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Today's News

  • County hosts Dump the Pump Day

    Los Alamos County hosted its first ever, local Annual National Dump the Pump Day Thursday.

    Participants were invited to bring their bikes and appetites for a 3-mile community ride, followed by a free lunch of hot dogs, chips and refreshments.

    A few lucky people also had the chance to win the raffle for a mountain bike donated by Wal-Mart, and adult bike helmets donated by the Los Alamos Heart Council.

    The event, which was originally set for May 19 as part of Bike to Work Day, is part of a larger initiative to highlight bicycling as an effective form of transportation in Los Alamos.

    “One of the big goals that we are trying to achieve is to be considered a bike-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists,” said County Engineer Eric Martinez. “These events recognize the good system for residents to use and also let visitors know that you can also get around town on bikes.”

    Among the participants were members of the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department bike patrols.

    “I think it’s a good thing for the community and to show support for getting the word out about biking,” said Ryan Weir of the Los Alamos Fire Department, when asked why he chose to participate.

  • Rael stands trial for child pornography

    Los Alamos resident David Rael stood trial on this week for charges of manufacturing and possession of child pornography. Rael allegedly downloaded several files that depicted boys and girls under the age of 18 involved in various sexual situations with adults through the file sharing program called Ares.

    When asked about the files on his computer, Rael attributed the questionable videos to being blind in one eye and being intoxicated at the time of the alleged downloads.
    Rael, defended by Marc Edwards, holds the position of whether the videos in question was ever opened or watched in its entirety by the defendant.

    Rael was arrested for driving while intoxicated and causing an accident Jan 2016. He pleaded no contest to his DWI and was sentenced to 364 days in jail.

    In total, Rael is facing three counts of manufacturing child pornography, one count of possession and one count of distributing.

    The state gave its opening statement, which ran through the details of the case. “All the evidence and testimonies that the state will present today will show the defendant guilty of three counts of manufacturing child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography,” stated Assistant Attorney General Celedonia Munoz.

  • Police Beat 6-11-17

    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.

    May 11
    11:22 a.m. — Elias Jon Lovato, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested on a district court warrant.

    12:47 p.m. — LAPD investigated a report of larceny of hand tools from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Case is still active.

    May 12
    10 a.m. — A male individual reported damage to the passenger side door of his wife’s vehicle, which appeared to be keyed.

    5 p.m. — LAPD reported a robbery case where a purse was taken.

    May 14
    10:55 a.m. — Los Alamos Police Department investigated a burglary of a residence with no forced entry found.

    May 15
    8:30 a.m. — Joshua Padilla-Spanarkel, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court warrant. Defendant was released on a $500 bond.

    5:03 p.m. — Eric Sanchez, 29, of Albuquerque was arrested for forgery, carrying an open container and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

  • Baby’s first bake sale nets nearly $600

    Twelve-week old Rachel Parkison and mom Laura, a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School assisted with a bake sale for Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry on Monday. with a successful community fundraiser.
    Handsberry has had a re-occurrence of her cancer and community members and former students rallied to support with, “better living  through baked goods.”
    A GoFundMe account has also been set up by a friend.
    The sale raised $592.55.

  • Assets in Action: Teaching children to step up

    As a society, I think we are in a crisis situation, for which many may be unaware.
    Words really do matter and we need not only be aware, but have the discussions, teach our children and step up when we see ugly things taking place.
    The news this week highlighted 17-year-old Michelle Carter and the role she played in her boyfriend’s suicide.
    I find so many things wrong with this situation, but think there needed to be a consequence in order to ignite a nationwide conversation. We need to have the conversation!
    Recently at a community meeting, I was approached by a health professional that asked what we are going to do locally to make a change. I believe that many don’t even know one needs to be made here.
    We still need to teach children the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” At the same time, we need to teach kids that what you say can have a dramatic impact on another person.
    There are many local youth that don’t hesitate to tell a peer, “You should just drink bleach and die.”
    You might think it would be a certain type of student that would say that, but it can be anyone. That is why we need to have the conversation with all of our kids.

