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Today's News

  • Central Ave. work slated to be done Oct. 28

    The opening of the Central Avenue and 15th Street intersection Monday was a welcome milestone in the Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements Project.
    The project is at the midway point, with substantial completion scheduled for Oct. 28.
    “The whole goal is to have the street open by the Halloween weekend so that the kids can do their thing,” County Engineer Eric Martinez said.
    With a month and a half to go, motorists will face several challenges in the weeks ahead.
    Construction between 15th and Knecht Street has closed the westbound lane, but does allow one-lane traffic eastbound. One-way traffic will continue when construction moves to the south side of the street, with a westbound lane open.
    Nighttime construction begins Sunday on the section between Knecht and 9th Street, when crews begin replacing the sewer line in that area.
    “If they can do a substantial amount of the underground utility work at night, then that would reduce the amount of inconvenience that we’re imposing,” Martinez said.

  • LA passed over for Super School project

    The Los Alamos “Odyssey Super School Project” discovered Wednesday it was not awarded the $10 million grant from the XQ Institute, but members are keeping their dream alive.
    The Los Alamos group entered the institute’s contest about a year ago in hopes of winning the $10 million to start another high school in Los Alamos.
    Once their plans were approved with the New Mexico Public Education Department, the school would have used the money to purchase a building in Los Alamos, hire teachers, enroll students and create a curriculum based on meeting the challenges of a modern day workforce.
    Members of the Odyssey Super School Project said that just because they didn’t win the grant, they haven’t given up. The support they’ve received surrounding their proposal has encouraged them to move forward.
    “We’ve talked to too many people in the community, which is probably well over a thousand people at this point, to know how important this is,” said Michele Altherr, a member of the Odyssey group and a teacher in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    The proposal the group submitted included a curriculum that focused on challenge-based learning and a student’s mental health and well-being.

  • Firefighters honor 9/11 victims

    Dressed out in full gear weighing 80 to 90 pounds, Los Alamos firefighters hiked to the top of Pajarito Mountain on Saturday in honor of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives 15 years ago when the World Trade Center towers collapsed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    Across the nation, firefighters paid tribute to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and their fellow firefighters by climbing a flight of stairs totaling 2,200 steps (the equivalent of the 110 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center) in full gear.
    Pajarito Mountain is the closest equivalent that allows participants to make those 2,200 steps in Los Alamos.
    Those who participated acknowledged how difficult it was to hike from the ski lodge to the summit in full gear.
    “Yes, it’s very hard. And it’s the least we can do to try to remember what firefighters climbing up the stairs in the towers were doing at the time of the collapse,” said Firefighter William Nackers, who organized the event. “They knew there were people in trouble, so they were doing their best to get up and help them.”
    Firefighter Brian Palmer, who was participating for the first time, said it meant a lot to him to join the hike.

  • Judge: No probable cause in fake bomb case

    A Metropolitan Court judge found there was no probable cause to support a charge brought against a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Tuesday after he was accused of trying to take a fake bomb past airport security in Albuquerque Sunday.
    The case against Jeremy Danielson, 40, did not meet the statute he was being charged with, according to his attorney, Dan Cron. The District Attorney could still pursue an indictment, but they would have to make a decision to take the case to the grand jury, Cron said.
    “It’s unusual for a judge to make a finding like this early in the case,”  Cron said. “In order for anything else to occur it would take some affirmative action on the part of the District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque. Basically they would have to make a decision to take the case to the grand jury. We’re hopeful that they will see this case the same way the judge did and they will not pursue this any further.”
    Cron said Sunday’s incident that coincided with the 15th anniversary of 9/11 at the Albuquerque Sunport was a misunderstanding.
    Danielson, who was on official business with the LANL, allegedly tried to bring a device that he knew might be construed as a bomb through airport security.

  • August rainfall below average

    The summer monsoon continued from the end of July to August. Only five days were recorded for having no record of at least a trace of precipitation.
    August storms were not intense enough to exceed the average rainfall for the month, which was .18 inches below average, according to David Bruggeman, a meteorologist with the Environmental Protection and Compliance division, Compliance Programs group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    There was a report on Aug. 19 of lightning strikes near golf team members and coaches. No injuries were reported.
    White Rock measured .71 inches of above average precipitation.
    Several areas of New Mexico measured average to above-average precipitation.
    For the year, Los Alamos has measured 3.37 inches below average rainfall.
    The warmer-than-average summer ended in August, as multiple cold fronts moved through the state. Los Alamos and White Rock measured an average maximum temperature approximately 3 degrees below average.
    The second half of the month brought several days of cooler-than-average temperatures.

  • Police Beat 9-11-16

    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.

    Aug. 28
    1:30 p.m. — Ralph Espinoza, 35, of Santa Cruz was arrested on possession of a controlled substance in the 1600 block of Trinity Drive.

    1:56 a.m. — Hannah Gutierrez, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for breaking and entering at the Los Alamos police station for an incident that happened on 41st Street.

    Aug. 29
    9:14 a.m. — Anthony Montoya, 25, of Española was arrested on a magis trate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was shoplifting (more than $250, less than $2,500) at Trinity Drive, July 5.
    10:42 a.m. — Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde  was arrested on a charge of theft of a credit card at the Los Alamos police station.

    Aug. 30
    10 a.m. — Crystal Holguin, 28, of Española was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

  • Community Calendar 9-25-16

    TODAY
    The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, four uniquely accomplished musicians, will perform at the Duane Smith Auditorium at 4 p.m. The quartet brings a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. Tickets are $30-$35 at losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock; the Lensic box office in Santa Fe; and at the door. Youth 6 -18 are free; no children under 6. For details and tickets see losalamosconcert.org.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O. meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Joann Brown, 1722 18th St. Joy Beery is the co-hostess and Ruth Lear will give a program on Manhattan Project Connections to Chapter AK. RSVP to Joann at 662-3501.
    TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee day.

  • Dog obedience classes to start

    The next round of classes at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will start Oct. 3.
    Registration is ongoing and ends today.
    Class offerings include Basic Manners, Puppy Kindergarten, Getting Addicted Agility, Puppy Pre-School, introduction to Nose Work, Introduction to Herding, and Canine Good Citizen.
    To register online, visit losalamosdogs.com.

  • News for Retirees Sept. 25-Oct. 1

    Sept. 25-Oct. 1
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Batter Cod
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Low Vision/Hearing talk             “Tips on Travel”
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Loin    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • Shelter Report 9-25-16

    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, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A distinguished 4- to 5-year-old male tabby with white markings. He was a stray living outdoors, with no known previous owner. Juan is afraid if people approach him too closely, but he loves cats and kittens. He would like a home where he can maintain his distance until he is ready to come closer. Of course, he would love to have cat or kitten companions, too. At the shelter, Juan has started becoming more comfortable with people who have spent time near him while respecting his boundaries.