Today's News

  • PEEC to host open house Oct. 16

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites the public to take part in its fall party at the Los Alamos Nature Center from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 16.

    PEEC’s annual membership meeting, fondly called PEEC-nic, is open to the public, not just members, and it’s free.

    To celebrate PEEC has special activities planned including hands-on activities for kids and adults, a leaf art contest for kids, fresh-pressed apple cider, and delicious desserts. 

    For anyone who has been interested in PEEC membership or volunteering at the nature center, this is a great time to find out more. Finally, no PEEC-nic is complete without welcoming the new PEEC board members.

    For more information about this and other PEEC events, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Tour energy efficient homes Oct. 15

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will host the Energy Efficiency Home Tour to highlight real-world applications to reduce energy consumption and improve all-season comfort in the home. 

    Los Alamos County homeowners will open the doors to share their homes and the energy-efficient design features and upgrades that have worked for them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 15. 

    Homes featured on the tour in the Los Alamos town site and White Rock neighborhoods incorporate passive solar design, energy-efficient building materials, energy-efficient windows and doors, thermal insulation, water-and-energy-conserving garden designs and irrigation systems, photovoltaic systems, and more.

    Owners have been able to greatly reduce electric and natural gas bills. 

    For more information and to register for the tour, visit the Pajarito Environmental Education Center website at peecnature.org/events/details/?id=15650. 

  • Pet of the Week

    Dalton is a 4-year-old Chihuahua mix who was recently transferred to our shelter. His history is unknown, but he can’t wait to make new memories with you! Dalton enjoys the company of other animals (particularly other little dogs!) and is both house- and crate-trained. He is a very sweet boy with a little cherry eye. It is just a cosmetic problem that doesn’t bother him. 

  • Counterfeit money ring busted in New Mexico

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve have uncovered a counterfeit money manufacturing ring and one suspect in the case is facing 104 counts of forgery.

    The investigation began last month after the manager of a Las Cruces pizza delivery company reported fake bills used in a transaction between a driver and a customer.

    Detectives traced the money back to a home where a search warrant uncovered several pieces of equipment that detectives suspect were used to manufacture all denominations of bills from $1 to $100.

    They say nearly $3,300 in counterfeit bills were seized from the house.

    Authorities say the fake bills possibly were passed at businesses in Las Cruces and Alamogordo.

  • Fire Prevention Week starts today
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  • US Southwest faces threat of megadroughts with rising temps

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Already dealing with parched conditions, the U.S. Southwest faces the threat of megadroughts this century as temperatures rise, says a new study that found the risk is reduced if heat-trapping gases are curbed.

    Oppressive dry spells lasting at least two decades have gripped the Southwest before, but scientists said future megadroughts would be hotter and more severe, putting a strain on water resources.

    The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, is the latest to find that droughts more extreme than what is currently being experienced could become more common as the planet warms.

    Using computer modeling, researchers calculated there’s between a 70 percent and 90 percent chance the Southwest will experience a megadrought later this century.

    If precipitation is below normal, the risk jumps to 99 percent — “virtually certain,” said lead researcher Toby Ault of Cornell University.

  • No charges for apartment explosion suspect

    A Los Alamos man will not face drug charges connected to an explosion that happened inside the bathroom of a Los Alamos apartment at Caballo Peak Apartments May 9. 

    Brothers Juan Gonzales and Joseph Gonzales were inside the apartment when the explosion blew out the apartment windows and caused the evacuation of several residents. 

    Police speculate that explosion was attributed to the making of “marijuana wax” in the bathroom of the apartment. 

    “Upon investigation of the residence, it was determined that the cause  of the explosion was due to Mr. Joseph Gonzales igniting a large amount of butane while in the process of manufacturing marijuana wax,” LAPD Joseph Robinson said in a report filed with Los Alamos County Magistrate Court.

    Joseph Gonzales has not been charged with any crimes related to the incident.

    Joseph Gonzales was the only person injured in the explosion. Police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate Joseph Gonzales.

    The explosion severely injured Joseph Gonzales, who was taken to an area hospital. He is currently being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Forum highlights pros and cons sheriff charter amendment

    The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA) held its first general election candidate forum on Thursday. The final debate of the night was between John Horne, Jr. and Robert Gibson, who discussed the County Charter amendment that would eliminate the office of sheriff. The question will be put to voters on the November ballot. 

    Gibson spoke in support of the amendment and Horne, a Los Alamos deputy sheriff, in opposition. After opening statements, the debaters took questions from the audience. 

    The first citizen to ask a question attributed the statute that requires sex offenders to register with the sheriff’s office to the state constitution.

    Gibson first noted that it is a state statute that assigns maintenance of the sex offenders registry to sheriffs, not the constitution, and that the state constitution overrides statute. 

    He pointed out that the state constitution refers to the office of sheriff only once, and that is strictly in regard to a change in term limits for elected officials. 

  • Battle for sheriff’s office enters legal ring

    Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association has filed a lawsuit against the Los Alamos County Commission and the county to keep them from eliminating the sheriff’s office through an amendment to the county charter. 

    The suit was filed in Santa Fe District Court Wednesday. 

    Lucero filed the suit because he thinks it is important for the county to maintain a separate and independent law enforcement agency, he said Friday.

    “I believe that it is vitally important that we have a respected law enforcement officer who is accountable to the people, who is not restrained from possible manipulation from either a county manager, county mayor or city mayor or a city or county council,” he said. “You need a law enforcement officer who is directly accountable to the people.” 

    County Council voted in June to put a referendum on the general election ballot that would eliminate the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s office.