Today's News

  • Bomb threat snarls evening commute -- More updates

    The Truck Route was closed for about 45 minutes Wednesday afternoon because of a bomb threat at the SOC shooting range at TA-72 on Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

    “Someone called about 3:45 p.m. and said there was a bomb on the shooting range,” LANL spokesperson Kevin Roark said. “The Truck Route was closed. Emergency management responded and the area was checked out by a bomb-sniffing dog. The road reopened at 4:22 p.m.”

    As a result, that caused a massive backup on the Truck Route and N.M. 502 heading east. Traffic was back to normal about 5:30 p.m

    Roark said, “These things are extremely rare and I can not remember the last time there was a bomb threat. We have a protocol and we followed it.”

  • Police: Mailed Body Parts From Same Man

    Early testing shows that a severed foot sent to the headquarters of Canada's ruling Conservative party, a severed hand found in another package and a torso found in a garbage heap in Montreal all come from the same man, police said Wednesday.

  • Be There 05-30-12

    GeekOut Game night from 5:30-8:030 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games or play theirs. Bring a friend or meet new ones.

    The June Master Gardener meeting will be at 4 p.m. The meeting will be a private tour of an historic home and grounds.

    Call for artists. Lead us through your blue period. Revel in the color, feel and voice of the blues. Explore the many names and associations of blue, from the melancholy to the rhythm of the South to the exaltation of the first bluebird. All media welcome. Entries due to the Fuller Lodge Art Center by June 1. For more information, call 662-1635.

  • The art of graffiti

    Some staff members at Los Alamos Middle School are working hard to build the 40 Developmental Assets in students — and one is igniting a passion and making learning fun.
    Los Alamos Middle School teacher Caroline Haagenstad builds on the passions of her students with the GATE Passion Project, work that takes place throughout the school year.
    Recently, students had their projects on display and one definitely stood out.
    It’s not everyday that a student is encouraged to graffiti a school, but teacher Naomi Unger urged seventh grade student Evan Oro to do just that.
    The project was done through a process, which included involvement from Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn.

  • Local Courts: On The Docket 05-30-12

    May 21

    Brandi Sandoval pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to following too closely resulting in an accident. Judge Alan Kirk found Sandoval guilty but deferred her sentence until Aug. 20 pending she not acquire any additional citations. She was ordered to pay a $46 fee.

    May 22

    Cody Duran pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to failure to display rabies tag, two counts of failure to appear in court, and two counts of having an animal at large. Kirk ordered Duran to pay $315 in court fees and fines.

  • State Briefs 05-30-12

    Drunk driver gets 51 years

    AZTEC (AP) — A man who drove drunk and triggered a November crash that killed two people on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
    The Farmington Daily Times reports 35-year-old Howard Haceesa was sentenced Tuesday to 51 years.
    Haceesa had pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and bodily injury by DWI.
    District Court Judge Thomas Hynes says four previous DWI convictions and his blood-alcohol level after the accident was reason enough for the longer sentence.
    Authorities say Haceesa allowed his Chevrolet van onto the center line and it struck a small SUV carrying seven people about 25 miles south of Bloomfield.

  • Road work in progress

    Work began on 15th Street, requiring the closure of 15th Street between Trinity and Deacon, as well as reducing traffic between Deacon and Central to two lanes of traffic to allow for work on the west side of 15th Street. Pedestrians were detoured around the construction area. Motorists were asked to use 20th Street/Deacon or Knecht/Central Avenue. Access to area businesses shall be maintained.

  • Dixie Girl set to debut

    According to her blog devoted to the new restaurant “Dixie Girl,” business owner Denise Lane expects to open during Chamber Fest weekend, which will be June 8-9.

  • Update 05-30-12


    Hertz Car Rental will sponsor a carwash for the Los Alamos Nuke Rugby team from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.


     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be June 9. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with sand pile.

    Phone line work

  • Shamrock Station Update

    In other Smith’s news, all the permits are signed to begin work on converting the former Shamrock Station property into a Smith’s Fuel Center. Steve Sorenson, vice president for corporate development, told the Los Alamos Monitor the project would go to bid in two weeks.
    The Shamrock station will be demolished, and construction is expected to begin sometime in late July or early August. Sorenson anticipates the new station will be open by mid-October.