Today's News

  • Close call
  • County settles suit for $850K

    Jessie Noah, a former firefighter with the Los Alamos Fire Department, has settled a sexual harassment suit with Los Alamos County for $850,000.
    As of presstime, spokespersons for Los Alamos County could not be reached, and officials at the Los Alamos Fire Department referred all press enquiries to the county.
    Noah filed her case in the summer of 2013 after working at the department for about seven years. In her suit, she accused three firefighters, former Capt. Aaron Adair, then-Capt. Jerry Adair and then-Capt. Jeff Wetteland.
    Jerry Adair and Wetteland are still with the department. Aaron Adair and Noah have left the department. Noah’s case was settled in April. Jerry and Aaron are brothers.
    LAFD’s chief at the time, Juan Pacheco, also has left the department.
    In her lawsuit, Noah’s attorney said the work environment she found herself in was “male-dominated” (Noah was one of five female firefighters working at the 130-man department at the time). She also said the department was  “sexually charged, rife with sexually explicit materials and hostile to women.”  
    According to Noah’s attorneys, the environment created a permissive atmosphere where female firefighters felt disrespected and at times, threatened.

  • Stocks skid as prices of commodities like metals, oil fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Thursday, weighed down by weakness in mining and energy companies. Stocks have fallen for five days out of the last six following a rally in October. The dip has erased some of the small gains the markets have made this year.

    KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average sank 109 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,595 as of 11:16 a.m. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 9 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,065, just above where it started the year. The Nasdaq composite index fell 14 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,052.

    METALS SLIDE: Prices for copper and other commodities are slumping as investors anticipate that the dollar will get even stronger. The price of silver has fallen for nine days in a row and is down 10 percent since late October. The price of copper fell 2 percent to about $2.17 a pound. It's down 22 percent this year, hitting six-year lows.

    Copper producer Freeport-McMoRan dropped 45 cents, or 4.8 percent, to $8.86.

    THE QUOTE: The central banks of Europe and Japan are both hinting that they will step up economic stimulus policies. That would make the dollar stronger compared with the euro and yen.

    On Thursday European Central Bank head Mario Draghi emphasized that the bank is willing to add more monetary stimulus to push inflation higher.

  • Manhattan Project: Two veterans of famed Los Alamos work still reside in the city

    Manhattan Project vets recount war years
    By Arin McKenna

    Two members of the Special Engineering Division who served in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project still reside in Los Alamos.
    Bill Hudgins was the first member of that unit, arriving in 1943 to work in the chemistry/metallurgy department.
    Roger Rasmussen arrived early in 1945. While serving in the electronics division, he was randomly chosen to be part of a support unit for the Trinity Site test, and had a “box seat” to that world-changing event.
    Both remained in the army until their contracts expired six months after the war ended, then returned to work at what is now Los Alamos National Laboratory as civilians. These are their stories.

    Bill Hudgins recalls
    daily life in Secret City

  • Police Beat

    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.

    Nov. 4

  • On The Docket

    Oct. 28

    Dane Miller  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for improper stopping, starting or turning. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Celebrating Veterans Day

    The Los Alamos community honored all who served Wednesday by celebrating Veterans Day at Fuller Lodge with a special flyover by the Classic Air Medical helicopter, proclamations and a moving speech by guest speaker Col. Edmond Burl Keith. Alicia Solomon sang the National Anthem, County Councilor Kristin Henderson delivered a county proclamation and State Rep. Stephanie Garcia-Richard delivered the state proclamation.

  • LA girls win seventh straight state title

    RIO RANCHO — The Los Alamos girls’ cross country team all season had its sights set on extending its state title streak to seven. On Saturday, the Hilltopper girls didn’t just win another title, they dominated their competition.
    Los Alamos had four runners finish in the top six, two more finish in the top 20 and it scored the Class 5A championship with 27 points, 40 better than second-place Albuquerque Academy and 52 lower than third-place St. Pius X.
    “I never dreamed it would have been that awesome,” senior Sophia Galvez said.
    “I’m just glad all of the work paid off,” Zoe Hemez said.
    The Hilltopper boys were also gunning to extend their state-title streak Saturday to five. Albuquerque Academy entered the championship as the favorite, but Los Alamos almost pulled off the upset. After four runners from each team finished, the two squads were tied with 31 points. Academy’s fifth runner, however, crossed six seconds ahead of Los Alamos’ fifth to help the Chargers squeak by Los Alamos, 45-48.

  • Manhattan Project park formally established

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 70 years ago scientists working in secret created the atomic bomb that ended World War II and ushered the world into the nuclear age.
    On Tuesday, at a ceremony near the White House, in a federal building where clandestine plans for the bomb were developed, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz formally established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The park preserves three sites where work on the bomb was completed: Los Alamos, New Mexico; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Hanford, Washington.
    Jewell, Moniz and other officials said the park will not glorify war or nuclear weapons, but will tell the story of the three historical sites from a range of perspectives, including the cities in Japan where two nuclear bombs were dropped in 1945.
    “It certainly is a celebration that we will be telling the story of these three important historical sites,” Jewell said. “It’s not necessarily a celebration of the consequences of that, but rather an opportunity to tell that story to a broader audience.”
    The new park will bring greater awareness of the development of nuclear energy and weapons to a worldwide audience, Jewell and Moniz said.

  • LA VFW provides place for vets to gather

    Los Alamos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Commander Roger Anaya wants veterans to know that long after the Veterans Day parades cease and the celebrations die down, there will always be a place they can go where they will be welcome and supported.
    Since its beginnings around the time the Manhattan Project was started, the John D. Gamble  Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 on Deacon Street has been a haven of sorts for soldiers returning from overseas wars and conflicts.
    Through the years, Post 8874 also has helped the wider community by providing scholarships and participating in community service projects through the post’s auxiliary unit.
    Anaya recently announced that because of a recent change in the national organization’s bylaws, the post’s auxiliary unit will be open to men now as well.
    Once just reserved for women of qualified members, Anaya said the national organization recently changed the bylaws to allow men to join the auxiliary. Anaya hopes the change will help expand the auxiliary unit and its tradition of volunteerism in the community.