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Today's News

  • Couple busted near LAPD parking lot

    Officers from the Los Alamos Police Department did not have to walk far Monday afternoon to arrest two people on a variety of drug related charges.

    Police Chief Wayne Torpy explained that parking lot surveillance cameras captured Michael A. Muniz, 23, of Dixon and Dinah A. Ortiz, 23, of Alcalde engaged in possible illegal activity inside their vehicle.

    “Our folks who monitor the Justice Center complex for security purposes noticed possible drug related activity in the court parking lot adjacent to the police station,” Torpy said this morning.

    Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said the personnel alerted officers to the possible crime in progress, which resulted in the arrest of Muniz and Ortiz.

  • Police Beat 09-06-11

    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.

    Aug. 25
        9:30 a.m. – Christian Chavez, 18, was arrested on North Mesa Road and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and issued a citation to appear in court.

    9:30 a.m. – A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with possession of marijuana on North Mesa Road and referred to the juvenile probation officer.

    7:53 p.m. – Michael Linzey, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested on Central Avenue on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation issued through Magistrate Court.

  • Seen at the Scene: Galileo's Footsteps

    Here are scenes from the Atomic Theater Festival’s “Galileo’s Footsteps” which was performed at UNM-LA recently

  • State Briefs 09-06-11

    State unveils new portal

    SANTA FE — New Mexico has redesigned its online gateway to state government services and information.
    The Department of Information Technology said the state’s Internet portal  www.newmexico.gov had not undergone a major update since it was launched in 2005.
    The new online portal provides links to a wide range of information, including a section for visitors to New Mexico with guidance on museums, parks and cultural events.
    There’s a link to a New Mexico Press Association web site that makes available public notices about governmental activities.

  • Update 09-06-11

    Lunch with a leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

       The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Curtis Room.

    Coming Thursday

    Check out restaurant inspection reports in Thursday’s Diversions of the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Alzheimer's walk

    The 17th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin with registration at 4 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A basket/quilt raffle will be from 4-6:30 p.m.  Sept. 10.

  • Lab: Detonations needed to get rid of explosive waste

     In a desolate canyon in northern New Mexico, a black puff of dust and smoke rises up from the ground following a quick flash. It takes about a second and a half for the loud boom and rush of air to catch up.
    Explosives experts at the nation’s premiere nuclear laboratory just blew up 85 pounds of waste left over from some of the experiments Los Alamos National Laboratory conducts on improvised explosives and other terrorist threats.
    Some of the high explosive waste also comes from the work scientists do to bolster national security and to ensure the stability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.
    Critical is how lab officials describe the work — and the detonations needed to get rid of the waste.

  • Water meter inventory in progress

    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is conducting a routine inventory of 7,000 plus water meters in the Los Alamos and White Rock area.
    Residents can expect to see crews from Monday through Friday. Most meters are on property lines, so inspections should not impact residents. “However, some of our customers’ meters are located close to the house. We don’t want customers to be alarmed if they see one of our crews lifting the water can lid and standing at the meter longer than usual,” said Michael Tate, Meter Reader Superintendent.

  • Special session: Hall keeps fingers crossed on redistricting issue

    When Gov. Susana Martinez appointed White Rock resident Jim Hall in June to fill a House District 43 vacancy, he knew she intended to call a special legislative session. He also knew that special session would involve contentious issues such as re-districting and illegal alien driver’s licenses.
    “This is the first session for me and the first redistricting session for many of us in a long time,” Hall said during an interview Monday evening. “There are nine items on the governor’s call list and I expect bills will drop for all nine items – but whether action will be taken on them is a whole ’nother issue.”

  • Gunman dead after killing 3, wounding 6 at Nevada IHOP

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A man with a rifle opened fire at an IHOP restaurant in Nevada's capital on Tuesday, killing two National Guard members, another person and himself in a hail of gunfire during the morning breakfast hour, authorities and witnesses said.

    Six people were wounded in the attack. The suspect, Eduardo Sencion of Carson City, apparently acted alone and died at a hospital in Reno, officials said. Authorities weren't saying whether the attack targeted the Guard members, who were meeting at the restaurant in a strip mall on Carson City's main street.

    One of the Guard members killed was a man; the other was a woman, authorities said.

  • CRC votes on sheriff this week

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) votes on changes to the charter section regarding the county sheriff this Wednesday. Three options are under consideration.
    The first is to keep the charter as is, simply redrafting the language to make it less ambiguous. In the current charter, the sheriff’s duties are very limited.
     All law enforcement responsibilities are allocated to the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD), and the sheriff many not duplicate those. The sheriff’s duties consist largely of serving processes and maintaining a registry of sex offenders. State law also requires attendance at every council meeting and district and probate court sessions.