Today's News

  • Assets in Action: Make 2017 a year to engage in kindness

    If you are reading this on Wednesday, there are 73 days until spring break!
    That message wasn’t meant to cause you woe, but as a special, “top of mind,” statement. I want send a message to everyone with a tip of the hat to the Class of 2017, the parents of the Class of 2017 and to the parents of current sixth-graders.
    As each day seems to trudge by over the next few months, I want to get in an early reminder to enjoy this time.
    All too soon, the time will come when it is the last of everything, so for a semi halfway reminder, enjoy it while it lasts.
    Parents of seniors, especially if this is your first graduate, the next five months are about to move at a warp speed. It is easy not to see it due to deadlines, upcoming this and that, but it will all fly by too quickly.
    I feel the same way for parents of sixth-graders and want you to relish the next few months, too. Yes, even though middle school is great with wonderful, new things on the horizon, you will miss these elementary moments more than you can imagine one day.
    Who can believe 2016 is gone and we have a whole new year ahead.
    This is the year when we all need to engage in kindness, compassion and putting others first.

  • Less pay means less tax everywhere

    Like Chicken Man, taxes are everywhere – they’re everywhere.
    We forget that. The latest gross receipts tax increase quickly recedes into the background. When economic life is good, as it was when oil and gas drilling boomed for a few years until mid-2014, we forget recent history. Yet when history reappears and life for state government revenue reverts, life is just awful.
    The links are easily lost. Cities and counties get a lot of their revenue from gross receipts taxes. Local tax increases are one reaction. Eleven governments across the state hiked gross receipts rates as of January 1. Those basic local services are necessary. Gov. Susana Martinez may say no tax increases. Tuition increases at universities are doing the job for her.
    Last month the Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) summarized the sad situation for seven of the state’s largest income categories. The 19-page paper, presented Dec. 5 to the Legislative Finance Committee, got into some of the matters seldom considered except by those paid to pay attention. The reminder is useful as we approach the 60-day legislative session with a chance of comprehensive tax reform.

  • DOE releases report on state of labs

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report to the public today detailing the state of the national laboratories.
    The report was in response to a request from the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories that the nation’s 17 laboratories should more publicly demonstrate their value and contributions to science, engineering, energy and other disciplines.
    “One of the recommendations was that we do an annual report on the state of the annual laboratories, a concise report that would capture annual progress,” Moniz said.
    The 212-page report, titled “Annual Report on the State of the DOE National Laboratories,” also includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Since this report was the first of its kind, the DOE decided to give a bigger picture and go more in depth than it will in later reports.
    “What we decided to do is start out with a very comprehensive report that would also provide some of the history and go into quite some detail so that future editions presumably can revert to the much more concise updates with a strong foundation provided in this report,” Moniz said.

  • Firefighters save mobile home

    A fire broke out inside a mobile home Tuesday at Royal Crest on 2025 East Jemez Road at 8:15 p.m. Monday night. No one inside the home was injured.
    The fire was caused by fireplace embers inside the home, which is on lot inside the park.
    The fire spread to the ceiling and floor, but firefighters from the Los Alamos Fire Department managed to stop it by pulling out sections of the floor and ceiling.
    Even though firefighters were dealing with a highly flammable structure and high winds, firefighters were able to save the home.
    “They were able to put it out without the fire extending throughout the house,” said LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald. “We had a few things stacked against us and the homeowner, but luckily a quick response with Station 1 right down the street, we were able to get on top of the situation very quickly which led to a very successful save.”
    Dawald made sure the two occupants had places to go Monday night after the fire. They were also given Red Cross contact numbers in case they needed assistance.

  • Warmer, drier trend continues

    On Friday, a winter snowstorm that promised to bring significant moisture once again came in with a whimper. Instead of the promised four to six inches of snow (early forecasts predicted as much as six to eight inches) Los Alamos received only 2.1 inches.
    That is not the first time that initially promising storm patterns left Los Alamos high and dry. According to both Chuck Jones, senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service/Albuquerque and Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorologist David Bruggeman, reduced precipitation and warmer temperatures are not only the trend for this winter but a long term trend dating back decades.
    According to Bruggeman, Los Alamos has seen a downward trend in annual average precipitation since 1981. Snowfall has been declining since 1951.
    Both Bruggeman and Jones are predicting this winter will continue to be drier and warmer than usual. Charts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (cpc.noaa.gov) show all of New Mexico with a 50- to 60-percent chance of having above normal temperatures for the next three months and a 33- to 40-percent chance of below normal precipitation.

  • LA boys hoops top SF High

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team is winning close games at the right time.
    After claiming an impressive 52-49 comeback victory against Belen on Friday, the Hilltoppers defeated Santa Fe High 55-53 in overtime on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    After Saturday’s win, Los Alamos improved to 8-6 overall and claimed its third straight victory. The Hilltoppers traveled to face Taos on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.
    Not only will the wins result in resume builders, but they will also contribute towards confidence for Los Alamos, as District 2-5A play begins in less than a week.
    ‘Toppers edge Demons in OT
    This season, a win against Santa Fe High is a Class 6A win that any team would want.
    And the Hilltoppers got that win by outscoring the Demons 10-8 in the overtime period. During that run, Antonio Trujillo hit a 3-pointer to give the Hilltoppers a lead that it didn’t relinquish.

  • Topper girls drop finale in Aztec

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team dropped an opportunity on Saturday to finish a regular season tournament on a high note.
    After holding Piedra Vista to only 10 points in the first half, the Hilltoppers were outscored 33-7 in the second half and fell 43-28 in the third place game of the Lady Tiger Rumble in Aztec.
    The Hilltoppers still led with two minutes left in the third quarter but a Piedra Vista bucket gave the Panthers a 24-23 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
    In the second round on Friday, Los Alamos fell to host Aztec 61-33.
    The Hilltoppers allowed 17 points in the first half, before falling apart defensively in the second half and allowing 44 points. Los Alamos also led 18-17 at the half but struggled on offense in the final 16 minutes and was limited to 15 points.
    Los Alamos moved to 4-12 overall after the tournament and hosted Taos on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s Wednesday print deadline.     

  • Police Beat 1-8-16

    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.
    Dec. 18
    11:13 a.m. — Police reported that a 38-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at 41st Street.

    6:02 p.m. — Andrew Rodriguez was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police department.
    Dec. 19
    5:25 a.m. — Aaron Sanchez, 28, of Albuquerque was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated at the intersection of West Jemez Road and NM 4.

    9:29 p.m. — Jennifer Hopkins, 33, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor at the intersection of Diamond Drive and North Road.
    Dec. 20
    1:32 a.m. — Shannandoaha Lopez, 35, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquid at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Sycamore Street.

  • On the Docket 1-8-16

    Todd Hasse was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

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

    Michael Brazfield was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for discharging firearms and having projectiles. Defendant must pay $165 in court costs. Sentence deferred until March 5.
    Dec. 7
    Angel Tirado was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Julie Gallegos was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Matthew Bustos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

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

  • UNM acting president to visit UNM-LA

    The University of New Mexico Acting President Chaouki Abdallah will visit UNM-Los Alamos for an evening of events at 5:15 p.m. Monday.
    The community is invited to meet with Abdallah and other UNM individuals representing Anderson School of Management and the School of Engineering.
    At 5:30 p.m., Abdallah will share a few remarks about UNM, the role of UNM-LA and the importance of the local mil levy election.
    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, UNM-LA Board Chair Steve Boerigter, and others will also share brief remarks.
    After the event, the newly renovated EMS classrooms will be open and available for tours until 7:30 p.m.