Today's News

  • 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.

  • Topes Notes 04-10-12

    Isotopes lose series opener at Iowa

  • NFL upholds Payton’s suspension

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a message to every coach and player in the NFL: safety first. The league commissioner stuck with his punishments for New Orleans’ pay-for-pain bounties on Monday, rejecting Saints coach Sean Payton’s appeal of a season-long suspension.
    An NFL investigation found that, under Payton’s watch, an assistant ran a program offering cash payouts for hits that knocked targeted opponents out of games or hurt them so badly they needed help getting to the sideline.
    Next on Goodell’s agenda: discipline for players involved in the bounty program that began in 2009, the season the Saints won the Super Bowl.
    Given recent history, at least some of those penalties are likely to be tough.

  • Scooping It Up

    Los Alamos shortstop Dancie Smith picks up a ground ball during Los Alamos’ March 29 game against Albuquerque Academy. The Hilltoppers have a big District 2-4A contest scheduled for Wednesday  when they host the Bernalillo Spartans. A win by the Hilltoppers (13-4, 6-0) would effectively put them four game ahead of the Spartans (15-3, 3-2), who are currently in second place in district, with five games remaining in the 2-4A season. Smith was injured in and left a March 31 doubleheader with Española Valley but rejoined the team just four days later.

  • Toppers take 3rd at Marty Sanchez

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams both finished third at Monday’s tournament in Santa Fe.
    Both Los Alamos golf teams took part in the Capital Invitational Monday. The tournament was played at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.
    Hilltopper freshman Johnny Osden fired a 78 to take medalist honors on the boys side, pacing Los Alamos to its total team score of 361 shots. It was the first tournament win of Osden’s career.
    Osden topped Raton’s Jonathan Ford in a playoff after they finished tied atop the leaderboard through 18 holes. Tim Turnbow of Valencia (80) finished third.
    The Hilltopper boys had one of their best showings of the season. Jin Park had an 85 and Raul Roybal was third on the team with a 91.