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Today's News

  • Jail Beat 10-22-17

    Detained at the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center October 11 through October 17.

    John Craven, 35, of Santa Fe, was incarcerated October 11 following the issuance of a state District Court warrant served by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

    Christopher Roger Carmichael, 47, Alamogordo, was released October 12.

    Eddie L. Padilla, 46, Los Alamos, was released October 12 following an arrest on suspicion of driving while under the influence of intoxication.

    Gerald F. Heck, 39, Los Alamos, was released following his arrest by Los Alamos Police officers on a Municipal Court warrant.

  • County Briefs 10-22-17

    Swim lesson registration opening Monday

    Registrations for November swimming lessons will be accepted at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center starting Monday.
    Swim lessons for all ages and abilities begin monthly at the aquatic center.
    Along with walk-in registrations, which will be taken at the front desk of the facility, they will also be taken online at losalamosnm.us. A schedule of lessons can also be found at the county’ website.

    Phone survey for DPU starts this week

    The county’s Department of Public Utilities announced Thursday that it will begin an automated telephone survey of customers this week.
    The survey is scheduled to begin as early as Monday, although the actual start date wasn’t announced.
    According to the county, customers may receive the calls between the hours of 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
    The purpose of the survey is to assess the effectiveness of the DPU’s public awareness program, which is designed to promote natural gas safety. The county said the survey will allow DPU to measure and focus communication efforts to promote understanding of natural gas safety.
    Questions about the telephone survey can be directed to the DPU at 662-8333 or emailed to customercare@lacnm.us.

    Councilors will appear at summit, luncheon

  • Police Beat 10-22-17

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-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.

    October 11
    4:52 p.m. – Police received a report of a dog biting another dog in Los Alamos.

  • Federal budget clears the Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country" following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans' promised tax legislation.
    Republicans hope to push the first tax overhaul in three decades through Congress by year's end, an ambitious goal that would fulfill multiple campaign promises but could run aground over any number of disputes. Failure could cost the GOP dearly in next year's midterm elections.
    The budget plan, which passed on a near party-line vote late Thursday, includes rules that will allow Republicans to get tax legislation through the Senate without Democratic votes and without fear of a Democratic filibuster. Nonetheless, the GOP's narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate will be difficult for leadership to navigate, as illustrated by the Republicans' multiple failures to pass legislation repealing and replacing "Obamacare."
    The final vote on the budget was 51-49 with deficit hawk Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky the lone opposing GOP vote.
    Trump insisted over Twitter on Friday that Paul would be with him in the end on taxes, even though the senator has been critical of the tax package as it's emerged thus far.

  • LANL is waiting to hear about help for Puerto Rico

    The Department of Energy has not yet responded to New Mexico’s congressional delegation’s letter not to forget the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s expertise in helping Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria and Irma.
    A DOE spokesperson, speaking on background, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already directed the DOE and the Army Corps of Engineers to supply the Caribbean island with the manpower and technology it needs to stabilize and restore the island’s power grid.
    “USACE continues to work hard and do everything possible to support FEMA, the government of Puerto Rico and the people of the island,” a statement in a DOE factsheet said.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the DOE are currently working with Puerto Rico Power Authority and the Puerto Rican government to immediately restore power to the remote Caribbean island.
    The spokesman also said they are aware of the resources LANL could offer but the department and its Army Engineer Corps partners are taking care of the situation. The Corps is also receiving help from other U.S. agencies, including the DOE’s Western Area Power Administration.
    According to the DOE, the efforts mark the largest temporary power mission in history for the 249th Engineer Battalion on U.S. soil.

