Today's News

  • Police Beat 02-21-12

    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.

    Feb. 9

    1:32 p.m. – Aspen Elementary School reported that a 12-year-old female, Los Alamos, is alleging that she had been raped near Los Alamos High School. The case is under investigation.

    11:33 p.m. – A 28-year-old man reported that he had been bitten by an undisclosed animal at 3917 West Rd. The animal was impounded.

    Feb. 10

    1:19 p.m. – A 29-year-old man reported that he had been robbed at 3851 Alabama Ave.

    Feb. 12

  • Update 02-21-12

    GOP convention

    The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Feb. 23 at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.   A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
    Little League

    Los Alamos Little League will host a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The meeting is for anyone interested in coaching or volunteering during the 2012 season.

    PRC meeting

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) member, Douglas J. Howe, will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge to discuss renewable energy development in New Mexico.

    Dem convention

  • Research: More grapes, less wrath

    A team of researchers has found a way to ensure that your evening glass of wine will continue to be available, despite the potential attack of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), a bacterium that causes Pierce’s Disease and poses a significant threat to the California wine industry’s valuable grapevines.

    Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), University of California at Davis (UCD), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service have created specially engineered grapevines that produce a hybrid antimicrobial protein that can block Xf infection.

  • Judge Hall unveils redistricting options

    Judge James Hall released two alternatives to redrawing the map of 70 State House Districts and in either of the alternatives, Los Alamos County would remain whole.

    Both plans have District 43 composed of Los Alamos county; Rio Arriba county precincts 25 and 30; Sandoval county precincts 7, 16 through 18, 21 through 23, 51, 78 and 79; and Santa Fe county precincts 12 and 80.

    The biggest difference in the map proposals is whether Ben Luján’s district is merged with Democratic Rep. Nick Salazar or whether Salazar’s district is merged with Thomas Garcia of Ocate.

  • Charges unfounded in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

    An alleged rape of a 12-year-old female was deemed unfounded, according to a Los Alamos Police Department incident report.

    The girl alleged that construction workers near or around Los Alamos High School had sexually assaulted her.

     And Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun told the Los Alamos Monitorearly Tuesday that the case was still active.

     But a public records request for the actual report, which the department’s Records Division supplied Tuesday afternoon, indicated that the girl’s allegation was determined to be a fabrication Feb. 17 after a subsequent interview with her.

  • Major projects on the move in White Rock

    Efforts to develop a White Rock Center Master Plan/Economic Development Strategy began in August of 2007. The initial planning took 11 months and involved seven community forums, 10 Steering Committee meetings, three county council briefings, interviews, and an interactive project website.

    The goal was to create a thriving, active focal point that serves the community with a range of services and amenities.

    Council approved the master plan in 2008 and created a placeholder targeted at $20 million for the project.
    The first two segments of the master plan are underway. The long planning stage had residents doubting the development would ever happen, and some are still dubious that a proposed civic center will ever come to fruition.

  • Video Essay: Bike demolition derby

    An event called the Chariot Wars has become the most violent and visible of Portland's three-day Mini Bike Winter Olympics.

  • Light cast on social promotion

     What’s the secret to teaching kids to read? Many New Mexicans have been seriously pondering that question for well over a year. And even though nothing has passed the legislature, the focus on the problem is beginning to produce some good ideas. But some mysteries remain.
    The reason for this focus is the effort by Gov. Susana Martinez and Public Education Department Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera to not allow students to advance beyond the third grade level unless they read proficiently.
    The idea seemed rather extreme. The thought of 15-year-old third graders is scary. Guess who is going to be the class bully and the most disruptive student.

  • ‘Prince Albert’ will have a fresh start

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Decked out in Angels’ gear from head to toe, Albert Pujols looked like the same slugger whose swing in St. Louis became as symbolic as the Gateway Arch.
    With a halo-topped “A’’ logo on his cap, Pujols, his massive chest and arms filling out every corner of his red shirt, sat behind a microphone and excitedly announced the start of a new stage of his career.
    “Here I am,” he said.
    And here he goes.

  • Sports Update 02-22-12

    KRSN to broadcast boys basketball game Thursday

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast Thursday's District 2-4A tournament basketball game.
    Los Alamos will play at Bernalillo. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” will be on the call live from Bernalillo.
    The game will also be streamed on the Internet at krsnam1490.com.

    WRLL registration is open

    White Rock Little League will hold a registration session for its 2012 season Thursday.
    Registrations will be accepted at Time Out Pizza from 6-8 p.m. Registration sessions are also scheduled for Monday and Feb. 29.
    Interested participants can find registration information and paperwork online at www.eteamz.com/WRLL2.