Today's News

  • Alleged assault at Camp May results in arrest

    A 31-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated battery against a household member, committing great bodily harm, attempt to commit a felony and false imprisonment.

    Sachin Pandey was briefly held by police before being released on his own recognizance.

    Pandey’s arrest stemmed from a Sept. 24 incident involving a Los Alamos woman at Camp May in Los Alamos County.

    Camp May Recreation Site is 27-acre site located near Pajarito Mountain. It contains campsites people can rent and other recreational areas.

    According to the woman, Pandey attempted to sexually assault her when she became separated from the group of people she was with.

    Police noted in their police report that the woman had bruises on inner thighs, which they had a female officer take pictures of for evidence. Police also interviewed three witnesses who said they allegedly saw Pandey and the woman on the ground, with Pandey on top of her.

  • Students raise concerns about changes to state science standards

    Two Los Alamos High School students urged residents at a Wednesday night discussion about the state’s proposed revamp of New Mexico’s science education standards to voice their concerns to the state.

    The New Mexico Public Education Department is looking to replace the current standards, which have been in place since 2003, with something called “New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards.”

    The move has garnered public criticism across the state because of some modifications the state wants to make, especially at the middle-school and high-school level.

    High school senior Kevin Parkinson told the audience they should persuade the state to keep the old standards.

    “I think it’s really important that we have these standards so that people, whether they are in AP (Advanced Placement) classes, high school or middle school, common core classes, they get to learn the same information that I grew up hearing so that they can have the opportunity to know everything about the world – not just what some people think the world is,” Parkinson said.

    At the middle-school and high-school level, the education department wants to omit that climate change is caused by human activity. It also wants to de-emphasize evolution as a concept.

  • University of New Mexico regents name presidential finalists

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has chosen five finalists for president of the Albuquerque-based school.

    The finalists announced Friday include University of Idaho President Charles "Chuck" Staben, and Garnett S. Stokes, University of Missouri provost.

    Two others are medical school deans David A. Brenner at the University of California San Diego and Kenneth Kaushansky at Stony Brook University.

    The fifth is Anny Morrobel-Sosa, a former administrator at City University of New York and the University of Texas at El Paso.

    The previous UNM president, Bob Frank, left the office last year.

    Faculty members unsuccessfully asked the regents to keep interim President Chaouki Abdallah at the helm an extra year to lend stability to a budget-crunched institution amid rapid leadership turnover and a pending accreditation process.

  • State employee accuses manager of punching her in the face

    SANTA FE (AP) — A state Human Services Department employee has applied for a restraining order against her supervisor who she says punched her in the face after a work-related dispute.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Ursula Montano claims 51-year-old Donald Ortega, her manager, pushed her and punched in the face after a dispute over her work performance on Aug. 28.

    She told police he also kept her from using her computer and phones to reach Ortega's boss before the alleged punch.

    A police report noted she had a bruise and scratch marks.

    Ortega denied most of Montano's accusations in phone interview with the newspaper Thursday, but said he did turn off her computer. He was placed on paid leave after the incident.

    As of Thursday, no charges were filed against him.

  • 46th Albuquerque balloon fiesta set for weekend launch

    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The 46th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw close to a million visitors to central New Mexico.

    But concerns over crime in Albuquerque and the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas have organizers stepping up security measures. Here are key things to know about the event:


    The 2017 festival features about 500 traditional hot air balloons and 94 balloons that are shaped to make them look like bees, Elvis Presley, Smokey the Bear and others.

    This year's balloon festival theme is "Inflate your Imagination." The fiesta's morning mass ascensions launch this weekend, Wednesday and the weekend of Oct. 14-15.

    Seventeen of specially shaped balloons will make their first-ever flights, officials said. Among the entries this year are the "Armadillo" from Brazil, "Pepe the Hedgehog" from the Czech Republic and "Busby the Queen's Guard" from the United Kingdom.


  • Museum to unveil replica of first detonated nuclear bomb

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is primed to unveil its newest piece of history — a replica of the world's first nuclear bomb to be detonated.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2y4z8HJ ) that on Friday, the museum will introduce a nearly to-scale replica of the Trinity Tower, which held the bomb, called the Gadget.

    Jim Walther, executive director of the museum, says the tower comes from an old 50s-era fire observation tower taken down from a forest in Alabama. It's about 98 feet (30 meters) tall and made of 15,000 pounds (6,800 kilograms) of steel.

    The Gadget replica will hang from a pulley as if in the midst of being pulled up into the tower prior to detonation.

    The real Gadget detonated July 16, 1945.

  • New Mexico college: Pay some tickets with peanut butter

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — New Mexico State University is allowing motorists to take a bite out of certain parking tickets by paying with peanut butter.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the school recently announced motorists who have received a "no current permit" parking citation can pay it with at least 80 ounces of peanut butter from Oct. 23 to 27.

    All peanut butter donations will be sent to the Aggie Cupboard.

    The offer is limited to the first 100 customers.

    Officials say appealing the citation forfeits the right to pay with peanut butter.

  • New Mexico governor appeals ruling on voided vetoes

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is appealing a state judge's decision to void her vetoes on 10 bills that cleared the Legislature with little to no opposition earlier this year.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the case is headed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals after the Republican governor's attorney filed a notice of appeal earlier this week.

    Martinez vetoed the 10 bills without explanation resulting in legislators filing suit against the governor. The Democratic lawmakers cited a section of the New Mexico Constitution that requires the governor to offer reason for vetoing bills while legislators are in session.

    State District Judge Sarah Singleton agreed with the legislators and issued a decision the August.

    The bills became law last week.

  • AP-NORC Poll: Most dislike NFL protests _ and Trump comments

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think refusing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to the country, the military and the American flag. But most also disapprove of President Donald Trump's calling for NFL players to be fired for refusing to stand.

    The NFL protests began last season with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem to bring more attention to the killings of black men by police officers. The protests spread this season, as the former San Francisco 49er was unable to sign on with another team, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said he was racially profiled by Las Vegas police and then Trump sounded off.

    According to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 52 percent of Americans disapprove of professional athletes who have protested by refusing to stand during the national anthem, compared to 31 percent who approve. At the same time, 55 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump's call for firing players who refuse to stand, while 31 percent approve.

    In the poll, African-Americans were far more likely to approve of the players' protests.

  • Girl’s soccer defeats Del Norte

    The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team got off to a good start in district play, defeating Del Norte High School 2-0 at Sullivan Field Saturday morning.

    The game got started more than an hour later than expected, as heavy rain and lightning kept the players off the field.

    Once they got started, however, it didn’t take long for the Hilltoppers to take control.

    Just seven minutes into the game, LAHS got on the scoreboard.

    Alyssa Parker took a shot from the left side of the field. The Del Norte goalkeeper, Jazzmine Herrera, stopped the shot, but the deflection came right to Elsa Gram, who buried the ball in the back of the net to put the Hilltoppers up 1-0.

    Throughout the game, Parker and Gram were able to consistently run past the Del Norte defenders, setting up quality scoring opportunities and keeping the Hilltoppers in control.

    LAHS goalkeeper Ashley Atencio came up with numerous big saves throughout the first half to keep her team in front.

    There may have been none bigger than a pair of stops in the 11th minute, when she lunged to the left to make one save, then quickly pivoted to the right to stop the redirection.