  • Mountain School is higher priority

    An estimated $3.4 million worth of work on heating, ventilation, air conditioning, wiring and roofing at Mountain Elementary School has been moved to the top of the list of capital improvements for the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    The public school board last week approved moving the ranking of capital improvements at its Mountain Elementary to the top.
    The improvement is part of the school district’s Five Year Facilities Master Plan, which is a document accessed by the Public School Facilities Authority (PSFA).
    The school, which opened in 1950 and was last renovated in 2000, had been third on the list.
    However, as the school district has begun finalizing renovations at Barranca Mesa Elementary School estimated to cost $14.8 million, the board met to consider the recommendation of Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya to remove Barranca Mesa from the top of the list and move projects at other schools forward.
    The change in ranking would assist in getting additional state funds for the work in a timely manner, said Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus. Up to $1.8 million for state funding for “systems” may be available.
    A few board members expressed concern that moving Mountain Elementary from third to first would slight the two elementary schools in White Rock, which are also at the top of the list.

  • Craven hit with more charges

     SANTA FE – A Los Alamos man faces new allegations of burglary and battery, and as a result was called in front of a district court judge Thursday to face a charge that he violated probation for previous incidents of residential burglary
    An attorney for John Craven 35, said he was arrested on a football field in early October, surrounded by young players.
    “He has an alibi,” said his public defense attorney, Jennifer Burrill.
    Craven had pleaded no contest to a pair of third-degree felony counts in 2015, following allegations that he had repeatedly burglarized a neighbor’s house. At sentencing in 2015, he received three years supervised probation and treatment for drug addiction.
    On Thursday, Craven’s attorney said he would deny the most recent allegation.
    “He was coaching football at the time of the incident; the field was filed with young kids,” Burrill said.
    Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said the latest allegation is that he was seen breaking into lockers at a spa. According to the allegation, he ran as he was chased by spa employees.
    “He ran, they chased him, and he ran again,” Wahlquist said.
    District Judge Mary L. Marlowe Sommer said Craven would remain in jail for the time being.

  • University of Texas makes pitch to Regional Coalition

    If it wasn’t clear to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities that the University of Texas really wants to be the contractor that manages and operates the Los Alamos National Laboratory, it was the second time officials visited with the coalition Oct. 13 at its regular staff meeting.
    “Of course, we have our own self-interest and reasons for wanting to do this,” former staff member-turned-consultant for the University of Texas Susan Rogers said at the meeting. “This is a serious responsibility that offers a great opportunity in terms of research, visibility and industry partnerships for UT.”
    She also said it would also be great for students and faculty.
    “It will be a wonderful opportunity for our institutions, our faculty and our students. There are many reasons of our own for wanting to do this.”
    UT System is one of many contractors that have shown interest in being the next contractor to manage and operate the laboratory when the management and operations contract expires in September 2018. The NNSA put out a draft request for proposals in late July.
    UT System officials first met with the Regional Coalition in late August, when UT System’s vice chancellor David Daniel met with the coalition for a brief visit.

  • UNM star earns second national honor

    For the second time this season, University of New Mexico cross country athlete Ednah Kurgat was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women’s Athlete of the Week.
    She also earned Mountain West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday.
    Kurgat a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, by way of Liberty University, helped lead the now-second ranked New Mexico women to a win at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour last Friday, winning her second individual title of the season.
    Just two weeks after capturing the individual title at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Kurgat won the six-kilometer race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course with a time of 19:23.2
    The leader from virtually the start, Kurgat led at every intermediate split before running away from the competition over the final half of the race.
    Kurgat’s title also helped the UNM women to head-to-head wins over 15 other teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ poll, helping bolster the squad’s position for the NCAA Championships next month.

  • UNM star earns second national honor

    For the second time this season, University of New Mexico cross country athlete Ednah Kurgat was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women’s Athlete of the Week.
    She also earned Mountain West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday.
    Kurgat a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, by way of Liberty University, helped lead the now-second ranked New Mexico women to a win at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour last Friday, winning her second individual title of the season.
    Just two weeks after capturing the individual title at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Kurgat won the six-kilometer race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course with a time of 19:23.2
    The leader from virtually the start, Kurgat led at every intermediate split before running away from the competition over the final half of the race.
    Kurgat’s title also helped the UNM women to head-to-head wins over 15 other teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ poll, helping bolster the squad’s position for the NCAA Championships next month.