Today's News

  • More accusations leveled against high-ranking NM official

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A high-ranking New Mexico official charged with dozens of counts related to alleged campaign finance fraud is now facing allegations of identity theft.

    The state attorney general's office filed a criminal complaint Friday afternoon in state district court accusing Secretary of State Dianna Duran of listing a former state lawmaker as treasurer of her campaign without his knowledge.

    The complaint details an interview that investigators had with Don Kidd about his name being used on several reports filed by Duran as part of her 2010 campaign. Kidd said he had nothing to do with the campaign other than making a donation.

    The complaint also stated that a review by investigators uncovered more than 100 transactions totaling more than $10,000 within bank statements that were not listed as campaign expenditures.

  • Glauber recalls Manhattan Project

    Nobel Laureate and Manhattan Project Theorist Roy Glauber regaled a rapt audience at Fuller Lodge on Tuesday with stories of the two years he worked on the Manhattan Project.
    “It is a great pleasure to be here in what to me was the most familiar of surrounding,” Glauber said. “I was in this room countless times, through 1944 and 1945. It was the only really respectable dining room on The Hill at that time.”
    Glauber described how after lunch, “an incredibly distinguished audience”−which sometimes included General Leslie Gloves−would gather around a radio to listen to the news. He also recalled concerts in that room, including recitals by trained basso profundo and Nobel Laureate Frederick Reines.
    Due to an accelerated educational path, Glauber was only 18 when he joined the project, one of the youngest in an already youthful crowd.
    “There was next to no one over 40. Gray hair was virtually absent. I wouldn’t say you never saw it, but it was a rarity,” Glauber said. “This was a collection of young people embarking on a project that seemed not to be feasible. The question was, could it somehow be made feasible? That was the question that was in the air.”

  • Attorney: Negligence by utilities led to New Mexico wildfire

    BERNALILLO  — Pointing to a photograph of towering ponderosa pine and fir trees being overcome by smoke and flames, an attorney for more than 300 plaintiffs told jurors Thursday during opening statements that the negligence of two electric utilities was to blame for one of the largest fires in New Mexico’s recorded history.
    It will be up to the jury to determine whether the utilities should be held liable for the Las Conchas fire.
    The blaze was sparked June 26, 2011, when strong winds toppled a rotting aspen tree and it fell onto a power line running through the Jemez Mountains. The resulting fire scorched more than 240 square miles of tinder-dry forest, destroyed dozens of homes and threatened one of the nation’s premier government laboratories.
    Plaintiffs’ attorney Tom Tosdal said the fire could have been prevented had Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Inc. and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. done inspections and managed potentially hazardous vegetation along the power line’s right of way.
    “Both Tri-State and JMEC had the power and the opportunity to protect the public and prevent this fire by adopting well-known procedures in the electric industry,” Tosdal said.

  • Police Beat 10-2-15

    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.

    Sept. 23
    8:56 a.m. –– A 57--year-old Santa Fe man was involved in an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Lubbock Road and Pajarito Road.

    10:13 a.m. — Elsie Fernandez,  36, of Ojo Caliente was arrested through a magistrate court warrant at the Los Alamos Police Station.

    3:40 p.m. — Mario Sanchez,  27, of Espanola was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was shoplifting (More than $150, less than $250) at Trinity Drive in February.

    8:05 p.m. — A 71-year-old Los Alamos woman was involved in car accident (no injuries) at the intersection of Piedra Loop and State Highway 4.

    Sept. 24
    9:56 a.m. — Logan Millison,  24, of Arroyo Hondo was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police department.

  • Heart Council health fair attracts large crowd

    The Los Alamos Heart Council 2015 Health Fair was slammed with 500 people early Saturday morning, many of them waiting for the doors to open to receive free flu shots provided by Los Alamos Medical Center and discounted blood tests offered by the Heart Council.
    Board President Philip Gursky estimated that more than 2,000 people attended the fair.
    “There’s been lots of information given out, lots of swag given away. Kids love it,” Gursky said. “This is a great opportunity for somebody to come out and see just about anybody you need to see.”
    This year’s fair had 14 additional booths, bringing the number of participants to 80. Several offered free screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar levels, asthma and glaucoma. Practitioners offered free acupuncture and low-level laser pain relief therapy.
    The range of health care businesses and organizations covered the spectrum from Western medicine to holistic health, as well as fitness, senior services, nutrition and mental health.

