Today's News

  • Santa Fe man faces multiple charges

    A Santa Fe resident was recently arraigned in district court, charged with one count of false evidence of title or registration, one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of marijuana or cannabinoids, one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, one count of concealing identity and other charges.
    Hector Santana, 33, was arrested June 15 at the intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street when police took notice of his New Mexico license plate, which had nothing but zeros.
    However, when police activated their lights and later their siren in an effort to have him pull over his car, Santana allegedly kept going and didn’t stop until he reached the Los Alamos Co-Op parking lot further down the road.
    “The driver continued to drive and did not stop until he had reached the rear of the Los Alamos Beer Co-Op, said a police officer in a police report documenting the incident. “This is approximately one-eighth of a mile from where I initiated my emergency lights and approximately 50 yards, or 150 feet from where I initiated my siren.”

  • Police respond to 5 reports of violent crimes

    Los Alamos Police Department reported 30 larceny reports in the county in the second quarter of 2015.
    LAPD put out its second quarter crime statistics Thursday. According to the police, there were five violent crime reports — crimes involving homicide, rape, aggravated assault or aggravated burglary — in the second quarter of the year, a slight increase from this time last year.
    According to the police, offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report Program. Offenses are classified as crimes against persons or crimes against property.
    LAPD responded to a total of 44 part one offense complaints between April and June, which was down by nearly half from the same period in 2014.
    Of the violent crimes, four of the five were classified as aggravated assault. There was one reported rape case in the county in the second quarter.
    While the larceny category — defined as the unlawful taking of goods from another person — was by far the most active category last quarter, there was also a significant drop in the total number, from 64 reported cases a year ago to 30 in 2015.
    It was also a slight drop from the first quarter of 2015, when 37 cases were reported to police.
    In 2014, there was a total of 80 part one crimes responded to by police.

  • Police Beat 8-30-15

    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.

    Aug. 20

    9:39 a.m. — Police reported that an 80-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an accident with no injuries on Aztec Avenue.

    Aug. 21

    8:39 a.m. — Police reported that a 67-year-old Los Alamos man was a victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Rover Boulevard.

    5:30 p.m. — Fernando Trujillo, 23, of Española was arrested through a district court warrant. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance at N.M. 502 June 17.

    9:46 p.m. — A 35-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2,500) at Hawk Drive.

    Aug. 22

    10:50 a.m. — John Guitterrez, 33 of Cordova was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at the intersection of 47th Street and Trinity Drive.

  • ’Toppers start home tournament with OT win

    Despite leading most of the contest, the Hilltopper boys soccer team (1-0-1) needed overtime to take down previously unbeaten Clovis (3-0-1) in the first round of its home tournament Friday morning, 2-1.
    After scoring in the 79th minute, Clovis had all of the momentum heading into the extra period.
    Los Alamos’ Levon Wiggins. however, got the golden goal in the 84th minute to send the Hilltoppers to the semifinals in the Louie Cernicek bracket Saturday morning. Visit lamonitor.com for more tournament coverage.
    Wiggins got the ball deep in Clovis territory. Clovis’ goalkeeper then dove after the ball, but Wiggins kept it away from him.
    Another player slid trying to knock the ball loose, but Wiggins chipped the ball over him for the score, and the win.
    “Clovis was flying high so we needed an outstanding individual effort like Levon’s to win the game,” Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said. “For us to regroup, stay organized and give ourselves a chance to win was outstanding.”

  • Los Alamos handles Moriarty easily, 10-0

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team had trouble finishing Tuesday at Bosque.
    Its solution to the problem was to shoot, shoot and shoot some more Thursday against Moriarty.
    “You can only finish if you shoot,” head coach Gary Ahlers said. “We were shooting from every position and every angle.”
    After putting over 30 shots on goal, and numerous others wide or high, Los Alamos got its 10th goal into the back of the net to beat Moriarty, 10-0, in the 68th minute Thursday.
    Six ’Toppers scored in the game.
    Sienna Ahlers led Los Alamos with four goals in the game, including a first-half hat trick. Katie Hopkins scored twice while Abby Schmalz, Allissia Haagenstad, Maria Sandoval and Jaci Linn all added goals, as well.
    “Everybody was shooting,” coach Ahlers said.
    Schmalz scored the team’s first goal, bouncing it off of the post and in, just over a minute into the game.
    Later in the half, Emily Hopkins and Ahlers started connecting. Hopkins played a trio of through balls, which Ahlers ran down to get behind the defense, and then beat Morarty’s goalkeeper in one-on-ones.
    Just before halftime, Sandoval placed a high shot just above the goalkeeper’s reach to give Los Alamos a 6-0 lead at the break.

  • Game of the week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    The Los Alamos volleyball team will look to make a statement in its first game of the season tonight.
    Los Alamos begins its new year against the team who ended its state run last year in the quarterfinals — St. Pius X.
    With seven seniors bringing a lot of experience, and height, to the court, the Hilltoppers have high hopes for the new season and want to begin it by ending the Spartans’ recent dominance over them.
    The game will take place in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ home opener isn’t until Sept. 9 when it welcomes St. Michael’s to town.

  • Community calendar 9-2-15

    Community calendar


    Recurring meetings


    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact the community editor immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.


    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Mondays except holidays. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.


    CoDA, an open 12-step group for recovery from codependency, meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at White Rock Methodist Church on Meadow Lane. For information call 672-3874 or 672-1498.


    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.


  • Births 8-30-15

    July 27: A girl, Lisa Raylynn Dishta, born to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Dishta
    Aug. 8: A girl, Naevia Grace Villa, born to Tamara Sanchez and Jesse Villa
    Aug. 8: A boy, Matthias Anthony Fabian Abeyta, born to Ambrosha Baca and Leon Abeyta
    Aug. 11: A boy, Patrick Stuart Taylor, born to Laura and Stuart Taylor
    Aug. 12: A boy, Preston Scott Tyler, born to Amanda Apgar and Eric Tyler
    Aug. 15: A boy, Gilbert Joseph Lopez, born to Tammy and Bobby Lopez

  • Freshmen Parent Night is Monday

     All parents of current Los Alamos High School freshmen are invited to attend Freshmen Parent Night on Monday beginning at 6 p.m. in the Speech Theater.
    “This is our second year hosting a Freshmen Parent Night,” said Cindy Black, one of the guidance counselors at the high school. “It gives us one more opportunity to answer any lingering questions parents and students may have about the first year of high school.”
    Topics to be covered at Freshmen Parent Night will include Freshmen Academy, credit requirements, the new Academic Support Center, Academic Time, Saturday School and Naviance.
    For more information about Freshmen Parent Night, contact the LAHS Guidance Office at 663-2797.

  • People in the news 8-30-15

    Aubrie Powell, of Los Alamos, a graduate of Los Alamos High School, has graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in music.
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    The following Los Alamos students will begin their first semester at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales this fall: Trisha Barks, John Dermer, Miranda Honnell, Lauren Mazuranich, Jacqueline Fernandes and Richard Morley.

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    Kendall Schneider and Mariah Zerr, of Los Alamos, have been selected to serve as President’s Ambassadors at Eastern New Mexico University.

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    Erik Bojorquez and Taylor Pomeroy, both of Los Alamos, were named Eastern New Mexico University counselors for Dawg Days 2015. Dawg Days is the annual back-to-school kickoff weekend that serves as a welcome to new students. The weekend’s events, including a foam party and community barbeque, are led by the Dawg Days counselors.

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