  • Community Calendar 6-21-17

    TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast at 9 a.m. in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus, building 2, room 230. Panel discussion on progress on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Summer Family Evening: Orienteering
at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn to find your way with a map and compass and take a journey by following clues along the way. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $0 for member families, $5 for non-member families.
    THURSDAY
    Lenton Malry will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library as part of the Authors Speak series.
    FRIDAY
    Summer Constellations
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify constellations and planets visible in our night sky this summer, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children
    SATURDAY
    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, $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • Malry to speak at library Thursday

    “Let’s Roll This Train” is a memoir by one of New Mexico’s leading educators and public servants, Dr. Lenton Malry. Malry will give a talk at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Malry is a great storyteller, and he has an inspiring story to tell, having been raised in the segregated South at a time when access to housing, education, employment and recreation were limited for Black people.  His family prized education and public service.
    It was his passion for education that led him to first become a teacher, then to become the first African American to receive his Ph.D. in education from the University of New Mexico, and on to become the first African American school principal in Albuquerque.
    He was the first African American elected to the New Mexico Legislature and the first African American Bernalillo County Commissioner.
     He served in the New Mexico legislature from 1968 to 1978, where his proudest accomplishment was a bill that provided for kindergartens in all New Mexico public schools. Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.
    Malry’s talk will be followed by a book-signing.

  • UNM football assistant resigns to accept upstart prep position

    Charles McMillian, defensive passing game coordinator and safeties coach, has stepped down from his post after three seasons to become the first head coach at St. Francis Episcopal, a new prep high school in the Houston area, announced head football coach Bob Davie.

    McMillian was a key factor in helping UNM’s improved defense. The team recorded just four interceptions prior to his taking over as the defensive passing game coordinator.  
    Since then, they have recorded 33, and the safeties have exactly half of all UNM interceptions over the last two seasons. Last year UNM’s passing defense shaved over 20 yards off its average from a year ago, down to 222.3 yards per game.

    Overall, that defense helped UNM to a school record-tying 16 wins over the last two years, and a school record 11 conference wins over that same span.

    “It’s really the perfect opportunity for my family,” said McMillian.  “I have always wanted to be a head coach at the high school level.  It will be a chance to take many of the things I’ve learned from New Mexico and my other coaching stops and implement them with a brand-new high school program. It’s a very exciting time.”

  • Local golfers perfrom well at NM senior tour event

    Several Los Alamos natives were among the top finishers this past week at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association Tournament held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

    The tournament, which had a total of 62 entrants, was the only event of the Senior Men’s Golf Association’s of the year held at Los Alamos County’s course, giving locals an opportunity to compete against their peers without having to travel far from home.

    The tournament was broken up into multiple divisions, or flights, based on the abilities of the participants.

    There were a total of five flights, each with at least eight entrants.

    In addition, championships were handed out in each flight for the person with the lowest gross score, as well as the lowest net score.

    The net score took into account a person’s handicap, while the gross score did not. It represented the actual score the golfer collected while on the course.

    Tournaments like this are broken up in this way to allow more golfers to compete for awards, instead of just the top group.

    In the first flight, Ken Koch, of Los Alamos, was the runner-up with a gross score of 83, finishing five strokes back of the top finisher, Chuck Padilla, from Las Vegas.

  • Local golfers perfrom well at NM senior tour event

    Several Los Alamos natives were among the top finishers this past week at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association Tournament held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

    The tournament, which had a total of 62 entrants, was the only event of the Senior Men’s Golf Association’s of the year held at Los Alamos County’s course, giving locals an opportunity to compete against their peers without having to travel far from home.

    The tournament was broken up into multiple divisions, or flights, based on the abilities of the participants.

    There were a total of five flights, each with at least eight entrants.

    In addition, championships were handed out in each flight for the person with the lowest gross score, as well as the lowest net score.

    The net score took into account a person’s handicap, while the gross score did not. It represented the actual score the golfer collected while on the course.

    Tournaments like this are broken up in this way to allow more golfers to compete for awards, instead of just the top group.

    In the first flight, Ken Koch, of Los Alamos, was the runner-up with a gross score of 83, finishing five strokes back of the top finisher, Chuck Padilla, from Las Vegas.