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Today's News

  • Victim injured in explosion, fire at Los Alamos apartment complex

    Los Alamos emergency officials were allowing residents return to the Caballo Peak Apartments Monday night, following an investigation into an explosion and fire that injured one man early Monday morning. About 100 residents were evacuated to allow law enforcement and fire officials access to the building.

    The Red Cross had set up a shelter for any of the residents from Caballo Peak Apartments at the Karen McLaughlin Hall on Central Avenue.

    At 4 p.m. Monday, no one had shown up to use the shelter.

    At 4:30 p.m., county officials allowed residents to return to the apartments and are breaking down the shelter, as it was no longer needed. The apartment where the explosion happened remains secured and under investigation.

    Police have identified the only injured person in the incident as a male. His condition still remains unknown.

    Los Alamos Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew said the criminal investigation they opened up this morning is continuing.

    “This case remains active and we are following up positive leads,” he said.

    Police and county officials had evacuated all residents from Caballo Peak Apartments and had closed off the complex to everyone except those who have official authorization to be on the property. The decision was made about noon.

  • Police Beat 5-8-16

    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.

    April 27
    7:07 a.m. — Police reported that a 32-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of larceny (over $500, less than $2,500) at 45th Street.

    9:23 a.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or other structure at  Arkansas Avenue.

    10:11 a.m. — Police reported that a 34-year-old Albuquerque man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Airport Road and East Road.

    6:01 p.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $2,500, less than $20,000) at Walnut Street.

    9:30 p.m. — Aaron Abeyta, of Ohkay Owingeh was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at Central Avenue.

    April 28
    12:35 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $250, less than $500) at Diamond Drive.

  • On the Docket 5-8-16

    April 27
    Gloria Silver  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 28
    Dane Miller pled no contest at the time of traffic stop to failing to pay court costs. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tuhy M. Mills was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    Ted L. Heath pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal court to menacing behavior and failing to get required vaccinations for dogs and/or cats. Defendant was fined $300 and must also pay $120 in court costs.

     Sarah Downs pled guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having animals at large and failure to display rabies tag. Sentence deferred until May 27. Defendant must also pay $60 in court costs.

    Curtis A. Valencia  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Business after hours at LAMC Wednesday

    Business After Hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship,  and identification of business opportunities.
    The Business After Hours will at 5:30–7 p.m. Wednesday at Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road, under the canopy on the canyon side of LAMC.
    This will be a community collaboration celebration catered by Blue Window Bistro.
    Come help LAMC celebrate National Hospital Week, 64 years in Los Alamos and meet and greet local non profits.
    There will be prizes and give-aways. Attendees can also visit with LAMC physicians.
    Register online at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/business-after-hours-may-2016-145.

  • Shelter Report 5-8-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Elizabeth—A 4-year-old Russian Blue mix who prefers the company of people rather than the company of other felines. She doesn’t mind the company of mellow cats, especially if they let her be the “queen” and don’t pick on her too much! She still enjoys a bit of playtime, and she loves chasing catnip mice around the cat room! This sweet girl will meow softly at you when she’s ready for some petting.

  • Motorcycle awareness month
  • Law enforcement, residents discuss crime

    Local law enforcement and the district attorney held a forum Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to speak about how to deal with crime in the county.
    Only two residents showed up.
    The panel discussion was chaired by First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett.
    Padgett, who was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the position in December, told the audience that when she took office, it was important for her to reach out to the community. The First Judicial District encompasses Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.
    “Upon taking office, it was very evident and very clear to me that throughout the district that communities wanted more opportunities to engage,” Padgett said. “They wanted the opportunity to engage with local leaders and local law enforcement to talk about some of the issues that we are aware, and that we are moving forward in a comprehensive and collective manner.”
    Besides Padgett, panelists included Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge and former Los Alamos Police Chief Alan Kirk, State Rep. Jennifer Garcia Richard (D-43), Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Undersheriff John Horne.

  • LANS gets contract extension

    The company that oversees the Los Alamos National Laboratory has received a one-year extension on its management contract, taking it through fiscal year 2018, according to officials.
    “NNSA has determined to grant Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) one additional award term, extending the period of performance through fiscal year 2018,” said Francie M. Israeli, spokeswoman for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
    She also said that the NNSA granted the extension in order to give LANS and the Environmental Management field office there more time to manage and carry out the clean-up operations now happening at the facility.
    “NNSA offered to grant LANS an additional term in order to facilitate the environmental cleanup programmatic changes at LANL directed by the secretary, (Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz) an orderly transition to the contract the DOE EM (Department of Energy Environmental Management) is competing for legacy waste cleanup at LANL and to allow NNSA to plan and re-compete the follow-on management and operations contract for LANL,” Israeli said in a written statement.
    Last December, the National Nuclear Security Administration that the company, Los Alamos National Security, would not get an extension on its contract. The contract would be put out to bid sometime after 2017.

  • Three more days to register for primaries

    Citizens have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to register to vote, and to add or switch a party affiliation for the primary election.  
    New Mexico is a closed primary, so only registered Democrats or Republicans can participate in primary elections. Those registered as independent, decline to state or other party affiliations will be unable to vote. Someone registered with one of the two major parties cannot vote for candidates in the other party.
    For the first time, 17-year-olds can vote in the primary, provided they are a registered voter and will be 18 by the time of the general election. The bill authorizing this change, HB 157, was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn (D-District 35) and passed during the 2016 legislative session.
    With the exception of those 17-year-olds, absentee and early voting begins on Tuesday. HB 157 goes into effect May 18, at which time 17-year-olds can also vote.
    From May 10 – May 20, in person early voting is from 8 a.m.−5 p.m. Monday−Friday in council chambers at the Municipal Building.
    On May 21, hours extend to 8 a.m.−6 p.m. Monday−Saturday and an early voting station opens at the White Rock Library. There is no early voting Sundays or Memorial Day, May 30.
    Absentee/Early Voting ends at all locations June 4.

  • LA wins with walk-off grand slam in extras

    Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Los Alamos put together its best offensive inning of the game to beat Moriarty, 8-4, in game one of their first-round state baseball series Friday.

    Zealand Waltersheid walked to start the inning. Antonio Gonzales then ripped a double down the left field line to bring Waltersheid home and cut Moriarty's lead to 4-3.

    Travis Gonzales singled and Vincent Marchiano reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.

    James Neal drew a walk to bring in the tying run. Connor Mang then stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and put an exclamation point on the game. Mang smashed a grand slam over the left field fence to end the game with Los Alamos on top.

    Before that, the Fighting Pintos had made some big plays to put themselves in a position to win the game. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Moriarty scored the tying run to send the game into extra innings. Moriarty then put the pressure on Los Alamos with a two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 lead.

    Los Alamos, however, kept fighting to win the game.

    Runs were hard to come by for most of the game.