Today's News

  • County, LANL consider colocation space

    One of the optional budget items the Los Alamos County Council tentatively approved Tuesday night was $50,000 from the Economic Development Fund to help finance an incubation colocate workspace.
    The proposed space – named Project Y, Cowork Los Alamos – is a collaboration between the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation, Central Park Square and possibly the county – provided the funding tentatively approved Tuesday remains in the final budget.
    Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher called colocate spaces “the rage around the country.”
    “The county’s been searching for a small business niche for some time, that wouldn’t put all the burden on the county, and it really is relevant to the modern business world,” Fisher said.
    LACDC has already committed $75,000 and LANL’s Feynman Center and Community Programs Office have pledged $30,000. Central Park Square’s in-kind donation provides reduced rent for the venture. The group also plans to seek grants and corporate sponsors.

  • Partners in play

    After two years and some hard work, the Mountain Elementary School Parent Teacher Association has finally reached its goal.
    The association, with help from volunteers, parents and kids from the Mountain Elementary School community and Los Alamos, raised $5,000 to help replace worn out playground equipment and add other items for the children to enjoy.
    “I thank the Mountain PTA and the district for working together to replace the broken equipment,” said Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Guy.  
    A climbing wall that was donated by a family on one of the playgrounds brought joy to many children through the years, but it developed cracks, became worn out. The school district paid for a “Monarch Climber” to take its place, and the PTA paid for additional equipment, including balance boards, spring pods and a “Buddy Bench.”
    Mountain PTA Treasurer and parent Kristen Kucko said that the equipment is spread out among the older and younger kids, so everyone will have something to enjoy.
    “The lower playground has the Buddy Bench for the younger kids and the upper playground has some balance boards and some other things like that American Ninja Warrior stuff that they like a lot,” she said.

  • Today in history April 26
  • 15th Street Road Closure Friday and Saturday

    Los Alamos, NM – There will be a road closure on 15th Street between Myrtle & Iris on April 29th and 30th from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. J.B. Henderson Construction will be closing off this section of road so that a rooftop air conditioning and heating unit may be replaced at 125 Central Park Square. Traffic will be detoured onto 9th Street through Myrtle Street. Contact the Traffic & Streets Division at 662-8113 or lacpw@lacnm.us with any questions or concerns.

  • Assessor’s request raises questions

    During last week’s budget hearings, Los Alamos County Council questioned County Assessor Ken Milder’s request that $12,037 allocated to the Property Valuation Fund be reallocated to the General Fund. Council approved a flat budget of $608,682 for the department, but refused the request to reallocate funds and asked for further discussion on the issue.
    County Manager Harry Burgess explained that he had moved that amount to the Property Valuation Fund after discussions with Milder about how to meet council’s request for a flat budget. Milder disagreed with Burgess’s decision.
    “This fund has been growing a balance for the last several years, and is projected to continue to do so, based on our evaluation and use of that fund,” Burgess said.
    “Given our zero percent direction, we looked at that fund and suggested that some of those salaries could be put into the valuation fund as opposed to pushing the assessor’s general fund portion beyond the flat budget.
    When questioned, Milder stated that the amount in question was mostly for salaries and benefits, which led Councilor Pete Sheehey to ask why those costs had jumped so much.

  • PEEC given governor’s Environmental Excellence Award on Earth Day

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center announced late Friday it had marked Earth Day by accepting a governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for environmental education and outreach.
    The award ceremony was held at the Rio Grande Nature Center, where awardees accepted recognition of excellence in one of seven environmental categories: water resource protection, resource stewardship, wildlife and ecosystem stewardship, environmental education and outreach, youth projects, environmental leader of the year, or lifetime achievement.
    The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards recognize and celebrate the hard work of New Mexicans dedicated to restoring and protecting the natural heritage and environmental health of the state.
    Before the award ceremony, each winner shared their work with guests.
    New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn opened the ceremony with a speech acknowledging and appreciating the many people who work to make Earth Day values important.
    PEEC’s Executive Director Katherine Watson, Board President Felicia Orth, volunteer Sue Barns and marketing manager Sandra West accepted the award.

  • Violent domestic call involves scissors

    Police responding to a domestic disturbance call last week found a mother stabbed by her daughter with pair of scissors.
    Los Alamos Police responded April 11 to a call at an apartment on San Ildefonso Road, where a complainant was telling dispatch she was being stabbed by her daughter.
    When police arrived they could hear yelling coming from inside the apartment but could not enter because the doors were locked. As they attempted a forced entry, the victim opened the door. She was “covered in blood,” according to police.
    “While I was escorting her down (to the awaiting paramedics) I asked (the mother) what happened and she stated that Andrea Rivera (victim’s daughter) stabbed her with scissors,” an officer wrote in a report.
    Police noted that the mother had a one-inch cut on her left forearm.
    “I could not determine if she sustained any injuries to her legs at that time,” an officer said in a report contained in court documents. “In addition, she stated that Andrea Rivera cut her hair off.”  The victim was transported to the emergency room, where she was treated for her injuries.

  • Gov. Martinez welcomes election attention for New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she welcomes the attention New Mexico will get when the GOP presidential candidates begin campaigning in the state.

    Still, Martinez — the chair of the national Republican Governors Association — doesn't plan on making an endorsement.

    Her office made the statement after hopefuls Ted Cruz and John Kasich defended their new alliance as the party's last, best chance to stop Donald Trump. They're coordinating strategies in three of the 15 remaining primary states.

    Kasich will step back in the May 3 Indiana contest to let Cruz bid without interference for voters who don't like Trump. Cruz will do the same for Kasich in contests in New Mexico and Oregon.

    Martinez says she hopes the candidates will address issues important to New Mexico, such as its federal laboratories and military bases.

  • Police Beat 4-24-16

    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 13
    12:45 p.m. — Police arrested a 13-year-old Los Alamos male for causing criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Hawk Drive.

    11:08 p.m. — Jonathan Montoya, 25, of White Rock was arrested for driving with a suspended/revoked license at the intersection of Bryce and Louise Avenue.

    April 14
    3:44 p.m. — Police reported that a 53-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a dwelling or house at Yosemite Drive.

    6:04 p.m. — Police reported that a 48-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a burglary from a dwelling or house at Entrada Drive.

    April 15
    8:04 a.m. — Jose Suarez, 27, of Española was arrested for driving with a suspended/revoked license at the intersection of Piedra Loop and State Highway 4.

    3:49 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Santa Fe male was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Trinity Drive.

  • Central Ave. warranty work begins Monday

    Century Club Construction will begin construction warranty work on Central Avenue from Oppenheimer Drive to 20th Street on Monday.  
    The work includes replacement of a sidewalk ramp at Ashley Pond. The crosswalk will be closed through April 27. Pedestrians will be detoured to crosswalk at Bathtub Row.
    Beginning Thursday, an asphalt patch will be placed on the westbound lane of Central west of the crosswalk located at the corner of 20th Street and Central Avenue. Century Club Construction will have a flagging operations from 20th Street to Bathtub Row during working hours of operation.
    Contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or lacpw@lacnm.us with any questions or concerns.