Today's News

  • Jail Report 10-15-17

    In jail at the Los Alamos County Detention Center Oct. 9 and 10:

    Tyson M. Collins, 24, arrested on a Magistrate Court bench warrant on Oct. 9.

    Desiree M. Nitz, 27, arrested on a District Court warrant on Oct. 10.

  • US astronaut’s memoir provides blunt take on year in space

    AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In his new autobiography, retired astronaut Scott Kelly gives an unflinchingly blunt take on his U.S. record-breaking year in space and the challenging life events that got him there.
    This isn’t your usual astronaut’s memoir.

    Kelly recounts dumpster diving on the International Space Station for discarded meals after a supply capsule was destroyed and ending up with “some dude’s used underwear” in his hands. He writes about the congestion, headaches and burning eyes he endured from high carbon dioxide levels and the feeling no one cared at Mission Control in Houston.

    In his book, Kelly tells how prostate cancer surgery almost got him banned from space station duty, and how his vision problem during an earlier spaceflight almost cost him the one-year mission, which spanned from March 2015 to March 2016.

    He tells how he visited a tattoo parlor before launch and got black dots all over his body to make it easier to take ultrasound tests in orbit, and how he fashioned extra puke bags for a nauseous crewmate.

    Kelly said his goal in writing “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery” was to tell the whole story.

  • School community to debate later start times

    The time school should start for teens and pre-teens will be under scrutiny in Los Alamos with several discussion-based events planned for the public school community over the next two weeks.

    Representatives of New Mexico First, a public policy think-tank, will ask – in a variety of forums – whether Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School students should come to school later.

    The comment gathering will culminate in findings released at the school board meeting Oct. 26, according to documents provided by the Los Alamos School District.

    Why change start times?

    The question has been gathering momentum in public school communities following research showing sleep patterns for young adults and teens are somewhat different than younger children and older adults.

    New Mexico First has offered a White Paper, which summarizes the issue, compiles cases of start time changes in other school districts, and focuses on the demographics of Los Alamos and how they might impact changing start times at the high school and middle school.

    New Mexico First was paid $29,500 for the project by the school district.

    The paper also delves into recent findings about the biology of sleep, as well as findings from a Start Time Working Group organized at Los Alamos High School earlier this spring.

  • Scary surprise
  • Los Alamos National Bank lays off 10 percent workforce

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Los Alamos National Bank is laying off about 10 percent of its workforce as part of a broad effort to reduce business costs.

    The bank's CEO, John Gulas, announced the 26 layoffs on Friday.

    He says the decision is based on a strategic business review conducted by the bank's board of directors and senior executives in the last few months.

    Gulas told the Albuquerque Journal that the bank is reorganizing some operations to cut costs.

    It replaced old data-processing systems with more modern ones and it revised staffing models.

    Los Alamos National Bank also expects to save money by fully exiting from temporary consent orders it reached with federal regulators a few years ago to resolve problems in its loan portfolio in the aftermath of the recession.

  • Serving from the heart

    Though the sheriff can no longer afford to pay him, Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Deputy John L. Horne said that was never an issue.

    Horne, father of the former Undersheriff John N. Horne, continues to accompany Sheriff Marco Lucero on rounds as a volunteer deputy.

    It has been a tough year for Horne. His son died in his sleep unexpectedly June 16 of what Horne thinks was  caused by sleep apnea. 

    His son also worked for Lucero as a volunteer, after the Los Alamos County Council slashed the office budget in its quest to shut down the office over concerns about duplication of services.

    To the Hornes, It’s was all about loyalty to their friend Lucero and preservation of the office, and nothing else.

    “We figured Marco needed the help and we believed in what he was doing,” John L. Horne said.

    To John L. Horne, that’s all it continues to be about. Though he misses his son immensely and will soon be to Missouri, he remains focused on the job.

    When asked if he still helps Lucero in remembrance of his son, he said it goes beyond all that.

    “No, that’s totally separate. My son spoke for himself,” Horne said.

  • Los Alamos School Board meeting on Monday

    The Los Alamos school board will meet at 1 p.m. Monday to consider the rankings of schools for construction and renovations in the school district’s Five Year Facilities Master Plan.

    The board will discuss moving Mountain Elementary closer to the top of needs for capital improvement.

    The meeting will be in the school board meeting room, at the Administrative Offices, 2101 Trinity Drive.

  • Traffic backup at Pojoaque intersection N.M. 4 and US 84/285

    Traffic on north and south bound US 84/285 near the Buffalo Thunder Resort is being diverted to frontage roads due to motor vehicle accident.
    The accident may have occurred around 3:30 p.m., and it wasn’t immediately clear whether there were any injuries.
    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department will send out an alert once the southbound lane is open, said the department’s spokesman, Juan Rios.
    A camera at the overpass of US 84/285 and NM 4 showed southbound traffic backed up through Pojoaque around 4 p.m.

  • Roswell allows city employees to carry guns at workplace

    ROSWELL (AP) — Roswell city employees who have concealed-carry permits may now carry concealed weapons in the workplace.
    The Roswell Daily Record reports that the City Council voted 9-1 Thursday night to approve a resolution allowing the city manager to permit workers with concealed-carry permits to carry a concealed weapon on city property.
    Councilor Jason Perry says he proposed the resolution so employees can protect themselves. He cites an August shooting in the city library in Clovis in two people were killed and others wounded.
    Councilor Juan Oropesa cast the sole dissenting vote. He said having guns in the workplace can be dangerous if people get angry.
    Roswell previously prohibited its employees from carrying firearms on city property or their vehicles while on duty, except for police officers, firefighters and some others.

  • Trump: Iran violating nuke deal but he won't pull out now

    President Donald Trump on Friday angrily accused Iran of violating the spirit of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, accusing it of a long list of malign behavior and hitting its main military wing with terrorism sanctions. But Trump, breaking with a campaign pledge to rip up the agreement, said he was not yet ready to pull the U.S. out or re-impose nuclear sanctions.

    Instead, he kicked the issue to Congress and the other parties to the seven-nation accord, telling lawmakers to toughen the law that governs U.S. participation and to fix a series of deficiencies in the agreement. Those include the expiration of several key restrictions under "sunset provisions" that begin to kick in in 2025, he said.

    Trump warned that without the fixes, he would likely pull the U.S. out of the deal and snap previously lifted sanctions back into place.

    Without improvements, he said in a White House speech, "the agreement will be terminated."

    "It is under continuous review and our participation can be canceled by me as president at any time," he said.