Today's News

  • The art of graffiti

    Some staff members at Los Alamos Middle School are working hard to build the 40 Developmental Assets in students — and one is igniting a passion and making learning fun.
    Los Alamos Middle School teacher Caroline Haagenstad builds on the passions of her students with the GATE Passion Project, work that takes place throughout the school year.
    Recently, students had their projects on display and one definitely stood out.
    It’s not everyday that a student is encouraged to graffiti a school, but teacher Naomi Unger urged seventh grade student Evan Oro to do just that.
    The project was done through a process, which included involvement from Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn.

  • Local Courts: On The Docket 05-30-12

    May 21

    Brandi Sandoval pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to following too closely resulting in an accident. Judge Alan Kirk found Sandoval guilty but deferred her sentence until Aug. 20 pending she not acquire any additional citations. She was ordered to pay a $46 fee.

    May 22

    Cody Duran pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to failure to display rabies tag, two counts of failure to appear in court, and two counts of having an animal at large. Kirk ordered Duran to pay $315 in court fees and fines.

  • State Briefs 05-30-12

    Drunk driver gets 51 years

    AZTEC (AP) — A man who drove drunk and triggered a November crash that killed two people on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
    The Farmington Daily Times reports 35-year-old Howard Haceesa was sentenced Tuesday to 51 years.
    Haceesa had pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and bodily injury by DWI.
    District Court Judge Thomas Hynes says four previous DWI convictions and his blood-alcohol level after the accident was reason enough for the longer sentence.
    Authorities say Haceesa allowed his Chevrolet van onto the center line and it struck a small SUV carrying seven people about 25 miles south of Bloomfield.

  • Road work in progress

    Work began on 15th Street, requiring the closure of 15th Street between Trinity and Deacon, as well as reducing traffic between Deacon and Central to two lanes of traffic to allow for work on the west side of 15th Street. Pedestrians were detoured around the construction area. Motorists were asked to use 20th Street/Deacon or Knecht/Central Avenue. Access to area businesses shall be maintained.

  • Dixie Girl set to debut

    According to her blog devoted to the new restaurant “Dixie Girl,” business owner Denise Lane expects to open during Chamber Fest weekend, which will be June 8-9.

  • Update 05-30-12


    Hertz Car Rental will sponsor a carwash for the Los Alamos Nuke Rugby team from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.


     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be June 9. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with sand pile.

    Phone line work

  • Shamrock Station Update

    In other Smith’s news, all the permits are signed to begin work on converting the former Shamrock Station property into a Smith’s Fuel Center. Steve Sorenson, vice president for corporate development, told the Los Alamos Monitor the project would go to bid in two weeks.
    The Shamrock station will be demolished, and construction is expected to begin sometime in late July or early August. Sorenson anticipates the new station will be open by mid-October.

  • Lab selected for ultrasonic technology

    The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) has selected the lab’s Ultrasonic Algae Harvesting technology for Phase II development. The technology is based on LANL’s R&D 100 Award-winning Ultrasonic Algal Biofuel Harvester. Research and development to refine the technology at lab-scale has been in progress through NAABB since April 2010.

  • PRC green lights BCBS rate increase

    The state Public Regulation Commission’s Insurance Division has approved a 6.9 percent rate increase for individual Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders.

    The increase, which takes effect Friday (June 1), affects approximately 31,000 people across the state.

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico spokeswoman Becky Kenny said that’s people like artists, plumbers, and mom and pop shops — who are under 65 — which only need insurance for themselves.

    She said the increase would not affect group insurance plans held by places like Los Alamos County.

  • Smith’s, LA residents aid hospital

    When Smith’s Food and Drug decided to extend its fundraising activities into New Mexico this year, the retailer chose the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital Pediatric Charity Care Fund as its recipient. The fund helps families with modest incomes that do not qualify for other assistance programs.

    “Often the families of children who need care are hesitant to bring their children in, worrying that they cannot afford the services. It is so important for those children to get the medical care they need as early as possible, and the generous gift from Smith’s will go a long way in establishing a fund for those most in need,” said Steve McKernan, CEO of University Hospitals at the check presentation.