Today's News

  • Community Calendar 3-14-18

    Los Alamos Chapter Order of the Eastern Star meeting at 7 p.m. in the Mason Lodge, North Sage Street, (on the corner of 15th and Canyon). For more information, contact Worthy Matron Mary Ethel Plotner, 661-4233, or Past Matron Judy Goldie, 662-3797.

    Brent Vernon in concert with Sam at 6:30 p.m. at White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd., White Rock. Free with offering.
    Night with a Nerd at 6 p.m. at projectY Cowork, 150 Central Park Square. BSMA members are free, cost is $10 for others. Alan Carr, the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s historian, will talk about how the lab originated and how it evolved into the institution it is today. The talk will be followed by a reception and light refreshments. Register at Bradburyassociation.org.
    Gentle Walk
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Olions will present the musical: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7 p.m. at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Drive. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children under 6.

  • Workshop points small businesses toward government contracts


    The federal government is the world’s biggest customer and a major driver in New Mexico’s economy.

    While only a fraction of the $8.2 billion that Uncle Sam spent in New Mexico in fiscal year 2017 benefitted local companies, advisers at the state’s four Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) work to increase the flow of federal dollars to small businesses that offer products or services the government wants.

    To that end, the Clovis PTAC is hosting a workshop March 20 at Clovis Community College for entrepreneurs who want to learn more about becoming a government contractor.

    “The workshop is to educate business owners on how to do business with Cannon Air Force Base and other government agencies,” said Jonnie Loadwick, procurement technical adviser at the Clovis PTAC and a certified VA verification counselor. “Cannon has been growing the last few years, and there is a lot of opportunity for government contracting in this area.”

    Obtaining government contracts can be just as onerous as securing contracts in the private sector: Businesses must aggressively market themselves, because competition is fierce.

  • Lujan Grisham wins Dem preprimary vote, land commissioner proxy battle set

    Joseph Cervantes (joe4nm.com ) offered substantive ideas to the Democratic Party preprimary convention March 10 in Albuquerque and got 10 percent of the votes.

    Jeff Apodaca (apo18.com), with his promise of 225,000 new jobs, attracted 21 percent of the votes.

    Peter DeBenedittis (peterd4gov.com) had the truth, drew 1.9 percent of the votes and endorsed Apodaca.

    Michelle Lujan Grisham (newmexicansformichelle.com) won the audience sign waving battle and 67 percent of the votes.

    The four candidates for governor and candidates for other offices spoke to a full house in a hall on the top floor of Albuquerque’s convention center. The show-biz part might have swayed one or two delegates. As the candidates pitched, delegates completed ballots in small voting booths in an adjacent room.

    The convention was about candidates getting enough delegate votes—20 percent—to be on the primary ballot.

    Candidates not making the delegate vote cut can get more petition signatures to get on the ballot. The six contested races attracted 21 candidates.

    It was show biz with a ritual of a video and supporters packing the stage and waving signs. DeBenedittis did it differently. His fiancé, Tracy Juechter, introduced him and was the only person on stage as he spoke.

  • Council OK’s business park rezoning

    Los Alamos County Council passed a Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation Feb. 27 to rezone the two buildings at a Los Alamos business park from professional office to mixed use to allow for the building of a mixed-use complex.

    The approval did not come without some hard questions about the county’s land use map and Comprehensive Plan. 

    A company is proposing turning the top two floors of 557 Oppenheimer Business Centre into 16 apartments.

    Los Alamos Professional Housing Partnership owns the building. The plan calls for a mechanical room to be added onto the first floor of the building, and the second floor be renovated to house eight residential units. A third will floor will then be added to accommodate another eight residential units.

    Los Alamos County Housing and  Special Projects Director Andrew Harnden told the council.

    The plan fits in with the county’s agenda to help the housing shortage in the county.

    “The applicant’s proposal conforms to the goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan and is consistent with the county’s Leadership Plan goals in creating a variety of housing options for all segments of the Los Alamos Community,” Harnden said.

  • Progressive Democrat ends New Mexico gubernatorial candidacy

    SANTA FE (AP) — Progressive gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe is ending his campaign for governor in the June Democratic primary and endorsing one of three remaining candidates.

    DeBenedittis announced Wednesday that he was fully throwing his support behind former media executive Jeff Apodaca.

