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Today's News

  • Burglary suspect nabbed in SF

    A 28-year-old Santa Fe man suspected of being involved in two April burglaries in Los Alamos has been caught, police said. The man, Jeremy Chavez, was caught after a brief car chase in Santa Fe around 1 p.m. April 16 after two people reportedly burgled a house in Los Alamos on Totavi Street.
    Santa Fe detectives apparently were able to tie Chavez to the burglaries from items found in his car shortly after police apprehended him. Chavez reportedly confessed his part in the burglary to Santa Fe detectives shortly after he was caught.
    The other person in his car was not the accomplice, according to court documents.
    Chavez told authorities that he and another suspect, who has not been apprehended yet, drove up to Los Alamos in a stolen White Mazda sedan that Saturday morning on April 16. In his confession, Chavez described to Santa Fe detectives what the house they burgled looked like, and Los Alamos detectives were able to match the description to an earlier complaint they received from a Totavi homeowner.

  • Volunteers needed for trail cleanup

    Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson had a disappointing turnout for the first of four Trail Cleanup Days he has scheduled for this year. On Earth Day, no one showed up.
    Peterson admitted it might be a difficult day to get volunteers, since Earth Day fell on a Friday this year. He is hoping the second event – scheduled for Saturday to coincide with National River Cleanup – is more successful.
    Volunteer help has long been a critical part of maintaining the extensive series of trails in Los Alamos County. Restoring trails after both the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas fires would have been a monumental task without the efforts of volunteers.
    After the enthusiasm for restoring trails after a major catastrophe wears off, volunteerism tends to decline. But the fact is that trails need regular maintenance, and at present, Peterson is a one-main show. He is hoping to build a network of volunteers who will support several trail cleanups a year, and encourages trail users to participate.
    “This is just kind of the beginning, I’m hoping. If this goes well, I’ll be offering more volunteer projects throughout White Rock and Los Alamos,” Peterson said.
    Volunteers can show up at 9 a.m. Saturday at Overlook Park. The day will begin with a safety talk and filling out a waiver.

  • Honoring the fallen

    One name stood out Monday at the Los Alamos Police Department’s annual memorial to fallen police officers.  
    Det. Daniel Roberts called out that name three times during a ceremonial roll call at the memorial, but former Cmdr. Scott Mills did not answer. Instead, another police officer standing by the memorial silently walked over and faced the memorial’s bronze plaque, paused, then removed a small piece of black cloth covering a section of the memorial.
    Underneath was Scott Mills’ name.
    The memorial is reserved for those officers who served with the department but who did not die in the line of duty.
    “Although I did not know Scott personally, I know he will be remembered as a man who cared deeply for others,” said LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone. “As stated in his obituary, as Scott moved through the ranks of law enforcement, he took pride in serving his community and showed compassion and kindness for all those he came in contact with.”
    Mills joined the LAPD in 1998 and except for a three-year stint with the Albuquerque Police Department from 2010 to 2012, served with the LAPD until 2013, when he retired.
    Mills was killed March 15 on Hwy. 550, while riding his motorcycle off-duty. He was slowing down to make a left turn when he was hit from behind by a pickup truck.

  • Voters question council candidates

    The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos held its first forum of the 2016 election on Thursday at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. The focus was on primary candidates in contested elections: the four Democratic candidates for Los Alamos County Council and the three Democrats running for the First Judicial District Attorney.
    The two Republican candidates for U.S. Dist. 3 representative were also invited, but only Michael Romero attended. Since Michael Glenn Lucero was not there, Romero was allowed to make a statement but not respond to questions.
    These are some of the questions voters put to council candidates and their responses.
    One voter asked how economic development funds should be utilized.
    Incumbent Pete Sheehey’s response covered a history of the fund. He stated that it should be used to attract new business and to get Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spinoffs to stay here.
    “I’m conflicted about it, because I recognize there is a need to diversify the economy. But my concern is, local government does not have the talent or the perspective to be able to identify good investments.” candidate Chris Chandler said, pointing to the two failed attempts to attract air service.

  • VIDEO: XQ School Challenge: Come see what it's about

    The Odyssey High School group is holding a weekly conversation every Wednesday afternoon at the Starbuck's Cafe, Smith's Marketplace at 4 p.m. The group is looking to change the way high school is taught through a partnership with the XQ Institute, an organization looking to make changes to the high school curriculum on a national level. 

    Watch the videos and stop by and see what it's all about.

  • Hilltopper girls take second at state track meet

    ALBUQUERQUE— Thirteen Hilltopper girls got to step on the podium at the Class 5A state track and field championships, helping Los Alamos finish second as a team.
    “It was an amazing weekend,” Los Alamos girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said. “The girls far exceeded expectations and did everything that was possible in order to win the runner-up trophy. We went in to the meet as 40-point underdogs and finished only nine points out of first.”
    Los Alamos scored 69 points to take second while Piedra Vista won with 78. Los Lunas (36), Roswell (33) and St. Pius X (30) rounded out the top five.
    Eight Hilltopper boys also stepped on the podium as the Los Alamos boys’ team finished 13th with 18 team points. Albuquerque Academy won the boys’ title with 55.5 points, followed by Farmington (52), Lovington (51), Piedra Vista (32) and Belen (31).
    Besides bringing home a red team trophy, the Hilltopper girls also scored some gold, silver, bronze and other-colored medals at the state meet.
    The Hilltopper girls had two first-place finishes, both in relays.
    Los Alamos won the 4x100-meter relay and the 1600-medley relay, scoring 10 points apiece for the girls.
    In the first race Saturday, the 4x100, Los Alamos set the tone for the rest of the day.

  • Today in history May 17
  • On the Docket 5-15-16

    April 28
    Santana Casias pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 21 to 25 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aaron Coronado pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having a proper drivers license, following too closely (causing an accident). Defendant was fined $225 and must also pay $195 in court costs.

    David L. Patterson pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid license plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    John R. Hughes pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid license plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 29
    Yong H. Moxley  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Mikala Reed  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display current, valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    May 2

  • Police Beat 5-15-16

    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.

    May 4
    5:21 p.m. — Molly Fitzgerald, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested for trespassing in the 1000 block of 11th Street.

    May 5
    4:11 p.m. — Police reported that a 64-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2500) at East Jemez Road.

    May 6
    10:56 p.m. — Police reported that a 24-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of aggravated stalking on Trinity Drive.

    12:36 p.m. — Rachel Weiss,  25, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Los Alamos on March 20, 2015.She was also arrested on a charge of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle at 1:45 p.m.

    2:16 p.m. — Kilee Landon, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle at the Los Alamos police station.

  • Better ways to ‘pull together’ for our kids

    BY VERONICA C. GARCIA
    Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children