Today's News

  • Celebrate National Assisted Living Week

     The Los Alamos Retirement Community and Aspen Ridge Assisted Living will be celebrating National Assisted Living Week Sept. 13-19.
    Events throughout the week will be a special opportunity to bring together the residents, families and employees to recognize the unique individuals that reside at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living and the staff members that deliver care every day.
    The events will recognize the bonds that are built between residents and the assisted living professionals who are committed to providing person-centered care.
    The theme this year is “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body and Spirit,” which celebrates the countless ways assisted living employees nurture the whole resident and build community.
    Assisted Living in Los Alamos is a critical component of senior services. “At Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, we pride ourselves on caring for all aspects of each unique resident.” said Cynthia Goldblatt, liasion to the retirement community in Los Alamos. “Whether through our social activities, dining experience, or exercise and activity classes — it is our job to ensure residents enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle with as much independence as possible.”
    At the same time, residents nourish the lives of those who work at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living.

  • Ski Area land transfer, lease approved

    The Los Alamos County Council took two votes on Tuesday that will affect the future of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. On the consent agenda, the land transfer from the Los Alamos Ski Club was approved. On a subsequent agenda item, council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing a ground lease for that land to Pajarito Recreation, LP, a Texas Limited Partnership.
    The two actions complete a process begun nearly a year ago, when a Land and Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement was executed between Pajarito Recreation, the Los Alamos Ski Club and Los Alamos County that transfers ownership and operating responsibilities for the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area to Pajarito Recreation.
    “Although there have been a lot of efforts to try to keep the club as the operator of the mountain, we knew that this was best for having a ski area in the community, and we are committed still to ensure that a ski area is here for the recreational participation of all of our community members,” said Susan Brockway, president of the Los Alamos Ski Club.
    Land at the base of the ski area and the top of the mountain was transferred to Pajarito Recreation. Approximately 300 acres encompassing the skiable area was transferred to the county. The ordinance approved Tuesday allows Pajarito to lease the county land for $1 a year for 99 years.

  • On the Docket 9-11-15

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    Aug. 26
    Christopher Clark was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Nicholas Seet was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Katherine N. Chartrand was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Aug. 27
    Juanito Martinez paid a fine of $50 for improper stopping, standing, or parking.

    Bradley S. Nyenuis was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Nicole Mattson was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Commission weighs in on elevator discussion

    During its August meeting, the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB) delayed a vote on an elevator option for Fuller Lodge in order to research how Americans with Disabilities Act access is addressed in other historical buildings.
    The board discussed their research at their Sept. 2 meeting, and will vote on the issue next month.
    Board Chair Mark Rayburn summed up the questions the board raised about installing an ADA elevator.
    “Some of the elements that are critically important are what does it do to the building, any one of these plans? How much is it going to cost? Does it change the historic structure? In what ways? In ways that we don’t see?” Rayburn said. “And what is the value of all that weighed against the people that would need access to those floors, comparing that to, can we just provide a little sign that says, ‘We’re sorry, but because of various reasons we cannot provide access to aboveground floors,’ and think of other ways to provide that access visually?”
    Rayburn presented his research, which had several examples of historic buildings with no second floor access.

  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s at East Park Saturday

    Los Alamos will be host once again to the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year’s event will be at East Park Saturday.
    Hundreds of residents from Los Alamos and surrounding communities are expected to participate. Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit alz.org to sign up or for more information. Interested residents may also contact the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 662-8920.
    Registration at the event begins at 9 a.m. at East Park and Aspen Ridge Lodge, 300 East Road.
    An opening ceremony will be at 10:50 a.m., and the walk begins at 11 a.m. The length of the route is 1K. All citizens and media in the area are encouraged to attend and be a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. It is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
    For those who prefer running to walking, the Jerry Bower 5K Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. The starting line is at East Park on East Road, off of N.M. 502. The cost to register is $25, which is donated to the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association. The first 40 registrants receive a water bottle with the Alzheimer’s logo. Registration information can be found at atomicrunners.com.

  • Judge forces issue on N.M. teacher evals

    SANTA FE — On Thursday, Santa Fe First Judicial District Court Judge David Thomson put the fight between unions and the New Mexico Public Education Department’s over the teacher evaluation process on a very fast track.
    In February, the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico, the Albuquerque Federation of Teachers and several individuals filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera.
    The plaintiffs called the new teacher evaluation process “flawed” and a violation of a teacher’s constitutional rights.
    A request for a preliminary injunction was filed three months later by the plaintiffs in an effort to halt the evaluation process, saying that it was already doing “irreparable harm” to thousands of teachers across New Mexico.
    Thursday, Thomson heard from both sides on why he should, or should not, file a preliminary injunction.

  • Violation notice is sent to LANL

    The National Nuclear Security Administration is taking a long, hard look at problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to a letter from Frank Klotz to the lab dated Aug. 25.
    According to the letter, that was addressed to LANL director Charlie McMillian, the NNSA “considers the programmatic deficiencies in the LANS nuclear criticality safety program to be of high safety significance.” LANS is the contractor that manages the lab.
    Along with the letter to LANL, Klotz, who heads the NNSA, said LANL is receiving a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV), which cited one severity level one violation and five severity level two violations. The violations come with a proposed base civil penalty, before mitigation, of $560,000.
    According to the PNOV, the Department of Energy conducted an investigation into deficiencies at the Plutonium Facility (PF-4) at Technical Area 55. Safety violations were first identified 10 years ago — prior to the award of the management contract to LANS — and continued as late as 2013.
    Among the violations cited included LANS’ failure to “develop adequate procedures and properly implement procedures,” train personnel properly and identify deficiencies that needed to be corrected at the facility.

  • Police Beat 9-4-15

    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.

    Aug. 27

    7:58 a.m. — Javier Medrano-Duarte, 32, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of concealing identity at the corner of Barranca Road and El Conejo.

    Aug. 28

    2:22 p.m. — A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of an accident with injuries on San Ildefonso Road.

    4:36 p.m. — Koby Leeches, 18, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting (less than $100) at 751 Trinity Dr.

    Aug. 29

    1:30 p.m. — Melissa Gurule, 39, of Rio Rancho, was arrested on a Magistrate Court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    Aug. 30

    4 p.m. — Francisco Quintero, 27, of Hernandez, was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a license on East Jemez Road.

    Aug. 31

    9:54 a.m. — A 56-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of an accident with no injuries on the corner of East Jemez Road and N.M. 4.

    Sept. 1

  • Museum caper suspect pleads 'guilty';


  • Key to markets are keys to regulation

    Stick your nose into a crevice in the bark of a big old ponderosa pine. The smell of vanilla sweetens your senses. Some call it butterscotch, but the best noses say vanilla.
    How can a ponderosa, a species that taught respect for turpentine, surprise with the fragrance of vanilla? The story is absurd, until you put your nose in the bark.  
    We leap now to the Digital Age.  
    Information is often acclaimed as the sweet driver of market efficiency and the currency of efficient regulation. That is, information is a regulator of markets of its own accord. The more informed the trading, the wider the interests served by markets.    
    No doubt it costs time, and thus money, to hand over details on the quality of a product, or, say, factory emissions.
    Just as surely, the details allow more informed choices in the marketplace, which quicken the blessings of market efficiency. The very meaning of efficient market is one driven by widespread information.  
    The Information Age spreads data far and fast. Much the way that better data are key to market efficiency, we begin to see that better, faster data at less cost also make regulation more efficient.
    Looking further, supplying better and faster regulatory tools is itself a new market.