Today's News

  • Police Beat 12-4-16

    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.

    Nov. 21
    6:01 p.m. — Police reported that a 19-year-old Espanola man was the victim of immediate notice of accidents at East Jemez Road.

    Nov. 22
    1 p.m. — Police reported that a 17-year-old Chimayo female was arrested for a public affray at Diamond Drive.

    1:05 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Santa Fe female was arrested for a public affray at Diamond Drive.

    5:11 p.m. — Police reported that a 36-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of careless driving at the intersection of Oppenheimer Drive and Trinity Drive.

    5:11 p.m. — Patricia Remelius, 55, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor at the intersection of Oppenheimer Drive and Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 23
    7:12 a.m. — Police reported that a 42-year-old Clinton man was the victim of careless driving at Grand Canyon Drive.

  • News for Retirees Dec. 4-10

    Dec. 4-10
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion             Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Swiss Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: BBQ Chicken Thigh
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus
    10:30 a.m.        Music w/Ruth

  • Mediator takes on NM budget impasse

    SANTA FE (AP) — He is a mild mannered attorney who negotiates out-of-court resolutions to legal disputes for a living.
    In his unsalaried job as the next New Mexico state Senate majority leader, Peter Wirth is positioned as a lead Democratic power broker for high-stakes decisions about plunging state revenues and essential government services when the new Legislature meets in January.
    Amid an oil-industry downturn, New Mexico has largely depleted state operating reserves, slashed agency spending, refinanced construction and closed tax loopholes without fully closing a stubborn budget deficit.
    In a wide-ranging interview this week, Wirth said his challenge is keeping the doors of government open and protecting programs that are economic drivers of the state. And that could mean raising more tax dollars from gasoline sales, corporate income taxes or even the legalization of recreational marijuana — ideas that have been anathema to the state’s second-term GOP governor, Susana Martinez.
    For validation, he points to Wyoming’s recent enactment of a fuel tax increase by a Republican governor and GOP-dominated Legislature.

  • ‘Nutcracker on the Hill’ set for tonight

    The Christmas spirit and what makes Los Alamos Los Alamos will be on full display tonight at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. That will be when Dance Arts Los Alamos presents “The Nutcracker on the Hill,” a unique take the classic Russian ballet that first premiered in St. Petersberg Russia in 1892.  
    This year, Nutcracker Director Jonathan Guise has infused swing music, science fiction and a little bit of Los Alamos’ illustrious past into the production.
    “This is our second year running,” Guise said. “It was such a big hit, we wanted to do it again. Many people said last year that they wanted to go see it, but they just missed it. We want to give everybody a chance to check it out.”
    Without giving too much away, the production involves a time-traveling spy, and the theft of some of some very important documents.
    Guise said he enjoyed writing it, which involved trips to the Bradbury Museum and walking around Los Alamos until the story came together.

  • Council supports making Bandelier a national park

    The Los Alamos County Council voted 5−1 Tuesday to support U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s efforts to elevate Bandelier National Monument to a national park and preserve.
    Councilor James Chrobocinski voted against the resolution. Councilor Pete Sheehey was not in attendance.
    Heinrich’s statewide outreach director, Michael Sullivan, presented the proposal to council.
    Heinrich’s white paper advocating the elevation of both Bandelier and White Sands National Monument to national park status notes that Carlsbad Caverns National Park is New Mexico’s only national park.
    National parks are considered the “crown jewels” of the park system. The Federal Reserve studied the eight monument-to-park re-designations that have occurred since 1979 and found that national park designation increased visitation by nearly 13,000 visitors per year, something that could bring increased tourism to Los Alamos County.
    Heinrich believes Bandelier – which has archeological, cultural, natural and recreational resources of national significance – is an excellent candidate for promotion. The white paper notes that most national monuments protect only one significant resource.

  • 60 toxic waste drums at LANL to be repacked after investigation

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will repackage 60 drums filled with toxic waste after an investigation into a 2014 explosion at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.
    The investigation revealed 60 more drums at the lab contained similar packing material that the drum at WIPP contained. That drum was packed at LANL.
    The 60 drums of waste, which are stored at LANL’s “Area G,” will be repackaged in preparation for their eventual shipment to WIPP. The plant has been closed since the February 2014 explosion, but is due to be open by the end of this year.  
    The investigation found that the exploding drum was packed using packing materials that set off a chemical reaction. The explosion spread radioactive waste into a section of WIPP, which closed the plant.
    The drums are contained in a cooled facility at LANL under 24-hour surveillance. They have been at the facility since 2014.
    “They need to be treated before they can be rendered safe for shipment and also to meet the revised waste acceptance criteria,” said Los Alamos DOE Environmental Management Office Spokesman Steven Horak.
    The repackaging and retreatment is expected to begin in the spring.

  • North Road could see traffic control measures

    The Los Alamos County Council heard a petition Tuesday asking for two speed bumps on North Road by Mountain Elementary School. Councilors voted 5−1 to have petitioners work with staff to determine traffic calming solutions under the guidelines of the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.
    Any petition with the signatures of at least five registered voters must be addressed by council. However, a previous council approved the NTMP policy as the means for addressing residents concerns about traffic problems.
    Sam Garner, who submitted the petition on behalf of 78 people, noted that although the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour, cars regularly travel through at 35 mph or more.
    “It would be nice to start this in our community so people who are moving here – especially by the schools – know that it’s safe for the kids that are walking around, and especially the kids who might not be attended by adults or a crossing guard,” Gardner said.
    Becky Cocina, who lives across from the school, also addressed council

  • State health dept. responds to county

    The New Mexico Department of health has responded to concerns expressed by the county over the health department’s recent scale back of health services for Los Alamos.  
    A spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Health said the office received less than eight visits a week, which, to the department, justified the cutbacks.
    “We will continue to evaluate how to best address the need for family planning and STD services in the future”, Department of Health Spokesman Paul Rhien said.
    The department also assured Los Alamos residents that they will be working to make sure residents using its other programs would continue to be served.
    “Our public health offices are important resources for our communities to access basic care like immunizations and other services to keep New Mexicans healthy. As we’ve noted, the Los Alamos office will continue to serve WIC clients, receive Children’s Medical Service referrals, and address infectious diseases reported in the community,” Rhien said. “We’ll continue working with the Los Alamos community to help residents who need access to these and other services as well”.

  • Leadership change comes early at SOS office

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s incoming secretary of state will take office early to replace a temporary appointee to the state’s top oversight post for elections and campaign finances.
    The Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday that Maggie Toulouse Oliver will take the oath of office on Dec. 9 rather than wait until the start of the new year.
    Toulouse Oliver was elected as a Democrat to serve out the final two years of a term vacated by Republican Dianne Duran, who resigned in 2015 and was convicted on embezzlement and money laundering charges. Duran acknowledged violating laws she was supposed to uphold by using campaign funds to fuel a gambling spree.
    Albuquerque City Councilor Brad Winter served as secretary of state for the past year under an appointment by Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • LAPD clamping down on thefts

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Unit will be conducting some covert operations this Holiday Season as a proactive measure against package theft on citizen’s doorsteps.
    As the increase in online shopping continues each year the draw towards a trend tagged as “Porch Pirates” also increases. LAPD also wants to encourage citizens who believe they have had a package stolen to contact LAPD dispatch at 662-8222 to report thefts.  Any suspicious behavior observed by citizens should also be reported.