and the report’s lead author, said a significant trend identified by the inventory was an overall increase in tree mortality and a decline in tree growth.
    “Major factors affecting forest health include insects, wildfires and disease, all of which are related to multiyear weather patterns such as drought,” Goeking said.

  • On The Docket 08-28-14

    Aug. 11

    Gabriel Wadt pled no contest in Los Alamos County Magistrate Court to resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (service of process).
    Sentencing is deferred, on conditions of probation as specified. Defendant is advised that completion of all terms and conditions of a deferred sentence shall result in dismissal of this charge, but the record of the charge will still exist. Absent further order of this court, this order will become final as of Nov. 10 2014, and the charge will be dismissed.
    Defendant was charged $73 in court costs. Defendant must undergo 90 days of unsupervised probation.
    While on probation, defendant shall obey all rules, regulations and orders of the probation authorities, and observe all federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Defendant shall not purchase, possess or consume any form of alcohol or use of illegal drugs during probation, and may not enter a bar or any other liquor establishment whose primary purpose is to sell or serve alcohol. Defendant also shall not a firearm, destructive device or weapon.

    Raymond J. Martinez pled no contest in Los Alamos County Magistrate Court to use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $148 in court costs.
    Aug. 14

  • Update 08-28-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    GOP headquarters

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.


    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. South By Southwest featuring Mike Hearne, Jimmy Stadler and Zeke Severson. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.