  • Dial-a-Ride accident update

    An Atomic City Transit Dial-a-Ride bus was involved in an accident on Nm 4 near White Rock this morning. The ACT bus driver took evasive action to avoid a near head on collision.  The shoulder was soft and the bus rolled onto its side. 


    The bus was carrying two passengers. There were no injuries on the Dial-a-Ride vehicle, but the driver of the other vehicle was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center.


    The road was closed for a short time to clear the accident but has re-opened now.

  • Food contractor reports to school board

    The company that feeds your children while they’re at school made an in depth presentation at a recent school board meeting.
    Some of the details of their operation may surprise you.  
    Southwest Food Excellence LLC took over from Summit Food Service about a year ago.
    Based out of Scottsdale Arizona, the company has recently been setting up accounts in New Mexico. Los Alamos was one of the first.
    On hand for the presentation were Ian Tillotson, associate director of regional operations, Chris Odom, regional manager, Sarah Worden, director of compliance, Diane Catlin, vice president of finance and Joe Palmer, director of sales.
    According to Palmer, the company does not specialize in supplying food to any other institution except schools.
    “There are some other companies that work in higher education, there are some that work in prisons and health care, all we do is K through 12,” Parker said, adding that SFE also specializes in providing a fresher and healthier line of food, preferring to go through local distributors whenever possible. He also said they also like to work with school principals on creating special menus for holidays as well as recycling and composting programs.

  • Trinity Capital to pay 1.5 million in federal penalties

    The Los Alamos National Bank and its parent company, Trinity Capital Corporation, have agreed to pay $1.5 million in fines. In exchange, the Securities and Exchange Commissio will drop the charges it levied against the bank and Trinity for accounting fraud.

    “Without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, Trinity agreed to provide ongoing cooperation and to pay a $1.5 million penalty, which takes into account the company’s significant remedial measures and cooperation during the investigation, The SEC said in a written statement.

    According to the SEC, Trinity underreported the net losses to its shareholders by $30.5 million. SEC officials said the company reported its 2011 income as $4.9 million, when actually the bank suffered a $25.6 million loss.

    In its investigation of the bank and Trinity Capital, the SEC directly blamed William Enloe, Trinity Capital’s CEO at the time, former chief credit officer Jill Cook and former lending officer Mark Pierce.

    The SEC’s complaint also blames Trinity’s former CFO Daniel Bartholomew and vice president of internal audit Karl Hjelvik for not installing proper internal auditing controls and failing “to ensure the bank’s books and records were reasonably accurate.” 

  • Police hire animal control officer

    Though Alysha Lenderman, the Los Alamos Police Department’s public service aide, was just sworn in to the Los Alamos Police Department, she certainly isn’t new to helping our animal friends. In fact, according to LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera, it was her past experience and passion for helping the animals that secured her the job.
    “Her education, passion, dedication and experience all showed during her interview. It was a hands down decision to bring her on board. She will be a great asset to this community and our organization,” Wardlow-Herrera said.
    At the swearing in, Wardlow-Herrera also mentioned the testimonies of others who worked with her, including Chuck Hodges, a certified trainer of rescue dogs and president of the East Mountain Search and Rescue in Moriarity who said her training skills were “the best he’d ever seen” according to Wardlow-Herrera.

  • County asks residents to support property clean up efforts

    Staff in Los Alamos County’s Building Safety Division, in partnership with the Los Alamos Fire Department, are urgently asking citizens to help address property-related issues such as weed overgrowth, excessive rubbish, and rodent issues being found on private properties around the county.
    With plentiful summer rainfall, weed growth on private property — especially along sidewalks — is at an all-time high.
    County crews are busy addressing excessive vegetation along county right-of-ways as expeditiously as possible.
    Property owners can help the county ensure a safe, continuous sidewalk path for school children and other pedestrians by trimming back their own vegetation growing onto or overhanging the sidewalks adjacent to their private property.
    In past years, trimming vegetation, while desirable, was not enforced. Due to changes in the County code last year, specifically chapter 18, section18-42 parts (a), (b), and (d), it is no longer optional for a property owner to fail to address excessive vegetation growth onto or above a public right of way.
    In summary, the county code states that all weeds, brush piles, refuse and rubbish on a property are a nuisance, weeds are not to exceed 18 inches, and that sidewalks must be kept clear of encroaching vegetation and overhanging branches.