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Today's News

  • Fundraising Tiger Trot

    Aspen Elementary School raised almost $10,000 in October through the Tiger Trot. Proceeds will benefit the school.

  • Correction 12-04-12

    A story in last Thursday’s edition “Infrastructure Debate Surfaces,” incorrectly reported that the Los Alamos Public School  “district decided to go ahead with the [Piñon roofing] project with little input from the board, merely requiring board President Kevin Honnell’s signature to start the project off before the board had time to look into the specifics of the contract.”  Honnell pointed out that he did not sign off on the contract, nor was he aware that any such action was being taken by the LAPS administration. The document was actually signed on the board’s behalf by LAPS Finance Officer John Wolfe.
    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.

  • CWP meeting set for Wednesday

    Cold War Patriots, a non-profit organization, is hosting a town hall meeting to bring information to former Los Alamos National Lab workers. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.
    The Cold War Patriots town hall meeting will focus on discussing the expansion of the Special Exposure Cohort for all LANL workers. Those who worked at the site from 1975 through 1995 can now qualify for free medical benefits and up to $400,000 in compensation through the EEOICPA.
    Cold War Patriots will hold a plaque ceremony at the beginning of the meeting to honor and thank those who have aided in the passing of the SEC petition. Representatives from Sen. Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján’s offices, as well as Andrew Evaskovich, who was the petitioner, will be present to accept these awards.

    From a press release

  • Power outage effects 50 customers

    A brief power outage affected approximately 50 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers including the Los Alamos Monitor.
     Beginning at 11:10 a.m. Monday, electricity was lost to businesses on the south side of Trinity, from 15th Street to the end of DP Road, after a high voltage switch did not fully engage when placed back in service.
    DPU electric linemen responded and restored power within 15 minutes.

  • Update 12-04-12

    Book sale

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

    Call for entries

    Photo entries are being accepted until Dec. 9 for the 2013 edition of Los Alamos Life. The award-winning, full color glossy magazine features the best of photography done by local residents. Send your high resolution digital images to info@lamonitor.com.

    Sponsor a family

    The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree. For more information call the Y at 662-3100.

    DWI council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

    Have a news tip?

    Send press releases, photos and videos to laeditor@lamonitor.com or contact the newsroom at 662-4185.

  • NNSA beats goal for nuke weapons dismantlement

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced that it has accomplished 112 percent of its goal for planned stockpile dismantlement in FY 2012.
    “NNSA delivered on President Obama’s commitment to reduce the numbers of U.S. nuclear weapons declared excess to the stockpile and awaiting dismantlement. We exceeded our dismantlement goals for FY 2012 by a significant margin,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook.
    “Our stockpile today is smaller, but the deterrent remains just as safe, secure and effective as it was. Dismantlement of legacy weapons is a key part of the Nuclear Posture Review, going hand-in-hand with the safety and security improvements in our Life Extension Programs and critical to our long-term national security.”
    NNSA successfully dismantled a number of B61 and B83-0/1 bombs and W76-0, W80-0, W84 and W78 warheads.
    Taking apart nuclear weapons is a process that involves virtually all of NNSA’s sites within the nuclear security enterprise. NNSA’s design laboratories work with Pantex Plant to identify and mitigate hazards that may arise before a particular weapon type is dismantled. NNSA’s national laboratories then apply the knowledge they gained during the original design process to each weapon in the stockpile.

  • Police chief on medical leave

    Due to an unexpected medical condition, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy recently notified his staff that he will be out on an extended medical leave.

    Torpy said he expects to make a full recovery, but doesn’t have a specific timeline.

    “I’ve seen better days, but I expect to make a full recovery. Soon it will be full speed ahead again,” said they 54-year-old Torpy, who is recovering in an area hospital with his family by his side. “I’m still in limbo as to what the next steps are though. It’s going to be a while.”

    Torpy has led the department since 2005 after having served as deputy chief of the Melbourne Police Department in Florida.

  • Trio busted for break-ins

    According to Los Alamos Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Foster, Albuquerque Police have made a break in a rash of car break-ins that occurred in Los Alamos throughout November. Foster saidLAPD detectives were in Albuquerque Monday afternoon to interview the suspects.

    Arrested was Skylar B. Smith, 20, of Rio Rancho and a prior Los Alamos resident. He was arrested on a Los Alamos warrant for burglary and theft of credit cards.  This comes after a lengthy investigation where Los Alamos detectives served a search warrant on a house in Placitas working with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s office last week.

    During the execution of that search warrant, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department arrested Coady Richards, 32, of Placitas, on the following charges: two counts of receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana.

    Albuquerque police, meanwhile, arrested Evan Smith on stolen vehicle and stolen firearms charges, according to Los Alamos police.

    A series of break-ins occurred within a three-block area of Oppenheimer Drive Nov. 20 and another rash of Nov. 15 break-ins occurred in the area of Camino Medio. The thieves’ usual method would be to hit a number of cars within an hour on a particular block, then fade away for a week or two. As many as five vehicles would sometimes be hit.

  • Police Beat 12-04-12

    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.
    Nov. 23

    (No time given) A 16-year-old Los Alamos teen was released to his parents by police after getting into a fight with a 12-year-old in the 100 Block of Santolina.

    1:56 p.m. — Joshua Krepps, 20 of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass at Smith’s Food and Drug.

    Police received six calls of car-breakins between 7:10 p.m. and 10 p.m. Locations included the 500 block of Oppenheimer Drive, 5000 block of Eaton Place, 900 block of Tewa Loop, 900 block of Otowi Place, 100 block of Timber Ridge Road and the 5000 block of Carriage House Road.

    11:43 p.m. — Brock Koehler, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence of  alcohol and/or drugs, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce), and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 100 block of Longview Drive.

  • Crooks target businesses

    In an age when many products sell in cyberspace and the buyer and seller never meet, creative crooks are finding new ways to defraud businesses — especially web-based businesses and individuals selling items through online platforms.
    One scheme involves counterfeit versions of a time-honored currency – the cashier’s check.
    Scammers commit cashier’s check fraud using an authentic-looking cashier’s check to buy a product. The seller deposits the check and her account is charged for the amount when the check bounces back to the bank as a fake.
    Another version of this scam involves checks written for more than the sales price.
    The “buyer” typically asks the seller to remit the excess funds via a wire transfer or Western Union, offering a superficially plausible reason for the overpayment. When the phony check bounces, the seller is liable for the entire amount.
    While this scam usually targets individuals, businesses can also fall prey. To protect themselves, businesses should accept only easily verifiable payment methods.
    Scams directed at businesses often exploit new technology to commit classic crimes.