Today's News

  • Coalition supports subcontractors' initiatives

    At its Sept. 11 meeting at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities voted unanimously to support LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory) Major Subcontractors Consortium initiatives that would help its members compete for Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration contracts.
    MSC Vice Chairman Jeff Lunsford delineated the challenges New Mexico’s subcontractors have faced since DOE instituted a centralized procurement system called the Supply Chain Management Center in 2006, which NNSA developed in an effort to lower the cost of procuring goods and services at DOE/NNSA facilities nationwide.
    MSC is comprised of Northern New Mexico businesses that hold LANL contracts valued at $5 million or more. MSC members have been heavily impacted by SCMC and are looking for ways to compete within that system.
    “In this world, we’re moving to national contracts. That’s what SCMC is about: fewer contractors, fewer bids, a lot of efficiencies to be gained,” Lunsford said.
    “The national focus is a challenge. We really believe it misses the point that each of these DOE and NNSA sites is a member of the community that they’re in, that the community has made tremendous investments in supporting these sites and their partners.”

  • Appeals court: No Brady case arguments before February

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal appeals court says February will be the earliest it will hear arguments in the NFL's appeal of the lifting of a four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" controversy.

    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that oral arguments could be heard as early as Feb. 1. The NFL and the NFL Players Association had agreed on the expedited timetable. Lawyers will submit written arguments prior to the oral arguments. Typically, a decision is not immediately rendered once arguments occur.

    On Sept. 3, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ruled that the NFL did not act properly when it suspended Brady for four games after concluding balls were deflated when the Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts in January's AFC championship game.

  • CEDD Director Anne Laurent leaving Los Alamos

    Park City, Utah Assistant City Manager Matthew Dias announced on Thursday that Los Alamos Community and Economic Development Department Director Anne Laurent has accepted a position as that city’s CommunityDevelopment Director.
    Laurent was named CEDD director in 2012 when County Manager Harry Burgess merged the Community Development Department and the Capital Projects & Facilities Department. She has been with the county seven years.
    "We're certainly going to miss her and wish her the best in her career advancement,” Burgess said.
    The Los Alamos Monitor was unable to reach Laurent for comment.

  • Police Beat 9-25-15

    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. 17
    5:42 p.m. — Adrian Trujillo,  26, of Espanola was arrested on a felony from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Police Department.
    Sept. 18
    4:36 p.m. — Police reported that a 47-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of fraud (more than $250 less than $2,500) at Trinity Drive.
    Sept. 19
    3:47 a.m. — Neon Sanchez,  39, of San Felipe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police Department.
    5:09 a.m. — Danny Hall,  41, of Los Alamos was arrested for a larceny (more than $500, less than $2,500) at the Los Alamos Police Department. Hall was later arrested again at 11:27 p.m. for possession of a controlled substance on Diamond Drive. He was also arrested again at 11:30 p.m. the same day on a magistrate court bench warrant while on Diamond Drive.
    Sept. 20

  • On the Docket 9-25-15

    Sept. 16
    Julio Cesar Ramos-Gonzales was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and defendant must also pay $65.
    Edmundo Leal was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Milan Sykora was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Martin Aguero-Muchuca was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Laura Hamilton was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Sept. 17
    Sheridan L. Barnes was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Alexander Rose paid a $50 fine for having an unhitched trailer.
    Sept. 18
    Kim Lazarus paid a $50 fine for improper stopping, standing or parking.

  • LAFD’S Grider honored by peers

    Los Alamos Fire Department Deputy Chief Justin Grider was recently honored by his peers at New Mexico’s fourth annual Fire and EMS Exposition.
    Grider was awarded the “Fire Officer of the Year” award, which only is given to candidates after a committee carefully reviews written recommendations submitted by fellow firefighters.
    LAFD Chief Troy Hughes said this was the first time anyone had won an award from the expo  but wasn’t surprised Grider won.
    “It’s well-deserving, he’s respected all across the state of New Mexico,” he said, adding that Grider was one of the first people he met when being interviewed to become Los Alamos’ next fire chief in 2011.
    “Grider’s commitment to the department and the community was self-evident”, Hughes said.
    “The time I got to spend with him before I was even hired, his passion for the fire service and the Los Alamos Fire Department was evident. He really cares about this place, he knew that we had a great department, but he was up for working hard and making it even better. My conversation with him and a few others is what really motivated me to come here.”

