Today's News

  • Today in history Nov. 23
  • Local shop raises funds for young girl, family

    Boomerang Consignment and Resale in Los Alamos has declared that until Christmas Day, they will match all monetary donations, up to $500, to help 3-year-old Lorelei Hayward hopefully have a “Christmas Miracle.”

    Hayward was born with scoliosis of the spine, and has had nine specially made casts to help correct the curvature of her spine, which is crushing her lung and heart. She is being admitted for surgery on Dec. 2 to receive a new technology called “Magec Rods” that are surgically inserted alongside her spine to help keep it from curving.

    “Lorelei's mom needs our help to pay expenses and pay her insurance premium to keep the coverage so desperately needed,” said Anna Dillane, owner of Boomerang.

    Hayward’s mother will be out of work taking care of her daughter for at least a month. She will be hospitalized for up to 10 days after the surgery. She will then need multiple doctor visits for the next three weeks to check the rods, and then surgery every three to six months after that to move the rods as she grows.

  • Land purchase may facilitate development on southside

    The Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of 0.997 of an acre at 1907 Trinity Drive by a 6-0 vote. Chair Kristin Henderson was not in attendance.
    Councilor Steve Girrens asked that the item be pulled from the consent agenda so council could hear staff’s reasons for recommending the purchase.
    The staff report notes that redeveloping the area south of Trinity is a major component of the county’s economic development goals. County Administrator Harry Burgess charged Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher with identifying strategic parcels for acquisition by the county to maximize economic development in that area.
    The purchase will allow the county to develop an access road to 3.2 acres already owned by the county, which includes the Smart House.
    Fisher’s models show that with the road infrastructure, the county property could support 40,000-80,000 square feet of new commercial development ($8 million to $16 million in new capital investment) and from 60-120 jobs.
    The purchase of right-of-way from Centurylink would enable the county to pursue a four-way stoplight at 20th and Trinity as a means to enhance pedestrian safety and improve access to both the county property and the Los Alamos Public Schools administrative offices.

  • Roswell lawmaker to reintroduce daylight saving time bill

    ROSWELL (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker says he plans to reintroduce legislation that would allow the state to maintain the same time all year.

    Sen. Cliff Pirtle announced at a legislative luncheon last week that he will bring up the measure that would keep New Mexico on Mountain Daylight Saving Time throughout the year.

    The Republican farmer from Roswell told the Roswell Daily Record (http://bit.ly/1T6OXPK) that he may put the bill in the form of a joint resolution.

    He says a joint resolution would allow the measure to bypass Gov. Susana Martinez and go to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    The measure would then go back to the state and be discussed in public forums.

    The Senate approved of Pirtle's bill in March but it died while before a House committee.

  • MANHATTAN PROJECT NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK: Scholars’ forum launches park interpretation

    With the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy − which clarifies management responsibilities for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park − NPS is wasting no time in developing interpretation for the newly created park.
    To kick off this new phase, park service held a two-day scholars’ forum in conjunction with the Nov. 10 signing ceremony in Washington.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Cultural Resources Historian Ellen McGehee and Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan joined a roundtable of distinguished scholars and historians assigned the task of suggesting high-level, interpretive themes for NPS to pursue in more depth.
    The panel included nationally recognized historians such as Robert S. Norris and J. Samuel Walker, an environmental historian and local historians from Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash., the three sites included in the national park. There also were two representatives from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

  • SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Philanthropy behind the scenes

    There is something truly unique about the observance of Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos.
    While the doors are dinging with the arrival of more customers and cash registers are clicking, silently in the background, a philanthropic effort is underway.
    American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need – getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
    In Los Alamos, local businesses are setting aside a portion of their proceeds for nonprofit organizations – most local, some national or international. United Way of Northern New Mexico is a popular charity with the merchants. According to UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega, last year the Small Business Saturday merchants donated almost $3,000 to her organization.
    This year, UWNNM is the designated recipient of funds from more than a dozen of participating businesses, and several  have specified they will donate 10 percent of the day’s profits.

  • Police Beat 11-22-15

    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. 11
    9:27 p.m. — Monica Lash,  22, of Los Alamos was arrested for allegedly causing a car accident that caused property damage in the 400 block of Aragon Avenue.
    10:12 p.m. — Rowan Cantua, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana at Hawk Drive and San Ildefonso Road.
    10:12 p.m. — Camera Kerley, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of marijuana possession (less than an ounce) at Hawk Drive and San Ildefonso Road.

    Nov. 13
    12:36 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl report to police criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Diamond Drive.
    7:50 p.m. — Christopher Tapia, 23, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police Station. The original charge was shoplifting, less than $100, at Trinity Drive.
    8:21 p.m. — Kevin Snider, 53, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of indecent exposure in the 700 block of Trinity Drive.

  • Council considers resolution about ESA

    By a 5-1 vote, the Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday passed a motion that directs staff to work with petitioners to research a resolution supporting the Endangered Species Act, and to return with “information, options and/or a recommendation for action within 90 days.”
    Councilor James Chrobocinski voted against the motion. Chair Kristin Henderson was not in attendance.
    Donald Jones presented the citizens’ petition, which lays out the case for a resolution that reads, “The county fully supports the Endangered Species Act and strongly encourages Congress to continue full funding and enforcement without interfering with science-based decisions about the level of endangerment or protection of individual species.”
    The resolution lists 18 endangered or threatened plants and animals within Los Alamos County, including the Jemez Mountain Salamander and the wood lily.
    According to Jones, there have been 88 attempts to “repeal, limit, adversely alter or defund all or part of the Endangered Species Act.” He talked about the need for this type of protection.

  • Henins not guilty in standoff case

    Mark Henins, a Los Alamos man who was involved in a standoff with police this summer, has been found not guilty on all charges related to the incident, when he was arrested for allegedly smashing his neighbor’s window and assault.
    A police report on the June 19 incident said Henins, 49, allegedly made remarks of a sexual nature toward his neighbor’s 15-year-old daughter before allegedly smashing her bedroom window with a rock.
    The people he allegedly verbally assaulted were neighbors of his at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road.
    Police were called twice to Henins’ residence on June 19, and on the second call, police, looking through his window, said they observed Henins take a gun off a table and retreat into another part of his apartment. This action caused the police to close off a section of Canyon Road for two hours and evacuate the complex while they negotiated with Henins to come out. The standoff ended peacefully. The “gun” turned out to be a pellet gun. Henins was later released on bond.
    In Los Alamos Municipal Court on Monday, Henins represented himself, and the state was represented by attorney AJ Salazar. Appearing as witnesses were the teen’s mother and Los Alamos Police Officer David Boe, one of the officers that responded to the standoff.

  • County gets high marks on audit; 1 of 4 with a clean bill of health

    The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor has given Los Alamos County’s governmental entities a clean bill of health, one of only four counties that had no findings in this year’s audit. Chaves, Doña Ana and Quay counties also had no findings.
    The audit report states: “Annual audits provide important information regarding the financial health of governmental entities, highlight areas where corrective action is necessary to safeguard public tax dollars, and bring the agency into compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.”
    “I’m happy that the county has once again achieved high marks on its annual audit, and I want to express my appreciation for everyone who assisted in this effort,” County Manager Harry Burgess said.
    The full report can be found at http://osanm.org/government_accountability_office.