Today's News

  • Obama Taking 23 Actions Aimed at Gun Violence--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

    A month after that horrific massacre, Obama also used his presidential powers to enact 23 measures that don't require the backing of lawmakers. The president's executive actions include ordering federal agencies to make more data available for background checks, appointing a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and directing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence.

    But the president, speaking at White House ceremony, focused his attention on the divided Congress, saying only lawmakers could enact the most effective measures for preventing more mass shootings.

    "To make a real and lasting difference, Congress must act," Obama said. "And Congress must act soon."

  • Update 01-16-13

    Coalition meeting

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its business meeting from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday at the Ohkay Casino Conference Center.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 22, Katherine Gauntt of the Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., in Edgewood, will speak on the ranch’s horse rescue program.

    Sale canceled

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for Thursday (Jan. 17) has been canceled because of cold and ice creating unsafe conditions. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Feb. 21.

    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

  • ChemCam follows road to Martian Wet Area

    Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the French Space Agency have tracked a trail of minerals that point to the prior presence of water at the Curiosity rover site on Mars.

    Researchers from the Mars Science Laboratory’s ChemCam team described how the laser instrument aboard the Curiosity Rover — an SUV-sized vehicle studying the surface of the Red Planet — has detected veins of gypsum running through an area known as Yellowknife Bay, located some 700 meters away from where the Curiosity Rover landed five months ago.

    “These veins are composed mainly of hydrated calcium sulfate, such as bassinite or gypsum,” said ChemCam team member Nicolas Mangold, of the Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique de Nantes, in Nantes, France.

    “On Earth, forming veins like these requires water circulating in fractures.”

  • Black ice leads to tough commute

    The morning commute was an icy one Wednesday. The Truck Route was closed for several hours after four separate accidents, because of black ice on the roadway, according to Los Alamos Police Department’s Scott Mills. Mills said there were only minor injuries in the wrecks. He said there also was an accident on the Main Hill earlier this morning, but that has since been cleared and the road is open. 

  • Voter concerns come to forefront

    During the first work session of the year, Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers asked newly elected councilors Steve Girrens, Kristin Henderson and Pete Sheehey to relate voters’ concerns they heard on the campaign trail last fall.

    Sheehey spoke up first, saying the overriding thing he heard was that the county “spends too much.” Capital improvement projects were one concern, with people not only wondering if the county could afford to build the projects but to maintain them.

    “I would say most people I talked to, we live here, we work at the lab and we’ve been through the budget reductions at the lab for two years. I think they clearly saw budget problems coming, and they were concerned,” Sheehey said.

    Sheehey said citizens expressed “strong support” for his own priorities for spending. Those are public safety, infrastructure, good public education, economic development and taking care of and enhancing recreational facilities, in that order.

    “That’s going to guide my suggestions on the 29th about how we deal with our budget shortfall,” Sheehey said.

  • Crisis Center works to rehab DV offenders

    First of a series

    The victims often suffer in silence.

    It’s an insidious problem that can be found on virtually every rung of the socioeconomic ladder.

    While some people may know a victim of domestic violence, more often people hear about cases when it makes the news.

    Once a domestic violence case makes its way to the criminal justice system, the paths taken by the victim and the perpetrator diverge. For those convicted of domestic violence, there is a lot that begins to happen behind the scenes, which involves more than just a fine and probation.

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court usually refers those convicted of a domestic violence charge to the Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico, located in Española.

    According to the center’s assistant director Ramon Garcia, the 52-week rehab program the center offers for domestic violence offenders begins with an interview with the offender.

    “We first perform an initial assessment of their ability to control themselves,” Garcia said. From there, he said, they are assigned a group of people with similar backgrounds and situations before beginning treatment.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 01-16-13

    Jan. 7

    John B. Salazar was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving 6 to 10 miles over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Lori E. Elton was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving with an expired registration. She was fined $75 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Alicia Blumenthal was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving 16 to 20 miles over the speed limit. She was fined $100 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Jan. 8

    Randy Roybal was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving 6 to 10 miles over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Paulina Peralta pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for driving with an open container in her car. She was fined $100 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Jan. 9

  • Be There 01-16-13

    “Metal Menageries: Sculptures by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo” opens with a public reception from 5:30-7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda and art gallery at Mesa Public Library. Peggy Pendergast will cater refreshments. This is a Chamber of Commerce FAN Club event in conjunction with the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours, through Feb. 27.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome to attend.
    Collaborative Restoration of the Jemez Mountains. Come to PEEC to hear about The Nature Conservancy’s restoration and conservation projects in the Jemez. Forest Conservation Program Manager Anne Bradley will discuss their partnership with “Conservation Canines” to study Jemez Mountain Salamanders. 7 p.m. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The Los Alamos County GOP meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel, in the Acoma Room.

  • N.M. prep basketball scores 01-16-13

    Boys basketball

    Albuquerque Academy 69, Bernalillo 63
    Aztec 94, Thoreau 87
    Belen 56, West Mesa 49
    Carlsbad 69, Alamogordo 62
    Clovis 78, Goddard 48
    Deming 62, Cobre 31
    Eldorado 71, Santa Fe 36
    Farmington 77, Bloomfield 44
    Floyd 53, Clovis Christian 38
    Laguna-Acoma 52, Navajo Pine 43
    Las Cruces 61, Faith Christian Academy of McKinney, Texas 58
    Los Lunas 67, Piedra Vista 65
    Manzano 52, Volcano Vista 50
    Mesilla Valley Christian 43, Chaparral 35
    Mora 49, Dulce 48
    Moriarty 66, West Las Vegas 59
    NMMI 54, Hondo 45
    Raton 78, Trinidad, Colo. 76
    Roswell 73, Lovington 26
    Ruidoso 67, Hot Springs 45
    Sandia Prep 81, Socorro 36
    Santa Fe Indian 68, Navajo Prep 52
    Santa Fe Prep 66, Coronado 34
    Santa Fe Waldorf School 44, Monte del Sol 42
    Shiprock 59, Kirtland Central 47
    Tatum 70, Lake Arthur 37
    Tohajilee 89, Native American Community Academy 60
    Tucumcari 76, Melrose 23

    Girls basketball

  • Kirk named MWC co-Player of Week

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — For the second time in the last three weeks, Lobo center Alex Kirk has earned a Mountain West honor, being named Co-Player of the Week after leading UNM to a pair of home wins in its first 2-0 conference start in 11 years.
    Kirk shared the award with Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State.
    It’s Kirk’s second time being honored this year. He was picked for the honor two weeks ago after leading UNM to a 55-54 win at No. 8 Cincinnati.
    For Franklin, it’s his fourth career honor.
    Kirk averaged 21.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as New Mexico earned home victories over then-No. 24/19 UNLV and Fresno State.
    In the Jan. 9, 65-60 win over the Runnin’ Rebels, the sophomore center hit two 3-pointers while leading all scorers with 23 points, adding nine rebounds, one block, one assist and one steal. Against Fresno State, the Los Alamos native scored 12 of his game-best 19 points in the second half, adding a career-high 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks as the Lobos won 72-45.
    Kirk, who entered this week averaging just over 11 points per game, connected on 15 of 26 shots from the field.