Today's News

  • Voting process goes smoothly

    At least on the local level anyway, the election was fairly uneventful. There were no political arguments and no confusion as to where to go vote.

    That’s because this is the first election where voting was confined to just four polling stations: the Los Alamos Community Center, White Rock Fire Station No. 3, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at Kelly Hall and the county clerk’s office on Central Avenue.

    “We’re a pretty civilized community here,” joked Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy.

    Torpy was at the county clerk’s office, which was ground zero for all the local election results coming in from around town as well as White Rock.

    Poll workers at the Episcopal Church said things went much better this time than in past elections, ever since a law was passed that consolidated all the polling places to three.

    Jonathan Lathrop said it was a pretty even flow throughout Election Day. But, he added, there wasn’t the usual chaos that went with that flow.

    “We never had to send people to their correct precincts like we had to do in previous elections,” Lathrop said. In previous elections, the person had to cast a ballot in the precinct assigned to their residence. The new state law abolished that rule.

  • Suspected drunk driver behind Friday traffic snarl

    Nina Roybal, 46, of Santa Fe, was arrested by Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy Julie York Friday, shortly after Roybal rolled her Toyota 4Runner on Main Hill Road (N.M. 502).  
    After being treated for minor injuries at the scene, Roybal was administered a series of field sobriety tests by York, which she failed, according authorities.
    Witnesses told police they saw Roybal driving aggressively trying to pass people, even though there was a double line on the two-lane mountain road. Witnesses then said she tried to pass on the right through the shoulder. That’s when her car banked off the canyon wall and flipped over.
    York decided to do the tests after smelling alcohol on Roybal’s breath. Roybal also showed signs of impairment, according to the deputy. Roybal was then booked and put into the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center. She was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and or alcohol and careless driving.
    The crash happened around 2 p.m. Friday. The road was closed for at least an hour until the arrest and the clean up of the road was completed.

  • Be There 11-07-12

    Nationally recognized trumpeter Jan McDonald will play at an Italian fundraiser dinner at Trinity on the Hill Church’s Kelly Hall. McDonald directed the ’Topper band for 30 years. Tickets for dinner are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. The menu includes a choice of lasagna, fettuccine with a choice of marinara or Alfredo sauces or Asian rice noodles with spicy sauce, salad, bread, cookie and drink. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. McDonald will play from 6-7 p.m. Dine-in and carry-out options are available. For more information, call 412-8739.

    Mesa Public Library presents Christine Chavez, Energy Conservation coordinator of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, at 7 p.m. Chavez will speak on her job and current sustainability initiatives in the county.
    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. at Mesa Public Library. The leader will be Becky Ehler, the new county attorney. To attend and order lunch, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com. Lunch is ordered from the Los Alamos Co-op. The meal consists of a sandwich or soup and salad and half sandwich and cookie for $10. Those who do not order lunch are welcome to attend. All orders must be received by 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

  • 2012 Scarecrow contest results

    Best Overall and People’s Choice: LA Heart Council, “The Tin Man Found His Heart”

    Best Business Traditional: Flowers By Gillian, “Flower Lady”

    Best Business Contemporary: Village Arts, “Batte’s Up!”

    Best Organization Traditional: LAHS Living Skills Class, “Hilltopper Spirit”

    Best Organization Contemporary: LA Public Schools Foundation, “Ignorance is Scary”
    Best Family Contemporary: Dare-Morgan Families, “Friends Together in One Spirit”
    Best Dressed Award: Little Theater, “Woman in Black”

    The Rock and Roll Award: Canyoncito Montessori, “Rockin’ Kids”

    Skinniest Scarecrow Award: Sunrise Therapeutics, “It  Works”

    The Pain Free Award: B-Fit Chiropractic, “Spinal Health”
    The Ageless Award: LARC, “Fit at any Age”

    Earth Day Award: PEEC, “Halloween Hikers”

    Cutest Scarecrow in a Can Award: Rotary Club of Los Alamos, “Oscar the Grouch”

    Gold Medal Award: LA School of Gymnastics

  • Festival of Trees

    Those that attend the Festival of Chocolate Saturday will get a sneak peek at the trees on display for the Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • Estate planning talk Friday

