Today's News

  • LAPS Foundation to host fundraiser Oct. 14

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced that it will hold its popular fundraiser, Taste of Knowledge at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the old De Colores restaurant location. The theme this year is “Experience the Food and Wine of Spain.”

    Pig+Fig’s Chef Laura Crucet will create scrumptious Spanish tapas, which will be paired with unique boutique Spanish wines.

    Representatives from Favorite Brands and Jose Pastor Selections will talk about the different wine producing regions of Spain and what wines are produced there. During the tasting, local jazz band The Ryan Finn Quartet will entertain with live music. Ryan Finn is the Los Alamos Middle School Band instructor, whose classroom benefitted from a $25,000 makeover facilitated by the LAPS Foundation in the summer of 2016.

    As this is a fundraiser benefiting Los Alamos Public Schools’ teachers, staff, students and facilities, the LAPS Foundation is including elements from many talented Los Alamos students. LAHS Culinary Arts students will prepare the food under the supervision of Chef Laura Crucet, while LAHS Art Club members will dress as Spanish waiters and help out during the event. Several DALA and LAHS dancers will perform Spanish-themed dances, and Key Club and Hilltalkers members have volunteered to help with the event, as well.

  • Time to deal with Dodd Frank bill

    The New York Times on an upcoming Treasury Department report on the Dodd-Frank financial oversight bill expected to propose lighter regulation for financial firms other than banks:

    Among the most appalling aspects of the financial collapse nine years ago was that no matter how reckless and predatory big financial institutions had been, they had grown so big and so interconnected that the federal government found itself forced to prop them up to avoid failures that would wreck the economy. The resulting bailouts, which included billions of dollars in bonuses for executives responsible for the fiasco, provoked deep public anger and became a rallying cry for populists on the right and the left.

    To reduce the risks from too-big-to-fail institutions, Congress in 2010 passed the Dodd-Frank financial oversight bill. But ever since, even as the stock market soared, wages stagnated and the victims of predatory lenders continued to struggle, Wall Street’s champions have demanded an end to Dodd-Frank’s regulations.

    Step by step, the Trump administration has made it clear that it is on their side, that Wall Street need have no real concern about Dodd-Frank’s provisions and that the lessons of the financial crisis will be ignored.

  • Volleyball taken down by Santa Fe

    The early season struggles of the Los Alamos High School varsity volleyball team continued Wednesday evening, as they fell at home to Santa Fe High School 3-1.

    It was clear from the start that the Hilltoppers would have a tough time containing the attackers of Santa Fe, as the sound of the ball hitting the ground after a spike from the Demons boomed throughout the gym time after time.

    Santa Fe controlled much of the first set, jumping out to a 14-9 lead and never looking back. Despite the Hilltoppers’ attempt to come back late in the set, it was not enough. Santa Fe took the first set 25-18.

    Emme Segler was the top finisher for LAHS in the first set, as she recorded three kills. Kimberly McKinley, Natalie Gallegos and Elodie Theillez each recorded two of their own in the set.

    The Hilltoppers came out as an inspired group in the second set. Despite falling behind early, they kept fighting and evened the score at 7-7.

    LAHS then went on a run that gave them an 11-7 lead, which forced Santa Fe to take a timeout.

    The Hilltoppers did not slow down after that, however, extending their lead to 19-13. Though the Demons made it close, LAHS escaped the second set with a 25-19 victory, evening the match 1-1.

  • On the Docket

    Cesar H. Marti was found guilty of failing to provide a proper driver’s license and was fined $50. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. 


    Daniel Trujillo pleaded no contest to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and the sentence was deferred until Oct. 7. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school. 


    Karen Trythall pleaded no contest to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit and the sentence was deferred until Oct. 7. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school.


    Andres Martinez was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and was fined $50. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. 


    Douglas Wolstein was fined $50 for failing to appear in court and must pay $65 in court costs. 


  • Community Calendar


    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Kent Parsons and his topic will be, “So I got my DNA Test Results, Now What?” The traditional no-host social dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. earlier that evening at the China Moon Restaurant.


