Today's News

  • Court to hear case on candidates

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top elections official says the state Supreme Court needs to quickly resolve a dispute that threatens to knock at least 10 incumbent legislators, including the Senate’s top leader, out of this year’s elections.
    The state’s highest court is scheduled Tuesday to consider whether candidates who submitted incomplete election paperwork should be allowed to appear on the ballot. The court could issue a decision after hearing arguments from lawyers.

  • Police Beat 04-10-12

    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.

    March 29

    11:20 a.m. — Danny Salazar, 35, Española, was arrested at the 100 block of Trinity on a municipal court bench warrant.

    9:36 p.m. — An unidentified 91-year-old male reported that he had been robbed at an estimated value of $9,000.

    10:00 p.m. — A 17-year-old male was arrested for battery against a household member.

    March 30

    2:03 p.m. — An unidentified person turned in lost keys to the Los Alamos Police Department.

    March 31

  • Redistricting maps could be costly

    The legal cost of redrawing political maps in New Mexico could top $5 million this year.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports lawyers for Gov. Susana Martinez filed a petition with retired state District Judge James Hall Monday objecting to the awards sought by lawyers for Democratic plaintiffs and a group of Indian tribes.
    Hall has before him more than $3.9 million in requests for legal fees and costs from various parties in the lawsuits. And $1.2 million has already been spent.
    Martinez and other GOP executive defendants say the “vast sums” sought by the Democratic and tribal plaintiffs are “shocking.”

  • Update 04-10-12

    Wildfire awareness

    Residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. in the council chambers and adjacent Training Room (inside the Community Building.

    LWV luncheon

    The League of Women Voters will have County Clerk Janet Foster and Election Manager Gloria Maestas as speakers at 11:45 a.m. Thursday for Lunch with a Leader.  The luncheon will be at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

    TV appearance

  • Failed suicide attempt at jail

    A woman is back behind bars after an apparent weekend suicide attempt at the Los Alamos County Jail.

    Marion Loope, 28, of Los Alamos was released Monday from Christus St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe after an apparent failed suicide attempt while incarcerated at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

    Loope was in custody of the Los Alamos Police Department and returned to the detention center Monday night, Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said.

    According to Purtymun, Loope was found at 12:30 a.m. Sunday and was transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center. She was then transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe where she was initially reported as being in critical condition.

  • Two lab employees honored

    The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) has selected John Carpenter of LANL’s Metallurgy and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies groups and Nathan Mara of the Lab’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies group to receive a 2012 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award.
    The Society created the annual award to enhance the professional development of young people from the five technical divisions of TMS.
    Awardees participate in Society activities, attend TMS conferences, network with Society members and leaders, receive mentoring from TMS division leaders, and serve as judges for division-sponsored student events at the TMS Annual Meeting.

  • Clay shares hopes for Los Alamos

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a series.

    After living in Los Alamos County for nearly 30 years and raising six children here, council candidate Marc Clay feels it is time to give back.
    “I’ve taken advantage of all this community has had to offer for all these years. It’s my turn now,” Clay said.
    “I’m running because I want to help shape and improve the community for tomorrow. I want to help Los Alamos move forward, I want to add vitality to the community and I want to help enable vibrant and cost conscious economic development and improved infrastructure. I want to help transform energy and passion and innovative thoughts and ideas into results.”

  • Vision for a new eatery

    Business owner Denise Lane took over possession what used to be Central Avenue Grill on Monday. Tuesday, she and chef Greg Hoch went over plans for a new restaurant, which will be called Dixie Girl. More details on Lane’s plans for the new restaurant can be found in next Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Gov. slipping out of VP stakes

    SANTA FE – Considerable discussion still revolves around Gov. Susana Martinez as a running mate for the GOP presidential nominee. But most of that discussion is now occurring in New Mexico.
    Gov. Martinez still seems to be making good moves. She is following the Republican playbook but isn’t causing the fuss that many other newly elected Republican governors are.
    Martinez got some good publicity in Arizona recently when she graciously greeted President Barack Obama at the Roswell airport on the way to an appearance at Maljamar.

  • Suspicious package found on lab property a false alarm

    Emergency personnel raced to the scene as a suspicious package was found in the garage on West Jemez Road, on Los Alamos National Laboratory property Tuesday.   

    By 1 p.m., lab spokesman Kevin Roark, who was on the scene, said it was a false alarm and the emergency personnel were "standing down."

    Roark said it's a reminder for employees to tag their bags.

    "We do get a lot of calls for suspicious packages and there is always this kind of emergency response," Roark said. "To date, all have been false alarms."

    Deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun said the suspicious package was wire wrapped in duct tape.