Today's News

  • Romney barrels out of first debate on offense

    DENVER (AP) — Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto. The president, intent on keeping his momentum from stalling, is warning Americans that his GOP rival's policy prescriptions for a fragile economy are more fantasy than reality.

    Standing toe-to-toe with the president for the first time in the campaign, Romney held his own and more at a time when there already were signs that the race is tightening in some of the battleground states where Obama has enjoyed an advantage. Obama kept his cool and signaled that he won't let up on his message that Romney's plans on taxes, health care, the deficit and more just don't add up.

    "It's fun," Romney declared well into Wednesday night's 90-minute faceoff, clearly relishing the back-and-forth.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


    The candidates spar aggressively in their first debate over taxes, deficits and the best way to create jobs.


    AP's fact-checking Calvin Woodward says both candidates leave out inconvenient facts.


    Shelling from Syria strikes a village in Turkey, killing five civilians. Turkey fires back with artillery and NATO condemns the Syrian attack.


    Clinton pledges a full inquiry into whether security was adequate at the U.S. consulate where ambassador was killed.

  • Police catch suspected juvenile arsonists in Graduation Canyon

    Emergency services received a call there was a fire in Pine Canyon around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

    When firefighters from the Los Alamos Fire Department arrived, they saw a rapidly spreading 30-by-30 foot fire and quickly put it out.

    “We had it under control in about 10 minutes,” Deputy Chief Justin Grider said.

    During the course of the investigation, the Los Alamos Police Department also arrived on the scene and tracked down two 12-year-old boys, headed west on Pine Street. They allegedly confessed to the crime, and were detained and arrested.

    According to Grider, the juveniles used piles of pine cones and lighters to set the blaze, which was located in Graduation Canyon between Pine Street and Manhattan Loop.

  • SF man claims $1M Powerball prize

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man has come forward to claim a $1 million prize in the multi-state Powerball game.

    New Mexico Lottery officials say Michael Vigil was one winning number away from taking the $40 million jackpot in last Saturday's drawing.

    Still, he's the state lottery's seventh millionaire so far this year.

    Vigil told lottery officials in Albuquerque that he plans to use his prize to pay bills, visit family out of state and travel abroad.

  • Benfit for LAAC Sunday

    Franz Schubert, according to Biography.com, only had one public concert in his life. But thanks to Juanita Madland, Claudia Hilko, Susan Mendel and Alicia Solomon, he will be given a second.
    The group of musicians will host a benefit concert to the Los Alamos Arts Council at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fuller Lodge. The concert is a tribute to the composer and is titled, “Schubertiad.”
    Despite the fact that Schubert died in 1828, his music and the era he lived in will come to life during the concert. To accomplish this, the performers will wear period dresses to portray an actual Schubert Party, will perform as though Schubert was present and will transport the audience back in time to 1797-1828.
    Schubert’s life was short, but he wrote 1,200 pieces in his life of 31 years. Weekly, his friends gathered with him to play the music he wrote during that week. Schubert hardly ever performed as he was so busy churning out music.
    He said, “I wake up, I work on a composition until I am through with it, then I start another. That is what I do all day.”
    “His ‘spirit’ will be with us as we converse with him about his singing Lieder and piano compositions,” Madland said. This is the first of three Schubertiads. The audience is invited to talk with the performers over refreshments.

  • NJROTC Unarmed Drill takes third place

    The Los Alamos High School NJROTC Unarmed Drill team opened up the season this year by taking third place at the Early Bird Invitational last week at Valley High School in Albuquerque. Eighteen schools competed at this event from across the state and included JROTC units from every military branch.
    The Los Alamos High School team consisted of nine girls including cadets: Rachel Barthell, Kayla Benson, Karina Bequet-Stidham, Casandra Brewer-Houlton, Tristan Graham, Victoria Hypes, Gianna Maggiore, Mikyla Smith and Jodi Thomas. Analicia Ronquillo, whose command voice earned the title “Best Unarmed Commander” in the Commanders Cup division, commanded the nine girls. The armed team and three color guards finished with an average of fourth place, with the unit as whole finishing third. The next test for all of the teams takes place  Oct. 26 and 27, when they travel to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

  • Be There 10-03-12

    Girls in grades K-12, who are interested in Girl Scouts are invited to an information session and registration event from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    The Los Alamos High School Band Boosters will host a “No Cook Noodle Night” from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill’s Kelly Hall. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, call Maire O’Neill at 412-8739.

    Glass recycling is finally here and Tom Nagawiecki will present the county’s plans for the recycled glass at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library during the Sierra Club meeting.
    Join the Parent Raising Teen Club from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop. For more information, call Elizabeth Grant at 660-5796.

    The Reel Deal Theater will bring back “The Big Year” for a one-time showing at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children at the door. Proceeds benefit PEEC. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or send email to Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “Hugo,” at 6:30 p.m.

  • LAFD rescues passengers from LANL elevator

    A group of passengers on an elevator in one of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s buildings had a thrilling end to a long day Monday when the elevator they were riding in started malfunctioning.
    In a report released by the Los Alamos Fire Department, the elevator went from the first floor to the third floor and repeated the action without stopping.
    It took about 20 minutes before the LAFD and LANL personnel took control of the situation by cutting the power to the malfunctioning elevator. That action turned on the elevator’s emergency automatic override, which made the elevator stop at a floor and open the doors. According to Fire Deputy Chief Justin Grider, no one was hurt in the incident.
    “They were able to exit unharmed, and everyone that was on the elevator left the building before we could interview them about what happened,” Grider said.
    The LAFD then turned the scene over to LANL’s security personnel.

  • Retired LANL physicist earns national honor

    The National Audubon Society has selected retired Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Tom Jervis of Santa Fe as the 2012 Volunteer Charles H. Callison Award winner. The award was announced Sept. 28 at the National Audubon Society Board Meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

    Now in its 18th year, Audubon’s Callison Awards recognize one volunteer and one staff member, nominated by their peers, who have made remarkable contributions to conservation through coalition-building, creative thinking and perseverance.

    During the awards ceremony, Jervis was recognized for his, “dedicated service and major contributions to the goals of Audubon; his unflagging dedication as a volunteer and supporter at the chapter, center, council and state levels; his decades’ long work to protect New Mexico’s most threatened wildlife and to preserve critical habitats; and his passionate commitment to the cause of conservation locally and throughout the hemisphere.”

    An Audubon member for 40 years, Jervis is currently serving in his fourth term as president of the Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society, a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. Also a leader of the state Audubon efforts, he served three terms as president of the New Mexico Audubon council.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 10-03-12

    Sept. 27

    John Arthur Ross was found guilty in magistrate court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs with a .08 blood alcohol level.
    Ross paid a court fee of $241 and was assigned supervised probation for one year.
    Conditions of probation includes obeying all laws and not be arrested during probation period; defendant must comply with all court ordered conditions of probation; defendant must enter and complete DWI school within 90 days; defendant must enter and participated in a drug and alcohol treatment session with at least six sessions; must obtain an ignition interlock license and have an interlock ignition switch installed in all vehicles defendant uses; defendant must not possess or consume alcohol during probation period; defendant shall pay all cost associated with having and installing an interlock ignition switch; shall not possess a destructive device or deadly weapon and must meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.

    Donaven B. Vanwijkweijer was found guilty in magistrate court of criminal trespass.
    Vanwijkweijer was ordered to pay a court fee of $73.

    Douglas W. Mefford was found guilty in magistrate court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs with a .08 blood alcohol level.