Today's News

  • LAHS boy's, girl's soccer earn district wins against Del Norte

    The Los Alamos boy’s soccer team got a bit of a competitive game from Del Norte on Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Del Norte 4-2 at Sullivan Field to snap a two-game district-losing streak. That competitive push from the Knights will benefit Los Alamos, which improved to 12-5-1 overall and 2-2 in District 2-5A, and will travel to face Albuquerque Academy on Saturday.
    “This was good for a lot of guys to come in and sub,” Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said. “It’s a shame that we let them (Del Norte) stay in the game as long as they did. I was just proud of how the guys played and they finished some more chances this time.”
    On Tuesday, Los Alamos led 3-0 after Levon Wiggins converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute. Less than a minute later, the Knights cut the lead to 3-1 with a goal from Samir Mohammed.
    A Tristen Semelsberger goal from the top of the 18-yard box gave the Hilltoppers a 4-1 cushion with nine minutes left to play. Del Norte didn’t let up scoring a penalty just three minutes after Semeslberger’s goal, but that was as close as the Knights got.
    “We moved the ball really well and we played good as a team,” Blue said. “Hopefully we can keep that going and keep building, and that’s what we’re looking for.”

  • ACT bus driver arrested for sexual contact with 13-year-old passenger

    Police arrested an Atomic City Transit bus driver Oct. 7 for criminal sexual contact of minor and enticement of a child.

    The driver, Joseph Dimas, 30, of Dixon, made his preliminary court appearance in magistrate court Tuesday. Court documents show he did not enter a plea.

    Dimas has been released from the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

    Los Alamos Police Department Det. Matt Lyon and Sgt. Timothy Lonz interviewed the 13-year-old victim and her grandfather last Friday.

    The victim reported to police she met with Dimas on various occasions and once in his car. She told police on other occasions, while not in the car, they kissed and he touched her inappropriately, according to police reports.

    The victim also told Lonz and Lyon the two did not engage in sexual intercourse, according to the police report. She also told the officers she could not remember the exact dates of the encounters.

    The victim also reported that the relationship developed over several months when she would ride the bus. The bus route covers downtown Los Alamos.

  • On the Docket 10-12-16

    Oct. 4
    Diego S. Ulibarri was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.08 or above, first offense). Defendant was sentenced to serve 90 days at the Los Alamos County Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant was also assigned to 24 hours of community service and must also serve 364 days of supervised probation. Defend must also pay $241 in court costs.
    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. Defendant shall attend and complete any treatment, counseling or program recommended by the screening agent with 30 days. Defendant shall enter  and participate in alcohol/drug screening with any treatment, counseling or program with at least six sessions recommended. Defendant shall also participate and complete DWI school within 90 days. The defendant shall also enter and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.
    The defendant shall also obtain an ignition interlock license and have ignition interlock devices installed on all cars defendant will be driving for one year.

  • Police Beat 10-12-16

    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.

    Oct. 4
    3:24 p.m. — Dakota Coghill, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia at 43rd Street.

    6:02 p.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at 16th Street.

    Oct. 5
    2 a.m. — Johnathan Guise, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member at Los Alamos.

  • Clerk’s office certifies voting machines

    The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office performed the certification and preparation process for the Absentee and Election Day voting machines to be used in the Nov. 8 General Election.
    The testing passed with a perfect match between the test votes cast and the test results. Every voting machine underwent functional testing, according to the clerk’s office.
    Functional testing ensures the proper operation of the buttons, connections and other components of the voting machines, such as the audio-visual ballot marking interface.
    “Testing is absolutely fundamental in the preparation of any election, and provides an added level of confidence in the accuracy of the election results,” said County Clerk Sharon Stover.
    With the certification preparation process complete, the ICE voting machines are ready for deployment to the three vote centers, which are: Los Alamos County Municipal Building - Council Chambers, Los Alamos County Golf Course Community Building, multi-purpose room, and the White Rock Library’s  multi-purpose room.

  • Community Calendar 10-12-16

    League of Women Voters of Los Alamos nonpartisan candidate forum at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Room in Building 2 of UNM-LA. Come at 6:30 for refreshments and to meet the candidates. Candidates will be U.S. House of Representatives candidates Michael H. Romero (R) and Ben R. Lujan (D); County Council candidates Patrick Monroe Brenner (R), Jaret J. McDonald (R), Steven P. Girrens (R), Peter T. Sheehey (D), Chris Chandler (D), and Antonio L. Maggiore (D); and County Clerk candidates Naomi D. Maestas (R) and Amy Woods (D).

    The Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 3137 invite the public to a Taco Fest from 5-8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on D.P Road. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 12 years.

    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The presentation will be “Genealogical Praxis – Recent Experiences and Lessons in My Research,” by D. Kent Parsons. The traditional no-host social dinner will convene before the meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon Restaurant.

    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.

  • Last wildflower walk set for Oct. 17

    Would you like to learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau? Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator Chick Keller will lead the last wildflower walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17.
    This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Keller picks the trail based on what is blooming at the time. The outing is free, and no advance registration is required.
    Participants will receive a plant list that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify fall wildflowers found on the Pajarito Plateau.
    The group meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, located at 2600 Canyon Road, before carpooling to the trailhead.
    For more information about this, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Los Alamos History Museum to take over Nature Center

    Ever wonder how homesteaders enjoyed and relied on nature? What did nature mean to the Los Alamos Ranch School? Find out from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Enjoy photos and conversations with experts from Los Alamos History Museum about the history of our connection to the Pajarito Plateau.
    Kids and adults can churn butter, create a paper homestead cabin, and enjoy stories of the past. Judith Machen, co-author of Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau, will be on hand to discuss how homesteaders made a living in our natural environment.
    The evening will include stories like this one from Michael Marchi: “I remember my grandfather talking about many difficult times they had in those days. There were no machines to help them plant or weed or harvest. It was all done by hand or with the help of horses.” Bring stories to share about what being outdoors in Los Alamos means to you!
    This historical evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
    The program is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • No Lunch with Leader in November

    The League of Women Voters will not host the usual Lunch with a Leader in November. The group will have a consensus meeting to make a position statement on the issue of charter schools.
    All members in attendance will be able to vote. Any non-members who would like come  are welcome. If they pay dues, they can vote, otherwise they may just sit in on the discussion.
    The meeting will be at the library at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 18, which is a different time than usual. The meeting will adjourn by 1:15 p.m.  
    To order a lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at  231-8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com by Nov. 17 for the Co-op menu. Each lunch is just $10. Ordering lunch is not mandatory.

  • Assets in Action: Support bullying prevention Oct. 19

    October is Bullying Prevention Month and Substance Abuse Awareness Month.
    There are many great projects afoot in the community and you will hear about some great youth driven projects soon.
    I find it ironic that Bullying Prevention month proceeds the month in which we vote in national elections. I feel like youth get to see adults at their worst in the month in which we focus on bullying prevention.
    One way adults can support youth projects is by wearing orange on Unity Day. The date is Oct. 19 and the whole nation will wear orange to support the cause.
    If you do snap some photos and text or email them to us, so we can show your support for the youth in and around our community.
    There’s plenty of time to get involved and if you need some ideas to engage some youth in your program, there are many ideas to check out at pacer.org.
    They have spent a decade working on bullying prevention and you can register for webinars on the website.
    There are many great events that surround substance abuse awareness, including Red Ribbon week at the end of the month. To  donate bags of soil, tulip or daffodil bulbs, or even mulch for youth projects, give us a call at 695-9139 for a free pick up and help us spread the word.