    Settling an estate can be difficult and time consuming. Those that have been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, know how much time and frustration can be involved. “After I’m Gone — Things to think about your Estate” is a program intended to provide individuals with information to make the process easier.  
    “After I’m Gone — Things to think about your Estate,” will be presented by Don Davidson, from 9 a.m.-noon Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1100 Bathtub Row.  
    Davidson will share what he has learned going through the process of getting his affairs in order. Learn what you can be done to help a family handle their affairs upon a loved one’s death.  
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization are sponsoring this program.  
    Those that would would like to join the seniors for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center can do so for a suggested donation of $4 (for seniors).
    For more information, Paula Roybal Sánchez at 662-2656.

  • Stover captures clerk office

    Candidates across the country waited anxiously for results of the 2012 election Tuesday night. While some races were too close to call until the very end, others were clearly predictable.

    Early on in Los Alamos County, the race for county clerk was one those that could have gone either way, but as the evening wore on it became clear that Los Alamos County Councilor and Republican Sharon Stover, had an edge on Democrat and political newcomer Nathan Hjelm.

    By the time results were returned from all four polling places in Los Alamos County, Stover had won the race with 6,125 votes, compared to Hjelm’s 3,669.

    Hjelm waited for results to come in at the Justice Center until about 8:30 p.m. Later, Stover made an appearance and checked on the results, as well.

    The race for county clerk was a relatively quiet one, compared to others like the Dist. 43 House race between Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard and Republican Jim Hall.

    When Stover found out she won, she said she was extremely honored and was excited to learn all about the office.

    “I’m going in with open eyes, but I want to learn more,” she said. “I want to talk to the stakeholders and see if there’s a way to improve.” She did point out that the county clerk’s office does a “great” job currently.

  • Update 11-07-12

    No trash pickup

    In observance of Veterans Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Nov. 12. If Monday is your normal pickup day please put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Nov. 14 for collection.

    Parks and Recreation

    The Parks and Recreation Board will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Ashley Pond

    An informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed sewer rate increase and restructuring at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Garcia Richard Wins Dist. 43

    Democrat challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard has edged out incumbent Republican Jim Hall in the pitched battle to represent District 43 in the House.

    With some of the votes still being tallied, Garcia Richard has garnered 7, 092 (51 percent) versus Hall’s total of 6,782 (48 percent).

    As of 7 a.m. roughly 83 percent or 25 out of 30 precincts had been counted.

    “It looks like she won by about 300 votes,” Hall said this morning. “I expected her to win by about 100 or so, but I have not been able to find the results from all the precincts. The Secretary of State website has not been updated since last night. But I think it’s a done deal.”

    Hall said he was going to call Garcia Richard to congratulate her on winning the seat.

    Garcia Richard confirmed Hall did call her.

    “And I want to thank Jim for serving the district and a good race run,” Garcia Richard said.

    Hall said he felt the difference in the race was the turnout in the La Cienega section of Santa Fe where twice as many people came to vote than they did in 2010, when the late Jeannette Wallace edged Garcia Richard by 210 votes.

  • Dems win two council seats

    As 2013 dawns, the make up of the Los Alamos County Council will be decidedly different.

    When the Charter Review Committee evaluated the county’s system of elections, one of the arguments for adopting an alternative to the current election system was the fact that just last year the entire council was comprised of Republicans.

    The selection of David Izraelevitz to replace Jim Hall brought one Democrat into the mix. Tuesday’s election brings that total to three, with Democrat Kristin Henderson, Republican Steve Girrens and Democrat Peter Sheehey, winning the race to fill three vacant seats.

    Henderson was the top vote-getter, with 4,816 votes. Girrens was just six votes behind her. With 4,691 votes, Sheehey beat out Republican Marc Clay for the third vacant seat by just 19 votes.

    Republican Vincent Chiravalle, who was running for re-election, netted 4,581 votes and meanwhile the last person to enter the race, Michael Redondo, brought in 3,453. Redondo was nominated to replace Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ticket Aug. 27.

    Henderson was pleased about what she thinks her top ranking represents.