Today's News

  • Government: Violent crimes spike 18 percent in 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says the number of violent crimes rose by 18 percent in the United States last year while property crimes went up by 11 percent.

    It was the first year-to-year increase for violent crime since 1993. The report does not address any correlation between the spike and chronically high unemployment figures.

    That increase marks the end of a long string of declines for violent crime, which has fallen by 65 percent since 1993 — from 16.8 million to 5.8 million last year.

    The information comes from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics' annual national crime victimization survey.

    The bureau cautions that the size of the percentage increases in both violent crime and property crime is driven in large part by the historically low levels seen in 2010.

  • Nike severs ties to Armstrong 'with great sadness'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nike has severed ties with famed cyclist Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled the company about those activities for more than a decade.

    The clothing and footwear company said Wednesday that it was terminating Armstrong's contract "with great sadness."

    "Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner," it said in a statement.

    Armstrong said Wednesday, just minutes before the announcement from Nike, that he was stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity so that the organization can steer clear of the whirlwind surrounding its founder.

    A representative for Armstrong could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Nike Inc., based in Beaverton, Ore., said it plans to continue its support for Livestrong. Anheuser-Busch and the sunglasses company Oakley have already pledged ongoing support for the organization.

  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):


    AP's Ben Feller described the crackling debate as an almost desperate competition of ideas and claims between two men who badly want the job.


    The line by Romney inspired its own Twitter account, (at) Romneys_Binder, which had more than 12,000 followers before the debate ended.


    If they win, the rebels' blend of poverty, religious fundamentalism and anger could define the future of Aleppo, and perhaps the rest of the country.


  • Today in History for October 17th
  • Be There 10-16-12

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The featured speaker will be Dan Aiken. The October field trip will be to San Pedro Mines. For this trip, they will meet at 7 a.m. Oct. 20 at Sullivan Field. For more information, contact Paul Bradley at Ppbradpp@aol.com.

    Rebecca Oertel, a Forest and Range Plant ecologist will present the effects of the Las Conchas Fire on the VCNP and surrounding Jemez Mountains. She will discuss the ecological consequences of this fire as well as the recovery that is underway. From 7-8 p.m. Free. No registration required.
    GeekOut Family Night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. upstairs, at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games, or play theirs.

    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 661-4097.
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot. There are two Thursdays left for the outdoor market season.

  • Assets in Action: Good manners start at home

    Today we focus on improving school climate and I will spend the day with the Aspen Tiger sixth graders, presenting the Change of Heart program.
    I believe that one of the most important things we need to do is to make every school a safe place to learn.
    We present this program at every elementary school and at Los Alamos Middle School for all new students to the district.
    Often, the stories shared by students who come from other schools, is astonishing.
    Just yesterday at Cookies and Conversation, one young man spoke of life at school before coming to the Los Alamos Public Schools District.
    The fact that the classrooms are calm, the teachers are engaged and students don’t rule should be a standard, but I’m confused why the whole country doesn’t have the same standard.
    As families, we should teach our kids to be nice, tolerate others, do unto others — or just ignore someone they don’t get along with at school.
    I assume the hard part is that not everyone comes from the same home, doesn’t have parents that support differences, doesn’t think you should love your neighbor as you love yourself, or maybe even to love yourself in the first place.
    We expect the schools to be able to accomplish the goals we don’t set forth in our own homes.

  • Sign up for the science fair

    The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place Jan. 26, 2013 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Areas. The public is invited to view the projects between 1-3 p.m.
    LAPS and home school students in grades four through 12 will display projects in fourth and fifth grade individual elementary, K-sixth grade elementary class, six through eighth grade junior division and nine through 12th grade senior division.
    The elementary projects are divided into three categories.
    The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place and honorable mention in 17 categories. This will give them an opportunity to participate in the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Las Vegas, N.M. March 3, 2013.
    Every student will receive feedback from the judges, which will assess the student’s scientific approach, skills, creativity, clarity and thoroughness. Therefore, the participation in the County Science Fair is experience for student learning.
    Participation at the science fair helps the students to achieve State Standard I for every student in every grade level. This standard requires students to understand the processes of scientific investigations and use inquiry and scientific ways of observing, experimenting, predicting and validating to think critically.

  • Make a Wish

    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 recently presented $8,000 in checks from proceeds raised at their annual Elks Golf Tournament for Charity held in June. “All of the monies given go to children in Northern New Mexico,” Elks Exalted Ruler Lisa Harris said. The Elks presented checks to four organizations $3,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, $2,000 to the UNM Children’s Hospital, $1,500 to the Los Alamos Junior Golf Program and $1,000 to the Special Olympics of Northern New Mexico. From left, Los Alamos Elks Secretary Eppie Trujillo and Exalted Ruler Lisa Harris present a $3,500 check to Bob Biggers of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • Police Beat 10-16-12

    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.

    Oct. 4

    2:28 p.m. — A 13-year-old girl reported to police she was the victim of extortion or impugning in the 300 block of El Conejo.

    2:37 p.m. — Peggy Myers, 59, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of 15th Street and Central Avenue.

    Oct. 5

    2:30 p.m. — A 70-year-old Los Alamos woman told police she was the victim of a fraud that cost her between $100 and $250.

    Oct. 8

    4:15 p.m. — Juan Gonzales, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested  and charged with  assault in the intersection of Alamo and San Ildefonso Road.

    Oct. 9

    3:15 p.m. — A 43-year-old man reported he was the victim of someone trying to access his computer with an intent to defraud him. The crime occurred in the 2400 block of Canyon Glen.

  • Update 10-16-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Letter deadline

    The deadline to receive letters of interest from applicants interested in being appointed to the new Creative District advisory committee will have until 5 p.m. today. The criterion has been expanded to include those who “live or work in Los Alamos County.” 

    CRC Committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.