Today's News

  • Victim injured in explosion, fire at Los Alamos apartment complex

    Los Alamos emergency officials were allowing residents return to the Caballo Peak Apartments Monday night, following an investigation into an explosion and fire that injured one man early Monday morning. About 100 residents were evacuated to allow law enforcement and fire officials access to the building.

    The Red Cross had set up a shelter for any of the residents from Caballo Peak Apartments at the Karen McLaughlin Hall on Central Avenue.

    At 4 p.m. Monday, no one had shown up to use the shelter.

    At 4:30 p.m., county officials allowed residents to return to the apartments and are breaking down the shelter, as it was no longer needed. The apartment where the explosion happened remains secured and under investigation.

    Police have identified the only injured person in the incident as a male. His condition still remains unknown.

    Los Alamos Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew said the criminal investigation they opened up this morning is continuing.

    “This case remains active and we are following up positive leads,” he said.

    Police and county officials had evacuated all residents from Caballo Peak Apartments and had closed off the complex to everyone except those who have official authorization to be on the property. The decision was made about noon.

  • Today in history May 10
  • Three more days to register for primaries

    Citizens have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to register to vote, and to add or switch a party affiliation for the primary election.  
    New Mexico is a closed primary, so only registered Democrats or Republicans can participate in primary elections. Those registered as independent, decline to state or other party affiliations will be unable to vote. Someone registered with one of the two major parties cannot vote for candidates in the other party.
    For the first time, 17-year-olds can vote in the primary, provided they are a registered voter and will be 18 by the time of the general election. The bill authorizing this change, HB 157, was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn (D-District 35) and passed during the 2016 legislative session.
    With the exception of those 17-year-olds, absentee and early voting begins on Tuesday. HB 157 goes into effect May 18, at which time 17-year-olds can also vote.
    From May 10 – May 20, in person early voting is from 8 a.m.−5 p.m. Monday−Friday in council chambers at the Municipal Building.
    On May 21, hours extend to 8 a.m.−6 p.m. Monday−Saturday and an early voting station opens at the White Rock Library. There is no early voting Sundays or Memorial Day, May 30.
    Absentee/Early Voting ends at all locations June 4.

  • LANS gets contract extension

    The company that oversees the Los Alamos National Laboratory has received a one-year extension on its management contract, taking it through fiscal year 2018, according to officials.
    “NNSA has determined to grant Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) one additional award term, extending the period of performance through fiscal year 2018,” said Francie M. Israeli, spokeswoman for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
    She also said that the NNSA granted the extension in order to give LANS and the Environmental Management field office there more time to manage and carry out the clean-up operations now happening at the facility.
    “NNSA offered to grant LANS an additional term in order to facilitate the environmental cleanup programmatic changes at LANL directed by the secretary, (Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz) an orderly transition to the contract the DOE EM (Department of Energy Environmental Management) is competing for legacy waste cleanup at LANL and to allow NNSA to plan and re-compete the follow-on management and operations contract for LANL,” Israeli said in a written statement.
    Last December, the National Nuclear Security Administration that the company, Los Alamos National Security, would not get an extension on its contract. The contract would be put out to bid sometime after 2017.

  • Memorial for Greg Fisher Tuesday

    The family of Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher invites the community to attend an open house held in commemoration of Fisher on Tuesday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge.

    Community members are welcome to stop by anytime from 4:30-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, however, bring your own beverage (BYOB) is requested.

    Tuesday’s memorial will be in lieu of any funeral service in Los Alamos, and instead of flowers, the family has requested donations in Fisher's name as follows:
    Greg R. Fisher Memorial Account
    Los Alamos National Bank
    Account # 0184656601
    The purpose of the account is to establish a college savings fund for his 11-year old daughter, Maya.

  • Law enforcement, residents discuss crime

    Local law enforcement and the district attorney held a forum Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to speak about how to deal with crime in the county.
    Only two residents showed up.
    The panel discussion was chaired by First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett.
    Padgett, who was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the position in December, told the audience that when she took office, it was important for her to reach out to the community. The First Judicial District encompasses Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.
    “Upon taking office, it was very evident and very clear to me that throughout the district that communities wanted more opportunities to engage,” Padgett said. “They wanted the opportunity to engage with local leaders and local law enforcement to talk about some of the issues that we are aware, and that we are moving forward in a comprehensive and collective manner.”
    Besides Padgett, panelists included Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge and former Los Alamos Police Chief Alan Kirk, State Rep. Jennifer Garcia Richard (D-43), Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Undersheriff John Horne.

  • Motorcycle awareness month
  • UNM baseball gets first-round bye in MW tournament

    The Lobos scored in each of the first four innings and UNM jumped out to an 11-0 lead on the way to a convincing 11-2 victory over Air Force Saturday, giving UNM the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament, hosted by New Mexico May 25-29 at Santa Ana Star Field.
    The win was great for UNM in that the Lobos got a great starting pitching performance from Carson Schneider, who bounced out of a small slump with six solid innings, allowing two runs and just five hits, striking out two. It wasn’t so great in the ninth inning when Jared Holley, trying to beat out a double play, hurt his right leg in an injury that looked completely different from his quad injury earlier in the season. Holley had to be carried off the field by both trainers.
    UNM got on the board in the first inning when Carl Stajduhar turned on a pitch and hammered it over the fence in left for a long solo home run. After getting a second run in the second inning on a double play grounder, the Lobos scored three times in the third and the fourth.
    In the third, with two on, Jack Zoellner obliterated a Nick Biancalana fastball for a three-run home run that nearly made it to the football practice field beyond the right field fence. In the fourth, Luis Gonzalez doubled home a pair of runs and then scored on a Staduhar ground out.

  • Community Calendar 5-25-16

    “Authors Speak” will feature Anita Rodriguez from 7-8:30 p.m. upstairs in the rotunda at Mesa Public Library. Join us to hear Taos resident Anita Rodriguez talk about her new book, “Coyota in the Kitchen.”
    DK & the Affordable and Eddy & the Nomads will play classic rock and rockabilly music at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m.
    Memorial Day celebration at 11 a.m. at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Elks Lodge 2083 will host the celebration to thank those serving and remember those lost. Guest of Honor Corporal Vernon Kerr will give the address.
    Los Alamos Rotary Club meeting at noon at the golf course community room.  A salute to veterans.
    Jemez Thrift Store Bag Day 10 a.m-1 p.m. Jemez Thrift is urgently asking donors to not drop off broken or un-saleable items and don’t block exits this poses a safety threat according to the fire marshal.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    JUNE 2

  • Assets in Action: School is over, you are on your way!

    If you are reading this late Wednesday afternoon, you are done! Oh sure, I mean most of the kids are done with school, but in many – and I say many – ways, we as the parents are also done.
    If you are also the parent of a high school student, I’m sorry, there’s still one more day ahead for you. Oh sure, you will hear about it entirely tonight and again in the morning until they get on the bus or drive to school for the last time this year.
    If you need a comeback, hey that snow day – as late as it was – was glorious! It was ridiculous if you lived in White Rock, but no less glorious to stay in our pajamas that morning.
    Oh and OK if you are married to someone that works in a school, you will get a repeat of what happened on Thursday again on Friday.
    This day and age, we often hear how kids today don’t appreciate the people that give us the freedoms we appreciate today.
    I would like to say that as we approach the last few days of school, local teenagers are still working at letting our service men and women know they are appreciated throughout the year.
    So while many will spend the weekend enjoying parties and an extra day off, take the time to give thanks to those that gave their lives in honor of our country and also appreciate those that serve today.