Today's News

  • Council tables immigrant resolution

    After some residents stormed out of Council Chambers, Los Alamos County Council decided Tuesday night to table a resolution that called for the just treatment of immigrants and refugees.

    Council voted unanimously to send the resolution, written by Councilor Pete Sheehey, to be discussed and possibly modified by a council subcommittee.

    Many residents who attended Tuesday’s public hearing were angry and said they feared Los Alamos National Laboratory might lose federal funding if council passed the resolution.

    “For a resolution that supposedly does not change current policy, the timing could not be worse,” resident Lisa Shin told the council. “Just days ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that sanctuary cities risked punitive measures in addition to cuts in federal funding. If the intent of this resolution is for Los Alamos not to be a sanctuary city, then it should include specific language to clarify this fact.”

    Others praised Sheehey and the council for bringing the resolution forward.

  • Two dogs involved in attack on smaller dog captured

    Los Alamos Animal Control Officers located and seized two dogs Tuesday that are suspected of killing a smaller dog, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.

    The owner of two shepherd-type dogs has been cited, according to LAPD Commander Preston Ballew. The attack happened March 29 on Acoma Lane.

    “Charges have been filed through the Los Alamos Magistrate Court,” Ballew said Wednesday.

    The owner, Leslie Sherman, was cited with three counts; two are dangerous dog acts, one for each dog, and the third count is a petition to court for the seizure of the dogs, according to the police report.

    Los Alamos Dispatch received a call at 1:17 p.m. March 29 about a possible dog attack, so Los Alamos County Police Corporal Sheldon Simpson and Senior PSA Officer Robert Aragon went to the residence to investigate the reported dog attack, according to the report.

    “…A witness observed (two) large dogs, one brown and the other black, come into the yard where a smaller dog was,” according to Ballew. “The (two) large dogs killed the smaller dog and left the area.”

  • Los Alamos National Bank warns of ATM data skimmers

    SANTA FE (AP) — Los Alamos National Bank employees have found scanning devices used to steal bank card information at two drive-thru ATMs in Santa Fe.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that bank officials say the two so-called "skimmer" devices have been removed from the ATMs. Police also removed cameras that had been installed above the machines to record customers entering their PIN numbers.

    Los Alamos National Bank President and CEO John Gulas said Wednesday that he believes the scam began last week, though it's unclear when the skimmers were installed.

    Police have identified a suspect based on surveillance video. Anyone with information about the skimmers is asked to call Santa Fe police.

  • UNM regents delay Los Alamos campus tuition hike decision

    The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has postponed the decision to grant a 4-percent tuition increase at the Los Alamos campus indefinitely because of state education budget uncertainty, university officials said Wednesday.

    A UNM budget summit scheduled for Thursday was canceled because university officials are concerned that Gov. Susana Martinez will veto House Bill 2, a bill that distributes funds to the state’s colleges and universities, according to a memo sent to the university’s community.

    “The UNM Budget Summit scheduled for April 7 has been canceled due to the possibility of House Bill 2 being vetoed and a special session being called,” the memo said.

    UNM-LA officials reached Tuesday said they plan to go forward with a budget review for 2017, even though it looks like the proposed tuition hike has been postponed indefinitely.

    All decisions made by the UNM-LA Advisory Board must be approved by the UNM Board of Regents, which includes tuition increases and annual budgets.

  • LA tops Española Valley; can win 2-5A title Saturday

    A crazy play finished off a crazy game between Los Alamos and Espanola Valley in their battle for the top spot in District 2-5A softball.
    With Los Alamos down by two and down to its last out, the team came up with three runs to knock off Espanola Valley’s Sundevils 10-9 at Overlook Park Wednesday.
    Espanola Valley, which had never trailed in the game until the final play, made two critical errors at the close of the seventh inning that allowed those three Hilltopper runs to score and give them the ballgame.
    On the game’s final play, Hilltopper center fielder Alicia Gonzales hit a long fly ball to deep left field. Sundevil left-fielder Sidnee Pollard, who had been rock-solid defensively during the three-game series between the two teams, misplayed the fly ball that she normally would’ve caught, and the ball hit the ground.
    That miscue allowed both pinch-runner Shelby Milligan and Janessa Gonzales to score the game-winning runs.
    With that play, and a bizarre play one batter earlier, also involving Milligan that led to a run, the Hilltoppers managed to secure the lead in the district standings outright and are now just one game away from clinching the 2017 district title.

  • Weather Update

    There is a chance the snow will turn to rain showers, according to the National Weather Service. Road conditions are fair, but police advise using caution when driving due to visibility and snow conditions. Little or no snow accumulation is expected during the day.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has not issued any advisories as of 9 a.m. Los Alamos Schools are not anticipating any delays or changes to the afternoon bus route schedule or extracurricular activities.