    DeBenedittis, an alcohol prevention counselor from Santa Fe, says he and Apodaca see eye-to-eye on efforts to provide universal health care, legalize recreational marijuana and seek a statewide $15 minimum wage.

    Apodaca is leveling accusations about underhanded favoritism toward Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham in the primary-election process.

    Limited support from Democratic county delegates has forced Democratic state Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces to collect more registration signatures to stay in the primary race.

  • LA Democrats make a showing at convention

    Stephanie Garcia Richard grabbed first position on the ballot in her bid for state land commissioner in a tight race at this year’s pre-primary convention in Albuquerque Saturday as Los Alamos Democratic delegates joined other delegates from across the state to prepare for the June primaries.

    Richard has served Los Alamos and the neighboring counties of Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe as state representative of the 43rd district for six years.

    At the pre primary convention, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Richard got top billing on the June ballot with 618 votes. Following a close second was Garrett VeneKlasen with 553. VeneKlasen was boosted by a strong endorsement speech by Sen. Martin Heinrich.

    Richard said her experience as state representative has prepared her well for the office of land commissioner.
    She said she felt her political experience and background as an educator resonated most with the delegates.

    “First and foremost the qualifications and expertise that I bring being in the state Legislature, but also having and educator in the land office that knows what’s at stake,” Garcia Richard said.

    She also thanked the delegates for their support in getting her to the top of the primary ballot

  • 2nd suspect in Pajarito Cliffs site burglary arrested

    A preliminary examination date has been set for the second of two men suspected in several recent break-ins at the Pajarito Cliffs Site in Los Alamos.

    Gregorio Trujillo, 29, of Santa Fe, appeared in Magistrate Court on Monday and received a date of March 23 for his preliminary examination.

    Trujillo, who was arrested by the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Department at 4:50 p.m. Sunday, was transported to Los Alamos for his Magistrate Court appearance on Monday and then transferred to the Santa Fe County Detention Facility Tuesday afternoon.

    He had an active arrest warrant out charging him with one count each of receiving/transferring stolen vehicle; burglary; breaking and entering; criminal damage to property; and larceny.

    His updated charges include four counts of non-residential burglary; 13 counts of breaking and entering; two counts of tampering with evidence; four counts of larceny; one count of receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles; and one count of criminal damage to property.

    Trujillo is the younger brother of Antonio Trujillo, 30, of Santa Fe, who was arrested Feb. 21 after leading officers on a chase in a stolen car in Santa Fe.

  • District urges residents to watch for bus riders

    The citizens of Los Alamos and White Rock are riding a safety hot streak and Keith Rosenbaum is urging them to do all they can to keep that streak alive.

    Rosenbaum, who oversees 26 buses and 16 bus routes as the director of facilities and transportation for the Los Alamos Public Schools, was happy to report Tuesday that over the past two weeks there have been no instances called in of vehicles passing a school bus while the stop arm of that bus was deployed.

    “Over the past two weeks we haven’t had any, which is the first time this school year where we didn’t have a week where somebody ran a stop arm,” he said.

    Rosenbaum keeps track of these incidents through reports from his drivers. While the number of incidents called in during the first half of the school year was high, the number of second-half reports has decreased.

    “We were having three to five a week for a period of time,” he said. “Since we returned (from Christmas break) we’ve been aggressively getting information out to the public by putting signs up. I’m not sure if that’s a contributing factor, but it’s my hope that people are at least becoming aware of the danger they are creating by running the stop arms.”

  • Celebrating 75 Years
  • Embattled New Mexico Democratic Party chairman resigns

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The embattled chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico has resigned.
    Richard Ellenberg announced his resignation in a letter Tuesday following a state party convention where he was accused of questioning the credibility of sexual misconduct allegations against a union leader.

    Ellenberg also had faced criticism for his response to a Democratic Party of New Mexico vice chair's claim that she was a target of unwanted sexual advances by a party official.

    Ellenberg says he regretted the way he managed complaints of women who have come forward about sexual harassment.

    Other say Ellenberg oversaw a "slanted" process over delegates that favored certain candidates this weekend.
    The resignation comes before midterm elections where New Mexico Democrats are hopeful at winning back the governor's seat and capturing more Legislative seats.

    The Democratic Party issued a statement following Ellenberg's resignation.