Today's News

  • Animal Shelter 08-17-14

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    George, Abby and Maddie — These are older, declawed cats who were surrendered when their owner’s health prevented her from keeping them. The shelter is currently working on getting to know them and would be happy to send them out together if possible — $35 for two, or $70 for all three!

  • Birth Announcements 08-17-14

    July 16: A boy, Xavier Marcelino Montoya, born to Jenneka and Jesse Montoya
    July 19: A boy, Aradhit Ghosh, born to Sheuti and Koushik Ghosh
    July 21: A boy, Leonard Victor Gallegos, III, born to Melissa and Leonard Gallegos
    July 30: A boy, Levi August Kai Gartz, born to Stacey and David Gartz
    Aug. 4: A boy, Diego Noel Colon, born to Anna and Louis Colon

  • News for Retirees 08-17-14

    Aug. 18-23, 2014
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken salad, potato salad
    and broccoli salad
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    8:30 a.m. Mac users group
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1 p.m. MindBody massage
    1 p.m. Bingo
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    8:30 a.m. LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus Exercise
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon pepper cod
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pork chops
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    9:15 a.m. Line Dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Turkey
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “One Fine Day,” 1996
    1-4 p.m. Shuffleboard

  • BPU chair defies board directives

    First of a series
    During the Los Alamos County Council’s July 8 public hearing on tiered water rates, Board of Public Utilities Chair Timothy Neal took several unprecedented actions.
    First, contrary to established protocol and the board’s direction, Neal insisted on speaking before Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt presented the staff report. He also spoke after the presentation.
    But that decision pales in comparison to Neal’s other actions that evening.
    Neal spoke for approximately seven minutes during the council hearing. Of those seven minutes, Neal spent only one minute presenting the board’s position. His remarks were largely devoted to undermining the board’s position.
    Board, staff and County Attorney Rebecca Ehler had all argued against that stance at the June 25 meeting, where Neal signaled his intention.
    At that meeting, Neal asked the board if they wanted to “go on the record” to the effect that the purpose of the tiered water rates was to assign costs.
    When the board tried to ascertain why he was asking for that, he replied that “I think it just clarifies the logic that you folks used.”

  • Neal statement

    BPU board chair Timothy Neal provided the following statement regarding his actions on July 8.
    “Before public comment, immediately following my statements on behalf of the Board and presentation of Department arguments by DPU managers, I announced that because of the unusual situation of the board receiving three new members simultaneously, I wished to speak on behalf of the new Board. Even though the new board had not yet met, I told council tiered water rates would be on their agenda. Citing recent data from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, I explained that the desired 6 pecent revenue increase would probably not be achieved and suggested the approach to the rate structure be given to the new Board for review. Based on DPU information I had received that the water budget was not in serious trouble, I noted that implementation of the new structure could be delayed as much as two months. During public comment, I spoke about inequality aspects as an individual. Now that the decision has been made by council, we are implementing it and the subject is completed.”

  • School board looking for District 3 applicants

    Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie issued a call for interested residents of School Board District Position 3 to apply for the open School Board position.
     The School Board opening occurred following the resignation by David Foster, who had served as District 3 representative since School Board Boundaries were re-aligned in 2012.
    To fill this position, the applicant must be a registered voter and resident living within School Board Boundary #3 and willing to serve the remainder Mr. Foster’s term that ends in March 2015. Interested applicants are asked to submit a notarized Declaration of Candidacy (which can be picked up at the County Clerk’s office or from the District Office receptionist), a letter of interest, a one-page resume, and a 300-500 word narrative explaining their intent and philosophy of education. Bjarke-McKenzie stated applicant packets must be submitted to Gayla Romero (Secretary to the School Board) at the District Office at 2075 Trinity by close of business day on Sept. 5,.

  • Update 08-17-14

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a meeting at noon Aug. 19 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr. All registered Republican Woman are invited to attend.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Los Alamos Monitor, as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by today. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.


    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group. on Aug. 19. The wrong date was reported Tuesday. 

  • State Police officer arrested

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say a New Mexico State Police officer in Tucumcari has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
    State Police said Friday that Officer Isaac Vigil has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
    Details of the domestic violence incident weren’t immediately released. He’s not allowed to perform any police duties and has had to turn in his police vehicle, badge and department-issued firearms.

  • Los Alamos girl found

    Rosa Betts, 17, a junior at Los Alamos High School, was found Friday night after missing for close to 30 hours.
    A family spokesman and Los Alamos Police Friday confirmed she had been located.
    Betts had been missing since 11 a.m. Thursday, according to her father Stephen Betts of Los Alamos.
    “We showed her photo to some teens today and they said they had seen her. But the last time her parents saw her was at the high school,” Stephen Betts said.
    Betts said police were notified Thursday night.

  • News Briefs 08-17-14

    Gas company to perform maintenance

    New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) will be performing maintenance/system improvement work on the gas transmission line in the Los Alamos area on Monday through Wednesday.
     The work will require the “blow-down” of the natural gas transmission line near the Forest Service boundary and Solana Road (southwest of the Quemazon subdivision) on Tuesday morning Aug. 19. Depending on wind direction, there is a possibility that area residents may be able to smell natural gas and hear the hissing noise from the release of gas. The actual process will take less than 15 minutes with most of the noise happening early during gas release. This is a routine operation to work on the gas transmission line and the “blow down” does not present a safety hazard to the public.

    GOP meeting scheduled for Thursday

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505. The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure county utilities.
    Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions. A regular business meeting will follow. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.