    The current temperature is 31 degrees with a high near 46.

    Keep logging in to lamonitor.com for updates.

  • HOME & GARDEN: Garden Club hosts pruning workshop to prepare for spring

    On a beautiful spring Saturday morning, a few local ladies (and a few men) gathered in the Memorial Rose Garden with Extension Officer Carlos Valdez to learn tips and tricks for pruning rose bushes. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service has been working with the Garden Club every year for 30 years on this particular talk.
    “It’s been a great relationship that we’ve had,” Valdez said, and thanked the Garden Club for providing all the beautiful roses in the garden. The Los Alamos Garden Club has been in place since the mid-1940s and has taken care of the Memorial Rose Garden since 1957.
    Although the workshop focused on pruning rose bushes, Valdez began the morning with general information concerning planting and rose care.
    Extra tip: It is best to ease into the growing season with water and fertilizer. In the same way, ease out of the season gently with those things.
    Plantings Roses: To explain most of his tips, Valdez used the example of bare root roses. “Find yourself a reputable rose supplier. You want to purchase the highest grade of rose that you can get,” he said. Once the rose bush is purchased, soak overnight in a bucket of water and plant it the following day.

  • HOME & GARDEN: Gardening is tough in Los Alamos, but there is help

    Green thumbs moving to Los Alamos often get a shock. Not only is the soil difficult to work with, but the water situation is a little tough, too.
    One can go all winter without a drop and a very expensive water bill, and then suddenly wake up to a deluge when the spring arrives. It can destroy all the hard work of nursing that flower or vegetable garden through yet another tough year. With the lowest annual precipitation count of six inches and a high of 30(!) inches, New Mexico is indeed a land of contrasts.
    So.. what to do? The New Mexico State University Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Office suggests the key to lessening water bills and frustrations is to just go with the flow. Instead of planting Touch Me Nots, Black-Eyed Susans and Spiderworts, try for something a little closer to home, plants native to New Mexico that are just as pretty and can thrive on little to no water.
    For vegetable gardening, a little research into how the Native Americans thrived up here on the Pajarito Plateau can go a long way. They did it on just a little water and very little work. The Three Sisters technique has been used by the pueblo indians for centuries. They discovered that planting beans, squash and corn together results in a garden that’s virtually maintenance free, even in the driest and toughest of conditions.

  • Softball stays on top of district with win

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team stayed a leg up on the rest of District 2-5A with a lopsided victory Wednesday on the road.
    The Hilltoppers scored in each of the five innings of their game against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, coming up with 5 runs in their first at-bat, then tacking on three runs in the third and fifth innings to close things out early.
    Reyna Lucero, the Hilltoppers’ ace, threw 3-1/3 innings and allowed just one run as Los Alamos pounded Academy 14-2.
    Wednesday’s game could’ve been a tricky one for Los Alamos (14-7 overall, 8-1 in district) as the Chargers gave the team a scare earlier this month. The Chargers, who have struggled throughout 2017, nearly pulled off an upset over the Hilltoppers in extra innings at Overlook Park during the first game of a doubleheader, but Los Alamos did come back to win that one, 10-9.
    But following the big first inning, there wasn’t a lot of drama to be had Wednesday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos features a lot of power in its batting order and had that on full display against Academy. Jayde Tucker and Taylor Collins both hit home runs, with Tucker also adding a triple on the afternoon and Collins a double.
    The two combined to go 6-for-8, scored six runs and knocked in five runs.

  • ’Topper baseball knocks off Academy in extras

    ALBUQUERQUE – The challenge for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team heading into the final week-plus of its regular season is to remain viable in the District 2-5A race for second place.
    Wednesday, Los Alamos cleared a big hurdle of that challenge.
    The Hilltoppers came back from a run down late to the district-leading Albuquerque Academy Chargers at Marburger Field to force extra innings.
    Then, in the top of the ninth, Los Alamos came up with three doubles to take a commanding lead and ultimately pull off the upset over the Chargers, 7-4.
    Designated hitter Travis Gonzales looped a fly ball over the head of Academy right fielder Markus Parrish, driving in a pair of runs that would ultimately give the Hilltoppers the win in the top of the ninth. Third baseman Antonio Gonzales doubled in Travis Gonzales one batter later for insurance.
    Instead of Los Alamos dropping another big 2-5A contest, as it did in its district opener March 29 after earning a big lead in extra innings, Hilltopper relief pitcher Rico Zerr came on to pick up the save with little trouble from Academy’s hitters.