  • Police say man fired gun in LA

    Los Alamos Police arrested a 65-year-old Los Alamos man in late August for shooting a .45-caliber handgun several times on 43rd Street.
    Police encountered Robert Coyne and his wife outside their apartment. According to police reports, they heard the couple arguing before coming out. Police said the couple was cooperative.
    However, Coyne told police he had been drinking alcohol that night as he was apprehensive about an upcoming lawsuit he and his wife had against Los Alamos National Security LLC.
    According to police, Coyne initially denied firing the gun, but a search of the house and the surrounding property turned up a gun magazine, shell casings and a .45-caliber Springfield Armory stuffed between the mattresses in Coyne’s bedroom.
    Coyne’s wife, Suzanne, told police that when she was out on a walk to cool off after an argument she was having with Robert, she heard gunshots.
    “Mrs. Coyne stated that she believed Mr. Coyne became scared after discharging the weapon and hid the gun before she returned home,” according to a statement in court documents about the incident.
    Coyne was charged with two counts of negligent use of a firearm, tampering with evidence and disorderly conduct.

  • Update positive on park transfer

    During Sen. Tom Udall’s recent visit to the Valles Caldera National Preserve, VCNP Trust Executive Director Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, who was named preserve superintendent Thursday, updated the New Mexico Democrat on the upcoming transfer from trust management to the National Park Service.
    “We are at the home stretch of the transition process to the National Park Service. It’s been a very interesting ride,” Silva-Bañuelos said.
    The official handoff is Oct. 1, but changes are underway for a seamless transition.
    The most significant change so far is the fee system. The new entrance fee is $20 per vehicle for a seven-day permit, a shift from what Silva-Bañuelos refers to as the former “à la carte system.”
    “If you were a family of four, if you wanted to come in for a two-day visit to the preserve, it’s $10 per person per day. You’d be paying $80 bucks to come here over a weekend,” Silva-Bañuelos said. “Now a family of four can now experience the preserve for seven days for only 20 bucks. And if you have a senior or a military member of your family – and now a fourth-grader – that entrance fee is waived and it’s completely free.”

  • Motion hearing set for Monday

    A documents request from attorneys representing a plaintiff in a sexual harassment suit against Los Alamos County will be heard Monday in Santa Fe District Court.
    Former Los Alamos Police Detective Paige Early is suing the county for alleged sexual discrimination when she was a detective on the force and Wayne Torpy was police chief.
    The complaint is part of a larger lawsuit filed by former LAPD Commander Randy Foster, who is suing the county for alleged wrongful termination for how he disciplined Officer Brian Schamber.
    Several years ago, when Schamber was still on the force, he allegedly started acting strangely.
    Schamber’s alleged erratic behavior while on the job was brought to Foster’s attention by Early, who was Schamber’s patrol partner at the time of the alleged incidents. Early and Foster are represented by Santa Fe attorneys Linda Hemphill and George Geran.
    Former LAPD Commander Scott Mills, also a plaintiff in the suit, alleges the county forced him into retirement over his role in how Schamber was disciplined.

  • Silva-Bañuelos named park leader

    National Park Service Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica announced Thursday that Jorge Silva-Bañuelos has been named superintendent of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    Silva-Bañuelos, a native New Mexican, has served as executive director of the Valles Caldera trust since May 2014, but his familiarity with the preserve began much earlier.
    During eight years working for former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., Silva-Bañuelos drafted Senate Bill 285, the legislation Bingaman introduced to place the preserve under the auspices of the National Park Service. Silva-Bañuelos also oversaw policy matters and worked to secure funding for the preserve.
    From 2007-12, Silva-Bañuelos served on the staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he handled New Mexico public land, natural resource and conservation policy.
    From 2012-14, Silva-Bañuelos was special assistant to the assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior.