Today's News

  • Sheriff’s candidate sues LA county claiming records act violations

    Los Alamos County Sheriff candidate James Whitehead is suing Los Alamos County, the police department, the parks, recreation and open spaces, and Records Custodian Barb Ricci for not fully honoring the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.

    Whitehead claims in his lawsuit that the county’s records division did not give him all the records he requested in June 2016.

    The Republican candidate is being represented by Attorney Blair Dunn of Albuquerque.

    Whitehead claims in his lawsuit that an investigator for the Municipal League, Leroy Lucero, received the same records Whitehead requested. Leroy received some dispatch recordings that Whitehead did not receive as part of his June 2016 request, according to the lawsuit.

    “Later, as plaintiff was going over the records provided, he noticed that in April of 2016, dispatch recording had been provided to Leroy Lucero by Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone,” a statement in the lawsuit said. “These dispatch recordings had not been provided in the original IPRA response by Los Alamos County.”

  • Second half property tax due by May 10

    Los Alamos County reminded property owners that the second installment for 2017 property tax bills becomes delinquent after May 10. 

    Payment must either be made in person at the Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. on May 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. 

    The Customer Care Center is located in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM 87544. 

    Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

  • West Road is open, fire extinguished

    UPDATE: 4:24 p.m.

    Los Alamos County has restored power to customers in the Ski Hill, Fairway and Trinity areas following a wildfire today, according to the county spokeswoman.

    Los Alamos fire crews extinguished a wildfire that broke out at 12:45 p.m. today on West Road, south of the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    There was no damage to the ice rink and no injuries reported. The fire was extinguished within an hour. West Road was reopened about 2:30 p.m.

    Some homes near Fairway Drive and Trinity Drive were without power, according to Los Alamos County Spokeswoman Julie Habiger said.

    “The Department of Public Utilities’ electric linemen anticipate that power will be restored by 4 p.m.,” Habiger said.

    The fire was caused by arcing power lines and is moving up the slope behind the ice rink, according to early reports from fire officials.

    ****** Fire crews are battling a wildfire that broke out about 12:45 p.m. south of the Los Alamos County Skating Rink this afternoon.

    West Road is closed to traffic in the area and vehicles are being diverted through Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

    Motorists will be asked to show identification or badges to pass through the property. Gusty winds are adding to the danger level, according to one witness.

  • Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state.

    The U.S. Department of Energy said the 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile  site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, one of the nation's top federal nuclear research labs.

    The rupture triggered a fire alarm, and three Idaho National Laboratory firefighters extinguished the smoldering barrel and pulled it away from a dozen other barrels nearby.

    When the firefighters left the building, emergency workers detected a small amount of radioactive material on their skin, said department spokeswoman Danielle Miller.

    The material was washed off the firefighters, who were taken to a nearby medical facility as a precaution, she said.

    Initial assessments showed they did not inhale the radioactive material and were not injured, Miller added.

  • ‘Voices of the Manhattan Project’ reaches 500 interviews

    The “Voices of the Manhattan Project” oral history website, a joint project of the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society, now features 500 video and audio interviews with Manhattan Project veterans, family members, and experts.

    “The website contains 500 first-hand accounts, providing a kaleidoscope of perspectives on the Manhattan Project. Readily accessible online, the collection is a treasure trove for journalists, scholars, documentary producers, museums, educators, students and audiences worldwide,” said Cynthia C. Kelly, president of AHF.

    Launched in 2012, the “Voices of the Manhattan Project” website now reaches more than 10,000 people per month.

    Both organizations are continuing to record interviews around the country. AHF and LAHS hope to publish an additional 500 interviews on the website by 2020, and to expand the scope of the site to include interviews with Cold War nuclear workers, Japanese atomic bomb survivors, and nuclear experts today.

  • Local churches to host service dedicated to Mexico work

    Members and friends of the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Universalist Church will host a church service dedicated to the work of the trip to Mexico Sunday.

    The spring break travelers will share their experiences of what took place on the life changing venture. The team of 75 built 3 homes for 3 families in four days. The Puerto Penasco venture is a year in the making, with a long history of service.

    One local first timer on the trip, was LAHS junior Jack Whitacre. Whitacre was invited by a friend who had been on a previous trip.

    The United Church of Los Alamos is located at 2525 Canyon Road. The Sunday service will begin at 9:30 and last for one hour. Additional information is available at 662-2971.

  • LAHS softball keeps win streak alive

    In Major League Baseball, the talk of the world is about Shohei Otani, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star that is dominating on the mound and at the plate in his first season in America. Locally, it turns out Los Alamos High School has a two-way threat of its own on the softball team. Katie Wimer, a sophomore, continued her outstanding season Wednesday afternoon against Albuquerque Academy, picking up a win on the mound with a complete game, and driving in 7 runs at the plate in a 15-5 victory. 

    This season, Wimer has pitched 30.1 innings on the mound, collecting a record of 4-1 while striking out 27 batters. At the plate, she has been even more impressive, batting .492 while driving in 35 RBI’s and knocking three home runs out of the park. 

    In an important district game against the Chargers, the Hilltoppers needed every part of Wimer’s game to pull out the victory. 

    After the pitchers dominated for the first two innings of Wednesday’s game, posting clean innings, Academy took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. 

    That’s when the LAHS offense woke up and returned to the form that it has shown throughout district play. 

  • Baseball drops heartbreaker at home to Academy

     All season, the Los Alamos High School baseball team has relied on strong pitching and timely hitting. Wednesday afternoon, the timely hitting was nowhere to be found as the Hilltoppers lost to Albuquerque Academy 5-4 at Bomber Field. 

    This was an important district game for both teams, as Academy entered the contest with a record of 7-1 in District 2-5A, one game ahead of the Hilltoppers, who entered the game at 6-2. A win would have pulled the Hilltoppers into a tie for first place in the district. Instead, the team is now left to wonder if it has done enough to earn an at-large bid to next month’s state championship tournament. 

    The opportunities were there for LAHS to take control of the game, and yet the big hit wouldn’t come to put the contest out of reach. 

    The Hilltoppers’ first opportunity came in the first inning, when the team loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk before Walker Eaton flew out to the left fielder to end the inning. 

    Academy also wasted early opportunities, leaving a man stranded on third base in the first inning, and two runners in scoring position in the second inning. 

  • Hilltoppers fall to Duke City at home

    Facing Duke City at Dara Jones Field Saturday afternoon, the young Los Alamos High School boys’ lacrosse team showed it still has a lot to learn about competing at the highest level, falling 17-3. 

    Duke City dominated possession of the ball from the very beginning, going up 5-0 before the Hilltoppers got the ball across midfield. 

    After switching sides for the second quarter, the Hilltoppers seemed to gain a little bit of momentum and went on the attack. Kevin Dors got LAHS on the board with a beautiful shot from close range, making the score 5-1. 

    However, Duke City, which is made up of some of the best lacrosse players in all of Albuquerque from multiple schools, continued to attack and quickly put the game out of reach. 

    Long after the outcome had been decided, Caleb Key and Jack Vandenkieboom scored goals for the Hilltoppers, temporarily sending cheers throughout the home crowd. 

    As the final whistle blew, however, Duke City emerged with a 17-3 victory. 

  • LAHS golf has strong day at home invite

    More than 100 players and 13 teams came together at the Los Alamos County Golf Course Monday morning for the LAHS Spring Invite, where the Hilltoppers played host and enjoyed great results. 

    The boys’ team finished as the overall runner-ups, while the girls were able to boast the event’s overall champion. 

    On the boys’ side of the event, Los Lunas High School walked away as the champions, finishing with a team score of 322. LAHS finished four strokes behind in second place, with a team score of 326. Rounding out the top three was Hope Christian, which finished with a team score of 335. 

    Other teams that participated in the tournament for the boys were Robertson, St. Michael’s, Capital, Tucumcari, East Mountain, Española Valley, Raton, Taos and West Las Vegas. 

    Individually, many Hilltoppers put together solid rounds. Davis Johnson was the team’s top golfer finishing with a score of 77, just six strokes off the leader. Henry Poston and Sean Rau both finished with scores of 81, while Conner Cook finished with a score of 84, Jacob Benelli finished with a score of 87 and Landon Burk finished with a score of 88.