    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” a time-traveling murder mystery, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 15-16, 22-23 and 2 p.m. for a matinee on Sunday, Sept. 17. Visit lalt.org for more information.


    Gentle Walks
    at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free. 

  • Little things make a big difference for kids

    Welcome to Assets month and our monthly focus on one of the categories of the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets©. 

    Each year, we start a new school year with a fresh look about the characteristics, traits and experiences that help our young people become competent adults. The little things make a big difference in the lives of young people. 

    One of the reasons I love the Assets is that it doesn’t take a huge time commitment, no meetings and you don’t need permission or funding, just dig in and get to it. 

    As Dr. Peter Benson would say, “If you’re breathing, you’re on the team.” I sat behind him once at a conference and later passed him in the hallway. I couldn’t muster the huztzpah to speak to him, but I felt, “my calling,” if you will that this was what I was supposed to be doing. 

  • LANB nurtures path for small businesses to thrive



    Finance New Mexico


    If you’re a community bank still headquartered in New Mexico, there will naturally be businesses knocking at your door for financial advice and loans. But sometimes, due to a bank’s own regulations and requirements, some businesses won’t qualify for certain loans, and they must be turned away.

    Instead of giving up on the startups, nonprofits and small businesses that may fall outside of a bank’s boundaries, institutions like Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) have found a way to keep them in New Mexico’s financial ecosystem.

    LANB chief executive officer John S. Gulas said it only makes sense for the bank to help keep the overall economy as healthy as possible. For Gulas and LANB – the largest community bank in the state – one solution has been an ongoing partnership with The Loan Fund.  The nonprofit community development financial institution works with businesses and nonprofits that don’t qualify for a traditional loan.

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  • Man attempts to steal liquor bottle

    A 21-year-old man from Santa Fe, Lance Pena, was arrested for attempting to shoplift a $9.65 bottle of vodka from Smith’s on Aug. 29.

    Around 10 a.m. that day, Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Leandro Gallegos was dispatched to Smith’s for a suspected shoplifting incident.

    Gallegos met with the Loss Prevention Officer, Melissa Chamberlin, and the offender, Pena. Next to Pena, there was a plastic bottle of Premier Vodka on Chamberlin’s desk.

    Chamberlin stated that Pena took the bottle off the shelf while inside Smith’s and concealed it inside his pants.\

    According to the incident report, Pena then walked around the store before walking past all points of sale without attempting to pay for the liquor.

    “Lance admitted that he tried to steal the bottle of Premier Vodka,” said Gallegos in his report. Apparently, Pena thought if he were cooperative with law enforcement and the loss prevention department, he would simply be charged with trespassing and let go.

    That was not the case, however, and Gallegos promptly arrested Pena for shoplifting. After conducting a search of Lance, it was found that he did not have any cash or cards on his person to pay for anything from Smith’s.

  • CAP cadets pass milestones

    Aug. 28 was a big night for Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Cadet Juan Romero and his air patrol.
    Romero was promoted to 2nd Lt, and he received his Billy Mitchell Award.

    The award marks a civil air patrol cadet’s transition from enlisted rank into the officers ranks, and is considered a turning point in a cadet’s career.

    The Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol has had nine cadets achieve the rank in the past five years.

    “Only 15 percent of all cadets nationally get this far,” Deputy Commander for Cadets Annette Peters said. “For us to have had this many cadets achieve this milestone speaks volumes about the awesome cadets we have. They are so focused on the cadet program.”

    His mother, Army National Guard LT. Col Pia Romero and his father, Ryan,  presented him with his new rank and award as the rest of Romero’s  crew looked on.

    “It’s a very proud moment,” Pia said. “He has a lot of discipline and stick-to-it-ness.”

    The award was created in 1964, and was named in honor of Army Gen. Billy Mitchell. He is one of the key figures in the formation of the U.S. Air Force, which he advocated heavily for when he became deputy director of the Air Service shortly after World War I.