Today's News

  • Police Beat 12-25-12

    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. 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.

    Dec 13

    12:52 a.m. — Jordan Agoyo, 24, of Santa Fe was arrested in Santa Fe on a Los Alamos Magistrate Court warrant.

    (No time given) — Police arrested a 16-year-old teen and referred him to juvenile authorities after finding him possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    8:07 p.m. — Samantha Dutra, 33, of Los Alamos was arrested on an out-of-state warrant in the 1700 block of Central Avenue.
    Dec. 14

    2:23 p.m. — Police arrested a 16-year-old teen after he allegedly trespassed onto school property at Los Alamos High. He was released to his parents and referred to juvenile authorities.

    5:01 p.m. — William Vonharders, 36, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the 3700 block of Arkansas Avenue.

    Dec. 15

  • First Born Helps First-Time Parents

    Alison Ticknor, a telecommunications engineer, had degrees in physics, engineering management and art, but no formal training to become a mom. “I wanted to be a good mother, but I just didn’t know the details,” she said.

    Her husband, Dr. Chris Ticknor, came to Los Alamos as a post-doctoral fellow from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and can write papers about “finite temperature analysis of a quasi2D dipolar gas,” but the man colleagues once called “Spiderman” had no degree in parenting.

    When they moved to Los Alamos, Alison was pregnant and learned about First Born®, which has supported the couple through the first two and a half years of daughter Nora’s life – and the two months before she was born. The giggling toddler will “graduate” at three, with her parents assured that she is on track to a healthy life.

    First Born is a project of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, using a model that shows that if first time parents learn solid skills in the first three years of a child’s life, that child and future children will be more successful.

    First Born parents are also more likely to plan the birth of their second child.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 12-23-12

    • Monday: Ping pong tournament

    • Tuesday: ACs closed for Christmas
    • Wednesday:  Movies and munchies (L.A. open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., WR closed)

    • Thursday: Pool tournament (L.A. open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., WR closed)
    • Friday: Kids’ choice  (L.A. open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., WR closed)

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.

    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity  Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Tis The Season

    Dear Santa,
    It’s me again, and I’ve got a few wishes for Christmas this year.
    At first I wanted a pony, but I figured that wouldn’t fit very well into your bag of toys, so I settled on something more reasonable.
    I instead wish for that pair of camel-colored boots I found in Dillard’s a few weeks ago, a sparkly headband, and a voluminous polka-dot scarf — preferably in red, yellow, pink, white, or all of the above.
    I hope that’s not too much to ask for. Try looking at discount stores to get the best deals.
    Merry Christmas!
    Alexandra Helen

    Dear Santa, 
    I know I haven’t been the best boy, but I hope you will give me something other than coal this year. Anyway here goes. I’d like:
    • An Erector set
    • Lincoln logs
    • An iPhone 5
    • A pogo stick
    • Your autograph

  • Animal Shelter 12-23-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter. Open Sunday, Monday, but closed Tuesday. Happy holidays from Friends of the Shelter and the shelter staff. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

    Coqueta — A three-year-old Golden-mix. She is smart, confident, energetic and loves people. She is good with smaller and younger dogs, kids and does very well in crowds. Spayed, shots and micro chipped.
    Remy — Spayed female, Lab/Shepherd-mix with a pretty red coat. She is good with some dogs, not others. No cats or small dogs, please. She would love a home where she will get lots of exercise. She has some crate training. She is shy but ready to be trained.

  • News for Retirees 12-23-12

    Dec. 23-29, 2012
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    BESC closed Christmas eve

    BESC closed Christmas day

    8:30 a.m.    No RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Salmon
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken chili cheese soup
    1:30 p.m.    No tap dancing
    2 p.m.    Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m.    Chess
    7 p.m.     Bridge
    9:05 a.m.    Walk in the Woods
    9:15 a.m.    Line dancing
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken fried steak

  • Albuquerque airport to close long-term parking lot

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials are preparing for a reconstruction project at the Albuquerque International Sunport and that means the long-term parking lot will be closed for about five months.

    Airport officials say the lot will be closed starting the day after Christmas in order to have the space emptied by the time construction is scheduled to start in mid-January.

    The $5 million reconstruction project will include repaving of the entire lot and the addition of solar panels that will also serve as shade canopies. A grant is helping pay for the solar panels.

    Officials say the construction has been scheduled for what is traditionally a slow time between the holidays and summer travel season.

    The airport is offering alternative parking at the same rate in a lot off Girard east of the terminal.

  • Today in History for December 22nd
  • Mexico frees ex-Marine jailed for bringing in gun

    MIAMI (AP) — A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, U.S. officials and his lawyer said late Friday.

    The attorney for 27-year-old Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night that his client had been released from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico.

    "Jon is out, going home!" Eddie Varon Levy tweeted.

    Patrick Ventrell, the acting deputy spokesman for the State Department, confirmed Hammer's release and return to the U.S. in a statement Friday night.

    "Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros met him at the prison and escorted him to the U.S. border, where he was reunited with members of his family," the statement said. "We sincerely appreciate the efforts on the part of Mexican authorities to ensure that an appropriate resolution was made in accordance with Mexican law, and that Mr. Hammar will be free to spend the holidays with his loved ones."

  • NNSA orders security crackdown at lab

    The National Nuclear Security Administration has directed Los Alamos National Laboratory to increase its security, effective immediately.

    LANL officials, however, will not say why the extra precautions are being taken.

    “When there are changes to the security posture of the laboratory, we do not discuss the details,” lab spokesman Kevin Roark said.

    A source close to the situation said that the NNSA directive was solely for LANL and not for any of the other Department of Energy sites.

    He declined to say if the order had anything to do with a faulty $213 million security system that is being installed around Technical Area 55, the lab’s most sensitive nuclear facilities.

    The system was supposed to be up and running this summer. But officials now say it will take an additional $41 million and another six months.

    Last month, five security workers were fired for taking unauthorized visitors to a shooting range.

    Because of this government order, until further notice all vehicles entering government property will be required to stop at the East and West Jemez Road “Vehicle Access Portals” (VAPs) for a vehicle check. Pajarito Road remains open to government badge holders only, so vehicles are already required to stop at the Pajarito Road VAPs, and this will not change.