Today's News

  • NM police capture shooting suspect after standoff

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man being sought in connection with two fatal shootings in south Santa Fe has surrendered to authorities.

    Santa Fe Sheriff's deputies, SWAT teams and other agents surrounded a barricaded home for several hours Friday before Arthur "Arturo" Anaya was taken into custody around 4:45 p.m.

    Authorities say the 54-year-old Anaya is being held on suspicion of two counts of murder.

    They say 51-year-old Theresa Vigil was pronounced dead Tuesday at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the head.

    Investigators say she was shot Monday in the trailer home she rented from Anaya.

  • LANL activists surrender to authorities

    Will Covert, Mitzi Kraft, Bobbie Sue Davis, Juan Montoya and Marcus Page, members of the Trinity Nuclear Abolition from Albuquerque, turned themselves in to Los Alamos Police Thursday. The five co-defendants were arrested at LANL last year and served 90 days probation, and donated the “mandatory court fee” to a local Tewa environmental justice program. Kevin Purtymun said “they were arrested on a bench warrant from Magistrate Court after turning themselves in this afternoon.” The group will serve four days behind bars for non-payment of court fees.

  • Power outage affects downtown businesses

    Electric linemen with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities restored power this morning to businesses near Central, 15th and Deacon Street. Power was lost at 4:30 a.m. when a single transformer that serves the area failed. Linemen replaced the transformer and completed all repairs by 8:05 a.m.

    From a press release


  • NNSA announces quarterly awards

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense Programs today announced the recipients of the Defense Programs’ Employee of the Quarter Awards.
    And two entities with Los Alamos connections were honored.
    Jesús T. Romero, Los Alamos Site Office, is recognized for leading the site technical efforts to upgrade the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility (PF-4) safety basis and address the post-seismic fire accident scenario in a technically defensible manner.

  • Correction 01-27-12

    Due to an editing error, an incorrect amount was shown in the debts listed as part of a bankruptcy proceeding involving Min Sung Park, owner of Central Avenue Grill. The debts shown in court documents total approximately $1.5 million.
    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets any confusion the incorrect total may have caused.

  • Update 01-27-12

    Historic board

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the public works conference room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    Special session

    A special session with council and the Los Alamos Board of Education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at council chambers.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the council chambers.


  • Students build world's first experimental super computer

    Several local high school and undergraduate students including those from Los Alamos spent their summer assembling 2,500 computers at the  New Mexico Consortium to create the world’s largest large-scale, low-level  systems research facility.  Another group of students spent their recent winter break putting the system together.
    The National Science  Foundation-sponsored project, known as PRObE, will provide a highly reconfigurable, remotely accessible and controllable environment that  researchers anywhere in the world can use to perform experiments that are not  possible at a smaller scale.

  • Locals Are Nuts About History

    Many Los Alamos locals share a certain pride and passion for the community’s history. Five of these locals shared their explorations through Los Alamos history with an attentive crowd on Thursday night, in a lecture sponsored by Friends of the Library as part of the continuing centennial festivities.

    Self-proclaimed “history nuts” and local authors Dorothy Hoard, Judy Machen, Janie O’Rourke, Sharon Snyder, and Georgia Strickfaden shared their enthusiasm and knowledge of Los Alamos history through rare photos, maps and stories.

    Those who attended were taken on a journey across ancient trails and historical roads as this group of talented presenters discussed the various periods in local history in chronological succession.

  • Police seek woman suspected in theft

    Los Alamos police are calling on the public for assistance in locating a former employee of Aspen Ridge Lodge suspected of stealing from a 93-year-old resident.

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados issued a warrant for the arrest of Gail Martinez, 44, of Espanola who is wanted on two counts including larceny and theft of a credit card.  

    Martinez was working at Aspen Ridge last November when resident Robert Marr’s wallet disappeared from his room, according to police reports. The wallet contained about $80 in cash, a Bank of America credit card and a driver’s license and Medicare card both issued to Marr.

  • Ice Rink upgrades get frosty OK

    The race is on.

    The first of several Capital Improvements Program (CIP) projects vying for funding during this year’s budget talks came before the CIP committee Thursday night.

    The hearing covered four phase II applications for Ice Rink improvements. Those include adding a cover to the rink, demolishing the repurposed Zamboni garage to build a new locker room facility, adding 34 parking spaces and blocking parking on West Road and the installation of a lift station and force main to connect to existing county sewer infrastructure.

    The phase I study, budgeted at $240,000, was conducted by consultants Huitt-Zollars, Inc.
    Associate Jarrod Likar presented the design options.